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URUK Net 24 March, 2009

Last updated: Thursday, March 26, 2009 16:01

NOT TO FORGET NATO AGRESSION AGAINST SERBIA, TEN YEARS AFTER SAJKACA
Tomorrow it’s 10 years! This War was the first War in Europe after 1945, despite the fact that nobody wanted War in Europe anymore. It was the first War that was officially supported by the United Nation and the first War that was supported by left wing and democratic usually against War governments. The pacifistic movement strangely didn’t complain against this War, probably because it was lead by their people, by the “good” ones. It seems that there are some “good” and some “bad” Wars, so it looks that the pacifists are just against the bad ones. So it was a “good” War? Nato agression against Yugoslavia was accompaigned by mediatic lies, strumentalisated with ideologies and simplified with futile explanations. Western people have been heavily fooled by NATO and democratic government’s propaganda that used an absurd word with absolute no sense: the Humanitarian War…

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AFGHANISTAN: Long Drought Raises Spectre of Famine
Thalif Deen
The battle to contain the growing political and military turmoil in Afghanistan may be temporarily overshadowed by an impending threat to millions of people in that strife-torn country: food shortages and starvation. “The most severe drought in a decade is fueling a grave food crisis that threatens millions of people,” Marvin Parvez, the Asia-Pacific coordinator for Church World Service (CWS), told IPS. He said the food crisis remains a serious issue. “Although immediate food needs are met to a great extent, it is only a short-term solution to prolonged food security in Afghanistan.”..

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Cancer: NATO’s time bomb in the Balkans
Russia Today
Tuesday marks the 10th anniversary of the beginning of the three-month NATO bombing campaign of the former Yugoslavia – and a decade later, the wounds of the war are still felt. Throughout the areas which have been affected by NATO bombings, hundreds of people are dying of cancer. Experts say that this may be a result of uranium shells being used. A little cemetery in Bratunac, Eastern Bosnia became the final resting place for a number of cancer victims. A local resident, who preferred to remain anonymous, gave RT the names of some who are buried there. He says they all died of cancer…

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Israel’s war crimes coming to light
Eva Bartlett | In Gaza
…People in Gaza were very acutely aware of the lethal drones, without having to be told thus by formal groups or experts. At new year’s the sordid text message about zanana (drone) missiles spread in a dark attempt at humour. We knew they were deadly. In my work with the Red Crescent, and my follow-up reporting after, I came across many cases where civilians were torn apart or seriously injured by drone missiles. The sound of drones is distinctive, and the pattern of a first missile followed minutes later by a second missile is a deadly pattern that repeated throughout Israel’s war on Gaza leaving countless injured and killed. The most haunting for me is the man mourning his wife just assassinated by such a missile. He helped to load her body, in pieces, onto a stretcher and into our ambulance, alternately stopping to sob, all the while shrieking, wailing like I’ve never heard. She had rushed to the area where a family member had been just been killed by the first drone missile, only to herself be caught by the fatal second missile minutes later.

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KZSC-radio address: US Used Neutron Bomb to Take Baghdad
Eric Lindblad
On the 9th of April 2007 an interview on Arabic satellite television of the Iraqi Republican Guard commander provided testimony that the U.S. used both phosphorus and neutron bombs during the 2003 airport battle. The Arab Ba’ath Socialist Party in a statement dated 9 April 2008 further reiterated that the U.S. had used tactical nuclear weapons during the airport battle. The U.S. occupied Baghdad subsequent to the airport battle, officially from the date of 9 April 2003 occupying Baghdad. Technically “enhanced radiation” weapons are the proper name of neutron bombs. All nuclear armaments involve some fission and some fusion…

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UK will not push for changing legislation allowing arrest of Israeli Army officials
Saed Bannoura – IMEMC News
The United Kingdom sent an unofficial message to Israel’s Foreign Minister, Tzipi Livni, informing her that London will not be pushing for a change in the law that allows arresting Israeli Army officials who visit Britain if they have war crimes charges filed against them in the U.K. The UK said that Israel’s public image had sharply declined after “Operation Cast Lead” offensive against the Gaza Strip, and that Britain will not be able to make any amendments to the legislation before the elections planned for next year…

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The Dictionary of American Empire-Speak
Tom Engelhardt
…There has recently been much reporting on, and even some debate here about, the efficacy of the Obama administration’s decision to increase the intensity of CIA missile attacks from drone aircraft in what Washington, in a newly coined neologism reflecting a widening war, now calls “Af-Pak” — the Pashtun tribal borderlands of Afghanistan and Pakistan. Since August 2008, more than 30 such missile attacks have been launched on the Pakistani side of that border against suspected al-Qaeda and Taliban targets. The pace of attacks has actually risen since Barack Obama entered the Oval Office, as have casualties from the missile strikes, as well as popular outrage in Pakistan over the attacks. …

