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:: ONU - XX Assemblea Generale (1965):
La XX Assemblea Generale dell’ONU (1965) dichiara "la legittimità della lotta da parte dei popoli sotto oppressione coloniale, per esercitare il loro diritto all' autodeter-
minazione e all'indipendenza".
Inoltre, l'Assemblea invita "tutti gli Stati a fornire assistenza morale e materiale ai movimenti di liberazione nazionale nei territori coloniali".

:: ONU - Risoluzione 1514
"L'Assemblea Generale dichiara che: la soggezione dei popoli a dominio straniero, conquista e asservimento costituisce una negazione dei diritti umani fondamentali, è contraria alla Carta delle Nazioni Unite ed è un impedimento alla promozione della pace e della cooperazione mondiali.
Tutti i popoli hanno diritto all' autodeter-
minazione; in virtù di tale diritto essi devono liberamente determinare il loro status politico e liberamente perseguire il loro sviluppo economico, sociale e culturale".

:: Convenzione di Ginevra, Protocollo Addizionale I (1977):
La lotta armata può essere usata, come ultima risorsa, come mezzo per esercitare il diritto all' autodeter-
minazione.

:: Tribunale penale internazionale
In base allo Statuto del Tribunale penale internazionale, sono definiti “crimini di guerra”:
(1) attacchi lanciati intenzionalmente contro popolazione civili in quanto tali o contro civili che non prendano direttamente parte alle ostilità;
(4) attacchi lanciati intenzionalmente nella consapevolezza che gli stessi avranno come conseguenza la perdita di vite umane tra la popolazione civile, e lesioni a civili o danni a proprietà civili ovvero danni diffusi duraturi e gravi all’ambiente naturale che siano manifestamente eccessivi rispetto all’insieme dei concreti e diretti i vantaggi militari previsti.

:: Iraq anthem
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Death From Above: How American Drone Strikes Are Devastating Yemen
By Vivian Salama
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April 14, 2014 - The people of Yemen can hear destruction before it arrives. In cities, towns and villages across this country, which hangs off the southern end of the Arabian Peninsula, the air buzzes with the sound of American drones flying overhead. The sound is a constant and terrible reminder: a robot plane, acting on secret intelligence, may calculate that the man across from you at the coffee shop, or the acquaintance with whom you've shared a passing word on the street, is an Al Qaeda operative. This intelligence may be accurate or it may not, but it doesn't matter. If you are in the wrong place at the wrong time, the chaotic buzzing above sharpens into the death-herald of an incoming missile...

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Israel working on the second phase of Greater Jerusalem project
Middle East Monitor

April 14, 2014 -Israel has started the second phase of the Greater Jerusalem project, which aims to expand the borders of occupied Jerusalem to encompass 10 per cent of the total area of the occupied West Bank, a Palestinian expert in Jewish settlements said. Director of the Map Department in the Arabic Association for Studies based in Jerusalem, Khalil Tafakji said that the decision of the Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Ya'alon, which was announced yesterday, to annex hundreds of dunams and add them to the land of three settlements in Gush Etzion is part of the project....

  continua / continued avanti - next    [106334] [ 17-apr-2014 02:41 ECT ]

Is the negotiations stage over?
Dr Fayez Rasheed

April 14, 2014 - Israel refuses to release the fourth group of Palestinian prisoners arrested prior to the Oslo agreement. Mahmoud Abbas signed 15 agreements to join international organisations, and the Palestinian side will begin to work on an international level to register its membership in these UN affiliated institutions. Both sides have shown anger towards US Secretary of State John Kerry, but he kept Martin Indyk in the area to meet with the two sides, the Palestinians and the Israelis, to look for compromises that can bring things back to normal and then resume negotiations. Indyk in return brings heads of the negotiations teams Tzipi Livni and Saeb Erekat together in a number of rounds of negotiations easing the impasse which the talks seem to be going through. Observers are confused...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [106333] [ 17-apr-2014 02:36 ECT ]

A new settlement is born in Hebron
By Michael Omer-Man
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April 14, 2014- Three Israeli settler families moved into a contested home in the West Bank Palestinian city of Hebron, following a years-long legal battle and culminating on Sunday with the authorization of Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon. The new, fortress-like building signifies the first new settlement in Hebron since the 1980s. The building in question, which is strategically placed between the Old City of Hebron and the major Jewish settlement of Kiryat Arba, can house some 20 families. Palestinians claim that the property was purchased using forged documents, but Israel’s Supreme Court rejected that claim...

  continua / continued avanti - next    [106332] [ 17-apr-2014 02:29 ECT ]

Watch: Christian groups decry Israeli restrictions ahead of Easter
By Alex Shams

April 14, 2014 - Palestinian Christian groups in Jerusalem have launched a campaign condemning Israeli restrictions on freedom of worship in advance of Easter, as some fear a repeat of the police violence the holy city has witnessed in years past. Produced by the local Palestinian organization Ma'an for Development and Progress in the Christian Quarter with the support of a number of Christian Jerusalem youth groups, a new video calls for "freedom of worship for all" in Jerusalem. "Christians are the indigenous inhabitants of this land and all we want is to be able to worship freely and normally in our holy sites," Benayot Benayot, a member of the group that produced the video, said in a telephone interview...
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Israel allows settlers back into contested West Bank home
AFP

April 14, 2014 -- Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon on Sunday approved the return of Jewish settlers to a contested house in the flashpoint West Bank city of Hebron, his office said. The supreme court ruled last month that settlers were the lawful owners of the building in the heart of the occupied Palestinian city, ending a legal dispute lasting nearly seven years. "Following the court decision ... Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon today (Sunday) approved habitation of the house," his office said in a statement. It added that the area military instructor had been told to allow "a limited number of families to the house."..
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Syria News - April 13, 2014 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Local Coordinating Committees of Syria
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April 13, 2014- By the end of Sunday the Coordination Committees were able to document 94 martyrs in Syria including 6 women, 10 children and 4 martyrs under torture: 37 martyrs were reported in Damascus and its Suburbs; 27 in Aleppo; 8 in Homs; 8 in Idlib; 7 in Deir Ezzor; 5 in Daraa; 1 in Hama and 1 martyr in Raqqa...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [106329] [ 17-apr-2014 01:26 ECT ]

Palestinian Children's Day 2014
by Stephen Lendman

April 13, 2014 -In 1925, the World Conference for the Well-Being of Children first proclaimed a day to honor children. In 1954, it was universally established... Palestinians commemorate Children's Day on April 5. Ahead of this year's commemoration, Defense for Children International (DCI) released data revealing Israeli brutality. Nearly 700 Palestinian children aged 12 to 17 are detained annually. They're held under horrific conditions.They isolated. They're threatened. They're terrorized. They're harshly interrogated. They're forced to confess to crimes they didn't commit. Or ones too minor to matter. In February, 230 children below age 18 languished in Israel's gulag. Israeli security forces murdered others in cold blood. Some are shot in the back. None posed threats...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [106328] [ 16-apr-2014 20:29 ECT ]

