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Hit Man" John Perkins Speaks Out for 9/11 Truth
2) America’s Top Bin Laden Expert: Osama’s Dead, the Tape is Phony
3) Oxford Union Society: "Was 911 a Conspiracy"
4) What Really Hit The Pentagon on 9/11?
MER - MiddleEast.Org - Washington - 23 January: This
very interesting information concerning 9/11 came from MER Readers over
the weekend. At the end look at the pictures and read the
admittedly not so convincingly written analysis concerning the Boeing
757 that we were all told hit the Pentagon -- a story which more and
more seems highly suspect as hard as that is for many to even begin to
We emphasis all of this information came from
others to MER over the weekend; none of it originated with us nor are
we in a position to substantiate it or further investigate
it. In fact MER was for years very reluctant to even
consider the possibility that much of the government's story about 9/11
may not be truthful. For the first time last summer in an
editorial titled "the Mother of All Hoaxes?" we raised questions about the official 9/11 story and called for a sui generis international investigation by an alliance
of major media organizations from many countries in tandem with
professional investigators. And that is the context in
which we publish today's MER article.
BookTV on CSpan2 1/21/06
Featuring John Perkins, author of Confessions of an Economic
Taped at Politics & Prose Bookstore, Washington DC, 1/10/06
John Perkins is the bestselling author of Confessions of an
Economic Hit Man. The hardcover reached #9 on the New York
Times Bestseller List, the paperback is currently #9, and it has been
translated into 20 languages. On national TV he has clearly said that
he is appalled by the lack of investigation into 9/11 and that the
media has failed us. In so many words he said we ought to be looking
at whether 9/11 was an inside job. For him to do this took courage,
and it will help to open minds to the issue.
Is this a sign the 9/11 Truth issue could be moving from
"unmentionable" to "an issue that really should be investigated"?
Excerpt from the Q & A session
Q: I'd like to commend you for the work you've done,
really showing the American public how deeply evil the people who run
this country have been willing to stoop. It's very hard for a lot of
people to really face how evil our leaders have chosen to become. I'm
active on the 9/11 issue and most of the respected people in the
movement, in the peace movement, won't even give proper respect to
that. I'm going to ask you what your knowledge is if you've looked at
the issues involved, with claiming that there is a coverup. I'll ask
one very specific question which is very concise. Did you know that
the Kean commission, an official goverment commission, did not even
mention that Number 7 World Trade Center, a 47-story building,
collapsed at 5:20 p.m. on 9/11/01 without being hit by a plane?
Taller than any building in Maryland or Virginia. It wasn't
mentioned, and the NY Times and the Washington Post didn't mention
that it wasn't mentioned.
John Perkins: Yeah, and there are some excellent books
and some excellent dvds and films on that whole subject including the
one that shows that there was never a plane shown crashing into the
Pentagon which haven't gotten around very much. I wish they would get
around more. You know, I don't really like to speculate on things I
don't know much about. And I don't know, you know a lot more about
that than I do, and I like to talk about things I really know about.
I know there are a lot of good films around but they're not getting
Q: Go to 911truth.org, that's a good place to start.
John Perkins: 911truth.org, yeah, go to it. And the
other thing is you know it has struck me that if someone were to
rob the bank down the street here tomorrow, probably the first thing
the police would do would be to look for an inside job, right? But
it's, you know, like, it ought to, I was in the Amazon on 9/11 and
shortly after that I went up to Ground Zero. I was amazed when I came
back from the Amazon, as I was driving up--I flew into the Miami
airport, and I was driving up to my home in another part of
Florida--and listening and I was expecting to hear people talking
about, well let's look at who really did this. But even on NPR and on
every radio station, I didn't hear any of that, and as I said, I don't
know anything about 9/11 really and what really happened there, but
I'm amazed by the lack of true investigation that seems to have gone
into that. It just appalls me because it really, coming where I come
from, it's extremely difficult for me to believe that that whole thing
was masterminded by a man living in a cave with a walkie talkie.
But I don't know.
