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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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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 avanti - next    [109474] [ 24-sep-2014 03:40 ECT ]

Perpetual war, indefinite detention, and torture: The U.S. and Israel’s shared values
By: Adam Hudson

August 30, 2014 - The United States and Israel have "shared values" but not when it comes to upholding democracy and the rule of law. Their shared values are perpetual war, torture, indefinite detention, and military courts. Guantanamo is a perfect example of this. Both states have been in a state of perpetual war for quite some time with Israel against the Palestinians since its founding in 1948 while the U.S. can trace back its war to its founding in 1776 and the colonization of Native American lands. Today's global war on terror is the latest chapter in that saga. Under perpetual war, the United States and Israel can justify a litany of draconian policies, such as indefinite detention, torture, and extrajudicial killing...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109473] [ 24-sep-2014 02:47 ECT ]

What is Abbas' mystery proposal?
Daoud Kuttab
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August 30, 2014 - Israeli and international circles are searching for clues as to what the new Palestinian political initiative will contain. In a television interview with Egypt’s Sada al-Balad, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said he was planning a major political surprise that will be made known in the coming weeks. In his victory news conference in Doha, the head of Hamas’ political bureau, Khaled Meshaal, revealed that he was made privy to the Palestinian initiative, but refrained from revealing any details. The plan will be submitted to US Secretary of State John Kerry when Abbas meets him on Sept. 3 and will be also presented for approval to the Arab League in a meeting of Arab foreign ministers on Sept. 7....

  continua / continued avanti - next    [109472] [ 24-sep-2014 01:59 ECT ]

A Friend of my Father: Iran’s Manipulation of Bashar al-Assad
By Bassam Barabandi and Tyler Jess Thompson

August 30, 2014 - n March 2011, just a few days after the uprisings began in Syria, the Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, Saeed Jalili, made an unannounced visit to Damascus. He came with a clear message: Do not give in to the Arab Spring in Syria. Jalili met with President Bashar al-Assad and his top advisors to propose what he called a new "Iron Curtain" with Iran and Russia against a Western conspiracy in the region. Assad took the offer despite his father’s efforts to keep his dubious Iranian ally at arm’s length. Now the world watches as Iran increases its influence in both Syria and Lebanon, building toward an improved bargaining position with the West. By design, this process will soon render Bashar dispensable to all sides...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109471] [ 24-sep-2014 00:22 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 avanti - next    [109470] [ 23-sep-2014 20:25 ECT ]

Stop Hiding Images of American Torture
EDITORIAL BOARD, NYTimes
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August 30, 2014 - A hooded man standing on a box, electrodes wired to his fingers. A naked prisoner lying on a cement floor, a leash around his neck held casually by an American soldier. The bloody bodies of dead inmates with their heads bashed in. Ten years later, the photos leaked from Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq remain seared into the American consciousness. But while the United States government was unable to prevent their release, more than 2,000 other photos taken at various American military facilities in Iraq and Afghanistan have remained hidden under a 2009 law. By one account, the images — which officials say are a mix of snapshots by soldiers and photos by military investigators documenting allegations of abuse — are "worse than Abu Ghraib."
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109469] [ 23-sep-2014 19:49 ECT ]

UK Government urged to act on fresh evidence of BT drones link
Reprieve

August 30, 2014- The British government is being asked to reopen an investigation into BT, after new evidence appeared to link the company to illegal US drone strikes and the mass government surveillance used to select their targets. Legal charity Reprieve, which assists the civilian victims of drone strikes, has this week submitted to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) a complaint containing details of how a cable laid by BT for the US military between RAF Croughton – a US base in the UK – and Camp Lemonnier – a secretive drone base in Djibouti – was tailored to meet special NSA requirements consistent with the launching of drone strikes in Yemen and Somalia....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109468] [ 23-sep-2014 15:16 ECT ]

Gaza, the Goy!
How many more wars and devastation will it take to end Israeli apartheid?

Haidar Eid

August 30, 2014 - sraelis have many things to say about Palestinians, none of them humanising or related to reality. They continue to create their false narrative making Orwellian words their allies. From 1948 to today, words have been a weapon as important as their army, their navy and their air force. Their words and their machinery of death have created a situation in Gaza today that defies description. The lack of water and electricity, the inability to find bodies under massive piles of rubble because bare hands can only do so much, the barbarism of targeting children. Words are so inadequate to express the anger and trauma, the resilience and the solidarity....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109467] [ 23-sep-2014 03:40 ECT ]

One Century after World War I and the Balfour Declaration: Palestine and Palestine Studies
by Walid Khalidi

