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URUK Net 20 June, 2009

Last updated: Monday, June 22, 2009 11:02

Sa’adat receives further punishment from the occupation as solidarity continues around the world
The Campaign to Free Ahmad Sa’adat
Ahmad Sa’adat’s steadfastness has inspired solidarity and action from thousands across Palestine, throughout the Arab world, and internationally. His nine-day hunger strike has drawn attention to the brutal, illegitimate practices of the Israeli prison authorities, and the urgent situation of the over 11,000 Palestinian prisoners. Sa’adat, the imprisoned General Secretary of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, was forcibly kidnapped in 2006 by the Israeli military from a Palestinian Authority prison where he had been held since 2002 under PA, British and U.S. guard, and has become a symbol of resistance. Throughout his seven years of imprisonment, he has refused entirely to recognize the legitimacy of Israeli military courts used against Palestinian prisoners..

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19 protesters reported dead in Tehran
UPI
At least 19 people were killed Saturday in clashes between police and protesters in Tehran, hospital sources told CNN. CNN said there were unconfirmed reports the death toll was much higher, at least 150. Video posted on the Web showed police using nightsticks, water cannon, tear gas and fire hoses with some footage of protesters who looked like they had been shot. The massive protests occurred in spite of a warning Friday from Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, that opposition presidential candidate Mir Hossein Moussavi and other anti-government leaders could be held liable for any damage done by demonstrators…

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Destroying Indigenous Populations
Dahr Jamail, t r u t h o u t
The Fort Laramie Treaty once guaranteed the Sioux Nation the right to a large area of their original land, which spanned several states and included their sacred Black Hills, where they were to have “the absolute and undisturbed use and occupation” of the land. However, when gold was discovered in the Black Hills, President Ulysses S. Grant told the army to look the other way in order to allow gold miners to enter the territory. After repeated violations of the exclusive rights to the land by gold prospectors and by migrant workers crossing the reservation borders, the US government seized the Black Hills land in 1877…

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Video: Palestinians ‘stranded’ in Iraq refugee camp
Aljazeera.net
The creation of the state of Israel in 1948 triggered an exodus of millions of Palestinian refugees across the Middle East, including a community who found refuge in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad. But facing persecution from Iraqi militias after the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq, many Palestinians fled to the Al Waleed refugee camp near the Iraqi-Syrian border. As Al Jazeera’s Nisreen El Shamayleh reports, these refugees say they now live in “horrendous” conditions…

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Ahmadinejad’s Rural Votes
Nate Silver
You have probably heard it asserted that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad principal strength is in rural areas, whereas Mir-Hossein Mousavi did relatively better in Iran’s cities. However, it is not clear that this is true. Moreover, in 2005, it is demonstrably false. On the contrary, Ahmadinejad did much better in urban areas in that election. I was finally able to track down data on the urbanization of each of Iran’s 30 provinces, as listed on the website of the Statistical Center of Iran. Although Iran is a fairly large country, most of its population — about 68 percent — lives in cities. Its population density is quite comparable to that of the continental United States…

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Iran: Assembly of Experts expresses strong support for Leader’s guidelines
Tehran Times
In a statement issued on Saturday the Assembly of Experts expressed its “strong support” for the Supreme Leader’s statements on the presidential elections on Friday. The 86-member assembly stated in the statement that it is hoped that the nation would realize the current condition and by sticking to the Leader’s guidelines preserve their patience and manifest their unity. The Qom Seminary Teachers Society also issued a statement on Saturday declaring strong support for the guidelines of the Supreme Leader…

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Labor Unions Join the Resistance in Iran
NLinStPaul
There’s been a lot of speculation about the make-up of the protesters in Iran. Is it made up of just young people? Those only in Tehran? Only the ruling/middle class? Now we get word that labor unions have joined the fray. Specifically, Al Giordano at The Field notes that both auto workers and bus workers are taking action…

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Third US soldier killed in Afghanistan in single day
KUNA
A third soldier of the US-led coalition soldier was killed in an attack in Afghanistan on Saturday. A spokesman for the US troops said the soldier died during an attack on a military convoy in eastern Afghanistan around 9:30 AM (local time). Earlier, the US military declared that two US soldiers were killed in a roadside bomb blast in southern Afghanistan. Another soldier from the multinational force, ISAF, was killed in a separate attack in the country…

