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URUK Net 24 January, 2009

Last updated: Saturday, January 31, 2009 11:07

Torture in Iraqi Prisons
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Exclusive report by Dar Babel publishers, via BRussells Tribunal
…Torture is carried out by beating the detainee for 6 hours continuously without any interruption in each stage. The other means of torture are as follows: 1. Being lashed with a large electrical cable 2. Torture by electricity 3. Bone breaking, Breaking the lower back bone (coccyx), breaking the foot, ankle and leg. One detainee had been struck with a metal object on the back of his neck by a man called Faeez Al Jalill; this had lead to the detainee being paralysed from the neck down. The other detainees have to take him to the toilet and feed him. His name is unknown but he is still a detainee in Tikrit prison. 4. Threatening to rape of female family members in order to pressure he prisoner into ‘cooperating’. 5. Mental torture : arresting parents with their children, threatening the parents with killing the children and threatening the children with killing the parents. 6. Arbitrary arrests and extortion: Members of the police would arrest men as terrorism suspect and then demand money from their families before letting them go free…

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Long term soil devastation in Gaza due to use of white phosphorus and depleted uranium
PNN
Losses are huge in the Gaza Strip with many of the devastated population still in tears, some little kids afraid to return to school today. The environmental effects will continue to be uncovered for years on lands that become less fertile with each invasion and home demolition. The Agriculture Minister in the Gaza Strip noted today that the Israeli military continues to target farmers on their lands near the boundary lines. Many people are unable to reach the fields. He added on Saturday that in the Mediterranean just off the Gaza coast Israeli naval ships continue to open fire on fishermen, preventing them from working…

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Video: Unseen Gaza
Channel 4
…With reporters unable to enter Gaza, attempted media manipulation from both sides and strict regulations governing what images that can be shown on British TV, Jon Snow asks a range of journalists from at home and abroad about the challenges of getting the full story. Featuring images that haven’t before been aired on mainstream television, Jon also examines the difference between the coverage at home and that in the US, Europe and the Middle East. He compares the coverage available on terrestrial channels with satellite TV and the internet and investigates the extent to which some British Muslims are by-passing the mainstream British media and looking elsewhere for their information…

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‘Phosphorus wounds’ alarm Gazans
Aleem Maqbool , BBC News
Staring straight ahead and rocking steadily backwards and forwards in her hospital bed, Sabah Abu Halima lists the fate of each of her nine children. “Abed, 14 years old, was decapitated,” she says. “Shaheed, one year and three months, was in my arms when the fire took her…” Sabah explains that her husband and four of her children died when their house in northern Gaza was shelled during the recent Israeli offensive. Many of the rooms in that house now lay dark and empty – blackened by fire…

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Absolutely Not in Their Name, Not in Ours
Michael Warschawski, Alternative Information Center (AIC)
Ehud Barak, Tzipi Livni, Gabi Ashkenazi and Ehud Olmert—don’t you dare show your faces at any memorial ceremony for the heroes of the Warsaw Ghetto, Lublin, Vilna or Kishinev. And you too, leaders of Peace Now, for whom peace means a pacification of the Palestinian resistance by any means, including the destruction of a people. Whenever I will be there, I shall personally do my best to expel each of you from these events, for your very presence would be an immense sacrilege… You are not representing any continuity with the Warsaw Ghetto, because today the Warsaw Ghetto is right in front of you, targeted by your own tanks and artillery, and its name is Gaza. Gaza that you have decided to eliminate from the map, as General Frank intended to eliminate the Ghetto…

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Israel Admits White Phosphorous Use in Gaza
IslamOnline.net & Newspapers
As calls are crying louder for an international probe into Israel’s war crimes in Gaza, Israel admitted Saturday, January 24, using white phosphorous, a chemical that burns away human flesh to the bone, in shelling the densely-populated strip. “Yes, phosphorus was used but not in any illegal manner,” Yigal Palmor, a Foreign Ministry spokesman, told The Times. “Some practices could be illegal but we are going into that.” The Israeli Ministry of Defense confirmed the use of white phosphorous in bombing Gaza, saying it has been used only for making smokescreens…

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Obama’s new foreign policy team prepares escalated bloodletting in Afghanistan and Pakistan
Patrick Martin
In a series of meetings and public appearances Wednesday and Thursday, and with the first military strikes of his administration, President Barack Obama has given a clear signal that he plans intensified bloodshed in Afghanistan and Pakistan as the US escalates its military intervention in Central and South Asia. Missiles fired from unmanned Predator drones struck two targets inside Pakistan Friday morning, killing at least 18 people. As is always the case with such exercises in remote-controlled murder, US officials claimed they were targeting Al Qaeda, although even US media accounts admitted that the majority of those killed were local residents…

