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URUK Net 8 May, 2009

Last updated: Saturday, May 9, 2009 11:04

Afghan Resistance Statement
Statement by Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan on the mass martyrdom of the innocent people of Farah Province
Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan
Those who pretend to promote peace and development have once again drenched some of our defenceless and innocent compatriots, most of them women, children and old people, in their own innocent blood in Ganjabad and Grani villages of Balabolok district of Farah province, under the pretext of peace and freedom. This is not the first time the Crusader beasts have resorted to such savage acts against the persecuted nation of Afghanistan and it will not be their last shameful crime in their successive inhuman atrocities in Afghanistan either. They have quenched their thirst of barbarism and terror with the mass martyrdom and wounding of thousands of defenceless human beings and the destruction of their homes on hundreds of occasions in various parts of Afghanistan. Every time the savage invaders commit such inhuman actions, martyring innocent women, children and the elderly in their barbaric bombing, they either describe all the civilian deaths as those of their so-called opponents or attribute them to wrong intelligence by their cowardly spies. However, if one looks at the reality these criminal actions by the invading aggressors, one sees they are part of a deliberate plan aimed at making the Mujahid nation of Afghanistan to give up their rightful resistance against them […] The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, while sharing the sorrow of the grief-stricken families of th! ese inno cent Muslim martyrs is announcing the following points in connection with this tragic incident: 1. The Muslim and Mujahid nation of Afghanistan should strengthen the trenches of resistance and defence in order to prevent such atrocities by the invaders. It is only jihad and resistance that can punish the aggressors and can lead to rescuing the persecuted nation from their evil. 2. The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan calls upon the Organization of the Islamic Conference, the international court for war crimes and the human rights organizations that they should no longer turn a blind eye on the inhuman crimes of these criminals..

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Afghanistan: NATO Should ‘Come Clean’ on White Phosphorus
Release Report on Attack in Which Child Burned
Human Rights Watch
NATO forces in Afghanistan should immediately release the results of their investigation into a March 14, 2009, incident in which an 8-year-old girl in Kapisa province was burned by white phosphorus munitions, Human Rights Watch said today… “White phosphorus causes horrendous burns and should not be used in civilian areas,” said Marc Garlasco, senior military analyst at Human Rights Watch. “NATO should immediately make public the results of its investigation into this incident.” The girl’s family brought her to the US military base in Bagram on March 14 for medical treatment for severe burns. US military doctors say they found white phosphorus on her face and neck…

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Afghan girl’s burns show horror of chemical strike
Emma Graham-Harrison, Reuters
Life as 8-year-old Razia knew it ended one March morning when a shell her father says was fired by Western troops exploded into their house, enveloping her head and neck in a blazing chemical. Now she spends her days in a U.S. hospital bed at the Bagram airbase, her small fingernails still covered with flaking red polish but her face an almost unrecognisable mess of burnt tissue and half her scalp a bald scar. “The kids called out to me that I was burning but the explosion was so strong that for a moment I was deaf and couldn’t hear anything,” her father, Aziz Rahman, told Reuters. “And then my wife screamed ‘the kids are burning’ and she was also burning,” he added, his face clouding over at the memory. The flames that consumed his family were fed by a chemical called white phosphorous, which U.S. medical staff at Bagram said they found on Razia’s face and neck..

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FOCUS ON GAZA ‘Go back and die in Gaza’
By Stephanie Doetzer
Since Israel’s closure of the Gaza Strip in 2007, only severely sick Palestinians have been allowed to seek medical attention elsewhere provided they receive authorisation and security clearances from the Israeli authorities. However, getting the special permit that allows patients to leave Gaza for medical treatment is a bureaucratic hassle and, many Gazans say, comes with strings attached. According to the Israeli organisation Physicians for Human Rights (PHR), Palestinian patients are increasingly being asked to make an impossible choice: Either to become collaborators with the Israeli intelligence apparatus – or to remain in Gaza without medical treatment…

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SADDAM’S SPEECH THAT STARTED THE WAR AGAINST IRAQ
Saddam Hussein
This speech was delivered by Saddam Hussein to the Amman Summitt meeting on Feb. 24, 1990. Present were the heads of state of the key Arab allies of the United States: the president of Egypt and the kings of Jordan and Saudi Arabia. The president of Syria was also present. In its sweeping proposals for Arab unity against U.S.-Israeli domination, it was a blunt challenge to imperialism. It is this speech that was the flash point of the U.S.-U.N. aggression, not the Kuwait crisis which was engineered in response…

