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URUK Net 17 June, 2009

Last updated: Monday, June 22, 2009 11:50

We ‘Dirty Arabs’ Have Had Enough
Joharah Baker
What unwritten law is out there that allows Israelis to sling racist insults at Palestinians with impunity? After all my years in this country and the absurdities that come along with it, this is one absurdity I still find hard to digest. Obviously, my outrage has been most recently rekindled by Israeli Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch, who during a tour of the old central bus station in Tel Aviv called a Palestinian-Israeli policeman a “real dirty Arab.” Once the words were out, the minister was forced to apologize, saying his remarks did not reflect his worldview. A spokesman for the ministry also issued a statement saying that, “in a moment of jest, and using common slang, the minister said what he said, not intending to hurt anyone.”..

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But What Kind of a ‘Palestinian State’?
By Nizar Sakhnini
…In his speech on 14 June 2009, Benjamin Netanyahu declared that he accepts a Palestinian State. Such a state, according to Netanyahu, should recognize “Israel as the national homeland of the Jewish People”. Moreover, Israel has nothing to do with the problem of the Palestinian refugees, which must be solved outside the borders of Israel. In addition, the Palestinian State must be demilitarized, with no army and no control of air space. And, according to Netanyahu, “Jerusalem remains the united capital of Israel.” The ‘State of Palestine’ they are talking about will be created within an area of less than 20% of Mandate Palestine and surrounded with a wall. This is not a State. It is an open air prison…

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Behind Closed Doors
Gordon Brown’s War Inquiry
By BINOY KAMPMARK
Any inquiry into politically calamitous causes is bound to be better received if done transparently. The circumstances behind the Iraq War, from lead-up, commencement and execution, has been anything but transparent. Behind a very thin veil, crimes in international law have been committed with flagrant disregard. Evidence has been discounted. The campaigns have been costly and, at stages, incompetently waged. It is then little surprise that the recent announcement by British Prime Minister Gordon Brown to hold an inquiry into the origins and execution of the conflict should take place in the same circumstances it began: behind closed doors…

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Interview with Mullah Biradar Akhund, the Deputy Leader of the Taliban In Afghanistan
“SARK” journal
…We had always said that in Afghanistan foreign invasion will be met with iron hands through Jihad of Afghanistan’s Muslim Nation resistance and have positive influence meaning every single day brings more successes. That is with the passage of every day Mujahideens are facing new techniques, improving our skills not only with the weaponry but in administrative areas gaining more experiences. and at the battle front valour against the enemy has its fruitful outcome and its awesome. Obama planning to send more troops to Afghanistan in itself proves that current foreign forces are complete failure and has been defeated by the Mujahideens operations. They have lost the morale to fight and from the beginning closed all channels of diplomacy…

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Obama Pot Calls Iranian Kettle Black
Criminalizing Dissent
By DAVE LINDORFF
President Barack Obama, referring to the violent attacks on protesters against the controversial election results in Iran’s just-completed presidential election, this week lectured Iran’s government, saying, “Peaceful dissent should never be subject to violence.” Referring to the tens and hundreds of thousands of frustrated and angry Iranians who have taken to the streets accusing Iranian authorities of rigging the election in favor of incumbent President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Obama said that “the Iranian people and their voices should be heard and respected.” But there is a certain hypocrisy going on here. Just days ago, the ACLU of Northern California issued a press release announcing that it had filed a complaint over a Pentagon anti-terrorism training manual. That training manual, aimed at Pentagon personnel, describes domestic protests as “low-level terrorist activity.”…

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Obama a very smooth liar
JOHN R. MacARTHUR
IT ISN’T QUITE FAIR to call Barack Obama a liar. During the campaign he carefully avoided committing to much of anything important that he might have to take back later. For now, I won’t quibble with The St. Petersburg Times’s Obamameter, which so far has the president keeping 30 promises and breaking only six. And yet, broadly speaking, Obama has been lying on a pretty impressive scale. You just have to get past his grandiloquent rhetoric — usually empty of substance — to get a handle on it. I offer a short, incomplete list, which I’m sure others could easily enlarge…