August 30, 2014 - We meet today to celebrate the second anniversary of the establishment of the SOAS Centre for Palestine Studies. I am honoured to have been asked to deliver this first Annual Lecture. It is deeply gratifying to be addressing you on this occasion in the name of a sister institution—Institute for Palestine Studies (IPS)—which has just celebrated its fiftieth anniversary as an independent, private, non-partisan, non-profit, public service research institute. We at IPS look forward to long years of innovative cooperation between our two institutions. Like other centres of Palestine studies, we are both researching the same phenomenon: the ever-growing accumulation of debris generated on that fateful day of 2 November 1917 by the so-called Balfour Declaration, the single most destructive political document on the Middle East in the twentieth century....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109466] [ 23-sep-2014 03:26 ECT ]

Being Palestinian got me barred from visiting Palestine
Amanda Michelle

August 30, 2014 - ....This is my first time at the Israeli-controlled border between Palestine and Jordan. I am traveling with 15 young Arab-Americans, mostly Palestinian, to do community service work and connect with our heritage and homeland.​ We have arrived at the Allenby Bridge anxious & apprehensive, having heard countless stories of harassment by Israeli soldiers, and deeply exhausted from a long weekend of delayed flights, desert nights, and the Dead Sea. Our trip was cancelled due to increased violence in the West Bank, and re-planned after the participants wrote a letter stating their determination and commitment to experience life in occupied Palestine, even if that meant putting ourselves in danger. But despite all this, I am thrilled to be returning to Palestine after months of planning, years of dreaming. Tucked in a corner of my wallet are directions to my grandparents’ homes....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109465] [ 23-sep-2014 03:19 ECT ]

Guantánamo Violence: Prisoners Report Shaker Aamer “Beaten,” Another Man Assaulted “For Nearly Two Hours”
Andy Worthington
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August 30, 2014 - In a recent letter to the British foreign secretary Philip Hammond, Clive Stafford Smith, the founder and director of the legal action charity Reprieve, described how he has "just received a series of unclassified letters from various detainees who we represent in Guantánamo Bay," which "tell a disturbingly consistent story" — of "a new 'standard procedure’ where the FCE team [the armored guards responsible for violently removing prisoners from their cells through 'forcible cell extractions'] is being used to abuse the prisoners with particular severity because of the on-going non-violent hunger strike protest against their unconscionable treatment."....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109464] [ 23-sep-2014 03:16 ECT ]

The US government can brand you a terrorist based on a Facebook post. We can't let them make up the rules
Arjun Sethi

August 30, 2014 - The US government’s web of surveillance is vast and interconnected. Now we know just how opaque, inefficient and discriminatory it can be.As we were reminded again just this week, you can be pulled into the National Security Agency’s database quietly and quickly, and the consequences can be long and enduring. Through ICREACH, a Google-style search engine created for the intelligence community, the NSA provides data on private communications to 23 government agencies. More than 1,000 analysts had access to that information. This kind of data sharing, however, isn’t limited to the latest from Edward Snowden’s NSA files. It was confirmed earlier this month that the FBI shares its master watchlist, the Terrorist Screening Database, with at least 22 foreign governments, countless federal agencies, state and local law enforcement, plus private contractors...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109463] [ 23-sep-2014 03:14 ECT ]

Blackwater trial reaches emotional and legal climax as prosecution rests

August 30, 2014 - ...Seven years after the bloody shooting in Baghdad’s Nisour Square that left a total of 17 Iraqis dead and more than 20 seriously wounded, jurors were told of the "shocking amount of death, injury and destruction" that saw "innocent men, women and children mowed down" by private guards working for the US State Department. In closing arguments, assistant US attorney Anthony Asuncion claimed three of the four defendants were guilty of manslaughter and a fourth of murder for showing extreme disregard for human life in retaliating against what they mistakenly believed was a car bomb attack on their convoy...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109462] [ 23-sep-2014 03:11 ECT ]

Egypt evicts Rafah residents to create buffer zone
An Al-Monitor correspondent in Sinai
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August 30, 2014 - Concern has spread among residents of the border areas in the northern Sinai Peninsula following the Egyptian army's planned establishment of a buffer zone on the Egyptian side of Rafah along the border with the Gaza Strip.The undeclared move prompted local concern that a new reality is being secretly shaped, and that the government has adopted a policy of strategic patience to draw the map of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict at the expense of the people in Sinai. The Egyptian army has stated its military operations in Sinai are part of the war on terrorism, yet residents believe the operations are designed to forcibly displace them...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109461] [ 23-sep-2014 03:03 ECT ]

