June 5, 2002

Miscellaneous Subjects #146: Some Of The Latest


Hello everyone

As you've certainly noticed, I've been so busy here this past week that I've been unable to sit in front of the computer and prepare any compilation. It will be pretty much the same for this whole coming summer. Yet I'll try to keep an eye on what's the most important and send it to you in a timely manner - as best as I can. Shortly I'll make an important change with regard to how you will be able to send me potential networking material or your comments on previous postings. The globalvisionary@cybernaute.com email account will be used by me only to send stuff and those who want to send me material or personal letters will have to do so through a webpage. I must do so because I've become buried under SPAM sollicitations and dozens of virus-generated attachments every day at globalvisionary@cybernaute.com. Of course, I won't reveal (except to a very select number of personal friends and to my family) the new email address through which I can be reached directly. I'll let you all know shortly when this new system will be activated.

Best regards to all of you ;-)

Jean Hudon
Earth Rainbow Network Coordinator
http://www.cybernaute.com/earthconcert2000


"I awake in the morning, torn between a desire to save the world, and a desire to savor the world. That makes it hard to plan the day."

- E.H. White -- Sent by Larry Morningstar <mana7@wave.net>


CONTENTS

1. WTO "shut down" is a hoax (not surprisingly!)
2. EU warns Earth Summit agenda unrealistic
3. Rainforest wildlife surprisingly sensitive to landscape changes
4. Climate change may become major player in ozone loss
5. Kokomo Indiana Hum Still A Mystery
6. There Is A Firestorm Coming, And It Is Being Provoked By Mr Bush
7. Israel Accused of Staging Bombing
8. Some Common Truths


See also:

Suicide Car Bomb Kills at Least 16 in Israel (June 5)
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=586&ncid=721&e=1&u=/nm/20020605/wl_nm/mideast_dc_2464

India Mulls Joint Patrol of Kashmir (June 5)
http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/international/AP-India-Pakistan-Vajpayee.html
India would consider jointly monitoring the disputed Kashmir border with Pakistan.

Why Is Washington Ignoring The Warning Signs Of Economic Devastation?
http://www.truthout.org/docs_02/06.01F.arianna.ignoring.htm

Ashcroft Permits F.B.I. to Monitor Internet and Public Activities
http://www.truthout.org/docs_02/06.01B.fbi.internet.htm

Unleashing the FBI - 'There Would Be No Place to Hide' (May 31st) DANGEROUS DEVELOPMENT
http://villagevoice.com/issues/0223/hentoff2.php

F.B.I. Faces No Legal Obstacles to Domestic Spying (31 May)
http://www.truthout.org/docs_02/06.01C.fbi.ok.2.spy.htm
The Supreme Court refused to forbid the Army to monitor public political activities.

Trust in Government Declines (May 31)
http://www.truthout.org/docs_02/06.01D.no.trust.htm

C.I.A. Was Tracking Hijacker Months Earlier Than It Had Said
http://www.truthout.org/docs_02/06.04B.ciaearlier.htm

The Bush 9/11 Scandal for Dummies (Long but Excellent)
http://www.truthout.org/docs_02/06.03D.bw.911.dum.htm

Air Force Officer Suspended for Criticizing Bush (4 June)
http://www.truthout.org/docs_02/06.06E.butler.bush.htm
MONTEREY, Calif. (Reuters) - A U.S. Air Force officer has been suspended from duty after he wrote a letter to a California newspaper accusing President Bush of allowing the Sept. 11 attacks to happen ``because he needed this war on terrorism,'' a military official said on Tuesday. (...) Butler's letter accused Bush -- the commander in chief of the U.S. armed forces -- of allowing the Sept. 11 attacks to occur for his own political ends. ``Of course Bush knew about the impending attacks on America. He did nothing to warn the American people because he needed this war on terrorism. His daddy had Saddam and he needed Osama,'' Butler's letter said. ``His presidency was going nowhere. He wasn't elected by the American people, but placed into the Oval Office by the conservative Supreme Court...the economy was sliding into the usual Republican pits and he needed something to hang his presidency on.''

