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June 2, 2010

Jun 02 09:10

BP Disaster - The MTV version!

Jun 02 09:00

New Law Will Require a License to be a Journalist

What good is a government if they can’t regulate every aspect of your life? From the same lawmakers that brought us the Detroit economic calamity comes a new bill, aimed at controlling the flow of information to the unsuspecting public even more than the mainstream does now.

Jun 02 08:57

Anti-Israel Protest Photos

Jun 02 08:56

Irish ship on collision course with Israeli navy near Gaza

The 'Rachel Corrie,' the Irish-owned ship with Nobel Peace Prize winner Mairead Maguire on board, continued to sail towards Gaza waters despite Israel making it clear they were giving no guarantees about its safety.



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Jun 02 08:53

Steve Bell on the Israel flotilla attack

Jun 02 08:50

Israeli troops confront flotilla activists

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"Oy vey, Oy vay; a pirate's life for me!" (with apologies to Disney)

Jun 02 08:49

Time for law abiding American citizens to stop paying taxes, start a new government? 6 of 13

*hyperlinks and video live at source*

David Degraw has written an outstanding comprehensive explanation of what’s really happening in the US economy. He’s given me permission to reprint it here. I also recommend his site "For Our Economy" for citizen grass-roots activism for economic justice.

Jun 02 08:48

Terror on Aid Ship: "Plan Was to Kill Activists and Deter Future Convoys"

An Arab member of the Israeli parliament who was on board the international flotilla that was attacked on Monday as it tried to take humanitarian aid to Gaza accused Israel yesterday of intending to kill peace activists as a way to deter future convoys.

Haneen Zoubi said Israeli naval vessels had surrounded the flotilla’s flagship, the Mavi Marmara, and fired on it a few minutes before commandos abseiled from a helicopter directly above them.

Terrified passengers had been forced off the deck when water was sprayed at them. She said she was not aware of any provocation or resistance by the passengers, who were all unarmed.



Jun 02 08:45

USS Liberty Survivor Among 12 U.S. Citizens Abducted by Israel – 11 Have Been Released – What Happened to the 12th?

But as the announcement was made this morning and the list of the nationalities of the victims was released by the Israeli Interior Ministry I noticed a funny thing; Israel is claiming they have repatriated 11 U.S. citizens but 12 are reported to have been abducted from the flotilla in the first place. What happened to the 12th U.S. citizen? Israel released one U.S. citizen yesterday. Is that person included in Israel’s list of 11 that have been repatriated?

Michael Rivero of What Really Happened has reported that there are unconfirmed reports coming out of Greece that one of the fatalities was a U.S. citizen. Though this report is still unconfirmed at this time, this new discrepancy begs the question “what happened to the 12th U.S. citizen”? Where the Greek rumors correct?

Jun 02 08:39

Notch Up Another Disaster for Israel's Well-Oil Propaganda Machine

An old Israeli saying describing various less-than-esteemed military leaders says: "He was so stupid that even the other generals noticed." The same derisive remark could be applied almost without exception to the present generation of Israeli politicians.

Jun 02 08:24

The Mediterranean Massacre

It is often said, by Israel’s defenders, that the Jewish state is part and parcel of the West: that Israel, the only democracy in the region, must be defended because they are, after all, reliable allies who share our values, the heritage of Athens and Jerusalem. That has been the conventional wisdom – and it’s wrong. The Mediterranean Massacre underscores the wrongness of this assumption.

Jun 02 08:12

Israeli Murders, NATO and Afghanistan

NATO HQ in Brussels is today a very unhappy place. There is a strong understanding among the various national militaries that an attack by Israel on a NATO member flagged ship in international waters is an event to which NATO is obliged - legally obliged, as a matter of treaty - to react.



Jun 02 08:11

2010 Pro-Israel PAC Contributions

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HERE IS THE LIST OF US POLITICIANS ACCEPTING MONEY FROM THE NATION THAT JUST ATTACKED THE AID FLEET AND KIDNAPPED US CITIZENS IN INTERNATIONAL WATERS.

These people are all accessories to the crime because in exchange for the pro-Israel PAC money they voted through sending your tax dollars to the already-nuclear-armed Israel for the very weapons and ammunition Israel just used to murder 19 aid workers in international waters.

There can be no higher agenda this election than to kick these traitors to America out of office. No government can serve two masters. And at this time America needs leaders who will put America first, second, and third. Thus, for all our sakes, and for the sake of those 9 Americans kidnapped in international waters by Israel, along with the memories of 34 Americans murdered on the USS Liberty by Israel, the time has come to purge the United States of all politicians who proclaim what good friends they are of Israel!

America needs leaders who will put America first, second, and third.

America needs leaders who will put America first, second, and third.

America needs leaders who will put America first, second, and third.

Learn the names on this list. Burn them into your memories. A friend to Israel is an enemy of the American people. Speak out against them. Vote against them. Hound and drive these friends of Israel from the halls of American government.

Jun 02 08:10

Flotilla fallout

Jake Tapper, a reporter for ABC News writes that “there won’t be any daylight between the US and Israel.” The rationale? A senior administration official says “The president has always said that it will be much easier for Israel to make peace if it feels secure.”

Of course, that’s nonsense. Israeli security has nothing to do with it. The reality is that Israeli aggression is possible only because Israel understands that the US is its poodle and that the US will work on its behalf in the UN and elsewhere, no matter what Israel does. The Israel Lobby is ultimately to blame, meaning ultimately the influence of Jewish money on the political process.

Jun 02 08:09

Eyewitness and victim recounts Israeli flotilla attack on an American boat and crew

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check this at about the middle where the lady says the Israelis ripped off everything, including money, laptops, backpacks, everything and never gave it back to any of them.

The "Noble" Israelis are common pirates, nothing more.

Jun 02 08:00

ISRAEL HAS NOT RELEASED EVERYONE!

At least four Palestinian/Israelis, Free Gaza Movement board director, Lubna Masarwa, Sheik Raed Salah, leader of the northern branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel, Mohammed Zeidan, Director of International Advocacy Programme for the Arab Association for Human Rights. and Hamed abu Dabis are facing multiple serious criminal offences for their participation in a peaceful voyage to break Israel’s blockade of Gaza.

After a full day in court represented by excellent attorneys from Adalah, they were remanded until June 8, evidence of how seriously the situation is for these four human rights workers.

This illegal incarceration is just another example of Israel’s draconian policies.




Jun 02 07:59

Israel's Disinformation Campaign Against the Gaza Freedom Flotilla

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And if Israel and the US media lie this badly over the flotilla attack, what else have they lied about for the last 70 years. Indeed, it might be easier to count the few times that Israel and the US Media have been 100% truthful.

Jun 02 07:52

FLASHBACK - Hamas Sweeps Palestinian Elections

The radical Islamic movement Hamas won a large majority in the new Palestinian parliament, according to official election results announced Thursday, trouncing the governing Fatah party in a contest that could dramatically reshape the Palestinians' relations with Israel and the rest of the world.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As you can see over at Twitter, Israel's "Megaphonies" are out in full force trying to twist Israel's latest war crime into another case of "blame the victim." One of the claims still being repeated on ABCNNBBCBS is that HAMAS is a terrorist organization that seized control of Gaza in a violent coupe. But as this article from the Washington Post (make a local copy before it gets Orwellized) proves, HAMAS won the elections and is the legal government of Gaza. Israel doe snot like that. Israel wanted FATAH, a group Israel had more control over, to win. So Israel and the US pretend the election never happened and are punishing the Gazans for daring to vote for the "wrong" people.

Please post this WaPo article everywhere you see the claim made that HAMAS "seized" Gaza or in some way is not supposed to be the legitimate government of Gaza.

Then ask these questions. If Israel and the US media are lying about the Gaza elections this blatantly, how can anyone trust anything they say about Israel or Palestine? If Israel and the US media are lying about the Gaza elections this blatantly, what else have they been lying about?

USS Liberty?

If Israel and the US media are lying about the Gaza elections this blatantly, has the last 70 years of claims made about Israel and the history of WW2 been one huge ongoing lie and deception?

If Israel and the US media are lying about the Gaza elections this blatantly, Please repost.

Jun 02 07:42

Glenn Greenwald Destroys MSNBC's Israeli Lapdog Apologist

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Israel's latest war crime will reveal who is Israel's slave in the media.

Jun 02 07:35

Israel releases image of #Flotilla terrorist mastermind attacking Israeli soldiers with Arab dagger



Jun 02 07:23

LOWKEY PROTEST IN LONDON – LONG LIVE PALESTINE !

Rapper and Poet Lowkey rightly says, “We are sick of it”, “We are sick of it”, as he leads a demonstration at London’s Downing Street, on 31st, May, to protest yet another massacre by Israel, this time of 9-16 ( numbers and names not yet confirmed) human rights activists onboard the Flotilla sailing to Gaza , with humanitarian aid for Gazans. He says, “We need the names now… this is not a crime against the Palestinian people, this not a crime against the Turkish people, this is not a crime against the British people, this is a crime against Humanity… We were not there, it is our tax dollars that went into the bullets that killed those humanitarian activists….”

Lowkey has demonstrated huge support and love for the people of Palestine .

Must watch. He is Amazing!

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Jun 02 07:15

Israel has Crossed the Rubicon

Lynda Brayer is an Israeli lawyer who I met in my homeland in Palestine.

Israel has crossed the Rubicon – by Lynda Brayer – May 31, 2010

The cold-blooded murder of unarmed civilians by government forces is the most damning of government actions. It is not only a crime, or an atrocity, or a massacre – which is bad enough in itself – but carries with it the irremovable mark of Cain, the mark of murder! Government murder, of necessity, contaminates a political system that practices it, and inextricably and inevitably causes political delegitimization of such a government....

Jun 02 06:59

Ex-Mossad agent: Gaza flotilla raid ’so stupid it’s stupefying’

The former Mossad agent is Victor Ostrovsky, who enlisted in the Israeli Defense Force at age 18 and has since written two books highly critical of Israel's war-fighting apparatus. His first book, "By Way of Deception," illustrates the brutal and often confusing nature of the Israeli spy service's covert operations, casting the agency as a villain that engages in the drug trade to further their ambitions over the good of Israel.

