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URUK Net 23 July, 2009

Last updated: Friday, July 24, 2009 15:59

A Few Bad Apples?
Layla Anwar, An Arab Woman Blues
…Because you believe Abu Ghraib is a thing of the past ? You don’t think a hundred Abu Ghraibs have been set up instead, in occupied Iraq. And camp Cropper and Bucca -do they “appall” you too ? And what else are you withholding ? I know, but your sheep Americans don’t. Oh wait, they do. But they pretend they don’t. Because they would have to put on an “appalled” face too. Mind you they had the opportunity to put on an “appalled” face for the past 7 years or more. But they did not. Not in any meaningful, sincere, way. And what about the ongoing Gitmo tortures, the shadow secret prisons in Eastern Europe – Poland, Romania, Uzbekistan, Tajikstan… What about the prisons in the Middle East – Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Lybia, Morocco…What about the prisons in Africa – Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia…What about the Subcontinent – India, Pakistan …And Afghanistan’s prisons, specially Afghan prisons..

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IRAN/IRAQ CONCEPTIONS AND MISCONCEPTIONS
Malcom Lagauche
My last column, “What Did April Say?” drew much response from readers. Most were supportive, saying they did not know the specifics of the meeting between April Glaspie and Saddam Hussein on July 25, 1990. However, a few questioned my assertion that Iran contributed to the atmosphere of the times which led to outright war. One, in particular, said Iran did “NOTHING” to provoke Iraq. For some time now, the opinion that Iraq started the war and was the aggressor has been taken for truth by much of the world…

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At least 59 Palestinians still missing since Gaza war
Ma’an News
No one knows for sure, but Gaza’s Health Ministry estimates that 90 Palestinians killed during Israel’s assault last winter are still buried under rubble there. Ma’an obtained a list of the 90, and carried out an investigation into their whereabouts. It was discovered that 31 of the bodies had been found, including that of a five-month-old. The first missing Palestinian to be identified was Abdallah Na’eem, in his 20s, while many others like Na’eem have remained under the rubble since the assault ended six months earlier. The United Nations Development Fund (UNDP) officially began implementing its rubble removal operation on 9 July. About 420 tons of debris will be cleared at a cost of 12 million dollars, funded by Canada…

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Lonely Paths…
Layla Anwar, Uncensored Arabwomanblues
I have written about many subjects before, but have hardly ever addressed the lonely path of a blogger – a political blogger. Not belonging to any political party, group or movement, ideologically cut off from the rest of the “real” world – this can prove to be a lonely place, indeed. There is a side to you that you hardly ever share with “real” people out there. This side becomes your recluse, your secret corner, to which you withdraw, to find, construct and make meaning…

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The reality of Israel’s ‘open’ Jerusalem
Ghettoes, demolitions and housing shortages
Jonathan Cook
No one would have been more surprised than Fawziya Khurd by the recent pronouncement of Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, that Israel operates an “open city” policy in Jerusalem. Mr Netanyahu told his cabinet on Sunday that Israel’s annexation of East Jerusalem following the 1967 war — what he called the city’s “unification” — meant that all residents, Jews and Palestinians alike, could buy property wherever they chose…

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Afghanistan Tells Journos: No Election Criticism (Updated)
By Nathan Hodge
In advance of my trip here, I received a copy of the Afghan election commissions “code of conduct,” to be signed by journalists who want to be accredited to cover the upcoming vote. It’s a pretty interesting read. Among other things, journalists are to “avoid printing, broadcasting and publishing of scandalous advertisements and disgrace reports about [a] candidate’s personality or behavior which could affect the election results.” So: No mentioning of corruption, then? Better not mention the civil war, either. The code also directs that journalists “refrain from publishing and broadcasting of rumors and gossips.”…

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Inquiry into the killing of Iraqi civilian begins in London
By Robert Stevens
A public inquiry into the killing of Iraqi civilian Baha Mousa by British soldiers in September 2003 opened in London on July 13. Mousa, a 26-year-old hotel receptionist worker, was one of seven hotel workers detained by members of the Queen’s Lancashire Regiment in Basra, in southern Iraq, on September 14. Each of the detainees was hooded, bound, subjected to stress positions and brutally beaten for several days. Two days after his arrest, Mousa died in British Army custody as a result of multiple injuries. Photographs and medicals records showed that he had suffered 93 injuries, including four broken ribs, a fractured nose and smashed wrists. He had a ligature tied around his neck…

