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URUK Net 7 September, 2009

Last updated: Tuesday, September 8, 2009 9:33

Video: Sadness Of Fallujah’s Sick Children
Lisa Holland
September 7, 2009 – A doctor in Iraq has told Sky News that more and more children are being born with deformities in Fallujah, a city heavily bombed by the US in 2004. Lisa Holland’s report contains pictures of children with severe medical conditions and deformities….

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Afghan Resistance Statement
From a Farce Elections to Genocide
Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan
September 7, 2009 – The recent staying away of the Afghan Mujahid people from the foreign-dominated electoral process and their clear-cut opposition to the farce election showed once again that the Afghans have decided to resist all ambitious goals and projects of the invaders. This is because the election being conducted by direct bullying, intimidation and arrogance of the invaders has no validity in their eyes. Their unambiguous posturing portrayed that they are not ready to live under the yoke of colonialism even for a little while…

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Medics: Israeli blockade risks Gaza cardiac patients’ lives
Ma’an News
September 7, 2009 – The lives of hundreds of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip will be put at risk if Israel does not allow the delivery of a spare part needed to repair an instrument used to treat cardiac patients, medical officials said on Monday. The only one of its kind in the Gaza Strip, the device at the European Hospital in Khan Younis is required for cardiac catheterization, the insertion of a catheter into a chamber or vessel of the heart…

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Israeli Ads Warn Against Marrying Non-Jews
“Lost” American Youth Urged to Come to Israel
By JONATHAN COOK
September 7, 2009 – The Israeli government has launched a television and internet advertising campaign urging Israelis to inform on Jewish friends and relatives abroad who may be in danger of marrying non-Jews. The advertisements, employing what the Israeli media described as “scare tactics”, are designed to stop assimilation through intermarriage among young diaspora Jews by encouraging their move to Israel. The campaign, which cost $800,000, was created in response to reports that half of all Jews outside Israel marry non-Jews. It is just one of several initiatives by the Israeli state and private organizations to try to increase the size of Israel’s Jewish population…

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MoD blocked warning that Britain faces Afghan defeat
Stephen Grey
September 7, 2009 – THE Ministry of Defence has suppressed a report which warned that British troops are facing “strategic defeat” in Afghanistan. The decision to block publication of the critical academic paper in the army’s in-house journal coincides with a scathing attack by a senior US military officer on the “arrogance” of UK tactics in Iraq. Colonel Peter Mansoor, who worked closely with General David Petraeus, the top US commander in Iraq until a year ago, said Britain’s political and military leaders had “abdicated responsibility” in Basra by failing to protect local people…

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Bless his soul: Gaza Ramadan day 16
Eva Bartlett, In Gaza
September 7, 2009 – Before Ramadan began, I had thought of writing something on family’s with martyrs, as any special time (holiday or other) is difficult in the absence of recently lost loved ones. In Gaza, following Israel’s latest massacre which left 1500 martyred, I knew there would be many families with one or more martyrs this Ramadan. I hadn’t considered new martyrs though. Since Ramadan began 16 days, ago on 22 August, at least 7 Palestinians have been directly martyred by Israeli soldiers in Gaza alone, with another youth (15 years old) shot dead by an Israeli soldier in the occupied West Bank. Another 3 Palestinians were indirectly killed by Israel, dying in a tunnel collapse, with another man injured…

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Capitalizing Security: “Non-Lethal” Weapons and the Market
Tom Burghardt, Antifascist Calling…
September 6, 2009 – When the U.S. military planned to deploy Raytheon’s Active Denial System (ADS) in Iraq, it set off a political firestorm. How couldn’t it? Known for its “goodbye effect,” the so-called “pain ray” is a “non-lethal” directed energy weapon that repels “rioters” and other disreputable citizens by heating the outer surface of the skin to 130 degrees F. in short, directed bursts. With a range of some 550 yards, the microwave beam can penetrate clothing and its effects have been described by test subjects as nothing less than “excruciating.”…

