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URUK Net 10 April, 2009

Last updated: Sunday, April 12, 2009 9:12

Death By the Numbers: Pakistan Counts the Toll of the Bush-Obama Drone War
Chris Floyd
As we all know, the Terror Warriors in the White House (of whatever political stripe) don’t do body counts. They just kill people, make unsupported claims of “clean hits” on “militants,” backtrack a bit later when eyewitness reports confirm extensive civilian casualties, promise “investigations” that kick the PR can way down the road — and carry on killing. But strangely enough, the people who are being killed by these well-wadded, massively protected elites do count how many of their sons and daughters and mothers and fathers are being slaughtered by American ordnance. Imagine that! It’s almost like they are real people or something! Pakistan is the latest target of the Terror Warriors; the progressive, anti-war, last-best-hope-for-world-peace Barack Obama has made it his special project to lay some heavy hurt on the Pakistanis, escalating the drone bombing campaign initiated by his much-emulated predecessor, George Widowmaker Bush. Indeed, the Obama administration is mulling expanding their expansion of the drone war into Pakistan’s troubled — but oil-rich — southern province of Baluchistan…

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The Fall of Baghdad as seen by an American – 2
Layla Anwar, An Arab Woman Blues
I am presenting you with part 2 of my interview with Malcolm Lagauche – hoping you have already digested part 1 of the “Fall of Baghdad.”- Layla : Hello again Malcolm, let’s continue… If I “hear” you right, Americans absolutely had to demonize Saddam to get to Iraq. I am thinking if it was only a question of getting rid of Saddam Hussein, they could have gotten rid of him without having to destroy Iraq and the decades of hard work. Why did they need to destroy the Iraqi infrastructure, the cultural and historical “patrimoine” and more importantly why did they need the collaboration of another country on the axis of evil – Iran – to achieve their aims ? Malcolm : The propaganda was all aimed at Saddam, yet some politicians realized that the country consisted of more than one person. By publicly demonizing Saddam, it was automatic that the U.S. citizenry would extend its hatred to Iraqis as well…

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Feeding frustration
Salah Al-Bardweil
The evening gathering of Al-Hamaydeh clan in the central Gaza Strip’s Deir Al-Balah City broke up late on Thursday. The clan members who meet every week had been exchanging jokes and had found commentary on the failure of the most recent dialogue talks between Fatah and Hamas to be a source of entertainment. Salim Al-Hamaydeh, who works in trade, says that Palestinians no longer trust the seriousness of the faction representatives in reaching an agreement. “The dialogue has turned into a source of popular jest, for what is taking place is beyond the bounds of sound reason,” he told Al-Ahram Weekly. “The faction leaders are busying themselves talking about the government and elections and the electoral system at a time when tens of thousands of people in Gaza don’t have shelter, at a time when Palestinians in the West Bank are caught in a wide-scale war in which Israel is taking control of their land and property,” he added. This clan’s joking reflects the frustration of Palestinians in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip since the most recent Cairo dialogue round between Fatah and Hamas failed…

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‘Fallujah never leaves my mind’
By Laith Mushtaq, cameraman, Al Jazeera
Laith Mushtaq was one of only two non-embedded cameramen working throughout the April 2004 ‘battle for Fallujah’ in which 600 civilians died. Five years on, he recounts the events he witnessed and filmed. “What you saw on your TV sets at home reflects only ten per cent of the reality. Also, if you watch those pictures at home, you can change the channel. But we were in the middle. We smell. We feel, see, and touch everything. We could touch the bodies, but we couldn’t change the channel. We were the channel.When I think of Fallujah, I think of the smell. The smell was driving me crazy. In a dead body, there is a kind of liquid. Yellow liquid. The smell is disgusting, really. It sticks in your nose. You cannot eat anymore. And you can’t get the pictures off your mind, because every day you see the same: Explosion, death, explosion, death, death…

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Iraq truck bombing kills 5 U.S. soldiers
Ned Parker
Five U.S. soldiers were killed today in a truck bombing in northern Iraq. It was the deadliest attack against American forces in Iraq in more than a year. The bomber detonated 200 pounds of explosives outside the national police headquarters in southwest Mosul, according to a U.S. military statement. In addition to the American deaths, the blast also claimed the lives of two national policemen, the military said…

