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URUK Net 19 March, 2009

Last updated: Friday, March 20, 2009 20:45

To free Iraq, resistance must bridge the sectarian divide
As anti-occupation leaders recognise, the US could still exploit their divisions in an effort to offset its strategic defeat
Seumas Milne, Guardian
…A few days ago in the Middle East I met the leader or “emir” of one of the largest mainstream Iraqi resistance groups, the Sunni-based Islamic army. In his first interview with a western journalist, Sheikh Abu Yahya argued that the US had “suffered a historic defeat in Iraq, not only militarily, but also politically and morally”. There was no question, he said, of the resistance following the path of collaboration taken by the highly unstable Awakening Councils, most of whose members only joined because of poverty and unemployment: “We will continue fighting until the last American soldier leaves Iraq, however long that takes.” But he accepted that the full-scale sectarian war unleashed in 2006-7, which he blamed on the US and Iran, had undermined the resistance and “reduced the scale” of America’s defeat. “The mutual sectarian cleansing only happened after Negroponte arrived,” Abu Yahya said, referring to the US ambassador to Iraq from 2004-5 who attracted notoriety as envoy to Honduras during the dirty war against the Sandinistas in the 1980s. “We think that when the US failed to beat the Sunni resistance, it decided to let the Shia wage war on us to neutralise the threat.”…

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Annals of Liberation: The Agony of Iraq’s Women
Chris Floyd
…This fact cannot be stressed enough — and therefore, it is course almost entirely ignored in our national political “debate”: the United States very deliberately empowered some of the most violent, retrograde elements in Iraqi society (many of them militias formed, trained and armed by Iran), and then helped them carry out one of the most savage “ethnic cleansing” campaigns since World War II. …

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Israel’s right not to be criticised
Amira Howeidy
Fresh from its bloody war on Gaza, Israel is actively pressuring the international community to boycott the Durban Review Conference due to convene in Geneva, Switzerland between 20 and 24 April to evaluate progress towards the goals set by the World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance (WCAR) that was held in Durban, South Africa, in 2001… Even before a draft of the April conference’s closing statement was complete, and some five months before the event, Israel announced it would boycott it out of fear participants would be critical of Tel Aviv. Canada, then Italy, followed suit, and for the same reasons. In a surprise move by the Barack Obama administration, a decision to participate in planning the conference in mid-February was reversed less than two weeks later, with objections to the draft statement being cited as the reason…

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Uzi Arad: “We want to relieve ourselves of the burden of the Palestinian populations – not territories.”
Moon of Alabama
…So now Israel increases the pressure by taking more non-militant civilians hostages and a further blockade of the 1.5 million people in Gaza. Worse is to come. The incoming Netanjahu/Avigor Lieberman government is at the extreme right of the political spectrum. Netanjahu selected as national security adviser Uzi Arad, a former(?) Israeli spy who is currently not allowed to enter the United States for spying against it. Recently Netanjahu snubbed Hillary Clinton when he insisted on Arad’s presence in a meeting with her…Uzi Arad on the two-state solution: I don’t think that one has to go that far because at the end of the day, I don’t think the majority of Israelis want to see themselves responsible for the Palestinians. We do not want to control the Palestinian population. It’s unnecessary. What we do want is to care for our borders, for the Jewish settlements and for areas which are unpopulated and to have our security interests served well. But also to take under our responsibility these populations which, believe me, are not the most productive on earth, would become a burden. We want to relieve ourselves of the burden of the Palestinian populations – not territories. It is territory we want to preserve, but populations we want to rid ourselves of…

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In NY synagogue, Israeli settler leader calls for assassination of Abbas— and tax-deductible contributions
Mondoweiss
In a speech at a New York synagogue Wednesday night, Nadia Matar, a leader of the Israeli settlers’ group “Women in Green,” called for the assassination of Mahmoud Abbas, the president of the Palestinian Authority, as a way of bringing peace to Israel. Just as Churchill understood that in order to bring peace to Europe, “he had to destroy the Nazi beast,” Matar explained, “today we must destroy all the terrorist organizations. We must kill all the terrorist leaders, starting with Mahmoud Abbas and all others…Nobody had any moral qualms at destroying the Nazi regime. We have to abolish the Oslo Agreements, there’s no difference between the PA, the Islamic Jihad, the Hamas, whatever names you have, they’re all terrorists and we cannot have peace with them.”…

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Remembering the 1999 NATO led War on Yugoslavia: Kosovo “Freedom Fighters” Financed by Organized Crime
Michel Chossudovsky
Ten years ago, March 24th 1999, marks the commencement of NATO aerial bombardment of Yugoslavia. The bombings which lasted for almost three months, were followed by the military invasion (under a bogus UN mandate) and illegal occupation of the province of Kosovo. The following article was written and published in April 1999…

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Exchange with John Tirman on Stephen Soldz’s comments re: Lancet 2
Media Lens
… It is interesting how this small cadre of harpies persists the argue on diminishing grounds, when the IBC and DoD numbers, and the MoH/WHO survey, goes without critical comment. This tells us what they’re up to. My own estimate, for what it’s worth, of the current figues, using the earlier surveys and the IBC trend line, is between 800,000 and 1.3 million Iraqi dead as of January. The numbers of displaced, widows, etc., is supporting evidence.

