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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
(click to listen)
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 ]
PCHR Strongly Condemns Killing of Anwar al-Za’anin, Staff Member of Al Mezan Center for Human Rights and Calls for Investigation
The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR)
August 11, 2014 - The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) strongly condemns the killing of Anwar al-Za’anin, a staff member of Al Mezan Center for Human Rights, by an Israeli drone in the northern Gaza Strip town of Beit Hanoun. PCHR calls for investigating this crime and hundreds of other crimes committed by Israeli occupation forces during the ongoing Israeli offensive that have targeted Palestinian civilians and their property. According to investigations conducted by Al Mezan Center for Human Rights, at approximately 13:20 on Sunday, 10 August 2014, Anwar Ahmed al-Za’anin, 43, was standing near a number of maintenance workers of Beit Hanoun Municipality, whom he called to repair the water network near his house in al-Qaraman Street, which was damaged by an Israeli attack....
continua / continued  [ 31-aug-2014 03:56 ECT ]
Ongoing Israeli Offensive on Gaza:6 Palestinians, Including 4 Civilians, Killed, and 85 Others, Including 17 Children and 11 Women, Wounded; 14 Houses and One Mosque Destroyed
The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR)
August 11, 2014 - Israeli occupation forces have continued their offensive on the Gaza Strip for the 34th consecutive day. Over the past 24 hours, Israeli forces have continued to commit crimes in the Gaza Strip, including airstrikes that targeted houses, civilian facilities, agricultural plots and open areas, and artillery and artillery and sea shelling. As a result of these attacks, 6 Palestinians, including 4 civilians, were killed, and 85 others, including 17 children and 11 women, were wounded. Two civilians, including an infant, also died of previous wounds. At midnight, a 72-hour humanitarian truce entered into force, so thousands of forcibly displaced Palestinian civilians are expected to return to their homes in the areas that had been invaded by Israeli forces....
continua / continued  [ 31-aug-2014 03:54 ECT ]
The world stood silent while we were slaughtered
August 11, 2014 -Before Israel’s launching of the current offensive against Gaza, a member of the Israeli Knesset, Ayelet Shaked, of the Jewish Home Party, called for a genocide and collective punishment of the Palestinians in Gaza. "They should go, as should the physical homes in which they raised the snakes otherwise more little snakes will be raised there," she said. Unfortunately this does not represent the stance of only some minority of racist far-right Israeli politicians like Ayelet Shaked, Miri Regev, Mordechai Kedar, Moshe Feiglin...etc. Rather it epitomizes the policy of the majority of Israelis (hard hawks or soft doves) that we, a population that is mostly children, are all mere snakes....
continua / continued  [ 31-aug-2014 03:52 ECT ]
Obama Wants to Put Torture Behind Us, But It Still Haunts Guantanamo Every Single Day
By Jessica Schulberg
August 11, 2014 - It’s taken over a decade, but the U.S. government is starting to acknowledge the moral and strategic failure of the CIA’s detention and interrogation program. In a press conference earlier this month, President Barack Obama conceded that "we tortured some folks"—a deliberate departure from the government’s well-worn euphemism, "enhanced interrogation." "We crossed a line," he said. "And we have to, as a country, take responsibility for that."Meanwhile, the five men accused of planning the 9/11 attacks are set to appear in a private, closed-circuit courtroom at Guantánamo Bay this week to hash out pre-trial motions. All of the defendants were tortured under the CIA’s enhanced interrogation program. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the ringleader, was waterboarded 183 times in one month in 2003...
continua / continued  [ 31-aug-2014 03:36 ECT ]
The Battle for Palestine
William R. Polk
August 11, 2014 - ....The Zionists, from the beginning, were determined to turn Palestine into a Jewish nation-state (Herzl’s Judenstaat), but, being sensitive to British politics, their leaders denied "the allegation that Jews [aimed] to constitute a separate political nationality." The word the Zionists proposed for what they intended to create in Palestine, coined by Max Nordau as a subterfuge "to deceive by its mildness," was heimstätte (something less than a state, roughly a "homeland) to be employed "until there was no reason to dissimulate our real aim." Predictably, the deception fooled no one. As Lord Kitchener had remarked when the Balfour Declaration was being debated in the English Cabinet, he was sure that the half million Palestinians would "not be content [with an Old Testament role as a suppressed minority to be] hewers of wood and drawers of water." He was right, but few people cared. Certainly not then....
