InI Logo
Google
 
Web www.williambowles.info
Subscribe to InI’s Mailing List/Newsletter
and then PayPal

URUK Net 25 February, 2009

Last updated: Friday, February 27, 2009 9:47

Anti-imperialist Media – The Bloodthirsty Occupation of Iraq
ANTIIMPERIALIST MEDIA
We present you some scenes from the US Army, which invaded and occupied Iraq since today. You will understand the hate that Muslims and Iraqis feel when they talk about the US, and you will understand why they took up arms against this Nazi-Style Occupation. We ask you to help us to spread this Documentary on the Internet. As the corporate Media works on the Interests of the Oppressors, everyone has the obligation to work on the Interests of the Oppressed…

Read the full article / Leggi l’articolo completo: www.uruknet.de/?p=52140

Tracking Down Gaza War’s Deadly, Mysterious Cubes
David Hambling
An unidentified weapon packed with strange “cube shaped shrapnel” killed or wounded civilians in the recent Gaza war, according to a new report from Amnesty International. Amnesty’s report on weapons used by both sides in Gaza finds much to condemn. The group is particularly hard on the U.S., having found numerous remains of American munitions — including white phosphorus shells from Pine Bluff Arsenal, and a Hellfire missile made in Orlando. Another weapon which bothers Amnesty is a mysterious munition, filled with cubic particles…

Read the full article / Leggi l’articolo completo: www.uruknet.de/?p=52146

Orwell in Babylon: Obama’s War-Continuing “Withdrawal” Plan
Chris Floyd
It would be superfluous in us to point out that a plan to “end” a war which includes the continued garrisoning of up to 50,000 troops in a hostile land is, in reality, a continuation of that war, not its cessation. To produce such a plan and claim that it “ends” a war is the precise equivalent of, say, relieving one’s bladder on the back of one’s neighbor and telling him that the liquid is actually life-giving rain. But this is exactly what we are going to get from the Obama Administation in Iraq…

Read the full article / Leggi l’articolo completo: www.uruknet.de/?p=52136

Targeting Israel with Boycotts, Divestment, Sanctions, and Prosecutions
Stephen Lendman
Enough is enough. After 61 years of Palestinian slaughter, displacement, occupation, oppression, and international dismissiveness and complicity, global action is essential. Israel must be held accountable. World leaders won’t do it, so grassroots movements must lead the way. In 2004, Archbishop Desmond Tutu wrote: “The end of apartheid stands as one of the crowning accomplishments of the past century, but we would not have succeeded without the help of international pressure – in particular the divestment movement of the 1980s. Over the past six months, a similar movement has taken shape, this time aiming at an end to the Israeli occupation.”In July 2008, 21 South African activists, including ANC members, visited Israel and Occupied Palestine. Their conclusion was unanimous. Israel is far worse than apartheid as former Deputy Minister of Health and current MP Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge explained…

Read the full article / Leggi l’articolo completo: www.uruknet.de/?p=52137

The Crisis in Gaza is Far From Over
Joharah Baker
Everyone knew that the timing of Israel’s Cast Lead Operation in Gaza was hardly coincidental. It ended mere days before US President Barack Obama’s inauguration into the White House and weeks before Israel went to early elections. Political pundits postulated that Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak wanted to give his Kadima party one last boost before heading out of political life with his tail between his legs. The fact that the US was changing administrations only expedited the operation, especially since Israel understood well that Obama would surely not be as war-oriented as their good friend George W. Bush. Hence, Operation Cast Lead. As everyone well understands, the results were devastating…

Read the full article / Leggi l’articolo completo: www.uruknet.de/?p=52134

Liberate It !
Layla Anwar, An Arab Woman Blues
Liberate them. Liberate this. Liberate it…
Shackles have wounded the soul, torn it apart
Chains embedded in wrists, dug into ankles, around heads,
like some embedded reporter…
Fighting the nightmare only to realize it is real,
it happened, it is happening…

Read the full article / Leggi l’articolo completo: www.uruknet.de/?p=52150

CIA’s secret Operations worldwide and drug money
Farzana Shah
In Afghanistan US/NATO put blame on Taliban for the poppy cultivation in Afghanistan for financing their resistance to allied forces. Ironically, it was only in Taliban era when the world had seen a sharp decline in opium crop in Afghanistan. Taliban banned opium cultivation nationwide. A more important question is how and when this business of drug production and trafficking started in region? CIA has been using drug money since long to generate money to support its operations all over the world. It did not start in Afghanistan it was brought here after experimenting somewhere else…

Read the full article / Leggi l’articolo completo: www.uruknet.de/?p=52154

Jerusalem governor: Settlements will trigger third intifada
Ma’an news
The Palestinian Authority’s governor of Jerusalem warned on Wednesday that Israel’s policy of home demolitions could cause a third Palestinian intifada, or uprising. “The peace process is not a mechanism to steal land, to put facts on the ground as they like,” said PA Governor Adnan Husseini in response to announced Israeli plans to demolish over 100 homes in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Al-Bustan south of the Old City…

