Sunday, August 14, 2005

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pro-democracy teacher finally up for Gitmo release

An Egyptian-born teacher imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for the past 3 1/2 years recently convinced the U.S. military that he is not an enemy combatant, but rather what he said he was: a pro-democracy English teacher swept up when the military seized fighters and suspected terrorists from the battlefields of Afghanistan.
In newly declassified records of statements to his attorney, Sami Al-Laithi said that as a result of his detention at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, he is now confined to a wheelchair with two broken vertebrae. He said military personnel and interrogators stomped on his back, dropped him on the floor and repeatedly forced his neck forward soon after his arrival at the prison.
He said he has been denied an operation that could save him from permanent paralysis and is being held at Camp V, a maximum-security wing of isolation cells reserved for the most uncooperative and high-value inmates, while he awaits transfer


This is barbarism," Al-Laithi said of his treatment in the statement. "Why, even if I was guilty, would they do this?"
"I am in constant pain," he continued. "I would prefer to be buried alive than continue to receive the treatment I receive. At least I would suffer less and die."
Al-Laithi said he was teaching English and Arabic at Kabul University when American troops began bombing Afghanistan in the fall of 2001, and was picked up by the U.S. military in Pakistan while trying to flee the assault. Soon after he was transferred to the prison in Cuba.
It is not disputed that Al-Laithi walked into Guantanamo and now must use a wheelchair. What is in question is the reason. Al-Laithi traces his disability to a day soon after his arrival at the prison when he was beaten by U.S. military personnel while at the prison hospital.
"Once they stomped my back," Al-Laithi wrote. "An MP threw me on the floor, and they lifted me up and slammed me back down. A doctor said I have two broken vertebrae and I risk being paralyzed if the spinal cord is injured more."
Laithi said his neck is also permanently damaged because Emergency Response Force teams at the prison repeatedly forced his neck toward his knees. He said the military also forced a large object into his anus on what his lawyer called the "pretext" of doing a medical exam.

"I know most prisoners had Americans put their fingers up their anuses, but with me it was far worse -- they shoved some object up my rectum," he wrote. "It was very painful."

Anti-war and pro-war protesters go to war

Dozens of anti-war demonstrators have squared off with counter-protesters near President Bush's Crawford, Texas ranch.
As protesters seeking the U.S. withdrawal from Iraq rallied Saturday, flag-waving Bush supporters, carrying signs in favor of the war, gathered across the street.

Authorities turned out in force to keep the two groups separated.
The protests come as the mother of a U.S. soldier killed in Iraq remains encamped along a road near Mr. Bush's ranch, calling for a meeting with the president.

Cindy Sheehan says she is asking the president to tell her what her son died for since no weapons of mass destruction were found in Iraq.

Mr. Bush has said it would be a mistake to bring the troops home now. He reiterated that message Saturday in his weekly radio address.

Coalition Deaths so far

As of Saturday, Aug. 13, 2005, at least 1,847 members of the U.S. military have died since the beginning of the Iraq war in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count. At least 1,431 died as a result of hostile action, according to the military's numbers. The figures include five military civilians.
The AP count is one higher than the Defense Department's tally, last updated at 10 a.m. EDT Friday.
The British military has reported 93 deaths; Italy, 26; Ukraine, 18; Poland, 17; Bulgaria, 13; Spain, 11; Slovakia, three; El Salvador, Estonia, Thailand and the Netherlands, two each; and Denmark, Hungary, Kazakhstan and Latvia one death each.

Since May 1, 2003, when President Bush declared that major combat operations in Iraq had ended, 1,708 U.S. military members have died, according to AP's count. That includes at least 1,322 deaths resulting from hostile action, according to the military's numbers.

US Raids Suspected Chem Facility

I assume this is one that they didnt actually build .

(AP) -- U.S. troops raided a suspected insurgent chemical weapons factory in northern Iraq, finding about 1,500 gallons of dangerous substances, the U.S. military said Saturday.

Lt. Col. Steve Boylan, a military spokesman, said 11 chemicals were found in the hideout in Mosul, 225 miles northwest of Baghdad, "which are dangerous by themselves, and mixed together they would become even more dangerous."

"Our feeling at this point is that had this stuff been mixed and used, it could have been very easily used against Iraqi and coalition forces," Boylan said.

The military cautioned in a statement, however, that ongoing testing at the facility was "insufficient to determine what the insurgents had been producing" and that further tests were required.
The U.S. invaded Iraq in March 2003 to destroy Saddam's purported unconventional weapons of mass destruction. None were ever found.

U.S. arms investigators have said there was evidence that Iraqi resistance groups had tried to manufacture chemical weapons. The information was disclosed in the final report of Charles A. Duelfer's Iraq Survey Group, the account of its fruitless 18-month hunt for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq

No conection in London bombings

The suicide cell that killed 52 people on 7 July is not linked to those alleged to be behind the second London attacks on 21 July, according to the initial findings of the biggest anti-terrorist investigation held in Britain.

An investigation into the four suicide bombers from the first attacks and the people alleged to be behind the July 21 plot has found no evidence of any al-Qa'ida "mastermind" or senior organiser. The inquiry involved MI5, MI6, the listening centre at GCHQ, and the police

The disclosure that the July 7 team were working in isolation - and were radicalised by Mohammad Sidique Khan, the oldest man - has caused concern among anti-terrorist officers.

Police and MI5 fear it increases the chance that more "self-sufficient" units similar to the July 7 suicide cell are hiding in Britain. Anti-terrorist officers are worried by the evidence that previously unknown "clean skin" terror cells are forming in Britain with little or no help from abroad.

The alleged plotters behind the July 21 bomb incidents in London are thought to have been "copycats", targeting Tube trains and a bus.

Read the rest Here

and i bet some people will still say "al-qaeda" did it

15 Dead after Military shooting in Iraq

Reuters) - An attack on a U.S. military patrol followed by U.S. gunfire left 15 Iraqis dead and 17 wounded in a town west of Baghdad, residents said on Saturday, but the U.S. military said it was not responsible.Residents of Nasaf, a town just outside the city of Ramadi, said a roadside bomb exploded next to a U.S. armoured patrol as it passed near the Ibn al-Jawzi mosque shortly after prayers on Friday.They said U.S. troops opened fire immediately after the explosion, shooting towards people emerging from the mosque.Munem Aftan, the director of Ramadi General Hospital, said 15 people were killed, including eight children, and 17 wounded.Pools of blood lay on the steps outside the mosque, and bullet holes marked its walls.

Iraqi civilians frequently complain that U.S. troops open fire wildly after they are attacked. The U.S. military says it does everything possible to avoid civilian casualties and is careful to respond to attacks in a measured fashion.Human rights groups have documented scores of cases in which civilians have been shot and killed after approaching U.S. military roadblocks too quickly, or not following instructions to keep away from U.S. military convoys as they pass

US attempts to block more abuse pictures

The US government is trying to stop fresh images of prisoner abuse in Iraq being made public, claiming they will aid the insurgency, court papers show.



US civil liberties groups have launched a lawsuit to force the release of 87 pictures and four videos showing abuse at Abu Ghraib jail in Baghdad.

Earlier images sparked worldwide condemnation and resulted in charges against a number of soldiers.

The US argues the rest should stay hidden to avoid helping the insurgents.

It is "probable that al-Qaeda and other groups will seize upon these images and videos as grist for their propaganda mill," the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, Gen Richard Myers, argues in court papers.

The civil liberties groups have submitted counter-arguments by a retired US army colonel, Michael Pheneger, who insists the public good would be served by publication of the images.

"The first step to abandoning practices that are repugnant to our laws and national ideals is to bring them into the sunshine and assign accountability," he wrote.

He also argued that the Iraqi insurgency would continue regardless of whether or not the pictures were published.

A district judge, Alvin Hellerstein, will decide whether the images should be released.

source BBC

Germany slams US over Iran

German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder has warned the US to back away from the possibility of military action against Iran over its nuclear programme.

His comments come a day after President Bush reiterated that force remained an option but only as a last resort.

Iran has resumed what it says is a civilian nuclear research programme but which the West fears could be used to develop nuclear arms.

Germany, France and the UK have led efforts to end the crisis peacefully.

Mr Schroeder directly challenged Mr Bush's comment that "all options are on the table" over the Iran crisis.
"Let's take the military option off the table. We have seen it doesn't work," Mr Schroeder told Social Democrats at the rally in Hanover, to rapturous applause from the crowd.

Mr Schroeder said it remained important that Iran did not gain atomic weapons, and a strong negotiating position was important.

"The Europeans and the Americans are united in this goal," he said. "Up to now we were also united in the way to pursue this."

"This is why I can with certainty exclude any participation by the German government under my direction," Mr Schroeder tells the paper.

source BBC

Saturday, August 13, 2005

Todays 9/11 ' audio tapes' in full

Here are all the links to todays audio tape releases from the week of 9/11

"The histories, recorded in the weeks after the September 11th attack, offer some of the most detailed and intimate descriptions of the day's horror as seen through the eyes of the firefighters who made the iconic rush into the twin towers, and lost three hundred and forty-three of their brethren."

All links from CBS

All links require windows media player

CD1 CD2 CD3 CD4 CD5 CD6 CD7 CD8 CD10 CD11 CD12 CD13 CD14
CD15 CD16 CD17 CD18 CD19 CD20 CD22

CD 21 is not related

Friday, August 12, 2005

Israel could give up more W.Bank settlements

(Reuters) - Prime Minister Ariel Sharon raised the prospect on Friday that Israel could eventually uproot more settlements on occupied land after it evacuates its enclaves in Gaza and a pocket of the West Bank in coming weeks.

Sharon, in an interview with the newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth, reiterated that his "disengagement plan" was meant to strengthen Israel's hold on West Bank settlement blocs, which it intends to keep under any future peace deal with Palestinians.

However, asked about the fate of some of the more isolated West Bank settlements, Sharon said: "Not everything will remain. That issue will be raised during the final stage of negotiations with the Palestinians."