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Cost of Iraq war will surpass that of Vietnam war by year’s end
Julian E. Barnes
The amount of U.S. money spent on the Iraq war will surpass the cost of Vietnam by the end of the year, making it the second most expensive military conflict in American history, behind World War II, according to Pentagon figures provided Friday. If Congress approves the supplemental funding request submitted this week by the Obama administration, it will add $87 billion to the cost of the war for 2009. Added to the amount spent through 2008, it would mean the Iraq war will have cost taxpayers a total of about $694 billion. By comparison, the Vietnam war cost $686 billion in inflation-adjusted dollars and World War II cost $4 trillion, according to a Congressional Research Service study completed last year…

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Afghan envoy defends US raids
AlJazeera.net
The Afghan ambassador to the United States has told Al Jazeera that civilian casualties during US military operations are “a price that we have to pay” if the Taliban and al-Qaeda are to be defeated. Said Jawad said that the deaths were a “tragedy,” but could be necessary if fighters were to be defeated in Afghanistan, Pakistan and beyond…A 13-year-old boy who survived the US raid on his home overnight on Wednesday told Al Jazeera that his mother, brother, uncle and another female family member were killed. A woman who was nine months’ pregnant was wounded and lost her baby…

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Video
Afghanistan: Night-time raid on home leaves five civilians dead
AlJazeeraEnglish
Investigations have revealed that a US raid this week killed five civilians in the western province of Khost. The US military has said it “deeply regrets the tragic loss of life”. Al Jazeera’s Todd Baer spoke to a boy who survived the raid, but lost his mother, brother, uncle and another female family member…

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Afghan father says his baby dies in coalition raid
ALI DAYA, Reuters
The father of a seven-day-old boy said on Thursday his infant son died in an overnight raid by Afghan and U.S. forces, with the U.S. saying it was investigating the claim. A female school teacher was also killed and the child’s mother wounded, the father said, during the raid in Ali Daya village in Khost province, where Taliban fighters are active…

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Action Alert: U.S. Weapons Delivered to Israel as Tax Day Nears
US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation
…1. Contact President Obama to protest U.S. munitions deliveries to Israel and urge him to hold Israel accountable for its violations of the Arms Export Control Act. 2. Offset your tax-dollars to Israeli military occupation by making a tax-deductible contribution to us. Whether you like it or not, if you pay taxes then you’re supporting Israeli military occupation. Offset your tax contribution to Israeli military occupation of $17.75 and those of others by making a tax-deductible contribution to help us continue our important educational and organizing work to challenge U.S. military to Israel…

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Israel’s Key Vulnerability
Paul Grenville
…Israel’s key vulnerability lies in its being a trading state with a highly skilled workforce but few natural resources. The boycott of Israeli products, coupled with divestment in Israeli companies and a cultural embargo has to be a key way of supporting the Islamic and secular Palestinian resistance (PFLP), as well as a way of applying pressure to the Zionist establishment to moderate its penchant for atrocities, encouraging dissent within Israel and the deepening of existing fissures within Israeli society. If an international boycott can be linked to the issue of the Right of Return for the Palestinians and the cancellation of the Jewish Right of Return, an uncontroversial strategic goal in support of the Palestinians can be flagged up for the movement…

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Israeli Passover restrictions prevent hundreds from reaching Jerusalem for prayer
Ma’an news
Hundreds of Palestinian Muslims and Christians were prevented from reaching Jerusalem Friday as Israeli border guards continue to impose a strict “security closure” of the West Bank during Passover. Muslims heading to the Al-Aqsa Mosque for Friday prayers and Christians wishing to worship at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, where Jesus is said to have been buried following his crucifiction, in Jerusalem were turned away from Israeli checkpoints…

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Weekly Report: On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory No. 14/2009 (02 – 08 April 2009)
PCHR – Palestinian Centre for Human Rights
During the reporting period, IOF killed two activists of the Palestinian resistance in the Gaza Strip and one civilian in the West Bank. They also wounded 16 Palestinian civilians, including two children and two journalists, in the West Bank. Three of these civilians were wounded by Israeli settlers in a joint attack with IOF. In the Gaza Strip, on 04 April 2009, IOF killed two members of the ‘Izziddin al-Qassam Brigades (the armed wing of Hamas) near the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel. IOF also fired artillery shells at the ambulance that attempted to evacuate the bodies from the area. In the West Bank, on 07 April 2009, IOF shot dead a Palestinian civilian in Sour Baher village, south of Jerusalem, claiming that he ran down three Israeli soldiers…

