April 2009 Headlines
US as �Nation Builder�: Delusions of Omnipotence
William Pfaff

The American foreign policy debate usually is about what the country should do, rather than what it can do. What it can do is usually assumed to be anything Washington wants to do, since we are the most powerful nation the world has even seen. This has created a situation in which the United States government and the political and bureaucratic classes have undertaken military project after military project that the government can�t do. This is not usually commented upon but has been true since the Korean and Vietnam wars. The country�s greatest victory, winning the Cold War, was in fact a gift from the Soviet Union, by collapsing and losing it.


World War II: Non-Conformist Views of the `Good War�
Mark Weber -- Worldwatch (Audio MP3 file)

In a presentation packed with startling facts and provocative observations, Weber takes aim at the conventional view of World War II as conflict between Good and Evil. He reviews and quotes from two recent revisionist books: Human Smoke, by Nicholson Baker, and Churchill, Hitler and `The Unnecessary War�, by Patrick J. Buchanan. Weber tackles a range of widely accepted myths, including the �Big Lie� that Hitler was trying to �conquer the world,� and discredits the iconic image of Winston Churchill as a great statesman.


Christa Schroeder: Hitler�s Secretary Remembers Her Boss
The Telegraph (Britain)

� He would often recall pranks played in late childhood, for example, the time as a 12 year-old when he wagered his classmates that he could make the girls laugh during a religious service � From his youth onwards Hitler had a great lust to read. He told me one day that during his youth in Vienna he had read through all 500 volumes at the city reference library. I was always amazed at how precisely he could describe any geographical region or speak about art history or hold forth on very complicated technical matters. In the same way he could describe with amazing detail how theatres, churches, monasteries and castles were built.


No More Make-Believe in the Middle East
Norman H. Olsen -- The Christian Science Monitor

� [Israeli] settlement construction, including the massive developments encircling Jerusalem, has continued for four decades. All of Bibi's predecessors � even the "doves" � never once slowed settlement construction, despite their repeated assurances. Throughout, despite intensive US monitoring and reporting on growth, the US has always pretended to believe them � Today, the tens of thousands of acres of West Bank land between the Green Line and the separation barrier are the fastest-growing areas for settlement construction, all built right up against the barrier, with no security setback, ensuring Israeli facts on the ground.


Austrian Sentenced to Five Years in Prison for Nazi, Holocaust Views
Reuters

An Austrian court jailed an ultra-rightist author for five years on Monday for propagating Nazi ideas and Holocaust denial. Gerd Honsik's three-day trial was marked by theatrical outbursts by the defendant who was given 18 months in prison in 1992 for similar offences linked to his book "Acquittal for Hitler?," but fled abroad during his appeal. Honsik, 67, spent 15 years in Spain where he returned to pro-Nazi publicity work via the Internet which prompted further charges, prosecutors said. He was extradited to Austria in 2007.


Israel Holocaust Center Employee Fired For Citing Palestine Sufferings
Haaretz (Israel)

Yad Vashem [Israel�s main Holocaust center] has fired an instructor who compared the trauma of Jewish Holocaust survivors with the trauma experienced by the Palestinian people in Israel's War of Independence. Itamar Shapira, 29, of Jerusalem, was fired before Passover from his job as a docent at the Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Authority, after a teacher with a group of yeshiva students from Efrat made a complaint. Shapira had worked at Yad Vashem for three and a half years. This is the first time that Yad Vashem has fired a guide over political differences, an institution official said Wednesday.


More Than 100,000 Violent Deaths in Iraq Since Invasion, New Tally Shows
The Associated Press

Iraq's government has recorded 87,215 of its citizens killed since 2005 in violence ranging from catastrophic bombings to execution-style slayings, according to government statistics obtained by The Associated Press that break open one of the most closely guarded secrets of the war. Combined with tallies based on hospital sources and media reports since the beginning of the war and an in-depth review of available evidence by The Associated Press, the figures show that more than 110,600 Iraqis have died in violence since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion. The number is a minimum count of violent deaths.


Reckoning Nears For The US and Israel
Rami G. Khouri -- Daily Star (Lebanon)

The moment of reckoning in US-Israeli relations is approaching much more quickly than could have been anticipated months ago, due to two related developments: the hard-line position of the new Israeli government headed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the obvious, but undeclared, linkages between progress in US-Iranian relations and progress in Arab-Israeli peace-making � It would be exciting and historic indeed for the US to pursue Middle East policies that foster American national interests, while responding rationally to the legitimate interests of the Israelis, Arabs, Iranians and Turks who live in the Middle East. Israel's evasive tactics are not new.


Jewish Legacy Inscribed on Genes?
Los Angeles Times

Ashkenazi Jews have a higher rate of some deadly genetic diseases -- and of high IQs. Scientists Gregory Cochran and Henry Harpending say that's no coincidence. / �. Scientists are increasingly finding that propensities for human behaviors -- for addiction, aggression, risk-taking and more -- are written in our genes. But the idea that some groups of people are inherently smarter is troubling to many. Some scientists say it has such racist implications it's unworthy of consideration � As a whole, Ashkenazi Jews -- those of European descent -- have an abundance of brain power.


In India, Students Snap Up Copies of Mein Kampf
The Telegraph (Britain)

� Sales of the book over the last six months topped 10,000 in New Delhi alone, according to leading stores, who said it appeared to be becoming more popular with every year � Mahatma Gandhi corresponded with the Fuhrer, pro-Independence leader Subhas Chandra Bose's Indian National Army allied with Hitler's Germany and Japan during the Second World War, and the Nazis drew on Hindu symbolism for their Swastika motif and ideas of Aryan supremacy � It has been a best-seller in Croatia since it was first published in while in Turkey it sold 100,000 in just two months in 2005. In Russia it has been reprinted three times since the de facto ban on the book was overturned in 1992.


