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The Daily DrEd July 16, 2006

The Daily DrEd July 16, 2006

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Report: Israel gives Syria ultimatum
The London-based Arabic language newspaper Al-Hayat reported Saturday that "Washington has information according to which Israel gave Damascus 72 hours to stop Hizbullah's activity along the Lebanon-Israel border and bring about the release the two kidnapped IDF soldiers or it would launch an offensive with disastrous consequences."
Israel kills 32 civilians, including 15 children, in air strikes:
An Israeli missile incinerated a van in south Lebanon, killing 20 people, among them 15 children, in the deadliest single attack of the four-day-old campaign launched by Israel after Hizbollah captured two of its soldiers and killed eight.
Israeli Air Force Will Likely Make a Pre-emptive Strike Against Syria
The longer the IDF waits to push into Lebanon, and the more brigades it amasses, the more likely the Israelis are planning to drive all the way into areas south of Beirut. A push to the Litani would involve about five brigades; a deeper invasion would involve seven to 12.
What I am watching in Lebanon each day is an outrage
European politicians have talked about Israel's "disproportionate" response to Wednesday's capture of its soldiers. They are wrong. What I am now watching in Lebanon is an outrage. How can there be any excuse for the 73 dead Lebanese blown these past three days?
Iran Warns Israel Against Attacking Syria:
"If Israel commits another act of idiocy and aggresses Syria, this will be the same as an aggression against the entire Islamic world and it will receive a stinging response," President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said.
Syria says tells Hizbollah stop rocketing Israel:
When asked whether Syria was telling Hizbollah to stop firing rockets at Israel, the ambassador, Sami Khiyami, told the BBC: "Of course.",7340,L-3275683,00.html
Israel's response to its soldiers' capture is part of a hamfisted attempt to redraw the region's map
The capture of three Israeli soldiers by the Lebanese resistance movement, Hizbullah, to bargain for prisoner exchange should come as no surprise - least of all to Israel, which must bear its own responsibility for the abductions and is using this conflict to pursue its wider strategic aims.
Chavez: U.S. support for Israel to lead to Holocaust:
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said Friday that U.S. backing of Israel is responsible for flaming tensions in the Middle East and putting the world on course toward another "Holocaust."
US plans $A280m jet fuel sale to Israel:
The move was announced after Israeli aircraft rocketed runways at Beirut's international airport and blasted the main Beirut-Damascus highway, tightening an air, sea and land blockade of Lebanon.
Look who's been kidnapped!:
Hundreds of Palestinian 'suspects' have been kidnapped from their homes and will never stand trial
'Israel Has Reached the End of the Road':
Although Israel attempts to instill terror in its neighbors and in its occupied population, its gig is up. Israel has lost its ability to terrify, said Ali Abunimeh in a radio interview. It can no longer impose its will by sheer brute force. It worked for sixty plus years, but the genie is out of the bottle now, he maintains. Israel has reached the end of the road.
Closer to the beginning' in Iraq war:
The Army's top uniformed officer said Friday he did not think the United States was losing the war in Iraq but declined to say the nation was winning.
Video: Putin: Russia doesn't want 'kind of democracy' US has in Iraq:
At a joint press conference held in Russia on Saturday with President Bush, President Putin joked that his country didn't want to have the same kind of democracy that the United States has in Iraq. QuickTime video.
Bush Blocks WTO Entry for Russia:
There was a quick handshake but little warmth between Bush and Putin during a photo opportunity opening their talks. For the second day, Bush spent part of it mountain biking.
UK defends strike on Afghan town :
Witnesses say there were many civilian deaths and injuries
UN votes for N Korean sanctions :
The UN Security Council has unanimously voted to impose sanctions on North Korea following recent missile tests.
Mexico's Leftist Candidate Says He'll Never Concede Defeat :
"For me this election is fraudulent from start to finish," Mr. López Obrador said
Liberal Assault on Joe Could Hurt Democrats in Other Senate Races:
Some Democrats are nervous that if Senator Joseph Lieberman loses his primary to an antiwar challenger, thousands of hawkish Jewish Democrats who see the Connecticut lawmaker as their standard-bearer will either abandon the party or sit out the November election.
Daily Show exposes Stevens' net neutrality expertise:
Eighty-two year old Sen. Ted Stevens' complete inability to comprehend the internet would be kind of cute, were it not for the fact that the following soundbites were taken from his 11-minute speech regarding a bill that would have increased network neutrality mandates.
Royal Navy ships head for Lebanon It comes as Israel has stepped up its strikes in Lebanon after Hezbollah militants seized two Israeli soldiers.
Pentagon RESCUE? Open, Bloody, Questions . . . However, those who directed the 9-11 rescue at the Pentagon did these amazing things:
New House Majority Leader Keeps Old Ties to Lobbyists And far from trying to put the brakes on lobbyists and the money they channel into Republican coffers, Mr. Boehner, who has portrayed his ties to Washington lobbyists as something to be proud of, has stepped on the gas.
DNC'S VOTING RIGHTS INSTITUTE ISSUES STATEMENT CALLING FOR 'MANUAL COUNT' OF ALL BALLOTS IN BUSBY/BILBRAY ELECTION! In a harshly worded statement, the DNC's Voting Rights Institute has issued a statement condemning the administration of the recent U.S. House race between Democrat Francine Busby and Republican Brian Bilbray, joining a growing national outcry in calling for "a swift and verifiable 'manual count' of all 150,000 ballots cast in California's 50th District's 'bellwether' June 6th special election."
Executive director of Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund steps down Her resignation comes after the abrupt departure of seven out of nine religious leaders serving on a committee charged with disbursing $20 million to hurricane-damaged churches.
As G-8 opens, pressure on Bush to condemn Israel Several U.S. allies, including leaders arriving for the Group of Eight summit, sharply condemned Israel's widening offensive against Lebanon, which Israel says is designed to force the release of two Israeli soldiers and halt cross-border rocket attacks.
Bush, Putin Disagree Over Call for Mideast Cease-Fire Bush declined to endorse the Russian leader's call for such a cease-fire, saying instead that Hezbollah was largely responsible for the violence and should halt its attacks on Israel.
Arabs rally against Israeli attacks Thousands of protesters across the Arab world have taken to the streets to condemn Israeli offensives in Lebanon and the Gaza Strip.
Groups file lawsuit challenging Georgia electronic voting
ATLANTA - Just days before Georgia's primary elections, a coalition of groups opposed to the state's electronic voting machines filed a lawsuit challenging the system.
Guantanamo chief to become NATO top commander Gen. Bantz Craddock, the chief of U.S. Southern Command who oversees the controversial Guantanamo prison, is to succeed Gen. James Jones as NATO's top commander of operations, the alliance said on Friday.
Britain and world set for 'hard landing' Fears are growing of a sharp slowdown in the global economy, triggered by big increases in energy prices and rising interest rates. Economists at HSBC say there is a greater risk of a "hard landing" for both the world economy and Britain.,,2095-2271824,00.html
Plame suit makes political waves
It is an extraordinary development: the vice-president of the United States and a dozen other administration officials accused, in court, of deliberately leaking the identity of a classified CIA operative.
Link to Disgraced Lobbyist Taints Race
Ralph Reed, who galvanized evangelical Christians into a political force, is struggling in a low-profile Georgia race.
Gunmen kidnap Iraq Olympic committee chief
Gunmen kidnapped the head of Iraq's Olympic committee and more than a dozen employees Saturday after storming a sports conference in Baghdad, police said. The kidnappers wore camouflage Iraqi police uniforms and security guards outside the meeting said they did not interfere because they thought the gunmen were legitimate law enforcement, police said.
Lebanon, Iran, Sudan: Three more premeditated neocon wars
Before worldwide emotions get whipped into a frenzy over the Israel/Lebanon situation, let's catch our collective breath. Let's recognize that there's nothing "anti-Jewish" about critiquing the Neocons (many Neocons are not Jewish, and many Jews strongly disagree with the Neocons' plans and values). And let's consider a few facts.

Facts such as this: Lebanon is just one of seven countries against which the Neocon-led Pentagon was, by late 2001, planning war. These seven countries were to be attacked over the course of five years; Iraq was the first of the seven premeditated wars.
Tom Brokaw's two-hour Sunday night special, Global Warming: What You Need to Know, may be airing on the Discovery Channel, but NBC News, a co-producer of the program, is adopting it as its own even as another reviewer has asserted it provides a one-sided presentation. At the end of Friday's NBC Nightly News, Brian Williams touted, “One quick program note here about a friend of ours: Tom Brokaw's special report on global warming airs this Sunday night on the Discovery Channel. That's at 9 Eastern time.”
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