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URUK Net 15 October, 2009 Part 2

Last updated: Thursday, October 22, 2009 13:15

Eight Years of Horror Perpetrated upon Afghan Civilians by the American Military and its Megaphone, the Corporate Media
By Marc W. Herold, Department of Economics, University of New Hampshire
October 15, 2009 – … Let me begin with a brief comment. As all marketing accepts, words matter and we thus need to struggle which meaning dominates. Let me give you two examples: the U.S/NATO presence in Afghanistan is not about peace-keeping but rather about a foreign occupation; and those fighting such occupation are neither terrorists nor insurgents but rather the resistance (though maybe not our preferred type of resistance). Not Obama’s fluffy rhetoric about “war of necessity”, but rather a war of choice. A strange thing happened during the last twenty years: any force opposing U.S. geo-political designs around the world is now labeled terrorist. As Mike Davis so tellingly pointed out, the car bomb or suicide-bomber is the air force of the poor. The Axis armies of mid-twentieth century were never labeled terrorist. You see this war is as much about words, meanings, images and information as it is about IED’s and GPS-guided bombs. I begin with an uncomfortable fact: race/ethnicity matters in the execution of America’s post-Korean wars in the Third World (whether in Indochina, El Salvador, Iraq, Somalia, or Afghanistan)…

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Children of the Occupation
By Andrea D’Cruz
October 15, 2009 – …Like the vast majority of Palestinian child prisoners, Bara’a and Samah were detained in Israel, a practice in breach of the Geneva Convention that requires occupying powers to detain residents within occupied territories. As a consequence, many Palestinian children are unable to be visited by family while in prison, because their relatives are denied permits to enter Israel. The prisons are overcrowded, have poor ventilation and poor access to natural light, inadequate food and provide only meager medical and dental care. Educational provision is close to nonexistent: a few hours of teaching a week in a limited range of subjects, usually Arabic, English, Hebrew and math. Geography, history, physics, chemistry and religion are all banned for “security reasons.” The treatment of Palestinian children differs dramatically from that of children on the other side of the separation wall…

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Agent Orange in Vietnam: Ignoring the Crimes Before Our Eyes
By Dave Lindorff
October 15, 2009 – On Oct. 13, the New York Times ran a news story headlined “Door Opens to Health Claims Tied to Agent Orange,” which was sure to be good news to many American veterans of the Indochina War. It reported that 38 years after the Pentagon ceased spreading the deadly dioxin-laced herbicide/defoliant over much of South Vietnam, it was acknowledging what veterans have long claimed: in addition to 13 ailments already traced to exposure to the chemical, it was also responsible for three more dread diseases—Parkinson’s, ischemic heart disease and hairy-cell leukemia. Under a new policy adopted by the Dept. of Veterans Affairs, the VA will now start providing free care to any of the 2.1 million Vietnam-era veterans who can show that they might have contracted any of those new diseases by their exposure to Agent Orange…

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Afghan Resistance Statement
Nobel Prize for Obama
Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan
October 15, 2009 – Obama had promised, during his election campaign, to put an end to the war in Iraq and work for a real peace in the Middle East and close the Guantanamo jail. He had also promised to hammer out excellent strategy for Afghanistan and take positive and practical steps as regards the economic recovery from financial meltdown, which is the result of the wrong policies of USA. But now we see all these pledges by Obama were only empty words and slogans aimed at pulling a fast one on people. The flames of the war in Iraq are raising with more intensity. The siege of Gaza and the mass murder of the Palestinians have been continuing unabated. The torture in Guanatano jail has not been ended. The war in Afghanistan and insecurity in the region are spiraling up. The economic meltdown is deepening while the belligerent policy of American Administration and Obama has not changed as yet. Despite all the shortcomings, violations and other anti-peace activities, if still he is given Nobel peace prize, then it means that the colonialism does not intend to change its path and let the people to live in peace and stability…

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Taliban strength in Afghanistan nears military proportion
By JONATHAN S. LANDAY AND HAL BERNTON
October 15, 2009 – A recent U.S. intelligence assessment has raised the estimated number of full-time Taliban-led insurgents fighting in Afghanistan to at least 25,000, underscoring how the crisis has worsened even as the U.S. and its allies have beefed up their military forces, a U.S. official said Thursday. The U.S. official, who requested anonymity because the assessment is classified, said the estimate represented an increase of at least 5,000 fighters, or 25 percent, over what an estimate found last year. On Wednesday, U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Karl Eikenberry assured Afghans that America would continue to fight until “extremists and insurgents” were defeated in the war-torn nation. The new intelligence estimate suggests such a fight would be difficult. Not included in the 25,000 tally are the part-time fighters – those Afghans who plant bombs or support the insurgents in other ways…