Distrust of Obama Fuels Surging Firearms Sales
The Guardian (Britain)

� Firearms sales have surged in the six months since Obama's election as millions of Americans have gone on a buying spree that has stripped gun shops in some parts of the country almost bare of assault weapons and led to a national ammunition shortage � Gun-shop owners and the National Rifle Association say the surge is driven by worries that Obama is planning to ban many types of firearms and that the deepening economic crisis will fuel a crime wave, as witnessed by the string of mass shootings in the past few weeks.


Prominent Lawmaker Caught Up In AIPAC Scandal
Daniel Luban -- Inter Press Service

A U.S. government investigation of Israeli spying caught a prominent Democratic congresswoman discussing what is alleged to be a "quid pro quo" deal involving the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), Washington�s powerful hawkish pro-Israel lobby. Representative Jane Harman of California was recorded in 2005 on a National Security Administration (NSA) wiretap promising a suspected Israeli agent that she would intervene on behalf of two AIPAC staffers accused of passing classified information to the Israeli government, and her interlocutor responded by promising to help get Harman appointed to a top congressional intelligence post �


In Austria, `Holocaust Denier� on Trial After Years in Exile
The Associated Press

An Austrian writer has gone on trial for allegedly defending and promoting aspects of the Nazi era and publicly denying the Holocaust. Gerd Honsik faces up to 20 years' imprisonment if convicted of denying the occurrence of the Nazis' systematic slaughter of six million Jews during World War II. The 68-year-old author also was being tried on charges of promoting Nazi propaganda. Both are crimes in Austria. Honsik wrote a book, "Hitler Innocent?," in which he attempted to justify some Nazi-era crimes. He was originally convicted in 1992 but fled to Spain, where authorities arrested him in October 2007.


US Will Accept Any Israeli Policy Decision, Says Foreign Minister
Haaretz (Israel)

The Obama Administration will put forth new peace initiatives only if Israel wants it to, said Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman in his first comprehensive interview on foreign policy since taking office. "Believe me, America accepts all our decisions," Lieberman told the Russian daily Moskovskiy Komosolets � Lieberman said Iran is not Israel's biggest strategic threat; rather, Afghanistan and Pakistan are. This comes after years of Lieberman warning about the growing Iranian threat. Now, he has dropped Tehran to number two, with Iraq coming third.


Posters in Ukraine Praise Waffen SS Division
Russia Today (Russia)

Ukrainian posters featuring the insignia of the Waffen SS Division 'Galicia,' which fought alongside the Nazis during World War II, have sparked an international scandal. The posters, bearing the military unit�s coat-of-arms and the words �They fought for Ukraine,� appeared in the Western Ukrainian city of Lvov last week. The move sparked much criticism from the local Russian-speaking minority, as well as from Russian and Polish officials. The contractor who ordered the ads was not revealed until Tuesday, when the nationalist party �Freedom� claimed they did it to mark the division�s 66th anniversary.


Obama Pledges to Confront `Holocaust Deniers�
AFP

At a ceremony Thursday remembering millions of Jews slaughtered in World War II, President Barack Obama reaffirmed the strong US bond with Israel and vowed to confront Holocaust deniers. "There are those who insist the Holocaust never happened, who perpetrate every form of intolerance -- racism, anti-Semitism, homophobia, xenophobia, sexism and more," Obama told a gathering in the Capitol Rotunda organized by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. "We have an opportunity and an obligation to confront these scourges," Obama said.


Ceremonies Mark Annual Holocaust `Days of Remembrance�
US Holocaust Memorial Museum

From April 19 through April 26, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum will lead the nation in remembering the six million Jews who were murdered in the Holocaust, as well as the millions of other victims of Nazi persecution. Observances will be held in communities, state houses, city halls, churches, and synagogues across the United States and at military installations worldwide. President Barack Obama will deliver the keynote address at the Museum's national ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda on Thursday, April 23, which will be attended by Holocaust survivors, liberators, members of Congress, ambassadors, Museum supporters, and community leaders.


Holocaust Remembrance: What's Behind the Campaign?
Mark Weber

� Holocaust remembrance is not, as its supporters claim, a noble effort motivated by sincere concern for humanity. Instead, this relentless campaign is an expression of Jewish-Zionist power, and is designed to further Jewish-Zionist interests � Jewish death and suffering do not deserve to be venerated more than the death and suffering of non-Jews. The Holocaust remembrance campaign deserves scorn, not support, because it is a one-sided effort that serves narrow Jewish and Israeli interests and bolsters Jewish-Zionist power.


Thought Police Muscle Up in Britain
Hal G. P. Colebatch -- The Australian

Britain appears to be evolving into the first modern soft totalitarian state. As a sometime teacher of political science and international law, I do not use the term totalitarian loosely � The Government is pushing ahead with legislation that will criminalise politically incorrect jokes, with a maximum punishment of up to seven years' prison. The House of Lords tried to insert a free-speech amendment, but Justice Secretary Jack Straw knocked it out � In the past 10 years I have collected reports of many instances of draconian punishments, including the arrest and criminal prosecution of children, for thought-crimes and offences against political correctness.


Czechs March to Protest Allied Wartime Bombings
Cesk� Noviny (Czech Republic)

Some 200 members of the extreme left have tried to block about 300 rightist radicals who are marching through Usti nad Labem tonight, but the police pushed them away from the march route � The Autonomous Nationalists say they want to commemorate the victims of an Allied bombing of the city 64 years ago. The march opponents claim that this is but an excuse for commemorating the 120th anniversary of the birth of Adolf Hitler. The demonstrators are carrying two posters � one Czech, one German.


