Friday, November 30, 2012

Iran Atom Issue Intensifying; Conflict Seems Inevitable

Islamist Iran is threatening to quit the anti-nuclear arms pact, following disclosure of evidence that the clerical fascist regime is seeking to develop atomic arms. Read more

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Tuesday, November 27, 2012


Leaked to AP: proof Iran is focused on a nuclear weapon more than three times as powerful as the bomb that destroyed Hiroshima. 

Iran is the new Nazi Germany, a totalitarian power pursuing an imperialist foreign policy--that is, a policy aimed at overthrowing the status quo, or power relations among nations. The lesson of the run-up to World War II is that such a power cannot be appeased. Appeasement of a rising imperialist country does not prevent war; instead, the policy makes war inevitable--on the enemy's terms. 

Must history repeat? 

No. It should not even rhyme

Tehran's turbaned tyranny--a clerical fascist regime installed with the help of the catastrophic Carter administration (an inept President and a ruthless National Security Adviser bent on cynically manipulating rightwing political Islam regardless of the consequences to civilized humanity)--should never have been allowed to get this close to possessing the ultimate weapons of mass destruction. 

What is to be done?

Where is the outrage?

Monday, November 26, 2012

In Focus: Iceland Geothermal Energy

In Iceland, geothermal energy is being used for … practically everything.

Moscow Minting Money to Keep Assad Afloat

Mysterious overflights … tons of banknotes … click here for the story.

Related Report: Rebels Destroy Syrian Moscow-Made Radar Station, Crippling Regime's Ability to Attack Israel, Jordan, Saudi Arabia

US Congratulates Sierra Leone President on Winning Second Term

The White House and the State Department have congratulated Sierra Leone President Ernest Bai Koroma on his reelection. Read more.

Sierra Leone is an African success story, a model of stability and democracy, following a horrific civil war. The international investment turnaround in Sierra Leone is truly remarkable; and, although the country has a long way to go towards alleviating crushing poverty and providing adequate health care for its people, the trend is clearly positive and worthy of serious support and attention.

Something you probably did not know about Sierra Leone: It is leading an important, regional, renewable energy initiative, encouraging appropriately sized and situated solar and biopower projects in order to produce desperately needed electricity for mining companies, universities, towns and villages. Thanks in large measure to President Koroma, Sierra Leone is an emerging star in the struggle to end energy poverty--a key global issue.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Iran, Russia Opposing NATO Missiles in Turkey on Syrian Border

Iran, Syria, and Russia are lining up to prevent the installation of NATO missiles in Turkey along its border with Syria. Read more.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Power Grab by Egypt's Obama-Backed Islamist Sparks Riots

The Muslim Brotherhood's Morsi, installed with the help of the United States, fresh from his Obama-assisted diplomatic victory, attempted a bloodless coup that triggered a bloody outpouring of opposition. Read more.

Fact: The Obama administration has overtly aligned the U.S. with the clerical fascist Muslim Brotherhood, ignoring secular nationalists. The perfidious, pro-Islamist foreign policy threatens to condemn the Middle East and Central Asia to decades of medieval rule … in the name of democracy.

And "progressives" are curiously quiet--and complicit.

Silence, as a great man wrote, is filth.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Israel and Hamas Reach Ceasefire

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- A ceasefire between Israel and Hamas is set to begin at 9 p.m. local time.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr announced the agreement Wednesday evening in Cairo. It will go into effect at 2 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

Prior to the announcement, President Obama spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who accepted Obama's recommendation to give the Egyptian cease-fire proposal a chance to work.

Obama reiterated his commitment to Israel's security and made clear that no country can be expected to tolerate rocket attacks against civilians, according to the White House. He also commended Netanyahu for agreeing to the Egyptian cease-fire proposal while reiterating that Israel maintains the right to defend itself. Obama told Netanyahu that he was committed to seeking additional funding for Iron Dome and other U.S.-Israel missile defense programs.

Clinton called the cease-fire agreement a "critical moment for the region," and praised Egypt for its leadership on the agreement. She said the next steps include moving toward a comprehensive peace between Israel and the Palestinians.

Five Israelis and more than 140 Palestinians have been reported killed since Israel launched Operation Pillar of Defense on Nov. 14 with the assassination of Hamas military chief Ahmed Jabari. The assassination followed several days of intense rocket bombardment on southern Israel, and Hamas stepped up its rocket fire against Israel after the operation began. Hamas missiles have reached as far as the Jerusalem and Tel Aviv areas nearly 50 miles away. On Wednesday, terrorists detonated a bomb aboard a bus in central Tel Aviv, wounding 21 people.

