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URUK Net 10 March, 2009

Last updated: Friday, March 13, 2009 10:12

ACLU demands Obama administration release prisoner abuse photos
Jeremy Gantz
Like most Americans, you’ve probably seen the infamous Iraqi prisoner abuse photographs. The American Civil Liberties Union wants you to be able to see more, and is demanding that the Obama administration release additional photos depicting abuse of prisoners by U.S. forces in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Despite a unanimous federal appeals court panel ruling last year that ordered the Bush administration to do just that, the outgoing administration asked the full court to rehear the case. But the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has yet to do so, according to a statement released Tuesday by the ACLU…

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The Settler Question
What Israeli Peace Process?
By FRANKLIN SPINNEY
On March 2, 2009, the Israeli advocacy group Peace Now issued a report saying that the Israeli housing ministry plans to build 73,ooo housing units in the West Bank. Peace Now said 15,ooo of these units had already been approved, with another 58,000 awaiting approval. On March 7, 2009, the Guardian reported that a confidential report issued by the EU said Israel continues to annex property in East Jerusalem. It said Israeli housing authorities had submitted plans for 5,500 new housing units (3,000 of which have already been approved) since the Annapolis “peace” conference in November 2007. Readers may recall that the Annapolis conference was supposed to resusitate George W. Bush’s moribund so-called Road Map to Peace. Assuming these housing plans are implemented, and only 2.5 Israelis on average inhabit each new unit, the entire program could add as many as 196,ooo Israelis to the 490,000 Israelis already living in the West Bank and East Jerusalem…

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The Martyrdom Of Mordechai Vanunu
By Eileen Fleming
The best understanding of a martyr is one who chooses to suffer, to die rather than renounce their principles. A martyr is also one who has given themselves up as a witness. The essence of Christianity is to bear witness to what Jesus was always on about; forgiveness, love, reconciliation and the intrinsic equality of all people. Within days of the announcement of a record 205 nominations for 2009’s Nobel Peace Prize, [one of several prizes endowed by Swedish industrialist and dynamite inventor Alfred Nobel] perpetual nominee Mordechai Vanunu declined the honor in a letter to the Nobel Peace Prize Committee in Oslo: I am asking the committee to remove my name from the nominations…I cannot be part of a list of laureates that includes Simon Peres…Peres established and developed the atomic weapon program in Dimona in Israel…Peres was the man who ordered [my] kidnapping…he continues to oppose my freedom and release…WHAT I WANT IS FREEDOM AND ONLY FREEDOM…FREEDOM AND ONLY FREEDOM I NEED NOW…

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U.N. report says U.S. rendition policy broke international law
By Julie Sell | McClatchy Newspapers
A U.N. expert is accusing the United States and some of its allies of breaching international law for the so-called extraordinary renditions and subsequent alleged torture of terrorism suspects during the Bush administration’s global war on terrorism, and is launching a probe into the detention of suspects. Martin Scheinin, a U.N. special rapporteur and expert on international law, issued his annual report to the U.N. Human Rights Council on Tuesday. While it identifies a U.S. role in masterminding a “comprehensive system” of rendition and detention of suspects as well as creating “an international web” of intelligence sharing, his report notes that it was possible only through collaboration with many other countries…

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Children need more support in Gaza – UNICEF head
IRIN News
UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Executive Director Ann M. Veneman recently paid a visit to Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory to assess the humanitarian crisis in Gaza, with special focus on children. As of 5 February, 431 Palestinian children had died and 1,872 had been wounded in the 22-day Israeli offensive which ended on 18 January, according to the Gaza health ministry. Veneman spoke to IRIN in Gaza City during her visit…

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March 10, 2009: 1 Marine, 1 Pakistani, 37 Iraqis; 84 Iraqis Wounded
Margaret Griffis, Antiwar.com
A second major bombing in as many days blasted the Baghdad area, leaving dozens of casualties. Overall, at least 37 Iraqis were killed and another 84 were wounded across the country. A U.S. Marine was killed in a non-combat incident, and a Pakistani man was killed during a rocket attack at the Basra International Airport. Meanwhile, British authorities announced that U.K. troops plan to begin a gradual drawdown at the end of the month, and the top U.S. commander said there was little chance the Iraqi government will want U.S. troops to remain beyond 2011…

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