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URUK Net 4 July, 2009

Last updated: Monday, July 6, 2009 11:28

FOURTH OF JULY
By Husayn Al-Kurdi and June C. Terpstra
Americans are programmed to be an ignorant and arrogant people whose culture is mainly derived from three key factors: money, media, and an ignorant, violent, racist version of Christianity. No adequate understanding of American culture and cultural celebrations such as the Fourth of July is possible without first examining these three major elements and the pervading impact they have had on the people. The USA’s cultural system has proven functionally useful globally to imperialists because it provides them with citizens, soldiers, suckers, and slaves whose conditioned behavior patterns of obedience and consumption dominates their daily life. These accepted behavioral patterns have been developed over a short period of little more than two hundred years and are celebrated on holidays saturated with drunkenness, barbecued pork and all manner of self-indulgent excess. It must be remembered that the founders of the USA are the children of imperialist Europe. Like their European forebears they commonly accept a view of the world as basically “for the taking and raping.” They christened it as their “Manifest Destiny.” They called it “Discovery” in the past and they call it “Democratization” today…

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Our Independence Day.
Layla Anwar, An Arab Woman Blues
Today is the 4th of July. American day of so called Independence. So you’re independent are you ? Wallahee, tell me, what are you independent from ?… We are Iraqis. Do you know what Iraqis are — you arrogant, ignorant, backward people. Of course you would not know. You know nothing. We’ve been around for thousands of years. Well before the Persians, Greeks, Romans… and well before you. We are the first people and will be the last people. History started with us and will end with us. Of that I am absolutely certain. Because you will be history. Your fake, empty empire will be history…

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Western Media Persists in Propaganda About Iraq’s Purported WMD
Jeremy R. Hammond
The mainstream media is reporting that former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein told his FBI interrogators after his capture that he lied about having weapons of mass destruction (WMD) because he feared Iran. But there’s just one problem with this claim: Saddam Hussein never claimed to have WMD, but , as everybody knows, repeatedly denied that this was so. This propaganda line had its origins early on following the U.S. invasion of Iraq. David Kay, who early on headed up the CIA’s effort to find WMD, the Iraq Survey Group (ISG), suggested at the time that Saddam had “bluffed” about having WMD in order to deter Iran. The deception served to absolve the Bush administration of responsibility for having lied about the “threat” by making it seem as though it was reasonable to arrive at that conclusion since Saddam had claimed to possess WMD, even though he did not. In actual fact, however, far from admitting possession, Iraq repeatedly denied having WMD in the months and years leading up to the invasion… The bottom line: It wasn’t Saddam Hussein, who lied about Iraq having WMD; it was the U.S. government…

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Consolidating the Electoral Coup in Iran
Reza Fiyouzat, Revolutionary Flowerpot Society
For American readers not familiar with life under a theocracy, it can be instructive to consider the social conditions that drove the gay/lesbian/transgender community to an uprising, some forty years ago in New York City’s Greenwich Village, demanding of the society and the state to respect their human rights; to respect the rights of those portrayed arbitrarily as the ‘others’. The spark for the Stonewall uprising came as a result of constant police harassment of the gay community and the vicious raids of their places of gathering; however, the root causes for the expressed grievances of that uprising hid in the injustices meted out to the gay community going back decades. If you take the kind of pernicious harassment experienced by the gay community at the hands of the American state’s police forces, and expand it to just about all the different spheres of life, which are subject to the unconditional control of the Iranian state, you will be close to a realistic picture of the constant rage felt by an absolute majority of the Iranian people under that theocracy…

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Obama sends marines to suppress population of southern Afghanistan
By James Cogan
The Obama administration has ordered the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade (2 MEB) into a potentially bloody offensive in the southern province of Helmand. The objective is the suppression of the ethnic Pashtun population, which is overwhelmingly hostile to the seven-and-a-half year US and NATO occupation of the country and rejects the legitimacy of the Afghan puppet government headed by President Hamid Karzai. Early Thursday morning, 2 MEB began what has been described as the biggest airlift of marines since the Vietnam War. Code-named “Khanjar”—Pashtun for “strike of the sword”—the operation is the largest undertaken by the Marine Corp since it led the assault on the Iraqi city of Fallujah in November 2004. In all, some 4,000 marines and a 600-strong battalion of the Afghan Army are involved, supported by an array of jet fighters, unmanned drones and helicopter gunships…