Heads-Up To Ashcroft Proves Threat Was Known Before 9/11 (3 June, 2002)
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/gate/archive/2002/06/03/hsorensen.DTL
Don't let them fool you, folks: They knew. They might have been surprised by the ferocity of the attacks, but the highest-ranking members of the George W. Bush administration knew before Sept. 11 that something terrible was going to happen soon. (...) Incredibly, the Bush people are saying they don't want to be bothered by yet another investigation. Asking questions and demanding answers will help the terrorists, they say. Even more incredibly, the public is buying it. The public's gullibility knows no bounds. Recently, the families of the people who died on Flight 93 on Sept. 11 were allowed - finally! - to hear the final 30 minutes of the cockpit voice recorder on that flight before it crashed in Pennsylvania. But they weren't allowed to record it or even take notes. CLIP

TOP-SECRET PRISONERS IN THE USA
http://www.alternet.org/story.html?StoryID=13285
Nine months ago the Justice Department rounded up hundreds of Muslims suspected of involvement in the 9/11 attacks. Only one is charged with terrorism. Why do 325 remain in custody?

THE ARMS CONTROL SHELL GAME
http://www.alternet.org/story.html?StoryID=13257
The Bush-Putin nuclear arms agreement is part of an elaborate charade put on by a White House intent on jeopardizing global security.




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Forwarded by Taansen <earthlanding@satyuga.org>

WTO "shut down" is a hoax (not surprisingly!)

I have been informed that this was a hoax, but it was done for a good, not mischievous purpose, which makes more sense now.

I checked out the web site when I received it because it looked very suspicious. The web site looked genuine and I thought that one would not legally be able to, let alone be motivated to, call oneself the WTO when one is not, so I sent it on.

It certainly seemed too good to be true though, so I thought that it may have been the whole-cell vs a cellular pertussis vaccine principle at work - i.e. putting on new clothes pretending to change for the better when you haven't really, but at least showing that people power has been strong enough to force some kind of response, even if only resulting in a superficial change.

Alas not, however the people responsible for this hoax commit themselves to a whole elaborate corporate hoax falsely representing the WTO because they are trying to educate people about the true nature and effect of the WTO. Organisations go to their (fake) web site looking for WTO representatives as guest speakers, such as the Director-General Michael Moore, and they respond back saying he is not available but they can send someone in his place...

Bronwyn

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This is a very clever hoax - reported on Media Report last week. Check out the full story on their website at http://www.gatt.org/

From: http://www.abc.net.au/rn/talks/8.30/mediarpt/stories/s565912.htm

The folks that hoax

Media hoaxes, or why you can't always trust the key-note speaker. If groups as prudent as trained accountants, international lawyers and the odd Canadian parliamentarian, can be hoaxed by media subversives, what hope is there for the rest of us? A trick of the tale this week on The Media Report. CLIP - Read from "power of misinformation" near the middle.

More such well-meaning hoaxes at http://www.abc.net.au/rn/talks/8.30/mediarpt/stories/s565912.htm (WORTH EXPLORING!)

See also:

WTO falls victim to spoof website (24 May)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/business/newsid_2006000/2006536.stm




2.

Sent by Julian <wildnet@ecoterra.net>

EU warns Earth Summit agenda unrealistic

INDONESIA: June 5, 2002

BALI, Indonesia - A U.N. summit in August aimed at saving the environment while slashing poverty has set unrealistic goals and its failure could not be ruled out, a senior European Union official said yesterday.

In comments clearly at odds with United Nations officials convening final meetings in Indonesia before the Johannesburg summit, EU Environment Commissioner Margot Wallstrom said a draft action plan for the event had to be shorter and more focused.

The World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg - dubbed Earth Summit 2 - is being billed as the largest U.N. conference ever, with 100 heads of states and 60,000 delegates expected to attend.

"I still have the impression this is a fragile and very difficult thing we have entered into. The success is not given," the EU's top environment official said in an interview, adding it would be hard to sell the summit because it covered so much. "We won't have time to go and solve all problems."

