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:: ONU - XX Assemblea Generale (1965):
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-
Inoltre, l'Assemblea invita "tutti
gli Stati a fornire assistenza morale e
materiale ai movimenti di liberazione
nazionale nei territori coloniali".
- Risoluzione 1514
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
minazione; in virtù di
tale diritto essi devono liberamente
determinare il loro status politico e
liberamente perseguire il loro sviluppo
economico, sociale e culturale".
di Ginevra, Protocollo Addizionale I
armata può essere usata, come ultima
risorsa, come mezzo per esercitare il
diritto all' autodeter-
base allo Statuto del Tribunale penale
internazionale, sono definiti “crimini
(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
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A Few Surprises in the New Guantánamo Prisoner List -
March 5, 2014 - On February 20, my friend and colleague, the investigative journalist Jason Leopold, published a prisoner list from Guantánamo, which he had just obtained from the Pentagon, and which had not previously been made public. The list, "71 Guantánamo Detalnees Determined Eligible to Receive a Periodic Review Board as of April 19, 2013," identifies, by name, 71 of the 166 prisoners who were held at the time, and, as Jason explained in an accompanying article: The unclassified two-page list was obtained by Al Jazeera in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request filed last July, immediately after a Defense Department official began notifying attorneys for some prisoners that parole hearings would begin in an effort to empty out Guantánamo and help President Barack Obama make good on his five-year-old promise to shutter the detention facility...
continua / continued  [ 07-mar-2014 02:07 ECT ]
Saving al-Aqsa mosque
March 5, 2014 -It was on February 25, 1994, that US-born Jewish extremist Baruch Goldstein stormed into the Ibrahimi Mosque in the Palestinian city of al-Khalil (Hebron) and opened fire. The aim was to kill as many people as he could. At that moment, nearly 800 Muslim worshipers were kneeling down during the dawn prayer in Ramadan, the holiest month of the Muslim Calendar. He killed up to 30 people and wounded over 120. Exactly 20 years later, the Israeli army stormed al-Aqsa Mosque, the third holiest Muslim site, and opened fire. The timing was no accident.Al-Khalil, like the rest of the West Bank is facing the dual challenge of armed Jewish settlers and Israeli occupation soldiers; the latter enforcing the military occupation, while providing further protection to the settlers...
continua / continued  [ 07-mar-2014 00:57 ECT ]
In Birzeit, ‘Trigger Happy’ Israel Vindicates Amnesty’s Report
By Nicola Nasser
March 5, 2014 -In the Palestinian West Bank town of Birzeit early last February 27, the Israeli (IDF) Occupation Forces (IOF) acted determinedly, under the media spotlights, to feed Amnesty International with a show case study to vindicate the report it released only hours earlier, entitled "Trigger-happy: Israel’s use of excessive force in the West Bank," and to refute the Israeli official diplomatic denial of the contents thereof. Under the command of Col. Yossi Pinto, a Nahal infantry force of the Binyamin Territorial Brigade, joined by the Border Police’s elite Counterterrorism Unit, Yamam, according to Israeli The Jerusalem Post on the same day and "200 Israeli soldiers, dozens of jeeps, two (military) bulldozers and many Shin Bet [internal security] officers" according to Amira Hass of Haaretz on this March 3, including some 28 – more than thirty army patrol armored vehicles according to the count of Arab natives of Birzeit who spoke to this writer, were amassed in this Birzeit University town, raising a hell of explosives and gunfire and disrupting its peaceful countryside early spring morning...
continua / continued  [ 07-mar-2014 00:41 ECT ]
So that Al-Aqsa does not end up like Al-Ibrahimi
March 5, 2014 -On November 29, 1947, the UN General Assembly issued Resolution 181 which stipulated the division of Palestine and the establishment of two states, an "Arab" and a "Jewish" state and placed Jerusalem under international protection, meaning that it must be kept as is and none of its population or geographic features can be changed. According to the division map, Jerusalem extended from Bethlehem in the south, to Kofr Akab, near Ramallah in the north, and from Abu Dis in the east to Ein Karem in the west.However, Israel's leaders forcefully imposed, contrary to the stipulations of the UN resolution, the borders of its state on 78 per cent of Mandatory Palestine, including what became the so-called "West Jerusalem". When he was criticised for going beyond the borders set by the division map, Ben-Gurion said, "Israel's borders end where its last soldier stands"...
