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URUK Net 22 November, 2009

Last updated: Wednesday, November 25, 2009 7:40

1000 Sacrificial Lambs for the Eid.
Layla Anwar, An Arab Woman Blues
November 22, 2009 – An article appeared in the Syrian daily Al-Watan, according to Ahmed Al Dulaimi, an Iraqi political researcher for the Babel institute, news have leaked that 1000 Iraqis related to the previous regime will be executed on the Eid Al Adha, to “commemorate” President Saddam Hussein lynching, among them will be 126 Iraqi women. The reader needs to be aware, that the date of the Eid changes yearly according to the Islamic calendar. The Eid is next Thursday, 26th November 2009…

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Bagram: A living hell
Paddy McGuffin
November 22, 2009 – The US military has allowed journalists into its newly expanded secret detention centre at Bagram air base in Afghanistan this week. The base has been described by campaigners as Guantanamo Bay’s “more evil twin” and the allegations of torture and murder within its secretive walls continue to this day. The US claims this is proof of its determination to provide greater transparency and openness in its policy of extraordinary rendition and detention without trial. The claim was somewhat undermined by the fact that the touring journalists had no access to the hundreds of inmates held at the facility. Omar Deghayes is one man who has personal experience of both Bagram and Guantanamo. He was not impressed by US grandstanding. He had seen it all before and has strong reason to doubt the announcement of improved conditions at Bagram…

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Flash News from Occupied Iraq
Layla Anwar, An Arab Woman Blues
November 22, 2009 – Puppet President Talabani and Adel Abdel Mahdi and Suleimani arrived in Tehran today. – 15 unidentified bodies found across Diyala, and were buried today in mass grave. Reports say that the terrorism of sectarian violence has not stopped. – Demonstrations in Diwaniya, organised by the Dawa party and Nouri al-Maliki, with slogans accusing Saleh Al-Mutlaq and Allawi of “Baathism”, and condemning “return of Baathism in Iraq.” Another preparation for the upcoming elections. – Several Iraqi TV stations agree that the mute tape aired by Nouri Al-Maliki government showing 3 alleged “saddamist and baathist” culprits in red jump suits, confessing their role in the October explosions in Baghdad to be a theatrical farce and a bad film, in preparation for the up coming elections…

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Leaked documents reveal No 10 cover-up over Iraq invasion
Richard Norton-Taylor
November 22, 2009 – Military commanders are expected to tell the inquiry into the Iraq war, which opens on Tuesday, that the invasion was ill-conceived and that preparations were sabotaged by Tony Blair’s government’s attempts to mislead the public. They were so shocked by the lack of preparation for the aftermath of the invasion that they believe members of the British and US governments at the time could be prosecuted for war crimes by breaching the duty outlined in the Geneva convention to safeguard civilians in a conflict, the Guardian has been told…

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Iraq report: Secret papers reveal blunders and concealment
By Andrew Gilligan, Telegraph
November 22, 2009 – On the eve of the Chilcot inquiry into Britain’s involvement in the 2003 invasion and its aftermath, The Sunday Telegraph has obtained hundreds of pages of secret Government reports on “lessons learnt” which shed new light on “significant shortcomings” at all levels. They include full transcripts of extraordinarily frank classified interviews in which British Army commanders vent their frustration and anger with ministers and Whitehall officials. The reports disclose that: Tony Blair, the former prime minister, misled MPs and the public throughout 2002 when he claimed that Britain’s objective was “disarmament, not regime change” and that there had been no planning for military action. In fact, British military planning for a full invasion and regime change began in February 2002…

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Video: Israeli warplanes pound Gaza
Reuters

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Forced labour and rape, the new face of slavery in America
Paul Harris in Dayton, Ohio
November 22, 2009 – Human trafficking has become a major issue in the Midwest heartland of America, causing some campaigners to dub it a modern form of slavery. Figures from the State Department reveal that 17,500 people are trafficked into the US every year against their will or under false pretences, mainly to be used for sex or forced labour. Experts believe that, when cases of internal trafficking are added, the total number of victims could be up to five times larger. And increasing numbers of trafficked individuals are being transported thousands of miles from America’s coasts and into heartland states such as Ohio and Michigan.

