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URUK Net 20 November, 2009

Last updated: Monday, November 23, 2009 9:16

Discussion About Christians in the Middle East
Kawther Salam
November 20, 2009 – Persecution, genocide, murder, discrimination, kidnapping, arrest, conquer, injustice, immigration … These and other cruel and bitter words I have heard yesterday evening during a conference which was held at the Political Academy of ÖVP in the 12 district in Vienna about “Discrimination, Oppression and Persecution of Christians in the Middle East”…It should be noted that none of the speakers which I heard at the conference referred in their speeches to the serious violations of human rights and religious freedoms by the State of the Zionist occupation against the Christians in Palestine […] The situation of the Christians in Iraq is indeed horrible in these days. There have been Christian communities in Iraq for thousands of years, long before Europe became Christian. These communities have always been integrated into society, before and during Islam. Even during the years of the regime of Saddam Hussein, the Christians of Iraq were not persecuted, their troubles started with the US invasion, and they are due to the many guerillas, death squads and groups of extremists which are trained, protected and financed by the USA and their partners in crime, the other western countries currently present in Iraq. This “small” fact was obviously forgotten by the person speaking about the troubles of the Christians of Iraq. Why would that be?…

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The Terror that begot Israel
Khalid Amayreh
November 20, 2009 – … Many people around the world, especially young generations, will not be fully aware of the manner in which Israel came into existence. Similarly, the younger Zionist generations who don’t stop calling their Palestinian victims “terrorists” should have a clearer idea about Israel’s manifestly criminal past which Zionist school textbooks shamelessly glamorize and glorify. Prior to “Jewish” statehood, three main Jewish terror organizations operated in Palestine, primarily against Palestinian civilians and British mandate targets. The three were: The Haganah, the Zvei Leumi or Irgun and the Stern Gang. The Haganah (Defence) had a field army of up to 160,000 well-trained and well-armed men and a unit called the Palmach, with more than 6,000 terrorists. The Irgun included as many as 5,000 terrorists, while the Stern Gang included 200-300 dangerous terrorists…

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A Conservative Estimate of Total Direct U.S. Aid to Israel: Almost $114 Billion
Shirl McArthur, Washington Report on Middle East Affairs
November 20, 2009 – This estimate of total U.S. direct aid to Israel updates the estimate given in the July 2006 issue of the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs. It is an estimate because arriving at an exact figure is not possible, since parts of U.S. aid to Israel are a) buried in the budgets of various U.S. agencies, mostly that of the Defense Department (DOD), or b) in a form not easily quantifiable, such as the early disbursement of aid, giving Israel a direct benefit in interest income and the U.S. Treasury a corresponding loss. Given these caveats, our current estimate of cumulative total direct aid to Israel is $113.8554 billion…

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Much of Iraq Reconstruction Money Going to Waste
Jason Ditz
November 20, 2009 – Officials are conceding that large amounts of the $53 billion the United States has spent on “relief and reconstruction” in Iraq since the 2003 invasion may ultimately go to waste. The issues are myriad, but at the center are twin problems, that the American projects are often too large and complex for the Iraqi government to maintain and will be too expensive for them to operate…

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Are Blackwater Mercenaries Responsible For False Flag Bombings In Order To Unleash Civil War In Pakistan?
Damien Lataan, via thepeoplesvoice
November 20, 2009 – …In a recent video, Taliban spokesman, Azam Tariq, denied that the Taliban were responsible for a suicide bombing at the International Islamic University in Islamabad on 20 October 2009, and the massive car-bombing that iscriminately killed scores of civilians at a market in Peshawar, a bombing that coincided with a visit by Hillary Clinton to Pakistan, on 28 October 2009. What gives Tariq’s statement credibility is the fact that, first, the Taliban, as can be seen in the video, are quite happy to claim responsibility for those bombings that were against police and security facilities which they see as legitimate targets. Second, it would not at all be in the Taliban’s interest to indiscriminately murder the very people, particularly in Peshawar where most of the people are Pashtun, that offer the Taliban most support and from whom the Taliban draw new recruits…

