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URUK Net 20 October, 2009

Last updated: Thursday, October 22, 2009 13:01

A Dividing Gap…
Layla Anwar, Uncensored Arabwomanblues
October 20, 2009 – You have destroyed EVERYTHING in Iraq. Every aspect, every home, every neighborhood, every school, every library, every bridge, every building, every worship place, every hospital, every museum, every market, every fiber… But being the stupid dumb people that you are, you immediately think, about concrete and matter…you can’t even think deeper than matter…being the sick fucks that you are. I repeat – You have destroyed EVERYTHING in Iraq. Gee, what does destroy mean ? yes, go ahead scratch your heads…and wonder what destroy means… Yes, Iraq worse than a Hiroshima…Worse than a Hiroshima where our women today are too scared to get pregnant from fear of giving birth to deformed babies looking like monsters…and this is for GENERATIONS TO COME. But you like it that way…you like it when we don’t reproduce…

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Video: Civilians Killed in Pakistan Offensive
The number no one’s counting
Alan Fisher
October 20, 2009 – Exclusive pictures obtained by Al Jazeera show the damage the war in South Waziristan has brought to the town of Saroragha, which sits close to the Afghan border. The pictures are too gruesome to show. The charred bodies lie under a makeshift shroud. Someone near the camera holds up an identity card – giving one corpse a name, a history, a dignity that’s now been stolen. Nearby, the covered body of a child, no more than five or six. A victim of a battle the child didn’t know even existed. In this place, at least four people have been killed. The figure could be higher. The army knows how many men it’s lost. Every day it gives new figures for the number of Taliban it claims it’s killed. But no-one seems to know how many innocent civilians are being killed in this conflict. Exclusive pictures obtained by Al Jazeera show the damage the war in South Waziristan has brought to the town of Saroragha, which sits close to the Afghan border. These are the first images images of what’s happening inside South Waziristan…

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The Palestine-Israel conflict, Obama’s capitulation and a couple of misfits
Stuart Littlewood
October 20, 2009 – This year’s traditional “silly season” has been… well, exceptionally silly. We’ve seen Netanyahu make an exhibition of himself in front of the UN with his ignorance of justice and utter disrespect for his neighbours. He may have impressed certain adoring Western leaders but he didn’t fool the rest of us. We’ve seen The Most Powerful Man in the World meekly cave in to Netanayahu’s desire to carry on building illegal settlements and screwing up any hopes of peace. Darling Bibi must be allowed to pursue his wrecking tactics with impunity. In less than a year in office, President Obama has lost all credibility in the Middle East, and for this and other blunders he is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize – the ultimate daftness…

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Israel Wants International War Laws to Be Changed
Pravda.Ru
October 20, 2009 – Tuesday Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu instructed his government to draft an initiative to amend the international laws of war after the Goldstone report on its war in Gaza. The security cabinet did not, however, discuss calls made by ministers for an internal investigation into the 22-day offensive at the turn of the year that killed some 1,400 Palestinians and 13 Israelis, an official told AFP…

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Settlers attack Palestinian family in Sheikh Jarrah, injure seven
International Solidarity Movement (ISM)
October 20, 2009 – The settlers who have recently occupied the house of the Gawi family, forcefully evicted from their home in Sheikh Jarrah on 2 August 2009, launched an attack today on the Palestinians camping outside. According to local sources, seven Palestinians were injured and four arrested. The attack started between 8 and 8.30pm, when a driver of a lorry delivering furniture to the occupied house, accompanied by four settlers, attacked a five year old boy from the Gawi family who was playing nearby. The settlers then attacked a small tent where the Gawi family have been living since the eviction. The tent was full of mainly women and children at that time. A Palestinian woman who was hit hard by the driver had to be taken to hospital. A fight broke out immediately, involving at least 15 settlers. Several members of the family sustained light injuries and a 15-year old girl from the neighbourhood was hit by a falling TV as the settlers managed to tear down the tent…

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Three Cheers for the War Dividend
Tom Engelhardt & Jo Comerford
October 20, 2009 – So you thought the Pentagon was already big enough? Well, what do you know, especially with the price of the American military slated to grow by at least 25% over the next decade? Forget about the butter. It’s bad for you anyway. And sheer military power, as well as the money behind it, assures the country of a thick waistline without the cholesterol. So, let’s sing the praises of perpetual war. We better, since right now every forecast in sight tells us that it’s our future. The tired peace dividend tug boat left the harbor two decades ago, dragging with it laughable hopes for universal health care and decent public education. Now, the mighty USS War Dividend is preparing to set sail. The economic weather reports may be lousy and the seas choppy, but one thing is guaranteed: that won’t stop it…