From Containment to Counterinsurgency in the Gaza Strip
by Max Ajl

August 30, 2014 - Israel’s recently terminated "Operation Protective Edge" against the Gaza Strip was beyond destructive. Little is left standing in Shuja’iya, Khoza’a, Beit Hanoun, and Rafah’s east, where photos reveal a tableau of grey ruin. Israel shelled hospitals, targeted ambulances, killed paramedics, leaving the health sector strained beyond the breaking point. As Israeli munitions rocked graveyards, even the dead rested uneasy.According to one development NGO, the war simply demolished the economy, "turning factories into piles of rubble and destruction," with over 180 leveled since the assault began on 7 July, and billions of dollars in damages. The power plant is ruined, tens of thousands of homes are damaged, and over 2100 Palestinians killed at the hands of the Israeli forces. This was the third such attack in the last six and a half years, and by far the most brutal...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109460] [ 23-sep-2014 02:53 ECT ]

See for yourself: Aerial and panoramic views show devastation in Gaza
Ali Abunimah

August 30, 2014 - The video above, published by the Gaza-based video production company MediaTown, shows an aerial view of the devastated Shujaiya neighborhood of Gaza City. On 20 July, the area was subjected to indiscriminate artillery bombardment by Israel that was so intense that it shocked even US military officers.A total of 2,168 people were killed, 521 of them children, during Israel’s 51-day bombardment of the Gaza Strip that ended in a ceasefire agreement on 26 August. Such images help us to understand the reality behind the shocking statistics about the physical destruction: 108,000 people have had their homes destroyed or severely damaged and will need permanent rehousing, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA)...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109459] [ 23-sep-2014 02:24 ECT ]

Syria News - August 29, 2014
Local Coordination Committees of Syria
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August 29, 2014- By the end of Friday, LCC has documented the fall of 67 martyrs including 7 children, 3 women and 2 martyrs under torture. 22 martyrs were reported in Aleppo, 20 in Damascus and its suburbs, 7 in Daraa, 6 in Hama, 5 in Idlib, 3 in Raqqa, 2 in Homs, 1 in Deir Ezzor and 1 in Qunitra....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109458] [ 23-sep-2014 00:41 ECT ]

Stop US attacks on Iraq and Syria!
International Executive Committee of the International Workers Unity – Fourth International

August 29, 2014 - ... We call on the peoples of the world to repudiate the ongoing military actions in Iraq and Syria. With the argument of "fighting against terrorism" and using the cruel practices of ISIS, the US and the EU, supported by Russia, Iran, Israel and now, with the approval of the dictator Bashar al-Assad, they want to attack the people of the Middle East. With this same pretext they want to drown the revolt of the Syrian people. To the extent that the Syrian Foreign Minister "welcomed any attack, including by the United Kingdom and the United States with possible bombings" in his country to "fight ISIS". He only requested to "coordinate" them (ABC.es, 25 August 2014). This means they are using the madness of ISIS and their Caliphate to applaud Obama's bombing of rebel positions. That is, the Syrian regime removes its mask of being "anti-imperialist", defended by the world reformist left and especially by Chavism, and now shows its true pro-imperialist and genocidal face....

  continua / continued avanti - next    [109457] [ 23-sep-2014 00:31 ECT ]

Libya’s ‘Regime Change’ Chaos
By Paul R. Pillar

August 29, 2014 - Three valid observations are worth making about this episode. One is that the turmoil in Libya to which Egypt and the UAE are reacting followed directly from regime change in which Western intervention was instrumental. The United States played less of a leading role in that intervention than some other Western states did, and according to the Pottery Barn rule it does not own the resulting wreckage by itself. But that background is worth remembering.Second, the airstrikes are a reminder that if forceful things are to be done in the Middle East, the United States doesn’t necessarily have to be the one to do them. That principle applies to more constructive uses of force than hitting the Libyan militias. The UAE has a pretty good air force; maybe next time it can use it for more worthwhile purposes. Third, the episode is a demonstration that even partners or allies are apt to be moved to action not to protect interests they share with us but to pursue objectives we do not share....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109456] [ 23-sep-2014 00:02 ECT ]

Warnings of Civil War, 'Critical Plight of Civilians' in Libya
Andrea Germanos
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August 29, 2014 - As instability continues to grip Libya, officials are sounding alarm over the deteriorating situation that could lead towards civil war in the country, where destabilization, critics charge, has deepened since NATO's bombing in 2011... Yet, as author and professor of international studies at Trinity College Vijay Prashad told Democracy Now! Monday, "This violence has been ongoing since 2011," when the U.S. backed a campaign to oust Muammar Gaddafi...Prashad noted that he was against the NATO bombing campaign, in part because it would lead to chaos and destruction that leaves a country little hope of having the ability to forge a democracy...


