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URUK Net 23 June, 2009

Last updated: Thursday, June 25, 2009 7:41

Death on camera
Gabriel Ash
The following video, which probably half the world has seen, captures the death on camera of young Iranian woman killed while non-violently protesting for her rights. CNN broadcasted it. It a “symbol.”…The video on the other hand, is of the death on camera of Bassem Abu Rameh, a young Palestinian non-violent protester, near the apartheid wall that cuts into Bil’in. It wasn’t broadcast on CNN. It is not a “symbol.”We even have a picture of the alleged murderer of Bassem, probably posted on Israeli indymedia by eye-witnesses. (on top is the word ‘murderer’ in Hebrew). CNN can probably solve a murder case of a protester and bring the criminal to justice without spending more than a $100 of investigative journalism. Why don’t they do it?…

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700 doctors demand the removal of WMA president for involvement in torture
Saed Bannoura – IMEMC
700 doctors from 43 countries sent a letter of protest to the Word Medical Association (WMA), which is considered the WMA’s governing body, demanding the removal of the newly appointed president, an Israeli doctor, for ignoring the participation of medical staff in the torture of Palestinian prisoners, the Guardian reported. The Israeli doctor, Yoram Blachar, has been the head of the Israeli Medical Association since 1995, and became the head of the WMA of November of last year…

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A Rare Perspicacity…
Layla Anwar, An Arab Woman Blues
It is rare that I receive intelligent mails from America…even less so, from Arab-Americans…However and thankfully so, there are exceptions to the rule. They are rare and I have encountered a couple, not more. One of these exceptions comes from an email I received from an Arab-American, who prefers to remain anonymous. I am publishing his/her mail with his/her consent. I think this person is one of the very few who understood…I hope you will read that mail slowly and let it sink in, because it holds many important insights and truths…

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EXCLUSIVE: U.S. contacted Iran’s ayatollah before election
Barbara Slavin
Prior to this month’s disputed presidential election in Iran, the Obama administration sent a letter to the country’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, calling for an improvement in relations, according to interviews and the leader himself… An Iranian with knowledge of the overture, however, told The Washington Times that the letter was sent between May 4 and May 10 and laid out the prospect of “cooperation in regional and bilateral relations” and a resolution of the dispute over Iran’s nuclear program…

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At Least 65 Killed as US Drones Attack South Waziristan Funeral Procession
Mourners From Early Strike Killed in Second Attack
Jason Ditz
On Thursday, US drones launched an attack on a compound in South Waziristan, and when locals rushed to the scene to rescue survivors, they launched more missiles at them, leaving a total of 13 dead. The timing and target of the attack were controversial, as was the tactic of luring locals in with a first strike to maximize the kill count. Today, locals were involved in a funeral procession when the US struck again…

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Son of PRISP
Obama’s Classroom Spies
By DAVID PRICE
As the continuities and disjunctures between the Bush and Obama administrations come into focus it becomes increasingly clear that while Obama’s domestic agenda has some identifiable breaks with Bush’s, at its core, the new administration remains committed to staying the course of American militarization. Now we have an articulate, nuanced president who supports elements of progressive domestic policies, can even comfortably say the phrase LGBT in public speeches, while funding military programs at alarming levels and continuing the Bush administration’s military and intelligence invasion of what used to be civilian life…

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Issue #4 of “Khiaban” (”The Street”), Newspaper Circulating Among Iran Protesters.
“From Reform to Revolution”.
Iran in the Gulf
Issue #4 of “Khiaban” (an underground newspaper circulating among protesters in Iran.) arrived yesterday. ..The following is a rough translation/excerpts from “Khiyaban”, #4 p 1: “From Reform to Revolution” […] “Saturday and sunday were an important turning point for the history of Iran…from then on, everyone knew that the hope of change and reform of the regime is not the reformist wing, and that there is only one price for bread and freedom: Revolution.”…