With five days to go before the start of Israel's eviction of Gaza settlers, Sharon's comments hinted at a softening of his stance against further withdrawals.
In the face of fierce rightist opposition to his pullout plan, Sharon has recently insisted he has no intention of giving up any more settlements beyond the 21 in Gaza and four of 120 in the West Bank scheduled for evacuation.

But a Sharon confidant said: "He has never ruled out that Israel would eventually have to give up some things -- but in the distant future when there is full peace and security."

Sunnis 'shocked' by Shiite call for autonomy

Iraq's ousted Sunni Arab elite expressed alarm Friday after the country's Shiite majority made a surprise move towards Kurdish-style autonomy, just days before a crucial deadline for agreement on a new constitution.

Thursday's call from leading Shiite politician Abdul Aziz al-Hakim for autonomy in Shiite areas of south and central Iraq angered Sunni Arab leaders who said it could derail the entire political process.

"We are shocked and scared by the demand for autonomy as expressed by my Shiite brothers," said Salah al-Motlag, a key Sunni member of the constitutional drafting committee.
"The timing of the demand is wrong with just three days left to go for the deadline. Such demands can delay the constitution and Iraq could be without a constitution for another year."

CIA finds Iranian president likely not hostage-taker

CNN

CIA report has determined with "relative certainty" that Iran's new president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, was not involved in the taking of U.S. hostages 26 years ago, three government officials told CNN on Friday.

The officials insisted on anonymity, saying they did not want to speak for the CIA about its report.

Another U.S. official said the tone of the report is that there is no evidence to date that the new Iranian president was among those who held U.S. diplomats hostage.

Pakistan tests cruise missile

Reuters

ISLAMABAD -- Pakistan successfully tested its first nuclear-capable, ground-launched cruise missile yesterday without informing India in advance, a Pakistani military spokesman said.

Nuclear-armed rivals Pakistan and India reached an agreement last week to inform each other about missile tests but the spokesman, Major General Shaukut Sultan, said India was not told about the test because the new Babur missile is not a ballistic missile.

''We don't have to inform neighboring countries in this case. It is not a ballistic missile and it doesn't fall under the agreement," he said.

The Babur, which has a range of 310 miles, is a terrain-hugging missile that can avoid radar detection and strike with pinpoint accuracy, the military said.

''By conducting the successful test, Pakistan has joined a select group of countries which have the capability to design and develop cruise missiles," the military said in a statement.

Pakistan and India tested nuclear weapons in 1998

villagers say 'bomb killed civilians'

Associated Press

QALAT, Afghanistan -- Afghan villagers said yesterday that US warplanes had bombed houses, killing several civilians and wounding others, including an infant. US forces suffered their sixth fatality in a week amid rising violence.

Zabul Governor Ali Khail said that US-led coalition forces made ''a mistake" during operations against militants in the southern province and that civilians had died.

But the US military denied that civilians were at the scene of the fighting in Day Chopan district on Monday, and the district's police chief said Taliban insurgents had been hiding in the area. American officials said earlier that 18 suspected Taliban guerrillas and a US service member had been killed in the clash.

Another US service member died yesterday when militants ambushed a group of American military engineers near a road construction project in Paktika Province. Another service member was wounded.

The death was the sixth US fatality since Aug. 4 when three US forces were killed in military operations in eastern Afghanistan. On Tuesday, an American service member died in a roadside bomb.

The US Defense Department's website says at least 176 American troops have died in and around the country since Operation Enduring Freedom began in late 2001 to topple the Taliban regime. The Web posting was last updated Wednesday.
Two villagers at a hospital in Qalat, the capital of Zabul, said their home village of Rauf had been pounded by American bombs on Monday night and early Tuesday.

''The children were crying, and they were very afraid," said a weeping Sadia Bibi, 50. ''These planes killed my relatives. We are poor and innocent people. Why are they killing us?"

New York opens up 9/11 files

The city of New York has released thousands of fire department files from the attacks on the World Trade Center.
They include transmissions recorded on 11 September 2001 and testimonies from firefighters which were gathered later.

The city was forced to release the documents following a lawsuit filed by the New York Times, and supported by relatives of firefighters who died.

Records already published by the paper have raised questions whether some of the deaths might have been avoided.

More than 340 firefighters lost their lives on 11 September 2001. Many died after radio messages telling them to evacuate the north tower went unheard.

Last year a congressional inquiry into the attacks said there was a breakdown in communications between the emergency services.


for the full story goto the BBC

ACLU 'have 60,000 documents of US torture and abuse'

NEW YORK -- In legal papers unsealed today, the American Civil Liberties Union urged a federal court to order the release of photographs and videos that depict the abuse and torture of prisoners in U.S. custody at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. The ACLU also asked the court to reject the government's attempt to file some of its legal arguments in secret.

"The ACLU shares everyone's deep concern about the dangers facing American soldiers in Iraq and elsewhere," said ACLU Executive Director Anthony D. Romero. "The actions depicted in these photos and videos demonstrate the failure of American leaders who placed our young men and women in compromising situations and are now seeking to blame them for it. The real shame here is that our leaders left our troops out on a limb and now they are hiding behind a veil of rank and government office to avoid accountability."

Romero noted that until the first photos of detainee abuse at Abu Ghraib were made public in April 2004, the government had consistently denied that any wrongdoing had taken place despite news reports to the contrary. Since then, the ACLU has obtained through a court order more than 60,000 pages of government documents regarding torture and abuse of detainees.
Despite this evidence, the government continues to minimize the extent of the torture and to describe it as the action of a few rogue soldiers.

In response, the ACLU has called for an independent counsel with subpoena power to investigate the torture scandal, including the role of senior policymakers, and has filed a separate lawsuit to hold Secretary Rumsfeld and high-ranking military officers accountable

Thursday, August 11, 2005

todays 'last throws' 11th August

Source: ReutersBAGHDAD, Aug 11 (Reuters) - Following are security incidents reported in Iraq on Thursday, Aug. 11, as of 1115 GMT.
U.S. and Iraqi forces are battling a Sunni Arab insurgency against the Shi'ite and Kurdish-led government in Baghdad.
THULUIYA - U.S forces killed two insurgents as they repelled a small-arms fire attack in the town of Thuluiya, 70km north of Baghdad, the U.S. army said.
Five people were arrested following the attack. There were no U.S casualties, the army said.
BAGHDAD - An Iraqi police officer was assassinated in western Baghdad's Mansour district as he was driving to work, a hospital official said.
BASRA - Iraqi army Lieutenant-Colonel Ibrahim Khalil al-Rawi was assassinated by gunmen in the southern Iraqi city of Basra, hospital officials said.
KIRKUK - The body of an Iraqi translator working for U.S forces was found in central Kirkuk after he was kidnapped by masked gunmen in the northern oil city of Kirkuk, police spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Yadgar Mohammed said.

Not in my name


with all the recent opinion about muslims going around .. so often people miss what is being done by muslims and what is being said

so it is about time that sites like this were mentioned more often

Bush makes comment on Sheehan

CRAWFORD, Texas - President Bush said Thursday he understands and respects the views of anti-war advocates like a California mother camped outside his Texas ranch to mourn her soldier son fallen in Iraq, but said it would be a mistake to bring U.S. troops home now.

"I understand the anguish that some feel about the death that takes place," Bush said.

"I also have heard the voices of those saying: 'Pull out now!' " he said. "And I've thought about their cry and their sincere desire to reduce the loss of life by pulling our troops out. I just strongly disagree."

Immediate withdrawal "would send a terrible signal to the enemy," the president said.

Cindy Sheehan has been camped along a road near Bush's ranch since Saturday, asking to talk to Bush about her son Casey and vowing to remain until his Texas vacation ends later this month. Casey was killed five days after he arrived in Iraq last year. He was 24.

"I sympathize with Mrs. Sheehan," Bush said. "She feels strongly about her position, and she has every right in the world to say what she believes. This is America. She has a right to her position, and I thought long and hard about her position. I've heard her position from others, which is: Get out of Iraq now. And it would be a mistake for the security of this country and the ability to lay the foundations for peace in the long run if we were to do so."

9/11 Pentagon responds to claims of prior knowledge of Atta

The US Defense Department has provided an independent commission with information about an intelligence operation that a lawmaker said identified a hijacker a year before the attacks of September 11, 2001, a spokesman said.

But the spokesman said the Pentagon remains uncertain what level of detail was provided to the official commission that investigated the attacks on the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon.

"We are looking into what information - and in what detail - was provided to the commission, but as I understand it, at least some of this information was provided," said Bryan Whitman, a Pentagon spokesman.

"We are looking to better understand what information was developed and then what information was also provided to (the commission)," he said.

Asked whether there was knowledge of Mohammed Atta, the reputed leader of the September 11 hijackers, before the attacks, Whitman said: "We're looking further into it."

Multiculturalism is backed by 62% of Britains

This is a small survey but it seems we are not as racist as the terrorists and the far right would want us to be...

Another small step for common sense


Multiculturalism is backed by 62% of the population, who say it makes Britain a better place to live, according to new figures.

The Mori poll for the BBC found fewer Muslims than other groups think Britain is becoming less racially tolerant.

A total of 31% said they believed this was the case, compared with 39% of people generally.

According to another 31% of Muslims, we are becoming more tolerant, 32% have seen no change and 6% declined to answer or did not know.

In addition, the number of Britons who regard themselves as racially prejudiced has fallen from 30% in 2003 to 25% now.

The Mori poll on August 8 and 9 involved 1,004 adults as well as 204 booster interviews among Muslims.

But the poll also records mixed responses to questions about the integration of immigrant communities.

Nationally, 82% think immigrants who become British citizens should be made to learn English while 90% of Muslims think citizenship should require a knowledge of English.

IRAQI: IRAN SMUGGLING REPORTS EXAGGERATED

BAGHDAD, Iraq -

Iraq's interior minister said Wednesday that reports of deadly roadside bombs being smuggled into this country from Iran are exaggerated

On Tuesday, U.S. Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said some insurgent weapons are entering Iraq from Iran although it's unclear whether they were coming from elements of the Iranian government or from other parties.

Interior Minister Bayan Jabr told reporters that Iraqi security forces recently opened fire on a group of men carrying boxes near the Iranian border. The men dropped the boxes and fled back into Iranian territory. Inside the boxes were dynamite sticks with some wires.