Israel Stands Ready to Bomb Iran's Nuclear Sites
The Times (Britain)

The Israeli military is preparing itself to launch a massive aerial assault on Iran's nuclear facilities within days of being given the go-ahead by its new government. Among the steps taken to ready Israeli forces for what would be a risky raid requiring pinpoint aerial strikes are the acquisition of three Airborne Warning and Control (AWAC) aircraft and regional missions to simulate the attack.


Behind the Hunt for `Nazi War Criminals�
Mark Weber -- Worldwatch (Audio MP3 file)

Weber reviews the 30-year ordeal of John Demjanjuk, and the outrageous record of fraud and vengeful, one-sided �justice� of the US government�s �Nazi hunting� agency. US officials are now seeking to deport Demjanjuk, a frail 89-year-old, to stand trial in Germany. Weber reviews Washington�s shameful campaign against Kurt Waldheim, Frank Walus, and other �Nazis.� This entire campaign, says Weber, is an expression of the privileged status in the US for Jewish concerns and interests, and of the Jewish-Zionist grip on America�s cultural and social-political life.


Democratic Leader Harman Caught Making Promises to Israeli Agent
The Times (Britain)

A prominent Democratic Congresswoman was embroiled tonight in a growing scandal involving government wiretaps and her relationship with two alleged Israeli spies. Jane Harman, a California Democrat with long involvement in US intelligence matters, was allegedly recorded by a Bush administration wiretap promising an Israeli agent that she would intervene on behalf of two pro-Israel lobbyists charged in the US with spying. In return for pledging to use her influence to get the charges against the two men reduced, Ms Harman, a pro-Israeli hawk, was allegedly told by the unidentified agent that he would put pressure on senior Democrats to get her appointed to a top Congressional intelligence post.


Forget Star Wars: It�s Back to Colonial Warfare
Eric Margolis

� Defense Secretary Robert Gates finally put an end to this debate. Gate�s newly announced defense budget makes clear that America�s military future lies in what the Pentagon calls, "expeditionary warfare" or "counterinsurgency operations." These, it is clear, will take place mostly in the Muslim world � Though the US deficit just reached a staggering US $1 trillion for the first half of 2008, military spending will still rise 4 percent. The Afghan and Iraq wars will alone cost $200 billion this year. So much for Obama�s promised government austerity. Plowshares will be beaten into swords.


Jewish Suffering Used as `Pretext� for Israel, Says Iran�s Leader
The Associated Press

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad accused the West of using the Holocaust as a "pretext" for aggression against Palestinians, prompting European diplomats to walk out Monday from a speech disrupted by jeering protesters in rainbow wigs tossing red clown noses at the hard-line leader. A U.N. racism conference on the eve of Israel's Holocaust Remembrance Day disintegrated into chaos moments after Ahmadinejad became the first government official to take the floor.


Japan `Rewriting� Wartime Past in School Textbooks
The Telegraph (Britain)

Japan has been accused of rewriting its brutal wartime past in a controversial government-approved school history textbook. Officials in South Korea claim the new book, which will be used in schools from next year, has whitewashed Japan's history of colonising Asian states before and during the Second World War. The complaints centre on attempts to justify Japan's invasion of Asian states while playing down the brutal role of the army. The textbook, published by a right wing organisation, reportedly claims that Japan annexed Korea in order to ensure national security and to protect its democracy.


Sheppard and Whittle Denied Political Asylum in U.S.


A court in Los Angeles has denied the asylum claim of two men who had fled Britain to avoid imprisonment or fines after having been convicted of violating British "race hate" laws. Since their arrival in the US in July 2008 the �Heretical Two� have been held in jail in Santa Ana, California. In a recent letter, Simon Sheppard and Stephen Whittle wrote: �We were thinking of appealing [the decision] and sticking it out, but really this place is replete with people hanging on hoping for a miracle that's never going to happen, and we don't want to join them � Better we think to go back to England, face the music, and get it over with.�


Neoconned Again: Superhawks Reunite for Obama.
Michael Brendan Dougherty -- The American Conservative

... One would expect neoconservatives to be friendless and circumspect, grumbling about Obama�s inevitable failure as they slump away from Washington. Instead, they are jubilant, palling around with liberals again, enjoying renewed respect. Obama is their hero � As happens every few years, Washington was turned on its head and the neocons ended up back on top. The conservatives who endorsed Obama last year in hopes of seeing change in foreign policy are long forgotten. The hawks who went hoarse trying to defeat him are celebrated by liberals as the responsible faction on the Right. There was no manipulation involved, just a minor rebranding.


How Serious Is the Threat of Terrorism?
Stephen M. Walt

� We did more damage to ourselves when we invaded Iraq than Osama bin Laden accomplished on 9/11, and an open-ended commitment in Central Asia could easily compound that error. What we need, in fact, is a political elite (and a responsible media) that will help Americans keep the terrorism problem in perspective. Terrorism is a tactic that various groups have used throughout history, and it will remain with us for the foreseeable future � The threat from al Qaeda does not justify increasing our military presence in Afghanistan, and certainly does not justify major military operations in Pakistan.


Supporters Defend Thomas Jefferson on his 266th Birthday
Richmond (Virginia) Times-Dispatch

On the 266th anniversary of his birth, some of Thomas Jefferson's biggest fans are again speaking out on the controversy that followed him to his grave in 1826, and has been fodder for scandal ever since. Meeting beneath a portrait of the Virginian in the state Capitol he designed more than 200 years ago, the Thomas Jefferson Heritage Society today made the case against claims the nation's third president had an affair with slave Sally Hemings and with her, had several children after his wife's death.


