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Fifty-five Zionist companies said to be operating in Iraq under assumed names.

Mardi 8 Juillet 2008

Fifty-five Zionist companies said to be operating in Iraq under assumed names.
In a dispatch posted at 6:55pm Baghdad time Saturday afternoon, the Yaqen News Agency reported that 55 "Israeli" companies were now working in Iraq under assumed names.

Yaqen reported that the Zionist firms operate in a variety of fields, including infrastructure and marketing. The Zionist Mossad secret police agency had established the Kurdish Lending Bank with its headquarters in as-Sulaymaniyah in the US-founded Kurdish separatist enclave in northern Iraq.

The report indicated that the Kurdish Lending Bank had a secret mission of purchasing vast tracts of agricultural land, oil fields, and residential areas in the vicinity of the cities of al-Mawsil and Kirkuk, both oil-rich cities in northern Iraq. The massive land purchases facilitate the effort by the US-backed Kurdish separatist Peshmergah militia to expel Arab and Turkoman residents of northern Iraq so that the oil-rich area can be annexed to the Kurdish separatist state under US and Zionist hegemony.

Meanwhile the Zionist state exports more than $300 million in goods to Iraq annually. In addition Zionist companies obtain contracts for construction projects in Iraq, thanks to help from USAID, the American agency that oversees the allocation of building contracts in Iraq.

The report indicated that one of the chief beneficiaries of the Zionist presence in Iraq has been former "Israeli" Chief of Staff Amnon Lipkin-Shahak who also formerly served as "Israeli" Minister of Communications.

Translated by Muhammad Abu Nasr, member, editorial board, the Free Arab Voice.

Crimes of the Century: Occupation & Contaminating Iraq with Depleted Uranium
Dr. Souad N. Al-Azzawi - Associate Professor in Environmental Engineering, Iraq - Brussels Tribunal

After thirteen years of the devastation of an entire country through the implementation of the criminal economic sanctions that were imposed by the United States of America and the United Nations on Iraq, the US administration decided to invade Iraq. Gulf War I and the destruction of Iraq’s economy, education, health care system,and society through the continuous bombing and attacks of the illegal No Fly Zones, were all part of the plan to invade Iraq and take over one of the richest oil reserve countries in the Middle East region. Pirating Iraq’s wealth is an advanced step to control and manipulate global economy. New generations of conventional and banned weapons were used in the invasion of Iraq military operations from March 19th – April 9th of 2003...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [45536] [ 08-jul-2008 10:47 ECT ]

Iraq emerging as key route in global drugs trade

War-torn Iraq is emerging as a key conduit in the global drugs trade as criminal gangs exploit its porous border with Iran to channel their illicit goods to the Middle East, Africa and Europe. The Iraqi authorities say that since the 2003 US-led invasion the trade in illegal opiates, cannabis and synthetic pharmaceuticals has risen steadily ... At Baghdad's Ibn al-Rushed hospital, Dr. Bassem Dawood said the use of illegal drugs had spiked in the Iraqi capital and much of it was opiate-related, although hard facts and figures were still unavailable. The International Narcotics Control Board echoed Dawood in its report. "Though official data are lacking, it appears that drug abuse in Iraq has increased dramatically" ...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [45533] [ 08-jul-2008 10:04 ECT ]

Na'lin under curfew for fourth day
Palestinian Information Center

The Israeli occupation forces on Monday renewed the curfew imposed on Na'lin village, west of Ramallah city, for the fourth consecutive day, Palestinian sources said. Ayman Nafe, mayor of the village, said that the IOF troops have been imposing a strict curfew on the town and blocking traffic in and out of it. He said that the soldiers provocatively patrol the streets as their jeeps destroy whatever infrastructure is in their way. Villagers are deprived of marketing or even taking their patients to clinics, he elaborated...

  continua / continued avanti - next    [45532] [ 08-jul-2008 09:53 ECT ]

Award-Winning Palestinian Journalist Mohammed Omer Details Abuse by Israeli Security Officials
Democracy Now!

We go to Gaza to speak with award-winning Palestinian journalist Mohammed Omer. The twenty-four-year-old journalist and photographer from Gaza was physically and psychologically abused by Israeli security officials late last month. Omer, who is a correspondent for the Inter Press Service, was on his way back home after receiving the prestigious Martha Gellhorn Prize for Journalism in London...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [45531] [ 08-jul-2008 09:49 ECT ]

Iraqi torture victims slam UK 'contempt'
Father of Baha Musa says MoD views lives as cheap, as he flies in for talks over his son's death

