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URUK Net 25 June, 2009

Last updated: Sunday, July 5, 2009 8:48

A Thousand Nedas…
Layla Anwar, An Arab Woman Blues
…Hundreds of Iraqi women have suffered a worst fate than that of Neda, and only in total 3 articles and a couple of videos were circulated in their names. Not even. Why ? Are we the black sheep of the international community ? Or maybe we are just the children of Hagar, who Sarah, Abraham’s first wife, banished away from the tribe…and Hagar was left wandering in a merciless desert for Water…searching for anything to quench her thirst… Excuse me, but why is Neda more important ? Is it because Iraq is a “fait accompli”, a done deal that no one cares to talk about anymore ? Not so. Not in my book. Never in my book. The charade in Iran will calm down. Musavi has retreated. The protesters will eventually shut up. And everything will return to normal. Everything will return to the status quo. Why is that ? Because America has every interest to keep the status quo intact in Iran despite the rhetoric to the contrary… Why is that so ? Because Iran is still needed in Iraq and sorely needed in Afghanistan…

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Prisoner club: Israel uses electric shock torture against children
Palestinian Information Center
The Palestinian prisoner club accused the Israeli occupation authority (IOA) of committing new crimes of corporal torture against children through giving them electric shocks and beating them severely. The club said that Palestinian child Hamza Al-Za’aol, who was kidnapped on the fourth of May on a charge of throwing stones, told club lawyers that Israeli occupation forces (IOF) used electric shocks against him in Etzion prison while another child detained on the same day called Ismail Al-Za’aol said he was severely beaten especially in his broken leg. The club revealed that the number of children kidnapped during the first quarter of 2009 rose to 443 prisoners after kidnapping 14 minors this year…

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Bagram, the new Guantánamo
Clive Stafford Smith
The BBC’s revelations about prisoner abuse at the US prison at Bagram airforce base in Afghanistan are the latest in a long line of revelations about abuse at US prisons around the world. President Obama told us that this sort of thing has stopped. Well, it hasn’t. Sadly, the Obama administration is up to the former administration’s familiar tricks, attempting to block the world from the truth. In April, a federal judge in Washington DC ordered that prisoners in Bagram should be allowed counsel, and the right to be heard in court; the Obama administration refused to comply, and appealed the judgment. People being beaten up in Bagram should, apparently, grin and bear it…

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Report: Israel shackling detainees in painful ways that amount to torture and ill treatment
Public Committee Against Torture in Israel (PCATI)
The Public Committee Against Torture in Israel (PCATI) released a major report, based on 547 cases of arrest by soldiers and dozens of interrogations by the GSS in the past year as well as additional cases from previous years. The report reveals that various security agencies in Israel, chief among them the IDF and the GSS, shackle detainees in painful and humiliating manners that in a number of instances rise to the level of torture in violation of domestic law, High Court of Justice judgments, international law and accepted international standards of practice which allow for restraining for the purposes of preventing a detainee from escaping, or endangering himself or his surroundings. In Israel detainees are painfully shackled as a matter of practice. Painful shackling is done for invalid and irrelevant reasons, which include causing pain and suffering, punishment, intimidation, and illegally eliciting information and confessions…

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Hamas’ political immaturity
Haidar Eid, The Electronic Intifada
When Hamas, unexpectedly, won the 2006 parliamentary elections in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, the message from the one-third of the Palestinian people living in those territories was clear: no more of the “peace process” facade — with its untiring “two-state solution” slogan that never materialized, and no more of the bread crumbs offered to the new inauthentic NGOized, Osloized leadership classes. (In the years since the 1993 Oslo accords, funding NGOs — nongovernmental organizations — has been a major means for foreign governments to influence, co-opt and neutralize Palestinian politics. This process of “Osloization” made some Palestinian organizations more loyal to their funders than to their principles.) Many of those who voted Hamas into power were not, in fact, supporters of the organization, but rather disgruntled Palestinians looking for change and reform after 13 years of futile, meaningless negotiations that did huge damage to the Palestinian cause and transformed it from a liberation struggle supported by millions all over the world into a dispute between “two equal parties,” two countries fighting for border arrangements…

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It’s All Good, Again: ‘Uptick’ in the American-Made Tides of Violence in Iraq
Chris Floyd

