July 2008 Headlines
New Book on Mass Killings and Brutal Mistreatment of Germans
Mark Weber

Germany�s defeat in May 1945, and the end of World War II in Europe, did not bring an end to death and suffering for the vanquished German people. Instead the victorious Allies ushered in a horrible new era that, in many ways, was worse than the destruction wrought by war. In a sobering and courageous new book, After the Reich: The Brutal History of Allied Occupation, British historian Giles MacDonogh details how the ruined and prostrate Reich (including Austria) was systematically raped and robbed, and how many Germans who survived the war were either killed in cold blood or deliberately left to die of disease, cold, malnutrition or starvation.

In Russia, Tens of Thousands March In Memory of Last Tsar
Moscow Times (Russia)

Tens of thousands of Russians commemorated the 90th anniversary of the slaying of the country's royal family with a religious procession Thursday, starting out before dawn from the site where the last tsar and his wife and children were gunned down in a basement room. Pilgrims from across the country have flocked to the Ural Mountains city of Yekaterinburg to commemorate the death of the Tsar Nicholas II and his family, whose murder months after the Bolshevik Revolution helped usher in seven decades of Communist rule.

The Jewish Role in the Bolshevik Revolution and the Early Soviet Regime
Mark Weber

Jews played a highly disproportionate and probably decisive role in the infant Bolshevik regime, effectively dominating the Soviet government during its early years ... With the notable exception of Lenin, most of the leading Communists who took control of Russia in 1917-20 were Jews ... The US ambassador in Russia warned in a dispatch to Washington: "The Bolshevik leaders here, most of whom are Jews and 90 percent of whom are returned exiles, care little for Russia or any other country but are internationalists and they are trying to start a worldwide social revolution."

Two British Refugees Still Held in California

Two Englishmen who fled Britain to avoid imprisonment or fines after having been convicted of violating "race hate" laws are being held in detention in southern California. On July 11 a court in Leeds, England, found Simon Sheppard, 51, and Stephen Whittle, 41, guilty of multiple counts of publishing "racially inflammatory" material on the internet. Upon their arrival at Los Angeles airport on July 13, the pair -- known as the "Heretical Two," after their website -- asked for political asylum in the United States, where their "inflammatory" writings are constitutionally protected. They are being held in Santa Ana Jail, 62 Civic Center Plaza, Santa Ana, CA 92701, USA.

In Lithuania, Jews Questioned for Wartime Crimes
BBC News

A judicial inquiry into the wartime activities of Jewish anti-Nazi resistance fighters in Lithuania has led to accusations that the small Baltic state is trying to distort the history of World War II. The row follows investigations by the country's prosecutor into whether the former partisans - Holocaust survivors now in their 80s - themselves committed war crimes. Israel has denounced the inquiry as scandalous and refused to allow one of the main potential witnesses to be questioned. Britain's foremost World War II historian, Sir Martin Gilbert, told the BBC he was "deeply shocked" by the investigation, which he called "perverse".

Will Israel and/or the US Attack Iran?
Uri Avnery (Israel)

... The inevitable reaction to the bombing of Iran will be the blocking of this Strait. That should have been self-evident even without the explicit declaration by one of Iran's highest ranking generals a few days ago. Iran dominates the whole length of the Strait. They can seal it hermetically with their missiles and artillery, both land based and naval. If that happens, the price of oil will skyrocket - far beyond the 200 dollars-per-barrel that pessimists dread now ... On the basis of all these considerations, I dare to predict that there will be no military attack on Iran this year - not by the Americans, not by the Israelis.

Want to Know What's in Your FBI File?
Exhibit A (Baltimore)

Wonder what that background check said? Need to remember all the civil rights meetings you attended in the 1960s? The FBI might know. And you can ask. In fact, about 13,000 people do just that every year - they ask to see their FBI files. Since 9/11, federal agencies have more power to watch and listen, and the vast repository of files the FBI keeps has grown. The bureau now has more than 560 million files - almost twice the number of U.S. citizens.

