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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
:: Iraq anthem
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Doctors tackle damaged minds amid Gaza's post-war destruction
By Nidal al-Mughrabi
August 16, 2014 - In a ward at Shifa, Gaza's largest hospital, child therapist Rabeea Hamouda is trying to elicit a response from two small brothers, Omar and Mohammed, aged three and 18 months, hoping for some words or perhaps a smile.
For seven straight minutes the children, peppered with burns and shrapnel wounds sustained in Israeli shelling that hit their home in north Gaza, stare at him blankly, emotionless. Eventually, as Hamouda gently teases them, pretending to mix up their names and holding out a present while another counsellor sings quietly, a smile creeps across Mohammed's face and the older one, Omar, cries out his name....
continua / continued  [ 02-sep-2014 02:34 ECT ]
Listen: “Love in the Time of Genocide” performed by Haidar Eid
August 16, 2014 - In this video, the Palestinian intellectual and activist Haidar Eid, in Gaza, performs "Love in the Time of Genocide," adapted from a poem by the late Egyptian poet Abdul Rahim Mansour. The words are unadorned, but Eid’s performance is haunting, set against images from Israel’s most recent massacre in Gaza....At the end of the video are these words from Eid himself: The Palestinian people, and Gazans in particular, have been living an unending massacre since 1948. We can no longer negotiate about improving the conditions of oppression; it is either the full menu of rights, or nothing. And that means the end of occupation, apartheid and colonialism...
continua / continued  [ 02-sep-2014 02:01 ECT ]
Homeless Gazans struggle to find shelter
August 15, 2014 - Manal Abu Assar, 39, took a few moments to wash her children's clothes in the park next to al-Shifa Hospital, where her family has set up a tent. She took advantage of the absence of men, who left the hospital park in the morning. Abu Assar and her 13-member family fled the neighborhood of Shajaiya in eastern Gaza following a major attack by Israeli forces on July 19. "The situation is increasingly worsening in the hospital park, where thousands of displaced people have taken refuge," Abu Assar told Al-Monitor. A small tent, with an area of no more than nine meters, has become Abu Assar's new home, as is the case for many other families whose houses were destroyed by Israeli occupation forces on the eastern border of Gaza City....
continua / continued  [ 02-sep-2014 01:27 ECT ]
The Fallacious Human Shield and Collateral Damage Arguments
by ROBERT J. GOULD
August 15, 2014 -The human shield argument, in the news today from Israel and the war with Gaza and in the ongoing debates about drones, is similar to the collateral damage argument. Let’s take the collateral damage argument first. (Of course, this argument is given from the perspective of those asserting the argument, not the victims of the argument.)The collateral damage argument goes like this: First, the enemy intentionally places itself close to civilian populations, so that any attack on the enemy will necessitate civilian deaths. Second, since it is the enemy’s intent to put those civilians at risk, civilian deaths are the enemy’s responsibility, not ours. Therefore, the argument’s proponents are, however regrettably, free to kill civilians because the enemy put them in harm’s way, and cynically uses these deaths for propaganda advantage. Following along the lines of this collateral damage argument, the human shield argument goes like this: First, the enemy hides amongst civilians, notably in hospitals and schools, so that any attack on the enemy will necessitate civilian deaths, especially children and the sick....
continua / continued  [ 01-sep-2014 23:51 ECT ]
Football fan slain by Israel predicted he would be next martyr
Budour Youssef Hassan
August 15, 2014 - "If you call his number now, no one will answer. The friend you used to call so frequently is gone," said Muhammad Qattri’s mother, Um Muhammad. She held her slain son’s phone and was speaking to one of his friends. Just a few hours prior to his killing on Friday, 8 August, 19-year-old Qattri had eaten his lunch at home. And as he so often did, he ate quickly and left the house to take part in a protest without telling his mother. For the last two years, Qattri — or Abu Hassan as they called him at his home in al-Amari refugee camp, south of Ramallah — regularly participated in protests across the occupied West Bank, including outside Ofer military prison and the Beit El settlement....
