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URUK Net 17 July, 2009

Last updated: Sunday, July 19, 2009 9:54

President Carter: Many Children Were Tortured Under Bush
Ralph Lopez
…President Jimmy Carter wrote that the Red Cross, Amnesty International and the Pentagon “have gathered substantial testimony of torture of children, confirmed by soldiers who witnessed or participated in the abuse.” In “Our Endangered Values” Carter said that the Red Cross found after visiting six U.S. prisons “107 detainees under eighteen, some as young as eight years old.” And reporter Hersh, (who broke the Abu Ghraib torture scandal,) reported 800-900 Pakistani boys aged 13 to 15 in custody…A compilation in November2008 of other evidence of alleged incidents involving children at the time recounts:— Iraqi lawyer Sahar Yasiri, representing the Federation of Prisoners and Political Prisoners, said in a published interview there are more than 400,000 detainees in Iraq being held in 36 prisons and camps and that 95 percent of the 10,000 women among them have been raped. Children, he said, “suffer from torture, rape, (and) starvation” and do not know why they have been arrested. He added the children have been victims of “random” arrests “not based on any legal text.”…

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Whose Crash is it ?
Layla Anwar, An Arab Woman Blues
Something is not right and no longer jives here. Just six months ago, everyone was talking about a huge crash – a reminder of 1929. Majors American investment banks were about to be bailed out and a plan for some sort of state intervention/nationalization was en cours… In the past 3 days, 4 major American banks are exuberant with joy, exhibiting billions of dollars of profit from stock investment revenues. How is that so ? I am no economist and I don’t know the exact workings of finance capital, but common sense tells me if the economy was on the brink of collapse and rates dwindled down and market indices tumbled, and the deficit is in trillion of dollars, and industries closed off, and unemployment rates shot up and heads of states gathered in urgency with a Marshall plan look alike to save the economies of the West – then how does one make profits in such an atmosphere ? Someone has been lying to you and I all along… My guess is this crash has been fabricated with a specific purpose… Those banks own the government of the U.S. Those banks own the American people…

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Prisons expert: Palestinian children in Israeli prison are deprived the most basic of human rights
PNN
There are 345 Palestinian children in Israeli prisons where physical and psychological torture are both practiced. Since the beginning of the Al Aqsa Intifada in September 2000 some 7,800 boys and girls have been arrested. The number since the occupation of 1967 is in the tens of thousands. The figures come as part of a report by prison expert Abdel Nasser Ferwana issued today that says children constitute 3.6 percent of the total number of Palestinian political prisoners. “The future of these children are at risk and face harsh torture and degrading treatment,” he said. “Children are subjected to systematic violations and the continual deprivation of their most basic rights, among them sickness without medical care.”..

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Live Blogging from Tehran!
Revolutionary Road…
… Today Friday 17 July, in various sections of Tehran, we are once again witness to mass demonstrations in Iran. There are reports that there are more than 2 million people giving slogan in the main streets and squares of Tehran. Some of the slogans are: ‘Down with Dictator,’ ‘Free all Political Prisoners,’ ‘Coup d’etat government; resign, resign,’ ‘Down with Ahmadinejad;’ ‘Our Neda isn’t dead; it is the government that dead,’ amongst others. There were also slogans saying ‘People didn’t get killed to make concessions’ (ma koshteh nadadeem keh sazesh koneem), referring to a rejection of any behind the scene wheeling and dealings between the opposing factions of the regime…

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Israeli lawmaker calls to reduce water supply to Palestinian prisoners
The prisoners’ study center has warned Thursday of the adverse call of the extremist rightist Israeli Knesset member Dani Danoun to reduce water supply to Palestinian prisoners in the Israeli jails. The fanatic Israeli official alleged that Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails leave water taps open during night time with the aim to “harm the Israeli economy”. In a statement it issued Thursday and a copy of which was obtained by the PIC, the center described Danoun allegations as “old”, adding that every time the Israeli community suffer shortage in water supplies they use such allegations in order to tighten the grip on the Palestinian captives, and to make their life more difficult…

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Video: Breaking the silence
Aljazeera.net
A group of soldiers who took part in Israel’s assault in Gaza in December and January say widespread abuses were committed against civilians under “permissive” rules of engagement. Inside Story discusses whether Israel did commit war crimes and if it did, can those responsible be held accountable. ..

