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URUK Net 19 June, 2009

Last updated: Monday, June 22, 2009 11:08

The Conquest of Iraq – Appropriating the Body
Layla Anwar, An Arab Woman Blues
…A sexualized Occupation. A “hot”, “beefed up”, “sexed up”, Occupation. How can an occupation be sexualized ? you may wonder… I ask you how can this occupation not be sexualized ? An occupation is NOT an abstract phenomena. To occupy something or someone involves matter, the physical realm first…the physical realm is a delineated space, with boundaries. It can be – land, cities, villages, neighborhoods, buildings and homes right down to the body, the physical body. There can be no occupation without occupying the physical body. The body becomes the first and last frontier… From thereafter that point, one can talk of more abstract ideas pertaining to the Occupation. I actually find the word occupation too weak. In the case of Iraq it is not an occupation only – it is an appropriation/possession. The act of possessing by force…

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Iran Khodro Auto Workers Begin Work Slowdown to Protest the Regime
Al Giordano
The workers of the Khodro automobile company in Iran today issued the following declaration (translated for The Field from the original Farsi by Iraj Omidvar): Strike in Iran Khodro: We declare our solidarity with the movement of the people of Iran. Autoworker, Fellow Laborers (Laborer Friends): What we witness today, is an insult to the intelligence of the people, and disregard for their votes, the trampling of the principles of the Constitution by the government. It is our duty to join this people’s movement. We the workers of Iran Khodro, Thursday 28/3/1388 (18 june 2009) in each working shift will stop working for half an hour to protest the suppression of students, workers, women, and the Constitution and declare our solidarity with the movement of the people of Iran. The morning and afternoon shifts from 10 to 10:30. The night shift from 3 to 3:30…

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Hiding In Plain Sight: Israel’s Clean Break From America is in Progress
By Hesham Tillawi, PhD
…The strangest reaction though is from those organizations calling themselves Arabs, Muslims, or advocating for the Palestinian cause. These people–like some fish who thinks himself clever because he just swam off with a mouth-full of worm–are eating the bait big time. Where are their cries to Obama’s speech, a speech that did not have any substance but yet is being hailed by them as a “turning point” in American policy? Where are their cries to Obama as he describes Netanyahu’s speech as “an important step forward” just because it had one sentence in this whispering of a Palestinian state for the Palestinian Authority, the only thing which sounded good to Obama’s ears. Remember what the Godfathers of the “clean break” document said in “formulating language familiar to the Americans?” If Netanyahu’s speech was “a step forward”, what would Obama call Netanyahu’s comments about the refugees, Jerusalem and the Right of Return? A declaration of War on the World? A “Clean Break” not just from the U.S. but from the World?…

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Jewish Chabad’s Genocidal Morality
The Fanatical US-based Organization Exposed
Khalid Amayreh
“The only way to fight a moral war is the Jewish way. Destroy their holy sites; kill their men, women, children, and even cattle. “These are not the words of a loony Jewish terrorist, marauding through the hills of the West Bank in search for an elderly Arab peasant or shepherd to kill. In fact, these words were uttered last week by Manis Friedman, a prominent and highly-respected Chabad-lubavitch rabbi who is widely admired among many Orthodox Jews, especially in the United States…

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Through a Glass Darkly: Sifting Myth and Fact on Iran
Chris Floyd
Iranian academic Ali Alizadeh points out an important fact missed by many who see nothing but sinister American manipulation behind the post-election protests in Iran: that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s economic policies — touted as a possible reason that he expanded his vote total by 10 million over the last election, a bounty ostensibly harvested from the grateful rural poor — are actually much more in line with his old nemesis, George W. Bush…The trope of a singular American hand guiding a million-headed puppet in the streets of Iran seems a bit odd anyway. There is of course little doubt that the imperial security apparat will try to make hay from the turmoil; but the American militarists have already made it clear that they prefer a victory for the incumbent Ahmadinejad…The corporate media’s portrayal of the Iranian uprising is indeed a lazy slotting of chaotic reality into neatly defined, “color revolution” stereotypes; but their misjudgment needn’t be compounded a comparable stereotyping the other way…

