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URUK Net 12 September, 2009

Last updated: Monday, September 21, 2009 10:23

Tears of Fire: Mourning in the Macabre Killing Fields of Afghanistan
Chris Floyd
September 12, 2009 – The NATO airstrike that killed more than 70 civilians near Kunduz earlier this month was a deadly confluence of two primary elements that characterize the living hell of Afghanistan: relentless violence and crushing poverty. The villagers were slaughtered while trying to siphon gasoline from two fuel tankers that the Taliban had hijacked from the occupation forces… Jan Mohammad, an old man with a white beard and green eyes, said angrily: “I ran, I ran to find my son because nobody would give me a lift. I couldn’t find him.” He dropped his head on his palm that was resting on the table, and started banging his head against his white mottled hand. When he raised his head his eyes were red and tears were rolling down his cheek: “I couldn’t find my son, so I took a piece of flesh with me home and I called it my son. I told my wife we had him, but I didn’t let his children or anyone see. We buried the flesh as it if was my son”…

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Taliban raid Afghan intelligence HQ
Aljazeera.net
September 12, 2009 – The intelligence service headquarters in Afghanistan’s second city have been attacked by suspected Taliban bombers. Al Jazeera correspondent James Bays reports the attack on the central Kandahar complex on Saturday appeared to be highly co-ordinated. He said: “A car drew up at the front of the offices, opening fire with guns and rocket-propelled grenades, clearing a path through the front gate to the intelligence department, killing a guard…

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5 US Troops Killed in Afghan Attacks
Wave of Attacks Engulfs Afghanistan
By RICHARD A. OPPEL Jr. and SANGAR RAHIMI
September 12, 2009 — Five Americans were killed on Saturday amid a wave of bombings, ambushes and killings that swept across Afghanistan and seemed to emphasize the ability of the Taliban and other insurgents to carry out attacks in most parts of the country…Three American service members were killed in western Afghanistan when they were attacked with a roadside bomb and then came under small-arms fire, said Chief Petty Officer Brian Naranjo, a press officer for the United States military command in Kabul. He said two more American service members were killed in eastern Afghanistan, also by a roadside bomb. The military will not disclose the branch of service of the five who died or the provinces where the attacks took place until next of kin have been notified, he said…

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Karzai Heads For Single-round Victory
IslamOnline.net
September 12, 2009 — Afghan President Hamid Karzai headed Saturday, September 12, for a single-round victory over his challengers in last month’s fraud-tainted presidential elections. “There are no winners in this election yet,” Aleem Siddique, UN spokesman in Kabul, said. With 92.8 percent of votes counted, Karzai secured 54.3 percent against 28.1 percent for his main rival Abdullah Abdullah, the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) announced at a press conference, reported Reuters. Of 5,800,000 valid votes, Karzai had 3,009,559 against Abdullah’s 1,558,591…

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Video – Al Quds-Jerusalem: ethnic cleansing
Chris Den Hond
September 12, 2009 – Al Quds, Jerusalem is the main target of the ethnic cleansing: Palestinian families evicted, house demolitions, Arab neighbourhoods totally besieged by Jewish settlements, construction of the tramway of Apartheid, excavations under the Al Aqsa mosque… Video: 10 min, produced in support of the BDS campaign (boycott, disinvestment, sanctions)…

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I am Israel (Documentary Film)
jihano92
September 12, 2009 – I am Israel. I came to a land without a people for a people without a land. Those people who happened to be here, had no right to be here and my people showed them they had to leave or die, razing 480 Palestinian villages to the ground, erasing their history… I am Israel. In 1967, I swallowed the remaining lands of Palestine – the West Bank and Gaza – and placed their inhabitants under an oppressive military rule, controlling and humiliating every aspect of their daily lives. Eventually, they should get the message that they are not welcome to stay, and join the millions of Palestinian refugees in the shanty camps of Lebanon and Jordan…

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Freezing Israeli settlements is only leading to their expansion
By Daoud Kuttab
September 12, 2009 – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision to approve new Jewish settlements on the eve of a possible settlement freeze is the latest round in a cycle that has been repeated so many times over the past 40 years that it would seem mundane if it were not so dangerous. The cycle goes something like this: American or international pressure mounts on Israel to stop settlement activities in the Occupied Territories. Israeli settlers and their supporters then gather even more energy to expand onto more Palestinian land, build more exclusively Jewish settlements, and destroy more Arab homes before the so-called “freeze” comes into effect…

