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URUK Net 7 April, 2009

Last updated: Thursday, April 9, 2009 9:12

Zionism is discrimination is oppression is racism is apartheid
Marcy Newman, Body on the line
As i watch the protests flaring in Moldova, Avigdor Lieberman’s home country who is the foreign minster of the zionist entity, i keep thinking what a great time it would be for him to go home. Back to where he came from. He wants “transfer” for palestinians in 1948. What about a transfer for him back to his homeland?..

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Pakistan…Faking Iraq-like Sectarian Tension
By Aamir Latif, IOL Correspondent
Already reeling under suicide bombing, Pakistan is seeing a surge in attacks targeting mosques and religious congregations, in what analysts describe as part of a scheme to trigger Shiite-Sunni clashes and distract growing public anger over US drone attacks in the tribal belt. “It seems to me a calculated conspiracy to trigger sectarian violence in the country in line with Iraq so that the public attention could be diverted from real issues,” Abdul Khalique Ali, a Karachi-based senior political analyst, told IslamOnline.net…

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Israel’s Gaza “Terror”
By IOL Correspondents
A fact-finding mission of Israeli and Palestinian human rights and medical groups found that that Israel perpetrated “terror” in the besieged Gaza Strip during its 22-day war. “The underlying meaning of the attack on the Gaza Strip…appears to be one of creating terror without mercy to anyone,” Physicians for Human Rights-Israel and the Palestinian Medical Relief Society (PMRS) concluded. “It appears that the wide range of attacks with sophisticated weaponry was predominantly focused on terrorizing the population.”…

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US wants to break up Pakistan, says minister
The Nation
“American policies are not of a friend but of a foe and Richard Holbrooke and Mike Mullen are in Pakistan to put a price on our loyalty to our religion and the Islamic State of Pakistan but we are not a saleable commodity.” Federal Minister for Science & Technology Azam Khan Swati while commenting on the recent visit of the American military and political leadership to Pakistan said this on Tuesday…

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Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri Calls For Better US Ties After Troops Leave, Govt Toppled
SALAH NASRAWI
A former top deputy of Saddam Hussein has said he wants good ties with the United States, but only after U.S. troops leave and the Shiite-led government is toppled, according to an audiotape aired Tuesday. Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri spoke in an audiotape broadcast Tuesday on Al-Jazeera television. Al-Douri, a fugitive with a $10 million bounty on his head, has not been seen in public since the fall of Saddam’s regime in April 2003. The recording surfaced hours before President Barak Obama arrived in Iraq. In the audiotape, al-Douri urges his followers to topple the government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki after an expected U.S. withdrawal from the country… After al-Maliki’s fall, a new Iraqi government will be ready to “build the best of relations with the American people and the new administration” of President Barack Obama, al-Douri said…

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Ferwana: arrests in the West Bank have become part of everyday life
PNN
The former prisoner affairs specialist and researcher Abdul-Nasser Ferwana expressed concern about the continuation and escalation of indiscriminate mass arrests in the governorates of the West Bank without need or justification, even according to the concepts of occupation and unjust laws and false claims. Ferwana explained that the arrests are part of the culture of the institution of the security of the occupation, and tradition has become a constant in their behavior, as well as part of everyday life for the Palestinians there. Not one day goes by where there aren’t many cases of arrests, some of which are carried out according to the claims of the occupation imperatives of security and in accordance with the laws, but most are implemented as a measure of temperamental and sometimes extortionate revenge…

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2 Nato troops die in Afghanistan
AFP
Two soldiers in the NATO-led force in southern Afghanistan died in attacks while troops killed four militants in a raid on a bomb cell, the military said Tuesday. The latest killings in a grinding insurgency came as the top US military commander and special envoy to the region were in neighbouring Pakistan for talks on efforts to quash militants…

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Biden warns Israel off any attack on Iran
By Paul Richter
Vice President Joe Biden issued a high-level admonishment to Israel’s new government Tuesday that it would be “ill advised” to launch a military strike against Iran. Biden said in a CNN interview that he does not believe newly installed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would take such a step. Even so, his comment underscored a gap between the conservative new Israeli government and the Obama White House on a series of questions, including the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and Iran…

