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URUK Net 16 March, 2009

Last updated: Wednesday, March 18, 2009 11:23

Afghan Resistance Statement
No negotiations with invaders and their puppets
Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan
The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan rejects reports suggestion that Amir-ul-Momineen (Leader of the Believers) Mullah Mohammad Omar Mujahid (May Allah preserve him) has given his approval for talks aimed at ending the war in Afghanistan and has allowed his representatives to attend Saudi-sponsored peace negotiations. These are all false and baseless reports. Ours is the same old stand there is no other way except jihad in Afghanistan until the invader forces are present in Afghanistan. If you wait for 3000 years, our stand is the same that Taliban will never hold talks in presence of invader forces in Afghanistan. The Taliban have not met with Afghan president, Hamid Karzai brother Qayum Karzai, as it is being claimed by Qayum Karzai…

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Intifada: A third chapter
By Ramzy Baroud
Though the dust has settled in Gaza, the rubble from the untold number of demolished buildings, homes and mosques is far from being cleared away. Graves continue to receive victims, young and old alike, from Israel’s most recent offensive. And in the midst of this, with the hopes of some respite and recovery on the horizon, rumors of a third Intifada swell among politicians, scholars and everyday people alike. While the first and second Palestinian uprisings were spontaneous and natural responses to institutionalized injustice, and while they fostered a great sense of community and brotherhood among Palestinians everywhere, the many years of uprisings mark some of the most painful years in Palestinian history…

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Red Cross: Torture Committed At CIA Sites
Secret Report Accuses U.S. Of “Cruel, Inhuman And Degrading” Treatment Of High-Profile Detainees
By CBSNews.com producer David Morgan
The United States engaged in acts of torture and “cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment” upon prisoners held at secret detention sites operated by or in conjunction with the CIA, according to details from a secret report by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). Such acts constitute violations of the United Nations’ Convention Against Torture and the Geneva Conventions, the Red Cross said. The ICRC is the appointed legal guardian of the Geneva Conventions and oversees the treatment of prisoners of war. The secret report was based on interviews conducted by representatives of the Red Cross with detainees at Guantanamo Bay, the U.S. military prison in Cuba where prisoners captured during the Bush administration’s war on terror have been held, many for years without charge…

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New group in Israel vows to target released detainees
IMEMC & Agencies
Israeli sources reported on Monday that a new group formed by relatives of Israelis who died in Palestinian attacks are preparing to target Palestinian detainees who would be freed under a prisoner-swap deal. Israeli newspaper, Yedioth Ahronoth, reported on Monday that the group is preparing for what it calls “the day after the release of Shalit”. They would attempt to locate and target freed Palestinian detainees. The paper added that the group already held several meetings and is formulating what it calls “eye for an eye” policy…

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Video: “Israel Does Not Target the Palestinian Civilians”
thameen
Israel does not target the Palestinian civilians as some ignorant hateful people falsely claim. Indeed Israel loves the Palestinian civilians, adores them, actually craves for them!…

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Justice for Rachel, justice for the Palestinians
Cindy and Craig Corrie
We thank all who continue to remember Rachel and who, on this sixth anniversary of her stand in Gaza, renew their own commitments to human rights, justice and peace in the Middle East. The tributes and actions in her memory are a source of inspiration to us and to others. Friday, 13 March, we learned of the tragic injury to American activist Tristan Anderson. Tristan was shot in the head with a tear gas canister in Nilin village in the West Bank when Israeli forces attacked a demonstration opposing the construction of the annexation wall through the village’s land. On the same day, a Nilin resident was shot in the leg with live ammunition. Four residents of Nilin have been killed in the past eight months as villagers and their supporters have courageously demonstrated against the Apartheid Wall deemed illegal by the International Court of Justice — a wall that will ultimately absorb one-quarter of the village’s remaining land…

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The Agonies of a Tortured Palestinian Soul
Steven Salaita
I woke up this morning with an abject pain in my soul. This pain has been nagging me lately, sometimes even preoccupying my moral sensibilities, especially since Israel tightened its economic stranglehold on the Gaza Strip and commenced a bombing campaign that killed over 1000 Palestinian civilians. I am an educated man; I read the appropriate progressive magazines, so I know just how hard this genocide has been on Israeli liberals… I remind myself that I shouldn’t merely focus on images of dead Palestinian babies—their skin peeled back from petrified faces, their organs spattered onto bloody asphalt—but I should also spare sympathy for my troubled Israeli friends…In respect for troubled Israeli liberals, then, I would like to forget about the Palestinians and focus on them instead. I may be able to help them solve their dreadful quandary. I would suggest—humbly and respectfully, of course—that they emulate American liberals, who have perfected the art of dispossessing indigenous peoples while pretending to love them…

