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URUK Net 7 September, 2009 Part 2

Last updated: Monday, September 21, 2009 10:14

Video: Amira versus Israel
Chris Den Hond
September 7, 2009 – On August 31st this year, a 15 year-old girl from Gaza made history by filing a law suit against Israel at the International Criminal Court in The Hague. Amira Alquerem lost her father, brother and sister during the 22-day Israeli war on Gaza at the turn of the year. She’s accusing Israel of homicides against members of her family, war crimes and crimes against humanity…

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Killed By Freedom
Layla Anwar, An Arab Woman Blues
September 7, 2009 – …Since 2003, Iraqi women are suffering a great deal. From having their rights taken away from them, to forced veiling, to kidnappings and abductions – which are still going on, to torture and mutilation, to rape, to executions, to killings for “indecency”, to burning by acid, to honor killings which are very prevalent in “democratic” Kurdistan, to forced domestication, to an increase in domestic violence, to ugly sectarian discrimination, to widowhood, to impoverishment, to prostitution, to exile, to depression and PTSD, to chronic grief, to lack of support networks, to insecurity, to….

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Iraqi Resistance According to the Iraqis Themselves
By Snorre Lindquist – Association of Muslim Scholars in Iraq (AMSI/HEYET)
September 7, 2009 -…Dr. Al-Faidhi gave a well-informed and erudite analysis of Iraq’s resistance from an historical perspective. He established that Iraq’s resistance is unique. Never before has a country been confronted with such an enemy: a superpower, the only one in the world to which all other nations bow down. Earlier on in history, resistance movements have been able to find supportive and allied states. Vietnam for example had many. But Iraq is completely isolated, even abandoned by the UN, which, contrary to its aims, is being used as a tool for occupation. All Iraq’s neighbours act like enemies. This is what the resistance has had to contend with, and is why it has presented itself as fragments of a large collection of small factions, without central leadership, working independently of one another with no obvious public presence…

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Van Overboard: Obama’s Problem With Strong Black Voices
Chris Floyd
September 7, 2009 – …Let’s give Obama the benefit of the doubt when he says he is not just “politically posturing” in his denunciations, that he is speaking from the heart. What are we left with? That his “vision of America” does not include any “positive change, transformation, real change, not cosmetic change” in a “social order that has gone sour.” And that the “War on Terror” is just peachy-keen with him; in fact, it is so sacrosanct that it cannot even be criticized. A war of aggression that kills hundreds of thousands of innocent people cannot be compared with “terrorism”; it is a legitimate expression of national policy, even if one might disagree with its timing and the mechanics of its execution. Seen anything in the past eight months that would prove this wrong? Me neither…

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Religious Rights Denied Even During Ramadan
By Khalid Amayreh, IOL
September 7, 2009 – Normally, the trip from al-Khalil (Hebron) to al-Quds (Jerusalem) shouldn’t take more than 30 to 40 minutes. However, for most Palestinians in the West Bank, and thanks to the chronically harsh Israeli restrictions, the trip becomes a torturous episode of physical and mental suffering. With the start of the Holy month of Ramadan, the Israeli occupation authorities announced that Palestinians over the age of 50 would be allowed to enter Jerusalem but only for Friday’s congregational prayers at al Masjidul Aqsa (the Aqsa Mosque). The Mosque, with its large and beautiful esplanade, is considered the third holiest Islamic place in the world, coming directly after the Sacred Mosque in Makkah and the Prophet’s Mosque in Madina, peace and blessings be upon him (PBUH)…

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2 Views on Norman Finkelstein’s putting Zionism off limits in the debate
Palestine Think Tank
September 7, 2009 – … I challenged him on this point during Q&A in that opposing occupation without condemning Zionism is like opposing slavery without condemning white supremacy, and that we American taxpayers and participants in the genocide of Palestinians (whether intentionally or not) should have more humility than tell Arabs whether or not to discuss the ideology behind their dispossession. Otherwise, we would look like gatekeepers on the discourse. Finkelstein became angry insisted that we not engage in “Starbucks discussions” about Zionism! He referred to Chomsky as an example of someone who should not be considered an enemy in spite of their Zionism. Then he deferred to the Palestinian academic sitting next to him who said he agreed with Finkelstein; that Arab nationalism was no longer useful; and that he even supported a Kurdish state! It was unclear why he supported Kurdish nationalism, the existing mode of which divides a war-torn Iraq and serves imperialism, but not Arab nationalism. With all due credit to his bravery as an academic who lost his career to stand up for (some of) Palestinians’ rights, Finkelstein is not the primary victim of Zionism. Palestinians are, and for them discussion of Zionism is not an armchair philosopher’s debate. To suggest to Arabs not to discuss Zionism is disturbing (while nobody tells Jews and Roma not to discuss Nazism, or African-Americans not to discuss white supremacy). This is what happens when Arab! leaders who unequivocally oppose Zionism are either martyred, imprisoned, defeated or sold out…

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‘Rivers of Blood:’ The West Could Care Less for Deaths of Afghans
The Frontier Post, Pakistan
September 7, 2009 – …But the saddest part of this colossal massacre of Afghan civilians is the lack of tears welling up in Western eyes. They seem to keep a meticulous tab of their casualties of their own soldiers, but don’t venture the vaguest calculation of how many Afghan civilians are being killed. Thus far, not a single Western human rights watchdog has made an issue of this civilian carnage. Even reputable international organizations like Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have remained mum. Western hearts grieve for their own alone. And if the Afghanistan war is becoming increasingly unpopular in the West, it’s because of the mounting deaths and casualties among their own military ranks…