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Free Gaza—and Palestine
By Huwaida Arraf
Last month I led a group of twenty-one human rights workers on a boat from Cyprus to challenge Israel’s naval blockade of the Gaza Strip. We carried toys, medicine, olive tree saplings, toolkits, a fifty-kilo bag of cement and school supplies on our small converted ferry boat. At 2 AM on June 30, almost eighteen hours into the 230-mile journey, a colleague awakened me. The Israeli Navy was calling our boat on the VHF radio. “You are navigating towards a blockaded area. You are hereby ordered to change your course. If you do not, we will be forced to use all necessary force to stop you.” Nervous after a previous boat of ours was dangerously rammed at sea in December by the Israeli military, I replied, “Israeli Navy, this is Arion (the registered name of our ship). We are twenty-one unarmed civilians carrying aid for the Palestinian people of Gaza.

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Israeli forces penetrate half kilometer into Gaza; burn fields
Ma’an News
Israeli forces made their deepest incursion into the Gaza Strip in months near Beit Hanoun, penetrating 500 meters past the buffer zone to burn 150 dunums of land. The agricultural field of wheat and barley crops belonging to the Shabat family was destroyed after an Israeli militarized vehicle left the Erez District Coordination Office (DCO) and drove into the Strip, stopping only to set the land on fire. Dry weather meant the crops burned quickly, consuming the much needed grains…

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Video: “It’s a Trick, We Always Use It.” (calling people “anti-Semitic”)
representativepress
…this video is a response to the trick repeatedly used against this channel in channel comments. It’s the the standard tactic of calling someone “anti-Semitic,” and its used to sabotage anyone who speaks out against the US government policy of supporting immoral and illegal Israeli policies which violate basic human rights. And as you can see, this person suggests using a new word for the same old trick. Amy Goodman interviews a former Israeli minister and she helps expose this trick used against dissidents, the defamation tactic of calling people “anti-Semitic.”…

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Senior Obama Official Backs Cheney and C.I.A., Says Concealment of Assassin Program Legal
Jeremy Scahill
Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee are preparing to hold hearings to investigate the role of vice president Dick Cheney in allegedly ordering the C.I.A. to conceal a secret assassination program from Congress. As I reported yesterday, there are two crucial issues at play: the nature of the U.S. assassination program and the role of former vice president Dick Cheney in concealing aspects of it from Congressional oversight. On the broader issue of U.S. government assassination, it is very unlikely that will become a central focus given that there has long been a bipartisan assassination program that continues under President Obama. Indeed, most legislators frame their opposition to this program through the lens of the concealment issue, not the assassinations…

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The military uses Chemical water to attack the he weekly Bil’in protest
Ghassan Bannoura
Dozens suffered from gas inhalation and effects of poisoning as Israeli troop attacked the weekly protest in Bil’in village near the central West Bank city of Ramallah on Friday. International and Israeli supporters joined the villagers of Bil’in and marched from the village center after Friday midday prayers. The protesters demanded the halt of Israeli illegal settlements and construction of the wall…

