InI Logo
Google
 
Web www.williambowles.info
Subscribe to InI’s Mailing List/Newsletter
and then PayPal

URUK Net 30 June, 2009

Last updated: Sunday, July 5, 2009 8:57

ISRAEL ATTACKS JUSTICE BOAT; KIDNAPS HUMAN RIGHTS WORKERS; CONFISCATES MEDICINE, TOYS AND OLIVE TREES
Free Gaza Team
Today Israeli Occupation Forces attacked and boarded the Free Gaza Movement boat, the SPIRIT OF HUMANITY, abducting 21 human rights workers from 11 countries, including Noble laureate Mairead Maguire and former U.S. Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney (see below for a complete list of passengers). The passengers and crew are being forcibly dragged toward Israel. “This is an outrageous violation of international law against us. Our boat was not in Israeli waters, and we were on a human rights mission to the Gaza Strip,” said Cynthia McKinney, a former U.S. Congresswoman and presidential candidate. “President Obama just told Israel to let in humanitarian and reconstruction supplies, and that’s exactly what we tried to do. We’re asking the international community to demand our release so we can resume our journey.”…

Read the full article / Leggi l’articolo completo: www.uruknet.de/?p=55586

Israeli doctors colluding in torture… while world’s medical ethics chief turns blind eye
Jonathan Cook
Israel’s watchdog body on medical ethics has failed to investigate evidence that doctors working in detention facilities are turning a blind eye to cases of torture, according to Israeli human rights groups. The Israeli Medical Association (IMA) has ignored repeated requests to examine such evidence, the rights groups say, even though it has been presented with examples of Israeli doctors who have broken their legal and ethical duty towards Palestinians in their care…

Read the full article / Leggi l’articolo completo: www.uruknet.de/?p=55582

Iraq’s “National Sovereignty Day” is U.S.-Style Hallmark Hype
Jeremy Scahill
The puppet government in Iraq has named June 30 as “National Sovereignty Day,” and—without mentioning the hundreds of thousands of Iraqis maimed, killed, tortured or made refugees by the U.S. invasion and occupation—thanked the occupiers for placing them in power. “President” Jalal Talabani termed today “a glorious day,” saying, “While we celebrate this day, we express our thanks and gratitude to our friends in the coalition forces who faced risks and responsibilities and sustained casualties and damage while helping Iraq to get rid from the ugliest dictatorship and during the joint effort to impose security and stability.”…In a grotesquely symbolic move, the Iraqi government marked “National Sovereignty Day” by “open[ing] up some of its massive oil and gas fields to foreign firms…

Read the full article / Leggi l’articolo completo: www.uruknet.de/?p=55591

Rising casualties in the buffer zone
Eva Bartlett, In Gaza
“There was an explosion, maybe 20 meters away. Then another immediately after. I realized I had been hit,” said Saleh Ahmad al-Medani, pulling aside the collar of his T-shirt to show one of three places where he was punctured by the metal darts known as “flechettes.” The razor-like flechettes are dart-shaped bits of metal packed by the thousands into a single shell that are approximately two inches long. At just after midnight on 3 June, the 17-year-old was walking home from a friend’s house in Umm al-Nassir, a collection of tents and dilapidated houses in the northwest Gaza Strip, just more than 1 kilometer from the northern boundary with Israel…

Read the full article / Leggi l’articolo completo: www.uruknet.de/?p=55580

$2,000 for a Dead Afghan Child
$100,000 for Any American Who Died Killing it
Jay Janson
After Obama apologized for the strike which the Afghan government claimed killed well over a hundred ordinary country folk, came the report that the families of those killed, and subsequent Afghani dead falling in harms way of the US military, continuing as before, can apply to receive up to $2,000 compensation. This is the price the great United States of American puts on an Afghan or Pakistan human being, while awarding $100,000 to families of Americans who die while fighting and killing wherever…

Read the full article / Leggi l’articolo completo: www.uruknet.de/?p=55594

4 US soldiers killed during Iraq cities pullout
PATRICK QUINN, AP
Four U.S. soldiers were killed in combat shortly before the American military completed a withdrawal from Iraq’s cities, and the prime minister assured Iraqis that government forces taking control of urban areas on Tuesday were more than capable of protecting the country. Nouri al-Maliki said in a televised address that “those who think that Iraqis are not able to protect their country and that the withdrawal of foreign forces will create a security vacuum are committing a big mistake.” The streets of Baghdad were relatively quiet, as the Iraqi government named June 30 National Sovereignty Day and declared it a public holiday…

