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Saudis plead, Bin Laden emals, Arafat sits, Jesse offers...US and Israel prepare




MID-EAST REALITIES - MER - www.MiddleEast.Org - Washington, DC - 3/28/2002: With the #2 summit Saudi suffering a stroke and hospitalized (how appropriately) at the American University in Beirut, the Arab League summit was even more of a circus and disaster than we had predicted. Major leaders didn't even attend essentially abandoning the Saudis, Arafat huffed and puffed under town arrest, Hamas struck as it said it would and just as Sharon had provoked/predicted, and an even greater Israeli assault to crush the Palestinians seems imminent.

The only thing the "Arab leaders" proved in Beirut was how terribly impotent and inept they truly are -- which certainly doesn't come as too much of a surprise to some of us. Both the Palestinians and the Iraqis have been left essentially defenseless and abandoned. Israeli and American military plans will now proceed knowing the entire Arab world is bewildered, powerless, demoralized, co-opted, and terribly lead.


BEIRUT, Lebanon, March 27 (AP) - Prince Nawaf bin Abdel Aziz, the director of intelligence for Saudi Arabia and the No. 2 Saudi official at the Arab League summit meeting here, was hospitalized today after suffering a stroke, his colleagues said. An official at the hospital, which is run by the American University of Beirut, said Prince Nawaf was in the intensive care unit.... Prince Nawaf, a brother of King Fahd, was appointed intelligence chief in September. He was finance minister under King Saud, who ruled from 1953 to 1964.



[NEW YORK TIMES - BEIRUT, Lebanon, March 27] - In an extraordinary appeal directed largely to the Israeli people, Crown Prince Abdullah of Saudi Arabia proposed to Arabs today that they pledge as one to accept Israel as their neighbor if it meets three demands.

Those demands, spelled out by the prince at a summit meeting here of Arab states, were Israel's withdrawal from all occupied territories; creation of a Palestinian state, with its capital in Jerusalem; and the return of Palestinian refugees.

The prince's declaration was an attempt to rekindle the desire for a negotiated settlement by holding out the possibility of "normal relations" and security for Israel. But a day of fresh violence in Israel and the disarray of the Arab meeting itself - exceptional even in the stormy history of the gatherings - threatened to overshadow his much promoted, much awaited speech.

In the confusion here, Syria hailed the proposal, but demanded that Arab states sever any current ties with Israel; there was last-minute squabbling over the proposal on refugees; and Lebanon tried to prevent Yasir Arafat from delivering a speech via satellite.

Mr. Arafat, who stayed away for fear that Israel would not allow his return, resorted to Al Jazeera's television network and delivered his speech anyway. He said all Palestinians welcomed the Saudi proposal and expressed the hope that it would lead to resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Aides to the Israeli prime minister, Ariel Sharon, said the term "normal relations" was too vague. He has also rejected any right of return for refugees and a full withdrawal from occupied territories.

"We would like to hear directly from Saudis what they mean by normal relations," said Raanan Gissin, an adviser to Mr. Sharon. "That's why we suggested contacts, or that we send a special envoy so that we could learn more about the end game. Does this mean recognition of the right for a Jewish state in the Middle East?"

Prince Abdullah often addresses remarks to the Palestinian people in an avuncular tone, and in today's 10-minute speech he made almost poetic references to Palestinian lands as something that all Arabs treasure.

But the truly remarkable moment came as he sat amid a gathering of Arab kings, princes and presidents and appealed to the Israelis themselves - this from the effective leader of a desert kingdom whose role as guardian of Islam's holiest shrines means that it has long been expected to be the last Arab state to recognize Israel.

"Allow me at this point to directly address the Israeli people, to say to them that the use of violence, for more than 50 years, has only resulted in more violence and destruction," he said.

"Israel, and the world, must understand that peace and the retention of the occupied territories are incompatible and impossible to reconcile or achieve," he said as he reached the heart of his message.