continua / continued  [ 01-sep-2014 17:57 ECT ]
Four scenes from a war zone called Iraq
August 14, 2014 - ... Listening to this repetitive US mantra, one is compelled to wonder if US officials either suffer an acute state of dementia to forget their disastrous role in Iraq, or if they hold nothing but contempt for the Iraqi people. Why? Firstly; one look at Iraq today, or what is left of the Iraq we used to know, is enough to show the extent of the destruction in social and human terms as much as in infrastructure. The fragmentation of society, and the ever-increasing animosity and revenge sentiments in the aftermath of the 2003 US-led occupation dubbed "Operation Iraqi Freedom." Secondly; calling upon Iraqi politicians to form a new inclusive government is a meaningless act, since most, if not all of today's Iraqi officials are the same politicians who have been collaborating with the US since the nineties. Official labels and tags may have changed, but corruption, sectarianism and squabbling over power remain the same. Brutal militias attached to the same parties engaged in the political process which has been designed by the US occupation are the same; as we say in Iraq, "it is the same donkey, different saddle."...
continua / continued  [ 01-sep-2014 16:10 ECT ]
Shameless Cooke knifes Syrian people’s resistance to Assad/ISIS fascism
August 14, 2014 - ....If Cooke was pointing out that this blatant betrayal of the Syrian rebels as they resisted ISIS was evidence of US acquiescence with ISIS, he would be right in this sense. As against the forces of the Syrian revolution, yes, the US acquiesces with ISIS just as the Assad regime does. That is because in relation to revolution, the US, the Assad regime and ISIS are all on the side of counterrevolution, regardless of whether or not they love each other otherwise. But Cooke is not saying that at all. On the contrary, by identifying ISIS with the Syrian uprising against Assad, by calling it the "driving force" in the Syrian war against the regime, Cooke is not just echoing Assadist propaganda, he is also slandering the entire cast of Syrian rebel organisations, all of whom have shed rivers of blood to drive ISIS out of as much of Syria as possible, to ensure the liberation from one form of tyranny does not bequeath another, all the time being bombed from the skies by the fascist regime while doing so....
continua / continued  [ 01-sep-2014 02:38 ECT ]
Is ISIS a Direct Threat to the U.S.?
By: Peter Van Buren
August 14, 2014 - Is ISIS a Direct Threat to the U.S.? Doubtful. First, a few samples of the fear-mongering rhetoric. he militant Islamic State group could launch a direct attack on U.S. soil," warned South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, who claimed the militants are a "direct threat to our homeland… They are coming." Graham, and his running dog accomplice John McCain, have never found a threat they could not exaggerate. "In reality, ISIS represents the most virulent form of Islamic jihad the planet has ever seen. These folks are not Muslims, they are animals, frankly… another 9/11 is imminent." said Ali Khedery, who, as an advisor to five U.S. ambassadors in Iraq, is personally responsible for much of the mess there....
continua / continued  [ 01-sep-2014 01:02 ECT ]
Where are the “anti-imperialists” now that Obama is bombing ISIS?
August 14, 2014 -For days now, the US military has been launching air strikes against the reactionary Sunni-fascist group Islamic State of Iraq and Sham (ISIS, or just IS now) in Iraq. Yet, strangely, not only have I not seen any evidence of anti-war demonstrations, or organising for them, I have also not seen the entire faux-"left" cybersphere full of fulminating attacks on US imperialist intervention, with everyone repeating and slightly re-wording the same half-baked, evidence-free article, like we saw last August during the alleged build-up to an entirely imaginary US attack on the reactionary, secular-fascist regime of Bashar Assad in Syria. The geopolitics is of course interesting....Anyway, let’s try to figure out some differences for anti-war western leftists. Perhaps we should only oppose US interventions when they are just a figment of our imaginations, as opposed to ones that are actually happening in our face....
