Harold Pinter: Bush, War and Land digest

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War and land 
- a compilation from Information Clearing House

They hang the man and flog the woman
That steal the goose from off the common,
But let the greater villain loose
That steals the common from the goose.
 The law locks up the man or woman
Who steals the goose from off the common'
And geese will still a common lack
Till they go and steal it back.
English folk poem, circa 1764 
 Why George Bush is Insane 
 By Harold Pinter 
 The US is at this moment developing advanced systems of "weapons of mass
destruction" and it prepared to use them where it sees fit. It has more of
them than the rest of the world put together. It has walked away from
international agreements on biological and chemical weapons, refusing to
allow inspection of its own factories. The hypocrisy behind its public
declarations and its own actions is almost a joke.
"America is a quarter of a billion people totally misinformed and
disinformed by their government. This is tragic but our media is -- I
wouldn't even 
 say corrupt -- it's just beyond telling us anything that the government
doesn't want us to know." Gore Vidal 
 Constant apprehension of war has the same tendency to render the head too
large for the body. A standing military force with an overgrown 
 executive will not long be safe. companions to liberty. -- Thomas Jefferson 
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Number Of Iraqi Civilians Slaughtered In America's War On Iraq - At Least
655,000 + +
 Number of U.S. Military Personnel Sacrificed (Officially acknowledged) In
America'sWar On Iraq 3,245
 The War in Iraq Costs 
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 Resist The War Drive Against Iran
 By George Galloway. MP
 The commander of the ship HMS Cornwall unwittingly captured the mentality
of imperial occupation when he said the sailors had been captured in "our
waters". He meant the waters belonging under international law and treaty
to the Republic of Iraq. 
 Brinkmanship Unwise in Uncharted Waters
 By Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) 
 There is real danger that this incident, and the way it plays out, may
turn out to be outgoing British Prime Minister Tony Blair's last gesture of
fealty to President George W. Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, and
"neo-conservative" advisers who, this time, are looking for a casus belli
to "justify" air strikes on Iran. 
 Iran - How To Start A War
 By Gwynne Dyer
 Any day now, a minor clash along Iraq's land or sea frontier with Iran
could kill some American troops and give President Bush an excuse to attack
Iran, if he wants one - and he certainly seems to. 
 Why George Bush is Insane 
 By Harold Pinter 
 The US is at this moment developing advanced systems of "weapons of mass
destruction" and it prepared to use them where it sees fit. It has more of
them than the rest of the world put together. It has walked away from
international agreements on biological and chemical weapons, refusing to
allow inspection of its own factories. The hypocrisy behind its public
declarations and its own actions is almost a joke.
 Robert Fisk On Shakespeare And War 
 By Robert Fisk
 In an age when we are supposed to believe in the "War on Terror", we may
quarry our way through Shakespeare's folios in search of Osama bin Laden
and George W Bush with all the enthusiasm of the mass murderer who prowls
through Christian and Islamic scriptures in search of excuses for ethnic
cleansing. Indeed, smiting the Hittites, Canaanites and Jebusites is not
much different from smiting the Bosnians or the Rwandans or the Arabs. 
 Democracy Is For The rich
 By Kevin Barr 
 Modern democracy may be regarded as a dishonest farce used to keep the
masses from getting restless by providing the hope that things might get
better when they have another election.
 A Sacred Right
 By Salman Abu-Sitta
 Why should I, a Jew from north London, be permitted to take up Israeli
citizenship, when that right is denied to a Palestinian who languishes in a
refugee camp in Lebanon? Especially when I acknowledge that a large
majority of those that left in 1948 were ethnically cleansed by Israeli
 Iraq: At least 181 Iraqis killed as Muqtada al-Sadr issued a scathing
attack on U.S.: 
 Muqtada al-Sadr, blamed Washington for Iraq's troubles and called for a
mass demonstration April 9 - the fourth anniversary of the fall of Baghdad.
 45 bound and shot dead in revenge attack: 
 Shia gunmen rounded up, bound and shot dead at least 45 Sunni men during a
two-hour orgy of vengeance yesterday, in Tal Afar
 Twenty five bodies found in Mosul : 
 A police source in Mosul told KUNA Friday that the Iraqi patrol vehicles
were able to discover the corpses in scattered places in the city.
 Over 20 people killed, wounded in U.S. occupation forces attack on Iraqi
 More than 20 people were killed and wounded when U.S. troops pounded a
village east of Baghdad early on Friday, a well-informed police source said. 
 U.S. bombs kills 16 people in Baghdad: 
 Iraqi state television said Friday that U.S. occupation forces killed 16
people in Sadr City, a Shiite stronghold in eastern Baghdad, while the U.S.
military said they raided the Shiite bastion and detained a suspected
 Talabani lashes out at US policy in Iraq under 'occupation'
 "The decision to turn the liberation of Iraq into an occupation ... with
the dire consequences this had internally and the fears (it aroused) in
Arab, regional and international arenas, all this was contrary to what
Iraqi parties and national forces were planning at the time," he said.
