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URUK Net 30 April, 2009

Last updated: Friday, May 1, 2009 12:26

On celebrating ethnic cleansing
Marcy Newman, body on the line
This week the Zionist entity celebrated 61+ years of ethnic cleansing: stealing palestinian land, murdering and massacring Palestinians, Lebanese, Syrians, Egyptians, Jordanians, Iraqis. 61 years of the Zionist entity being recognized by the international community, though its colonial regime is 122 years old this year. Barack Obama rushed to congratulate this murderous thieving regime as quickly as the united states did it back in 1948, a fact which Obama is proud of…

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The Holocaust Connection
Joharah Baker
As Israel jubilantly celebrates 61 years of existence, the Palestinians continue to wonder what the future holds for them. Their dream of a two-state solution seems to wane with each passing day as Israel continues nonstop in creating more facts on the ground that serve to make this dream virtually impossible. Still, the Palestinian leadership has stuck to its guns, despite the constant obstacles and impasses, insisting that it will live side by side with Israel. As if this were not a tough enough goal to reach, new Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is making it even tougher. Palestinians, he says, must recognize Israel as a Jewish state, for any kind of “peace talks” to proceed. Otherwise, no deal…

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Obama’s 100 days
Tom Eley
…After only 100 days of the new administration, workers and youth are coming face to face with the fact that Obama represents no change from the anti-working class, anti-democratic and militaristic polices of his predecessor. His presidency has already established the impossibility of effecting real change in government policy by means of elections within the framework of the existing two-party system, or through appeals to the Democratic Party. The defense of the interests of working people is the task of the working class itself. It must mobilize its strength in social and political struggle independently of the two parties of the ruling elite, fight to break the stranglehold of the financial aristocracy on society, and advance its own socialist alternative to the bankrupt capitalist system…

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Palestinians remember the Catastrophe with marches
Israel’s independence day is Palestinian’s Nakba
AlArabiya.net.
Haj Mahmud Seida, 78, dressed in traditional Palestinian garb, leaned on two young men and walked slowly through the devastated Palestinian village of Kafrain to commemorate the Nakba, or Catastrophe, mourning with thousands of others in the procession the loss of land and statehood on the day Israel celebrates its birthday. “We are the indigenous peoples of this land. We walk in solidarity with Palestine, our lost homeland. And we refuse to celebrate the establishment of Israel, built on the blood and land of Palestinians who will never forget,” Seidi told AlArabiya.net. To the Arab minority that make up 20 percent of Israel’s population, the Jewish state’s ’Independence Day’ is no cause for rejoicing. “Every year Israeli Jews celebrate and Arab Israelis mourn in unison,” Suhail Maari, organizer of the march, told AlArabiya.net. “We call this procession the ‘return march’ to express our hope and resolve of returning to our confiscated land one day.”…

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Israeli troops detain rights workers, confiscate collected photos and testimony from earlier attack
Ma’an News
Israeli soldiers detained dozens youth and two human rights field workers from Wad Al-Shajina village south of Dura Wednesday. The researchers were collecting statements from villagers following an attack on the by Israeli troops earlier this week and taking pictures of the scene near a road leading to an Israeli military base in the West Bank. An Israeli officer ordered the group of the Palestinian Al-Haq and Israeli B’Tselem rights groups to leave the area so researchers and villagers went about 25meters from the area they had been standing…

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One day in Gaza
Eva Bartlett, In Gaza
Some days in Gaza, if you are in an area where you don’t hear the drones hovering, spying, menacing…nor the Israeli gunboats harassing or injuring fishermen by shelling and shooting live ammunition…nor see Israeli soldiers shooting at farmers and civilians in the region along Gaza’s borders to Israel… nor see the manufactured, grinding poverty…nor see the remnants of buildings… nor see the remnants of limbs and lives…nor see the fatigue etched deeply into the faces of those all around…some days, if you stay in a café or under the covers, or miraculously miss all of these signs… you can relax a bit …
But some days are harder than others. While I did lose friends in Israel’s war on Gaza, and the worst of it did not happen to me -I’ve not lost a child, a parent, a home, a livelihood; I’ve not lived imprisoned and cut off from the outside world, for years…-I internalize a lot of what I hear and see…

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World Bank finds Israel’s water policy hard to swallow
Stephen Glain
…according to the World Bank report, Israel has aggrandised a growing share of available water supplies while intensifying Palestinian reliance on Mekorot, the Jewish state’s national water carrier. The report states that Israel, without the approval of the Israeli-Palestinian Joint Water Committee (JWC) – a legacy of the Oslo process – draws more than 50 per cent from the aquifers that support both the West Bank and Israel beyond what it is authorised under the accords. Needless to say, Palestinian protests of such violations are routinely ignored, according to the report. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is as much about resources as it is about land. It is no coincidence, for example, that West Bank settlements are located on top or near groundwater wells, a strategy that dates back to the earliest days of the settler movement. But the situation has worsened over the past decade, when Israel began restricting mobility in the West Bank and Gaza following its “withdrawal” from certain Palestinian areas under the terms of Oslo. Palestinians must now pay an estimated 8 per cent of their household budgets for adequate water supplies, about double the globally accepted standard…

