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URUK Net 2 November, 2009 Part 2

Last updated: Tuesday, November 3, 2009 16:43

Taliban Decline US Offer Of 6 Provinces for 8 Bases
By Aamir Latif
November 2, 2009 – The emboldened Taliban movement in Afghanistan turned down an American offer of power-sharing in exchange for accepting the presence of foreign troops, Afghan government sources confirmed. “US negotiators had offered the Taliban leadership through Mullah Wakil Ahmed Mutawakkil (former Taliban foreign minister) that if they accept the presence of NATO troops in Afghanistan, they would be given the governorship of six provinces in the south and northeast,” a senior Afghan Foreign Ministry official told IslamOnline.net requesting anonymity for not being authorized to talk about the sensitive issue with the media…

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The Land of the Free?
ajit8
November 2, 2009 – The United States puts itself forward as a ‘democracy’; it calls itself the ‘land of the free’; it considers that it has the right to police the world, the right to label other countries as ‘undemocratic’ or lacking in freedom; it imposes sanctions and wages wars in the name of ‘human rights’. And yet the US state, along with its fellow imperialist vultures in Britain and elsewhere, is the worst violator of human rights in the world. By waging unjust wars for economic and geo-political advantage, the US and its allies deny millions of people the most fundamental human right: the right to life. Through its economic stranglehold over the third world, imperialism is responsible for the extraordinary poverty that leads to the death of 13 million children a year from malnutrition-related diseases. Despite the US government’s ostensible love of ‘freedom’, the US increasingly resembles a fascist state, with repressive laws, political prisoners and a massive prison population…

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Get Ready for the Emergency Protests! They Want to Kill Mumia Abu-Jamal – But Joint Action by Us All Can Prevent This!
AHM-AT'K News Center
November 2, 2009 – It is now for almost 27 years that the African American journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal has been on death row in Pennsylvania, U.S.A., as a political prisoner. His trial and his conviction for murder were a typical example for racist bias and class justice. The presiding judge denied Mumia the funds necessary for a defense and called him a “n…r”, the prosecutor first picked a jury which consisted almost exclusively of conservative White males, and then proceeded to paint a picture of the defendant as an ice-cold, ultra-leftist killer. In this trial, tainted as it was by racism and political repression, the former Black Panther Party spokesman Mumia never had a chance and was sentenced to death. All the same, the unbearable conditions of incarceration on death row Mumia has had to suffer for so long have neither broken him nor snuffed his voice. Even there, he doesn’t give up and continues to write and broadcast against the injustices of capitalist society…

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Activists: Mumia Abu-Jamal could face death any day now
By Saeed Shabazz
November 2, 2009 – Activists in New York City engaged in the free Mumia Abu Jamal movement gathered for a meeting in Harlem on Oct. 23, to discuss the mobilization for the Philadelphia journalist on death row, convicted in 1982 of killing a police officer. Mr. Abu Jamal has always stated that he was innocent. “Resistance is growing—preparations are in progress,” Dr. Suzanne Ross, a clinical psychologist and co-chairperson of the Free Mumia/NY Coalition explained to The Final Call. Ms. Ross said she attended the emergency meeting at the Abiding Truth Ministries church in Philadelphia on Oct. 17, where plans were laid out for the upcoming campaign to get Mr. Abu Jamal freed…

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OBAMA RESUMING G.W. BUSH’S “EXTRAORDINARY RENDITIONS”
By Sherwood Ross
November 2, 2009 – Even though Barack Obama, the candidate, pledged to end “the practice of shipping away prisoners in the dead of night to be tortured in far-off countries,” his FBI has been rendering kidnap victims to the U.S. The practice is still kidnapping, however; and it’s still illegal. Unlucky victim No. 1 was Raymond Azar, 45, flown from Afghanistan to Alexandria, Va., not to a foreign country. The construction manager for Sima International, a Lebanese outfit that did work for the U.S. military, Azar said he was tortured by his abductors. He might just as well have been flow to Egypt under the Bushies…

