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URUK Net 6 October, 2009

Last updated: Friday, October 9, 2009 12:35

Afghanistan: Eight Years and Counting
By Dennis Loo
October 6, 2009 – Eight years ago, on Oct. 7, 2001, the U.S. launched a war upon Afghanistan. What have eight years of war and occupation accomplished? Government corruption is so rife and pervasive that even the U.S. State Department has condemned it. The recent elections are still being contested because of massive fraud. War and drug lords are part of the government. Afghanistan is near the worst in the world in poverty rates, life expectancy, unemployment, child mortality, and lack of human rights. It remains, however, number one in opium production. Thousands of Afghans have been killed and millions continue to be refugees – either within Afghanistan or driven to other nations. Large gatherings of people, including wedding and dinner parties, are considered legitimate targets by the US military for bombing…

The results of this are predictable: Afghan anger and growing rage at the U.S.

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News Bulletin from “ Liberated & Democratic” Iraq.
Layla Anwar, An Arab Woman Blues
October 6, 2009 – Brief news here. – As predicted the wave of arrests has spread, after Mosul and Tikrit, to Anbar, Diyala, Abu Ghraib and Baghdad. No numbers given. – In Kirkuk mounting violent attacks against the Christian community. The archbishop L.Zakho has made yet another appeal for government protection and he said “ We have no militias like the government parties to protect us. Is this violent intimidation happening to scare us off and force us into exile ? “ … – and last but not least, a wee bit of gossip. Al-Maliki’s son is bidding to buy/construct a 26 Million dollar hotel in some Arab capital. Where did he get the money from ? Someone should ask his daddy…

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IRAQ’S ORPHANS – APPEAL.
Layla Anwar, An Arab Woman Blues
October 6, 2009 – Fellow Iraqi blogger Wafaa’ Al-Natheema, will be on her second round of fund raising campaign for Iraqi orphans. For those of you who live in the U.S, it would be great it you can join her in her fund raising walk or make a donation and spread the word…For those outside the U.S you still can make a donation for Iraq’s orphans. This is the least you can do for the 5 Million Iraqi orphans since 2003, year of Iraq’s “liberation”…

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Baha Mousa witness tells of abuse by British soldiers
Iraqi claims he was forced to drink urine and had his head pushed down a toilet
Richard Norton-Taylor
October 6, 2009 – An Iraqi detainee said today he was forced to drink the urine of British soldiers and described how his head was pushed down a toilet. The claims were made in a written statement by a witness, identified only as D005, at the public inquiry into the death in British custody of Baha Mousa, a Basra hotel receptionist, in September 2003. “I recall a soldier urinated on me,” he said. “I could feel the urine seeping through my hood and running down my arms.” He added that a container was then placed on to his mouth. The witness, the son of the then owner of the Ibn al-Haitham hotel in Basra, said in his statement that a British soldier forced his head “into the hole at the base of the toilet where the waste goes. The stench from the toilet was unbearable.” The statement was signed in June…

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Buying Off the Palestinian Authority
How Israel Buried the UN’s War Crime Probe
By JONATHAN COOK
October 6, 2009 – Israel celebrated at the weekend its success at the United Nations in forcing the Palestinians to defer demands that the International Criminal Court investigate allegations of war crimes committed by Israel during its winter assault on the Gaza Strip. The about-turn, following furious lobbying from Israel and the United States, appears to have buried the damning report of Judge Richard Goldstone into the fighting, which killed some 1,400 Palestinians, most of them civilians. Israeli diplomats suggested on Sunday that Washington had promised the Palestinian Authority, in return for delaying an inquiry, that the United States would apply “significant pressure” on Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, to move ahead on a diplomatic process when the US envoy, George Mitchell, arrives in the region tomorrow…

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Iran closes leading newspapers
Aljazeera.net
October 6, 2009 – Iran has shut down three daily newspapers critical of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the president, according to reports by state-run news agencies. While no reason was given, the newspapers had been considered sympathetic towards those protesting over Ahmadinejad’s disputed re-election in June. The papers closed on Tuesday were Tahlil Rooz (Day’s Analysis) in the southern city of Shiraz, and two of the most influential reformist newspapers Farhang Ashdi (Culture of Reconciliation) and Arman (Ideals) published in the capital, Tehran…

