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URUK Net 19 May, 2009

Last updated: Friday, May 22, 2009 10:50

Living amongst the dead in Gaza
Eman Mohammed writing from Gaza City,
The scene of Mahmoud Jilu, four years old, rolling his ball with friends doesn’t seem weird at all until you see where he is playing. Mahmoud runs after the ball into a backyard full of graves forming the cemetery where his family has lived since they can remember. The six-member Jilu family are all jammed together in a tiny house with one bedroom and a small space for the kitchen with a tomb next to it. For Afaf Jilu, 30 years old, the mother of three boys and one girl, it’s not the surrounding view of graves that upsets her the most but the cramped environment that forces her to live in one room with her husband and four kids. “Not having privacy is what makes this life unbearable,” Afaf said. “When I try to sleep, my children want to watch TV and they are only kids. I can’t make it worse for them by denying them what they want to.”…

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Exceptionally Awful
Arthur Silber
A few words about “exceptionalism,” in two respects: with regard to America the Most Virtuous, the Uniquely Good, and the Highest Tippy-Top of Everything Possible in All the Universes; and with regard to the performance of the majority of liberals and progressives since the dawning of the Age of Obama. As long-time readers will know, my evaluation of the intellectual rigor and moral courage of Democrats and most liberals and progressives has been negative in the extreme for several years now. As a friendly reminder (just cuz I’m that kind of guy), here’s a post I wrote immediately before the 2006 elections. All the predictions I made came true! Except that the post-election record compiled by the Democrats was far, far worse than I had anticipated…

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Ministry of prisoners: Israel deliberately kidnaps and maltreats children
Palestinian Information Center
The Palestinian ministry for prisoners’ affairs in Gaza said Tuesday that the IOF troops deliberately kidnap Palestinian children under age 18, physically attack them and use violent ways to interrogate them. In a statement received by the PIC, the ministry underlined that the international conventions prohibit the detention of children except in limited special cases on condition that they are well treated and given their rights provided for by international law. The statement highlighted that Israel does not respect any of these conventions and systematically kidnap children as many as it can from their homes, schools or during their presence on the streets and at the checkpoints…

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UK medics go on hunger strike after being refused entry into Gaza
Haroon Siddique
Three British medics began a hunger strike in Egypt today to protest against being refused entry into Gaza for a humanitarian mission. Their aim is to establish a cardiac surgery unit at al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City, which currently has no such facility, and to help train medical students and junior doctors there. But the British medics have been denied access to the Palestinian territory at the Rafah crossing since the beginning of May…

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Bill Clinton Named New UN Envoy to ‘Stabilize’ Haiti, a Country He Helped Destabilize
By Jeremy Scahill
Former US President Bill Clinton has been named by United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon as his special UN envoy to Haiti. Clinton will reportedly travel to the country at least four times a year. “[It’s] an opportunity to bring in resources to address the economic insecurity that plagues Haiti,” says Brian Concannon, a human rights lawyer who works extensively in Haiti. “But if the nomination is to be more than a publicity stunt, the UN needs to honestly shed a spotlight on the international community’s role in creating that instability, including unfair trade and debt policies, and the undermining and overthrowing of Haiti’s constitutional government.”Shining such a spotlight on those who created the instability, as Concannon suggests, would mean examining Clinton’s own role as president of the US during one of Haiti’s most horrifyingly dark periods…

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Salves Under The Inhuman Israeli Occupation
Kawther Salam
The Israeli military occupation under the criminal brigade of Lt. Col. Udi ben Muha has turned the Palestinians who live in the heart of Hebron into slaves who have no rights even in their own houses in Dict01the heart of the city where their families have lived for centuries. In Hebron, the Palestinians are not allowed to repair the doors, the windows, the electricity, the kitchen … even when the feces and the dirt overflow the toilets of Palestinian houses, it is not permissible for them to repair the defects in the toilet without asking the office of the criminal commander for permission…

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Just a Suggestion…
Layla Anwar, An Arab Woman Blues
I have a suggestion to President Obooma and his administration, a suggestion that will end the “war on terror” once and for all, and will make the whole world a safer place… This is what I propose. Why surge in Afghanistan when you can surge in Pakistan ? Commit a few thousands of your bravest boys and girls, in the Northern Provinces. Do not content yourselves with air power. You need to be physically there. You know, fight the fight…Don’t rely on the Pakistani government. Go for it yourselves, no one can scratch your own backs like your own nails. Try it, it will be fun, a cakewalk. I can promise you that the Pashtuns there will welcome you with flowers and candies, just like they did in Afghanistan and just like we did in Iraq. But they are more hospitable than us. Wallah, they will even make you dance the Hulahoop, on one leg. Ya’ani, you know — a break dance. Come on be a sport. Do it, for the sake of the “war on terror.” So we can finally be rid of YOUR terror once and for all…

