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URUK Net 12 October, 2009

Last updated: Tuesday, October 13, 2009 15:51

Flowers, Candies & Tumors…
Layla Anwar, An Arab Woman Blues
October 12, 2009 – That was the deal. You greet us with flowers and candies and we will greet you with D.U, napalm and neutron bombs…
This may be news to you, but all kinds of weapons were tested in Iraq by the demoniacal terrorists called the Americans. Depleted Uranium is the most “famous” one. D.U was used during “Desert Storm”, may wrathful storms engulf you. And it was used during “Operation Freedom”. Napalm was used in Falluja and Mosul. According to fellow MDs, they are convinced that neutron bombs were also used (for those of you who don't know, neutron bombs are a limited range nuclear mini explosions that carbonize people and leave buildings intact). According to them, those were used in 2003, in the battle for Baghdad, namely around Baghdad's airport. Fellow MDs said that the corpses they saw in ER on one particular day, were no longer corpses, they were not even burnt, like in napalm, they were simply disintegrated like and I quote “a handful of sand”…

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Taliban Taking Charge in Kunduz
By Gul Rahim Niazmand in Kunduz
October 12, 2009 – The vehicle is marked Kunduz provincial police headquarters, but the occupants are not necessarily servants of the state. The Taleban in Kunduz recently captured eight police Ford Ranger pickups in Chahr Dara district, and they use them to move around. It is not hard to tell the difference, however. When the Taleban are behind the wheel, they blare Islamic and national songs from the loudspeakers mounted on the car’s roof; throw their arms around each other’s shoulders and laugh…

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Critics of “holy Israel” targeted by Christian Zionists
Stuart Littlewood
October 12, 2009 – Christianity too has its extremists and none worse than the Christian Zionists. A prize example is His Eminence The Very Reverend Charles J. Edgbaston, DD, PhD, Chair, Christians for Moses Ministries Inc. and Rector, Zion College of Canada. At least, that is what he calls himself. This person has just declared me an Enemy of Israel. He says he will broadcast the sentence of his church court to the media and my family. His disciples are “empowered to facilitate” my removal from my place of work. He is applying to the Home Office to revoke my passport and warns that medical and pension benefits may be stopped and my bank accounts frozen. And he has ordered his goons to put me under close surveillance…

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British have covered up hundreds of Iraqi casualties, ex-officer says
John Byrne
October 12, 2009 – The British military's chain of command has instructed the country's top investigators not to examine hundreds of incidents involving Iraqi deaths and serious injury, a former British military police officer told the BBC Sunday. “I've seen documentary evidence that there were incidents running into the hundreds involving death and serious injury to Iraqis where the chain of command of the Army had decided that the circumstances did not warrant a Royal Military Police investigation,” the former British Army officer, whose face was obscured, told a BBC interviewer. “And if you look at the general picture that the media says, Afghanistan seems a lot quieter in terms of alleged misconduct of British troops, that to me is quite concerning, because it tells me that the Army hasn't suddenly gotten a lot better. It tells me that the Royal Military Police are very efficiently toeing the party line for the Army.”…

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Israelis flatten Palestinian home
BBC News
October 12, 2009 – Israeli authorities have demolished two Palestinian-owned structures in East Jerusalem, in defiance of international calls to stop such actions. Palestinian reports say a family of five was forcibly evicted from their home in the Beit Hanina district before the building was demolished. Israeli bulldozers then destroyed the foundations of another building nearby. UN officials say such demolitions violate international law and raise serious humanitarian concerns…

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Gaza children's court jails Abbas for life
Ma'an News
October 12, 2009 – A children's mock court in Gaza sentenced President Mahmoud Abbas to life in prison and removed him from office for the crime of delaying international action on a United Nations report on war crimes. This latest expression of public outrage at Abbas was staged by the Palestinian Child Parliament, an organization said to be linked to Hamas. In early October Abbas’ envoy withdrew a motion from the UN Human Rights Council calling for further action on Judge Richard Goldstone’s report on Israel’s winter assault on Gaza which left more than 1,400 Palestinians dead. Palestinians have been outraged over the decision…

