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URUK Net 18 March, 2009

Last updated: Friday, March 20, 2009 15:52

THE WORLD’S BIGGEST LIES AND THE DISASTROUS RESULTS
Malcom Lagauche
Very soon, we will be commemorating the sixth anniversary of the March 2003 invasion of Iraq. The reasons given by the U.S. for the invasion were fairy tales, but the results were anything but the usual happy ending of fictitious fables. The lead-up to the March 2003 invasion of Iraq was laden with lies, deceit, bribes, attempted bribes and so many ludicrous incidents that a fiction writer would be envious of the plot. Unfortunately, the scenario was real and deadly. The U.S. government stated that Iraq was about to attack its neighbors. Then, the east coast of the U.S. would eventually be a target for Iraqi bombers…

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Our South Africa Moment Has Arrived
Omar Barghouti
As Israel shifts steadily to the fanatic, racist right, as the latest parliamentary election results have shown, Palestinians under its control are increasingly being brutalized by its escalating colonial and apartheid policies, designed to push them out of their homeland to make a self-fulfilling prophecy out of the old Zionist canard of “a land without a people.” In parallel, international civil society, according to numerous indicators, is reaching a turning point in its view of Israel as a pariah state acting above the law of nations and in its effective action, accordingly, to penalize and ostracize it as it did to apartheid South Africa…

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Gaza Aftermath (5) Coming home
PCHR – Palestinian Centre for Human Rights
One of the most important factors in recovery from trauma is the ability to find sanctuary in the comfort of one’s home. The right to safety and security. For many people in Gaza, this right has been repeatedly violated, in the form of the destruction of their personal property, often wantonly, by Israeli military forces. Alongside the 1,000s of homes partially or completely destroyed by bulldozers, tank shells and bombs dropped by F-16 fighter jets, are the homes that have been defaced by graffiti left by individual Israeli soldiers and the vandalisation of civilian property within them…

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Pride and Prejudice: Freeman and The Lobby
Eric Walberg
The remarkable hegemony of Zionists in US continues unabated, as demonstrated starkly by the withdrawal of Chas Freeman as United States President Barack Obama’s nominee to chair his National Intelligence Council (NIC). Unlike cabinet positions, the NIC chair is not subject to Senate approval, but when Freeman was subjected to a campaign of slander led by AIPAC functionary Steve Rosen, joined by a chorus of senators, Freeman withdrew, relating in the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) the “libelous distortions of my record,” the “efforts to smear me and destroy my credibility . . . by unscrupulous people with a passionate attachment to the views of a political faction in a foreign country.”..

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PFLP: Israel torturing jailed leader
Ma’an news
Israel is torturing Ahmad Sa’dat, the secretary-general of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) in prison, the group said on Wednesday. In a statement the PFLP said the “Israeli prison service keeps transferring Sa’adat from one jail to another, under dire conditions in light of his bad health condition. He has been suffering pains in his back and stomach in Israel’s custody as a result of bad conditions in detention.”…

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Malak Hamdan on Torture and Violations in Iraq at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva 9th till16th March 2009
Iraqi Rabita Press Office – London
Malak Hamdan on Torture and Violations in Iraq at the UN HR Council. Exposing all the crimes and violations committed by the occupation sectarian government and the US occupation forces in Iraq. Impressively stand very close to be the patriotic representative and talk on behalf of all Iraqis desirous to their country…

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Weekly Report: On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory No. 11/2009 (12- 18 March 2009)
PCHR – Palestinian Centre for Human Rights
Israeli violations of international law and humanitarian law continued in the OPT during the reporting period (12 – 18 March2009): Shooting: During the reporting period, IOF injured 19 Palestinian civilians, including nine children, and an American human rights defender in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. In the West Bank, on 13 March 2009, a Palestinian child was injured when IOF moved into Housan village, west of Bethlehem, and fired at a number of children who threw stones at military vehicles. On 15 March, four Palestinian civilians, including three children, were injured by IOF gunfire in similar circumstances. During the reporting period, 12 Palestinian civilians, including four children, and an American human rights defender were wounded when IOF used force against peaceful demonstrations organized in protest at the construction of the Annexation Wall…