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Swat valley could be worst refugee crisis since Rwanda, UN warns
Declan Walsh
The human exodus from the war-torn Swat valley in northern Pakistan is turning into the world’s most dramatic displacement crisis since the Rwandan genocide of 1994, the UN refugee agency warned. Almost 1.5 million people have registered for assistance since fighting erupted three weeks ago, the UNHCR said, bringing the total number of war displaced in North West Frontier province to more than 2 million, not including 300,000 the provincial government believes have not registered. “It’s been a long time since there has been a displacement this big,” the UNHCR’s spokesman Ron Redmond said in Geneva, trying to recall the last time so many people had been uprooted so quickly. “It could go back to Rwanda.”…

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GI Special 7E17: “Until Soldiers Refuse” [ 19 May 2009 ]
Thomas F. Barton
“Almost Every Soldier I Know Is Disillusioned With These Wars”. “These Wars Will Continue Until Soldiers Refuse To Fight Them”. “Fort Hood Is The Largest American Military Installation In The World”. “If The GI Resistance Movement Takes Off Here, It Is Just A Matter Of Time Before Other Military Communities Follow”.
Please Attend The March For Peace On Monday, May 25, In Killeen

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Killing of Afghan civilians covered-up by Australian military
By James Cogan
Information has surfaced this month that the Australian military has covered up the role of Special Air Service (SAS) personnel in the killing and wounding of civilians in Afghanistan. In July 2006, a car occupied by the relatives of Afghan parliamentarian Haji Abdul Khaliq was riddled with gunfire. His brother-in-law was killed, his wife blinded and four others suffered varying degrees of injury. One young woman had to have her leg amputated. The incident occurred close to Tarin Kowt in Uruzgan province, the base of operations for a force of Dutch and Australian troops…

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It’s Now or Almost Certainly Never
Is Obama Up to the Challenge of Dealing with Netanyahu?
By MUSTAFA BARGHOUTHI
I cannot recall a more important meeting between an American president and an Israeli prime minister than today’s meeting between President Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Will the Obama administration have the courage to challenge Netanyahu, or will all the talk of change dissolve in the face of a concerted one-two punch from Netanyahu and the American Israel Public Affairs Committee? I am increasingly convinced that if Obama fails to speak out now, it will doom the two-state solution forever. Further fiddling in Washington — after eight years of it — will consign Jerusalem, the West Bank and the two-state solution to an Israeli expansionism that will overwhelm the ability of cartographers to concoct a viable Palestinian state…

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Gaza: Rising Again After the Assault
By Erin Cunningham
Khuza’a is a small farming village perched on a gentle slope east of Khan Younis. Its fertile farmland once produced fruit and vegetables for export to Israel, whose own lush plains are just 500 metres from Khuza’a’s centre, and are visible through the town’s narrow streets. But the relative quiet of this rural border town, about 25 kilometres southeast of Gaza City, was shattered Jan. 10 when Israeli forces launched an all-out, three-day assault that killed 16 civilians and destroyed many of Khuza’a’s houses and its agricultural land. Perilously close to the border with Israel, Khuza’a was the only place outside of the cities in Gaza’s north – which were effectively severed from central and southern Gaza by Israeli troops Jan. 5 – to suffer a full-blown ground invasion during Israel’s three-week war that ended Jan. 18…

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LEBANON: Tough life for Palestinians in neglected “gatherings”
IRIN news
For the last 30 years Ali Mohammed Hindawi, aged 84, has lived alone in a rusty tin shack in south Lebanon, without water, electricity or a toilet, sleeping among chickens, flies and litter, and separated from his family by displacement and poverty. “What do I think about at night? I think about my situation, that this is not a life for me,” said the frail old man, barely able to sit up after weathering another winter of freezing temperatures and downpours. “It is the life of a dog. All I want is to spend my last few years in a good way.” Hindawi is one of tens of thousands of Palestinian refugees in Lebanon who live in unofficial “gatherings”, collections of homes built without official permission and left largely unserviced, by either the Lebanese state, the Palestinian Authority (PA) or the UN Palestinian refugee agency, UNRWA…

