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URUK Net 2 April, 2009

Last updated: Monday, April 6, 2009 9:00

The Unnamed…
Layla Anwar, An Arab Woman Blues
The reason I chose the above title for this post, is because I firmly believe that Iraq and the Iraqi people, both individually and collectively have been used as dumping grounds…and there is no adequate title and name to express it ALL. Dumping grounds for heaps of things. I visualize it— as Iraq, with her people, as the ground to throw garbage in – human garbage. The rejects of Humanity. Usually in human interactions, people try their best to give, at least on the surface, the best of what they have…or aspire to the best. Iraq and Iraqis on the other hand, since this occupation, have received nothing but the worst of what humans can do, can “offer”. It is a very scary thought when you ponder about it deeply. It is scary because if you want to understand the depth of the human shadow, just look at what has happened to Iraq and to the Iraqis…

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It is now impossible to trust any ‘official’ inquiry into Iraq
The Government seems to have institutionalised duplicity
Yasmin Alibhai-Brown
I watched a report on Fallujah last week on Sky News by Lisa Holland for which she deserves our gratitude and a top television award. It featured a quietly spoken Iraqi neo-natal specialist, Dr Muntaha Hashim, who is finding that in that town, bombed and collectively punished by the allies, there has been a massive increase in the number of deformed babies. Dr Hashim sees children with two heads – one, a young girl with bountiful hair was curled up on a bed – and others limbless, or born without vital organs. The number has doubled since the days of Saddam…

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Obama escalates war in Central Asia
World Socialist Web Site editorial board
The new military strategy announced by President Barack Obama in Afghanistan marks a major escalation of the war in Afghanistan and the official transformation of Pakistan into a theater of US military action. Prepared behind the backs of the American people and with contempt for anti-war opinion expressed in the presidential election, Obama’s plan calls for replicating in Afghanistan Bush’s military “surge” in Iraq and launching military strikes at will in Pakistan. It confirms that Obama’s candidacy was not a move towards peace, but the expression of a struggle inside the American ruling elite over the strategic priorities of US imperialism. Obama served as the front man for those who believed the Pentagon had focused too much attention on Iraq and that the main target of military violence should be Central Asia…

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Lexicon of Resistance
Gilad Atzmon
The following is an attempt to present my own personal dictionary of what seems to be the most charged terminology and concepts attached to the Palestinian solidarity and anti-war discourse. Palestine- a piece of land on the eastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea. For many years Palestine was the home of the Palestinian people: Muslims, Christians and Jews who lived in peace and harmony for hundred of years. In the late 19th century, in the light of emerging European nationalism, a few Jews had decided that Jews should not be left out. They then invented the notions of: “Jewish people”, “Jewish history” and “Jewish nationalism”. They decided to settle the majority of world Jewry in Palestine. Throughout the years the Jewish national project, i.e., Zionism, had become more and more sinister and ruthless. In 1949 70% of the indigenous Palestinian population had already been ethnically cleansed. Nowadays the majority of Palestinians are living behind barbed wire in a state of terror guarded by Israeli soldiers…

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“Israeli war crimes were daily and too numerous to count”
Palestine Monitor
In the past few days various internationally recognized associations have heavily condemned the Israeli exactions in Gaza, shedding light on the recurrent crimes. Alleged accusations are becoming more certain now and are being backed up with evidence and testimonies from both sides, including the Israeli soldiers themselves…

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Will Economic Crisis Lead To A Police State World ?
Sarah Meyer, Index Research
…Barack Obama was elected as the “heroic” saviour. Stories of heroism can serve as moral examples. But Obama has a problem: his rhetoric is a contradiction of reality. Obama is a good lawyer, a good debater. Debaters are taught to be able to support both sides of a story equally well. Obama’s double-speak statements reveal the military, political and “intelligence” schisms within the White House. The contradictory mood music coming out of Washington remind me of The Lyre Bird whose sweet callings are interspersed with chain saws and sirens…

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Iraqi Resistance and Arabic Summit in Doha
ANTIIMPERIALIST MEDIA
The Association of Muslim Scholars in Iraq (AMSI) wrote a letter to the Arabic Summit in Doha, asking them to recognize the will of the Iraqi people to end the Occupation and also not to ignore the brave Iraqi Resistance. Then, the “Jihad and Change Front” issued a letter to the Summit, too: “We ask you to meet your 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. (…)” …

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Video: Betrayed in Iraq
Leila Fadel: Leaders of Awakening Councils are arrested, tortured and killed by Iraq government
The Real News
Leila Fadel, Baghdad Bureau Chief of McClatchy Newspapers speaks to Paul Jay about the recent escalation in violence in Iraq’s capital. She says the former fighters termed the “Sons of Iraq” who have turned on Al Qaeda and joined the U.S. are now being persecuted by the Iraq government. She says the Maliki government is afraid of the power they’ve accumulated in the neighborhoods they were put to protect by the U.S. and many are now in exile or in hiding…

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Pro-Zionism: Defending the Indefensible
Stephen Lendman
This article responds to a March 15 Los Angeles Times Judea Pearl one headlined: “Is anti-Zionism hate?” Pearl teaches computer science at UCLA, is the father of slain journalist Daniel Pearl, and president of the Daniel Pearl Foundation. It was “formed…to continue Danny’s mission and to address the root causes of this tragedy in the spirit” of the man it represents, including “uncompromised objectivity and integrity…and respect for people of all cultures…”..

