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URUK Net 18 November, 2009

Last updated: Saturday, November 21, 2009 8:01

Iraq planning to hang up to 126 women by year’s end
Larry Johnson
November 18, 2009 – Iraq is planning to execute up to 126 women by the end of this year. At least 9 may be hanged within the next two weeks. Human rights groups say the only crime committed by many of these women was to serve in the government of Saddam Hussein. Others, according to human rights groups like Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, were convicted of common crimes based on confessions that were the result of torture. Amnesty reports that at least 1,000 men and women are now on death row in Iraq, a country that has one of the highest rates of execution in the world…

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Potential Israeli settler violence threatens 250,000 Palestinians – UN report
UN News Centre
18 November 2009 – Nearly 250,000 Palestinians in 83 communities on the West Bank are at risk of heightened violence in so-called “price tag” revenge attacks that Israeli settlers may launch against a large-scale attempt by Israel to evacuate outposts it considers illegal, a United Nations report warned today. “While most ‘price tag’ incidents recorded to date… resulted in Palestinian injuries and in significant property damage, the level of settler mobilization observed so far, appears to be relatively limited,” it noted, referring to the settler strategy of exacting a “price” from Palestinians in response to Israeli attempts to dismantle outposts the authorities themselves have not authorized…

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Video: Hidden Truth – Racist U.S. Soldiers
CylentRebel
Leaked racism video of U.S. troops in Iraq

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CIA Secret ‘Torture’ Prison Found at Fancy Horseback Riding Academy
ABC News Finds the Location of a “Black Site” for Alleged Terrorists in Lithuania
By BRIAN ROSS and MATTHEW COLE
November 18, 2009 – The CIA built one of its secret European prisons inside an exclusive riding academy outside Vilnius, Lithuania, a current Lithuanian government official and a former U.S. intelligence official told ABC News this week. Where affluent Lithuanians once rode show horses and sipped coffee at a café, the CIA installed a concrete structure where it could use harsh tactics to interrogate up to eight suspected al-Qaeda terrorists at a time. A full report on the can be seen on ABC’s World News with Charles Gibson tonight. “The activities in that prison were illegal,” said human rights researcher John Sifton…

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Obama popularity below 50 percent for first time: poll
AFP
November 18, 2009 – President Barack Obama’s job approval rating has dipped below 50 percent nationally for the first time, as Americans worry about the war in Afghanistan, a new poll released Wednesday found. The Quinnipiac University poll showed 48 percent of Americans approve of the way Obama is handling his job as president, compared to 42 percent who disapprove. The president also scored low marks from Americans on his handling of the situation in Afghanistan, with just 38 percent saying they approved of his approach, but a majority did say it was the “right thing” for US troops to be in the country…

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Settler Rabbi publishes “The complete guide to killing non-Jews” — UPDATED
Didi Remez
November 18, 2009 – …The ultra-fundamentalist Od Yosef Hai yeshiva in the West Bank settlement of Yitzhar is infamous for its involvement in settler violence against Palestinians. Memorably, one of the students fired a homemade “Kassam” rocket at the neighboring village of Burin in June 2008. This morning, Maariv reports that the Yeshiva’s dean has just published on the proscribed dos and don’ts (mainly the former) regarding the killing of gentiles. Here are some choice excerpts: “In any situation in which a non-Jew’s presence endangers Jewish lives, the non-Jew may be killed even if he is a righteous Gentile and not at all guilty for the situation that has been created…

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Israeli Air Strikes Wound Three In Gaza: Hamas
Reuters
November 18, 2009 – Israeli warplanes bombed two smuggling tunnels and a military training compound in the Gaza Strip Thursday, wounding three people, said officials in the Palestinian territory ruled by the Islamist Hamas movement. An Israeli army spokeswoman confirmed the air strikes against the smuggling tunnels and said strikes had also been carried out against what she called two weapons manufacturing facilities near the Gaza town of Khan Younis…