"This is all that happened at the border and was very much exaggerated," Jabr said.

Appearing before parliament, Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari dodged questions about the use of Iranian weapons by the insurgents. Al-Jaafari, who spent years in exile in Iran, referred questions to the interior and defense ministries.

Al-Jaafari was responding to a question by a Shiite Muslim legislator, Hussein al-Sadr, about U.S. allegations that weapons were coming in from Iran.

"Concerning me, I don't comment on reports especially if they are coming from abroad," al-Jaafari said. "It should not be that someone says something and we sit here and open a conversation about it. We have our own sources."

source (ap)

U.S. officials in Gitmo transfer talks

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The United States and at least 10 other nations are involved in negotiations that could drop the detainee population at Guantanamo Bay by 80 percent -- or 410 people -- within the coming months, State Department officials said.

Saudi Arabia and Yemen are among the countries in "various stages of discussion" with the Bush administration about the return of their citizens in the next two months, said the two U.S. officials who hold senior posts.

Last week the United States and Afghanistan announced an agreement on a similar transfer.

The United States has 510 detainees from 34 countries in custody at Guantanamo.

Citizens from Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan and Yemen account for the majority of those detainees with 129, 110 and 107 respectively, the two U.S. officials said.

Detainees whom the United States considers "really bad guys" will remain in Guantanamo, the officials said, but in coming months the facility population could drop to about 100.

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Sheehan tells Hadley 'get that maniac out here !'

“That lying bastard, George Bush, is taking a five-week vacation in time of war,” Cindy Sheehan told 200 cheering members of Veterans For Peace at their annual convention in Dallas last Friday evening. She then announced she would go to Bush’s vacation home in nearby Crawford, Texas and camp out until he “tells me why my son died in Iraq. I’ve got the whole month of August off, and so does he.”

Sheehan left the VFP meeting on Saturday morning and is now in Crawford with a couple dozen veterans and local peace activists, waiting for Bush to talk with her. She said in Dallas that if he sends anyone else to see her, as happened when national security adviser Steve Hadley and deputy White House chief of staff Joe Hagin did later that day, she would demand that “You get that maniac out here to talk with me in person.”

She told the audience of veterans from World War Two to today’s war in Iraq, that the two main things she plans to tell the man she holds responsible for son Casey’s death are “Quit saying that U.S. troops died for a noble cause in Iraq, unless you say, ‘well, except for Casey Sheehan.’ Don’t you dare spill any more blood in Casey’s name. You do not have permission to use my son’s name.”

“And the other thing I want him to tell me is ‘just what was the noble cause Casey died for?’ Was it freedom and democracy? Bullshit! He died for oil. He died to make your friends richer. He died to expand American imperialism in the Middle East. We’re not freer here, thanks to your PATRIOT Act. Iraq is not free. You get America out of Iraq and Israel out of Palestine and you’ll stop the terrorism,” she exclaimed.

“There, I used the ‘I’ word – imperialism,” the 48 year-old mother quipped. “And now I’m going to use another ‘I’ word – impeachment – because we cannot have these people pardoned. They need to be tried on war crimes and go to jail.”

Todays 'Last throws' from Iraq

BAIJI - Four U.S. soldiers were killed and six wounded late on Tuesday in an attack on a patrol near the oil town of Baiji, 180 km (115 miles) north of Baghdad, the U.S. military said in a statement on Wednesday. Police said two Humvee patrol vehicles and a larger armoured vehicle were wrecked.

MOSUL - Fifteen people were killed in separate incidents over the past 24 hours in Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad. A police source said there were two policemen among the dead. They were gunned down while heading to work.

BAGHDAD - A suicide bomber killed six people and wounded 14 when he drove a car at a police patrol in the Ghazaliya district of western Baghdad, police and Interior Ministry sources said. Two of the dead and two of the wounded were policemen.

BAGHDAD - A mortar bomb exploded at an intersection in the capital's northern district of Aadhamiya, killing a traffic policeman and wounding six civilians, a police source said.

ISKANDARIYA - Two civilians were killed and another three were wounded when gunmen shot at their car near Iskandariya, 60 km (40 miles) south of Baghdad, a police source said.

BAGHDAD - Police brigadier Khudhur Abbas al-Salih was kidnapped when he left his house in the capital's northern district of Raghiba Khatoun. A police source said the kidnappers had called his wife, asked for ransom and threatened to behead him if she did not pay.

RAMADI - Nine car bombs and 28 improvised bombs were discovered and 32 suspects were detained in operation Quick Strike in Ramadi, 110 km (68 miles) west of Baghdad, a U.S. military statement said on Tuesday. The operation has ended.

HABBANIYA - A U.S. soldier was killed by small arms fire on Tuesday in the town of Habbaniya, west of Baghdad near Ramadi, a U.S. military statement said. * BAIJI - Gunmen attacked a checkpoint manned by Iraqi army and police near Baiji, killing four soldiers and wounding four, including a civilian, police said.

Childish Theory

What we routinely misname a democracy (our form of government is a republic, not a democracy) evolved through the centuries from our mother country, the United Kingdom. It has taken hold nowhere else on the globe except in the English-speaking countries, not even on Continental Europe.
It is uniquely English, based on English common law.

One would have to be a moron or entirely ignorant of the Muslim world to expect that you could impose that system on Iraq at the point of a gun. There is such a striking absence of common sense in Washington that I sometimes think we ought to outsource the State Department to the Teamsters Union, and intelligence work to the Mafia. It would help if we moved the national capital to Fargo, N.D., where subzero temperatures might encourage Congress to do its work on time

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Are we losing ?

The U.S. military continues to try to shut down the Iraqi insurgents with "sweeps" of different towns or hotspots. Typically this is a reactive move following deaths of U.S. servicemen.

It takes time for the U.S. military to respond to any provocation, because the only way Americans will engage the enemy is from heavily armored vehicles with massive firepower. This calls for logistics, planning, and usually eliminates any possible use of stealth or rapid response to achieve tactical advantage. So, we see the U.S. running their sweeps into towns and villages or utilizing air strikes and bombings or artillery attacks -- after the fact, usually well after the fact of any insurgent activity.

This means that long after the militants are out of the building, the bomb strikes and killing non-combatants such as local families. Long after the insurgent tactical squads have evacuated a town or village, the tanks roll in and blast the smithereens out of any building from which fire was suspected two days earlier. Oops! More dead civilians. This farce of warfare is good for only one thing -- increasing recruitment for the insurgency. "Kill my cousin and now I kill you" is the understandable reaction of thousands of Iraqis now.

Talk about motivation!

The American way of warfare was designed to win huge land wars, such on the European theater against masses of Russians with huge tank armies. America needed massive firepower because of being outgunned in that potential theater of war.

In Iraq, America has the advantage in numbers of men AND firepower, but little room for maneuver and little initiative. Americans are on their heels and when they do try to take the initiative they fire into buildings long after the battle is over.

This war cannot be won by America.

Those 'pathetic' Iraqis just will not stand and fight toe to toe. For some strange reason, the Iraqis are fighting to win, not to meet American wishes and expectations. Every day that Americans are in Iraq fighting the insurgency is another day that George Bush is losing ground. Every death of an American soldier is a nail in the coffin of the American Empire.

And George Bush thought it would be easy! Mission Accomplished, George! George has lost some of that strut he used to use when walking across the aircraft carrier deck. His senior military officers are probably having a hard time looking him in the eye. Rumsfeld is a little less cocky these days, and Cheney is buried in his bunker thinking about nuking Iraq and Iran, because he has no other solution. American strategy is proving to be weak, and it all started when the Iraqis refused to sit still and be blown to smithereens.

Osama bin Laden in Iraq

Hey .. thats what it said .. anyway after the huge post on the MI6 agent i thought it better to lighten the mood .. so we go from the sensible to the stupid . I just picked up this story

U.S. troops in Iraq have seized documents suggesting al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden is planning to enter Iraq during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, according to an Iranian news agency report.

Bin Laden's visit to Iraq during Ramadan, which this year begins in early October, would be part of an al-Qaida attempt to further destabilize the war-ravaged country and to lead a coup attempt against the government in Baghdad, the Mehr news agency said.

Citing a spokesman from the Shiite terrorist group Hezbollah of Iraq, the report said that Americans soldiers found documents, apparently meant for internal use by an Iraqi al-Qaida affiliate, the Mujahadeen of the Land of Rafedin, mentioning bin Laden's planned visit.
The documents were reportedly seized in a house in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul.


and if you believe that then you probably voted for George

Interview with former MI6 agent

Alastair Crooke is a former official with Britain's MI6 intelligence agency and I have picked up this recent interview with al-jazeera that makes fascinating reading .Considering his previous position it is probably fair to presume that his view mirrors that of MI6 and therefore makes the interview more interesting still. The fact that his views are not as extreme as those i so often come across is something of a comfort . Alastair spent many years in the Arab and Muslim world and engaged in dialogue with Hamas and Hizb Allah, as well as facing paramilitary forces and drug cartels in Latin America and militias in Africa. During this time, Crooke helped end the Israeli siege of the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem in 2002 and worked to mediate the summer 2003 ceasefire between Palestinian armed groups and Israeli forces. So he knows his stuff , If only more people could see the bigger picture

How do you explain the apparent increase in bombings taking place around the world, most recently seen in London and Egypt? What is happening?

What I think we see is a division in views that is taking place. I think we have on the one hand groups like the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas and Hizb Allah who are trying to build a Muslim society, and to get a stake in society and in power, by working through the electoral process, by trying to work or to try to contrive the reforms that will allow them, if you like, from the bottom up, popular Islamism.
You see that very clearly taking place in Egypt, where there is a process of drawing on a popular desire to see elections, changes and reforms - and trying to mobilise that popular support in order to get a stake in power, whereby they can bring about the changes that conform with what their constituencies are looking to.
On the other hand, I think there is a different trend which sees the project of decolonisation after the last European war having been incomplete and having failed, and amongst some of this trend, you get the sense that you have to break the system in order to make the system. You've actually got to bring down the structures in order to start again.