America’s Top Bin Laden Expert: Osama’s Dead, the Tape is
Phony: ABC News
Op-Ed by Kevin Barrett, http://mujca.com
As a Ph.D. Islamologist and Arabist I really hate to say this, but
I’ll say it anyway: 9/11 had nothing to do with
Islam. The war on terror is as phony as the latest “Bin Laden
It’s a tough thing to admit, because I know on which side my bread is
buttered—and dropping Islam from the 9/11 equation is dropping my
slice of bread butter-side-down. The myth that 9/11 had something to
do with Muslims has poured millions, if not billions, into Arabic and
Islamic studies. I finished my Ph.D. last year, so all I have to do is
keep my eyes in my pocket and my nose on the ground, parrot the party
line, and I’ll be on the fast track to tenure track.
The trouble is, it’s all based on a Big Lie. Take the recent “bin
Laden” tape—please! That voice was no more bin Laden
than it was Rodney Dangerfield channeling my late Aunt Corinne from
Peoria. I recently helped translate a previously unknown bin Laden
tape, a real one from the early 90’s, back when he was still alive. I
know the guy’s flowery religious rhetoric. The recent tape wasn’t him.
The top American bin Laden expert agrees. Professor Bruce Lawrence,
head of Duke University’s Religious Studies department, has just
published a book of translations of bin Laden’s speeches. He says the
recent tape is a fake, and that bin Laden has been dead for years. (2)
Ersatz Bin Laden tapes, “verified” by the CIA, are nothing new. Every
“Bin Laden” statement since 2001 has been blatantly bogus. The last we
heard from the real Bin Laden came in his post-9/11 statements to
Pakistani journalists: "I stress that I have not carried out
this act, which appears to have been carried out by individuals with
their own motivation... I have already said that I am not involved in
the 11 September attacks in the United States... I had no knowledge of
these attacks..." (3)
Then on December 13th, 2001, as George Bush was whining about the
“outrageous conspiracy theories” that were spreading like wildfire,
the first and shoddiest of the “Bin Laden speaks from beyond the
grave” tapes appeared. The video’s sound and picture quality were
horrible. It showed a big guy with a black beard, doing a passable
imitation of Bin Laden’s voice, claiming foreknowledge, if not
responsibility, for the 9/11 attacks, and chortling over their
success. The trouble was, the big guy clearly was not Bin Laden. He
was at least 40 or 50 pounds heavier, and his facial features were
obviously different. (4)
The “Fatty Bin Laden” tape was widely ridiculed, and I have yet to
meet an informed observer who considers it authentic. (If you haven’t
figured this out yet, go back and look at the images from the tape,
and compare them to other images of Bin Laden.) But the media let the
fraud pass without asking the hard questions: Why was the US
government waving this blatantly fake “confession” video in our faces?
Perhaps due to the widespread hilarity evoked by “Fatty Bin Laden,”
the next “Osama from beyond the grave” message had no images—it was an
audio tape delivered to al-Jazeera in fall, 2002. The CIA verified it
as authentic, and then got a rotten egg in the face when the world’s
leading voice identification experts at IDIAP in Switzerland reported
that “the message was recorded by an impostor.” (5)
Every “bin Laden” message since then has been equally phony. They are
released at moments when the Bush Regime needs a boost—and the
American media goes along with the fraud. Remember the bogus bin Laden
tape that made headlines right before the 2004 presidential elections?
