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  • U.S. Rejected Aid for Israeli Raid on Iranian Nuclear Site [specialized bunker-busting bombs...]

    01/10/2009 1:11:29 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 19 replies · 1,342+ views
    U.S. Rejected Aid for Israeli Raid on Iranian Nuclear Site By DAVID E. SANGER WASHINGTON — President Bush deflected a secret request by Israel last year for specialized bunker-busting bombs it wanted for an attack on Iran’s main nuclear complex and told the Israelis that he had authorized new covert action intended to sabotage Iran’s suspected effort to develop nuclear weapons, according to senior American and foreign officials. White House officials never conclusively determined whether Israel had decided to go ahead with the strike before the United States protested, or whether Prime Minister Ehud Olmert of Israel was trying to...
  • Obama’s Agenda for Change and the 2009 Summit of the Americas [from the Marxist think tank IPS]

    01/09/2009 5:44:06 PM PST · by ETL · 8 replies · 615+ views
    Institute For Policy Studies (IPS) ^ | December 2, 2008 | Rick Arnold, Manuel Pérez Rocha.
    excerpt: 'Yes We Can' — Change for the Americas Coming from Below Hemispheric resistance to the first attempt by the U.S. to force the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) on every nation on this continent led to its eventual defeat at the IV Summit of the Americas, held in Argentina in 2005. The organizers of the April 2009 V Summit of the Americas had hoped to focus on a social agenda of providing a decent living for all those who call the “Americas” their home. The emergence of the PPA, or Bush’s Plan B for the FTAA, represents...
  • Saudis Reject Oil Embargo On Israel

    01/07/2009 12:01:55 PM PST · by Fennie · 11 replies · 667+ views
    Press TV ^ | January 7, 2009
    OPEC's top producer says oil-producing states in the Middle East will not respond to Iran's call to halt crude supplies to Israeli supporters. "The oil producers who need their income ... are not going to do that," Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal said at a Wednesday news conference. "The use of oil, especially at this time, is an idea that is at least past its worth, he said. "The important thing, oil is not a weapon. You can't reverse a conflict by using oil."
  • Iran tells Egypt it is ready to help Gaza wounded (Iran looking for ways to smuggle in weapons)

    01/05/2009 3:25:33 AM PST · by tobyhill · 6 replies · 531+ views
    Reuters ^ | 1/5/2009 | Reuters
    Iran has told Egypt it is ready to treat people wounded in the Israeli assault on Gaza and is seeking permission to set up a field hospital nearby, the Iranian Foreign Ministry said Monday. Iranian officials have condemned Israel for its attacks and expressed support for the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, criticizing what they say is the silence of some Arab states. Egypt, the only Arab state to border Gaza, has been a focus for protests by hardline Iranians who say Cairo has not done enough to help the Palestinians. Egypt has partly blamed Hamas for the violence because it...
  • Russia wants warships stationed around the world

    01/04/2009 10:27:02 AM PST · by Clinton's a liar · 21 replies · 1,650+ views
    Reuters ^ | 4 January 2009 | Reuters
    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's military leaders approved a plan by the navy on Sunday to station warships permanently in friendly ports across the globe. Underfunded since the 1991 break up of the Soviet Union , the Russian navy has been reasserting itself over the last year by chasing Somali pirates around the coast of east Africa and steaming across the Atlantic to visit allies in South America. "The General Staff has given its position on this issue and it fully supports the position of the (Navy's) main committee," deputy chief of staff Colonel-General Anatoly Nogovitsyn told RIA Novosti news agency....
  • Iran Calls For Cut Off of Oil To Israel's Allies

    01/04/2009 9:54:00 AM PST · by Shellybenoit · 9 replies · 665+ views
    Yidwithlid ^ | 1/4/09 | Yidwithlid
    Nothing Screams "Drill Here Drill Now" more than this story. Mirfeysal Bagherzadeh, a brigadier-general of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards and head of one of the country's "Islamic Police" called for a repeat of the 1972 Oil Embargo. He demanded that OPEC Countries should cut off of Oil Supplies to Israel's allies. Thirty-six years ago, the Islamic countries shut off Oil supplies to the US because of friendship with Israel. In the intervening years we have done nothing to prevent another embargo. We have enough Oil reserves to supply the US with fuel for over 100 years, yet we still refuse...
  • Iran security chief meets Syria's Assad over Gaza

    01/03/2009 12:57:11 PM PST · by Flavius · 7 replies · 692+ views
    afp ^ | 1/3/09 | afp
    DAMASCUS (AFP) – Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Saturday met Iran's Supreme National Security Council chief Saeed Jalili to discuss the situation in the Gaza Strip, the official SANA news agency reported. It said Jalili, who arrived in Damascus on Friday night, and Assad held talks on "the dangerous situation the Palestinian people of Gaza are going through because of the Israeli aggression." They discussed the "consequences on security and stability in the region of the Israel's aggression continuing" and "ways Islamic countries can force Israel to immediately stop the massacres against the Palestinian people, end the Gaza blockade and...
  • Israel Defense Forces Artillery Targets Gaza