After Hersh lays smoke screen, Assad lobes gas bombs
Clay Claiborne

April 13, 2014 - ...His piece became like a call to action for Assad supporters everywhere to renew the claims that Assad didn't do it, repeat all the Fall conspiracy theories, and try to build unity among the conflicting versions. For example, Mint Press came out in support of Hersh, in spite of the fact that they had been supporting a version of how the rebels gassed themselves that involved untrained rebels in a tunnel bungling a big tank of sarin given to them by Saudi Prince Bandar. Hersh's current version has the Turks ramroding al Nursa, and using missiles, no Bandar, no tank, no tunnel. But nevermind about that, these Assad supporters are flexible, the main point is that Assad didn't do it and the rebels did. That is why all those that had formerly promoted a version that had the CIA and/or Qatar masterminding the chemical attacks were as quick as Mint Press to jump on the Hersh campaign bus....
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Father of young woman killed by soldiers petitions High Court to oblige MAG to handle case promptly
B'Tselem
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April 13, 2014- Munir al-Hanash, whose daughter Lubna was shot and killed by soldiers on 23 January 2013 near al-'Arrub refugee camp, filed a petition today to Israel’s High Court of Justice together with Israeli human rights organization B’Tselem, demanding that the court oblige Military Advocate General Maj. Gen. Danny Efroni to decide whether to indict the soldiers who killed his daughter or close the case. On 23 January 2013 Lubna al-Hanash, a 21-year-old resident of Bethlehem, was strolling with a female relative in a garden near Route 60 by al-'Arrub Refugee Camp, when she was struck in the head by soldiers’ live gunfire...
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UK government tries to stop soldier revealing the jaw-dropping truth of the Afghanistan war
Matt Carr

April 13, 2014 - Attempts by democratic governments to ban books rarely work out well. If the book is banned on grounds of public morality (Lady Chatterley’s Lover, Tropic of Cancer), then the writer nearly always wins in the end and the government that tried to suppress their work is likely to end up looking puritanical, cloven-footed and often pig-ignorant.If, like Peter Wright’s Spycatcher, the book is banned on 'political’ or national security grounds then it is immediately going to attract a great deal more media interest than it might otherwise have done, so that if one publisher drops it another is likely to pick it up. When the Thatcher government tried to ban Spycatcher under the Official Secrets it ended up looking ridiculous and impotent when the book was published abroad – even in Scotland – for three years before the ban was lifted, so that anyone who wanted to know what was in it could find out. Rather than silencing books, such efforts tend to generate more curiosity about them. And attempts at censorship and prohibition are almost guaranteed to attract attention when a government tries to ban a book that it has commissioned itself, as was the case last week, when the Ministry of Defense attempted to block the publication of An Intimate War – An Oral History of the Helmand Conflict 1978-2013, on the grounds that it breached the Official Secrets Act...
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At Least 168 Palestinians Tortured to Death by Syrian Regime
Talal Alyan

April 13, 2014 - At least 168 Palestinian have been tortured to death by the Syrian regime according to the documented names and numbers by Human Rights Collective PLHR/SYRIA. The number of Palestinians arbitrarily abducted and tortured to death by the Syrian regime, or one of it’s proxies, has continued to increase on an almost daily basis. The siege of Yarmouk is often written off as a inevitable consequence of the complexities of the Syrian conflict, a shameless lie unveiled by the continued enforcement of the siege during the brief period of truce in which oppositional forces left the camp. But the cases of arrest and torture of Palestinians by the regime make it almost impossible to deflect culpability away from the Syrian regime. Yet, there continues to be either a silence, tepid response or outright justification from some elements of "Pro-Palestinian" society...
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Israeli settlers assault 3 Palestinian youths in Jerusalem
Ma'an News
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April 13, 2014 - -- Dozens of Israeli settlers assaulted three Palestinian youths late Friday in an East Jerusalem settlement, family members told Ma'an.Abdullah Jibrin, 21, Eyab Jibrin, 20, and 20-year-old Ghalib al-Waari sustained injuries after settlers in the settlement of Pisgat Zeev assaulted them with clubs and knives, al-Waari's father told Ma'an. He said Abdullah Jibrin was wounded in the forehead and needed 15 stitches. The three youths had arrived in Pisgat Zeev to withdraw money from an ATM, he said. ..
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Libya remains in the grip of rivalrous rebel factions
By Laura King

April 13, 2014 — Dragging deeply on a cigarette and swirling his espresso dregs, the curly-haired young militiaman offered up a vivid account of the battles he and fellow rebels waged to bring down dictator Moammar Kadafi — days of blazing bombardment, thirsty desert nights. Then he voiced his dismay at the chokehold those same armed groups now maintain on Libya. "We fought so hard to make a new country," said the 28-year-old of Libyan extraction who left Britain to join the revolution that swept this North African nation in 2011. "Now it's all about money. Money and guns."...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [106322] [ 16-apr-2014 19:11 ECT ]

Surprise, surprise!
Government Exonerates FBI’s Lax Investigation of Suspected Boston Bomber

Dave Lindorff

April 13, 2014 - One thing that the FBI does really well is exonerate itself. As I wrote earlier, the bureau’s agents have shot 151 people over the course of the last two decades, killing more than half of them, yet in its own internal reviews, the FBI has exonerated those agents all 151 times -- a perfect record of blamelessness that even some of the country’s most gun-happy police departments (even in Albuquerque, NM) can’t claim. Now another internal review, not by the FBI but by the Office of Intelligence Committee, an obscure unit which supposedly internally "oversees" the work of 17 intelligence agencies including the FBI, has smiled on the FBI’s seemingly lackadaisical investigation of Boston Marathon bomber suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, saying that its Boston office agents did an okay job in checking him out after Russian intelligence warned the US back in 2011 that he had linked up with Islamic militants while on a visit to his family in Dagestan...
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People in Gaza suffer of saline water
By Fedaa al-Qedra
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April 13, 2014 - 90 percent of the drinking water in Gaza has higher levels of salinity than is recommended by the World Health Organization, as well as an increasing level of water-borne disease. Experts warned of human crisis If pumping continues at this rate, they said by 2016 year there will be no usable water in Gaza. Most of Gazzans are buying their drinking water from unregulated private vendors which form a heavy burden on already impoverished families. Mohamed Yaseen said that the municipal water received by pipes is saline and undrinkable...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [106320] [ 16-apr-2014 18:57 ECT ]

Window opens on secret camp within Guantanamo
By Ben Fox

April 13, 2014 — Attorney James Connell has visited his client inside the secret Guantanamo prison complex known as Camp 7 only once, taken in a van with covered windows on a circuitous trek to disguise the route on the scrub brush-and-cactus covered military base. Connell is allowed to say virtually nothing about what he saw in the secret camp where the most notorious terror suspects in U.S. custody are held except that it is unlike any detention facility he’s encountered. "It’s much more isolating than any other facility that I have known," the lawyer says. "I’ve done cases from the Virginia death row and Texas death row and these pretrial conditions are much more isolating."...
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Following Palestine's Accessions to a Number of International Conventions: PCHR Calls upon Palestine to Immediately Accede to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court
The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR)

April 13, 2014 - The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) welcomes the State of Palestine's accessions to 16 international conventions related to the international humanitarian law and human rights, but calls upon the Palestinian leadership not to surrender to the Israeli and international pressure and immediately accede to the 1998 Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.
PCHR emphasizes that Palestine's accessions to the 16 conventions constitute a step on the right direction to promote our humanitarian values and human dignity for each Palestinian....
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An ordinary day in an extraordinary city: the filming of 24 Hours Jerusalem
Damon Wise
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April 13, 2014 - In the era of the modern documentary, rare is the film-maker who prays that nothing out of the ordinary happens on the day of shooting. Yet that was exactly the concern on Volker Heise's mind a year ago today, when he began filming his real-time study of Jerusalem, an ambitious multi-camera, multiple-perspective study that aims to look beyond the city's headlines and present the everyday stories of the people that live there.The project began eight years ago, with a trial run in Berlin. Says Heise, an avuncular, self-deprecating 52-year-old north German who apologises for his English not being "proper": "I always thought about the idea of, how can I narrate a city? In literature you have Ulysses by James Joyce, or Berlin Alexanderplatz by Alfred Döblin, or Manhattan Transfer by John Dos Passos. But how could I do this visually? Then one day I read an article in an English newspaper about English historians, and they asked all the people in England to write them letters, telling them what they were going to do on one specific day. They asked them to send only the ordinary days of their everyday lives...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [106317] [ 16-apr-2014 17:53 ECT ]

