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URUK Net 6 January, 2010

Last updated: Friday, January 8, 2010 11:21

Cancer – The Deadly Legacy of the Invasion of Iraq
by Jalal Ghazi
January 7, 2010 – Forget about oil, occupation, terrorism or even Al Qaeda. The real hazard for Iraqis these days is cancer. Cancer is spreading like wildfire in Iraq. Thousands of infants are being born with deformities. Doctors say they are struggling to cope with the rise of cancer and birth defects, especially in cities subjected to heavy American and British bombardment. Here are a few examples. In Falluja, which was heavily bombarded by the US in 2004, as many as 25% of new- born infants have serious abnormalities, including congenital anomalies, brain tumors, and neural tube defects in the spinal cord. The cancer rate in the province of Babil, south of Baghdad has risen from 500 diagnosed cases in 2004 to 9,082 in 2009 according to Al Jazeera English. In Basra there were 1885 diagnosed cases of cancer in 2005. According to Dr. Jawad al Ali, director of the Oncology Center, the number increased to 2,302 in 2006 and 3,071 in 2007. Dr. Ali told Al Jazeera English that about 1,250-1,500 patients visit the Oncology Center every month now…

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More on Exile…
Layla Anwar
January 7, 2010 – I received a very powerful, candid and touching email from an Iraqi fellow. He wrote it after reading my post Hearts in Exile. I would like to share it with you and with his permission. […] I ignore my pain, my suffering, the reality of my country. I have been ignoring it for so long, I wanted to sink in denial, illusion and forget about what is happening around me. Why do you think I developed nightmares, not enough sleep, screaming women in my ears, screaming from prison cells that wake me up every single fucking day at 4:00 am? why do you think all this happens to me? I even hear babies screaming… all of this is because I have been ignoring it, these feelings and emotions have to be released…and they are released at night, like demons from a cage. I ignore it because I do not want someone to remind me I am in exile, do not want someone to remind me of Baghdad, of Iraq, of my home, my balcony, my car, the streets I hanged in, the night life of Baghdad, I don’t want people to remind me of it…because it is there…at the the back of my fucking head…in a place called denial. This is what I do best since 2003…to ignore myself, my needs, my wants, my feelings and emotions…just ignore myself, giving a blind eye and a deaf ear to it and say “fuck it…it is already fucked up”…

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CIA takes revenge with missile strikes in Pakistan
By Bill Van Auken
January 7, 2010 – In an apparent campaign of revenge at least 20 people have died in drone missile attacks in Pakistan since the December 30 suicide bombing that killed seven CIA operatives and a Jordanian intelligence agent. The most deadly of the strikes by the CIA’s Predator drone aircraft took place Wednesday in the Datta Khel region of North Waziristan, near the Afghanistan border. Citing unnamed intelligence officials, the Associated Press reported that one of the pilotless drones fired two missiles into a house, killing seven people. This was followed more than an hour later by another missile, launched as local villagers struggled to rescue survivors and pull bodies from the rubble. This second strike killed at least another five people. Some Pakistani media put the total death toll from the two missile strikes at 15…

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Afghan resistance statement
Response of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan to Banki Moon Assertions About Civilian Casualties in Afghanistan
Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan
January 7, 2010 – UN Secretary General Bank Moon, in his recent assertions, has said that almost twenty per cent of civilian casualties in Afghanistan are caused by American and her Allies firing and eighty percent are caused by the Armed Opposition. His assertions come to the open amidst repots of people’s demonstrations and protests in Afghanistan against civilian casualties perpetrated by Americans. Ironically, the Head of an August World Body like UNO, who claims being neutral, brazenly tramples down on UNO principles of neutrality through his remarks in order to please the White House rulers. We ask Bank Moon , who martyred schools students, the adolescents in Narang district of Kunar province, nearly one week ago? Memory of gruesome events of civilian casualties (at the hand of the invaders) in Farah, Shin Dand, Kunduz, Dehrawood where hundreds of miserable Afghans were killed, are still fresh among our people…

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Afghan govt. demands arrest of US “death squad” who handcuffed, executed 8 children. US refuses
Carl Herman
January 7, 2010 – Kai Eide, UN Representative to Afghanistan confirmed the Afghan government’s investigative conclusions that US troops handcuffed and then executed eight students enrolled in grades 6 through 10 in a night raid on December 27, 2009. The US military and NATO responded the troops involved were non-official. The most likely source of para-military “non-official” troops in Afghanistan is Blackwater/Xe. Hamid Karzai demanded arrest of the US troops engaged in the break-in and mafia-style execution of their children. The US responded to the Afghan demand of January 1 by rejecting the findings of the Afghan government and UN with a vague promise of their own self-investigation at some later date…

