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URUK Net 29 July, 2009

Last updated: Friday, July 31, 2009 8:31

Child Rapist Police Return Behind US, UK Troops
Gareth Porter
The strategy of the major U.S. and British military offensive in Afghanistan’s Helmand province aimed at wresting it from the Taliban is based on bringing back Afghan army and police to maintain permanent control of the population, so the foreign forces can move on to another insurgent stronghold. But that strategy poses an acute problem: The police in the province, who are linked to the local warlord, have committed systematic abuses against the population, including the abduction and rape of pre-teen boys, according to village elders who met with British officers. Anger over those police abuses runs so high that the elders in Babaji just north of Laskgar Gah warned the British that they would support the Taliban to get rid of them if the national police were allowed to return to the area, according to a Jul. 12 report by Reuters correspondent Peter Graff…

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A Horrific Report from Camp Kahrizak
Reza Fiyouzat, Revolutionary Flowerpot Society
This is a translation of the report by a survivor from Camp Kahrizak, or the Death Camp, as it has come to be known in Iran. It must be said that similar reports abound in Farsi language websites and weblogs. Kahrizak has been ordered closed by Khamenei, no doubt due to the word spreading fast regarding the extreme and sadistic barbarity of the regime’s thugs at this prison camp. We call on all freedom-loving people to spread the word…

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Obama Administration Cooks Up New Legal Argument for Detaining Guantanamo Prisoner
Jason Leopold
Faced with impending defeat in a US District Court habeas corpus case, the Obama administration devised a new strategy for continuing the detention of Mohammed Jawad, an Afghani who may have been as young as 12 in 2002 when he allegedly wounded two US soldiers with a grenade. Justice Department lawyers announced Friday that they would transform Jawad’s indefinite detention as an enemy combatant at Guantanamo Bay into a criminal case, thus negating the habeas corpus hearing in Washington, DC, where Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle had accused the government of “dragging [the case] out for no good reason.”…

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PRESIDENT OBAMA IS BUSH REINCARNATED
By Ibrahim Ebeid
Since President Carter placed Iraq on the Terrorist list in 1978 hostilities and conspiracies continued against Iraq and all the presidents that followed continued the same path which was crowned by the destruction of the oldest civilization of the world by Bush the Father, Bill Clinton and Bush the son. President Obama is continuing the destruction of Iraq in a slicker manner. He claims that he wants to end the war, in reality he continues to support the war and the agents that came from Iran with the invading forces. The destruction of lives and property continues…

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Iraq as “Actor and Stakeholder”
Dahr Jamail, t r u t h o u t
“If the Iraqi forces require further training and further support, we shall examine this then at that time, based on the needs of Iraq,” Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki recently informed President Barak Obama in Washington. While Iraqi and US government officials continue to insist the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq is currently on schedule, only a few thousand US troops have left Iraq since Obama took office, and few, if any, are expected to be withdrawn through the beginning of 2010. From his recent statement, Maliki appears to be willing to accept a long-term stay…

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Interview with Sheikh Prof. Dr. Nasser al Omar
Association of Muslim Scholars in Iraq (AMSI/HEYET)
…I think that Iran is most beneficiary of the U.S. occupation of Iraq. As we know, Iraq has traditionally been against Iran, and preventing him from the expansion in the Arab region, and it is no less a witness to that of the first Gulf War between Iraq and Iran which lasted for more than eight years. The American occupation came to Iraq and gave the country as the gift on a gold platter to Iran, and Iraq has become permissible for the fever of the Iranian presence in all its forms and manifestations: from the military presence, in the form of militias which re-assures its loyalty to Iran, intelligence presence, and flow through the popular open immigration and control over business. Even the case reached at as we have heard that the governmental and business dealings in the city of Basra in southern Iraq were conducted in Farsi! …

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US Blackwater Nightmare for Peshawaris
By Aamir Latif, IOL Correspondent
Already shaken by a spate of unrest in their homeland, people in Peshawar now have another source of fear on their city’s streets, the notorious US security firm Blackwater. “We are deeply scared by their presence and movement as they have posed a serious threat to our lives and properties,” Ahmed Yar Khan, a local businessman, told IslamOnline.net…

