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URUK Net 29 March, 2009

Last updated: Wednesday, April 1, 2009 8:33

Afghan Resistance
Dialogue with an official of the Political Committee of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan
The Political Committee of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan- TALIBAN
…Obama’s decision to close down Guantanamu detainee camp is not considered a positive development, because we can see thousands of innocent Afghani detainees spending their gloomy days in prisons like Bagram, Qendahar, Paul Sherkhy and others. We can consider closing down Guantanamu detainee camp a turning point in the American politics and a positive result if the detainees there were freed and sent home to their sons and homes; but the situation is not like this, the detainees are to be sent to other prisons, and this will never benefit the detainees nor relieve their sufferings. If a detainee spends his days in dark prisons away from his family and relatives, then there will be no difference between Guantanamu and other prisons. Obama is talking of closing down Guantanamu detainee camp and on the other hand assures pumping more forces to Afghanistan. Thus, Obama’s adoption of these implausible strategies signals that he is planning a hot bloody war strategy, which will result in the destruction of many of his haughty forces counter to the Holy Afghani Jihad God willing…

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The Obama Government: Take From Workers and Give to the Rich
by Ann Robertson
These past several weeks have witnessed a stunning attack on working people, with the Obama administration leading the charge. It started with Larry Summers, Obama’s chief economic adviser, responding to the A.I.G. bonuses by pontificating about the sanctity of contracts: “We are a country of law. There are contracts. The government cannot just abrogate contracts.” Like a mad dog pursuing its prey, he pounced on the conclusion that absolutely nothing could be done about the bonuses. Unfortunately, Summers voiced no similar outcry when the Obama administration, only weeks earlier, insisted that the U.A.W. contracts be renegotiated as a condition for the auto industry receiving a bailout, suggesting that a different set of rules applies to the rich than to the rest of us who constitute the majority and work for a living…

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Obama’s War
Has the “peace movement” become part of the war machine?
John Stauber
Washington Post blogger Greg Sargent noted last week that “President Obama’s announcement of an escalation in the American presence in Afghanistan is being met with mostly silence – and even some support – from the most influential liberal groups who opposed the Iraq War. … MoveOn.org … declined to make any public statement about Obama’s Afghan policies in response to my queries. An official close to the group confirmed to me that MoveOn wouldn’t be saying anything in the near term. … Nor will we hear anything from Americans United for Change, which ran $600,000 worth of TV ads against the Iraq War in the summer of 2007. ‘Americans United for Change doesn’t plan to comment on President Obama’s new strategy,’ a spokesperson for the group, Lauren Weiner, just emailed. Jon Soltz, the head of VoteVets … came out in support of Obama’s Afghan strategy in an Op Ed with The Huffington Post. … Liberal groups don’t want to distract from passing Obama’s enormous domestic agenda. … And officials with some of these groups don’t want to lose inside influence with the White House…

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Economic Boycott of Israel Works: 21% of Israeli Exporters Affected
Alternative Information Center (AIC)
21% of Israeli exporters have been directly affected by the boycott movement since the beginning of 2009. So reports today (29 March) The Marker, a Hebrew-language economic newspaper. This number is based on a poll of 90 Israeli exporters in fields such as high tech, metals, construction materials, chemistry, textile and foods. The poll was conducted in January-February 2009 by the Israeli Union of Industrialists…

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The Samouni tragedies live on
Eva Bartlett | In Gaza
The “kill Arabs” hate grafitti reported in the Israeli daily Ha’aretz and numerous other news sources, and found throughout the Gaza Strip’s bombarded and militarily-occupied regions, is still scribbled on the walls of Mousa al Samouni (19) and the ten other members of his family’s home in the Zeitoun district east of Gaza city. On nearby walls are “you can run but you can’t hide” and “1948-2009?, references to the Nakba* and what many refer to as the new Nakba: the 3 weeks of war on Gaza. Into the walls of the family’s home Israeli soldiers punched five different snipers holes, behind which they propped themselves on bags filled with sand dug out from underneath tiles in the house. Like so many other houses occupied by the Israeli military, the house in which Mousa and his family lived was left a tangle of destroyed furniture, soiled clothing, and graffitied walls. At least 12 homes were bombed [residents cite 20 destroyed houses] or leveled in the area, and the orchards and chickens which generated incomes were razed and destroyed in the farming community, where the majority were living self-sufficiently…

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Senate Report to Reveal New Details of Bush Officials’ Role in Torture
Jason Leopold
While Congress has focused primarily on the country’s economic turmoil and the lavish bonuses paid to Wall Street executives, a Senate Armed Services Committee report currently in the process of being declassified will force lawmakers to shift gears. The Armed Services Committee will release—possibly as early as next week—its voluminous report on the treatment of alleged terrorist detainees held in U.S. custody and the brutal interrogation techniques they were subjected to, according to Defense Department and intelligence sources who described the report as the most detailed account to date of the roles senior Bush administration and Defense Department officials played in implementing a policy of torture at Guantanamo, Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq and other detention centers…