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Comrade Sa’adat: Urgent need for national unity to confront the occupation and defend prisoners’ rights
Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine -PFLP
Comrade Ahmad Sa’adat, the imprisoned General Secretary of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, met today, June 22, 2009, in Asqelan prison with Mohammed Barakeh, from Democratic Front for Progress and Equality in Palestine ‘48. Barakeh later conveyed a message from Comrade Sa’adat in which he expressed his rejection of Oslo and all that has followed and called urgently for national unity of the Palestinian people…

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Official: Israeli demonstrators prevent humanitarian aids’ entrance into Gaza
Xinhua
Hundreds of Israeli demonstrators on Tuesday prevented the entrance of dozens of food aid-laden trucks to enter into the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, a Palestinian official told Xinhua. Ra’ed Fatouh, Gaza commercial crossings’ coordinator, said the Israeli demonstrators prevented 73 trucks and lorries loaded with humanitarian food aids, adding “only seven trucks were hardly allowed to cross into Gaza.” He added that the Israeli authorities informed him earlier that it decided to partially reopen three commercial crossings on the border between Israel and Gaza to allow goods and aids sent by international humanitarian organizations…

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Afghan attack kills German soldiers
Aljazeera.net
Three German soldiers have been killed after coming under attack in northern Afghanistan, Germany’s defence ministry has said. The soldiers were conducting a joint operation with Afghan forces near the northern city of Kunduz on Tuesday when unidentified assailants opened fire on their patrol, ministry officials said. The men fired back and requested air support and reinforcements…

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Obama’s Financial Reform Proposal: A Stealth Scheme for Global Monetary Control
by Stephen Lendman
When politicians plan reform, it’s wise to be skeptical and hold on to your wallets. So fixing the economy by bailing out Wall Street is wrecking it, and Obama’s proposed health care reform taxes more, provides less, places profits above human need, avoids the most vital solutions, and leaves a broken system in place. Now there’s “Financial Regulatory Reform, A New Foundation: Rebuilding Financial Supervision and Regulation” – announced June 17 with Obama saying he’ll send Congress a plan to create new government agencies, give the private banking cartel Federal Reserve more power, and address five major problems needing regulatory and legislative measures to fix…

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Hamas suspends its participation in reconciliation meetings with Fatah
Palestinian Information Center
Hamas lawmaker Dr. Omar Abdelrazek said that his Movement decided to suspend its participation in the meetings of the security reconciliation committee held with Fatah leaders due to their failure to end the political arrest file in the West Bank. Dr. Abdelrazek, a member of this committee, added that this decision was taken because Fatah refused to set a schedule for the release of political prisoners and specific mechanisms for ending this file in the West Bank while the PA arrest campaigns are still escalating every day…

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Obama’s Financial Reform Proposal: A Stealth Scheme for Global Monetary Control
by Stephen Lendman
When politicians plan reform, it’s wise to be skeptical and hold on to your wallets. So fixing the economy by bailing out Wall Street is wrecking it, and Obama’s proposed health care reform taxes more, provides less, places profits above human need, avoids the most vital solutions, and leaves a broken system in place. Now there’s “Financial Regulatory Reform, A New Foundation: Rebuilding Financial Supervision and Regulation” – announced June 17 with Obama saying he’ll send Congress a plan to create new government agencies, give the private banking cartel Federal Reserve more power, and address five major problems needing regulatory and legislative measures to fix…

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The necessity of cultural boycott
Ilan Pappe, The Electronic Intifada
If there is anything new in the never-ending sad story of Palestine it is the clear shift in public opinion in the UK. I remember coming to these isles in 1980 when supporting the Palestinian cause was confined to the left and in it to a very particular section and ideological stream. The post-Holocaust trauma and guilt complex, military and economic interests and the charade of Israel as the only democracy in the Middle East all played a role in providing immunity for the State of Israel. Very few were moved, so it seems, by a state that had dispossessed half of Palestine’s native population, demolished half of their villages and towns, discriminated against the minority among them who lived within its borders through an apartheid system and divided into enclaves two million and a half of them in a harsh and oppressive military occupation…

