(T)he central global problem of organized violence and lawlessness in the early 21st century lies in the aims, collaboration, and power of the U.S. - Israeli axis. These partners in aggression and state terrorism reinforce one another’s projections of power-the out of control superpower protecting its regional client’s ethnic cleansing, while the Israeli lobby within the United States supports the violent projection of power by the United States, which provides further cover for Israel’s escalating regional violence.
By writing this essay, I could be deemed an "enemy combatant." It's that simple, and very soon, it will be the law. I always laughed when people told me to be careful. I'm not laughing anymore.
The toll from the ongoing and unresolved Israeli-Palestinian conflict on sixth anniversary of the al-Aqsa Mosque Intifada
Twelve members of Hassan El-Akhras's family were killed on July 16, when an Israeli bomb landed on their home in Aytaroun in southern Lebanon...The (McGill) Daily sat down with El-Akhras to talk about his family, the bombing, and what to do next.
Bad Faith and the Destruction of Palestine
By JONATHAN COOK | CounterPunch
The problem with the "revenge" theory is that, however much a rebuke it is, it presupposes a degree of good faith on the part of the vengeance-seeker. You steal my toy in the playground, and I lash out and hit you. [...] There is [...] the implication that, though my action was unwarranted, my fury was justified.
But why should we think Israel is acting in good faith, even if in bad temper, in destroying Gaza's power station? Why should we assume it was a hot-headed over-reaction rather than a coldly calculated deed?
by Stephen Lendman
How the US Plundered Afghanistan in the Name of Liberation
According to a report by 16 U.S. Spy agencies leaked to The New York Times, the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq has helped create more global terrorism and energize jihadist ideology throughout the world since the 9/11 attacks...The report...also supports what critics of the war, especially dissenting U.S. veterans, have been saying all along, that the war in Iraq is actually creating more terrorism.
The republic of fear is born again. The state of terror now gripping Iraq is as bad as it was under Saddam Hussein...The bodies in Baghdad's morgue "often bear signs of severe torture including acid-induced injuries and burns caused by chemical substances, missing skin, broken bones (back, hands and legs), missing eyes and wounds caused by power drills or nails"...Those not killed by these abuses are shot in the head.
American war deserter Darrell Anderson says Canada wasn't the safe haven he thought it would be...His refugee bids have failed so he can't work here legally and he can't get health care..."I'm just tired of sitting in limbo. I just want to get on with my life"...
If you listen carefully you’ll notice that something has happened over the past few years: Canada is no longer talking out of both sides of its mouth. Canada has committed itself, openly, to colonialism. And in the process, Canada has talked itself into its own colonial war.
"You have suffered two dead and there is crying and shouting all around the place that there are coffins. Well, we've had 500 coffins."
September 25, 2006
United Methodist Church leaders helped launch a week of protest and civil disobedience against the war in Iraq by signing a declaration of peace in the capital, urging President Bush to pull US troops out of the country.
BRITISH soldiers have been caught smuggling stolen guns out of Iraq and allegedly exchanging them for cocaine and cash on the black market.
Their alleged involvement with organised crime is a fresh blow to the British Army after a week in which a corporal from the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment admitted he had committed a war crime against an Iraqi civilian.
In a(n)...article criticising Human Rights Watch for singling out Hizbullah rather than Israel for harsher condemnation of its military actions during the Lebanon war, I made sure to quote the organisation fairly and accurately before seeking to refute its arguments. Unfortunately, in her recent response (re-printed below) HRW's Middle East policy director, Sarah Leah Whitson, did not return the favour.
De-recruiter Wins Long Haul Prize
The director of the Peace and Justice Center of Sonoma County counts at least 400 people she's "de-recruited" from the military, a statistic that helped her win this year's Long Haul Prize given to the most active activist in politically active Northern California.