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The Murder of Faith
Mantiq al-Tayr
Iman is a great Arabic word to ponder. It means “Faith” and faith is what so much of life if all about. Faith is also a girl’s name in Arabic, just like it is in English. I remember well back in 1994 when Iman (Faith) al-Hams was brutally murdered by the Israeli military. It was a horrible event and the Israeli response was just so awful that it deserves to be resurrected. Below is a comment posted to the Mantiq al-Tayr site today in response to Obama’s meeting with the Jewish Lobby. The comment references in considerable detail the murder of Iman al-Hams and we here at Mantiq al-Tayr believe that the comment, posted by “Freeman”, is a fitting tribute to her memory and to the memory of all the Palestinian children murdered by Israel. It is not milk for babes, so please make sure you have a tissue handy. Here is a photograph of Faith, the 15 year old girl murdered by an Israeli soldier. The Israeli soldier who murdered her was promoted…

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Comrade Mizher to Al-Jazeera: Security cooperation with Israel is a crime against our people and our resistance
Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine -PFLP
Comrade Jamil Mizher conducted an interview with Al Jazeera network on July 17, 2009, in which he stressed that the security cooperation with Israel by the PA security forces in the West Bank is “a crime against the Palestinian people and their rights, a blow to the Palestinian cause and a crime against our people’s resistance.” Comrade Mizher demanded an end to all security cooperation with Israel and an end to all involvement with U.S. General Keith Dayton, who is training, supervising and implementing the security cooperation project, calling it part of the U.S.-ordered “road map.”…

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Obama’s war
Bill Van Auken
With Obama approaching the end of his sixth month in the White House, there is growing evidence that his administration is in only the first stages of what is shaping up to be a major and sustained escalation of the US war in Afghanistan. Elected in large part because of the hostility of American working people to the militarist policies of the Bush administration, Obama and the Pentagon are waging an intensified and brutal counter-insurgency campaign that has the potential of dwarfing the carnage in Iraq and dragging on for another decade…

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Afghanistan Villages Threatened By US Military Over Kidnapped Soldier
Huffington Post
In the aftermath of a US soldier’s abduction by Afghan Taliban forces, the US military is disbursing leaflets in two towns near particularly dangerous areas, which threaten villagers with the prospect of being “targeted” or “hunted” if they do not return the soldier safe and sound, CBS News reports. The leaflet has a picture of a languid looking US soldier hanging his head on one side, and reads “If you do not free the American soldier, then…”; when the card is flipped over, there is a picture of soldiers breaking down the door of small stone hut and a caption that reads, “…then you will be targeted.”…

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GI Special 7G13: Three Steps From Disaster [ 17 July 2009 ]
Thomas F. Barton
Three Steps From Disaster: Resistance Cuts Off Land Sustainment To Marines In Helmand Valley: Troops “Short Of Basic Equipment And Supplies Ranging From Radios And Vehicles To Uniforms”. “Critical Supplies Of Food, Water And Ammunition Are Being Dropped To Troops By Helicopters”. “The Lack Of Basic Gear Is Unprecedented In His Experience, Which Includes Seven Other Deployments. ‘This Is A First,’ He Said”.

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Al-Jazeera journalist imprisoned in Guantánamo Bay to sue George Bush
Gwladys Fouché
An al-Jazeera journalist who was imprisoned in Guantánamo Bay plans to launch a joint legal action with other detainees against former US president George Bush and other administration officials, for the illegal detention and torture he and others suffered at the hands of US authorities. The case will be initiated by the Guantánamo Justice Centre, a new organisation open to former prisoners at the US base, which will set up its international headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, later this month…

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Dangerous Untreated West Bank Wastewater
by Stephen Lendman
B’Tselem is the Jerusalem-based independent Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories (OPT) with a well-deserved reputation for accuracy and integrity. It was founded in 1989 to “document and educate the Israeli public, policymakers (and concerned people everywhere) about human rights violations in the OPT, combat the phenomenon of denial prevalent among the Israeli public (and elsewhere, especially among Jews), and create a human rights culture in Israel” to convince government officials to respect human rights and comply with international law…