  continua / continued avanti - next    [109455] [ 22-sep-2014 19:41 ECT ]

New book reveals top-secret collusion between Israel, US during twenty years of “peace talks”
Rod Such

August 29, 2014 - ...Bregman’s book breaks new ground with a number of leaked top secret disclosures from Israeli sources. It shows that the recent revelation that Israel eavesdropped on current US Secretary of State John Kerry is really nothing new.Israel also secretly recorded conversations between Clinton and Assad back in 2000. The only question unanswered is why, given the extent of the collusion, the Israeli government believed it was necessary to eavesdrop on its counterpart. Bregman is a British-Israeli political scientist who teaches in the War Studies Department of King’s College London. He served in the Israeli army during the 1982 invasion of Lebanon. But during the first intifada, he openly announced his refusal to serve in the "occupied territories" in an interview with Israeli newspaper Haaretz...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109454] [ 22-sep-2014 18:16 ECT ]

White Supremacists March against Anti-Semitism
by Yves Engler

August 29, 2014 - Why does a demonstration of hundreds of people against "anti-Semitism" in Toronto seem more like a march for white supremacy than a rally against racism? On August 20, reported the Canadian Jewish News, several thousand took to Bathurst Street under the slogan "We Will Not be Silent: A March Against Global Anti-Semitism." The demonstration was organized by United Jewish Appeal Federation of Greater Toronto, the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs, B’nai Brith Canada, Canada Israel Experience, March of the Living Canada, and the Jewish National Fund (JNF) Canada. If one were to take the organizers’ slogan seriously this demonstration was among the largest anti-racist mobilizations in recent Canadian history. But, unfortunately it was little more than a group of "white" people calling for the further subjugation of "brown" folk...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109453] [ 22-sep-2014 18:14 ECT ]

The Palestinian message to Israel: Deal with us justly - or disappear
Jeff Halper
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August 29, 2014 - Until Operation Protective Edge, most of the "messaging" regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, certainly that which broke through the mainstream media, came from the Israeli side. Since Zionism’s official beginnings in Palestine some 110 years ago, the Jewish community, whether the pre-state Yishuv or constituted as the state of Israel, never took the Palestinians seriously. They were dark-skinned "natives" wrapped sinisterly in kafiyas, fedayeen or terrorists without names, history or humanity, an existential threat subsumed under the rubric "Arabs." In 1967, when Israel finally came face to face with an organized, visible, politically aware Palestinian society, the idea of talking to them did not even occur to Israel’s leaders...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109452] [ 22-sep-2014 18:09 ECT ]

Self-healing in Gaza
Sarah Algherbawi

August 29, 2014 - The killing and bombing is finally done. Yet I don’t think we in Gaza will feel like the war is truly over for a long period of time, if we ever can. The killing is over but the pain of the missing dead is not.The killing is over but the injures are not healed.The killing is over but the houses are no longer standing.The killing is over but our souls are not yet cured.This is the third war I have witnessed in the last five years of my life. I wish I had never had to experience this, but it just happened, and all I can do now is to deal with the pain…once again. My first experience with war was in my last year of high school, the year that is critical to anyone’s future....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109451] [ 22-sep-2014 18:04 ECT ]

Gaza’s Pyrrhic Victory is a Lesson for the Occupier
By Tariq Shadid

August 29, 2014 -Among Palestinians, many consider the recent cease-fire between Israel and the Palestinians to be a victory for the resistance. For those looking on from the outside, this response may be quite puzzling. How can a people claim victory when 2145 of their citizens have lost their lives under Israeli shelling and bombing, the vast majority of them civilians, and a staggering 578 among them children? Is this idea of 'victory’ merely Hamas capitalizing on a cease-fire that suits it quite well, in order to increase its popularity? Is it the irrational response of a people traumatized by years of siege, and some of the most intense bombing of civilian areas history has ever seen, to an end to 50 days of hell on earth? Or is there more to it?....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109450] [ 22-sep-2014 17:59 ECT ]

Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (21- 28 August 2014)
The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR)
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August 29, 2014 - Summary: Israeli violations of international law and international humanitarian law in the oPt continued during the reporting period (21 – 27 August 2014). Shooting and Killing: In the context of the Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip, Israeli forces killed 92 Palestinians, 67 of whom are civilians, including 25 children and 8 woman. Six Palestinians, 5 of whom are civilians, including 2 children, died of previous wounds. Israeli warplanes launched dozens of airstrikes on the Gaza Strip, destroying 96 houses and 4-multis-storey apartment and commercial buildings. Since the beginning of the Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip, 2,168 Palestinians have been killed, of whom 1,662 civilians, including 519 children and 297 women, and 10,895 others have been wounded, including 3,306 children and 2,114 women. The Attorney General also order burial of 7 corpses of unidentified persons. Additionally, Israeli warplanes have targeted and destroyed 953 houses, while thousands of houses have been extensively damaged..
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109449] [ 22-sep-2014 17:54 ECT ]