Bus Bombed in Tel Aviv Near Central Army Base

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- A bus exploded in Tel Aviv in what police are describing as a terrorist attack.

At least 21 people were injured in Wednesday's blast, according to a spokesman at Sourasky Medical Center - Ichilov Hospital.

The bus exploded at noon in the heart of Tel Aviv, near the central army base called the Kirya. The the injured were taken to Ichilov hospital.

Police said they believe a bomb stuffed with ball bearings and screws was tossed on the bus when its doors opened at a stop. Nobody has yet claimed responsibility for the attack, but Hamas had warned that it would strike back at Israel after its assassination last week of Hamas military chief Ahmed Jabari.

That killing marked the start of Israel's Operation Pillar of Defense, meant to bring a halt to the rocket fire from Gaza.

Palestinians in Gaza City began celebrating in the streets when news of the bus attack became known, according to Israel's Channel 1.

"The United States condemns today’s terrorist attack on a bus in Tel Aviv.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of those injured, and with the people of Israel." White House spokesman James Carney said in a statement. "These attacks against innocent Israeli civilians are outrageous. The United States will stand with our Israeli allies, and provide whatever assistance is necessary to identify and bring to justice the perpetrators of this attack. The United States reaffirms our unshakeable commitment to Israel’s security and our deep friendship and solidarity with the Israeli people."

"As I arrive in Cairo, I am closely monitoring reports from Tel Aviv, and we will stay in close contact with Prime Minister Netanyahu's team. The United States stands ready to provide any assistance that Israel requires," U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in a statement after leaving Israel, where she had met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. She also went to Ramallah to meet with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

On the Coming Ceasefire

By Frank Dimant

We may be hours or minutes away from yet another cease fire and thus it is important to recall some historical facts that should determine Israel’s attitude towards these momentary lapses in fighting.

Under the leadership of Ariel Sharon, who may very well be remembered in history as the founding father of Hamastan, assurances were made that promise that when the first rocket was fired into Israel from Gaza, the terrorist regime would feel the strength of the Israeli Army. Sadly, Israel has allowed thousands of rockets to fall.

Hamas has been strengthened by demonstrating to the world it has the ability to send missiles to Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and virtually every spot in southern Israel. Hamas has demonstrated that it alone, and not the Fatah terrorist wing of the Palestinian Authority, is today the dominant player in the Palestinian evolution.

One can recall the ill-fated attempts by former Prime Minister Olmert to demonstrate strength in northern Israel when the army was called out. The reservists mobilized but no clear, decisive action was taken by the government in Lebanon for some time. It became almost painfully laughable as indecision was the main governing factor.

Will a cease fire benefit Israel? Will the tunnels leading from Egypt to Gaza be destroyed? Will the munitions factories in Gaza be closed? Will Iran stop transporting long-range missiles via Sudan and Egypt to Gaza? Will Hamas not declare itself a great victor against the Zionist regime? What will Israel gain with a limited cease fire? At best, a few weeks or months of maybe only a few rockets and missiles bombarding Sderot again? Tel Aviv will continue on its merry way as Israeli leftists will now proclaim the need to negotiate directly with Hamas.

Weakness is not tolerated in Arab society. Arab society appreciates strength and resolve. Yitzhak Rabin learned the hard way when he did not act with strength in the first days of the intifada.

Today, we witness the American Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, flying to the Middle East, enhancing the stature of the new Egyptian administration and giving them a role in brokering a cease fire. Netanyahu may well be forced to capitulate without any real long-term gains on the ground. A cease fire that allows the continuation of smuggling of weapons, periodic rocket attacks from Gaza into Israel and the instigation of hate to 10-year olds, inspiring them to become shaheeds, does not bode well for the tranquility of the entire Middle East.

Frank Dimant is CEO of B'nai Brith Canada.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Calls for Calm as Sierra Leone Braces for Poll Results

Daily Times : Sierra Leone Election Litmus Test for Africa

Hamas Aiming High in Aerial War

The Gaza-based, Iran-backed, Islamist terrorist group believes it has sufficient strength and support to demand an end to the Israeli blockade, which, Israel fears, would open the floodgates for full-scale, Hezbollah-like armament. Read more.

Iran and its secular ally, Syria, could not be happier with the conflict, as it diverts international attention  away from Iran's atomic advance and Syria's massacre of civilians.

