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URUK Net 22 January, 2010

Last updated: Sunday, January 24, 2010 8:43

Iraq littered with high levels of nuclear and dioxin contamination, study finds
Martin Chulov
January 22, 2010 – More than 40 sites across Iraq are contaminated with high levels or radiation and dioxins, with three decades of war and neglect having left environmental ruin in large parts of the country, an official Iraqi study has found. Areas in and near Iraq’s largest towns and cities, including Najaf, Basra and ?Falluja, account for around 25% of the contaminated sites, which appear to coincide with communities that have seen increased rates of cancer and birth defects over the past five years. The joint study by the environment, health and science ministries found that scrap metal yards in and around Baghdad and Basra contain high levels of ionising radiation, which is thought to be a legacy of depleted uranium used in munitions during the first Gulf war and since the 2003 invasion…

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PCHR Release New Report: 23 Days of War, 928 Days of Closure: Life One Year after Israel’s Latest Offensive on the Gaza Strip, 27 December 2008 – 18 January 2009 (Full Text)
PCHR – Palestinian Centre for Human Rights
January 22, 2010 – The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) have released this report in order to highlight the reality of life in the occupied Gaza Strip, and to illustrate the dramatic deterioration in the human rights situation brought about by 928 days of continuous illegal closure,1 as well as numerous offensives, incursions, and attacks. Over the course of 42 years of occupation, Israeli occupation forces have consistently violated international law. These violations have been well documented and reported, yet despite a significant level of media and political attention, the international community has continued to grant Israel impunity, a fact recently illustrated by the international reaction to the publication of the Report of the United Nations Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict (the ?Goldstone Report?). This impunity, which has been a consistent feature of the occupation, has resulted in continuous and escalating violations of international law, and the denial and violation of Palestinian civilians fundamental human rights. This reality was graphically underlined by Israel?s 23-day assault on the Gaza Strip – codenamed Operation Cast Lead – which lasted from 27 December 2008 to 18 January 2009…

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The Horror of Haiti
What the Press Coverage Tells US
by John Chuckman
January 22, 2010 – It is relentless, the pictures of terror-stricken people, broken limbs, and bloated dead, and many of us cannot stand to see or hear more. One has to ask: what are we to do with such information? […] I am reminded of another disaster, one that happened in the last few years. It was not a “natural” disaster but the deliberate work of the immensely powerful. In this other disaster, roughly a million people died, about five times the current estimate of death in Haiti. I don’t know how many were crippled, but it must have been a great number. This other disaster created more than two million refugees fleeing for their lives. Most of them fled to poor but generous countries, not being welcome by the rich and powerful, and especially not by the country responsible for the mayhem. As far as pictures and reports, most of them seen in North America were sanitized. Many if not most of the reports were dishonest, clearly not informing people of the magnitude of the horror as it happened…

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Gaza Health Fact Sheet (Full Text)
World Health Organization
January 22, 2010 – The Gaza Strip has been the setting of a protracted political and socio?economic crisis. Recent events have resulted in a severe deterioration of the already precarious living conditions of the people in Gaza and have further eroded a weakened health system. The closure of Gaza since mid?2007 and the last Israeli military strike between 27 December 2008 and 18 January 2009 have led to on?going deterioration in the social, economic and environmental determinants of health…

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Rubbing Salt in Guantanamo’s Wounds: Task Force Announces Indefinite Detentions
Andy Worthington
January 22, 2010 – With a stunning lack of sensitivity, President Barack Obama’s Guantánamo Review Task Force chose the anniversary of the president’s failed promise to close the prison to announce its conclusions regarding the eventual fate of 196 prisoners. As the Washington Post explained, the Task Force said, with no trace of irony, that “nearly 50" of the men still imprisoned at Guantanamo “should be held indefinitely without trial under the laws of war.” …