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Fatah and Hamas trade accusations of political arrests, torture
Ma’an news
The Palestinian rival parties Fatah and Hamas on Friday traded accusations of each abusing the other’s supporters in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. The Palestinian Authority’s official news agency Wafa published a report accusing Hamas of pursuing Fatah supporters, shooting them and abducting them. Meanwhile, the Hamas-affiliated Palestinian Information Center (PIC) said that PA security in the West Bank arrested Hamas members…

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US soldiers kill Iraqi couple, wound child
Middle East Online
US soldiers killed an Iraqi couple and wounded their eight-year-old daughter during a raid against suspects near the northern city of Kirkuk on Saturday, police and the US military said. The incident took place at 2 am (2300 GMT on Friday) when troops burst into the home of Hussein Ali, a police source said. They killed him and his wife, and wounded the child, according to a neighbour in Hawijah village, west of Kirkuk…

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NATO soldier, over dozen civilians killed in Afghanistan
‘I can show you all the bodies, they are all innocent women, children and men’
DPA
…Abdul Rahimzai, head of Laghman’s provincial council, said that Friday night’s attack killed 21 civilians and wounded several others. ‘Several tribal elders in the area contacted me today and said that they took out 21 dead bodies, including women, from the destroyed houses,’ Rahimzai told Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa. Lutfullah Mashal, the provincial governor could not confirm the exact death toll, but said that the operation was not coordinated with the Afghan military or provincial leaders. He said a team had been dispatched to the area to investigate the local people’s assertion. Angry protester took to streets in the provincial centre, chanting slogans against the US military forces in the country…

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The Israeli army opens fire at resident homes in southern Gaza
Ghassan Bannoura – IMEMC
The Israeli army opened fire at resident homes and farm lands located at Al Faraheen village located in the southern part of the Gaza strip on Saturday. The residents said that Israeli tanks stationed at the borders opened fire at their homes and farms; damage was reported but no injuries. The Israeli Army embarked on its military offensive on Saturday, December 27th, 2008. For 22 days, homes, schools, mosques, UN centers, and media agencies were attacked by Israeli air, sea, and ground forces. Israel announced the unilateral ceasefire on Sunday 17th of Jan. 2009…

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Growing concern over Israel’s weapons use
By Donald Macintyre in Atatra
Whether from delayed shock or not, Mahmoud Abu Halima was almost dispassionate as he pointed to the hole in the roof made by the artillery shelling which killed his father and burned to death his baby sister and three of his younger brothers. He had been next door and had come running when he heard the first explosion. “I started to go upstairs shouting ‘mama, mama’,”.he said. “But she was already coming down. She was burning. All her clothes were on fire. I put my jacket on her. She told me: ‘go and get your father, he is hurt.” The sight that greeted Mahmoud, 20, is one which will presumably haunt him for the rest of his life..

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Report: The IOF troops executed many detained civilians during its war on Gaza
Palestinian Information Center
The Palestinian center for the defense of prisoners on Saturday revealed that the IOF troops kidnapped during their aggression on the Gaza Strip about 300 Palestinian civilians, some of them were executed by gunfire or tank shells. In a statement received by the PIC, the center explained that the IOF troops, during the war on Gaza, used a number of Palestinian citizens as human shields to protect themselves from Palestinian gunfire in blatant violation of all international norms and conventions…

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Uncle Subhi’s Puzzling Questions in Gaza
By Dr. Haidar Eid – Gaza
‘Where can I bring him a father from? Where can I bring him a mother from? You tell me!’ These are the desperate words of Subhi Samouni to Al Jazeera’s Gaza correspondent. Subhi lost 17 members of his immediate family, including the parents of his 7-year old grandson. Shockingly, even as I write this article, corpses of the Samouni family are still being retrieved from under the rubble – 15 days after the Israeli Occupation Forces shelled the two houses. The Israeli Occupation Forces locked 120 members of the family in one house for 12 hours before they shelled it. Subhi’s words echo the harsh reality of all Palestinians in Gaza: alone, abandoned, hunted down, brutalized, and, like Subhi’s grandson, orphaned…

