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URUK Net 6 February, 2009

Last updated: Saturday, February 7, 2009 18:46

World needs credible body to pursue Israeli war criminals
Khalid Amayreh
On 27th December, Israel carried out a genocidal blitzkrieg against the estimated 1.5 million Palestinian inhabitants of the Gaza Strip, using state-of-the-art of the American technology of death. This deadly weapons used against the imprisoned Gaza inhabitants include , inter alia, F-16 war planes, equipped with all sorts of lethal missiles including bunker buster bombs, apache helicopters, white Phosphorous shells, flechette dart shells, as well as the Dense Inert Metal Explosive (DIME), a deadly weapon recently developed by the United States army to create a powerful and lethal blast over a small area…

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Afghan Resistance Statement
Americans have taken their decision as per their own discretion
Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan
New York Times quoted American president, Barrack Obama on Tuesday to have said that the current American Administration would focus more on war in Afghanistan rather than reconstruction. Though the ultra motives behind American invasion of Afghanistan were clear to all Afghans with insight, but the past eight years, have clearly portrayed the poor pace of reconstruction works in Afghanistan performed by the invading Americans. Furthermore, the current absurd state of the so-called prosperity, the Americans were boasting to bring about in Afghanistan, is unquestionably obvious to all our countrymen. Similarly, the invading forces have failed to put an end to the sufferings of the Afghan people. By announcing their war-mongering policy, the Americans have unveiled once again their anti-Afghan feature and, on their own accord, adopted a bellicose direction as their policy based on blood shedding, sufferings and torturing of the Afghans…

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Iran and the US: United over Afghanistan?
Syed Saleem Shahzad
The annual Munich Security Conference, which brings together a dozen world leaders and about 50 top diplomats and defense officials, starts on Friday for the 45th time with one item paramount on its agenda: the United States-led world order, given the troubles in Afghanistan and Iraq and the ongoing impasse with Iran. The US has sent a high-ranking delegation led by Vice President Joe Biden and the special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Richard Holbrook. They are expected to seek informal dialogue with Iran, represented by Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki and parliament speaker Ali Larijani. This contact on the event’s sidelines will likely focus on the Iranian role in Iraq and the need for Tehran’s cooperation over Afghanistan, especially in allowing the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s (NATO’s) non-military supply lines to pass through the Iranian port of Chabahar on the way to Afghanistan…

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Piracy in Palestinian territorial waters
PNN
The Israelis committed blatant piracy says the European Campaign to Lift the Siege on Gaza. The reference is to a Lebanese ship carrying aid to the Gaza Strip which Israeli naval vessels commandeered yesterday. Not only did the Israelis take the ship, the humanitarian aid, including blood, they took the passengers. Gaza City’s Jamal Al Khudari, an independent member of the Palestinian Legislative Council and the Chairman of the Popular Committee against the Siege, issued an urgent call to release the crew. He also noted that the Israelis had put their lives in danger while still at sea by knocking out communications…

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US-Russia tensions escalate over closure of Afghan supply base
Bill Van Auken
The threatened closure of a key Pentagon supply base in the former Soviet republic of Kyrgyzstan, with serious implications for the Obama administration’s planned escalation of the US-led war in Afghanistan, has deepened tensions between Washington and Moscow. The Manas air base, located near the Kyrgyz capital of Bishkek, is the major air link between the US military and American occupation forces in Afghanistan. Last year, at least 170,000 US military personnel passed through the base on their way to or from Afghanistan, together with 5,000 tons of military equipment. Approximately 1,000 US troops are stationed at the base, together with smaller contingents from France and Spain…

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‘There is no childhood in Gaza’
Melanie Swan
In their hospital ward, the group of children appear no different from all the others receiving treatment. But they are. These five youngsters are from Gaza, and in their short lives have witnessed unimaginable horror. Even getting to the clinic in Dubai was an emotional journey for them. As they were about to be flown out, the Israeli bombardment of the Gaza Strip began and they were barred from leaving the country, forced to wait for the medical care they urgently needed. Even getting to the clinic in Dubai was an emotional journey for them. As they were about to be flown out, the Israeli bombardment of the Gaza Strip began and they were barred from leaving the country, forced to wait for the medical care they urgently needed…

