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URUK Net 13 September, 2009

Last updated: Monday, September 21, 2009 10:25

Desperate, desperate: Gaza Ramadan day 23
Eva Bartlett, In Gaza
September 13, 2009 – Yesterday Hamsa called me. It’s been a while since I’ve seen him, though I did visit his family two weeks ago –he was out, looking for work. Hamsa has never directly asked for any help. It has been due to my suggestions and the financing of outside supporters, that Hamsa accepted the small donations offered. His initial reaction was evident disgust at the notion of being helped by someone. I made clear that the donations being offered were in solidarity, were not intended to be a permanent reality rendering Hamsa aid-dependent. Rather, we acknowledged that his donkey had been killed in the Israeli war on Gaza, that his means of an income –however paltry –had been destroyed. With reluctance, Hamsa accepted a few donations. With some money, he bought chickens, to produce eggs for his wife and he and possibly to sell them. With a larger donation we bought a horse to replace his donkey…

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Judges Shame America
By Sherwood Ross
September 13, 2009 – The federal Appeals Court decision to toss a lawsuit claiming contractors tortured detainees in Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison is what you’d expect from a tyranny. The new ruling brushes off the charges by 212 Iraqis who said they or their late husbands were abused by U.S. personnel at Abu Ghraib. The suit charged private security firm CACI International Inc., of Arlington, Va., of crimes inside the Baghdad hellhole. Yet in a 2-1 ruling, the D.C. Court of Appeals said CACI “is protected by laws barring suits filed as the result of military activities during a time of war,” the Associated Press reported…

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The Halting of Reconstruction of Nahr el Bared Refugee Camp
Albared
September 13, 2009 – This call comes after a court order decision taken on the 18th of August 2009 by Andre Sader, a judge in the Lebanese Legislative Council, ordering to freeze the backfilling process of the archeological site in Nahr el Bared reconstruction project, for 2 months. The halting of backfilling is in essence a stopping of the commencement of reconstruction in Nahr el bared. This action comes after two years of delaying bureaucratic procedures, where every decision concerning the reconstruction project, including planning and design decisions of the master plan, required governmental, ministerial and political approvals…

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Bush’s Interrogators Stressed Nudity
Robert Parry
September 13, 2009 – The CIA shared with George W. Bush’s Justice Department the details of how an interrogation strategy – with an emphasis on forced nudity and physical abuse – could train prisoners in “learned helplessness” and demonstrate “the complete control of Americans.” The 19-page document, entitled “Background Paper on CIA’s Combined Use of Interrogation Techniques” and dated Dec. 30, 2004, contains repeated references to keeping suspected al-Qaeda captives – called “high-value detainees” or HVDs – naked as part of the strategy for breaking down their resistance…

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The Obama Administration is Actually Increasing the US Presence in Iraq
Michael Schwartz
September 13, 2009 – US presence in Iraq is actually growing. Believe it or not, the U.S. presence in Iraq is growing under the leadership of antiwar president Barack Obama. A recent Washington Post by reporter Walter Pincus explains that when U.S. troops are “withdrawn,” their jobs are taken over by……mercenaries — the notorious “contractors,” who are hired for fabulous sums of money to sustain the huge U.S. presence there…

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Cholera outbreaks in 10 Afghan provinces: govt
AFP
September 13, 2009 — Afghanistan has reported outbreaks of potentially lethal cholera in 10 provinces across the impoverished country, the health ministry said on Sunday. The ministry “has so far recorded 673 cases countrywide” of the highly contagious disease in almost a third of the country’s 34 provinces, including in the capital Kabul. No deaths have been reported…

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Ayoon Wa Azan (A Militarist State Founded on the Myths of the Torah)
Jihad el-Khazen
13 September 2009 – …In this regard, I want to say that the children of Gaza are living in a large Nazi concentration camp, and no one needs to teach them to hate Israel, its army, its government and its settlers, since these youngsters are being considered as the latter’s victims, each and every day. This dates back to times prior to the establishment of Israel, then to its establishment, from the massacre of the Ghalia family on the beach, to the family that was murdered while raising white banners, and to the women and children who were killed in their homes….