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Former CIA Asset Obama's Fictional Nobel Prize Statement
By Sherwood Ross
October 11, 2009 – Can President Obama be serious when he says he accepts the Nobel Peace Prize as “an affirmation of American leadership on behalf of aspirations held by people of all nations”? Among “all nations” does he include the people of Iraq? Polls show Iraqis overwhelmingly want the U.S. to get out. Apparently, they didn’t enjoy their dose of “American leadership.” Does Obama’s “all nations” include Okinawa, which the U.S. has occupied for 64 years and refuses to leave? Does “all nations” include Diego Garcia, whose inhabitants the U.S. forced from their island homes in the Indian Ocean, (as Time magazine has reported,) and whose dogs we gassed for good measure? (President Bush later used that base to attack Afghanistan, the better to dominate the oil-rich Middle East.)…

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U.S. ‘Personality Assassination’ of a Palestinian Ally
Nicola Nasser
October 11, 2009 – …Forcing a voluntarily pro – U.S. regime into a de facto U.S. puppet arbitrarily is the sure way to undermine it literary, or practically when it becomes — as a result of a wide spread opposition — incapable of delivery. This could only be interpreted in either one of two ways. Either the United States has decided to “remove” Abbas as it had done with his predecessor Arafat and replace him in another “change of regime,” or Washington has gravely miscalculated, which is unforgiveable in view of the fact that the Palestinian polity and society are completely vulnerable to U.S. intelligence collecting agencies. It’s worth noting in this context that the U.S. man in the PA, the western donors’ favorite and veteran of the World Bank, Salam Fayyad, has been almost completely distanced from being politically tarnished by the fallout of both the New York trilateral summit meeting and the Goldstone furore. A third interpretation could not be ruled out…

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Israel arresting boycott leaders
By Benjamin Joffe-Walt/Ramallah
October 11, 2009 – Israel has extended the detention of a West Bank campaigner said by activist groups to be the first Palestinian to be imprisoned solely for advocacy of international boycotts against Israel. Mohamed Othman, a 33-year-old resident of the West Bank village of Jayyous, had his detention extended by 12 days at a hearing at Salem military court in the north of Israel last week. Israel’s internal security service had requested a 23-day extension. Othman was first taken into Israeli custody by the Israel Security Agency, commonly known as the Shin Bet, on September 22 at an Israeli border-crossing terminal…

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15 Palestinians, including two children, killed by Israeli army in September
Saed Bannoura
October 11, 2009 – The International Solidarity Institution stated in its monthly report that the Israeli army killed in September 15 Palestinians in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, including two children. The report stated that Nayef, 16 from Al Jalazoun refugee camp near Ramallah, died of his wounds after the army barred medics from reaching him. He was shot in the main road leading to Beit El settlement. Resident Obaida Al Dweik, 25, from Hebron, died of wounds sustained in August after the army opened fire at him and took him to an Israeli hospital…

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UNRWA in the Focus of Accusations
Kawther Salam
October 11, 2009 – On Friday October 9 2009, the Palestinian daily newspaper Al-Quds published a statement of the Commissioner-General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine (UNRWA), Karen Koning AbuZayed in which she announced the discontinuation of some important activities of the UNRWA, such as scholarships for Palestinian students.
According to Al-Quds, the statement of Koning came during a political interview which she gave to the “Middle East Report” from London. According to Koning: “the UNRWA has a financial deficit estimated at $100 million, and that the UNRWA does not get a sufficient budget to cover its emergency activities

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The Man Who’s Beating Obama in Afghanistan
Lew Rockwell
October 11, 2009 – Reports Scott Shane in the NY Times: “This is an amazing story,” said Bruce Riedel, a former Central Intelligence Agency officer who coordinated the Obama administration’s initial review of Afghanistan policy in the spring. “He’s a semi-literate individual who has met with no more than a handful of non-Muslims in his entire life. And he’s staged one of the most remarkable military comebacks in modern history.”…

