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URUK Net 9 April, 2009

Last updated: Saturday, April 11, 2009 10:41

From Deir Yasin to Beit Hanun
KHALED AMAYREH
Hence, Zionism will always be a criminal concept if only because its ultimate implication is the uprooting and expulsion of an entire people from its ancestral homeland in order to be replaced by another people. Zionism has never changed its mind, heart, or even skin. It remains a virulent malignancy based on murder, lies, deception and bellicosity. In a certain sense, this is within the “normal order of things,” given the racist nature of Zionism. Indeed, concepts such as Justice, peace, and humanity are alien to Zionism, an atheistic and idolatrous ideology based on Jewish supremacy. In light, Israel ’s main function will always be to perpetuate the uprooting, expulsion and dispersion of the victims…

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Pak Govt: 60 drone hits kill 14 al-Qaeda men, 687 civilians
Amir Mir
Of the 60 cross-border predator strikes carried out by the Afghanistan-based American drones in Pakistan between January 14, 2006 and April 8, 2009, only 10 were able to hit their actual targets, killing 14 wanted al-Qaeda leaders, besides perishing 687 innocent Pakistani civilians. The success percentage of the US predator strikes thus comes to not more than six per cent…

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The Problem Isn’t Avigdor Lieberman
Israel’s Master Plan for Transfer
ELLEN CANTAROW
No one doubts that Avigdor Lieberman is a thug. His ultimata (”Those who think that through concessions they will gain respect and peace are wrong,” etc, New York Times Thursday, April 2, 2009) were designed to shock. On this site Neve Gordon’s revelations of Lieberman’s many corruptions, his beating of a 12-year-old child, his exhortation to bomb Gaza as the US bombed Hiroshima, supply further ugly evidence against the man, and fuel the flash-fires burning through the Internet in the wake of his appointment as Israel’s foreign minister. So he should be denounced by all means, but it is certain that the problems attaching to his name are not going away. On the contrary — particularly given President Obama’s repudiation of Lieberman during the President’s speech in Ankara, Turkey, and his avowed loyalty to a ‘two-state solution’ – these problems will appear in a different form, specifically in regard to the nature of the “two states” under the guidance of Obama, Netanyahu & Co. …

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Serb Demonization as Propaganda Coup
Edward S. Herman
The successful demonization of the Serbs, making them largely responsible for the Yugoslav wars, and as unique and genocidal killers, was one of the great propaganda triumphs of our era. It was done so quickly, with such uniformity and uncritical zeal in the mainstream Western media, that disinformation had (and still has, after almost two decades) a field day. The demonization flowed from the gullibility of Western interests and media (and intellectuals). With Yugoslavia no longer useful as an ally after the fall of the Soviet Union, and actually an obstacle as an independent state with a still social democratic bent, the NATO powers aimed at its dismantlement, and they actively supported the secession of Slovenia, Croatia, the Bosnian Muslims, and the Kosovo Albanians. That these were driven away by Serb actions and threats is untrue: they had their own nationalistic and economic motives for exit, stronger than those of the Serbs…

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Iran set to invite US outfits for projects
Upstreamonline
Iran’s deputy oil minister Hossein Noqrehkar Shirazi said that the country is ready to invite US companies for oil projects in the Islamic Republic. “Iran is ready to talk with American oil companies on oil projects,” the official IRNA news agency quoted Shirazi as saying. “The National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) has never deprived any US company. However, they were deprived by themselves,” said Shirazi…

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Israel Investigated, But Will It Repent?
Ramzy Baroud
…Israel has denied almost every massacre it has committed. Those too obvious to deny, were “investigated” by Israel itself, which predictably, mostly found its soldiers “not guilty” or culpable of minor misconduct. Israeli “investigations” served the dual purpose of helping Israelis retain their sense of moral superiority, and sending a highly touted message to international media of Israeli democracy at work and the independence of the country’s judiciary. With the Gaza tragedy of December 2008-January 2009 being the latest in the ever growing list of Palestinian massacres, little seems to have changed the way Israel views its action, with the full approval of the US and the half hearted position of much of the international community…

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GI Special 7D5: The Troops Aren’t Coming Home [ 8 april 2009 ]
Thomas F. Barton
It may seem counter-intuitive but by September of this year dovish Democrat Barack Obama will have actually sent more troops into combat than his hawkish predecessor George W. Bush. How can this be? After all, Barack Obama announced this month a phased withdrawal of all combat troops from Iraq by August 2010. But the time-line of the drawdown is back-loaded with the first US troops not scheduled to come home until this September – and even then our force in Iraq will only be reduced by 12,000. At that point, approximately 135,000 US troops will still occupy the country. That’s the same number that invaded Iraq back in March 2003.

