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URUK Net 4 October, 2009

Last updated: Friday, October 9, 2009 12:30

Latest from Occupied Iraq.
Layla Anwar, An Arab Woman Blues
October 4, 2009 – …Will start first with the wave of arrests by the puppet government. Tikrit 13 ex-army officers were arrested during Friday prayers at the Firdaws mosque for no apparent reason. This was followed by a demonstration against their arrests, by the people of Tikrit who walked from the Mosque to the center of town. In a later interview with Saleh Al-Mutlaq of the Iraqi National Front, he stated that PM Nouri Al-Maliki and others are reverting to their sectarian ways in preparation for the up coming elections, by making sure that no independent Iraqi patriotic voice be heard apart from their own parties. – Mosul a wave of arrests has been carried out by the puppet forces. Around 150 people allegedly Al-Qaeda and Saddamists have been detained. I am expecting more waves of arrests before the upcoming election…

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Afghan Resistance Statement
Human Rights Violations in Afghanistan
Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan
October 04, 2009 – Last week, American forces in Helmand province killed 9 civilians by firing a missile late at night. Before that, in the first week of last September, American jets killed 140 poor villagers in Kunduz province when they were siphoning oil from tankers. The Kabul hireling army had ambiguously left the tankers after a brief armed clash with Mujahideen. All victims killed in the air raid in what seemed to be a phosphorus attack, included school students and miserable villagers. Similarly, civilians have fallen prey to American and NATO blind bombardments in Aziz Abad, Hirat province, Dehrawood district, Uruzgan province, Shinwar district, Nangarhar province. Thousands of miserable and defenseless Afghans have been killed in the American so-called war on terror…

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Ten US soldiers killed in Afghanistan
Martin Fletcher in Forward Operating Base Airborne in Wardak Province
October 4, 2009 – Ten American troops were killed at the weekend in two surprise attacks that caused alarm in Nato’s US-led coalition. In one, hundreds of insurgents attacked a pair of isolated outposts in eastern Afghanistan, killing eight US soldiers and several Afghan policemen in the deadliest battle in 15 months. Scores more Afghan policemen were reportedly captured by the Taleban. In the other an Afghan policeman opened fire on the American soldiers with whom he was working in central Wardak province, killing two and injuring three…

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Did Traitor Abbas Instigate the Gaza Massacre?
Kawther Salam
October 4, 2009 – * Did the Palestinian Authority plan and even instigate the war crimes on Gaza together with Israel? * Is the PA also actively involved in urging the UN to postpone the vote on the report of the Goldstone, which accuses Israel of committing war crimes against Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip? If these allegations are true, and the PA was involved in these inhuman crimes, then it is the duty of all human rights organizations to add the name of the President of the Palestinian Authority, Tayeb Abdel-Rahim to the list of the Israeli war criminals involved in the massacre of Gaza last January.

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U.S. general ‘pleased’ with 563 attacks on his troops in Iraq in September
By Fatih Abdulsalam
October 4, 2009 – Every statement can have more than one meaning. For example, the fact that there were only 563 attacks on U.S. troops in September in Iraq was something to celebrate from the U.S. viewpoint. This is why its commanding officer in Iraq Gen. Ray Odierno put the number of attacks on his troops in September within the context of 2007 when approximately 4000 attacks were reported. For him, things are improving in Iraq and the figure signals the success of U.S. tactics. For us Iraqis it is a damning condemnation of the general and his administration and their ruining of a nation and a country…

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Marwan Barghouthi: Israel is not a peace partner
Ma’an News
October 4, 2009 – …In an interview from Israel’s Hadarim Prison through his lawyers, Barghouthi said that “there is no Israeli peace partner. “Anyone who thinks that peace is possible with the current Israeli government and was not possible with the previous governments is being delusional,” he was quoted as saying […] “.I read the Egyptian proposal. It was sent to me through my lawyer Khader Ishqerat. I welcome this proposal. I am calling on all the national and Islamic factions to seize this opportunity to hold a comprehensive national dialogue to sign an agreement before the end of October, along with an urgent announcement of a date for new elections for the presidency, parliament, and PNC members, along with an end to media incitement, and political arrests. The factions must also release prisoners and turn a new page in relations on new bases of national partnership and pluralism, with regular elections”…