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The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights Condemn Proposals to Use Palestinian Prisoners as Political ‘Bargaining Chips’
PCHR – Palestinian Centre for Human Rights
The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) is gravely concerned at the establishment of an Israeli ministerial committee aimed at intentionally worsening detention conditions for Palestinian security prisoners. PCHR has learned that these measures are intended to exert pressure on the Hamas movement. The committee is headed by Justice Minister Daniel Friedmann, and includes Ministers Haim Ramon, Shalom Simhon, Rafi Eitan, Meir Sheetrit, Attorney General Menachem Mazuz. It is reported that a number of potential measures are to be examined, including reducing the monetary allowances transferred to prisoners by their families to supplement living and dietary conditions, restricting means of communication and news sources, reducing family visits and education possibilities, as well as preventing any physical contact between detainees and their families…

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The Desecration of Iraq’s Art Treasures
Iraq’s Broken Culture
KATHY SANBORN
This week marks the sixth anniversary of the coalition of the willing’s invasion of Iraq. Because American mainstream news headlines continue to trumpet, “The sky is falling!” vis-à-vis the economy, the anniversary of an immoral occupation is one that will pass quietly into the night. There will be no talk on American televisions of the million-plus slain Iraqi citizens, and no talk of the glum morale of American troops as they slog away in a conflict with seemingly no end in sight… Author and intrepid journalist Dahr Jamail’s “The Ongoing Occupation of Iraqi Artists,” examines how the culture of Iraq has been decimated, with bombs as well as censorship. Iraqi artists believe they are no longer free to produce or to display their works. They exist in a virtual underground, biding their time and waiting for circumstances to change…

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Two fighters killed in an Israeli air strike in Gaza
IMEMC & Agencies
The Al Aqsa brigades, the armed wing of Fateh movement, reported on Thursday motning that two of its fighters were killed in an Israeli Air Strike in the central Gaza Strip earlier on Thursday. Abu Qosai, spokesperson of the Al Aqsa brigades, confirmed the death of the two fighters. He sated that the army fired a shell at the fighters in Wad Al Salqa area, east of Dir Al Balah…

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Urgent: Ahmad Sa’adat transferred to solitary confinement in Asqelan prison!
The Campaign to Free Ahmad Sa’adat
On March 19, 2009, Ahmad Sa’adat was suddenly transferred from Hadarim prison
and to Asqelan prison, where he is being held in solitary confinement. Ahmad Sa’adat alongside 11,000 other Palestinian prisoners, has been repeatedly subjected to solitary confinement and punitive measures at the behest of the Israeli regime. Sa’adat has been moved repeatedly from prison to prison, and
often placed in solitary confinement or isolation. Palestinian lawyer Buthaina Duqmaq, president of the Mandela Association for Palestinian prisoners, stated that this is part of the Israeli policies towards Palestinian prisoners. Sa’adat has been particularly targeted because he is both a Palestinian national leader and a leader among the prisoners, whose presence within the prison strengthens the prisoners’ unity and steadfastness. Furthermore, Ahmad Sa’adat is suffering from back injuries that require medical assistance and treatment. Instead of receiving the medical care he needs, the Israeli prison officials are refusing him access to specialists and engaging in medical neglect and maltreatment…

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Growing hostility in US to Afghanistan war
Tom Eley
According to a new USA Today/Gallup poll, 42 percent of Americans now view the US invasion of Afghanistan as a “mistake,” and only 38 percent believe the occupation of Afghanistan “is going well.” The poll’s findings are suggestive of a broad shift in the thinking of millions of Americans—especially striking given the fact that it comes without sanction from any section of the political establishment. In February, only 30 percent of respondents labeled the war a mistake, while in November 2001, the figure was 9 percent…

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Israeli military court sentences 15-year-old to seven years behind bars
Ma’an news
An Israeli military court Salem sentenced 15-year-old Nidal Tahsin Darwish Al-Faqih to seven years in prison on Thursday. Nidal, from Nablus, was found guilty of being affiliated with Fatah’s Al-Aqsa Brigades…

