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URUK Net 11 October, 2009

Last updated: Monday, October 12, 2009 8:20

A Voice Besieged in Al-Aqsa Mosque (Exclusive) Al-Aqsa Defenders Defy Israel By Amr Taha October 10, 2009 – Besieged between the hammer of the Israeli blockade, and the anvil of official Muslim silence, Al-Aqsa mosque is under an imminent threat of being stormed by extremist Jewish settlers. Since the very time extremist Jewish settlers have announced their intentions to storm Al-Aqsa during Sukkot, a seven-day Jewish festival that has started since October 4, Palestinians rushed to defend Al-Aqsa. IslamOnline.net has exclusively interviewed Sheikh Ali Abu-Sheikha, one of the 200 Palestinians besieged inside Al-Aqsa Mosque and threatened to be detained at any time by the Israeli troops surrounding the Mosque…

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Obama’s Nobel Prize Stuns War Victims IslamOnline.net October 10, 2009 — Ajmal Khan, 55, could not believe his ears when he heard about US President Barack Obama’s surprise win of the Nobel Peace Prize… Many Pakistanis say that Obama deserves court trial, not Nobel Prize, for the destruction in Pakistan and Afghanistan. “Everyone I know curses Obama,” Nasir Ali, a taxi driver, said. “And if he was here in front of me, I would curse him, too.” The same sentiments are echoing among war-ravaged Afghans. “Things are just the same as the way they were by the administration of [George W.] Bush,” Kabul restaurant worker Obaid Alam told the US news network NBC. “Things are not better, things are worse and worse.”…

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More disfigured newborn babies in Gaza: official Xinhua October 10, 2009 – More disfigured babies were born in Gaza since the end of Israel's war in the coastal Strip last winter, said the health ministry of deposed Hamas government Saturday. A research in al-Shifa hospital in Gaza city showed “in July, August and September, the number of infants born deformed or without limbs climbed by 50 percent compared with the same period last year,” said deputy Health Minister Hassan Khalaf. He said his ministry does not rule out a connection between Israel's use of white phosphorus during the January-December war and the increase of disfigured newborns…

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Gaza: kitten tales Eva Bartlett, In Gaza October 10, 2009 – At the Ezbet Abed Rabbo Red Crescent office the other day [shelled during the 23 day Israeli massacre of Gaza, including with what is believed to have been white phosphorous], Abu Basel pulled me into one of the more destroyed rooms to see what he says are the newest victims: he believes 2 of a 4 kitty litter have been born disfigured as a result of the chemicals. Hard to say, but they are unable to walk and were born in that bombed area. And that’s the thing, no one will know for a while just what the affects of the bombings and residual poisons will be, but farmers I’ve met cite poor palm tree production, poor olive harvests, stunted crop growth and predict future crops will not do well…

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Osama Bin Laden: Dead or Alive? by David Ray Griffin October 10, 2009 – Is Osama bin Laden still alive? I have dealt with this question in a recent little book entitled Osama bin Laden: Dead or Alive? The present essay summarizes the main points of this book. Since the transference of power from the Bush administration to that of Barack Obama administration, the question of whether bin Laden is dead or alive has become more important. Although George W. Bush famously said that he wanted Osama bin Laden “dead or alive,” he made clear that he was not serious about this…

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Free Gaza Ireland to send “Irish boat” to Gaza Free Gaza Movement October 10, 2009 – The crisis in Gaza is unacceptable. For nearly four years, Israel has subjected the Gaza Strip to an increasingly cruel blockade, leading to severe increases in unemployment, poverty, and childhood malnutrition. Israel's 22-day assault on Gaza last December & January killed over 1400 civilians and destroyed thousands of homes, schools, mosques and hospitals. It’s been almost a year since these attacks and thousands of Gaza’s Palestinians are still living in rubble. Maintaining the Gaza siege and denying Palestinians the right to rebuild their lives is unconscionable…

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Iraqi teenager 'forced to sleep with 300 men' By Bassam Za'za' October 10, 2009 – Dubai: A suspected human-trafficking victim has accused an Iraqi couple of forcing her to have sex with 300 men across the UAE during a five-month period. Prosecutors charged the couple, a 29-year-old man, M.A., and a 36-year-old woman, S.Z., of sexually exploiting the neediness and adolescence of the Iraqi teenager – then aged 13 – and forcing her into the sex trade after they reportedly bought her from her parents…