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The Real Darfur Story: A Political Conflict, But Not A Genocide
A Review of a new book by Mahmood Mamdani
Joel Whitney
The Save Darfur Coalition has convinced a large portion of the American public that “genocide” is underway in Darfur, the western Sudan. As propagandists, the coalition has done a highly effective job. Among the few public intellectuals in the U.S. to debunk the genocide story is Prof. Mahmood Mamdani, of Columbia University, who concludes, “There’s no attempt to eliminate a people here. This has been a conflict over land.”…

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3 Danish soldiers killed in roadside explosion in southern Afghanistan
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
The Danish army says three Danish soldiers have been killed in southern Afghanistan after their vehicle hit an explosive device. The Army Operational Command says the soldiers were in an armoured car ahead of other Danish military vehicles when it hit a roadside bomb or a mine on Wednesday. Denmark has now lost 24 soldiers in Afghanistan since it joined the U.S.-led coalition in 2002…

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Could you tell me why the Palestinians have to recognize the zionist state’s right to exist on Arab Palestinian Land ?
We Will Return
– Is it because God gave his chosen people my land ,even though most of the citizen of the zionist state are not even from the region ? – Is it because the Arab Palestinians have to pay for Hitler and the European’s ruthlessness ? – Is it because the zionist state never respected International Law ?- Or is it because we are Arabs ,our blood,suffering ,dignity etc…do not count ?…

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Iraqi exiles decry their government’s decision to allow host countries send them home by force
By Fatih Abdulsalam, Azzaman
Over the past three months I have received a flood of letters whose senders urge me to highlight the case of Iraqi refugees whose requests for asylum were and will be rejected by mainly European states. Taking advantage of what many in Iraq see as ‘murky deals’ Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zaibari forged into agreements, several European states have began rounding up Iraqi refugees, dumping them in detention centers prior to having them hand-cuffed and then dragged into Iraq-destined planes by force…

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Iran elections: mass arrests and campus raids as regime hits back
Robert Tait and Julian Borger , Guardian
…A total of 500 were reported to have been detained across the country, including well-known political figures from the 1979 Islamic revolution. The mass detentions combined with paramilitary raids on university campuses appeared to be part of a determined and sustained backlash on the part of a government that initially appeared to have been taken by surprise by the scale of the protests after the declaration that President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had won Friday’s presidential poll…Ebrahim Yazdi, a former foreign minister and aide to the father of the revolution, Ruhollah Khomeini, was arrested at the Tehran hospital where he was undergoing medical tests, according to the website of his Freedom party. Seven other members of the party were also detained. With the exception of Yazdi, the arrests appeared to bypass political leaders and focus on their lieutenants..

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A Civil War
Obama’s Gift to Pakistan
By LIAQUAT ALI KHAN
A civil war is brewing in Pakistan. Thanks to President Barack Obama, who is shifting the American war from Iraq to “the real enemies” operating from Afghanistan and Pakistan. Cash-strapped Pakistan could not defy Obama persuasion and decided to wage a war against its own people, the Pashtuns inhabiting the Northern Province and the tribal areas of Waziristan. Decades ago, Pakistan waged a similar war against its own people, the Bengalis in East Pakistan. In 1971, the Pakistani military charged to wipe out Mukti Bahini, a Bengali resistance force, paved the way for the nation’s dismemberment. In 2009, the military is charged to eliminate the Taliban, a Pashtun resistance force. History is repeating itself in Pakistan—as it frequently does for nations that do not learn from past mistakes…

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Video: Iran’s power struggle behind the scenes
AljaeeraEnglish
On the face of it, the election in Iran was between Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the incumbent president, and his main rival Mir Hossein Mousavi. But a more significant power struggle is being played out between two other powerful men. Al Jazeera’s Hashem Ahelbarra explains what is going on behind the scenes.

