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URUK Net 24 November, 2009

Last updated: Wednesday, November 25, 2009 8:28

Thanks to US Occupation: No Rights For Women In Iraq
Statement of Women’s Will organisation
November 24, 2009 – After the State Minister of Woman Affairs, Mrs. Nawal Al-Samara’i declared at the beginning of 2009 that there are thousands of women detainees and prisoner exposed to the worst kinds of violations, that they are living in inhuman conditions, that their numbers are unknown, and that she personally worked on releasing seven of them; after this relatively too bold a statement, coming from a woman working within an occupying government, her voice was lost in dead silence…

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US discussed Iraq regime change a month after Bush took office, senior British officials say
By John Byrne
November 24, 2009 – The chairman of the British Joint Intelligence Committee in 2001 told investigators Monday that elements of the Bush Administration were pushing for regime change in Iraq in early 2001, months before the 9/11 attacks and two years before President George W. Bush formally announced the Iraq war. Sir Peter Ricketts, now-Secretary at the Foreign Office, said that US and British officials believed at the time that measures against Iraq were failing: “sanctions, an incentive to lift sanctions if Saddam allowed the United Weapons inspectors to return, and the ‘no fly’ zones over the north and south of the country.”…

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Canada’s Guantanamo
Eric Walberg
November 24, 2009 – A scandal erupted last week in sleepy Ottawa with the revelations of Canada’s chief diplomat in Kandahar in 2006-07, Richard Colvin, who told a House of Commons committee on Afghanistan that Afghans arrested by Canadian military and handed over to Afghan authorities were knowingly tortured. His and others’ attempts to raise the alarm had been quashed by the ruling Conservative government and he felt a moral obligation to make public what was happening. The startling allegations — the first of their kind from a senior official — have caused extreme embarrassment to the government, which has more than once stated categorically detainees were not passed to Afghan control if there was any danger of torture. Canada has 2,700 soldiers in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar, the hotbed of the insurgency, on a mission that is due to end in 2011…

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Does this picture show British soldiers broke Geneva Conventions?
By Robert Verkaik
November 24, 2009 – A photograph handed to The Independent claims to show Iraqi civilians captured in southern Iraq being mistreated by British soldiers in breach of international law and the Geneva Conventions. The incident is to be investigated at a public inquiry to be announced tomorrow by Defence Secretary Bob Ainsworth, which will also examine evidence of one of the worst atrocities ever carried out by the British Army. It is claimed that hours after the picture, left, was taken, the four men were transferred to a UK-run detention camp where they were badly beaten and where 20 other civilians were murdered by British soldiers…

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Obama Quietly Backs PATRIOT Act Provisions
William Fisher
November 24, 2009 – With the health care debate preoccupying the mainstream media, it has gone virtually unreported that the Barack Obama administration is quietly supporting renewal of provisions of the George W. Bush-era USA PATRIOT Act that civil libertarians say infringe on basic freedoms. And it is reportedly doing so over the objections of some prominent Democrats. When a panicky Congress passed the act 45 days after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, three contentious parts of the law were scheduled to expire at the end of next month, and opponents of these sections have been pushing Congress to substitute new provisions with substantially strengthened civil liberties protections. But with the apparent approval of the Obama White House and a number of Republicans – and over the objections of liberal Senate Democrats including Russ Feingold of Wisconsin and Dick Durbin of Illinois – the Senate Judiciary Committee has voted to extend the three provisions with only minor changes…

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Is Israel preparing for a new war on Gaza?
Senussi Bsaikri
November 24, 2009 – Although its major offensive on the Gaza Strip ended in January, Israel’s sporadic attacks have not stopped. Early last Sunday Israeli aircrafts launched raids on targets in the Gaza Strip, wounding seven Palestinians and destroying many buildings. The army justified its aggressive action claiming that a rocket was fired from the Gaza Strip. The raids targeted a house, workshops, and a washing machines factory in the northern and central regions of Gaza. These raids were not the first nor would they be last. They are widely seen as part of a broader mobilization against territory’s inhabitants. Many analysts of Palestinian affairs believe that another Israeli war on the Gaza Strip is likely…