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Abbas Orders Probe Into Who Supported Deferring the Goldstone Report at the UN (AKA Let’s Sing “Who Stole the Cookie From the Cookie Jar?)
Under The Holly Tree
October 4, 2009 – We’ve all read it, the shocking yet not to be unexpected news that the Palestinian Authority supported the delaying of the vote in the UN Human Rights Council on passing the Goldstone Report to the UN General Assembly for further action which could have resulted in Israel being tried for war crimes for it’s massacre of Gaza in their actions in Dec. 2008-January 2009. Now YNet is reporting that Abbas is calling for an investigation of who was behind supporting the deferral. I’ve heard it all now. First, is Abbas trying to say that the PA’s left hand doesn’t know what the right hand is doing? Is he suggesting that the PA didn’t support the deferral? Is he looking for a scapegoat to defray blame from himself where the buck is SUPPOSED to stop? What sort of masqerade “investigation” by the PA is YNet reporting here?…

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Gazan human rights organizations hold press conference
International Solidarity Movement (ISM)
October 4, 2009 – Following the Palestinian Authority decision on 2 October to defer the draft proposal endorsing the UN “Goldstone Report”, nearly twenty different human rights organizations issued a statement and held a press conference condemning the Palestinian Authority’s decision. Among the groups were the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR), Al Mezan Centre for Human Rights, Badil, Adalah, Defense for Children (DCI)-Palestine, and other women’s, prisoners’ and children’s rights groups from the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip…

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Talk failure sparks wave of arrests in Iraq
Roads to Iraq
October 4, 2009 – A delegation led by the Minister of Tribal Affairs “Muhammad Uraibi” in Amman – Jordan, sent by Maliki to convince Iraqi politicians and tribal leaders in exile to join Maliki’s “State of Law” coalition. The source said: Despite the generous offers, the delegation failed in its attempts because the leaders in Jordan insisted that Maliki’s coalition is a sectarian based coalition who refuses to accept the former Iraqi army members and their legal rights. Maliki’s government launched a wave of arrests in Iraqi provinces, followed the failure of the talks. The number of people arrested varied from 70 to 100, but my own source in Mosul confirmed that at least 195 were taken from their homes to unknown destination, according to Al-Sharq AL-Awsat most of the arrested are businessmen, former army officers and Academics in Mosul University…

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One in three votes for Karzai fraudulent, says US diplomat
Jon Boone in Kabul
October 4, 2009 – A former senior United Nations diplomat in Kabul has launched a scathing attack on the UN’s handling of Afghanistan’s disputed elections, claiming that almost one in three of the votes cast for president Hamid Karzai were fraudulent. Writing in today’s Washington Post, Peter Galbraith, the former deputy head of the UN mission in Afghanistan, singled out his former boss Kai Eide for criticism, saying that he had deliberately downplayed the level of cheating in an election where in one region “10 times as many votes were recorded as voters actually cast”…

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UN praises Iranian ‘co-operation’
BBC News
October 4, 2009 – The head of the UN nuclear watchdog has said relations with Iran are shifting from confrontation to co-operation. Mohamed ElBaradei, who is visiting Tehran, said this was a “critical moment” and urged Iran to be as transparent as possible. The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency also announced inspectors would visit Tehran’s newly revealed uranium enrichment plant on 25 October…

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‘Israel has to be held accountable’
By Sousan Hammad
October 4, 2009 – The postponement of the UN Human Rights Council vote on the findings of Richard Goldstone’s report into Israel’s recent 22-day war on Gaza has raised many questions. Sahar Francis, a Palestinian Israeli and a human rights lawyer who testified before the UN fact finding mission led by Goldstone, spoke to Al Jazeera about the move and its fallout…

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NEW YORK’S LARGEST SYNAGOGUE CLOSED OFF TO JEWISH WORSHIPERS
Desertpeace
Ocotber 4, 2009 – Worshipers arrived at the Fifth Avenue Synagogue this morning for Festive Holiday prayers only to find the building cordoned off by local police. They were told that the house of prayer was off limits to Jews for an unlimited period of time. Prayers were held in a small park across the street but were cut short when SWAT teams arrived with tear gas and water hoses which were used on the worshipers, causing them to scurry off… The above is FICTION….. SATIRE….. NOT REAL…… BUT…… The following is TRUE… Israel closes Ibrahimi Mosque to Muslims; Jews only till Monday…

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Video: olives under occupation
SocialTV
October 4, 2009 – What happens to Palestinian Olive trees after they are uprooted by the Israel? Taufik retune to his land four years after his olive trees have been uprooted. Badar speaks of the thousands dollars he and his family lost as a result of the tree uprooting and Akram tells about the uprooting of 300 trees some of them hundreds of years old….

