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URUK Net 24 August, 2009

Last updated: Friday, August 28, 2009 7:10

THE FORGOTTEN ONES
HIKMAT AL-AZZAWI IS ONE OF THEM
By Ibrahim Ebeid
…The US Administration is planning to transfer the Iraqi political and war prisoners to the puppets and stooges of the US invaders to be killed and eliminated for reasons of vengeance. Many leaders were killed, such as the legitimate president of Iraq, President Saddam Hussein and his colleagues. They were killed because they refused to succumb to US and Zionist domination, and they refused to surrender Iraq and its wealth to them. The “crime’ of Saddam Hussein and his colleagues was the building of Iraq and breaking the monopoly of modern technology. An advanced and independent Iraq did not please the United States and its ally the Zionist entity “Israel” Saddam Hussein and his colleagues believed in Arab unity and in the total liberation of Palestine. They believed in restoring Palestine to the Palestinian people and the Palestinians to Palestine. These fundamental positions enraged the US and its strategic ally, “Israel”. I understand very well why the US government is destroying Iraq and why it is trying to exterminate the Iraqi leadership but I do not understand why the human rights organizations and the so-called anti-war movement are silent or condoning the occupation and its atrocities. The US anti-war movement raised the mantra “We are against the war but we are glad that Saddam is gone.” What a shame and what a copout. Among the forgotten Iraqi prisoners and leaders is Comrade Hikmat Mizban Ibrahim Al-Azzawi who held the portfolios of finance ministe! r and de puty prime minister. He was captured on April 18, 2003 and he is still in jail without any charge and awaiting trial, if there is any. He will die in jail if the world keeps silent…

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Afghan Resistance Statement
Message of felicitation of the Leadership Council on the 90th Anniversary of Independence of Afghanistan
Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan

The Leadership Council of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan would like to extend its heart-felt felicitation to the believing people of Afghanistan, particularly to the heroic Mujahideen who have been struggling to expel the British invaders and their allies from the country. While feeling pride about the past heroism shown by our forefathers in regaining our independence, The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, considers Afghanistan once again under the occupation of the offspring of the formers invaders; the holy Jihad to regain the independence from the claws of the aggressors is the duty of all Afghans. All should be prepared to neutralize conspiracies of the enemy and embark on a protracted struggle with strong determination and resolve…

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CIA Threatened To Kill Suspect’s Children
Interrogator Told Sheikh Mohammed If Any Other Attacks Happened, ‘We’re Going To Kill Your Children’
CBS News
A newly declassified CIA report says interrogators threatened to kill the children of a Sept. 11 suspect. The document, released Monday by the Justice Department, says one interrogator said a colleague had told Khalid Sheikh Mohammed that if any other attacks happened in the United States, “We’re going to kill your children.” Another interrogator allegedly tried to convince a different terror suspect detainee that his mother would be sexually assaulted in front of him…

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IRAN: Officials blame alleged rape victim for his own jailhouse attack
Los Angeles Times
…”I asked them why I and others were raped in prison,” the young man says he asked two interrogators and a judge who had agreed to hear his story, according to the website of former parliamentary speaker Mehdi Karroubi. One of the three replied, “’When the supreme leader confirmed the election result, everyone should have recognized it.” The young man’s tale of rape, the latest in a series of gruesome stories emerging from Iran’s detention centers, was published today on the website of Karroubi’s political party, Etemad Melli…

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How settlements in the West Bank are creating a new reality, brick by brick
Rory McCarthy
There is a hilltop east of Jerusalem with striking views down into Jericho, across the dry slopes of the West Bank and on to the Dead Sea. From the red ochre of the rock came the name Ma’ale Adumim, Hebrew for the Red Ascent. Today it is a city of more than 30,000 people, with red-roofed apartment blocks, shopping malls, a public swimming pool and ancient olive trees sitting on neat roundabouts. A major highway runs down the hill, across the valley up into the centre of Jerusalem and beyond, connecting conveniently to Tel Aviv and the Mediterranean coast…