Countdown to the next round in Gaza
Alex Kane

August 29, 2014- The cease-fire that ended seven weeks of hell in Gaza is only two days old. But the countdown to the next round began as soon as the ink dried on the agreement between Israel and the Palestinian armed factions. There’s no way getting around it. There will be another war in Gaza. The deep-rooted problems bedeviling the Palestinian people and Israel have not gone away. The cease-fire just buys more time–until the next escalation begins and death and destruction are rained down on Gaza. The only question is when that next spasm of violence breaks out. Hamas and the other factions need to re-arm. Israel’s southern communities and people in Gaza want a breather. Yes, Hamas, the other factions and the Palestinians in Gaza are celebrating the end of a 50-day assault. They are calling it a victory...

  continua / continued avanti - next    [109448] [ 22-sep-2014 17:15 ECT ]

This war was not a war, it was a massacre
Mohammad J. Abulriban and Justin Randle
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August 29, 2014 - During a brief stint working for UNRWA in Israel Palestine a few years ago I came across a documentary film called 'No Sharp Objects’. Made by the UN agency, it is about 15 children from Gaza who travel to the US. They meet politicians, go to New York, visit the UN and the Holocaust museum and meet American children. I particularly remember one scene where a dying father tells his son, who is about to go on the trip, to show the world that 'the people of Gaza have principles and values.’ Mohammed Abulriban was one of the children in that film. We became friends. He is now 18. He lives in the Al Nuseirat Refugee Camp in Gaza. As the most recent slaughter in Gaza has unfolded we in the west have heard comparatively little from the Palestinians who live there and are experiencing it. I asked Mohammad what living in Gaza during Operation Protective Edge has been like...

  continua / continued avanti - next    [109447] [ 22-sep-2014 16:42 ECT ]

Celebrating the Deaths of Palestinians in Toronto
When a March Against “Anti-Semitism” Feels Like a March for White Power

by YVES ENGLER

August 29, 2014 - Why does a demonstration of hundreds of people against "anti-Semitism" in Toronto seem more like a march for white supremacy than a rally against racism? On August 20, reported the Canadian Jewish News, several thousand took to Bathurst Street under the slogan "We Will Not be Silent: A March Against Global Anti-Semitism." The demonstration was organized by United Jewish Appeal Federation of Greater Toronto, the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs, B’nai Brith Canada, Canada Israel Experience, March of the Living Canada and the Jewish National Fund (JNF) Canada. 
If one were to take the organizers’ slogan seriously this demonstration was among the largest anti-racist mobilizations in recent Canadian history. But, unfortunately it was little more than a group of "white" people calling for the further subjugation of "brown" folk...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109446] [ 22-sep-2014 02:43 ECT ]

Gaza and Beyond
The Entire World Is Under Siege

by JEROME IRWIN

August 29, 2014- With each new atrocity committed by Israel against the Palestinians & Occupied Territories of Palestine, propagandists and dictators everywhere grow bolder, ever more confidant in their own ability to show brazen, arrogant contempt for the basic welfare of the common man and woman. To quote an old cry against South African apartheid: "An Injury To One Is an Injury To All!" This unresolved crisis represents The Black Hole of the human spirit on our planet! As Israel continues to violate every principle of international law, democratic rule or code of human decency – denying the inherent, God-given rights of the Palestinian’s to create for themselves their own sovereign state and unfettered system of government – the same principles and rights of all people of the world are called into question. As long as these atrocities continue unchallenged, no principle or right in the world can be considered to be sacrosanct or inviolate...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109445] [ 22-sep-2014 02:37 ECT ]

Israel invests millions in occupied Golan Heights settlement college
Patrick O. Strickland
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August 29, 2014 - An Israeli college in the occupied Syrian Golan Heights is offering a wide range of financial incentives to prospective students in order to increase its enrollment, according to a recent Arabic-language report at the Arabs48 website. Ohalo College, located in the illegal Jewish-only Katzrin settlement, aims to double its enrollment to 2,500 students over the next seven years, according to Arabs48. In order to do so, Israeli authorities will invest millions in the settlement, including building new student accommodation, and provide monthly stipends of up to 75 percent for rent fees. Ohalo College was located in the Tiberias region of present-day Israel until 1998, when it moved to Katzrin and became the first Israeli academic institution in the occupied Golan Heights...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109444] [ 22-sep-2014 01:59 ECT ]

