Arafat's Burial, Monies, Powers, and Legacy
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Tawil Family, Mahmoud Abbas, Nabil Sha'ath, Ahmed Qureia,
et. al,
all fighting for the money and spoils of Arafat

"Both Gaza Ghetto and Occupied Ramallah are awful choices for
Arafat's burial, especially in view of the worse than Apartheid
realities that have taken hold during the years Arafat played,
and lost so badly, the 'peace process' game with the Israelis and the Americans."

MIDDLEEAST.ORG - MER - Washington - 5 November: What's really going on with Yasser Arafat in the end? Why was Arafat really brought to Paris where his 'wife' and family have been living in luxury and self-imposed exile for some time instead of to an Arab capital? Why did 'wife' Suha Tawil make the quick brief visit to the Muqtada in Ramallah after being absent for so many years? Why are they all taking such pains to keep announcing that Arafat is not officially dead, even if artificially on life support?

The answers are probably more connected with the huge amounts of money and property that Arafat and his grossly corrupt cronies have accumulated for themselves; as well as to various intriques and plots connected with the Tawil family and Arafat's political survivors -- all of them competing like vultures to grab as much of Arafat's 'secret' wealth as they can for themselves. The great loosers of course are once again the Palestinian masses so miserably served by the elite VIP class of their own.

As for the struggle over political power...that's quite a different matter much more publicly played out in the media. But then of course Arafat's secret monies and vast positions and powers have been inter-connected for such a long time now, precisely creating today's situation. For Arafat and his cronies have for decades now used the money that was supposed to benefit the Palestinian people to buy and keep power for themselves; as well as to gain still more.

Yasser Arafat spent nearly all his time and energy keeping authority over the Palestinian people rather than preparing for the future. So many of those Arafat brought into the PLO over the years, and then into the U.S.-Israeli sponsored 'Palestinian Authority', have long been known to be both personally corrupt and usually grossly incompetent as well.

A perfect example of this situation is the long-time PLO representative in Washington, Hassan Rahman, widely despised for continual inepitude and multi-million dollar embezzlement. Indeed, as with Rahman, the primary qualification Yasser Arafat appeared to use for whom to appoint to what was not their ability but rather their willingness to be personally loyal to him and never spill the beans.

And now even Yasser Arafat's burial seems to be heading toward disaster. It appears even this is going to be more decided and orchestrated by his arch nemesis Ariel Sharon than anyone else. The understandable dream of so many millions of Palestinians, as well as so many others seeking justice throughout the world, for a truly free and independent Palestinian State, is now about to be buried with the Old Man himself if Sharon gets his way. Both Gaza Ghetto and Occupied Ramallah are awful choices, especially in view of the worse than Apartheid realities that have taken hold during the years Arafat played, and lost so badly, the 'peace process' game with the Israelis and the Americans.

It is this decisive historic context which is what is really behind the struggle now in its final phases over where Arafat will be buried and how his billions will be grabbed by those who have so misruled with him for so long -- most especially the top VIP Palestinians Sha'ath, Abu Mazen, and Abu Ala in addition to the Tawil family which has personally manipulated Arafat for so many years now.

Making everything all the more confusing, however, is that much of the 'information' about Arafat's money and fortunes comes from questionable sources as well as being certainly unverifiable. There has been no real accountability and certainly no honest auditing of what Arafat and the top 'VIP' (another Israeli-designation by the way) people around him have been up to for so many years.

Add to these realities that so much of what is published about Arafat and the Palestinians is purposefully distorted through a confusing array of media sources long known or suspected of having connections to the Americans, to the CIA, to the Israeli-Jewish Lobby in Washington, or one way or another to the Mossad.

The following two articles should be read, but they should be read with all this in mind.

They should be read and pondered because these realities surrounding Yasser Arafat, and his PLO and PA, are so important in helping explain what has happened in the past, what is going on at the moment, and why the future now looks so bleak.

And so we feature these commentaries today even with the awareness that the first publication is not what it wants people to think it is and the second is long suspected of having close ties to Israeli intelligence. Hopefully, by opening up the subject and beginning to expose what has happened, and what is still happening, more information and analysis about these historically important subjects will be forthcoming.

The Fight for Arafat’s Fortune Begins

Arafat is one of the worlds richest men.

Sources close to the Palestinian leadership said a bitter fight had broken out over who should control the ailing leader’s fortune estimated to be between $4.2 billion and $6.5 billion.

