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of course neither is
going to admit it in front of the cameras, and of course it's also
politically confusing for many, but both the
Israelis and the Saudis are working hard now to help the election of
Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld and the right-wing neocons. Each for
reasons wants the flag-waving crusading Republicans to retain full
executive power in the U.S. The
Royal Saudis because of their close relations with Bush and his
business-circle cronies, but even more because they fear the Democratic
party liberals and dem-neocons with whom they no longer have very good
relations. The Likudnik Israelis -- about to
another 'national unity' government with Sharon at the top thanks to
Shimon Peres -- because they have
serious military plans for the years ahead and prefer Bush, the
hard-line neocons so they can push ahead quickly with those plans.
But, make no mistake about it, the Israelis are secure whatever knowing
that they will manage if need be
Democrats whom they also have very much under control -- with Kerry
already fully mortgaged to put Dennis Ross, Martin Indyk, and the
Zionist team from Clinton years back in charge as we have highlighted
this weekend the Israelis made it more publicly clear that their
posturing and 'withdrawal' schemes -- however disingenuous and
duplicitous when it comes to the Palestinians -- are clearly tied to
the American November election. And amidst all the bloodshed and
terrorism alerts many have forgotten that the huge historic issues in
the Middle East involve oil, petrodollars, arms sales, and
geo-strategic control of the region. The Americans have promised the
Israelis that when they can arrange it oil will flow to and through
Israel from Iraq -- a very major economic and strategic boost for the
Israelis. And the Saudis are rushing to open up new oil fields and
'reassure' the oil markets working overtime to bring about lowering oil
prices by the time Americans vote get ready to vote on 2 November.
will seek to evacuate outposts prior to U.S. vote
Ha'aretz - By Aluf Benn -
The government will try to
evacuate illegal outposts in the West Bank before the U.S. presidential
elections in November, sources in the prime minister's bureau said
yesterday. "We have an interest in evacuating them," one said.
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is expecting the report of Justice Ministry
attorney Talia Sasson, who was charged with finding a legal solution
for a speedy evacuation of the outposts.
Sharon's outgoing bureau chief, Dov Weisglass, yesterday said in an
interview with Channel 2 that Sasson's recommendations will be
presented to Sharon in six weeks to two months. This would give Sharon
"more effective tools to evacuate the outposts and he will begin to do
so energetically," he said.
Weisglass said "we cannot boast" of moves to evacuate the outposts, but
"we will keep this undertaking in full."
According to the defense establishment, 23 outposts have been built in
the West Bank since March 2001, when Sharon came to power. The
administrative and legal steps to evacuate the outposts were presented
last Thursday to White House envoy Elliot Abrams, who met the defense
minister's advisor, Baruch Spiegel, and Sasson.
Sharon's aids criticized Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz for not acting
resolutely enough to evacuate the outposts, and for publicly confirming
the plans to build 550 apartments in Ma'aleh Adumim. Sources close to
Mofaz commented "the defense minister and prime minister are fully
coordinated and there is no difference in their positions. All the
decisions on the outposts and the construction were made by both of
Weisglass told Channel 2 that Israeli officials are holding "unofficial
talks" with former Palestinian minister Mohamed Dahlan. "He has many
acquaintances in Israel," said Weisglass. Senior officials said Dahlan
was in touch with Shin Bet director Avi Dichter and head of the Defense
Ministry's political-security division Amos Gilad, and less frequently
Weisglass is due to leave for the U.S. on August 19 for a meeting with
National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice. He was expected to present
the separation fence's amended route, but due to delays in planning and
the pending High Court debate on the petition against the fence, the
route will be decided by month's end.
U.S. checking possibility of
pumping oil from
Iraq to Haifa, via Jordan
- 25/08/2003 - by Amiram Cohen: The
United States has asked Israel to check the possibility of pumping oil
from Iraq to the oil refineries in Haifa. The request came in a
telegram last week from a senior Pentagon official to a top Foreign
Ministry official in Jerusalem.