Podcast: CCR Attorney Pardiss Kebriaei on Judge Dismissing Lawsuit Against Extrajudicial Killings of US Citizens
By: Kevin Gosztola

April 13, 2014 - The families of three United States citizens, who were not indicted, charged or prosecuted for committing crimes but were killed in drone strikes by the US government, lost in court when a judge dismissed a lawsuit brought by the ACLU and Center for Constitutional Rights. "These deaths happened in 2011," according to lead CCR staff attorney Pardiss Kebriaei, who argued the case. "There’s a strike on September 30, 2011, that killed Anwar al-Awlaki and Samir Khan and then two weeks later, October 14, 2011, a second strike that killed Abdulrahman [al-Awlaki]."...
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Assad’s Unofficial Iraqis
Hamza Mustafa

April 13, 2014- Much attention has been given to the involvement of Lebanese fighters from Hezbollah in the fighting in Syria, understandably so given their fierce reputation and role as the vanguard of recent government offensives in the Qalamoun region. Reports of Iranian assistance on the battlefield, including drones, have also received great attention. But there is also another group of Arab fighters that has played a key role in bolstering the forces of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad. Since their arrival in Damascus, bands of Iraqi militia fighters have done much to take the pressure off Syrian government forces in and around the capital. Whereas Hezbollah’s contributions to the war effort have been concentrated on the Lebanese border, primarily in the countryside between Damascus and Homs to the north, Iraqi fighters are now an important part of the regime’s forces in the south of the country...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [106315] [ 16-apr-2014 17:17 ECT ]

Uganda: Doing Israel's dirty work
Why is Israel sending asylum-seekers to Uganda?

Belen Fernandez
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April 13, 2014 - While contemplating potential locations for a Jewish homeland over a century ago, Theodor Herzl - the father of modern political Zionism - proposed Uganda as a temporary refuge for persecuted Jews.Ironically, Uganda is now on the receiving end of other persecuted peoples, this time African refugees who have sought asylum in Israel only to be imprisoned in detention facilities and then returned to the African continent.As the Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported in a February 2014 article titled "Israel secretly flying asylum seekers to Uganda", harsh conditions in the detention centres plus nominal financial compensation have facilitated the deportation of many migrants under the guise of "voluntary departure"...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [106314] [ 16-apr-2014 17:02 ECT ]

The real delegitimisation: Apartheid Israel targets Palestinian citizens' political activism
Ben White

April 13, 2014 - Last week, Palestinian activist Muhammad Kanaaneh was due to address Tel Aviv University students at an event marking Land Day, a commemoration of the bloody state repression of anti-land expropriation protests in 1976. However, following pressure by right-wing Zionist activists, university authorities stepped in to ban Kanaaneh from delivering his speech on campus. The opposition to Kanaaneh's lecture, including from Members of the Knesset, was on the basis that he was a so-called "convicted terrorist", apparently jailed for "involvement with" or "passing on information to" Hezbolllah. But few bothered to examine the claims being made about Kanaaneh, or look beyond the shouts of 'terrorist'. To do so would be to reveal another side to this affair, beyond the repression of Palestinian political activism at Israeli academic institutions...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [106312] [ 16-apr-2014 02:50 ECT ]

AFRICOM Goes to War on the Sly
U.S. Officials Talk Candidly (Just Not to Reporters) about Bases, Winning Hearts and Minds, and the “War” in Africa

By Nick Turse

April 13, 2014 - What the military will say to a reporter and what is said behind closed doors are two very different things -- especially when it comes to the U.S. military in Africa. For years, U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) has maintained a veil of secrecy about much of the command’s activities and mission locations, consistently downplaying the size, scale, and scope of its efforts. At a recent Pentagon press conference, AFRICOM Commander General David Rodriguez adhered to the typical mantra, assuring the assembled reporters that the United States "has little forward presence" on that continent. Just days earlier, however, the men building the Pentagon’s presence there were telling a very different story -- but they weren’t speaking with the media. They were speaking to representatives of some of the biggest military engineering firms on the planet. They were planning for the future and the talk was of war....
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Israel places journalist in incommunicado detention
Ali Abunimah
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April 13, 2014 - Israel has arrested and placed in incommunicado detention the journalist and researcher Majd Kayyal, a Palestinian citizen of Israel.
The Electronic Intifada has obtained the closed court transcript and gag order – which Israeli media are strictly forbidden from publishing – extending the detention and interrogation of 23-year-old Kayyal under the auspices of the Shin Bet (also known as Shabak), Israel’s secret police. The original document and a full translation are available below. According to the court document, Kayyal is being investigated for suspicion of "unlawful travel to Arab countries" and "contact with a foreign agent."..
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Israeli forces storm Aqsa compound, injuring 6 worshipers
Ma'an News

April 13, 2014 - Israeli forces stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound on Sunday morning, attacking worshipers with stun grenades and rubber-coated steel bullets, as Muslim worshipers braced for raids by right-wing Jewish groups as Passover approaches. Director of Al-Aqsa Mosque Sheikh Omar al-Kiswani told Ma'an that more than 50 Israeli "special forces" stormed the compound through the Moroccan Gate and the Chain Gate during the raid. Al-Kiswani added that Israeli forces "besieged" Muslim worshipers with rubber-coated bullets and stun grenades, and closed the Chain Gate with chains...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [106309] [ 16-apr-2014 00:15 ECT ]

Palestinian man shot, injured by Israeli forces in northern Gaza Strip
Ma'an News

April 13, 2014 -- A Palestinian man was shot by Israeli forces near Erez crossing in the northern Gaza Strip Sunday morning, Palestinian medical and security sources told Ma'an.Israeli soldiers opened fire at Palestinian workers collecting small stones from fields near the border, injuring one in the foot. An Israeli military spokeswoman said that "a crowd gathered in a prohibited area near security fence," and as a result "soldiers tried to distance crowd using riot dispersal means."...

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Syria News - April 12, 2014 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Local Coordinating Committees of Syria
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April 12, 2014 - Local coordination committees in Syria on Saturday were able to document 64 martyrs in Syria, including 8 women,5 children and 1 martyr by toxic gases: 34 martyrs in Aleppo,11 martyrs in Damascus and its suburbs, 9 martyrs in Idlib, 4 martyrs in Daraa, 2 in Deir Ezzor, 2 in Hama, and 2 in Homs...
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Erdogan’s quixotic battle against social media
Semih Idiz

April 12, 2014 - Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan will not rest until the Internet is fully under government control in Turkey and social media under his feet. He's now signaling his intent to use the strong support his Justice and Development Party (AKP) received in the March 30 local elections to this end....Having rejected the Constitutional Court’s unanimous judgment, which holds that the government’s ban on Twitter must be lifted immediately, Erdogan and his ministers as well as jurist members of the AKP are seeking ways to discredit the opinion....