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Desperate times, desperate measures: Palestinian children collect junk to fight off family poverty
Ameen Abu Wardah
This summer, the streets of Nablus and Jerusalem are lined with Palestinian children desperate to help their destitute families. The children are collecting empty bottles and discarded hardware on the side of the road, re-selling it in order to make a little money. But the economic implications of this work are grim, according to some experts, who say that it exploits child labor and increases unemployment for adults who desperately need work…

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The Old Bibi Is Back
Analysis by Jerrold Kessel and Pierre Klochendler
“Reckless”, “cavalier”, “unscrupulous”, “petty politician, not statesman”…these and such epithets applied to Benjamin Netanyahu by friends and foes alike – not that he ended up with many friends – when he was first Israel’s Prime Minister back in the late 1990s. Re-elected in February, Netanyahu seemed aware of the question on everyone’s lips – foes and new-found friends alike: Will Bibi the Second be different from Bibi the First? For the first hundred days in office the answer was still in the balance, although most Israelis, and even U.S. citizens, were prepared to give him the benefit of the doubt that he had changed, that Benjamin Netanyahu was no longer Bibi. Now, there’s little doubt: Bibi’s back…

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Arrests of Sunni Leaders Rise in Baghdad
By ROD NORDLAND
…in little more than a week, the Iraqi Army’s 42nd Brigade has arrested seven Awakening leaders in Adhamiya, a neighborhood in north Baghdad. The second in command, Riyadh Abdul Hadi, was arrested on July 21, along with four of his followers, and last Sunday, the group’s security chief, Ghassan Muttar, and a local neighborhood leader, Abdul Khadir, were also arrested, three Awakening leaders in Adhamiya said. The Iraqi government, which has been deeply suspicious of the Awakening movement for arming former insurgents, made no announcement of the Adhamiya arrests. They may well be another telltale sign of the dwindling influence the United States has over the Iraqi government now that American troops no longer dominate Baghdad…

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US-Israel Relations: New Horizons or Same Matrix of Control?
By Iqbal Jassat
The current standoff between US President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over the issue of ‘settlements’ has raised the prospect of defining a new chapter in US/Israel relations. Media reports suggest that since Obama’s administration took office a new sense of optimism prevails regarding a “peace deal” between the Zionist state and the Occupied Palestinians. Yet, many skeptics have justifiably raised the question about whether America’s first black president is the harbinger of real relief for Palestinian quest for freedom or merely an excuse for a new false dawn…

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Latin America in Israel’s Crosshairs
By Jamal Juma’
Does South American politics move forward in constructing a new continental and global order based on democracy, human rights and mutual solidarity or will it fall pray to Israeli strategies that undermine the emancipation of Latin America and the Global South? The Israeli minister of foreign affairs, Avigdor Lieberman, has wrapped up a 10-day tour through South America, the first of its kind for over two decades. His trip was aimed at launching a new direction for Israeli foreign policy, which is to turn more and more to the subcontinent. The people of Brazil and Argentina have met him with loud street protest, denouncing him as an emblem of Israeli racism, fascism and colonialism…

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Afghanistan: Two Tornados crash in flames
Tom Newton Dunn, The Sun
RAF Top Guns have crashed two Tornado jets in TWO DAYS in a disastrous start to a new Afghanistan mission. The pilot and navigator of one aircraft ejected at ground level when they were forced to abort their take-off. They were lucky to escape with cuts and bruises as the 25-year-old Tornado GR4 – laden with bombs and fuel – crashed in a fireball at the end of the Kandahar runway. The other crew ran for their lives after landing as a brake fault started a fire in their £13million GR4…

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Iran to begin first trials of protesters
By LEE KEATH, Associated Press Writer
Iran’s leadership faced sharp criticism Wednesday from top clerics and even conservative supporters over prison abuses, including detainee deaths and the brutal beatings of protesters arrested in the post-election crackdown. In a move likely to anger the opposition, officials announced the first trials will begin Saturday, with the prosecution of around 20 protesters. They include some accused of sending images of the unrest to the media. Top pro-reform politicians will be tried later for allegedly ordering riots, officials said. The opposition has said detainees were tortured to extract false confessions for the courts…

