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URUK Net 23 May, 2009

Last updated: Tuesday, May 26, 2009 8:31

DECEPTION AND DEFIANCE FROM U.S. ADMINISTRATION, NOT SADDAM HUSSEIN
Malcom Lagauche
On Sunday, May 16, 2004, Colin Powell, in an interview for NBC’s “Meet the Press,” actually came clean about the deceit used to prime the U.S. public for a war against Iraq. He acknowledged that information fed to him and the CIA by Iraqi defectors about Iraqi mobile biological weapons facilities was untrue. Powell said: It turned out that the sourcing was inaccurate and wrong and in some cases deliberately misleading. And for that I am disappointed and I regret it. Powell seemed to apologize to the American people and to the media. However, no apology from him or any U.S. official has ever been made to the Iraqis, whether to the former government or to the people, for lying that led to the destruction of the country and the deaths of more than a million…

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Pink Dreams…
Layla Anwar, An Arab Woman Blues
…Gays in Iraq, even though tolerated in the past, have become the target of a witch hunt. Tens of them have been decapitated, mutilated, burned and massacred in broad day light for their sexual preferences, in “free” post liberated Iraq…What makes it even more unacceptable is while Iraqi gays are being murdered in the most brutal, sadistic fashion in the Red Zone… The Green Zone American hookers are, in parallel, organizing a gay party in Baghdad, for the white assed gays amongst them. White as in a cultural construction not as in race… So what was I telling you ? I always go off on a tangent, albeit a necessary one, because your fucking hypocrisy always catches up with me… Yes, I was telling you about the Pink Gay Pride Party in the Green Zone. So your faggots must be really very proud of a job well done in Eyeraq. Like, does that include the child sodomizers and rapists of Iraqi pubescent boys in Abu Ghraib or does it exclude them from your Pink party ? …

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Obama’s AfPak war engulfs Pakistan’s Swat Valley
By James Cogan
A humanitarian catastrophe is taking place in areas of Pakistan’s North West Frontier Province (NWFP), as a result of the Obama administration’s expansion of the occupation of Afghanistan into the so-called “AfPak war”. Over the past seven years, ethnic Pashtun Islamist movements in NWFP and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) have lent assistance to the resistance being waged against the American-led forces in Afghanistan by the Pashtun-based Taliban, including by disrupting US and NATO supply routes through Pakistan…

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Israel used depleted uranium in offensive on Gaza — NGOs
KUNA
Action of Citizens for the total Dismantling of Nukes (ACDN) said Saturday that it has just produced a 33-page report concluding that the presence of as much as 75 tons of depleted uranium in Gaza soil is highly probable to the Israeli “Operation Cast Lead” offensive. The operation took place between December 27, 2008 and January 18, 2009. During the first few days, a Norwegian doctor doing humanitarian service in the hospital at Shifa, Dr Mads Gilbert, denounced the presence of radioactive matter, possibly depleted uranium, in the bodies of victims. This accusation has now emerged with greater strength after several months of investigation carried out in close liaison with the people concerned and with the help of Jean-Francois Fechino, a consultant on diffuse pollution and an expert accredited to the UN Environment (UNEP)…

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Slayings shattered dreams of rural Iraqi family
BRETT BARROUQUERE, Associated Press Writer
The beautiful, dark-haired girl in the photograph stands near a wall in pre-invasion Iraq. What is unseen and now lost, her family says, is her dream of moving to the big city and getting married. “Abeer was a strong woman,” said her aunt, Ameena Hamza Rashid al-Janabi. “She was very proud to be young.” Relatives of the girl, Abeer Qassim al-Janabi, and prosecutors detailed the teen’s hopes and life during the civilian trial of former Pfc. Steven Dale Green, 24, in western Kentucky. They showed pictures of the family at home, and relatives recounted their aspirations for a better life. Green, of Midland, Texas, was convicted of multiple counts, including conspiracy and murder in the March 2006 killings of 14-year-old Abeer and her father, mother and 6-year-old sister near Mahmoudiya, Iraq, about 20 miles south of Baghdad…

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100 disabled Hebron children threatened with homelessness
Ma’an News
Some 100 disabled Palestinians could become homeless when the facility housing them shuts down in June, its directors warned on Saturday. The children have been living at the Al-Ihsan charitable society building in the southern West Bank city of Hebron, which is being forced to shut down due to lack of funds. According to Omar Abu A’ram, the acting administrative director of the organization, a 2004 halt to internal and external financial support will lead the society to be unable to fulfill its mandate past May…

