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URUK Net 5 September, 2009

Last updated: Monday, September 7, 2009 11:19

Villagers claim 150 civilians dead in NATO Air Raid
PAN
September 5, 2009 – Residents of Chahar Dara district in northern Kunduz province say more than 150 civilians were killed and 20 others wounded in Friday’s air strike by NATO-led forces. The bombing in Haji Aman village came as insurgents and residents emptied oil into jerry canes from tankers hijacked by Taliban militants from the Kunduz-Baghlan Highway. Inhabitants of the area told Pajhwok Afghan News all those killed in the bombardment were civilians and there were no Taliban at the site at the time the attack took place. Fighters had left the scene after they asked the people to take fuel for free…

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Afghan Resistance Statement
Regarding the Mass Murders of Civilians in Kunduz
Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan
It is to be said with great sorrow and grief that the merciless crusaders once again resorted to killing tens of common people in Haji Abdur Rahman village, Ali Abad district, Kunduz province last night as a result of a ruthless bombardment. Those who were killed belonged to this area and the surrounding villages. They were taking fuel from the tankers which had been left behind by the enemy who had fled after an armed clash in the area (with (Mujahideen). Due to poverty and penury, the people had gathered to take fuel from the tankers without owner. They were busy taking fuel, when American jets made heavy bombardment and killed 150 villagers most of them children and adolescents…
In our view, the dreadful event in Kunduz is a clear-cut crime and intentional genocide. This can never be justified by saying this was a mistake. We urge the human rights watch and human rights advocacy institutes, the United Nations and all independent entities and governments to strongly condemn this event and fulfill their humane and moral duty to prevent such events from being repeated in future…

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New atrocity in Afghanistan
US airstrike incinerates scores of civilians
By Patrick Martin
An airstrike by US warplanes operating as part of the NATO occupation in northern Afghanistan killed more than 100 people early Friday morning, most of them civilians who were incinerated when two gasoline tankers, hit by bombs, exploded in flames. Large numbers of severely wounded have been taken to the local hospital in trucks and carts…

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Video of Palestinian Children at Israeli Jail
Kawther Salam
September 5, 2009 – Each year, hundreds or even thousands of Palestinian children are arrested, tortured, interrogated, abused and incarcerated by the criminals of the Israeli military occupation. In many cases the children are abused sexually by the Israeli Dicc05interrogators. They are also imprisoned together with teenagers, criminals, and drugs dealers, who also attack the children, abused them sexually, and steal their personal belongings. Two children from the Nahalin village near Bethlehem told me how they had been abused sexually at the Israeli jail by criminals detained there…

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Fleeing Iraq for Gaza: life of a perpetual refugee
Ma’an News
Muhammad Ali Barhoum is a Palestinian who fled Iraq to the Gaza Strip in 2008; he has one daughter living in Jordan with her husband while the rest remain in Iraq. While staring at his family’s photo, Barhoum told Ma’an how worried he was about them. Barhoum was a major in the Palestinian Liberation Army in Iraq. He was compelled to leave Iraq after being threatened several times by militiamen who gave him two choices; leaving Iraq, or being killed. He said armed gunmen with the militias would open fire at his home from all directions on a nightly basis to help him make his choice. According to Barhoum, the only grudge the armed groups bore him was his affiliation to the Arab Liberation Front, and that he belonged to the Sunni sect. While in Iraq, Barhoum and his family lived in the Ad-Doura neighborhood, which was home to a mix of religious, sects and nationalities including Sunni and Shi’a Muslims, Kurds, Turks, Palestinians, and Syrians. After the US invasion of Iraq, everything changed, he said…

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Taking Desperate Measures to Educate Gaza’s Youth
By Najwa Sheikh
The month of Ramadan has come this year to the people of Gaza along with the new school year reminding them of the hard living conditions they have endured with the crushing blockade that Israel imposed on Gaza for the third year; A blockade that does not allow even for the basic needs such as medications, flour, building materials, papers, books and stationary for the new school year. With such deteriorating living and financial conditions, the people of Gaza have lost the taste of the joyful Ramadan nights. Before, they used to go to the markets to buy various goods available especially in this holy month, but this year, children even found themselves unable to have the regular Ramadan “fanous” (lantern) due to the high price of even these simple toys. Most children were satisfied with homemade lanterns fashioned from empty juice or cola bottles…