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Loyalty to racism
Israel’s attempt to legislate loyalty to the Jewish state is proof of the failure of the Zionist/colonial project of Israelification,
Azmi Bishara
What is behind the latest wave of legislative proposals flooding the Knesset agenda? I refer specifically to those intended to curb manifestations of Palestinian patriotism and to restrict the political activity of Arab Israelis. The aim of these laws is to impose the Israeli nationalist creed by coercion. It’s really that simple. Over the last decade, the Knesset has experienced several bursts of legislative activity seeking to restrict freedom of opinion and expression on the questions of the Jewishness of the state and the right to resist occupation. The advocates of these laws are indefatigable. If the proposals fail to pass through any of the necessary stages, they are resubmitted over and over again in the hope of wearing out their opponents…

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Netanyahu’s hoax
Ayman El-Amir
Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has finally brought himself to pronounce the two-word anathema of “Palestinian state”, restricted by numerous caveats. As he was addressing two audiences, the Obama administration and his ultra right-wing colonial settlement partners, he had to walk a tightrope. To Obama he popped the magic word of Palestinian state, to his extremist Likud partners and religious party zealots he elaborately outlined what this state could not do and would not be. He offered some peace slogans to the Arabs and warned against the global threat of a nuclear Iran. To the Arabs, both those defined as moderates as well as radicals, Netanyahu’s peace charade was patently a non-starter…

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Israel war on Gaza: Share Album – Get Embed Code When Netanyahu Invalidated Camp David and Wadi Araba
Ahmad Barqawi
“The simple truth is that the root of the conflict has been and remains – the refusal to recognize the right of the Jewish People to its own state on its historical homeland”. Never have I heard the entire Arab-Israeli conflict summed up so concisely yet so deceptively. Of course those were the words of Benjamin Netanyahu during his latest speech which was delivered –ever so eloquently- last Sunday; the 30-minute Israeli foreign policy speech that laid more damage to an already frail and worn out peace process, was a clear demonstration of Tel Aviv’s right winged government’s profound sense of political tyranny and down right immaturity; and what astounds me the most is this seemingly inexhaustible ability of Israel’s successive governments to sensationalize the opinions of a bunch of right winged religious fanatics and Zionist nationalists and easily get away with it appearing rather praiseworthy in the eyes of western leaders…

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Iran’s Karroubi calls for election re-run
Xinhua
Iran’s defeated presidential candidate Mehdi Karroubi on Friday called on the Guardian Council to nullify the June 12 election and arrange a re-run, the satellite channel Press TV reported. “We expect that you (the Guardian Council) accept the will of the nation by nullifying the election and holding a re-run,” Karroubi said in an open letter to the council. The letter was posted on the website of his party, the National Confidence Party (Hezb-e Etemad-e Melli), and is expected to be circulated in his newspaper’s Saturday edition…

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2 US troops killed in southern Afghanistan
By NOOR KHAN, AP
A roadside bomb blast in southern Afghanistan killed two U.S. troops Friday, the U.S. military said. The explosion occurred in Kandahar province, the spiritual birthplace of the Taliban. No other information, including the victims’ names or which branch of the military they served in, was released. U.S. military officials have said they expect a 50 percent rise in the number of roadside or suicide bomb attacks this year. At least 76 U.S. troops have died in Afghanistan so far in 2009, a record pace…

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GI Special 7F11: Slime [ 19 June 2009 ]
Thomas F. Barton
Democrat Congressional Slime Vote $106 Billion For Imperial Wars: Murderous Rats Vote To Give Obama All The Money He Wants To Kill More U.S. Troops, Iraqis & Afghans: “What Once Democrats Could Argue Was ‘Bush’s War,’ They Now Officially Own”.

