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URUK Net 1 October, 2009

Last updated: Friday, October 9, 2009 12:21

September 11th: Propaganda Day
Larry Yu
October 1, 2009 – …But for all its nationalistic piety, this “Patriot Day” is completely misnamed. It should be called Propaganda Day. Why? Because Sept. 11th served as the political pretext for the USA and its allies to launch a global war of conquest based upon lies and deceit. Without the “new Pearl Harbor” that was 9/11, there would be no Western invasion of Afghanistan and no invasion of Iraq. No Abu Ghraib torture and no Gitmo Gulag. No Patriot Act and no Homeland Security. No “Long War” that will supposedly last decades. In short, there would no War on Terror in general. But the most Orwellian thing? That would be the deception that the Anglo-American “War on Terrorism” is actually about fighting terrorism, when it clearly is not. Then there are those nagging questions about the events of 9/11 itself, which have been relegated to the realm of “conspiracy theory” by the Mainstream media and society. All told, this Western-led war has murdered well over a million people, maimed countless more, displaced greater numbers as refugees, and destroyed entire nations in everything but name…

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Psy-Op Stupidity
Layla Anwar, An Arab Woman Blues
October 1, 2009 – …Truth of the matter is a war on Iran will not happen. Cannot happen. Any layperson with a modicum of intelligence and insight and who has been following Iraqi developments since “the liberation”, will not need elaborated analysis to understand the ABC’s of the Iraqi occupation – namely that IRAN is ruling IRAQ through its militias, special intelligence forces and Shiite parties, all confounded…

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Afghanistan: NATO air strike kills six children and three women
AFP
October 1, 2009 — Nine civilians including six children were killed in a NATO air strike targeting a Taliban position in restive southern Afghanistan, the provincial governor’s office said on Thursday. The strike took place after a joint Afghan and NATO forces convoy came under direct fire in a village of Nad Ali district of Helmand province, Daud Ahmadi, spokesman for the provincial governor, told AFP. “Six children and three women were killed and another three civilian men were wounded,” he said…

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Iran, powers end ‘constructive’ round of talks
Middle East Online
October 1, 2009 – French and Russian officials on Thursday gave a guarded welcome to an Iranian idea to obtain enriched uranium from a third party, the first time Tehran has offered such a move in the dispute over its nuclear programme. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said that Iran would propose at talks in Geneva on Thursday that it could buy enriched uranium for a research reactor from another country….Iran and the six world powers have agreed to hold another round of talks before the end of the month, Iranian state-owned media reported on Thursday. Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said that Thursday’s Geneva nuclear talks were held in a “constructive” atmosphere…

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A Truly Shocking Guantánamo Story: Judge Confirms That An Innocent Man Was Tortured To Make False Confessions
Andy Worthington
October 1, 2009 – In four years of researching and writing about Guantánamo, I have become used to uncovering shocking information, but for sheer cynicism, I am struggling to think of anything that compares to the revelations contained in the unclassified ruling in the habeas corpus petition of Fouad al-Rabiah, a Kuwaiti prisoner whose release was ordered last week by Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly (PDF). In the ruling, to put it bluntly, it was revealed that the US government tortured an innocent man to extract false confessions and then threatened him until he obligingly repeated those lies as though they were the truth…

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Is this what “shielding Afghans from violence” looks like?
Derrick Crowe
October 1, 2009 – During his confirmation hearing, General McChrystal said: American success in Afghanistan should be measured by “the number of Afghans shielded from violence,” not the number of enemy fighters killed, he said.McChrystal is now running around demanding more troops for Afghanistan so he can increase “the number of Afghans shielded from violence.” Yeah, about that…

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U.S. general: Taliban growing, Afghan outlook serious
By Luke Baker, Reuters
October 1, 2009 – The insurgency in Afghanistan is growing and the success of the campaign against the Taliban cannot be taken for granted, General Stanley McChrystal, the head of U.S. and NATO troops, said on Thursday. Delivering a grave and what he called honest assessment of the eight-year-old conflict, McChyrstal said the situation was serious and time was running out, although he also cautioned that moving too quickly without planning would be a mistake.”The situation is serious and I choose that word very, very carefully,” he told military and defense experts at the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London….