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Hamas: Our people are not children of a lesser God
From Khalid Amayreh in Occupied East Jerusalem
The Palestinian Islamic resistance movement, Hamas, has held Israel responsible for the breakdown of Egyptian-mediated negotiations over a possible prisoner swap with the apartheid Zionist regime. Hamas officials described statements by outgoing Israeli premier Ehud Olmert as “theatrical” and “mendacious from A to Z.” One Hamas official in the Gaza Strip remarked that “Olmert is as mendacious as he is criminal,” adding that “what else would you expect from the killer of thousands of children and civilians?” On Wednesday, the Israeli government decided to impose a new “set of punishments” against the Gaza Strip…

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Blackwater still works for U.S. in Iraq
UPI
The U.S. State Department re-signed the security firm formerly known as Blackwater despite Iraq saying it didn’t want the company there, records show. The State Department said $22.2 million deal signed with Blackwater, since renamed Xe, in February was a contract modification concerning aviation work, The Washington Times first reported. The contract expires in September, months after its contract for work in Baghdad was to have run out. One observer said the deal raises questions about why the United States would want to pay a contractor for work in Iraq if the government won’t approve its operating license…

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Hamas: Factions agree to form national unity government
Ma’an news
A spokesperson for the Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, said on Wednesday evening that factions have agreed on the terms of establishing a national unity government. Hamas spokesperson Fawzi Barhoum added that the government will be formed after elections, though the date has not been finally set. In a statement to Ma’an, Barhoum said that “there is an agreement regarding the nature of the next government,” and that it will be one of national unity, and will be temporary until the next Palestinian elections…

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A Baby’s Power Struggle with Israel
Bedouin Villages Left in the Dark Ages
JONATHAN COOK
Little Ashimah Abu Sbieh’s life hangs by a thread — or more specifically, an electricity cable that runs from a noisy diesel-powered generator in the family’s backyard. Should the generator’s engine fail, she could die within minutes. Ashimah suffers from a rare genetic condition that means her brain fails to tell her lungs to work. Without the assistance of an electric inhalator, she would simply stop breathing. That nearly happened late last year when the generator broke down during the night. Her parents, Siham and Faris, woke to find the 11-month-old’s face blue from a lack of oxygen. They reconnected the inhalator to a set of car batteries and then battled to fix the generator before the two hours of stored power ran out…

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Imprisoned Fatah and Hamas leaders stress need for success of internal talks
Maram Isid – IMEMC
Jamal Huwail, deputy member of the Legislative Council of the Fatah movement, stated from prison that no choices have been presented to the reconciliation committees. Only a comprehensive national agreement will end the problems and lay the foundations to begin a new phase in the process of achieving goals and rights that depend on national unity and ending divisions. In an interview from an Israeli prison in the Negev, Deputy Huwail stated that Hamas has a clear message to the negotiators, in particular the forces of the Fatah movement; that we have all the assurances needed for success in unity talks, and that he hopes the Hamas movement can work together with other Palestinian factions to overcome obstacles and find solutions to issues drawing on a united spirit of Palestinian people’s rights and struggles…

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Confronting the Occupation
Where Are We Leaving Iraqi Women?
YIFAT SUSSKIND
If you haven’t thought about the Iraq War as a story of US allies systematically torturing and executing women, you’re not alone. Likewise, if you were under the impression that Iraqi women were somehow better off under their new, US-sponsored government. In the spring of 2003, Fatin was a student of architecture at Baghdad University. Her days were filled with classes and hanging out in her favorite of Baghdad’s many cafes, where she and her friends studied, shared music, and spun big plans for successful careers, happy marriages, and eventually, kids. Today, Fatin says that those feel like someone else’s dreams. Soon after the US invasion, Fatin began seeing groups of bearded young Iraqi men patrolling the streets of Baghdad. They were looking for women like her, who wore modern clothes or were heading to professional jobs. The men screamed terrible insults at the women and sometimes beat them. By the fall, ordinary aspects of Fatin’s life had become punishable by death. The “misery gangs,” as Fatin calls them, were routinely killing women for wearing pants, appearing in public without a headscarf, or shaking hands and socializing with men…

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Durban II: no-show is slap in face of victims of apartheid
Arjan El Fassed, The Electronic Intifada,
More and more Western countries are either announcing their boycott or are threatening to boycott Durban II, a United Nations conference scheduled for April to review progress made since the World Conference Against Racism (WCAR) held in Durban, South Africa in 2001, nicknamed Durban I. Earlier this month, Italy became the first EU member to withdraw from the event, stating that it could not endorse a draft agenda that criticizes Israel. Italy followed in the footsteps of Israel, Canada and the United States. France and the Netherlands are threatening their own boycotts. Maxime Verhagen, the Dutch foreign minister, recently explained that “The Netherlands will not be party to a propaganda circus.” In December 2008, Verhagen claimed that the 2001 summit was an “anti-Semitic witch-hunt.”

