Uruknet.info http://www.uruknet.info :: Uruknet - Information from Occupied Iraq :: E :: en-us 23-oct-2014 05:39 ECT 23-oct-2014 05:39 ECT http://www.uruknet.de/rss/ Weblog Editor 2.0 posta@uruknet.info (Paola Pisi) enzo@uruknet.eu (Enzo Viscuso) [Uruknet 109819 23-oct-2014 05:39 ECT] Privatizating law enforcement in, around settlements http://www.uruknet.info?p=m109819 September 19, 2014 - ‘The Lawless Zone is a report by Yesh Din on the transfer of policing and security powers to the Civilian Security Coordinators (CSC) in Israel s West Bank settlements and outposts. The report presents an analysis of the institution of the CSCs as an inherent aspect of the biased and chaotic state of Israeli law enforcement in the occupied Palestinian territories. The report demonstrates how the regime of civilian security coordinators undermines the rule of law in the West Bank to the point of stripping it of all meaning. It constitutes another layer in Israel s dereliction of its duty to protect the Palestinian residents of the West Bank, Yesh Din writes... 23-oct-2014 05:39 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m109819 [Uruknet 109818 23-oct-2014 05:37 ECT] All Israelis are implicated in the occupation http://www.uruknet.info?p=m109818 September 19, 2014 - The debate over refuseniks from IDF intelligence unit 8200 unleashed acrimonious debates all week. While I have already observed some of them, here are a few more that stand out. Carolina Landsmann has one of the most powerful opinion pieces I ve read in a long time, in Haaretz. It may yet appear in English, but for now the excerpts here are my translation. Like one former member of Unit 8200 who spoke to me, Landsmann says their act of refusal is a statement that intelligence work and the system of occupation are directly linked, cutting into the belief that only those who hold the guns are responsible.... 23-oct-2014 05:37 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m109818 [Uruknet 109817 23-oct-2014 05:31 ECT] Lessons Learned in the Bucca Camp http://www.uruknet.info?p=m109817 September 19, 2014 - ...It s widely acknowledged that the 2003 invasion of Iraq radicalized Al-Baghdadi, with his humiliation at Camp Bucca further hardening him. Then the haphazard flood of weapons and easy cash into both Iraq and Syria fueled potential for further war. This will not be our third Iraq invasion. U.S. assaults, achieved through munitions, through children s forced starvation, through white phosphorous, through bullet fire, through blockaded medicines, emptied reservoirs and downed power lines, through disbanded police forces and abandoned state industries and cities left to dissolve in paroxysms of ethnic cleansing - it is all one continuous war ... 23-oct-2014 05:31 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m109817 [Uruknet 109816 23-oct-2014 05:26 ECT] US guilty of war crimes in Palestine http://www.uruknet.info?p=m109816 September 19, 2014 - The U.S. is not a neutral mediator in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict; it is an active participant and is guilty of the crimes being committed by Israel against Palestinians, most recently, the mass killings and destruction Israel wrought on the Gaza Strip during the summer. The reality that the U.S. is an active supporter of unimaginable suffering may very well be the motivating force behind the U.S. s adamant attempts to block the Palestinians from using any of the internationally recognized tools of accountability to hold Israel responsible, such as the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court. When an indigenous, stateless population is blocked access to opportunities for justice by superpowers like the U.S., something is wrong-deadly wrong... 23-oct-2014 05:26 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m109816 [Uruknet 109815 23-oct-2014 05:21 ECT] Convenient Genocide: Another Failed War to Re-Arrange the Middle East http://www.uruknet.info?p=m109815 September 19, 2014 - ...Not that IS brutal tactics in eastern, northern and central Iraq should be tolerated. But a true act of genocide had already taken place in Iraq for nearly two decades, starting with the US war in 1990-91, a decade-long embargo and a most destructive war and occupation starting in 2003. Not once did a major newspaper editorial in the US bestow the term "genocide" on the killing and maiming of millions of Iraqis. In fact, the IS campaign is actually part of a larger Sunni rebellion in Iraq, in response to the US war and Shite-led government oppression over the course of years. That context is hardly relevant in the selective reporting on the current violence in Iraq.... 23-oct-2014 05:21 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m109815 [Uruknet 109814 23-oct-2014 05:18 ECT] Beit Ummar: Heart of Darkness http://www.uruknet.info?p=m109814 September 19, 2014 -The title of Joseph Conrad s novel "Heart of Darkness" refers both to a geographical entity- colonial Congo in the 19th Century- and to a spiritual