If you didn’t figure out that it was a CIA-produced commercial for
George Bush, I have some great bridges to sell you. Walter Cronkite,
bless his heart, opined that Karl Rove was behind that tape. (6) But
the rest of the media just kept pretending that the Emperor was
And the fraud continues. Last week’s “bin Laden” tape has been
ridiculed by America’s top bin Laden expert—yet the US media keeps
right on holding a transparent fig leaf in front of the Emperor’s
crotch! Professor Lawrence believes that this phony tape was designed
to distract world opinion from the horrific massacre of Pakistani
civilians by an errant CIA drone. But it may have another, more
sinister purpose: To prepare public opinion for another false-flag
9/11 style attack designed to trigger a US-Israeli nuclear attack on
As our top Bin Laden expert Professor Lawrence informs us, the real
Bin Laden, who insisted that he had nothing to do with 9/11, has been
dead for quite some time--probably 1since 2001. The fake messages have
been fabricated by al-CIA-duh to support the Bush regime and its phony
“war on terror.” It is time for Americans to rise up in revolt against
the fake-terror masters who are looting US taxpayers, torching our
Constitution, demolishing our economy, and threatening nuclear
About the author:
Kevin Barrett holds a Ph.D. in Arabic, with a focus in Islamic
Studies, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a co-founder
of the Muslim-Jewish-Christian Alliance for 9/11 Truth:
(1) "The Making of the Terror Myth." The Guardian
(2) ABC News
(5) The Guardian 1//30/02:
(7) American Conservative 8/1/05:
discussed in: http://antiwar.com/justin/?articleid=6734
alarming new article in
Oxford Union Society: "Was 911 a Conspiracy"
Today one of the world's most famous debating forums will consider the
question at the heart of the war on terror. Is the official Washington
of the 911 attacks correct, or is 911 a myth created by Washington's
military industrial complex to justify a generation of lucrative wars?
The Oxford Union has invited 911 sceptics David Shayler and Annie
both ex-MI5 officers, Ian Henshall co-author of non-fiction
Revealed, and risk analyst Bill Durodié to discuss whether the attacks
occurred in anything like the way the mainstream Washington news
Ian Henshall said today:
After the WMD fiasco, newsrooms have so far been unwilling to ask
they were duped by their intelligence sources over 911 as well. So much
evidence has been seized by the US authorities and never made public
is impossible to say for sure how the 911 attacks happened. There are
several versions of the official story which stand in open conflict
each other. Many believe the attacks were manipulated or allowed to
and quite a lot of evidence has leaked out to support this.
Ian Henshall's book 911 revealed co-authored with Rowland Morgan was
favourable reviews in the DailyMail and the Sunday Times, but
although it is a
non-fiction best-seller it has so far been ignored by the mainstream
media, despite their legal obligation to due impartiality.
September 11, 2001 - Arlington, Virginia
Plane Crash at the Pentagon
The Small Plane and the Boeing
Photo evidence exposes 9-11 mass-murder frame up
at the Pentagon
Pentagon security camera shows the wrong plane, the wrong
explosion and the discrepant trail of an air-to-ground missile.
Note the tail fin of the attacking jet, visible only in the
first picture, sticking up behind the yellow parking-pass
machine in the foreground. Observe also the white
missile smoke trailing behind. Compare this with these
two pictures of an F-16 jet fighter firing an air-to-ground
missile, above right and below.
The sequence of five pictures indicate by simple inspection:
1) A plane that is too short.
2) A trail of missile smoke behind and beneath the tail fin
in the first frame which later leads to
3) A white-hot flash explosion consistent with an exploding
missile warhead and totally inconsistent with an aluminum
jetliner carrying orange-red-burning jet-fuel kerosene hitting
a limestone, brick and concrete office building.
Note the absence of an airliner's long fuselage projecting out to the left
from behind the yellow obstruction -- the absence of a shiny aluminum American
Airlines Boeing 757 fuselage in the direct morning sunlight.
What can be more unreasonable, than the contention that what is hidden behind
this view-obstructing cabinet could possibly be aircraft of the type accurately
scaled below by civil engineers at Perdue University?
Think about it. The Boeing 757 is 155 ft long. The five- floor Pentagon is
only 71 feet tall. A Boeing 757, if stood on its tail and put up against the
wall, would stand more than twice the height of the wall, yet consider how
short relative to the height of the wall, the aircraft must be that is hidden
behind the yellow parking-pass cabinet obstruction -- the 75 ft. length of
the F-16 is about the maximum length these geometric constraints will allow
for the "killer jet."
Let's call it the "Stegosaurus proof."