The Hamas-Gaza mini-war also again illustrates Israel's self-defense dilemma. On the one hand, Israel cannot tolerate missiles raining down on its territory--no nation can. On the other hand, reacting with air strikes invariably leads to civilian deaths in enemy territory, which, in the age of instant international communications and nonstop media coverage--from 24/7 satellite/cable news to opinion-shaping social media--could have serious political ramifications. Imagine a full-blown war with Iran/Hezbollah/Hamas (with or without Syria). Israel would have to resort to World War II rules of engagement. But it's one thing to threaten to flatten, say, a village that is the source of missile strikes; another, to make good on the threat--on TV and YouTube.

It would be a gross understatement to say that Israel is in a difficult position. Borderline impossible is more like it. But Israel and the Zionist movement that founded and built the State have historically specialized in the impossible. No Harvard MBA, no private equity emperor or Wall Street investment banker of the sort that nowadays dominates the financial sphere, could have ever predicted, would have ever financed or invested in, the Jewish State.

It will not fall. It will not fail. It will prevail--and thrive. For the people of Israel … and the Jewish people the world over … there is no alternative. Ein breira!

Related Report: Obama Supporting Israel's Right to Defend Itself While Pressing Bibi and Barak to Delay Gaza Ground Operation

Benghazi in a Nutshell

The United States, having learned nothing from decades of disastrous, covert assistance to rightwing political Islam--a policy that blew back most horrifically on 9/11--was clearly collaborating with Al Qaeda sympathizers in Libya and Syria, sending arms from the former country to the latter, among other actions.

Something went wrong--and four American citizens, including an American ambassador, were killed by the devil with which their government had been dancing.

The Obama administration, fearful that its Al Qaeda-has-been-decimated story was on the verge of being exposed as an obvious lie, deliberately misled the American people.

And, to be fair, the Republican establishment, having been complicit in the unnecessary intervention in Libya in the first place--the  increasingly irrelevant John McCain continues to insist that the U.S. and its NATO allies intervened on the side of "freedom fighters"--was hopelessly conflicted and ineffective in its criticism.

POSTSCRIPT: Regarding the Petraeus affair, it is illogical to assume that some foreign intelligence services were not aware of the general's relationship with his biographer. Nobody is suggesting blackmail occurred or was attempted; but a CIA director should not be spending time and energy thinking about his need to hide his secret life.

B'nai Brith Canada Slams Hamas-Israel Media Moral Equivalency

B'nai Brith Canada writes:
Terrorism is a threat to democracy. The terrorist organization Hamas may have been elected in Gaza but that does not change the fact that it is a terrorist group. 
Here are the facts:
1. Hamas was designated as a banned terrorist entity under Canadian law in 2002 by the Liberal Government.

2. Hamas seeks the destruction of Israel, not peace. The Hamas Covenant states, "Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it, just as it obliterated others before it.' 
There can be no equivalency drawn between Israel's right to defend its citizens on one hand and attacks carried out by terrorists on the other.
The executive director of B'nai Brith Canada, Dr. Frank Dimant, is one of the most capable and experienced professional leaders of the organized Jewish community. Every communication emanating from the organization that he heads is well worth reading--and publishing. 

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Iran Attempting to Islamize Conflict

Iran is moving, somewhat cautiously, at first, toward intervening in the Hamas-Israel conflict with a goal of widening--and Islamizing--the war. Read more.

The Iranian role cannot be overlooked. The Islamist regime will try to exploit the situation to the maximum possible degree; imagine the result should members of an Iranian delegation die in an air attack.

As previously noted, the fighting foreshadows the likely war to come--a war of missiles in which civilians in Israeli cities and towns will be on the front lines.

Related: Israel Shoots Down Iran-Made Tel Aviv-Bound Rocket

Also Related: Hitlerian Hezbollah Hails Rocket Attacks on Israel

Friday, November 16, 2012

A Deadly Rehearsal of the Coming Aerial War?

The "Hamas-Israel" war increasingly seems like a deadly rehearsal for the real aerial war to come--between Israel and Iran/Hezbollah/Hamas.

Syria is a major unknown. Bristling with ballistic missiles and chemical warheads, the beleaguered Arab regime clinging to power in Damascus, a secular ally of both Iran and Russia, has repeatedly warned that it is prepared to bombard Israel if the West overtly intervenes militarily, or goes too far with its covert aid to the forces seeking the regime's overthrow.

And what of Egypt … now under Islamist control, owing to the disastrous betrayal and abandonment of the pro-Western Mubarak government … and Turkey, a full NATO member, whose "moderate Islamist" leaders dream of restoring the Ottoman Empire … what will these mighty, military powers (Turkey, especially) do if and when Israel is forced to take drastic action resulting in large-scale civilian casualties among its enemies? The Islamizing of what was historically dubbed "the Arab-Israeli conflict" threatens to make political solutions practically impossible.