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Apartheid five years on
Khaled Amayreh
This week marked the passage of five years since the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague issued its landmark ruling deeming the gigantic apartheid wall Israel has been building in the West Bank illegal under international law. Though not complete, the bulk of the barrier has already been constructed. In addition to the massive eight-metre high concrete wall now meandering like a snake through the West Bank, the barrier also consists of a vast network of multi-layered fences with vehicle-stopping trenches. 1949 Armistice line, and is largely built on confiscated Palestinian land. As of April 2006, the length of the barrier as approved by the Israeli government was 703 kilometres (436 miles)…

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Video: Tehran’s streets erupt after Rafsanjani speaks
By Borzou Daragahi and Ramin Mostaghim
Security forces fired tear gas and plainclothes militiamen armed with batons charged at crowds of protesters gathered near Tehran University after a Friday prayer sermon delivered by the cleric and opposition supporter Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, his first appearance at the nation’s weekly keynote sermon since before the election. Rafsanjani, in a closely watched speech, lashed out at the hard-line camp supporting President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, criticized the June 12 election results and promoted several key opposition demands. However, he failed to offer a solution to what has emerged as Iran’s worst political crisis in decades…Reformist websites estimated that more than 1 million people participated, and even indignant supporters of the hard-line camp at the prayer session to show support for Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei acknowledged the crowds were unprecedented…

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Zionist cash for spies & settlers
Marcy Newman, body on the line
Here are some things the Zionist entity is spending your good, American, hard-earned tax dollars on: 1. Intelligence agents have been offering young Palestinians cash bribes as incentive to spy for Israel during interrogation at military checkpoints near the West Bank city of Tulkarem. A number of Palestinians told Ma’an that Israeli officers stopped their cars and detained the Ennav and Jabara checkpoints. While detaining the Palestinians at the checkpoints, the intelligence men offered cash and permits to enter Israel if they agreed to collaborate…

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Video – Gilad Atzmon: Israel will implode
108morris108
Israel’s oppressive Iron fist occupation will cause its own demise.

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Dick Cheney’s “Executive Assassination Ring”.
Was British Weapons Expert Dr. David Kelly a Target ?
Tom Burghardt
Revelations that the Central Intelligence Agency launched a world-wide assassination program, and then concealed its existence from the U.S. Congress and the American people for eight years, carries an implication that death squads may have been employed against political opponents. The Wall Street Journal reported July 13 that “A secret Central Intelligence Agency initiative terminated by Director Leon Panetta was an attempt to carry out a 2001 presidential authorization to capture or kill al Qaeda operatives, according to former intelligence officials familiar with the matter.”…

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Wiping Arabic Names Off the Map
Israeli Road Signs
By JONATHAN COOK
Thousands of road signs are the latest front in Israel’s battle to erase Arab heritage from much of the Holy Land. Israel Katz, the transport minister, announced this week that signs on all major roads in Israel, East Jerusalem and possibly parts of the West Bank would be “standardised”, converting English and Arabic place names into straight transliterations of the Hebrew name. Currently, road signs include the place name as it is traditionally rendered in all three languages…

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Falsifying History to Hebraize Palestinians
By Khalid Amayreh, IOL Correspondent
Experts are refuting an Israeli researcher’s claim that Palestinians are “ethnically Jewish” as a fundamentally flawed theory that contradicts both science and history, while Palestinians slammed it as part of a larger scheme to erase their identity. “The claim that there are Jewish genes is ridiculous and unscientific,” Kamel Katalo, professor of Sociology at Al-Khalil University, told IslamOnline.net. Tsvi Misinai, an associate with Israel’s Ariel Center for Policy Research (ACPR), has come up with a thesis claiming that many Palestinians are “genetically Jewish”…

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A Quickie…
Layla Anwar, An Arab Woman Blues
Quickie… Quick, quickly, quickie… Do you realize how quick the Americans are when their fingers, if not busy masturbating to celebrities from Hollywood, are on the trigger ? Quick trigger Bang, bam, boom, wham… I will bang you, bam you, boom you, wham you… They love those triggers on machine guns. They got quick fingers…