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In Gaza, only the dying get to see their Israeli relatives
Amira Hass
October 11, 2009 – Qassem al-Masri's father has been suffering from liver problems for years. Sometimes he is hospitalized, and usually he doesn't feel well (but then again, no one ever feels well in the Gaza Strip). But his condition is not grave. That is why Israel won't let his 25-year-old son Qassem, an Israeli citizen and a medical student, to visit him in Beit Hanoun. It has been seven years since they've seen each other. Even when he left for Berlin for his medical studies in 2002, Israeli authorities forbade the young man from visiting his father in Gaza. (Three of Kassem's brothers live in Berlin, two of them are already doctors. Their parents decided to forgo building a house in order to provide their children with an education: medicine for the boys and law for the girls)…

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Ahmadinejad: Uranium exchange “test” for cooperation with West
DPA
October 11, 2009 – Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Sunday called forthcoming talks over uranium exchange as a 'test' for future fruitful cooperation with the West. An Iranian delegation, headed by atomic organization chief Ali- Akbar Salehi, will meet on October 19 in Vienna with representatives from the United States, Russia and France to discuss exchanging low- enriched uranium with other countries for high-enriched fissile material. At talks in Geneva earlier this month, Iran agreed to consider sending low enriched uranium to foreign countries for further enrichment so that it could be put to medical use after it was re- imported…

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The Thought Behind the Act
Reza Fiyouzat, Revolutionary Flowerpot Society
October 11, 2009 – There has been some concern voiced over the conditional support given by leading members of Code Pink to the continued presence of foreign occupying forces in Afghanistan. In their estimation, the departure of occupying forces would create a vacuum, which is most likely to be filled by Taliban, a most horrid (at least, short term) outcome and something that Code Pink leaders, after talking to some Afghan citizens, have determined to be an unpopular outcome. However, maybe instead of focusing on political behavior of certain famous activists, more attention needs to be paid to the political mentality/thought/ideology/etc. that drives such behavior. It will be more productive to ask: What is the political thinking that drives a Medea Benjamin, or anybody else, to a particularly shaky political behavior?…

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Encircling Kabul
Richard Seymour
October 11, 2009 – The latest analysis from what used to be known as the Senlis Council says that 80% of the territory of Afghanistan currently experiences “heavy” insurgent activity. 17% experiences what they call “substantial” insurgent activity. And a mere 3% of the territory, in a region called Sari Pul where the dominant language is Dari Persian and the dominant ethnicity Uzbek, experiences only “light” insurgent activity. The number of insurgents, as estimated by the US, has risen from 7,000 in 2006 to about 25,000 today, which slightly more than the total number of insurgents reported killed. The figure offered by the US seems likely to be a sizeable underestimate…

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International Humanitarian Law Applies to All
By Tammy Obeidallah
October 11, 2009 – … In September, the city of Dayton, Ohio—population roughly 160,000—signed a three-year commitment to share military technology with Israel. One of the key components of the agreement is the further development of unmanned aircraft. County officials reported $350,000 in private donations was raised to contribute to this and other “economic development projects” in Israel. The attitude of this small Midwestern city is reflective of the American nation as a whole. Sharing military technology with a nation that is known to use such technology against civilians is against international law; yet human rights take a back seat to the promise of job opportunities and economic growth at the expense of people half a world away…

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Who's in Big Brother's Database?
James Bamford
October 11, 2009 – On a remote edge of Utah's dry and arid high desert, where temperatures often zoom past 100 degrees, hard-hatted construction workers with top-secret clearances are preparing to build what may become America's equivalent of Jorge Luis Borges's “Library of Babel,” a place where the collection of information is both infinite and at the same time monstrous, where the entire world's knowledge is stored, but not a single word is understood. At a million square feet, the mammoth $2 billion structure will be one-third larger than the US Capitol and will use the same amount of energy as every house in Salt Lake City combined…

