Thursday, January 14, 2010

Phyllis Bennis on Afghanistan and Gaza, Israel's Growing Militancy

This week on Talk Nation Radio, Phyllis Bennis on Afghanistan and Gaza.

"Israel is more militant now than in January of 2009," says expert at the Institute for Policy Studies, IPS, in Washington D.C.
Part one, 2nd Gaza War in January 2010?

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As Obama widens Bush's war on terror, U.S. and MidEast "less safe" says Bennis.

We go over the week's headlines on the Middle East with Phyllis Bennis of the Institute for Policy Studies, IPS, in Washington D.C. director of the IPS, Internationalism Project. She provides her expert analysis of the week's headlines:

-The cost of U.S. President Obama's escalation of the Afghan War.
-Israeli military threats of a possible second attack on Gaza, as reported by the Israeli newspaper, Haaretz.
-The impact of U.S. attacks that have taken civilian lives in Pakistan and Yemen. This as -Yemen's deputy prime minister for security and defense Rashad al-Alimi, has warned: "If there is direct intervention by the United States, it will strengthen al-Qaeda."
-Remarks on Gaza Freedom March and sobering events in Egypt where U.S. and other international delegates were roughed up by police in the streets of Cairo.

Phyllis Bennis is author of many books on the Middle East including her just released, "Ending the US War in Afghanistan: A Primer". Bennis has also recently updated her 2007 book, "Understanding the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict, A Primer".

Relevant Headlines:
Democracy Now 1/11/10 US to Double Amount of Military Stockpiles in Israel, Mitchell Issues Loan Guarantee Threat to Israel, Joseph Lieberman, any attempt to "pressure Israel" will "fail" in US Congress.
And The looming war in Gaza: Can Obama stop it before it starts? By Bradley Burston, [Haaretz, 1/10/2010, "Next week, or the week after, Barack Obama may well see intelligence reports of tank battalions moving south and west along Israeli highways, and whole infantry brigades setting up camp in the western Negev. The countdown to the Second Gaza War has begun in earnest. Date it, if you like, to Sunday, and a coolly terrifying analysis by Yom Tov Samia, former overall Israeli military commander of the Gaza Strip and the adjacent Negev".

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