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120 Jerusalemites arrested by IOF last month, including 40 minors
U-free

April 12 ,2014- Human rights data indicated the escalation of Israeli attacks launched against Palestinian citizens of Occupied Jerusalem last March. Brutal violations have been carried out by Israeli institutions targeting the Palestinian native citizens and their holy sites. According to human rights report, 120 Jerusalemites were arrested last march, including 40 minors aged between 13 and 17. The report documented several serious breaches of Israeli and international detention laws during arrest and investigation processes. Several Palestinians have been arrested after having their houses brutally stormed and searched at dawn time, while others were brutally captured from Jerusalem streets and al-Aqsa courtyards without notifying their families of the arrest...
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The real story on Palestine's UN treaties
Daoud Kuttab
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April 12, 2014 - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ decision to join some 15 international treaties will not have any major, direct effect on Israel. Despite the Israeli hoopla about the April 1 accession of Palestine to various international treaties, none of the treaties have any direct impact on the status of the occupied territories. Palestine committed itself in these treaties to various human rights conventions as well as laws of war treaties. International jurists argue that these treaties actually place more liabilities on the Palestinian government and have absolutely no effect on Israel and its status as the occupying power....

  continua / continued avanti - next    [106304] [ 15-apr-2014 17:01 ECT ]

Iraqi Sunnis Seek a Say
By Karlos Zurutuza

April 12, 2014 - ...The emergency situation extends to virtually every Sunni area in Iraq. But Fallujah, 60 kilometres west of Baghdad, could well be facing the worst of the unrest.Karama candidate Mohamed Jassim speaks of a mass exodus of civilians from Fallujah to Baghdad and Erbil. The situation in Fallujah, he says, is a "humanitarian catastrophe". "Every main road is blocked and the only way in and out is through secondary roads, and often on foot. The outskirts of the city are under the control of armed gangs but it’s difficult to know whether they are Al-Qaeda fighters or tribal militias because most are masked and carry no emblems."The biggest threat, though, comes from the constant bombings by the Iraqi air force," the 44-year-old candidate tells IPS...
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Giant Poster Challenges Humanity of Drone Operators
Not a Bug Splat |

April 12, 2014 - In military slang, Predator drone operators often refer to kills as 'bug splats’, since viewing the body through a grainy video image gives the sense of an insect being crushed. To challenge this insensitivity as well as raise awareness of civilian casualties, an artist collective installed a massive portrait facing up in the heavily bombed Khyber Pukhtoonkhwa region of Pakistan, where drone attacks regularly occur. Now, when viewed by a drone camera, what an operator sees on his screen is not an anonymous dot on the landscape, but an innocent child victim’s face...
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Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (03 - 09 April 2014)
The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR)
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April 12, 2014 - Summary: Israeli violations of international law and international humanitarian law in the oPt continued during the reporting period (03 – 09 April 2014). Shooting: During the reporting period, Israeli forces wounded 14 Palestinian civilians, including 3 children and a journalist, in the West Bank. In the Gaza Strip, Israeli warplanes launched 9 airstrikes at civilian targets and armed groups' training sites in different areas, while Israeli forces committed 4 shooting incidents along the border fence between Israel and the Gaza Strip. In addition, Israeli navy forces launched 8 attacks against Palestinian fishing boats in the sea. In the Gaza Strip, Israeli forces escalated their attacks. They launched 9 airstrikes in different areas, 2 shooting incidents along the border fence and 8 attacks against Palestinian fishing boats....
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Death and humiliation: The journey of Palestinian workers to Israel
By: Amon al-Sheikh

April 12, 2014 -More than 15 thousand Palestinian workers from the city of Tulkarem and its neighboring villages head to al-Taibi checkpoint that separates them from 1948 Palestine to work at various jobs. Israeli employers do not pay much but Palestinian workers are forced to take a chance because they need to make a living in light of the harsh economic conditions plaguing the West Bank. The workers hold the Palestinian Authority (PA) responsible for their misery. They are not asking for the PA to provide job opportunities, but at least to play a role in organizing the passage of the workers through Israeli checkpoints and to take advantage of its cooperation with the Israeli occupation to end their humiliation. All the PA did was say, through Tulkarem’s governor, that it is following up on the difficulties faced by Palestinian workers....
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Avoiding accountability: Life in Ramleh prison hospital
Tom Anderson and Therezia Cooper

April 12, 2014 - Corporate Watch has been investigating the companies involved in the Israeli prison system and interviewing ex-prisoners. This interview is part of a series of articles to be released over the coming months that we hope will serve as a resource for action against companies providing equipment and services to the Israeli Prison 'Service’ (IPS). Palestinian organisations are calling for action on 17 April, the international day of solidarity for Palestinian political prisoners, against G4S, a British-Danish multinational company working with the IPS, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, a major investor in G4S....
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Mỹ Lai and Sy Hersh, a Reappraisal
Clay Claiborne
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April 12, 2014 -I made a documentary about the Vietnam War five years ago, Vietnam: American Holocaust. Since I wanted it to be the ultimate Vietnam War documentary, I got the guy who narrated and starred in Apocalypse Now to do the voice-over. I made it because too many educated Americans will tell you 58,000 people died in the Vietnam War, when the real number is closer to three million, give or take 50,000. The tag line I have used to promote the film has been "The Vietnam War was a Mỹ Lai every week."....I have long been of the opinion that the US imperialists, even in their limited wisdom, understood they could never obliterate the people's memory of the many atrocities of the Vietnam War, so they allowed one to become famous, they allowed one to be publicized and prosecuted, in the hopes that the public memory of the generalized and pervasive massacres that was the Vietnam War, would be resolved down to the memory of this one atrocity, and in this they have been largely successful. I believe this is the proper context to view Seymour Hersh's Pulitzer Prizing winning reporting on the Mỹ Lai Massacre....
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Iraqi Prime Minister receives authorisation to use all means to fight 'terrorism' in Fallujah
Middle East Monitor

April 12, 2014 -Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has received authorisation from all parties affiliated to the Shia Iraqi National Alliance to use all means necessary to fight 'terrorism' in Fallujah city in Al-Anbar governorate, a member of the Rule of Law Coalition, Ali Al-Bayani, has said.The Shia Iraqi National Alliance is the largest bloc in the Iraqi parliament and has nominated Al-Maliki for Prime Minister twice. It is made up of the Sadrists, the Supreme Islamic Council, Al-Fadila Bloc, the Reformist National Party and the Rule of Law Coalition, which is headed by Al-Maliki...

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Iraq executes more than 600 Iraqis in four years
Middle East Monitor

April 12, 2014-The Iraqi justice ministry has executed more than 600 "terrorists" in the past four years, the Iraqi justice minister Hassan al-Shimri has said. Speaking publicly in Al-Nasiriyeh City, Al-Shimri said that his ministry was not famous four years ago. However, he reiterated, it has became known to everyone as a result of the execution of "criminal terrorists." He called this "an achievement" for his ministry. Al-Shimri noted that the "terrorists" used to completely control the reformatory prisons and run their operations from inside....

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Palestinian political prisoners pay the price of freedom
Jamal Hussein
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April 12, 2014-The issue of Palestinian political prisoners and detainees held in Israeli jails continues to inflame the Palestinian public. Numerous events and activities take place throughout the occupied Palestinian territories, mainly in Gaza, to show solidarity with the prisoners in their call for freedom and in their demands to improve conditions inside. The Palestinian ministry of detainee affairs says that more than 5,000 Palestinians are being held in Israeli jails across 23 prisons and detention centres, many of them without trial or charge, under administrative detention, a military procedure which allows suspects to be held without charge indefinitely. Some of the prisoners have spent nearly 30 years locked up because of their struggle against the Israelis and their support for their cause for national liberation...
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Protests in Libya’s capital cause fuel crisis
Associated Press

April 12, 2014 -Tripoli, Libya: The Libyan government has blamed a fuel crisis in the country’s capital on protests that have blocked the roads to the main western oil terminal, leaving gas stations without new supplies. On Friday, protesters used piles of sand to block all roads to the Zawiya port, demanding early parliamentary and presidential elections, and increased security in the country’s restive east. The government condemned the protesters’ actions as "unacceptable" and said that oil tankers were in Zawiya port ready to be unloaded...

