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URUK Net 19 November, 2009

Last updated: Monday, November 23, 2009 9:18

Afghan Resistance Statement
Press release of Mullah Bradar Akhand, representative of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, about the new strategy implemented by Obama
Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan
November 19, 2009 – After long waiting of one month and dithering about American reinforcement in Afghanistan, it has been unveiled by Carl Levin, Chairman of the Armed Services Committee in the US Senate that Obama wants to get a by-law passed through this committee that would allow giving money and other financial aids to some members of Taliban in order to encourage them part way with the current armed resistance. We would like to tell Obama that this is an old weapon that has failed already. The British invaders used it in the 19th century but failed; the former Soviet Union used it, it failed too. The Afghan Mujahid people and the Mujahideen at the front lines have vast experiences of the past three decades in this regard and know all tactics used by the enemy…

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Venezuela: A New Phase and Greater Dangers — Which Way Forward?
By Alejandro Rojas, Socialist Alternative
November 19, 2009 – The coming to power of Hugo Chávez in 1998 represented an important change in the world situation. This was the first government to come to power which did not embrace the ruthless ideas of neo-liberalism which had dominated every government and ruling elite throughout the 1980s and 1990s. The coming to power of Chávez thus represented a significant positive development. The Chávez regime enacted a series of popular reforms, especially in health and education, which the CWI and workers in Venezuela and internationally enthusiastically supported…If a revolutionary process does not advance and go forward ultimately it can begin to corrode and even rot. Unfortunately, this threat is beginning to develop in Venezuela. As a result support for Chávez is being seriously undermined and eroded. Even the idea of socialism is beginning to be discredited amongst a layer because of a failure to take the revolution forward. There is a qualitative change underway which raises the spectre of counter revolution. A counter-revolution, however, which is, in part, being driven from within the Chavista movement itself…

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Iraq refugees face dwindling UN funds, creating concerns of unrest
By Julien Barnes-Dace
November 19, 2009 – More than six years after the invasion of Iraq, up to 2 million refugees remain stranded in neighboring countries and fears are rising that international support for them is fading, threatening more long-term regional unrest. This week Eric Schwartz, the Assistant US Secretary of State for Population, Refugees and Migration, made his first regional tour since assuming his position in July and offered a grim assessment while in Damascus. “This is a critical moment,” said Mr. Schwartz in an interview Wednesday. “I am extremely concerned at the inadequate response to the appeals of the UN to support humanitarian assistance to Iraqis.”…

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Breaking the vessels
by Jeff Halper
November 19, 2009 – …But what if it did happen? What if Abbas would actually announce the establishment of a Palestinian state within the 1967 borders, ask the nations of the world to recognize it and then apply for admission to the UN? The Palestinians are caught between a rock and a hard place. The rock is the steadily tightening noose that is the Israeli occupation. Israel’s concentration of settlers in strategic blocs in East Jerusalem and the West Bank destroy any Palestinian territorial contiguity, and do so even if Israel removes the dozens of tiny settlements within the densely populated Palestinian “cantons.” Those settlement blocs have already been incorporated into Israel proper through the construction of some twenty-nine major Israeli highways, meaning that Israel has expanded organically from the 1967 Green Line to the border with Jordan…

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Israel’s legal mechanisms for stealing Palestinian land
by Yaniv Reich
November 19, 2009 – The Israel Land Administration (ILA) is the kind of government agency that would attract very little attention in most countries. In Israel/Palestine, however, this relatively innocuous sounding organization plays a pivotal role in the conflict. Why is it so important? Established in 1960, the ILA manages a full 93% of Israeli land, including land owned by the Israeli government and that owned by the Jewish National Fund (the JNF was established in 1901 to finance and otherwise facilitate Jewish settlement in Palestine). In Israel, land ownership did not, until very recently (see below), entail full property rights to the land, but rather a long-term leasing relationship with the ILA…

