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URUK Net 13 August, 2009

Last updated: Tuesday, August 25, 2009 9:22

From A Zionist Upbringing to Weekly anti-Wall Protests
by Tali Shapiro
…Throughout the last nine months I’ve been reassessing my experiences and education through a new prism. I call it the prism of freedom, because once you look at Israel from the outside, you realize that everything you were taught – Zionism, “love of the land” (in the “revived” Zionist Hebrew, the words “land”, “country” and “state” are completely interchangeable), “serving your country”, “loyalty”, “patriotism” – is all a nationalist lie that serves to make you into a killing machine. These lies have been practiced before, throughout history and geography, and they embody the banality of evil. When you can see the lies, you are free….

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After Iraq, Blackwater Haunts Afghans
IslamOnline.net
After gaining notoriety for killing many Iraqi civilians, the US private security company Blackwater, which now calls itself Xe Services, is running amok in Afghanistan. “The Americans must answer for my son’s death,” Mirza Mohammed Dost, an Afghan elderly, told the Los Angeles Times, standing at the foot of his child’s grave, near a headstone that reads, “Raheb Dost, martyred by Americans.” His 24-year-old son and another civilian, 22-year Romal, who was on his way home from work, were killed in May by four Blackwater gunmen on a busy Kabul street…

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Withdrawing by Bike from Iraq
Tom Engelhardt
…Now, with those 130,000 troops still there, not to speak of the scads of rent-a-guns and private contractors, with that overstuffed, overstaffed embassy the size of the Vatican built for 1,000 “diplomats,” with that series of major bases (which the Pentagon used to call, charmingly enough, “enduring camps”) still well occupied, with significant numbers of Iraqis and small numbers of Americans dying each month, with millions of Iraqis still internal or external refugees, with the land devastated, and basic services hardly restored, with ethnic tensions still running high, and a government quietly allied to Iran in place in Baghdad backed by a 250,000-man military, with an American withdrawal still officially years off, and “withdrawal” itself a matter of definition, no one even bothers to offer the slightest justification for being in Iraq. After all, why would explanations be necessary when we’re getting ready to leave?…

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Ex-ISI Chief Says Purpose of New Afghan Intelligence Agency RAMA Is ‘to destabilize Pakistan’
by Jeremy R. Hammond
In an exclusive interview with Foreign Policy Journal, retired Lt. Gen. Hamid Gul responds to charges that he supports terrorism, discusses 9/11 and ulterior motives for the war on Afghanistan, claims that the U.S., Israel, and India are behind efforts to destabilize Pakistan, and charges the U.S. and its allies with responsibility for the lucrative Afghan drug trade…

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Report: Torture Program Architects Made Millions
Daniel Carty, CBSNews
Two military retirees and psychologists with “no relevant scholarship” made millions of dollars as the driving force behind the CIA’s controversial interrogation program ultimately terminated under the Obama administration, according to a New York Times report Wednesday. Beginning in 2002, the CIA contracted Dr. Jim Mitchell and Dr. Bruce Jessen to devise an interrogation strategy for suspected al Qaeda operatives that included waterboarding, a technique later characterized as torture…

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“The Good Ones” who act very, very bad
Mary Rizzo, Palestine Think Tank
Being an apologist is different from apologising. Given the major loss of human life, including many unarmed and unthreatening men, women and children, just like those in the picture raising the white flag and later shot at, it has become almost ridiculous for Israelis to insist that their army has anything remotely resembling morals, but this doesn’t stop them from trying! Any apology I’ve even seen has been loaded with “but…” and then accusations of the reasons why “the bad acts were necessary or at least unavoidable”. Given that I won’t consider anyone collateral damage, and I believe that soldiers have to be considered just as culpable as their commanders and the policy-makers who the commanders respond to, I think that bragging about Israeli soldiers is a pastime that merits scorn. In this article forwarded by the gracious Inge, we see how it is so important to defend the institution of Israel as a Military State, where serving in a combat unit is the highest source of pride. Here is a Haaretz article that tries to drum up good vibes for bad guys…

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Some Iran detainees were tortured to death: Karoubi
Reuters
Iran’s defeated presidential candidate Mehdi Karoubi said on Thursday that some of those arrested after the June presidential election were tortured to death, his website reported. “We observe that in an Islamic country some young people are beaten to death just for chanting slogans in (the post- election) protests,” Karoubi’s Etemademelli website said. Karoubi said on Sunday that some protesters, men and women, had been raped in detention. His allegation was rejected by Iranian authorities as “baseless.” He repeated the allegation on Thursday, calling for the formation of an independent fact-finding committee to review his evidence in “a calm atmosphere where relatives of detainees and freed protesters can talk.”…

