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A Somali Jihadist: We’re Not Al-Qaeda

Posted by musliminsuffer on January 13, 2007

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

=== News Update ===

A Somali Jihadist: We’re Not Al-Qaeda

Enlarge Photo

Fighters loyal to the Islamic Courts Union load up on trucks to head to the front in December 2006.

Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2007

Said Ali, 21, is a volunteer fighter for the Shabab militia, the feared enforcers of the Islamic Courts Union. The U.S. brands the organization as an ally of al-Qaeda; in reality, it is also a nationalist anti-warlord movement that contains many Muslim moderates and has no international ambitions. He was 11 when he left his village in southern Somalia and traveled to Mogadishu to look for an education. But all public education had collapsed with the last functioning government in 1991, leaving private school the only option. And Said Ali, like most of his generation, was unable to afford the fees. Instead, he found a job as a porter, and then graduated to selling shirts and kikoi wraps by the side of the road. In time, he was given a job inside a clothes store in Bakara Market, where he earned about 10,000 Somali shillings (80 cents) a day. But often he would be forced to hand over his earnings to armed militias blocking the roads on his way home. He came out of hiding in central Mogadishu to meet TIME’s Alex Perry.

TIME: How did you join the Shabab?

Ali: I was very angry with the militias. I decided to go to the training camps because I was tired of being robbed at roadblocks. At that time, before the Courts came to power, you could see someone kill a friend of yours, you could see a friend of yours robbed, the situation was as bad as that. The Shabab were good people. They trained you to defend your people … . There were reserve troops and frontline troops. And after 2004, we fought against the warlords and thankfully we were successful.

TIME: What sort of training did you get?

Ali: How to handle a gun, how to defend, how to attack, how to drive a car, first aid, how to repair a weapon and endurance exercises. I would end my work then go for training from 4 o’clock until midnight. We were trained at a base in Mogadishu.

TIME: Tell me about the war these past few weeks against Ethiopia.

Ali: My position was at the front. Our plan was to sandwich the Transitional Federal Government [T.F.G.] at their base in Baidoa [in southwest Somalia]. But then the Ethiopians crossed the border behind us. We fought them, but there were bad people helping us, gangsters and thugs, there was misinformation, and this caused our defeat.

TIME: Was it hard fighting?

Ali: Many died from their injuries. It was hand-to-hand fighting. You have to kill people with your knife. One of my group climbed onto an Ethiopian tank and dropped a grenade inside the tank, but there was no blast and the tank just drove away. It was our duty to die at the front instead of being under occupation here in Mogadishu. Everyone prayed they would be killed at the front.

TIME: Did you have any doubts about what you were doing?

Ali: No, it was excellent. To defend your religion and your country — which is the same thing — was excellent. It wasn’t our intention to fight Ethiopia; our purpose was to defend the people from the warlords. But it was excellent.

TIME: How did you get away?

Ali: We threw our guns down and took off our uniforms and set off on foot for the city. A friend sold his gun to some local people and paid for a bus ride for three of us back to Mogadishu. I went back to my workplace — now I work in a public telephone booth, connecting calls and selling pre-paid cards.

TIME: What’s the plan now?

Ali: We want the Ethiopians out and we are preparing to fight them. We are ready, we are in Mogadishu. A few pockets of us are outside. We have a full connection with our leaders, and they are also inside Mogadishu. And when we start to fight, other people will come from Mogadishu to join us. We will come back more powerful than before, and we will clean those traitors among us away.

TIME: Some people believe you have connections with al-Qaeda.

Ali: The warlords used to send people out of the country, saying there were al-Qaeda. They took one of my neighbors to Addis Ababa and said he was an al-Qaeda terrorist. But the Ethiopians said he was not, and they did not want him. And the man came back to Mogadishu and told us what had happened to him. That’s why we know that we have to defend our religion against Ethiopia.

TIME: What do you make of [al-Qaeda leader] Ayman al-Zawahiri’s call for Somalis to rise up against Ethiopia?

Ali: We are not a special group. We are the Somali people. What we’re doing is in the interests of all Somalis. People used to criticize the Courts when they were in power, saying they pressured people and did not allow this or that. But now people will see what happens without the Courts. If the Ethiopians go away, the Courts will come back and peace will come. I cannot speak English or Arabic — the warlords did that to me. I’ve never seen a government in my life, and the Ethiopians took away the only security I’ve ever experienced. People think our group is something else — al-Qaeda. We’re not. We fight for the people. We fight for Somalia. If this government understands that its people need security, then that will be OK. But security has to come. And if al-Zawahiri says the people should do this or that, it could be right or wrong. He is not from here.

