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URUK Net 24 June, 2009

Last updated: Friday, June 26, 2009 10:25

The “Neda video,” torture, and the truth-revealing power of images
Glenn Greenwald
…For the last question at his press conference yesterday, Obama was asked by CNN’s Suzanne Malveaux about his reaction to that video and to reports that Iranians are refraining from protesting due to fear of such violence. As Obama was answering — attesting to how “heartbreaking” he found the video; how “anybody who sees it knows that there’s something fundamentally unjust” about the violence; and paying homage to “certain international norms of freedom of speech, freedom of expression” — Helen Thomas, who hadn’t been called on, interrupted to ask Obama to reconcile those statements about the Iranian images with his efforts at home to suppress America’s own torture photos (”Then why won’t you allow the photos —”). The President quickly cut her off with these remarks: THE PRESIDENT: Hold on a second, Helen. That’s a different question. (Laughter.) The White House Press corps loves to laugh condescendingly at Helen Thomas because, tenaciously insisting that our sermons to others be applied to our own Government, she acts like a real reporter..

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Obama’s Emerging Legacy: Wars, Bankers and For-Profit Healthcare
by BAR executive editor Glen Ford
The first Black president has racked up some impressive victories. Barack Obama has quarantined single-payer healthcare advocates, crushed dissent against the war in Congress, and transferred more money to the finance capital class than at any time in planetary history. Not bad for just five months in office. “At some point in the near future Barack Obama will become inextricably associated in the public mind with Big Capital – and deservedly so.”..

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The Real Situation in Iran: Moving Fast
Reza Fiyouzat, Revolutionary Flowerpot Society
…The situation on the streets of Iran, to get back to reality, has moved far beyond bean counting, and increasingly more radical slogans are raised on the streets. This has got the system seriously worried; hence their extreme crackdown.The larger political questions are enormous. Most essentially, how clear is the strategic vision here, and how foresightful can this spontaneously erupted movement be? Let us not lose sight of the fact that the people took to the streets as a result of an unexpected insult of an ‘outcome’ of a sham election they willingly participated in. That makes for a highly contradictory movement. These contradictions cannot last long without some serious consequences…

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Revolutionary Marxist Current (Venezuela): Solidarity with the Iranian masses
Revolutionary Marxist Current
In response to recent statements by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, the Venezuelan Revolutionary Marxist Current has issued this statement. They express their support for the movement of the masses in Iran and explain the differences between the revolutionary movement in Venezuela and the counter-revolutionary regime in Iran…Clearly, as revolutionaries, we must oppose any imperialist interference in Iran. President Chávez has correctly supported Iran in international forums in the last few years against imperialist bullying on the part of the US. However, it would be fatal to mix up revolution with counter-revolution. The Bolivarian revolution must be on the side of the Iranian people, the workers, youth and women, who are in the streets of Tehran..

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Solitary Confinement Prescription for Slow Death or Insanity (Report)
Palestinian Information Center
With a voice full of hope for a brighter future, and optimism that the end of suffering is near, the prisoner Hasan Salamah repeated songs he has memorized in order to break the routine of a deadly dull life in cramped isolation cells where mercy is unknown and the only smells are those associated with depression, death or insanity. The prisoner, Salamah, sentenced to several life sentences, has been held in solitary confinement for six years. The occupation authorities have accused him of responsibility for the deaths of scores of Zionists. He is one of more than 100 Palestinian prisoners being held in isolation cells in various sections of Israeli prisons. This isolation may continue for many years so as to drill into the prisoner’s mind, body and soul effects which can not be easily erased. The psyche and the body are subjected to ongoing pressure by being deprived of everything, even the simplest conversation with another human being…

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Video: Ex-detainees allege Bagram abuse
Ian Pannell, BBC News
Allegations of abuse and neglect at a US detention facility in Afghanistan have been uncovered by the BBC. Former detainees have alleged they were beaten, deprived of sleep and threatened with dogs at the Bagram military base. The BBC interviewed 27 former inmates of Bagram around the country over a period of two months. The Pentagon has denied the charges and insisted that all inmates in the facility are treated humanely. All the men were asked the same questions and they were all interviewed in isolation…

