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URUK Net 17 February, 2009

Last updated: Thursday, February 19, 2009 10:58

Did Israel test new weapons in Gaza?
Russia Today
The Palestinian Authority is calling for an international investigation of the weapons used by Israel during its three-week assault on Gaza. There are claims so-called DIME bombs were dropped from drone aircraft. This kind of bomb is designed to produce an intense explosion in a small space. Mona Al-Ashkar, an 18-year-old Gaza resident, lost her left leg and half her body was paralysed, after she was hit by an Israeli shell…What distinguishes Mona’s case is the way in which her body was mutilated. Her doctors say her leg looked like it had been “sliced right off with a knife” – an unusual wound they encountered more than once during the offensive…

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Two US missile strikes in Pakistan in three days kill more than 60
By Barry Grey
The United States on Monday carried out its second missile strike in three days inside Pakistan. More than 30 people were reported killed after four CIA Predator drone aircraft launched at least four Hellfire missiles at a purported Taliban training camp in Pakistan’s northwest tribal area of Kurram. It was the first US strike in Kurram, one of seven semi-autonomous tribal areas in Pakistan on the border with Afghanistan. Monday’s attack followed a missile strike on Saturday on a building in the South Waziristan tribal district that killed at least 30 people. The two strikes in rapid succession came within days of a visit to Pakistan by Richard Holbrooke, President Barack Obama’s special envoy to Afghanistan, Pakistan and India…

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Newly declassified DOD documents says detainees were tortured
Jason Leopold
Newly declassified Defense Department documents describe a pattern of “abusive” behavior by U.S. military interrogators that directly led to the deaths of several suspected terrorists imprisoned at a detention center in Afghanistan in December 2002. The previously secret pages from the report were part of the a wide-ranging report into detainee abuse known as the Church Report, named after Vice Admiral Albert T. Church who conducted the investigation.. That report said there was “no policy that condoned or authorized either abuse or torture.” But the declassified Pentagon documents, coupled with a report issued last December by the Senate Armed Services Committee, tell a different story and lend credence to claims by civil libertarians and critics of former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld that refusal to release a fully classified version of the Church Report several years ago amounted to a cover-up…

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Bush III: Obama on Torture & Wiretapping
Thomas R. Eddlem
Just as President Bush publicly and repeatedly stated that “this nation does not torture,” but then secretly engaged in torture, President Obama’s public rhetoric against torture is increasingly at odds with his decisons to defend John Yoo (the former Justice Department official who authored the “torture memo” justifying Bush administration policy), keep in place policies that have protected torture, and even keep in office Bush-era appointees who helped establish torture policies…

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Israeli Bombs inflict more pain on Gaza hospital
Omar Karmi
Tareq Dardas remains haunted by the night he, three other doctors, eight nurses and 15 patients thought might be their last. “You can’t imagine what a horrible night that was,” said the general practitioner, who trained eight years in Pakistan and now works at Gaza’s Al Wafa Hospital. “I’ve never been so miserable.” Dr Dardas and his colleagues found themselves pinned down in their hospital, east of Gaza City and near the Israeli border, on the night of Jan 15 by heavy Israeli bombardment for which Dr Dardas said he could think of no explanation. No one was killed or injured in the bombardment, but the hospital sustained significant damage and staff had to evacuate the hospital by carrying patients out in bed sheets when ambulances finally arrived after 10am the next day…

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‘Salt of the earth’ send aid convoy to Gaza while Brown sends the Royal Navy to help lawless Israel
Stuart Littlewood
Unable to attend the Viva Palestina convoy send-off in London, I watched video footage of the occasion with tears in my eyes. Here at last were people of courage and moral backbone… a dying breed in Britain, I had thought. How easily they put our leaders to shame. The political leadership in London still dances to Israel’s tune in spite of that regime’s never-ending crimes. It is no use looking to them for honest action. A humanitarian response to Gaza has never crossed their mind. They are, after all, the friends of land thieves and racist aggressors…