That accommodation ultimately will fail because the West won't allow groups like Hamas, Hizb Allah and others to participate fully in the electoral process. So they are looking to another way of doing that, in which they are challenging, if you like, completing the process of decolonisation. They believe you have to pull the structure down and start again.

I think this dichotomy was elegantly described by Muqtada al-Sadr [a Shia Muslim cleric in Iraq] in a recent interview, in which he said, 'Look, there are some of my brothers who believe that by working with the provisional government, they can work to bring about an end to the occupation of Iraq. Well, I wish them luck with that, but I believe ultimately they will fail because the United States will not allow it. That is why I believe that first by resistance we must bring about the end of occupation, and only then will it be possible to create a state, a Muslim state, in Iraq'.

And I think that is something of the dilemma we are facing, that I think what we saw in Egypt is [both trends] taking place at the same time. On the one hand, you have the Muslim Brotherhood and the other groups working politically, challenging for power through the electoral process, and we see the bombs that took place in Sharm al-Shaikh - we don't yet know the full motivation - which may represent the other trend, which says, you've got to collapse the system before you can really rebuild a fair and just society.

You make a distinction between the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas and Hizb Allah, and al-Qaida or al-Qaida related-groups, that are more global in their actions?

I think there is a big difference between the two, in that what you have is Hamas, Hizb Allah, Jammat Islamiya, Muslim Brotherhood and these groups.
They may be seen on the one hand through the optic of using resistance or violence, in support of their objectives, but these groups all favour elections, they look for reform, they're looking for constitutional change in their society, and that is an important difference between these groups and some of the other Salafi, Takfiri, extreme radical groups who are looking for polarisation.

So what does al-Qaida want?

Well, I'm afraid I'm one of those people in the West that thinks this title, al-Qaida, has become so overused and used so widely, that I mean that's it's impossible any longer to say.
I don't think there is that organisational structure that is so often presented in the West, but I think it is quite clear the main objective is the removal of Western armies from Muslim lands and an ability to create a just society in Muslim lands. But their methodology is very different.


This is to oversimplify it, but it has some objectives which were evident in 1998 [the year Osama bin Laden declared a fatwa calling on his followers to kill American nationals and allies of the US, and the year of the East Africa embassy bombings] which was about polarisation and radicalisation and a short circuiting of the route to an Islamic society by an act of "shock and awe" that would radicalise the ummah [global Muslim community] and bring about an instant change.

But for many Muslims and many groups - including the Islamists - they would say it has alienated much of the ummah by the type and nature of the violence that has been used to radicalise the situation. And also some would say that it has made the conditions for Muslims worse off because of "the war on terror".

And certainly, some groups might point to the situation of the Palestinians as an example and say it has greatly deteriorated. So what have these acts achieved?

Do you think America is waging the ''war on terror'' in an effective manner?

You have to go back and say, what is a war? "Terror" -whatever that means - I don't use that word because I don't think it's necessarily helpful to understanding what we're dealing with.
And certainly, if we are, it's why I prefer to use such words as political insurgency - an incipient political insurgency - because an insurgency is basically about psychology and politics and that's what we have been trying to understand, and that's what we have to deal with.
But I think there are two things that are very important to understand. One is that in dealing with the situation we have now, the first thing is the West often muddles together things that are so completely different. They group Hamas and Hizb Allah and put them in the same box and say all of this is "Islamist terrorism".
They couldn't be more poles apart. Just [recently] for example, I heard that there is an assassination list put out by some of these radical groups which contain Hizb Allah names on it, proposing that they should be assassinated. There is a world of difference between bunching them together - the struggle and the difference between [these] groups.

The other thing that is important to understand is we often talk about anger and hostility, but there is also a feeling in the West that it is just anger and hostility to the West and that, if only things settle down in Iraq and if Muslims are more educated and get a little bit more money, it will all go away and vanish and things will become stable again. I think that is to miss the point.

There is anger, and there is this hostility, but there is also beneath that a substantive critique of Western policies, of Western economic structures of our financial system, of our trade policy, of our development policy, of our foreign policies and also an alternative view of how a society should be. In other words, the challenge that they are not necessarily universal values. So I think we should just not regard this as a froth of anger that will be dissipated, if only a little more money and investment is poured into the [affected places].

I think the anger may diminish, but there beneath this, a substantive and real critique needs to be addressed by the West and not denied by them.

US President George Bush says that extremist groups like al-Qaida hate the democracy and values the West represents. Is this a correct view and understanding of what motivates such groups?

This is completely wrong. Muslims everywhere - and the polls underline this very clearly - reflect the same values: They do not hate our values, but they do hate our policies.

Polls show very clearly that Muslims support elections, they want popular participation in government. They want effective and good governance and they want reform. And these are the same values as European and American societies. Muslim values expressed in the polls represent no threat to our societies.

Perhaps they will look for a society that is underpinned with ethical values not only in a personal sphere but in an institutional sphere, and in a sphere of governance in order to avoid what they see as some of the weaknesses of a secular liberal democracy, but that is not a challenge, or an existential threat to our societies.

Why do you believe it is important to talk to groups that use such tactics as suicide bombings?

I don't want to imply that that is a condoning of these tactics, but what we are looking at is we are talking to those groups that have sometimes used political violence, but these are groups that should also be seen, on the other hand, [as groups] who do support elections, who do support positive reform and change, and who reflect significant Muslim constituencies. They have a real legitimacy. They clearly have many people who support their activities and vote for them and express their support. So they do have a real legitimacy, which the West must not sweep under the carpet and pretend it's not there.

With the other groups [such as al-Qaida], there is no indication of whether they have a clear legitimacy. Maybe some arguments that they make have some resonance, perhaps or not within the whole of Muslim societies, but some sectors of it. There's no formal way of judging the degree to which there is legitimacy for their views, as opposed to some ephemeral resonance that some arguments have within Muslim society, so there is a big difference, I believe. The other difference is, if they're looking for polarisation and radicalisation, then I'll doubt if they want to talk to anyone.

Should governments not take the principled stand that they should not negotiate with those who use such indiscriminate carnage?

We need to find the most effective way to break a cycle of violence and we need to address it in a number of ways. One of the clear things I'm saying is that once you look and understand that this is also about politics, it means we have to have a political approach, as well as a need to protect our societies too. Every society has to protect its citizens, that is the duty of a government.

But it is also important to look at it more widely and to understand possibly that by labelling and lumping together groups like Hamas and Hizb Allah and others that clearly are wanting to participate ... to try to deny them political space, to isolate and demonize them and disempower their discourse is the wrong way to go about it.

You have moderates and young people - even people here in the camps in Lebanon - who would say to their political leaders, "Look, see where your moderation has got you? See what you've succeeded in? Your still labelled a terrorist, you are still hunted down and killed and it has achieved for you nothing." If that continues, it would be not surprising if people - young people - will say there's no point [in positive participation].




Rumsfeld ups pressure on Iran

US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has said weapons from Iran have been found in Iraq. An issue that we reported on this site a few days ago

Mr Rumsfeld said it was "unhelpful" of Tehran not to have prevented them from crossing the border.
erm Donald , doesn't a border have two sides ? they are not responsible for the Iraqi border ! maybe you should be shouting at the Iraqis or if as you say only 3000 of them are trained then who is exactly is guarding the borders ?

what a wonderful and strange piece of double logic


He said the arms were "clearly" Iranian but refused to describe them or say how many had been identified

Some media reports have suggested that the weapons include sophisticated explosives that are finding their way into the hands of insurgents but there is as yet no independent confirmation of that

I hope Syria is watching closely ..

...they must be next

Another burst of 'last throws' from today in Iraq

BAGHDAD - At least 10 Iraqi policemen were shot dead in five separate attacks in Baghdad on Tuesday, an Interior Ministry official said.

In one attack, four policemen on patrol were killed by insurgents with automatic weapons on a major highway in the eastern part of the capital.

BAGHDAD - At least three Iraqis were killed and 32 injured by a suicide car bomb targeting a police convoy on a busy central Baghdad street, police said.

BAQUBA - Three pilgrims were killed and eight injured when gunmen sprayed their minivan with gunfire near the town of Baquba, medical sources said. The pilgrims were heading to neighbouring Iran to visit a holy Shi'ite shrine.

ABU KHAMIS - Two people were burned to death when insurgents stopped their truck and set fire to it in an area called Abu Khamis, just north of Baghdad, police said. It was unclear why the truck had been targeted.

LATIFIYAH - Two Iraqi civilians were killed and a third critically wounded on Monday when gunmen fired on their car while they travelled on a main road near the violent town of Latifiyah, just south of Baghdad, police said.

Police said it was unclear why the three men, who were brothers, had been attacked. Scores of Shi'ites have been murdered near the town by Sunni radicals in the past year.

* BAGHDAD - A suicide bomber in a car killed one U.S. soldier and wounded two when he struck their convoy at a Baghdad intersection, the U.S. military said in a statement.

* HILLA - Gunmen killed a former officer in Saddam Hussein's Baath party in the southern town of Hilla, police said.

BAGHDAD - One police commando was killed and another injured by an explosion in Baghdad's Mansour district, police at the scene said.

BAQUBA - One policeman was killed and another injured when gunmen fired on their patrol car in the centre of Baquba, a town about 40 km (25 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

BAGHDAD - One civilian was killed and another injured when gunmen attacked their mobile phone shop in al-Jamee'a district of southwest Baghdad, a hospital source said.

RAMADI - One U.S. soldier was killed in action on Monday by small arms fire during combat operations in Ramadi, 110 km (70 miles) west of Baghdad, a U.S. military statement said.

Source: Reuters

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

CIA asked us to let nuclear spy go

AMSTERDAM — The CIA asked the Netherlands not to detain Pakistani scientist Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan for stealing nuclear secrets from a Dutch facility, former Prime Minister Ruud Lubbers has claimed.

Speaking on Dutch radio programme Argos on Tuesday morning, Lubbers said the Dutch authorities held off from taking action against Khan in 1975 and 1986 because the US security agency wanted to gain more information about the scientist's activities.

