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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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Reviving Our Heroes: Challenging Palestinian dehumanization
Bayan Abusneineh
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August 8, 2014 - ...Israel’s indiscriminate bombings and mass killings of whole families reflects its cruel and genocidal tactics. This offensive, however, is not an isolated incident. The barbaric nature of the State is reflective of the broader Zionist settler-colonial project, through its siege on Gaza, confiscation of land, demolition of homes, restriction of movement, and arbitrary imprisonment of Palestinians. Israel has simultaneously constructed itself as part of the ambiguous "West," alongside the United States and Europe, where colonialism, racism, and imprisonment are inherent to the establishment of the State. Israel defends its policies by painting itself as the "only democracy in the Middle East," placing itself as exceptional. Western media assists in constructing Israel as a sovereign (read: civilized) state and Palestinians as stateless (read: uncivilized), which allows Israel to justify its actions as "self-defense" while denouncing Palestinian acts of resistance as "terrorism....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109046] [ 27-aug-2014 02:48 ECT ]

Academic heavyweights slam Univ. of Illinois firing of Steven Salaita for Palestine views
Ali Abunimah

August 8, 2014 - There has been a strong and unified response from prominent academics, as well as academic and civil rights organizations, condemning the decision by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) Chancellor Phyllis Wise to summarily terminate the appointment of Professor Steven Salaita.One professor has publicly announced his refusal to visit UIUC over the affair. Wise terminated Salaita after off-campus anti-Palestinian websites and organizations began to agitate against him over his Twitter postings condemning Israel’s massacre in Gaza....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109045] [ 27-aug-2014 02:21 ECT ]

Jordan: Palestinians Escaping Syria Turned Away
Others Vulnerable to Deportation, Living in Fear


August 8, 2014 - Jordan refuses entry to or forcibly deports Palestinian refugees escaping Syria, in clear breach of its international obligations, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Jordan has officially banned entry to Palestinians from Syria since January 2013 and has forcibly deported over 100 who managed to enter the country since mid-2012, including women and children. The 44-page report, "Not Welcome: Jordan’s Treatment of Palestinians Escaping Syria," is based on interviews with more than 30 people affected by the non-admission policy. Human Rights Watch also documented Jordan’s withdrawal of Jordanian citizenship from some Palestinians who had lived in Syria for many years and who have been detained or deported to Syria without identity documents. Jordan’s uncompromising treatment of Palestinians fleeing Syria contrasts with its treatment of Syrian nationals, at least 607,000 of whom have been accepted into the country since the beginning of the Syrian conflict....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109044] [ 27-aug-2014 01:59 ECT ]

Syria News - August 7, 2014
Local Coordination Committees of Syria
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August 7, 2014 - By the end of Thursday, the coordination committees were able to document 63 martyrs including 9 martyrs under torture, 6 women, and 2 children: 22 martyrs were reported in Damascus and its suburbs; 14 in Aleppo; 7 in Idlib; 6 in Daraa; 5 in Deir Ezzor; 5 in Homs and 4 in Hama....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109043] [ 27-aug-2014 00:13 ECT ]

During Humanitarian Truce, Bodies of Victims Recovered from Invaded Areas amidst Unprecedented Destruction
The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR)

August 7 , 2014 - At 08:00 on Tuesday, 05 August 2014, the 30th day of the Israeli offensive of the Gaza Strip, a 72-hour humanitarian truce entered into force between the Palestinian and Israeli sides. Since then, all areas of the Gaza Strip have been calm, and a number of forcibly displaced Palestinian civilians have been able to return to their home, which were not completely destroyed, amidst concerns that Israeli shelling may be resumed. Over the past two days, the civil defense and medical crews have continued to recover bodies of victims from the areas that were invaded by Israeli forces, and a number of Palestinian have died of previous wounds. Based field tours carried out by PCHR’s staff in all areas that were invaded by Israeli forces, PCHR is shocked by the scenes of destruction caused by Israeli forces in the areas which had not been accessible. Hundreds of Palestinian families have become homeless....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109042] [ 26-aug-2014 02:17 ECT ]

An attack on the essence of democracy: the case of Omar Khadr
Andrew Lodge

August 7, 2014 - The Canadian government won't allow Omar Khadr to speak. Numerous media outlets have requested to interview him. They have repeatedly been turned down, most recently the Toronto Star. Why have these efforts been denied?
To recap, Khadr was a child soldier fighting in the Afghan theatre. He was captured in a firefight after having killed an American soldier with a thrown grenade. Khadr was also injured during the exchange. He was 15 at the time.
He was then transported to Guantanamo Bay where he spent 10 years while being tortured....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109041] [ 26-aug-2014 00:51 ECT ]

The Collapse of America's Great African Experiment
By Nick Turse

August 7, 2014 - As John Kerry, then-chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, put it in 2012, the United States "helped midwife the birth" of South Sudan. The choice of words may have been cringe-worthy, but hardly divorced from reality. For more than 20 years, a bipartisan coalition in Washington and beyond championed rebel forces here. As the new nation broke away from Sudan, after decades of bloody civil war, the U.S. poured in billions of dollars in aid, including hundreds of millions of dollars of military and security assistance, and sent military instructors to train the country’s armed forces and advisers to mentor government officials. It would be Washington’s major nation-building effort in Africa, a new country destined to join Iraq and Afghanistan as a regional bulwark of democracy and a shining example of American know-how...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109040] [ 26-aug-2014 00:45 ECT ]

Israeli Incitement: Fueling Intolerance & Hate Crimes
IMEU
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August 7, 2014 - Since three Israeli teenagers went missing in the occupied West Bank on June 12, Israeli society has witnessed a sharp increase in racially-motivated incitement and violent attacks against Palestinians, including Palestinian citizens of the state, who make up about 20% of Israel’s population. Fanned and exploited by Israeli politicians and religious leaders, many observers say they’ve never seen such a poisonous atmosphere in Israel.The following fact sheet provides an overview of some of the most egregious examples of Israeli incitement over the past seven weeks, as well as some of the consequences it has had for both Palestinians and dissenting Israeli Jews...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109039] [ 26-aug-2014 00:34 ECT ]

When a shelter is a target
Mohamed Omer

August 7, 2014 - "In the night, I am frightened by the bombings, missiles and the thought of the blood of injured people in the street," says eight-year-old Karam Abu Shanab."I can’t sleep in the night, my mind is filled with bad images from the Israeli bombs," he tells his mother, who says her other three children — Saleh, Malak and Sjoud — are all unable to sleep after hearing how children were bombed in their sleep at the UNRWA schools in Jabaliya. Karam is now taking shelter at Al-Rafedeen School in Gaza City. Among the children, there is constant talk about it being bombed and how parents cannot put a stop to it all....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109038] [ 25-aug-2014 23:47 ECT ]

Unchecked Murder and Mayhem
Israel and the Erosion of International Humanitarian Law

by LAWRENCE DAVIDSON

August 7, 2014 - It is not an exaggeration to say that Israel’s acclaimed "Defense Forces" have become expert in violating human rights: murder and ethnic cleansing, illegal confiscation of occupied land, destruction of civilian housing, destruction of civilian infrastructure (water, electricity, sanitation, etc.), attacking of medical facilities, torture both of adults and children, the use of banned weaponry, the mistreatment of prisoners and more. And they have done it all quite openly. Official complaints about Israeli behavior come before the UN several times a year but to no avail. Each time Israel is called to task in the UN Security Council for violating international law, the U.S. vetoes the resolution and therefore Israel suffers no consequences. Obviously this only emboldens Israeli leaders to continue acting in a criminal manner. However, the impact goes beyond Israel and its victims, because each time the U.S. casts its veto, international law designed to protect human rights suffers degradation...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109037] [ 25-aug-2014 23:18 ECT ]

The CIA is getting away with keeping every important secret about torture
Trevor Timm
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August 7, 2014 - At this point, is there anything the Central Intelligence Agency thinks it can’t get away with?To recap: the CIA systematically tortured people, then lied about it. Destroyed evidence of it, then lied about that. Spied on the US Senate staffers investigating the agency for torture, then lied about that. Now, after somehow being put in charge of deciding what parts of the Senate’s final report on that torture should be redacted, the CIA has predictively censored the key evidence of the litany of all of those transgressions.The agency’s black marker has reportedly censored – at different points in the report – already-public, embarrassing and criminally culpable information. By doing so, the CIA has rendered it, as one Senator noted, "incomprehensible". So while the Senators and Langley fight it out behind closed doors, Senator Dianne Feinstein, the intelligence committee chair, put the report’s public release on hold. Again...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109036] [ 25-aug-2014 22:55 ECT ]

