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URUK Net 21 September, 2009 Part 1

Last updated: Tuesday, September 22, 2009 11:08

Iraq’s September Eleven
By Nesreen Melek. Axis of Logic.
September 21, 2009 – …Iraq’s calendar is not the same as the America’s calendar. Since the war started six years ago Iraq’s calendar has consisted of one long “September” and the six years have been one long hot day. Iraqis don’t have four seasons; they only have one season … the “shock and awe season”. Bullets fall like rain and bombs are like thunder storms that can occur anytime and in any place. Iraqis have faced terror every day for 6 long years while people of the U.S. only faced it once – on September 11, 2001. The terrorist who attacked the towers are still at large – just like the terrorists who are still killing the innocent Iraqi people. The Iraqi’s calendar is marked with one Million Iraqi civilians killed, four million displaced, museums were looted, the infrastructure of the nation destroyed. It is marked by Iraqis raped and tortured in front of their children, children who have lost their parents, women who have lost their husbands and more to come as the invaders are planning to stay for years to come…

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Detainee abuse continues at Bagram
By Matthias Gebauer, John Goetz and Britta Sandberg
September 21, 2009 – …The Bagram detention facility, by now the largest American military prison outside the United States, is not marked on any maps. In fact, its precise location, somewhere on the periphery of the giant air base northeast of the Afghan capital, is classified… “In my view, having visited Guantánamo several times, the Bagram facility made Guantánamo look like a nice hotel,” says military prosecutor Stuart Couch, who was given access to the interior of both facilities…. From the beginning, Bagram was notorious for the brutal forms of torture employed there. Former inmates report incidents of sleep deprivation, beatings and various forms of sexual humiliation. In some cases, an interrogator would place his penis along the face of the detainee while he was being questioned. Other inmates were raped with sticks or threatened with anal sex. Omar Khadr, a Canadian inmate who was 15 at the time, says military personal used him as a living mop. “Military police poured pine oil on the floor and on me. And then, with me lying on my stomach with my hands and feet cuffed together behind me, the military police dragged me back and forth through the mixture of urine and pine oil on the floor.” At least two men died during imprisonment. One of them, a 22-year-old taxi driver named Dilawar, was suspended by his hands from the ceiling for four days, during which U.S. military personnel repeatedly beat his legs…

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Goldstone Commission Gaza Conflict Findings and Reactions
Stephen Lendman
September 21, 2009 -….For over six decades, Israeli state terror continued its tradition of blaming the victim and choosing militarism, violence, intimidation, and naked aggression over peaceful coexistence, respect for human rights, and observance of international laws and norms. Israelization and De-Arabization are fixed policies. So is the Dahiya Doctrine, named after the Beirut suburb that the IDF destroyed in the 2006 Lebanon war. It calls civilians a strategic target “at the heart of the enemy’s weak spot,” and for using disproportionate force against them, their property, and infrastructure. Arabs are thus disenfranchised, denied rights, and deemed inferior as subhumans. Israeli policy is confrontation, conflict, oppression, impoverishment, displacement, slow-motion genocide, and state terror to depopulate historic Palestine for Jews only. Operation Cast Lead was the latest episode, but Gaza remains isolated under siege…

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Bad Medicine: The Terror War’s “Public Option”
Chris Floyd
September 21, 2009 – As Barack Obama continues his noble struggle to reform the wreck of America’s health care system by forcing millions of people to pay billions of dollars to the very insurance companies who wrecked America’s health care system – continuing his winning policy of reforming the wreck of America’s financial system by giving trillions of dollars to the scamsters who wrecked America’s financial system — his soldiers in the good and necessary war of good necessity in Afghanistan have been implenting their own reforms to health care practices in their “host” country. Dahr Jamail reports on the underreported story of an American assault on an Afghan hospital earlier this month, during which armed soldiers “stormed” through the wards, looking for Taliban fighters – and then insisted on vetting all incoming patients to decide if they are worthy of treatment or not…

