12 American Warships, Including One Aircraft Carrier, And One Israeli Corvette, Cross Suez Canal On Way To Red Sea And Beyond

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Arabic newspaper Al-Quds al-Arabi reports that 12 American warships, among which one aircraft carrier, as well as one Israeli corvette, and possibly a submarine, have crossed the Suez Canal on their way to the Red Sea. Concurrently, thousands of Egyptian soldiers were deployed along the canal to protect the ships. The passage disrupted traffic into the manmade canal for the "longest time in years." The immediate destination of the fleet is unknown. According to Global Security, two other carriers are already deployed in the region, with the CVN-73 Washington in the western Pacific as of May 26, and the CVN-69 Eisenhower supporting operation Enduring Freedom as of May 22. It is unclear at first read what the third carrier group may be, but if this news, which was also confirmed by the Jerusalem Post and Haaretz, is correct, then the Debka report about a surge in aircraft activity in the Persian Gulf is well on its way to being confirmed. There has been no update on the three Israeli nuclear-armed subs that are believed to be operating off the coast of Iran currently.

From the original article, translated by Google and Zero Hedge:

Shipping sources in the city of Suez on Friday have said that 12 U.S. warships, including a giant Israeli warship, have crossed the Suez Canal in the early hours of dawn on Friday, en route to the Red Sea coast, at the same time as the channel has seen large numbers of soldiers. According to sources and eyewitnesses 'The Suez Canal traffic was disrupted for hours in the morning during the crossing of U.S. Navy, which includes a giant aircraft carrier, soldiers, ships and infantry, armor and ammunition, coming from the Mediterranean Sea on its way to the Red Sea'. The sources revealed that many merchant ships were disrupted outside the channel until the completion of the Navy passage, which observers said was one of the longest since several years. The sources added that the movement of fishing boats in the Bitter Lakes and Lake Gator and navigation between the two shores of the Suez Canal over the Peace Bridge and ferries of individuals and vehicles may be stopped completely.

Egypt deployed thousands of soldiers on both sides of the Suez Canal for insurance; witnesses said 'The Israeli warships were seen among the U.S. warships but official sources have not confirmed the information'.

Maj. Gen. Amin Radi Secretary of the Committee on National Security in the People's Assembly made an exclusive statement to to Al Quds Al Arabi, that the "decision to declare war on Iran is not easy, but Israel was known for her Beslvha and Arabdtha may provide to the war in order to maintain its leadership in the region as nuclear weapons are the only deterrent."

Radhi said, 'should be the scourge of Israel tend to be left a free hand should be forced by the international community to disarm its nuclear weapons before calling for strike on Iran'.  In a related development, the opposition warned from various that the Egyptian regime that allows a repeat of the historica mistake when opening the Suez Canal to cross the fleet-American attack on Iraq in this context, Abdullah said Alsnanwi editor of 'Arab Nazareth' for 'Al Quds Al Arabi' that 'the Egyptians will not stand idly by this time they see the system of government in a major scandal in coordination with Israel and America to open the Suez Canal to attack Iran and Islam." He expressed surprise at the crossing of a huge number of American battleships, along with an Israeli sub carrying nuclear warheads, and wondered, what is the secret channel those huge numbers of warships to the Gulf, and he believed the difficulty to enter the U.S. facing big problems in Afghanistan and Iraq to open a front with Iran.

For his part, the leader of the Brotherhood warned of the consequences of a strike on Iran, stressing that accept the Arab and Muslim world such a thing is unacceptable and should not be silent if the masses bowed to the will of the governments in Washington and Tel Aviv.

The international media has pointed to the direction of an Israeli nuclear submarine model 'Dolphin' carry nuclear warheads and warships to the Gulf region in light of tensions with Iran.

With Iran warned Friday that any act against the interests of the Iranian people, legal and legitimate will result in legal response and appropriate action by Iran, said U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Thursday that U.S. intelligence that indicates that it is likely to possess Tehran the ability to attack Europe ' tens or even hundreds of rockets' taken into account in the Government's decision to modify the Obama system for missile defenses.  The United States has cited the growing threat of Iranian missiles when it announced in September (September) last plans to integrate missile defenses at sea and ashore in the member states of NATO in Europe and around the States in what was dubbed 'adaptive phased approach'. Gates said in a hearing on Congress 'among the elements of information that contributed to the decision to approach the interim adjustment to recognize that if Iran actually launched a rocket attack on Europe would not be just a missile or two or a few. He added, 'but is likely to be attacked with a barrage of missiles because of its potential to deal with tens or even hundreds of rockets'.