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Ethnic cleansing formula: Build Jewish areas, demolish Palestinian ones
Yaniv Reich
November 18, 2009 – Fresh after the news that Israel intends to annex an additional 1200 hectares of Palestinian land AND news that Israel was constructing another 900 Jewish-only housing units in Gilo (in occupied East Jerusalem), AND news that yesterday the symbolic cornerstone of a new settlement-colony in Nof Zion was established, even after all these insane actions that are drawing the world’s attention (useless as that is), Israel STILL evicts Palestinians and demolishes their homes…

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Yemen exposed
By Francis Matthew, GulfNews
November 18, 2009 – …Yemen is very different from the six GCC states as its government has only relatively weak security control over the huge country of 26 million people. North and South Yemen only became one country for the first time in 1990. The former royalist north was ruled by the Zaidi Imams for centuries and endured a brutal civil war in the 1960s as the Egyptian-backed republicans took over. The South was a British colony for most of the 1800s and 1900s until a Marxist revolution forced a British withdrawal in 1967. So the Yemeni government has to deal with the active revolution in the conservative north by the Al Houthis, the continuing murmurs of succession by some of the disgruntled southern leaders and with Al Qaida setting up bases in the more remote parts of Yemen, where they can operate without much interference…

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Palin: Jewish settlements should expand
DPA
November 18, 2009 – Sarah Palin, the failed Republican vice presidential candidate in the headlines again with a new book, disagrees with the Obama administration’s call for an end to Jewish settlements in the Palestinian territories. ‘I believe the Jewish settlements should be allowed to be expanded upon, because that population of Israel is going to grow. More and more Jewish people will be flocking to Israel in the days and weeks and months ahead,’ she told ABC News’ doyen Barbara Walters in interview excerpts released Wednesday…

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The truth does not need hasbara
by Sonja Karkar
November 18, 2009 -…Hasbara is the Hebrew word for “explanation” and is used by Israel and its supporters to describe their efforts to re-shape public opinion and build up Israel’s image abroad. In fact, it is simply a euphemism for propaganda. Israel’s recent attacks on Gaza and the shockwaves reverberating around the world from the extent of its savagery has caused a drastic re-think in Israel of how to shape its image in the wake of such sudden uncensored exposure. There was no doubt that Israel had a public relations disaster on its hands and spokespersons appeared almost robot-like as they tried to make their carefully crafted hasbara credible against the images emblazoned on front pages, the nightly television news and the spread of YouTube videos capturing the sickening detail of the death and destruction that Israel’s military arsenal rained down on the Palestinians…

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Suspicions over Iran doctor’s death
Aljazeera.net
November 18, 2009 – Websites allied to Iran’s opposition have raised questions over the death of a doctor who claimed post-election protesters were tortured in prison. Conflicting reports on Wednesday over the death of Ramin Pourandarjani, who died earlier in the month, raised concerns that the doctor had been killed. Pourandarjani was the only doctor working at Tehran’s Kahrizak facility, which was used to keep a large number of demonstrators arrested during protests over Iran’s August election. Several protesters held there died in custody. Pourandarjani worked at the facility once a week as part of his mandatory military service. His death on November 10 was first reported by the opposition and later confirmed by Iranian authorities…

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Iraq snapshot – November 18, 2009
The Common Ills
Wednesday, November 18, 2009. Chaos and violence continue, the Army’s suicide rate for 2009 is already higher than last year, the US Senate explores veterans employment, the Iraq election law has met a veto, Anderson Cooper 360 began their 4-part series on the murder of 4 Iraqis last night, and more…

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US-occupied Iraq, Afghanistan among world’s most corrupt countries
By Bill Van Auken
November 18, 2009 – US-occupied Afghanistan is the world’s second most corrupt country—after Somalia, where no government has functioned for two decades—while Iraq is the fourth worst, according to a report released by an international watchdog group. The annual report conducted by the Berlin-based organization Transparency International ranks countries according a Corruption Perceptions Index, which is based on a survey of business and government experts. A score of 10 represents minimum public sector corruption, and zero the maximum. New Zealand, ranked the least corrupt country, scoring 9.4, while Somalia ranked the worst, scoring 1.1…

