19 November, 2009 — Gaza Friends

The Convoy will be taking much needed aid to Gaza – Please note that the overwhelming majority of the aid will be medical – however, there are also a number of humanitarian and educational needs that we are asking people to buy, along with specialist equipment needed in Education and agricultural sectors.

URGENTLY NEEDED: SPACE ON VEHICLES TO LOAD AID. If you are coming on the convoy to Gaza and have yet to fill your vehicle with aid please get in touch with us ASAP by emailing

Humanitarian needs include:

New double heavy blankets; Single heavy blankets; Children winter clothes; Men’s winter clothes; Women’s winter clothes; Nylon Reel/Plastic Sheeting; Milk Powder – under 2; Milk Powder – over 2; Coats and plastic jackets; Toys and Puzzles; Shoes and boots; Sports equipment (All clothes/shoes must be new).

Educational needs include:

English / Arabic dictionaries; Notebooks; Flip sheet paper; Chalk (white and coloured); School bags; Printer ink; School Stationery; Story books (English and Arabic); Educational CDs (English and Arabic); Educational games (Primary and preparatory schools); Digital cameras; Transparent sheets for overhead-projectors; Perkins Brailler machines; Braille Sense Plus; Jot A Dot: Talking Scientific calculators; LCD projectors; Laboratory equipment, A4 paper – all kinds but mainly white.

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18 November, 2009 — MEDIA LENS: Correcting for the distorted vision of the corporate media


Jonathan Cook has been covering the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from Nazareth, Israel, as a freelance reporter for the past eight years. Before that he was a staff journalist at the Guardian and Observer newspapers. His latest books on the conflict are ‘Israel and the Clash of Civilisations’ (Pluto, 2008) and ‘Disappearing Palestine’ (Zed, 2008). His website is

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Welcome Home, War! Creating the “Domestic Surveillance State” By Prof. Alfred W. McCoy

16 November, 2009 — Global ResearchTom Dispatch – 2009-11-12

How America’s Wars Are Systematically Destroying Our Liberties

In his approach to National Security Agency surveillance, as well as CIA renditions, drone assassinations, and military detention, President Obama has to a surprising extent embraced the expanded executive powers championed by his conservative predecessor, George W. Bush. This bipartisan affirmation of the imperial executive could “reverberate for generations,” warns Jack Balkin, a specialist on First Amendment freedoms at Yale Law School. And consider these but some of the early fruits from the hybrid seeds that the Global War on Terror has planted on American soil. Yet surprisingly few Americans seem aware of the toll that this already endless war has taken on our civil liberties.

Don’t be too surprised, then, when, in the midst of some future crisis, advanced surveillance methods and other techniques developed in our recent counterinsurgency wars migrate from Baghdad, Falluja, and Kandahar to your hometown or urban neighborhood. And don’t ever claim that nobody told you this could happen — at least not if you care to read on.

Think of our counterinsurgency wars abroad as so many living laboratories for the undermining of a democratic society at home, a process historians of such American wars can tell you has been going on for a long, long time. Counterintelligence innovations like centralized data, covert penetration, and disinformation developed during the Army’s first protracted pacification campaign in a foreign land — the Philippines from 1898 to 1913 — were repatriated to the United States during World War I, becoming the blueprint for an invasive internal security apparatus that persisted for the next half century.

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Channel 4 Dispatches investigates The pro-Israel lobby in Britain

16 November, 2009 – Middle East Monitor

The pro-Israel lobby in Britain: FULL TEXT

Dispatches investigates the pro-Israel lobby in Britain which is working in support of the interests of the State of Israel. We have obtained a full copy of this by Peter Oborne and James Jones.

Here are some extracts of the 27 page document – The pro-Israel lobby in Britain: full text Click Here to download the full document.

Chapter Two: The Pro-Israel Lobby at Westminster

The senior Tory MP David Amess recently put down a question in the House of Commons to enquire what the British government was doing to improve British relations with Israel. The reply came from Ivan Lewis, foreign office minister with special responsibility for the Middle East: ‘Israel is a close ally of the United Kingdom and we have regular warm and productive exchanges at all levels… We shall continue to foster a close relationship with Israel.’

This conversation was not quite the simple public exchange that it seemed. Neither politician mentioned that both of them had very close links to pro-Israel organizations. David Amess is the secretary of the Conservative Friends of Israel, which has been described by the famous Conservative Party politician and historian Robert Rhodes James as ‘the largest organization in Western Europe dedicated to the cause of the people of Israel.’

The Conservative Prime Minister Harold MacMillan once remarked that ‘there are three bodies no sensible man ever directly challenges: the Roman Catholic Church, the Brigade of Guards and the National Union of Mineworkers.’ It is tempting to speculate that today he might have added the Conservative Friends of Israel to that list.

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