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Disparities Between Jewish and Bedioun Schools in the Negev
The Alternative Information Center (AIC)
In the Negev Moshav, Sde Tzvi, parents unsatisfied with their children’s education have begun a private community school to educate their children under their own watch, Haaretz reports. The new school will feature a mix of parent and teacher instruction and will be located in a building painted and built by students and parents from the area. Dafna Granot-Degani, Principal of the school, noted that “as a result of a lack of satisfaction over the existing situation, and especially as a result of the crowded classrooms, the parents decided to make a change.” A focal part of the curriculum at the new school will be the teaching of ecology and appreciation for the environment…

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Some Iran detainees were tortured to death: Karoubi
Reuters
Iran’s defeated presidential candidate Mehdi Karoubi said on Thursday that some of those arrested after the June presidential election were tortured to death, his website reported. “We observe that in an Islamic country some young people are beaten to death just for chanting slogans in (the post- election) protests,” Karoubi’s Etemademelli website said. Karoubi said on Sunday that some protesters, men and women, had been raped in detention. His allegation was rejected by Iranian authorities as “baseless.” He repeated the allegation on Thursday, calling for the formation of an independent fact-finding committee to review his evidence in “a calm atmosphere where relatives of detainees and freed protesters can talk.”…

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‘Made in Israel’ Really Made in Jordan Sweatshop
New Report Reveals Israeli-run Clothing Factory in Jordan
By Ben Kaminsky
When they arrived at the factory their employers confiscated their passports to stop them running away. Ten crowd into a small room, sleeping on bunks full of bed bugs, with no showers. Water is available only a couple of hours each night. There’s no heating, even in the freezing winter, and after breakfast—pita bread with tea—they have to work 13-hour days. Holidays aren’t part of the schedule. Such is the description of the Musa Garments factory, operated in Jordan by Israelis, given in the U.S.-based NGO National Labor Committee’s (NLC) recent report. The factory produces clothes for Israeli fashion chains.
The employees, mostly foreign workers from Bangladesh and India, sew “Made in Israel” tags on at the end…

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE TO ALL PRESS: Evicted Palestinian families taken to cour
Stand Up For Jerusalem
At 1500hrs (1400 GMT) today, the Hannoun and Ghawi families were served an order to appear in the District Court of Jerusalem at 1630hrs. The settlers that had moved into the Hannoun and Ghawi homes filed a restraining order for the Hannoun and Ghawi families to stay 150 metres from the homes. The settlers had seized the houses an hour after more than 200 armed Israeli police invaded the houses and threw the Hannouns and Ghawis out into the streets on August 2, 2009…

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‘Discovery of mass graves in Swat’
Dawn
A fact-finding mission of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan to Swat has documented accounts of extrajudicial killings by the security forces, discovery of mass graves in the conflict-hit region and the unabated suffering of the civilian population. The report of the three-day mission says a number of Swat residents have reported having seen mass graves in the area, including at least one at Kookarai village in Babozai tehsil and another in an area between Dewlai and Shah Dheri in Kabal tehsil….

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Fatah: A New Beginning or an Imminent End?
By Ramzy Baroud
This is hardly the rational order of things. An overpowering military occupation was meant to be resisted by an equally determined, focused and unyielding national movement, hell-bent on liberation at any cost and by any means. This is the unwritten law that has governed and shielded successful national liberation projects throughout history. The Fatah movement, under Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, however, wants to alter that order, meeting Israeli colonialism with ill-defined ‘pragmatism’, extreme violence with press statements laden with endless clichés that mostly go unreported, and a determined Israeli attempt at squashing Palestinian aspirations with political tribalism, factional decay and internal divisions…

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Iraqis ousted from Danish church
By Pernille Boelskov, BBC News
Danish police have used force to evict 17 Iraqi men from a Copenhagen church where they had sought refuge. Five protesters from a crowd who tried to prevent the police moving in were also arrested during the operation. Clashes broke out between the protesters and police on Wednesday night as the Iraqis were put on a bus outside Brorson’s Church…