We have submitted a query to Hillary Clinton for confirmation, in advance of her meeting with Israel defense minister Ehud Barak, who flew in to the US on Saturday for meetings with the former first lady, as well as Robert Gates and Chairman of the JCS Mike Mullen. And yes, the Joint Chiefs of Staff don't really get involved in high level "diplomacy" all that often. 

Update: it appears the Aircraft Carrier crossing the Suez is almost certainly CVN-75 Harry Truman, which until recently was in the Mediterranean according to Stratfor. According to Wikipedia, "the super carrier can accommodate approximately 80 aircraft." For some more curious information on the Truman, click here.


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AnonymousAnarchist's picture

Saw the Haaretz article come across the In Case You Missed It Feed ealier. Not nearly as disturbing as the blue-shirt executing a leashed dog.

Hansel's picture

Are they cops or a standing army?  I can't tell anymore.

ZerOhead's picture

Tyler URGENT!!!!... check this out and wake the fuck up!

I'm serious... this it ... this can change everything if no-one can refute it!


An obscure legislative procedure utilised creatively to regain control over the House of Representatives and the US government democratically!!! They are fucked!!!

Post it everywhere!!! Quickly!!! We need feedback now!!!


And BTW I think this might be it for sub $100 oil... so stock up your near dated option calls and futures longs now!!! It just may be true that the collapse is so unavoidable that they will use this to explain the forthcoming economic implosion!

Expect Goldman to get rich!... Again.

bigkahuna's picture

Thanks for the education regarding discharge petitions. As a legislative tool, I think it would serve the right minded politicians well--the only problem as you alluded to is that they are all a bunch of sociopaths. The only time that they (the house) will vote for something good for the people, is when they know someone in the senate (sanders) will derail it. They can look good but have no intention of doing good.

JR's picture

@ ZerOhead
on Sun, 06/20/2010 - 00:35

Just saw your post and I like the "idea up your sleeve."  I’m all for it… IMO it would work! and I, for one, am ready to work.  Looking forward to your next move.  Thanks!! 


Let us never forget the problem is that we have a 'two' party system that exists to maintain, protect and service the needs of an Oligarchic Kleptocracy of which regardless of the species of victorious party... remains eternally in their service. And to achieve any meaningful reform my friends we must find a constructive way to transcend these dual impediments and help our politicians do what is just and right. …

Answer    >  A C C O U N T A B I L I T Y

What Sen. Inhofe did in an attempt to remove the power of individual members of congress to vote anonymously in DISCHARGE PETITIONS... in an attempt to consolidate the same power at the leadership (enforcement) levels of both parties by making Discharge Petition votes of public record... can also be used to make these same members accountable to the wishes of "We the People" that voted for them. That is the guts of my plan.

Let me explain for those who do not understand...

 DISCHARGE PETITIONS are magical things that can do lots of stuff like bring bills immediately out of committees like the ones Barney and friends like to run with no changes to the Bill.

Hell they can even replace the Speaker of the House. …

To cut to the chase.

We need identify exactly what we need in a bill to make our nightmares go away. We must keep it so simple that even the ill informed public will understand it. It must have only the minimum elements necessary that will remove the corrupt and self serving influence that special interests now have over our government. There must be little that can be objectionable or indefensible. It must be bulletproof.

That is first and foremost. Lets not get too wrapped up in curing everything in one shot. let's keep it simple silly... think KISS.

It must appeal to as many Americans as humanly possible.

It must have an easily supportable name... I don't know perhaps something factual like "The Anti-corruption in Government Act" who the hell could could be nuts enough to campaign against something like that?

Anyway we take that Bill and we promote the shit out of it... post it to every site on the intertubes and try to get as much support for it as we can... if this plan is feasible we will most assuredly find help in the most unexpected places.

Then we take it to the the 2010 MidTerms... here's how. …

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Brazil's decision, along with fellow non-permanent United Nations Security Council member Turkey, to vote against the latest United States-led efforts to impose harsher sanctions against Iran on June 9 aimed at stymieing the Islamic Republic's nuclear program, reflects a sea-change in global geopolitics characterized by a decline in US power and the return of multi-polarity.




Gully Foyle's picture


I'll go one further.


