Portrait of Political Cowardice: Michael Ignatieff Weighs in on Gaza Catastrophe

Portrait of Political Cowardice: Michael Ignatieff Weighs in on Gaza Catastrophe
by C. L. Cook
Here we have it; the man who would lead Canada summons his much touted international experience and hard-bitten Liberal realpolitik to size up the situation in Gaza. Ignoring the advanced weaponry Israel is deploying against the Gaza ghetto, the cluster bombs, depleted uranium, and now fuel air bombs, the former Yale professor and darling of the academic wing of the neo-liberal claque, Ignatieff summons the courage to damn Hamas.
 
British prime minister, Neville Chamberlain shakes hands with the devil.
 
Yes, Mr, Ignatieff would blame the victims, while sparing any discouraging word against the perpetrators of an estimated 500 dead and nearly 3000 wounded - this not considering the mental anguish of Gaza's roughly 800,000 children suffering under the bombardment these last eight days - Israel.
 
This is appeasement of a monumental scale. The picture is of a Briton history reviles for his "appeasement" of Adolph Hitler, allowing the Nazi annexation of Austria. If there is any justice left in this nation, Canadian history will remember Michael Ignatieff likewise.
 
Below, the coward foisted on his own petard.
 
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Sea Shepherd to Return to Land

Sea Shepherd to Return to Land to Refuel
by Sea Shepherd Conservation Society
After chasing the Japanese whaling fleet for 2,000 miles from the extreme Western end of their hunting territory near Commonwealth Bay in the Australian Antarctic Territory, to the Eastern side of the Ross Sea, the Sea Shepherd ship Steve Irwin has been forced to cut off the pursuit to return to land for refueling.

"We have engaged them, we have stopped their whaling activities for two weeks and we have successfully chased them out of the Australian Antarctic Territorial waters," said Captain Paul Watson.
 
"We now have to return to land to refuel. We don't have the luxury of refueling at sea like the Japanese fleet has. We don't have the resources to operate two ships down here and we don't have the support of Greenpeace to relieve us. We are doing the best we can with the resources available to us and we are having a significant impact on their kills."
 
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Hope Less, Demand More: Camp Hope for Universal Health Care

FOR THE HEALTH OF ALL: CAMP HOPE
by Mike Ferner
A steady stream of reporters from corporate news media outlets warmed things up at a frigid Camp Hope in Chicago yesterday, when CNN and the local affiliates of ABC, NBC, FOX, and CBS all called at Drexel Park on day two of the 18-day vigil urging President-elect Obama to make good on his campaign pledges.

Universal, publicly funded health care was the theme yesterday, highlighted by a presentation from one of the nation’s top authorities on the subject, Dr. Quentin Young, MD.

For decades, Dr. Young has promoted the benefits of a Canadian-type, “single-payer” system like most of the world’s industrialized nations. Young’s office is in Hyde Park, the same venerable neighborhood where Camp Hope is pitched, a few short blocks from Barack Obama’s home. His partner in the practice has been Barack Obama’s personal physician since the Senator moved into the historic district a few years ago.
 
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Day 8 of Israeli War On Gaza: New Israeli Weapons are Used

Day 8 of Israeli War On Gaza: New Israeli weapons are used, death toll up, ground operation to start
by Sameh A. Habeeb
Dear Editors, Journalists and Friends; below is a new report for the 8th day of Gaza War. For more  reporting, breaking news, interviews and accounts in Gaza, you could reach me on my contact info below.
 
Please try both numbers below because there is a big problem in communication resulted in Israeli power cuts.

You could reach me any time in my house especially after 5PM of Gaza Time. I'm not sleeping so you are welcome to call me on this number in the night: Landline: 0097282802825
 
 
 
 
 
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Gaza: Murder Party

Party to Murder
by Chris Hedges
Can anyone who is following the Israeli air attacks on Gaza—the buildings blown to rubble, the children killed on their way to school, the long rows of mutilated corpses, the wailing mothers and wives, the crowds of terrified Palestinians not knowing where to flee, the hospitals so overburdened and out of supplies they cannot treat the wounded, and our studied, callous indifference to this widespread human suffering—wonder why we are hated?

