Defend the media – restore Uruknet to Google News

Please click here to send your complaints to google.news, or go to this url:
http://www.uruknet.de/protesta-google.php

January 20, 2006

On January 12, 2007 Google has stopped indexing Uruknet.info as a news source

(The latest Uruknet article included in the Google News index is Iraqi Children “Play” Civil War, January 12, 2007).

We wrote to Google News and this is their reply:

Hi Vincenzo,

Thank you for your message. We apologize for the confusion, we’ve reviewed your site again and are unable to include it in Google News at this time. We appreciate your willingness to provide your articles to us, and we will log your site for future consideration. Thank you for your interest in Google News.

They are unable? and for which reason? Of course there isn’t any technical reason, because Google.news have been indexing Uruknet up to five days ago and although old pages are still available, there has been no update since then. The only “technical reason” is censorship.

We rewrote to Google.news and their reply was even more cryptic:

Thank you for your note. Although we’re unable to provide specific information at this time, we sincerely appreciate your interest in Google News and your willingness to provide us with your content. Please be assured that we’ll keep your site on file should we be able to crawl it in the future.

Thanks again for taking the time to contact us.

Regards, The Google Team

Of course, it is a lie: In our logs it seems that you still crawl Uruknet, but the articles do not appear on Google.news.

We re-rewrote to Google.news and we didn’t get any answer at all. We ignore the reason for which Google has manipulated the rankings for Uruknet , but we think the exclusion of alternative media through search engines results is government/corporate tactics to harness the free flow of information on the Internet. Being banned by Google.news is obviously a serious threat to a news website’s existence.

This isn’t the first time that Google discontinues indexing Uruknet. On February 18, 2005, Google.news removed Uruknet.info as a news source, apparently thanks to Michelle Malkin’s protestations only to reinstate them – following many complaints sent in by our readers.

On June 4, 2005 both Google.com and Google.news dropped Uruknet again without explanation: and in this case too Google reinstated Uruknet only because of complaint messages from our readers.

We must add that Google’s censorship unintentionally occurs in a particularly critical period for our website. Uruknet has been under hacking attacks since September 2005. These attacks increase whenever there are important events from Iraq. Since this past summer, when a great number of attacks were carried out against Uruknet, we have been moving our servers and spending lots of time, money and energies in order to prevent these attacks and to repair the damages. Since the assassination of the Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, the attacks have increased again and last week they managed to destroy our main server and other servers we use for mirroring websites.

As our readers know, we never carried out campaigns neither for fund-raising nor for any other kind of aid. Although we’ve been able to provide, in spite of sacrifice, for maintenance and safeguard of Uruknet and mirroring websites, and although we succeeded, notwithstanding such a great deal of problems, to face all damages caused by hacking attacks, now Google’s censorship risks to be a blow too hard to ward off.

We therefore kindly request our readers to write to Google asking Uruknet.info to be reinstated as a news source.

Please click here to send your complaints to google.news, or go to this url:
http://www.uruknet.de/protesta-google.php

A few hours ago, we asked our readers to send their complaint messages to ” source-suggestions@google.com ”

Now google.news claims that the address source-suggestions@google.com is no longer active. When one of our readers sends google.news a complaint letter for having stopped indexing uruknet,
he receives the following automated response from google:

—– Original Message —–

From: news-feedback@google.com

To: pao**si@tin.it

Sent: Saturday, January 20, 2007 8:00 PM

Subject: Re: [#102548054] Complain for removing www.uruknet.info from google.news

Thank you for your note about Google News. This is an automated response

to let you know that we appreciate your interest and feedback. Please note

that this email address is no longer active.

To further assist our users, we’ve created a Google News Help Center,

where you can search or browse all of our available support information.

Our Help Center is located at http://www.google.com/support/news/

If you’re a news publisher, please visit our Publisher Help Center at

http://www.google.com/support/news_pub where you’ll find extensive,
up-to-date information and solutions.

But four days ago google.news did reply us from the same email address: so on 16 January 2006 the address ” source-suggestions@google.com ” surely was active.

Messaggio Originale ——–

Oggetto: Re: [#81255140] Re-inserting uruknet.info into google-news

*Data: * *Tue, 16 Jan 2007 11:24:43 -0800*

*Da: * *Google Help source-suggestions@google.com*

A: enzo@uruknet.eu

Hi Vincenzo,

Thank you for your message. We apologize for the confusion, we’ve reviewed your site again and are unable to include it in Google News at this time. We appreciate your willingness to provide your articles to us, and we will log your site for future consideration.

Thank you for your interest in Google News.