Although it might seem like I'm beating a dead horse with my frequent updates on the troubles south of our border -- see "No Glossing Over This Story," "As Bad As Ever," "Not So Sweet Lies," "Deteriorating Fast,""Failed State in Our Own Backyard?" and "Morphing Into an Economic Problem" -- the reality is that things seem to be getting worse with each passing day. In fact, based on the following Human Events commentary by Roger Hedgecock, "Mexican Drug Cartels Control Parts of Arizona," some would say that events have crossed a dangerous threshold.

The United States is ceding parts of Arizona to the Mexican drug cartels. So says Pinal County (Ariz.) Sheriff Paul Babeu.

In a press conference ignored by the American national media, the sheriff described how his deputies were outmanned and outgunned by the cartel smugglers who increasingly operate using military tactics and weapons. The result, said Sheriff Babeu, was that a wide corridor of Arizona from the border North to the outskirts of Phoenix is effectively controlled by the cartels. "We do not have control of this area," the sheriff said.

At the same time as the sheriff's ignored press conference, the national media did cover assurances from the Obama Administration that crime was down at the border; that the border had never been safer. This ludicrous propaganda was based on selected crime stats from San Diego, Phoenix, Austin and San Antonio. The new reign of terror on the border in Arizona was airbrushed out of the picture.

Here's the real picture Obama does not want you to see. Warning signs were posted this past month by the federal government 80 miles North of the border on the South side of I-8 between Casa Grande and Gila Bend urging U.S. citizens not to camp or hike in the "Active Drug and Human Smuggling Area" because "Visitors May Encounter Armed Criminals." Here is a picture of one of those signs:

Think about it. A part of America is off limits to U.S. citizens because it is now controlled by an army of foreigners.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife staffers report that the 3,500 acre Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge in this area is closed to U.S. citizens as well and is "adversely affected" by cartel operations. Where's the Sierra Club?

The border between the U.S. and Mexico is almost 2,000 miles long. According to DEA sources, nearly half of all the cocaine and illegal aliens are smuggled into the U.S. over the 365 mile long Arizona border with Mexico. There's a war going on in Arizona which puts into perspective that state's new immigration law and makes clear that the "boycott Arizona" effort is cartel propaganda. "Boycott" cities like Los Angeles and San Francisco are siding with the cartels.



Someone mentioned those parks were closed under Bush. Either way it doesn't matter our Southern border is at far more immediate risk than from anything across the globe.

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Now we know why the cretinous Obamanoid is not devoting more energy to dealing with a national tragedy. Instead, he will bomb Iran into the stone age and then say, "The Iranians, they hate us for our freedoms" No, Obamanoid, they hate us for our foreign policy.

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exhibit A for what happens when a citizenry is disarmed by a corrupt government.

Mentaliusanything's picture

And the South has been Treated the same ever since - second hand and katrinadespensibleandBPfuckedover.

I rest my case your Honour 

Gully Foyle's picture


"exhibit A for what happens when a citizenry is disarmed by a corrupt government."

I know you are not referring to the US.

spyware-free's picture

right, because that can never happen here!

Gully Foyle's picture


It will under the next Republican president. 

WaterWings's picture

The only way to deprive the majority of well-armed Americans is a combination of starvation and threatening their families. Both are easy to do because most Americans rely too much on JIT food markets. And most Americans also are not willing to lay down their lives for freedom. Boiled in a pot. That will change when promises of peace are recognized for what they really are: mass murder. It will be too late for most. There will be no Civil War II. Only small pockets of confusion. They only way to clear out all this gangrene is mass starvation.

Food redemption programs for firearms will be just like the above clip. We are dealing with human nature - not "proud to be an American". Mass murder will ensue as usual.

TBT or not TBT's picture

"And most Americans also are not willing to lay down their lives for freedom. "

Paraphrasing Patton:   The objective is to make the other poor bastard lay down his life.   Not following you here.

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All BIGOV needs to do is whip someone like the NRA into agreeing with them. Maybe blackmail a couple of the kiddiefiddlers, maybe just threaten some family members, maybe just buy them the fuck off. Once they start agreeing, once they start warning their members not to act like Domestic Terrorists or outright criminals then the game is over.

Democrats been trying to kill gun ownership because they don't understand it.

If this happens under the great white hope Republican savior during a time of crisis, there will be little protest.

Once they go all MOVE on your ass the next man standing will hand over his weapons and thank big brother for the privilege of service.

Hell they might even give him a shiny little badge to aid in rounding up his brethren.

WaterWings's picture

Democrats been trying to kill gun ownership because they don't understand it.