Sources said Arafat has written a will transferring control of his assets to members of his wife’s family. Some of his aides, including former Premier Mahmoud Abbas who has stepped in as interim leader, however, believe the fortune belongs to the “beit al-mal” (public treasury), and should be transferred to the Palestinian Authority. The controversy started last week when Suha, Arafat’s wife, asked Muhammad Rashid, Arafat’s confidant and adviser, to prepare a list of the ailing leader’s fortune. According to Palestinian sources Rashid has said he would furnish the list only to the Palestinian Authority.

Identifying Arafat’s personal fortune and separating it from numerous secret bank accounts that he maintains in the name of the Palestine Liberation Orgaization and Al-Fatah is no easy task.

According to Jean-Claude Robard, a Swiss investment adviser, Arafat opened his first secret bank account in 1965 with a $50,000 check from the emir of Kuwait. Since then he has set up other accounts in Switzerland, Austria, Luxembourg and the Cayman Islands.

Arafat also owns a number of hotels and holiday resorts in Spain, Italy, France, Switzerland, and Austria. He is the main shareholder in two cellular telephone companies operating in Tunisia and Algeria.

Some of Arafat’s businesses are in partnership with Arab politicians, former officials and entrepreneurs, including Rifaat Assad, a brother of the late Syrian President Hafez Assad, and Barzan Al-Takriti, a half-brother of deposed Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. Al-Takriti is now under arrest in Baghdad. - 11/1/2004 9:00:00 PM GMT

Prominent Hebronite Publishes Unprecedented Indictment of Arafat

DEBKAfile Exclusive Report - July 27, 2004: Sunday, July 26, as pro-reform Palestinian legislator Nabil Amer was nursing the wounds inflicted by Yasser Arafat’s gunmen, a phone call came through to his room at the Amman university hospital from none other than Arafat. The Palestinian leader inquired about his health and offered to pay his hospital expenses.

Amer did not bother to reply

Sitting beside his bed was a fellow Hebronite, Rafiq Natshe, once Palestinian legislative council speaker, for many years PLO ambassador in Saudi Arabia and a highly respected figure in the Palestinian community. Known also as Abu Shakar, he is the head of the leading Natshe family of Hebron. Since Amer belongs to the largest Mt Hebron clan, which is centered on the large village of Dura, Natshe’s frequent hospital visits are ominously charged: the two great clans of the southern West Bank have decided to make common cause against Arafat.

This message was clearly enunciated that same Sunday, when the Coordinating Committee of Hebron’s Palestinian Organizations put Arafat on notice that he would not escape the repercussions from harming a Hebronite. In local terms, the Palestinians of Hebron have declared a blood feud against Arafat.

A verbal assault came some hours later when Natshe released the deadliest condemnation of the iconic leader ever dared by any Palestinian. The 40-page indictment published in Paris called Arafat a liar, a cheat and a traitor. For the first time, a senior Palestinian accused the chairman of the Palestinian Authority of practicing terrorism. Arafat, he says, personally directs the al Aqsa Martyrs (Suicides) Brigades of Fatah, telling them what attacks to carry out. “With one hand,” Natshe charges, “he funds the al Aqsa Brigades and, with the other, he sells them out.”

The accuser does not say to whom, but suggests that the sale goes to the highest bidder.

Abu Shakar exposes what he calls the Egyptian Cement affair in some detail.

Egypt sold the Palestinian Authority large quantities of cement at low, subsidized prices for the purpose of building new dwellings for Palestinian families whose homes had been blown up or damaged in Israeli military operations. Instead, prime minister Ahmed Qureia and trade minister Maher Masri sold the cement to the Israeli firms building Israel’s security barrier (while at the same time, the Palestinian Authority demanded that the UN General Assembly and World Court declare the barrier illegal – which they did!)

The profit cleared by the pair is estimated by Natshe as ranging from 60 to 100 million shekels ($13-22m).

Additional revelations in the Paris document:

-- Ninety-seven percent of all donations made to the Palestinians came from Saudi royal princes. For some years, the infusion totaled $32 million a year. But then Riyadh whittled its donations down to the present $1.1m in light of the discovery of how the putative aid was systematically embezzled by Arafat and his cronies.

-- Arafat has recently transferred $11m to his wife Suha in Paris.