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New Tricks to Confront State Power
What the Left Should be Learning From Iran
AL GIORDANO
…Virtually identical to those neoconservatives on the right are some on the left who do not celebrate that the Iranian regime teeters. What do they have in common? It is a nostalgia for the Cold War and an inability to break out of its dualist mode of thought: one in which the world is divided between two ideological poles (the dinosaur left and the neocon right disagree only on which pole is “good” and which is “evil” but the rest of their analyses line up seamlessly together) […] Here’s how some leftists mirror neocon thought: Iran serves as a kind of place-marker, psychologically, for the former Soviet system. Because Washington is in opposition to it, Iran must therefore be considered a “good” government, worthy of solidarity…

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NOT GOOD ENOUGH
Malcom Lagauche
…The current administrations of the U.S. and Great Britain are stonewalling the issue of lying to the public of both nations about the reasons for going to war against Iraq in 2003. On both sides of the Atlantic, despite previous statements of an open discussion, Obama and Britain’s Prime Minister Gordon Brown, are holding under wraps information that could implicate many people in blatant war crimes activities. Obama’s excuse is a great sham. He has stopped the publication of pictures of U.S. military personnel torturing Iraqis. In addition, he has blocked the issuing of memos that would implicate many in the bogus buildup to the March 2003 invasion. In Obama’s case, he is sheltering those who have been the most outspoken critics of his administration: neocon Republicans. All the time he has been keeping Dick Cheney from public scrutiny, Cheney has made public statements condemning Obama’s security measures. If Obama ever possessed a backbone, it has surely been a victim of atrophy since he took the oath of office in January 2009. Gordon Brown is also keeping locked a public and open inquiry into British lies that led to the U.S.-Britain alliance in destroying Iraq…

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‘No US charges’ over Afghan raid
Aljazeera.net
The US military is unlikely to discipline troops involved in an air strike in Afghanistan which killed up to 140 civilians, the top US commander has said. Admiral Mike Mullen, the chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, said he had seen nothing in a forthcoming report on the strike that might lead to disciplinary action over the incident…

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‘Free Gaza: Brick by Brick’
Free Gaza Movement
On June 25th, the Free Gaza movement will set sail on its eighth mission to break Israel’s horrific siege and collective punishment of 1.5 million Palestinians in the Gaza strip. “The Israelis violated international law by ramming the boat I was on which was carrying medical supplies to Gaza. Therefore, I never got to Gaza. Especially after Operation Cast Lead, I want to go to Gaza, and if I’m lucky, one day, I’ll also get to visit a free Palestine,” said former Representative Cynthia McKinney, one of the passengers coming back. Along with McKinney, 36 others will board the FREE GAZA , a fishing boat, and the SPIRIT OF HUMANITY, a small ferry loaded with building supplies such as cement, only a token of what is needed in Gaza, but a prelude to larger shipments the Free Gaza movement expects to take throughout the summer…

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‘No US charges’ over Afghan raid
Aljazeera.net
The US military is unlikely to discipline troops involved in an air strike in Afghanistan which killed up to 140 civilians, the top US commander has said. Admiral Mike Mullen, the chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, said he had seen nothing in a forthcoming report on the strike that might lead to disciplinary action over the incident…

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Israeli troops’ own Youtube clips show abuse of Palestinians
Ma’an News
Israeli Border Police troops have uploaded video clips of themselves humiliating Palestinians in the West Bank to YouTube over the past year, the Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported on Thursday. The newspaper revealed one clip uploaded to the video sharing website in which a Palestinian boy appears slapping himself, while an off-camera voice, ostensibly an Israeli policeman, orders him to say “I love you, Border Police,” and “I will f**k you, Palestine,” in Arabic…

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Another US Soldier given clemency for murder of Iraqis
MyStateline.com
A former Army sergeant convicted in the brutal execution-style murders of bound Iraqi prisoners has been granted clemency. Michael Leahy Junior of Downers Grove, Illinois was sentenced to life in prison earlier this year for the deaths of four Iraqi POWs. But friends and family members fought for clemency and a brigadier general in Germany has now granted that request. Leahy’s sentence was reduced to 20 years with the possibility of parole after less than seven years…

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Pentagon Rebrands Protest as “Low-Level Terrorism”
Tom Burghardt
You have to hand it to Pentagon securocrats and their corporate cronies, they never miss an opportunity to demonize, vilify or otherwise slander domestic political dissent as “terrorism.” The American Civil Liberties Union reported June 10 that “Anti-terrorism training materials currently being used by the Department of Defense (DoD) teach its personnel that free expression in the form of public protests should be regarded as ‘low level terrorism’.”…