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Preserving Palestine’s roots of resistance
by Hajr Al-Ali
January 22, 2010 – Anyone who has reveled in Middle Eastern or Mediterranean cuisine knows the important role olives play in giving their taste buds cause to cheer. Whether eaten whole or through their oil, olives complete nearly any meal. Yet, here in Palestine in particular, zaytoun (olives) provide flavor to our lives beyond simply satisfying our palates. They are a vital part of the Palestinian economy, and are the nation’s largest commercial crop. According to UN figures, olive trees account for more than 45 percent of all farmland and 80 percent of all orchards in Palestine. They also happen to be a consistent target for Israeli settler and military attacks…

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Gitmo “Suicides” Should Be The Final Straw For Firing McChrystal
Jim White
January 22, 2010 – Stanley McChrystal’s career is characterized by torture, murder, secret prison camps and cover-ups. It should come as no surprise, then, that this week’s exposé by Scott Horton on the Guantanamo “suicides” in 2006 implicates McChrystal and another secret prison camp: One of the most intriguing aspects of this case concerns the use of Camp No. Under George W. Bush, the CIA created an archipelago of secret detention centers that spanned the globe, and authorities at these sites deployed an array of Justice Department sanctioned torture techniques—including waterboarding, which often entails inserting cloth into the subject’s mouth—on prisoners they deemed to be involved in terrorism. The presence of a black site at Guantánamo has long been a subject of speculation among lawyers and human-rights activists, and the experience of Sergeant Hickman and other Guantánamo guards compels us to ask whether the three prisoners who died on June 9 were being interrogated by the CIA, and whether their deaths resulted from the grueling techniques the Justice Department had approved for the agency’s use—or from other tortures lacking that sanction…

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Some More De-Baathification Metrics
Reidar Visser
January 22, 2010 – The party-level statistics of the fallout from the latest round of de-Baathiciation are now beginning to filter through. This information was not obtainable from the accountability and justice board or the IHEC, since the only document leaked from them was a consolidated list of 511 banned candidates without any party affiliations given. However, the individual parties received lists of their de-Baathification “results” in the various provinces. As expected, it is the secular and nationalist parties that are hardest hit. The biggest of them, Iraqiyya, has reported that altogether 72 candidates across the country are on the banned list, 22 of them in Baghdad. The Ahrar list, a much smaller nationalist party but one that is even more critical of Iran , says 20 of its candidates are on the black lists…

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Common Activist Errors and Some Proposals to Rectify Them
A Palestine Think Tank Editorial
January 22, 2010 – …Palestinians are scattered all over the world, with most of them living in Exile. The struggle over the last 62 years has been sustained and the name “Palestine” has survived because of the sacrifices of the Palestinians in Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, the Gulf States, Europe and elsewhere. Their national struggle is one, and it is for the liberation of their homeland, their mother country. It is for the return to their homes and villages and to achieve a peaceful, democratic life. We should not allow this national struggle to be reduced to the issue of the fate of a Hamas rule in Gaza and a very limited self governance “State” led by Abbas in what’s left of the West Bank. Hamas and Fatah are two political parties, they are not the supreme voice of all Palestinians around the world, nor can they propose themselves as such. Just like in any other country around the world, nationalism and patriotism do not belong to parties, but to a People. It is tragic that the clashes between these parties have derailed the Palestinian aspirations, and that any opponents to either of these parties have been silenced, jailed or even killed. This is not what Palestinians have sacrificed their lives for. Nothing can occur in Palestine as long as Hamas and Fatah, each with outside supporters, are divided. It is a dramatic and damaging situation to have a Palestinian population divided along sectarian lines, and this division is precisely what Israel hopes ! will rem ain in their policy of Divide and Rule. To be divided is to serve Zionist interests…

