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URUK Net 6 December, 2009

Last updated: Sunday, December 13, 2009 8:10

Obama’s War Whoop: “Let the bloodbath begin!”
by Mike Whitney
December 6, 2009 – …Obama’s speech was laced with Bushisms: America is the victim…America never asked for this war…America only invaded to spread democracy and liberate the tormented Afghan people… Anything America does can be justified by 9-11. “9-11, 9-11, 9-11.” Oh, and did I mention, “9-11.”So what exactly is the difference between George Bush and Barack Obama? 3 inches and maybe 20 lbs, beyond that, not a thing. They’re carbon copies. Obama will now deploy 30,000 troops to the Afghan hellhole while activating Gen Stanley “death squad” McChrystal’s savage counterinsurgency operation which will integrate psyops, special forces, NGOs, psychologists, media, anthropologists, humanitarian agencies, public relations, reconstruction, robotic drones, and conventional forces to assert control over the South and the tribal areas of Pakistan, to quash the indigenous resistance, and to pacify the restive and increasingly pessimistic population. Sounds great, eh? The Pentagon’s plan to overpower, occupy and subjugate Afghanistan while grinding its people beneath the iron-heel of Yankee militarism, will be dramatically intensified under the guidance of America’s charismatic and warmongering Commander-in-chief, Barack Obama. Let the bloodbath begin!..

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WE ACCOMPLISH MIRACLES
by Flora Nicoletta
December 6, 2009 – The Gaza Strip is a land of deep sadness, great sacrifices, ancient sufferings, big tragedies and many uprisings. When you walk in the night on the Gaza seashore, Emad Al-Ghoul or Mussa Salem would indicate a myriad of lights at a distance, towards the north, and would tell you: “This is Erbia… this is my village… now in Israel…” And from the roof of an almost completely destroyed building in Beit Lahia, Ahmad Al-Madhoun would tell you: “You see these lights… this is my hometown, Al-Majdal-Askalan. My ancestors used to live there and then, in 1948, my grand-parents were expelled and they became refugees in Gaza. We have still land and property there. Now it’s called Israel. All my relatives are scattered all over the globe. Moreover, at the beginning of this year, the Israeli army has destroyed my 5-storey building, as you can see…”

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How Bad Is The Fuck You Act?
Arthur Silber
December 6, 2009 – You may well conclude that by calling it The Fuck You Act, I’ve already indicated that the monstrosity that will finally emerge from Congress in the name of “health care reform” is very, very bad indeed. You’re correct! But it’s worth setting forth some further particulars concerning specifically how and why this legislation will be so incomprehensibly godawful. The exercise has value in itself, and I also do this as background to some upcoming articles…

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Cultural Cleansing in Iraq … “‰ ◊ÁÍ— “‰À‚”·Í ·Í “‰Ÿ—”‚
Imad Khadduri
December 6, 2009 – Why did the invasion of Iraq result in cultural destruction and killings of intellectuals? Convention sees accidents of war and poor planning in a campaign to liberate Iraqis. The authors argue instead that the invasion aimed to dismantle the Iraqi state to remake it as a client regime. Post-invasion chaos created conditions under which the cultural foundations of the state could be undermined. The authors painstakingly document the consequences of the occupiers’ willful inaction and worse, which led to the ravaging of one of the world’s oldest recorded cultures. Targeted assassination of over 400 academics, kidnapping and the forced flight of thousands of doctors, lawyers, artists and other intellectuals add up to cultural cleansing…

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Israel accused of interrogating medical patients from Gaza
Rory McCarthy in Jabaliya
December 6, 2009 – Israeli security agents held a Palestinian patient for three weeks without charge, interrogated him repeatedly and offered access to hospital care if he agreed to become an informant, the Guardian has learned. The treatment of Abd al-Karim al-Atal, 28, is the latest in a series of cases over the past two years in which patients from Gaza referred for hospital treatment in Israel have been held without charge and pressed to become Israeli collaborators, human rights groups say…

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The Interview Ha’aretz Doesn’t Want You To See
Rehaviya Berman
December 6, 2009 – Meet Ali Abunimah, the son of a Jordanian diplomat, a Palestinian activist, and the man who brings the hottest news of the struggle to thousands of people. His message: Forget two states, one will be tough enough to get it right. The Interview before you was commissioned by one of the the big newspapers [Haaretz]. For a reason that has yet to be clarified, this paper decided not to publish the interview. It’s published here, because it’s the opinion of the editor that it’s important that this be read by the Israeli public…