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A Few Questions
Pedestrian
Kahrizak Detention Facility has now been closed or is going to be closed for “not meeting standards”. Thanks. But just a few questions: 1. What does “nonstandard” mean? What’s been going on in there? 2. Who was running this place? 3. What will happen to him (or them)? What sort of treatment are they going to get? 4. Who’s going to give back the lost rights of those who were locked in there? 5. Why now? Hasn’t anyone known of that place until now? 6. Is Kahrizak the only “nonstandard” place?…

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Iraqi Displaced Return to Nothing
By Afif Sarhan, IOL Correspondent
For three long years, Mohammad Zoba impatiently awaited his return to his home in Fallujah city to pick up the shattered pieces of his life and start over.”We have returned two weeks ago and have found our home totally destroyed, with only few walls standing,” he told IslamOnline.net. “We were forced to camp inside our home, with open ceilings and no electricity,” he added. “I found myself displaced inside my own home.” Zoba could not get back his job to provide for his family. “My old boss said he couldn’t give me my job back because someone else has already been hired.” Millions of Iraqis have been displaced internally since the 2003 US-led invasion of the country because of the war, violence and sectarian strife…

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Using the UN to undermine Palestinian rights
Hasan Abu Nimah, The Electronic Intifada
European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana surprised observers on 11 July when he called, during a speech in London, for the UN Security Council to recognize a Palestinian state by a certain date even if no agreement had been reached between Israelis and Palestinians. On its face, this proposal sounds dramatic. There must be some who still believe that a Security Council decision would result in real and drastic action. The reality, however, is that the Security Council is not the powerful executive organ it was created to be…

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Babylon’s Ancient Wonder, Lying in Ruins
History Not Served By U.S. Presence
Nada Bakri, WP
Maytham Hamzah cast his eyes toward the remains of King Nebuchadnezzar’s guest palace in Babylon, one of the world’s first great cities. He smiled, bitterly. “They destroyed the whole country,” Hamzah, the head of the Babylon museum, said of U.S. forces in Iraq. “So what are a few old bricks and mud walls in comparison?” …U.S. forces did turn it into Camp Alpha, a military base, shortly after the U.S.-led invasion in 2003. Their 18-month stay there caused “major damage” and represented a “grave encroachment on this internationally known archeological site,” a report released this month in Paris by the United Nations’ cultural agency, UNESCO, says.

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Human Rights in Palestine
Review of the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) Report
Stephen Lendman
Established in 1995, PCHR functions independently in Gaza and enjoys “Consultative Status” with the UN’s Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). It’s also an affiliate of the International Commission of Jurists-Geneva, the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) in Paris, the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network in Copenhagen, the Arab Organization for Human Rights in Cairo, and the International Legal Assistance Consortium (ILAC) in Stockholm. Palestinian lawyers and human rights activists established it to: — “protect human rights and promote the rule of law;” — create, develop and promote a democratic culture in Palestinian society; and — work for Palestinian self-determination and independence “in accordance with international law and UN resolutions.”…

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Change in the SOFA
By David Swanson
In November 2008, then President George W. Bush and then Puppet Nouri al-Maliki negotiated an unprecedented, unconstitutional treaty to “legalize” three more years of war in a manner not unlike the “legalization” of invasions, detentions, torture, and warrantless spying by secret decree of the Office of Legal Counsel in the U.S. Department of Justice. This treaty was public, but it was not called a treaty. Instead Bush presented it as a “Status of Forces Agreement” or SOFA, even though it went far beyond what any other SOFA had previously done. The U.S. Constitution requires that two-thirds of senators present consent to any treaty. A certain Senator Barack Obama favored upholding that requirement. Another senator by the name of Joe Biden introduced a bill (S. 3433) that, had it been brought to a vote and passed, would have cut off any money for U.S. operations in Iraq authorized only by an unconstitutional treaty…

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It’s NOT Anti-Semitism~It’s Our Right
Irish4Palestine
Israel is all a dither because people are angry and outraged at the litany of Zionist rip offs, cheats, liars, spies, money laundering, scam artists, paid for politicians and theft perpetuated around the globe at the hands of none other than “Zionists” working for Israel. And as totally predicted, they fall on the never ending “Pity Party” call of “Anti-Semitism”. I’m not going to list the massive succession of events, but let’s just list a few of the major ones for the mindset…