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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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Obama Afghan Plan Bad News for Pakistan
By Aamir Latif, IOL Correspondent
Many experts believe US President Barack Obama’s new Afghanistan strategy will spell more trouble for the war-torn country’s nearest neighbor, Pakistan, predicting increased pressure on America’s key ally in its so-called war on terror. “Obama’s speech has given a clear-cut message that he will adopt an aggressive policy vis-à-vis Pakistan’s tribal areas,” Zahid Hussein, a political analyst, told IslamOnline.net…

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Al-Jazeera Video: Focus on Gaza – White Phosphorous
AlJazeera.net
In this week’s show we hear how Human Rights Watch accuses Israel of war crimes for it’s unlawful use of white phosphorous. Mike Kirsch a town in the US where white phosphorous is manufactured and shows locals the true human cost of the weapon. Survivors of the war in Gaza take legal action and we meet a mother burnt by white phosphorous who tells her story..

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Al-Jazeera Video: Gazans doubt action from Arab summit
AlJazeeraEnglish
Israel’s war on Gaza has left 100,000 homeless, they have nowhere to go. Arab states have pledged millions of dollars to reconstruct Gaza, but the money has not come through. The people of Gaza have had enough of empty promises, they remain deeply skeptical as to whether the Arab summit will offer them anything other than rhetorical support. From Gaza, Al Jazeera’s Sherine Tadros reports on what residents want from this summit.

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Israel whitewashes Gaza operations as expected
Eternal Hope
srael’s government did it again: The Israeli military on Monday concluded their internal investigation of alleged misconduct by soldiers in their invasion of the Gaza Strip in January, finding that there was no misconduct by soldiers. This report comes despite thousands of eyewitness testimonies attesting to the misconduct, and video and photographic evidence documenting the crimes. As expected, they whitewashed the investigation of whether their soldiers acted properly during the recent Gaza offensive. This is hardly surprising, given that they have routinely whitewashed other such incidents, including the killing of Rachel Corrie…

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Appeal for the removal of Hamas from EU terror list !
Recognise Resistance
On the occasion of the June 2009 European elections, we are launching an urgent appeal to all candidates for the 736 seats in the European parliament. We ask that they actively pursue the immediate and unconditional removal of Hamas and all other Palestinian liberation organizations from the European list of proscribed terrorist organizations…

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A J’accuse for CAP, MoveOn Afghanistan Silence
John Nichols
President Obama went on CBS News’ “Face the Nation” Sunday to make the case for his great big war in Afghanistan. The good news is that Obama says, “What I will not do is to simply assume that more troops always results in an improved situation.” The bad news is that Obama is dispatching more troops to a country that has never taken well to occupation. So where is the MoveOn.org blast condemning the ramping up of an undeclared war and the president’s refusal to rule out an even more dramatic expansion of that war to Pakistan? Where is the memo from the Center for American Progress outlining the case against giving the president “a blank check for endless war”?..

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The International Conference against Racism: Why is Israel Running Away?
Michael Warschawski, Alternative Information Center (AIC)
In May 2009, the second UN Conference on Racism will be held in Geneva. Like most other UN conferences, there will be a conference of NGOs parallel to that of the states. Israel has decided to boycott the conference and convinced the United States, Canada and several other countries to do the same. One can easily understand the Israeli/US reluctance to attend the NGO event: global civil society is profoundly anti-racist and has no difficulty identifying the racist laws and institutionalized mechanisms of the Israeli state. This is especially true in two fields: land and planning, and residency rights. Like in the previous 2001 NGO conference, held in Durban, South Africa, Israeli racism will be one of the main topics of discussion, together with other states that support widespread discrimination…

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Palestinians remember Land Day
Jonathan Cook
Palestinians across the Middle East were due to commemorate Land Day today, marking the anniversary of clashes in 1976 in which six unarmed Palestinians were shot dead by the Israeli army as it tried to break up a general strike. Although Land Day is one of the most important anniversaries in the Palestinian calendar, sometimes referred to as the Palestinians’ national day, the historical event it marks is little spoken of and rarely studied…

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Welcome to Vietnam, Mr. President
Ray McGovern
I was wrong. I had been saying that it would be naïve to take too seriously presidential candidate Barack Obama’s rhetoric regarding the need to escalate the war in Afghanistan. I kept thinking to myself that when he got briefed on the history of Afghanistan and the oft-proven ability of Afghan “militants” to drive out foreign invaders — from Alexander the Great, to the Persians, the Mongolians, Indians, British, Russians — he would be sure to understand why they call mountainous Afghanistan the “graveyard of empires.”…

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US soldier gets 35 years in deaths of 4 Iraqis
GEORGE FREY, Associated Press Writer
A U.S. soldier convicted of murder in the execution-style slayings of four blindfolded Iraqis apologized for shooting one of them in the back of the head, but said he acted out of concern for his fellow troops… Mayo told the court — just lawyers and a judge, with no jury — that he shot one of the Iraqis with a 9mm pistol…

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GI Special 7C23: Just One More Betrayal [ 30 March 2009 ]
Thomas F. Barton
U.S. General: American Forces May Not Leave Key Iraqi Cities. March 27, 2009 By Jane Arraf, Correspondent of The Christian Science Monitor. Some troops are preparing to go home and others have pulled back from outposts to bases. But the planned pullback [notice how a signed agreement with the Iraqi government suddenly gets demoted to a “planned pullback”] of American soldiers from all Iraqi cities by the end of June will probably not be fully met. Senior military commanders say US troops will also likely stay on in the southern city of Basra.

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