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Life In These Here United States
Chris Floyd
Want to know how the militarist empire really works, down in its corroded guts? Then read this from the Miami New Times: Armed Again: Indicted Miami Beach weapons dealer Efraim Diveroli is still making millions of dollars from the U.S. government. Want to see how Barack Obama is going to escalate George W. Bush’s “faith-based initiatives,” increasing the amount of tax money going to religious groups – while refusing to categorically prevent them from discriminating against infidels and heretics while they pocket public cash?…

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Iran’s Larijani says US Mideast envoy “positive” signal
IranVNC, DC
Iran’s Majlis [parliament] speaker Ali Larijani today welcomed US President Barack Obama’s decision to send his new envoy on the Middle East to listen to countries in the region, but criticized Washington’s support for Israel’s recent offensive in Gaza. Speaking at the annual Munich Security Conference, Larijani said that the US president sent his envoy “to listen to people’s words, and not to dictate,” the conservative Fars news agency reports. He added: “This approach is a positive initial signal.”..

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Whistling Past the Afghan Graveyard
Where Empires Go to Die
Tom Engelhardt
It is now a commonplace — as a lead article in the New York Times’s Week in Review pointed out recently — that Afghanistan is “the graveyard of empires.” Given Barack Obama’s call for a greater focus on the Afghan War (”we took our eye off the ball when we invaded Iraq…”), and given indications that a “surge” of U.S. troops is about to get underway there, Afghanistan’s dangers have been much in the news lately. Some of the writing on this subject, including recent essays by Juan Cole at Salon.com, Robert Dreyfuss at the Nation, and John Robertson at the War in Context website, has been incisive on just how the new administration’s policy initiatives might transform Afghanistan and the increasingly unhinged Pakistani tribal borderlands into “Obama’s War.”…

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UNRWA Press Conference on Gaza humanitarian situation
“The situation in Gaza is one of growing misery,
UNRWA
“The situation in Gaza is one of growing misery,” the top United Nations official in the war?torn territory said today, telling reporters it was “shameful” that Israeli politics had stranded tons of relief supplies at blocked crossing points and, in the latest blow to the beleaguered recovery effort, armed Hamas police had broken into a warehouse and seized thousands of blankets and food packs meant for needy Gaza residents…

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Hamas battles UNRWA over aid; admits one theft, one mixup – UN halts supplies into area
Ma’an news
UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon called on Hamas to return all confiscated UNRWA aid Friday, following the announcement that the agency would halt all aid imports until the supplies were returned. Ki Moon said the events of the past week and their final outcomes would affect the situation of hundreds of thousands of Gazans in need of aid. De facto minister of Palestinian social affairs Ahamd Al-Kurd, however, claimed “There is no problem or issue between the de facto government and UNRWA.”… According to the agency, the suspension of imports will “remain in effect until the aid is returned and the Agency is given credible assurances from the Hamas government in Gaza that there will be no repeat of these thefts.”…

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Afghans say U.S.-led raid kills six civilians in south
Reuters
U.S.-led forces have killed six people during a raid in the southern Afghan province of Zabul, Afghan officials said on Friday. Afghanistan has seen a sharp escalation of violence in recent years and is going through its bloodiest period since U.S.-led troops and Afghan forces overthrew the Taliban in 2001. The victims in the latest incident were six civilian males from two families, said Mohammad Hashim, a member of Zabul’s provincial council…

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Weekly Report: On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory No. 05/2009 (29 Jan. – 04 Feb. 2009)
PCHR – Palestinian Centre for Human Rights
Israeli violations of international law and humanitarian law continued in the OPT during the reporting period (29 January – 4 February 2009). Shooting: During the reporting period, IOF killed two Palestinian civilian and wounded 44 others, including 22 children, a pregnant woman, and an international human rights defender in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. In addition, two Palestinians died of wounds sustained during the IOF offensive on the Gaza Strip. In the Gaza Strip, on 2 February 2009, IOF extra-judicially executed a Palestinian resistance activist and wounded two others. In addition, two children in the vicinity were also injured in the attack. An IOF drone fired a missile at the car in which the activists were traveling…

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USA ready to lose more men in Afghanistan for the sake of opium drugs
Vladimir Anokhin, Pravda.Ru
Barack Obama was running his pre-election campaign as a tough critic of the unpopular and cost-intensive war in Iraq. He acknowledged the need to end the US-led campaign in Iraq and proclaimed Afghanistan to be the central front of the anti-terrorist struggle. NATO and the USA have lost the control over the biggest part of the country’s territory. Taliban continue to intensify their activities in the north-west of Pakistan. Resistance has been gathering pace in Afghanistan, while the coalition troops have been suffering from the shortage of personnel.