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Afghan Resistance Statement
statement regarding the start of new Nasrat (Victory) operations
Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan
…1. Since America and NATO have resolved to send extra troops to Afghanistan, therefore, the Afghans too in response feel the need to start rapid and strong operations, as part of their struggle, to defend themselves and to free the country. 2. Beginning 30 April 2009, which corresponds to 10 Sowr (Ghwayi) 1388, the Mujahideen of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan will start the new Nasrat operations throughout Afghanistan. These operations will include ambushes, offensives, explosions, martyrdom-seeking attacks and surprise attacks. The targets of these operations will be the military units of the invading forces, diplomatic centers, mobile convoys, high-ranking officials of the puppet administration…

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The Kingdom of Lies
Jeremy Salt
…Racism in Israel is not like racism in other states, which is usually a matter of changing laws and slowly working on public opinion. In Israel racism is so deeply embedded in Zionist ideology and the structure of the state that without racism Israel cannot remain the state that it has become. Yet there are no signs that the Israeli people or the politicians they are electing as their leaders have any intention of changing direction. When they have a powerful military and when they are under no pressure from the outside world they see no reason to change. In its blockade of Gaza Israel has been supported from the beginning by the US, the EU and the Quartet. None of these venerable authorities could see any reason for Israel to be punished or restrained even after the killing of 1400 Palestinians in Gaza from late December 2008 to mid-January 2009. Their indulgence encourages a dangerous state of mind. The politicians, the generals, the rabbis, the media commentators and the academics know that they are in the right and that everyone else is in the wrong…

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A New Low for America
Cheney’s Twisted World
By ANDY WORTHINGTON
Since the publication last week of the Senate Armed Services Committee’s report into detainee abuse in Afghanistan, Iraq and Guantánamo (PDF), much has been made of a footnote containing a comment made by Maj. Paul Burney, a psychiatrist with the Army’s 85th Medical Detachment’s Combat Stress Control Team, who, with two colleagues, was “hijacked” into providing an advisory role to the Joint Task Force at Guantánamo. In his testimony to the Senate Committee, Maj. Burney wrote that “a large part of the time we were focused on trying to establish a link between al-Qaeda and Iraq and we were not successful in establishing a link between al-Qaeda and Iraq. The more frustrated people got in not being able to establish that link … there was more and more pressure to resort to measures that might produce more immediate results.”…

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The Noose Tightens in Afghanistan
The Taliban’s Roads to Kabul
PATRICK COCKBURN
…The only safe road out of Kabul is to the north, through the Salang tunnel, eventually leading to Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. This route is likely to be used increasingly for US and Nato supplies. which are being threatened by repeated attacks on vehicles carrying them through Peshawar in Pakistan. All other roads around the capital are permanently or intermittently under Taliban control. The father of the Education Minister was recently kidnapped when he went to attend a family funeral in his home province…

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US Drone Strike Kills at Least Eight in South Waziristan
At Least Four Others Wounded
Jason Ditz
US drones flying over Pakistan’s South Waziristan Agency fired a pair of missiles at a house described as a “known safe-haven,” killing at least eight people and wounding four others. The house and a vehicle of unknown configuration were also destroyed…

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Iraq’s Qaeda recruiting Muslim Shiites for bombing raids
Kareem Zair, Azzaman
Iraq’s al-Qaeda branch has apparently managed to recruit Muslim Shiites in the country, the sect which until very recently it considered ‘infidel’ and worthy to be exterminated, according to Interior Ministry reports. The reports made public by Lt. Gen. Abdulkarim Khalaf point to successful attempts by the group to penetrate the ranks of Iraqi security forces. According to the reports three Muslim Shiites from the southern Province of Diwaniya and a police officer with links to al-Qaeda “have masterminded 27 deadly and bloody car bombings… the country in the past few weeks. Two of the detained suspects are said to be members of a powerful Shiite militia group in the country. It is the first time al-Qaeda is claimed to have successfully recruited Iraqi Muslim Shiites and used them for horrendous bombing attacks and against their own sect…