No More Blank Checks for War
Patrick J. Buchanan

... Thus, if George Bush does not want war with Iran, with two U.S. wars already, he must inform the Israelis in unequivocal terms that the United States opposes any Israeli pre-emptive strike on Iran, and will not assist but denounce any such attack ... If neither side yields, confrontation is inevitable. Perhaps soon. For we are only four months from the election, and Israel is pawing the ground to attack Iran�s nuclear facilities. Is this Bush�s back door to war with Iran? ... No ally, no client state, should ever be allowed to drag America into a war she has not chosen, constitutionally, to fight. No more blank checks for any nation.

Divine Destiny: Following the Path of President Wilson
Art Winslow - Los Angeles Times

Woodrow Wilson is a tip-of-the-tongue name in foreign policy circles these days, largely because the members of the Bush administration are seen as revamped Wilsonians ... The persistence of this blend of idealism and religious ideology in politics -- along with a belief in American exceptionalism and its accompanying missionary outlook -- is a recurring theme in Ted Widmer's "Ark of the Liberties." "In many ways," he asserts, "we still live in Wilson's world." Whereas Wilson "is often given credit for inventing a new way of thinking about U.S. foreign policy, it is probably more accurate to say that he tapped into old feelings that had never entirely disappeared."

Turning the Tables on the Israel-Firsters
Michael Scheuer

... Neutralizing the Israel-first fifth column must be done, but it must be accomplished using legitimate democratic tools: voting, lobbying, free speech, and support for candidates pledged to keep America out of other peoples' religious wars. The invocation of the anti-Semite epithet by the Israel-firsters should be ignored. To be silenced by the slurs of the Israel-firsters is to ignominiously invite the end of American independence by subordinating U.S. interests to those of a foreign nation, as well as to forget the warning of the greatest American ... As long as the Israel-firsters can define the limits of acceptable public discourse, Americans are on their way to the slaughter.

Lost Photos Reveal Allied Bombing Devastation in Germany
The Guardian (Britain)

A newly discovered collection of more than 3,000 aerial photographs of Germany before and during the allied bombing campaign of the Second World War presents the most comprehensive record yet of how devastating the campaign was on the country's cultural heritage, historians claim. Experts have called "spectacular" and "unique" a wooden box full of negatives found in an attic in the northern city of Kiel, describing them as an inventory of 1940s Germany which throw a new focus on the systematic nature of the allied bombing policy.

Why the Patriots Really Fought: Myths of the Revolution
US News & World Report

... This, in popular memory, is how the Revolutionary War was won - by a devoted band of middle-class farmers and militiamen who took up arms to defeat a professional army ... The truth is, historians say, after the first year of fighting, the nascent Continental Army was forced to leave its now mythic origins behind. The high-minded middle-class farmers went home, and a new army was formed, made up mostly of poor, propertyless laborers, unmarried men in their early 20s who took up arms not to defend some abstract ideal but because they were offered money and land.

Are They Really Oil Wars?
Ismael Hossein-Zadeh

A most widely-cited factor behind the recent U.S. wars of choice is said to be oil. "No Blood for Oil" has been a rallying cry for most of the opponents of the war ... There is evidence that both the military-industrial complex and hard-line Zionist proponents of "greater Israel" disingenuously use oil (as an issue of national interest) in order to disguise their own nefarious special interests and objectives: justification of continued expansion of military spending, extension of sales markets for military hardware, and recasting the geopolitical map of the Middle East in favor of Israel.

Israeli Occupation `Worse Than Apartheid,� Say South Africans
Gideon Levy - Haaretz (Israel)

I thought they would feel right at home in the alleys of Balata refugee camp, the Casbah and the Hawara checkpoint. But they said there is no comparison: for them the Israeli occupation regime is worse than anything they knew under apartheid. This week, 21 human rights activists from South Africa visited Israel. Among them were members of Nelson Mandela's African National Congress; at least one of them took part in the armed struggle and at least two were jailed. There were two South African Supreme Court judges, a former deputy minister, members of Parliament, attorneys, writers and journalists.

