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URUK Net 11 August, 2009

Last updated: Wednesday, August 12, 2009 13:55

UNESCO Report on Babylon
US occupation caused “major damage” to historic site in Iraq
By Sandy English
UNESCO, the United Nations cultural organization, has issued a report outlining the extensive damage caused by US occupation forces in Iraq to the archeological site of ancient Babylon, about 100 Km (60 miles) south of Baghdad. The report was based on examinations of the site by prominent specialists, including John Curtis, John Russell and Elizabeth Stone. It charges American and Polish forces with carrying out “a grave encroachment on this internationally known archaeological site.”…The UNESCO report, by the very nature of the organization issuing it, cannot draw the logical conclusion that flows from its findings: that the damage to Babylon is part of a larger war crime, for which those responsible should be criminally investigated and tried. But the details of the report speak for themselves: the American presence led to the vandalism of one of the oldest cities in the world…

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Addicted to War: America’s Brutal Pipe Dream in Afghanistan
Chris Floyd
Looks like the “Good War” in Afghanistan is morphing even more directly into the “Drug War” that the U.S. government has been waging all over the world — and especially against its own people — for almost 40 years now, with all the attendant aggrandizement of authoritarian powers and degradation of civil liberties and human rights. As The Times reports, and Pentagon brass confirmed, the “continuity government” of the Obama Administration has drawn up yet another “hit list” of people to be arbitrarily assassinated: 50 “drug lords” allegedly associated with the Taliban. No doubt the many drug lords associated with the American-installed Afghan government — and those cooperating directly with the Western occupation — are exempt from this dirty laundry list…

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Paulson and Goldman Sachs: A dirty secret of the Wall Street bailout
Barry Grey
An article in Sunday’s New York Times on the behind-the-scenes dealings between Henry Paulson, treasury secretary under President George W. Bush, and Goldman Sachs, the giant investment bank Paulson headed before joining the Bush administration, sheds a measure of light on the corrupt relationship between government officials and the banks which underlies the multi-trillion-dollar bailout of Wall Street. The article, based on Paulson’s official schedules for 2007 and 2008, obtained by the Times through a Freedom of Information filing, documents the close collaboration between Paulson and his successor as chief executive of Goldman, Lloyd C. Blankfein, in the course of the financial crisis of the past two years. It focuses on mid-September of 2008, the high point of the crisis, when the government decided to allocate $85 billion to bail out the failing insurance and financing firm American International Group (AIG)…

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A Report from Kahrizak Prison
Reza Yavari
Ido not know where to begin! Forgive me if the report I would like to give of the Iranian Guantanamo, the Kahrizak Camp, will have any grammatical and spelling errors, because I am in a hurry and must leave soon. It is currently 8 in the morning, 6th of Mordad (26th of July) as I write this. This morning, along a few others, I was able to escape certain death miraculously. I just arrived home from the hospital. I was arrested on 18th of Tir (9th July) . I am 21 years old. Even as I write this I am in disbelief about my release…

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Afghanistan: ISAF air strike kills three civilians in Uruzgan
Umeed Khpalwak & Mateen Sarfaraz
Three civilians were killed and fourth injured in an air strike by NATO-led troops in Chora district of southern Uruzgan province, officials said on Monday. Deputy police chief Col. Mohammad Nabi Khan told Pajhwok Afghan News the people came under attack in Sanger village soon after they climbed a mound to make a call from their mobile. Due to poor reception, Khan argued, villagers ascended the mound to make calls to relatives and friends. Three civilians were killed and one was wounded in the raid. A parliamentarian from the area, Khan Mohammad, said his relatives were killed in the strike. He insisted they had no ties to militants…

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PCHR Condemns Harassment of Palestinian Civilians at Military Checkpoints
PCHR – Palestinian Centre for Human Rights
The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) strongly condemns the harassment and cruel and degrading treatment inflicted upon Palestinian civilians by Israeli troops positioned at military checkpoint throughout the West Bank. PCHR field workers documents three cases of harassment against Palestinian civilians in the first three days of the week. · At approximately 22:00 on Saturday, 08 August 2009, Israeli soldiers harassed Tha’er Bader Jaradat, 20, from Sa’ir village northwest Hebron. They attacked him near the Annexation Wall in al-Ram town, north of Jerusalem. He sustained fractures to the legs…

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Video: Who profits from Israeli occupation?
TheRealNews
After the Israeli attack on Gaza earlier this year, the international Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Campaign (BDS Movement) escalated all around the world. Now, activists are targeting AHAVA, an Israeli cosmetics company founded by and based in an Israeli settlement in the Occupied West Bank. The AHAVA company, as many others in Israel that are based in the Palestinian Territories or profit from their occupation are owned by the powerful Israel family – the Livnat family.

