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URUK Net 18 December, 2009

Last updated: Sunday, December 20, 2009 9:22

Video: Taliban warns US over Afghan war
Aljazeera.net
December 18, 2009 – A senior Taliban commander has warned the United States that it will be defeated in Afghanistan, even if it sends an extra 200,000 US troops. Located in the so-called valley of death near the border with Pakistan, Taliban fighters vowed to fight to the very end. However, the movement will not just be battling foreign forces as the Afghan government, with help from US and Nato forces, moves to equip and train tribal fighters. Al Jazeera’s Hashem Ahelbarra reports from Kabul, the Afghan capital…

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SADDAM HUSSEIN’S GREATEST LEGACY: DECEMBER 2003 TO DECEMBER 2006
Part Two
Malcom Lagauche
December 18, 2009 – When the verdict of death for Saddam was announced on November 5, 2006, many groups, individuals and governments were outraged. They tried to get the U.N. to intervene, but to no avail. Many quotes came forth from foe and friend of Saddam. The most preposterous came from Nouri al-Maliki, the so-called Iraqi prime minister: This ruler has committed the most horrible crimes. He executed the best scientists, academics and thinkers. That statement was outrageous, but many people will believe it. For the preceding year, hundreds, if not thousands, of professors, scientists and doctors were killed in Iraq by agents of the Maliki government. During Saddam’s time, those professionals flourished and were the pride of Iraq…

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Remembering Palestine’s Last Christmas
William A. Cook
December 18, 2009 – …For the Israeli, it mirrors what this state has become and what the future of the Jews might be under the pathological sickness imposed on them by the Zionists. What minister of God could conceive the slaughter of children and justify it unless he was mired in myth as recorded in Biblical lore. There we read of the Scourge inflicted by G-d on the first born of all who lived in Egypt on behalf of the Jews. There we read of Herod’s slaughter of the innocents that first Christmas lest his throne be threatened by the Christ child. Why do such tales exist? They exist to give license to those who would inflict their will on those they fear; they are stories of minds distorted by self-indulgence, arrogance and pride; they impose what they will to ensure their power not through rational deliberation but through deceit, coercion and fear…

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Child Labor Booms Among Iraqi Refugees in Syria
Rachelle Kliger
December 18, 2009 – Child labor is becoming a growing problem among impoverished Iraqi refugees in Syria. A growing number of Iraqi refugee children in Syria have joined the illegal child labor market to help their families make ends meet, United Nations officials have warned. Syria has taken in a huge number of Iraqi refugees since the invasion of Iraq in 2003. Barred from legal employment in the country, aid workers say the refugees are running out of options to make money. “There are more and more Iraqi families sliding into poverty,” Farah Dakhlallah, a public information officer for United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Syria told The Media Line. “They are barred from legal employment in Syria so a lot more children are being sent to work.”…

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Babylon’s last alcohol seller arrested
Juan Cole
December 18, 2009 – …In fact, the Bushies and Neocons did more favors for Muslim fundamentalism in the Middle East than anyone since Ronald Reagan and his cronies helped invent al-Qaeda and the Afghan Mujahidin (like our present life and death enemies the Haqqani network and Gulbadin Hikmatyar’s Hizb-i Islami, which Washington has the nerve to now brand ‘Taliban’—- as if the CIA had not given them billions). So members of religious minorities in Iraq are now being arrested for daring sell a cocktail. I guess it is liberated, all right…

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Return to Gaza
Amira Howeidy
December 18, 2009 – It’s Tuesday, 15 December and the Viva Palestina convoy of international activists and politicians, who started their journey in the UK on 5 December, finally have a chance to relax. Not only is the weather a little warmer in Turkey, but so is the convoy’s reception. On the course of its journey through Western Europe, taking in Belgium, Germany, Austria and Italy, this life line to besieged Gaza — at 45km long and 10km wide the world’s largest open prison — was flatly ignored by the mainstream media.

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The Ongoing Repression of Palestinian Protesters
Jonathan Pollak
December 18, 2009 – On a pitch black early December night, seven armored Israeli military jeeps pulled into the driveway of a home in the West Bank town of Ramallah. Dozens of soldiers, armed and possibly very scared, came to arrest someone they were probably told was a dangerous, wanted man – Abdallah Abu Rahmah, a high school teacher at the Latin Patriarchate School and a well-known grassroots organizer in the village of Bil’in…