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The Burial Ground of U.S. Imperialism: Afghanistan
by Dennis Rahkonen
September 7, 2009 – Afghanistan is the historical death place of overreaching foreign ambition, a reality that stamps a figurative skull and crossbones squarely on whatever vaguely-defined, wishful hope Barack Obama’s Afghan policy possesses. Put starkly, if we stay in Afghanistan, we, too, are going to catastrophically lose. Think Vietnam, but on an even more disastrous scale of debacle. Afghanistan combines a just-right amalgam of geographic, religious, and patriotic factors — manifested in the Afghan people’s steely determination to resist conquest, in an ideal defensive setting — to make their land a veritable black hole of doom for foreigners having grand notions of imposing their outside will on a dusty, desolate, yet passionately loved homeland…

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Iraqi prime minister and Moqtada al-Sadr keep up anti-Syria campaign
Arab Monitor
September 7, 2009 – In Hilla supporters of prime minister Nouri al-Maliki and followers of Moqtada al-Sadr staged a demonstration against Syria, accusing the neighbouring country of inciting “Baathists and Takfiris (Sunni extremists)” to carry out terrorist attacks…

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Israeli Defense Minister to allow settlement expansion – settlers say it’s not enough
Saed Bannoura
September 7, 2009 – The Israeli Defense Minister, Ehud Barak, is scheduled to announce that he will allow the expansion of Israeli settlements in the West Bank by several hundred units before implementing a temporary six-month hold on further expansion. But Israeli settlers, who live on Palestinian territory in contravention of international law, have called the plan a ‘mockery’, arguing that they should have a right to expand without restrictions. Barak said that he will allow 500 new housing units to be built mainly in Har Gilo, Maaleh Adumim, and Givat Zeev, before imposing a brief moratorium on expansion…

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Canada confirms two soldiers killed in Afghanistan
AFP
September 7, 2009 – Canada on Monday confirmed that two of its soldiers were killed in southern Afghanistan by a roadside bomb that struck their armored vehicle. Five other Canadian troops were injured in the same explosion Sunday, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said in a statement… Canada currently has some 2,800 soldiers deployed in Afghanistan, primarily in the Taliban stronghold of Kandahar in the south, under a parliamentary mandate that expires in 2011…

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US missile attack in Pakistani tribal area kills 4
AFP
September 7, 2009 — A US missile hit a house and a religious school in Pakistan’s lawless tribal belt on the Afghan border Monday killing at least four people and wounding six others, security officials said. “The strike targeted a madrassa (Islamic school) and an adjoining house in Machikhel village in North Waziristan,” a Pakistani security official told AFP. “At least four people were killed and six others injured,” the official said…

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Settlers uproot olive trees from Palestinian land near Ramallah
Ma’an News
September 7, 2009 – Israeli settlers uprooted 50 olive trees near the Palestinian village of Al-Maghayir, north of the city of Ramallah on Monday afternoon, according to Israeli radio. Israel’s military believes the attack was a preemptive response to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision to reduce construction in West Bank settlements. Netanyahu is expected to announce some curbs on settlement expansion later this week. On Monday, his government approved the construction of 500 new homes in the settlements, which are illegal under international law. Last Thursday 150 olive trees were found uprooted in the same village, which lies near the unauthorized settler outpost of Nofe Yarden…

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Video: Iraq-Syria ties shaken
Aljazeera.net
September 7, 2009 – Inside Story discusses the growing tension between Iraq and Syria as Nouri al-Maliki is ratcheting up his rethoric against Damascus over last month’s deadly attacks in Baghdad. Other than fighting so-called terrorism, what are the other reasons behind Iraq’s verbal assault on Damascus? And does it have to do with the political rivalries in Iraq itself?

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Art as Resistance
Dahr Jamail
September 7, 2009 – … The lack of coverage of the occupation of Iraq worsened in December 2008, when major US television networks ceased sending full-time correspondents to Baghdad. In Afghanistan, as the situation has spiraled out of control, independent media coverage there has become more sparse as well. The door is now left open wider for veterans to use alternative methods to get their message out. With countless stories to tell, in increasing numbers, veterans stirred by their conscience are using creative outlets and artistic expression to articulate their opposition to the occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan….

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Second Dutch soldier in two days killed in Afghanistan
DPA
September 7, 2009 – One Dutch soldier was killed and three others injured during operations in Afghanistan Monday, Peter van Uhm, chief of staff of the Dutch army confirmed Monday evening. Sergeant Major Mark Leijsen, 44, was killed at 2 pm (0930 GMT) when a home-made bomb exploded. Three of his colleagues sustained injuries, but are reportedly stable. Leijsen is the 21st Dutch soldier to die in Afghanistan since the Netherlands started its participation in NATO’s International Security and Assistance Forces (ISAF) in Afghanistan’s Uruzghan region…

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Foreign states blamed in Yemen war
Aljaeera.net
September 7, 2009 – Ongoing fighting between the Yemini government and Houthi fighters is the work of foreign states, residents in Yemen have told Al Jazeera. Battles have continued in the north, despite a mutual ceasefire being called days ago, leaving many citizens disenchanted. Some people in the Zaidi village of Wadi Dahr, near Sana’a, the capital in the south of the country, support the Houthis. However, there is a growing cynicism surrounding the conflict which the Red Cross has said has displaced tens of thousands of people in the north, primarily in the Saada province…

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