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Madonna: “The Harlot’s Dance” & “Israel’s New Best Friend”
WRITTEN BY: Satia’a Nouredine – TRANSLATED BY: Adib S. Kawar, PTT
September 13, 2009 – …For six nights Madonna danced in “Israel”, and it is said that she sang too, though nobody heard her singing before then and no one memorized her words. In the seventh day she decided to rest as a guest of Benjamin Netanyahu and ask him for her new citizenship identity papers, which she couldn’t obtain from his competitor, Tzipi Livni the night before, he promised to look into the matter, and to publish her letter for the public to read, that is yearning for another idea that it is fighting for other peoples and nations, and diffuse the common impression about its savageness and barbarism, through a famous American artist, who at last discovered herself and through a religious justification by her harlotry dancing…

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American planes for Iranian peace?
Maryam Sinaiee
September 13, 2008 – An unconfirmed Iranian report claims the US has offered to sell 20 new Boeing aircraft and aeroplane parts worth $2.5 billion (Dh9bn) to Iran as a show of good will in order to put an end to the long-running disputes over Iranian assets frozen in the US and encourage direct talks with the US. “The messages from the US president to Iran about delivering the planes were sent after the finalisation of the results of the presidential elections,” Fars News Agency on Saturday quoted an “informed source” as saying. The source also told Fars News Agency that some of the aircraft and spare parts were being delivered to Iran through Venezuela… Mohammad Ali Ilkhani, the head of the Civil Aviation Organisation, however, was quoted by Mehr News Agency on Saturday as denying that there had been any proposal to sell aircraft to Iran…

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September 13, 2009: 1 US Contractor, 26 Iraqis Killed; 41 Iraqis Wounded
Margaret Griffis
September 13, 2009 – The gruesome execution of a policeman’s family this morning in Kirkuk overshadowed the other numerous attacks in Iraq. Overall, at least 26 Iraqis were killed and 41 more were wounded across the country. Also, a U.S. soldier killed an American contractor at a U.S. base in Tikrit. The soldier is in custody. In political news, a coalition of Iraq’s neighboring countries will meet to discuss Iraq’s security. In the north, Kurdish villagers are planning to defend themselves against al-Qaeda and Sunni political rivals. Also, the Iraqi parliament discussed adding a 35% income tax on foreign oil and gas companies…

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Remembering 9/11.
Layla Anwar, An Arab Woman Blues
September 13, 2009 – …So leaving aside the why of 9/11, I kind of reviewed in my head what happened since… A hundred 9/11's took place, first in Afghanistan, then in Iraq and now in Pakistan… Millions of innocent people were killed in these countries. Iraq alone beats the Guinness book of world records in 6 years. Thousands of homes and buildings were destroyed, millions lost their livelihoods, millions became refugees, millions are bereft… Yet we still hear and read about the “terror” attack on New York. And all the others who were slaughtered by American terrorism do not get even one second of silence for their dead… There is something very wrong with the world and with its perception of events… There is something fundamentally wrong with the scales here. The scales of Justice that is…There are none. In Iraq, there is daily a 9/11. Daily. For the 2'000 something who died in the twin towers, we lost up 3'000 Iraqis in one day alone, at the height of the occupation. Today, 6 years on, if there are 10 dead a day, we say it’s a good day. Yet no one remembers that…

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From War Criminal in Israel to Coffee Salesman
Kawther Salam
September 13, 2009 – …On August 21, 2009, I found out that the Israeli war criminal, the former military commander of Hebron, colonel Yigal Sharon, had been appointed as CEO and a coordinator for foreign expansion of an Israeli coffee company, “Aroma”, in Europe (Romania, Ukraine, Cyprus) and elsewhere…I still remember all the grave crimes which he committed and yigal8covered in my homeland Hebron, (actually I was one of his victims, my hand was broken under his command). I have all the names of the children who were snipped, murdered and jailed under his command, I know all the military orders which he issued to pilfer the Palestinians property, I also appeared with him in the film “Hebron City without Mercy” in which I exposed the scandalous crimes of his soldiers, who forced Palestinians of Hebron to drink their urine in plastic bottles. Yigal Sharon also aided and abetted the criminal lawlessness of the jewish squatters present in Hebron: he conspired with them to dismiss the Israeli police chief at the time, Ish “Bono” Yemeni, who saw his duty in implementing the law equally for all instead of acquiescing to the crimes of the IDF and the squatters…

