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September 16, 2001

MID-EAST REALITIES - MER - www.MiddleEast.Org - Washington - 9/16: Like the term "Star Wars" before it "New World Order" had too many negative associations, too much imperial baggage. George W. has however evoked the refrain "This will not stand", just as his father did before him a decade ago. What is in essence a continuation of the building of the "New World Order" designed by the Americans to replace the "Cold War" paradigm is now being heavily masked under tons of rhetoric about "the war against international terrorism".

Like most serious wars, underneath all the saber rattling and patriotic slogans are imperial goals. The U.S is at this historical moment the only "superpower"; but both China and Europe are asserting themselves quickly, with the Chinese very much aware that a combination of economic, military, and information power is required if they are to assert their own "interests" in our world in juxtaposition to the Americans. As for the Arab countries, they remain essentially carved up and de facto rather than de jure occupied, the lingering result of the end of World War I and the Paris "Peace To End All Peace" Conference arranged by the dominant European powers of that day as they created the "New World Order" of their era -- the bloodiest in history to date.

Eleven years ago Richard Cheney, then Secretary of Defense, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, still the Saudi Ambassador in the U.S., and Colin Powell, then Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, rushed to Riyadh to tell the Saudi Royals that the American military was on the way big time. It was not a consultation as publicly presented, it was in actuality a demand for compliance, a statement of fact. Unknown to most Americans at the time -- and certainly not known to the Saudi and Arab publics -- was the fact that in the decade past the U.S. had "invested" nearly $200 billion in building infrastructure and pre-positioning supplies precisely to keep the corrupt al-Sauds and al-Sabahs, et. al., on their thrones and the black gold flowing in huge amounts at concessionary prices. The Saudi establishment was having quite an internal debate and leaning at the time toward not encouraging what they realized would be a masked American armada taking over Saudi Arabia in strategic terms. Osama bin Laden emerged from this historic crucible, already hardened by the Afghan war against the Soviet Empire in which he essentially served as an agent of the Saudi Government itself serving as a proxy for the Americans. Himself the heir to a vast petrodollar fortune from one of the wealthiest families in Saudi Arabia, bin Laden is known to have personally debated with King Fahd and Crown Prince Abdullah themselves at the time, retaining until this week important connections with senior persons in "The Kingdom".

Now the need for the Americans is to use once more Pakistan. But Pakistan, very much unlike Saudi Arabia, is a country teeming with nearly 150 million Muslims and with a long history of fiercely guarding its independent and religion. General Musharraf -- the Pakistani military ruler who dethroned the elected government by coup after the former Prime Minister rushed to the U.S. for an emergency meeting with then President Clinton on July 4th 1999 where he was told what the Americans wanted him to do vis-a-vis the Kashmir crisis with India -- has himself been told what the U.S. "demands" are. He will attempt to comply in a way that does not outrage the world's only superpower; and in the process there are American sanctions and a crushing national debt of $38 billion he will attempt to remove in the hope of somehow pacifying his own people. However whether General Musharraf will still be around to greet the new American armada when it begins to arrive big time; and more importantly what effect all of this will have on the future of Pakistan and other Muslim and Arab countries throughout the world, including the sad fate of the Palestinian people....those are the real questions of our day, not really the fate of Osama bin Laden.

PAKISTAN WALKS FINE LINE IN COOPERATION WITH U.S.
By Pamela Constable

[The Washington Post - Islamabad, Pakistan, Sept. 14] -- Every Friday at 1 p.m., hundreds of Muslim men and boys in white cotton clothing and skullcaps hurry to the Red Mosque to pray and hear their imam, or mosque leader, deliver his weekly message.

Today, the message was about the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, and it was unforgiving.

"This is the wrath of Allah," said the imam, his voice ringing out over a loudspeaker across the silent stone patios. "You Americans commit oppression everywhere, in Kashmir, in Palestine, and you do not see the blood spilled." No Arab country had the means to launch such attacks, the voice declared. "But when Allah catches hold of you, there is no escape."

