US sponsoring terrorism

Interview with Stephen Lendman, author of “How Wall Street Flee America”
Iran has recently exposed irrefutable evidence revealing the official involvement of the United States government in anti-Iran planning and  conducting acts of sabotage and terror in Iran and other regional countries.

The revelations came a day after the Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei described the US as the great terrorist in the world.

In an interview with Press TV Stephen Lendman , author of “How Wall Street Flee America”, has talked of how US has responded to the evidence disclosed by Iran.

Press TV: Stephen thanks so much for being with us. Let’s just speak about how America is going to respond to these allegations. As I said of course these are not allegations that are being presented for the first time, Iran has been speaking about these allegations for long now. But now they have been presented with documents to the United Nations even it was announced to the US government.

Tell us what America is going to do about this? at this critical time and of course as you have been telling us a lot lately as it’s facing the situation at home Mr. Jalili [Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council] did refer in his remarks there to the 99 percent and one percent and he said our message to you American people is that your statesmen are now working for the one percent of power holders who benefit from the wars, who benefit from the capitalist system.

Lendman: Well, America is a hegemon. America simply does not care what any other nation thinks. America does whatever it wants to do. I wanted to scan the major media, every some of the important parts of it and see if there is any comment about Iran turning in documents as you’ve reported. I kept a New York Times which would be a lead paper. I saw nothing. Maybe something on the back page, a short article, but saying something brief and putting it well into the paper, few people will notice it.

It will also depend what kind of a headline they give it. Sometimes the headline has nothing to do with the issue at hand and when they do say something of significance in an article about an issue but say it appeared on the front page, at most they would bury the most important information people need to know well into the article and most people who read newspapers New York Times or any of the others or Time magazine , Newsweek and so on, they won’t read the whole article , they’ll look at the headlines, the title – they’ll read the first three, five half a dozen paragraphs maybe a little more than that. At most they will scan the rest of it, they won’t even know what Iran did, what the issue is.

At the same time, this is nothing new about this. I live here. I live in Chicago and I call this country what it is, it is global menace. It’s been that way at least since World War II and you can find statements by US officials including  some so-called dubs who made ,not is overtly belligerent,  it’s some of the comments that you hear today specially from republicans but also democrats these people are warriors, but even the dubs forty, fifty years ago made comments that if you read them closely they basically would say America has global interests, we simply can’t worry about things like civil liberties and human rights, we can’t worry about the fact that you know we call it also democracy, we need to act that way.

Well, what the issue is, America has a small percentage of the world’s population, it has a big need for the world’s resources and America will just take upon itself to go out and grab whatever it wants and that’s the way it’s going to be and these comments come from people who are dubs but they say it more diplomatically than that.

It’s a terrible situation. I literally think humanity is at risk and I say one thing about the Occupy Wall Street movement. I don’t think these people understand this. There is some anti-war sentiment being expressed but it’s mostly about corporate greed and so on. They need to focus on everything.

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Immigratie Nederland bereikt hoogste punt in tien jaar tijd

De immigratie in Nederland heeft vorig kwartaal het hoogste niveau bereikt in tien jaar. Van juli tot en met september emigreerden ruim 57.000 mensen vanuit het buitenland naar Nederland. Dat is meer dan in alle andere kwartalen vanaf 2001. Dat blijkt uit de nieuwste cijfers van het Centraal Bureau voor de Statistiek.

De immigratie uit niet-westerse landen, waar dit kabinet, en zeker gedoogpartner PVV, het gevoeligst voor zijn, is relatief laag. Dat is overigens al jaren het geval: 651 Marokkanen en 1.136 Turken immigreerden.

Hun aantallen nemen overigens niet af, zoals de PVV eiste bij het aangaan van de politieke samenwerking met het kabinet van VVD en CDA. Overigens blijft in de politieke discussie buiten beschouwing dat mensen ook vertrekken. Tegenover 651 Marokkaanse immigranten stonden 412 emigranten naar Marokko.

Van Wilders’ wens van immigratiedaling is geen sprake

Van de door Wilders gewenste immigratiedaling is, iets meer dan een jaar na het aantreden van het kabinet, niets zichtbaar. Hoe gevoelig immigratie en asiel in de huidige politieke verhoudingen zijn, bleek afgelopen week weer bij de Angolees Mauro Manuel.

In een reactie zegt de woordvoerder van minister Leers: “De groei is toe te rekenen aan immigratie van binnen de EU. Die is groot en groeit. Daar hebben wij weinig invloed op.”

