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Jan 05 18:44

Chavez: US backed Israeli Attack Is ‘Genocidal’

Venezuela’s Chavez Says Israeli Attack Is ‘Genocidal’ (Update1)
By Matthew Walter

Jan. 5 (Bloomberg) -- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said that Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip are “genocidal” and called on governments around the world to demand a cease-fire in the Middle Eastern conflict.

Chavez said that Venezuela will show “solidarity” with the Palestinian people and that the U.S. is supporting the Israeli attacks on Gaza, in comments broadcast today on Venezuelan state television.

“How sad that Israel continues to act as the assassin arm of the Yankee empire,” the president said.

The South American country plans to collaborate with humanitarian efforts to send medicine and food to Palestine, Chavez said. Israeli warplanes bombed new Palestinian targets today and troops moved into the outskirts of Gaza City today, while at least 34 rockets from Gaza have struck Israeli territory since last night.

Jan 05 18:35

Chavez's heating oil for US needy ends

Venezuela’s Chavez Scraps U.S. Heating Oil Program (Update2)
By Steven Bodzin

Jan. 5 (Bloomberg) -- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, under pressure to maintain domestic social programs as his country’s oil income falls, ended a three-year-old program that provided heating oil to low-income households in the U.S.

Citgo Petroleum, the U.S. refining unit of state oil company Petroleos de Venezuela SA, is suspending deliveries of the oil “until further notice,” Joseph P. Kennedy II, president of Citizens Energy Corp., said today on his company’s Web site. Boston-based Citizens Energy handled logistics for Citgo’s program and will keep providing below-market-rate oil to some customers, he said.

Jan 05 16:10

Israeli Wiretappers, the NSA, and 9/11

By Reprehensor at http://911Blogger.com

(James Bamford has done another great deed for the public by revealing the extent of the NSA's wiretapping on U.S. soil, and how the NSA sub-contracts the vast majority of its work to Israeli high-tech firms bristling with "former" Israeli military intelligence agents, and in the case of Verint, a company with serious corruption issues. It was Bamford who popularized the existence of Operation Northwoods in his 2001 book, Body of Secrets. In The Shadow Factory, he sheds light in the secret rooms of Verizon and AT&T, and shows the NSA to be a very poor custodian of the nation's security.)

Bamford Brings the Goods

On October 14, 2008, James Bamford talked about some of the shocking research in his new book on Democracy Now!, with Amy Goodman;

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hI_k9Xt00YE

Jan 05 14:18

Obama picks Panetta for CIA director

Leon Panetta was Bill Clinton's chief of staff and Iraq Study Group member.

Jan 05 13:41

New Israeli Nazi Party formed

Today, in Tel-Aviv, a new Israeli Nazi Party was formed.

It's leader, Shimon Peron, said: 'Our country has been riddled by Palestinians, so now we will deal with the vermin. First, we'll put them all in a huge ghetto - OK, we already did that - then we'll treat them like animals, and even cut off their water and allow thousands of them to die from diseases. And after that we'll launch air strikes against them, jets bombing the probably most harmless people in the world, and blame it on a few idiots that dare to fire rockets at us. Well, it's the Nazi way, picking on the weakest and killing them!'

Jan 05 13:16

Gaza civilians bearing brunt of violence: aid agencies

Civilians in Gaza are bearing the brunt of the violence in the Gaza Strip, where people wounded in fighting are dying because ambulances cannot reach them, humanitarian agencies said on Monday.

As troops battled militants in Gaza's main city for the first time since Israel unleashed its offensive against the Islamist Hamas movement on December 27, the agencies painted a grim picture of the suffering in the impoverished territory.

"Wounded people have died while waiting for Palestinian Red Crescent ambulances," ICRC spokeswoman Dorothea Krimitsas said in Geneva.

Jan 05 13:14

Gaza conflict: Who is a civilian?

The International Committee of the Red Cross - guardian of the Geneva Conventions on which international humanitarian law is based - defines a combatant as a person "directly engaged in hostilities".

But Israeli Defence Forces spokesman Benjamin Rutland told the BBC: "Our definition is that anyone who is involved with terrorism within Hamas is a valid target. This ranges from the strictly military institutions and includes the political institutions that provide the logistical funding and human resources for the terrorist arm."