"I would further say to the Israeli people that if their government abandons the policy of force and oppression and embraces true peace, we will not hesitate to accept the right of the Israeli people to live in security with the people of the region."

At one point the prince did finesse the difference between Arab and Western perceptions, saying the future capital should be Al Quds Al Sharif, or Holy Jerusalem, while the English text called it East Jerusalem. A Saudi official suggested that Arabs rarely refer to the geographic division of the city, but that the prince was in no way suggesting that the Palestinians should get anything more than Al Aksa Mosque.

"It's the mosque," this official said. "Everything else is real estate. If you go to the lines of 1967, it's talking about East Jerusalem."

Within hours of the prince's speech, however, another suicide bomber struck in Israel, killing 19 people at a hotel. Word of the attack came just as the early evening session closed and most of the leaders were sweeping off to dinner, so there was little reaction.

Officials here said that given the frequency of such bombings, they did not believe this one was specifically intended to counter the Saudi's message. But the militant group Hamas was quoted in Israeli news media as saying that the attack was intended to disrupt the talks here.

"We all agree that civilians should be spared," said Hesham Youssef, the spokesman for the Arab League. "The situation has been going from bad to worse, and that is why we need the peace initiative, why we need it now." Arab summits are supposed to be all about Arab unity and brotherhood. More often they reflect the reality, with endless squabbling and jockeying for position. Today was exceptional even by the Arab League standards.

In February, when Abdullah first suggested his formula, he offered normalization with Israel. But Syria objected to the word, saying it offered too much too soon to Israeli without any pledge in return.

So today Abdullah used the phrase "normal relations." His vision is that other Arab states will offer those relations once the Israelis, Palestinians, Lebanese and Syrians all conclude their treaties.

Soon after the prince broached the subject of peace, President Bashar Assad of Syria held forth on the subject for about an hour. He repeated the Syrian mantra that no peace was possible until the return of the Golan Heights. "If we talk about land for peace, we talk about the whole land, not a quarter of the land, not half the land, not three-quarters of the land," he said.

In the current absence of any peace agreement, he suggested that all relations be severed. Egypt, Jordan and Mauritania maintain diplomatic ties with Israel, although only Mauritania has kept an ambassador there since the current violence erupted in September 2000.

"We are asking those countries who have relations with Israel just to tell us when they will sever relations with Israel," President Assad said. He noted that more than 1,000 Palestinians had been killed during the intifada. "If this is not enough justification," he asked, "then what is? Are you waiting for half a million Palestinians to be killed?"

Such moments periodically made it seem like the Saudi plan would sink amid the competing viewpoints. President Assad joined other states in condemning what was perceived here as weak American sponsorship of peace negotiations.

The entire peace process had already appeared wobbly even before the first session convened because of Mr. Arafat's absence and, consequently, the absence of almost half the leaders of the 22-member Arab League, including the two key supporters of peace with Israel, President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt and King Abdullah of Jordan.

President Mubarak said he stayed away to protest the fact that Mr. Sharon was treating Mr. Arafat like a schoolboy, while the somewhat unconvincing official explanation from Jordan was that the king had the flu. The king's absence was seen by some as expressing his displeasure at the way the Lebanese were handling the Palestinian refugee issue, after Prince Abdullah softened the usual Arab stand by calling for the "return of refugees" rather than the "right of return."

There was much grumbling by delegates about how President Émile Lahud of Lebanon was handling the summit, with some saying he was erecting obstacles where his role as host was supposed to be that of conciliator. In the most extraordinary move, Mr. Lahud rejected an attempt by Mr. Arafat to address the conference live from Ramallah, on the West Bank, where Israel has kept him bottled up for weeks.

Some Palestinian delegates were convinced that the decision reflected Lebanese resentment at Mr. Arafat's role in the 1970's in creating a state within a state in the refugee camps and thus becoming a party in the Lebanese civil war.