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Sheikh Jarrah residents organize in the face of mass house evictions
Jeff Pickert writing from occupied East Jerusalem, Live from Palestine
“We are like the roots of a tree. The Israelis may cut us in places, but we will never die. We will not be transplanted from Jerusalem. I will not leave this house,” Maher Hanun tells a crowded room of Palestinian community members supported by Israeli and international solidarity activists. Hanun is one of 51 residents of the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in occupied East Jerusalem living in two housing units that are facing imminent eviction by Israeli authorities. The mood is tense as more than 25 individuals pack into a small room in Hanun’s house to plan how to fight the house evictions. Palestinian residents, organized under the Sheikh Jarrah Committee, have invited solidarity activists to come and support their struggle. Internationals from more than 10 countries and Israelis sit in chairs and on the floor as Hanun tells them his story…

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Verses caught in Barbed Wire…
Layla Anwar, An Arab Woman Blues
A friend from Greece, sent me this poem. Thank you Y. A poem from an Iraqi prisoner, detained in Bucca Camp. Bucca camp where Kamel and Omar are still lingering there…caught like verses in barbed wire…Are they really there or somewhere else ? We don’t know…Maybe we will never know. Maybe one day, they will become ex-detainees too and will compose their “experience” in poetry form…Maybe they will call it “Surviving America”. Maybe this is how poets and madmen are born…

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Hard Rain Keeps Falling: Talking Peace in Prague, Dropping Bombs in Pakistan
Chris Floyd
While the usual gaggle of sycophants and media hive-minders — along with some ordinarily perspicacious analysts — tell us that Barack Obama literally changed the course of human history by disgorging a great load of thrice-chewed cud about nuclear disarmament in Prague this week, the high-tech drone war the great hero of peace is waging inside the sovereign territory of America’s ally, Pakistan, is helping drive tens of thousands of people from their homes and killing civilians almost daily…

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It Will Take the World to Save These Homes
By Nora Barrows-Friedman
Orthodox Israeli settlers, backed by soldiers and police, attacked Palestinian residents of the Sa’diyya neighbourhood of occupied East Jerusalem Sunday evening, four days after the settler group invaded the home of the Jabir family and extra-judicially evicted them. The settlers claim ownership of the Jabir home and several others in Sa’diyya, even after an Israeli court had decided to examine an appeal filed by Palestinian families contesting the legitimacy of the settlers’ claims. Three Palestinians were injured and several were beaten and arrested by Israeli police when residents of the neighbourhood attempted to protect the Jabir home and restrain the settlers and Israeli forces…

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Over 150,000 Gazans still without tap water
Over 150,000 Palestinians in Gaza (around 10 percent of the population) are struggling without tap water as a result of the damage caused to wells, pipes and waste water facilities during the recent 23-day Israeli offensive which ended on 18 January. “Our requests via the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to the Israeli military during the conflict to allow shipments of construction materials and spare parts to repair wells and facilities damaged during the war were denied,” Coastal Municipalities Water Utility (CMWU) director-general Monther Shoblak told IRIN…

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Israel ‘received arms shipment’
Duraid Al Baik
Dubai: More than 300 containers loaded with US-made arms and munitions were delivered to Israel last month, according to a human rights activist. Brian Wood, head of Arms Control Campaign at the London-based Amnesty International, told Gulf News that sources close to the rights group had reported about a German cargo ship, Wehr Elbe, which had docked and unloaded more than 300 containers at the Israeli port of Ashdod, 40 km to the north of Gaza last month, after which it berthed at the Ukrainian port of Odessa in the Black Sea…

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Children the Biggest Victims of the War on Gaza (Report)
Palestinian Information Center
…Dr. Fadl Abu Hein, Director of the Center for Societal Training and Crisis Management in Gaza, is of the opinion that all the psychological symptoms experienced by children in the Gaza Strip during the current period will be less than the many psychological effects of the war which will appear over the course of time. The effects on those suffering from them may last for many years. He indicates that this is linked to the magnitude of the events; seeing the places where they occurred will trigger suppressed memories of those harrowing scenes. He says: “No psychologist can give an accurate estimate of the magnitude and nature of the psychological impact of war on children, as all the details of life have become linked in the minds of our children to the bombardment, death and destruction, and this means that every aspect of the lives of Palestinian children is associated with mental illness.”..