TIME: Have you ever seen any foreigners working with the Courts? [Reliable witness reports estimate that several hundred foreign jihadi fighters helped the Courts.]

Ali: I have been with Sheikh [Ahmed] Sharif and Sheikh [Hassan Dahir] Aweys and I also heard that al-Qaeda foreigners were fighting in Somalia. But I have not seen any.

TIME: What do you make of the U.S. role in the region?

Ali: It’s Americans who are now attacking us. Americans are using Ethiopians to kill us. If America is an enemy of Islam, then I am an enemy of America — and America does many things against Islam. When the warlords were here, America wasn’t around. So when we defeated the warlords, why did they come back? But the Ethiopians are not just coming to kill Muslims. They also want our long coast. This is the game.

TIME: Isn’t the need of the hour to unite and back a national government?

Ali: I do not see any government here. I see only Ethiopians. I don’t see a single Somali soldier.

TIME: You’re not going to give the new government a chance?

Ali: Their chance is over. [Prime Minister Ali Mohammed] Gedi and [President Abduallah] Yusuf are nothing. They never get out of their pickups. What chance can they have after this?

TIME: What the plan for starting the rebellion?

Ali: The people and the Ethiopians will clash. [Hours after this interview, Somali demonstrators did fight Ethiopian troops at several points across the city.] And at that time, we will attack. We want the people to face the Ethiopians and when the people are ready, we will take action.

source:
http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1576099,00.html

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9/11 : This is a US torture camp

Posted by musliminsuffer on January 13, 2007

bismi-lLahi-rRahmani-rRahiem

In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

=== News Update ===

9/11

This is a US torture camp

Vikram Dodd

Friday January 12, 2007

The Guardian

Evidence of prisoner abuse at Guantanamo is overwhelming – and it hasn’t made anyone safer

It would be the ideal spot for a beachside birthday party. Surrounded by a turquoise sea, palm trees and white sand, the US detention camp at Guantánamo Bay in Cuba was five years old yesterday. Tony Blair calls it an “anomaly”, but the evidence is overwhelming. Camp Delta, which still houses 470 men never convicted of any crime, is a torture camp. That should be the starting point of any debate about what is acceptable in the west’s fight with Islamist extremists. More than 750 men have passed through the camp, with nearly half being released. Many prisoners, past and present, have given consistent and repeated testimony of serious abuses and ill treatment. There is also significant evidence from US officials and government documents of widespread abuse at the camp.

The British detainees known as the Tipton Three allege they were repeatedly beaten, shackled in painful positions for long periods and subjected to sleep deprivation. They were also subjected to strobe lighting, loud music and extremes of hot and cold – all meant to break them psychologically. Other detainees have suffered beatings, sexual assaults and death threats. At least one man has been “water boarded” – tied to a board and placed under water so that he had the sensation of drowning.

According to the Red Cross, the regime at Guantánamo causes psychological suffering that has driven inmates mad, with scores of suicide attempts and three inmates killing themselves last year.

Even US officials are shocked. Last week FBI documents revealed that an inmate’s head had been wrapped in tape for quoting from the Qur’an. Another was humiliated for his religious beliefs and “baptised” by a soldier posing as a Catholic priest. The documents show FBI agents saw 26 instances of abuse in their time at Guantánamo. The FBI is highly sceptical about alleged confessions gained by its military colleagues. A May 2004 FBI memo branded intelligence gained from “special techniques” as “suspect at best”. Indeed, one of the Tipton Three confessed to being in a video shot at an Afghan terror camp alongside Osama bin Laden – in fact, at the time he was working in an electronics store in the Midlands.

But the US should not shoulder all the blame. Some of the material from Guantánamo has been used by Britain’s counter-terrorism agencies. In June 2003 Tony Blair told the Commons: “Information is still coming from people detained there … That information is important.” George Bush, his aides and the US military define what they have been doing as a special programme using special measures: their position appears to be that as long as blood is not drawn, it is not torture.

One official investigation found an inmate had been sexually humiliated and forced to perform dog tricks on a leash. It said the conduct was “abusive and degrading” but not torture. In a UK court hearing over Guantánamo, a senior British judge, Mr Justice Collins, declared: “America’s idea of what is torture is not the same as ours.” A UN report has confirmed evidence of torture, and Amnesty International has declared Guantánamo “the gulag of our time”. Guantánamo is not the only US torture camp. Bagram in Afghanistan has been dogged by stories of abuse, and there are secret US prisons around the world where it is widely feared new horrors are occuring.

