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URUK Net 1 April, 2009

Last updated: Monday, April 6, 2009 8:43

Finger Lickin’ Good.
Layla Anwar, An Arab Woman Blues
…Fallujah, where men, women and children lied overcooked by napalm in the streets… Fallujah where there is over 85% unemployment. Fallujah where over half the population still lives in tents after the butchering spree.. Fallujah where hospitals have been turned to camps for the displaced. Fallujah where there are no schools left and illiteracy runs over 50% Fallujah where its men are still rotting away in detention camps, with no trial, tortured for being Sunnis, Arabs and “Insurgents”… Fallujah the city of a hundred minarets, all turned into rubbles…

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Zionists: We hate you because you are evil, not because you are Jewish
KHALED AMAYREH
I have been under fire of late from two diametrically opposite quarters. First, the fanatical, self-worshipping Zionists who think that non-Jewish suffering should never ever be compared with Jewish suffering. Needless to say, this psychotic attitude stems from deep-seated convictions that a Jew is a special creature whose life is worth more than the rest of humanity. Haven’t we noticed, for example, how Israel has made “Gilad Shalit”, the Israeli soldier imprisoned by Hamas, a household name all over the world, while next to nothing is mentioned about the estimated 10,000 Palestinian political and resistance prisoners languishing in Israeli dungeons and concentration camps? And, second, some pro-Palestinian activists who believe that I should avoid invoking the holocaust in my writings lest this help legitimize the Zionist narrative and inadvertently justify Israeli crimes against the Palestinian people. To our pro-Palestinian activists, I, with all due respect, would like to say the following. I sincerely believe that we would be walking in the path of immorality if we denied or belittled other people’s suffering. Indeed, it is imperative that we retain our humanity and moral fabric in the course of this legitimate struggle against the evil state…

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Israel’s Illegal Annexation of East Jerusalem
by Stephen Lendman
So says a confidential EU report revealed on March 7 by The London Guardian’s Rory McCarthy. It accuses Israel “of using settlement expansion, house demolitions, discriminatory housing policies and the West Bank (Separation) barrier as a way of ‘actively pursuing the illegal annexation’ of East Jerusalem.” More still, including restrictive permits, “closure of Palestinian institutions,” and various other ways to “increase Jewish presence in” the city, “impede Palestinian urban development, and separate East Jerusalem from the rest of the West Bank” incrementally to annex it…

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Darkness Renewed: Terror as a Tool of Empire
Chris Floyd
…When the Obama Administration speaks of “continuity” in American foreign policy, this is an integral part of what they are talking about. So look to see much more on TTP and the demon de jure, Baitullah Mehsud, as the bipartisan Long War grinds on and on, with its ever-present need for “catalyzing” – and terrorizing – the American people into support for the militarist project. ..

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Sudan/Darfur is Test Case for Obama’s “Humanitarian” Aggression
by BAR executive editor Glen Ford
Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir had no choice but to expel the western “aid” organizations that had merged with the American propaganda machine aimed at regime change in Khartoum. Obama operatives like UN Ambassador Susan Rice have for years been “eager to blockade Sudan’s ports” and to launch “selective” bombing raids against Sudan. When imperial doctrine claims the right to intervene whenever disasters overtake sovereign countries – and proceeds to create and exacerbate those disasters – then no government is safe against regime change. President Obama “appears to be fine-tuning a ‘humanitarian’ interventionist doctrine that is applicable to any point on the planet”..

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Taliban say U.S. reconciliation offer “lunatic idea”
By Sayed Salahuddin
Taliban rejected on Wednesday a U.S. offer of “honourable reconciliation” as a “lunatic idea” and said the withdrawal of foreign troops was the only way to end the war in Afghanistan… U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told an international conference on Afghanistan Tuesday that those members of the Taliban who abandoned extremism must be granted an “honourable form of reconciliation.” “This matter was also raised in the past,” said Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid, referring to comments by Obama last month who spoke of reaching out to moderate Taliban. “They have to go and find the moderate Taliban, their leader and speak to them. This is a lunatic idea,” Mujahid said by telephone from an unknown location.
The 21,000 extra U.S. troops ordered by Obama to join the 70,000 foreign soldiers now fighting insurgents in Afghanistan showed the United States wanted the war to continue, Mujahid said, and the Taliban would keep fighting till they left. “There is no other way. We want our freedom and respect for our independence,” Mujahid said…