Thomas Jefferson and the Sally Hemings Myth
Mark Weber

Probably the most notorious accusation against Thomas Jefferson is the persistent allegation that he secretly took a mulatto slave named Sally Hemings (or Hemmings) as a mistress, and fathered several children by her�. To those who knew Jefferson, his high moral standards and his deep devotion to his dead wife's memory, the entire story was absurd and contemptible. Nevertheless, it soon gained widespread circulation and many believers. Today it is occasionally given credence by black or leftist academics.


NATO At 60
Gwynn Dyer

� The larger problem is that many senior people in European NATO countries privately see the war as unwinnable, unnecessary and none of NATO's business. It is unwinnable because the Western armies in Afghanistan, a country of minorities, have effectively allied themselves with the other ethnic groups, Tajik, Uzbek and Hazara, in a civil war against the largest minority, the Pashtun, whose main political vehicle in this era happens to be the Taliban. It is almost never described in these terms in official NATO circles or in the Western media, but a brief glance at any ethnographic map of Afghanistan will show that every single Pashtun-majority province is in revolt while none of the others are.


US Fifth Graders On a Trip to Germany to Study Holocaust
The New York Times

Johancy Torres had never heard of the Holocaust before last fall, but she will soon be tracing the footsteps of Jews at the Dachau concentration camp during a trip for fifth- and sixth-grade students at Public School 86 in the Bronx. �I think I may cry when I see the ovens,� said Johancy, 11, adding that she planned to take a copy of �Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl� when she leaves later this month. The Holocaust lessons are part of an unusual effort by P.S. 86�s teachers to expose students to a world far from their Spanish-speaking neighborhoods near the No. 4 train in Kingsbridge Heights. About 95 percent of the school�s 1,700 students are Hispanic or black.


A Look At the Jewish Lobby
Mark Weber (Audio MP3 file)

A factual, reasoned talk on the power of the �Jewish lobby� in America, and its harmful role, especially in directing US Middle East policy. Runtime:15:45 mins. �As long as the `very powerful� Jewish lobby remains entrenched, there will be no end to the systematic Jewish distortion of current affairs and history, the Jewish-Zionist domination of the U.S. political system, Zionist oppression of Palestinians, the bloody conflict between Jews and non-Jews in the Middle East, and the Israeli threat to peace.


History Lessons Stymied in Lebanon
BBC News

Lebanon has a long and varied history, but schools steer clear of teaching about the country's recent past� / Kristina and Ali sit side by side in their history class and together they learn about the Phoenicians and the Romans, the Greeks and the Ottomans. But when it comes to Lebanon's more recent, turbulent past - their school teaches them nothing. Modern history is not part of the curriculum in Lebanon and, just like thousands of other children, Kristina and Ali - who are both 14 - turn to their families for answers their history teacher cannot provide.


John Demjanjuk And The True Haters
Patrick J. Buchanan

On Good Friday, John Demjanjuk, 89 and gravely ill, was ordered deported to Germany to stand trial as an accessory to the murder of 29,000 Jews � at Sobibor camp in Poland. Sound familiar? It should. It is a re-enactment of the 1986 extradition of John Demjanjuk to Israel to be tried for the murder of 870,000 Jews � at Treblinka camp in Poland � The spirit behind this un-American persecution has never been that of justice tempered by mercy. It is the same satanic brew of hate and revenge that drove another innocent Man up Calvary that first Good Friday 2,000 years ago.


Straight Talk About Zionism
Mark Weber -- Worldwatch (Audio MP3 file)

In this �Worldwatch� broadcast, the IHR director takes a critical look at Zionism as an ideology and social-political movement. He reviews its origins and history, including the little-known story of Zionist collaboration with Third Reich Germany. Citing statements by Jewish and Israeli leaders, Weber notes that the essence of Zionism is its view of Jews as a distinct people or nationality, with interests separate from those of non-Jews. Zionists, he also explains, insist that Jews everywhere owe a primary loyalty to Israel and the world Jewish community.


Time to Break the Axis of Sleaze
Eric Margolis

The current international financial disaster brought on by Wall Street has created 25 million unemployed around the globe. People everywhere are mad as hell at both their leaders and America. U.S. intelligence says this financial crisis, not al-Qaida, is the greatest threat to national security � But this financial crisis won't be resolved until the rotten U.S. financial sector is restored to health, transparency, and integrity. Many major U.S. financial institutions are insolvent: their liabilities exceed assets. Neither they nor the Obama administration will admit it, or take necessary action. That's because the U.S. financial industry has grown far too powerful.


Australian Court Convicts `Denier� Toben of Contempt
Agence France Presse

An alleged Holocaust denier wanted in Germany was found guilty of criminal contempt in Australia Thursday for defying court orders to stop publishing offensive material on the Internet. Gerald Frederick Toben, 64, was convicted in the Federal Court on 24 counts of contempt of court after continuing to publish material about Jews and the Holocaust on his Adelaide Institute website, despite 2002 orders to stop. Judge Bruce Lander said Toben, who will be sentenced later this month, had steadfastly refused to comply with the law.


