Fault Lines – Canada-Israel: The other special relationship

2 December, 2010 — Al Jazeera

Seen as an honest-broker in the Israel-Palestinian conflict, Canada has become one of Israel’s most fervent supporters. Avi Lewis investigates.

The Reut Institute is an Israeli extreme right think tank with very close ties to the Israeli government. In some degree, this institute dictates the activities of Israeli governmental agencies in Israel and abroad. The rhetoric and tactics initiated by them is adopted by various bodies including “friends of Israel” and foreign governments.

Reut Institute report, November 2010 (PDF)

US secret aims in Yemen secret no more — RT

20 December, 2010 — RT

With the US already fighting in two wars, Yemen has been revealed as another possible front opening up, and the American media is now stoking fears that the Arab country is a hotbed of terrorism.

As confirmed by a recent WikiLeaks dispatch of classified diplomatic cables, US special operations forces are carrying out strikes against suspected terrorists in Yemen, and the Yemeni government is taking the credit. In exchange for Yemen’s co-operation, the US heavily finances the country’s fragile government.

But US plans in Yemen go further than strikes. The military are discussing long-term bases and asking for more than a billion dollars to fight Al-Qaeda there.

‘If Osama Bin Laden had a dream for him and a nightmare for us – it was to involve us in inconclusive wars in distant lands that would cost us a fortune,’ says author Tom Engelhardt. ‘There’s a kind of unintelligence national security bureaucracy that’s fed in this country on fear and Americans are irrationally scared.’

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Israel Effectively Denies Palestinian Victims of Operation Cast Lead Access to Justice

20 December, 2010 — PCHR

PCHR files petition to Israeli Supreme Court

Today, 20 December 2010, the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) is filing a petition to the Israeli Supreme Court on behalf of 1,046 victims of Israel’s 27 December 2008 – 18 January 2009 offensive on the Gaza Strip (Operation Cast Lead). The petition challenges Israeli policies which effectively deny Palestinian residents of the Gaza Strip’s fundamental rights to a judicial remedy and the equal protection of the law. The case is being litigated by Michael Sfard, and Carmel Pomerantz.

As a result of the physical, financial, and legal obstacles imposed by Israel, Palestinian residents of the Gaza Strip – including the thousands of victims of Operation Cast Lead – are effectively prevented from seeking redress before Israeli courts. This situation results in the systematic denial of fundamental human rights.

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Raji Sourani – Petitioning the Israeli High Court for Justice

20 December 2010 — PCHR Palestinian Centre for Human Rights

The reality of life in the Gaza Strip is hard to convey. Individuals throughout the world have seen the pictures and the images: shootings and maiming, air strikes and artillery shelling, and the unforgettably horrific sight of white phosphorous raining down over Gaza city. However, beneath these images lies a complex reality. The civilians of Gaza have lived under occupation for over 40 years. They have been collectively punished since 15 June 2007, cut off from the outside world for 1,285 consecutive days. (15 june – 20 december) Systematic violations of international human rights law have created abject poverty, and reduced approximately 1.7 million people to ‘beneficiaries’ of international aid, forced into dependency as the result of a human-made, and completely preventable, humanitarian crisis.
 
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Who’s Who at Wikileaks? by Julie Lévesque

20 December, 2010 — Global Research

Global Research Editor’s Note

Progressive organizations have praised the Wikileaks endeavor. Our own website Global Research has provided extensive coverage of the Wikileaks data banks and their implications, particularly with regard to US-NATO war crimes.

The Wikileaks Project is heralded as an immeasurable victory against corporate media censorship, without examining its organizational structure.

A distinction should be made between the Wikileaks data banks, which constitute a valuable source of information in their own right, and the mechanisms whereby the leaks, used as source material by the corporate media, are transformed into news.

Wikileaks from the outset has collaborated closely with several mainstream media.