Our self-righteous celebration of ourselves and our supposed virtue is as false as that of Israel. We have become monsters, militarized bullies, heartless and savage. We are a party to human slaughter, a flagrant war crime, and do nothing. We forget that the innocents who suffer and die in Gaza are a reflection of ourselves, of how we might have been should fate and time and geography have made the circumstances of our birth different. We forget that we are all absurd and vulnerable creatures. We all have the capacity to fear and hate and love. “Expose thyself to what wretches feel,” King Lear said, entering the mud and straw hovel of Poor Tom, “and show the heavens more just.”
 
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Propaganda, Perception, and Reality

Propaganda, Perception, and Reality
by William A. Cook
As the Israeli military launched an “all out war” with Hamas in the Gaza strip, as casualties mounted to 400 dead and another 1450 wounded, as tanks and troops massed in the area just outside the wall that imprisons the people of Gaza, as preparations for a ground assault into the “closed military zone” around the Gaza strip moved forward, Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni on Saturday the 27th “… instructed the Foreign Ministry to take emergency measures to adapt Israel’s international public relations to the ongoing escalation in the Gaza Strip.” (Haaretz, 12/28/08). “An aggressive and diplomatic international public relations campaign” needed to be launched simultaneously with the estimated “60 raids” that now pummel Gaza each day, raids that, in human terms, have taken the lives of five children, all girls, of the Ba’losha family killed in Bait Lahia City north of Gaza and three children from the Al Absi family in Rafah refugee camp as Israeli rockets collapsed their roof. (freepalestine.ps, Sameh, Habeeb).

I provide names and locations of these families to give reality to the statistics that numb the mind; multiply the suffering of these families as 400 lie dead from this “turkey shoot” against fenced in civilians launched by this compassionate Olmert administration that closes out its criminal tenure in office awaiting the election of yet another militaristic administration.
 
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Superficial Mainstream Media Reporting At a Time of Deep Crisis

We Can’t Rely On Superficial Mainstream Media Reporting At A Time of Deep Crisis
by Danny Schechter (Author, Plunder)
The New Year may be here but last year’s problems and crimes have stuck to our shoes and we can’t seem to scrape them off.  This was the least festive New Years in memory, and for good reason. In Gaza, an Israeli invasion posing as an act of self-defense escalates with targeted assassinations and an expected ground invasion. American political leaders are for the most part silent, unwilling, perhaps even afraid to encourage the UN’s call for a ceasefire and humanitarian aid.

Chris Hedges, a journalist with deep convictions and high conscience, and who spent seven years covering wars and the Middle East for the New York Times, can now write without the pretense of a forced detachment and feigned neutrality.
 
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Coal Spill! Tennessee Valley's "Exxon Valdez" Disaster

TVA spill disaster: The Un-Natural Disaster
by United Mountain Defense
The Tennessee Valley Authority, better known as TVA, has a coal-burning power plant located near Harriman, Tennessee, along Interstate 40 between Knoxville and Nashville. On Monday, December 22 around 1:00 a.m. residences living near the Kingston coal plant were flooded with over a billion gallons of nasty black coal waste. It covered 400 acres of land up to 6 feet and flooded into tributaries of the Tennessee River - the water supply for Chattanooga TN and millions of people living downstream in Alabama, Tennessee and Kentucky.

The coal ash, slurry or sludge is a byproduct left over after TVA burns their coal and they have a huge mountain of this coal waste material stored in a gigantic pile next to their Kingston power plant, alongside the tributary of the Tennessee River. Coal ash contains mercury and dangerous heavy metals like lead and arsenic, among many other potentially toxic and radioactive contaminates. Materials found naturally in coal are concentrated in the ash and more toxic than they start.
   
 
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Warsaw on the Mediterranian: Israel's Palestine Solution

Warsaw on the Mediterranean: Israel's Palestine Solution
by C. L. Cook
Enjoining the sycophantic government of Canada, the European Union today [Apr. 7, 2006] announced it too would halt aid to "Palestine's" newly elected Hamas government, until which time it accedes to Israeli government diktats they recognize Israel's right to exist, swear off violence, and honour former peace agreements.
 
Meanwhile the uncensured Israeli Defense Force, perhaps taking heart in its new found allies in Europe and Canada, ramped up its bombing campaign over Gaza today killing a "militant" father and the better part of his family with a missile.
 
That Israel has yet to honour a single "agreement" for peace struck; continues to deny the "existence" of Palestine, (some of its most prominent citizen's like "Man of Peace" as George W. Bush calls Ariel Sharon fail even to recognize "Palestinians" exist as human beings) doesn't worry the EU. That Ariel and his pals refer to "them" as "crocodiles" and "vermin" hardly raises a brow in Brussels, and despite the fact Israel continues to bomb, assassinate, and expropriate territory it seems still to matter little to the moral paragons of Europe.
 
 
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Warsaw on the Mediterranian: Israel's Palestine Solution

Warsaw on the Mediterranean: Israel's Palestine Solution
by C. L. Cook
Enjoining the sycophantic government of Canada, the European Union today announced it too would halt aid to "Palestine's" newly elected Hamas government, until which time it accedes to Israeli government diktats they recognize Israel's right to exist, swear off violence, and honour former peace agreements. Meanwhile, the uncensured Israeli Defense Force, perhaps taking heart in its new found allies in Europe and Canada, ramped up its bombing campaign over Gaza, today killing a "militant" father and the better part of his family with a missile.
 
That Israel has yet honour a single "agreement" for peace yet struck; continues to deny the "existence" of Palestine, some of its most prominent citizen's like "Man of Peace" as George W. Bush calls Ariel Sharon, fail even to recognize "Palestinians" exist as human beings doesn't worry the EU. That Ariel and his pals refer to "them" as "crocodiles," and "vermin" hardly raises a brow in Brussels. Despite the fact Israel continues to bomb, assassinate, and expropriate territory seems still to matter little to those moral paragons of Europe.
 
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Gaza: Beyond the Blockade

Gaza: Beyond the blockade
by TRNN
It has been almost four weeks since Israel decided to completely seal the borders of the Gaza Strip. While Israel has maintained a partial blockade ever since Hamas took power in June of 2007, this is the first time that the Israeli government has elected to stop foreign journalists from entering the Palestinian territory.
 
 
 
On Monday, a small number of trucks bringing much-needed fuel and other supplies were permitted to enter for the first time since the full blockade began on November 5th, but within hours the gates had been sealed shut once again in response to rocket fire emanating from inside Gaza. In our conversation with Sameh Habeeb, via phone from inside Gaza City, we hear first hand of the devastating influence that the blockade is having on the lives of those trapped inside the Gaza Strip.
 
Sameh Habeeb reports on the humanitarian crisis taking place inside Gaza's sealed borders
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Beyond the Gaza Blockade

Gaza: Beyond the Blockade
by TRNN
It has been almost four weeks since Israel decided to completely seal the borders of the Gaza Strip. While Israel has maintained a partial blockade ever since Hamas took power in June of 2007, this is the first time that the Israeli government has elected to stop foreign journalists from entering the Palestinian territory. On Monday, a small number of trucks bringing much-needed fuel and other supplies were permitted to enter for the first time since the full blockade began on November 5th, but within hours the gates had been sealed shut once again in response to rocket fire emanating from inside Gaza. In our conversation with Sameh Habeeb, via phone from inside Gaza City, we hear first hand of the devastating influence that the blockade is having on the lives of those trapped inside the Gaza Strip.
 
 

Sameh Habeeb reports on the humanitarian crisis taking place inside Gaza's sealed borders
 

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