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Iraq Sunni Leader Survives Attack By Government Forces
Middle East Events

April 12, 2014-Dr. Saleh Mutlaq, chairman of Iraq’s Al Arabiya Coalition and currently deputy prime minister of Iraq, survived an armed attack on his convoy at the entrance to the al Anbar governorate this morning. One of Dr. Saleh’s bodyguards was seriously injured, as were two soldiers with the 9th Division of the Iraqi Army, which initiated fire against Mutlaq’s convoy. State-controlled Iraqi news stations are reporting that Mutlaq was attacked by armed insurgents and was rescued by the military. Eyewitnesses and members of Mutlaq’s security detail challenge this characterization and assert that uniformed members of the 9th Division of the Iraqi Army opened fire on the deputy prime minister’s convoy at 150 meters...
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Innocent truck driver tells of ordeal at Afghanistan's Bagram jail
AFP
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April 12, 2014 - Pakistani truck driver Umran Khan spent nine years in Afghanistan's Bagram prison, where he says he suffered beatings, sleep deprivation and a sustained campaign of mental disintegration despite committing no crime. Accused with a friend of transporting bombs in 2005, he has maintained his innocence - and an official record shows his captors suspected the same.Now the 32-year-old, one of six Pakistanis released last November, has spoken out against his treatment at Bagram in a case that rights groups say underlines the need for more scrutiny of the prison. Opened in 2002, it has often been compared to Guantanamo Bay. The Afghan authorities took over the jail, renamed Parwan, last year. But the US remains in charge of foreigners, including about 34 Pakistanis...

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Palestinians join Geneva Conventions on war: Switzerland
AFP

April 12, 2014 - The Palestinian Authority has signed up formally to the Geneva Conventions, which set down the rules of warfare and humanitarian operations in conflict zones, the treaties' guardian Switzerland confirmed Friday. Swiss foreign ministry spokesman Pierre-Alain Eltschinger told AFP that the Palestinian Authority had declared itself party to the conventions on April 2. This was registered formally by Switzerland on Thursday, he added. The step is part of a new diplomatic drive by Mahmud Abbas, the Palestinian president, coming as peace talks with Israel are close to collapse...
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Israeli Security Services Arrest Israeli Palestinian Journalist, Activist; Israeli Media Under Gag
Richard Silverstein

April 12, 2014 - I received an urgent message from Jamil Dakwar of the ACLU that Palestinian journalist and political activist, Majd Kayyal, age 22, was arrested on his return to Israel from a trip to Lebanon and Jordan. I’ve checked with an Israeli source who tells me he was arrested as a national security suspect. The combination of his trip to Lebanon, where he attended an event celebrating the 40th anniversary of As-Safir (considered a pro-Hezbollah publication), his participation in a 2011 flotilla voyage to break the Gaza siege, and his activist role in Adalah (where he was the website editor) and Balad (Hebrew), made him a ready target...
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More than 3,000 runners compete in second Palestine Marathon
By Jan Walraven
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April 12, 2014 - Under the banner of "Right to Movement," about 3,000 runners competed in the second Palestine Marathon on Friday 11 April, starting and finishing at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. Representing 39 countries, competitors had the option of choosing between 10 km, 21 km or the full marathon, 42.195 km. Although a success in terms of attendance, the event was overshadowed by Israel’s refusal to grant Palestinian Olympian, Nader Al-Masri, permission to travel to Bethlehem from Gaza. The Palestine Marathon is organized to raise awareness about the restricted freedom of movement in Gaza and the West Bank. The Israeli refusal directly demonstrated the challenges Palestinians regularly face....
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Israeli forces declare Nabi Saleh 'military zone,' injure 2 people
Ma'an News

April 12, 2014 - -- Israeli forces surrounded the central West Bank village of Nabi Saleh and declared it a "closed military zone" on Saturday, subsequently injuring two Palestinian civilians, a local group said. The attack by Israeli forces comes a day after Israeli forces detained five -- including two Palestinian women and three foreign journalists -- and lightly injured a French journalist during a protest in the village, which has held weekly protests for four years against Israeli confiscation of village lands....

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Israeli forces detain Hebron man after settlers invade his home
Ma'an News

April 12, 2014 -- Israeli forces detained a Palestinian man on Saturday evening after he tried to defend his family from a home invasion by Jewish settlers in the southern West Bank city of Hebron, a local activist group said.
Mofid Sharbati, 46, was detained by Israeli forces after a group of settlers entered his home on Shuhada street in central Hebron, coordinator for Youth against Settlements Issa Amro said. His brother Zidan Sharbati was wounded during the incident, which began when Jewish settlers entered their homes and began beating the brothers as well as members of their families....

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Syria News - April 11, 2014 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Local Coordinating Committees of Syria
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April 11, 2014 - By the end of Friday the Coordination Committees were able to document 74 martyrs in Syria including 3 women, 6 children, 2 martyrs under torture and 6 martyrs by toxic gases: 25 martyrs were reported in Damascus and its Suburbs; 23 in Aleppo; 10 in Deir Ezzor; 8 in Daraa; 6 in Idlib; 1 in Hama and Homs...
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Young Palestinian dad died from Israeli torture, forensic expert says
Ali Abunimah

April 11, 2014 - An internationally renowned expert on torture says that evidence confirms that a young Palestinian died of injuries he sustained in Israeli custody due to torture.Arafat Jaradat, a 33-year-old father of two, died on 23 February 2013 in Israel’s Megiddo Prison where he was being interrogated by the Shin Bet secret police.As Haaretz reported, Jaradat was arrested on the night of 18 February 2013 on suspicion that he had thrown stones and a Molotov cocktail at Israeli occupation forces: "It was a bit after midnight and everyone in the house – he himself, his wife Dalal, his four-year-old daughter Yaara and two-year-old son Mohammed – was sleeping, as was his brother Mohammed, who lives in the same building. The soldiers, ten or 12 of them, burst into the home and behaved with rare courtesy. They asked for identity cards and when Arafat gave them his, they told him to say goodbye to his family and come with them for detention. His small children, Yaara and Mohammed, clung to his legs but the soldiers promised them their father would be home soon."...
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Obama's War on Immigrants
by Stephen Lendman

April 11, 2014 -Obama exceeds the worst of his predecessors. He governs lawlessly. He does so multiple ways. He targets humanity globally. He does so at home. He's waging racist war on immigrants. He mocks notions of welcoming tired, poor, wretched masses yearning to breathe free.He enforces white supremacist policies. Poor, desperate arrivals aren't welcome. People of color are scorned. America never was beautiful. For sure it's not now. Obama reflects the worst of rogue leadership. He deported larger immigrant numbers than all his predecessors combined...
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Iraqi secularists under attack ahead of elections
Ali Mamouri
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April 11, 2014 - Kadhem al-Haeri, a cleric who has close ties with the Islamic Dawa Party and the Iranian regime, issued a fatwa March 30 banning the election of secular candidates in the upcoming elections. Large banners were hung in many areas of Baghdad and included a picture of the marja (spiritual guide) and the signature of the party’s office. The banners read: "It is forbidden to elect secular candidates." The banners, hung late in March, are still present in some areas in Baghdad....



