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URUK Net 28 December, 2009

Last updated: Tuesday, December 29, 2009 10:24

Iran: Power slipping to streets
Babak Kasrayi
December 28, 2009 – Over the last few days, mass demonstrations have erupted again in Iran. Millions are on the streets and there are reports of the people taking control of the streets, burning down police stations and even of police refusing to fire on demonstrators. These could be the last days of the hated IRI regime. If a revolutionary leadership were present, the hours of the Islamic Republic would be counted. We publish this article with lots of eyewitness reports from the ground…

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Israeli Role in Destroying Iraq
Hussein Anwar
December 28, 2009 – This is a speech by Former Israeli Security Minister Avi Dechter on 4th, September 2008 at the Research Institute of the Israeli national Security. I ask the reader to reflect upon the Iraqi Arena in general after reading this post, I ask the reader to brainstorm about why Israel’s major goal in the Middle-East is to destroy Iraq and keep it weak, I ask the reader to use the information to think of all the strategic and political ramifications of this speech, and the Israeli project in the region, the malicious, and vicious project… and WHY? WHY neutralizing Iraq is important to Israel more than neutralizing any other Arab country…

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Afghan children killed in NATO air raid
Aljazeera.net
December 28, 2009 – At least 10 Afghan civilians, mostly school children, have been killed in an air raid by international forces in the east of the country, the office of Hamid Karzai, the president, has said. The incident reportedly occurred on Sunday in a remote part of Kunar province on the border with Pakistan, the statement added. “It is a very rugged area, we cannot go there because of the presence of the Taliban,” Sayed Fazlullah Wahedi, the Kunar state governor, said on Monday…

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US steps up drone attacks, assassinations in AfPak “surge”
By Bill Van Auken
December 28, 2009 – Missiles from US Predator drones struck a village in Pakistan over the weekend, killing at least 13 people. The attack coincided with reports of intensified operations by US Special Forces killing squads on the Afghanistan side of the border. Amounting to targeted assassinations, these forms of warfare are the most evident feature in the first stages of the “surge” ordered earlier this month by President Barack Obama, who is sending at least 30,000 more US troops into Afghanistan…

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Abortions, Cancer, Diseases and … in Gaza
Kawther Salam
December 28, 2009 – Al – Dameer Human Rights Organization issued a Position Paper on Health and Environmental Problems in the Gaza Strip that Lead to an Increase in the Number of Babies Born with Birth Defects, Abortion, and Cancer Diseases. On Sunday, 20 December 2009, Al Dameer Association for Human Rights published a position paper on “Health and Environmental Problems in the Gaza Strip that Lead to an Increase in the Number of Babies Born with Birth Defects, Abortion, and Cancer Diseases Due to the IOF Use to Radioactive and Toxic Materials during its Latest Offensive on the Strip”…

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Senator Lieberman calls for ‘preemptive’ attack on Yemen
By Stephen C. Webster
December 28, 2009 – Speaking on Fox News Sunday, Senator Joseph Lieberman (I-CT), who leads the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, has a vision of “tomorrow’s war.” “Somebody in our government said to me in Sana’a, the capital of Yemen, Iraq was yesterday’s war,” Lieberman explained. “Afghanistan is today’s war. If we don’t act preemptively, Yemen will be tomorrow’s war. That’s the danger we face.” Senator Arlen Specter (D-PA), also appearing on the program, seemed to agree, calling an attack against Yemen “something we should consider.”…

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The massacre at Kunduz and the policy of targeted killings
Peter Schwarz
December 28, 2009 – The massacre which took place at the beginning of September in Kunduz, Afghanistan, taking the lives of up to 142 people, continues to dominate the German media. But while considerable attention is given to what happened and the cover-up which followed, barely anything has been said about the political, historical and international implications of the bloodiest military strike ordered by a German commander since 1945. This despite the fact that leading military commanders and politicians are clearly intent on using the massacre to circumvent the restrictions imposed on the German military as a consequence of the crimes it committed in the Second World War…

