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URUK Net 11 November, 2009

Last updated: Saturday, November 14, 2009 10:18

Pivotal Kirkuk & Israeli Presence.
Layla Anwar, An Arab Woman Blues
November 11, 2009 – This is a rushed translation of an important article on Kirkuk written by Wajdi Anwar Mardan. Title : Did you know that the Israeli command and operation center for target assassinations is based in Kirkuk and do the Iraqis know why the Israeli rush for property acquisitions in Kirkuk? This article was written in reply to a question that appeared in the Jordanian daily, Al-Dustur, a few days ago, by the journalist Hayat.H.Attiyah and who started her article with : Israeli Jews of Iraqi origins return en masse to Iraq, and are settling particularly in Kirkuk where they are buying all kinds of property. The journalist Hayat Attiyah asks the question: Why Kirkuk ?…

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From the River to the Sea
Gilad Atzmon
November 11, 2009 – Let’s once and for all stop getting excited about America mounting pressure on Israel to freeze West Bank settlements. The entire fascination with the topic is a product of Zionist spin. It is there to divert attention from the root cause of the conflict: The robbery of Palestine and Palestinians in the name of a ‘Jewish home coming’. The call to stop Israeli construction in the West Bank is there to leave us with the false impression that the robbery of Palestine started in 1967. The facts are known to many of us, but not to all. The vast majority of Palestinians were expelled from their towns, villages, fields and orchards in 1948…

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Taliban expands control of Nuristan
Aljazeera.net
November 11, 2009 – Taliban fighters are expanding their control of Afghanistan’s Nuristan province, an area they claim to have recaptured from US troops. A video obtained exclusively by Al Jazeera purports to show Taliban fighters in the Kamdesh district. Their leaders say they have appointed some local officials and reopened schools. Sections of the footage also show Taliban fighters brandishing what appeared to be US weapons…

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Settlers ‘stone’ school children
By Phoebe Greenwood in Hebron, West Bank
November 11, 2009 – Twaneh School in Hebron has seen some improvements since former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair paid it a visit as UN Middle East envoy last year. The track leading from the school to the new main road joining Jerusalem to Israeli settlements on the south eastern slopes of Palestine is now paved. There are two new school rooms being built where pupils will be taught up to Grade 9, rather than having to leave after Grade 4. They now have a playground. But for the 32 children who live in Tuba and Magher Al Abeed, Palestinian villages encircled by three Israeli settlements, getting to school remains problematic…

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The plunder of Iraq’s oil
James Cogan
November 11, 2009 – The awarding of development rights over the huge West Qurna oilfield in southern Iraq to Exxon-Mobil and Royal Dutch Shell last Thursday once again underscores the criminal character of the continuing US-led occupation. As the direct result of the Iraq war, major American and other transnational energy conglomerates are now gaining control over some the largest oilfields in the world. West Qurna has proven reserves of 8.7 billion barrels of oil. Iraq’s total reserves are currently put at 115 billion barrels, though dozens of potential fields have not been explored adequately. Before the US invasion in 2003, rights over West Qurna had been awarded by the Baathist regime of Saddam Hussein to the Russian oil firm, Lukoil. The pro-US puppet regime in Baghdad has torn up all pre-war contracts…

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Black & White.
Layla Anwar, An Arab Woman Blues
November 11, 2009 – I was listening to some Jazz and Blues. Billie Holiday to be precise. The black woman, the black man…as in colored, as in different, as in OTHER. I am black too, very black, with no pigmented skin… I love black…I love being black. The black sheep, the black female, the black witch, the black virgin, the black reality… Black is good. Very good. My favorite color. It gave blues, jazz & reggae…Black is definitely good… and am all black. Of course, am not referring to race, am referring to states of mind…to cultural and political constructs…am referring to the history of being black, of being the Other… As an Iraqi, I consider myself blacker than black…the blackest possible…