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A Withdrawal in Name Only
Erik Leaver and Daniel Atzmon
On November 17, 2008, when Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari and U.S. ambassador Ryan Crocker signed an agreement for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq, citizens from both countries applauded. While many were disappointed about the lengthy timeline for the withdrawal of the troops, it appeared that a roadmap was set to end the war and occupation. However, the first step — withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraqi cities by June 30, 2009 — is full of loopholes, and tens of thousands of U.S. soldiers will remain in the cities after the “deadline” passes. The failure to fully comply with the withdrawal agreement indicates the United States is looking to withdraw from Iraq in name only, as it appears that up to 50,000 military personnel will remain after the deadline…

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A FORGOTTEN “DAY OF INFAMY”
Malcom Lagauche
Many countries have one or two days a year that indicate a national tragedy. In the U.S., December 7, 1941, the day the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, is labeled a “day of infamy.” Almost 60 years later, September 11, 2001 surpassed December 7 as a rallying cry for U.S. solidarity. Iraq, a country much smaller than the U.S., and never as large a player on the international scene, can claim several days of infamy: January 17, 1991 (the beginning of Desert Storm); February 14, 1991 (the destruction of the Amiryah Bomb Shelter); March 20, 2003 (the start of the U.S. illegal invasion and occupation of Iraq); and April 9, 2003, (U.S. forces enter Baghdad) among others. But, one date that gains little international attention is imbedded in the hearts and minds of most Iraqis: June 26, 1993. On that date, the U.S. military, under the command of Bill Clinton, ordered 23 Tomahawk guided missiles to demolish the headquarters of the Mukhabarat, the Iraqi intelligence services, in central Baghdad. Twenty of the missiles hit the agency complex, while “only” three missed their targets. A jubilant Clinton took to the airwaves and proclaimed victory. He was happy that only three missed their mark. One could think he was addressing the public about the score of a sporting event. Of the three that missed, one destroyed the home of Layla al-Attar, killing her and her husband, and blinding her daughter…

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Britain replaces USA as Iran’s verbal target
By GREGORY KATZ, Associated Press Writer
Britain has replaced America as Iran’s “Great Satan.” That’s the upshot of the announcement Wednesday that the Islamic Republic of Iran is considering downgrading its diplomatic ties to Britain, the country’s former colonial ruler. The comments by Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki on Iranian state television signal a concerted effort to blame the British for the chaotic postelection street demonstrations threatening the government, experts say…

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U.S. to appoint ambassador to Syria after 4 years
Reuters
The U.S. government will send an ambassador to Syria after a four-year hiatus as President Barack Obama moves to improve ties between the two countries, a State Department official said on Wednesday. “We informed (Syrian) Ambassador (Imad) Moustafa last night and, I believe early today, informed the Foreign Ministry in Damascus that we have made a decision to return an ambassador to Damascus,” the official said. “This is in line with the president’s desire to engage Syria diplomatically to resolve a number of issues of concern to the United States.”..

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Baghdad market blast kills scores
Aljaeera.net
At least 61 people have been killed by a bomb in Baghdad’s predominantly Shia neighbourhood of Sadr City, an interior ministry official has said. Police said 116 people were also wounded in the blast that took place at the popular market on Wednesday. The explosion, caused by a motorcycle rickshaw loaded with explosives and covered with fruit and vegetables, happened in the north Baghdad district at around 7.30pm (1630GMT), according to one official…

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Video: Israel demolishing Palestinians’ homes
AljaeeraEnglish
In the area surrounding the Old City of East Jerusalem, Palestinians are being handed eviction notices on a daily basis. Nowhere is this more evident than in al-Bustan neighbourhood in the village of Silwan. Al Jazeera’s Jacky Rowland meets people whose homes are threatened with demolition…

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Neda Soltan’s family ‘forced out of home’ by Iranian authorities
Parents of young woman shot dead near protests are banned from mourning and funeral is cancelled, neighbours say
Guardian
The Iranian authorities have ordered the family of Neda Agha Soltan out of their Tehran home after shocking images of her death were circulated around the world. Neighbours said that her family no longer lives in the four-floor apartment building on Meshkini Street, in eastern Tehran, having been forced to move since she was killed. The police did not hand the body back to her family, her funeral was cancelled, she was buried without letting her family know and the government banned mourning ceremonies at mosques, the neighbours said…