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Petition! Civil Rights for Palestinian Refugees in Lebanon
Franklin Lamb, PhD
January 22, 2010 – Secondary only to ending the siege of Gaza and achieving Statehood, the enactment of the basic civil right to work and to own a home for the hundreds of thousands of Palestinian Refugees living in squalor in Lebanon is perhaps the most critical and immediately achievable goal of the Palestinian resistance and the ideals enshrined in the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights… We the undersigned from many countries, mindful of the urgent need for equal human rights for our Palestinian Refugee sisters and brothers in Lebanon in their Civil, Political, Social and Economic dimensions, herewith signify our solidarity with Lebanon as this great country nobly corrects six decades of injustices by enacting civil rights legislation for her guests from Palestine…

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From Gun Boat Diplomacy to Smart Power in Honduras
The Preventive Coup
By SAUL LANDAU and NELSON P. VALDÉS
January 22, 2010 – What provoked a dozen families last June to conspire to overthrow Honduran President Manuel (Mel) Zelaya? He did not apparently harbor a secret revolutionary agenda, nor try to impose non-legal changes to bridge the immense gap between the handful of super rich and millions of poor. The oligarchy bogusly accused Zelaya of seeking constitutional changes so he could run again. Zelaya had authorized oil explorations and planned to convert the U.S.-controlled Palmerola military base for civilian planes – contrary to the oligarchy’s wishes. Zelaya also brought Honduras into ALBA – Venezuela’s and Cuba’s project to integrate Latin American economies without the U.S. He helped mobilize the region against Washington’s “isolate Cuba” policy. His biggest sin, however, was proposing, through a non-binding referendum, a Constitutional convention to consider structural change…

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Ahmed Chalabi at the Center of Iraq’s Election Scandal
Architect of US Invasion Calling the Shots on Candidate Bans
Jason Ditz
January 22, 2010 – Back again like a bad penny, controversial Iraqi politician and architect of the 2003 US invasion Ahmed Chalabi has once again returned to the headlines amid a growing election scandal. Gone are the days when Chalabi was funneling false information to the Pentagon to justify a war, and the days when he was America’s favorite for a key leadership position in the post-occupation government. But as the head of Iraq’s hastily assembled Justice and Accountability Committee (JAC), he retains surprising power. The JAC grew out of the de-Ba’athification committee, and were the ones who submitted a list of 500+ candidates for parliament who should be banned for alleged Ba’athist ties…

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Preserving Palestine’s roots of resistance
by Hajr Al-Ali
January 22, 2010 – Anyone who has reveled in Middle Eastern or Mediterranean cuisine knows the important role olives play in giving their taste buds cause to cheer. Whether eaten whole or through their oil, olives complete nearly any meal. Yet, here in Palestine in particular, zaytoun (olives) provide flavor to our lives beyond simply satisfying our palates. They are a vital part of the Palestinian economy, and are the nation’s largest commercial crop. According to UN figures, olive trees account for more than 45 percent of all farmland and 80 percent of all orchards in Palestine. They also happen to be a consistent target for Israeli settler and military attacks…

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Shooting The Messenger
Palestine Monitor
January 22, 2010 – With a new year comes new tactics from Israel’s security forces. 2009 began with a determined effort to destroy their enemies in Gaza, claiming the lives of 500 children in the process. It must have been an irritation to the military that they could not so easily wipe out the journalists, activists and relief workers who made their atrocities public. As a new year dawns, it is these voices of conscience who are becoming an endangered species. There is growing evidence to suggest a co-ordinated campaign to lessen international presence in the Palestinian territories. This week the Ministry of Interior announced there would be no new work permits for NGO employees, forcing them to rely on tourist visas that prohibit employment. The impact on the work of aid organisations like Handicap and Save the Children International is likely to be severe…