Read the full article / Leggi l’articolo completo: www.uruknet.de/?p=55588

Group points to “horrific” rights violations in Iraqi prisons
Azzaman
Iraqi prisoners are being tortured and sexually abused, said a senior human rights official. Fawziya al-Jashami said she had seen “horrific traces” of torture during a visit to a prison in the southern Province of Babel of which Hilla is the capital. “I saw types of torture which are so vicious and horrific that I cannot describe them as a woman. “It is a kind of sexual torture which one is ashamed to talk about and occurs for the first time in Iraq,” Jashami, who heads the Human Rights Committee in the province, said…

Read the full article / Leggi l’articolo completo: www.uruknet.de/?p=55592

A letter to the world:what will you do to sprouts germination?
Saeed Valadbaygi, Revolutionary Road…
I am writing this letter on behalf of a starred (prohibited from studying) PhD student. I am writing this letter on behalf of a flogged worker on first of May. I am writing this letter on behalf of a sentenced to death teenager. I am writing this letter on behalf of a sentenced to death by stone woman.I am writing this letter on behalf of Saeed Valadbeygi…

Read the full article / Leggi l’articolo completo: www.uruknet.de/?p=55598

Advice for people in USA from Donna Baranski-Walker
Free Gaza Team
Within the past hour the Free Gaza boat, the SPIRIT OF HUMANITY, was boarded by the Israeli Navy, and according to Free Gaza’s Tweet, twitter.com/freegazaorg, the Israeli military has issued a statement saying they have taken over the boat. My contact at the U.S. State Department returned my call 40 minutes ago to say that they are in touch with the Israeli government and have been since the boat was surrounded some 6 hours ago. Overall, our State Department seeks to assure the safety of all on board and would like to see the boat get through as it is carrying humanitarian relief and cement to the people of Gaza, specifically aiding non-governmental organizations…

Read the full article / Leggi l’articolo completo: www.uruknet.de/?p=55597

Inhumane treatment of Palestinian prisoner
International Solidarity Movement
The 23 year old Palestinian women, Somod from Nablus, was recently released after having been imprisoned in Israel for four and a half years. Despite her young age, she suffered from inhumane treatment such as rape-threats, isolation, and denial of access to basic sanitation facilities. She went to court as many as 18 times before she was released…

Read the full article / Leggi l’articolo completo: www.uruknet.de/?p=55595

Human Rights Watch: Israeli drone-launched missiles indiscriminately killed civilians in Gaza
Katherine Orwell
A new report brought out by Human Rights Watch on Tuesday reveals that Israel violated international laws of war during the recent Gaza war, by carrying out attacks on civilians with guided missiles from aerial drones. “The attacks, with one of the most precise weapons in Israel’s arsenal, killed civilians who were not taking part in hostilities and were far from any fighting”, the report stated…

Read the full article / Leggi l’articolo completo: www.uruknet.de/?p=55589

Foreign forces “losing” in Afghanistan
Reuters
The United States and its NATO allies are losing in Afghanistan because of a lack of coordination and broad commitment, one of Britain’s top diplomats and defence experts said on Tuesday. Paddy Ashdown, the former British representative for Bosnia and once tipped to be the U.N. special representative in Afghanistan, said the U.S.- and NATO-led coalition faced defeat unless operational changes were made. “We’re losing,” Ashdown told an audience of defence experts at the launch of a new British security strategy in London…

Read the full article / Leggi l’articolo completo: www.uruknet.de/?p=55599

Israel’s navy seizes ‘Humanity’ ship off Gaza
Ma’an News
Israeli naval forces intercepted and boarded, and took control of a converted ferry bound for Gaza, towing its passengers, crew, and cargo to Israel’s port of Ashdod on Tuesday afternoon. Activists aboard the ship, dubbed the ‘Spirit of Humanity” denounced the action as a violation of international law. “This is an outrageous violation of international law against us. Our boat was not in Israeli waters, and we were on a human rights mission to the Gaza Strip,” said Cynthia McKinney, a former US Congresswoman who was on board, according to a statement relayed through compatriots in Cyprus, where the boat left on Monday…

Read the full article / Leggi l’articolo completo: www.uruknet.de/?p=55587

US general in Iraq will not say how many troops remain
AFP
As US forces completed a withdrawal from Iraqi cities Tuesday six years after the US-led invasion, the top US commander General Ray Odierno refused to spell out how many would be left behind. “June 30, 2009 marks a significant milestone for Iraq as the Iraqi security forces assume responsibility for security within the cities across the country,” Odierno told US journalists in a video-briefing from Iraq. “In accordance with the security agreement between the United States and Iraq, US combat forces completed the withdrawal. A small number will remain in cities to train, advise, coordinate with Iraqi security forces, as well as enable them to move forward.”…