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Three U.S. troops killed in Afghanistan
By Laura King
Taliban militants killed three American troops in volatile southern Afghanistan, U.S. military authorities said Tuesday, part of a recent wave of violence that could complicate next week’s Afghan elections. The latest U.S. deaths brought to at least 18 the number of American soldiers who have died in August in Afghanistan, and pushed fatalities among foreign troops for the month to 27…Also Tuesday, Western military officials disclosed the death a day earlier of a Polish soldier during a joint patrol with Afghan troops in eastern Afghanistan….

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Video: The Downing Street memo
The Real News
…So we’re talking still eight months before the war, okay? Big message—this was Dearlove’s report: the president has decided that war is inevitable to remove Saddam Hussein for regime change; the war will be justified by the conjunction of terrorism and weapons of mass disruption. Translation from the British: we’re going to say that Saddam Hussein has all manner of weapons of mass destruction and that he’s likely to give them to al-Qaeda or the terrorists. And then the crowning sentence: but the intelligence and facts are being fixed around around the policy. “Fixed around the policy.” I mean, there it is in black and white…

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Gaza’s Lost Memories
by Najwa Sheikh
Another hidden but very painful part of the Palestinian sufferings is the story of families scattered around the world, many of whom have settled in different countries, after they fled in 1948. They have different lives and lost many of their childhood memories. Childhood memories are the events and experiences lived with our sisters and brothers. They are the special moments in time that one cannot ignore or forget; they are experiences bound by the ties of brotherhood. The memories shared with my brothers and sisters are for us, which as a family we ordinarily would enjoy recalling and reliving. Recollection of the dear memories of our childhood would be possible if we were not separated by such a distance…

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U.S. DEMOCRACY: AN EXERCISE IN FUTILITY
Malcom Lagauche
“This is America. If you have a gripe, write to your congressperson,” we’ve been told. After all, we’re no dirty commies and we don’t live under a dictatorship. Most U.S. citizens have bought into this horseshit. Here’s the reality. During the 2008 presidential campaign, Barack Obama had a webpage in which he heralded that he wanted to listen to everyone’s opinion. But, there was no e-mail address to send his campaign a message. The only way one could correspond was to sign up for an Obama Supporters group. Then, the webpage said that Obama wanted to hear from everyone why they adored him. I signed up and sent in my gripes, never to receive a reply. I didn’t expect anything else, but at least I went through the motions to be able to say I tried the system and it failed miserably. Let me give you a recent look at correspondence with the system. Don’t forget, these messages came from and went to Democrats, the supposed party of the people who deem themselves inclusive to all elements of the U.S. public…

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Baghdad meets the Wild West
Private security contractors in Iraq operate in an environment where violence, alcohol and inexperience are rife
Sharkey
The arrest of a British contractor in the Baghdad Green Zone for the murder two of his colleagues has once again shone a spotlight on the behaviour of private security companies working in Iraq. Here “Sharkey”, a private security contractor who has spent much of the past six years in Iraq, describes his experiences and the changing nature of the industry…

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Gaza: early morning
Eva Bartlett, In Gaza
A power outage (nothing new here) is a good time to contemplate the moon, the clouds, the stars, the sighing sea… if you have no more pressing matters at hand. The days still sear with heat, the nights bring little relief until early morning hours. Many sit outside or rooftop when the power cuts, avoiding the oven heat unique to cement block homes packed tightly together in camps. In the ministry of social affairs a few days ago, I inquired about electric wheelchairs, hoping to connect a disabled 18 year old with a source of independence. But, I was told, there are just 33 functioning electric wheelchairs to be given (by lottery) to 500 waiting applicants. These 33 are thanks to one of the Viva Palestina convoys which brought 39 in total. The remaining 6 wait for new batteries, the batteries depleted and US voltage not compatible with chargers here. How many small complications there are that make for larger problems… if only borders were open, chairs could be brought in, batteries and chargers, too… if only…

