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URUK Net 12 July, 2009

Last updated: Tuesday, July 14, 2009 8:03

Squeeze Play: Israel Keeps Gaza on Near-Starvation Diet
Chris Floyd
As we noted a few days ago, Israel’s creation of a “Warsaw Ghetto” in Gaza continues apace, using control of the food supply as a primary weapon against the civilian population. Haaretz takes up the case again in a new story: Every time Gazans sit down for a meal, they face a depressing reality. The selection of foods available to them is dictated almost entirely by a harsh policy imposed by the Israeli government, which, as of late, has even refused to allow such innocuous-seeming foods as pumpkins, pasta or beans to cross the border…

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Afghans turn to Taliban in fear of own police
By Peter Graff, Reuters
…U.S. and British troops have launched a campaign to seize control of Helmand province, about half of which was in Taliban hands, and restore Afghan government institutions. But as they advance, they are learning uncomfortable facts about their local allies: villagers say the government’s police force was so brutal and corrupt that they welcomed the Taliban as liberators. “The police would stop people driving on motorcycles, beat them and take their money,” said Mohammad Gul, an elder in the village of Pankela, which British troops have been securing for the past three days after flying in by helicopter. He pointed to two compounds of neighbors where pre-teen children had been abducted by police to be used for the local practice of “bachabazi,” or sex with pre-pubescent boys. “If the boys were out in the fields, the police would come and rape them,” he said. “You can go to any police base and you will see these boys. They hold them until they are finished with them and then let the child go.”… When the Taliban arrived in the village 10 months ago and drove the police out, local people rejoiced, said Mohammad Rasul, a toothless elderly farmer who keeps a few cows and chickens in a neatly tended orchard of pomegranate trees, figs and grape vines…”We were happy (after the Taliban arrived). The Taliban never bothered us,” he said…

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Prisons within prisons within prisons within prisons within prisons
Marcy Newman, body on the line
…the Defence of Children International advocates on behalf of the children who are arrested and tortured every month by zionist terrorist forces […] DCI’s most recent urgent action is for Wa’ad Arafat Mustafa al-Hidmy and below is information about how you can take more action on his behalf. He is but one child prisoner, but his situation is indicative of the hundreds of Palestinian children languishing in Zionist terrorist colonist prisons […] there are prisons within prisons within prisons in palestine because of the Zionist terrorist colonists occupying Palestinian land. And for those occupying Palestine even a five-month-old baby is a threat who cannot be released from the prison that is Gaza as was the case last week: Israeli forces at the Erez crossing stopped a 5-month old baby from crossing into Israel. His mother and five-year old sister both had a permission to leave the Strip, so the 5-year old girl could receive medical treatment in Israel…

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The Gaza diet (and the Congo diet and the Zimbabwe diet)
Philip Weiss
Haaretz had this insightful piece today which describes how the Palestinian “diet” came about: Several months ago, ministry officials approached the United Nations to consult with them about their dietary plan for the Gaza Strip. The UN officials – as one might guess – politely told them to go to hell, refusing to have anything to do with such a policy. The Israelis then turned to a Health Ministry dietician, whose advice might have led to the present policy according to which, as Israeli officials have stated, “the minimal requirements for the sustenance of Gaza Strip residents are being observed without inflicting a humanitarian disaster.” But this diet is neither a new mechanism to subjugate the Palestinian population nor is it retaliation for the capture of that Israeli soldier—whose name shall go unmentioned in the same way that the 11,000 Palestinian detainees are unmentioned. The Israelis simply took an already horrifying situation and made it worse. A report published in 2003 documented Palestinian malnutrition rates in Gaza as equal to those in the Congo and Zimbabwe..

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13 doctors demand inquest into Dr David Kelly’s death
By Glen Owen and Miles Goslett
The death of Government scientist David Kelly returned to haunt Labour today as a group of doctors announced that they were mounting a legal challenge to overturn the finding of suicide. Dr Kelly’s body was found six years ago this week in woods close to his Oxfordshire home, shortly after he was exposed as the source of a BBC news report questioning the grounds for war in Iraq. Unusually, no coroner’s inquest was held into his death…

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After Withholding Information, Iranian Authorities say Youth Demonstrator Died of Gunshot Wounds
International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran
Iranian authorities have informed the family of Sohrab Aarabi, 19, that he died of gunshot wounds to his heart, 26 days after he disappeared during a demonstration on 15 June, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran reported today. Aarabi’s mother, Parvin Fahimi, a member of the Mothers for Peace organization, made numerous attempts to obtain information about his situation, taking his photograph to prisons, courts and other addresses. Finally, on 11 July, after the protests commemorating the “18 Tir” student demonstrations in 1999, the family was summoned by the Revolutionary Court and referred to the Investigatory Bureau (Agahi), and asked to identify Sohrab from among several photographs of corpses. According to family members interviewed by the Campaign, his body had arrived at the coroner’s office on 19 June, five days after his disappearance. Sohrab Aarabi was due to begin his university studies this year.

