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URUK Net 27 December, 2009 Part 2

Last updated: Tuesday, December 29, 2009 10:22

Video: Gaza Lives On
neverbeforecampaign
December 27, 2009 – One year later, it is very important to remember what happened in Gaza. But it is more important to realize the aspirations of the Palestinian people in Gaza. They deserve our solidarity, respect and reverence. They deserve justice. It is the duty of every person to contribute to break the unprecedented siege and bringing the criminals behind this atrocity to justice…

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Video: U.S. MILITARY CONTRACTORS IN AFGHANISTAN
Aljazeera.English
December 27, 2009 – Currently in Afghanistan, there are 121,000 U.S. contractors and 68,000 U.S. troops. As a result of the coming surge, another 30,000 troops and 56,000 contractors are expected. But U.S. lawmakers are afraid that the mistakes that plagued military contracting in Iraq will be repeated in Afghanistan. Will the shadow armies be required to protect the Afghan civilian population? What are the chances that military contractors could cause major damage to Americas mission in Afghanistan? Will the Obama administration be able to prevent the waste, fraud and abuse seen in Iraq?..

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Taliban have expanded their influence across Afghanistan: NATO official
Reuters
December 27, 2009 – The Afghan Taliban have expanded their influence across Afghanistan and are now running a ‘full-fledged insurgency’ with their own ‘governors’ in all but one of the country’s provinces, a senior North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) intelligence official said on Sunday. “Time is running out. We’ve got about a year to prove that our strategy can actually work. The Taliban has shadow governors in 33 out of the 34 provinces,” the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told a small group of reporters. “So he (the Taliban) has got a government-in-waiting. He has got ministers,” he added…

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Israel resembles a failed state
Ali Abunimah
December 27, 2009 – …Like the murderous sanctions on Iraq throughout the 1990s, the blockade of Gaza was calculated to deprive civilians of basic necessities, rights and dignity in the hope that their suffering might force their leadership to surrender or collapse. In many respects things may seem more dire than a year ago. Barack Obama, the US president, whom many hoped would change the vicious anti-Palestinian policies of his predecessor, George W. Bush, has instead entrenched them as even the pretense of a serious peace effort has vanished. According to media reports, the US Army Corps of Engineers is assisting Egypt in building an underground wall on its border with Gaza to block the tunnels which act as a lifeline for the besieged territory (resources and efforts that ought to go into rebuilding still hurricane-devastated New Orleans), and American weapons continue to flow to West Bank militias engaged in a US- and Israeli-sponsored civil war against Hamas and anyone else who might resist Israeli occupation and colonization. These facts are inescapable and bleak. However, to focus on them alone would be to miss a much more dynamic situation that suggests Israel’s power and impunity are not as invulnerable as they appear from this snapshot…

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The American-Israeli War on Gaza
by Jeremy R. Hammond
December 27, 2009 – One year ago today, Israel launched Operation Cast Lead, a murderous full-scale military assault on the small, densely populated, and defenseless Gaza Strip. The operation resulted in the massacre of over 1,300 Palestinians, the vast majority civilians, including hundreds of children. This includes only those killed directly by military attacks. The actual casualty figure from Israel’s policies towards Gaza, including the number of deaths attributable to its ongoing siege of the territory, is unknown…

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Hackable Drones, Crumbling Empire
Tom Burghardt
December 27, 2009 – On the eve of the 2003 American invasion of Iraq, historian Chalmers Johnson observed in The Sorrows of Empire: “At this late date … it is difficult to imagine how Congress, much like the Roman senate in the last days of the republic, could be brought back to life and cleansed of its endemic corruption.” Drawing striking analogies between the fall of the Roman republic and America’s decline as a global capitalist power, Johnson wrote: “Failing such a reform, Nemesis, the goddess of retribution and vengeance, the punisher of pride and hubris, waits impatiently for her meeting with us.” Judging by the fragile state of American sociopolitical life, that meeting may not be as far off as most of us think. In this light, it was hardly surprising to read in The Wall Street Journal last week that “Militants in Iraq have used $26 off-the-shelf software to intercept live video feeds from U.S. Predator drones, potentially providing them with information they need to evade or monitor U.S. military operations.”…

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U.S. drone attack kills 13 in NW Pakistan
Xinhua
December 27, 2009 – At least 13 people were killed in suspected United States drone attack in northwest Pakistan’s tribal area, local TV channel reported Sunday. According to details, a missile fired by U.S. unmanned aircraft had initially killed four militants in the border village of Saidgai in North Waziristan tribal agency Saturday. The death toll in the strike has mounted to 13 on Sunday morning, the private channel GEO News reported…

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Gazan children bear ‘scars of war’
By Phoebe Greenwood
December 27, 2009 – Samar Zaquot sits in front of a portrait of her eldest brother, Mohammed, that almost reaches from the floor to the ceiling of her parents’ front room in Beit Hanoun in northern Gaza. Mohammed was 20 when he was killed by an Israeli rocket while having a picnic with friends, just before Israel’s Gaza offensive began on December 27 last year. Sixteen-year-old Samar smiles as she remembers where she was on the first day of Israel’s three-week military offensive that would leave 1,400 Palestinians dead, including 352 children…

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New Iran protests
Richard Seymour, Lenin’s Tomb
There were those, some months back, who tried to characterise the Iranian reform movement as a flash-in-the-pan upsurge of the “Gucci crowd”, a collective bed-wetting of the bourgoisie… The characterisation of the Iranian movement in those terms was false in several ways. For a start, notwithstanding the ‘confessions’ issuing from various protesters tortured by the basiji, there is no evidence of any US involvement in the ‘Green’ movement. Secondly, it can’t be assumed that the revolt was simply a movement of the comprador bourgeoisie. Ahmadinejad had done relatively little for the working class. Moreover, far from the movement being restricted to some symbolic appearances in big metropolitan centres, the revolts spread to poor working class areas…

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Israel seeks bids for hundreds more Jerusalem settler homes
AFP
December 27, 2009 — Israel has invited tenders for the building of hundreds of more homes in Jewish settlements in annexed Arab east Jerusalem, the independent Channel 10 television said on Sunday. In all, the housing ministry sought bids for the construction of 692 new homes in the settlements of Neve Yaacov, Pisgat Zeev and Har Homa, among a dozen that ring the city, the channel said. East Jerusalem settlements already house some 200,000 Jewish settlers alongside its 270,000 Palestinian residents…

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Iran: The Civil Resistance Breaks Through the Censorship, Again
By Al Giordano
December 27, 2009 – While this CNN report – one that depends (again) on citizen journalist videos taken this weekend in Iran under a government-ordered ban on foreign and domestic media coverage of a resurgent opposition – largely succeeds at breaking the information blockade, I would quibble with correspondent Reza Sayah’s characterization of the struggle as “a face-off between the new military establishment dominated by the Revolutionary Guard, by the Basij, against the old establishment, the religious clerics who founded the revolution.” As usual, big media has its gaze fixed up above and portrays most conflicts as being between already powerful institutions…

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ISRAEL HAS “DONE ENOUGH” FOR THE PEACE EFFORT…
Steve Amsel, Desertpeace
December 27, 2009 – Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Sunday urged Israeli diplomats to show the world that Israel has “done enough” in its efforts to try to reach a peace agreement with the Palestinians. There! You got it direct from the horse’s pig’s mouth. Lieberman was speaking at the conference of Israeli diplomats that I mentioned yesterday…

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Locals say settlers fired on Palestinian woman
Ma’an News
December 27, 2009 – Israeli settlers opened fire on a woman while she was herding sheep near Hebron on Sunday, onlookers said. Witnesses identified the woman as Khadra Al-Hathalin, saying she collapsed and fainted during the alleged attack, in which settlers reportedly fired from the Caramel settlement, adjacent to the Palestinian village of the same name. The onlookers also said Israeli forces arrived on the scene and transferred the woman to the police station inside the illegal Kiryat Arba settlement in Hebron…

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