and moral wilderness in which the human soul is debased by hatred and greed. And last week I was there; in Beit Ummar. But it wasn t Beit Ummar itself that was the Heart of Darkness- on the contrary, there I found kindness, compassion and resilience -"samud"- amongst the community. The darkness was outside, in the settlements that surround it, and among the settlers themselves whose behaviour impinges on every aspect of the lives of Beit Ummar s citizens. Economic growth, education, family relationships, all suffer at the hands of a group of invaders who think themselves above the law; as indeed they usually are.... 23-oct-2014 05:18 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m109814 [Uruknet 109813 23-oct-2014 05:11 ECT] Tulkarem chemical factory exploits Palestinian labour and health http://www.uruknet.info?p=m109813 September 19, 2014 - It is a well-known yet understated fact that Israel uses Palestinian land and its civilian population to test military innovations and "cutting edge" crowd control techniques. However, there is an issue often side-tracked, whether intentionally or not, that deals with the use of cheap Palestinian labour in Israel s growing industrial market. The settlement industrial zones in Area C of the West Bank house chemical factories that have grown into powerful and lethal means of oppression for the communities that they smother. There are now 11 factories in the Tulkarem area, all of which are on internationally-recognised occupied Palestinian land within the 1967 borders, displaying a ruthless disregard for the rights of the residents who have to live with the horrific smell, constant threat of land theft, and the health risks that come with proximity to such harmful substances... 23-oct-2014 05:11 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m109813 [Uruknet 109812 23-oct-2014 05:05 ECT] Palestinian prisoner tortured to death in Israeli jail http://www.uruknet.info?p=m109812 September 19, 2014 -Raed Abdel-Salam Al-Jabari, a Palestinian prisoner held in an Israeli jail has died as a result of severe torture at the hands of the Israeli occupation forces, the head of Prisoners and Freed Prisoners Affairs in Ramallah Issa Qaraqe said.Qaraqe accused Israel of committing two crimes against Jabari, 35, when the Israeli authorities claimed that he had hanged himself in prison in an attempt to hide the real reason for his death, torture. Al-Jabari was imprisoned on July 26 in Eshel prison... 23-oct-2014 05:05 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m109812 [Uruknet 109811 23-oct-2014 04:37 ECT] Syria News - September 18, 2014 http://www.uruknet.info?p=m109811 September 18, 2014 - By the end of Thursday, LCC were able to document 107 martyrs including 5 women, 12 children and 2 martyrs under torture: 65 martyrs were reported in Aleppo; 17 in Damascus and Its Suburbs; 15 in Hasakeh; 6 in Daraa; 2 in Idlib and 2 in Homs.... 23-oct-2014 04:37 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m109811 [Uruknet 109810 23-oct-2014 02:48 ECT] Palestine s other land war http://www.uruknet.info?p=m109810 September 18, 2014 - Halfway down a small hill by Ramallah s bustling city centre, sandwiched between shops and three-story apartments, is an open plot of land. Thick grass grows over crumbling terraces, and small heaps of garbage nestle against the walls of the adjacent buildings. Real estate broker, Hamza Alaa Akel said that the empty plot, like much of Ramallah, is owned by Palestinian-Americans living in the United States, and it doesn t surprise him that they haven t built there. The disused half-acre is worth $15 million, he said; "why build on it? Just sell it."Wealthy investors - mainly commercial firms and rich expatriate Palestinians - are buying up land in Ramallah and throughout the urban centres of the West Bank, driving a massive real estate bubble that threatens to price the poor out of Palestine s cities and into its rural zones and East Jerusalem, where building permits are almost impossible to obtain, and home demolitions are commonplace... 23-oct-2014 02:48 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m109810 [Uruknet 109809 23-oct-2014 02:43 ECT] Israeli Supreme Court upholds law allowing housing discrimination against Palestinians http://www.uruknet.info?p=m109809 September 18, 2014- Yesterday, Israel s Supreme Court dismissed a petition by Adalah: The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel effectually facilitating the Judaization of more Palestinian owned land inside Israel. According to Adalah, the court s decision holding up Israel s Admissions Committees Law, "entrenches racial segregation; 434 small communities in Israel, or 43% of all residential areas, will be allowed to close their doors to Palestinian Arab citizens of the state." Much of the land in question was originally confiscated from Palestinian refugees, and the court s decision will result in the continued concentration and containment of the Palestinian population in Israel... 