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URUK Net 27 July, 2009

Last updated: Wednesday, July 29, 2009 10:19

A One Minute Visit to the Purgatory…
Layla Anwar, An Arab Woman Blues
…Another article, first of its kind tells of how your brave boys tortured members of the previous regime. The case of Hussam Mohammed Amin – Former Iraqi weapon monitor. If they did what they did to a Weapon monitor who fully collaborated in the course of the interrogations, and when it was clear to all that there were no WMD’s in Iraq, can you imagine what they must have done to President Saddam Hussein ?! The President of a sovereign nation! In Amin’s words – “Inside the prison (named the Purgatory) I saw injured colleagues…who were barbarically tortured…” “Purgatory was official policy, not the result of a few undisciplined soldiers, and in that regard it was most disturbing…said Rod Barton, an Australian bioweapons expert who was one of the senior advisors to the CIA…” ..

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One of the “Iraqi disappeared” reappears, telling of his captivity – and torture
Left I on the News
Long-time readers of the site will remember many posts about Iraqi Gen. Amer al-Saadi, the truth-teller to Colin Powell’s lies who surrendered voluntarily to the U.S. in 2003 and, as far as I can determine, is still imprisoned somewhere in Iraq, never charged, never tried. It turns out Gen. al-Saadi had a co-worker, Major General Hussam Mohammed Amin, who was also responsible for informing the world about the state of Iraq’s non-existent WMDs. Michael Bronner at Huffington Post has now written the tale of Amin, who surrendered to the Amerians shortly after al-Saadi, prompted by the same misguided faith that, once the U.S. and the world realized that he and al-Saadi had been telling the truth all along, they would be set free and treated as the honest men that they are. No such luck. For his pains, Amin was brutally tortured, repeatedly beaten, starved (losing 50 pounds), and more…

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Taliban issues new code of conduct
Aljazeera.net
The Taliban in Afghanistan has issued a book laying down a code of conduct for its fighters. Al Jazeera has obtained a copy of the book, which further indicates that Mullah Omar, the movement’s leader, wants to centralise its operations. The book, with 13 chapters and 67 articles, lays out what one of the most secretive organisations in the world today, can and cannot do. It talks of limiting suicide attacks, avoiding civilian casualties and winning the battle for the hearts and minds of the local civilian population…

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Key quotes from new Taliban book
Aljazeera.net
Al Jazeera has obtained a copy of the Taliban’s new military code of conduct, approved by Mullah Omar, its Afghan leader…”Governors, district chiefs and line commanders and every member of the Mujahideen must do their best to avoid civilian deaths, civilian injuries and damage to civilian property. Great care must be taken.”… “The Mujahideen have to behave well and show proper treatment to the nation, in order to bring the hearts of civilian muslims closer to them. The mujahideen must avoid discrimination based on tribal roots, language or their geographic background.”..

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Soldiers in Colorado slayings tell of Iraq horrors
AP
– Soldiers from an Army unit that had 10 infantrymen accused of murder, attempted murder or manslaughter after returning to civilian life described a breakdown in discipline during their Iraq deployment in which troops murdered civilians, a newspaper reported Sunday…The Gazette based its report on months of interviews with soldiers and their families, medical and military records, court documents and photographs. Several soldiers said unit discipline deteriorated while in Iraq..

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On the Right of Resistance
Ramzi Kysia
We live in an era defined by its brutality. Our challenge is whether to accept this – or to take the risks necessary to transform our world commons in beloved community. A year ago this August, forty-four ordinary people from seventeen different countries sailed to Gaza in two, small wooden boats. We did what the world would not do – we broke through the siege of Gaza. Over the last year the Free Gaza Movement has organized seven more voyages, successfully arriving to Gaza on five separate occasions. Ours remain the only international ships to reach the Gaza Strip in over forty-two years…

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Cranks, Kleptocrats and Killers: The “Good War” on the Ground
Chris Floyd
While dozens of innocent people continue to die each week in the political and sectarian violence unleashed in Iraq by America’s invasion and continuing occupation, the main attention of the bipartisan Terror Warriors in Washington – and their sycophantic outriders in the corporate media – continues to be what they call, in the imperial jargonizing that lumps the vast complexities of myriad human communities into reductive, thought-killing soundbites, the “Af-Pak” front.This, as we all know, is the “good war,” the one that most “serious” progressives touted for years as the healthy alternative to the “bad war” that George W. Bush got us into in Iraq, where his “incompetence” and “failures” tarnished the exalted ideal of “humanitarian intervention.” (Known in the trade by the acronym “KTC-STC” – “Kill the Children to Save the Children.”) . If only we could get out the quagmire in Iraq, cried the serious progs, and do the Terror War “right” in Afghanistan! Well, their wish has come true (except of course for the 130,000 American troops and equal number of mercenaries still prowling around in Iraq; but that’s OK, because Obama is in charge now, and what ser-progs once vehemently denounced as a blatant, bloody war crime can now be described, in the immortal words of the president himself, as “an extraordinary achievement”)…