Altijd immigratiepiek in derde kwartaal

De immigratie verdubbelde in vergelijking met het tweede kwartaal van dit jaar. Hier lijkt ook seizoensinvloed in het spel. Het aantal immigranten piekt altijd in het derde kwartaal van een jaar.

De meeste immigranten kwamen uit andere landen van de Europese Unie. Meer dan 6.000 van hen waren Pools. Daarna komen Duitsers, Britten en Spanjaarden. Buiten de Europese Unie droegen vooral China (2.622) en de landen van de voormalige Sovjet-Unie (2.252) bij aan het immigratierecord.

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Syria blasts US for ‘blatant interference’

DAMASCUS (AFP) — Damascus on Saturday strongly condemned Washington after the US State Department advised Syrians against surrendering following an amnesty for those who give up weapons, as a human rights group said three were killed in Homs.

“The American administration disclosed again its blatant interference in Syria’s internal affairs, and its policy which supports killing, in addition to its funding of the terrorist groups in Syria,” SANA state news agency said citing a foreign ministry official.

Syria’s interior ministry announced an amnesty on Friday for people who surrender their weapons between Saturday and November 12 in a concession to mark the Eid al-Adha feast, state television reported.

The State Department on Friday advised Syrians against surrendering to President Bashar Assad’s regime.

“I wouldn’t advise anybody to turn themselves in to regime authorities at the moment,” said spokeswoman Victoria Nuland, adding Assad’s regime had so far failed to live up to a deal to end eight months of violence struck on Wednesday.

“This would be about the fourth amnesty that they’ve offered since I took this job about five months ago,” she told reporters. “So we’ll see if it has any more traction than it’s had in the past.”

SANA, citing the ministry official, said Syria “condemns these irresponsible statements which only aim at inciting sedition, supporting the acts of killing and the terrorism practiced by the armed groups against the Syrian citizens.”

“The Syrian government calls on the international community to stand against these policies which contradict with the provisions of the international law and the UN Security Council’s resolutions related to combating terrorism and financing it,” added the English-language report.

Tank fire killed at least three civilians in the besieged city of Homs on Saturday, a Syrian rights group said, in a continuation of efforts to put down a seven month anti-government uprising despite an Arab League deal to halt bloodshed.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, headed by exiled dissident Rami Amdelrahmen, said the three were killed in tank bombardments on the Bab Amro district of Homs, which have been going on since Tuesday.

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Israel begins deporting Gaza boat activists

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli authorities on Saturday began deporting pro-Palestinian activists who tried to breach the Jewish state’s naval blockade of the Gaza Strip.

The Israeli navy on Friday intercepted a Canadian vessel and an Irish boat carrying 27 activists and medical supplies which had set sail from Turkey toward the Gaza Strip.

An Israeli Immigration Authority spokeswoman said two Greek citizens were flown home on Saturday and two journalists, one American and one Spanish, were to board flights on Sunday.

One Israeli citizen was released, as was an Egyptian woman who had crossed back to neighboring Egypt overnight, the spokeswoman said. Twenty one other activists were being held in custody in Israel and were awaiting deportation.

In May 2010, Israeli commandos boarded a Turkish aid vessel to enforce the naval blockade of the Palestinian enclave, and killed nine Turks in clashes with activists, some of them armed with clubs and knives.

There were no injuries in the interception of the two boats on Friday.

Israel has blockaded Gaza since the Islamist group Hamas seized control of the territory in 2007, citing the need to prevent weapons smuggling.

A U.N. report on Israel’s interception of the Turkish aid ship said the  blockade was a “legitimate security measure,” but added that Israel had used unreasonable force in its raid on the ship. Turkey expelled Israel’s envoy and  froze military cooperation with Israel over the Jewish state’s refusal to apologize for the killings.

Pro-Palestinian groups behind the latest attempt to reach Gaza by sea condemn the blockade as illegal and inhumane. A spokeswoman for the Irish Ship to Gaza group said on Friday they would continue to send boats until the blockade is  lifted.

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Iran, Egypt women hold meeting on MENA

An Egyptian woman stands in front of Egyptian police forces.
A number of Iranian and Egyptian women experts and officials have held a meeting to discuss developments in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, Press TV reports.

The one-day meeting, entitled Women’s Role in Egypt’s Revolution, was held in the Iranian capital Tehran on Tuesday.

During the gathering, the Egyptian women revolutionaries discussed the role that women played in the revolution that toppled former President Hosni Mubarak earlier this year.

They noted that Iran was a model for Egyptian revolutionaries during the early days of their struggle for freedom and democracy.

“The revolution in Egypt and other Arab countries, as well as the popular protests in the West, have all been inspired by Iran’s revolution,” Egyptian researcher Awatel Aboshady told Press TV on the sidelines of the meeting.

