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URUK Net 4 November, 2009

Last updated: Thursday, November 5, 2009 16:45

Ashkenazi: “Next Battle Likely In Gaza”
Saed Bannoura
November 4, 2009 – Israeli Army Chief of Staff, Gabi Ashkenazi, stated Tuesday that he believes a new war in Gaza is nearing, and that the army is readying to target Qassam launching pads, located in densely populating areas in the Gaza Strip. He said that the army could be fighting in cities, mosques, hospitals, schools and even kindergartens and added that “the enemies want to force us to fight this way”. His statements came during a graduation ceremony for army cadets, and were aired by the Israeli Radio…

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Displaced Iraqis returning home face task of rebuilding lives
United Nations Radio
November 3, 2009 – The International Organization for Migration says displaced Iraqis returning home are faced with a daunting task rebuilding their lives. IOM says most displaced Iraqis who have returned home have been unable to meet basic needs and in some cases their daily struggle has become worse than when they were displaced. Patrick Maigua reports from Geneva. In its latest assessment report on the needs of returned displaced Iraqi’s, the International Organization for Migration says basic supplies such as food and fuel were priority needs, but hard to come by…

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EU and the Israeli War Crimes in Gaza
Kawther Salam
November 3, 2009 – The 25th annual conference of the Arab medical doctors in Europe and the 21st 000_5581aannual conference of the Union of the Austro-Arab medical doctors and pharmacists, held at the Modul Hotel in Vienna, was turned to a political demonstration against the Israeli occupation and its criminal policies against the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip on its first day on October 30, 2009. The conference participants strongly criticized the deal of the European countries with the Israeli criminals and the lack of accountability of Israel in accordance with international laws and conventions which they all have signed…

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Statement from the Socialist students of the universities of Iran Against execution, suppression and the shameless sentences against student activists and the workers’ movement
Socialist Students of Iran, via Revolutionary Road…
November 3, 2009 – The people’s protest movement against dictatorship and the corruption of Islamic socio-political capitalism continues and in various new forms, moment by moment confusing the dictatorship further. At a time when street campaigns are taking place at long intervals, the student movement has entered the battlefield with the start of the new academic year and every day we witness the successive protests and campaigns that from university to university, in the spirit of solidarity with one another and the movement, has gained momentum and mass appeal…

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Maliki says he fears return of Saddam Hussein’s Baath party to power
By Ali Latif
November 3, 2009 – Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is still obsessed with former leader Saddam Hussein and his Baath party despite his decision to have Saddam executed and his party banned for ever. In latest remarks, he is reported to have said that “some regional” states would like to see the Baath party reinstated in power in Iraq. And in almost all his recent media speeches, the Baath party is present. He blames elements belonging to ousted pan-Arab faction for the upsurge in violence, deadly attacks on Iraqi and U.S. troops as well as the latest spate of massive bombings in Baghdad…

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Taliban snubs ‘puppet’ Karzai’s embrace
Nasrat Shoaib , AFP
November 3, 2009 – The Taliban on Tuesday rejected an olive branch extended by Hamid Karzai, ridiculing the Afghan president as a “puppet” of the West, after he was handed another five years in power. In his first public appearance since being declared president for a second term, Karzai reached out to the Islamist militia, which has waged an increasingly virulent insurgency since being toppled from power in 2001. “We call on our Taliban brothers to come home and embrace their land,” Karzai told a news conference a day after organizers declared him the winner of the country’s second presidential election. But his offer was slapped down by the Taliban…The president has repeatedly appealed to the Taliban, offering an amnesty to its fugitive leader Mullah Mohammad Omar, but has made little headway in dividing the shadowy movement’s ranks…

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Break the siege on Gaza, make a pledge today
Palestine Solidarity Campaign
November 3, 2009 – The PSC is organising a contingent on the Viva Palestina Convoy to Gaza, to break the illegal siege on Gaza which has led to 1.5 million people, living under Israeli occupation, facing starvation, deprivation, displacement and ongoing trauma on a horrendous scale. The convoy will be entering on the first anniversary of Israel’s assault to deliver much needed aid for the people of Gaza, and fostering links with Palestinians for solidarity work. Your support is vital to help us break the siege…

