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MIDDLEEAST.ORG - MER - Washington - 12 December:
Days after 9/11 we predicted that the American-Israeli "crusade" would now begin in earnest and would quickly expand beyond Afghanistan with no end in sight for the foreseeable future. Now there are preparations under way, led by the senior Washington neocons who finally have near-total control of all the political and military institutions of the American empire, to bring about "regime change" one way or another in Iran, Syria, and North Korea and to intervene in Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and elsewhere should the American sponsored at risk 'client regimes' in one or more of those countries collapse.
More than two years ago we predicted that after the upcoming U.S. invasion of Iraq the fighting would go on and on and escalate, contrary to all the reassurances from top government officials that the Americans would be welcomed as "liberators" by the people of Iraq.
A year ago we predicted, again contrary to repeated assertions by government officials, that the trial of Saddam Hussein would not take place anytime soon, that it would be put off and off and defininitely not occur in 2004 before the American election.
A few weeks ago we clearly reported, many days before any other organization and even as top Palestinian officials kept insisting to the contrary, that Yasser Arafat was already all but legally dead, that he had been 'stealth assassinated by poison' by the Israelis with inside assistance, and that frantic efforts were underway to coverup what had happened and quickly bury Arafat without autopsy and investigation.
Now, this weekend, two new developments. First the long-time Palestinian U.N. Representative, for the first time in public, has now declared that Arafat died of 'unnatural causes' and finally himself has called for a full investigation. The current investigation, by the way, organized and controlled by the very people who participated in the coverup, is clearly much too little much too late and much too uncredible. And second, in the first attack declared to be revenge for the "assassination of Yasser Arafat", four Israelis were killed and many others injured earlier today in Gaza.

GAZA (Reuters - 12 December - By Nidal al-Mughrabi) - Palestinian militants blew up explosives in a tunnel near an Israeli army post on the Gaza-Egypt border on Sunday in a coordinated attack that Arabic Al Jazeera television said killed four soldiers.

Jazeera said eight soldiers were wounded and a ninth was missing in addition to the four dead. Israeli sources said there were 12 casualties.

After setting off a 3,300-pound bomb, militants lobbed mortar bombs and opened fire at Israeli troops evacuating the wounded, sparking a fierce gun battle that lasted for over an hour.

The attack at the Israeli-controlled Rafah border crossing was the latest sign of a resurgence of violence in Gaza that has clouded hopes for peace between Israelis and Palestinians after Yasser Arafat's death on Nov 11.

Hamas and a group known as the Fatah Hawks claimed responsibility. They said they had burrowed for 600 yards to reach an Israeli post at the Rafah border and set off the massive bomb.

Israeli media said two Palestinian bombers and a gunmen were believed to have died in the attack. The Israelis were being treated by medics and would be evacuated to hospital by military helicopters, radio stations said.

A spokesman for the Fatah Hawks said the attack was in revenge for the "assassination" of Arafat, who died on Nov. 11 of an undisclosed illness at a French hospital.

Rumors swept the Palestinian territories that he died of poisoning, although French officials have vehemently denied it and Palestinian officials said there was no evidence that he was killed.

It was a month ago today, the day Arafat was being rush buried from Paris to Cairo to Ramallah, that MER published the following article with links to the key articles published during the previous historic days. It is now more clear that these historic developments are hardly over; the ramifications in fact may only be beginning.
Adding to this short track record summary, way back when MER began in the heyday of the last 'peace process' declared by nearly all at the time to be 'irreversible', we predicted -- very clearly on the record, in print and on Television -- that what was then called the "Oslo Peace Process" was a huge deception built on political quicksand, was going to inevitably collapse of its own contradictions, and was really leading to much worse bloodshed and hatred.
Now, looking ahead, the historical stakes have become much higher, the costs in bloodshed and treasure already far greater, and the new 'peace process' already considerably more convoluted with even greater ominous implications for all in the international community of nations.



MER Flashback -
Originally published by MER 12 November 2004:

MER ARTICLES about the
Assassination and Cover Up
of Yasser Arafat

MER was first, was right, was most insightful

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. As always exclusive MER analysis and commentary is directly to the point, hard-hitting, and not to be found anywhere else with the incisiveness, expertise, and depth of coverage provided by MER.

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Earliest Articles begin at the bottom of this list

11/12/2004
Israel's Public Threats Against Arafat Telegraphed the Assassination
11/12/2004
Sharon's Lethal Words and Cartoons Foretold what was to come
11/12/2004
ARAFAT Assassination Coverup as quick and limited funeral and burial take place
11/12/2004
ARAFAT ASSASSINATION - Article links, Media Interviews
11/11/2004
MER on KTSA San Antonio
11/11/2004
MER and Media Articles about Arafat on day of his death
11/11/2004
Sharon Kills Arafat? Assassination Coverup Succeeds?
11/11/2004
ARAFAT - Assassination Covered Up As Death Announced
11/10/2004
ARAFAT - How and Where to Properly Bury Him
11/10/2004
ARAFAT Update
11/9/2004
Arafat's Death Announced
11/9/2004
Arafat's Death Finally Announced in Paris...almost
11/9/2004
Poor Poor People of Palestine
11/7/2004
Arafat is Dead - Frantic struggles underway
11/7/2004
ARAFAT - How and Where to Bury Him
11/7/2004
Arafat's Murder and Legacy
11/6/2004
ARAFAT - Stealth Assassination!
11/5/2004
MER Experts on Arafat's Death (or assassination), Burial Plans, and Legacy
11/5/2004
Arafat's Burial, Monies, Powers, and Legacy
11/4/2004
Arafat Dominates In Death as in Life
11/4/2004
America, Arafat, and the 'New World Order'