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A Right of Return primer (Arabic and English)
Ali Hattar, PTT
November 24, 2009 – A referential drafting extracted from the Human Rights Covenants and human principles and the laws related to it based on the basis that Palestinian Arabs should have the same human rights as the rest of the peoples of the world…1- The Right of Return is the right for individuals and groups to return at any time to their land and homeland and the original and historical place of residence in which they actually used to live at the time the incidents took place which resulted in their leaving it, without considering their absence temporally for work, study and tourism as a diminutive of this residence. 2- The Right of Return is a natural right. Not only that, it is also a right that is human, absolute, unconditional, individual and collective, material and moral, regional and national, inheritable (even for those who were born in the diaspora=Ashatat) to all their children. It is irrevocable and cannot be relinquished nor can anyone be delegated to represent another in relinquishing this right or negotiating it, nor can it be exchanged for compensation…

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FAR BEYOND CHUTZPAH
Gilad Atzmon
November 24, 2009 – “How come Barak, Israel’s Defence Minister, is under threat of being arrested in the UK while Khaled Mashaal, the leader of Hamas, roams London free of concern” asks Prof Alan Dershowitz, who is probably the leading defender of the Jewish state in America. In fact the question could be easily extended, one may wonder how come Dershowitz and his ilk are roaming freely between Western capitals considering the racist, nationalist expansionist ideology they promote i.e. Zionism. At the end of the day, Dershowitz the loudest Zionist apologist in America is promoting a precept that has proved to be genocidal…

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Gaza: the young bird keeper
Eva Bartlett
November 24, 2009 – It was a lovely story, that of a boy who caught birds in order to protect them. He lives, the boy, but his hopes died in the massacre Israeli authorities and soldiers commited in Gaza last winter…”He used to brings the birds in order to care for them,” Abed said, “because there are no trees in that area, no food, and the water sources are gone or polluted. So he wanted to protect them.” From starvation, thirst…and from the Israeli bulldozers…Abed had elaborated: “Said loved the birds. Didn’t sell them, just kept them and cared for them. He used to have maybe 90 birds in his room,” Abed said of Said. After the massacre, though, Said gave it up. “During the war all his birds died from the bomb blasts and terror. Said felt he couldn’t any longer protect them.”…

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Together we can make this next voyage happen
Free Gaza Team
November 24, 2009 – On November 7 and 8, The Free Gaza interim board of directors met in London to plan our strategy for 2010 as well as to schedule the next mission to Gaza. The situation in Gaza is as bad today as it was the day the bombs stopped falling in January. The Gaza Strip is still sealed; homes, businesses, hospitals, schools and mosques still lie in rubble; and fundamental supplies are in severe shortage, as Israel continues to restrict the entry of basic goods such as fuel, medical equipment, oxygen, baby formula, paper, books, and construction material…

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Obama plans to send 34,000 more troops to Afghanistan
By Jonathan S. Landay, John Walcott and Nancy A. Youssef | McClatchy Newspapers
November 24, 2009 — President Barack Obama met Monday evening with his national security team to finalize a plan to dispatch some 34,000 additional U.S. troops over the next year to what he’s called “a war of necessity” in Afghanistan, U.S. officials told McClatchy. Obama is expected to announce his long-awaited decision on Dec. 1, followed by meetings on Capitol Hill aimed at winning congressional support amid opposition by some Democrats who are worried about the strain on the U.S. Treasury and whether Afghanistan has become a quagmire, the officials said…

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The CIA Asked to Destroy Torture Tapes on Same Day They Claimed They Didn’t Torture
Emptywheel
November 24, 2009 – …That is, the CIA requested to destroy the torture tapes in email on November 8, 2005. They confirmed the destruction on November 9. Not surprisingly, after Leonie Brinkema had asked about videotapes. But also right in the middle of debates about McCain’s Detainee Treatment Act. And note that briefing for Crazy Pete Hoekstra–but not the other Dems in Intelligence Committee leadership–on the same day that CIA started asking to destroy the torture tapes…

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On ABC News, Andy Worthington Discusses New Film, “Outside the Law: Stories from Guantánamo” (Video)
Andy Worthington
November 24, 2009 – … “Outside the Law: Stories from Guantánamo” is a new documentary film, directed by Polly Nash and Andy Worthington (and inspired by Andy’s book, The Guantánamo Files). The film tells the story of Guantánamo (and includes sections on extraordinary rendition and secret prisons) with a particular focus on how the Bush administration turned its back on domestic and international laws, how prisoners were rounded up in Afghanistan and Pakistan without adequate screening (and often for bounty payments), and why some of these men may have been in Afghanistan or Pakistan for reasons unconnected with militancy or terrorism (as missionaries or humanitarian aid workers, for example)…