-- He consistently obstructs all attempts to scrutinize Palestinian Authority finances and audit its accounts which are kept tightly under his exclusive control.

-- Every member of the PLO embassy staff in Riyadh dipped into Saudi aid funds that were dedicated to the families of fallen Palestinians. Some simply pocketed the money; others, slightly less brazen, diverted it to bank accounts and drew only the interest, not the capital.

Abu Shaker maintains in his document that the Palestinian people and its governing institutions have no need of foreign assistance because they own many billions of dollars which have been salted away by their rulers. The stolen funds are in sole charge of the shadowy financier Mohammed Rashid who has taken in recent years to whizzing around the world in a private jet.

This piece of information, offered by Natshe, belies the common belief of a break between Arafat and his long-time financial adviser. This misapprehension allowed Rashid to build up the reputation of an independent international tycoon, member of a wide cosmopolitan network of connections in the Arab world and Europe.

DEBKAfile’s sources reveal that the plane Rashid uses was in fact given him by Libyan ruler Muammar Qaddafi, his partner in certain business transactions. Furthermore, Rashid’s foremost protégé is Mohammed Dahlan. These two discoveries bring to the surface the existence of a hidden financial axis linking Qaddafi, Rashid and Arafat, that is active despite the Libyan ruler’s pledge to stay clear of his old terrorist connections. Business is business, after all.

This undercover association also casts a fresh and suggestive light on Dahlan as would-be challenger of Arafat, former pro-reform interior minister and recent leader of an anti-corruption protest against Arafat’s nephew, Mussa, in the Gaza Strip. How much was playacting for the sake of channeling disaffection - which got out of hand - and how much a genuine stab in the back against the old man? The protesters were curiously gentle and killed no one, as were Mussa Arafat’s followers.

Clearly, the US, Britain, Egypt and Israel would be misguided to put all their eggs in Dahlan’s Gaza Strip-West Bank basket and expect him to rise to the challenge of making Arafat move over after Israel disengages from the Gaza Strip. Dahlan has proved once again that he is unwilling or unable to raise a finger against Arafat.

Natshe’s conclusion is that it is all a big performance. Anyone who does business with Rashid or Dahlan is dealing equally with Arafat and helping to put money in the funds bankrolling Palestinian terrorism.

DEBKAfile’s sources add: that the monopoly regime shared by Palestinian and Israeli entrepreneurs in consequence of the 1993 Oslo peace accords is still alive and well.

Abu Shaker with all his influence did not find it easy to get his j’accuse published. Arafat’s minions have frightened off journalists and TV stations around the Arab world from fully exposing the protests in the Gaza Strip and the dissenting voices in Ramallah, easily papered over Tuesday, July 27, in a show of unity by Arafat and Qureia. Natshe finally struck lucky when he approached the brother of close Arafat aide Hanni al-Hassan. Bilal al-Hassan lives in Paris and considers himself more a French leftist than a Palestinian activist. He managed to place the Natshe document in the most popular Fatah chatrooms.

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CIA Purge Converting Agency To Neoconism
(November 25, 2004)
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Falluja in Memorium on Thanksgiving
(November 25, 2004)
As for the new killing fields of Iraq -- most recently in Falluja, the 'City of Mosques' -- the alternative-media reports that follow from Green Leaf Weekly in Australia and The Village Voice in New York make for devastating reading. "Sorry Faluya"..."Sorry Faluya"...

January Elections - Truth or Consequences
(November 25, 2004)
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(November 22, 2004)
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Israel Buys Another Piece of Washington
(November 20, 2004)
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Yasser Arafat's Life and Legacy
(November 19, 2004)
There are only a small handful of Western journalists who have the background, the credibility, and the conviction, to write with historical depth and considerable insight about the death of Yasser Arafat. David Hirst, still writing for The Guardian after all these years, the man who authored THE GUN AND THE OLIVE BRANCH, is right up there at the top of that list. This article was published in The Guardian last week just as Arafat's death was announced.

Nuke Attack on U.S. 'all but inevitable' warns top CIA official
(November 19, 2004)
As the new historic purge of non-neocons roles over Washington, firing, resignations, and fear have the CIA, the State Department, and lesser known sometimes secret U.S. Government agencies in a tizzy. One of those now forced out at the CIA is the man who has headed up the great manhunt for Osama Bin-Laden. He spoke up last year in a book written by 'Anonymous' titled "Imperial Hubris: Why the West is Losing the War on Terror." Just days after leaving the Agency he spoke up on the popular CBS News Program Sixty Minutes.