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U.S. rabbis suspected of brokering sale of human kidneys
Reuters
Three New Jersey mayors and several rabbis were arrested on Thursday in a sweeping federal investigation into political corruption that also uncovered human kidney sales and money laundering from Brooklyn to Israel, authorities said. Among the 44 people arrested were Hoboken Mayor Peter Cammarano, who took office 23 days ago. Cammarano, at 31 the city’s youngest-ever mayor, was charged with taking $25,000 in bribes, including e10,000 last Thursday, said the U.S. Attorney’s office in Newark, New Jersey…

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Arrests and Deaths Continue in Iran
AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL, via Revolutionary Flowerpot Society
Reports from Tehran on Tuesday, said that security forces deployed excessive use of force to counter peaceful demonstrations in Haft Tir Square, where more arrests were said to have been made. This news is, according to Amnesty International, a jarring reminder to the international community that the waves of arrests and killings continue unabated in Iran, as the authorities tighten their grip. Thirty-six Iranian army officers are among people reported to have been arrested recently in connection with the disputed presidential election in Iran. Amnesty International has received the names of 24 of them. Others reported to have been arrested in recent days include political activists, journalists, academics and lawyers. Amnesty International said it fears for their safety in detention, as torture or other ill-treatment of detainees is common in Iran…

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Hebron’s Trail of Tears
By Jennifer Urgilez for MIFTAH
Hebron, the southernmost city of the West Bank and settler stronghold, continually and for obvious reasons, falls into an abyss of neglect. In 1997, The Hebron Protocol divided the city into two fractions: H1 and H2. While H1 constituting nearly 80% of Hebron remained under PA control, Israeli military forces assumed responsibility for the internal security and public safety of H2 inhabitants, including that of both Palestinians and Israeli settlers—or at least this was their mandate. Instead, discriminate applications of the law and continuous whitewashing of settler violence is an almost daily occurrence. On a trip to the Abdel Karim Al Jabari home in H2, I became but another witness to the injustices inflicted on local Palestinians, wrongs often excluded from news headlines..

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Obama press conference: Evasions and lies on plan to slash health care for workers
By Patrick Martin
President Obama’s press conference Wednesday night was an hour-long effort to conceal from the American people the sweeping impact of the cuts in medical benefits that will be imposed in his administration’s planned restructuring of the US health care system. With major health care bills proceeding through both the House and the Senate, and the White House engaged in detailed negotiations with congressional Democrats and Republicans, Obama focused his opening statement on the issue and nearly every question from the White House press corps followed suit…

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Gaza blockade: “We are captive and slowly suffocating”
By Steve Weaver, ACT/Church World Service
— When talking to people in Gaza about the difficult humanitarian, economic and infrastructure conditions under which they live, one quickly realizes that the 22-day assault that ended early this year was only the most recent, although especially brutal, chapter in a longer context of occupation and blockade.An already difficult situation following 40 years of occupation became significantly worse in June 2007 when Israel imposed a severe blockade following the takeover of Gaza by Hamas. “It is killing us slowly,” says Constantine Dabbagh of the Middle East Council of Churches’ Palestinian Refugee Service Department (DSPR) in Gaza. “People can’t get out. People can’t get in. We can’t get what we need. Families are separated. We are captive and slowly suffocating.” …

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Video: Illegal Israeli outposts expand in West Bank
AlJazeeraEnglish
Israel is coming under increased international pressure to stop the building of settlements on Palestinian land. But settlements are not the only issue. Hundreds of Israelis are living in dozens of illegal outposts in the occupied West Bank, though the Israeli government has promised to remove them. But as Al Jazeera’s Mike Hanna reports, the outposts are still expanding…