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Symbol for Sale: Obama Cashes Cronies’ Chips
Chris Floyd
The only difference, the only real change, that Barack Obama brings to the White House is the color of his skin. As I’ve said before, this racial factor does have symbolic significance (see below); but in substance, there is no real difference between Obama and any of the other run-of-the-mill greasy pole-climbers seeking temporary management of the imperial machinery, with all of the fleeting power — and lifelong perks — that comes with it…

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Re-imagining Palestine
Self determination, Ethical De-colonization and Equality[1]
By Omar Barghouti
With Yassir Arafat’s departure, the doubling of the population of Jewish-Israeli colonial settlers in the occupied Palestinian territory, the latest Israeli slow genocide in Gaza and the fast disintegration of the last vestiges of Israeli “democracy,” the two-state “solution” for the Palestinian-Israeli colonial conflict is finally dead. Good riddance! This was never a moral or practical solution to start with, as its main objective has always been to win official Palestinian legitimization of Israel’s colonial and apartheid existence on top of most of the area of historic Palestine. It is high time to move on to the most just, morally sound and sustainable solution: the secular, democratic unitary state…

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Dershowitz: Palestinians ‘Played A Significant Role In The Holocaust’
Matt Duss
Last week, responding to international criticism of Israeli plans to build new Jewish homes in an Arab neighborhood of Israeli-occupied East Jerusalem, Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman “ordered embassies abroad to use a photo of Adolf Hitler meeting a top Palestinian cleric.”…Doing his part to push the Israeli line, yesterday Alan Dershowitz took it even further. In his Jerusalem Post column — which, in a bit of unintentional irony, is called “Double Standard Watch” — Dershowitz questioned whether the Palestinian people, collectively, bore any responsibility for the Holocaust. “The truth,” wrote Dershowitz, “is that the Palestinian leadership, supported by the Palestinian masses, played a significant role in Hitler’s Holocaust.”..

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Video: Israeli soldiers’ revelations from Gaza
Alex Thomson, Channel 4
Israeli soldiers involved in the attacks on Gaza at the start of this year claim that they were ordered to fire, regardless of the risk to civilians. Alex Thomson reports. Israel banned journalists from its invasion of Gaza in December and January, making it hard to verify allegations of indiscriminate firing, the use of phosphorous bombs, and forcing Palestininas to be human shields…

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Honduran coup enters second month
By Bill Van Auken
With the coup in Honduras having entered its second month, there is growing evidence that the Obama administration in Washington—while formally condemning the action—is working behind the scenes to consolidate the changes wrought by the June 28 overthrow of President Manuel Zelaya and use them to advance US interests throughout the region. On Tuesday, the US State Department announced that it had revoked the diplomatic visas of four unnamed members of the coup regime led by Roberto Micheletti, a former Zelaya ally and fellow Liberal Party member who headed the Honduran congress before the coup…

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Iran Thanks Iraq For Raid On Iranian Exile Camp That Has Killed 7
CHELSEA J. CARTER, AP
An Iraqi raid on an Iranian opposition group’s camp north of Baghdad killed seven people, according to a police officer and members of the exile group. A standoff at the camp continued for a second day Wednesday. However, some Iraqi government officials denied any deaths in the operation at Camp Ashraf and the casualty reports could not immediately be independently verified…The Americans handed over responsibility for the camp to the Iraqis to comply with a security agreement that took effect on Jan. 1 but said they would maintain a force nearby to ensure humane treatment of the Iranians. Tensions rose as the Iraqi government stepped up efforts to get the group to leave the country in a friendly gesture to close ally Iran, which considers the exiles part of a terrorist group. Iran thanked the Iraqi government for the raid. “Yesterday, we heard of the Iraqi government raid on Camp Ashraf,” said parliament speaker Ali Larijani. “This is appreciated, that the Iraqi government decided to clean Iraq from the dirty presence of terrorists. However, it was a late move,” he said Wednesday during an open session of parliament broadcast live on state radio…