The official Lebanese explanation was that Mr. Sharon might try to interrupt the broadcast to address the conference himself.

In either case, confusion reigned as furious Palestinian delegates threatened to walk out.

Arab observers said the problems surrounding the conference reflected ambivalence throughout the Arab world to offering peace to Israel at a time when it seemed poised to reoccupy Palestinian territory by force.

In addition, given the American inability to end Mr. Arafat's house arrest, they said, no one was sure whether they could put faith in the Bush administration's pledges to use the Saudi proposal to renew efforts toward a settlement. "Whatever confusion you see here is a sign that the Arabs are divided," said George Hawatmeh, editor of the Jordanian daily Ar Rai. "They are divided between the need to advance something for the Americans and for Israeli public opinion, versus the lack of conviction that it will achieve anything."


[LONDON - Reuters - March 27] -- An Arabic language newspaper said today that it had received an e-mail claiming to be from Osama bin Laden that attacked a Saudi peace plan for the Middle East and urged the region's Muslims to revolt against their leaders.

Abdel-Bari Atwan, editor of the London-based newspaper al-Quds al-Arabi, who met bin Laden in 1996, said he thought the e-mail was "most likely" genuine.

Atwan said the message conformed to the style and language of other statements his newspaper had received from bin Laden and his al Qaeda terrorist network.

The e-mail gave no clue to the whereabouts of bin Laden, the chief suspect in the Sept. 11 attacks on New York and the Pentagon who has been hunted for months by U.S. forces in his former Afghan cave bases.

Titled "Statement from Sheikh Osama bin Laden on the initiative of Prince Abdullah," the message criticized the peace proposal presented by Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah today to an Arab League summit meeting in Beirut. The initiative offers Arab normalization of ties with Israel in exchange for full Israeli withdrawal from Arab land occupied in 1967.

The statement said the Saudi plan was "a Zionist-American one in Saudi clothes."

"The initiative of Prince Abdullah . . . is a conspiracy and another display of repeated betrayals," it said.

The e-mail also paid tribute to Palestinian suicide attacks against Israel and the Sept. 11 attacks.

Bin Laden, a native of Saudi Arabia who was stripped of his citizenship, has repeatedly criticized the oil-rich kingdom's leadership, especially for allowing U.S. troops to be based on the land of Islam's holiest sites. Bin Laden issued a series of videotapes to the media last year, but none has been produced in 2002. A half-brother was quoted as telling an Arabic newspaper last week that bin Laden was alive and had contacted his mother about four weeks ago.


By Dalal Saoud

BEIRUT, Lebanon, March 28 (UPI) -- Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat told Arab leaders meeting in Beirut that Israel was preparing to launch a large-scale attack within hours against Palestinian territories, according to Arafat's foreign minister, Faruk Qaddumi, on Thursday.

Speaking to Yemeni President Ali Abdallah Saleh by telephone, Qaddumi reported, Arafat said some 150 Israeli tanks were besieging Ramallah where foreigners had been asked to leave for their own safety.

"Arafat expects Israel to launch a large-scale attack within the coming hours," Qaddumi said. The situation was tense, he said, and American non-governmental organizations in Ramallah were evacuating the West Bank city. Arafat urged the Arab leaders to take measures for a unified and firm Arab position to confront possibilities in the near future.

Observers, Qaddumi said, were expecting harsh retaliation for a Hamas suicide attack that killed 20 people and wounded more than 100 others. The bomb attack was carried out while U.S. special envoy Anthony Zinni was still in the region seeking to get both sides to agree to a cease-fire.

Qaddumi denounced what he termed U.S. hesitation and failure to adopt a firm stand. The call for a cease-fire was a deceitful slogan, he said, adding an Israeli withdrawal has become "inevitable and there is no escape from it as a prelude for a political settlement."

