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URUK Net 6 November, 2009

Last updated: Sunday, November 8, 2009 10:34

Fort Hood Shootings: Don’t Let Racism Hide Truth
RedBedHead
November 6, 2009 – BY NOW EVERYBODY ON THE PLANET KNOWS about the killing of 12 people and wounding of 31 others at Fort Hood in Texas. There’s no doubt that this is a tragedy for the families and friends of the slain. But from a tragedy like this there will inevitably issue forth a second tragedy – the racist, anti-Muslim hysteria that will follow because the man – Major Nidal Malik Hasan – was from a Palestinian background. And that hysteria – already in evidence in online newspaper comments boxes – will obscure the real issues and the real reasons for this tragedy. Hiding from the truth will only ensure more tragedies like this in the future. So, let’s go through some of the truths…

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Out in the cold
Saleh Al-Naami
Awatef Al-Assar filled bags of sand to hold down the sides of the tent in a failed attempt to stabilise it. Her children still remember how hard she tried to hold on to the pole of the tent that was sheltering her and her family last winter as the winds blew hard to uproot it. Meanwhile, trying to help, her husband was shaking with cold and fear from the thunder outside. Rainwater swamped the tent as their efforts failed and the tent collapsed on the heads of the children. The entire family was forced to seek refuge at a nearby house. Like thousands of others, Al-Assar’s home was destroyed during Israel’s war on the Gaza Strip…

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Dark Glass: Hateful Echoes and Hidden Costs
Chris Floyd
November 6, 2009 – Seventy-one years ago, almost to the very day, a member of a religious minority fatally shot a government official – an act by a troubled individual that was seized upon by hateful minds to set off an orgy of blood and destruction against his co-religionists. While the Ft. Hood shootings will not spark a rerun of Kristallnacht – the anti-semitic pogrom launched by the Nazis after 17-year-old Herschel Grynszpan shot German diplomat Ernst Vom Rath in Paris on Nov. 7, 1938, in retaliation for Nazi depradations against the Jews – the upswelling of racial, ethnic and religious hatred against Muslims and Arabs we will now see in many quarters will ring with ugly echoes. The entire lexicon of Islamophobia is already filled to bursting with Nazi tropes – “the enemy within,” the dark, monolithic mass of “prodigious breeders” threatening to overwhelm Western Civilization, the “maniacal extremists” who will not rest until they destroy the sacred Homeland, the sinister, secret worldwide conspiracy which bribes and suborns Western leaders into doing its bidding, etc. etc…

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America’s old ugly face
Khaled Amayreh
November 6, 2009 – Speaking during a joint press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in West Jerusalem Saturday, 31 October, visiting US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton remarked that Israel was making “unprecedented concessions” on the issue of settlements. “What the prime minister has offered in specifics on restraints on a policy on settlements is unprecedented in the context of negotiations.” She also claimed that a freeze on settlement building had not been a precondition for peace talks in the past…

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Education as “Soft Power”?
Inside the American University of Iraq
By MARK GREUTER
November 6, 2009 – The cover of the brochure for the American University of Iraq in Sulaimani (AUI-S) features a picture of an enormous, very modern-looking building that does not exist. The actual AUI-S building, though nice enough, is much more modest. And that’s mostly just where they keep the administrators. The teachers and students conduct classes outside in rows of box-shaped huts (which some students call “chicken shacks”), set up in front of the building… Some background on AUI-S: it was founded by a prominent group of Kurdish politicians (including Iraqi President Jalal Talabani) and American neoconservatives. Iraqi deputy Prime Minister Dr. Barham Salih was the prime mover, and the team hired an American, John Agresto, to begin AUIS as chancellor. Agresto had been working in Baghdad with the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) before undertaking the American University project. Agresto has ties to both Donald Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney. He used to work with Lynne Cheney at the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Given these facts, it is not surprising that AUI-S functions more like a political tool, rather than as an educational enterprise. That, of course, does not stop its leaders from promoting AUI-S as a real university bent on spreading democracy…

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Three NATO Soldiers Killed In Afghanistan
DPA
November 6, 2009 – Three soldiers were killed in two separate attacks in Afghanistan, the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said Friday. Two US soldiers were among those who died in the attacks, which took place in the south of the country on Thursday, ISAF said, without giving details of the third victim. The ISAF statement said five insurgents were taken prisoner during an operation involving ISAF and Afghan troops in the southern province of Kandahar on Thursday..

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Afghanistan, the graveyard of empires or just a graveyard with a pipeline running through it?
By William Bowles
November 6, 2009 – ome on folks, it’s just good sense, there is no way the Empire can actually win the war in Afghanistan. As I have stated before it’s not about ‘winning’ but occupation. Afghanistan is basically a stepping stone on the way to some place else and leaving an oil pipeline behind with a friendly government in place to protect it. Ah, but the best laid plans of mice and men etc… The occupation is about three objectives: 1) Opening up markets for the West previously denied them and 2) taking out and/or ‘containing’ the competition ie Russia and China and 3) resources.

