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URUK Net 25 November, 2009

Last updated: Thursday, November 26, 2009 8:03

Message from Mullah Mohammad Omar on the eve of Eid ul-Adha.
Mullah Mohammad Omar
November 25, 2009 – …Those who have occupied our country and taken our people as hostage, want to use the stratagem of negotiation like they used the drama of elections for some time in order to achieve their colonialist objectives. The invaders do not want negotiation aimed at granting independence to Afghanistan and ending their invasion but they want negotiation which will prolong their evil process of colonization and occupation. However, the people of Afghanistan will not agree to negotiation which prolongs and legitimatizes the invaders military presence in our beloved country. Afghanistan is our home. No one will ever be ready to negotiate with any one else about ownership of one’s home —still more to give share in administration and control of the home and himself ends up becoming homeless, powerless and servant in his own home. The foreigners have occupied the land of the Afghans by dent of (military) might and savagery. If they want solution of the issue, they should put an end to the occupation of Afghanistan. The invading Americans want Mujahideen to surrender under the pretext of the negotiation. This is some thing impossible…

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Video – Robert Baer: What We’re Up Against In Afghanistan Is A “War Of National Resistance”
HuffingtonPost
November 25, 2009 – In the latest video from the Brave New Foundation’s “Rethink Afghanistan” project, former CIA agent Robert Bear says that what the U.S. faces when it comes to the Afghan insurgency isn’t terrorism, but a war of national resistance. “The people that want their country liberated from the West have nothing to do with Al Qaeda,” Baer says. “They simply want us gone because we’re foreigners, and they’re rallying behind the Taliban because the Taliban are experienced, effective fighters.”…

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Israeli troops and police attack a Palestinian village and remove electricity pylons
Ghassan Bannoura
November 25, 2009 – Israeli military and police forces attacked on Wednesday afternoon the village of Towani southern West Bank. Around 50 soldiers and police officers surrounded the village decelerated it a close military zone then started to remove pylons providing the Towani with electricity. Members from the human right group Christian Peace Makers Teems, CPT, told IMEMC that the military attacked villagers and human right workers when they tried to stop the military from dismantling the electricity pylons…

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LEBANON: Refugees Remain Sceptical of Nahr al-Bared Reconstruction
By Ray Smith*
November 25, 2009 – More than two years after their refugee camp was destroyed in a war between the Lebanese army and the Islamist militant group Fatah al-Islam, Nahr al-Bared refugees Wednesday witnessed the start of the camp’s reconstruction. Their relief is mixed with scepticism, however. Established in 1949, the Palestinian refugee camp of Nahr al-Bared in north Lebanon’s Akkar region has become home to more than 30,000 residents. In the summer of 2007, the camp was totally destroyed as the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) fought a group of well-equipped, mostly non-Palestinian militants who had taken over the camp…

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“We will have to kill them all”: Effie Eitam, thug messiah
Jim Holstun and Irene Morrison
November 25, 2009 – Colonel Efraim (Fein) Eitam was only following orders when he told his troops to beat Ayyad Aqel in 1988. They beat him to death. Eitam, who since then has held several senior posts in the Israeli government, has recently toured the US as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s “Special Emissary” to the “Caravan for Democracy” program of the Jewish National Fund (JNF). This is a marriage made in heaven. Since Israel was founded, the JNF has organized the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians and the settlement of Jews on their expropriated land; Eitam sees himself as the messianic soldier-prophet directing future expulsions of Palestinians from Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Hillel of Buffalo, New York, invited Eitam to speak at our campus, the University at Buffalo (UB), on the recommendation of UB Professor Ernest Sternberg, a board member of Scholars for Peace in the Middle East and a founder of its local campus chapter…

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Intelligence services ‘fully aware’ and ‘grateful’ that Pakistan was torturing UK terror suspects, claims report
By James Chapman
November 25, 2009 – Whitehall was ‘grateful’ for evidence obtained from the torture of British citizens in Pakistan, a report claims. Ministers were facing calls for a public inquiry last night into the allegations of collusion made in a five-year study by a leading human rights group. Its report highlighted the cases of five UK citizens of Pakistani origin who alleged they were tortured there between 2004 and 2007 with ‘clear’ UK complicity…

