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URUK Net 12 April, 2009

Last updated: Tuesday, April 14, 2009 11:04

Arab European League (AEL) interviews Dr. Ibrahim Alloush, Palestinian activist and professor of Economics in Jordan.
By Brahim Harchaoui
…Regarding the Iraqi resistance, we must keep in mind that it helped coax the Americans into a major strategic, military, economical, financial, and political quagmire (along with the Afghani resistance). Yet the Iraqi resistance is also has also suffered many a setback. One cause for this has been the siege the Iraqi resistance has been reeling under since its inception. Unlike other resistance movements in the region, the Iraqi resistance not only receives no serious support from abroad, but is virtually under siege. This siege is not only laid by the Americans and the enemies of our nation like the Zionist State and the Arab regimes, but also by some layers and groups who are considered as anti-American by some. These layers and groups pledge allegiance, without any question, to Iran and its cronies in Iraq. All these groups collaborated to demonize the Iraqi resistance. Still, this did not diminish the great potential of the resistance. Some of the greatest blows the Iraqi resistance suffered had to do with the discovery of some of its piles of weapons and funds. Thus the resistance is unable to continue as well as it once did without funds and weapons. Just think how much money the U.S. Government lost in this war. Then think how much local Iraqi resources had to expend to defeat the U.S. Government gloriously as it did. But do not get me wrong, the resistance apparatus is still intact and ! the resi stance remains the strongest player in Iraq. Furthermore, the battle for the liberation of Iraq is still going on. And the Iraqi resistance continues to prepare for the final battle to cleanse the occupation…

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The New American Strategy for Afghanistan and Pakistan
By General (RTD), Mirza Aslam Bag, Translated By Mohammed Abuhuraira Akrami
There is nothing new in the policy submitted by American President Barack Obama regarding Afghanistan and Pakistan. All of the points were similar to ones used by previous American administrations; however, the threatening and authoritative tone was employed so America could maintain a high morale. In addition to their assertion that they will finish off al-Qaeda’s base, which is merely a pipedream, Obama, with his recent announcement of an exit strategy from Afghanistan, clearly exposed the fact that America and its coalition forces will have to admit defeat. The new policy actually reveals the defeated, hysterical American mentality. American and coalition forces have lost their war with the Taliban, so now they want Pakistan to convert their defeat into a victory for them, which is not possible…

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Palestinian Christians Exodus
By Khalid Amayreh, IOL Correspondent
Palestine, the birthplace of Jesus Christ, is losing many of its young Christians who, reeling under the yoke of the Israeli occupation and economic hardships, are seeking a better life abroad. “They can’t easily adapt to the hardships associated with the stressful situation stemming from the Israeli occupation,” Dr. Jamal Khadr, a priest at the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, told IslamOnline.net. In recent decades, thousands of Christians left the occupied West Bank for a new life abroad, especially in North and South America, Australia, Scandinavia and even Africa…Dr. Khadr, also a professor of Dogmatic Theology at the Latin Seminary, says most of the emigrants are young Christians who are distressed by occupation and crises…

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America’s Imperial Wars: We Need to See the Horrors
Dave Lindorff
…We may read about wedding parties that are bombed by American forces—something that has happened with some frequency in both Iraq and Afghanistan— where the death toll is tallied in dozens, but we are, as a rule, not provided with photos that would likely show bodies torn apart by anti-personnel bombs—a favored weapon for such attacks on groups of supposed enemy “fighters.” (A giveaway that such weapons are being used is a typically high death count with only a few wounded.) Obviously one reason for this is that the US military no longer gives US journalists, including photo journalists, free reign on the battlefield. Those who travel with troops are under the control of those troops and generally aren’t allowed to photograph the scenes of devastation, and sites of such “mishaps” are generally ruled off limits until the evidence has been cleared away. But another reason is that the media themselves sanitize their pages and their broadcasts. It isn’t just American dead that we don’t get to see. It’s the civilian dead—at least if our guys do it…