continua / continued  [ 06-mar-2014 21:46 ECT ]
BDS the elephant in the room at this year's AIPAC conference
March 5, 2014- When John Kerry, the US secretary of state, attempted to restart the stalled Israel-Palestine peace process, he set a deadline of April 2014 for an agreement. That deadline is fast approaching, and an agreement remains out of reach. The pressure is on. In an interview with Bloomberg this week, the president, Barack Obama, issued a warning to Israel's policymakers that now is the time to get serious: "If Palestinians come to believe that the possibility of a contiguous sovereign Palestinian state is no longer within reach, then our ability to manage the international fallout is going to be limited." Obama, who called for "tough decisions" to salvage peace talks, was speaking ahead of a visit to the US by the Israeli premier, Benjamin Netanyahu...
continua / continued  [ 06-mar-2014 21:32 ECT ]
UAE, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain recall their ambassadors from Qatar
March 5, 2014 - The UAE, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain said on Wednesday they were withdrawing their ambassadors from Qatar because Doha had not implemented an agreement among Gulf Arab countries not to interfere in each others' internal affairs. Qatar said it will not withdraw its envoys from UAE, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain despite differences in matters which it said were "external to the GCC".
The move by the three countries, conveyed in a joint statement, is unprecedented in the three-decade history of the Gulf Cooperation Council, an alliance of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, UAE and Oman. Qatar has been a maverick in the region, backing Islamist groups in Egypt, Syria and elsewhere in the Middle East that are viewed with suspicion or outright hostility by some fellow GCC members....
continua / continued  [ 06-mar-2014 20:41 ECT ]
From a Zionist Youth to Outspoken Critic of a Jewish State - Michael Ratner on RAI (Video)
The Real News Network
March 4, 2014 - ... With great difficulty, but not anymore at all, but with great difficulty during that period, because at the '67 War, which was the war in which Israel took the occupied territories, took also Sinai, as well as the Golan Heights, I think, that's the war that began to change my opinion. I didn't really understand what that war was about, and I really didn't understand the taking of Palestinian territory. I mean, they already took a lot in '48, but that wasn't something that I was conscious of. But in '67 I was conscious that there were millions of Palestinians living in what we call the West Bank and now the occupied territories, and that Israel had just captured it and had captured Sinai; and that because I had an emerging sense, I think, that people have a right to self-determination....
continua / continued  [ 06-mar-2014 17:23 ECT ]
An American Primer in Showing Respect for National Sovereignty
March 4, 2014 - While Russian barbarians violate the sovereignty of another nation in an unconscionable show of force, American agents of peace and light make nice with friendly locals overseas: American Special Forces troops … scaled his walls with ladders on Thursday, arresting [Qazi Nasir] Mudassir and two other employees of [his] Radio Paighame Milli. … They were apparently unaware, he said, that his radio station is supported in large part by pro-government, pro-coalition propaganda advertisements paid for by the American military.Mr. Mudassir said a force of more than two dozen Americans carried out the raid, ransacking his premises and damaging much of the broadcasting equipment, as well as seizing computers, phones and recording gear. "They even put that black hood over my head and slapped me and beat me," he said....