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Tadamun society: Israel demolished more than 20 buildings in W. Bank this year
Palestinian Information Center
The international Tadamun (solidarity) society for human rights reported Tuesday that the IOF troops demolished more than 20 homes and buildings from the beginning of this year until mid-February in the West Bank at the pretext that they were built either on confiscated lands or without license, while they razed dozens of homes to the ground in the Gaza Strip. The society said that these Israeli serious violations come in the context of the Israeli policy of displacing Palestinians from their cities in the West Bank especially occupied Jerusalem where most of the demolitions were concentrated…

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“Like a drum” – shelling of Gaza’s beachfront continues
Writing from Gaza
19 year-old Ali Abdl Salam Al Sa’ay walks like the living dead. Eyes closed, he hobbles into the examination room at Gaza city’s Nasser Eye Hospital, holding his bandaged hands gingerly in front of him. A relative walks alongside him, holding up his intravenous drip of antibiotics. ‘His right eye is lost’, explains his opthamologist, Dr Hafez Hani. ‘The globe is ruptured, due to an explosive injury. The contents of the eye are lost. There is no perception of light. There is nothing we can do but close the wound of the eye’. More complicated, however, is the “intraocular infection” of the eye, which requires both systemic (intravenous) and topical (drops) antibiotics. ‘He will stay here until the infection subsides’, Dr Hafez continues. In addition to losing his right eye, Ali has also lost his left hand and three fingers from his right hand…

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Thousands of Gazans remain homeless
IRIN News
Thousands of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip remain homeless after their houses were badly damaged or destroyed during Israel’s recent military offensive there. The Israeli army began with aerial bombardments of the enclave on 27 December and added a ground assault from 3 January. Israel declared a unilateral ceasefire on 18 January while Hamas, the de facto ruling authority in the Strip, declared its own ceasefire later that day. According to a 16 February report by Save the Children Alliance “at least 100,000 people, including 56,000 children, remain displaced with many continuing to take shelter in tents or crowding into remaining homes with other families, one month since the Gaza ceasefire was declared.” …

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Unmanned aerial vehicles and the warfare of inequality management
Jimmy Johnson, The Electronic Intifada
Aeronautics Defense Systems, based in the Israeli city of Yavne, was recently awarded a contract by the Dutch Ministry of Defense “to supply unmanned air vehicle capacity to Dutch troops serving with the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan.” The Netherlands is not the only nation to employ Israeli unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in foreign occupation. They are also utilized by Canadian, US, UK and Australian forces in Afghanistan and Iraq. Their foreign sale has developed largely because of significant use in the wars against and occupations of Lebanon and Palestine. A variety of Israeli firms are developing new unmanned aerial, terrestrial and nautical vehicles. As these are proven in combat, here it can be expected that they too will be exported to foreign forces. Israel was the first country to widely adopt and integrate UAVs into its armed forces beyond their use as gunnery targets for anti-aircraft training.

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Iraqi Puppet Gov. Re-Tries Guantanamo Detainees
Association of Muslim Scholars in Iraq (AMSI)
Government security apparatuses started to investigate the Iraqis who were detained in Guantanamo Bay and recently arrived at Iraq. Newspaper sources narrated from Justice Ministry saying that current minister Safa al Deen al Safi in the press release as “Guantanamo detainees will be tried in Iraqi courts…

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Marine set for court-martial on charge of killing prisoner in Fallouja
Tony Perry
The court-martial of Sgt. Jermaine Nelson begins Tuesday at Camp Pendleton. Nelson is charged with murder in the death of an unarmed prisoner during the battle in Fallouja in November 2004. Nelson confessed to a Naval Criminal Investigative Service agent in 2007 that he killed a prisoner at the order of his squad leader, then-Sgt. Jose Nazario…

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Interview Tariq Ali on Obama: Imperialism with a human face
Derrick O’Keefe
With President Obama set to visit Ottawa this Thursday, Feb. 19, renowned writer and anti-war campaigner Tariq Ali shares his thoughts on the new administration’s foreign policy. In his recently published book, The Duel, Ali argues that expanding the war in Afghanistan will only sow more destruction in that long suffering Central Asian country, and aggravate the already volatile situation in Pakistan. In this interview with rabble.ca editor Derrick O’Keefe, Ali discusses the war, prospects for Palestine under Obama’s watch, the rising left-wing tide in Uncle Sam’s backyard and his thoughts on long-time UK resident Michael Ignatieff…