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Obama, Congress prepare to thwart ACLU suit over abuse photos Stephen C. Webster October 10, 2009 – In the continuing legal battle over 21 photographs showing terror war prisoner abuse, the U.S. government has not seen much success arguing for nondisclosure in federal court. So, the Obama administration — which once promised to make public this shameful chapter of the Bush administration — has hatched a new strategy to keep the scenes of torture from being released. “The Obama administration believes giving the imminent grant of authority over the release of such pictures to the defense secretary would short-circuit a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union under the Freedom of Information Act,” reported the Associated Press on Saturday…

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PFLP: Obama's Nobel Peace Prize 'an absurdity' Ma'an News October 10, 2009 – Awarding US President Barack Obama the Nobel Peace Prize is “an absurdity that undermines any meaning or legitimacy of the prize,” according to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. Awarding the prize to Obama, while he “continues to unreservedly support the occupation, subjugation and aggression against the Palestinian people, is a slap in the face to the people of the world struggling to throw off the chains of US imperialism.” In a statement on Friday, the PFLP played down the award, itself, noting that there were numerous notorious recipients of the Nobel, including Henry Kissinger and Shimon Peres, “both proud war criminals.”…

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Bizarro Peace Prize Awarded to Obama By Justin Raimondo October 10, 2009 – Let’s say you’re the President of the United States — okay? And you’re on the brink of escalating what promises to be a wider, more intense war than that which George W. Bush launched in Iraq. You’ve already sent in reinforcements, but you’re undecided about just how many more troops you’re going to send to Afghanistan – could be 20,000, could be 40,000, or even 60,000. But, in any case, you’ve ruled out withdrawal and diplomacy: the only option you have left is more war. In addition, you’re moving – slowly but surely – toward full-scale involvement in Pakistan, where your drones are daily wreaking death and destruction on innocent civilians, and destabilizing a government that is increasingly hostile to your machinations – even though you’re bribing them with billions that never reach their ostensible beneficiaries and only serve to fatten the purses of your Pakistani sock-puppets…

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Video: UN Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict Goldstone tigerstailfilm October 10, 2009 – UN Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict Goldstone Commission. Israeli war crimes desribed in detail.

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U.S. Strategy in Doubt as Abbas Loses Popular Support Analysis by Helena Cobban* October 10, 2009 – Just two months ago, many western commentators were jubilant that Mahmoud Abbas, the U.S.-supported head of both the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) and the interim Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority (PA), was making a comeback and reducing the influence in Palestinian society of the Islamist movement Hamas. But a series of events in recent weeks has sent Abbas's level of support from his people into a nosedive. The most serious has been the reaction among Palestinians to a decision Abbas or someone close to him made to postpone any further U.N. action on the recommendations of the Goldstone Report into the atrocities committed during last winter's Israel-Gaza war…

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Iraqis take to streets to protest government By SAMEER N. YACOUB (AP) October 10, 2009 — Hundreds took to the streets Saturday throughout Iraq to demand open elections and improved public services, revealing a growing discontent among Iraqis that is overshadowing concerns about the ability of Iraqi forces to take over from withdrawing American troops. Low oil prices have left the Iraqi government struggling to restore infrastructure after years of neglect, corruption and insurgent attacks, as well as to rebuild their security forces before a planned American withdrawal in 2011…

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Agricultural Work Committees confront occupation attacks on Gaza farmers Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine -PFLP October 10, 2009 – The Union of Agricultural Work Committees launched a popular campaign of support and solidarity with farmers on the Gaza borders on Thursday, October 8, 2009, with a march and sit-in in Beit Hanoun and on the lands of farmers whose lands have been classified as “buffer zones” by the occupier. Hundreds of farmers gathered at 10:00 AM at the UAWC office in Beit Hanoun, condemning the occupation for the so-called “buffer zone” and demanding international action to pressure the occupation to abolish this so-called “buffer zone,” threatening farmers' much-needed and vital access to their lands…