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US military says Iraqi girl killed in US shooting
AP
The U.S. military says a 12-year-old girl was killed when American soldiers fired at a vehicle speeding toward them and Iraqi police near the northern city of Mosul. The military says Americans fired two warning shots when the vehicle ignored signals for it to stop near the Hurriyah Iraqi police station. The military says the girl was standing about 100 yards (meters) behind the vehicle and was struck by a round. Iraqi police say the girl was shot while in a car with her father near an American base…

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Gates Carries Over Iraq-WMD Lie
Melvin A. Goodman
In 1987, President Ronald Reagan nominated Robert Gates to be Director of Central Intelligence (DCI), but he was denied confirmation because a majority of members on the Senate Intelligence Committee believed he was lying about his knowledge and role in the Iran-Contra Affair. Iran-Contra independent counsel Lawrence Walsh “found insufficient evidence to warrant charging Robert Gates with a crime,” but he concluded that Gates had been “less than candid” about his knowledge of Oliver North’s illegal support for the Contras and the illegal diversion of funds from Iranian arms sales. In 1991, after being re-nominated by then-President George H.W. Bush, Gates survived the confirmation process to become DCI despite the opposition of more than 30 senators who also found Gates less than candid in discussing his role in the politicization of intelligence on the Soviet Union, Central America and Southwest Asia…

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Ensuring maximum casualties in Gaza
Eva Bartlett
“We were still young and in love. We had all of our dreams,” Muhammad Abu Jerrad said, holding a photo of his wife by the sea. Wafa Abu Jerrad was one of at least six killed by three flechette bombs fired by Israeli tanks in the Ezbet Beit Hanoun area, northern Gaza, on 5 January. The dart bomb attacks came the morning after invading Israeli soldiers killed 35-year-old paramedic Arafa Abd al-Dayem. Along with another medic and ambulance driver, Abd al-Dayem was targeted by the lethal darts just after 10:10am on 4 January while trying to aide civilians already attacked by Israeli forces in northern Gaza’s Beit Lahia area. Within two hours of being shredded by multiple razor-sharp darts, Arafa Abd al-Dayem died as a result of slashes to his lungs, limbs and internal organs…

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Zionism: The Game is Over
Nizar Sakhnini
…In spite of all the Zionist atrocities aimed at Ethnic Cleansing, Palestinian Arabs living within the borders of Mandate Palestine are approximately 4.5 million. Within ten to fifteen years, Arabs living in Palestine would become the majority even if the Palestinian Refugees living outside Palestine were not allowed to return to the homes and lands that were usurped from them. In spite of having a large army equipped with all the high-tech weaponry provided by the U.S., Israel failed to deter or stop Arab resistance…

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Iraqi Army besieges Iranian opposition camp
Reuters
Iraqi forces have besieged a camp housing Iranian exiles in Iraq, residents and a security official said, after the national security adviser reiterated a vow to shut the place down…National Security Adviser Mowaffaq al-Rubaie pledged in January to close the camp, home to 3,500 people, by late March. “Iraqi forces have made a siege around the camp. No one is allowed to enter or leave,” the source said late on Sunday. “We have instructions from Mowaffaq al-Rubaie to seal it off.” On a visit to Iran on Jan. 23, Rubaie said Camp Ashraf would be “part of history within two months”. In a statement on Friday, his office reiterated his intention to shut it. Leaders of the Iranian opposition group, which has been based at Ashraf north of Baghdad for around two decades, said Iraqi security forces hit residents with electric batons…

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Palestinian factions agree to hold elections by January 25, 2010
Saed Bannoura
Palestinian factions holding internal talks mediated by Egypt agreed on Sunday to hold legislative and presidential elections by January 25, 2010. Talks were described as positive, yet some issues remain unresolved. Dr. Ali Jarbawi, an independent member of the Palestinian Liberation Orgzniation (PLO) committee in charge of internal talks, and Waleed al-Awad, member of the political bureau of the leftist Palestinian People party, said that a comprehensive agreement on the remaining issues will be reached sooner or later. In an interview with the Maan News Agency, Jarbawi stated that some issues regarding the new government and its political agenda, as well as other issues, still need further talks to be resolved…