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Turkey bars Israel from military drill
By ARON HELLER (AP)
October 11, 2009 — Turkey has called off an international military drill because it opposed Israel's participation, Israeli defense officials said Sunday, a move that sent strained relations between the two nations to a new low. Turkey has long been the Jewish state's best friend in the Muslim world. But ties have deteriorated dramatically since Israel's war last winter against Islamic militants in the Gaza Strip, which killed hundreds of civilians. Turkey, a secular country ruled by an Islamic-oriented party, strongly condemned the Israeli offensive. Tensions soared after Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan stormed out of a high-profile conference where he confronted Israel's president over steep Palestinian civilian casualties…

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Video: Jordan's organ trade
Aljazeera.net
October 11, 2009 – The global trade in human organs is growing. The poor and desperate are being driven to extreme measures – willing to sell body parts, because of the global economic crisis. Iran is the only country in the world where it is legal to sell an organ for money. Everywhere else, it's banned, and there's a huge black market. Donors receive as little as $1000 for a kidney, although the going rate is around $5000. The real money is made by the brokers who charge up to $200,000 dollars to organise a transplant for a wealthy patient. India, Egypt, Moldova and Brazil are among the world's leading providers of organs…

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Muslims See Victory at Al-Aqsa
By Mel Frykberg
October 11, 2009 – Clashes between Israeli security forces and protesting Palestinians have subsided as several hundred Muslims agreed to evacuate Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque following a deal brokered by the Jordanian Embassy in Tel Aviv Saturday. But the Islamic Movement, whose members sought to take over the mosque, is at the centre of intense controversy. In Israel demands have risen for the arrest of Islamic Movement leader Sheikh Raed Salah…

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Abbas defends Gaza vote delay
Aljazeera.net
October 11, 2009 – Mahmoud Abbas has defended the decision to delay the endorsement of the Goldstone report on Gaza war crimes at the UN Human Rights Council, saying it was intended to garner adquate votes for its adoption. “Since we felt we would not be able to gather enough support we asked for the postponement,” Abbas, the president of the Palestinian Authority, said on Sunday in justification of the controversial postponement…

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Military Resistance 7J6: “It's Too Dangerous” – October 10, 2009
Thomas F. Barton
U.S. and Pakistani troops recently planned a pincer movement to catch insurgents crossing the border from Pakistan into this troubled corner of northeastern Afghanistan. The U.S. would block the narrow mountain passes while the Pakistani army attacked militant positions on the other side of the border. The operation failed. The reason, according to the Americans: Their partners in the Afghan Border Police had informed the insurgents, allowing them to slip away.

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Military Resistance [GiSp] 7J5: Cards – October 7, 2009
Thomas F. Barton
U.S. Military Losing Control Of Afghan Roads To Resupply Bases. Constraints on the use of airpower in Afghanistan continue to reduce the number of bombs dropped there, numbers from Air Forces Central Command show. At the same time, the use of airdrops to supply troops continues to grow. Mobility airmen set a record for Operation Enduring Freedom in September by airdropping 4.1 million pounds of cargo in Afghanistan. Since January, C-130s and C-17s have parachuted in 21.3 million pounds of supplies, ranging from bottled water to artillery.

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New DNO Revelations: While He Was Influencing the Shape of the Iraqi Constitution, Peter Galbraith Held Stakes in an Oilfield in Dahuk
By Reidar Visser (www.historiae.org)
October 11, 2009 – …the Tawke saga seems to be the most explicit intersection yet of international capitalism and advocacy of a divided Iraq, embodied in Peter Galbraith through his dual role as an alleged stake-holder in the Tawke oilfield and intellectual advocate of Kurdish secession from Iraq. While he was advising the Kurds on the principles of federalism and trying to persuade an American Democratic audience about the virtues of partition as an alternative to the Bush administration policies in Iraq, Galbraith supposedly held a 5 per cent stake in an oil field whose profit potential was directly governed by the constitutional and US policy decisions Galbraith was seeking to influence (his suggestions also included the idea of a permanent US airbase in Kurdistan)…