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Nowruz and Mother’s Day
Nesreen Melek, Axis of Logic
Six years ago I was sitting on the same couch watching their shock and ‘owe’ bombing on my beloved country… I felt like as I was watching a horror movie; I was watching but not believing that the American government could be so brutal. There were no weapons of mass destructions, Iraq was not responsible for 9/11 and Iraqis didn’t cause any harm to the American people. I knew it was about the oil and was not about the Iraqi people. American people didn’t care about the Iraqis. The American government pushed the United Nations to impose ten years or economic sanctions on Iraq which caused the death of more than one million Iraqi children… During my last visit to Baghdad, I realized how much Iraqis had lost. There was no life in their eyes, nothing excites them anymore, as they had lost interest in living. Even the children I saw looked different, there was no happiness on their eyes there was only fear…

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PFLP: Obama’s statement is a repetition of Bush’s policy and lacks any concrete mechanism for ending the Israeli occupation.
Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine
Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine’s said in a statement issued today, Tuesday April 7th, 2009, that President Obama speech in the Turkish capital, Ankara, on April 6th 2009, is nothing but a repetition of the statements and positions of the former U.S. President George W. Bush and it lacks any concrete mechanism for ending the Israeli occupation and aggression against our people…

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The Financial New World Order: Towards a Global Currency and World Government
by Andrew G. Marshall
Following the 2009 G20 summit, plans were announced for implementing the creation of a new global currency to replace the US dollar’s role as the world reserve currency. Point 19 of the communiqué released by the G20 at the end of the Summit stated, “We have agreed to support a general SDR allocation which will inject $250bn (£170bn) into the world economy and increase global liquidity.” SDRs, or Special Drawing Rights, are “a synthetic paper currency issued by the International Monetary Fund.” As the Telegraph reported, “the G20 leaders have activated the IMF’s power to create money and begin global “quantitative easing”. In doing so, they are putting a de facto world currency into play. It is outside the control of any sovereign body. Conspiracy theorists will love it.”…

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IRAQ: Whither the Palestinian minority?
IRIN News
The remaining estimated 14,000 Palestinians in Iraq or holed up in camps on the Iraqi-Syrian border still face a precarious existence, despite a slowly improving security situation, say observers. During a recent visit to Iraq in a bid to improve their plight, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas asked the Iraqi government to issue Palestinian refugees with internationally recognised passports rather than Iraqi travel documents, a Palestinian diplomat told IRIN on 5 April. Iraq has been issuing travel documents to Palestinians since 1948 “when they were exiled from Palestine”, said the Palestinian chargé d’affaires in Baghdad, Dalil al-Qasous…

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Red Cross Report: Medical Officers ‘Participated in Torture’
RAWStory
A confidential report by the International Committee of the Red Cross has revealed that medical officers and health personnel supervised, and in some cases assisted as detainees were deprived of food, exposed to extreme temperatures, and subjected to waterboarding. A copy of the 2007 report was posted on a magazine web site Monday night. The report quotes one medical official telling a detainee: “I look after your body only because we need you for information.”…

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Aaronovitch’s Tantrum and the Demolition of Jewish Power
Gilad Atzmon, Palestine Think Tank
Last Wednesday, I participated in a panel that could have been a breakthrough debate on issues having to do with ‘Antisemitism’. The event was part of The Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival and it took place at Oxford University. The discussion was moderated by the legendary BBC reporter Martin Bell. On the panel we had Nick Cohen and David Aaronovitch. They were there to elaborate on the case of ‘new antisemitism’. Interestingly enough, Aaronovitch and Cohen were the prominent advocates of the illegal war in Iraq through the British press. They are also notoriously famous for their Islamophobic ranting, as if this is not enough, they were also caught supporting the latest Israeli deadly campaign in Gaza. I was there to argue that antisemitism is a spin, it is a myth, I was there to deliver a very simple message: there is no such a thing as antisemitism…

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Member of Iraqi Gay Group Pleads for Help “Before It’s Too Late”
UKGayNews
Is there anyone to help me before it’s too late? That is the question asked by a member of Iraqi-LGBT in Baghdad, who says he is to be executed, in a letter released at the weekend by Iraqi-LGBT in London. The handwritten letter in Arabic was received by the group in London last week, the writer claiming that he has received the death sentence for belonging to Iraqi-LGBT – a banned organisation in the country. Releasing the letter to UK Gay News, Iraqi-LGBT requested independent translation – and this was done by two separate translators in the USA. “We are confident that the letter is genuine,” Ali Hili said, adding that the name on the letter is known to him…