The Prime Minister's Office,
which views the pipeline to Haifa as a "bonus" the U.S. could give to
Israel in return for its unequivocal support for the American-led
campaign in Iraq, had asked the Americans for the official telegram.
new pipeline would take oil from the Kirkuk area, where some 40 percent
of Iraqi oil is produced, and transport it via Mosul, and then across
Jordan to Israel. The U.S. telegram included a request for a cost
estimate for repairing the Mosul-Haifa pipeline that was in use prior
to 1948. During the War of Independence, the Iraqis stopped the flow of
oil to Haifa and the pipeline fell into disrepair over the years.
National Infrastructure Ministry has recently conducted research
indicating that construction of a 42-inch diameter pipeline between
Kirkuk and Haifa would cost about $400,000 per kilometer. The old
Mosul-Haifa pipeline was only 8 inches in diameter.
Infrastructure Minister Yosef Paritzky said yesterday that the port of
Haifa is an attractive destination for Iraqi oil and that he plans to
discuss this matter with the U.S. secretary of energy during his
planned visit to Washington next month. Paritzky added that the plan
depends on Jordan's consent and that Jordan would receive a transit fee
for allowing the oil to piped through its territory. The minister
noted, however, that "due to pan-Arab concerns, it will be hard for the
Jordanians to agree to the flow of Iraqi oil via Jordan and Israel."
in Jerusalem confirmed yesterday that the Americans are looking into
the possibility of laying a new pipeline via Jordan and Israel. (There
is also a pipeline running via Syria that has not been used in some
Iraqi oil is now being transported via Turkey to
a small Mediterranean port near the Syrian border. The transit fee
collected by Turkey is an important source of revenue for the country.
This line has been damaged by sabotage twice in recent weeks and is
presently out of service.
In response to rumors about the
possible Kirkuk-Mosul-Haifa pipeline, Turkey has warned Israel that it
would regard this development as a serious blow to Turkish-Israeli
Sources in Jerusalem suggest that the American hints
about the alternative pipeline are part of an attempt to apply pressure
Iraq is one of the world's largest oil producers,
with the potential of reaching about 2.5 million barrels a day. Oil
exports were halted after the Gulf War in 1991 and then were allowed
again on a limited basis (1.5 million barrels per day) to finance the
import of food and medicines. Iraq is currently exporting several
hundred thousand barrels of oil per day.
During his visit to
Washington in about two weeks, Paritzky also plans to discuss the
possibility of U.S. and international assistance for joint
Israeli-Palestinian projects in the areas of energy and infrastructure,
natural gas, desalination and electricity.
Saudis spearhead attempt to dampen oil
By Kevin Morrison in London
Financial Times - August 4 2004:
The world's largest oil producers intervened on Wednesday to try to
cool oil prices, as Opec reassured customers it could raise output and
Saudi Arabia, its biggest member, turned on the taps at two new fields
ahead of schedule.
However, the effort did little to reverse the recent sharp rise in
oil prices, which set new records in both the US and European key
benchmark crude futures on Wednesday. Prices declined only slightly
following the announcements from Opec and Saudi Arabia, suggesting that
the oil cartel's ability to influence oil markets has been undermined.
Purnomo Yusgiantoro, the Indonesian holder of Opec's rotating
presidency, said the oil cartel had spare production capacity of
between 1m and 1.5m barrels a day. Most of this idle capacity lies in
Saudi Arabia, which announced it had started production at two new
fields three months earlier than planned.
However, Opec's spare capacity accounts for less than 2 per cent of
current global production, and provides only a small cushion against
possible supply disruptions due to terrorist activity in the Middle
East, or from the Kremlin's battle with Yukos, Mikhail Khodorkovsky's
Russian oil company.
Saudi Aramco, the kingdom's national oil company, said the new
fields should eventually boost the country's output capacity by 800,000
barrels a day. Saudi Arabian oil officials have previously said that
much of their new production from new was due to replace older wells,
which were depleted, and the mothballing of other oil fields. However,
they said the closure of the older fields may now be delayed in light
of the strong demand for crude.
