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URUK Net 15 October, 2009

Last updated: Friday, October 16, 2009 10:15

Interview with Doctor Thabet El Masri
Gaza: A Death Camp?
Silvia Cattori
October 15, 2009 – Thabet El Masri is the Director of the Intensive Care Unit at the Shifa Hospital, a public institution in the Gaza Strip. He replies here to the questions of Silvia Cattori about the recent increase in the number of babies being born with birth defects […] Yes I have been following the continuing phenomenon of babies born with a birth defect. I have calculated the number of babies with congenital defects born in July, August, and September, 2009. I have compared these three months with the same months in 2008. Here are the figures: In July 2009, there were in Shifa Hospital 15 such cases, compared to 10 in 2008; in August 2009, there were 20 cases, compared to 10 in 2008 ; and in September 2009, 15 such babies were born, compared to 11 in 2008. The average number of births in Shifa Hospital is about 1’100 per month…

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Helpless Iraqis Sell Their Organs
By Afif Sarhan
October 15, 2009 – …The Health Ministry says it is too complicated to find out who is donating for free and who is selling his body organs. But in some cases donations, whether free or paid, are not done voluntarily. Many children and youngsters have been reportedly kidnapped by gangs that sell their body parts for huge prices. A 17-years-old victim, who requested anonymity, said he was drugged and abducted. He woke up two days later in a dirty room with signs of a surgery. They gave him US $20 and drove him to the outskirts of Baghdad. He later started to have health problems as a result of an infection he got during the procedure. “It is unfair and I might die now because of the criminals who wanted to make money from selling my body,” he cried. “I don’t have a rich family and my father is now selling the house to raise money and find someone who is willing to sell his kidney and save my life. “I was once a healthy person with two kidneys but now I’m a victim who wants to buy an organ that was stolen from me. Is not that ironic?” …

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Rocking The Cradle of Fools Paradise
Political Theatrics
October 15, 2009 – Citizens of Afghanistan,Iraq and Palestine have been the victims of genocide and ethnic cleansing on unimaginable scales by the U.S ,British and Israeli forces. These unjust and inhumane attacks by the three imperialist regimes against these populations are always followed by more reasons to pursue invasion and occupation, all of which deprives them of reasonable living conditions, education, food, water and other means of survival. All of these occupations are being pushed forward in order to suppress an inherent right to struggle for national liberation. If those of us living outside of occupied territories deny these people the right to fight illegal occupation then we have chosen to feed the imperialist machine…

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Nouri Al-Maliki's Curriculum Vitae.
Layla Anwar, An Arab Woman Blues
October 15, 2009 – …Diplomas : Personally involved in blowing up the Iraqi Embassy in Beirut and in assassinating senior Palestinian leaders in Ze Lebanon. This is Al-Maliki : 1- Was in the armed command of the Dawa party, and was personally involved in the criminal murdering of several people. 2- was personally involved in the blowing up of the Iraqi Embassy in Beirut. 3 – Was a member of the “lovers of Hussein” in the 80's in Ze Lebanon…

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“Obama’s War”: A glimpse of US debacle in Afghanistan
By Bill Van Auken
October 15, 2009 – “Make no mistake, we are experts in the application of violence.” This statement, delivered by a US Marine commander to troops going into Afghanistan’s Helmand province, serves as the suitably sober beginning of “Obama’s War,” an hour-long documentary aired by the Public Broadcasting System’s “Frontline” Tuesday night. In its first documentary of the season, the “Frontline” program aimed to provide an examination of the crisis facing the US intervention in Afghanistan. The public network’s timing could not have been better. The program aired on the eve of yet another White House meeting between Obama and the so-called “principals” to discuss strategy for rescuing the eight-year-old US occupation from mounting popular resistance and to determine how many more tens of thousands of US soldiers and Marines to pour into this effort…

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Britain 'deports Iraqi refugees'
Aljazeera.net
October 15, 2009 – Britain has forcibly sent 39 Iraqi asylum seekers back to Baghdad, a refugee group has said. The International Federation of Iraqi Refugees (Ifir) has raised concern over the welfare of the asylum seekers once they arrive in Iraq, which has seen a continuation of deadly suicide bombings in recent months. The Ifir said 39 people had been deported on a specially chartered Air Italy flight that left London's Stansted airport early on Thursday… Hussein, one of the Iraqis said to be facing deportation, told the Ifir he could be killed if he returned to his homeland. “I'm from Baghdad. I'm a Sunni – I have a big problem with a Shia party. They've used their influence to imprison my brother and they're looking for me…