Multiple journalists killed in Gaza war
Hana Salah

August 7, 2014 - GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — An editor for a local newspaper was among 13 Palestinian journalists killed during Israel’s war on Gaza. Mohammed Daher, the financial editor for Al-Resalah newspaper, succumbed to his wounds on July 31 after spending 10 days in intensive care at al-Shifa Hospital."We were sitting in the room near the door. We could hear shells, shrapnel and nails scattering over the rooftop all night, and we were waiting for the morning to come," Shaima, his pregnant wife who survived the attack, told Al-Monitor....


  continua / continued avanti - next    [109035] [ 25-aug-2014 20:05 ECT ]

USACBI Condemns UIUC Firing of Arab-American Scholar Steven Salaita
Jadaliyya Reports

August 7, 2014 - The Organizing Collective of the US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel protests in the strongest possible terms the termination of the appointment of Professor Steven Salaita by the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). According to the report in Inside Higher Education, UIUC has rescinded its employment contract with Salaita based on his public stance on Israel-Palestine. Having publicly announced the appointment of Salaita as Associate Professor (with tenure) of American Indian Studies after the customary full review, the university has withdrawn his appointment. In other words, Salaita has been fired. This negative action constitutes a blatant violation of Salaita’s academic freedom and an insidious assault upon him and on those who uphold the right to honest and ethical critique in the academy. We are gravely concerned about this attack on a leading scholar in Arab American studies and ethnic, indigenous, and American studies, whose brilliantly pathbreaking and highly prolific scholarship has put him at the forefront of these fields....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109034] [ 25-aug-2014 19:28 ECT ]

‘Era of Oslo is over’
Amira Howeidy

August 7, 2014 - "The Palestinians know that Israel wants to thwart this unity government by launching its war on Gaza," said the DFLP’s Abu Laila, "which is what we resisted by agreeing on unified demands."The current Palestinian representatives in Cairo, said Abu Laila, "are a PLO delegation. We are not here because of the PA."This is a new language that might be indicative of a turning point in Palestinian politics, post-Gaza. It remains to be seen how the ouctome of this war will impact the Palestinians, but there's a growing realisation that whatever happens, things can't go back to where they were before July 8 when Israel began its offensive."The era of Oslo and negotiations are over," proclaimed prominent Palestinian politician Mustafa Al-Barghouti from Ramallah recently. There are new realities, he said, and it is through "struggles" that a change in the balance of power is achieved, "not through solutions with Israel"....

  continua / continued avanti - next    [109032] [ 25-aug-2014 19:09 ECT ]

Israeli discourse of sexualized violence rises amid Gaza assault
By Alex Shams
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August 7, 2014 - As the bombs have been falling on Gaza over the past four weeks, another war has been ongoing for the hearts and minds of the global public.Although less deadly, this war of words offers a telling look into ongoing intellectual shifts in the Israeli and Zionist mainstream, revealing what experts argue is an increasingly violently racist and sexist Zionist worldview. Diana Buttu, a Palestinian lawyer and a former member of the PLO negotiating team, told Ma'an that in the weeks since the Israeli assault began she has received a deluge of hundreds of hateful emails and violent threats. Although she is accustomed to hate mail, she said that the tone and quantity is "unprecedented."...

  continua / continued avanti - next    [109033] [ 25-aug-2014 18:49 ECT ]

The war crime state declares "peace"
SocialistWorker

August 7, 2014 - ...Meanwhile, burning questions are being asked around the world: What was Israel's month-long offensive all about? And if we've seen the horrors of war for the past weeks, what will "peace" mean for the people of Gaza?Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu insists that Israel's massacre was "justified" and that every civilian casualty was the fault of Hamas for using civilians as "human shields." Never mind that even the New York Times acknowledged that "[t]here is no evidence that Hamas and other militants force civilians to stay in areas that are under attack--the legal definition of a human shield under international law." The BBC reached the same conclusion...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109030] [ 25-aug-2014 15:40 ECT ]

Power to the people: Extending the Israel boycott
Hatem Bazian

August 7, 2014 - In April 1960, after the New York City Seafarers' International Union and the International Longshoremen's Association picketed an Egyptian vessel named Cleopatra for 22 days, an official US State Department memo documented a phone conversation between Deputy Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Raymond Hare and the AFL-CIO President George Meany."I told Mr Meany the trouble is being compounded by the Cleopatra affair and that soon the Arab retaliatory boycott will really hurt American seamen and ships in all the seaports of the Near East, and it may eventually be applied to US airlines," stated Hare. "The interests of the United States will be damaged."President Gamal Abdel Nasser of Egypt had rallied the Arab world in response to the delays imposed on the Cleopatra, and Arab dockworkers refused to unload US ships....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109029] [ 25-aug-2014 02:26 ECT ]

An urgent challenge for the BDS movement
Sherry Wolf
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August 7, 2014 - FOR DECADES, supporters of Palestine around the globe were isolated from the mainstream and largely powerless, watching from the margins as Israel meted out its horrors against Palestinians. Activists organized small protests and educational and fundraising events to build solidarity, but Israel remained unscathed, swatting back criticisms with ease and smug contempt.Those days are gone.The boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement has put an end to the feelings of impotence among Palestine solidarity activists--and emerged as a strategic threat to Israel's once venerated standing in the world....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109028] [ 24-aug-2014 23:25 ECT ]

Former Israeli ambassador Michael Oren dropped as CNN ‘analyst’
Alex Kane

August 7, 2014 - CNN has changed former Israeli ambassador to the U.S. Michael Oren’s title from "analyst" to "ambassador" when he appears as a guest on the network. Sources knowledgable of the situation told me that the move comes after internal dissent within CNN that Oren’s classification as an "analyst" was not suitable. CNN spokesperson Edie Emery confirmed the change in an e-mail, though she did not get back to me on whether the change was a result of internal grumbling. "Mr. Oren is no longer appearing as a CNN analyst and instead as a guest. This was at his request," Emery told me....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109027] [ 24-aug-2014 07:08 ECT ]

Gaza war: It's about keeping the Palestinians under control
By Noam Sheizaf

August 7, 2014 - ...As things now stand, it’s clear that declarations by Israeli ministers and generals on "a new reality" in the south disguise a different, opposite goal for this war: Protective Edge was carried out in order to restore things to way they were before June 2014. In other words, to maintain the status quo.This has been the goal of Israeli policy for many years now. Since the end of the 1973 war, Israel has been waging a single war against a single adversary – the Palestinians. The first Lebanon War, the Intifadas, Cast Lead, Protective Edge and most of the military operations in between were all part of "a military solution" to the Palestinian problem. Even the notable exception – the 2006 war in Lebanon – was leftover from the the 1982 invasion, which was conducted against the Palestine Liberation Organization....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109026] [ 24-aug-2014 07:05 ECT ]

Community leader, beloved grandfather shot dead by Israelis as he carried white flag
Rami Almeghari
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August 7, 2014- Muhammad Qdeih, 65, was shot dead while carrying a white flag to signal to Israeli soldiers that he was an unarmed civilian.He was killed on 25 July right at the staircase of his house, where his daughter Mufida, a homemaker in her forties, stood speaking to The Electronic Intifada in the village of Khuzaa, east of Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip."They killed the man who taught me the meaning of devotion to the community and to the Palestinian cause," Mufida said, gesturing towards the staircase. "He inspired me to take part in protests and solidarity events for prisoners."...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109025] [ 24-aug-2014 06:56 ECT ]

Gaza is a crime made in Washington as well as Jerusalem
Seumas Milne

August 7, 2014 - The justification is always the same: the security of the occupier must be upheld against the resistance of the occupied and blockaded population. And at every stage Israel has had the military, financial and diplomatic support of the west, the US above all.Despite the hand-wringing, that backing has been unwavering throughout the past month’s devastation of Gaza. Not only is Israel’s right of "self-defence" in a territory it illegally controls upheld, while the same right is denied to the Palestinians, but the US, whose military aid to Israel runs to $3bn a year, has been re-supplying it with weapons as its troops and aircraft pulverised and massacred their way through an impoverished territory from which its captive people are unable to escape. Europe is in the same game. Britain has licensed the sale of a startling £8bn worth of military or dual-use equipment since 2010, and £42m of direct arms sales – including parts for drones and tanks used in the destruction of Gaza....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109024] [ 24-aug-2014 06:53 ECT ]

Mounting evidence of deliberate attacks on Gaza health workers by Israeli army
Amnesty International

August 7, 2014 - An immediate investigation is needed into mounting evidence that the Israel Defense Forces launched apparently deliberate attacks against hospitals and health professionals in Gaza, which have left six medics dead, said Amnesty International as it released disturbing testimonies from doctors, nurses, and ambulance personnel working in the area. "The harrowing descriptions by ambulance drivers and other medics of the utterly impossible situation in which they have to work, with bombs and bullets killing or injuring their colleagues as they try to save lives, paint a grim reality of life in Gaza," said Philip Luther, Middle East and North Africa Director at Amnesty International...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109023] [ 24-aug-2014 06:48 ECT ]

Syria News - August 6, 2014
Local Coordination Committees of Syria
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August 6, 2014 - By the end of Wednesday, the coordination committees were able to document 46 martyrs including 5 women, 2 children and 5 martyrs under torture: 12 martyrs were reported in Damascus and its suburbs; 9 in Aleppo; 9 in Homs; 6 in Idlib; 5 in Daraa; 3 in Deir Ezzor and 2 in Hama....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109022] [ 24-aug-2014 06:39 ECT ]

Moshe Feiglin’s vision of liberating Gaza by driving Palestinians into the Sinai
Roland Nikles

August 6, 2014 - Moshe Feiglin (b. Haifa ’62) is an Israeli politician on the rise. Elected as a member of the Knesset only in January 2013, today he already serves as deputy speaker of the Knesset. In May, a poll listed him has the fourth most popular member of Likud....Liberation of our land "is the only thing that justifies endangering our soldiers in battle to capture land" says Feiglin. After elimination of terror from Gaza, it will become part of sovereign Israel and will be populated by Jews. Gazans will be forced into the Sinai to wander in the wilderness, or bought off with "generous" aid from Israel to leave. Those willing to submit to Israel’s rule and subservient status may magnanimously stay. That’s the language of Feiglin in the Jewish Press. Does this ravaging of Gaza make sense in any other terms?...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109020] [ 24-aug-2014 06:35 ECT ]

Open letter to Mr. Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon: stand for law and Justice or resign!
Various undersigned

August 6, 2014 - We, the under signed Palestinian human rights and community-based organizations are extremely disappointed by your performance, notably by your biased statements, your failure to act, and the inappropriate justification of Israel’s violations of IHL, which amount to war crimes. Until today, you have taken no explicit and tangible measures to address the recent Israeli attacks in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) since 13 June. Moreover, your statements have been either misleading, because they endorse and further Israeli false versions of facts, or contrary to the provisions established by international law and to the interests of its defenders, or because your words justify Israel’s violations and crimes....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109019] [ 24-aug-2014 06:29 ECT ]

Obama Coddles Assad to Please Iran, Endangering Millions
By Michel Touma
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August 6, 2014 - Last January 21, we published a column in this space entitled Obama and the European Jihadists. We then raised the issue of President Barack Obama's troubling passivity in the face of the large-scale massacres perpetrated by the regime of Bashar al-Assad, and above all, American obstruction of any military aid to the Syrian opposition, even when Damascus enjoys massive and unlimited Russia and Iranian support. Such an attitude, we stressed, could have none other than the inevitable fallout of reinforcing radical trends and the jihadists... President Obama, it seems, is obsessed by a desire to enter into a strategic agreement with the Iranian Islamic republic. This is likely the obsession that in 2010 drove him to flout the outcome of the Iraqi legislative elections (a lesson in democracy!) and reached an agreement with the Iranian government to impose Teheran's henchman, Nouri al-Maliki, as Iraq's prime minister. This, even though he had come in second in the poll behind Sunni strongman Iyad Allawi. We know the events since then. For four years Mr. Maliki systematically marginalized Iraqi Sunni elements, applying a policy blindly-aligned with Iran. The Obama administration pretended to see nothing, until a few weeks ago, when it claimed to be "surprised" by the violence of the reaction, not so much from Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant [ISIL], but from the Sunni tribes and the Ulema (Muslim scholars and religious leaders)...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109018] [ 24-aug-2014 06:22 ECT ]

Another Professor Punished for Anti-Israel Views
by Corey Robin

August 6, 2014 - Until two weeks ago, Steven Salaita was heading to a job at the University of Illinois as a professor of American Indian Studies. He had already resigned from his position at Virginia Tech; everything seemed sewn up. Now the chancellor of the University of Illinois has overturned Salaita’s appointment and rescinded the offer. Because of Israel. The sources familiar with the university’s decision say that concern grew over the tone of his comments on Twitter about Israel’s policies in Gaza…....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109017] [ 24-aug-2014 06:12 ECT ]

Over 100 Middle East Studies Scholars and Librarians Call for the Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions
Various undersigned

August 6, 2014 - We, the undersigned scholars and librarians working on the Middle East, hold that silence about the latest humanitarian catastrophe caused by Israel’s new military assault on the Gaza Strip—the third and most devastating in six years—constitutes complicity. World governments and mainstream media do not hold Israel accountable for its violations of international law. We, however, as a community of scholars engaged with the Middle East, have a moral responsibility to do so. Neither the violation of international law nor the destruction of Palestinian life in Gaza, however, began or will end with the current war. Israel has maintained an illegal siege on the Gaza Strip for seven years. It has limited the movement of people and goods in and out of Gaza, rationing Palestinian calorie intake at just above subsistence levels ....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109016] [ 24-aug-2014 05:48 ECT ]

Israel's War of Words
L. Michael Hager
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August 6, 2014 - Rivaling the Israel Defense Forces in its determination to crush Gaza is Israel's effort to win global hearts and minds through disinformation. As Israeli missiles rain down on UN refugee centers, hospitals, schools, a power plant and private homes in Gaza, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's propagandists spread untruths that echo in the US electronic and print media. hen such misleading statements are repeatedly broadcast as facts, it's not surprising that the polls show a majority of US citizens back Israel in its war on Gaza. Here are some examples of the blatant untruths that shape American views...

  continua / continued avanti - next    [109015] [ 24-aug-2014 05:43 ECT ]

Poland's 'war on terror' shame
Igor Stokfiszewski

On July 24, European Court for Human Rights (ECHR) ruled that Poland has to pay 230,000 euros ($307,366) compensation to two individuals whose human rights had been violated. Guantanamo detainees Zayn al-Abidin Muhammad Husayn (also known as Abu Zubaydah), and Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri won a case against Poland, which, according to the court, failed to prevent their detention and torture at the CIA-operated Stare Kiejkuty prison, and to prosecute those responsible for it.The court's ruling sheds light on the CIA's rendition programmes in Central Europe and establishes beyond doubt that Poland was one of its locations. The Polish government has not yet decided whether it would lodge an appeal. But for the Polish public, the sentence is clear and final....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109014] [ 24-aug-2014 05:40 ECT ]

Contaminated Water Leaves 500,000 Dry for Three Days
Toledo Sips of Life in Iraq

by MIKE FERNER

August 6, 2014 - ...Since sanctions were already in effect before the Desert Storm blitz, Pentagon planners knew how stressed Iraq’s water and sewer systems had become. A detailed report by the Defense Intelligence Agency, issued just days after the blitz began on January 16, 1991, describes the vulnerabilities in Iraq’s ability to provide safe drinking water, concluding that "Full degradation of the water treatment system probably will take at least another six months."That brief war destroyed 31 water and sewer facilities in Iraq, 20 of them in Baghdad. This, together with a post-war tightening of sanctions, killed up to 500,000 children under the age of five, according to a 1999 UNICEF study – double all the dead at Hiroshima and Nagasaki.The sadism and hubris go unbelievably deeper, according to this statement attributed to a Pentagon planner in a November, 2002 Harper’s article by Joy Gordon: "What we were doing with the attacks on infrastructure was to accelerate the effect of the sanctions."...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109013] [ 24-aug-2014 05:30 ECT ]