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Iraqi Armed Troops Fire at Peaceful Demonstration in Baghdad
ICEM
November 2, 2009 – The ICEM received a report over this past weekend from the Federation of Workers’ Councils and Unions (FWCUI) that a workers’ demonstration in Baghdad was fired upon by armed forces. The demonstration and use of armed force occurred on 6 October near the Green Zone in central Baghdad. The report the ICEM received from the FWCUI said many of the 2,000 protestors were hit with rubber bullets. The ICEM condemns such military action against workers, and calls it one further example why Iraq must enact legitimate labour law and recognise free and independent trade unions…

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Have Canadians been killing and dying for Kandahar’s Al Capone?
Derrick O’Keefe
November 2, 2009 – …While Afghanistan has burned, too many of the progressive forces in the West have fiddled. It’s no secret that the anti-war movement, especially in the United States, has thus far failed to mobilize adequately around the issue, with much of it either balkanizing to the point of irrelevance or folding up shop in deference to (or due to hypnosis by?) the new Obama administration. But maybe even those of us who have been actively engaged in opposing the Afghan War throughout have failed to fully articulate the scandal of this intervention, which has been put forward in such clear terms by people like Joya. When she said years ago, for instance, that the Karzai regime was the “most corrupt government in the world,” this wasn’t hyperbole. When she warned that the West had “turned Afghanistan back into the centre of the opium trade,” we were slow to fully articulate just how much our countries’ soldiers and governments were propping up a narco-state…

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The Gaza Chronicles: Part 2 – What a Siege Looks Like
By: Aditya Ganapathiraju
November 2, 2009 – “Gaza is an example of a society that has been deliberately reduced to a state of abject destitution,” Sara Roy wrote in July. It has led to “mass suffering, created largely by Israel,” and aided by the active participation of the United States, European Union, and Palestinian Authority in the West Bank. The Israeli policy of isolating Gaza from the West Bank has been a gradual process that started in the early 1990s. It tightened soon after Hamas’ electoral victory in 2006, and turned even more devastating after Hamas’s 2007 takeover, degrading the society to the point where 96 percent of Gaza’s population of 1.5 million is dependent on humanitarian aid for basic survival…

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‘Russian who spied on Israel shot dead in Moscow’
By Yossi Melman, Haaretz Corresponden
November 2, 2009 – Shabtai Kalmanovitch, an Israeli immigrant from the former Soviet Union who served time in prison for spying for the KGB, was shot and killed while driving in downtown Moscow, news agencies reported on Monday. According to the Interfax news agency, Kalmanovitch was shot while driving in his Mercedes in the Russian capital. The report said Kalmanovitch was shot by assailants armed with semi-automatic weapons who drove by in a passing vehicle…

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Why has the Egyptian authority burn the Palestinian aid?
Iqbal Tamimi
November 2, 2009 – … The Egyptian police refused to comment on the looting, but confirmed that the tons piling there were gathered to be burned down because all of it was inedible any more; all expired and no more safe for human consumption…WHY on Earth such thing has been allowed to happen? Why tons of food aid to starving people was not allowed to go through to Gaza? Why feed the fire instead of feeding the people on either side? Why the North Sinai Governor Mohamed Shousha, and the Red Crescent official, failed to respond to all the attempts to call them? Why burn all this effort that has been a collaborative effort of millions of people and charity donors around the world? Why Egypt has steeped so low?????…

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Outcry against ‘colonial’ takeover by BP of Rumaila oilfield in Iraq
Oliver August in Baghdad
November 2, 2009 – The British oil giant BP will today take control of Iraq’s biggest oilfield in the first important energy deal since the 2003 invasion. The move has created uproar among local politicians invoking resentful memories of their nation’s colonial past. Many Iraqi MPs say that the deal is illegal, and that the constitution should give them, not the Oil Minister, the final say over the country’s vast resources. BP will develop the field, believed to hold about 17 billion barrels of oil, with CNPC, a Chinese oil producer and supplier…

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UK student union boycotts Israeli goods
Ma’an News
November 2, 2009 – Following a landmark referendum, students at the UK’s Sussex University in Brighton this week voted to boycott Israeli goods. The decision comes in line with the international Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign, which calls upon Israel to respect international law and end the occupation of Palestinian territory. The referendum received messages of support and thanks from Jewish and Israeli academics and non-governmental organizations that oppose Israel’s occupation. Author and scholar Norman G. Finkelstein described the referendum result as “a victory, not for Palestinians but for truth and justice.”…

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