Jun 02 06:45

The New Trend: Default On Your Mortgage And Stay In Your House!



Jun 02 05:51

Roberts: 'AIPAC purchases US elections'

Jun 02 05:44

FORMER US ARMY COL. ANN WRIGHT SEEN ARRESTED BY ISRAELI COMMANDOS

Former United States Army Colonel, Foreign Diplomat, Peace Advocat, Ann Wright is seen in this video being arrested by Israeli commandos onboard the humanitarian aid flotilla “Marmara”, reports Dick Allgire from Honolulu.

“Israel has been allowed to get away with anything they want to, any criminal act they want to, any violation of international law, America protects them” says Ann Wright.

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http://mycatbirdseat.com/2010/06/former-us-army-col-ann-wright-seen-ar...

Jun 02 05:23

Interview with U.S. Senate Candidate Merrill Cook on 9-11 and Federal Reserve Bank

After the Senatorial Discussions put on by the Heritage Training Center; members of We Are Change Utah took some time to talk to Merrill Cook about 9/11, Bilderberg and his thoughts on those topics. Surprisingly Merrill Cook has been invited to go to Bilderberg but he declined. Maybe Merrill Cook is not like the rest of the political entrepreneurs who are easily corrupted by money and lucrative opportunities. Clearly he is not afraid to speak his mind and give us entirely political rhetoric. An honest politician is scarce breed yet very refreshing.

More over, Merrill Cook has questions about 9/11, and not those of the average politician. Merrill Cook told We Are Change Utah that specifically building 7 and the FAA errors are the most pressing is his mind.

Jun 02 03:07

Obama's Timidity, Failed Policies and much more

Timidity. Euphemism for cowardice. --ts

Jun 02 03:03

Of course, they were asking for it

It's time the Israeli government's PR team made the most of its talents, and became available for hire. Then whenever a nutcase marched into a shopping mall in somewhere like Wisconsin and gunned down a selection of passers-by, they could be on hand to tell the world's press "The gunman regrets the loss of life but did all he could to avoid violence." Then various governments would issue statements saying "All we know is a man went berserk with an AK 47, and next to him there's a pile of corpses, so until we know the facts we can't pass judgement on what took place."

Jun 02 02:49

Another Israeli Crime

The Israeli government’s attack on civilian ships is an act of a desperate, panic-stricken state that has lost all other options. It is also a sign of political bankruptcy and an additional proof of the moral degeneration of an army which has been carrying out one barbaric massacre after another, not against other armies but mainly against innocent, defenceless civilians.



Jun 02 02:47

Israel Knows No Limits

If there was further proof needed about the unsurpassed criminality of the regime in Tel Aviv, we had it in the wee hours of Monday, when it sent its troops on an illegal mission to kill unarmed civilians in international waters.

Jun 02 02:45

What if it Were Your Child?

Almost every subject can be argued two ways, especially when the subject at hand is as controversial as the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. No matter how unjust the Israeli siege on the Gaza Strip is, there will always be those biased souls that justify it with the “Hamas terrorists” argument and the hackneyed Israeli pretext of state security. However, one subject, which cannot possibly have a flip side to it, is the torture of children. Only a deranged and perverted mind could justify that. Oh, and of course, Israel’s security establishment.

Jun 02 02:06

Leader: West to blame for Gaza aid attack

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says the United States, Britain and France must be held accountable for an Israeli attack on a Gaza-bound aid convoy.

The Leader said the attack on the international convoy was an act of lunacy, adding that the attack brings Israel closer to its end.

"Zionism is a new and more aggressive face of fascism which is this time supported by governments claiming to be advocates of freedom and human rights with the US above all," Ayatollah Khamenei added.

Jun 02 02:01

The Enemies of Humanity Expose Themselves Again

The recent storming by Israeli state terrorists of a Turkish humanitarian aid ship Mavi Marmara in international waters, killing of twenty people during the illegal seizure, and subsequent kidnapping of nearly seven hundred passengers, is yet another of numerous Israeli operations that have highlighted the essence of Zionism and its utter disregard for humanity.



Jun 02 01:56

Greta Berlin: Marbles, paint balls and nukes [Videos]

The Israeli military (IDF), has been busy spinning the story of their attack on a civilian convoy trying to deliver aid to the besieged people of Gaza. They’ve had a head start, sending out edited videos, posting ’supposed’ military footage of the passengers attacking them, saying that they confiscated ‘weapons’ which apparently turned out to be marbles, sling shots, kitchen knives and aluminum chairs.

More will be revealed as passengers are released. We already know that Israel shot the captain of the Marmara and the European Campaign boat, maybe hoping that we would no longer be able to hire captains. Several activists have spoken to their respective Consulates and informed of being kicked, beaten, dragged along the ground, tear gassed and bags thrown over their heads.

Jun 02 01:50

Former CIA Officer’s Giraldi & McGovern: Israel Controls U.S. Government & Media

Editors Note: Some tragic and hard truths and facts, pretty much the game as we’ve known it. Every bit counts, and this is public exposure of a positive nature, so hear it from the experts in the field, in this Press TV interview.

Phillip Giraldi, Former CIA Case Officer | Ray McGovern, Former CIA Analyst/Presidential Daily Briefer

http://mycatbirdseat.com/2010/06/former-cia-officers-giraldi-mcgovern-...

Jun 02 01:46

AIPAC: The Voice of America — Part 2 The Treasonous Dollar Drain

By Anthony Lawson

A closer look at how the members of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee exercise a grotesquely disproportionate amount of power over the foreign policies of the United States.



Jun 02 00:59

'Money is killing us,' Gulf fisherman says

The latest health risk in the Gulf of Mexico is an abundance of money, says one Louisiana fisherman.

"Money," says Clint Guidry, acting president of the Louisiana Shrimp Association, "is killing us."

BP is paying fishermen up to $3,000 a day to help clean up the oil, according to a contract between BP and one of the fishermen obtained by CNN.

June 1, 2010

Jun 01 23:21

From the 1953 CIA Overthrow of Democracy in Iran, to the Iraq War, to the Criminal Gulf Catastrophe and Deaths, BP Was There

If you were to draw an oily line from the first exploitation of oil in the Middle East by the British in 1901 (they were in the process of converting their then world dominating naval fleet from coal to oil and were in desperate need of it) to the overthrow of the secular democratic leader in Iran, Mohammed Mossadeq, in 1953, to the Iraq War, to the criminal environmental catastrophe in the Gulf, BP would have been there.

Jun 01 23:17

Obama's Timidity and Deaths at Sea

A chief lesson to learn from President Barack Obama’s recent unwillingness to stand up to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the Likud Lobby is that such timidity can get people killed.

Jun 01 23:09

Japanese PM Resigns Over Failure to Move US Base

Just over a week after being forced to make a public apology, admitting that his campaign promise to get the US to abandon a military a base in Okinawa would go unfulfilled, Japanese Prime Minister Hatoyama Yukio has tendered his resignation, putting an end to his eight month reign.



Jun 01 22:26

What Caused The Explosion On The Deepwater Horizon?

A worker told the Wall Street Journal that the crew was in fact preparing to drop the cement plug down the riser—standard procedure—when the order came to instead pump out the mud. “Usually we set the cement plug at that point and let it set for six hours, then displace the well,” he said. The worker told the Journal that this dangerous step was first cleared with the MMS. The MMS refused comment.

Jun 01 22:05

Safety fluid was removed before oil rig exploded in Gulf

If the final cement plug wasn't in place yet, removing the mud would be at odds with "good oil-field practice" outlined in 2003 by the federal Minerals Management Service. The MMS report, prepared by WEST Engineering Services, warns against single-point failures -- counting on one mode of protection -- by saying that "mud weight is the first round of defense against a kick, followed up by" the blowout preventer. Removing the mud left the blowout preventer as the only failsafe.

"To displace mud above the position of the upper plug with water before setting the upper plug means that you are relying on one barrier for the duration; this is not good," said a deepwater drilling expert who did not want to be identified because he does business with BP. The expert is not involved in the Deepwater Horizon project.

Jun 01 21:45

No weapons on stormed Turkish ship: Report

A Turkish customs official on Monday denied Israeli allegations that activists aboard a Turkish aid ship for Gaza stormed by Israeli forces possessed weapons, the Anatolia news agency reported.

"Allegations that there were weapons aboard the Turkish ship are baseless," Fevzi Gulcan, the head of customs at the Mediterranean port city of Antalya, told Anatolia.

Jun 01 21:41

Hawaii Woman Held By Israelis

Retired Army Col. Ann Wright, a Honolulu resident, is reportedly being held by the Israeli government after commandos stormed a flotilla of ships taking aid to Palestinians in Gaza, killing 9 and wounding dozens of others.

Wright is a former state department official who resigned in protest over the Iraq war. She was on one of the ships attempting to take supplies to Palestinians cut off by the Israelis in Gaza.

Wright has been highly critical of Israel.

“They've been able to get away with any criminal act and violation of international law, and America protects them," Wright said in an interview conducted aboard one of the ships just before the attack.

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Jun 01 21:03

Responsibility of Deepwater Horizon Disaster is Pinned to BP & MMS

After reading the following article: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424... that covers testimony from Transocean Ltd., Halliburton and BP, regarding the Deepwater Horizon Exploratory Rig Disaster, fault and responsibility is placed upon the decision of BP and MMS to deviate from established, proven, cementing, curing and plugging procedures.

...According to this worker, BP asked permission from the federal Minerals Management Service to displace the mud before the final plugging operation had begun. The mud in the well weighed 14.3 pounds per gallon; it was displaced by seawater that weighed nearly 50% less. Like BP, the MMS declined to comment on this account.

Jun 01 19:48

Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama Will Announce His Resignation

The main cause of the collapse in polls was the result of his backtracking last month on a pledge to relocate U.S. troops stationed on Okinawa.