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Senior Israeli official arrested for taking bribes from Palestinian workmen
Palestinian Information Center
The Hebrew radio said Sunday that the Israeli military censorship allowed media outlets to report about the arrest of a senior official in the civil administration on a charge of issuing work permits to Palestinian workmen in exchange for bribes. It noted that the arrest was carried out after a secret investigation conducted by the Israeli police in this regard for two months…

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Abbas Failed To Do the Honorable Thing
By Hasan Afif El-Hasan
… Since the Israelis had a vested interest in Abbas winning the elections because of his willingness to compromise on the main issues, they did everything to prevent his main rival, the leader of the democratic movement, Mustafa Barghouthy from campaigning freely and speak to the Palestinians. He was harassed, attacked physically at checkpoints and detained by the Israeli military many times. Stephen Lendman, a Chicago based advocate of justice for oppressed people wrote that “The Sharon government loved Abbas because he’d sell out his people for his own self-interest.” It is an act of hypocrisy and insincerity when Abbas keeps invoking the memory of the shahid (martyr) Yassir Arafat whose authority Abbas himself was used as a pawn by the US and Israel to undermine. Bush, who never concealed his happiness for Arafat death and the election of Abbas, invited Abbas to the White House and pledged millions of dollars in aid to the PA….

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Man who sold Iraq war now vetting embedded journos: report
Daniel Tencer
A public relations firm that organized the opposition to Saddam Hussein during the 1990s and “coerced” journalists during the run-up to the Iraq war could now be placed in charge of vetting embedded journalists in war zones, a new report claims. “Any reporter seeking to embed with US forces is subject to a background profile by The Rendon Group, which gained notoriety in the run-up to the 2003 US invasion of Iraq for its work helping to create the Iraqi National Congress,” the military newspaper Stars & Stripes reports. The Iraqi National Congress was a dummy parliament composed of opponents of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein. It was headed up by Ahmed Chalabi, who would later serve as Iraq’s oil minister after the US invasion…

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400 patients in ICU facing death due to ongoing siege
Saed Bannoura – IMEMC
The Palestinian Ministry of Health in the Gaza Strip voiced an appeal to human rights groups and international heath organizations to intervene in order to allow the entry of medications and medical equipment into the Gaza Strip, especially as 400 patients are in critical conditions. The Ministry added that it needs several medications and medical equipment, especially special liquids and formulas used in dialysis procedures…

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British Witnesses to Operation Cast Lead: Netanyahu and Brown – ending Gaza siege not option but obligation
Written by Free Gaza Team
International solidarity activists brought to Gaza by Free Gaza’s boats witnessed first hand the destruction and massacres wrought on the people of Gaza during Operation Cast Lead this January. Cast Lead saw over 1400 Palestinians killed, a third of them women and children, 11,000 homes, over 200 schools and hundreds of businesses damaged or destroyed. Netanyahu believes this invasion did not go far enough…

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Israel Declares War on Sweden!
Or at least on the Swedish press.
Joshua Holland, AlterNet
You understand the rules of the game, right? When a Scandinavian paper prints something offensive to the Muslim world and Islamic leaders condemn it, protest it, or ask for an apology it’s simply more evidence that the “false religion” doesn’t mix with democracy, and an occasion for fonts of outrage on the part of newly minted free speech enthusiasts on the right. But don’t hold your breath waiting for those voices to condemn the exact same behavior from The Only Democracy in the Middle East…

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Iraqi Natural Gas by Pipeline to Western Europe
Nabucco not to have filling up problems
Today.Az
The ex-Advisor to the U.S Secretary of State on political affairs Marc Grossman says the Nabucco pipeline project which will transport gas from the Caspian region and the Middle East to the EU will not face filling up difficulties. The Iraqi statement on its readiness to transport its gas through the pipeline suggests that the problem of [Nabucco] filling will not cause complications, Grossman told journalists at the Center for Strategic Studies under the Azerbaijani President…

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Video: Blackwater: More Help Than We Thought?
Newsy.com
Blackwater, a private security company, worked with the CIA to help assassinate terrorists in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Bush Administration kept the contract from Congress. So what does it all mean?..