Clashing imperialist (in the classical realist sense--meaning, a foreign policy aiming to overturn the status quo) rivalries and ambitions in an almost unbelievably explosive environment … a clear recipe for catastrophe.

And Israel is smack in the middle of the chaotic mess; and, unlike the United States, Israel has nowhere to go, is stuck in its neighborhood, for better or worse.

Iran Poised to Increase Underground Uranium Enrichment

Deep underground, oil-rich Iran's Islamist regime is about to step up uranium enrichment. Read more

Thursday, November 15, 2012

China Names New Old Leadership

Political reform in China? Dead on arrival. Read more.

Securing Syrian Chemical Arms Would Require 75,000 US Troops

What appeasement of proliferating monsters has wrought. Click here for the story.

Gaza-Based Rocket Attacks Presage Plot to 'Burn Tel Aviv'

What the moral-equivalency-obsessed media are overlooking regarding the Gaza-based rocket attacks on Israel, including the rocket that reached the outskirts of Tel Aviv: non-Arab Iran's Islamist Palestinian Arab proxies are sending a  message--a deadly demonstration of what Israel would face on a much larger scale should the Jewish State and/or the United States decide to attack Iran's menacing nuclear and missile installations.

Not for nothing have Iran and Hitlerian Hezbollah amassed arsenals of ballistic missiles, repeatedly vowed to "burn Tel Aviv," etc.

Not for nothing have Iran and North Korea developed and test-fired cargo ship-based ballistic missile firing systems.

Not for nothing have Iran's SS-like Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps commanders threatened to engage the U.S. from the Gulf of Mexico.

Adolf Hitler dreamed of destroying New York City with missile strikes.

Saddam Hussein proved that an enemy of Israel could rain rockets down on it--and get away with the war crime.

Clerical fascist Iran's atomic ayatollah and maniac-in-chief are preparing their missiles, developing their warheads with two targets in mind: Israel and America.

There is no diplomatic solution to this problem. The way to peace in the Middle East runs through Tehran--the monstrous mullahocracy must go. End it before it ends us.

Gaza Rocket Hits Tel Aviv Outskirts

Bubble Breaks: Commercial, Cultural Capital

of Modern Jewish State Vulnerable to Attack

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- A rocket fired from Gaza struck the metropolitan Tel Aviv area.

The rocket fell in Holon on the southern outskirts of Tel Aviv, according to reports, after warning sirens sounded in Tel Aviv and Bnei Brak on Thursday evening.  It was the first time since the Gulf War in 1990 that a warning siren was sounded in the Tel Aviv metropolitan area, according to reports.

There was no damage or injuries, Ynet reported. Islamic Jihad reportedly took responsibility for the attack, which came two hours after two rockets struck Rishon Lezion, located about 10 miles south of Tel Aviv.

More than 140 rockets fired from Gaza have struck southern Israel since the assassination of Hamas military chief Ahmed Jabari on Wednesday evening.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Israeli Missile Strike Kills Hamas Military Head

Hit on Gaza-Based Leader Followed 
Four Days of Rocket Fire on Israel

Entire Region on Edge

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- The head of Hamas' military wing in the Gaza Strip, Ahmed Jabri, was killed by an Israeli missile.

Jabri (the name is also written as Jabari) and a passenger were killed late Wednesday afternoon when the car in which they were driving in Gaza was hit in what Israeli military officials called a "surgical strike."

The passenger was Jabri's son, according to Yediot Achronot, though it was not confirmed by other sources.

Jabri was directly responsible for carrying out terrorist attacks against Israel for the past several years, the Israel Defense Forces said in a statement.

"The purpose of this operation was to severely impair the command and control chain of the Hamas leadership, as well as its terrorist infrastructure," the statement said. "This was a surgical operation in cooperation with the Israeli Security Agency that was implemented on the basis of concrete intelligence and using advanced capabilities."

Hamas' armed wing, the Izz al-Dinn Al-Qassam Brigades, reportedly said in a statement following the attack, "The occupation has opened the gates of hell on itself."

The strike came after four days of rocket fire from Gaza terrorist groups on southern Israel. More than 150 rockets are reported to have been fired from Gaza, causing damage to homes and factories.

Jabri was filmed escorting captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, who was held hostage in Gaza for more than five years, when he was handed over to Egypt last year on his way back to Israel.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Woman at Center of Scandal Made Nutty 911 Call

Read the crazy news here.

The sex scandal is about more than sex.

Way more.

America's top commander of the failed Afghan war emailed … thousands … of … documents … to a so-called Tampa socialite.


