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URUK Net 14 September, 2009

Last updated: Monday, September 21, 2009 10:26

Obama Brings Guantánamo And Rendition To Bagram (And Not The Geneva Conventions)
Andy Worthington
September 14, 2009 – Following briefings by Obama administration officials (who declined to be identified), both the New York Times and the Washington Post reported yesterday that the government is planning to introduce a new review system for the 600 or so prisoners held at Bagram airbase in Afghanistan, which will, for the first time, allow them to call witnesses in their defense. On paper, this appears to be an improvement on existing conditions at the prison, but a close inspection of the officials’ statement reveals that the proposed plans actually do very little to tackle the Bush administration’s wayward innovations regarding the detention of prisoners in wartime, and, moreover, the officials also provided the shocking news that prisoners are currently being rendered to Bagram from other countries…

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US Troops Attack Somalia
US Confirms Invasion, Won’t Say Why
Jason Ditz
September 14, 2009 – Following confirmation by the French military that they definitely weren’t in the process of invading Somalia, the United States military is now confirming that it is, in fact, American forces that are pouring into the southern portion of the country in a helicopter-backed invasion. US military officials confirmed to the Associated Press today that forces from the US Joint Special Operations Command had invaded the lawless African nation, and were the ones responsible for the attack on the tiny village of Barawe this morning that was the first staging ground of the attack….

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Identity carved
Reidar Visser
September 14, 2009 — …Paranoia about Iranian influence in Iraq has been a staple of American commentary since 2003. But it has produced a series of perplexing contradictions, since America has chosen to systematically empower and do business with exactly those Iraqi Shiite politicians who have particularly close ties to Tehran – a tendency seen at key junctures such as the formation of the Iraqi governing council in 2003 and the drafting of the new Iraqi constitution in 2005. Ignatius himself, in fact, had sung the praises of one such pro-Iranian politician in an August 2005 column, where he waxed lyrical over Ammar al Hakim, the son of the late Abd al Aziz al Hakim and today the new leader of the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq….

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“New” Bagram Rules More of the Same?
By William Fisher
September 14, 2009 – …Tina Monshipour Foster, executive director of the International Justice Network (IJN), a legal advocacy group that represents four Bagram detainees in a pending federal court case, called the proposed changes “a step in the wrong direction”. She told IPS, “No set of procedures will have legitimacy until there is transparency and accountability for any violations of the military’s own rules. Preventing the accused from having contact with his lawyer is antithetical to any legitimate system of justice.” She said the first step should be to allow the detainees access to actual lawyers. Anything less, she added, “only invites rule-breaking, and casts doubt over the legitimacy of any proceedings that may be going on behind closed doors”. “The ‘new’ procedures adopted by the Obama administration are not new at all; they appear to be exactly the same as the procedures created by the Bush administration in response to prior court challenges by Guantanamo detainees,” she said…

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Mosque-Veto
Palestine Monitor
September 14, 2009 – A Palestinian woman died and dozens more were injured as they attempted to reach Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem. Incompetent and inhumane policing turned the Qalandia checkpoint into a scene of chaos as worshippers gathered for prayer on the third Friday of Ramadan. A crowd of several thousand had gathered from 2am, hoping to be among the lucky few admitted to the third holiest Muslim shrine in the world. Israeli rules dictated that entrance would be limited to men over 50 and women over 45, but even these worshippers were restrained behind barbed wire fences as numbers swelled in the searing heat…

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Mehdi Karroubi refuses to back down from rape allegations
Los Angeles Times
….Karroubi said after reading the report by the judiciary denying the rape allegations, “I become more assured that the panel members had been ordered to rubberstamp the case.” He said the report attributes comments to him which are lies. “Impudence is so rife that [the authorities] intend to prosecute Mehdi Karroubi instead of the perpetrators of these crimes and their accomplices,” he wrote. “These crimes, committed by a group, are a shame for the Islamic Republic and our country.”…

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Land First, Then Peace
Prince Turki al-Faisa
September 14, 2009 – THE United States and other Western powers have for some time been pushing Saudi Arabia to make more gestures toward Israel. More recently, the crown prince of Bahrain urged greater communication with Israel and joint steps from Arab states to revive the peace process. Saudi Arabia is the birthplace of Islam, the custodian of its two holy mosques, the world’s energy superpower and the de facto leader of the Arab and Muslim worlds — that is why our recognition is greatly prized by Israel. However, for all those same reasons, the kingdom holds itself to higher standards of justice and law. It must therefore refuse to engage Israel until it ends its illegal occupation of the West Bank, the Gaza Strip and the Golan Heights as well as Shabaa Farms in Lebanon. For Saudis to take steps toward diplomatic normalization before this land is returned to its rightful owners would undermine international law and turn a blind eye to immorality…