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THIS SIDE OF THE LINE
A short reply to the questions of the children of Hajarians and Aminzadehs
Mina Ahadi, Revolutionary Road…
…What has compelled me to write these few lines is the letters from the children of people who’ve played a key role in the workings of the Islamic Government. The children of the Hajarians and Aminzadehs, letters filled with anxiety and emotion to their fathers, letters from the children of the “Eslah Talaban” (”Reformists”) who yesterday were at the pinnacle of power and today find themselves in governmental black holes at the hands of torturers who were once of old friends…. To these youngsters who have questions, to the children of previous governments and present prisoners I say: Stand firm and listen and peel your ears to this side of the wall, heed our murmurs and try to be strong and stand face to face with the truth. Hear us for answers to your questions…

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Weekly Report: On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory No. 32/2009 (06 – 12 August 2009)
PCHR – Palestinian Centre for Human Rights
Israeli violations of international law and humanitarian law continued in the OPT during the reporting period (06 – 12 August 2009): Shooting: During the reporting period, Israeli forces used force against peaceful demonstrations organized by Palestinian civilians in protest to the construction of the Annexation Wall in the West Bank. A number of demonstrators also suffered from the inhalation of an unkown substance ell used by Israeli forces in Bal’ein village, west of Ramallah. In the Gaza Strip, Israeli warplanes bombarded the border strip between the Gaza Strip and Egypt allegedly to destroy smuggling tunnels. Incursions: During the reporting period, Israeli forces conducted at least 17 military incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank. Israeli forces arrested 17 Palestinian civilians, including 7 children…

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History Never Ends
I Hate to Bother You
By EDUARDO GALEANO
I’d like to share with you some questions—some flies that keep buzzing in my head. Is justice right side up? Has world justice been frozen in an upside-down position? The shoe-thrower of Iraq, the man who hurled his shoes at Bush, was condemned to three years in prison. Doesn’t he deserve, instead, a medal? Who is the terrorist? The hurler of shoes or their recipient? Is not the real terrorist the serial killer who, lying, fabricated the Iraq war, massacred a multitude, and legalized and ordered torture? Who are the guilty ones—the people of Atenco, in Mexico, the indigenous Mapuches of Chile, the Kekchies of Guatemala, the landless peasants of Brazil—all being accused of the crime of terrorism for defending their right to their own land? If the earth is sacred, even if the law does not say so, aren’t its defenders sacred too? …

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First anniversary of breaking the Siege of Gaza, 13th August, Washington DC
Free Gaza Movement
On August 23 2008, 44 ordinary people from 17 different countries sailed to Gaza on two small wooden boats, the FREE GAZA and the LIBERTY. We did what our governments would not do – we broke the Siege of Gaza. For the first time in over 40 years, international ships docked at Gaza Port. For the first time in over 60 years, Palestinians freely entered and exited their own country…

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Livni: Israelis desperate to leave country
Attila Somfalvi, YNet News
The Israeli public has lost all hope in light of the political situation in the country, opposition leader Tzipi Livni said Wednesday evening. “I see the despair of many Israelis. Hundreds of thousands see what is happening and arrange for a foreign passport, send their children to study abroad and even buy a house overseas,” Livni told hundreds of Kadima MKs and activists at a gathering in Tirat Hacarmel…

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Obama on Drugs: 98% Cheney?
By Greg Palast
I searched all over the newspapers and TV transcripts and no one asked the President what is probably the most important question of what passes for debate on the issue of health care reform: $80 billion of WHAT? On June 22, President Obama said he’d reached agreement with big drug companies to cut the price of medicine by $80 billion. He extended his gratitude to Big Pharma for the deal that would, “reduce the punishing inflation in health care costs.” Hey, in my neighborhood, people think $80 billion is a lot of money. But is it? I checked out the government’s health stats (at HHS.gov), put fresh batteries in my calculator and totted up US spending on prescription drugs projected by the government for the next ten years. It added up to $3.6 trillion…

In other words, Obama’s big deal with Big Pharma saves $80 billion out of a total $3.6 trillion. That’s 2%.