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Khiaban No. 52: Nature and Destination of People’s Movement
Khiaban, via Revolutionary Flowerpot Society
November 22, 2009 – …In the current movement in Iran nearly all social classes have been mobilized. Some try to define this movement as a movement of the middle class of Tehran. Their most significant evidence is that most of the people’s protests take place in Tehran and in areas to the north of Azadi St. and Enghelaab St. Those who defend this line of thinking have particular political objectives for this observation of theirs. They are attempting to define the movement in their own image: a middle class that, under the leadership of the regime’s reformists, wants a mild opening in the country’s political space, and would like to have some guarantees from the regime regarding making a living and accumulating wealth, and being able to open up shop and get rich through the work of others – but of course, to their own mind, through their own good education and cleverness – and driving a nice car, reading the reformist newspapers, and enjoying Tahmineh Milani and Mohsen Makhmalbaaf films. In this image, the working class monster is completely missing from the picture…

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The global civil campaign against Israeli apartheid gathers momentum
Dr Hanan Chehata E-mail Print
November 22, 2009 – The situation in Gaza and the Occupied Palestinian Territories is worsening every day. In blatant disregard of international law, illegal settlements continue to spring up on confiscated Palestinian land. Palestinian houses are demolished, sometimes bizarrely at the hands of their Palestinian owners under the threat that if they don’t tear down their own homes they will simply be charged for the Israeli demolition of them instead, and the illegal “Separation” or “Apartheid Wall”, as many now refer to it, is growing all the time. All of this is playing out in front a world audience and yet what are world leaders doing to stop it? Notwithstanding all their rhetoric, they are failing to effect change…

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US pours millions into anti-Taliban militias in Afghanistan
Jon Boone in Kabul
November 22, 2009 – US special forces are supporting anti-Taliban militias in at least 14 areas of Afghanistan as part of a secretive programme that experts warn could fuel long-term instability in the country. The Community Defence Initiative (CDI) is enthusiastically backed by Stanley McChrystal, the US general commanding Nato forces in Afghanistan, but details about the programme have been held back from non-US alliance members who are likely to strongly protest…

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Gaza family greets chilly winter in tent
by Sami Ajrami, Fares Akram
November 22, 2009 – Ten months after their house was completely destroyed by Israeli bulldozers in last winter’s offensive, Mohammed Khader, his wife and their five daughters are still living in a tent as another cold winter is approaching. The 22-day Israeli military offensive, which ended on Jan. 18, left about 500 families in tents as well as 11,152 houses destroyed or damaged, according to Gaza-based al-Mezan center for human rights. To make things worse, reconstruction in Gaza is seen little progress due to an Israeli blockade on Gaza since June 2007, which prevented building and raw materials from making their way to the war-torn coastal enclave…

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THE JIHAD OF THE GAZA ICT
by Flora Nicoletta
November 22, 2009 – It is not a joke. Independence Day is marked every year on 15 November in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. The celebration was instituted by Yasser Arafat following the Declaration of Independence in Algiers in 1988. This year it fell on Sunday and as usual it was a day off. In Gaza everything was closed but the shops. The people wondered where was Independence since they have never ever seen it in Palestine. However, Firas was optimistic and said a proverb: there is no plane which flies high and doesn’t fall down. So, despite the hardships and the tight siege imposed on the Gaza Strip life continues with days full of initiatives and events, some smiles and success and a little bit of joy…

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Cats Are Illegal; A Potential Terrorist Threat
Saed Bannoura
November 22, 2009 – The Israeli Prison Administration at the infamous Negev detention camp decided to banish and punish wild cats for befriending Palestinian political prisoners and providing them with light services. It seems that imprisoning the detainees under conditions that violate the international law and the Fourth Geneva conventions is not enough, it seems torture, medical negligence and solitary confinement is not enough, an issue that pushed the prison administration to punish cats for befriending the detainees, and ‘providing them with some services. The detainees in the Negev detention camp are taking care of some cats that entered the detention camp, in the Negev desert, through the barbed wires, and are feeding them although they do not have sufficient food…

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B’Tselem: Israel killed 1,500 Palestinians since start of 2009
Palestinian Information Center
November 22, 2009 – The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) have killed 1,500 Palestinians since the start of 2009 mostly in the 22-day war on the Gaza Strip, the Israeli information center for human rights B’Tselem reported on Sunday. It added in a report on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of its inception that the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians had resulted in the death of 8,900 people over the past two decades mostly Palestinians…

