(Human Rights Watch) says its researchers "found numerous cases in which the [Israeli army]...launched artillery and air attacks with limited or dubious military objectives but excessive civilian cost. In many cases, Israeli forces struck an area with no apparent military target. In some instances, Israeli forces appear to have deliberately targeted civilians."
Israel is not unique, far from it, though it is in a darker place, and has been for some time, than "we" in the West can fully appreciate. It is a mirror of what our own societies are capable of, despite our democratic values. It shows how a cult of victimhood makes one heartless and cruel, and how racism can be repackaged as civilised values.
by Dan Freeman-Maloy; July 21, 2006 - Znet
Under the past two regimes (Martin’s Liberals and now Harper’s Conservatives), Canada has rapidly shed any pretense of having an independent foreign policy and has aligned itself completely with the United States, Israel’s chief financial backer and arms dealer. Where past Canadian regimes would have settled for silent complicity in war crimes, Harper actively cheers and participates in them...For Canadians to accept this, they will have to consume an equally drastic dose of racism, dehumanization, and distorted understanding...The Canadian media have taken up the task with gusto.
Journalism (or writing, publishing, and syndicating articles) can be used as a very effective means of activism. There used to be an old saying about the guy who owned the press in town having all the power. It is true there is a “power of the press,” so to speak. It takes time and energy, and mental concentration, or *work,* to write articles in a coherent fashion. But if you want to donate your time to a cause, organization, community, etc., offering articles is a way you can help on many levels.
They came first to the little village of Dweir near Nabatiya in southern Lebanon where an Israeli plane dropped a bomb on to the home of a Shia Muslim cleric. He was killed. So was his wife. So were eight of his children. One was decapitated. All they could find of a baby was its head and torso which a young villager brandished in fury in front of the cameras. Then the planes visited another home in Dweir and disposed of a family of seven.
It's war again. As in the past, it's an Israeli war
in terms of the men and materiel; a joint
Israeli-American war in terms of its declared and
implied political aims. We must prepare for a long,
bitter, and costly confrontation because the first aim
of the war is to change the rules of the game -
radically - in Lebanon for starters, then in its
neighbor Palestine, then in the "rogue state" Syria
and "rebellious" Iran.
Only racism can completely remove from the current discourse the murder of dozens of Palestinian civilians at the hands of the Israeli Army (90 civilians in seven weeks) as the reason that led to the Palestinian raid on the Israeli Army post and the capture of (Corporal) Shalit, and instead depict the current escalation as if it was entirely the work of the Palestinians, with Israel's slate still clean.
(For Israel) getting the world to punish an occupied nation while completely losing sight of (their) colonial expansion in the West Bank and East Jerusalem is the most fitting manifestation of the proverbial dream come true. Of course, Israel can never be content with such limited roles. It was time to turn up the heat one more notch; the sporadic violence was about to be upgraded to intense violence, reaching Palestinian civilians of all ages.
This process has not demonstrated that I engaged in any serious research misconduct but that, after more than a year of painstaking review, those charged with firing me could find nothing more than a few footnotes and questions of attribution to quibble over...University of Colorado administrators have simply confirmed that they will shamelessly cater to political pressure, discarding the most basic principles of academic freedom in their attempt to silence me and discredit my work.
If you're as tired as I am of the narcissistic, millionaire rock star Bono and his useless campaign to "help" the poor, go to this website and sign the "Bono Gone" declaration.
The recent Muslim round-up just happened to dovetail perfectly with the political agenda of Canada's new federal RepubliCon government. Police action shows the government is tough on crime. It ingratiates Canada to George W Bush and America. And it builds political support for more American, repressive police work...Canadians, under Harper, can look forward to a lot more of this sort of stuff, with the Harpocrats using this event much as Bush did after 9/11 to move forward on an imperial agenda.
The patriotic Australia media, that has unquestionably fallen into line over every part of (Prime Minister) John Howard's Pacific agenda...is now trumpeting the ousting of (East Timor Prime Minister Mari) Alkatiri, a man who has gamely defied Australia's claims over it's oil and gas, many of the paper's foreign editors clearly more in tune with the exhortations of Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade than the sentiments among Timorese.
"The May 4 incursion into Atenco, amid the quick and violent encirclement by (Federal Police) Special Forces, who were in turn backed by state police, is best described by what in military jargon is known simply as “population control.” This kind of Operation, based on the “Lacheroy Doctrine” – named after Colonel Charles Lacheroy, who coined it in the Battle of Algiers after the French defeat in Dien Bien Phu – is characteristic of an anti-subversive, psychological war; an irregular form of war...which combines intelligence work, civic action, propaganda and control of the masses within a specific territory."
"A story authored by a prominent US neo-conservative regarding new legislation in Iran allegedly requiring Jews and other religious minorities to wear distinctive colored badges circulated around the world last weekend before it was exposed as extremely dubious...The article by...Iranian-American Amir Taheri, was initially published in last Friday's edition of...(the) National Post, which ran alongside the story (of) a 1935 photograph of a Jewish businessman in Berlin with a yellow six-pointed star sewn on his overcoat..."
Bono's shamelessness is of a whole different order from anything we've seen before, and it crosses new frontiers in the edition of the London Independent (newspaper) that he allegedly 'edited' (on) May 16...Much of the paper is given over to plugging Brand RED, this corporate PR strategy that sees a few big companies buy Bono-bestowed credibility in return for some shillings to Africa. If the word for Bono is indeed 'shameless', then the word that comes to mind in relation to (The Independent) is 'prostitute'.