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>Al Jazeera Reports Action In Libya – If Obama Can’t Keep His Promises To Americans, What Makes You Think He Can Keep His Secret Promises To The Muslims?

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Senior political analyst | Qatar
Biography
Marwan Bishara is Al Jazeera’s senior political analyst.
He was previously a professor of International Relations
at the American University of Paris. An author who writes
extensively on global politics, he is widely regarded as a

leading authority on the Middle East and international affairs.

By Marwan Bishara in Imperium on March 22nd, 2011
The Middle East and North Africa has undergone massive
changes over the past few months.
Al Jazeera’s senior political analyst, Marwan Bishara
shares his views on these latest events.

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Three questions to Marwan Bishara

By Marwan Bishara in Imperium on December 16th, 2010

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Al Jazeera’s senior political analyst comments on the US administration’s
review of its military strategy in Afghanistan.
Why a review of the military strategy in Afghanistan?
Releasing the review is an exercise in public diplomacy; it marks the
first year anniversary of President Barack Obama’s speech last year
that laid out his surge strategy to avoid losing the war in Afghanistan.
During long and difficult deliberation with his national security team in
2009, the president was sceptical of the generals and hardliners’
argument for surge of troops without clear benchmarks and for a major
escalation without exist strategy, according to Bob Woodward inside
account of the White House meetings in Obama’s Wars. Today, his
administration is offering what is deemed balance sheet that shows
“progress” but also difficult challenges ahead.

US wars: People vs 

Generals

By Marwan Bishara in Imperium on August 25th, 2010
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While the Obama administration continues to affirm its intention
to withdraw US troops from Iraq and Afghanistan, the US’ military
presence in the Muslim world is actually expanding and this is
exacerbating tensions and inflaming animosities.
 
























Barack Obama’s promise to open a new page with the Muslim 

world on the basis of mutual respect and interests – supplemented
and enforced by the use of soft rather than hard power – now rings hollow.

This is most evident in the withdrawal of combat troops from Iraq

and the corresponding surge in Afghanistan – an exercise in
redeploying military forces, not extracting them.

As the gap between words and deeds; declarations and policies;

public diplomacy and military strategy deepens, so the political and
strategic crisis facing the Obama administration continues to deepen.

Enduring presence

There are now more than 140,000 foreign troops in Afghanista

Western wars vs. Muslim women

By Marwan Bishara in Imperium on August 5th, 2010
Western media is awash with reports about Taliban
mistreatment of women in Afghanistan and Pakistan
that feature countless voices in support of the war to



























secure a ‘brighter future for women’s rights’. 
If Western wars ‘liberate’ Eastern women, 
Muslim women
would be – after centuries of Western 
military interventions –
the most ‘liberated’ in the world. 
They are not, and will not be,
especially when liberty is associated with Western hegemony.

Afghanistan has had its share of British, Russian and American

military intervention to no avail.

Wars, lies and lyrics

By Marwan Bishara in Imperium on August 4th, 2010
























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Surprise, surprise … the US government did not tell the whole truth,

yet again, about its war conduct, and indeed misled the public
about the true record of the war.

I personally have not met anyone who has been shocked by the

revelations in the documents published by WikiLeaks, but many
are surprised – not so much by the novelty of it all, but rather by
the mundane repetition of more of the same deception. 

It is déjà vu all over again. Governments lie, especially about

war and violence.

Is Israel a liability for the US?

By Marwan Bishara in Imperium on July 28th, 2010
























Last week, the Nixon Center sponsored a debate between pro-Israeli

Washington Institute executive director Robert Satloff and Chas Freeman, a
former US ambassador to Saudi Arabia and an opponent of unconditional US
support to Israel. The subject was whether Israel is an asset or liability to

US strategic interests.

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>Death By Other Means

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Thousands of Israelis gathered to mourn the deaths of members of the Fogel family, March 13. Photo by Rosalina Nieves.

by Jonah LowenfeldStaff Writer
On Monday, just days after the vicious attack in Itamar 
that left five members of the Fogel family dead, Glenn 
Beck spoke about the killings…  More.

by Rob EshmanEditor-in-Chief
WARNING: The images in this article are 
extremely graphic and may be disturbing.
You won’t want to look at the photos of the 
Fogel family, but you have to. You have to force 
yourself to look. The father lies in bed holding his 
infant daughter… More.

by Rosalina Nieves
Images from the Fogel family funeral in Jerusalem, 
March 13, where an estimated 20,000 people 
gathered… More.