He said the basis of the Israeli-Palestinian settlement should be the implementation of international resolutions which call for a complete Israeli withdrawal from the occupied territories, removal of Jewish settlements, guaranteed freedom of worship, the right of the Palestinians to self-determination and the return of the Palestinian refugees.

The West Bank and Gaza Strip would be placed under U.N. supervision for a transitional period, he said, and a Palestinian state would be established with Jerusalem its capital while the U.N. Security Council would provide guarantees of peace.

The United States was turning a blind eye to Israeli terrorist attacks, he said. "This means that the Arab-Israeli conflict will last a long times as the United States is not taking deterrent measures against Israel and drawing up a time-table for the Israeli withdrawal."

Thursday's summit session also witnessed an Iraqi-Saudi rapprochement when Crown Prince Abdullah entered the conference room hugging Izzat Ibrahim al-Duri, deputy president of the Iraqi Revolutionary Council. Both were applauded by the conferees.

Qaddumi and his Palestinian delegation walked out of the summit meeting Wednesday but returned Thursday after intensive efforts by Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries to get them to come back. The Palestinian team withdrew after accusing Lebanese President Emile Lahoud of preventing the broadcast by satellite of a speech by Arafat to the Beirut meeting. The Israelis have confined Arafat to Ramallah for the past four months.

Amid applause, Lebanese Prime Minister Rafic Hariri escorted Qaddumi into the summit conference room Thursday. Lahoud welcomed the returned Palestinian delegation, declaring that "Arafat's voice reaches the Arabs and the world through this summit."

In the Palestinian territories, Nabil Abu Rudeineh, a top aide to Arafat, told reporters the Palestinian Authority chairman had received telephone calls from European Union foreign policy representative Javier Solana, U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan; and German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer.

Abu Rudeineh said that the three leaders and Arafat discussed the explosive situation in the region, adding that the calls were part of international efforts to end the ongoing bloodshed between Israel and the Palestinians.

In preparation for the expected Israeli attack, all PA civil, security and police buildings and headquarters in the Gaza Strip were evacuated. Israeli army Apache helicopters flew over Gaza City, but did not attack.


By Teri Schultz

[FOX NEWS - WASHINGTON - 27 March] - The Rev. Jesse Jackson is contemplating involvement in the Israeli-Palestinian dispute and has had "private conversations" with both sides about the possibility, according to Jackson's Rainbow Push Coalition office.

Jackson initiated the idea and the telephone conversations with the two sides, according to sources familiar with the conversations.

State Department officials said the department has not been informed about Jackson's offer and reacted skeptically about whether it would really happen.

They can't control private citizens' travel but they can certainly "suggest" to the parties that any involvement in mediation efforts aside from that being offered by the Bush administration right now would not be appreciated, State Department sources said.

Currently, special envoy Anthony Zinni is in the region on behalf of President Bush negotiating a peace settlement. In Atlanta Wednesday, Bush said Zinni was making progress.

"I know we're making very good progress. Whether or not we're able to sign an accord soon or not remains to be seen. But progress has been made and that is where the focus of this administration is."

Last time Jackson was seeking a role in an overseas conflict - with the Taliban - he called Secretary of State Colin Powell to discuss it. It was never revealed how Powell responded to Jackson's idea, but Jackson's diplomatic role did not come to fruition.

Jackson has been on the diplomatic front before. In 1999, he negotiated the release of three captured U.S. soldiers during the Kosovo conflict. He negotiated with Syria in 1984 for the release of a U.S. Navy pilot, and was dispatched by President Clinton to Sierra Leone in 2000 to help prevent a return to civil war.

Hassan Abdel Rahman, the Palestinian representative in Washington, said he had not heard about Jackson's overture, but added Jackson certainly "has plenty of phone numbers" of Palestinians in the region. Israeli officials said everyone is welcome to visit their country and confirmed that Jackson had made some calls to his acquaintances there.