23-oct-2014 02:43 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m109809 [Uruknet 109808 23-oct-2014 02:40 ECT] Syrian city of Raqqa gripped by fear of US air strikes on Isis http://www.uruknet.info?p=m109808 September 18, 2014 - ..."I believe most of the casualties will be civilian," said Abu Mohammed, 33, a shopkeeper. "The majority will be from Raqqa and very few from Isis. Many of our young men in the city have joined Isis either because of fear or because of the wages they give, which is $400 (£246) per month. This is a very good salary for us here." Abu Mohammed said he had adapted to the group s hardline rule and saw Isis as a better option than the regime of Bashar al-Assad. "We are afraid that after the US air strikes, the regime will take control of the city. Assad is a criminal and his regime is brutal. We had bad experience with the Free Syria Army [FSA], they are corrupt and now we are getting used to Isis s Islamic rules. Day after day, they are getting better with people.".... 23-oct-2014 02:40 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m109808 [Uruknet 109807 23-oct-2014 02:23 ECT] US providing Assad regime with anti- Islamic State intelligence http://www.uruknet.info?p=m109807 September 18, 2014 - It is interesting that many on the left seem to take seriously the public denials by US leaders that they are liaising with Assad in their war on ISIS (merely they just happen to be bombing the same enemy at the same time). The simple fact is, US strategists have a brain. For them it s not just a see, told you kind of game ( see, told you the US won t work with King Assad, because we love our anti-imperialist King etc). The US knows, rightly, that while Assad and Iran are allies in its war on ISIS, a Sunni sectarian extremist organisation cannot be defeated only, or primarily, by the most extreme anti-Sunni sectarian and murderous forces in the region. That is why the US had to wait for the Shiite sectarian Iraqi regime to dump Maliki before moving in to support the semi-new government - not that it is much different, but just without Maliki s murderously sectarian baggage, which everyone knows drove the previously anti-ISIS Sunni into the hands of ISIS, with a seeming fresh start, the US could pretend it was a less sectarian regime (though it is not, in fact, but that s what they ve got).... 23-oct-2014 02:23 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m109807 [Uruknet 109806 23-oct-2014 02:21 ECT] Where Are We With Drone Resistance? http://www.uruknet.info?p=m109806 September 18, 2014 - I don t know what you ve been thinking and feeling in the last month, but if you are anything like me, you have been stunned and extremely disheartened by Barack Obama s expanding air war in Iraq and the pro-war propaganda campaign that has infected television and radio news in the US. I have had to ask myself whether the focus of our work as US counter-drone war organizers - stopping drone attacks and banning drone attacks and drone surveillance - is still relevant in the face of the eagerness and determination of the United States government to dramatically enlarge its wars in Iraq and Syria while continuing the war in Afghanistan and subsidizing relentless Israeli attacks on Palestinians... 23-oct-2014 02:21 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m109806 [Uruknet 109805 23-oct-2014 02:16 ECT] Arab-Speaking Refugee Children In Iraqi Kurdistan Locked Out Of Schools http://www.uruknet.info?p=m109805 September 18, 2014 - The huge number of displaced Iraqis seeking shelter in the northern region of Iraqi Kurdistan may see thousands of children missing school this year. Firstly because there s no curriculum for Arabic-speakers in the Kurdish-language area. And secondly because displaced families are using local schools as housing. Unlike most other Iraqi school children, Mohammed and Aya won t have to wake up early on school days for the rest of this year. The brother and sister, who are 9 and 11 years old respectively, originally come from the city of Ramadi in Iraq s Anbar province but they re now living in Erbil, in the semi-autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan. Their family came here four months ago, fleeing the violence in their province caused by a combination of Sunni Muslim anti-government action and the entrance of Sunni Muslim extremist groups like the Islamic State to the area... 23-oct-2014 02:16 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m109805 [Uruknet 109804 23-oct-2014 02:09 ECT] Defending Palestine Solidarity Activists: An Interview with Dima Khalidi http://www.uruknet.info?p=m109804 September 18, 2014 - In this interview, attorney Dima Khalidi, who founded and directs Palestine Solidarity Legal Support (PSLS), discusses what it means to provide legal defense to protect Palestinian rights activists in the US from suppression and criminalization. Khalidi describes the perpetrators behind attacks against Palestine solidarity activists and provides an overview of the kinds of attacks they face, including pressures placed on universities to discipline and punish students and faculty for their speech activities. Khalidi also discusses the role of the Israeli government in several cases, provides recommendations for activists, and shares the goals of PSLS for the near future... 