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URUK Net 7 May, 2009

Last updated: Saturday, May 9, 2009 11:00

Syngué Sabour – Stone of Patience.
Layla Anwar, An Arab Woman Blues
…I love Rahimi’s style. Prior to reading his book, I read one of his interviews and from the word go, I could tell, this man had something unique about him… I cannot exactly remember what it was, it just left this lasting impression on me and when my friend called a week ago and said – Do you want anything from here? my reply was – “Yes, bring me the Stone of Patience” Rahimi, however much, far removed from his people, is still an Afghan.
And Afghans are like his Stone of Patience. But patient, enduring, persevering people are not given the limelight. They don’t make it to the front pages…Just like in Afghanistan. They are daily massacred in the obscurity, in the shadows of the media and press…hoping that no one will notice. All the more reason, to devote a post just for them…

Yesterday, according to the Red Cross, over 100 Afghan civilians, mostly women and children were bombed into oblivion, into nothingness, by the Americans.

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Government Could Destroy Records in Hundreds of Guantanamo Cases
Chisun Lee
A stockpile of documents about hundreds of Guantanamo Bay detainees, some written by the prisoners themselves, could be destroyed under a little-known provision of a federal court order the Bush administration obtained in 2004. For four years, records in the prisoners’ habeas corpus lawsuits challenging the legality of their detentions have been piling up in a secure federal facility in the Crystal City neighborhood of Arlington, Va. Because much of the information is classified, the 750 or so attorneys representing the prisoners are required to do and store all their work on-site…

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On regret
Marcy Newman, body on the line
Listening to Hillary Clinton express “deep regret” yesterday over the aAerican massacre of over 100 Afghan civilians i couldn’t help but think about the meaning of regret […] For me, regret does not merely express sorrow or empathy. It also means learning from your mistakes and doing what you can to not do that thing that caused you to regret what you did in the first place. But, of course, Clinton and Obama want to create more such occasions for regret given their desire to place more American troops on Afghan soil, which will only bring us promises of more massacres in the future. Jeremy Scahill shows us precisely why this “regret” is complete hogwash: Hours after Secretary of State Hillary Clinton “apologized” for US airstrikes that may have killed as many as 130 people in Afghanistan, NBC News is reporting that the US military is preparing to blame the deaths of several Afghan families—that were reportedly killed in US bombing raids this week in Farah Province—on Taliban fighters…

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Far Beyond Torture: The Long, Dark History of an Imperial Factotum
Chris Floyd
…And so we come back full-circle in the filthy, bloodsoaked incestuous nest of American power politics. Bill Clinton is now regarded as a Bush Family “son,” his wife is overseeing the “continuity” of a militarized Terror War foreign policy, and Bybee and his fellow war criminals are being protected by the new imperial manager, who has surrounded himself with cuthroats, courtiers and toadies from both the Bush and Clinton administrations: a veritable army of servile little Bybees — scurrying, scraping, bowing, and nodding assent to whatever Power demands…

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20 Years After Iran-Contra, Cheney Defends Torture’s “Little Guys”
Jon Perr
Announcing his Christmas 1992 pardons of Caspar Weinberger and five other Iran-Contra figures, President George H.W. Bush introduced a time-honored Republican scandal evasion by decrying “the criminalization of policy differences.” Now, 22 years after his own role in a Congressional minority report which blasted the allegations of Reagan administration abuses of power as “hysterical,” Dick Cheney is back to defend the “little guys” now at the center of the Bush 43 administration’s regime of detainee torture. In an interview with 9/11-Iraq fabulist and chief Cheney hagiographer Stephen Hayes, the Vice President explained why he was not following George W. Bush’s guidance that President Obama “deserves my silence.” Just like Oliver North and Cap Weinberger all those years ago, the “little guys” who architected and carried out waterboarding and other potential war crimes, Cheney insisted, deserve his protection…

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Secret U.S.-Israel nuclear accord in jeopardy
Eli Lake
President Obama’s efforts to curb the spread of nuclear weapons threaten to expose and derail a 40-year-old secret U.S. agreement to shield Israel’s nuclear weapons from international scrutiny, former and current U.S. and Israeli officials and nuclear specialists say. The issue will likely come to a head when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with Mr. Obama on May 18 in Washington. Mr. Netanyahu is expected to seek assurances from Mr. Obama that he will uphold the U.S. commitment and will not trade Israeli nuclear concessions for Iranian ones.