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Lincoln or Ford?
Eric Walberg
In response to a Freedom of Information Act request by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), President Barack Obama authorized the release by the US Justice Department of four detailed memos describing and justifying torture techniques used by the CIA to gather information from prisoners. Bush’s Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) framed 14 techniques, such as waterboarding, forced nudity, and prolonged sleep deprivation, to appear legal despite the prohibition in international law against “cruel, inhuman or degrading” treatment. It’s as if Hitler and his henchmen arranged for compliant lawyers to produce legal opinions arguing that what the Gestapo was doing was OK so German leaders would not fear prosecution later. The lawyers would be let off the hook because they were just issuing legal opinions, not committing the actual brutality and murder, and the lowly Gestapo functionaries were, of course, just following orders. The question then becomes: is America any different?…

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Obama’s 100 days – the mad men did well
John Pilger
…It is more than 100 days since Barack Obama was elected president of the United States. The “Obama brand” has been named “Advertising Age’s marketer of the year for 2008", easily beating Apple computers. David Fenton of MoveOn.org describes Obama’s election campaign as “an institutionalised mass-level automated technological community organising that has never existed before and is a very, very powerful force”. Deploying the internet and a slogan plagiarised from the Latino union organiser César Chávez – “Sí, se puede!” or “Yes, we can” – the mass-level automated technological community marketed its brand to victory in a country desperate to be rid of George W Bush. No one knew what the new brand actually stood for. So accomplished was the advertising (a record $75m was spent on television commercials alone) that many Americans actually believed Obama shared their opposition to Bush’s wars. In fact, he had repeatedly backed Bush’s warmongering and its congressional funding. Many Americans also believed he was the heir to Martin Luther King’s legacy of anti-colonialism. Yet if Obama had a theme at all, apart from the vacuous “Change you can believe in”, it was the renewal of America as a dominant, avaricious bully. “We will be the most powerful,” he often declared…

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The Bolter: Specter Spectacle Hides Deadly New Folly in Terror War
Chris Floyd
So the Democrats have yet another supporter of aggressive war, oligarchy, authoritarianism and torture in their Senate ranks. Wow, that will certainly shake up the political landscape in Washington! It looks like the promised New Jerusalem of hope and change has well and truly arrived at last. The chattering classes are all, well, a-chatter with the cosmic significance of the switcheroo by the aptly named Arlen Specter from the Republican faction of the imperial court to the Democratic faction. The late-life conversion of this greasy, cadaverous bagman apparently heralds not only a filibuster-proof majority for the Democrats (once they are joined by that guy who used to be on Saturday Night Live), but also the potential death of the entire Republican Party! Who knew that little old Arlen — who has been obediently toting Establishment water since he devised the “single bullet theory” for the Warren Commission (one of the first great instances of “magical realism” in modern fiction) — was such a linchpin of the American political system?…

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April deadliest month in a year as security in Iraq plummets
By Corinne Reilly and Hussein Kadhim | McClatchy Newspapers
April was the bloodiest month for violence in Baghdad in more than a year, another sign that Iraq’s security gains are beginning to reverse… In Baghdad alone, more than 200 people have been killed in attacks so far this month, compared with 99 last month and 46 in February, according to a McClatchy count. The last time McClatchy recorded more than 200 civilian deaths in one month in the capital was in March 2008…

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Weekly Report: On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory No. 17/2009 (23 – 28 April 2009)
PCHR – Palestinian Centre for Human Rights
Israeli violations of international law and humanitarian law escalated in the OPT during the reporting period (23 – 28 April 2009): Shooting: During the reporting period, 20 Palestinian civilians, including 6 children, were wounded by IOF and Israeli settlers in the West Bank. On 24 April 2009, 12 Palestinian civilians, including two children, were wounded when Israeli settlers and IOF troops attacked ‘Ourif village, south of Nablus. This joint attack was the second of its kind in the West Bank this April; IOF and Israeli settlers launched a similar attack on Safa village, north of Hebron, on 08 April, in which 9 Palestinian civilians were wounded. On 26 April 2009, an Israeli settler fired at a Palestinian child in Madama village, south of Nablus. The child was seriously wounded by a gunshot that entered the back and exited the chest…

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FBI E-Mail Says Bush Authorized Abuse of Iraqis
Jason Leopold
Senior FBI agents stationed in Iraq in 2004 claimed in an e-mail that President George W. Bush signed an executive order approving the use of military dogs, sleep deprivation and other harsh tactics to intimidate Iraqi detainees. The FBI e-mail — dated May 22, 2004 — followed disclosures about abuse of Iraqi detainees at Abu Ghraib prison and sought guidance on whether FBI agents in Iraq were obligated to report the U.S. military’s harsh interrogation of inmates when that treatment violated FBI standards but fit within the guidelines of a presidential executive order…

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Cry, the Unforgiven Country: Obama’s ‘Continuity’ in Haiti
Chris Floyd
…Obviously, America’s actions in Haiti during this decade have been “an extraordinary achievement,” just like our helping hand in Iraq. All the ruin, all the killing, all the suffering and oppression — it’s all just a big step forward in America’s “strong commitment to democratic governance” in Haiti…

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