Khan was hailed a national hero in Pakistan in 1997 when the then prime minister Nawaz Sharif announced that the country possessed nuclear weapons.

It emerged later that Khan also headed a clandestine network that sold on nuclear know-how to Libya, North Korea and Iran. Although there was mounting evidence of Khan's illicit activities by 2001, this was only made public in 2004.

Born in Bhopal, Khan trained as a metallurgist in Germany. From May 1972 to December 1975 he was employed by Physics Dynamic Research Laboratory (also known as FDO), an engineering firm based in Amsterdam and a subcontractor to the URENCO consortium specialising in the manufacture of nuclear equipment.

Urenco's primary enrichment facility was in Dutch city of Almelo, near the German border. Khan had an office there by late 1974, the website of globalsecurity.org says.

In early 1976, Khan left the Netherlands with secret Urenco blueprints for an uranium centrifuge. He was convicted in absentia by a court in the Netherlands in 1983 for stealing the designs. The conviction was later overturned on a technicality.

Phew good job he wasn't Iranian !

Every Mother's Son

George W. Bush hauled stakes for Texas and a vacation a few days ago. Cindy Sheehan followed. She got off a bus Saturday afternoon and started walking to the Crawford ranch. She wanted some answers and was going to get them.

Sheehan had met Mr. Bush once before. On April 4, 2004, just shy of a year after Bush stood on an aircraft carrier beneath a banner that read "Mission Accomplished," Cindy Sheehan's son, Army Specialist Casey A. Sheehan, was killed in Iraq when his unit was attacked by rocket-propelled grenades and small-arms fire. He was 24 years old.

After Casey's death, Cindy Sheehan was invited to the White House for a visit with Mr. Bush in June of 2004. Her first memory of Bush's appearance that day was when he walked into the room and said in a loud, bluff voice, "Who we'all honorin' today?"

"His mouth kept moving," Sheehan later recalled of her meeting with Bush, "but there was nothing in his eyes or anything else about him that showed me he really cared or had any real compassion at all. This is a human being totally disconnected from humanity and reality. His eyes were empty, hollow shells." Bush called her "Ma" or "Mom" throughout the whole meeting, and never got around to learning her name.

"The whole meeting was simply bizarre and disgusting," Sheehan said later. "Designed to intimidate instead of providing compassion. He didn't even know our names. I just couldn't believe this was happening. It was so surreal and bizarre. Later I met with some of the other fifteen or sixteen families who were at the White House the same day and, sure enough, they all felt the same way I did."

9/11 New evidence comes to light

A year before the 9/11 attacks a secret US intelligence unit had identified four of the hijackers as likely linked to al-Qaeda, a US congressman says.
But the unit's request for the FBI to be informed was turned down, according to Representative Curt Weldon.
One of the men identified was said to be 9/11 ringleader Mohammed Atta.
Mr Weldon has a reputation for bold statements, but his comments are being taken seriously after claims from an unnamed former intelligence official

for the full details click Here and for the NYT times article click Here

Remember Nagasaki


We can bomb the world to pieces, but we can't bomb it into peace.

Monday, August 08, 2005

The UK and US made a 'cows ear' of anthrax deal with Saddam


A BRITISH cow that died in an Oxfordshire field in 1937 has emerged as the source of Saddam Hussain’s “weapons of mass destruction” programme that led to the Iraq war.

An ear from the cow was sent to an English laboratory, where scientists discovered anthrax spores that were later used in secret biological warfare tests by Winston Churchill.

The culture was sent to the United States, which exported samples to Iraq during Saddam’s war against Iran in the 1980s. Inspectors have found that this batch of anthrax was the dictator’s choice in his attempts to create biological weapons.

The discovery has angered some British politicians. Austin Mitchell, the Labour MP for Great Grimsby, has renewed his call, supported by 126 MPs in the last Parliament, for a UN investigation into whether Washington broke a weapons control agreement.

“It just makes them look more hypocritical than ever,”

read more Here

main incidents in Iraq today

or 'last throws' meets 'losing steam'

BAGHDAD, Aug 8 (Reuters) - Following are security incidents reported in Iraq on Sunday, Aug. 8, as of 1330 GMT.
U.S. and Iraqi forces are battling a Sunni Arab insurgency against the Shi'ite and Kurdish-led government in Baghdad.
SAMAWA - Guerrillas fired rocket-propelled grenades at police in the southern town of Samawa in a second day of unrest. On Sunday, hundreds of protesters demanded the governor's resignation and better services. Police shot and killed one protester and wounded 40, police and doctors said on Sunday.
SAMARRA - The bodies of five policemen who were shot dead and thrown in a river were found in the northern town of Samarra, police said. They were on their way home for vacation when they were killed, police said.
BAGHDAD - A translator working at Baghdad's Doura power station was shot dead, said a source at Yarmouk hospital.
FALLUJA - A suicide bomber attacked a U.S. patrol in the former rebel stronghold of Falluja, west of Baghdad, Iraqi police sources said. There was no immediate confirmation of the attack from the U.S. military and no word on casualties.
KIRKUK - Two employees of the Iraqi state-owned North Oil Company were shot dead by gunmen in Fatha, 75 km (45 miles) southwest of Kirkuk, police said.

Saddam's family sacks foreign legal team

The family of ousted Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein has sacked all members of his foreign defence team and would deal only with his Iraqi lawyer.
Saddam, who was ousted in April 2003 after the US-led invasion of Iraq and captured the following December, is in US custody near Baghdad awaiting trial on charges of crimes against humanity.
No trial date has yet been set.
"From today, none of the lawyers, except Iraqi lawyer Khalil Dulaimi, will have the right to act on behalf of Saddam," according to a statement from the family signed by Saddam's daughter Raghad.
"They used their position to further interests not linked to the case," the statement said.
A member of the Amman-based defence committee, Issam al-Ghazzawi, said the family's decision may be linked to the number of public declarations by various lawyers about Saddam's case.
"Defence committee members do not have the mandate to plead Saddam's case in court, but will offer legal advice and support, nothing more," he added.
The committee, which has about 20 active lawyers, does not recognise the competence of the Iraq Special Tribunal to try Saddam.
Last month, the court filed the first charges against Saddam over the 1982 killing of 143 residents of the village of Dujail, north-east of Baghdad, where he had been the target of a failed assassination bid.

World oil prices reach a new high

LONDON (AFP) - World oil prices have struck fresh record high points, reaching almost 64 dollars in New York, as an unspecified threat caused the United States to shut its embassy in Saudi Arabia -- the world's biggest exporter of crude.
New York's main contract, light sweet crude for delivery in September, soared 1.68 dollars Monday to 63.99 dollars per barrel in early deals.
Before Monday, the previous high stood at 62.50 dollars -- a level reached last Wednesday after US refineries were hit by disruptions

Cindy Sheenan threatened with arrest

Daily Dissent is reporting that a source close to the war protest mom currently camped outside the Bush home in Crawford, Texas has been threatened with arrest .

'David Swanson from Daily Kos reports:
Cindy Sheehan phoned me from Texas a few minutes ago to say that she's been informed that beginning Thursday, she and her companions will be considered a threat to national security and will be arrested. Coincidentally, Thursday is the day that Rice and Rumsfeld visit the ranch, and Friday is a fundraiser event for the haves and the have mores. Cindy said that she and others plan to be arrested. '

for those that wish to , there is a link at Daily Dissent to send your messages to Cindy

Iran, the bomb and the truth

The facts about Iran's "alleged" nuclear weapons program have never been in dispute. There is no such program and no one has ever produced a shred of credible evidence to the contrary. That hasn't stopped the Bush administration from making spurious accusations and threats; nor has it deterred America's "imbedded" media from implying that Iran is hiding a nuclear weapons program from the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency).

Iran has no nuclear weapons program. This is the conclusion of Mohammed el-Baradei the respected chief of the IAEA. The agency has conducted a thorough and nearly-continuous investigation on all suspected sites for the last two years and has come up with the very same result every time; nothing.

If we can't trust the findings of these comprehensive investigations by nuclear experts than the agency should be shut down and the NPT (Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty) should be abandoned. It is just that simple.

That, of course, is exactly what the US and Israel would prefer since they have no intention of complying with international standards or treaties and are entirely committed to a military confrontation with Iran.

The United States doesn't allow any intrusive inspections on its nuclear weapons sites even though it is the only nation that has ever used nukes in battle and even though it is developing a whole new regime of tactical "bunker-buster" bombs for destroying heavily-fortified weapons sites buried beneath the ground.

The US is also the only nation that claims the right to use nukes in a "first-strike" capacity if it feels that its national security interests are at stake.

The NPT is entirely designed to harass the countries that have not yet developed nuclear weapons and force them to observe rules designed by the more powerful states. It was intended to maintain the existing power-structure not to keep the peace.

Why should Iran forgo the processing of nuclear fuel for peaceful purposes if it is written right into the treaty? Would Israel or Pakistan accept a similar proposal?

Of course, not. Both countries ignored the treaty altogether and built their own nuclear weapons behind the back of the international community. Only Iran has been singled out and punished for COMPLYING with the treaty. This demonstrates the power of Washington to dictate the international agenda.

So far, none of the terrorist bombings in London, Spain, Turkey, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia or the US have implicated even one Iranian national. That will certainly change if we pursue this this current agenda . Iranian Intelligence has probably already planned covert operations that will be carried out in the event of an unprovoked attack on their facilities. Iran is also likely to become an active supporter of international terrorist groups; enlisting more recruits in the war against American interests. After all, any attack on Iran can only be construed as a declaration of all-out war.


snippets taken from "ICH"

Iran has restarted its nuclear programme

Iran has resumed sensitive fuel cycle work at its uranium conversion facility near the city of Isfahan.
The UN's nuclear watchdog, the IAEA, confirmed work had begun at the plant, after it was suspended in 2004 to allow for negotiations with the EU.
The US and EU had previously warned that any resumption could lead to Iran being referred to the UN Security Council for economic sanctions.

full story Here

Iran rejects US allegations of intervention in Iraq

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi on Sunday rejected US defense secretary's allegations on Iran's intervention in Iraqi affairs. In his weekly press briefing, he reacted to the recent allegations of the US defense secretary accusing Iran of intervening in Iraq's internal affairs by transferring bombs to the country, the spokesman said that there is nothing to motivate Iran to do so. He stressed that Iran supports establishment of stability and security in the country.