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Clinton tells Abbas: either you budge to Israel, or else
By Khalid Amayreh
November 3, 2009 – The latest visit by Secretary of State Hilary Clinton to Occupied Palestine seems to have effectively terminated whatever hopes the Palestinians and other Arabs may have pinned on the Obama administration to adopt an evenhanded approach toward the Arab-Israeli conflict. In his public policy discourse toward the Muslim world, which culminated in his Cairo speech on 4 June, President Obama gave a certain impression that his administration would resist Israeli insolence and arrogance of power and introduce a semblance of fairness into its policy toward the Palestinian issue. Obama also pledged to get Israel to freeze Jewish settlement expansion in the West Bank and East Jerusalem as a precondition for resuming stalled peace talks between the apartheid Israeli regime and the weak Palestinian Authority (PA). Now, it is becoming increasingly clear that all Obama’s assertions and promises were mostly disingenuous rhetoric that is meant for public relations consumption…

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Video: US House rejects Goldstone report
AlJazeeraEnglish
November 3, 2009 – The US House of Representatives has passed a resolution that calls a UN-backed Gaza War crimes report “irredeemably biased.” Largely a symbolic gesture, the non-binding vote urges the Obama administration to oppose any endorsement of Justice Richard Goldstone’s findings…

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Marking The Balfour Declaring, Hamas Calls For Unity, Resistance To Counter The Occupation
Saed Bannoura
November 3, 2009 – Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, issued a press release on Monday calling for unity between all Palestinian factions in order to maintain strong resistance against the occupation and ‘Zionism”. The statements of the movement came on the anniversary of the Balfour Declaration of 1917 in which the government of Britain, occupying Palestine, granted the Jews a ‘homeland in Palestine”. Hamas said that Europe, and specifically Britain, must act as ‘they are morally responsible for this crime against the Palestinian people”…

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Hamas casts vote for peace with eye on polls
By Sami Moubayed, Special to Gulf News
November 3, 2009 – Speaking to a delegation of American doctors visiting the Gaza Strip on October 29, Hamas Prime Minister Esmail Haniya acknowledged an “optimistic mood” in the region, thanks to the Obama Administration. He commended “Obama’s new language” and called for direct dialogue between Hamas and the US — words that sent shockwaves throughout the upper echelons of power in the Fatah-controlled West Bank. Haniya added, “We are for peace [with the Israelis], not against it,” adding that the Palestinians are looking for “real support” from Obama. These strong words — a U-turn on the behalf of Hamas — came shortly after the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) of President Mahmoud Abbas unilaterally announced that it will be holding nationwide elections on January 24, 2010, angering the Hamas leadership that called them “illegal and unconstitutional”…

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Olive farmers suffer through ‘worst harvest in 40 years’
While half of his land in Beit Hanoun was destroyed by Israeli forces in the last war, farmers next to him have nothing left.
By Naser Najja
November 3, 2009 – As Abu Mohammad looks at what remains of his olive trees in the fields bordering Israel, he considers himself lucky when compared to his neighbours. While half of his land in Beit Hanoun was destroyed by Israeli forces in the last war, farmers next to him have nothing left. “Last year I collected four times more olives than I did this year,” the farmer said. “This season I can barely cover the expenses. In the 40 years I’ve been working in the fields I had never had a season as bad as this one.”…

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Somalia: When Is a Pirate Not a Pirate?
Agustín Velloso
November 3, 2009 – Oh, the pirates! What a nice word. It brings us sweet memories from our childhood. Unscrupulous, merciless, astute characters, and today armed with automatic guns. We are longing to see before the High Court in Madrid, Spain, the two Somali pirates captured by our brave Atalanta operatives in the Indian Ocean on 4 October. We have had enough of the corrupt CEOs who sail towards offshore banks. We do not want to hear anymore about the prime ministers who attack and invade faraway countries. What we really want is to see real pirates…

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Israel’s anti-Semitic friends
Tony Greenstein
November 3, 2009 – There can be few supporters of the Palestinians, still less anti-Zionists, who haven’t, at some time or another, been accused of “anti-Semitism.” Accusations that anti-Zionism equals anti-Semitism have become little more than a ritual exercise in defamation. The danger in making such accusations is, to quote the former Director of the Institute of Jewish Policy Research, Antony Lerman, that it “drains the word antisemitism of any useful meaning.” Moreover, its purpose is to discourage criticism of Israel and support of the Palestinians or risk being labeled as anti-Semitic. As I wrote two years ago, “If you cry wolf long and loud enough, when anti-Semitism does raise its head no one will bat an eyelid.”…

