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URUK Net 25 October, 2009

Last updated: Monday, October 26, 2009 9:10

The Calamity of Iraq’s Orphans and the Morality of America
Dennis Loo
October 25, 2009 – According to the Iraqi Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs’ January 2008 Report, 4.5 million Iraqi children have been made orphans. Of these, only 459 orphans are in government care. I’ll say that again. Out of 4.5 million, only 459 children are in government care. 800 orphans at the time of this report were being held in Iraqi prisons, 100 of these in American prisons, charged as terrorists. What has caused this catastrophe? What has happened to the parents of these millions of orphans? What kind of disaster could have resulted in 4.5 million orphans in a country with a total population of 28 million as of 2008? In proportion to the US population of 310 million, this would mean the equivalent of 19.3 million US orphans…

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Muezzin of Al Aqsa prevented entry, no call to prayer, minaret damaged, power cut
Maisa Abu Ghazaleh
October 25, 2009 – A state of tension and anticipation remains in the lanes of Jerusalem’s Old City Sunday evening. Israeli police and special forces have stormed Al Aqsa Mosque twice today, closed the gates and prevented people from performing the noon, afternoon and evening prayers. The assault is occurring both outside and inside the Mosque and its grounds. The number of injuries, aside from the cases of gas inhalation and bruising from mild beatings, is 25 Palestinians. They are journalists, medics, officials and citizens. Palestine News Network’s Jerusalem correspondent Maisa Abu Ghazaleh was among the journalists who were beaten by Israeli forces. Diyala Jowayhan of Al Rai, journalist and photographer Atta Aoissat, Al Quds reporter Mahmoud Alian and a photographer from Reuters were all beaten, along with other journalists, by the Israelis.,,

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Afghan Resistance Statement Regarding the Runoff Elections
Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan
October 25, 2009 – …The public of the world like the Afghans have reached the conclusion that the miserable people of Afghanistan are hostage in the hands of the global terrorists under the leadership of America whereas the Kabul surrogate Administration is entangled in the claws of the invaders. Through coercion and manipulation, they want to impose on the Afghans a regime, which is only palatable to the invaders. But our brave nation will never stoop to this. The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan deems it necessary to announce the following points to the pious people and the believing Mujhideen regarding the second round of the devious conspiracy of the invaders: 1. The Islamic Emirate announces to all countrymen to avoide participating in the deceitful and foreign-made electoral process. On the command of your belief and the Afghani conscience, you should completely boycott the elections on the basis of the rule of Sharia…

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Both Afghan Candidates Want Major Escalation of US Troops
Jason Ditz
October 25, 2009 – In an interview today on CNN designed to convince Americans that he is a more suitable partner than incumbent President Hamid Karzai, Afghan opposition candidate Abdullah Abdullah called for a “dramatic increase” in the number of American forces in the nation. The call comes roughly a month after President Karzai publicly endorsed General Stanley McChrystal’s plan for escalation in the nation, saying it was “the right approach.”…

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How a Torture Protest Killed a Career
Dennis Loo
October 25, 2009 – A powerful and moving story from Consortium News that everyone should read, told by the former British Ambassador to Uzbekistan, who, upon learning of the torture being carried out there on behalf of the CIA, felt impelled to speak out. As a result, his career was ruined. As Max Weber, the expert on bureaucracies, pointed out in the 19th century: “as an instrument of ‘societalizing’ relations of power, bureaucracy has been and is a power instrument of the first order – for the one who controls the bureaucratic apparatus.” It is that part of the picture that Craig Murray, whose account is retold below, still finds perplexing – how decent people can go along with indecent and monstrous things because those above them have ordered it to be done and because those above them have succeeded in frightening the public into going along with profoundly immoral practices…

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Palestinian discord serving Israel
Editorial, The Daily Star
October 25, 2009 – The recent decision by Fatah leader Mahmoud Abbas to hold general elections in Palestinian territories in January despite the vocal opposition of Hamas highlights a growing divide between the two leading Palestinian parties at a time when unity is imperative to the goal of a Palestinian state. Fatah’s move exemplifies a trend in internal Palestinian politics for calculated maneuvering that is devised first and foremost to weaken one’s opponent. By calling electiond, Fatah forces the hand of the Islamist party to sign on to a unity deal that could weaken it. This trademark, sadly, has time and again undermined efforts to define more constructive strategies that could secure gains for all Palestinians…

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Iran universities target of conservative attacks
Radio Zamaneh
October 25, 2009 – Tehran’s Friday prayers, led by Kazem Seddighi, focused on “cleansing” the universities as a means of putting an end to the recent unrest. Mr. Seddighi claimed: “There is need for another revolution in the universities, like the first one.” After the Iranian Revolution of 1979, in addition to firing a large number of university faculty members and executives, the teaching curricula and methods were also adapted to Islamic standards. Mr. Seddighi called for a complete overhaul of every field in the human sciences and urged “pious professors who are knowledgeable in Islamic issues” to write the necessary humanities textbooks based on the Quran and Islamic laws…

