Israeli Invasion and Gaza's Offshore Gas Fields

Israeli Invasion and Gaza's Offshore Gas Fields
by Michel Chossudovsky
The military invasion of the Gaza Strip by Israeli Forces bears a direct relation to the control and ownership of strategic offshore gas reserves. This is a war of conquest.
Discovered in 2000, there are extensive gas reserves off the Gaza coastline.
British Gas (BG Group) and its partner, the Athens based Consolidated Contractors International Company (CCC) owned by Lebanon's Sabbagh and Koury families, were granted oil and gas exploration rights in a 25 year agreement signed in November 1999 with the Palestinian Authority.
Gaza's offshore marine area is contiguous to several Israeli offshore gas facilities

The rights to the offshore gas field are respectively British Gas (60 percent); Consolidated Contractors (CCC) (30 percent); and the Investment Fund of the Palestinian Authority (10 percent). (Haaretz, October 21, 2007). The PA-BG-CCC agreement includes field development and the construction of a gas pipeline. (Middle East Economic Digest, Jan 5, 2001).

The BG licence covers the entire Gazan offshore marine area, which is contiguous to several Israeli offshore gas facilities. It should be noted that 60 percent of the gas reserves along the Gaza-Israel coastline belong to Palestine. 
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Demand an END to the Israeli Occupation

Demand an END to the Israeli Occupation
There will be protest music and songs followed by 5 or 6 short speeches by members of different groups. Instead of the usual march, we'll then break up into small groups and take up posts at major downtown intersections with our placards, leaflets, and donation baskets.
Sat., Jan.10, 2009 - Victoria Day of Action
12 noon - In front of the Victoria Visitor Centre, opposite the Empress
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Letter to President-Elect Obama

Open Letter to President-Elect Obama
by Ralph Nader
Dear President-Elect Obama: You have been receiving a great deal of advice since November 4, 2008 from people and groups who either want you to advance policies not covered in your campaign or who want you to be more specific about initiatives you emphasized.

There are two suggestions which may not be among your store of recommendations that need to be considered before you take office on January 20, 2009.
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Israel: Killing the Healers in Gaza

Health Services Close to Collapse in Gaza
by World Health Organization
The health services in Gaza, already depleted and fragile, are on the point of collapse if steps to support and protect them are not taken immediately. WHO has called for immediate improvement in the situation to make humanitarian health services accessible by the local people.

To date more than 680 deaths (including about 218 women and children) have been recorded and over 2850 people are reported injured. The dead include 21 medical personnel. Thirty more were injured and 11 ambulances were hit in the violence and military activities in Gaza, according to reports from the Palestinian Ministry of Health. The numbers continue to rise and include many civilians.
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Gaza: Bearing the Weight of the Witness

Gaza: Bearing the Weight of the Witness
by C. L. Cook
Below is a comment received by a Pacific Free Press reader who has an intimate connection to the abomination being conducted there by the Israeli military and explicitly supported by the United States of America, and at least implicitly supported by the Canadian government.
The video below, taken without sanction from Great Britain's Channel 4 television, but included here based on the public right to know the truth of the situation. As the letter writer reminds, the media are not fulfilling its duty to the truth, instead serving the interests of the powerful.
Author: Brooke

I am writing this letter as I can say I am more than concerned about the massacre that is taking place in Gaza. It seems the British and American media can not bring themselves for whatever reason to deliver the truth about this sickening war crime!
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Turning Off Canadian Media: Complicity in Gaza Genocide

Turn off the Canadian Media, Please
by Justin Podur
If national media help make a nation, then we all need to stop reading and listening to conventional Canadian media if we want to make a decent Canada. Benedict Anderson, perhaps the leading scholar of nationalism, wrote that the daily newspaper (along with other innovations like novels, maps, censuses, museums) played a key role in creating national consciousness.
State Broadcaster Peter Mansbridge misinforms Canadians daily on The National

People in a country like Canada use their own media - public (CBC) and private (CanWest, TorStar, CTVglobemedia) - to know what is happening in their own country. Media are also an important part of forging a national identity. They are supposed to represent the broad spectrum of Canadian opinion. When they present information on the rest of the world, they do so from a Canadian perspective and have the Canadian audience in mind. And today, if you want to have the first idea what is happening in Israel/Palestine (or most of the rest of the world), the best thing to do would be to turn them off completely.
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Israel Ignores Security Council Ceasefire Resolution

Pariah! Israel Ignores Security Council Ceasefire Resolution
by C. L. Cook
Former Bush point man at the United Nations, John Bolton famously opined that, ten-stories from the U. N. building in New York could go without effecting that organization's global effectiveness. Today, Israel is proving Bolton more conservative than even he could imagine.
Following yesterday's United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolution calling on Israel to cease its bombardment of Gaza's civilians and allow aid to pass its concrete and razor wire barriers to the starving Palestinians trapped beneath the rain of death and destruction, Israel has effectively told the world: "Get Stuffed!"
Whilst even its most ardent supporters in Washington waiver, (an abstention at the UNSC being the most Israel could achieve from the U.S. yesterday) the bombing continued overnight and into the day over Gaza. With an apparent thumb in the eye to the entire world, the Israeli military has yet to slow the onslaught, in fact escalating its campaign and targeting journalists and what U.N. operations remain there. The U.N. suspended its humanitarian operations in Gaza Thursday following the killing of a truck driver and the wounding of two others delivering food aid. The U.N. says they had supplied coordinates of all their operations in Gaza to the Israeli military in vain hopes they would not be targeted.
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Waiting for Barack

INAUGURATE THIS: Waiting for Barack Obama
by Danny Schechter (Author of Plunder)
The inauguration of a new President is drawing close and the excitement in our media is palpable. All the outlets are planning big coverage and newspapers are doing special sections, with full color pictures and endless memorabilia. In the midst of this midwinter depression/recession---whatever it is—many Americans want to celebrate the end of the Bush era and the coming of a President they believe they can believe in.