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Provoking the Inevitable
Dahr Jamail, t r u t h o u t
On Monday, Iraqi government security forces arrested two prominent Sunni leaders in Iraq’s volatile Diyala Province. One of them, Sheikh Riyadh al-Mujami, not coincidentally, is a prominent leader in the local Sahwa (Sons of Iraq), the 100,000-strong Sunni militia that was set up by the US military to quell attacks against occupation forces and launch an effort to battle al-Qaeda in Iraq. Both of those objectives were accomplished, but these efforts are being erased by ongoing missions by Iraqi government security forces, sometimes backed by the US military, to kill or capture both Sahwa leadership and fighters. The results of these attacks against the Sahwa are already evident in an escalation in violence that has taken two forms – a dramatic increase in spectacular attacks against Iraqi civilians and increasing attacks against occupation forces…

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What Obama Isn’t Going to Change about Military Commissions
Jeremy R. Hammond
…One thing Obama isn’t changing is the fact that the detainees are considered “unlawful enemy combatants” under the Military Commissions Act of 2006. Under the Act, and “unlawful enemy combatant” means anyone who has “engaged in hostilities” against the U.S., “including a person who is part of the Taliban, al Qaeda, or associated forces.” That pretty much includes anyone who has exercised his right to take up arms against the foreign invading and occupying U.S. forces in Afghanistan — a right protected under the U.N. Charter, which recognizes “the inherent right of individual or collective self-defense” against armed attack. A “lawful enemy combatant”, by contrast, is a member of a regular, uniformed army, under the military commissions. To understand the significance of this distinction and its application under the military commissions, by this logic, un-uniformed members of the state militias fighting the British Redcoats during the American Revolutionary War must be considered to have been “unlawful enemy combatants” — a determination the officers of King George’s army would no doubt have agreed with…

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Israeli forces shoot Ni’lin demonstrator in the head with tear-gas projectile
International Solidarity Movement
Residents of Ni’lin gathered in the olive groves near the village to hold the weekly prayer before the start of the demonstration at 12:30. Several speeches were made to commemorate the 1 year anniversary since Ni’lin’s resistance against the Apartheid Wall began. Israeli soldiers positioned themselves around the people praying. Several soldiers occupied a nearby under-construction house. As soon as the prayer ended, soldiers began to throw and fire tear-gas canisters. Residents, along with international and Israeli solidarity activists, ran away from the tear-gas on to the main road. Several young men responded to the military violence by throwing stones…

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Video: Palestinians displaced by Operation Cast Lead living in tents
B’Tselem
According to the UN, Israel destroyed 3,500 homes in the Gaza Strip during Operation Cast Lead. Some of the displaced persons now live in tents, in harsh conditions. Participants in B’Tselem’s video project documented life in one encampment…

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Video interviews with fishermen in Gaza
Iscriviti Elimina iscrizione djschermerhorn
GAZAN FISHERMAN, SAMI AL GOAGA, DESCRIBES HOW HE LOST HIS HAND IN ATTACK BY ISRAELIS […] GAZAN FATHER OF FISHERMAN, HANY AL NAJAR, KILLED BY ISRAELIS RECALLS HIS SON AND ATTACKS ON FISHING BOATS…

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Current situation in Gaza
Natalie Abou Shakra
On Friday May 15th, Palestinians around the world commemorated 61 years of Nakba, the Catastrophe, 61 years of ongoing crimes against humanity, massacres, slow motion genocide in an unending process of ethnic cleansing, in a bundle of unjust “peace” treaties benefiting the colonizer and re-colonizing the oppressed. In addition, lack of civil rights and system of racial discrimination within the 1948 lands, what is now called ‘Israel’, and the 1967 lands, Gaza and the West Bank, both under direct occupation, both “homelands” for a people based on an ethnic background, re-producing the White Man’s categorization of what used to be called Bantustans (homeland for “Bantu” or “Black” man) during the Apartheid regime in South Africa; the West Bank composed of Bantustans with checkpoints separating each, occupation, repression, settler colonialism, settlement expansion, home demolition and land expropriation…

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Nato airstrike kills construction worker, wounds 18 others near Afghan capital
Xinhua
An airstrike of international troops on Friday night killed a road construction worker and wounded 18 others in Afghanistan’s Wardak province, some 70 km west of the capital Kabul, an official said on Saturday. “The war plane of international troops attacked a garden near a road construction company in Chak district, killing one and injuring 18 other workers,” Hajji Hazrat Janan, head of the provincial council, told Xinhua. He also said five of the wounded were in critical condition and had been transferred to a hospital in Kabul. The others were still receiving treatment in local hospital…

