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Israel: "Nothing to Say to Hamas"

Fallout from the Gaza Earthquake
by Patrick Seale
The mass break-out of some 700,000 Palestinians from Israel’s open-air prison at Gaza has profoundly changed the political landscape of the Middle East. In magnitude, it can be compared to the impact on Europe of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Nothing will be the same again. There can be no return to the past.
"We have nothing to say to Hamas. We speak to them when we interrogate them in our prisons." - Defense Minister, Ehud Barak

All the main actors in the drama -- Israel, Egypt, the Palestinian Authority, Saudi Arabia, the European Union and the United States itself -- will have to rethink their policies in the light of new realities.

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Support Children of The Gaza Strip And West Bank

How To Help Feed and Support Children
of The Gaza Strip And West Bank
by Tom Feeley
I have been asked by many ICH readers if I can recommend a way for them to help the children of Palestine. I would like to suggest the Palestine Children's Welfare Fund.

The Palestine Children's Welfare Fund is an enterprise that was established by a group of individuals whose goals are to improve the living standards of the children of Palestine in the refugee camps inside Palestine. The group aims to provide the children of the refugee camps with better educational opportunities, health facilities and a bright future without violence, hatred and discrimination.
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Iraqis on "Success" and "Progress" in Their Country

"Reality Is Totally Different"
by Dahr Jamail
This March 19 will be the fifth anniversary of the shock-and-awe air assault on Baghdad that signaled the opening of the invasion of Iraq, and when it comes to the American occupation of that country, no end is yet in sight.
If Republican presidential candidate John McCain has anything to say about it, the occupation may never end. On January 7th, he assured reporters that he was more than fine with the idea of the U.S. military remaining in Iraq for 100 years.
  • "We've been in Japan for 60 years. We've been in South Korea 50 years or so… As long as Americans are not being injured or harmed or wounded or killed. That's fine with me."

He said nothing, of course, about Iraqis "injured or harmed or wounded or killed." In fact, amid the flurries of words, accusations, and "debates" which have filled the airways and add up to the primary-season presidential campaign, there has been a near thunderous silence on Iraq lately -- and especially on Iraqis.

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South Carolina Primary Colors: Black and White?

South Carolina Primary Colors: Black and White?
by Greg Palast
South Carolina 2000: Six hundred police in riot gear facing a few dozen angry-as-hell workers on the docks of Charleston. In the darkness, rocks, clubs and blood fly. The cops beat the crap out of the protesters. Of course, it's the union men who are arrested for conspiracy to riot. And of course, of the five men handcuffed, four are Black. The prosecutor: a White, Bible-thumping Attorney General running for Governor. The result: a state ripped in half - White versus Black.

South Carolina 2008: On Saturday, the Palmetto State may well choose our President, or at least the Democrat's idea of a President. According to CNN and the pundit-ocracy, the only question is, Will the large Black population vote their pride (for Obama) or for "experience" (Hillary)?
In other words, the election comes down to a matter of racial vanity.

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Jose Padilla and the End of Justice in America

Padilla Trial Highlights Bush Administration's Manipulation Of Justice
by Paul Craig Roberts
The government gave assurances that the draconian measures only apply to terrorists. “Terrorist,” however, was not defined.
The government claimed the discretionary power to decide who is a "terrorist" without having to present evidence or charges in a court of law. The Bush administration’s policy comprises an end-run around any notion of procedural due process of law.

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Harper Warns on Economy, Stays Course on Afghanistan

Prepare for hard economic times: Harper
by CBC News
Canadians cannot afford to be complacent about the economy because recent problems in the financial markets won't be disappearing any time soon, Prime Minister Stephen Harper told members of his caucus on Friday.

Harper, speaking in Ottawa on the second anniversary of his election, said that even though the Canadian economy is still strong, jobs are threatened in traditional industries and Canadian families are coping with budget strains.

"Recent volatility in financial markets, emanating mostly from the U.S., may be with us for some time to come," Harper said.

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Nuking Up Turkey: Exonerating Neocon Criminals

Exonerating Neocon Criminals
by Joshua Frank
According to FBI whistleblower Sibel Edmonds there is a vast black market for nukes, and certain U.S. officials have been supplying sensitive nuclear technology information to Turkish and Israeli interests through its conduits.
Sibel Edmonds 
It’s a scathing allegation which was first published by the London Times two weeks ago, and Edmonds’ charge seems to be on the verge of vindication.

In likely reaction to the London Times report, the Bush Administration quietly announced on January 22 that the president would like Congress to approve the sale of nuclear secrets to Turkey.

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Canada's "Dunkirk" in Lebanon

Canada's "Dunkirk" in Lebanon
by C. L. Cook
What is Canada's position on the "conflict" currently unfolding in Lebanon? It's a simple question, one posed repeatedly by the CBC's 'The National' host Peter Mansbridge of Canada's minister of Foreign Affairs, Peter MacKay tonight with little effect. Who  speaks for Canada, according to the minister, is the G8.

That's just great!
A day following the immolation of a Canadian family visiting relatives in Beirut beneath an Israeli bomb, all the representatives of this country, those whose visage projects the nation's image across the world, can bring themselves to say of this war crime come home is:
"Go ask the G8 what we think about this."

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Pakistan's Unstable Hour

Pakistan's Plight
by Tariq Ali
A multidimensional charade is taking place in Pakistan, and it is not an edifying sight. Pervez Musharraf has discarded his uniform and is trying to cling to power, whatever the cost.

So far it has been high: the dismissal of the Supreme Court judges and their replacement by stooges; police brutality against a strong lawyers' movement protesting the military assault on the judiciary; and the assassination of Benazir Bhutto, who had returned to Pakistan as part of an ill-judged deal brokered by the Bush Administration and its British acolytes.

Add to this the sad spectacle of supposedly reformist, Western-backed politicians assembling like old family retainers at the feudal home of the slain leader and rubber-stamping her political will: Bhutto's husband, Asif Ali Zardari, has become stopgap supremo till her 19-year-old son, Bilawal, can replace his late mother as chairperson-for-life.
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Intentional Human Suffering

Unimaginable Intentional Human Suffering
by Peter Chamberlin
Perhaps one day we shall know the truth about being, and being alive on planet earth, whether life on every living planet is as messed-up as it is here. 
Earth's problems must be unique, as they are of man's own creation, man-made disasters caused by ambitious men who are allowed to rise to the top, where they dominate us for self-gain. 
We allow our leaders to take the positions of power that they desire, instead of actually choosing who shall lead us.  Humans tend to submit to those who claim authority, since it is easier to believe in symbols of power, than it is to personally submit to the tedium of the reasoning process. 
As a people, we tend to follow the natural order of things along the path of least resistance.  By taking the easy way out, we give our blessing to the law of the jungle. 
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Nigeria North: Shell Moves to Canada

Nigeria North: Shell Moves to Canada
by Dogwood Initiative
“Our resolve to protect our Sacred Headwaters is stronger than ever”
- Oscar Dennis, a Klabona Keeper
A video concerning Royal Dutch Shell, of Niger Delta infamy, and their coal bed methane plans in the Sacred Headwaters Basin, Mount Klappan, British Columbia.
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