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North Korea moves two more short-range missile launchers to coast

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NORTH KOREA – North Korea has moved two short-range missile launchers to its east coast, apparently indicating it is pushing ahead with preparations for a test launch, a South Korean news agency reported on Sunday. South Korea and its allies have been expecting some sort of North Korean missile launch during weeks of heightened hostility on the Korean peninsula. An unidentified South Korean military source told the South’s Yonhap news agency that satellite imagery showed that North Korean forces had moved two mobile missile launchers for short-range Scud missiles to South Hamgyeong province. “The military is closely watching the North’s latest preparations for a missile launch,” the source said.
The North moved two mid-range Musudan missiles in early April and placed seven mobile launchers in the same area, Yonhap said. A North Korean show of force could be staged to coincide with the anniversary of the founding of its army on April 25. A South Korean Defense Ministry official said he could not confirm the news report and said there had been no sign of unusual activity in North Korea. North Korea fairly regularly test-fires short-range missiles in the sea off its east coast. North Korea stepped up its defiance of U.N. Security Council resolutions in December when it launched a rocket that it said had put a scientific satellite into orbit. Critics said the launch was aimed at developing technology to deliver a nuclear warhead mounted on a long-range missile.
The North followed that in February with its third test of a nuclear weapon. That brought new U.N. sanctions which in turn led to a dramatic intensification of North Korea’s threats of nuclear strikes against South Korea and the United States. The tension has eased over recent days with the North at least talking about dialogue in response to calls for talks from both the United States and South Korea. On Saturday, North Korea reiterated that it would not give up its nuclear weapons, rejecting a U.S. condition for talks although it said it was willing to discuss disarmament. 

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Syria: opposition anger over US refusal to fund arms….

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  • The Guardian
Syrias opposition has reacted angrily to the refusal by the US and its western allies to do more to help, amid signs Bashar al-Assad‘s regime is gaining ground in the international debate about how to handle the country’s two-year crisis.
Moaz al-Khatib, leader of the mainstream National Opposition Coalition (NOC), the rebel group backed by Arab and western governments, registered his dismay by confirming on Sunday that his resignation – first announced nearly a month ago but not implemented – was now final. “Khatib is resigning to denounce the international community’s lack of real action on behalf of the Syrian people,” said an NOC official, Marwan Hajjo.
The move followed Saturday’s meeting of the Friends of Syria group in Istanbul, which ignored demands for “specific, precise and immediate action to protect Syrian civilians from the use of ballistic missiles and chemical weapons”.
The NOC had said it was a “moral imperative to enforce a no-fly zone to stop attacks on Syria’s northern and southern borders to allow for the free movement of refugees back into the country. But John Kerry, the US secretary of state, announced only a doubling of non-lethal aid, including equipment such as body armour and night-vision goggles but not weapons. America’s $250m will be distributed by the Supreme Military Council, part of an effort to guarantee firmer political control by the Free Syrian Army.
Khatib, a former imam of the Ummayyad mosque in Damascus, is highly regarded inside Syria. His departure is a blow to an opposition which often appears fractured and incoherent and pits liberal and secular figures against the powerful Muslim Brotherhood. He first announced his resignation on 24 March, but continued working in the hope of securing wider representation and internal reforms. Khatib met Kerry before Saturday’s conference began.
“The result in Istanbul was less than the Syrian people expected,” Hisham Marwa, a senior member of the NOC, said. “The US said that the use of chemical weapons was a red line for the Assad regime but the regime is using them and nothing has happened. We expected more. Russia sends Assad tonnes of weapons every week.”
Saudi Arabia, which has been accelerating arms supplies to the rebels through Jordan in recent weeks, was also unhappy with the outcome of the Istanbul meeting, opposition sources said. Opposition supporters inside and outside Syria say that providing the FSA with anti-aircraft missiles could quickly turn the tide by robbing Syria’s air force of its ability to attack with impunity. But Assad’s government has successfully exploited mounting western concerns about the rise of Jabhat al-Nusra, an important Islamist fighting group

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America’s disgraceful treatment of Gitmo detainees

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GUANTANAMO-RAMADANMany detainees have been held in the prison at Guantanamo Bay for years with little movement on the legal front. (Walter Michot, Miami Herald photo / August 8, 2012)
By Thomas P. Sullivan and Jeffrey D. Colman

Before and after Barack Obama was elected president, he stated unequivocally his intention to close the Guantanamo Bay prison and to try the prisoners before civilian or military courts or return them to their home countries.

