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URUK Net 16 September, 2009

Last updated: Monday, September 21, 2009 10:31

Video: Israel’s war leaves thousands displaced in Gaza
AlJazeeraEnglish
September 16, 2009 – The United Nations investigation into the war on Gaza has accused Israel of committing war crimes and called on both Israel and the Palestinian factions to conduct their own inquiries or face the International Criminal Court. Israel has been quick to reject the UN request. Now it remains to be seen if the report will bring justice to the thousands affected by the war, including those who remain displaced…

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Gaza’s Water Supply Near Collapse
By Mel Frykberg
September 16, 2009 – The International Committee of the Red Cross has warned that Gaza’s access to safe supply of drinking water could cease at any time. The World Health Organisation (WHO) says outbreaks of disease could be triggered as a consequence. The warnings follow a United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) report Monday that “Gaza’s underground water system is in danger of collapse after recent conflict compounded by years of overuse and contamination.” “An outbreak of Hepatitis A and parasitic infections could occur at any time,” Mahmoed Daher from WHO in Gaza told IPS…

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Perpetual Grief over September 11th
By Ramzy Baroud
September 16, 2009 – …Obama spoke and Muslims listened. They clapped and cheered when he greeted the Cairo crowd with “Assalamu alaikum”. As sadly as it were, they were desperate for validation, for hope, that perhaps in the recognition of these common aspirations of which he spoke of, that perhaps there would be some softening of the US iron fist that is slowly strangling Muslims in so many parts of our stricken world. And although Obama went to great lengths to express a common humanity, his forces continue to ravage Muslims without pause: news from Afghanistan is ever grim. Iraq’s calamities are also compared. His statements on Palestine are lukewarm and faithfully precluded with a solemn pledge of America’s undying allegiance to the Jewish State…

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Israel Criminal State: Israelis
IslamOnline.net
September 16, 2009 – As Tel Aviv struggles to contain the international aftermath of the UN damning report over the deadly offensive in Gaza Strip, an inner storm is evolving with Israeli rights and political activists slamming their own country as a criminal state and calling for punishing it. “It’s time that the Israel and international societies start to treat Israel like a criminal state and a serial violator of international laws and Palestinian rights,” left-wing activist Yonatan Pollak told Yediot Ahronot daily on Wednesday, September 16. Contrary to outraged official Israeli response to the UN fact-finding mission report issued Tuesday, which accused Israeli army of war crimes and crimes against humanity during Operation Cast Lead, Israeli rights activists welcomed the report and called for accountability…

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US ‘lacks clear Afghan strategy’
Aljazeera.net
September 16, 2009 – The US president has said that the country’s strategy against Taliban and al-Qaeda fighters in Afghanistan has not been effective enough. Barack Obama said on Wednesday that while al-Qaeda had failed to mount attacks on the US and allies for some time, the US mission in Afghanistan needed more clarity. “We have lacked as clear of a strategy and a mission as is necessary in order to meet our over-riding objectives,” he said, after talks with Stephen Harper, the Canadian president, in Washington…

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Afghanistan: two British soldiers killed in separate bomb attacks
Telegraph
September 16, 2009 – A soldier from 2nd Battalion The Rifles was killed when he was caught in a blast while on foot patrol in the Gereshk district of central Helmand province this afternoon. Another soldier, from 2nd Royal Tank Regiment, died in hospital in the UK after he was injured in an explosion while in a Viking armoured vehicle in the north-west of Helmand on Saturday…

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Three US troops killed in Afghanistan
BBC News
September 16, 2009 – Three US servicemen have been killed by a roadside bomb in southern Afghanistan, a Nato spokesman has said. The spokesman said that the deaths occurred on Tuesday. He did not release any other details. The latest deaths come as the Taliban intensifies its attacks against coalition forces in the south through roadside bombs and ambushes. The number of deaths among American troops in Afghanistan this month has now risen to 22…

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Obama’s Presidency Isn’t Too Big to Fail
By Robert Scheer
September 16, 2009 – A president has only so much capital to expend, both in tax dollars and public tolerance, and Barack Obama is dangerously overdrawn. He has tried to have it all on three fronts, and his administration is in serious danger of going bankrupt. He has blundered into a deepening quagmire in Afghanistan, has continued the Bush policy of buying off Wall Street hustlers instead of confronting them and is now on the cusp of bargaining away the so-called public option, the reform component of his health care program…

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Iran arrests top dissident cleric’s family: report
AFP
September 16, 2009 — Iran has arrested the grandchildren of leading dissident cleric Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, and the children of another prominent reformist cleric, press reports said on Wednesday. The move comes after Montazeri on Monday called on leading Shiite clerics to end their silence over a crackdown on massive street demonstrations that followed disputed June presidential polls…

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US troops kill Fallujah ‘shoe-thrower’
AFP
September 16, 2009 – An Iraqi man who witnesses said shouted abuse before throwing a shoe at a US army vehicle was shot dead on Wednesday in what the American military said was a suspected grenade attack. Residents told an AFP reporter in Fallujah that Ahmed Latif, 32, whom they said was mentally disturbed, insulted the soldiers as they patrolled in the centre of the city, and then hurled a shoe at them. The US military told AFP that a convoy in Fallujah had been attacked with a suspected grenade…

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Washington’s “good war”
Death squads, disappearances and torture in Pakistan
Bill Van Auken
16 September 2009 – As the Obama administration prepares a major escalation of the so-called AfPak war, reports from Pakistan’s Swat Valley, near Afghanistan’s eastern border, provide a gruesome indication of the kind of war that the Pentagon and its local allies are waging. While touted by Obama and his supporters as the “good war,” there is mounting evidence that the Pentagon and the CIA are engaged in a war against the population of the region involving death squads, disappearances and torture…

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After the massacre: Sabra and Shatila, twenty-seven years later
Ma’an news
September 16, 2009 – “That is the old Israeli watchtower and entrance to Sabra,” a man on the street pointed, standing in front of the Sabra and Shatila Palestinian Refugee Camps. Below the tower, quarantined like a civil war time capsule, were the camps left to fend for themselves on the outskirts of Beirut. No more than 20 meters past the former Israeli watchtower, in an empty lot, is the memorial for the victims of the 1982 Lebanon Civil War massacre. Camp residents say the site was once a mass grave for the slain. The memorial was a single-track dirt path linking a series of billboards with images of the dead. The massacres perpetrators were of the predominantly Christian Phalange party: supplied, supported and supervised by on-looking Israeli soldiers…

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Is Bagram Obama’s New Secret Prison?
Andy Worthington
September 16, 2009 – …However, while this is a genuinely disturbing development, because it suggests that the Obama administration is essentially following President Bush’s lead by unilaterally rewriting the Conventions, presumably to allow it to continue exploiting prisoners of war for their supposed intelligence value (even though the DoD explained, in its proposal, that “intelligence value, by itself, is not a basis for internment”), only one major media outlet — the New Yorker — has picked up on a disturbing disclosure in the Times’ coverage of the story on Sunday…

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Afghan Taliban reject UN ceasefire offer
The News International
September 16, 2009 – Rejecting the United Nations ceasefire offer on the occasion of Eid and World Peace Day, the Taliban on Tuesday said the world body should force foreign countries to withdraw their troops from Afghanistan if it was interested in peace in the war-ravaged country. “Taliban do not trust foreigners as they saw last year that foreign forces violated ceasefire in several areas,” Zabihullah Mujahid, spokesman for Taliban, told the Afghan Islamic Press in Kandahar. He said the Taliban wanted peace throughout the year but foreigners had proved that they did not want peace in Afghanistan. “We are not aggressors rather fighting in defence. Afghans have not attacked a country rather these are the foreigners who came to Afghanis-tan and started war here,” he said…

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How low will Israel stoop to win the propaganda war?
Stuart Littlewood
September 16, 2009 – “The Israel Project”, a US media advocacy group, has produced a revised training manual to help the worldwide Zionist movement win the propaganda war, keep their ill-gotten territorial gains and persuade international audiences to accept that their crimes are necessary and conform to “shared values” between Israel and the civilized West. The manual teaches how to justify the slaughter, the ethnic cleansing, the land-grabbing, the cruelty and the blatant disregard for international law and UN resolutions, and make it all smell sweeter with a liberal squirt of the aerosol of persuasive language. It is designed to hoodwink us ignorant and gullible Americans and Europeans into believing that we actually share values with the racist regime in Israel and that its abominable behaviour is therefore deserving of our support…