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Open Letter of the Miserable and Oppressed Prisoners of Afghanistan
Oppressed Prisoners of Afghanistan, via Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan
October 25, 2009 – Our letter is addressed to the International Red Cross, to all human rights advocacy organizations, civil societies, lawyers unions, rulers and all representatives of people who have the sobriety to feel that even on this planet, there can be a hell which is the result of the squalid conditions imposed on human beings where they have been sufferings. We submit you our message, being fraught with stories of agony and sufferings from a place where human beings are leading a moribund life which can be likened to drinking a cup of poison every fleeting moment . We present you with our demands, which are quite feasible, never impossible to be accomplished. We submit these realities in the hope that it may help those now under torture, get free from their constant pains and suffering…

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12 mln Afghans live under poverty line: ministry
Xinhua
October 25, 2009 – Afghan Minister for Public Health Syed Mohammad Amin Fatimi has revealed that 12 million out of the total 30 million Afghans, including 3 million children, live under poverty line in the war-torn country, a local newspaper reported Saturday. “Twelve million people, of these 3 million are children under five, live under poverty line in Afghanistan,” daily Rah-e-Nejat quoted minister Fatimi as saying. The minister noted these children have been suffering from malnutrition…

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Update on Al Aqsa: PNN correspondent injured, official in charge of Jerusalem file arrested
PNN
October 25, 2009 – Update on Al Aqsa – Journalists and medics were bruised, some suffered injuries, after being beaten by the police inside and outside Al Aqsa Mosque. PNN’s Jerusalem correspondent Maisa Abu Ghazaleh is among the journalists who were beaten. Nine additional people have been injured. Among the arrested is Palestinian official in charge of Jerusalem file, Hatem Abdel Qader…

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Mash’al: Israel wants to divide Al-Aqsa
Ma’an News
October 25, 2009 – Hamas’ top political official, Khalid Mash’al warned that Israel could attempt to divide the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem in a televised news conference from Damascus on Sunday evening. “It was the first time Israeli army locked the gates of the mosque with chains, barring the call to prayer, breaking into its yards for long periods of time,” Mash’al said in remarks denouncing an Israeli police raid early on Sunday that sparked a day of demonstrations…

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Taking Flight: Memories of Diaspora
By Ramzy Baroud
October 25, 2009 – The following is an excerpt from Ramzy Baroud’s forthcoming book: My Father Was a Freedom Fighter: Gaza’s Untold Story. The events are situated in Baroud’s historic home of Beit Daras, one of the nearly 500 Palestinian villages that were completely destroyed by Zionist militias in 1948. Baroud’s father, a very young boy at the time, and his family are fleeing on foot to their new destiny in a refugee camp in the Gaza Strip, where they remain to this day. Gaza was and remains a center stage of the struggle against Israeli occupation, and the ordinary people of the strip are major players that shaped past events and continue to do so to the present day, despite protracted sieges, sanctions, and every other attempt at crushing their resistance and forcing them into submission…

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Video: Scores killed in Iraq blasts
AlajzeeraEnglish
October 25, 2009 – Two car bombings in Baghdad, one of them caught on film in this report, have killed over 130 people and left many hundreds more wounded. The blasts, which went off less than a minute apart, targeted the justice ministry and the Baghdad provincial council. Al Jazeera’s Owen Fay reports on what is the bloodiest attack in the Iraqi capital for months…

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Israeli Troops Attack Al-Aqsa Worshipers
Khalid Amayreh
October 25, 2009 – …Sheikh Muhammed Hussein, a prominent scholar and religious leader, described the situation at Al-Aqsa as “very dangerous,” warning it could get out of control. “The Israeli soldiers are beating everyone, including women and children,” he said. Earlier, Muslim leaders urged Muslims to flock to Al-qsa Mosque to repulse renewed attempts by government-backed Jewish zealots to arrogate a foothold at the exclusively Islamic shrine. The calls were relayed through loudspeakers at the Aqsa compound, prompting the Israeli occupation authorities to cut off electricity supply to mosques in the area. The Muslim leadership in Al-Quds (occupied East Jerusalem) called on Muslims to be on constant alert to foil a plan by Jewish extremists to hold prayers at the Aqsa sanctuary on Sunday…

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Baghdad blast toll ‘passes 130’
BBC News
October 25, 2009 – At least 132 people have been killed and 520 injured in two car bomb attacks in Baghdad, Iraqi officials say. The blasts hit the ministry of justice and a provincial government office near the heavily fortified Green Zone. They came in quick succession at 1030 (0730 GMT) as people headed to work during the morning rush hour. This is the deadliest attack in Iraq since August 2007 and comes three months after the US handed security control of cities to local forces…

