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URUK Net 30 September, 2009

Last updated: Thursday, October 8, 2009 12:03

Obama Fires Diplomat for Urging Fraud Probe in Afghan Vote
Chris Floyd
September 30, 2009 – The Obama Adminstration has fired a top US diplomat at the UN for the heinous crime of insisting that the manifest and widespread fraud in the recent Afghan elections be vigorously investigated. Peter Galbraith — the deputy UN special envoy for electoral matters — was technically fired by the United Nations, specifically by UN Secretary General Bai ki-Moon. But as the Guardian points out, “the recall of Galbraith would have required the agreement of the Obama administration.” Galbraith clashed with UN and US officials over his insistence that the fraudulent election of putative Afghan President Hamid Karzai be subjected to “a full and robust investigation,” the Guardian notes…

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Mullah Omar not in Pakistan, Taliban commander says
By Saeed Ali Achakzai
September 30, 2009 – Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar is not in Pakistan and the United States is only saying he is there to justify an expansion of its drone missile strikes, a Taliban commander said on Wednesday. The Washington Post said this week U.S. officials had expressed concern over the ability of Omar and his lieutenants to launch attacks into Afghanistan from sanctuaries around the Pakistani city of Quetta… A Taliban commander, Hayatullah Khan, told Reuters by telephone that the entire Taliban leadership was in Afghanistan. “Pakistan is not safe for us. More of our people have been captured in Pakistan than in Afghanistan so everybody is here including Mullah Omar,” said Khan, who said he was speaking from Afghanistan, although he declined to be specific. “The Americans are making the Quetta shura an excuse for an expansion of their drone strikes to Baluchistan, nothing else,” said Khan, referring to the southwestern province of which Quetta is capital, which borders southern Afghanistan…

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Israeli Army Terrorizes Teenagers inside a School
Kawther Salam
September 30, 2009 – At around 11AM, Fuad Mahmoud Nayef Turkman, aged 17, was killed before the eyes of his brother, relatives and colleagues inside the schoolyard of the “Izz al-Din al-Qassam” school in Yabad, after an Israeli military jeep broke into the school shooting tear gas and then proceeded to deliberately run over one of the students, Fuad, and pulling him more than 25 meters out of the school before the eyes of the horrified pupils.

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The Anti-Empire Report
William Blum
September 30, 2009 – Picture the scene: Afghanistan, two hijacked tankers filled with highly inflammable fuel, surrounded by a crowd of Afghans eager to syphon off some for free … What’s the last thing you want to do? Right — drop bombs on the tankers. That’s what a German military commander signaled an American drone airplane to do September 4. Kaboom!! At least 100 human beings incinerated. This incident has led to a lot of controversy in Germany, for Article 26 of Germany’s post-war Grundgesetz (Basic Law/Constitution) states: “Acts tending to and undertaken with intent to disturb the peaceful relations between nations, especially to prepare for a war of aggression, shall be unconstitutional. They shall be made a criminal offense.”…

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Poll: Vast Majority of Pakistanis Oppose US Partnership
“The United States Is Seen as an Occupying Force”
Jason Ditz
September 30, 2009 – A new poll shows growing opposition to the US role in Pakistan, with fully 76% of those surveyed saying they are opposed to Pakistan partnering with the United States on drone attacks against extremists. The poll also showed that 80% were opposed to accepting any US assistance in their own assorted terror wars…

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Fatah tells Abbas: No talks without settlement freeze
Ma’an News
September 30, 2009 – President Mahmoud Abbas’ party, Fatah, demanded he refuse to continue peace talks with Israel until the Netanyahu government agree to halting settlement construction, the Associated Press reported Wednesday. Fatah Central Committee member Mohammed Dahlan told the news agency that the 23-member committee was unanimous on the issue, and also insisted an agenda for the talks be set ahead of time. Analysts say the move may help Abbas request that US President Barack Obama remove his pressure from the Palestinian side to let go of their earlier condition…

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Iraq’s drought: Eden drying out
By Hugh Sykes
September 30, 2009 – The Garden of Eden is in danger of turning into a dustbowl. The legendary Eden was in Mesopotamia, the land between two rivers – the Tigris and the Euphrates. For hundreds of miles between their lower reaches there is fabulously fertile farmland. But it’s hardly rained in Iraq for more than two years, the river levels have dropped by half in some places, and farmland is drying out. The drought is having a devastating effect on Iraq’s most renowned export after oil – its dates. Iraq used to produce three-quarters of the world’s entire date crop every year. Now, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Iran export more dates than Iraq…

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Video: Palestinian children ride obstacle course to school
AlJazeeraEnglish
September 30, 2009 – Unco-operative donkeys and checkpoints manned by armed soldiers are not obstacles most students have to face on their way to school. But for some Palestinian bedouin children living in the occupied West Bank, they are everyday challenges on their journey to get an education, as Al Jazeera’s Clayton Swisher finds in the town of Tubas…

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US Census Bureau report: 40 million living in poverty
By Kate Randall
30 September 2009 – The overall poverty rate in the US rose to 13.2 percent in 2008, as workers across all sectors of the economy became jobless and increasing numbers of families were forced into destitution, according to a new government report. Real median household income also declined by 3.6 percent. The report released Tuesday, part of the US Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, is the most recent to measure the recession’s impact on working class families and the poor. Based on the changes between 2007 and 2008, the first full year of the recession, its findings do not reflect increases in poverty and joblessness this year as the consequences of the crisis have become even more acute…

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Box of leaflets dropped from RAF plane kills Afghan girl
Adam Gabbatt
September 30, 2009 – A box of leaflets dropped by an RAF plane in Afghanistan landed on and killed a young girl, the Ministry of Defence said. The box should have broken apart in mid-air but struck the young girl intact. She was taken to a hospital in Kandahar where she died. The leaflets were dropped over a rural area of Helmand province by an RAF C130 Hercules on June 23…

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Iraq: Don’t interupt the sorrow, damn right
The Common Ills
September 30, 2009 – …But the point is the Iraq War is not ending. The point is Barack did not keep his promise (but War Hawk Samantha Power revealed in March 2008 that he wouldn’t — too bad whores and liars — hey, Davy D — were treating the War Whore like a saint and not calling out the counterinsurgency queen). This is an attempt to pull energies away from any efforts to end the Iraq War (or the Afghanistan War). It’s dog and pony show. Don’t interrupt the sorrow. Damn right…

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Afghanistan: NATO’s Graveyard?
Tom Engelhardt & John Feffer
September 30, 2009 – …If Afghanistan is the test, then NATO is flunking. The Taliban has made a steady comeback since its rout in 2001. More American soldiers, as well as more soldiers from the other coalition partners, have already died in 2009 than in any of the previous eight years. The number of civilian casualties — 2008 was a record year and 2009 will likely break that record — fly in the face of NATO’s “responsibility to protect” guidelines…How can NATO go global when it can’t even pass its first major test in Afghanistan? “It is of course possible that NATO can survive Afghanistan even in the absence of total success: it depends on the extent of its failure,” Danish security analysts Jens Ringsmose and Sten Rynning have written. “What seems certain is that failure in the Hindu Kush will constitute a serious blow to global NATO.” ..

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And now Quetta
The News International
September 30, 2009 – A terrible notion has been put forward by a British newspaper. It suggests officials in Washington may be planning drone strikes on Quetta – to target key militants who they believe are based there. The story suggests this idea was discussed with the Pakistani team that has been visiting the US. It has been met at home with shock. The spectre of aerial strikes over a major city is simply unthinkable. Perhaps this is a result of Islamabad’s failure to oppose the Predator strikes in our tribal areas…

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Marine spared prison time for killing detainee
By ELLIOT SPAGAT (AP)
September 30, 2009 — A Marine was spared prison time Wednesday for dereliction of duty for killing an Iraqi detainee during a battle to recapture the city of Fallujah.A military judge reduced Sgt. Jermaine’s Nelson’s rank from sergeant to lance corporal after ruling out a bad conduct discharge for the 28-year-old New Yorker. Navy Capt. Keith Allred sentenced Nelson to 150 days in prison, but a previous plea agreement ruled out incarceration. Under court-martial rules, Nelson got the less severe punishment…

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Senior official in Bush domestic propaganda program remains Obama’s Pentagon spokesman
Brad Jacobson
September 30, 2009 – A key senior figure in a Bush administration covert Pentagon program, which used retired military analysts to produce positive wartime news coverage, remains in the same position today as a chief Obama Defense Department spokesman and the agency’s head of all media operations. In an examination of Pentagon documents the New York Times obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request — which reporter David Barstow leveraged for his April 2008 Pulitzer Prize-winning exposé on the program – Raw Story has found that Bryan Whitman surfaces in over 500 emails and transcripts, revealing the deputy assistant secretary of defense for media operations was both one of the program’s senior participants and an active member…

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Report: Israel set to approve massive new settlement near Bethlehem
Ma’an News
September 30, 2009 – Israel’s Ministry of the Interior is expected to approve could become the most populous single settlement in the occupied Palestinian territories since 1967, an Israeli newspaper reported on Wendesday. The Hebrew-language daily Ma’ariv stated that the project, prepared by both the Ministry of the Interior and the Jerusalem Municipality, calls for the construction of 14,000 housing units for 40,000 Jewish Israelis on 3,000 dunums (three square kilometers) of land near the West Bank city of Bethlehem…

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Iranian foreign minister makes rare visit to Washington
By ROBERT BURNS (AP)
September 30, 2009 — Iran’s foreign minister made a rare visit to the U.S. capital Wednesday on a visa granted with unusual speed by the State Department one day before the start of nuclear talks in Geneva. State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley played down the significance of the U.S. decision to permit the visit by Manouchehr Mottaki, even though it marked the first time in years that a senior Iranian official has visited Washington….

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More Obama Administration Witch-Hunt Targets
by Stephen Lendman
September 30, 2009 – The FBI’s top six news stories for the week ending September 25 were about arrests and/or indictments of suspected Muslim terrorists. Combined, they became the latest national security targets in America’s war on Islam. Waged relentlessly since 9/11, it continues unabated under Obama for the same political advantage George Bush sought by stoking fear to be used as a pretext to wage imperial wars and crack down ruthlessly at home with police state efficiency – today against Muslims, Latino immigrants, environmental and animal rights activists, and street protestors, tomorrow against anyone voicing dissent…

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Israel’s propagandists shoot themselves in the foot as they shoot off their mouths
WRITTEN BY GREG FELTON
September 30, 2009 – If you have ever visited a blog or on-line discussion group on the Middle East you have doubtless had the misfortune to run into them. They are known by the language they use: depraved sexual insults, bile, bigotry, threats, disinformation and character assassination. That’s right: I’m talking about “hasbarats,” Zionist trolls who infect the Internet with hasbara, pro-Israel propaganda. Of course, mainstream media hasbarats have been around for decades, as have “hasbaratchiks,” fifth-columns in foreign governments who subvert national policies to serve Israel. The Internet, though, is the latest, some might say the greatest, propaganda playground, and Israel cannot cope with factual, passionate, well-documented stories that expose its war crimes and unrepentant criminality…

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Honduras Supreme Electoral Tribunal Comes Out Against Coup Decree
Al Giordano
September 30, 2009 – The layers keep peeling away from “president” Roberto Micheletti’s coup d’etat, which began with a consensus of most of upper class Honduras and its political institutions but in recent days has seen Congressional and business leaders begin looking for the EXIT sign. It was Micheletti’s authoritarian decree, announced on Sunday, that blasted away the glue that had previously held them all together, with its prohibitions on Constitutional rights of speech, press, assembly, transit and due process. Today, the country’s Supreme Electoral Tribunal joined the growing mob of former unconditional backers of the coup for whom Micheletti’s decree went a step too far..

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Al-Qassam: Israel will free 20 women for Shalit videotape
Palestinian Information Center
September 30, 2009 – Al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, revealed Wednesday that thanks to Egyptian and German efforts, Israel decided to release 20 female prisoners from its jails in exchange for videotaped information on its captive soldier in Gaza Gilad Shalit. Spokesman for the Brigades Abu Obeida told a news conference held in Gaza that six female prisoners are independent and the others are affiliated with Hamas, Fatah, Islamic Jihad and the Popular Front…

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HASBARA ‘BUYCOTTS’ AND PALM FRONDS
Desertpeace
September 30, 2009 – I wonder if Neve Gordon realised the perverbial ‘can of worms’ he opened up when he published THIS Op Ed in the L A Times of August 20th. If you Google the article you will come up with over 20,000 results, most of which come from zionist Websites. The Hasbara machine went into full gear and has remained there till this day. The article was the origin of disscussions throughout the Web, both praising Prof. Gordon and condemning him…