He further commented that such remarks by the US officials aimed at justifying US failure in Iraq to the world's public opinion by inventing a hypothetical enemy which could be blamed for the failures.

new poll: Americans slam Bush over Iraq

WASHINGTON, Aug 7

In one of the the lowest ratings for US President Mr George W Bush, 61 per cent of Americans have disapproved of his handling of the war in Iraq, a new opinion poll has revealed. Newsweek magazine, which conducted the poll, said yesterday that it was Mr Bush’s lowest approval on Iraq and the first below-40 per cent drop in his ratings. Only 34 per cent of those polled said they approved of Mr Bush’s handling of Iraq. While 50 per cent said the US was losing ground in its efforts to establish security and democracy in the country, only 40 per cent said US was making progress. A poll done by the magazine one month ago had shown that 41 per cent of Americans approved of Mr Bush’s handling of Iraq while 54 per cent did not.

Sunday, August 07, 2005

Update: Yet another two soldiers die in Iraq today

Again the source is US Centcom
August 7, 2005
Release Number: 05-08-10
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASETWO TASK FORCE LIBERTY SOLDIERS KILLED, THREE WOUNDED BY IED
TIKRIT,
Iraq

Two Task Force Liberty Soldiers were killed and three were wounded when an improvised explosive device detonated near a vehicle patrol near Samarra at about 6:00 p.m. on August 6. The Soldiers were evacuated to a Coalition Forces medical facility where two Soldiers died of wounds sustained in the attack. The names of the Soldiers are being withheld pending notification of next of kin

Soldier's mom digs in near Bush ranch

CRAWFORD, Texas (CNN) -- A mother whose son was killed in Iraq says she is prepared to continue her protest outside President Bush's ranch through August until she is granted an opportunity to speak with him.

Another wonderful example of real american determination , i wish her luck

full story Here

Iraq suicide blast kills seven

Sunday's Last Throws

Seven Iraqi soldiers were killed and 17 were wounded in a suicide bomb blast in central Tikrit on Sunday, an Iraqi army source said.
The suicide bomber blew up a truck loaded with explosives at the entrance to an Iraqi army base in Tikrit, some 180 kilometers north of Baghdad.
Despite the violence, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said in an interview with Time magazine released on Sunday that the insurgency in Iraq is "losing steam" while "rather quiet political progress" remains on track.

ok Condoleezza , if you say so

UPdate .. on operation "losing steam"

AT least 39 people have been killed in attacks across the country overnight, including the region where Australian soldiers are based, as Iraq's president announced a series of meetings of political leaders to negotiate issues holding up completion of the new constitution Here

Another US marine killed in Iraq

I have just Picked this story up coming out of the United States Central Command

August 7, 2005
Release Number: 05-08-08
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MARINE KILLED BY SUICIDE ATTACK

CAMP FALLUJAH

Iraq – A Marine assigned to Regimental Combat Team 8, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward) was killed in action August 6 by a suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive device. The incident took place during combat operations near Al Amiriyah, Iraq.

The name of the deceased is being withheld and will be released by the Department of Defense after the next of kin have been notified

Angry Outsiders Boosting al-Qaida's Ranks

They had roots in Pakistan, Ethiopia, Somalia and Jamaica: the suspected al-Qaida foot soldiers in Britain were immigrants or were children of immigrants - a new breed of recruits that underscores the changes in the organization since the Sept. 11 attacks, say experts studying the London bombings.

you can read the full article Here and some snippets below


"Al-Qaida version 1.0 is functionally dead," said Jerrold Post, a founding director of the CIA's Center for the Analysis of Personality and Political Behavior. "Al-Qaida version 2.0 is almost more an ideology. ... It's an adaptive organization responding to a crisis."

"Diaspora communities are the main resources for this global jihad," Post told The Associated Press. "(Their families) left for a better life, but they really have not been able to fully integrate with the recipient societies that they have immigrated to."

Jenkins said al-Qaida recruiters are very good at spotting the vulnerable - often young men undergoing personal crises - whether drugs, crime, joblessness, poverty or a spiritual hunger. They are offered an ideology that explains the difficulties and provides a new mind-set.

"This is the way cults recruit," Jenkins said. "To a certain extent ... this is the way armies recruit."

"The thing that holds it together is the ideology itself," he said of al-Qaida's decentralized structure. "How do you attack an ideology? It's very rough to do."

If not impossible if you ask me .

This is in interesting article thanks go to lg-domain for the heads up

Did Saudi Arabia warn Britain of London attack

A British newspaper reports that Saudi Arabian officials claimed they warned Britain that a terror attack on the United Kingdom was being planned weeks ahead of the July 7 bombs.

The Observer quoted one security official in Riyadh as saying that information was passed to MI5 and MI6, the secret security and intelligence services.

And the Sunday Telegraph quoted the Saudi ambassador to the United Kingdom, Prince Turki al-Faisal, as saying that details of a possible plot to attack London believed to have been obtained from terror suspects under interrogation in the desert kingdom had been given to British intelligence.

9/11 Group Says White House Has Not Provided Files

The New York times is reporting that the White House has failed to turn over any of the information requested by the 10 members of the disbanded Sept. 11 commission in their renewed, unofficial investigation into whether the government is doing enough to prevent terrorist attacks on American soil.

The members said that the Bush administration's lack of cooperation was hindering a project that was otherwise nearly complete.

"It's very disappointing," Mr. Kean(the former Republican governor of New Jersey) said of the administration's failure to cooperate with the group. "All we're trying to do is make the public safer."

Full story here

Roadside bombs 'Machine manufactured in Iran'

The US military is reporting that 'many of the new, more sophisticated roadside bombs used to attack American and government forces in Iraq have been designed in Iran and smuggled over the border'

But just as troubling is that the spread of the weapons seems to suggest a new and unusual area of cooperation between Iranian Shiites and Iraqi Sunnis to drive American forces out.

In my view if these two factions are joining forces then the problems in Iraq are even greater then we already believe

"These are among the most sophisticated and most lethal devices we've seen," said a leading officer. "It's very serious."

"The devices we're seeing now have been machined," said a military official who has access to classified reporting on the insurgents' bomb-making abilities. "There is evidence of some sophistication."

American officials say they have no evidence that the Iranian government is involved. But defence secretary Donald Rumsfeld and the new United States ambassador in Baghdad, Zalmay Khalilzad, complained publicly this week about the Tehran government's harmful meddling in Iraqi affairs.

"There is movement across its borders of people and material used in violent acts against Iraq," Khalilzad said last week.

But some Middle East specialists discount any involvement by the Iranian government or Hezbollah, saying it would be counter to their interests to support Iraq's Sunni Arab insurgents, who have stepped up their attacks against Iraqi Shiites. These specialists suggest the arms shipments are more likely to be the work of criminals, arms traffickers or splinter insurgent groups.

Iran rejects EU nuclear incentives

Iran has rejected the European Union's proposals for incentives in return for a suspension of nuclear fuel work as unacceptable.
"The Europeans' submitted proposals regarding the nuclear case are not acceptable for Iran," the official IRNA news agency on Saturday quoted Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi as saying.
"The proposals are unacceptable because Iran's right to enrich uranium is not included," he said.

Full story Here

Saturday, August 06, 2005

Flashback :Some of our weapons are missing


It may be no suprise that the Americans have been unable to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. They have considerable trouble finding their own stuff .





A couple of years ago they 'lost' US$900 million of their own kit, a sum not far off the entire Iraqi military budget for the same year. Items lost include an entire missile guidance system and a number of helicopters.

In 2003 reports suggested an even bigger problem when the defence department inspectorate found the Pentagon couldn't account for a part of its US$400 billion annual budget, including fifty six aircraft , thirty two tanks and thirty six javelin missile command lanuch units ,which had simply gone missing.

With so many weapons missing and unaccounted for , it might have been more prudent for the Pentagon to start searching for their own weapons first before they began looking for Saddam's



Interesting flashback from the talent that is Bremner,Bird and Fortune 'you are here'

British MP Robin Cook dies


Former Cabinet minister Robin Cook, 59, has died after collapsing while hill walking in north-west Scotland.
It is believed he was taken ill while walking with his wife Gaynor on Ben Stack
Mr Cook was flown by helicopter to Raigmore Hospital in Inverness, with attempts made to resucitate him.

After Labour's landslide win, he entered the Cabinet as foreign secretary.

A Cabinet reshuffle after the 2001 Labour victory saw him replaced at the Foreign Office by Jack Straw, with Mr Cook instead given the job of Leader of the Commons.
He resigned that position in the lead-up to the conflict in Iraq in protest over Tony Blair's decision to go to war.

Out of respect to Robin I leave you with a few quotes from his historic resignation speech at the House of Commons on the 17th of March 2003

'Only a year ago, we and the United States were part of a coalition against terrorism that was wider and more diverse than I would ever have imagined possible.
History will be astonished at the diplomatic miscalculations that led so quickly to the disintegration of that powerful coalition.'

'None of us can predict the death toll of civilians from the forthcoming bombardment of Iraq, but the US warning of a bombing campaign that will "shock and awe" makes it likely that casualties will be numbered at least in the thousands.'

'Iraq probably has no weapons of mass destruction in the commonly understood sense of the term - namely a credible device capable of being delivered against a strategic city target'

'Why is it now so urgent that we should take military action to disarm a military capacity that has been there for 20 years, and which we helped to create?
Why is it necessary to resort to war this week, while Saddam's ambition to complete his weapons programme is blocked by the presence of UN inspectors?'

'Nothing could better demonstrate that they are wrong than for this House to stop the commitment of troops in a war that has neither international agreement nor domestic support.
I intend to join those tomorrow night who will vote against military action now. It is for that reason, and for that reason alone, and with a heavy heart, that I resign from the government. '

A rare phenomenon a politician that told us the truth and resigned with integrity

Rest in peace Robin

Remember Hiroshima


Sixty Years ago today the worlds first weapon of mass destruction was used. About 140,000 people were killed by the bomb and its aftermath.