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VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 19 December, 2010: Israel/West Bank: Separate and Unequal

19 December, 2010 — VTJP

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International Middle East Media Center

Teenage shepherd shot and injured by Israeli troops in Gaza
IMEMC – 19 Dec 2010 – Sunday December 19, 2010 – 19:32, On Sunday, Israeli soldiers stationed on the northern border between Gaza and Israel shot a Palestinian shepherd, 19, who was herding his sheep and allegedly came ‘too close to the border’.

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Lynne Stewart Transferred to Texas By Stephen Lendman

20 December, 2010 — Stephen Lendman

A heroic role model deserving support at her time of need, facing nine more years unless granted redress at a very tough time when prosecutors demand cruel and unusual punishment, not mitigation. Silence, timidity, and inaction are no options against it.

LynneStewart.jpgSeven previous articles discussed Lynne Stewart’s case and status, explaining the gross injustice against a heroic human rights lawyer who devoted her career to defending society’s poor, unwanted, and unfairly persecuted – defendants deprived of due process without an advocate like her.

She knew the risks, yet took them courageously, until prosecutorial injustice convicted and imprisoned her for doing her job – defending an unpopular client too vigorously.

Interned on November 19, 2009 at MCC-NY, she remained there until transferred. Her family and attorneys requested FCI Danbury, CT close to home, a facility for low security female prisoners with a satellite camp for minimum security ones. No matter. She was denied the logical choice for a more punitive one.

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Wikileaks News Roundup 19-20 December, 2010

20 December, 2010 — creative-i.info

TRNN Skewer: Rap News 6 – Wikileaks’ Cablegate: the truth is out there

20 December, 2010 — The Real News Network

Cablegate has burst open. With a steady trickle of Diplomatic communiques leaking out every single day, the Book of Revelations is expanding dramatically.

TRNN Skewer: Rap News 6 – Wikileaks’ Cablegate:…
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Juice Media Rap News, with Robert Foster. Episode 6 of the Investigative Rap Journalism has dropped: December 2010 and Cablegate has burst open. With a steady trickle of Diplomatic communiques leaking out every single day, the Book of Revelations is expanding dramatically. In all the hubbub, the global community is forced to ask questions of its leaders. At the same time, perhaps a stronger focal point for international attention is the Wikileaks leader, the elusive Julian Assange, whose impact on the global scene is testing the limits of freedom of the press. How will governmental representatives from North America, Europe and the Middle East react to having their dirty laundry leaked? Is it all just an insidious Blue Beam Psi-Ops plot hypnotically seeded by MK Ultra, the Rhodes Scholars and the TriLateral Commission? Will the world ever be the same again? Join your affable host Robert Foster, as he executes a rhyme inquisition on some of the key players in the Wiki-saga. It’s diplomatic Rhym-aggedon..

WikiLeaks' lesson on Haiti By Mark Weisbrot

17 December, 2010 — guardian.co.uk

What the US embassy cables reveal about Washington’s malign influence should make Latin American nations quit the UN force

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Supporter of ousted Haitian President Aristide, 2010 A boy holds a picture of the ousted former president of Haiti, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, as he sits on a chair outside the presidential palace during a visit by France's President Nicolas Sarkozy to Port-au-Prince, in February 2010, in the wake of the earthquake. Photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters

The polarisation of the debate around WikiLeaks is pretty simple, really. Of all the governments in the world, the United States government is the greatest threat to world peace and security today. This is obvious to anyone who looks at the facts with a modicum of objectivity. The Iraq war has claimed certainly hundreds of thousands, and, most likely, more than a million lives. It was completely unnecessary and unjustifiable, and based on lies. Now, Washington is moving toward a military confrontation with Iran.

As Lawrence Wilkerson, former chief of staff to Colin Powell, pointed out in an interview recently, in the preparation for a war with Iran, we are at about the level of 1998 in the buildup to the Iraq war.

On this basis, even ignoring the tremendous harm that Washington causes to developing countries in such areas as economic development (through such institutions as the International Monetary Fund and World Trade Organisation), or climate change, it is clear that any information which sheds light on US ‘diplomacy’ is more than useful. It has the potential to help save millions of human lives.

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