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War to escalate after Afghan election
By James Cogan
In the wake of last Thursday’s election in Afghanistan, the US establishment is proceeding with plans for a further expansion of the war. Regardless of which candidate is ultimately installed as the president, their primary task will be to collaborate in stepped-up attempts to crush the growing armed resistance to the US-led occupation in Afghanistan and the border regions of Pakistan. The election itself has been a debacle for US imperialism and its NATO allies. The majority of people in the ethnic Pashtun southern and eastern provinces followed the directions of the Taliban and boycotted the ballot altogether. While fear may have been a factor, it cannot be denied that the insurgency has broad popular support. The Pashtun population hates both the foreign forces and the puppet regime in Kabul, which have inflicted eight years of repression, corrupt officials and police and ongoing economic deprivation…

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Continuity Über Alles: Massaging the Message in Afghanistan
Chris Floyd
Continuity, continuity, in all things, continuity. This has been the battle cry of Barack Obama’s administration, especially when it comes to waging the Terror Wars — and trying to manipulate public opinion about these intractable conflicts. As Stars and Stripes reports, Obama is paying millions to a shadowy PR firm to “vet” the political leanings of journalists reporting on his ever-expanding “Af-Pak War.” This happens to be the same PR firm used by the Bush-Cheney regime to help mislead the nation into the murderous war of aggression against Iraq: the Rendon Group. S&S…

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Syria will answer Iraq’s fabricated accusations
Roads to Iraq
Information leaked by Iraqi security to the Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Rai says that one car used in the explosion is registered in Syria belongs to a Syrian man lived in Iraq for a long time. Syrian sources told Bab newssite that the confessions made on Sunday by a man claimed the Ba’ath Party involvement in recent bombings in Baghdad, is fabricated information made by the Iraqi government. The Syrian source promised to respond and provide the evidence that these confessions are fabrications…

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More Examples Of Why Zionism = Racism
Marcy Newman, body on the line
Here are some news items over the past month–just the latest examples in 122+ years of why zionism = racism. 1. An Arab couple whose one-year-old daughter was expelled from an Israeli day-care center on her first day are suing a Jewish mother for damages, accusing her of racist incitement against their child…

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On cultural theft: the kuffiyeh
Marcy Newman, body on the line
There is a beautiful little documentary, “Made in Palestine,” about the last palestinian kuffiyeh factory in Khalil and the meaning of this potent Palestinian symbol. On Rageh Omaar’s witness on al Jazeera you can watch this short film and also see just how zionist terrorist colonists steal even this highly political symbol…

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Video: Israelis restrict Palestinians’ water supply
The Real News
After World Bank issues report, commissioned by the Palestinian Authority on the condition of water accessibility in the West Bank, Israel claims the reports authors are biased. To understand the conditions on the ground, how they’ve been addressed, and whether the so-called peace process succeeded in addressing them, The Real News speaks to LifeSource Project, a non-profit organization focusing solely on the issue of water. Susan Koppelman and Taysir Arabasi tell The Real News’ Lia Tarachansky the Mountain Aquifer, the biggest supply of fresh underground water is pumped by Israel even though it lies almost entirely in the West Bank. They also speak about restrictions on Palestinians to dig water wells, and their dependence on the Israeli national water corporation, Mekorot…

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Video: Israel says shooting of unarmed American activist a justifiable act of war
SuppressedNews
The Israeli military has declared the shooting of an unarmed American peace activist an act of war. The activist, Tristan Anderson, was critically injured when Israeli soldiers fired a tear gas canister directly at his head in March. Anderson was taking part in a weekly nonviolent protest against Israels separation wall in the West Bank village of Nilin. The Israeli military says Anderson was involved in a hostile act, which would absolve the military of any liability for his injuries. Michael Sfard, an attorney for Andersons family, said, If [an] unarmed civilian demonstration is classified by Israel as an act of war, then clearly Israel admits that it is at war with civilians. The Anderson family has filed a criminal complaint with the Israeli government and also plans a civil suit…