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Clashes as Israel shuts off al-Aqsa
Aljazeera.net
October 4, 2009 – Israeli security forces have closed off the al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jersualem as more than 200 Palestinians stage a sit-in at the site. Sporadic clashes broke out on Sunday as military and police checkpoints were set up around the site, known as the Haram al-Sharif to Muslims and the Temple Mount to Jews. At least seven people were wounded and seven arrested as clashes broke out at the Lion’s Gate entrance to the Old City of Jerusalem. Al Jazeera’s Sherine Tadros, reporting from Jerusalem, said that the mosque was being protected by worshippers who wanted to stop Jewish hardliners from entering the compound…

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ElBaradei says nuclear Israel number one threat to Mideast: report
Xinhua
October 4, 2009 – Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Mohamed ElBaradei said Sunday that “Israel is number one threat to Middle East” with its nuclear arms, the official IRNA news agency reported. At a joint press conference with Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization chief Ali Akbar Salehi in Tehran, ElBaradei brought Israel under spotlight and said that the Tel Aviv regime has refused to allow inspections into its nuclear installations for 30years, the report said. “Israel is the number one threat to the Middle East given the nuclear arms it possesses,” ElBaradei was quoted as saying…

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Gaza boy shot by Israeli forces
Ma’an News
October 4, 2009 – A young boy was shot by Israeli forces on his family’s farm near the Israeli border in the northern Gaza Strip on Sunday, medical officials said. According to Muawiya Hassanein, the director of Ambulance and Emergency Services in the Ministry of Health in Gaza, Ashraf Abu Suleiman was shot in the spine. Hassanein also said Israeli forces denied ambulances access to the area to take the child to hospital. Instead, the forces detained him for two hours, he said. The boy was transferred to a hospital after this detention, the official said…

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Marwan Barghouthi: Israel is not a peace partner
Ma’an News
October 4, 2009 – …In an interview from Israel’s Hadarim Prison through his lawyers, Barghouthi said that “there is no Israeli peace partner. “Anyone who thinks that peace is possible with the current Israeli government and was not possible with the previous governments is being delusional,” he was quoted as saying […] “.I read the Egyptian proposal. It was sent to me through my lawyer Khader Ishqerat. I welcome this proposal. I am calling on all the national and Islamic factions to seize this opportunity to hold a comprehensive national dialogue to sign an agreement before the end of October, along with an urgent announcement of a date for new elections for the presidency, parliament, and PNC members, along with an end to media incitement, and political arrests. The factions must also release prisoners and turn a new page in relations on new bases of national partnership and pluralism, with regular elections”…

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Military Resistance [GiSpc] 7J2: Fury
Thomas F. Barton
October 4, 2009 – …We walked into a trap, a killing zone of relentless gunfire and rocket barrages from Afghan insurgents hidden in the mountainsides and in a fortress-like village where women and children were replenishing their ammunition. “We will do to you what we did to the Russians,” the insurgent’s leader boasted over the radio, referring to the failure of Soviet troops to capture Ganjgal during the 1979-89 Soviet occupation. Dashing from boulder to boulder, diving into trenches and ducking behind stone walls as the insurgents maneuvered to outflank us, we waited more than an hour for U.S. helicopters to arrive, despite earlier assurances that air cover would be five minutes away…

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Iran to privatize Alborz Insurance Company
PressTV
October 4, 2009 – Some 5 percent of Iran’s state-run Alborz Insurance Company’s shares will be floated on the stock market in line with the government’s accelerated privatization policy. Head of the Iranian Privatization Organization (IPO) Gholamreza Kord-Zanganeh says the shares would be offered on the Tehran Stock Exchange on October 7 by inviting bids from private investors. He did not say at what price the shares would be floated in the sell-off. Iran plans to transfer its three large insurance companies – Dana, Alborz and Asia – to the private sector under the currently prevailing interpretation of Article 44 of the Constitution…

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Resheq: Israeli crime in the Aqsa Mosque meant to destroy it
Palestinian Information Center
October 4, 2009 — Ezzat Al-Resheq, member of Hamas’s political bureau, has warned Sunday of a possible Israeli carnage inside the holy Aqsa Mosque, and held the Zionist occupation fully responsible for any repercussions. “What is happening in the Aqsa Msoque in terms of sealing it off and besieging Palestinian worshippers inside it is indeed a new Israeli crime aiming at paving the way to destroy the Mosque and to rebuild the alleged Third Temple on its ruins”, asserted Resheq from the Libyan capital Tripoli as he participated in the Libyan celebration of the Fateh of September revolution…

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