Read the full article / Leggi l’articolo completo: www.uruknet.de/?p=52148

Why 88 Arab homes received eviction notices
Israel has plans to demolish Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem to make way for a tourist site. Activists say it’s a demographic play that amounts to ethnic cleansing.
Ilene R. Prusher | Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor
Israel plans to demolish 88 homes in Silwan, a Palestinian neighborhood in East Jerusalem, to make way for a new archaeological park, adding new fuel the slow-burning dispute over Jerusalem. A variety of neighborhood activists, Muslim leaders in Jerusalem, and even figures from the Palestinian Authority (PA) held a press conference Wednesday, saying that Israel was trying to minimize the Arab presence in this city claimed by both Palestinians and Jews as their capital. They say such a move amounts to ethnic cleansing…

Read the full article / Leggi l’articolo completo: www.uruknet.de/?p=52145

Afghanistan: U.S. Escalates the Illegal Drug Industry
John W. Warnock
It is common knowledge that Afghanistan remains the primary source of the world’s supply of opium and heroin. A recent United Nations’ report claims that three quarters of the world’s heroin comes from the provinces of Helmand and Kandahar. But there is also recognition that poppies are grown in almost all of the country’s 34 provinces. The western media argues that most of the production of illegal drugs is being done by the Taliban or that the Taliban is protecting the farmers. The fact that there are well known drug lords in the government of President Hamid Karzai, and many are members of the parliament, is usually ignored. Yet the Asian press carries photos of “narco palaces” in Kabul and describes the local “narcotecture.” The Afghan population is well aware of the close ties between the drug lords and the government…

Read the full article / Leggi l’articolo completo: www.uruknet.de/?p=52142

Hamas-Fatah peace talks give a ray of hope
Gulf News
Palestinians don’t have much to be optimistic about these days; not only did they witness one of the most devastating Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip last month, their political representatives have continued to be locked in a power struggle for three years at their expense. Against this backdrop, the peace talks between Hamas and Fatah, the two main Palestinian factions, taking place in Cairo today are certainly giving them a reason to be hopeful. This is a serious attempt to bridge the rift that has divided people and affected the general peace talks…

Read the full article / Leggi l’articolo completo: www.uruknet.de/?p=52141

Stratfor: Saudi Arabia: Fears of a Shiite Uprising
Stratfor
…Members of Saudi Arabia’s Shiite minority protested Feb. 25 in the kingdom’s oil-rich Eastern Province, with demonstrators displaying rare anti-government slogans. This unrest follows similar disturbances since Feb. 20 in the holy city of Medina, where Shiite pilgrims clashed with Saudi Arabia’s ideological security force, the hard-line Wahhabi Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice. The unrest was triggered when personnel from the religious police, also called the Mutawwa, filmed female Shiite pilgrims outside a sacred cemetery, which led the women’s male relatives to demand the film. This led to the arrests of the Shia, which then engendered protests from larger crowds of Shia…

Read the full article / Leggi l’articolo completo: www.uruknet.de/?p=52153

Indict Bush and Impeach Obama
Liberal Leaders Betray Antiwar Cause To Serve Dems and Obama — Again
John Walsh
…Having supported Obama during the election when he was very clear about his coming Crusade in Afghanistan and having made no demands in exchange for their support, the liberals are now reduced, their leverage gone, to begging for a change in course. Pity, pathos, disgust or a sense of betrayal — it is hard to know what to feel when one encounters this stuff. Similarly Cagan’s United for Peace and Justice, dominated by the “Progressive” Democrats of America (”P”DA) and the “Communist” Party of the U.S.A (”C”PUSA) — more or less the same thing, not because “P”DA is radical but because the “C”PUSA is not — has been all too silent on Obama’s AfPak War. As a result there have been discordant rumblings among the rank and file about UFPJ’s failure to call a national demonstration against the wars flaring from Iraq to Pakistan and refusal to join the only one called, that by ANSWER (Act Now To Stop War and End Racism) for March 21.—

Read the full article / Leggi l’articolo completo: www.uruknet.de/?p=52138

Judge refuses Iraq war ‘torture death’ probe
John Aston, Press Association
An Iraqi who claims his brother was arrested by British forces and tortured and killed during the Iraq war has failed in a High Court bid to win an inquiry into the death under human rights laws. Kahdhim Resaan Hassan claims his brother, Tarek, was detained at a coalition military camp in Iraq where he was tortured and executed, before his body was dumped 400 miles away. Lawyers for Mr Hassan argued in court that his family was entitled to an inquiry under the European Convention on Human Rights. But today Mr Justice Walker, sitting in London, upheld Ministry of Defence arguments that the case was “outside the geographical scope” of the European convention…

Read the full article / Leggi l’articolo completo: www.uruknet.de/?p=52135

Three British troops killed in Afghanistan blast
CNN
Three British troops under NATO command were killed in an explosion in southern Afghanistan on Wednesday, the British Defense Ministry said. They are among 10 international troops in Afghanistan who have died in bombings since Friday. The three soldiers, from 1st Battalion The Rifles, died from their wounds after an “enemy explosion during an escort operation in the Gereshk district of Helmand province,” the ministry said…