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IOF soldiers kill Palestinian near Ibrahimi Mosque
Israeli occupation forces shot and killed a Palestinian young man near the entrance to the Ibrahimi Mosque in Al-Khalil city on Wednesday evening, local sources said. Eyewitnesses offering prayers inside the Mosque said they saw the body of a youth on the stairs leading to the Mosque while IOF soldiers were asking worshipers to leave the place after declaring it a closed military zone…

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Afghan Police Fire on Anti-US Protest
Associated Press
Police fired on rock-throwing protesters angry over civilian deaths they blamed on American bombing runs in western Afghanistan, a local official said today, as the U.S. military rushed a team to the site to investigate. In the melee outside the governor’s office in the capital of Farah province, one protester was wounded by a bullet and five more suffered other injuries after they tried to storm the main government building there, said Gul Ahmad Ayubi, a health department official in the province. The group was protesting the deaths of civilians in the villages of Ganjabad and Gerani, said Belqis Roshan, a provincial council member. The international Red Cross and local officials said the people were killed by U.S. bombs..

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The Israeli nuke kerfuffle
Laura Rozen
Barack Obama’s commitment to diplomacy in the Middle East has been giving many in Israel heart palpitations since before the U.S. presidential election. Specifically, his declared intention to engage Iran has stoked Israeli fears that Tehran will take advantage of the breathing space to advance its nuclear program. In addition, says University of Maryland nukes expert Avner Cohen, Israel has long worried that in negotiations, Iran might try to link any meaningful nuclear concessions it might make to opening up Israel’s own presumed nuclear weapons program to international scrutiny…

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Navy forces kidnap fishermen near Gaza City while jet fighters bombard open areas
Ghassan Bannoura – IMEMC
Israeli naval forces kidnapped on Thursday midday Palestinian fishermen off the Gaza City shore while jet fighters shelled open areas in the city. Local sources said five Palestinian fishermen were kidnapped by the Israeli navy, witnesses reported that troops sunk the boat after thy kidnapped the five men.Also on Thursday midday Israeli jet fighters shelled open areas in Gaza Ctiy close to the Israeli borders…

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Video: Israel’s indiscriminate use of tear gas
AljaeeraEnglish
Tear gas canisters are supposed to be non-lethal weapons. But human rights groups are becoming increasingly concerned that Israel is using tear gas canisters, intended to be used to disperse demonstrators, illegally, causing injuries and sometimes even death. Nour Odeh has the story of one family in the West Bank town of Nilin…

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Israeli Missiles Haunt Palestinian Kid
Khaled Amayreh
On 5 April, 2002, shortly after the Friday prayers, Mohammad, then only 9, underwent a near-death experience when an Israeli helicopter gunship fired two missiles at his father’s car, parked outside the family home in downtown al-Khalil. “I was cleaning and decorating our car in front of our home,” Mohammad, who was inside the car, remembers vividly. “A helicopter was hovering above our neighborhood. Then a few minutes later, the Apache fired a missile or two right at the car and I was engulfed in flames,” adds the now-badly deformed boy…

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Weekly Report: On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory No. 18/2009 ( 29 April – 06 May 2009)
PCHR – Palestinian Centre for Human Rights
Israeli violations of international law and humanitarian law escalated in the OPT during the reporting period (29 April – 06 May 2009): Shooting: During the reporting period, three Palestinians were killed and 13 others, including four children and a woman, were wounded in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. On 1 May 2009, two Palestinians were killed in the Gaza Strip when IOF warplanes bombarded a tunnel at the border between the Gaza Strip and Egypt. On the same day, IOF troops positioned east of Jabalya – along the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel – fired at a Palestinian woman who was grazing animals, wounding her. On 2 May 2009, a Palestinian farmer was wounded when IOF troops positioned east of Khan Yunis – along the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel – fired at a number of Palestinian farmers…