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`Ammar Al-Hakim in Beirut
As’ad AbuKhalil, The Angry Arab News Service
January 22, 2010 – I saw a press conference by this leader of the Badr Shi`ite sectarian militia in Beirut. He met with everybody there. But the press grilled him. He paid tributes and praised armed resistance against Israeli occupation. He even laid a wreath at the tomb of `Imad Mughniyyah. He may receive a number of lashes on his buttocks upon returning to Iraq. He said that there is no need to criticize the American occupation because 1) it is in the past—kid you not; 2) Bush and Rice admitted mistakes; 3) there are no more US military bases in Iraq—kid you not. He said that. For those who catalogue the crimes in the Middle East, especially the crimes against the Palestinian people: remember that this is a commander of a militia that terrorized and expelled the Palestinian population in Iraq. For that alone, and for the use of torture, and for serving as tools of occupation, this sectarian militia should not be forgiven…

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Guantanamo detainee fate rests with US judges: analysts
By Lucile Malandain (AFP)
January 22, 2010 — A year after President Barack Obama ordered Guantanamo closed, the prison remains intact and some 50 detainees appear set to be locked up indefinitely. But civilian judges still have the final say over their detention, analysts say. A Justice Department-led task force has recommended that the 50 prisoners be held indefinitely because they are too dangerous to release and evidence against them is insufficient for a criminal trial, the Washington Post reported Friday…

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Gaza: rescuers targeted, one year on
Eva Barlett, In Gaza
January 22, 2010 – “The last Israeli attacks were the hardest, the most dangerous. It wasn’t a war, it was a massacre. They shot anyone walking, anyone outside of their home, in their home … it didn’t matter. And it didn’t matter if the victims were children or adults; there was no difference.” Ali Khalil, 47, has served as a medic with the Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) and private hospitals in Gaza for more than 20 years. He has seen some of the worst atrocities committed by the Israeli army. During Israel’s war on Gaza last winter, Khalil worked in Gaza’s northern region, venturing repeatedly into high-risk areas bombarded by Israeli tanks, helicopters and warplanes to rescue the injured and retrieve the dead. During the 23-day invasion, the Israeli army warplanes, drones, warships, tanks and snipers rendered entire areas off-limits and impossible for ambulances and civil defense fire and rescue trucks to reach…

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Families of Iranian detainees targeted by authorities
Radio Zamaneh
January 22, 2010 – Leila Farhadpour, journalist and women’s right activist, was arrested yesterday at her home by security officials. On Monday, she had gone to Evin Prison to follow up on her detained son’s case. Suffering from heart complications, she fainted at the prison and was transferred to the hospital. She was later arrested back at her home. Her son, Behrang Tonkaboni, editor-in-chief of Farhang-o-Ahang-e Rooz, was arrested over two weeks ago at the office of the publication. Ms. Farhadpour’s attempts at getting information regarding his situation were not successful…

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Gaza residents are dying for lack of medical care
By Ravi Matah
January 22, 2010 – NEW YORK – Residents of Gaza, hemmed in by Israel’s three-year blockade, are dying because they are not getting efficient medical care and Israel denies them exit permits to seek treatment elsewhere. “The World Health Organization pointed out that many specialized treatments, such as for complex heart surgery and certain types of cancer, are not available in Gaza and patients are therefore referred for treatment to hospitals outside Gaza,” said a statement issued by Max Gaylard, humanitarian coordinator for occupied Palestine…

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Defense Secretary Robert Gates Confirms Blackwater in Pakistan
Jeremy Scahill
January 22, 2010 – In an interview with the Pakistani TV station Express TV, Defense Secretary Robert Gates confirmed that the private security firms Blackwater and DynCorp are operating inside Pakistan. “They’re operating as individual companies here in Pakistan,” Gates said, according to a DoD transcript of the interview. “There are rules concerning the contracting companies. If they’re contracting with us or with the State Department here in Pakistan, then there are very clear rules set forth by the State Department and by ourselves.”…