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The Gaza I Know
By Nancy Murray
December 18, 2009 – For most Americans, the Gaza Strip is, at best, unknown territory. At worst, it is a hostile land whose “terrorist infrastructure” must be dismantled, no matter what the cost to its million and a half residents. The Gaza I have been visiting for the past twenty-one years bears little relation to the dehumanizing imagery to which it has been reduced by the mainstream media. The Gaza I know is home to friends and strangers who are as welcoming and humane as they are resilient and determined to achieve their freedom. They have maintained their humanity despite enduring a brutal forty-two-year-old Israeli occupation that has cost them the destruction of their homes, land, economy and future and the loss of more than 4,000 lives since the dawn of the twenty-first century…

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Maqdisi: Occupation authorities order demolition of mosque and 7 homes
Palestinian Information Center
December 18, 2009 – Maqdisi Society said that the Israeli occupation authorities have handed on Thursday orders to demolish seven homes in the Jabal al-Mukabber in the southern part of Jerusalem. The authorities have suspended an administrative order by the Israeli ministry of interior stipulating the demolition of the neighbourhood’s mosque as well within ten days. The homes threatened with demolition belong to the Juma’a family and house 51 people including 33 children…

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Lebanon’s Ebenezer Scrooge
Franklin Lamb
Beirut, December 18, 2009 – Surely we should all have known better. It was just too good to last. It seemed to some Americans in Lebanon that nearly all the Lebanese and their political leaders were ready to try to more of less work together for the good of the country. Many even seemed to be getting excited about Christmas. Several of the diverse sects’ zaim’s (leaders) were seen on TV enjoying attending public lightings of Christmas trees, praising the new unity government and some humming their favorite holiday tunes during family visits to places like the crowded Beirut and City Malls…

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US Drones Kill 12 in North Waziristan
Third Strike in 24 Hours in Tribal Area
Jason Ditz
December 18, 2009 – US Predator drones launched their third strike in the past 24 hours today, firing multiple missiles at a suspected “hideout” in Datta Khel village, North Waziristan Agency, and killing at least 12 suspects. The “hideout” in question amounted to a cluster of tents occupied by nomads who regularly migrate back and forth across the border from Pakistan to Afghanistan. The identities of the slain were not clear…

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Corruption a way of life in Afghanistan
CNN
December 18, 2009 — In the Afghan capital’s department of motor vehicles, the simple act of registering a car can turn into days, even weeks, of waiting and frustration. Unless you pay off the right people. Mohammad Zarif Formolly had been waiting for a month to obtain documentation for his vehicle. Another man, who identified himself only as Jamaludin, traveled 50 miles from Logar province and had been waiting for three days. The chaotic outdoor space that passes for a waiting area was teeming with “agents,” men who make sure bribe money reaches the right government offices and the paperwork gets done. Some, desperate for work, want their business to become a legal profession…

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Afghan soldiers and police fight each other
By Hanneke Chin-A-Fo in Tarin Kowt/Kabul
December 18, 2009 – …Recruiting new soldiers will not be the biggest challenge the Afghans face. Holding on to them is. According to the international command staff in charge of the military and police training programmes, 16 percent of Afghan soldiers leave the army annually. The drop-out rate is even higher within the police force. The generals do not want to speculate too much on the root cause of the problem, which is currently being investigated. Officers’ abuse of power is said to play a role, as is the long distance separating recruits from home, and their fear of combat… Problems in the police force are worse than in the army, the interviewed generals said…

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Lieberman: We will be building again in 10 months
Ma’an News
December 18, 2009 – Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Thursday that the 10-month settlement freeze was simply a tactical move and not a real effort to stop settlement growth, Israeli media sources reported Friday. “It is clear to everyone that in 10 months, we will be building again [in] full force; anyone who understands anything knows this,” he told gathered settlers at a meeting in the West Bank settlement town of Ariel as quoted in the Israeli daily Haaretz…

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Hamas invites all factions to discuss unity with Haniyeh in Gaza
Ma’an News
December 18, 2009 – Hamas leaders in Gaza invited members of all Palestinian factions and independent figures to come to Gaza for a meeting with de facto Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh on Sunday where sides will discuss a conciliation agreement, an informed source revealed. In the West Bank, PLO factions are holding intense meetings over how to respond to the invitation, the source said, noting a spirit of readiness among leaders. “Factions would prefer not to hold the meeting in the offices of Hamas,” the source said, “since it is a sensitive political issue,” she suggested the location be as non-partisan as possible…

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Iraq snapshot – December 18, 2009
The Common Ills
Friday, December 18, 2009. Chaos and violence continue, Iran may have invaded Iraq and taken over an oil field, or it may not have, opinions continue to come in on the Iraq Inquiry, Iraqi Christians continue to be targeted, it’s a bad week for Tom Hayden who finds little to clip and paste into his scrapbook, and more…