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Increased attack rates on the US forces
Roads to Iraq
Is this the US “peace gesture” to Iran: Eliminating the “Sunni” armed militias (Awakening)? We all know about the clashes erupted yesterday between the “Awakening” militia in Al-Fadhil neighborhood and the Iraqi army, but only few links refer to the participation of the American forces in the raid…

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Health in the Occupied Palestinian Territories
By Tony Davies
On 13th March, at Birzeit University near Ramallah, five articles from the university’s Department of Public Health on health in the occupied Palestinian territories were launched. The articles are being published by the medical journal, The Lancet. They have been condemned as propaganda by the Israeli prime minister’s spokesperson, Mark Regev. As an expert propagandist, he will know, if he has read the articles, that the studies they report have been conducted by able Palestinian academics collaborating with respected scientific workers from a number of countries and reported with a care and objectivity which are the antithesis of propaganda…

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Spanish judge to hear torture case against six Bush officials
Legal moves may force Obama’s government into starting a new inquiry into abuses at Guantánamo Bay and Abu Ghraib
Julian Borger and Dale Fuchs in Madrid, Guardian
Criminal proceedings have begun in Spain against six senior officials in the Bush administration for the use of torture against detainees in Guantánamo Bay. Baltasar Garzón, the counter-terrorism judge whose prosecution of General Augusto Pinochet led to his arrest in Britain in 1998, has referred the case to the chief prosecutor before deciding whether to proceed. The case is bound to threaten Spain’s relations with the new administration in Washington, but Gonzalo Boyé, one of the four lawyers who wrote the lawsuit, said the prosecutor would have little choice under Spanish law but to approve the prosecution…

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The ‘New’ Strategy – Did Obama Expand the War Into Pakistan?
Is The Real Change a Massive Escalation Into Pakistan?
Jason Ditz
When President Barack Obama unveiled his “comprehensive, new strategy” for the war in Afghanistan it struck many how decidedly old most of the strategy looked. A vague justification for throwing more money and troops at the seemingly endless war, bundled with posturing about how vital the war’s success ultimately would be. But is that the whole story? Was the much-heralded new strategy just about polishing up the same old escalation in Afghanistan and selling it as a change? Perhaps the real novelty in this plan takes place outside of Afghanistan, in neighboring Pakistan…

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Afghanistan: US, NATO Wage World’s Largest and Longest War
Rick Rozoff, Stop NATO
On October 7 it will enter its ninth calendar year and with the projected deployment of at least 30,000 more American and thousands of more fellow NATO nations’ troops this year it promises to go on indefinitely. It is the second longest war, both on the air and ground fronts, in United States’ history, with only its protracted involvement in Indochina so far exceeding it in length. The Afghan war is also the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s first armed conflict outside of Europe and its first ground war in the sixty years of its existence. It has been waged with the participation of armed units from all 26 NATO member states and twelve other European and Caucasus nations linked to NATO through the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council, the Partnership for Peace and the Adriatic Charter with the first-ever invocation of the Alliance’s Article 5 mutual military assistance provision…

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A CHANGE OF HEART OR JUST CROCODILE TEARS?
Malcom Lagauche
In the past couple of weeks, Human Rights Watch (HRW) has been vocal about war crimes committed by Israel in its invasion and destruction of Gaza. Currently, the group is featuring Israel’s use of white phosphorus, a chemical agent that burns people alive, and is illegal under international laws of combat to use against civilians (…). Normally, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International are long on accusations of human rights violations by countries not in the U.S. sphere of influence. Rarely, if ever, is Israel mentioned. But, HRW appears to be going for the jugular in this case. Many fair-minded people should be quite happy to see such vigilance by HRW against Israel’s use of white phosphorus. But, there are a couple of lingering incidents that can allow people to be dubious about the reason behind HRW’s allegation…

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Israeli air strikes on Sudan convoys
Paul Woodward
Israeli air strikes on three convoys smuggling African migrants through Sudan killed “more than 100 people” and perhaps as many as 800, according to Sudanese officials. A Western official alleged that the convoys were part of a smuggling network supplying weapons from Iran to Hamas in the Gaza Strip. While the first attack is said to have taken place on January 27 it was not reported until this week. The Sudanese minister for highways said a second air strike occurred on Feb 11. Al Jazeera also reported on Friday a Sudanese official’s claim that Israel had sunk a ship carrying weapons…

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‘Awakening’ group in Baghdad battle
AlJazeera.net
Iraqi and US troops have clashed for a second straight day in Baghdad with so-called Awakening Council fighters opposed to the arrest of a local militia leader. The fighting in the Fadhil district of the Iraqi capital, in which four people were killed, came after Iraqi forces arrested Adel Mashhadani, the local chief of the Sahwa Council trained and financed by the US and Iraq to battle al-Qaeda fighters. American troops assisting Iraqi forces on Sunday ordered Sahwa members to surrender their weapons or face reprisals, while Iraqi soldiers blocked access to the area and made several arrests…