Jun 01 19:00

Oil Spill Hearings In Congress: Companies Blame Each Other, Refuse Responsibility

Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama grew frustrated grilling the executives on why engineers replaced a heavy "mud" compound in the well with much lighter sea water – thereby reducing downward pressure on the oil – when they were temporarily capping the site for future exploitation. He quoted an oil rig worker saying, "That's when the well came at us, basically."

"I'm not familiar with the individual procedure on that well," BP's McKay said.

Steven Newman, Transocean's president and CEO, and Halliburton executive Tim Probert repeatedly told Sessions they did not know how often sea water instead of the compound was used to seal Gulf wells.

Jun 01 18:46

Deepwater Horizon oil spill -- Wikipedia

Just hours before the explosion, a BP representative overruled Transocean employees and insisted on displacing protective drilling mud with seawater.[233] One of the BP representative on board responsible for making the final decision, Robert Kaluza, refused to testify on the Fifth Amendment grounds that he might incriminate himself; Donald Vidrine, another BP representative, cited medical reasons for his inability to testify, as did James Mansfield, Transocean's assistant marine engineer on board. [234][235][236]


Thanks to those who just chipped in. We are good until July 1!!


Jun 01 18:44

China aims to become supercomputer superpower

"By comparison, China has 24 machines in the list. Its fastest has a top speed of 1.20 petaflops, more than double the speed of its previous top supercomputer. However, it has a theoretical top speed of nearly 3 petaflops, which would make it the fastest in the world."

and...
Let a Thousand Reactors Bloom (Sept. 2005)
http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/12.09/china.html

China's struggled hard to surpass the U.S. as a world power, and they've accomplished that over 10 years ago.

The 19th century belonged to the Commonwealth.
The 20th century belonged to America.
The 21st century belongs to China.
I trust China will not piss it all away like we did.

Jun 01 18:20

The madness of arrogance: Israel's attack on the Gaza aid flotilla

Alan Sabrosky argues that Israel may have overreached itself by murdering international aid workers bound for beleaguered Gaza, and that this act of wanton savagery provides the civilized world with an opportunity to rein in the rogue Jewish state once and for all.

Jun 01 18:20

After Removing Mud Before Accident, BP’s “Top Kill” Injects Mud to Stop Oil

In a hearing on Wednesday, the chief mechanic on Transocean’s Deepwater Horizon rig testified that a BP representative, in an argument that lasted for hours [9], “overruled drillers from rig owner Transocean and insisted on displacing protective drilling mud [10] from the riser that connected the rig to the oil well,” according to The Times-Picayune of New Orleans.

When Scott Pelley of “60 Minutes” asked Bob Bea, a UC Berkeley engineering professor, why BP would ask for the removal of the mud [13], Bea responded: “It expedites the subsequent steps.”

Jun 01 18:18

Letter to UK Minister Henry Bellingham: the rogue state of Israel’s foulest crime

Stuart Littlewood has emailed his UK Member of Parliament, Henry Bellingham, a newly appointed Foreign Office minister in the coalition government, asking him to spell out the actions the British governments intends to take in response to Israel’s murder on the high seas of Gaza-bound international aid workers.



Jun 01 18:17

Punish North Korea! Who sank the Cheonan?

Christopher King suggests that the sinking of the South Korean warship Cheonan on 26 March was an American false flag operation aimed at creating a dispute with China to use as a pretext to raise barriers to Chinese imports, suspend interest payments on US debt held by the Chinese and force Beijing to revalue the renminbi to reduce China’s trading advantages.

Jun 01 16:26

If Iran had attacked the Gaza aid ships instead of Israel, can you imagine US corporate media spin?

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In violation of international law, Israel boarded and fired upon civilians in international waters attempting to deliver medical supplies and life-necessary materials to Gaza.

Ironically, Gaza is the world's largest concentration camp; collectively, unlawfully, and lethally punished by Israel.

Kourosh Ziabari wrote a brilliant factual article and analysis asking this question: What if Iran Had Carried Out the Gaza Carnage? I’ll reprint his article below.

For my comprehensive resources that includes US/Israel lies to foment war with Iran, click here.

Jun 01 16:22

Eyewitness accounts demolish Israeli lies

Eyewitness accounts demolish Israeli lies: Commandos opened fire before boarding Gaza flotilla, then shot and tortured people at will
Dorian Jones & Helena Smith
The Guardian
Tue, 01 Jun 2010 11:52 EDT

Jun 01 16:19

Is BP trying to cap well, or siphoning oil to sell

Is BP trying to cap the Gulf oil well, or keep it flowing?
Mike Adams
Natural News
Mon, 31 May 2010 10:49 EDT
I spoke to several people who have a work history with BP, and two of them told me they are certain that British Petroleum is NOT trying to stop the oil coming out of the well. What they are trying to do, I was told, is SAVE the oil well so that they can capture the oil and sell it. This claim stands in direct contradiction to what BP says. The company insists it's trying to stop the flow of oil from the well. But if you look at BP's actions, what they're really trying to do is siphon off the gushing oil where it can be pumped to a tanker ship and sold as crude.

Jun 01 16:05

Freedom Flotilla: Separating Truth from Zionist Bullshit

“It was clear from the size of the force that boarded the ship that the purpose was not only to stop this sail, but to cause the largest possible number of fatalities in order to stop such initiatives in the future.”

Jun 01 16:01

LIST OF 12 AMERICANS DETAINED BY ISRAEL AFTER FLOTILLA RAID INCLUDE A FORMER DIPLOMAT AND AN AMBASSADOR

Jun 01 15:45

A Day Which Shall Live In Infamy

During the early morning,as the adhan (call to prayer) was heard captivating the Mediterranean and as many hometown activists watched eagerly from the privacy of their own homes via live broadcast, a violent assemblage of Israeli’s began their pre-meditated attacks on humanitarian activists heading to the tiny sliver of blockaded and besieged land known as Gaza.

Jun 01 14:52

Israel founders in international waters

Until Monday morning, the Mavi Marmara (Blue Marmara) had an undistinguished, if industrious, career. Relentlessly plying Istanbul's passenger routes, the ship carried hundreds of thousands of commuters and holidaymakers through the Bosphorus and the Sea of Marmara. It is doubtful whether any of those passengers would have remembered her name; they were certainly not aware that they were on board one of a very select group of sea-going vessels that have permanently altered world politics. The list includes the HMS Victory, the Bismarck, the General Balgrano - and now the Mavi Marmara.

Jun 01 14:50

Warner Bros. Sued for Pirating Anti-Piracy Technology

Warner Bros. has been sued by a German technology firm which claims the movie and television production company pirated its anti-piracy technology.

German firm Medien Patent Verwaltung claims that in 2003, it revealed a new kind of anti-piracy technology to Warner Bros. that marks films with specific codes so pirated copies can be traced back to their theaters of origin. But like a great, hilariously-ironic DRM Ouroborus, the company claims that Warner began using the system throughout Europe in 2004 but hasn't actually paid a dime for it.

Jun 01 14:43

Russia condemns Israeli raid of humanitarian aid ships in neutral waters

Jun 01 14:42

Israeli Attack on Gaza Aid Ship Violates International Law

Jun 01 14:34

Turkey Promises to Send Supplies to Gaza With Naval Escort

Well, now Israel has done it. They have actually provoked Turkey to the point that they may start a war over this incident massacre:

Jun 01 14:24

Who the hell does Israel think she is?

Two days ago, Israeli forces attacked a humanitarian aid flotilla in international waters. The whole purpose of the activists on the raided Turkish ship, the Mavi Marmara, and several others around it, were to bring aid and supplies, including playgrounds for children, to Gaza. They paid the price by being the targets of Israeli machine guns.

At least 10 unarmed civilians, most of whom are Turks, were killed. Dozens of others were injured.

There is no need to mince words in the face of this atrocity: Israel has committed piracy, barbarism and state terrorism.

Jun 01 14:23

Eyeless in Gaza

I am up to my eyeballs work-wise, but just had to comment on the Israeli attack on the Turkish ship trying to bring supplies to the beleaguered Gazans. Sweet Jesus, when is the U.S. going to understand that the reflexive embrace of whatever Israel does -- particularly under the leadership of a one-dimensional bully -- is not in our interests?

Jun 01 14:22

BP Cites Broken Disk in 'Top Kill' Failure

The ruptured disk may have allowed much of the heavy drilling mud being injected into the well last week to escape into the rock formation outside of the wellbore, people familiar with BP's findings said.

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If that is true, then far more oil and gas are escaping from the well than we see at the well head.

Jun 01 14:17

THANK YOU FROM PALESTINE

This poem was written before the barbarian attack on the Freedom Flotilla, but in the translation I added a verse to salute the European martyrs of Palestine.

Jun 01 14:14

Official: US Will Stand with Israel

Regardless of the details of the flotilla incident, sources say President Obama is focused on what he sees as the longer term issue here: a successful Mideast peace process.

“The president has always said that it will be much easier for Israel to make peace if it feels secure,” a senior administration official tells ABC News.

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Israel has so many nuclear weapons they were trying to sell some to South Africa! How much more "secure" do they need to feel to start acting like a civilized nation? Yow many more people must die? How much more Palestinian land must be stolen?

I admire how brightly you have polished your Israeli slave chains, but they are still slave chains!

Jun 01 13:56

It's Official - Another BP Failure - Efforts To End Flow From BP Well Are Over, Coast Guard Says

BP Plc has given up trying to plug its leaking well in the Gulf of Mexico any sooner than August, laying out a series of steps to pipe the oil to the surface and ship it ashore for refining, said Thad Allen, the U.S. government’s national commander for the incident.

Jun 01 13:53

Mossad chief says, Israel is a burden to US

Smarter people than me say that the lobby has become institutionalized; and that good journalists like my old friend Fred Hiatt are caught up in it not out of ideological commitment but because in Washington it's the water everyone who cares about his/her career swims in. I bet Bill Keller operates that way? Barack Obama? Walter Russell Mead? And the sad thing about the institutional lobby is that its liberal exponents, having checked their values/judgment at the coatcheck some time back, will just roll along with it till they really are dern sure that the rules have changed.

