“At any given moment there is an orthodoxy, a body of ideas which it is assumed all right-thinking people will accept without question. It is not exactly forbidden to state this or that or the other, but it is ‘not done.’ Anyone who challenges the prevailing orthodoxy finds himself silenced with surprising effectiveness. A genuinely unfashionable opinion is almost never given a fair hearing, either in the popular press or in the highbrow periodicals.”
George Orwell

digest note:
If you haven't got more than a 'gut feeling' that the ridiculous, relentless NIE psywar propaganda and 'gut feelings', signal a new heavy dose of U.S. imperialist state terror you may be brain-dead. 'al-qaeda' is a made-in-usa cipher to criminalize resistance, to justify U.S. global war of terror for global domination, and to whip up even more racist patriotic "homeland" support for historically unprecedented imperialist crimes.
[see http://www.burbankdigest.com/7/15/7 for detailed documentation]

a confession?...
"The same folks that are bombing innocent people in Iraq were the ones who attacked us in America on September the 11th..."
GWB, July '07 press conference

New National intelligence report: Al-Qaida may use Iraqi network to attack homeland:
The report lays out a range of dangers - from al-Qaida to Lebanese Hezbollah to non-Muslim radical groups - that pose a "persistent and evolving threat" to the country over the next three years. http://tinyurl.com/2nt7k9

"When a cause comes along and you know in your bones it is just yet refuse to defend it--at that moment you begin to die. And I have never seen so many corpses walking around talking about justice."
Mumia Abu-Jamal


Digest Commentary: There are WAKE UP calls ... and "wake up calls":
PCR's 'wake up' call below is the latter, telling part of the truth in order to sell the life-support lie of criminally complicit democrat "opposition".
the lie that the source of the horrors is an electoral party, not the political economic system all parties serve and support. imperialism is not electoral party politics and politicians. Electoral parties/politics are designed to keep us supporting the world's #1 enemy instead of resisting it.

As the digest has reported, the stage is indeed being set for another 'national emergency'...another state terrorist 'event' ...as pretext and justification for expanding its war against the oppressed and working class peoples and nations by declaring martial law to prevent and crush resistance to its fascist crimes. The state will ultimately fail if we rise up ... as the Iraqi national resistance and historically anti-imperialist-zionist revolutionary movements prove.

How much clearer can it be that the bipartisan ruling class is strategically united, under cynical shows of ritualistic "opposition", behind state terrorist war to keep U.S. capitalism #1?

How much more will you deplore and then ignore this crisis driving the world toward nuclear war without taking responsibility to resist the U.S.-
zionist fascist juggernaut?

This is a wake-up call: we are about to have another 9/11-WMD experience.
By Paul Craig Roberts
...Intelligent observers are puzzled that President Bush is persisting in a futile and unpopular war at the obvious expense of his party’s electoral chances in 2008. In the July 18 Los Angeles Times (“Bush the Albatross”), Ronald Brownstein reminds us that Bush’s behavior is disastrous for his political party... Brownstein notes that with Bush’s dismal approval rating, this implies a total wipeout of the Republicans in 2008... A number of pundits have concluded that the reason the Democrats have not brought a halt to Bush’s follies is that they expect Bush’s unpopular policies to provide them with a landslide victory next year. There is a problem with this reasoning. It assumes that Cheney, Rove,and the Republicans are ignorant of these facts or are content for the Republican Party to be destroyed after Bush has his warmonger-police state fling. “After me, the deluge.” Isn’t it more likely that Cheney and Rove have in mind events that will, once again, rally the people behind President Bush and the Republican Party that is fighting the “war on terror” that the Democrats “want to lose”? ...
Such events could take a number of forms... false flag “terrorist” strikes could be orchestrated in the US.

[Digest note: see Pentagon P20G Plan to Provoke Terrorist Attacks by Chris Floyd, 11/1/02 http://www.themoscowtimes.com/ ]

Many Americans dismiss suspicion of their government as treasonous, and most believe conspiracy to be impossible “because someone would talk.”
There is no basis in any known fact for this opinion.
According to polls, 36% of the American people disbelieve the 9/11 Commission Report. Despite this lack of confidence, and despite the numerous omissions and errors in the report, it has proven impossible to have an independent investigation of 9/11 or to examine the official explanation in public debate. Even experts and people with a lifetime of distinguished public service are dismissed as “conspiracy theorists,” “kooks,” and “traitors” if they question the official explanation of 9/11. This despite the fact that war in the Middle East, a long-planned goal of Bush’s neoconservative administration, could not have been initiated without a “new Pearl Harbor.”...
The Bush administration [digest note: couldn't do it without Democrats support] is preparing us for more terrorist attacks. The latest intelligence report says that Al Qaeda has regrouped, rebuilt, and has the ability to come after us again. “Al Qaeda will intensify its efforts to put operatives here,” says the report. Security operatives, such as Michael Chertoff, and various instruments of administration propaganda have warned that we will be attacked before next year’s election. Chertoff is not a person who wants to be known as Chicken Little for telling us that the sky is falling...Once the US experiences new attacks, Bush will be vindicated. His voice will be confident as he speaks to the nation: “My administration knew there would be more attacks from these terrorists who hate us and our way of life and are determined to destroy every one of us. If only more of you had believed me and supported my war on terror these new attacks would not have happened...If only more Americans had trusted their government, this would not have happened.”... Anyone should be able to write the script.