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Torture by Permission of Judiciary Reflects Official Terrorism of IOA (Report)
Palestinian Information Center
Amid the laughter of Israeli soldiers mocking all norms and values, the officer calls out: “Number Three: step forward.” With weak and hesitant steps, one of the six Palestinian children steps forward to receive several blows on his skinny body and then return to his comrades. Then another child is called forth to undergo the same treatment while the soldiers laugh. For 14 hours six children from Ramallah were continuously subjected to brutal torture, beatings, sitting in awkward positions, and a stream of insults and threats, after being abducted from the street on their way home from school…

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Israel cuts off water to Arab Druze towns on hottest day of year
Saed Bannoura – IMEMC
The Israeli National Water Company has cut off the water supply to two Arab Druze towns inside Israel. While water cut-offs by Israeli authorities are common within the Occupied Territories of Gaza and the West Bank, they are fairly unheard of within Israel itself. While the National Water Company, Mekorot, blamed the municipal authorities in the towns of Daliyat al-Karmel and Usafiya for collecting the fees and then keeping them instead of passing them on to the water company, the municipal authorities say the Ministry of Interior is to blame…

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Helen Thomas: Not Even Nixon Tried to Control the Media Like Obama Administration
P U L S E
Helen Thomas, a mainstream media elder spokeswoman, is sharper than other members of the US press corps half her age. This testy exchange between White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs and Chip Reid (CBS) and Helen Thomas (Hearst News Service) is significant because it shows how even the mainstream press corps are becoming frustrated with increasingly tight regulation of the press by the current White House. Thomas, who has covered every administration since Kennedy, told CNSnews.com that “not even Richard Nixon tried to control the press the way President Obama is trying to control the press.” …

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New Wave of Violence Against Iraqi Gays
By IWPR trainees in Baghdad
…Long suggested that some members of Mehdi Army were trying to act as “agents of moral regeneration” in an attempt to regain some control over Shia neighbourhoods, following massive military operations that weakened the militia. “My sense is that they probably initiated the campaign [of violence] because the Mehdi Army was trying to come back,” he said. “It is pretty clear that sermons started being preached in Shia mosques, particularly ones in areas that are heavily influenced by the Sadrists earlier this year, on the dangers of homosexuality [in the weeks prior to the wave of killings].” Hili suspects Mehdi Army involvement in the violence in Sadr City because they are “are ruling and acting as a government [there]. There is no other force in Sadr City but Mehdi Army”…

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IOA detains Al-Jazeera correspondent in Ramle prison
Palestinian Information Center
Israeli occupation forces (IOF) have detained the Qatari TV network’s correspondent Othman Al-Battiri and cameraman Mansour Al-Ibbi along with the crew of the spirit of humanity boat in Ramle prison without determining a date for deporting them to their countries. Al-Jazeera said on Saturday that Battiri confirmed in a telephone contact that their fate was not clear, adding that the Israeli occupation authority (IOA) exercised psychological pressures on them. He said that the IOA asked them to sign a document stipulating that they have “illegally” entered Israel but they all refused to sign, stressing that the IOF soldiers had kidnapped them…

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Letter from an Israeli Jail, by Cynthia McKinney
Cynthia McKinney, Free Gaza Team
This is Cynthia McKinney and I’m speaking from an Israeli prison cellblock in Ramle. [I am one of] the Free Gaza 21, human rights activists currently imprisoned for trying to take medical supplies to Gaza, building supplies – and even crayons for children, I had a suitcase full of crayons for children. While we were on our way to Gaza the Israelis threatened to fire on our boat, but we did not turn around. The Israelis high-jacked and arrested us because we wanted to give crayons to the children in Gaza. We have been detained, and we want the people of the world to see how we have been treated just because we wanted to deliver humanitarian assistance to the people of Gaza…

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Lest We Don’t Forget
by Erin Cunningham
They are little white, yellow or green pills and are available almost anywhere. At the pharmacies or in the market, they are accessible, addictive and cheap. “I take them because it makes me forget, at least for a little while, that I’m in Gaza,” says Abu Ala’a, a resident of the strip and father of four. “There is no alternative.” Looking to escape years of war, searing poverty and an unrelenting economic blockade, medical officials in the Gaza Strip say residents have developed a serious addiction to the narcotic painkiller Tramadol…

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Neda Agha Soltan by Latuff
Carlos Latuff
Neda Agha Soltan, shot dead by Iranian forces during the 2009 Iranian election protests (June 20). May she rest in peace.