France Recognizes Islamist-Run Syria Opposition

BACK IN THE DAY: In 1920, the League of Nations put Syria under French mandate.

New Mandate Era Looms as France (Foolishly) Rushes In

France is the first European power to recognize the new Syrian opposition coalition. Read more

Ruinous Wars Seem to be Ending as Sex Scandals

Unnecessary Conflicts that Turned Troops and Diplomats 

into Cannon Fodder Turn Generals into Tabloid Fodder

ALL IN: Scandal spreads, Pentagon probes, public puzzled by surging headlines.

The real dirt! Shocking but true! Read all about it.

The forgotten back story: the unnecessary Iraq intervention wrecked a contained country, ruined the United States (and the Republican Party) and created a de facto Iranian satellite. The unnecessary land war in Afghanistan--Al Qaeda and the Taliban should have been aerially obliterated within hours or days of 9/11 by any and all means necessary--had no chance of ending well given CNN rules of engagement, idiotic "nation building" and, above all, Washington's refusal to destroy the enemy's cross-border sanctuaries in Pakistan, the (nuclear armed) nation that invented and sustained the Taliban and aided and sheltered Al Qaeda and its chief. The unnecessary Libya intervention--on the side of Islamists--has proved to be a blessing for Al Qaeda and its sympathizers, including groups in Syria that were apparently receiving Libyan arms with covert American and Turkish assistance before the massacre of four Americans in Benghazi, including the U.S. ambassador to Libya. 

Soldiers stabbed in the back … Americans slain in the dark … not to worry! A strange sex scandal (a celebrated general's bizarre biographer-mistress sends harassing emails to a socialite who was the recipient of thousands of "inappropriate" emails from another general) promises to produce what America apparently needs most--another reality TV show. Already, agents (the Hollywood kind) must be drooling, contracts must be drawing, producers must be pitching….

Monday, November 12, 2012

Iran Hovercraft Can Launch Drones, Fire Missiles

Domestically Produced Amphibious Craft Will Operate in Persian Gulf

Euro Slides to Two-Month Low

Investor fears intensify over Greece, future of Eurozone. Read more

Comment: the real fear is that the Greek and Spanish depressions will spread across Europe, that the continent is heading back to the future--to the 1930s. 

Afghan Warlords Rearming, Mobilizing

No light at the end of the tunnel. Not for nothing has the price of an AK-47 in Afghanistan risen from $300 to $1,000. And every Afghan family wants one. Read more.

China Orders Social Risk Assessment of Big Projects

Progress in Beijing. Read more.

North Korea Testing, Building Missiles to Attack America

Criminal Kimist/Stalinist Regime Continues to Defy Washington

Read all about it here.

Spanish Suicide Inflames Public Angry Over Austerity

Politicians and Banks Accused of "De Facto Murder"

More than 400,000 people in Spain have lost their homes; the public is demanding eviction reform. Read more

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Friday, November 09, 2012

China Exports Exceed Expectations

Data Points to Global Pickup 

Positive China news. Read more.

Troubling Libya Timeline Revealed

Billions for Defense and Americans Were Sitting Ducks

An unnecessary intervention that produced an Islamist nightmare--and led to the murder of four Americans, including an ambassador. The timeline is troubling, to say the least. Read more.

Thursday, November 08, 2012

Assad Warns Western Intervention Would Trigger World War

An ominous warning from a beleaguered dictator. Read more.

Greek Jews Concerned by Rising Neo-Nazi Party

ATHENS, Greece (JTA) — For every Jew who lives in Greece, there are about 100 Greeks who voted for the country’s neo-Nazi party, Golden Dawn, last spring.

The party now controls 18 seats in Greece’s 300-member parliament, and its popularity is rising rapidly: A poll taken in October showed that if elections were held again today, Golden Dawn would capture 14 percent of the vote, making it Greece’s third-largest party. A September poll showed that 22 percent of Greeks have positive views of Golden Dawn, up from 12 percent in May.

With its swastika-like flag, gangs of black-shirted thugs attacking immigrants and its ideology of Greek racial superiority, Golden Dawn’s sudden and significant rise has prompted condemnations from around the world.

It also has put many of Greece’s 5,000 Jews on edge. Community leaders already have begun a campaign to educate Greeks about the dangers of allowing a neo-Nazi party to flourish, and Greek Jews are trying to figure out what more they can do to arrest Golden Dawn’s rise.

“We definitely think that a very basic tool to promoting social equality and combating the rise of extremists like Golden Dawn is educating schoolchildren,” said Zanet Battinou, director the Jewish Museum of Greece.