continua / continued  [ 06-mar-2014 14:51 ECT ]
Spike in number of Palestinian civilians killed near Gaza perimeter fence
March 4, 2014 - Amneh Qdeih, 57, a resident of the town of Khuza'ah, was killed on Friday, 28 February 2014. She died of a gunshot wound to her abdomen fired at her when she approached Gaza's perimeter fence. Her relatives told B'Tselem field researcher Khaled al-'Azayzeh that Qdeih, who was mentally ill, had been at a family wedding in the town of Khuza'ah, not far from the perimeter fence in the southeastern Gaza Strip. She did not return home with the rest her family, and when they realized she was missing, they began searching for her. At around 10:00 PM, her family heard gunshots, saw the light flares in the sky and noticed an ICRC jeep near the fence. At around 6:00 AM, they found Qdeih's body close to the perimeter fence, directly across from an Israeli military watchtower. Qdeih had sustained a gunshot wound to her abdomen....
continua / continued  [ 06-mar-2014 03:15 ECT ]
Palestinians in Israel reject "colonial, sectarian" law
March 4, 2014 - Palestinian civil society groups in present-day Israel have rejected a discriminatory bill passed into law by Israel’s parliament, the Knesset, on 24 February, which defines Palestinian Christian citizens of Israel as "non-Arab." Although there were objections, the bill passed by a 21-6 vote. "It’s a historic and important step that could balance the State of Israel and connect us to the Christians, and I am careful not to refer to them as Arabs, because they are not Arabs," rightwing Israeli politician Yariv Levin, a sponsor of the bill, said in January, as reported by Ali Abunimah at the time...
continua / continued  [ 05-mar-2014 20:40 ECT ]
Local Israel boycott part of Gaza’s “resistance mentality”
March 3, 2014 - Agricultural organizations in the Gaza Strip are working with academic and other civil society groups to prepare for Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW). Local events, as part of the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement, will run from Sunday, 9 March through Thursday, 13 March in the besieged coastal enclave. "On the last day, I can guarantee we’ll have a good activity," said Saad Ziada, field coordinator with the Union of Agricultural Work Committees in the Gaza Strip and its representative on the local IAW preparatory committee. "I expect 600-700 people will participate, at least."...
continua / continued  [ 04-mar-2014 22:15 ECT ]
American University of Beirut’s data: how secure is it?
By: Bassam Alkantar
March 3, 2014 -Leaked reports from the American University of Beirut (AUB) exposed serious issues related to its IT environment, and revealed a hidden conflict between the Information Technology Office and the Internal Audit Office regarding management of confidential data."AUB’s IT environment is insecure," revealed an internal report issued by AUB, which Al-Akhbar was able to obtain recently. The report, which was supposed to be published months ago, states a summary of the finds by the Faculty Working Group (FWG). The group was formed by AUB President Peter Dorman on May 14, 2013 in order "to review the protocols, policies, and procedures of the university’s Information Technology Office (ITO) as they relate to the protection of e-mail databases and archive integrity, including encryption, chain of custody and related matters."..
continua / continued  [ 04-mar-2014 22:54 ECT ]
Canada’s Prison Ombudsman Still Critical of Classification of Omar Khadr, Former Guantánamo Prisoner
March 3, 2014 - ....The Canadian government and the prison authorities also ignored the fact that the "war crimes" to which Khadr pleased guilty are not internationally recognized (and were, in fact, invented by the US Congress), and also ignored the fact that, in an affidavit in December, Khadr stated that he only pleaded guilty in order to be released from Guantánamo, and, as Colin Perkel put it, "said he had no memories of the firefight in Afghanistan or of the grenade that killed Sgt. Christopher Speer, and insisted he did not attack any US forces who entered the compound after the battle was over." ...
continua / continued  [ 04-mar-2014 19:16 ECT ]
Hezbollah’s Adapted Resistance
March 2, 2014 - ...For years, the party sent out messages to Israel that aggression of any kind against Lebanon would not be tolerated. After the Israelis hit Lebanon, Hezbollah was expected to retaliate. But Hezbollah is bogged down in Syria, fighting alongside Assad, and is in the middle of invading Yabroud, a Syrian town close to the border with Lebanon that is believed to be a hotbed of rebels. So, in the middle of its war in Syria, the last thing Hezbollah needs is to open a front with Israel. To avoid embarrassment, Hezbollah eventually issued a statement—thirty-six hours after the attack: "We will retaliate for this Israeli aggression, and the resistance will choose the appropriate time and place, as well as appropriate means, to respond." But it looks as though one of the main ways in which Hezbollah will retaliate is by expanding its operations in Syria, instead of directly targeting Israel...
continua / continued  [ 04-mar-2014 14:16 ECT ]
New Disturbing Details of Yemeni Wedding Hit by U.S. Drone
by Joe Wolverton, II, J.D.