Afterward, worshipers spilling out of the mosque seemed confused, anxious and angry. Many said they were sorry so many Americans had been killed and felt the attacks were wrong. Yet they also expressed bitter resentment against the United States and said it would be equally wrong to retaliate against Afghanistan, home to Osama bin Laden, the purported terrorist U.S. officials call the prime suspect in Tuesday's suicide hijackings.

"If America attacks Afghanistan, I myself will kill George Bush," vowed Zikria Agha, 18, his eyes and voice cold with conviction. "The Muslims of the world are united. We are the real superpower. If America attacks, it will be the beginning of World War Three."

While not shared by all Pakistanis, the intense, defiant emotions stirred here in the wake of the terrorist attacks half a world away partly explain why the government of Pakistan now finds itself in a dilemma as U.S. officials press its leaders to cooperate in a manhunt for bin Laden and possible military strikes against Afghanistan.

For years, Pakistan has been a society with a split personality. The majority of its 140 million people are poor, devout Muslims with little hope of bettering their lives and little faith in their political rulers. Instead, they have increasingly turned to Islam, and to an identification with suffering Muslims in other countries, whom they view as victimized by Israel and the West.

On the other side is a minority of more educated, religiously moderate Pakistanis who see their country's future as dependent on improved economic and political ties with Western powers. They fear that if Pakistan is tarred with the Islamic extremist label, it will risk economic collapse, international isolation and a bleak future.

Until now, the clash between these two Pakistans has been mostly rhetorical. The government of President Pervez Musharraf, an army general who seized power in October 1999, has tried to placate influential Islamic groups at home while seeking credibility among Western governments and lending institutions abroad.

But the terrorist attacks in the United States, and the enormous pressure now being brought to bear on Musharraf to cooperate with U.S. intelligence gathering and possible military actions, have crystallized these contradictions in the starkest possible terms, and they may well force him to choose between risking domestic upheaval and international isolation.

"This is a defining moment for Pakistan and a critical choice for Musharraf," said Rifaat Hussain, a professor of strategic and defense studies at Quaid-I-Azam University here in Pakistan's capital. "Do we swim with the current of world opinion against terrorism, or do we condemn ourselves to being on the wrong side of history? There is really no choice, but it will be a very difficult one for Musharraf to handle."

The government's dilemma is not a simple confrontation between religious sentiment and pragmatic politics. It is also deeply intertwined with Pakistan's troubled history of shifting international alliances, failed democratic governance, ambivalent relations with Afghanistan and nuclear rivalry with India -- a much larger, Hindu-dominated country from which Muslim Pakistan was split off in 1947.

During the 1980s, Pakistan was squarely aligned with the United States against the Soviet Union, which occupied Afghanistan for a decade. Pakistan's military ruler at the time, Gen. Mohammed Zia ul-Haq, was a ruthless dictator and an ardent supporter of Islamic militancy, but also a clever Cold War strategist who worked closely with Washington to assist and arm the Afghan resistance movement.

>From 1979 to 1989, the United States spent $3 billion arming and equipping the Islamic guerrillas who eventually drove the Soviet army from Afghanistan. They fought mostly in the high mountains and isolated valleys that characterize the Afghan landscape, but their support base was in Pakistan, where the CIA funneled weapons and supplies through Pakistan's security services.

Once the Soviets withdrew in 1989, however, the scenario changed abruptly. The U.S. money and involvement evaporated, leaving Afghanistan to slip into violent civil conflict and Pakistan to cope with the growing influence of militant Islamic movements that had been nurtured with U.S. dollars.

Out of this volatile situation emerged the Taliban, the Islamic militia that now controls 95 percent of Afghanistan and harbors bin Laden as a Muslim "guest."

The Taliban, which has imposed a harsh system of governance and justice based on its own interpretation of Islamic laws, has been condemned by the West and sanctioned by the U.N. Security Council for sheltering bin Laden and violating human rights. Only Pakistan and two other countries recognize the regime as a government.

