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URUK Net 6 May, 2009 Part 2

Last updated: Friday, May 8, 2009 14:48

Video: Scores dead after US strike in Afghanistan
AljaeeraEnglish
The Afghan president is in Washington DC for high level talks, but back in Afghanistan a deadly airstrike has once again killed scores of civilians. The local governor of a small community in Western Afghanistan claims that more than 100 civilians have been killed in a US led airstrike. The Red Cross confirmed the attack, saying its representatives have seen dozens of bodies. Al Jazeera has filmed exclusive pictures from Farah Province and Nick Clark reports from Kabul…

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Reports of abuse of Palestinians at hands of Israeli soldiers rise in Hebron’s Dura Village
Amin Abu Wardeh for PNN
Reports are flooding in about a rise in the persecution of young Palestinians at the hands of Israeli soldiers in southern Hebron’s Dura Village with the youngest being just six years old. The Israeli organization focusing on Israeli violations of Palestinian human rights, B’Tselem, has noted that in recent days an increase in the number of reports of attacks and harassment by Israeli soldiers against the youth of Dura is on the rise. Reports of stone throwing at Road 60 are also on the rise…

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Gaza is Israel’s Warsaw
Zionist Lobby Targets Another Tenured Professor
Doug Henwood
We’re now joined by William Robinson, who is a Professor of Sociology at the University of California in Santa Barbara, someone I met about six or seven years ago at a conference and, although I’ve disagreed with him on some issues, I though he’s a serious and thoughtful guy. I was very distressed to learn, reading Insider Higher Ed, the website, today that he’s being persecuted by the Zionist lobby for an e-mail that he sent around to some of his students. Welcome William Robinson, tell us the story of what you sent and what’s been happening…

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US and Iran agree to cooperate in how Iranian gas exports will be made available to western markets.
Gerson Lehrman Grou
Back-channel discussions between the United States and the Revolutionary Government of Iran show agreement on southern export terminus for Iranian natural gas sales free of Russian pipeline dominance… It is a new gesture and one that has been on close hold for some time. It was likely given added impetus owing to the Saturday announcement by the respective governments of Abkhazia and south Ossetia requesting for the presence of and endorsing the use of Russian Border troops to patrol inside their nation’s borders. These troops are the legacy of the old KGB border troops wearing the distinctive green and blue peaked caps. They are now under the control of the KGB successor force FSB. Their significance is that they receive similar training as Russian Alpha troops and Spetznaz special force units. This development is a worrisome sign of an already tense bilateral relationship between Georgia and Russia…

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Israeli activist to be jailed for caring
Ezra Nawi was ridiculed and arrested for trying to protect people’s homes. Only international attention can help him now
Neve Gordon
Without international intervention, Israeli human rights activist Ezra Nawi will most likely be sent to jail. Nawi is not a typical rights activist. A member of Ta’ayush Arab-Jewish Partnership he is a Jewish Israeli of Iraqi descent who speaks fluent Arabic. He is a gay man in his fifties and a plumber by trade. Perhaps because he himself comes from the margins, he empathises with others who have been marginalised – often violently. His “crime” was trying to stop a military bulldozer from destroying the homes of Palestinian Bedouins from Um El Hir in the South Hebron region…

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Just a Wish…
Layla Anwar, Uncensored Arabwomanblues
…I want to become, be, very rich because my secret intention is to become an altruistic, anonymous, philanthropist. Yes, this is my ambition… How so ? I will dedicate my time and money to what matters to me most… In order of priority : – Iraq’s orphans. I never want to see a street kid in Iraq, ever again. I don’t want to see them selling garbage bags and bubble gum, begging, pleading, crying, being abused, being trafficked, sold, bought…I don’t want to see them sleeping in alley ways, I don’t want to see them fearful, lost and abandoned no more…Iraq’s children are mine. They are Her future and they are mine too… – Iraq’s prostitutes. I do not wish to see one more girl/woman/mother selling herself for crumbs…ever again. I don’t want to see them in cabarets, in night clubs, on street curbs, in hotel lobbies, in sleazy bars…I don’t want to see them offering their bodies, the body of my Beloved, for a few dollars…No, no and no. The Body of my Beloved is not for sale…

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US no longer wants Iranian ‘regime change:’ Kerry
AFP
…”We are not in ‘regime change’ mode,” Democrat John Kerry, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee told a hearing exploring the prospects for US President Barack Obama’s new policy of engaging the Islamic republic. “Our efforts must be reciprocated by the other side: Just as we abandon calls for regime change in Tehran and recognize a legitimate Iranian role in the region, Iran’s leaders must moderate their behavior and that of their proxies, Hezbollah and Hamas,” said Kerry…

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The Two-State Solution: the Pacifier Slogan
By Hasan Afif El-Hasan
The ‘two-state solution’ phrase was first coined in the 1947 UN General Assembly Resolution 181 to create two independent states in historical Palestine. Israel has been created and recognized within undefined borders and the phrase today implies whether and how to create the second state. The “two-state” solution has different meanings for the different parties involved in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. For the Palestinians, it means a sovereign state in all the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem and the refugees right of return to their homes in Israel proper; for the Israelis, it means a slightly different version of the status quo in the occupied lands, a self-rule over disconnected enclaves or “Bantustans” that have the façade of a state with a president, ministers, legislative council, Judiciary, ambassadors and security forces that control the population and guarantee Israel’s security, but no control over Jerusalem, the borders, water resources, shore and airspace…

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