The museum and its programs teach visiting schoolchildren about Greece’s Jewish community, its heritage and, in particular, about the Holocaust, in which more than 80 percent of Greek Jews were murdered.

The museum also has set up a traveling exhibition, works extensively with Greek schools to aid in teaching about the Holocaust and, together with the Israeli Embassy in Athens, sent 24 Greek teachers to the International School for Holocaust Studies at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial and museum in Jerusalem.

“It certainly is a very strong weapon against misinformation, bigotry and prejudice,” Battinou said. “But the biggest benefit is, and should be, to teach young people to think for themselves.”

Anti-Immigrant and Anti-Semitic

While Golden Dawn mostly has targeted those it holds responsible for Greece’s dire economic plight and its international humiliation -- immigrants from Asia and Africa, politicians and the Communist opposition -- the party also has a clear anti-Semitic streak.

Golden Dawn’s leader, Nikolaos Michaloliakos, denies there were gas chambers or ovens at Nazi death camps and has a penchant for giving the Nazi salute. Statements from the party refer to Israel as a “Zionist terror state.” Party spokesman Ilias Kasidiaris, who made international headlines when he punched a female Communist Party member in the face during a live television debate, recently read out a passage from the anti-Semitic forgery “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion” in parliament.

“We must react to everything they do against the Jews,” David Saltiel, president of the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece, told JTA. “We protest, we fight in every instance where there are displays of anti-Semitism and will not let ourselves fall down. We take every measure we can within the spirit of democracy.”

The Greek Jewish community is also trying to maintain a dialogue with the government and mainstream political parties and urging them to take a stronger stand, according to Saltiel.

Outside Jewish groups are stepping in, too. In response to the rise of Golden Dawn, the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, which assists Greece’s 500 Holocaust survivors, has begun funding the Greek Jewish museum’s traveling exhibition on anti-Semitism.

“For survivors that went through what these people went through during the war, many of whom were saved by the underground efforts of other Greeks, they never expected that in their lifetime they would see Greek support for a Nazi-like party,” said the Claims Conference's chairman, Julius Berman. “There must be complete horror.”

Golden Dawn’s political ascendance has been fast and furious, propelled by a Greek public weary of five years of economic depression, massive unemployment and what they see as Greece’s international humiliation and its betrayal by the politicians who got them into this mess. Similar factors led to Hitler’s rise in Weimar Germany, some have noted.

For years, Golden Dawn had lingered as a tiny party on the fringes of society. In the 2009 elections, the party won just 0.29 percent of the vote. But in elections in May and a do-over in June, the party captured just under 7 percent of the vote. Its popularity has been growing ever since.

Given the relatively small size of the country’s Jewish community, Jewish leaders are aware that their efforts may appear like a drop in an ocean of hate and that they alone cannot fight Golden Dawn’s rise.

“It is not possible for only a few thousand remaining Jews. There must be mainstream involvement or a big segment of the mainstream like newspapers, universities and the politicians,” said Hagen Fleischer, the emeritus professor of history at the University of Athens and an expert on the Holocaust and the German occupation of Greece.

The Austrian-born Fleischer, who is not Jewish, organized a public event aimed at countering the growth of Golden Dawn, bringing Holocaust survivors to tell their stories. But, he says, “You cannot solve the problem of Golden Dawn only with enlightenment or telling people there really was a Holocaust.”

Initially, many Greeks and leading politicians downplayed the party’s rise, dismissing it as a knee-jerk reaction from Greeks looking for a shortcut out of the country’s economic crisis but who did not really identify with Golden Dawn’s fascist ideology.

As Golden Dawn has become more brazen, violently attacking migrants, gays and Communists, disrupting theater productions deemed blasphemous and holding racist events like setting up a blood bank for pure Greek blood only, Greek political leaders have begun to mount a stronger response.

In October, parliament voted to lift the immunity of three Golden Dawn members of parliament accused of attacking immigrants. Public Order Minister Nikos Dendias announced the creation of a special police unit to deal with racist violence -- a welcome move after repeated allegations that police were deliberately turning a blind eye to, or sometimes even colluding with, the black-shirted gangs in their attacks on foreigners.

Perhaps most significantly, the head of the Church of Greece, Archbishop Ieronymous II, spoke out. “The Church loves all people, including those who are black, white or non-Christians,” he said.

Saltiel says these developments give him a glimmer of hope.

“If all the political groups, the church, the universities and the media come together to try and put things in the right way, I think that this will change,” he said.

Either way, the Jewish community will keep up its efforts.