Regards,

The Google Team

——– Messaggio Originale ——– Oggetto: Re: [#81255140] Re-inserting uruknet.info into google-news

Data: Tue, 16 Jan 2007 17:45:05 -0800

Da: Google Help source-suggestions@google.com

A: enzo@uruknet.eu

Hi Vincenzo,

Thank you for your note. Although we’re unable to provide specific information at this time, we sincerely appreciate your interest in Google News and your willingness to provide us with your content. Please be assured that we’ll keep your site on file should we be able to crawl it in the future.

Thanks again for taking the time to contact us.

Regards,

The Google Team

We therefore strongly suspect that google.news “source-suggestions@google.com” has put a filter on the word “uruknet”.

We made some test, and we made sure that if someone sends
to source-suggestions@google.com an email message
without the word “uruknet”, google news doesn’t reply that the address is inactive.

Please click here to send your complaints to google.news, or go to this url:
http://www.uruknet.de/protesta-google.php

Join United Student Contingent

Please Froward far and wide, post on every appropriate
blog and list-serve.

March in solidarity with students and youth from
across the country on Saturday January 27th in D.C.

Join the Campus Anti-War Network, Members of SDS, and
World Can’t Wait in this Unified Youth and Student
contingent.

The final meeting place for the unified student and
youth contingent will be on the steps of the
Smithsonian Institute at 11 AM. It’s the red brick
building on the mall, next to Hirshorn, and near the
Air and Space Museum. The address is 900 Jefferson
Drive SW.

For a visual representation please see the following
link, note that the UFPJ rallying point is on the Mall
between 3rd and 7th. The Smithsonian is right across
the street, we will all congregate together and then
head over to the rally as a strong and unified
contingent.

MAP

The closest Metro strop is the “Smithsonian” Metro on
the blue/orange lines. As you exit the metro you will
probably be in the middle of a large demonstration (I
believe it has two exists, one drops you off on
Independence, the other in the middle of the park),
and you can also check the street signs or ask anyone
around for directions should you need them.
Iowa for example will be riding the Metro in from
Shady Grove and will be getting off at Gallery Place –

Chinatown, which drops us off 6 blocks north of the
mall on 7th street. Not a bad walk.
Troops Out Now!
See you in D.C
Chris Schwartz
Coordinating Committee of the Campus Anti-War Network
http://www.campusantiwar.net
University of Northern Iowa Students for Social Justice

Rally and March information and some after march events:

11:30 a.m.— Rally on the National Mall, between 3rd and 7th streets.
Speakers include Jesse Jackson, California representative Maxine
Waters, Ohio representative Dennis Kucinich, actress Rhea Perlman,
Salt Lake City mayor Rocky Anderson, and Bob Watada, father of Lt.
Ehren Watada, the first military officer to refuse deployment in Iraq,
now facing court-martial.

1 p.m.— March to the Capitol. For the exact route and a full list of
contingents and feeder marches, see http://www.unitedforpeace.org

5:00 – “What is next in the US occupation of Iraq? Why should the troops
come home now?” with Anthony Arnove, and special guests including
Kelly Dougherty, co-founder of Iraq Veterans Against War.

5:00 – 7:00 PM (Langston Room)
at Busboys and Poets
2021 14th Street
NW DC 20009

After the United for Peace and Justice March on Washington, join Anthony Arnove
(Voices of a People’s History of the United States) and special guests including
Kelly Dougherty, co-founder and Chair of the board of directors of Iraq Veterans
Against the War, to celebrate the paperback release of his book Iraq: The Logic
of Withdrawal. Speakers will address what is next in the US occupation of Iraq as
well as why the troops should come home now. Sponsored by Haymarket Books
and Busboys and Poets.

9 p.m.— Dance party with Code Pink at Busboys and Poets, 14th Street and V NW

Traprock Peace Action Report – January, 2007

1. Scott Ritter: “Target Iran”

Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2007 in a discussion at 7pm
Scott Ritter will address US war against Iran
at the Friends Meeting House, on Woolman Hill
Keets Road, off 5 & 10 1/2 mile south of Greenfield,
in Deerfield, MA. The meeting house is wheelchair
accessible, for the discussion.

Coming from some distance?
Reservations are available online for the discussion at 7PM
($10+) or for the dinner and discussion. ($50)
We plan to confirm your reservation by email or phone
by 3pm Wednesday.

Scott Ritter is a former US Marine, former U.N. weapons inspector
on the ground in Iraq for seven years, and author of “Target Iran,
The Truth About the White House’s Plans for Regime Change.”
During the 1991 Gulf War Ritter was a US Marine working on missile
use for General Norman Schwartzkopf. More recently Ritter
traveled to Iran for a view from inside. He offers both a military
analysis and a civil response to the US threats. This event is
sponsored by Traprock & Woolman Hill Conference Center to help take
U.S. plans for using nuclear weapons, and for conventional attacks
against Iran, off the table!