U.S. and ISRAELI Deceptions...over and over again
(November 18, 2004)
Even as Yasser Arafat was being buried last Friday the American President and the British Prime Minister purposefully tried to immediately dim his memory and twist the headlines by holding an unusual joint press conference at the White House. What Bush and Blair spewed forth grabbing TV time that evening from Arafat's Cairo funeral and Ramallah burial twisted and distorted history further beyond recognition. This extraordinary and urgently needed corrective was published by Robert Fisk earlier this week in The Independent.

More on the Arafat 'Stealth Assassination' and Cover Up
(November 17, 2004)
With the 'Stealth Assassination' of Yasser Arafat, following a campaign to kill or imprison most of the popular Palestinian leaders that was greatly stepped up when Ariel Sharon became Israeli Prime Minister, the Arab-Israeli conflict does indeed enter a new phase. But the political cancer has already considerably metastacized region-wide and the 'two-state' cure is not really any longer possible.

The Great Sharon Deception
(November 16, 2004)
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(November 15, 2004)
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ARAFAT - The Assassination and The Cover Up
(November 13, 2004)
Five critical days before it was officially announced that Yasser Arafat was actually dead -- even as leading media organizations were repeatedly parroting officials to the contrary -- MER not only reported the real news that Arafat was all but legally dead but the important news that he had been 'Stealth Assassinated' by blood poisoning by the Israelis. Below are links to MER articles published from 4 to 12 November about the assassination of Yasser Arafat and the cover up that followed.

Israel's Public Threats Against Arafat Telegraphed the Assassination
(November 13, 2004)
These are some of the public threats in the past few years. One can only imagine what has been said when the cameras and microphones were not present.

Sharon's Lethal Words and Cartoons Foretold what was to come
(November 13, 2004)
"Speaking of the Palestinians, they were dealt a lethal blow... It will bring their dreams to an end." -- Ariel Sharon upon returning from his ninth and last meeting at the White House with George W. Bush - 16 April 2004

Public Israeli Threats from top officials to Kill Yasser Arafat
(November 12, 2004)
Public Israeli Threats from top officials to Kill Yasser Arafat escalated in recent months. In any murder investigation, or death under suspicious circumstances, an autopsy is done and those who have threatened the person are investigated. But in the case of Yasser Arafat even though his personal doctor of over 20 years 'demanded' an 'official death investigation' and 'autopsy' those in charge worked feverishly to bury Arafat quickly and prevent any serious independent investigation.

NYTimes Articles on Arafat - 1 to 12 Nov 2004
(November 12, 2004)
New York Times Articles on Yasser Arafat 1 to 12 November 2004

ARAFAT Assassination Coverup as quick and limited funeral and burial take place
(November 12, 2004)
They are racing now to get the funeral over with very quickly and with no real opportunity for the public outpouring of grief and anger that would result if everything were not so closed and controlled by the military. And they are racing as well to get him quickly buried in a rock tomb. His 'wife' has received a huge payoff, $22 million yearly, for her silence. The top 'new leadership' of the Palestinians that has approved these arrangements are all known to be persons closely connected with the Israelis and supported by the U.S. -- Nabil Sha'ath, Abu Mazen, and Abu Ala -- and all known themselves to be politically and financially corrupt.

ARAFAT ASSASSINATION - Article links, Media Interviews
(November 12, 2004)
The personal physician of Yasser Arafat called for an inquiry into the cause of the veteran Palestinian leader's death on Thursday. "I demand an official inquiry and an autopsy ... so the Palestinian people can learn in all transparency what caused the death" of their leader, Dr Ashraf al-Kurdi said on Al-Jazeera television only hours before Arafat was due to be buried... Kurdi, who was Arafat's personal physician for more than 20 years, said he had been surprised by the actions of some members of the veteran leader's office... Yasser Arafat's 'wife' Suha will receive $22 million a year out of the Palestinian Authority budget. Abu Mazen is said to have personally approved this extraordinary arrangement, and it appears to have silenced Suha Tawil from the 'conspiracy' charges she publicly made Monday.

MER on KTSA San Antonio
(November 11, 2004)
Listen to MER on KTSA San Antonio about Arafat's Death; and check links to the past week's MER articles about Arafat.