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Gaza Sea… Bullet for Each Fish
Shaimaa Mustafa, IOL
Sea has always been Ibrahim Shahada’s life. For years he used to join fellow fishermen heading to the shores with the first sun beams. Today, the 50-year old Gazan says the word sea has become a synonym of fear and death. “We are now terribly terrified every time we try to get into the sea,” Shahada told IslamOnline.net. “it’s not that we fear the rolling sea waves, but the much more dangerous Israeli war machines yearning for a chance to shoot at us.” Along with the 40km Gaza seashore, Israeli military ships keep roving to threaten any Palestinian boat that dares to get any deeper into the water. “As soon as we log into the sea, we face a sudden burst of machine gunfire rattling from their military ships,” Shahada said…

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Iraqi Government moves against U.S.-backed Sunni militias
Kareem Zair, Azzaman
Government troops have escalated their campaign to crack down on U.S.-backed Sunni militias, euphemistically known as Majalis al-Sahwa or Awakening councils. The troops, commanded by Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, have concentrated their activities in the low-income Fadhil District, a Sunni stronghold in Baghdad Scores of the Sunni militiamen are reported to have been seized in the past 24 hours. The arrests come three days after the seizure of a senior Sunni militia leader, Adel al-Mashhadani…

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A Museum for Documenting the Israeli Crimes in Gaza
On last 28 March 2009 I went to a charity event in solidarity with the Palestinian victims in Gaza and which had the purpose of raising money to finance a Physical Therapy Center in Gaza, according to Dr. Tariq Afifi, who headed the event. Dr. Hassan Najjar, the Chairman of the Association of Arab Doctors in Europe, said in his address, that “three months after the barbaric Israeli aggression on the Palestinian civilians in Gaza Strip, it is necessary to work together to establish a museum which documents all the past and current Israeli war crimes, genocide and the blockade in Gaza”. This bold and strong proposal, to open a museum documenting the Israeli war crimes proposed by Dr. Najjar was widely welcomed attendants to the event, among them many doctors, diplomats ambassadors and intellectuals and artists…

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Report: “17 Palestinians, including three children, killed in March”
Saed Bannoura – IMEM
The International Solidarity For Human Rights reported that Israeli soldiers killed 17 Palestinians, including three children and one woman, in March, and kidnapped more than 280 residents. The society said that 14 Palestinians were killed in March in the Gaza Strip, including a number of residents who died during the Israeli offensive against the Gaza Strip. Some of the slain residents were killed in extrajudicial assassinations carried out by the army…

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AFGHANISTAN: Food aid not reaching most vulnerable women, children
IRIN News
Despite a July 2008 joint emergency appeal for US$404 million to help the most vulnerable 550,000 pregnant and lactating women and under-five children in Afghanistan, nutritious food aid – specially fortified food -is yet to reach those in need. Some 24 percent of lactating women are malnourished, over 19 percent of pregnant women have a poor nutritional status (low on minerals, vitamins, food insecure and weak) and about 54 percent of under-five children are stunted, according to a joint survey by UN agencies and the government…

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EU in Tatters
Eric Walberg
Recall the self-satisfied EU celebrations of recent years — the inauguration of the euro and the famous blue Euro passport, the accession of all the Eastern European and ex-Soviet statelets, the gloating as the euro steadily revalued. Fortress Europe was strong and united at last. The 21st century belonged to the new Old World. But then a few cracks began to appear in the shiny facade. The Poles, especially, carped about just about everything — the thought of giving up their precious zloty (boy, are they sorry now), the EU farming rules, the lack of Euro-support for US wars, and the Euro-cowardice in facing down the Russian bear. They and the Czechs revealed Fortress Europe for what it was by welcoming US missile bases, provoking the Russians into threatening to make Europe once again the world’s nuclear battlefield. Kosovo managed to divide even the big boys, with Spain refusing to recognize this latest US-German plaything, and ratcheting up the tensions between Serbs, Croats — even the Slovenes. The Balkan cauldron is as hot as ever. The world financial meltdown was the proverbial straw that has left the Euro-camel paralyzed…

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A Call for Boycott
Rania Masri and Marcy Newman
In remembering and commemorating Land Day, March 30, 1976, when six Palestinians were killed and almost 100 wounded by Israeli forces in Sakhnin during unarmed protests against the confiscation of Palestinian lands in Galilee; in remembering the December 2008 Israeli savagery against the Palestinians in Gaza; in recognizing the continuity of attacks against Palestinians; and in remembering the numerous and ongoing Israeli atrocities against Lebanese, let us stand in active support of a movement that has the strength and vital potential to significantly contribute to this struggle for liberty and self-determination in this fight against Zionism. That movement is the boycott, divestment, and sanctions movement, and one of its main demands is the boycott of and divestment from Israeli corporations and international corporations that sustain Israeli apartheid and colonialism…

