You are here

Foreign Affairs

Foreign Affairs Logo

Washington Post Bungles History of Gaza Blockade

\r\n

It gets the facts wrong on crucial history and context relating to the Israeli blockade of Gaza.

Alex Kane, Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR)

In an article (8/10/10) on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's testimony to an Israeli panel investigating the May 31 raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla, the Washington Post gets the facts wrong on crucial history and context relating to the Israeli blockade of Gaza.

\r\n

Joel Greenberg writes:

\r\n

Netanyahu said that the naval blockade, imposed by the previous Israeli government in January 2009 during a military offensive against Hamas, was meant to prevent the smuggling of arms to the Gaza Strip, which he described as "a giant weapons depot and base for attacks on Israel."

\r\n

He added that 12 ships had tried to run the blockade since it was imposed, but none had reached Gaza.

\r\n

More...

Section(s): 

More War Lies

    \r\n
  • Lies aren't used just to start wars, but also to escalate them, continue them, and even reduce or end them. And we got a pile of war lies from the president Tuesday evening (August 31).
  • \r\n

  • US Forces in Iraq Shift to Long-term Occupation
  • \r\n

\r\n

David Swanson, Global Research

Lies aren't used just to start wars, but also to escalate them, continue them, and even reduce or end them. And we got a pile of war lies from the president Tuesday evening.

Obama claimed the war on Iraq was initially a war to disarm a state. Really? And then "terrorist" Iraqis attacked our troops in their country. Yet if they had done that in our country, I suspect they would still be the terrorists. And then it became a civil war which we were innocently caught up in. Uh huh.

U.S. participants in this crime are heroes, always and everywhere. That's sacred. The troops' mission has involved protecting the Iraqi people, and by golly they've done a superb job, as long as we don't mention the complete devastation of Iraq, the million dead, the millions of refugees, and the intense resentment of those remaining toward our country for what we've done to theirs.

More...

Related:

US Forces in Iraq Shift to Long-term Occupation, Debra Sweet, The World Can't Wait

\r\n

    \r\n
  • Adil E. Shamoo, a professor of ethics, writes in What You Will Not Hear About Iraq, "Iraq has between 25 and 50 percent unemployment, a dysfunctional parliament, rampant disease, an epidemic of mental illness, and sprawling slums. The killing of innocent people has become part of daily life. What a havoc the United States has wreaked in Iraq...
  • \r\n

  • Iraq: Torture. Corruption. Civil war. America has Certainly Left Its Mark
  • \r\n

  • The occupation of Iraq isn't over - it's being rebranded
  • \r\n

\r\n

Section(s): 

Summary: Natural Disasters: Week of August 29

Haitian Earthquake, Pakistani and Chinese Floods,  Russian Fires

6 New Items including:

\r\n

    \r\n
  • Pakistani floods: A man-made not a natural disaster
  • \r\n

  • Where's Haiti's Bailout?
  • \r\n

\r\n

David Culver, ed., Evergreene Digest

\r\n

Jeff Danziger

\r\n

What is fuelling floods and fires? Julia Slater and Renat Künzi, Swiss Info

\r\n

    \r\n
  • While most climate experts say that it is too soon to draw any conclusions about a link with climate change, many agree that current events fit in with the warnings issued by the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) over the past 20 years.
  • \r\n

  • The truth: Still there, still inconvenient
  • \r\n

  • Who Cooked the Planet?
  • \r\n

\r\n

Pakistani floods: A man-made not a natural disaster, Wije Dias, World Socialist Web Site
The tragedy unfolding in Pakistan as a result of the country’s worst floods in 80 years is a devastating indictment not only of the present Pakistani government, but of its international allies—the US in particular—and the profit system as a whole.

Rebuilding Haiti: Dispatches from the Relief Effort, Huffington Post
Haiti is still there. Shattered, starving and suffering, the Haitian people endure and slowly, a rebuilt nation is rising from the rubble.
Beginning March 23 members of the Huffington Post Citizen Reporting unit will chronicle these efforts on this blog. The team includes relief workers both on the ground in Haiti, members of international support teams like UNICEF and Oxfam as well as supporters dispatching help from their hometowns across the country.