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Ehsan Fattahian Executed
Reza Fiyouzat, Revolutionary Flowerpot Society
November 11, 2009 – This is from Human Rights Activists in Iran (HRAIran), and is the translation of Ehsan Fattahian’s letter from his prison cell, before he was executed on November 11, for ‘fighting against god’. It is noteworthy to mention that according to the witnesses present at the execution, Fattahian did not allow his executioners the last laugh, and kicked the stool from underneath his feet by himself…

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NATO Storms Afghan Red Crescent Compound
Jason Ditz
November 11, 2009 – The Afghan Red Crescent Society (ARCS) is complaining publicly today over a Saturday raid on one of its offices in Qalat by NATO forces. NATO reportedly used explosive charges to break into the offices, and captured two of the group’s aid workers. The two were never charged and were released within 24 hours, according to the manager of the group’s media division…

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Afghan Red Crescent condemns NATO operation at its office
IRIN News
November 11, 2009 – The Afghan Red Crescent Society (ARCS) has denounced a NATO-led military operation at its office in Qalat, capital of the southern province of Zabul, on 7 November. In a press statement NATO said its soldiers killed one “enemy militant” and detained a few “suspected militants” at the compound which, it said, was “historically used by Taliban commanders”. ARCS said the person killed was the guest of an ARCS staff driver. ..

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Suspected Hemorrhagic Pneumonia Outbreak Hits Ukraine
by Stephen Lendman
November 11, 2009 – …Baxter has a facility in Ukraine. Given the above evidence, it may be behind the current outbreak. A November 1 David Rothscum infowars.com article headlined: “Has Baxter International released a biological weapon,” in citing an earlier Huffington Post report on a man named Joseph Moshe, a Mossad biological warfare expert. True or not, he warned, on an August radio program, about “a biological weapon…being made by Baxter International(‘s Ukraine facility) that would be spread through vaccine and would cause a plague upon its release.” Having reported this two months before the outbreak lends credence to his story. In August, Ukraine was almost influenza free…

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Department of meaningless gestures
Stephen M. Walt
November 11, 2009 – Two eminent mainstream journalists — Tom Friedman and Joe Klein — recently called for United States to disengage from the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, on the grounds that Palestinians were too divided to make a deal and the Israelis were not interested in one. Friedman couldn’t bring himself to draw the logical conclusion — if the United States truly going to “disengage,” that also means cutting off its economic and military assistance — but Klein did. I have a certain sympathy for this position (and even wrote similar things myself before I wised up), but there are two problems with this specific idea. The first is that it is a meaningless prescription: There’s no way to cut the aid package (or even put a hold on it, which is what Klein recommends) so long as Congress is in hock to AIPAC and the other groups in the status quo lobby..

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Video: Jaba Village lands annexed by Geva-Binyamin Settlement
YeshDinorg
November 11, 2009 – On November 11th, 2009, the Jaba Village Regional Council assisted by the Yesh Din Human Rights Organization, filed a petition to the Israeli High Court of Justice demanding that a fence preventing villagers from working lands they cultivated for years be removed. The lands of Jaba Village have been adjacent to the settlement of Geva-Binyamin since 2003, when the illegal fence was erected, annexing numerous plots, and denying the village farmers’ access to them and the possibility of working them. The total size of lands so trapped is estimated at some 400 dunams…

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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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Obama exploits Fort Hood massacre to promote US wars
By Bill Van Auken
November 11, 2009 – President Barack Obama used his speech at Tuesday’s service for the 13 men and women killed last week at Fort Hood, Texas to promote the two ongoing US wars and his own plan to escalate the intervention in Afghanistan. The president delivered his remarks as his administration is finalizing plans to send tens of thousands more US troops to Afghanistan. Obama spoke before thousands of Army troops as well as relatives of the 12 soldiers and one civilian who were killed last Thursday in a shooting spree allegedly carried out by US Army Major Nidal Hasan…

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Ministry of detainees: Israel stepped up its racist practices against prisoners
Palestinian Information Center
November 11, 2009 — The Palestinian ministry of prisoners stated Tuesday that the Israeli occupation authority (IOA) has stepped up its malicious racist practices against detainees, who number more than 10,000 Palestinians. Information director of the ministry Riyadh Al-Ashqar gave many examples of the serious violations committed against prisoners in Israeli jails, noting that these violations reflect Israel’s hatred and racism against everything Palestinian…

