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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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First US drone strike in seven months hits Somalia
Joseph Cox and Jack Serle
September 3, 2014 - A US drone strike hit Somalia, the first in seven months, in an attack aimed at killing al Shabaab leader, Ahmed Abdi Godane .The attack killed "six al Shabaab officers" but it is not clear if Godane was among them, said Abdullahi Abukar, executive director of the Somali Human Rights Association (SOHRA). Sohra monitors human rights abuses and records casualties from the ongoing conflict in Lower Shabelle, where the strike hit. It destroyed an encampment and at least one vehicle in an area heavily under al Shabaab control. A Pentagon spokesman confirmed it was a US military operation, telling reporters: "actionable intelligence led us to that site where we believe [Godane] was" and "we certainly believe that we hit what we were aiming at". However he would not confirm who, if anyone, had been killed...
continua / continued  [ 30-sep-2014 04:21 ECT ]
Welcome to Gaza, a land left in ruins
By John Lyons
September 3, 2014 -STANDING on a pile of rubble in front of their bombed home, two children in Gaza argue about whether they support Hamas or Fatah.Asra Azzaza, 11, and her cousin Hamada Azzaza, 13, support rival Palestinian factions. Asra declares she supports Hamas, which now controls Gaza, "because they give my family food coupons".But Hamada disagrees. "I support Fatah because when they were in charge I could go to school, we could travel to sea and we could go to Jerusalem," he says.Due to the number of classrooms damaged, the school year — due to start this week — has been postponed indefinitely.Since Hamas came to power in 2007 Israel has imposed a blockade on Gaza under which fishermen are restricted to areas close to shore and any travel outside Gaza is virtually impossible...
continua / continued  [ 30-sep-2014 04:14 ECT ]
Cop Finally Convicted in Killing
By: Peter Van Buren
September 3, 2014 - This is not satire, and a cop did get convicted for a killing. Only it is not what you think, and it shows the reality of how we value life, and the law, now in America.A Boulder, Colorado police officer convicted of killing a beloved, semi-tame bull elk in an upscale residential neighborhood was sentenced for the death. The officer, Sam Carter, 37, was on duty when he killed the elk, known as Big Boy, while it grazed under a tree. He did not report firing his weapon to the police department, and then said the animal had been injured before he arrived on the scene and needed to be put down. Prosecutors said text messages between Carter and another police officer showed that the shooting was planned. The elk was a fixture in the neighborhood, and its killing inspired marches, vigils, a tribute song and plans for a memorial...
continua / continued  [ 30-sep-2014 03:16 ECT ]
Non-Shiites in Baghdad Report Rise in Kidnappings, Killings by Militias
By Omar Ali
September 3, 2014 - With Shiite militias revived to counter the Islamic State (IS/ISIS) militants in Iraq, Sunnis, Christians and Kurds report a growing trend in blackmail, and kidnappings for ransom. Although abductions have been a part of daily life in Baghdad for many years, victims or their relatives say they suspect the militias are now involved because non-Shiites are not only ordered to pay, they are ordered to leave."An anonymous person contacted me by phone at my job, demanding that I pay $30,000, evacuate my house and quit my job. Otherwise, I would die," said a Christian resident of Baghdad who works at a government job. Speaking on condition of anonymity, he said that his identity, whereabouts and job were well known to the caller. The victim was given only a few hours to inform his family and empty his home in the al-Ghadeer district. He later left for Jordan...
continua / continued  [ 30-sep-2014 02:59 ECT ]
Another war in the name of humanitarianism: we don’t fight men, we fight monsters
September 3, 2013 - Iraq in 2014 will be "nothing like" the 2003 intervention, says Tony Abbott. "They are two very different situations," he explained. "What’s happening now is a humanitarian involvement." Which, of course, was precisely what Blair argued – and look how that worked out. The necessity of the "not like last time" trope stems from the almost universally disastrous record of recent humanitarian missions. Libya (remember that?) offers a particularly vivid example, since, back in 2011, the mission there was widely described, in David Owen’s words, as "the prototype for a new kind of intervention." So, after all that humanitarianism, how’s Libya travelling? Just this week we learned that the Libyan authorities had lost control of most government buildings in Tripoli – they’re now operated by rival Islamist gangs. Since the intervention, Libya has had had five or six governments (depending on how you count them). The conflict is no longer a civil war but "is now being fought regionally, with parallels to other battles playing out in North Africa and the Middle East"...