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On Guantánamo, Lawmakers Reveal They Are Still Dick Cheney’s Pawns
Andy Worthington
October 6, 2009 – I like to believe that, despite studying Guantánamo for four years, I still have a sense of humor, but last Thursday I lost it, after 258 members of the House of Representatives (including 88 members of President Obama’s own party) voted for an idiotic, paranoid and unjust motion proposed by Rep. Hal Rogers (R-Ken.), which was designed to “Prohibit the transfer of GITMO prisoners, period” (those were his exact words). Just 163 Representatives voted against the motion, which, as JURIST described it, also supports “adding Guantánamo detainees to the federal ‘no fly’ list, and adopting Senate language forbidding the release of photos showing detainee abuse.”…

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NY Times Whines That ‘Rethink Afghanistan’ Film is Not “Balanced”
Jeremy Scahill
October 6, 2009 – Perhaps more than any other major corporate news outlet, The New York Times played a central role in promoting the Bush administration’s fraudulent case for the invasion and occupation of Iraq. The “reporting” of Judith Miller and Michael Gordon basically served as a front-page fiction laundering factory for Dick Cheney’s fantasy of a “mushroom cloud” threat from Saddam Hussein looming on the immediate horizon, topped off with a celebratory slice of yellowcake…

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Unicef details severe child sex abuse in rich nations
AFP
October 6, 2009 – SOME five per cent of boys and up to 10 per cent of girls in rich nations suffer from severe sexual abuse during childhood, the UN Children’s Fund says. Up to three times that proportion experience some form of sexual abuse in industrialised countries, a Unicef report on child protection adds, citing a study in the medical journal The Lancet. “It is estimated that throughout the course of their childhood, five to 10 per cent of girls and up to five per cent of boys suffer penetrative sexual abuse,” the Progress for Children report says…

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Disabled in Israel forced to beg in Gaza
Xinhua
October 6, 2009 – – Since he fell from seven stories at a construction site in Israel 11 years ago, Fadel Abu Alqumsan has been left disabled and unable to work, but a comprehensive disability allowance from the Israeli National Insurance Institute(NII) kept him going. Despite the serious accident that left him crippled and in need of regular treatment, the 47-year-old father of three children from Jabalia Camp in northern Gaza could still pay for his children’s education and live a relatively normal life. But that all changed last January, when his allowance and that of the remaining 650 Gazans receiving similar occupation injuries benefits was stopped abruptly, without any explanations…

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Review: Darwish, between the national and the human
Raymond Deane
October 6, 2009 – … Israel’s 2006 onslaught on Lebanon, and one longer poem, “Iraq’s night is long,” recalling the declamatory passion that made his reputation 40 years earlier. Once again the nationalist will feel affronted, as Darwish’s love for Palestine was matched by his impatience with the vanity of Palestinian politics. He was devastated by Hamas’ electoral victory in 2006 but also by the West’s refusal to accept it, and above all by the ensuing Palestinian infighting. In exasperation he asks, “What do we need the narcissus for, since we are Palestinians?” (”From now on you are somebody else”). The Palestinians will become a people, he concludes, “when a writer can look up at the stars without saying: ‘our country is loftier and more beautiful!’ / … when the morality police protect a prostitute from being beaten up in the streets. / … when the Palestinian only remembers his flag on the football pitch, … and on the day of the Nakba” (”If we want to”). That he thus excepts the Palestinian catastrophe of 1948, however, leaves no doubt concerning his loyalties…

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Hamas police: Abbas aides could be arrested if they enter Gaza
Ma’an News
October 6, 2009 – Hamas-backed police in the Gaza Strip threatened to arrest anyone involved in the deferral of international action on the United Nations report on war crimes in Gaza on Tuesday. Police official Rafiq Abu Hani said during a Gaza news conference that if anyone linked to the decision to reverse the Palestinian Authority’s (PA) support for Judge Richard Goldstone’s report enters the Strip, they could be arrested. He said this could happen even if Hamas signs a unity deal with Fatah, which controls the PA in the West Bank.

