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URUK Net 27 November, 2009

Last updated: Sunday, November 29, 2009 9:15

What festive cheer will the West bring to the Holy Land this Christmas?
Stuart Littlewood
November 27, 2009 – The UK is now in the grip of festive fever as the nation prepares for the customary annual binge called Christmas. Despite the recession families are being urged to spend, spend, spend on an excess of food and alcohol and extravagant presents. For them there is also the luxury of unrestricted travel to see relatives or take a foreign holiday. A far cry from the kind of Christmas that’s possible in the illegally occupied and blockaded territories of the Holy Land… Two years ago, in the run-up to Christmas 2007, I had just returned from Gaza and the West Bank. With tears of rage in my eyes I addressed these remarks to Britain’s prime minister, Gordon Brown…

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Germany: Afghan Air Strike Brings Down Army Chief & Govt. Minister
RedBedHead
November 27, 2009 – SCANDALS RELATING TO THE WAR IN AFGHANISTAN ARE ROCKING KEY NATO COUNTRIES. Canada’s role in facilitating the torture of suspects – many of them likely innocent – has become a central public issue here. In Britain the revelation that MI6 supported torture against British citizens in Pakistan has become a major issue. And, now in Germany, where anti-war sentiment is very high, the prosecution of the war is causing deep political damage. Today the Labour Minister, formerly Defense Minister, Franz Josef Jung was forced to sign his own walking papers after it was revealed by the tabloid Bild that he knew about the killing of numerous civilians resulting from a Kunduz airstrike in September…

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Honduras elections after the coup: for an active boycott
José Luis Rojo
November 27, 2009 – What was bound to happen all along has now materialised: Mel Zelaya, the bourgeois leader of the resistance to the Honduran military coup, has ended up giving up everything in exchange for nothing. Signing the “Gaymuras-San José” accord (supervised by the Obama administration) he has capitulated. It is clear that the the US government proposed him a ‘double standard’ deal: Zelaya had to sign the deal, the other side only to make a vague promise eventually to “reinstall” him…

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Interview with PA dissident: “I cannot just stay silent”
Marcy Newman, The Electronic Intifada
November 27, 2009 – Abdel Sattar Qassem, a professor and author of numerous publications on Palestinian history and Islamic thought, is well-known for his pungent critiques of Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA). As a result he has been imprisoned by both the Israelis and the PA. Most recently his car was blown up as a warning from the PA. Marcy Newman spoke with Professor Qassem on behalf of The Electronic Intifada at his home in the Palestinian city of Nablus in the occupied West Bank…

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Baghdad Garden Becomes Graveyard, Full of Grieving
By ROD NORDLAND
November 27, 2009 – It is just after dawn Friday, which is the first day of Id al-Adha, literally “the Great Feast,” celebrated by Muslims worldwide to coincide with the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca. The dun-colored alleyways of the Adhamiya neighborhood here are deserted at this hour, everywhere except in the memorial garden behind the Abu Hanifa mosque, which is the most hallowed place of worship for Iraqi Sunnis. Thousands of mourners throng the headstones in what only three years ago was a community garden on the banks of the Tigris River. This is a relatively new tradition in Iraq, paying respects to the dead between morning prayers and the feast held later in the day. On this one day, the garden of the dead overflows with the living. Now this garden, known as the Martyrs of Adhamiya since it became a cemetery in 2007, is so densely packed with graves that it is often difficult to walk between the rectangular capstones that cover each one (out of reverence, no one dares tread on top). Six months ago, the authorities counted 9,000 graves, but many more have been added since…

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Militia return to Basra and threaten those who helped force them out
Oliver August in Basra
…The Basra police and army units, who can now be seen at checkpoints throughout the city, deny that they have a problem with returning militants. At the Basra mortuary, however, officials told The Times that they were seeing the bodies of victims from political killings every week. Naeem Hassan, a hearse driver, said: “I just drove the bodies of two Iraqis back to their home in Baghdad. They were working here for a foreign company with a foreign engineer. He was kidnapped and the two Iraqis were killed.” Few such killings are reported in the local media, which has complained about official intimidation in the past. “Don’t believe it when you hear from the police that Basra is safe,” Mr Rady said. “Parts of the police are, and always were, part of the militia. They are infiltrated through and through.”…Awath al-Abdan, a local politician, said: “Some militia members have come back and once they are settled in they are ready to rise up when given the order.” Leaders of ethnic and sectarian minorities in Basra have reported attacks on members of their communities and pressure to follow strict religious practices. A growing number of violent crimes committed by, or with the consent of, some elements in the police has also been reported…