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Yemen: UN concerned about ‘children on brink of death’
James Reinl
October 20, 2009 – The UN envoy Mahmoud Kabil expressed his anguish at children languishing “on the brink of death” in northern Yemen’s camps for displaced people, amid continued violence between government and rebel forces. Mr Kabil, 54, an Egyptian actor, who most recently starred in Youm El Karama, or Dignity Day, visited al Mazrak camp in Hajjah, about 20km from the centre of hostilities in Sa’ada, during a three-day visit to the Arabian peninsula’s poorest country. “I saw children on the brink of death due to acute malnutrition and dehydration. I have never seen such a sight since I became Unicef regional goodwill ambassador in 2003. Not when I was in Darfur five years back, or anywhere in this region.”..

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Karzai agrees to November run-off
RIA Novosti
October 20, 2009 – Afghan President Hamid Karzai gave in to international pressure on Tuesday and agreed to take part in a second round of elections on November 7, election authorities said. In agreeing to the November run-off against former Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah, Karzai accepted the findings of the UN-backed Electoral Complaints Commission’s probe into the August 20 polls, the subject of wide-scale allegations of fraud…

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Attorney Reports Human Rights Abuses of GI Resisters
Dahr Jamail
October 20, 2009 – Attorneys and veteran’s groups are alarmed by recent reports that two US Army soldiers imprisoned at the Fort Lewis Regional Correctional Facility (RCF) have been subjected to human rights abuses and violations of their constitutional rights. Travis Bishop, who has served a tour of duty in Iraq and is now recognized by Amnesty International as a “Prisoner of Conscience,” resisted deployment to Afghanistan. The other soldier, Leo Church, recently went absent without leave (AWOL) from his unit in order to prevent his family from going homeless…

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Peru Will Hold Torturers Accountable: Why Can’t the U.S. Do the Same?
Allison Kilkenny
This story is interesting for two reasons. First, it’s a disturbing example of “corporate torture” where a powerful corporation, in this case a mining company called Monterrico Metals, operates under such a wide umbrella of immunity that the corporation’s managers feel they can justifiably torture workers without fear of one day being forced to pay restitution to their victims. Peruvian protesters say police, who they claim were being directed by the mine’s managers, sprayed noxious substances in their faces before they were hooded, beaten with sticks, and whipped. Two female protesters say they were sexually assaulted and threatened with rape. Certainly, Monterrico Metals deserves to be held accountable for its managers’ actions if these allegations are true. Second, this story is important because it shows a willingness on Peru’s part to seek accountability for this example of corporate torture, while the U.S. government continues to skirt, and in some cases avoid, prosecuting high-level officials responsible for torture at Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib…

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Obama is Only Making It Worse
Farce in Kabul, Tragedy in Pakistan
Tariq Ali
October 20, 2009 – …While the farce plays out in Kabul, in neighbouring Pakistan the situation has become more deadly. The Zardari government (effectively run by the US Ambassador Anne W. Patterson) has ordered the Pakistan Army to wipe out the Taliban in South Waziristan near the Afghan border. This, too, will fail. More innocents will die, more refugees will be created adding to the two million ‘internally displaced persons’ already living in camps. The result will be a bitter legacy, fuelling hatred and revenge attacks in the region and, ominously, creating further tensions inside the Pakistan Army…

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Syria’s Golan Heights: Can International law forestall a Golanian intifada?
Pressure increasing on Syria’s government to retake the Heights by force
Franklin Lamb
October 20, 2009 – Nationals from nearly one-third of the 192 member states of the United Nations met in Damascus last week to discuss the Return/Liberation of the Golan Heights. An estimated 5000 researchers, Lawyers, politicians, activists, victims of Israel’s 42 years of occupation, students and members of the public, attended the opening event in Qunaitra, the Golan capital city, which in a frenzy of frustration at being forced to return the city it had occupied since 1967 (Comment: think Gaza 2005), the Israeli ordered bulldozed, shelled, and booby trapped by its retreating forces as Qunaitra was surrendered to Syria. The Conference heard the likes of former US Attorney General Ramsey Clark argue that the International community and rules of International law could not be clearer in requiring the full return of the 1,860 sq. meters of the Syrian territory, despite Israeli claims over the years of ‘border irregularities’. As the International Court of Justice declared in the Burkin Faso and Malie cases, two former French colonies, the frontier existing at the moment of independence, which Syria achieved in April 1946, is frozen like a snapshot taken at the exact moment of Independence…