Paul Craig Roberts, Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in the Reagan administration, Associate Editor of the Wall Street Journal editorial page and Contributing Editor of National Review can be reached at: PaulCraigRoberts@yahoo.com

Clinton criticizes Bush on Iraq
WASHINGTON, July 19 (Reuters) - Former President Bill Clinton on Thursday criticized President George W. Bush's administration for failing in Iraq, saying there was no evidence of much-needed political or diplomatic progress... "I believe that Gen. Petraeus is a very able man and I don't have any doubts that they'll win some battles," Clinton said. "I hope this works. I think every American hopes this works. But it can't work beyond winning a few battles. It has to be accompanied by ... progress on the political front."... "The point is, there is no military victory here," he said in an interview on ABC's Good Morning America. [digest note: "political solution" is code for democrat's Plan B "exit strategy", dividing Iraq into 3 pieces, effectively and deliberately eliminating it as a nation the U.S. needs to but cannot conquer] http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N19324644.htm

Beyond Orwell and Kafka
By Gabriele Zamparini

Former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet died this week. He won’t be missed. Now imagine Augusto Pinochet visiting the United States while he was carrying out torture and mass murdering in Chile. Imagine the “largest coalition of peace and justice organizations in the U.S.” welcoming the ruthless murderer, “it is our pleasure to welcome you in the United States”. This is what indeed happened this past summer when United for Peace and Justice’s National Coordinator Leslie Cagan wrote an open letter to puppet Iraqi Prime Minister Al-Maliki.

Dear Prime Minister Al-Maliki,
On behalf of United for Peace and Justice, the largest coalition of peace and justice organizations in the U.S., which includes more than 1,400 national and local groups united in opposition to the U.S. war in Iraq, it is our pleasure to welcome you in the United States.

Of course it would be wrong and ungenerous the comparison; next to Al-Maliki and his sectarian death squads government, Pinochet would seem a boy scout....

Intellectuals and activists of the Imperial anti-war movement started immediately after the invasion to legitimize the “supreme international crime” by supporting the so-called “political process”, a Trojan horse studied to destroy Iraq and force its people into a civil war.... part of the plan to install a quisling government, getting the approval of vultures and hyenas of the 'international community' and preparing for the eventual partition of the country.

The Imperial Democrats got back the Imperial Congress. On Wednesday, November 8th, 2006 Michael Moore published on his website LANDSLIDE! ...a big thanks:

"Friends, You did it! We did it! The impossible has happened: A majority of Americans have soundly and forcefully removed Bush's party from control of the House of Representatives and the Republicans have also, miraculously, been tossed out of running our United States Senate. This was done because the American people wanted to make two things crystal clear: End this war, and stop Mr. Bush from doing any more damage to this country we love. That is what this election was about. Nothing else. Just that. And it's a message that has sent shock waves throughout Washington -- and a note of hope around this troubled world. (…)

The Washington Post clearly illustrated the “note of hope” a few days later. Democratic Senator Harry M. Reid, just elected Senate majority leader, “said, one of the first acts of the new Democratic Congress will be a $75 billion boost to the military budget to try to get the Army's diminished units back into combat shape.”

Michael Moore goes on: “But let's take a day to rejoice and revel in a rare victory for our side -- the side that doesn't believe in unprovoked invasions of other countries. This is your day, my friends. You have worked hard for it. I can't tell you how proud I am to count all of you as part of the greater American mainstream we now occupy.”

“Dissent this! Part 2
A Nobel Peace Prize for the Anglo-American Peacekeepers?
By Gabriele Zamparini
...[my] hope in the so-called Western anti-war movement and the so-called Left... has been killed by the lies, propaganda, opportunism and blind ideologies of the major Western anti-war organizations.... this doesn’t mean I have lost hope in the power of collective action or in the difference each of us can make. In the Western countries, starting with the US and UK, there are lots of organizations, groups and individuals that are a source of inspiration and give hope to humanity. Even more importantly, there are millions of people who still believe in peace and justice all over the world, especially in those countries on the receiving end of our respectable benevolence, which is to say those countries our liberal attitude makes us believe are desperate to import from us human rights, freedom, democracy and “our way of life”. Human Rights Watch, please take note; they have had enough of this kind of human rights. – Just out of curiosity… Do you know where Human Rights Watch has its headquarter? Empire State Building...)

[*digest note: see The NED, NGOs and the Imperial Uses of Philanthropy: Why They Hate Our Kind Hearts, Too, Joan Roelofs,

WHO'S BEHIND HRW http://www.questionsquestions.net/topics/gatekeeper_recent.html and http://web.inter.nl.net/users/Paul.Treanor/HRW.html
U.S. Human Rights and Democracy Strategy http://www.state.gov/g/drl/rls/shrd/2006/80584.htm]

article continues:

I know personally great and seriously compassionate people working there. The problem is the role of “human rights” and Human Rights Watch in particular in “providing a political cover for good-old-fashioned imperialism”, as a friend recently pointed out about the so-called Harvard's Carr Center for Human Rights Policy.... millions of people, at home and abroad, have been betrayed by... the anti-war movement’s establishment and its “realistic” agenda... the policy makers of the Homeland’s anti-war movement are distracting millions of Americans in good faith with Impeachments, Orange Revolutions...

[digest note: see Washington's New World Order "Democratization" Template: Strategic Non-Violence Strategy
By Jonathan Mowat, http://globalresearch.ca/articles/MOW502A.html
The Democratic party's National Democratic Institute, the Republican party's International Republican Institute, the US State Department and USAID are the main agencies involved in these grassroots campaigns as well as the Freedom House NGO and billionaire George Soros's Open Society Institute .
also: Two Americans detained by Iran for alleged spying admitted involvement in US-backed pro-democracy projects.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/ ]

article continues:
One of the most spectacular examples of this “realistic” agenda, comes from the Homeland’s anti-war movement’s establishment whose policy makers have been bargaining away what was left of the principles of peace and justice to support the Democratic Party of she-Clinton who recently said, “The American military has done its job. Look what they accomplished. They got rid of Saddam Hussein. They gave the Iraqis a chance for free and fair elections.”...