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HUMAN TOUCH OR THE CURSE OF ZIONISM
Steve Amsel, Desertpeace
November 24, 2009 – Cold and wet. That describes the weather in Jerusalem today. Cold and wet. That describes the situation of the scores of Palestinian families living on the streets of occupied East Jerusalem, homeless because of illegal demolitions or evictions. Homeless because they are Palestinians living in a land occupied by illegal settlers, no other reason. The occupiers justify their actions in many ways… “The homes were built without permits” is their favourite reason. “This Jewish family claims the property belongs to them” … another lie used recently. So, the ILLEGAL occupiers claim that the Palestinians are in the wrong…

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Video: Tracing all That remains of the destroyed village of al-’Abbasiyya, Palestine
AbuSous2000
November 24, 2009 – al-’Abbasiyya is a destroyed Palestinian village located 5 km East of Jaffa, and during the 1948 war it was completely destroyed and ethnically cleansed by the Israeli troops…

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UK role in torture of British citizens in Pakistan condemned
Ian Cobain
November 24, 2009 – Britain’s role in the torture of its own citizens in Pakistan is condemned today by one of the world’s leading human rights organisations as being cruel, counter-productive and in clear breach of international law. In a damning report, published after an investigation spanning more than a year, Human Rights Watch (HRW) says the government finds itself in a “legally, morally and politically invidious position” through complicity in torture, and warns its moral legitimacy could be undermined…

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IRAQ: TV commentator who criticized government is shot
Raheem Salman and Usama Redha
November 24, 2009 – Baghdad is buzzing about the shooting Monday night of a prominent TV commentator who regularly criticized the government on his show “Without Fences” on the privately owned Al-Diyar TV station. Imad Abadi was shot in the head and neck by gunmen using a pistol equipped with a silencer at about 8 p.m. as he rode in his car in the Salhiya neighborhood not far from Baghdad’s Green Zone. He managed to keep driving to an Iraqi checkpoint, and doctors today said his chances of recovery are good. “For sure it is the politicians who are responsible,” said Ziad Ajili, the head of the Journalistic Freedoms Observatory, an independent press freedom group. “He was very brave in exposing corruption and he is one of the most prominent journalists who are criticizing the political parties.”…

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Veolia and Alstom continue to abet Israel’s rights violations
Adri Nieuwhof
November 24, 2009 – Despite mounting pressure to withdraw from the light rail project in Jerusalem designed to serve the needs of Israel’s illegal settlements, the French transportation giant Veolia is set to be highly involved in the project for the next five years. The company needs to support its new Israeli partner, the Dan Bus Company, which lacks the experience to operate the light rail. As the Israeli daily Haaretz reported on 23 October, Dan has bought a 49 percent share in Veolia’s contract with the City Pass Consortium to operate the light rail in Jerusalem, which connects the city to illegal Israeli settlements built on seized Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank. After it runs the light rail for five years, Dan will buy out Veolia’s 51 percent share in the 30-year contract, as well as Veolia’s five percent share in the City Pass Consortium…

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JCSER warns of Israeli plan to deport more than 20,000 Palestinians from J’lem
Palestinian Information Center
November 24, 2009 — The Jerusalem center for social and economic rights (JCSER) warned of Israeli intentions to deport more than 20,000 Palestinians from the West Bank who married from Jerusalemite women at the pretext that their residence in the holy city is illegal. The center said that many of those Palestinian citizens have temporary residence permits issued by the Israeli ministry of interior and until now they have not been given a right to stay permanently with their wives in Jerusalem according to the procedures of reunion…

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Israeli airstrikes injure four in Gaza
Ma’an News
November 24, 2009 – Four Palestinians were injured when Israeli warplanes targeted smuggling tunnels along the Gaza Strip’s border with Egypt on Tuesday morning, a medical official said, while another strike hit near Gaza City. Muawiyah Hassanein, the director of ambulance and emergency services in the Ministry of Health in Gaza, said the four were received at the Abu Yousef An-Najjar Hospital in Rafah, and that all sustained moderate to slight wounds…

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Hamas: Israel continues to manipulate swap talks
Ma’an News
November 24, 2009 – Israel has exaggerated the progress of recent prisoner swap talks and manipulated the hopes and expectations of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians, Hamas leaders proclaimed late Tuesday. The proclamation followed days of reports from Palestinian and Israeli media heralding the immanent release of 1,000 Palestinian prisoners in exchange for an Israeli soldier captured in 2006. Talks have been proceeding with German mediation following the release of a video tape showing the Israeli soldier in good health…

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