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Hamas and Carter Joint Press Conference in Gaza
By Hiyam Noir
During a press conference in Gaza City on Tuesday, the Palestinian PM, Ismail Haniyeh said that Hamas will support any relevant proposal to establish an independent Palestinian state on the 1967 borders with Jerusalem as its capital. The municipally East Jerusalem, illegally annexed by the Israelis 1980, is administered by the Israeli military.Hamas which following the Palestinian legislative elections,in control of the Palestinian Legislative Council and Prime Minister ship, formally refused to see the Green Line corresponding to a prospective border between Israel and a future Palestinian statehood. Smaller political parties such as the PFLP (General Command) the PRC and Islamic Jihad have supported Hamas position…

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US sees both Iran rivals as hostile
Aljazeera.net
The US president has played down differences between Iran’s two main presidential election rivals, saying both were hostile towards the US. Barack Obama said on Tuesday that he would continue his policy of “tough diplomacy” towards Tehran, as protests in support of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Iranian president, and his rival Mir Hossein Mousavi, continued…

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Afghanistan’s Operation Phoenix
Stephen Lendman
On June 15, AP reported that “Gen. Stanley McChrystal, a four-star American general with a long history in special operations, took charge of US and NATO troops in Afghanistan (today), a change in command the Pentagon hopes will turn the tide in an increasingly violent eight-year war.” McChrystal is a hired gun, an assassin, a man known for committing war crime atrocities as head of the Pentagon’s infamous Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) – established in 1980 and comprised of the Army’s Delta Force and Navy Seals, de facto death squads writer Seymour Hersh described post-9/11 as an “executive assassination wing” operating out of Dick Cheney’s office. A 2006 Newsweek profile called JSOC “part of what Vice President Dick Cheney was referring to when he said America would have to ‘work on the dark side’ after 9/11.” It called McChrystal then “an affable but tough Army Ranger” with no elaboration of his “dark side” mission…

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Netanyahu’s “brilliant” peace plan
Hasan Abu Nimah and Ali Abunimah
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu proposed a peace plan so ingenious it is a wonder that for six decades of bloodshed no one thought of it. Some people might have missed the true brilliance of his ideas presented in a speech at Bar Ilan University on 14 June, so we are pleased to offer this analysis. First, Netanyahu wants Palestinians to become committed Zionists. They can prove this by declaring, “We recognize the right of the Jewish people to a state of their own in this land.” As he pointed out, it is only the failure of Arabs in general and Palestinians in particular to commit themselves to the Zionist dream that has caused conflict, but once “they say those words to our people and to their people, then a path will be opened to resolving all the problems between our peoples.” It is of course perfectly natural that Netanyahu would be “yearning for that moment.”…

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Video: Fresh protest under way in Tehran
BBC News
People in Iran are continuing to contact the BBC’s interactive services with their accounts and pictures of recent unrest as tens of thousands again take to the streets of the capital, Tehran, in protest at election results. Tehran resident Akbar described the atmosphere in an interview for the BBC shortly after returning from Wednesday’s rally…

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All in a Day’s Work for the IDF
Beating and Torturing Children
JONATHAN COOK
The rights of Palestinian children are routinely violated by Israel’s security forces, according to a new report that says beatings and torture are common. In addition, hundreds of Palestinian minors are prosecuted by Israel each year without a proper trial and are denied family visits. The findings by Defence for Children International (DCI) come in the wake of revelations from Israeli soldiers and senior commanders that it is “normal procedure” in the West Bank to terrorise Palestinian civilians, including children. Col Itai Virob, commander of the Kfir Brigade, disclosed last month that to accomplish a mission, “aggressiveness towards every one of the residents in the village is common”. Questioning included slaps, beatings and kickings, he said…