continua / continued  [ 31-aug-2014 08:11 ECT ]
Syria: Witnesses Corroborate Mass Deaths in Custody Claims
Human Rights Watch
August 14, 2014 - Horrific accounts by former detainees in Syria corroborate allegations of mass deaths in custody by a military defector. Four former detainees released from the Sednaya military prison in 2014 described deaths in custody and harsh prison conditions that closely match the allegations of the defector, who photographed thousands of dead bodies in military hospitals in Damascus. In January, a team of senior international lawyers and forensic experts published a report concluding that Syrian authorities had committed systematic torture and killing of detainees. According to the report, a military defector, code-named Caesar, had taken 55,000 photographs of an estimated 11,000 bodies in military hospitals and other locations in Damascus. The bodies showed signs of starvation, brutal beatings, strangulation, and other forms of torture and killing....
continua / continued  [ 31-aug-2014 08:00 ECT ]
Cuomo and Zuckerman take a suckers’ tour of tunnels (a few miles from massacres they can’t make time for)
James North and Phil Weiss
August 14, 2014 - Imagine: sharp New York politicians are bragging about their role in the tunnel scam that Israel is putting forward to try and distract the world from a massacre. A New York delegation to Israel toured the tunnels today, in "solidarity" with Israelis. The picture above was taken at a tunnel opening near the Gaza border, they say.That’s Governor Andrew Cuomo above, in the white shirt; he tweeted the photo. On the left in the blazer is Mort Zuckerman, publisher of the Daily News. Sheldon Silver, Jeffrey Klein, and Dean Skelos, millstones of the NY legislature, flank the gov.Oh and wearing a suit, that’s Shimon Peres, the retired Israeli president, suckering the US worthies in the sand...
continua / continued  [ 31-aug-2014 08:00 ECT ]
Expelled, ghettoized and killed by Israel: The story of my cousin in Gaza Israel/Palestine
August 14, 2014 - My distant cousin, Sobhi Abu Shammala, was killed in July by Israeli forces while irrigating his small palm trees in the Mawasi area of Khan Younis. A refugee, his story covers the sweep of Palestinian history from the Nakba, or catastrophe of our dispossession in 1948, to the most recent Israeli pretext for exercising overwhelming military force against Palestinians. He is not alone. More than 1800 Palestinians, most of them civilians, have been killed by the latest Israeli war crimes, an assertion I believe investigations will soon bear out. Expelled from Beit Daras in 1948 at age 11, Sobhi’s family took refuge in Khan Younis in the Gaza Strip....
continua / continued  [ 31-aug-2014 07:46 ECT ]
Top Middle East scholars call for academic boycott of Israel
August 14, 2014 - More than one hundred senior scholars of the Middle East have signed an open letter calling for the boycott of Israeli academic institutions.
The letter’s organizers referred to the list of signatories — which includes many of the world’s best-known scholars of the history, literature, anthropology and politics of the Middle East — as an "unprecedented expression of solidarity with the Palestinian people."While directly responding to the most recent Israeli attacks on Gaza, which have left thousands of civilians dead, injured and homeless, the letter also cites as reasons for their boycott call: "the occupation and dispossession in East Jerusalem, the Naqab (Negev), and the West Bank; the construction of walls and fences around the Palestinian population, the curtailment of Palestinian freedom of movement and education, and the house demolitions."...
continua / continued  [ 31-aug-2014 07:34 ECT ]
5 Persons, Including 2 Journalists One of Whom Is Italian, Killed by Explosion of Missile Left by Israeli Forces in North Gaza
The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR)
August 13, 2014 -This morning, 5 persons, including 2 journalists, one of whom is Italian, were killed, and 7 others, including a journalist, were wounded by the explosion of a missile left from Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip, while members of the Palestinian Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit (EOD) were attempting to deactivate it. According to investigations conducted by the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR), at approximately 11:30 on Wednesday, 13 August 2014, members of the EOD of the Palestinian Interior Ministry headed to the yard of the building of North Gaza Governorate, which was destroyed by the Israeli forces during the offensive on the Gaza Strip in November 2012 ("Operation Pillar of Defense"), in the northeast of Beit Lahia....