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Mousavi’s statement number 5 to Iranian people
Mir-Hossein Mousavi
These days and nights a turning point is being forged in the history of our nation. People are asking each other and also me, when amongst them, what should be done and in which direction we should go. I consider myself responsible to share what I believe with you, to talk to you and learn from you. Let us hope that we will not forget our historical mission and will not shirk from the burden of duty put on our shoulders by the destiny of generations and ages…

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BOMB EXPLOSION IN THE TURKMEN CITY OF TAZA HURMATU – CUI BONO?
EUROPE TURKMEN FRIENDSHIPS
A bomb which was placed in a truck exploded outside a mosque in TAZA HURMATU earlier today, causing many victims and injuring over 120 people. Dr. Sadettin Ergeç, President of the Iraqi Turkmen Front, has appeared on Turkmeneli TV, he said that it is not the first time that Turkmens are targeted, there have been bomb explosions in Taza Khurmatu before, also in Telafer, Amirli, Tuz Hurmatu, Kerkuk, etc. Dr. Ergeç addressing the Iraqi Prime Minister and the Iraqi government authorities demanded that they either provide adequate protection for the Turkmens or that they give them the means to defend themselves…

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June 20, 2009: 86 Iraqis Killed, 216 Wounded
Margaret Griffis
During a speech to a Turkmen group in Baghdad, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki vowed to enforce a June 30 deadline for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraqi cities. This pronouncement came hours before a massive truck bomb ripped through the Turkmen village of Taza. Overall at least 86 Iraqis were killed and 220 others were wounded across Iraq. Also, a pair of bodies was handed over to British authorities belong to two British hostages who were kidnapped in 2007. Three other British hostages still missing…

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Videos of today’s protests in Iran

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From a Bloodied Street in Tehran…
Layla Anwar, An Arab Woman Blues
I have just been watching a series of videos regarding today’s protests in Tehran…The last two videos gave me the shivers… In the first video, from the bottom up, lies a young man’s body in the street, murdered during the protests… In the second video from the bottom up, lies a young woman’s body soaked in her own blood…she was also murdered by the government’s militias also called the Basijis. She was also lying in the street… It reminded me of how Iraqi bodies would be left lying in the streets of Baghdad…

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Iraq’s refugees; the region’s largest displacement crisis goes on
World Vision Middle East/Eastern Europe/ Central Asia office
Some 2 million Iraqi refugees across the Middle East will spend a fifth World Refugee Day far from home and even further from any prospect of return or a better life as their needs and rights continue to go largely unaddressed. ‘Exposure to violence, instability and disrupted education characterise the childhoods of many of Iraq’s refugee children – some of whom can no longer call Iraq home because of what they experienced there’, says Siobhan Kimmerle, Programme Director for World Vision in Jordan. ‘We must not turn our backs to their needs, which require long term interventions’, she added…

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The Iranian working class and the revolt
LENIN’S TOMB
It was a commonplace in the build-up to the elections that Ahmadinejad would hold the working class vote. This had been the case in 2005, and it was assumed it would be the case in 2009. The reason given was that Ahmadinejad had supported the working class with various benefits paid for from oil profits. And of course he is himself a working class kid made good, as it were: the son of a blacksmith who got himself a PhD, joined the right-wing in the revolution, and eventually became president. Finally, it was inferred that the workers were socially conservative and had little time for middle class people who wanted more liberal legislation. This picture, while touching on important truths, is also rather patronising in its assumption that the workers only care about bread and butter issues and that they tend toward sullen bigotry when it comes to issues of democracy and womens’ rights…

