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Week of July 31 2006
by Stephanie Westbrook
Lebanon and Palestine: As Much a US As Israeli War
In the article Washington's Latest Middle East War, Institute for Policy Studies fellow Phyllis Bennis outlines U.S involvement and goals in the Israeli war against Lebanon and Palestine as well as implications for the peace movement.
Israel enjoys overwhelming support in the U.S. Congress. The Senate recently passed a resolution by unanimous consent condemning Hamas and Hezbollah and supporting Israel's right to self defense. A similar measure passed the House with a vote of 410 to 8. See the roll-call in the House for names of the 8 Congress members who voted no. Read an article on The Nation about the role of AIPAC, "American Jewish community's most important voice on the Hill," in drafting the resolution.
In Down the Memory Hole, media watchdog Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR) illustrates the bias in editorials on three leading newspapers, the New York Times, Washington Post and Los Angeles Times, where the Israeli contribution to the two conflicts is conveniently forgotten.
In U.S. Arming of Israel: How U.S. Weapons Manufacturers Profit From Middle East Conflict, Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! interviews Frida Berrigan of the World Policy Institute on their latest report, U.S Military Assistance and Arms Transfers to Israel.
Take Action: Contact your representative in the House and urge their support for the bill introduced by Dennis Kucinich "Calling upon the President to appeal to all sides in the current crisis in the Middle East for an immediate cessation of violence and to commit United States diplomats to multi-party negotiations with no preconditions." The bill has 33 co-sponsors to date.
Violence Continues in Iraq, News Coverage Does Not
Associated Press and the Financial Times report on plans to send more U.S. troops to Iraq. 4000 soldiers of the 172nd Stryker Brigade also had their tour of duty extended four months, with soldiers literally on their way home, only to have the plane turn around and head back.
Treaty-Breaching Germ War Defense Center Near DC
The center falls under the Department of Homeland Security and the building itself will be classified as a "highly restricted space," something not granted to even nuclear labs. The center's high level of secrecy as well as its close ties to the intelligence community have prompted criticism from experts fearing a new biological arms race. The lab will also be operating in a "legal gray zone" with respect to the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention. Read the article The Secretive Fight Against Bioterror on the Washington Post and US Begins Building Treaty-Breaching Germ War Defence Centre on The Guardian. For a fact sheet on the NBACC, see the DHS web site.
Bolton Nominated As US Ambassador to UN, Again!
Take Action: Call, fax or email your Senators, especially those on the Foreign Relations Committee, to oppose the nomination of John Bolton.
New Maximum Security Prison to Open at Guantánamo
See a photo of "Camp 6" on the Defense Dept web site.
Using Europe: Bombs to Scotland, Missiles to Poland
Meanwhile, the Polish government has expressed reservations about a proposed missile base "touted as the sole European base for Washington's controversial missile defence programme." The cause for concern is due to U.S. insistence that the base be a "sovereign US installation on Polish soil." The Polish government would not be informed of missile launches nor the base's operations. Read an article on the Guardian, Poland reluctant to give America sovereignty over missile base.
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Upshot of our Nov. 9th group discussion on current politics:
It wasn't the Russians that got us Trump. Or Comey. Or even the massive GOP election fraud. It was the DNC.*
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