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All in a Day’s Work for the IDF
Beating and Torturing Children
JONATHAN COOK
The rights of Palestinian children are routinely violated by Israel’s security forces, according to a new report that says beatings and torture are common. In addition, hundreds of Palestinian minors are prosecuted by Israel each year without a proper trial and are denied family visits. The findings by Defence for Children International (DCI) come in the wake of revelations from Israeli soldiers and senior commanders that it is “normal procedure” in the West Bank to terrorise Palestinian civilians, including children. Col Itai Virob, commander of the Kfir Brigade, disclosed last month that to accomplish a mission, “aggressiveness towards every one of the residents in the village is common”. Questioning included slaps, beatings and kickings, he said…

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Even in death, no mercy is shown
Video: Recovering dead body under Israeli fire (version with effects)
ISM
A Bedouin teenager – Ahmed Salama Eid Abu Hashish, 18 – from the border area east of Beit Hanoun has been missing since 21st April, 2009. His family believe that he may have been killed in the “buffer zone” – an area of Gaza next to the border that Israeli soldiers attempt to prohibit access to by shooting at people. On Sunday 14th June his family, along with members of The Local Initiative from Beit Hanoun, and volunteers from the International Solidarity Movement – Gaza Strip attempt to search for his body in this area. Soon they become under fire by the Israeli occupation forces, along the Green Line. Despite that, the group manages to find the body and take it to Beit Hanoun hospital…

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Extending the Tradition: Proudly Taking American Torture Into the Future
Chris Floyd
…As we have noted many times before, Obama has not “abolished torture,” any more than he has abolished the worldwide American gulag — or indeed, renounced any of the autocratic powers claimed by Bush, including the “right” of the Unitary Executive to seize anyone on earth and hold them in captivity indefinitely, without charges — or to have them murdered in “extrajudicial assassinations.” This latter power — which Bush also delegated to covert agents in the field, who could murder selected targets on their own volition, without awaiting approval from higher up — was openly trumpeted by Bush, on national television, before a joint session of Congress — and was routinely noted by the mainstream press. To my knowledge, no leading figure in the national political establishment has ever publicly objected to this practice of state murder — nor has Obama repudiated or overturned Bush’s directives on this point. In fact, Obama has made one facet of Bush’s “Murder, Inc.” program a very public linchpin of his strategy in the “Af-Pak” War: the use of drone-fired missiles to assassinate alleged terrorists, alleged insurgent leaders — and everyone else in the missile’s general vicinity…

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Iran human rights group puts Sunday-Monday toll at 32
McClatchy Washington Bureau
NIACINsight, the blog of the National American Iranian Council, included this translation from The Association of Human Rights Activists in Iran: The Association of Human Rights Activists in Iran can confirm the deaths of 32 Iranian citizens connected to the events of June 14 and June 15, based on its own fieldwork and despite numerous other reports…

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Iran accuses US of meddling after disputed vote
By ALI AKBAR DAREINI
Iran accused the United States on Wednesday of “intolerable” meddling in its internal affairs, alleging for the first time that Washington has fueled a bitter postelection dispute. Opposition supporters marched in Tehran’s streets for a third straight day to protest the outcome of the balloting. The Iranian government summoned the Swiss ambassador, who represents U.S. interests in Iran, to complain about American interference, state-run Press TV reported. The English-language channel quoted the government as calling Western interference “intolerable.” President Barack Obama has reacted cautiously to developments in Iran, saying he shared the world’s “deep concerns about the election” but adding that it was “not productive, given the history of U.S.-Iranian relations, to be seen as meddling”…

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IOF soldiers kidnap director of charitable society, steal jewels
Palestinian Information Center
Israeli occupation forces on Tuesday stormed the home of Walid Allo, the director of a charitable society in Deir Al-Ghussoon village, Tulkarem, district, stole his wife’s jewelry and took him away. Local sources said that big numbers of IOF soldiers broke into the village in a pre-dawn raid on Tuesday and kidnapped the 27-year-old director, who is also the Imam of a mosque and who is known for his affiliation with Islamic Jihad Movement. They added that the soldiers withdrew from the village three hours later after wreaking havoc in his home, stealing around 5,700 dollars worth of gems and confiscating two computers and many papers and documents…

