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URUK Net 24 December, 2009 Part 2

Last updated: Saturday, December 26, 2009 10:54

Fighting for the Family of Man
Peter Chamberlin
December 24, 2009 – …Wherever the Empire oozes forth, spreading its putrid decadence, there are always countless men without consciences, waiting to become part of the great desolation. When confronted by this evil, so many men think that they will somehow fare better by serving this beast than by opposing it. The monsters know this, and know how to recognize which men and women can be swayed with bribery or threats and which ones will not submit to the yoke for any reason. Their work is organized like a symphony, hitting the high notes here, slamming the low notes over there. The point is, they know how to play us like we were merely instruments. Our task in the resistance must be to recognize this and learn to recognize the sheep’s mind within ourselves. Once we learn to recognize it within, we can apply that knowledge to the people we meet, or hope to influence, learning to recognize which one is open to reason and which one is a closed mind. Their intent to control the world is based on their ability to control and manipulate minds. We must develop similar capabilities, if we are to be effective. Changing human nature is the name of the game. We must teach the sheep to think like wolves. Resistance is the only answer…

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End Of The Year: U.S. Recruits Worldwide For Afghan War
by Rick Rozoff
December 24, 2009 – The first of 33,000 more U.S. troops have arrived in Afghanistan for a Christmas surge and they will soon be joined by as many as 10,000 additional non-American troops serving under NATO in the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF). Washington will have over 100,000 uniformed personnel and tens of thousands of new military contractors in the South Asian war zone, and with more than 50,000 other NATO and NATO partner forces present total troop strength will exceed 150,000. The first of 33,000 more U.S. troops have arrived in Afghanistan for a Christmas surge and they will soon be joined by as many as 10,000 additional non-American troops serving under NATO in the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF). Washington will have over 100,000 uniformed personnel and tens of thousands of new military contractors in the South Asian war zone, and with more than 50,000 other NATO and NATO partner forces present total troop strength will exceed 150,000. Except for a modest amount of troops assigned to the NATO Training Mission – Iraq in Baghdad, the U.S. with its 120,000 troops is now largely alone in that country. NATO, especially new NATO, member and candidate states were ordered to transfer their forces from Iraq to Afghanistan starting approximately a year ago and are now redeploying soldiers from missions in Kosovo, Lebanon and Chad to the same destination. The Afghan battlefront, then, currently has the largest amount of military forces statio! ned in a ny war zone in the world.

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An Interview with Cindy Sheehan
Obama, Progressives and the Press
MIKE WHITNEY
December 24, 2009 – …In my opinion, accountability for war crimes committed on the people of Iraq/Afghanistan and, now Pakistan, is imperative. The US has been committing war crimes for at least the last 100 years (off the continent) and none of our leaders have ever been held accountable and that’s one of the reasons that the empire is able to keep rolling. I also believe that the way to the rest of the world’s heart is for American leaders to be held accountable […] I lost a lot of friends when B.O. became president and it was a lonely 6 months after he was elected. I wrote a new book called Myth America (short title) and I started to travel around the country in April doing book events. For the first time since my activism started, people walked out on my presentations because I was telling them that it was the system — not the person who infests the White House. However, by the end of my book tour in August, the crowds were growing and more enthusiastic and less gaga-eyed over Obama. Then I started touring again in September and the discontent is growing. I am happy about that. The ones that upset me the most are the so-called leaders of the “progressive” movement like Tom Hayden, CODEPINK and Michael Moore who very enthusiastically endorsed, worked for, voted for, and raised money for Obama, and NOW are beginning to speak out against his carnage, when in fact, Obama has always been very pro-war…

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Obama Continues to Privatize America’s Imperial Wars
A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford
December 24, 2009 – The Pentagon has methodically insulated its wars from most of U.S. civil society. “For the United States, war has devolved to a matter of contracts, a multi-trillion dollar cash cow for corporations, a self-perpetuating financial bubble that feeds the planet’s most dangerous and nonproductive, useless classes.” The mercenary is the ideal corporate warrior…

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Video – The world has failed Gaza: Report
Aljazeera.English
December 24, 2009 – Israeli policy and global inaction are directly responsible for poverty in the Gaza strip, according to a new report from sixteen humanitarian and human rights groups. The report urges the EU to suspend relations with israel unless they stop the blockade, that it claims has impaired reconstruction and sharply increased poverty. Inside story, with guests discusses the details…

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Video- Afghanistan War: The Soviet Lesson Not Learned
bravenewfoundation
December 24, 2009 – Thirty years ago on December 27, 1979 Russia invaded Afghanistan. After a gruesome conflict that lasted nearly ten years the Russian army withdrew facing an unwinnable scenario. The episode marks a dark era in Russian and Afghanistan history, leaving many to wonder if anything was accomplished. Thirty years later and with the U.S. in its 8th year of occupation, Rethink Afghanistan interviews former Soviet veterans of the war and Afghan leaders of that time who believe the U.S. is repeating their mistakes…

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Guantanamo, Illinois
by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley
December 24, 2009 – In many respects, a year of President Barack Obama feels much the same as…a year of George Bush. Wars metastasize, prisons migrate from Cuba to Illinois, bankers get richer – 2009 has many elements of deja vu. “Barack Obama has firmly established the continuation of Bush regime domestic, foreign and economic policy.” …

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Activists and Holocaust Survivor to March in Gaza, Egypt Says No to March
by Barnabe Geisweiller
December 24, 2009 – Hedy Epstein survived the Holocaust but her family did not. To this day she does not know exactly how many of her relatives perished. “I have never counted, I can’t bring myself to do that,” she said. Epstein went to Germany after the war searching for family members and to help sift through Nazi archives to build the cases against Nazi war criminals. Now she is getting ready to travel to Gaza to march with thousands of Palestinians against Israel’s siege…

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UN: Israel bans Palestinian building in 44% of West Bank
Ma’an News
December 24, 2009 – Israeli military rule has made Palestinian construction off limits in about 44% of the West Bank, according to a recent report from the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). The report says the ban is the result of a planning regime applied by the Israeli Civil Administration, a branch of the Defense Ministry, in Area C. Under the 1995 Interim Agreement, Israel was to gradually transfer control over Area C to the Palestinian Authority, but the handover never took place, leaving Area C under Israeli control…

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Iraqi Farmers Hit Hard Times
With markets flooded with imports, many fear for domestic agriculture.
By Faleh Hasan in Baghdad and Abdul Hamid Zebari
December 24, 2009 – A shortage of domestic fruit and vegetables is being felt in bazaars across Iraq, with families groaning about rising prices and perplexed by an unfamiliar array of produce grown abroad. “All the fruits and vegetables we sell now are imported, except for a few vegetables like celery and spring onion, which we still have to import in some seasons,” said Saed Abdullah, 47, a long-time grocer in Erbil’s Shekhalla bazaar. “Now when you walk through the produce market you see items which before you could only see on TV,” he added. Iraq imports more than 80 per cent of its food, according to the United Nations’ Food and Agricultural Organisation, FAO. Economists and consumers are alarmed by the trend, fearing agriculture may disappear in a country once known as the heart of the Fertile Crescent…

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Iraqi Farmers Hit Hard Times
With markets flooded with imports, many fear for domestic agriculture.
By Faleh Hasan in Baghdad and Abdul Hamid Zebari
December 24, 2009 – A shortage of domestic fruit and vegetables is being felt in bazaars across Iraq, with families groaning about rising prices and perplexed by an unfamiliar array of produce grown abroad. “All the fruits and vegetables we sell now are imported, except for a few vegetables like celery and spring onion, which we still have to import in some seasons,” said Saed Abdullah, 47, a long-time grocer in Erbil’s Shekhalla bazaar. “Now when you walk through the produce market you see items which before you could only see on TV,” he added. Iraq imports more than 80 per cent of its food, according to the United Nations’ Food and Agricultural Organisation, FAO. Economists and consumers are alarmed by the trend, fearing agriculture may disappear in a country once known as the heart of the Fertile Crescent…

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The “Omaha Two”: Victimized by COINTELPRO Injustice
Stephen Lendman
December 24, 2009 – After a two week April 1971 trial and four days of deliberation, an 11 white/one black member jury convicted Mondo we Langa (formerly David Rice) and Edward Poindexter for the bombing murder of police officer Larry Minard on August 17, 1970. Both men denied involvement, and ever since consistently maintained their innocence, insisting they were framed. Supporters agree, including Amnesty International that declared them political prisoners, and no wonder…

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One Year after the Gaza Genocide, Palestine addresses the conscience of humanity!
Salim Nazzal
December 24, 2009 – And while humanity lightens the Christmas tree to expel darkness and chant for peace on earth, Palestinians in the occupied Palestine and the exiles are looking towards the triumph over the culture of hatred, and towards ending the darkness over Palestine. But this triumph needs the support and aid from all believers in human dignity. The collective efforts of the Palestinian resistance and the international solidarity will end the occupation sooner or later but sooner the darkness disappear from Palestine is the better…

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Who Are The Four Afghans Released From Guantánamo?
Andy Worthington
December 24, 2009 – Over the weekend, 12 prisoners were released from Guantánamo, as the Justice Department announced in a press release on December 20. I have previously reported the stories of the two Somalis who were released — emphasizing how nothing about their cases demonstrated that they were “the worst of the worst” — and will soon be reporting the stories of the six Yemenis transferred to the custody of the Yemeni government. For now, however, I’d like to turn to the four Afghans transferred to the custody of the Afghan government…

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