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Pakistan: state of chaos
Socialist Worker
As violence escalates in Pakistan, Geoff Brown interviews Riaz Ahmed of the International Socialists of Pakistan about the background to the crisis […] People see the US and Nato acting like an occupying force. There is real anger at the increased US military presence. The only exceptions are a few in the governing elite – often financiers – who see their future tied to the US… The Swat offensive in April and May created several million refugees. Thousands were killed and thousands more arrested. Terrible atrocities were committed, but not one person has yet been put on trial. A quarter of a million people have fled South Waziristan in the last few days because of the bombing that prepared the ground for the army offensive. But not a single photo has been released of the operation…

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Video Footage From Inside the Aqsa Mosque
jordaynet

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Thousands gather in Kabul, burn effigy of Obama
Afghans accuse US troops of burning Quran
Al Arabiya
October 25, 2009 – At least one thousand Afghans took to the streets of Kabul on Sunday to protest against what they said was the desecration of a copy of the Quran by foreign troops during a raid last week. As police fired into the air to break up the crowd, thick smoke rose above the crowd, who burned an effigy of American President Barack Obama and chanted anti-American slogans. “No to democracy. We just want Islam,” said one banner carried by protesters, who expressed their desire for foreign troops to leave the war-torn country…

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VIDEO: Unrest after Israeli raid on Al-Aqsa
Ma’an News
October 25, 2009 – Around 30 Palestinians were injured and 20 arrested when clashes between Israeli forces and youths erupted anew in the Old City of occupied East Jerusalem on Sunday, Palestinian and Israeli officials said. In violence that followed a reported police raid on the sensitive Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, Israeli forces fired stun grenades, tear-gas canisters and rubber-coated bullets at protesters… A medic said that among the injured were five Palestinian journalists…

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Abu Ali’s Blues…
Layla Anwar, Uncensored Arabwomanblues
October 25, 2009 – …o many Iraqis, from the communist party (both branches) because there were two of them then..maybe today there is only one – the Sadrist party of the Chief driller of Muqtada Al-Sadr or maybe they are all affiliated to Dawlat Al Qanun, the Dawa Branch of Al-Maliki. You see, the Iraqi leftists, who sought exile and wrote poetry for McDonalds and Martin Luther King, hoping…you see the Iraqi leftists who sang “ Free Kurdistan”, you see the Iraqi leftists who made themselves a name fighting Saddam Hussein…are all Abu Ali’s partisans. Today, and since 2003, they voted for their sects…Today and since 2003, they joined the Drilling party of Muqtada Al-Sadr. Today and since 2003, they hailed the Butcher of Falluja – Allawi…Today and since 2003, they welcomed the invasion but with the usual “anti-imperialist” jargon…Today and since 2003, they are so called atheist but love the regime of the Mullahs…

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Israeli police raid Aqsa compound
Aljazeera.net
October 25, 2009 – Israeli police have raided al-Aqsa mosque’s compound, clashing with Muslim worshippers and arresting Palestinian protesters. Al Jazeera has learnt that the clashes erupted on Sunday after Israeli police tried to enter the compound in occupied Jerusalem’s Old City. The site is known to Jews as the Temple Mount and is revered by Muslims as al-Haram al-Sharif (the Noble Sanctuary), comprising al-Aqsa mosque and the Dome of the Rock. At least 10 people were injured and another 15 detained, Al Jazeera’s correspondent in Jerusalem said…

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Anger at America on Islamabad campus
By Alan Fisher in Islamabad
October 25, 2009 – I went to the Islamic university in Islamabad on Tuesday after news of the double bombing there broke. I did my job, I reported the scene and I spoke to witnesses. It was a bloody and murderous attack. But as we were preparing to leave, something happened which has had me thinking for the past few days. A young man, dressed in black, approached, extended his hand and gave the customary greeting “Assalamu alaikum”. I returned his welcome and shook his hand. But in an instant his mood changed and he started blaming me and “my people” for the bombing. Those around tried to calm him down, but he was loud and insistent. He thought I was an American…

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VIDEO: Unrest after Israeli raid on Al-Aqsa
Ma’an News
October 25, 2009 – Around 30 Palestinians were injured and 20 arrested when clashes between Israeli forces and youths erupted anew in the Old City of occupied East Jerusalem on Sunday, Palestinian and Israeli officials said. In violence that followed a reported police raid on the sensitive Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, Israeli forces fired stun grenades, tear-gas canisters and rubber-coated bullets at protesters… A medic said that among the injured were five Palestinian journalists…