. The Boeing 757 is long enough to fit six and a fraction of its large tail
fins (measured from near the base) along its 155 ft. back, like the plates
on the back of a Stegosaurus -- whereas the yellow parking-pass cabinet in
the foreground conceals at most only five lengths of the tail-fin image showing
above and behind the cabinet . The cabinet can conceal a "Stegosaurus"
with five tail-fin plates of the size shown, but cannot conceal all of a longer
Stegosaurus with six or seven such plates along its back. If the killer jet
were a 6+ plate Stegosaurus we would have be see its head extending out behind
the cabinet on the left side. And so by such reasoning we are forced to conclude
that the tail fin shown is not the tail fin of a Boeing 757. We don't see
the shiny nose of an American Airlines Boeing 757 airliner, when in fact the
entire cockpit would have had to have been showing if this plane was Flight
In the second frame the white-hot explosion rises about 120 feet into the
Note how the flash-bulb brightness of the high-explosive lights up the vicinity like a flash bulb,
compared with the other pictures in the sequence
See how the smoke and flames continues the dazzling show, enabling the Boeing
to continue on its way to Reagan National with all eyes diverted -- and remember
that the overflying Boeing would be closer to Reagan National than to the crash point in about 3.5 seconds, about
the time it would take eyes to adjust to the flashbulb effect of initial missile
explosion. The white hot explosion is probably nothing more than 19th-century "flash powder" from before the invention
of the flash bulb -- so that people viewing the attack from the west, would
not only have the mid-morning sun in their eyes, but the 120 ft. bright flash
as well -- yielding significant momentary vision impairment to those who happened to be looking directly at it.
All that remains is the simple determination that the small attacking jet crashed
into the Pentagon as the Boeing which all witnesses were watching disappeared
into the smoke (and for some the bright 9:00 a.m. sun appearing behind the west
wall) and, like a magician exiting the stage in a cloud of smoke, absconded
to Reagan National Airport only one mile away.
The 757 became just one more plane landing in the national emergency.
The true dimensions of the murder weapon have been discovered and with them
the true murderers. The deception implicates the the top Pentagon leadership.
Clearly they attempted to draw suspicion away from themselves by having it seem
that a large jetliner had also come after them. We see however that what really
occurred was a psy-op disinformation operation, one that still involved the
deaths of many Pentagon personnel.
As for the specific plane that performed the missile attack and crash, I suspect
the F-16 Flying Falcon. This plane has the capability and the availability,
and what could be more natural than that the purported hijacked plane be "chased"
all the way to the target by the standard interceptor of the United States Air
Force? Even if identified afterwards it could be said that the plane crashed
in the line of duty.
A fully remote-controlled F-16 was retired to the General Dynamics museum early
in 2001, perhaps with the remote control equipment removed.
We have three independent proofs establishing that the Boeing 757 was not the
jet aircraft that attacked the Pentagon on September 11, 2001. These are the
naked proofs in their stark pristine logic. The reader may now wish to familiarize
himself with all of the environing details from which the critical features
of these proofs were abstracted. Let the reader assure himself that what has
been proven above is exactly the account that is most consistent with all of
the other established facts of the case. Here, below, is all of the other relevant
information omitted from the above because it was not necessary in developing
the three proofs.
The Small Plane
The F-16 Falcon - Probable Murder Weapon - equipped
for remote-control warfare
Span: 32 ft. 10 in.
Length: 49 ft. 6 in.
Height: 16 ft. 6 in.
Weight: 29,896 lbs. loaded
Armament: One air-to-ground missile and electronic countermeasure pods
Ground Control: Structural provisions and "power by wire" systems
architecture expanding multi-role performance to include precision strike,
night attack and beyond-visual-range interception missions utilizing
touch-sensitive remote virtual cockpit displays.
Targeting: Remote targeting lasers and computers, and new autopilot and
ground-avoidance systems allowing faster remote controlled flight while
seeking and attacking targets.
Maneuvering: digital flight controls, a voice- activated maneuvering system
allowing the pilot to "point" the aircraft in unusual flight attitudes.
Engine: One Pratt & Whitney F100-PW-200 of
23,830 lbs. thrust.
Crew: None (remote controllers)
Maximum speed: 1,345 mph.