Bullshit! It's called 'easy votes'.

DosZap's picture


"It will under the next Republican president". 

Wanna bet?.


Gully Foyle's picture


Republicans get eight to twelve years because Barky just didn't catch fire.

You don't think that there will be either an economic crisis or false flag resulting in the big crackdown during that time frame?

The only difference between legal gun owners and crack dealers is BIGOV knows just where you and your weapons are.

Here dude, put anyone you choose as the Raven, SWAT, Homeland Security ( it might be those Winchester boys though). Cause you know they will come tap tapping on your door.


The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary, 
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore, 
While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping, 
As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door. 
"'Tis some visitor," I muttered, "tapping at my chamber door - 
Only this, and nothing more." 

Ah, distinctly I remember it was in the bleak December, 
And each separate dying ember wrought its ghost upon the floor. 
Eagerly I wished the morrow; - vainly I had sought to borrow 
From my books surcease of sorrow - sorrow for the lost Lenore - 
For the rare and radiant maiden whom the angels name Lenore - 
Nameless here for evermore. 

And the silken sad uncertain rustling of each purple curtain 
Thrilled me - filled me with fantastic terrors never felt before; 
So that now, to still the beating of my heart, I stood repeating, 
"'Tis some visitor entreating entrance at my chamber door - 
Some late visitor entreating entrance at my chamber door; - 
This it is, and nothing more." 

Presently my soul grew stronger; hesitating then no longer, 
"Sir," said I, "or Madam, truly your forgiveness I implore; 
But the fact is I was napping, and so gently you came rapping, 
And so faintly you came tapping, tapping at my chamber door, 
That I scarce was sure I heard you"- here I opened wide the door; - 
Darkness there, and nothing more. 

Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there wondering, fearing, 
Doubting, dreaming dreams no mortals ever dared to dream before; 
But the silence was unbroken, and the stillness gave no token, 
And the only word there spoken was the whispered word, "Lenore?" 
This I whispered, and an echo murmured back the word, "Lenore!" - 
Merely this, and nothing more. 

Back into the chamber turning, all my soul within me burning, 
Soon again I heard a tapping somewhat louder than before. 
"Surely," said I, "surely that is something at my window lattice: 
Let me see, then, what thereat is, and this mystery explore - 
Let my heart be still a moment and this mystery explore; - 
'Tis the wind and nothing more." 

Open here I flung the shutter, when, with many a flirt and flutter, 
In there stepped a stately raven of the saintly days of yore; 
Not the least obeisance made he; not a minute stopped or stayed he; 
But, with mien of lord or lady, perched above my chamber door - 
Perched upon a bust of Pallas just above my chamber door - 
Perched, and sat, and nothing more. 

Then this ebony bird beguiling my sad fancy into smiling, 
By the grave and stern decorum of the countenance it wore. 
"Though thy crest be shorn and shaven, thou," I said, "art sure no craven, 
Ghastly grim and ancient raven wandering from the Nightly shore - 
Tell me what thy lordly name is on the Night's Plutonian shore!" 
Quoth the Raven, "Nevermore." 

Much I marvelled this ungainly fowl to hear discourse so plainly, 
Though its answer little meaning- little relevancy bore; 
For we cannot help agreeing that no living human being 
Ever yet was blest with seeing bird above his chamber door - 
Bird or beast upon the sculptured bust above his chamber door, 
With such name as "Nevermore." 

But the raven, sitting lonely on the placid bust, spoke only 
That one word, as if his soul in that one word he did outpour. 
Nothing further then he uttered- not a feather then he fluttered - 
Till I scarcely more than muttered, "other friends have flown before - 
On the morrow he will leave me, as my hopes have flown before." 
Then the bird said, "Nevermore." 

Startled at the stillness broken by reply so aptly spoken, 
"Doubtless," said I, "what it utters is its only stock and store, 
Caught from some unhappy master whom unmerciful Disaster 
Followed fast and followed faster till his songs one burden bore - 
Till the dirges of his Hope that melancholy burden bore 
Of 'Never - nevermore'." 

But the Raven still beguiling all my fancy into smiling, 
Straight I wheeled a cushioned seat in front of bird, and bust and door; 
Then upon the velvet sinking, I betook myself to linking 
Fancy unto fancy, thinking what this ominous bird of yore - 
What this grim, ungainly, ghastly, gaunt and ominous bird of yore 
Meant in croaking "Nevermore." 

