The Monster of Gaza

The Blood-Stained Monster Enters Gaza
by Uri Avnery
Nearly seventy years ago, in the course of World War II, a heinous crime was committed in the city of Leningrad. For more than a thousand days, a gang of extremists called “the Red Army” held the millions of the town’s inhabitants hostage and provoked retaliation from the German Wehrmacht from inside the population centers. The Germans had no alternative but to bomb and shell the population and to impose a total blockade, which caused the death of hundreds of thousands.

Some time before that, a similar crime was committed in England. The Churchill gang hid among the population of London, misusing the millions of citizens as a human shield. The Germans were compelled to send their Luftwaffe and reluctantly reduce the city to ruins. They called it the Blitz.

This is the description that would now appear in the history books – if the Germans had won the war.

Absurd? No more than the daily descriptions in our media, which are being repeated ad nauseam: the Hamas terrorists use the inhabitants of Gaza as “hostages” and exploit the women and children as “human shields”, they leave us no alternative but to carry out massive bombardments, in which, to our deep sorrow, thousands of women, children and unarmed men are killed and injured.
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Peace. Propaganda and the Promised Land

Free film download: Israel, Palestine and the Media
by Art Threat
In response to the uncritical response by western media to Israel's massacre of Gaza, the Media Education Foundation has made their feature documentary on the topic available for free download.

Peace, Propaganda and the Promised Land reveals the ways in which western media are complicit with American and Canadian governments and their unyielding support for Israel and its illegal occupation of Palestinian land.

Feel free to read our story on the issue, or head straight to MEF"s site and download the full film for free.
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Japanese Whalers Expelled from Java

A Great Victory for the Whales in Indonesia
by Captain Paul Watson
It is a humiliating defeat for the Japanese whaling fleet. The Japanese harpoon ship Yushin Maru #2 has been ordered to leave the Port of Surabaya, East Java in Indonesia without repairs.  The Indonesian Forestry Authorities, the CITES Authorities and local government officials in East Java demanded the expulsion of the Yushin Maru #2 from Surabaya harbour and from Indonesian waters.
Thanks to a combined effort on the part of Jakarta Animal Aid, Earth Island Institute, The Green Party of Australia and Senator Bob Brown, Peter Tagliaferri, the Mayor of Fremantle, Western Australia, former Australian Environment Minister Ian Campbell, the Indonesian Forestry Department and the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, the whaling industry has been struck a very costly blow.

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Wiretaps Program Originated From DOJ

Warrentless Wiretaps Program Originated From DOJ Legal Memos
by Jason Leopold   
The idea for the National Security Agency’s warrantless domestic surveillance program appears to have originated out of two different legal memorandums drafted by John Yoo, a former deputy assistant attorney general at the Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel, and Special Counsel Robert Delahunty, according to a congressional report released Tuesday on the “imperial Presidency” of George W. Bush

The report was prepared by John Conyers, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. The Michigan Democrat seized upon Yoo and Delahunty’s Oct. 23, 2001, legal memo to demonstrate how President George W. Bush had implemented policy directives immediately after 9/11 that may have been unlawful.

Conyers said that although the 37-page Oct. 23, 2001 memo is unclassified, the DOJ has refused to turn it over to his committee or release it publicly. He said that his staff had been given “limited access” to the document and could only review it at the DOJ with “no ability to make copies or to take detailed notes.” He has been trying to access a copy of the memorandum for more than a year.

Still, “from that limited review, it is clear that this is a very troubling memorandum which should immediately be released,” Conyers said in his 487-page report released Tuesday.
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Lifejacket or Money Down a Rathole

Fiscal Lifejacket or Money Down a Rathole
by Mike Whitney
There's no guarantee that Obama's stimulus package will work, but there is growing consensus that something has to be done...and fast! The economy is contracting faster than anytime since the 1930s. Unemployment is soaring, consumer spending is plummeting, and the country appears to slipping towards another Great Depression.
The Federal Reserve's near-zero interest rates and massive liquidity injections haven't helped at all. That's why the focus has shifted from monetary policy to Keynesian fiscal stimulus. When businesses and consumers cut back on spending, the government has to make up for the loss in aggregate demand.
That's what Obama's $775 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is really all about. It won't fix the economy; it's just a way to minimize the shock of a hard landing. Economists Lawrence Mishel and John Irons make the case for stimulus in their recent article "How Bad Can It Get"
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Future Shock at the Army Science Conference

Future Shock at the Army Science Conference: Eco-Explosives, a Bleeding BEAR, and the Armani-Clad Super Soldier
by Nick Turse
On paper, every session looked like gold to me. Technology and the Warfighter. Neuroscience and Its Potential Applications. Lethality Technologies. Autonomous/Unmanned Systems. (Robots!)

But when I got to the luxury hotel in sunny Orlando, Florida, for the 26th Army Science Conference, all that potentially glittered, it often seemed, was nowhere to be found -- except, perhaps, in the threads of the unlikeliest of military uniforms.

I expected to hear about nefarious new technologies. To see tomorrow's killing machines in a dazzling exhibit hall. To learn something about the Army's secret plans for the coming decades. To be awed -- or disgusted -- by a peek at the next 50 years of war-making.