Human rights have been traded away in Guantánamo in the hope of gaining security, and it has not worked. One of the US’s founding fathers, Thomas Jefferson, stated: “He who trades liberty for security deserves neither and will lose both.” Adorned on the walls of the Guantánamo camp is its mission statement: “Honour-bound to defend freedom”. After five years of Guantánamo, do you feel any safer?

· vikram.dodd@guardian.co.uk

source:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/story/0,,1988677,00.html

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9/11

U.S. Has Lost Credibility On Rights, Group Asserts

By Nora Boustany

Washington Post Foreign Service

Friday, January 12, 2007; A10

The advocacy group Human Rights Watch said yesterday that Washington’s once-powerful role as a prime defender of human rights had effectively ended because of arbitrary detentions and reports of torture since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, and the group urged the European Union to step up as a leader of the cause.

Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch, released the group’s World Report 2007, an assessment of last year’s global human rights practices, by saying that the counterterrorism record of the United States over the past five years has tarnished its credibility as an influential moral voice.

He listed several practices he said were being used by the Bush administration in its fight against terrorism, including torture, arbitrary detentions, allowing CIA interrogators to use coercive techniques and the unsupervised handling of so-called enemy combatants held in other countries.

“This catastrophic path has left the United States effectively incapable of defending some of the most basic rights,” Roth said in the report, released on the fifth anniversary of the arrival of the first detainees at the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Roth said Sudan, where the people of the western Darfur region are subject to mass murder, rape and forcible displacement, finds it easier to resist an international protection force because of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq.

“The trend is bleak, but not irreversible,” Roth wrote in an introduction to the report, saying it was up to the new Democratic-led Congress to repudiate past abuses, press for policy change and seek accountability.

The report listed the governments of North Korea, Burma and Turkmenistan as “repressive” and as imposing “enormous cruelty” on their populations. Saudi Arabia, Syria and Vietnam remain closed dictatorships. Russia and Egypt are cracking down on nongovernmental organizations, while Peru and Venezuela are considering the same path. Iran and Ethiopia are silencing dissidents with impunity, the report said.

The report’s introduction lamented the poor performance of the new U.N. Human Rights Council and called it hardly an improvement over its predecessor, the Commission on Human Rights. Though the council’s central duty is to pressure highly abusive governments to change, it “has so far failed to criticize any government other than Israel,” in “a mockery of the high principles of its founding.”

With Washington’s voice diminished, the E.U. should be the strongest and most potent defender of human rights, Roth said, but as the group seeks consensus among its enlarged membership, its impact on the world stage is much less than its potential.

“We are looking for a powerful actor. The Europeans say all the right things, but there is no sense of immersion, no sense of duty,” Roth said in an interview Wednesday. “When you have 27 members, how do you decide on common policy?” He also criticized Europe’s role in the rights council as being “too micro-tactical and one of a micromanager worried with changing words here and there rather than being effective.”

Roth also said the E.U.’s current system of a six-month rotating presidency hampers the group’s effectiveness.

“Human rights work is about sustained follow-up. You come back and you come back until you get someone or a country to change its behavior,” Roth said. “When you have this rotating blur of presidencies . . . it is a recipe for failure. The most reluctant member determines E.U. policy, so the whole is less than the sum of its parts.”

source:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/01/11/AR2007011101658_pf.html

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Western civilisation?

Posted by musliminsuffer on January 13, 2007

bismi-lLahi-rRahmani-rRahiem

In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

=== News Update ===

Western civilisation?

Hussein Al-alak, The Iraq Solidarity Campaign

January 12, 2007

August 2005 saw a report published by the Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN), which brought to light the growth of child prostitution, under the new liberated Iraq and how children as young as thirteen have become victims of this sexual tyranny, which the West has brought to these children’s doors.

The report states that extreme poverty has lead to an increase in gangs, who are going around and kidnapping children and forcing them into the sex trade, where hard currencies can be exchanged for the degradation of a young persons body.

On May 12th 2005, the United Nations organization which monitors drug trafficking announced that Iraq is about to become a transit station for transporting the heroine, which is manufactured in Afghanistan and is heading towards Europe through neighbouring Iran.

The problem’s faced by children, are being intensified by the growing displacement of Iraqi nationals, as a consequence of sectarian tensions. It was said by the Ministry of Displacement and Migration in June 2006, that around 40,000 Iraqi children have been displaced due to violence,

July 2006 saw another report published, claiming that from January into the reports publication saw a staggering “90” children die in Basra, due to “lack of medicine”, the number rising from the previous year, which stood at “40”.

These deaths had to be recorded by local NGO’s, as a consequence of the Iraqi Authorities having no “official statistics about the number of children who have died in Basra”. A partial explanation could be the shortages in medical staff, with unofficial records showing that around “200 health professionals having left since January”.