The Necessary War
William S. Lind

Pat Buchanan�s new book, Churchill, Hitler, and the Unnecessary War: How Britain Lost Its Empire and the West Lost the World, is causing a stir, which is a good thing ... His book represents a counterattack in the necessary war, the war to introduce Americans to genuine history. At present, most Americans know only a comic-book version of history, one in which Germany deliberately started both World Wars as part of a drive to conquer the world, a drive stopped when valiant American armies defeated the German army... Debunking comic-book history and replacing it with the real thing is vital if America is to avoid the dual trap of cultural Marxism and Brave New World.

Russians Remember Murdered Tsar
BBC News

Thousands of Russians have been taking part in events to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the assassination of Tsar Nicholas II and his family. Russian Orthodox Christians held a service in Yekaterinburg, where the royal family were killed, and then followed an eleven mile procession ... Now, almost two decades after the end of the communist state which the Bolsheviks fought to create, the tsar is revered as a saint - a martyr who died for his faith. Just before the 90th anniversary of his death, Nicholas II pulled into the lead in an online poll to decide on the greatest hero in Russian history.

US Planned Nerve Gas Attack on Australian Troops
The New Zealand Herald

The United States planned to gas Australian troops in experiments with two of the most lethal nerve gases ever devised, newly declassified files have revealed. Previously top secret documents have shown that even as the world was outlawing chemical weapons at the height of the Cold War, Washington sought Canberra's permission to test sarin and VX gas on diggers in remote Queensland. The documents, shown on Channel Nine's Sunday programme yesterday, indicate that US military scientists wanted to bomb and spray 200 "mainly Australian" troops with the deadly nerve agents in the 1960s.

Irving Speaks in New York, Despite Protest
Walter Pfaeffle - Germerica

Irving began his US speaking tour on Wednesday in New York under police protection but not at the designated site. A group of "anarchists" identifying themselves as Anti-Racist Action (ARA) blocked him. They stated on their website that they had successfully prevented Irving from speaking at a West Side Church by labeling him a Holocaust denier and Nazi sympathizer. Word of the speech cancelation was also carried by Jewish Telegraph Agency (JTA), which quoted an anonymous caller. In fact, Irving's New York representative managed to change the venue to another location on Manhattan's East Side.

Hitler Was a `Good Boss,� Says Former Bodyguard
Haaretz (Israel)

Adolf Hitler gave Rochus Misch only a momentary glance when he was first introduced to the young man who was to go on to become the Fuhrer's head bodyguard. Misch, now 91 and the only living member of the group that was in Hitler's bunker when the Fuhrer committed suicide, reveals his own impressions of the Nazi leader in his book "The Last Witness," published earlier this month in Germany - ...In the inner circle, Hitler was a good boss," he recalled in the book. "In the living quarters and the work room Hitler was a very relaxed man. He had a deep and quiet voice. There was no need to be scared if you made a mistake."

US Reportedly Gives Israel `Amber Light� for Iran Strike
Haaretz (Israel)

U.S. President George W. Bush has given Israel an "amber light" to begin preparations for a military attack on Iran, a Pentagon official told The Sunday Times this week. "Amber means get on with your preparations, stand by for immediate attack and tell us when you're ready," the official said. The official told the Times that Bush informed the Israeli government he would back an Israeli plan to strike Iran's main nuclear sites with long-range aerial weapons if diplomatic talks over Tehran's contentious atomic program broke down. Bush's voice of support comes despite U.S. military officials' opposition to the risks of an aerial strike on Iran, the official told The Times.

British `Race Hate� Men Seek Asylum in US
Yorkshire Post (Britain)

Two men convicted of publishing race-hate articles on the internet have skipped bail and fled to the United States to claim political asylum, the Yorkshire Post can reveal.

Simon Sheppard and Stephen Whittle were given bail by a judge at Leeds Crown Court on Friday, despite having been found guilty of a series of race-related offences. The pair were due to return to court on Monday while a jury continued deliberating over further charges, but they failed to show up. Last night Sheppard, 51, and Whittle, 41, were being held by immigration officials at Los Angeles Airport - outside the jurisdiction of the British court system.

Austrian City Removes Aphrodite Statue Given by Hitler

The Austrian city of Linz has removed a statue of Aphrodite from a park after learning that it was a present from Hitler, officials said on Friday. Authorities in Austria's third largest city said they checked the origins of the bronze statue after someone left an unsigned note on it stating that the statue of the Greek goddess of love was a gift from the Nazi leader. Research in Linz's city archives determined that the claim was correct, and the statue was immediately removed and put in storage, a city statement said.

