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URUK Net 8 February, 2010 Part 2

Last updated: Sunday, February 14, 2010 8:47

The Useless Logic of Round Numbers: War is Criminal Any Day
Ramzy Baroud
February 8, 2010 – The media’s habit of revisiting certain issues at set intervals can be strange and even illogical at times. For example, many news outlets commented on President Barack Obama’s first 100 days in office, as well as on the anniversary of his election win, and then again one year after his inauguration day. With every new round number, more commentators joined in and discussions heated up between proponents and detractors of his government’s performance… We determine the order in which legacies such as Obama’s should be dissected. After a decided date, the subject can be ignored until the next round number arrives, bringing with it more useless chatter. Of course, this is a delusion. Like much of the media’s behaviour, it has no connection to reality. It’s all a mind game. A lie, even. For victims of US policies in Afghanistan, Iraq, Palestine, and elsewhere, the attention given to round numbers is wholly illogical. The drones flying over Afghanistan and Pakistan, loaded with killing technology, care little for numbers, including the number of lives they destroy daily. Did Gazans starve less when we ‘examined’ Obama’s (pro-Israel) legacy after 100 days of his presidency? Where they better off one year from his election victory or one year from his inauguration? How about 273 days from his ascendancy to the White House? Was that a particularly chaotic day in Baghdad’s streets? Do soldiers take a break from killing on even days, and resume the slaughter o! n odd on es? ..

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Bad to Worse in Iraq
Robert Dreyfuss
February 8, 2010 – The election in Iraq is less than a month away — that is, if indeed it is held as scheduled on March 7 — and things are going from bad to worse. Last month, an unelected commission held over from the early days of the US occupation of Iraq, the Justice and Accountability Commission, issued a shocking ruling banning more than 500 candidates from taking part in the election, including a number of members of the current parliament running for reelection. That commission, successor to the old De-Baathification Commission, is controlled by Ahmed Chalabi and one of his cronies, Ali al-Lami. Chalabi, the darling of Bush-era neoconservatives, who pushed Chalabi as Iraq’s leader after 2003, has long had close ties to Tehran, and in this case the ban struck at those Iraqi politicians most opposed to Iran’s growing influence in Iraq. Last week, an Iraqi appeals court seemed to overturn the ban…Following the court’s decision, the government of Iraq — led by a coalition of Shiite-sectarian politicians closely tied to Iran — demanded that the appeals court decision be overruled. Ali al-Dabbagh, one of Prime Minister Maliki’s closest aides, called the lifting of the ban “illegal and not constitutional.”…

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The Biased US Broker in the Middle East
The Israeli-US Unbreakable Relations
By Khalid Amayreh
February 8, 2010 – Ever since the ill-fated Rogers Plan, proposed and named after former US secretary of state William Rogers in 1969, every American administration made ostensibly exhaustive efforts to resolve the Arab-Israeli conflict. However, all these efforts failed miserably, apparently due to Israel’s adamant refusal to give up the spoils of the 1967 War. Another key reason behind the failure of the US peace diplomacy in the Middle East is the US reluctance and consistent refusal to exert meaningful pressure on Israel to abide by international law, which further emboldened Israel and made the Jewish state bask undisturbed in its rejectionism and arrogance of power…

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When Death becomes Love during Wartime
Hussein Anwar
February 8, 2010 – This post is not what you think, I am not going to make a romantic play out here, it is not about the love we all hear about between man and woman, not about a romantic relationship, this field does not interest me when it comes to writing, so open your eyes for another type of love that you have never ever heard of before. Ever since I began hearing about the raping of Iraqi women in prison, I started to think about the aftermath these women will have for the rest of their lives, I dig too deep trying to figure out what sort of a life they will live and who will embrace them and take them in. No matter what I think, how I thought, and no matter how creative my imagination is…I will not reach or feel not even a small portion of what these Innocent women felt during prison, feel after prison, live and suffer for the rest of their lives simply because what happened to them did not happen to me…

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Aafia Siddiqui: Victimized by American Injustice
Stephen Lendman
February 8, 2010 – …Carefully orchestrated, the trial proceeded like numerous others, targeting innocent victims because of their faith, ethnicity, prominence, benevolent charity, activism, or other reasons for political advantage, ending with convictions and punitive incarcerations against innocent defendants, guilty of being Muslims in America at the wrong time when we’re all just as vulnerable. In a manipulated climate of fear, the same process repeats, using bogus charges, secret evidence, enlisted witnesses to cooperate, the defense prohibited from introducing exculpatory evidence, and proceedings carefully scripted to intimidate juries to convict. Justice is again denied, Siddiqui another victim, a human tragedy, portrayed by the dominant media as a jihadist, and getting public sentiment to agree because disturbing truths are carefully suppressed…

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Flight 253: Intelligence Agencies Nixed State Department Move to Revoke Bomber’s Visa
Tom Burghardt
February 8, 2010 – Rightist demagogues, as they are wont to do, prattle-on how they, and they alone, can “keep America safe”—by shredding the Constitution. Waging a decades-long psychological war against the American people, corporatist thugs embedded within the National Security State assure us that secrecy, deceit and imperial adventures that steal other peoples’ resources are the one true path to national prosperity and universal happiness. But what happens when those charged with protecting us from attack, actually aid and abet those who would kill us, and then handsomely profit from our slaughter in the process?..