A few days ago, Nicholas D. Kristof of the All The News That's Fit to Print’s family, wrote,
“If Iraqis were pleading with us to stay and quell the violence, maybe we would have a moral responsibility to stay. But when Iraqis are begging us to leave, and saying that we are making things worse, then it’s remarkably presumptuous to overrule their wishes and stay indefinitely because, as President Bush termed it in his speech on Tuesday, “it is necessary work.”

I found Kristof’s article on the message board of the truly excellent Media Lens’ website [a website by the way, I’d invite people to visit often as an antidote to our “liberal” media’s daily poisoning]....
"If Iraqis were pleading with us to stay and quell the violence, maybe we would have a moral responsibility to stay."
Reading the words "moral responsibility" in relation to the US and what it's done to Iraq, makes me vomit.

The US establishment - including the NYT and its editorialists - that made the Iraqi genocide not only possible but inevitable is escaping the sinking boat, that's it. But when they have the nerve to use words such as "moral responsibility", I wonder whom Diderot, had been alive today, would have chosen instead of kings and priests.
“Men will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest”. - Denis Diderot
“Saving hundreds of thousands of lives is a worthy cause to risk American lives for, even to die for."
So, it’s not “the greatest strategic prize in history”, as the U.S. State Department once called the oil-rich Middle East, “a worthy cause to risk American lives for, even to die for". Of course not, you stupid! Don’t forget, “we” are the good guys, so “we” must appeal to the “good cause”,
in New York Times’ Kristof’s words, “saving hundreds of thousands of lives”... Our boys and girls risk their lives in Afghanistan and Iraq so that we at home can enjoy our way of life. Nobel Peace Prize for all!...

In 2004 the US...wanted to "stay the course"... the liberal intellectuals had to manufacture consent:...

Patrick Cockburn writes in the Independent,
“The United States surge, the use of the American troop reinforcements to bring violence in Iraq under control, is bloodily failing across northern Iraq. (...) The dispatch of 28,000 extra troops to Iraq starting in January, and the more aggressive deployment of the US army in the country, is not working. At best it is moving violence from one area of Iraq to another. The US is allying itself to local tribes and militias against guerrillas but that is angering the government in Baghdad and deepening the violence."

Associated Press’ Robert Burns writes in NYT,
“The plan is focused on providing better security for Iraqis in Baghdad, but the intended effect — political reconciliation between Sunnis and Shiites — has yet to be achieved” ...

...tell me that these Anglo-American Peacekeepers don’t deserve a Nobel Peace Prize. After all, if Kissinger and Carter got it… why not the ones who do the dirty job? Stop with this unfair classism. Our boys and girls risk their lives in Afghanistan and Iraq so that we at home can enjoy our way of life. Nobel Peace Prize for all!

Meanwhile in Iraq…

Iraqi independent journalist Ali al-Fadhily, who works in close collaboration with American independent journalist Dahr Jamail, informs us from Iraq:
"Many Iraqis are now beginning to see the rising sectarian violence as part of a larger plan to partition the country.
The use of the sectarian militias by the Occupation and its Quisling government to fight the Iraqi national resistance and precipitate Iraq into the actual terror has not been a secret.

In January I wrote Dissent this! - Part 1: ZNet between numbers and parallels, http://www.thecatsdream.com/blog/2007/01/dissent-this-part-1-znet-b_1170...
Many intellectuals and activists of the Imperial anti-war movement started immediately after the invasion to legitimize the “supreme international crime” by supporting the so-called “political process”, a Trojan horse studied to destroy Iraq and force its people into a civil war. Those notorious sectarian Iraqi elections, based on religion and ethnicity, far from being forced on the US by the non-violent resistance of some clerics, were part of the plan to install a quisling government, getting the approval of the vultures and hyenas of the international community and preparing the bases for the eventual partition of the country. All this has been crystal clear all along as crystal clear has been the use of the sectarian militias in support of this project. Why has there been so much support for the “political process” and for one of New Iraq’s most deadly death squads, Motqada al-Sadr’s Mahdi Army, in so many quarters of the Western left and anti-war movement? ...

Freedom! Freedom! Democracy! Democracy! will write the Imperial historians, raping history as the barbarians have raped the Iraqi children. But those children know better. Four hyenas, the United States, the United Kingdom, Israel and Iran have destroyed a country that could have been a power in the region and a model for the Arab world. The vultures of the international community have been cooperating and watching the bloodbath waiting to share the rich carcass. The control of the energy resources is just part of the whole picture; Iraq had to be destroyed to allow the so-called reshaping of the Middle East. The notorious “political process” has been a formidable Trojan horse that forced the Iraqi People into a civil war. Far from being a failure, the main mission of this bloody project has been accomplished. Iraq as we knew it has gone, probably forever. God bless America....

While its propaganda has given ammunitions to Israel and the United States, Iran has been having a central role in the apocalypse inflicted to Iraq, supporting the American installed sectarian, quisling Iraqi government and its militias responsible for mass murdering and ethnic cleansing. And don’t let fool yourself on the “support” of the Palestinian cause by the Iranian regime. The Iranian supported sectarian militias operating in Iraq have been persecuting and killing many members of the Palestinian community in Iraq since the occupation started in 2003.

As I wrote somewhere else, four hyenas, the United States, the United Kingdom, Israel and Iran have destroyed a country that could have been a power in the region and a model for the Arab world. The vultures of the international community have been cooperating and watching the bloodbath waiting to share the rich carcass. The control of the energy resources is just part of the whole picture; Iraq had to be destroyed to allow the so-called reshaping of the Middle East. The notorious “political process” has been a formidable Trojan horse that forced the Iraqi People into a civil war. Far from being a failure, the main mission of this bloody project has been accomplished. Iraq as we knew it has gone, probably forever.
[see "Incompetence on the US side or plan to complete the destruction of Iraq and wipe it off the map?www.thecatsdream.com/blog/2006_12_01_archive.htm]

The Origins Of Terror: Spreading U.S. Capitalist democracy
2 Minute Video

imperialist goals missing but here's stark exposure of a few of the...
6 Minute Video
Are you Angry? So what are you going to do about it?