MER and Media Articles about Arafat on day of his death
(November 11, 2004)
"I demand an official inquiry and an autopsy ... so the Palestinian people can learn in all transparency what caused the death" of their leader, Dr Ashraf al-Kurdi said on Al-Jazeera television only hours before Arafat was due to be buried... Kurdi, who was Arafat's personal physician for more than 20 years, said he had been surprised by the actions of some members of the veteran leader's office.

Sharon Kills Arafat? Assassination Coverup Succeeds?
(November 11, 2004)
The message is rather clear: "You Arab and Palestinian 'leaders' have much more to fear from us (Israel and the U.S.) if you don't play ball than you do from your own people. On top of all the other leaders we have killed off or imprisoned one way or another, we can even pull off a 'Stealth Assassination' of Nobel Peace Prize winner, former most frequent foreign guest to the White House, and international famed Yasser Arafat because he refused to do as we told him he must. So beware: COMPLY, RESISTANCE IS FUTILE."

ARAFAT - Assassination Covered Up As Death Announced
(November 11, 2004)
**MER was first, was right, was most insightful** Days before it was finally officially announced early this morning in the Middle East MER reported that Yasser Arafat was all but legally dead. Even as leading media organizations were parroting contrary and purposefully deceptive information MER not only reported the real news but the important realities. In this case that Yasser Arafat had been 'Stealth Assassinated' by the Israelis with help from as yet undisclosed Palestinians and an American OK.

ARAFAT - How and Where to Properly Bury Him
(November 10, 2004)
And when Arafat's body is flown from Cairo to Ramallah representatives of the Arab League, of all the Arab countries, and of all the countries who have long recognized the PLO and long called for a free and independent Palestinian State, should accompany the body whether the Israelis give their 'permission' or not. They should in this way not only show their respects for Arafat the symbolic man but for the imprisoned and all-too-forgotten people he leaves behind, half in refugee camps, half increasingly behind walls and fences in ghettos and concentration camps.

(November 10, 2004)
Yasser Arafat has been all but legally dead for many days now. He has been kept 'between life and death' in a very 'complex situation' (to use the crafty words that have come from key officials) for financial and political reasons rather than for medical reasons. By a preponderance of the circumstances and the evidence Yasser Arafat has effectively been stealth assassinated by the Israelis as MER first reported and explained last Saturday.

China Rocks the Geopolitical Middle East
(November 10, 2004)
As the Americans expend their power, their money, their blood, and their credibility both Europe and China are on the march. Europe is more often discussed, but the Chinese have been taking important steps into Africa in recent years, and now they are doing so into the Middle East in a bigger way than ever via Iran.

Arafat's Death Announced
(November 9, 2004)
MER reported and explained Arafat's death -- indeed his assassination by blood poisoning -- many days ago, in fact last week. This story from Reuters has just moved on the international wires this morning at 9am EST:

Poor Poor People of Palestine
(November 9, 2004)
This is hardly the first time MER has commented harshly and candidly about Nabil Shaa'th, or Abu Mazen, or Abu Ala. We have in fact done so for years now as upcoming FlashBack articles will serve to remind. As for Suha Tawil, Arafat's "wife", she has proven time and again what a self-serving extortionist and political witch she has truly been -- taking after her mother Ramonda who managed to steal and embezzle more limited millions from the PLO in her own days before introducing her dumpy daughter to Yasser and moving from Palestine to her luxury-life in exile.

MiddleEast.Org on ARAFAT LIFE and DEATH
(November 8, 2004)

Arafat is Dead - Frantic struggles underway
(November 7, 2004)
Yasser Arafat is Dead; likely assassinated by blood poisoning by the Israelis. Frantic struggles and manuevers are underway for power, money, and the symbolism of how and where Arafat will be buried. Arafat's long-time cronies neither of whom has any real popular support but who are trying to take total control of the PLO and the PA with Israeli and U.S. assistance -- Abu Mazen and Abu Ala -- are on the way to Paris.

ARAFAT - How and Where to Bury Him
(November 7, 2004)
Far better symbolism than burial under the dictate of Israeli military occupation and today's apartheid conditions is 'temporary' burial of Yasser Arafat in the city where the headquarters of the Arab League is located, indeed in a special crypt on the grounds of the Arab League in downtown Cairo.

