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URUK Net 2 October, 2009

Last updated: Friday, October 9, 2009 12:24

Pipelineistan’s Ultimate Opera
Tom Engelhardt & Pepe Escobar
October 2, 2009 – …Needless to say, the Nabucco consortium itself would kill to have Iran as a gas supplier for the pipeline. They are also familiar with realpolitik: this could happen only with a Washington-blessed solution to the Iranian nuclear dossier. Iran, for its part, knows well how to seduce Europe. Mohammad-Reza Nematzadeh, managing director of the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC), has insisted Iran is Europe’s “sole option” for the success of Nabucco. Is Russia just watching all this gas go by? Of course not. In October 2007, Putin signed a key agreement with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad: If Iran cannot sell its gas to Nabucco — a likelihood given the turbulence of American domestic politics and its foreign policy — Russia will buy it. Translation: Iranian gas could end up, like Central Asian gas, heading for Europe as more “Russian” gas…

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Israel is after what is left of Gaza’s green shoots
By Iqbal Tamimi
October 2, 2009 – Israelis has no drop of shame. After strangling the Gaza people and confining them like a herd of animals, bombing their homes and children for 23 days burning everything to the ground, their eyes are now on the new shoots of their palm fronds to celebrate their religious festivities for one good reason…a cheaper price…. And what triggers one’s anger is the journalistic language of the Jerusalem Post that dares to confess that ‘Gazans will be permitted to export lulavim to Israel after Religious Services Minister Ya’acov Margi received special permission to do so from Defense Minister Ehud Barak’. GAZANS WILL BE PERMITTED they say, so they know that Gazans are suffering a total control on everything coming or leaving their strip of land, their Defence Minister who ordered burning down everything in Gaza including its farms and orchards now is kind enough to exchange his few filthy Shekels to buy a Jewish must for the festivities…isn’t that wonderful? Especially that he knows that money means nothing to Gaza people any way since his total control on Gaza air, sea, and land means the people of Gaza can’t buy from any source…

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Israel, Colonial States and Racism
Michael Warschawski
October 2, 2009 – One cannot speak about, or try to analyze, Zionism and its product, the State of Israel, while evading the core of their essence: colonialism. Independent of its motivations (resolving the Jewish question in Eastern Europe at the turn of the twentieth century), Zionism is a colonialist movement that has created a colonialist state. In fact, Israel is one of the youngest colonial states still existing in the twenty-first century… Israel is a colonial state not only in its origin but also in its modus operandi. Its laws and practices are shaped with the goal of building, assessing and strengthening its Jewish character…

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With PA help, Obama moves Palestine one step closer to genocide
Gabriel Ash
The Goldstone report was a milestone in demanding accountability from Israel. Unfortunately, to tear one’s hair out, it is being buried with the help of the Palestinian Judenrat in Ramallah. the Palestinian Authority, under heavy pressure from the United States, has withdrawn its support for a U.N. Human Rights Council resolution on alleged war crimes in Gaza, diplomats in Geneva said Thursday. U.N. and European diplomats, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter with reporters, said the Palestinian delegation’s surprise turnaround means any resolution on the report would likely be delayed until next March …

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Judge says CIA can cover up destruction of interrogation tapes
The Associated Press
October 2, 2009 — A federal judge cited national-security concerns in ruling yesterday that the CIA does not have to release hundreds of documents related to the destruction of videotapes of Sept. 11 detainee interrogations that used harsh methods. U.S. District Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein said he believed he had an obligation to let the CIA director decide what should be released when it pertains to methods used to make uncooperative detainees divulge information…

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Video: Territorial Domination in the West Bank
Sam Mayfield
October 2, 2009 – Settlement expansion in the Occupied Territories of Palestine is about more than constructing houses for Jewish settlers. Palestinian farmland is being turned into industrial space. Illegal outposts on Palestinian land are protected by Israeli military. Roads, if Palestinians are allowed to drive on them, are often blocked without warning…