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At least 25 hurt in U.S. troop search in Afghanistan
By Sharafuddin Sharafyar
November 6, 2009 – More than 25 NATO and Afghan troops were wounded during a search Friday for two missing U.S. paratroopers in western Afghanistan, the NATO-led force said. The Taliban said the two missing soldiers were dead and it had recovered their bodies. A statement by the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan said more than 25 troops were wounded during a search and rescue mission. Lieutenant Darin Russell, a spokesman for NATO forces, said the troops were wounded “by insurgent activity.” He declined to give further details of the incident, which he said was under investigation…

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Comrade Taher: Complete failure of Abu Mazen and the Oslo process reflected in his decision to not run for re-election
Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine -PFLP
November 6, 2009 – Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ (Abu Mazen) decision to not stand for re-election is a reflection of his failure and the failure of the Oslo “peace process” that he represents, said Comrade Dr. Maher al-Taher, member of the Political Bureau of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and leader of its branch in exile. Comrade Taher said in an interview with Al-Jazeera on November 5, 2009, that Abu Mazen, in his decision to not run again, must face the facts that there is no future in the Oslo process other than the complete liquidation of the Palestinian cause

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Paranoia, Lies and Iran’s Filthy Hands.
Layla Anwar, An Arab Woman Blues
November 6, 2009 – I was just zapping away, and I fell on a channel I had never bothered to watch before, called Al-Ghadeer. It turned out to be another Iraqi satellite TV, funded by Iran and run by the Shiite Iraqi sectarians sell out and traitors. The program was just the re-run of today’s Friday sermon from Baghdad. Two groups, bearded men with silver rings from Qum and women in Iranian style chadors. The sermon was about Saddam Hussein and the Baathists. The fake, corrupt charlatan of a mullah cleric was preaching to his faithful self flagellants, calling for a new Iraq and for solidarity with Iran, praising Larijani, head of the Iranian Shura (religious council) who congratulated Iraqis two days ago on their “new found democracy”, calling for support and mobilization in favor of all of the sectarian Shiite parties including Al-Maliki’s, calling for strong and loving ties with Iran, praising Larijani again and assuring his sheep listeners that Iran will “quench the thirst” of Iraqis and urged Iran to provide more “security” to the Iraqis and “protect” them specially in the South, from Saddam and the Baathists !…

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Obama’s Prize tells world ‘War is Peace’
Cal Colgan
November 6, 2009 – Last month, Barack Obama became the third U.S. president to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. The Norwegian Nobel Committee lauded Obama for his “extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.”…The Nobel Peace Prize was given to a man who, like a character in a George Orwell novel, kills in the name of peace. And as much as his doublespeak would like to drown out the cries of the victims of the sinister cadre of human rights abusers and war criminals that he supports, anyone with an elementary knowledge of current events knows that Obama’s hands are muddied by the muck his allies have thrown on the peoples of the world…

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Gaza students organize for justice
Bianca Zammit
November 6, 2009 – In order to find sustainable alternatives to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict a new group calling itself the Justice Makers has been formed across the law departments in Palestinian universities. Two of the founders, Mohammed Eliwa and Yousef al-Nouri, are both fourth-year law students from al-Azhar University in Gaza. “The Justice Makers is about finding new ways within the international justice system to forward our case,” al-Nouri explained. “We have had enough of this conflict and we study law because it is the only way of regaining our rights,” stated Eliwa. Both Eliwa and al-Nouri are refugees. Eliwa’s parents fled for their lives from the village of Beer al-Sabe and al-Nouri’s parents fled from al-Jura during the 1948 Nakba, or the dispossession of historic Palestine..

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Violation of media freedoms in occupied Palestine during October 2009
PNN
November 6, 2009 – There have been disturbing violations of media freedoms in the occupied Palestinian territories during October 2009. The Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms (MADA) monitored many of the Israeli violations against journalists, especially incidents in Jerusalem and Hebron committed by Israeli occupation forces. These included attacks on: Alquds Net reporter and photographer Dyala Jwayhan, Palestinian News Network (PNN) correspondent Mays Abu-Ghazaleh, and AP photographer Mahfouz Abu Turk as well as attacks on photographer Abdul Hafiz and Najeh Hashlamoun and the arrest of journalist Iyad Srour in Hebron.

