Daily Archives: September 8, 2006

‘Gaza is a jail. Nobody is allowed to leave. We are all starving now’

Many people are being killed
Gaza is dying. The Israeli siege of the Palestinian enclave is so tight that its people are on the edge of starvation. Here on the shores of the Mediterranean a great tragedy is taking place that is being ignored because the world’s attention has been diverted by wars in Lebanon and Iraq. A whole society is being destroyed. There are 1.5 million Palestinians imprisoned in the most heavily populated area in the world. Israel has stopped all trade. It has even forbidden fishermen to go far from the shore so they wade into the surf to try vainly to catch fish with hand-thrown nets. Many people are being killed by Israeli incursions that occur every day by land and air. A total of 262 people have been killed and 1,200 wounded, of whom 60 had arms or legs amputated, since 25 June, says Dr Juma al-Saqa, the director of the al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City which is fast running out of medicine. Of these, 64 were children and 26 women. This bloody conflict in Gaza has so far received only a fraction of the attention given by the international media to the war in Lebanon.


Clinton Officials Protest 9/11 TV Series

ABC/Disney acknowledge show is fiction

Clinton Officials Protest ABC Miniseries on 9/11, Demand That It Not Be Aired
A “terribly wrong” miniseries about events leading to the Sept. 11 attacks blame President Clinton’s policies, former Clinton administration officials said in letters demanding that ABC correct it or not air it. Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, former National Security Adviser Sandy Berger, Clinton Foundation head Bruce Lindsey and Clinton adviser Douglas Band wrote in the past week to Robert Iger, CEO of ABC’s parent The Walt Disney Co., to express concern over “The Path to 9/11.” The two-part miniseries, scheduled to be broadcast on Sunday and Monday, is drawn from interviews and documents including the report of the Sept. 11 commission. ABC has described it as a “dramatization” as opposed to a documentary.abcnews.go.com

Bush and Bin Laden locked in an embrace

After studiously ignoring him for much of the past five years, George Bush is making Osama bin Laden a headline issue in this autumn’s knife-edge mid-term congressional elections. But the US president’s tactical switch has raised suspicions that Republicans are once again resorting to the politics of fear.
Mr Bush does not face re-election in November – or ever. Come January 2009 he is expected to be “clearing brush” full-time on his Texas retirement ranch. But those who thought he would sit out this week’s Labour Day campaign season kick-off were way off target. Despite his record low job approval ratings, he apparently believes his coat-tails can sweep others to victory. That looks like an Iraq-sized gamble.


Blair jeered by college students


Prime Minister Tony Blair arrives back at 10 Downing Street in London. Blair has vowed to resign within a year, in a drastic bid to calm a crisis threatening his government, but doubts remained whether he had quelled the protests.(AFP/Adrian Dennis)

“We understand some stupid people in politics are trying to kill the Lebanese and Iraqis and everybody else.”
Tony Blair was booed and faced chants of “out, out, out” by pupils at the school at which he made a statement about his future. The prime minister spoke at Quintin Kynaston specialist technology college in Marlborough Hill, north-west London. But students at the college used their afternoon off lessons to join anti-war demonstrators at the school gates. The college is one of the first to join the PM’s trust school initiative, which are free from local authority control. Mr Blair used his visit to the school to announce that he would stand down as prime minister within the next 12 months, but did not set a precise date. A small group of teachers cheered and applauded Mr Blair as his cavalcade approached the school gates but they were drowned out by about 60 protesters who gathered in the street outside the school. They held placards with the words “time to go” and a 4ft model of a dog biscuit which they were offering as a “reward” to “Tony the Poodle” for his obedience to US President George Bush.


Scholars Say Neocons May Have Planned 9/11

A prominent military strategist says he is considering “some kind of action” to defend his reputation after conspiracy theorists suggested that his work might have led to the attacks of September 11, 2001. “This is slander of the worst kind,” Edward Luttwak, who has advised the State Department, the National Security Council, and several branches of the military, said. “How come a public institution will accord any kind of job other than cleaning the bathrooms to a person who says these things? What were the people who appointed him thinking?” Mr. Luttwak added. A September 11 conspiracy theorist, Kevin Barrett, had mentioned Mr. Luttwak’s name when asked by The New York Sun to name those who could have been responsible for the attacks. Mr. Barrett is among dozens of academics who have concluded that 19 Islamic hijackers did not hijack American aircraft and crash them into the Pentagon and the World Trade Center on September 11. While they say they cannot be sure exactly who or what was responsible, they say they suspect that members of the American establishment planned the attacks.


Romney Imposes Regulations on “Orwellian” Stem Cell Research

Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, a 2008 Republican presidential hopeful, said on Thursday his administration’s new restrictions on stem cell research are aimed at heading off an “Orwellian” future.
The state’s Department of Public Health this week issued regulations banning the creation of embryos for research purposes. Scientists say stem cell research could lead to breakthroughs in treatments for diseases including cancer. But the issue has become ethically and politically volatile because extracting the cells entails destruction of an embryo. “I believe it crosses a very bright moral line to take sperm and eggs in the laboratory and start creating human life,” Romney told reporters. “It is Orwellian in its scope. In laboratories you could have trays of new embryos being created.”