Castro Gets Surgery, Gives Power To Brother

From his well-wishers at the DNC’s Associated Press:

Ailing Castro gives power to brother

Fidel Castro temporarily relinquished his presidential powers to his brother Raul on Monday night and told Cubans in a statement that he had undergone surgery.

The Cuban leader said he had suffered intestinal bleeding, apparently due to stress from recent public appearances in Argentina and Cuba, according to the letter read live on television by his secretary, Carlos Valenciaga.

Castro said that extreme stress "had provoked in me a sharp intestinal crisis with sustained bleeding that obligated me to undergo a complicated surgical procedure."

Castro said he was temporarily relinquishing the presidency to his brother and successor Raul, the defense minister.

He said the move was of "a provisional character."

He said celebrations scheduled for his 80th birthday on Aug.

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Prisoners Attacked Gitmo Guards 440 Times

From the DNC’s Associated Press:

Gitmo guards often attacked by detainees

By JOHN SOLOMON, Associated Press
Monday, July 31, 2006

WASHINGTON — The prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay during the war on terror have attacked their military guards hundreds of times, turning broken toilet parts, utensils, radios and even a bloody lizard tail into makeshift weapons, Pentagon reports say.

Incident reports reviewed by The Associated Press indicate Military Police guards are routinely head-butted, spat upon and doused by "cocktails" of feces, urine, vomit and sperm collected in meal cups by the prisoners.

They’ve been repeatedly grabbed, punched or assaulted by prisoners who reach through the small "bean holes" used to deliver food and blankets through cell doors, the reports say. Serious assaults requiring medical attention, however, are rare, the reports indicate.

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Iranian Dissident Dies In Actual Hunger Strike

From the DNC’s Associated Press:

An Iranian inmate peers from behind a wall as a guard walks by at the female section of Evin jail, north of Tehran, June 2006. Iranian student activist Akbar Mohammadi has died in Evin prison following a five-day hunger strike.

Iranian Dissident Dies After Hunger Strike

By NASSER KARIMI

TEHRAN, Iran – A jailed former student leader died in prison after a nine-day hunger strike, a human rights activist said Monday. Akbar Mohammadi, who died late Sunday, was arrested after taking part in anti-government protests at Tehran University in July 1999 — the country’s biggest domestic crisis since the 1979 Islamic revolution.

He was sentenced to death but the sentence was later reduced to 15 years in prison.

He was released on medical leave last year to seek treatment for a spinal-cord injury suffered after his arrest, said Kohyar Goodarzi, a member of the Student Committee of Human Rights Reporters of Iran.

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Chavez To Iran: Let’s Finish Off US Empire

From his fans at the Associated Press:

Hugo Chavez Receives Iran’s Highest Honor

By NASSER KARIMI

TEHRAN, Iran  — Iran awarded Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez its highest state medal on Sunday for supporting Tehran in its nuclear standoff with the international community, while Chavez urged the world to rise up and defeat the U.S., state-run media in both countries reported.

The leftist Venezuelan leader also condemned Israel for what he called the "terrorism" and "madness" of its attacks in Lebanon, Venezuelan state television reported.

"Let’s save the human race, let’s finish off the U.S. empire," Chavez said. "This (task) must be assumed with strength by the majority of the peoples of the world."

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad presented Chavez with the Islamic Republic Medal in a ceremony at Tehran University.

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Associated Press Tries To Exploit “Tar Baby”

From the ever politically correct Associated Press:

Mass. Governor Sorry For ‘Tar Baby’ Comments

POSTED: 3:55 am HST July 31, 2006

BOSTON — Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is apologizing for referring to the troubled Big Dig construction project as a "tar baby."

Romney made the comment during a speech at a fundraiser with Iowa Republicans on Saturday. Romney told the crowd "The best thing politically would be to stay as far away from that tar baby as I can."

Romney said he didn’t know anyone would be offended by the term some consider a racial epithet.

