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URUK Net 27 October, 2009 Part 2

Last updated: Wednesday, October 28, 2009 16:44

A Children’s Market in Baghdad.
Layla Anwar, An Arab Woman Blues
October 27, 2009 – There are auctions taking place selling stolen Iraqi artifacts and there are auctions taking place selling Iraqi children in the center of Baghdad’s markets… The stealing and selling of our past and our future… Tell me what is left ? What follows is my translation of an article I received today. If anyone from Sweden reads this, I need more information please and a copy of the article in the original language as it appeared in the Swedish press. According to this article, a documentary film on Swedish TV and then transcribed into an article that was published in some magazine/newspaper called “ Express” ?, and translated into 12 languages in the past 24 h. This documentary was done by two Swedish reporters (Tracey Christensen and Thor Bjorn Andersen) who secretly filmed a market in Baghdad, from inside a car…and they witnessed transactions in which Iraqi children were sold. They mention the case of a 4 year old girl being sold for 500 US dollars !…

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The Denial Continues, and the Horror Remains Unrecognized
Arthur Silber
October 27, 2009 – As soon as I read this Washington Post story about the resignation of Matthew Hoh, I knew I would write this article […] The significance of Hoh’s own judgment of his actions in Iraq, and his own failure to acknowledge the true nature of the U.S. presence there, lies in the fact that it undercuts his protest about U.S. strategy in Afghanistan on the most fundamental level. Hoh offers no principled opposition to wars of aggression: he approves of a criminal war in Iraq, but opposes it in Afghanistan. And he opposes it in Afghanistan not because it’s a crime and morally abhorrent — which it is — but because it’s not “working.” It’s “ineffective.” This perfectly mirrors the typical liberal criticism of the Iraq crime: that it was executed “incompetently.” Opposition of this kind finally reduces to no opposition at all, except on specifics. Such opposition is futile, inconsistent and contradictory, and ultimately worthless. It fails to challenge U.S. policy on the critical, more fundamental level — and it invites a future catastrophe on an equal or, which is horrifying to contemplate, an even greater scale…

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Depraved Indifference: Drone Wars, Whack Jobs and Imperial Terror
Chris Floyd
October 27, 2009 -…What is astonishing about this is that the interview doesn’t end there, in a roar of outrage from Mayer and her interviewer: “They’ve killed hundreds of civilians!” Hundreds of Pakistani civilians, men, women and children with no involvement whatsoever in war or terrorism; just ordinary people living their lives as best they can — just like your neighbor, just like your mother, just like you…or just like the people killed on September 11, whose deaths are used as an eternal justification for war and bloodshed on a global scale by the American state. But these drone-murdered Pakistanis — these human beings, these fathers and mothers, these grandparents, these toddlers, these brothers and sisters — their lives are just statistics to be coldly weighed in the calibrations of imperial policy. The “bad news” about their deaths is not that they were murdered, not that these utterly defenseless men, women and children were blown to shreds without warning, without the slightest chance of escape, by flying robots controlled by unseen hands a world away; no, the “bad news” is that these that these killing might possibly hamper America’s “counterinsurgency program”…

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35% of East Jerusalem expropriated – study
By Hani Hazaimeh
October 27, 2009 – Israel has expropriated some 35 per cent of East Jerusalem’s territory, over 24,000 dunums of land, from its Palestinian owners despite the fact that in 20 years the majority of Jerusalem’s population will be Palestinians, a study said. According to the study, compiled by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, Palestinians currently make up 35 per cent of the city’s population compared with 25.5 per cent in 1967, adding that “in the absence of a political agreement on the borders of the city and the status of its Palestinian residents, Jerusalem is approaching a bi-national urban reality”…

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The Iraqi Time Bomb
Robert Dreyfuss
October 27, 2009 – More and more, it seems that the Obama administration has utterly forgotten about Iraq. With its laser-like focus on Afghanistan and its diplomacy with Iran, it’s rare that Iraq gets any attention. (That’s true, too, even in The Dreyfuss Report.) A whole team of State Department and NSC staff is mobilized on the Iran issue, Afghanistan and Pakistan have their special envoy, Richard Holbrooke, and even the Sisyphus-like effort to deal with the Palestine-Israel problem has its own special envoy, George Mitchell. But Iraq is an orphan. At times, it’s like the White House has put Iraq in a box called “George Bush’s blunders,” and it doesn’t plan on looking into the box. There’s no go-to person in the Obama administration for Iraq. Ambassador Christopher Hill, who’s relatively new on the job, isn’t an Arabist or an Iraqi specialist, and he’s taking — perhaps appropriately — a hands-off attitude toward the swirl of Iraqi politics…

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Palestinian villager stands up to Israeli settlement, repairs damaged trees, continues olive harvest
Amin Abu Wardeh and Rana Khmus
October 27, 2009 – Palestinian farmer Abdel Asaus has become a model of steadfastness standing in front of Bracha Settlement. His home is in the southern Nablus village of Burin, nearby the confiscated West Bank land on which the Israeli settlement of Bracha was built. Repeated attacks by the settlers darken the area, but Asaus is continuing to grow his crops in spite of the ever present threat. He seemed tired while talking to PNN, saying, “What happened is a massacre; 97 olive trees have been cut and the bark stripped. This is not the first attack on our soil. During every olive harvest they target our land and our trees, burning them, uprooting, and cutting.”…

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Another day at the office, another bloody day in Baghdad
Dr.Mohammed, Last of Iraqis
October 27, 2009 – …But I need to ask some questions that I can’t find satisfying answers to them, I’ll start with; why the sick politicians are killing the people for their political disagreements? Why are they having the power despite that most of the people knows their crimes? When will the Iraqi people stops bleeding to give the politicians more money! Despite they have enough money that could support them and four generations after them like kings? When will this ever ends? What are the checkpoints doing? Why don’t the government removes all the checkpoints and make our lives much more easier, they are basically not doing anything despite annoying people and causing road jams, they are really doing nothing if such explosions takes place, when will they depend on intelligence? Well, sorry for that because THEY are the ones who did it…

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