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URUK Net 3 October, 2009

Last updated: Friday, October 9, 2009 12:26

Obama and the Graveyard of Empires
Frank Creel
October 3, 2009 – … There are 28 million Afghans, and the vast majority of them despise the foreigners who come into their country in vain attempts to order their affairs. The British Empire suffered one of its worst military defeats in 19th-century Afghanistan. The Soviets left Afghanistan with their tails between their legs. A historian would expect Americans, perhaps more than any other nation, to understand how it is possible for a small, relatively poor country to inflict defeat on a world-class imperial power. That is precisely what we did to the British Empire at the apex of its military might and political prestige. That is what Vietnam did to us at the height of our military might and political prestige…

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Thinking the Unthinkable: NATO’s Global Military Roadmap
by Rick Rozoff
October 3, 2009 – Not content with expanding from 16 to 28 members over the past decade in a post-Cold War world in which it confronts no military threat from any source, state or non-state, and not sufficiently occupied with its first ground and first Asian war in Afghanistan, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization – the world’s only military bloc – is eager to take on a plethora of new international missions. With the fragmentation of the Warsaw Pact and the breakup of the Soviet Union between 1989 and 1991 NATO, far from scaling back its military might in Europe, not to mention returning the favor and dissolving itself, saw the opportunity to expand throughout the continent and the world…

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PFLP: PA decision to postpone consideration of the Goldstone report is an unjustifiable betrayal
Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine -PFLP
October 3, 2009 – The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine denounced the actions of the Palestinian Authority in requesting the postponement of consideration of the report of Judge Richard Goldstone on war crimes in Gaza at the UN Human Rights Council meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, declaring that this act of betrayal will not be forgiven by the Palestinian people or by the Front. The PFLP said this is a defeated, unjustifiable action that works hand in hand with the US and the occupation and betrays the struggle of our people and all those who have supported that struggle…

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Afghanistan: Canadian troops kills two teens
SANA
October 3, 2009 – Two teenage boys travelling by motorcycle through the dangerous Panjwai district southwest of Kandahar city were shot and killed by Canadian soldiers on patrol. The boys, 14 and 16, were going from their home village of Zangabad to see a friend in the Panjwai district centre, villagers said. Shortly after 6 p.m., they rounded the corner in the hamlet of Pay-e-Moluk and came upon the Canadian soldiers conducting a meeting, or shura, near a mosque with village elders…

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Iraq: Bribes and government jobs in exchange for spying
Roads to Iraq
October 3, 2009 – According to Saudi newspaper Al-Watan, Iraqi delegation in Amman – Jordan offered bribes and high jobs in the government in exchange for providing information about the movements of Iraqis in Syria. Bahrain newspaper Akhbar-Alkhaleej quotes Iraqi academics in Baghdad University saying that some religious political parties offered them to join the electoral lists and secure their win in the upcoming elections in exchange for joining a “spy training course” in one of the neighboring countries…

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Qalqilya: Prison City
Palestine Monitor
October 3, 2009 – No town in the West Bank suffers more restrictions than Qalqilya. The population is surrounded on all four sides by the wall, which separates them from their farmland and source of income. Nearby a large Israeli settlement plunders more essential resources. Worse still is the security which accompanies these structures, with dozens of checkpoints policing the town and nearby villages. Many of these serve no purpose at all, closing months after they appear, often in bizarre locations between Arabic villages…

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In Anbar, U.S.-Allied Tribal Chiefs Feel Deep Sense of Abandonment
By Anthony Shadid, WP
October 3, 2009 – There was once a swagger to the scotch-swilling, insurgent-fighting Raed Sabah. He was known as Sheik Raed to his sycophants. Tribesmen who relied on his largess called him the same. So did his fighters, who joined the Americans and helped crush the insurgency in Anbar province. Sabah still likes his scotch — Johnnie Walker Black, with Red Bull on the rocks — but these days, as the Americans withdraw from western Iraq, he has lost his swagger. His neighbors now deride him as an American stooge; they have nicknamed his alley “The Street of the Lackeys.” …

