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URUK Net 18 October, 2009

Last updated: Thursday, October 22, 2009 13:06

SEVEN YEARS AGO
Malcom Lagauche
October 18, 2009 – Seven years can seem like an eternity for some countries, while in others, it depicts a time of slow change with little difference other than the increase in the numbers of cell phones and faster computers for the consumer. Iraq belongs in the first category. Seven years ago, despite still being under an embargo, Iraq was a unified and productive country. In fact, during the embargo years, the Iraqis devised methods of manufacturing using only Iraqi materials and the economy was beginning to grow. The effects of the embargo were being decreased. This upset the U.S. immensely and prompted them to accelerate their plans to invade Iraq. Seven years ago, Iraq was inhabited by Iraqis. Today, the word is seldom used. Instead, designations of Shia, Sunni, Chaldean, Turkomen, Kurd and others have replaced the word “Iraqi”…

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October 22: Take Action to End Isolation and Free Ahmad Sa’adat and Palestinian Prisoners!
The Campaign to Free Ahmad Sa’adat
October 18, 2009 – Imprisoned Palestinian leader Ahmad Sa’adat is going to court on Thursday, October 22, 2009 to challenge isolation of Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli prisons. Join the Campaign to Free Ahmad Sa’adat and take action today to uphold Palestinian prisoners’ rights and support Palestinian prisoners’ struggle for freedom! Ahmad Sa’adat, the General Secretary of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, has been held in isolation in Ramon prison in the Naqab desert for six months, when he was transferred from Hadarim prison in Asqelan after 14 days of isolation. Sa’adat has been targeted for isolation and abusive prison conditions alongside other Palestinian national leaders and popular prison leaders, and placed in special isolation units. Within these isolation units, Sa’adat has been placed further inside a separate isolation unit where he is confined without access even to the other prisoners in isolation, and deprived of basic human rights…

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War next door creates havoc in Pakistan
ERIC MARGOLIS
October 18, 2009 – Pakistan, increasingly destabilized by the U.S.-led war in neighbouring Afghanistan, is getting closer to blowing apart. Bombings and shootings have rocked this nation of 167 million, including a brazen attack on army HQ in Rawalpindi and a massive bombing of Peshawar’s exotic Khyber Bazaar. Pakistan’s army is readying a major offensive against rebellious Pashtun tribes in South Waziristan. Meanwhile, the feeble, deeply unpopular U.S.-installed government in Islamabad faces an increasingly rancorous confrontation with the military…

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Critics of ‘Holy Israel’ Targeted by Christian Zionists
By Stuart Littlewood
October 18, 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. He is also getting Israel to ban me from the Holy Land…

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Apartheid government panicking: Time to increase actions
By Mazin Qumsiyeh *
October 18, 2009 – …The vote and potential downstream events have dominated the interest and talk of Israeli media and politicians. According to Haaretz: “Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned on Friday that Israel must prepare for a protracted struggle against a damning United Nations report..” and daughter of Irgun terrorist and war criminal Tzipi Livni stated “Today’s vote was political and cynical. Israel will continue to do the right thing and to protect its citizens, and will continue the international battle against the report to ensure the legal protection of IDF officers, wherever they may be.” The apartheid government is quickly forming a high level task force to exonerate itself and all its criminals. The Turkish government also took principled positions adding to the apartheid system delusions of denial and desperation (far better than positions of Arab countries like Jordan and Egypt and Israel is also panicking on this; imagine if Arab countries cut their ties) I think all of us should create grassroot committees all around the world to ensure accountability and to redouble our efforts on boycotts, divestments, and sanctions per the Palestinian Civil Society call to Action…

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Iraq accuses neighbours of stealing archives
AFP
October 18, 2009 – Iraq on Sunday accused its neighbours of stealing vast sections of its national archives, including documents dating back centuries, after the 2003 US-led invasion of the country. Some 60 percent of the archives, amounting to tens of millions of documents, were missing or had been damaged and destroyed as a result of water leaks and a fire at a storage centre in Bab al-Muatham in Baghdad’s old quarter. “Historic documents to do with Iraq’s relations with its neighbours have been taken — they were either bought from smugglers, or recovered them from various political factions,” National Archives director Saad Iskander said…

