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2 videos of Swedish Journalist on Israeli Organ harvesting

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Donald Bostrom: Israeli Govt needs to read about democracy


Donald Bostrom Swedish Journalist on Israeli organ harvesting




Israel suspends Swedish press permits over anti-Semitic article

DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis

August 23, 2009, 9:40 AM (GMT+02:00)


Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt – unnecessary bombast

Israel’s interior minister Ellie Yishai Sunday suspended the press credentials of Swedish correspondents working in Israel after the Swedish government refused to condemn an Aftonbladet article accusing Israel’s military of stealing organs from dead Palestinians. DEBKAfile‘s political sources report that although this is clearly a contemporary sample of a classical anti-Semitic blood libel, the issue should have been settled diplomatically without the unnecessary bombast which surrounds it.

More about this in DEBKAfile‘s Exclusive Analysis below.
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Kawther Salam – The Body Snatchers of Israel

This is a full article from an articulate Palestinian refugee, who chronicles first hand experiences.



Debka: Syrian tanks poised in battle array on Israels border, Damascus military action hard to avoid. & more headlines:

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The following snippets are from the last 24 hours, all suggesting a meltdown in Israeli belligerene, and an upping of the ante by Syria and Hizbullah.


Syria moves more tank-artillery forces south to Israel border

Damascus is winding the tensions up to a pitch where some military action against a US Middle East target or ally in Lebanon or Israel is becoming hard to avoid.

Senior IDF officers and some Western military sources are perplexed by the Israeli government’s failure to pursue deterrent action against the Syrian tanks poised in battle array on its border. Instead, the outgoing prime minister Ehud Olmert is busy trying to reviving indirect talks with Syria before he quits, while defense minister Ehud Barak and Kadima leader Tzipi Livni appear unconcerned. Source


From Hizbullah’s web site and Ynet:

‘Israel’s Problems Won’t Wait for New US President’

[Olmert said] that “the discrimination is over, the disregard is over. We will invest in the Arab population in accordance to the severity of its problems and according to its needs. We are not denying the fact that this population was discriminated against for years. 04/11/2008 Source

Ynet is leading with the same headline here


From Ynet:

Hizbullah wants villages inside Israel

Shiite group’s head of international relations tells Norwegian Ambassador organization won’t settle for Blue Line border. ‘Zionist terror organizations moved the border and robbed Lebanon of seven villages and 20 farms,‘ he says Source


From Haaretz:

Truth, for a change

[In] a recent interview with outgoing Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. “We should withdraw from almost all of the territories, including East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights,” Source


This item from Presstv, be aware that an outpost can mean no more than three tents or shacks.

The Israeli army has dismantled four Jewish outposts in the West Bank city of Ramallah amid a wave of violence against Palestinians.

“The scope of the conflict will be much larger than it is today and than it was during the disengagement,” Diskin said shortly after the cabinet decided to stop all government support, including direct or indirect, for illegal outposts.

“Our investigation found a very high willingness among this public to use violence – not just stones, but live weapons – in order to prevent or halt a diplomatic process,” Ha’aretz quoted Diskin as saying. Source

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November 4, 2008 at 3:24 pm

Israelis fed fear and hate: Barak and Netanyahu plan emergency Govt for confronting the Iranian nuclear threat.

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Israelis fed fear and hate. If there was no Iran, whom would be the enemy? An enemy is always required. Then there is no soul searching, no self examination.

The two party leaders [Barak and Netanyahu], both former prime ministers, are discussing an early election to preempt a Livni government. The plan is for their two parties to face the voter as a single bloc committed to form an emergency government for urgently confronting the Iranian nuclear threat.Source

This is the same line given to everyone else in the run up to the wars on Iraq and Afghanistan. It is treating people with contempt. To be honest the politicians would need to say, ‘If we were them, we would make a Nuclear Bomb’. Anyway almost all countries have biological and chemical weapons, somehow these are different to Nuclear.

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September 23, 2008 at 12:33 am

Map: The new middle east. Not official but assumed to be in circulation in military circles.

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A relatively unknown map of the Middle East, NATO-garrisoned Afghanistan, and Pakistan has been circulating around strategic, governmental, NATO, policy and military circles since mid-2006. It has been causally allowed to surface in public, maybe in an attempt to build consensus and to slowly prepare the general public for possible, maybe even cataclysmic, changes in the Middle East. This is a map of a redrawn and restructured Middle East identified as the “New Middle East.”


Note: The following map was prepared by Lieutenant-Colonel Ralph Peters. It was published in the Armed Forces Journal in June 2006, Peters is a retired colonel of the U.S. National War Academy. (Map Copyright Lieutenant-Colonel Ralph Peters 2006).

Although the map does not officially reflect Pentagon doctrine, it has been used in a training program at NATO’s Defense College for senior military officers. This map, as well as other similar maps, has most probably been used at the National War Academy as well as in military planning circles. Source

Added Oct 2009:

Historically speaking, the people of the Middle East have never lived in ethnically isolated groups: the whole region has spent most of history as part of a centralized imperial system, be it Assyrian, Hellenistic, Roman, Persian, Arab, or Ottoman. This map represents an attempt to reconcile a diverse area with modern notions of the homogenous nation-state, a relatively new idea in the history of the Middle East. Ignoring the many stable periods of a non-fragmented Middle East, this map assumes that tensions in the region will be solved by drawing borders based on ethnic groups, instead of something more practical, e.g. natural resources (“Sunni Iraq” is a landlocked patch of desert with little oil reserves). This also presupposes that these ethnic groups are already neatly spread out, thus ignoring individuals and their ties to the landscape. For example, there would certainly be Sunnis already living in the “Arab Shia State” whose families may have been there as long as the Shiites’. Home is home, regardless of minority status. Similar population shifts were ordered after the independence of Greece and the partition of India, both of which were painful for all involved. This map represents the belief that drawing lines on a map can solve problems between groups of people and the perils of ignorance of history.

See more at http://proteus.brown.edu/ancientneareast/9198

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September 16, 2008 at 8:32 pm

MP3 Sound: Scott Ritter, Political analysis on Middle East, justice revolutions in USA, and 9-11

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William Scott Ritter, Jr. (born July 15, 1961) is noted for his role as a chief United Nations weapons inspector in Iraq from 1991 to 1998, and later for his criticism of United States foreign policy in the Middle East. Prior to the U.S. invasion of Iraq in March 2003, Ritter publicly argued that Iraq possessed no significant weapons of mass destruction (WMDs). He became a popular anti-war figure and talk show commentator as a result of his stance. Wikipedia

TruthAlliance.net Editor Jason Charles had a few questions for Mr. Ritter which he graciously allowed us to film.

We explored 3 topics:

1/ If the Bush admin got its way in the mid-east what would it look like,

2/ How can these dis-separate yet justice driven revolutions in America unite,

3/ And his amazing thoughts on a new, fully empowered investigation into the cause of 9-11.

He asked, “Did Bush and Cheney Plan the demise of the building? Was this a terrorist attack by Al-Qaeda? Or was it something in between? Well frankly we don’t know.” How important is this to establishing justice? Mr. Ritter seems to think it is an “absolute requirement to know what happened on 9-11”

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September 6, 2008 at 11:45 pm

3 minutes Aljazeera coverage of the US ground attack in Pakistan at the begining of this 30 minute video of Middle Eastern news broadcasters

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3 minutes Aljazeera coverage of the US ground attack in Pakistan at the begining of this 30 minute video of Middle Eastern news broadcasters.

Etheopia, Syria, Iran, Iraq etcetera are all in the video

see the video here

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September 5, 2008 at 2:30 pm

Georgia a monumental western failure of leadership and Intelligence. Expect more!

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There are so many articles and politicians (most recently Putin) saying the US orchestrated the Georgian conflict. The question seems academic. Could anyone imagine Saakashvilli’s Government would dare provoke Russia without the confidence of Western back up / solidarity.

Would Cuba attack the US? Or Ireland attack the UK without coordination from abroad? It is out of the question.

Clearly the Neocons did not deliver the backup when it was needed. Belatedly they are trying. It was a monumental failure of decision making (and no doubt intelligence). Yes Medvedev was on holiday, Putin was in Peking, that obviously did not matter. The real problem is we poor subjects are likely to fall victim in an unfolding war. Events are going in that direction.

Some heads have surely rolled, Commanders that authorised it. Unfortunately that is our very leadership, so there is a limit to how many heads can roll.

History is full of wars starting when the eyes of the Public (and the enemy) are elsewhere. Georgia attacked as the Olympics were starting. When Britain went to war in the Falklands, Israel attacked Lebanon. But now the so called enemies are coordinated: Iran, Russia, Syria, Hizbollah and even Hamas. Let us hope that while all attention is on the Black Sea, Something doesn’t start elsewhere, like in Lebanon (or Columbia / Venezuela? Who knows). First of all it will not work, and secondly it will spread.

Israel has been carrying out Mock air raids over Lebanon for the past few days, that is low flying aircraft. And not a word about it in the Mainstream press.

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August 29, 2008 at 6:48 pm

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