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URUK Net 17 September, 2009

Last updated: Monday, September 21, 2009 10:32

Iraqi Traitors & Hypocrites.
Layla Anwar, An Arab Woman Blues
September 17, 2009 – I have been watching Riz Khan interviewing Bremer’s puppet Iyad Allawi, who lost big time in the 2005 elections. I suggest you watch this video. First, some good pertinent questions were asked by Riz Khan and some good comments by callers. And secondly, the responses by Iyad Allawi, who held the gangster Bremer in the highest esteem, will show the reader, the extent of how much Iraq has become a FAILED state…

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UN General Assembly president “frustrated” in his attempts to end blockade of Gaza
Farewell, Fr Miguel… and thank you for trying
Stuart Littlewood
September 17, 2009 – Outgoing United Nations General Assembly President Miguel d’Escoto Brockman says he was obstructed by leading UN members from trying to improve the lives of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. “My greatest frustration this year has been the Palestine situation,” he told the 192-nation assembly in his final address on 14 September before handing over the one-year presidency to Libyan diplomat Ali Treki. He found it “disgraceful” the way influential members of the UN Security Council had shown “passivity and apparent indifference” about the long and cruel Israeli blockade of Gaza….

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Under siege: Lebanon’s Palestinians 27 years after the Sabra Shatila Massacre
Franklin Lamb
September 17, 2009 – Meandering the alleys and ground vapors of the wet fetid stench in Beirut’s Shatila Palestinian Refugee Camp, 27 years after the 1982 Sabra Shatila Massacre, one witnesses a Dystopia. This shanty ground, the most squalid of the World’s 59 Palestinian Refugee Camps, including the eight in Gaza, is reminiscent less of Huxley’s horrifying Brave New World than Kafka’s 1914 novel, Penal Colony. The Camp is an island society of misery characterized by poverty, oppression, tension, nearly 40 percent unemployment, depression, rising domestic violence rising student dropout rates, deep frustration among many youth today because it is time to enroll in University for Fall semester and there is neither tuition money or places for most Palestinians. The camp families are experiencing rising numbers of respiratory disease cases, nonexistent health care for the majority, pollution and the near total abridgement of civil rights. Many see an advancing explosion on the horizon. Among the many Lebanese laws that straight jacket Palestinians is a 2002 law that forbids people with no recognized state — Palestinians — to own property outside the camps…

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Finding Khitam: Gaza Ramadan day 26
Eva Bartlett, In Gaza
September 17, 2009 – For some time now I had been meaning to visit Khitam, a young deaf girl living in Sheyjayee and schooled at the Atfaluna society for deaf children. Interruptions, some procrastination, and Ramadan all delayed the visit. Until yesterday. I resolved I’d find her and pass along the good wishes of her American friends and now family, Jane and her 14 friends of Palestine, as well as my friend Leila from the UK, who until a few months ago was here in Gaza. Sheyjayee is a large district east of Gaza city. I know parts of it from transit to the north of Gaza and from visits to friends in the area and to patients in the Al Wafa rehabilitation centre (the one Israeli tanks shelled and shot up during the masscare of Gaza; white phosphorous clumps still smoldered days after when I’d revisited the hospital post-massacre. Incidentally, this is one of the intentional acts of destruction that a UN report cited as considered a war crime on Israel’s part, one of many which include targeting medics, although it wasn’t really a ‘war’ was it?]…

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Jamie Rubin, Cruise Missile Liberal, Calls for Hypnotizing Americans About Afghan War
Jeremy Scahill
September 17, 2009 – Jamie Rubin, one of the leading Democratic Party hawks, was on MSNBC’s Morning Joe Wednesday to discuss Afghanistan policy. Rubin, who served as former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright’s top deputy in the 1990s, was a major figure in shaping and refining Clinton’s “military humanism” doctrine. He was a passionate advocate for war against Iraq, which Clinton waged militarily and economically throughout the 1990s; he was a central player in the US-led NATO bombing of Yugoslavia and, significantly, US support for the Kosovo Liberation Army, which a senior US official, Richard Gelbard, had labeled “without any questions, a terrorist group.”

