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URUK Net 19 September, 2009

Last updated: Monday, September 21, 2009 10:08

Urgent Call: A Minor Abused Sexually in Jail
Kawther Salam
September 19, 2009 – The lawyer of the Women’s Organization for Political Prisoners (WOFPP), Taghreed Jahshan, is appealing to everybody from the international community, the European Union, Parliament members, governments, courts, p3-16-2 harb.inddjudges, journalists, human rights organizations, peace activists, to rescue the life of a Palestinian girl who was abused SEXUALLY SEVERAL TIMES by an IDF jailer, a warden from the inhuman military jail of Hasharon. lawyer Jahshan stated that the victim is a minor and that the she lives under severe punishment in an isolation cell. Jahshan expressed her great concern after the victim was transferred to an unhealthy isolation cell after she complained formally against the sexual abuse by the warden. She said that the jailer spread the victims cell with poisonous chemicals and locked the door of the cell after five minutes…

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Video: Palestine Pre-1947
calista48
September 19, 2009 – The old lie that palestine was dry desert waiting for a people is just that—a lie. This clip for all people to see the Beauty of the Palestinian People before they were ethnically cleansed and murdered and made into refugees by the State of Israel…

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PFLP denounces US support for occupation massacres and demands international accountability for war crimes
Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine -PFLP
September 19, 2009 – The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine denounced the U.S. position supporting the Israeli massacre in Gaza and the U.S. condemnation of the United Nations fact-finding report on Gaza. The PFLP noted in its statement on September 19, 2009 that the U.S. is exhibiting once again its strategic alliance with the occupation state and its war crimes. The PFLP statement noted that the U.S. is a model of blindness to “human rights” when it comes to explicit war crimes and violations committed daily by the occupier against the Palestinian people and land and holy places, which are condemned by the vast majority of peoples around the world…

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Shoe thrower shot by US troops dies
The Common Ills
Saturday, September 19, 2009 – …On Wednesday Ahmed Abdul Latif was shot by US forces in Falluja after he threw a shoe at the US military. Nawaf Jabbar and Ned Parker (Los Angeles Times) reported that Latif fell to the ground after being shot according to eye witness Ahmed Mukhlif who says that then “the four U.S. Humvees stopped and a man stepped out, his rifle pointing toward the wounded Iraqi, and a policeman intervened and prevented the American from firing again.” Today an Iraqi correspondent for McClatchy reports that Ahmed Abdul Latif died in the hospital Thursay and quotes his brother stating, “Maybe now he is at peace.”…

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Eid Message from Mullah Omar
Mullah Mohammad Omar Mujahid
September 19, 2009 – …We would like to say, we are victims of the black propaganda of the enemy media. This has created doubts between us and a number of countries of the world. They have wrongly depicted us as a force being against education and women’s rights. They also accuse us of our being a threat to the countries of the world. The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan wants to clear away all these doubts provided a conducive atmosphere is available. The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan calls on the public of the West not to be deceived by the assertions of Obama, who says the war in Afghanistan, is a war of necessity. The West does not have to wage this war. This war, in fact, started for clandestine motives under baseless reasons. The humanity, as a whole, suffers from its negative consequences. The global economic meltdown, instability, lack of trust and violation of international norms is the outcome of the baseless policies (of this war). The public of the West should also not be deceived by the assertions of the General Secretary of NATO and British Prime Minister who claim the war in Afghanistan is for the defense of the West. Such deceiving and baseless utterances must not confuse you. These are just demagogic efforts of your rulers aimed at justifying this unlawful and long imposed war in contravention of all international principles. No country in the world has right to meddle in the internal affairs of its neighboring country according to the modern international principles.! …

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Sabra and Shatila
Richard Seymour
September 19, 2009 – …In September 1982, a month after Israel’s demolition of the PLO had been consecrated, the IDF sealed off the Sabra and Shatila refugee camp. On Thursday 16 September 1982, truckloads of Phalangist and Haddad troops entered the camp from behind IDF lines. The Phalangists selected for the attack were drawn from the most extreme elements of the militia, while the Haddad troops were more or less direct auxiliaries of the Israeli army. They killed and killed for days. At night, they killed by they light of flares, methodically massacring the inhabitants, scooping them up with bulldozers and burying them under the rubble. Those bodies which could not be buried were taken away in trucks. On Friday 17 September, the Israeli chief of staff and met with the Phalangist high command, commended their hard work, and offered them a truck with IDF markings so that they might better do their work. They were given another 12 hours in the camp to finish their work, which they duly completed by 5am on Saturday 18 September. After the massacre was completed, journalists began to arrive on the scene…

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USA: The unfair negotiator
Ma’an News
September 19, 2009 – To many longtime observers of the question of Palestine it is incredible that the United States continues to insert itself as the interlocutor between Palestinians and Israel. Even more incredible is that some Palestinians appear to accept this and to place their faith in the United States as a mediator that will help realize Palestinians’ dreams of self-determination. One must wonder if those who place such faith in the United States understand that this self-declared interlocutor is also the main source of finance to Israel through both trade and cash. Israel, a relatively rich country, receives more American money than any needy developing country in the world. Not only is the US the largest weapons dealer in the world, and it has been for the last sixty years, it is also the main source of the weapons Israel uses to continue to kill and maim Palestinians; it is with those weapons Israel continues to impose an inhumane and illegal occupation on the Palestinian people….

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Popular resistance lives on in Gaza
Eva Bartlett, In Gaza
September 19, 2009 – …The Beit Hanoun protesters’ message: for Israeli soldiers to stop targeting farmers, for Israeli authorities to end the (intentional) practice of driving Palestinian farmers off of their land. They call also for access to water, highlighting that in that region all but a single water source have been destroyed. This tank serves 40 dunams (1 dunam is 1,000 square metres) of farmland. What has led these citizens to take up flags and placards? An on-going series of Israeli army targeted-shootings, tank and bulldozer invasions, destruction of farmland, and kidnapping of Palestinian civilians, rendering even the simple act of tending trees on farmland impossible or highly dangerous, risking injury or death from Israeli gunfire. An exaggeration? Since the end of Israel’s 23 day winter massacre of Gaza, another eight Palestinian civilians have been killed in the Strip’s border regions, including four minors (3 boys and 1 girl) and one mentally disabled adult. Another 28 Palestinians, including eight minors (7 boys, 1 girl) and 2 women, have been injured by Israeli shooting and shelling, including by the use of ‘flechette’ dart-bombs on civilian areas…

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Drug War on Iraq.
Layla Anwar, An Arab Woman Blues
September 19, 2009 – This is an ABSOLUTE MUST WATCH video. From Inside Iraq aired on Al-Jazeera English on 18th September 2009. Prior to 2003, there was NO DRUG problem in Iraq. And do look at this Iranian political scientist clown… What can the future for Iraq look like, with all this destruction ?…

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N Yemen ‘humanitarian disaster’
By May Ying Welsh in North Yemen
September 19, 2009 – In the searing heat of the desert near the Saudi border, the sound of heavy artillery echoes across the mountains every few minutes, hammering the ears of Askar Ragass and her terrified family. Mortar attacks and aerial bombardment are now familiar sounds to the simple farmers and herders fleeing the war between the Yemeni army and Houthi Shia rebels that broke out last month in the country’s mountainous north. “We’re so scared,” Askar, a farmer, tells Al Jazeera from her tent in al-Mazraq camp where she and 500 other displaced families have been living after fleeing their villages…

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Following Publication of Report of the UN Fact Finding Mission on Gaza: Israeli War Criminals to Trial/Court!
Michael Warschawski
September 19, 2009 – Publication of Report of the UN Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict is an important step, on condition that it is followed up. This is important, first and foremost, for international public hygiene: during two decades of neo-conservative rule in the United States, we were witness to a joint effort of the White House and Israel to annul the norms of international law. Here we can recall the stupid comment of George W. Bush. Bush, in the framework of the global war on terror, argued it is essential to annul the limitations placed by the Geneva Conventions on combatants. And Israel, already in the early 1970s, decided that the Fourth Geneva Conventions are not applicable to the occupied Palestinian territories….

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Goldstone commission sees evidence of ‘persecution’
Philip Weiss
September 19, 2009 – When I visited Gaza last May-June, the destruction was so overwhelming and the sense of arbitrary punishment so high that I found myself using the word “persecution.” It was clear to me that these people had been targeted as a people; the assault was an effort to diminish their life spirit in every way possible, including destruction of the family unit. What I saw reminded me of what I had heard about the Jews in Warsaw and in Germany and Austria in the runup to the Second World War. Those Jews were persecuted; and these Palestinians were too. One of the surprises of the Goldstone report for the UN Human Rights Council is that it too talks of “persecution” as a recognized crime against humanity and says that Israel is likely guilty of this charge…

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Honduras Resistance Warns of Provocateurs on the Internet
AL GIORDANO
September 19, 2009 – A sure sign that the Honduran people’s resistance against the June 28 coup d’etat continues to enjoy massive public support comes from the continued disinformation campaigns against it. After all, if the coup regime really had, as its defenders claim, won the battle for Honduran hearts and minds, it wouldn’t need to persist in its overstated PR and disinfo campaigns against coup opponents. Yet Honduran TV and radio airwaves are still daily bombarded by slick advertisements that seek to legitimize the coup regime and demonize its opponents. Pro-coup newspapers – owned by the same few families that control most of the country’s economic means of production – serve up similar daily fare…

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Iran’s Ahmadinejad jumps the gun on Afghan poll
By Golnar Motevalli
On Friday, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad congratulated Afghan president Hamid Karzai on being re-elected. In a phone conversation, Ahmadinejad said, “Afghan people have picked you as an ingenious and devout leader.” “Iran welcomes your programs for further independence and development in Afghanistan,” President Ahmadinejad went on saying. … It was a bit premature: even Karzai himself hasn’t actually claimed victory in last month’s presidential poll…

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Israel Escalates Anti-UN Campaign;Greatest Diplomatic Battle in Years
Political Theatrics
September 19, 2009 – A day after the release of the critical Goldstone Commission report over Israeli crimes in Gaza, Israel continued its Anti-UN campaign. “The Goldstone committee is a committee that was set up to find Israel guilty of crimes that were determined in advanced, and the committee’s members did not let the facts confuse them,” said Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Thursday, in his first comments in response to the harsh UN report investigation into the Israeli aggression on the Gaza strip…

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Israel’s Gaza blockade crippling reconstruction
Rory McCarthy
September 19, 2009 – A leaked UN report has warned that Israel’s continued economic blockade of Gaza and lengthy delays in delivering humanitarian aid are “devastating livelihoods” and causing gradual “de-development”. For more than two years, Gaza has been under severe Israeli restrictions, preventing all exports and confining imports to a limited supply of humanitarian goods. Now, eight months after the end of the Gaza war, much reconstruction work is still to be done because materials are either delayed or banned from entering the strip…

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Abu Wael’s farm
Marryam Haleem writing from Beit Hanoun, occupied Gaza Strip
September 19, 2009 – Abu Wael, my white-haired host in Beit Hanoun, so gentle and soft-spoken, sat and graciously urged his guests to eat more of food that he grew with his own hands on his northern Gaza farm, while he spoke of his grief. The farm used to be planted with olive trees. During the olive harvest in October 2004, Abu Wael went with some workers and relatives to begin the harvest. However, Beit Hanoun came under attack by the Israeli army. That day, as they reached the farm, they received news that a cousin, Luay, was hit by a helicopter rocket and seriously wounded. So they left the farm out of concern for Luay and the family…

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The Torture Memos: The Case Against the Lawyers
By David Cole
September 19, 2009 – On Monday, August 24, as President Obama began his vacation on Martha’s Vineyard, his administration released a previously classified 2004 report by the CIA’s inspector general that strongly criticized the techniques employed to interrogate “high-value” al-Qaeda suspects at the CIA’s secret prisons. The report revealed that CIA agents and contractors, in addition to using such “authorized” and previously reported tactics as waterboarding, wall-slamming, forced nudity, stress positions, and extended sleep deprivation, also employed a variety of “unauthorized, improvised, inhumane and undocumented” methods. These included threatening suspects with a revolver and a power drill; repeatedly applying pressure to a detainee’s carotid artery until he began to pass out; staging a mock execution; threatening to sexually abuse a suspect’s mother; and warning a detainee that if another attack occurred in the United States, “We’re going to kill your children”…