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Jihad and Change Front – A Letter to the Arab Summit in Doha
Jihad and Change Front
…We in the Iraqi Resistance would like to remind the owners of luxury in Doha meeting their responsibilities to Iraq as the issue is still articulated in the protection of Arab national security … and remember that the Iraqi Resistance has resisted all the forces of Occupation for the past six years, and touched upon the seventh year, we have to stand alone. (…) We call on you to pay attention to the forces of Iraq and the dedicated players who stood against the occupation of which does not prevail…

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U.S., Iraqi troops clash with anti-Qaida group in Baghdad
Xinhua
Iraqi security forces backed by U.S. troops fought Sunday sporadic clashes with a local Awakening Council group members in a central Baghdad Sunni enclave, police and witnesses said. Since Sunday morning, the troops have tried to restore control in the Sunni neighborhood of Fadel, a former stronghold for al-Qaida militants, an Interior Ministry source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity. Residents in the neighborhood said that U.S. armored vehicles and Iraqi military trucks deployed in the key crossings of the neighborhood and frequently sent a message to local residents by loudspeakers, ordering them to hand over weapons by midday…

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Shame on us!
Comment by Khalid Amayreh in Occupied East Jerusalem
It is really hard to write on this subject without getting angry. We all know the extent to which Israel can be evil and satanic. After all, we Palestinians have been on the receiving end of Israeli savagery for decades. In fact, being thoroughly tormented and killed by the children, grand-children and great grandchildren of the holocaust has always been and continues to be “the” Palestinians’ way of life. However, for some Palestinians to allow themselves to be duped to sing and play music to their oppressors and child-killers is simply beyond the pale of human dignity. It is at least as insulting and humiliating as some Jews were forced or duped to play music to SS, Gestapo and Wehrmacht soldiers during the Second World War. In both cases, the act was meant to humiliate the victims and rob them of the last visages of human dignity…

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Erekat: “Olmert obstructed a peace deal with the Palestinians”
Saed Bannoura – IMEM
Dr. Saeb Erekat, head of the Negotiations Department at the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO), denied the statements of Israel’s outgoing Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert, in which he claimed that he offered president Palestinian Mahmoud Abbas a full peace settlement and that he still awaits a response. The statement of Erekat came during a meeting with the US Consul General in Jerusalem, Jake Wallace…

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Netanyahu and the Future of the Peace Process
By Ramzy Baroud
It seems that the Palestinian-Israeli peace process is in serious jeopardy. This is the immediate impression one gleans from media reports from Israel. Unlike Israel’s Kadima and Labour party “moderates” prime minister-designate Benyamin Netanyahu is widely seen as an obstacle to negotiations aimed at facilitating a two-state solution. The media stories, however, are riddled with misconceptions and dotted with false assumptions. While Netanyahu is indeed a right-wing ideologue his position on issues pertinent to the peace process — if, indeed, it is possible to speak of such a thing, which I doubt — hardly differs from his predecessors. Israel continues with its military onslaughts and illegal settlement expansion while the Palestinian Authority of Mahmoud Abbas continues with isolating Hamas in Gaza and maintaining its own rule in the West Bank…

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GI Special 7C22: Been There Done That [ 29 march 2009 ]
Thomas F. Barton
Carl Bunin Peace History March 23-29
The last American combat troops left South Vietnam, ending direct U.S. military involvement in the Vietnam War.
Military advisors to the South Vietnamese Army remained, as did Marines protecting U.S. installations, and thousands of Defense Dept. civilians.
Of the more than 3 million Americans who served in the war, almost 58,000 had died, and more than 1,000 were missing in action. Some 150,000 Americans had been seriously wounded.
The loss of Vietnamese killed and wounded was in the millions and damage to the countryside persists to this day.

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Banning Galloway Mocks Canada’s Criminal Code
By William A. Cook
Canada’s border security officials and Jason Kenny, the immigration minister, banned George Galloway, MP for Bethnal Green and Bow, from Canada where he was scheduled to speak in Toronto on the 30th. “A spokesman for Citizenship and Immigration Canada said the decision … was based on a ‘number of factors’ in accordance with section 34 (1) of the country’s immigration act” (Guardian.co.uk 3/20/09). This action denies Galloway entrance as a foreign national on security grounds for one or more of 6 reasons including “engaging in terrorism,” and “engaging in acts of violence that would or might endanger the lives or safety of persons in Canada.” The CJC, the Canadian Jewish Congress, supporting the decision, noted that it should be seen as an “issue of security law, not a dispute over free speech” (Mar. 27, 2009, Montreal Gazette). Indeed, other Jewish organizations like the League of Human Rights of B’nai B’rith, not only supported the action but took some credit for the banning of Galloway…

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