On Jan. 22, 2009, two days after being sworn in, he signed three executive orders, designed to “restore the standards of due process and the core constitutional values that have made this country great even in the midst of war, even in dealing with terrorism.” The first required that the prison be closed within one year. The second banned torture as an interrogation technique. The third established a presidential task force to conduct a comprehensive review of the files of each of the 240 men then held at the prison. The world applauded the president’s commitment to restoring America’s time-honored respect for the rule of law. The presidential task force, which involved six government agencies, issued its report in January 2010. It concluded unanimously that 156 of the prisoners should be cleared for release.

Now, more than three years later, the prison remains open with 166 prisoners, including 86 men cleared for release in 2010 by the presidential task force! Moreover, in the intervening years, no new reviews have been undertaken. Most of the men still in Guantanamo Bay have been imprisoned there — without charge or trial — for seven to 11 years. Most are locked in small maximum security cells, shackled when moving outside, served poor food, provided third-rate medical care and prohibited from having any visitors except lawyers. All of their mail is scrutinized and censored in ways that have nothing to do with national security.

For the first three years of the prison’s existence, captives were held in wire mesh cages and in isolation from the world. Many were subjected to “enhanced interrogation techniques,” otherwise known as torture. They suffered daily degradation, physical and emotional distress, deep depression and a profound sense of hopelessness. Even now, the vast majority of these men — many of them totally innocent of any wrongdoing — have never been charged with a crime or given any hope of a trial at which their involvement in any alleged acts of terrorism could be fairly resolved. It is no wonder that they have reached the point of despair, which in turn has led to the current hunger strike.

This state of affairs is a disgrace for our country and a black mark on our adherence to the rule of law. The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navanethem Pillay, correctly observed recently that the “continued indefinite incarceration of many of the detainees amounts to arbitrary detention” and that the “United States is in clear breach not just of its own commitments but also of international laws and standards that it is obliged to uphold.”

Between the two of us, we have practiced law for almost 100 years, much spent in court, both as prosecutor and defense counsel. When the need arose in 2005, we volunteered to represent men incarcerated at Guantanamo Bay; we have traveled often to the prison to see our clients, and we have argued on their behalf in trial and reviewing courts. Alas, access to courts has proven an illusion for these men and a frustration for their lawyers. It is a sad commentary, contrary to our most basic American legal principles, that a remedy for these injustices cannot be found in the federal judiciary.

The remedy must thus come from our fellow Illinois lawyer, President Obama. There simply is no reason — none — why charges cannot be filed and trials cannot proceed in an orderly manner against those detainees for whom the government has reasonable evidence of guilt, and the remainder returned to their home countries. Despite road blocks imposed by Congress, the president has adequate authority to do this, and we urge him to take steps to exercise that authority. The disgrace that is Guantanamo cuts to the very heart of America’s most fundamental commitment to the rule of law and the elementary concept of justice. It should be dealt with as Obama promised some four years ago.

Our legal system has had no problem charging and trying the Oklahoma City terrorists, individuals who have committed mass murder and other horrifying crimes, including major political assassinations. We are confident that the criminal proceedings against alleged terrorist Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, arrested last week in Watertown, Mass., will once again demonstrate how we respond to horrible acts with fidelity to the law. We should rely on our criminal justice system — the finest in the world — to properly charge and try the individuals at Guantanamo who warrant charges and trials. Although the United States Constitution does not permit preventive detention, that is precisely what we are doing at Guantanamo. To repeat what the president said in January 2009, our nation does not have “to continue with a false choice between our safety and our ideals.”

Our nation’s commitment to the rule of law is precious to us all and it is integral to our democratic ideals and our constitutional system. Obama must ensure that we adhere to that commitment even when dealing with alleged terrorists. We must follow the simple but profound wisdom embodied in the golden rule, by doing unto citizens of other nations as we would have them do unto our citizens. Can we demand that other nations treat our citizens in accordance with international conventions and notions of decency when we deal with the citizens of other nations as we do at Guantanamo Bay? Would we for a moment tolerate the imprisonment by Cuba or Iran or North Korea of 166 Americans — without charges or fair trials? The very notion that we would accept that treatment of U.S. citizens is unthinkable.