Read the full article / Leggi l’articolo completo: www.uruknet.de/?p=52139

U.S. losing war in Afghanistan, McCain says
CNN
Former GOP presidential nominee John McCain warned Wednesday that the United States is losing the war in Afghanistan… “With our friends and allies, we will forge a new and comprehensive strategy for Afghanistan and Pakistan to defeat al Qaeda and combat extremism,” Obama said Tuesday. “Because I will not allow terrorists to plot against the American people from safe havens halfway around the world. We will not allow it.” But McCain said on Wednesday, “When you aren’t winning in this kind of war, you are losing. And, in Afghanistan today, we are not winning.” He delivered his remarks at the American Enterprise Institute, a Washington-based think tank…

Read the full article / Leggi l’articolo completo: www.uruknet.de/?p=52151

Israeli air raids hit Gaza tunnels
AlJazeera.net
Israeli aircraft have bombed smuggling tunnels between the Gaza Strip and Egypt, damaging Palestinian homes near the border. Palestinians working in the tunnels in the southern town of Rafah are reported to have evacuated before the strike took place on Wednesday, and there were no immediate reports of casualties. The Israeli military said that it undertook two raids in response to two rockets fired earlier by Palestinian fighters…

Read the full article / Leggi l’articolo completo: www.uruknet.de/?p=52143

Afghan Resistance Statement
An Exemplary Lesson to the Stooge Regime
Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan
…The Islamic Emirate had warned the puppet Kabul regime particularly the ministry of justice and other judicial authorities in regular and frequent statements not to torture the miserable Afghan prisoners for the pleasure of the Americans. Similarly, the Islamic Emirate had warned them not to prepare baseless and fake cases against them in order to execute and torture the prisoners of the Islamic Emirate and put an end to the policy of barbarism , brutality and misconduct that is now operative against the prisoners in Pullie-Charkhi. We noticed that the level of torture and brutality against the prisoners were constantly growing. Only during last year, tens of prisoners were martyred as a result of so-called military operation in Pullie-Charkhi Prison. The recent attacks are a good and exemplary lesson to the judicial authorities and to the ministry of justice of the puppet Kabul regime…

Read the full article / Leggi l’articolo completo: www.uruknet.de/?p=52144

Israel’s authoritarian transformation
Sharon Weill and Valentina Azarov, The Electronic Intifada
One of the main issues raised during the recent conflict in the Gaza Strip — apart from a considerable number of allegations of violations of international humanitarian law that will not be dealt with here — concerns the functioning of rule of law in Israel in cases regarding the freedoms of expression, opinion and access to information. The state did all that was in its power (and far beyond) to silence the voices that opposed the government’s policies and operations in Gaza. Those events were one major component of the process that led to the results of the elections to the Israeli parliament, in which a party, Yisrael Beiteinu, whose leader advocates a manifest racist and authoritarian agenda, has become the third political force in the country. The state’s policies that will be examined in this article — the ban on protests, the restrictions on freedom of expression and the disqualification of Arab political parties — are a part of the transformation of Israel into an authoritarian regime based on segregation…

Read the full article / Leggi l’articolo completo: www.uruknet.de/?p=52152

Worse than my darkest nightmare
As I gain my freedom, I am determined that neither those who remain in detention, nor their abusers, are forgotten
Binyam Mohamed
… wish I could say that it is all over, but it is not. There are still 241 Muslim prisoners in Guantánamo. Many have long since been cleared even by the US military, yet cannot go anywhere as they face persecution. For example, Ahmed bel Bacha lived here in Britain, and desperately needs a home. Then there are thousands of other prisoners held by the US elsewhere around the world, with no charges, and without access to their families. And I have to say, more in sadness than in anger, that many have been complicit in my own horrors over the past seven years. For myself, the very worst moment came when I realised in Morocco that the people who were torturing me were receiving questions and materials from British intelligence. I had met with British intelligence in Pakistan. I had been open with them. Yet the very people who I had hoped would come to my rescue, I later realised, had allied themselves with my abusers..

Read the full article / Leggi l’articolo completo: www.uruknet.de/?p=52147

Norway’s GGS says Iran survey attracts US interest
Reuters
-Norwegian seismic surveyor Global Geo Services (GGS) (GGS.OL), a supplier to the oil and gas industry, said on Wednesday a U.S.-based energy firm had shown interest in its survey offshore Iran. Chief Executive Knut Oversjoen told a news conference on GGS’s fourth-quarter results that the company was discussing a potential sale of its “PC 2000" Iran study with “a couple of” companies, including one U.S.-based group. “That would have been unthinkable just six months ago,” Oversjoen said. U.S. President Barack Obama has said he is ready to deal directly with Iran, something his predecessor rejected, and companies have been subject to sanctions on trade with Iran…

Read the full article / Leggi l’articolo completo: www.uruknet.de/?p=52149

Back to Main Index | Iraq Index | Middle East Index
Palestine/Israel Index
| UrukNet Index