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Jolie’s Refugees…
Layla Anwar, An Arab Woman Blues
I am listening to the local radio station… The voice of Angelina Jolie, the U.S “Ambassadrice” for the U.N breaks through… “ Refugees are waiting for the day to return to their homes…support the UNHCR…” says Madame Jolie. Oh, jolly, jolly, good… Excuse me Jolie, you did not tell us how long we should be waiting exactly… And if we support the UNHCR of which you are a “good will” ambassadrice, will that shorten our waiting period ? Will the UNHCR solve the refugee problem if we support you and your cause ? Nay, no, nope, non, niet, nein… Madame jolly Jolie, as long as you don’t adress the REAL issue, the REAL cause for hordes of refugees from Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, am afraid your pouting siliconized mouth and that of the politically correct, potted mouth of the UNHCR will not change or advance “your cause” one iota. Madame jolly Jolie, it is not the UNHCR we need to support…It is the one behind the massive exodus of refugees that we need to fight…

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WORLD EXCLUSIVE: New Revelations About The Torture Of Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi
Andy Worthington
In a world exclusive, Andy Worthington, author of The Guantánamo Files, reveals new information, from a source in Libya, about Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi, the former US “ghost prisoner” who died in a Libyan jail last month, focusing, in particular, on the prisons in which he was held, and the ways in which torture was used by his interrogators…

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IRAN: ‘Street’ newspaper is being distributed by protesters
Amber Smith
The European Photo Agency has posted a photo of a newspaper being issued by Iranian protesters. It’s called Street because all photos and stories are from demonstrators on the streets of Iran. Distribution has been focused on Iranian Internet users in Tehran..

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Britain: For a war crimes trial over Iraq invasion
Julie Hyland
If Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s announcement of a new inquiry into the Iraq war was intended to bury questions over the contentious invasion, it has backfired. Brown announced the fresh investigation earlier this week. It will be the fifth inquiry touching on the Iraq war held since 2003. These include the Hutton inquiry into the circumstances behind the apparent suicide of leading weapons inspector David Kelly and the Butler inquiry into the intelligence used to justify the invasion. All of these earlier inquiries dealt only with specific questions connected to the war, not with the war itself. And all ended in a whitewash…

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The Tale of 3 Palestinian Villages
Reham Alhelsi
Every year since June 1967, Israelis celebrate Jerusalem Day. To Palestinians, it is a day to commemorate, to unite, and continue the fight for a free Palestine and a free Jerusalem. To Palestinians, Al Quds is not only the holy sites, the ancient houses and the beautifully old streets and alleys, it’s the land and the people. The Zionists are not ashamed of celebrating a “state” that is built on the bodies of Palestinians and on the ruins of their homes and villages. Speeches and articles on such occasions often talk of how proud they are of their army, those “courageous men” fighting for their state: a state that is watered with the blood of its innocent victims, not the blood of its “courageous” men, for there is no courage in fighting an unarmed civilian population, in killing little children and walking on the bodies of raped women and bullet-riddled elderly to reach a state…

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What Now in Iran?
Reza Fiyouzat, Revolutionary Flowerpot Society
…The most important part the analysis is that it correctly maintains that there are THREE camps (not just two) in the current struggle: the conservatives, the reformists, and the PEOPLE! This last one is completely missing from the analysis of most people. Everybody thinks this is just a power play between the two factions of the system, and so some ‘leftists’ too cynical to see that people do have their own mind, are construing this whole thing as a CIA-directed velvet revolution…

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Comrade Sa’adat subjected to further prison repression following hunger strike
Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine -PFLP
A new set of punishments have been issued against imprisoned Comrade Leader Ahmad Sa’adat, the General Secretary of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, following a nine-day hunger strike against the occupation’s denial of prisoners rights, won through long struggle, and the policy of solitary confinement. The Al-Mezan Center for Human Rights sent an attorney to visit with Comrade Ahmad Sa’adat, the imprisoned General Secretary of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, on June 15, 2009…

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On refugees & idps
Marcy Newman, body on the line
Today is world refugee day. there are 42 million refugees world-wide. There are also 7.6 million Palestinian refugees, who are not included in the numbers that the United Nations high commission for refugees (UNHCR) uses because Palestinian refugees fall under the United Nations relief and works agency (UNRWA) which means something different in terms of protection as well as repatriation. Legal scholar Susan Akram explains the basic legal context that define all refugees under international law and explains the different principles guiding palestinians from other refugees…