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Waziristan Displaced Crave for Help
By Aamir Latif, IOL Correspondent
October 20, 2009 – More than 100,000 Pakistanis have fled their homes in the restive Waziristan region because of the ongoing fierce fighting between the army and Taliban fighters, many craving for help and attention. “We have been waiting in the queue for hours but still I don’t know when my turn will come,” Jamal Khan, 43, told IslamOnline.net outside a registration center at Azam kot, a suburban small town of Tank district…

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Afghan president’s web site removes embarrassing Ahmadinejad congratulations
homylafayette
October 20, 2009 – Hamid Karzai conceded in a press conference hours ago that he did not win the Afghan presidential election and must now participate in a runoff against his main rival, Abdullah Abdullah, on November 7. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had been the only world leader to congratulate Karzai on his supposed victory in the first round of the election on September 18. Though a search of the Afghan presidential web site still returns a result entitled ‘President Ahmadinejad congratulates President Karzai on Re-election’ (see above), the post itself appears to have been removed…

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ISRAEL CENSORSHIP EXPOSED
Irish4Palestine
October 20, 2009 – This is WAY too funny! Israel, the GREAT “so called” Democracy in the Middle East ranks alongside Iran for freedom of the press. Story below. Wow, Israel is having such a crappy time lately, what with all the war crimes listed in the Goldstone report, then the Zionist AIPAC spies in America, then there was the Rabbis in New Jersey doing the money laundering and stealing body parts for Israel, then there was the UN Draft Resolution passed, then there was yet ANOTHER Zionist spy caught in America, and now this…

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Press freedom declines in Iran, Israel
CBCNews
October 20, 2009 – Iran and Israel both drew harsh criticism for their treatment of journalists in 2009 from the press watchdog group Reporters Without Borders. Iran’s ranking fell precipitously in the wake of postelection protests that created what Reporters without Borders called “regime paranoia about journalists and bloggers.”… Israel sank to 93rd in the ranking, behind other Middle Eastern countries such as Kuwait and Lebanon, because of its restrictions on press freedom during the assault on Gaza. Reporters Without Borders noted widespread military censorship, five arrests and three imprisonments of journalists and a climate of intimidation. In the Gaza Strip, 20 journalists in the Gaza Strip were injured by the Israeli military forces and three were killed while covering the offensive…

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Human rights defender’s detention without charge enters second month
Press release, Addameer and Stop the Wall
October 20, 2009 – On Monday 19 October 2009, a court hearing at Salem military court, in the northern West Bank, extended Mohammad Othman’s detention period for another 11 days. It has been 29 days now since human rights defender Mohammad Othman was arrested at the Allenby Bridge Border Crossing between Jordan and the West Bank. Mohammad, who volunteers with the Grassroots Stop the Wall Campaign, was on his way back to Ramallah from an advocacy tour in Norway, during which he was engaged in a number of speaking events and meetings with government officials…

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Palestinian Olives
Mazin Qumsiyeh
October 20, 2009 – .. My thoughts wonder to the Palestinians who lost their olive groves to the colonial settlement activity (over 1 million trees have been uprooted). The picture of the old women hugging her tree that was being cut by the Israeli occupiers flashes through my mind. I am reminded of my deceased father during such time. I feel at peace with the sorrow and anger overwhelmed by emotions of gratitude and serenity under the old olive trees. The olive harvest is after all a ritual that borders on an act of worship (and maybe it is). The stimulation of our senses during the harvest is hard to describe. It is not just the invigorating smells of the olive leaves and whiffs of olive oil but the shape and feel of each olive as our hands comb the tree like a mother combing her daughters hair, the sight of beloved ones tending the same tree before moving to the next..

