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URUK Net 7 November, 2009

Last updated: Monday, November 9, 2009 8:47

Incensed…
Layla Anwar, An Arab Woman Blues
November 7, 2009 – …I was hoping for a lull…a temporary respite in between the lines, a full stop in a paragraph. Knowing fully well that other paragraphs will write themselves in this never ending chapter of our lives, writing themselves on the body of my Beloved…raping her again and again. A gang rape of nations, a gang rape of different races, nationalities, religions and sects…a collective incensed, demoniacal grip on my Beloved…a vampire sucking her blood, tearing her limbs, chewing on her skin, munching her flesh, sucking on her bones…the Cannibalism of nations and races… Green neon lights, dollar bills, shine in the obscurity surrounding her, in the silence gagging her…neon lights, a phosphorescent phosphorus, dance like laser beams, like the ones emitted from the top of underground discotheques, to the sound of techno and heavy metal, lead and mercury, crack and cocaine, with fake make believe smoke, rising from the dance floor, shrouding the flesh eaters in a demoniacal ecstasy — a trance of red and black…pissing Black Water and vomiting Eagle’s feathers in alcohol stained urinals… Rapacious clawed fangs, digging into the flesh…her flesh, his flesh…Iraq’s flesh…

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Obama Regime: Toss NSA Warrantless Wiretapping Lawsuit
Tom Burghardt
November 7, 2009 – President Barack Obama instructed Justice Department attorneys to argue last week in San Francisco before Federal District Judge Vaughn Walker, that he must toss out the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Shubert v. Bush lawsuit challenging the secret state’s driftnet surveillance of Americans’ electronic communications. This latest move by the administration follows a pattern replicated countless times by Obama since assuming the presidency in January: denounce the lawless behavior of his Oval Office predecessor while continuing, even expanding, the reach of unaccountable security agencies that subvert constitutional guarantees barring “unreasonable searches and seizures…

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Good Riddance, Abbas
SAREE MAKDISI
November 7, 2009 – … We are left with no other conclusion than this: that the so-called peace process with which Abbas has been indelibly associated, albeit as the Israelis’ junior assistant, was calculated to produce exactly these results. The very first step of the Oslo process, undertaken with Abbas’s assent in 1993, was to fragment and separate the occupied territories into shards of land, disconnected from each other and from the outside world, under total, institutionalized Israeli domination. Take one look at a map and you can’t miss the separation of Gaza from the West Bank and East Jerusalem, and the further internal splintering of the West Bank, all of which is the direct result of Oslo.

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Obama leaning toward 34,000 more troops for Afghanistan
By Jonathan S. Landay, John Walcott and Nancy A. Youssef
November 7, 2009 — President Barack Obama is nearing a decision to send more than 30,000 additional U.S. troops to Afghanistan next year, but he may not announce it until after he consults with key allies and completes a trip to Asia later this month, administration and military officials have told McClatchy. As it now stands, the administration’s plan calls for sending three Army brigades from the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Ky. and the 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum, N.Y. and a Marine brigade, for a total of as many as 23,000 additional combat and support troops…

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Israeli Closures on Jerusalem Old City
Palestine Monitor
November 7, 2009 – After Israeli provocation in Al-Aqsa Mosque late September, trepidation of religious Jews trying to intrude and take over the Islamic holy site had been brought out. October was a time of raised tension in Jerusalem and its neighbourhoods. During the last month sporadic skirmishes between Israeli soldiers and Palestinians took place due to intensified presence of Israeli troops in the city and restrictions imposed on Palestinians. Access to the al-Haram al-Sharif (Noble Sanctuary) was forbidden to all Palestinian man under the age of 50…

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Afghan officials say NATO airstrike killed soldiers, civilians
By Joshua Partlow and Javed Hamdard
November 7, 2009 — Afghan officials said Saturday that a NATO airstrike inadvertently killed several Afghan soldiers and policemen a day earlier in northwestern Afghanistan. The strike took place amid fighting in Badghis province as Afghan and U.S. troops were searching for two American paratroopers who disappeared in the area Wednesday. According to the U.S. military, soldiers on the search operation came under an attack that killed four Afghan soldiers and two policemen, and wounded five American soldiers and 17 Afghan security forces. But Afghan officials attributed the casualties to a NATO airstrike that hit in or around a coalition base in the area. The district’s mayor, Abdul Shukor, put the death toll of the airstrike at 20 — six Afghan soldiers, two policemen, and 12 civilians…

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Israel’s New Generation Of Conscientious Objectors
Palestine Monitor
November 7, 2009 – “We cannot ignore the truth – the occupation is a violent, racist, inhumane, illegal, undemocratic, immoral and an extreme condition that presents a mortal danger to both peoples… We, who were educated on the values of liberty, justice, honesty and peace, cannot accept it.” So reads the letter declaring the refusal of 150 students to join the Israeli army this year. Amongst that number is Efi Brenner, 18 years old and an active animal and human rights campaigner. His decision has resulted in ten days imprisonment, with further terms likely, and for his family to throw him out of home. Despite the fallout Efi’s commitment to his decision and the reasons underlying it remain resolute…

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Real Unemployment Rate : Closing in on the Great Depression
By Ted McLaughlin / The Rag Blog
November 7, 2009 – Yes, I know the federal government says the unemployment rate is now 10.2% — up from 9.8% after the country suffered a net loss of another 190,000 jobs in October. And that is a very scary figure in itself. After all, it shows nearly 16 million Americans are out of work. But those are the “adjusted” figures the federal government uses to keep the American people from knowing just how bad unemployment really is in this country. When you add in the number of people who have given up trying to find a job and the people who have accepted part-time work because they can’t find a full-time job, you get much closer to the REAL unemployment rate. The sad fact is that the real unemployment rate is now at least 17.5%. That means more than one out of every six workers in this country cannot find a full-time job…

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Rabab’ah: Israel’s future wars will be over water resources
Palestinian Information Center
November 7, 2009 — Dr. Ghazi Al-Rabab’ah, a professor of political science at the university of Jordan, stated Saturday that Israel’s future wars against Arab countries would be over water resources. In a press statement to the Jordanian Al-Arab Alyawm newspaper, Rabab’ah said that the first war would be in the Jordan basin area in the Lebanese Shebaa farms. He added that Israel also steals Gaza water resources and sends salt contaminated water from Tiberias lake to Gaza…

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Video: Palestine Pre-1947
calista48
November 7, 2009 – The old lie that palestine was dry desert waiting for a people is just that—a lie. This clip for all people to see the Beauty of the Palestinian People before they were ethnically cleansed and murdered and made into refugees by the State of Israel…

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IOF troops open fire at farmers in northern Gaza
Palestinian Information Center
November 7, 2009 – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) opened heavy machine gun fire at Palestinian farmers while tending to their lands north of the Gaza Strip on Saturday, local sources reported. A source in the area told Quds Press that the IOF soldiers fired an artillery shell then opened machineguns at the farmers east of Jabaliya in northern Gaza Strip…

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UN chief to refer Goldstone report to Security Council
Ma’an News
November 7, 2009 – The UN Security Council will begin discussions of the Goldstone report “as soon as possible,” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Friday. “As requested by the General Assembly, I will transmit the report of the Fact Finding Mission to the Security Council,” he told reporters in Kabul. “I would strongly urge the parties concerned to engage, without preconditions, to discuss this matter.”…

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Obama Fails in Middle East
Robert Dreyfuss
November 7, 2009 – The announcement by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas that he will not run for reelection is the exclamation point on the utter collapse of the Obama adminstration’s Middle East policy. Launched to great expectations — the appointment of George Mitchell, Obama’s Cairo declaration that the plight of the Palestinians is intolerable — it is now in complete disarray. It is, without doubt, the first major defeat for Obama’s hope-and-change foreign policy. Here’s how it unraveled. First, Obama began a test of strength with Israel over that country’s policy of illegal settlements, an expansion of its occupation of the West Bank driven by extremist, right-wing settlers who are fanatical, Bible-believing cultists who think that Israel has some God-given right to that territory. The settler-kooks — indeed, one of their past leaders was named Rabbi Kook — are supported by ultra-hardliners in Israel’s security establishment, who see the West Bank as strategic depth in Israel’s defense posture. What happened after Obama told Israel it had to stop settlements? Nothing. Score: Netanyahu 1, Obama 0…

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US unemployment rate surges to highest level in 26 years
By Andre Damon
November 7, 2009 – The US unemployment rate rose to 10.2 percent in October, according to data released Friday by the Labor Department. This is only the second time official unemployment has reached double digits since the end of World War II. It is the highest level since early 1983. The latest figures show the real basis for the “recovery” proclaimed by the Obama administration, which is accompanied by soaring unemployment, together with speedups and wage cuts. The unemployment figures come only one day after the release of figures showing that those who still have a job are doing more work for less money. The unemployment rate, which is measured by a survey of households, shot up by 0.4 percentage points in October, far more than economists expected…