The Iraq Index, compiled by the Brookings Institution in Washington, released on 21 December 2006, estimated that up to 40 percent of Iraq’s professionals have fled the country since 2003, with doctors and the pharmacists topping the list.

The Association of Psychologists of Iraq have also warned about the damage, that has been caused to Iraq’s children, with “learning impediments” having been brought on by the fear of guns, bullets, death and a general “fear of the US occupation.”

The basis for this report was on the dramatic increase in parents seeking out psychological help for their children.

In September 2006, Save the Children reported that “43 million primary-age children worldwide are unable to go to school because of armed conflicts in their respective countries.”

Although most countries have signed up to the Universal Declaration on the Rights of the Child, Save the Children reported that 818,000 children in Iraq, 22.2 percent of the total number of students in the country, are unable to go to school.

Over half of Iraq’s population is below 15 and even Koffi Annan was forced to admit the war and invasion of Iraq has been a “real disaster”. The “disaster” according to the Ministry of Education in September, has been “more chairs sitting empty in our country’s classrooms. This problem goes from primary education to universities,”

“Attacks and kidnapping in schools have made parents afraid that the next victims would be their children. So they prefer to let them not have a proper education until the situation improves. Others require their children to start working early because poverty has risen and their [financial] help becomes more important.”

As one child recently declared in the 9/1/2007 “Id rather be illiterate” article, “I am 10 years old but I have not been to school for the past three years because I’m scared of the killings taking place in Iraq. Many of my friends have either been kidnapped or killed.”

Parents are not the only people who are opting out of Iraq’s deteriorating education system, with teachers being targeted and threatened by death squads and students at Baghdad University noticing that; “Ninety percent of our teachers have changed in the past two years. The ones who have come to replace them are not well prepared or have no experience, leaving us without a good professional for teaching and training,”

The Declaration on the Rights of the Child with all that the West call “civilised”, has now been completely discredited and once again, disgrace is placed on the shoulders of the occupiers by the Wall Street Journal, who have recently reported that a child as young as five, has been allowed to go on patrol with Al-Sadr’s Mehdi Army.

A five year old whose “clothes were all black, the favourite attire of a powerful Shiite Muslim militia. He introduced himself as a commander, shouted the incantation “God is greater” and warned Sunni Muslims not to fight back. With that, he raised his plastic pistol.”

source:
http://iraqsolidaritycampaign.blogspot.com/2007/01/western-civilisation-hussein-al-alak.html

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Iraq’s Sovereignty? What’s Left

Posted by musliminsuffer on January 13, 2007

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

=== News Update ===

Iraq’s Sovereignty?

Stephen Gowans, What’s Left

saddam_mokhtar.jpg

Janaury 11, 2007

When Iraq’s prime minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki “decided to go ahead with the hanging (of Saddam Hussein) the Americans said they made no further attempts to stop it, having concluded that they could advise the Iraqis against the execution, but not prevent it if the Iraqis persisted, out of respect for Iraqi sovereignty” (my italics, New York Times, January 3, 2007).

Given that Washington’s respect for Iraqi sovereignty hasn’t prevented an invasion, occupation and installation of a puppet government, it seems curious that respect for Iraqi sovereignty should suddenly stay Washington’s hand.

Libya plans to erect a statue depicting Saddam Hussein in the gallows, along with a monument to Omar Mukhtar, the religious teacher who led a two decades-long resistance to Italian colonialism early in the last century. Mukhtar was the subject of the Moustapha Akkad film, Lion of the Desert, with Anthony Quinn in the role of the resistance leader. Like Hussein, Mukthar was hanged for being on the wrong side of an imperialist power bent on outraging another nation’s sovereignty.

source:
http://gowans.blogspot.com/2007/01/iraqs-sovereignty.html

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Baghdad : News Flash!

Posted by musliminsuffer on January 13, 2007

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

=== News Update ===

Baghdad : News Flash!

Layla Anwar

January 11, 2006

Three very reliable eyewitnesses confirmed to me the following :

– Al Adhamiya District , a predominantly Sunni neighborhood, has been shelled heavily.
The home of one of the persons has been partly blown away. She and her husband saw several corpses , at least three according to her, lying in different streets in Adhamiya.
She and her husband were not “quite sure” if it was the Iraqi Army, the US occupation forces or the Mahdi Death Squads. Her husband added:” It is probably the three of them.”

– Karrada District, a mixed neighborhood. Sunni/Shi’a and Christians.
The third person stated that they have been without electricity for the 5th day in a row.
The shelling and mortar bombs have been continuous. Since most Iraqi homes use gas or kerosene for heating , they have been “freezing”. It is impossible to go out and purchase any.
Supplies are short and it is too dangerous to leave the house.

