Kucinich: 50 Percent of the Population of Gaza Under 14 Years of Age!

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January 13, 2009 C-SPAN

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Kucinich Cites Arms Export and Control Act in Decision to Vote Against House Measure Supporting Israeli Offensive

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Mosaic News – 1/12/09: War on Gaza – Day 17

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“Kassam & Grad Rockets Still Hit Israeli Towns,” IBA TV, Israel
“Phosphorus Bombs Cause Major Injuries in Gaza,” Al Jazeera TV, Qatar
“Twenty Killed in One Neighborhood,” Abu Dhabi TV, UAE
“Gaza Children Under Fire,” Dubai TV, UAE
“Children and Civilians Suffer the Most,” Al Arabiya TV, UAE
“Riots Over Gaza Sweep the Globe,” LBC TV, Lebanon
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Is Gaza a testing ground for experimental weapons? by Jonathan Cook

The Target is Iran: Israel’s Latest Gamble May Backfire by Muriel Mirak-Weissbach

Inside Story: War Crimes + Weapons expert talks on Israel ‘phosphorus use’

The humanitarian crisis continues in Gaza + Richard Falk + Israeli tanks enter Gaza City

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The “Generous Offer” Update: Two Years of Starvation Followed by Fire-bombing By Mike Whitney

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By Mike Whitney
January 13, 2009 “Information Clearinghouse

Apart from the slaughter of 900 Palestinians and the vast destruction from 14 days of aerial bombardment, the Israeli invasion of Gaza has failed to achieve any of its strategic objectives. The Palestinian resistance is still intact, the rocket-fire has continued, and Hamas is stronger than ever. So, what has been gained? Hamas has withstood the ferocious Israeli assault without knuckling under or making any concessions. They’ve proved that they are the legitimate representatives of the Palestinian people and the standard bearers of the national liberation movement. Their place at the head of the government is now assured thanks to Israel’s blunder. In contrast, Mahmoud Abbas and the PA have ended up looking like cowards and quislings kowtowing to Tel Aviv. This is probably the end of the road for Abu Mazen.

For Israel, the military campaign has been a public relations disaster. Despite an impressive media blitz that stuck to its talking points and portrayed Israel as the victim; incriminating photos on the internet of bloodied and dismembered children rushed off to make-shift hospitals or wrapped in their funereal shrouds has generated unprecedented sympathy for the plight of Palestinians. Israel has come across as a bully. The establishment media has also suffered a blow to its credibility. They lost the propaganda war hands-down through their inability to control the narrative or shape public opinion. This could be a tipping point for the corporate media. Arab news channels have come of age while more and more westerners are turning to independent media for their news. To a large extent, the spinmeisters on CNN and FOX have been left on the sidelines.
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Is Gaza a testing ground for experimental weapons? by Jonathan Cook + video

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by Jonathan Cook
Global Research, January 13, 2009

Concerns about Israel’s use of non-conventional and experimental weapons in the Gaza Strip are growing, with evasive comments from spokesmen and reluctance to allow independent journalists inside the tiny enclave only fuelling speculation.

The most prominent controversy is over the use of shells containing white phosphorus, which causes horrific burns when it comes into contact with skin. Under international law, phosphorus is allowed as a smokescreen to protect soldiers but treated as a chemical weapon when used against civilians.

The Israeli army maintains that it is using only weapons authorised in international law, though human rights groups have severely criticised Israel for firing phosphorus shells over densely populated areas of Gaza.
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Comment to “Reach out to Cuba” published in the Los Angeles Times, by Jim Ryerson

By Jim Ryerson
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Jan. 13, 2009

President-elect Obama promises that one of his first actions will be to close Guantanamo. Unfortunately, he is not telling the whole truth. Closing the prison will still leave us occupying a large piece of a country that does not want us there. We remain because we have the military might to hold this occupied territory, although the world recognizes the base as just a remnant of our colonial past. Until we turned it into a holding cell for alleged terrorists, it existed for 50 years solely as a thorn in the side of the Cuban government. During the cold war there might have been an argument for being there, but that time has long past. What comes to mind when we think of the training school for torture we call Gitmo, must be replaced with the beautiful piece of Caribbean seashore rightly called Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

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The Target is Iran: Israel’s Latest Gamble May Backfire by Muriel Mirak-Weissbach

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by Muriel Mirak-Weissbach
Global Research, January 12, 2009

The aerial war against Gaza launched by Israel just after Christmas, and the ground offensive, with which it rang in the New Year, were shocking in their brutality, but should constitute no surprise, if viewed from the standpoint of long-term Israeli strategic aims. The Israelis have argued that the offensive was launched in response to eight years’ of relentless attacks by Hamas rockets into Israel. But then, one asks: why now? Why should they wait eight years?

