Wikileaks and Iran

29 November, 2010 — The Real News Network

Gareth Porter: Media selecting cables that support Iran narrative

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Gareth Porter is a historian and investigative journalist on US foreign and military policy analyst. He writes regularly for Inter Press Service on US policy towards Iraq and Iran. Author of four books, the latest of which is Perils of Dominance: Imbalance of Power and the Road to War in Vietnam.

Revolution Roundup #2: As Mass Rebellion Spreads Throughout Europe, Americans Dance With The Stars By David DeGraw

29 November, 2010 — AmpedStatus

The Global Insurrection Against Banker Occupation (GIABO) rages on…

Over the past few days the people of Ireland, Italy, Britain, Austria and Portugal have all held massive demonstrations against the Global Banking Cartel.

Ireland Vs. Global Banking Cartel…

More than 100,000 protest against Irish bailout

“More than 100,000 Irish citizens took to the streets of Dublin today to protest against the international bailout and four years of austerity.

Despite overnight snow storms and freezing temperatures, huge crowds have gathered in O’Connell Street to demonstrate against the cuts aimed at driving down Ireland’s colossal national debt.

So far the march has passed off peacefully although there is a huge Garda presence with up to 700 officers on duty working alongside 250 security guards for the Irish Congress of Trade Unions.

Among the marchers there is deep anger that most of the more than €80bn (£67bn) from the EU and the International Monetary Fund will be given to shore up Ireland’s ailing banks.” [Read More]

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Thousands Protest Irish Nightmare Economy

29 November, 2010 — The Real News Network

Leo Panitch: US created financial crisis and European banks turned the Irish Miracle into a nightmare

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Leo Panitch is the Canada Research Chair in Comparative Political Economy and a Distinguished Research Professor of Political Science at York University in Toronto. Panitch is also the author of “Global Capitalism and American Empire” and his most recent release “American Empire and the Political Economy of International Finance”.


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Wikileaks Shows No “New Mind Set” in US Foreign Policy

29 November, 2010 — The Real News Network

Phyllis Bennis: Clinton ordered spying on UN leaders shows Bush style still around

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Phyllis Bennis is a Senior Analyst at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington DC. She is the author of Before and After: US Foreign Policy and the September 11 Crisis , Ending the US War in Afghanistan: A Primer and Understanding the US-Iran Crisis: A Primer.

NATO, The World’s Gendarme, A Military Mafia By Fidel Castro Ruz

23 November, 2010 — Global ResearchGranma International

Havana: Many people feel sickened on hearing the name of that organization.

On Friday, November 19, 2010 in Lisbon, Portugal, the 28 members of that bellicose institution engendered by the United States, decided to create what they cynically describe as “the new NATO.”

The institution emerged after World War II as an instrument of the Cold War unleashed by imperialism on the Soviet Union, the country which paid for the victory over Nazism with tens of millions of lives and colossal destruction.

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US Department of State: still tightlipped over freedom of speech

28 November, 2010 — RT

An RT crew was locked up in a US jail for 32 hours after they covered a rally near the so-called ‘school of assassins’ in the state of Georgia.

Correspondent Kaelyn Forde called the handling ‘brutal’ and international organizations condemned use of police violence against members of the press. But despite all the outrage, the mainstream media has remained silent over the incident.

It started off as a peaceful rally outside a US training camp for Latin American military and police officers. What followed this nonviolent protest caught everyone by surprise: dozens were arrested. Police targeted journalists along with the activists.

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USA: Freedom of the press behind bars

28 November, 2010 —

Should journalists be given more freedom than ordinary people on the streets, especially when it comes to covering protests? That is the question Lori Harfenist, also known as “The Resident”, asks people in New York, following the arrest of an RT crew reporting on a demonstration at Fort Benning military base in the US state of Georgia.

US embassy knew Georgians “moved forces” to South Ossetian border – WikiLeaks

29 November, 2010 — RT

georgia-wiki.jpgUS diplomats in Georgia knew Tbilisi concentrated military force prior to the war over South Ossetia in 2008, the classified documents exposed by WikiLeaks show.

Part of the new portion of materials published by Wikileaks were dedicated to the 2008 conflict over South Ossetia. The cables sent by the US embassy in Georgia to Washington show signs of intensifying military confrontation between Georgians and South Ossetians in the conflict zone in the run-up to the full-scale war.