U.S. immediately pronouncedexplosion not "terrorist" related ... but cause not yet determined!
An Eruption, and Fears of Something Worse
Steam Blast Jolts Midtown, Killing One
A steam pipe exploded near Grand Central Terminal inMidtown Manhattan. More than 30 people were injured, two critically. Amid the roar and the flying concrete, it seemed that everyone thought the same thing. Terrorists.

Cell Phones for U.S. Global Surveillance
The state can listen even when phone is turned off with mandated GPS device :

Civil affairs operations that promote cooperation between the military
and the local population help to advance the military mission.
Activities that generate friction or inspire opposition are not helpful.

"A supportive civilian population can provide resources and information
that facilitate friendly operations. It can also provide a positive
climate for the military and diplomatic activity a nation pursues to
achieve foreign policy objectives," according to U.S. military
doctrine. A hostile civilian population threatens the immediate operations of
deployed friendly forces and can often undermine public support at home
for the policy objectives of the United States and its allies."
"The problem of achieving maximum civilian support and minimum civilian
interference with U.S. military operations will require the coordination
of intelligence efforts, security measures, operational efficiency, and
the intentional cultivation of goodwill." "Failure to use CA [civil affairs] assets
in the analysis of political, economic, and social bases of instability may result in inadequate
responses to the root causes of the instability and result in the
initiation or continuation of conflict."

Earlier this month, the U.S. Army issued a revised "how-to" manual on
the conduct of civil affairs. That manual has not been approved for
public release and is not readily available. But a copy of the prior
edition from 2003 was obtained by Secrecy News.
See "Civil Affairs Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures," U.S. Army
Field Manual FM 3-05.401, September 2003 (535 pages, 16 MB PDF file):

A more concise treatment of the same subject was given in another
recent manual. Though not approved for public release, a copy was
obtained by Secrecy News.
See "Civil Affairs Operations," U.S. Army Field Manual 3-05.40,
September 2006 (183 pages, 4 MB PDF file):


A political program to exit Iraq
By Henry A. Kissinger Tribune Media Services
The Shiites, the Sunnis and the Kurds... need the buttress of a diplomatic process that could provide international support for carrying out any internal agreements reached or to contain their conflict if the internal parties cannot agree and Iraq breaks up.The American goal should be an international agreement regarding the international status of Iraq. It would test whether the neighbors of Iraq as well as some more distant countries are prepared to translate general concepts into converging policies... Iraq would continue to evolve as a sovereign state but agree to place itself under some international restraint in return for specific guarantees... In such a scheme, the United States-led multinational force would be gradually transformed into an agent of that arrangement, along the lines of the Bosnian settlement in the Balkans.... The concept outlined here seeks to establish a new international framework for Iraq. It is an outcome emerging from a political and military situation on the ground and not from artificial deadlines.[...]Henry A. Kissinger heads the consulting firm Kissinger & Associates.

work for and welcome our common enemy's defeat and....
Support Their Troops?
Alexander Cockburn, CounterPunch
Lawrence McGuire, a North Carolinian now teaching in Montpellier, France, organized a meeting of antiwar Americans and various interested French parties there at which I spoke last fall. Since then, we've been discussing off and on the strange fact that while two-thirds of all Americans oppose the war in Iraq and want the troops to come home, the antiwar movement is pretty much dead. McGuire raises the matter of direct solidarity with Iraqis fighting the US presence in Iraq. In other words, support their troops...

The "Other War" in Iraq
Dissident Veteran for Peace
"The Other War: Iraq Vets Bear Witness" by Chris Hedges and Laila Al-Arian in The Nation is the result of the authors' interviews with "fifty combat veterans of the Iraq War from around the United States in an effort to investigate the effects of the four-year-old occupation on average Iraqi civilians." Now, you'd think that Iraqi civilians could actually better testify to "the effects ... on average Iraqi civilians" but, this being America and all, we have to privilege the voices of the perps and their in-theater enablers just as we do in the larger 'peace' movement...
I object to the 'patriotic correctness' that drives so much of the pandering to US military veterans and I think that any time a veteran speaks at an anti-war event s/he ought to acknowledge the fact that s/he is a former killer, former would-be killer, or former enabler of killers. The US military is not a social welfare organization, it is an imperial killing machine and "the troops" keep the killing going and, if nothing else, anti-war veterans have a duty to be honest to themselves and others about this reality. My experience is that lots of anti-war vets and others are in denial about this basic fact.... even the vets who don't have the integrity, knowledge, or moral courage to turn against the machine--they are victims but our suffering can never equated to or elevated above that of the victims of US aggression killed, maimed, or dispossessed in their own homelands... there is a place for vets in the peace movement...but that ought to be conditioned on honesty and candor about the US military.
vfpdissident.blogspot.com/2007/07/other-war-in-iraq.html www.uruknet.info?p=34492

"That's a lotta dead hajjis"
Imad Khadduri, Free Iraq
Sweet talking American liberators winning the hearts and minds of Iraqi citizens by dropping a 500lb bomb on a house near the centre of Baghadd close to the bombed out Al-Sarrafia Bridge that was later felled with a similar air strike according to an eyewitness