continua / continued  [ 31-aug-2014 03:20 ECT ]
We Need to Recognize What Barbaric Is
August 11, 2014 - As Gazans begin to return to their shattered lives and neighborhoods, the U.N. has announced a panel to investigate war crimes there, at least those beyond the obvious: 1,814 Palestinians killed, 86% of them civilians including over 400 children, and 485,000 displaced. Still, more stories emerge. Amnesty International has released testimony from health workers showing the Israeli army repeatedly attacked ambulances, hospitals, medics, doctors and others seeking to help the wounded and collect the dead. In light of that and so much else, in a searing speech at an Austin protest, Dr. Rania Masri cites President Obama calling the capture of an invading Israeli soldier by the Palestinian Resistance a "barbaric action" and schools him in what is and is not "barbaric."...
continua / continued  [ 31-aug-2014 03:14 ECT ]
1,200 Spanish University professors and researchers demand to break academic relationships with Israel
Red de Solidaridad contra la Ocupación de Palestina (RESCOP)
August 11, 2014 - More than 1,000 professionals have signed a manifesto, released by the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) academic campaign for Palestine, demanding to end all institutional relations with the Israeli academic world, until it stops supporting occupation and apartheid in Palestine.The campaign, which started two years ago, asks for support from professionals from the academic and scientific field, and also from associations linked to this field, such as student’s and worker’s unions, research centres, professional associations, etc. From the 1,400 people who have signed the manifesto, 150 are professors, 850 are teachers and 200 are researchers. More than 52 associations linked to the academic field have also signed; among them there are research groups and University departments...
continua / continued  [ 31-aug-2014 03:08 ECT ]
In Midst of War, Israel Clamps Down on Internal Dissent
August 11, 2014 - ...."Reporters and news outlets, even those who dare be critical in other times, all quickly line up with the governmental line saying that it is to be expected to have political disagreements, but criticizing the military is not legitimate," writes Sahar Verdi, Israeli activist and staffer for the American Friends Service Committee who served three prison sentences for draft refusal. Journalists deemed critical of the war have faced job termination and censure. Prominent Israeli journalist Gideon Levy, who has criticized the "dehumanization and demonization of the Palestinians," hired a personal bodyguard after being attacked while broadcasting live from Ashkelon. Israeli Knesset member Yariv Levin, chair of the Likud-Beytenu coalition, recently called for Levy to stand trial for treason—a charge that, during war, carries a death sentence...
continua / continued  [ 31-aug-2014 02:59 ECT ]
The anti-Zionism of fools
August 11, 2014 - A NEW holocaust. Kristallnacht. That, they say, is what the large mobilizations against Israeli actions in the Gaza Strip betoken. With the best will in the world, when Israel's mandarins and apologists invoke the Holocaust's legacy in this way, it is difficult not to respond with a world-weary sigh. Who dares to bomb a packed refugee center, incinerating, shredding and crushing the humanity crammed within, and then betray the Holocaust's memory for cheap propaganda? Who else but Israeli politicians, for that matter, would actually threaten genocide on another people, and then say that it is their critics who are bristling with genocidal intent?...
continua / continued  [ 31-aug-2014 02:53 ECT ]
Iraq snapshot - August 11, 2014.
The Common Ills
August 11, 2014 - Nouri al-Maliki 's ordered the targeting of Iraq's LGBTQ community, he's had protesters targeted, he's targeted journalists for torture, his Cabinet pushed the notion that 'women' should have the 'right' to marry at 9-years-old and younger, he's bombed the civilians in Falluja for 8 months now . . . His rap sheet is lengthy.But the Jane Arrafs of the press ensured that, for example, the world wouldn't know about the rape of Iraqi women and girls in Nouri's prisons -- established prisons and secret ones.If the world had paid attention to this and so much more, detractors might be able to say, "Well, the public forced Barack to break with Nouri." But that's not what happened...
continua / continued  [ 31-aug-2014 02:50 ECT ]
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