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URUK Net 30 July, 2009

Last updated: Saturday, August 1, 2009 10:03

The Disappearing Palestinian
Philip Giraldi
Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir once said that there were no Palestinians. All she had to do was look out the window to see an Arab or two, but her point was less factual than political in that she was denying that there had ever been any national identity for Palestinian Arabs, suggesting that arriving European Jews were doing little more than filling a political vacuum by returning to where their ancestors had in ancient times founded a state. It was a convenient national creation myth. Without a political consciousness and identity, a very Marxist concept, the Palestinians could not claim to recover something that, at least per Meir, they had never had. Meir’s view provided a suitable interpretation of recent history for the newly minted Israelis but it meant nothing less than a “nakba” or catastrophe for the surviving Palestinians…

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Thursday, Bloody Thursday in Honduras
AL GIORDANO
…The full toll of Thursday, Bloody Thursday in Honduras has not yet been counted. “They treated us like animals,” Baranhona told Prensa Latina, while under arrest. The “forces of order” pursued and brutally beat the multitude in many locations across the land that had, for the fifth time in three weeks, successfully blockaded the key points of the country’s major arteries for most of the business day. The logic of such ritual animalistic repression has never been clear to this observer. It never works to win hearts and minds. It very rarely works to cause protests to diminish. More often, it reminds the people that the repressive nature of the regime is a big part of why they are willing to risk life and limb for a just cause. As events of the next few days will demonstrate, the civil resistance to the Honduran coup is visibly growing in size, organizational capacity and geographical scope. Today was the first time the people had put up a blockade in Cuesta de la Virgen. Despite the bloody repression – more likely because of it – don’t make any bets that it will be the last…

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Israel to close Gaza trade terminals Friday
Saed Bannoura – IMEMC
Israel announced on Thursday that it will be closing the three trade terminals in the Gaza Strip on Friday, and did not provide any further information on the reason behind the closure. The Israeli side said that it will be closing the Karem Shalom (Karem Abu Salem) crossing until Sunday, and that the Erez terminal and Al Shujaeyya (Nahal Oz) crossing will also be closed. It is worth mentioning that Israel is still restricting the entry of construction materials, and medical equipment desperately needed in Gaza…

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Iran security forces retreat as huge numbers of mourners gather at cemetery (Videos)
By Borzou Daragahi and Ramin Mostaghim
Thousands and possibly tens of thousands of mourners, many of them black-clad young women carrying roses, overwhelmed security forces today at Tehran’s largest cemetery to gather around the grave of Neda Agha-Soltan, the young woman whose videotaped shooting at a June 20 demonstration stunned the world. Amateur video apparently taken at Behesht Zahra cemetery and quickly uploaded to the Internet shows a sea of mourners moving through the cemetery chanting slogans…

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Shades of Operation Condor
Jacob G. Hornberger
The CIA’s assassination plan, which it chose to keep secret from Congress, brings to mind Operation Condor, a similar plan run by DINA, which was Chile’s counterpart to the CIA under the dictatorial regime of military strongman Augusto Pinochet. After Pinochet took power in a coup, his agents proceeded to round up communists and other opponents to his regime and torture, sexually abuse, rape, indefinitely incarcerate, and kill them, without any trials or due process of law. It was during that time, in fact, that the CIA, which supported Pinochet, played a role, as yet undetermined, in the murder of a young American journalist named Charles Horman…

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Iraq says 11 dead in Iran camp as Amnesty seeks probe
By Ali Al-Tuwaijri (AFP)
Eleven residents of a camp housing Iran’s main exiled opposition movement have died since Iraqi forces stormed the site, a local Iraqi security official said on Thursday. The toll was revealed as Amnesty International called for a probe into “apparent excessive use of force” by Iraqi forces when they took over Camp Ashraf, home to 3,500 People’s Mujahedeen members and their families…

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Entertaining Apartheid Israel Deserves No Amnesty!
Open Letter to Amnesty International by PACBI
In May, the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) called on singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen to heed the Palestinian call for a cultural boycott of Israel and avoid complicity with Israel’s violations of international law by cancelling his planned September concert in Israel, particularly in view of Israel’s war crimes in Gaza earlier this year. Sadly, according to a July 28 article in the Jerusalem Post, Amnesty International USA has agreed to cooperate with Cohen in dealing with Israel on the basis of business as usual. Amnesty International USA will serve as sponsor of a new fund that will whitewash the money raised at Cohen’s concert in Israel by using it to finance programs for “peace.” Being one of the world’s strongest proponents of human rights and international law, you shall thus be subverting a non-violent, effective effort by Palestinian and international civil society to end Israel’s violations of international law and human rights principles. We call on you to be true to your values and immediately withdraw support for Leonard Cohen’s ill-conceived concert in Israel…

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How You Finance Goldman Sachs’ Profits
An insider’s view of Wall Street’s rebound.
—By Nomi Prins
This is perhaps the most important thing I learned over my years working on Wall Street, including as a managing director at Goldman Sachs: Numbers lie. In a normal time, the fact that the numbers generated by the nation’s biggest banks can’t be trusted might not matter very much to the rest of us. But since the record bank profits we’re now hearing about are essentially created by massive federal funding, perhaps it behooves us to dig beneath their data. On July 27, 10 congressmen, led by Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.), did just that, writing a letter to Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke questioning the Fed’s role in Goldman’s rapid return to the top of Wall Street. To understand this particular giveaway, look back to September 21, 2008…

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Israeli Military Refuses to Participate in Conference Examining Israel’s Attacks on Gaza
The Alternative Information Center (AIC)
Only days after the Israeli military and government expressed disapproval over the recent Breaking the Silence report on Israel’s attacks on the Gaza Strip earlier this year, the Israeli military boycotted a 29 July 2009 conference of Rabbis for Human Rights entitled “Is This Us? Conference on Law, Religion, Ethics and Truth in ‘Cast Lead’,” the Jerusalem Post reports…

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