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Iraq’s domestic food supplies dwindling, minister says
Azzaman
November 20, 2009 – Iraq’s agricultural yields are much below its domestic food needs, the agriculture Minister said. In an interview, Abdulatif Rasheed said the country’s dwindling local food output was being worsened by a substantial drop in water volumes of its two major rivers the Tigris and Euphrates. Currently, Iraq imports almost all its food needs, specifically items such as rice, wheat, sugar, legumes, cooking oil and tea. A few years ago, the country was almost self-sufficient in vegetables and fruits but large quantities of these items are now being imported…

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Lebanon: Child labor rises as Palestinian children lose faith in learning
By Matern Boeselager
November 20, 2009 – Palestinian children in the camps of Lebanon are losing faith in the value of an education, with record numbers leaving school to work. “We are facing a big problem here,” said Ray Virgilio Torres, the head of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Lebanon. “There seems to be a growing number of children in the camps that do not think that a school education will profit them … education holds no promise. “A Palestinian refugee can hold a master’s degree in medicine, and he still would not find a job.” …

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What does Israel have against a Palestinian stadium?
By Amira Hass
November 20, 2009 – A friendly game between an Arab soccer team and a Palestinian team was supposed to inaugurate the new stadium being built in the eastern part of Al-Bireh, near Ramallah, at the end of the year. “Supposed to” because the Civil Administration, an arm of the Defense Ministry, has ordered that the work be halted and is threatening demolition. FIFA, the international soccer federation, financed the stadium as part of a larger program to promote Palestinian soccer. The stadium covers 11 dunams (2.75 acres) and will hold 8,000 seats. An Israeli contractor, in partnership with a Dutch company and a Palestinian subcontractor, constructed the field…

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YEMEN: Malnourished children arriving at al-Mazraq IDP camp
IRIN News
November 20, 2009 – Aid workers at al-Mazraq camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Haradh District, Hajjah Governorate, northernYemen, say more and more children are arriving at the camp in a state of moderate or severe malnourishment. “During our tent visits, we found that an average family has a severely or moderately malnourished child,” said Sarah Yahya, a volunteer working with the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on identifying malnourished children…

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Friday’s Dream or Short Notes on Sovereignty
Layla Anwar, An Arab Woman Blues
November 20, 2009 – …Of course, this got me thinking about notions of Sovereignty and the pathetic, ludicrous, debates that are currently taking place before the up coming Iraqi elections. These so-called politicians hold discourses as if they are actually running a sovereign country. They have engaged themselves in a huge political lie and have ended up believing it, continuously constructing and perfecting the lie and thus feeding the U.S Occupation project. Delusional parliamentary debates and vetoes, some believing they are actually making a difference. They are so far up the deception ladder, that they, themselves, have forgotten that they are the product of the Occupation, a bit like those bastard street vending children. They have forgotten that they too, are the product of a gang rape, the gang rape of the Zionist project…

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Shooting the messenger
Aljazeera.net
November 20, 2009 – Shooting the Messenger, Al Jazeera’s documentary on the deliberate killing and intimidation of journalists in conflict zones, has been nominated for a presitigious Emmy award. In the past, members of the media were considered to be neutral in time of war. They were much like paramedics in the sense that their main concern was not victory, but saving lives. Two months ago Fadel Shana’a, a well-known cameraman with the Reuters news agency, was on a routine assignment east of the Gaza Strip to investigate reports that some villagers had been injured in an Israeli attack…

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The New York Mets and the business of terrorism
Aaron Levitt
November 20, 2009 – When I first learned that the New York Mets were hosting a fundraiser for the nonprofit Hebron Fund at Citi Field in support of the Israeli settlers in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron, I honestly assumed it was a joke, albeit a poor one. When I realized this was an actual, planned event, I still found it almost impossible to believe. This is because, even aside from the devastating impact of settlement expansion on the prospects for peace in the region, I have had the misfortune to see, repeatedly and at first hand, the fruits of the Hebron Fund’s labors…