>Israel And Jordan Feel Obama Has Betrayed Them

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Chatter from Israel, Gaza and Egypt:

           “War is Coming”

Egypt was in the grip of revolutionary violence. The longstanding regime of Hosni Mubarak is over, but what next?
The consequences will be far-reaching. Egypt has the largest population and has the strongest military in the Arab world. If a revolutionary Jihadist regime takes power in Egypt, then Saudi Arabia and the Gulf emirates will not survive. That’s the opinion of many, including Kathleen Gose who posted this report (Don White brought it up to date).
Is the oil-rich Persian Gulf ready to fall into the hands of radicals? If so, they are likely to use oil as a weapon against Europe, Japan and America. Following the pattern of other revolutionary regimes, the radicals will realign their respective countries with Russia, China, North Korea, Cuba and Venezuela.
 Sometimes it is more important to listen than to speak. Hear the words from the streets from Israel, Gaza and Egypt. Israel thinks “War is coming.”
   The latest update from our source in Israel:
 We have people listening on the streets in Nazareth, He’vron, and other Palestinian occupied areas. The chatter going on is; “Arabs are boasting Obama has provided money to Fatah and Hamas in order to fund the current insurrections. The Fatah/Hamas factions promised to hold off on Jihad within the US in exchange. The Obama regime in doing so is quite
stupid. We know that they always promise, get what they want and attack any way. This is called “Hood’nah” in the Islamic culture.
   The people doing the chattering are PA officials and security force members.The US embassy is located in Tel Aviv instead of our capital. Yirushaliem. Governor Michael Huckabee has promised to move the embassy to Yirushaliem once an actual President is elected in the US.
   The Muslim Brotherhood was included in private meetings with the US, Fatah, and Hamas according to the chatter.
The Obama regime pretends this was a complete surprise. (17th of September 2008 – Present) Yasser Reda Ali Abdullah Said the Egyptian Ambassador to Israel has been meeting frequently with the Prime Minister and his staff and is furious that Obama agreed to a time line to remove Mubarak.
   Egypt and all Islamic nations know that Obama has made this deal with the Muslim Brotherhood, Fatah, and Hamas. This is why Obama keeps pushing for a fast transition.
   The Jordanians are now complaining that Obama has done to them, the same thing he has done to the Jews, betrayal.  The face of the Middle East is changing dangerously. War is coming.
   My Egyptian counterpart last week was furious. He almost screamed “Damn Obama To A Thousand Hells” It was pointed out by my counterpart that whoever controls Egypt, Yemen, Oman & Tunisia will control the water ways to oil.
   Abdullah Abdullah is a veteran Palestinian politician affiliated with the Fatah organization stated publicly while smiling; “We have nothing to lose by cooperating with the Obama administration.”
   ”This president Obama is very different from Bush. He has carefully studied the problems facing the United States and reached the conclusion [that]resolving the Palestinian problem is an important prerequisite for checking the ongoing deterioration in the global US standing.”
   ”I don’t think that we ought to keep exhausting our national efforts playing public relations games with Israel. Instead, we ought to find a real salvation strategy that would eventually lead to the liberation of Palestine, land and people. And, as I see things on the ground, I just cannot pretend that Obama’s efforts will allow us to achieve our goals.
   “I am saying so because our tasks are more than just freezing the construction of a building here or there, our task is to effect
Arab-Islamic  renaissance. This is what would make Israel reconsider its insolence and arrogance of power.”
   Obama explained to Mahmoud Abbas; “They (American people) aren’t buying the rhetoric anymore. They see that the Israeli’s are the victims here. We have to change the rhetoric, be patient.” This according to Khalid Amayreh, a so called Palestinian journalist who works for the Palestinian Authority.
   What does the US get in exchange for Obama betraying the Middle East into the hands of Iran? Nothing but war, high oil and food prices and global economic collapse.
   The Chinese are sending war ships “out of area” which is a first for the Chinese. They warned Obama not to do this but he did not listen. The Chinese vowed to protect their national interest.  The Chinese are furious to say the least, according to Chinese emissaries here in Eretz Yisrael. Here in Israel, we are ready. The entire goal is to provide Iran with a Middle Eastern Caliphate and now thanks to Obama it is coming to life.” End quote.
   As we look at the crowds calling for Mubarak’s resignation are they being manipulated by unseen agents of influence? To what end? The answer is not far to find. Look to Iran and Russia. They have the most to gain. We tend to fund everything in this part of the world. They are evidently laughing at us, which is nothing new. An Islamic Revolution may sweep the entire region.
   Do not be deceived by the moderate talk. The moderates do not control the radicals. It’s going to be ugly, very ugly. War is most likely on the horizon. All the elements for it are there. The Egyptians and the Jordanians are meeting with groups that include the Muslim Brotherhood. The U.S. and Chinese are moving military assets toward the region. The Suez Canal is the pipeline for oil from the Middle East to their customers in the West and the Far East. The world economy hangs in the balance. Our close ally Israel is threatened from every direction. It will not take much to trigger events that throw the world in to war.
   What is also maddening is we the US taxpayer are probably paying for this insurrection. Money is not the end-all and be-all but it facilitates change even the change of our enemies and Islamic radicals such as the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas and Hezbollah. These terrorist groups are the enemy of the people of the United States. They hate Americans. Our current administration is very deficient in enemy identification and takes the path of appeasement and apology for our foreign policy. In this part of the world this makes the U.S. weak and vulnerable. We are playing a game of chess and not making the right moves. It seems our intelligence assets were asleep at the desk as well. Actually, they probably knew what was about to transpire but could not find a political climate that was receptive to news they did not want to hear and did not fit their agenda for the region.     
  
