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Feb 19, 2002 at 10:31 PM

Iraq and Palestine: Two Fronts of the Same WarShared Vision 

There’s a connection between US war plans for Iraq and Israel’s war against the Palestinians. The symmetry of Israeli and US interests is openly talked about by top strategists in the Bush administration. The vision: US control of the Middle East with Israel as the strongest power in the region.

Shared Interests

The US wants control of the land, resources and people of the Middle East. After “liberating” Iraq, the US and its allies would want to be compensated for their efforts with oil revenues and contracts, cutting out their competition. By controlling the world’s second largest oil reserve they’d prevent Iraq, with or without Saddam Hussein, from rivaling Israel for regional domination....

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Discussing Hamas with Gazan Expatriate Samah Sabawi

I caught up with Samah Sabawi on August 1st, 26 days into the Israeli assault on Gaza. Samah is a Canadian Palestinian with family roots in Gaza. I wanted to ask her views on the current situation in Gaza and particularly on the role Hamas is playing. She is a playwright, a policy advisor to AlShabaka and is former public advocate for Australians for Palestine. She was for many years a media spokesperson for National Council for Canada Arab Relations (NCCAR) and moved in 2009 to Australia where her parents and many other members of her Palestinian family have found refuge.

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