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Haitians dying by the thousands as US escalates military intervention
Bill Van Auken
January 22, 2010 – Thousands of Haitians are dying every day for lack of medical care and supplies, according to a leading humanitarian aid group. Meanwhile, the Pentagon has announced that it is expanding the US military presence in the country, maintaining Washington’s priority of troops over humanitarian aid. The US-based medical aid group Partners in Health has warned that as many as 20,000 Haitians may be dying daily due to infections such as gangrene and sepsis that have set in, as the majority of the injured receive no medical care or are treated in facilities that lack the most basic supplies…

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Obama to indefinitely imprison detainees without charges
Glenn Greenwald
January 22, 2010 – … But all year along, Barack Obama has been strongly implying that he will retain George Bush’s due-process-free system by continuing to imprison detainees without charges of any kind. In his May “civil liberties” speech cynically delivered at the National Archives in front of the U.S. Constitution, Obama announced that he would seek from Congress a law authorizing and governing the President’s power to imprison detainees indefinitely and without charges. But in September, the administration announced he changed his mind: rather than seek a law authorizing these detentions, he would instead simply claim that Congress already “implicitly” authorized these powers when it enacted the 2001 AUMF against Al Qaeda — thereby, as The New York Times put it, “adopting one of the arguments advanced by the Bush administration in years of debates about detention policies.”…

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Israeli Drones in Afghan Skies
IslamOnline.net
January 22, 2010 – Despite having no ground troops in the Muslim country, Israel is taking part in the US-led war in Afghanistan by sending drones to the US allies in the country. “While Israeli soldiers can’t fight in the war in Afghanistan, Israeli drones can,” commented The Jerusalem Post on Friday, January 22. A number of NATO countries are using Israeli drones to hunt down Taliban fighters…

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Children missing from Haiti hospitals: UNICEF
AFP
January 22, 2010 — Children have gone missing from hospitals in Haiti since the devastating earthquake struck, raising fears of trafficking for adoption abroad, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said Friday. “We have documented let’s say around 15 cases of children disappearing from hospitals and not with their own family at the time,” said UNICEF adviser Jean Luc Legrand. “UNICEF has been working in Haiti for many years and we knew the problem with the trade of children in Haiti which existed already beforehand, and unfortunately many of these trade networks have links with the international adoption ‘market’,” Mr. Legrand explained…

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Beware of the BBC
By Stuart Littlewood
January 22, 2010 – Its mission statement says: ‘Trust is the foundation of the BBC: we are independent, impartial and honest.’ However, people are complaining bitterly to the BBC about its pro-Israel stance when reporting on the situation in the Holy Land. Once renowned as the benchmark for fairness and accuracy, the BBC nowadays is careless with the truth when handling news from the Palestinian territories illegally occupied by Israel – the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza. We were treated to a prize example earlier this week…

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Palestinian farmers are being treated like criminals
Amira Hass
January 22, 2010 – Under the cover of the incessant noise from the roads in the Hebron district, an anonymous Arab is perpetrating a serious crime: With a small hammer, he is digging a cistern so he can collect rainwater on his rocky land. Other such criminals have other methods of carrying out their evil schemes – which is to say, to prepare their land for cultivation of vegetables, grain, grapevines or almond trees. “When someone builds a terrace on his land, he does it by taking a stone from the ground and adding it to the supporting wall once a month or once a week at most, so that it will be hard to discern the change,” a Hebron resident said, explaining one of the methods…

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The Lessons of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS)
by Stephen Lendman
January 22, 2010 – Established in 1989, the MA’AN Development Center is “an independent Palestinian development and training institution…work(ing) towards sustainable human development in Palestine” through its various programs. On October 31, it released a publication on the Palestinian BDS campaign titled, “Boycott, Divestment, & Sanctions: Lessons learned in effective solidarity.” It’s another of the many BDS initiatives multiplying to support Palestine. In July 2005, a coalition of 171 Palestinian Civil Society organizations created the global movement for “Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel Until it Complies with International Law and Universal Principles of Human Rights” for Occupied Palestine, Israeli Arabs, and Palestinian diaspora refugees. MA’AN covers BDS history and outlines current efforts and challenges to be overcome. Past Palestinian boycotts showed they work…