Jun 01 13:52

Israel - You've gone too far this time

This spring while I was in Israel for Passover my Israeli Palestinian friends in Haifa showed me pictures and stories of disabled people(men, women and children) in Gaza using sticks instead of crutches or utterly house bound for lack of a wheelchair. Many of the disabled were as a result of the Gaza war. Understandably, I was very moved by their plight even though I don't have any sympathy for Hamas. My Nephew who is a captain in the Golani Brigade arranged a meeting with the IDF bureaucrats responsible for the the Gaza blockade to hear my request to provide some wheelchairs and crutches for Gaza thru official Israeli channels.

Jun 01 13:51

Vatican bank under scrutiny

ITALIAN prosecutors are investigating the Vatican bank on suspicion of involvement in money laundering, La Repubblica daily reported on Tuesday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

DON'T DRINK THE TEA, BENNY!!!!!!

Jun 01 13:49

Stop Supporting the Troops and End the Wars

War is terrorism. Soldiers are not heroes. Presidents are not saviors.

Jun 01 13:44

It's the Corporate State, Stupid

The early twentieth century Italians, who invented the word fascism, also had a more descriptive term for the concept -- estato corporativo: the corporatist state. Unfortunately for Americans, we have come to equate fascism with its symptoms, not with its structure. The structure of fascism is corporatism, or the corporate state. The structure of fascism is the union, marriage, merger or fusion of corporate economic power with governmental power. Failing to understand fascism, as the consolidation of corporate economic and governmental power in the hands of a few, is to completely misunderstand what fascism is. It is the consolidation of this power that produces the demagogues and regimes we understand as fascist ones.

Jun 01 13:44

Israel: "We Control America"

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And we are all Palestinians now.

Jun 01 13:39

The Enemies of Humanity Expose Themselves Again

The Enemies of Humanity Expose Themselves Again
By Doug Steil | Aletho News | June 1, 2010
The recent storming by Israeli state terrorists of a Turkish humanitarian aid ship Mavi Marmara in international waters, killing of twenty people during the illegal seizure, and subsequent kidnapping of nearly seven hundred passengers, is yet another of numerous Israeli operations that have highlighted the essence of Zionism and its utter disregard for humanity.

Jun 01 13:34

Fuck the troops!

Each and every US serviceperson today who is not deserting, refusing to follow orders or turning their weapons on their commanders is, in fact, a criminal, and one for whom we should feel neither sympathy nor pity, let alone the specious solidarity of “support the troops” when it’s those same “troops” who are carrying out slaughter, destruction and torture in our name.

Jun 01 13:29

Turkey seeks U.S. support vs Israel on flotilla

He said he was disappointed with Washington's cautious response to an incident he likened to the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States.

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Turkey will be disappointed. The US just demonstrated at the United Nations that it remains Israel's obedient slave, blocking an investigation into the war crimes committed by Israel and suggesting rather ludicrously that Israel can be trusted to conduct their own investigation.

This nation is no longer the United States of America; but has become Israel's west annex. And we are all Palestinians now!

Jun 01 13:25

Israel should lead investigation into attack on Gaza flotilla, says US

The United States has blocked demands at the UN security council for an international inquiry into Israel's assault on the Turkish ship carrying aid to Gaza that left nine pro-Palestinian activists dead.

A compromise statement instead calls for an impartial investigation which Washington indicated could be carried out by Israel.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A US-flagged vessel has been attacked in international waters and nine kidnapped Americans are in Israeli jails and the official US policy is to let the criminals do their own investigation???

This means there will be no honest investigation, and that is actually okay because the world will not be free to form their own opinion about what happened, because nobody will believe any official claims made by Israel and the United Nations just died, murdered by the US for the benefit of Israel.

Jun 01 13:16

Feds open criminal probe of Gulf oil spill

Funny they are still saying spill? This is a Disaster.!!!!

Jun 01 13:10

Israel, We Bless Thee

For extorting from me and my fellow Americans $6,000,000,000 (billion) a year for the last 4 decades, we bless thee.

For taking our most sophisticated weapons technology and stealing it for yourself without paying the American patent holders, we bless thee.

For taking that high-tech military technology and selling it to our enemies, such as the Russians and Chinese, thus further endangering us, we bless thee.

For using that weaponry in a sustained attack against a United States ship, the USS Liberty, in an attempt to sink her, thus preventing US servicemen from revealing to the rest of the world information concerning the war crimes they witnessed you commit against Egyptian soldiers in the Sinai Desert during the Six Day War, we bless thee.

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For attacking a US-flagged ship in international waters and kidnapping 9 US citizens while the US Government sits on its hands, we bless thee......

Jun 01 13:08

Lebanon fires on Israeli warplanes: security official

Lebanon's military fired anti-aircraft artillery at Israeli warplanes that were flying over Lebanon, a senior Israeli security official said on Tuesday.

Jun 01 12:57

Israel’s International Piracy

The Israeli attack against the Freedom Flotilla was pre-meditated and pr- planned by the Israeli military headed by its defense minister, Ehud Barak, and approved by its prime minister, Netanyahu. Five large tents were erected at the Israeli port of Ashdod to hold humanitarian activists hostage. Three Israeli military ships loaded with 300 specially trained Israeli commandos accompanied by military helicopters and associated attack speed boats, headed to intercept unarmed humanitarian ships. This was the biggest Israeli naval battle since its illegal establishment in 1948.

Jun 01 12:48

The Aid Israel Claims was harmful to its security

Jun 01 12:46

Anti-Israel protests over flotilla attack intensify

Jun 01 12:35

US veteran on board 'Liberty' was flotilla passenger

A US Navy veteran who was on board the USS Liberty, which Israel attacked during the Six Day War, is now missing after taking part in the conflict-ridden flotilla, US news agencies reported Tuesday.

Sixty-three year-old Joe Miduras, of the Texas town of Corpus Christi, has not yet made contact with his wife, Jean.

Jun 01 12:31

Israel should lead investigation into attack on Gaza flotilla, says US

The US representative at the security council discussions, Alejandro Wolff, indicated that Washington would be satisfied with Israel investigating itself when he called for it to undertake a credible investigation.

Jun 01 12:26

BP Shares Plunge 20% in one day

I was waiting for this, But I actually thought it might fall even farther. Ah well the week isn't over yet.

Jun 01 12:06

Dogs Will Be Dogs–Israel’s Latest Slaughter of the Innocents Just Business as Usual

“Tell me, do the evil men of this world have a bad time? They hunt and catch whatever they feel like eating. They don’t suffer from indigestion and are not punished by Heaven. I want Israel to join that club. Maybe the world will then at last begin to fear us instead of feeling sorry. Maybe they will start to tremble, to fear our madness instead of admiring our nobility. Let them tremble; let them call us a mad state. Let them understand that we are a savage country, dangerous to our surroundings, not normal, that we might go wild, that we might start World War Three just like that, or that we might one day go crazy and burn all the oil fields in the Middle East. Even if you’ll prove to me that the present war is a dirty immoral war, I don’t care.

Jun 01 11:48

Ships and their flags

1. Mavi Marmara passenger Flagged in Turkey

2. Sofia cargo ship Flagged in Greece

3. Gazza 1 cargo ship Flagged in Turkey

4. Gazza 2 cargo ship Flagged in Turkey

5. Spendoni passenger Flagged in Greece

6. Challenger 1 Flagged in U.S.

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Okay, this is a confirm. Israel has committed an act of war against a US flagged vessel, and Obama's reaction is "We are studying the situation." Ever ready to spill American blood in nations that have not actually attacked us such as Iraq, Afghanistan and Iran President Barack Obama stands obediently mute and impotent before Israel like the good little Tel Aviv slave he is. Other world leaders have blasted Israel and demanded their citizens back, or else and Israel has started sending back those citizens, while nine Americans as of this writing remain inside Israel's prison.

We are all Palestinians now.

Jun 01 11:36

Israel Turns to YouTube, Twitter After Flotilla Fiasco

Israel Turns to YouTube, Twitter After Flotilla Fiasco

* By Noah Shachtman
* June 1, 2010

WIRED.com

The Israeli government is hoping YouTube and Twitter can help restore its reputation after a botched raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla killed nine people. Don’t get your hopes up, Bibi. There’s only so much a technological tactic can do after such a big strategic blunder. Besides, the folks on those ships had phone cameras, too.

Jun 01 11:35

US should condemn Israeli raid, push for immediate talks

THE ISRAELI raid that killed at least nine activists who sought to break the blockade of Gaza is a turning point in the Middle East. The likeliest reaction is a new wave of terrorism and conflict. The less likely — but absolutely critical — reaction should be a renewed commitment to the peace process. No event could demonstrate more clearly to all parties that the current situation on the West Bank and in Gaza is not sustainable, and that a two-state agreement is essential for world peace.

Jun 01 11:30

Detained flotilla activists denied lawyer

Rights groups have expressed concern over the continued detention of 480 passengers from the six Freedom Flotilla ships, reportedly moved to the Ela Prison in Israel's south.

Israeli daily newspaper Haaretz said Tuesday that so far 50 of the Flotilla passengers had been voluntarily repatriated to their home countries, while some 629 had refused to be deported and would remain in Israeli prison until the nation decided what, if any, legal action would be taken.

Jun 01 11:28

Photos from protest at Israeli embassy The Hague yesterday

Jun 01 11:25

Witnesses cast doubt on Israel's convoy raid account

Eyewitness accounts from ships raided by Israeli commandos have cast doubt on Israel's version of events that led to the deaths of at least 10 people.

German pro-Palestinian activist Norman Paech said he had only seen wooden sticks being brandished as troops abseiled on to the deck of the ship.

Israel says its soldiers were attacked with "knives, clubs and other weapons" and opened fire in self defence.

Jun 01 11:25

Gaza flotilla raid draws furious response from Turkey's prime minister

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"We are studying the situation." -- Obama

Jun 01 11:23

Flotilla raid passengers tell of violent attacks

Most of those killed were aboard the Turkish-flagged Mavi Marmara, and there have been conflicting accounts of what happened during the assault.

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This means there was killing by the IDF on other ships.