Under Israeli Siege, Gaza’s Children Must Work Lest Their Families Starve
By Mohammed Omer
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August 6, 2014-Under the watchful eye of the shop manager, 13-year-old Abdullah removes the wheel from a car with speed and agility, his young muscles flexing as he twists the wrench on each bolt. When he’s done, he slides out from under the car."I have to work, earn money to help support my four brothers and parents," the boy explains.According to Palestinian labor laws, Abdullah shouldn’t be here. He should be at school, reading textbooks and learning math. But economic necessity has forced this young man, and tens of thousands of others, to forgo pencils for the tools of labor. Israel’s siege on the Gaza Strip began in 2007, after Hamas won parliamentary elections described by international election observers as "free and fair." Israel was swift to impose a harsh collective punishment on a population some 60 percent of which are under the age of 18...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109012] [ 24-aug-2014 05:24 ECT ]

Hamas and the left
By David Bush

August 6, 2014 - I don't support the politics of Hamas, but I stand in solidarity with the Palestinian people up to and including engaging in armed struggle. As one of the principle political actors in the Palestinian fight for liberation and self-determination Hamas can't be brushed aside by the left for convenience sake. To stand in solidarity with the people of Palestine also requires us to formulate a clear understanding of Hamas in the Palestinian political landscape. There are two linked dangers when the left does international solidarity work, one is to idolize political groupings that resist imperialism no matter what their actual politics are....The opposite danger is to solely focus on the shortcomings and problems of the groups engaged in resistance. Solidarity in this scenario becomes contingent upon the political line walked by the groups fighting for liberation. ...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109011] [ 24-aug-2014 05:16 ECT ]

Saddam Hussein's body reburied in secret location
Reuters

August 6, 2014 - ..."We had moved the body eight months ago to a safer place. We were afraid something would happen to him. Our fears proved true," said the tribal leader who asked not to be named. "There were four of us that took up this mission. We could not move the bodies of Saddam's sons. We are afraid someone will desecrate those graves." The tribal chief would not say where the body was taken. "We moved him to a place far from the hands of his enemies," he said. "Isn't it enough for them that they killed him once. Now they are afraid of his body."...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109010] [ 24-aug-2014 05:12 ECT ]

The forgotten victims of Gaza
Alaa' Odeh
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August 6, 2014 - ...Mohammad is a 27 year old lawyer from the Shuja’ieh neighborhood of Gaza, a neighborhood that suffered a massacre on the dawn of July 20th that left over 70 Palestinians dead. He describes Gaza as a beautiful land of over 1.7 million inhabitants, according to UN figures. Over the years, people of Gaza have become one united family, enduring sanctions, continuous Israeli oppression, and war. To the people of Gaza, every death is a loss of their own and pain beyond words.Mohammad studied law in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on a scholarship, graduating at the top of his class. He hoped to find opportunities for work to build a life in Gaza after returning home, but found little hope for stability in the crippled economy...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109009] [ 24-aug-2014 05:08 ECT ]

Israel and the language of genocide
Chris Doyle

August 6, 2014 - A deputy speaker of a parliament writes to his prime minister and party leader and publicly proposes what I see as a plan for genocide. This project involves turning a piece of occupied territory with 1.8 million people into a city of his own country, for his own people. Those who "insist" on staying, he argues, will be asked to sign an oath of loyalty to their new masters. Well, this happened just last week. Moshe Feiglin, the deputy speaker of the Israeli Knesset, proposed just this: "To turn Gaza into Jaffa, a flourishing Israeli city with a minimum number of hostile civilians." It would involve shelling Gaza and cutting off "the supply of electricity and water to the formerly populated areas." Palestinian civilians would be put in tented communities in the Sinai, where they would be "concentrated."...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109008] [ 24-aug-2014 05:02 ECT ]

CIA Admits to Spying on Senate but No Prosecutions to Follow
By Jessica Desvarieux, The Real News Network

August 6, 2014 - ... I think this is a crisis of constitutional proportions. These actions by the CIA do violate the separation of powers, which is sort of the foundation of checks and balances in our Constitution. It's possible they also violate the Fourth Amendment. It's possible they violate the Speech or Debate Clause. It's also possible that they violate the Computer Fraud Act. So we are talking about a number of fairly serious potential legal violations.However, the Justice Department has already looked into allegations of wrongdoing by the CIA and has declined prosecution, and presumably the Justice Department had access to the same information that the inspector general had access to. So I think this is going to play itself out in politics and not in the courtroom would be my prediction...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109007] [ 24-aug-2014 04:57 ECT ]

Gaza’s survivors now face a battle for water, shelter and power
Donald Macintyre
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August 6, 2014 -The biggest waste-water treatment plant in Gaza City isn’t the sweetest smelling place at the best of times. But today the abnormally acrid stench and large swarms of flies testified to the sewage stagnating in its lagoons. War has stopped the plant doing the job it was built for: limiting the pollution of the Mediterranean by semi-treating the 40 million litres a day it pumps into the sea. Gaza, which enjoyed its first full day of peace yesterday, has lost 1,814 people, the vast majority civilians killed as they hid from Israeli bombardments. Its ill-equipped hospitals hold thousands of patients, many suffering from horrific injuries. But Israel’s destruction of homes and infrastructure will ensure that the possibility of Gaza having a normal existence is a distant prospect...

  continua / continued avanti - next    [109006] [ 24-aug-2014 04:52 ECT ]

If Palestinians Were Human Beings
Shourideh C. Molavi

August 6, 2014 - Today the struggle for people of conscience appears to be less about convincing people that Israel is committing war crimes against Palestinians or grossly violating international law. Instead the struggle has become about convincing the world that Palestinians are human beings too. The ongoing televised genocidal attack of Palestinians in Gaza by the Israeli army makes one wonder what the situation would have been like if global powers and mainstream voices saw Palestinians as human beings. If Palestinians were human beings, they would not lay scattered in the hundreds on the grounds of a crowded marketplace in Shuja'iya after IDF shelling during a four-hour ceasefire declared by Israel....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109005] [ 24-aug-2014 04:46 ECT ]

University of Illinois fires professor Steven Salaita after Gaza massacre tweets
Ali Abunimah

August 6, 2014 - Steven Salaita was fired from his position as associate professor in the American Indian Studies program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) apparently over views critical of Israel, especially its current massacre in Gaza.Meanwhile, Cary Nelson, former president of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP), who has publicly supported the university’s decision to remove Salaita, gave frank comments to The Electronic Intifada revealing the extent of his own pro-Israel views.Nelson acknowledged that he had been monitoring Salaita’s social media use for months...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109004] [ 24-aug-2014 04:38 ECT ]

As Israel bombs Gaza, it kills Palestinians in the West Bank too
Maureen Clare Murphy
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August 6, 2014 - Two Palestinians were unlawfully killed by Israeli soldiers at during a protest in the occupied West Bank village of Beit Ommar on 25 July, an investigation by Human Rights Watch has found.A third man killed at the protest "also appeared to have been killed unlawfully," the rights group states. Human Rights Watch’s status of the third man seems to be different because witnesses say he was throwing stones when he was fired on, though the New York-based group concedes "he was 35 meters away when he was shot and could not have posed an imminent deadly threat to Israeli forces."...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109003] [ 24-aug-2014 04:25 ECT ]

Complicity
Gustavo Esteva

August 6, 2014 -Words are not enough. None of them manage to get close to the magnitude and profundity of the impact. The spirit is not ready to take in something like [what has happened] in Gaza.We must get to the bottom of the issue. It is an easy solution to attribute everything to a psychopathic tyrant, although there is one. The recent survey which indicates that 75 percent of the residents of Israel support what is being done may or may not be valid. But there is no doubt that a substantial portion of the population of that country bacs the policy which today reaches this unbearable extreme. We are not speaking of blame, but rather of responsibility...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109002] [ 24-aug-2014 04:20 ECT ]