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Dred Scott Redux: Obama and the Supremes Stand Up for Slavery
Chris Floyd
December 18, 2009 – While we were all out doing our Christmas shopping, the highest court in the land quietly put the kibosh on a few more of the remaining shards of human liberty. It happened earlier this week, in a discreet ruling that attracted almost no notice and took little time. In fact, our most august defenders of the Constitution did not have to exert themselves in the slightest to eviscerate not merely 220 years of Constitutional jurisprudence but also centuries of agonizing effort to lift civilization a few inches out of the blood-soaked mire that is our common human legacy. They just had to write a single sentence. Here’s how the bad deal went down. After hearing passionate arguments from the Obama Administration, the Supreme Court acquiesced to the president’s fervent request and, in a one-line ruling, let stand a lower court decision that declared torture an ordinary, expected consequence of military detention, while introducing a shocking new precedent for all future courts to follow: anyone who is arbitrarily declared a “suspected enemy combatant” by the president or his designated minions is no longer a “person.” …

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True lies
By Ayman Mohyeldin
December 16, 2009 – Somebody is not telling the truth about the circumstances behind moves to arrest Tzipi Livni, the Israeli opposition leader, in the UK. It’s one of those stories that comes out of nowhere and few actually know what happened. It began when Al Jazeera reported that a British court had issued an arrest warrant for former Israeli foreign minister and Gaza war architect Tzipi Livni. For hours, Israeli and British officials denied the report. Then British and Israeli media got wind of the story and began to report it. By the end of Monday, it was irrefutable…

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Predator Drone – $4 million. Insurgent Hacking Program – $25. Pentagon Embarrassment – Priceless
RedBedHead
December 18, 2009 – THE PENTAGON SPENDS CLOSE TO $1 TRILLION EVERY YEAR, between its regular budget and the money allocated to its various wars, policing operations, counterinsurgency programs and other murderous hobbies. They have an impressive array of super-duper-high-tech equipment to blow your mind – and blow your head off if you are an enemy of the United States of America. However, it seems that insurgents in Iraq and Afghanistan were using a piece of $25 software, purchased off of the internet to intercept the video signals sent by Predator drones back to the remote pilots in the USA…

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NATO kills 3 civilians in air strike in Afghanistan
Xinhua
December 18, 2009 – A NATO helicopter killed three civilians and wounded four others during an air strike in Kandahar province in southern Afghanistan, provincial government said Friday. The helicopter stroke a minibus on the Kandahar-Oruzgan highway in Shawali Kot district of Kandahar province at about 11 p.m. Thursday, killing three men and wounding one woman and three children, according to a press release issued by the provincial governor house Friday..

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Obama Grants Israel $2.775 Billion In Security Aid
Saed Bannoura
December 18, 2009 – United States President, Barack Obama, signed the Foreign Aid Budget Law of 2010 which includes granting Israel $2.775 Billion in security aid to the state of Israel. The budges is the second in two years and is considered part of the US aid to Israel which will total $30 Billion in the coming ten years. Israeli Ynet News reported that the budget signed by Obama includes $500 Million to the Palestinian Authority. $100 Million will be used by US General Keith Dayton who is in charge of training the Palestinian security Forces in the West Bank…

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Symptom of a Deeper Malady
Pakistan’s Refugee Disaster
By STEWART J. LAWRENCE
December 18, 2009 – Pakistan is suffering one of the worst humanitarian disasters since the Bangladesh crisis in 1971, thanks to President Obama’s decision to fund the Pakistan army’s escalating internal war against Al-Qaeda and the Taliban. According to human rights observers, in the past 5 months alone, an estimated 2-3 million internal refugees have been forced out of their homes by the Pakistan army’s indiscriminate attacks on insurgent bases and civilians living in the northern Swat Valley or in the contested border region with Afghanistan, including most recently, in SouthWaziristan…

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BBC slanders pro-Palestine debate
Richard Seymour, Lenin’s Tomb
December 18, 2009 – A friend drew my attention to this story at the BBC. It alleges that one Jonathan Hoffman appeared at a SOAS debate on Palestine and, when he mentioned his name (they helpfully point out that it is of German-Jewish extraction) he was booed and called ‘Jewish’ as if it were an insult. This is the video […] The BBC doesn’t mention that there are Jewish people on the panel and in the audience. Steven Rose is Jewish, and Ronnie Kasrils is also of Jewish descent. Several members of the audience identify themselves as Jewish, and are subject to no racist opprobrium. The BBC doesn’t mention that Jonathan Hoffman is a member of the Zionist Federation, and is responsible for some of the most disgustingly racist apologias for Israel’s attack on Gaza last winter. That is why he was booed…