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Free Our Children Protest At Ofer Military Prison
Palestine Monitor
September 12, 2009 – Last Monday, residents of Bil’in, a centre of non-violent resistance in the West Bank, gathered outside Ofer Military Prison to protest the detention of villagers for participating in peaceful protests. For almost five years, the residents of Bil’in have been organizing weekly non-violent protests against the wall Israel is building which cuts them off from 60% of their land. In these creative and peaceful demonstrations, villagers and international supporters walk together to the wall, where they are routinely met with tear gas, sound bombs, rubber-coated steel bullets and live ammunition from the Israeli army…

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Palestinians line up for prayers ‘to protect Jerusalem’s identity’
By Hani Hazaimeh
September 12, 2009 – Even in the worst moments in the decades-long conflict and despite the multiple Israeli checkpoints on the road from her house to Al Aqsa Mosque, 78-year-old Jerusalemite Um Basel has hardly ever missed prayers at the shrine. For the mother of 12 and grandmother of dozens, life is getting more and more difficult under Israeli occupation, but she, like many residents of the city’s outskirts, says praying at the third holiest shrine in Islam is worth the trouble. Every day since the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan, she made the journey all the way from Al Mokabber Mountain neighbourhood in the southern part of Jerusalem to pray at the mosque. For the past 35 years, Um Basel says, she has been struggling with Israeli restrictions on the movements of Arabs…

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Court Rejects Suit Against CACI Over Abu Ghraib Torture
Contractor Granted Wartime Immunity
By Mike Musgrove, Washington Post Staff Writer
September 12, 2009 – A federal appeals court rejected a lawsuit Friday against CACI International that accused the firm’s employees of taking part in the torture and abuse of prisoners at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. In a 2 to 1 ruling, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit dismissed the case on the grounds that CACI should be immune from prosecution because the company’s employees were under U.S. military authority…

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Has Osama Bin Laden been dead for seven years – and are the U.S. and Britain covering it up to continue war on terror?
By Sue Reid
September 12, 2009 – …Prof Codevilla pointed to inconsistencies in the videos and claimed there have been no reputable sightings of Bin Laden for years (for instance, all interceptions by the West of communications made by the Al Qaeda leader suddenly ceased in late 2001). Prof Codevilla asserted: ‘The video and audio tapes alleged to be Osama’s never convince the impartial observer,’ he asserted. ‘The guy just does not look like Osama. Some videos show him with a Semitic, aquiline nose, while others show him with a shorter, broader one. Next to that, differences between the colours and styles of his beard are small stuff.’ There are other doubters, too. Professor Bruce Lawrence, head of Duke University’s religious studies’ department and the foremost Bin Laden expert, argues that the increasingly secular language in the video and audio tapes of Osama (his earliest ones are littered with references to God and the Prophet Mohammed) are inconsistent with his strict Islamic religion, Wahhabism…

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Normalization with Israel a stab in the back of Palestine
By Khalid Amayreh in occupied Palestine
September 12, 2009 – There is no doubt that any form of Arab normalization with Israel, especially under current circumstances, constitutes a brazen betrayal of the Palestinian people and their enduring just cause for justice and freedom from the cruel Israeli occupation. In recent weeks, there have been consistent reports indicating that a number of Arab regimes are voicing a willingness to normalize relations with the extremist Israeli government of Benyamin Netanyahu…

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‘I told the US to talk to the Taliban. They jailed me’
Kim Sengupta
September 12, 2009 – He was the man they called the mullah with a human face, the internet mullah, or the Rudolph Hess of the Taliban. Wakil Ahmed Muttawakil was the Taliban’s foreign minister. It was he who in October 2001, a month after 9/11 and weeks before the US-led invasion of Afghanistan, broke ranks with the hardline clerical leadership and tried to broker a peace deal with Washington. Eight years on, as the West struggles to form a coherent policy on Afghanistan amid mounting domestic opposition to the war, Mullah Muttawakil has claimed that the West has repeatedly squandered chances for peace…