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It’s Still a Military Coup in Honduras
AL GIORDANO
…In other words, if the military sets the terms for a puppet “civilian government” (i.e. you can “govern” but not from the left, no matter what the voters say, that would be “impossible”), then it is still military rule no matter how you slice it: that of unelected generals and colonels determining their very narrow and authoritarian limits of “government.” Democracy is impossible under those circumstances. As a club, the US and European correspondents in Latin America have very short memories. The fact is that virtually every military coup of the past 55 years in this hemisphere has offered the pretense of supposed illegality by the democratically elected government it deposed as its excuse for the coup. As I pointed out the other day, the Oligarch Diaspora still claims that the 1973 coup in Chile – the most notorious and widely disgraced of them all – was somehow “legal,” justified by a Congress that accused President Salvador Allende of violating the law. This is how military coups have always been set up, and most, just like in Honduras, have established after-the-fact civilian paint jobs over their illegitimate regimes…

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Bat Ayin settlers set fire to Palestinian farmland
Ma’an News
Israelis from the illegal West Bank settlement of Bat Ayin, which is built on the land of the Palestinian town of Beit Ummar, set fire to large areas of olive, almond, and grape fields on Sunday. The mayor of Beit Ummar, Nasri Al-Masri, along with Mousa Sleibi, advisor to the Palestinian governor of the Hebron district, and the director of Ministry of Agriculture’s office in Hebron, Iyad Za’aqiq visited the burned areas…

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AFGHANISTAN ~~ DOUBLE STANDARDS
Desertpeace
FLASHBACK… Remember 1979? Remember the invasion of Afghanistan by the Soviet Union? Remember the outcry and crocodile tears in support of the people of that country? FLASHBACK #2… Remember 2001? Remember the invasion of Afghanistan by the United States? Where was the outcry and crocodile tears in support of that nation then? There weren’t any… because the crimes committed by US troops were hidden… covered up…… LIED ABOUT! …

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The story of Baha Mousa
Robert Fisk
I first heard about Baha Mousa from his family. He was working as a hotel receptionist in Basra when British troops surrounded the building and arrested seven men. They were taken to a British barracks, hooded and beaten. Two days later, as his weeping father recalled for me, Mousa was dead. His family was given $3,000 in compensation and rejected a further $5,000. What they wanted was justice. His father had been appointed a police officer by the British authorities themselves. He was wearing two pistols on his hips. He was “our man”, and we killed his son. The outrageous death of his 26-year-old son, arrested in front of his own father, remains one of the most shameful episodes of our occupation of southern Iraq. As they beat the seven men, the British soldiers gave them the names of footballers. I guess it is always easy to demean those who you are going to brutalise…

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Rezqa: The European openness to Hamas is a result of Gaza steadfastness
Palestinian Information Center
Dr. Yousuf Rezqa, the political advisor to Palestinian premier Ismail Haneyya, stated Sunday that the European openness to the Movement of Hamas and the government is a natural product of the Gaza people’s steadfastness in the face of the Israeli aggression and blockade. In a press interview published by the Palestinian information center (PIC) and Al-Rai newspaper, Dr. Rezqa stressed that the government in Gaza has no fears of this European openness because it always seeks the interests of all Palestinian people…

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Bombs kill 4 U.S. soldiers in south Afghanistan
By Paul Tait, Reuters
Four U.S. soldiers were killed by roadside bombs in southern Afghanistan on Saturday, the U.S. military said on Sunday, the latest casualties in an escalation of insurgent violence. A fifth soldier serving with NATO-led forces in the south died on Friday from wounds received in June, the alliance said in a statement… The loss of the four Americans was one of the biggest casualty tolls since the Marines launched their assault, Operation Strike of the Sword, on July ..

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Bloody Weekend Includes 2 Iraqis Killed by GIs
CNN
Two civilian drivers in northern Iraq were killed in incidents involving U.S. troops, one in an “escalation of force” shooting and the other in a head-on collision, the military said Saturday. The shooting occurred Friday between Tikrit and Balad when a military convoy “stopped on a rural road after one of its vehicles broke down.”..

