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Jun 1st 2006
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The United States said it would join Britain, France and Germany in direct talks with Iran if the Iranians verifiably suspended nuclear enrichment and reprocessing. The Iranians agreed to meet, but would not discuss uranium enrichment. America and the Islamic republic have not talked officially for 27 years. See articleE+

Violence flared on Israel's borders. Israel and the Lebanese militia, Hizbullah, fought their fiercest border duel for years. And Israel sent special forces back into the Gaza Strip to kill Palestinians firing rockets into southern Israel.


Violence and mayhem continued unabated in Iraq. The country's new prime minister, Nuri al-Maliki, declared a one-month state of emergency in the southern city of Basra to counter a rise in violence there. Meanwhile, a roadside bomb in Baghdad killed two British members of a CBS news crew. Kimberly Dozier, CBS's correspondent in the city, was critically injured and flown to a military hospital in Germany.

A rebel militia killed one and captured seven Nepalese UN peacekeepers in the unstable Ituri region of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The UN troops were trying to help the Congolese army track down the remaining 2,000 or so rebels in the area.

Zimbabwe was due to issue a note worth 100,000 Zimbabwean dollars in an attempt to keep abreast of inflation, now running at over 1,000%. The new note will barely buy a loaf of bread.

This month marks the 25th anniversary of the identification of AIDS (though it was not then called that) and the fifth of a United Nations meeting on the disease. To mark the occasion, the UN met again to discuss the prospects of dealing with it. See articleE+


The Netherlands' immigration minister, Rita Verdonk, lost her bid to lead the Liberal Party, which is part of the centre-right governing coalition. Last month, Ms Verdonk told Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a Somali-born Dutch MP and critic of Islam's treatment of women, that she should no longer consider herself a Dutch citizen, having lied to the authorities on her asylum application.

The European Court of Justice gave the European Union four months to reach a new agreement with American authorities to provide personal data on airline passengers flying to the United States. The court ruled that the EU did not have authority to release the commercial data, which America requests on security grounds. See articleE+

The report into the death of the former Yugoslav president, Slobodan Milosevic, found in his cell at The Hague war-crimes tribunal in March, concluded that he died from a heart attack. The UN investigation, carried out by Dutch officials, said he received proper care and that no evidence was found to support allegations of murder.

Rioting broke out in two Paris suburbs following the arrest of a youth on assault charges. They were the worst disturbances in France since last autumn's wave of riots in the banlieues that resulted in the arrests of 3,000 people.


At least seven people were killed in a riot in Kabul after an accident involving an American military vehicle and Afghan civilian cars. The anti-American protests were the biggest since the toppling of the Taliban regime in 2001.

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An earthquake killed some 6,200 people in Indonesia, the third big tremor to strike the country in the past 17 months. See articleE+

President Chen Shui-bian of Taiwan relinquished some of his executive powers in an attempt to deflect a scandal caused by his son-in-law's involvement in a corruption scandal.

An international force dispatched at the end of last week to Timor-Leste and led by Australia reached a strength of 2,500. Half of the Timorese army has mutinied, and the president and prime minister have badly fallen out. See articleE+

South Korea's opposition soundly trounced the ruling party in elections for a clutch of local and regional jobs. The ruling party chairman quit.

The United States and Vietnam signed a trade pact that reduces tariffs and quotas and paves the way for Vietnam to join the World Trade Organisation. Bilateral trade between the two countries rose by 22% to $7.8 billion last year.


George Bush made his first public comments on allegations that American marines may have killed a score of unarmed civilians in a revenge attack in the Iraqi town of Haditha last November. He said if laws were broken “there will be punishment”. A military investigation is expected to present its findings soon. See articleE+

After a year of rumours that he was about to go, John Snow resigned as America's treasury secretary. Mr Bush nominated Hank Paulson, chairman of Goldman Sachs, a Wall Street investment bank, as his replacement. See articleE+

The Senate approved General Michael Hayden as the next head of the CIA by a 78-15 vote. His confirmation was expedited after the White House co-operated with senators by providing more information on the eavesdropping programme that General Hayden oversaw while head of the National Security Agency.

The FBI called off a new search for the remains of Jimmy Hoffa, a former boss of the Teamsters union whose disappearance in 1975 sparked numerous conspiracy theories. The latest search, at a farm near Detroit, was prompted by what the FBI deemed a “fairly credible” tip-off.


In an electoral landslide, Álvaro Uribe, Colombia's conservative president, won a second four-year term. He collected 62% of the vote, almost three times more than his nearest rival. His victory indicated popular approval for his tough security policies. See articleE+

In Chile, some 600,000 secondary school pupils staged a strike to demand a new curriculum, more education spending and free bus fares. More than 700 were arrested in clashes with the police. See articleE+

Canada's Conservative minority government published bills that would set a fixed date every four years for federal elections, and restrict the tenure of new members of the appointed Senate to eight years. At present they serve until they are 75. See articleE+

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Antisemitism is everywhere in the mass media

Sometimes it is relatively subtle...

Historical and Investigative Research - 3 June 2006
by Francisco Gil-White



There is of course a great deal of blatant antisemitism in the mass media. But it is also good to be aware of the subtle ways in which antisemitism is pushed by the major media outlets. Why? Because, once it dawns on you how carefully antisemitism is inserted into the smallest details, you will realize that it is everywhere, and that it is there by design.

What you see to the right is a recent example of "News Summaries" that the well-known British magazine The Economist regularly sends out.

In this news summary, The Economist writes:

"Violence flared on Israel's borders. Israel and the Lebanese militia, Hizbullah, fought their fiercest border duel for years. And Israel sent special forces back into the Gaza Strip to kill Palestinians firing rockets into southern Israel."