What I stumbled into, however, seemed more like a cross between a dumbed-down academic conference and a weekend wealth expo, paired with an exhibit hall whose contents might not have rivaled those of a regional auto show. I came away knowing less about the next half century of lethal technologies than the last eight years of wheel-spinning, never-winning occupations of foreign lands.
If you didn't know that the Army held its science conference last month -- much less that they've been going on biennially since 1957 -- you can't be faulted. Only a handful of reporters were on the premises, most of them with small defense industry publications.
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Canada's Left Moves on Palestine Horror

Canada's Left Makes Strides on Palestine
by Yves Engler
The Canadian Left has made a historic step forward in its opposition to Zionism. On Saturday Montréal held probably the largest pro-Palestinian demonstration in Canadian history. Despite some ridiculous media reports, I estimate that there were between 12,000 and 17,000 (possibly as many as 25,000) people marching through the streets of downtown.

"Jews, Christians, Muslims, anglos, francos, grandmothers and children walked together yesterday in the bitter cold to call for an immediate ceasefire in [Gaza]," noted the Montréal Gazette. The march was endorsed and organized by all three major Québec unions and most of the province's social groups.

Two weeks ago Sid Ryan, the head of 200,000 member Canadian Union of Public Employees-Ontario,  courageously denounced Israel's "genocide" in the Gaza strip and this weekend influential Canadian author Naomi Klein published an article supporting the boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign against Israel called for by Palestinian social movements.
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Where Nice Guys and Len Barrie Finish

Langford's Latest Environmental Blowout
by Zoe Blunt
Flooding and runoff from the Bear Mountain Interchange and Bear Mountain Parkway construction zone are devastating the Spencer's Pond ecosystem, community members say.

The muddy, discoloured runoff is not affecting any residences in the neighbourhood, but it has formed a lake half a kilometer across below Highway 1 west of Spencer Road.  Heavy snow and rain flooded many parts of the South Island, but these floodwaters are not receding and may be contaminated by construction waste. The strange colour may be a combination of silt, clay, dye from grass planting, and glacial minerals exposed by the excavation.

The floodwaters are not going down because they have nowhere to go, and the silt and sediment from the construction site could suffocate the pond's sensitive species, including the endangered Red-Legged Frog and the tiny Pacific Tree Frog.
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Obama-Nation Upholds US Terror

Obama Nation Upholds US Terror
by Mickey Z.
Let’s start with two facts: 1. The United States of America is a rogue state built on and maintained by terror
2. Barack Obama will do absolutely nothing to change or challenge the realities behind fact #1
In the name of providing context, let’s look back to the “good war” (a phrase in which—as Studs Terkel said—the noun and adjective don’t match) for an example of time-honored US terror tactics: In World War II’s Pacific theater—cheered on by the likes of Time magazine, which explained that “properly kindled, Japanese cities will burn like autumn leaves”—US General Curtis LeMay’s Twenty-first Bomber Command, laid siege on the poorer areas of Japan’s large cities. On the night of March 9-10, 1945, the target was Tokyo, where tightly packed wooden buildings took the brunt of 1,665 tons of incendiaries.
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War for the Whales Erupts

The War for the Whales Erupts in Indonesia
by Captain Paul Watson
The battle to save the whales in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary has moved 3000 miles north with activists in Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia demonstrating before the Japanese Consulate and pressuring Indonesian authorities to block repairs on the pirate Japanese whaler Yushin Maru #2

The Yushin Maru #2 left the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary on December 20th, 2008. They suffered ice damage to their prop while being pursued by the Sea Shepherd ship Steve Irwin.

It took the Yushin Maru #2, 16 days to arrive in Surabaya averaging only 7.5 knots a day.

Every day that this harpoon ship is kept out of the slaughter saves the lives of whales. The whaling fleet has had their killing efficiancy cut by one-third and that coupled with the fact that the Sea Shepherd pursuit of the fleet shut down whaling activities for three weeks is going to have a profound impact on the kill figures for this season.
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PROVOCATEUR: Anatomy of an FBI Rat

Betrayed! FBI Provocateur Sets-Up Anti-RNC Activists on Trumped-Up "Terrorism" Charges
by Tom Burghardt
An FBI provocateur and undercover informant, Brandon Michael Darby, unmasked himself December 30 in a bizarre letter to the Independent Media Center (IMC), an activist website and alternative news clearinghouse.

Darby's admission came after government documents were provided to defense attorneys representing Bradley Crowder and David McKay. The activists were arrested in early September during the Republican National Convention and charged with one count of possession of firearms. They remain in jail awaiting trial.

According to an Associated Press report, the pair allegedly bought supplies for "constructing explosive devices" at a St. Paul Wal-Mart. However, it cannot be ruled out that Darby set these activists up in connivance with his Bureau handlers. It wouldn't be the first time the FBI has sought to instigate violent confrontations in order to roll-up entire organizations.

With a history of traveling around the country and no visible means of support, by his own admission Darby is a mercenary who wormed his way into left-wing and anarchist groups while proclaiming bogus allegiance to "social justice." But with the cat out of the bag he candidly stated, "the simple truth is that I have chosen to work with the Federal Bureau of Investigation."
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What is the KING-OBAMA Lineage?

What is the KING-OBAMA Lineage? Can The Breach Between Jesse Jackson And Barack Obama Be Healed?
by Danny Schechter (Author of PLUNDER)
Somehow, a man with three names has been reduced to four words. Say Martin Luther King Jr and the phrase “I have a dream” comes to mind as if that sums up his life or his relevance to the events swirling around his memory next week in Washington with the inauguration of Barack Obama who many mistake as his spiritual son.

As the nation marks King’s birthday, and as he is elevated to the pantheon of officially sanctioned heroes, many forget that he was a man who led a movement, who never sought office, and whose contribution was as a teacher of moral laws and an activist in righteous struggles. We mark his birthday only because so many fought for it its recognition of the spirit of Stevie Wonder’s birthday song and Nina Simone’s sad lament.
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