Israel on Trial
George Bisharat -- The New York Times

Chilling testimony by Israeli soldiers substantiates charges that Israel�s Gaza Strip assault entailed grave violations of international law. The emergence of a predominantly right-wing, nationalist government in Israel suggests that there may be more violations to come. Hamas�s indiscriminate rocket attacks on Israeli civilians also constituted war crimes, but do not excuse Israel�s transgressions. While Israel disputes some of the soldiers� accounts, the evidence suggests that Israel committed the following six offenses �


Tens of Thousands Rally at `Tea Party� Protests Across US
The Associated Press

They protested not far from the site of the original Boston Tea Party, and in hundreds of other places. Some wore Revolutionary garb, some wore tea bags on their hats and others chose T-shirts that declared �revolution is brewing.� Tens of thousands of colorful, and sometimes angry, protesters observed the national income tax deadline day by attending tea parties to protest government spending, bailouts and taxes, in some cities to the beat of Twisted Sister�s �We�re Not Gonna Take It.� Some took their kids to help make the point that the federal government is running up debts for future generations to pay.


Federal Agency Warns of `Rightwing Extremism�
The Washington Times

The Department of Homeland Security is warning law enforcement officials about a rise in "rightwing extremist activity," saying the economic recession, the election of America's first black president and the return of a few disgruntled war veterans could swell the ranks of white-power militias. A footnote attached to the report by the Homeland Security Office of Intelligence and Analysis defines "rightwing extremism in the United States" as including not just racist or hate groups, but also groups that reject federal authority in favor of state or local authority.


New Book Lays Bare French Collaboration With Nazis
The Sunday Times (Britain)

An unusual history of the Nazis in France has trampled on one of the country�s most painful taboos by focusing on women who slept with the enemy during the occupation � Seldom has a book delved as deeply into what is regarded by many as a source of national shame: far from being forced into bed with the invaders through economic hardship (as the official history would have people believe), thousands of French women fell in love with German soldiers and it is estimated that 200,000 children were born to Franco-German couples during the war.


Bishop Tutu to Speak at Michigan University Despite Zionist Protests
Lansing State Journal (Michigan)

Michigan State University announced last week that retired South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu would give this year's commencement address. Two days later, the Anti-Defamation League, a Jewish advocacy organization, filed a protest � Professors and students interviewed Thursday were unanimous in their support of Simon's stance on academic freedom and on allowing Tutu to speak.


Massachusetts University Cancels Talk by Finkelstein
Boston Globe

Clark University canceled a campus talk scheduled for later this month by controversial Holocaust scholar Norman Finkelstein, saying his presence "would invite controversy and not dialogue or understanding," and would conflict with a similar event scheduled around the same time � Finkelstein's address would conflict with a similar conference hosted by the university's Strassler Family Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, scheduled for April 23-26, two days after Finkelstein's speech, Bassett said in his letter. That conference could draw Holocaust scholars who MacMillan said may disagree with Finkelstein.


World War V, Anyone?: The Price of Neo-Conservatism
Joseph Sobran

This country is still, so to speak, Bushed. We may need a generation or so to recover from the last administration. If you need to refresh your memory of it, you can�t do much better than to read a new book, The Transparent Cabal: The Neoconservative Agenda, War in the Middle East, and the National Interest of Israel, by Stephen J. Sniegoski � He reminds us of all the pundits who urged us to charge into Iraq with guns blazing: Charles Krauthammer, George Will, Cal Thomas, Victor Davis Hanson, David Frum, Richard Perle, Max Boot, David Brooks, Frank Gaffney, and dozens of other op-ed sages. None of these gents� careers appear to have suffered in the least as a result of their wildly optimistic prescriptions and predictions.


One More Trial for Accused Nazi Demjanjuk?
Time magazine

You might not expect the arrival in Munich of a retired auto mechanic from Cleveland, Ohio, to excite much attention. But when John Demjanjuk finally lands in Germany, the nation's press will be waiting for him. Sentenced to death over 20 years ago by the Israeli authorities as a Nazi war criminal but later freed when fresh evidence undermined the basis of his conviction, Demjanjuk again expects to face charges, this time alleging that he helped to murder many thousands of Jews at a Nazi death camp.


Vases, Tea Sets, Cigars, His Own Watercolours: High Society in the Third Reich
Christopher Clark -- London Review of Books

� From the very beginning, as Fabrice d�Almeida shows in his fascinating study, Hitler networked with considerable success among the great and the good. His early sponsors included the Bechsteins, owners of the piano company. They invited him to receptions at their house in Munich and showered him with gifts, including his first luxury car, a red Mercedes worth 26,000 marks � The Nazi movement acquired supporters as high up in the traditional social elite as it was possible to go.


Obama's Dilemma: Israel's Threat to Strike Iran
Gareth Porter and Jim Lobe -- Inter Press Service

A recent statement by the chief of the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM), Gen. David Petraeus, that Israel may decide to attack Iranian nuclear sites has been followed by indications of a debate within the Barack Obama administration on whether Israel's repeated threats to carry out such a strike should be used to gain leverage in future negotiations with Tehran. In the latest twist, Vice President Joseph Biden, who has been put in charge of the administration�s non-proliferation agenda, appeared to reject the idea.


March Madness, 1939
Patrick J. Buchanan

� Hitler did not want a war with Poland. Had he wanted war, he would have demanded the return of the entire Polish Corridor taken from Germany in 1919. He wanted Danzig back and Poland as an ally in his anti-Comintern Pact. Nor did he want war with a Britain he admired and always saw as a natural ally. Nor did he want war with France, or he would have demanded the return of Alsace. But Hitler was out on a limb with Danzig and could not crawl back.


Holocaust Book Challenged at Library in Montana
Pat Hansen -- The Montana Standard (Butte)

A personal memoir has been challenged and a request made to have the book removed from the William K. Kohrs Library in Deer Lodge [Montana]. The book, challenged by Greg Gerdes of Deer Lodge, is "For Those I Loved," by Martin Gray � At that time, Gerdes allegedly claimed the author witnessing the Treblinka concentration camp holocaust is untrue and the book is anti-German hate propaganda.