 U.S. rejects Saudi view of Iraq as occupied 
 The United States on Thursday rejected Saudi Arabia's charge that Iraq is
under an "illegitimate foreign occupation" and said U.S. troops are there
at Iraq's invitation, under a U.N. mandate. 
 George Bush's Land Mine:
 George Bush has a land mine planted in the supplemental appropriation
legislation working its way through Congress. - He threatens a veto, but he
might well be bluffing. Buried deep in the legislation and intentionally
obscured is a near-guarantee of success for the Bush Administration's true
objective of the war-capturing Iraq's oil-and George Bush will not casually
forego that.
 Tehran Levels New Charges About Seized Britons: 
 An official Iranian news agency, quoted a naval official on Thursday as
saying that the Britons, in two inflatable, high-speed patrol boats from
the frigate Cornwall, had entered Iranian waters several times before they
were seized. The Iranian official said Iran had film showing intrusions.
 British marine 'apologises' to Iran : 
 Iranian television has broadcast an interview with a captured British
marine in which he admitted to entering Iranian waters illegally and
apologised to the Iranian people. 
 Mottaki: UK should apologize to Iran : 
 Saudi based daily Al-Riyadh on Friday quoted Iran's Foreign Minister
Manouchehr Mottaki as saying that the British government as the first step
to resolve the issue of its arrested sailors should officially apologize to
 A fake British map? More on the Captured Brits: 
 "The British Government has published a map showing the coordinates of the
incident, well within an Iran/Iraq maritime border. The mainstream media
and even the blogosphere has bought this hook, line and sinker.
 A peculiar outrage: 
 The treatment of Faye Turney is wrong - but not in the same league as
British and US abuses 
 Britain fails to gain strong UN support in row with Iran: 
 Britain on Thursday failed to secure strong UN Security Council support
for its tug-of-war with Iran over the capture and continued detention of 15
British naval personnel by Tehran. 
 Crisis in the Gulf -July 1988 The Vincennes: 
 On July 3, 1988 a U.S. Navy Cruiser Vincennes shot down an Iran Air Flight
655, a commercial airbus, killing all 290 passengers and crew.
 Russian Intelligence Predicts U.S. Missile Strike on Iran in Early April  
Russian intelligence believes that the U.S. Armed Forces have nearly
completed preparations for a possible military operation against Iran, and
will be ready to strike in early April
 San Diego families prepare for warship's departure:
 Up to five-thousand sailors and Marines will be aboard the aircraft
carrier when she sets sail from Naval Air Station North Island, headed for
the Persian Gulf.
 ElBaradei: Iran not a nuclear threat to world : 
 In an interview with Al-Arabia television network, he said the country
poses no nuclear threats to any country around the globe. 
 Iran: Attack fears spurred nuclear block:
  Iran, in a confidential letter posted Friday on an internal Web site of
the U.N. nuclear monitor, said its fear of attack from the U.S. and Israel
prompted its decision to withhold information from the agency.
 Israel: Greenpeace warns of nuclear mishap: 
 An earthquake or an attack at the Nahal Sorek research reactor, located 30
km. from Tel Aviv, could have disastrous consequences, according to the
 U.S. to vet Abbas's forces before training begins: 
 Members of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's presidential guard
eligible for U.S.-funded training and equipment will be screened in advance
for militant ties, U.S. documents showed on Wednesday.
 Israel: War was a catastrophe, top security officials told Olmert : 
 The heads of Israel's main security organizations, the Mossad and the Shin
Bet, harshly criticized the results of the Second Lebanon War during a
meeting with Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, calling it "a national catastrophe."
 In the service of the Jewish state : 
 In the late 1940s, Walther (Walter) Rauff, an SS officer who was
responsible for the murder of at least 100,000 people and was wanted by the
Allies as a war criminal, was employed by the Israeli secret service.
Instead of bringing him to justice it paid him for his services and helped
him escape to South America. 
 200 Killed As Somali Violence Downs Helicopter: 
 Ethiopia occupation forces said on Friday its military has killed 200
armed opponents during a major offensive in the capital.
 Pakistan : Fights near Afghanistan kill 52: - 
 Fighting between local and foreign militants Friday killed 52 people,
bringing to more than 200 the number of dead in recent days in a conflict
between Pakistanis and suspected al-Qaida-linked extremists, a senior
official said. 
 Sixteen killed in Afghan occupation: : 
 SECURITY forces killed 13 Taliban in battles in southern Afghanistan,
while two police and a security guard died in rebel attacks.