Philippe Sands, Professor of International Law at University College London, says he is not aware of any Western democracy having taken so broad a definition.

Jan 05 11:09

Israel's 'Fait Accompli' in Gaza

There are two completely different versions of what is currently happening in Gaza.

In the Israeli and North American press version, Hamas – "Islamic terrorists" backed by Iran – have in an unprovoked attack fired deadly rockets on innocent Israel with the intent of destroying the Jewish state.

North American politicians and the media say Israel "has the right to defend itself."

True enough. No Israeli government can tolerate rockets hitting its towns, even though the casualty totals have been less than the car crash fatalities registered during a single holiday weekend on Israel's roads.

The firing of the feeble, homemade al-Qassam rockets by Palestinians is both useless and counterproductive.

It damages their image as an oppressed people and gives right-wing Israeli extremists a perfect reason to launch more attacks on the Arabs and refuse to discuss peace.

Jan 05 09:52

Illinois Lieutenant Governor says state is `laughing stock'

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois' Lieutenant Governor says his state has become an "international laughing stock" and he wants to form a panel to find ways to clean up corruption.

[Lieutenant Governor] Quinn would become governor if Blagojevich leaves office. [...]

Jan 05 09:44

Living on Borrowed Time in a Stolen Land

Communicating with Israelis may leave one bewildered. Even now when the Israeli Air Force is practicing murder in broad daylight of hundreds of civilians, elderly persons, women and children, the Israeli people manage to convince themselves that they are the real victims in this violent saga.

Jan 05 09:40

Orange drinks with 300 times more pesticide than tap water

Fizzy drinks sold by Coca-Cola in Britain have been found to contain pesticides at up to 300 times the level allowed in tap or bottled water.

A worldwide study found pesticide levels in orange and lemon drinks sold under the Fanta brand, which is popular with children, were at their highest in the UK.

Jan 05 09:38

How the Megaphonies manipulate the internet

IsraeliGirl. Here's her user profile page.
http://digg.com/users/israeligirl

On that page, in the about section, it says:

I've been a marketing consultant to high tech companies for the last 10 years. I am also one of the founders of giyus.org, a pro-Israeli public diplomacy group.

So I went to GIYUS.org to see what kind of a group it is. There homepage is as you might expect.
http://giyus.org/

GIYUS it turns out is an acronym for Give Israel Your United Support. And here is what is displayed on the front page of GIYUS.org.

Today's conflicts are won by public opinion.
Now is the time to be active and voice Israel's side to the world.

Join the effort in 3 easy steps:

1. Download and install Megaphone desktop tool
2. Receive desktop alerts on key articles and surveys
3. Click alerts to easily voice your opinion

Help us by reporting relevant articles and surveys.

Together we can make a difference!

Jan 05 09:20

New Short Film - Help Defeat The Hate Bill

The federal hate crimes bill has been narrowly defeated five times since 1998. Today, it enjoys its highest chance ever of passage, strongly supported by President-elect Obama and the Democrat-controlled Congress. It could be reintroduced into Congress this week.

If the hate bill's powerful supporters succeed, America will begin to establish a dual-justice system, as Canada did in 1971. Traditional law will still cover general crime, but a parallel "bias-motivation" system (and supporting federal bureaucracy) will be erected. Crimes of "prejudice" will be vehemently prosecuted. Inevitably, such crime will include "verbal violence" (i.e. criticism) against federally protected groups, such as Jews and homosexuals. Those who commit "speech crimes" will face harsh fines and even imprisonment, as now threaten the politically incorrect in Canada, Australia, and many European countries.

What can lovers of freedom do to hold back the iron curtain of hate laws?

Jan 05 08:00

Uh-Oh, Monetary Flat Spin

Evidence that Bernanke's Monetary Flat Spin is already impacting the economy in ways that may do critical (if not fatal) damage was found this morning in the Case-Schiller numbers. Everyone, including Bernanke, was expecting the rate of home price declines to start to slow in the second half of the year. Instead, they accelerated. We're in uncharted territory folks, and the forecast is for dark-and-stinky storms.