Traprock Peace Center will video and audio tape the
discussion in full and gives permission to use files from
our website on radio with attribution; and for free distribution
with attribution. Thanks for sharing the news.
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2. How Congress Can Stop the Iran Attack
3. WAR CRIMES REPORT, IN ENGLISH & ARABIC
4. After March Event – January 27th in DC
5. ON THE STREET – Freedom of Assembly?
6. Our State of the Union – Calling ALL HANDS, MCTV
Thank you Dance Spree – benefit dance Friday, Feb. 16
7. “Weapons of the Spirit” in Amherst
8. Contribute to WAGE PEACE
– Youth Peacemaker Award Nominations

2. How Congress Can Stop the Iran Attack
or be complicit in nuclear war crimes
By Jorge Hirsch, Sat, 20 Jan. 2007
An Excerpt from Information Clearing House,

” … Congress could pass a law making a nuclear attack on a
non-nuclear nation in the absence of Congressional authorization
illegal. In so doing, Congress would effectively be preventing Bush
from launching any attack against Iran without its authorization,
thus reclaiming its broader constitutionally assigned duties. Because
Bush will not dare putting 150,000 American lives in Iraq at risk of
Iranian retaliation without having the nuclear option on the table.
By removing the nuclear option from the Bush toolkit, Congress
would be forcefully imposing its will and that of the American
people on an administration gone mad.

If Congress chooses not to face the fact that US military action
against Iran is likely to lead to the first US use of nuclear weapons
since Nagasaki, each one of its members will share responsibility
for the nefarious chain of events that is likely to follow, and
should be preparing to face his/her very own nuclear Nuremberg trial….”

See the full text from the “Information Clearing House Blog” web site,
Thanks to John Staley of Williamstown for sending this reference.
http://www.ichblog.eu/content/view/31/1/

3. WAR CRIMES REPORT,
NOW IN ENGLISH & ARABIC

Refuse to be ‘good German?’
If you’re going to Washington this week-end,
or if you’re staying close to home, please consider
printing and sharing a copy of the War Crimes Report.

Congratulations to all colleagues who published this reference —
in English in October, & now in Arabic, JANUARY 17, 2006.
Emergency funding can help print multiple copies for distribution in DC!

“U.S. War Crimes in Iraq and Mechanisms for Accountability” was
published on October 11, 2006 by ten organizations concurrently.
The report is now fully accessible by Iraqis and other Arabic
speakers in the Middle East.

“We are making ‘U.S. War Crimes in Iraq and Mechanisms for Accountability’
available in Arabic because we want to increase its accessibilty to the
people of Iraq so that they may have knowledge of the scope and
illegality of certain U.S. conduct there,” said Nick Mottern, Director
of ConsumersforPeace.org. “We hope that this will assist the Iraqi
people in preventing further war crimes and in getting reparations
for what has been done.”

See the Arabic language edition, available for free download as a pdf file:

http://www.consumersforpeace.org/pdf/war_crimes_arabic_ed_011307.pdf
http://traprockpeace.org/war_crimes_arabic_ed_011307.pdf
http://vcnv.org/files/war_crimes_arabic_ed_011307.pdf
http://www.videos1.informationclearinghouse.info/pdf/war_crimes_arabic_ed_011307.pdf
http://www.brusselstribunal.org/pdf/war_crimes_iraq_arabic.pdf
http://www.uruknet.info

4. After March Event – January 27th in DC
“What is next in the US occupation of Iraq? …

With Anthony Arnove, Co-author of Voices from A People’s History
and special guests including Kelly Dougherty, co-founder of Iraq Veterans Against War.

Downtown, DC
5:00 – 7:00 PM (Langston Room)
at Busboys and Poets
2021 14th Street
NW DC 20009

After the United for Peace and Justice March on Washington,
join us in celebrating the paperback release of Arnove’s book
‘Iraq: The Logic of Withdrawal’. Speakers will address what’s next
and why the troops should come home now. Sponsored by
Haymarket Books and Busboys and Poets. Congratulaitons to
U-Mass students filling two buses to DC.

5. ON THE STREET
See you in Washington?
See you on the streets!

Everywhere people are talking, sometimes honking.
Everywhere it’s a movement if we make it so.

Sandra Boston, Eve Brown Waite, Suzanne Carlson, Mary Siano,
Bob McCormick, Shel Ball, Gaella Elwell, Kay Fern, Annie Hassett, Eve,
Maesha(?) and a few other friends shared a vision and braved the cold
>From 4:30-5:30 Tues-Friday! Thousands of drivers caught our drift.
We could see people writing down the number for Congress, &
putting it in cell phones.

“Honk for PEACE!” ”Call a HALT” & “Bring them ALL home.”
You should have heard the support, as we crossed with the light,
each night on Main Street.