 NATO occupation forces soldier killed, 3 wounded in Afghanistan : 
 The military said four soldiers suffered injuries in the operation
Thursday evening. They were moved to a US medical facility, where one of
them succumbed to his injuries
 Afghan war may be lost: experts: 
 Two Afghanistan experts painted a sobering picture of the conditions there
yesterday, arguing support among Afghans for NATO forces is plummeting, the
U.S.-driven policy of poppy eradication is wrongheaded, and the war might
not be winnable in its present form.
 Hicks coming home: 
 He was formally convicted last night of providing material support to
terrorism and will receive a maximum of seven years in jail as part of a
plea deal agreed this week. The sentence is expected to be handed down this
 Hicks: Back In Australia Within Weeks, Banned From Speaking To The Media
For One Year: 
 David Hicks has admitted that he did take the side of the Taliban in the
Afghanistan War, weeks after the September 11, 2001 attacks, and that he
did go to the front lines. For two hours. He then fled, catching a cab back
to Pakistan. He was then captured by the Northern Alliance and sold for a
bounty to American forces.
 Guantanamo prisoner says he was tortured by U.S.: 
 A Saudi man held in US custody for five years has told a military hearing
he was tortured into confessing a role in the bombing of the USS Cole in
 Gates says Guantanamo trials lack international credibility: 
 US Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Thursday that trials of war on
terror suspects at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba lack international credibility
because of the taint of past treatment of detainees. 
 Camp Delta inmate 'who helped MI5' to be freed : 
 For many years the British Government had refused to help Mr Rawi and the
eight other British residents still held by the Americans at the US naval
base in Cuba because they did not have the same legal status as UK nationals. 
 Potential Padilla jurors show bias: 
 "After the 9/11 acts and other acts around the world, it would be
difficult to listen and not think they are guilty," a 23-year-old woman
wrote in her questionnaire. "I cannot tolerate terrorism. It's time to put
a stop to it."
 Mumia Abu-Jamal : Empire of Fear! : 3 Minute Video: 
 Make this moment, this day, this era, one of speaking out against the
Empire. Make it a time for joining together with others who share your
fears, and your hopes. Make it an age of marching against the madness that
assaults our senses. Make it a chance for change, or it will be with us,
 Key Rove aide fingered in US Attorney investigation to step down; Could
face subpoena: 
 Multiple sources reported today that a top aide to President George W.
Bush's key adviser Karl Rove will soon step down from her job in the White
 Ex-aide: Gonzales signed off on attorney firings: 
 Attorney General Alberto Gonzales was briefed regularly over two years on
the firings of federal prosecutors, his former top aide said Thursday,
disputing Gonzales' claims he was aware of the dismissals from afar and
newly undercutting his already shaky credibility.
 Katrina - The Hurricane That Shamed America: Video  
An revealing insight into the state of America, from they eyes of Europe.
Aiding its citizens in the most frightening of situations does not seem to
be the strength of the current governmental body.Yet another excellent
Dispatches report
 US 'no longer technology king' : 
 The US has lost its position as the world's primary engine of technology
innovation, according to a report by the World Economic Forum. The US is
now ranked seventh in the body's league table measuring the impact of
technology on the development of nations. 
 An American Union under Bush: 
 The establishment of a Union of the Americas is the longed for wish of the
neocon colonizers and their current enabler, George W. Bush. It is to be
accomplished with the help of the North American Union (with Canada),
Clinton's NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) and Bush's own CAFTA
(Central American Free Trade Agreement).
 North American Union Already Starting to Replace USA: 
 In March 2005 at their summit meeting in Waco, Tex., President Bush,
President Fox and Prime Minister Martin issued a joint statement announced
the creation of the "Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America"
 Death Of A Salesman: Circuit City Cuts 3,400 'Overpaid' Workers: 
 While French workers bask on the beaches of St. Tropez or Nice, Circuit
City, the US consumer electronics retailer, cut about 8 per cent of its US
store staff and may or may not replace them with cheaper hires in a move
that underlines the tensions facing US retailers as they struggle to keep
their executive compensation at obscene levels. Warning this article
contains language that some readers may find offensive
 Bare-Knuckle Enforcement for Wal-Mart's Rules : 
 The investigator flew to Guatemala in April 2002 with a delicate mission:
trail a Wal-Mart manager around the country to prove he was sleeping with a
lower-level employee, a violation of company policy. 
 Expert: No clear end to wave of foreclosures: 
 "We keep going up and up and up," said Jeremy Shapiro of
ForeclosuresMass.com., which yesterday reported 2,227 Massachusetts homes
fell into foreclosure last month. That's up 85.4 percent from February
2006, and also beats a previous record of 2,207 filings set just one month
 Save the Planet? Not Economically Viable: 
 It's funny how a huge chunk of the world's population finally does realize
that the planet is in trouble, but there is not a lot of action being taken. 
 Bush's Nazi Links: 
 9 minute video exposes Bush family history.
 Let us work towards
 Peace & Joy
 Tom Feeley
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