Jun 01 11:22

Cowen: Israel faces 'serious consequences' if Irish are harmed

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"We are studying the situation." -- Obama

Jun 01 11:07

Eyewitnesses recount Israel flotilla raid

Hanin Zoabi, a member of the Israeli parliament, was on board the Miva Marmara, the ship that was the scene of a confrontation between activists and Israeli soldiers. That clash left at least nine people dead.

The Israeli Navy fired on the ships five minutes before commandos descended from ropes that dangled from helicopters, Zoabi said during a press conference in Nazareth, Israel. She said passengers on board the ship were unarmed.

Jun 01 11:02

Raid on the Gaza Flotilla Israel's Attack on Us All

Before we get swamped by Israeli hasbara let’s reiterate a few simple facts:

* Israeli soldiers invaded these ships in international waters, breaking international law, and, in killing civilians, committed a war crime. The counter-claim by Israeli commanders that their soldiers responded to an imminent "lynch" by civilians should be dismissed with the loud contempt it deserves.

Jun 01 10:58

America's Complicity in Evil

Just as the US Congress voted to deep-six Judge Goldstone's report on Israel's war crimes committed in Israel's January 2009 invasion of Gaza, Obama has deep-sixed Israel's latest act of barbarism by pretending that he doesn't know what has happened.

No one in the world will believe that America's spy apparatus did not detect the movement of the Israeli attack force toward the aid ships in international waters in an act of piracy, killing 20, wounding 50, and kidnapping the rest.

Obama's 12-hour silence in the face of extreme barbarity is his signal to the controlled corporate media to remain on the sidelines until Israeli propaganda sets the story.

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Memo to the Obama Administration: this story will be told in its total truth by those survivors of this massacre from Germany, Greece, and Turkey who have already been released; WRH will continue to cover this, and will not let it go!!

Jun 01 10:52

Israel Murders Human Rights Workers Delivering Humanitarian Aid

On Sunday, Israel murdered human rights workers who were attempting to deliver 10,000 tons of humanitarian aid to the people of Gaza, because Gaza has been virtually cut off from the outside world by Israel. At least 19 people were reportedly killed and dozens injured when Israeli troops boarded the 6-ship Freedom Flotilla convoy in international waters and immediately fired live ammunition at the people on board the ships. The convoy was comprised of 700 people from 50 nationalities and included a Nobel laureate, members of parliament from Ireland, Germany, Sweden, Turkey and Malaysia, as well as Palestinian members of the Israeli Knesset and a Holocaust survivor.

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One has to wonder; by whom and how will Israel be stopped from its acts of barbarity against the Palestinian people?

Jun 01 10:45

Curious Trading by Federal Reserve Advisor May Result in JPMorgan Chase $1.264 Billion Windfall

There is some mighty curious trading going on in Maiden Lane LLC, the entity set up by the Federal Reserve to buy some of Bear Stearns' assets.

Jun 01 10:44

US activist loses eye after being shot in face with tear gas canister

Emily is recovering at Hadassah Hospital after two surgeries Monday night. She lost her left eye, three metal plates were inserted into her head/face, and her jaw is wired shut. The bone surrounding her eye socket, cheekbone and jawbone are all fractured. Emily was standing peacefully during a demonstration at Qalandiya checkpoint Monday when Border Police fired a large number of tear gas canisters directly at the heads of Emily and another ISM activist.

Henochowicz is an art student at the prestigious Cooper Union, located in East Village, Manhattan.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So the IDF cavalierly shots out the eye of an American art student with a tear gas canister in a peaceful protest in the West Bank and what do we hear at the US State Department about this?!?

Absolute, complete, deafening silence.

Jun 01 10:39

Israel says Free Gaza Movement poses threat to Jewish state

Once viewed only as a political nuisance by Israel's government, the group behind the Gaza aid flotilla has grown since its inception four years ago into a broad international movement that now includes Islamist organizations that Israeli intelligence agencies say pose a security threat to the Jewish state.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Desperately needed aid for Gaza is not a "security threat to the Jewish State"; this aid is a humanitarian necessity, and the collective punishment of Gaza by the Israeli siege is a crime against humanity, period, end of discussion.

Jun 01 10:36

THE ELDERS CONDEMN ISRAEL’S DEPLORABLE ATTACK

Nobel-winning Elders deplore Gaza flotilla attack

The Elders group of past and present world leaders, including former South African president Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, on Monday condemned as “completely inexcusable” the deadly Israeli attack on a flotilla carrying aid for Gaza.

Jun 01 10:35

NEW YORKERS CONDEMN ISRAELI PIRACY

New Yorkers Join Worldwide Chorus of Condemnation of Israeli Attack on Flotilla

Jun 01 10:35

Israel defending the indefensible

The Israeli military's justification that its soldiers were lynched and hence were defending themselves adds insult to death.

Israeli spokespeople and officials have used the same military strategy in the battle for public opinion: offence is the best defence. Israel had no other option, say the Israeli officials, but to attack!

However, regardless of exactly what happened on those solidarity ships, Israeli use of force will prove self-defeating. Attacking other nations' citizens in international waters because they resisted arrest is not only illegal, but serves to demean international legal norms.

Jun 01 10:32

Demonstration against Israeli strike in Helsinki, Finland

Jun 01 10:31

Turkish fleet will sail to the eastern Mediterranean

Moira tourkikou the Navy, consisting of four frigates previously participated in an exercise to the west and south of Crete and had been subsequently for the port of Alexandria, arrived yesterday morning at the port of Cartagena in Spain and is expected to leave for the Eastern Mediterranean. Turkey came to be threatened by new ships with humanitarian aid will be sent to the Gaza Strip, have naval escorts Turkish Navy Ships!

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Although the translation from the Greek is more than a little less than perfect, the gist of this is that Turkish warships are reported on the move toward Israel.

Jun 01 10:21

China and Japan 'back North Korea financial sanctions'

South Korea says it has persuaded China and Japan to take part in financial sanctions against North Korea.

It is invoking UN resolution 1695, passed in 2006, which makes it possible to introduce economic sanctions against North Korea for breaching its international obligations.

The government in Seoul wants all inflows of money to North Korea to be stopped.

If China, which has so far delayed announcing its own findings on the sinking of the Cheonan, does take part in the sanctions, it could make life even harder for President Kim Jong-il's regime.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We will see if this really happens at the UN.

If so, it sets the stage for even further ratcheting up tensions in the region.

Jun 01 10:15

UN Security Council Members Demand Israel End Blockade

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The UN Security Council is behaving as though Israel will actually listen to it and respond accordingly.

One of the classic definitions of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting a different outcome, which seems to be the MO of the Security Council regarding Israel.

Israel will simply throw any resolution the UN Security Council comes up with right smack into the trash bin, as it has done with all preceding resolutions condemning its behavior. It knows that the anything the UN says regarding Israel is simply sound and fury, signifying...nothing.

Jun 01 10:14

Gaza aid flotilla attack: UN calls for impartial inquiry

One, who identified himself as American but did not give his name, told reporters as he was being led away the he was "not violent".

"What I can tell you is that there are bruises all over my body," he said. "They won't let me show them to you."

Jun 01 10:11

Egypt Lifts Its Side Of Gaza Blockade

The governor of northern Sinai, Murad Muwafi, says President Hosni Mubarak ordered the opening of the border crossing to Gaza in the town of Rafah for several days.

Muwafi says the opening of the crossing – which Egypt sealed after Gaza was taken over by Hamas militants in 2007 – is an effort to "alleviate the suffering of our Palestinian brothers after the Israeli attack" on the flotilla.

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Good on Mubarak; but let's make open border to Gaza last not "...a couple of days", but a permanent lifting of the siege on Egypt's part!

Jun 01 10:07

Turkish PM: Israeli Raid A 'Bloody Massacre'

The Turkish prime minister furiously blamed Israel on Tuesday for a "bloody massacre" that killed nine people on a Gaza-bound Turkish aid ship, and proclaimed that the two countries had reached a turning point in their long-standing alliance.

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan told lawmakers in Parliament that the boarding of the Mediterranean flotilla and killing of at least four Turkish activists was an attack "on international law, the conscience of humanity and world peace."

Jun 01 10:04

'The ship turned into a lake of blood,' says activist on Gaza flotilla

Pro-Palestinian activists returning to Europe said Israeli commandos used stun guns on passengers and beat them during the deadly raid on an aid flotilla that was trying to break Israel's blockade of Gaza. One woman said her aid ship turned into a lake of blood."

Five Germans, six Greeks and several others - among them a Turkish woman and her 1-year-old baby - were released Tuesday, but Israel barred access to hundreds of other activists seized during the raid Monday that killed at least nine people and wounded dozens.

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Please note that Turkey, Greece, and Germany have obviously advocated in no uncertain terms for their citizens to be released and returned, which the President of the United States has refused to do, to date.

Jun 01 10:02

With Their Eye on Midterms, Don't Expect Democrats to Break With Israel

When it comes to the U.S., those hoping that the deaths of nine foreign-aid workers will produce a notably different stance on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict ought not to hold their breath. Current political circumstances, including the fact that this is an election year, make it very unlikely.

Jun 01 10:01

What does Israel fear from media coverage?

Reuters reported that Israel was holding hundreds of activists incommunicado in and around the port city of Ashdod, refusing to permit journalists access to witnesses who might contradict Israel's version of events.

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What is Israel afraid of? In two words, the truth.

Jun 01 09:59

J’ACCUSE TOUT LE MONDE!

Two and a half years ago I wrote the following…
Israel does not carry the blame alone for the carnage we see in Gaza today. The world is aware of what is happening and they chose to look the other way…
If a tree falls in the forest and no one is close by to hear it fall, was there a noise? YES!
If an entire segment of humanity is being brutally murdered and screams out for help and no one hears them, was there a cry for help? Again YES!

Jun 01 09:58

SOME VOICES OF SANITY ARE STILL HEARD COMING FROM ISRAEL

Jun 01 09:57

ISRAEL TRYING TO JUSTIFY THE UNJUSTIFIABLE

Embarrassed Israel spreads disinformation, lies, to justify flotilla massacre.

Jun 01 09:57

Israeli Navy: 'Next time we'll use more force"

srael will use more aggressive force in the future to prevent ships from breaking the sea blockade on the Gaza Strip, a top Navy commander told The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday.

