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URUK Net 20 September, 2009

Last updated: Monday, September 21, 2009 9:58

Ramadan At Qalandia Checkpoint
Palestine Monitor
September 20, 2009 – As Ramadan comes to close, Palestine Monitor takes a look at Qalandia checkpoint, where every Friday tens of thousands of Palestinians from all over the West Bank tried to enter Jerusalem to pray at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, widely considered as the third holiest site in Islam….

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Afghan Resistance Statement
Media Entities should pass Resolution with responsibility
Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan
September 20, 2009 – A Journalists’ union in Kabul has decided to boycott publishing Taliban news for three day as a sign of protest against the kidnapping of Sultan Munadi and his shadowy killing. We do not want to discuss the poor coverage being given by the reporters to news and statements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan but want here to take up the murky situation that led to the kidnapping and killing of the murdered journalist. The realities and facts surrounding his murder do not vouchsafe them the right to pass such resolution. According to media reports, Sultan Munadi along with his friend Stephen Farrell were lost without trace in areas between Char Dara and Ali Abad districts. The Mujahideen of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan have not accepted responsibility for their kidnapping. Following this, British commandos raided a house in the area and killed Sultan Munadi while saving his British friend Stephen Farrel. The media union will reasonably not have doubts about Munadis having been killed by the British soldiers…

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CIA expanding presence in Afghanistan
By Greg Miller
September 20, 2009 – The CIA is deploying teams of spies, analysts and paramilitary operatives to Afghanistan, part of a broad intelligence “surge” that will make its station there among the largest in the agency’s history, U.S. officials say. When complete, the CIA’s presence in the country is expected to rival the size of its massive stations in Iraq and Vietnam at the height of those wars. Precise numbers are classified, but one U.S. official said the agency already has nearly 700 employees in Afghanistan…

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It’s all spin, darling: Not one of Goldstone’s 37 factual assertions has been rebutted
Philip Weiss
September 20, 2009 – A friend sent the note below along today. It is really all you have to remember when considering the fight over the Goldstone report. They aren’t talking about the factual assertions. They are talking about the international ramifications, about the legal implications, about alleged double standards and American practices, etc…

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Military Resistance [GI Special] 7I6 Company Man
Thomas F Barton
September 20, 2009 … Notes From A Lost War: A Former U.S. Government Ally Joins The Resistance “The Foreign Forces Came Here In The Name Of Supporting The Afghan Government And Helping The Reconstruction”. Instead, They Are Only Looking After Their Own Interests, Disrespecting Afghan Culture, And Bombing And Killing Innocent People All Over The Country”. Many More Tribal Leaders Who Had Supported Kabul Now Cooperate With The Taliban, Military Officials Say…

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PFLP rejects Abbas-Netanyahu meeting in New York and demands its cancellation
Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine -PFLP
September 20, 2009 – The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine denounced the planned meeting between PA President Mahmoud Abbas and Zionist extremist prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. President Obama on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly meeting in New York next Tuesday and called for all political and popular forces and movements to take urgent action to prevent Palestinian participation in this meeting and ensure it is cancelled. In comments made on September 20, 2009, the PFLP’s spokesperson said that this meeting serves only U.S…

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Yemeni army ‘kills scores’ in Saada
Aljazeera.net
September 20, 2009 – More than 140 Houthi fighters have been killed after Yemeni soldiers repelled an assault on the government’s regional headquarters in the northern city of Saada, the army has said. A military official said that the fighters launched their attack from three directions before dawn on Sunday. “The army killed more than 140 rebels after thwarting an attempted attack on Saada,” the official said, describing the fighting as “the fiercest” since the start of the military offensive on August 11. The Houthis released a statement saying that the army’s allegations were false and made to justify military offensives in residential areas in Saada…