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How About a New FB/Twitter App for Victims of US Warcrimes?
Jeremy Scahill
Seeing some of these people online turning their profile pictures green “for Iran” makes me want to create a Facebook and Twitter application that turns profile pictures blood red, in solidarity with all of the Afghans and Iraqis and Pakistanis being killed by US wars today; wars that people in the US failed to stop and whose representatives continue to fund to the tune of $100s of billions…

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Reports of bomb exploding in Tehran
SkyNews
There are reports a bomb has exploded in Tehran at the shrine of Iran’s revolutionary founder as thousands of people protest at the result of the country’s election, reports say. At least one person was killed and two others injured in the northern wing of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini’s shrine, said the Fars news agency. Reports said it was a suicide bombing and the attacker died in the blast…

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Aid Agencies Slam Gaza Blockade
By Mel Frykberg
Forty international aid agencies and NGOs have released a joint statement condemning Israel’s blockade of Gaza, to mark the second anniversary of the coastal territory being hermetically sealed off from the outside world. “We, United Nations and non-governmental humanitarian organisations, express deepening concern over Israel’s continued blockade of the Gaza Strip which has now been in force for two years. “These indiscriminate sanctions are affecting the entire 1.5 million population of Gaza, and ordinary women, children and the elderly are the first victims,” read the statement, to mark the anniversary Wednesday…

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Iranian Bus Workers Join the Resistance
Al Giordano
The Autobus Workers Union of Iran (Sendikaye Sherkat Vahed, in Farsi) has just made the following declaration (translated for The Field by Iraj Omidvar): In recent days we have witnessed the passionate presence of millions of women and men, the old and the young, and ethnic and religious minorities in Iran, people who want their government to recognize their most basic right, the right to freely, independently, and transparently elect, a right that in most societies around the world is not only recognized officially but for whose protection no effort is neglected…

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Iran police ‘use gas’ on protesters
Aljaeera.net
Iranian police have reportedly used tear gas and water cannon against thousands of people gathering to protest against the disputed re-election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Iran’s president. Protesters tried to reach Revolution Square in the centre of the capital Tehran for a planned protest on Saturday, despite warnings from police that they would be arrested. Police had blocked access to the square and Ahmadreza Radan, the deputy national police commander, had said they would “strongly confront any illegal gatherings and those without permission”. “Those who pull people to the streets should know that by a judicial decree they will be prosecuted by law and they will be arrested.”…Al Jazeera’s Alireza Ronaghi, reporting from Tehran, said there were reports that riot police had been deployed to every major square in Tehran…

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Suicide Bomb Attack Kills Dozens in Northern Iraq
By Ernesto Londoño, WP
A suicide bomber driving a truck loaded with explosives killed dozens of people Saturday afternoon near Kirkuk, Iraqi officials said. The blast in the northern Iraqi city, the deadliest in weeks, shattered a recent lull in violence. The bomber targeted a residential area called Taza, which is roughly 14 miles south of Kirkuk. The majority of residents in the area are Shiite Turkmen. Officials at the scene said at least 32 people were killed and 105 wounded in the blast. Dozens of homes were destroyed…

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Mousavi, Karroubi fail to attend Iran electoral watchdog meet
AFP
Defeated Iranian presidential candidates Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi failed to attend a meeting on Saturday with the Guardians Council, the country’s electoral watchdog, ILNA agency said. “Karroubi and Mousavi who were invited for this session did not come and they did not give any reason for their absence,” an official with the council was quoted as saying by ILNA…

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Iran: Police warns of ‘firm’ response to protests
PressTV
Iranian police will deal firmly with any illegal gatherings from now on and will prosecute those who plan such activities, says Iran’s deputy police commander. “I should emphasize that all protests held in the past week were illegal and beginning today any gathering critical of the election would be illegal,” said Acting Police Chief Brigadier General Ahmad-Reza Radan. “Police will deal with the protest firmly and with determination. Those who provoke street protests should know that they will be arrested and prosecuted,” he added…

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Gaza: Israeli artillery strikes hit central Strip; destroy agricultural equipment
Ma’an News
Israeli forces launched artillery shells at Al-Maghazi in the central Gaza Strip overnight Friday, damaging agricultural equipment, Palestinian sources said. No casualties were reported, though extensive damage was done to equipment for crop harvesting…

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