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Disenfranchised: Iraq’s Anbar Province Treated Like a Territory
Govt Excludes Anbar From Official Data on Violence

by Jason Ditz

April 11, 2014 - There are plenty of examples of governments around the world treating parts of their land as territorial possessions with fewer rights than traditional provinces or states. Getting the franchise for statehood is a big step for those regions, and it’s virtually unheard of to lose it. Yet that seems to be what is happening in Iraq’s Anbar Province, where the central government is treating it less and less like an equal province and more like a tribal frontier where locals enjoy fewer rights....
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"Off With His Head": Court Upholds Obama's Power to Kill
The Real News Network

April 11, 2014 -....Well, you know, I think about drone killings a lot. And I think I have a new name for Obama. You know, you remember all those Shakespeare plays you read, and then you remember Alice of Wonderland and the Queen of Hearts always saying, "Off with your head" or Queen Margaret in, I think, Henry VIII, off with your head. The name for Obama should be, Off With Your Head, and then Person Gets Droned to Death. That's apparently what it takes now or all it takes now is to get an American citizen killed when he is overseas or she is overseas. And the case that brings that to mind is one that my office, the Center for Constitutional Rights, brought together with the ACLU...
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What It Portends
The Crisis of Liberal Zionism

by ANDREW LEVINE

April 11, 2014 -....As Zionists, liberal Zionists too would like Israel to incorporate all of Palestine. But since that is morally and politically impossible, and since, as liberals, they want liberal principles affirmed too, they moderate their Zionist ambitions. There is nothing else they can do.They are loath, however, to concede territory, and therefore inclined to accept at least some of the settlements established since 1967 – if need be, in exchange for land within Israel’s pre-1967 borders that still have substantial Arab populations and that Zionists care about less.The details were worked out a long time ago – in negotiations that began even before the handshake on the White House lawn marked the beginning of the Oslo period. Those negotiations continued throughout the nineties, culminating in meetings held in Camp David and in Saba in Egypt in the final days of the Clinton administration.....
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Syria Protests April 11, 2014 : A Video Roundup
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Palestinians accuse Israel of ‘piracy’ for withholding tax money
Associated Press with additional reporting by Reuters

April 11, 2014- The Palestinian negotiator in peace talks with Israel said on Friday that the Israeli decision to stop tax money transfers to the territories was "piracy". Israel collects about US$100 million (Dh360.7m) a month in taxes for the Palestinians and said it would withhold the money to punish them for pushing to sign up for more recognition from international agencies and treaties. Saeb Erekat, the chief Palestinian negotiator, said that "the Israeli decision to withhold these funds is piracy. ... It cannot be maintained". He also said talks persist, though "gaps remain big." The talks have teetered since Israel failed to release Palestinian prisoners as promised and moved forward with more settlements in land Palestinians want for their future capital...
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The Prime Minister Held Captive
The Zionist Lobby Under Fire in Oz

by BRIAN McKINLAY

April 11, 2014 -Australians have been witness to a remarkable conflict in recent days in which their former Foreign Minister Bob Carr denounced the Jewish Lobby and his former Prime Minister Julia Gillard, over the whole series of questions re Australian policy and the demands of Israel and the local Jewish Lobby.Nothing quite like it has ever been seen or heard before in Australia.Carr has just published his dairy as Foreign Minister during 2013.He came to that office in the last year of a sorely troubled Labor Government inheriting the job from Kevin Rudd,a former Prime Minister who took over the Foreign Minister’s portfolio after he, Rudd ,was deposed as P.M ,but then resigned after more turmoil in the Labor Party...
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Remember Tom
International Solidarity Movement
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April 11, 2014- The International Solidarity Movement today remembers Tom Hurndall, an ISM volunteer who was shot in the head by an Israeli sniper in Gaza. This terrible injury left Tom in a coma for nine months and he died January 13th 2004, at the age of 22. 11 years ago today, the Israeli army were invading the city of Rafah, in the Gaza Strip when Tom and other ISM volunteers saw a group of children in a street where snipers were firing. Witnesses say that bullets were being shot around the children, who were paralysed by fear and unable to move. Tom succeeded in pulling one child to safety, but when he returned for another, he was shot in the head by a sniper...

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Shocking Silence on the Rohingya
An Open Letter to Aung San Suu Kyi

by SUFYAN BIN UZAYR

April 11, 2014 -...Since my assumption is that you have totally forgotten about the Rohingya populace of your own country (again, you’re very busy, I know that), allow me to remind you a little bit about them. They happen to be Burmese citizens. They are one of the most persecuted communities in the world; the United Nations describes them as "friendless", and they would have gladly contributed to Myanmar’s GDP, if only they weren’t being massacred. On a sidenote, they also happen to have a religion that’s different from the majority of Burmese folks, and this is why they are being killed. Basically, Myanmar wants to eliminate the Rohingya people from its territory, and Bangladesh does not consider itself accountable for foreign refugees.Still unsure? Well, here is something that will refresh your memory. One can blame a lot many people for the destruction and genocide of the Rohingya people, but that’s an altogether different story. My question is, why are you silent?...
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A Symptom of a Larger Problem
Rumsfeld Personifies Our Society

by DAVID SWANSON

April 11, 2014 - When Donald Rumsfeld used to hold press conferences about the Iraq war, the press corps would giggle at the clever ways in which he refused to actually say anything or answer any questions.In a new film about Rumsfeld called The Unknown Knowns, the aging criminal is occasionally confronted with evidence that what he’s just said is false. He maintains a frozen grin and acts as if nothing has happened. The film’s director, interviewing Rumsfeld, never presses the truly uncomfortable points.The closest the film comes to asking Rumsfeld about the wrongness of launching a war on Iraq is with the question "Wouldn’t it have been better not to go there at all?" Not "Wasn’t it illegal?" Not "Do you believe 1.4 million Iraqis were killed or only 0.5 million?" Not "When you sleep at your home at the Mt. Misery plantation where they used to beat and whip slaves like Frederick Douglass how do you rank the mass slaughter you engaged in against the crimes of past eras?" Not "Was it at least inappropriate to smirk and claim that 'freedom is untidy’ while people were destroying a society?" And to the only question that was asked, Rumsfeld is allowed to get away with replying "I guess time will tell."...
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Leaked Report: CIA Lied, Lied, Lied to Conceal 'Brutal' Torture
Sarah Lazare,
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April 11, 2014 -Key findings of a still-classified Senate Intelligence Committee investigative report reveal that the CIA lied to lawmakers, the media, and the U.S. public about widespread torture as it concealed the brutality of its interrogation methods and the number of people subjected to them. This is according to a Thursday report from McClatchy News Service, which obtained 20 main conclusions (PDF) of the 6,300-page Senate Intelligence Committee report on the CIA's detention and interrogation program. These conclusions are entirely new to the public record....
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Failure to launch: Why the peace talks never succeed
Shatha Khalil

April 11, 2014-Direct negotiations between Israel and Palestine began on July 29, 2013. Backed by the US, the framework agreement for Middle East peace has been in the making for nine months. The deadline for the talks is fast approaching and there has been no agreement as to whether or not an extension past the April 29 cut-off currently set will go ahead.To date, a number of clauses have been discussed during the US' bid to attain peace between the warring sides, yet none have been agreed upon as the two sides hold firm to their demands.One of the most contentious issues during negotiations has been Israel's insistence at being recognised as a "Jewish State". Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has called this issue the biggest single obstacle to an accord and has made it the central point in his talks with US Secretary of State John Kerry...
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An anxious BICOM misrepresents negotiations breakdown
Ben White