"We boarded the ship and were attacked as if it was a war," the officer said. "That will mean that we will have to come preparedin the future as if it was a war."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Every foreign national volunteering on these aid ships can expect now that there will be a "shoot to kill" order for every man and woman on every aid ship.

The question is, what will the governments of the countries from which those people are traveling on these aid ships do if their citizens are killed or wounded.

Jun 01 09:57

THE LUNACY OF ISRAEL; FINKELSTEIN AND OTHERS ATTEST TO THIS

2000 people came out in an emergency protest against the Israeli massacre of unarmed peace activists bringing aid to Gaza. Israeli forces boarded the Freedom Flotilla in international waters and began shooting. This is the first of 2 NYC demonstrations. There were many Turkish flags present at the demonstration as well as Palestinian flags. People called for boycott of Israel and an end of U.S. support. As one person put it, we want money for jobs not for war on poor people abroad.

Jun 01 09:52

Hewlett-Packard to cut 3,000 jobs

Hewlett-Packard plans to cut 3,000 jobs over the next few years as it ramps up its use of automated data centers for business customers, the company announced Tuesday.

The cuts add to the nearly 25,000 employees HP said it would lay off after it bought tech firm Electronic Data Systems in August 2008. At the time, HP said those cuts would result in annual cost savings of about $1.8 billion.

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The American worker has become as disposable and expendable as a Kleenex in the the pursuit of corporate profits.

Jun 01 09:51

Gaza flotilla drives Israel into a sea of stupidity

Of course the peace flotilla will not bring peace, and it won't even manage to reach the Gaza shore. The action plan has included dragging the ships to Ashdod port, but it has again dragged us to the shores of stupidity and wrongdoing

Jun 01 09:49

France condemns Israeli flotilla raid

French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner condemned Israel's interception of an aid flotilla bound for the blockaded Gaza Strip on Monday and demanded an immediate inquiry into the incident.

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... thereby putting the US Government to shame for its lack of balls.

Jun 01 09:47

Demonstrate against Israel's atrocities and for end to Gaza siege

Saturday 5 June • Gaza Flotilla March • End the Siege of Gaza: Freedom for Palestine

Assemble Downing Street • London • 1.30pm • March to the Israeli Embassy

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Torches, pitchforks, tar, and feathers are optional.

Jun 01 09:47

U.N. Says Iran Has Fuel for 2 Nuclear Weapons

In their last report before the United Nations Security Council votes on sanctions against Iran, international nuclear inspectors declared Monday that Iran has now produced a stockpile of nuclear fuel that experts say would be enough, with further enrichment, to make two nuclear weapons.

The toughly worded report says that Iran has expanded work at one of its nuclear sites. It also describes, step by step, how inspectors have been denied access to a series of facilities, and how Iran has refused to answer inspectors’ questions on a variety of activities, including what the agency called the “possible existence” of “activities related to the development of a nuclear payload for a missile.”

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Apparently, the current head of the IAEA, Yukiya Amano, has caved to pressure from the US and Israel to conjure up a report which will ultimately be used as the justification for launching a military attack against Iran for these "alleged" activities.

Jun 01 09:44

Obama Regime Blocks Condemnation of Israeli Crimes at UNSC Meeting

In defiance of international law the United States refuses to condemn Israel’s murder of peace activists in international waters.

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No government can serve two masters and a government that serves Israel cannot serve the American people.

Jun 01 09:41

Israel: "They beat us up"

(CNN) -- Three Israeli choppers with 15 soldiers aboard and several commando boats were involved in a skirmish with activists on a flotilla seeking to defy an Israeli blockade and deliver aid to Gaza, a senior military official said Monday on condition of anonymity.


Skirmish!? How about bloody murder?
And of cause not one word about the attack taking place in international water.

Good work CNN, yet a giant leap towards hypocrisy.

Jun 01 09:30

The Israeli Attack on the USS Liberty

Would the US allow its citizens to be attacked and killed by a foreign power and then cover up the facts?

It would - and it has.

On June 8th, 1967, the Israeli military attacked and attempted to sink the USS Liberty as she sailed under a US flag in international waters. Thirty-four US servicemen were killed and 171 injured by a well-coordinated, multi-wave assault which included the use of napalm.

The Israeli military called the attack a "tragic mistake" and then-President Lyndon Johnson agreed it was nothing more. Sailors who were aboard the ship were warned not to disclose the facts of what happened that day under penalty of court martial - or worse.

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And by all accounts is about to do so again.

Jun 01 09:29

Israel reveals its true face

This will count. A flotilla of relief boats attacked in international waters. Armed commandos boarding a vessel carrying supplies for a besieged civilian population. More than 10 peace activists reported killed. This has to be made to count.

Jun 01 09:29

Scientists warn of unseen deepwater oil disaster

Researchers have said they have found at least two massive underwater plumes of what appears to be oil, each hundreds of feet deep and stretching for miles. Yet the chief executive of BP PLC — which has for weeks downplayed everything from the amount of oil spewing into the Gulf to the environmental impact — said there is "no evidence" that huge amounts of oil are suspended undersea.

Jun 01 09:20

Photo Gallery: Attack at Dawn

Many dead, many injured: Israel stopped an aid flotilla headed for the Gaza Strip with bloody military action on Monday morning. Israeli soldiers took over one of six of the ships in the fleet. Here a photo shows the Israeli troops storming the "Mavi Marmara." The organization Free Gaza said the ship was clearly in international waters.

Jun 01 09:18

UN condemns Israel's deadly raid on blockade-busting aid convoy as British relatives face anxious wait for news

The United Nations Security Council today condemned Israel's bloody commando raid on the Gaza flotilla and which left up to 19 dead and called for an impartial investigation into the incident.

In a statement released after a marathon 12-hour session, the body attacked 'those acts' which resulted in the loss of life.

But it stopped short of naming Israel outright, a move designed to placate the country's closest ally the United States.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Suck, suck, swallow, swallow..."

No government can serve two masters and a government that serves Israel cannot serve the American people.

Jun 01 09:03

Thousands protest flotilla deaths, clashes in Athens

Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets in Europe and the Middle East Monday, clashing with police as they protested against the Israeli storming of a Gaza-bound aid flotilla during which 10 activists were killed.

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Note that the "Megaphonies", Israel's online PR goons, are out in full force in the comments section.

Jun 01 09:01

BP hit by avalanche of compensation claims over US oil spill

While work continues to try to staunch the flow of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, an avalanche of class action lawsuits is descending upon BP in courthouses from Texas to Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi and Florida.

The suits include claims for loss of earnings, loss of enjoyment or property, or for bereavement suffered by families of the 11 workers killed when BP's Deepwater Horizon rig caught fire and sank on 30 April.

BP has pledged to meet all "legitimate claims". But after the failure of the company's attempted "top kill" fix at the weekend, financial analysts fear the cost could become astronomical if oil continues to flow into the Gulf for weeks to come.

Jun 01 09:01

Israel: The Pariah of the International Community

The most striking feature about Israel’s most recent act of terrorism, an act of piracy and murder on the high seas, is that it surprises nobody. A robber steals. Israel commits war crimes. What is even more remarkable is its attempts at self-justification, claiming that its soldiers were attacked.

Well of course they were attacked. They were illegally boarding a ship carrying peace activists trying to feed the starving people of Gaza in international waters. This was an act of piracy, this was an act of terrorism. Someone invades your space. You fight back.

Jun 01 08:59

Aberdeen protest over Israel’s attack on aid ship

BRITAIN has joined global calls for an inquiry into Israel’s deadly assault on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla which killed at least nine people.

Jun 01 08:59

Attack Timeline: How Gaza Freedom Flotilla was raided by Israeli commandos

Strong condemnation is growing around the world after the Israeli military attacked a flotilla of ships carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza. Reports say up to 20 peace activists were killed and dozens injured as commandos stormed the flotilla in international waters. Some of the ships have now arrived in the Israeli port city of Ashdod

Source: Russia Today

Video at link.

Jun 01 08:59

Belfast protest over Israeli raid

Jun 01 08:58

Gaza aid flotilla attack: several Britons detained

Several British nationals have been detained by Israeli authorities following the assault on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla, the Foreign Office said.

Jun 01 08:58

Fears for aid workers in Gaza death attacks

Jun 01 08:57

Two ships still heading towards Gaza

Organizers of flotilla say Irish 'Rachel Corrie', American ship await news on those killed in raid.

Jun 01 08:49

One journalist beats Israeli censorship on the Gaza flotilla attack

It was difficult, if not impossible, for journalists to report freely on the attack by Israeli forces on the aid ships attempting to break the Gaza blockade. But Al Jazeera's Jamal Elshayyal did manage to make this broadcast before communications were cut.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That live feed probably saved a lot of lives. Had Israel decided that they had total control over the flow of information from the aid flotilla, probably everybody on that death list would indeed be dead.

Jun 01 08:46

UN Security Council Members Demand Israel End Blockade

But U.S. deputy ambassador Alejandro Wolff, made no mention of an international probe, saying: "We expect a credible and transparent investigation and strongly urge the Israeli government to investigate the incident fully."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Suck, suck, swallow, swallow..."

Jun 01 08:44

Death toll from Gaza aid attack hits 20

The death toll from the Israeli navy's takeover of a Gaza aid convoy has risen to 20 while Israel carefully censors reports on the casualties from the attack.

Gaza Freedom Flotilla came under fire early on Monday by Israeli navy forces in international waters more than 150km (90 miles) off the coast of Gaza.

The six-ship aid fleet was soon stormed by commandos descending from helicopters.

At least 20 people were killed in the takeover of the Gaza aid convoy, al-Aqsa TV channel reported, saying that more than 50 people, including leader of the Palestinian Islamic Movement Sheikh Raed Salah, were wounded in the attack.

Jun 01 08:40

Martin demands entry for Irish aid ship

Minister for Foreign Affairs Micheál Martin has called on Israel to allow Irish humanitarian ship, the MV Rachel Corrie , pass through its military blockade of Gaza.

