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URUK Net 21 October, 2009 Part 2

Last updated: Thursday, October 22, 2009 19:57

Video: Attack on Syria cover up
TheRealNews
October 21, 2009 – Erlich: The US massacre at Al-Sukkariya, Syria in 2008 was a clear violation of international law..

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Israeli Exceptionalism: Destabilizing Logic of Zionism
By M. Shahid Alam
October 21, 2009 – Why is an economist writing a book on the geopolitics of Zionism? This is easily explained. I could have written a book about the economics of Zionism, the Israeli economy, or the economy of the West Bank and Gaza, but how would any of that have helped me to understand the cold logic and the deep passions that have driven Zionism? Zionism is a historic movement that emerges from the guts of Europe’s turbulent history. It is propelled by the dialectical interactions between two intertwined streams of Western civilization, the Jewish and Christian. And, as it has unfolded, Zionism has brought both these Western streams into a dangerous collision with the Islamicate. It would not be easy squeezing this tragic history into an economic model or a set of econometric estimations…
In my capacity as an ‘economist’ too, Zionism, at its core – as an exclusionary settler colonialism – was scarcely a strange beast.

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Al-Qa’ida and the Afghan Taliban: “Diametrically Opposed”?
Vahid Brown
October 21, 2009 – Mullah Omar’s Afghan Taliban and al-Qa’ida’s senior leaders have been issuing some very mixed messages of late, and the online jihadi community is in an uproar, with some calling these developments “the beginning of the end of relations” between the two movements. Beginning with a statement from Mullah Omar in September, the Afghan Taliban’s Quetta-based leadership has been emphasizing the “nationalist” character of their movement, and has sent several communications to Afghanistan’s neighbors expressing an intent to establish positive international relations. In what are increasingly being viewed by the forums as direct rejoinders to these sentiments, recent messages from al-Qa’ida have pointedly rejected the “national” model of revolutionary Islamism and reiterated calls for jihad against Afghanistan’s neighbors, especially Pakistan and China. However interpreted, these conflicting signals raise serious questions about the notion of an al-Qa’ida-Taliban merger…

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Report: Israel’s Policy of Detention Without Trial is Illegal
335 Palestinians still being held without trial, 29 of them from 2-5 years continuously
HaMoked and B’Tselem
October 21, 2009 – In a new report HaMoked and B’Tselem are publishing today (Wednesday, 14.10.09), the organizations severely criticize Israel’s detention of Palestinians without trial. The report states that the policy of extensive detentions breaches international law, which permits use of administrative detention only in very extreme cases. During the second intifada, more than 1,000 Palestinians were held simultaneously in administrative detention. In recent months, there has been a steady decrease in the number of detainees: on 30 September 2009, the number stood at 335, among them three women and one minor. Of these, some 37 percent have been held from six months to a year and some 33 percent for one year to two years. 28 Palestinians have been in administrative detention for two to four years, and one has been detained for more than four and a half years…

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Press Release: Iraqis, Afghans and Somalis top list of asylum seekers in industrialized world
UNHCR
October 21, 2009 – Asylum applications in industrialized nations rose by 10 percent in the first half of 2009 compared to the same period last year, according to the UN refugee agency’s provisional statistics released Wednesday. A total of 185,000 asylum claims were filed in the six months of this year across 38 European countries, the United States, Canada, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, and The Republic of Korea. Iraq remains the top country of origin of the asylum applicants (13,200 claims) for the fourth consecutive year. Afghans (12,000 claims) and Somalis (11,000 claims) are the second and third largest groups as security conditions continue to deteriorate in large parts of their home countries…

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Iraq election row could impact U.S. pullout: official
By Adam Entous
October 21, 2009 – President Barack Obama’s timetable for drawing down the number of U.S. troops in Iraq next year could be changed if the country’s January election is postponed, a senior Pentagon official said on Wednesday. Any delay in withdrawing U.S. forces from Iraq could make it harder for the U.S. military to send 40,000 more troops to Afghanistan to counter a resurgent Taliban, as proposed by the top U.S. and NATO commander there. Obama has yet to decide on General Stanley McChrystal’s request…

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UN Proposes Iran Nuclear Deal
IslamOnline.net
October 21, 2009 – The UN nuclear watchdog proposed on Wednesday, October 21, a deal under which Iran could enrich uranium in a third country, drawing immediate welcoming from Tehran and the West. “I have circulated a draft agreement that in my judgment reflects a balanced approach to how to move forward,” Mohamed ElBaradei, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), told a press conference in Vienna…

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Israeli army force international activists out of the groves during olive harvest in Kafr Qalil
International Solidarity Movement (ISM)
October 21, 2009 – On Wednesday, 21 October 2009, several international activists accompanied Kafr Qalil farmers for the olive harvest in their land. The olive fields of the village of Kafr Qalil, in the Nablus region, are close to the illegal Israeli settlements of Bracha and Yizhar. During the olive harvest there is a potential threat of settlers coming to the olive fields and harassing the farmers, so the farmers feel safer with an international presence. Today, the soldiers presented documents written in Hebrew and Arabic which they claimed to be an order stating that the area was prohibited for internationals to enter…

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Iraq snapshot – October 21, 2009
The Common Ills
Wednesday, October 21, 2009. Chaos and violence continue, the Iraqi Parliament still has not passed an election law, the issue was raised by the US Congress today, Congress has a problem getting the Defense Department to show them a draw-down plan, and more…

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Future of Iraq
By Faisal Al Rfouh
October 21, 2009 – Debate on the future of Iraq seems to have started gathering momentum in the wake of reports on the proposed US withdrawal by the end of 2011. Plans to conduct a referendum that could have expedited the withdrawal of American forces have seemingly been put on backburner for now. According to a recent media report, Iraqi politician and member of the Iraqi national assembly Sami Askari, who is close to Prime Minister Nouri Maliki, does not rule out the possibility of a new Iraqi parliament being elected in January 2010 to revive the referendum plan…

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Military Resistance 7J15: 59%
Thomas F. Barton
October 21, 2009 – … A slight majority of Americans think that the war in Afghanistan is turning into another Vietnam, according to a new national poll which also indicates that nearly six in 10 oppose sending more U.S. troops to the conflict. According to the poll, 59 percent of people questioned opposed sending more U.S. troops to Afghanistan with 39 percent in favor. Of the 59 percent opposed, 28 percent want Washington to withdraw all U.S. troops, 21 percent are calling for a partial American pullout, and 8 percent say the number of troops should remain the same…

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Military Resistance 7J13: The Ice Begins To Crack
Thomas F. Barton
October 21, 2009 – The Ice Begins To Crack: SSgt. Says “Morale Has Gotten Low. I Will Say It On The Mountaintops”. Nervous Army Commander In Afghanistan Forced To Reply To Reports Of Low Morale Among His Troops. His Letter To Soldiers Admits They Are Questioning The Mission: “’Some May Ask Why’ Efforts To Clear Valleys Of Insurgents Or Keep Roads Open Are ‘So Important (Or) Really Worth It’” “Staff Sgt. Stephen Barnes, A Squad Leader Fighting In The Tangi Valley, Says: ‘Morale Has Gotten Low. I Will Say It On The Mountaintops’”…

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