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Charges of Palestinian Child torture in Israeli prisons
‘Cell No. 36’ – DCI-Palestine submits 13 cases to the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture
Defence for Children International
January 7, 2009 – On 6 January 2010, DCI-Palestine submitted 13 cases to the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture for investigation. The cases relate to the ill-treatment, and in some cases torture, of Palestinian children being held at the notorious Al Jalame Interrogation and Detention Centre near Haifa, in Israel, between February 2008 and March 2009. In each case, boys between the ages of 16 and 17, report being held in ‘Cell No. 36’ at the Interrogation Centre. ‘Cell No. 36’ is described as measuring approximately 2 x 3 metres in which the child is forced to sleep on a concrete bed or a thin mattress on the floor. Meals are passed to the child through a flap in the door depriving him of all human contact. One child reports being held in solitary confinement in ‘Cell No 36’ for 65 days…

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Afghanistan – the graveyard of US power?
By Marnie Holborow
January 7, 2010 – …Afghanistan, quite simply, is a war that cannot be won. The country has not been named the graveyard of empires for nothing. From the Greeks to the Mughals, from the British to the Russians, Afghanistan has resisted – in geography and people. Its sheer scale defies domination. East of Kabul snow-covered peaks protect the eastern province of Paktika. Hundreds of miles away the Mars-like red desert of southern Kandahar province flanks Nawa, the ISAF patrol base in the Helmand Province. Larger than Iraq, Afghanistan maybe on the crossroads of western interests but it is also a place that has never been conquered.

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PCHR Condemns Measures Taken by Security Services in Gaza against Fatah Activists
PCHR – Palestinian Centre for Human Rights
January 7, 2010 – The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) condemns measures taken by the security services in Gaza against activists of Fatah Movement in the Gaza Strip to prevent them from commemorating the 45th anniversary of the establishment on the movement on the 1st of January. Security services in Gaza arrested dozens of activists of Fatah movement during the last week of December 2009. A number of detainees were violently beaten and were subjected to inhuman and degrading treatment. Security services also prevented private celebrations in closed places, took down flags of Fatah Movement from houses and summoned a number of people who flamed candles. The most serious of such violations was the death of Nazira al-Swairki, from Gaza City, when she was being transported in a police vehicle to a detention center…

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Blackwater Settles Massacre Lawsuit by Paying Families of Dead Iraqis $100,000 Each
Blackwater says it is “pleased” with the outcome.
By Jeremy Scahill
January 7, 2010 – Two sources with inside knowledge of Blackwater’s settlement with Iraqi victims of a string of shootings, including the Nisour Square massacre, have confirmed to me that Blackwater is paying $100,000 for each of the Iraqis killed by its forces and between $20-30,000 to each Iraqi wounded. One source said it was “an absolute bargain” for Blackwater. Based on the number of dead and injured named in the civil lawsuits, the total amount paid by Blackwater is likely in the range of $5 million. Blackwater has made more than $1.5 billion in “security” contracts in Iraq alone since 2003…

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Gaza Children Fly Balloons Carrying Pictures Of Slain Family Members
Saed Bannoura
January 7, 2010 – Dozens of children in the Gaza Strip launched balloons carrying the pictures of their parent and family members who were killed by the Israeli army during Israel’s illegal war against the coastal region one year ago. The event took place in Abu Ja’far Al Mansur School for Boys in the Al Atatra area that was heavily bombarded during the war. The children carried posters slamming the silence of the international community while Israel was pounding civilian facilities in the Gaza Strip…

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Scanning the Abdulmutallab story for more lies
By Jerry Mazza
January 7, 2010 – Returning to Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab’s attempt to blow up a Northwest airliner on Christmas day, let’s scan the body of evidence for government lies, the real explosive elements. Let’s give Umar a good dose of radiation with the knowledge that first reveals the 80 grams of PETN explosive he carried in his crotch lacked a blasting cap to blow him and the plane away. Instead, lighting with an injection of liquid did nothing but set him on fire. As if no one in the military or intelligence knew that…

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The Sins of Guantanamo
We’re keeping detainees in the camp because we’re afraid of things they haven’t done yet?
Dahlia Lithwick
January 7, 2010 – When it comes to being detained indefinitely at Guantanamo Bay, it’s not so much what you know as whom you know. Or whom you are alleged to know. Or whom you may know. Someday. That was the case back in 2002—when the government’s own best evidence showed that most of the detainees had been picked up for “associating” with the Taliban or al-Qaida (and that most were turned in for bounties rather than captured by U.S. forces). And it’s still the case this week, as the Obama administration announces that about 30 Yemeni prisoners—already cleared for release from the camp—will not be freed after all, merely because they’re from Yemen. The clearance they’ve received is now meaningless: Men poised to begin their ninth year of incarceration at the camp will remain there, not because of anything they have done, but in fear of whom they may meet on the streets back home in Yemen. The new twist, then, is that prisoners can now be held indefinitely not just because they once knew a terrorist, but because they may meet one someday in the future…