continua / continued  [ 31-aug-2014 07:09 ECT ]
Psychological damage of Gazan children will have long-term consequences
By Lynda Franken
August 13, 2014 - Hassan al-Zeyada, 50, works as a psychologist at the Gaza Community Mental Health Program’s center in Gaza City. He treats several residents who suffer from psychological trauma due to Israeli military operations in the coastal enclave. When his own home was shelled on 20 July, killing six of his family members, he found himself with difficult job of having to treat himself. Tackling the psychological problems in Gaza stemming from the aftermath of Israel’s Operation Protective Edge, during which nearly 2,000 people in Gaza were killed, will be a huge challenge. UN statistics presented today show that approximately 335,000 people are displaced and live in shelters, schools or with family....
continua / continued  [ 31-aug-2014 07:04 ECT ]
Gaza professor describes "most devastating destruction since 1948"
August 13, 2014 - Palestinian resistance factions and civil society in Gaza demand that Israel abide by international law and lift the seven-year-long siege and blockade, enforced by Egypt, as part of the terms for a lasting ceasefire.Gaza-based professor, scholar and boycott activist Haidar Eid says that even if Israel and Egypt lift the siege and allow unrestricted reconstruction materials into Gaza via its seven crossing points, it could take up to ten years to restore Gaza to the state it was in even before the attacks began last month.Since Israel’s onslaught began on 7 July, the United Nations estimates that 16,800 homes belonging to "16,735 families, consisting of approximately 100,410 individuals, have no home to return to as they were totally destroyed or heavily damaged."...
continua / continued  [ 31-aug-2014 06:45 ECT ]
Living the Gaza war from the outside
August 13, 2014 - Tales of terror, trauma and heroism flow daily out of the Gaza Strip, but behind the headlines are countless others who have been forced to fear for their loved ones’ lives from afar. Separated from their parents, siblings, children and spouses after leaving the Strip - for study or work – they have watched news of the Israeli assault with horror. Some have lost homes, relatives or both. Sameeha Elwan, who left Gaza City to study for her PhD in Perth, Australia, wrote on 29 July, "The fear and horror aches in every bone in my body. When I sleep at night, my mouth whispers prayers to my loved ones in Gaza, while my eyes well with tears over the loss of more children. I dream of my family, of a need to hide them somewhere, of confusion about where is safest, of broken stairs that prevent me from reaching my sister…and then I wake up to read messages of horror from my friends on Facebook."....
continua / continued  [ 31-aug-2014 06:19 ECT ]
Guantánamo prisoner to publish 'harrowing' memoirs
August 12, 2014 - Mohamedou Ould Slahi, a Mauritanian who has been detained in Guantánamo since 2002 despite never having been charged with a crime by the US, is to publish an account of his experiences next year, detailing the multiple forms of torture to which he has been subjected and "shatter[ing]" the secrecy that surrounds the Cuban prison. Slahi's book, which has just been acquired at auction, is the first diary to be released by a still-imprisoned Guantánamo detainee, said publisher Canongate. Written in 2005, in his segregation cell, it started out as letters from the author to his lawyers, who fought for seven years to have the manuscript declassified. Parts still remain redacted...
continua / continued  [ 31-aug-2014 05:19 ECT ]
Still Tolerating Torture
By William Blum
August 12, 2014 - Since the "war on terror," the before , there was the argument pretense that Two of the things that governments tend to cover-up or lie about the most are assassinations and torture, both of which are widely looked upon as exceedingly immoral and unlawful, even uncivilized. Since the end of the Second World War the United States has attempted to assassinate more than 50 foreign leaders and has led the world in torture; not only the torture performed directly by Americans upon foreigners, but providing torture equipment, torture manuals, lists of people to be tortured, and in-person guidance and encouragement by American instructors, particularly in Latin America....
continua / continued  [ 31-aug-2014 04:47 ECT ]
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