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Hey, I Know! Let’s Put On a Show Trial!
Arthur Silber
I’ve followed all the debatifying about the decision to prosecute five (ALLEGED!) 9/11 co-conspirators in federal court with weary, muffled resignation… The outcome of these trials is completely irrelevant. They’ve already told us that: Senators of both parties also pressed Mr. Holder to say what would happen if Mr. Mohammed or another detainee considered to be a dangerous terrorist was acquitted on a technicality or given a short sentence. Mr. Holder has said he will direct prosecutors to seek a death sentence in the Sept. 11 case. Other Justice Department officials have said that even if Mr. Mohammed is acquitted, the Obama administration will keep him locked up forever as a “combatant” under the laws of war. But Mr. Holder largely sidestepped such questions, instead simply asserting that he was confident that Mr. Mohammed would be convicted. “Failure is not an option,” Mr. Holder said. Ponder that fact, the only one that matters: “even if Mr. Mohammed is acquitted, the Obama administration will keep him locked up forever as a ‘combatant’ under the laws of war.”So he’s acquitted — declared not guilty — and he’s locked up forever. Not guilty. And still locked up forever. We can only hope that the United States is “unique.”…

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Palestinian Ministry of Prisoners’ affairs: Israeli army kidnapped 6200 children since 2000
Official Report
IMEMC
November 20, 2009 – An official report, received by Arab League from the minister of prisoners’ affairs in the Palestinian Authority (Ramallah), revealed that the Israeli occupation forces have kidnapped about 6,200 Palestinian children since the beginning of Al Aqsa Intifada (2000), including approximately 337 children still detained in Israeli prisons and interrogation centers. During last Saturday’s meeting of the Arab League’s permanent delegates council, which was set to discuss the conditions of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, Minister Issa Qaraqe introduced the report, which unveiled the “repressive, inhumane practices of the Israeli occupation authorities against Palestinian children in Israeli prisons and detention camps,” stressing that this violates the rules of international law, conventions on children’s rights, and all international norms…

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Video: Nato raid ‘kills Afghan civilians’
AljazeeraEnglish
November 20, 2009 – A joint Afghan-Nato raid has outraged Afghan villagers, who claim innocent civilians were killed. The operation took place in the village of Haiderabad in Ghazni province early on Friday morning…

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Afghan Resistance Statement
Emotion to Americans In Face of the Tide of the Afghans’ Sensetivities
Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan
November 20, 2009 – Nicolas Christopher, a well-known columnist of the New York Times has expressed his concern about the surge of 40,000 troops to Afghanistan. He showed his dismay in his Column in New York Times on October 22. According to him, the troops increase will provoke reaction from the Afghans which will lead to creating more sensitivities among the Afghan movements…Why the Americans are not ready to call their military presence in Afghanistan as invasion and occupation of the country while they themselves called the British military presence in America as invasion? Like Christopoher, the Afghans too ask why we should consider the Americans and Western forces as our protectors whereas they murder our children, women and old men and why should not call them as invaders? This is an open secret that the Afghans are highly sensitive to the American troops and they hate them more than they hated the Russian’s. The 68,000 American brutal troops are cutting the throat of our freedom with a blunt knife and they have unleashed bloodshed in the country. If they increase the number of their troops, say, if they send the requested 40,000 troops, it will prove that the Americans want to permanently stay in Afghanistan…

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Canada complicit in torture of hundreds of Afghan detainees
By Keith Jones
November 20, 2009 – A Canadian diplomat, who was posted to Afghanistan in 2006-7, told a parliamentary committee Wednesday that hundreds of persons detained by Canadian troops in southern Afghanistan were subsequently tortured by Afghan authorities. Moreover, Canada was complicit in their torture, since the government and Canadian military refused to heed his repeated warnings that torture was “standard operating procedure” for interrogators from Afghanistan’s secret police, the National Directorate of Security (NDS). Richard Colvin said that beginning in May 2006 he sent numerous reports to the Canadian government and military warning that the prisoners whom the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) handed over to the NDS and Afghan National Police were being systematically tortured. But he encountered only indifference and obstruction from the CAF and his superiors at Foreign Affairs…

