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URUK Net 8 July, 2009

Last updated: Thursday, July 9, 2009 9:45

Conquest Non-Interruptus: Keeping the Boot on Iraq’s Neck
Chris Floyd
…To recap: Invasion-level numbers of U.S. troops still in Iraq, along with an almost equal number of mercenaries — who are not covered in the SOFA. U.S operations continuing in the cities; thousands of U.S. troops still stationed there. Hundreds of U.S. bases still covering the conquered land — with plans and appropriations to build even more. Yes, that’s the kind of “withdrawal” that only a militarist could love. Jamail makes a further important point: the policies now being pushed by the Obama Administration and the American-backed Maliki regime are pointing in one direction: the balkanization of Iraq…

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PCATI: ‘Israel held detainees in Gaza, deprived them from water, food and restrooms’
Saed Bannoura – IMEMC
A member of the Public Committee Against Torture in Israel (PCATI) told the special UN committee, probing the war on Gaza, that Israeli soldiers held detainees from Gaza without providing them water, food or even restrooms, and that the detainees were subjected to violence and torture by Shin Bet interrogators. An Arab attorney, Majd Bader, stated in his testimony to the United Nations investigation committee that Israeli soldiers subjected Palestinian prisoners of war to violent interrogation methods, and constant threats…

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Video: You won’t see THIS on FOX: Afghan Children Left to Die After US Bombings
bravenewfilms
Exclusive footage from the recent US airstrikes in Afghanistan provides a sobering look at the dire situation on the ground. The footage will be incorporated in part four of Brave New Foundation’s documentary, “Rethink Afghanistan.”

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STOP~Don’t Help Those Disfigured People
Irish4Palestine
What can one say? Every day it’s the same thing, only the date changes. More doctors are being turned away by the Zionist Rogue State controlling the borders of Palestine. This time it’s a team from France, including a highly respected plastic surgeon, who’s aim was to help re-construct the lives of disfigured children. The disfiguring, of course, coming from the Evil Rogue State and Zionist Occupying Force that targets women and children civilians…

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Video: Gazans squeezed by Israeli buffer zone – 08 Jul 09
AljaeeraEnglish
Israel has been using increasingly harsh methods to enforce its buffer zone with Gaza, according to Palestinians who live along the 60km fence. Palestinians say the zone has doubled in size, and claim they are also being regularly shot at…

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Barrage of US missiles kills 50 in S Waziristan
The Nation, Pakistan
Two deadly separate US missile strikes slammed into South Waziristan Agency, a stronghold of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan Chief Baitullah Mehsud, on Wednesday, killing 50 suspected militants, security officials said.
In the first attack, an alleged training compound of Baitullah Mehsud at Karwan Manza area was targeted with six missiles, while the second strike was carried out when a militants’ convoy of five vehicles was hit by three missiles in Sararogha tehsil wherein around 40 militants were killed.

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Fmr. Congressmember Cynthia McKinney Back in U.S. After Being Detained and Deported from Israel
Democracy Now!
Former Congressmember Cynthia McKinney arrived back in the United States Tuesday following her deportation from Israel. McKinney was one of 21 activists seized by the Israeli military in international waters last week as they tried to deliver humanitarian aid to Gaza. We speak with McKiney and with filmmaker Adam Shapiro who was detained and deported as well…

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Are Afghan Lives Worth Anything?
Tom Engelhardt
…It was a blast. I’m talking about my daughter’s wedding. You don’t often see a child of yours quite that happy. I’m no party animal, but I danced my 64-year-old legs off. And I can’t claim that, as I walked my daughter to the ceremony, or ate, or talked with friends, or simply sat back and watched the young and energetic enjoy themselves, I thought about those Afghan wedding celebrations where the “blast” isn’t metaphorical, where the bride, the groom, the partygoers in the midst of revelry die…

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Revealed – the secret torture evidence MI5 tried to suppress
MP David Davis’s dramatic parliamentary move exposes treatment of terror suspect
Ian Cobain
The true depth of British involvement in the torture of terrorism suspects overseas and the manner in which that complicity is concealed behind a cloak of courtroom secrecy was laid bare last night when David Davis MP detailed the way in which one counter-terrorism operation led directly to a man suffering brutal mistreatment. In a dramatic intervention using the protection of parliamentary privilege, the former shadow home secretary revealed how MI5 and Greater Manchester police effectively sub-contracted the torture of Rangzieb Ahmed to a Pakistani intelligence agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate (ISI), whose routine use of torture has been widely documented…

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Six months later, no reconstruction in Gaza
Rami Almeghari writing from the occupied Gaza Strip, Live from Palestine
Mahmoud Abu al-Anzain and his wife, Umm Naim, and their three children used to live in a two-room, cement-roofed house. It wasn’t a palace, but it was a home. The house was completely destroyed by Israeli army fire during last January’s assault on the Gaza Strip. Since that day, al-Anzain, 32, and his family have lived in a tent in al-Rayan refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip. “As you can see, under the heat of the July sun, and with the fear of mosquitos and snakes, we have lived in this tent for six months with no one taking care of us,” said al-Anzain, as he reclined on a mattress on the ground…