23-oct-2014 02:09 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m109804 [Uruknet 109803 23-oct-2014 01:45 ECT] Contradicting its own ruling, Israel s Supreme Court legalizes segregated communities http://www.uruknet.info?p=m109803 September 18, 2014 - March 8, 2000 marked a unique moment in Israeli history. In a major decision, the Supreme Court of Israel ruled that the town of Katzir, which was established on state land by the Jewish Agency, could not deny the right of the Arab Ka adan family to live in the town simply on the basis that they were not Jewish. This was the first time that Palestinian citizens of Israel successfully challenged the legality of "Jewish-only" communities in the state, generating cautious optimism that it could set an important precedent for Palestinian rights in land and housing. Fifteen years later, on September 17, 2014, these hopes came to an abrupt end. In a 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court dismissed various petitions filed by human rights groups against the Admissions Committees Law, enacted by the Knesset in 2011.. 23-oct-2014 01:45 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m109803 [Uruknet 109802 23-oct-2014 01:40 ECT] Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (11- 17 September 2014) http://www.uruknet.info?p=m109802 September 18, 2014 - Summary : Israeli violations of international law and international humanitarian law in the oPt continued during the reporting period (11 - 17 September 2014). Shooting: In the Gaza Strip, Palestinian medical source pronounced a member of an armed group dead of wounds he sustained on 11 July 2014, when an Israeli drone targeted a group of Palestinians east of Hamoudah gas station at the entrance of Beit Hanoun village. In that attack, a Palestinian was killed and 2 others were wounded. On 17 September 2014, Israeli forces opened fire at a group of fishermen who were sailing near the border fence. As a result, a fisherman sustained a bullet wound to his right leg. The fishermen was standing 200 meters off the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel and giving directions to his sons who were fishing in a rowing boat.... 23-oct-2014 01:40 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m109802 [Uruknet 109801 22-oct-2014 03:57 ECT] Israeli Occupation Forces Re-arrest Ayman Nasser, Legal Unit Coordinator at Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association http://www.uruknet.info?p=m109801 September 18, 2014 - In the early hours of this morning Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) re-arrested Ayman Nasser (44) from his home in the West Bank village of Saffa. Nasser is the legal unit coordinator at Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association. Nasser s wife reported that "at 1:30AM, a large number of IOF raided our house while we were sleeping. We woke up to the sounds of heavy knocking on the front door and my husband, Ayman, rushed to open the door. Around 15 soldiers raided the house and started yelling at me and my children, demanding us to move to the living room. Six soldiers, including one female soldier, pointed their weapons at us while we waited in the living room. Half an hour later, a military officer identified Ayman and took him outside the house. Ayman returned with the officer after ten minutes, and said goodbye to us."... 22-oct-2014 03:57 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m109801 [Uruknet 109800 22-oct-2014 03:23 ECT] The sole representative of the Palestinian people http://www.uruknet.info?p=m109800 September 18, 2014 - I would like to move you from the victorious celebrations to the rooms where secret negotiations are held and international decisions are made when it comes to the Gaza Strip in particular. Forgive me, but I believe that our perception of a victory in Gaza requires us to consider Che Guevara s famous quote: "Revolution is created by the most honourable and inherited and exploited by scoundrels." As many predicted, there was nothing at all surprising about the "surprising non-traditional plan for resolving the Palestinian issue", which was promised by Mahmoud Abbas on the eve of the ceasefire. In fact, one could argue that what ensued is the worst possible thing that could have happened to the cause and that this was due to the steps taken by Abbas himself... 