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War Of Terror ‘Other’: MAY 1 GENERAL STRIKE, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Darfur, Cyberwar, Israeli strike on Syria and more
April 11, 2008, 5:15 am
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In a major step for the U.S. labor movement, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) has announced that it will shut down West Coast ports on May 1, to demand an immediate end to the war and occupation in Iraq and Afghanistan and the withdrawal of U.S. troops from the Middle East.
“In a February 22 letter to AFL-CIO president John Sweeney, ILWU International president Robert McEllrath reported that at a recent coast-wide union meeting, “One of the resolutions adopted by caucus delegates called on longshore workers to stop work during the day shift on May 1, 2008 to express their opposition to the war in Iraq.”
“This is the first time in decades that an American union has decided to undertake industrial action against a U.S. war. It is doubly important that this mobilization of labor’s power is to take place on May Day, the international workers day, which is not honored in the U.S. Moreover, the resolution voted by the ILWU delegates opposes not only the hugely unpopular war in Iraq, but also the war and occupation of Afghanistan (which Democratic candidates Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama and Republican John McCain all want to expand). The motion to shut down the ports also demands the withdrawal of U.S. troops from the entire region, including the oil sheikdoms of the strategically important Persian/Arab Gulf.”
 
Does NATO Want Out of Afghanistan? (DerSpiegel, Germany 4/4/08)
EXCERPT: “In public, NATO is demanding that all allies contribute their fair share to the ongoing effort in Afghanistan. But behind closed doors, a paper has been circulated that may provide the beginnings of an exit strategy. Germany is pushing the plan. So far, little has remained behind closed doors at the NATO summit in Bucharest. Almost every cough from every negotiating session has found its way into the press. But there is one paper that has remained largely in the shadows. NATO diplomats have been working on a far-reaching strategy paper for the ongoing mission in Afghanistan.”
 
A Smarter Weapon: Two Retired Military Officers’ Op-Ed on the Need for Peace (USA Today 3/27/08)
 
Update on WWIII (OpeningMind blog 3/30/08)
 
Top Ranking CIA Operatives Admit Al-qaeda Is a Complete Fabrication (Polidics 3/30/08)
“BBC’s killer documentary called “The Power of Nightmares“. Top CIA officials openly admit, Al-qaeda is a total and complete fabrication, never having existed at any time. The Bush administration needed a reason that complied with the Laws so they could go after “the bad guy of their choice” namely laws that had been set in place to protect us from mobs and “criminal organizations” such as the Mafia. They paid Jamal al Fadl, hundreds of thousands of dollars to back the U.S. Government’s story of Al-qaeda, a “group” or criminal organization they could “legally” go after.”
 
The US-NATO Missile Shield Program – Timeline (Global Research 4/3/08)
 
A Less than Grand Strategy: NATO’s New Vision – The Pre-emptive Use of Nuclear Weapons (Global Research 3/21/08)
EXCERPT: “A few months ago, a report was published entitled “Towards a Grand Strategy for an Uncertain World: Renewing Transatlantic Partnership”. It was written by five generals and it proposes a new vision for the NATO alliance and a strengthening of ties between the United States and the European Union. The report outlines the major security threats facing the world today and it asserts that NATO, in spite of its shortcomings, remains the most effective body for confronting these threats. The five generals outline a strategy for NATO to adopt in its effort to make the world a more “certain” place and for ensuring the dominance of the Western world in global security matters. The report contains some shocking and alarming statements which demand further attention and analysis. The most unnerving idea put forth is that the preemptive use of nuclear weapons must remain in the NATO toolkit as a viable option for confronting entities which pose an “imminent threat” to global security.”
  