Maximum Takeoff Weight: 37,500 pounds (16,875 kilograms)
Cruising speed: 577 mph.
Range: 1,407 miles
Remote Control: System Planning Corporation's Command Transmitter
Frequency Range: 400-550 MHz in 100-kHz steps
RF Output Power:Exciter: 20 Watts; HPA: 1 kW
RF Power Control: 1-dB steps, 60-dB total range
Permissible Antenna VSWR: 2:1 continuously, 50 ohms nom.
Harmonics: -50 dBc at 1 kW
Spurious: -80 dBc at 1 kW
Deviation:± 300 kHz
Modulation Range:Internal: 7.5-73.95 kHz (IRIG-B tone frequencies)
Prime Power:180-228 VAC 3-phase Wye connection, 47-63 Hz; 5 kVA maximum per
rack, two connectors required (supplied); entrance at bottom center of each
Local Control, RF Power Monitor, and Exciter: supplied by 120 VAC nom. single-phase
by the HPA power supply Cooling: Forced air; all exhausts through rear panels
The killer jet partially seen in the security video picture may not have been
the F-16, but that plane fits everything that is known of the attacker. The
fact that at least one plane exists that satisfies the characteristics criteria
demanded by the evidence establishes that while the evidence indicates that
profile of the killer jet does not match the Boeing 757, that there is at least
one aircraft that does match all that we have verified about the murder weapon,
that fits all that the evidence tells us of the true killer jet.
Talking To The Enemy Indeed
(January 31, 2006)
In Iraq the U.S. is secretly talking with the 'insurgent' enemy... There will have to be actual significant policy changes by the American Empire or else -- especially when it comes to reversing Israeli apartheid and realigning American policies and interests in truly new ways, not just more rhetorical trickery and obfuscation.
Abbas, Shaath, Safieh, Fateh Officials Should Resign or Be Sacked
(January 30, 2006)
The danger of fractricidal conflict and civil war in Palestine -- an under-the-table goal pursued by the Israelis for some time no matter how much they deny it -- is now greater than ever. The major figures representing the exposed and corrupt remnants of Fateh are attempting to manipulate their way one way or another to retain money, guns, and power. Rather than resigning as he should Fateh's top man, Mahmoud Abbas, is using his considerable backing from the U.S., Israel, Europe, and the Arab 'client regimes' to attempt to keep himself and his cronies in power one way or another. It is an unprecedented dangerous political poker game of bluff, counter-bluff, and chicken being played out not just in occupied Palestine but on the regional and world stages as well and with quite unpredictable results at this point. Meanwhile the Iranians are racing ahead to prepare themselves for attack, the comatose 'peace process' is all but finally declared dead, international energy supply concerns and escalating prices could trigger more conflict and economic hard-times, and the Neocon/Evangelical regime in Washington (under unprecedented assault as the second article below suggests) is desperately seeking new ways for possible salvation and resurrection before the November 2006 mid-term election even as the still hesitant impeachment movement might yet gain traction.
LAWLESS WORLD Erupting Thursday in London
(January 30, 2006)
"...likely to cause a fierce new controversy on both sides of the Atlantic" the new edition of this damning book LAWLESS WORLD will not be published until Thursday in London, just hours after President Bush's State of the Union 2006 address to Congress at 9pm tomorrow. Major pressures are now building in both Washington and London to actually attempt to remove from power those who brought about the Iraq war through such chicanery and duplicity. But if the pressures really get too strong expect the tension with Iran to escalate further and maybe explode into military exchanges and/or another major 'terrorist attack' either from the pertrators most expect or from the underground manipulators connected to those in power whom many now suspect with considerable damning circumstantial evidence
Assassination Backlash - Hamas Landslide
(January 26, 2006)
When the Israelis released the founder of Hamas from prison some years ago they did so because they had attempted to assassinate in Amman the man who today heads Hamas from Damascus and they needed to provide King Hussein an excuse to give them back their caught and endangered Mossad henchmen. Then, a few years later, they assassinated Sheik Ahmed Yassin, a blind paraplegic who founded Hamas in the late 1980s, as he emerged from a Gaza Mosque one morning -- this on top of an ongoing anti-Hamas assassination campaign designed to dismember and weaken 'The Islamic Resistance Movement'. The actual result however is what happened yesterday in a sea of Hamas green.
