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URUK Net 10 November, 2009 Part 2

Last updated: Saturday, November 14, 2009 10:15

When children are sold in the Iraqi markets
Rashid Shaheen
November 10, 2009 – Several popular Swedish newspapers published about two weeks ago an investigative report by Tracey Christensen and her colleague Thor Bjorn Andersen. The report, clearly highly credible as it was reported from the center of the Iraqi capital Baghdad, caused a stir probably unprecedented in Iraq. According to the media, the investigation has been translated into more than 12 languages. An article on the Arab News website on Oct. 24 about the report aired on Swedish television said that the journalist and her colleague hid inside an old car recording sounds and images from what they described as a large market where Iraqi children and adolescents are sold. Journalist Andersen noted during the report that an an Iraqi girl no older than four was for sale for not more than $ 400, an amount that did not equal the value of the flowers on the desk of Iraqi President Jalal Talabani. This is not the first report which specifically addresses the sale of children in Iraq. This phenomenon never existed in Iraq before the occupation…

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Blackwater Attempted to Bribe Iraqi Officials
By Jeremy Scahill
November 10, 2009 – In the aftermath of the 2007 Nisour Square massacre in Baghdad by operatives working for Blackwater, top company officials including then-president Gary Jackson “authorized secret payments of about $1 million to Iraqi officials that were intended to silence their criticism and buy their support,” according to the New York Times. Seventeen Iraqis were killed and more than twenty others wounded in the shooting, prompting the Iraqi government to announce it would ban the company from Iraq with officials vowing to prosecute the shooters. Blackwater, however, remains in Iraq to this day…

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What is Israel’s Role in the Destabilization of Pakistan?
Jeff Gates
November 11, 2009 – When waging war “by way of deception,” the motto of the Israeli Mossad, well-timed crises play a critical agenda-setting role by displacing facts with what a target population can be deceived to believe. Thus the force-multiplier effect when staged crises are reinforced with pre-staged intelligence. In combination, the two often prove persuasive. That duplicity was on display when U.S. lawmakers were induced to invade Iraq in response to the mass murder of 9-11. That crisis alone, however, was insufficient. Military mobilization required a “consensus” belief in Iraqi WMD, Iraqi ties to Al Qaeda, Iraqi mobile biological weapons, Iraqi meetings in Prague, and so forth. Though all were false, those “facts” proved sufficient to induce an invasion of Iraq…

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Iraqi court ruling against Guardian seen as part of crackdown on media
Martin Chulov in Baghdad
November 10, 2009 – The court ruling in which the Guardian was ordered to pay the Iraqi prime minister damages of 100m dinar (£52,000) is part of a wider crackdown against media outlets designed to discourage scrutiny of public officials, according to one of the country’s leading journalism bodies. The Journalists Freedom Organisation, which has lobbied for press freedoms for the past six years, says the Iraqi media have been inundated by writs from officials in recent months and have lost official access and status to state-backed organisations…

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Fatah marks Arafat’s anniversary behind closed doors in Gaza
Xinhua
November 10, 2009 – A Fatah lawmaker on Tuesday defied a Hamas ban on marking the death anniversary of late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and held a candle-lighting ceremony at his office in southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah. The office of Ashraf Jum’a, a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC), were crammed with nearly 100 supporters of Fatah who commemorated the fifth anniversary of Arafat’s death. The event used to be a mass gathering in the Palestinian territories, but Hamas, which seized control of Gaza in 2007, has banned public activities on this occasion for two years… Since morning, Hamas security forces have arrested tens of activists and members of Fatah party in the Gaza Strip, officials said on Tuesday…

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Comrade Sa’adat calls from his isolation cell for support for Palestinian prisoners
PFLP – Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine
November 10, 2009 – Comrade Leader Ahmad Sa’adat, the imprisoned General Secretary of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, issued a letter on November 8, 2009 from his isolation cell in response to the international day of action and the efforts of political, social, legal and media organizations in solidarity with Comrade Sa’adat and all Palestinian prisoners, particularly those confronting isolation in the jails of the occupier. The international day of action, which took place on October 22, 2009, included protests, sit-ins, media events, and other actions calling for the freedom of Comrade Sa’adat and all Palestinian prisoners, and demanding an end to isolation…

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Israeli Jews and the one-state solution
Ali Abunimah
November 10, 2009 – One of the most commonly voiced objections to a one-state solution for Palestine/Israel stems from the accurate observation that the vast majority of Israeli Jews reject it, and fear being “swamped” by a Palestinian majority. Across the political spectrum, Israeli Jews insist on maintaining a separate Jewish-majority state. But with the total collapse of the Obama Administration’s peace efforts, and relentless Israeli colonization of the occupied West Bank, the reality is dawning rapidly that the two-state solution is no more than a slogan that has no chance of being implemented or altering the reality of a de facto binational state in Palestine/Israel…

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