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Israel army chief says Iran remains a challenge
Iran not an existential threat: Israel’s Barak
Al-Arabiya
September 17, 2009 – Israel’s Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Thursday that Iran was not an existential threat to Israel, a view that would seem to depart from Israeli statements of the recent past. “Iran does not constitute an existential threat to Israel’s existence,” the former prime minister said in an interview with the mass-selling Yediot Aharonot daily. In response to a question about Tehran’s nuclear program which Israel has said it sees as destined to produce atomic weapons that could put its existence at risk, Barak said in an interview with the paper: “I am not among those who believe Iran is an existential issue for Israel.”..

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AFGHANISTAN: Overstretched health services in Kandahar Province
IRIN news
September 17, 2009 – As the van passed along the bumpy road, groans could be heard coming from the three wounded passengers, but once on asphalt near Kandahar city, southern Afghanistan, only one person was still murmuring; the two others (teenagers) had passed away. The three were injured in an air strike on their village in Shah Wali Kot District, Kandahar Province, earlier this month, according to Abdul Aleem, the surviving injured man. “There is no clinic or doctor in our district so they brought me here,” he told IRIN from his bed in a hospital in Kandahar. “I was in terrible pain on the road here.”…

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Video: the issue of Israeli settlement
AljaeeraEnglish
September 17, 2009 – Despite a wave of protests and talks on the issue Israeli settlement construction continues. George Mitchell, the US envoy to the Middle East, met Binyamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister during his latest tour of the region and allthough the meeting was described as “good” by the prime minister’s office, there was no deal on the thorny issue of settlements. The US wants Israel to temporarily halt its expansion into Palestinian land, especially in the occupied West Bank…

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Why Is Obama Still Using Blackwater?
By Jeremy Scahill
September 17, 2009 – Two years ago on September 16, 2007, on a steamy hot Baghdad day with temperatures reaching 100 degrees, a heavily armed Blackwater convoy entered a congested intersection at Nisour Square in the Mansour district of the Iraqi capital. The once-upscale section of Baghdad was still lined with boutiques, cafes and art galleries dating back to better days. The ominous caravan consisted of four large armored vehicles with machine guns mounted on top…

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Intelligence Agencies Say No New Nukes in Iran
Secret updates to White House challenge European and Israeli assessments.
By Mark Hosenball | Newsweek Web Exclusive
September 17, 2009 – The U.S. intelligence community is reporting to the White House that Iran has not restarted its nuclear-weapons development program, two counterproliferation officials tell NEWSWEEK. U.S. agencies had previously said that Tehran halted the program in 2003. The officials, who asked for anonymity when discussing sensitive information, said that U.S. intelligence agencies have informed policymakers at the White House and other agencies that the status of Iranian work on development and production of a nuclear bomb has not changed since the formal National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) on Iran’s “Nuclear Intentions and Capabilities” in November 2007…

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Ramadan asserts Muslim attachment to Jerusalem
KHALID AMAYREH
September 17, 2009 – As the month of Ramadan draws to a close, many Palestinians are devoting the last ten days of the holy month to gaining more spiritual enrichment through I’tikaf or uninterrupted spiritual engagement. Many people are going for I’tikaf this year, motivated by a desire to gain Allah’s blessing and also encouraged by a relative relaxation of the normally harsh Israeli restrictions on the entry of Palestinians to al-Quds…

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Obama administration to seek extension of Patriot Act spy powers
By Patrick Martin
September 17, 2009 – In a letter from the Justice Department to the Senate Judiciary Committee, the Obama administration has gone on record for the first time supporting the extension of key provisions of the USA Patriot Act, including the notorious provision that gives the federal government the power to subpoena library records of any individual. Several provisions of the Patriot Act, legislation adopted in the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 attacks that grants sweeping surveillance powers to US intelligence agencies, are scheduled to expire December 31, unless renewed by Congress. The House and Senate judiciary committees have scheduled hearings next week on the proposed reauthorizations…

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Iraq shoe-thrower in Greece for medical treatment
AFP
September 17, 2009 — The Iraqi journalist jailed for throwing his shoes at former US president George W. Bush has arrived in Greece following his release, Iraqi diplomats said Thursday. TV reporter Muntazer al-Zaidi went to Greece for medical treatment after suffering torture while in prison, his family said. He was released on Tuesday after being jailed for one year for launching shoes at Bush on December 14 during a Baghdad press conference…

