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URUK Net 14 December, 2009

Last updated: Tuesday, December 15, 2009 14:57

Corporate American Media and Israel’s 2008-09 Gaza Invasion
Steven Salaita
December 14, 2009 – I’m starting on the assumption that we’re all aware of Israel’s brutality in the Gaza Strip and that we all find it unconscionable, as does the vast majority of the world. I assume as well that we’re aware of the brutality preceding and following Israel’s military assault nearly a year ago. I’d like to examine how corporate media in the United States presented coverage of Israel’s invasion, and how discourses of justification for Israel are built into the foundation of that coverage. First of all, let’s get a sense of just how devastating Israel’s aggression has been…

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A Reunion.
Layla Anwar
December 14, 2009 – I feel so overwhelmed with sadness, I am unable to write much…I am actually forcing myself to write this post, hoping the act will help ease the pain… I have met a relative who was jailed for many years by the American occupier. He has been finally released after 4 years of lingering and rotting away in prison with no charges. He was transferred from one prison to another and was handed over to the puppet Iraqi forces where he spent his last two years of detention. The puppets held him in a detention camp next to the ministry of Interior. He said it looked like an exact replica of Guantanamo…

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US Wants to Expand Drone Strikes Into Major Pakistani City
Officials: ‘Real Discussion’ of Attacking Quetta
by Jason Ditz
December 14, 2009 – Top US officials say there is a “real discussion” going on right now about launching drone attacks against the Balochistan capital city of Quetta. The comments are the latest in a series of threats against the city, one of Pakistan’s largest. Though the Pakistani government has looked the other way and even provided behind the scenes support for the various US drone attacks against Pakistan’s tribal areas, officials say a strike on Quetta would be a deal-breaker…

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TEN DAYS LEFT TO BOYCOTT ISRAEL FOR CHRISTMAS
Steve Amsel, Deserpeace
December 14, 2009 – As Americans are in the annual frenzie of Christmas shopping, they must be reminded of those less fortunate. They must be reminded of those acrually living in the Land that Jesus called home and what has become of that land and its people. The Chrismas season is supposed to be a time of love and giving. Buying Israeli goods or supporting Israeli’s working illegally in almost every mall across the nation destroys the very meaning of what Christmas is meant to be…

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Is Iraq’s Next Crisis Ecological?
Andy Kroll & Martin Chulov
December 14, 2009 – …The flow of the Euphrates that reaches Iraq is down, according to scientific estimates, by 50% to 70% and falling further by the week. From his frugal office in Baghdad’s National Center for Water Management, engineer Zuhair Hassan Ahmed has for the past decade plotted the water levels of the Euphrates and the Tigris, the latter of which bisects the Iraqi capital. The hand-etched ink graphs show a black line that marks an average “water year,” from October to May, superimposed over a green line, which shows the actual flow through the two rivers over the same time. The green line had been markedly lower than the benchmark for much of the past decade. But in 2007 — the start of a serious drought — it dipped sharply and has continued to fall. In Baghdad, the lack of water has been an inconvenience, an eyesore, and a health hazard. Raw sewage and refuse pumped into the Tigris is not flushed downstream as rapidly as it once was..

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Shas party spiritual leader on Muslims: “Their religion is as ugly as they are.”
by Yaniv Reich
December 14, 2009 -A n outrageously large number of Israeli politicians express violently racist sentiments in public. What must they say in private? Today’s case study in Israeli racism toward Arabs/Palestinians/Persians/Muslims (aren’t they all the same anyway?) comes from Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, who is the spiritual leader of Shas, a right-wing, religious party in Israeli with 11 Knesset seats (out of 120). It is the fifth largest political block at the moment and sits in PM Netanyahu’s coalition government…

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Rights groups call for Justice Department probe into Mumia Abu-Jamal case
Mary Shaw
December 14, 2009 – December 9th marked the anniversary of the 1981 murder of Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner. Journalist and former Black Panther Mumia Abu-Jamal continues to sit in prison for the crime, which he maintains that he did not commit. Earlier this year, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to consider an appeal by Abu-Jamal, thereby letting his murder conviction stand. The appeal argued that some blacks had been unfairly excluded from the jury. Prosecutors are currently seeking to reinstate Abu-Jamal’s death sentence in follow-up to a 2008 order by the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeal for a new capital sentencing hearing over concerns that the original jury was improperly instructed. At this point, it appears that Abu-Jamal is running out of options. And so his supporters are taking the matter to the U.S. Justice Department. And this is not just the work of a few radical black revolutionaries…