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Moazzam Begg on Ramadan and Eid ul-Fitr in Bagram and Guantánamo
Andy Worthington & Moazzam Begg
September 20, 2009 – This account of Ramadan and Eid ul-Fitr in the US prison at Bagram airbase in Afghanistan and at Guantánamo was written by former prisoner and Cageprisoners spokesman Moazzam Begg in 2006, and has been reproduced this year, on the Cageprisoners website, and on various other sites. To mark Eid ul-Fitr today (September 20), when Muslims worldwide will be celebrating the end of Ramadan, and as a reminder to remember those in Guantánamo and other prisons, who are still held, for the most part, without charge or trial, I’m reproducing it here…

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Baghdad: Michael Aflaq’s tomb turned into a shopping centre for U.S. soldiers
Missy Ryan
September 20, 2009 – The blue-domed memorial Saddam Hussein built in Baghdad to honour Baath party founder Michel Aflaq, a Syrian Christian who started the movement that dominated Iraq for decades and governs Syria today, has been turned into a shopping centre for U.S. soldiers. Aflaq’s tomb, sitting at the centre of a vault adorned with Koranic verses and Arabesque designs, has been boarded up to make way for a barber shop, a store selling kitschy Iraq souvenirs, a pirate DVD vendor and a ring of other stores…

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Last day: Gaza Ramadan day 29
Eva Bartlett, In Gaza
September 20, 2009 – …It is worth bearing in mind, though, that ‘life as usual’ in Gaza is full of compromised expectations. Don’t these people deserve some justice, finally? Will the UN resolutions over the decades and the latest Richard Goldstone report on Israel’s criminal acts on a civilian population ever bear the significance that they should? [see also and this too]. I’m thankful for the changing tide of sentiments I read about in North America, Europe… While our politicians may remain despicably shallow, people around the world are taking things into their own hands. Palestinians’ call for BDS (boycott, divestment, and sanctions) is gaining more ground, the latest impressive announcement being that of the UK Trade Unions endorsement of the BDS call, representing 6.5 million workers in the UK. And the US conference of at least 300 Palestine solidarity groups agreeing to join the boycott [see also]. And filmmakers like Ken Loach supporting BDS, or the Toronto Declaration of protest against the Toronto International Film Festival becoming a venue for Israeli propaganda by its decision to host a spotlight on Tel Aviv, particularly in the wake of Israel’s massacre of Gaza…

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Sweet Hope.
Layla Anwar, Uncensored Arabwomanblues
September 20, 2009 – …Yasser is a Palestinian, originally from Gaza. He’s been living here for some years and we had met in some conference. I got to meet his family as well, very nice people. Yasser was alone, with a huge chocolate fudge in front of him. He saw me, waved and made a sign “come over”. So I grabbed my cup and we chatted for about an hour. Yasser told me he had developed Diabetes, “nerves” he said, “all because of nerves from the news” I stared at his fudge. He motioned with his hand and said : – Wallah it’s good, do you want some ? I am eating this piece for the whole family back in Gaza. – Everything has become very rare and expensive there, I know, because everything is smuggled through tunnels. Can you imagine over 125 people died in those tunnels…

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Iranian People’s Uprising Continues
Reza Fiyouzat, Revolutionary Flowerpot Society
September 20, 2009 – …Some last words to anybody who considers him/herself a leftist and still finds it possible, within their politico-philosophical universe, to support a theocratic fascistic setup simply because the American imperialists are supposedly the enemies of that regime […] As goes the first axis, i.e., the North-South relationship of power, these ‘leftists’ are again very neglectful. They work on the assumption that Iran’s regime is fundamentally anti-north! They seem totally blind to all the relationships, economic, politico-diplomatic, etc., that the Iranian regime has had, and seems very willing to keep having, with a lot of powerful European countries, including Germany, Sweden, Italy, France, and even with England, and of course with Russia (enough said!), as well as with Japan, (both) Korea(s) and China. It is only the U.S. that has been kept up as an ‘enemy’ (along with Israel, of course) of sorts; only because at its inception, the regime of mullahs had to create a bogyman to use to beat the people over the head with. But, even here, on two of the hugest imperialist plans of our current era, the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq by the U.S., the Iranian regime has enthusiastically aided and facilitated the project, to its utmost capability, to keep the project going on. They even loudly tell the imperialists, “Hey! Stop being such dicks! We can help you sort your mess out in Afghanistan and Iraq!”…