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APRIL 9
Malcom Lagauche
Six years ago, many of us awoke to see Saddam Hussein’s statue being torn down in Baghdad. The media ate it up. This was as eventful as the tearing down of the Berlin Wall, George Bush stated. Iraq was free, most pundits wrote or spoke. The U.S. proved its naysayers to be wrong. Baghdad had fallen with a minimal loss of U.S. lives. A democratic Iraq was just over the horizon. What you saw wasn’t real. Saddam’s statue was not torn down by Iraqis. The event was staged and well-rehearsed by the U.S. military. The “crowd” comprised U.S. military personnel and tanks, and about 50 or so journalists who were alerted in the Palestinian Hotel, near the venue, to come and witness this historic event. This definitely was no popular action on behalf of the Iraqi people…

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The Fall of Baghdad as seen by an American – 1
Layla Anwar, An Arab Woman Blues
Some shameless Iraqis and others, will be celebrating 9th of April as a national public holiday – the day of the Fall of Baghdad (…) So on this “special” occasion, I have decided to interview Malcolm Lagauche. This interview was not structured and intentionally so. I wanted it to flow, so there was no set of specific questions sent forth…it was one question at a time…a bit like our Iraqi lives, one day at time…

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US troops kill five civilians in Afghanistan, governor says US-led international troops killed five civilians including two women and a 7-day-old child and wounded two other women
DPA
A provincial governor in south-eastern Afghanistan said Thursday that US-led international troops killed five civilians including two women and a 7-day-old child and wounded two other women in an operation against suspected militants. The coalition troops conducted an operation in a village near Khost city, the capital of the province of the same name Wednesday night “after they claimed that they were attacked by small arms fire,” Hamidullah Qalandarzai, the provincial governor, told the German Press Agency dpa…

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Obama’s obscene remarks in Iraq
Christopher Dowd
…Obama also called the Iraq war an “extraordinary achievement”. The “extraordinary achievement” that Obama called the Iraq war is a nation that high ranking American officials can’t visit pre-announced. It is an “extraordinary achievement” with an “unknown” civilian casualty component- killed civilians by the way- the US military didn’t even deem worthy of counting. It is an “extraordinary achievement” with as many as four million people (or nearly 20 percent of the population) either displaced or refugees. It is an “extraordinary achievement” with a capital city being walled off- as if an ancient city under siege- from the rest of the country and only allowing four access points. It is an “extraordinary achievement” still, six years on,without the same levels of pre-war clean drinking water…

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The soils of war
The real agenda behind agricultural reconstruction in Afghanistan and Iraq
GRAIN
In this Briefing, we look at how the US’s agricultural reconstruction work in Afghanistan and Iraq not only gives easy entry to US agribusiness and pushes neoliberal policies, something that has always been a primary function of US development assistance, but is also an intrinsic part of the US military campaign in these countries and the surrounding regions. Seen together with the growing clout that the US and its corporate allies exercise over donor agencies and global bodies – such as the World Bank, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) centres, which influence the food and farm policies adopted by the recipient countries – this is an alarming development. These are not unique cases born from unusual circumstances, but constitute a likely template for US activities overseas, as it continues to expand its “war on terror” and pursue US corporate interests…

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A convoy of hundreds of medical and food trucks heading to Gaza soon
Sameh A. Habeeb
It’s now three years since Israel imposed this tight and deadly siege on Gaza. The brutal siege is devastating every aspect of life in Gaza. Thousands of families continue to suffer, while many others are dying due to the lack of basic treatment and medical equipment. The basic infrastructure supplying water, power and sanitation is in devastation making life unbearable for the 1.5 million inhabitants, which further compounds the misery of the people. The war totally destroyed what was left from the siege. Thousands were killed and injured and thousands turned disabled. It’s the time we move; European Campaign to End the Siege of Gaza, (ECESG) is sending a big convoy of more than 100 trucks…