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Sex and security in Afghanistan
By David Isenberg
October 6, 2009 – A report by the Washington, DC, Project on Government Oversight recently released publicly tells of the wild naked antics of members of ArmorGroup (AG), which has a United States State Department contract to provide security for the US Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan. Hardly mentioned is the use of local bordellos by some contractors. It took a lawsuit filed on September 9 by James Gordon, a former ArmorGroup director of operations, and subsequent whistleblower, against ArmorGroup North America and associated defendants – ArmorGroup International (AGI), Wackenhut Services Inc (WSI), and various management individuals – to bring details to light…

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Jewish Appeal to Support the Goldstone Report
Salem-News
October 6, 2009 – The primary author of the recently released UN Report on Gaza, the internationally respected jurist Richard Goldstone, has been attacked by establishment voices within the Jewish community. When those within a community try to “excommunicate” and dishonor a truth-teller, it is our obligation and responsibility to speak out vehemently on their behalf and on behalf of the truth they bring. By all accounts, Judge Goldstone, who has a deep connection to Israel, approached his task with no pre-conceptions about what he and his team would find as they investigated the circumstances and aftermath of the Israeli attack on Gaza…

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Video: Palestinian anger at Abbas
Aljazeera.net
October 6, 2009 – Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, is facing a growing backlash over the postponement of a vote on a UN report that criticises Israel for the Gaza war. The report by Richard Goldstone, a South African judge, blamed both the Israeli military and Palestinian fighters for war crimes during Israel’s offensive on the Gaza Strip between December and January, but it was more critical of Israeli troops for “targeting and terrorising civilians”…

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The demise of the dollar
By Robert Fisk
October 6, 2009 – In the most profound financial change in recent Middle East history, Gulf Arabs are planning – along with China, Russia, Japan and France – to end dollar dealings for oil, moving instead to a basket of currencies including the Japanese yen and Chinese yuan, the euro, gold and a new, unified currency planned for nations in the Gulf Co-operation Council, including Saudi Arabia, Abu Dhabi, Kuwait and Qatar. Secret meetings have already been held by finance ministers and central bank governors in Russia, China, Japan and Brazil to work on the scheme, which will mean that oil will no longer be priced in dollars…

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While on Their Way to Worship: Israeli Crimes against the Palestinian People
Michael Gillespie, contributing editor The Independent Monitor
October 6, 2009 – The Palestinians in this video were on their way to worship. This is what the Israeli occupation looks like on a good day, when it’s on its best behavior, while Israeli B’Tselem peace activists are on the scene with their video cameras running. They herd the old women like they were cattle. The men and boys they haul off to God knows where for God knows what purposes and for God knows how long. And that’s on a good day. When the cameras aren’t around, the so-called Israel Defense Force uses Palestinian children for target practice. The most common cause of death among children in the illegally Occupied Palestinian Territories is gunshot wound. American tax dollars fund this horror. Every day. The U.S. government provides generous diplomatic, military, and economic support for any and all of Israel’s black letter law war crimes and crimes against humanity. Every day…

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Several injured by Israeli shelling in Gaza
Ma’an News
October 6, 2009 – Several people were injured by Israeli shelling east of Gaza City on Tuesday afternoon, witnesses and medics said. Witnesses said seven artillery shells landed near a Palestinian security installation close to the Ash-Shujaiyyah neighborhood, near the Green Line border with Israel. The director of Emergency Services in the Health Ministry in Gaza, Muawiya Hassanein said ambulances raced to the site of the shelling to evacuate a number of wounded people…

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Iraq Vote on Pullout Put on Back Burner
By GINA CHON
October 6, 2009 — Iraqi politicians say they have put aside for the time being any plans to push for a referendum on the U.S.-Iraqi security pact governing the American troop pullout here. The threat of a referendum had clouded U.S. withdrawal plans. If Iraqi voters were given a chance to vote on the deal some U.S. officials feared they would reject it, forcing an accelerated U.S. withdrawal…

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Palestinian unity deal in jeopardy
Aljazeera.net
October 6, 2009 – Fatah has accepted Egypt’s invitation for Palestinian factions to sign a reconciliation agreement this month. But rival Hamas says Fatah leader Mahmoud Abbas’s smothering of a UN report on Israel’s Gaza war conduct could prove fatal for any unity deal. Ahmed Abul Gheit, Egypt’s foreign minister, told a joint press conference in Jordanian capital Amman on Monday that Cairo would host talks between Palestinian factions on October 25 “before signing a reconciliation agreement on October 26"…

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Truck Bomb Kills 9 in Western Iraq
By Anthony Shadid
October 6, 2009 – A pickup truck piled with explosives blew up in front of a restaurant frequented by Iraqi police near Fallujah on Tuesday, killing nine people and wounding dozens more in the second attack in as many days in western Iraq. After the bombing, a curfew was imposed on Amiriyah, about 10 miles south of Fallujah, a town once synonymous with Iraq’s insurgency that has largely quieted in past years. Residents and police, though, have warned that violence seems to be worsening lately in Fallujah and other towns along the Euphrates River that stretch west of Baghdad…

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