Mark Townsend, The Observer

Iraqi civilians who were tortured by British soldiers say the government is treating them with 'contempt' ahead of a potential multi-million-pound payout for the abuse they suffered. The eight Iraqis arrived in London yesterday for this week's long-awaited mediation into how much compensation the government is willing to pay to civilians who were tortured while held in British custody. The eight accused the Ministry of Defence last night of trying to block them from attending the high-profile meeting.The Iraqis will meet MoD lawyers on Wednesday inside the Treasury for negotiations presided over by the former Lord Chief Justice, Lord Woolf, to determine a settlement which will include compensation for the death of Baha Musa. The 26-year-old receptionist had suffered 93 identifiable injuries at the hands of British soldiers in Basra in September 2003. He had died after being subjected to 36 hours of beatings and abusive treatment, including being double-hooded with hessian sacks in stifling conditions...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [45530] [ 08-jul-2008 09:44 ECT ]

APR- New Bloody Crimes of the Occupation Forces
Association of Muslim Scholars in Iraq (AMSI)

...The American occupation forces executed Khalaf Fathe Dekhel a former Iraqi army officer (colonel) on Saturday late evening in the left coast of Shirqatt / Mosul. Eyewitnesses reported that these odious forces did an airdrop on the victim's home and executed him in front of his wife and children. On the other hand, eyewitnesses confirmed that the American occupation forces committed another brutal crime last week when they executed two young men Othman Abdul Wahid Al-Kadiri, the son of her uncle Harith Zuhair in al-Adel / west Baghdad where those force raided the house. Then they –as usually- started to destroy furniture, beat the family members (women and children), after that they blindfolded the two victims and fired on them in front of their family and arrested the rest of the men in the home taking them to an unknown destination...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [45529] [ 08-jul-2008 09:38 ECT ]

Military Review: "Partnering with the Iraqi media"
Marc Lynch

The current issue of Military Review contains a quite fascinating article written by Lt Col Frank DeCarvalho, Major Spring Kivett, and Captain Matthew Lindsey entitled "Reaching Out: Partnering with Iraq Media." The article enthusiastically details the efforts of Task Force Marne to use Iraqi media as a more credible source for pro-coalition stories. An Iraqi face on the coalition's stories, they argue, offers a more effective way of influencing Iraqi attitudes than traditional PSYOP techniques: "using native news reporters will increase chances of acceptance by the Iraqi population by relaying credible stories of progress that can resonate favorably through communities." ...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [45528] [ 08-jul-2008 09:33 ECT ]

Official PA paper: Israel poisoning prisoners
Roee Nahmias, YNetnews

... In a series of reports published in the 'al-Hayat al-Jadida' newspaper Israel is accused of poisoning Palestinian prisoners in its custody and conducting "medical experiments' on them. In a special report issued on Monday by 'Palestinian Media Watch,' an Israeli institute that monitors Palestinian news outlets, excerpts from recent articles published in the paper – which is under the authority of PA President Mahmoud Abbas – which allege the prisoners are being poisoned. "The occupation forces continue to conduct medical experiments on Palestinian and Arab prisoners in their facilities, this goes against all international treaties and conventions. And this is not limited merely to a policy of medical neglect, but violations that include using prisoners as trial subjects for medication," the paper wrote three days ago...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [45527] [ 08-jul-2008 09:28 ECT ]

Barhoum: Israeli closure of charities "humanitarian massacre"
Palestinian Information Center

Hamas Movement on Monday described as a "humanitarian massacre" the Israeli occupation authority's forced closure of a number of charities in Nablus in the West Bank. Fawzi Barhoum a Hamas spokesman in Gaza, said that the "ferocious" campaign against those charities is meant to subdue the Palestinian people into acquiescing to Zio-American dictates. He told Al-Bayan press center that the "racist and terrorist campaigns falls in line with a systematic plan to liquidate the Palestine cause"...

  continua / continued avanti - next    [45526] [ 08-jul-2008 08:45 ECT ]

Half of Afghan province under Taliban: Think-tank

A leading think-tank on Monday said that half of Afghanistan's Maidan Wardak province was under the control of Taliban militants. Located at some 45 minutes distance by road from the country's central capital Kabul, half of Maidan Wardak province was controlled by Taliban, said the Paris-based Senlis Council in its report prepared in early June. The report was prepared on the basis of interviews with people belonging to different parts of the province. "This report is further proof of the Taliban's resurgence in and around Kabul as well as in their southern and eastern heartlands."...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [45525] [ 08-jul-2008 08:42 ECT ]

U.S. analyst: Mullen made clear Israel has no 'green light' to attack Iran
Amos Harel, Haaretz Correspondent

A senior U.S. strategic analyst says the Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Michael Mullen, sent Israel an unequivocal message stating that Israel does not have a "green light" from the U.S. to attack Iranian nuclear facilities. Professor Anthony Cordesman of the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Strategic and International Studies foreign policy think tank is considered a leading researcher in the area of U.S. national security. In the past he served in senior positions in the Defense Department, and was Senator John McCain's National Security Assistant... Cordesman said Mullen came to Israel to deliver a message that Israel did not have a green light to attack Iran and that it would not receive U.S. support for such a move. According to Cordesman, Mullen was expressing the official opinion of the U.S. administration, including that of President George W. Bush and the National Security Council...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [45524] [ 08-jul-2008 08:25 ECT ]