"In an ironic reversal of roles, it is this militancy, born in the crucible of the Cold War and baptized in Afghanistan by the U.S. itself, which the U.S. now proclaims as its principal enemy," columnist Ayaz Amir noted in the Dawn newspaper today. "Osama is not the cause but the consequence" of American arrogance and bias, he wrote, suggesting that Washington needs to reflect on the "fury of despair" that motivates Muslim terrorists to commit extreme acts. "Thus do demons come to haunt their own creators."

Many Pakistanis have little love for the Taliban or bin Laden, viewing both as a threat to Pakistan's stability at home and credibility abroad. Yet even middle-class professionals, while expressing deep concern for the loss of life in Washington and New York, said they understand why some Pakistanis and other Muslims would find grim satisfaction in the assaults on American symbols of power.

"People here do not favor what happened, but there is so much poverty here and in Afghanistan, and any American attack on Osama would hurt so many innocent people too," said a communications company manager named Ardeshir. "Instead of going after one man, the U.S. should try to find out the root causes."

In some conservative mosques and Islamic schools, the Taliban is viewed as a movement of admirable, "pure" Muslims, and bin Laden as a symbol of heroic defiance against the West. In fact, many Taliban members were raised in the refugee camps and Islamic schools, known as "madrassas", of Pakistan's northwest frontier province, a rugged region bordering Afghanistan, where much of the population is of Afghan origin and where Muslim traditions are deeply conservative.

Since the end of the Afghan war, many Pakistani Islamic groups that provided fighters against the Soviets have maintained strong ideological ties to the Taliban, but have turned their religious and military attention to a different so-called holy war -- the armed Muslim insurgency in Kashmir.

The insurgency erupted in 1989 in the Indian portion of Kashmir, the disputed Himalayan border region divided between India and Pakistan and claimed by both. It has been publicly championed and covertly aided ever since by Pakistan, which views Kashmir as the vulnerable Achilles' heel of its arch-rival.

For years the Kashmir conflict gained little international attention, in part because both India and Pakistan were under civilian control and there seemed little risk of full-fledged war. But in 1998, India and Pakistan both tested nuclear weapons, sharply raising the stakes. Then in 1999, Pakistan-backed fighters invaded India's Kargil mountains and Pakistan's unpopular prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, was overthrown by the army, raising further international alarm.

Since taking power, Musharraf has tried to establish his regime as friendly to Western governments and investors, whose favor is crucial to reviving Pakistan's ailing economy. Yet he has persisted in twin foreign policies that are popular among many Pakistani Muslims but widely condemned abroad: overt support for the Taliban in Afghanistan and covert support for the Kashmir guerrillas.

Although Musharraf is widely viewed as a moderate Muslim and well-intentioned leader, he has largely been held hostage by the influence of conservative Islamic groups in Pakistan, who have access to weapons, command passionate support from a vocal minority of Muslims, provide crucial support for the Kashmir conflict and have close ties to some segments of the military.

In the aftermath of this week's attacks on the United States, Musharraf has condemned terrorism and said he will cooperate with U.S. authorities, while Pakistani officials have continued to insist that they prefer to "engage" with the Taliban and have little influence over their actions in any case. But day by day, as the American case for targeting bin Laden gains momentum and world support, Pakistan's contradictory policy becomes increasingly untenable.

"If Musharraf handles this right, he has an opportunity to turn a perilous situation into a grand opportunity. The question is how much he can concede to the Americans before he feels the domestic heat," said Najam Sethi, publisher of the Friday Times, an influential weekly newspaper here.

"The public mood is very anti-American right now, but people will probably not be too upset if Pakistan ditches Afghanistan. The army is pragmatic, and they know Pakistan faces economic ruin if it does not stand with the United States on this," Sethi said. "But if the Americans want to go after the larger umbrella of Pakistani groups that are linked to Kashmir, it will create enormous problems."

Musharraf reportedly has met with Islamic leaders here this week and told them not to make provocative statements or threats on the Afghan situation. But if Musharraf does agree to collaborate with a U.S. attack on Afghanistan, today's message from the Red Mosque suggests he could face more than wrathful rhetoric from the disaffected, desperate and devout Muslims of Pakistan.