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From Tutu to Goldstone
Haitham Manna’
October 18, 2009 – On September 2008 South African Bishop Desmond Tutu’s fact-finding delegation submitted to the Human Rights Council its latest report on the Israeli shelling of Beit Hanoun in the Gaza Strip in 2006, which led to the death of nineteen civilians. At a press conference in Geneva, Tutu denounced the siege of the Gaza Strip and said it was one of the most pressing concerns influencing the Beit Hanoun bombardment victims at that time. The delegation, which was appointed by the Human Rights Commission, stated that the absence of a persuasive Israeli excuse for what had taken place in Beit Hanoun lead the delegation to the possible conclusion that the bombardment was a war crime. It recommended that Israel compensate the victims…

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Obama Backs Netanyahu’s Position on ‘Peace Negotiations’
By Kim Bullimore
October 18, 2009 – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has claimed victory in the wake of US President Barak Obama’s first speech to the United Nations General Assembly and the September 22 meeting in New York between Netanyahu, Obama and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. In his September 23 UN speech, Obama confirmed that Washington had retreated on its previous demand that Israel halt building new illegal settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, stating that “the time has come to re-launch [peace] negotiations — without preconditions”. “I’m pleased that President Obama accepted my request that there should be no preconditions”, Netanyahu told Israel Radio in a telephone interview later that same day…

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Gaza: dignified beyond losses
Eva Bartlett, In Gaza
October 18, 2009 – *Mahmoud Musleh: “I’ve had three main things destroyed by Israeli forces: a tile factory on Sikka street (northern Beit Hanoun), another tile factory on Salah el Din street (Beit Hanoun), and the water well on my land. My olive trees have been bulldozed many times by Israeli forces. I’m 70 years old and now I have nothing, like when I was 16.”… *Mohammed Zaneen [eastern Beit Hanoun]: “I had 11 dunams of olive trees, bulldozed by the Israeli army. I used to earn well over US$11,000 from the olives. Now my oldest trees are just 4 years old and produce only a meagre amount. We also have bees. When there were many olive, lemon and orange trees, the bees produced quality honey twice per year. Now, we have to supplement the bees’ diet with sugar; they produce honey just once per year.”…

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Expensive Afghanistan: Million Dollar Soldiers and $400 for a Gallon of Gas
By Martha Rose Crow, thepeoplesvoice
October 18, 2009 – Big U.S. politicians, including Nobel ‘Peace Prize’ Laureate President Obama, want to escalate the unofficial war in Afghanistan by putting 40,000 or more boots on the ground. What they hide from the public is the cost: One million dollars per soldier per year!
“The cost of sending one U.S. soldier in Afghanistan for one year is $1 million versus an estimated $12,000 for an Afghani soldier, according to Steve Daggett, a specialist with the Congressional Research Service…The Obama administration is calculating $1 billion per 1,000 troops deployed to Afghanistan..

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Khiaban No. 50: The Era of a New Politics
By Amir K., via Revolutionary Flowerpot Society
October 18, 2009 – …Revolutionary politics is poetic and committed to the truth. Bad politics says, “People, you must revolt!” Revolutionary politics shows people that, to live free and equal, a social revolution is needed. Bad politics says, “People, Moussavi and the reformists cannot lead you in the direction of a democratic society.” Revolutionary politics, however, shows how and why the interests of one faction of the power elite — though possibly different from the interests of the current dominant faction — are not equal to the interests of the people…

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United Nations Security Council Resolutions Since 1967 Israel has defied or is in violation of
Michael Rivero, What Really Happened
October 18, 2009 – 233, 6 June 1967: Calls for an immediate cease-fire and cessation of all military activities; 234, 7 June 1967: Demands a cease-fire.
237; 14 June 1967: Calls upon the Government of Israel to ensure the safety, welfare and security of the inhabitants, facilitate the return of those inhabitants who have fled the areas since the outbreak of the hostilities and recommends the scrupulous respect of the humanitarian principles contained in the Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949…

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VIDEO: Tortured Law
Alliance for Justice
October 18, 2009 – Tortured Law, a new 10-minute documentary by Alliance for Justice, examines the role U.S. lawyers played in authorizing torture. Join those calling on Attorney General Eric Holder to release the report of the DOJ Office of Professional Responsibility, and hold accountable those who ordered, designed, and justified torture…

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Israel may have planted spy gear in Lebanon: U.N.
Reuters
October 18, 2009 – A U.N. investigation into explosions in south Lebanon indicated on Sunday that Israel had planted spy devices on Lebanese land in what a senior U.N. official said would be a violation of a ceasefire agreement. The UNIFIL peacekeeping force in Lebanon said its preliminary probe into two explosions in the south showed they had been caused by the detonation of underground sensor devices. The units were apparently buried by Israeli forces during the 2006 war with the Lebanese Shi’ite group Hezbollah, it said…