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March 2002


Saudi Future Unstable; More Money to Secretly flow to Palestinians
(March 29, 2002)
What goes on in public and on CNN/Al-Jazeera is one thing. This is political theatre meant for all to see. But like the proverbial icberg the great bulk of what is going on is beneath the waves and hidden from regular view.

Arafat Surrounded - And A Letter from Bir Zeit University near Ramallah
(March 29, 2002)
"Reports are rampant, breaking news that there is a planned incursion, occupation, total destruction... who knows of Ramallah and so we have to act and act quickly."

Saudis plead, Bin Laden emals, Arafat sits, Jesse offers...US and Israel prepare
(March 28, 2002)
With the #2 summit Saudi suffering a stroke and hospitalized (how appropriately) at the American University in Beirut, the Arab League summit was even more of a circus and disaster than we had predicted.

The "Saudi Peace Plan"...of 20 Years Ago
(March 28, 2002)
In April 1981 Crown Prince Fahd of Saudi Arabia unveiled the "Saudi Plan" which then dominated the Arab League summit held in Fez, Morocco, in November.

Saudis Humiliated, Betrayed, and now "Invited"
(March 28, 2002)
Quite literally as Saudi Royal "Crown Prince" Abdullah was following his script in Beirut no matter what, the U.S. Government was announcing in Washington that he had "accepted" to visit the Bush Presidential Ranch in Texas at the end of next month.

"The summit is heading toward total chaos"
(March 27, 2002)
Today's "Arab Leaders" always seem to manage to bumble themselves from one disaster to another. Then the controlled media and commentators they either own or manipulate in one way or another mostly cover up for them, including such subsidized and sponsored English-language publications as "Middle East International" in the UK and "Washington Report on Middle East Affairs" in the U.S.

Arafat Unheard at Summit - Secret Israel Phone Calls to Cairo and Amman
(March 27, 2002)
How much is factual, how much is disinformation from Mossad, how much is twisted and spun....these are all legitimate questions needing consideration, especially these days. But there's no doubt Irish author Gordon Thomas has considerable connections in the murky world of intelligence and especially with the Israeli Mossad, and he's been on target with quite a few things in the past.

They Call This A Summit?
(March 26, 2002)
Readers of MER won't be nearly as surprised as most may be that journalists are already proclaiming the grand Arab summit in ruins and as the BBC correspondent concluded this evening, "they might as well go home now before it starts".

What a Mess the Arab World is in
(March 26, 2002)
Such a mess. "Arab Leaders" who are mostly inept and corrupt and miserably repressive. An Arab League that is impotent and crippled. Arab media that can't figure out whom to interview about what.

Huge Damascus Demo Screams About Sharon and Warns Arab Summiteers
(March 26, 2002)
History is repeating itself after 20 years, but everything is even worse today for the vast Arab world and its fast growing now over 200+ million.

"Grand Plan" For War On the Palestinians
(March 25, 2002)
As the impotent Arab League run by the corrupt and repressive Arab "client regimes" prepares to meet and do nothing real and serious as usual; the Israelis, with an American wink and much under-the-table help, are preparing even bigger assaults against the Palestinians.

Vital History - Origins of Israel's "Arab Problem"
(March 25, 2002)
In 1947, the then representative of the Zionist Organization in Washington, Nahum Goldman, urged David Ben-Gurion not to declare a "Jewish State" but rather to hold out for finding some way of accomodation with the Palestinians that could lead to a unified "bi-national state" ...

Draft Text of Arab Summit Resolution - More of the Same Sweet Nothings
(March 25, 2002)
Much too weak, fractured, and frightened to actually act in any serious and independent manner -- even in the face of such repeated Israeli and American provocations and humiliations -- the grand "Arab world", meeting in summit in Beirut later this week, is poised to essentially do nothing.

Europeans See Americans Far Better Than Americans See Themselves
(March 23, 2002)
Time magazine was wrong a few months ago, but understandably so under the circumstances and few really expect much more from the mass American media .