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3 NATO soldiers killed in Afghanistan Xinhua October 10, 2009 – Militancy and hostile fire have left three soldiers of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) dead in Afghanistan, a press release of the alliance said Saturday. “Two International Security Assistance Force service members were killed in an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) strike on Oct.9, in eastern Afghanistan,” the press release added. Nevertheless, it did not identify the nationality of the two dead soldiers, adding the third soldier died on the same day on Friday is an American national…

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J'lem: Right-wing Jews antagonize locals under prayer pretext Ma'an News October 10, 2009 – Hundreds of religious Jews marched toward the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, taking over the streets in the Old City in what was described as an in-your-face celebration of Shmini Atzeret, which falls a day after the Jewish holiday of Sukkot. The celebration was viewed by Palestinians in the area as a provocative act. While many observant Jews in the holy city walk to the Western Wall complex at the bottom of the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound for part of the Shmini Atzeret celebration, hundreds of agitators made their way to the Palestinian neighborhood on Al-Wad Street near the entrance of the Al-Qatanin Market. Palestinians observing the group believed they were attempting to break into the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

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Pakistan attackers 'take hostages' Aljazeera.net October 10, 2009 – Up to 15 people have been taken hostage by several gunmen after the Pakistani army headquarters in the garrison city of Rawalpindi came under attack, officials have said. “There is a hostage situation unfolding,” Al Jazeera's Kamal Hyder, reporting from the Pakistani capital, Islamabad, said. The hostage-takers have reportedly demanded money and the release of several Taliban leaders in exchange for the people being held…

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Osama Bin Laden: Dead or Alive? by David Ray Griffin October 10, 2009 – Is Osama bin Laden still alive? I have dealt with this question in a recent little book entitled Osama bin Laden: Dead or Alive? The present essay summarizes the main points of this book. Since the transference of power from the Bush administration to that of Barack Obama administration, the question of whether bin Laden is dead or alive has become more important. Although George W. Bush famously said that he wanted Osama bin Laden “dead or alive,” he made clear that he was not serious about this…

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US Afghanistan commander requested as many as 60,000 more soldiers By Tom Eley October 10, 2009 – The top-end request for an increase in US troop levels presented to President Barack Obama by Gen. Stanley McChrystal, US and NATO commander in Afghanistan, is substantially larger than the 40,000 previously reported, according to anonymous government sources. McChrystal has presented Obama with three scenarios for troop deployments in Afghanistan. In one, the US would commit 60,000 more soldiers. In the second—that for which McChrystal has publicly campaigned—the US would deploy 40,000 additional troops. In the third scenario, Obama would send only marginally more soldiers than the 68,000 who will occupy Afghanistan by January 1. McChrystal says that this choice would lead to “mission failure”—i.e., defeat…

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Tensions Intensified by Obama Administration's Lack of Decisiveness New Crisis Developing in Palestine By KATHLEEN and BILL CHRISTISON October 10, 2009 – We have visited Palestine multiple times, most particularly eight times since 2003, and have been able to witness close up the vast changes that Zionism is constantly bringing to the land and to the people, none for the better. Palestinians are undergoing ever increasing levels of persecution and mistreatment from a rightwing Israeli regime that is being enabled and emboldened by the Obama administration’s abject failure to exert any real pressure. You cannot possibly come away from even a single trip around the West Bank without realizing that Zionism is no mere abstract political philosophy but is an aggressive, exclusivist movement of Jewish redemption intended from the beginning to sweep everything non-Jewish from its path. On each trip we have made since 2003, things have grown worse for Palestinians. You can actually see this Jewish implantation across the land — the whole land of Palestine — in concrete form, actually see that Zionism has no room in its thinking, and Israeli leaders have no room in their policies, to accommodate any non-Jews at all, any Palestinians, living in Palestine in freedom and equality…

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Christians gather in support of Muslims trapped in Al-Aqsa Ma'an News October 10, 2009 – Christians of several denominations gathered in Jerusalem Friday for a silent vigil in solidarity with besieged Islamic holy sites at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in the Old City. “We are here to support Al-Aqsa and those who are confined inside it, we are here in support of Muslims whose dignity is humiliated and religious feelings are harmed by attacks on their holiest sites,” Archbishop Atallah Hana told those gathered. This sit-in was a response to the call of Muslim scholars and clergymen to consider Friday a day of solidarity with Jerusalemites, and Muslim holy sites under attack by Israeli forces…

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