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WW interviews PFLP leaders
‘Right of return ’ still key demand after 61 years in Lebanon
By Joyce Chediac
October 18, 2009 – When cameras are running, Washington officials sometimes express “concern” for the plight of the Palestinian people. But even this phony caring doesn’t extend to the 4.5 million Palestinians who for 61 years have remained stateless, without official nationality, stranded in Arab countries. The right to return has never been raised in the so-called Palestinian-Israeli peace talks that Washington brokers. The U.S. government sidesteps the right of Palestinians to return to their original towns and villages because it opposes this right…

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Iran accuses Pakistan over attack
BBC News
October 18, 2009 – Iran’s president has accused Pakistani agents of involvement in a suicide bombing in south-east Iran targeting a group of elite Revolutionary Guards. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called on Pakistan to apprehend the attackers, who Iranian officials suggested had arrived from Pakistan. At least 35 people died in the attack, in south-eastern Sistan-Baluchistan…

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Help Deformed Children in Fallujah
Iraq Solidarity UK
October 18, 2009 – To: The United Nations – Young women in Fallujah in Iraq are terrified of having children because of the increasing number of babies born grotesquely deformed, with no heads, two heads, a single eye in their foreheads, scaly bodies or missing limbs. In addition, young children in Fallujah are now experiencing hideous cancers and leukaemias. These deformities are now well documented, for example in television documentaries on SKY UK on September 1 2009, and on SKY UK June 2008. Our direct contact with doctors in Fallujah report that: In September 2009, Fallujah General Hospital had 170 new born babies, 24% of whom were dead within the first seven days, a staggering 75% of the dead babies were classified as deformed.This can be compared with data from the month of August in 2002 where there were 530 new born babies of whom six were dead within the first seven days and only one birth defect was reported…

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UK to appeal order demanding publication of US torture docs
AFP
Britain will appeal against a court ruling ordering it to publish secret US intelligence documents related to the alleged torture of a former Guantanamo Bay inmate, it said. Binyam Mohamed, an Ethiopian-born British resident, was arrested in Pakistan in 2002 on suspicion of links to extremists and spent six-and-a-half years in US custody in Morocco, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay. His lawyers are seeking the release of information they say will show that Britain knew he was being tortured during his time in US custody in Morocco, a claim which is strongly denied by officials here…

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Journalist refuses to hold Maliki’s son responsible
Iraq’s anti-corruption journalist attacked
Al Arabiya
October 18, 2009 – An Iraqi journalist called for protection after being “brutally” attacked for her efforts in fighting corruption while refusing to confirm rumors about the culprits and ruling out the possibility of leaving the country. Zahraa al-Moussawi published several online articles about corruption in the Iraqi government and received many threats before she was beaten up in a Baghdad street, she said in an interview with Al Arabiya TV…

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Iraq cabinet approves BP-CNPC oil deal
AFP
October 18, 2009 — The Iraqi cabinet approved a key deal with Britain’s BP and China’s CNPC International to almost triple production at a giant southern oilfield, an oil ministry spokesman said on Sunday. “The council of ministers approved the agreement on Friday and it will be signed soon in an official ceremony,” Assem Jihad told AFP. The venture, expected to cost between 14 and 20 billion dollars, is expected to boost production at the southern Rumaila field from the current one million barrels per day (bpd) to around 2.8 million bpd over its 20-year duration…

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Iraqis claim abuse and assault after failed deportation
Owen Bowcott
October 18, 2009 – Allegations of assault, racist taunts and operational chaos have emerged from Iraqi asylum seekers the Home Office attempted to deport to Baghdad. Three of the men put on the UK Border Agency’s (Ukba) first flight to the Iraqi capital last week have told the Guardian they were beaten by British security guards and that no Arabic translator accompanied them. The commander of Baghdad airport was reportedly so infuriated by the unexpected arrival of the chartered plane on Thursday that he threatened to set fire to the aircraft if it did not leave within two hours. Details of the operation – involving as many as 100 private guards and about 40 failed Iraqi asylum seekers – suggest the secret expulsions degenerated into a humiliating retreat…

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Israel boycotts Turkish coffee, vacations
AFP
October 18, 2009 — A large Israeli cafe chain has decided to stop selling Turkish coffee and plans are afoot to boycott Turkish resorts in the wake of increased tensions between the two allies, officials said Sunday. “We have decided for the time being to stop selling ‘Istanbul coffee’ — our Turkish coffee blend, and we shall keep doing it until matters improve,” Michael Steg, director of marketing for the Ilan coffee shop chain, told the Ynet news website. “We believe anyone can be active in his own way and this is our small and symbolic way of doing that,” he said…