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Iraq snapshot – November 3, 2009
The Common Ills
Tuesday, Novemer 3, 2009. Chaos and violence continue, IOM releases a study on internal refugees in Iraq who have returned to their former homes, still no election law in Iraq (and the pretense that Kirkuk is the big hold up continues), a man goes to town on a NYT reporter online so we know the reporter must be a woman, and more…

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Military Resistance 7K3: The Mission
Thomas F Barton
November 3, 2009 – As Iraqi officials work to assign blame for the deadly attacks on the heart of the government on Sunday, concern is rising that a greater security threat may come from within the system in the form of corruption, from the top leadership of ministries down to soldiers who man checkpoints. Money is skimmed off of salaries. Contracts are manipulated and fudged to wring personal profit. Ghost police officers are listed on payrolls so commanders can take the salaries, and other police officers are told they are fired even as commanders continue to take their pay…

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Afghan Resistance Statement Concerning the Cancellation of the Runoff Elections, the American Melodrama
Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan
November 4, 2009 – The cancellation of the run-off elections once again portrayed the fact that decisions about Afghanistan are made in Washington but announced in Kabul. Just two weeks ago, they were accusing the puppet president Hamid Karzai of having widely rigged the votes. They said the votes were fake and not acceptable. But now they declared Karzai as winner on the basis of the same fraudulent votes. Still more, they immediately sent him messages of congratulations from Washington and London. Was he declared as winner on the basis of genuine votes of the Afghans which, in facts, were not available or was it the result of a backroom dealings behind the closed doors? Visits of high-ranking officials from Washington, London and Paris are a good proof of such dealings…

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Abandoned Women – Baghdad’s Widows
Layla Anwar, An Arab Woman Blues
November 4, 2009 – … I was watching a program the other day, and they interviewed a couple of those “black widows”. It’s funny, how the black obliterates all sects, all classes, all backgrounds…it’s funny how black obliterates it all… There was this woman, very beautiful, living in a slum..slum is too nice of a word..her “home” consisted of a few bricks covered with plastic garbage bags, for a roof top… She was a mother of 4. Her husband was tortured and killed by the death squads/militias. She borrowed money and built a little kiosk selling colored balloons…the puppet government’s bulldozers arrived one morning and bulldozed her kiosk, her only income… She said : “ I don’t want anything for myself…but who will feed my kids ? If Maliki is incapable of paying attention to us (widows) then let him leave that golden chair of his, and let someone else take over…I need to feed my kids. “ Another woman was also interviewed, same scene, pools of sewage, mountains of garbage surrounding her “home”, which consisted again of a few bricks covered with plastic for a roof top…

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Taliban claim responsibility for killing five British troops in Afghanistan
Alexandra Topping and Jon Boone in Kabul
November 4, 2009 – The Taliban have claimed responsibility for a gun attack that killed five British soldiers and injured several others in Helmand province, the prime minister, Gordon Brown told the Commons today. The soldiers – three from the Grenadier Guards and two from the Royal Military police – were killed when an Afghan policeman opened fire at a checkpoint in the Nad-e’Ali district yesterday. A manhunt has been launched to find the gunman, who apparently fired without warning, then fled. Another six UK servicemen and two Afghan National Police (ANP) officers were injured…

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Afghan National Police penetrated by Taliban at ‘every level’
By Thomas Harding and James Kirkup
November 4, 2009 – Capt Doug Beattie, who served two tours in Afghanistan working with the ANP, said many police officers are in the paid of insurgents and were more loyal to their tribes than the Afghan government. British officers say that among low-ranking Afghan police, and particularly in more rural areas away from central control, there is widespread corruption and disloyalty. Capt Beattie, who has retired from the Army, said: “It is absolutely right to say that the Afghan police are infiltrated by the Taliban at every level, from the very lowest to the very highest.”..