Black leaders were outraged. The term dates back to the 19th century Uncle Remus stories, referring to a doll made of tar that traps Br’er Rabbit. It has come to be known as a way of describing a sticky mess and has been used as a derogatory term for a black person.

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Was “Qana Massacre” Staged By Hezbollah?

From Israel Insider:

Hezbollywood? Evidence mounts that Qana collapse and deaths were staged

By Reuven Koret

July 31, 2006

It was to be a perfect Hollywood ending for Hezbollah. Just as the Israeli bombing of the village of Qana in 1996 brought a premature end to Israel’s Operation "Grapes of Wrath," so too a sequel of Qana II could change, once and for all, the direction of Israel’s current summer blockbuster, "Change of Direction." Ten years ago, world condemnation of an errant Israeli shell that hit a civilian compound forced then-PM Shimon Peres to curtail the offensive against terror bases.

The setting was also perfect: Kana was again being used as a primary site for launching rockets against Israeli cities. The IDF reported that more than 150 rockets had been launched from Qana and its vicinity at Israeli civilians, wreaking destruction in Kiryat Shmona, Maalot, Nahariya and Haifa.

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Sheehan Announces She Will End Non-Fast

From the Kennebec Morning Sentinel:

Farmington group backs fast-for-peace effort

By BETTY JESPERSEN
Staff Writer

Saturday, July 29, 2006

FARMINGTON — For the past three Fridays, Julieanne Reed, who has never demonstrated for a cause before, has been driving from Mexico to Farmington to stand side-by-side with a small group at a silent vigil advocating the end to the war in Iraq.

Yesterday, she took another first step. She is among 14 or so men and women who have publicly committed to join a national fast for peace. The commitment is in solidarity with a nationwide grassroots movement, CODEPINK, that asks the American people to forgo food for at least 24 hours.

"I felt in the past I didn’t know enough to take a stand.

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“President” Obrador Calls For Disobediance

From those lovers of freely elected governments at Reuters:

Supporters of Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD) presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador protest outside the Federal Electoral Tribunal in Mexico City.

Mexico left takes election protest back to streets

Sun Jul 30, 2006

By Catherine Bremer

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, the left-winger who claims he was robbed of victory in Mexico’s contested presidential election, will lead a massive protest rally on Sunday to press for a vote-by-vote recount.

Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to join the march across Mexico City to its central Zocalo, one of the world’s largest squares, where Lopez Obrador will announce details of a civil disobedience campaign to push his cause.

Mexico has been thrust into a political crisis by the election, which saw Lopez Obrador, the former mayor of Mexico City, beaten by ruling party conservative Felipe Calderon by just around 244,000 votes out of 41 million cast.

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Media Hope They Have Their Israeli “Atrocity”

From Reuters:

Israel air strike kills 60 civilians

By Hussein Saad

An Israeli air strike killed more than 60 Lebanese civilians, including at least 37 children, on Sunday, fuelling world pressure for a ceasefire.

The raid on the southern village of Qana — the bloodiest single attack during Israel's 19-day-old war on Hizbollah — prompted Lebanon to tell U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice she was unwelcome in Beirut for talks.

Rescue workers dug through the rubble with their hands for hours, lifting out the twisted, dust-caked corpses of children.

A Lebanese foreign ministry official told an urgent session of the U.N. Security Council that more than 60 people were killed, mostly women and children. Police earlier put the toll at 54, 37 of them children.

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Lieberman Too Bipartisan For New York Times

The "Paper Of Treason," the New York Times:

Former President Bill Clinton and Sen. Joseph Lieberman, D-Conn  during a Lieberman campaign rally in Waterbury, Conn., Monday July 24, 2006.

After Sluggish Start, Lieberman Heeds Alarms

[The editorial page of The New York Times on Sunday endorsed Mr. Lamont over Mr. Lieberman, arguing that the senator had offered the nation a “warped version of bipartisanship” in his dealings with Mr. Bush on national security.]

They haven’t posted the editorial yet.

