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Weekend Edition

Date: 26 April 2008

ICH 26 April, 2008: Weekend Edition

Number Of Iraqis Slaughtered Since The U.S. Invaded Iraq “1,201,597"
Number of U.S. Military Personnel Sacrificed (Officially acknowledged) In America’sWar On Iraq 4,052
The War And Occupation Of Iraq Costs
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The Pentagon Strangles Our Economy:
Why the U.S. Has Gone Broke
By Chalmers Johnson
Our short tenure as the world’s lone superpower has come to an end.
The Republican Erosion of America
By Angel Of Mercy
Historical fact:  Prior to the rise of the radical right some 30 years ago, America was the most innovative, most prosperous, most vital nation on the face of the Earth.  And it wasn’t just an obscenely rich fraction of one percent skewing the numbers, either…like it is today.
Islamic Finance
By Loretta Napoleoni
Islamic activists, intellectuals, writers, and religious leaders have always upheld the prohibition of riba, the interest charged by moneylenders, and denounced gharar, which refers to any type of speculation. Under this belief, money must not become a commodity in itself to create more money.
Iraqis Dying for Us to Leave
By Dahlia Wasfi
If America were invaded by violent foreigners who coveted our resources and brought death and destruction, we would fight back-NOT to defend the Bush administration and Congress, but to defend the people and lives we love.
‘Western Leaders Are War Criminals’
By Mick Meaney
The former Prime Minister of Malaysia, Mahathir Mohamad, has echoed calls for Western leaders to be charged with war crimes over the illegal invasion of Iraq.
Evidence-based Bombing
By Scott Ritter
By publishing intelligence on a possible Syrian nuclear facility, the US has endorsed after the fact Israel’s illegal use of force in attacking it.
“Farewell Israel”: Myth and Reality
By Alan Hart
Israel’s military leaders and their political yes-men don’t believe, and never have believed, that Iran, if it possessed nuclear weapons, would unleash them in a first strike against the Zionist state. The real problem for its leaders is that the moment Israel ceased to be the only nuclear-armed power in the region, would be the moment it lost its ability to impose its will on the region.
Yes, It Is Apartheid
By Yossi Sarid
One essential difference remains between South Africa and Israel: There a small minority dominated a large majority, and here we have almost a tie. But the tiebreaker is already darkening on the horizon. Then the Zionist project will come to an end if we don’t choose to leave the slave house before being visited by a fatal demographic plague.
In Case You Missed It
The Iron Wall
By Vladimir Jabotinsky
I consider it utterly impossible to eject the Arabs from Palestine. There will always be two nations in Palestine – which is good enough for me, provided the Jews become the majority.
No Middle East Peace Without Tough Love
By Henry Siegman
The abandonment of the Palestinians is surely not an atonement for the abandonment of European Jewry, nor will it serve the security of the state of Israel and its
Happy Passover and Have a Pleasant Closure
By Bassam Aramin
I take this opportunity to call upon the Israeli Jew who is celebrating his holiday of freedom to answer this question: How on this night can you stand to celebrate your freedom at the expense of another’s freedom?
Food Crisis Needs Aid on Scale of Tsunami to Avert Famine
By Ben Russell
Pressure for international action to combat the “silent tsunami” of the global food crisis intensified amid warnings that spiralling prices meant more than 100 million people could be plunged into hunger.
At least 48 killed as US occupation grinds on:
U.S. forces said they killed five gunmen in air strikes and gunbattles during a raid on suspected al Qaeda militants in Tikrit, north of Baghdad.
Iraqi PM sets 4 conditions for stopping crackdown against Shiite militias:
Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said the groups must hand over heavy and medium weapons and cease interference in the affairs of the state as well as the security forces.
Sunni vice president to rejoin Iraq govt:
Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi says this would allow the reestablishment of a government of national unity.
Pentagon Reports on Iraq’s Military Are Suspect, Audit Says :
The U.S. public and lawmakers should be skeptical of the Pentagon’s quarterly reports on Iraq’s progress toward building a viable military and police force, according to a new audit.