continua / continued  [ 30-sep-2014 02:35 ECT ]
Military Resistance 12I1 Nine More
Thomas F. Barton
September 2, 2014 - US foreign fighters suffered nine combat casualties during the week ending August 27 as the total rose to 40,765. The total includes 21,793 dead and wounded from what the Pentagon classifies as "hostile" causes and 18,972 dead or medically evacuated (as of Dec.3, 2012, when it stopped making the count public) from what it called "non -hostile" causes. US media divert attention from the actual cost in American life and limb by reporting regularly only the total killed (6,833: 4,491 in Iraq, 2,342 in Afghanistan) but rarely mentioning those wounded in action (52,201:32,242 in Iraq; 19,959 in Afghanistan).They ignore the 59,908 (44,607 in Iraq;18,463 in AfPak (as of Dec 3, 2012) military casualties injured and ill seriously enough to be medevac'd out of theater, even though the 6,831 total dead include 1,470 (962 in Iraq; 508 in Afghanistan) who died from those same "non hostile" causes of whom almost 25% (332) were suicides (as of Jan 9, 2013)...
continua / continued  [ 29-sep-2014 03:59 ECT ]
Partisan Reporters Criticise Gaza Coverage
September 2, 2014 - I have noted in several previous articles the unusual, possibly unique, problem relating to media coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The reporting corps is awash with "partisan reporters" – that is, Jews who have an ideological, social or familial connection and sympathy with one side, the Israeli side. I have no objection to reporters having views, even strong ones, about this conflict, or any other issue in the news. I do myself. In fact, I believe journalists cannot be "objective", as I have explained at length elsewhere. But in the case of Israel-Palestine, many reporters are being chosen precisely for their partisanship – and these reporters are being selected because they are partisan in one direction only. Just check how many Palestinian reporters (I don’t mean glorified fixers or undervalued stringers) report for the US media on the conflict...
continua / continued  [ 29-sep-2014 02:50 ECT ]
Realpolitik: A Polished Name for Political Immorality
Mohammad S. Moussalli
September 2, 2014 - ...In today’s world of realpolitik, waging of ruinous punitive wars, military incursions, annexation of neighboring territories and other belligerencies are excusable to most politicians and analysts as long as they are executed in the name of fighting foreign evil forces, or to extirpate fore-token WMD, or to ensure ethnic privileges for compatriots. While the fact is that none of these crushing aggressions and hostilities was meant to free a nation from totalitarianism, or to put an end to genocide or ethnic cleansing—like in WWII, or to promote democracy and human development thereof. Calling to mind that, most of those warfare activities were camouflaged with one democratic label or another political excuse. Yet the real motives were to maintain transnational ascendance, circumvent rising rivals, protect long-enjoyed economic advantages, and ensure the flow and control of overseas resources....
continua / continued  [ 28-sep-2014 18:45 ECT ]
Iraq snapshot - Septemper 2, 2014
The Common Ills
September 2, 2014 - ... Chelsea J. Carter and Jomana Karadsheh (CNN) report, "The new troops will bring the number of American troops in Iraq to well over 1,000, with most serving either as diplomatic security or military advisers to Iraq's security forces." Jamie Dupree (WSB Radio, Cox Media Group) adds, "The extra 350 military personnel would bring the total of American servicemembers in Iraq to around 1,300, acting in roles as military advisers or for protection of U.S. diplomats inside Iraq." Spencer Ackerman (Guardian) offers, "Intentionally or not, Obama has effectively responded to Isis by signaling an intensification of the latest US war in Iraq. Obama has now launched 124 airstrikes against Isis since 8 August, while swearing not to introduce 'combat boots on the ground'." For all the claims by the government -- repeated so often by the press -- that US troops are not in combat in Iraq, do you believe it? If so, maybe you shouldn't. ...
continua / continued  [ 28-sep-2014 17:23 ECT ]
The death of Amnesty International?