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Zahalka: Extending ban on reuniting Palestinian families unprecedented racism
Palestinian Information Center
Leader of the national democratic assembly in the Israeli parliament Jamal Zahalka has denounced the Israeli extension of the ban on reuniting Palestinian families till July 2010. Zahalka, in a statement on Tuesday, described the government of Benjamin Netanyahu as “shameless” that does not find anything wrong in seperating mothers from their sons or husbands from their wives then brag before the world of being “democratic”. Apparently the Israeli law does not consider Palestinians as human beings, he said, wondering, “Is there no limit for such racist insolence?”…

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Ahmadinejad warned to obey Iran leader
AFP
Iranian hardliners warned Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Wednesday to obey the country’s all-powerful supreme leader amid a political crisis that has weakened the standing of the re-elected president. “One should not hesitate in implementing the leader’s order,” hardline cleric and vocal Ahmadinejad critic Ahmad Khatami was quoted as saying by the Resalat newspaper. Ahmadinejad has come under fire even from within his hardline supporters over a number of political decisions since his June re-election which the reformist opposition has branded a fraud…

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Fox News Shows that Egypt Has Annexed Iraq!
Xomba
In a bit of breaking international news not foreseen by anyone, Egypt has apparently annexed Iraq, according to a map shown on Fox News. The Fair & Balanced network showed a map on screen, which shows an area labeled “Egypt” where Iraq had formerly been. The area traditionally known as Egypt is not labeled, so it’s not known if it is still called Egypt or, to avoid confusion, called something like West Egypt, Original Egypt, or The Other Egypt…

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EU Stepping Closer to Israel, Regardless
David Cronin interviews European Commissioner for External Relations BENITA FERRERO-WALDNER
David Cronin
Israel enjoys closer relations with the European Union than almost any other foreign country – and work on deepening ties with Israel continues, even as its oppression of the Palestinian people worsens. Israel was the first of the EU’s neighbours to take part in the bloc’s multi-billion euro programmes dedicated to scientific research and enterprise development, and has been intimately involved in the Galileo satellite navigation scheme…

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Unprecedented mass storming of the Aqsa Mosque
Palestinian Information Center
More than 200 Jewish fanatics on Wednesday morning stormed the holy Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem and offered Talmudic rituals on the anniversary of the so-called destruction of the temple. The Aqsa foundation for endowment and heritage said in a statement that the Jews spread in various areas of the holy compound and roamed its plazas while performing those rituals under the full protection of Israeli occupation police. The foundation addressed an urgent appeal to the Palestinians, Arabs and Muslims to immediately act to save the Aqsa Mosque from the judaization schemes…

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Video: Witness – Made in Palestine – Part 1
AljazeeraEnglish
The Keffiyeh is more than just a practical headdress and over recent decades it has come to symbolise the Palestinian struggle for self-determination. The documentary looks at the last keffiyeh maker in the West Bank who has finally fallen victim to a cocktail of competition from China, globalisation and Israeli occupation…

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Netanyahu: Jerusalem will never be divided or partitioned
Ma’an News
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu insisted on Thursday that all of Jerusalem will forever remain under Israeli control. Netanyahu made the comments during a speech marking the anniversary of the occupation of the eastern half of the Palestinian capital, according to Israeli news reports. “United Jerusalem is Israel’s capital. Jerusalem was always ours and will always be ours. It will never again be partitioned and divided,” Netanyahu said at the state ceremony…

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A Burnt Heart…
Layla Anwar, Uncensored Arabwomanblues
I love the Arabic language. It is most expressive and most rich. You don’t need to be a master in classical Arabic to realize that. Even colloquial Arabic would do. Mind you, classical Arabic language is so vast and rich, no one can actually claim and profess to be a master in or of it, except Allah. There are expressions even in colloquial Arabic that are so hard to translate into English. Like with some colloquial Iraqi. On some level it may sound very basic, almost rudimentary, but when you dig deeper, it holds all the wisdom of the world…

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Deaths in Iraq raid on Iranian camp
Aljaeera.net
A raid by Iraqi troops on a camp housing members of an exiled Iranian opposition group has left four people dead and more than 400 wounded. The Iraqi army had stormed Camp Ashraf to the north of Baghdad on Tuesday, but were forced to call in riot police to quell the violence when residents tried to resist. Iraq’s defence ministry said the offensive against the People’s Mujahedeen base was justified under a security agreement signed by Baghdad and Washington in November…

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