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The Goldstone Report at the UN General Assembly: States Must Ensure Victim’s Rights and Not Compromise the Rule of Law
Various undersigned
November 4, 2009 – Today, 4 November 2009, the General Assembly will meet to discuss the Report of the UN Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict (the Goldstone Report). A draft Resolution has been presented to the General Assembly for debate, and it is evident that those who claim to speak on behalf of human rights and international law are failing in their mandate. The draft Resolution is a politically motivated compromise, intended to obtain support for a Resolution without substance, one which fails to protect victims’ rights or to pursue accountability. While the draft addresses certain demands, it does not explicitly include operational steps for the implementation of the Recommendations of the Goldstone Report, and absolutely fails to bring remedy and redress to victims…

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Gazans not allowed to rebuild their lives
Rami Almeghari writing from the occupied Gaza Strip
November 4, 2009 – Azzam Salim used to be one of the leading construction contractors in the central Gaza Strip. Today, however, he spends most of his days idly chatting with other unemployed friends near a bank that he helped build several years ago. “As a human first and foremost, I need to live normally like before. This situation is unprecedented — before the siege was enforced here, I didn’t have time to sit. But now things have changed, now we are professional talkers.” What prevents Salim from returning to work is the lack of raw building materials in the Gaza Strip, due to Israel’s crippling Israeli blockade of the territory since June 2007…

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Citizen’s arrest for Israeli ambassador in Nottingham University today
Richard Seymour
November 4, 2009 – You might recall that Nottingham University students were among those who occupied in support of Gaza in January. In response to a visit by the Israeli ambassador, they have issued the following press release: A planned visit to the University of Nottingham campus today by the Israeli Ambassador to the UK, Ron Prosor, has caused widespread dismay and consternation within the university community, notably among the Palestinian and Islamic student body. The visit, during which the ambassador is due to deliver a lecture entitled “Israel’s Search For Peace” is due to take part at 6pm on Wednesday 4th November in the Great Hall of the Trent Building, on the University’s Main Campus…

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Q&A:’This Calm Will Not Last’
Jon Elmer interviews Palestinian icon LEILA KHALED
Jon Elmer
November 4, 2009 – Leila Khaled became an instant icon of the Palestinian struggle in 1969, when at 24 she was an operative in the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine hijacking of a Boeing 707, the first in a series of high-profile actions intended to put the Palestinians on the political map. She was in a group that hijacked a TWA flight from Rome to Athens in 1969. No one was injured in the hijacking, but the plane was blown up later. She was then involved in a hijack attempt of an El Al flight the following year, but was caught and handed over to the British police after the flight from Amsterdam to New York was diverted to London. She was released later in a prisoner exchange…

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FBI knew of CIA torture, considered prosecution
By Tom Eley
November 4, 2009 – Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents witnessed the torture of inmates at secret Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) overseas prisons in 2002, according to documents partially declassified in response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the advocacy group Judicial Watch. In September 2002, the FBI agents saw prisoners chained naked to chairs, “manacled to the ceiling and subjected to blaring music around the clock,” and knew of written orders to CIA agents asking them to compare “How close is each [interrogation] technique to the ‘rack and screw’ “ (an extreme method of torture)…

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New protests in Iran
Guardian
November 4, 2009 – The Iranian opposition movement resumed mass street protests today and faced a violent crackdown by the security forces, as official rallies mark the 30th anniversary of the storming of the US embassy in Tehran. Follow how the day unfolded …

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We’re live blogging from Tehran Streets
Revolutionary Road…
November 4, 2009 – …In Shiraz 20 people were detained, many have been injured and more than 100’s of air bullets have been shot. on 11am wednesday morning, while the state ceremony of the 13th of Aban have ended in Shahcheragh under intense security measures, in Namazi Square and Alam Shiraz many of the security and civil forces are being notices while people masses are in Alam Square and students in Pardis Sq are continuing and all of a sudden they were surrounded by a sudden influx of 50 motorcyle forces with bull masks.Due to the short distance between these two Squares people are being surrounded on both end which caused them to runaway to safety. The civil clothes forces were filming and taking pictures of the scenes and people involved. Meanwhile, many of the students with banners in hand were detained quicky while others were resisting which escalated the conflict. Student slogans ended in air fire and getting beat down by the forces. More than 20 protestors have been arrested by the anti-riot and police force…

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Workers’ wages to fall further, International Labour Organization warns
By Barry Grey
November 4, 2009 – The International Labour Organization (ILO) warned Tuesday that global growth in workers’ real wages, which fell sharply in 2008, will decline even more in 2009, despite what is being touted by governments around the world as an economic recovery. Announcing its “Global Wage Report: 2009 Update,” the United Nations-affiliated agency said “the picture on wages is likely to get worse in 2009.” Its report notes that in half of the 35 countries for which data is available, real monthly wages fell in the first quarter of 2009 compared to their 2008 average, in many case due to reductions in work hours…