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Military Resistance 7K9: Americans
Thomas F. Barton
November 11, 2009 – … Three new studies looking at combat stress have found group exposure therapy seems to work, that troops with traumatic brain injuries are more likely to have post-traumatic stress disorder, and that stress debriefings held after traumatic events don’t appear to prevent PTSD. The research comes as the Department of Veterans Affairs works to find the best treatment methods for combat veterans. It follows a report by Rand Corp. that showed only one treatment method — exposure therapy — has been proven to help PTSD in studies by objective researchers. The first study looked at a program that had been in place for four years at the Atlanta VA Medical Center. The center’s Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Clinical Team began researching group-based exposure treatment…

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UNICEF: More than half of Afghan children suffer from malnutrition
DPA
November 11, 2009 – Eight years after the start of the international campaign to end Taliban rule in Afghanistan, more than half of all children under age five suffer from malnutrition, a UNICEF official told the German Press Agency dpa Wednesday. ‘Nutrition is somewhat better (now), but not much,’ said Daniel Toole, UNICEF’s South Asia director, as the UN agency for children released a report tracking global progress in maternal and child nutrition. The report shows that 59 per cent of Afghanistan’s children under the age of five do not get enough to eat, leading to developmental problems…

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Military Resistance 7K10: Sounds Of War
Thomas F. Barton
November 11, 2009 – -…Afghanistan’s police are poorly trained, plagued by drug addiction and infiltrated by the Taliban “at every level”, a former British soldier from Portadown has said. Mr Beattie, who worked with the ANP during tours of Afghanistan in 2006-07 and 2008, said Afghan police officers were often paid off by insurgents. Mr Beattie has had his own run-ins with the Afghan police — he believes an ambush of his unit in Garmsir in Helmand Province in 2006 was set up between the Taliban and the ANP. He also alleged that a former chief of police in Helmand was caught talking directly to the Taliban on his personal phone on several occasions. “It is absolutely right to say that the Afghan police are infiltrated by the Taliban at every level, from the very lowest to the very highest,” he said…

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Military Resistance 7K8: “We’ve Lost All Our Friends”
Thomas F. Barton
November 11, 2009 – …Our community is distraught by the tragic shooting at Fort Hood yesterday. We extend our condolences to the families and friends of the victims. As upset as we are about this incident, this shooting does not come as a shock. Eight years of senseless wars have taken a huge toll on our troops and their families. It’s time to admit that the wars in southwest Asia are in no one’s best interests. Bring the troops home now! The Army has also repeatedly demonstrated that it is more interested in making soldiers “deployable” than it is in helping them fully recover from PTSD and other mental health issues. This often leaves soldiers with few options other than to self-medicate with drugs and alcohol…

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Military Resistance 7K7: A Mother Condemns The War
Thomas F. Barton
November 11, 2009 – … A Queens mother whose youngest son was killed this week in Afghanistan tearfully condemned the war on Friday. “I don’t agree with this war,” Bienvenida Gonzalez, 60, told the Daily News as she grieved for her son, Staff Sgt. Luis Gonzalez. “There’s a lot of families that it’s tearing apart.” The 28-year-old died Tuesday along with six other soldiers when enemy forces blew up their vehicle… Family friend Miriam Polanco said Gonzalez’s parents were anguished over whether to talk about their opposition to the war. “They decided you have to speak up,” she said. “You don’t want this thing to continue.” …

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Military Resistance 7K6: Pain
Thomas F. Barton
November 11, 2009 – … The deputy governor of the southern province of Zabul, Ali Khail, said foreign forces raided an Afghan Red Crescent office in the city of Qalat early Saturday, killing a security guard and arresting three local Red Crescent employees. Red Crescent spokesman Walid Akbar confirmed that international forces had raided the office, but said he had not received any reports of deaths. Akbar said his organization was negotiating with provincial authorities for the release of the three arrested men, whom he identified as a driver, a communications officer and a guest. “We are a neutral organization. We help both parties. We help the victims of the war,” he said…

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