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Iraqi parliament fails to reach election deal
By Waleed Ibrahim
November 22, 2009 – The Iraqi parliament on Sunday failed to resolve an impasse threatening to delay the country’s election in January, which could affect the U.S. military’s plans for a partial pullout next year. There are only a couple of days left for parliament to address Vice-President Tareq al-Hashemi’s veto of an election law, as the law must be passed 60 days before a vote and January 23 is viewed by Iraq’s majority Shi’ite Muslims as the last possible date in January for the ballot to take place…

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US builds up its bases in oil-rich South America
By Hugh O’Shaughnessy
November 22, 2009 – The United States is massively building up its potential for nuclear and non-nuclear strikes in Latin America and the Caribbean by acquiring unprecedented freedom of action in seven new military, naval and air bases in Colombia. The development – and the reaction of Latin American leaders to it – is further exacerbating America’s already fractured relationship with much of the continent…

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Arab League demands international inspection of Israeli jails
Palestinian Information Center
November 22, 2009 – The general secretariat of the Arab League has called for opening the Israeli jails for international inspection and monitoring to put an end to the Israeli violations of Arab and Palestinian prisoners’ rights. The League, in a press release on Sunday for its assistance secretary general for Palestine and occupied Arab lands affairs Mohammed Subaih, asked the human rights groups to pressure Israel into opening its jails for inspection since it’s the only country in the world legalizing torture and administrative detention…

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Shocking levels of racism are commonly accepted in Israel
Yaniv Reich
November 22, 2009 – Is Israel unique in having serious social problems with racism, particularly with anti-Arab racism? Of course not. Just about every country in the world has racist undercurrents that occasionally bubble to the surface. But in what other ostensibly Western, democratic societies would the team captain of a professional sports need to apologize publicly to the team’s fans for daring express the sentiment, at an anti-violence conference, that he wanted an Arab player on the team? More importantly, how could society accept this?…

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Mourning uprooted olive trees in West Bank villages
Gideon Levy
November 22, 2009 – The old tractor sputtered up the hill, its engine seemingly about to expire, but its big wheels bumping across the rocky terrain. We stood in the back, swaying wildly, holding on for dear life. On the hilltop loomed the big antenna of the settlement of Yitzhar, whose houses lay on the other side of the hill. The very knowledge of their presence inspired dread. It was a glorious sunny day, the spectacular valley sprawling below. The houses of the Palestinian village of Burin lie in this valley, which lies between two hills: on one stands Yitzhar; on the other, Har Bracha, outside Nablus…

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Military Resistance 7K17: Terrified Of T-Shirts
Thomas F Barton
November 22, 2009 – During a meeting at Under the Hood cafe, the chapter was informed that one of our members was admitted to the Carl R Darnell Medical Facility, for supposed suicidal tendency’s. We had just seen this member not to long ago and knew he was having problems with his chain of command for wearin a IVAW shirt on post. The chain of command told to soldier to report to staff duty and once he got there was placed on line of sight and taken to the ER because (according to the chain of command) someone had “called” staff duty to tell them that there soldier was going to kill himself. Our member was shocked by this news went along peacefully making sure to say that he was NOT suicidal but would get evaluated to put his chain of command worrys at ease… The rest of the chapter got the news of this and was concerned, and wanted to see if they could help so five of us piled into a car and went down there to the ER. At the ER our member was not in the waiting room so after asking if he had been admitted we told a seat and sat quietly to wait for the arrival of our friend.Apparently we were not allowed sit in there waiting to see if our friend was ok… the police told us that the hospitals standard operating procedure was to only allow family and chain of command in there, which is false, but we left respectfully after the police said that we were trying to make a statement, witch for the record we were not! long story short a group of veterans can’t sit in the hospital weari! ng IVAW shirts lol…

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Military Resistance 7K16: Random Thoughts
Thomas F Barton
November 22, 2009 -… Afghans have a name for the huge, gaudy mansions that have sprung up in Kabul’s wealthy Sherpur neighborhood since 2001. They call them “poppy palaces.” The cost of building one of these homes, which are adorned with sweeping terraces and ornate columns, can run into the hundreds of thousands of dollars. Many are owned by government officials whose formal salaries are a few hundred dollars a month. To the capital’s jaded residents, there are few more potent symbols of the corruption that permeates every level of Afghan society, from the traffic policemen who shake down motorists to top government officials and their relatives who are implicated in the opium trade…