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Gaza: Unexploded Bombs Hold More Deaths
Erin Cunningham
At first the 44 children that live in the Zani family home in Beit Hanoun were wary of the unexploded F-16 rocket whose tail has protruded menacingly from their garden since it landed in the first week of the Israeli assault on Gaza. Now, they have grown used it – playing excitedly near it and even building fires next to it, a relative says. “What else are we supposed to do?” asks Mohamed Zani, father of 18 of the children living at the Zani home. “This is our situation, and we have to live with it.” Zani says he has been calling Gaza’s civil defence force, which was targeted in the invasion and is now located at a makeshift headquarters in the Al-Shifa hospital, to remove the missile…

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Angry Afghan villagers say raid left civilians dead
By M. Karim Faiez and Laura King, Los Angeles Times Staff Writers
A fierce new dispute erupted today over civilian deaths in Afghanistan, with village elders asserting that 22 noncombatants were killed in an American-led raid and U.S. military officials insisting all 15 dead in the incident, including a woman, were Taliban fighters. Civilian casualties have emerged as one of the most serious points of friction between Western forces and the increasingly unpopular government of President Hamid Karzai. The Afghan leader has repeatedly accused foreign troops of failing to safeguard civilians during combat operations…

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it’s a ceasefire…just not on the beach, not in your home
In Gaza
On the 5th morning after Israel declared a ‘ceasefire’, Israeli gunboats began shelling, as they had on several mornings since halting the 22 day air and land bombardment of Gaza. The shelling, which began just after 7:30 am off Gaza city’s coast, injured at least 6, including one boy with shrapnel in his head. Yasser Abed, 15, came out from his home in Gaza’s Beach camp, on the coast, to see where the shelling was occurring. A shard of shrapnel lodged in his forehead. Nisreen al Quqa, 11, was out earlier, before the navy began to fire towards Palestinian fishermen. She and her brother were walking on the beach when the firing started. A piece of shrapnel lodged in her right calf muscle. Other injuries included a 14 year old male who was hit in the thigh by one of the shrapnel fragments, a 35 year old male also with a shrapnel injury, and a 4 year old girl with a head wound from flying shrapnel…

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Aid agencies: Continued Gaza blockade will cause crisis to double
Ma’an news
A coalition of international aid agencies urged the Israeli government on Saturday to open the Gaza Strip’s border to allow vital goods into the territory. After 19 months of blockade and 23 days war, Gazans continue to suffer a lack of food, water, healthcare, fuel and shelter. “We can’t wait any more,” said Muhammad Ali, an official with Oxfam International, demanding that “all the crossings work at their full capacity.” He said slightest delays of humanitarian access will cause the crisis to double, causing more misery the people of Gaza…

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Scenes from Gaza
As’ad AbuKhalil, The Angry Arab News Service
“Palestinian Rawan Abu Taber, 4, wounded during the Israeli military operations, screams in pain as doctors change bandages to her severe burns, at the Shifa hospital in Gaza City, Wednesday Jan. 21, 2009. Doctors had to amputate her thumb because it kept on burning. A vast majority of over 4,000 Palestinians wounded in Israel’s operations in the Gaza Strip are treated at Shifa, Gaza’s largest hospital.”…

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Benn accuses BBC of betrayal over Gaza appeal
By Laura May, Press Association
Veteran politician Tony Ben accused the BBC today of a “betrayal” of its public service obligations following its decision not to broadcast a public appeal for funds for Gaza. Having spoken on the Today programme, he will address a pro-Palestine rally called by the Stop the War coalition outside Broadcasting House in central London. The former Labour MP and Stop the War president will say: “The decision of the BBC to refuse to broadcast a national humanitarian appeal for Gaza, which has left aid agencies with a potential shortfall of millions of pounds in donations, is a betrayal of the obligation which it owes as a public service…

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January 24, 2009: 2 US Soldiers, 12 Iraqis Killed; 33 Iraqis Wounded
Margaret Griffis, Antiwar.com
At least 12 Iraqis were killed and 33 more were wounded in the latest attacks. A U.S. soldier was killed in a non-combat incident in southern Iraq today, while another U.S. soldier died of non-combat related injuries in Balad. Meanwhile, poor and sick Iraqis in Basra took advantage of what began as a pro-Maliki rally to lodge their complaints with the prime minister. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki held a rally in Basra yesterday to promote his vision of a strong central government for Iraq. What at first was believed to be “2,000 cheering supporters,” at closer inspection, turned out to be hundreds of desperate Iraqis who instead were demanding immediate help from the prime minister…

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