Wallstrom is part of 120 cabinet-ranked officials from around the world arriving on Indonesia's resort island of Bali to put political weight into planning for the summit. They will meet from Wednesday to Friday to draw up an agenda and the outlines of a declaration that world leaders will make to underscore their political commitment to the process.

Ministers are not expected to get involved in the action plan's detail, which has been negotiated by senior officials since May 27. It covers everything from measures to cut poverty, improve sanitation, preserve natural ecosystems, reduce pollution and boost energy supplies to poor people.

Johannesburg opens on August 26 and has been timed to fall a decade after the landmark Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, which put environmental issues on the global political agenda. For it to succeed, two weeks of preparatory meetings that end here on Friday have to raise the summit's profile and reach a credible plan on how to make inroads in cutting poverty while protecting the earth's natural resources, officials have said.

Environmentalists have already accused rich nations of dragging their feet on measures intended to help the world's 1.2 billion people living in poverty and of putting trade liberalisation ahead of efforts to clean up the polluted planet.

SUMMIT CAN'T FAIL

Echoing the views of U.N. officials, Wallstrom said the summit had to succeed. Asked what would happen if it flopped, she said: "I'm afraid that the ultimate loss could be the loss of this whole concept of sustainable development because people would then be able to say it doesn't work, it doesn't work in practice, you cannot translate it into something concrete."

U.N. officials said while last week's deadline for finishing the action plan was missed, the key elements had been agreed. Despite calls from Wallstrom for a shorter draft, they said outstanding issues on implementing and funding the deal would likely be handled separately by negotiators as ministers met.

Emil Salim, a former Indonesian environment minister who heads the U.N. preparatory committee drawing up the plan, insisted it was a draft that governments could be proud of. "It's not pie in the sky. We are not promising things that cannot be implemented," Salim told a news conference.

One way to streamline it would be to focus especially on bringing clean water and energy to the world's poor by 2015, Wallstrom said. So far, environmentalists have staged only minor protests, but foreign and local groups have said they plan rallies on Wednesday to coincide with the opening of the ministerial meeting and World Environment Day.

REUTERS NEWS SERVICE




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Sent by "Mark Graffis" <mgraffis@islands.vi>

Public release date: 31-May-2002

Contact: William Laurance <laurancew@tivoli.si.edu>

Rainforest wildlife surprisingly sensitive to landscape changes

Long-term study reveals dramatic impact of fragmentation

The slightest clearing in the vast rainforests of the Amazon can wreak havoc with the inhabitants, impeding the movement of species and disrupting their communities, according to the results of a 22-year investigation published in the June issue of Conservation Biology.

A team of researchers led by William F. Laurance of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute reviewed more than 340 articles and papers generated by the Biological Dynamics of Forest Fragments Project (BDFFP), the world's largest and longest-running study of habitat fragmentation, since its inception in 1979.

They found that the effect of habitat fragmentation on the structure, composition and function of rainforests is far-reaching and widely felt. It increases local extinction rates for many plant and animal species; drastically alters species richness and abundance; and disrupts ecological processes, as well as creating opportunities for non-native species invasions, altering forest carbon storage and increasing vulnerability to fire.

"A surprising number of wildlife species are extremely sensitive to very small clearings,==said Laurance. "Even a 30-meter-wide road alters the community composition of understory birds and other wildlife, and creates a complete barrier to the movements of some species.==

Laurance believes the results of the analysis indicate clearly that Amazonian nature reserves will have to be very large in order to maintain their diversity and dynamics, and to withstand external threats from such human disturbances as burning, logging and hunting.

The Biological Dynamics of Forest Fragment Project, a joint effort of the National Institute for Amazonian Research (INPA) in Brazil and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, seeks to answer questions about plant and animal relations, the biology of extinction, the process of forest regeneration, and the effects of forest edge and fragmentation on the genetic structure of tropical species.

The Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, headquartered in Panama City, Republic of Panama, is one of the world's leading centers for research on the ecology, evolution and conservation of tropical organisms.