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Israel seizes Hamas leaders across the West Bank
Ma’an news
Israeli forces conducted sweeping raids across the West Bank targeting Hamas leaders and members of the Palestinian Legislative Council in a seeming attempt to push forward negotiations over the release of captive Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit. High-ranking Hamas sources said Israeli forces stormed the houses of Hamas leaders in Nablus, Ramallah, Hebron and Bethlehem early on Thursday…

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Baghdad’s water still undrinkable 6 years after invasion
MATTHEW SCHOFIELD, McClatchy Newspapers
The stench of human waste is enough to tell Falah abu Hasan that his drinking water is bad. His infant daughter Fatma’s continuous illnesses and his own constant nausea confirm it. “We are the poor. No one cares if we get sick and die,” he said. “But someone should do something about the water. It is dirty. It brings disease.” Everybody complains about the water in Baghdad, and few are willing to risk drinking it from the tap. Six years after the U.S. invaded Iraq, 36 percent of Baghdad’s drinking water is unsafe, according to the Iraqi Environment Ministry – in a good month. In a bad month, it’s 90 percent. Cholera broke out last summer, and officials fear another outbreak this year…

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Report: 23 emergency service personnel killed during “Cast Lead”
Report, Al Mezan
Al Mezan Center for Human Rights published an English-language version of the report “The Targeting of Medical Centers, Ambulance Teams and Civil Defense Teams during the Israeli Offensive ‘Operation Cast Lead’ against the Gaza Strip.” This report reviews the systematic targeting of medical centers, ambulance teams and civil defense teams and the obstruction of their work between the period of 27 December 2008 to 18 January 2009. The report also presents material and human losses sustained by the emergency services during this period…

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Video: Gaza family tells of Israeli shooting – 19 Mar 09
AlJazeera.net
A family in Zeitoun in the north of the Gaza Strip have come forward to tell how Israeli snipers shot at them as they were marshalled from a building during the war on Gaza. Al Jazeera’s Hoda Abdel-Hamid has their story…

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Digging its own grave
Khaled Amayreh
The Israeli government has decided to impose a new “set of punishments” against the Gaza Strip following the breakdown of Egyptian-mediated negotiations with Hamas over the release of an Israeli occupation soldier held by the Islamic movement’s fighters. The Israeli government, which had signaled that a prisoner swap deal with Hamas was within reach, suddenly changed its mind, accusing Hamas of “inflexibility” and “making exaggerated demands.”… Additional Israeli sanctions against the already tormented Gazans will include further tightening of the blockade and barring the entry into Gaza of more essential items and consumer products…

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IDF in Gaza: Killing civilians, vandalism, and lax rules of engagement
By Amos Harel, Haaretz Correspondent
During Operation Cast Lead, Israeli forces killed Palestinian civilians under permissive rules of engagement and intentionally destroyed their property, say soldiers who fought in the offensive. The soldiers are graduates of the Yitzhak Rabin pre-military preparatory course at Oranim Academic College in Tivon. Some of their statements made on Feb. 13 will appear Thursday and Friday in Haaretz. Dozens of graduates of the course who took part in the discussion fought in the Gaza operation…

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Google does not know that Arab and Palestinian Mothers Exist
Iqbal Tamimi
On the 21st of March the Arab world celebrates Mother’s Day. On this day also the length of the day becomes equal to the length of the night. Nature is sending us a hint of optimism that everything is possible and as much as we feel despair, there is an equal chance of hope. I thought of researching some photos from Google to celebrate women and their children. I started with the terms “Mother and child” in a research in Arabic and I found all kinds of mother and child pictures available from every country and animals as well, including chimps and monkeys, but not one of an Arab woman or a Palestinian woman with a child. I thought of shifting to the English search in Google engine, again the Arab woman was not there at all…

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Hopeful Change In El Salvador?
Stephen Lendman
Like other Latin American nations, El Salvador has had a long and troubled history, ruled from one decade to the next by successive military dictatorships, then since 1989 by the right wing National Republican Alliance or ARENA Party. Long-suffering Salvadorans recall the 1980s struggles when the Farabudo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN) failed to end what the civil-military Junta leader, Jose Napoleon Duarte, told New York Times reporter Raymond Bonner in 1980: “Fifty years of lies, fifty years of injustice, fifty years of frustration. (El Salvador’s) history (is pockmarked by) people starving to death, living in misery. For fifty years, the same people had all the power, all the money, all the jobs, all the education, all the opportunities.” Finally they rebelled but failed…

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