Today is not a day for the arguments about it's use .Today is the day to remember all those innocent lives wiped off the face of the planet and all those who still suffer today from the effects

Friday, August 05, 2005

Tallest wave ever recorded

Hurricane Ivan generated a wave more than 90 feet (27 metres) high - thought to be the tallest and most intense ever measured - scientists have revealed.

It would have dwarfed a 10-storey building and had the power to snap a ship in half - but never reached land.

You may be wondering why i am posting this on a site about terrorism ?

the answer is simple . to ignore global warming , to think purely in the terms of self , my car , my job , my air conditioning in my view is an act of terrorism at least equal to the barbaric acts committed by those we call terrorists

this type of report will sadly only continue to get worse

more details Here

Amnesty enters the row on Iraqi constitution

Even before the final draft of the Iraqi constitution has been finalised ,concerns have been building over the type of Iraq being brought into effect .

Amnesty international have today added their voice to the concern of the future of human rights in the new Iraq

Amnesty have asked the Iraqi government to look again at the following issues

'address concerns that Islam may be used to perpetuate discrimination against women and ensure that the constitution prohibits unequivocally discrimination on the basis of gender and promotes women's full rights;

prohibit discrimination on all grounds included in international human rights treaties;
make a specific reference to international human rights law as one of the sources of national legislation. In case of conflict between national and international laws, the Constitution should specify that international law should prevail;

emphasise that all human rights, including civil, cultural, economic, political and social are protected and are indivisible;

protect the rights of the child as guaranteed in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, including the definition of the child as "every human being below the age of eighteen", as well as the prohibition of the recruitment or enlistment of children under 18 years into armed forces (or groups), and their use in hostilities;

abolish the death penalty which Amnesty International considers to be the ultimate cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment and violates the right to life;

establish universal jurisdiction for the crimes of genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, torture, extra-judicial executions and "disappearances".

prohibit discrimination and protect rights to all those under the jurisdiction of Iraq, according to international human rights law, and not only to Iraq citizens. Only specific rights can be limited to citizens, in a way consistent with international human rights law'

more details Here

Double Standards ?

Fox news presenter Bill O'Reilly has said that he would personally execute all those who kill civilians whilst not in uniform ... strange concept Bill ... what about those that kill civilians whilst in uniform ?

what about those that die under US interrogation ?
what about the pilot of planes that drop there bombs on shelters and TV stations ?
what about the people of fallujah ?

and equally important Bill these are strange views for a catholic ?

watch the video Here

Thursday, August 04, 2005

Insurgents release video of attack on marines

The Iraqi Inusrgants today released a new video showing the horrific attack on the US marines on the 1st of August .

The video shows the true horror of war including footage of the dead soldiers and is already availible at over 100 web sites

As is my policy on this site i will not be linking to this film that is obviously designed to create shock and would just add to the already tragic grief to the families

What suprises me is the speed that the insurgents can get there information out to the world , for three years almost daily new reports and new videos are being broadcast and made availible on the internet.

New Al-Qaida video threatens the UK and US

Al-Qaida's second in command Ayman al-Zawahri has warned Britain in a video aired on Thursday that Prime Minister Tony Blair's policies will bring more destruction to London.

He also warned the United States that al-Qaida would continue to launch deadly attacks until US troops quit all Muslim countries.

snippets from the transcript below

"Blair's policies brought you destruction in central London and will bring you more destruction ... "

"What you have seen in New York, Washington and Afghanistan, are only the initial losses and if you (United States) continue the same hostile policies you will see what will make you forget those horrors,"


"To the people of the crusader coalition ... our blessed Shaikh Osama has offered you a truce so that you leave Muslim land. As he said, you will not dream of security until we live it as a reality in Palestine, and until all your infidel armies leave Prophet Mohammad's lands,"

"There will be no salvation until you withdraw from our land, stop stealing our oil and resources, and end support for corrupt rulers"Ayman Zawhiri,Al-Qaida's second in command"The Americans... will see horror that would make them forget the horror they saw in Vietnam,"

"The truth that (President George) Bush ... hides from you is that there is an exit from Iraq except through immediate withdrawal. Any delay will mean only more dead and losses".

"If you do not leave today, you will inevitably leave tomorrow,but only after (you suffer losses) of tens of thousands of dead and many more injured."

Thursday will bring 'massive police operation' in London

Police in London are taking no chances today and will today deploy More than 6,000 officers, many armed to the streets of London.

It is two weeks today since the failed 21 July bombings and four since the 7 July attacks in which 56 people died. And quit rightly the Police are not willing to take chances today and will go all out to cover as much of the transport system as possible .

The Met has revelaed that extra officers have been brought in from outside the capital and retired officers have been persuaded to return to help with the anti-terror work.

Police have said that a high-visibility presence will aim to make people feel safer while undercover officers mingle with commuters on Tubes and buses trying to spot bombers.

It should be noted that no specific warning of any attack has been issued by the police at this time .

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Iraqis Accuse Kuwait of Stealing Oil

Iraqi legislators accused Kuwait of stealing their oil as well as chipping away at their national territory on the border — allegations similar to those used by Saddam Hussein to justify his invasion of Kuwait that began 15 years ago Tuesday

Nothing changes it seems

full story Here

UK Government helped Israel get the A Bomb

The BBC Newsnight program has discovered documents that proove the UK government helped Israel to aquire the atomic bomb

'1958, Britain agreed to sell Israel 20 tonnes of heavy water, a vital ingredient for the production of plutonium at Israel's top secret Dimona nuclear reactor in the Negev desert. '

British officials decided it would be "over-zealous" to impose safeguards on the Israelis, and chose not to insist that Israel only use the heavy water for peaceful purposes

More extraordinary, the archives suggest that the decision to sell heavy water was taken simply by civil servants, mainly in the Foreign Office and the UK Atomic Energy Authority.

asked if the Government at the time would have known about the deal former Conservative Defence and Foreign Office minister Lord Gilmour said One must assume they must have known ... And what's more they seemed to have no idea of the political or indeed even the technical and foreign policy implications of what they were doing. They just seemed to be concerned with making a bit of money."

"On the whole I would prefer NOT to mention this to the Americans," stated Donald Cape of the Foreign Office. When contacted by Newsnight this week,

I bet you would Donald

full newsnight story Here

for those in the UK the BBC will be showing a newsnight special tonight at 10:30 on this issue .. to those outside the UK you 'may' be able to watch on the Newsnight(bbc) web site

Insurgents claim they have captured US marine !

I have just picked up this story coming out of Reuters -

'An Iraqi insurgent group said on Wednesday it has captured a U.S. Marine who was wounded in a clash in western Iraq in which eight other Marines were killed.
The Army of Ansar al-Sunna said on its Web site that it would soon issue pictures of the Marine, who it said it captured after ambushing U.S. forces near the town of Haditha, northwest of Baghdad. It did not say when it carried out the attack.

The statement could not be verified immediately'

more details Here

UK: Crimes against muslims increase

There were 269 crimes in three weeks after the 7 July bombings, compared with 40 in the same period of last year

it does seem that most of the crimes at this point are minor offences but the police do need to make sure they enforce there zero tollerance policy fully before this gets out of hand

a 600 % increase in hate crime is a growth that needs to be seen as urgent

14 US marines killed in Iraq

the BBC is rrpoting that Fourteen marines and their civilian translator have been killed in a roadside bombing in north-western Iraq, the US military says.
It is one of the deadliest attacks on US forces since the 2003 invasion

my thoughts go to the families of the 14

this surely can not go on like this
BBC

The US versus the UN 1972-2004

In honour of a certain Mr Bolton gaining new employment this week, I present this list for those that have a interest in the history

This is a complete list of the times the United States has decided to use its veto in the United Nations (not just the security council)

By comparison , the number of times each of the other countries that can veto something and have decided to do so is in the same period is as follows

UK 29
Russia 14
France 14
China 4

Before I start (or get complaints) a few things should be noted when reading this list

(1) This list originally appeared online around the 23rd of march 2003 , it was obtained from the United Nations itself and any errors may well have been corrected in the united nations by now ,any votes after march 2003 have been added by myself , the titles have all been modified to sumurise the subject contained within

(2) As you probably know only five nations on planet earth can veto a security council resolution (the four listed above and the US)

(3) Most items that come up at the United Nations do not get to the point of veto (example the second resolution required to go to war with Iraq). If any country believes that one of the five will veto then as the US did in 2003, they dont even bother to put it to a vote (it is better not to try than to fail)

(4) The title in each item on the list represents the general accepted definition of what 'world law' was trying to be brought into effect and it would be unfair of me in defence of the United States to not accept the fact that on many of these there may well have been a clause that genuinly was 'unacceptable' to the US , however it should also be noted that on the majority of occasions, the USA vetoed resolutions that were favoured by the majority of the world's nations.

(5) I have not included the year of each vote for reasons of space but the list does run in the order that the resolutions where voted on the first in 1972 and the last in 2004 but if you cant find the year ask and i will supply

(6) I have not inlcuded the actual votes cast due to space although this is proabably the most telling .. on the votes regarding israel mainly the votes in favour are around 120 to 140 countries , the votes against are 2 (israel and the US) . On the votes that are not about israel in around 90 percent of cases the votes in favour are around 120 to 140 countries and the votes against are 1 (it is the veto that counts) if you can not find the information yourself and wish to know the vote count of any resolution ask and i will supply

(7) If the same resolution is listed in more then one place in the list this is due to the United nations having another go trying to pass the law at a later point that year or a later year and is not down to duplication and should be viewed as a seperate event

(8) The point I aim to make here is in the general and not the specific , it is to show the range and scope of US vetoes and the huge disparity between the US and its security council partners

(9) Taking note of pointa (8) and (10) please . If you believe there is some aspect in the defence of this huge US disparity then inform me and if valid , I will aim to include it here in the issue of fairness.