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Land of Ruins: A Special Report on Gaza’s Economy
Democracy Now!
Democracy Now! producer Anjali Kamat files a report on the state of the Gazan economy, where unemployment and poverty rates are among the highest in the world. Despite international pledges of over $5.2 billion to rebuild Gaza, in the four months since Israel’s assault the siege has not been lifted and only one truck carrying cement and other construction materials has been allowed entry into the Gaza Strip…

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Israeli police kill Palestinian man and demolish home in east Jerusalem
Ghassan Bannoura – IMEMC News
On Tuesday at midday Israeli border police shot dead a Palestinian driver in the Surbaher neighborhood of east Jerusalem whilst bulldozers demolished a Palestinian family home in the area. Palestinian sources said Azmi Ewisat, 20, was driving his car near a police checkpoint in the Palestinian dominated neighborhood when officers opened fire and killed him. Mohamed Amera, 20, who was in the car with him, was critically injured in the incident…

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Iraq shoethrower’s jail term cut to one year
AFP
An Iraqi court cut the jail term of the TV reporter who shot to fame for hurling his shoes at former US president George W. Bush from three years to one, his lawyer said on Tuesday after an appeal. Iraqi Muntazer al-Zaidi, 30, was convicted by a Baghdad court on March 12 of attempting to assault Bush during his farewell visit to the Iraqi capital in December…

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Shattering the Myth of Democracy and Equality in Israel
An Interview with Dr. Hatim Kanaaneh
Angie Tibbs
Hatim Kanaaneh was an eleven year old boy when his peaceful village of Arrabeh, Galilee, was invaded by Jewish terrorists and the villagers forced to surrender in 1948. What followed was living under a military regime, which had absolute powers, a life filled with terror and humiliation, coupled with a curtailment of freedom and infringements on human rights. Discrimination was evident in all aspects of everyday life, even in the education system, something Dr. Kanaaneh experienced first hand when he was denied entry to the Hadassah medical school because he was deemed to be unqualified. He later attended Harvard and received his medical degrees, following which he returned to Galilee where he worked as a physician for thirty-five years…

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Tea by the Tigris
Stand up for the victims of war
Iraq Solidarity Campaign UK
We would like to extend an open hand of invitation to a fundraising tea party which we are holding in aid of the Iraqi Red Crescent and Combat Stress. For the past six years, the victims of the Iraq war have been treated to silence, with the long term affects remaining unknown to many people within Great Britain. This event is being organised to support workers and sufferers with war related disabilities, with the proceeds raised at this event going to help both the Iraqi Red Crescent and Combat Stress, whose work includes assisting communities with trauma counselling, first aid training, disability support and advocacy, along with providing equipment for those who have lost limbs…

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As Iraq rape trial begins, attorneys attack law
By BRETT BARROUQUERE, AP
The first former Army soldier to be charged as a civilian under a 2000 law that allows him to be prosecuted for alleged crimes committed overseas faces a trial of his peers — in a federal courtroom in Kentucky. Steven Dale Green, a former member of the 101st Airborne Division, was accused along with four fellow soldiers of raping a 14-year-old girl and killing her and her family in Mahmoudiya, Iraq, but he won’t face an Iraqi or military jury…

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Is Obama even more Dangerous than Bush?
Doug Page
…An unthinking uncritical “Obamamania” among most of his supporters continues to prevail so far. This is dangerous for them, for President Obama and for all of us. Without critical analysis and pressure from his millions of supporters, Obama will stumble into disaster. We have carefully watched the new President’s first 100 days and we are appalled. We find that Obama has continued Bush policies affecting the abuses of Wall Street banks, and allowing Wall Street wrongdoers to manage our economy and the “recovery.” Forget the impeachment of Bush and Cheney, the prosecution of Eliot Spitzer for his sexual indiscretion, and Bernard Madoff’s little Ponzi-scheme. What about prosecuting those bankers who profited from the most massive fraudulent swindle in human history?..

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“Hebrew Labor” Principle Lives On
Israel Railways Accused of Racism in Firing of Arab Workers
JONATHAN COOK
A decision by Israel’s state-owned railway company to sack 150 Arab workers because they have not served in the army has been denounced as “unlawful” and “racist” this week by Arab legal and workers’ rights groups. The new policy, which applies to guards at train crossing points, is being implemented even though the country’s Arab citizens — numbering 1.2 million and nearly one-fifth of the total population — have been exempt from serving in the military since Israel’s establishment…

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