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Unrest Brewing Beneath Gaza Calm
By Mel Frykberg
September 14, 2009 – …But this deceptive appearance of tranquility was shattered last week when Israeli forces invaded northern and central Gaza, and exchanged fire with several Palestinian resistance groups. According to Palestinian sources the Israeli soldiers razed large swathes of agricultural land and fired at farmers in the area before taking several young men across the border for questioning. This was the biggest military confrontation between Gaza-based fighters and the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) since Israel’s Operation Cast Lead in December-January. It sparked fears that another major military confrontation might be in the offing…

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Cheney and Rumsfeld’s ‘Close Friend’ Throws Out Suit Against Alleged Abu Ghraib Torturers
By Jeremy Scahill
September 14, 2009 – On September 11, the US appeals court for the District of Columbia announced in a 2-1 decision that it was throwing out a lawsuit against CACI International and L-3 Communications Titan unit, which are being sued by Iraqi civilians for their alleged role in the torture and abuse at the Abu Ghraib prison. The companies provided interrogators at the prison at the height of the abuses there. The suit alleges that employees of the companies conspired with U.S. Army reservist Charles Graner, who was convicted of prisoner abuse on January 14, 2005 and is currently serving 10 years at Fort Leavenworth, and others to torture prisoners at Abu Ghraib. Several of the plaintiffs are Iraqis whose torture was depicted in graphic photos revealed over the past several years….

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U.N. says Gaza water supply at risk of collapse
By Daniel Wallis
September 14, 2009 – Underground water supplies that 1.5 million Palestinians rely on for drinking and farming could collapse due to years of over-use and contamination worsened by conflict, the United Nations said on Monday. A report launched by the U.N. Environment Programme (UNEP) at its headquarters in Kenya said the hostilities earlier this year in the Gaza Strip meant the aquifer below it needed to be “rested” and alternative water sources found. “Unless the trend is reversed now, damage could take centuries to reverse. Since the aquifer is a continuum with Egypt and Israel, any such action must be coordinated with these countries,” the UNEP report said…

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Netanyahu: East Jerusalem settlements not up for discussion
Ma’an News
September 14, 2009 – Settlement construction in East Jerusalem will “go on as planned,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Knesset members in a meeting Monday, as the Israeli leadership continues to negotiatie with the United States on a settlement freeze. US President Barack Obama requested a complete settlement freeze in the West Bank including East Jerusalem according to Roadmap prescriptions. Additionally, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has said that only a complete halt to settlement construction in the Palestinian territories is enough to bring him back to the negotiating table. East Jerusalem is within in Palestinian territory according to the 1967 armistice line. The 1967 borders are what most believe will be used to determine the outlines of a Palestinian state…

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Another U.S. Drone attack kills 4 in Pakistan
By RASOOL DAWAR (AP)
September 14, 2009 — A missile fired from a suspected unmanned U.S. drone slammed into a car in a Pakistani tribal region close to the Afghan border Monday, killing four people, intelligence officials and residents said. The apparent American missile strike was the latest of more than 50 in the northwest region since last year aimed at killing top al-Qaida and Taliban leaders. Last month, the head of the Pakistani Taliban was killed in one such strike…

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Zbaidi brothers denied visits in Israeli prisons: family targeted for detention
Ali Samoudi for PNN
September 14, 2009 – It had been years since Daoud Zbaidi was allowed to see his brothers. As a political prisoner in the Al Naqab Prison, Zbaidi was banned from visits by three brothers under the pretext of security. He was released three months ago, but his brother, Jibril, remains inside the prison. Zbaidi said he could not believe it when the Red Cross told him that the Israeli administration had granted him permission to visit Jibril who was recently transferred between Al Naqab and Jilboa. Zbaidi describes years of difficult conditions under occupation including “all forms of punishment and retaliation”: separation from family, the destruction of the family home, and the targeting of his mother and siblings. Both his mother and brother were killed…

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Today’s Iraq: The Police State That America Built
Chris Floyd

