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4 June 2006
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WHAT HAPPENED THEN WAS PRECURSOR TO NOW

MER FLASHBACK - MiddleEast.Org - Washington - 4 June 2006:    Eight years ago the political manueverings with the CIA, the Palestinian Authority, Hamas, and of course Israel, the Mossad, and Washington, were considerable. What was done then is precursor to what has happened since and what is being planned now. Now the CIA and Mossad are more involved with the Fateh movement headed by Mahmoud Abbas than ever before, arming them in fact for the civil war the Israelis have long considered a good alternative if the Palestinians couldn't be forced to sign away their rights and live as Indians on Reservations 'peacefully'. This MER Flashback to June 1998:



MER SCOOPS THEM ALL - BY 3 WEEKS!

MER - MiddleEast.Org Washington - 8 June 1998: Months before a front-page NEW YORK TIMES story that Arafat's "Palestinian Authority" was being trained by and working closely with the CIA, MER had already published two articles detailing the CIA's extensive involvement with the PA, including personal visits by Rajoub Jabril to the CIA Headquarters at Langley, Virginia, and training of Arafat's bodyguards and others at "the farm".

Now once again little MER has scooped them all. Yesterday the major Israeli newspaper Ha'aretz reported for the first time that during May Israel and the "Palestinian Authority" cooperated to prevent Sheikh Ahmed Yassin from visiting South Africa where an eager Muslim community was excitedly making preparations.

Stay tuned. Iran and other Arab countries are now seriously considering annointing Sheik Yassin, and Hamas, the recognized representatives of the Palestinians. Hamas offices are sprouting up in Iran, Syria, Sudan, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia; even while the Hashemite Regime in Jordan and the Lebanese have been pressured by the Israelis and Arafat to refuse further visits from Yassin.

Meanwhile, the Israelis and the Americans are politically manipulating the growing credibility of Hamas in order to try to further pressure Yasser Arafat into signing the latest deals they want him to endorse, arguing that unless he keeps the "peace process" alive the movement toward Hamas might escalate even further. And sure enough, as he has so often before, Arafat is likely to buy into these latest schemes, dependent as he has become on Washington and Israel for the surival of himself and his cronies.


FIRST PUBLISHED BY MER 14 MAY JUST AS BELOW


MANDELA BLOCKS SHEIK YASSIN FROM VISITING SOUTH AFRICA

MER - Washington - 14 May:

Every once and awhile Nelson Mandela seems to forget who he is; well actually, who he was.

Now this little incident with the Hamas leader, Sheik Yassin, didn't quite make it into the "mainstream" news, but it is both interesting and politically significant.

While the Muslim community of South Africa was preparing to welcome the blind paraplegic Sheik Yassin earlier this month, the post-Apartheid Black South African government was being bombarded with pressures to keep Yassin out, and in the end caved.

It was a combination of pressures applied by the powerful South African Jewish community as well as Yasser Arafat's "Palestinian Authority", both working the same side of the fence this time.

Yassin, on a triumphant international tour which saw him greeted practically like a head of state in Saudi Arabia and Iran, was on his way to South Africa, only to learn that Mandela had decided to deny him a visa!

Quite outrageous really. Yassin wasn't asking to come on any "official" visit. He simply was to be the guest of the Muslim community of South Africa.

It was the triumph of political expediency and financial interests over principle -- not so unusual these days. Except that it came from the government of Nelson Mandela, the man who had just recently lectured Bill Clinton, in public, about the need for the U.S. to stop ostracizing and embargoing Libya, Sudan, Cuba, et. al.

But even with the Clinton visit there was a foretaste of Mandela's somewhat schizophrenic situation these days. With the U.S. still applying near-genocidal sanctions against Iraq, and still looking for the moment to further prostrate that country, Mandela was quiet about Iraq during Clinton's visit.

When it comes to the Palestinians and the "Peace Process", however, one could have expected Mandela to try a lot harder not to succumb. After all, the map of what is being done to the Palestinians these days looks remarkably similar to the hodge-podge map that was the old Bantustan policy in his own country and for which he languished in prison 27 years until the White Apartheid government relinquished control.

As for Hamas, supposedly a little deal has now been worked out, even if to many it seems more deflective smokescreen than anything else. Having found himself treated with less commotion in Riyadh and Tehran than Yassin, Arafat's handlers have been telling Hamas that after Yasser makes his own visit to South Africa they won't further try to block Yassin from doing so.

Whether Mandela and government will eventually wake up to the reality that the Arafat "Authority" is no liberation organization like was the ANC, but is much more akin to a Vichy-type regime,* seems doubtful at the moment.

* The Nazi-installed regime that governed France during the German occupation in World War II.



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ISRAELIS GO BERSERK AS WORLD WATCHES
(June 30, 2006)
Dreaming or Waking? Reality or Nightmare? The Israelis have lost all perspective and all credibility. Over many years they have created the situation that is today exploding. Over many years they have provoked the response they are now getting. When will the world community step in and right the wrongs the UN itself, and so many of the western nations, most especially the US and the UK, are so complicitous in creating?