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Joshua Bernard’s Battlefield Death: The Photo You Aren’t Supposed to See
Mike E
Under Bush, the media was prevented for years from photographing the coffins returning from Iraq. Now, as the White House considers new escalation in Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Robert Gates directly leaned on the head of the Associated Press to reconsider publishing the photo below — showing the fatal battlefield wounding of Joshua Bernard. It is clearly a threat against the entire media — including any journalist or media organization seeking Pentagon permission to cover this war…

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“Sense of duty”: interview with Bilin journalist
Jody McIntyre
Haitham al-Katib is a journalist living in the occupied West Bank village of Bilin. During the last few months, village residents have been the victims of constant night invasions by the Israeli military. The goal of these raids is to crush the village’s campaign of nonviolent resistance to the confiscation of their land. Al-Katib films the night raids, as well as the weekly nonviolent demonstrations against the wall, and has become a well-known figure for his brave attempts to document the struggle. The Electronic Intifada contributor Jody McIntyre, currently based in Bilin, interviewed him about his work…

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Big banks grow more powerful under Obama
Andre Damon
The Washington Post carried an article last week outlining the immense consolidation that has taken place in the US banking system as a result of the policies of the Bush and Obama administrations in response to the financial crisis. The article, entitled “Banks ‘Too Big to Fail’ Have Grown Even Bigger,” reports how the largest banks have consolidated control over a greater share of financial markets and are using their monopolistic position to increase their profits by raising fees and interest on consumers and small businesses…

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Neoliberalism Needs Death Squads in Colombia
Hans Bennett
In her new book Blood & Capital: The Paramilitarization of Colombia, author Jasmin Hristov writes: “For roughly forty years, the Colombian state has been playing a double game: prohibiting the formation of paramilitary groups with one law and facilitating their existence with another; condemning their barbarities and at the same time assisting their operations; promising to bring perpetrators of crime to justice, while opening the door to perpetual immunity; convicting them of narco-trafficking, yet profiting from their drug deals; announcing to the world the government’s persecution of paramilitary organizations, even though in reality these ‘illegal armed groups’ have been carrying out the dirty work unseemly for a state that claims to be democratic and worthy of billions of dollars in US military aid.”…

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Iraq bolsters Syria border force
BBC News
Iraq has begun stationing thousands of extra police on its border with Syria to stop militants its says are crossing into Iraq to carry out bomb attacks. Amid a growing row, the two countries have traded insults and recalled their ambassadors in recent weeks. Baghdad says members of the Baath Party of former leader Saddam Hussein, hiding in Syria, organised two attacks in Iraq on 19 August which killed about 100. Damascus has dismissed Iraq’s claims as immoral and illogical…

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Outrageous Behavior: Bogus Bluster From Bigwigs Hides Lockerbie Truth
Chris Floyd
If you need more proof that we are living in a masquerade, in a world of sham, show and deceit, in a veritable — dare we say it? — empire burlesque, look no further than the recent manufactured “scandal” over the release of Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi, the man convicted of the bombing of PanAm 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, in December 1988. Al-Megrahi, who is dying, was released on “compassionate grounds” by the Scottish government last week, and returned to a hero’s welcome in his native land of Libya. As soon as he was freed, we heard howls of outrage from Washington: how could such a heinous killer be allowed to walk free? There were stern words from the UK government in London, which pretended that it had nothing to do with the Scots’ decision. There was ponderous talk from various punditti about a breach in the “special relationship,” even of boycotts of British goods…

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Child dies of wounds sustained Friday evening in northern Gaza
Saed Bannoura – IMEMC
Palestinian medical sources reported Saturday morning that a Palestinian child died of wounds sustained Friday evening after Israeli soldiers opened fire at him in the northern part of the Gaza Strip. The Child was identified as Ghazi Maher Al Zaaanen, 13. He was shot in the head by Israeli troops stationed east of Beit Hanoun town. He was moved to Al Shifa hospital where he was operated and remained in a critical condition for several hours before he was pronounced dead…

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Uri Avnery’s rationalising Israel’s dispossession of the Palestinians
Jeff Blankfort
September 5, 2009 – Recently, Uri Avnery, Gush Shalom leader and “darling” of the left-Zionists, has been writing quite a bit more frequently some pieces that ask folks to not renounce the Zionist “dream” and has decided to add his two bits to the Palestinian call to Boycott Israel, standing firmly against said Boycott. Jeff Blankfort, writer, journalist and radio host has addressed him again…