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Palestinian families in Hebron endure illegal collective punishment by Israeli soldiers
International Solidarity Movement
September 20, 2009 – Elderly women and children were left in deep distress and two men were injured when over 40 Israeli soldiers broke into a family home in the Tel Rumeida neighbourhood of Hebron last night. Soldiers set off tear-gas grenades and deafening “sound-bombs” in the tightly packed entrance way to the family’s home. Children, still in shock, cowered behind relatives as the elderly family matriarch explained to activists from the International Solidarity Movement (ISM) how Israeli soldiers enforcing the occupation of the Palestinian West Bank stormed into the house shortly after sundown and grabbed her by her headscarf….

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U.S. service member killed in helicopter crash N Baghdad
Xinhua
September 20, 2009 – A U.S. Blackhawk helicopter crashed at a U.S. base in north of Baghdad, killing one service member and wounding 12 others, the U.S. military said on Sunday. The incident took place on Saturday night at the air base Balad, some 80 km north of Baghdad, a military statement said. The cause of the incident is unknown, and an investigation is underway. The name of the deceased is being withheld pending notification of next of kin, the statement added…

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Justice This Time Around: Will Goldstone’s Report Deliver?
By Ramzy Baroud
September 20, 2009 – ‘We may be witnessing the beginning of the end of the era of impunity,’ Nadia Hijab, a senior fellow at the Washington-based Institute for Palestine Studies, was quoted by IPS in response to the findings of a 574-page report by a four-member United Nations Fact finding mission. The mission, led by internationally-renowned former South African supreme court justice and chief prosecutor in the international tribunals for Rwanda and Yugoslavia, investigated alleged war crimes committed by Israeli troops in Gaza in a 23-day bloody, unprecedented onslaught against a largely defenseless population. But Hijab was not the only one who expressed optimism. Others did, encouraged perhaps, by the report’s use of terminology unfamiliar in a conflict where empirical experience has shown that Israeli actions, no matter how outrageously violent, will have no meaningful legal repercussions whatsoever…

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Historic Palestine Photo Album
My Occupied Land
Haitham Sabbah

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Zbig Brzezinski: Obama Administration Should Tell Israel U.S. Will Attack Israeli Jets if They Try to Attack Iran
Jake Tapper, ABCNews
September 20, 2009 – The national security adviser for former President Jimmy Carter, Zbigniew Brzezinski, gave an interview to The Daily Beast in which he suggested President Obama should make it clear to Israel that if they attempt to attack Iran’s nuclear weapons sites the U.S. Air Force will stop them. “We are not exactly impotent little babies,” Brzezinski said. “They have to fly over our airspace in Iraq. Are we just going to sit there and watch? … We have to be serious about denying them that right. That means a denial where you aren’t just saying it. If they fly over, you go up and confront them. They have the choice of turning back or not. No one wishes for this but it could be a ‘Liberty’ in reverse”… The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment….

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Compliance by Design: The Continuing Allure of “Non-Lethal” Weapons
Tom Burghardt
September 20, 2009 – Although so-called non-lethal weapons (NLWs) have been around for decades and range from CS gas to pepper spray and from the low-tech water cannon to the Taser, their use by military and police agencies world-wide are designed to ensure compliance from hostile “natives.” And with ever-more devilish torture tools being dreamed up by the likes of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and the Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Program (JNLWP), it’s a safe bet that migration from the military to civilian law enforcement agencies will continue at its current break-neck pace…

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Yemen: The land with more guns than people
By Jane Merrick and Kim Sengupta
September 20, 2009 – Entire villages of people in north Yemen are being forced to flee by bands of Shia rebels as a sharp escalation of violence in the region prompts warnings that the conflict could become as bitter as that in Darfur. Fighting in the unstable Arab country, where weapons outnumber people and 50 per cent are illiterate, has already displaced about 150,000 souls. In the past month the conflict has worsened, leaving tens of thousands without access to water and sanitation. And in the past 48 hours, sources reported that two of the largest tribes have begun to polarise behind opposing sides, with one amassing behind the Yemeni president’s “popular army” and another falling in behind the Shia rebels, known as al-Houthi. Aid agencies are concerned that a tribal element to the fighting could add immeasurably to its ferocity…