`Warriors for Zion� at California University
Jon Wiener -- The Nation (New York)

Columbia and Barnard aren't the only campuses where right-wing Zionists have fought bitter campaigns in the name of defending Israel and Jewish students. The unlikely site of the latest battle, as intense and angry as anything in Manhattan, is the University of California, Irvine (UCI). I should know - I teach there. While the campaigns at Columbia and Barnard failed to persuade those schools to deny tenure or otherwise penalize faculty members the right-wing Zionists found objectionable, at UCI the professor who occupies the chair in Jewish history, Daniel Schroeter, has decided to leave after being condemned for failing to support the right-wing Jews' campaign.

Mainstream Media Silent on Bugliosi Book About Bush
The New York Times

As a Los Angeles county prosecutor, Vincent Bugliosi batted a thousand in murder cases: 21 trials, 21 convictions, including the Charles Manson case in 1971. As an author, Mr. Bugliosi has written three No. 1 best sellers and won three Edgar Allan Poe awards, the top honor for crime writers. More than 30 years ago he co-wrote the best seller "Helter Skelter," about the Manson case ... His latest, a polemic with the provocative title "The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder," has risen to best-seller status with nary a peep from the usual outlets that help sell books: cable television and book reviews in major daily newspapers.

Independence Lost
Patrick J. Buchanan

... No longer free of foreign entanglements, as Thomas Jefferson urged, we now have commitments to defend 50 countries. The old Hamiltonian policy of "Prosper America First" has given way to worship of a Global Economy, at whose altars we sacrifice daily the vital interests of our own manufacturers and workers. "Interdependence" is now the desired end of the new elite. And so we have become again a dependent nation. We borrow from Europe and Japan to defend the oil of Europe and Japan in the Persian Gulf. We borrow from China to buy the goods of China. We are as dependent on foreign borrowing as we are on foreign oil.

Churchill and the Jews: A Lifelong Friendship
Glenn Frankel - The Washington Post

... Churchill's profound admiration for the Jews, which was not shared by many of his closest political colleagues, was all the more amazing because it survived the rise of Bolshevism, which Churchill abhorred and which he believed was dominated, intellectually and politically, by men and women of Jewish origin. It even survived the turbulent years during and after World War II when Zionist extremists conducted a campaign of political murder against British officials, policemen and soldiers.

Zionist Historians Confirm Role of Jewish Money in Politics
Philip Weiss

... Obama is playing Twister on Israel and Jerusalem because of Jewish influence (as the Nation's Ari Berman said some weeks back in a rare violation of the taboo). Obama seeks Jewish media support, he wants Jewish money, which is central to the American political process ... I need to take this issue of Jewish money on directly. It is simply too important to our politics. So I'm going to quote from four books, two of them by rightwing Zionists, that speak frankly of the role of Jewish money in establishing and securing the state of Israel. All emphases are mine.

A Straight Look at the Jewish Lobby
Mark Weber

... For decades the US has provided Israel with crucial military, diplomatic and financial backing, including more than $3 billion each year in aid. Why is the US such a staunch bastion of support for Israel? ... Although Jews make up only two or three percent of the US population, they wield immense power and influence - much more than any other ethnic or religious group ... The "Jewish lobby" is a decisive factor in US support for Israel. Jewish-Zionist interests are not identical to American interests. In fact, they often conflict.

Jews Who Counterfeited British Notes for the Nazis
Forward (New York)

"The Counterfeiters" purports to tell the story of how Jews at Sachsenhausen concentration camp produced near-perfect forgeries of the British pound for the Nazis ... What is perhaps the greatest irony of the whole saga, which was left out of the Ruzowitsky film entirely, is that after the defeat of the Third Reich, large bundles of fake pounds ended up in the hands of the Jewish underground, which used the forged notes to buy equipment and to bring displaced persons to the Holy Land...