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Child died in Gaza due to the siege, death toll reaches 360
Ghassan Bannoura
October 20, 2009- A Palestinian child was announced dead on Tuesday as he was prevented from leaving the Gaza Strip to get life saving medical care he needed. Doctors reported that Tamer Al Sakanni, 13 years old, was suffering from cancer and needed urgent care outside Gaza but the Israeli military refused to grant the boy permission…

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Olmert visit sparks Palestine movement at US university
Emily Ratner writing from New Orleans, US
October 20, 2009 – On 13 October, Tulane University, an elite university in the southern United States, hosted former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert as a featured speaker. Forced from office due to corruption charges and under indictment in his own country, Olmert’s speaking engagements at respected American universities should at the very least raise questions as to the propriety of such events. That he and members of his military and political cabinet have been accused of war crimes during the 2006 Israeli invasion of Lebanon and last winter’s invasion of Gaza requires people of good conscience to raise their voices in dissent. In response to his visit, a coalition of students, teachers, activists and community members — Muslims, Jews, Christians, Palestinians and their allies — rallied in opposition and protest inside and outside the event. Despite much hostility, they also found a great deal of support and more momentum for their organizing efforts…

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Protester assails Blair in Palestinian mosque
Reuters
October 20, 2009 – Bodyguards subdued a Palestinian man on Tuesday as he approached Middle East envoy Tony Blair, shouting “You are a terrorist.” The former British prime minister was verbally assailed while visiting an ancient mosque during an official trip to the West Bank city of Hebron. The protester, carrying a bag, was backed into a corner by guards who tried to shut him up. “He is not welcome in the land of Palestine,” the struggling man shouted…

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The Deceit of Depleted Uranium Use in Afghanistan: Part 2 – The Vital Evidence
Peter Eyre
October 20, 2009 – his final part of the deceit story will prove for the first time that weapons containing uranium components are used in Afghanistan despite US and NATO denial. US F-15E loaded with potential DU weapons. We saw this same denial in the Balkans, Kuwait and Iraq. Eventually hard evidence revealed the truth and the military backed down. A massive PR exercise is then launched to play down its usage. Independent experts have since carried out test in Afghanistan and revealed the excessive use of weapons containing uranium components at a much greater level than used in Iraq…

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Reading Blues…
Layla Anwar, An Arab Woman Blues
October 20, 2009 – There was a very short documentary on Al-Babeliya Iraqi Sat TV on the state of the schools in Baghdad, its suburbs and in some of the villages…Good God, I could not believe my eyes ! What happened to our schools ? What happened to the Iraq that UNESCO gave a prize to for offering one of the best educational systems in the Middle East ? What happened to us ? I had not seen it so bad. Not even during the sanction years when even pencils were forbidden… There is no more education in Iraq. That is the blatant truth. The short documentary filmed a couple of schools, I was aghast. There are no more playgrounds, the schools are littered with garbage, there is absolutely no water, there is no electricity, the windows are all broken, there are no toilets, the schools are totally dilapidated. Some schools did not even have a blackboard !…

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250 suicide attempts since the beginning of 2009
Suicide rates in Palestine highest ever
Ola al-Madhoun
October 20 – Suicide rates have reached unprecedented levels in Palestine as economic conditions keep deteriorating and political solutions seem more distant than ever. According to a report issued by the Ramallah police Planning and Research Department, there have been 250 suicide attempts since the beginning of 2009 with eight deaths. In the Gaza Strip, there were 95 attempts and seven deaths. Suicide attempts mostly prevail amongst the young, especially amongst those under 21 years old, said Saber Khalifa, spokesman for the Hamas police in the Gaza strip. “The deplorable conditions in which Palestinians live are the main reason,” he told Al Arabiya. “What they have been through since the war on Gaza can not to be downplayed.”…

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Pentagon scientist was leaking classified information
US arrests American scientist spying for Israel
AlArabiya
October 20, 2009 – A leading American scientist who had worked for the White House and NASA was arrested by the United States authorities late on Monday and charged with attempted spying for Israel. Stewart Nozette, 52, was apprehended after a sting operation involving an undercover FBI agent, the Department of Justice said, adding that there was no wrongdoing by Israel. He is charged with “attempted espionage for knowingly and willfully attempting to communicate, deliver, and transmit classified information relating to the national defense of the United States to an individual that Nozette believed to be an Israeli intelligence officer.”…