Hamas Wins Big
(January 26, 2006)
There's a long history to why Hamas has been so victorious in occupied Palestine. And whatever the Israeli p.r. spin about what has happened they and the U.S. are really the midwives.
(January 25, 2006)
This day was destined to come sooner or later. With the Israelis having a considerable arsenal of nuclear weapons and the ability to delivery them
tactically to the battlefield as well as strategically by submarine and airplane a gross imbalance has been there in the region for some time already. Furthermore there should be no doubt that Israel's apartheid and bloodletting policies toward the Palestinians have been a major force enflaming Arab and Muslim sentiments throughout the region; while militant neo-imperialist U.S. policies on top of the
American-Israeli alliance and the rise of Christian Fundamentalism have fueled the raging passions and led to today's imbroglio.
(January 24, 2006)
Hamas is not taking power tomorrow in occupied Palestine; it is instead asserting power in what can be seen as a kind of historic political blowback for so many awful years of miserable corruption, gross ineptitude and dastardly co-optation by those whom the U.S., Israel, and the Arab 'client regimes' pushed so hard to date to lord over the millions of Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip. Call it as well a kind of democratic payback for the Israeli/U.S. assassinations of the senior generation of Palestinian leaders including in recent years the founder of Hamas, Sheik Ahmed Yassin, and the long-time Chairman of the PLO, Yasser Arafat.
Questions About 9/11 That Don't Go Away
(January 23, 2006)
So much of what is happening now in our world can be traced back to the year 2001 when Bush/Cheney and the Neocons came to power in Washington, Ariel Sharon came to power in Israel, and what we all now simply call 9/11 happened. But just what did really happen? Nagging questions not only are not going away, they are surfacing from credible people and need to be very seriously and independently investigated.
U.S. Caught In The Act In Occupied Palestine
(January 22, 2006)
American credibility has rarely been lower; American duplicity has rarely been higher; and the exposure of American lies and hypocrisy has rarely been more evident than in the lead story in today's Washington Post.
(January 21, 2006)
From MER in January 1997: Torture of Palestinians is not only routine and systematic, in it actually sanctioned by the Israeli legal system that has been twisted to serve Israeli policies. Going back to the Shinbet scandal of the early 1980's, even more sadistic forms of torture have given way to the kinds of 'legalized' torture methods outlined in this important article from one of the few independent and courageous media sources in Israel, The Alternative Information Center (AIC). Among the reasons the Israelis get away with such systematic torture of Palestinians is that hardly anyone is willing to protest. The so-called "Palestinian Authority" practices similar and even worse torture techniques, as do nearly all of the Arab governments in the region -- so they are hardly in a position to protest. And the "liberal" American Jewish community has been morally bankrupt about such issues for so long now that to speak up at this point would be to condemn themselves for permitting, and even encouraging in many cases, such Nazi-like behavior by the Israelis for decades.
"WAR on TERRORISM" - Noam Chomsky Lecture on 18 Jan
(January 20, 2006)
This important lengthy lecture was delivered a few days ago in Dublin. Plus information about how to get a unique and now rare video documentary about the start of the "New World Order" -- available now exclusively from MER. At the start of Gulf War I in 1991 -- the beginnings of the Bush-era "New World Order", Noam Chomsky came to Washington and spoke to a huge overflow audience at George Washington University. This video documentary captures the entirety of his speech as well as the extensive question and answer period that followed. This documentary is essential to a serious understanding of U.S. foreign policy worldwide today. Chomsky uniquely provides the background and understanding needed to appreciate what the War in Iraq is really all about as well as the many misrepresentations and lies Washington propogates so often about the Israeli-Palestinian "Peace Process". From the back of the video by Mark Bruzonsky: "There's no one like Chomsky if you want to truly understand the realities of both U.S. policies and the overall situation in the Middle East...