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Destroy Your Homes: Israel to Palestinians
Sulaiman Bashrat
December 6, 2009 – With a desperate look in his eyes, Ghazi Dodeen is gazing at his house in the West Bank village of Hijra. “I have always dreamed of building this house on this land,” Dodeen told IslamOnline.net Sunday, December 6. “Now, I’m asked to either demolish it by my own hands of let Israeli bulldozers do it.” The helpless Palestinian man received an order from occupation authorities to demolish the house by himself or get Israeli bulldozers bring it down…

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Iraq Christians Miss Christmas Joy
By Afif Sarhan, IOL Correspondent
December 6, 2009 – While Christians worldwide are preparing to celebrate Christmas, Iraqi Christians are too afraid to be in a festive mood. “I wish we were able to have Christmas and New Year under a safe environment and have the right to behave according to what our religion says,” Pablo Kammar Salid, 43, told IslamOnline.net. He is planning to celebrate Christmas indoors for fears of being targeted by militants… Christians have lived side-by-side with Muslims and other religious groups in Iraq for centuries, sometimes achieving high offices in government. But things changed after the invasion…

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Is Erik Prince ‘Graymailing’ the US Government?
By Jeremy Scahill
December 6, 2009 – The in-depth Vanity Fair profile of the infamous owner of Blackwater, Erik Prince, is remarkable on many levels—not least among them that Prince appeared to give the story’s author, former CIA lawyer Adam Ciralsky, unprecedented access to information about sensitive, classified and lethal operations not only of Prince’s forces, but Prince himself. In the article, Prince is revealed not just as owner of a company that covertly provided contractors to the CIA for drone bombings and targeted assassinations, but as an actual CIA asset himself. While the story appears to be simply a profile of Prince, it might actually be the world’s most famous mercenary’s insurance policy against future criminal prosecution…

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Jewish occupiers set fire to Palestinian property
Mohammed Mar’i
December 6, 2009 – Jewish occupiers on early Sunday set fire to a house and two vehicles in the West Bank village of Ain Abous, southwest of Nablus, in an apparent attempt to avenge a construction freeze in Jewish settlements. The Israeli Army Radio quoted security sources as saying that the act was carried out as part of the occupiers’ “price tag” policy following the Israeli government decision to freeze constriction in settlements for 10 months…

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A Day In Palestine
By Mazin Qumsiyeh, Rense.com
December 6, 2009 – December 3, 2009 passes, just another day among 365 days of the year. But no day here is boring. I videotape at length (mostly for another project) but put a tiny bit on youtube to give you a visual to accompany this description since I am still experimenting with video productions but hopefully will get better with time. Anyway, here are some of the events and interactions:
– I wake up t the news that 15 Palestinian youths were kidnapped overnight by the Israeli military. In the past few weeks Israel seems to be filling up its jails to replace those they will release as part of a prisoner exchange with Hamas (which is holding one Israeli occupation soldier). I drive my wife to her class at the University and go run some errands…

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A Palestinian Detainee Has No Clothes
By Noor El-Swairki
December 6, 2009 – A new fact about the Israeli torture in their prisons, the Prisoner’s Center for Studies urged the international society to help Somood Karaga, 21, and end her suffering which has been continuing since the last October. Her brother Hassan said: “she moved from many prisons. First, she was moved from Hasharoon prison to El Maskobia prison then she was transferred to Aover court” He added that she has been abused in the period of investigation and she felt depression when the Israeli investigators threatened her by detaining her family. She is detained in a bad prison cell with bug, wetness and in light clothes under rain and cold…

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Living With A Terror Suspect: Detainee U’s Landlord Tells His Story
Andy Worthington
December 6, 2009 – The man identified in legal proceedings in the UK as Detainee U is a 46-year old Algerian, who, as two High Court judges explained on December 1, “has been continuously in custody since March 2001,” held without charge or trial, on the basis of secret evidence, “save for a period from July 2008 until February 2009, when he was on bail.” The judges’ comments came as part of a ground-breaking ruling establishing that U and another man (XC, a Pakistani student), who are both held as “terror suspects” pending deportation, could not have their bail applications refused or revoked on the basis of secret evidence…

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US service member killed in eastern Afghanistan
By HEIDI VOGT (AP) –
December 6, 2009 — A U.S. service member was killed by a bomb planted in eastern Afghanistan, NATO said Sunday. The American died Saturday while on foot patrol, Sgt. Angela Eggman said. She did not provide further details. Meanwhile, a NATO airstrike early Sunday killed six militants who were planting bombs along a road in eastern Laghman province, U.S. military spokesman Col. Wayne Shanks said…