The cargo ship is ploughing ahead with its attempt to deliver aid to Gaza despite yesterday’s deadly attack by the Israeli navy on Gaza-bound ship the Mavi Marmara .

Jun 01 08:39

Satire: Israel Attacks US

....hundreds of Israeli F-16 fighter jets streaked across the Atlantic in precise formation and fired surgical air strikes at alleged terrorist strongholds in densely populated Muslim communities all along the northeast corridor of the United States. The American-made Lockheed Martin F-16 fighter jets then continued south, inflicting massive destruction in densely populated Muslim communities along many southeastern US states as well.

Reaction to the attacks on the US was swift. President Bush and President-Elect Obama both appealed for restraint, but stated emphatically, “Israel has the right to defend itself.”

Jun 01 08:39

The "Death List" dropped by one of the attacking Israelis.

Jun 01 08:38

FREEDOM FLOTILLA INVASION - FOOTAGE THE MAINSTREAM WON'T SHOW

Jun 01 08:35

Israel planning massive attack on Gaza: Ahmadinejad

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Tuesday that Iran has precise information that Israel plans to launch a "massive attack" on Gaza in the wake of its deadly raid on an aid flotilla.

"We have precise information it has planned a massive attack against Gaza to make up for its past defeats," Ahmadinejad said in a public speech in the western Iranian city of Ilam that was broadcast live on state television.

Jun 01 08:35

Rachel Corrie Continues Towards Gaza: Will Obama Let Israel Attack?

Might the Israeli military attack the Rachel Corrie, as the Israeli military attacked the Mavi Marmara? Would the Obama Administration permit such an Israeli attack on the Rachel Corrie, as the Obama Administration permitted the Israeli attack on the Mavi Marmara?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There you have it, the Obama administration conspired with a foreign government to allow an attack by that foreign government on our own citizens!

American needs leaders who put America first, second, and third.

American needs leaders who put America first, second, and third.

American needs leaders who put America first, second, and third.

Jun 01 08:31

Witness: No one armed on Gaza flotilla

Three visibly shaken Germans, who experienced a deadly raid by the Israeli military on an aid flotilla bound for Gaza, denied on Tuesday that anyone on board was armed.

"The Israeli government justifies the raid because they were attacked. This is absolutely not the case," former member of parliament Norman Paech, 72, wrapped in a blue blanket, told reporters in Berlin.

"This was not an act of self-defence."

Jun 01 08:30

Glenn Greenwald: Murder and the Hunger Blockade

It hardly seemed possible for Israel – after its brutal devastation of Gaza and its ongoing blockade – to engage in more heinous and repugnant crimes. But by attacking a flotilla in international waters carrying humanitarian aid, and slaughtering at least 10 people, Israel has managed to do exactly that. If Israel's goal were to provoke as much disgust and contempt for it as possible, it's hard to imagine how it could be doing a better job.

Jun 01 08:25

Of cowardice, dignity, and solidarity

I personally know over 80 of those kidnapped on the freedom flotilla. It angers us not having any information from all survivors. The only footage received after the vicious attack is brief and released by the Israeli authorities who have otherwise put a complete news blackout. If Israel has nothing to hide, why not allow the kidnapped to talk to the media or at least to lawyers and to their country representatives?

Jun 01 08:25

Obama gives Israel all-out support

After the United Nations ratified a resolution calling for a nuclear weapons-free Middle East, the US president gives Israel "concrete guarantees" to prevent the decision from harming Israeli interests.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I don't care if he does have a birth certificate; this man is NOT an American and by this betrayal of those 9 Americans kidnapped by Israel in international waters he is not fit to continue in office one more day.

Jun 01 08:13

Flashback: UK Jewish MP: Israel acting like the Nazis who forced my family to flee from Poland

A veteran British Jewish lawmaker, Sir Gerald Kaufman, has compared the Israeli offensive in Gaza to the Nazis who forced his family to flee from Poland.

Kaufman, who was brought up as an orthodox Jew and Zionist, said: "My grandmother was ill in bed when the Nazis came to her home town a German soldier shot her dead in her bed.

"My grandmother did not die to provide cover for Israeli soldiers murdering Palestinian grandmothers in Gaza.

"The present Israeli government ruthlessly and cynically exploits the continuing guilt from gentiles over the slaughter of Jews in the Holocaust as justification for their murder of Palestinians."

Jun 01 08:12

Nearly 300 Congress members declare commitment to 'unbreakable' U.S.-Israel bond

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Apparently these members of Congress think it is perfectly okay for Israel to hijack foreign aide ships in international waters and kidnap US Citizens. But let the United Nations move to criti8cie Israel's blatant violations of international law and the US Government will move quickly to intervene.

America needs leaders who will put America first, second, and third.

America needs leaders who will put America first, second, and third.

America needs leaders who will put America first, second, and third.

No government can serve two masters, and a government that serves Israel clearly does not serve the American people, and one needs only look at the current state of the nation to see how true that is!

When a candidate gets up and starts screaming about what a good friend they are of Israel, VOTE THEM OUT OF OFFICE!You owe it to the 34 Americans murdered by Israel on the USS Liberty. You owe it to the 9 Americans kidnapped by Israel in international waters.

Jun 01 08:05

U.S. blocks Security Council criticism of Israeli raid

Israel faced heavy criticism in an emergency session of the United Nations Security Council on Monday in response to its deadly attack on an aid flotilla trying to breach the Gaza blockade, but attempts to issue a formal statement stalled after the United States rejected the strong condemnation sought by Turkey.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

People of the United States; gaze upon the betrayal by the government which stands silent while Israel kidnaps US Citizens from international waters (or murders 34 young Americans on the USS Liberty), yet will not hesitate to act to save Israel from embarrassment.

Are these the actions of a government whose top priority is to protect and serve the people of this nation?

If you are not enraged by this outright treason, there is something wrong with you.

Jun 01 08:05

'It has the smell of death': Experts warn BP could fall after shares tumble another 16%

Analysts today warned BP could collapse as its shares tumbled yet further after the latest bid to plug the oil well leak in the Gulf of Mexico failed.

More than £15billion was wiped off the British oil giant's market value, with its share price down by as much as 16 per cent on the FTSE-100 index.

The company has so far spent almost £690million trying to cap the well. It could also be hit with huge fines from the U.S. government as well as costly legal action.

Such is the damage to its reputation, experts fear it may not survive and with its share price in a downward spiral, it is increasingly likely it could be taken over.

Jun 01 07:50

'Rachel Corrie' solidarity ship resumes sailing after 48 hours delay

"Rachel Corrie" solidarity ship resumed sailing today from the port "Dandrick Dublin" from Ireland to the Gaza Strip through Greece, after a delay of more than 48 hours for logistical reasons.

The vessel will be carrying a number of peace activists and legal personnel, in addition to 1200 tones of aid, cement, paper, medical supplies, special devices for the disabled, sporting equipments and other things.

Jun 01 07:49

Aid ship Rachel Corrie, with 6 M’sians, presses on to Gaza

The humanitarian aid ship Rachel Corrie, which has six Malaysians on board, is pressing ahead in rough seas to breach the Israeli blockade of Gaza.

Two other ships are also going ahead to deliver aid despite fresh news reports on Tuesday that the Israeli Navy was standing ready to intercept the ships.

Jun 01 07:49

7 troops killed in terrorist attack

Seven Turkish soldiers were killed and six others were injured early Monday morning when terrorists launched a rocket at a naval reinforcement command in ?skenderun, in the southern province of Hatay.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is only assumed that terrorists attacked this Turkish naval facility, but interestingly enough, this attack took place just before Israel's attack on the Gaza Aid Fleet, against the one Turkish Naval Facility most able to intervene when the distress calls went out.

Jun 01 07:44

ISRAEL’S LATEST MURDER SPREE SHOULD BE SEEN IN CONTEXT OF THE BIGGER REGIONAL PICTURE.

It’s becoming increasingly apparent that the attack on the Gaza flotilla and the killing of activists on the high seas in international waters by Israeli commandos was an extremely well planned act of aggression designed specifically to murder pre-selected people that were on board the vessel. Turkish sources and the media have revealed that a list prepared by the Israelis and lost by one of the Israeli commandos in the melee that followed their boarding of the vessel shows various activists who were on board and marked down to be killed in a series of targeted assassinations.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If that is true, then Obama has conspired with a foreign power against the citizens of the nation he rules, as Americans were among the victims of Israel's act of war.

As I recall, Charles I did the same sort of thing when he conspired with Scotland against his own British subjects, for which he was later beheaded.

Jun 01 07:40

Turkey: Future Gaza Aid Ships Will Have Military Escorts

Once Israel’s closest ally in the region, the Turkish government has reacted with fury at last night’s Gaza aid ship massacre, condemning it as ‘inhuman state terror.’
Turkey's Navy will reportedly protect future aid ships

The attacked ship was Turkish in origin and at least two of the slain aid workers were Turkish citizens. Turkey says future aid ships will be dispatched with a military escort so as to prevent future Israeli attacks.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israel will not back down. We are headed to open warfare between Israel and Turkey.

Jun 01 07:38

In raw video, reporters claim Israelis fired on activists before boarding ship

In what could be a serious blow to Israel's narrative on the killing of at least nine humanitarian activists making their way to Gaza through international waters, raw video by an Al Jazeera producer, who was filming during the raid, appears to provide evidence that the IDF opened fire on the flotilla even before boarding it.

Jun 01 07:37

Did Activists Attack Israeli Soldiers In Self-Defense?

The Al Jazeera journalist describes the scenes as they unfold live, clearly stating that an activist has been shot and killed before Israeli troops board the vessel. He also says that a white flag has been raised in surrender to the Israeli army. On separate videos, messages broadcast to the passengers by loudspeaker can clearly be heard stating, “stop your resistance,” referring to the fact that the soldiers had guns.

Before the troops board the ship, the journalists report that the passengers are being pelted with tear gas and stun grenades. Booms and cracks echo in the background as the reporter states that one person has been killed.

Jun 01 07:33

UN Security Council condemns Israeli raid, urges investigation

The U.S. objected to the explicit condemnation of Israel.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US Government just delegitimized itself. 9 Americans have been kidnapped in international waters by Israel and the US position at the UN is that Israel should not be explicitly condemned for it.