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Gaza Children: A Gloomy Future
By Yousef Al-Helou – Gaza City
The devastation left by the Israeli war on beseiged Gaza means youngsters now make a living by sifting through piles of rubble. Children as young as five collect metal and plastic to sell to scrap dealers. So poor are the families they come from that they miss school in order to provide minimal support for their brothers and sisters. Missing school for even a day before the recent massacres was considered a shame, not going at all due to desperation is in danger of becoming a norm. Saeed Dardonah, is 14- years old, his family house was destroyed by F16 rockets, during Israel’s 3-week offensive. “look at my hands’, she says showing me the palms that are dusty and covered in cuts ‘I have been looking for copper wires and plastic amongst the rubble of our destroyed house and neighbourhood. I sell what I collect for 6 shekels ($1.50) per kilogram. I have left school to support my family” he said…

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Jerusalem in Our Hearts
By Joharah Baker for MIFTAH
This year, Arabs and Palestinians honored the city of Jerusalem as 2009's “Capital of Arab Culture.” Each year, Arab cultural ministers name one Arab city as the “Cultural Capital,” last year’s designate being Damascus, Syria. The title came this year with a fanfare of activities throughout Palestinian cities, crowned off by a huge VIP event in Bethlehem where prominent artists and Arab cultural figures throughout the Arab world conveyed their sentiments of solidarity and support via video conference and Palestinian folkloric groups performed live. So it would seem that the designation is not and should not be politicized. Naming an Arab city a cultural capital is about preserving its heritage and its Arab identity, passing on the torch of our culture to newer generations that may not be as well versed in it as others. It is a sort of revival, an honor bestowed upon the Arabs’ most revered cities and homage paid to its rich history. Enough said. For these very reasons, Israel was adamant to stop the festivities…

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Lieberman is no abnormality
Nimer Sultany
One can easily detect a generally superficial, and convenient, analysis of the outcomes of Israeli elections in western media outlets thus far. Indeed, the far right-wing of the Zionist continuum has strengthened its hold on the Israeli political system in the recent Israeli elections. Yet, it would be misleading to see these results as mainly the direct product of the onslaught on Gaza and the popular sentiment that followed, and to isolate them from processes that were underway years before the war. Indeed, the right-wing has been in a better position than the left within the Jewish vote since 1977, and its power has been steadily increasing since Ehud Barak destroyed the so-called Zionist left in Camp David 2000 and its aftermath…

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Iran, India, Russia to discuss Taliban
Press TV, Iran
Iran, India and Russia will discuss ways to counter Taliban’s influence after the US proposed to include the group in Afghan politics. The three countries will consider cooperative actions to curb the influence of the Taliban during the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) ministerial meeting on Afghanistan to be held in Moscow on March 27, Xinhua reported on Tuesday. According to the report, Tehran, New Delhi and Moscow are concerned that the worsening security situation in Afghanistan may grant Taliban ‘a growing space’ in the war-torn country…

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PCHR Warns of Gaza Patients’ Being Denied Treatment Abroad
PCHR – Palestinian Centre for Human Rights
…PCHR is extremely concerned that Palestinian patients may suffer the consequences of the political conflict between Fatah and Hamas, and calls upon:* The Ministry of Health in Gaza Government to cancel its decision to take over the Department of External Medical Treatment. The Ministry is required to let the Director and staff of the Department return to their work immediately, in order to serve the hundreds of patients in need of medical treatment abroad. * The Ramallah Ministry of Health to immediately cancel its decision to stop the financial coverage for the hundreds Palestinian patients who need to complete life-saving treatment in Israeli hospitals. Amongst these patients are 57 children who need to complete their long-term treatment in Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem. Stopping medical referrals in the context of the ongoing siege of Gaza represents a death sentence. The Government in Ramallah must accept responsibility for this situation…

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US prepares new escalation of Afghanistan intervention
By Patrick Martin
The chief official overseeing US policy in Afghanistan and Pakistan, Richard Holbrooke, arrived in Brussels Monday to brief NATO representatives on the Obama administration plans for the region, amid press reports that the US intends to push aside Afghan President Hamid Karzai and supplant him with an unelected “czar” to take charge of the vast new influx of military and economic aid for the US puppet regime. The British newspaper the Guardian reported Sunday that the US planned to appoint an Afghan “prime minister” who would bypass Karzai and his corrupt government in Kabul…Whatever the immediate course of action in relation to Karzai himself, the Obama administration has clearly decided on a major escalation of the US intervention in Afghanistan and in the wider region, including the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. In addition to the 17,000 troops which have begun arriving in the country, there is an enormous increase in US military construction…

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A women dies in Gaza, death toll reaches 312 due to the ongoing siege
Ghassan Bannoura
A Palestinian woman was reported dead on Tuesday after the Israeli military barred her from leaving Gaza for medical care. Hayat Khalil, 46, from Gaza city had cancer, doctors said that she had all needed documents to leave Gaza but still the Israeli army refused to allow her to travel. The Palestinian Ministry of Health reported that with Khalil death the number of patients who died due the 21 months long Israeli siege on Gaza have reached 312..