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Military Resistance 7K20: Blackhawk Up
Thomas F Barton
November 27, 2009 – One would think this story would receive major media attention given the last time US forces were in Somalia and the Black Hawk Down debacle; however, mainstream American media has been shamefully silent on these recent developments. : 23 Nov 2009 By Jody Ray Bennett for ISN Security Watch [Excerpts]: Tensions rose in Somalia in the final weeks of October 2009 as the president of the country’s UN-backed transitional government, Sharif Sheik Ahmed, became the target of an insurgent attack while attempting to depart from an airport to Uganda to attend an African Union (AU) summit on refugees and internally displaced people. According to news reports, al-Shabaab militants “lobbed mortars at the airport, prompting peacekeepers [translation: U.S. government-backed occupation troops] of the AU mission in Somalia known as AMISOM, to fire back.” At least 24 people were killed and as many as 60 wounded when peacekeepers returned fire in the direction of the crowded Bakara marketplace, causing many to question AMISOM’s effectiveness in Somalia, according to Voice of America…

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A Modest Proposal
Stephen M. Walt
November 27, 2009 – I didn’t have a chance to comment on the revelations that foreign-policy insider Peter Galbraith received a 5 percent stake in an oil field in the Dohak region of Iraqi Kurdistan, for his role in helping the Norwegian oil company DNO negotiate drilling rights there. Galbraith was also involved in the constitutional negotiations that gave the Kurds substantial autonomy over the region and thus made the proposed deal possible, and the Times reports that he could make roughly $100 million or so for his efforts. Not surprisingly, the exposure of Galbraith’s dealings has caused some controversy in Iraq, though remarkably little in Washington One of the Iraqi participants said “the idea that an oil company was participating in the drafting of the Iraqi Constitution leaves me speechless,” and the whole business is bound to reinforce the widespread (and in my view, false) belief that the 2003 invasion of Iraq was a “war for oil. “ …

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Military Resistance 7K22: Supply Line Threatened
Thomas F Barton
November 27, 2009 – Far from the heartland of the Taliban insurgency in the south, this once peaceful northern province was one place American and Afghan officials thought they did not have to worry about. Afghan officials cut the police force here by a third two years ago and again earlier this year. Security was left to a few thousand German peacekeepers. Only one Afghan logistics battalion was stationed here. But over the last two years the Taliban have steadily staged a resurgence in Kunduz, where they now threaten a vital NATO supply line and employ more sophisticated tactics. In November, residents listened to air raids by NATO forces for five consecutive nights, the first heavy fighting since the Taliban were overthrown eight years ago. The turnabout vividly demonstrates how security has broken down even in unexpected parts of Afghanistan… By the spring of 2008, militants started appearing in groups of as many as 100, with some foreign fighters among them, local residents and officials said. A group of them came last spring without guns to introduce themselves to one prominent Pashtun family in Chahardara, and asked for support. They were worried about their own safety then, one family member said, asking not to be named. “They were behaving very well with the people,” he said. “They stopped thieves, and brought law and order to the area.” …

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GI Special 7K21: The Eagle Died
Thomas F Barton
November 27, 2009 – …The Afghan Resistance Sends A Message: “Your Belligerent And Aggressive Policy Will Create For You So Many Enemies In The World Which Would Make For You This World A Bed Of Thorns. It will make your life harsh because the policy of coercion and tyranny is intolerable to all. “ “Afghanistan Is Our Home” “No One Will Ever Be Ready To Negotiate With Any One Else About Ownership Of One’s Home — And Himself Ends Up Becoming Homeless, Powerless And Servant In His Own Home”…

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Mumia’s Life Is On the Line: Mobilize Labor/Black Power to Free Him Now!
by Internationalist Group
November 27, 2009 – The threat to Mumia Abu-Jamal’s life is increasingly ominous. His lead attorney, Robert Bryan, warns: “There is an escalated effort by the authorities to see him die at the hands of the executioner. This is the most dangerous time for Mumia since his 1981 arrest.” The U.S. Supreme Court has turned down Jamal’s two appeals. If it were to rule in favor of the prosecution’s appeal, this would open the way for Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendell to issue a third warrant of execution, which he has vowed to do. Contrary to the misplaced expectations of many, the Obama administration is not about to save Mumia. Around the world, hundreds of thousands have marched for this courageous champion of oppressed. Trade unions representing millions of members have rallied to the defense of Mumia. It is urgent to expand this support into powerful labor/black action, appealing to the integrated union movement to join with the black, Latino and immigrant poor to demand that he be liberated…