The 2008 post goes on to detail just some of the vast amount of information, readily available in mainstream newspapers and magazines, about the American use of death squads and “paramilitaries” to carry out “extrajudicial killings” of people accused — by someone, somewhere, for some reason or no reason at all — of being “terrorists” or “insurgents,” or “bad guys,” to use the playground parlance so favored by our high priests and their media acolytes. These killings, these “dirty squads,” have been part of the occupation of Iraq since the beginning, as has the systematic use of torture and the unlawful detention of innocent people. That al-Maliki is carrying on the practices and policies of those who put him into power should come as no surprise — not even to the Economist…

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US Census Bureau Confirms Rising Poverty, Falling Incomes, and Growing Numbers of Uninsured
Stephen Lendman
September 14, 2009 – In early September, The US Census Bureau released its new report titled, “Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2008" showing disturbing data that portends much worse ahead under a president and Congress doing nothing to address it. In 2008, poverty reached 13.2% of the population, its highest level in 11 years, the result of millions losing jobs during the first year of the gravest economic crisis since the 1930s. For blacks, the figure was nearly double at 24.7%, and 31% of all Americans were impoverished for at least two months between 2004 and 2007, years of economic expansion. At yearend 2008, even by the Bureau’s conservative measures, 39.8 million people were impoverished, the highest level since 1960, and 17.1 million lived in extreme poverty at below one-half the official threshold…

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U.S. remembers 9/11 victims but who remembers Iraqi victims?
By Fatih Abdulsalam
September 14, 2009 -… The U.S. lost 3,000 innocent lives on 9/11 and Iraq, which had nothing to do with the horrific attacks, has been losing at least 3,000 innocent victims every four weeks since 2003 U.S. invasion. The tragedy is that the murderer of Iraqis, whether directly or indirectly, is the country which thinks it is too much to kill 3,000 innocent people and that their murder must be remembered and their death retaliated for. How many innocent Iraqis has the U.S. killed since it illegally invaded Iraq in 2003? Who remembers them? Who will ever erect a small statue in their memory?…

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Video: Israel’s blockade causes water crisis in Gaza
AlJazeeraEnglish
September 14, 2009 – Before the Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip was imposed, several repair works were underway to improve sanitation in the area. But the projects have now been on hold for more than three years under the siege. The United Nations says the water system in Gaza is on the verge of collapse. Al Jazeera’s Sherine Tadros, reporting from Gaza, explains how overworked and outdated pipelines are polluting the water and making Palestinians ill…

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AFGHANISTAN: Taliban gives nod to polio immunization in south
IRIN news
September 14, 2009 – In an unprecedented move Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan have endorsed a three-day polio immunization drive in areas under their influence in Afghanistan, according to aid agencies. The insurgents issued a “letter of support” through the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) before the immunization campaign started on 13 September, an official working for an international aid agency told IRIN. As part of its humanitarian mandate, the ICRC acts as a neutral intermediary and maintains contacts with all warring parties…

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AFGHANISTAN: Health Ministry reports cholera deaths
IRIN news
September 14, 2009 – Twenty-eight deaths from cholera and/or acute watery diarrhoea (AWD) have been reported in Afghanistan in the past two months, the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) has said. At least 673 cases of AWD and/or cholera had been reported in 11 of the country’s 34 provinces, it said. According to the World Health Organization, cholera, which is rarely reported in Afghanistan, is an acute diarrhoeal infection caused by ingestion of the bacterium vibrio cholerae. The disease is characterized in its most severe form by a sudden onset of AWD that can lead to death by severe dehydration and kidney failure…

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Most refugees say they would rather not return to Iraq
Iraqi refugees in Syria worry as govt’s dispute
Hanna Hoshan
September 14, 2009 – Despite recent meetings between the foreign ministers of Syria and Iraq, no steps have been taken in solving the problem of the ever growing population of Iraqi refugees in Syria, where the majority of refugees seem to be just fine. In the wake of the U.S.-led 2003 invasion of Iraq thousands of refugees fled to neighboring Syria and many of them are concerned about their fate since relations between the two countries have soured after the Aug. 19 bombings, known as “Bloody Wednesday.” In the little town of Jermana, south of the capital of Damascus, the population doubled as refugees flooded in. Out of Jermana’s 200,000 residents, 100,000 are Iraqi refugees, turning the area into a replica of an Iraqi city. “I am worried about the current situation,” a refugee told Al Arabiya. “However, I still feel secure in Syria.”…