    01/03/2009 9:26:51 AM PST · by Strategy · 12 replies · 1,156+ views
    Ynetnews ^ | January 3, 2009 | Ron Ben-Yishai
    For the first time since the operation in Gaza got underway, IDF artillery cannons started to shell targets in the Strip. IDF artillery cannons began pounding the eastern sector of the Gaza Strip around 4 pm Saturday. Ynet correspondent Ron Ben-Yishai reported that portable artillery batteries are engaging in a heavy bombardment of the area. This is the first time in three years that the IDF has fired artillery shells at Gaza targets. Most shells are landing in what the Palestinians characterize as the "security zone" adjacent to the Gaza Strip fence. The IDF is targeting rocket launching sites in...
  • The Gaza War--> Its May Very Well Be Rocket Science

    01/02/2009 5:59:15 PM PST · by Shellybenoit · 3 replies · 529+ views
    The truth of the matter is that when it comes to her enemies, Israel has a very tiny margin of error. What makes that particularly dangerous is the most radical of its Hamas, Hezballah and Iran, enemies do not hate Israel because they want to live on the land, they hate Israel because they are a non-Muslim contamination of their caliphate and their society. These are societies that are trying to build an earth that is ruled by Shariah Law and Israel is a constant reminder of the freedom and democracy that is NOT offered in a Muslim society. Hell,...
  • Pakistan remains defiant as India renews demands

    01/02/2009 1:27:25 PM PST · by MyTwoCopperCoins · 2 replies · 575+ views
    The Times of India ^ | 3 Jan 2009, 0106 hrs IST | The Times of India
    NEW DELHI: Pakistan on Friday was back to its intransigent ways, batting aside India's demand for action against perpetrators of 26/11 and putting paid to any hope that it might bend under international pressure. The defiance came through clearly through the statements of Pakistan's foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi who ruled out extradition of any terrorist to India, while audaciously declaring that Pakistan had not detained the wanted jihadi leader Maulana Masood Azhar. Not just that, he claimed that Pakistan did not even know where Azhar was. In fact, Qureshi had the gall to declare, "There is no terrorist infrastructure...
  • The Israeli War With IRAN In GAZA

    01/02/2009 12:15:10 PM PST · by Shellybenoit · 5 replies · 714+ views
    Little coverage has been given to Israel's REAL opponent in this conflict IRAN. The Islamic Republic created by Jimmy Carter is described as one of the chief arms provider of Hamas, but their control of the terrorist group go WAY beyond giving them weapons to kill with. Dr. Walid Phares believes that Iran deliberately pushed Hamas to provoke Israel at a time "between" the two Presidential administrations and before the Israeli and Palestinian elections: Timing the Hamas end to the cease fire between two American presidencies in Washington and just before the Israeli and Palestinian elections, the Iranian Mullahs thought...
  • Nuclear fear drives Israel's hard line

    01/02/2009 12:09:45 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies · 1,230+ views
    The Australian / Agence France Presse ^ | January 03, 2009 | Abraham Rabinovich
    ISRAEL has taken out its most senior Hamas scalp, Nizar Rayan, dispensing with efforts to avoid civilian casualties to kill him at home with family, as its bombardment of the Gaza Strip entered a seventh day. Israeli warplanes yesterday pounded about 20 targets, including a mosque in Gaza, as Hamas ordered a "day of wrath" against Israel over the killing of Rayan, who died with his four wives and 11 of his children. Officials warned Hamas had acquired dozens of Iranian-made Fajr-3 missiles, raising fears the nuclear warheads at Dimona, 30km east of Beersheba, had fallen within the Islamic militants'...
  • Is it time to prepare for a nuclear Iran?

    01/02/2009 9:11:04 AM PST · by Flavius · 47 replies · 1,042+ views
    jewish ledger ^ | December 30, 2008 | By Ron Kampeas
    That's a view emerging from the conservative end of the spectrum of Middle East policy thinkers here at a time when the pro-Israel community is grappling with how to deal with the issue between presidential administrations. John Bolton, the former Bush administration U.N. ambassador and nuclear proliferation negotiator, raised eyebrows when he said as much at a forum two weeks ago at the American Enterprise Institute, where he is a fellow. This week he elaborated in a conference call organized by The Israel Project. "I think unfortunately it's pretty close to inevitable," Bolton said, referring to Tehran's developing a nuclear...
  • Russia's Woes Spell Trouble for the U.S. - Obama shouldn't reward dictatorial Kremlin with...