Newly Discovered Mass Graves in Croatia Point Up Allied Crimes
DPA (Germany)

Thousands of German and Croat soldiers captured in the final days of the Second World War were coldly executed and buried in mass graves found in western Croatia, human rights activists said Wednesday in Zagreb, demanding that authorities investigate. The site at Harmica, 50 kilometres north-west of Zagreb, holds the bodies of 4,500 soldiers, including 450 German army officers, executed by the communist partisans � Mass executions of people from the losing side in Second World War were not limited to Croatia - last month a grave with hundreds of mummified corpses, also victims of the Partisans, was found in an abandoned mine in Slovenia.


Paris Liberation Made `Whites Only�: Allied World War II Racism
BBC News

Papers unearthed by the BBC reveal that British and American commanders ensured that the liberation of Paris on August 25, 1944, was seen as a "whites only" victory. Many who fought Nazi Germany during World War II did so to defeat the vicious racism that left millions of Jews dead. Yet the BBC's Document programme has seen evidence that black colonial soldiers - who made up around two-thirds of Free French forces - were deliberately removed from the unit that led the Allied advance into the French capital. The leader of the Free French forces, Charles de Gaulle, made it clear that he wanted his Frenchmen to lead the liberation of Paris.


Obama Declines to Call Armenian Deaths in World War I `Genocide�
Fox News

President Obama on Monday declined to repeat his claim that the deaths of up to 1.5 million Armenians during World War I was a "genocide," stepping back from his campaign pledge to Armenian Americans that the "widely documented fact" would be fully commemorated during his presidency.


Mayor Orders Removal of Hitler Billboards in Bulgarian Capital
Sofia News Agency (Bulgaria)

Sofia's Mayor, Boyko Borisov, has ordered the immediate dismantle of the controversial billboards displaying Hitler's portrait. The news was reported by the Sofia City Hall press center. Borisov had further assigned the municipal "Advertisement" department to investigate the case. According to the municipal press center, the advertising billboard displaying a huge postage stamp with Hitler's portrait has been created by the advertising agency Oxygen as part of the "The Dictators" concept. The posters, which were displayed at several Sofia locations, were part of the so-called "Teaser Campaign" commissioned to the Agency by a marketing research company.


Croatia Explores Mass Grave of 4,500 WWII German Soldiers
DPA (Germany)

Croatia is investigating a mass grave of German and local soldiers executed in the wake of World War II, the deputy president of the Croatian Helsinki Committee, Ivan Zvonimir Cicak, said Friday. The site at Harmica, 50 kilometres north-west of Zagreb, on Croatia's border with Slovenia, presumably contains 4,500 bodies of German soldiers, including 450 officers, executed by Yugoslav president Tito's partisans, Cicak told the German Press Agency dpa. The victims were a part of the "Blue division," established by the German command in Croatia in 1944. Commanded by German officers, the division was composed of Croats and German settlers to Yugoslavia.


The Truth About Israel
Alison Weir -- The Oregonian (Portland)

� In Israel's founding war of 1947-49, Zionist forces committed 33 massacres and expelled 800,000 people -- many of these before Arab armies, their combined numbers smaller than Israeli forces, belatedly entered the fray. Israel refused to allow these refugees to return, appropriating their land and wealth � Israel, fearing its neighbors might defend Palestinians' rights and wishing to maintain regional hegemony, used a combination of military attacks, divide-and-conquer tactics and great power manipulation to undermine their development. In all of its wars except one, Israel attacked first.


Obama Team Readying for Confrontation With Netanyahu
Haaretz (Israel)

In an unprecedented move, the Obama administration is readying for a possible confrontation with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu by briefing Democratic congressmen on the peace process and the positions of the new government in Israel regarding a two-state solution. The Obama administration is expecting a clash with Netanyahu over his refusal to support the establishment of a Palestinian state alongside Israel.


Obama's Domino Theory
Juan Cole -- Salon

President Barack Obama may or may not be doing the right thing in Afghanistan, but the rationale he gave for it on Friday is almost certainly wrong. Obama has presented us with a 21st century version of the domino theory. The U.S. is not, contrary to what the president said, mainly fighting "al-Qaida" in Afghanistan. In blaming everything on al-Qaida, Obama broke with his pledge of straight talk to the public and fell back on Bush-style boogeymen and implausible conspiracy theories. �


Out Of Wedlock Births Hit Record High
CNN

Nearly 40 percent of babies born in the United States in 2007 were delivered by unwed mothers, according to data released last month by the National Center for Health Statistics. The 1.7 million out of wedlock births, of 4.3 million total births, marked a more than 25 percent jump from five years before � While 28 percent of white women gave birth out of wedlock in 2007, nearly 72 percent of black women and more than 51 percent of Latinas did.


US Envoy Writes of Israeli Threats
Barbara Crossette -- The Nation

In the wake of the accusation by Chas Freeman that his nomination to lead the National Intelligence Council was derailed by an "Israeli lobby," a forthcoming memoir by another distinguished ambassador adds stunning new charges to the debate. The ambassador, John Gunther Dean, writes that over the years he not only came under pressure from pro-Israeli groups and officials in Washington but also was the target of an Israeli-inspired assassination attempt in 1980 in Lebanon, where he had opened links to the Palestine Liberation Organization.


Israel: Transforming International Law by Violating It
George Bisharat -- San Francisco Chronicle

� Israel has a lengthy history of unpunished abuses of international law - among the most flagrant its decades-long colonization of the West Bank. To its credit, much of the world has refused to ratify Israel's violations. Unfortunately, our government is an exception, having frequently provided diplomatic cover for Israel's abuses. Our diplomats have vetoed 42 U.N. Security Council resolutions to shelter Israel from the consequences of its often illegal behavior. We must break that habit now, or see international law perverted in ways that can harm us all.