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Weekly Report: On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory No. 38/2009 (17 – 30 Sep. 2009)
PCHR – Palestinian Centre for Human Rights
October 1, 2009 – This report on Israeli human rights violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) coincides with the 9th anniversary of the al-Aqsa Intifada, which erupted following the former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s provocative visit to the al-Aqsa Mosque (the Holy Sanctuary) in occupied Jerusalem. In the intervening nine years, Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) have perpetrated grave breaches of international humanitarian law, including war crimes, against Palestinian civilians. They have continued to killed innocent civilians, destroy and confiscate civilian property and agricultural land from the purposes of settlement expansion and the construction of the Annexation Wall, arrest Palestinian civilians and establish military checkpoint, in violation of international human rights and humanitarian law. Additionally, IOF have continued to impose a tightened closure on the OPT, especially the Gaza Strip. Economic, social and cultural rights of the Palestinian civilian population in the Gaza Strip have deteriorated. The international community has remained silent and the High Contracting Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949 have failed to meet their obligations to ensure respect for the Convention in the OPT and provide protection for Palestinian civilians…

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Israeli envoy in Russia sent home
BBC News
October 1, 2009 – An Israeli diplomat has left his post in Russia after being accused of “unlawful activities”, reports say. Shmuel Polishuk, the first secretary of Israel’s Moscow embassy, was reportedly detained in the city last week. Russian intelligence agents questioned him on suspicion of spying, Israel’s Maariv newspaper reported…

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Iran Offers Nuclear Gesture in West Talks
IslamOnline.net
October 1, 2009 — Talks between Iran and world powers, including the US, produced positive outcomes on Thursday, October1, with Tehran promising to allow inspection of its new nuclear plants and the West cooperating on uranium enrichment. “Iran has told us that it plans to cooperate fully and immediately with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on the new enrichment facility near Qom,” EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana told a televised news conference after the talks…

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New Report on Russia-Georgia War
EU Investigators Debunk Saakashvili’s Lies
By Benjamin Bidder in Moscow, Spiegel
October 1, 2009 – The EU fact-finding mission on the Russia-Georgia war has published its findings in a much-anticipated report. The authors blame Georgia for the war but also assign partial responsibility to Russia. Both countries have reacted angrily to the findings, with the Russia ambassador to NATO saying the report is only “pseudo-balanced.” The truth about the war between Russia and Georgia over the breakaway republic of South Ossetia in August 2008 sounds somewhat convoluted, at least as expressed in the final report of the independent EU fact-finding mission charged with establishing the causes of the conflict. “Georgian claims of a large-scale presence of Russian armed forces in South Ossetia prior to the Georgian offensive on 7/8 August could not be substantiated by the mission,” reads the document, which was published Wednesday. To put it more simply: It was Georgia who started the war…

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Bizarro World: Karl Rove Blasts Obama for ‘Outsourcing Afghanistan’
Jeremy Scahill
October 1, 2009 – Now this just simply could not be made up in that Frankenstein laboratory where the cuckoos on the right wing cook up their witches brew of batshit crazy allegations to levy against Barack Obama. There are scores upon scores of issues where Obama should be rightly taken to task for continuing Bush-era “war on terror” policies, preemptively immunizing torturers, refusing to fight for Single Payer health care, hiring a team of hawks and neoliberal crooks to manage foreign policy and the economy, among many many others…

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EU’s Solana: Iran to work with IAEA on facility
Reuters
October 1, 2009 – European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana said on Thursday Iran had said it planned to cooperate fully with the International Atomic Energy Agency IAEA on inspections of a new enrichment facility. Solana told a news conference after talks between Iran and six world powers that Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili had promised that Iran would allow inspections within “a few weeks” and “soon.”…