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Intoxicated…
Layla Anwar, Uncensored Arabwomanblues
October 11, 2009 – … In Iraq, they have banned alcohol, in the South, and in Baghdad except in the Green Zone. You need to keep the pimps and whores happy there. You see, the problem with banning alcohol is that every Iraqi will tell you, that not only we were the first to press dates to make Arak or Raki, and that we were the first to invent beer, from Sumerian times…but that all the poets and thinkers from Abbasid times until the new Safavids landed, used to enjoy a drink or two. How do you think Poetry flourished ?…

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Afghanistan: the days of colonial occupation are numbered
Proletarian
October 11, 2009 – … The days of colonial occupation have long past. For all its superior resources, overwhelming technological superiority, and up-to-date killing machines, imperialism will not prevail, will not be able to cow down the resistance of the Afghan people. Refusing to learn the lessons of history, like all reactionary fools, imperialists are busy invading and occupying other countries. In the end they will have their skulls cracked and will doubtless be forced to make humiliating exits in a series of defeats at the hands of the oppressed peoples in the latter’s life-and-death struggles for liberation from imperialist war, occupation and exploitation.

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Ashour: Israeli war created unprecedented birth deformities
Palestinian Information Center
October 11, 2009 – Director of Al-Shifa hospital Dr. Hussein Ashour said Saturday that the Israeli war on the Gaza Strip created birth defects in newborns never seen before. Ashour added that the rate of congenital malformations in July, August and September rose to more than 80 percent compared to the same period last year. He noted that a field medical team recorded observations indicating that the incidence of congenital defects of infants born from mothers who were near to locations exposed to direct bombardment during the war is higher than those born in the less vulnerable areas…

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Change of Tactics in Afghanistan.
Layla Anwar, An Arab Woman Blues
…There is going to be a major change of strategy/tactics in Afghanistan. I am not Madame Soleil, the famous clairvoyant, so I was given headlines only…but no dates. – The pitting of locals against locals. – the use of outsiders who know locals quite well – the extensive use of local suicide bombers against the Talibans and people sympathetic to them… then I remembered Iraq. Is that not what happened there ?…

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Obama and the Nobel Prize: When War becomes Peace, When the Lie becomes the Truth
by Michel Chossudovsky
October 11, 2009 – We are the crossroads of the most serious crisis in modern history. The US in partnership with NATO and Israel has launched a global military adventure which, in a very real sense, threatens the future of humanity. At this critical juncture in our history, the Norwegian Nobel Committee's decision to award the Nobel Peace Prize to President and Commander in Chief Barack Obama constitutes an unmitigated tool of propaganda and distortion, which unreservedly supports the Pentagon's “Long War”: “A War without Borders” in the true sense of the word, characterised by the Worlwide deployment of US military might. Apart from the diplomatic rhetoric, there has been no meaningful reversal of US foreign policy in relation to the George W. Bush presidency, which might have remotely justified the granting of the Nobel Prize to Obama. In fact quite the opposite. The Obama military agenda has sought to extend the war into new frontiers. With a new team of military and foreign policy advisers, the Obama war agenda has been far more effective in fostering military escalation than that formulated by the NeoCons…

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The Washington-Tehran Deal on Enriched Uranium?
Scott Lucas
October 11, 2009 – There have been been few “scoops” for the mainstream media during the post-election crisis in Iran, but Glenn Kessler of The Washington Post can claim one this morning: “Iran four months ago discreetly contacted the United Nations-affiliated agency for nuclear energy to outline a worrisome situation: A research reactor in Tehran that produces medical isotopes that detect and treat the diseases of about 10,000 patients a week will run out of fuel by the end of 2010. Iran also had a request: Can you help us find a country that will sell us new fuel?” The outcome? “An unusual deal, brokered largely by the United States, that aims to buy time for a diplomatic solution to the impasse over Iran’s nuclear ambitions. If it works, Iran will end up with fuel necessary to treat desperately ill patients — and greatly reduce its stock of low-enriched uranium.” This is the deal at the heart of the headline discussion of “third-party enrichment”, probably by Russia, of Iran’s uranium…

