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URUK Net 13 February, 2009

Last updated: Sunday, February 15, 2009 8:08

Iraq Solidarity UK: Not ALL War Wounds are Visible!
Iraq Solidarity Campaign UK
As a result of conflict within the Middle East, the people of both Iraq and Palestine are living with the psychological wounds of war, which bare no visible scars and cannot be seen by either aid workers or the international media. These wounds are the direct results of conflict, where in Iraq alone, there are over five million traumatized child orphans as a result of the 2003 invasion and over four million displaced Iraqi citizens, with over 2.5 million of the displaced being children under the age of 12. Children surveyed inside of Iraq have showed that 92% have learning disabilities relating to the Post Traumatic Stress of war. In the Gaza Strip, it is estimated that the population is around 1.4 million inhabitants, with over half of that number consisting of children and young people…

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Israel’s Rationale for Murder: No One Is Innocent
M. Junaid Levesque-Alam
…It is time to consider an obvious alternative to the official line: Israel did not “accidentally” kill hundreds of Palestinian civilians while “targeting” Hamas for launching aimless rockets.  Rather, Israel purposely targeted all Palestinians because it wanted to teach them a severe lesson for not being defeated after 60 years of ongoing brutalization.  The pile of civilian corpses produced by the invasion was not accidental — it was integral — to the administration of this lesson…

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Rights Groups Release Documents Obtained in FOIA Case Relating to Secret Detention, Extraordinary Rendition, and Torture Program
New Evidence of DOD Cooperation with CIA Ghost Detention Program
Center for Constitutional Rights
Documents obtained through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit confirm Department of Defense involvement in the CIA’s ghost detention program, revealed three prominent human rights groups today. The groups—Amnesty International USA (AIUSA), the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), and the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice (CHRGJ)—today released documents obtained from the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) and U.S. Department of State (DOS), resulting from their lawsuit seeking the disclosure of government documents that relate to secret detention, extraordinary rendition, and torture. At a public press conference, the groups revealed that these documents confirm the existence of secret prisons at Bagram and in Iraq; affirm the DOD’s cooperation with the CIA’s ghost detention program; and show one case where the DOD sought to delay the release of Guantánamo prisoners who were scheduled to be sent home by a month and a half in order to avoid bad press…

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State Secrets and Deceit: Obama Embraces CIA Torture
Tom Burghardt
As predictably as night follows day, the Obama regime defended the CIA’s practice of “extraordinary rendition” (kidnapping) of suspected “terrorists” to third countries where they are subject to “enhanced interrogation” (torture) by allied security services. Binyam Mohamed and four other victims have charged that they were brutalized after being “disappeared” by CIA operatives and secretly flown to Egypt, Morocco, Afghanistan and eastern European CIA “black sites.”…

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‘Opposing Israeli violence is not anti-Semitism’
ALAA KULLAB
In an article published on The Local this week, Israeli journalist David Stavrou argued that much Swedish criticism of Israel’s actions in Gaza had turned anti-Semitic. Politicians and demonstrators who gathered in Stockholm’s Sergels Torg did not understand the reality of the Middle East, he claims. Slinging accusations of anti-Semitism is easy. But why do people in any part of the world need to be professors of political science to go out and demonstrate against the killing of civilians, when they see it happening and broadcast live on their TVs?…

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Getting the Goat: A Bipartisan Proposal on Torture
Chris Floyd
…”At Guantánamo, Mr. al-Qahtani was subjected to a regime of aggressive interrogation techniques, known as the ‘First Special Interrogation Plan,’ that were authorized by U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld,” Gutierrez said. “Those techniques were implemented under the supervision and guidance of Secretary Rumsfeld and the commander of Guantánamo, Major General Geoffrey Miller. These methods included, but were not limited to, 48 days of severe sleep deprivation and 20-hour interrogations, forced nudity, sexual humiliation, religious humiliation, physical force, prolonged stress positions and prolonged sensory over-stimulation, and threats with military dogs.” We know that President Obama and leading Democrats believe that no one should be prosecuted for these putrid atrocities. As the progressive president himself reminded us just the other day, his “general orientation” is to “move forward,” not look back at such unseemly matters as a widespread system of torture and murder created by the top officials of the government which he now heads…

