Archive for May 5th, 2010

Jenny Tonge: A ‘Woman of Substance’

Perhaps the principled Baroness Tonge sums up the dilemmas of those with more malleable backbones than hers, when she said:

“The pro-Israeli lobby has got its grip on the western world, its financial grips. I think they’ve probably got a grip on our party.” Slapped down again, by the then Leader of her Party, Sir Menzies Campbell for “unacceptable” comment, she emphasized that she was citing: ” .. the Israeli lobby in politics … a big distance from being about anti Jewishness or anti-Semitism.”

Those whether temporarily or over decades, denied a voice, need the courage of those who can speak out on their behalf, seek redress – even if to dispel an allegation which may have no substance. That is democracy.

Jenny Tonge and her like are an endangered parliamentary species, world wide, as are those they seek to speak for. Perhaps fellow travelers should call Survival International.

– Felicity Arbuthnot is a journalist and activist who has visited the Arab and Muslim world on numerous occasions. She has written and broadcast on Iraq, her coverage of which was nominated for several awards. She was also senior researcher for John Pilger’s award-winning documentary, “Paying the Price: Killing the Children of Iraq”. She contributed this article to

Joe Lieberman bill would strip citizenship

Joe Lieberman bill would strip citizenship

Sen. Joe Lieberman  thinks he’s found a work-around on the whole Miranda rights debate for U.S. citizens accused of terrorism: Strip their citizenship and ship them to Guantanamo. Lieberman plans to introduce a bill that would amend a decades-old law aimed at yanking citizenship from U.S. citizens who fight for a foreign military. There is one exception to the existing law: Americans are allowed to serve in the Israel Defense Forces without losing their citizenship.

Lieberman’s Modest Gulag Proposal


Brown to co-sponsor terrorism bill‘Terrorist Expatriation Act’ would strip citizenship of naturalized Americans 05 May 2010 Senator Scott Brown tomorrow is signing on to legislation that would strip naturalized Americans of their citizenship if they are found to have aided a foreign terrorist organization. Brown is joining three other lawmakers in filing the legislation, which comes after Faisal Shahzad was accused of a plot to detonate a car bomb in Times Square on Saturday… The others sponsoring the bill are Senator Joseph Lieberman (I-Israel), Representative Jason Altmire (D-PA), and Representative Charlie Dent (R-PA).


Scott Brown full blown AIPAC/Neocon advocate

Ahmedinejad accuses US, Israel of planning Iran nuclear attack

Ahmedinejad accuses US, Israel of planning Iran nuclear attack

U.S. Nuclear Option on Iran Linked to Israeli Attack Threat:

WASHINGTON, Apr 23, 2010 (IPS) – The Barack Obama administration’s declaration in its Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) that it is reserving the right to use nuclear weapons against Iran represents a new element in a strategy of persuading Tehran that an Israeli attack on Iranian nuclear sites is a serious possibility if Iran does not bow to the demand that it cease uranium enrichment.

Although administration officials have carefully refrained from drawing any direct connection between the new nuclear option and the Israeli threat, the NPR broadens the range of contingencies in which nuclear weapons might play a role so as to include an Iranian military response to an Israeli attack.

A war involving Iran that begins with an Israeli attack is the only plausible scenario that would fit the category of contingencies in the document. ….

Nuking the Mullahs: