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URUK Net 5 December, 2009

Last updated: Monday, December 7, 2009 8:44

US prepares Fallujah-style offensive in Afghanistan
By Tom Eley
December 5, 2009 – About 1,000 Marines attacked an area in southern Afghanistan controlled by insurgents on Friday, in the US-led occupation’s first major offensive since President Obama announced that he would send 30,000 more soldiers to the war. The attack on the largely abandoned city of Now Zad comes in preparation for an assault on a larger and more populous city, Marja, which the US military says is a center of Taliban resistance in Helmand province. The commander of the operation in Now Zad, Brig. Gen. Larry Nicholson, said the model for the coming attack on Marja will be the US destruction of the Iraqi city of Fallujah, in 2004, in which thousands of civilians were killed. It is not clear when such an attack might take place…

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Afghan Resistance Statement
Who Are Responsible for the Anarchy in Afghanistan?
Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan
December 5, 2009 – Obama’s new strategy which is the result of the same mentality that wants to continue the occupation of Afghanistan by military means, will add to the anarchy prevailing in the country. In fact, Americans are responsible for the chaotic situation. They handed over power to notorious warlords, venal officials and mafia-linked governors; But still, they claim that they want a clean government in Kabul while their convoys of logistics are escorted by some murderous militias involved in kidnapping and extortion of arbitrary taxes. There are hundreds of private unregistered militias in Afghanistan under the name of security guards who carry heroin in official vehicles. These militias have links with warlords who have hold over high government positions. They carry out their criminal activities with impunity…

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Making the TransAfghanistan Pipeline Safe for Democracy
McCamy Taylor
December 5, 2009 – I don’t pretend to know why President Obama is so determined to escalate the war in Afghanistan, the country that drove the Soviet Union into bankruptcy. Maybe he covets the executive privilege that goes with being a war time president. Maybe he is courting the center and center-right in anticipation of the 2012 election. Maybe he does not want to bring too many troops home all at once for fear of worsening the economic recession at home. Maybe he is scared of being called a waffler a flip flopper or some other unpleasant name if he goes back on his word. Maybe he is afraid that terrorists will attack the mainland U.S. again and he will be blamed for ending one of Bush’s foreign wars too soon. Maybe, maybe, maybe…

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Abunimah: There is a tremendous struggle to be waged, to force Israeli introspection, and change
Ali Abunimah
December 5, 2009 – I want to talk about a little bit of history, not too much, and then I want to talk about where I think BDS fits in to where we’re going in the struggle for justice, and why I think it’s going to work. If you look at the history of Palestine over the past 62 years, ever since the destruction of much of Palestine and the establishment of the state of Israel on its ashes, I think it can be divided roughly into three phases of roughly 20 years. The first phase was from 1948 to 1967, that was the establishment of Israel, the ethnic cleansing of 90 percent of the population from inside the boundaries of what became Israel, the systematic destrucitoin of 500 towns and villages, and the exile of the indigenous population of the country…

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Walled in by Myth and Deceit
by Willliam A Cook
December 5, 2009 – Of what possible significance has Sand’s comment today as America watches in utter disbelief and dismay the demise of the President of Change and Hope into an obsequious and obedient Golem of Israel, subservient to Netanyahu and Lieberman? The great Golem of Prague in the 16th century, a mythological creature created of mud by incantations of the ancient Rabbi Loew to protect the walled ghetto of the Jews, lived without a soul but at the service of the Rabbi. So now, we watch in disbelief Obama bow before the scorn of Bibi and Avigdor as they mock the great agent of change, the bringer of peace to the world, and the savior of America from the ravages of Bush…

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Re-opening investigation into Dr. Kelly’s death?
The Common Ills
December 5, 2009 – Brendon Abbott (Daily Star) reports, “SIX doctors are taking legal action to demand the ?inquest into the death of weapons expert Dr David Kelly be re-opened.” David Kelly was the source for many press reports including Andrew Gilligan’s for the BBC that the Iraq intel had been “sexed up.” David Kelly died July 17, 2003. Simon Alford (Times of London) identifies the six doctors: “Trauma surgeon David Halpin, epidemiologist Andrew Rouse, surgeon Martin Birnstingl, radiologist Stephen Frost, Chris Burns-Cox, who specialises in internal general medicine, and Michael Powers QC, a former assistant coroner, have instructed solicitors and aim to approach the Attorney General Baroness Scotland to get the case before the High Court”…