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IRAN: As many as 3 million protesters anticipated at Thursday rally
Los Angeles Times
February 8, 2010 – The 22nd day of the Persian calendar month of Bahman, the date 31 years ago when Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini declared Iran an Islamic republic, is traditionally a time for official patriotic fervor and the unveiling of national achievements. But on Sunday, a source inside Tehran police headquarters told a friend of the Los Angeles Times in Iran that security forces expect as many as 3 million anti-government protesters to descend on the center of the capital during the holiday, which falls on Thursday this year, after loud calls by opposition leaders to take the streets. The government is also expected to be prepared, deploying about 12,000 baton-wielding Basiji militiamen from outside the capital and legions of supporters bused in from around the country. “The government managed to collect and gather around 500,000 supporters,” the friend of the newspaper said, speaking on condition of anonymity. “This number is very real. All of their efforts have amounted to 500,000.”…

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Tel Aviv’s hydra-headed monster
By Linda S. Heard
February 8, 2010 – It’s surely ironic that the country that complains loudest about terrorism has assassination squads travelling the world in search of prey. The murder of Hamas commander Mahmoud Al Mabhouh in a Dubai hotel room last month is believed to have been carried out by members of the Mossad allegedly using Irish passports. And the fact that the Israeli government has declined to comment other than to falsely claim that Al Mabhouh was in the emirate to meet with Iranian officials speaks volumes. Dubai’s Police Chief Lieutenant General Dahi Khalfan Tamim has warned that an international arrest warrant will be issued in the Israeli Prime Minister’s name if it is proved that the crime was perpetrated by an Israeli hit squad. That would certainly be a logical course of action but it’s easier said than done…

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White House Repeats Pentagon Lies About Guantánamo “Recidivists”
Andy Worthington
February 8, 2010 – What is to be done about the idiocy that has spread, like a poisonous but imperceptible gas, from the Pentagon to Congress, and is now wafting through the White House, deranging all it touches? As it travels, this dismal infection transforms statistical impossibilities into magic numbers, which appear, to the uninformed observer, to confirm the most shameless lies of former Vice President Dick Cheney: that Guantánamo was teeming with hardcore terrorists, who couldn’t wait to “return to the battlefield.”…

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Building back in Gaza – with mud bricks
IRIN News
February 8, 2010 – Hassan al-Err, aged 67, and his seven-member family are moving into a mud house built by the UN agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) in the Gaza Strip, because other building materials are not available. The two-bedroom house in the Ezbet Abed Rabbo neighbourhood of Jabaliya town, north of Gaza City, is an improvement on the tent in which they had been living – next to the rubble of their former home. Rebuilding homes damaged in last year’s 23-day war, has been almost impossible because Israel does not allow construction materials such as cement and steel into the Strip…

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The US Military: A Mindset of Barbarism, Part 2
Dahr Jamail
February 8, 2010 – …In the second part of his interview with Truthout, Dr. Mestrovic examines the fallacious nature of the rules of engagement, Operation Iron Triangle in Iraq, the rampant nature of atrocities in the US military today, and the possibility of a solution. In Operation Iron Triangle, Iraqi detainees were murdered by US soldiers under the command of a legendary American colonel, Michael Steele. On May 9, 2006, American soldiers executed three unarmed men they had captured in an operation in the so-called Sunni Triangle in Iraq. Several of these soldiers were court-martialed and imprisoned, but some within the military say that responsibility ultimately lies with Colonel Steele…

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Why The Ethan Bronner Case Matters
M.J. Rosenberg
February 8, 2010 – The story this far is that the New York Times is seriously on the defensive because the son of it’s Israel correspondent, Ethan Bronner, joined the Israeli army. In the end, the Bronner story is not that significant. He will either remain in Israel or be reassigned. Other than for the Bronner family, life will go on as before. But here’s the real story. Suddenly the New York Times feels the need to deal with its critics who argue that the Israeli position should not be the default position. Journalists should no more mouth Israeli talking points than those of the Palestinian Authority or Hamas…

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UK minister says Iran not part of ‘axis of evil’
RebelNews
February 8, 2010 – Britain’s official inquiry into the Iraq war for the second time linked the conflict with Iran at a session on Monday dedicated to further investigate the invasion’s legality…During his testimony, however, Straw ventured to mention Iran, this time with a view starkly opposing those expressed by former Premier Tony Blair, who urged strong international action against the country over it energy nuclear program. “Iran have not invaded any other country,” the Times quoted Straw as saying Monday during the testimony. “They [Iran] couldn’t stand al-Qaeda … or the Taliban anymore than we could,” said the British minister who asserted that the country’s inclusion in former US President George Bush’s “axis of evil” incomprehensible. “I think it’s simplistic to regard Iran as a bogeyman,” Straw said…

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Iraq snapshot – February 8, 2010
The Common Ills
Monday, February 8, 2010. Chaos and violence continue, US House Rep John Murtha has died, the Iraq Inquiry learns of Jack Straw’s phone calls to Colin Powell, Little Nouri stamps his feet and stages propaganda, and more… Wednesday an Iraqi appeals court ruled that the 500 plus candidates being banned by Iran via the extra-legal Accountability and Justice Committee would be allowed to run. This did not sit well with the thug of the occupation Nouri al-Maliki. As one of the many chicken exiles who pulled the world into a war they were too cowardly to fight on their own, Nouri knows a thing or two about perception management even if Reuters doesn’t. Helen Long (Reuters) plays fool or whore — you decide in a video ‘report’ on ‘thousands’ of Shi’ite protesters ‘offended’ that suspected Ba’athists were running. Helen hopes you don’t get your information from anywhere else. Especially not Germany’s DPA which tells you what Helen refused to: “Thousands of supporters of Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki’s Dawaa Party demonstrated outside the house of parliament in Baghdad on Sunday, to call for the exclusion of ‘Baathist’ candidates from the March polls.” Who were these ‘typical’ protestors? The governor of Baghdad was among them. Helen whores it and prays the whole world is stupid and doesn’t catch on…

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