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Netanyahu's Day of Reckoning is Nearing

Two legal processes in the area of public law threaten to rock Israel's political establishment, maybe even bringing down the government. But Netanyahu is not helpless: He could always bomb Iran.

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Two separate legal processes in the area of public law that are finally nearing completion will rock Israel's political establishment in January, possibly even to the point of bringing down the government.

The first is State Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss versus Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the matter of the Carmel forest fire of last December. The second is Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein versus Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, whose indictment for money laundering, fraud, breach of trust and harassing a witness, among other charges, is a near certainty.

Netanyahu, Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz and Interior Minister Eli Yishai can be expected to invest great effort over the next few weeks - presumably to no effect - to tone down Lindenstrauss' "white paper," the hefty draft of his damning report on their role in the incident that claimed the lives of 44 Israelis.

Eye 2

What endless war looks like and how to get it

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Thousands of civilians have been killed in US drone attacks on Pakistan, Afghanistan, Somalia, Yemen and Libya.
Endless war, drone attacks and occupying countries is the cause of the threats we're told we need endless war, drone attacks and occupying countries to prevent.

Anonymous U.S. officials have announced in The Washington Post that they have effectively defeated what they call "the organization that brought us 9/11″ - Al Qaeda - by rendering it "operationally ineffective."

Specifically, "the leadership ranks of the main al-Qaeda terrorist network have been reduced to just two figures whose demise would mean the group's defeat, U.S. counterterrorism and intelligence officials said." And: "asked what exists of al-Qaeda's leadership group beyond the top two positions, the official said: 'Not very much'."

You might think this means that the vastly expanded National Security and Surveillance States justified in the name of 9/11, as well as the slew of wars and other aggressive deployments which it spawned, can now be reversed and wound down.


The Elite blew it , Revealed their plans to start World War 3

The Elite unveiled their plans to start WWIII

General Wesley Clark revealed in 2007 that the United States had plans for seven countries in five years time to conquer, including Iran. They would start with Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and finally .... Iran.


Global-Warming Sham: "Environmentalists" Spend Our Millions in Exotic Locations While Talking About the Weather

The annual convention of global warm-mongers gets underway at the resort city of Durban, South Africa.

It's gorgeous down there. There's surfing right in the city. Safari parks aren't too far away. It's full of great hotels and fancy restaurants. It's a bit of a party town. Which is why it was chosen by the world's global warming professionals as their latest winter getaway convention.

This is the annual United Nations get-together to talk about reducing our carbon footprint, which means using less fuel.

Of course the best way to do that is for thousands of very important bureaucrats, diplomats, Greenpeace fundraisers and politicians to jet from all over the world to South Africa. The only place further away by jet would be Antarctica, but that would miss the point - to give their global warmists a free sun vacation in winter.


Is the global warming scare the greatest delusion in history?

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The plant at Dounreay, built when Britain was at the cutting edge of nuclear technology
The scare over man-made global warming is not only the scientific scandal of our generation, but a suicidal flight from reality.

To grasp the almost suicidal state of unreality our Government has been driven into by the obsession with global warming, it is necessary to put together the two sides to an overall picture - each vividly highlighted by events of recent days.

On one hand there is the utterly lamentable state of the science which underpins it all, illuminated yet again by "Climategate 2.0", the latest release of emails between the leading scientists who for years have been at the heart of the warming scare (which I return to below). On the other hand, we see the damage done by the political consequences of this scare, which will directly impinge, in various ways, on all our lives.

It is hard to know where to begin, after a week which opened with The Sunday Telegraph's exclusive on a blast of realism from Prince Philip over the folly of our Government's infatuation with useless windmills. Then came an excoriatory report from the House of Lords on how we have so run down our nuclear expertise that it is doubtful whether we can hope to run a new generation of nuclear power stations. Next, there was a report from a leading Swiss bank finding that the EU's "emissions trading scheme" has wasted $287 billion (£186billion) over six years - paid by all of us, to achieve nothing in terms of reducing "carbon emissions". There was also a front page story in another newspaper, warning that (as readers of this column have long been aware) within nine years we could all be paying nearly £300 a year to subsidise solar panels and those same useless windmills.