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Grand Ayatullahs Gulpaygani, Makarem Shirazi, & Ardabili Join Grand Ayatullahs Montazeri & Saanei
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There are two news reports that Iranian Grand Ayatullahs Nasir Makarem Shirazi, ‘Abdolkarim Ardabili, and Safi Gulpaygani, who are all independent of the ruling clique of religious scholars (’ulama), have issued statements of concern over the election results, possible irregularities, and the violent state crackdown on the largely peaceful Mousavi and Reformist demonstrations. Shirazi has called on the Guardian Council, which has agreed to a “partial recount” of the votes, though they did not clarify what they meant by this, to examine the votes “carefully” and “impartially,” and has warned against national division. Gulpaygani said that it is vital for the elections to maintain their integrity. Ardabili has reportedly declared the election results to be “invalid.” Confirmation from their official web sites has not yet been posted…

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Iran on the brink?
By Mark LeVine, Aljazeera
In 15 years of writing about the Middle East, I have never encountered a situation that changed so fast that one could write an article that becomes outdated in the time it takes to write it. It seems that the Iranian elite has been caught similarly off-guard, and is still trying to read its own society to understand how broad is the societal discontent reflected in the mass protests. This calculus is crucial – in some ways more so than whether the results are legitimate or, as some claim, electoral fraud. It will determine whether the Iranian power elite – that is, the political-religious-military-security leadership who control the levers of state violence – moves towards negotiation and reconciliation between the increasingly distant sides, or moves to crush the mounting opposition with large-scale violence. A lot depends on what the elite thinks is actually happening on the ground, and why the alleged fraud unfolded as it did…

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Mossad head: Riots in Iran will die down
Yossi Melman and Yuval Azoulay, Haaretz
Mossad chief Meir Dagan on Tuesday told the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee that the riots in Iran over the election results will die out in a few days rather than escalate into a revolution. “The reality in Iran is not going to change because of the elections. The world and we already know [Iranian President Mahmoud] Ahmadinejad. If the reformist candidate [Mir Hossein] Mousavi had won, Israel would have had a more serious problem because it would need to explain to the world the danger of the Iranian threat, since Mousavi is perceived internationally arena as a moderate element…It is important to remember that he is the one who began Iran’s nuclear program when he was prime minister.” According to Dagan, “Election fraud in Iran is no different than what happens in liberal states during elections. The struggle over the election results in Iran is internal and is unconnected to its strategic aspirations, including its nuclear program.”..

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Shame: The ‘Anti-War’ Democrats Who Sold Out and Gave Billions More for War
Jeremy Scahill, AlterNet
In a vote that should go down in recent histories as a day of shame for the Democrats, on Tuesday the House voted to approve another $106 billion dollars for the bloody wars in Iraq and Afghanistan (and increasingly Pakistan). To put a fine point on the interconnection of the iron fist of U.S. militarism and the hidden hand of free market neoliberal economics, the bill included a massive initiative to give the International Monetary Fund billions more in U.S. taxpayer funds…

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Israel’s Public security minister calls a policeman “dirty Arab”
Saed Bannoura – IMEMC
Israeli online daily, Haaretz, reported that Israel’s Public Security Minister, Yitzhak Aharonovitch, member of the extremist ring-wing Yisrael Beiteinu Party of foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, called an undercover Israeli police officer a “dirty Arab”, at the old Central Bus Station in Tel Aviv. Haaretz added that the minister requested that he meets undercover agents operating in the station area, known for its criminal activities…

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Who’s Fighting Who in Iran’s Struggle?
Trita Parsi
We’re told that a young and restless Facebook generation has arisen in Iran, text-messaging and Twittering away at the fabric of a conservative clerical rule that it is no longer willing to accept. Ranged against it are the dogged defenders of a decrepit regime that has outlived its purpose, surviving only through brute force and its ability to convince the unsophisticated, mostly rural poor folk in their ragged suits and black chadors that President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is their champion against corrupt politicians and the treacherous intellectuals and amoral rich kids who support them. Obviously these are stereotypes — and highly misleading ones at that. The schism in Iran is not reducible to social class, ethnicity, region or generation. A simple glance at the crowds over the past week reveals women in black chadors on both sides of the divide, and women in makeup too..