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European campaign warns of mass thirst and poisoning in Gaza
Palestinian Information Center
September 5, 2009 – The European campaign to end the siege on Gaza warned Friday that Gaza people would suffer from mass thirst and poisoning as a result of the contamination of drinking water. In a press release, the campaign said that the continuing crisis of drinking water and sanitation in Gaza in light of the international community’s silence is a serious violation of human dignity…

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Gaza students without notebooks as Israel’s supply blockade continues
Ma’an News
School started fifteen days ago in Gaza but schoolchildren remain without books or pencils, as high prices prevent most parents from purchasing necessary goods. The only stationary in Gaza comes from the Rafah-area smuggling tunnels, and the cost of smuggling keeps prices too high for average families. Israeli crossings authorities have refused to allow paper and pencils into the Strip. A request for supplies for school and special foodstuffs for Ramadan were denied by Israeli authorities. Shop owners say truckloads of the goods are stranded in warehouses in Israel…

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Video: Difficult Ramadan in Gaza
AljaeeraEnglish
For the last eight months, Abu Hassan and his family have been living in a refugee camp after their home was destroyed during Israel’s war on Gaza. Since the war ended in early January, life has been a daily struggle for many families like Abu Hassan’s – their situation now made even worse during the month of Ramadan. Al Jazeera’s Ayman Mohyeldin visited one such camp where even the simple act of breaking fast has become a daunting task for hundreds of refugees…

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Obama Peace Plan
Haitham Sabbah
A draft of the Obama peace plan, which is expected to be released at the UN Assembly meeting in New York, or at the G-20 Summit in Pittsburgh, has surfaced. The International Middle East Media Center’s website leaked the alleged draft of Obama’s peace plan given to them by Palestinian Legislator Hasan Khreisha. Khreisha added that the draft has been widely distributed among Palestinian and Arab leaders and the Egyptian President, Hosni Mubarak, recently discussed the plan during his visit to the White House. According to Khreisha, the draft includes ten main points detailed as follows: 1. International presence in the Jordan Valley, Palestinian Plains area, and other areas in the West Bank. 2. Annexing some parts of East Jerusalem to remain under Israeli control, while Muslim holy site would be under Arab control. 3. All Palestinian factions would be dissolved and transformed into political parties…

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Hard times in Gaza
Saleh Al-Naami
Since the early hours of the morning, Marwan Abd Rabbu has been standing in line waiting for the Al-Salah Society to open its doors. Al-Salah is a charity organisation that helps the poor, and Marwan, who lives in Al-Maghazi Refugee Camp in Gaza, needs assistance to support his family. Assistance from Al-Salah would help Marwan, 42 and currently unemployed, see his family of 10 through the month of Ramadan. “They give us packages of food, and without their assistance I don’t know what I would have done. I wouldn’t be able to feed my family come Iftar [the sunset meal] time,” Marwan says…

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Michael Goldfarb’s Scurrilous Attack on Rep. Schakowsky and Me. (P.S.: Erik Prince is Not Valerie Plame)
By Jeremy Scahill
Michael Goldfarb of Bill Kristol’s neconservative magazine, The Weekly Standard, which has engaged in quite a bit of masturbation over how awesome Blackwater is, needs to give Rush Limbaugh back his supply of pharmaceuticals. Goldfarb has posted a story comparing the outing of CIA operative Valerie Plame to the unsubstantiated claim from a Blackwater/Xe/US Training Center spokesperson that Erik Prince is now on an al Qaeda “Most Wanted” list in the aftermath of reporting on the company’s role in the CIA’s assassination program…

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Comrade Mizher: PLO must be radically restructured including Hamas and Islamic Jihad
Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine -PFLP
Comrade Jamil Mizher, member of the Central Committee of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, said in an interview with Al-Jazeera on September 3, 2009 that reform of the Palestine Liberation Organization is a national imperative, stressing the need to include the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) and Islamic Jihad in the organization. His interview came following the report that Comrade Abdel Rahim Mallouh, Deputy General Secretary of the PFLP and its representative to the PLO Executive Committee, had strongly objected to Mahmoud Abbas’s removal of Farouq al-Qaddoumi from his post as director of the PLO’s political department, and that Abbas had angrily confronted Comrade Mallouh, saying to him, “Why does the PFLP always oppose the President and the Authority?!”…

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