Barack re-writes rules of war
The Common Ills

August 29, 2014 - NINA notes that already today Nouri's bombing of Falluja -- his continued bombing -- has killed 3 civilians and left twelve more injured... Zeke J. Miller (Time magazine) notes: The President defended his decision not to seek authorization from Congress before beginning strikes on ISIS targets in Iraq three weeks ago, saying the urgency of the threat to the U.S. consulate in Erbil required immediate action. "I can’t afford to wait in order to make sure that those folks are protected," Obama said. Since Aug. 8, the military has conducted 106 air strikes in Iraq, according to U.S. Central Command. Neither the consulate in Erbil nor the Embassy in Baghdad had been attacked. They were not even under impending threat. But Barack's rewriting the rules of engagement. And, in doing this, he is claiming a 'right' to bomb anywhere in the world if he just suspects there's a chance an embassy might be attacked. For all the countries with US embassies, this should be a very scary argument he's putting forward...


  continua / continued avanti - next    [109443] [ 22-sep-2014 01:19 ECT ]

Israel tech site paying “interns” to covertly plant stories in social media
Asa Winstanley

August 29, 2014 - An investigation by The Electronic Intifada has revealed that the online publication Israel21c is hiring students as "digital ambassadors" to plant its stories in online discussion forums and social media without revealing that they work for the publication. Israel21c is part of propaganda efforts aimed to improve Israel’s image and distract from Israel’s occupation, abuse and massacres of Palestinians. An ad for the position (published in full below) was contained in an email obtained by The Electronic Intifada. It stipulates that each "ambassador" must engage in "significant conversations" online, making a note of them and reporting back to Israel21c staff...
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Protester against Israel’s land theft remains jailed — four months after arrest
Adri Nieuwhof
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August 29, 2014 - Four months ago, human rights activist Murad Shtaiwi was arrested by Israeli forces during a night raid in the occupied West Bank village of Kufr Qaddoum. Four months later, he remains in military detention.Shtaiwi is a prominent member of the Kufr Qaddoum Popular Committee, which has been organizing weekly demonstrations against the Israeli occupation since 2011. One of the charges against him is participating in and organizing "unauthorized" demonstrations. The maximum sentence for this charge is ten years imprisonment.
Ever since he was placed under detention on 29 April, Shtaiwi has been denied the right to a fair trial...
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One-third of Gaza's mosques destroyed by Israeli strikes
Middle East Monitor

August 29, 2014 - The Israeli onslaught on Gaza demolished 73 mosques in 51 days, while 205 others were partially destroyed, a government report said. According to a committee formed by the Palestinian Economic Council for Development and Construction, the damages caused by Israeli aggression on houses of worship, tombs, and charity offices amount to $40.4 million. The only two churches in Gaza were also hit and partially damaged, while the gates of 10 tombs were destroyed. The affected mosques represent one-third of Gaza's mosques, the committee said. Among the destroyed mosques were historical ones, particularly Al-Omari Mosque in Jabalya which dates back to 649 AD...

  continua / continued avanti - next    [109440] [ 21-sep-2014 23:26 ECT ]

Defense Argues Palestinian Organizer’s Indictment Was Product of Illegal FBI Investigation
By: Kevin Gosztola

August 28, 2014 - A motion to dismiss an indictment against Palestinian American Rasmea Odeh for allegedly committing immigration fraud argues Odeh’s indictment was the "product of an illegal investigation into the First Amendment activities of the Arab-American Action Network (AAAN)," a community group based in Chicago. Rasmea Odeh is an organizer in Chicago. She has been a naturalized citizen in the US since 1995. But, on October 22, 2013, the Department of Homeland Security suddenly had her arrested. The federal government accused Odeh of neglecting to disclose on naturalization forms that she had been imprisoned by Israelis in Palestine for decades for terrorism-related offenses. She now faces up to ten years in prison if convicted and immediate deportation after her release....
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Syria News - August 28, 2014
Local Coordination Committees of Syria
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August 28, 2014 - By the end of Thurseday, LCC has documented the fall of 77 martyrs including 9 women, 17 children and 2 martyrs under torture. 22 martyrs were reported in Aleppo, 15 in Idlib, 12 in Damascus and its suburbs, 9 in Daraa, 7 in Homs, 6 in Hama and 6 in Deir Ezzor....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109438] [ 21-sep-2014 04:29 ECT ]

Update on the continued military detention of the Palestinian human rights defender, Murad Shtaiwi, under Israel‘s repressive protest law
Palestinian Human Rights (LPHR) and Addameer