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CONNECT THE DOTS – CHENEY – CIA – BLACKWATER & PAT TILLMAN
Allen L Roland, thepeoplesvoice.org
Connect the dots ~ Cheney did indeed have his CIA assassination group but it was outsourced, much like torture was outsourced to foreign countries, to Blackwater mercenaries and Pat Tillman was most likely a target during the 2004 election year for he was about to support John Kerry: In my column on April 1, 2009 DID CHENEY ASSASSINATION RING TARGET PAT TILLMAN ? I wrote of the Seymour Hersh’s revelation of an executive assassination ring that reported directly to Dick Cheney and now confirmed by former Cheney aide John Hannah. I also wrote that it’s time to re-open the investigation of Pat Tillman’s questionable death by friendly fire which was stonewalled by both the Bush administration and the Pentagon generals…

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Palestinian Child Detention Figures Remain High
Defence for Children International
September 14, 2009 – According to the latest figures compiled by DCI-Palestine from sources including the Israeli Prison Service (IPS) and temporary Israeli army detention, the number of Palestinian children detained in Israeli prisons and detention centres inside Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory at the end of August, was 339. Although there was a slight reduction in the number of children in detention compared with the previous month (3 children), the average number of Palestinian children held in Israeli detention in 2009 remains high, at 375 per month, compared with 319, in 2008. This represents an increase of 17.5%…

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Israel eyes big arms sales in Africa
UPI
September 14, 2009 – Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman’s recent five-country tour of Africa was more about building up intelligence links and selling arms than diplomacy, according to one Israeli intelligence specialist. Lieberman didn’t sign any arms deals during his swing through Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana and Uganda. But Israeli officials estimate there are African arms contracts worth hundreds of millions of dollars waiting to be grabbed by Israel’s export-hungry defense firms…

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Iran, world powers to hold nuclear talks on Oct 1
AFP
September 14, 2009 – Iran agreed on Monday to hold talks with six world powers next month on its latest proposals to allay concerns over its nuclear programme, in a move Washington welcomed as an “important first step.” EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana spoke by telephone with Iran’s top nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili and they agreed that talks would be held on October 1 between Iran and representatives of the six powers. “Iran is ready for a serious dialogue in October,” Jalili said. “This morning we reached an agreement with the Iranians to hold a meeting on October 1,” Solana’s spokeswoman said…

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A Foretaste of Things to Come…
Layla Anwar, An Arab Woman Blues
September 14, 2009 – There is the Muppet Show and there is the Puppet Show, in Iraq we have two in one – the Iraqi Muppet Puppet Show. A fresh video – Inside Iraq, 11 September 2009, discusses what the Iraqi “political horizon” will look like in 2010. Notice, only one of the Iraqi members of parliament in the show is actually in Baghdad. The other two, one is in Dubai and the other in London. I suppose they are engaging in political work by proxy… I found it “amusing” in a sorry way…

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Palestinian village calls for Swedish divestment from occupation
Open letter, Popular Committee Against the Wall and Settlements – Bilin Village
Dear Friends in Sweden, We have learned with dismay that Sweden, a great supporter of human rights worldwide, has invested its pension fund AP1 in at least ten companies that support Israel’s human rights abuses and violations of international law. One of those companies, Israel Discount Bank, is directly involved in settlements on Bilin’s stolen land, and all the companies are involved in destroying hopes for justice and peace in Palestine. We were gratified to learn, however, that in the last months AP1 divested its holdings in Lev Leviev’s company Africa-Israel that has built settlements on the land of Bilin and of other villages. We call on the people of Sweden to divest their pension funds from the remaining ten companies that are directly implicated in Israeli human rights abuses…

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Pakistanis Want US Declared ‘Hostile State’
Atif F Qureshi, PKKH Editorial Team | Edited by Talha Mujaddidi
September 14, 2009 – Wherever the Americans go, their policies spread poison. Under the pretext of ‘freedom and democracy’ US policy-makers trample over weaker nations, placing and replacing puppet rulers on a whim and propagandising against all aspirations for true independence. (Stephen Kinzer’s Overthrown is a must book to read in this context). With total control of global media, and their weapons of mass distraction, they are able to crush resistance at the very root – before it even forms in the mind. Just as Noam Chomsky said, “If the Nuremberg laws were applied, then every post-war American president would have been hanged”. Yet in spite of the ‘fasad-fil-ardh’ that America has unleashed around the world, we still see an unseemly obsession with all things American…