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US Politician urges Americans to move to settlements in violation of international law
Saed Bannoura
November 18, 2009 – A Democratic State Assemblyman from New York is leading a mission of 50 US citizens through Israeli settlements in the West Bank, encouraging the US citizens to move to the settlements in violation of international law. Dov Hikind, who represents the 48th District of Brooklyn, told Israeli media, “Our goal is to send a clear message to Washington and President Obama that Jews will continue to live in Judea and Samaria and the ultimate commitment American Jews can make is to actually come and buy property in these areas as this will ensure these communities’ security and growth.” He added, “For now, if a Jew wants to buy something in the Land of Israel there shouldn’t be anything that says you can’t buy in a particular area because Jews should not live there because that area has to be segregated.” But he failed to mention that Israel has created the segregation system, in which over 50 laws discriminate openly against non-Jews, and Palestinians indigenous to the land are prevented from living in 78% of what was once their own land…

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Security official warns of Israeli intelligence’s attempts to recruit patients
Palestinian Information Center
November 18, 2009 — The Israeli intelligence summons Gazan patients wishing to receive treatment in West Bank or Israeli hospitals and try to blackmail them into working for it, a senior security official in the Gaza Strip revealed. Abu Ahmed told Al-Majd website, specialized in security affairs, on Tuesday that intelligence officers retain the patient for hours in a room similar to a prison cell then get him out for an interview with one of them. The agent, who calls himself Arabi, tries to extract the biggest possible amount of information from the patient then tries to lure the patient into working for the Israeli intelligence and could offer some money, Abu Ahmed said…

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Face the Music.
Layla Anwar, An Arab Woman Blues
November 18, 2009 – Come on people, you really ought to get your heads out of your butts and face the facts. This operation Freedom of yours has been a TOTAL flop. From whichever angle you look at it, it’s a TOTAL failure. Article after article, even your mainstream media, your great brainwashing machine, can no longer hide the facts of your FAILURE. Quickly browsing through the headlines and you would see that Iraq is ranked amongst the most corrupt countries in the world. That even your so called sham elections process, require “herculean efforts” as per the UN envoy, in order to reach the minimum standards of transparency and credibility. That Iraq is an environmental disaster area. That fraud and the swindling of contract money is endemic…

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Netanyahu: The obscene liar
By Khalid Amayreh
November 18, 2009 – Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu is a manifestly fascist-minded demagogue who thinks that everything Jewish must override everything non-Jewish, regardless of all considerations. He is also a first-class liar who believes that lying to the world, including Jews, is the first line of defense against growing opposition to genocidal Israeli criminality. Indeed, like Nazi Germany, which waged war on Europe and killed or caused the death of millions in the name of self-defense, Israel is doing the same thing by threatening and attacking its neighbors, especially the helpless Palestinians who have been trying for decades to rid themselves of the Nazi-like Israeli occupation of their country…

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AIPAC Received Classified US Trade Docs from Israeli Embassy — IRmep
CNBC
November 18, 2009 – A FBI file reveals the Israeli embassy passed stolen classified US government information to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). In 1984 Israel and AIPAC jointly lobbied Congress to secure preferential Israeli access to the US market against widespread American industry opposition. The FBI file, kept secret for 25 years, was recently released to the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy (IRmep) through Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests…

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Afghan Lessons From the Iraq War
The Bogus Success of the Surge
By RAY McGOVERN
November 18, 2009 – Last week, Defense Secretary Robert Gates summed up the administration’s dilemma on Afghanistan in a single question: “How do we signal resolve and at the same time signal to the Afghans and the American people that this is not open-ended?” It is the same question that policymakers and generals were grappling with three years ago with respect to Iraq. Let’s hope they learned the right lessons from that experience, but it’s doubtful since the Fawning Corporate Media (FCM) has been no help in shedding light on what actually happened…