End of the News Flash . Happy Dreams !

source:
http://arabwomanblues.blogspot.com/2007/01/news-flash.html

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News Flash ! continued….

Layla Anwar

January 12, 2006

More of the same . Different Soooneeeee (sunni) neighborhoods, same stories.
From very, very reliable eyewitnesses :

– Al Amariya : Remember this name ? Remember the shelter where over 300 women and children were seeking refuge from the B52’s bombs during “Desert Storm”?
For those of you with short memories , it is also referred to as Gulf I. A very smart missile carbonized to death and during their sleep, all those who sought shelter in Al Amariya.
For well over a week, Amariya has been encircled by American occupation forces, the puppet iraqi army and of course who else but the Badr/Sadr Iranian backed milita-death squads.

Um A. wakes up ever morning and sees two dead corpses lying at her front door. This has been going on for quite some time but not on a daily basis like this past week.
Her small grandchildren who live not too far away can no longer visit. They tripped over a couple of cadavers a few days ago and have been screaming hysterically with fear ever since.
One of her kids is married to a Shi’a. The spouse has been receiving death threats from the Iranian backed brigades. Was forced to move to another neighborhood, a shi’a one. The spouse is still pursued daily with death threats. The crime ? Married to a sunni. So is the spouse’s mother as well all of the aunts and cousins. Go figure now …
Umm A’s other grown ups: One of her sons escaped to a neighboring country. His name was too sunni !
Her other kid is also married to a shi’a. Cannot visit her. Changed names more than once to remain in the predominantly shi’a neighborhood where he/she lives , to no avail. Packed their bags and left the country.
Her other child has diabetes. Wanted to make an appointment with her/his doctor. Too late- he has been murdered. He was a sunni. Now they have to make arrangements to drive 2 hours to visit another doctor who is willing to receive them.
Check this out, they need to get an authorization from the occupation forces first (remember they are in their own country!!!) in order to leave al Amaryia. Then they are met half way by other members of the family since no one dares to undertake that drive all the way for two hours. They relegate this poor patient from one car to another. She/he needs to change three drivers and cars before getting to the doctor. Hopefully this latter is still alive today, or so we wish.

Oh and I forgot to mention . Today around 33 men (could not get exact figure) were murdered in Al-Amaryia. The reason?
They fit the right age group : 17 – 35. By whom ? American occupation forces,Iraqi Army, and of course none other than the militias. But hey, that is only a detail right ?

Wait it gets more surreal…

– Al Baladiat : Another neighborhood populated by Palestinians.
M’s family i.e his parents, siblings, nieces,nephews, uncles, aunts and cousins have all escaped. Reason ? Have a wild guess. They are Palestinians.Yep, the Iranian backed Death sqads of al Sadr and Co were at them.
The irony – part of his family sought political asylum in India and got it (thank you India!) because no other Arab country was willing to accept them. As for the other part, he is not quite sure where they are.

End of News Flash. Have a wonderful, wonderful evening !

P.S : Another detail. Um A. only found out about Saddam’s assasination 8 hours later through a phone call. No electricity that day. Deliberate black out. Not that it really matters or so you think.

P.S.S: No Art work tonight , draw your own.

source:
http://arabwomanblues.blogspot.com/2007/01/news-flash-continued.html

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US Terrorize The World – 23 Dhul-Hijjah 1427 H (13.1.07)

Posted by musliminsuffer on January 13, 2007

bismi-lLahi-rRahmani-rRahiem

In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

=== News Update ===

Number Of Iraqi Civilians Slaughtered In America’s Rape Of Iraq – At Least 655,000 + +

http://tinyurl.com/usq4x

Number of U.S. Military Personnel Sacrificed (Officially acknowledged) In America’s Rape Of Iraq 3,018
http://icasualties.org/oif/

The Rape of Iraq Costs $357,730,483,761 – See the cost in your community
http://nationalpriorities.org/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=182

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US air strikes killed over 100 Somalians

“We haven’t seen any al-Qaeda members killed but what we can confirm is that a lot of innocent civilians have been killed by the American warplanes,” he told AFP. “They hit civilian sites and forests where nomads keep animals.”

Dirir Moalim Hussein, a herder, said his wife and two other members of his family were killed as they tried to flee the attacks on their village of Bulo Haji between Dhobley and Afmadow.

