Sami, The Bedouin – Adam, “the Terrorist”

6 August, 2009 — URUk Net

sami.jpgThis picture, of my wife and our little baby I got yesterday evening Aug. 5th 09, a moments before dusk. Today my wife went to visit her brother in the “israeli” jail, and of course she got to take our baby Adam with her.

Adam, our baby, is less than two months, he’s exactly 54 days old today as he went to visit his detained uncle for the first time.

The “israeli” jail is some 40km away from our home, and the journey to it takes some 30-40 minutes in a normal country. In a normal country everything is normal but in a racist regime like in “israel”, everything is hell for the “less human” native Palestinians. In a normal country the trip takes 30-40 minutes, but in a racist regime it takes more than 12 hours.

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The Real News Network – Honduras political crisis unleashes media wars

8 August , 2009

President Micheletti’s coup government cracks down on media and limits access to news about elected Pres?

Honduras’ deposed president, Manuel Zelaya, continues to negotiate for a return to power after being ousted in a military-backed coup. But President Micheletti’s defacto government has been cracking down on media and limiting access to news about the former leader. Al Jazeera’s Monica Villamizar reports.

Honduras Coup: A Template for Hemispheric Assault on Democracy By Felipe Stuart Cournoyer

8 August, 2009 — MRZine – Monthly Review

The people of Honduras have now suffered more than 40 days of military rule.  The generals’ June 28 coup, crudely re-packaged in constitutional guise, ousted the country’s elected government and unleashed severe, targeted, and relentless repression.

The grassroots protests have matched the regime in endurance and outmatched it in political support within the country and internationally.  Its scope and duration is unprecedented in Honduras history.  Popular resistance is the main factor affecting the international forces attempting to shape the outcome of the governmental crisis.  It weighs heavy on the minds of the coup’s authors and their international backers.

As Eva Golinger has convincingly documented, the United States took part in conceiving, planning, and staging the coup.  (See   The U.S. ambassador in Tegucigalpa, Hugo Llorens, coordinates a team of high-ranking U.S. and Honduran military officials, and creatures from the old Bush administration, using the Soto Cano (Palmerola) U.S. Air Force base.

But when the army assaulted President Zelaya’s house, machine guns blazing, kidnapped him, and dumped him — still in pajamas — in Costa Rica, this forged unprecedented unity in Latin America and the Caribbean against the coup regime, and enraged hundreds of thousands within the country.

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US Still Paying Blackwater Millions By Jeremy Scahill

8 August, 2009 — The Nation

BlackwaterJust days before two former Blackwater employees alleged in sworn statements filed in federal court that the company’s owner, Erik Prince, ‘views himself as a Christian crusader tasked with eliminating Muslims and the Islamic faith from the globe,’ the Obama administration extended a contract with Blackwater for more than $20 million for ‘security services’ in Iraq, according to federal contract data obtained by The Nation. The State Department contract is scheduled to run through September 3. In May, the State Department announced it was not renewing Blackwater’s Iraq contract, and the Iraqi government has refused to issue the company an operating license.

‘They are still there, but we are transitioning them out,’ a State Department official told The Nation. According to the State Department, the $20 million represents an increase on an aviation contract that predates the Obama administration.

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Video: Blackwater and other misdeeds of Empire

Jeremy Scahill, author of Blackwater: The Rise of the Worlds Most Powerful Mercenary Army, discusses the dwindling ranks of antiwar Democrats in Congress, the cruise missile liberals that support war in Darfur without questioning the aims of U.S. imperialism, the mercenary surge accompanying the troop surge in Afghanistan, the history of bipartisan executive assassination programs and the birther conspiracy theories that completely miss the point.

Blackwater Part One

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Blackwater Part Four