Tuesday 29 June 2010

Pat Tillman

(November 6, 1976 – April 22, 2004)

Tillman sacrificed the good life and a multi-million dollar football career in the belief that he was defending his country from outside enemies, and soon after 9/11 turned down a contract offer of $3.6 million over three years from the Cardinals to enlist in the U.S. Army.

It was during Tillman's second deployment to Afghanistan, after previously serving in Iraq, that he was killed by what the U.S. military initially claimed was a Taliban ambush. It later emerged that the ambush story had been concocted by the Pentagon in an attempt to exploit Tillman's death for pro-war propaganda. Subsequent investigations claimed that Tillman was killed as a result of a friendly fire accident.

However, in July 2007, the results of an Army medical report found that Tillman had been shot three times in the head with an M16 from a mere 10 yards away, clearly suggesting that the incident was a targeted assassination.

"Army medical examiners were suspicious about the close proximity of the three bullet holes in Pat Tillman's forehead and tried without success to get authorities to investigate whether the former NFL player's death amounted to a crime," reported the Associated Press.

"The medical evidence did not match up with the, with the scenario as described," a doctor who examined Tillman's body after he was killed on the battlefield in Afghanistan in 2004 told investigators. "The doctors - whose names were blacked out - said that the bullet holes were so close together that it appeared the Army Ranger was cut down by an M-16 fired from a mere 10 yards or so away."

Tuesday 22 June 2010

Solomon (Shlomo) Obstfeld (55 yrs)

"The June 9 death of an Orthodox Jewish millionaire in New York has stirred controversy as there are conflicting views about the real cause of his death, with some saying he was cursed.

The New York medical examiner maintains that Solomon (Shlomo) Obstfeld died after plunging to his death from the 19th floor of his luxury Manhattan apartment.

Obstfeld's family members and close friends think differently saying he has been murdered following a quarrel with an Israeli rabbi who had cast a "pulsa denura" death spell on the 55-year-old man.

"Suicide is not a common act by an Orthodox person - it is forbidden in Judaism," a friend of the Obstfeld family told Haaretz.

"He was a very happy and successful man, who contributed to the community. There were no signs that he suffered from depression. On the contrary, he did not leave a note, will, letter or any other sign of suicide. If he had committed suicide, he certainly would have left something behind."

Police say they had found no ladder or chair at the scene showing preparations for suicide.

According to a person close to Obstfeld, the millionaire had rented an apartment to an Israeli rabbi at a below-market price.

The rabbi, however, allegedly did not pay the rent provoking a harsh dispute between the two.

After Obstfeld evicted the rabbi, the rabbi allegedly told friends that he had cast a "pulsa dinura" death curse on Obstfeld.

"We spoke with Obstfeld a lot recently, and despite the fact that the rent dispute disturbed him, he did not seem depressed and it did not seem like he had problems," Obstfeld's friend said.

"He had many plans, he was young, he had a good family and good business. I have no doubt that these men [the rabbi and his associates] were behind this and I could be next in line, because they have no inhibitions."


Dr Alexander Pikayev (48 yrs)

The Russian nuclear weapons expert found dead in Malta last week had said in an interview that Iran posed no threat to any other country.

Dr Alexander Pikayev had told The Tehran Times last year that Iran's nuclear activities were peaceful and accusations that it was building nuclear weapons were "baseless".

Dr Pikayev, Russia's head of the Department for Disarmament and Conflict Resolution Studies of the Institute of World Economy and International Relations, was found dead in a BuÄĦibba flat last Wednesday with a blow to the head. The police believe the blow could have been caused when he fell at his holiday flat.

The Russian expert had told his interviewer he hoped Iran would eliminate ambiguities about its peaceful nuclear activities by continuing to cooperate with the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Calling on Iran and Russia to make further efforts to ensure a stable region, Dr Pikayev had said the regional powers were willing to solve their problems by their own means without foreigners' interference.

The Russian official had noted that the Western sanctions against Iran were "irrational" and "fruitless" because the Islamic state was a developing country, rich in energy resources. In addition, he said the EU had fallen into the trap of US policy and followed suit by imposing sanctions against Iran.

In the meantime, Dr Pikayev's widow flew to Malta after the grim discovery was made, the victim's colleague Alexei Arbatov told The Moscow Times.

The Kommersant newspaper reported that Dr Pikayev had probably suffered a heart attack. But Nikolai Petrov, who worked with Dr Pikayev at the Carnegie Moscow Center, told The Moscow Times Dr Pikayev had not complained about his health in the months before his death.

Dr Pikayev was also a much cited media pundit and often commented on current events in The Moscow Times.

Though the police have not yet ruled out foul play, sources said the victim probably slipped and hit his head to the jamb of a door in the apartment.


Monday 7 June 2010

David Lange

(4 August 1942 – 13 August 2005)

Former New Zealand Prime Minister David Lange has claimed that ex-U.S. Vice President Dan Quayle threatened to have him "liquidated" over his country's anti-nuclear policy in the 1980s.
The extraordinary allegation was first made in an interview with New Zealand's One News...

In the One News interview Lange said the apparent death threat was made by Quayle during a meeting with the Australian cabinet...

"There were veiled threats and there were specific threats," he said. "It was announced at one stage to the Australian cabinet that I would have to be liquidated."

Thursday 3 June 2010

Count Folke Bernadotte

(2 January 1895 – 17 September 1948)

Fifty-eight years ago today, members of the Lohamei Herut Israel/LEHI militant Zionist group assassinated Count Folke Bernadotte, a Swedish diplomat who was appointed by the U.N. to mediate peace between the new state of Israel and its Arab neighbours. Bernadotte was shot six times at point-blank range as his convoy drove through Jerusalem, one day after he offered his second mediation plan which, among other things, called for the return of - and compensation for - the Palestinian refugees displaced by the creation of Israel.

On 16 September 1948, Swedish Count Folke Bernadotte, the United Nations Mediator for Palestine, submitted his progress report to the United Nations. It contained what he described as "seven basic premises" regarding the situation in Palestine. In the one headed "Right of Repatriation," he declared: "The right of innocent people, uprooted from their homes by the present terror and ravages of war, to return to their homes, should be affirmed and made effective, with assurance of adequate compensation for the property of those who may choose not to return.... [N]o settlement can be just and complete if recognition is not accorded to the right of the Arab refugee to return to the home from which he has been dislodged. It will be an offence against the principles of elemental justice if these innocent victims of the conflict were denied the right of return to their homes while Jewish immigrants flow into Palestine..."

On 17 September 1948, the day after he submitted his progress report to the UN, Count Folke Bernadotte, along with his French aid [sic], Colonel Serot, was assassinated in Jerusalem by men wearing uniforms of the Israeli army who were subsequently discovered to be members of the Stern Gang, a Jewish terrorist group headed by among others, Yitzhak Shamir, a future prime minister of Israel.