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The Great Game: U.S., NATO War In Afghanistan
Fifty or more countries in a single war theater
by Rick Rozoff, Stop NATO
December 5, 2009 – The U.S. (and Britain) began bombing the Afghan capital of Kabul on October 7, 2001 with Tomahawk cruise missiles launched from warships and submarines and bombs dropped from warplanes and shortly thereafter American special forces began ground operations, a task that has been conducted since by regular Army and Marine units. The bombing and the ground combat operations continue more than eight years later and both will be intensified to record levels in short order. The combined U.S. and NATO forces would represent a staggering number, in excess of 150,000 soldiers. By way of comparison, as of September of this year there were approximately 120,000 U.S. troops in Iraq and only a small handful of other nations’ personnel, those assigned to the NATO Training Mission – Iraq, remaining with them…

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Why Bagram is Guantanamo’s evil twin and Britain’s dirty secret
By David Rose
December 5, 2009 – A Pakistani businessman has been illegally ‘rendered’ by British forces to a secretive US prison in Afghanistan, The Mail on Sunday’s Live magazine reveals today. Rice merchant Amanatullah Ali, 45, has been held without charge or access to a lawyer for six years. The father of five comes from from Ghabyanwal, a remote village in Pakistan’s Punjab. His family, traced by Live, said he ‘disappeared’ in Iraq in February 2004 while on a trip to sell rice in Iran. ‘He was missing completely for more than a year – we thought he was no longer of this world,’ said his police officer brother Ashfaq…

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Honduras “Election” Failed to Stop the Resistance
By Al Giordano
December 5, 2009 – One of the side benefits of organizing a School of Authentic Journalism is that while, as its director, I’ve been extra busy with putting the pieces together – curriculum, work plan, lodging, food, visas, transportation – the 60-plus journalists that will be part of it in February are out there doing the work of reporting even when I’m taken away from it for brief spells…

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Hosam society: Conditions of Palestinian prisoners in Etzion inhumane
Palestinian Information Center
December 5, 2009 — Hosam society for detainees and ex-detainees said Saturday that the incarceration conditions of Palestinian prisoners in Etzion prison are extremely inhumane because of the prison administration’s repressive practices against them. The society explained in a statement that Etzion administration does not provide prisoners with adequate food or allow them to bathe especially those placed in isolation, which led to the outbreak of skin diseases among them. It added that the prisoners are deprived of sleep and going to bathrooms as well as they are often physically assaulted and exposed to psychological pressure through demanding them to collaborate with Israel in exchange for improving their imprisonment conditions…

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Sawasiya warns of humanitarian catastrophe, asks Egypt to supply Gaza with gas
Palestinian Information Center
December 5, 2009 – Sawasiya center for human rights has warned of the difficult living conditions the inhabitants in the Gaza Strip are experiencing that would be exacerbated if the Israeli occupation authority (IOA) continued to bar entry of cooking gas. The center in a statement on Saturday said that the IOA ban on entry of adequate quantities of cooking gas into the Strip had led many bakeries, factories and greenhouses to close down. It said that the IOA deliberately allows entry of only a minimum quantity of cooking gas while deceiving the world into believing that it was supplying the Strip with its needs…

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The UN Must End Israel War Crimes
Kawther Salam
December 5, 2009 – 000_8471aFollowing the activities of the “Annual Observance of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People” which was held on December 1 2009 at the UN center in Vienna in which Mr. Antonio Maria Costa, the UNOV General-Director, left the room after about 20 minutes and before listening to the speech of the Palestinian representative, the statement of International Progress Organization on behalf of the network of NGOs, the League of Arab States on behalf of Mr. Amr Mousa, the Non-Aligned Movement, the Organizations of the Islamic Conference (OIC)…

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Report: 14000 Palestinian olive trees subjected to Israeli aggression in 2009
Middle East Monitor
December 4, 2009 – A Palestinian research centre, specialised in monitoring Israeli violations, revealed that the Israeli occupation authorities destroyed 14000 olive trees in the Palestinian territories during 2009. Such assaults included the uprooting of thousands of olive trees, for the sake of expanding the Israeli settlements, and the burning and cutting of thousands more by settlers. In a report issued following the completion of the olive harvest in the occupied West Bank, the Land Research Centre said that the occupation authorities burned and uprooted about 1455 olive trees during the harvest season this year, and washed away around 7000 trees since the beginning of the year for the sake of settlement expansion, while settlers attacked more than 5500 other trees…