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Video: Guantanamo boy celebrates Eid in Afghanistan
Aljazeera.net
September 20, 2009 – The US government labelled him a terrorist and detained him at Guantanamo Bay, when he was just 12 years old. Now, Mohammed Jawad is back in Afghanistan, celebrating the Muslim festival of Eid al-Fitr with his family. Jawad was released from captivity last month, when a military judge ruled he had been forced to confess to an attack on US soldiers…

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Video: Daily Humiliation at Bethlehem Checkpoint
teamhebron
September 20, 2009 – This was recorded on September 9th 2009. It shows part of the architecture of control that the Israeli state and certain of her citizens have designed in order to control the movement of the inhabitants of the Occupied Palestinian Territories..

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Three U.S. soldiers die in Afghanistan
Xinhua
September 20, 2009 – One soldier with the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) was killed during a hostile incident Saturday in eastern Afghanistan while two other ISAF servicemen were killed in a non-combat-related incident in southern Afghanistan on Sunday, said a statement of the alliance. Col. Wayne Shanks, an ISAF spokesman, also confirmed the service members were from the United States. However, it did not specify the exact locations of the incidents and provide no further information…

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Shining a light on Israeli aggression in Gaza
Haroon Siddiqui
September 20, 2009 – So, Stephen Harper and his ministers were defending possible war crimes and crimes against humanity, while Michael Ignatieff and senior Liberals were staying mostly mum. And much of our mainstream media were averting their gaze from, or excusing, the possible crimes. Now, no less an authority than Richard Goldstone, former chief prosecutor with the war crimes tribunals for Yugoslavia and Rwanda, says that the three-week Israeli onslaught on Gaza eight months ago amounted to “war crimes and possibly, in some respects, crimes against humanity.”

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NO CHANGE IN SIGHT AS FAR AS PALESTINE GOES
Desertpeace
September 20, 2009 – Where is the CHANGE we were promised? President Obama will meet with Netanyahu and Abbas? What about including a representative of the Palestinian people? What about including the ELECTED Prime Minister of Palestine, Ishmael Haniyeh? Nothing has changed, nothing will change until Hamas is recognised by both the Israeli government and the American government as the legitimate representatives that were duly elected to govern the Palestinian Occupied Territories…

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Video: Jail fear for Israeli pacifist
skynews
September 20, 2009 – An Israeli pacifist could be jailed for helping Palestinians protest about their treatment. Sky’s Middle East correspondent Dominic Waghorn reports from the West Bank.

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Medvedev: Israel not planning Iran strike
By JIM HEINTZ (AP)
September 20, 2009 — Russian President Dmitry Medvedev says Israeli officials have assured him that they are not planning a military strike on Iran. In an interview with CNN television broadcast Sunday, Medvedev also confirmed that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a secret visit to Moscow this month that included a meeting with the Russian president…

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Israeli artillery shelling kills 2 Palestinians in N Gaza:medics
Xinhua
September 20, 2009 – Two Palestinian militants, members of Hamas movement, were killed Sunday by Israeli artillery shelling in east of the northern Gaza Strip town of Jabalia, medics and witnesses said. Gaza emergency chief Mo’aweya Hasssanein told reporters that two Palestinians were brought dead to Shifa Hospital in Gaza City as after being hit by Israeli army artillery shells in northern Gaza Strip…

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Gazans miss joy of Eid under shadow of blockade, war
Xinhua
September 20, 2009 – Mohamed al-Hweiti, a clothing store owner in downtown Gaza, looked so exhausted as he was busy serving dozens of customers, who came to buy new garments for their children to wear during the Eid ul-Fitter holiday, the Muslim’s feast at the end of Ramadan. Al-Hweiti, whose store was full of clothes, most of which were made in Egypt and smuggled to Gaza, said most of the goods, products and Eid accessories can be easily found in the Gaza Strip markets, “but they are very expensive because they are smuggled through tunnels and are not legally imported.”…

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