Settler violence and more batshit excuses
Mohammad, KABOBfest

Just a few days after B’Tselem video captured masked Israeli settlers brutally beating a Palestinian shepherd and his wife, another Israeli human rights group, Ta’ayush, has captured more evidence of the daily abuse suffered by Palestinians at the hands of these fanatic colonists... That the soldiers did nothing to protect or free Midhat should come as no surprise. Even after being kicked, they still refused to untie him until the Israeli police arrived on the scene. Last week’s attack on the shepherd family was justified by the Israeli authorities because supposedly the Palestinians had provoked the settlers by not wearing 'Arab clothes’. I don’t know just what it is the settlers and Israeli authorities smoke when they get together to come up with excuses for their brutality, but its some strong shit. They defended this beating by claiming that Midhat set fire to some fields in the area...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [45523] [ 08-jul-2008 08:21 ECT ]

The Bush Administration Strikes Oil in Iraq
Tom Engelhardt & Nick Turse

... It turns out that, despite that story the Times broke as if something totally new were on the horizon, the Bush administration has been facilitating ties between the Iraqi government and foreign oil companies for years, and the same companies now likely to nab a no-bid toehold in Iraq's oilfields are intimately tied in to the Pentagon to the tune of billions of dollars annually. It's worth noting that most of these firms have also been closely connected to Vice President Dick Cheney from the early days of the Bush administration. In fact, executives from Exxon Mobil, Shell, and BP met behind closed doors with Cheney's energy task force in 2001, when the administration was pounding out its energy policies, according to a White House document obtained by the Washington Post. The Government Accountability Office also found that Chevron was just one of several companies that "gave detailed energy policy recommendations" to the task force. It's almost impossible to tease out all the interconnections between Big Oil, the White House, the Pentagon, and the Iraqi Ministry of Oil, since they are tied together in a web of contracts and mutually supporting relationships built up over many years...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [45522] [ 08-jul-2008 08:15 ECT ]

PFLP leader: “We need to reconsider the truce deal; situation in Gaza did not change”
Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies

Member of the Central Committee of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), Jamil Mizhir, called for reconsidering the truce agreement which was sponsored by Egypt between Hamas and Israel, and stated that the situation in Gaza remained unchanged as the siege continued, the borders remained closed and the occupation repeatdly violated the truce. Mizhir added that the Israeli ocupation is using this truce deal in order to continue its attacks in the occupied West Bank...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [45521] [ 08-jul-2008 07:57 ECT ]

Medical supplies on the way to Gaza! Please help if you can!!
DAVID HALPIN, Palestine Think Tank

Bon Voyage to Khalil Al Niss and Linda Willis. This couple have decided to take precious medical supplies by road to the prison which is Gaza. They set off on Thursday 10th of July. They are doing this under their own steam but donations towards their expenses have been requested and directed to the Dove and Dolphin under which banner they will be sailing. They will be crossing from Edinburgh to Belgium with two further leaps over the Bosphorus and at Aqaba. They will enter the Gaza strip at Rafah where hardly a mouse goes in and out...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [45520] [ 08-jul-2008 04:21 ECT ]

The Language of Open Wounds...
Layla Anwar, An Arab Woman Blues

...But what happened in Iraq was beyond anything rational and using that rawness to expose it all, was the only way for me. Many a times, after a post, I would feel so sick, so drained, so empty, so alone, it would take me days to recuperate...And recuperate is not a good word, because one cannot recuperate anything insofar as Iraq is concerned. And beneath the fury, the injury, the outrage, the loss, remained/remains the terrible realization that Iraq is gone forever...changed forever... I tried to convey to the best of my ability the extent of the destruction wrought on my country. On many occasions I felt words eluded me. I felt words were limited, constricted, flat, lifeless...At times I wished I could invent a new vocabulary, a new language... At first I thought that language was a barrier. I thought maybe my use of the English language was not up to standard. I thought maybe my grammar and spelling lacked some essentials...I simply could not understand how can anyone not see, feel, understand the extent of the injustice done, the depth and repercussions of the damage, of the destruction...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [45519] [ 08-jul-2008 04:17 ECT ]


Engage, an on line publication that often (more than not) borders on the ridiculous, has actually published something worthy of reproducing. In the past, in their quest to seek out anti Semitism where it does not exist, they went as far as to include myself in one of their attacks. A few days later they sort of almost didn’t apologise… it was quite pathetic....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [45518] [ 08-jul-2008 03:57 ECT ]

Bush's Blood-Orgy in Somalia:
"They Are Slaughtering Somalis Like Goats"