The BBC's hidden 'warmist' agenda is rapidly unravelling

Puffed by the BBC: a wind farm near nears completion in Scotland
Since 2006, the BBC has relentlessly promoted the global warming orthodoxy as a pressure group in its own right.

The story of the BBC's bias on global warming gets ever murkier. Last week there was quite a stir over a new report for the BBC Trust which criticised several programmes for having been improperly funded or sponsored by outside bodies. One, for instance, lauded the work of Envirotrade, a Mauritius-based firm cashing in on the global warming scare by selling "carbon offsets", which it turned out had given the BBC money to make the programme.

Just as this scandal broke, I was also completing a report, to be published next month by the Global Warming Policy Foundation, on the BBC's coverage of climate change. It ranges from the puffing of scare stories dreamed up by "climate activists", to BBC reporting on wind farms, often no more than shameless propaganda for the wind industry. Part of the story told in my report is the unhealthily close relationship that developed between the BBC and organisations professionally involved in the "warmist" cause.

Bad Guys

That Rocky Road to Damascus

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The trillion-dollar question in the "Arab Winter" is who will blink first in the West's screenplay of slouching towards Tehran via Damascus.

As they examine the regional chessboard and the formidable array of forces aligned against them, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and the military dictatorship of the mullahtariat in Tehran must face, simultaneously, superpower Washington, bomb-happy North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) members, nuclear power Israel, all Sunni Arab absolute monarchies, and even Sunni-majority, secular Turkey.

Meanwhile, on their side, the Islamic Republic can only count on Moscow. Not as bad a hand as it may seem.

Syria is Iran's undisputed key ally in the Arab world - while Russia, alongside China, are the key geopolitical allies. China, for the moment, is making it clear that any solution for Syria must be negotiated.

Russia's one and only naval base in the Mediterranean is at the Syrian port of Tartus. Not by accident, Russia has installed its S-300 air defense system - one of the best all-altitude surface-to-air missile systems in the world, comparable to the American Patriot - in Tartus. The update to the even more sophisticated S-400 system is imminent.


Iran's Parliament Votes to Expel British Ambassador

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Iran's MPs voted near-unanimously to expel Britain's ambassador to Tehran, Dominick Chilcott.
Iran's parliament has voted to expel the British ambassador in Tehran in retaliation against economic sanctions imposed by the west over the Islamic republic's disputed nuclear programme.

Iranian MPs on Sunday passed a bill that in effect gave President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's government two weeks to expel the ambassador, Dominick Chilcott.

The bill, which also requires Iran's economic and trade links with the UK to be reduced, has yet to be approved by the Guardian Council, the powerful body of clerics and lawyers that vets parliamentary activity.

If the bill comes into effect, diplomatic relations between Tehran and London will be downgraded from ambassadorial level to that of chargé d'affaires and Chilcott - who took up his post only a few weeks ago - will have to leave Tehran. Iran's embassy in London had been operating without an ambassador for several months.

Bad Guys

Palestinian Prime Minister: Israeli sanctions have 'devastating impact' on Palestinian economy

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Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad
Palestinian PM Salam Fayyad says he will be unable to pay the salaries of tens of thousands of civil servants due to Israel's withholding of tax revenues it collects on behalf of PA.

Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad says he will be unable to pay the the salaries of tens of thousands of civil servants, as Israeli economic sanctions start to bite.

Israel decided last month to suspend the monthly transfer of about $100 million in tax revenues it collects on behalf of Fayyad's Palestinian Authority. The transfers, along with foreign aid, are crucial for keeping Fayyad's government afloat.


Iran general threatens retaliation against Israel nuclear sites

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Nuclear research installation in Dimona, Israel.
General Yadollah Javano of the Revolutionary Guards says that Iran could attack any part of Israel in response to an Israeli strike on Iran.

An Iranian general on Saturday threatened retaliation against Israel if any of its nuclear or security sites are attacked.

"If Israeli missiles hit one of our nuclear facilities or other vital centers, then they should know that any part of Israeli territory would be target of our missiles, including their nuclear sites," General Yadollah Javani of the Revolutionary Guards told ISNA news agency.

"They (Israel) know that we have the capability to do so."

Javani, the former head of the military's political department, was referring to mounting speculation that Israel would strike Iran's nuclear facilities after the International Atomic Energy Agency said Iran had tested designs used to make nuclear warheads.