What is the problem with what The Economist writes? Everything.

The Economist refers to the Hizbullah as a "Lebanese militia," but that is not what Hizbullah is. Hizbullah is a group dedicated to killing innocent civilian men, women, and children, and therefore Hizbullah is a terrorist organization. When terrorist organizations that specialize in the killing of Jewish civilians are called "militias," as above, what we have is an effort to legitimize the killing of Jewish civilians. The effort to legitimize the killing of Jewish civilians is, of course, extreme antisemitism. That's what The Economist is pushing.

The online resource Wikipedia explains about Hizbullah (or Hezbollah) as follows:

"Hezbollah is regarded by many in the Arab and Muslim worlds as a legitimate resistance movement and is a recognized political party in Lebanon, where it has participated in government. However, a number of Western governments, including that of the United States, have designated it a terrorist organization, while the European Union has designated the party's external security wing, but not the organization as a whole, as a terrorist organization."[1]

So, even the United States government, whose foreign policy is designed to destroy the Jewish state, as documented in detail by HIR,[2] feels compelled to recognize in public that Hizbullah is a terrorist organization. As Wikipedia states, many Muslims consider Hizbullah a legitimate resistance movement, but we may ignore this view: when Hizbullah kills innocent Jews across the border in Israel, it is not resisting anybody: it is attacking innocent civilians. Moreover, Muslims are commanded in the Qur'an that killing "infidels" (non-Muslims who refuse to convert to Islam) is a good thing,[3] so the opinion of Muslims on whether Hizbullah is legitimate or not will obviously not coincide with Western liberal-democratic values that endorse ethnic and religious tolerance. The Economist claims to have a "commitment to the classical 19th-century Liberal ideas of its founder [James Wilson],"[4] but at least where the Jews are concerned, The Economist has abandoned Western liberalism for what Wikipedia states is the mainstream Muslim perspective, which is that Hizbullah is supposedly a legitimate "militia."

Let us look at the excerpt in The Economist again, that we may examine the second part:

"Violence flared on Israel's borders. Israel and the Lebanese militia, Hizbullah, fought their fiercest border duel for years. And Israel sent special forces back into the Gaza Strip to kill Palestinians firing rockets into southern Israel."

In the last sentence, The Economist has gone rather out of its way to give the note an antisemitic spin.

As you may recall, under US pressure, the Israeli government sold the Israelis the proposition that if Gaza were just handed over to the terrorists who wish to exterminate the Israeli Jews the result would be...peace! Naturally, the result has been more anti-Jewish violence (but this doesn't stop Ehud Olmert's 'Israeli government' from promising peace in exchange for giving the West Bank to the same genocidal antisemites). Those firing rockets into Israel are attempting to kill innocent Israeli men, women, and children, so they are terrorists, but once again The Economist does not call them that. In fact, The Economist is careful to make the subject of the verb "to kill" the Israelis: "Israel sent special forces back into the Gaza Strip to kill Palestinians firing rockets into southern Israel." But the proper way of reporting the Israeli response is of course as follows:

"The Arabs in Gaza are attempting to kill Israeli civilians by firing rockets into southern Israel, so Israel sent special forces into Gaza in order to protect Israeli civilian life."

This is not, however, what The Economist wrote.

Notice, also, that The Economist refers to those attempting to kill innocent men, women, and children, as "Palestinians." The point of calling them "Palestinians" is to impress upon the reader an idea: that there is supposedly a place called Palestine corresponding to the present-day borders of Israel, and that the Arabs living there are supposedly the native inhabitants of the place, and thus are endowed with a "Palestinian identity." For some years, this has been the strategy of the Muslims who wish to destroy the Jewish state, so once again we see that The Economist eagerly adopts a mainstream Muslim perspective.

It is false, however, that "Palestine" ever had any reality, and the Arabs in Gaza are for the most part recent immigrants from other places who came to this area looking for jobs in the economic boom created by the Zionist Jews who purchased swamp and desert from absentee landlords and made it flourish anew. The supposed "Palestinians" have been in "Palestine" no longer than the Zionist Jews. HIR has documented all this in the following piece:

“Was there, in British Mandate Palestine, a ‘nationally conscious’ ‘Palestinian Arab people’?”; Historical and Investigative Research; 30 April 2006; by Francisco Gil-White

The above examples of antisemitism in The Economist are relatively subtle. But paying attention to them helps us see just how carefully everything is spun to attack the Jews.

There is of course much antisemitism in the Western mass media that is blatant, and it is perfectly widespread. This reproduces the situation in the 1930s, and the consequence of such media attacks on the Jews back then was an unbelievable slaughter, in which not only between 5 and 6 million Jews perished, but in which millions of non-Jews (e.g. more than 20 million Russians, more than 750,000 Serbs, etc.) were also killed. The result of the current wave of mainstream media antisemitism will be the same (with terrible costs on Jews and non-Jews), because when you repeat the causes, in a lawful Universe, you repeat the effects. For an analysis, consult:

“THE MODERN ‘PROTOCOLS OF ZION’: How the mass media now promotes the same lies that caused the death of more than 5 million Jews in WWII”; Historical and Investigative Research; 25 August 2005; by Francisco Gil-White


Footnotes and Further Reading

[1] Hezbollah | From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

[2] “IS THE US AN ALLY OF ISRAEL?: A Chronological Look at the Evidence”; Historical and Investigative Research; by Francisco Gil-White.

[3] "The religion of peace?: What, exactly, is 'moderate Islam'?"; from THE CULTURE OF ISLAM; Historical and Investigative Research - 10 January 2007; by Francisco Gil-White

[4] http://www.economist.com/help/DisplayHelp.cfm?