Monthly Archives: June 2010

Australia: Former ambassadors question silence on the ‘excesses’ of Israel

DAN OAKES

June 29, 2010

 

A former Australian ambassador to Israel has accused the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, of being silent on the ”excesses” of Israel and questioned why her partner has been given a job by a prominent Israel lobbyist.

In a letter to the Herald, Ross Burns, who served as an ambassador between 2001 and 2003, said Ms Gillard has been ”remarkably taciturn on the excesses of Israeli actions in the past two years”.

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Jerusalem master plan: Expansion of Jewish enclaves across the city

The Jerusalem District Planning and Building Committee is set to approve a master plan that calls for the expansion of Jewish neighbourhoods in East Jerusalem.

By Akiva Eldar and Nir Hasson 

June 29th, 2010

(Italics indicate emphasis added –JG)

The Jerusalem District Planning and Building Committee is set to approve an unprecedented master plan that calls for the expansion of Jewish neighborhoods in East Jerusalem, a move largely based on construction on privately owned Arab property.

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Israel and U.S. preparing to start WW III?

In the June 28th, 2010 edition of Haaretz, we find the following: “G-8 ‘fully believes’ Israel will attack Iran, says Italy PM” (see here).  

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is quoted as saying  that “Iran is not guaranteeing a peaceful production of nuclear power [so] the members of the G-8 are worried and believe absolutely that Israel will probably react pre-emptively”. 

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The G-20: Political stupidity, and police shame

Well, after yesterday’s disgusting exhibition in Toronto, it’s perfectly clear to me that neither the Toronto police nor the protestors would recognise a genuine riot if it jumped up and bit them on the ass.

Police cruisers were trashed and burned because the police abandoned them

Dozens of businesses on Yonge Street were trashed, without a blue uniform anywhere in sight?

Even police headquarters didn’t seem worth protecting; according to the Toronto Star, “… about 50 officers in full riot gear stood guard, but they didn’t move against the protesters even after they smashed the windows of the police museum.”

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Go play in the Tar-Sands

As I travel to Toronto perhaps three times a month on business, I subscribe to the GO Transit system’s “GO E-news Alert” service.

This is invaluable to me, and can save a great deal of time wasted for reasons ranging from equipment malfunctions, to vandalism and ‘pedestrian accidents’. 

Today, however, I received a definitely unwanted message: 

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BP buys Google, Yahoo search words: Is it to keep people from real news on Gulf oil spill disaster?

www.examiner.com

(Link to article below).

June 6th, 2010 – Maryann Tobin

(Italics indicate emphasis added -JG).

In their most tenacious effort to control the ‘spin’ on the worst oil spill disaster in US history, BP has purchased sponsored links at the top of internet search engines, Google and Yahoo. The top listed links direct people to BP’s official company website for news and information on the catastrophe.

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Israel seizes oxygen machines donated to PA

Seven machines donated by Norwegian agency confiscated en route to PA over chance generators attached could be used for purposes other than medical treatment, Ma’an reports.

Israel has already deliberately caused severe damage to Gaza’s infrastructure, including electrical power plants.  One wonders why “the most moral army in the world” doesn’t storm hospitals in the West Bank and Gaza, and ‘confiscate’ the generators relied on to continue performing surgery in the event of a power outage? 

Just how the hell can anyone support “gallant little Israel”?   -JG.

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Update on CSIS Director Richard Fadden

Later during the day on Friday June 25th, it was announced that CSIS Director Richard Fadden will be called before a House of Commons committee to explain his public assertions that two provincial cabinet ministers, and municipal politicians in British Columbia, are under the influence of foreign governments.

There are reports of an angry backlash from several provincial premiers plus the “Chinese Canadian” community.

See post “Operation Sidewinder” here.

Jeff Goodall.

Summit security- ‘like a mushroom growing under a rock at night’

The province has secretly passed an unprecedented regulation that empowers police to arrest anyone near the G20 security zone who refuses to identify themselves or agree to a police search.

Summit security has gone from overkill to downright paranoid, with police now having broad powers to arrest anyone just for being near the G-20 security zone.  This is completely unacceptable in a democratic society, and those responsible for such utter stupidity in holding a major summit in downtown Toronto, and subjecting us to such massive disruption of our freedoms, must be held to account after all the hoopla is over.  Hopefully, this might topple Harper, and perhaps even start a public awakening and the emergence of genuinely alternative political parties.

Enough of these clowns –JG.

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