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Report: Israeli forces open fire on Gaza workers near Erez
Ma’an News
November 18, 2009 – Israeli troops opened fire on Palestinians, killing at least one work hose in the Gaza Strip as the group was collecting construction debris near the Erez border area in the northern Strip. The Local Initiative, based out of Beit Hanoun, said the shots were fired from the Erez watchtowers at 8:30am. The group said the shots were aimed directly at the group of workers, collecting construction debris about 500 meters away from the border wall…

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US ‘to miss Guantanamo deadline’
Aljazeera.net
November 18, 2009 – Barack Obama, the US president, has admitted that his administration will miss the January 2010 deadline set for closing the Guantanamo Bay military prison in Cuba. Obama said on Wednesday that a new deadline would not be set for the facility, which still holds more than 200 detainees, but does expect it to be shut down at some point in the new year…

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Israel threatens to halt financial transfers to PA
Middle East Monitor
November 18, 2009 – Ministers in the Israeli cabinet threatened to take unilateral steps in response to the Palestinian plan to declare a Palestinian state without reaching a political agreement with Tel Aviv. The Israeli Environment Minister Gilad Erdan threatened to halt the transfer of funds to the Palestinian Authority (PA), and to re-increase the occupation army’s checkpoints at the entrances to Palestinian towns and villages in the West Bank, in the event that the Palestinians make a unilateral declaration of a Palestinian state. “We will not allow the Palestinians to unilaterally declare a state then waste it,” he said…

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All Afghan detainees likely tortured: diplomat
CBC News
November 18, 2009 – All detainees transferred by Canadians to Afghan prisons were likely tortured by Afghan officials and many of the prisoners were innocent, says a former senior diplomat with Canada’s mission in Afghanistan. Appearing before a House of Commons committee Wednesday, Richard Colvin blasted the detainees policies of Canada and compared them with the policies of the British and the Netherlands. The detainees were captured by Canadian soldiers then handed over to the Afghan intelligence service, called the NDS…

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Transcript of explosive testimony to Commons committee on Afghan detainees
The Canadian Press
November 18, 2009 -…According to a very authoritative source, many of the Afghans we detained had no connection to the insurgency whatsoever. From an intelligence point of view, they had little or no value. Frankly, the NDS (Afghan intelligence service) did not want them. Some of these Afghans may have been foot soldiers or day fighters. But many were just local people – farmers, truck drivers, tailors, peasants; random human beings in the wrong place at the wrong time; young men in their fields and villages who were completely innocent but were nevertheless rounded up. In other words, we detained, and handed over for severe torture, a lot of innocent people…

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GAZA: ANOTHER WINTER OF DEATHS
Middle East Monitor
November 18, 2009 – The people of Gaza have been suffering for more than two years now under an illegal siege put in place by Israel. This siege has been aided and abetted by the international community. Poverty, hunger, and disease have taken hold of the Gaza Strip and thousands of people are homeless as a result of the war. As winter approaches the situation will become worse. The people of Gaza – young people in particular – face a very bleak future…

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Iran Human Rights Center Releases Report:
Speaking For The Dead: Survivor Accounts of Iran’s 1988 Massacre (Full Text)
By Iran Human Rights Documentation Center
November 18, 2009 – The Iran Human Rights Documentation Center (IHRDC) today released a report comprised of witness statements of five female prisoners who describe their experiences during the Islamic Republic of Iran’s summary execution of thousands of political prisoners during the summer of 1988. The statements in the report, Speaking for the Dead: Survivor Accounts of Iran’s 1988 Massacre, are the results of interviews conducted by IHRDC with survivors and family members of victims. Along with its companion report, Deadly Fatwa: Iran’s 1988 Prison Massacre, this report contributes to documenting a national tragedy that has inexplicably received little international attention…