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How militias use internet to track, torture and kill Iraqi gays
Afif Sarhan and Jason Burke
September 13, 2009 – …Homosexuality was not criminalised under Saddam Hussein – indeed Iraq in the 1960s and 1970s was known for its relatively liberated gay scene. Violence against gays started in the aftermath of the invasion in 2003. Since 2004, according to Ali Hali, chairman of the Iraqi LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) group, a London-based human-rights group, a total of 680 have died in Iraq, with at least 70 of those in the past five months. The group believes the figures may be higher, as most cases involving married men are not reported. Seven victims were women. According to Hali, Iraq has become “the worst place for homosexuals on Earth”. The killings are brutal, with victims ritually tortured. Azhar al-Saeed’s son was one. “He didn’t follow what Islamic doctrine tells but he was a good son,” she said. “Three days after his kidnapping, I found a note on my door with blood spread over it and a message saying it was my son’s purified blood and telling me where to find his body.”…

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Soldier’s cancer death linked to depleted uranium (DU)
By Thomas Harding
September 13, 2009 – The death of Stuart Dyson, a 39-year-old former soldier, from a rare from of cancer was caused by his exposure to depleted uranium used in military munitions, an inquest jury ruled. The jury heard that Mr Dyson, a lance corporal in the Royal Pioneer Corps, cleaned tanks after the first Gulf War during a five-month deployment to the war zone. His widow Elaine told the hearing that her husband’s health had deteriorated after he left the Army in 1992 and that he was diagnosed with colon cancer, which spread to his liver and spleen, in 2007…

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Dividing War Spoils: Israel’s Robbery of Palestinian Property
By Dr. Salman Abu Sitta
While the news headlines were occupied with the freeze or suspension of Jewish settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories or with the competition for positions in the sixth Fateh conference in Bethlehem, Israel is putting into effect the most devastating operation since the ethnic cleansing of Palestine in al Nakba of 1948. This new operation aims to eliminate irrevocably Palestinian rights and historical roots in Palestine. Ironically, Arab and Palestinian leaderships remain oblivious to these cataclysmic developments….

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Enduring Freedom until 2050
By Pepe Escobar
September 13, 2009 – After eight long years, now more than ever, the United States invasion and (partial) occupation of Afghanistan is on a roll, courtesy of US President Barack Obama’s “new strategy”. This – which Pentagon supremo Robert Gates insists is “working” – includes US and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) staging mini-Guernicas, al la the bombing of Guernica, Spain, by German and Italian warplanes in 1937, as painted by Pablo Picasso. It also includes General Stanley McChrystal – the former number one hit man for General David Petraeus in Iraq – assaulting Washington to demand (what else is new?) an extra 45,000 US boots on the ground…

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The Sham Debate Over Obama’s Af-Pak War
A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford
September 13, 2009 – With the help of cooperative corporate media, President Obama attempts to create the impression of a vigorous internal debate within his administration over how much bigger the so-called Af-Pak theater of war is going to get. The charade is designed to demonstrate that, unlike the “dumb wars” that Obama opposes, this one is being transformed into a smart war, intelligently escalated. That U.S. troop levels will increase, even as reluctant European allies move towards downsizing their commitments, is a foregone conclusion, since the president has already characterized the conflict as a “war of necessity.” If a war is necessary, then by definition, the national commitment must be open-ended and beyond question. So what is there to debate? The president has framed the issue as one of inevitability…

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US Drone Attacks Kill Waziristan Ramadan Joy
By Aamir Latif
September 13, 2009 – …Dilfaraz Khan says that the fear of drone attacks has overpowered the Ramadan festivities. “Our whole time from dawn to dusk passes with fear,” Khan, a resident of Mir Ali, told IOL. “We constantly look on skies as to when and where the drone appears and pounds us.” US drone attacks have killed hundreds of people, including only six Taliban leaders, in Mir Ali last year. The feared drone attacks have forced many Mir Ali residents to give up their tradition of hosting iftar banquets for the poor during Ramadan. “We used to have iftar with our families and friends (male members) in mosques and other meeting places,” said Dilfaraz, a local farmer. “But nowadays, we don’t even think about that…

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Helping Palestinian Children Confront their Trauma of the Occupation
Iqbal Tamimi
September 13, 2009 – …There are some organizations and individuals working on the West Bank and Gaza to help children overcome the traumas caused by seeing the helplessness of parents and caretakers in the face of vicious genocidal oppression, the hopelessness of poverty, starvation and incarceration in Gaza, which has been called the largest open-air prison on the planet and the brutality of daily beatings, violence and murder. While art therapy cannot be expected to right these wrongs, it may help to make young victims able to achieve a humanity that their oppressors can only envy, if they were even able to comprehend it. Giving these children in the Occupied Territories and Gaza the tools to show what they have witnessed furthermore enables adults in their lives to understand and to validate their experiences. ..