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Six Palestinians killed in tunnel fire
Saed Bannoura
Palestinian medical sources in the Gaza Strip reported on Monday afternoon that six Palestinians were killed when a tunnel collapsed on them after it caught fire due to fuel leakage. The leaking fuel, apparently being smuggled into Gaza, caught fire when some of it accidentally leaked causing an electric circuit after running over electric wires used to light the tunnels. The accident took place on Saturday; the body of Sami Qishta, 31, was found and five other Palestinians were moved to local hospital after suffocating due to smoke and gas inhalation…

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Israel and Nazi Germany, Tweedldee and Tweedldum
Khalid Amayreh
Avigdor Lieberman, the brashly-racist foreign minister of the apartheid Israeli state, reportedly recently ordered Zionist embassies around the world to circulate a 1941 photo showing the former Mufti of Jerusalem Hajj Amin Husseini meeting with German Nazi leader Adolf Hitler. Lieberman hopes that the picture would help counter growing international pressure on the Zionist regime to stop ethnic-cleansing measures against the Palestinians, especially in occupied Jerusalem . The release of the picture is widely viewed as a desperate feat by the widely-reviled Lieberman to make a difference as a foreign minister. Lieberman has been largely boycotted by the international community, mainly due to his radical and expressly racist views…

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Iran intelligence minister sacked
Aljazeera.net
The Iranian president has sacked his intelligence minister in a dispute over the appointment of the nation’s first vice-president. In another humilitating blow to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad even before his new government takes office, Mohammad-Hossein Saffar-Harandi, the culture minister, quit on Sunday. “Unfortunately due to the recent events which shows the esteemed government’s weakness, I will no longer consider myself the minister of culture and will not show up at the ministry as of tomorrow,” Saffar-Harandi said in his resignation letter…

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Israeli Government Atttempts to Stop Foreign Funding of Breaking The Silence
The Alternative Information Center (AIC)
In reaction to a recent report by Breaking the Silence, containing testimonies of Israeli soldiers, discussing possible Israeli military violations of international law during the Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip earlier this year, it was reported that the Israeli ambassador to the Netherlands met with the director general of the Dutch Foreign Ministry, demanding that the Dutch government reevaluate its funding of the organization. However, according to the Dutch newspaper, de Volkskrant, “The Ministry of Foreign Affairs denies that Israel has complained. There is therefore no reason for public subsidy to stop.” This fits into the human rights policy, a priority of Minister Verhagen…

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Reviewing F. William Engdahl’s “Full Spectrum Dominance: Totalitarian Democracy in the New World Order:” Part II
Stephen Lendman
For over 30 years, F. William Engdahl has been a leading researcher, economist, and analyst of the New World Order with extensive writing to his credit on energy, politics, and economics. His newest book is titled “Full Strectrum Dominance: Totalitarian Democracy in the New World Order.” Part I was reviewed earlier. Part II continues the story of America’s quest for global dominance and why its own internal rot may defeat it…

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HAMAS Calls for Channels of Communication
Irish4Palestine
The Hamas Government Website is reporting that the Government is willing to communicate with any country in the world and hope the British will open channels of communication so as to work towards a resolution for the Palestinian people. IMHO I think very soon we will see this take place. You cannot have a working peace process that encompasses dialogue until Hamas is involved…

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ARABS BUILDING SETTLEMENTS ON ISRAELI SOIL
Desertpeace
‘Jews protest Arab construction in Israel’ . I had to read and reread that headline a dozen times before I realised that it was not Jews building on Palestinian land. But when you read the article and see which Jews are doing the protesting, you can understand the irony of it all…”They are taking over the land of Israel without permission, building on hilltops as you can see here to the right and to the left,” said Baruch Marzel, who is associated with the banned Kach movement. It should be noted that the ‘Jews’ involved in this protest live on illegal settlements built on Palestinian land. Just who is this Baruch Marzel? …

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Homeward Bound: Gaza in 24 hours
Mona El-Farra
…The same day of my arrival home, July 9th 2009, I could see from my balcony the rubble of what had been at one time Arafat’s headquarters, The whole building was completely demolished , leveled to the ground, blowing out the windows on one side of my apartment building. It is the same place where one my cousins was killed in the first day of the attack assault against Gaza last December -January. I now see a different Gaza, and it is not the Gaza I have known, it is like a city after an earthquake. Many of the historically important buildings were leveled to the ground. I decided to postpone my field visits to the different areas where the assaults were the most savage and brutal…