Aide: Iraqi PM's Comments Misconstrued
Aide to Maliki Says Comments Saying U.S. Can Leave 'Any Time' Misunderstood
ROBERT H. REID Associated Press Writer
Iraq's prime minister was misunderstood when he said the Americans could leave "any time they want" an aide said Sunday, as politicians moved to end a pair of boycotts that are holding up work on crucial political reforms sought by Washington. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki told reporters Saturday that the Iraqi army and police were capable of maintaining security when American troops leave. "We say in full confidence that we are able, God willing, to take the responsibility completely in running the security file if the international forces withdraw at any time they want," al-Maliki said. Those comments appeared to undercut President Bush's contention that the 155,000 U.S. troops must remain in Iraq because the Iraqis are not capable of providing for their own security. On Sunday, al-Maliki's adviser Yassin Majid told The Associated Press that the prime minister meant that efforts to bolster Iraq's security forces would continue "side-by-side with the withdrawal." Majid urged the United States to continue building up Iraqi forces so they would be ready whenever the White House orders a troop withdrawal....
Read the full article / Leggi l'articolo completo: http://www.uruknet.de/?p=34524

Turkey asked Washington for an explanation of allegations that U.S. is supplying weapons to separatist Kurdish guerrillas based in Iraq Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul said Saturday

Partition Fears Begin to Rise
Inter Press Service
By Ali al-Fadhily*
BAGHDAD, Jul 16 (IPS) - Many Iraqis are now beginning to see the rising sectarian violence as part of a larger plan to partition the country.
"Americans want to alter the shape of our cities, dividing Iraqis into ethnic and sectarian groups living separately from each other," Khali Sadiq, a researcher in statistics at Baghdad University told IPS...they have obviously given room to militias and Iraqi forces to do the job," he said. "We are more than halfway towards a sectarian Iraq."
A recent report has raised further suspicions that there is a U.S.-backed plan to partition the capital city, and possibly the country along sectarian and ethnic lines. According to the Initial Benchmark Assessment Report issued by the White House Jul. 12, "the government of Iraq has made satisfactory progress towards enacting and implementing legislation on procedures to form semi-autonomous regions."...
The report also states that the U.S.-backed Iraqi government formulates "target lists" of Sunni Arabs... compiled by the Office of the Commander-in-Chief... to U.S.-backed Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki....

Capt. Alexander Shaw, head of the police transition team of the 372nd Military Police Battalion, a Washington-based unit charged with overseeing training of all Iraqi police in western Baghdad, has said: "To be perfectly honest, I'm not sure we're ever going to have police here that are free of the militia influence." Shaw said about 70 percent of the Iraqi police force had been infiltrated, and that police officers are too afraid to patrol many areas of the capital.

Many Iraqis today believe this is part of an intentional plan to divide Iraq along sectarian lines.
"They (death squads) evicted many of our good Sunni neighbours and killed many others," Abu Riyad of the predominantly Shia Shula area told IPS. "We protected them for a while, but then we could not face the militias with all the support they had from the Iraqi government and the Americans. It is a terrible shame that we have to live with, but what can we do?"
On the other hand, many Sunni Iraqis seemed unwilling to evict their Shia countrymen -- for a while. But people in one mixed area of Baghdad described strange developments.
"It is true that our neighbours did not evict us, but then the Americans swept the area and local fighters had to disappear from the streets," Hussein Allawi, a Shia who lived in a predominantly Sunni neighbourhood told IPS. "A group of masked strangers then entered the town right under American soldiers' eyes. Only then did we realise that we must leave, and that our good neighbours could not help us any more....
(*Ali, our correspondent in Baghdad, works in close collaboration with Dahr Jamail, our U.S.-based specialist writer on Iraq who travels extensively in the region)

Iraq’s 1958 revolution and the US propaganda
Roads to Iraq
Today we celebrate the event of 1958’s revolution in Iraq, a good opportunity to watch this US propaganda clip from that time, and see how the Iraqi revolution busted the Imperialists agenda in the Middle-East.

Video: John Pilger, reviews the last 40 years of U.S. and U.K Foreign policy, Its costs and effects on an unsuspecting world.

why 'enemies' of our enemies are not necessarily our allies
US and Iran plan fresh talks on Iraq
Mark Tran and agencies, Guardian Unlimited
Iran and the US have agreed to hold a second round of talks about Iraq's security, to follow up on a landmark meeting held in May, American officials said today. "We think that given the situation in Iraq and given Iran's continued behaviour that is leading to further instability in Iraq, that it would be appropriate to have another face-to-face meeting," a US state department spokesman, Sean McCormack, told reporters. He said no date had yet been arranged for the talks, which would be held in Baghdad... http://www.uruknet.de/?p=34578

'Bush is leading a crusade against us'
"President Bush is leading a new crusade against the Palestinians," Hamas spokesman in Gaza, Sami el-Zuhri, said on Monday night, adding that the group would "neither recognize the occupation nor give up the armed struggle."

Hamas: Bush’s call is a big lie; and his threats don’t frighten us
Palestinian Information Center (PIC)
July 17, 2007
GAZA, (PIC)-- Hamas Movement described on Tuesday the statements uttered by US President George W. Bush as big lies, charging that they came in the context of the US campaign to support PA chief Mahmoud Abbas against the Palestinian legitimacy represented by Hamas Movement.
"The pledges uttered by Bush on establishing an independent Palestinian state were mere lies as he (Bush) has been repeating the same statements for long yeas, and he recalls those pledges every time he wants to deceive the world’s public opinion in general, and the Palestinian public opinion in particular", said Dr. Sami Abu Zuhri, Hamas’s spokesman in Gaza.

The Hamas official furthermore stressed his Movement’s absolute rejection to recognize the Israeli occupation of Palestine or forswearing the legitimate resistance as Bush demanded during his speech Monday.
Abu Zuhri underlined that the threats unleashed by Bush against Hamas won’t frighten or force it to abandon its national constants, affirming that the Islamic Movement will continue leading the legitimate Palestinian resistance against the Israeli occupation, and will foil all US-Israeli conspiracies against the Palestinian people. "We shall abort all US conspiracies against Hamas Movement as we had aborted the ill-fated Dayton’s malicious scheme in Gaza Strip", affirmed Abu Zuhri in allusion to the military plan concocted by Keith Dayton, the US security coordinator in the PA lands, and implemented by the routed Fatah leader MP Mohammed Dahalan and his mutiny trend in Gaza.