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PFLP: PA decision to postpone consideration of the Goldstone report is an unjustifiable betrayal
Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine -PFLP
October 3, 2009 – The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine denounced the actions of the Palestinian Authority in requesting the postponement of consideration of the report of Judge Richard Goldstone on war crimes in Gaza at the UN Human Rights Council meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, declaring that this act of betrayal will not be forgiven by the Palestinian people or by the Front. The PFLP said this is a defeated, unjustifiable action that works hand in hand with the US and the occupation and betrays the struggle of our people and all those who have supported that struggle…

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Rape – The Final Frontier.
Layla Anwar, Uncensored Arabwomanblues
October 3, 2009 – …I have met, spoken to, listened to, read about hundreds of cases of Iraqi women raped since “their liberation”. Raped by militias, raped by the police, raped by American soldiers, raped by contractors, raped by neighbors, raped by strangers… This physical, sexual, moral, spiritual assault on the Feminine is ongoing in Iraq… It has not stopped. And will not stop because rape is encouraged. Yes you read me right. It is encouraged. When a rapist(s) is not arrested and not tried, a message is sent out, a clear and loud message saying – the feminine body is public property for you to possess and enjoy. The invasion and the occupation of the Iraqi woman is a DIRECT consequence of the invasion and occupation of her country. The two go together, hand in hand. The Occupation of Iraq has set free the perverse demons of a deviant Patriarchy, that were chained by authority, an authority that respected and protected women, and are now set free to do as they please with our bodies…

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Video: Baluchistan warns US
AljaeeraEnglish
October 3, 2009 – The Pakistani province of Baluchistan on the border with Afghanistan, has re-emerged as a Taliban sanctuary, according to the US military. That has made it a potential target for Nato forces in the region. But, in an exclusive interview with Al Jazeera, Nawab Aslam Raisani, Baluchistan’s chief minister has warned that any US attacks on his soil could seriously backfire…

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Israel’s killing fields exposed
Curtis Doebbler
October 3, 2009 – On 15 September 2009, the Independent Fact Finding Mission on Palestine released its meticulously documented report concluding that Israel between December 2008 and January 2009 in Gaza had not only carried out atrocities but had done so intentionally. The extent of the atrocities documented in the report, which was based on thousands of documents and interviews, according to the Fact Finding Mission were acts whose perpetrators should be investigated as responsible of war crimes and crimes against humanity. In one of the best documented reports on Israeli violence against Palestinians to ever appear, the Fact Finding Mission concluded not only that in “all of the cases described… both the act and the consequence were intended,” but also that action should be taken to prosecute the perpetrators….

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Mahmoud Ahmadinejad revealed to have Jewish past
By Damien McElroy and Ahmad Vahdat, Telegraph
October 3, 2009 – A photograph of the Iranian president holding up his identity card during elections in March 2008 clearly shows his family has Jewish roots. A close-up of the document reveals he was previously known as Sabourjian – a Jewish name meaning cloth weaver. The short note scrawled on the card suggests his family changed its name to Ahmadinejad when they converted to embrace Islam after his birth. The Sabourjians traditionally hail from Aradan, Mr Ahmadinejad’s birthplace, and the name derives from the Jewish for “weaver of the Sabour”, the name for the Jewish Tallit shawl in Persia. The name is even on the list of reserved names for Iranian Jews compiled by Iran’s Ministry of the Interior…

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Conflicts leave 5 American soldiers dead in Afghanistan
Xinhua
October 3, 2009 – Conflicts have claimed the lives of five American soldiers serving within the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan over the past 24 hours, a press release of the alliance said Saturday. “In three separate incidents, five International Security Assistance Force service members were killed as result of enemy activity in southern and eastern Afghanistan in the past 24 hours,” the press release added. It added than on October 2, one U.S. service member died of wounds sustained in an improvised explosive device detonation in eastern Afghanistan…

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Oh. My. God.
Arthur Silber
October 3, 2009 – So, okay. Here’s the thing. I’m planning an article discussing the collapse and almost total intellectual bankruptcy of the progressive movement in its current form and with its current “leadership.” (Those aren’t scare quotes. Ridicule quotes, perhaps? Yeah, close enough for this subject. Oh, all right. I hear you. Omit the “almost” from “almost total intellectual bankruptcy.” Insert strikeouts … done.) The progressive movement’s rapid and complete descent into incoherent, self-contradictory, stupendously and unintentionally hilarious babble is exceptionally well-illustrated by the unfolding health insurance deform debacle…