August 28, 2014 - Lawyers for Palestinian Human Rights (LPHR) and Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association (Addameer) remain extremely concerned by the continued military detention since 29 April 2014 of the Palestinian human rights defender, Murad Shtaiwi, under Israel's repressive protest law. In our first joint public statement on Murad Shtaiwi's case, dated 3 July 2014, we outlined that this prominent Palestinian human rights defender was to stand trial on Sunday 6 July 2014 at Salem Military Court on three charges: participating in and organising unauthorised demonstrations (Israel's Military Order No. 101); causing a public disturbance; and throwing stones at Israeli military authorities...

  continua / continued avanti - next    [109437] [ 21-sep-2014 03:58 ECT ]

Judge: Government’s Justification for Keeping Detainee Abuse Photos Secret is ‘Not Sufficient’
By: Kevin Gosztola

August 28, 2014 - A federal district court judge has ruled that the government’s certification to prevent the disclosure of thousands of photos of detainee abuse and torture in Afghanistan and Iraq—including inhumane treatment at Abu Ghraib prison—is "not sufficient to prevent publication." The federal judge ordered [PDF] the government to appear in court on September 8 and produce the photographs or submit additional evidence to support keeping the photos secret. American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) staff attorney Marcellene Hearn reacted, "Americans have a right to know what was done in our names in military detention centers. We have a right to know what resulted from senior officials’ decisions to authorize and tolerate the abuse and torture of prisoners."...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109436] [ 21-sep-2014 03:54 ECT ]

Navy Nurse Who Refused Order to Force-Feed Hunger Striking Guantanamo Prisoners May Face Discipline
By: Kevin Gosztola
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August 28, 2014 - The first and only officer on the medical staff at Guantanamo Bay to conscientiously object to force-feeding prisoners on hunger strike has reportedly had his assignment ended. He has been sent back to Naval Health Clinic New England, his "parent command," while an investigation is completed, which may result in discipline or a court-martial. The Associated Press reported on August 26 that Navy Captain Maureen Pennington, who is "his commander at the network clinics, indicated, "An investigation has been conducted into his conduct while stationed at Guantanamo but it has not yet been determined if he will face any discipline." He is "now on leave and military officials declined to provide details about him or any allegations he may face."
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109435] [ 21-sep-2014 03:50 ECT ]

Protestors block and delay Israeli ships up and down US West Coast
Charlotte Silver

August 28, 2014 - Over the past two weeks, activists in port cities along the West Coast of the United States staged picket lines to prevent or delay vessels operated by Israel’s Zim shipping line from offloading cargo. The actions had been planned at the height of Israel’s assault on the Gaza Strip that began on 7 July and ended with a ceasefire yesterday. Zim Integrated Shipping Services Ltd. is Israel’s biggest cargo shipping company and the tenth largest in the world. Its 2013 revenue was $3.7 billion.The action originated in Oakland, California, which set a high bar for others to follow. Protestors there successfully prevented the unloading of the Zim Piraeus container ship for nearly four full days...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109434] [ 21-sep-2014 03:17 ECT ]

Security Council resolutions and compromised ceasefires
Ramona Wadi

August 28, 2014 - ...So far, Abbas is simply expressing gratitude through the usual simplifications of the coloniser and the colonised as "sides," and imperialist interference as "roles" - convenient terminology that undermines the correlation between humanitarian aid and human rights abuses. Gaza, on the other hand, becomes an appended abstract mired in humanitarian rhetoric disassociated from the ramifications of Israel’s intended colonial expansion.Taking into consideration the aspect of perpetual impunity granted to Israel not only by the international community, but also by Abbas and his reluctance, or inability, to pursue the ICC option departing from the Palestinian narrative, the ceasefire’s implementation upon such compromised terms will temporarily alleviate suffering, but render Palestinians further subjugated to imperialist dictates...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109433] [ 21-sep-2014 03:13 ECT ]

The Children of Gaza: A Generation Scarred & Under Siege
IMEU
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August 28, 2014 - On August 24, nearly half a million Palestinian children in Gaza who were scheduled to start a new school year were unable to do so because of Israel's latest military assault on the occupied and besieged coastal strip, "Operation Protective Edge," which began on July 8 and killed more than 2100 people, including at least 1462 civilians.With a fledgling ceasefire agreed to on August 26 taking hold, the children of Gaza are struggling to cope with the horrors they experienced during Israel's brutal attack, and to return to some semblance of normalcy. The following fact sheet provides an overview of the impact that Israel's latest assault and its siege and blockade have had on the children of Gaza.
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109432] [ 21-sep-2014 03:08 ECT ]

Watch: Israel raids "return" camp in destroyed Palestinian village
Patrick O. Strickland

