IAJV November newsletter

The following newsletter was sent out today: Dear friends, We are sending our occasional newsletter here and would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone who has been so supportive of our efforts; both with their willingness to sign our recent statement and donations. You will be aware that we are very limited in…

How scared are Western governments over Wikileaks?

US blogger firedoglake reports: Skdadl, who has been tweeting up a storm on the upcoming WikiLeaks dump, noted that the British government has issued D-notices regarding the upcoming dump, which is basically a non-binding request on editors to brief the government before doing a story. “The news came to light in two Tweets from WikiLeaks…

US aims to destroy Wikileaks

Looks like it’s game on: The United States has rejected talks with WikiLeaks over its planned release of confidential US documents, saying the whistleblower website is holding them in violation of US law. The US State Department set out its position in a letter to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and his attorney that was released…

Commentators who like war faster, please

Salon releases its Hack Thirty, their least favourite political columnists. Why? “Criteria for inclusion included writing the same column every week for 30 years, warmongering, joyless repetition of conventional wisdom, and making bad puns.” Number three is typical of the rot: [New York Times’] Thomas Friedman is an environmentalist, now. When he’s not jetting around…

We break Iraq and simply ignore it

Where is the Western responsibility for causing such chaos in Iraq? A second exodus has begun here, of Iraqis who returned after fleeing the carnage of the height of the war, but now find that violence and the nation’s severe lack of jobs are pulling them away from home once again. Since the American invasion…

So much for Fayyad’s dream in the West Bank

This is what Palestinian “state-building” really means: On Sept. 1, Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad celebrated with the residents of Qarawat Bani Hassan the inauguration of a mile-long road linking the small West Bank village to a spring its residents consider the lifeline of the community. It was called Freedom Road. While Fayyad was…

Who’s the IDF mole who wants to expose Gaza abuses?

An Israeli insider who dislikes what his colleagues are doing: The IDF magazine, Bamachaneh confirmed today that the list of IDF officers who served in Cast Lead and allegedly committed war crimes, was leaked through an army source. … This contradicts attempts by Israel apologists to rebut the charges and information contained in the list by…