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Khiaban No. 54: 11th Anniversary of Serial Killings
Khiaban, via Revolutionary Flowerpot Society
December 5, 2009 – Eleven years ago, in the month of Azar*, one of the numerous bloody chapters in the history of the Islamic Republic was written. In a short span of time, several writers, intellectuals and political activists were murdered in an organized, pre-planned crime committed by the state. These murders, which were carried out in a horrendous fashion, shocked and traumatized the society. The Intelligence Ministry, in a statement, admitted to the culpability of a group from within the ministry in the killings, and called them a rogue group…

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Pentagon’s War Pitch Belied by Taliban-Qaeda Conflict
by Gareth Porter
December 5th, 2009 — U.S. Secretary of Defence Robert Gates and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen argued in Senate Testimony Wednesday that the 30,000-troop increase is necessary to prevent the Taliban from giving new safe havens to al Qaeda terrorists. But that argument is flatly contradicted by the evidence of fundamental conflicts between the interests of the Taliban and those of al Qaeda that has emerged in recent years, according to counterterrorism and intelligence analysts specialising in Afghanistan…

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Outing the Reaper Drones
by Ed Kinane
December 5, 2009 – Dave Tobin’s Dec. 2 Syracuse Post-Standard article (”174th Fighter Wing’s drones play key role in Afghanistan war”) revealed that the Reaper drone is now being deployed out of Hancock Airbase on the outskirts of Syracuse. That drone is a high-tech, high-flying robot. Via satellite it communicates with “pilots” on the ground. It can operate in radioactive environments. Its sensors can see in the night. It can hover for hours, invisibly, over a target. With uncanny accuracy, God-like, the Reaper’s missiles and bombs can obliterate that target. There is nothing honorable about the Reaper. Its pilots take no risk. Operating from thousands of miles away, they need no courage. Robot-like themselves, they only need a highly cultivated indifference to human life…

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Video: Gazans fleeced in investment scam
AljazeeraEnglish
December 5, 2009 – “Underground tunnels in the Gaza Strip are the only way for millions of dollars worth of essential supplies to get past Israel’s siege of the coastal territory. But it has now emerged that at least 40,000 Gazans have lost their life savings in scheme that promised up to 50 per cent profits in return for an investment in tunnel trading. Hamas, which has de facto control of Gaza, returned a fraction of the $100m that disappeared through the scheme, and has said that is investigating the fraud…

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Obama jobs summit: “No money for jobs”
By Barry Grey
December 5, 2009 – Thursday’s White House summit on jobs was an open display of the callousness and indifference of President Barack Obama and the American corporate elite to the plight of the working class. In the course of a two-hour “brainstorming” session with 130 corporate CEOs, government officials, trade union executives and economists, Obama flatly rejected any major new allocation of federal funds to create jobs and ruled out a second stimulus package. Two days after he announced an escalation of the deeply unpopular war in Afghanistan, which he said would cost $30 billion a year, Obama insisted at Thursday’s gathering that the government’s resources were too “limited” to finance job creation programs…

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Increased settler attacks on villages around Nablus followed by army invasions including the use of live ammunition
International Solidarity Movement (ISM)
December 5, 2009 – Settler attacks have increased across the Nablus region this week, as residents of Yitzhar settlement target the villages of Burin and Asira al-Qabliya. Israeli Occupation Forces have aided and abetted settlers, terrorising the villages with the use of live ammunition, sound bombs and firing tear gas on Palestinian residents. The homes of Ahmad Jamal and Ahmad Mohammad Saleh in Asira al-Qabliya sit a short distance from the Shalhevit Yam outpost of the illegal settlement of Yitzhar, notorious for the violent ideologies of its residents…

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Israeli military urged to release rights activist
Ma’an News
December 5, 2009 – The Israeli military appeals court should end the administrative detention of Mohammed Othman, a Palestinian rights activist, and order his release, Human Rights Watch said Saturday. Othman was detained without charge by Israeli authorities and has been held more than two months on what appear to be politically motivated grounds. On the basis of secret evidence that Othman and his lawyers were not allowed to see, a military court confirmed a military order consigning Othman to three months administrative detention…

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Rafah under attack
Palestinian Information Center
December 5, 2009 — Israeli occupation forces (IOF) and Israeli gunboats fired at Rafah homes and Palestinian fishing boats south of the Gaza Strip on Saturday, local sources reported. They said that IOF navy boats opened machinegun fire at Palestinian fishing boats off the Rafah coast but no casualties or material damage were suffered.

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