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Why Afghans Dig Empire Graveyards
By Nicolas J S Davies
November 25, 2009 – …The successful response of the Afghan resistance to the American escalation was entirely predictable, but it appears to have surprised U.S. planners. As in Iraq, the U.S. reacted to the failure of its puppet government to establish any legitimacy or control over most of the country with a massive escalation of military force, launching a desperate and bloody campaign to bomb and terrorize the population into submission. This brutal escalation was an abysmal failure, leading directly to the brink of defeat, where U.S. forces now find themselves…

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Palestinian trade unions unanimously support boycott movement
Press release, BDS National Committee
November 25, 2009 – In reaction to reports alleging that a Palestinian trade union official has stated his reservations about the Palestinian civil society campaign of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS), the full spectrum of the Palestinian trade union movement has expressed solid support for the BDS National Committee (BNC) and for the global BDS campaign against Israel as an effective form of resisting its military occupation, war crimes and apartheid policies…

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Honduras Coup Regime Declares New State of Emergency Prior to Sunday “Election”
By Al Giordano
November 25, 2009 – The Gaceta Oficial, (”Official Gazette”) of the Honduras coup regime is now freshly printed and has three new decrees and two orders restricting freedom of the press, the right to bear arms and officially strips Catholic Father Andres Tamayo of his Honduran citizenship, ordering him expelled from the country (the good Padre left for El Salvador last week). Here are a few of the regime’s greatest hits from this week’s barrage of repressive decrees which are expressly part of what the coup leaders call an “election” coming up on Sunday…

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Afghan Army Turnover Rate Threatens U.S. War Plans
By Gareth Porter*
November 25, 2009 – One in every four combat soldiers quit the Afghan National Army (ANA) during the year ending in September, published data by the U.S. Defence Department and the Inspector General for Reconstruction in Afghanistan reveals. That high rate of turnover in the ANA, driven by extremely high rates of desertion, spells trouble for the strategy that President Barack Obama has reportedly decided on, which is said to include the dispatch of thousands of additional U.S. military trainers in order to rapidly increase the size of the ANA. The ANA has been touted by U.S. officials for years as a success story. Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal called in his August 2009 strategy paper for increasing the ANA to 134,000 troops by October 2010 and eventually to 240,000. But an administration source, who insisted on speaking without attribution because of the sensitivity of the subject, confirmed to IPS that 25 percent has been used as the turnover rate for the ANA in internal discussions, and that it is regarded by some officials as a serious problem…

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Tel Aviv will not release Barghouti and Saadat
Middle East Monitor
November 25, 2009 – Tel Aviv has officially announced that it will not release Marwan Al Barghouti, Fatah’s Secretary General in the West Bank, and Ahmed Saadat, the Secretary General of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, in the context of the prisoner swap deal with Hamas, which is being negotiated through Egyptian-German mediation. In a statement that was broadcast Monday night, Israel’s Vice Prime Minister Silvan Shalom said that the Israeli government will not agree to release Al Barghouti and Saadat in the context of the prisoner swap deal with Hamas. He didn’t provide further details…

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IOA demolition threatens family of 207 members
Palestinian Information Center
November 25, 2009 – The family of Ja’abis in Jabal Al-Mukabir, southeast of occupied Jerusalem, expressed concern that the Israeli occupation authority (IOA) would demolish their 53 apartments at the pretext of unlicensed construction which, if implemented, would render 207 citizens homeless including 117 children. The Makdesi (Jerusalemite) institution said in a statement on Wednesday that its employees made a field tour of the area and were met with concern on the part of those family members…

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Afghanistan: Taliban leader denies negotiations with US
AKI
November 25, 2009 – By Syed Saleem Shahzad – Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Muhammad Omar has denied any negotiations with the United States in a message for the Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday. The message claimed foreign troops were losing the war in Afghanistan and said the Afghan people would not agree to any talks that prolonged the presence of foreign forces in the country. “The invaders do not want negotiation aimed at granting independence to Afghanistan and ending their invasion but they want negotiation which will prolong their evil process of colonisation and occupation,” said the message. “However, the people of Afghanistan will not agree to negotiation which prolongs and legitimises the invaders’ military presence in our beloved country.”…

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9/11 Text Messages Released: Wikileaks Publishes Intercepted Government Pager Texts As They Were Sent
HuffingtonPost
November 25, 2009 – Government employees sent more than 500,000 text pager messages In the hours before and after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. At 3 a.m. (EST) Wednesday, November 25, those intercepted messages will be published online at Wikileaks. The messages will be published at the same times that they were originally sent on 9/11. Wikileaks, a journalistic endeavor that promotes better government through transparency , says that the messages were intercepted by a organization that has been archiving US telecommunications prior to 9/11…