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An Admirable Summation
Arthur Silber
October 20, 2009 – On the topic of lesser evilism, there’s one thing that’s now certain: Obama is worse than his predecessor. It’s possible that McCain would have managed to be even worse. It’s possible he would have had a stroke and President Palin would be in charge. Again, so what? A crank and a loon could as easily have managed to accidentally make things better. What we have now is a bright, rational, thoroughly competent man who is continuing the very same policies that made Cheney/Bush so damaging. He does it in complete sentences, without the twitching and unnerving irritability of the last president. The lurid freak show is outsourced to Biden…

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Depleted Uranium Weapons: The Dead Babies in Iraq and Afghanistan Are No Joke
October 20, 2009 – The horrors of the US Agent Orange defoliation campaign in Vietnam, about which I wrote on Oct. 15, could ultimately be dwarfed by the horrors caused by the depleted uranium weapons which the US began using in the 1991 Gulf War (300 tons), and which it has used much more extensively—and in more urban, populated areas—in the Iraq War and the now intensifying Afghanistan War. Depleted uranium, despite its rather benign-sounding name, is not depleted of radioactivity or toxicity. The term “depleted” refers only to its being depleted of the U-235 isotope needed for fission reactions in nuclear reactors…

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Egypt seizes goods intended for Gaza
Ma’an News
October 20, 2009 – Egyptian security forces seized a shipment of civilian goods intended to be smuggled into Gaza Strip on Monday a security official said. The source said Egyptian forces acted on a tip and raided a warehouse in an olive grove across from the Brazil Neighborhood in Palestinian Rafah.
The official said four trucks loaded with goods were seized…

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A Limited, Modified Pullout From Afghanistan
Et Tu, Codepink?
By SHARON SMITH
October 20, 2009 – Eight years into the war on Afghanistan — and with no end in sight — seems a peculiar time for antiwar activists to claim that U.S. forces need to stay there even longer for the sake of the Afghan people. Yet Yifat Susskind, Communications Director for the human rights organization MADRE, recently argued on CommonDreams.org, “’Bring the Troops Home’ is a bumper sticker, not a policy.”She continued, “For MADRE, U.S. obligations stem from the fact that Afghanistan’s poverty, violence against women, and political corruption are, in part, results of U.S. policy over the past 30 years.” CODEPINK co-founders Medea Benjamin and Jodie Evans began arguing for a “responsible” withdrawal after their recent visit to Afghanistan, which focused on discovering Afghan women’s attitudes toward the U.S. occupation. While there, they met with a hand picked group of politically connected Afghan women that included President Karzai’s sister-in-law, Wazhma Karzai…

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Video: Life in Gaza
AlJazeeraEnglish
October 20, 2009 – Munzer al-Dayyeh is a 40-year-old mechanic living in Gaza. And while the effects of war and ongoing siege may be good for his business, he can’t manage to secure medical treatment for his disabled children. An insight into an ordinary Gazan man struggling to make a living and to find a solution for his family in the difficulties of the Gaza Strip…

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Goldstone rejects Israel protests
BBC News
October 20, 2009 – UN human rights investigator Richard Goldstone has rejected Israel’s claim that the peace process would be harmed by his report on the offensive in Gaza. Judge Goldstone said there was no peace process at present and Israel’s foreign minister did not want there to be one…

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Israel, U.S. to start joint air defense exercises
RIA Novosti
October 20, 2009 – Israel and the United States will start large-scale joint air defense drills on Wednesday, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) reported Tuesday. The Juniper Cobra 10 maneuvers, to involve 1,000 servicemen from each country, are being held for the fifth time. Despite recent tensions with Iran over its nuclear program, the IDF said the drills were “not a response to any world…events.”

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The level of poverty in America is even worse than first believed
Revised formula puts 1 in 6 Americans in poverty.
By HOPE YEN, Associated Press Writer
October 20, 2009 – The level of poverty in America is even worse than first believed. A revised formula for calculating medical costs and geographic variations show that approximately 47.4 million Americans last year lived in poverty, 7 million more than the government’s official figure. The disparity occurs because of differing formulas the Census Bureau and the National Academy of Science use for calculating the poverty rate. The NAS formula shows the poverty rate to be at 15.8 percent, or nearly 1 in 6 Americans, according to calculations released this week. That’s higher than the 13.2 percent, or 39.8 million, figure made available recently under the original government formula…

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Roadside Bomb Kills US Soldier in Northern Iraq
Associated Press
October 20, 2009 – The U.S. military says an American solider has been killed and two others were wounded when a roadside bomb detonated near their vehicle in northern Iraq. The military says the Multi-National Division-North soldier was killed on Monday. Two others were wounded in the attack that occurred in Iraq’s northern Ninevah province…

