Galloway rejects senate perjury claims

A furious George Galloway today challenged US senators to charge him with perjury over claims that he solicited money from Saddam Hussein’s oil-for-food programme and lied about it under oath.

The US Senate inquiry into the Bethnal Green and Bow MP’s alleged involvement in the saga claims to have discovered $150,000 (£85,000) in Iraqi oil money in his estranged wife’s bank account.

Its chairman, the Republican senator Norm Coleman, says this means Mr Galloway lied under oath when giving evidence to the senate permanent sub-committee on investigations on May 17, when he offered a passionate defence against similar claims.

Today Mr Galloway repeated denials that he had ever received any oil cash, and told Mr Coleman to "put up or shut up" by either bringing a prosecution or dropping the allegations. The Respect MP accused Mr Coleman of orchestrating a "sneak revenge attack" motivated by a desire to avenge his "humiliation" at the hearing in May.

Contrast Galloway with the timid little churchmice called Democrats in Congress today.

Fear vector management

From Global Guerrillas 

The triple suicide attack on the Palestine hotel in Baghdad is an interesting new example of Fear Vector Management. Chris Allbritton puts an interesting twist on this:

This means they knew where the cameras are. They know how to get into the compound. And there’s a good chance the first two explosions were designed to get journalists’ attention, draw them to the windows and then explode the third one.

If they knew where the cameras were and how to get inside, then they must have people inside. Thus they are invisible to the US occupying forces.

Podcast: Mahmud Ahmad. Iraq, Palestine, and the anti-war movement.

Mahmud Ahmad, a Palestinian Arab, and a member of the National Council of Arab Americans and Al-Awda, the Palestine Right to Return Coalition, spoke at an ANSWER L.A. forum on Aug 12 .
“Palestine is and must be central to the antiwar movement”, regardless of those like United for Peace who ignore and undermine this by kowtowing to the Democrats and Zionists. That, and more, in this short, informative talk.
Some history: On May 12, the ANSWER Coalition called an anti-war rally and march in D.C. on Sept. 24. Eleven days later, United for Peace announced they were changing the date and location of their already called protest from NYC in early Sept. to D.C. on Sept 24, that it would be a separate rally from ANSWER’s and that they would never join in with ANSWER on anything. This was a deliberate attempt to fracture and splinter the antiwar movment.
ANSWER has responded by asking UFP to join in a united rally and march with each group getting 50% of the speakers and stage time. UFP is still refusing and the reason can be summed up in one word – Palestine. They want no mention of it, no doubt for fear of alienating the Democratic Party who, in a delusion they can actually influence it, they are trying to cosy up to. As if the Democratic Party has shown the slightest interest in ending the war in the first place.
As Ahmad says in this talk, Iraq and Palestine are parallel issues, and have a frontline position in the anti-war movment.
MP3 (8:12 min., 2.81 mb)

The sounds of silence

Bush asked to explain UK war memo

Eighty-nine Democratic members of the U.S. Congress last week sent President George W. Bush a letter asking for explanation of a secret British memo that said "intelligence and facts were being fixed" to support the Iraq war in mid-2002.

And then there’s Uzbekistan

The most severe allegations were made in 2003 when the British ambassador, Craig Murray, claimed that suspects had been  boiled alive while in custody in the country’s prisons.

However, human rights activists claim that their hands have been tied in dealing with the Karimov regime due to its close collaboration with Washington in the war on terror.