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Five Afghan Children One Woman Killed in Australian Raid in Uruzgan
Jonathon Burch
Afghanistan condemned on Friday the killing of civilians in a raid by Australian soldiers in the south of the country which it says was not coordinated with Afghan forces. The Australian Defence Force said five children had been killed in a shootout between Taliban insurgents and Australian Special Forces in southern Uruzgan province on Thursday, where they were “clearing” a number of compounds…

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The Change You’ve Been Waiting For: Full-On Russian Kleptocracy
Arthur Silber
…Not so by the way: for any liberals or progressives who pretend astonishment at the already lengthy list of “betrayals” by Obama — and only in office a few weeks, for his miraculous nature truly is beyond the comprehension of mere mortals! — this might be a good time to put your brains back in gear. In fact, you should have expected all of this…

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Last Russian general warns US on Afghanistan
JIM HEINTZ, AP
Twenty years after Red Army troops pulled out of Afghanistan, the last general to command them says the Soviets’ devastating experience is a dismal omen for U.S. plans to build up troops there… He told reporters that U.S. plans to send thousands of new troops to Afghanistan would make no difference against a resurgent Taliban, who came to power in 1996 in the chaos after the Soviet withdrawal. “One can increase the forces or not — it won’t lead to anything but a negative result,” Gromov said…

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Israelis, in Crisis, Vote for a Government of War
Nicola Nasser
…Right and left –wing Israeli rhetoric however could not smokescreen the fact that Israel’s latest elections, from Palestinian and Arab perspectives, were competed among the right, the center right and the far right, or between the extremists and the ultra-extremists. Kadima was a breakaway from Likud in the first place. Yesrael Betteinu was an offshoot of Likud. Palestinian blood is on the hands of Netanyahu as much as it is on the hands of Livni and Barak. Does it really matter then if they differ on launching an all out war or limited wars on the Palestinian people, or on which is better to finish them once and for all in a military blitz or to exhaust them to elimination by prolonged gradual small wars!..

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New Details on Torture Deaths
By Jason Leopold
In December 2002 – as the Bush administration was ratcheting up its harsh questioning of detainees – several captives died from “abusive” treatment at the hands of U.S. military interrogators in Afghanistan, according to newly declassified Defense Department documents. The deaths appear to fit within the administration’s broader pattern of detainee mistreatment, but the two newly released pages from the Church Report – named after the chief investigator Vice Admiral Albert T. Church – claimed that the interrogators in these cases went beyond the tactics then approved for use in Afghanistan…

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Beyond the Veil of Israel’s Publicity Campaign
Christina Jung – Seoul
Israel’s offensive against Gaza has been just as much about a war of words as it has been about a war of military assault. With an aggressive public relations campaign, Israel has gone to considerable lengths no matter what the cost to create a falsified image of victimization by convincing the world of its right to protect its citizens from the daily terror of Hamas rockets. As representatives of world public opinion, we must not complacently accept Israel’s claims at face value in order to turn a blind eye to the untold suffering of the Gazans and the complicity of major powers in this unbridled carnage. We have an obligation to engage in the truth and to urge our leaders to act in accordance with reality…

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Female suicide bomber kills 40 in Iraq
ROBERT H. REID, AP
A female suicide bomber struck a tent filled with women and children resting during a pilgrimage south of Baghdad on Friday, killing 40 people and wounding about 80 in the deadliest of three straight days of attacks against Shiite worshippers. The grisly assault, which also appeared to be the deadliest in Iraq this year, demonstrates the determination of some extremists to re-ignite sectarian warfare…

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Under a white flag, darkly
Amira Hass
At 1 P.M. on Monday, January 5, 2009, near Rajib Mughrabi’s garage on Saladin Street, in the Zeitoun neighborhood of Gaza City, a man of about 60 was pushing an elderly woman in a wheelbarrow. A 15-year-old boy walked at their side, waving a white cloth. Behind them, some 80 people were walking northward, their hands in the air. The day before, during Israel Defense Forces advances under cover of heavy fire, Palestinian inhabitants began their great flight westward, inward, into the Strip’s urban centers. If they thought they were in the soldiers’ line of sight, they waved white flags and raised their hands aloft. The man pushing the wheelbarrow was Mouin Joha, his mother was sitting inside and his son Ibrahim accompanied them bearing the flag…

