The Balfour Declaration of 1917 (dated 2 November 1917) was a classified formal statement of policy by the British government stating that the British government "view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people" with the understanding that "nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine, or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country."
You've got to hand it to the Israeli public relations flacks: only they could convince you that killing children was an act of self-defence.
In Australia, the ABC relies for "independent" comment on the smooth Mark Regev, an official spokesman for the Israeli Government, and Martin Indyk, a former official of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.
It's the oldest trick in the book: if they look and sound like us, we are more likely to be sympathetic towards them. Anyone putting an alternative view is immediately cast as anti-Semitic. Our media glibly accept the excuses of the Israeli public relations machine and ignore the horrific realities of Israel's barbaric behaviour in Gaza.
It seems that no matter what injustice Palestinians have suffered in the past 60 years, they should be grateful for the privilege of being able to live under the jackboot of Israeli occupation.
Seven years after the fall of the Taliban and the establishment of a civilian-led, internationally backed government, Afghanistan remains one of the poorest countries in the world, with rates of unemployment, illiteracy, infant mortality and malnutrition on a par with the most impoverished nations in sub-Saharan Africa.
Yet against this grim backdrop, pockets of wealth have mysteriously sprung up in Kabul and other cities. Officials who earn modest salaries on paper have built fantasy mansions, and former militia commanders with no visible means of support roar around the muddy streets in convoys of sport-utility vehicles, spattering the burqa-covered widows who squat at intersections with their hands held out.
TVNL Comment: This is the corrupt government that the US supports, kills, and dies for.
Statistics released by the U.S. Education Department this week show that some 32 million U.S. adults lack basic prose literacy skill. That means they can't read a newspaper or the instruction on a bottle of pills.
The figures are for 2003, the latest year available. State and county results are available here.
"The crisis of adult literacy is getting worse, and investment in education and support programs is critical," said David C. Harvey, president and CEO of ProLiteracy, in response to the finding.
TVNL Comment: Now you know why American's believe the most unbelievable claims made by our government. It is because they are idiots! They believe that 9/11 was conducted by cave dwellers and that George W. Bush has kept us safe! This explains a lot!
When life-saving â arguably genocide-preventing â information is systematically and deliberately misreported and concealed by the worldâs largest news organizations, you can safely consider it, too, an act of lying.
On January 9, The Associated Press released a report titled âA look at the Islamic militant Hamas group.â Like virtually all AP reports on Israel-Palestine, it is loaded with examples of journalistic malpractice: omission of the most basic and vital facts, use of the most sensationalistic or flatly wrong language, contradictions, and untruths.
With days left in office and an abysmal approval rating, President Bush is still defending the use of torture.
"My view is the techniques were necessary and are necessary," Bush said.
TVNL Comment:Â A war criminal openly confesses to his crime with no consequence.Â Only in America....
President Bush deflected a secret request by Israel last year for specialized bunker-busting bombs it wanted for an attack on Iranâs main nuclear complex and told the Israelis that he had authorized new covert action intended to sabotage Iranâs suspected effort to develop nuclear weapons, according to senior American and foreign officials.
TVNL Comment: Would the US or Israel allow "covert operations' by any other nation to disrupt their nuclear facilities?Â Just asking....
President Bush and his aides repeatedly ignored warnings that their torture plans were illegal from high State Department officials as well as the nationâs top uniformed legal officers, the Judge Advocates General of the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines, a new published report states.
âThese warnings of illegality and immorality given by knowledgeable and experienced (government) persons were ignored by the small group of high Executive officers who were determined that America would torture and abuse its prisoners and who had the decision-making power to secretly require this to be done,â said Lawrence Velvel, chairman of the âSteering Committee of the Justice Robert H. Jackson Conference On Planning For The Prosecution of High Level American War Criminals.âÂ The Steering Committeeâs Report was drafted for the entire committee by Chair Velvel, a noted legal education reformer.
The Report anticipates a more extensive, full scale complaint, currently being drafted, that will be presented to the Executive Branch after January 20th, urging prosecution of President Bush and those who aided him.
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