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Afghanistan – Photos: Two Men, Two Women From a Family Killed by Coalition Forces
AP
October 18, 2009 – Relatives of slain Afghan civilians wail next to their dead bodies in Ghazni, Afghanistan, Friday, Oct. 16, 2009. Four Afghan civilians, two men and two women from one family, were killed during an operation of coalition forces near Ghazni city, Gen. Khail Buz Sherzai, Ghazni provincial police chief said…

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Family has not seen son in five months, concerned for his health in Israeli prison
PNN
October 18, 2009 – Among the thousands of Palestinians in Israeli prisons is Mahmoud Saleh Sanakreh. The 26 year old is ill and his family has sent a letter of appeal to Palestinian Minister of Detainees and Ex Detainees, Issa Qaraqe’ to push for his release. Speaking from Balata Refugee Camp in the northern West Bank’s Nablus, the Sanakreh family says that Mahmoud’s health has worsened significantly…

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California ‘first failed US state’?
By Rob Reynolds in Los Angeles
October 18, 2009 – On Sunday mornings at Glide Memorial United Methodist Church in the rough-edged Tenderloin district of San Francisco, the sanctuary is always rocking to old-school gospel music. “It’s so good to come together,” Pastor Cecil Williams declares. His is a diverse congregation – white and African American, gay and straight, young and elderly. For four decades Pastor Williams has been an outspoken advocate for the city’s poor and marginalised. On one bright October Sunday recently, he preached a sermon on compassion and the need for social justice. “You affirm who you are when you stand up for others in need,” Williams told his flock. “And you can say, we are going to change this old world to a new world.”.But it is a harsh new world in California these days. A state once synonymous with opportunity and prosperity, sunshine and surf, Hollywood and Disneyland has fallen on bitterly hard times…

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Life in Gaza
Aljazeera.net
October 18, 2009 – Munzer al-Dayyeh is a 40-year-old mechanic living in Gaza. In a land of ruin and disrepair, Munzer is kept busy fixing generators and repairing motorbikes. In June 2007, Israel placed Gaza under siege and imposed an unprecedented blockade on nearly all movement and supplies in and out of the Gaza Strip. Munzer is a traditional man from a conservative society where inter-marriage is common. In Munzer’s case, inter-breeding has brought hereditary problems – most of his children are either visually impaired or physically handicapped. Munzer can not find any way to get his children out of Gaza to get medical treatment. His eldest daughter is blind and clings to the hope of travelling to London for specialist treatment. His eldest son is suffering from muscular disorder. Besieged in Gaza, neither has the hope of medical treatment abroad…

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Source: Egypt seizes civilian goods intended for Gaza
Ma’an News
October 18, 2009 – The Egyptian government claims that police have discovered and shut down a major warehouse in the city of Rafah storing civilian goods intended to be smuggled through tunnels into the besieged Gaza Strip. Egyptian security sources told Ma’an on Sunday that security officers seized more than one million Egyptian pounds (182,000 US dollars) worth of goods in a previously hidden location just 250 meters from the border with Gaza…

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Dear Mr. President
by Jennifer First
October 18, 2009 – Dear Mr. President, On October 5, 2009, I witnessed my mother, a 55 year old grandmother be assaulted by your Secret Service right in front of your house. It was so frightening for me, and what your protectors did in your name destroyed any faith that I had left in your willingness to listen to your citizens to end the violence being committed by our country. My mother, Joy First, is the most peaceful, loving person that I have ever met…

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Polish Paramedic union passes historic motion of solidarity with Palestinian medics
Free Gaza Movement
October 18, 2009 – Last week, Poland ’s biggest independent medical rescuers union – The Nationwide Trade Union of Medical Rescue Employees (Krajowy Zwiazek Zawodowy Pracownikow Ratownictwa Medycznego) KZZ PRM – passed a historic motion of solidarity with Palestinian rescuers, and against Israeli occupation. The statement, agreed upon at the Union’s national conference on October 6th in Piotrkow Trybunalski, southern Poland, condemned the Israeli occupation and its’ violation of international law and announced plans to form twinning relationships with Palestinian ambulance stations in Gaza and the West Bank…

