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URUK Net 25 November, 2009 Part 2

Last updated: Friday, November 27, 2009 8:32

“Working the War Up Since Early 2002"
The Blair-Bush Conspiracy on Iraq
By DAVE LINDORFF
November 25, 2009 – Most Americans are blissfully in the dark about it, but across the Atlantic in the UK, a commission reluctantly established by Prime Minister Gordon Brown under pressure from anti-war activists in Britain is beginning hearings into the actions and statements of British leaders that led to the country’s joining the US invasion of Iraq in 2003. Even before testimony began in hearings that started yesterday, news began to leak out from documents obtained by the commission that the government of former PM Tony Blair had lied to Parliament and the public about the country’s involvement in war planning. Britain’s Telegraph newspaper over the weekend published documents from British military leaders, including a memo from British special forces head Maj. Gen. Graeme Lamb, saying that he had been instructed to begin “working the war up since early 2002.” This means that Blair, who in July 2002, had assured members of a House of Commons committee that there were “no preparations to invade Iraq,” was lying…

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Britain knew Iraq destroyed weapons but proceeded to invade, inquiry told
MARK HENNESSY
November 25, 2009 – SECRET INTELLIGENCE was received by Britain in the days before the Iraq invasion was launched in 2003, indicating Saddam Hussein had destroyed chemical weapons of mass destruction, the Iraq inquiry was told yesterday. Sir William Ehrman, a senior foreign office figure, said: “We were getting, in the very final days before military action, some intelligence on chemical and biological weapons – that it was dismantled and that Iraq might not have the munitions to deliver it.”…

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Cruel Britannia: Human Rights Watch Exposes British Complicity In Torture In Pakistan
Andy Worthington
November 25, 2009 – Human Rights Watch has just issued a new report, “Cruel Britannia,” investigating British complicity in the torture of terror suspects in Pakistan, and calling for an independent inquiry into the British government’s behavior in Pakistan. The report could not come at a worse time for the British government, as it struggles to contain other evidence of complicity in the torture and abuse of seven British citizens and residents who were held in Guantánamo, and also struggles to contain two High Court judges who, for the last 15 months, have demonstrated their commitment to highlighting British complicity in the torture of former Guantánamo prisoner Binyam Mohamed by US agents in Pakistan in April and May 2002…

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War and Profits
by Stephen Fleischman |
November 25, 2009 – …The faceless corporate oligarchy that runs this country has been around awhile. It ran Clinton and Bush, now runs Obama. (How far back do you want to take it?) Who are these oligarchs? Yes, there are factions within the oligarchy. They have their differences. They don’t all agree. They represent different entities of industrial and corporate power. They have their collateral network. They are the pillars of capitalism. They are mostly unheard and unseen, but occasionally you may get a glimpse of a face…

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UK Judges Compare Binyam Mohamed’s Torture to That of Abu Zubaydah
Andy Worthington
November 25, 2009 – Binyam Mohamed is a British resident, seized in Pakistan in April 2002, who was held in Pakistani custody, supervised by US agents, until July 2002, when he was sent by the CIA to be tortured for 18 months in Morocco, and was tied in with a “dirty bomb plot” that never even existed . After his ordeal in Morocco, he spent four months in the CIA’s “Dark Prison” in Kabul, and was then flown to Guantánamo in September 2004…

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Before Obama Escalates the Afghan War, He Must Tell Us Who We Are Fighting
By: Peter Chamberlin
November 25, 2009 – … If there is no “al Qaida” in Afghanistan, then who or what are we after, other than the Taliban? … Since the military is the only beneficiary of another escalation into Afghanistan it is logical to assume that they are behind the whole endeavor. The war is not about Afghanistan or Pakistan, but about maintaining another huge military presence there. Pakistan is the jumping-off point to all the planned missions for Central America and securing the pipeline routes anticipated for the region…

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Rebellion in Denmark confronts “anti-terrorism” laws in court
PFLP – Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine
November 25, 2009 – Rebellion, in Denmark, announced that the court case brought against it by the Danish government will soon be proceeding. Rebellion was founded in 2004 to challenge so-called “anti-terrorist legislation” and the designation of national liberation movements as terrorist organizations, in order to inhibit international solidarity with those movements. Rebellion members are facing charges related to the transfer of “substantial funds” to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) and the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC), as a planned challenge to “terrorist legislation.”…

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Maliki Ally: Iraq May Sever Trade With Syria
MP Says Iraq Furious at Syria for Not Extraditing ‘Saddamists’
by Jason Ditz,
November 25, 2009 – Member of Iraqi Parliament Hassan al-Sanid, a close ally of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, announced that Iraq may sever ties with the Syrian government if it continues to refuse extradition demands. Iraq and Syria recalled their respective ambassadors in August after Iraq issued demands for a large number of former Ba’athists believed to be living in exile in Syria. Iraq blamed the Ba’athists, and later the Syrian government itself, for a massive bomb attack in Baghdad in August. Syria denied the charges and said they could find no evidence that the people in question were even in Syria…

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Zionism’s un-Christian Bible
by Maidhc Ó Cathail
November 25, 2009 – The Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) campaign should widen its scope to target non-Israeli companies who contribute significantly to the oppression of Palestinians. As part of this broader strategy, priority should be given to one of the most egregious offenders, the prestigious British publisher, Oxford University Press. As unlikely as it may seem, the world’s largest university press is responsible for one of the greatest obstacles to justice for Palestinians – The Scofield Bible. Since it was first published in 1909, the Scofield Reference Bible has made uncompromising Zionists out of tens of millions of Americans. When John Hagee, the founder of Christians United for Israel, said that “50 million evangelical bible-believing Christians unite with five million American Jews standing together on behalf of Israel,” it was the Scofield Bible that he was talking about…

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New Study Shows Ten States Face Fiscal Crisis
by Stephen Lendman
November 25, 2009 – The Pew Center on the States (PCS) “works to advance state policies that serve the public interest,” through “credible research (to) advance nonpartisan, pragmatic solutions for pressing problems affecting Americans.” Its new report titled, “Beyond California: States in Fiscal Peril,” says the following: “Many economists are optimistic that America’s Great Recession may be turning the corner. States, however, are not celebrating. Plagued by record-setting revenue losses, the housing bust and credit crisis, high unemployment and a host of other challenges, (they’ve) struggled through nearly two years of budgetary pain – and are bracing for more.”…

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Iraq snaphsot – November 25, 2009
The Common Ills
Wednesday, November 25, 2009. Chaos and violence continue, the Iraq Inquiry continues in England, the Liberal Democrats call out Gordon Brown’s attempts to short-circuit the inquiry, another inquiry waits in the wings — one into British forces possible abuse and murder of Iraqis, and more…

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November 25, 2009 – 20 Iraqis Killed, 52 Wounded
Margaret Griffis
November 25, 2009 -Just days before the start of the Eid al-Adha observances, at least 20 Iraqis were killed and 52 more were wounded. The most significant attack occurred in the holy city of Karbala. A double bombing in Karbala killed as many as 13 people and wounded 38 others. The first blast struck at a restaurant. A suicide bomber then targeted a crowd of onlookers and first responders…

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