Still Hoping For Haiti, Progress Report
While the U.S. government has funneled roughly $4 billion into Haiti's economy to counter the country's "dismal economic trajectory" since 1990, Haiti still "continued to languish as the poorest in the Western Hemisphere," with the U.S. and neoliberal economic policies partially at fault.

Where's Haiti's Bailout? Isabel Macdonald, Huffington Post
Six months after the earthquake, the plan for a "New Future for Haiti" seems remote indeed.

IMF cancels $268 million Haiti debt, Associated Press
The IMF says it has canceled Haiti's $268 million debt and will lend the earthquake-devastated country another $60 million to help it with reconstruction plans.

Section(s): 

Summary: The Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq: Week of August 29

5 New Items including:

\r\n

    \r\n
  • Task force: Military suicide prevention efforts inadequate
  • \r\n

  • The occupation of Iraq isn't over - it's being rebranded
  • \r\n

\r\n

David Culver, ed., Evergreene Digest

\r\n

Jeff Danziger

\r\n

Read Huffington Post's Afghanistan Big News Page, Huffington Post
Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Thomas Sklarski
Some News So Big It Needs It's Own Page

US Forces in Iraq Shift to Long-term Occupation, Debra Sweet, The World Can't Wait

\r\n

    \r\n
  • Adil E. Shamoo, a professor of ethics, writes in What You Will Not Hear About Iraq, "Iraq has between 25 and 50 percent unemployment, a dysfunctional parliament, rampant disease, an epidemic of mental illness, and sprawling slums. The killing of innocent people has become part of daily life. What a havoc the United States has wreaked in Iraq...
  • \r\n

  • Iraq: Torture. Corruption. Civil war. America has Certainly Left Its Mark
  • \r\n

  • The occupation of Iraq isn't over - it's being rebranded
  • \r\n

\r\n

Iraq: Torture. Corruption. Civil war. America has Certainly Left Its Mark. Robert Fisk, London Independent | UK, in ZCommunications

\r\n

    \r\n
  • The American soldiers came. They saw. They lost. And now they say they've won. How the Arabs, surviving on six hours of electricity a day in their bleak country, must be hoping for no more victories like this one.
  • \r\n

  • The War on Iraq : Five US Presidents, Five British Prime Ministers, Thirty Years of Duplicity, and Counting....
  • \r\n

\r\n

The occupation of Iraq isn't over - it's being rebranded, Debra Sweet, World Can't Wait

\r\n

    \r\n
  • The occupation of Iraq is only being re-branded, not ended. Despite President Obama's fallacious claims that the war in Iraq is winding down, the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment is deploying!
  • \r\n

  • We Are Not Your Soldiers!
  • \r\n

  • Collateral Murder: U.S. Soldier Ethan McCord's Eyewitness Story
  • \r\n

\r\n

Task force: Military suicide prevention efforts inadequate, Barbara Barrett, McClatchy Newspapers

\r\n

    \r\n
  • The task force describes the Defense Department's approach as a safety net riddled with holes.
  • \r\n

  • The military must look at mental health and well being as part of an overall approach to fitness — one that includes social, physical, spiritual and psychological wellness.
  • \r\n

\r\n

Section(s): 

Pakistani floods: A man-made not a natural disaster


\r\n

The tragedy unfolding in Pakistan as a result of the country’s worst floods in 80 years is a devastating indictment not only of the present Pakistani government, but of its international allies—the US in particular—and the profit system as a whole.

Wije Dias, World Socialist Web Site

\r\n

The tragedy unfolding in Pakistan as a result of the country’s worst floods in 80 years is a devastating indictment not only of the present Pakistani government, but of its international allies—the US in particular—and the profit system as a whole. While the torrential rains have been caused by natural forces, the human disaster has been compounded by decades of government neglect and the lack of planning and infrastructure.

\r\n

National Disaster Management Authority head Nadim Ahmed yesterday put the number of people affected so far at 12 million, with 650,000 homes destroyed over some 132,000 square kilometres. The official death toll is 1,500 and rising. Hundreds of thousands of people are still stranded without shelter or supplies of food and clean water.

\r\n

More...

Section(s): 

Pages