22-oct-2014 03:23 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m109800 [Uruknet 109799 22-oct-2014 03:14 ECT] Israeli drone conference features weapons used to kill Gaza s children http://www.uruknet.info?p=m109799 September 18, 2014 - Less than one month after killing more than 2,100 Palestinians in Gaza, including more than 500 children, Israel is hosting its annual drone conference. Organized in partnership with the US embassy in Tel Aviv, "Israel Unmanned Systems 2014" offers Israeli military firms an opportunity to flaunt the performance of their products, many of which were tested on Palestinians in the besieged Gaza Strip this summer. Palestine has long served as a laboratory for Israel s ballooning "homeland security" industry to test and perfect weapons of domination and control, with disenfranchised and stateless Palestinians serving as their lab rats. ... 22-oct-2014 03:14 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m109799 [Uruknet 109798 22-oct-2014 02:06 ECT] Israeli high court upholds racist "admission committees" law http://www.uruknet.info?p=m109798 September 18, 2014 - The Israeli high court upheld on Wednesday the "Admissions Committees Law," which allows rural towns in the Negev and Galilee to reject Palestinian citizens of Israel and other marginalized groups from residing in them on the basis that they are "unsuitable" for Jewish communities. It is a ruling that Israeli civil and human rights organizations have condemned as legalizing the practice of segregation. Adalah, the Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel, filed a petition against the law on behalf of several human and civic rights organizations in Israel on 30 March 2011, arguing that the law violated Israel s prohibition against discrimination. On 17 September, an expanded panel of judges ruled five-to-four to dismiss the petition... 22-oct-2014 02:06 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m109798 [Uruknet 109797 22-oct-2014 02:01 ECT] BBC s new "Head of Statistics" twists casualty figures to whitewash Gaza massacre http://www.uruknet.info?p=m109797 September 18, 2014 - An open letter to the BBC s Director General, written by Palestine solidarity activists, is calling for the removal of BBC journalist Anthony Reuben from all reporting on Palestine following the publication of an online article in which he attempts to sanitize Israel s killing in Gaza. Reuben is the BBC s "Head of Statistics," a role created in February, he claims in his Linkedin profile, specifically for him. Writing as "Head of Statistics" in August, Reuben authored an article for the BBC website headlined "Caution needed with Gaza casualty figures." When he wrote the article, 1,948 Palestinians had been killed in Israel s assault on Gaza, the majority of them men... 22-oct-2014 02:01 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m109797 [Uruknet 109796 22-oct-2014 01:12 ECT] Palestinians fleeing Syria charged $400 per month to rent garages in Beirut http://www.uruknet.info?p=m109796 September 18, 2014 - On Tuesday, 9 September, Palestinian refugees from Syria descended from across Lebanon to Beirut. They gathered in a group of approximately two hundred to protest outside the UN refugee agency UNHCR s headquarters in the capital s Jnah neighborhood. The protest was called by Syria s Palestinians in Lebanon, an organization that draws attention "to all the humiliation and insults" they are subject to in Lebanon.At the protest, Palestinian refugees described the dire conditions they face in Lebanon. A middle-aged man, Omar, stood warily on the sidewalk facing the UNHCR building. A resident of Yarmouk refugee camp near Damascus, which has been under siege since June 2013, Omar was sandwiched between his teenaged son and daughter. He held onto his family in the absence of his wife who he said was "taken by death in Yarmouk last year."... 22-oct-2014 01:12 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m109796 [Uruknet 109795 22-oct-2014 00:05 ECT] Israeli occupation forces destroy water networks and launch assault on farmers http://www.uruknet.info?p=m109795 September 18, 2014 -Israeli occupation forces issued on Wednesday a decree banning farmers from irrigating agriculture on their stepped lands in Atov, located in eastern Tubas city in the occupied West Bank, threatening to arrest any citizen who cultivates his or her land.Palestine s Safa news agency reported that occupation forces destroyed the water system three days ago that the farmers of the area had connected to their lands, in continuation of a policy that deprives the Atov area of all kinds of infrastructure. The president of the Atov Council told Safa that, "Arresting and threatening the farmers today is the second step following the destruction of the water network," pointing out that the goal of the occupation forces is to exercise full control over Atov and Al-Bakya a... 22-oct-2014 00:05 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m109795 [Uruknet 109794 21-oct-2014 21:40 ECT] 90% of Gazans live below poverty line, 95% of water undrinkable http://www.uruknet.info?p=m109794 Setember 18, 2014 -Head of the Popular Committee against the Siege Jamal Al-Khodari has described living conditions in the Gaza Strip as "disastrous" after the latest Israeli war. In a briefed press release, Al-Khodari said that more than 90 per cent of Palestinians in Gaza live under the poverty line because of the sharp increase of unemployment rates. "Displaced Gazans, who live in shelters, experience disastrous conditions," Al-Khodari said, "as they lost the basic needs of life after the collapse of almost all facilities of major services such as electricity, water and sanitation.".. 