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85 year old Holocaust Survivor Hedy Epstein Begins Hunger Strike to Open Gaza Borders
Ali Abunimah
December 28, 2009 – Hedy Epstein, the 85 year old Holocaust survivor and peace activist, announced that she will begin a hunger strike today as a response to the Egyptian government’s refusal to allow the Gaza Freedom March participants into Gaza. Ms. Epstein was part of a delegation with participants from 43 countries that were to join Palestinians in a non-violent march from Northern Gaza towards the Erez border with Israel calling for the end of the illegal siege. Egypt is preventing the marchers from leaving Cairo, forcing them to search for alternative ways to make their voices heard…

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Video: Witness – Gaza Fixer 2
Aljazeera.English
December 28, 2009 – Raed Atharmneh has been the right-hand man for journalists covering Gaza for many years, providing essential knowledge, contacts and logistical backup for a number of reporters. In 2006 he became part of the news story himself, when 18 members of his family were killed by an Israeli bomb. In Gaza Fixer 2, filmmakers George Azar and Mariam Shahin return to see how Raed and his family are surviving in the aftermath of the 2008/9 Gaza war.

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Iran holds bodies of slain protesters
By CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA, AP
December 28, 2009 – Iranian authorities said Monday that they were holding the bodies of five slain anti-government protesters, including the nephew of the opposition leader, in what appeared to be an attempt to prevent activists from using their funerals as a platform for more demonstrations. Pro-reform Web sites and activists said the government also detained at least eight prominent opposition figures — including a former foreign minister — in an intensified crackdown that could fuel more violence of the kind that engulfed the center of Tehran on Sunday. The activity pushed the bitterly opposed camps beyond any immediate prospect of reconciliation or compromise…

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Iran seizes opposition figures
Aljazeera.net
December 28, 2009 – Security forces in Iran have arrested a number of prominent critics of the government in the wake of opposition protests that left as many as eight people dead in Tehran, the capital. Ebrahim Yazdi, who served as foreign minister in the early months of Iran’s 1979 revolution, and Emadeddin Baghi, a human rights campaigner and journalist, were arrested on Monday, according to the pro-opposition Rahesabz website. There were also reports that two aides to Mohammad Khatami, a former reformist president, and three advisers to Mir Hossein Mousavi, an opposition leader, were detained…

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They Came on a Cold December Day
Gaza in Crisis
By SONJA KARKAR
December 28, 2009 – They came one cold December day. Not fearless warriors but fearsome hoardes hell-bent on destruction of the genocidal kind that leaves no room for regeneration. That was one year ago in Gaza. The attack shocked a complacent world into finally seeing Israel’s merciless ferocity against the Palestinians already hounded, herded and imprisoned in compounds throughout their land, if not actually driven out. More than sixty years of Western devotion to Israel’s security was blown wide open as truth shattered spin in three weeks of carnage and devastation…

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A cold, lonely place called dishonour
John Wight
December 28, 2009 – On December 27 2008 Israel launched a murderous air assault against 1.5 million men, women and children in the most overcrowded piece of land on Earth – the Gaza Strip. Starved, besieged, yet unbowed, they could do nothing except endure as the bombs and missiles rained down, targeting hospitals, schools, civic buildings, homes, police stations and even UN compounds where people had sought sanctuary. Israel’s bombs sought and found their victims, incinerating and blowing to smithereens young and old alike, while Tel Aviv attempted to convince the world that every effort was being made to avoid civilian casualties in what it described as a military operation to root out terrorism and provide security for its citizens…

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Gaza aid convoy to change course
Aljazeera.English
December 28, 2009 – Organisers of Viva Palestina aid convoy, which is trying to reach the Gaza Strip, have now agreed to go via Syria en route to Egypt. The agreement came after a Turkish mediator reached a deal with the Egyptian consul in Jordan’s Red Sea port of Aqaba. The convoy will now head to the Syrian port of Latakia to sail from there to the Egyptian port of El Arish, and then to Gaza…

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Gaza war mother tells how she and her ‘miracle baby’ survived against the odds
Harriet Sherwood
December 28, 2009 – When Eyad al-Radea reaches his first birthday on 10 January, it will be a day for his family to give thanks not just for his health and happiness but for the fact that his mother, against all odds, is there to join in the celebrations. For Eyad, with his mop of curly hair and ability to crawl and climb with alarming speed, is something of a ? miracle baby for Gaza: the date of his birth was very nearly the date of his death and that of his mother. In her room in Beit Lahia, northern Gaza, Wafa al-Radea eases herself down to tell her story. This in itself is a challenge; with only one leg, and scar tissue from burns, any movement is painful…

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The Occupied West Bank Latroun Villages
Stephen Lendman
December 28, 2009 – On June 6, 1967, when Israeli forces invaded Gaza and the West Bank, on the second day of the so-called Six-Day War (June 5 – 10, 1967), they entered three Palestinian villages in the Latroun salient – Imwas, Yalo and Beit Nouba, forcibly expelling the residents, numbering over 10,000 at the time. By the next day, most were gone while Israel began razing village lands and erasing their memory in an area well-known for its water resources and fertility, located northwest of Jerusalem along the Green Line…

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Video: A Day in the Life of a Palestinian Child in Gaza
AFAskygoddess
December 28, 2009 – Imagine never knowing one day of peace in your life, nor ever having hope..or dreams for your future. Imagine being in a constant state of terror and hunger. Welcome to the Gaza of the 21st century! Most of us just want a dry roof over our heads, food in our stomachs and health and safety for our loved ones. The Muslims and Christians in Israel are denied these simple human desires. Witness the day to day suffering, terror and murder innocent Palestinian women and children face! END THE ISRAELI OCCUPATION…FREE PALESTINE…LET THEM LIVE THEIR LIVES IN PEACE!…

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Give Arab train stations Hebrew names, says Israeli linguist
By Nir Hasson
December 28, 2009 – Dr. Avshalom Kor, the expert on Hebrew grammar and semantics, whose name perhaps is a household word for his language corner on Israel Radio, is proposing Hebracizing the names of all 19 stations in Jerusalem’s new light rail, even in Arab areas and never mind any non-Hebrew landmarks nearby. Kor puts forth his ideas in a proposal to the joint governmental-municipal task force overseeing the light rail project. It will cross Jerusalem from Mount Herzl in the west to Pisgat Ze’ev in the east, passing through some neighborhoods that are mostly Arab…

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Israeli tanks invade areas in northern and southern Gaza Strip
Ghassan Bannoura
December 28, 2009 – In two separate attacks, Israeli tanks invaded on Monday areas close to the northern and southern Gaza Israeli borders. The first invasion took place on Monday morning when tanks and bulldozers rolled into farm lands near Khan Younis town southern Gaza. Witnesses said that tanks opened fire at resident homes while bulldozers damaged crops. No injuires were reported…

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PMRS: The conditions of the disabled in Gaza are worsening
Palestinian Information Center
December 28, 2009 — The Palestinian medical relief society (PMRS) has said that the conditions of the disabled in the Gaza Strip had deteriorated during and after the Israeli war on the Strip. It said in a statement on Sunday that the great shortage in services with the entry of the siege its fourth year running led to such grave conditions…

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Pro-Gaza protesters ‘besieged’ in Cairo
Ma’an News
December 28, 2009 – Surrounded by police, an international group of human rights advocates staged a demonstration at a UN installation in Cairo on Monday after the Egyptian government denied their request to enter Gaza. Former EU parliament vice president Luisa Morgantini, Filipino Senator and president of the Transnational Institute Walden Bello and others held a news conference outside the UN building in Cairo in hopes to negotiate their entry in Gaza via the Rafah crossing…

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