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Settlers destroy 120 olive trees north of Ramallah
Ma’an News
Israeli settlers from the illegal Hallamish settlement set fire to olive trees near Deir Nidham west of Ramallah Wednesday afternoon. According to citizens from the village the fire burnt 120 olive trees on fifteen dunums of local land owned by Samir Dieb Tamimi, Jamil Abdel Qader Tamimi, Karm Mohamed Tamimi and Yousif Nemar Tamimi..

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Iran ‘will not yield’ to protesters
Aljaeera.net
Iran’s supreme leader has vowed the country’s leadership will not give in to mass protests against the disputed re-election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the president. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s message came on Wednesday amid reports that supporters of Mir Hossein Mousavi, the defeated main opposition candidate in the June 12 presidential election, were gathering in the capital, Tehran, for fresh protests. State-run media reported Khamenei as saying: “I had insisted, and will insist, on implementing the law on the election issue…

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Video: Gaza Reality – Living in graves
ANERAorg
www.anera.org continues “Gaza Reality” series. A close-up look at life in Gaza today. ANERA delivers donated medicine and medical supplies, shoes for children, fortified milk and biscuits for pre-schoolers and much more to help people struggling to survive in Gaza.

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The Free Gaza Movement: Official Notification of Intent to Enter
The Free Gaza Movement
This letter serves as a formal notification to you, as the Occupying Power
and belligerent force in the Gaza Strip, that on Thursday, June 25, 2009 we are navigating the motor vessel Spirit of Humanity, and the motor vessel Free Gaza from the Port of Larnaca to the port of Gaza City. Our vessels will be flying the Greek flags, and, as such, fall under the jurisdiction Greece. We will be sailing from Cypriot waters into international waters, then directly into the territorial waters of the Gaza Strip without entering or nearing Israeli territorial waters.

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Argentina case threatens to criminalize criticism of Israel
Hugh Harkin, The Electronic Intifada
In what Nobel Peace laureate Adolfo Perez Esquivel has termed “a witch hunt and an attack on democratic freedoms,” nine pro-Palestinian protesters in Argentina have been detained following a demonstration at a an event celebrating Israel’s 61st anniversary. The activists have been vilified as violent anti-Semites by politicians and the television and print media, and now face up to 12 years in prison for “ideological arrogance,” under revived Juan Peron-era anti-terrorism legislation of dubious constitutionality…

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Video: Jewish settlers ‘want all of Jerusalem’
Aljaeera.net
Israeli settlements have been springing up across occupied East Jerusalem as Palestinian houses are being torn down. A multi-million dollar plan is underway to brand the historic basin around the Old City as Jewish. In the second part of our series on Israel’s takeover of East Jerusalem, Al Jazeera’s Jacky Rowland joins a settler on his mission to seize land…

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Report: Israel painfully shackles Palestinians in interrogation
Ma’an News
The Public Committee Against Torture in Israel (PCATI) issued its annual report highlighting ongoing abuse of Palestinians by the Israeli army and intelligence services. The report recorded testimony of some 600 Palestinian prisoners, according to the Hebrew newspaper Ma’ariv. Many of the testimonies were of prisoners recounting interrogations meant to produce confessions. The report shows that Israeli soldiers systematically shackle and blindfold prisoners then beat them while they are transported to prisons and detention centers. Detainees are frequently left handcuffed to chairs for hours on end..

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Ad Dameer demands Abbas to declare a clear stance regarding political arrests
Saed Bannoura – IMEMC
The Ad Dameer Society for Human Rights demanded a clear stance from president Mahmoud Abbas regarding political arrests in the West Bank especially since the number of political prisoners from the Hamas movement is on the rise. The Palestinian security forces in the West Bank continued their political arrests campaign against Hamas members and supporters although president Abbas said that he ordered a halt to such arrests, and ordered the release of all political prisoners who are not involved in criminal offenses. The Al Dameer stated that the number of political prisoners stands at 780, including women, students and university lecturers…

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