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Gareth Porter: Top Israeli Generals and Intel Officials Oppose Striking Iran | CounterPunch

What Jeffrey Goldberg Didn’t Report Pro-Israeli journalist Jeffrey Goldberg’s article in “The Atlantic” magazine was evidently aimed at showing why the Barack Obama administration should worry that it risks an attack by the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Iran in the coming months unless it takes a much more menacing line toward Iran’s nuclear programme. via Gareth Porter: ...

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Blood on Our Hands? by Ron Jacobs, via CounterPunch

The hypocrisy is so obvious it’s almost not worth mentioning, but when Admiral Mullen stated on July 28, 2010 that Wikileaks founder Julian Assange may “have blood on his hands” because his organization leaked thousands of documents detailing US and NATO atrocities and coverups in Afghanistan I couldn’t help but be astounded by Mullen’s self-righteous attempt to shift the blame ...

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Guest Columnist: An opportunity for Syrian-Israeli peace | Jerusalem Post

While the world reacts to the recent flare-up along the Lebanon-Israel border, other developments in the area, if pursued, could present an opportunity to advance regional peace. The recent visit by King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia and President Bashar Assad of Syria to Lebanon has in effect restored Damascus’s dominance over Lebanon, thereby impacting the internal political dynamic in that ...

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AFP: Syria-based Palestinian groups reject Israel talks

DAMASCUS — Hamas and 10 other radical Palestinian groups based in Syria on Sunday rejected any move by the Palestinian Authority to resume US-brokered direct peace talks with Israel. The 11 groups declared their position in a statement released just hours before Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas was due to meet US officials to discuss the renewal of direct talks with ...

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Reclaiming the humanitarian space | James Denselow | guardian.co.uk

According to Transparency International, Afghanistan is the world’s second most corrupt country and many NGOs appear to have lost themselves in it. Massive amounts of money have been lost through the incompetent subcontracting of projects, with Polman describing a $150m housing contract that eventually provided only firewood for the would-be residents. During a discussion at the Tricycle theatre in London ...

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Mordechai Vanunu released after latest 3-month sentence

Mordechai Vanunu, the Israeli whistleblower who spent 18 years in jail for exposing Israel’s nuclear capabilities was released today after completing a further three-month sentence. Vanunu, 56, a former technician at a secret nuclear plant near the desert town of Dimona, was convicted after handing over details of Israel’s nuclear arsenal to a British newspaper in 1986. The revelations led ...

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Claims of Afghan civilian deaths spark protest | SFGate via CommonDreams

A crowd of about 300 villagers yelled “Death to the United States” and blocked a main road in eastern Afghanistan on Thursday as they swore that U.S. forces had killed three innocent villagers, officials said. NATO forces rejected the claim, saying they had killed several suspected insurgents and detained a local Taliban commander in the overnight raid. Read the whole ...

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Netanyahu rejects peace talks based on 1967 borders. Obstructionist?

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu yesterday rejected a Palestinian demand that direct negotiations be based on a statement by the Quartet confirming its position that the future Palestinian state will be based on the 1967 borders. Meeting in Jerusalem with U.S. envoy George Mitchell, Netanyahu repeated his demand for the renewal of direct talks without preconditions. Mitchell briefed Netanyahu on his ...

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