April 11, 2014 - Prominent UK-based Israel lobby group BICOM (Britain Israel Communications & Research Centre) is worried. Not only are BDS campaigns on the up - prompting the publication of a booklet on the 'Apartheid Smear' - but the Kerry-led negotiations are in deep trouble. Why is that a problem for BICOM? Because in the UK, where the reality of Israeli human rights abuses is an accepted fact among many parliamentarians, NGOs and commentators, one of the remaining obstacles to the accelerated isolation of Israel is the peace process....
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FBI Agents Were Deployed in Hundreds of JSOC Raids Conducted in Iraq & Afghanistan
By: Kevin Gosztola
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April 11, 2014 - The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) formed an alliance with Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) and deployed agents in hundreds of raids conducted as part of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to a report from The Washington Post. Journalists Adam Goldman and Julie Tate reported that JSOC, an elite military unit which retired General Barry McCaffrey has referred to as the "most dangerous people on the face of the earth," used the FBI to exploit "digital media and other materials to locate insurgents and detect plots, including any against the United States." In return, the FBI "could preserve evidence and maintain a chain of custody should any suspect be transferred to the United States for trial." ..
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New revelations mean Government must clarify whether British territory was used to torture
Reprieve

April 11, 2014 - In response to new reports that the CIA ran a torture 'black-site’ on the British territory of Diego Garcia - something the UK government has consistently denied - legal charity Reprieve has written to the Foreign Secretary asking him to clarify exactly how the island was used. Earlier this week, Al Jazeera reported that the Senate Intelligence Select Committee had found "that the CIA detained some high-value suspects on Diego Garcia, an Indian Ocean island controlled by the United Kingdom and leased to the United States," adding that, "classified CIA documents say the black site arrangement at Diego Garcia was made with the "full cooperation" of the British government." ...

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Amira Hass predicts Israel’s ‘colonial project’ will eventually fail–but at what cost?
Alex Kane

April 11, 2014 - Amira Hass’ dispatches from Palestine for Haaretz do not usually invoke hope. In the past few months, Hass has chronicled the Israeli military’s point-blank execution of Muataz Washaha; Israel’s confiscation of playground equipment for Bedouin children near Jerusalem; and Israel’s theft of vital water resources that Palestinians need. Given that Hass is the only Israeli correspondent who witnesses day in and day out the grind of occupation and dispossession in Palestine, it makes perfect sense that her columns and news reports spark despair and anger in readers. But on Wednesday night, at Columbia University, she gave the audience some reason for hope...
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Florida university president who condemned boycott has financial ties to settlements
Omar Erchid
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April 11, 2014 -Students and faculty members at the University of South Florida (USF) are speaking out on President Judy Genshaft’s condemnation of the boycott of Israeli academia. Critics of Genshaft say her stance is colored by her extensive ties to Israel and financial interests in the country, suggesting a possible conflict of interest. They have also pointed to Genshaft’s poor record on academic freedom, undermining her appeals to that principle. Genshaft began the 2014 year condemning the American Studies Association’s (ASA) call for an academic boycott of Israeli institutions, describing the resolution as "antithetical to the core values of academic freedom" and "improper...
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PHOTOS: Publicly remembering the Deir Yassin massacre
By Activestills

April 11, 2014 - Jewish Israeli, Palestinian, and international activists carried three black panels bearing some 100 names through the streets of what is now the Givat Shaul neighborhood of West Jerusalem on Thursday. They marched to commemorate the massacre and displacement of the Palestinian village of Deir Yassin by Zionist militias 66 years ago on April 9, 1948. Organized by the Israeli organization Zochrot, whose name means "remembering," the event memorialized those killed and recounted the village’s history to Israeli passers-by, who were at times curious, indifferent and hostile....
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Israeli forces injure 5 medics after 'targeting' Gaza ambulance
Ma'an News

April 11, 2014 -- Five Palestinian medics suffered from excessive tear gas inhalation after Israeli forces fired a tear gas canister at their ambulance in the northern Gaza Strip, a medical official said.Spokesman for the Gaza Strip ministry of health Ashraf al-Qidra said that Israeli forces had "targeted" three military ambulances near the Eastern Cemetery east of Jabaliya.The five medics were treated on the scene, he added. The circumstances of the reported attack were not immediately clear...
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Syria News - April 10 , 2014 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Local Coordinating Committees of Syria
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April 10 , 2014 - By the end of Wednesday the Coordination Committees were able to document 131 martyrs in Syria including 4 women, 6 children and 7 martyrs under torture: 60 martyrs were reported in Deir Ezzor; 25 in Aleppo; 21 in Damascus and its suburbs; 9 in Hama; 6 in Homs; 5 martyrs in Daraa; 3 in Idlib; and 2 martyr in Qunaitra...Deir Ezzor: Boukmal: Ahmad Eid Al-Ashaab, Adnan Al-Shami, Mohammad Daham Al-Debes, Fares Al-Jarrah, Essa Said Al-Kassar, Soraqa Al-Aran, Bader Ramadan Hmoud Al-Hajjei, Zaid Barakat Al-Matar, Yamen Al-Jalal Al-Rameel, Ghanem Al-Baher, Essam Al-Samran, Ali Hmoud Al-Asman, Mohammad Al-Atiyeh, Yousef Sobhi Al-Nawaf, Mohammad Jasem Al-Nukhailan, Hamad Al-Mohammad, Hassan Al-Jasem, Ghadeer Al-Baghooz, and Abdulkareem Al-Kurdi were martyred in clashes with ISIS in the city...
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Interview: Nadia Abu El-Haj on archaeology and the Zionist project
By Alex Shams

April 10, 2014- In early January, the Israel Antiquities Authority announced that it would begin excavation on an archaeological site inside a Jewish settlement near the heart of Hebron's old city. The announcement sparked outrage among many who viewed the move as an attempt to legitimize the presence of illegal settlements in the center of the flashpoint southern West Bank city.Since then, Israeli authorities have also moved forward on plans for a Jewish history theme park in the Palestinian East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan...
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Military Resistance 12D7 - Hope
Thomas F Barton

April 10, 2014 - After flying helicopters in Vietnam for 30 months, Perry Parks couldn’t stop the panicked dreams."I was flying through wires all the time, and I never hit the wire," said Parks, 71, a retired military commander from Rockingham, N.C. "I’m a helicopter pilot, so wires scare the hell out of you." Parks, who has post-traumatic stress disorder, said he took sleeping pills for years after he retired. Then he found a more satisfying alternative: two or three bong hits at least three times a day."I don’t have the dreams anymore," he said. Faced with a skyrocketing suicide rate in their ranks, many of the nation’s veterans hope that marijuana will be their salve.Federal officials and veterans groups estimate that nearly 31 percent of Vietnam
veterans and 20 percent of returning service members from Iraq and Afghanistan are grappling with PTSD...
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Leading International Forensic Pathologist: Palestinian Detainee Arafat Jaradat Was Tortured, Which Led To His Death In Israeli Custody
Committee Against Torture in Israel and Al-Haq
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April 10, 2014 - Arafat-Shalish-Shahin-JaradatIn advance of an Israeli Magistrate Court hearing in the matter of Mr. Jaradat, due to take place today, Dr. Sebnem Korur Fincanci, an internationally recognized expert in Forensic Pathology, is providing her expert opinion to the Court. According Dr. Fincanci's findings, Arafat Jaradat was severely beaten while in detention, resulting in Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome, which caused his death in Israeli custody on 23 February 2013. Background Following Mr. Jaradat's death: "At the [Israeli] National Center for Forensic Medicine, an autopsy was performed on the body of Arafat Jaradat by Prof. Yehuda Hiss, in the presence of Prof. Arnon Afek, Director of the Health Administration at the Ministry of Health, and Palestinian pathologist Dr. Saber Aloul." (From: Israel Ministry of Health statement)...
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State Dep’t tries to clean up Kerry’s ‘Poof’
Philip Weiss