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New poll: 53% of Israelis think ethnic cleansing is the solution to the conflict
by Yaniv Reich
November 19, 2009 – Israelis talk often and loudly about their desires for peace. But its never been clear precisely what peace concept it is they desire. In particular, Israeli notions of peace have never gone so far as to grant the Palestinians the same national rights that Israelis claim for themselves. Well, according to a new poll by Israeli National News (disclaimer: its a right-wing rag, sample size “more than 6,400?), a majority of Israelis are clear about what kind of “peace” they desire…

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423 Palestinian kids suffering in Israeli jails
Mohammed Mar’i
November 19, 2009 – Palestinian Minister of Social Affairs Majidah Al-Masri said on Thursday that 423 Palestinian children are currently living in what she described as “difficult and painful circumstances” in Israeli prisons. Accusing Israeli jailers of committing acts of psychological abuse and molestation, Al-Masri said that in addition to the strife of the children of Gaza, “the children in the West Bank are deprived from having a safe life due to the Israeli policy of uprooting and Judaization.” Her remarks came during a press conference in the West Bank city of Ramallah on the occasion of the 20th Anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child that prohibits the kind of punitive treatment Israelis have been accused of by human rights groups…

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CIA launches TV campaign to recruit Arab-Americans
By The Associated Press
November 19, 2009 – There’s a swirl of activity in a spacious, modern kitchen as final meal preparations are made. An older man tries to swipe a felafel off an appetizer plate but instead gets a loving hand slap from a woman. The happy, well-dressed guests move to a table full of food in a dining room adorned with Middle Eastern wall-hangings. It’s an inviting, if idealized, dinner party scene from any Arab-American home – at least that’s what the CIA seeks to convey in the first television commercial of its kind. The agency, in turn, hopes it’s an inviting message to U.S. Arabs…

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Israel begins work on new tunnels to storm Al Aqsa Mosque
Middle East Monitor
November 19, 2009 – The Al Aqsa Foundation for Endowments and Heritage revealed that the Israeli occupation authorities began excavation works at Al Sharaf alley, tens of meters west of the Al Aqsa Mosque, in preparation for the construction of two tunnels and two electric elevators to connect between the alley, which was confiscated by the Israeli authorities in 1967, and the Al Buraq area and Al Maghariba Gate of the mosque. The Foundation said that the aim of digging these tunnels and building the elevators is to “deliver a greater number of Jewish settlers to the Western Wall and the doors of Al-Aqsa Mosque, especially the Al Maghariba Gate, through which foreign tourists and Jewish groups can storm into the Al Aqsa Mosque.”…

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Zionist Control of Britain’s Government: 1940-2009
By William A. Cook
November 19, 2009 – This week the British people listened to the Daily Mail’s Peter Oborne present, on Channel 4, his devastating account of the Jewish lobby’s control of their government. Now we know that virtually all the principal politicians in the UK of both parties, like their brothers across the lake in our House and Senate, take “contributions” from the Israeli lobby machine ensuring that the Anglo-American mid-east policies follow the dictates of the Israeli government. Gilad Atzmon responded to this report in his article “Britain must de-Zionise itself immediately,” noting that this control has been in place for so many years the lobby feels “untouchable.” How many years are “many” one might ask?…

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Short History of Israeli Right Wing Terrorism
By Ori Nir
November 19, 2009 – Yaakov (Jack) Teitel is not the first and probably not the last Israeli terrorist to target Palestinians or Israeli supporters of peace. Furthermore, many of these Jewish terrorists came from the ranks of the West Bank settlers. Read on for a partial list of Israeli groups and individuals who took violent action to sabotage peace. Following the arrest and indictment of Yaakov (Jack) Teitel who reportedly admitted to a series of murderous terrorist attacks against Israelis and Palestinians over the past twelve years, the settlers and their supporters cried foul. Teitel is an exception, they said, a single case, a “lone wolf,” a lunatic. Teitel may have acted alone (although that seems unlikely) and may be disturbed (although he clearly is ideologically motivated), but he’s a part of a pattern…

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Who’s Afraid of Hiroshima?
Obama’s Nuclear Hypocrisy
James Corbett
November 19, 2009 – When the Nobel Prize committee announced their choice for this year’s Peace Prize winner, they stressed that a key factor in awarding Obama the prize had been the commitment to a nuclear-free world he had outlined in speeches such as the one he delivered in Prague earlier this year. “The committee has attached special importance to Obama’s vision of and work for a world without nuclear weapons,” said the committee chairman when announcing that Obama had won the prize. Assuming that the committee truly believed that the Obama presidency would signal a meaningful change in American nuclear policy, they did not have long to wait for a clear refutation of that thesis…

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Palin Derangement Syndrome: When It’s Time for a Long, Long Rest
Arthur Silber
November 19, 2009 – … To rephrase Floyd’s argument in terms of any alleged “threat” that one might consider Palin to be: given the operation of the current system — and in light of the fact that these mechanics are entrenched and embedded throughout that system in a multitude of ways — even a President Palin would not make any difference in any significant way. This is precisely the point that I recently made about Obama and his full embrace and even expansion of all those policies of the Bush administration that he had repeatedly pledged to change or reverse. That post also analyzes the progressives’ complete failure to oppose Obama’s supposed “capitulation” in any meaningful manner. And the truth is that Obama isn’t “capitulating,” for he never opposed our corporatist-authoritarian system. He’s the perfect embodiment of that system, a point I have been making for well over a year. The ultimate explanation will again be found in the nature of our current system of government itself…

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Feature: Shot With My Hands In The Air
Jody McIntyre
November 19, 2009 – Earlier this year, Khamis Fathe Abu Rahmah, aged 27, was shot in the head with a high-velocity tear gas canister whilst participating in a non-violent demonstration at the wall in Bil’in, a Palestinian village. It was the same weapon the Israeli Occupation Forces would use to murder his close friend Bassem Abu Rahme, in the same village, just a few months later. Jody McIntyre spoke to Khamis to hear about his experiences…

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The Architecture of Apartheid
By Sarah Lazare and Clare Bayard
November 19, 2009 – The word “Revenge” is scrawled in Hebrew on a Palestinian school in Hebron. The windows are covered with screens and the play yard obstructed with more screens tipped with barbed wire, to obstruct the stones regularly pelted down by Jewish settlers. The space between the school and the neighboring building is blocked off with large, wooden slabs, to ensure that Palestinian school children do not encroach into settler territory. Nearby checkpoints and cameras placed on rooftops serve as constant reminder that these kids’ every movement is monitored and contained…

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Palestinians accuse Israel settlements of diverting water
By Joshua Mitnick | Correspondent of The Christian Science Monitor
November 19, 2009 – Auja, West Bank – The Hmoud family once prospered in this arid Palestinian farm village by cultivating banana and eggplant crops, earning enough to send a son abroad for medical school and to build a house with a showy staircase and a two-story window. But drought has decimated the spring that is Auja’s only agricultural water source, and fields once filled with palm trees are now empty. Village residents have been forced to find work in the greenhouses near Jewish settlements that are hooked up to Israeli water mains…

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Army Suicide Rates Hit Record and May Continue to Rise
Yana Kunichoff
November 19, 2009 – Suicides among veterans and soldiers have reached a record high this year and are set to continue rising, a Pentagon press conference confirmed Tuesday. The announcement, coming on the day that the suicide rate for 2009 reached the record number of 2008, leaves advocates worrying about the troop escalation of the Obama administration and the measures the Army has in place to deal with the combat scars which leave no physical trace…