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Trail of Afghanistan’s drug money exposed
By Julien Mercille
December 18, 2009 – As United States President Barack Obama and his advisors debated future troop levels for Afghanistan – which resulted in the decision to send an additional 30,000 troops – a new report by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) muddied the water on one of the most important issues in the debate – the effects of Afghanistan’s drug production. The report, entitled “Addiction, Crime, and Insurgency: The Transnational Threat of Afghan Opium,” gives the false impression that the Taliban are the main culprits behind Afghanistan’s skyrocketing drug production. It also implies that drugs are the main reason why the Taliban are gaining in strength, absolving the United States and North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) of their own responsibility in fomenting the insurgency. In fact, the United States and its Afghan allies bear a large share of responsibility for the drug industry’s dramatic expansion since the invasion…

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Stranded In Chad: Mohammed El-Gharani, Once Guantánamo’s Youngest Prisoner
Andy Worthington
December 18, 2009 – Dismal news from Chad, where Reprieve, the legal action charity whose lawyers represent dozens of Guantánamo prisoners, reports that the Chadian government is failing to provide any support whatsoever to Mohammed El-Gharani, who was released from the prison in June this year. Once Guantánamo’s youngest prisoner (out of at least 22 juveniles held in the prison), Mohammed El-Gharani was seized in Pakistan at the age of 14, and was horribly abused in US custody — both in Afghanistan and Guantánamo — until his release, which finally took place five months after District Court Judge Richard Leon ruled that the government had failed to establish a case against him, having relied on demonstrably unreliable witnesses whose lack of credibility had been noted by its own representatives…

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Settlers in Jerusalem attack Palestinian family, 3 injured 25 detained
Ma’an News
December 18, 2009 – Three Palestinians were injured including two children and a journalist in an attack by Israeli settlers on homes in the East Jerusalem community of Sheikh Jarrah on Friday evening. From the scene, Ma’an’s reporter described the incident as a “mob” of settlers who focusing their attack on the A’teiyah and Al-Ghuwar homes. The attacks came after a day of protests where Palestinians, internationals and left-wing Israelis congregated outside the home of the evicted Al-Kurd family, speaking out against the Israeli court order handing the home over to a group of settlers…

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“It is time for us to put an end to this occupation”
Hassan Mousa and Jody McIntyre writing from Nilin, occupied West Bank
December 18, 2009 – Situated just west of Ramallah, the Palestinian village of Nilin has lost huge swathes of land to Israel’s settlements and its wall in the occupied West Bank. In a year and a half of resisting construction of the wall, five villagers have been murdered by the Israeli military while demonstrating. Hassan Mousa is a coordinator of the Nilin Popular Committee Against the Wall and Settlements and the uncle of Ahmed Mousa, an 11-year-old boy who was the first villager from Nilin to be killed by the Israeli army. The following is Hassan Mousa’s story as told to The Electronic Intifada contributor Jody McIntyre…

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Kristol Clear: The Source of America’s Wars
Maidhc Ó Cathail
December 18, 2009 – Americans feeling let down by Barack Obama’s escalation of the war in Afghanistan should take careful note of those who welcomed yet another “surge.” It might help them to identify the source of their seemingly endless wars. For instance, in a recent Washington Post opinion piece, William Kristol described Obama’s West Point speech as “encouraging.” It was “a good thing,” he said, that Obama was finally speaking as “a war president.”..

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CIA working with Palestinian security agents
US agency co-operating with Palestinian counterparts who allegedly torture Hamas supporters in West Bank
Aljazeera.net
December 18, 2009 – Palestinian security agents who have been detaining and allegedly torturing supporters of the Islamist organisation Hamas in the West Bank have been working closely with the CIA, the Guardian has learned. Less than a year after Barack Obama signed an executive order that prohibited torture and provided for the lawful interrogation of detainees in US custody, evidence is emerging the CIA is co-operating with security agents whose continuing use of torture has been widely documented by human rights groups…

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Iraq-Iran in oilfield dispute
Aljazeera.net
December 18, 2009 – Iraq has accused Iran of seizing control of a disputed oilfield along the border between the two countries. Eleven Iranian soldiers took control of a well at the Fauqa oilfield in Maysan province, about 300km southeast of Baghdad, Ahmed Ali al-Khafaji, Iraq’s deputy interior minster, said on Friday. “At 3:30 this afternoon, 11 Iranian [soldiers] infiltrated the Iran-Iraq border and took control of the oil well. They raised the Iranian flag, and they are still there until this moment,” he told the Reuters news agency…