I have never been so disgusted with this government in my entire life.

Jun 01 07:27

What if Iran had carried out the Gaza carnage?

The Monday assault of the Israel Defense Forces into the flotilla of humanitarian aids which was heading to the besieged Gaza Strip from Turkey left at least 10 dead and several other wounded. Never mind that Israel's criminal action violated the 4th Geneva 1949 Convention. Just imagine for a single moment that Iran had carried out the carnage instead of Israel. Simply replace the two names and then read the news as reported by CNN: "The Free Gaza Movement, one of the organizers of the aid, said that Iranian commandos dropped from a helicopter onto the deck of one of the ships early Monday and immediately opened fire on unarmed civilians."

Jun 01 07:24

Who Brought the Slaves to America?

Jun 01 07:22

Israel Is The New North Korea, And The Latest Crisis Could Affect The Korean One

The conventional wisdom regarding Israel's disastrous seizure of a Turkish aid ship bound for Gaza is that regardless of the facts, it's been an epic PR disaster that perfectly plays into the hands of every Israel critic around the world.

Anyone defending Israel on the facts (like by arguing that the seizure was not intended to be violent, or that the "peace activists" attack soldiers) is totally missing the point.

Jun 01 07:21

MK Zoabi: Israel carried out provocative military operation

Knesset Member Hanin Zoabi (Balad) who participated in the international flotilla to the Gaza Strip said, "It was clear from the size of the force that boarded the ship that the purpose was not only to stop this sail, but to cause the largest possible number of fatalities in order to stop such initiatives in the future."

Jun 01 07:19

Update on Israeli Attack on Humanitarian Boats

Yesterday, Israeli-licensed attorneys filed two habeas briefs: one is asking for to release the passengers and the boats, so we can continue on our way to Gaza, since it was illegal to stop us in international waters. The other one is asking for information on all of the passengers, because there has been a total blackout on where the passengers are, who was wounded and who was murdered.

Jun 01 07:10

The U.S.S. Liberty and the culture of impunity

Israel's attack on a relief flotilla calls to mind another bloody incident.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israel may well have felt that they could hijack foreign-flagged ships in international waters and murder foreign citizens without cause and evade the consequences because they have gotten away with it before. 34 Americans on board the USS Liberty were murdered by Israel in a failed attempt to trick the US into war against Egypt, and not only did then-President Johnson not hold Israel to account; he actively aided the cover-up of that crime!

So here we are with Israel again committing acts of piracy or acts of war (take your pick) on the high seas against American-flagged ships. 19 people are dead, 60 wounded, and 9 American citizens languish in Israeli jails, isolated from family, friends, the media, and as of this writing, their lawyers. And as far as we can tell, President Pussy Obama, like President Johnson, is bowing and scraping to help get Israel off of the hook for their barbarous actions.

Quite a far cry from 1904 when Ion Perdecaris was kidnapped by Mulah Raisuli and President Teddy Roosevelt sent 7 battleships to invade Morroco if need be, stating, "This government wants Perdicaris alive or Raisuli dead."

The time has come for the American people to demand to know the nature of the "Special Relationship" between Israel and the United States; to demand to know why Americans are impoverished while Israel is enriched on our taxes, why our government still refuses to admit Israel has nuclear weapons even as the British press publishes proof of Israel's attempted nuclear sale to South Africa, how it is that Israel can attack and kill Americans during the Lavon Affair, USS Liberty, USS Cole, Beirut, 9-11, and finally how Israel can so often trick America into war on Israel's enemies such as Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan, etc. and not arouse the anger of the US Government.

All this election season I have been saying that American needs leaders who will put America first, second, and third. This crisis precipitated by Israel is a test of the resolve of America's leaders to take care of America and Americans and so far the entire government right up to the Oval Office is clearly wanting for the courage and resolve to deal with this latest atrocity. Ever ready to invade the unoffending nations Israel wants invaded, the US Government stands mute and impotent before a real attack on Americans in international waters.

The voters need to demand why.

Jun 01 06:50

Egypt opens Gaza border after Israel ship clash

Egypt opened its border with the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, letting Palestinians cross until further notice amid a storm of international criticism of Israel's blockade of the enclave, officials in Egypt and Gaza said.

Jun 01 06:40

Dead: 19. Injured: 60. This is Israel. Appeal of the BRussells Tribunal

Israel’s killing of 19 innocents with 60 more injured must have maximal consequences. Israel impunity is a threat to all

Jun 01 06:14

Palestine: Israeli Love Song

Jun 01 05:44

Turkish Sources – Israeli Advance Target Assassination List Found on Flotilla

Turkish Sources – Israeli Advance Target Assassination List Found on Flotilla

Redacted News
June 1, 2010

Turkish sources and media revealed a document which shows that a death list had been prepared in advance by the Israelis, showing names and pictures of people on board of the ships to be murdered, who, according to Israel, were “involved in the International humanitarian aid for Gaza”. According to the Turkish sources, hundreds of Israeli soldiers stormed the blue Turkish ship “Marmara” flotilla and they had copies of the death list. The list included the names of civilians on the fleet who should be killed”. The document was apparently recovered after one of the Israeli soldiers lost it during the piracy act.

Flotilla Massacre is a Reply to the Turkish-Iranian Relations

Jun 01 05:34

The Legal Position on the Israeli Attack

But as I told this afternoon's tremendous spontaneous demonstration on Whitehall, fine words are not enough and we must now see the kind of sanctions regime we saw against apartheid South Africa.

A word on the legal position, which is very plain. To attack a foreign flagged vessel in international waters is illegal. It is not piracy, as the Israeli vessels carried a military commission. It is rather an act of illegal warfare.

Because the incident took place on the high seas does not mean however that international law is the only applicable law. The Law of the Sea is quite plain that, when an incident takes place

Jun 01 05:23

War Is the Answer for Those Who Wage It-Listen to this Vet

Our real enemies are not those living in a distant land whose names or policies we don't understand; The real enemy is a system that wages war when it's profitable, the CEOs who lay us off our jobs when it's profitable, the Insurance Companies who deny us Health care when it's profitable, the Banks who take away our homes when it's profitable. Our enemies are not several hundred thousands away. They are right here in front of us
- Mike Prysner

Jun 01 02:14

Does Israel Rule the World?

Why are so many nations bending to Israel's will or staying silent on its crimes? What is it about this minuscule country that enables it to have so much control on decisions made by larger and more powerful nations? It refuses to abide by international laws and treaties. It illegally occupies great swathes of Palestinian land and it's imposing an illegal blockade on Gaza. Moreover, it is the only country that could get away with assassinating its enemies on foreign soil.

May 31, 2010

May 31 23:59

China urges "quick" Security Council response to Israeli attack

China urges "quick" Security Council response to Israeli attack on aid convoy
08:04, June 01, 2010
"China is shocked by Israel's attack on a multinational convoy carrying international aid to Gaza which resulted in heavy casualties," said Yang Tao, a counsellor of the Chinese permanent mission to the United Nations, at the 15-nation council's emergency meeting.
"We condemn Israel's actions targeting humanitarian workers and civilians," he said. "We support a quick response by the Security Council and take necessary actions."
Yang also expressed serious concern about the "grim" humanitarian situation in the occupied Palestinian territory, especially the Gaza Strip.

May 31 22:31

Israeli propaganda - Desperation on the Cusp of Madness

May 31 22:29

Israel Forces Fired On Sleeping Civillians Under Cover Of Darkness

While the Israeli government is praising it’s soldiers as heroes and saying they were acting in self defence by firing on unarmed civilians flying a white flag in international waters, one group involved with the Freedom Flotilla has a quite different story.

A spokeswoman for Israel Defence Forces (IDF), Avital Leibovich, claims that Israeli officers gave several warnings before boarding the the Turkish boat, the Mavi Marmara.

May 31 22:29

Israelis celebrating attack on Turkish Aid Ship - infront of Turkish Embassy,Tel Aviv (video) Quote

May 31 22:29

Israel: The Pariah of the International Community

The most striking feature about Israel’s most recent act of terrorism, an act of piracy and murder on the high seas, is that it surprises nobody. A robber steals. Israel commits war crimes. What is even more remarkable is its attempts at self-justification, claiming that its soldiers were attacked.

Well of course they were attacked. They were illegally boarding a ship carrying peace activists trying to feed the starving people of Gaza in international waters. This was an act of piracy, this was an act of terrorism. Someone invades your space. You fight back.

May 31 22:28

his video image released by the Turkish Aid group IHH Monday May 31, 2010 purports to show Israeli soldiers aiming a gun on the deck of a Turkish ship

This video image released by the Turkish Aid group IHH Monday May 31, 2010 purports to show Israeli soldiers aiming a gun on the deck of a Turkish ship, part of an aid convoy heading to the Gaza Strip, after Israeli soldiers boarded the vessel in international waters off the Gaza coast. Israeli commandos on Monday stormed six ships carrying hundreds of pro-Palestinian activists on an aid mission to the blockaded Gaza Strip, killing at least 10 people and wounding dozens after encountering unexpected resistance as the forces boarded the vessels.

May 31 22:24

VJ Day, Honolulu Hawaii, August 14, 1945

May 31 22:22

Israeli Death List lost by Israeli Soldier during raid

May 31 22:19

One Australian shot in Israeli boat raid

One Australian has been wounded during a deadly commando raid on ships taking humanitarian aid to the blockaded Gaza Strip.

May 31 22:10

The Legal Position on the Israeli Attack

But as I told this afternoon's tremendous spontaneous demonstration on Whitehall, fine words are not enough and we must now see the kind of sanctions regime we saw against apartheid South Africa.

May 31 22:08

'Israel has lost all legitimacy'

The Turkish foreign minister has told the UN Security Council that Israel should be held accountable for its deadly attack on the flotilla carrying humanitarian assistance for Gaza.

Ahmet Davutoglu said that Israel has "lost all legitimacy" because of the onslaught that left at least 20 peace activists dead and many others wounded. Most of those killed in the assault were from Turkey.

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