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URUK Net 9 November, 2009

Last updated: Tuesday, November 10, 2009 13:46

Report says Tel Aviv uses Website to get inside people’s head
Israel uses Facebook to spy on Arabs & Muslims
Al Arabiya
November 9, 2009 – For Facebook users updating their statuses or posting family pictures is for their select friends list but according to new report the information most people believe is private is actually being used by Israel to profile people and spy on them to obtain valuable information. According to “reliable” sources quoted in France-based, Israël Magazine, Israeli intelligence focuses mainly on Arab and Muslim users and uses the information obtained through their Facebook pages to analyze their activities and understand how they think. The extensive report allegedly ruffled some feathers in the Israeli government and diplomatic circles and Israel’s ambassador to Paris accused the magazine of “making classified information available to the enemy.”…

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New Iraq going ‘soft on Israel’
By Ahmed Janabi
November 9, 2009 – The ten-day Baghdad International Fair opened its doors for the 36th time on November 1. Featuring exhibits from major international companies, the trade fair was held annually from 1964 until the 2003 US-led invasion. It resumed in 2007. However, a change to the fair’s charter this year has angered many Iraqis. The Iraqi government has dropped an article from the charter which obliges participating companies to prove they do not have trade links with Israel. A memo from the Iraqi ministry of foreign affairs on October 7, alerted foreign embassies to the decision to drop article 45…

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Allied forces ‘may abandon most of northern Helmand’
Tom Coghlan and Michael Evans, Times
November 9, 2009 – A new strategy for Afghanistan that could lead to a British troop withdrawal from a former Taleban stronghold in northern Helmand province sparked immediate controversy yesterday. According to a senior Nato source, Western military commanders in Afghanistan are considering a radical shift in policy that would see British and US forces conduct a tactical pull-out from most of northern Helmand, including the town of Musa Qala. The source said that the plan to withdraw from northern Helmand would be considered if proposed reinforcements, currently being examined by President Obama, were not approved. General Stanley McChrystal, the US commander in Kabul, has asked for 40,000 more troops but President Obama has yet to make a decision. British military sources said, however, that a withdrawal from Musa Qala would be viewed as a defeat and could not be countenanced.

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Where Will They Get the Troops?
Preparing Undeployables for the Afghan Front
By Tom Engelhardt, Dahr Jamail and Sarah Lazare
November 9, 2009 – As the Obama administration debates whether to send tens of thousands of extra troops to Afghanistan, an already overstretched military is increasingly struggling to meet its deployment numbers. Surprisingly, one place it seems to be targeting is military personnel who go absent without leave (AWOL) and then are caught or turn themselves in. Hidden behind the gates of military bases across the U.S., troops facing AWOL and desertion charges regularly find themselves in the hands of a military that metes out informal, open-ended punishments by forcing them to wait months — sometimes more than a year — to face military justice. In the meantime, some of these soldiers are offered a free pass out of this legal limbo as long as they agree to deploy to Afghanistan or Iraq — even if they have been diagnosed with severe post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)…

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In Jon We Trust
by Maidhc Ó Cathail
November 9, 2009 – Appalled by the Bush administration’s foreign policy, and feeling let down by a compliant news media, many young Americans turned to Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show for some critical insight into what had gone so terribly wrong with their country, as well as some light relief from the horror of it all. Ironically, it seemed to many that the comedian’s fake news show was the only place where one could learn the truth about the “war on terror” and other disastrous Bush-era policies. Summarizing the phenomenon, author Gene Healy wrote, “An enormous chunk of Generation Y, those born roughly after 1977, gets its political information from Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, a comedy news program devoted to the idea that we’re led by fools.” With Obama failing to bring the “change” that many believed in, the perceived need to tune in to The Daily Show is unlikely to waver anytime soon…

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How Israel Won the Settlement Battle Again
Back-Pedaling Politicians
By Ramzy Baroud
November 9, 2009 – When British Foreign Secretary David Miliband uttered a few words regarding the illegality of the Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, many wanted to believe that London was taking a sharp stance against Israel’s continued violations of international law. Alas, they were wrong. The fact is Miliband’s statement, made during a press conference that followed talks with Jordan’s King Abdullah II, in Amman, was merely tactical, aimed at lessening the negative impact of the feeble position adopted by Washington regarding the same issue…

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Three gay teenagers are on death row in Iran: please help to try and save them
Paul Canning
November 9, 2009 – Iran is preparing once again to execute young gay men arrested while they were a minor. Guilty of ‘lavat’ (i.e. sexual conduct between two men, regardless of penetration), the three teenagers do not yet have dates set for their state-sponsored murders, but according to Human Rights Watch and Iranian Railroad for Queer Refugees it could happen any day with no warning. They are Mehdi P., from Tabriz; Moshen G., from Shiraz; and Nemat Safavi, from Ardebil and who has been detained for over three years. Under Iranian law lavat is “punishable by death so long as both the active and passive partners are mature, of sound mind, and have acted of free will” — something that not only conflicts with the boys’ age at the time of the alleged ‘offenses’, but also a gross violation of international law, which forbids, under any circumstance, the executive of juvenile offenders…

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Marking Berlin anniversary, Palestinians breach Israel’s wall
Ma’an News
November 9, 2009 – Marking the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Palestinian demonstrators breached Israel’s concrete barrier near the West Bank city of Ramallah on Monday. Reporting live from the scene, Ma’an’s correspondent said the protesters, once they reached the other side, set fire to tires. Israeli forces also opened fire, the reporter said. Early reports said the demonstration was planned by the “popular committees” – local groups organized to oppose the construction of the wall – as well as the Fatah movement…

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The Fuck You Act
Arthur Silber
November 9, 2009 – The lies begin with the name itself. The bill is titled: Affordable Health Care for America Act. In fact, the bill’s primary purpose has absolutely nothing to do with providing “affordable health care.” The purpose is to extract as much money as possible from “ordinary” Americans — and to do so at the point of a gun (what do you think those financial penalties and even possible prison time are, if not a gun pointing directly at your head?) — and shovel it directly to already-engorged insurance companies. Americans will be forced to buy insurance, which as we all know, many of us through deeply painful personal experience, has nothing whatsoever to do with health care…

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Iraq: Election law, a first view
Roads to Iraq
November 9, 2009 – Desperate attempts to give the US ambassador Christopher Hill all the credits, but Larijani just left the country today after meetings with the Parliament and Sistani, the Iraqi parliament approved the election law … Which means Iran gave the green light to pass the law or Iran gave the US the OK to withdraw its forces from Iraq. Still insist that the election will be postponed, and I am referring to what the head of the IHEC statement today: The election will be postponed despite the parliament approval…

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The Children of Gaza develop narcotic addiction to withstand the pain while working 12 hours a day in the tunnels
Iqbal Tamimi
November 9, 2009 – .. Those who know about the Israeli siege of Gaza might know the effect of the siege regarding the shortages of urgently needed food, medicines, building materials and other consumer goods, but what not many know is that this siege forced the children of Gaza, the victims of the siege in the first place, to suffer a new form of oppression and mental and physical pains. The children of Gaza are forced to work inside the dangerous tunnels stretching underground between Gaza and Egypt where some food and other goods are being smuggled. They do other chores besides smuggling goods: they work in digging the tunnels, choosing the appropriate passages, connecting lighting systems, and laying pipelines to withdraw the smuggled fuel from the Egyptian side…

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THE ANNEXATION OF COLOMBIA TO THE UNITED STATES
Fidel Castro Ruz
November 9, 2009 – Anyone with some information can immediately see that the sweetened ‘Complementation Agreement for Defense and Security Cooperation and Technical Assistance between the Governments of Colombia and the United States’ signed on October 30, and made public in the evening of November 2, amounts to the annexation of Colombia to the United States. The agreement puts theoreticians and politicians in a predicament. It wouldn’t be honest to keep silence now and speak later on sovereignty, democracy, human rights, freedom of opinion and other delights, when a country is being devoured by the empire as easy as lizards catch flies. This is the Colombian people; a self-sacrificing, industrious and combative people. I looked up in the hefty document for a digestible justification and I found none whatsoever…

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Taliban prisoners on hunger strike in Kandahar
Associated Press
November 09, 2009 — About 350 Taliban prisoners are on a hunger strike at a prison in Kandahar and a delegation from the Ministry of Justice is going to the lockup in southern Afghanistan to investigate their complaints. Mohammad Shafiq, one of the prisoners, says the inmates began the hunger strike Sunday evening. They are complaining about poor food, water and health care…

