October 2011 Archives

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Note:   The following pictures were shared by an American on-line friend, a Muslim who objects very much that Muslims on the other side of the world are fighting and dying in another needless war.  Pictures like the ones in the mailing below break his heart.  My Allies find his objections understandable.  We share his objections.  The situation breaks our hearts, too.   Peace, Roy

Extraordinary Pictures Show Libyan City Shelled to Smithereens

The home city of Libya's fugitive leader Muammar Gaddafi is one of the last area's not to have succumbed to the militia army of the National Transitional Council.

These astonishing photographs show how the rebel fighters, as the NTC was previously dubbed, are slowly tightening their strangle-hold around the city – with pro-Gaddafi fighters now only occupying a tiny section.

Waterlogged: Libyan rebel fighters fire at pro-Gaddafi forces as the battle for Sirte enters its final stages

A senior NTC official also denied reports by other officials in the new government that Gaddafi’s son Motassim had been captured in Sirte.

Surrounded now on all sides, Gaddafi’s remaining forces in his home city seem to have no hope of winning the battle but are still fighting on, inflicting dozens of casualties with rocket-propelled grenades, mortars and small arms.

Shattered skyline: Smoke billows over Sirte as the rebels assault continued to pound the centre of the city

Confident: Rebel fighters flash the ‘Victory’ sign amidst the battle.

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Note:   The upcoming Prisoner Swap is all the news in Israel.  Joharah’s latest essay is pasted below.  I highlighted a sentence.  On the Internet is a video of George Mitchell speaking about the overall conflict: BBC Interview (03:11).   Peace, Roy

Article by Joharah Baker for miftah.org…. Posted on October 17, 2011.

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The buzz of the week has been, without a doubt, the prisoner swap reached between Hamas and Israel. On October 18, over 400 Palestinian prisoners, some of them serving several life sentences, will walk out of Israel’s prison gates free men and women, hopefully for the last time. In two months, the second phase of the swap will be completed. Over 500 more prisoners will be released – this time at Israel’s choosing – in exchange for one lone soldier, the now infamous Gilad Shalit.

The buzz has not been all positive, however, from either side of the fence. There are those Israelis who passionately oppose the release of Palestinian prisoners involved in attacks on Israelis. There are families who lost their loved ones in suicide bombings that say the prisoners’ release is an insult and an outrage to their memory. And there are those right wing Israelis who would oppose just about anything that has to do with Palestinians regardless of the circumstances.

Among the Palestinians, there are concerns and criticisms too, many of them well founded. While 1,027 prisoners is a good deal no matter which way you slice it, there are many strings attached that puts a damper on the overall feeling of joy at these men and women’s release.

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The N.E.M.

Peers,

Michelle is a wee bit surprised this morning when she opens Dante’s post.   Michelle: Hon, Dante’s suggestion is for me this time.  Want to hear it?   President: Sure.   Michelle: Dante refers me to the third paragraph in the Cartoon pasted below.  Notice what I wrote.  I wrote that Palestine needs a unified government without explaining why.   President: Yes, you did.   Michelle: Dante suggests that I make sure that you understand the reason.  He also wants to make sure you understand that Hamas would be indispensable in Palestine’s next government.   President: Dante thinks I need you to explain these things to me?   Michelle: Hon, let’s see if you can figure this one out for yourself.  Why must Palestine have a unified government?   President:  Well, I know exactly what young Dante would say.   Michelle:  What?   President:  Well, Dante would say that Palestine needs a strong unified government in order to negotiate with the Israelis effectively.  Fatah needs Hamas’ strength to help ensure that the Palestinian side won’t be hoodwinked by Israel’s Negotiating Strategies.   Michelle: (pause)  Hon, I’m so relieved.  You do understand.

C-heers,

P-eace,

R-oy

 

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Note:   Thanks to Dan Stone for circulating this petition.  Dan is an off-line peace activist who lives in the San Francisco Bay area.  He has an extensive mailing list.   Peace, Roy

The new petition on change.org… will send a message to Pizzarotti with every
signature. Please share widely!

Pizzarotti: Stop Building an Israeli-only Train through the Palestinian
Territories

On September 6, 2011, Israel’s High Court rejected an appeal from the
Palestinian town of Beit Iksa against the expropriations of their lands for
the construction of an Israeli railway. Take action in response to the
Palestinian appeal. Call on the Italian firm Pizzarotti&  C. SpA to withdraw
from this illegal project!

[www.change.org…]www.change.org…

SEND A MESSAGE TO PIZZAROTTI

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Note:  Who will decide what the future will bring?  Can we afford simply to watch and wait to see what happens?  My Allies and I regard the United Nations as the only acceptable “New World Order”.   Notice what has been proposed by the Neoconservative Movement.   Peace, Roy

Article by Chris Hedges posted on October 17, 2011. reply@inbound.readersupportednews.org… writes:

Chris Hedges | A Movement Too Big to Fail

Chris Hedges, Truthdig
Chris Hedges writes: “The Occupy Wall Street movement, like all radical movements, has obliterated the narrow political parameters. It proposes something new. It will not make concessions with corrupt systems of corporate power. It holds fast to moral imperatives regardless of the cost. It confronts authority out of a sense of responsibility. It is not interested in formal positions of power. It is not seeking office. It is not trying to get people to vote. It has no resources. It can’t carry suitcases of money to congressional offices or run millions of dollars of advertisements. All it can do is ask us to use our bodies and voices, often at personal risk, to fight back. It has no other way of defying the corporate state. This rebellion creates a real community instead of a managed or virtual one. It affirms our dignity. It permits us to become free and independent human beings.”

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