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The Israel lobby’s global propaganda manual
Paul J. Balles
September 16, 2009 – Paul J. Balles views a major public relations manual for Israel lobbyists. Written by Dr Frank Luntz, a US Republican political consultant and pollster, on behalf of The Israel Project, a US media advocacy group, it teaches pro-Israel propagandists how to hoodwink people about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, how to silence critics and how to avoid making statements that produce negative reactions…

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Proxy war feared in Yemen
Iran, Saudi Arabia
Peter Goodspeed, National Post
September 16, 2009 – Fierce battles between government troops and Shiite rebels in the northern mountains of Yemen are fuelling fears of regional instability and a possible proxy war between Shiite-dominated Iran and Sunniled Saudi Arabia. A month-old government offensive — Operation Scorched Earth — has displaced nearly 50,000 people and created a humanitarian crisis as troops use artillery and fighter aircraft to attack the insurgents near the border with Saudi Arabia…

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Video: Israeli guards ‘humiliated inmates’
Aljazeera.net
September 16, 2009 – A group of female former Palestinian prisoners detained in Israeli jails have accused prison guards of carrying out “humiliating” internal body searches in violation of Israel’s prison code. In an exclusive report, former detainee Sabreen Abu Amara told Al Jazeera’s Nour Odeh that she spent six years living in fear of intrusive and degrading treatment at the hands of Israeli guards. Abu Amara said the guards strip-searched female prisoners, sometimes forcing them to squat and undergo a thorough internal examination. One lawyer is now collecting evidence from 10 female prisoners who say they were strip-searched in an effort to lodge an official complaint…

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Blood on the Tracks: The Continuing Lessons of Terror and Tyranny
Chris Floyd
September 16, 2009 – At some point earlier this month, Barack Obama took a moment out of his busy day to sign an “execute order.” That is, he ordered American agents to kill a man without any legal procedure whatsoever: no arrest, no trial, no formal presentation – and disputation – of evidence, no defense…and no warning. They killed him on the open road, in a sneak attack; he was not engaged in combat, he was not posing an imminent threat to anyone at the time, he had not been charged with any crime. This kind of thing is ordinarily regarded as murder. Certainly, if you or I killed someone in this way – or paid someone to do it – then we would find ourselves in the dock, facing life imprisonment or our own execution. But then, you and I are subject to the law; our leaders are not..

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Who Will Make the Bullies See Reason?
EuroPeace: the Sounds of Silence
By ERIC WALBERG
September 16, 2009 – After being the playground for 20th century militarism, after finally uniting with no enemies in sight, you think that Europe would be the world’s bulwark for peace. But a continent that rejected the US war in Vietnam is in thrall to US militarism as never before. None of the European peoples support the current wars and arms race, yet Euro governments dutifully cough up troops to send to Afghanistan. Many sent forces to Iraq. All of them are happy members of NATO, which is unashamedly the forward presence of the US military around the world, having long ago cast aside any pretense of defending Europe from the dreaded communists…

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EU observers: one third of Karzai votes suspicious
Reuters
September 16, 2009 – A third of votes cast for Afghan incumbent Hamid Karzai in last month’s disputed presidential election are suspect and must be checked for fraud, the head of a European Union election observer mission said on Wednesday. Phillippe Morillon told Reuters the observers believed 1.5 million votes were suspicious, including 1.1 million cast for Karzai and 300,000 cast for his main rival, former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah…

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US Sending 1,000 More Troops to Iraq
As Officials Tout ‘Drawdown,’ Why Is US Adding Troops?
Jason Ditz
September 16, 2009 – Though the Iraq War has long since become an after-thought amid Obama Administration claims that the “drawdown” in on track, the Pentagon is reporting today that Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has approved a request to send about 1,000 additional troops to Iraq. The latest report comes less than a week after it was revealed that the Pentagon has added thousands of additional contractors to Iraq, ostensibly to replace US troops during the drawdown…