More US Mayors Publicly Oppose US Strike Against Iran
Cities for Progress

As many as 36 mayors from across the United States have signed a resolution opposing US military action against Iran. The mayors declare that "no compelling evidence has been presented to document that Iran poses a real and imminent threat to the security and safety of the United States that would justify an unprovoked unilateral pre-emptive military attack." They conclude by urging "Congress to prohibit the use of funds to carry out any military action against Iran without explicit Congressional authorization."

Looking Into the Lobby: At the AIPAC Conference
Philip Weiss - The American Conservative

... This was my first AIPAC conference, and the first surprise was how blatant the business of wielding influence is. The conference makes no bones about this function, the most savage expression of which is the Tuesday dinner at which AIPAC performs its "roll call," where the names of all the politicians who have come to the conference are read off from the stage by three barkers in near auctioneer fashion. The pols try to outdo one another in I-love-Israel encomia.

Russia Bans Hitler `Table Talk� Book

A Russian court has banned a book about Adolf Hitler by late British historian Hugh Trevor-Roper, saying quotes attributed to the Nazi leader insult Russians and Jews, prosecutors said on Tuesday. Under anti-extremism laws the court banned the 1953 book "Hitler's Table Talk: 1941-1944", which records Hitler's sometimes racist ramblings on a wide range of topics. Trevor-Roper, Regis professor of history at Oxford University between 1957 and 1980, wrote what is considered one of the classic accounts of the fall of Nazi Germany: "The Last Days of Hitler".

Auschwitz Through the Lens of the SS: Album Photos of the Camp
US Holocaust Memorial Museum (Washington, DC)

Karl H�cker's photograph album includes both documentation of official visits and ceremonies at Auschwitz as well as more personal photographs depicting the myriad of social activities that he and other members of the Auschwitz camp staff enjoyed. Many of the most remarkable photographs are taken at Solah�tte, a little known SS resort some 30 km south of Auschwitz on the Sola River.

It�s All One War
Adam Buckman -- New York Post

Members of the Greatest Generation - especially those with weak hearts - might want to steer clear of a PBS documentary that suggests the Allied victory in World War II was "tainted" and questions whether it can even be called a victory. Moreover, the documentary, titled "The War of the World: A New History of the 20th Century," asserts that the war could only be won by forming an unholy alliance with a dictator - Joseph Stalin, who was as brutal as the one they were fighting, Adolf Hitler - and by adopting the same "pitiless" and "remorseless" tactics practiced by the enemy.

New War Brewing: US, Israel Take Dangerous Steps
Eric Margolis

... Senior Israeli officials are openly threatening to attack Iran's nuclear installations before President George W. Bush's term expires. Early this month Israel staged a large, U.S.-approved exercise using F-15s and F-16s to rehearse an attack over 900 miles -- precisely the distance to Iran's nuclear facilities. The highly regarded American journalist Seymour Hersh just confirmed that the U.S. Congress authorized a $400-million plan to overthrow Iran's government and incite ethnic unrest. This column reported a year ago that U.S. and British special forces were operating in Iran, preparing for a massive air campaign.

Preparing the Battlefield: Secret US Moves Against Iran
Seymour M. Hersh -- The New Yorker

Late last year, Congress agreed to a request from President Bush to fund a major escalation of covert operations against Iran, according to current and former military, intelligence, and congressional sources. These operations, for which the President sought up to four hundred million dollars, were described in a Presidential Finding signed by Bush, and are designed to destabilize the country�s religious leadership. The covert activities involve support of the minority Ahwazi Arab and Baluchi groups and other dissident organizations. They also include gathering intelligence about Iran�s suspected nuclear-weapons program.

U.S. Attack on Iran? Not Coming Soon
The Christian Science Monitor

A preemptive US attack on Iranian nuclear facilities may be unlikely anytime soon. But that does not mean it is off the table forever. And Israel - worried about the possibility of a hostile, nuclear-armed regional neighbor - may have its own timetable for possible military action. That is the bottom-line conclusion of a number of US-based experts who have talked in recent days about the possibility of any preemptive strike on Iran intended to halt its uranium enrichment program. US-Iranian relations may well be one of the two or three toughest foreign-policy problems the next American president will have to handle.