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Extensive Israeli Campaign Against Palestinian Civil Construction Activities in Area C; New Demolition Orders Issued Against 60 Palestinian Houses, Apartments and other Civilian Facilities in the West Bank
Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR)
November 19, 2009 – Israeli Occupation Forces have escalated their systematic campaign against Palestinian civilian construction activities in areas under their full control according to the Oslo Accords signed by the government of Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) in 1993. Areas classified as Areas C in the West Bank are currently subjected to extensive Israeli campaigns aimed at undermining the Palestinian presence. Israel is also expanding construction activities in settlements and the annexation of new areas of Palestinian lands in Area C, including occupied East Jerusalem and its surroundings. The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) strongly condemns all these measures taken by Israel and stresses the legal status of the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT). PCHR calls upon the international community to urgently and promptly take serious action to compel the government of Israel, the occupying power, to put an end to all illegal measures…

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Media Disseminated Myths about Obamacare
by Stephen Lendman
November 19, 2009 – Pro or con, major media spin distorts, exaggerates, and lies to avoid key truths on this critically important issue. After the House passed HR 3962: Affordable Health Care for America Act, a November 11 Nation magazine editorial (likely by editor, publisher, and part-owner Katrina vanden Heuvel) admitted the bill’s faults, yet praised it saying: — “something remarkable happened on November 7 when the House voted 220-215 for legislation that the Congressional Budget Office says will extend insurance coverage to 36 million uncovered Americans…in the House bill there is certainly something to work with, and something to fight for.”…

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Barghouthi: Negotiations doomed to fail
Ma’an News
November 19, 2009 – Negotiations with Israel will achieve nothing, jailed Fatah leader Marwan Barghouthi told Reuters in an interview published on Thursday. Through written messages passed from the prison via his lawyer, Bargouthi urged Palestinians to embark on popular and diplomatic campaigns to achieve statehood, the news agency reported. “Betting on negotiations alone was never our choice. I have always called for a constructive mix of negotiation, resistance, political, diplomatic and popular action,” he said, according to Reuters…

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Rights groups: Israeli ambulance rules discriminate
Ma’an News
November 19, 2009 – Human rights groups are calling on the Israeli government to cancel instructions preventing ambulances from entering Palestinian neighborhoods in East Jerusalem without a police escort. According Adalah, The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel, Magen David Adom (MDA) ambulances “must wait in a Jewish neighborhood adjacent to the Palestinian neighborhood and may not enter it to transfer the injured or the sick person to the hospital until a police escort arrives, even in life threatening situations.”…

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Universal Single Payer Health Care Coverage: An Economic Stimulus Plan
by Stephen Lendman
November 19, 2009 – The Institute for Health & Socio-Economic Policy (IHSP) is “non-profit policy and research group and is the exclusive research arm of the California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee, (focusing on) current political/economic policy analysis in health care and other Industries…to enhance, promote and defend the quality of life for all.” In January, it released a “First-of-Its Kind Study” titled, “Single Payer/Medicare for All: An Economic Stimulus Plan for the Nation” to reform the system by providing universal care, adding productive new jobs, billions in public and private revenues, billions more in employee compensation, and added tax revenues. More on that below…

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Video – Destructive Influence: IDF violence from Israel against Palestinians
B’Tselem
November 19, 2009 – The B’Tselem NGO has released a short animated film that attempts to portray the “destructive influence” IDF violence against Palestinians has on Israeli society. The film, created by animator Alon Simon, depicts an incident from July 2008, in which a soldier shot a handcuffed, blindfolded Palestinian in the leg with a rubber bullet during a protest against the West Bank security barrier in Ni’ilin, near Modi’in Illit…

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Two US Soldiers Killed In Afghan Blast As Karzai Sworn In – NATO
AFP
November 19, 2009 —Two U.S. soldiers were killed by a car bomb in southern Afghanistan Thursday, at the same time Afghan President Hamid Karzai was being sworn in for a second five-year term in the capital, NATO said. The blast, which an Afghan army soldier described as a suicide car bomb, occurred at 11 a.m. (0630 GMT), as Karzai’s inauguration ceremony got underway in Kabul…