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If it is not “victory in Iraq”, then it is “defeat” .. but we have smashed Iraq
Imad Khadduri
October 2, 2009 – … And after six and a half years of a brutal and bloody occupation: “The outgoing commander of US troops in Iraq, Gen David Petraeus, has said that he will never declare victory there [emphasis added].
In a BBC interview, Gen Petraeus said that recent security gains were “not irreversible” and that the US still faced a “long struggle”. No victory in Iraq, says Petraeus, September 11, 2009
“It isn’t clear whether the United States will ever be able to declare victory in Iraq [emphasis added], the top U.S. commander there said Thursday. “I’m not sure we will ever see anyone declare victory in Iraq, because first off, I’m not sure we’ll know for 10 years or five years,” Army Gen. Ray Odierno told reporters at the Pentagon.”…
Odierno: May not be possible to declare victory in Iraq, October 2, 2009

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US, British troops killed in Afghanistan attacks
By ROBERT H. REID (AP)
October 2, 2009 — A suicide bomber struck a U.S. convoy in southern Afghanistan on Friday, killing two American soldiers, and military officials announced the deaths of two other international troopers — one American and one Briton — the day before. The deadly start to the month followed a drop in U.S. and NATO deaths in September over the previous two months — perhaps because no major offensives were launched as the U.S. takes stock of its strategy in the troubled eight-year war. The Obama administration is debating whether to send more American troops to Afghanistan…

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Project Censored’s Latest Top 25 Censored Stories
By Stephen Lendman
October 2, 2009 – For 33 years, Sonoma State University’s (SSU) Project Censored (PC) has engaged in pioneering research on, and advocacy for, First Amendment issues. Founded by Carl Jensen in 1976, it’s now headed by Professor Ben Frymer. On July 1, he took over from Professor Peter Phillips who stepped down after 13 years of distinguished service as Director. PC works cooperatively “with numerous independent (US) media groups,” primarily to train SSU students “in media research and First Amendment issues and the advocacy for, and protection of, free press rights in the United States.” For over three decades, it’s “trained over 1,500 students in investigative research” and continues doing it through “a partnership of faculty, students, and the community,” cooperatively engaged in “research on important national news stories that are underreported, ignored, misrepresented, or censored by the US corporate media.”..

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Anti-Kurdish militia demonstrations in Iraq’s Mosul
By Jareer Mohammed
October 2, 2009 – Thousands of students went to the streets in the northern city of Mosul protesting the presence of Kurdish militia fighters in their city. The students, mainly from secondary and high schools, carried placards denouncing the militias and demanding their immediate withdrawal from Mosul. “The protesters shouted slogans against peshmerga fighters and asked the government to have them replaced by Iraqi troops,” a provincial sources told the newspaper on condition that his name not be revealed…

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Al Mezan and Al-Haq Regret London Magistrates’ Court Decision Not to Issue Arrest Warrant against Israeli Defence Minister for Alleged War Crimes in Gaza
Al Mezan and Al Haq
October 2, 2009 – Al Mezan and Al Haq regret the decision of the London judge not to issue an arrest warrant against Israel’s Defence Minister Ehud Barak during his visit to the UK yesterday. Al Mezan and Al Haq had instructed British lawyers to act on behalf of dozens of families who were victims of the devastating military attacks which breached international law during Operation Cast Lead. Al Mezan and Al Haq strongly believe that individuals who commit or order the perpetration of war crimes must be held accountable in accordance with international law, including through universal jurisdiction…

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Video: Palestinians celebrate prisoners’ release
AljaeeraEnglish
October 2, 2009 – Scenes of jubilation in the occupied West bank as the families of 18 released female Palestinian prisoners are reunited with their loved ones. But these moments of emotion for the families are also politically significant as calls for the release of captured Israeli soldier, Gilad Shalit, in return for hundreds more Palestinian prisoners being held in Israeli jails intensifies.

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Odierno: May not be possible to declare victory in Iraq
CNN
October 2, 2009 – It isn’t clear whether the United States will ever be able to declare victory in Iraq, the top U.S. commander there said Thursday.
Army Gen. “I’m not sure we will ever see anyone declare victory in Iraq, because first off, I’m not sure we’ll know for 10 years or five years,” Army Gen. Ray Odierno told reporters at the Pentagon. About 123,000 U.S. troops are in Iraq now, and President Obama says all combat forces will be gone by the end of August 2010, leaving as many as 50,000 noncombat troops to advise and train Iraqi forces before leaving by the end of 2011…