Perhaps the massive military onslaught, which has killed over 800 Palestinians and wounded thousands, has nothing to do with Kassam rockets. Perhaps it is not a tactical military operation by Israel, but a strategic decision on the part of Israel’s Anglo-American backers, whose ultimate aim is war against Iran. Perhaps the military calculations in Tel Aviv are that continued massive pounding of Gaza by air and in house-to-house fighting, will take such a ghastly toll on the Palestinian civilian population, that Iran, touted as the backer of Hamas, will be forced to move into the conflict. Perhaps that is precisely the reaction Israel desires, in order to justify launching its war against the Islamic Republic, a war which has been on the drawing boards of the Israelis and their neocon sponsors for many years.

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Inside Story: War Crimes + Weapons expert talks on Israel ‘phosphorus use’

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Inside Story asks: what are the chances of pursuing Israel legally? What, if any, recourse has the international community to punish those alleged to be accountable? Would senior Israeli political and military leaders bear personal liability for their offenses, and could they be prosecuted by an international tribunal? Maryam Nemazee discusses.

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The humanitarian crisis continues in Gaza + Richard Falk + Israeli tanks enter Gaza City

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Israeli’s assault on the Gaza Strip has caused havoc for the territorys residents. Even before the start of the offensive, a blockade on the region by Israel meant an humanitarian crisis was occurring in the Gaza Strip, which had meagre food and medical supplies. Al Jazeera’s Ayman Mohyeldin reports from Gaza on the impact this war has been having on the people.

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Kucinich Cites Arms Export and Control Act in Decision to Vote Against House Measure Supporting Israeli Offensive

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1.12.09

Kucinich Cites Arms Export and Control Act in Decision to Vote Against House Measure Supporting Israeli Offensive

Both the House and Senate passed non-binding resolutions last week overwhelmingly supporting Israel’s offensive in Gaza. On Thursday, the Senate passed the resolution by a unanimous voice vote. The House voted on a similar bill on Friday that passed by a vote of 390 for and five against. Twenty-two representatives voted “present.” We speak with Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) who voted against the measure. [includes rush transcript]

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Kucinich: WAKE UP AMERICA! Israel is Killing Children With Your Tax Dollars!

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Jewish Peace News: Hanging the washing — a potential act of suicide + Myth and reality in Gaza

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Jewish Peace News
1.12.09

Both sickening, but important, reading to get a true sense of what is really happening on the ground.

Rebecca Viklomerson

The two items below are among the few first-hand reports filtering through Israel’s blockade on information from within the Gaza Strip. The second in particular includes detailed factual records of times, places, people’s names, types of armament used against civilian Gazan population, types of injuries, the dangerous logistics (and impossibility) of rescue work.

Rela Mazali

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http://electronicintifada.net/v2/article10169.shtml

Gaza is sinking in a river of blood

Mohammed Fares Al Majdalawi writing from the occupied Gaza Strip
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The United States Promotes Israeli Genocide Against the Palestinians by Prof. Francis A. Boyle

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by Prof. Francis A. Boyle
Global Research, January 10, 2009

(from “Tackling America’s Toughest Questions,” now at Amazon.com)

As long ago as October 19, 2000, the then United Nations Human Rights Commission (now Council) condemned Israel for inflicting “war crimes” and “crimes against humanity” upon the Palestinian people, most of whom are Muslims. The reader has a general idea of what a war crime is, so I am not going to elaborate upon that term here. But there are different degrees of heinousness for war crimes. In particular are the more serious war crimes denominated “grave breaches” of the Fourth Geneva Convention. Since the outbreak of the first Intifada in 1987, the world has seen those heinous war crimes inflicted every day by Israel against the Palestinian people living in occupied Palestine: e.g., willful killing of Palestinian civilians by the Israeli army and by Israel’s illegal paramilitary settlers. These Israeli “grave breaches” of the Fourth Geneva Convention mandate universal prosecution for the perpetrators and their commanders, whether military or civilian, including and especially Israel’s political leaders. Continue reading

That Bastion Of American Socialism By Dmitry Orlov

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By Dmitry Orlov
Speaking Truth to Power
Monday, 12 January 2009

[In his own inimitable brilliant and witty manner, Dmitry Orlov argues that the recent “emergency nationalization” of business and industry is not socialism at all, but rather, blatant fascism.–CB]

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