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URUK Net 24 April, 2009

Last updated: Thursday, April 30, 2009 8:49

Saturation.
Layla Anwar, An Arab Woman Blues
These days, when there are news of explosions going on in Baghdad and its vicinity, like daily, I avoid reading the full story. I just read the headlines. I don’t want to know anymore. I don’t want to know the number of dead, I don’t want to know the exact location, I don’t want to know how it happened, who did it, what time, the names, age and sex of the victims…I just don’t want to know anymore. I say to myself, if it is anyone I am related to, I will find out about it…sooner than later. Right now, I just don’t want to know because — am saturated. I am saturated with deaths, killings, explosions, people disappearing, people in detention, people in need, people in distress, people losing their homes --- am saturated with numbers, with names of places, with stories and memories that have developed a life of their own now – settling themselves in my mind, in my waking and sleeping hours, like unwanted tenants who have appropriated your private space, like armed gangs who have taken over your home…and there is absolutely nothing you can do to evict them… I am saturated. Just like Iraq is saturated…We are both saturated with bombs, bullets, ruins, misery, sadness, grief, loss, uncertainty…

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Everyone knows a prisoner
Eva Bartlett, In Gaza
I visited Anwar in his Rafah home last week, 2 days after April 17th Palestinian Political Prisoners’ Day. Prison is a theme for all Palestinians living in occupied Palestine, whether they themselves have been abducted and imprisoned by Israeli occupation forces, or whether someone in their family (a brother, father, son, daughter, mother) is being held in one of Israel’s prisons. So while the visit was to meet Anwar’s family, the prison theme was unavoidable. Anwar spent 3 years in an Israeli prison after taking his then 3 year old son, Yousef, to Egypt for treatment for his cerebral palsy. He, his wife and children ha’d spent 2 months outside of Gaza, but when they returned in June 2004, Anwar was hauled away to Israeli prison for 3 years…

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Top of the Heap: The Democrats’ Teachable Moment on Torture
Chris Floyd
Could it really have ended any other way? As the New York Times reports, Barack Obama and the Democratic Establishment are coming down hard and fast to quell any incipient movement toward accountability for the Bush Regime’s torture system. These “leaders” continue to advance the bizarre and bogus argument that the nation has too many “urgent priorities” to bother with following its own laws. Obama told the Democratic poobahs from Congress that a “full inquiry” into the torture system would “steal time and energy from his policy agenda,” the Times reports. But this argument — indeed the entire issue of some sort of “commission” to investigate the high crimes — is simply a cynical bait and switch…

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The Shamelessness of Jane Harman
She should have the decency to step down
Justin Raimondo
Confronted with clear evidence that she tried to obstruct justice in the case of Steve Rosen and Keith Weissman — two former top AIPAC officials slated to go on trial for espionage on June 2 — Rep. Jane Harman, a California Democrat, did what politicians usually do when forced to face unpleasant facts: she brazened it out. In a response to the Congressional Quarterly piece by Jeff Stein that has proved such an entertaining embarrassment, she brayed: “These claims are an outrageous and recycled canard, and have no basis in fact. I never engaged in any such activity. Those who are peddling these false accusations should be ashamed of themselves.” … The Shamelessness of Jane Harman
She should have the decency to step down

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Testimony: Settlers assault pregnant woman with sticks and stones, April ‘09
B’Tselem
I am eight months’ pregnant. On Friday, 10 April, I took my sheep to graze in an area southwest of our village, not far from the cattle farm of the Ma’on settlement. I was with other women from the village, among them Amneh Sallem ‘Eid al-Hazalin and Khadrah Suliman al-Hazalin, and a group of children under the age of 15, among them Tareq Sallem ‘Eid al-Hazalin, 13, Musa Suliman al-Hazalin, 12, and ‘Omar Suliman al-Hazalin, 10…

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The Destabilization of Pakistan: Finding Clarity in the Baluchistan Conundrum
Talha Mujaddidi, Axis of Logic
As in all of his analyses of the battle for Pakistan, Talha Mujaddidi provides a rare look into the internal struggle of the Pakistan people and the interference in their domestic affairs by the United States, India and other foreign elements. For those who are unfamiliar with the terms, places and names in this report, Talha provides a glossary at the end of the article. It is especially important that we learn and understand what is happening in Pakistan as Washington is opening up a new front in this country in their “war on terror”…