Arafat's Murder and Legacy
(November 7, 2004)
It's the worst possible end for Yasser Arafat, and more importantly for his life-long quest for justice, dignity, and a free independent Palestinian State. In the end it appears Yasser Arafat has been killed by fatal poisoning in a kind of stealth assassination by his arch nemesis Ariel Sharon, with help from those inside his own circles. Arafat passes from history not as the father of a Palestinian State but with his people more fractured and dispossessed and in greater bondage, imprisonment, and impoverishment than ever in their history.

ARAFAT - Stealth Assassination!
(November 6, 2004)
Arafat was assassinated by blood poisoning by the Israelis working with some insiders is the conclusion of Professor Hisham Ahmed... Professor Ahmed lives in Ramallah near the headquarters where Arafat was under house imprisonment for nearly three years. He teaches Political Science at Bir Zeit University and has his Ph.D. from the University of California at Santa Barbara. He has taught at a number of American Universities and been a Fulbright Scholar. Dr. Ahmed was born in Deheishe Refugee Camp near Bethlehem and he is an astute observer of Palestinian affairs and indeed of international affairs.

MER Experts on Arafat's Death (or assassination), Burial Plans, and Legacy
(November 5, 2004)
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Arafat's Burial, Monies, Powers, and Legacy
(November 5, 2004)
"Both Gaza Ghetto and Occupied Ramallah are awful choices for Arafat's burial, especially in view of the worse than Apartheid realities that have taken hold during the years Arafat played, and lost so badly, the 'peace process' game with the Israelis and the Americans."

(November 4, 2004)
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Arafat Dominates In Death as in Life
(November 4, 2004)
Arafat is now likely to be buried not in a free Palestine, not in Jerusalem, not really as the kind of historic figure he so desperately sought to be. Rather he will be likely buried in Occupied Palestine, in the city of Ramallah, behind the new Apartheid Wall, with arch nemesis Ariel Sharon deciding on the place and giving his 'permission'. How tragic... And the future now on the horizon appears still more gloomy and more bloody than the past now about to be symbolically buried with the body of the single man who has dominated Palestinian history ever since the founding of the Palestine Liberation Organization in the 1960s.

America, Arafat, and the 'New World Order'
(November 4, 2004)
NBC's Chris Matthews: "I believe we live in a country that is really culturally divided now... maybe the way Pakistan and India are."

Democratic Disaster
(November 3, 2004)
Even as Americans voted and the world watched considerably now in shock, one of the world's most famous scientists, Stephen Hawking, was declaring the U.S. invasion of Iraq a 'war crime' at a protest in London. Now the aftermath of that history-making invasion, of the new Crusade led by the United States and based on major historic deceptions and manipulations, will return to center stage.

Moral Cowards ALL
(November 2, 2004)
Scott Ritter's "The War on Iraq has made Moral Cowards of us all" article should have appeared in the U.S., rather than in The Guardian in the U.K. The article about more mega-billions for the Iraq war did appear in the U.S., on the front-page of The Washington Post last Monday.

Osama Votes Bush Says Fisk
(November 2, 2004)
Robert Fisk is the chief Middle East correspondent for the London Independent and one of the most knowledgeable, insightful, and courageous western journalists about the Middle East. He was exclusively interviewed in 1996 by MERTV for a series of four half-hour programs which we will soon Internet broadcast. He was interviewed yesterday on the 'Democracy Now' program about the recent speech by Osama Bin Laden to the 'people of America', about Yasser Arafat, and about the war in Iraq.

Osama Bin Laden's 'October Surprise'
(November 1, 2004)
Osama Bin Laden: "I am amazed at you. Even though we are in the fourth year after the events of September 11th, Bush is still engaged in distortion, deception and hiding from you the real causes. And thus, the reasons are still there for a repeat of what occurred. So I shall talk to you about the story behind those events and shall tell you truthfully about the moments in which the decision was taken, for you to consider."

Iran Next - Part 2
(November 1, 2004)
Tomrrow the American election itself will become history. The likelihood is the Bush/Cheney/neocon regime will remain in power; hard as that still is for so many to imagine and understand. But should the Democrats win the White House Middle East policies will be largely in the hands of the neoliberals and the super money-men like Israeli-Sharon-connected Haim Saban who have far more in common with the neocons than has yet been realized by many who will vote for them. Whatever happens tomorrow the build-up to attacking and if at all possible 'regime changing' Iran is well underway and the showdown increasingly imminent.

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