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Israel War Deforms Gaza Newborns
By Ola Attallah
October 11, 2009 – Um Abdullah dreamed for months of the day she holds her baby close to her heart and feel the joyful beats of his/her heart. But when the baby finally came to life, the young Gazan mother’s heart was shattered to pieces by what the doctors said. “They told me my child’s heart is not ok,” Um Abdullah told IslamOnline.net from her bed in Gaza City's Shefa Hospital. “They said it was not properly developed.” The young woman was pregnant when Israel unleashed its brutal war on the Gaza Strip in December…

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Another witness blocked from Afghan torture inquiry
By Mike De Souza, Canwest News Service
October 11, 2009 — The Harper government is being accused of abusing Canada's anti-terrorism laws after revelations that another key witness is being blocked from presenting evidence for an inquiry into the Canadian military's handling of Afghan captives. The detainees were allegedly tortured after being transferred to local Afghan authorities, prompting the inquiry by the Military Police Complaints Commission. Although the government has cited national security concerns after filing a motion to prevent 22 witnesses from testifying and presenting evidence, newly released letters have revealed that at least two witnesses actually wanted to appear at the inquiry, which is scheduled to resume Wednesday…

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Barack Obama ready to pay Afghan fighters to ditch the Taliban
Christina Lamb
October 11, 2009 – The Obama administration is considering outbidding the Taliban to persuade Afghan villagers to lay down arms as it struggles to find a new approach to a war that is fast losing public and congressional support. Despite five war councils in two weeks, President Barack Obama has so far failed to come up with a strategy for the conflict that may define his presidency. Fierce infighting continues between his own generals and advisers. Obama has been handed three options by General Stanley McChrystal, commander of the US forces in Afghanistan. These range from 20,000 to 60,000 more troops, which would almost double the US military presence. McChrystal is said to favour an increase of 40,000 men, without which he warns the mission will fail…

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Sources: Hamas-Fatah agreement to be signed on 15 October
Ma'an News
October 11, 2009 – The rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah will finally sign a reconciliation agreement on 15 October, effectively ending two years of disunity and violence that began in the summer of 2007. Ma'an has learned from informed sources in Cairo that the deal proposed by Egypt will be accepted by both parties without amendment. According to these sources, Hamas and Fatah will receive copies of the draft agreement by Monday at the latest, and its signing will be scheduled as follows. – Drafts will be handed to Hamas and Fatah within 24 hours. – Hamas and Fatah will sign the document on 15 October. – All other Palestinian factions will sign on 20 October…

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Port art: on the siege, on the massacre, on yearning for life
Eva Bartlett, In Gaza
October 11, 2009 – In a small studio on a back lane in Gaza City, Salman Nawati hosts his first solo exhibition of paintings, accompanied by a video art installation. The works centre around life in the Gaza port, encompassing at the same time feelings from life under siege and from the Israeli massacre of Gaza. The colours are vivid, as are the images and ideas. By far the most intriguing piece is a tactile painting of a simple Palestinian hassaka (a small rowboat sized fishing boat), overturned and strewn amidst the clutter of a destroyed and decaying harbour…

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Ramadi hit by triple car bombing
Aljazeera.net
October 11, 2009 – Three car bombs have exploded in Ramadi, the capital of Iraq's western Anbar province, killing at least 19 people and wounding up to 81 others, in a well-coordinated attack. The blasts took place on Sunday close to Anbar's provincial government building, according to Ahmed Salam, an Iraqi journalist. “The first two bombs went off within minutes of each other, the third exploded as the dead and injured were being carried away,” Salam said…

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UN: Afghan vote fraud widespread
Aljazeera.net
October 11, 2009 – “Widespread fraud” took place in Afghanistan's presidential election in August, the UN special representative to the country has said. Kai Eide made the comments at a news conference on Sunday, in response to allegations by Peter Galbraith, his dismissed ex-deputy, that he had concealed evidence of fraud. “It is true that in a number of polling stations in the south and the southeast there was significant fraud,” Eide said. “The extent of that fraud is now being determined.” There have been multiple claims of fraud in the August 20 poll, which according to preliminary results, was won by incumbent Hamid Karzai…