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Iran election: protests and the ‘West’
Filasteen
…One more thing which isn’t being said: I would also question whether what’s happening now is really being seen by Western governments as being in their interests. For one thing, Ahmedinejad has been a gift from God to the more beligerant elements of Western elites, espeically Israel and the neo-cons. Some have explicitly said as much. For another thing, do autocratic pro-Western governments across the Arab world – in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, the Gulf states…even in Iraq – really want to see one of their neighbouring autocratic regimes get swept away by a popular revolutionary tide? In reality I imagine it will terrify them as much as 1789 terrified the old monarchies of Europe, or indeed as much as 1979 Iran terrified those same Arab despots. The notion that Iran now has its authentically chosen and legitimate government, and that any challenge to this is solely from pro-Western stooges, seems to me to be more reflexive than well-considered…

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Freed prisoner: Medical neglect endangers life of Palestinian female prisoner
Palestinian Information Center
Somoud al-Kan, who was recently released from an Israeli jail, appealed to anyone concerned with the well being of prisoners to try and help Amal Juma’a who is serving an 11-year sentence, suffers cancer of the womb and not being given the appropriate medical attention. She added that Amal Juma’a, who has suffered bleeding for the past five years because of the cancer, receives only sedatives and sleeping pills. Al-Kan, 23, from the village of Kafr Qallil near Nablus, who was released on 16 June after spending almost five years in occupation jails, told the Prisoners’ Studies Centre that female captives are living very harsh conditions in Israeli occupation jails and need serious support…

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PA Still reticent over death of detainee in Mukhabarat custody
From Khalid Amayreh in the West Bank
Palestinian Authority (PA) officials have been quite reticent over the death of Haitham Amr, a 28-year-old nurse, in PA custody in Hebron earlier this week. Amr, a father of two children, was arrested on Thursday, 11 June at his home, at the village of Beit al-Rush el-Fouga, 20 km south-west of al-Khalil, by a combined force of the Preventive Security (PSF) and General Intelligence (GI) or (Mukhabarat). The village is classified as part of “Area-C,” which means that PA security personnel can’t enter it without prior coordination with the Israeli occupation army…

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The language that absolves Israel
A special political vocabulary prevents us from being able to recognize what’s going on in the Middle East.
By Saree Makdisi
On Sunday night, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered a speech that — by categorically ruling out the creation of a sovereign Palestinian state — ought to have been seen as a mortal blow to the quest for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. On Monday morning, however, newspaper headlines across the United States announced that Netanyahu had endorsed the creation of a Palestinian state, and the White House welcomed the speech as “an important step forward.”…

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Obama-backed Bill to Ban Release of Bush-Era Torture Photos Passes Senate
Jeremy Scahill
In a move that didn’t receive much attention, the Senate on Wednesday passed by unanimous consent the Graham-Lieberman bill, which seeks to make it illegal to make public any images of US prisoner abuse and torture from the Bush era. Specifically, the bill bans the release of images “taken between September 11, 2001 and January 22, 2009 relating to the treatment of individuals engaged, captured, or detained after September 11, 2001, by the Armed Forces of the United States in operations outside of the United States.” The Obama White House supports this outrageous legislation whose sole purpose is to make it illegal to reveal the truth about US torture…

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Weekly Report: On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory No. 24/2009 (11 – 17 June 2009)
PCHR – Palestinian Centre for Human Rights
Israeli violations of international law and humanitarian law continued in the OPT during the reporting period (11 – 17 June 2009): Shooting: During the reporting period, one Palestinian was killed by IOF in the West Bank. Additionally, IOF wounded 13 Palestinian civilians, including 4 children and a paramedic, in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. On 14 June 2009, medical sources at an Egyptian hospital declared that Yasser ‘Arafat Sbair, 27, from Jabalya refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip, died of wounds he had stained during the recent IOF offensive on the Gaza Strip. An IOF drone fired a missile at him on 12 January 2009 when he was near his house. He was a member of the Palestinian resistance…