“You are sitting on the oil God meant for US to have! THAT’S reason enough!” — Official White Horse Souse
http://www.thenews.com.pk/daily_detail.asp?id=38646

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Somali Jihadist: We’re Not Al-Qaeda

The U.S. brands the organization as an ally of al-Qaeda; in reality, it is also a nationalist anti-warlord movement that contains many Muslim moderates and has no international ambitions
http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1576099,00.html

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9/11 : This is a US torture camp

Evidence of prisoner abuse at Guantánamo is overwhelming – and it hasn’t made anyone safer
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/story/0,,1988677,00.html

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9/11 : U.S. Has Lost Credibility On Rights, Group Asserts

The advocacy group Human Rights Watch said yesterday that Washington’s once-powerful role as a prime defender of human rights had effectively ended
http://snipurl.com/17e7k

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9/11 : Tell us something we DON’T know

Tehran, Iran, Jan. 12 – Iran trumpeted a stunning accusation against the United States on Friday, claiming it had planned the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Centre in New York and the Pentagon outside Washington, D.C.

The Chairman of the Guardians Council Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati described 9/11 as a “puppet show”, adding that it had been orchestrated by the Americans themselves.

“They used this event as a pretext in order to create the slogan of fighting terrorism and promoting democracy to carry out an assault on Islamic countries. But the reality is that they have been defeated in Iraq, Afghanistan, Palestine, and Lebanon and their slogan has lost its effect”, Jannati told worshippers during a sermon in Tehran. His comments were aired on state television.

In September 2006, the head of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps accused the Bush Administration and the Israeli security service Mossad of ordering the September 11 attacks.
http://www.iranfocus.com/modules/news/article.php?storyid=9813

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The Real Friends of Terror

Video Documentary :
“What is the difference between the horror and the violence created by suicide bombers and the horror and the violence created by bombs dropped from 30,000 feet by airplanes?”
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15080.htm

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In case you missed it : The Power of Nightmares

Video Documentary :
In the past our politicians offered us dreams of a better world. Now they promise to protect us from nightmares. The most frightening of these is the threat of an international terror network. But just as the dreams were not true, neither are these nightmares.

Can suicide bombers ever be justified? Professor Honderich, Britain’s leading moral philosopher, is unafraid to tell the truth as he sees it. Taking what he says is the betrayal of the Palestinian people as his starting point, Ted reveals who shares moral responsibility for recent acts of terrorism, and points a finger at the politicians. Video provided by The Dossier”
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/video1037.htm

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Western civilisation?

August 2005 saw a report published by the Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN), which brought to light the growth of child prostitution, under the new liberated Iraq and how children as young as thirteen have become victims of this sexual tyranny, which the West has brought to these children’s doors.

The report states that extreme poverty has lead to an increase in gangs, who are going around and kidnapping children and forcing them into the sex trade, where hard currencies can be exchanged for the degradation of a young persons body.

So, are these the Western Civilisation promoted to Iraq People, then ?
http://iraqsolidaritycampaign.blogspot.com/2007/01/western-civilisation-hussein-al-alak.html

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George W. Bush: A Symptom of Disease

Sometimes you look around and wonder how things could have gone so wrong so quickly. America has become the antithesis of everything she purports to be. We are the greatest purveyors of violence the world has ever known; the largest weapons dealers on earth; and death and misery are our principal exports. Everything is for sale here, even men’s tormented souls—at least, those who still possess them.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article16155.htm

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Bush’s legacy: The president who cried wolf

Video and Transcript :
Only this president, only in this time, only with this dangerous, even messianic certitude, could answer a country demanding an exit strategy from Iraq, by offering an entrance strategy for Iran.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article16152.htm

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Manufacturing Consent

Video : Noam Chomskey, explores how government and big media businesses cooperate to produce an effective propaganda machine in order to manipulate the opinions of the United States populace.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article12972.htm

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Iraq’s Sovereignty? What’s Left

When Iraq’s prime minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki “decided to go ahead with the hanging (of Saddam Hussein) the Americans said they made no further attempts to stop it, having concluded that they could advise the Iraqis against the execution, but not prevent it if the Iraqis persisted, out of respect for Iraqi sovereignty” (my italics, New York Times, January 3, 2007).

Given that Washington’s respect for Iraqi sovereignty hasn’t prevented an invasion, occupation and installation of a puppet government, it seems curious that respect for Iraqi sovereignty should suddenly stay Washington’s hand.
http://gowans.blogspot.com/2007/01/iraqs-sovereignty.html

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News Flash! Three very reliable eyewitnesses confirmed to me the following

– Al Adhamiya District , a predominantly Sunni neighborhood, has been shelled heavily.

The home of one of the persons has been partly blown away. She and her husband saw several corpses , at least three according to her, lying in different streets in Adhamiya.