We urge President Obama to invest an individual of impeccable stature with the authority and responsibility to bring criminal charges against those detainees who should be prosecuted, and to return the others to their homes. He should then finally and solemnly close this prison.

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50 African Children Paralyzed after receiving Bill Gates-backed Meningitis Vaccine

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By: Ethan A. Huff

Bill and Melinda Gates have been on a crusade for at least the past decade to vaccinate every single child on the planet. And one of their primary geographical targets has been the continent of Africa, where poor sanitation’s and lack of clean water have created conditions in which diseases like meningitis and malaria run rampant. But rather than try to meet these basic needs, the multi-billionaires and their many allies have instead thrust vaccines on indigenous populations as the solution, which has in turn sparked a wave of paralysis among Africa’s younger populations.

As covered by investigative journalist Christina England over at Vactruth.com, the small village of Gouro in northern Chad, for instance, recently fell victim to the dark side of this vaccine agenda after at least 50 youth in the area developed paralysis following vaccination with “MenAfriVac,” a new meningitis vaccine developed specifically for Africa. Touted as a preventive cure for meningitis, MenAfriVac reportedly caused each of the children, some of whom were as young as seven, to suffer hallucinations, convulsions, and ultimately paralysis.

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Twelve-year-old arrested and blindfolded in Hebron

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20th April 2013 | International Solidarity Movement, Hebron, Occupied Palestine

By Team Khalil

Ahmed Ibn Bilal Abu Rumeileh, a 12-year-old boy from Hebron, was today arrested in the Old City and detained for over an hour before being released. Ahmed was riding his bike through Bab Al-Baladia when six Israeli soldiers stopped him and arrested him, seemingly completely at random. Ahmed was blindfolded and taken to Beit Romano army base on Shuhada Street, where he was detained for around 45 minutes.

Ahmed's arrest

Ahmed’s arrest

He was then driven in a military jeep to checkpoint 56 where he was eventually released into the custody of the Palestinian police, who registered Ahmed’s details and completed some paperwork before taking him home to his family. Upon questioning by international activists, Israeli soldiers claimed that Ahmed had been arrested due to throwing stones at the Israeli military in the morning, however Ahmed denies this. The Israeli occupation forces regularly accuse children and young men of stone-throwing and use this as an excuse for arrests, which often happen at random.

Ahmed’s arrest comes as part of a series of increasing arrests and detentions of minors in the Old City of Hebron in recent months. “Occupied Childhoods”, a report on child-arrests compiled by the Hebron Christian Peacemaker Team is available here.

In March 2013, UNICEF released a damning report in which it harshly critized the “ill-treatment of Palestinian children in the Israeli military detention system [which] appears to be widespread, systematic and institutionalized”. You can read this here.

You can also see recent testimonies from Palestinian children imprisoned by the Israeli military.

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American-Palestinian Jailed by IsraHell. Does it Matter?

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Then he said unto me, Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel Ezekiel 37:11

By RoyTov.com

On April 5, 2013, a 14-year-old boy with American and Palestinian citizenship was arrested by Israel; on April 11 he reached the military court at the Ofer Prison. It was an event which this website wouldn’t have missed the opportunity to comment on it; yet, that didn’t happen. Three days afterwards, Al Jazeera came out with the story, titling it “Israel arrests 14-year-old US citizen.”

Another four days passed, and I got from a good friend an email with the article. Seconds afterwards, I found the story all over the web; Google reported four million results on a search with the article’s title. I had missed the opportunity; in such cases I keep the information and later on use it to add depth to subsequent analyses; I knew for sure that this wouldn’t be the last Israeli crime.

“You put things into a wider sociological context,” he wrote; hinting that he expected an article on the topic from me. My having missed the item was not casual. The arrest of Mohammad Khaleq, born in New Orleans, had not been reported by the Hebrew media.

Writing under harassment, my missing an important item published by international media is understandable and actually even functional since it provides an awesome example of Israeli censorship (this is not the word because Hebrew media cooperates willingly in such actions). Let me rephrase, it was a formidable example of Israeli Orwellian reality. 1984 is here; 1984 is now.

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Yet, there is another reason for my being exonerated. On March 30, in Land Day Looting, I commented on the arrest by Israel of Ahmed Abu-Ramaylah, an 8-year-old boy, in Hebron.