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Iran Student Day 2009
Bazr Student Periodical, via Revolutionary Flowerpot Society
December 6, 2009 – 16th of Azar is on the way once again. Any ceremonies planned for this year will be different from those of previous years. This school year started with a different beginning. 13th of Aban (Nov. 4th), which had always been a boring event, this time around was a starting point for this day. 16th of Azar, however, has always been a climax for all the events. From the people’s point of view, the university and university students have been symbols of consciousness, knowledge and struggle. After the recent surge forward [by the people], which saw astonishing days and moments, the Student Day can become a turning point. However, a review of this day in history shows us some important points. The starting point of 16th Azar was in the university student struggles in 1953, in opposition to the Shah’s policies and, specifically, to Nixon’s trip [as Eisenhower’s vice president] to Iran…

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In memory of the Ideological founder of the Baath Party: Our Leader Comrade Michel Aflaq
Hussein Anwar
December 6, 2009 – …The connection of Islam to Arabism is not, therefore, similar to that of any religion to any nationalism. The Arab Christians, when their nationalism is fully awakened and when they restore their genuine character, will recognize that Islam for them is nationalist education in which they have to be absorbed in order to understand and love it to the extent that they become concerned about Islam as about the most precious thing in their Arabism. If the actual reality is still far from this wish, the new generation of Arab Christians has a task which it should perform with daring and detachment, sacrificing for it their pride and benefits, for there is nothing that equals Arabism and the honor of belonging to it

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Will Harper criminalize criticism of Israel?
by Murray Dobbin
December 6, 2009 – Ever since the Israeli invasion of the Gaza strip last December the global debate surrounding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has intensified with both sides upping the ante, and the stakes of the framing battle increasing almost daily. One of the most recent — but almost totally unreported — developments in Canada is something called the Canadian Parliamentary Coalition to Combat Antisemitism (CPCCA). It is not an official parliamentary body but is a multi-party, voluntary association of 13 MPs. It is currently holding an inquiry into anti-semitism because, it says, “The extent and severity of anti-semitism is widely regarded as at its worst level since the end of the Second World War.”In fact, anti-semitic attitudes in the U.S. — Canada will hardly be any different — are at an all-time low according to Abe Foxman of the Anti-Defamation League, whose mandate is to monitor and expose anti-semitism. Statistics Canada reports number of hate crimes against Jews has been dropping since 2001-2002. But of course, it all depends on how you define anti-Semitism…

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Israel approves plan to construct extra buildings in Buraq plaza
Palestinian Information Center
December 6, 2009 – Quds Press reported that the Israeli committee for planning and building in occupied Jerusalem approved last week a plan to build extra buildings in Al-Buraq plaza. Quds press quoted the Israeli Yerushalayim newspaper as saying that the new plan is aimed to establish a police station, educational center, offices for Al-Buraq wall heritage fund and a building for public service…

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Netanyahu embraces settlers as ‘brothers’
Ma’an News
December 6, 2009 – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu embraced West Bank settlers as “brothers” while explaining his decision to slow the expansion of settlements. “The decision was certainly not easy, either for them or for us. It has to do with the heart of the homeland of the Jewish people,” Netanyhu said at the start of the weekly cabinet meeting…

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Settlers torch Palestinian property, uproot trees
Ma’an News
December 6, 2009 – Angry at their government over a slowdown in the expansion of West Bank settlements, Israeli settlers set fire to Palestinian vehicles and buildings and uprooted more than 50 trees on Sunday. Settlers set ablaze two warehouses, two cars, and a tractor belonging to Palestinian farmers in the northern West Bank village of Einabus near Nablus on Sunday morning. Palestinian sources said firefighters from the Civil Defense service and Nablus municipal council were alerted at 2:30am and headed to the home of Nadir Mufdi to extinguish a fire in his barn, as well as a tractor and private car…

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JERUSALEM POST FINDS A SOLUTION TO GAZA’S HOUSING PROBLEMS
Steve Amsel, Desertpeace
December 6, 2009 – Two-story houses built of wood and enforced by sand bags could help alleviate the housing crisis in Gaza. An Egyptian architect has designed a house costing only $2000 to construct, without using materials such as concrete or steel, banned from entering the territory by Israel. Sounds great…… right? WRONG! Just where is that wood supposed to come from? Perhaps the wood from the 14,000 Palestinian olive trees destroyed by Israel this year alone can be used in this project. Other than this, there is no wood available in Israel or Palestine for construction purposes. THIS IS A DESERT!..

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