More than 70 per cent of Gazans have no drinking water
Middle East Monitor

August 6, 2014 -Head of the Palestinian Water Authority (PWA) Shaddad Attili said on Tuesday that the Gaza Strip is suffering a severe shortage of clean drinking water, calling the water situation "disastrous" after heavy Israeli attacks on the network of water pipes.Speaking to Anadolu news agency, Attili said that 70 percent of the water pipelines have been damaged and that the 1.8 million Gazans are surviving on only 30 percent of the Strip's capacity. He went on to say that the water from some of the wells along the Strip was mixed with sewage. In addition 50 per cent of the sewage was pouring into the sea without being filtered because of the damage to the pipelines...

  continua / continued avanti - next    [109001] [ 24-aug-2014 04:17 ECT ]

Syria News - August 5, 2014
Local Coordination Committees of Syria
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August 5, 2014 - Damascus: 2 martyred and wounded were reported due to fall of 2 mortar shells on Amarah neighborhood...Idlib: Aryha: Mouhamad Salah Baroudi was martyred under torture in regime's prisons...Damascus: Yarmouk Camp: Mouhamad Al-Srsawi was martyred under torture in regime's prisons...shelling on the neighborhood.Homs: Einad Shaesh Al-Rashd and AminahRashd Al-Rashed were martyred due to shelling on Eiz el-Deen village. b>Homs: Rastan: Fayzeh Eiz el-Deen was martyred by regime forces sniper from Al-Kim checkpoint....

  continua / continued avanti - next    [109000] [ 24-aug-2014 04:08 ECT ]

On the 29thDay of the Israeli Offensive on Gaza: Israeli Forces Redeploy outside the Gaza Strip; Complete Neighborhoods and Civilian Infrastructure Destroyed; More Houses Destroyed;72-Hour Humanitarian Truce Declared; Bodies of Victims Recovered from Dest
The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR)

August 5, 2014 - Israeli occupation forces have continued their brutal and immoral offensive on the Gaza Strip for the 29th consecutive day, and have continued the policy of collective punishment in disregard for the international law and humanitarian law, which ensure protection for civilians in times of war, and in violation of the principles of necessity, proportionality and distinction. Israeli forces have continued their aerial, ground and sea attacks throughout the Gaza Strip, causing more civilian casualties and damaging civilian facilities. Israeli forces escalated their attacks throughout the Gaza Strip. Israeli forces continued to attack the Gaza Strip from the air, the ground and the sea. More Palestinian civilians were killed or wounded as Israeli warplanes bombarded houses while their residents were inside....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108999] [ 24-aug-2014 04:03 ECT ]

White House’s Censorship of Senate Report on CIA Torture Continues US Indignity Toward Victims
By: Kevin Gosztola

August 5, 2014 - United States senators involved in producing a more than 6,000-page report on the Central Intelligence Agency’s rendition, detention and interrogation program are upset with significant redactions the White House made to the report. One of the key issues is that the White House censored "pseudonyms" from the report used to protect covert CIA agents and foreign countries, according to a report from McClatchy Newspapers. McClatchy journalists Jonathan Landay and Michael Doyle have diligently covered almost every development in the Senate’s struggle to get part of the report released...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108998] [ 24-aug-2014 03:57 ECT ]

Saddam Hussein's grave monument destroyed in Iraq (Video )
Anadolu Agency
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August 5, 2014 - A militia linked to the central government in Baghdad has destroyed the grave monument of executed former leader Saddam Hussein in Tikrit city. Falah en-Neda, the son of a sheikh from the same al-Beycat tribe as Saddam Hussein, told Anadolu Agency on Monday that the militia seized the village of Al-Awja, located in the city of Tikrit, the birthplace of Saddam Hussein. Neda said Hussein’s mausoleum was set on fire by the army and militia and then collapsed...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108997] [ 24-aug-2014 03:25 ECT ]

Snowden Documents Detail Spying Partnership Between US, Israel That Enables Occupation of Palestine
By: Kevin Gosztola

August 5, 2014 - Documents provided by National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden to journalist Glenn Greenwald reveal specific details on the close relationship between the NSA and Israeli spy agencies and how cooperation enables military operations, such as the assault that has been ongoing in Gaza and has now killed over 1,800 Palestinians. Previously, Greenwald reported in September 2013 on a "memorandum of understanding" between the NSA and Israeli intelligence from Snowden, which showed the NSA shared "raw intelligence" including the data of Americans with Israel. It also noted a document that stated, "The survival of the state of Israel is a paramount goal of US Middle East policy."...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108996] [ 24-aug-2014 02:36 ECT ]

Who are the real terrorists in this war on Gaza?
Ahmad Moussa

August 5, 2014 - As Israel withdraws its troops from the Gaza Strip to "defensive positions" outside the Palestinian territory at the start of a 72-hour ceasefire, which was agreed on Tuesday, the region has a chance to assess the damage of 29 days of hostilities. So far, according to health officials in Gaza, the conflict has claimed more than 1,800 Palestinian lives. Israeli casualties include 64 soldiers as well as three civilians hit by rocket fire and a Thai worker.In better accordance with international humanitarian law or the law related to armed conflict, the majority of the casualties inflicted by Hamas are combatants, as opposed to the extreme violations of the laws of war by Israel, where the majority of the mass casualties inflicted by Israel are innocent civilians, mostly women and children....

  continua / continued avanti - next    [108995] [ 24-aug-2014 02:13 ECT ]

A View from Gaza: We Have Lost So Many That We Love
Mona El-Farra
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August 5, 2014 -- It’s been three days since Israel’s deadly attack on my cousin’s home and I still haven’t been able to go to Khan Younis to mourn with my surviving family. The Israeli bombing is ongoing and it’s difficult and very dangerous to travel 18 miles from where I’m living and working in Gaza City. Today Israel announced a ceasefire and I wanted to go to Khan Younis. But we have learned we cannot trust these ceasefires and one of my cousins called and begged, "Please don’t come, no where is safe, and you don’t need to take the risk." There is no safe place in Gaza. I’ve said it many times before in writing, in interviews, because it is the frightening reality for us. Many families have been erased and everyone in Gaza is wondering when it will be their turn....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108994] [ 24-aug-2014 02:06 ECT ]

A Ruthless Occupation
Gaza – Betrayed In Thought and Deed

by TOM COLCLOUGH

August 5, 2014 -Phillip Hammond, British Foreign Secretary, was heard earlier last week, by me, and many others, on Radio 4, slinking, sliding, languidly dodging questions on whether Israel’s attack on Gaza is proportionate. And I say, can he count? Or at least if not count, does he understand the concept of units, tens, hundreds, THOUSANDS? And does he then understand those concepts when applied, in their units to a Palestinian life, not extinguished, because that generates connotations of death being a peaceful smog, enveloping you in a quick and painless embrace. I want those impersonal units applied to each Palestinian life in massacre, deliberate and brutal. Call a spade a spade, and murder, murder.What’s important here, is that Phillip Hammond’s or any high level state official’s maneuvering around what many would consider a truism is nothing new, but what is even more important is that now, the maneuvering is even more obvious; in the world of 24/7 news coverage and social media, people from Gaza, Palestine as a whole and Israel are connected more than ever before...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108993] [ 24-aug-2014 01:41 ECT ]

"Gaza Is Our Pain As Much As Syria"
The Syria Campaign.
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August 5, 2014 - Syria and Gaza are both difficult places to live right now. But in the last few days - while in great difficulty themselves - Syrians have reached out to support Palestinians in Gaza with messages of solidarity, humanity, and peace. We heard why some Syrians are moved to express solidarity with Gaza in their own words.In Deraa, where several local NGOs and civil activists have created graffiti and other symbolic gestures in solidarity with Gaza, Mohammed said: "The first time I ever went out to protest was for Gaza. I believe Palestine taught us the culture of defiance, and was our window of reflection on our roles as individuals in this region that was doomed to live in tyranny. Today Gaza can’t be separated from Deraa, they both have similar stories, and they’re both paying the price for their defiance."...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108992] [ 24-aug-2014 00:28 ECT ]

Israel massacres Gaza - "Like Shooting Fish in a Barrel"
Clay Claiborne

August 5, 2014 - Israel is a European-American settler state in Palestine. The Bible stories of the Old Testament and the Torah gave it a mythological history. The holocaust of the Jews in Europe created the 20th century impetus. But it remains, at heart, what most such settler states are, a land grab aimed at taking a section of the Earth's surface [and what's under it!] away from the indigenous population and putting it under the control of the "settlers." The United States grew out of a settler state, so did Australia. Calling themselves "settlers" was already a part of their mythology. They pretended that they were settling an "unsettled" land. They pretended that there weren't already people living on that land that they intended to remove by force and murder. The Zionists promoted the myth of "A land without a people for a people without a land" and as soon as they got a mandate, they started removing Palestinians from the land...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108991] [ 23-aug-2014 23:56 ECT ]