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British army “widespreadly torture Iraqi civilians”
British army used widespreadly torture methods in Iraq, a British government lawyer said.
WorldBulletin
September 21, 2009 – British army used widespreadly torture methods in Iraq, a British government lawyer said on Monday in an aknowledgement on a public inquiry into the 2003 death of hotel receptionist Baha Mousa. The British soldiers responsible for the death of Baha Mousa were “not just a few bad apples,” Singh told the inquiry. “There is something rotten in the whole barrel,” he said. Baha Mousa, a 26-year old Iraqi, was beaten and killed in the custody of British troops following a raid on his hotel in the southern Iraq city of Basra in September 2003…

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Live Blog: President Zelaya Has Returned to Honduras
Al Giordano
September 21, 2009 – The first to break the news in English was the Honduran Campesino blog: Honduran president Manuel Zelaya is in Tegucigalpa… The United Nations is protecting Mel… TeleSur confirms the report, as does Reuters: “I am here in Tegucigalpa. I am here for the restoration of democracy, to call for dialogue.” he told Honduras’ Canal 36 television network. As occurred during the first hours of the June 28 coup d’etat, the Internet signals of Channel 36 and Radio Globo are blocked, as is cell phone service in the capital (I’ve yet to confirm that there is any Internet or cell phone access in Tegucigalpa at all right now – it all appears to be jammed – but we do have reporter Belén Fernández reporting right this moment from that city and the information blockade will be broken soon enough.) We can take that extreme of censorship as additional confirmation that the President has indeed returned and the illegitimate coup regime is panicking…

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Snowball
Layla Anwar, An Arab Woman Blues
September 21, 2009 – On September 11, 2009, in a comment on an article that dealt with 9/11, I wrote the following… I said to the effect : All the 19 alleged Hijackers were Sunnis, not one Shiite was among them. And they all had alleged ties either directly or indirectly to the following countries. – Afghanista – Pakistan – Somalia – Yemen – Sudan- Egypt – Saudi Arabia. I also said – all the above countries are or will be destabilized….

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US assassination in Somalia
By Brian Smith
September 21, 2009 – United States commandos from the Pentagon’s Joint Special Operations Command launched a helicopter raid last week in Somalia, close to the border with Kenya, and killed a key Islamist suspect. Some reports state that four helicopter gunships, others say it was six, took off shortly after noon from a US Navy warship offshore. Less than an hour later the helicopters strafed a small group of four-wheel drives carrying Islamist militants linked to al Shabaab, which Washington accuses of being Al Qaeda’s proxy in Somalia…

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Diffusing Yemen’s ticking time bomb & the Iran-Saudi proxy war
Webster Brooks
September 21, 2009 – Yemen is a ticking time bomb with a dangerously short fuse. President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s government is under siege; battling an al Houthi Shiia insurgency, attacks by Sunni extremists rebranded as “al Queda of the Peninsula” (AQP) and fending off a growing secessionist struggle led by the “Southern Movement.” Absent urgent American intervention, Yemen is on a course leading to the collapse of President Saleh’s government or the partitioning of Yemen into autonomous zones run by non-state actors…

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Photostory: Struggling to worship in Jerusalem
Anne Paq, The Electronic Intifada
September 21, 2009 – Each year during the month of Ramadan, thousands of Palestinian Muslim worshipers struggle to reach Jerusalem on Fridays to pray at the Haram al-Sharif, home of the al-Aqsa Mosque, the third holiest site in Islam. The Israeli army imposes additional barriers with concrete slabs at both the Qalandiya and Bethlehem checkpoints — the two main checkpoints that Palestinians from the occupied West Bank must pass in order to reach Jerusalem. In Bethlehem, Palestinians from all over the south of the West Bank arrive as early as 5am. They are usually forced to wait for several hours and go through a number of security checks. This year, for those observing the fast, the conditions were even more difficult as Ramadan took place in September when the days are still long and the temperatures high. Exhaustion and dehydration cause many to faint…