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The resistance of the oppressed
Paul J. Balles
November 22, 2009 – On Thursday 26 November 2009, Americans will celebrate Thanksgiving. The holiday is celebrated in remembrance of the pilgrims and in order to give thanks for the harvest. About the holiday, Professor Robert Jensen has written: European invaders exterminated nearly the entire indigenous population to create the United States. Without that holocaust, the United States as we know it would not exist. The United States celebrates a Thanksgiving Day holiday dominated not by atonement for that horrendous crime against humanity but by a falsified account of the “encounter” between Europeans and American Indians. Today there are approximately 310 American Indian reservations (or should we refer to them as Bantustans?) in the continental US. Perhaps we should call the forced Palestinian enclaves reservations. North America, South Africa, Palestine – all invaded and occupied with indigenous populations exterminated and imprisoned…

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YES, THERE WAS LINKAGE
Malcom Lagauche
November 22, 2009 – In August 1990, after Iraqi troops had crossed the border with Kuwait, President Saddam Hussein made an offer to order Iraqi troops out of the emirate and return to Iraq. His proposal was quite simple: he would withdraw troops from Kuwait if discussion of the Palestinian issue could begin. Immediately, George Bush I told the world that Saddam did not care about the Palestinians and that his offer was bogus. He coined a term that became a cliché in the West: no linkage. Because few people outside the area knew of the history of the Palestinian struggle, the perception that Saddam Hussein was not interested in the plight of the Palestinians became part of Western folklore, disguised as history…

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Obama’s extra-judicial killers
By Nat Hentoff
November 22, 2009 – In “Capture or Kill? Lawyers eye options for terrorists” (National Public Radio, Oct. 11), exceptionally alert investigative reporter Ari Shapiro said: “Many national security experts interviewed for this story agree that it has become so hard for the U.S. to detain people that in many instances, the U.S. government is killing them instead.” As I reported previously, CIA’s secret Predator drone attacks on suspected terrorists in Pakistan are already doing just that. But, wrote Jane Mayer in “The Predator War” (The New Yorker, Oct. 26): “The embrace of the Predator program has occurred with remarkably little public discussion…

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About Patria, Pageants and Poppies
By William Bowles
November 22, 2009 – After eight years and tens of thousands of Afghan casualties, the occupiers are settling down to a war of unknown duration. And contrary to Brown’s earlier declarations that ‘al-Qu’eda’ was operating out of Afghanistan, Brown, all-dressed up for the Lord Mayor’s banquet told the assorted ‘dignitaries’, “Mr Brown has acknowledged that al-Qaeda is not operating in Afghanistan but cautioned that it continued to recruit and train…

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UN Report documents Settler Violence and Lists 83 Villages under Threat
Palestine Media Center
November 22, 2009 – The United Nations Office of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has listed 83 Palestinian villages under threat of Israeli settler violence. The list was published in a report on Tuesday that documents the use of violence by Israeli settlers against Palestinians. According to the report, although settler violence is nothing new, a “systematic” strategy known as the ‘price tag’ emerged during 2008 “in which groups of settlers would enact a ‘price’ against Palestinians and their property in response to attempts by the Israeli authorities to dismantle ‘unauthorized’ settlement outposts.”…

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Don’t like the Heat ?
Layla Anwar, An Arab Woman Blues
November 22, 2009 – You don’t like the Heat ? Get out of the Kitchen. Yes, it’s that simple. I am firm believer in Simplicity. But am no simpleton. Been reading about the deteriorating mental health of your brave boys. Follow the simple piece of advice above… No need to cry wolf and no need for all those PTSDs. Get the fuck out now. That would be a long lasting, proven solution for your mental ills. No need, no more, to worry about suicide and burning your girlfriend alive once you’re back home…

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10 Palestinians wounded in Israeli strikes on Gaza
Xinhua
November 22, 2009 – At least 10 Palestinians were wounded in Israeli airstrikes on various targets in the Gaza Strip early Sunday, witnesses and medical sources said. The first raid took place shortly after midnight, targeting a metal workshop in northeast Gaza city where five people were injured, according to the medical sources. The witnesses said the five were passing by accident near the targeted place…