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Iraq snapshot – October 2, 2009
The Common Ills
October 2, 2009 – The US military announced: “CAMP VICTORY, Iraq – A Multi-National Corps-Iraq Soldier was killed today in an indirect fire attack on Camp Liberty. Release of the identity of the Soldier is being withheld pending notification of the next of kin. The name of the deceased service member will be announced through the U.S. Department of Defense Official Web site at www.defenselink.mil/. The announcements are made on the Web site no earlier than 24 hours after notification of the service member’s primary next of kin. The incident is currently under investigation.” The announcement brings to 4348 the number of US service members killed in Iraq since the start of the illegal war…

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Abbas helps Israel bury its crimes in Gaza
Ali Abunimah
2 October 2009 – Just when it seemed that the Ramallah Palestinian Authority (PA) and its leader Mahmoud Abbas could not sink any lower in their complicity with Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and the murderous blockade of Gaza, Ramallah has dealt a further stunning blow to the Palestinian people. The Abbas delegation to the United Nations in Geneva (officially representing the moribund Palestine Liberation Organization) abandoned a resolution requesting the Human Rights Council to forward Judge Richard Goldstone’s report on war crimes in Gaza to the UN Security Council for further action. Although the PA acted under US pressure, there are strong indications that the commercial interests of Palestinian and Gulf businessmen closely linked to Abbas also played a part…

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U.S is Puppet-Master in Somalia
A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford
October 1, 2009 – If ever there was a government that deserved to be called a “puppet,” it is the regime that claims to speak for Somalia. Sheik Sharif Sheik Ahmed’s ridiculous rump of a regime is wholly dependent on foreigners: the 5,000 mostly Ugandan troops that nominally work for the African Union but actually act as mercenaries for the Americans, and the CIA and U.S. special operations forces that roam the country, killing at will. According to a recent New York Times report, it is the Ugandans, not Somali soldiers, that guard President Ahmed around the clock, camping directly outside his doorway and driving him to the airport, which is also defended by Ugandans. A president that cannot trust his own soldiers to protect his life, is no president at all…

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McChrystal warns Taliban is growing
Aljazeera.net
October 2, 2009 – Violence in Afghanistan is growing and the success of the campaign against the Taliban cannot be taken for granted, General Stanley McChrystal, the head of US and Nato troops has said. Delivering what he called an honest assessment of the eight-year-old conflict, McChyrstal said the situation was serious and time was running out. “The situation is serious and I choose that word very, very carefully,” he told military and defence experts at the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London on Thursday…

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Starting Another Year of War in Afghanistan
Norman Solomon
October 2, 2009 – October 2009 has begun with The New York Times reporting that “the president, vice president and an array of cabinet secretaries, intelligence chiefs, generals, diplomats and advisers gathered in a windowless basement room of the White House for three hours on Wednesday to chart a new course in Afghanistan.” As this month begins the ninth year of the US war effort in Afghanistan, “windowless” seems to be an apt metaphor. The structure of thought and the range of options being debated in Washington’s high places are notably insular. The “new course” will be a permutation of the present course…

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A preview of Maliki’s coalition – What happened before and after the announcement!
Roads to Iraq
October 2, 2009 – The first event was one day before the announcement of Maliki’s new coalition, Ammar AL-Hakim made a U-turn in one of the basics of ISCI’s ideology, that will provoke a debate not within the Shiite circles only, but inside INA itself. In a sudden development, Ammar Al-Hakim leader of the ISCI told Iraq Al-Sumaria TV (not mentioned on the TV’s website) that he (ISCI) differentiates between the general members the Ba’ath Party and the “Saddamists” who supported the suppression and destruction of the Iraqi people. Ammar Al-Hakim told the TV channel that he supports the reconciliation with the Baathists who were “forced” to be members in the Ba’ath Party, and asked to “adopt” the Ba’athists with one condition: – Not to take sovereign ministries such as security, defense and finance…

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Iraqi Resistance Video
The Documentary Film for the Year 2008: The Lie That Destroyed A Country
Al-Rashedeen Army in Iraq
Ocotber 2, 2009 – …
We in Al-Rashedeen Army wanted through this documentary film to let the world and specially the cultured class of the American society in front of the facts face to face to discover by picture and reality that the politicians of the White House had destroyed an entire country (lands and people) and sabotaged everything in it through deception, lying and fraud.