…This was, of course, the famous “surge,” which saw a fresh influx of not-so-fresh American troops, blanketing the country and helping consolidate the gains of the ethnic cleansing campaign for the occupier’s favored factions. The ultimate result was the violent demographic shift — including the forced migration of 4 million people — and mass murder that is the foundation of the American-propped Maliki regime. Its sole purpose was to ensure that the war continued, and that the American military presence could be more deeply embedded in the client state. The levels of violence did drop from the horrific heights of 2006 and 2007 — again, partly because the American-assisted ethnic cleansing had been so successful. (In much the same way, there was a significant drop in Nazi violence against Jews in, say, Poland — after the Nazis had killed most of the Jews in Poland.) But the violence in Iraq never went away; the conquered land remained one of the most dangerous places on earth, and very few of the 4 million refugees felt safe enough to return home. (And in many cases, their “ethnically cleansed” homes were no longer available to them.) And of course, the million dead are still dead — and the millions more maimed, broken, ruined, grieved and traumatized are still suffering…

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Iran: first round to Ahmadinejad?
HOPI – Hands Off The People Of Iran
…Without the workers and their ability to paralyse the transport, construction, manufacturing and oil industries the mass demonstrations will lack real muscle. The workers have no reason to put their lives on the line on behalf of Mousavi who offers more of the same neoliberal policies and trade union repression as Ahmadinejad. The opposition must offer a common struggle for democracy, trade union rights and economic security. This means developing clear socialist aims for the movement, offering a real socialist, revolutionary alternative to the clerical neoliberalism of the Islamic republic. This is the task of the next stage of the struggle…

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High-tech Barbarism:: Look! Up in the Sky! It’s a Bird… It’s a Plane… It’s a Raytheon Spy Blimp!
Tom Burghardt, Antifascist Calling…
As the American republic’s long death-spiral continues apace, newer and ever more insidious technologies usher us towards an age of high-tech barbarism. “At first glance” Newsweek reveals, “there was nothing special about the blimp floating high above the cars and crowd at this year’s Indy 500 on Memorial Day weekend.” “Nothing special” that is, until you took a closer look. What you then discovered was another quintessentially American innovation, all the more chilling for its bland ubiquity. A silent, hovering sentinel linking commerce and repression; a perfect trope for our ersatz democracy. “Like most airships” Newsweek continued, “it acted as an advertising vehicle.”…

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US Missiles Turn Pakistan Funeral to Grave
IslamOnline.net
Wrapped in white bandages and lying on a bed in the dust-bowed district hospital in Miramshah, the capital of North Waziristan, Fazl-e-Rabbi is one of who lucky enough to survive a US deadly missile strike at a funeral ceremony in neighboring South Waziristan a day earlier. “We had just finished the funeral prayers and I was wearing my shoes when I felt that the sun had exploded on my head,” Fazl-e-Rabbi, who received injuries in his arms, legs and lower abdomen, told IslamOnline.net on Wednesday, June 24. “What I remember is that I was hit by something in my lower abdomen and then in no time I fell on the ground. I tried to control my senses but I could not.”…

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Israeli firms accused of profiting from the Holocaust
Families battle in court to reclaim assets
By Jonathan Cook in Nazareth
Israel’s second largest bank will be forced to defend itself in court in the coming weeks over claims it is withholding tens of millions of dollars in “lost” accounts belonging to Jews who died in the Nazi death camps. Bank Leumi has denied it holds any such funds despite a parliamentary committee revealing in 2004 that the bank owes at least $75 million to the families of several thousand Holocaust victims…

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Israel’s Crimes, America’s Silence
John Dugard
…To date, too little mention has been made of investigations that show there is sufficient evidence to bring charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity against Israel’s political and military leadership for their actions in Gaza. Recently, two comprehensive independent reports have been published on Gaza, and earlier this month a mission mandated by the UN Human Rights Council, and chaired by South African Richard Goldstone, visited Gaza to conduct a further investigation into Israel’s offensive…