Israel’s Carte Blanche for War Crimes in Gaza
by MELVIN A. GOODMAN

August 5, 2014-The latest disgraceful Israeli attack at a United Nations school sheltering displaced Palestinians is one more indication of Israel’s lack of moral compunction in the killing of innocent civilians, particularly children. At least six UN schools and shelters have been attacked, and more than 140 Palestinian schools have been struck in a campaign to terrorize the people of Gaza.The many Israeli wars against the Palestinians and their aftermath in recent years have demonstrated Israel’s ease in destroying homes and olive groves, but the increased killing of children raises serious questions about the absence of any moral compass among Israeli leaders, both civilian and military leaders. It is long past time to address Israel’s mindset...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108989] [ 23-aug-2014 23:53 ECT ]

Assault on Gaza—Rafah, a Case Study
Israeli’s Adeptness at Genocide

by NORMAN POLLACK

August 5, 2014 -The Jewish State uses religion as a subterfuge to hide political-military aggrandizement. Nothing quite like this psychotic exhibition of statecraft—and utter desecration of religion per se. To all critics, Israel and its propaganda organs abroad, notably, AIPAC, rush in to charge "self-hating" Jew to silence dissent among Jewish people, while non-Jews are merely and quickly labeled anti-Semites. How long can this racket continue? How long the BLASPHEMING of Judaism, yes, nothing short, because insulting G-d through acts of murder, cruelty, vengeance, and therefore the profanation of a religion devoted to His service and therefore treating what is sacred with contempt?...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108988] [ 23-aug-2014 23:51 ECT ]

The Deserving and Undeserving Dead
RUTH REIGLER
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August 5, 2014 - ...When Iraqis were killed by US warplanes in the name of a US invasion to overthrow Saddam Hussein, the right smeared the victims as terrorists while the left professed outrage at the slaughter. Iraqis are still being slaughtered in massive numbers by US helicopter gunships, but now that these aircraft are bought and used by the Tehran-allied Maliki government, the left has lost interest – the subjugation and genocide are, as usual, approved or disapproved dependent on the perpetrator’s and backers’ identity, and the left’s long love affair with Tehran means that there can be no liberal or leftist condemnation of that regime’s participation in and sponsorship of repression and mass slaughter, either domestic or regional....This is most clearly shown at present in Syria, where the world’s liberals and leftists have adopted the same Islamophobic rhetoric they properly abhor when deployed by Tel Aviv or Washington to justify a totalitarian regime’s genocide which has now been underway for over three years...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108987] [ 23-aug-2014 23:44 ECT ]

Democracy...Going, Going Gone
Keeping Brennan as CIA Director = Triumph of Secret Government

by DAVE LINDORFF

August 5, 2014 -Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), head of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, says that John Brennan, the director of the CIA who has finally admitted that he lied when he angrily and repeatedly insisted that the agency did not spy on staff members of the Senate committee charged with oversight US intelligence agencies, "has a lot of work to do," before she can forgive him for lying to and spying on her committee. Not really. The truth is Feinstein and her committee have a lot of work to do. If Brennan does not resign, or get forced out of his job, immediately, his work is done. That is to say, he will have succeeded in fatally wounding what’s left of the democratic, Constitutional government that traces its roots back to 1776....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108986] [ 23-aug-2014 23:27 ECT ]

The Demonization of Gaza
Israel’s Reversion to Old Colonial Tactics

by JAMES ABOUREZK

August 5, 2014 -It is amazing how quickly Israel has learned the elements of colonial staying power. It is even more amazing how the American media has taken up the cause of racism against the Palestinians. We can start with how the Israelis, and their lobby headquartered in Washington, have managed to demonize Palestinians, with the result that Israel can undertake a massive slaughter and be barely criticized for it both by our media...Demonization of those you occupy is an essential first step to allow a colonial power to do what it wishes with the people being occupied. How else can one explain the lack of meaningful protests by Americans, who have furnished the money and the weapons to the maiming and the slaughter by Israel of thousands of Palestinians in the many wars its Army has conducted against the Palestinians....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108985] [ 23-aug-2014 22:57 ECT ]

Gitmo prisoner’s “life at risk” after abusive force-feeding
Reprieve
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August 5, 2014 - The health of a hunger-striking detainee at Guantánamo Bay has plummeted so low that it appears his life is at risk, his lawyer has said, days after a visit to the prison. Abu Wa’el Dhiab, a father of four from Syria, is currently asking the DC District Court to order a halt to abusive force-feeding methods and the practice of unnecessary 'forced cell extractions.’ Mr Dhiab, who needs a wheelchair after years of mistreatment at Guantánamo, has been detained at the prison without charge or trial since 2002. He was cleared for release by the Obama Administration in 2009...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108984] [ 23-aug-2014 22:18 ECT ]

How will Gaza's children carry their scars into adulthood?
By Olivia Watson

August 5, 2014 - Israel’s ground invasion of the Gaza Strip has seen the child death toll climb so rapidly – at the rate of one child killed every hour – that the exact circumstances of each killing are now barely mentioned in reports. But lists of fatalities, 329 and rising, obscure the reality that awaits Palestinian children in Gaza. Those who survive will emerge to find their previous lives almost unrecognizable, as the families, schools, hospitals and mosques that framed their world are systematically destroyed....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108983] [ 23-aug-2014 20:58 ECT ]

Send dissidents to "detention centers," says Israeli columnist
Jimmy Johnson

August 5, 2014 - In an article titled, "Arrest Gideon Levy and Haneen Zoabi," Matti Golan, a columnist for the Israeli business daily Globes, has called for the establishment of camps modeled after the internment camps the United States established in World War II. Golan wrote that Levy, a dissident Israeli journalist who writes for Haaretz; Palestinian member of the Knesset Zoabi and Amira Hass, Haaretz’s other dissenting journalist; should all be rounded up since they are "agitators."...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108982] [ 23-aug-2014 20:42 ECT ]

Guantánamo prisoner 'just a skeleton', attorney says in push for care
Associated Press
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August 5, 2014 -A Guantánamo Bay prisoner from Syria cleared for release in 2009 has seen his health deteriorate amid a hunger strike and needs urgent, independent medical examination, his attorney said Tuesday. Abu Wa’el Dhiab, 43, has been on a hunger strike since February 2013, with only a brief interruption earlier this year when he thought he was going home, said Cori Crider, an attorney and a director for the British legal rights group Reprieve. Crider has filed a request seeking an independent medical evaluation for Dhiab and said she expects a judge to respond this week...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108981] [ 23-aug-2014 20:27 ECT ]

Israel uses media incitement to justify mass slaughter of Palestinians in Gaza
Middle East Monitor

August 5, 2014 -Israel is using media to incite hatred and violence against all Palestinians in the Gaza Strip after its military assault on Hamas has failed to defeat the Islamic resistance movement.Over the last four weeks, the Israeli army has waged a brutal military campaign in Gaza, killing over 1,800 Palestinians, mostly civilians, but Israel's former national security advisor Major General Giora Eiland has placed the blame on the Palestinian people in Gaza, holding them responsible for the massacres committed by the Israeli army.
Eiland suggested that the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, who are being killed daily by the Israeli war machine, are the ones responsible for the massacres perpetrated by Israel, simply because they elected Hamas in 2006, nearly eight years ago....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108980] [ 23-aug-2014 19:59 ECT ]

Israel is a Frankenstein monster of America's militaristic society
Alastair Sloan

August 5, 2014 - ....To sell this gradual programme of ethnic cleansing to the Israeli people, the government has employed techniques borrowed heavily from the neo-conservative movement in the United States, creating a new culture of war and something far worse; a bloated Frankenstein monster of American militarism.Much as George Bush understood that an appeal to patriotism would win support for his 2003 invasion of Iraq, and the Republican Fox News anchor Bill O'Reilly smeared any pro-peace Americans as traitors, rooting out opposition to the war movement in Israel is now obsessive and obscene. So far, a government official, an employee of telecommunications company Cellcom and several hospital nurses have lost their jobs for posting pro-Palestinian or anti-war messages on Facebook and Twitter....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108979] [ 23-aug-2014 19:45 ECT ]

Syria News - August 4, 2014
Local Coordination Committees of Syria
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August 4, 2014 - By the end of Monday, the coordination committees were able to document 90 martyrs including 8 women, 15 children and 7 martyrs under torture: 25 martyrs were reported in Damascus and its Suburbs; 20 in Aleppo; 18 in Hama; 14 in Homs; 9 in Daraa; and 4 in Idlib...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108978] [ 23-aug-2014 19:24 ECT ]

The CIA's Other Spy Scandal: Agency Monitored Emails Between Congress and Whistleblowing Officials
Democracy Now!