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Video: Resistance silenced in Honduras
TheRealNews
October 1, 2009 – Honduras is under martial law as executive decree PCM-M-016-2009 has suspended numerous constitutional freedoms including: personal freedom, the right to free thought, the right to organize and meet, the right to free movement, freedom of the press, rights to privacy in one’s own home, and protection against arbitrary detentions. The coup regime has routinely infringed these rights throughout the past three months, but it used the current degree to mobilize the military to shut down all anti-coup media outlets, thus eliminating any news of the resistance from the media. As filmmaker and resistance member Oscar Estrada writes, “it’s like we never existed.”…

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Video: Conflict in Yemen
UNHCR
October 1, 2009 – The situation in northern Yemen remains tense and volatile. The UN refugee agency is providing assistance to the thousands who have fled their homes to escape recent fighting between government forces and rebel fighters, but continued insecurity makes access difficult…

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France welcomes Iran’s bid to buy 20% uranium
PressTV
October 1, 2009 – France has welcomed an offer by Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to buy higher enriched uranium from other countries. “It’s for the research reactor and we have made a response that is fairly positive,” France’s Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner said after his talks with Russian officials. Last week, Ahmadinejad told the Washington Post that Iran needs to buy 20 percent enriched uranium…

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UN: Poverty tripled in Gaza
Aljazeera.net
October 1, 2009 – Poverty in the Gaza Strip has tripled this year under the Israeli blockade, according to the UN agency helping refugees living there.John Ging, the head of the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) in Gaza, told reporters on Thursday that the number of Gazans considerered “abject poor” had tripled to 300,000 this year, equal to one in five Gazans. Ging described the situation in the narrow and overcrowded Palestinian territory as “unbearable” and as a “man-made crisis”, calling on Israel to ease its siege immediately…

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Exclusive: IAEA letter thanks Iran over notification
PressTV
October 1, 2009 – The UN nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), has thanked Iran for providing the agency with information about the construction of its new pilot enrichment plant. “With reference to the letter of 21 September 2009… from HE Ambassador Soltanieh to the Director General of the Agency Dr ElBaradei, I wish to thank the Islamic Republic of Iran for providing the Agency with information about Iran’s activities related to the construction of a new pilot enrichment plant,” read a letter by the IAEA to Iran, a copy of which was obtained by Press TV…

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Shalit video swap puts Israel’s child prisoners in spotlight
Ma’an News
October 1, 2009 – Israel has released a 15-year-old girl from prison in what it said was the first stage of a deal that will see the exchange of 20 female prisoners for a one-minute video of captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit… Malki’s release draws attention to a forgotten aspect of Israel’s occupation: the imprisonment of children. According to the Palestine branch of the organization Defense for Children International (DCI), an average of 9,000 Palestinians are prosecuted in two Israeli military courts in the West Bank each year, among them an average of 700 children, some of them as young as 12…

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Iran says ongoing nuclear talks ‘constructive’
RIA Novosti
October 1, 2009 – Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said on Thursday that the ongoing international nuclear talks in Switzerland have been progressing in a constructive atmosphere. Chief Iranian nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili met outside Geneva with officials from the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany to discuss international concerns over Iran’s nuclear power program. The meeting will continue on Friday. “We believe the atmosphere of the talks in Geneva to be constructive and hope the political will and constructive approach will be shown by other participants,” Mottaki told a news conference at the UN headquarters in New York…

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Nahr al-Bared reconstruction delays protested
Ray Smith
October 1, 2009 – Since the end of August, construction equipment in the Palestinian refugee camp of Nahr al-Bared, near the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli, has stood unused after the Lebanese State Council granted a two month moratorium for the reconstruction of the camp. Nahr al-Bared, home to approximately 30,000 refugees, was destroyed during a three-month-long battle between the Lebanese army and the militant group Fatah al-Islam in the summer of 2007. Although a master plan for the reconstruction was already compiled by early 2008 and approved by the Lebanese government, the beginning of the construction works was delayed again and again. Ancient ruins were discovered beneath the rubble of the camp this spring, but few among the refugees believed the reports. For the last two years they heard too many — often flimsy — reasons for repeated delays in the reconstruction of the camp…

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