An indefatigable enemy of the Zionist State, he is ridiculously dangerous while not playing with his Mickey Mouse toys. The problem is that Israel jails 700 children every year. It is clearly legal, but utterly illegitimate.

Most children prosecuted in Israeli military courts are charged with throwing stones. This is an offence under Section 212 of Military Order 1651. It says: (i) Throwing an object, including a stone, at a person or property with the intent to harm the person or property carries a maximum penalty of 10 years’ imprisonment.

On March 6, UNICEF published Children in Israeli Military detention—Observations and Recommendations. The report defines the reality in the West Bank as a large torture camp, in which Israel is torturing Palestinian children.

UNICEF is so aware that the Israeli Administration is unable to comprehend the topic, even to differentiate between good and evil, that it added the following “The prohibition against torture and other cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment is universal and absolute.

It can be found in both customary international law and in a number of treaties and conventions (see table 1). There are no exceptional circumstances in which torture or other cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment are permitted, not even security considerations or the threat of acts endangering the security of a State or its population. The prohibition is absolute.

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Is Israel Auschwitz? Israel’s hateful reaction to the unwelcomed report was to arrest almost 30 children in Hebron, the abovementioned Ahmed Abu-Ramaylah was among them. Such laws and regulations are illegitimate, rejecting and opposing them is an obligation, as Israel teaches regarding the laws of the Nazi Regime.

Crimes Against Humanity

The jailing of children and other crimes committed by Israel and regularly condemned by the UN and other international organizations are crimes against humanity to the extent that Israel was defined as “terror-inflicting” by the UN Human Rights Council. Israel cannot judge itself. An international court, like the one that judged Nazis in Nuremberg, must be created for the task.

While reading a few of the reports on the American-Palestinian arrested by Israel it was difficult to ignore that most reporters were distressed by the fact that an American-Palestinian had been arrested by Israel, with the stress on the American side of the story. If the arrested were an Uzbekistani-Mongolian would Israel had been more righteous? The State of Israel committed a crime; why people stress the identity of the victim? Violence against a Palestinian-Palestinian is acceptable, but against an American-Palestinian is not?

Did the Americans who are so distressed right now, feel the same outrage when their president signed an illegitimate assassination order against a 16-year-old American citizen? The kid was attacked secretly and cowardly, and even denied an opportunity to defend himself. Do they think that their country is even one ounce more righteous than the criminal State of Israel?

“I have been to Palestine where I’ve witnessed the racially segregated housing and the humiliation of Palestinians at military roadblocks. I can’t help but remember the conditions we experienced in South Africa under apartheid. We could not have achieved our freedom without the help of people around the world using the nonviolent means of boycotts and divestment to compel governments and institutions to withdraw their support for the apartheid regime.” —Archbishop Desmond Tutu

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The Boston Bombings in Context: How the FBI Fosters, Funds and Equips American Terrorists

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The Boston Marathon bombing has provoked shock, grief and outrage from around the world. After decades of conditioning, the public automatically equates such terrorism with Muslim radicals. But the evidence shows that every major terror plot on American soil in the past 10 years has been fostered, funded and equipped by one organization: the FBI.

People around the world watched in horror this week as explosions rocked the finish line of the Boston Marathon, turning a day of sportsmanship and celebration into one of shock, grief and outrage. As with all such events, the desire to discover who was behind this cowardly act has driven many into a speculative frenzy. And, in a sad reminder of the indoctrination that the Western world has been under for over a decade now in the mythical “war of terror,” it did not take long at all before the collective finger of the mob was pointed squarely in the direction of Muslim terrorists.

 

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Within hours of the blast, fear spread throughout the international Muslim community that the bombing would be connected to an Islamist extremist. A Libyan Twitter user touched a nerve—and received thousands of retweets and worldwide media coverage—by tweeting “Please don’t be a ‘Muslim.’” The backlash began shortly thereafter, with the New York Post falsely implying that a Saudi national was being questioned for his possible role in the attack. The next day, a plane departing Boston Logan Airport returned to the gate and two passengers were forcibly removed because they had been overheard speaking Arabic before takeoff.

As data continues to pour in regarding the bombing and who may be behind it, it is instructive to take a moment to step back and consider this knee-jerk tendency to conclude that this is the work of Islamic radicals. In the minds of millions of Americans, bombs targeting innocents on US soil are inextricably linked with the image of the bearded, turban-wearing boogeyman that has become the shorthand for evil in this age of terror.