The lawmaker deplored Bush’s use of the world "kick out" during his speech when he said that Abbas had kicked out Hamas of the government and he will be rewarded for that. Mousa explained that the US administration is dealing with the Palestinian people and the rest of the Arab world as if they were private kingdoms for their "puppet dictators" in the region, and that is why it uses the term "kick out". Hamas is the legitimacy in Palestine,and through it the world must speak to the Palestinian people, and thus we don’t accept Bush’s flagrant interference in the Palestinian internal affairs with the aim to drive a wedge among the Palestinian people, Mousa added. In his speech, Bush commended Abbas and his(unconstitutional) government under Salam Fayyad, who is holding a US citizenship, saying, "We have lifted the financial restrictions on the PA after Abbas kicked out Hamas Movement from the government, and we will pay 190 million dollars to the PA".

"The IDF is preparing itself for an all-out war, a major change in the military's working premise following the Second Lebanon War," said Major-General (res) Eyal Ben-Reuven, who served as the Northern Command chief’s deputy during the war

Syria skeptical, Hamas flatly rejects Bush proposal
Syrian President Bashar Assad expressed skepticism Tuesday about U.S. President George W. Bush's call for an international Mideast peace conference, dismissing the offer as "just words."

Israel preparing for war with Syria, confirms general
A senior Israeli general on Monday confirmed that the army is preparing for a full-scale war with Syria in the very near future.

Attempts to abort resistance failing
Palestinian Information Center (PIC)
Dr. Sami Abu Zuhri, the spokesman of Hamas Movement in Gaza Strip, has unequivocally accused PA chief Mahmoud Abbas of attempting to abort the legitimate Palestinian resistance against the Israeli occupation. He explained that the announcement of a number of Fatah fighters in the West Bank of halting resistance against the Israeli occupation comes in the context of a series of measures the PA leads in a bid to strangle and abort the Palestinian resistance project.But the Hamas’s political leader affirmed that a lot of Fatah fighters along with resistance fighters of other Palestinian factions had absolutely rejected Abbas’s call on them to lay down their arms and to stop resisting the occupation of their country... one of Fatah’s armed wing leaders in the West Bank city of Nablus declared his group’s absolute rejection to Abbas’s surrender call, vowing to continue the legitimate resistance against the Israeli occupation till full and complete liberation of the occupied Palestinian lands.
"We have rejected to sign the humiliating Israeli amnesty deal as we will never affix our signature unless all IOF military operations, incursions, and chase of Palestinian fighters in the West Bank and Gaza Strip come to a complete and final stop", said the AMB leader.

West Bank Fatah militants reach deal with Israel:
Scores of Fatah militants in the West Bank have signed a pledge renouncing attacks against Israel in return for an Israeli promise to stop pursuing them, a Palestinian security official said today

the many barbaric faces of imperialist-zionist genocide...
Over 10,000 Hamas Employees Not Included in Payroll of Abbas' Emergency Government
Hiyam Noir, PalestineFreeVoice
Hamas Movement -appointed employees closed the main road during a protest, to demand their salaries from the office of the arrogant and despotic chairman of PLO, - Mr. Mahmoud Abbas, of Fatah movement. pay-out - their bank checks ( payments) are being Over 10,000 Palestinian Hamas-appointed employees, were not included in the payroll from Mr. Abbas' "emergency" government last month. - However, Mahmoud Abbas Ramallah office, payed out salaries to Fatah - appointed employees, of the Gaza based, Palestinian Unity Government. - Interestingly enough though - Fatah loyalists on the Gaza Strip, which openly complement the Hamas Movement, for bringing order and calm on the streets and in the neighborhoods of Gaza Strip - in addition seemingly get along very well - with their neighbors and brothers of the Hamas Movement, have been excluded in Mr. Abbas salary - their checks are being bounced by the banks, without explanation from the banks.

Wiping Whom Off the Map???
By Dr. Elias Akleh
July 14th, 2007
Since the establishment of their terrorist state on usurped Palestinian land Israelis keep regurgitating their phobic mantra “Arabs want to wipe Israel off the map” in order to draw international sympathy, and to cover up their war crimes throughout the Arab World. To build their divinely racist “God’s promised Jewish only” state from Nile to Euphrates Israeli government is conducting the policy of graduated wiping Palestinians off their own existence. Israel had, so far, successfully wiped Palestine off the map. Palestine had become to be known as occupied territories, disputed territories, and finally West Bank and Gaza Strip. Palestine, a name used for the last three thousand years, to describe the land between Mediterranean shores west to Jordan River east, and from Lebanon north to Egypt south, can no longer be found on any modern map. PALESTINE HAS BEEN WIPED OFF THE MAP!!! [...]

"Wiped off the Map" - The Rumor of the Century
by Arash Norouzi
Across the world, a dangerous rumor has spread that could have catastrophic implications. According to legend, Iran's President has threatened to destroy Israel, or, to quote the misquote, "Israel must be wiped off the map". Contrary to popular belief, this statement was never made, as the following article will prove.
What has just been demonstrated is irrefutable proof of media manipulation and propaganda in action. The AP deliberately alters an IRNA quote to sound more threatening. The Israeli media not only repeats the fake quote but also steals the original authors' words. The unsuspecting public reads this, forms an opinion and supports unnecessary wars of aggression, presented as self defense, based on the misinformation.
So what did Ahmadinejad actually say? To quote his exact words in farsi:
"Imam ghoft een rezhim-e ishghalgar-e qods bayad az safheh-ye ruzgar mahv shavad."