21-oct-2014 21:40 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m109794 [Uruknet 109793 21-oct-2014 05:49 ECT] Syria News - September 17, 2014 http://www.uruknet.info?p=m109793 September 17, 2014 - By the end of Wednesday, LCC were able to document 100 martyrs including 8 women, 14 children and 3 martyrs under torture: 35 martyrs were reported in Hama; 28 in Damascus and its Suburbs; 18 in Aleppo; 6 in Homs; 6 in Deir Ezzor; 3 in Daraa; 3 in Idlib and 1 in Hasakeh.... 21-oct-2014 05:49 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m109793 [Uruknet 109792 21-oct-2014 05:32 ECT] Number of Iraqi orphans, widows rising with conflict http://www.uruknet.info?p=m109792 September 17, 2014 - Naima Ibrahim, 36, lost her husband during the government s bombing of Fallujah in May. She had intended to flee the city with her husband and children after the city fell to militants belonging to the Islamic State (IS) and some tribal groups, but her husband died in the shelling while out buying food. His death forced her to remain in Fallujah. She and her children now live on the money provided by her brothers and neighbors in addition to aid from humanitarian organizations in Anbar province. Ali al-Hayali, a member of the Al-Khair Foundation, which operates out of Anbar, took it upon himself to help cases similar to Ibrahim s. He estimates that about 400 children have been orphaned in the province since the start of the government s military operations against the armed groups in December of last year... 21-oct-2014 05:32 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m109792 [Uruknet 109791 21-oct-2014 05:25 ECT] The unspoken US-Iranian alliance against IS militants http://www.uruknet.info?p=m109791 September 17, 2014 - ...On August 31, following US airstrikes, the Iraqi Army and Shiite militias directly tied to Iran broke the siege on Amerli, a northern Iraqi city that had been under siege by IS militias. What s more, video footage emerged purportedly showing Iran s top military commander, Qassem Soleimani, on the frontlines of the battle against IS alongside Iraqis likely trained and instructed by the US. "Americans have sent advisors to Iraq to help the Iraqi army and the Iranians have done likewise, so we can assume that they exchange information or, at the very least, that they are speaking in an indirect manner. After all, they are technically in the same camp- they are fighting side-by-side against IS," explained Thierry Coville, a specialist in Iranian politics who works at French international relations research institute IRIS in an interview with FRANCE 24... 21-oct-2014 05:25 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m109791 [Uruknet 109790 21-oct-2014 05:14 ECT] Obama Has No ISIS Strategy http://www.uruknet.info?p=m109790 September 17, 2014 - ...Now as we fight ISIS together, Assad has been rebranded. The issue of how action against ISIS will only strengthen Assad is set aside. Assad is supported by the Russians, whose interests in Syria are thus tacitly upheld by Washington even as a mini-Cold War rises in the Ukraine from the ashes of the last great struggle the United States claimed to have won...The United States issued Maliki s replacement the same to-do list the United States issued Maliki since 2006- unite Iraq, and make it snappy, even as more troops are sent in. The blind man in the dark search for moderate Sunnis in Iraq to create a political solution will likely work out as well as it has in Syria. Iran, who won the 2003-2011 Iraq War with the installation of a pro-Tehran Shia government in Baghdad, is holding on to its victory, now with United States air power on its side... 21-oct-2014 05:14 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m109790 [Uruknet 109789 21-oct-2014 05:09 ECT] After the Ceasefire http://www.uruknet.info?p=m109789 September 17, 2014 - On 26 August a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas was agreed, bringing a fragile end to a war that killed 2150 Palestinians (mostly civilians) and 73 Israelis (mostly soldiers). Since then Hamas has not fired a single rocket, attacked an Israeli target, or done anything to break the terms of the ceasefire. Israel has done the following: 1. Annexed another 1500 acres of West Bank land 2. Seized $56 million of PA tax revenue 3. Not lifted the illegal blockade (as required by the ceasefire) 4. Broken the ceasefire by firing at fishermen on four separate occasions 5. Detained six fishermen 6. Killed a 22-year-old, Issa al Qatari, a week before his wedding 7. Killed 16-year-old Mohammed Sinokrot with a rubber bullet to the head .. 21-oct-2014 05:09 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m109789