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Could Iraq violence affect US withdrawal plan?
The recent spate of attacks have come as US troops are preparing to pull out of urban areas.
Gordon Lubold | Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor
A raft of sensational attacks in Iraq is raising new questions about President Obama’s plans to draw down troops in Iraq so he can send more to Afghanistan. On Friday, two female suicide bombers blew themselves up near the gates of a Shiite Muslim shrine in Baghdad, killing 60 people. The attack followed two suicide bombs Thursday that killed more than 80 people. The wave of violence in recent weeks, coming as US troops have begun preparing for withdrawal, threatens to bring Iraq back to the front burner, after months of increased security coupled with Obama’s focus on Afghanistan had pushed it back…

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Are Leading Democrats Afraid of a Special Prosecutor to Investigate Torture?
By JEREMY SCAHILL
There are not exactly throngs of Democratic Congressmembers beating down the doors of the Justice Department demanding that Attorney General Eric Holder appoint a special Independent Prosecutor to investigate torture and other crimes. And now it seems that whatever Congress does in the near term won’t even be open to the public. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) said this week that he prefers that the Senate Intelligence Committee hold private hearings. The chair of the committee, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, has asked the White House not to take any action until this private affair is concluded. She estimates that will take 6-8 months…

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Obama Rejects Truth Panel
Commission Would Have Investigated Abuses in Terrorism Fight
By Shailagh Murray and Paul Kane, Washington Post Staff Writers
President Obama rebuffed calls for a commission to investigate alleged abuses under the Bush administration in fighting terrorism, telling congressional leaders at a White House meeting yesterday that he wants to look forward instead of litigating the past. In a lengthy exchange with House Minority Leader John A. Boehner (R-Ohio), Obama appeared to back away from a statement earlier this week that suggested he could support an independent commission to examine possible abuses, according to several attendees who spoke on the condition of anonymity so they could discuss the private meeting freely. White House press secretary Robert Gibbs, also seeking to clarify the president’s position, told reporters that “the president determined the concept didn’t seem altogether workable in this case” because of the intense partisan atmosphere built around the issue…

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Video: Israel ‘fishing for spies’ in Gaza
AljaeeraEnglish
Human rights groups say Israel is preying on the sick and vulnerable in Gaza to coerce them into spying. Several fishermen tell Al Jazeera’s Ayman Mohyeldin that they have been threatened with blackmail unless they agree to spy on Palestinian factions…

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Free Saberi … and all the others!
Reza Fiyouzat, Revolutionary Flowerpot Society
Roxana Saberi’s case has by now become internationally known: The very photogenic Iranian-American journalist, who for the six years before her arrest in January had been working in Iran as a freelance reporter with different agencies including the BBC and the NPR, and after a closed-door summary ‘trial’, was sentenced to eight years in prison on espionage charges. The Iranian President Ahmadinejad along with the head of the judiciary, Ayatollah Mahmoud Shahroudi, have since made public announcements, urging the relevant courts to play fair with Ms. Saberi’s case and to allow her all the legal means available to her by law, including the chance for a fair defense. Iran’s Nobel Laureate Shirin Ebadi announced recently that she would represent Saberi in her appeal of the espionage charges and the eight-year sentence. As reported by Inter Press Service, “The former beauty queen – Saberi was the 1997 “Miss North Dakota” – was arrested in January and initially accused of trying to buy wine, later of lacking valid press credentials, and finally with espionage…

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Norway’s chief prosecutor considers Israeli war crimes case
Watan
After the filing on Wednesday of a war crimes case against Israeli leaders by a group of Norwegian lawyers on behalf of people and families affected by the war on Gaza the chief prosecutor said the complaint will be studied. “We will follow normal procedure, which means we will look through the complaint to determine whether or not to send it to the police to carry out a formal investigation,” Siri Frigaard, chief prosecutor at Norway’s National Authority for Prosecution of Organized and Other Serious Crimes, told Reuters on Thursday. The complaint by Norwegian lawyers has been filed under a law which allows foreigners to be prosecuted in Norway over war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity even when the alleged criminal acts are committed outside the country…

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Must see video
Mazin Qumsiyeh
In this video tape shot April 17, Bassem Aburahma (nick named ElFeel, the elephant, for he was always thought of as a giant among his peers) is seen pleading with Israeli soldiers to wait (saying Raiga in Hebrew) as Palestinians, Israelis and Internationals protested the land confiscation and building of the apartheid fence on vilage land. The soldiers then shoot Bassem point blank with a high velocity gas grenade which kills him within five minutes..