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Israel presses campaign against UN Gaza report
AFP
November 4, 2009 — Israel on Wednesday pressed its campaign against a UN report on the Gaza war that accused it of war crimes as the General Assembly prepared to vote on a non-binding resolution on the inquiry. “There is nothing more cynical than this report, which comes from countries known for their violations of human rights,” Israel’s Deputy Defence Minister Matan Vilnai told military radio. “Our army is the most moral in the world,” he said, adding that Israel’s military “will continue to apply its own criteria, regardless of any report.”…

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The “Triumph” of the Progressives
Arthur Silber
November 4, 2009 – …If the progressives (including the online progressive movement) were genuinely intelligent and, more critically, if they actually cared about the issues they so insistently claim to care about, they would have done everything in their power to defeat a bill of the kind that is about to be vomited up by Congress and then signed by Obama, to the screeching accompaniment of hosannas, triumphal cries and endless, interminable bleats of self-congratulation. I tell you now, it will be stomach-churning, and all of it will be a deadly lie…

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Toll rises in Israeli siege on Gaza
Aljazeera.net
November 4, 2009 – The number of Palestinians who have died as a result of the Israeli siege on Gaza has passed 360, a statement released by the health ministry of the deposed Palestinian government in Gaza has said. The statement followed the death of a Palestinian man on Tuesday, who was denied approval to leave the Strip to receive medical treatment abroad. Asaad Ibrahim Mohammad Asfour, 51, who had lung cancer and cancer of the bronchial tubes, is the latest victim of Israel’s siege on Gaza which began in 2007…

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Video: Israel keeps up Palestinian evictions
AljaeeraEnglish
November 4, 2009 – The United Nations, the United States and the European Union have all called on Israel to stop the illegal eviction of Palestinians and the demolition of their homes. Ban Ki-moon, the UN secretary-general, urged Israel to end its “provocative actions” in East Jerusalem, while calling for it to freeze all settlement activity in the occupied West Bank. Despite that, the sight of Palestinians in East Jerusalem being forced out of their homes has become an all too familiar scene…

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UN debates Goldstone report
Aljazeera.net
November 4, 2009 – The United Nations General Assembly is debating a UN-sponsored report which says Israel committed war crimes during its military assault on the Gaza Strip. The Goldstone report, which accuses both Israel and Hamas of war crimes, has already been dismissed by the US House of Representatives as being biaised against Israel. The House on Tuesday voted in favour of a non-binding resolution calling on Barack Obama, the US president, to maintain his opposition to the report, which was written by a panel led by Richard Goldstone, a South African judge…

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Fatah: Hamas bans Arafat rallies in Gaza
Ma’an News
November 4, 2009 – Hamas has banned Fatah activities in the Gaza Strip commemorating the fifth anniversary of the death of late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat next week, Fatah official Abu Shahla said on Wednesday. He told Ma’an that Hamas banned also banned holding a memorial for Fatah leader Sakher Habash who died on Monday in Ramallah…

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Afghan policeman kills five British soldiers
By Peter Griffiths
November 4, 2009 – An Afghan policeman has shot dead five British soldiers at a checkpoint in southern Afghanistan, the defense ministry in London said on Wednesday. The gunman opened fire at a military compound in Helmand province on Tuesday, a day after Afghan election officials canceled a presidential run-off vote and gave President Hamid Karzai a second term in office. British soldiers returned fire, but the policeman escaped and is still at large, a defense ministry spokeswoman said. An investigation into the shooting is under way…

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A protest vigil will be held in Sheikh Jarrah following a settler takeover of a Palestinian home
International Solidarity Movement (ISM)
November 4, 2009 – Wednesday, 4 November 2009 at 7pm: A protest vigil will be held outside the al-Kurd home in Sheikh Jarrah. Following a settler takeover of a Palestinian home in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah, the al-Kurd family and international and Israeli solidarity groups will hold a vigil.

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Abdullah: Karzai victory ‘illegal’
AljazeeraEnglish
November 4, 2009 – Abdullah Abdullah, the Afghan presidential candidate who quit the runoff vote, has described as “illegal” his rival Hamid Karzai’s re-election as the country’s president. Afghanistan’s Independent Election Commission (IEC) declared Karzai the winner on Monday following Abdullah Abdullah’s withdrawal from the November 7 runoff after his conditions for holding “free and fair polling” were not met…

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