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Obama doesn’t talk like Bush; he just acts like him
Ted Rall
…Countless victims have been tortured by U.S. military personnel at Bagram, the U.S. air base in Afghanistan where Bush imprisoned 600 people without charges. Some were murdered in the camp’s notorious “salt pit.” “Even children have not been spared,” says Amnesty International. Now Bagram is being expanded — nearly doubled in size — in order to accommodate 200-plus detainees from Gitmo, as well as future POWs from Obama’s expanded war against Afghanistan. As bad as Guantánamo was, conditions at Bagram are worse. Extraordinary renditions, the Times reports in a different article, will continue under Obama. “In little-noticed confirmation testimony recently,” says the paper, “Obama nominees endorsed continuing the CIA’s program of transferring prisoners to other countries without legal rights, and indefinitely detaining terrorism suspects without trials even if they were arrested far from a war zone.”..

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Detainee Offered Freedom for Silence on Torture
William Fisher
A British court ruled Monday that U.S. authorities had asked a Guantanamo Bay detainee to drop allegations of torture in exchange for his freedom. A ruling by two British High Court judges said the U.S. offered Binyam Mohamed a plea bargain deal in October. Mohamed refused the deal and the U.S. dropped all charges against him later last year. Mohamed is an Ethiopian who moved to Britain when he was a teenager. He was arrested in Pakistan in 2002 and claims he was tortured both there and in Morocco. He was transferred to Guantanamo in 2004. He was finally returned to Britain in late February 2009, with no charges against him…

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4 Murders at Mieh Meih Palestinian Refugee Camp
Who tried to kill Palestinian Ambassador Abass Zaki and why?
Franklin Lamb
Yesterday afternoon, Kamal Medhat, 58, known in Lebanon’s Palestinian Camps affectionately as ‘Kamal Naji’ a senior member of the Palestinian Fatah movement was killed exiting Mieh Meih Camp by a 25-30 kilogram bomb. The bomb was hidden in a small roadside shed between two checkpoints, one manned by the Lebanese army and the other at the Kifah el Musallah Camp security check point. According to Fateh intelligence sources, a man on a tall building near the Camp entrance watched Medhat’s car approach and detonated it as he passed at almost exactly 2 pm. The bombing appears to have been an assassination hit aimed at the Palestinian Ambassador to Lebanon, Abass Zaki. Also killed were Akram Daher, Director of the PLO’s youth organization in Lebanon, and Medhat’s bodyguards Khaled Daher and Mohammed Shehadeh. Three Palestinians in a second car were seriously injured and are being treated in hospital. Fateh sources claim the real target was Abass Zaki, the PLO Diplomatic Representative to Lebanon…

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Hamas furious over statements by Fatah leader
Ma’an news
Hamas spokesperson Fawzi Barhoom expressed anger over recent statements by Azzam Al-Ahmad, the head of Fatah’s parliamentary bloc, on Tuesday. The Fatah leader had said the ongoing dialogue with the Hamas movement “looks as if Hamas is another independent state and wants to make alliances with other countries.” In a statement, Barhoum told Ma’an that “the pessimistic way in which Azzam thinks about the talks in Cairo reflects his own bad experience with Fatah members and leaders.”..

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Gaza rubble is forensic evidence
Don Duncan
With the $4.5 billion in pledges made by international donors at the Sharm al-Sheikh conference this month, the humanitarian focus in Gaza will begin to shift, looking forward at clearing rubble and rebuilding anew. But before any reconstruction can start, much emergency relief work still needs to be done and humanitarian workers and medics won’t be the only ones trawling through the rubble. A small army of architects and urban planners working with Israeli human rights organization B’Tselem, are poised to enter Gaza and examine the mounds of rubble and half-standing buildings that remain in the strip. They believe that in Gaza’s broken remnants lay the clues to what shape Israeli military practice is likely to take in the future…

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Italy moves to expel Nativity Church deportees
Ma’an news
Three Palestinian militants deported to Italy by Israel following the 2002 siege of the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem must depart Europe by the end of the month. After seven years in Italy, and under the watchful eye of Israel’s Mossad intelligence agency, the three deportees have been asked to leave the country by the end of April. In April 2002, during an Israeli operation in Bethlehem, a large group of “wanted” Palestinians took refuge in the Church of the Nativity, and after the army surrounded the site, the siege became the focus of international attention. After negotiations and international mediation, 26 Palestinians were deported to the Gaza Strip, while 13 of them, considered the more dangerous suspects, were sent to a number of European countries…

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PICD: “Arresting Journalists violates the law, must be stopped”
Saed Bannoura – IMEM
The Palestine Institute for Communication and Development (PICD) issued a press released condemning the targeting and arresting of Palestinian journalists in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank. The PICD stated that security forces loyal to Fatah in the West Bank, and Hamas in Gaza, arrested a number of reporters. The center also slammed the repeated interrogations against reporter Sakhir Abu al-’On, head of the office of the French Press Agency in Gaza…

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