"America is against Osama because he is a true Muslim and a defender of Islam, not like our Pakistani leaders who are so-called Muslims," said Mohammed Rafiq, 50, shaking with rage as he stood in a crowd outside the mosque. "The Americans bombed Hiroshima, and they can do it to Afghanistan now, but history will never forgive them."


September 2001


Magazine



FBI accuses people who are alive of hijacking 911 planes
(September 13, 2001)


ORWELLIAN DANCE OF DEATH
(September 30, 2001)
What goes around comes around, the Americans say. They and their allies, including feisty little Australia, are marching into battle, to be confronted by weapons they sold to the Taliban when the Muslim maddos were on our side against the damned Russkies.

LUNCH WITH THE FINANCIAL TIMES
(September 30, 2001)
It is not often onegets to meet a childhood hero. But Imran Khan, Pakistan'sfinest-ever cricketer, and still the heart-throb of a million adolescent girls, is not in the mood for nostalgia. There is a strong atmosphere of foreboding in Islamabad, Pakistan's gleaming modern capital, following the country's decision to back the US in its war on terrorism.

THE U.S. IS NOW PAYING DEARLY FOR ISRAELI AS WELL AS U.S. POLICIES
(September 29, 2001416)
Americans are preparing for the long, arduous and necessary task of bringing the perpetrators of Tuesday's unspeakable horror to justice. But as we do so, we must also ask ourselves why this happened -- and why it might happen again.

INTIFADA II - YEAR 2
(September 28, 2001)
Last summer, the summer of 2000, it was Bill Clinton, Ehud Barak, and Yasser Arafat gesturing to each other at the Camp David doorway over whom symbolically would enter before whom.

SAUDIS CAVE
(September 28, 2001)
It was to be expected. Looks like the Saudi Royals have recovered from their "crusade" induced political/historical heart attacks along with a somewhat repentant President Bush. They are caving in, as they always do when Washington really comes calling, aware that in the end the legitimacy of their rule of "the kingdom" is no more (and never really was) and that only the direct protection of the Americans can keep the despicably profligate Royals on their petro-thrones.

ROME JOINS MODERN-DAY "CRUSADES II"
(September 27, 2001)
How fitting that the descendants of the first crusades have now signed-on to the modern-day new Crusades II through their flambouantly right-wing business-tycoon Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.

AMERICA'S GLOBAL CRUSADE
(September 27, 2001)
Written by a thoughtful young American academic, recently graduated with Ph.D. from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., "George Bush's Global Crusade" is an important contribution to thinking through what is unfolding as a result of 11 September 2001.

ARAFAT STIFFS DAMASCUS, BUMBLES WITH PERES
(September 26, 2001)
At the last moment, quite literally, Yasser Arafat called off his visit to Damascus, probably under severe threats from both the Israelis and Americans that if he dared defy them now his days truly would be numbered and he would be put on the to-be-vanquished "terrorist" list and suffer the consequences.

BOMBING AFGANSITAN- A NATION BETRAYED AND DESTROYED
(September 25, 2001)
"The problem is that America wants its own version of justice, a concept rooted, it seems, in the Wild West and Hollywood's version of the Second World War. President Bush speaks of smoking them out, of the old posters that once graced Dodge City: 'Wanted, Dead or Alive'."

CIVIL WAR FEARED IN PAKISTAN
(September 25, 2001)
Pakistan's most powerful triballeader, Ajmal Khattak, yesterday pleaded with the country's leading fundamentalist agitator, Sami ul-Haq, "to keep Pakistan calm during the present crisis."

WARNINGS OF BACKLASH AND BLOWBACK GROWING..
(September 25, 2001)
The American government has a long long history of militarism and deception; but under the new circumstances post-11 Sept many who normally have grown skeptical and partially independent over the years are doing what they are told, "complying" so to speak.