    12/31/2008 3:57:23 PM PST · by neverdem · 6 replies · 937+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | DECEMBER 31, 2008 | LEON ARON
    <p>Russia faces a particularly nasty version of the global recession (at a minimum), and perhaps an economic "perfect storm." Regardless of how bad its economy gets, two broad political trends, each carrying profound implications for Russia's foreign policy and U.S.-Russian relations, are bound to emerge.</p>
  • Marked changes in world's political, economic landscape

    12/29/2008 8:21:36 AM PST · by Dr. Marten · 7 replies · 541+ views
    Xinhua ^ | 12.28.08 | Sun Ruijun and Bao Erwen
    BEIJING, Dec. 28 (Xinhua) -- The world has undergone remarkable changes this year, but international security situation on the whole remained stable with "peace" and "development" prevailing as the themes of the times. In 2008, the world has continued moving toward multi-polarization, resulting in a distinctive shift of international forces. Globalization is developing in depth and regional cooperation is gathering momentum. The world has been confronted with one hotspot issue after another and non-traditional threats are increasing. The world economic growth took a turn for the worse due to the outbreak of the global financial crisis. WORLD MULTI-POLARIZATION STRENGTHENED In...
  • US-Russian Race To Arm Lebanon With Heavy Weapons

    12/20/2008 9:48:55 AM PST · by Strategy · 5 replies · 913+ views
    Debka ^ | December 20, 2008
    The United States and Russia are bidding hard against each other to give the Lebanese army heavy weapons, a contest which Israeli diplomacy has failed to deter, DEBKAfile's military sources report. Defense ministry official Amos Gilead arrived in Moscow Friday, Dec. 19 only to watch his train leaving the station: Sophisticated Russian S-300 air defense systems were already speeding toward Tehran to guard its nuclear sites and MiG-29 fighter jets had been pledged to Lebanon. In Washington, too, Israeli diplomats pleaded in vain with Bush administration leaders to refrain from giving Lebanon tanks and a fleet of combat helicopters. Ten...
  • U.S. Hits Alleged Terrorist Front For Iran

    12/17/2008 10:42:42 AM PST · by Strategy · 4 replies · 788+ views
    CBS ^ | December 17, 2008
    The Bush administration moved Wednesday to clamp down financially on a New York City business suspected of acting as a front company for Iran's Bank Melli, which has been accused of providing support to Iran's nuclear program. "This scheme to use a front company set up by Bank Melli - a known proliferator - to funnel money from the United States to Iran is yet another example of Iran's duplicity," said Stuart Levey, the Treasury Department's under secretary for terrorism and financial intelligence.
  • Russia claims US plans new bases for Central Asia

    12/16/2008 4:32:36 PM PST · by homeguard · 10 replies · 1,180+ views
    Yahoo News / AP ^ | Wednesday, December 17 | By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV
    MOSCOW - Russia's top military officer warned that Moscow felt threatened by U.S. policy in ex-Soviet Central Asia and claimed that Washington was attempting to establish new military bases there, news agencies reported Tuesday. Gen. Nikolai Makarov, the chief of the Russian military's general staff, said Washington planned to establish a foothold in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, Interfax and ITAR-Tass reported. U.S. officials denied there were plans. Makarov also said U.S. support for bids by Georgia and Ukraine to join NATO made Russia feel threatened. He cast doubt that relations between the countries would improve under Barack Obama. "According to our...
  • What Israelis Want In Terms Of US-Iran Talks

    12/15/2008 9:09:20 AM PST · by Fennie · 3 replies · 560+ views
    The Daily Star ^ | December 15, 2008 | By Chuck Freilich
    Unless effective measures are taken soon, Iran will have a nuclear bomb within a year according to worst-case assessments, or a few years under more optimistic ones. President-elect Barack Obama is publicly committed to a policy of engagement with Iran. The question is no longer whether to engage, but how to do so. Iran has good strategic reasons for seeking a nuclear capability and it is questionable whether any combination of inducements, positive or negative, can elicit a change in its policies. We will only know, however, if a sincere and comprehensive attempt is made. Time is the biggest problem.
  • Russian military retakes border village: Georgia

    12/13/2008 6:07:22 AM PST · by Grzegorz 246 · 48 replies · 3,059+ views
    Reuters ^ | Sat Dec 13 | Reporting by Margarita Antidze and Matt Robinson; editing by Elizabeth Piper
    TBILISI (Reuters) – Georgia said on Saturday hundreds of Russian soldiers had moved into a disputed Georgian village near breakaway South Ossetia and had pushed out Georgian police, fuelling fears of confrontation. A regional police official and an interior ministry spokesman said between 500 and 600 Russian soldiers were in the village of Perevi, close to the de facto border with the region.