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Video: Pakistan offensive sparks civilian exodus
AlJazeeraEnglish
October 18, 2009 – Pakistan’s military has launched a fresh offensive against the group’s fighters in South Waziristan. The offensive includes 28,000 troops whose aim is to target the heartland of the Pakistani Taliban, the territory in South Waziristan ruled by Hakimullah Mehsud, the group’s leader. But the campaign has also sparked a mass exodus of civilians, with estimates of around 150,000 people fleeing the volatile zone to seek refuge elsewhere…

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Ahrar center: Ofer court deferred trial of a female prisoner for the 7th time
Palestinian Information Center
October 18, 2009 — Al-Ahrar center for prisoners’ studies and human rights said Saturday that the Israeli military court in Ofer prison, near the occupied city of Ramallah, decided to defer consideration in the trial of female prisoner Nada Al-Jayyousi for the seventh consecutive time without setting a new date. The center noted that Jayyousi appeared in Israeli courts many times over the last two years and every time, the Israeli prosecutor refused to release her or to make a deal with her lawyer…

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Suicide bomber kills 29 in attack on Iran’s Guards
By Jay Deshmukh and Farhad Pouladi (AFP)
October 18, 2009 — A suicide bomber blew himself up at a meeting of the elite Revolutionary Guards in southeastern Iran on Sunday, killing 29 people including top commanders and tribal leaders, the interior ministry said. The attack took place in the city of Pisheen near the border with Pakistan in restive Sistan-Baluchestan province, which hosts a substantial Sunni population, local news agencies said. Iran’s parliament speaker said the United States was behind the attack, while the Guards accused Western powers of carrying out the assault, the deadliest against them since a bombing in February 2007 in the same province killed 13 people…

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Suspected Israeli spy devices blown up in Lebanon
AFP
October 18, 2009 — Three suspected Israeli spy devices have been blown up in south Lebanon, two detonated remotely by the Israeli army and one destroyed by the Lebanese army, a military official said on Sunday. “One explosion occurred before midnight (2100 GMT) in a hilly part of the Hula border zone and a second happened in the same district (on Sunday) morning,” the official told AFP. It “seems the two detonations were triggered by Israel which exploded two spying devices it had planted in the sector a long while ago,” she said. Israel “feared for one reason or another that they might be discovered and proceeded to destroy them by exploding them remotely,” the official said…

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Abbas’s popularity dips over Gaza war report
By Mohammed Assadi
October 18, 2009 – Anger among Palestinians over President Mahmoud Abbas’s original position on a Gaza war report critical of Israel has cost him public support in a rivalry with Hamas, a poll showed on Sunday. The survey by the Jerusalem Media and Communications Center (JMCC) indicated Abbas would receive 16.8 percent of the vote, with Hamas Islamist leader Ismail Haniyeh running neck-and-neck with 16 percent, if a presidential election was held now. In terms of overall popularity in the occupied West Bank and in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, Abbas’s rating dropped to 12.1 percent from 17.8 percent in the previous JMCC poll in June. Haniyeh’s approval rating held steady at 14.2 percent…

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Gaza costs Israel another friend: there aren’t many left
Tony Karon
October 18, 2009 – For years Israel has acted as if the unconditional support of the US would be enough to shield it for ever from the consequences of its behaviour – which is why last week was an unusually traumatic one for them. No suicide bombers detonated themselves and no rockets or mortar shells fell, but the double whammy of a Turkish snub and a UN Human Rights Council vote shook Israelis even more than any aimless shelling would have done. Those two events signal profound changes that leave Israel paying a growing political price for the attack last winter that killed some 1,400 Palestinians and reduced Gaza to rubble…

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Farawna: “8200 Detainees Still Imprisoned By Israel”
Saed Bannoura
October 18, 2009 – Palestinian researcher, specialized in detainees’ affairs, former detainee, Abdul-Nasser Farawna, stated Saturday that 8200 Palestinians are still imprisoned by Israel, among them 32 female detainees, 320 children, and 400 imprisoned under administrative detention. The statements of Farawna came during an event organized on Saturday by the Popular Front For the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). He said that the number of detainees who died in detention is 197, and that hundreds of detainees died after their release due to health complications resulting from torture during interrogation, medical negligence and other illegal Israeli violations…

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U.S. soldier killed in S Afghanistan
Xinhua
October 18, 2009 — Continued militancy in Afghanistan’s troubled southern region the hotbed of Taliban militants claimed the life of an American soldier on Sunday, a press release of NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said. “One U.S. service member was killed in an improvised explosive device (IED) attack in southern Afghanistan, October 18,” the short press release added. However, it did not give more details or the exact place of the incident…

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