Cheney Admits US will attack Iraq 'for Israel's sake'
(March 22, 2002)
While the mostly co-opted and cowardly "Arab leaders" -- the Arab "client regimes" -- fly their lavish private jets into Beirut 20 years after the Israelis besieged the city, destroyed the country, and attempted at great cost to bring Lebanon under their and American domination ...

Threatening With Nukes Could Well Lead to Use of Nukes - Part 1
(March 22, 2002)
One dreadful day they will be used. That likelihood seems now to be growing, especially as irresponsible leaders in both the US and UK keep publicly threatening to do just that rather than insisting that such weapons should never ever be used ...

Marching toward an American Police State - Part II
(March 22, 2002)
The above title was used to headline an article published on Wednesday, the same day we now learn the federal government was raiding Muslim homes and organizations in the Washington DC area.

U.S. Shifting to Large once Secret Qatar Military Base for Regional Control
(March 21, 2002)
The Americans have apparently agreed to let the Saudis off the hook when it comes to Prince Sultan Airbase, the largest and most sophisticated in the region, as long as they are on the hook when it comes to controlling the Arab Summit and fronting politically with "the Saudi Plan".

A Plea to US and Europe: Don't Participate in Killing and Torture of our People
(March 21, 2002)
All of the American "client regimes" in the Middle East -- including the main ones in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Jordan -- use censorship, intimidation, torture, and the omnipresent secret police, to control their societies and prevent popular expression against their policies and corruption.

NewsFlash: Some U.S. Forces Beginning to leave Saudi for Qatar
(March 20, 2002)
Just days after Vice-President Richard Cheney visited Saudi Arabia and other countries in the area there are reports coming from the region that U.S. military forces are beginning to move out of Prince Sultan Air Base, a facility the U.S. is said to have spent tens of billions of dollars to make the most modern command base in the region.

Marching toward an American Police State - "Washington Scene"
(March 20, 2002)
A FOX NEWS cameraman was accosted by Pentagon Police outside the building on Tuesday -- as he was shooting pictures of an arrest being carried out by Virginia State Police on a highway that runs alongside the Pentagon but outside Pentagon property!

Squeezing and Smothering Arafat To Death
(March 20, 2002)
The Israelis, and the Americans of course, have Yasser Arafat right where they want him now. He either does as he is told and paid or he's a way or another.

More Humiliation for the Arabs both in Palestine and at the upcoming Arab Summit
(March 19, 2002)
It's terribly humiliating of course, but the Israelis have now told Arafat, in public, that he can go to the Arab Summit in Beirut if he does as he's told and declares the fighting ended.

(March 18, 2002)
We already know it was a CIA operation back in the late 1980s that resulted in American-created anthrax spors being sent to Iraq and paid for by the U.S. Congress. We've just learned that a secret CIA team has recently gone to Northern Iraq to secretly meet with the Kurds and help prepare the coming war there.

Angry Demonstrators Condemn both Israel and U.S. in Arab world
(March 17, 2002)
For a second straight day, thousands of Arabs took to the streets across the Middle East on Saturday to burn Israeli and American flags and express anger over the rising Palestinian death toll.

Greater CIA Regime Being Thrust on Palestinians
(March 17, 2002)
Now the Israelis ... are proposing to try to save the "Authority" of Yasser Arafat by putting CIA "monitors" in Palestinian cities, offices, and jails; and CIA listening amd "monitoring" devices throughout the Palestinian bantustans and "occupied territories".

Has The U.S. Lost Its Way?
(March 16, 2002)
We comprise slightly less than 5 per cent of the world's population; but we imbibe 27 per cent of the world's annual oil production, create and consume nearly 30 per cent of its Gross World Product and - get this - spend a full 40 per cent of all the world's defence expenditures.

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(March 16, 2002)
If the Palestinians are unable to strike further in view of Israel's and the CIA's unprecedented war to crush them into submission Sharon will undoubtedly say his tactics are working.