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YEMEN: Saada city residents most affected by fighting
IRIN news
September 13, 2009 – – The current bout of fighting between government troops and Houthi-led Shia rebels in northern Yemen is having the worst effect on civilians since intermittent clashes began five years ago, according to aid agencies. Those trapped by fighting in Saada city, whether residents or internally displaced persons (IDPs), are most in need as food reserves and clean water rapidly diminish and lack of power or phone lines further isolates them. “Trapped IDPs in Saada city and the northern part of the province suffer the most as fierce armed confrontations impeded aid agencies’ access to them,” Laure Chedrawi, spokesperson for the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) in Yemen, told IRIN on 12 September…

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Iraq’s spat with Syria backfiring on PM
By Hamza Hendawi, The Associated Press
September 13, 2009 – Iraq’s prime minister is feeling a backlash over a bitter fight he picked with Syria, which he accuses of harbouring Saddam Hussein loyalists suspected in deadly bombings in Baghdad. Critics say he just wants to divert attention from his own government’s security failures… Iraqi analyst Hadi Cahlou said Maliki has to divert attention from the security failures, and Syria was the perfect target. “Maliki was smart to export his problems,” said Cahlou. “I think he will push this all the way because he needs Syrian concessions in order to defuse the anger of Iraqis.” But veteran Arab affairs commentator Hoda Al Husseini saw Maliki’s tactic as a risky gamble. Blaming Syria wins Damascus the sympathy of Sunni heavyweights Egypt and Saudi Arabia, two close US allies that have always distrusted Maliki. “The problem Maliki has is that he doesn’t have proof of Syrian involvement in the bombings,” she wrote in the newspaper Asharq Al Awsat. “Maliki is all alone in this standoff.”..

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Humbled: Gaza Ramadan day 22
Eva Bartlett, In Gaza
September 13, 2009 – Three months ago the wail of Ahmed Abu Hashish’s father echoed again and again in my ears, long after we’d left him. The grieving father –having finally found his son’s corpse (missing for 54 days by that point) and endured Israeli occupation soldiers’ shooting at the time of searching for, locating, and removing the body–cried with abandon, lamented his son’s murder, screamed his sorrow…

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Uncle Sam’s Mass Control.
Layla Anwar, An Arab Woman Blues
September 13, 2009 – Just received these terms of agreement – called “Private policy” which has nothing private about it – from Twitter. It reads : “ By using our Site you are consenting to our processing of your information as set forth in this Privacy Policy now and as amended by us. “Processing” means using cookies on a computer or using or touching information in any way, including, but not limited to, collecting, storing, deleting, using, combining and disclosing information, all of which activities will take place in the United States. If you reside outside the U.S. your personally identifiable information will be transferred to the U.S., and processed and stored there under U.S. privacy standards. By visiting our Site and providing information to us, you consent to such transfer to, and processing in, the US”…

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Concerns arise over alleged Israeli tunneling toward Al-Aqsa
Ma’an News
September 10, 2009 – A Jerusalem-based Palestinian organization alleged on Thursday that Israel has begun digging a new underground tunnel in the direction of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, the third holiest site in Islam. The Al-Aqsa Foundation for Heritage and Waqf claimed that the Israel Antiquities Authority, in cooperation with the “Elad” settler organization has already dug a 120 meter long, 1.5 meter wide tunnel from underneath Jerusalem’s Palestinian Silwan neighborhood toward the mosque..