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Tales of Yankee Power: Inevitable Atrocities of the Terror War
Chris Floyd
…The Afghan troops were accompanied by American “advisors,” who called in the airstrike. But the response went far beyond the localized Taliban attack; obviously, American officials decided to flatten the surrounding villages as well — no doubt on the basis of the idea that inevitably takes hold in the minds of “counterinsurgency forces” in every disputed occupation of foreign lands: “There are no civilians, the natives are all out to kill us.” We have seen this mindset played out over and over again — most recently in Vietnam and Iraq. The most blatant and extreme expression of the idea — and its inevitable outcome — was on display this week in a quiet Kentucky courtroom, where former soldier Steven Green was convicted of murder and rape in the horrific atrocity he and his comrades carried out in the Iraqi village of Mahmudiyah…

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Obama official admits Israel has nuclear weapons
Saed Bannoura – IMEMC
An Obama administration official has provoked the anger of the Israeli government by implying that Israel has nuclear weapons. One of Vanunu’s pictures of Israeli nulcear weapons. While the US has never admitted that its ally Israel has nuclear weapons, the last Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert admitted last year to the existence of the arsenal. Anti-nuclear whistle blower Mordechai Vanunu spent eighteen years in Israeli prison for exposing the Israeli nuclear program with photos and testimony…

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Ex US-soldier found guilty of rape, murder of Iraqi girl
Donna Grove, AFP
A US federal jury has found former soldier Steven Dale Green guilty of raping an Iraqi teenager, Abeer Qassim Hamza al-Janabi, and then executing the girl and her family, court officials said Thursday. Green, who was discharged from the army due to a “personality disorder” before his role in the atrocity came to light, was found guilty on all 17 criminal counts which included rape, murder and obstruction of justice. A jury will determine whether he should receive the death penalty at a sentencing hearing which is set to begin on Monday…

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Video: The rape and murder of Abeer Qassim Hamza
4AntiWar
In 2006 a 14 year old Abeer Qassim Hamza al-Janabi was gang raped and murdered by soldiers while her family was murdered in an adjoining room. This video is to remember the life of a young girl and her family. Abeer Hamza lived with her mother and father (Fakhriya Taha Muhasen, 34, and Qassim Hamza Raheem, 45, respectively) and their 3 other children, 7 year old daughter Hadeel Qassim Hamza, 13 year son Mohammed and his younger brother. Their house was situated approximately 200 metres away from a 6 manned U.S. traffic checkpoint, southwest of the village of Yusufiyah, which lies west of the larger township of Al-Mahmudiyah…

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Gaza 2009: The Moment of Truth
Dr. Haidar Eid – Gaza
Gaza has returned to its pre-massacre state of siege, confronted with the usual, conspiratorial, “international” indifference after 22 long days and dark nights, during which its brave people were left alone to face one of the strongest armies in the world — an army that has hundreds of nuclear warheads, thousands of trigger-happy soldiers armed with Merkava tanks, F-16s, Apache helicopters, naval gunships and phosphorous bombs. Gaza now does not make news. It’s people die slowly, its children malnourished, its water contaminated, its nights dark, and yet it is deprived even of a word of sympathy from the likes of Ban Ki Moon and the president of “Change; Yes We Can.”…

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No War Crimes Committed in Gaza? VT Lawyer Challenges Israel’s Finding
Ken Picard
A Vermont attorney who visited the Gaza Strip in February to investigate allegations of Israeli war crimes, including two Middlebury College -connected shooting deaths, rejected Israel’s recent exoneration of its conduct, saying the investigation was “lacking in credibility.” February, James Marc Leas of South Burlington traveled to Gaza as part of an eight-member legal delegation from the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) to investigate why Israel’s invasion had such a devastating impact on the civilian population…

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Laying the Groundwork for Violence
Dahr Jamail
… On May 5, the Iraqi military killed Basim Mohammed and detained his brother. Mohammed was a member of the Sahwa, the 100,000-strong Sunni militia composed mostly of former resistance fighters that the US created in order to use them to battle al-Qaeda in Iraq, as well as paying them off to draw down the number of attacks against occupation forces. The Sahwa, who were supposed to be given government jobs either in security or in civil services, have been betrayed. Instead of being given the promised jobs, they have been consistently targeted by the Iraqi military, and at times the US military…

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A giant US military base emerges in Afghanistan
by Dan De Luce
In the forbidding Afghan desert, US engineers are carving out a sprawling military camp as part of a dramatic American troop build-up designed to confront Taliban insurgents. The desolate plain in southern Helmand province that Afghans call the “desert of death” has turned into a hive of frenetic activity, underscoring President Barack Obama’s decision to expand the US military commitment to the war. Defence Secretary Robert Gates flew into Camp Leatherneck on Thursday to get a first-hand look as dozens of bulldozers kicked up clouds of dust and soldiers swung hammers in searing heat…