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Ninth Circuit Rules: “Ashcroft Is Not Above The Law”
Mike Whitney
September 07, 2009 – In a critical case which could determine the future of “preventive detention” in the U.S., the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that ex-Attorney General John Ashcroft can be sued for arresting Muslims as material witnesses as a pretext for investigating their possible links to terrorism. The 2 to 1 ruling (all three judges were Reagan or Bush appointees) is a setback for hardliners in the Bush administration who maintain that the state has the right to circumvent the 4th amendment and imprison “suspects” without establishing probable cause…

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800 Afghan Polling Sites ‘Existed Only on Paper’
Western Diplomats Confirm ‘Fraud en Masse’ in Afghanistan
Jason Ditz
September 7, 2009 – …For one thing, officials say about 800 polling sites, nearly 15% of the overall number in the election, never actually opened and indeed “existed only on paper.” That didn’t stop the sites from reporting thousands of votes. Unsurprisingly, President Karzai did remarkably well among fictitious voters. In some provinces officials are also saying that the ballot box stuffing was so severe that President Karzai got 10 times as many votes as there were people who actually voted..

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Iraq presses for tribunal for Syria bomb suspects
Jason Keyser, Associated Press Writer
September 7, 2009 – Iraq’s prime minister pressed a U.N. envoy Sunday on the need for an international tribunal to bring Syrian-based bombing suspects to trial, as Damascus refused to hand over those it called political refugees. The dispute, triggered by devastating suicide truck bombings on government ministries in Baghdad last month, threatens to unravel steps toward better ties between the one-time adversaries. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, who has bluntly accused Syria of betrayal and of harboring killers, briefed the special United Nations envoy, Ad Melkert, on the intensifying dispute, Iraqi state TV reported…

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Musings from a fishing boat: Gaza Ramadan day 15
Eva Bartlett, In Gaza
September 7, 2009 – Palestinian fishermen and farmers are some of the livelier, slightly crazier, people I’ve met. Maybe it’s the constant exposure to the dangers of Israeli shooting and shelling. Come to think of it, Palestinian medics share these dangers and this zaniness as well. Fishermen have little to no other option but to risk the assault of the IOF gunboats as they fish in their own waters. But they do it with flair. F. is the liveliest of today’s crew. Mischievous, with endless energy, he captains the boat and jumps in to help with the different tasks on board…

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YEMEN: Humanitarian situation worsens after short-lived truce
IRIN news
September 6, 2009 – Conditions for thousands of displaced families in northern Yemen continue to deteriorate as a 4 September truce between government troops and Shia rebels to allow relief items in lasted only four hours. The government decided to suspend its military offensive against Houthi-led rebels in response to calls by international and local humanitarian organizations so that they could reach affected citizens, according to Yemen’s defence ministry…

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U.S., Iraq cracking down on anti-Iran Kurdish guerrillas
Adam Ashton – McClatchy Newspapers
September 6, 2009 – A noose is tightening around the group that calls itself the last armed resistance to Iran’s Islamic republic, but the Kalashnikov-carrying guerrillas are refusing to lay down their weapons and leave their camouflaged outposts in Kurdish-controlled northern Iraq. Washington has frozen the assets of the Kurdistan Free Life Party, or PJAK, an anti-Iranian militia that at one point had an informal intelligence-sharing relationship with the American military, and Iraq has shut down its political activities. Iraq’s Kurdish Regional Government also is pushing the group to disarm…

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Thousands of civilians flee battles in NW Pakistan
By RIAZ KHAN, Associated Press
September 6, 2009 – Thousands of civilians have fled Pakistan’s northwest Khyber tribal region where the latest military offensive killed 33 more suspected militants Sunday. Pakistan is under intense U.S. pressure to crack down on insurgents along its border with Afghanistan, especially the lawless tribal belt where al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden is suspected to be hiding. The U.S. believes militants use Pakistan’s tribal areas as safe havens from which to plan attacks on Western troops across the frontier in Afghanistan…

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Iraqi Arabs protest US plan for Kurdish patrols
By BUSHRA JUHI (AP)
September 6, 2009 – Hundreds of Sunni Arabs opposed to the presence of Kurdish troops in disputed areas of northern Iraq demonstrated Saturday against a U.S. proposal to deploy a mixed force of American, Kurdish and Iraqi soldiers in the area. More than 300 people in the Sunni-dominated town of Hawija, once an insurgent stronghold, gathered in a stadium to protest the inclusion of Kurdish troops in these patrols. The demonstrators and critics elsewhere in Iraq also denounce the plan as a violation of a security pact under which the U.S. pulled its troops back from populated areas in June…