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Video: Afghan children ‘die from neglect’
Aljazeera.net
November 27, 2009 – Afghan refugees who fled the war-torn south have claimed they are so neglected by government in Kabul that their children are dying from hypothermia for want of the most basic supplies. Families that left Helmand, Kandahar and other southern provinces to escape the fighting between US-led forces and a resurgent Taliban say the cold is much more lethal. Living in a make-shift camp on the edge of Kabul, residents told Al Jazeera’s James Bays that no government official has ever come to see how they have been forced to live. The claim comes as UN officials say Afghan children are suffering disastrous levels of abuse and deprivation…

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Europe backs Afghanistan strategy aimed at “regionalization”
Ulrich Rippert
November 27, 2009 – The US and its allies are planning a massive escalation of the war in Afghanistan. In a television address next Tuesday, delivered from the West Point military academy, US president Barack Obama will announce his plans to increase the current American military contingent of 68,000 by an estimated additional 30,000 soldiers. The NATO secretary-general Anders Fogh Rasmussen is at the same time seeking to drum up an additional 10,000 soldiers from European countries. There is every indication that he will get what he wants. Despite increasing economic and political tensions with the US, the European powers are completely behind the war in Afghanistan. Having supported the war from the start, European powers would suffer the consequences alongside the US of any Vietnam-style debacle…

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Internet Crusade
ACTA (Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement) is the first step towards Internet censorship.
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November 27, 2009 – On November 3 2009, a war started. A war so possibly huge that it may destroy the whole Internet it self. ACTA was announced. The ACTA (Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement) is the first step towards Internet censorship. here is a brief summary of the act. That ISPs have to proactively police copyright on user-contributed material. This means that it will be impossible to run a service like Flickr or JewTube or Blogger, since hiring enough lawyers to ensure that the mountain of material uploaded every second isn’t infringing will exceed any hope of profitability…

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A Night Unto The Nations
Gilad Atzmon
November 27, 2009 – …Marcus is concerned. Israel’s reputation is falling apart “From a light unto the nations, Israel has become a maligned and ostracized nation”… “Ever since Operation Cast Lead in Gaza officers in the Israel Defense Forces have been at risk every time they land in an international airport”. However, Marcus is not at all concerned with the fact that he himself is living on stolen land. Morality seems to be beyond him. There is not a single reference to ethics in his entire article. For Marcus and other Israeli leftists, it is all about the exchange rate. It is all about give and take rather than self reflection that may lead into a long overdue ethical realisation. Marcus wants Israel to be a light unto the nations. He doesn’t understand that this is not going to happen. The window of opportunity is closing down. The disclosure of Israeli barbarism together with the exposure of its relentless lobbies around the world makes it very clear. Israel is not just night unto the nations. It is actually a total nightmare and embarrassment to humanity and humanism…

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You Get What you Vote For!
By Cindy Sheehan
November 27, 2009 – The so-called anti-war movement currently finds itself in somewhat of a quagmire: What to do when the man you raised money for, volunteered for, and yes, even voted for, actually fulfills one of his most repulsive campaign promises? First of all, I never understood why, or how, peace people could support someone who voted to pay for the wars while he was a Senator and was quite clear on the fact that he would increase violence in Afghanistan and perform a slow, painful and very incomplete withdrawal from Iraq. Principles that were proclaimed so loudly while Bush was president get shoved aside and buried now that a Democrat is president and how do you get your principles back from the dung-pile of selling out? Secondly, On January 23rd of a rapidly dissipating 2009, Barack Obama perpetrated his first war crime (as president) by authorizing a drone attack in Pakistan…

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Palestinians forced to demolish their own homes
By Iqbal Tamimi
November 27, 2009 – We are used to seeing Palestinian homes turned to rubble by the Israeli authorities, but what you probably do not know is that Palestinians are now cruelly being forced to destroy their own homes by their own hands. I have witnessed this for myself years ago in the town of Halhul near my home town Alkhaleel (Hebron), but this crime is back more than ever…

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Deception Has Always Been the Name of Zionism’s Game
by Alan Hart
November 27, 2009 – Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu described his offer to temporarily restrict construction of all-new Jewish settlements on the West Bank excluding Arab East Jerusalem as a “far-reaching and painful step”, which was part of a policy he hoped would give a new impetus to peace talks. Netanyahu is not stupid. He knows that some of us know he is not remotely interested in peace on terms the Palestinians could accept. So what then is his real game plan of the moment? Simple. He is seeking to make peace with the Obama administration. And its response suggests that with the help of the Zionist lobby and its stooges in Congress he’s got that matter firmly under control…