The US ambassador to Tbilisi John Tefft reportedly urged the Georgian Foreign Minister and the Deputy Minister of Defense ‘to remain calm, not overreact, and to de-escalate the situation,’ the document reads. According to the embassy’s cable to Washington, Georgians explained their moves since august 6, 2008, by South Ossetia’s ‘shelling’ of Georgian villages in the conflict zone.

Meanwhile, foreign military observers in the region issued ‘numerous reports that the Georgians are moving military equipment and forces toward the north.’ According to the cable of the US embassy in Georgia, ‘OSCE observers indicated that Georgian forces along with GRAD artillery are on the move, either as part of a show of force or readiness, or both.’

The US diplomats had an impression that ‘Georgians are deploying troops to positions in Georgian territory to the south of the Zone of Conflict.’ They were in ‘a heightened state of readiness in order to show their resolve,’ the cable alleges.

The events developed intensively, and on August 8 the embassy had to send to Washington Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili’s statement to the diplomatic corps that Georgia ‘controlled most of South Ossetia.’

Russia had to defend its peacekeepers and civilian South Ossetians. After a brief armed conflict, Moscow recognized South Ossetia and Abkhazia as independent states.

South Ossetia claims over 1,500 people perished during the conflict, RIA Novosti said. However, according to the news agency, Russian investigators confirmed the deaths of 162 South Ossetians and 48 Russian servicemen, including ten peacekeepers.

During Georgia’s attack, a total of 655 houses were destroyed and over 2,000 others partially collapsed in Tskhinval, South Ossetia’s capital.

Parts of the documents obtained by WikiLeaks have been sent to international media outlets and are expected to be published soon. Russian Reporter magazine said among the documents he had been offered, many concern the war over South Ossetia.

Despite Ambassador Tefft’s awareness of Georgia’s moves prior to the war, after it started he wrote to the US State Department that ‘a coordinated position should be prepared to respond to those who are not sure of ‘Georgia’s absolute innocence,’’ the magazine said.

Reading cables from the US ambassadors in Georgia, NATO, the European Union and Moscow gives the impression that everybody in the world knew that ‘Saakashvili started a war,’ Russian Reporter said. However, their official rhetoric contradicted ‘this understanding,’ the magazine noted.

“Washington to PA: ‘Don’t Over React Over WikiLeaks Documents” By Saed Bannoura

29 November, 2010 — Occupation MagazineIMEMC & Agencies

After some documents regarding the U.S-Palestinian relations and alleged plans prepared by Washington to foil Palestinian reconciliation attempts, the White House told the Palestinian government of President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah, that the P.A should not overreact.

The White House stated during a phone conversation with the office of President Mahmoud Abbas that the P.A should not overreact to the documents that are scheduled to be fully released in the coming days.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, a Palestinian official told the Maan News Agency that Washington’s message indicates that the White House is not making a big deal of the issue; therefore the Palestinian leadership should also not make a big deal of it.

The White House’s message revealed that some of the leaked documents will include ‘assumptions regarding the U.S. support to Israel over the Palestinians and the peace process’.

The documents also include ‘Washington’s stance against reconciliation talks between Fateh and Hamas.

Over the last few days, the White House briefed several U.S allies such as Britain, Canada, Australia, Turkey and Israel in order to inform them on the issue before the documents are published.

The Palestinian official said that ‘it is not a secret that Washington is acting against Palestinian reconciliation, and that it loves Israel and is trying to boost the power of Fateh leader, Mohammad Dahlan.

In an interview with the Maan News Agency, U.S State Department spokeswoman, Nicole Thompson, that the issue is not a ‘far-fetched possibility’, but refused to confirm or deny the reports.

Yet, Israel itself seems to be relaxed as the United States did not warn Israeli officials about any specific sensitive materials that could harms its international relations and its security.

Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, told reporters Sunday that Israel and the U.S. have constant and close contacts and that Washington did not give any specific details and did not seem to be concerned about the documents.

But WikiLeaks head, Julian Assange, stated Sunday that the United States practically contacted almost every country in the World ‘to brief them about what some of these embarrassing revelations will do’.

VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 28 November, 2010: Israeli Settlers’ Violence Report — September and October 2010

28 November, 2010 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Officer Who Shot American Activist In Her Eye Exonerated
IMEMC – 28 Nov 2010 – Sunday November 28, 2010 – 10:33, The Israeli District Police in the Occupied West Bank exonerated an Israeli Army officer who shot an American peace activist in her eye during a protest at the Qalandia terminal, north of Jerusalem, six months ago.