(10) In any document that covers such a huge area of detail and time , errors will be found , this is accidental and will be changed if the error is pointed out

(11)for those who are not into suicide reading i have highlighted the more interesting votes. I have made the choice not to highlight the huge number of votes regarding israel (regardless of how serious)as this is NOT the point of my post and is covered in a million other places already and i believe would only encourage people to deflect from the point.

THE LIST

the United states used it's veto to prevent all of the following from passing through the United Nations

Condemn Israel for killing hundreds of people in Syria and Lebanon in air raids.
Afirms the rights of the Palestinians and calls on Israel to withdraw from the occupied territories.
Condemns Israel for attacking Lebanese civilians.
Condemns Israel for building settlements in the occupied territories.
Calls for self determination for the Palestinians.
Afirms the rights of the Palestinians.
Condemns South Africa's attempts to impose apartheid on Namibia.
For the admission of Vietnam to the United Nations.
Condemns the apartheid situation in South Africa.
Urges the permanent members (USA, USSR, UK, France, China) to insure United Nations decisions on the maintenance of international peace and security.

Criticises the living conditions of the Palestinians.
Condemns the Israeli human rights record in occupied territories.
Calls for developed countries to increase the quantity and quality of development assistance to underdeveloped countries.
Calls for an end to all military and nuclear collaboration with the apartheid South Africa.
Strengthens the arms embargo against South Africa.
Offers assistance to all the oppressed people of South Africa and their liberation movement.

Concerns negotiations on disarmament and cessation of the nuclear arms race.
Calls for the return of all inhabitants expelled by Israel.
Demands that Israel desist from human rights violations.
Requests a report on the living conditions of Palestinians in occupied Arab countries.
Offers assistance to the Palestinian people.
Discusses sovereignty over national resources in occupied Arab territories.
Calls for protection of developing counties' exports.
Calls for alternative approaches within the United Nations system for improving the enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms.

Opposes support for intervention in the internal or external affairs of states.
For a United Nations Conference on Women.
To include Palestinian women in the United Nations Conference on Women.
Safeguards rights of developing countries in multinational trade negotiations.
Requests Israel to return displaced persons.
Condemns Israeli policy regarding the living conditions of the Palestinian people.
Condemns Israeli human rights practices in occupied territories.
Afirms the right of self determination for the Palestinians.
Offers assistance to the oppressed people of South Africa and their national liberation movement.
Attempts to establish a New International Economic Order to promote the growth of underdeveloped countries and international economic co-operation.
Endorses the Program of Action for Second Half of United Nations Decade for Women.
Declaration of non-use of nuclear weapons against non-nuclear states.

Emphasises that the development of nations and individuals is a human right.
Calls for the cessation of all nuclear test explosions.
Calls for the implementation of the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples.
Promotes co-operative movements in developing countries.
Affirms the right of every state to choose its economic and social system in accord with the will of its people, without outside interference in whatever form it takes.
Condemns activities of foreign economic interests in colonial territories.
Calls for the ending of all test explosions of nuclear weapons.
Calls for action in support of measures to prevent nuclear war, curb the arms race and promote disarmament.
Urges negotiations on prohibition of chemical and biological weapons.(ed: yes its true :o) )
Declares that education, work, health care, proper nourishment, national development, etc are human rights.
Concerns changes to the United Nations accounting methods.

Condemns South Africa for attacks on neighbouring states, condemns apartheid and attempts to strengthen sanctions.
Condemns an attempted coup by South Africa on the Seychelles.
Demands that Israel cease excavations in areas of East Jerusalem considered by the United Nations to be part of the occupied territories.
Condemns Israel for bombing Iraqi nuclear installations.
Condemns Israeli policy regarding living conditions of the Palestinian people.
To establish a nuclear weapon free zone in the Middle East
To establish rights for the Palestinian people.
To clarify the status of Jerusalem.
Discusses Palestinian refugees in the Gaza Strip.
Concering the rights of displaced Palestinians to return to their homes.
Concerning revenues from Palestinian refugees' properties.
Establishment of the University of Jerusalem for Palestinian refugees.
Concerning Israeli human rights violations in occupied territories.
Condemns Israel closing of universities in occupied territories.
Opposes Israel's decision to build a canal linking the Dead Sea and the Mediterranean Sea.
Discusses sovereignty over national resources in occupied Palestine and other Arab territories.
Affirms the non-applicability of Israeli law over the Golan Heights.
Condemns the Israeli invasion of Lebanon.
Condemns the shooting of 11 Muslims at a shrine in Jerusalem by an Israeli soldier.
Calls on Israel to withdraw from the Golan Heights occupied in 1967.
For the ratification of the convention on the suppression and punishment of apartheid.
To promote international action against apartheid.
Condemns apartheid in sports.
Calls for the cessation of further foreign investments and loans for South Africa.
Calls for the setting up of a World Charter for the protection of the ecology
Sets up a United Nations conference on succession of states in respect to state property, archives and debts.
Nuclear test bans and negotiations and nuclear free outer space.
Supports a new world information and communications order.
Prohibition of chemical and bacteriological weapons.(again)
Development of international law.
To prevent the exclusion of certain United Nations employees.
Protects against products harmful to health and the environment.
Declares that education, work, health care, proper nourishment, national development are human rights
.
Implementation of the Charter of Economic Rights and Duties of States.
Concerning the adequacy of facilities of the Economic Commission for Africa in Addis Ababa in Ethiopia.
Development of the energy resources of developing countries.
Restructuring international economic relations towards establishing a new international economic order.
Afirms the right of every state to choose its economic and social system in accord with the will of its people, without outside interference in whatever form it takes.
Resolutions against apartheid South Africa.
Prevention of an arms race in outer space.
Declares that education, work, health care, proper nourishment, national development are human rights.
Concerning international law.
Concerning the Transport and Communications Decade in Africa.
Prohibition of manufacture of new weapons of mass destruction.
Reversing the arms race.

Prohibition of chemical and bacteriological weapons. (yet again)
Requests a study on the naval arms race.
Concerning disarmament and security.
Strengthening the United Nations to respond to natural and other disasters.
Condemns support of South Africa in its Namibian and other policies.
International action to eliminate apartheid.
Condemns Israel for occupying and attacking southern Lebanon.
Cooperation between the United Nations and the League of Arab States.
Condemns Israeli attack against Iraqi nuclear installation.
On the elimination of racial discrimination.
Affirms the rights of the Palestinian people.
For the convening of a Middle East peace conference.
Prohibition of new types of weapons of mass destruction.
Prohibition of chemical and bacteriological weapons.
Concerning the law of the sea.
Concerning Israeli human rights violations in occupied territories.
Condemns assassination attempts against Palestinian mayors.
Condemns Israel for failing to place its nuclear facilities under international safeguards.
Concerning a nuclear test ban.
To study military research and development.
Commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples.
Proposing economic assistance to the Palestinian people.
Support for the United Nations Industrial Development Organsiation.
Concerning the Industrial Development Decade for Africa.
Questions regarding the Economic Commission for Western Asia.
Condemns Israel for occupying and attacking southern Lebanon.
Condemns Israel for using excessive force in the occupied territories.
Resolutions about cooperation, human rights, trade and development.
Measures to be taken against Nazi, Fascist and neo-Fascist activities.
Calls on all governments (including the USA) to observe international law
.
Condemns Israel for its actions against Lebanese civilians.
Calls on Israel to respect Muslim holy places.
Condemns Israel for sky-jacking a Libyan airliner.
To set up a zone of peace and cooperation in the South Atlantic.
To eliminate existing imbalances in the information and communications fields.
To Strengthen of international security. ( the UN way not the US way)
Dialogue to improve the international situation.
For the establishment of a comprehensive system of international peace and security.
Declaration on the right to development.
Measures to improve the situation and ensure the human rights and dignity of all migrant workers.
Protection against products harmful to health and the environment.
Calls on Israel to abide by the Geneva Conventions in its treatment of the Palestinians.
Calls on Israel to stop deporting Palestinians.
Condemns Israel for its actions in Lebanon.
Calls on Israel to withdraw its forces from Lebanon.
Cooperation between the United Nations and the League of Arab States.
Calls for compliance in the International Court of Justice concerning military and paramilitary activities against Nicaragua and a call to end the trade embargo against Nicaragua.
Measures to prevent international terrorism, study the underlying political and economic causes of terrorism, convene a conference to define terrorism and to differentiate it from the struggle of people from national liberation.(this was in 1987 the US government was not so fussy then)
Resolutions concerning journalism, international debt and trade.
Opposition to the build up of weapons in space.
Opposition to the development of new weapons of mass destruction.
Opposition to nuclear testing.
Proposal to set up South Atlantic "Zone of Peace"
Condemns Israeli practices against Palestinians in the occupied territories.
Condemns USA invasion of Panama.( well obviously they wouldnt vote for this one )
Condemns USA troops for ransacking the residence of the Nicaraguan ambassador in Panama.(or this one)
Condemns USA for shooting down 2 Libyan aircraft.(cough or this one)
Condemns USA support for the Contra army in Nicaragua.(erm now this is getting silly)
Condemns illegal USA embargo of Nicaragua.( ah after this the US gets a break)
Opposing the acquisition of territory by force.( no iraq war or any war without this one)

Calling for a resolution to the Arab-Israeli conflict based on earlier UN resoltions.
To send three UN Security Council observers to the occupied territories.
Afirms that land in East Jerusalem annexed by Israel is occupied territory.
Calls on Israel to cease building settlements in East Jerusalem and other occupied territories.
Calls on the USA to end its trade embargo on Cuba.
to send unarmed monitors to the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.
Condemns Israel for acts of terror against civilians in the occupied territories.
To set up the International Criminal Court.
To renew the peace keeping mission in Bosnia.
Condemns the killing of UK worker for the United Nations by Israeli forces.

Condemns the destruction of the World Food Programme warehouse.
Condemns a decision by the Israeli parliament to "remove" the elected Palestinian president, Yasser Arafat.
Condemns the building of a wall by Israel on Palestinian land.
To end the USA's 40 year embargo of Cuba. (oops back in the charts )
Condemns the assassination of Hamas leader, Sheik Ahmad Yassin.
Condemns the Israeli incursion and killings in Gaza.


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