This association is not only incorrect, it is dangerously incorrect because it signally fails to identify the one unifying thread between all of the recent terror plots in the US. Lurking behind the shadowy armies of would-be jihadis in the popular imagination is the sober reality that every single major terror bust in the United States since 9/11 has sourced back to the same group, a single entity that has in every single case funded, equipped and even incited the would-be terrorists into action: the FBI.

In 2005, federal prosecutors charged Michael Reynolds, a 47 year old drifter living with his elderly mother, of attempting to wage jihad on the US by blowing up fuel facilities. In reality, his plan for jihad was little more than a series of conversations he had on a Yahoo! Chat room with a US judge posing as a militant. He was arrested after agreeing to meet with an FBI informant who had promised him $40,000 for his cause, and two months later the FBI quietly announced he was likely mentally ill. He was eventually convicted and is curently serving 25 years in jail.

In 2007 the so-called “Fort Dix Six” were nabbed in a much-hyped FBI terror bust after allegedly hatching a plan to attack a US military base and kill the soldiers there. At the time, a 26-page indictment revealed that the group had “no rigorous military training” and “did not appear close to being able to pull off an attack.” The next year it was revealed that the FBI informant who had infiltrated the group had in fact offered to organize the members and lead the plot itself.

In 2009 the Newburgh Four were arrested for an alleged plot to blow up synagogues and shoot down military airplanes in Newburgh, New York. The group was a ragtag bunch of poor black men, at least one of whom was mentally unstable and stored his own urine in jars around his apartment. The group’s fifth member, Shahad Hussein, turned out to be an FBI informant who had promised the members hundreds of thousands of dollars to carry out the plot. In sentencing the defendants, Federal Judge Colleen McMahon said:

“[The government] created acts of terrorism out of [the defendant’s] fantasies of bravado and bigotry, and then made those fantasies come true. The government did not have to infiltrate and foil some nefarious plot – there was no nefarious plot to foil.”

In November 2010 the FBI busted the so-called Portland Christmas Tree Bomber, who was allegedly attempting to bomb the lighting ceremony at Portland’s Pioneer Courthouse Square. “The threat was very real,” the FBI intoned at the time. “Our investigation shows that Mohamud was absolutely committed to carrying out an attack on a very grand scale.” The alleged bomber, Arthur Balizan, turned out to be a teenager who bragged to undercover agents that he could get a gun because he was a “rapper” and wrote an article on workout tips for jihadis.

In 2011 the FBI arrested a man that they themselves had supplied with a remote controlled plane and C4 explosives in a harebrained attempt to bomb the Pentagon. In 2012 theybusted another would-be jihadi that they again had supplied with a fake gun and suicide vest. Also in 2012 the FBI busted a group of five “anarchists” who were allegedly going to bomb a bridge in the Cleveland area, although it was quietly admitted that the FBI informant who had infiltrated the group had in fact initiated the contact with them and been present at the meetings where they developed the plan to blow up the bridge.

One of the most ridiculous examples of this pattern dates back to 2006, when the DOJ attempted to make it seem as if they had just nabbed a group of dangerous jihadis who were preparing a full ground war against the United States.

The picture that is painted by these facts is as overwhelming as it is difficult for much of the public to comprehend. The conclusion, nevertheless, is incontrovertible: that without the FBI, many of the so-called “terrorist cells” that have been hatching their inept, bumbling schemes against the United States for decades might never have existed at all.

Despite what many would believe, this conclusion is not even controversial. Rather, it has been backed up time and again by evidence in the official record and multiply attested to by FBI insiders and whistleblowers themselves.

Given all of this damning history and insider whistleblowing, it is vital that the Western public break out of their media-induced programming and question the core assumptions of the war on terror paradigm that we have been programmed with for decades now. If there is to be speculation at all over events like these, and if there is any group that has to present a thoroughgoing case for why it is NOT responsible for this atrocity, surely it is the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Having been at the heart of so many terror plots in the past, both the hilariously inept and the chillingly successful, how could the public refuse to even interrogate the organization that has the most to answer for?