That passage will mean nothing to most people, but one word might ring a bell: rezhim-e. It is the word "Regime", pronounced just like the English word with an extra "eh" sound at the end. Ahmadinejad did not refer to Israel the country or Israel the land mass, but the Israeli regime. This is a vastly significant distinction, as one cannot wipe a regime off the map. Ahmadinejad does not even refer to Israel by name, he instead uses the specific phrase "rezhim-e ishghalgar-e qods" (regime occupying Jerusalem).

So this raises the question.. what exactly did he want "wiped from the map"? The answer is: nothing. That's because the word "map" was never used. The Persian word for map, "nagsheh", is not contained anywhere in his original farsi quote, or, for that matter, anywhere in his entire speech. Nor was the western phrase "wipe out" ever said. Yet we are led to believe that Iran's President threatened to "wipe Israel off the map", despite never having uttered the words "map", "wipe out" or even "Israel"....

it's important to note that the "quote" in question was itself a quote— they are the words of the late Ayatollah Khomeini, the father of the Islamic Revolution. Although he quoted Khomeini to affirm his own position on Zionism, the actual words belong to Khomeini and not Ahmadinejad. Thus, Ahmadinejad has essentially been credited (or blamed) for a quote that is not only unoriginal, but represents a viewpoint already in place well before he ever took office...

Iran's President has written two rather philosophical letters to America. In his first letter, he pointed out that "History shows us that oppressive and cruel governments do not survive". With this statement, Ahmadinejad has also projected the outcome of his own backwards regime, which will likewise "vanish from the page of time"....[...]

Caught Red-Handed: Media Backtracks on Iran’s Anti-Israel “Threat”
by Arash Norouzi / July 17th, 2007

On October 29, 2005, the false quote was officially condemned by all 15 Security Council members in a United Nations statement, just following Israel’s prior demand that the Security Council expel Iran from the UN due to the remark.
The effect this misquote has had on American policy towards Iran is undeniable. The majority of 2008 Presidential candidates in both parties have repeatedly mentioned the alleged threat in speeches and interviews, obviously influenced by media reports.
And yet suddenly, after all this hoopla, at least two of the biggest media titans, the BBC and the Associated Press, appear to be backing away from the incorrect “wiped off the map” quotation they’ve been drilling into people’s minds for so long. [...]

Al Aqsa Brigades abandon armed struggle against Israel
Ma'an News
The prominent Jenin-based leader of the Fatah-affiliated Al-Aqsa Brigades Zakaria Zubeidi on Sunday announced, "The Al-Aqsa Brigades activists have signed a pledge to cease attacks against Israel." "Al-Aqsa Brigades won't be an obstacle to any political project aimed at solving the Palestinian question," Zubeidi emphasized.... http://www.uruknet.de/?p=34505

A Tale of Two Genocides, Congo and Darfur:
The Blatantly Inconsistent US Position
 by BAR executive editor Glen Ford 
July 19th, 2007

"A human death toll that approaches the Nazi's annihilation of Jews in World War Two unfolds without a whiff of complaint from the superpower."
As many as five million people have died in the Democratic Republic of Congo. A quarter million or so have perished in Darfur, western Sudan. Both are abominations, genocides, crimes against humanity, but only Darfur rates coverage in the U.S. corporate media, action by the United States on the diplomatic and military front, or concerted interest by the Congressional Black Caucus.... the Black Caucus joins in the general mob attack. They make common cause with imperial ambitions in the Horn of Africa, while ignoring the murder of millions in central Africa. The Congolese genocide, triggered directly by the U.S. and its surrogates, is masked in silence. In Darfur, "Arabs" who are indistinguishable from their Black African Muslim neighbors are demonized as enemies in the "clash of civilizations."
Possibly a quarter million people have lost their lives in Darfur, western Sudan, in ethnic conflict. The U.S. government screams its head off in denunciation of genocide, in this case. In the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), as many as five million have died since 1994 in overlapping convulsions of ethnic and state-sponsored massacre. Not a word of reproach from Washington. A human death toll that approaches the Nazi’s annihilation of Jews in World War Two - an ongoing holocaust - unfolds without a whiff of complaint from the superpower. Why is mass death the cause of indignation and confrontation in Sudan, but exponentially more massive carnage in Congo unworthy of mention? The answer is simple: in Sudan, the U.S. has a geopolitical nemesis to confront: Arabs, and their Chinese business partners. In the Congo, it is U.S allies and European and American corporate interests that benefit from the slaughter. Therefore, despite five million skeletons lying in the ground, there is no call to arms from the American government. It is they who set the genocidal Congolese machine in motion. [...]

NATO must stop killing innocent Afghans:
The United Nations secretary general has again spoken out against the "appalling" toll of civilians killed and hurt as NATO occupation forces battle insurgents in Afghanistan. http://www.cbc.ca/world/story/2007/07/16/afghan-moon.html

Who are the insurgents in Afghanistan?
posted by lenin
The one-word answer supplied in most news reports to this question is, of course, "Taliban"
USA Today put it thus last year [in Revived Taliban waging 'full-blown insurgency']: "The insurgency is a loose alliance of Taliban guerrillas, followers of former prime minister and fundamentalist warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, al-Qaeda terrorists recruited from across the Islamic world, opium traffickers and local fighters whose murky motives are rooted in tribal politics." ...
There is a misperception that opium production is especially controlled by the Taliban... In those areas controlled by US-allied warlords, and for Afghanistan's wealthy landlords more generally, opium production is a vital component of continued control.... keeping it illegal makes it an excellent source of funds for covert action, and right now it is providing America's allies in Afghanistan with enormous leverage over the country. In other words, the current war to secure a successful client regime relies on extirpating production that could generate revenue for the opposition, while leaving the resources of the ruling elite well alone. Indeed, billions of US dollars have been ploughed through the channels of a patrimonial state into the hands of the pro-American rentier elite. The "war on drugs" is what it has always been: a free-form, wide-ranging counterinsurgency campaign...