Turkish warplanes attack Kurdish separatist targets in Iraq:
Turkey said its warplanes struck Kurdish separatist targets inside northern Iraq on Friday and Saturday in what military sources called the biggest Turkish air operation in northern Iraq this year.
Manufacturing Consent For An Attack On Iran
Britons kidnapped in Iraq are ‘held by Iran’:
Five British hostages who were kidnapped in Iraq almost a year ago are being held inside Iran by Revolutionary Guards, according to two separate sources in the Middle East and London.
Manufacturing Consent For An Attack On Iran
US warns Iran of retaliation over Iraq action:
America’s top military officer has ratcheted up the pressure on Iran by issuing an unusual public warning that the Pentagon is planning for “potential military courses of action”.
Iranian video ‘shows no threat to US navy’:
Iran has released a video which is claimed to show that its boats did not threaten US navy vessels in the Strait of Hormuz, as has been claimed by the Americans.
In case you missed it:
In war, some facts less factual:
When George H. W. Bush ordered American forces to the Persian Gulf – to reverse Iraq’s August 1990 invasion of Kuwait – part of the administration case was that an Iraqi juggernaut was also threatening to roll into Saudi Arabia.
Air attack kill 15 suspected insurgent in Afghanistan :
Air attacks carried out by international occupation troops on Taliban resistance in Afghanistan’s eastern Paktika province have left over a dozen suspected insurgents dead, spokesman of provincial administration said Saturday.
Taliban claimsattack on US helicopter:
Zabihullah Mujahed, a Taliban spokesman, told Al Jazeera that three US soldiers were killed in the incident and another two injured on Saturday.
Karzai criticizes U.S. conduct of Afghan war:
Karzai told the newspaper he wanted U.S. forces to stop arresting suspected Taliban members and their sympathizers, saying that fear of arrest along with past mistreatment were discouraging them from coming forward and laying down their arms.
China offers Pakistan military aid to fight terrorism :
‘Beijing will further cooperate with Pakistan in dealing firmly with terrorists,’ Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi told reporters here Friday.
Israel kills 14-year-old girl in attack on Gaza:
:Nine other Palestinians were also wounded in the “fighting”, three of them critically, medics said.
One killed as Israeli occupation force attacks Gaza:
Hamas and Islamic Jihad resistance fired at the occupation forces. They used machine guns, mortars and homemade bombs.
Abbas: I failed in U.S., no progress in peace talks :
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Friday that he failed to achieve any progress in Middle East peace talks with U.S. President George W. Bush and he is returning home from Washington with little to show for his visit.
Hamas urges Abbas to declare peace talks failure :
“This failure proves that all promises by Bush, about creating a Palestinian statehood before he steps down, were only lies and illusions,” Abu Zuhri said.
Israeli envoy to UN calls Carter ‘a bigot’ for meeting Meshal :
Carter, a Nobel Peace Prize winner, “went to the region with soiled hands and came back with bloody hands after shaking the hand of Khaled Meshal, the leader of Hamas,” Ambassador Dan Gillerman told a luncheon briefing for reporters.
Israel Might Have Many More Spies Here, Officials Say:
The elderly New Jersey man arrested last week on charges of spying for Israel years ago was probably still working for the Jewish state’s espionage service in tandem with another, as yet unidentified spy, former American intelligence officials say.
Syrian ambassador to U.S. says CIA fabricated photos of alleged nuclear reactor :
“The photos presented to me yesterday were ludicrous, laughable,” Ambassador Imad Moustapha told reporters at his Washington residence.
Mugabe party ‘fails in recount’ :
A recount of parliamentary election results from 23 constituencies in Zimbabwe appears to have confirmed the opposition’s victory over the ruling Zanu-PF party of Robert Mugabe, the president.
Winners and losers in land of starving billionaires:
Over the past week the black-market exchange rate for the Zimbabwe dollar has plummeted against sterling, from about Z$90m to the pound to Z$190m. The largest bank note in the country is worth about 25p. No wonder Zimbabweans call themselves starving billionaires.

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