U.S. `Permitted� South Korean Executions
The Associated Press

In the early days of the Korean War, American officers observed, photographed and confidentially reported on wholesale executions by their South Korean ally, a secretive slaughter believed to have killed 100,000 or more leftists and supposed sympathizers, usually without charge or trial, in a few weeks in mid-1950. Extensive archival research by The Associated Press has found no indication Far East commander Gen. Douglas MacArthur took action to stem the summary mass killing, knowledge of which reached top levels of the Pentagon and State Department in Washington, where it was classified "secret" and filed away.

Jefferson Bible Reveals Founding Father's View of God, Faith
Los Angeles Times

Making good on a promise to a friend to summarize his views on Christianity, Thomas Jefferson set to work with scissors, snipping out every miracle and inconsistency he could find in the New Testament Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Then, relying on a cut-and-paste technique, he reassembled the excerpts into what he believed was a more coherent narrative and pasted them onto blank paper -- alongside translations in French, Greek and Latin ... Like many other upper-class, educated citizens of the new republic, including George Washington, Jefferson was a deist.

Bush Inspires Least Confidence as World Leader
Jim Lobe

While historians here debate whether George W. Bush has been the worst president in U.S. history, a global consensus that he inspires the least confidence of all the world's major leaders appears to have emerged. An average of two out of three respondents in 20 nations whose combined population make up 60 percent of the world's population said they either had "no" or "not too much confidence" in Bush "to do the right thing regarding world affairs", by far the highest negative rating of eight leaders featured in a new survey released here Monday by WorldPublicOpinion.org (WPO).

George W. Bush Has `Gotten Away With Murder�
Vincent Bugliosi

Former California prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi wants President Bush charged with murder. Bugliosi ... who in the early 1970s successfully prosecuted Charles Manson for the murder of Sharon Tate and six others ... lays out his case against Bush in The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder. "My motivation for writing this book is simple - to bring about justice," Bugliosi says in a video posted on the book�s web site. Video runtime: 3:55 mins.

US Politicians Are Obliged to Agree With Israel, Says Jimmy Carter

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Hitler, Owens and the 1936 Olympics Myth
Rick Shenkman

Everyone knows that at the 1936 Olympics Hitler snubbed Jesse Owens. As the story goes, after Owens won one gold medal, Hitler, incensed, stormed out of Olympic Stadium so he wouldn't have to congratulate Owens on his victory ... Several other misconceptions about the 1936 Olympics are prevalent. Not only was Owens not rebuffed by Hitler, Owens wasn't shunned by the German audience at the Berlin stadium either ... It is forgotten that Germany managed to pick up more medals than all the other countries combined.

Jesse Owens, Man and Myth at the 1936 Olympics
Peter Ephross -- Forward (New York)

Hitler�s snub of sprinter Jesse Owens at the 1936 Berlin Olympics is well known: Unwilling to recognize a black runner�s prowess, the story goes, Hitler refused to acknowledge Owens after the American athlete won the 100-meter dash. Indeed, Owens himself repeatedly recounted the incident late in his life. There�s only one problem: The story is most likely apocryphal. As sports journalist Jeremy Schaap points out in his vividly written "Triumph: The Untold Story of Jesse Owens and Hitler�s Olympics," American newspaper accounts filed by onsite journalists reported that Owens and Hitler exchanged waves after Owens won the 100-meter dash.

Israel Prodding U.S. To Attack Iran
CBS News

Joint Chiefs Chairman Admiral Mike Mullen leaves Tuesday night on an overseas trip that will take him to Israel, reports CBS News national security correspondent David Martin. The trip has been scheduled for some time but U.S. officials say it comes just as the Israelis are mounting a full court press to get the Bush administration to strike Iran's nuclear complex. CBS consultant Michael Oren says Israel doesn't want to wait for a new administration ... Israel's message is simple: If you don't, we will. Israel held a dress rehearsal for a strike earlier this month, but military analysts say Israel...

Morality and World War Two: Trotskyite vs. Christian
Patrick J. Buchanan

... According to British historians, however, Churchill ordered the initial bombing of German cities on his first day in office, the very first day of the Battle of France, on May 10, 1940 ... "So far as air strategy was concerned," adds British historian A.J.P. Taylor, "the British outdid German frightfulness first in theory, later in practice, and a nation which claimed to be fighting for a moral cause gloried in the extent of its immoral acts."