“I frankly don’t know if it is enough, but it is something,” Battinou said. “And several small sources of something will hopefully amount to something far-reaching in this dark tunnel of racism and a

Hu: Corruption Could Cause Collapse of Party and State

China's graft problem has risen to the level of an existential threat, according to the country's outgoing leader. Read more.

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Heywood Reported to MI6

The slain Briton who brought Bo down had spy links. Read more

China's Communists Considering Party-Only Democracy

Internal--meaning, party-only--reforms would include elections. A Reuters exclusive. Read it here.

Comment: Mao must be rolling in his grave. The party he ruled is unrecognizable; its legitimacy lost in the eyes of the masses. The news is important, however, confirming what many observers have predicted--namely, that the party will gradually move toward a more democratic one-party system. There will be more voting--within a party framework--and the leaders will eventually assert that China's model for developing nations is every bit as democratic as, say, America's two-party system, if not more so. Not for nothing have Reuters' sources timed this story for America's election day.

Monday, November 05, 2012

Sudan-Iran Ties Increasingly Exposed

An airstrike on an arms factory, attributed to Israel, is focusing attention on Sudan's importance to Iran. Read more.

Will Greece Explode?

Although austerity has failed miserably in Greece--the savage spending cuts have deepened the depression--more such measures are being advanced by a government that seems bent on pushing the nation to the brink of revolution or anarchy. Read more.

Al Qaeda Bomb Kills 50 Syrian Security Men

Islamist-Led Insurrection Incinerating Arab Nation 

Al Qaeda is advancing in Syria. Read more

Hezbollah Fighters Pour into Syria

At least 5,000 Hezbollah regular troops are in Syria. More are coming. Israel is understandably concerned. Read more.

Ordinary Syrians are effectively being asked to choose the fascism they prefer to live under: Sunni clerical fascism (Al Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood, backed by the United States, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, the Gulf States) or Shiite clerical fascism, meaning, of course, Iran and its terrorist proxy, Hezbollah.

The despotic regime is Iran's secular ally and an ally, also, of Russia, which wants to preserve its naval facility at the Syrian port of Tartus and arms sales to the Syrian military. Moscow also wants to stem the Islamist tide. The Russian capital is driving distance from the Syrian border.

Sunday, November 04, 2012

More than 200,000 Internally Displaced Persons in Mali

The number of Malians who have left or been driven from their homes amid conflict and other threats is almost 60% higher than previously thought. Read more.

Another Piece of the Benghazi Puzzle

By Clare M. Lopez

Our first clue came as early as 15 September 2012, when CNN reported that murdered State Department information management officer, Sean Smith, who was an avid online gamer, posted on a gaming site that he'd seen Libyan police taking photos of the Benghazi mission. An experienced career Foreign Service Officer, Smith knew that what he was looking at is called "pre-attack casing" or "Indicators and Warning." His deep unease came through in the posting he left for his fellow gamers that fateful day, when he wrote "…assuming we don't die tonight. We saw one of our 'police' that guard the compound taking pictures."

Now, on 1 November 2012, the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) has posted a new report from the United Arab Emirate (UAE)'s Alaan TV, in which an intrepid young reporter shows viewers how she found pages of documents strewn about the U.S.'s Benghazi Tactical Operations Center (TOC) in the wake of the 11 September 2012 attack.

As the cameras follow her through the trashed interior of that building, one of several in the compound, it focuses in on two documents in particular that she found there (weeks after an FBI team supposedly went through the place). Both are dated September 11, 2012 and provide the observations of Sean Smith and others at the Benghazi base that morning.

One report was addressed to Mohamed Obedi, head of the Libyan Ministry of Foreign Affairs' office in Benghazi and the other to the "Benghazi Police Chief." According to the Alaan report, the letters complained about an incident which had occurred outside the Benghazi compound where Sean Smith and the Ambassador would be killed later that night.

Describing the incident as "troubling," the report states that at 6:30 that morning, one of the Libyan guards (likely a member of the "February 17 Martyrs Brigade" that had been hired to protect the facility) reported that he'd seen someone he identified as a member of the local police force in the upper level of a building across from the American compound photographing the interior of the compound.

"Car 322"

The Libyan guard further identified the police car present on the street and gave its identification number as "322." The letters concluded with the expressed hope that the Libyan authorities would conduct an investigation into the incident, especially as the Americans had been requesting additional Libyan security assistance since September 9, in anticipation of Ambassador Stevens' visit to Benghazi.

They'd asked for a round-the-clock police presence to cover the front and back of the Benghazi compound in addition to a mobile patrol and a bomb-sniffing dog. As of September 11, 2012, the letters stated, "We are saddened to report that we have only received an occasional police presence at our main gate. Many hours pass when we have no police support at all." The predictable, even inevitable, consequences of that failure became tragically obvious just hours later that night.