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Obama threatens Pakistan
Roedad Khan
As I listened to President Obama’s address to the nation and his wartime rhetoric, I held my breath. He didn’t speak softly. His tone was harsh and threatening. He carried a big stick. That was quite obvious. The spontaneous reaction of all those present was that Obama had learned nothing from history and was not going to change course in Afghanistan or Pakistan. As they say, it was deja vu all over again. What he said was no different from what George W Bush had been saying for years…Obama’s decision to send additional troops to Afghanistan is simply an extension of the failed policy of George W Bush. Beefing up the American occupation in Afghanistan is not the solution. It is part of the problem…

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Don’t Ask Palestinians if They Recognize Israel
Hanna Kawas
…Do you want me to recognize the rape and dismemberment of my country Palestine? Do you want me to recognize the thief who stole my land and murdered my people? Do you want me to recognize a racist apartheid state that to this day does not allow me to go back home to live, nor be buried in my homeland where I was born? Do you want me to recognize a state with elastic borders that keeps committing injustices and war crimes on a daily basis?…Would we have asked the South African blacks to recognize Apartheid, before we took note of the legitimacy of their struggle? Would we have asked the French resistance to recognize the Vichy government and the Nazi regime before we acknowledged the credibility of their goals? No, and it is grossly unfair to tell Palestinians that they must recognize the state that is building an annexation wall on their land and massacring civilians in Gaza, before those same Palestinians will be allowed to have a say in their future…

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The Iraqi Resistance on the Anniversary of US Invasion
ANTIIMPERIALIST MEDIA
While the illegal US Occupation enters it’s 7th Year and after they killed thousands of brave Mujahedin and after they arrested hundreds of families in order to break the strong will of the people, the Iraqi Resistance again spoke to the whole world. The most powerful Organizations are the “Political Council of Iraqi Resistance”, including the Islamic Army of Iraq and Hamas of Iraq, and “Jihad and Change Front”, including the 1920 Revolution Brigades and Rashideen Army…

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An Iraqi City Divided by Walls, by Sect, By Bitterness
Sudarsan Raghavan, Washington Post Foreign Service
Fifteen feet tall, half a mile long, the walls wind like a concrete ribbon through the heart of this scarred holy city, the cradle of Iraq’s sectarian war. Shiite pilgrims flow alongside them toward the shattered al-Askari mosque, a symbol of a resuscitating Iraq. Shiite national security forces — and not a single local Sunni policeman — patrol the area. On the other side of the walls, shops lie shuttered; alleys are blanketed by silence. Padlocked red doors, built into the partition, prevent Shiite visitors from mixing with the city’s mostly Sunni citizens. Here, Mohammed al-Saeed, a Sunni shopkeeper, fumes. “This wall is a sectarian wall,” he said. “They don’t trust us.” The destruction of the venerated mosque in this central Iraqi city in 2006 has come to be seen as the spark for the terrible sectarian violence that gripped Iraq. Now, the Iraqi government holds up Samarra as evidence that peace is possible, even in the country’s most contentious areas. But the quiet here is a brittle one, where Shiites exercise dominance and alienated Sunnis wallow in resentment. “These walls give an idea like death is waiting for us,” declared Mohammed Hussen, a local Sunni council leader. “Their ambition is to make Samarra into a Shiite city.” …

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War-shocked Gaza children ‘want to die’
Anne Barker
Little has changed in Gaza since the war in January, with thousands of families still living in tents and homes and schools still just rubble and ruins. But life for many children has never been the same since Israel launched its offensive three months ago… English teacher Ghada Abu Ward still sees the daily impact on her students. “They are hesitant, frustrated, depressed, thinking and dreaming all the time – daydreams – then after that we lose concentration, and [have] the bad achievements,” she said. “At the bravest times they’ve thought, ‘I want to die. My father was dead in the Israeli attack – I want to be with them. So I want to die. There’s nothing good about this life. At least when I die, I will be with my parents, and it will be heaven and paradise’.” ..