The Two Israels
Nicholas D. Kristof - The New York Times

To travel through the West Bank and Gaza these days feels like traveling through Israeli colonies ... It is here in the Palestinian territories that you see the worst side of Israel: Jewish settlers stealing land from Palestinians (almost one-third of settlement land is actually privately owned by Palestinians); Palestinian women giving birth at checkpoints because Israeli soldiers won't let them through (four documented cases last year); the diversion of water from Palestinians. (Israelis get almost five times as much water per capita as Palestinians.)

Hitler Privately Joked About Colleagues
The Telegraph (Britain)

Adolf Hitler took time out from running Nazi Germany to make jokes at the expense of his henchmen, a new book claims. The dictator would often break from the serious nature of waging his campaign to "pull the legs" of his entourage of generals and hangers on. His favourite victim was the Luftwaffe chief Herman Goering, who was notoriously fond of awarding himself medals and decorations. According to the book by the last surviving member of his bunker, Hitler recounted how Mrs Goering found her husband waving a baton over his underwear in the bedroom and asked him what he was doing.

The Real McCain
The Observer (Britain)

... But there is another, very different side to John McCain. Away from the headlines and the stirring speeches, a less familiar figure lurks. It is a McCain who plans to fight on in Iraq for years to come and who might launch military action against Iran. This is the McCain whose campaign and career has been riddled with lobbyists and special interests. It is a McCain who has sided with religious and political extremists who believe Islam is evil and gays are immoral. It is a McCain who wants to appoint extreme conservatives to the Supreme Court and see abortion banned. This McCain has a notoriously volatile temper that has scared some senior members of his own party.

Anyone Care About Free Speech?
Peter Worthington - Ottawa Sun (Canada)

The tragedy of the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal's case against Mark Steyn and Maclean's magazine over alleged "hate" mongering because of Steyn's views on Islam, is that most people don't give a damn ... The villains in the Steyn case are not Muslims who complained to the HRC that Steyn's writings foster "Islamophobia" and hate ... At fault is the government of Stephen Harper for not rescinding a law that the Liberals introduced and makes a mockery of both justice and freedom.

Documents Undercut Pentagon's Denial of Routine Abuse
Tom Lasseter - McClatchy Newspapers

Although Defense Department officials deny that detainees at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan or in other American camps were routinely mistreated, official statements and court testimony undercut the claim. FBI agents witnessed mistreatment at Guantanamo, according to accounts gathered for a Justice Department report released May 20, 2008. One agent reported seeing detainees in interrogation rooms "chained hand and foot in a fetal position on the floor ... Most times they had urinated or defecated on themselves, and had been left there for 18, 24 hours or more."

America�s Irrational Defense of Israel
Robert Weitzel

... Earlier this month 7,000 activists and politicians attended the America Israel Public Forum Committee�s 2008 Policy Conference in Washington D.C. This was AIPAC�s premier pro-Israel event, which attracted a bipartisan who�s who of Congressional sycophants. Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert�s keynote address drew nearly half the members of Congress ... AIPAC is the most powerful of the dozen or so major organizations and think-tanks that comprise the "Israel lobby" in the United States. This influential lobby dictates U.S. Middle East foreign policy.

Saving Berlin
National Post (Canada)

... Even without the hypocrisy, Soviet behavior in Germany was abominable. Roger G. Miller, whose 2000 book on the Berlin blockade is one of the best accounts, notes that Russian soldiers raped up to a million German women in the first weeks of occupation. Next, the Soviets put two million East Germans out of work by dismantling and removing some 3,500 industrial facilities. Much of the farmland in the Soviet zone was stripped clean and the food likewise shipped off, which produced famine and caused a wave of refugees to flee into the U. S. and British zones.

Empire or Republic?
Robert Scheer

War doesn�t pay, nor does imperial ambition. This proposition should be evident to anyone who has paid attention to the fivefold increase in the price of oil since George W. Bush took office. The principle of nonintervention is neither liberal nor conservative in orientation, and at the inception of the Republic it was accepted as a commonsense. The dominant assumption of our nation�s founders was to avoid "foreign entanglements," to use Thomas Jefferson�s words of warning. Indeed, the policy of nonintervention was considered by the founders as a basic demarcation between the politics of the Old and New Worlds.