– Freedom of Assembly –
Since we want change, we are changing our venues.
During lunch hour today, Jan. 23, John Graves and I
held a bright banner with the number for Congress,
on a wide sidewalk at 91 Main St. in Greenfield.
A policeman, Mr. Odam instructed me that anyone demonstrating
in Greenfield needs a permit. I disagreed, saying I have been informed
that the town asks for permits for demonstrations of more that 10
people, but in general, the Constitution is my permit for freedom of
assembly, freedom of speech and freedom of the press. He warned
that I may be summoned.

Want to be OUT with the number for Congress? 202 224-3121

Call until ~6 pm–the switchboard operator will connect you.
Ask for the office of ANY member of Congress.

The White House comment line is 202 456-1111.
If you call as though on a rotary phone, you can speak to someone.

6. Our State of the Union

Please comment on your closing schools,
increased demands for home heating assistance,
or other local accounting. Date proposed, Jan. 31, 5-6pm
or Feb. 1, 7-8PM. Volunteers can tape you at Montague
Community TV, (in the Crocker Building across from the
Shady Glen and Town Hall in Turners Falls, a.k.a. Great Falls).
To weigh in, or volunteer — 413-773-7427.

Other productions pending include a Forum on Impeachment,
with Carl Doerner, and Witness Against Torture, perhaps at GCTV.

Committees are forming. Calling all hands.

Calling all dancers. Dance Spree will organize a benefit for Traprock
in Northampton for Friday Feb.16. Dance Spree is on the fourth floor
above Fitzwilly’s. Any donations over $4 can go to Traprock.
There is an elevator. Come buy a T-shirt or decorate one.
Be my valentine. 413 773-7427

Or meet your neighbors at a pot-luck or a
committee meeting here by the woodstove.
Watch the calendar, or call to pitch in.
Name your elixir to salve the trauma of war.
To sacrifice ~~ to make sacred.

7. Wednesday, Feb. 7, 7pm, see
“Weapons of the Spirit”

Produced and directed by Pierre Sauvage.
The next Wide-Angle Film to be shown in Amherst
reveals the defiance of the people in Le Chambon,
a town in France that hid 5,000 people from the Nazis.
The director was a child at the time he was protected there,
in an oasis of peace, in a conspiracy of goodness.

The Nacul Center is at 592 Main Street, Amherst,
1/2 mile east of Pleasant Street at the corner of N. Whitney.
Fully accessible, no charge for admission.

8. Contribute to
WAGE PEACE

Massachusetts neighbors are expected to pay $7.5 billion for
nuclear weapons & nuclear war in 2007. Supporters have contributed
about $15,000 so far in large and small amounts, toward a goal of
$100,000 for moving & this movement by June 1.

Soon we’ll prepare for youth Peace Maker Awards with
the Interfaith Council. One page letters describing worthy initiatives
by youths living in Franklin Co. MA are due in April. Send or pledge
the amount you spend on coffee or tea? Smell peace brewing?

Or make a contribution to honor yourself, Matthew Leighton, or the
next generation. Bit by bit, every contribution counts. Your words of
endorsement count!

Gifts of property would be most welcome!!! Woolman Hill, Touchstone Farm
& Yoga Center, Sirius Community, and the Peace Pagoda have shown us that
land is wonderful foundation for enduring efforts, and building community.
Add dedication and sacrifice, many hands and many minds.

BING THEM ALL HOME.

peace, Sunny

Traprock Peace Center
103A Keets Road
Deerfield, MA 01342

413-773-7427

http://www.TraprockPeace.org

in a Neighbors’ Network to End War

Arabic edition of War Crimes Report published

Download Arabic edition here.

Download English edition here.

Please download, print and distribute these reports and forward these links.

A message from Sunny Miller, Traprock’s Executive Director:

“Some may be concerned that translating these realities into Arabic will increase hostilities. In fact people in Iraq know these things and our admitting to them and objecting to them with transparency can increase understanding. Most importantly, addressing these wrongs through legal and nonviolent action increases hope that one day soon the corporate plunder and military mayhem will end! Soldiers can return to their sworn duty to uphold the constitution, rather submit to illegal orders. In the wake of Martin Luther King’s birthday I have to speak truth to power. I urge you to print the War Crimes Report and take it with you. It’s our duty to all the children of this Earth. When we recognize reality, we can begin to change it. Veterans, parents, students, teachers, doctors, nurses, … all of us are needed to right these wrongs!”

Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

JANUARY 17, 2006

CONTACTS: Nick Mottern, Director of Consumers for Peace
914.806.6179; nickmottern@earthlink.net
Karen Parker, President of Association of Humanitarian Lawyers
415.533.1066; ied@igc.org Continue reading Arabic edition of War Crimes Report published