Jan 05 07:57

Top 5 Lies About Israel’s Assault on Gaza

Jan 05 07:36

List of Companies that support Israel - Boycott them

The boycott of Israeli products and companies supporting the zionist entity is about ordinary people around the world using their right to choose what they buy in order to help bring about an end to oppression in Palestine. Its a peaceful means of putting international pressure on the racist state of Israel and follows in the footsteps of the successful boycott against South African racist apartheid.

Jan 05 07:13

Britain in grip of longest cold snap for 10 years

Britain is in the grip of the longest cold snap for more than 10 years as forecasters predict another week of freezing temperatures.

Jan 05 03:55

Scientists dismiss 'detox myth'

There is no evidence that products widely promoted to help the body "detox" work, scientists warn.

Jan 05 03:54

Israeli troops and Hamas fighters clash in Gaza City

Israeli soldiers and Hamas militants fought gun battles in the streets of Gaza City for the first time this morning, with Israeli troops going house to house searching for Hamas fighters.

Jan 05 03:53

'Wireless power' spells end for cables

No more batteries, no more chargers and no more wire spaghetti. This is the future promised by "wireless power", a means of broadcasting electricity through the air to laptops, iPods and other gadgets without the need for cables and sockets.

Jan 05 03:50

In Declining American Economy, Frugal is the New Cool

Forget the bling, the Hummers, the glitz and glamour: Frugal is the new cool in a declining economy where those who know best are tightening their belts.

Jan 04 22:19

Has the NSA sold out to Israel? Video

Democracy Now interview with James Bamford has shocking revelations.

Jan 04 21:49

Another Chapter in the Bush Legacy Will Shortly Be Written

2009 begins with three stories out of Iraq that will begin to write the final chapter on George Bush's U.S.-Iraq adventure. On January 3 the U.S. military began the process of pulling combat troops out of Iraqi cities in compliance with a U.N. mandate that calls for the transfer of security to the Iraqi government. On January 2 an 18 year old blew himself and 23 other up at a tribal Sunni/Shiite tribal meeting aimed at reconciling their differences. On January 4 a Female bomber killed or wounded more than 112 in a Shiite Muslim shrine. These incidents will help write the story of Iraq in the years to come.

Jan 04 18:32

Cancer cells 'can outwit chemotherapy'

The diseased cells have a Houdini-like "escape tactic" which can outwit even potent drugs, researchers found.

The study could explain why some cancers recur after treatment.

Scientists had previously believed that no cells could live after the therapy triggered a process called apoptosis, or cell suicide.

However, laboratory tests have shown that some breast, skin, liver and cervical cells can survive even after that stage.

Jan 04 18:22

The plain truth about glorious Carbon Dioxide

It is time to rebuke everyone attempting to foist the global warming hoax and carbon taxes on the United States and the rest of the world. It is time let Congress and the White House know that Americans will not be ruled by laws that have no scientific merit.

Jan 04 18:16

Motorists' habits spur call for tax increases

Charles Whittington, chairman of the American Trucking Associations, which supports a fuel tax increase as long as the money goes to highway projects, said Congress may decide to disguise a fuel tax hike as a surcharge to combat climate change.

"Cough up, suckers!"

Jan 04 17:32

Gaza: Can Chavez do a power play?

Chavez shocked by US' Gaza reaction
Sun, 28 Dec 2008 06:32:42 GMT

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has questioned the United States' reaction to Israeli attacks on Gaza, calling Washington's response 'shocking.'

Israel's Saturday bombardment of Gaza left at least 230 dead and 800 wounded, making it the biggest such atrocity in 60 years of Israel-Palestine conflict.

Condemning Israel for its air raids on the tiny coastal region, Chavez said “The US is the only government compliant in the attacks.”

The remark came after Gordon Johndroe, a spokesman for the US National Security Council, criticized the Hamas, saying Tel Aviv was defending its people.

Chavez described the Israeli raids as a “criminal” act which is meant to “annihilate the hope of life for an entire people,” AP reported.

He called for a “massive campaign of repudiation'' of Israeli atrocities.

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