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To know what Bibi really thinks, listen to his father
Tony Karon
When a top sportsman wants to express opinions that might get him into trouble with his employers, his father often pops up in the media to reveal what his son is really thinking. In the same way, while Benjamin Netanyahu would risk incurring Washington’s wrath if he were to admit the cynicism behind his apparent embrace of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, his father has no such qualms. On Israeli TV last week, the 100-year-old historian and stalwart of the Israeli right, Ben-Zion Netanyahu, was blunt when asked whether his son now supports the creation of a Palestinian state: “He does not support it. He supports such conditions that they [the Palestinians] will never accept it. That’s what I heard from him. I didn’t propose these conditions, he did. They will never accept these conditions. Not one of them.”…

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Radio review: Gay Life After Saddam
Elisabeth Mahoney on 5 Live’s grim examination of homophobia in post-liberation Iraq
Elisabeth Mahoney
What terrific reporting from Aasmah Mir in Gay Life After Saddam (BBC Radio 5 Live). It looked at the grim reality for gay, lesbian and transgender people living in Iraq, and the reasons for this savage new persecution. In a “liberated” country, this group finds itself yearning for the former regime. “We used to go every Thursday by the Tigris,” said one man, his voice suffused with longing, “and we’d drink and swim. It was very relaxing.” Nobody in the programme sounded relaxed: Mir spoke to those in exile, in hiding, people who had been tortured or issued with death threats for helping others escape. Their stories ranged from sad to gruesome. We heard one Iraqi man tell how his boyfriend was abducted and murdered…

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Viva Palestina Convoy update July 12, 2009
Kevin Ovenden, Viva Palestina coordinator
The 100 Viva Palestina humanitarian volunteers have decided to stay the night in their buses at the Mubarak Peace Bridge over the Suez Canal despite pressure from the Egyptian security officials to return to Cairo. The official reason given at the checkpoint for refusing to allow them to cross is that the officials there did not have a list of the names of the members of the convoy. Such a list was, however, at the request of the Egyptian authorities before any of the convoy members set foot in Egypt sent to the Egyptian ambassadors to Washington, D.C., and London…

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Some Analysis on Iran
Reza Fiyouzat, Revolutionary Flowerpot Society
Below, please find three articles that provide some decent analysis on Iran, at the same time that they critique some of the idiotic, sicko American ‘leftists’ who have lined up behind the most retrograde/reactionary forces within the Iranian theocracy, and who are doing so shamelessly, under the excuse of buying into the mullahs’ ‘anti-imperialism’. Even if we stay kindly polite and take this as an oversight on their part and believe that they completely (if moronically) believe in whatever comes out of Ahmadinejad’s mouth, they consistently (and it is instructive to see what things are systematically overlooked) forget to ever take into account all the collaboration this regime has provided the imperialists: e.g., the mullahs’ stabbing in the back of the Nicaraguan revolution in the 1980's when they collaborated with the Reagan Administration; and, more recently in the 21st century, their collaboration with the Americans in the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq…

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Behind Detainee Release, a U.S.-Iraqi Conflict on Iran
Analysis by Gareth Porter*
The release Friday of five Iranians held by the U.S. military in Iraq for two and a half years highlights the long-simmering conflict between the U.S. and Iraqi views of Iranian policy in Iraq and of the role of its Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) there. For the Barack Obama administration, as for the George W. Bush administration before it, the Iranian detainees had become symbols of what Washington steadfastly insisted was an Iranian effort to use the IRGC to destabilise the Iraqi regime. But high-ranking Shi’a and Kurdish officials of the government of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki had never shared the U.S. view of the IRGC or of the Iranian role. They have acted on the premise that Iran is interested in ensuring that a friendly Shiite regime would remain in power…

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PCHR Denied Access to Clients Detained in ISS Prisons in Gaza
PCHR – Palestinian Centre for Human Rights
The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) has been denied access to clients detained by the Internal Security Service (ISS) of the Government in Gaza. PCHR affirm that such measures violate Palestinian law and relevant international standards, including the detainees’ right to have access to legal counsel. PCHR is further concerned that access restrictions may be motivated by the desire to hide illegal practices against detainees, including torture and other forms of cruel treatment. Since the beginning of 2009, PCHR has received at least 200 complaints related to detentions by the ISS, and PCHR has been granted power of attorney from detainees’ families…

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Four killed in attacks on Iraq churches
AFP
At least four people were killed on Sunday and 32 were wounded in a wave of bomb attacks targeting churches in Baghdad, a security official said. The four dead, all Christians, died when a car bomb exploded near the Notre Dame church in Palestine Street in the east of the capital at around 7:00 pm (1600 GMT), the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity. The blast targeting the Chaldean house of worship also wounded 21 people, 15 of them Christians…

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Comrade Ghassan Kanafani: The leader, the writer, the martyr
Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine -PFLP
Comrade Ghassan Kanafani was born in Acre in 1936, and his family was expelled from Palestine in 1948 by Zionist terror, after which they finally settled in Damascus. After completing his studies, he worked as a teacher and journalist, first in Damascus, and then in Kuwait. Later he moved to Beirut and wrote for several papers before starting Al Hadaf, the weekly paper of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), in 1969. He was the spokesperson of the PFLP and a member of its Political Bureau, as well as a great novelist and artist whose immense contributions cannot be overstated…

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