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Decision of Collaborators Furthers Palestinian Genocide
Kawther Salam
October 3, 2009 – Addameer, Al Haq, Al Mezan, Badil, Civic Coalition for Jerusalem, DCI- Palestine. NSAN Centre, Independent Commission for Human Rights, Jerusalem Legal Aid and Human Rights Centre, Palestinian Centre for Human Rights, Ramallah Centre for Human Rights Studies, Women’s Centre for Legal Aid and Counseling, wrote a statement: Justice Delayed is Justice Denied, Decision of Palestinian Leadership and International Pressure an Insult to the Victims Yesterday, 2 October 2009, the Palestinian leadership, under heavy MIDEAST-PALESTINIAN-ISRAEL-GAZA-CONFLICTinternational pressure lead by the United States, deferred the draft proposal at the Human Rights Council endorsing all the recommendations of the UN Fact Finding Mission (the Goldstone Report)…

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Justice Delayed is Justice Denied: Decision of Palestinian Leadership and International Pressure an Insult to the Victims
Various undersigned
October 3, 2009 – Yesterday, 2 October 2009, the Palestinian leadership – under heavy international pressure lead by the United States – deferred the draft proposal at the Human Rights Council endorsing all the recommendations of the UN Fact Finding Mission (the Goldstone Report). This deferral denies the Palestinian peoples’ right to an effective judicial remedy and the equal protection of the law. It represents the triumph of politics over human rights. It is an insult to all victims and a rejection of their rights. The crimes documented in the report of the UN Fact Finding Mission represent the most serious violations of international law; Justice Goldstone concluded that there was evidence to indicate that crimes against humanity may have been committed in the Gaza Strip…

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Pakistan army accused of executing Taliban suspects
By Saeed Shah | McClatchy Newspapers
October 3, 2009 – Scores of badly tortured bodies have been found dumped in Pakistan’s Swat valley, raising concerns that the Pakistani army is conducting a campaign of extra-judicial killings and brutality of suspected Taliban militants that could sully the army’s successful campaign against them. At least two mass graves for executed Taliban have been discovered, according to the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, an independent organization. Separately, an Internet video emerged Friday that appeared to show Pakistani soldiers, likely in Swat, beating prisoners, including elderly men. The army announced an investigation into the recording…

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Bereaved Gaza Strip families demand answers
Ma’an News
October 3, 2009 – Families of Gaza war victims voiced their disappointment with the Palestinian request to postpone discussion of the Goldstone report at the UN Human Rights Council. “This is not a political issue,” they said, countering US demands leading to the quashing of the resolution that the report “be discussed in a constructive and non-divisive manner.” In Jabaliya, the Samounis, Baloushas, Subbehs, As-Silawis, Rayyans and Abed Rabbos demanded respect for the Goldstone report, and that Israel be taken to the International Criminal Court for its actions…

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Behind the Coup Regime Curtain
Al Giordano
October 3, 2009 – Reading the international press wires from Honduras in recent days, too many give the impression that Honduras coup “president” Roberto Micheletti has lifted last Sunday’s decree that suspended constitutional rights of free speech, press, assembly, transit and due process. No such thing has happened. The decree, in all its repressive brutality, is still in full force…

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Israel eyes Al-Aqsa
Khaled Amayreh
October 3, 2009 – …Speaking to the Weekly, Sabri described the situation as “very grave” and “could explode at any moment”. The Muslim scholar accused the Israeli occupation authorities of trying to gradually desensitise Muslim reactions to Jewish attempts to create “new facts” at the compound. “They simply want to take over part of the Haram. They are trying to partition the Haram as they did in Hebron with the Ibrahimi Mosque. Muslims must never ever allow such a thing to happen.” “We constantly urge Muslims here to maintain a permanent and uninterrupted presence at Al-Aqsa Mosque. And I can say this has been the case for many years. But the preservation of Al-Aqsa Mosque is not the sole responsibility of Muslims in Palestine, because the holy sanctuary belongs to the entire Muslim umma. Hence it is the responsibility of the entire umma to protect and safeguard this holy place from Zionist plots and evil designs.”..