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$1.3 billion is pardoned in Iraq and more
Inside Iraq
September 14, 2009 – A look into the Integrity commission report of 2008. The 2008 report of the Iraqi integrity commission, the governmental anti-corruption watchdog body, said that corruption cases totaling $1.3 billion were pardoned, and most of it came from the Iraqi ministry of defense. The $1.3 billion is the value of only 11% of the corruption cases that were pardoned in 2008 – the others didn’t have a dollar value given – and the number of defendants involved in corruption cases who were pardoned in 2008 is 2,772 defendants. The pardon law was passed by the parliament in 2008 as part of the reconciliation effort and was described as an important step towards reconciliation. Thousands of detainees were released from prisons as a result for the general pardon law…

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Fighting rages across Afghanistan as US military buildup continues
By Patrick Martin
14 September 2009 – Attacks by anti-occupation forces spread across Afghanistan over the weekend, with major armed clashes, bombings and other incidents in at least 10 provinces, including eight that are outside the southern region where the US and NATO forces have launched a major military offensive. Rather than directly confront the greatly increased US ground forces in provinces like Helmand, the Taliban and other resistance forces are employing typical guerrillas tactics, striking at “soft” targets well away from the main combat zone, in many cases in areas where there has been relatively little insurgent activity…

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A child die in Gaza due to the siege, death toll reach 356
Ghassan Bannoura
September 14, 2009 – A three year old child was announced dead in Gaza on Monday as she was unable to leave the region for life saving medical care. Huda Qandil had cancer case, her family has completed all needed documents to leave Gaza but the military refused, doctors reported. The Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza announced that the number of patients who died because of the Israeli siege on Gaza have reached 356. Israel siege started on June 2006 leaving Gaza hospitals unable to treat most cases…

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Israeli Arabs deserve better
Seth Freedman
The announcement that the Israeli Arab leadership is calling for a general strike next month demonstrates the further deterioration of relations between the authorities and the beleaguered Arab citizens of the state. The 1.3 million Arabs living within Israel’s borders have never had the most cordial of relationships with the country’s rulers, and in the wake of the hard-right coalition’s election victory the gulf has grown even wider – culminating in the symbolic protest set for 1 October. The date chosen is no accident: it marks nine years to the day since 13 Israeli Arab demonstrators were shot dead by Israeli police during a previous general strike – a set of killings that left societal scars that remain unhealed almost a decade later…

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Tens of thousands displaced in new Pakistan offensive: officials
AFP
September 14, 2009 — Between 56,000 and 100,000 people have fled their homes since Pakistani troops launched a new anti-Taliban offensive in the tribal Khyber district, UN and Pakistani officials estimated Monday. The military, backed by artillery and helicopter gunships, launched the offensive on September 1 after a suicide bomber killed 22 policemen in Khyber, which lies on the main supply route for Western troops in Afghanistan. “Over 100,000 people have arrived in Peshawar since the military mounted an offensive,” said Mian Iftikhar Hussain, information minister in North West Frontier Province….

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Iraq shoe-thrower’s release delayed
Aljazeera.net
September 14, 2009 – The release of Muntazer al-Zaidi, the television reporter jailed for throwing his shoes at George Bush, the former US president, has been delayed, according to his brother. He was set to be freed on Monday because of good behaviour. Al-Zaidi, 30, was initially sentenced to three years for assaulting a foreign head of state, but had his jail time reduced to one year on appeal. Al-Zaidi shouted “it is the farewell kiss, you dog”, at George Bush, the visiting US president, on December 14 last year, seconds before hurling his size-10 shoes at him…

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No Celebration of Occupation: 1,500 Artists and Writers Sign Letter Protesting Toronto Film Festival Decision to Spotlight Tel Aviv
Democracy Now!
September 14, 2009 – A protest at the Toronto International Film Festival has taken center stage after a group of artists and writers signed a letter of protest against the festival’s decision to spotlight the city of Tel Aviv. Activists say the TIFF spotlight plays into Israel’s attempt to improve its global image in the wake of the assault on the Gaza Strip and the ongoing occupation of Palestinian land. Over 1,500 people have signed the letter, called “The Toronto Declaration: No Celebration of Occupation,” including Jane Fonda, Viggo Mortensen, Danny Glover and Harry Belafonte. We speak with journalist and author Naomi Klein, who helped draft the letter….

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