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Defying Israeli Genocide at Home (in School) And Abroad (in Court)
Mohammed Omer
December 14, 2009 – Although ignored by much of the Western media, a battle which echoes the biblical story of David and Goliath is taking place in The Hague. In the modern-day version, young David is personified by a soft-spoken 15-year-old girl named Amira Alqerem. Goliath takes the form of the world’s fourth most powerful, nuclear-armed military state: Israel. At stake is victims’ rights the world over and the international commitment to “never again.” It is this commitment—as well as to international law, as laid down in the Fourth Geneva Conventions and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights—that Amira is asking the International Criminal Court (ICC) to recognize and uphold…

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US firms lose out in bidding for Iraq oil fields
By Patrick Martin
December 14, 2009 – In a clear signal of the declining influence of American capitalism, even in a country conquered and occupied by the US military, companies from China, Russia, Malaysia and Angola, along with several European oil giants, won most of the rights for exploration and development of Iraq’s oil fields. The concessions were awarded Friday and Saturday by the Iraqi oil ministry, after a competitive auction in which joint ventures of European and Asian companies won the lion’s share. Of the ten concessions awarded so far, including in an earlier auction, US-based companies will play the lead role in only one, while getting a lesser share in a second…

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Testimony: Israeli soldiers assault elderly farmer while working his land next to the Separation Barrier, December 2009
B’Tselem
December 14, 2009 – Ahmad Ghanem, 75: I live in Deir al-Ghusun, which is in Tulkarm District. I have six sons and am a farmer. I have an 86-dunam plot of land that is situated southwest of Deir al-Ghusun. When they built the separation fence, about 25 dunams of my plot were destroyed. I was left with 40 dunams of land on the eastern side of the fence, and about 50 dunams of olive groves on the western side. About eight o’clock this morning [2 December]. I left my house to go to my land on the eastern side of the fence. I took my donkey and an olive seedling. I wanted to plant the seedling on the land, on which I had already planted zatar seedlings and olive trees…

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British court issued Gaza arrest warrant for former Israeli minister Tzipi Livni
Ian Black and Ian Cobain
December 14, 2009 – A British court issued an unprecedented arrest warrant for Israel’s former foreign minister over war crimes allegedly committed in Gaza this year – only to withdraw it when it was discovered that she was not in the UK, it emerged today . Tzipi Livni, a member of the war cabinet during Operation Cast Lead, had been due to address a meeting in London on Sunday but cancelled her attendance in advance. The Guardian has established that Westminster magistrates court issued the warrant at the request of lawyers acting for some of the Palestinian victims of the fighting, but it was later dropped…

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No freeze on Palestinian suffering
Seth Freedman
December 14, 2009 – Within minutes of our arrival in Tuwani, in the south Hebron hills of the West Bank, an army Jeep rolled into the village and shattered the mid-morning tranquillity. “We’re turning this place into a closed military zone,” announced the stern-faced commander to anyone within earshot. Brandishing his rifle in one hand and a military document in the other, he proceeded to explain that “I decide who can be here and who can’t, and anyone who isn’t a resident has to leave immediately”. That meant us – me, my friend and our three guides from the Villages Group – as well as the other activists who maintain a permanent presence in Tuwani assisting the locals in their struggle to survive…

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Guantanamo Detainee Deaths
Stephen Lendman
December 14, 2009 – Under the direction of Professor Mark Denbeaux, Seton Hall University School of Law’s Center for Policy & Research (CP&R) published 15 “GTMO Reports,” including profiles of detainees held, allegations against them, and discrepancies in government accounts explaining reasons for reported deaths. An earlier report analyzed unclassified government data (obtained through Freedom of Information Act requests) based on evidentiary summaries of 2004 military hearings on whether 517 detainees held at the time were “enemy combatants.” Most were non-belligerents. In fact, a shocking 95% were seized randomly by bounty hunters, then sold to US forces for $5,000 per claimed Taliban and $25,000 for supposed Al Qaeda members. At least 20 were children, some as young as 13…