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Mr. Larijani goes to Baghdad
Gregg Carlstrom
November 6 2009 – Iranian parliament speaker Ali Larijani is in Baghdad for a four-day visit. Larijani is reportedly “mediating” between Iraqi prime minister Nouri al-Maliki and Ammar Al-Hakim, the head of the Supreme Islamic Council of Iraq. Hakim formed a coalition earlier this year, the Iraqi National Alliance, with Moqtada al-Sadr’s movement; Maliki broke away from that Shi’ite alliance — or was forced out, depending on who you ask — and formed his own State of Law coalition. By encouraging reconciliation between Maliki and Hakim, Larijani is trying to create a united Shi’ite front in the 2010 election…

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Afghan Taliban Says Holding Bodies Of 2 Foreign Troops
Reuters
November 6, 2009 – Two members of the NATO-led force in Afghanistan were reported missing Friday and the Taliban said they were holding the bodies of two drowned foreign soldiers. The Islamist militants’ spokesman Qare Yousuf told Reuters by telephone from an undisclosed location that they had recovered the bodies of the drowned soldiers Wednesday in the western Badghis province. The province’s police chief, Abdul Jabar, said the two service-members were Americans, who drowned in a river after arriving in the area during a gunbattle Wednesday…

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Weekly Report: On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory No. 43/2009 (29 Oct.- 04 Nov. 2009)
PCHR – Palestinian Centre for Human Rights
November 5, 2009 – Israeli violations of international law and humanitarian law in the OPT continued during the reporting period (29 October – 4 November 2009): Shooting: During the reporting period, three Palestinian civilians suffered bullet wounds following IOF attacks. In addition, 12 Palestinian civilians sustained injuries and bruises after IOF attacks in the West Bank. Incursions: During the reporting period, IOF conducted at least 15 military incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank. IOF arrested 13 Palestinian civilians, including one child. In the Gaza Strip, on 31 October 2009, an IOF undercover unit moved into the northwest of the ex-settlement of Doghit in the northwest of Beit Lahia to arrest a Palestinian civilian. The civilian was wounded by an IOF attack prior to the arrest…

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Why Ugandans want to work in Iraq
By Joshua Mmali, BBC News
November 6, 2009 – At the Watertight security training ground in Uganda, a group of men and women are doing target practice with their AK47s. Nearby, another group are listening to a lecture under the shelter of a tree. Watertight Security Services has been sending Ugandan security guards to Iraq since 2007. So far, more than 10,000 Ugandans have gone to work in the country. Moses Matsiko worked in Iraq for more than three years before returning to Uganda to set up the company…

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Honduran Accord Solidifies Coup D’Etat Rule
by Stephen Lendman
November 6, 2009 – …Key now is follow-through, persistence, and staying mobilized for the long haul. Popular victories come only at great cost after years of struggle the way noted journalist IF Stone explained: “The only kinds of fights worth fighting are those you are going to lose, because somebody has to fight them and lose and lose and lose until someday, somebody who believes as you do wins…” It’s for Hondurans and oppressed people everywhere to understand, persevere, and endure, no matter what…

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Abbas admits failure of the peace process
By Khalid Amayreh in Ramallah
November 6, 2009 – Mahmoud Abbas, the beleaguered head of the Palestinian Authority, has finally but belatedly admitted that the so-called Peace process with Israel has completely failed and that the Palestinian people will have to seek an alternative to it. In a speech in Ramallah Thursday evening, Abbas rightly blamed Israel for the collapse of the political process, saying that the PA had carried out “all our commitments and obligations” while Israel continued to steal Palestinian land and build Jewish settlements. The 74-year-old Fatah leader said he decided not to seek a second term as PA Chairman, citing the failure of peace talks with Israel and the Israeli refusal to end the occupation that started in 1967…

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Drab…
Layla Anwar, An Arab Woman Blues
November 6, 2009 – Am in no mood for longish posts. I want to be parsimonious with words…adopt a minimalist approach, a bit like those traditional Japanese rooms, holding the bare essentials. Been checking some Iraqi artwork, I am fanatic of Iraqi art…I usually get very excited, almost ecstatic…I surprised myself this time…It felt drab, dull, bland …lost its luster, lost that quality of gripping me…of taking a hold of me and leaving me breathless… almost lifeless…

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Saudi forces keep up Houthi assault
Aljazeera.net
November 6, 2009 – Saudi jets and ground forces have carried out more raids against Yemeni Houthi fighters, the government has said. The operations were to “neutralise the firing by intruders” and to clear areas where they had encroached on Saudi territory, the government said in a statement on the official SPA news agency on Friday. Residents were reportedly evacuated from villages in the southern Jizan province and relocated to tent camps further away from the border. The government statement said the raids were limited to Saudi territory. But a Yemeni military official speaking on condition of anonymity said Saudi forces were shelling Houthi fighters’ positions in the Yemeni province of Saada…

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