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MER Article Causes Conf Cancellation as Palestinian Speaker Abruptly Backs Out
(December 17, 2004)
The organization it seems then quickly changed the homepage of it's elaborate website, removing the main lead picture at the top which showed members of the organization posing with senior National Security Council neocon Elliot Abrams. Also removed quickly was the picture of Khalidi. Additionally all information about the phone conference which was advertised to feature Khalidi at 8pm Thursday evening simply disappeared; all mention of something that had previously been prominently promoted simply vanished without explanation or comment as if it never was to be.

Prof Rashid Khalidi helps Israeli and American Jewish Zionist groups
(December 16, 2004)
While courageous Israeli academics like Tanya Reinhart at Tel Aviv University, long time Israeli writers like Uri Avneri, and brilliant journalists like Robert Fisk are in fact speaking up loudly warning about what Sharon and Peres and their armies of propaganda agents and client organizations are up to; tragically Palestinian academics like Rashid Khalidi are cowering more than ever even to the extent of allowing themselves to be more blatantly used by the Zionist organizations than ever before.

Egypt pushed and bribed to Economic 'Intercourse' with Israel
(December 15, 2004)
Since the first Camp David Middle East summit estimates are that overall, including economic, military, CIA, and AID American monies, Egypt has received in one way or another approaching $100 billion for agreeing to the American-pushed 'peace agreement'... The once proud though poor greatest of the Arab countries, Egypt, constantly feels the stain of historic political prostitution.

ABBAS/ALA/SHAATH Regime Running Fast - Half Palestinian People Not Allowed to Vote
(December 14, 2004)
In a few weeks the U.S. and Israeli approved and financed 'election' will take place. The most credible and respected Palestinian leaders are gone. The widely supported Hamas organization is boycotting. 'Israeli Palestinians' are not allowed to vote. 'Jerusalem Palestinians' will have to vote absentee. And forgotten most of all are the majority of Palestinians -- most of them still living in refugee camps throughout the region from Jordan to Syria to Lebanon -- who will have no vote at all thanks to the policies of Israel, the United States, and the 'new Palestinian leadership'.

Latest Washington Israeli Spy Scandal Escalating
(December 13, 2004)
There are some in Washington who think that the current spy investigations, possibly now expanding further, can be used to put a little pressure on the Israelis when it comes to the political deal making that may lie ahead both in the region and with the Palestinians. But there are others who think the Israelis are far better at this game than the Americans and that their list of Washington skunks and scandals involving many senior government officials now and past is considerably more extensive than what the Americans can pin on them should it ever come to that.

MER Track Record and the Assassination/Coverup of Yasser Arafat
(December 13, 2004)
Looking ahead, the historical stakes have become much higher, the costs in bloodshed and treasure already far greater, and the new 'peace process' already considerably more convoluted with even greater ominous implications for all in the international community of nations.

AMERICA the TITANIC
(December 11, 2004)
From the heart of the Washington Republican 'National Security' establishment, Harlan Ullman warns that the U.S. has sailed into very dangerous times and appears like the TITANIC headed for disaster. The dangers Ullman warns are in many ways as much from within as from without. The TITANIC metaphor is a powerful one, and Ullman repeats it a number of times for emphasis.

Palestinian Push - Over and Under
(December 10, 2004)
The big U.S. and Israeli Palestinian push is on. Put in place a new 'moderate' under control Palestinian regime, pump in some money for bribes and payoffs, train more regime 'security police', declare an end to the uprising against occupation (the Intifada), hard repress any and all opposition, kill and arrest those who continue to fight, and presto maybe you have a new police-state client-regime dutifully labled 'moderate' and 'democracy' however quisling in reality.

CHENEY Did It! Smoking Gun Court Case About WMD Scandal
(December 9, 2004)
In this eye-opening story today about a very unusual court case brought by a former senior CIA analysis which could serve as the smoking gun that the Bush/Cheney administration purposefully cooked the WMD books there's not a single mention of the unprecedented 9 or more once secret visits to the CIA of VP Cheney or the real potential significance of this legal political bombshell.

Ghosts of Vietnam and the 'Evil Empire'
(December 8, 2004)
More and more even in Washington circles these days one hears...but in spoken whispers certainly not in the corporate print or TV media..."police state", "fascism", "Good Germans". As for Capitol Hill, it looks more like a "no-go-zone" these days -- beyond being 'Occupied Israeli territory' -- than the Congress of a free and brave democracy.