April 10, 2014 -In yesterday’s press briefing at the State Department, Jen Psaki sought to undo Secretary of State John Kerry’s "Poof" remark, in which Kerry laid the chief blame for the breakdown in negotiations at the feet of the Israelis, for announcing new settlements in Jerusalem. Psaki said that both sides were to blame for the breakdown. But at minute 6, Matt Lee of AP says that Kerry did blame the Israelis, and their fault was failure to release prisoners...
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5 killed as Shiite rebels press 'advance' on Yemen capital
The Daily Star

April 10, 2014 - Shiite rebels believed to be seeking to advance on Yemen's capital have attacked an army post in a neighbouring city, killing three soldiers and losing two of their own, tribal sources said Thursday. The Zaidi rebels, also known as Ansarullah or Huthis, carried out the attack in Amran, 50 kilometres (31 miles) north of Sanaa, late on Wednesday, tribal sources said.
Military sources have said their objective was to seize Amran and, from there, lay siege to the capital. ...
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‘There’s a lot of anti-Semitism out there’ — Johansson reviews her role as ‘new face of apartheid’
Philip Weiss
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April 10, 2014 - Ynet reports: "Scarlett Johansson says anti-Semitism behind criticism of SodaStream endorsement" American Jewish actress Scarlett Johansson believes anti-Semitism is to blame for much of the fire she drew earlier this year over her endorsement of Israeli company SodaStream, which operates a factory in the West Bank. "There’s a lot of anti-Semitism out there," Johansson told Vanity Fair, in an interview for the cover of their May edition. Johansson stuck with SodaStream when the endorsement became controversial in January. She ended up resigning her position with Oxfam...
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The “peace process” and the future of Palestine (Video)
Ali Abunimah

April 10, 2014 - On 9 April, I spoke at the Palestine Center in Washington DC about my new book The Battle for Justice in Palestine. My 30-minute presentation followed by a question-and-answer session can be seen in the video above. The discussion included the past and future of the "peace process," including the recent efforts of US Secretary of State John Kerry, Israel’s "right to exist as a Jewish state," the role of the Israel lobby in attempts to suppress debate on and off campus, neoliberalism and the Palestinian Authority and future directions for Palestine...
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WATCH: Bringing Israelis face to face with Gaza closure
By Tania Hary

April 10, 2014- Any illusions that Israel’s policy on Gaza is only about security surely should have been dispelled by the events of this week. Israel’s highest court struck down the petition of Gaza’s only Olympian runner, Nader al-Masri, who had asked to be able to travel to Bethlehem to race in the second annual Palestine Marathon. Ironically enough, the marathon is meant to be a celebration of freedom of movement. The state rejected Nader’s request to travel as it didn’t conform to the army’s criteria. Namely it wasn’t considered humanitarian enough and because allowing access for plain old professional opportunities runs counter to "the separation policy." ...
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Islamic Jihad gains support in Gaza as Hamas declines
Rasha Abou Jalal
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April 10, 2014- Despite the general harmony between Hamas and Islamic Jihad on political positions involving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, a rivalry exists behind the scenes. The two compete to attract Islamist supporters and appear to the public as the group best suited to achieve the aspirations and hopes of the Palestinian people.These Islamist movements use various methods to garner support, such as mass mobilizations, donating food and money to the poor, proselytizing and insisting on such Palestinian constants as the importance of Jerusalem and the right of return of the refugees. In general, they aim to fulfill the public’s wishes...


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Identifying the Sources for Hersh’s “Insurgents’ Chemical Weapons Attacks”
Scott Lucas

Last weekend, journalist Seymour Hersh (pictured) published his second attempt to pin last August’s chemical weapons attacks on insurgents, rather than the Assad regime. We have dissected Hersh’s "evidence", such as the "Russian intelligence" that the attack’s chemical toxins could not have come from the Assad regime and the journalist’s distorted presentation of "homemade rockets". Others such as Eliot Higgins, Dan Kaszeta, and Aaron Stein have also taken apart Hersh’s theory and assertions... However, the veteran reporter is firmly standing behind his story. So who are his sources?..
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In Libya, politicians in fear of powerful militias
MAGGIE MICHAEL Associated Press

April 10, 2014 — In a humiliating video, Libya's top politician — the head of parliament — is seen begging with a militia commander, trying to explain to him why he was caught with two women in his residence and insisting nothing scandalous was going on. "In God's name," Nouri Abu Sahmein tells the militiaman, Haitham al-Tajouri. "I'm hiding nothing from you, Haitham." Visibly afraid, Abu Sahmein tells him the women claimed to have "sensitive information" at a time he has received tips about a cell plotting to assassinate him. "I want to close this all up, but I want to understand. I am not a fool," the militia commander replies, speaking from off camera...
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Israel Says It Is ‘Deeply Disappointed’ by Kerry’s Remarks on Peace Talks
By ISABEL KERSHNER
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April 10, 2014 - In an unusually pointed rebuke of an ally, Israel said on Wednesday that it was "deeply disappointed" by Secretary of State John Kerry’s remarks a day earlier that appeared to lay primary blame on Israel for the crisis in the American-brokered Middle East peace talks. The Israeli-Palestinian dispute that has brought the talks to the brink of collapse appeared to be developing into an open quarrel between Israel and the United States, even as Israeli and Palestinian negotiators were said to be planning a third meeting here this week with American mediators to try to resolve the crisis.
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Sergeant Blackman’s Heart of Darkness
Matt Carr

April 10, 2014 - ....One of these episodes occurred when audio camera footage was released last month describing how four Marines in Helmand province executed a wounded Taliban insurgent in 2011, who had been shot by a helicopter in a firefight shortly beforehand.The images are not shown, and not all of the audio has been released, according to ITV News, because it was apparently too 'inflammatory’, but the fragments that were presented to the public are bad enough. In it, the four Marines can be heard jokily agreeing to kill their prisoner, chuckling about it as they deliberate whether to shoot him in the head or the chest, waiting till the helicopter is out of sight, and then contemptuously dispatching him with a quote from Shakespeare...
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Iraq - Nouri al-Maliki's 'success': at least 76 dead, 34 injured
The Common Ills

April 10, 2014 - How many more people will Nouri al-Maliki be allowed to kill? How many more War Crimes will he get away with? His continued bombing of the residential neighborhoods of Falluja (a War Crime) continue to leave people dead and injured. National Iraqi News Agency reports 5 civilians ("including a child") died from the bombings with fourteen more injured. Meanwhile, Nouri's ordered the same bombings in Ramadi and NINA reports people are fleeing their homes, being rendered refugees, as a result. He's also begun bombing sections of Baghdad ...
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GA Poised To Greatly Expand Predatory Private Probation Industry -- Unless You Call Now
Bruce A. Dixon
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April 10, 2014 - HB 837 creates a dark zone, specifically shielding local governments and the privatizers from revealing how much money is actually remitted to local governments, how much they keep for themselves, how many cases they handle...” A bill passed by both houses of the state legislature, landed on the desk of Georgia governor Nathan Deal last weekend. Georgia House Bill 837 is reportedly the result of about $500,000 in lobbying expenses by a single company, Sentinel Offender Services, the new law greatly expands the profitability and the impact of these predatory private probation companies upon the lives of poor families in Georgia.
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