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Soldiers kidnap Ni’lin resident for testifying before a UN Committee probing Israeli violations
Saed Bannoura
Israeli soldiers kidnapped on Wednesday a Palestinian resident of Ni’lin village, near the central West Bank city of Ramallah immediately after he returned from Geneva after testifying before a UN committee investigating the Israeli offensive against the Gaza Strip, and other Israeli violations. The resident was identified as Mohammad Srour. He was previously shot and wounded by Israeli soldiers who attacked a nonviolent protest against the Annexation Wall in the West Bank village, near Ramallah. Two Palestinians were killed by Israeli gunfire during the attack…

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‘WHEN REMEMBERING IS NOT ENOUGH’ ~~ INTERVIEW WITH HEDY EPSTEIN
Desertpeace
This Free Gaza video is an interview with a great woman, Hedy Epstein, just turned 85. She has dedicated her life to working for peace and human rights. In June she was going to sail to Gaza with the other 21 volunteers on board the Spirit of Humanity. But she was attacked just days before she was to leave for Cyprus. She was walking home, when she was thrown on the ground, cutting both knees and gashing her chin. She talks to us from her home in St. Louis, Missouri…

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Paralysed girl’s story reflects Gaza’s plight
Christian Fraser, BBC News
Four-year-old Samar Abed Rabbu lost her two sisters during Israel’s offensive in Gaza last December and January. The BBC’s Christian Fraser has been following the plight of Samar and her family – now divided across two continents, as Samar receives treatment in Belgium with her mother…

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Video: Iraqi recounts Abu Ghraib abuse
Aljazeera.net
…for Mahmood Khalil, an Iraqi television cameraman and former Abu Ghraib inmate, the pictures are more than just disturbing images – they are personal nightmares. Khalil told Al Jazeera that he was on his way to work when he was stopped at a US checkpoint in 2003, accused of being a terrorist, and led into the notorious prison, where he was held for more than three months. As Al Jazeera’s Mosab Jasim reports, Khalil said he saw guards deliberately abusing and intimidating prisoners in full view of other inmates. “[One] detainee was tortured in front of my eyes, only three metres from my cell,” Khalil said. “[He] was tortured by dogs to confess to a crime he never committed.” …

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Israel arrests soccer player of Palestinian national team
Xinhua
Israel arrested a Palestinian soccer player en route from the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip to the West Bank, the Palestinian Football Association (PFA) said Thursday. “This is an Israeli piracy targeting sport in Palestine,” the PFA said in a statement, adding that “We call on the FIFA to press the Israeli authorities to release al-Sarsak immediately.” Mahmoud al-Sarsak, 22, a Gaza-based player and a member of the national team, was detained late Wednesday at Erez crossing point between Gaza and Israel, a source in the PFA told Xinhua…

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Israel aborts test of missile defense system in U.S.
By Anshel Pfeffer, Haaretz Correspondent, and News Agencies
Israel’s Arrow II missile defense system was tested at a U.S. range off the California coast early Thursday morning but problems prevented the launch of the system’s interceptor, the Pentagon said… Defense officials said three tests in the U.S. of the missile defense system have been aborted over the past week. The tests were carried out in the U.S. because that would allow for greater distances than would be possible in Israel, Defense Ministry spokesman Shlomo Dror said…

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Israel plans to demolish Bustan area in O. Jerusalem
Palestinian Information Center
The Ir Amim organization said Thursday in a report quoted by the Hebrew media that the Israeli occupation authority (IOA) is preparing a plan to demolish the whole Bustan neighborhood in occupied Jerusalem and build in its place a Jewish historical park. The report added that the Israeli municipality in Jerusalem intends to allow only Israeli settlers to build in the vicinity of the neighborhood…

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US trooper killed in attack in Afghanistan
By FISNIK ABRASHI (AP)
A U.S. service member was killed Thursday in an insurgent attack in the country’s volatile south, a U.S. military official said, raising to 35 the number of American troops to die in the Afghan war this month. Lt. Cmdr. Christine Sidenstricker, a spokeswoman for the U.S. military in Kabul, said no further details could be released until the soldier’s family is contacted… Also in southern Afghanistan, Canadian forces said Thursday that its troops were involved in two shooting incidents, killing a girl and wounding three policemen…

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