Naglaa Elkaluby, who also participated in the meeting, said that Iran is the standard-bearer of revolutions throughout the region, adding, “We see Iran’s revolution as a model that moved our revolution forward.”

The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces took power in Egypt following Mubarak’s ouster on February 11, when massive protests ended his 30-year rule.

Iran severed ties with Egypt after Cairo signed the 1978 Camp David Accords with Israel and offered asylum to Iran’s deposed dictator Mohammad Reza Pahlavi.

In April 2011, Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil al-Arabi called for the normalization of ties with Iran, saying Cairo was committed to improving long-frozen relations with Tehran.

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Israeli Apartheid Wall

In 2002/3 Israel started the construction of a separation barrier of 670 km around the West Bank to stop the attacks on Israel. At first it was a plan of the Arbeidspartij – along the green line (pre-1967 border) –but Likoed took the idea and changed it buy getting the wall on occupied country. In other words, Israel stole land from the Palestinians. In this time many Palestinians, Arab  countries and  peace activists arrived in resistance.

In Palestine everyone has every time thought and said that the building the wall is the prelude to an annexation of the parts of the West Bank, where many Jewish settlers has build their houses. These illegal buildings are in line with the plan of Israel of a unilateral solution to the conflict betweenPalestine and the Zionist government of Israel.

July 2004 the International Court of Justice (ICJ) had declared that the barrier was illegal and the construction immediately had to be stopped, but Israel – as always – did not listen to the world and went on building an Apartheid wall on occupied land.

The United  Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs estimates that more  than 10% of the West Bank – home to nearly 50,000 Palestinians – falls on the  Israeli side.

A wall between people is an act of war, no trust and has to be stopped; the Berlin has  fallen and these wall has to be stopped and get away. The occupation and  isolation of Palestine has to be stopped, right now. The Palestinians have  right on their own country, their sovereign state and their own land and Israel  has to pull back to the borders of 1967, right now.




Kuwait increases contribution to UNRWA

UNITED NATIONS: Kuwait, bent on maintaining financial support for the UN agency that aids Palestinian refugees, increased its annual contribution to it from $1.5 million to $2 million this year, affirmed a diplomat of the Gulf State.

Kuwait joined the consultative committee of the UNRWA, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East, this year, and increased its annual financial aid in line with its strong advocacy of the just Palestinian cause and significance of the UN agency tasks, said Hassan Abulhassan, the Third Secretary of the Kuwaiti Mission at the UN, in an address
on behalf of the Kuwaiti delegation to the UN General Assembly’s Political Affairs and Decolonization Committee, held as part
of the UNGA 66th session, late on Thursday.

Abulhassan, who praised UNRWA General Commissioner Filippo Grandi and his staff for their devotion in the service, expressed
concern at Grandi’s report regarding financial difficulties in the agency. He called in this respect on the international community to continue aiding UNRWA so it could continue its humanitarian missions.

UNRWA deserves to be praised for enormous efforts it has exerted since its establishment in support of health, educational, social and humanitarian services for Palestinian refugees in the occupied territories and the host countries, he said. State of Kuwait will continue to back the agency till settling question of the Palestinian refugees, he said, stressing on their right to return home on basis of the UNGA Resolution 194.

Abulhassan re-affirmed Kuwait’s solidarity with the Palestinian people in their quest to attain their full rights, as stipulated by the relevant UN resolutions. He also urged Israel to abide by UN resolutions 242 and 338, principle of swapping territories for peace and the road map that all call for Israel’s withdrawal from the territories it has occupied since 1967 to pave way for establishment of the independent Palestinian state, with East Jerusalem as its capital.

Israeli forces’ continuing destruction of the Palestinian infrastructure, killing and maltreating unarmed Palestinians have worsened the bad conditions in the occupied territories. Moreover, he said, the Israeli siege that has been imposed on Gaza since four years ago has resulted in deterioration of health services and aggravated psychological suffering among the natives, who have been deprived of freedom of movement.

UNRWA provides assistance, protection and advocacy for some five million registered Palestine refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and the occupied Palestinian territory, pending a solution to their plight. It is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions from UN member states. The international agency is the main provider of basic services, education, health, relief and social services to the refugees.

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News of Palestine 04.11.2011

No word re Irish rugby star Trevor Hogan since this txt “Kidnapped, being held against our will. Boat nearly destroyed by Israeli army..”