Read the full article / Leggi l’articolo completo: www.uruknet.de/?p=55593

Obama’s Quiet War
Jeremy Scahill
In a new interview, Obama said he has “no intention” of sending US troops into Pakistan. But US troops are already in the country and US drones attack Pakistan regularly. Three days after his inauguration, on January 23, 2009, President Barack Obama ordered US predator drones to attack sites inside of Pakistan, reportedly killing 15 people. It was the first documented attack ordered by the new US Commander in Chief inside of Pakistan. Since that first Obama-authorized attack, the US has regularly bombed Pakistan, killing scores of civilians. The New York Times reported that the attacks were clear evidence Obama “is continuing, and in some cases extending, Bush administration policy.” In the first 99 days of 2009, more than 150 people were reportedly killed in these drone attacks. The most recent documented attack was reportedly last Thursday in Waziristan. Since 2006, the US drone strikes have killed 687 people (as of April)…

Read the full article / Leggi l’articolo completo: www.uruknet.de/?p=55585

We Do Not Seek a Confrontation
Free Gaza Movement
(At Sea, 60km off the coast of the Gaza Strip) – Human Rights activists aboard the Free Gaza ship, the SPIRIT OF HUMANITY, today demanded that the Israeli Navy immediately stop threatening them. “This aid is desperately needed by the people of Gaza,” said Mairead Maguire, winner of the Noble Peace Prize and Pacem in Terris Award for her work in Northern Ireland. “President Obama has called upon the Palestinians to abandon violence but Israel is denying them the right to non-violently resist the siege of Gaza.”…

Read the full article / Leggi l’articolo completo: www.uruknet.de/?p=55584

Jewish settlers burn Palestinian crops
Palestinian Information Center
Jewish settlers attacked Palestinian homes in Assira Qabalia village, south of Nablus city, and set fire to their crops on Monday night, local sources reported. They said that dozens of settlers from the nearby Yitzhar settlement, established on lands of the village along with other nearby villages, threw firebombs and stones at the houses under the protection of Israeli occupation forces who fired bullets and gas canisters to disperse the citizens who tried to repel the settlers’ attack. A number of citizens were treated for suffocation and injuries from flying glass, the sources said…

Read the full article / Leggi l’articolo completo: www.uruknet.de/?p=55583

Oil and the Iraq “withdrawal”
James Cogan
It is fitting that today’s deadline for the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq’s cities coincides with a meeting in Baghdad to auction off some of the country’s largest oil fields to companies such as ExxonMobil, Chevron and British Petroleum. It is a reminder of the real motives for the 2003 invasion and in whose interests over one million Iraqis and 4,634 American and other Western troops have been killed. The Iraq war was, and continues to be, an imperialist war waged by the American ruling elite for control of oil and geo-strategic advantage…

Read the full article / Leggi l’articolo completo: www.uruknet.de/?p=55581

Israel permits new settlement homes
Aljazeera.net
Israel has approved the construction of 50 new homes in a West Bank settlement and announced plans to expropriate more Palestinian land. The move comes just hours before Israel’s defence minister, Ehud Barak, visits the US in a bid to defuse tensions over Israeli settlements on occupied Palestinian land. The land grab and new permits come despite a demand from Barack Obama, the US president, for a complete freeze to all Israeli settlement activity, and could exacerbate a rare public spat between the allies…

Read the full article / Leggi l’articolo completo: www.uruknet.de/?p=55578

A United Opposition
Hezbollah After the Elections
FRANKLIN LAMB
…Party members unanimously express the view that Hezbollah will stay far away from any power struggle between an Ahmaddinejad/Khameni group and a Mousavi/Rafsangani faction, and some members interviewed recently expect that Iran’s leadership, after perhaps “some reshuffling of portfolios and accommodations” will come together for the good of its people. They explain that Hezbollah has nothing to do with Iran’s internal affairs and that it does not take sides in internal matters and that the June 12 election was solely an internal Iranian issue. “What is happening there has nothing to do with our situation,” Naim Qassim told the Beirut media on June 25, 2009…

Read the full article / Leggi l’articolo completo: www.uruknet.de/?p=55601

Final toll of Kirkuk blast reaches 126 – medic
Aswat al-Iraq
The final toll of the blast that occurred earlier today in a vegetable market in northern Kirkuk has reached 126, according to a local medic. “A total of 33 persons were killed and 93 others were wounded according to a final count,” Dr. Sabah Ameen al-Dawdi, the director of the Kirkuk health department, told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. “Twenty out of the 93 wounded were rushed to hospitals in Kurdistan region,” he added…

Read the full article / Leggi l’articolo completo: www.uruknet.de/?p=55596

Back to Main Index | Iraq Index | Middle East Index
Palestine/Israel Index
| UrukNet Index