This I sat engaged in guessing, but no syllable expressing 
To the fowl whose fiery eyes now burned into my bosom's core; 
This and more I sat divining, with my head at ease reclining 
On the cushion's velvet lining that the lamplight gloated o'er, 
But whose velvet violet lining with the lamplight gloating o'er, 
She shall press, ah, nevermore! 

Then methought the air grew denser, perfumed from an unseen censer 
Swung by Seraphim whose footfalls tinkled on the tufted floor. 
"Wretch," I cried, "thy God hath lent thee - by these angels he hath sent thee 
Respite - respite and nepenthe, from thy memories of Lenore:
Quaff, oh quaff this kind nepenthe and forget this lost Lenore!" 
Quoth the Raven, "Nevermore." 

"Prophet!" said I, "thing of evil! - prophet still, if bird or devil! - 
Whether Tempter sent, or whether tempest tossed thee here ashore, 
Desolate yet all undaunted, on this desert land enchanted - 
On this home by horror haunted- tell me truly, I implore - 
Is there - is there balm in Gilead? - tell me - tell me, I implore!" 
Quoth the Raven, "Nevermore." 

"Prophet!" said I, "thing of evil - prophet still, if bird or devil! 
By that Heaven that bends above us - by that God we both adore - 
Tell this soul with sorrow laden if, within the distant Aidenn, 
It shall clasp a sainted maiden whom the angels name Lenore - 
Clasp a rare and radiant maiden whom the angels name Lenore." 
Quoth the Raven, "Nevermore." 

"Be that word our sign in parting, bird or fiend," I shrieked, upstarting - 
"Get thee back into the tempest and the Night's Plutonian shore! 
Leave no black plume as a token of that lie thy soul hath spoken! 
Leave my loneliness unbroken!- quit the bust above my door! 
Take thy beak from out my heart, and take thy form from off my door!" 
Quoth the Raven, "Nevermore." 

And the Raven, never flitting, still is sitting, still is sitting 
On the pallid bust of Pallas just above my chamber door; 
And his eyes have all the seeming of a demon's that is dreaming, 
And the lamplight o'er him streaming throws his shadow on the floor; 
And my soul from out that shadow that lies floating on the floor 
Shall be lifted - nevermore!

jomama's picture

partisan nonsense is just that.  both sides of the aisle are wholly corrupted.  just who are you trying to kid with the tl;dr poe post?

Gully Foyle's picture


What makes you think you are safe? Are you rich? Maybe a Dupont?

Your tiny little weapons, is that it?

Dude shit falls apart you become a threat because of those weapons. Don't you follow the fucking news? Women, old ladies, children, innocent bystanders, dogs, cops been killing all of them and they were less of a threat than you. And those cops don't even get slapped on the wrist. They get laws to stop citizens from filming them.

Google up MOVE and Waco and Ruby Ridge. 

What makes you more special than those people?

Not a goddamned thing.

At least I see the tide coming.

jomama's picture

a) i have no delusions about a false sense of security.  i feel less safe every single day this oligarchy is being run into the ground by the same corporate interests that own ALL of the politicans, demo whatever or repub a whatever.


b) i don't own any weapons, but i am thinking more and more that i should.


c) i am all aware of all that you mentioned. 


i don't understand the hostility, unless you are somehow - in delusion - defending on political party over the other.  because you asserted - which prompted my first reply to your comment that 'disarmament' would happen: 'It will under the next Republican president.'


i challenge you to prove why party denomiation makes a damned bit of difference.  junking people because you don't understand something is ignorant.

dumpster's picture

ts a betch when the government takes away the peoples aircraft carriers, jets, rockets ,tanks ..

and leaves the citiizens with 100 million rifles


DoChenRollingBearing's picture

+ 9mm

If it comes to push vs. shove (.gov trying to take away our guns), after a handful of cops get blown away trying, then those 100,000,000 guns will mean something then.

Same for taking our gold.

dogbreath's picture

" Capt. Terrill is the regular federal authority".

Blues Traveler's picture

"Don't piss down my back and tell me its raining"....that is what MSM doesnt get.  We know we are getting pissed on while they are telling us its rain.

Apostate's picture

Fuck you, Bob Gates.

desgust's picture

Fuck you junkers and all of you who want war!!!

SteveNYC's picture

Right, fuck war. I met some very nice people from MS yesterday, who specifically asked me what I knew/how bad I thought the oil spill was. I told them that I don't watch the "main stream" news, and get my information from "other" sources. I told them I thought it was bad, and getting worse.