Concern about oil supplies keeping pace with global oil
consumption, which is rising at its fastest pace in 24 years, pushed
benchmark Brent crude futures to a record $40.99 a barrel yesterday,
exceeding the previous peak of $40.95 reached in October 1990, in the
lead up to the Gulf war.
US benchmark crude futures hit another record for the fourth
consecutive day when the price touched $44.34 a barrel. However prices
retreated after the latest US crude inventory report, which showed a
drop in US oil imports. Brent crude dropped 19 cents to $40.48 a barrel
in late London trade, and US crude futures fell 55 cents to $43.60 in
early afternoon New York trade. “I think prices might be overdone, and
we could see prices come back, but only by about $2 at the most,” said
Christopher Bellow, an oil trader at Pru-Bache in London.
Record prices over the past month and near record imports of oil
into the US are expected to result in another large import bill for the
US, the world's largest oil consumer. Recent months have resulted in US
crude import bills of more than $13bn, a figure that energy analysts
expect to be exceeded for July.
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MER Exclusive - Listen to Douglas Feith about Israel and the Middle East
(August 30, 2004)
MER EXCLUSIVE - Listen to Douglas Feith while Bill Clinton was still President and a year before 9/11 even happened. For some time in Washington Feith himself has been a prominent member of the extended Israeli-Jewish lobby speaking at times as harshly and unrelentingly as any Israeli propagandist. Persons in the media should contact MER for more extensive information and additional audio and video comments by Feith - 202 362-5266 and press@MiddleEast.Org
Pointing the fingers at Douglas Feith
(August 29, 2004)
Feith has been mentioned in most of the major media stories this weekend in Washington -- but not nearly with the emphasis he should have been. For Feith has played a central role in just about every scandal that has beset the Bush Administration -- from the faulty 'intelligence', to the mistaken 'assumptions', to the prison torture scandals, and now the latest Israeli/Jewish lobby spy scandal right in his own office.
Sharon's Wars, Israel's Future
(August 28, 2004)
This major New York Times feature about Ariel Sharon could have, and should have, been far more harsh. But Ariel Sharon is at the top of his game now. And though the future he may have molded more than any other may be bleak and potentially catastrophic, now is his time and few in the Jewish world -- and in an oblique way that includes not only the New York Times but much of the contemporary American media -- dare to take him on directly.
Israeli Spy Scandal Erupting in Washington
(August 28, 2004)
Many, most no doubt, of these kinds of things relating to Israel never get out into the public domain; they are buried and sucked up into official Washington where so many have so many reasons for always wanting to hush such things up. But there should be no doubt that the Israelis have infiltrated at many levels and greatly influenced in many ways U.S. policies in the Middle East, especially of late the decision to invade and occupy Iraq.
The following quick list of past Israeli spy scandals all of which were covered up or sucked in one way or another include:
* Israeli Attack on U.S.S. Liberty - 1967
* Steve Bryent Israeli Spying Scandal - 1982
* Jonathan Pollard Arrested outside Israeli Embassy - 1985
* AIPAC infiltration scandal, President forced to resign - 1991
* Mossad bugging of Clinton and Monica - 1997
* Martin Indyk's Security Clearances 'temporarily' suspended - 2000
America's 'Iraqi Police' and the now impending Iraqi Elections
(August 27, 2004)
And it's clear that if it's a competiton between Negroponte and Allawi, against al-Sistani and al-Sadr, the Americans and their regime are in big trouble. Just how the U.S. occupation is going to attempt to either further delay the election or not-too-blantantly manipulate and control it now looms ahead -- just as soon as the American election is behind us all.
(August 26, 2004)
U.S. and Regime Bombing and Killing throughout Iraq
(August 26, 2004)
Chaos, confusion, death, and destruction -- that's the description of American occupied Iraq as the country virtually rebels and explodes. Even as Ayatollah al-Sistani heads back to Najaf protected by British occupation troops American occupation troops are ferociously attacking Najaf, Fallujah, Sadr City as never before and American armed and paid Iraqi mercenary troops are massacreing their own.
