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News and views from around the web posted to the Wonderland Wire:

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via Russia Today: A vast network of covert C.I.A. facilities appears to be everywhere in the Middle East, North Africa and Eastern Europe. C.I.A. secret prisons were reported to be operating in Poland and Lithuania, and the controversy over this news has divided Europe and triggered a political crisis in several countries. Are the allegations true? (25:15):

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The Obama Administration was “disappointed” with an Italian court convicting 23 Americans—including 22 C.I.A. agents—tried in absentia for the 2003 illegal kidnapping of Osama Mustafa Hassan, a Muslim cleric known as Abu Omar. The imam was shipped to Egypt, held without charges and tortured until his release in 2007. Writer, historian and radio host Webster Tarpley discusses the significance with Cedric Moon at Russia Today (5:49):

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Acquitted detainees could fall under Obama’s ‘indefinite, prolonged detention’ executive order; U.K. outsourced torture to Pakistan; Report: Obama OK’s more Israel settlements; Obama Administration says Iran should be attacked and not attacked… at the same time; Uighurs could face death penalty for demonstrations in China; Cop tasers a epileptic girl 14-year-old girl, sending 50k volts to her head; Documents show Robert McNamara deceived LBJ on the Gulf of Tonkin attack; and more… (more…)

Obama interviewed about his executive order to police thought-crime; Saudi Arabia grants consent for a pre-emptive strike on Iran to Israel; U.N. envoy calls Free Gaza aid-delivering activists’ kidnapping by Israel ‘criminal’; Iran clerics declare gov’t illegitimate; Glenn Greenwald notes NYT hypocrisy in classifying Iran’s treatment of prisoners as “torture”; China and India protest the U.S. ‘cap-and-trade scheme’; and more… (more…)

Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! (DN!) interviews Mohamed Abshir Waldo, a Somali consultant and analyst. (more…)

Amnesty Int’l document summary on suppliers of Gaza war calling for the US and all other suppliers to impose an “immediate and comprehensive arms embargo on Israel, Hamas and other Palestinian armed groups”. (more…)

A State with nothing to spend can’t spend to stimulate the economy, no matter what the Third Way fascists say. (more…)



Xinhua: Palestinian and Egyptian ambassadors to the UN have asked the UN Security Council (UNSC) to bring Israel into compliance with the world call to put an immediate end to the violence and military actions in Gaza.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is demanding an immediate cease-fire in Gaza and urging Mideast and world leaders to do more to help end the Israeli-Hamas conflict and promote political dialogue. Britain’s Foreign Secretary David Miliband has echoed this sentiment. The White House is still talking gibberish condemning Hamas, being ignorant of Israel’s atrocities, and actually thinks people can believe that the US wants to negotiate a “durable cease-fire.”

Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) has spoken out against Israel’s attacks:

“The perpetrators of attacks against Israel must also be brought to justice, but Israel cannot create a war against an entire people in order to attempt to bring to justice the few who are responsible. The Israeli leaders know better,” Kucinich said in a news release on Monday.

The Democratic lawmaker also urged an independent investigation to be led by the United Nations into Israel’s acts of violence.

Kucinich said that he wrote to UN General Secretary Ban ki-Moon, urging an ‘independent inquiry of Israel’s war against Gaza’.

“It is time for the UN to not just call for a cease-fire, but for an inquiry as to Israel’s actions,” said Kucinich.

AFP:

Muslim nations on Monday condemned Israel over the deadly air attacks on the Gaza Strip, as European diplomats called for an urgent meeting on the crisis which sparked anti-Israeli protests around Europe.

EU foreign ministers will meet in Paris Tuesday to “look into how the European Union can help ease the current crisis, along with the efforts of the international community, especially the secretary general of the United Nations,” a French foreign ministry statement said.

Jordan’s King Abdullah II urged US President George W. Bush to help end Israel’s air blitz, the palace said.

“Effective international efforts must be launched to stop the Israeli aggression on Gaza and end the suffering of the Palestinians,” the king told Bush over the telephone, according to a palace statement.

Other Muslim countries including Indonesia, Afghanistan, Malaysia and Pakistan joined in condemning Israel.

Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said it was ironic that the raids occurred as people entered the Islamic new year and days before the new year of 2009.

“We should pray that the earth will be more peaceful, but we’ve been torn by the situation in Palestine and Gaza,” Yudhoyono told reporters.

Meanwhile, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown urged Israel and Palestinian leaders to let urgent medical aid into Gaza, to provide a “humanitarian breathing space” amid the fighting, his spokesman said.

“We are appalled by the continuing violence in Gaza and reiterate our call to Israel and Hamas for an immediate ceasefire to prevent further loss of innocent life,” said a spokesman for Brown.

The special UN envoy to the Middle East, Robert Serry, and the head of the UN Relief and Works Agency, Karen Abu Zayd, meanwhile protested strongly to Israel after air strikes hit two UN buildings and killed eight of its people.

Gazans have endured oppression that violates International Humanitarian Law for at least 18 months now at the hands of Israel. Recent attacks have been a catalyst for global protests:

Israeli attacks on suspected Hamas strongholds in Gaza have triggered protests in more than a dozen countries.

In London, England, dozens of protesters gathered outside the Israeli Embassy, waving flags and trying to push their way closer to the building, as police tried to hold them back and erect a barricade.

Police in Germany said about 2,000 protesters marched peacefully down Berlin’s Kurfuerstendamm Boulevard and dispersed after about three hours.

Protesters also have taken to the streets in Denmark, France, Italy and Spain, according to news reports. There also were reports of demonstrations in Caracas, Venezuela.

Iranian media reported that thousands took part in anti-Israel demonstrations in Tehran on Monday, which the government declared a day of mourning for the Palestinians in Gaza.

Greek riot police clashed with protesters in Athens during a demonstration outside the Israeli Embassy, according to police and images broadcast on state television.

Protesters hurled stones in an attempt to break through the police cordon around the heavily secured embassy. Police responded with tear gas.

In Iraq, hundreds of supporters of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr demonstrated in al-Mustansiriya Square in eastern Baghdad. The demonstrators carried Iraqi and Palestinian flags, banners and pictures of al-Sadr and his father.

The demonstrators threw an Israeli flag on the ground, put President Bush’s picture on top of it and set both on fire.

In the Muslim world, demonstrations also were held in Jordan, Egypt, Pakistan, Indonesia, Libya and Bahrain, the BBC and other news outlets reported.

Also, thousands of Lebanese demonstrators packed the streets of Beirut as part of a rally called by the militant group Hezbollah. Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah addressed the crowd via satellite from an undisclosed location.

Protests were also held in Israel, where students at universities in Haifa, Tel Aviv and Jerusalem demonstrated against the Israeli military operation, ynetnews.com reported.



Dan Mitchell of the Center for Freedom and Prosperity: