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URUK Net 26 March, 2009

Last updated: Sunday, March 29, 2009 11:00

Ungrateful Wretches: Iraqis Refuse to Recognize Wild Success of the Surge
Chris Floyd
…Recall that one key aspect of the “surge” was the consolidation of the relentless, ruthless “ethnic cleansing” carried out, with eager American assistance, by the violent sectarian groups that the Americans had installed in power. The “surge” was designed in part to secure the ethnic cleansing gains, particularly in Baghdad, which, as Cole notes, went from being 50 percent Sunni before the war to only 10 to 15 percent Sunni now. What happened to that vanished 40 percent? Well, thousands of them were simply killed by ethnic cleansers and the occupation forces, of course; but many more — more than a million Baghdad Sunnis — were forced to eat the bitter bread of exile…

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US Army Confirms Israeli Nukes; Israeli Aid At Stake
Bryant Jordan
The Army has let slip one of the worst-kept secrets in the world — that Israel has the bomb. Officially, the United States has a policy of “ambiguity” regarding Israel’s nuclear capability. Essentially, it has played a game by which it neither acknowledges nor denies that Israel is a nuclear power. But a Defense Department study completed last year offers what may be the first time in a unclassified report that Israel is a nuclear power. On page 37 of the U.S. Joint Forces Command report, the Army includes Israel within “a growing arc of nuclear powers running from Israel in the west through an emerging Iran to Pakistan, India, and on to China, North Korea, and Russia in the east.”..

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British MP George Galloway barred from Canada under the Canada Israel “Public Security” Agreement
Michel Chossudovsky
British MP George Galloway was refused entry to Canada on the pretext that he supported Hamas, which is categorized by the Canadian government as a “terrorist organization.” Contrary to what has been reported in the media, this was not a unilateral decision by the government of Canada. The decision was taken in close consultation with Israel under the terms of a farreaching agreement of “public security” signed by Ottawa and Tel Aviv on March 23 2008. The “Declaration of Intent” establishes a framework of bilateral cooperation in the area of “Public Security”. The agreement has not been the object of debate in the Canadian parliament, nor has it received media coverage…

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Video: Rain of Fire: Israel’s Unlawful Use of White Phosphorous in Gaza
HumanRightsWatch
During Israel’s 22-day military operations in Gaza, from December 27, 2008 to January 18, 2009, the IDF repeatedly exploded white phosphorus munitions in the air over populated areas, killing and injuring civilians, and damaging civilian structures, including a school, a market, a humanitarian aid warehouse and a hospital. Senior Military Analyst Marc Garlasco discusses Human Rights Watch’s on the ground investigation and findings…

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Blankets
Eva Bartlett | In Gaza
Gaping holes in walls, rooms blackened and destroyed by fire from phosphorous shells, doors torn off of hinges, deeply-cracked walls requiring demolition and reconstruction, rocket-made skylights, shot-up blankets covering where walls were…a house standing on trembling legs…Families huddled into one not-quite-fully-protected room, sharing too few mattresses and blankets… These scenes replay throughout Gaza, each family devastated by their personal loss, each family wondering how to survive and where to find the money to do so…

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CIA has 3,000 documents related to torture tapes
Jason Leopold
The CIA has about 3,000 documents related to the 92 destroyed videotapes that showed “war on terror” detainees being subjected to harsh interrogations, the Justice Department has disclosed, suggesting an extensive back-and-forth between CIA field operatives and officials of the Bush administration. The Justice Department said the documents include “cables, memoranda, notes and e-mails” related to the destroyed CIA videotapes. Those tapes included 12 that showed two “high-value” prisoners undergoing the drowning sensation caused by waterboarding and other brutal techniques that have been widely denounced as torture…

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US set to expand Afghan force
AlJazeera.net
Barack Obama is expected to send an additional 4,000 troops to train Afghan forces as part of review of policy on Afghanistan and Pakistan to be announced by the US president on Friday. The new strategy includes recommendations to counter a persistent Taliban and al-Qaeda campaign that spans the two countries’ border, reports said on Thursday… An unnamed US defence official said the 4,000 US military trainers would be in addition to the 17,000 soldiers being deployed to Afghanistan by the middle of the year…

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Comrade Sa’adat: PFLP will not Abide by the Oslo Agreements and the PLO committments to Israel
Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine
Comrade Ahmed Sa’adat, secretary-general of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, expressed from his isolation cell the PFLP rejection and refusal to abide by PLO commitments as demanded by the Ramallah Authority during the national dialog sessions in Cairo. Comrade Sa’adat, said in a statement leaked from his prison cell , Thursday March 26 , 2009 that signed agreement between PLO and Israel were the main reason for the current internal Palestinian division…

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Obama’s Triple Surge Into Afghanistan
…What Obama has not mentioned is that, in addition to soldiers and civilians, there is a third surge in his plan: private military contractors. Yes, another privatized army, such as the one in Iraq. There, the Halliburtons, Blackwaters and other war profiteers ran rampant, shortchanging our troops, ripping off taxpayers, killing civilians and doing deep damage to America’s good name. Already, there are 71,000 private contractors operating in Afghanistan, and many more are preparing to deploy as Pentagon spending ramps up for Obama’s war. The military is now offering new contracts to security firms to provide armed employees (aka, mercenaries) to guard U.S. bases and convoys…

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Devouring Jerusalem
Khaled Amayreh
In its increasingly rabid efforts to consolidate control of traditionally Arab-East Jerusalem, Israel this week moved to suppress Palestinian cultural activities associated with the city being declared the capital of Arab culture for 2009. On 19 March heavily armed paramilitary police violently dispersed a meeting at the Ambassador Hotel in East Jerusalem, confiscating posters, leaflets, placards and computers. Israeli police also raided schools, social clubs and community centres to foil activities celebrating Arab culture in the occupied city which Israel considers its “united and undivided capital”…

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Pakistani and Afghan Taliban Unify in Face of U.S. Influx
CARLOTTA GALL, New York Times
After agreeing to bury their differences and unite forces, Taliban leaders based in Pakistan have closed ranks with their Afghan comrades to ready a new offensive in Afghanistan as the United States prepares to send 17,000 more troops there this year. In interviews, several Taliban fighters based in the border region said preparations for the anticipated influx of American troops were already being made. A number of new, younger commanders have been preparing to step up a campaign of roadside bombings and suicide attacks to greet the Americans, the fighters said. The refortified alliance was forged after the reclusive Afghan Taliban leader, Mullah Muhammad Omar, sent emissaries to persuade Pakistani Taliban leaders to join forces and turn their attention to Afghanistan, Pakistani officials and Taliban members said…

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Demand Israel release child held without charge or trial
Appeal, DCI-Palestine
Hamdi al-Ta’mari was arrested for the first time from the family home in Bethlehem at 4:00am, on 25 July 2008. He was woken by the sound of Israeli soldiers banging on the front door. Hamdi’s hands and feet were immediately tied and he was ordered to lie on the floor, as soldiers pointed their assault rifles and flashlights at him. While on the ground, a number of soldiers slapped, kicked and beat him with their assault rifles. His hands were tied so tightly that they began to swell. After 15 minutes, Hamdi was blindfolded and placed on the floor of a military vehicle…

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Video: Dr Vandana Shiva to IRAQI Farmers & Women
INEAS
This video was put together to provide general information and to invite organizations, activists and agriculture experts to join us in endorsing April 26 as International Seeds Day and to educate about biodiversity, organic foods, Genetically Modified (GM)-Free Seeds and Order 81. You will find more info. in the video. It is not too late to endorse the event…

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Netanyahu’s fig leaf
Khaled Amayreh
Israeli prime minister-designate Benyamin Netanyahu and Labour Party leader Ehud Barak have reached an understanding that would pave the way for the latter to join the Likud-led government, expected to be sworn-in next week. According to the agreement, Barak will remain defence minister and his party will receive a number of other less important portfolios, including agriculture, infrastructure, industry, trade and labour and one minister without portfolio…