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21 Die in Bombing in Northern Iraq
By MARC SANTORA
Two bombers wearing suicide vests blew themselves up in a popular cafe crowded with young people in northwestern Iraq on Thursday evening, killing 21 and wounding 30 others, according to local hospital officials. It is the third major bombing in a stretch of Iraq in and around the violent city of Mosul, where ethnic tensions, insurgent activity and political disputes have created a volatile mix that threatens the security gains made elsewhere in the country…

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Afghan Resistance Statement
Who Controls the 13 Districts now?
Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan
At least one or two weeks before the launching of operations in Helmand, the invaders had started on a propaganda, repeating their lies to media that only 13 district were under the control of the opposition (the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan); the remaining Afghanistan was under their control. Therefore, to re-capture the 13 districts from the hands of the opposition, they had to launch the military operations under the name of Khanjar Sword in Helmand province. Then the world was witness to this hard fact that the military operations failed to achieve the target announced by the invaders; news of their failure is ringing all over the world. They not only could not re-capture the 13 districts but lost 3 more districts during the operations. Even more areas went out of their control…

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Pentagon to Obama: Send more troops or lose war in Afghanistan
By James Cogan
The stage has been set for the Obama administration to announce another major escalation of the war in Afghanistan, amid warnings that the Taliban insurgency has to be stemmed over the next 12 to 18 months to avoid the risk of a humiliating US defeat. General Stanley McChrystal, the commander of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan, is continuing to use the American media to condition public opinion to accept the dispatch of more troops and the allocation of more money to bolster the occupation. The commander was due to present a review of the war to the White House this week but it has been delayed until after the August 20 Afghan presidential election…

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Ramadan Joy Denied Gaza Entry
By Shaimaa Mustafa
Ihab Al-Ashqar, a 14-year-old Gazan, smiles bitterly while explaining why he does not feel the joy that always accompanies the arrival of the holy fasting month of Ramadan. “All the crosses are sealed. They [Israel] are killing us very slowly,” he told IslamOnline.net. Like most of the 1.6 million people of Gaza, Ashqar is missing the joy that Ramadan brings to Muslims every year. This year, the dawn-to-dusk fasting month comes to a Gaza battered by a barbaric Israeli war and reeling under a stifling Israeli siege. “Our hearts and our homes are full of grief and sorrow,” says Huda Al–Astal dolefully…

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Guantánamo And The Courts (Part Two): Obama’s Shame
Andy Worthington
In the first part of this three-part series examining the Guantánamo prisoners’ attempts to secure their release via the US courts, Andy Worthington, author of The Guantánamo Files, examined the Bush administration’s record in the seven months after the Supreme Court’s ruling, in June 2008, that the prisoners had constitutionally guaranteed habeas corpus rights, and explained how, despite obstruction by the Justice Department, District Court judges reviewed 26 cases, and in all but three found that the government had failed to establish, “by a preponderance of the evidence,” that it was justified in holding the men. This second article (and the final part next week) examine the Obama administration’s record, in its first seven months in office, presenting an under-reported story of ongoing obstruction by the Justice Department, apoplectic judges, and, in the majority of the cases in which a judge has been able to make a ruling, more humiliation for the government…

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Fatah’s Convention; Rejuvenation or Division
By Dr. Elias Akleh
Finally, after 20 years since its last meeting in 1989 in Tunis, the Fatah congress convened last week, Tuesday August 4th, in the city of Bethlehem to, ostensibly, rejuvenate itself with younger blood. At the end of the convention, which was extended from three days to a week, it appeared clearly that the whole convention, from beginning to end, was tailored for the sole benefit of Mahmoud Abbas, whose presidency was expired since January 2009, and for his hired gang. Most of the alleged new rejuvenating blood seems to be as tainted and as corrupt as the old one. Since Oslo Agreement and their return to the West Bank some of the Fatah top leaders had, gradually, turned into docile and corrupt leaders…

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Another Soldier Refuses Afghanistan Deployment
Dahr Jamail
Sgt. Travis Bishop, who served 14 months in Baghdad with the 3rd Signal Brigade, faces a court-martial this Friday for refusing to deploy to Afghanistan. Bishop is the second soldier from Fort Hood in as may weeks to be tried by the military for his stand against an occupation he believes is “illegal.” He insists that it would be unethical for him to deploy to support an occupation he opposes on both moral and legal grounds and he has filed for conscientious objector (CO) status…

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A look at the war-dead in Afghanistan. Occupation Soldiers, the Resistance, the Civilians and the Future.
By Les Blough. Axis of Logic.
…The corporate media always downplays the wounded, dead and misery of Afghans under the brutal U.S.-led war in both countries; instead, they tap the emotions for the “heroic”, dead U.S. soldiers with headlines and photos. The lives of their foreign victims count for little to nothing. Moreover, when Afghan and Iraqi civilian casualties are reported, the western media typically blames it on “sectarian violence”, “roadside bombs” and “suicide bombers” – pointing to the Resistance as the cause, but rarely caused directly by the U.S. military except when it’s impossible to ignore. There is no realistic count for the numbers of Afghans or Iraqis wounded and killed over the 9 year period because, as Gen. Tommy Franks, who led the invasion of Iraq once said, “We don’t do body counts.”..