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some days you get shot at
Eva Bartlett | In Gaza
In the “buffer zone”, created and expanded by Israel [the now 1 or 2 km band of land running along on Gaza’s side of the border, from south to north and northeast to northwest], it is literally hit and miss whether farmers and civilians will be maimed or killed by the Israeli army on any given day. On April 5th, farmers harvesting lentils in Khoza’a were, surprisingly, not shot at. Two Israeli jeeps lingered an uncomfortably long time, honking and flashing their headlights at the farmers. We were able to stand with the farmers as they swiftly swept the land clean of lentil stocks…

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Russia in unprecedented Israeli drones purchase
AFP
Russia has concluded a contract with an Israeli firm for the sale of drones, a defence official said on Friday, in Moscow’s first purchase of military hardware from the Jewish state. “We have concluded a contract with an Israeli firm on supplying Russia with several drones,” Russian Deputy Defence Minister Vladimir Popovkin said after returning from a trip to Israel, quoted by Russian news agencies. The minister did not name the Israeli company, but press reports have identified it as Israel Aerospace Industries and put the value of the deal at 50 million dollars (37 million euros)…

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Obama’s New World Order
Michael Hudson’s analysis of the financial crisis
Stephen Lendman
This article addresses Washington’s financial coup d’etat in the context of discussing Michael Hudson’s important, very lengthy and detailed April 5 Global Research.ca one titled: “The Financial War Against Iceland – Being defeated by debt is as deadly as outright military warfare.” It reviews its key information in advance of Hudson’s April 14 scheduled appearance on The Global Research News Hour to discuss. What’s true for Iceland holds everywhere, including the developed world, the idea being to enrich finance capitalism through state-sponsored debt bondage and neo-feudal impoverishment. The global economic crisis was no accident. It was long ago hatched, and has been brewing for years, gestating, percolating, then bubbling into the 2000 tech crash, a mere prelude for today’s greater one spreading everywhere like a cancer but hitting the developing world and most indebted nations hardest…

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Obama seeks $83bn more for US wars
AlJazeera.net
The US president has asked congress for $83.4bn for military and diplomatic operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Barack Obama said 95 per cent of the money he was requesting would go to support US military operations in Iraq and the effort to defeat al-Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan…

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No credible evidence of Al Qaeda presence in Pakistan, says FO
By Sajjad Malik
Pakistan has not received any credible intelligence report about the presence of Al Qaeda leadership inside its borders, Foreign Office (FO) spokesman Abdul Basit said on Thursday. “We have not come across any authentic intelligence which would indicate that Al Qaeda leadership is in Pakistan, and we do not attach importance to speculations,” Basit said in a weekly briefing. He said the United States drone attacks might have achieved certain tactical gains but they were largely counterproductive and in violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty. “We cannot condone these attacks,” he said…

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Afghan father says his baby dies in coalition raid
ALI DAYA, Reuters
The father of a seven-day-old boy said on Thursday his infant son died in an overnight raid by Afghan and U.S. forces, with the U.S. saying it was investigating the claim. A female school teacher was also killed and the child’s mother wounded, the father said, during the raid in Ali Daya village in Khost province, where Taliban fighters are active…

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The looting of America
Barry Grey
The New York Times on Thursday published a front-page article that provides further insight into the economic and class interests that are being served by the Obama administration’s economic “recovery” policies. Headlined “Small Investors May Be Enlisted in Bank Bailout,” the article outlines discussions between the administration and Wall Street investment firms on structuring the so-called “Public-Private Investment Program” announced last month in a manner that will allow people of modest means to invest in the scheme, whose purpose is to enable the banks to offload their toxic assets at public expense…

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New Rhetoric for Old Wine?
Obama’s Afghanistan Plan and India-Pakistan Relations
By M. REZA PIRBHAI
Since President Obama unveiled his administration’s ‘new’ Afghan policy in March, 2009, analysis has been a steady feature of the global media, mainstream and alternative. The elephant in the room that few have tackled, however, is the role afforded India in US strategy. Yet, the importance of this element was highlighted in the most recent round of talks between the Pakistani civilian and military establishment, and such high-ranking US officials as Richard Holbrooke and Admiral Mike Mullen. Pakistani officials and media commentators – otherwise seldom on the same page – together declared that the plan was souring Pak-US ties. Of the two reasons cited – the first being US violations of Pakistani sovereignty in the form of predator strikes – the second is US support for India’s activities in Afghanistan and refusal to mediate the Kashmir dispute. So severe was the rift that Holbrooke had to appear before the press yesterday to clarify that differences of opinion are natural, but that relations were not strained, immediately after which, he and Mullen left Islamabad for New Delhi…

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