OSAMA BIN LADEN SPEAKS
(September 24, 2001)
Osama bin Laden called on Muslims to join a holy war against "the American crusade," and the United Nations said Monday that Afghanistan's ruling Taliban militia have virtually shut down its humanitarian operations by threatening to kill its remaining staff.

THE MOST IMPORTANT EVENT IN HISTORY SINCE ....
(September 24, 2001)
"The attacks on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center are the most important event in world history since the collapse of the Soviet Union."

FOUAD, JAMES, AND CLOVIS "TV ARABS" - MER FLASHBACK
(September 24, 2001)
When the American mass media needs to flash "Arab" on the screen pretending to some kind of semblance of "balance", they know whom to call on. These are the faces, names and "Arab" identifications one sees on the screen politely commenting these days about "terrorism" and "peace process".

SERIOUS AND CONFUSING DEVELOPMENTS IN ISREAL, EGYPT, SAUDI - KEY US ALLIES
(September 23, 2001)
There is a strange and growing tension coming from the Middle East this weekend; and we don't mean from Afghanistan and Pakistan this time, rather we mean from America's closest allies, Israel, Egypt and Saudi Arabia. We're in no position to know for sure just what is happening. But in each of these countries very unusual and potentially historic developments are unfolding.

BIN LADEN LOCATED!?
(September 22, 2001)
It's impossible to know what to believe at the moment. It's possible the U.S. and Britain have no real idea where bin Laden is but are leaking reports of this kind in papers tomorrow in Britain hoping to "smoke him out" from what could be a secretly secure location. It's also possible that someone somewhere is trying to collect a reward of $25 million, the highest in history.

IS THE US WALKING RIGHT INTO BIN LADEN'S TRAP?
(September 22, 2001)
History will tell of course; but today's situation is far too pregnant with massive destruction to simply watch while the militarists and the terrorists of all sides take charge of the future.

US PLAYS WITH POLITICAL AND HISTORICAL FIRE
(September 22, 2001)
No question about it now, the U.S. is playing with fire, even with the possibility of things spiraling out of control and leading to a real World War whose destruction and devastation could be far greater than 11 September 2001.

SECRET PLAN TO OVERTHROW TALIBAN AND INSTALL NEW REGIME
(September 21, 2001)
The UNITED NATIONS has shamefully bowed out, right when it is needed more than ever. Urged to do so by Secretary-General Kofi Annan -- who had been urged to do so by Washington, which he has quite a habit of taking orders from -- for the first time in history the General Assembly has put off its important international gathering and not even set an alternative date.

USE NUKES SAYS PENTAGON!?
(September 21, 2001)
Especially under current circumstances, whether the excuse be that it is being talked about for "deterrence" against further terrorist attack, or God forbid whether it be the actual recommendation and desire of the American military, the advocacy of nuclear weapons at this time shows how dangerous the American militarists who have control of the United States really are.

INTERVIEW WITH ROBERT FISK
(September 21, 2001)
KIM HILL [Radio New Zealand on 19 Sept]: Can I talk to you about Osama Bin Laden? I don't know whether you are in favour of him becoming public enemy number one at the moment but I do know that you have met him and I wonder if you could give me some kind of insight into, first of all, is he capable of this.

SECRET PLANS FOR 10-YEAR WAR
(September 20, 2001)
Ten years in our modern world is forever. Whatever President George W Bush proclaims this evening before what will surely be overwhelming applause and repeated ovations from the Congress, American military and imperial goals are now much bigger than ever.

PRESIDENT RUNS TO MOSQUE TO OVERWRITE "CRUSADE" COMMENTS
(September 19, 2001)
Though the naive American public didn't get it, Europeans, Middle East experts, and especially American allies in the Middle East did! Warning calls came quickly over the weekend after President George Bush used the word "crusade" a number of times; apparently knowing so little about the Arab and Muslim history that he wasn't aware of the origins and associations of that single word; apparently so badly served by his advisers that he hadn't been warned never ever to use it.