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Oppose the Afghanistan-Pakistan war
Peter Symonds
…Having won the election by appealing to widespread anti-war sentiment, Obama is now carrying out the mission for which he was chosen. Overseen by key Bush personnel—Defence Secretary Robert Gates and General Petraeus—the US military has prepared the ground for a major summer offensive in Afghanistan with the doubling of US troop numbers to 68,000. At the same time, the Pentagon has secured alternate supply routes in the event that the planned escalation of warfare in neighboring Pakistan threatens existing supply routes that pass through that country’s border areas…

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Gaza laborers injured in Israel left to dry
Rami Almeghari writing from the occupied Gaza Strip
More than 700 Palestinian workers in Gaza who suffered on-the-job accidents inside Israel used to receive monthly disability payments from Israeli employers. But in January 2009, workers stopped receiving these payments as the Israeli courts decided that Israeli insurance companies are no longer liable towards Palestinians living in what the state has declared a “hostile entity.” Masoud Raba is a 50-year-old laborer in the Israeli-occupied Gaza Strip who used to receive disability insurance, but his monthly insurance allowance was just withheld for the first time since 1979…

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Afghans protest deadly US-led strikes
AFP
Afghans chanted “Death to America” and demanded US troops leave Afghanistan as mobs threw stones at government offices Thursday in a violent protest against civilian deaths, witnesses said. Four people were wounded when hundreds of furious demonstrators protested in the western town of Farah against the reported killings of up to 70 civilians during US-led air strikes and fighting against insurgents, officials said. “Police tried to disperse them but they started throwing stones at police, who fired into the air,” deputy provincial governor Mohammad Younus Rasouli told AFP, describing the protest as “violent”. “People are really angry and they shout ‘death to America, death to the invaders,’” a demonstrator who gave his name only as Abdullah told AFP before the protest was broken up…

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US Justice Department report urges no prosecution over torture memos
By Bill Van Auken
A draft report by the US Justice Department on the conduct of department lawyers who wrote memos justifying torture has reportedly been embraced by the Obama administration as a means of precluding any attempt to hold them or other Bush administration officials accountable for their crimes. The report by the department’s Office of Professional Responsibility, which is charged with investigating misconduct by government attorneys, was completed last December before the Bush administration left office and handed over to the incoming Obama administration for final review and implementation…

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Denied Cement, Re-Building with Mud
Eva Bartlett, In Gaza
Jihad el-Shaar is pleased with his mud-brick house in the Moraj district of Gaza. The 80-square metre home is a basic one-storey, two-bedroom design, with a small kitchen, bathroom and sitting room, made mostly with mud and straw. “My wife and our four daughters and I were living with family, but it was overcrowded, impossible. We knew we had to build a home of our own,” Shaar said. “We waited over two years for cement but because of the siege there is none available. What could we do, wait forever?” So he decided to do it with mud. Building earthen structures like bread ovens and small animal pens is a technique many Palestinians are familiar with, but extending the method to houses isn’t a notion that has taken hold in Gaza…

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Netanyahu to offer Autonomy, not a state
IMEMC
Israeli newspaper, Yedioth Aharonoth, reported that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu intends to inform the US president, Barack Obama, that his government would support the establishment of an autonomous Palestinian Authority, but will not accept a two-state solution. Netanyahu would tell Obama that a two-state solution in impractical, and that the final status solution should not be based on the outlines set by the government of Ehud Olmert and Tzipi Livni…

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Palestine Think Tank: celebrating our first year!
GILAD ATZMON & MARY RIZZO
…Some might consider us hardliners, in that we believe in resistance, open discourse, the rule of law as opposed to vague calls for peace. Yet choosing not to assume a moderate, all-encompassing line that might be pragmatic, was not a difficult choice at all. To be a “moderate” we see as dishonest. So we remain true to ourselves and our cause, and those who come to read, to write and to create for Palestine Think Tank know our principles because they share them…

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