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Nouri’s Coat of Many Colors
The Common Ills
October 2, 2009 – State of Law embraces 40 parties or organizations, and Mr. Maliki and his aides on Thursday invited still more to join. Those who appeared with Mr. Maliki included Shiites and Sunnis, Kurds and Christians. On the stage and in the hall, the headdresses of tribal leaders significantly outnumbered the turbans of clerics, a significant shift, given the religious and sectarian roots of Mr. Maliki’s own party, Dawa. Few of those who joined him, however, are truly national leaders likely to lure major blocs of votes. The coalition did recruit several current ministers and government officials and peeled away several politicians previously allied with Ayad Allawi, who served as interim prime minister for a year after the American invasion and occupation.

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Zak: Our joy won’t be complete before the release of Palestinian captives
Palestinian Information Center
October 2, 2009 – Fatemah al-Zak expressed her delight at being released from Israeli occupation jails, but hastened to add that joy will not be complete before the release of all Palestinian captives from Israeli jails. Zak, who was speaking at a joint press conference with the Palestinian Prime Minster Ismail Haneyya held on Friday afternoon at the government headquarters in Gaza, greeted everyone attending the conference and thanked everyone for their efforts…

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Beit Hanoun olive harvest
Eva Bartlett, In Gaza
Ocotber 2, 2009 – ….A day of olive picking in Gaza’s north. A day of traditional Palestinian songs, and teasing, olive stains, and stories of lost olive trees and bulldozed homes. We, a number of Palestinian and international volunteers, are participating is because of the danger of Israeli soldiers opening fire on the harvesters –the trees are roughly 1 km from the northern border wall, and while Israeli officials say their Israeli-imposed “buffer zone” extends only 300m, experience has shown that farmers and civilians near that arbitrary line are subject to lethal shooting….

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TRAITOR ABBAS SELLS OUT PALESTINIANS
ABSOLUTE DISGRACE
Irish4Palestine
October 2, 2009 – Palestinian Authority says: Palestine to get the most expensive phone system in the world, off the back of murdered Palestinians. Abbas has just sold out Palestine for Israeli money and American pressure. Here’s America and their BFF Israel arm twisting to help Israeli criminals off the hook. I think this is called “perverting the course of justice” and America and Israel should both be charged with blackmail and bribery…

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EXCLUSIVE: Obama agrees to keep Israel’s nukes secret
Eli Lake
October 2, 2009 – President Obama has reaffirmed a 4-decade-old secret understanding that has allowed Israel to keep a nuclear arsenal without opening it to international inspections, three officials familiar with the understanding said. The officials, who spoke on the condition that they not be named because they were discussing private conversations, said Mr. Obama pledged to maintain the agreement when he first hosted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House in May…

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UN official fired over criticisms of Afghan election fraud
By Joe Kishore
October 2, 2009 – Peter Galbraith, the second-ranking official in the United Nations Assistance Mission to Afghanistan (UNAMA), and the agency’s top-ranking US official, was dismissed on Wednesday over his criticisms of the August 20 Afghan election. Galbraith was an outspoken critic of President Hamid Karzai, charging major vote fraud in the elections. In the weeks following the election, as evidence of fraud became widespread, Galbraith had a public falling out with the top UN official in Afghanistan, Kai Eide of Norway…

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Shalit video released to public; soldier says he is fine
Ma’an News
October 2, 2009 – Sitting on a white plastic chair in front of a white wall and beneath fluorescent lighting, captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit held a Palestinian newspaper dated Monday 14 September and told his family he was in good health. Reading from a paper hidden behind the Palestinian newspaper Filistine, Shalit told his friends and family that he missed them, and asked his government to work for his release. “I hope for the day I will be released. I hope the government doesn’t waste this opportunity to carry out a deal,” the Israeli daily Ynet translated directly from the Hebrew….