Beware Those Treacherous Afpakis: Obama and Pakistan
Eric Margolis

President Barack Obama has now taken full ownership of the Afghanistan War. Gone are Washington�s pretenses that a western "coalition" was waging this conflict. Gone, too, is the comic book term, "war on terrorism," replaced by the Orwellian sobriquet, "overseas contingency operations." Obama�s announcement last week of deeper US involvement in Afghanistan and Pakistan � now officially known in Washington as "Afpak" � was accompanied by a preliminary media bombardment of Pakistan for failing to be sufficiently responsive in advancing US strategic plans.


Another War Lost?
William S. Lind

� Instead of a pragmatic, realistic approach to attaining that limited objective [in Afghanistan], it seems we are committed to a Quixotic quest for the unattainable. Again, that guarantees we will lose the Afghan war. No means, military or non-military, can obtain the unattainable. The circle cannot be squared. Here we see how little �change� the Obama administration really represents. The differences between the neo-liberals and the neo-cons are few. Both are militant believers in Brave New World, a Globalist future in which everyone on earth becomes modern.


Where Is Israel Headed?
John J. Mearsheimer

� The Obama administration will surely try to push Netanyahu to change his thinking about a two-state solution and work to give the Palestinians a real state of their own. The Israel lobby, however, will adamantly defend Israel's right to do whatever it wants in the Occupied Territories and make it impossible for the president to put significant pressure on Israel. Netanyahu, like all Israeli leaders, understand this basic fact of life. He knows that he will just have to say a few nice words about the "peace process" and blame the whole thing on the Palestinians, who he believes are a bunch of terrorists anyway, and he will be pretty much free to do whatever he wants in Gaza and the West Bank.


Churchill�s Crimes: From Indian Holocaust To Palestinian Genocide
Gideon Polya � Media With Conscience News

In World War II Churchill deliberately starved six-seven million Indians to death, continued to foster Muslim-Hindu antipathy that led to the horrors of Indian Partition and persuaded his War Cabinet on the racist Partition of Palestine. Yet the holocaust-complicit Anglo media, academic and politician Establishment is still in denial.


Israeli Exports Hit by European Boycotts After Gaza Campaign
The Guardian (Britain)

Israeli companies are feeling the impact of boycott moves in Europe, according to surveys, amid growing concern within the Israeli business sector over organised campaigns following the recent attack on Gaza. Last week, the Israel Manufacturers Association reported that 21 percent of 90 local exporters who were questioned had felt a drop in demand due to boycotts, mostly from the UK and Scandinavian countries. Last month, a report from the Israel Export Institute reported that ten percent of 400 polled exporters received order cancellation notices this year, because of Israel's assault on Gaza.


Politicians Fret as Europe�s Muslim Population Swells
Fox News

A clash of civilizations may be taking place on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan, but it's also happening a lot more quietly in European cities. Old Europe's population is dwindling even as immigration and high birth rates among Muslim groups are swelling in cities all over the continent. And in Belgium, it is no different. Filip Dewinter, a leader of the far-right separatist party Vlaams Belang, predicts there will eventually be a kind of civil war when the longtime residents of Brussels � the nation's capital and administrative seat of the European Union � realize their city is about to be taken over by Muslim immigrants.


History Has Been `Feminized,� Says British Historian
The Telegraph (Britain)

British history has become "feminised" by female authors who concentrate on subjects like the six wives of Henry VIII rather than the king himself, Dr David Starkey has said. Speaking shortly before the launch of a new Channel 4 series to mark the 500th anniversary of the Tudor monarch's accession to the throne, Dr Starkey said he found it "bizarre" that so much historical effort was now focused on the monarch's wives. But he warned that the "soap opera" of Henry's personal life should come second to the political consequences of his rule, such as the Reformation and the break with Rome.


Israel Foreign Minister Rejects Annapolis Deal
BBC News

Israel's new ultra-nationalist foreign minister has said it is not bound by a US-sponsored 2007 agreement to reach a peace deal with the Palestinians. "The Annapolis conference, it has no validity," Avigdor Lieberman said. He was speaking at a handover ceremony at the foreign ministry, prompting his predecessor Tzipi Livni to interrupt and diplomats to shift uncomfortably. At Annapolis, each side agreed to further discussions aimed at creating an independent Palestinian state.


Avigdor Lieberman, Israel's Shame
Neve Gordon -- The Guardian (Britain)

Thanks to Binyamin Netanyahu's overweening ambition, Israel is to be saddled with a foreign minister who is a national disgrace / � Despite these egregious transgressions, newly-elected Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has no qualms about appointing Lieberman to represent Israel in the international arena. Netanyahu's lust for power has led him to choose a man who actually poses a serious threat to Israel. Both Lieberman's message and style are not only violent, but have clear proto-fascist elements; and, as Israeli commentators have already intimated, he is extremely dangerous.


The Absurdity of Spending US Tax Dollars on Israel
Paul J. Balles

� But Congress still continues to enthusiastically pour billions of our taxpayers' dollars into the Israeli economy each year. What's with that? Do our Congressional representatives hold dual citizenship with the United States and Israel or what? When are they going to stop voting pork for Israel and start voting bailout money for California? Are we Californians going to have to start firing Qassam rockets at Washington to get their attention or what?