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US soldier killed by IED in Afghanistan: NATO
AFP
October 11, 2008 — A US soldier deployed in Afghanistan to fight Taliban-linked militants was killed by a remote-controlled bomb, NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said Sunday. The death happened on Saturday in western Afghanistan, which has recently seen as escalation in Taliban activity, ISAF said in a statement. It gave no further details of the incident. So far in 2009, 408 foreign soldiers have died in Afghanistan, 242 of them American, according to an AFP count based on a running tally kept by the independent website icasualties.org…

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Iran executes juvenile offender
Nazanin Afshin-Jam, Stop Child Executions
October 11, 2009 – …He was a boy at the wrong place at the wrong time, where a fight ensued and another boy was killed. Premeditated? No. Accident? Yes. Self-defence? Perhaps. We will never know exactly what happened that day but what we do know is that he was 17-years -old when the incident took place. He was a juvenile and under international treaties that Iran has signed, it is against international human rights law to execute ANYONE who has committed an offence before the age of 18…

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Loss of Innocence: Gaza Children's Artwork
Anne Candlin
October 11, 2009 – Loss Of Innocence: Gaza children's artwork, is an exhibition of paintings and drawings done by children in Gaza following the Israeli 22 day assault earlier this year. The exhibition, supported by UNESCO Gaza office, was collated by Rod Cox who went to Gaza early this year with the British overland humanitarian convoy. He stayed through March and April to work with schoolchildren on this project. Younger children, taking part in a psycho-social therapy project, and older children at a Girls High School were asked to illustrate what they had actually experienced and what they hope for the future…

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Using Human Shields Equates Morality In Israel
Political Theatrics
October 10, 2009 – We hear it often said that the Palestinian militia groups,be it Hamas or otherwise, use “human shields” when attacking Zionist forces – this contention is typically broadcasted to the masses in order to deter any and all empathy from being dispersed to the Palestinians themselves. After-all, if the Palestinians are using human shields then why should we feel sorry for them – right? Now,how many of you have heard of Israel’s use of human shields? Not many I assume. But yes, Israel does indeed use and has used human shields – including most recently in the Gaza 'Operation Cast Lead’ massacre…

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Iraqis face tough times, starting over in America
By SHARON COHEN and LISA ORKIN EMMANUEL (AP)
October 10, 2009 – Her mansion in Iraq was bombed, her medical career and future in her beloved country dashed the day she found a white envelope on her car windshield. Inside was a single bullet. Wassan Yassin was marked for death. She knew she had to flee. She eventually landed in America, far from where her life was threatened, her sister was shot and her co-worker kidnapped. Her new Florida surroundings offered a haven from the horrors of war. But there is no happy ending. Not yet, at least…

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Civilian Contractor Toll in Iraq and Afghanistan Ignored by Defense Department
T. Christian Miller,
October 10, 2009 – As the war in Afghanistan entered its ninth year, the Labor Department recently released new figures for the number of civilian contract workers who have died in war zones since 9/11. Although acknowledged as incomplete, the figures show that at least 1,688 civilians have died and more than 37,000 have reported injuries while working for U.S. contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan. More than 5,200 soldiers have died in the two war zones, meaning that one civilian contractor has died for every three soldiers – a ratio that reflects the unprecedented degree to which the Pentagon has outsourced the work of war…

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Taleban claim victory in Kamdesh after attack on US Camp Keating
Martin Fletcher in Kabul
October 10, 2009 – The Taleban claimed to be flying its flag over the town of Kamdesh in eastern Afghanistan yesterday after the US military withdrew from an outpost that was all but overrun by more than 300 insurgents last weekend. As details emerged of the deadliest attack on US forces in 15 months Nato confirmed that it had withdrawn from Camp Keating in Nuristan but insisted that the pullout was part of a relocation of troops to places with larger populations, which was planned weeks ago. The Taleban claimed victory nonetheless. Zabiullah Mujahid, a spokesman, said that the US military destroyed what remained of the outpost. “This means they are not coming back,” he said. “This is another victory for Taleban. We have control of another district in eastern Afghanistan.”..

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