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Video: Palestinians fight illegal Israeli construction
AlJazeeraEnglish
Though international law considers Israeli settlements on occupied Palestinian land illegal, construction companies continue to cash in on unprecedented settlement expansion. Now, some Palestinians in the West Bank town of Bil’in are taking matters into their own hands, by going to court to sue international construction companies. Al Jazeera’s Nour Odeh reports…

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Iran: Statement by Coordinating Committee to Help Form Workers’ Organizations about Presidential Election and recent unrest
Coordinating Committee to Help Form Workers’ Organizations
Iranian people have witnessed the presidential elections in Iran. During the debates between candidates there was never any mention of destitute conditions of the working class, non-payment of wages, temporary-work contracts, medieval sentences of floggings, killings and incarceration of workers and labor activists, suppression of May 1st events… The reality is that these candidates themselves are collaborators in creation of such impoverished conditions facing working class and majority of the population in Iran. That is exactly why amongst hundreds of candidates only these four were hand-picked. In the election process all resources of capitalists, familiar and unfamiliar liberals, media networks of world capitalism: BBC, VOA, was utilized to convince people of elections as an arena for change…

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Iran says courts will teach protesters a lesson
By Zahra Hosseinian and Fredrik Dahl, Reuters
Iranian authorities said they would teach an exemplary lesson to “rioters” held in the worst unrest since the birth of the Islamic Republic and pressed accusations that violence was being incited by Western powers… Iranian state television paraded people it said had been arrested during weekend violence. “I think we were provoked by networks like the BBC and the VOA (Voice of America) to take such immoral actions,” one young man said. His face was shown but his name not given. A woman whose face was pixellated said she had carried a “war grenade” in her hand-bag. “I was influenced by VOA Persian and the BBC because they were saying that security forces were behind most of the clashes…

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IOA hands 65 orders for demolition of apartment buildings and homes in J’lem
The Israeli occupation authority police handed Sunday evening Palestinian families about 65 orders for the demolition of apartment buildings and homes in different areas of occupied Jerusalem during raids on Jerusalemite neighborhoods in Beit Hanina, Sha’fat and Wadi Qadoum. Palestinian sources in Jerusalem reported Monday that the IOA had already issued similar demolition orders against apartment buildings in the neighborhoods of Nusseibeh and Beit Hanina, adding that the current orders are issued against new apartment buildings in Sha’fat and Beit Hanina and against two homes in Wadi Qadoum in Silwan…

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Pakistani military begins offensive in Waziristan
By James Cogan
Pakistani troops have moved in force into South Waziristan, beginning operations that are expected to escalate into a full-scale effort to drive the Islamist Tehrik-e-Taliban movement from the tribal agency and prevent Afghan insurgents using it as a safe haven to strike at US and NATO occupation forces over the border. The offensive follows bloody fighting and mass civilian displacement in late April and May in the Swat Valley and other districts of North West Frontier Province (NWFP), and operations last year against the Taliban in the tribal agencies of Bajaur and Mohmand…

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[Video Free Gaza] Press conference, 22nd June 2009
Free Gaza Movement
Two of the organizers, Huwaida Arraf and Greta Berlin, as well as the Honorable Cynthia McKinney, former U.S. Congresswoman from Georgia, held a press conference yesterday in Doha, Qatar. All three called on the world to recognize Palestinian human and civil rightsrights that have been denied for 61 years.
In three days, the Free Gaza movement sails 240 miles from Cyprus to Gaza, its eighth mission to break Israels draconian siege on 1.5 million Palestinians there. In the holds of the FREE GAZA and the SPIRIT OF HUMANITY will be tons of cement, and suitcases full of toys, crayons and coloring books for the children, all items banned by Israels government…

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Israel Prevents a 7 year old from Gaza from seeing his only parent in the West Bank
Katherine Orwell
A young boy from Gaza that lost his mother and wants to rejoin his father in Hebron in the southern West Bank, is not allowed to do so by the Israeli authorities, Israeli media reported. According to the procedures of the office of the coordinator of activities in the territories for handling requests from the Gaza Strip residents seeking to settle in the West Bank, the boy should stay in Gaza, unless there are no other relatives at all that can take care of him, not necessarily first-degree relatives…

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