Daily Articles Summary - 25 August 2004
(August 25, 2004)
Daily Articles Summary - 25 August 2004
Sistani Returns and March on Najaf Looms
(August 25, 2004)
Now on this very day in history there is another Ayatollah in and at the heart of the Middle East at a crucial moment in time. The very term 'Ayatollah' was hardly known in the West before the Iranian revolution just 25 years ago now. But in the immediate days ahead it now appears Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani is to have his and maybe modern on-its-knees Iraq's 'rendevous with history'. And then what this is really all about now is the future rather than the past, especially with Iraqi 'elections' supposed to take place just 5 months from now. What will the American Empire with its arsenal of planes, tanks, and shock troops now do to deter, deflect, or stop him? What will the U.S.-installed and protected Allawi regime in Baghdad now do to attempt to co-opt or twist him?
Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani Returns to 'Save the Burning Holy City'
(August 25, 2004)
The Mahdi Army defeated the British Empire in Sudan in 1885. Now a Mahdi Army battles the American Empire in Iraq in 2004. Today the Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani returns to Najaf to "Save the Burning Holy City".
IRAQ, IRAN and ISRAEL Stories -- 24 August 2004
(August 24, 2004)
Crusades II - Iraqi Cities Bombed and Tanked
(August 24, 2004)
Bush's views and ongoing rhetoric -- and then came top Pentagon General Boykin telling the world that 'my god is bigger than their god' -- may come to define this period in 'modern' history.
(August 23, 2004)
Provocative thinking and writing from one of Great Britain's most prolific, most outspoken, most humanistic, and most insightful 'activist' journalists writing this cover article in the current issue of the New Statesman. It's too hard and probably wrong in fact to agree that 'Bush may be the lesser evil'. But it is very important to understand how and why John Pilger is speaking out in this way.
Palestinian Struggle Fully Justified
(August 22, 2004)
Because of the huge propaganda war in which the U.S. and Israel also have overwhelming firepower at their disposal, what leading Professors like Charles Black and now Ted Honderich have to say is in fact of critical importance.
Weekend Reading: Iran, the U.S., and Israel
(August 21, 2004)
These four articles from the past few days, especially the first commentary by UPI Senior Analyst Martin Sieff, help put things in perspective and set the stage for what is now to come. Unpleasant and frightening weekend reading, we know...but necessary.
What the Americans have Really Done in and to Iraq
(August 20, 2004)
This is a brief but very important outline of what the Americans have really done in recent years in and to Iraq. All this has little to do with 'freedom' and 'democracy' -- those are the simplistic and deceptive front-words. What's really involved is an increasingly desperate and ruthless master plan to turn Iraq -- a country at the center of both the Arab and the Muslim worlds -- into an appendage of the American military, political, and economic machine trying to more totally control the Middle East region and continue to drain it of its wealth, resources, and heritage. It's the imperialism of old considerably reconstituted for the brave new world of worldwide television, the internet, and high-tech 'Star Wars' weaponry.
Iran Warns of Preemptive Strike Against U.S. and Israel
(August 19, 2004)
"We will consider any strike against our nuclear installations as an attack on Iran as a whole, and we will retaliate with all our strength. Where Israel is concerned, we have no doubt that it
is an evil entity, and it will not be able to launch any military operation without an American green light. You cannot separate the two."
Iranian Defense Minister
The World on Fire
(August 19, 2004)
Now in 2004 as a result of what the Bush/Cheney/Israeli regime insisted on doing the world is dangerously on fire -- passions, hatreds, and fears all now enraged and engaged in an escalating "clash of civilizations" full of crusading rhetoric essentially pitting the U.S., U.K., and Israel against Arab and Muslim countries and peoples everywhere.
U.S. Allawi Regime Should Go
(August 18, 2004)
here's a bottom line here and at a time of such major historic developments it should be said clearly. The American-installed, financed, armed, and protected Allawi regime has already totally disgraced and discredited itself. It cannot succeed in authoritatively and democratically governing Iraq. It should be ended immediately before it does even more historic harm to Iraq, to the Middle East, to the Arab and Muslims worlds, and to the whole fabric of international justice and order.