March 2, 2014 - More to the point, when did militancy become a crime? If it is a crime, where is it defined? How can anyone know if he is guilty of militancy if such a crime is not defined? Could one hypothetically be a militant without knowing it, given that the crime is nowhere defined? ncidentally, it is this very vagueness that dilates the grey area and makes the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) such a fearsome weapon in the arsenal of the seemingly all-powerful president.President Obama’s nearly daily approval of drone-delivered assassinations is an effrontery to over 650 years of our Anglo-American law’s protection from autocratic decrees of death without due process of law. When any president usurps the power to create a kill list, add names to that kill list, keep that kill list secret, and assassinate people on that kill list, he places our Republic on a trajectory toward tyranny and unbounded, unaccountable, unending government-sponsored terrorism...
continua / continued  [ 04-mar-2014 12:16 ECT ]
The evacuation of Homs: Humanitarianism or ethnic cleansing?
March 2, 2014 - During the now dead and buried Geneva peace talks, the Syrian opposition and government reached a deal allowing evacuation of the 3,500 residents of the Old City of Homs, which has been under siege and bombardment for nearly 600 days. The deal was presented as a breakthrough in the Syrian conflict. Its terms allowed food to be brought in to the starving people of the Old City and residents to leave if they wish. Since then 1,400 residents, malnourished, many elderly, and some wounded, have left the Old City. ...There are fears that this deal may be the latest chapter in an alleged regime campaign to change the demographic balance of the city and its surrounding areas. Before 2011 Homs had a Sunni majority. Once a thriving city of approximately 700,000, it is today a broken ruin. The regime loyalist Alawi-majority districts are today the only areas of the city where normal life continues....
continua / continued  [ 03-mar-2014 23:12 ECT ]
Suffering? Well, You Deserve It
by Chris Hedges
March 2, 2014 - The morning after my Feb. 20 debate at the Oxford Union, I walked from my hotel along Oxford’s narrow cobblestone streets, past its storied colleges with resplendent lawns and Gothic stone spires, to meet Avner Offer, an economic historian and Chichele Professor Emeritus of Economic History. Offer, the author of "The Challenge of Affluence: Self-Control and Well-Being in the United States and Britain Since 1950," for 25 years has explored the cavernous gap between our economic and social reality and our ruling economic ideology. Neoclassical economics, he says, is a "just-world theory," one that posits that not only do good people get what they deserve but those who suffer deserve to suffer. He says this model is "a warrant for inflicting pain." If we continue down a path of mounting scarcities, along with economic stagnation or decline, this neoclassical model is ominous. It could be used to justify repression in an effort to sustain a vision that does not correspond to the real world...
continua / continued  [ 03-mar-2014 23:06 ECT ]
It’s Our Act of Killing, Too
March 2, 2014 - In The Act of Killing, one of the nominees for an Academy Award for best documentary, a group of elderly Indonesian men re-enact their role in the killing of alleged Communists following a purported coup attempt in late 1965. Viewers are rightfully repelled by how little many Indonesians today seem to know or care about the killings, and how those who participated in them not only show no remorse for their actions but are celebrated as national heroes. "No one cared, as long as they were Communists, that they were being butchered," recalled one observer, whose nonchalance in the face of mass murder should give us pause. This was no Indonesian, however, but rather a State Department official describing the enthusiastic support of Lyndon Johnson’s administration for the efforts of the Indonesian army and local militias to exterminate the Indonesian Communist Party (PKI), after years of mounting conflict over the direction of the country’s domestic and foreign policy...
continua / continued  [ 03-mar-2014 22:57 ECT ]
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