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Pakistan’s president facing military anger over his U.S. ties
By Saeed Shah | McClatchy Newspapers
November 27, 2009 — Suspicions by Pakistan’s powerful army that the country’s civilian leadership is growing too close to the United States are fueling a political crisis that analysts here believe threatens the survival of the government and could divert attention from the battle against Islamic extremists. Military officials believe that secretly taped conversations between Pakistani President Asif Zardari and his ambassador in Washington, prove that it was at Zardari’s insistence that a $1.5 billion U.S. aid package passed by Congress in September contained several provisions that angered the Pakistani military. The military publicly protested the aid package last month…

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Some of the origins of the Iraqi National Resistance
Imad Khadduri
November 27, 2009 – Why do you kill, Zaid? (in German with English subtitles, video 10 minutes)”A story of a young Iraqi who became one of the Iraqi Resistance. The story reflects the suffering of a nation that resists the American occupation for independance & living with dignity. Dr. Juergen todenhoefer, a german litterateur, went to Iraq to shed the light on the suffering of Iraqi people under the American occupation and met with people from the Iraqi Resistance. He lived with them and learned about their lives. He met Zaid, the young guy who lost most of his family members, and then he decided to join the Iraqi Resistance. They’re mostly sunni. Dr. Jurgen shed the light on the truth of what’s happening in Iraq, horrible crimes are committed everyday by the US army forces so he can clarify to the world how different the western media is from the truth. Dr. Juergen wants to give the truth a chance and wants justice for the suffering of the Iraqi people.”..

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UK government suppressed evidence on Binyam Mohamed torture because MI6 helped his interrogators
By Tim Shipman in Washington and Melissa Kite
November 27, 2009 – Material in a CIA dossier on Mr Mohamed that was blacked out by High Court judges contained details of how British intelligence officers supplied information to his captors and contributed questions while he was brutally tortured, The Sunday Telegraph has learned. Intelligence sources have revealed that spy chiefs put pressure on Mr Miliband to do nothing that would leave serving MI6 officers open to prosecution, or to jeopardise relations with the CIA, which is passing them “top notch” information on British terrorist suspects from its own informers in Britain. Mr Mohamed, 30, an Ethiopian, was granted refugee status in Britain in 1994. He was picked up in Pakistan in 2002 on suspicion of involvement in terrorism, rendered to Morocco and Afghanistan, tortured and then sent to Guantanamo Bay in 2004. All terror charges against him were dropped last year…

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Taliban Slowly Re-establishes Presence in Northern Kunduz Province
Another NATO Supply Line Threatened
Jason Ditz
November 27, 2009 – Northern Afghanistan has long been a forgotten portion of the nation. The home of the rebel Northern Alliance that largely became the Afghan government after the 2001 US invasion, the region didn’t have a terribly strong Taliban presence to begin with. Now, however, they seem to be rapidly establishing themselves in the small but key Kunduz Province…

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Political Prisoner Jalil Muntaqim Denied Parole
Stephen Lendman
November 27, 2009 – On November 18, Jalil Muntaqim (formerly Anthony Bottom) was refused parole a day after his November 17 hearing. The board called his record exemplary, but still denied him. Muntaqim thanked everyone who wrote letters of support and said he’ll appeal the decision. Failing that, his next scheduled hearing is in June 2010. His earlier 2002, 2004 and 2006 hearings were also unsuccessful. In a November 19 letter to supporters, he wrote as follows: The parole board ignored the overwhelming support from the community for my release, and denied me parole. I have come to the conclusion after this, my fourth parole appearance… that the parole system is not a fair and impartial decision making body. It is a political institution with a law enforcement agenda… incapable of being fair and impartial in cases where a police officer’s death is involved… The judiciary generally supports the law enforcement agenda of the parole board…

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Report: Palestinian succumbs to injuries from morning airstrike
Ma’an News
November 27, 2009 – A second Palestinian died from wounds sustained from an Israeli airstrike on the Gaza Strip on Friday morning, Israeli media was reporting late the same day. Ma’an could not confirm that report, and an Israeli military spokeswoman said the army was aware of only one Palestinian who died in the raid on northern Gaza…