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Israeli crisis deepens
Jean Shaoul
In his bid to form a coalition government, Benyamin Netanyahu, leader of the right-wing Likud Party, has signed an agreement with the far-right Yisrael Beiteinu party that will give it five cabinet posts. Party leader Avigdor Lieberman is to become Israel’s foreign secretary. Likud won 27 seats in the elections in February, one less than Kadima. But Netanyahu was asked to form a government because the rightist parties together have 65 seats in the 120-member Knesset. It will need further political horse trading to bring the smaller right-wing parties, Shas, Jewish Home and United Torah Judaism, on board. But if Netanyahu succeeds, then his will be the most right-wing government in Israel’s history—beholden to parties based on the Jewish settlers in the Occupied Territories and with a racist advocate of ethnic cleansing as its international representative…

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Report: UK economic links with Israeli settlements
Report, Profundo
The following is the edited summary of the research paper, “UK economic links with Israeli settlements in occupied Palestinian territory.” The paper was prepared for the Sir Joseph Hotung Programme for Law, Human Rights and Peace Building in the Middle East, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London by the research group Profundo…

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Treatment of Imprisoned Muslims at Terre Haute’s Communications Management Unit (CMU)
Stephen Lendman
In February 2007, it was learned that Washington had a secret new facility for so-called “high-security risk” Muslim and Middle Eastern prisoners in violation of federal law that prohibits severely limiting or cutting them off entirely from other inmates as well as outside contacts and communications. Segregating prisoners by race, national origin, or language violates the Supreme Court’s February 2005 decision in Johnson v. California that affirmed 14th Amendment protection against racial discrimination…

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Durban II: no-show is slap in face of victims of apartheid
Arjan El Fassed, The Electronic Intifada,
More and more Western countries are either announcing their boycott or are threatening to boycott Durban II, a United Nations conference scheduled for April to review progress made since the World Conference Against Racism (WCAR) held in Durban, South Africa in 2001, nicknamed Durban I. Earlier this month, Italy became the first EU member to withdraw from the event, stating that it could not endorse a draft agenda that criticizes Israel. Italy followed in the footsteps of Israel, Canada and the United States. France and the Netherlands are threatening their own boycotts. Maxime Verhagen, the Dutch foreign minister, recently explained that “The Netherlands will not be party to a propaganda circus.” In December 2008, Verhagen claimed that the 2001 summit was an “anti-Semitic witch-hunt.”

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Syrian president says peace with Israel still possible
Saed Bannoura – IMEMC
Syrian president, Bashar Asad, stated in an interview with the Italian newspaper, La Repubblica, that indirect Turkish-mediated talks with Israel managed to bring the two countries very close to an agreement, especially after Israel’s outgoing Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert, stated that he is willing to withdraw from the Golan Heights. Asad added that the recent Israeli elections brought an extreme right wing government to Israel, a reality that will likely have negative implications for future peace talks…

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PCHR Demands Investigation into the Death of a Civilian Detained and Tortured by Security Services in Rafah
PCHR – Palestinian Centre for Human Rights
The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) demands an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of Zayed ‘Ayesh Mabrouq Jaradat, 40, from al-Shoka village in the east of Rafah, who had been tortured by members of the security service during his detention by police in Rafah. PCHR calls for the results of any investigation to be made available to the public, and for the perpetrators to be prosecuted and brought to justice…

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Syria’s Assad ready to mediate with Iran: report
AFP
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is ready to act as a mediator with Iran provided western countries come up with a clear plan to submit to Tehran, he said in an interview published Wednesday. And he praised US President Barack Obama as a man of his word for having honoured promises over a pull-out from Iraq and shutting down the detention centre at Guantanamo Bay, in comments to the Italian daily La Repubblica…

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