She and her husband were not “quite sure” if it was the Iraqi Army, the US occupation forces or the Mahdi Death Squads. Her husband added:” It is probably the three of them.”

– Karrada District, a mixed neighborhood. Sunni/Shi’a and Christians.

The third person stated that they have been without electricity for the 5th day in a row.

The shelling and mortar bombs have been continuous. Since most Iraqi homes use gas or kerosene for heating , they have been “freezing”. It is impossible to go out and purchase any.

Supplies are short and it is too dangerous to leave the house.
http://arabwomanblues.blogspot.com/2007/01/news-flash.html

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More of the same . Different Soooneeeee (sunni) neighborhoods, same stories.

>From very, very reliable eyewitnesses :
– Al Amariya : Remember this name ? Remember the shelter where over 300 women and children were seeking refuge from the B52’s bombs during “Desert Storm”?

For those of you with short memories , it is also referred to as Gulf I. A very smart missile carbonized to death and during their sleep, all those who sought shelter in Al Amariya.

For well over a week, Amariya has been encircled by American occupation forces, the puppet iraqi army and of course who else but the Badr/Sadr Iranian backed milita-death squads.
http://arabwomanblues.blogspot.com/2007/01/news-flash-continued.html

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Baghdad Crackdown

The crackdown in Baghdad and the anticipated bombing of Iran will have no significant affect on the war’s outcome. America has lost its ability to influence events positively or to arbitrarily assert its will. We’re now facing “death by a thousand cuts” and the steady erosion of US power.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article16144.htm

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Worst yet to come for US in Baghdad

THE plan by the US President, George Bush, to send tens of thousands of US and Iraqi reinforcements to the Iraqi capital to aggressively confront Sunni insurgents and Shiite militias will touch off a more dangerous phase of the war, featuring months of fighting in the streets of Baghdad.
http://snipurl.com/17e6s

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Crackdown

Even a cursory review of Bush’s speech shows that the president is less concerned with “security” in Baghdad than he is with plans to attack Iran. Paul Craig Roberts was correct in his article yesterday when he questioned whether all the hoopla over a surge was just “an orchestrated distraction” to draw attention away from the real war plan. (“Troop Escalation and Iran”, Information Clearinghouse”). Apparently, it is.

As Roberts noted, “The US Congress and the media are focused on President Bush’s proposal for an increase of 20,000 US troops in Iraq, while Israel and its American neoconservative allies prepare an assault on Iran.”
http://www.uruknet.de/?p=m29717&hd=&size=1&l=e

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Western companies may get 75% of Iraqi oil profits

Iraq’s massive oil reserves may be thrown open for large-scale exploitation by Western oil companies – which could end up grabbing up to 75% of the beleagured nation’s oil profits – under a law seen coming before the Iraqi parliament within days, the Independent reported on its Web site Monday.
http://snipurl.com/16zdr

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Second U.S. Soldier Pleads Guilty in Iraq Killings

A U.S. soldier was sentenced to 18 years in jail on Thursday after becoming the second to plead guilty in the killing of three Iraqi detainees who prosecutors said were gunned down after they were set free and tried to run
http://snipurl.com/17e6o

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Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Thursday, 11 January 2007.

  • Four US Marines reported killed in double Resistance bombing in Hit Thursday afternoon.
  • Resistance bombards puppet army headquarters in al-Khalidiyah Thursday morning.
  • Resistance fighters storm puppet “Iraqi National Guard” camp, killing eight “Guards” near al-Fallujah Thursday morning.
  • Resistance bomb destroys US Humvee north of al-Hadithah Thursday morning.
  • Resistance bomb destroys US Humvee near Rawah midday Thursday.
  • In keeping with new US “security plan,” American helicopter gun ships escort Shi’i sectarian puppet troops through al-Mahmudiyah from southern Iraq to Baghdad.
  • Resistance bomb destroys puppet police patrol car in ad-Dujayl Wednesday.
  • US said planting agents within ranks of Jaysh al-Mahdi sectarian militia.
  • Resistance pounds pro-American Kurdish separatist gunmen with 40-minute mortar barrage Wednesday night.
  • Puppet “International Transport Director” killed near Syrian border.
  • Russia demands action from Iraqi puppet regime, US occupation forces following shooting incidents targeting the Russian Embassy in Baghdad Wednesday evening.
  • US raids Iranian Consulate in Irbil, arrests five employees, confiscates computers, documents, consulate property Thursday morning.

http://www.albasrah.net/pages/mod.php?mod=art&lapage=../en_articles_2007/0107/iraqiresistancereport_110107.htm

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Somalia – the Next Afghanistan + Iraq?