Two Detainees In Israeli Prisons Start Hunger Strike
IMEMC – 28 Nov 2010 – Sunday November 28, 2010 – 10:12, The Ahrar Center for Detainees’ Studies and Human Rights reported that Sheikh Jamal Abu Al Haija, 52, from the Jenin refugee camp, and detainee Ahed Abu Ghalama, 42, from Beit Forik near Hebron, started an open-ended hunger strike three days ago demanding to be removed from solitary and to be allowed visitations.

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VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 27 November, 2010: Media: Rattling The Cage: The Face of Israel in a West Bank Courtroom

27 November, 2010 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

European Parliamentarians Arrive In Gaza
IMEMC – 27 Nov 2010 – Saturday November 27, 2010 – 12:00, The Borders Authority in Gaza reported late on Friday at night that European Parliamentarians made it into Gaza on Friday evening through the Rafah Border Terminal between Gaza and Egypt. They crossed into Gaza half an hour before Midnight.

Britain To Act Against Arrest Warrants Targeting Israeli Officials
IMEMC – 27 Nov 2010 – Saturday November 27, 2010 – 10:47, The Jewish Chronicle reported that the United Kingdom will be taking measures meant to prevent British courts from issuing arrest warrants against Israeli military and political leaders accused of committing war crimes.

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Launch: Alternate Routes

28 November, 2010 — Left Streamed

5 November, 2010, Ottawa – Launch: Alternate Routes.

The following video showcased the panel discussion held at the launch of Alternate Routes’ latest issue, “Saving Global Capitalism: Interrogating Austerity and Working Class Responses to Crises.”

The panel features Carlo Fanelli, Chris Hurl, Rebecca Shein and guest James Meades, co-president of the Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 4600, speaking on collective bargaining in an era of austerity.

WikiLeaks: Demystifying “Diplomacy” By Norman Solomon

29 November, 2010 — Norman Solomon

Compared to the kind of secret cables that WikiLeaks has just shared with the world, everyday public statements from government officials are exercises in make-believe.

In a democracy, people have a right to know what their government is actually doing. In a pseudo-democracy, a bunch of fairy tales from high places will do the trick.

Diplomatic facades routinely masquerade as realities. But sometimes the mask slips — for all the world to see — and that’s what just happened with the humongous leak of State Department cables.

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Information Clearing House Newsletter 28 November, 2010: Wikileaks Releases More Secret Documents

28 November, 2010 — Information Clearing House

“The job of the media is not to protect the powerful from embarrassment”: Simon Jenkins

Wikileaks: Yemeni President Agreed To Cover up US Attack in Yemen
Cables Shine Light Into Secret Diplomatic Channels
“We’ll continue saying the bombs are ours, not yours,” Mr. Saleh said, according to the cable sent by the American ambassador, prompting Yemen’s deputy prime minister to “joke that he had just ‘lied’ by telling Parliament” that Yemeni forces had carried out the strikes.

Saudi King: US Should Plant Chips in Gitmo Detainees.
By Full US Embassy Cable
The King, proposed implanting detainees with an electronic chip containing information about them and allowing their movements to be tracked with Bluetooth. This was done with horses and falcons, the King said.

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Information Clearing House Newsletter: Weekend Edition:-Putin Ditches Dollar, Backs Euro

26 November, 2010 — Information Clearing House

The US of A Breaks the Soviet Record
By Glenn Greenwald
Even for the humble among us who try to avoid jingoistic outbursts, some national achievements are so grand that they merit a moment of pride and celebration:

Talking to the Taliban about Life After Occupation
By Ghaith Abdul-Ahad
Ghaith Abdul-Ahad asks Taliban leaders past and present what kind of regime they would run – and whether there is a chance of negotiated peace.

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WikiLeaks expose 28-29 November, 2010 : Barak warned strike on Iran was viable until end of 2010

29 November, 2010 —

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28 November, 2010

Memories That Still Hold US Hostage: Reflections On A Visit To The Former Embattled US Embassy in Tehran By Danny Schechter

28 November, 2010 — Media Channel

The latest massive Wikileaks revelations released Sunday show how the US and its allies have been covertly discussing military attacks and covert actions against Iran. If history is any judge, this doesn’t always work out the way Washington wants as Danny Schechter recounts in this report on a recent visit to the former US Embassy in Tehran, Iran, known locally then as a “spy nest.”

Tehran, Iran: The building was smaller than I remembered. The fading images in my mind were grainy: angry crowds, students marching, flags burning, chants of “Death to America,” and Americans diplomats in blindfolds, It became a soap opera: Ted Koppel started his rise in TV News with ABC’s nightly “America Held Hostage” series, the forerunner to “Nightline.”

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