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Israel’s occupation, linked by rail
The Jerusalem light railway is set to link to illegal settlements such as French Hill. Palestinians need help stopping it
Seth Freedman
November 27, 2009 – The architects of Israel’s occupation of the West Bank are highly skilled at the art of needlework, deftly stitching up land inside Israel proper and disputed territory over the Green Line as though it was the most natural thing in the world. According to their logic, it should be possible to seamlessly suture together the two parts without raising eyebrows either at home or abroad, regardless of the contravention of both international law and basic morality that such actions entail…

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Gaza: ‘Eid: beautiful, impossible
Eva Bartlett
November 27, 2009 – I wake in the early hours of the morning, as the rush of Eid begins: prayers call out from mosques around Gaza, Palestine. In the living room of my friends’ home, the prayers surround me, like the carols and church bells did at Christmas as a child. In fact, there are other parallels: the sound of children rising early, excited. Their squeals and the sounds of their play continues through the day, as it did with Christmases past. The same sense of reverence, anticipation, and for the children, glee… Not all children enjoy ‘Eid these days, though. The overriding poverty in Gaza, thanks to the siege, the Israeli massacres, doesn’t allow many parents to treat their children to new clothes, shekels, sweets. For the vast majority, just providing adequate nutritious food is impossible. “There was a small boy in Rafah crying, I don’t know why. We were going into my relative’s home, but I stopped and gave him a chocolate and he stopped crying, happy for the moment. ‘Eid is for children, they need to be happy…

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Israel: One killed, others injured in airstrike on Gaza
Ma’an News
November 27, 2009 – The Israeli military confirmed an air attack on the northern Gaza Strip Friday morning which it said killed one Palestinian. Palestinian sources were quoted in Israeli media as confirming that four men were injured, two seriously…

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Lebanon ‘accepts’ Hezbollah’s weapons and Congress prepares its reply
Franklin Lamb
November 27, 2009 – “It is the right of the Lebanese people, Army and the (Hezbollah led-) Resistance to liberate the Shebaa Farms, the Kfar Shuba Hills and the northern part of the village of Ghajar as well as to defend Lebanon and its territorial waters in the face of any enemy by all available and legal means.” So reads the Policy Declaration of the new Government of the Republic of Lebanon, issued on 11/26/09, four days after the celebration of Lebanon’s 66 years of independence from the French colonial power, achieved in 1943…

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Israel okays 28 new settlement buildings, despite freeze
By Chaim Levinson, Barak Ravid, Amos Harel and Yanir Yagna
November 27, 2009 – Defense Minister Ehud Barak on Thursday ordered the IDF to issue a temporary freeze order, but at the same time allowed the construction of 28 new public buildings in settlements. Meanwhile, Haaretz has learned that the state is expected to ask the Supreme Court for more time to evacuate illegal outposts. The State Attorney’s Office is expected to update the Supreme Court by next week on three court rulings that have not been carried out, for the evacuation of outposts at Eli, Horsha, and Netiv Ha’avot, as well as six other locations in the West Bank…

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Military Resistance 7K20: Blackhawk Up
Thomas F Barton
November 27, 2009 – One would think this story would receive major media attention given the last time US forces were in Somalia and the Black Hawk Down debacle; however, mainstream American media has been shamefully silent on these recent developments. : 23 Nov 2009 By Jody Ray Bennett for ISN Security Watch [Excerpts]: Tensions rose in Somalia in the final weeks of October 2009 as the president of the country’s UN-backed transitional government, Sharif Sheik Ahmed, became the target of an insurgent attack while attempting to depart from an airport to Uganda to attend an African Union (AU) summit on refugees and internally displaced people. According to news reports, al-Shabaab militants “lobbed mortars at the airport, prompting peacekeepers [translation: U.S. government-backed occupation troops] of the AU mission in Somalia known as AMISOM, to fire back.” At least 24 people were killed and as many as 60 wounded when peacekeepers returned fire in the direction of the crowded Bakara marketplace, causing many to question AMISOM’s effectiveness in Somalia, according to Voice of America…

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Military Resistance 7K19: Real Breaking News
Thomas F Barton
November 27, 2009 – …From A Union President: “We Must Stop The War Spending Right Now And Put The Money Into Supporting Municipal Services, Creating Green Jobs, And Helping Those Hit Hardest By Job Losses And Foreclosures” “If Not Corrected, These Government Policies Are Sure To Lead To Major Political, Economic, And Civil Unrest” If Our Political Leaders Refuse To Listen “We Must Be Willing To Do More Than March And Rally — Because The Workers And The Middle Class Will Be Destroyed”…

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