Germany Targets Demjanjuk
Peter Worthington -- Toronto Sun

Once again, they're going after John Demjanjuk. This time it's Germany, with an assist from the U.S. Justice Department, both showing what's been described as "amazing hypocrisy" blended with awesome cynicism. Germany, which refuses to allow its own citizens to be extradited for Nazi war crimes in other countries, is extraditing Demjanjuk from the U.S. to face charges of "accessory to murder" 29,000 Jews at Sobibor death camp in the Second World War.


Disney to Feature Its First Black Princess
Daily Mail (Britain)

Move over Snow White. Make room for Disney�s first black princess. With America�s first African-American president in the White House, Disney is counting on an African-American princess to be a big hit in Hollywood. But even though The Princess and the Frog isn�t released until later this year, it is already stirring up controversy. For while Princess Tiana and many in the cartoon cast are black � the prince is not. � Disney has insisted its choice of a black princess was part of a policy to give characters as much diversity as possible. In the past, founder Walt Disney has been accused of being racist, particularly against Jews and blacks.


Walt Disney: A Great Artist
Jonathan Jones -- The Guardian (Britain)

Walt Disney was one of the great American artists of the 20th century. This needs to be recognised. So here I am, Walt, coming to the rescue, aided by an exhibition at the Grand Palais in Paris that celebrates Disney's films as visual art... What Disney actually achieved was not to diffuse an American banality worldwide but, in a world that was becoming ever more banal and forgetful, to preserve the old oral storytelling of the pre-industrial world. Few artists have done as much as Disney to humanise modernity; the magical proof of this is one of his last films.


Subverting the Disney Legacy
Mark Weber

For more than 40 years, the company founded and built by Walt Disney offered popular, well-crafted entertainment that upheld American values and traditions. Its films and television programming -- even if sometimes sugary -- epitomized, to use the much-mocked phrase, wholesome family entertainment. It was the work largely of one man, Walter Elias Disney (1901-1966), a gifted illustrator, brilliant filmmaker and genial entrepreneur who left a lasting mark on American popular culture.


Netanyahu To Obama: Stop Iran, Or I Will
The Atlantic

In an interview conducted shortly before he was sworn in today as prime minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu laid down a challenge for Barack Obama. The American president, he said, must stop Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons � and quickly� or an imperiled Israel may be forced to attack Iran�s nuclear facilities itself. �The Obama presidency has two great missions: fixing the economy, and preventing Iran from gaining nuclear weapons,� Netanyahu told me. He said the Iranian nuclear challenge represents a �hinge of history� and added that �Western civilization� will have failed if Iran is allowed to develop nuclear weapons.


Where We Go Now: Iranian Response to Obama�s Address
Ali Akbar Javanfekr (Iran)

� The U.S. has too frequently in past decades resorted to violence, war and bloodshed around the world, in part because of its leaders' desire for hegemony and in part because of Zionism's manipulation of U.S. administrations � The policies of previous U.S. administrations led to a rise in hatred, anger and worries. In all corners of the world, it is worth noting, the only flags being set ablaze belong to the U.S. and the occupying Zionist regime. President Obama has proclaimed a policy of "change," and the American people have embraced it. But to remedy its image in the world, the U.S. needs to truly change its past methods.


The Greatest Blunder in British History
Laurence M. Vance -- New American

It was 70 years ago on March 31 when Great Britain committed the fatal blunder that led to World War II: issuing a war guarantee to Poland � Only the warmonger Churchill seemed to think the war guarantee was a good idea, foolishly asserting: �The preservation and integrity of Poland must be regarded as a cause commanding the regard of all the world.� Buchanan simply calls it �the greatest blunder in British history.� � It is the Polish war guarantee for which Neville Chamberlain should be forever judged harshly, not the Munich Agreement for which he is often castigated.


Origins and Outbreak of World War II in Europe: A German View
Video

German-produced English-language film on the background to the outbreak of Germany�s 1939 attack against Poland, and the course of the Sept.-Oct. 1939 �Polish campaign.� Highlighted here is Polish mistreatment of the German ethnic minority and Poland�s refusal to grant self-determination to Germans. Runtime: 9:17 mins.


George Soros Sees a Global Meltdown
The Times (Britain)

� This recession, he [George Soros] explains, is a �once-in-a-lifetime event�, particularly in Britain. �This is a crisis unlike any other. It�s a total collapse of the financial system with tremendous implications for everyday life. On previous occasions when you had a crisis that was threatening the system the authorities intervened and did whatever was necessary to protect the system. This time they failed.� The financial oracle does not know how long it will last. �That depends on how it�s handled. Allowing Lehman Brothers to fail was the game-changing event. That�s when the financial crisis went over the brink.� We could end up with a depression.


Rabbi Says Visits to Nazi Camp Sites Are Taboo
JTA

A prominent Zionist rabbi says it is forbidden to visit Nazi death camps. Rabbi Shlomo Aviner, head of the Ateret Cohanim yeshiva in Jerusalem's Muslim Quarter, urged Israeli schools to cancel their annual trips to the camps, saying they are forbidden since there is a halachic ban on leaving Israel and because they "provide livelihood to murderers." Aviner made the statement in a religious journal in answer to a reader's question. In an interview with Ynet following the journal's publication, he said, "I'm not busy holding a grudge against the Poles, but we shouldn't provide livelihood to people who allowed death camps to be built on their land and who are now making a profit out of it."


Italian Lefebvrite Priest Questions Holocaust Claims
Fr. Floriano Abrahamowicz -- La Tribuna di Treviso (Italy)

Certainly, it was imprudent of Williamson to get into technical questions. In the famous interview, you can see that the journalist was obviously leading up to this specific aspect. But you have to understand that the theme of the Holocaust is situated on a much higher level than the question of knowing whether the victims died from gas or from other causes.



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