Mike Whitney

While George Bush was busy railing at Zimbabwe's President, Robert Mugabe at the G-8 summit in Toyako, Japan; his Ethiopian proxy-army in Somalia was grinding out more carnage on the streets of Mogadishu. More than 40 civilians have been killed in the last 48 hours. On Sunday, Osman Ali Ahmed, the head of the UN Development Program in Somalia, was shot gangland style as he left a mosque Mogadishu. He died before he reached the hospital with wounds to the head and chest. Ali Ahmed is just the latest of the peace-keepers who have been killed in the ongoing battle between Bush's Ethiopian occupiers and Somali guerrillas...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [45517] [ 08-jul-2008 03:55 ECT ]

Supreme Court, Inc.: Supremely Pro-Business
Stephen Lendman

Pro-business Supreme Court rulings are nothing new, and it's likely most damaging one ever occurred in 1886. In Santa Clara County v. Southern Pacific Railway, the High Court granted corporations legal personhood. Ever since, they've had the same rights as people but not the responsibilities. Their limited liability status exempts them. They've profited hugely as a result and have continued to win favorable rulings since. Today more than ever from the Roberts Court. One observer described its first full (2006-07) term as a "blockbuster" with the Court's conservative wing prevailing in most key cases. It's much the same in 2007-08, and it shows in its pro-business rulings...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [45516] [ 08-jul-2008 03:50 ECT ]

A Memorandum of Understanding?
Moon of Alabama

Maliki and Bush have a big problem. The Iraqi parliament will obviously not agree to the status of force agreement the U.S. is pressing for. But Maliki now thinks he has found an alternative. Iraq has proposed a short-term memorandum of understanding with the United States rather than trying to hammer through a formal agreement on the presence of U.S. forces, the country's prime minister said Monday. ... Al-Maliki has promised in the past to submit a formal agreement with the U.S. to parliament for approval. But the government indicated Monday it may not do so with the memorandum....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [45515] [ 08-jul-2008 03:45 ECT ]

Pentagon rebuffs Iraqis on withdrawal timetable

In a rebuff to Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, the Pentagon said Monday that any timetable for a US withdrawal from Iraq would depend on conditions on the ground there. Maliki told Arab ambassadors on Monday he was pressing for such a timetable in negotiations with Washington on an agreement on the status of US forces in Iraq beyond 2008. Asked about the prime minister's comments, Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman told reporters: "With respect to timetables I would say the same thing I would say as respects to the security situation -- it is dependent on conditions on the ground."...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [45514] [ 08-jul-2008 03:42 ECT ]

Suicide bomber hits Indian Embassy in Kabul, kills 41; Afghanistan lays blame on Pakistan
AMIR SHAH and JASON STRAZIUSO , Associated Press

A bomb ripped through the gates of the Indian Embassy on Monday, killing 41 people and scattering bodies and pools of blood across some of Kabul's most protected Streets. Afghanistan quickly blamed Pakistan, India's archrival. The suicide car bomber followed a diplomat's vehicle and detonated the explosives at the building's main entrance, only 30 yards from where dozens of Afghans had lined up to apply for visas. The blast was the deadliest in Kabul since the fall of the Taliban in 2001. Nearly 150 other people were wounded...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [45513] [ 08-jul-2008 03:36 ECT ]

A constant Nakba for Palestine's Bedouin
Ida Audeh writing from Beit Iksa, occupied West Bank, Live from Palestine, 7 July 2008

"We [Bedouin] are the [Native Americans] of Palestine," is how 60-year-old Mohammad Ahmad Abu Dahook introduced the author and a colleague to Beit Iksa. Located nine kilometers northwest of Jerusalem, the land of Beit Iksa's 1,600 residents is among that targeted by Israel for the expanding of its illegal Ma'ale Adumim settlement. Abu Dahook is one of the approximately 50,000 Bedouin whose traditions and lifestyle have been nearly destroyed by Israeli colonization. Their communities are still being displaced by Israel's illegal land annexation and the transfer of Israel's civilian population to territory it occupies, in violation of international humanitarian law. Abu Dahook and others like him see no relief in sight as they are constantly dogged by Israeli threats of further displacement and neglect by the Palestinian Authority...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [45512] [ 08-jul-2008 03:30 ECT ]

Years on, Iraq Rebuilding Still Failing
Afif Sarhan, IOL Correspondent

...A recent report by Oxfam, a group of non-governmental organizations, and Iraqi NGOs concluded that at least eight million people in Iraq do not have access to basic essentials such as water, food, sanitation and shelter. Azawi, the government official, says that 30 percent of all Iraqis live without access to potable water and 65 percent suffer with cracked sewage and sanitary systems. Nearly 55 percent of all roads in Iraq need to be restructured...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [45511] [ 08-jul-2008 03:26 ECT ]

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