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The administration guts its own argument for 9/11 trials
By Glenn Greenwald
November 20, 2009 – …Even worse, Holder repeatedly assured Senators that the administration would continue to imprison 9/11 defendants even in the very unlikely case that they were acquitted, citing what they previously suggested was their Orwellian authority of so-called “post-acquittal detention powers.” Is there any better definition of a “show trial” than one in which the defendant has no chance of ever being released even if acquitted, because the Government will simply thereafter assert the power to hold him indefinitely without charges? …

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Gazan farmers unable to work their land in ‘buffer zone’
Catherine Weibel, Oxfam GB – UK
November 20, 2009 – Driving along the buffer zone, a military no-go area that extends along the entire perimeter of Gaza and borders Israel, is an eerie experience. A long, horizontal brownish strip of earth runs along the Wall that separates the Gaza Strip from Israel. The desolate landscape is only dotted with the ruins of destroyed buildings, while a large, silver observation balloon, fully equipped with video cameras by the Israeli army, floats slowly by in the sky. What used to be a green, fertile area of rich farming and grazing land has turned into a deserted place where no one dares to go and cultivate. Gazan farmers are now forbidden to enter the zone by the Israeli army. According to reports, Israeli soldiers shoot towards farmers working on their lands along the buffer zone nearly every week…

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Lynne Stewart: Heroic Human Rights Lawyer Jailed
by Stephen Lendman
On November 20, New York Times writer Colin Moynihan broke the news headlining: “Radical Lawyer Convicted of Aiding Terrorist Is Jailed,” then saying: “Defiant to the end as she embraced supporters outside the federal courthouse in Lower Manhattan, Lynne F. Stewart, the radical lawyer known for defending unpopular clients, surrendered on Thursday to begin serving her 28-month sentence for assisting terrorism.” Fact check: Stewart did what all attorneys should, but few, in fact, do – observe the American Bar Association’s Model Rules saying all lawyers are obligated to: “devote professional time and resources and use civic influence to ensure equal access to our system of justice for all those who because of economic or social barriers cannot afford or secure adequate legal counsel.” Also to practice law ethically, morally and responsibly to assure everyone is afforded due process and judicial fairness in American courts…

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Karzai ‘would fall in weeks’ if Nato pulls out
Julian Glover
November 20, 2009 – The Afghan government could fall within weeks if Nato pulled out troops now, David Miliband warned today as he urged British opponents of the war to give the fight to rebuild the country more time. In an interview with the Guardian at the end of a visit to Kabul for the presidential inauguration of Hamid Karzai, the foreign secretary said: “If international forces leave, you can choose a time – five minutes, 24 hours or seven days – but the insurgent forces will overrun those forces that are prepared to put up resistance and we would be back to square one.”…

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War criminal Obama’s Asia visit
Rizwan Ghani
November 20, 2009 – … There is no headway on Obama’s nuclear non-proliferation agenda because Beijing like rest of the world is unwilling to leave national security issues to American president’s word alone. Obama’s nuclear agenda is silent on nuclear free ME with complete US support for Israel’s illegal nuclear program and unlawful US-India Controversial deal. Next, Obama wants to denuclearize Pakistan, France, and UK before America, China and Russia. No legitimate government, leader or public in those countries would allow Obama to execute his agenda that is but a copy of Israel’s Gaza demilitarization plan, which will leave denuclearized countries at the mercy of America and Israel. America, Israel (India, EU and others) have barred Palestinians from approaching UN for upholding of UN Resolution for Independent State under two-state solution, which allowed establishment of Israel. Imagine the world ruled by nuclear America, Israel and India…

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Rabbi’s Followers ‘Terror Cell in Parliment’
By JONATHAN COOK
November 20, 2009 – A plan by right-wing legislators in Israel to commemorate the anniversary this month of the death of Meir Kahane, whose banned anti-Arab movement is classified as a terrorist organization, risks further damaging the prospects for talks between Israel and the Palestinians, US officials have warned. A move to stage the commemoration in Israel’s parliament, the Knesset, is being led by Michael Ben-Ari, who was elected this year and is the first self-declared former member of Kahane’s party, Kach, to become a legislator since the movement was banned 15 years ago…