August 4, 2014 - The Central Intelligence Agency has admitted its officials spied on a Senate panel probing the agency’s torture and rendition program. An internal probe found 10 CIA employees monitored Senate staffers’ computers. This development comes days after another revelation of CIA spying on Congress emerged. According to McClatchy Newspapers, the agency has also been spying on emails from whistleblower officials and Congress, "triggering fears the CIA has been intercepting the communications of officials who handle whistleblower cases." In part 2 of our interview, we are joined now by Jonathan Landay, senior national security and intelligence correspondent for McClatchy Newspapers...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108976] [ 23-aug-2014 02:05 ECT ]

On the 28th Day of the Israeli Offensive: Israeli Forces Redeploy in Invaded Areas in the Gaza Strip; Complete Neighborhoods Destroyed; 11 Palestinian Civilians, Including 5 Children, Killed by Israeli Bombardment of UNRWA Shelter in Rafah
The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR)
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August 4, 2014 - Israeli occupation forces have continued their brutal and immoral offensive on the Gaza Strip for the 28th consecutive day, and have continued the policy of collective punishment in disregard for the international law and humanitarian law, which ensure protection for civilians in times of war, and in violation of the principles of necessity, proportionality and distinction. Israeli forces have continued their aerial, ground and sea attacks throughout the Gaza Strip, causing more civilian casualties and damaging civilian facilities. Israeli forces escalated their attacks throughout the Gaza Strip. Israeli forces continued to attack the Gaza Strip from the air, the ground and the sea. More Palestinian civilians were killed or wounded as Israeli warplanes bombarded houses while their residents were inside. In Rafah, an Israeli drone fired a missile that land a few meters away from an UNRWA shelter, which hosts at least 300 civilians. The attack killed 11 civilians, including 5 children. A PCHR field worker who visited Khuza'a village, east of Kahn Yunis, reported that he saw bomb whose length is 210 cm and its diameter is 70 cm, which was dropped by Israeli warplanes in the past days destroying 15 houses at once in Abu Rujaila quarter in the village....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108975] [ 23-aug-2014 01:47 ECT ]

The media’s big torture lie: “Enhanced interrogation” and the politics of false equivalence
Marcy Wheeler

August 4, 2014 - "U.S. Senate ’Torture’ Report Summary to Be Declassified in a Few Days," a Reuters headline reported Tuesday, complete with scare quotes around the word "torture." In the article, journalist Mark Hosenball reported that "CIA’s use of harsh 'enhanced interrogation’ methods such as waterboarding, or simulated drowning, on a handful of prisoners, and other stress tactics on a larger set of captured militants, did not produce any significant counter-terrorism breakthroughs." The next paragraph helpfully noted that, "Human rights activists and CIA critics, including some U.S. politicians, have described the CIA’s techniques as torture." Near the end, Hosenball explained where "the militants subjected to enhanced interrogation" — with no scare quotes this time — were captured....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108974] [ 22-aug-2014 23:48 ECT ]

Never ask me about peace again
Asmaa al-Ghoul

August 4, 2014 - Tears flowed until my body ran dry of them when I received a telephone call on Aug. 3, informing me that my family had been targeted by two F-16 missiles in the city of Rafah. Such was the fate of our family in a war that still continues, with every family in the Gaza Strip receiving its share of sorrow and pain.My father’s brother, Ismail al-Ghoul, 60, was not a member of Hamas. His wife, Khadra, 62, was not a militant of Hamas. Their sons, Wael, 35, and Mohammed, 32, were not combatants for Hamas. Their daughters, Hanadi, 28, and Asmaa, 22, were not operatives for Hamas, nor were my cousin Wael’s children, Ismail, 11, Malak, 5, and baby Mustafa, only 24 days old, members of Islamic Jihad, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine or Fatah. Yet, they all died in the Israeli shelling that targeted their home at 6:20 a.m. on Sunday morning....

  continua / continued avanti - next    [108973] [ 22-aug-2014 23:21 ECT ]

The Fourth Branch: The Rise to Power of the National Security State
Tom Engelhardt
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August 4, 2014 - ...Whatever happens with the report itself and despite the recent CIA apology, don’t expect the Senate to bring perjury charges against former CIA leaders for any lies to Congress. (It didn’t do so, after all, in the earlier case of Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.) And don’t expect prosecutions of significant figures from a Justice Department that, in the Obama years, refused to prosecute even those in the CIA responsible for the deaths of prisoners. The fact is that, for the Fourth Branch, this remains the age of impunity. Hidden in a veil of secrecy, bolstered by secret law and secret courts, surrounded by its chosen corporations and politicians, its power to define policy and act as it sees fit in the name of American safety is visibly on the rise. No matter what setbacks it experiences along the way, its urge to expand and control seems, at the moment, beyond staunching. In the context of the Senate’s torture report, the question at hand remains: Who rules Washington?...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108972] [ 22-aug-2014 22:55 ECT ]

Gaza: Israeli Soldiers Shoot and Kill Fleeing Civilians
Human Rights Watch

August 4, 2014 - Israeli forces in the southern Gaza town of Khuza’a fired on and killed civilians in apparent violation of the laws of war in several incidents between July 23 and 25, 2014. Deliberate attacks on civilians who are not participating in the fighting are war crimes.Seven Palestinians who had fled Khuza’a described to Human Rights Watch the grave dangers that civilians have faced in trying to flee the town, near the Israeli border, to seek safety in Khan Younis. These included repeated shelling that struck apparent civilian structures, lack of access to necessary medical care, and the threat of attack from Israeli forces as they tried to leave the area...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108971] [ 22-aug-2014 21:15 ECT ]

Witnessing the systematic destruction of Gaza
SocialistWorker

August 4, 2014 - ....MORALE REMAINS strong, even among those facing the toughest circumstances. Whenever I walk into al-Shifa hospital, I pass through an encampment of displaced people, mostly from Shejaiya to the east, erected on the grounds. I'm always struck by the visible strength and determination of its residents, as well as the paramedics, nurses, doctors, journalists and coffee vendors within the hospital itself.Nearly all in Gaza are tired of endless bombardment and hope for a cease-fire, of course. But there's a broad consensus that any cease-fire worthy of the name must include an end to Israel's siege, allowing Palestinians to travel, trade, fish, farm and conduct their political affairs without restrictions, by definition. In fact, while I'm not a pollster, I don't personally know of anyone here willing to settle for less....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108970] [ 22-aug-2014 17:28 ECT ]

Pakistani man held at US facility denied legal counsel during decade-long hold
Spencer Ackerman
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August 4, 2014 - For years, as he was caged in a barely acknowledged detention facility on the outskirts of Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan, Yunus Rahmatullah’s captors denied him access to a lawyer.Rahmatullah, a Pakistani man first detained by the UK in Iraq in 2004, has described his inability to even speak to counsel in a lawsuit he has filed in Britain, where, unbeknownst to him, his case had attracted the attention of UK judges. Although he claims he "endlessly and relentlessly requested access to a lawyer," the US military uniformly denied him. Until his release in May, Rahmatullah was among the most secret cohort of detainees the US still holds in the Obama era: the dozens of non-Afghans, mostly Pakistanis, within the Detention Facility at Parwan, about an hour’s drive from Kabul...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108969] [ 22-aug-2014 16:48 ECT ]

Cash, Weapons and Surveillance: the U.S. is a Key Party to Every Israeli Attack
Glenn Greenwald