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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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Full-Spectrum Idiocy: GOP and Chavez on Iran
Norman Solomon
When approaching Iran, the Republican Party line and the Hugo Chavez line are running in opposite directions — but parallel. The leadership of GOP reaction and the leadership of Bolivarian revolution have bought into the convenient delusion that long-suffering Iranian people require assistance from the U.S. government to resist the regime in Tehran. Inside Iran, advocates for reform and human rights have long pleaded for the U.S. government to keep out of Iranian affairs. After the CIA organized the coup that overthrew Iran’s democracy in 1953, Washington kept the Shah in power for a quarter century. When I was in Tehran four years ago, during the election that made Mahmoud Ahmadinejad president, what human rights activists most wanted President Bush to do was shut up…

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Stopped by Apartheid
Henning Mankell
Just over a week ago, I visited Israel and Palestine. I was a part of a delegation of authors consisting of representatives from different continents. We were supposed to participate in a Palestinian literary conference. The inauguration was supposed to take place at the Palestinian National Theatre in Jerusalem. Just as we had gathered, heavily armed Israeli military and police officers arrived and said that they were going to stop us. Asked why, the answer read: “You’re a security risk.” Of course, it’s sheer nonsense to claim that we constituted a security threat to Israel at that moment. But at the same time they were right. We do constitute a threat when we come to Israel and say what we think of the Israeli oppression of the Palestinian population..

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Message from Iranian Workers’ Free Trade Union
The Free Trade Union of Iranian Workers
Forty-eight days have passed since the suppression and arrest of workers’ gathering on International Labour Day – May Day. During this time our country has witnessed important events and we witness widespread and amazing changes in the social movement. During their televised debates the presidential candidates repeatedly accused each other of violating citizens’ rights, embezzlement, theft, mismanagement, and incompetence. But none of them had any objection to the laws that have allowed the disastrous events affecting the majority of the population…

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MPs ‘snub’ Ahmadinejad poll party
BBC News
More than 100 MPs appear to have snubbed an invitation to celebrate Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s election win, local press reports say. All 290 MPs were invited to the victory party on Wednesday night but 105 did not turn up, the reports say. A BBC correspondent says the move is a sign of the deep split at the top of Iran after disputed presidential polls. Mr Ahmadinejad has told the US not to interfere in Iranian politics, the Fars news agency reports…

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Video: Fears of violence grow ahead of Mosul pullout
AljaeeraEnglish
Mosul, a northern Iraqi city, has been one area where the country’s security forces are preparing to take full control, but there are two local armies patrolling the city. One is loyal to the Kurdish autonomous government while the other is allegiant to Baghdad. Al Jazeera’s Hoda Abdel Hamid reports on how the split has raised fears of sectarian violence in a strategic city.

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Iraq Kurds pass new constitution to include Kirkuk
AFP
Iraq’s autonomous region of Kurdistan on Wednesday passed a new constitution in which it laid claim to the disputed oil-rich province of Kirkuk, a move likely to increase ethnic tension. The text, which also said that areas within Nineveh and Diyala provinces were part of Iraqi Kurdistan, was approved by 96 of the 111 MPs in the regional parliament in Arbil. The document will be put before Kurdish voters for ratification on July 25, the same day that the region holds parliamentary and presidential elections…

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Iran TV: partial vote recount verifies election result
Reuters
Iranian state television said on Wednesday a partial recount of the vote in the country’s disputed June 12 presidential election had verified the result. Official results released a day after the election showed hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had won by a landslide, but his main moderate challenger Mirhossein Mousavi said the vote was rigged and called for it to be annulled. Iran’s English-language Press TV said in a scrolling headline: “Iran: partial vote recount verifies election result.” It did not give details..

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US Occ. Forces Kill One Civilian Wounds Another
Association of Muslim Scholars in Iraq (AMSI/HEYET)
American occupation forces in Iraq committed another crime adding to its black crime list killing one innocent civilian and wounding another one crashing with armored wheel in Basra Province. Government sources confirmed the heinous attack saying: “Two civilians were targeted by the American forces wheel near Buca base in Basra Province resulting one dead and another wounded.”…

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Montazeri warns Iran over crackdown
AFP
Top Iranian dissident cleric Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri warned on Thursday that continued suppression of opposition protests could threaten the very basis of the Islamic republic. “If Iranians cannot talk about their legitimate rights at peaceful gatherings and are instead suppressed, frustrations will build up which could possibly uproot the foundations of the government, no matter how powerful,” the cleric said in a statement faxed to AFP. It was the latest broadside fired off against the regime by Montazeri, who was once tipped to take over from the father of the revolution Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini but fell out with the late leader before his death…

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