The attempt by the United States to impose and maintain a pro-US regime is developing several oppositional currents. Its barbaric air campaign is galvanising communities of resistance in surprising places, while also driving people into the arms of the Talibs and their allies. This is why British military leaders are worried that they may lose Afghanistan. They couldn't possibly lose militarily to a rag-tag collection of militants: it is the political nature of the war they are fighting, the fact that is for US domination, that is producing this resistance, and that will ensure - if we don't force our governments to end the occupation - that a prolonged and vicious war is afoot... the more the insurgency becomes an armed movement of the poor, the more political independence they will have to develop, and the greater chance they will have to confront the landlord class. And groups like RAWA and fiercely independent figures like Malalai Joya are still fighting. [...] http://leninology.blogspot.com/2007/07/who-are-insurgents-in-afghanistan...

Epicenter of Threat to World Survival
Wednesday, 18 July 2007
A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen FordBARadionukeExplosion
The monstrous state that was created out of the British engineered partition of India - Pakistan - has long since become an American tool for mischief in the world, including nuclear BARadioFundamentalistsproliferation, creation of the Taliban regime in Afghanistan, and an ongoing home for Osama bin Ladin. It is blowback time. The American-financed regime cannot exist without the support of Muslim fundamentalists, and yet the Americans now insist that the regime move against its own political base. There are nuclear bombs in this equation, developed with a wink and a nod from the Americans. If these chickens come home to roost, it will be with incinerating force.

"The Taliban were a wholly Pakistani project, financed by the U.S.-supported military regime."BARadioOsama

The nexus of world disorder is not Sudan, or Lebanon, or Somalia. It is Pakistan, and has been so from the beginning of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, in 1947. Formed as a theologically-based state, in opposition to the secular state of newly independent India, Pakistan was the British and American answer to ascendant Indian socialism. Pakistan immediately became the great U.S. hammer to threaten the Indians, and to keep the region on a permanent war footing, that would nullify the possibility of development in the subcontinent. The U.S. poured billions of dollars into the Pakistani military, to keep up the pressure against much larger India, which had fraternal relations with the Soviet Union. The Americans thought they were playing a Third World, Cold War trump card, but in fact, they were creating a monster.

Inevitably, the U.S. patronage of the Pakistani military led to a series of military dictatorships, that were at the same time dependent on fundamentalist Muslims for public support. Not understanding the internal dynamics of Pakistani society - not even caring, really - the Americans continued to cultivate Pakistan's military class. They were extremely useful in providing bases of support in the CIA and Saudi Arabian jihad against the Soviets, after the Russian intervention in Afghanistan, in 1980. The mujahadin were born, under the joint sponsorship of the Saudis, the Americans, and Pakistan. These forces would later incubate Al Qaida. But first, Pakistan would impose its own regime in Afghanistan: the Taliban. The Taliban were a wholly Pakistani project, financed by the U.S.-supported military regime, but manned by the fundamentalist preachers in thousands of maddrassas - religious schools that graduated students to military training. The Taliban marched from Pakistan to the Afghan capital, Kabul, in 1996. Osama bin Ladin, a Saudi, secured his base of operations. [...]

US renting Pak army for $ 100 million a month:
The United States is paying around $ 100 million a month for the deployment of 80,000 Pakistani troops on its border with Afghanistan ostensibly for the war on terrorism, a key US official revealed http://tinyurl.com/2nmcs3

Lessons from the Lal Masjid tragedy
by Robert Jensen
In the Western news media and even much of the Pakistani press, the story was framed as crazed radical Islamist forces challenging relatively restrained government forces. Indeed, the two brothers who ran the mosque preached an interpretation of Islam that was mostly reactionary and sometimes violent. Farid Esack, one of the world’s foremost progressive Muslim theologians who was in Pakistan to teach and lecture, and Junaid Ahmad, a Pakistani-American activist and law student directing the lecture series, both pointed out that key social/economic aspects of the story were being overlooked. In addition to calls for shariah law under a fundamentalist Islamic state, Lal Masjid imams Abdur Rashid Ghazi and Mohammed Abdul Aziz critiqued the corruption of Pakistani political, military and economic elites, highlighting the living conditions of the millions of Pakistanis living in poverty. As in most Third World societies, the inequality gap here has widened in recent years, as those who find their place in the US-dominated neoliberal economic project prosper while most ordinary people suffer, especially the poor.
[continued http://www.dissidentvoice.org/2007/07/lessons-from-the-lal-masjid-tragedy/]

The Earthquake that Screamed “NO NUKES!!!”
by Harvey Wasserman / July 19th, 2007
The massive earthquake that shook Japan this week nearly killed millions in a nuclear apocalypse. It also produced one of the most terrifying sentences ever buried in a newspaper. As reported deep in the New York Times, the Tokyo Electric Company has admitted that, “the force of the shaking caused by the earthquake had exceeded the design limits of the reactors, suggesting that the plant’s builders had underestimated the strength of possible earthquakes in the region.” ( Full article… )

the U.S fears and attacks capitalist rivals Russia -- and China -- no strategic threats to U.S. global domination permitted..
Vladimir Putin's Energystan and the Caspian
As far as natural resources are concerned Russia's hand is very strong: It holds 6.6 percent of the world's proven oil reserves and 26 percent of the world's gas reserves, it currently accounts for 12 percent of world oil and 21 of recent world gas production. In May 2007, Russia was the world's largest oil and gas producer. http://www.todayszaman.com/tz-web/detaylar.do?load=detay&link=116861

Kissinger’s Secret Meeting With Putin
[ unable confirm this but as digest readers know the U.S. considers Russia & China its major strategic rivals...thus enemies in U.S.war for global hegemony]
By Mike Whitney
When a political heavyweight, like Henry Kissinger, jets-off on a secret mission to Moscow; it usually shows up in the news. Not this time.