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Khamenei fully supports the ‘elected president’ Ahmadinejad
Reza Fiyouzat, Revolutionary Flowerpot Society
…So, Khamenei made it pretty clear that Ahmadinejad was elected, the elections were over, and it’s time to get on with other matters. Anybody thinking they can disrupt the business-as-usual will be treated with a hand filled with all the ‘legal’ tools at the disposal of the state, since, as he emphasized, this kind of taking to the street has been portrayed by the international media as questioning the legitimacy of the state, which nobody can question, especially now, after forty million people participated in the elections…

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Back in the fold: Comic Stephen Colbert in Baghdad
David Walsh
Its unsurprising character does not make comic Stephen Colbert’s trip to Iraq and his solidarizing himself with the US war effort any less disgraceful. Colbert, whose Colbert Report (with a silent “t” in “Report”) on the Comedy Central cable channel has a considerable following among students and young people, taped four episodes of his nightly show in Baghdad June 8-11 before an audience of American military personnel. In the course of the programs, he interviewed top US military commanders and Iraq’s deputy prime minister and aired “shout-outs” from President Barack Obama, former presidents George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, Vice President Joe Biden, senators John McCain of Arizona and Jim Webb of Virginia, and Alaska’s governor, Sarah Palin…

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Khamenei fully supports the ‘elected president’ Ahmadinejad
Reza Fiyouzat, Revolutionary Flowerpot Society
…So, Khamenei made it pretty clear that Ahmadinejad was elected, the elections were over, and it’s time to get on with other matters. Anybody thinking they can disrupt the business-as-usual will be treated with a hand filled with all the ‘legal’ tools at the disposal of the state, since, as he emphasized, this kind of taking to the street has been portrayed by the international media as questioning the legitimacy of the state, which nobody can question, especially now, after forty million people participated in the elections…

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Ayatollah Ali Khamenei backs Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in address at Friday prayers
Damien McElroy
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei declared that the election in which Presidential Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was controversially declared the winner was “over”. In a clear endorsement of the incumbent presdident, the Supreme Leader said that his own views were closest to Mr Ahmadinejad’s vision for Iran’s foreign policy than that of any other candidate. In a long sermon at Friday prayers at Tehran University, he also warned demonstrators that they must stop their daily protests…

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These Are Obama’s Wars Now
Joshua Frank
On Monday the Democrat controlled House voted 226-202 to approve a rushed $106 billion dollar war spending bill, guaranteeing more carnage in Iraq and Afghanistan (and lately Pakistan) until September 30, 2009, which marks the end of the budget year. The Senate voted overwhelmingly in favor of the bill’s first draft last month, with the final vote on a compromised version to occur in the Senate sometime in the next couple of weeks…

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Iran’s Green Revolution
Why is Obama dissing Mousavi?
Justin Raimondo
…Andrew Sullivan — another supposedly “reformed” neocon, who has since recanted his role in cheerleading the Iraq war — has issued a foot-stamping encyclical demanding: “No Recognition of Ahmadinejad: This is the first and absolute requirement of all Western governments.”…Sullivan doesn’t want us to recognize — and, presumably, meet with — the Ahmadinejad faction if they come out on top, but of course it’s perfectly fine for our Secretary of State to meet with Avigdor Lieberman, the leader of what even the most pro-Israel among the nation’s magazine editors — Marty Peretz — calls a “neo-fascist” party. That Lieberman is also the foreign minister of Israel should certainly not make a lot of difference to the Andrew Sullivans of this world, unless their moral outrage comes attached to a particular agenda…

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GI Special 7F10: Reaction Force [ 17 June 2009 ]
Thomas F. Barton
Reaction Force teams, sometimes called “Extraction Teams,” are used in one form or another in every major prison in the USA, with less protection for prisoners and more brutality than at Guantanamo. And for some odd reason, reporters oh so shocked and outraged about Guantanamo are silent about what’s done to Americans, mostly African-Americans of course, right here in prisons in the USA. Aside from Prison Legal News, which documents the horrors with regularity, guess the others just don’t give a shit. For prisoners in a whole lot of hell holes in the USA, a transfer to Guantanamo would be a huge step towards better treatment, infinitely better food and medical care, and less brutality at the hands of Reaction Force teams and U.S. prison personnel generally.

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