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Battles rage in Pakistan’s Swat
Aljazera.net
Pakistani soldiers have entered the main town in the Swat valley and engaged in fierce street battles with Taliban fighters, the military has said. Major-General Athar Abbas, a Pakistani military spokesman, said on Saturday that troops had killed at least 17 Taliban fighters as they moved into Mingora. “Street fights have begun,” Abbas said. “We have cleared some of the area in the city.” Al Jazeera’s Imran Khan, reporting from the capital, Islamabad, said that the urban battles being fought by the Pakistani infantry marked a new phase in the conflict in the North West Frontier Province (NWFP)…

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Iraq PM slams law pardoning mainly Sunni prisoners
Reuters
Iraq’s Shi’ite leader vowed on Saturday to amend a law meant to foster sectarian reconciliation by pardoning mostly Sunni prisoners, saying it had led to the release of “terrorists” and corruption suspects. Iraq has blamed a spike in violence since April on the release of detainees from Iraqi and U.S. prisons, and is also on a drive to stamp out the rampant corruption that has crippled efforts to attract foreign investment and rebuild the country…

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Green Zone killing heightens security fears
CHELSEA J. CARTER, Associated Press Writer
An American was found dead in Baghdad’s fortified Green Zone, the U.S. military said Saturday, the apparent victim of an unprecedented slaying that occurred at a time when blast walls are coming down and Iraqi forces are assuming greater control. Another American, believed to be a civilian contractor, was killed Friday night when a rocket struck the Green Zone near the U.S. Embassy, the military said. It was believed to be the first fatal rocket attack there this year. Those deaths have raised concerns about security before the June 30 deadline for all U.S. combat troops to pull out of Baghdad and other cities. At least 66 people were killed nationwide in a two-day string of bombings this week…

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Health conditions worsening in Gaza as borders remain closed
UN News Service
The deteriorating health situation in Gaza has been intensified by Israel’s blockade of crossings into the area, the United Nations agency tasked with assisting Palestinian refugees warned today. Even before Israel’s military offensive targeting Hamas militants on the tiny strip of land earlier this year, which killed over 1,400 people and injured 5,000 others, the border closures had a grave impact on the health of Gazans and the ability of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) to provide health services…

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Two Americans killed in Baghdad’s Green Zone
CNN
Two Americans were killed in Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone, one in a rocket attack and the other under mysterious circumstances, officials in Iraq said. An American man was found bound, blindfolded and fatally stabbed in a car Friday in the district, formally known as the International Zone, Iraqi security forces said Saturday. Iraqi officials and the U.S. military were investigating the killing in the Green Zone, which houses Iraqi government offices and the U.S. Embassy…

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‘Israel Map’ Withdrawn from London Tube
IslamOnline.net
Floods of complaints have forced the Israeli government to withdraw tourism posters from London Underground for featuring a map that treating the occupied Arab lands as part of Israel. “(The ads are) a disingenuous attempt to remove the Palestinians from the public mind, and create a false impression about what constitutes Israel,” Hugh Lanning of the London-based Palestine Solidarity Campaign told the BBC on Saturday, May 23. The posters were “selling a lie” by suggesting tourists could visit Gaza while the strip is subject to a strict Israeli blockade under which even some doctors and humanitarian workers have been denied entry, he said…

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Two Palestinians found dead in collapsed Gaza tunnel
Ma’an News
Medics discovered the bodies of two Palestinians inside a collapsed tunnel in the Al-Brazil neighborhood of southern Rafah on Saturday. Dr Mu’awiyah Hassanein, the head of Emergency and Ambulance Services department within the Gaza Health Ministry, told Ma’an that the young men were identified as Abed Abu Salah and Hamzeh Abu Jarad. The two were found dead under the rubble and were taken to Abu Yousef An-Najjar Hospital in Rafah, Hassanein added…

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“Hope” expected in Gaza Sunday morning
Saed Bannoura – IMEMC
The Governmental Committee for Breaking the Siege in the Gaza Strip reported on Friday that the European Hope Aid Convoy is expected to arrive in the Gaza Strip on Sunday morning. The Committee, based in Gaza, reported Friday that the convoy, carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza, would dock at Bour Sa’id Port in Egypt on Friday, and then would drive towards the Rafah border terminal…

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