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Report: IDF arrests 5 Palestinian intelligence officers
By Haaretz Service
November 20, 2009 – Palestinian sources said Israel arrested five senior officials from the Palestinian General Intelligence Service in an overnight raid on Friday, Israel Radio reported. The officials include Mohammad Abdel Hamid, commander of intelligence in the West Bank town of Salfit. A Palestinian security source in Salfit said the arrests were apparently made in the wake of an investigation being carried out by the General Intelligence Service against a man suspected of collaborating with Israel, Israeli media reported…

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Gaza: where is the buffer zone?
Eva Bartlett
November 20, 2009 – At 8:30 on November 15, a number of young men went as usual to the land near Gaza’s northern border with Israel, intending to catch birds. Amjad Hassanain, 27, was among the bird-catchers hunting near the border fence when Israeli soldiers began shooting. The shots which missed the other bird-catchers hit Hassanain, grazing his shoulder. Cameraman Abdul Rahman Hussain, filming in the vicinity, reports having seen the group of bird-catches head north. “We were near the former Israeli settlement of Doghit,” said Hussain, referring to the area northwest of Beit Lahia in Gaza’s north. “I had gone to the border area to photograph a young bird-catcher. We were about 400 m from the border fence, but when we heard the shooting, we moved back to around 1 km.”..

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Control the geography, control the people: Saed Abu-Hijleh in Toronto
Justin Podur
November 20, 2009 – …The concept of territoriality also describes how the Israelis destroy the Palestinian environment. Deir Sharaf, near Nablus, is an example. There, Israel dumps its solid and hazardous waste in a former quarry, with no preparation and no regulation. There’s an aquifer under the hill that is now landfilled. By controlling water rights Israel controls Palestinians. Part of the agenda is to try to get young people to leave. Control the territory, control livelihoods, prevent people from having a future or earning a living, and you can control the future. In addition to being a geographer, Abu-Hijleh is an environmentalist who sees the occupation as being inseparable from environmental destruction. “The environment is any use of resources. The relation is first basic resource utility. In Palestine because of the occupation you have a system of differential access to resources…

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GCMHP: Gaza children need justice
Palestinian Information Center
November 20, 2009 — The Gaza Community Mental Health Programme (GCMHP) said on Thursday that the deep wound that the children of Gaza were suffering due to the Israeli brutal aggressions could be cured only if justice is brought to those children. According to officials in the program, brining justice to the children of Gaza would greatly help cure that wound in the long term, stressing the right of the Palestinian children to enjoy their childhood and be happy like any other children in this world…

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Tunnels provide lifeline for Gazans
AljazeeraEnglish
November 20, 2009 – While Israel maintains its blockade around the Gaza Strip, tunnels used for smuggling goods continue to provide a lifeline for the beseiged people living there. According to World Bank officials, 80 per cent of Gazas imports currently come through the tunnels, which has only increased the worth of Gaza’s tunnel smuggling economy from $30 million in 2006 to $650 million in 2007. However, rampant smuggling makes the price of basic goods almost unbearable for the average Gazan…

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Independent Sugar Union Leaders in Iran Now Behind Bars
SB news for proletarian internationalism
November 20, 2009 – The leaders of Iran’s independent sugarworkers union are now in prison in the city of Dezful, serving sentences for their trade union activity. In a drive to destroy the union established last year by workers at the giant Haft Tapeh plantation/refining sugar complex, a court on October 12 sentenced 5 union leaders to immediate prison terms on charges stemming from October 2007. Three leaders convicted for their union activity last year for “endangering national security” in connection with worker action in 2008 had their sentences overturned on appeal in September. Two union officers, president Ali Nejati and communications officer Reza Rakshan, both of whom face lengthy prison sentences, were still awaiting the outcome of their appeal when the court in the city of Dezful sentenced the them on the similar 2007 charges…

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Hamas: We’re not negotiating with Israel
Ma’an News
November 20, 2009 – Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum on Friday denied that the Islamic movement was negotiating with Israel. President Mahmoud Abbas told BBC on Thursday that Hamas was participating in talks with Israel over the establishment of a Palestinian state with temporary borders. But Barhoum insisted that Abbas’ remarks were “an attempt to harm the movement’s credibility, which has gained international sympathy by holding strong to its principles and defending Palestinians.”…

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