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War in Context – 06 Dec 2010

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New York Times plays down Saudi role in promoting terrorism

Posted: 06 Dec 2010 11:55 AM PST

“WikiLeaks cables portray Saudi Arabia as a cash machine for terrorists,” declares The Guardian, reporting on the US State Department’s concerns about the Kingdom’s role in funding al Qaeda and other militant organizations. The New York Times opts for the bland, “Cash Flow to Terrorists Evades U.S. Efforts,” with a subhead, “Arab Allies Resist U.S. Moves […]

Julian Assange and the power of asymmetric fear

Posted: 06 Dec 2010 09:18 AM PST

Israel on Iran: So wrong for so long

Posted: 06 Dec 2010 08:03 AM PST

Justin Elliot looks back at Israel’s repeated predictions that Iran would soon acquire nuclear weapons. Officials at the U.S. Department of State, we learned from the secret cables released by WikiLeaks last week, have serious questions about the accuracy — and sincerity — of Israeli predictions about when Iran will obtain a nuclear weapon. As one […]

Alfred McCoy: taking down America

Posted: 05 Dec 2010 06:34 PM PST

Reprinted with permission of TomDispatch.com Trying to play down the significance of an ongoing Wikileaks dump of more than 250,000 State Department documents, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates recently offered the following bit of Washington wisdom: “The fact is, governments deal with the United States because it’s in their interest, not because they like […]

Biggest threat to Iraq comes from closest US ally — Saudi Arabia

Posted: 05 Dec 2010 01:00 PM PST

The Guardian reports: Iraqi government officials see Saudi Arabia, not Iran, as the biggest threat to the integrity and cohesion of their fledgling democratic state, leaked US state department cables reveal. The Iraqi concerns, analyzed in a dispatch sent from the US embassy in Baghdad by then ambassador Christopher Hill in September 2009, represent a fundamental divergence […]

Al-Qaida is the least of impoverished Yemen’s problems

Posted: 05 Dec 2010 12:45 PM PST

Ian Black writes: It is hard to know where to start when looking at unhappy Yemen’s many problems – but one thing is certain: the threat of resurgent al-Qaida terrorism that so preoccupies the US and other western countries is not its biggest one. The poorest country in the Arab world, Yemen is running out of oil […]

Odious NGO Monitor smears Electronic Intifada, tries to cut funding

Posted: 05 Dec 2010 12:31 PM PST

At Mondoweiss, Cecilie Surasky writes: NGO Monitor was captured perfectly in The Forward by liberal jewish thinker Leonard Fine who said it was “an organization that believes that the best way to defend Israel is to condemn anyone who criticizes it.” But now, no longer satisfied with its McCarthyite efforts to not just condemn, but actually […]

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