Massive New Super Bomb Being Built To Kill Saddam and Threaten All
(March 15, 2002)
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(March 15, 2002)
Like so many words, this one "conspiracy" is overused and misused by many. That makes it all the more important to know whom to trust and rely on, whom to take seriously, whom to discount.

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(March 14, 2002)
After nearly 35 years of increasingly brutal military occupation since the 1967 war, Palestinian society itself has been tortured and disfigured. The Israelis have used informers and all kinds of means to bring the Palestinians to their knees ...

The U.N.'s latest cowardness, impotence, and duplicity
(March 13, 2002)
It should be a Saturday Night Live skit...the U.N. uttering (or is the correct word stuttering) the term "Palestinian State" after the U.S., Europe, Ariel Sharon and nearly everyone else has other than the crazy Israeli racist fundamentalists.

The Latest As Israel's Slaughter of the Palestinians Escalates Still Further
(March 12, 2002)
Israeli forces killed 31 Palestinians on Tuesday in their biggest offensive in the West Bank and Gaza since Israel captured the territories in the 1967 Middle East war.

Journalists Carefully Targeted by Israelis
(March 12, 2002)
Israeli forces fired for 10 to 15 minutes from tank-mounted machine guns on a hotel where journalists were photographing armor targeting the al-Amari refugee camp early Tuesday.

"Nazi Behavior" Charges Arafat As Israelis Crush Palestinians into Submission
(March 12, 2002)
Nothing like this has happened to the Palestinians since the 1967 War. And this time the cowardly "Arab leaders" are simply watching and pretending; while those who claim to be supportive of the Palestinians in the U.S. are, disorganized, inept, impotent, demoralized, and used up.

Two Poems
(March 11, 2002)
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(March 10, 2002)
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(March 9, 2002)
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The Israeli Spy CoverUp
(March 9, 2002)
In addition to the "spy coverup" there is now a "media coverup". "We stand by the story" said a FOX News spokesman on 20 December. But now "The Story No Longer Exists" and FOX News has covered up the story of what happened, and why.

American Univ in Washington - Second Rate and Third Class
(March 8, 2002)
When it comes to international affairs and matters relating to the Middle East serious and honest people should keep away from American University in Washington, DC.

Now the US Says it was the Iranians and the Palestinians not the Libyans. Right!
(March 8, 2002)
You just gotta love the Americans, no shame at all. All these years they have been repeatedly and loudly insisting it was the Libyans who bombed Pan Am 103 out of the sky over Lockerbie, Scotland - more than a decade of sanctions ensued in fact.

Israeli Spying on US - Spiked Story from FOX News - Who Done It?
(March 7, 2002)
Just who pressured FOX News? Why did FOX News cave in so easily? What now months later when an expanded story is not just coming back to life in foreign publications but appears to be the greatest spy scandal ever involving the Israelis spying on the Americans?

Israeli Spying On The U.S. - Essential Background
(March 6, 2002)
The world of spying, like the world of "black ops", is full of confusion, disinformation, and false leads. Those in the media, even the biggest establishment news outlets, usually lack the means (as well as the will) to penetrate very far into this world on their own.

LeMonde on the Israeli Spy Ring in U.S.
(March 5, 2002)
Tremendous pressure was brought to bear in a coverup in which the U.S. government is now thought to have participated.

Israeli Spy Rings Rolled Up in U.S.
(March 5, 2002)
Israeli spying on the U.S. has long been going on; but it is usually covered up or glossed over by the major American news media.

Arafat in Dog Kennel, Sharon in Twilight Zone, Hosni Lost in Space
(March 5, 2002)
After some 20 years in power Hosni Mubarak, chatting with George Bush II today at the White House, has helped lead his country to nowhere, the Palestinians to disaster, and the Arab world to impotent feebleness. More on Mubarak and his shameless Egypt to come -- for he as well as Saudi Abdullah are Lost in Space.

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