(CounterPunch) – Did the IDF Execute Mavi Marmara Victims?
You want to know why we need independent journalism, and why those of you who are reading this article need to support the publication in which it is appearing and the article in which it originally appeared? Because if you rely for your news on the US corporate media, whether ad-supported or underwriter-supported, you won’t learn that Furkan Dogan, the 19-year-old American citizen slain by Israeli commandos in the raid on the Gaza-bound flotilla May 31, was shot in the back and in the back of the head, as well as multiple times in the face. Read More Here
(NYTimes) – U.S. Soldier Arrested in WikiLeaks Inquiry After Tip From Former Hacker – Read More Here
(Azvsas) – Israel’s Crude Forgery of Tape Backfires
Have a listen to what is very evidently a doctored tape. It is a mark of Netanyahu’s desperation. Leaving aside that Israel had already issued a previous tape of such exchanges without the Auschwitz remark, they now add a ‘go back to Auschwitz’ in a European voice. Read More Here
(VOANews) – IAEA Chief: Iran’s Nuclear Program is ‘Special Case’ – Read More Here
(Haaretz) – Israel Renews Claim Flotilla Activists Linked to al-Qaeda
The Israel Defense Forces revealed on Sunday that five of the pro-Palestinian activists aboard the Turkish-flagged ship it intercepted last week en route to the Gaza Strip have links to the Hamas and Islamic Jihad movements. Read More Here
(DeutschePresse-Agentur) – US says North Korean defiance is obstacle to effective sanctions – Read More Here
(Independent) – Kidnapped by Israel and abandoned by Britain
A British-born al-Jazeera producer recalls his ordeal on the Gaza flotilla
On either side there was tear gas being thrown in from the boats, canisters which they were firing from a sort of gun. One man was shot in the top of the head from the helicopter. He collapsed on the ground. I snatched a microphone from one of the Turkish reporters to say one man had been killed. As I did that another man was shot. Those people died instantly. Read More Here
(GlobalResearch) – The IAEA: From UN Nuclear Watchdog to US Lapdog – Finian Cunningham
As the United Nations’ nuclear inspections body, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), meets in Vienna later this week to discuss its latest report on Iran, there are signs that Washington is now writing the IAEA’s script. Read More Here
(IrishTimes) – POEM: “What Is Not Allowed” – View Poem Here
(VoiceOfRussia) – Drugs for Europe: Protected by Powerful Western Interests, Afghanistan Heroin Transits Through Kosovo
A Serbian military analyst and an authoritative expert on the situation in Kosovo, Milovan Drecun says that, according to the Europol and Interpol, the largest amount of heroin is delivered to Europe from Afghanistan via Kosovo. According to some estimates, some 65% of all the world’s heroin is channeled through the former Serbian province; while 90% of all drugs that reach Europe are shipped via Kosovo.
According to the Canadian detective Stewart Kellock, the Albanian drug mafia operates with the connivance of the United States. Mr. Kellock said in an interview that US diplomats prevent the detention in Kosovo of notorious drug traffickers. Read More Here
(DailyFinance) – Chinese Invasion: ‘Red Dawn’ Remake Has Cultural Critics Up in Arms
On the surface, the new Red Dawn is a close remake of the original, with Chinese and Russian soldiers standing in for the original Soviet and Cuban villains. The characters’ names are the same and, for the most part, so are their biographies. The main difference lies with Jed Eckert, the Patrick Swayze character. This time around, he’s an Afghanistan war veteran who goes from fighting an insurgency to leading one. Read More Here
(ZeroHedge) – North Korea Parliament To Hold Rare Second Annual Session Monday, Major Announcement Expected
Adding to the already tense and riskoffish environment heading into Monday, is the news from Reuters that North Korea’s parliament will hold a “rare second annual session on Monday.” While the reason for the extra session is unknown, “analysts said the North could use the extra session of the Supreme People’s Assembly to make a major announcement on personnel changes or power succession, or to issue a hardline response to sanctions imposed by the South over the ship sinking.” Read More Here
(LondonTimes) – Nato warns of strike against cyber attackers
NATO is considering the use of military force against enemies who launch cyber attacks on its member states.
The move follows a series of Russian-linked hacking against Nato members and warnings from intelligence services of the growing threat from China. Read More Here
(KurtNimmo) – Iran Pledges Revolutionary Guard Units to Escort Gaza Aid Convoys
Press TV reports today that two Iranian aid ships carrying humanitarian relief and medical supplies for the people of Gaza have departed from Iran. The nation’s Red Crescent announced Monday the cargo includes food, medicine and appliances and will be accompanied by a group of Iranian doctors and relief workers.
|Iran’s Revolutionary Guard is loyal to supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei who has said the Gaza flotilla attack reveals how “barbaric the Zionists are.”|
In a dramatic new development, an aide to Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Hojjatoleslam Ali Shirazi, has pledged Tehran would send Revolutionary Guard units to escort Gaza aid convoys. “Iran’s Revolutionary Guard naval forces are prepared to escort the peace and freedom convoys that carry humanitarian assistance for the defenseless and oppressed people of Gaza with all their strength,” Ali Shirazi, who is Khamenei’s personal representative to the guards corps, according to the Guardian.
Iran’s Revolutionary Guards are loyal to the supreme leader Khamenei. The paramilitary unit has a command structure outside Iran’s regular armed forces. Khamenei has said the Gaza flotilla attack reveals how “barbaric the Zionists are.”
Any Iranian involvement in the humanitarian effort breaking the Gaza blockade would undoubtedly elicit a strong response from Israel. Iran and Israel have not had diplomatic ties since the Shah was desposed during the Iranian revolution in 1979.
Iran has used Israel’s deadly raid on an earlier Gaza aid flotilla to criticize the state. Iran’s foreign minister, Manuchehr Mottaki, told the Organization of the Islamic Conference in Jeddah on Sunday that Israel’s crime was “another instance of the Zionist regime’s brazen and merciless treatment of Muslims, especially the oppressed Palestinian people.”
Mottaki called for a UN resolution condemning Israel at the same time the security council is discussing imposing new sanctions on Iran in response to its nuclear energy program. Israel has rejected calls for an international investigation of the deadly attack.
“The aid consists of food and medical supplies, which will be transported into Gaza via the Rafah border in Egypt before the week is through,” Iran’s Red Crescent director Abdolraoof Adibzadeh told Press TV. “Iran is also preparing to dispatch a navy hospital ship for the people of Gaza, which will have onboard doctors, nurses and all the medical equipment required for emergency surgeries and procedures.”
Numerous shipments to break the Gaza blockade are currently underway. Two Lebanese organizations have pledged to send boats in the next few days. Viva Palestina founder George Galloway has announced two simultaneous convoys “one by land via Egypt and the other by sea” would set out in September to break the Gaza blockade. The sea convoy of up to 60 ships will travel around the Mediterranean gathering ships, cargo and volunteers, according to the Guardian. Reporters Without Borders meanwhile is assembling 25 European activists and 50 journalists to leave in a boat from Beirut.
On Sunday, Secretary of State Clinton said she believes Iran will “pull some stunt” in the next few days as the United Nations prepares further sanctions in response to Iran’s nuclear program. The U.S. plans to bring a fourth sanctions resolution to a U.N. Security Council vote in the coming days.