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May 11, 2009

Full Cheney Panic

10 May 2009 08:05 pm

I don’t know how else to interpret his obviously self-destructive grandstanding this weekend. But think of the long view for a moment. Here is a former vice-president, who enjoyed unprecedented power for eight long, long years. No veep ever wielded power like he did in the long history of American government. In the months after 9/11, he swept all Congressional resistance away, exerted total executive power, wielded a military and paramilitary apparatus far mightier than all its rivals combined and mightier than any power in history, tapped any phone he wanted, claimed the right to torture any suspect he wanted (and followed through with thousands, from Bagram to Abu Ghraib) and was able to print and borrow money with impunity to finance all of it without a worry in the world. But even after all that, he cannot tolerate a few months of someone else, duly elected, having a chance to govern the country with a decent interval of grace.


Has Hollywood helped generate hatred towards the Middle East?

Sunday, 10 May 2009 22:40
Added by PT Editor Sameh A. Habeeb


London, May 11, (Pal Telegraph) – Horia El Hadad looks at how American cinema has helped dehumanize a race of people through decades of false depictions of Arabs on the silver screen and asks the question: Is Hollywood making it hard for people to associate with the Arabs?

Reaching over 100 countries around the world, Hollywood is probably the largest entertainment medium of all races, ages and ethnicities.

But if the ancient Greek philosopher Plato was onto something when he said “those who tell the stories also rule society” it’s worrying that Hollywood films, with its power to entertain and more importantly influence its audience, are seen by millions around the world – especially when that medium has been found to lead to the demonization of a race of people.


Egyptian media at war with Hezbollah

In the weeks since Egyptian authorities arrested alleged Hezbollah (Party of God) operatives in Egypt, the Egyptian media has waged a war against the Lebanese Shia party, calling its leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, “the monkey sheikh” and accusing these so-called agents of planning an attack against Israeli tourist attractions in Egypt. MENASSAT’s Ahmad Ragab suggests it is Hezbollah and not official Egyptian media that is having the last laugh.


Full article here

The End of Free Speech?

Criminalizing Criticism of Israel


On October 16, 2004, President George W. Bush signed the Israel Lobby’s bill, the Global Anti-Semitism Review Act. This legislation requires the US Department of State to monitor anti-semitism world wide.

To monitor anti-semitism, it has to be defined. What is the definition? Basically, as defined by the Israel Lobby and Abe Foxman, it boils down to any criticism of Israel or Jews.

Rahm Israel Emanuel hasn’t been mopping floors at the White House.
As soon as he gets the Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009 passed, it will become a crime for any American to tell the truth about Israel’s treatment of Palestinians and theft of their lands.


International petition to the UN General Assembly to set up a special international penal court to try Israeli war crimes, notably in the Gaza Strip

Because it was in our name that in 1945 the United Nations charter was signed…

Because it was in our name that in 1947 the Partition plan for Palestine was approved by the UN General Assembly…

Because it was in our name that in 1949 the Geneva Conventions were signed…

Because not a single UN resolution on Palestine, also adopted in our name, has been implemented by the state of Israel ; and because the latter has, since its foundation, constantly violated the UN principles and the international conventions, in complete impunity and with growing cynicism, We, citizens of the world, have the duty today to remind the international community of its obligations !

We solemnly request

that the UN General Assembly make use of its power to create subsidiary bodies in order to set up an ad-hoc penal court (as was done for the former Yugoslavia and for Rwanda by the Security Council) and try the crimes committed in Palestine.

As of today we demand :

– The end of all and any exaction against the Palestinian people and an international protection of the latter

– The full and complete lifting of the siege on the Gaza Strip

– The mandatory implementation of all UN resolutions on Palestine and the prescription of international law, under the constraint of international sanctions if need be. Israel is a state like any other, with the same rights and the same duties.

We request specifically that any accord of cooperation with Israel be suspended until that state respects the UN resolutions.

To sign, click here :


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