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Palestinian Human Rights Organizations Support Work and Recommendations of UN Fact Finding Mission: Demand Effective Judicial Redress and the Protection of Victims’ Rights
Adalah * Addameer * Al-Dameer * Al-Haq * Al-Mezan * Arab Human Rights Association * DCI-Palestine* ENSAN * Jerusalem Civic Coalition * Jerusalem Legal Aid and Human Rights Centre* Ramallah Centre for Human Rights Studies * Women’s Centre for Legal Aid and Counseling * Palestinian Centre for Human Rights
September 16, 2009 – As Palestinian human rights organizations, we welcome the report by the United Nations Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict (the Fact Finding Mission), released on 15 September 2009 and emphasize the importance of the recommendations of the report for the restoration of justice to the victims of Israel’s offensive attack, Operation Cast Lead. The Fact Finding Mission was established by the President of the Human Rights Council, following Human Rights Council Resolution S-9/1. Headed by Justice Richard Goldstone, the Fact Finding Mission embarked on a thorough investigation which addressed the violations of international humanitarian law and human rights law committed both by Israel, Palestinian armed groups and the Palestinian National Authority in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem…

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Protest against Toronto film festival collusion with Israeli regime continues
By David Walsh
September 16, 2008 – Organizers of a protest against the Toronto film festival’s spotlight on Tel Aviv held a press conference Monday afternoon at Ryerson University to explain their purposes and respond to attacks by pro-Israeli forces. A number of Canadian, Palestinian and Israeli film directors and commentators spoke at the event. Udi Aloni, an Israeli filmmaker, made a statement of support in a video. The protest is directed against the Toronto festival’s choice of Tel Aviv as the initial subject of its “City to City” series, a choice that has been seized upon by the Israeli propaganda machine as part of its effort to “re-brand” the Zionist state and whitewash its crimes…

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Video: Judge Richard Goldstone speaks to Al Jazeera
AljazeeraEnglish
September 16, 2009 – South African judge Richard Goldstone speaks to Al Jazeera after presenting UN report implicating Israel in Gaza war crimes

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Shoe-thrower flown out of Iraq
Aljazeera.net
September 16, 2009 – Muntadhar al-Zeidi, the television reporter jailed for throwing his shoes at George Bush, the former US president, has left Iraq after being released from prison.He flew to Syria on a private jet on Tuesday, before heading to Greece where he will undergo medical treatment, Uday al-Zeidi, one of his brothers, said. Uday al-Zeidi said his brother had been hiding after making remarks to the press the same day, “because we fear for his life”…

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Veolia still intertwined with Israel’s occupation
Adri Nieuwhof
September 16, 2009 – After years of campaigning by Palestine solidarity activists to end the French transportation giant Veolia’s complicity with Israeli violations of Palestinian rights, it was reported in early June that the company planned to end its involvement in an Israeli light rail project being built on occupied Palestinian land. The light rail will connect Jerusalem with several illegal West Bank settlements; Israeli settlements and the annexation of East Jerusalem are illegal under international law…

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US ‘needs larger Afghanistan force’
Aljazeera.net
September 16, 2009 – The most senior military officer in the United States has said that more American troops will probably be needed to bring security to Afghanistan, during an address in Washington. Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the US joint chiefs of staff, told the senate armed services committee on Tuesday that extra troops would help tackle a resurgent Taliban opposition…

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Hamas slams Mitchell failure to get Israeli concessions on settlements
Ma’an News
September 16, 2009 – …Barhoum said Hamas considers it a “failure of the American administration in [not being able to] force Israel to freeze its settlement activity…[it is] proof of the failure of the Obama administration in helping the Palestinian people.” He added that Obama has brought nothing new to the table regarding the separation wall and settlement activity. Hamas called on the US to take stronger positions regarding Israel and said that any future calls for negotiations from the US would signal an “intention to keep the settlements and marginalize Palestinian legal rights.”…

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A turning point for the US solidarity movement
Nada Elia
September 16, 2009 – This weekend at the eighth annual US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation national organizers’ conference held in Chicago, delegates from the approximately 300 member groups that make up the US Campaign voted in favor of an academic and cultural boycott of Israel. The vote came on the heels of a presentation by Omar Barghouti and myself on behalf of the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel and the US Campaign for an Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel. The proposal that “the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation should endorse the principle of cultural and academic boycotts” passed by a landslide with one abstention and not a single objection…

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