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Eshu’s blues: Obama in Africa
Michael Hureaux Perez
“Six months after his ascent to power, Barack Obama has proven to be exactly the nightmare we at BAR have long predicted he would be.” His recent visit reveals Obama has as much contempt for Black Africans as for African Americans. “Just days ago in Ghana, the First Black President of the Empire of the United States delivered a speech laden with homilies on responsibility and ‘democratic values’ that could have been written by speech writers for Ronald Reagan or George W. Bush.”…

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Young Palestinian man succumbs to wounds sustained during an IOF incursion
Palestinian Information Center
A young Palestinian man on Thursday evening succumbed to wounds he sustained during an IOF incursion, two days earlier, into the town of Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip. Palestinian medical sources told PIC’s correspondent that Muhammad Othman Kafarna (22) died as a result of serious wounds to his head which he received as a result of IOF troops strafing Palestinian homes during their incursion into Beit Hanoun a couple of days earlier…

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US Drone Strike in N Waziristan 4 killed
Pakistan News
At least four people have been killed in a US drone attack here in North Waziristan.US Drone Strike in N Waziristan 4 killed
According to preliminary reports, two guided missiles apparently fired by a US drone hit a house in Bahadur village in Garyum tehsil of the agency. Four casualties have so far been confirmed in the attack, it was reported.

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Both Fatah and Hamas pessimistic over prospects for unity deal
Ma’an News
Delegations of Fatah and Hamas negotiators will hold an evaluative meeting on Saturday under Egypt’s sponsorship to discuss the latest updates on a number of issues blocking a proposed unity agreement. Faisal Abu Shahla, a Palestinian lawmaker affiliated to Fatah, told Ma’an on Friday that “the session that will be held on Saturday between the delegations of the two movements will mainly focus on prisoners in Gaza and the West Bank.”..

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Could Israel be making these DU Weapons and what are the implications?
Peter Eyre
Most DU weapons manufactured in the United States show a distinct difference between conventional weapons and those that contain DU and other toxic elements such as Tungsten etc. The warhead clearly shows the Rod with a Sabot sitting just below the point. It must be clearly understood that despite any re classification that may have taken place by the US Government these truly are nuclear related weapons… You can clearly see that the Israel’s IMI is manufacturing weapons that are almost identical to the US weapons that are displayed in the left hand picture above. I believe that the international community should be asking the question of Israel. What is the current status of your nuclear capability? Do you manufacture such weapons yourself and what do they contain? Did you use DU weapons in Lebanon (2006) and have you used DU weapons on Gaza and continue to do so? Once you have ascertained the answers to these questions it’s then a matter of asking, where did you obtain these weapons – were they imported from the US or are they your own?…

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Three U.S. troops killed in Iraq’s Basra: military
Reuters
Three U.S. soldiers were killed in an attack on a base in Iraq’s southern province of Basra, the U.S. military said in a statement Friday. The soldiers were killed by “indirect fire” Thursday night, the military said, but did not give further details. Attacks on Western forces in Basra are rare, and an Iraqi security crackdown on Basra city and the surrounding province last year wrested the region from militia and gang control…

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Mashaie appointed Iran’s new first vice president
AFP
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has appointed his controversial aide Esfandiar Rahim Mashaie as the country’s new first vice president, the official IRNA news agency reported. “Ahmadinejad has announced that Mashaie will serve as the new first vice president in the next government,” IRNA said. Mashaie a year ago was severely criticised by the country’s hardliners and even rapped by supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei for saying Iran was a “friend of the Israeli people.” He returned to the theme again in August, saying he had “no hostility against the Israeli people.”..

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THANK YOU ALAN DERSHOWITZ
Desertpeace
Norman Finkelstein the scholar has turned into Norman Finkelstein the activist – and a good one. They threw him out of Israel last year but he went to Gaza and is now organizing something big. Dershowitz will regret the day he got him fired and freed up all his time and energy. Some dark clouds do have a silver lining…

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