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Honduras: What’s Black and White and Gets the Red Out?
AL GIORDANO
CubaDebate has an illuminating find regarding the coverage of the crisis in Honduras by the pro-coup newspaper, La Prensa. The now-iconic photograph of the late 19-year-old Isis Obed Murillo, being carried by his friends to seek medical help moments after his shooting by gunmen during Sunday’s demonstrations in Tegucigalpa, was also published by the Honduran daily… Except that La Prensa chose to airbrush the young man’s blood out of the photo. Media that literally whitewashes the story to this extreme, of course, is not shut down, destroyed or attacked by the coup regime. That treatment is reserved only for real journalists…

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Patient dies in Gaza due to the siege, death toll reaches 349
Ghassan Bannoura – IMEMC
A Palestinian man from Gaza was announced dead on Wednesday after doctors were unable to treat him because of the Israeli siege on the Strip. Abed Al Haleem Zo’rob, aged 44, had brain cancer; he was denied from leaving the costal region to get the life saving medical care he needed. Doctors tried to save his life but due to the lack of equipments and needed medicine his condition became worse, until he was announced dead on Wednesday afternoon, medical sources reported…

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1 US service member killed in Afghanistan
By JASON STRAZIUSO, The Associated Press
A U.S. service member was killed on patrol in western Afghanistan on Wednesday, while insurgents in the east attacked police posts and a government building, sparking a battle that killed six policemen and 21 insurgents, officials said. The American, who was not identified, was killed during “a combat reconnaissance patrol” in Farah province, the U.S. military said, without providing other details…

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UK death toll rises in Afghanistan
Aljaeera.net
Another British soldier has been killed in Afghanistan while taking part in the US-led offensive against Taliban fighters, taking the UK forces’ fatality in the country to 176. The British ministry of defence confirmed the death on Wednesday, saying the soldier was killed near Gereshk in the southern Helmand province on the previous day. He was the seventh British soldier to die in a week…

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Israeli army kidnapped 380 Palestinians in June
Saed Bannoura – IMEMC
The Palestinian Ministry of Detainees reported that the Israeli army kidnapped more than 380 Palestinians in several parts of the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, and East Jerusalem during the month of June. The ministry added that the army also kidnapped four Egyptians in the Negev after claiming that they crossed the border and entered a military base. Hundreds of Palestinian workers were also detained in the Green Line as the Israeli Police claimed they were working there without permits…

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Britain “outsourced” torture to Pakistan-MP
Reuters
A British opposition politician has accused the government and intelligence agents of colluding in the torture of a British terrorism suspect whose interrogation was “outsourced” to Pakistan. Speaking with parliamentary privilege, which allowed him to make allegations which might otherwise be in contempt of court, Conservative David Davis said the government had helped set up the torture and abuse of suspect Rangzieb Ahmed at the hands of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence directorate (ISI)…

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Vanunu VS the Unjust Justice System of Israel
Eileen Fleming, thepeoplesvoice.org
…That old crone has become a close companion- as in inspiration- to me and so, today I will email Sharif a copy of this article for Amy and I will make a few phone calls to the following Israeli powers that be. I know I am but one lone voice out of the wilderness, but I can be a pain in their ass and I will persist to demand freedom for Vanunu NOW! Because while there is a soul in prison, I am not free either…

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Iraq airspace ‘off limits’ for Israeli attack on Iran
PressTV
Amid reemerging speculations of an Israeli sneak attack on Iran, Baghdad warns Tel Aviv against using Iraqi airspace to carry out its military plans against Tehran. Iraqi lawmakers said Tuesday that any violation of Iraqi airspace for an attack on Iran’s nuclear infrastructure would be met with a severe reprimand, as it would be considered an attack on Iraq… “Any penetration of Iraqi airspace by Israeli fighter jets or other planes will be addressed by Iraqi forces,” Naji said. “Iraq has full sovereignty over its lands, waters and skies. Iraqis will not allow the Entity to benefit in any way from its land, territorial waters or airspace to attack a neighbor.”..

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Elections only fortify Lebanon’s sectarian politics
Sami Halabi, Electronic Lebanon
Lebanon’s elections last month confirmed yet again that in this tiny Mediterranean country, sectarian politics are paramount. Long gone from the collective consciousness are the lessons of the 15-year civil war that began as a political and class dispute and descended into sectarian enmity. Forgotten also are the post-war years that led up to the recent elections and were characterized by the ebb and flow of civil strife. Many would argue that digging up the past, runs the risk of repeating it. But in Lebanon’s case, allowing the issues that propelled Lebanon into civil conflict to fester has not proved useful, either…

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Deadly car bombs hit Mosul
Aljaeera.net
At least 12 people have been killed and 33 others wounded in two separate car bomb explosions in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, police have said. The attacks on Wednesday came just over a week after US forces pulled out of Iraqi towns and cities nationwide on June 30. The first blast went off in a residential area of northern Mosul, home to minority Shabaks, killing one person and wounding six people, a police official told Reuters news agency…

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Obama’s Cap and Trade Carbon Emissions Bill – A Stealth Scheme to License Pollution and Fraud
Stephen Lendman
On May 15, HR 2454: American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 (ACESA) was introduced in the House purportedly “To create clean energy jobs, achieve energy independence, reduce global warming pollution and transition to a clean energy economy.” In fact, it’s to let corporate polluters reap huge windfall profits by charging consumers more for energy and fuel as well as create a new bubble through carbon trading derivatives speculation. It does nothing to address environmental issues, yet on June 26 the House narrowly passed (229 – 212) and sent it to the Senate to be debated and voted on. More on that below…

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