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An Account of Life on the West Bank
by Lamya Khatib
Lamia Khatib is a 27 year old Palestinian mother of of four. Lamia’s husband Mohammad is secretary of the village council and a member of the Popular Committee Against the Wall and Settlements. They live in the West Bank village of Bil’in, which has been under Israeli military occupation for the last 42 years. On August 3, my husband Mohammed Khatib, and my little brother Abdullah, were taken from their beds in our West Bank village of Bil’in at 3 AM by the Israeli military. My husband is a member of the Bil’in Popular Committee, which has been leading our village’s nonviolent campaign against Israel’s construction of a Wall and a settlement on our land. For nearly five years, every Friday we have been joined by supporters from Israel and around the world as we attempt to march to our land on the other side of the Wall. According to the terms of the Fourth Geneva Convention, the settlement amounts to a war crime, and in 2004 the International Court of Justice ruled the Wall illegal…

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The recovery is here! (for Wall Street, that is)
Adam Turl and Alan Maass
…Zakaria is right about one thing. Capitalism will find a way out of its current crisis. But it will do so on the backs of workers, who will pay for restored profitability with reduced wages, worse jobs, fewer government services, higher tuition, a lower standard of living, and higher health care costs. It doesn’t have to be this way. Workers can organize for an alternative social and economic system where the wealth of society is democratically controlled by those who produce it. That system is called socialism…

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Video: Gaza’s dangerous underground lifelines
AlJazeeraEnglish
While the Gaza Strip remains under Israel’s blockade, underground passageways are seen as a lifeline to the people. But digging the tunnels under the border to Egypt is a dangerous activity. At least 14 people have died in the past month after their tunnels collapsed. Al Jazeera’s Ayman Mohyeldin followed the desperate efforts to rescue three trapped men…

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August 14, demonstration against the ongoing Israeli arrest and intimidation campaign
by Bil’in Popular Committee
Bil’in village will hold a mass demonstration against the ongoing Israeli arrest and intimidation campaign on Friday, 14 August 2009 at one PM. Bil’in residents along with Israeli and international supporters will attempt to march to the village land beyond the Apartheid barrier. At 2 AM on the 10 August 2009, Israeli forces raided the home of jailed member of the Bil’in popular committee, Mohammad Khatib. The heavily armed solders, their faces daubed with black paint, entered and “searched” the home now occupied by Mohammad’s wife, Lamya, and their small children…

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SA Government Complicit in Israeli Apartheid
By Sayed Dhansay
A few weeks ago I departed from South Africa for the Gaza Strip in order to take up a short-term voluntary post with a humanitarian organization there. As the Rafah border crossing with Egypt is effectively the only passage in and out of the besieged territory, flying to Cairo was my only option in gaining access to Gaza. The Egyptian border authorities controlling the Rafah crossing have varying and often arbitrary requirements that must be fulfilled by anyone wishing to gain access to Gaza, which change regularly and without notice. The latest requirement is that any non-Palestinian wishing to visit Gaza needs to obtain prior written permission from their embassy in Cairo. This is ostensibly to ensure that foreigners have received the relevant travel warnings from their respective embassies and to absolve the Egyptian government of any responsibility for their health or safety once in Gaza…

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Blackwater should be blacklisted
By Linda S. Heard
The notorious private security company Blackwater, which now calls itself Xe Services, has become the center of a growing storm. In sworn statements filed in a US federal court on Aug. 3, two former employees allege that the company’s founder and owner Erik Prince either murdered or arranged the murder of witnesses who were cooperating with federal investigators… Yet despite its murky reputation, the Obama administration has signed contracts with Blackwater for security services in Iraq and Afghanistan to the tune of $174 million plus untold millions more for aviation services. Just last month, Blackwater’s Presidential Airways received a US Army contract for aviation services in Afghanistan worth $ 8.9 million…