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German firms want Iran help to supply NATO force
Press TV, Iran
German companies plan to use Iran as a transit route to support German troops stationed in Afghanistan, a military official says. A German military spokesman told IRNA that the private German companies are in talks with Iran to use its territory to send non-military hardware to German troops in Afghanistan. “The companies are tasked with providing food and fuel to the German troops in Afghanistan who are stationed there as part of the NATO forces,” the spokesman who spoke on condition of anonymity said…

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This is un-cool, Obama. Best stay home.
STUART LITTLEWOOD
…And I for one am not best pleased to see my hard-earned tax money disappearing down the tubes in a frenzy of ridiculous security measures to protect the pretentious pomp and circumstance of this sinister presidential circus. Gee, Mr Obama, you should stay home. It really isn’t safe out here mixing with us less precious folk… the reason being, of course, that your country is a terrorist state and godfather to thuggish and criminal regimes like Israel, and generally hated the world over. You surround yourself with the same sort of political low-life that orchestrated Bush’s atrocities. In your short time as president you have already bolloxed up any chance of a just peace in the Holy Land. And nobody remembers you complaining, while in opposition, about the way America’s greedy bankers were screwing the world’s financial markets and precipitating the global meltdown that has impoverished us all…

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Gaza’s children: a gloomy future
Yousef Al-Helou
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 is in danger of becoming a norm due to desperation. Saeed Dardonah, is 14 years old; his family house was destroyed by F16 rockets during Israel ‘s 3-week offensive. “Look at my hands’, he 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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Gaza orphans in the spotlight
IRIN News
An estimated 1,346 children were left without one or more of their parents as a result of the recent 23-day Israeli assault on Gaza, according to Islamic Relief in Gaza. An orphan is defined by Islamic Relief as a child under 18 who has lost the parent considered the head of the household, most often the father, according to a child welfare programme manager for Islamic Relief Mahmoud in Gaza, Abudraz. The official UNICEF definition of an orphan is a child who has lost one or both parents…

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Hunger Strike in Iraqi Government Prisons
Association of Muslim Scholars in Iraq (AMSI)
A number of detainees at the hand of the government security agencies announced open-ended hunger strike in prison to protest in the central Rusafa Prison for continous illegal detention by the government authorities, despite judicial orders for their release. A number of arrested people in Baghdad said: The strike entered its seventh, and a number of detainees have become worse.” stressing that the total number of detainees on hunger strike amounted to thirty-five prisoners…

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U.S. expands Pakistani drone-strike zone; 12 dead
Alamgir Bitani
A pilotless U.S. drone fired a missile at a Taliban compound in Pakistan’s Orakzai region on Wednesday, killing 12 people in the first such attack in the area, a security official and residents said. The raid came a day after Pakistani Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud said his group had carried out an assault on a police training centre in the eastern city of Lahore in retaliation for U.S. drone attacks…

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GI Special 7C24: Cruel Stupid Vicious [ 31 March 2009 ]
Thomas F. Barton
Cruel Stupid Vicious Bullshit Of The Year, So Far: V.A. Refuses To Pay Iraq Veteran Her Disability Allowance, Claiming She’s Incompetent To Handle Her Own Money! “Murray, 24, Says The Statement Goes Beyond Insulting”. “Murray’s Mother, Suspects Her Daughter’s Anti-War Stand Is Now Delaying Her Benefits”. Insisting she is as competent as any soldier who has participated in war, Murray and her family believe the government is now raising the competency question as a stall tactic to delay paying her $27,000 in back disability pay or, perhaps worse, as retribution for going on an anti-war speaking circuit, though she cannot prove either suspicion.

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War News for Wednesday, April 01, 2009
Iraq Today
MNF-Iraq is reporting the death of a Multi-National Division – North soldier in a non-combat related incident in an undisclosed location in Salah ad Din province, Iraq on Tuesday, March 31st… Iraqi Police reported finding 11 unidentified bodies in various neighbourhoods of Baghdad during March, 2009. Tariq al Hashimi, Iraqi Vice President was attacked from a distance by gunmen carrying fire arms while he was visiting al Sadr General Hospital Wednesday morning. The Iraqi army returned fire and no casualties were reported. The gunman got away…

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