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Afghan ‘surge’ just a face-saving exercise doomed to failure
SEUMAS MILNE
October 15, 2009 – The war on terror has truly become a war without end, regardless of who is in charge. Eight years after George Bush and Tony Blair launched it with an attack on Afghanistan – under the preposterous title of ‘’operation enduring freedom’’ and without an explicit UN mandate – Blair’s successor Gordon Brown has agreed to send yet more British troops to die for a cause the public no longer believes in… Last week, General Sir David Richards, new chief of Britain’s general staff, conjured up an even more lurid justification: if NATO pulled out of Afghanistan, the Taliban and al-Qaeda would seize Pakistan. The opposite is the case. It is the Afghan war that is destabilising Pakistan and driving the Pashtun rebellion there…

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Jerusalem – Evicted Palestinian family keeps watch near home taken by settlers
by Rev Pat McCaughan
October 15, 2009 – Most days, Sharihan Hannoun and her family sit along the sidewalk on dusty white plastic chairs watching the East Jerusalem home from which they were forcibly evicted, watching as the strangers who took it over come and go. “Today we stay in the street 65 days,” said Hannoun, on October 8. “The first few nights, we slept here,” recalled the 20-year-old who was a psychology student at Birzeit University in Jerusalem. That was before August 2 early morning police raids left 37 members of her extended family homeless…

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The IDF Violated Nuremberg Principles During Operation ‘Cast Lead’
by Cesar Chelala
October 15, 2009 – In what can be considered a sad paradox of history, an analysis of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) actions during Operation Cast Lead in Gaza shows that the IDF violated several of the Nuremberg Principles, as well as the principles of the Geneva Conventions. The Nuremberg Principles are a set of guidelines established after World War II to try Nazi Party members. They were established to determine what constitutes a war crime. The Geneva Conventions consist of four treaties and three additional protocols that establish the standards in international law for humanitarian treatment of the victims of war…

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US Gave Israeli Green Light To Continue Its Violations In Jerusalem; Group Says
Saed Bannoura
October 15, 2009 – The Islamic-Christian Committee in Support of Jerusalem and the Holy Sites accused the United States administration of granting the government of Benjamin Netanyahu a green light to continue its violations in against the Arab homes and holy sites in Jerusalem. Dr. Hasan Khater, secretary-general of the committee, stated that the US stances against Israel’s illegal settlement activities managed to disturb Israel’s leaders, but they soon evaporated into thin air. “Once the American pressure was off, Israel resumed its violations against Jerusalem and its residents”, Khater stated…

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A people denied justice
By Linda S. Heard
October 15, 2009 – Isn’t there something seriously wrong with our world when a people who have been wronged for over a half-century are treated as pariahs? Wherever the Palestinians turn, they find every door shut. Whatever they do to obtain even a fraction of their rights, they face insurmountable obstacles. Time and time again, they pursue international justice only to discover that it doesn’t exist for them. Recognized legal channels lead them nowhere. Promises made that their own state is on the horizon are consistently broken. When, in frustration, they turn to violence, they are branded as terrorists. Events earlier this month illustrate just how hopeless their situation truly is. That was when their own leader Mahmoud Abbas let them down..

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Israelis may stay home to avoid arrest in Europe
Disputed U.N. report on Gaza war puts officials at risk
By Eli Lake
October 15, 2009 – Israel is seriously considering restricting travel to Europe by its senior officials and military officers, fearing they might be arrested in the wake of a disputed U.N. report that accuses the Jewish state of targeting civilians in its Gaza war earlier this year. Avital Leibovich, a spokeswoman for the Israel Defense Forces, told The Washington Times on Monday, “Currently there is no specific advisory and different senior officers are continuing their travel as planned. However, we are in touch and we are discussing with the foreign ministry and other legal authorities whether we need to take additional steps like potential restrictions of travel.”..

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Rafsanjani on Ahmadinejad
Brian Ulrich
October 15, 2009 – Rafsanjani is definitely no longer part of the opposition in Iran: “Head of the Expediency Council, Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani, said he was a firm believer in the legitimacy of the new Ahmadinejad administration. “’Since the inauguration of the 10th administration, I believe in its legitimacy. …

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