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URUK Net 24 November, 2009 Part 2

Last updated: Thursday, November 26, 2009 7:58

Iraq Inquiry: The First Big Lie
Craig Murray
November 24, 2009 – Sir John Chilcot was just ten minutes in to the first public session of the Iraq Inquiry when he told the first big lie – and a lie which, when examined, exposes the entire charade. “My colleagues and I come to this inquiry with an open mind.” That is demonstrably untrue. Three of the five members – Rod Lyne, Martin Gilbert and Lawrence Freedman – are prominent proponents of the Iraq war. By contrast, nobody on the committee was in public against the invasion of Iraq. How can it be fine to pack the committee with supporters of the invasion, when anyone against the invasion was excluded? Let us look at that committee…

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Two Former Bagram Detainees Held Without Charge Describe Torture and Wrongful Imprisonment
Democracy Now!
November 24, 2009 – The Obama administration has promised to begin moving the 700 odd men held in the Bagram prison in Afghanistan into a new 60 million dollar facility by next month. But in a video released by Brave New Films, two men who were held in the notorious detention center ask how much of a difference this will make when its unclear why people were arrested in the first place. The two brothers Abdel and Noor Raqeeb, say they were held without formal charges, tortured, only to be released with an apology for being mistaken for Taliban spokesperson…

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We Are All War Criminals
By Dahlia Wasfi
November 24, 2009 – … As Luther describes on his website, he “was deployed to Taji, Iraq from October 2006 to July 2007. SGT Luther unknowingly suffered PTSD after living in the combat environment.” He was “living” in the combat environment. How innocent that sounds. Under further probing, Luther describes “Violence breeds violence. I was trained to be very violent in combat as a scout … we killed or detained Iraqis before anyone else got there.” Before there could be any witnesses to your crimes. From the Bible, Galatians VI (King James Version), “Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” Yes, Luther is suffering now. And only he and his fellow scouts know the misery and pain they brought to who knows how many families who did nothing to us. If you break into someone’s home, it is not “self-defense” to attack the people who live there. It is assault and battery. It is terrorism. It is murder. Power of pride? I don’t think so. And because these crimes are committed in all of our names, we are all the war criminals. We load the weapons; the soldiers and Marines do our dirty work. November 5, 2009, was sort of a “take your family to work” day at Ft. Hood. Military families got to see first-hand the environment where their loved ones earn a paycheck. All of us had a brief glimpse into the horrors that we visit on Iraqi and Afghani families everyday…

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Video: Interview – Dennis Kyne – Depleted Uranium (DU)
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November 24, 2009 – Interview with Dennis Kyne, 15-year U.S. Army Veteran serving in Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm

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U.S. Starves Children in Somali War
A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford
November 24, 2009 – Three years after creating the “worst humanitarian crisis” in Africa by encouraging Ethiopia to invade Somalia, the U.S. now unleashes the food weapon on starving people. “Forty million pounds of American-donated food is sitting in warehouses in Mombasa, Kenya, but U.S. officials won’t allow aid workers to deliver the food to the Somalis that need it.”…

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Inside Israeli jails, the real victims of a cry for justice
Jesse Rosenfeld
November 24, 2009 – Amid the growing media fever over a possible prisoner swap involving the release of Gilad Shalit, the Israeli soldier held by Hamas, another young captive has a less visible public profile – but personifies Israel’s chokehold on Palestinian self-expression. Mohammad Othman, 33, from the West Bank town of Jayyous, and an activist with the grassroots Palestinian organisation Stop the Wall, was arrested on September 22 at the Allenby Bridge crossing on the Jordanian border. He was on his way home after a meeting in Norway with supporters of the global movement for boycott, divestment and sanctions on Israel (BDS). Adameer (Arabic for “conscience”), the Palestinian prisoners’ support and human rights organisation, contends that his arrest is a result of “his successful human rights advocacy and community activism”.—

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Israeli Racist Discrimination in East of Jerusalem
Kawther Salam
November 24, 2009 – “Israel” is it’s own worst enemy. Although after the countries gave Israel dereksrecognition as a State but this did not change it’s reality as an institution of Zionism. Institution of war criminals, institution of genocide, institution of war crimes and crimes against humanity. I wish that I could describe Israel as better than that. But the daily crimes committed against the occupied Palestinians, the sick people, force me to say more than that. It is a country with no morals, dignity or principles as if it came from another planet to occupy the earth and to torture the human beings. It was 12:20 after mid night when I received the E-mail below…

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Iraq inquiry – another whitewash?
By Jacqueline Head
November 24, 2009 – Britain’s most wide-ranging inquiry into the Iraq war is under way – but in a country where two previous inquiries were branded little more than “establishment whitewash” – is it likely the latest examination will satisfy the public? The opening of the official inquiry into Britain’s role in the Iraq war began with a promise on Tuesday. John Chilcot, the former civil servant heading the investigation, pledged that his committee would be “thorough, impartial, objective and fair” in its examination of the six-year conflict…But scepticism remains high among a public left disappointed by the two previous inquiries looking at aspects of the conflict…

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Iraq war inquiry: Britain heard US drumbeat for invasion before 9/11
Richard Norton-Taylor
November 24, 2009 – Tony Blair’s government knew that prominent members of the Bush administration wanted to topple Saddam Hussein years before the invasion but initially distanced itself from the prospect knowing it would be unlawful, it was disclosed at the Iraq inquiry today. British intelligence also dismissed claims by elements in the US administration that the Iraqi leader was linked to Osama bin Laden, it heard…

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