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Obama will send tens of thousands more troops to Afghanistan
By Patrick Martin
November 9, 2009 – According to US press reports Sunday, President Barack Obama has decided to send tens of thousands of additional US troops to Afghanistan in an attempt to suppress growing popular resistance to foreign occupation. The New York Times reported Sunday on its web site that the White House had narrowed its options in Afghanistan to three—all involving troop increases of 20,000, 30,000 and 40,000 respectively. The plans for escalating the war have come in response to the urgent request by General Stanley McChrystal, the US commander in Afghanistan…

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Honduras: Republicans praise Obama for “reversing” policy
By Bill Van Auken
November 9, 2009 – Republicans in the US Senate signaled their satisfaction over the Obama administration’s recent diplomatic initiative in Honduras by lifting their months-long block on the nominations for key State Department posts related to Latin America. The move came a week after a US diplomatic team led by the State Department’s top official on Latin American, Tom Shannon—a holdover from the Bush administration—brokered an agreement in Tegucigalpa between President Manuel Zelaya, who was toppled by a coup and forced out of the country last June 28, and the coup regime headed by Roberto Micheletti. As has become clear over the past week, this deal has served to legitimize the principal aims of the June coup, while betraying the demands of the broad mass of workers, peasants and students that has resisted the dictatorial regime for the past four and a half months…

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HASBARA IN MOTION ~~AIPAC WINS ~~ THE PEOPLE LOSE
Steve Amsel, Desertpeace
November 9, 2009 – In a blatant show of contempt for Justice and Peace in the Middle East, the US House of Representatives voted to oppose the Goldstone Report on the war crimes committed in Gaza last year. The vote was 344 to 36. Those that voted against the House resolution are to be thanked, supported and reelected…

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UN: Gaza needs construction material before winter
By DIAA HADID (AP)
November 9, 2009 — Thousands of Gaza Palestinians left homeless by an Israeli invasion face a cold and rainy winter unless Israel allows building supplies in, a senior U.N. official said Monday. But Israel has ruled out unrestricted shipments, fearing the material would be used by militants. Thousands of homes in Gaza were damaged or destroyed during Israel’s fierce three-week winter offensive against the territory’s Hamas rulers, aimed at stopping years of rocket attacks…

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The making of a tragedy
Eric Ruder &Trey Kindlinger
November 9, 2009 – …The bigoted conclusions of the Michelle Malkins—that the “violent teachings” of Islam caused this tragedy—must be rejected. When Sgt. John Russell shot and killed five fellow soldiers at the Camp Liberty combat stress clinic in Baghdad, his religion wasn’t used to explain why he went on a shooting spree. Hasan’s shouldn’t be used as an explanation for what happened at Fort Hood. The real solution to the horror that took place at Fort Hood is to build a social movement large enough to bring the senseless and ultimately futile wars in Iraq and Afghanistan—with their trail of civilian and military casualties—to an end…

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West Bank rabbi: Jews can kill Gentiles who threaten Israel
Haaretz
November 9, 2009 – Just weeks after the arrest of alleged Jewish terrorist, Yaakov Teitel, a West Bank rabbi on Monday released a book giving Jews permission to kill Gentiles who threaten Israel. Rabbi Yitzhak Shapiro, who heads the Od Yosef Chai Yeshiva in the Yitzhar settlement, wrote in his book “The King’s Torah” that even babies and children can be killed if they pose a threat to the nation…

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US helicopter pilots die in Iraq
BBC News
November 9, 2009 – Two US army pilots have been killed in a helicopter crash in central Iraq, the US military has said. Their helicopter “experienced a hard landing” at a base in Salahuddin Province on Sunday, a statement said without giving further details. A US marine also died on Sunday of “non-combat related injuries” in Anbar province, another statement said…

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Egypt asks Miles of Smiles aid convoy to receive Israel’s approval to enter Gaza
Palestinian Information Center
November 9, 2009 – Zahir Berawi, the spokesman for the European aid convoy Miles of Smiles, said Monday that the Egyptian authorities in Port Said asked the convoy organizers to receive Israel’s approval to enter the besieged Gaza Strip. Spokesman Berawi explained that Ibrahim Siddiqi, the director of Port Said and El-Arish ports told them that the Israeli occupation authority (IOA) must approve the lists of the participants in the convoy and the humanitarian aid before unloading the cargos from the ships which have been docking in El-Arish port since last Thursday…

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