August 4, 2014 - The U.S. government has long lavished overwhelming aid on Israel, providing cash, weapons and surveillance technology that play a crucial role in Israel’s attacks on its neighbors. But top secret documents provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden shed substantial new light on how the U.S. and its partners directly enable Israel’s military assaults – such as the one on Gaza.Over the last decade, the NSA has significantly increased the surveillance assistance it provides to its Israeli counterpart, the Israeli SIGINT National Unit (ISNU; also known as Unit 8200), including data used to monitor and target Palestinians. In many cases, the NSA and ISNU work cooperatively with the British and Canadian spy agencies, the GCHQ and CSEC....

  continua / continued avanti - next    [108968] [ 22-aug-2014 13:39 ECT ]

UK Government attempting to “censor” Senate torture report
Reprieve

August 4, 2014 - The British Government has admitted that it has "made representations" to the US concerning the release of material in a major forthcoming Senate report concerning the CIA’s torture and rendition programme.
The admission, contained in a letter from former Foreign Secretary William Hague to legal charity Reprieve, has led to accusations that the UK is seeking to "censor" the contents of the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) report, which is currently undergoing a lengthy declassification process before its expected publication in the coming days....

  continua / continued avanti - next    [108965] [ 22-aug-2014 03:11 ECT ]

With Obama Torture Admission, John Yoo Should Be Investigated
By Sharon Adams
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August 4, 2014 - Obama just admitted that the United States tortured people. Apparently, he's softening up the public for the imminent release of the Senate Intelligence Committee's investigation of the CIA. The Committee's report "will reveal new and shocking details about the CIA's detention, rendition and interrogation program in the years following the 9/11 attacks," according to people who have seen or been briefed on the report. The media, in classic form, is distracting the public from the actual issue of torture by focusing on the issue of CIA spying on the Senate....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108964] [ 22-aug-2014 02:52 ECT ]

Don’t Cry For Me: Voice of a Palestinian Child in Gaza
By Sam Bahour

August 4, 2014 - As the latest horrific obscenity of Israel’s aggression against the Gaza Strip continues, the death toll mounts. Palestinian children are paying the highest price, both those who are killed and wounded, and maybe even more so, those who survive. Since I have written for decades about how Israel’s prolonged military occupation and endless violations of international law—let alone their blatant disregard to their very own self-interests—would get us to this very point, fresh analysis and fresh vantage points are difficult to find. The only words I can muster now, while the images of the carnage are freshly etched into my mind, are the words that may have come from one of the child victims whose life was cut short by a U.S. supplied Israeli F-16 fighter jet missile...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108963] [ 22-aug-2014 02:31 ECT ]

Israeli deceptions revealed in story of ‘kidnapped’ soldier
Jonathan Cook

August 4, 2014 - A single incident over the weekend – the reported capture by Hamas on Friday of an Israeli soldier through a tunnel – illustrated in stark fashion the layers of deception Israel has successfully cast over its attack on Gaza. On Sunday, as the army indicated it would start limited withdrawals, Israel claimed Hadar Goldin was dead, possibly buried in a collapsed tunnel as Israel bombarded the area in which he was seized. His family said he was being left behind. Israeli officials or media did not view Hamas’ operation dispassionately. Goldin was not "captured" but "kidnapped" – as though he was an innocent seized by opportunistic criminals...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108962] [ 22-aug-2014 01:58 ECT ]

One-fourth of Gaza’s population displaced by Israel’s violence
Rami Almeghari
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August 4, 2014 - The sounds of Israeli airstrikes, tank shells and drones are the only ones one can hear in Gaza. The noise is overwhelming. On Sunday, 55 Palestinians were killed in multiple airstrikes across Gaza, according to Bethlehem-based Ma’an News Agency. Ten members of the al-Ghoul family in the Tel al-Sultan neighborhood of Rafah in southern Gaza were slain when their home was hit by Israeli fire on Sunday. One of two identical twin baby boys born during during the assault was immediately killed by the strike and the other was reported to be fighting for his life....

  continua / continued avanti - next    [108961] [ 22-aug-2014 01:07 ECT ]

Why is Red Cross co-sponsoring event with Israeli war think tank?
Charlotte Silver

August 4, 2014 - Amidst the continued mass destruction to life and civilian infrastructure in Gaza, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is teaming up with an Israeli war and security think tank to discuss the "challenges" of waging war in densely populated areas. Seen as serving to ameliorate the Israeli military’s tarnished image, this collaboration is the latest in a series of questionable moves by ICRC, resulting in increased scrutiny of the international organization. An online petition calls on the ICRC to withdraw its co-sponsorship of a conference with the Institute for National Security Studies, an Israeli think tank that conducts research related to war and the "national security" of Israel....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108960] [ 22-aug-2014 00:51 ECT ]

The side of Jerusalem the New York Times ignores
Jalal Abukhater
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August 4, 2014 - As I read Max Blumenthal’s article revealing the existence of a strange and candid video filmed by the husband of Jodi Rudoren, the Jerusalem bureau chief of The New York Times, I got a kick in the teeth. As I watched the 56-minute video of the Rudoren family’s comfortable life in Jerusalem, I was shocked to see a reality that is completely alien to me as a Palestinian resident of what is supposedly the same city. I found the idea of watching a "day in the life" in such a bubble of privilege absolutely revolting. Jewish-Americans live comfortably in Jerusalem, while the city is made a living hell for us Palestinian "residents."...

  continua / continued avanti - next    [108959] [ 21-aug-2014 23:53 ECT ]

Gaza: a humanitarian and moral crisis
Mohammad Zeidan

August 4, 2014 - As the crisis in Gaza escalates to truly critical levels, with a death toll breaching 1,830 Palestinians and rising and an 79.9% civilian mortality rate, we are overdue a serious reflection on the nature of the positions being taken by international bodies. It is with grave concern that we must note the lack of human rights and international humanitarian law principles that are guiding the most recent statements from bodies including the UN, the EU Foreign Affairs Committee and those of foreign ministries around the world...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108958] [ 21-aug-2014 22:48 ECT ]

Military Expert: Israel is using three internationally banned weapons in Gaza
Middle East Monitor

August 4, 2014 -Israel has used three internationally banned weapons in its recent attacks on the Gaza Strip, a military expert said.Safwat Al-Zayat, a retired Brigadier General in the Egyptian Army and an expert in military affairs, told the Anadolu news agency that "Israel's use of such internationally banned weapons is a continuation of the approach it adopted in Operation Cast Lead in 2008/2009." Al-Zayat added that Israel used Dense Inert Metal Explosive (DIME), which had already been used in Operation Cast Lead. DIME weapons spread inert metal atoms that penetrate the human body and are difficult to get out of human tissue...

  continua / continued avanti - next    [108957] [ 21-aug-2014 21:35 ECT ]

Syria News - August 3, 2014
Local Coordination Committees of Syria
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August 3, 2014 - By the end of Sunday, the coordination committees in Syria were able to document 125 martyrs including 11 women, 14 children, and 4 martyrs under torture: 65 martyred in Damascus and its suburbs, 36 in Aleppo, 7 in Deir Al-zour, 7 martyred in Homs, 5 in Hama, 3 martyrs in Daraa, 1 martyr in Idlib, and 1 martyr in Kenitra.òòò
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108956] [ 21-aug-2014 04:00 ECT ]

On the 27th Day of the Israeli Offensive:Rafah Under Israeli Fire; War Crimes Committed against Palestinian Civilians; Complete Families Annihilated;
The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR)

August 3, 2014 - Israeli occupation forces have continued their brutal and immoral offensive on the Gaza Strip for the 26th consecutive day, and have continued the policy of collective punishment in disregard for the international law and humanitarian law, which ensure protection for civilians in times of war, and in violation of the principles of necessity, proportionality and distinction. Israeli forces have continued their aerial, ground and sea attacks throughout the Gaza Strip, causing more civilian casualties and damaging civilian facilities. Israeli forces escalated their attacks throughout the Gaza Strip. On Saturday afternoon, Israeli forces redeployed at the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel leaving some areas which they had moved into, excluding al-Shujaa'iya, al-Zaytoun and al-Sha'af neighborhoods in Gaza City, Beit Hanoun and the east of Jablya. ..
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108955] [ 21-aug-2014 02:59 ECT ]

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