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Israeli gov’t approves national priority map of WB settlements
Palestinian Information Center
December 14, 2009 – The Israeli government on Sunday endorsed the national priority map that would be considered as of that date areas of national priority and would receive hefty financial backing. Ma’ariv website said that 21 cabinet ministers voted for the decision while only 5 rejected it, noting that they were all labor ministers. The decision is trying to win the satisfaction of settlement leaders who opposed the ten-month settlement freeze announced by the government recently…

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Afghan resistance statement
Puppet Regime Foreign Ministry Spokesman Complains of the Invaders Arrogance.
Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan
According to afghanpaper.com, officials of foreign countries enter Afghanistan without giving prior information to the Foreign Ministry of the puppet regime in Kabul. Ahmad Zahir Faqiri, Foreign Ministry Spokesman says, foreigners violate all diplomatic and international norms and principles by not observing the laws of Afghanistan. He says, many of these high-ranking of foreign countries enter Afghanistan and visit their military bases without the knowledge of the central government in Kabul…

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US court rejects Britons’ Guantanamo torture case
AFP
December 14, 2009 — The top US court Monday threw out a plea by four British ex-Guantanamo inmates for officials from the administration of former president George W. Bush to be held responsible for their torture. The four, who were detained between January 2002 and March 2004, argued that former defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld and top military commanders were to blame for their mistreatment in the notorious jail in southern Cuba. But the Supreme Court Monday refused to review an appeals court ruling that the case could not proceed because political and military figures enjoy immunity…

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Obama: A Monument to Hip-ocrisy
MARY RIZZO
December 14, 2009 – …And thus, we are all witnessing the continuation of the collective lovefest, pushed to a higher level, as no longer is Obama “capable” of imposing imperialist agendas in areas targeted for “liberation” on behalf of the grand caravan of “The Coalition of the Willing”, he is actually doing precisely that. It goes beyond simply leading the world’s most powerful nation and defending the US from harm, because here we have the entire narrative of the “good war”, the “just war”, the fight against terrorism, which Obama expresses in his acceptance speech as a few angry men who harm hundreds of innocent people. He cannot fathom that under his command, the United States does the same thing, but with total impunity…

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Bilin activist: “Words are not enough”
Iyad Burnat and Jody McIntyre writing from Bilin, occupied West Bank,
December 14, 2009 – My name is Iyad Burnat. I am 37 years old, married with four children. I am the head of the Bilin Popular Committee. I started my life in jail at 17, during the first intifada, a popular uprising amongst ordinary Palestinians. It was not the first time I participated in nonviolent resistance. I have always believed that this is the way to end the occupation. But as the intifada clearly showed, the Israeli military does not understand let alone sympathize with such methods. One night, the Israeli army surrounded my home, and took my father from his bed to come and knock on my door…

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Elderly refugee to join Gaza march
Ma’an News
December 14, 2009 – Palestinian refugee Yusif Barakat will return to Palestine with 1,000 international delegates of the Gaza Freedom March set for 31 December, the event’s organizers said on Monday. Yusif Barakat, 74, was born in Haifa, Palestine under the British Mandate. Barakat’s family was compelled to leave their home when Jewish immigrants were settled in Palestine after World War II…

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Sixteen policemen killed in Taliban attacks in Afghanistan
RIA Novost
December 14, 2009 – Taliban militants attacked checkpoints in northern and southern Afghanistan on Monday, killing 16 Afghan policemen. Eight policemen were killed early on Monday when the militants attacked a checkpoint in the northern province of Baghlan. Later on Monday, the militants ambushed a police convoy in the city of Lashkar Gah in the southern province of Helmand by detonating a remote controlled bomb planted under a military vehicle, killing another 8 policemen…

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Obama’s block to Middle East peace
Ramzy Baroud
December 14, 2009 – A just and peaceful solution to the protracted Palestinian-Israeli conflict is only possible when the US ceases to block every attempt made towards it. The long-held assumption is that a just resolution is one that would be consistent with international and humanitarian laws and which would enjoy the largest possible consensus worldwide. A consensus is indeed at hand and has been for decades – it is one that recognises the Israeli military occupation of Palestinian territories as illegal and immoral, that unconditionally acknowledges the illegality of all Jewish settlements in occupied Palestine and the transfer of Israeli settlers to inhabit unlawfully acquired Palestinian land…

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