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Why we back the boycott call
Ken Loach, Rebecca O’Brien and Paul Laverty
September 7, 2009 – When we decided to pull our film Looking for Eric from the Melbourne International Film festival following our discovery that the festival was part-sponsored by the Israeli state, we wrote to the director, Richard Moore, detailing our reasons. Unfortunately he has misrepresented our position and did so again last week on the Guardian’s Comment is free by stating that “to allow the personal politics of one filmmaker to proscribe a festival position … goes against the grain of what festivals stand for,” and claiming that “Loach’s demands were beyond the pale.” This decision was taken by three filmmakers, (director, producer, writer) not in some private abstract bubble, but after a long discussion and in response to a call for a cultural boycott from a wide spectrum of Palestinian civil society, including writers, filmmakers, cultural workers, human rights groups, journalists, trade unions, women’s groups and student organizations…

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Musings from a fishing boat: Gaza Ramadan day 15
Eva Bartlett, In Gaza
September 7, 2009 – Palestinian fishermen and farmers are some of the livelier, slightly crazier, people I’ve met. Maybe it’s the constant exposure to the dangers of Israeli shooting and shelling. Come to think of it, Palestinian medics share these dangers and this zaniness as well. Fishermen have little to no other option but to risk the assault of the IOF gunboats as they fish in their own waters. But they do it with flair. F. is the liveliest of today’s crew. Mischievous, with endless energy, he captains the boat and jumps in to help with the different tasks on board…

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Monday, September 07, 2009: Iraq violence claims 26 lives, leaves 44 wounded
The Common Ills
September 7, 2009 – In this morning’s New York Times, Thom Shanker reported that the Congressional Research Service’s “Conventional Arms Transfers to Developing Nations” found the US the biggest supplier of weapons in the world and, in contrast to the domestic and global recession, the US has actually increased its selling of death toys and destruction instruments in 2008 ($37.8 billion in revenues versuse 2007's $25.4 billion). The next closet competitor is Italy which raked in approximately one-tenth of the monies the US did ($3.7 billion)…

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GI Special 7 i 3: Be Advised [ September 4, 2009 ]
Thomas F. Barton
September 4, 2009. In our nation, our common enemy is anyone that violates our Constitution. Right? So, at what point does it become necessary to take up arms against our own federal government to defend our laws? At what point have we run out of “democratic” options, such as lobbying, voting, writing, and marching in the streets, in trying to peacefully force our government to obey our Constitution, and its Bill of Rights? Politicians, security workers, and soldiers, take an oath to “defend the Constitution against ALL enemies, both foreign and domestic”…which establishes the moral and legal conflict for all citizens, both veterans and non veterans alike, that being; if the Commander in Chief, and/or Congress, is violating the laws of the Constitution, and we citizens swore to defend the Constitution, what do we do when we are confronted with the problem of how to defend the Constitution against those domestic enemies?

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GI Special 7I2: Firestorm [ September 3, 2009 ]
Thomas F. Barton
September 3, 2009. There is a firestorm ahead in the Middle East for which neither the US government nor the US public is prepared. They seem scarcely aware how close it is on the horizon or how ferocious it will be. The US government (and therefore almost inevitably the US public) is deluding itself massively about its capacity to handle the situation in terms of its stated objectives. Let us start with Iraq. (…)

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GI Special 7I1: A Son In Afghanistan [ 2 September 2009 ]
Thomas F. Barton
September 2, 2009. “As someone whose son was recently deployed to Afghanistan, I’m heartened by poll numbers indicating a majority of Americans have turned against the war there. President Obama has tried to frame the war in Afghanistan as a “good” war, as opposed to the “bad” war in Iraq. It appears the American people are not buying his analogy. Regardless of how these wars are framed, Americans do not support them. To most Americans, both wars are bad. The American people should demand that the president bring all our troops home now. … “

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