By Craig Murray
Former British Ambassador to Uzbekistan
I am proud to call Ray McGovern a friend. He is a retired senior member of the CIA, and was so valued as an analyst that he used to give the US President his daily intelligence briefing. Ray and I both had senior government service careers, in the course of which you make personal friendships that last, hopefully as long as you do. So sometimes we both get told things from the inside of government.
As Ray sets out on the US Gaza peace flotilla ship, he has been warned in the starkest of terms that the Obama administration will do nothing to protect their US flagged vessel, or the US citizens on board, against attack by the Israelis.
Posted in Region: Middle East, War and Peace
Tagged audacity of hope, gaza, gaza aid ship, Greece, hillary clinton, international waters, Israel, israeli genocide, israeli war crimes, palestine, ray mcgovern
By Michel Chossudovsky
Montreal, 12.30 AM EST, May 16, 2011
Global Research has been in contact with the Spirit of Rachel Corrie, a Malaysian ship carrying a humanitarian aid cargo to Gaza, which has been attacked in international waters by Israel.
The vessel left the Port of Piraeus, Greece on Wednesday, May 11 carrying 7.5 kilometers of UPVC (plastic) sewage pipes to help restore the devastated sewerage system in Gaza. The humanitarian initiative is sponsored by Perdana Global Peace Foundation (PGPF) and participating in this mission includes anti-war activists and journalists, consisting of 7 Malaysians, 2 Irish, 2 Indians and 1 Canadian.
Posted in Region: Middle East, Resistance
Tagged Centre for Research on Globalization, gaza, genocide, international war crimes, international waters, Israel, malaysia, MV Finch, perdana global peace mission, piracy, Spirit of Rachel Corrie