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Getting away with murder
Khaled Amayreh
December 18, 2009 – Paramilitary Jewish terrorists have stepped up their attacks on Palestinians and their property throughout the West Bank, with the Israeli occupation army doing next to nothing to stop them. The settlers, who act on religious rulings issued by local rabbis, have long adopted a policy whereby they attack “Palestinian targets” every time the Israeli government moves to evacuate them from land seized at gunpoint from Palestinian landowners…

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Mk Tibi: “Israel Illegally Took Skin Patches, Corneas To Implant Them In Wounded Troops”
Saed Bannoura
December 18, 2009 – Dr. Ahmad Tibi, deputy speaker of the Knesset, head of the United Arab Bloc for Change, stated that the Abu Kabeer forensic center removed in the 90’s patches of skin and corneas from every corpse that was transferred to it in order to implant them in wounded soldiers. Dr. Tibi added that the body parts were removed from Palestinians and Israelis as well. In an interview with Israel’s TV, Channel 2, Tibi said that every corpse that was moved to the forensic center had its corneas and patches of skin removed without the approval of the families of the deceased persons…

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UN report: Palestinians cannot build on 44% of West Bank land
Middle East Monitor
December 18, 2009 – A report issued by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) has claimed that Palestinians in the West Bank are not able to build on almost 44% of the occupied territory. The reason, claims UNOCHA, is that the occupying power, Israel, says these areas are reserved for the Israeli occupation forces and Jewish colonist-settlers. The report also states: “The restrictions imposed by Israel on the use of the West Bank land, particularly areas classified as “C” (which are under Israeli security and civilian control, according to the Oslo agreement), are among the causes of poor living conditions of many Palestinians, where it is difficult for them to establish basic infrastructure facilities including schools, medical clinics and others.”..

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Islamic-Christian committee: torching of mosque reflects racism of occupation
Palestine Solidarity Campaign
December 18, 2009 — The Islamic-Christian Committee for the support of Jerusalem and holy places said that that the torching of the Grand Mosque at Yasuf reflects the extent of hate and racism of the Israeli occupation against the Palestinian people adding that this aggression cannot be viewed in isolation from similar attacks conducted by the extremist Jewish settlers. Hasan Khater, secretary general of the committee, said during a visit of the committee’s delegation to the mosque on Thursday: “while we stand here, in this mosque condemning this crime [the torching of the mosque], there are preparations being made by extremist Jewish groups to storm the Aqsa Mosque on Friday to mark their so called Hanukkah eighth candle.”…

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Israeli occupation bar celebration of “Jerusalem the Capital of Arabic Culture”
Palestinian Information Center
December 18, 2009 – IOF troops stopped Palestinian celebrating the end of activities relating to “Jerusalem, the Capital of Arabic Culture 2009", which was planned at Bab al-Amoud, one of the main gates of Jerusalem’s old city on Thursday evening. The IOF arrested twelve people including foreign activists and assaulted others. PIC’s correspondent said that a large number of Israeli occupation police forcefully stopped a scouts’ march which was supposed to march the in the streets of the old city to mark the end of celebrations of Jerusalem as the capital of Arabic culture for the year 2009…

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Amnesty International’s Director derides British Government for its shortsighted rush to protect ally and undermining of fight for international justice
Middle East Monitor
December 18, 2009 – In a letter to the editor of The Times today (18 December) the UK Director of Amnesty International, Kate Allen said the newspaper’s denunciation of the arrest warrant for Tzipi Livni (leading article, Dec 16) is misplaced and to argue that Ms Livni be shielded from justice because she is from a “democracy” that is “an ally” of the UK, is to undermine the key principle of universal jurisdiction. Allen wrote, ‘Your denunciation of the How, for example, can the UK Government call for those responsible for crimes in Darfr to be brought to justice but meanwhile present a “get out of jail free” card to others it deems “friends”? Is it not this corrosive double standard that threatens the fundamental principle that justice must be at all times impartial?’…

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The price of peace: Interview with detained activist
Kieron Monks writing from al-Essawaya, occupied West Bank
December 18, 2009 – Twenty-three-year-old Sami from al-Essawaya village near Nablus has always believed in peaceful coexistence with Israelis. However, he and his family have paid a dear price for his convictions. “I worked for six years inside Israel,” he said, “just in supermarkets, any work I could find. Me and my friends would jump over the wall at Qalandiya because we were not allowed to pass through.” He describes himself as free of political affiliation: “not Fatah, not Hamas, just peace.” Through time spent working in Tel Aviv he became acquainted with members of the Sulha peace project, a group that works “rebuild trust, restore dignity and move beyond the political agenda.” …

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