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Former US envoy ‘mulls Afghan role’
Aljazera.net
A former US ambassador to Afghanistan is seeking a high-level unelected post in that country, the American New York Times newspaper has reported. Zalmay Khalilzad, who was ambassador to Afghanistan during the administration of George Bush, has been in talks for the post of “chief executive officer of Afghanistan,” The Times said on Tuesday. The paper quoted senior unnamed US and Afghan officials as saying the discussions had been going on for several months…

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Hamas, Fatah split on Obama remarks to Netanyahu
Ma’an News
The Fatah-controlled Palestinian Authority said US President Barack Obama’s remarks to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu were “encouraging,” while Hamas called them “deceptive” in their remarks Tuesday. “The statements by Mr Obama are encouraging while those by Prime Minister Netanyahu are disappointing,” Palestinian presidential aide Nabil Abu Rudeinah said, according to Reuters. Hamas however, was not encouraged by Obama’s statements…

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Report: Hamas leader Mash’al ousted deputy over opposition to Iran
Ma’an News
Senior Hamas leader Khalid Mash’al dismissed his deputy, Mousa Abu Marzouq and another leader because of their reported opposition to the dictates of Syria and Iran, according to the Kuwaiti newspaper “Politics.”…”The elections have many changes but still many details are hidden by Hamas … the removal of Abu Marzouk and Al-Alami were the result of pressure from Syria and Iran on Mash’al,” the newspaper’s source said. According to the report, Mash’al was personally strengthened in the internal elections, which saw him reelected as the head of the group’s powerful Political Bureau. Mash’al is opposed to reconciliation with Fatah…

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Jeremy Scahill: “Little Known Military Thug Squad Still Brutalizing Prisoners at Gitmo Under Obama
Democracy Now!
Jeremy Scahill reports the Obama administration is continuing to use a notorious military police unit at Guantanamo that regularly brutalizes unarmed prisoners, including gang-beating them, breaking their bones, gouging their eyes and dousing them with chemicals. This force, officially known as the Immediate Reaction Force, has been labeled the “Extreme Repression Force” by Guantanamo prisoners, and human rights lawyers call their actions illegal…

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I did not say Cheney killed Benazir: Seymour Hersh
Dawn
American journalist Seymour Hersh on Monday denied news reports that quoted him as saying a ‘special death squad’ working under former US vice president Dick Cheney had killed Benazir Bhutto. The award-winning journalist described as ‘complete madness’ the reports that the squad headed by General Stanley McChrystal – the new commander of US army in Afghanistan – had also killed former Lebanese prime minister Rafique Al Hariri and a Lebanese army chief. ‘Vice President Cheney does not have a death squad. I have no idea who killed Mr Harari or Mrs Bhutto. I have never said that I did have such information. I most certainly did not say any thing remotely to that effect during an interview with an Arab media outlet,’ Hersh said…

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Al Masry denies reports on an agreement on unified security forces in Gaza
Saed Bannoura – IMEMC
Hamas leader, member of the Palestinian Legislative Council, Mosheer Al Amsry, stated Monday that the talks about a unified Hamas-Fateh security force in Gaza to man the Rafah terminal are yet another failed attempt to pressure Hamas. Al Masry added that what is needed is a full partnership in Gaza and the West Bank. He also said that talks on such a plan are an implementation of what he described as “the American-Zionist plan”…

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U.S. troops kill civilian in central Mosul
Aswat al-Iraq
A civilian was killed on Monday by U.S. forces in central Mosul, according to a security source. “U.S. forces shot and killed a civilian on Monday (May 18) in al-Dawasa region in central Mosul,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. “The forces killed the 50-year-old man while trying to cross the street while a U.S. vehicle patrol was passing,” he added…

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GI Special 7E16: Fort Stewart [ 18 May 2009 ]
Thomas F. Barton
Another Amazing Surprise! The New Democrat Regime Votes “Overwhelmingly” To Kill More U.S. Troops, More Iraqis And More Afghans.Obama Regime Shits On Fake “Anti-War” Whining Ninnies In Congress; “I’m Not Advocating For An Immediate Withdrawal Of Our Military Forces From Afghanistan. All I’m Asking For Is A Plan”. “No Deadlines, No Conditions, No Timelines, Obey Said”. “My Bill Doesn’t Withdraw Our Forces. It Doesn’t Set A Definite Timeline. It Simply Asks The Secretary Of Defense To Outline What Our Exit Strategy Is”.

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