Is anyone else sick and tired of being the dupe of the planet? How do you feel about funding the last 30 years of foreign policy in this region and footing the bill the transition to an Islamic Caliphate?  What will it take to get our current administration to figure out that Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas and Hezbollah are the enemies of the United States and the American people?
 Thanks to Jeff Nyguist and our Friends in Israel for their contributions to this forum post.
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>Iran Perpetrating War With Israel In Middle East

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Flotilla Crisis

June 7, 2010

Iran to send aid ships to Gaza


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Iran’s Red Crescent said it would send two aid ships to Gaza.
The organization announced Monday that it would send two ships to Gaza by the end of the week, one carrying humanitarian supplies and the other carrying Iranian relief workers, according to reports.
Iranian Red Crescent Director Abdolraoof Adibzadeh told the Iranian English language Press TV that the aid would be transported into Gaza through the Rafah border with Egypt.
Egypt opened up its border crossing last week to allow people to cross freely in and out of Gaza, but so far has not allowed any goods to pass into Gaza.
The Red Crescent sent an aid ship loaded with food and medicine to Gaza in December 2008, which was intercepted by Israel’s Navy
On Sunday, Iran’s Revolutionary Guards reportedly said it was willing to escort aid flotillas to Gaza

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You mention that the aid ship was intercepted – but why don’t you tell the whole stro – that the aid goods were transferred to gaza after inspection that it does not contain war or war supporting materials?

>Ahmadinejad Accuses Israel of Genocide, Europeans Walk Out

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European diplomats walked out of a session of the Durban II conference when Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called on the world to unite against Israel. In a speech at the U.N.-sponsored anti-racism conferencein Geneva, the Iranian president first blamed the West for injustice, then went on the offensive against Israel, calling it the “racist perpetrators of genocide.” more. To follow JewishJournal.com’s special ongoing Durban II blog, click here.

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>May Be 13 Million Jews In The World

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How many Jews are there? Ira Sheskin on Jewish Demography

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There are not a lot of American Jews any way you look at the figures, and the numbers are declining.
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Professor Sheskin is the Director of the Jewish Demography Project of the Sue and Leonard Miller Center for Contemporary Jewish Studies at the University of Miami. He is one of two authors of the recently published – and hotly debated – study on the number of Jews in the US, concluding there were more than 6 million of them. According to the survey, about 2.2 percent of Americans are Jewish.

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