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URUK Net 18 July, 2009

Last updated: Monday, July 20, 2009 9:27

Are Israeli courts staffed by Nazi judges?
By Khalid Amayreh in the West Bank
Just as anti-Semitism became official policy in Germany in the mid 1930s, it is seems hostility toward Arabs, including Israel’s own 1.5 million Palestinian citizens, is becoming a de facto official policy of the Israeli state. This ominous orientation is being constantly promoted by a number of manifestly racist cabinet ministers and Knesset members who declare openly that their aim is to make everyone in Israel “submit to the Jewish nature of the state.” The brash racism is now permeating through the entire apparatus of the Jewish state, from the police, to the justice system, to the army, to the educational system and, of course, the media…

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HamidKarzai.com Shut Down:
Afghan Government Blocks Access To Critical Websites
JASON STRAZIUSO and RAHIM FAIEZ
The Afghan government has blocked access to four Web sites with President Hamid Karzai’s name in the address that are critical of the Afghan leader or have links to sites advertising locally taboo subjects such as online dating and mail order brides. The shutdown order comes ahead of the country’s Aug. 20 presidential election. An Information Ministry spokesman initially said the original complaint about two of the sites came from the Karzai campaign. Karzai’s campaign spokesman agreed, but later called back to deny involvement. Afghan coverage of the presidential race has been dominated by Karzai, while his 40 opponents complain they’ve received scant attention in state-run media, forcing them to campaign in person or on the Internet in a country where daily travel can be deadly and few have home computers…

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Women, elderly, children and the ill are part of the makeup of the thousands in Israeli prisons
PNN
Among the approximately 10,000 Palestinians in Israeli prisons, 360 are children. Another portion is made up of women. The Palestinian Prisoner Society confirmed today that the occupation authorities have arrested hundreds of thousands of children, women, youth and the elderly since 1967. Since the beginning of the Al Aqsa Intifada in September 2000, 850 women have been arrested. Fifty three remain…

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Dismantling Pakistan, a Quagmire of Imperial Slavery
By Talha Mujaddidi in Pakistan. Axis of Logic
…Pakistan is right now in the midst of a brutal assault led by the U.S./Zionist energy-greedy, global imperialists. Aiding them in their enterprise are CIA, RAW (Indian Intel), Mossad, and MI6. They are targeting the complete destabilization of Pakistan, the destruction and dismantling of Pakistan’s nuclear program, control of oil, gas, and mineral rich, strategically-located Baluchistan, and North West Frontier Province (NWFP) of Pakistan. The Indians are in it for their old Bharatmata (Greater India) plan of making Pakistan their satellite state…

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Iran’s Role In The Revival Of The United Iraqi Alliance
Musings On Iraq
…May 2009 saw a renewed drive by Tehran and SIIC leader Hakim to get the Shiite parties back together. On May 13, Hakim publicly announced that he wanted the United Alliance reformed. The chairman of the SIIC Humam Hammudi was given responsibility for re-organizing the List, while Ahmad Chalabi was tasked with bringing back the old members of the Alliance. Most of the negotiations for the revival of the Alliance occurred in Hakim’s Tehran hospital where he is undergoing cancer treatment. On May 14 Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad visited Hakim. Six days later Ibrahim al-Jaafari of the National Reform Trend and Iraq’s Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari came to Hakim’s hospital. Hakim also met with Hadi al-Amiri, the head of the Badr Organization. At the end of the month Maliki flew to Tehran to consul with Hakim. Iran’s Foreign Minister Mottaki was present. Maliki then met with Supreme Iranian leader Ayatollah Ali Khamanei who also pressured him on the United Alliance. These moves have apparently paid off for Iran for now. On June 19, al-Hayat reported that Maliki and the SIIC had agreed to revive the United Iraqi Alliance…

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Family fears for Tariq Aziz
Phil Sands
In the not too distant past, Tariq Aziz was one of the most prominent politicians on the planet… But the former deputy Iraqi prime minister has spent the past six years in a US prison in Baghdad and, today, his own family does not know for certain if he is alive or dead. “I haven’t heard from him in weeks.Our lawyers told us he was supposed to have some kind of medical treatment, an operation, but since then, nothing,” said Ziad Aziz, his eldest son…