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Leftists in Rafah criticize internal abuses of the people and say will not side with any party
PNN
High ranking member of the leftist Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine’s Central Committee, Imad Abu Rahma, said from the southern Gaza Strip today, “The failure of the Palestinian dialogue will enhance geographical and political division, and will add an increase in violations and abuse of public liberties against our people in Gaza and the West Bank.” Abu Rahma was speaking during a political forum organized in Rafah’s western district of Tel Sultan entitled, “Palestinian national dialogue to where?”…The PFLP official also criticized abuses of democracy and public freedoms, and the repression and torture taking place in Gaza and the West Bank, calling for an end to this issue in the next round of dialogue…

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Deeper than the Tunnels of Gaza
Zuheir Kseibati
There is no more prominent sign to the new chapter in Arab collapses than the Israeli spitefulness at the struggle between a major Arab country, Egypt, and Hezbollah, which considers itself the head of the resistance in the region. This is a prominent chapter in the struggle between the legitimate regimes and the resistance movements. No matter what explanation each side uses to justify its stance, this spitefulness doesn’t cost the Israelis anything. The Israelis are sitting back, merely weeks after their vicious attack on the Gaza Strip, to watch a major legitimacy and the resistance party slide towards a confrontation that will only add more marginalization and divisiveness to the Arab reality, a confrontation that will deflect the Arabs’ attention away from what Israel is plotting under the reign of the ultra-extremists…

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Four injured, dozens suffer gas-inhalation in Ni’lin weekly protest
Saed Bannoura – IMEMC
Israeli soldiers violently attacked on Friday Palestinian and international peace activists holding the weekly nonviolent protest against the Annexation Wall in Ni’lin village, west of the central West Bank city of Ramallah. Four protestors were injured, and dozens were treated for gas inhalation. The protesters marched in commemoration of Bassem Ibrahim Abu Rahmah, 30, who was killed by the army during the weekly nonviolent protest last week in Bil’in village near Ramallah. Palestinian legislator, Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi, also participated in the protest…

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On denial
Marcy Newman, body on the line
Yet another example of why zionism = racism. Yesterday ma’an news reported that someone who merely mentioned the words Palestinian Nakba (the massive ethnic cleansing and the massacres perpetrated by Jewish terrorist militias that targeted indigenous palestinians) was fired from the israeli terrorist holocaust museum in al-Quds…

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Pre-May Day intimidation of Iranian workers
Coordinating Committee to Help Form Workers’ Organizations (Iran)
On April 17th, 2009 while members of CCHFWO were attending a meeting with the family of Mr. Ghaleb Hosseini,- who has been incarcerated because of his participation in May 1st celebrations of last year-, about 11:00 AM the house was surrounded by security forces, and all members of CCHFWO present in the house were arrested. CCHFWO members’ presence in that residence stems from our class solidarity, as an expression of support for the families of incarcerated workers, – Mr. Ghaleb Hosseini and Mr. Abdollah Khani-, and based on the belief that celebration of May 1st is one of our most basic rights. Supporting our fellow workers has been and will continue to be one of our nominal class tasks…

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Obama administration to release photos showing alleged abuses by U.S. troops
While fearing backlash, White House to release images in May
Peter Wallsten, Greg Miller and Julian E. Barnes
The Obama administration agreed late Thursday to release dozens of photographs depicting alleged abuse by U.S. personnel during the Bush administration of prisoners in Iraq and Afghanistan. At least 44 pictures will be released by May 28, making public for the first time images of what the military investigated at facilities other than the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. Defense Department officials would not say exactly what is contained in the photos but said they are concerned the release could incite a Mideast backlash…

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Dozens killed in Baghdad blasts
Aljaeera.net
At least 60 people have been killed and 125 injured after two suicide bombers struck a Shia Muslim shrine in Baghdad as people arrived for Friday prayers. The attack took place in the Kadhimiya neighbourhood in the north of the city, outside the gates of the tomb of Imam Mousa al-Kazim, a prominent Shia saint. The blasts went off as people arrived to pray, Iraqi officials told the AFP news agency…

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GI Special 7D15: Blindfolded [ 24 April 2009 ]
Thomas F. Barton
Militants attacked a NATO truck terminal in the outskirts of Peshawar, the capital of the restive North-West Frontier Province, burning vehicles and sending a very visual message of their presence. In the attack on NATO, dozens of militants armed with guns and gasoline bombs burned seven tanker trucks carrying fuel to NATO troops in Afghanistan, police said. Gunmen attacked the truck depot near Peshawar before dawn on Thursday, hurling gasoline bombs that set fire to the five tankers. Security guards fled, and the assailants escaped before police arrived. NATO and the U.S. military insist that their losses on the transport route remain minimal and have had no impact on their expanding operations in Afghanistan. However, they have been seeking alternative routes through Central Asia.

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