Al-Sadr and Allawi - The Struggle for the Middle East
(August 18, 2004)
Here then are two such voices speaking out, crying out, at this critical time. The first an American who was Director of The Islamic Center in Washington, the very venue in fact President Bush choose to visit soon after 9/11. The second is a Canadian who is President of the Canadian Islamic Congress. -MER
Sharon the 'Bulldozer', Sharon the 'Butcher'
(August 17, 2004)
These BBC and Guardian articles today look at how the Israelis are even now continuing to expand settlements in the occupied territories, as well as at the current situation in and around Gaza -- realities 'on the ground' that Ariel Sharon is more responsible for than any other single individual on any side of the barricades. MiddleEast.org
"They are cheating us, laughing at us" - MER FlashBack 7 Years
(August 17, 2004)
"In the end, so long as the U.S. continues to back Israeli occupation with ever greater amounts of money, guns, and political protection, little will change and the "peace process" will remain a grand deception breeding resistance, hatred, and yes, more terrorism."
U.S. Iraqi Troops Fire on Reporters
(August 16, 2004)
History is being made in these bitter bleeding days, in these very hours, and the world will have to live with the aftermath for some time to come. This report just published by the Daily Telegraph in the U.K. is the best so far to outline how the Americans are attempting to blind the world and mute the protests by threatening the few courageous journalists still in and able to report from Najaf. As for pictures of what is happening, cameras are now illegal and being confiscated by the Americans and their agents.
Iraq Exploding! The historic confrontation at the Imam Ali Mosque in Najaf
(August 16, 2004)
Unless the Americans can find some way to get Muqtada Sadr and his forces out of the historic Imam Ali Mosque in Najaf without a firefight and without a massacre they themselves could become the victims of their own killing machine if the extraordinary rage and hatred in Iraq, Iran, and the Arab and Muslim worlds overall should erupt still further against them.
Americans Order Journalists, Cameras From Najaf
(August 15, 2004)
This is what police-states do; this is what dictators do; this is what the Israelis sometimes do; and now this is what the American 'democracy' does in the extraordinarily duplicitous name of 'freedom and democracy for Iraq.
Israel 'On The Eve of Destruction'?
(August 15, 2004)
His father long headed the National Religious Party. He himself has been the head of the world Zionist movement as well as the Speaker of the Knesset. And yet -- even as the Israelis appear to be victorious with the Palestinians everywhere surrounded, subjugated, dispossessed and controlled -- Avraham Burg dares to speak out loudly about how perverted Zionism has become and that all the militarism, racism, and arrogance could in reality have put Israel 'on the eve of destruction'.
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(August 14, 2004)
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Occupied Iraq - Threats, resignations, killings, chaos all escalating
(August 13, 2004)
Reports from Iraq this morning indicate that Shia leader Muqtada al-Sadr may have been injured today while meeting with supporters, and what's to happen next has everyone on edge as rarely before. Other reports from Iraq are of a wave of protest resignations against the American occupation and puppet government, with increased threats against the U.S. and its regime now coming in public even from other Iraqi officials approved by the Americans.
Nader vs. Israel
(August 12, 2004)
"The days when the chief Israeli puppeteer comes to the United States and meets with the puppet in the White House and then proceeds to Capitol Hill, where he meets with hundreds of other puppets, should be replaced."
(August 12, 2004)
"From Iran's perspective, there is little question what happens in Najaf is its business. Any damage there cannot leave a single Iranian ruler the option of remaining neutral, regardless of whether they are among moderates or hard-liners. The Shiite religious heritage is a shared one between Iraq and Iran."
Hidden History of the "Peace Process"
(August 11, 2004)
"It's not inordinate Chinese money and influence in American politics the Congress should be investigating, it's how Israel manipulates American politics with the help of some key Americans (most of them Jewish), who are in fact, however distasteful it is to say it, 'dually loyal'."
Jewish Washington Neocons Responsible for War
(August 11, 2004)
As the Iraq war escalates and creates still more disgust and hatred around the world, it is also threatening to expand. And a month or two from now if the Bush/Cheney/neocon regime is lagging in the polls no telling what kinds of political or military 'surprises' might come from Washington sooner rather than later.