Journalists held as Israeli navy boards Gaza peace flotilla | Media

in pic NOW: American Citizens Occupy Israeli embassy for #FreedomWaves flotilla solidarity march. #OWS @OccupyWallSt

RT @PALWaves Israeli police say @Majdkayyal has been released from Israeli detention over 10 minutes ago. #FreedomWaves

From prison, @alaa blogs that we was offered an instant release if he stopped criticizing Tantawi; he refused

Writers are currently detained by Israel –> Keeping the @CanadaBoatGaza‘s promise: Freedom Waves are just beginning

RT @bangpound ACTION IN PROGRESS: Activists occupy the Israeli consulate in Boston. Follow @kade_ellis for updates. #FreedomWaves

Immigration Authority: 4 flotilla activists taken to hearing prior to deport…

FREE all #FreedomWaves participants immediately!!

RT @theIMEU: Israel’s Siege of Gaza and Humanitarian Flotillas – Legal Background #rights #Palestine via @twttimes

France says it will abstain from UN Security Council vote on Palestinian

Israeli Navy boards Gaza protest boats

In the West Bank, a woman’s struggle for change

Father of Scottish journalist abducted aboard #Gaza #flotilla fears for his son: #FreedomWaves

Article written by two #FreedomWaves delegates currently detained by Israel #cdnpoli #p2ca #Canada4Gaza

Bahrain security forces clash with protesters

Tear gas and armoured vehicles used to disperse protesters after funeral of father of opposition leader.

Security forces in Bahrain have used tear gas and armoured vehicles to drive back hundreds of protesters advancing toward a heavily guarded square that was once the center of pro-reform demonstrations in the Gulf nation.

Witnesses said hundreds of demonstrators marched to Pearl Square in Bahrain’s capital Manama after a funeral procession on Friday morning for the 78-year-old father of an opposition leader.

According to the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights, Ali Hasan al-Dehi was beaten to death by riot police on Wednesday while returning to his home in the village of Dehi. Opposition groups claim he died as a result of his alleged treatment by police.

The United States, whose Fifth Fleet is based in Bahrain, called on all sides to exercise restraint. It urged the government to be fully transparent in the investigation of what happened to al-Dehi.

“We, the US, would encourage full transparency as this case proceeds and we obviously call on everybody to exercise restraint,” Victoria Nuland, a US state department spokeswoman, said in Washington.

“It is a fragile time in Bahrain as all sides wait for the Bahraini independent commission of inquiry report.”

The head of the commission, which was set up to investigate allegations of human rights violations in Bahrain during months of unrest, on Monday was quoted as saying that he had found evidence of systematic torture.

But the Bahraini ministry of health denied the accusation, saying that al-Dehi had died from a heart attack after he fell unconscious at his home.

Al-Dehi was the father of Hussein al-Dehi, who is the deputy-head of the main Shia opposition group. Authorities said he died of natural causes.

After his funeral, hundreds of mainly Shia Bahrainis tried to make their way toward the former Pearl Roundabout – the site where anti-government protests first began.

With assistance from troops from other gulf countries, the government ended the protests with a violent crackdown that reportedly killed dozens.

Video and images uploaded on social media websites on Friday appeared to show police cars driving at protesters in several locations.

Nabeel Rajab, president of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights, said the government had blocked roads to try to prevent people from attending the funeral ceremony.

Bahrain is hoping to conclude an arms deal with the United States but the purchase could hinge on the results of the commission investigating this year’s unrest and claims by Shias of abuse they suffered during martial law.

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‘Eyewitness Gaza’ raises questions

Photographer Skip Schiel collaborated with filmmaker
Tom Jackson on the new short documentary “Eyewitness Gaza,” to be screened
Wednesday, Nov. 16 at Belfast Free Library.

Belfast — “Eyewitness Gaza,” a 50-minute film describing the daily lives of people in the violence-torn, occupied region of Gaza, part of the Palestinian state, will be shown Wednesday, Nov. 16 at 6 p.m. in the Abbott Room of Belfast Free Library, 106 High St. This is the third feature of the fall third-Wednesday film series sponsored by the Peace and Justice Group of Waldo County.

Photographer Skip Schiel has taken hundreds of photos of the people and happenings in Gaza, especially those of its youth. How does the siege mentality harm the people of Gaza? How is the lack of day-to-day security affect their lives? How can the people in Gaza rebuild their lives, harmed so much by the policies of the Israeli government and military? And how might the Arab Spring influence what happens next in Gaza?

Filmmaker Tom Jackson of Portsmouth, N.H., will present his brand new film, describe how it was made and suggest some of the messages in it. The evening is free and open to the public, with donations appreciated. A discussion of the Palestine/Israel situation and the United States’ role in it will follow the film.

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