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Maliki’s “Death Squad” unit
Roads to Iraq
September 19, 2009 – Kuwaiti media group Al-Rai (newspaper and TV) obtained a highly classified document shows the existence of an “assassination squad”, equipped with modern weapons and equipment more advanced than arms owned by the Iraqi army units. The unit is supervised directly by the Head of the Armed Forces, who is according to the Iraqi constitution is the Prime Minister Nuri Al-Maliki. Anonymous officers told Al-Rai that the unit arrests former Ba’athists…

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Exclusive: Hamas leader interview
Ken Livingstone
September 19, 2009 – … Gaza today is under siege. Crossings are closed most of the time and for months victims of the Israeli war on Gaza have been denied ?access to construction materials to rebuild their destroyed homes. Schools, hospitals and homes in many parts of the Gaza Strip are in need of rebuilding. Tens of thousands of people remain homeless. As winter approaches, the conditions of these victims will only get worse in the cold and rain. One and a half million people are held hostage in one of the biggest prisons in the history of humanity. They are unable to travel freely out of the Strip, whether for medical treatment, for education or for other needs. What we have in Gaza is a disaster and a crime against humanity perpetrated by the Israelis. The world community, through its silence and indifference, colludes in this crime…

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Iran to privatize oil terminals
PressTV
September 19, 2009 – Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s government plans to pass 40 percent of the shares of the state-controlled Iranian Oil Terminals Company to the private sector. The government decided in a recent session of the cabinet to convert 40 percent of its shares to the so-called “Justice Shares,” reported Mehr News Agency on Friday. Iranian Oil Terminals Company has four hubs loading more than 2,000 oil carrier tankers per year and is a part of the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC)…

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Goldstone Reports Gaza War Crimes; Called “Self-Hating Jew” 5000 Times and Still Counting
by M.J. Rosenberg
September 19, 2009 – As everyone knows, anyone who criticizes Israeli actions is either an “anti-semite” or a “self-hating Jew.” It’s easy to figure out who’s who. If you thought Israel’s onslaught against Gaza was an abomination, and you are not a Jew, you are an anti-semite. Or if you agree with the United Nations’ investigator, Richard Goldstone, that Israel committed war crimes in Gaza, and you are a Jew, voila, you are a self-hating Jew. Goldstone, a Jew, is of course a self-hater…

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The global jobs crisis
Tom Eley
19 September 2009 – New reports on unemployment, poverty and hunger released this week demonstrate that the global economic crisis is being used to effect a basic restructuring of social relations characterized by long-term high unemployment and the impoverishment of the working class. An Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) study released Wednesday reports that by the end of 2010, 10 million jobs will likely be lost among member states, bringing to 25 million the number of jobs eliminated in the thirty-member group of industrialized nations since the economic crisis began at the end of 2007…

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NATO Chief Proposes Joint Effort With Russia on Missile Defense
By Philip P. Pan and Debbi Wilgoren, WP
September 19, 2009 – The secretary general of NATO called Friday for greater cooperation between the Western alliance and Russia, including the possibility of linking their missile defense systems in an effort to stem proliferation and deter attacks by nuclear-armed nations such as North Korea and, potentially, Iran. A day after President Obama announced that he was abandoning a Bush-era plan for a missile defense system that Russia strongly opposed, and turning instead to a partly sea-based shield, NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen called for “a new beginning” for NATO-Russia relations built on practical cooperation instead of “mistrust” and “flawed expectations.”…

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BDS: The Winds of Change Blew from the UK and the Blow Back
Eileen Fleming, thepeoplesvoice.org
September 19, 2009 – Within hours of the courageous landmark decision by Britain’s trade unions that voted overwhelmingly to commit to build a mass BDS movement on Israel as the way to negotiate for justice for Palestinians, Peter Benjamin Mandelson, Britain’s current First Secretary of State, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, President of the Board of Trade and Lord President of the Council, announced that boycotts are “unhelpful and polarize the debate.”…

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