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Labor joins Netanyahu coalition as evidence of war crimes in Gaza mounts
By Chris Marsden
Netanyahu allows Likud to form a government. If all of Labor’s Knesset members maintain their support for the move, Netanyahu will have 66 to 67 seats in the 120-member parliament and will be sworn in as prime minister Tuesday. Labor will sit in the Knesset as part of the most right-wing government in Israel’s history. It has joined the government despite Likud being explicitly opposed to a two-state solution and the stated goal of establishing of a Palestinian state, the nominal political difference separating Labor from the overtly right-wing parties. Even Kadima, the party established by Ariel Sharon, refused to join the coalition unless Netanhyahu at least formally endorsed a two-state policy. Likud’s other major coalition partner is the far right Yisrael Beiteinu of Avigdor Lieberman, who is in favour of the ethnic cleansing of Israeli Arabs. Lieberman has been appointed as Netanyahu’s foreign minister…

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REVEALED: Hamas spokesperson spent first days of Gaza war protected in Fatah home
Ma’an news
On the second day of the Israeli war on the Gaza Strip Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum fled and hid in the home of a friend, who was affiliated with Fatah and regularly “coordinated with the Ramallah government,” he revealed to journalist Thursday. In a workshop for journalists and media personnel to discuss coverage of the Israeli war on Gaza Barhoum first applauded Gazan press and broadcast workers for their role in getting the Gaza story to the world. During his speech he also revealed untold stories from the three week onslaught…

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Do You Know What This is Called?
Wafaa’ Al-Natheema
In 1918, there were 574,000 Muslims and 70,000 Christians in Palestine, and only 56,000 Jews. Thus Jews were 8% and non-Jews were 92% of the population. By 1946, the Muslim and Christian percentage had dropped to 69% and the Jewish had risen to 31%. Nearly three million IRAQIS have been killed since 1991 from USA bombs and international sanctions…

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NATO, Iran come together after 30 years
Press TV, Iran
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization convenes with Iran after a thirty-year standoff with the country, an official has revealed. NATO officials said Thursday that the alliance has held “informal talks” with an Iranian dignitary at its headquarters in Brussels — the first such meeting in three decades. “There were exploratory contacts recently … It was a first informal contact between an Iranian diplomat and a representative of the secretary general,” AFP quoted a NATO official as saying on condition of anonymity…

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Israel Killed 39 in Attack on Sudan Convoy
January Strike Destroyed Several Trucks, Injured Civilians
Jason Ditz
Answering accusations from a Sudanese minister that the US Air Force had killed 39 people in a January attack in that nation, US officials say that in fact it was the Israeli military that launched the attack on a convoy of trucks northwest of Port Sudan city. Reportedly, the Israeli planes used a US base in Djibouti to stage the attacks, as part of the agreement between Israel and the outgoing Bush Administration made in mid January…

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A Certain Something – A Je ne sais Quoi…
Layla Anwar, Uncensored Arabwomanblues
I was talking to a friend the other day, this friend is NOT an Iraqi, nor an Arab. But he/she knows Iraq and the Iraqis quite well…the real ones, that is. And this friend told me, textually : – It is very hard to know Iraqis and not love them – they are quite special… – Why so ? I enquired… – I don’t know…it is something about you, people…about Iraq… What is this something ? I am not sure. I don’t know… I am not the type that toots her own horn either… I too, have asked myself that question – what is this something that this friend constantly alludes to ? What is this something that — despite my fatigue, my melancholy, my loss, my sadness…pushes me to go on ? Pushes me to go on — towards her, Her. To HER ? …

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Iran accepts call to join US at Afghan meeting
ARTHUR MAX, AP
Iran has accepted an invitation to a conference on Afghanistan next week that also will be attended by the U.S., the conference’s Dutch host said Wednesday. The invitation to Iran, which was first announced by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, was seen as part of Washington’s policy toward greater engagement with the Islamic republic. Foreign Minister Maxime Verhagen, who confirmed Iran’s acceptance, said the identity of the Iranian representative was not yet known…

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