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Iraq VP vetoes new election law
Aljazeera.net
November 18, 2009 – Iraq’s vice-president has vetoed part of the country’s new election law, placing plans for holding general elections in January in jeopardy. Tariq al-Hashemi said on Wednesday he objected to Article I of the law because it did not give a voice to Iraqis abroad, many of whom are Sunni Muslims who fled the country during sectarian fighting after the US-led invasion in 2003. “On November 15, I sent a letter to parliament asking for the law to be amended. Parliament said I could veto the contested first article [of the law], which is what I have done today,” al-Hashemi said. “My objection is not to the whole law, but it is about being fair to the people displaced outside of Iraq.”…

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Israeli minister plans to send troops into schools to boost conscription
Soldiers would meet teachers in bid to encourage students to join up
By Ben Lynfield in Jerusalem
November 18, 2009 – The Israeli education minister has unveiled plans to take teams of senior army officers to high schools across the country to help teachers “foster the motivation” of pupils to serve in combat units following a decline in conscription rates. In an announcement that infuriated liberals in a country where compulsory military service is still a fact of life, the right-wing Likud member Gideon Saar announced that about 200 meetings would be held between teams of senior army officers and teachers, with the stated intention of encouraging schools in “contributing to the society and community”…

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Pakistan offensive displaces 268,000 people: UN
AFP
November 18, 2009 – More than a quarter of a million people have fled Pakistan’s latest military offensive against Taliban insurgents in the tribal South Waziristan region, the United Nations said Wednesday. About 30,000 troops pushed into the area along the Afghan border in mid-October, under orders to eliminate the strongholds of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) movement deep in the hostile mountain terrain…

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West Is East, When Israel Decides
By Jerrold Kessel and Pierre Klochendler
November 18, 2009 – Along a wall not about to come down – a hotel no longer a hotel, but an outpost. The three-storey, 36-room Cliff Hotel used to be a favourite for Western pilgrims in quest of the ‘authentic Holy Land flavour’ because of its extensive gardens; it was a favourite also among Jerusalem Palestinians for wedding parties. Perched on a hillock opposite the biblical Mount of Olives, The Cliff offered (still offers) imposing views – eastward through the Judean desert down to the Dead Sea and up the mountains of Moab across the Jordan River; southwards to the church spires of Bethlehem; and westwards to the walled Old City and the Golden Dome of the Rock…

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Israeli forces intent on Jerusalem demolitions
Ma’an News
November 18, 2009 – Israeli forces and bulldozers raided the town of Al-Isawiya, in East Jerusalem, on Wednesday. Eyewitnesses said that Israeli forces had entered the village in the company of paratroopers and three bulldozers on the premise of carrying out demolition orders. The Israeli controlled Jerusalem Municipality issued the demolition warrants to 24 families in Al-Isawiya, warning that their homes would be razed before the end of the year…

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Vehicle ban imposed in Falluja
Aswat al-Iraq
November 18, 2009 – A vehicle and motorcycle ban was imposed in several regions in Falluja until further notice after several explosions hit several regions in the city, a security source said on Tuesday. “Falluja police imposed on Tuesday (Nov. 17) a ban on vehicles and motorcycles in several regions in Falluja until further notice,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency…

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Israel Demolishes Four Palestinian Homes And NGO Offices In East Jerusalem
Ghassan Bannoura
November 18, 2009 – The Israeli municipality demolished on Wednesday four Palestinian owned homes and offices of a local NGO in East Jerusalem. Seven Palestinians were wounded in Al Bustan neighborhood, when residents tried to stop the demolition of two homes. Witnesses said that soldiers fired tear gas bombs before attacking them attacked them with batons. Also, Jerusalem municipality bulldozers demolished the offices of “The Old City Women Center” Located near Jerusalem’s old city…

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