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Russia and Iran in military talks
AlJazeera.net
Iran’s defence minister has held talks with his Russian counterpart in Moscow over strengthening military ties, amid speculation Tehran is pushing Moscow to supply it with air defence missiles. Mostafa Najar and Anatoly Serdyukov held “constructive” talks, Russia’s defence ministry said. “I hope that this visit will lead to long-term development of relations in military co-operation, security and the strengthening of security in the region and around the world,” Najar said prior to the talks. Russian newspapers have reported that Najar will have urged Moscow to fulfil a contract for the delivery of Russia S-300 anti-aircraft missiles to Iran…

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When Sports Trump Human Rights
The Fundamental Principles of Tennis
Kim Petersen
It seems there is a backlash to invading and killing and that is being felt within the world of sports, including the genteel sport of tennis. Israeli tennis star Shahar Peer was denied a visa to play a recent World Tennis Association (WTA) event in Dubai. The WTA Tour is now threatening the United Arab Emirates’s future as a venue for WTA events. WTA chairman Larry Scott said there is a principle that sports and politics should not mix. Jewish Israeli forces recently committed multiple war crimes, killing over 1300 Gazans, wounding more than 5450 Gazans, destroying homes, hospitals, schools, and societal infrastructure, and creating over 85,000 refugees out of a population of 1.5 million. I am unaware of any tennis player from any nation speaking out against this slaughter…

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Challenging Zionist Indoctrination: Birthright Israel “Unplugged”
Corey Balsam – AIC Report
There are few international educational trips that can boast a higher participant rate. In just under 10 years, Birthright Israel has flown over 200, 000 young Jews to Israel for a 10 day adventure of touring, partying and a good dose of Zionist indoctrination. Despite a significant drop in funding this year, that number is sure to grow by the thousands again in 2009. How do they do it? For starters, it’s free. So long as you identify as Jewish, have never been on an organized tour of Israel, and are between the ages of 18-26, you qualify…

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Officials from the Rival factions Fatah and Hamas meet in Ramallah
Ghassan Bannoura – IMEMC
Leading politicians, lawmakers and ministers from the rival factions of Fatah and Hamas met Monday night in Ramallah to advance preparations for talks in Cairo scheduled for February 22nd, Palestinian sources reported. Nasser Al Sha’er, The Deputy deposed Prime Minister of Hamas, announced that the meeting was held “to push efforts toward reconciliation, and to overcome obstacles to ensure the success of the Cairo dialogue.” …

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Israeli forces further construction of apartheid infrastructure in Ni’lin
International Solidarity Movement
Israeli forces invaded the village of Ni’lin to clear a path for the new road plan meant to restrict movement of residents. The army monitored while bulldozers uprooted olive trees for the new road. When the village responded to their destruction, the army fired ‘Saruch’ teargas at the children that were coming home from school. The demonstrators were also shot at with teargas and live ammunition when they gathered to protest against the construction of the Apartheid Wall and new road…

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Lawyers condemn UK over torture in ‘war on terror’
Afua Hirsch, Guardian
The United Kingdom is one of a number of countries that has undermined international law and fallen into a “trap set by terrorists”, according to a three-year study by senior international jurists released today. The report, by the International Commission of Jurists, expresses “deep concern” over the findings of changes to the legal landscape since September 11 in more than 40 countries including the UK, the US, and countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East…

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Video: No help for Afghan child labourers
AlJazeeraEnglish
Foreign leaders say the ultimate goal in Afghanistan is to improve the lives of ordinary people. But for more than 40,000 children forced to survive by taking up work in Kabul, there’s little evidence of anything actually improving. Al Jazeera’s Hamish MacDonald has been meeting some of the children who sift through the capital’s rubbish for a living…

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Bolivarianism Triumphs in Referendum Vote
Stephen Lendman
On February 15, Venezuelans voted on whether to let presidents, National Assembly representatives, governors, mayors, and state legislators run indefinitely for re-election after Chavez last December proposed a national referendum for constitutional change – so voters, not politicians could decide. Sunday they spoke decisively in favor by a 54.4% to 45.6% margin with over 94% of votes counted. Chavez didn’t win. Venezuelans did for Bolivarian continuity and against oligarch dominance, no democracy, and back to an impoverished state…

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