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AI: Concerns grow for detained Iranian residents of Iraq’s Camp Ashraf
AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL
Thirty-six Iranian residents of Camp Ashraf in Iraq remain at risk of being forcibly returned to Iran where they could face torture or execution. The 36 have been detained since Iraqi security forces stormed the camp, about 60km north of Baghdad, on 28 July. At least eight Camp Ashraf residents were killed and many more injured during the raid. Most of the 36 are reported to have been beaten and tortured. At least seven are said to need urgent medical care…

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US, NATO deaths from Afghan bombings spike 6-fold
By JASON STRAZIUSO, Associated Press Writer
U.S. and NATO deaths from roadside and suicide bomb blasts in Afghanistan soared six-fold in July compared with the same month last year, as militants detonated the highest number of bombs of the eight-year war, figures released Tuesday showed. Three U.S. Marines and a Polish soldier died in the latest attacks, setting August on course to surpass the record 75 deaths U.S. and NATO troops suffered from all causes in July…

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Israelis to sue EU for providing aid to ‘terrorists’
Gazasolidarity
Laughably, European Israelis are demanding that the European Union stops ‘funding terrorism’ by giving aid to Gaza. This is the same mentality that sees the banning of book imports to Gaza and children’s toys because they too can assist in the maintenance of the ‘terrorist infrastructure’. But it’s OK to bomb the population of Gaza back to the stone age and refuse to let any cement or steel in and provide the bare minimum of food to stop starvation getting out of control…

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Sources: Sa’adat move related to potential prisoner deal
Ma’an News
Israel has transferred Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) leader Ahmad Sa’adat from one prison to another in preparation for a possible prisoner exchange, Israeli sources told Ma’an. The sources said that Sa’adat was moved to Nafha prison, on the outskirts of the town of Mizpe Ramon, in the Negev Desert, from his previous location at a prison in Ashkelon, on the coast north of Gaza…

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Rally: Free Palestinian political prisoner Mohammad Khatib!
Tadamon
Israel continues to imprison Palestinian community activist Mohammad Khatib from Bil’in village in the West Bank. Mohammad Khatib, along with over twenty other Palestinians from Bil’in, has been arbitrarily arrested during a recent night-time raid carried out by the Israeli army. The agricultural village of Bil’in has gained international attention for its weekly protests against the Israeli apartheid wall. Bil’in has become a symbol for the Palestinian popular resistance to Israel’s ongoing military occupation…

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Tensions Rise on Israel’s North
Analysis by Mel Frykberg
The war of words between Israel and the Lebanese resistance movement Hizbullah has heated up in the last week, raising fears that another war between Lebanon and Israel is imminent. On Monday Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned the Lebanese government that it would be held responsible for any attacks on Israeli targets even if the attacks were carried out independently by the guerrilla group. “The government of Lebanon cannot just say ‘that’s Hizbullah’, and hide behind them,” Netanyahu was reported in the Israeli daily Haaretz as saying. “The government of Lebanon is in power and responsible.”..

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GI Special 7H7: Breakthrough Fort Hood [ 9 August 2009 ]
Thomas F. Barton
Fifty-one American troops in Iraq have been diagnosed with and treated for swine flu, while another 71 soldiers remain in isolation suspected of contracting the potentially deadly virus, the U.S. military said Sunday. The figures were released as Iraqi health officials confirmed Sunday the country’s first swine flu death. All the 51 U.S. troops diagnosed with the flu have fully recovered, while the 71 suspect cases are in isolation, said Col. Michael D. Eisenhauer, the chief of clinical operations in Iraq. It was not immediately known whether the diagnosed and suspected cases were confined to a single U.S. base, or whether they were spread across Iraq. In May, 18 U.S. soldiers on their way to Iraq were diagnosed with swine flu in Kuwait. They recovered after treatment on an American base in Kuwait and left the country.

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GI Special 7H8: The “Democracy” Fraud [ 10 August 2009 ]
Thomas F. Barton
A new national poll indicates that support among Americans for the war in Afghanistan has hit a new low. Forty-one percent of people questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corp. survey released Thursday say they favor the war in Afghanistan — down 9 points from May, when CNN polling suggested that half of the public supported the war. Fifty-four percent say they oppose the war in Afghanistan, up 6 points from May. The CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll was conducted July 31 through August 3.

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