PAKISTAN COULD SPLIT IN REVOLT, images of 'crusader' america
(September 19, 2001)
General Pervez Musharaff has now spoken to his own country, invoking stories of Mohamed and the Koran. Clearly he is shaken...and shaking. All former bets about the "new world order" now need to recalculated and recast. A multitude of historic forces have now been set in motion. Not only did the world of the United States change because of what happened on 11 September 2001. A political, even an existential earthquake is potentially underway now in various locations on the globe with events threatening to spiral possibly out of control.

US DEMANDS OF ARAFAT, WORKS EVER MORE CLOSELY AND COVERTLY WITH ISREAL
(September 19, 2001)
The Americans are making "demands" on everyone right now. "You're either with us or against us" is the constant refrain. Risking revolution in nuclear Pakistan, bio terrorism at home, and even a real world war, what is going on in Palestine is not at the top of Washington's concerns for now -- but even so it must be all be manipulated, coordinated, and presented in public very carefully in view of the larger worldwide goals.

CHOMSKY ON 11 SEPT 2001
(September 18, 2001)
Asked "Do you expect U.S. to profoundly change their policy to the rest of the world?" Professor Noam Chomsky replied today: "The initial response was to call for intensifying the policies that led to the fury and resentment that provides the background of support for the terrorist attack, and to pursue more intensively the agenda of the most hard line elements of the leadership: increased militarization, domestic regimentation, attack on social programs... Terror attacks, and the escalating cycle of violence they often engender, tend to reinforce the authority and prestige of the most harsh and repressive elements of a society."

FROM ISLAMAMBAD
(September 18, 2001)
"If the campaign against terrorism is to be successful, there has to be an introspective American review and reappraisal of its policy in the Middle East. For the last one year, the only image that is etched in the popular Muslim mind is that of innocent and unarmed children, women and men being attacked by armed Israeli soldiers backed by tanks, missiles and planes.

IF AMERICA ATTACKS....
(September 16, 2001)
Like the term "Star Wars" before it "New World Order" had too many negative associations, too much imperial baggage. George W. has however evoked the refrain "This will not stand", just as his father did before him a decade ago. What is in essence a continuation of the building of the "New World Order" designed by the Americans to replace the "Cold War" paradigm is now being heavily masked under tons of rhetoric about "the war against international terrorism".

CHOMSKY- THE BOMBINGS, THE WAR, THE PALESTINIANS
(September 15, 2001)
The terrorist attacks were major atrocities. In scale they may not reach the level of many others, for example, Clinton's bombing of the Sudan with no credible pretext, destroying half its pharmaceutical supplies and killing unknown numbers of people (no one knows, because the US blocked an inquiry at the UN and no one cares to pursue it). Not to speak of much worse cases, which easily come to mind. But that this was a horrendous crime is not in doubt.

FLASHBACK 3 YEARS AGO
(September 14, 2001)
The Arab "client regimes" daddle as usual, unable to even convene an Arab League meeting, not to mention assert major influence in the world, even in their region.

ARAFAT - ONE FAILURE, ONE DISASTER, AFTER ANOTHER
(September 10, 2001)
Arafat readies to meet once again with Peres, even as his senior allies are gunned down, his top lieutenants ridiculously proclaim victory in Durban, the Arab League can't even manage to hold a summit meeting, the battle of Orient House was quickly given up, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers starts building facilities for the Israeli army, and 100+ more American F-16s (plus large numbers of the Arrow anti-missile missile) are now on order for shipment to Israel!

THE RACISTS' CONFERENCE - SELL OUT IN DURBAN
(September 9, 2001)
Once again the weak Arab regimes and the incompetent organizations they support have stumbled and bumbled to nowhere.

durban, the rascists' confrence
(September 8, 2001)
Muslim countries claimed they were threatened and intimidated to accept the compromise statement on Palestine which was proposed by the President of the Conference earlier this week.

THE REAL JESSE JACKSON
(September 8, 2001)
The American sub-agents in Durban did all they could, which was quite a lot, to undermine the will of the vast majority of the world's nations and peoples.