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Jahalin Bedouin suffer without representation
Kieron Monks
November 19, 2009 – Beyond the demolitions in its suburbs and the frequent, violent clashes around the al-Aqsa mosque, Jerusalem is the scene of a quieter shame. Southeast of the holy city live the Jahalin Bedouin, a community that has been repeatedly displaced and transferred, now enduring unimaginable poverty beside Jerusalem’s largest garbage dump. An embarrassment to Palestinians and Israelis alike, the Bedouin and their unique way of life are under grave threat. Eid Raeb is a coordinator between the Jabal camp and the European nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) that are its lifeblood. “Bedouin life is finished,” he declared without hesitation. “Sometimes when I look outside I imagine how it was before, but I know that life is over.” Eid is one of the founding members of the camp after they were displaced from their land that became Ma’ale Adumim, one of the fastest growing Israeli settlements. “After they built [Ma’ale Adumim] in 1979, they began to move us. At first very slowly, one family at a time…

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Weekly Report: On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory No. 45/2009 (12-18 Nov. 2009)
Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR)
November 19, 2009 – … Israeli violations of international law and humanitarian law in the OPT continued during the reporting period (12 – 18 November 2009): Shooting: During the reporting period, Israeli forces killed a Palestinian child and wounded 6 civilians, including two children, in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. On 13 November 2009, Israeli troops positioned at the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel to the east of Gaza Valley village, southeast of Gaza City, opened fire at 7 Palestinian children and young men who were traveling on an animal cart towards the village…

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Video – Destructive Influence: IDF violence from Israel against Palestinians
B’Tselem
November 19, 2009 – The B’Tselem NGO has released a short animated film that attempts to portray the “destructive influence” IDF violence against Palestinians has on Israeli society. The film, created by animator Alon Simon, depicts an incident from July 2008, in which a soldier shot a handcuffed, blindfolded Palestinian in the leg with a rubber bullet during a protest against the West Bank security barrier in Ni’ilin, near Modi’in Illit…

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Video: Boycott targets Israeli settlement products
AljazeeraEnglish
November 19, 2009 – The Palestine Authority has called on the public to boycott several large supermarket chains in the West Bank that carry Israeli products. The decision targets upscale markets in Ramallah, in an attempt to pressure the stores to discontinue the sale of fruits and vegetables grown and processed on Israeli settlements in the West Bank…

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Gaza: defunding children
Eva Bartlett
November 19, 2009 – In a Rafah-based grassroots community organization serving children, women and impoverished families, the consequences of the violent siege on Gaza, imposed shortly after Hamas was elected in early 2006, can be seen in the cracked furniture, shabby toys, tattered books, near-empty rooms, and small number of children participating in after-school homework sessions. Najwa, the centre’s director, explains how prior to the siege, the centre not only provided extra-curricular school support and development for children, but also ran summer courses and games for hundreds of Rafah’s poorest, most oppressed youths…

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Israeli warplanes strike Gaza
Ma’an News
November 19, 2009 – Ma’an – Israeli warplanes bombed the Gaza Strip in three locations early on Thursday, according to the country’s military and Palestinians in the coastal Strip. A military spokesperson said the strikes targeted a “weapons manufacturing facility in the southern Gaza Strip and two smuggling tunnels in the Rafah border area.” Sources in Gaza confirmed that two tunnels were bombed, in addition to a facility said to be operated by Hamas’ armed wing, the Al-Qassam Brigades…

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Iraq snapshot – November 19, 2009
The Common Ills
Thursday, November 19, 2009. Chaos and violence continue, the ‘intended’ elections remain up in the air, the US State Dept ignores warnings on refugees, another Iraqi is sentenced to execution, and more. Starting with the ‘intended’ January elections in Iraq which are in question as a result of the veto by Iraq’s Sunni vice president Tariq al-Hashemi. Waleed Ibrahim, Suadad al-Salhy, Aseel Kami and Deepa Babington (Reuters) reports that the MPs are stating presently they intend to ignore his objection and just revote on the same draft law — while exploring whether or not he has the ‘power’ to veto…

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