NEOCONS Attack - Prince of Darkness in the Washington Post
(June 26, 2006)
The "Neocons", that cabal of individuals and groups that planned and plotted the 'New World Order', many of whom are hard-line Zionist and Jewish, is at it big time. Behind the scenes as well as out front the "Neocons" are pushing and manuevering more than ever, even though they are more exposed and some say more on the defensive than in earlier years. Over the weekend none other than the Prince of Darkness himself, Richard Perle, made an unusually direct assault on the Bush Administration, however seemingly obliquely by targeting Condi more directly than George. Furthermore, more and more, it is the editorial page of The Washington Post, feeling the heat from such publications as the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Times, that makes itself available to the "Neocons".

Bush Affair With Condi? Can It Be?
(June 20, 2006)
Who knows what to believe anymore about what's going on at the heart of the American Empire in this imperial capital. This is not our usual thing, that's for sure. But the 'mainstream media' has so discredited itself in recent years by missing, ommitting, and wrongly spinning so many critical stories that the Washington rumors about this one can't just be dismissed and poohooyed totally. I

US BUILDING STEALTH PERMANENT BASES IN IRAQ
(June 19, 2006)
When pressed in public American officials say they are not building 'permanent bases' in Iraq. But then just what is the definition of 'permanent bases' and just where are all those billions going and what are all those contractors doing in Iraq? Americans officials have certainly earned considerable skepticism and disbelief about what they say -- to say the least! Nearly half of the American public do not even believe the official 9/11 story and when asked by pollsters says another investigation not run by government is needed.

Israel and US Prepare Palestinians For Civil War
(June 18, 2006)
In recent weeks clandestine arms shipments have gone from the Jordanians via Israel to the forces of Mahmoud Abbas, long connected with the Americans and the CIA. Now rather buried and camaflouged in this Haaretz article published today is limited information how the Fateh forces are being built-up, armed and financed, by a coalition that includes the Israelis, the Americans, the Arab 'client regimes', and the more skeptical but nevertheless on board Europeans. Unless the Palestinians could be forced into a rump and unreal Palestinian State more imprisoning them than freeing them, the alternative Israeli policy has been for some time to foment a fratricidal Palestinian civil war. They are now closer to this goal than ever.

Imperial America - Democracy Slipping Away
(June 17, 2006)
The warnings that American Democracy itself is endangered have been coming from the heart of the political and intellectual establishment for some years now; but the public just doesn't get it and the corporate military-industrial media just won't focus on it. Walter Cronkite has tried to speak up, but he has been side-lined and muzzled. Bill Moyers has tried to speak up, but he has been exiled from PBS. Just yesterday, by 5 to 4 with the two Bush appointees voting with the government, one of the main 'exclusion laws' enshrined in British Common Law since the 14th century as well as long-held Supreme Court precedents was overturned. Now police can invade private homes without knocking and announcing - something Americans have always expected and indeed demanded. This article about the new 'Usurping King Called George' is published today in The Guardian in London, just as 'The Israel Lobby' article couldn't be published in the US but had to be published instead in The London Review of Books.

WHAT HAPPENED THEN WAS PRECURSOR TO NOW
(June 4, 2006)
Eight years ago the political manueverings with the CIA, the Palestinian Authority, Hamas, and of course Israeli, the Mossad, and Washington, were considerable. What was done then is precursor to what has happened since and what is being planned now. Now the CIA and Mossad are more involved with the Fateh movement headed by Mahmoud Abbas than ever before, arming them in fact for the civil war the Israelis have long considered a good alternative if the Palestinians couldn't be forced to sign away their rights and live as Indians on Reservations 'peacefully'. This MER Flashback to June 1998:

IRAQ: SHOCK AND AWE INDEED
(June 4, 2006)
Even the U.S.-approved and backed new Prime Minister of occupied Iraq has lashed out at the Americans declaring that what happened at Haditha was not an aberation but "common" -- yes indeed that's the actual word he used a few days ago. Hardly the kind of thing Americans will hear on their Sunday talk-shows, nor can they read Robert Fisk's pithy analysis and truth-telling in their newspapers.

Stealing America to Force the 'New World Order'
(June 3, 2006)
Using various deceitful and hidden techniques and methods they stole both elections in 2000 and 2004. They repeatedly big lied about the Iraq War, and so much else, maybe it now seems even 9/11 itself. They've brought both Iraq and Palestine to the verge of impoverishment and historic civil war. And now the plans of the corporate titans in league with the Zionist Neocons and the hard-right Evangelicals are to further enforce their unstable 'New World Order' come what may, truth be damned, even with both devastating climate change and the growing risk of World War III in the balance. The "mega-crisis" we've warned of all week may soon become the lasting legacy of so much historic political theft and debachery. It's a kind of criminal political bankruptcy far worse than the massive economic bankruptcy of Enron and Bush's dear friend 'Kenny Boy'.

American Chicanery in the Middle East - now 'mega-crisis' looming
(June 2, 2006)
What the U.S. has done in the past in the Middle East, nearly always in tandem with the Israelis of course for quite some time, is considerably responsible for the current explosive situation in the region. What the U.S., Israel, and the UK are doing now may well in the end result in the "mega-crisis" predicted in the important recent article by David Hirst which MER featured earlier this week.

MEGA-CRISIS LOOMS Warns Senior Journalist David Hirst
(June 1, 2006)
Iraq, Palestine, Iran - the plans for 'regime change' by the pro-Israeli US neocons is threatening a mega-crisis in the region that will be felt around the world




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