MANY MORE F16s FOR ISRAEL!
(September 7, 2001)
THE SOOTHING WORDS that come from the Americans destined to be headlined in the media of the Arab "client regimes" to cool off if not totally pacify the Arab masses have no credibility, even though far too many continue to repeat them ad infinitum.

PALESTINIAN ELITE AND PA OFFICIALS FLEEING
(September 7, 2001)
Israel is paying a price -- and this is not a reference to economics. But even so the price being paid by the Palestinians is immensely greater.

MER FLASHBACK- EIGHT YEARS AGO IN WASHINGTON, DC
(September 7, 2001)
The power and political elite were gathering on the White House lawn four years ago today practically giddy with excitement. The popular media was filled with expressions of how startling was the breakthrough, how wonderful and irreversible was the 'peace process', how the "New World Order" and the "New Middle East" were finally dawning.

AMERICANS NOW BUILDING BASES FOR ISRAELI MILITARY , PALESTINIAN MUSLIM INSTITUTIONS RAIDED IN THE US
(September 6, 2001)
Some eighty Federal Agents descended on Richardson, Texas, yesterday striking a blow against Muslim organizations raising funds for Palestinians groups not approved by the USA and thus accused, largely by those associated with the Israeli/Jewish lobby, of "terrorism".

SIGNIFICANT MORAL PROTESTS - ISRAELI TEENS, A BRITISH REPORTER
(September 6, 2001)
The former Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations, Denis Haliday, quit the U.N. a few years ago in moral protest over the U.N.'s complicity in genocide against the people of Iraq.

LIKE IT REALLY IS - MER FLASHBACK
(September 6, 2001)
The worst massacres in the recent history of the Middle East have not been perpetrated by Arabs, but rather by Israelis. This simple fact is often overlooked in the Western media. In 1982 thousands of Palestinian refugees were slaughtered in the refugee camps of Sabra and Shatilla -- this on top of the estimated 20,000+ Lebanese and Palestinian civilians killed during Israel's barbarous war on Lebanon.

CHAOS REINS - WAR PREPARATIONS ESCALATE
(September 5, 2001)
Ariel Sharon in Moscow had to call off his visit to the Duma as well as with Patriarch Alexei II today, reasons not spelled out but not that hard to contemplate.

APARTHEID-LIKE POLICIES CONDEMNED EVEN AS THEY EXPAND
(September 5, 2001)
Even as the Americans and Israelis continue desperate moves to try to prevent the Final Conference Statement at Durban from being as harsh as it could and should be, the Israelis are working furiously to begin to unilaterally implement their post-Oslo, post-Camp David "separation" program -- which in its actual implications on the ground is in fact the neo-apartheid approach everyone is screaming about in Durban.

DURBAN TO NEW YORK - ON TO THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY
(September 4, 2001)
The Americans and the Israelis have tried everything regarding the Durban Conference to prevent Israel from being specifically mentioned as a racist state in the final conference document. They have repeatedly used all kinds of threat and bribes to get their way.

CNN AND THE REAL TILTS OF THE U.S. CORPORATE MEDIA
(September 3, 2001)
Thirty years ago most of the area now known as Gilo was part of the Palestinian town of Beit Jala, next to Bethlehem. Gilo has been built from scratch across the "Green Line" in areas Israel occupied at the time of the 1967 war. In the past three decades Israel has followed a basic and sustained policy of Arab dispossession and Jewish building.

"RACIST APARTHIED STATE" SAYS NGO GATHERING
(September 2, 2001)
When plans were being made for the World Conference on Racism...etc...now taking place in Durban, SA, it was the heyday of the "Peace Process" and the very term "apartheid" was nowhere to be heard in much of the establishment media, certainly not in the USA.

ANTI-APARTHEID II MOVEMENT BORN
(September 1, 2001)
Even while Israel continues to assassinate senior Palestinians the developments in Durban are telling. As usual the Arafat regime is selling out everyone else for its own gain -- continuing to earn its money so to speak even under the unprecedented circumstances of 2001.




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