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Mass shooting at Fort Hood: collateral damage from Iraq and Afghanistan wars
David Walsh
November 7, 2009 – The mayhem at Fort Hood in Texas, which has left 13 men and women dead and 30 injured, is a byproduct of the brutal wars in the Middle East and Central Asia. It is a form of “collateral damage” for which the American political and military establishment is ultimately responsible. The US interventions in Iraq and Afghanistan have now lasted a combined 14 and a half years Not only is there no end in sight in either case, there is the prospect of the wars’ expansion into Pakistan, with bloodier and more disastrous consequences…

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Gaza’s ‘Open-air’ Winter
By Ola Attallah
November 7, 2009 – Nine-year-old Mohamed is trying hard to keep the tent door closed against the freezing winter winds. “A new winter has come,” Mohamed told IslamOnline.net in a desperate voice. “Again, we will live in dark and cold weather. We will be sinking in rainwater.” The Gazan boy is living with his family in a tent since their three-storey house was destroyed in a deadly Israeli offensive in Gaza earlier this year. “I can’t believe that we will see a new freezing winter while living in the open air,” his elder brother Khalil, 17, said…

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Iran: 109 detained at opposition rally
Associated Press
November 7, 2009 — Iranian police have detained 109 people for “disturbing public order” during an opposition rally this week, the official IRNA news agency reported Saturday. Azizollah Rajabzadeh, a security spokesman, said 62 of those detained have been handed over to judicial authorities for trial and the rest have been released after questioning. “Police detained 109 people who disturbed public order on the sidelines of the rally,” he said. “62 of those arrested were handed over to judicial authorities and the rest were set free. Of 62 detained, 43 are men and 19 women.”..

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Ni’lin demonstrators topple 8 meter tall concrete wall
International Solidarity Movement (ISM)
November 7, 2009 – 20 years to the fall of the Berlin wall: Demonstrators toppled 8 meters tall concrete wall in Ni’ilin. Three protest marches were held today in the West Bank to mark the 20th anniversary to the fall of the Berlin wall, which has been declared an international day of action against Israel’s barrier. In Ni’lin, the 300 demonstrators managed to topple a part of the eight meters tall concrete wall that cuts through the village’s land. Following the direct action, the army fired scores of live rounds at the demonstrators…

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Ministry: NATO airstrike kills Afghan soldiers
By ELENA BECATOROS (AP)
November 7, 2009 — Afghanistan’s Defense Ministry said Saturday that a NATO airstrike in the western province of Badghis mistakenly hit a joint base housing coalition troops and Afghan security forces, killing four Afghan soldiers and three policemen. NATO said it could not confirm whether an airstrike had hit the base. Defense Ministry spokesman Gen. Mohammad Zahir Azimi said an Afghan army commando unit, district police members and foreign forces were in the base in the Bala Marghab district at the time of the airstrike Friday afternoon. Roauf Ahmadi, a spokesman for the western regional police commander, said the airstrike also wounded 15 Afghan soldiers and one policeman…

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Heavy clashes at Saudi-Yemen border
Aljazeera.net
November 7, 2009 – Heavy clashes have been reported at the Saudi-Yemeni border as Saudi forces battle Yemeni rebels for the fifth straight day. Saudi commanders said troops were shelling suspected Houthi positions on Saturday and plumes of smoke could be seen rising above the Jebel al-Dukhan peak that marks the frontier near the border town of Al-Khubah. A medical official said seven Saudis, four of them women civilians, had been killed and 126 people wounded since the fighting erupted on Tuesday. The Houthis claimed that they captured a number of Saudi soldiers on Friday…

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Peace Movement Blues
by Jack A. Smith
November 7 , 2009 – Where is the U.S. peace movement when the White House is preparing to escalate the Afghanistan war for the second time since President Barack Obama took office over 10 months ago? The Bush era antiwar movement has ebbed and flowed a few times since it abruptly materialized just after 9/11 and then exploded into a massive force in the months leading up to President George W. Bush’s unjust and illegal invasion of Iraq in March 2003. This was actually the high point of mass activism. A decline began with the invasion and the bipartisan congressional declaration of support for the new war, but the movement remained huge and mounted many large national and local demonstrations for years…

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