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Israeli court rules to demolish Palestinian home/peace center for the 4th time
Saed Bannoura – IMEMC
The Israeli Supreme Court has ruled that the home of Salim and Arabiya Shawamreh in Anata, which has already been demolished by the Israeli authorities four times and has become a center for the peaceful struggle against home demolitions, can be demolished yet again. The Shawamreh home has become a symbol of resistance to Israel’s house demolition policies, and the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions has launched a campaign to try to save the home from its fourth demolition. Since 1967, the Israeli authorities have demolished more than 24,000 Palestinian homes in the Occupied Territories, some as “collateral damage” in military operations (4000 homes were demolished in the recent invasion of Gaza), some as collective punishment (the obliteration of the Jenin refugee camp in 2002 being just one example), many others for lack of a building permit, though Israel intentionally withholds building permits from Palestinians…

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Iran’s senior ayatollah slams election, confirming split
By Warren P. Strobel and Jonathan S. Landay | McClatchy Newspapers
Supporters of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his main rival in the disputed presidential election, Mir Hossein Mousavi, massed in competing rallies Tuesday as the country’s most senior Islamic cleric threw his weight behind opposition charges that Ahmadinejad’s re-election was rigged.
“No one in their right mind can believe” the official results from Friday’s contest, Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri said of the landslide victory claimed by Ahmadinejad. Montazeri accused the regime of handling Mousavi’s charges of fraud and the massive protests of his backers “in the worst way possible.”…

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Gaza: how do they keep living?
Eva Bartlett, In Gaza
…Maybe the visitor to Gaza thinks the siege is overplayed. ‘No one is starving in Gaza,’ some say. And yes, people here are somehow scraping by. But they are being starved. Of a real life, free from the oppression of poverty, of joblessness, of worry how to get by each day. They’re being starved of education, of dreams, of contact with friends, family, and perfect strangers outside. And Hamsa, whose donkey was killed in the massacre and whose extended family all live in great poverty, many with sicknesses needing treatment outside, is caught between the daily survival worries and the worries of any would-be parent, for his child’s health, his wife’s health, their lives. I don’t know how they keep living…

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Torture, the painful truth
It may be a blow to our self-image, but torture has been part of the American way for decades.
Ben Ehrenreich
Perhaps we protest too much. Torture, after all, is a venerable American tradition. If not quite as homespun as apple pie or lynching, it is at least as old as our imperial aspirations. We were waterboarding captives in one of our earliest wars of occupation, the Philippine-American War, which cost as many as 1 million civilian lives. In 1902, Teddy Roosevelt himself wrote with laconic praise of “the old Filipino method.” Other techniques, crude or sophisticated, have filled the war bag since. CIA interrogation manuals from the 1960s, which lay out the basic stress-position and sleep- and sensory-deprivation techniques later applied at Bagram and Guantanamo, have been public since 1997..

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Seeking a Proud and Peaceful Future
Transcript of former US President Jimmy Carter’s Address to the United Nations Relief Works Agency’s Human Rights Graduation in Gaza, June 16, 2009.
By Jimmy Carter
Director of UNRWA operations John Ging, thank you for inviting me to Gaza. Distinguished guests, children of Gaza, I am grateful for your warm reception. I first visited Gaza 36 years ago and returned during the 1980s and later for the very successful Palestinian elections. Although under occupation, this community was relatively peaceful and prosperous. Now, the aftermath of bombs, missiles, tanks, bulldozers and the continuing economic siege have brought death, destruction, pain, and suffering to the people here. Tragically, the international community largely ignores the cries for help, while the citizens of Gaza are being treated more like animals than human beings…

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