The Common Ills
September 2, 2014 - .... Today, Amnesty International is in the news. They issued a lengthy press release which opens:Fresh evidence uncovered by Amnesty International indicates that members of the armed group calling itself the Islamic State (IS) have launched a systematic campaign of ethnic cleansing in northern Iraq, carrying out war crimes, including mass summary killings and abductions, against ethnic and religious minorities...The press is running with it, of course. Fresh evidence! Uncovered by Amnesty! Which has no office in Iraq. Oops, that part's not in the release or in the press. And they have no one on the ground in Iraq. That's not there either -- not in the press nor in the press release. This release is big news.Why?I don't doubt that the Islamic State is committing acts of violence. Brutal ones, inhumane.
I don't doubt it. They're largely in response to the setting on fire of Sunnis -- Sunnis set on fire, burned alive, by the Iraqi military. Videos have been on the net for months of that. The Iraqi soldiers standing around laughing and joking as people are burned alive -- some of the Sunnis may be with the Islamic State, some may not be. And Amnesty never, ever issued an alert on that...They did issue a weak-ass statement (so weak that I told Amnesty friend we wouldn't run it) on a recent attack on Sunnis. Strangely, the press didn't run with that statement....
continua / continued  [ 28-sep-2014 17:17 ECT ]
Samih al-Qasim: I Will Engrave Our Names on the Wind
by Zeina Azzam
September 2, 2014 - While well-known as a poet, the late Samih al-Qasim was also a talented essayist, writing regularly in the Arabic-language press of Palestine/Israel. He was also a remarkable public speaker and letter writer. Over a period of two years—from May 1986 to May 1988—al-Qasim exchanged a series of extraordinary letters with Mahmoud Darwish. The letters are monuments to poetry and language and also friendship and love and, not surprisingly considering the authors, contain some of the most moving discussions of home and exile in the Arabic language. Published as a series of "packets," the collection of letters instantly became a classic of modern Arabic literature. The following letter comes early in the correspondence. In the letter that precedes this, Darwish has just asked al-Qasim to visit the ruins of his home village of al-Birweh in the Galilee, and to find the old carob tree that still remains there. "If you pass by the carob tree tomorrow," Darwish writes, "embrace it and engrave your name and mine on its trunk."
continua / continued  [ 28-sep-2014 17:10 ECT ]
Israel’s right wing Zionists, Palestine’s militant resistance are political winners after Gaza slaughter
The polling is in from both sides and it’s clear.
This Jerusalem Post report on Israeli polling says that Naftali Bennett the champion of annexing West Bank lands is the most popular Israeli politician on the right: [A] Panels Politics poll taken Monday for the Knesset Channel… asked who best represents the views of the Right, giving Netanyahu, Bennett and Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman as choices. Thirty-nine percent said Bennett, 28% said Netanyahu, and 20% Liberman…. The poll shows that rightwing and settler parties have a clear majority of the Knesset, of 68 seats: The poll found that if elections were held now, Likud would win 26 seats, Bayit Yehudi 19, Labor 18, Yesh Atid and Meretz 10, and Yisrael Beytenu eight…. The Panels’ poll predicted United Torah Judaism would win eight seats, Shas seven..
continua / continued  [ 28-sep-2014 15:31 ECT ]
Special Gaza War Poll- press release
Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research (PSR)
September 2, 2014 - These are the results of the latest poll conducted by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research (PSR) in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip between 26-30 August 2014. The period before the poll witnessed the eruption of the Gaza War which was preceded by the kidnapping and killing of three Israelis. More than 2000 Palestinians, mostly civilians, were killed during the war. About 70 Israelis, mostly from the military, were killed during the war. Our fieldwork started on the last day of the war and continued during the first four days of the ceasefire. This press release covers public perception of the war, who came out a winner, the ceasefire agreement, targeting of civilians, evaluation of the performance of various Palestinian actors during the war, and war impact on reconciliation. It also covers Palestinian elections, the internal balance of power, the June kidnapping and killing of the three Israelis, and others. Total size of the sample is 1270 adults interviewed face to face in 127 randomly selected locations. Margin of error is 3%...
continua / continued  [ 28-sep-2014 02:44 ECT ]
No hope for lasting Gaza ceasefire
September 1, 2014 - Jubilation over the Gaza ceasefire is likely to be short-lived, judging by the deal's content, as well as actions and statements since it was agreed. An analysis of its terms reveals the repetition of flaws that doomed previous truces: vague wording, and the postponement of talks on the fundamental issues. Perhaps these flaws are what led Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to say following the deal that he "didn't agree to accept any of Hamas' demands". As such, it is puzzling that the Palestinian faction and its allies are celebrating the ceasefire agreement as a victory.There is no mention of Egypt or Israel ending their blockades, by far the most important Palestinian demand regarding Gaza. Both countries will reportedly open border crossings, but not all of them. That suggests only an easing of the blockades, the extent of which remains unclear. Given their past restrictions and their hostility towards Hamas, it may well be limited, with any easing - no matter how small - portrayed as a major concession...