Growing Up Black in Nazi Germany
Hans Massaquoi

A picture may be worth a thousand words, but the photograph taken in 1933 of a brown-skinned boy wearing a swastika in a schoolyard in Hamburg, Germany, does not begin to tell the story of the remarkable life of Hans J. Massaquoi. Mr. Massaquoi, former managing editor of Ebony magazine, has now told the story himself in his new book, Destined to Witness: Growing Up Black in Nazi Germany ... The question of how Massaquoi came to be raised in Nazi Germany is one he has been asked "millions of times." Grandson of the Liberian consul general to Hamburg, Mr. Massaquoi was born in 1926 to a well-to-do African father and a German mother.

Four Out of Five Americans Think Country is on Wrong Track
Harris Poll

The latest Harris Poll finds the nation in a foul political mood. President George W. Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice all register their worst ratings ever. More people than ever also think the country is on the wrong track. But this does not seem to help the Democrats. The Democratically-controlled Congress gets even worse ratings than the President and Vice-President, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi�s ratings have also fallen to their lowest point. ... Only 14 percent of the public think the things in the country are going in the right direction and fully 80 percent think they are on the wrong track.

Anti-Americanism at Record Levels, Says Congressional Report

Anti-Americanism is at record levels thanks to US policies such as the war in Iraq, and Washington's perceived hypocrisy in abiding by its own democratic values, US lawmakers said Wednesday. A House of Representatives committee report based on expert testimony and polling data reveals US approval ratings have fallen to record lows across the world since 2002 ... The report blames specific policies for falling approval ratings, notably the war in Iraq, support for some repressive governments, a perception of bias in the Israeli-Palestinian dispute, and the "torture and abuse of prisoners" in violation of treaty obligations.

Visitors Eager for `Hitler Tours� of Munich
Fox News

Tours chronicling the rise of notorious dictator Adolf Hitler have been met with a flurry of interest by foreign tourists in the southern German city of Munich, where Hitler nurtured the Nazi Party and mounted the 1923 Beer Hall Putsch. The guided walking tours showcase historical city sites where significant events in Hitler's life took place, many of which most Munich natives today are no longer aware of, including the world-famous Hofbraeuhaus beer hall, where Hitler gave his first public speech in 1918. Born in Braunau, Austria, Hitler made Munich his home in 1913, before World War I.

Native Hawaiians Seek to Restore Monarchy
The Associated Press

Surrounded by royal guards and the occasional tourist, Her Majesty Mahealani Kahau and her government ministers hold court every day under a tent outside the palace of Hawaii's last monarch, passing laws and discussing how to secure reparations for the Native Hawaiian people. Kahau and her followers are members of the self-proclaimed Hawaiian Kingdom Government, which is devoted to restoring the Hawaiian monarchy overthrown in 1893. Nearly two months ago, they stormed the gates of the old Iolani Palace, and they have politely occupied the grounds ever since, operating like a government-in-exile.

BBC Uncovers `Lost� Iraq Billions
BBC News

A BBC investigation estimates that around $23 billion may have been lost, stolen or just not properly accounted for in Iraq. For the first time, the extent to which some private contractors have profited from the conflict and rebuilding has been researched by the BBC's Panorama using US and Iraqi government sources. A US gagging order is preventing discussion of the allegations. The order applies to 70 court cases against some of the top US companies. While George Bush remains in the White House, it is unlikely the gagging orders will be lifted. To date, no major US contractor faces trial for fraud or mismanagement in Iraq.

War Abroad and Poverty at Home
Paul Craig Roberts

The US Senate has voted $165 billion to fund Bush�s wars of aggression against Afghanistan and Iraq through next spring. As the US is broke and deep in debt, every one of the $165 billion dollars will have to be borrowed. American consumers are also broke and deep in debt. Their zero saving rate means every one of the $165 billion dollars will have to be borrowed from foreigners. The "world�s only superpower" is so broke it can�t even finance its own wars.

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