More information is available at http://www.stri.org




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Sent by "Mark Graffis" <mgraffis@vitelcom.net>

Public release date: 4-Jun-2002

Contact: Krishna Ramanujan <kramanuj@pop900.gsfc.nasa.gov>

Climate change may become major player in ozone loss

While industrial products like chlorofluorocarbons are largely responsible for current ozone depletion, a NASA study finds that by the 2030s climate change may surpass chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) as the main driver of overall ozone loss.

Drew Shindell, an atmospheric scientist from NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) and Columbia University, N.Y., finds that greenhouse gases like methane and carbon dioxide are changing the climate in many ways. Some of those effects include water vapor increases and temperature changes in the upper atmosphere, which may delay future ozone recovery over heavily populated areas.

Scientists have expected the ozone layer to recover as a result of international agreements to ban CFCs that destroy ozone. CFCs, once used in cooling systems and aerosols, can last for decades in the upper atmosphere, where they break down, react with ozone, and destroy it. They remain the major cause of present-day ozone depletion.

"It's hard to tell if those great international agreements [to ban CFCs] work if we don't understand the other big things that are going on in the stratosphere, such as increases in greenhouse gases and water vapor," Shindell said. The stratosphere is a dry atmospheric layer between 6 and 30 miles (9.7 and 48.3 kilometers) up where most ozone exists.

Ozone shields the planet's surface from the Sun's harmful ultraviolet radiation and makes life on Earth possible. The study examined the ozone layer over heavily populated areas around the equator and mid-latitudes where ozone thinning occurs, excluding the Polar regions, where 'ozone holes' form.

Ozone thinning can occur when increased emissions of methane get transformed into water in the stratosphere. At high altitudes, water vapor can be broken down into molecules that destroy ozone.

Also, methane and carbon dioxide change our climate by trapping heat in the atmosphere before it can escape out to space. This greenhouse effect, much like the inside of a car with all the windows closed, heats the air within the lowest layer of the atmosphere, called the troposphere. Warming in the troposphere can alter atmospheric circulation and make the air wetter, since warmer air holds more water. Though complex and not well understood, there is evidence that water vapor can get wafted from the troposphere into the stratosphere by shifting air currents caused by climate change.

Climate change from greenhouse gases can also affect ozone by heating the lower stratosphere where most of the ozone exists. When the lower stratosphere heats, chemical reactions speed up, and ozone gets depleted.

The chemical and atmospheric processes in the lower stratosphere are complex, quite variable, and not well understood. Shindell focused his study largely on the upper stratosphere where processes are simpler and better understood, and then used those findings to make inferences about ozone in the lower stratosphere.

Computer model simulations were used to separate the different factors that contribute to ozone changes. According to the models, which contain some uncertainty, ozone levels are expected to reach their lowest point in recorded history by around 2006. Scientists hope that by banning CFCs, ozone will eventually return to healthier levels, like those that existed prior to 1979.

One simulation isolated the impacts of CFCs on ozone, and showed that as CFCs decline, by the year 2040 overall ozone makes close to a full recovery from current low levels. When CFCs, water vapor and temperature changes were all combined in a computer model, by 2040, overall ozone levels recovered only slightly from their current low point.

These computer simulations suggest that climate change from greenhouse gases may greatly slow any anticipated ozone recovery. Shindell said the effects of climate change need to be better accounted for as scientists and others try to track the success of international agreements, like the 1987 Montreal Protocol that banned CFCs.

###

The paper appears in the latest issue of the Journal of Geophysical Research - Atmospheres.

The study was supported by NASA's Atmospheric Chemistry Modeling and Analysis Program, and a NASA Earth Observing System postdoctoral Fellowship.

For more information, see: http://www.gsfc.nasa.gov/topstory/20020422greengas.html




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From: http://www.conspiracyjournal.com

Kokomo Indiana Hum Still A Mystery

It started as a low hum, barely noticeable. But within months, the endless throbbing was like a corkscrew driving into Diane Anton's temple.