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Iraq’s disappearing Christians
Emma Khoury
…Under Saddam Hussein the Christians in Iraq were protected by the Baathist state and not harmed. Accordingly they were allowed to live, work and practice their religion… Now the Christian population of Iraq is down to about a fourth of what it was before the American invasion and occupation of Iraq. Christians are publicly harassed; their women are insulted for not dressing as Muslims; their businesses destroyed; and their churches are bombed, with the result that many are fleeing abroad… On April 2, 3 Christians were killed in their homes in the Dora neighborhood of Baghdad, a historic Christian community. On April 4, a Christian man was gunned down in his workshop in Mosul. Happy Easter! I hope that the U. S. is proud of its Iraqi democracy!…

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On remembering Deir Yassin
Marcy Newman, Body on the line
Today is the anniversary of the massacre of Dier Yassin. It is not the only massacre that Jewish terrorists enacted upon Palestinians during an nakba in 1948. Not by far. Nor is it the only time since 1948 that they have committed a massacre. One need only to look at Gaza to know the answer to that question. But Deir Yassin is a touchstone for Palestinians because of the symbolic nature of this particular massacre. It was widely publicized, including in newspapers like the New York Times to spread terror among Palestinians so that they would flee their homes so Jews could steal them and occupy them. Here are the events according to the Deir Yassin remembered website that took place 61 years ago today..

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Hope Abandoned: Obama Protects and Promotes CIA Torture Mavens
Chris Floyd
It was obvious from the moment that Barack Obama appointed Leon Panetta to head the CIA that there was going to be no serious investigation — much less prosecution — of the high crimes of torture committed by the agency at the order of the Bush White House. Panetta, a Clinton retread (who actually began his career in the Nixon administration), has always been a bland, feckless, obedient servant of the Establishment; he has no outside power base, no pull, no heft, no popularity — nothing that would enable him to grab hold of the CIA with both hands and clean that fetid, blood-encrusted house. And of course, it was precisely this kind of powerless figure that Barack Obama wanted in the post…

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Red Cross report details CIA war crimes
Tom Eley
This week, the New York Review of Books released the full version of an International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) report detailing US Central Intelligence Agency torture of 14 “high value” terrorist suspects at prison “black sites” from 2001 until 2006. Earlier, it had produced excerpts of the report and an analysis by author Mark Danner. The report makes explicit that the CIA violated the laws of war and basic human rights in its treatment of the prisoners, which included beatings, humiliations, sleep deprivation, and suffocation by water (”waterboarding”), among dozens of specifically named acts of brutality…

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Israeli intelligence blackmails Gaza fishermen
IMEMC
The Palestinian Ministry of Detainees and Ex-detainees of the dissolved government in Gaza reported that Israeli security forces are blackmailing Palestinian fishermen and demanding them to work as collaborators in return for being allowed to fish. Riyadh Al Aqshqar, head of the Ministry’s media department, commented on initial intelligence information which revealed that the Israeli Navy is blackmailing the fishermen, attempting to link allowing them to fish in Palestinian territorial waters with their Israeli security services co-operation. Al Ashqar stated that the Occupation is using the fishermen’s need to fish and feed their families to try to force them to collaborate and provide information about the resistance. ..

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Pentagon budget envisions a series of Iraq-style wars
Patrick Martin
At a formal press announcement Monday and in media appearances over the next day, US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates unveiled the biggest military budget in world history, in anticipation of an endless series of Iraq and Afghanistan-style wars by American imperialism. Both the military budget itself and the official who drafted it—Gates held the same position in the last two years of the Bush administration and is the first Pentagon chief to be retained by a new president—underscore the fundamental continuity between Obama and Bush…

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IRAQI CHRISTIANS IN NEED
Our Aid Program
ICIN -IRAQI CHRISTIANS IN NEED
… I know that many of these families are struggling to live in Amman, In addition the children are humiliated daily when they are subject to be punished and expulse from the school. This is the why I decided to launch this campaign in favor of our children, they have the right to go to school, the education is more important than any thing else. This list is for the pupils* that their parents had the courage to come and ask for help! There are others that they preferred to keep their children at home others to send them to work in the market or in the streets of Amman!!!! If you can do something, I will be very thankful, once again in my name and in the name of these families Thank you so much may the Lord keep on blessing you…