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Video – Interview: Abdulhaq Al-Ani on Uranium in Iraq
AljaeeraEnglish
October 15, 2009 – Iraqis living to the south of Baghdad have blamed depleted uranium from US military equipment for causing a rise in the number of cancer cases. These cancer cases have spread fears among the locals, prompting them to demand an urgent investigation. Mosab Jasim interviews Abdulhaq Al-Ani, author of Uranium in Iraq – The Poisonous Legacy of Iraq Wars, for more analysis…

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Video: China forges links with Iran
AlJazeeraEnglish
October 15, 2009 – Wen Jiabao, the Chinese premier, has made it clear he does not agree with Western demands for sanctions over Tehran's disputed nuclear programme, insisting he will maintain “close co-operation” with Iran. Oil exports account for nearly half of Iran's revenues – being cut off from the West means most is exported to Asian countries and a big percentage of that to China. In return China is investing billions in Iran's gas and oil fields…

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Video: Obama's move on Afghan war could impact region
AljazeeraEnglish
October 15, 2009 – Barack Obama, the US president, has been weighing his options on the way forward in the Afghan war with his national security council for weeks. Leaks from the discussions show the focus is mainly on a decision concerning the deployment of thousands more US troops. But as Al Jazeera's Nick Spicer reports, Obama's choice could have consequences well beyond Afghanistan's borders…

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French troops were killed after Italy hushed up ‘bribes’ to Taleban
Tom Coghlan
October 15, 2009 – When ten French soldiers were killed last year in an ambush by Afghan insurgents in what had seemed a relatively peaceful area, the French public were horrified…What the grieving nation did not know was that in the months before the French soldiers arrived in mid-2008, the Italian secret service had been paying tens of thousands of dollars to Taleban commanders and local warlords to keep the area quiet, The Times has learnt. The clandestine payments, whose existence was hidden from the incoming French forces, were disclosed by Western military officials…

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BDS – Yes We Can
By Britain Eakin for MIFTAH
October 15, 2009 – … In 2005 a unified call to establish a Palestinian boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign, also known as BDS officially emerged from Palestine, and has been steadily gaining momentum. I have not previously given much attention to BDS, but in light of the stalling of peace talks and deferral of the Goldstone Report, I suddenly realized that those of us who care about justice in Palestine might be wise to give serious consideration to the applicability of the tactics used to end Apartheid in South Africa here. The potential of the Palestinian BDS movement has thus captured my full attention…

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Iraqi shoe thrower says he would do it again
AFP
October 15, 2009 — The Iraqi journalist who threw his shoes at President George W. Bush said Wednesday he has no regrets and would carry out his brazen protest again, even if it cost him his life. Muntadhar al-Zeidi told Swiss television station Leman Bleu that, after being mistreated in Iraqi custody for two days following his outburst last Dec. 14, a judge asked him whether he regretted the gesture. “I told the judge only one thing: if the hands of the clock could go back I would do the same act even if it cost my life,” al-Zeidi said, speaking through a translator…

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Turkey-Israel Rift Good for Palestine
Analysis by Mel Frykberg
October 15, 2009 – Turkey's cooling relationship with Israel comes in tandem with its improving relations with the Arab and Muslim world, and this development is expected to impact positively on Palestinian politics. “The Turks appear to be implementing a major policy shift in the region as they look towards the East as a possible alternative to relations with the West, particularly in light of difficulties joining the European Union (EU),” says Dr. Samir Awad from Birzeit University near Ramallah. “Turkey's increasingly strained relations with Israel and its growing sympathy for the Palestinian cause may well have a strong influence on the Europeans, the Americans and the Arab countries,” Awad told IPS…

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Weekly Report: On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory No. 40/2009 (08 – 14 Oct. 2009)
PCHR – Palestinian Centre for Human Rights
October 15, 2009 – Israeli violations of international law and humanitarian law in the OPT continued during the reporting period (08 – 14 October 2009): Shooting: During the reporting period, a Palestinian child of wounds inflicted by IOF earlier this year, and 5 Palestinian civilians, including a child, were wounded by IOF gunfire in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank. On 12 October 2009, medical sources at al-Ahli Hospital in Hebron declared that Tha'er Sa'id Mohammed Abu 'Ayash, 17, from Beit Ummar village north of Hebron, died of wounds he had sustained on 04 March 2009. According to PCHR's documentation, on 04 March 2009, IOF moved into Beit Ummar village, north of Hebron…