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Lebanon’s cluster bomb lessons
By Andrew Wander in southern Lebanon
September 30, 2009 – “He was picking grapes when he died,” says Khalil Kassem Terkiya, glancing at his wife as he recalls the day their son was killed by a cluster bomb in southern Lebanon. Greying and slight, Terkiya looks older than his 46 years: “A cluster bomb was caught in the vine and it exploded. It was the day after the war finished. He was 19.” His wife walks away without speaking, her head bowed. The couple’s son, Ali, was one of the first post-war victims of the estimated one million cluster bombs fired by Israel into southern Lebanon during a month-long conflict with Hezbollah in 2006. Because so many of them failed to detonate on impact, Ali was not to be the last victim…

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Threat of demolition against 131 apartments in Jerusalem, homes for 1,000 citizens
Maisa Abu Ghazaleh
September 30, 2009 – The Israeli policy of destroying Palestinian homes in occupied East Jerusalem is continuing at a rapid pace. No diplomatic turn or negotiation is having any affect, as the Fateh official in charge of the file of Jerusalem, Hatem Abdel Qader, pointed out today. A delegation from his office is in the Israeli Supreme Court today to issue a resolution against the Israeli Interior Minister Eli Yishai. The subject is his blatant refusal to ratify the final drafts for structural changes in Palestinian neighborhoods in the city of Jerusalem, although citizens have satisfied all the requirements laid forth by the engineering and legal committees. They also have the approval of the local and district offices on the plans. The long and short of it is: it is nearly impossible to get a building permit if you are Palestinian in Jerusalem…

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Suicide bomber kills American in Afghanistan
Reuters
September 30, 2009 – A suicide bomber rammed a car into a military convoy of foreign forces in southeastern Afghanistan Wednesday, killing one American, officials said. The attack occurred as the convoy crossed a bridge in the Mandozai district of Khost province, bordering Pakistan, district chief Wali Shah said. “One of the cars belonging to the troops is on fire and there are some casualties among them, but at this stage I have no precise information,” he told Reuters, adding that a foreign helicopter could be seen evacuating casualties from the scene…

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Gore Vidal: ‘We’ll have a dictatorship soon in the US’
Tim Teeman
September 30, 2009 – …Last year he famously switched allegiance from Hillary Clinton to Barack Obama during the Democratic nomination process for president. Now, he reveals, he regrets his change of heart. How’s Obama doing? “Dreadfully. I was hopeful. He was the most intelligent person we’ve had in that position for a long time. But he’s inexperienced. He has a total inability to understand military matters. He’s acting as if Afghanistan is the magic talisman: solve that and you solve terrorism.” America should leave Afghanistan, he says. “We’ve failed in every other aspect of our effort of conquering the Middle East or whatever you want to call it.”…

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Iraq’s Blacks Demand Recognition
By Afif Sarhan, IOL Correspondent
September 30, 2009 – Iraq’s blacks are complaining of discrimination and political alienation in their homeland, especially in the southern city of Basra, where their community is mainly concentrated. “Black Iraqis are still seen as slaves although engaged in different sectors of the society and there isn’t a law that guarantee our rights as citizens,” Salah Hashimi, 38, told IslamOnline.net. “The government says that they don’t discriminate and that we are all Iraqis, however, those of us who face daily discriminations know otherwise.”..

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Saudi Arabia not to allow use of its airspace against Iran
Zee News
September 30, 2009 – Saudi Arabia has refuted the report that the Israeli and British intelligence heads met with its officials, who agreed to allow the Jewish state to use their airspace to attack Iranian nuclear facilities. British newspaper Sunday Express had reported that Saudi officials had recently met British Intelligence chief and Israel’s Mossad chief Meir Dagan in London and given consent to Israeli Air Force jets for using their airspace in such an event. As per the report, it was also agreed that Saudi Arabia would turn a ‘blind eye’ to Israel’s use of its airspace during a strike…

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Israeli Arabs to launch strike against discriminatory policies
By Jean Shaoul
30 September 2009 – Israel’s 1.4 million Arab citizens are to stage a one-day general strike on October 1 to oppose the openly racist and discriminatory policies of Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu’s government. Jafar Farah, director of the Mossawa Center, the Advocacy Center for Arab Citizens in Israel, cited “ongoing police violence, cuts in the state budget that will detrimentally affect local Arab councils, the deepening of social and economic discrimination, the huge amount of bills introduced which would increase legal discrimination against the Arab community, political incitement against both the Arab community and its leaders and the atmosphere since the election of the new government.”…

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