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GAZA VISIT-OUR GREAT RESPONSIBILITY
Irish4Palestine
January 22, 2010 – As an Irishman, I will start my post today with a quote from Bobby Sands about our own struggle for freedom and justice as it also applies to Palestine: “Everyone, Republican or otherwise, has their own particular part to play. No part is too great or too small; no one is too old or too young to do something.” Since our return from Gaza, I had great plans of writing many posts, covering each incident and event in an orderly fashion. But each time I sat down to write I was unable. You see, I believe very deeply that all of us who visit Gaza bear a grave responsibility to tell their story when we return…

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Media Disinformation: TV Networks Give Americans a “Sanitized Version of War”
by Sherwood Ross
January 22, 2010 – U.S. television networks have given the public a sanitized, largely bloodless view of the war in Iraq, an academic authority on communications writes. “The contrast between what Americans saw on the news and what European and pan-Arab audiences saw is striking. Foreign news bureaus showed far more blood and gore than American stations showed. The foreign media were delivering audiences the true face of the war,” writes Michelle Pulaski, an assistant professor at Pace University, New York…

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In Memory of Martin Luther King
by Gilad Atzmon
January 22, 2010 – I also have a dream that one day the Jewish state, a state sweltering in the heat of injustice, sweltering in the heat of oppression; will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and fairness. I have a dream that in the ‘Jew-Only State’ people will not be judged according to the blood of their (Jewish) mother, but rather by the content of their character. I have a dream today!…

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The siege of Haiti
Rachel Cohen and Alan Maass
January 22, 2010 – THE RING of mighty warships off the coast of Port-au-Prince is a stark symbol of the true intentions of the U.S. government in its “humanitarian” mission following Haiti’s devastating earthquake. The Navy and Coast Guard vessels aren’t there with food or water or rescue teams. They’re on patrol to make sure that Haitians don’t escape the disaster and try to get to the United States. A week and a half after the earthquake hit—with hundreds of thousands dead and as many as 3 million made homeless—even mainstream news reports admit that relief efforts organized by the U.S. aren’t getting food and water to many people…

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Stone Walls and Steel Bars: America’s War on its Own Keeps Raging
Chris Floyd
January 22, 2010 – The cruel and unusual punitiveness of American society is a frequent topic on these page. (The most recent piece is here.) No nation on earth puts as many of its people in jail — both in real numbers and as a percentage of the population. And few if any have “justice” systems so savagely targeted at racial minorities. For the past 30 years — concurrent with the organized effort by the monied, militarized elite to destroy any and all restraints on their predatory appetites — the United States has waged an unrelenting war on its black population, and on other minority and marginalized groups as well…

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Lebanon: Tensions rise as Israeli Army stages maneuvers on border
By Elias Sakr
January 22, 2010 – Media reports said Friday tensions rose on the Lebanese-Israeli border as the Israeli Army undertook military maneuvers on its northern border, while Hizbullah members were put on high alert, according to the pan-Arab daily Ash-Sharq al-Awsat. Asked whether Hizbullah members were put on high alert, the party’s spokesman Ibrahim Musawi told The Daily Star on Friday that Hizbullah was always ready to face any aggression but declined to elaborate further…

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THE TRUTH IS HARMLESS IF IT IS CENSORED
Steve Amsel, Desertpeace
January 22, 2010 – Look at the photo of the man below… does he look dangerous? Well, he is! He is a Jewish journalist that dares to speak the truth about Israel. That is FORBIDDEN according to the 11th Commandment…’Thou Shalt Lie In Order To Protect The Occupation’. Jared Malsin refused to do that. He wrote the truth… read below what the consequences were…