They agreed. People down there are really, really feeling the effects of this spill, and it seems to just be getting underway. It is sad, and if you are living down there my thoughts go out to you.

I can't help but think that this country is generating so much negative karma in the world/universe with our disgusting actions abroad, that we are going to see more and more of this type of "disaster" on our shores. This is not "mythical" or "religious" bullshit, it is simply the fact that the universe finds a way of "balancing" things out.

How bad will this get for us? What is next? We need to stop the hate and killing asap.

I need more asshats's picture

"this country is generating so much negative karma"

But the US needs to protect the jews Steve. The poor innocent jews. They need more financial support from the US Treasury and more land in Israel.

anony's picture


gensler, blankfein, shapiro,yellin, fink,cohn, dugan, kagan,lippman,madoff...



Nikki's picture

Wrong on Geithner... But I'll give you Bair, Levin and Judas Cantor if it helps.. ... And Feinberg, Benmosche and Birnbaum (resigned) we could play this all night... Who's the head of the FBI ?.

JR's picture

Analysis: The American election: America’s President-elect engineered a remarkable rise in his populatiry among Jews with assurances on Iran and Israel:

The Jews set to play a central role in Obama's administration | by Shmuel Rosner |



"All the main candidates for the crucial job of Treasury Secretary, the man who will have to deal with the global financial crisis, are Jewish. They include Robert Rubin and Larry Summers, who both held the job in the Clinton Administration, former president of the Federal Reserve Paul Volcker, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York Tim Geithner and even New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who is mentioned as an outside candidate."


TBT or not TBT's picture

Euh, FALSE.  They have been giving up land progressively, in successive "land for peace" deals, and what they get for it is continuous build ups of rocket armed hezbo and hamas dead ender fanatics up against their borders, terrorising palestinians and Israelis alike.    Thus the embargo against arms shipments to Gaza.

TBT or not TBT's picture

Let's see, so Israel still "occupies" Gaza?   Or is that Hamas in control over there, since Israel left it to them?

I am a Man I am Forty's picture

Naw, they wouldn't want to get in the way of the bombs and white phosphorous being dropped.  Their style is to seal their borders from land and sea, blow their sliver of land to bits, block necessary rebuilding supplies from getting along with crazy evil items, like snack foods.  Like one giant ghetto prison.

doublethink's picture


Bay Area Protesters Greet Israeli Ship


This could be history; a first in the United States; joining actions in many countries.

Just left the Oakland Docks where 300 people are blocking the entrances to two gates into the berth where the Israeli Zim cargo ship is to be unloaded. The action started this morning at 5:30am PST. The longshore workers are scheduled to start their shift at 7:00 and 8:00 am this morning.

When the workers find the way blocked with a labor-community picket they will meet and vote as to whether to cross that picket line. As I left the West Oakland BART station people were continuning to slowly stream in and shuttles were taking people to the picket line. BART will start operating at 8 am.

A live webcast is planned; if it is available it will be seen hereIsraeli Zim Ship Lines Protest Live Video Stream




Cathartes Aura's picture

de-junking your post doublethink - thanks for the heads up!

updates over at your link to Daily Kos say 500 showed up - that's some good news right there! 

this insanity needs to be checked.


geopol's picture

Bob "paper clip" Gates,,,The errand boy for Zbigniew Brzezinski..

Milestones's picture

Well, a rousing 4th may be in the works. Oh joy, a distraction from all that oil business. Of course this little cruise may well affect a whole bunch of oil and pocketbooks.

pauldia's picture

Not yet. More a case of America showing the Shiite lunatic in Teheran that despite prostrating himself to the Muslim world and extending his middle finger to Netanyahu, America stands with a free, democratic ally. In addition the Egyptians along the Suez and Saudis granting air clearance show the Sunni neighbors are just as worried about the apocalyptic desires of Achmadinejad. More likely, Obama extorted Israel by offering to oppose a corrupt U.N. commission on the Gaza flotilla in exchange for easing Gaza blockade. While this exercise has been planned for months, Obama could have cancelled thereby extracting Israeli blockade concessions. This is the naive game Obama is playing good-cop bad-cop. If it doesn't work the result could be a nuclear war forced upon Israel to save itself. If it works then a peace agreement will be agreed upon. Of course, a peace agreement to the Arabs is simply a time out from their ultimate desire. But, it gets Obama another worthless Nobel. He then can join the elite group of Arafat and Carter.