Some in Kokomo (population 46,113) claim the city government knows the noise comes from an industrial source but believes officials are in cahoots with local industry and refuse to make companies fix the problem.

The walls of her (Ms. Anton's) house vibrated. Her bed shook. Bouts of nausea, short-term memory loss and hand tremors followed.

"The noise was so penetrating and invasive," she said, "It was just not getting better."

So Ms. Anton quit her job, abandoned her $180,000 house and fled. She was the first person driven out of the city by what's come to be known as "the Kokomo Hum." But she may not be the last.

As many as 90 people in this industrial, central Indiana city have complained about a low-frequency hum for the past three years, City Attorney Ken Ferries said.

"While most residents don't hear a thing beyond the typical sounds of the city's factories and busy roads, the City Council approved a $100,000 study of the mysterious noise, often described as the constant idling of a tractor trailer's diesel engine."

"We decided, rather than sit on our duffs and talk about it, let's try to do something," Ferries said. "The city intends to request proposals for the study by the end of the month."

Those who suffer the hum, and have had years to educate themselves about the sound, say it's about time. They point to evidence, grounded in science, that the exposure to consistent, low-frequency noise can cause vibracoustic disease. It has symptoms that mirror the ailments those in Kokomo are complaining about--nausea, headaches and dizziness, to name a few.

Unidentified sounds that bother a handful of people have popped up in communities around the world, but because so few are affected, the issue hasn't received much attention.

In Taos, New Mexico, a small town in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, some residents were bothered by a mystery noise in the early 1990s.

They too described the sound as a diesel truck idling in the distance and said it caused sleeplessness, dizziness and a host of other symptoms.

On the Puerto Rican island of Vieques, people have long complained of health problems caused by low-frequency sound coming from a U.S. Navy bombing range. The Navy has discounted these claims and continues bombing in the area.

Kathie Sickles, who lives near Kokomo, spends most of her free time trying to educate people about the hum. She packages research papers and other studies in bright- colored plastic folders and hands them out to City Council members. She makes flyers for the public (entitled) Sound pollution can hurt you! filled with Internet addresses and lists of symptoms associated with exposure to low- frequency sound.

"People need to know this is going on," said Sickles, who founded a group called Our Environment. "People are getting sick and nothing's being done."

Angelo Campanella, an acoustical engineer hired by (Diane) Anton, detected low-frequency sound in her neighborhood, but said further research would be needed to clearly determine a source. Campanella said he was not able to hear the sound Anton described but believed others may be more sensitive to it.

Most Kokomo residents aren't, however. Jeff Smith, owner of Jeff's Barber Shop, said aside from news coverage of the issue in the Kokomo Tribune , which urged an investigation in a front- page editorial, he doesn't hear much about the hum.

"As far as I know, I don't think it exists," Smith said. "I can't say I've ever heard it."

Source: Indianapolis Star, MSNBC

See also:

Complaints Surround Mysterious 'Kokomo Hum' (Hums Reported from New Mexico to Scotland)
http://abcnews.go.com/sections/us/DailyNews/kokomohum020213.html

Indiana town is abuzz over hum
http://www.boston.com/dailyglobe2/153/nation/Indiana_town_is_abuzz_over_hum+.shtml




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From: http://commondreams.org/views02/0525-08.htm

Published on Saturday, May 25, 2002 in the lndependent/UK

There Is A Firestorm Coming, And It Is Being Provoked By Mr Bush

More and more, President Bush's rhetoric sounds like the crazed videotapes of Osama bin Laden

by Robert Fisk

So now Osama bin Laden is Hitler. And Saddam Hussein is Hitler. And George Bush is fighting the Nazis. Not since Menachem Begin fantasized to President Reagan that he felt he was attacking Hitler in Berlin - his Israeli army was actually besieging Beirut, killing thousands of civilians, "Hitler" being the pathetic Arafat - have we had to listen to claptrap like this. But the fact that we Europeans had to do so in the Bundestag on Thursday - and, for the most part, in respectful silence - was extraordinary.