Any Questions or Comments - CHAT at 12pm today
(January 20, 2006)
If you hvae any Questions or Comments about this program or MER use CHAT at 12pm today (Washington, DC time)
Palestinian 'Election' Approaches...Still Maybe
(January 19, 2006)
In the end it may be that the failing remnants of the disgraced 'Palestinian Authority' -- after so many years of miserable corruption and co-optation -- are now too weak and fractured to even manage to 'postpone' the long-promised Legislative election... Now the past is coming back to haunt the PA -- and their godfathers as well.
PARADISE NOW or is it PARADISE LOST?
(January 18, 2006)
Though they run a far more effective propaganda network the Jewish and Zionist establishments don't always get their way and have in fact lost quite a bit of credibility and following. This article from earlier this week in The Christian Science Monitor. And we certainly hope that those in Iraq who are legitimately and so courageously standing up against the US/UK/Israeli invasion/occupation will decide to release the CSM correspondent they are holding hostage, showing that they are sophisticated enough to distinguish between hostile and friendly Christians and thereby giving hope amidst so much despair and bloodletting.
ISLAM, SEX and the INTERNET
(January 17, 2006)
The cultural and emotional differences between Islam and Christianity and Judaism are considerable -- never more so than in the areas relating to women and sexuality. This interesting but not really adequate article is from today's Guardian in the UK: SEMINAL QUESTIONS - As scholars question the place of nudity in marriage, Islamic clerics are hotly debating exactly what sexual practices are acceptable, writes Brian Whitaker
The Faster March To International War
(January 16, 2006)
Joining the rising chorus is a growing group of sometimes neo-con, sometimes evangelical, sometimes hustling and/or sponsored academics. They are now contributing to the growing 'New World Order' hysteria that now dominates American political life through the pages of associated magazines and newspapers. While Harvard Professor Niall Ferguson for instance is right indeed to be warning about the great dangers now immediately ahead, his analogies and heroes are so misguided and off the mark one has to wonder just who is really orchestrating and behind this kind of thing. This Ferguson article appeared over the weekend in The Telegraph published in the U.K.
Historic Anti-U.S./Israel Crucible of Hatred and Revenge
(January 15, 2006)
One day Pakistan will no longer be lead by a military General empowered by the U.S and manipulated by the CIA. Remember now that today's feared Zawahiri left his Cairo medical practice to oppose the U.S. when he felt Egypt was deceived and co-opted by the U.S. Bin Laden himself, after working with the Americans to oust the Soviets from Afghanistan and working intimately with the American-sponsored Royal Family of Saudi Arabia, turned against the U.S. when American troops on top of the CIA directly occupied his country. And of course Iraq is today a country erupting as a result of U.S. occupation and destruction while Iran is a country today still rebelling after so many years of tortuous rule by the Shah and so much CIA-plotting to control that country.
INFORMATION For Persons Using This Program MiddleEast.Org
(January 12, 2006)
Useful INFORMATION For Persons Using This Program always available at MiddleEast.Org/MER
What Sharon Has Wrought; and What He Has Left
(January 12, 2006)
Understanding what has happened between Israel and Palestinians over the years requires not only expert analysis but considerable memory, ideological as well as political understanding, and an ability to put the historical pieces all together. Meron Benviniste's article today in Ha'aretz is of considerable help in summarizing the situation past, present, and maybe future.
Ariel Sharon - by Robert Fisk
(January 6, 2006)
There are few journalists who have the knowledge and perspective of Robert Fisk. This from his recent book, footnoted at the end and highly recommended.
Chaos and Geostrategic Changes of Historic Consequences Looming
(January 6, 2006)
The Year 2006 is now more ominous than ever.
Sharon's Huge Legacy
(January 5, 2006)
Sharon's legacy is overwhelming, and not for the positive
MER Mark Bruzonsky on Channel 5 Evening News Tonight in Washington, DC area
(January 4, 2006)
MER Mark Bruzonsky on Channel 5 Evening News Tonight in Washington, DC area
Sharon - 'significant stroke' reported tonight in Israel
(January 4, 2006)
Sharon - 'significant stroke' reported tonight in Israel