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Widows and Children Begin to Beg
By Eva Bartlett
September 21, 2009 – There are few parks and green spaces in Gaza, and those that exist are crowded with people hungry for nature. Day and night, people of all ages flock to the Joondi, or the park of the Unknown Soldier, in central Gaza City. Vendors set up, selling roasted nuts, falafels, cold drinks, tea and coffee. Further east, Gaza’s main garden park, charging one shekel (25 cents) admission, hosts some groomed shrubbery, decorative trees and flowers. It pales in comparison to arboretums elsewhere, but it is a bit of green in an otherwise grey Strip…

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Where are Iraqi Women Today?
Zainab Salbi
September 21, 2009 – …I read an article about women and girls in prison and how most of them are victims of trafficking advertized as the prospect of arranged marriages in Syria. They leave the country with their parents’ blessings, thinking they are sparing their daughters from the violence inside the country. By the time the daughters realize the very husband they married is actually their captor and trafficker, it is too late. They are trapped, with no money, no communication and no papers. When illness or some other ailment incapacitates the victims, the traffickers send them back to Iraq, where they are arrested either for false documents or prostitution. Both punishments lead to at least 6 years in prison. The traffickers are out free and more women are forced into prostitution, mostly in Gulf countries, in Iraq itself or its prisons. By the time I arrive at Women for Women International’s office, I see a woman in her fifties waiting for me to interview her for a job at Women for Women International. She had been a social worker for 25 years, worked in Sadr City through out most of her professional career and is passionate and loving about the people in Sadr city, never questioning the fact that she is a “Sunni” woman working in a “Shia” neighborhood. She tells me, “That was the old Iraq. We worked, drove, traveled, went to universities, to parties, no one questioned us. Today, I find it hard to get my spirit back”…

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Former Canadian soldier speaks out against ‘disgusting’ child rape in Afghanistan
By David Pugliese, Ottawa Citizen
September 21, 2009 – Every day, Travis Schouten lives with the image of the rape of an Afghan boy at a Canadian Forces base. Witnessing two men, one armed with a knife, sodomize the child during an incident in late 2006 helped drive the 26-year-old to the brink of mental collapse. But the former corporal said the assault is just the tip of an iceberg and underneath lies the systemic sexual abuse of boys at the hands of Afghanistan’s police and army. It’s something he said the Canadian Forces has turned a blind eye to… “We allow rampant abuse of young boys at the hands of what is supposed to be their finest police officers and army officers, then what does that say?”…

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PFLP reiterates demand for cancellation of Abbas-Netanyahu meeting
Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine -PFLP
September 21, 2009 – The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine reiterated its demand upon Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to cancel his planned meeting with the Zionist prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. President Barack Obama in New York at the United Nations General Assembly meeting. A PFLP spokesperson stressed on September 21, 2009 that this meeting provides an official Palestinian policy cover that serves only the terrorist Zionist regime. The PFLP spokesperson said further that this meeting comes in light of promises of ongoing settlement construction and attacks on our people in the West Bank and in Jerusalem, the ongoing siege on Gaza, and on the eve of US/Israeli joint military exercises aimed at threatening and subjugating the region…

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Investigation into Afghan child abuse took only 11 weeks: documents
By David Pugliese, Canwest News Service
September 21, 2009 — Although it was acknowledged among Canadian troops and some military police that Afghan security personnel were sexually abusing children, investigators took just 11 weeks to determine there was nothing to the concerns raised by a soldier who said he witnessed such an incident, according to Defence Department records. The Canadian Forces National Investigation Service decided not to send any of its investigative team to Afghanistan but came to its initial determination by early October 2008 that there was little to a soldier’s claim he had seen two Afghans sodomizing a young boy at the Canadian installation outside Kandahar…