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The Arabs and the US
Galal Nassar
…If the Arabs are to hone their potential effectively and up their esteem in others’ eyes they must first settle their internal differences, starting with reconciliation between Fatah and Hamas. How can we possibly enter into a dialogue with our enemies when we cannot even speak with each other? How can we effectively negotiate with strangers when we are unable to reach agreement within our own ranks, leaving the field wide open for the enemy to play one of our factions off against the other? Who are those who might ally themselves with “our” cause supposed to aid and support? The advocates of peace talks or the advocates of resistance? The “moderates” or the “extremists?” To make matters worse, the Palestinian-Palestinian rift is spreading. Instead of a synthesis in Palestine, we have deepening contradictions in the rest of the Arab world, to the extent that they threaten to solidify into unbridgeable divides…

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Release All Activists Detained on May Day
International Labor Organization Should Take Action about the Repression of Workers in Iran
International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran
The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran called for the release of all labor activists and six members of the One Million Signatures Campaign still in detention after their violent arrest on 1 May as they gathered to peacefully celebrate the International Workers’ Day, and called on the International Labor Organization (ILO) to condemn the arrests. “The brutal and illegal treatment of workers in Iran seeking respect for their rights deserves to be protested by the ILO and members of the international community,” stated Aaron Rhodes, a spokesperson for the Campaign. “The repression of labor activists in Iran is shameful, but so is the indifference of the international community, especially its members who pride themselves on supporting workers rights,” he added…

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The new refugees
Marcy Newman, body on the line
There were 750,000 Palestinian refugees in 1948. Now upwards of 500,000 refugees–or more accurately internally displaced people–in Pakistan. People are fleeing to safer areas. living in tents. Why? because americans are bombing pakistan and creating proxy forces to do their dirty work. But Hillary probably has “deep regrets” over this too…

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A Nuclear Free World is a Matter of Conscience and/ or Faith
Eileen Fleming, thepeoplesvoice.org
…On October 5, 1986, the world was made aware that Israel had already manufactured upwards of 200 nuclear warheads in a London Times article that published Vanunu’s interviews/interrogations with nuclear experts and some of the photos from the two rolls of film he shot in various top secret locales inside of Israel’s clandestine underground WMD Facility. Israel has never allowed international inspectors into the Dimona and they are now suspected of possessing the Jericho III ballistic missile system, which is capable of delivering a nuclear warhead at a distance of up to 7,000 kilometers. America’s favored relationship with the Jewish State has also allowed Israel to escape at least 65 UN resolutions for their human rights abuses and disregard of international law…

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US probe ‘confirms’ Afghan deaths
Aljaeera.net
A US investigation has found that its troops were responsible for the deaths of Afghan civilians in air raids earlier this week, American media has reported. The New York Times and CNN on Friday quoted unnamed Pentagon sources as saying that a preliminary inquiry investigation indicated US raids had resulted in at least some of the civilian casualties in the western Farah province…

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Hassanein: kidney patients in Gaza suffer due to the siege
Palestinian Information Center
Medical sources in the besieged Gaza Strip have warned that the number of kidney patients in Gaza was increasing rapidly as a result of the Israeli closure of the Strip’s crossing points that put their lives at extreme risk. Muaweyyah Hassanein, the head of the emergency department in the PA health ministry in Gaza Strip, noted that at least 700 Palestinian citizens were suffering from kidney failure, and that their health condition was deteriorating day after day because of the Israeli blockade on the Gaza Strip. He said that dialyses machines in Gaza hospital weren’t adequate to cope with that big number of patients, warning that many of the patients would die if they continue to be denied proper medical treatment abroad…

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Afghans riot over air-strike atrocity
Witnesses say deaths of 147 people in three villages came after a sustained bombardment by American aircraft.
PATRICK COCKBURN
Shouting “Death to America” and “Death to the Government”, thousands of Afghan villagers hurled stones at police yesterday as they vented their fury at American air strikes that local officials claim killed 147 civilians. The riot started when people from three villages struck by US bombers in the early hours of Tuesday, brought 15 newly-discovered bodies in a truck to the house of the provincial governor. As the crowd pressed forward in Farah, police opened fire, wounding four protesters. Traders in the rest of Farah city, the capital of the province of the same name where the bombing took place, closed their shops, vowing they would not reopen them until there is an investigation…

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Reviewing Ellen Brown’s “Web of Debt:” Part II
Stephen Lendman
…In the 1890s, “keeping the family homestead was a key political issue” given that foreclosures and evictions “were occurring in record numbers,” much like today. The “Bankers Manifesto of 1892" spelled it out – a willful plan “to disenfranchise farmers and laborers of their homes and property,” again like today except that now our very freedom and futures are at stake as sinister forces aim to steal them by turning America into Guatemala and lock it down by police state repression. The panic of 1893 caused an earlier depression – severe enough to establish a precedent of street protests, the result of the first ever march on Washington. Businessman/populist Jacob Coxey led his “Coxey’s Army (of around 500) from Massilon, Ohio (beginning March 25, Easter Sunday) to the nation’s capital to demand jobs and a return to debt and interest-free Greenbacks…

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