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UN Expresses Concern Over Heath System In Gaza
Saed Bannoura
January 22, 2010 – The United Nations said it is deeply concerned over the declining health care system in the Gaza Strip due to the ongoing Israeli siege and closure. The UN stated that one year after the Israeli offensive, border crossings remain closed, and hundreds of patients are deprived from receiving the timely advanced health care. Max Gaylard, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator, stated that the people of Gaza are not receiving the needed health care, and that the situation there is man-made, inflicted by the siege, unlike the situation in Haiti that has been destroyed by an Earthquake…

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Barack Obama to hold 50 Guantánamo detainees without trial
By Alex Spillius
January 22, 2010 – As the anniversary of the deadline set by President Barack Obama to close the controversial prison passed, a task force led by the US justice department reached a decision that infuriated civil liberties groups and will bring accusations that the president is aping George W Bush’s war on terror policies. The administration believes their continued detention – justified because they are too dangerous to be released though the evidence against them is too weak to secure a conviction – is legal because Congress authorised the use of force against the Taliban and al-Qaeda. Sources close to the administration said that in practice the decision meant that those detainees would be held until the conflict had subsided to the point where releasing them would no longer pose a threat…

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The truth about Guantánamo
From a cover-up over prisoners’ deaths to the torture of Shaker Aamer, the real story of Guantánamo is beginning to emerge
Moazzam Begg
January 22, 2010 – … The latest revelations in the US magazine Harper’s suggests a major cover-up occurred after the 2006 deaths of three Guantánamo prisoners: Manei al-Otaibi and Yasser al-Zahrani from Saudi Arabia and Ali al-Salami from Yemen. Four Camp Delta Military Intelligence guards, including a decorated sergeant, have furnished an account dramatically at odds with the official US version of what happened on the night of the deaths. I remember at the time how none of the former prisoners believed the official US version and, after I spoke to the families of the deceased, they too remained convinced that their loved ones had either been killed accidentally or – more likely – murdered. Last week Johina Aamer delivered a letter to Gordon Brown, asking him to press the US government for the release of her father, Shaker Aamer, who has been held in Guantánamo for more than eight years without charge. Shaker is regarded as one of the most influential prisoners in Guantánamo because of his vociferous and passionate advocacy for prisoners’ rights. As a result of this he has spent many years in isolation, on hunger strike and been forcibly fed liquid food through tubes in his nostrils…

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“Palestinian journalists can’t work freely or safely”
Sarah Irving
January 22, 2010 – In October 2009 Palestinian photojournalist Nayef Hashlamoun traveled to Jordan to collect a lifetime achievement award from the Arab Youth Media Forum, a Dubai-based press project. The award recognized Hashlamoun for his “professionalism and skill and for his service in the media, and courage to work despite being wounded several times by Israeli soldiers and settlers,” according to Forum president Haitham Yousif. Hashlamoun, who until December worked for Reuters in Hebron, had also been feted during the 2006 China International Press Photo Contest in Shenzhen. His work documenting the incessant persecution of Hebron’s Palestinian residents by Israeli soldiers and settlers has appeared in newspapers around the world…

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Security “Red Zones” in Haiti Preventing Large Aid Groups from Effectively Distributing Aid
Democracy Now!
January 22, 2010 – As thousands of well-equipped US soldiers pour into Haiti, there is an increasing concern about the militarization of the country, supporting the soldiers and not the people. Or, as one doctor put it, “people need gauze, not guns.” We take a look at aid distribution in Haiti and the effect on Haitians fighting to survive in the aftermath of the earthquake…

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Israeli occupation admits building work continues in at least one settlement
Palestinian Information Center
January 22, 2010 – Israeli war ministry has admitted that construction works continued unabated in at least one Jewish settlement in the northern West Bank contrary to Israeli government claims of temporarily freezing settlement expansion in the West Bank. Israeli media reported on Friday that the said ministry admitted that construction work has not stopped at the Keryat Nitavim in the northern West Bank…

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