You would think that Barack Obama might tone down the festivities, given the hard times, but the millions on their way to Washington next week don’t want to hear that. They want to mark a historical moment by investing hopes and hearts in Barack Obama’s triumph, by hoping that change is coming and that he will and can deliver on all his promises, heal a troubled world, crush the fiscal crisis, and turn a very nasty political page for the better.
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A Three Brain Odyssey

From Reptiles to Humans: A Three Brain Odyssey
by Rand Clifford
Heaven, and hell, they both shimmer in the neural universe behind our eyes—in the electrochemical flower we inherited in three parts. High in the blossom sparkles transcendence of miseries humans inflict upon the entire biosphere; down in the stem lurk thorns of greater misery.
Tesla Coil Discharge

Evolution of reptiles into mammals and then humans has given us three unique brain systems: the reptile brain; the mammalian brain; the human brain.
Perhaps no story better illuminates the spectrum of potential in our triune brain than that of "The man who lit the world"... history’s premier visionary engineer, Nikola Tesla.
But first, a basic introduction to the brains.
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Israel's Dress Rehearsal for Lebanon

Blue Star Rampage: Israel's Dress Rehearsal for Lebanon
by Mike Whitney
The reason the rationale for invading Gaza keeps changing, (from rocket-fire to Hamas infrastructure to strengthening deterrents to weapons smuggling to ceasefire violations etc) is because the real purpose of the operation is to conduct a dress rehearsal for the impending invasion of Lebanon.
Israel has never recovered from its defeat at the hands of Hezbollah during the 33 Day war in 2006, so it is preparing for a reprisal. The attack on Gaza is just a "dry run"; a confidence-building exercise to strengthen morale and put the finishing touches on the battle plan. That's why there's such a disparity between the implicit risks of the current operation and its minuscule strategic gains. It's not really Hamas that is in the cross-hairs, but Hezbollah; and this time, Israel hopes to crush them with overwhelming force. The massive week-long aerial bombardment, the pounding by heavy artillery units, and the deployment of elite troops and armored divisions all presage a massive Normandy-type invasion of Lebanon with the probability of high casualties.
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U.N Security Council Passes Gaza Ceasefire Resolution

U.N Security Council Votes on Gaza Disaster
by C. L. Cook
An emergency session of the U.N. Security Council (UNSC) worked late into Thursday evening in an effort to broach a ceasefire in Gaza, where Israeli Defense Forces' aggression has so far killed more than 750 and wounded more than 3200 Palestinians.
Israel began its offensive, 'Cast Lead' fourteen days ago, claiming the massive military invasion of the Gaza Strip was a retaliation for rockets fired from Gaza into neighbouring territory claimed by Israel.The Israeli government blames Hamas, the political leaders of an isolated Gaza as the responsible party in the two week-old hostilities.
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Gaza: Separating the Truth from the Hype

The Bloodbath In Gaza: Separating the Truth from the Hype
by Mike Whitney
January 06, 2009 - In a rare moment of honesty, the New York Times divulged the real motive behind the bombardment and invasion of Gaza. In Ethan Bronner's article, "Israel Weighs Goal: Ending Hamas Rule, Rocket fire, or Both", Israeli Vice Premier Haim Ramon said, "We need to reach a situation in which we do not allow Hamas to govern. That is the most important thing. If the war ends in a draw, as expected, and Israel refrains from reoccupying Gaza, Hamas will gain diplomatic recognition...No matter what you call it, Hamas will obtain legitimacy.”

According to the Times: "In addition, any truce would probably include an increase in commercial traffic from Israel and Egypt into Gaza, which is Hamas’s central demand: to end the economic boycott and border closing it has been facing. To build up the Gaza economy under Hamas, Israeli leaders say, would be to build up Hamas. Yet withholding the commerce would continue to leave 1.5 million Gazans living in despair." (Israel Weighs Goal: Ending Hamas Rule, Rocket fire, or Both; Ethan Bronner)

If Israel wants to prevent Hamas from "obtaining legitimacy," than the real objective of the invasion is to either severely undermine or topple the regime. All the talk about the qassam rockets and the so-called "Hamas infrastructure", (the new phrase that is supposed to indicate a threat to Israeli security) is merely a diversion. What really worries Israel is the prospect that Obama will "sit down with his enemies"--as he promised during the presidential campaign--and conduct talks with Hamas. That would put the ball in Israel's court and force them to make concessions. But Israel does not want to make concessions. They would rather start a war and change the facts on the ground so they can head-off any attempt by Obama to restart peace process.

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