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Israeli forces kill Gazan man
Ma’an News
Israeli forces shot two Palestinians in the northern Gaza Strip on Monday afternoon, killing one of them. The shooting took place in the Al-Atatra area north of the town of Beit Lahiya. Mu’awiya Hassanein the head of Ambulance and Emergency Services in the Palestinian Health Ministry said that one critically injured man was taken in an ambulance to Kamal Udwan Hospital in northern Gaza…

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3 NATO troops killed in southern Afghanistan
By HEIDI VOGT (AP)
Three NATO troops — two from Estonia and one from the United States — were killed in attacks in southern Afghanistan as fraud charges continued to pour in Monday from last week’s turbulent presidential vote. The American service member died in an insurgent attack Sunday, the U.S. military said without providing details. Estonia’s Defense Ministry said two soldiers were killed after their unit stumbled on a roadside bomb in southern Helmand province…

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SWEDISH PRESS ADMITS NO PROOF OF ORGAN THEFT
Desertpeace
In a surprising developement, the Swedish newspaper that published two articles this week about illegal organ theft admitted that there was no proof to their allegations. This is not quite the apology that the Israeli government was looking for, but it should quiet things down and allow the rest of us to concentrate on Israel’s REAL crimes against the Palestinians…. read the second article regarding that…

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Shiite groups announce new alliance minus Iraqi PM
By QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA, Associated Press Writer Qassim Abdul-zahra, Associated Press Writer
Major Shiite groups have formed a new alliance that will exclude the Iraqi prime minister, lawmakers said Monday, a move likely to stoke fears of increasing Iranian influence and shake up the political landscape ahead of January parliamentary elections. The coalition will include the largest Shiite party, the Iranian-backed Supreme Iraqi Islamic Council and anti-U.S. cleric Muqtada al-Sadr’s bloc, which could give Tehran deeper influence in Iraq just as U.S. forces begin to withdraw. The last American soldier is scheduled to leave Iraq by the end of 2011. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s Dawa Party was left out because of disagreement over who would lead the alliance, senior SIIC member Reda Jawad Taqi told The Associated Press… Ex-Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Chalabi, a former Pentagon favorite who leads the secular Iraqi National Congress, is also in the new alliance…

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Settlers Push Palestinians to Sleep on the Street
By Mel Frykberg
Israel’s continued policy of Judaising East Jerusalem in order to establish facts on the ground before the future of that part of the city is decided, has left dozens of Palestinians homeless and sleeping on the streets. Hundreds more are at risk, amidst allegations of document forgery by Israeli settlers who have taken over Palestinian homes. Israeli riot police have forcibly evicted 53 Palestinian refugees including 20 children from their homes in the East Jerusalem suburb Sheikh Jarrah. Many sustained injuries during the process. The refugees are from the Hanoun and Al-Ghawi families…

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Ramadan in Fadel’s Eyes
by Ayman T. Quader, via Desertpeace
The holy month of Ramadan has come again, yet there is no progress in living conditions and the people of Gaza are being suffocated. Entering a taxi to catch a ride home after meeting a friend, a discussion between the driver and passengers caught my attention. Specifically, it was the following sentence: “The situation in the Gaza Strip needs a miracle.” It was just around a half-hour distance between Gaza and where I live, but the discussion taking place was serious. “I cannot bear the conditions in Gaza; I work from 8-to-8, but receive little money to feed my family. I try to do to my best to give them a decent life, but everything is in vain. I can see no progress in the horizon,” said the taxi driver…