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Afghan child rape probe called flawed
By David Pugliese, Canwest News Service
September 21, 2009 – Although it was acknowledged among Canadian troops and some military police that Afghan security personnel were sexually abusing children, investigators took just 11 weeks to determine there was nothing to the concerns raised by a soldier who said he witnessed such an incident, according to Defence Department records. The Canadian Forces National Investigation Service decided not to send any of its investigative team to Afghanistan, but came to its initial determination by early October 2008 that there was little to a soldier’s claim he had seen two Afghans sodomizing a young boy at the Canadian installation outside Kandahar… The sexual abuse of young boys by Afghan military and police personnel is so commonly known that Canadian and other foreign soldiers have coined a phrase for it; they call it “Man-Love Thursdays,” although at least one soldier has noted that the rape of kids also took place on other days…

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Taliban vow to ignore winner of Afghan vote
By Nasrat Shoaib (AFP)
September 21 – If he wins fraud-tainted elections, Afghan President Hamid Karzai has little chance of swift talks with a resurgent Taliban movement that insists it is on the march nationwide. “The situation favours us all over Afghanistan,” Taliban spokesman Yousuf Ahmadi told AFP in the southern city of Kandahar, saying it made no difference who emerges the victor of the troubled election held on August 20… Ahmadi declared: “We want neither Hamid Karzai nor Abdullah Abdullah. “Both of them are killers. Abdullah was minister in an administration of killers and Karzai was its leader. We want them both eliminated.”…

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Demonstrators displace part of Apartheid Wall in Ni’lin
International Solidarity Movement (ISM)
September 21, 2009 – Around 150 protesters gathered in Ni’lin to protest against the Apartheid Wall. A month ago, the concrete Wall was put up in Ni’lin and this Friday was the first time the demonstrators managed to displace a part of it. The Friday prayer during Ramadan took place in the olive groves of Ni’lin. The residents of Ni’lin were joined by international and Israeli solidarity activist in the demonstration against the Wall Israeli authorities have built on the village land. The protesters walked carrying Palestinian flags and chanting against the Occupation. Tires were lit on fire and places next to the illegal Wall, whilst a Palestinian flag was placed on top of the Wall…

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US general warns of Afghan failure
Aljazeera.net
September 21, 2009 – The most senior US and Nato commander in Afghanistan has said the war against the Taliban “will likely result in failure” if more troops are not sent and a new strategy developed. General Stanley McChrystal said in a leaked report obtained by the Washington Post that, despite some progress, “many indicators suggest the overall effort is deteriorating”. Inability to provide adequate resources “also risks a longer conflict, greater casualties, higher overall costs, and ultimately, a critical loss of political support” he said, according to the Post report published on Monday. “Any of these risks, in turn, are likely to result in mission failure.” His said in his assessment that Taliban fighters controlled entire sections of the country…

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Israel sources: Obama summit will just be a photo op
By Barak Ravid and Natasha Mozgovaya
September 21, 2009 – Tuesday’s meeting between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, U.S. President Barack Obama and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will just be a photo opportunity, sources at the prime minister’s bureau have said. “The meeting will not inaugurate [renewed] negotiations and will not involve any significant details,” the sources said. “The differences on the issue of the settlements and the framework of the talks remain deep.”..

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Why Goldstone’s Report matters
Richard Falk
September 21, 2009 – …Considered more carefully, there are some good reasons for Israel’s panicked reaction to this damning report. First, it does come with the backing of an eminent international personality who cannot credibly be accused of anti-Israel bias, making it harder to deflect attention from the findings no matter how loud the screaming of ‘foul play.’ Any fair reading of the report would show that it was balanced, was eminently mindful of Israel’s arguments relating to security, and indeed gave Israel the benefit of the doubt on some key issues. Secondly, the unsurprising findings are coupled with strong recommendations that do go well beyond previous reports…

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