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Israeli-Turkish Relations: A New Epoch
Breaking the Old Pattern
Khalid Amayreh
October 15, 2009 – The political-military establishment in Israel has been extraordinarily furious following Turkey's decision this week to exclude Israel from a multi-national aerial military exercise over Turkish territory. The drill, dubbed the Anatolian Eagle Air-Defense Exercise, was to take place over the Turkish city of Konya on October 12 with the participation of warplanes from several NATO countries including the United States and Italy, as well as Israel and the host country, Turkey. The drill has been held regularly since 2001 with international participation…

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Report: 355 Palestinians held without charge in Israeli prisons
Ma'an News
October 15, 2009 – There are currently 355 Palestinians including three women and a child in Israeli custody being held without charge, human rights groups said Wednesday. The Israeli human rights groups HaMoked and B'Tselem said at least one of the prisoners has been in detention for four and a half years, while 28 others have been detained for between two and four years. All 355 have been held without trial, the report said. The rights groups told the international press agency that the Israeli administrative detention policy “denies the detainees any possibility to reasonably defend themselves against the allegations made against them.”

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Afghan election crisis enters new stage
By James Cogan
October 15 2009 – The crisis surrounding the August 20 presidential election in Afghanistan is set to enter a new stage. The result is scheduled to be announced, after supposedly taking into account evidence of blatant rigging in favour of the current president, Hamid Karzai. The preliminary result released on September 16 gave Karzai 54.6 percent of the 5.5 million votes cast, out of a possible 15 million registered voters. His nearest rival, Abdullah Abdullah, received 27.8 percent. Karzai’s outright victory, if made official, would exclude a second-round run-off and he would be installed for another five-year term…

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GAZA: Farmers struggle with damaged agricultural land
IRIN news
October 15, 2009 – Thousands of Gazan farmers may be unable to replant their crops during the region’s main planting season in October due to agricultural land still damaged by the Israeli offensive at the start of the year, and a lack of agricultural materials like seeds and fertilizers, according to officials. Half of Hatem Khubair’s four hectares of farmland in Beit Lahiya, a city in the northern Gaza Strip, were destroyed during the Israeli offensive earlier this year. “I can’t afford to rehabilitate my land. The Israeli army bulldozed my crops – onions and carrots – and parked tanks on it, destroying the irrigation system,” said Hatem…

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The Balance Of Power: Exchanges With BBC Journalists
Part 1
Media Lens
October 15, 2009 – In our previous alert ('The Westminster Conspiracy,' October 8) we described how the media's insistence that journalists be 'balanced', that they keep their personal opinions to themselves, is used as a tool of thought control. Journalists who criticise powerful interests can be attacked for their 'bias', for revealing their prejudices. On the other hand, as we will see in the examples below, almost no-one protests, or even notices, the lack of balance in patriotic articles reporting on the experience of British troops fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, on the credibility of British and American elections, or on claims that the West is spreading democracy across the Third World. Then, notions of patriotism, loyalty, the need to support 'our boys', make 'balance' seem disloyal, disrespectful; an indication, in fact, that a journalist is 'biased.'…

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Sawasya: The Israeli war caused environmental damages in Gaza
Palestinian Information Center
October 15, 2009 — Sawasya center for human rights said Wednesday that Gaza Strip is suffering from difficult environmental conditions especially the contamination of dinking water as a result of the ferocity of the last Israeli war and the ongoing blockade. The center stated that the Israeli war on Gaza had significant environmental impacts on the life in Gaza, where Israel used a large number of internationally-banned weapons and bombed water wells and sewage networks which lead wastewater to get mixed with drinking water causing different health hazards…

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Rights council debates Gaza report
Aljazeera.net
October 15, 2009 – The UN Human Rights Council in Geneva is again debating the Goldstone report on the conduct of the Gaza war late last year. Thursday's session comes at the request of the Palestinian Authority, which two weeks ago initially agreed to defer a vote on the UN-sanctioned report, but later backtracked after coming under heavy criticism. The debate comes a day after the UN Security Council also discussed the report, during which the Palestinian Authority demanded that Israel be punished for war crimes…

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