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‘I fed him like a baby bird’
by Amira Hass
September 13, 2009 – Eight months after Israel Defense Forces soldiers killed Atiyeh Samouni, 46, and his 4-year-old son Ahmed in their home in Gaza City’s Zeitoun neighborhood, the army’s operational echelons are still examining the incident. In a statement the IDF Spokesman’s Office said: “The examination process is complex and involves a large number of entities, which naturally takes time.”… Army officials who insist on anonymity imply that it was a query in April by B’Tselem that impelled the IDF to examine the incident and not the many media reports about it. Another 21 members of this same extended family were also killed, among them nine children aged six months to 16 years, when the IDF shelled a structure into which soldiers had herded them the day before. The officials told Haaretz that because the query from the human rights organization was not forwarded to them until mid-August, it “has not yet been submitted to the operational echelons.”…

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ISRAEL; NOT THE TIME FOR REFERENDUMS, TIME FOR SANCTIONS!
Desertpeace
September 13, 2009 – There are a few Israeli journalists that try hard to show the situation as it is. In most cases they mean well. Gideon Levy from HaAretz is one of those, but in the article at the end of this post, you will see that what he wrote is not very realistic. He says it is time to hold a referendum on the continuing occupation. That ‘referendum’ was, in reality, held a few months ago under the guise of an election. The people of Israel have spoken when they elected the Right to form the new government, knowing very well that the occupation would not end under their administration….Now is not the time for a referendum, it is the time for the rest of the world to declare sanctions against Israel, including a boycott and divestment….

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Enduring Freedom until 2050
By Pepe Escobar
September 13, 2009 – After eight long years, now more than ever, the United States invasion and (partial) occupation of Afghanistan is on a roll, courtesy of US President Barack Obama’s “new strategy”. This – which Pentagon supremo Robert Gates insists is “working” – includes US and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) staging mini-Guernicas, al la the bombing of Guernica, Spain, by German and Italian warplanes in 1937, as painted by Pablo Picasso. It also includes General Stanley McChrystal – the former number one hit man for General David Petraeus in Iraq – assaulting Washington to demand (what else is new?) an extra 45,000 US boots on the ground…

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Palestine’s Peaceful Struggle
By Mohammed Khatib
September 12, 2009 – A few weeks ago, in the dead of night, dozens of Israeli soldiers with painted faces burst violently into my home. If only they had knocked, I would have opened the door. They arrested me. My wife, Lamia, was left alone with our four children. My youngest, 3-year-old Khaled, woke up to the image of Israeli soldiers with painted faces who were taking his father away. He has not stopped crying since. A few nights ago he woke up in terror, sobbing: “Daddy, why did you let the soldiers take me?” That’s the way our children sleep—in a constant state of fear…

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Video: Iraqi economy hurt by Iran invaders
AlJazeeraEnglish
September 13, 2009 – Twenty-one years ago Iraq and Iran ended an eight-year war that cost as many as one and a half million lives. An now both countries are big business partners – trade between them this year is worth $4bn. But, as Al Jazeera’s Mosab Jasim reports, Baghdad’s emphasis on improved relations has brought new invaders who are hurting the home economy…

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Afghan challenger warns of unrest over poll fraud
Jerome Starkey in Kabul and Christina Lamb in Washington
September 13, 2009 – Afghanistan’s opposition leader Dr Abdullah Abdullah warned yesterday that he might not be able to restrain angry supporters from taking to the streets as it emerged that more than one in five votes cast in last month’s election were fraudulent. I have urged them strongly not to do that,” he told The Sunday Times as his followers called for demonstrations. “They are aware of the fragility of the situation.” He added: “If you are asking for a guarantee, 100%, will you be able to control everyone in this country, the answer is no, n … o.” Even before the August 20 poll, Abdullah’s supporters were predicting Iran-style protests “with Kalashnikovs” if President Hamid Karzai won in the first round, insisting he could do so only by cheating…

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A KILLING IN THE DESERT
A deadly interrogation in Iraq – First Of Two Parts
By Joe Mozingo
September 13, 2009 – In the open desert outside Baiji, Iraq, a naked man with a thick black beard crouched in the dust of a railroad culvert at twilight. Hours before, he had been mumbling and praying in Arabic. Now he spoke few words. Army 1st Lt. Michael Behenna stood over him in the grainy darkness, his Glock pistol racked and pointed down at him. “If you don’t talk, I will kill you,” Behenna said. The night was warm and ragged from the dust storm that had turned the afternoon an eerie ocher. Only one light could be seen, far off, along the road. Behenna’s squad leader had walked off to relieve himself in the bushes. An Iraqi interpreter listened just outside the culvert. “You’d better talk,” he told the captive in Arabic. “I mean, why do you put yourself in this situation? He is going to kill you.”…

“I don’t know anything,” the man kept saying. “I am innocent.”

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