A STATEMENT TO THE PRESS FROM THE FREE GAZA MOVEMENT

Huwaida laying roses for 34 USS Liberty sailors

For More Information, please contact:

JERUSALEM: Angela Godfrey-Goldstein
Tel. +972 547 366 393
angela@icahd.org

CYPRUS: Osama Qashoo
Tel. +44 78 333 81660 / +44 79 779 3595
osamaqashoo@gmail.com

Forty-six international human rights workers are now sailing to Gaza through international waters with one overriding goal: to break the Israeli siege that Israel has imposed on the civilian population of Gaza. Any action designed to harm civilians constitutes collective punishment (in the Palestinians’ case, for voting the “wrong” way) and is both illegal under international law and profoundly immoral. Our mission is to expose the illegality of Israel’s actions, and to break through the siege in order to express our solidarity with the suffering people of Gaza (and of the occupied Palestinian territory as a whole) and to create a free and regular channel between Gaza and the outside world.

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STALIN, THE POET, AND LIFE’S CHOICES BY GAITHER STEWART

Joseph Stalin

As ruler of the U.S.S.R. from 1929 to 1953, Joseph Stalin was in charge of Soviet policies during the early phase of the Cold War. He adopted the name Stalin, which means “Man of Steel,” while still a young revolutionary.

“I regard class differences as contrary to Justice.” (Albert Einstein in a personal statement of his credo.)

“The Russians have proved that their only aim is really the improvement of the lot of the Russian people.” (Albert Einstein in his 1934 refusal to sign a petition condemning Stalin’s murder of political prisoners.)

“Any government is evil if it carries within it the tendency to deteriorate into tyranny. The danger . is more acute in a country in which the government has authority not only over the armed forces but also over every channel of education and information as well as over the existence of every single citizen.”

(Albert Einstein in a speech to Russian scientists in support of democratic socialist ideals and criticism of untrammeled capitalism.) (1)
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Recycling the spin cycle By Jerome Spring

Before joining the London Independent to become its diplomatic editor, Anne Penketh trailed around Moscow, Paris and New York as a foreign correspondent. Apparently, she tries to “separate the spin cycle from the news cycle”.

In a main article on Russia and Georgia in the Independent of the 20 August, she asserted that “the Georgian government walked straight into a trap set by Moscow”. Not having uncovered the ‘trap’ for herself, she eventually revealed that her source was a ‘Russian military analyst’ by the name of Pavel Felgenhauer who had claimed that the Georgian government had been provoked to attack South Ossetia,  that, “a decision was made for the war to start in August. The war would have happened regardless of what the Georgians did. Whether they responded to the provocations or not, there would have been an invasion of Georgia.”

It would seem that for Felgenhauer the establishment of NATO states on the borders of Russia is not provocative, despite the fact that the revamped NATO has only recently reaffirmed its aggressive strategy with its criminal invasions of Yugoslavia, Afghanistan and Iraq.

It is no surprise therefore to find that Felgenhauer is on the authors list of the The Jamestown Foundation in Washington which was launched in 1984 with its declared mission being, “to inform and educate policy makers and the broader policy community about events and trends in those societies which are strategically or tactically important to the United States …”

With its Board Members composed of corporate personalities and career academics, it specialised in getting dissidents from the Soviet Union on board as its contribution to the ‘War on Communism’. It now devotes a great deal of attention in support of the USA’s ‘War on Terror’, with publications such as Spotlight on Terror, Terrorism Focus and Terrorism Monitor. Needless to say, the Jamestown Foundation’s “terrorism program” is directed at those who resist the state terrorist crimes of the US, NATO and Israel.

What was Anne Penketh saying about separating the spin cycle from the news cycle?

Jerry Spring