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Meetings move Iraq closer to next oil field auction
By BEN LANDO
October 20, 2009 – Representatives from 44 of the world’s largest oil companies have concluded two-day meetings here with the Iraqi Oil Ministry, hashing out a rough draft of the contract on which the companies will base their bids for 10 oil projects in December. Iraq hopes to raise oil output from just under 2.5 million barrels per day (bpd) now to 6 million bpd within seven years by bringing in billions of dollars in foreign oil company investment, partnered with Iraqi state oil companies…

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US steps up pressure on Karzai over Afghan vote fraud
By Bill Van Auken
October 2009 – An increasingly heated controversy over the rigged election in Afghanistan and the credibility of Washington’s puppet, President Hamid Karzai, has intensified the crisis in Washington over the planned escalation of the war in that country. It was revealed Monday that a United Nations-backed commission’s audit of ballots in Afghanistan’s August 20 election has confirmed massive fraud on behalf of Karzai, stripping him of his claimed majority…

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Obama’s job creation fraud
Jerry White
October 20, 2009 – Data released last week shows that the Obama administration’s stimulus program has created a pitiful number of jobs, under conditions where 15 million people are out of work and joblessness is at the highest level in a generation. According to the White House web site, recovery.gov, stimulus contracts awarded by federal agencies accounted for only 30,383 new jobs over the last eight months. The $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act was passed last February amid claims by the White House that it would “create or save” 3.5 million jobs over two years. Since its passage, 3.4 million jobs have been wiped out and apologists for the administration have been reduced to arguing that the situation would have been even worse without the stimulus package…

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PA: Settlers torch olive groves near Nablus
Ma’an News
October 20, 2009 – Israeli settlers set fire to 10 dunums of land in a Palestinian village near the West Bank city of Nablus on Monday evening, according to a Palestinian Authority official. Ghassan Doughus, the PA official charged with monitoring settler activity in the northern West Bank, said dozens of settlers from a settlement called Aliyah set fire to olive groves in the village of Labn…

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Afghanistan: anatomy of an election disaster
Jon Boone
October 20, 2009 – For a couple of days last month at a cavernous warehouse in the bleak industrial zone of western Kabul, diplomats, UN officials and election monitors gathered to watch hundreds of ballot boxes being opened and turned out on to the floor. The colleagues from Kabul’s western missions rolled their eyes at each other as they witnessed not a chaotic assortment of marked and folded voting forms tumble out, but entire blocks of ballot papers that had not even been torn off from their book stubs. Others contained surprisingly uniform numbers of ballots all signed in the same hand and with the same pen, and overwhelmingly in favour of a single candidate…

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Karzai vote ‘below 50 per cent’
Aljazeera.net
October 20, 2009 – Hamid Karzai, Afghanistan’s president, is facing a runoff vote after a UN-backed election watchdog recommended that thousands of ballots apparently cast in his favour be scrapped, diplomatic sources have told Al Jazeera.The Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC) published the findings of its long-awaited investigation into poll fraud in Afganistan’s elections on Monday. The report, published on the ECC’s website, called for ballots cast at 210 polling stations during the country’s August 20 polls to be discarded. Sources told Al Jazeera that the move had pushed Karzai’s share of the vote to below 50 per cent, the number needed to avoid a runoff with Abdullah Abdullah, his main rival…

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US presence remains in divided Kirkuk
By Gabriel Gatehouse
October 20, 2009 – With just under three months to go until parliamentary elections in Iraq, attention is focusing on the disputed city of Kirkuk. The area is divided, principally between Arabs and the Kurds, who have their own autonomous region in the north-east of the country. Neither side can agree on who should control it, or indeed how to share the region’s vast oil wealth…

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IF Stone: An Iconic Radical Journalist
Stephen Lendman
October 20, 2009 – Born Isador Feinstein in 1907, his brother Louis said he changed his name at age 30 because “he didn’t want to turn a reader off who might be anti-Semetic, right away, to avoid anti-Semitism in his work.” Most people called him Izzy, and when he died in 1989, biographer DD Guttenplan said “he had (so) transformed (himself) from America’s premiere radical journalist into a respectable icon of his profession” that all four major television networks announced his passing…

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