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Law and Disorder August 7, 2006

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Miami Cubans React to Fidel Castro’s Illness

With international headlines monitoring the health of Fidel Castro, the leader of Cuban’s revolutionary history for the past 50 years, Law and Disorder hosts Michael Ratner and Michael Smith take in a long view to discuss the imperial ambitions aimed at a post-Fidel Cuba.

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US Supplies Israel With Weapons and Fuel

The United States supplies Israel with some of the most sophisticated and exotic weaponry to slaughter Lebanese and Palestinian civilians. This is in violation of the US Arms Export Control Act. A law that requires military items such as bombs that are transferred to foreign governments by the United States be used for internal security and legitimate self-defense. We’ll talk more about this with our next guest.

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Marjorie Cohn joins Law and Disorder today. Marjorie is a professor at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, president-elect of the National Lawyers Guild, and the US representative to the executive committee of the American Association of Jurists. She has also written extensively on the Middle East conflict – read her latest articles at Commondreams and Counterpunch – here on July 4th, July 19, July 25 and July 31st.

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Innocent Civilians Still Targets

It was exactly a week ago today that Israeli warplanes bombed the village of Qana killing at least 57 people, most of them children. According to reporters at the scene, an Israeli missile hit a three-story building where relatives from two extended families were seeking refuge. There were only eight survivors. The youngest of the dead was 10 months old. The oldest was 95. This and other attacks have brought the number of Lebanese deaths to more than 750, most of them civilians, since Israel began its strikes in mid-July in response to the kidnapping of two soldiers. A total of 51 Israelis, 18 of them civilians, have been killed.

Meanwhile, the Israeli Security Cabinet agreed to expand and deepen its ground attack in Southern Lebanon as innocent civilians and communities absorb horrific destruction. Recently, Hizbollah has demanded that changes be made to the UN resolution on the conflict between Israel and Lebanon to include that Israel pull out of Southern Lebanon.

Law and Disorder hosts talk with Manhattan human rights attorney Jamil Dakwar, he’s a Palestinian citizen of Israel, he was raised in the northern Israeli city of Haifa and still has family there. Jamil is a member of the editorial board of the journal of Palestine studies.

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