The simple fact of the matter is that the history of the modern age of terrorism has proven time and again that the FBI is the prime suspect in any terrorist atrocity that takes place on American soil. Let us all keep this in mind as the details of the investigations into this (and all other) American terrorist incidents begins to emerge.

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Editorial: Stop the War maintains deafening silence on Syria as the flames of war leap higher

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Despite all the mayhem, death and destruction visited by imperialism’s puppets on the Syrian people, they have got nowhere in their nefarious task of overthrowing the Syrian administration, for the simple reason that President Assad’s government continues to enjoy the support of the majority of the Syrian people and to command the loyalty of the Syrian armed forces.

The realisation of this unwelcome truth is forcing the imperialists to switch from a covert and proxy war to open and direct warfare against the Syrian people. Most favoured among the available options is the creation of a Nato-backed, Turkey-led military coalition, given a semblance of respectability by an invitation from Nato’s stooges in the Arab League to enter Syria and overthrow its legitimate government.

This approach, according to the thinking prevalent in imperialist circles, would carry with it the best chance of neutralising Russian opposition to regime change. If such a war were to be successful, it would open the doors to a subsequent attack on anti-imperialist Iran, as well as to the anti-imperialist resistance in Lebanon, thus bolstering the waning power of US imperialism and of its chief regional client, Israel.

As part of this war preparation effort, and clearly under instruction from his US masters, Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently called Turkish prime minister Erdogan and announced the restoration of normal diplomatic relations with Turkey, even going so far as to ‘apologise’ for the massacre of Turkish activists during the Israeli hijacking of the Gaza Freedom Flotilla in 2010.

Meanwhile, at the Arab League meeting in Qatar, Syria’s seat in the stooge organisation was handed over to Moaz al-Khatib, a ‘leader’ of the Syrian opposition ‘coalition’ cobbled together by imperialism, while Qatar likewise handed over the Syrian embassy in Doha to the puppet forces.

The rapprochement between Turkey and Israel, two pivotal middle-eastern Nato allies, and the securing of a semblance of legal legitimacy for Nato’s Syrian puppets are both essential prerequisites for a predatory war against Syria.

Meanwhile, in a bid to cut off vital supply lines to Syria, US secretary of state John Kerry made an unannounced visit to Iraq on 24 March, for the sole purpose of pressuring the Iraqi government into blocking flights from Iran to Syria. And Britain and France have been doing their bit for the hoped-for bloodbath by persuading the EU to supply armoured vehicles and other ‘non-lethal’ equipment to the terrorists.

And all the while, in the face of these furious preparations of our rulers for yet another major war in the Middle East, the so-called ‘anti-war movement’ in Britain is doing … absolutely nothing.

Far from organising and mobilising public opposition to the war against Syria, the Stop the War Coalition has maintained a deadly and deafening silence. Not a single local or national event is currently planned to oppose (or even to pretend to oppose) the Syrian war in the coming months. No national demonstration. Not even a lobby of parliament. And certainly no mobilising of workers to refuse to cooperate; to sabotage and disrupt the preparations for this latest criminal war.

The close connection of StW’s present leadership to Labour – an imperialist party which has consistently put the interests of British corporations far higher than those of workers at home or abroad, and certainly far higher than quibbles over death counts and international law – means that StW is paralysed to do anything beyond what is permitted by the Labour party’s capitalist masters.

As a result of this subservience, the tiny clique of ‘left’-Labourites and their Counterfire/CPB flunkeys who have usurped the leadership of StW have effectively neutralised Britain’s ‘anti-war movement’, demoralising and demobilising thousands of sincere activists by repeating imperialist lies about the countries that are being targeted for attack, and channelling the energy of those that remain into non-threatening activities such as lobbying MPs and circulating petitions. In fact, our ‘anti-war’ leaders are doing the vital job of making sure there is no meaningful, organised domestic opposition to imperialist war – they have tied our movement to the war chariot of imperialism.

The exposure and removal of this clique – the Tony Benns, Jeremy Corbyns, Lindsey Germans and co – is the most important necessary precondition for building a genuinely anti-imperialist movement against war – a movement that extends real proletarian internationalist solidarity to the victims of the barbaric and predatory wars waged by our ‘own’ imperialist rulers. A mass movement of non-cooperation is needed if we are to be successful in stopping the imperialist war machine – and to prevent ourselves from being complicit in its terrible crimes.