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IRAN: Revolutionary Guard sternly warns protesters before Quds Day
Borzou Daragahi
September 17, 2009 – …In a statement published on the Revolutionary Guard’s Sepah News website, the Revolutionary Guard, who are close to hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, warned people not to chant slogans that defy the official spirit of the day or wear colors or ornaments that have come to symbolize the opposition movement led by Mir-Hossein Mousavi and his allies. “Police, security forces and especially Revolutionary Guard and Basiji [militiamen] are ready to strongly confront any diversion or counterrevolutionary and anti-popular moves,” the statement read…

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IDF brutes invade Bil’in, night-time raid, injuring those present SEE FILM
WRITTEN BY HAITHAM AL KATIB
September 17, 2009 – Shortly after 1:30 am, Israeli forces invaded Bil’in again. They raided the house of Abdullah Mahmoud Aburahma in an attempt to arrest him. However, he was not home at the time. Palestinian and international activists intervened by jumping over the wall into the garden since the soldiers had shut the gate closed. Some international activists were threatened with arrest unless they move back. The soldiers had sealed off the house while operating inside. They forced open two doors breaking the locks and destroying the doors. They trashed several rooms and beat Mohammed Khatib who had come to the rescue of Abdullah’s family. He was taken to hospital in Ramallah for treatment and returned to the village later…

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The battle over detainee abuse photos
Editorial,The Los Angeles Times
September 17, 2009 – This spring, President Obama reversed himself and decided to block the release of photographs showing the abuse of detainees by the U.S. military. Now, having lost in two lower federal courts, the administration is seeking review by the U.S. Supreme Court. The justices should decline the invitation. The high court ordinarily agrees to hear cases that raise difficult questions on which lower courts have disagreed. But two courts found the legal issue in this case straightforward…

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Israel: Mitchell’s diplomacy stalls over settlement freeze
By Chris Marsden
September 17, 2009 – The actions of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have succeeded in exposing the falsity of all claims that the Obama administration offers a road towards a settlement with the Palestinians. US Middle East envoy George Mitchell has been forced to extend his trip to Israel until Friday, having reached no agreement with Netanyahu on a pledge to freeze settlement construction…

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Suicide bomber kills six Italian soldiers in attack on Nato convoy in Kabul
James Hider in Kabul
September 17, 2009 – A suicide bomber killed six Italian soldiers and at least four Afghan civilians when he blew up a truck filled with explosives next to a Nato convoy in Kabul today. Three more Italian troops and around 30 Afghans were wounded in the blast, defence officials said. The force of the explosion blew one of the Italian army jeeps across two lanes of traffic on the crowded airport road, destroying a number of civilian cars and smashing in the fronts of shops and stalls lining the highway…

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Video: War on Democracy – US backed 1973 coup in Chile
John Pilger
September 17, 2009 – An excerpt from John Pilger’s documentary The War on Democracy, which recounts the involvement of the United States government in the brutal 1973 military coup that overthrew the democratic socialist government of President Salvador Allende — paradoxically on September 11. It ushered in a regime of torture and tyranny.—

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Six Palestinians injured by Israeli soldiers, settlers
Ma’an News
September 17, 2009 -At least six Palestinians were injured by Israeli soldiers and settlers on Thursday in the West Bank cities of Hebron, Bethlehem, and the village of Awarta, south of Nablus according to Palestinian Authority police. Twenty-year-old Ashraf Gazi Faleh Awwad arrived at a hospital with bruises as a result of beatings by settlers on the main street of the Awarta village, the police said. Sixteen-year-old Uday Riad Muhammad reached the Alia government hospital in Hebron after being beaten by Israeli soldiers near the Ibrahimi Mosque in the center of the city of Hebron…

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Glenn Beck’s Demagoguery, Right Wing Extremism, and Racism
Stephen Lendman
September 17, 2009 – At a time of 24-hour news and a proliferation of television and radio talk shows featuring hatemongers and demagogues like Rush Limbaugh, Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity and Lou Dobbs, Glenn Beck may stand out as the most unhinged and extremist of all as evidenced by his jihad against anyone to the left of his views, disadvantaged minorities, Muslims, Latino immigrants, and progressive change in some of his most outlandish comments…

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