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URUK Net 21 September, 2009

Last updated: Tuesday, September 22, 2009 9:35

Brutal Destruction Of Iraq’s Archaeological Sites Continues (Photogallery)
Diane Tucker
September 21, 2009 – Buried in Iraq’s clay and dirt is the history of Western civilization. Great empires once thrived here, cultures that produced the world’s first wheel, first cities, first agriculture, first code of law, first base-sixty number system, and very possibly the first writing. A brutal plundering of this rich cultural heritage has been taking place in broad daylight ever since the 2003 invasion of Iraq. These days Ancient Mesopotamia looks more like a scene from the movie Holes. “I still find it hard to believe this is happening,” Clemens Reichel told the Huffington Post. “Since the 2003 Iraq War, my work as a field archaeologist has changed forever. Sometimes it feels more like an undertaker’s work.” Reichel, a Mesopotamian archaeologist at the University of Toronto, is former editor of the Iraq Museum Database Project at the University of Chicago’s Oriental Institute…

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Pakistan: Threat from America
Roedad Khan
September 21, 2009 – If you want to know what happens to an ill-led and ill-governed, small country which, under the leadership of its corrupt rulers who owe everything to Washington, attaches itself to a powerful country like the United States, visit Pakistan. With the full knowledge and approval of our government, American predators and ground forces strike wherever they like and kill innocent men, women and children in our tribal territory. With the targets now spreading, an expanding US role inside Pakistan may be more than anyone can stomach. The anger level in the country is reaching a dangerous level…

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Afghanistan could be lost within a year: US commander
AFP
September 21, 2009 – The top US and NATO commander in Afghanistan has warned President Barack Obama in a confidential report that the war against the Taliban could be lost within a year without more troops. In a grim assessment of the eight-year conflict obtained by The Washington Post and published Monday, General Stanley McChrystal said a new strategy was needed, and warned that “inadequate resources will likely result in failure. “Failure to gain the initiative and reverse insurgent momentum in the near-term (next 12 months) — while Afghan security capacity matures — risks an outcome where defeating the insurgency is no longer possible,” he wrote…

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UK army ‘rotten’, Iraq probe told
BBC News
September 21, 2009 – British soldiers who abused an Iraqi detainee who died in their custody were not just “a few bad apples”, a public inquiry has been told. There was “something rotten in the whole barrel”, Rabinder Singh QC said… His comments came as legal teams for key parties were allowed to read statements to the inquiry. It has already heard of the abuse Mr Mousa and his fellow detainees suffered. A short video showing Cpl Donald Payne shouting obscenities at the hooded Iraqi prisoners calling them “apes” has also been played…

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Two Hundred Soldiers to Snatch a Boy and 30 Dollars
Kawther Salam
September 21, 2009 – Without preconditions, the Israeli central command Gadi Shamni is demanded to return the stolen 30 dollar which one of the coward thieves under his command stole from the wallet of Ru’a Osama Al-Ayasa, the daughter of my colleague Osama Al-Ayasa. On August 15 2008, Gadi Shamni sent a heavily armed military contingent consisting of an estimated 200 soldiers, among them Ofer Amramofficers and special forces, to the house of my colleague to snatch his child Basil, who had just turned 15 years. The coward criminals opened the wallet of Ru’a, a student at the Al-Quds Open University, and stole her personal pocket money, the equivalent of about 30 dollars. This is a clear case of looting, a crime of war, even if it was one dollar. Shamni is demanded to release Basil, the child of my colleague, who is incarcerated since over one year without charges simply because his father is a journalist, to return the stolen money, and to pay ample damages for the kidnapping of their child and for the rampage of vandalism of his soldiers in the house of the Al-Ayasa family…

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Iraqi shoe thrower wants to move to Switzerland
AFP
September 21, 2009 — The Iraqi journalist who was jailed for throwing his shoes at George W. Bush said in an interview that he wants to move to Switzerland and rally Iraqis to take the ex-US president to court…Zaidi told TSR that he wants to launch a “vast operation” to rally Iraqi families in order to lodge a legal complaint against Bush. Bush and his collaborators should face trial in an international tribunal for “war crimes committed during the occupation of Iraq,” he said. Zaidi told the Swiss broadcaster that he was beaten with metal bars, tortured with electric cables and endured simulated drowning during his detention…

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Rights groups seek U.N. probe of Iran rape charges
By Joshua Schneyer
September 21, 2009 – Human rights groups urged the U.N. General Assembly to appoint a special envoy to investigate abuses in Iran, alleging detainees held after disputed elections there have been raped and tortured. Iran has called the allegations baseless. Human Rights Watch and the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran on Monday said about 400 prisoners remained in custody for their suspected involvement in election protests following the June 12 vote in which President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was re-elected…

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Video: Israeli forces continue arrest and intimidation campaign with Bil’in night raids
International Solidarity Movement (ISM)
September 21, 2009 – Israeli forces invaded Bil’in once again just before 1am. Six jeeps entered the village via the gate in the occupation wall. Two jeeps stopped at the house of Mohammed Ahmed Yasseen (age 21) and searched for him in the ground floor apartment belonging to his mother. Four jeeps stopped at Abdullah Mahmoud Aburahma’s (age 37) house and searched for him there. Two of these jeeps left quickly to search for Yasseen Mohammed Yasseen (age 21) at his home. None of the men were at home and no-one was arrested…

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Seven million people in Yemen poor, three million lack food
Baleegh Al-Hutabi For the Yemen Times
As many as seven million people in Yemen- 35 percent of the population of 22 million- are poor. Almost three million of them cannot provide for their basic needs and food. These figures are high compared with the occasionally decreasing numbers in some other countries in the Middle East and North Africa. According to Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation, the Unired Nations (UN) and the World Bank, Yemen ranks the first in the region in terms of high poverty rates…

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