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EXCLUSIVE-US pitches unique F-35 fighter jet to Israel
By Jim Wolf
November 25, 2009 – The United States has offered to add Israeli systems and munitions to a new U.S.-built fighter jet and deliver it to Israel by 2015, provided a deal is sealed in coming months. Lockheed Martin Corp (LMT.N), maker of the radar-evading F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, would tie in Israeli-built command, control, communications, computer and intelligence systems for a unique version of the jet for sale to Israel, Jon Schreiber, a senior Pentagon program official, told Reuters Monday…

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Preparing for ‘Eid in Gaza
By Rami Munir Almeghari
November 25, 2009 – Muslims worldwide mark their second annual event with ‘Eid Al-Adhaa. Capable adult Muslims follow this through the religious ritual of slaughtering a goat/sheep etc., in honour of the tradition set by Prophet Ibraham thousands of years ago. For the past three years in the Gaza Strip, the situation has been increasingly difficult, as a result of the Israeli blockade imposed onGaza, contributing to higher poverty rates, which make people unable to afford a sheep. “I have been looking for a cheap goat since the early morning. As you see this goat costs 180 Jordanian Dinars ($US280), yet I still feel that I cannot buy it, and look for another,” said ‘Abu Razzaq Abu Etawi…

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American Diplomats Touring Israeli Settlements
Saed Bannoura
November 25, 2009 – American diplomats are touring Israeli settlements in the occupied territories to gather information and meet settlement mayors and settlers. The diplomats will be touring different Israeli settlements in the West Bank, and also intend to talk to different settlers. The tours aim at having a closer look and better understanding of the issue, Israeli paper, Maariv, reported. They began their tour in a meeting with Oded Ravivi, head of Efrat Regional Council, and a number of settlers…

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Rights group: 69 cases of Palestinian olive trees destroyed, but no prosecutions
By Chaim Levinson, Haaretz Correspondent
November 25, 2009 – The human rights organization Yesh Din says not one of the 69 complaints filed during the past four years on damage to Palestinians’ trees in the West Bank has resulted in an indictment. The organization released a report on the matter Tuesday and makes specific reference to damage caused to olive groves, central to the livelihood of Palestinian villagers. The olive harvest season is coming to an end in most parts of the West Bank this week, with the exception of those areas at higher elevations. Attacks targeting trees harvested by Palestinians – olive trees in particular, but also almond, fig, lemon and others – has been on the rise in recent years…

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In His Cave, a Palestinian Farmer Makes a Stand
By Matthew Kalman / Wallajeh
November 25, 2009 – Abed Abed-Rabbo doesn’t want to live in a cave, but its the only way he can stay on his farm. The Palestinian farmer, 48, inherited the property in the village of Wallajeh, on the southern edge of Jerusalem, from his father and his grandfather but had to flee amid the 1967 Six-Day War, when Israel occupied the place. In 1999, he returned to Wallajeh and the farm, risking constant arrest and defying an Israeli decision to annex it to Jerusalem. Most nights of the week, he says, he spends in the cave he slept in as a child. But now, he may even lose the cave…

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Weekly Report: On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory No. 46/2009 (19-24 Nov. 2009)
Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR)
November 25, 2009 – Israeli violations of international law in the OPT continued during the reporting period (19 – 24 November 2009): Shooting: During the reporting period, 9 Palestinian civilians were wounded by Israeli gunfire in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank. On 22 November 2009, 6 Palestinian civilians were wounded when Israeli warplanes attacked the Yebna area near the Egyptian border, south of Rafah, targeting tunnels; two of the wounded sustained serious wounds. In the West Bank, 3 Palestinian civilians were wounded when Israeli forces used force to disperse peaceful demonstrations organized by Palestinian civilians and international and Israeli human rights defenders, to protest the construction of the Annexation Wall in the West Bank…

During the reporting period, Israeli warplanes launched 8 air strikes against targets in the Gaza Strip.

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Report: Prisoner swap talks postponed to after Eid Al-Adha
Ma’an News
November 25, 2009 – Mediated prisoner swap talks between Israel and Gaza resistance officials have been postponed until after Eid Al-Adha, Israel’s Channel 2 reported Wednesday night. According to the TV report, the postponement came after because of Gaza’s insistence on the release of Hamas leaders like Ibrahim Hamed, commander of the Hamas military wing in the West Bank and Abdullah Barghouti, who was sentenced to 67 life terms in Israeli jail…

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