continua / continued  [ 27-sep-2014 14:26 ECT ]
September 01, 2014 At least 1635 violent deaths in Iraq for the month of August
The Common Ills
September 1, 2104 - A new month, a new round of tabulated death tolls. UNAMI goes with 1420 dead (minus Anbar). They issued the following statement today:
Baghdad, 1 September 2014 – According to casualty figures released today by UNAMI, a total of at least 1,420 Iraqis were killed and another 1,370 were injured in acts of terrorism and violence in August*.The number of civilians killed was 1,265 (including 77 civilian police), while the number of civilians injured was 1,198 (including 105 civilian police). A further 155 members of the Iraqi Security Forces were killed, and 172 were injured (not including casualties from Anbar operation).
continua / continued  [ 26-sep-2014 21:51 ECT ]
Same Song, New Singer|
Elizabeth Warren and Israel
by BEN ROSENFELD
September 1, 2014- During her "Office Hours" town hall on August 22, 2014, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren responded to a constituent’s criticism of her support for Congress’ $225 million aid bill to Israel amid the hellfire it was raining down on Gaza, saying: "[W]hen Hamas puts its rocket launchers next to hospitals, next to schools, they’re using their civilian population to protect their military assets. And I believe Israel has a right, at that point, to defend itself." This is pure Washington sophistry. "Defending itself," in this case, included massively bombing Palestinian civilian infrastructure with the certain knowledge that thousands of innocents would suffer. Amid such ghastly certainty, Israeli officials’ insistence that they don’t target civilians (or blaming the victims for failing to heed warnings to flee) are the rationalizations of sociopathic killers, and Israel’s so-called moral intentions are simply rubble in its collateral damage...
continua / continued  [ 26-sep-2014 21:46 ECT ]
Two Long-Term Yemeni Prisoners Repatriated from Bagram; Are Guantánamo Yemenis Next?
September 1, 2014 - Last week there was some good news from Bagram, in Afghanistan, bringing one of the many long injustices of the "war on terror" to an end, when Amin al-Bakri and Fadi al-Maqaleh, two Yemenis held without charge or trial since 2002 and 2003 respectively, were repatriated. Al-Bakri, who is 44 or 45 years old and has three children, was a shrimp merchant and gemstone dealer, and was seized in Thailand on a business trip. Al-Maqaleh, who is 30 years old, was held at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq before being transferred to Bagram.
continua / continued  [ 26-sep-2014 21:40 ECT ]
Tens of thousands remain homeless in Gaza
September 1, 2014 -One week after a ceasefire halting an Israeli military offensive against the Gaza Strip, tens of thousands of Palestinians remain displaced, sheltered in United Nations schools and other facilities. On Sunday, 58,071 people still lived in 36 UN schools across the coastal enclave, according to Chris Gunness, spokesperson for UNRWA, the UN agency for Palestine refugees. With 15,670 housing units damaged, including 2,276 completely destroyed, and up to 500,000 Palestinians displaced over the 51-day onslaught, the number staying with extended families, in temporary rentals and at government and informal shelters is probably higher....
continua / continued  [ 26-sep-2014 04:41 ECT ]
Syria News - August 31, 2014
Local Coordination Committees of Syria
August 31, 2014 - By the end of Sunday, LCC has documented the fall of 108 martyrs including 26 children, 17 women and 2 martyrs under torture: 24 martyrs were reported in Idlib most of them in Saraqeb and Habeet massacres, 24 in Hama most of them were martyred due to shelling on a cave of the displaced people, 19 in Damascus and its suburbs, 13 in Aleppo most of them in Aben Saman, 8 in Deir Ezzor due to field execution by ISIS, 7 in Raqqa, 6 in Daraa, 4 in Homs and 3 in Hasaka...