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GI Special 7G20: What A Shocking Surprise! [ 27 July 2009 ]
Thomas F. Barton
Guerrillas Are Surprisingly Proficient At Tactics The Marines Themselves Learned In Infantry School. One Force Will Put Enough Fire Down So You Have To Keep Your Heads Down, Then Another Force Will Maneuver Around To Your Side To Try To Kill You. “That’s The Same Thing We Do”. “They’d Flank Us, And We’d Flank Them, Just Like A Chess Match,” Said Sgt. Jason Lynd: “They Pressed The Fight, Laying Complex Ambushes And Then Cutting Off Marines As They Made Their Way Back To Base”. What the Taliban lack in munitions they make up for in tactics, even practicing “information operations” and disinformation, Marines say. Knowing the Marines listen to their two-way communications, they say, the Taliban describe phony locations of ambushes and bombs. “They’re not stupid,” said Lance Cpl. Frank Hegel. “You can tell they catch on to things, and they don’t make the same mistake twice.”.

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Maliki says arrest of US troop was mistake
AFP
Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said an Iraqi officer who ordered the detention of US soldiers last week after they killed three Iraqis had acted “out of line.” The prime minister told The Washington Post in an interview the officer “did not understand the agreement” governing US military activities since US troops withdrew from Iraqi cities last month. He added that the accord “clearly states that American forces have the right to defend themselves, and that’s what they did.” Four Iraqis, including two children, were also wounded in the incident..

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The Honduran Coup and the Clinton Connection
A pro-coup faction in the Obama administration
Justin Raimondo
…There are plenty of indications that this is indeed what occurred, including talk of “negotiations” between the coup plotters and the State Department that failed to avert the “crisis.” So while the administration of U.S. President Barack Obama has officially taken the position that the coup is illegitimate and President Manuel “Mel” Zelaya must be restored to office, there are hints that the U.S. is playing both sides of the fence – and even tilting toward the coup leaders. When Zelaya announced that he would cross the border between Honduras and Nicaragua on foot and called on his supporters to gather, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton denounced him as “reckless.” Which led Zelaya to ask, in effect, which side is she on?…

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Msajedna Al-Da’wiya warns of Israeli intents to demolish Aqsa
Palestinian Information Center
Msajedna Al-Da’wiya net (Our mosques for Da’wa) expressed fears of the demolition of Aqsa Mosque especially since Israel is supported globally and regionally. The net warned that the Zionist danger towards the Aqsa Mosque and occupied Jerusalem is getting bigger and broader everyday especially in light of the Arab and Muslim nations’ passivity towards the Zionist threats against the holy city and Mosque in Palestine.

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Press Release: Decision to Impose Traditional Robes and Veils on Female Lawyers in Gaza Is Illegal
PCHR – Palestinian Centre for Human Rights
Chief Justice of the High Court of Justice, Head of the Higher Justice Council in Gaza gas issued a new decision concerning the clothing of lawyers. PCHR believes that this decision constitutes a violation of the law and an unjustified intervention into lawyers’ affairs. It also undermines personal freedoms and women’s rights through forcing female lawyers to wear traditional robes known as “Jilbab” and veils (Hijabs). The decision was issued on 9 July 2008 by Counselor ‘Abdul Ra’ouf al-Halabi, Chief Justice of the Higher Court of Justice and Head of the Higher Justice Council, and it will enter into force on 1 September 2009. The decision orders male lawyers to wear a special uniform when appearing before courts, which includes: A vesture of black cloth known as the robe; a dark tuxedo; a while shirt; and a black necktie. According to the decision, female lawyers have to wear black cloth known as the robe; a dark suit (Jilbab, tuxedo or coat); and a scarf covering the hair…

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The German offensive in Afghanistan
Ulrich Rippert
The German army has dramatically intensified its intervention in Afghanistan in the past few days. In the course of a major offensive in northern Afghanistan, it has deployed heavy weaponry including Marder armed personnel carriers and Mörser mortar artillery. For the first time since Hitler’s troops laid waste to large parts of Europe, the German army is again conducting major military operations against “rebellious elements.” According to press reports, the 21-cm Mörser 18 was one of the main weapons used by Hitler’s Wehrmacht on all of the fronts of the Second World War. Now, the same weapon in its modern form is being used once again to rain down destruction upon the enemy…

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