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Election results show secular powers emerging in Iraq
By Rasha Saad and Kazem al-Akabi, DPA
Preliminary election results in Iraq showed Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki’s Dawlat al-Qanoon coalition leading in nine of 14 provinces and the emergence of new secular powers. Dawlat al-Qanoon, or State of Law, garnered 38 per cent of the votes in the capital Baghdad and 37 per cent in Basra, the province that accounts for most of Iraq’s oil exports, according to the Independent Higher Electoral Commission (IHEC)…

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The non-issue
Missing links
Meanwhile, as the Israeli national election approaches, Likud party leader Netanyahu has endorsed Avigdor Lieberman’s Ysrael Beiteinu proposal for a law that could take away the citizenship of Israelis deemed “not loyal…One historical example of such a law is the 1935 Nazi law respecting “citizenship certificates”…

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Turkey probes Gaza ‘war crimes’
AlJazeera.net
A Turkish prosecutor has launched an investigation into whether Israel committed genocide and crimes against humanity in its offensive in Gaza, his office has said. The investigation follows a complaint lodged by the human rights association Mazlum-Der against several top Israeli officials. The officials against whom allegations have been levelled are Shimon Peres, the Israeli president, Ehud Olmert, the prime minister, Tzipi Livni, the foreign minister, Ehud Barak, the defence minister, and Gabi Ashkenazi, the army chief of staff…

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Fair trade, not aid, is the way forward
Gen Sander, The Electronic Intifada
Some would argue that fair trade never really existed in the Gaza Strip — at least not in the “certified” way. Needing to meet certain standards for present-day international export is reasonable enough, but fair trade can also exist domestically or internationally, without all the fuss and formalities. If we understand fair trade to be about dignity, empowerment, sustainability, justice and social responsibility, then any form of exchange that meets those criteria should be recognized as just that. Before the days of Israel’s crippling siege of the Gaza Strip, six women’s couscous processing cooperatives were in operation in Gaza, built on the foundation of the above criteria…

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PLO report: “980 Palestinians, including 380 children, 108 women killed in January”
Saed Bannoura – IMEM
A report published by the National and International Office of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) revealed that the Israeli army killed more than 980 Palestinians in January, including 380 women and 108 children. 3982 Palestinians were injured, including 2700 children and women. The report also includes information on Israeli violations in the West Bank. The report stated that the Israeli forces destroyed and shelled thousands of homes, while thousands of residents took shelter in UNRWA schools, yet the army shelled the schools, killed and wounded hundreds of civilians. According to the report, civilian casualties of Israel’s latest war constitute 85%, 40% of them were children and women. The army also killed 20 medics, 5 reporters and 120 elderly people. 500 of the 3982 wounded residents are in serious conditions, the report added…

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The Al Haddad family’s story: Nothing left but ashes
…They got to where their road and the main road intersect. At this point the Israeli army struck the car from both tank and plane, it appears with 2 rockets or shells, and at least one phosphorous bomb. The car spun 15 metres away, and as one of the doors flew open, Mohammed was thrown out, catching only the inital brunt of the phosphorous before the car exploded. Abu Rami il Sharif, who lived in the same block as the Haddads and on the corner of this intersection, was able to reach him. As firing continued from the tanks, Abu Rami knew that he could not reach the car to help anyone else, but he knew also that there was no-one left to help…

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GI Special 7B3: National Guard Special [ 6 February 2009 ]
Thomas F. Barton
President Obama intends to adopt a tougher line toward Hamid Karzai, the Afghan president, as part of a new American approach to Afghanistan that will put more emphasis on waging war than on development, senior administration officials said Tuesday. They said that the Obama administration would work with provincial leaders as an alternative to the central government, and that it would leave economic development and nation-building increasingly to European allies, so that American forces could focus on the fight against insurgents. NATO has not met its pledges for combat troops, transport helicopters, military trainers and other support personnel in Afghanistan, and Mr. Gates has openly criticized the United States’ NATO allies for not fulfilling their promises. Mr. Obama is preparing to increase the number of American troops in Afghanistan over the next two years, perhaps to more than 60,000 from about 34,000 now.

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