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Former detainee describes conditions in Sri Lankan internment camps
By Subash Somachandran
2 October 2009 – Since May about 280,000 Tamil civilians have been detained in internment camps established by the Rajapakse government in northern Sri Lanka following its military defeat of the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). After enduring indiscriminate bombing and shelling by the Sri Lankan military, the Tamil refugees are being held in squalid detention camps in violation of their basic democratic rights. The following interview is with a young girl who was interned in one of the Manik Farm camps near Vavuniya where about 160,000 people are held…

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Goldstone Rejects Netanyahu Remarks
By Jim Lobe
October 2, 2009 – The head of the U.N. commission that investigated the December-January Gaza war Thursday rejected assertions by Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu that any action to pursue the recommendations of his commission’s report could prove fatal to any renewed peace process with the Palestinians. “For the life of me, I don’t understand the reason for that [Netanyahu’s assertion],” Richard Goldstone, a former South African supreme court judge who also served as chief prosecutor for war-crime tribunals on Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia, told reporters at the National Press Club here…

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The Empire is Falling…
Layla Anwar, An Arab Woman Blues
October 2, 2009 – I have always liked A.Toynbee view of the cyclical nature of History, the rise and fall of Empires…It has a very Taoist twist to it – what goes up, goes down… And oddly enough, I trust more the words from military men than from politicians. Not that I have a crush on the American military, God forbid…but military men are trained to win battles and when engaged in a losing battles, they hold out as long as they can before admitting defeat. Now the one step before admission of defeat, which you may call the one step before the fall into the precipice comes in the form of sentences brought to you fresh from the battle field… When you come to think of it, this is serious stuff, because in parallel to armed warfare there is a psychological warfare, and one can tell the first signs of defeat when the psychological battle is lost… I will use two examples here. The case of Afghanistan and Iraq and the two statements respectively made by U.S. Generals McChrystal for Afghanistan and Odierno for Iraq…

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Iraq snapshot – October 1, 2009
The Common Ills
Monday, October 1, 2009. Chaos and violence continue, the US military announces a death, nearly 300 Iraqis were reported dead in the month of September (the actual number is higher), a member of Congress wonders ‘since we knew that we were having trouble with the contractors that were supposed to be doing the safe wiring, why was the decision made not to inspect the contractors’ facilities?,’ General Ray Odierno talks about the United States long-term involvement in Iraq, and more…

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Nouri’s Coat of Many Colors
The Common Ills
October 2, 2009 – State of Law embraces 40 parties or organizations, and Mr. Maliki and his aides on Thursday invited still more to join. Those who appeared with Mr. Maliki included Shiites and Sunnis, Kurds and Christians. On the stage and in the hall, the headdresses of tribal leaders significantly outnumbered the turbans of clerics, a significant shift, given the religious and sectarian roots of Mr. Maliki’s own party, Dawa. Few of those who joined him, however, are truly national leaders likely to lure major blocs of votes. The coalition did recruit several current ministers and government officials and peeled away several politicians previously allied with Ayad Allawi, who served as interim prime minister for a year after the American invasion and occupation.

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Answering critics of the boycott movement
Sami Hermez
October 1, 2009 – Over the last three years, the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel has been gaining stride. Individuals around the world have been joining this call, from organizing actions in supermarkets in France and Great Britain protesting Israeli products made in settlements, to filmmakers withdrawing movies from film festivals, to prominent Israelis making a public stand with the BDS movement. Only recently, a multi-billion dollar Norwegian wealth fund divested from the Israeli arms company Elbit, while other companies, like Veolia, a French conglomerate involved in building and managing the Jerusalem light-rail, have suffered setbacks due to the bad publicity the boycott movement has generated…

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Multiple US Missile Strikes Kill 26 in Waziristan
Afghans, Arabs and Uzbeks Said Killed in Flurry of Attacks
Jason Ditz
October 1, 2009 – US drones have launched a flurry of attacks over the past 24 hours, one in South Waziristan and at least three others in North Waziristan in Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), killing at least 18 people and injuring an unknown number of others. The first attack, in South Waziristan Agency, came against the home of a man believed to have ties to Hakimullah Mehsud, who depending on which Pakistani government official you believe was either killed in a clash with a rival member of the Tehreek-e Taliban Pakistan (TTP) or is the current leader of the TTP, having replaced Baitullah Mehsud. At least six were killed in the attack…

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Iran agrees to ship enriched uranium to Russia for refinement
By Warren P. Strobel and Margaret Talev | McClatchy Newspapers
October 1, 2009 — Iran agreed in principle Thursday to ship most of its enriched uranium to Russia, where it would be refined for exclusively peaceful uses, in what Western diplomats called a significant, but interim, measure to ease concerns over its nuclear program. The agreement was announced after more than seven hours of high-level talks in Geneva among Iran and representatives of the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council plus Germany, which also featured the highest-level official U.S.-Iranian encounter in three decades…

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