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Netanyahu reaffirms commitment to racism and expansionism – thanks to US tax dollars
By Saree Makdisi
To judge by the next day’s headlines, Binyamin Netanyahu’s policy speech last month was a great success. “Israeli premier backs state for Palestinians,” declared the New York Times. “Israel endorses two-state goal,” said the Washington Post. “Netanyahu backs Palestinian state,” announced the Guardian. He did no such thing, of course, unless by “state” one understands an amorphous entity lacking a definite territory, not allowed to control its own borders or airspace, shorn of any vestige of sovereignty (other than a flag and perhaps a national anthem), not allowed to enter into treaties with other states – and permanently disarmed and hence at the mercy of Israel. It would make about as much sense to call an apple an orange or a piano a speedboat as to call such a construct a state, and yet those are the conditions that Netanyahu imposed on the creation of such an entity for the Palestinians (if they get that far in the first place)…

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Russia to allow US arms shipments to Afghanistan
By NATALIYA VASILYEVA, AP
Russia said Friday it will allow the United States to ship weapons across its territory to Afghanistan, a long-sought move that bolsters U.S. military operations but potentially gives the Kremlin leverage over critical American supplies. The announcement by a top Kremlin aide came ahead of President Barack Obama’s visit to Moscow next week, when the deal is expected to be signed during a summit aimed at improving the nations’ strained relations…

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Two US soldiers, seven Afghan police die in blasts
By Sardar Ahmed
Two US soldiers and seven Afghan policemen were killed in separate explosions Saturday, highlighting the level of violence faced by Marines pressing one of the biggest assaults in eight years. In another incident, one security guard died and four others were wounded when a suicide bomber detonated an explosives-packed vehicle near a private security company’s four-vehicle convoy in Gereshk district, Daud Ahmadi, a spokesman for the Helmand provincial administration said…

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Kosovo in ‘organ trafficking’ probe
By Barnaby Phillips in Albania, Aljazeera.net
…It was Carla Del Ponte, the former United Nations war crimes prosecutor, who drew attention to this farmhouse in her recently published memoir, looking back at her time in the former Yugoslavia. She describes how “credible” sources had told her that, during the war, Kosovan ethnic Albanian fighters had taken hundreds of prisoners over the mountains, into the neighbouring country of Albania. The sources said that some of these prisoners had been taken to the farmhouse, which had been turned into a makeshift operating theatre. Here, so the story goes, their organs were removed, and then carried to an airport near Tirana, to be flown out of the country..

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Obama sends marines to suppress population of southern Afghanistan
By James Cogan
The Obama administration has ordered the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade (2 MEB) into a potentially bloody offensive in the southern province of Helmand. The objective is the suppression of the ethnic Pashtun population, which is overwhelmingly hostile to the seven-and-a-half year US and NATO occupation of the country and rejects the legitimacy of the Afghan puppet government headed by President Hamid Karzai. Early Thursday morning, 2 MEB began what has been described as the biggest airlift of marines since the Vietnam War. Code-named “Khanjar”—Pashtun for “strike of the sword”—the operation is the largest undertaken by the Marine Corp since it led the assault on the Iraqi city of Fallujah in November 2004. In all, some 4,000 marines and a 600-strong battalion of the Afghan Army are involved, supported by an array of jet fighters, unmanned drones and helicopter gunships…

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Iran Supreme Leader aide claims Mousavi is U.S. Agent
By ALI AKBAR DAREINI
A top aide to Iran’s supreme leader called the country’s main opposition figure a U.S. agent and accused him in an editorial Saturday of committing crimes against the nation . While hard-line figures had previously demanded Mir Hossein Mousavi to be prosecuted for describing Iran’s June 12 elections fraudulent and leading demonstrations afterward, the editorial was the first public declaration that the opposition leader was a foreign agent…

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GI Special 7G4: “We Need The Storm” [ 4 July 2009 ]
Thomas F. Barton
For this occasion, July 4, reprinted below, in full, without one word cut out by hacks and “edotprs,” is the most powerful Fourth of July Oration ever made in the USA, so far. So that it may be thoughtfully considered, and weighed against both the times in which it was given, and these times today, no other articles will appear in this GI Special. It may be that printing it out, for consideration over some days, may be more productive that merely viewing it as an email.
Fourth of July Oration:
“For It Is Not Light That Is Needed, But Fire; It Is Not The Gentle Shower, But Thunder” . “We Need The Storm, The Whirlwind, And The Earthquake”. [continued inside]

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Israeli Housing Minister Concerned over increasing Arab population
Saed Bannoura – IMEMC
Israeli Housing Minister of the extremist Shas movement stated Thursday that it is essential for the state of Israel to construct settlements in the Negev and the Galilee to ‘counter the increasing number of Arabs who do not love Israel’. Eitas stated that he is concerned about the increasing number of Arabs in different parts of Israel, and that he believes bringing more settlers to the Horesh religious Jewish settlement is a national task, the Arabs48 news website reported…

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