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Israeli air strike kills a Palestinian in Khan Younis, wounds two others
Saed Bannoura – IMEMC
An Israeli air strike carried out of Friday evening led to the death of a Palestinian man driving a motorcycle in Abasan town, east of Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip, two more Palestinians were injured in the attack. Eyewitnesses reported that an Israeli war jet fired at least one missile at the motorcycler killing him and wounded two bystanders. Medical sources in Khan Younis said that one of the wounded residents suffered serious wounds, while the other is in a moderate condition…

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Iraq’s Sadrists suggest they may rejoin government
DPA
Followers of firebrand Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr on Friday suggested that they may be willing to rejoin the largest coalition in the Iraqi parliament, in a possible indication of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki’s increasingly strong position. ‘We support the idea of renewing the former coalition, in what should be called the United Iraqi National Alliance,’ al-Sadr’s office said in a press release Friday… Sheikh Youssef al-Nasseri, a Shiite scholar who teaches in Najaf, one of Shiite Islam’s holiest cities, told Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa Friday that he believed the Sadrist movement was manoeuvring to rejoin the government ahead of parliamentary elections tentatively scheduled for the end of this year…

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27,000 to work on Pentagon’s image
Russia Today
The new Obama Administration is keen to tackle the problem of America’s poor international image. This may be why the Pentagon will spend $US 4.7 billion and employ 27,000 staff for recruitment, advertising and public relations this year, an Associated Press investigation has revealed… In its year-long investigation, the AP discovered that over the past five years the money the Pentagon spends on propaganda at home and abroad has grown by 63 %, to at least $4.7 billion in 2009…

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Fourteen-year-old boy shot dead by Israeli troops in Hebron
Ma’an news
Israeli soldiers shot and killed a child in Hebron near the Ibrahimi Mosque Friday afternoon. Clashes erupted between Palestinians and Israeli forces near the Abu Al-Rish checkpoint that prevents many Palestinians from entering the Ibrahimi Mosque (Tomb of the Patriarchs). Israeli soldiers opened fire at the group and killed 14-year-old Izz Al-Din Al-Jamal…

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Hamas official: Egypt to declare Israeli-Palestinian truce within two days
Saed Bannoura – IMEMC
Dr. Mousa Abu Marzouq, vice-president of the political bureau of Hamas, stated on Thursday at night that in the coming two days Egypt would declare truce between the Palestinian and the Israeli sides, the Maan News Agency reported. Abu Marzouq added that Hamas agreed to an 18-month truce which will lead to opening the six terminals between the Gaza Strip and Israel, and halting all forms of military activities. He said that this anticipated deal was formulated after talks with all Palestinian factions and Egyptian-mediated talks with Israel…

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Hamas and Fatah agree to stop media campaigns in a meeting in Cairo
Palestinian Information Center
A Hamas delegation lead by Dr. Mousa Abu Marzouq met Thursday evening with a Fatah delegation lead by Ahmad Qurai and mutually agreed to stop media campaigns against one another. Both parties stressed in the joint statement after the meeting that both parties are serious about ending the state of division and to furnish the right atmosphere for inter-Palestinian dialogue. Both parties also agreed to approve mechanisms for ending political arrests and closure of civil institutions to provide the right atmosphere for successful talks to be held in Cairo on 22nd February…

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PCHR Condemns Continued Detention of Journalists by Preventive Security Service in the West Bank
PCHR – Palestinian Centre for Human Rights
The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) condemns the continued detention of a number of Palestinian journalists by the Preventive Security Service (PSS) in the West Bank. PCHR is dismayed that journalists are being abused as a part of the continuing conflict between the Fatah and Hamas movements. The Centre believes these detentions constitute assaults on press freedoms and the right to freedom of expression, which are both enshrined in the Palestinian Basic Law as well as international human rights instruments…

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