Barak Approves Construction of 455 West Bank Homes
Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak approved the building of 455 housing units in the West Bank, defying U.S. demands for a freeze on settlement construction.
Lockerbie: Megrahi was framed
In his latest column for the New Statesman, John Pilger describes the suppression of facts behind the furore over the “compassionate” release of the so-called Lockerbie bomber, Libyan Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi. He writes that Megrahi was “in effect blackmailed by the governments of Scotland and England” so that it would not be revealed in his appeal that he had been framed for a crime he did not commit.
Death of a Marine in Afghanistan
Defense Secretary Robert Gates has condemned the Associated Press decision to release a photograph of a US Marine wounded during a battle in the Helmand province of southern Afghanistan. The Marine, Lance Cpl. Joshua M. Bernard of New Portland, Maine, was struck by a rocket-propelled grenade in a Taliban ambush on Aug. 14. He later died of his wounds.
Ah yes, ‘the civilized community of nations’
If there’s anyone out there who is not already thoroughly cynical about those on the board of directors of the planet, the latest chapter in the saga of the bombing of PanAm 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland might just be enough to push them over the edge. Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi, the only person ever convicted for the December 21, 1988 bombing, was released from his Scottish imprisonment August 21 supposedly because of his terminal cancer and sent home to Libya, where he received a hero’s welcome.
US Hypocrisy Astonishes the World
Americans have lost their ability for introspection, thereby revealing their astounding hypocrisy to the world. US War Secretary Robert Gates has condemned the Associated Press and a reporter, Julie Jacobson, embedded with US troops in Afghanistan, for taking and releasing a photo of a US Marine who was wounded in action and died from his injury.
Chavez backs Iran nuclear strategy
Hugo Chavez, the Venezuelan president, has given his backing to Iran’s nuclear programme, which world powers suspect of having non-peaceful aims. Chavez, who was visiting the Iranian capital Tehran on Saturday, said that Iran had the right to use atomic energy for peaceful purposes.
Will not surrender nuclear rights: Iran
Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has announced that Tehran’s “undeniable” nuclear rights are non-negotiable and nuclear talks with global powers in the future would be narrowed down to “cooperation on peaceful use of atomic energy” and “non-proliferation”. “In our view the nuclear question is finished. We will not negotiate over Iran’s undeniable rights,” Mr. Ahmadinejad said on Monday at a press conference in Tehran.
Despite Slump, U.S. Role as Top Arms Supplier Grows
Despite a recession that knocked down global arms sales last year, the United States expanded its role as the world’s leading weapons supplier, increasing its share to more than two-thirds of all foreign armaments deals, according to a new Congressional study.