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Video: Taliban groups continue to grow
Aljazeera.net
January 7, 2010 – Local offshoots of the Taliban are cropping up across Afghanistan, where the fight against US-led Nato forces is ongoing. One group, calling itself the Salafi, claims it carried out a recent attack on a US armoured vehicle in Afghanistan’s Kunar province. In a video sent to Al Jazeera, the group says the attack was done under the command of the Afghan Taliban…

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Settlers build new outpost, assault old man and teen
Palestinian Information Center
January 7, 2010 — A number of Jewish settlers built a new settlement outpost in Jericho district in protest over the Israeli government’s decision to freeze settlement activity in the West Bank for ten months. Hebrew daily Yediot Ahronot said on Wednesday that the outpost was built by a group of activists followers of the so-called youth for land of Israel. Meanwhile, eyewitnesses reported that Jewish settlers attacked and beat up a 70-year-old man east of Qalqilia and a teen who was accompanying him…

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Israeli media reports Tel Aviv involvement in religious tensions in Egypt
Middle East Monitor
January 7. 2010 – A report in the Israeli media claims that Tel Aviv is involved in fuelling the religious tensions between Muslims and Christians in Egypt. The aim, according to the article in Haaretz newspaper, is to tarnish Egypt’s image and international public opinion, in Europe particularly. According to the article, Israel used a Canadian activist of Egyptian origin, Majid Shafi, who lobbies for an improvement in Christians’ rights in the Middle East…

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Israel’s Iron Kipa
Gilad Atzmon
January 7, 2010 – In English they call it the “Iron Dome” in Hebrew they call it the “Iron Kipa” which could also be translated as ‘Iron Skullcap’ or even ‘Iron Yarmulka’*. Seemingly the Israelis love to mix iron with God. The Iron Dome, Kipa or Yarmulka is the new Israeli guided missile system. It is there to stop rain of rockets from falling over Sderot, Ashkelon or Tel Aviv. According to Haaretz, “the defense establishment this week successfully intercepted a barrage of rockets for the first time using the newly developed Iron Dome system”.

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Clashes after Egypt Copt killings
Aljazeera.net
January 7, 2010 – Clashes have broken out in southern Egypt between thousands of Christian Copts and police after the Christmas Eve killing of six Copts in a drive-by shooting, police officials say. Fighting erupted outside a hospital morgue on Thursday where the bodies of the Christians killed the previous day were kept, the official said. Six male churchgoers and a security guard were shot dead outside a church in Egypt as Christians left a late night mass, Bishop Kirollos of the Nagaa Hammadi Diocese said…

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‘Israel to compensate UN for Gaza war damages’
By Haaretz Service and Reuters
January 7, 2010 – Israel has agreed in principle to reimburse losses the United Nations suffered during Israel’s three-week offensive in the Gaza Strip last winter,a UN spokesman said on Thursday. Spokesman Martin Nesirky declined to give a figure or other details of the accord. A UN inquiry last year put the cost of damage to UN property in Gaza during the conflict at over $11 million, almost all of it caused by Israeli forces…

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Israeli forces shoot Hebron teen
Ma’an News
January 7, 2010 – Three Palestinians were injured in clashes with Israeli soldiers at a military checkpoint north of the West Bank city of Hebron on Thursday, medical officials said. A boy named Majid Muhammad Abdul Rahman Jaradat, 16, was shot in the hand and the abdomen, medics said, and was transported to Hadassah Ein Karem hospital in Jerusalem. A hospital spokeswoman, Karmit Orpav, said a Palestinian arrived at the hospital in an intensive care ambulance following the incident and was going into surgery for “serious” injuries..

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Six million in the US with no income but food stamps
Jerry White
January 7, 2010 – Some six million Americans—one in 50 people in the US—are living on no income other than $100 or $200 a month in food stamps, according to an analysis of state data by the New York Times. The number of people who reported that they are unemployed and receive no cash aid—neither welfare, nor unemployment insurance, pension benefits, child support or disability pay—the newspaper reported, has jumped by 50 percent over the last two years, as the recession has taken hold…

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Palestine Memorial Week in London
The Palestinian Return Center
January 7, 2010 – Palestine Memorial week will be lunched with the first anniversary of the indiscriminate war against the besieged people of Gaza approaching, a number of organizations based in the UK and Europe are preparing for a week of events and actions. The events which will last one week will remember the victims killed in more than 30 massacres like Dair Yasin, Qibya and Sabra-Shatlia. In commemoration of the victims of Gaza and also in remembrance of six decades of brutality against the Palestinians, The Palestinian Return Centre (PRC), Palestinian Forum in the UK, European Campaign to End Siege on Gaza, Islamic forum of Europe (IFE), Federation of Student Islamic Societies (FOSIS), Muslim Association of Britain (MAB), Islamic Human Rights Commission in Britain (IHRC), Russell Tribunal, Student Council Goldsmith University and Action Palestine will be holding a number of events between 13th to 19th of January 2010…

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