Stumbling, Bumbling 'Arabist' Ambassadors Play to the Cameras
(August 10, 2004)
After all these now wasted years, and after all this now-squandered money -- and even with all that has happened including 9/11, the Iraqi war, and the Palestinian Intifada -- the 'Arabist' Ambassadors in Washington are weaker and more incestuous, less influential and less credible, then when they started. Yet oh how they continue to pretend otherwise so tragically continuing to mislead so many well-meaning naive people who simply don't know better the real details of what has been and what is now the real situation in today's Washington.
(August 9, 2004)
He sure didn't write this way when he worked for the old gray Zionist lady the New York Times. With language like 'neo-con vampires' he sounds a bit this time like MER in its regular tell-it-like-it-really-is mode... Maybe for his next installment Mr. Ibrahim will have more to say ...about his old colleagues at the New York Times starting with Tom Friedman, et. al.
Both Israel and Saudis working to elect Bush/Cheney
(August 8, 2004)
Now of course neither is going to admit it in front of the cameras, and of course it's also politically confusing for many, but both the Israelis and the Saudis are working hard now to help the election of Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld and the right-wing neocons.
U.S. and puppet regime boot Aljazeera from Iraq
(August 7, 2004)
Oh yes, the headline..."U.S. boots Aljazeera..." Let's not get confused by all the technical details and propaganda tricks. The regime in Baghdad was selected by the Americans and empowered by the Americans. It is financed by the Americans and the American military and CIA keep it in power. What it does is what the Americans want it to do. And the responsibility for what it does is American as well.
(August 7, 2004)
As tensions and fighting in Iraq and Palestine continue, and with new sanctions and attacks on Syria, Iran, and Lebanon quite publicly threatened, the situation in the greater Middle East could become far more tense and the 'crucial countries' of both Pakistan and Saudi Arabia could indeed 'fall' from the American grip setting off even more dangerous and unpredictable political and military explosions.
Target IRAN con't
(August 6, 2004)
"Exploiting the November US presidential elections and the European concerns, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon could order a strike at Iran's nuclear facilities, similar to the ones Israelis executed in 1981 against Iraq's nuclear weapons program", the diplomats were quoted by the London-based newspaper Al Hayat on Wednesday, August 4.
'Revolution' in Iraq; No U.N. or Muslim Troops To Help Americans
(August 5, 2004)
Indeed, the Americans and the Israrelis have now created their own joint vicious geopolitical stew in the Middle East; and they are very much in danger of gradually boiling away in it regardless of all the tough talk and military onslaughts.
Kerry, Israel, Jews, and the Middle East
(August 4, 2004)
John Kerry's Middle East policies have already been heavily mortgaged, if not downright sold, to those who have the greatest interest and power in controlling what the U.S. does in the crucial Middle East region and in determining where American arms, monies, and covert actions flow in the future -- powerful American Jews closely associated with Israel.
10 YEARS and 1 MILLION+ DEAD and COUNTING - MER FlashBack
(August 3, 2004)
"Here we are in the middle of the millennium year and we are responsible for genocide in Iraq. All of us that live in the silent democracies are responsible for sustained genocide in Iraq."
Former Assistant Secretary General
of the United Nations Denis Haliday
'SECURITY' POLITICS - Para-military troops dressed to kill become props in political war
(August 3, 2004)
A large numbers of 'security forces' dressed to kill in paramilitary uniforms with big guns took to the streets in New York and Washington and are there to stay, say those in charge, 'as long as it takes'. Bush and his are in fact using all this fear, and all these images, as props in their own campaign to retain power.
America Vs America
(August 1, 2004)
"The Bush Administration cannot be trusted...
George W. Bush and his administration have taken normal mendacity to a startling new level far beyond lies of convenience... They traffic in big lies, indulge in any number of symptomatic
small lies, and ultimately, have come to embody dishonesty itself. They are a lie. And people, finally, have started catching on."
(August 1, 2004)