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Iraq War Veteran on a Mental-Health Mission
Dahr Jamail
November 22, 2009 -… Due to the military’s continued attempts to mask the true number of suicides in the ranks, along with an ongoing refusal to make the radical policy changes necessary to properly treat soldiers and psychiatric care providers exposed to secondary PTSD, Luther fears the worst for the future. “There will be more 5 November attacks on fellow soldiers, and they will likely be even more drastic,” he explained, “Everybody has to outdo someone, so the next are likely to be worse. Violence breeds violence. I was trained to be very violent in combat as a scout … we killed or detained Iraqis before anyone else got there. Two months ago, I warned the Army’s chain of command that before we had an attack by a soldier on other troops when they come home, we needed to make some dramatic changes. Just in the last three days right here at Fort Hood, I’ve heard commanders tell soldiers they are full of crap and don’t have PTSD … so if we can’t implement these needed changes quickly and rapidly we are going to have more loss of life on US soil by soldiers killing other soldiers.”..

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Arrest warrant issued against two ministers in Karzai’s cabinet
Thaindian News
November 22, 2009 – Two ministers in Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai’s cabinet are facing arrests on theft and fraud charges, as investigators in the country’s newly set-up anti-corruption force have gathered sufficient evidence against the two ministers. Warrants have been signed for the arrest of Sediq Chakari, the minister of hajj and Islamic affairs and another cabinet minister whose name has not been confirmed, Times Online reports. According to a prosecution source, the warrants were handed to Karzai earlier this month…

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Israeli planes strike Gaza Strip
Aljazeera.net
November 22, 2009 – At least seven Palestinians have been injured in a round of Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip, Palestinian witnesses said. Witnesses told Al Jazeera that the first strike hit a metal workshop in the al-Tufah district of Gaza city early on Sunday, while the second struck a workshop in al-Burij in central Gaza. The Israeli army confirmed the strikes..

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Barghouthi calls on Abbas to stop depending on the option of negotiation alone
Palestinian Information Center
November 21, 2009 – Marwan Al-Barghouthi, a member of Fatah’s central committee, called on Mahmoud Abbas to stop depending on the option of negotiation alone to achieve an independent Palestinian state, stressing that this option reached an impasse. “Whoever thinks that the occupation will leave through unequal negotiations in seven star hotels is completely wrong; it is always required to combine between negotiation and resistance on the ground,” Barghouthi underlined in an interview conducted in his Israeli prison cell through his lawyer and published Saturday by different newspapers…

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Obama’s Failure To Close Guantánamo By January Deadline Is Disastrous
Andy Worthington
November 21, 2009 – President Obama’s admission in China that he will miss his self-imposed deadline for the closure of Guantánamo is disastrous for the majority of the 215 men still held, and for those who hoped, ten months ago, that he would move swiftly to close this bitter icon of the Bush administration’s lawless detention and interrogation policies in the “War on Terror.” Despite announcing the closure of Guantánamo on his second day in office, as part of a number of executive orders rolling back the Bush administration’s executive overreach, Obama then failed to follow up with a detailed plan…

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CMWU: The water situation in Gaza reached a critical stage
Palestinian Information Center
November 22, 2009 – Director of coastal municipality water utility (CMWU) Mundher Shiblak warned Saturday that the current water situation in the Gaza Strip reached a critical stage, adding that Gaza water is no longer suitable for human consumption. Shiblak added that the water deficit in Gaza aquifers amounted to more than 80 million cubic meters last year, expecting that during the next few years the current water sources would be depleted in Gaza. As a result of the tight Israeli blockade, the Gaza Strip suffers from a severe shortage of the necessary resources for the maintenance of its infrastructure especially in the field of water…

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HAMAS AGREES TO HALT ALL ROCKET ATTACKS ~~ ISRAEL RESPONDS WITH MORE BOMBINGS
Desertpeace
November 22, 2009 – There are two sides to every situation involving Israel and Palestine… Just last night the following took place in Gaza… events that won’t be headline news in the corporate media… Hamas announced Saturday evening that it has reached an agreement with other militant groups in Gaza to stop firing rockets at southern Israeli towns to prevent retaliatory attacks…

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US to drop shooting case against Blackwater guard
By MATT APUZZO, Associated Press Writer
Saturday 21, 2009 – The Justice Department intends to drop manslaughter and weapons charges against one of the Blackwater Worldwide security guards involved in a deadly 2007 Baghdad shooting, prosecutors said in court documents Friday. The shooting in busy Nisoor Square left 17 Iraqis dead and inflamed anti-American sentiment abroad. It touched off a string of investigations that ultimately led the State Department to cancel the company’s lucrative contract to guard diplomats in Iraq…

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APPLAUD AN ISRAELI JUDGE DECISION
Hiyam Noir
November 21 2009 – An Israeli judge made an historic ruling last week when he proved to have the strength of mind enabling a civil courage order in his ruling that an Arab teenager needed “protection” from the Zionist justice system. The judge ruled that the teenager should not be convicted despite of that he actually was found guilty of throwing stones, in this case, a petty felony ( throwing a stone at the Zionist occupants police- car when participating in a protest against Israeli war on Gaza during the turn of the year)..

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Afghanistan: To the Torture Charges, the Harper Government’s Response is to Deny, Smear and Bully
James Laxer
November 21, 2009 – Respected Canadian diplomat Richard Colvin, a highly credible source, told a House of Commons committee on Wednesday that all of the captives Canadian soldiers transferred to local authorities in 2006-2007 likely ended up being tortured. Colvin, who served in Afghanistan for 17 months, began sending warnings that this was happening in May 2006. He transmitted reports to senior members of the Canadian military including Lieutenant-General Michel Gauthier, who was then the commander of Canadian Expeditionary Force Command, which oversees foreign deployments. Colvin told the committee that he believes that Gauthier would have relayed these highly disturbing warnings to General Rick Hillier, who was then the country’s top soldier. Others who were alerted to Colvin’s reports included: David Mulroney, former deputy minister of the Afghanistan Task Force in the Privy Council Office; and Margaret Bloodworth, Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s national security advisor…

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Military Resistance 7K15: A Message To Command
Thomas F Barton
November 22, 2009 – Throughout the history of warfare defiant soldiers and seaman have resorted to mutiny to control the cruel or endangering behavior of brutal or overzealous officers. In Vietnam an array of mutinous activities culminated in what was called the “combat refusal.” This was a form of mutiny that resembled a strike and occurred when GIs refused, disobeyed, or negotiated an order into combat. As early as 1965 the expression of soldier discontent began to increase, with growing individual refusals to follow orders. In June 1965 West Point graduate and special forces officer Lieutenant Richard R. Steinke refused a direct order into a combat zone because of his disapproval of U.S. policy in Vietnam. In June 1966 Private Adam R. Weber, Jr., of the 25th Infantry Division, was sentenced to a year in prison for his refusal to bear arms in Vietnam. (R.W. Apple, Jr., “G.I. Who Refused to Bear Arms in Vietnam Gets Year,” New York Times, June 12, 1966, p.1)…

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Military Resistance 7K14: Fear
Thomas F Barton
November 21, 2009 – … Afghanistan’s northern Balkh province, which in the years after the fall of the Taliban emerged as one of the most stable – and in its urban hub of Mazar-i-Sharif – most prosperous places in Afghanistan. The Taliban’s growing presence in northern Afghanistan, near the US supply routes from the north, poses new challenges for the international forces, which until now have had a small contingent of 520 Swedish and Finnish troops to keep watch over Balkh and three other provinces. In the first 10 months of this year, there have been 82 significant combat incidents in Balkh, more than triple the number in 2008, and the insurgency may be even more potent next year. “In areas where they are hiding right now, we won’t have any control during the winter,” said Col. Olof Granander, a commander of Swedish forces in Balkh…

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Military Resistance 7K13: A Soldier’s Truth
Thomas F Barton
November 21, 2009 – …An Air Force veteran and a one-time contractor who served in Iraq are suing military contractors Halliburton Co. and KBR Inc., accusing the companies of exposing them to toxic fumes by burning everything from human remains to tires in massive open-air pits. The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Louisville on Monday by former Air Force Sgt. Sean Alexander Stough and ex-contractor Charles Hicks. “The burn pits are still going on,” said attorney Susan Burke, who represents the men. “In many ways, I consider the burn pits like the Agent Orange of the Iraq War,” said Capt. Jeffrey Cox, of the Massachusetts National Guard, who filed a lawsuit in Boston last week…

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Military Resistance 7K12: Shadowland
Thomas F. Barton
November 21, 2009 – The Military Resistance website keeps stats on where people are who visit it. In the month on October, people in 93 different countries visited, including, most intriguingly, 9 from Afghanistan. And two from Burkina Faso. It’s understandable if readers in Afghanistan would prefer to remain in the shadows. But, hey, could you please send something from Burkina Faso? Or how about from China, which comes in second after the USA? Let’s have some international solidarity. Especially if you’re in the armed forces…

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