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Witnesses: Israeli forces infiltrate Gaza Strip, fire at homes, detain one
Ma’an News
September 12, 2009 – Several Israeli military vehicles entered the Gaza Strip near the Al-Bureij Refugee Camp in the central area, Palestinian sources confirmed Saturday. According to eyewitnesses, an Israeli military force penetrated 60 meters inside Palestinian lands early Saturday, and opened fire on Palestinian homes. Helicopters were seen flying overhead of the invading forces, appearing to give cover to the troop…

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Tehran says nuclear talks possible
Aljazeera.net
September 12, 2009 – Iran has said discussion with the West over its nuclear programme is a “possibility”. Manouchehr Mottaki, Iran’s foreign minister, on Saturday welcomed an acceptance by the US and five partner countries of Tehran’s offer to hold negotiations. Speaking in Tehran, the Iranian capital, he added “should conditions be ripe, there is a possibility of talks about the nuclear issue”. His comments came a day after the US said Iran’s proposal for international talks, which was presented to the six powers – the US, Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany – on Wednesday, represented a chance to begin a direct dialogue…

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To Rap Is to Resist
Eva Bartlett, In Gaza
…”When we started in 2002, our message was to show the real life in Palestine and especially in Gaza,” Mughames says. “We talk about cases, things that must be talked about: the Israeli occupation, the siege on Gaza, the Israeli wars on Gaza, Palestinian unity. “Rapping is our way of resisting. We need people to resist not only by weapons, but by words too.” Palestinian Rapperz (P.R.) joined the ‘new’ generation of rappers like Harara’s Black Unit Band. Under the umbrella Palestinian Unit, the group now comprises P.R., Black Unit, and supporting musicians and break-dancers from the Water Band and Camps Breakerz…

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OCCUPIED EAST JERUSALEM: ‘CELEBRATING’ RAMADAN ON THE STREET WHERE THEY LIVE
Desertpeace
September 12, 2009 – A month after having been ILLEGALLY evicted from THEIR home in Occupied East Jerusalem, the Hanoun and Ghawi families celebrate Ramadan on the STREET where they have been living since…

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Two dead, three injured, several missing in Gaza tunnel collapse
Ma’an News
September 12, 2009 – Two young Gazan men were killed and at least three others injured in the latest tunnel collapse near Rafah in the southern Strip Saturday, medics confirmed. Medical sources at the Abu Yousif An-Najjar Hospital in Rafah identified the men 18-year-old Muhammad Jamal Zu’rub and Muhammad Zure’i, said to be in his twenties…

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Blasts claim several Iraqi lives
Aljazeera.net
September 12, 2009 – Several Iraqis have been killed and dozens injured in a series of explosions around the country, including members of a government-backed militia credited with reducing urban violence. Four people died in Baquba, the Diyala province capital, on Saturday and two were wounded after a roadside bomb targeting relatives of the Sunni Sahwa paramilitary exploded, a police officer told the AFP news agency. The Sahwa, known as the Sons of Iraq by US forces and comprised of former Iraqi fighters, began to ally with American troops in 2006 in an effort to combat al-Qaeda members…

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Tehran says nuclear talks possible
Aljazeera.net
September 12, 2009 – Iran has said discussion with the West over its nuclear programme is a “possibility”. Manouchehr Mottaki, Iran’s foreign minister, on Saturday welcomed an acceptance by the US and five partner countries of Tehran’s offer to hold negotiations. Speaking in Tehran, the Iranian capital, he added “should conditions be ripe, there is a possibility of talks about the nuclear issue”. His comments came a day after the US said Iran’s proposal for international talks, which was presented to the six powers – the US, Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany – on Wednesday, represented a chance to begin a direct dialogue…

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In Iraq’s prisons, a culture of abuse
By Alice Fordham
September 12, 2009 – In a room thick with heat and sweat, light from a small window falls on rows of squatting prisoners and plastic bags of belongings hung from nails on every inch of the wall. The guard explains that 74 men live in this room, which is roughly 10 by 20 feet. A further 85 are usually in the corridor, he adds, while 12 are kept next to the toilet. This is Hibhib prison on the outskirts of Baquba, the dusty, volatile capital of Diyala Province roughly 40 miles from Baghdad. It is just one of the prisons in the province where detainees and US forces allege overcrowding, lengthy pretrial detention, and torture used to extract confessions. While the conditions here may be more severe than elsewhere in the country, Iraq’s national detention system as a whole has been harshly criticized by Western human rights organizations…

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