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Left is wrong on Iran
Hamid Dabashi*
…The US Congress, prompted by AIPAC (the American Israel Political Affairs Committee), pro-war vigilantes lurking in the halls of power in Washington DC, and Israeli warlords and their propaganda machinery in the US, are all excited about the events in Iran and are doing their damnedest to turn them to their advantage. The left, indeed, has reason to worry. But having principled positions on geopolitics is one thing, being blind and deaf to a massive social movement is something entirely different, as being impervious to the flagrant charlatanism of an upstart demagogue like Ahmadinejad. The sign and the task of a progressive and agile intelligence is to hold on to core principles and seek to incorporate mass social uprising into its modus operandi. My concern here is not with that retrograde strand in the North American or Western European left that is siding with Ahmadinejad and against the masses of millions of Iranians daring the draconian security apparatus of the Islamic Republic. They are a lost cause, and frankly no one could care less what they think of the world. What does concern me is when an Arab intellectual like Asad AbuKhalil opts to go public with his assessment of this movement — and what he says so vertiginously smacks of recalcitrant fanaticism, steadfastly insisting on a belligerent ignorance…

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Arab camp kids humiliated in Jerusalem
Police officers force children to remove ‘al-Quds t-shirts’ before entering Temple Mount
Tal Rabinovsky, YNet
A group of Arab summer camp children were banned from entering Temple Mount in Jerusalem while wearing their camp t-shirts. When the children arrived at Temple Mount wearing their orange summer camp shirt, which read ‘’Al-Quds – Arab Culture Capital,’ police officers told them that if they wish to enter, the shirts must come off. The incident took place Tuesday when children from the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Tzur Baher toured Jerusalem’s Old City as part of their summer camp activities. However, what should have been an enjoyable day out quickly became a humiliating experience…

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US air strikes kill Afghan civilians
By Bill Van Auken
Attacks by US warplanes this week killed up to six Afghan civilians, including a four-year-old girl, and left another 16 wounded. The incidents in Afghanistan’s southern Kandahar province have again underscored the grim human cost of the military escalation ordered by the Obama administration. At least nine of the wounded reached the Kandahar City hospital. Photographs and television footage from the facility showed badly wounded women and children wrapped in bandages. The Wednesday night attacks were prompted after a US foot patrol, apparently by special forces troops, drew fire from insurgents. The ground troops called for close air support, bringing in attack helicopters and other warplanes. “I was at home last night when our house was bombed,” a resident of the Kandahar village of Tawalla in the Shah Wali Kot district, one of two hit by air strikes, told Reuters television. Two of his family members—including the four-year-old girl, were killed, he said, while 12 others were wounded…

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2 die as U.S. fighter jet crashes in Afghanistan
The F-15E crash brings coalition deaths to 50 in July. That includes 26 Americans.
By Laura King, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
An American fighter jet crashed today in eastern Afghanistan, killing the two-man crew, U.S. military officials said. The crash of the F-15E came amid what has already proven the deadliest month for Western troops in the course of the nearly 8-year-old Afghanistan conflict. At least 50 coalition service members, including 26 Americans, have been killed so far in July. The highest previous monthly tally for Western troop fatalities in Afghanistan was 46…

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AFGHANISTAN: “Opium eases my pain, keeps my children quiet”
IRIN news
Tordi, 45, finally quit her opium habit after six stillborn births and delivered a healthy baby girl. “I was using opium to ease my body pains and to be able to work better,” she told IRIN in her home in the Shortapa District of northern Balkh Province. Addiction, long hours of hard labour and poor nutrition had weakened Tordi’s body so much that she almost died during her sixth delivery before her family rushed her to a district hospital “Doctors told me if I don’t stop using opium I will die in my next pregnancy,” she said. Tordi’s predicament is common among women working in Afghanistan’s traditional carpet-weaving industry, who use opium as a painkiller or to stave off fatigue. The country produces about 200 million sqm of carpets and rugs every year, with annual exports valued at US$170 million..

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Boycott apartheid: student delegation to Palestine
Doug Smith
For the first time since the 2005 Palestinian civil society call for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against institutions supporting Israeli apartheid, students from North America and Palestine came together in Ramallah to share their ideas and experiences. Consisting of eight days of travel and a four-day workshop, the North American student delegation spent their two weeks getting connected with the struggle in Palestine in order to better articulate the BDS movement in their respective cities. The visiting students met face to face with those who are living and resisting the systematic oppression of Palestinians by the state of Israel…

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Antiquities from Iraq continue to surface on the market
Ron Moore
Stuff is still happening as antiquities from Iraq presumably looted during the early days of the U.S. invasion continue to surface. David Gill, archaeologist, on his Looting Matters blog considers how antiquities derived from Iraq continue to appear on the antiquities market. The 2003 invasion of Iraq led to the loss of some 15,000 items from the archaeological collections in Baghdad. This alerted the international community to the scale of the problem and as a result some 6000 objects have been handed over to Iraqi authorities. These have been seized in a range of countries across the Middle East as well as in Europe…