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Iran: Oil Exploration Going Private
Zawya
Iran’s Privatization Organization has been given the go-ahead to privatize 80 percent of the rights to explore oil in the north and the Caspian Sea region. “Prior to the flotation of the exploration shares on the Tehran Stock Exchange, the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC ) delegated the rights to sell 80 percent of this company (Northern Exploration Company) to the Privatization Organization. The transfer committee can decide whether to offer the shares in one block or piecemeal,” Shana.ir quoted Ali Kardar, the head of Article 44 of NIOC…

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Hamas ready to deal with U.S. peace plan
Hamas is ready to deal “positively” with a new U.S. peace plan that President Barack Obama is reportedly drafting, an aide to Hamas Premier Ismail Haneya said Thursday. “We have an initial readiness to accept it and deal with it positively but we will also reject it if it doesn’t include an American recognition of the Palestinian rights,” said Yousef Rizka,Haneya’s political advisor. “The plan should endorse a Palestinian statehood with Jerusalemas its capital,” Rizka told Xinhua. “Hamas will take an in-depth study of the plan when it is made public.”..

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Iran cleric says obeying Ahmadinejad like obeying God
By Parisa Hafezi
A senior Iranian cleric seen as President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s spiritual mentor said obeying the head of government was like obeying God, the moderate Etemad-e Melli newspaper said on Thursday. Firebrand cleric Ayatollah Mohammad Taqi Mesbah-Yazdi believes the authority of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei comes from God, not from the people. Khamenei presides over a complex political and clerical system as vali-ye faqih, or religious jurisprudent, with the president running the day-today governing of the country. “When a president is endorsed by the vali-ye faqih, obeying the president is like obeying God,” the daily quoted Mesbah-Yazdi as saying…

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HRW: “Israeli army killed 11 civilians carrying white flags”
Saed Bannoura
Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported Thursday that Israeli soldiers shot and killed during the war against the Gaza Strip eleven Palestinian civilians, including five women and four children, and wounded eight others in seven separate attacks, although they were carrying white flags. HRW added that the Palestinians were in groups and that they waved white shirts and white flags while no Palestinian fighters were present, but the army opened fire at them…

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Much more than graves in the Gaza war cemetary
Eva Bartlett, In Gaza

What struck me about the Gaza War cemetary was not the ‘unlikeliness’ of its tranquility, nor the variety of nationalities and faiths buried there (over 3,600 soldiers of different countries, including India, Egypt, Canada, France, Belgium, Russia, Scotland, England, Greece…), but the craftsmanship of Ibrahim Jeradeh, the 72 year old retired gardener and caretaker who tended and nurtured the cemetary for over 50 years before passing the task on to his sons. The cemetary lies just hundreds of metres from the Dawwar Zimmo Red Crescent centre that I and other international activist volunteers came to know so intimately during Israel’s 3 week massacre of Gaza. And like the Red Crescent centre, and so many other hospitals, medical buildings, schools, UN centres and places ostensibly off-limits to the Israeli assault, the cemetary was also wounded by Israeli shelling during the attacks…

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President Karzai’s supporters ‘buy’ votes for Afghanistan election
Tom Coghlan, Times
Supporters of President Karzai are preparing to rig voting in next week’s presidential elections in unstable parts of Afghanistan’s south as Taleban violence threatens to intimidate voters and hit turnout in his traditional support base. The Times has talked to several witnesses whose reports will bolster suspicions within the international community that there will be electoral fraud across the south, some of it allegedly orchestrated by Mr Karzai’s half-brother, Ahmed Wali Karzai…

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He Speaks Again
Pedestrian
Following the letter written by Karoubi which was written ten days before its release on Monday, Larijani, parliament speaker, ordered an investigative panel to look into the claims Karoubi puts forth in his statement. Now, after only two days, Larijani has announced the results of this panel. He said: “After thorough investigation and interviews with Kahrizak detainees, the panel has not encountered a single case of rape or molestation.” (…) I would be happy to know this case has been cleared IF ONLY: How could the panel “thoroughly investigate” anything in two days?…

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YEMEN: Government troops battle Shiite rebels
Jeffrey Fleishman, LATimes
Yemen troops Yemen kept up its military offensive today against Shiite rebels in the northwest as troops, artillery and aircraft attacked a militant stronghold near the border with Saudi Arabia. The mountainous Saada province shook with gunfire and explosions for a second day. The Sunni-led government, which claims the rebels have killed more than 330 people over the last year, said that militants had taken over schools and seized teachers. The Associated Press quoted a health official as saying that 12 people had been killed in the fighting…

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