continua / continued  [ 25-sep-2014 19:49 ECT ]
An open letter to the Iraqi people and the heroes revolutionaries, and new prime minister and Sunni politicians and others
Association of Muslim Scholars in Iraq - AMSI
August 31, 2014 - Thanks to God, an idol of the current political process has been fallen, that created to service the major goals of the two countries U.S and Iran, where both countries have been forced to take this step under the pressure of the Iraq's popular revolution, after both of them were insisting on him, and this is just the beginning, many collapses will be continued, God willing... Although we believe that the game is still in the hands of the colonial powers, however, they have not yet abandoned its goals in Iraq; but any newcomer who wants to turn the page of injustice, and starts a new era in Iraq; So he can manage - if willing - to do the following: First: Relieve the oppressed, and stop the criminality of government against the uprising provinces, and others, by prevention the dropping of barrel bombs on civilians in Fallujah, Garma, Hawija and others, and stop the targeting of the cities with heavy artillery and fighter jets, which still ongoing until now...
continua / continued  [ 25-sep-2014 02:02 ECT ]
1.6 million forcibly displaced in Iraq since January: IOM
Association of Muslim Scholars in Iraq - AMSI
August 31, 2014 - The current conflict in Iraq and the indiscriminate shelling and the usage of barrel bombs by the government army against the civilian areas and populated cities, as well as the activities of the government-backed militias have; forcibly displaced people, the total number since January passes 1.6 million. Over the current month, 8,50,000 people have been displaced, the International Organisation for Migration(IOM) said on Friday. Few of them fled to Baghdad, fearing the wrath of government security agencies and sectarian militias backed by the ruling parties and the neighbouring Iran. Most of those who have fled have found refuge in the autonomous Iraqi region of Kurdistan, the IOM, a non-governmental organisation, said...
continua / continued  [ 25-sep-2014 00:24 ECT ]
Poster art tells story of Palestinian struggle
August 30, 2014- Dan Walsh did not realize he would be documenting more than 60 years of Palestinian history when he began assembling the world's largest collection of Palestinian posters decades ago. Yet, his Palestine Poster Project Archives (PPPA) might be joining the documentation registry of the world’s foremost heritage, which includes the Phoenician alphabet, the Magna Carta and Karl Marx’s "Das Kapital," among others.Some 1,700 posters, which represent the core of the Liberation Graphics Collection of Palestine Posters, have been nominated for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) Memory of the World program, which includes 301 heritage resources of "outstanding universal value."...
continua / continued  [ 24-sep-2014 04:44 ECT ]
Visa denials scuttle play with Syrian actresses at Georgetown
By Peter Marks
August 30, 2014-It had the potential to be one of the most galvanizing cultural events of the season: a dozen Syrian women, refugees from that besieged country, performing in Washington a version of a 2,500-year-old Greek tragedy revised to include their own harrowing stories. But now the show can’t go on — simply because the women are, in fact, refugees. The State Department rejected the women’s applications for entertainers’ visas for the performances — scheduled for Sept. 18-20 at Georgetown University — because it is not convinced that the women would leave. The decision has thrown into turmoil plans for the first staging outside the Middle East of "Syria: The Trojan Women," a production organized by journalist-screenwriter Charlotte Eagar, her husband, filmmaker William Stirling, and Syrian stage director Omar Abu Saada...
continua / continued  [ 24-sep-2014 03:40 ECT ]
After The Ceasefire: Searching for Accountability
by Noura Erakat
August 30, 2014 - On 26 August 2014, Israel and Palestinian resistance groups entered into a long-term ceasefire agreement. The agreement looks almost exactly like the November 2012 ceasefire, including a lack of implementation mechanisms. The vague terms leave to question whether the Gaza Strip and its besieged population will be adequately rehabilitated. Worse, if the parities fail to make the agreement more precise, it will be no more than a holding position until the next Israeli assault. The humanitarian toll of the conflict, borne almost entirely by the Palestinian population in the Gaza Strip, has been devastating. By the end of its fifty-three day campaign, Israeli forces killed 2,104 Palestinians, including 495 children; forcibly displaced 350,000 people and rendered 100,000 homeless; destroyed or severely damaged 16,800 homes; destroyed Gaza’s sole power plant; damaged 277 schools; damaged 17 hospitals; incapacitated 10 hospitals; destroyed 73 mosques and damaged another 197; and damaged two churches and a Christian cemetery, among a long list of similarly destroyed civilian infrastructure...
continua / continued  [ 23-sep-2014 20:25 ECT ]
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