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Report: CIA Assassin Program Could Operate Anywhere — Even Inside U.S.
By Zachary Roth
…In particular, what was it about the program that was so shocking that Dick Cheney reportedly ordered it kept secret from Congress, Panetta quashed it as soon as he heard about it, and Congressional Democrats risked being painted as soft on terror by shrieking about being kept in the dark? We may have gotten a good piece of the answer here: The Washington Post reports today on how the program had been revived and then put on hold several times since 2001. But it also says, referring to the “presidential finding” with which President Bush authorized the program in 2001: The finding imposed no geographical limitations on the agency’s actions, and intelligence officials have said that they were not obliged to notify Congress of each operation envisaged under the directive. “No geographical limitations” presumably means that operations could potentially be carried out in countries, friendly or unfriendly, that are far from any war zone — including even the US itself…

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UK Director Boycotts Festival Over Israel
IslamOnline.net
Still appalled by scenes of maimed children in bombed-out Gaza Strip, British filmmaker Ken Loach withdrew from Melbourne’s International Film Festival (MIFF) in protest against Israel’s funding of the event. “(The boycott is) not at independent Israeli films or filmmakers, but at the Israeli state,” Loach wrote in a letter sent to the festival administration and cited by The Age daily on Saturday, July 18. He cited Israel’s illegal occupation of the Palestinian land, destruction of homes and livelihoods and the massacres in Gaza as reasons for withdrawing his film, Looking for Eric…

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Official: US may create terror interrogation unit
By DEVLIN BARRETT, Associated Press Writer
The Obama administration is considering creating a special unit of professional interrogators to handle key terror suspects, focusing on intelligence-gathering rather than building criminal cases for prosecution, a government official said Saturday. The recommendation is expected from a presidential task force on interrogation methods that plans to send some findings to the White House on Tuesday…

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Obama’s speech to the NAACP
Tom Eley
The main thrust of president Barack Obama’s speech before the centenary meeting of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Thursday was to blame working class African-Americans for the social crisis engulfing them. Obama alluded to the dimensions of the social misery confronting black workers. African-Americans are “out of work more than just about anybody else” and are “more likely to suffer from a host of diseases but less likely to own health insurance,” the president said. Obama also made reference to the disproportionately large number of African-Americans incarcerated in the nation’s massive prison system and affected by AIDS…

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Abu Halabia denounces IOA bulldozing of Islamic cemetery
Palestinian Information Center
MP Dr. Ahmed Abu Halabia, the head of the Quds Institution – Palestine branch, has denounced the new Israeli occupation authority’s (IOA) desecration of the Islamic cemetery Maman Allah in occupied Jerusalem. In a statement to the PIC n Friday, the MP described the IOA act as a “war crime” against the occupied city of Jerusalem and the Islamic landmarks, noting that it was not the first time the cemetery came under such desecration. He pointed out that the IOA practices of bulldozing Islamic graveyards and opening parks, hotels and other installations in their places aim at wiping out the Islamic landmarks in the holy city…

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Palestinian home and olive tree destroyed by settlers in At-Tuwani
Christan Peacemaker Team
On the morning of 17 July, a Palestinian family from the village of At-Tuwani discovered that their newly constructed house was destroyed during the previous night. In addition, the family discovered an olive tree located near the new house cut in half. The family believes that Israel settlers from the Ma’on settlement and Havot Ma’on outpost are responsible for the vandalism. Despite being threatened by both settlers and officers from the Israel military District Coordinator (DCO), the family plans to rebuild the house…

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That commenter on your blog may actually be working for the Israeli government
MuzzleWatch
Straight out of Avigdor Lieberman’s Foreign Ministry: a new Internet Fighting Team! Israeli students and demobilized soldiers get paid to pretend they are just regular folks and leave pro-Israel comments on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and other sites. The effort is meant to fight the “well-oiled machine” of “pro-Palestinian websites, with huge budgets… with content from the Hamas news agency.” The approach was test-marketed during Israel’s assault on Gaza, and by groups like Give Israel Your United Support, a controversial effort to use instant-access technology to crowd-source Israel advocates to fill in flash polls or vote up key articles on social networking sites…

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Iran’s Nuclear Chief Calls for Mutual Trust With West
By VOA News
Iran’s newly-appointed nuclear energy chief is calling for an end to hostilities between his country and the West, and renewed efforts to build trust. Ali Akbar Salehi made his first official comments Saturday, one day after President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad appointed him to lead the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran. Salehi is Iran’s former envoy to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)…

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