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Codex Alimentarius (CA) Threatens Human Health
by Stephen Lendman
On its web site, CA (Latin for food code) says: “The Codex Alimentarius Commission was created in 1963 by the FAO (Food and Agricultural Organization of the UN) and WHO (World Health Organization) to develop food standards, guidelines and related texts such as codes of practice under the Joint FAO/WHO Food Standards Programme. The main purposes of this Programme are protecting health of the consumers and ensuring fair trade practices in the food trade, and promoting coordination of all food standards work undertaken by international governmental and non-governmental organizations.” Whatever its founding purpose, CA is much different today because corporate interests control it – global pharmaceutical, food, and banking giants in league with complicit UN and government agencies to promote GMOs over healthy foods, and drugs over natural remedies by restricting or banning vitamin and dietary supplements, except ones they control. Organic food as well by irradiation and hidden synthetic additives or ingredients…

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A Critique of Mousavi’s Green Organization
Amir K., Khiaban # 39, via Revolutionary Flowerpot Society
The decision to found the Organization of the Green Path of Hope was announced [August 15, 2009], accompanied with a wave of hoopla and media hype on the part of the reformists and political forces close to them. An organization purported to be neither a political party, nor a political front, but something beyond those and designed alongside the rich and extensive movement of the people. Living in Iran, however, has taught us all to look behind the stated claims, and through the cracks and seems of the purported claims to look for the actual truth. What is the Organization of the Green Path of Hope? As has been stated so far, this organization is composed of a small central committee, consisting of four or five people, including Moussavi, Karroubi and Khatami…

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Palestinians: No homeland in Jordan
Aljazeera.net
The idea that Palestinians be forcibly relocated to a new state in Jordan has been steadily gaining momentum since the Israeli elections in February. In June, 53 Israeli Knesset members put forward a draft resolution suggesting that Jordan be designated as the official alternative home for the Palestinians. It also effectively implies the expulsion of Palestinians from the Occupied West Bank, driving them east of the River Jordan, and suggesting Amman take control of the West Bank as an alternative to an independent Palestinian state. To Jordanians, the proposal is a flagrant violation of all internationally-endorsed agreements that call for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict…

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US service member killed in southern Afghanistan
AP
An American service member was killed in an insurgent attack in southern Afghanistan, the U.S. military said Monday. The fatality Sunday was the 37th death of a member of the U.S. military in the Central Asian country since the beginning of August, a month that has seen a jump in attacks and violence as Afghanistan readied for its second-ever direct presidential election on Thursday…

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Near the Wall
Pal Telegraph
Jude Flynn, a British student who just visited Palestine. Upon her visit she was shocked to see the atrocities and calamities that Palestinians encounters daily. Looking at the wall, seeing the ramifications, Jude wrote this small poem. She Spent 8 days travelling around the WB in august as a tourist, visiting Ramallah, Nablus, Jericho, Hebron and bil’lin. She didn’t want to go as an activist or volunteer, but wanted to see the everyday lives of people in the WB…

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Gaza schoolgirls say Hamas cracking down on dress code
Ma’an News
Responding to multiple reports on Sunday that the de facto government was cracking down on dress in Gaza’s schools, Hamas on Monday denied making any recent policy changes on uniforms or expulsions. A spokesman for the Hamas-run Education Ministry in Gaza, Khaled Radi, reiterated that his office had not received instructions from the de facto government imposing conservative dress codes on schoolgirls. Radi said the reports on Sunday likely originated from an incident in which a school headmistress punished a handful of students for not dressing conservatively enough. He said the headmistresses of several schools had been contacted to confirm that their decisions did not come from the ministry. The conflicting reports led Ma’an to visit a number of schools in Gaza City to find out what was really going on…

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GI Special 7H19: Left Behind [ 23 August 2009 ]
Thomas F. Barton
A couple stung by grief, six years after learning their son was among the first casualties of the war in Iraq.
A soldier who lost three buddies and four years of his life.
A young mother recently widowed, still in shock.
All stories of loss here at home from a war that continues abroad.

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Israel cancels family visits for Palestinians in two prisons
Ma’an News
The Israel Prison Service has decided to cancel family visits for Palestinian political prisoners at two jails on Tuesday after protesters threatened to stop the families. In doing so, Israel is violating the Geneva conventions. According to the Website of the Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth, Israeli supporters of captured soldier Gilad Shalit planned to hold demonstrations at two prisons where so-called “security prisoners” are held…

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