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Afghanistan: US forces open fire at civilians after bomb attack
Abdul Moeed Hashimi
October 25, 2009 – US forces on Sunday opened fire at civilians in eastern Laghman province after coming under a bomb attack this noon, killing a civilian and wounding three others, an official and a tribal elder said. The incident came a day after foreign forces in Kandahar killed four civilians in a car after its driver failed to stop. The bomb attack happened on the US forces in Safi Qala area of Mehtarlam city, provincial capital at 1pm…

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Hamas official: Reconciliation talks totally frozen
Ma’an News
October 25, 2009 – Hamas declared on Sunday that reconciliation talks with the rival Fatah movement are now completely on hold after President Mahmoud Abbas set a date for elections. “The speech that President Abbas delivered on Friday has cut many of the strings. Now there are no contacts and the matter is totally frozen,” said Salah Bardawil, the spokesperson of Hamas’ parliamentary contingent…

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Palestinians in Europe: elections without national consensus is recipe for deepening divide
PNN
October 25, 2009 – In a statement sent by Palestinian institutions and communities in Europe to PNN, the Presidential Decree for elections was described as a “recipe for deepening the divide.” In the absence of a national consensus, and the failure of reconciliation attempts, numerous players have come out against President Abbas’ decree to hold both presidential and legislative elections in January. The Hizb ut-Tahrir movement said today, “The declaration of elections is a continuation of political manipulation.”…

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90 People Killed, Over 630 Injured in Baghdad Suicide Car Bombs, Charred Bodies and Torn-off Limbs Littered Streets
Champress
October 25, 2009 — It seems that the Iraqis are not allowed to live in safe in their own homeland as the rest of the world, as if it is their destiny to keep living in a bad nightmare that deprives them from the simplest human rights: Life. Twin suicide car bombs blasted the justice ministry and a provincial office in Baghdad on Sunday, killing at least 90 people and sparking turmoil in the embattled Iraqi capital. Around 600 people were wounded in the near-simultaneous attacks at around 10:30 am (0730 GMT), which left streets littered with charred bodies and torn-off limbs…

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Missing Palestinian fighter found alive in Israeli prison?
Ma’an News
October 25, 2009 – Muhammad Issa Abu Ghaniyya, born in 1953, missing since 1969, and presumed dead for decades, has been seen alive in an Israeli prison, according to his family. Relatives told Ma’an on Sunday that several recently released prisoners swear they remember Abu Ghaniyya, who was left for dead during an operation near the northern Israeli town of Bisan (Beth Shean in Hebrew) in July 1969. Abu Ghaniyya’s family now believes he was held in Karmonid prison, between Ramla and Lod, before being transferred to Safad jail…

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US service member killed in Afghanistan bomb
AP
October 25, 2009 — The U.S. military says an American service member has been killed in a bomb attack in southern Afghanistan. A statement said the blast occurred Saturday, but it did not give details. This has been the deadliest year for international and U.S. forces since the 2001 invasion to oust the Taliban…

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Arab MK: Israel provoking a billion Muslims over Temple Mount
By Jack Khoury
October 25, 2009 – An Israeli Arab lawmaker warned on Sunday that Israel was “provoking” the Muslim world by cracking down on Arab rioters on the Temple Mount in Jeruslaem. “Israel is provoking a billion Muslims around the world, who will not hesitate to protect the Temple Mount with their own bodies,” said MK Talab Al-Sana (United Arab List-Ta’al)…

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Khatib calls for Arab popular pressure on rulers to defend the Aqsa Mosque
Palestinian Information Center
October 25, 2009 – Sheikh Kamal Al-Khatib, the deputy leader of the Islamic Movement in 1948 occupied Palestine, has charged Israel was pursuing a new systematic method in storming the Aqsa Mosque. He explained in a statement to Al-Jazeera TV network on Sunday that Israel was trying to prove its alleged “sovereignty” over the holy site and allow fanatic Jews to offer their Talmudic rituals inside the Aqsa Mosque…

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UN nuclear team visits Iran site
Aljazeera.net
October 25, 2009 – A team from the UN’s nuclear watchdog has inspected a controversial Iranian uranium enrichment plant near the town of Qom. The four inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) visited the facility on Sunday, Iran’s semi-official Mehr news agency said. “The inspectors … visited the facility in central Iran. They are expected to visit the site again,” it said…

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Israel pulls textbook over reference to ‘ethnic cleansing’ of the Palestinians
by George Rishmawi
October 25, 2009 – The Ministry of Education in Israel has decided to pull a history textbook because it include a passage that talks about the expulsion of Palestinians in 1948 for the creation of the state of Israel, describing it as ‘Ethnic Cleansing.’ Israeli media sources said the textbook, which will be taught to secondary classes, would be reissued after changes are made. It quoted the passage in question as saying: “The Palestinians and the Arab countries contended that most of the refugees were civilians who were attacked and expelled from their homes by armed Jewish forces, which instituted a policy of ethnic cleansing.”..

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