Iraq and Palestine - Gloomy Predictions
(December 7, 2004)
Whether the further explosions and greater yet bloodshed and civil war will erupt in weeks, or months, or years, the course is now far more clear than the corporate media usually deals with. But today the New York Times is used for major leaks from the under-purge under-blame CIA about what to really expect in occupied Iraq, and recently the brilliant British journalist Robert Fisk wrote in The Independent about what to really expect in occupied Palestine.

America's Mubarak Regime
(December 6, 2004)
Moreover Mubarak is cooperating with the Israeli-American plan to now bring in Egyptian military forces to guard Gaza's southern border and help police the Palestinians into submission. If allowed to proceed by the Palestinians they can expect European and/or U.N. forces to be forced on them in the future in the deceptive guise of an expanded 'roadmap peace plan' to control the West Bank if the new Palestinian regime isn't up to the job.

Anti-Semitism? Rubbish!
(December 4, 2004)
Now what's going on with the Presbyterians is not at all "anti-semitism" as that term has been known over the years. It is anti-Israel, and many of the American Jewish Zionist organizations will insist it is anti-Jewish -- which in a sense is true if the positions these Jewish organizations take are fair game for protest, which indeed they are.

Ziad Asali - Latest Washington Palestinian Quisling
(December 3, 2004)
One of the many reasons the Palestinian people are in the terrible predicament they find themselves has been the extraordinarily co-opted quisling persons that so tragically have been allowed to represent them in Washington and to the American media for so many years. For those wondering about this choice of words, the definition of 'quisling', admittedly very pointed and harsh, does not give the full explanation of what has happened in Washington but it will have to do for now. During the German ooccupation of Norway in World War II the head of the Nazi-installed regime was Vidkun Quisling. His very name has since come to mean: A traitor who serves as the puppet of the enemy occupying his or her country.

9/11 was foreseeable one way or another
(December 3, 2004)
What has happened in recent years, indeed what happened on 9/11 and then it's aftermath, were in general quite foreseeable, no matter how much official Washington keeps pretending otherwise. The aggressive, imperialistic, self-righteous, deceptive, and oh-so-arrogant policies of the United States and Israel were at work for decades provoking and creating a kind of historical blowback that the whole world is now forced to live with. The following MER Editorial was published on Thanksgiving day in November 1997.

To Book Publishers and Literary Agents
(December 3, 2004)
MER is now looking for a literary agent and a publishing house. With events in the Middle East now gripping the headlines, with another round in the Israeli-Palestinian 'Peace Process' now at hand, and with the crusading 'neocons' firmly empowered in Washington, serious book publication on these subjects is more timely and more needed than ever. We have a unique compendium of exclusive MER articles, plus program and speech transcriptions, in addition to a number of highly qualified individual expert authors, which we are now interested in publishing.

FBI and Israeli-Jewish Lobby Square Off
(December 2, 2004)
You'd think that when the Capitol Hill offices of the most important foreign policy/Middle East 'lobby' are invaded by the FBI, computers and files seized and subpoenas served against top officials, this would be important news in Washington.

War Crimes Escalating - From Guernica to Fallujah
(December 2, 2004)
The new American-Israeli crusade, masquerading as the bringing of 'democracy and freedom' to the Muslim and Arab peoples, is marching on with new targets now in sight: Iran, Hezbollah, Syria, Hamas, N. Korea, Pakistan (if, or is it when, Musharraf falls)...and who knows who else as all are being coerced or forced to march into the bleak unknown. Fallujah is not meant to be an end for the coalition of fundamentalist and Zionist Neocons who now have Washington firmly in their grip; it is rather another new escalating beginning.

NewsFlash - Barghouti IN! After All
(December 1, 2004)
Now with Barghouti's entrance into the Palestinian election race and with Hamas in part threatening to 'boycot' if their own interests are not met -- and with Iraq exploding in greater hatred and violence against the Americans -- the entire U.S.-Israeli strategy for January 'elections' in both occupied Palestine and Iraq is very much in doubt.

Sharon - Past and Future - MER FLASHBACK
(December 1, 2004)
"Sharon was a killer obsessed with hatred of Palestinians. I had promised Arafat that his people would not get any harm. Sharon, however, ignored this commitment entirely. Sharon's word is worth nil." -Ambassador Philip Habib, Ronald Reagan's Special Middle East Envoy*

America's 'GUERNICA'
(December 1, 2004)
Pablo Picasso's haunting painting, 'Guernica', has immortalized that Spanish city whose brutal destruction was a precursor to all the horrendous death and suffering of World War II, now a finally fading generation ago. It was on Thanksgiving Day that we published detailed foreign reports about what has been done this month by what many in the world now consider to be the imperial crusading forces of the United States and Great Britain, 'on our watch', to the Iraqi city of 'Falluja' -- Falluja in Memoriam on Thanksgiving. Now this haunting essay, "Fallujah: America's Guernica", suggests a historical twist in time and fate we all should be pondering.




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