Africans have constantly warned of the American military design on the Eastern seaboard. Yet, our “leaders” have thoughtlessly been currying favour with this vicious military power. In the horn, the heavily militarized Ethiopia has become their ‘on the scene agent’, doing the dirty work of the American warmonger.
http://www.garoweonline.com/stories/publish/article_7035.shtml

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Somalia: Afghanistan remixed

The “war on terror” is back with a bang. First Afghanistan, then Iraq and now Somalia. And Iran could well be the next Islamic nation to be bombarded by the US – as President George W Bush telegraphed in his “surge” speech on Wednesday.
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Front_Page/IA13Aa02.html

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Somalia: Fighting “terrorism” or quest for oil?

What has been the concrete involvement of the U.S. in this war between Ethiopia and Somalia, two of the poorest countries in the world?
http://www.workers.org/2007/world/horn-of-africa-0111/

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America’s interests in Somalia

Four major U.S. oil companies are sitting on a prospective fortune in exclusive concessions.
http://snipurl.com/17e79

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U.S. Somalia air raids hit nomads, 70 dead

U.S. air attacks have mistakenly targeted nomadic herdsmen gathering round fires, killing 70, British-based aid agency Oxfam said on Friday.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article16147.htm

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Many Killed as Somali warlords agree joint army

Somali warlords agreed on Friday to merge their forces into a new national army to tame the anarchic nation, but fighting outside the presidential palace where they met showed how hard that task will be.
http://snipurl.com/17e77

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What’s at stake in the Horn of Africa

An estimated 15,000 Ethiopian troops invaded Mogadishu, the capital of the African country of Somalia, in late December to militarily defeat the Islamic Courts Union. The ICU until recently controlled large sections of the southern part of that country. It has now pulled back from the cities and said it will conduct guerrilla warfare against the invaders.
http://www.workers.org/2007/world/horn-of-africa-0111/

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NATO Occupation Forces Kill Afghan Civilians, Police Say

NATO aircraft attacked “Taliban rebels” in southern Afghanistan and killed 16 insurgents and 13 civilians, Afghan police said on Friday, but NATO denied causing civilian casualties.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article16148.htm

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Royal Marine dies in Afghanistan

A Royal Marine has died during a battle with insurgents in the troubled Helmand province of southern Afghanistan.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/6173467.stm

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US lets ecstasy dealer serve time in israel

Ze’ev Rosenstein (a.k.a., “The Fat Man”) was caught trafficking over a million ectasy pills through NY, yet he gets to serve his sentence in club med israel.
http://www.wakeupfromyourslumber.com/node/419#new

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U.S. set to announce plea deal with Israeli “crime kingpin” on drug charges

Under the agreement between the parties, Rosenstein will serve 12 years in an Israeli prison. The parties decided that U.S. authorities would not be confiscating Rosenstein’s assets, as they had requested.
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/812856.html

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Who’s afraid of peace?

Thousands of Israeli officers, officials concerned about implications of peace

The situation seems strange: Assad offers talks, yet Israel rejects them. The world offers a Road Map, Israel “adopts it,” but in practice thwarts it. Mahmoud Abbas wants an agreement, but he’s ignored until Hamas rises to power. Hamas offers a temporary ceasefire, but Israel rejects the offer while continuing with detention operations and expending settlements.
http://mparent7777-2.blogspot.com/2007/01/whos-afraid-of-peace.html

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Israel destroys Negev Bedouin village for second time

On Tuesday, January 9th, Israeli forces entered the Bedouin village of Twail Abu Jarwal in the Northern Negev for the fifth time, in order to demolish it. Large police forces, with the aid of special-task forces and with the aerial help of a helicopter and two bulldozers, demolished
the entire village. Twenty-one homes, shacks, brick rooms, and tents were destroyed. During the last battle Israel waged against the residents of this village, on 6 December 2006, Israeli forces demolished 17 homes – more than half the village. But the villagers, with the help of friends and the Regional Council for the Unrecognized Villages, managed to rebuild roofs over their heads, to protect them from the harsh Negev winter weather. Today, however, it seems that Israel might have won the battle — and the war — against its citizens in the Northern Negev.
http://electronicintifada.net/v2/article6377.shtml

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Dictatorship : White House Refused to Allow Still Photography at Bush Speech

The White House broke with tradition Wednesday night and refused to let photojournalists shoot still pictures of the president at the podium after his prime-time address on the Iraq war.
http://www.rawstory.com/showarticle.php?src=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.editorandpublisher.com%2Feandp%2Fnews%2Farticle_display.jsp%3Fvnu_content_id%3D1003531834

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