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Dr. Faleh Al Khayat: Speech in the European Parliament
The situation of the Iraqi oil industry
Dr. Faleh Al-Khayat, BRussells Tribunal
…Now, we come to the importance of Iraqi oil. Iraqi oil, ladies and gentlemen, Iraq is a major oil country. It has, actually, the third largest reserves of oil in the world. Some people say it is the second, because there are doubts about the Iranian figure of reserves. If the probable reserves of Iraq, which is 214 billion barrels, is added to the approved reserves, which 115 barrels of today, Iraq will become first oil reserve country in the world. It is the most underexplored country as far as oil is concerned in the world. It produces the least ratio of reserve of a production to reserves of the world, what I mean, that with a 115 billion barrels of reserves Iraq should be in the production a bracket between 6 to 8 barrels a day…

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Ben-Gurion and Massacre of Deir Yassin
By Iqbal Jassat
The minutes of a meeting of the Jewish Agency Executive on 12 June 1938 records a chilling statement made by David Ben-Gurion: “I am for compulsory transfer; I do not see anything immoral in it”. Ben-Gurion, an ardent Zionist was a migrant from Poland where he was born in 1886. Since his arrival in Palestine as a 20-year old, Ben-Gurion was destined to be heralded as not only the founder of the State of Israel and its first prime minister, but also as the mastermind of the ethnic cleansing of Palestine…

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Gaza needs more aid
Mel Frykberg
John Ging, head of the UN agency for Palestine refugees (UNRWA) in Gaza, has urged Israel to ease aid flow restrictions that are having a devastating effect on the 1.5 million inhabitants. Ging says the amount of aid being allowed into Gaza at present is “wholly and totally inadequate. It’s having a very devastating impact on the physical circumstances and also the mindset of people on the ground,” Ging told IPS. According to a report released last month by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), on average 127 aid trucks a day are entering Gaza…

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Abbas phones Netanyahu with Passover wishes
Ma’an news
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas telephoned Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday and offered him warm wishes on the Jewish holiday of Passover, according to reports in the Israeli media. The reports, some citing sources in the prime minister’s office, others citing a statement circulated by Netanyahu’s staff, indicated that Abbas’ call was meant to signal the Palestinian Authority’s (PA) willingness to deal with Netanyahu’s new right-wing government. The Israeli news agency Ynet quoted one source close to Netanyahu who said the conversation was “warm and friendly.”..

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Blast kills US soldier north of Baghdad
Daily Times
A US soldier was killed in a bomb blast north of Baghdad on Sunday, while the top American commander in Iraq said there was no reason to panic over the recent upsurge in violence in the country, as it was the work of small cells. “A US soldier died of wounds sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated in Salaheddin province,” a US military statement said. “The soldier was in a convoy when the vehicle has hit,” it added. Five US troops were killed on Friday in the deadliest attack on American forces in Iraq for more than a year, when a suicide truck bomber struck a police compound in the northern city of Mosul…

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150 militants attack U.S.-NATO supply line
Trailers en route to Afghanistan torched in northwestern Pakistan
AP
About 150 militants armed with rockets and automatic weapons attacked a transport terminal in northwestern Pakistan that lies along a key supply route used by U.S. and NATO troops, wounding three guards and torching eight cement trucks Sunday, police said. Militants in Pakistan frequently attack cargo terminals and other stops used by vehicles taking supplies to Western troops in Afghanistan through the legendary Khyber Pass. Scores of trucks have been damaged and several people have died, adding urgency to U.S. efforts to find safer supply routes…

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Puppet Government re-arrests Iraqis
Association of Muslim Scholars in Iraq (AMSI)
The Ministry of the Interior in the Maliki government stated to re-examine the records of thousands of detainees who the U.S. forces have recently released. The spokesman of the so-called Baghdad operation Major General Qassim Atta said: “Re-arrests of a number of persons released by the American forces were completed because they were once again returned to practice of armed action.”…

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