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Gaza Fact-Finding Mission Report Published
Physicians for Human Rights-Israel
Independent fact-finding mission of medical experts commissioned by Physicians for Human Rights-Israel and the Palestinian Medical Relief Society (PMRS) published today (April 6) its special report on the Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip, 27.12.2008 – 18.01.2009. In their report, the experts detail 44 testimonies by civilians who came under attack and by medical staff who were prevented from evacuating the wounded. The report provides first-hand evidence regarding the broader effects of the attacks on a civilian population that was already vulnerable on the eve of the offensive. The experts collected samples of human tissue earth, water, grass and mud suspected to be contaminated by unidentified chemicals. These were sent by the team to laboratories in the UK and South Africa for analysis…

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PFLP proposes transitional government without political platform’
Ma’an news
The leftist Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) suggested on Thursday that a transitional Palestinian government be formed without a political agenda. The PFLP presented this proposal in a meeting with top Fatah officials who travelled to Gaza to meet with members of various factions. Fatah and its main rival, Hamas, are currently at an impasse over the platform of a proposed transitional government meant to end two years of political infighting…Al-Ghoul said the PFLP is demanding that both Hamas and Fatah cease violations of civil liberties in Gaza and the West Bank, including politicized arrests…

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AFGHANISTAN: US military admits killing mother, children
AFP
The US military in Afghanistan admitted Thursday that four people its troops killed in a raid were not “combatants”, after Afghans said they included a mother and her children, with a baby dying afterwards. Afghan officials and witnesses earlier accused the forces of killing civilians in an overnight raid in the eastern province of Khost that the US military initially said killed “four combatants”. “Further inquiries into the coalition and ANSF (Afghan National Security Force) operation in Khost earlier today suggest that the people killed and wounded were not enemy combatants as previously reported,” the military said…

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Terminator Planet
Launching the Drone Wars
Tom Engelhardt
In 1984, Skynet, the supercomputer that rules a future Earth, sent a cyborg assassin, a “terminator,” back to our time. His job was to liquidate the woman who would give birth to John Connor, the leader of the underground human resistance of Skynet’s time. You with me so far? That, of course, was the plot of the first Terminator movie and for the multi-millions who saw it, the images of future machine war — of hunter-killer drones flying above a wasted landscape — are unforgettable. Since then, as Hollywood’s special effects took off, there were two sequels during which the original terminator somehow morphed into a friendlier figure on screen, and even more miraculously, off-screen, into the humanoid governor of California. Now, the fourth film in the series, Terminator Salvation, is about to descend on us…

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Iran opposition risks torture if repatriated: NGO
AFP
The World Organisation Against Torture is warning that 3,500 members of an Iranian opposition group currently in Iraq risk being tortured if they are repatriated. Members of the People’s Mujahedeen Organization of Iran (PMOI) are currently located in Camp Ashraf, north of Baghdad, which they set up when Saddam Hussein was in power as a base to operate against the Iranian government. “According to the latest information received, the Iraqi security forces have surrounded the camp to prevent people from entering or exiting. “This event follows several statements by both Iranian and Iraqi officials that the PMOI should be expelled from Iraq and the camp closed,” the Geneva-based NGO said in a statement received by AFP on Thursday. They would be at “grave risk of torture and other serious human rights violations if they were to be returned involuntarily to Iran.”..

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Growing number of Afghans lack health care – Ministry
IRIN News
Over 600,000 Afghans lack basic healthcare services due to attacks on healthcare facilities and health workers – a figure that has doubled since 2007, Abdullah Fahim, a spokesman for the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH), has said. About 32 health centres were torched, destroyed and/or closed down due to insecurity in 2007, and 28 health facilities were shut down or attacked in 2008, MoPH said…

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GI Special 7D6: Yes He Can [ 9 April 2009 ]
Thomas F. Barton
Yes He Can: “Obama Has Approved The Deployments Of About 30,000 More Troops To Afghanistan This Year”. “Could Check Off On Another 10,000 Later This Year For 2010". “If Obama Approves More Troops This Fall, The Total Next Year Would Rise To Around 78,000". “The Obama Plan Garnered Praise From Both Sides Of The Aisle In Congress”.

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Reconstructing Gaza: A Jail within a Jail
Amal A, Arab Woman Progressive Voice
The reconstruction of Gaza is going well. Hamas is building a new jail to replace the one damaged in the Israeli attack. But according to them, this will be a temporary one until they build a fancier jail that meets international humanitarian specifications. Does this mean this one doesn’t?…

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