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The End of Israel’s Impunity?
By Muhammad Idrees Ahmad
The assault on Gaza marks the end of an era for Israel. For the second time in two years its colonial ambition has floundered in the face of determined resistance. It may persist for some time; but the trajectory is clear – it is losing both legitimacy and power. Support for it is dwindling in Washington; its friends are alarmed. Citizens are acting where governments have failed; the movement for boycott, divestment and sanctions is snowballing. Apologists are finding it more difficult to justify its persistent criminality. Rifts have emerged in the transatlantic alliance over its recent actions; EU leaders have broken with Israel and the US, questioning the wisdom of continuing to isolate Hamas. Even the pliant Tony Blair will no longer toe the line…

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Taliban targets Nato lorries
AlJazeera.net
Taliban fighters in northwest Pakistan have destroyed 14 lorries carrying supplies for Nato forces in neighbouring Afghanistan, in the second such attack in two days. Fighters entered a supply depot on the outskirts of the northwestern city of Peshawar at around 1am local time (20:00 GMT on Sunday), overpowered guards and set fire to vehicles, police said on Monday. The vehicles were bound for US-led forces stationed in Afghanistan, police said. “About 50 gunmen attacked us … They first disarmed us and then began setting fire to bulldozers and Humvees,” Raza Khan, one of the depot’s guards, was quoted by the Reuters news agency as saying…

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AFGHANISTAN: Angry mob surrounds official building in Logar
More than three hundreds protesting people, chanting anti-American slogans
Shahpur Arab
Angry with reported innocent killing of five persons of a family by the US forces in a raid in central Logar province last night, protestors besieged the building of Charkh district headquarters on Saturday. More than three hundreds protesting people, chanting anti-American slogans, called for an immediate trial of the killers… Abdul Zahir, a protestor warned to continue their protest by blocking roads unless those responsible for the killing of five innocent people were punished.Locals and government officials said the victims were local farmers…

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Obama ‘urged to engage Hamas’
AlJazeera.net
Several ex-senior officials in the US government have written to Barack Obama, the president, urging him to seek dialogue with the Palestinian Hamas movement, a newspaper report says. The Boston Globe on Sunday reported that the group has called on the White House to hold talks with Hamas leaders to persuade the Palestinian group to lay down arms and join the rival Fatah in a unity government. Such talks would be a major departure from current US policy, with the state department listing Hamas as a “terrorist” organisation…

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Monetary and Fiscal Failure, Fraud, and Fear of What’s Next
Stephen Lendman
Even the powerful are worried with the IMF on February 7 saying advanced economies are in “depression (and) the worst cannot be ruled out.” Forecasting a 2010 recovery is “very uncertain” at this time as further financial turmoil may disrupt it regardless of policies adopted, and trouble is outpacing resources to alleviate it. On March 10, its Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn forecast “below zero” 2009 global growth – what he termed “the worst performance in most of our lifetimes.”…

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Maliki: US Will Only Leave 100 Percent Secure Areas
June SOFA Deadline Unlikely to Survive Maliki’s New Demands
Jason Ditz
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki told the Associated Press today that he had informed top US officials, including President Obama, that any US military pullouts “must be done with our approval.” And while the Iraqi government has been generally forthcoming with approval for the US doing whatever it wants in the nation, getting the approval to leave areas may not be nearly so easy…

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Suicide blast targets Afghan police
AlJazeera.net
At least nine police officers have been killed in a suicide bombing in southern Afghanistan, according to police officials. The attack, which also wounded at least 24 people, targeted the main police building in Lashkar Gah, the capital of Helmand province. Asadullah Sherzad, a provincial police chief, said the bomber had been wearing a police uniform and detonated his explosives inside the building. Sherzad says the policemen were exercising in the yard at the time of the attack…

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GI Special 7C13: “Nobody” [ 15 March 2009 [
Thomas F. Barton
[…] The soldiers had hoped their presence in the district would be welcomed by residents, who keep telling the troops that what they want more than anything is security — and they will side with whomever can provide it.
But it hasn’t worked yet. “The local people are completely sitting on the fence, and they’re content to stay on the fence,” said Hurlbut, who commands the 2nd Battalion of the 2nd Infantry Regiment. “They don’t really want to give us information.” The Taliban, however, has taken the 2-2 Infantry’s presence in the district seriously. Insurgents mined the roads with scores of improvised explosives devices, more than 150 of which have hit the battalion’s patrols and convoys. In some parts of Afghanistan, police regularly patrol roads and interdict people planting bombs. […]

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