There is no doubt but that the U.S. Department of State (DoS) would have received an official cable traffic from Sean Smith (probably signed off on by Ambassador Stevens) about the Libyan police surveillance activity as well as the Libyan failure to provide the security previously requested. Such traffic would have been marked with a high level of urgency.

But, just as with earlier requests from America's diplomats in Libya, these concerns also were dismissed, and no additional U.S. security was provided -- even with the knowledge that Christopher Stevens would be visiting Benghazi on the 11th anniversary of the original 9/11 attacks and that Al-Qaeda terror camps had been sighted all over Benghazi.

Shocking Refusal 

Citing once again from the Foreign Policy account, when asked to explain DoS's shocking refusal to heed its own diplomats' deepening worries about their ability to survive another attack on the Benghazi compound, DoS deputy spokesman Mark Toner brushed off inquiries about the documents found at the Center, claiming that an independent assessment was still underway.

Libyan officials also tried to dodge responsibility for failing to respond to the American requests for more security, claiming alternatively that either they hadn't received any such letter or that all security requested had been provided.

It is striking that this failure makes Libyan officials the third of three among the Libya-Turkey-U.S. tripartite alliance whose actions or failure to act almost predictably ensured that a terror attack on the American presence in Benghazi would face no meaningful obstacles. Appropriate attention to security by any one of the three—the U.S. DoS, the Libyan security services or the Turkish Consul General—might have sufficed to prevent or at least mitigate the circumstances of that fatal attack.

Despite repeated and explicit requests for more security that date back weeks before the September 11 attack, the DoS had refused to help them. As we now know, too, the Turkish Consul General to Benghazi, Ali Sait Akin, was in a position to warn Ambassador Stevens and his staff about the bearded jihadis in machine-gun-mounted pick-up trucks bearing the logo of the Ansar al-Shariah militia that had cordoned off the streets around the U.S. compound in the hour before the attack commenced.

Jihadi Blockade

Yet, there is no public reporting so far to indicate that he phoned any warning at all to his diplomatic colleague, Ambassador Stevens, after he passed, apparently untroubled, out through the jihadi's blockade following a late-day meeting with Stevens at the compound.

The Libyans tried to dodge official responsibility for failing to protect a foreign diplomatic mission in their country; the Turks aren't talking at all; and the U.S. DoS doesn't want to discuss anything related to its systematic policy of refusing desperately needed and asked-for security to its Benghazi mission before or even during the Sept. 11 attack.

There's something else the State Department apparently wants to make go away: Its 18-month-long alliance with the Muslim Brotherhood-dominated, Al-Qaeda-riddled ranks of the Syrian Free Army (SFA) and its political sponsor, the Syrian National Council (SNC).

Speaking in Zagreb, Croatia on October 31, 2012, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced that the SNC no longer would be considered the "visible leader" of the Syrian opposition. Although it is not clear what the Turks think about the U.S. move to jettison their favorite jihadis, the Arab League reportedly is sponsoring meetings during this entire week of November in Doha, Qatar to focus on a post-Assad government for Syria.

It is not known whether any SNC members will even attend. While the U.S. decision to work with a wider representation of the Syrian opposition comes at a juncture that can only be termed "better late than never," lame statements about "efforts by extremists to hijack the Syrian revolution" do nothing to disguise the fact that it has been official U.S. policy deliberately and knowingly, to back precisely such "extremists" (actually Muslim Brotherhood and Al-Qaeda jihadis) in country after country of the Middle East North Africa (MENA) region since at least the 2011 beginning of the "Islamic Awakening."

Does this surprise announcement signal the break-up of the tripartite alliance among Libya, Turkey and the U.S. to direct a pipeline of weapons support to the Syrian opposition? The attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi wouldn't have anything to do with that, would it?

Saturday, November 03, 2012

What West Wrought: Anarchy in Libya

Tribes and Militias Battle for Power

Turns out, the civil war never really ended, as shown by this report on a town beyond the control of the country's so-called central government. 

Libya is a nightmare--made in America and Europe. The betrayal of the old regime, with which the West had made a most useful deal, has boomeranged. A secular dictatorship that was cooperating closely in the struggle against Al Qaeda and its affiliated groups was inexplicably overthrown by "rebels" riddled with Al Qaeda operatives and sympathizers. 

Yet another unnecessary intervention. Yet another strategic blunder in freedom's name. 

After Vietnam and Iraq … and the 9/11 blowback from the secret war in Afghanistan that unleashed the global jihad … where's the outrage?