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US faces worsening military situation in Afghanistan
By James Cogan
3 October 2009 – The US commander in Afghanistan, General Stanley McChrystal, used a speech to the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London on October 1 to continue the Pentagon’s campaign for more troops to be sent to Afghanistan. The Obama administration is currently considering a report by McChrystal requesting as many as 40,000 additional personnel. Underlying the discussion is the worsening military situation facing the 100,000-strong occupation force. It does not have sufficient manpower to prevent a resurgent Taliban operating with relative impunity across much of the country. The insurgency has spread from the southern provinces that border Pakistan to the capital Kabul and northern provinces. The Bagram and Kandahar airbases are being targeted with rockets and mortars on a regular basis…

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Iraqi Govt Touts Mosul ‘Crackdown’
At Least 150 ‘Suspects’ Captured in Major Operation
Jason Ditz
October 3, 2009 – With US forces offering support, the Iraqi military launched what officials have described as a “major crackdown” on the northern city of Mosul, capturing at least 150 people it suspects of being involved in the Sunni insurgency which is still active in the city…

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US: Over a quarter million jobs lost in September
By Andre Damon
October 3, 2009 – The US unemployment rate reached 9.8 percent and the economy lost 263,000 jobs in September, according to figures released Friday by the Labor Department. The latest figures undermine claims of an imminent economic recovery and point to the likelihood that the US economy will remain mired in recession for the foreseeable future. The job losses were far higher than predicted. Economists surveyed by Dow Jones newswires expected an average decrease of 175,000 jobs, while the most pessimistic expected no more than 250,000. The job losses for August were revised downward to 201,000. With the new figures, the number of job losses increased by 31 percent from the previous month…

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‘Obama won’t press Israel to reveal nuclear arsenal’
Haaretz
October 3, 2009 – U.S. President Barack Obama will not pressure Israel to disclose its nuclear arsenal to international inspection, as reported on Friday by The Washington Times. The 40-year-old covert agreement between the U.S. and Israel has allegedly permitted Israel to maintain an active nuclear facility without inspection that contains several hundred nuclear bombs. The joint understanding was apparently reached during Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to the White House in May this year…

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PFLP slams PA role in postponement of Goldstone report at UN
Ma’an News
October 3, 2009 – A spokesperson for the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) slammed the role of the Palestinian Authority in postponing discussion Saturday of the UN-backed Golstone report by the UN Human Rights Council. The spokesperson described the PA decision as “irresponsible” and one that deeply harms the Palestinian struggle. He said the report exposed the nature of the Israeli occupation and its continuous violations of human rights in Palestine and that it deserved to be discussed…

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General McChrystal publicly campaigns for Afghanistan “surge”
By Bill Van Auken
3 October 2009 – With his appearance Thursday before a British think tank, Gen. Stanley McChrystal intensified what has become a public campaign for his proposal to escalate the US war in Afghanistan with the deployment of 40,000 more American troops. McChrystal delivered his speech to the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) in London in the midst of an ongoing debate within the Obama administration over US strategy in Afghanistan…

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Three Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip
Ma’an News
October 3, 2009 – Two separate air raids saw three strikes launched on areas in south and eastern Gaza Saturday morning, with no casualties reported. Two of the strikes hit in the tunnel area of Rafah between Egypt and the southern Gaza Strip on Saturday morning, while sources reported a third strike on an open area of the eastern Strip…

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Afghan policeman fires on US troops, killing 2
By LORI HINNANT (AP)
October 3, 2009 — An Afghan policeman on patrol with U.S. soldiers opened fire on the Americans, killing two of them before fleeing, officials said Saturday, raising questions about discipline in the ranks of the Afghan forces and possible infiltration by insurgents. Training and operating jointly with Afghan police and soldiers is key to the U.S. strategy of dealing with the spreading Taliban-led insurgency and, ultimately, allowing international forces to leave Afghanistan. But Afghan forces have periodically turned their guns on international soldiers…

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ElBaradei in Iran for nuclear talks
Aljaeera.net
October 3, 2009 – The head of the UN’s nuclear watchdog has arrived in Tehran to discuss inspection of Iran’s recently-revealed second uranium enrichment plant, which he has described as being “on the wrong side of the law”. Mohamed ElBaradei, who arrived on Saturday, will discuss plans to allow International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors to visit the site in Qom, as demanded by world powers. He is scheduled to meet Ali Akbar Salehi, the head of the Islamic republic’s atomic energy organisation on Sunday…

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