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  • The Road to Ruad
  • Israel Is Captive to Its ‘Destructive Process’ 

Fred Reed, Fred on Everything

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gaza_redsky_2982342k.jpgSmoke rises as flames spread across buildings after Israeli strikes in the Shijaiyah neighborhood in Gaza City. The airstrikes set off huge explosions that turned the night sky orange. Picture: AP

July 20, 2014 | I first heard the phrase in Phnom Penh during the siege: “The situation is hopeless, but not critical.” As Israel and the Moslem world claw at each other unendingly, I wonder whether the same diagnosis doesn’t apply. Perhaps I am wrong. I don’t see how.

To begin at the beginning: The Jews had long wanted a country of their own and, after Germany, understandably really wanted one. The problem was that all the countries were already taken except maybe Antarctica, so they conquered parts of Palestine by force of arms.

Fred Reed Fred, a keyboard mercenary with a disorganized past, has been published in Playboy, Soldier of Fortune, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Harper's, National Review, Signal, Air & Space, and suchlike. He has worked as a police writer, technology editor, military specialist, and authority on mercenary soldiers. He is by all accounts as looney as a tune.

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Israel Is Captive to Its ‘Destructive Process’ Chris Hedges, Truthdig

The belief that a race or class is contaminated is used by ruling elites to justify quarantining the people of that group. But quarantine is only the first step. 

 

Israel Firing Experimental Weapons at Gaza’s Civilians, Say Doctors

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  • The people of Gaza … have long served as involuntary lab rats for Israel’s weapons industry. 
  • Massacre of the Innocents: Slaughter in the Gaza Ghetto

Rania Khalek, Electronic Intifada

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activestills1405280759an4l9.jpg?itok=b3lH0IxzStaff at al-Shifa Hospital treat a victim of Israel’s current attack on Gaza. (Photo: Basel Yazouri / ActiveStills)

July 15, 2014 | Doctors treating patients in Gaza have accused Israel of using experimental weapons on Palestinian civilians.

Addressing reporters at a press conference on Sunday, Youssef Abul Resh, undersecretary of the health ministry in Gaza said, “Medical teams have registered injuries consistent with those caused by DIME [dense inert metal explosives] and other banned weapons.” 

Rania Khalek is an independent journalist reporting on the underclass and marginalized. For more of her work check out her website Dispatches from the Underclass.

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Massacre of the Innocents: Slaughter in the Gaza Ghetto, Chris Floyd, Empire Burlesque  

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  • The soul of the world is sleeping, and the murderous rampage goes on.
  • The Bombing of Gaza

 

The Human Price of Neocon Havoc

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  • Neocons are the “masters of chaos” as they destabilize disfavored governments around the world. But real people pay the price as we’ve seen with Israel’s slaughter of four boys on a Gaza beach and an apparent shoot-down of a Malaysian airliner over war-torn Ukraine.
  • State Department Ignores How US Forces Have Inspired ‘Emergence’ of Al Qaeda Affiliates
  • How Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and Congressional Republicans Created Child-Refugee Flood

Robert Parry, Consortium News

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July 17, 2014 | Whether the tragedy is four boys getting blown apart while playing on a beach in Gaza or nearly 300 killed from a suspected missile strike on a Malaysian Airliner over Ukraine or the thousands upon thousands of other innocent victims slaughtered in Iraq, Syria, Libya and other recent war zones, the underlying lesson is that the havoc encouraged by America’s neocons results in horrendous loss of human life.

victoria-nuland-300x225.jpgAssistant Secretary of State for European Affairs Victoria Nuland, who pushed for the Ukraine coup and helped pick the post-coup leaders. 

While clearly other players share in this blame, including the soldiers on the ground and the politicians lacking the courage to compromise, the principal culprits in the bloodshed of the past dozen years have been the neoconservatives and their “liberal interventionist” allies who can’t seem to stop stirring up trouble in the name of “democracy” and “human rights.”

Investigative reporter Robert Parry broke many of the Iran-Contra stories for The Associated Press and Newsweek in the 1980s. You can buy his new book, America’s Stolen Narrative, either in print here or as an e-book (from barnesandnoble.com).

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State Department Ignores How US Forces Have Inspired ‘Emergence’ of Al Qaeda Affiliates, Kevin Gosztola, The Dissenter, FireDogLake

There was no Al Qaeda in Iraq prior to the US invasion in 2003. Now, under Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, Al Qaeda is resurgent, benefiting from the autocratic rule of the country’s prime minister.

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How Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and Congressional Republicans Created Child-Refugee Flood, Eric Zuesse, OpEdNews

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  • If President Obama now treats those desperate children as if they were not refugees, then he will be culminating what he has already done to them, not moving to reverse it, but instead to seal their dooms.
  • How the US is Fueling Military Repression in Honduras

 

 

Israel Is Captive to Its ‘Destructive Process’

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The belief that a race or class is contaminated is used by ruling elites to justify quarantining the people of that group. But quarantine is only the first step. 

Chris Hedges, Truthdig

 

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Jul 14, 2014 | Raul Hilberg in his monumental work “The Destruction of the European Jews” chronicled a process of repression that at first was “relatively mild” but led, step by step, to the Holocaust. It started with legal discrimination and ended with mass murder. “The destructive process was a development that was begun with caution and ended without restraint,” Hilberg wrote.

The Palestinians over the past few decades have endured a similar “destructive process.” They have gradually been stripped of basic civil liberties, robbed of assets including much of their land and often their homes, have suffered from mounting restrictions on their physical movements, been blocked from trading and business, especially the selling of produce, and found themselves increasingly impoverished and finally trapped behind walls and security fences erected around Gaza and the West Bank.

Chris Hedges, a weekly columnist for Truthdig, is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who has reported from more than 50 countries, specializing in American politics and society. 

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