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Boston bombing will boost U.S. support for Israel, says Netanyahu aide

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More Americans identify with IsraHell after terror attacks, says Ron Dermer, possible nextIsraHell envoy to Washington, to U.S. Jewish leaders.

 

ed note–sound familiar? It should. Netanyahu said virtually the EXACT same thing in the aftermath of the Israeli engineered act of war against America on 9/11, saying the attacks were ‘good’ as they would generate ‘immediate sympathy for Israel.’

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Ron Dermer, a diplomatic advisor consultant to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and candidate for the post of Israeli ambassador to Washington, told a closed meeting of U.S. Jewish leaders in New York last week that the Boston marathon bombings would increase American support for Israel – just as that support increased following the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

Dermer made his remarks last Wednesday, two days after explosions rocked the Boston Marathon, killing three people and wounding nearly 200 more. Dermer, considered one of Netanyahu’s closest associates, is currently on vacation, after having finished his stint as a senior adviser at the Prime Minister’s Bureau.

“The bulk of the American people stand firmly with Israel and identify with Israel,” Dermer said, in a video filmed by blogger Jacob Kornbluh. “If you can look, historically, there was a big change after 9/11, and I am sure that after the tragic bombing in Boston, people will identify more with Israel and its struggle against terrorism and we can maintain that support.”

During his briefing with the Jewish leaders, Dermer surveyed the situation in the Middle East, and also gave them a glimpse at Netanyahu’s position regarding a possible Israeli strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities.

“Netanyahu is very prudent in the use of force,” Dermer said. “One columnist once called him a trigger-happy prime minister – that is ridiculous. He is the least trigger-happy prime minister Israel has ever had. When he uses force, he wants to do it wisely and when it is critical to Israel’s security. He is the second-longest-serving prime minister in the history of Israel after [David] Ben-Gurion – and like Ben-Gurion I believe that, when push comes to shove, he will face all the pressure in the world and will do what is necessary to protect Israel.”

Dermer also discussed the situation in the West Bank, saying the reality there has changed for the worse. “If you look at the situation today in the West Bank, we are dealing with a different reality,” he said. “Some people are worried by a third intifada. I don’t know if that is going to happen, but there is no question that there is a sense that the pot is beginning to boil over.”

Dermer said that the resignation last week of Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad will not benefit peacemaking efforts. “In my view Fayyad was the first Palestinian leader in a century who cared about the Palestinians,” Dermer said.

“There have been many Palestinian leaders that cared about the Palestinian cause, but Fayyad is the first to actually care about the Palestinians. From that point of view – not because he is a Zionist – he was a peace partner, because he wanted a better life for them. Any Palestinian leader who wants a better life for the Palestinians would want to have peace with Israel.”

Dermer also remarked on Israel’s regional status, and emphasized that Netanyahu’s diplomacy has focused on resolving secondary issues to make way for the real strategic issues facing Israel. He cited the cease-fire with Hamas leaders in the Gaza Strip and the rapprochement with Turkey as two examples of this approach.

“We have to try and move as many non-strategic issues off the table,” he said. “We are facing many fronts simultaneously…. The best juggler in the world could deal with five, six or seven balls – eventually one will drop.”

With regard to Hamas, Dermer said, “Nobody is under any illusions about Hamas, but when it comes to threats facing Israel, they are going to have to wait in line because we’ve got bigger fish we need to deal with.” He said the same goes for Turkey: “No one is under any illusions about the Turkish government, but if we can remove something from the agenda, take half of it off the plate with a minimal price, then that’s what we have to do.”

Dermer also discussed the situation in Egypt and Jordan, comparing the Sinai Peninsula with the “Wild West” of terror groups. “The situation in Sinai is completely unstable and almost every terror group in the region is setting up shop over there,” he said.

Meanwhile, in Israel’s other neighbor Jordan, King Abdullah is facing unprecedented pressure since taking the throne: He faces enormous political challenges and demands for reform, Dermer told the crowd.

Finally, Dermer also denied claims from American experts that Israel fudged data about the performance of Iron Dome anti-missile defense system rockets.
“I was with the prime minister in the war room during the war [in Gaza],” he said. “When the IDF chief of staff walks into the room, it’s what we would call a ‘no-spin zone.’ In that room, you have to tell the truth to the prime minister, because it’s a matter of life and death. Iron Dome works, and it works brilliantly.”

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