Taliban destroy fourth mobile tower after warnings to turn them off (AP/USA Today 3/6/08)
 
US wants 26,000 strong Darfur force (AP/Raw Story 3/5/08)
 
ScanEagle drones keep an eye on the enemy (USA Today 3/24/08)
 
US gave $300 Million contract to 22 yr old with criminal record (Guardian, UK 3/28/08)
EXCERPT: “The Pentagon entrusted a 22-year-old previously arrested for domestic violence and having a forged driving licence to be the main supplier of ammunition to Afghan forces at the height of the battle against the Taliban, it was reported yesterday. AEY, essentially a one-man operation based in an unmarked office in Miami Beach, Florida, was awarded a contract worth $300m (£150m) to supply the Afghan army and police in January last year. But as the New York Times reported in a lengthy investigation, AEY’s president, Efraim Diversoli, 22, supplied stock that was 40 years old and rotting packing material. “Much of the ammunition comes from the ageing stockpiles of the old communist bloc, including stockpiles that the state department and Nato have determined to be unreliable and obsolete, and have spent millions of dollars to have destroyed,” the paper said.”
 
US steps up strikes in Pakistan (Reuters/Yahoo 3/27/08)
 
Pakistan says ‘no’ to US military (The Australian 4/4/08)
Pakistan’s new, democratically elected leaders came face to face with the country’s coup-making military commanders for the first time yesterday and made it plain US forces would no longer be able to operate unilaterally within the nation’s borders.”
 
Washington Prepares for Cyber War Games (PrisonPlanet 3/9/08)
 
More on Cyber Storm II from Washington Post 3/7/08
 
The Transition to a Totalitarian World Government (Global Research 3/18/08)
 
The US Military’s Assassination Problem (Mother Jones 3/08)
“Software like “Bugsplat” is supposed to keep decapitation attacks precise. So why do we keep blowing up Iraqi wedding parties?”
 
Flashback: UK apologizes for using British soldiers dressed as Arabs to plant bombs (Global Research 10/15/05)
 
More Cannon Fodder! (AP/Houston Chronicle 4/4/08)
“The United States intends to send many more combat forces to Afghanistan next year, regardless of whether troop levels in Iraq are cut further this year, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said today.  It is the first time the Bush administration has made such a commitment for 2009.”
Israel, US to release details on Syria attack (Haaretz 4/6/08)
EXCERPT: “Israel and the United States are coordinating the release of details on the air force strike in Syria last September, which foreign reports claim targeted a nuclear installation Syria was constructing with North Korean assistance. American officials may reveal details of the strike later this month during congressional hearings. Even though the defense establishment in Israel is opposed to any publication of details of the attack, the Prime Minister’s Bureau and U.S. President George W. Bush’s administration are of the opinion that it is now possible to reveal details because there is little chance of a conflagration as a result of a Syrian decision to avenge the attack.”
 
Leading Israeli Rabbi claims 1 Jewish life worth 1,000 Arab lives, on anniversary of attack on seminary (YNetNews 4/3/08)
 
Israel’s Nuclear Weapons Program (YouTube, with many more video links on right)
 
Curious case of the dead scientist and the bomb experiment (Guardian 3/24/08)
EXCERPT: “A mysterious bomb-making experiment that ended with the accidental death of a government scientist has remained an official secret for more than five years, leaving his family in the dark about what went wrong. Terry Jupp, a scientist with the Ministry of Defence, was engulfed in flames during a joint Anglo-American counter-terrorism project intended to discover more about al-Qaida’s bomb-making capacities. There has been no inquest into his death, as the coroner has been waiting for the MoD to disclose information about the incident. An attempt to prosecute the scientist’s manager for manslaughter ended when prosecutors said they were withdrawing the charge, but said the case was too “sensitive” to explain that decision in open court. The Guardian has established that Jupp was a member of a small team of British and US scientists making bombs from ingredients of the sort that terrorists could obtain. There is also evidence pointing to experiments to discover more about radiological dispersal devices – so-called dirty bombs – which use conventional explosives to scatter radioactive material. But such a project would have been controversial as the open-air experiment that ended in Jupp’s death was conducted at a weapons testing centre on an island in the Thames estuary 10 miles from Southend, Essex.”
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