I'm reminded of the Israeli columnist who, tired of the wearying invocation of the Second World War to justify yet more Israeli brutality, began an article with the words: "Mr Prime Minister, Hitler is dead." Must we, forever, live under the shadow of a war that was fought and won before most of us were born? Do we have to live forever with living, diminutive politicians playing Churchill (Thatcher and, of course, Blair) or Roosevelt? "He's a dictator who gassed his own people," Mr Bush reminded us for the two thousandth time, omitting as always to mention that the Kurds whom Saddam viciously gassed were fighting for Iran and that the United States, at the time, was on Saddam's side.

But there is a much more serious side to this. Mr Bush is hoping to corner the Russian President, Vladimir Putin, into a new policy of threatening Iran. He wants the Russians to lean on the northern bit of the "axis of evil", the infantile phrase which he still trots out to the masses. More and more, indeed, Mr Bush's rhetoric sounds like the crazed videotapes of Mr bin Laden. And still he tries to lie about the motives for the crimes against humanity of 11 September. Yet again, in the Bundestag, he insisted that the West's enemies hated "justice and democracy", even though most of America's Muslim enemies wouldn't know what democracy was.

In the United States, the Bush administration is busy terrorizing Americans. There will be nuclear attacks, bombs in high-rise apartment blocks, on the Brooklyn bridge, men with exploding belts - note how carefully the ruthless Palestinian war against Israeli colonization of the West Bank is being strapped to America's ever weirder "war on terror" - and yet more aircraft suiciders. If you read the words of President Bush, Vice-President Dick Cheney and the ridiculous national security adviser, Condoleezza Rice, over the past three days, you'll find they've issued more threats against Americans than Mr bin Laden.

But let's get back to the point. The growing evidence that Israel's policies are America's policies in the Middle East - or, more accurately, vice versa - is now being played out for real in statements from Congress and on American television. First, we have the chairman of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee announcing that Hizbollah - the Lebanese guerrilla force that drove Israel's demoralized army out of Lebanon in the year 2000 - is planning attacks in the US. After that, we had an American television network "revealing" that Hizbollah, Hamas and al- Qa'ida - Mr bin Laden's organization- have held a secret meeting in Lebanon to plot attacks on the US.

American journalists insist on quoting "sources" but there was, of course, no sourcing for this balderdash, which is now repeated ad nauseam in the American media. Then take the "Syrian Accountability Act" that was introduced into the US Senate by Israel's friends on 18 April. This includes the falsity uttered earlier by Israel's Foreign Minister, Shimon Peres, that Iranian Revolutionary Guards "operate freely" on the southern Lebanese border. Now there haven't been Iranian Revolutionary Guards in Lebanon - let alone the south of the country - for 18 years. So why is this lie repeated yet again?

Iran is under threat. Lebanon is under threat. Syria is under threat - its "terrorism" status has been heightened by the State Department - and so is Iraq. But Ariel Sharon, the Israeli Prime Minister held personally responsible by Israel's own inquiry for the Sabra and Shatila massacre of 1,700 Palestinians in Beirut in 1982, is - according to Mr Bush - "a man of peace". How much further can this go? A long way, I fear.

The anti-American feeling throughout the Middle East is palpable. Arab newspaper editorials don't come near to expressing public opinion. In Damascus, Majida Tabbaa has become famous as the lady who threw the US Consul Roberto Powers out of her husband's downtown restaurant on 7 April . "I went over to him," she said, "and told him, 'Mr Roberto, tell your George Bush that all of you are not welcome - please get out'." Across the Arab world, boycotts of American goods have begun in earnest.

How much longer can this go on? America praises Pakistani President Musharraf for his support in the "war on terror", but remains silent when he arranges a dictatorial "referendum" to keep him in power. America's enemies, remember, hate the US for its "democracy". So is General Musharraf going to feel the heat? Forget it. My guess is that Pakistan's importance in the famous "war on terror" - or "war for civilization" as, we should remember, it was originally called - is far more important. If Pakistan and India go to war, I'll wager a lot that Washington will come down for undemocratic Pakistan against democratic India.