But, really. Too bipartisan?

They hate this country so much it has poisoned their minds.

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Richardson On Importance Of Diplomacy

From United Press International:

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Democrats call for ‘new realism’ abroad

WASHINGTON, July 29 (UPI) — New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, establishing the Democratic Party’s platform for the upcoming election, called for a "new realism" in U.S. foreign policy.

Richardson delivered the party’s Saturday radio address, and knocked the Bush administration for failing to understand "that while diplomacy without power is weak, power without diplomacy is blind."

The New Mexico governor went through a litany of international problem spots — from Iraq to North Korea and the Middle East in general.

He went over the Democratic plan for "a new realism in our foreign policy." The main points are energy independence; rebuilding alliances; focusing on the "real dangers," which involves a redeployment of U.S. troops in Iraq; dealing directly with Iran and North Korea; passing a comprehensive immigration plan; facing "global environmental threats" and respecting "human rights and American values."

"Every American wants safety and security," Richardson said.

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Seattle Shooter Was A Muslim “Angry At Israel”

From the Seattle Post-Intelligencer:

Naveed Afzal Haq’s 1994 yearbook entry.

‘I am a Muslim American, angry at Israel’

Six shot, one killed at Seattle Jewish Federation

Saturday, July 29, 2006

By CAROL SMITH, PHUONG CAT LE AND AMY ROLPH

On the eve of the Jewish Sabbath, a 31-year-old man claiming he was upset about "what was going on in Israel" opened fire at the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle building, killing one person and wounding five women, one of them pregnant.

Three of the women were in critical condition Friday night with gunshot wounds to the stomach.

The gunman, brandishing a large-caliber semi-automatic pistol, forced his way through the security door at the federation, on Third Avenue downtown, after an employee had punched in her security code.

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Sheehan To Go To Jordan – “Peace Talks”

From the (Vermont) Burlington Free Press:

Peace activist Cindy Sheehan cancels Vermont visit

July 28, 2006

Peace activist Cindy Sheehan has canceled her visit to Vermont because she plans a trip to Jordan for peace talks there, organizers announced today.

Sheehan was to have attended a rally Sunday at Montpelier’s Unitarian Church.

The rally will still be held, with Vermont organizers planning to address renewed efforts to end the war in Iraq and pursue impeachment of the Bush administration.

The event is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. and is free and public.

It’s sort of like Ike saying he would go to Korea. Only different.

Of course Eisenhower was saying what he would do if he were elected President. Mother Sheehan, being a private citizen would be (like John Kerry before her) breaking the law:

TITLE 18 > PART I > CHAPTER 45 > Sec.

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DoD: Trucks Carried Iraqi WMD To Syria

The following is a translation of a newly posted Iraqi document done by an unofficial translator. The document, posted in Arabic, is from a Department Of Defense program.

In the document an Iraqi opposition source working in Syria reports on the movement of Iraqi trucks to Syria before the start of the US invasion of Iraq. It is his understanding that the trucks contained proscribed weapons of mass destruction.

The translation is dated July 13 — probably 2003. But the original document is dated March 14th, 2003. (Moharram 10th is the tenth day of the Muslim New Year, which in 2003 began on March 4th.) The International Coalition Forces attacked Iraq on March 20, 2003.

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I’m sure our one party media will have a field day investigating this development.

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Sheehan Out-Fasts, Out-Dances Gandhi

The longest Mahatma Gandhi ever fasted was for 21 days, in a hunger strike for Hindu-Muslim unity in September 1924.

On July 4th, Cindy Sheehan began a proclaimed two month fast. She announced to the press that she would "drink only water" throughout the summer.

(Mother Sheehan has subsequently admitted to partaking of "smoothies" of fruit juice and protein powder.)

The following photos of Cindy Sheehan were taken while she was on days 21 and 22 of her "hunger strike."

Compare and contrast:

 

  

Surely it must be the righteousness of her cause that keeps her so in the pink.

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