Across the former Soviet southern Muslim republics, America is building air bases, helping to pursue the "war on terror" against any violent Muslim Islamist groups that dare to challenge the local dictators. Please do not believe that this is about oil. Do not for a moment think that these oil and gas-rich lands have any economic importance for the oil-fueled Bush administration. Nor the pipelines that could run from northern Afghanistan to the Pakistani coast if only that pesky Afghan loya jirga could elect a government that would give concessions to Unocal, the oddly named concession whose former boss just happens to be a chief Bush "adviser" to Afghanistan.

Now here's pause for thought. Abdelrahman al-Rashed writes in the international Arabic daily Asharq al-Awsat that if anyone had said prior to 11 September that Arabs were plotting a vast scheme to murder thousands of Americans in the US, no one would have believed them. "We would have charged that this was an attempt to incite the American people against Arabs and Muslims," he wrote. And rightly so.

But Arabs did commit the crimes against humanity of 11 September. And many Arabs greatly fear that we have yet to see the encore from the same organization. In the meantime, Mr Bush goes on to do exactly what his enemies want; to provoke Muslims and Arabs, to praise their enemies and demonize their countries, to bomb and starve Iraq and give uncritical support to Israel and maintain his support for the dictators of the Middle East.

Each morning now, I awake beside the Mediterranean in Beirut with a feeling of great foreboding. There is a firestorm coming. And we are blissfully ignoring its arrival; indeed, we are provoking it.




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IF THEY CONCOCTED SUCH A STORY ONCE, THEY COULD CERTAINLY HAVE DONE SO MANY TIMES OVER BEFORE...

Sent by "Mark Graffis" <mgraffis@vitelcom.net>

June 4, 2002 by the Associated Press

Israel Accused of Staging Bombing

JERUSALEM -- A Palestinian human rights organization on Monday accused the Israeli military of concocting a story about a suicide bomber to cover up the shooting of a Palestinian youth.

On May 8, Israel police said a Palestinian bomber standing at a busy Israeli highway junction exploded, possibly prematurely, injuring only himself. Photos and video footage of the alleged bomber being dragged by a police bomb inspection robot were broadcast worldwide.

Palestinian human rights association Addameer said Zeidan Zeidan, 20, from the West Bank town of Jenin, was carrying goods to sell in villages inside Israel when soldiers fired at him, wounding him in the stomach.

Israeli police spokesman Gil Kleiman said Zeidan was definitely carrying a bomb. "An explosion did occur, and the bag that the bomber was carrying blew up," Kleiman said. The incident took place at the Megiddo junction in Israel's north.

Kleiman said there was only partial detonation of the explosive device, and most of it did not blow up. Kleiman said shots were fired, but he did not know if Zeidan was injured by gunfire.

Photos and video footage filmed shortly after the explosion show the bomber lying semiconscious near a bus stop. No explosive device is visible. The Palestinian does not appear to be badly wounded.

No Palestinian organization took responsibility for the explosion. Palestinian militias usually claim responsibility for suicide bombings. Kleiman said the remains of the bomb were destroyed in a controlled explosion. Zeidan was under guard at a hospital, he said.




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Some Common Truths

Sent by "Wayne Umbertis" <wayne@savesite.net>

- Never under any circumstances take a sleeping pill and a laxative on the same night.

- People who want to share their religious or political views with you almost never want you to share yours with them.

- Nobody really cares if you can't dance well. Just get up and dance.

- You will never find anybody who can give you a clear and compelling reason why we observe daylight savings time.

- You should never say anything to a woman that even remotely suggests that you think she's pregnant unless you can see an actual baby emerging from her at that moment.

- The one thing that unites all human beings, regardless of age, gender, religion, economic status or ethnic background, is that, deep down inside, we ALL believe that we are above average drivers.

- The main accomplishment of almost all organized protests is to annoy people who are not in them.

- Never argue with an idiot - people watching can't tell which is which.







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