August 28, 2014 - Israeli occupation authorities on Wednesday raided and looted Kufr Birim, a destroyed Palestinian village near the border with Lebanon, where a group of activists have been camping for more than a year. Accompanied by police, five carfuls of officers from the Israel Lands Administration arrived at approximately 8am. Without announcing their presence or the purpose of the visit, they began tearing apart the activist encampment and looting the campers’ belongings....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109431] [ 21-sep-2014 02:50 ECT ]

Iraq snapshot - August 28 , 2014.
The Common Ills

August 28, 2014 - ...National Iraqi News Agency reports: Spokesman for the hospital in Fallujah Dr. Ahmed Al-Shami said on Thursday that the number of the martyrs in Fallujah since the beginning of military operations by more than 8 months amounted to 812 people, while the total number of wounded to 2488 people.
He told the National Iraqi News Agency / NINA / that this is not the final statistics due to the continued bombardment of the city in addition to that a number of the martyrs were buried without arriving to the hospital and the wounded were treated in homes and health centers. He added that 16 percent of the martyrs are children and 19 percent of them women, while the injured proportion of children reached 11 percent and women 17 percent
. What is the number that will prompt disgust and lead to vocal rejection of Nouri's assault on Sunni civilians?The embarrassing UNHCR wanted to whine about 'terrorism' in Iraq. What is terrorism but not being safe in your own home?.....

  continua / continued avanti - next    [109430] [ 21-sep-2014 02:31 ECT ]

Inside Fallujah: Crowded Cemeteries, Flattened Buildings And Potential Revolution
Mustafa Habib
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August 28, 2014 - ...Many of the buildings are damaged or completely destroyed. Anyone who manages to get into Fallujah will see a city that looks as though it’s out of a picture taken just after World War II. "Some areas – such as al-Hay al-Sinaie and Nazzal – have been completely levelled," one of the city’s tribal leaders, Ahmed al-Halbusi, told NIQASH. "It would be almost impossible for people to go back and live in those areas again because they are so damaged. Additionally the Iraqi air force is still shelling those areas even though we have no idea why." Al-Halbusi was now looking after a five-year-old boy named Othman. "His whole family was killed in the Nazzal area," al-Halbusi explains. "He was playing in his garden and his family were in the house when the house was hit. He was the only survivor." There are dozens of similar stories. The Iraqi army has been attacking Fallujah since the beginning of the year. Every day the army shells the city two different ways – with ground artillery from their camps near the city. One of the major camps is the nearby Mazra camp....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109429] [ 21-sep-2014 02:06 ECT ]

Netanyahu vs. Abu Ubaydah: On victory and false victory
Ramzy Baroud

August 28, 2014 - In the rush to analyze the outcome of Israel’s 51-day war in Gaza, dubbed Operation Protective Edge, some may have neglected an important factor: this was not a war by traditional definitions of warfare, thus the conventional analyses of victory and defeat is simply not applicable. That being the case, how can we explain Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s triumphant statement on 28 August, and the massive celebrations on the streets of Gaza regarding the resistance 'victory’ over Israel? To be truly fathomed, they must be understood in context...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109428] [ 21-sep-2014 01:08 ECT ]

A Palestinian ultimatum to end occupation?
By Dahlia Scheindlin

August 28, 2014 - The PLO will demand that the UN Security Council announce a deadline for Israel to withdraw from the West Bank, to the 1967 ceasefire lines, reported Haaretz today. Ma’an News Agency writes that Nabil Shaath, a senior Fatah figure and veteran negotiator, has said the bid will be submitted on September 15, 2014. If it is not accepted, he told Ma’an that the PLO will continue with long-rumored plans to pursue accession to the International Criminal Court (Rome Statute), so that it can bring claims against Israel’s actions in Gaza. With every other attempt to shake off Israel’s military rule proving futile, the idea of a simple ultimatum for withdrawal – with or without an agreement – ought not to come as a surprise. In fact, Noam Sheizaf and I not only predicted it, we advocated it over a year ago...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109427] [ 21-sep-2014 00:00 ECT ]

Video: Israeli soldiers fire tear gas at 6-year-old children on their way to school
Rania Khalek
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August 28, 2014 - The new school year started four days ago in the occupied West Bank, and Israeli soldiers have fired tear gas and hurled stun grenades at Palestinian elementary school students on at least two occasions already. In the Nablus-area village of Burin, which is surrounded by illegal Jewish-only Israeli settlements, Israeli forces stormed an elementary school Wednesday, firing tear gas and stun grenades at students after a settler’s vehicle traveling nearby the school was allegedly hit with a rock thrown by a Palestinian youth...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109426] [ 20-sep-2014 23:07 ECT ]

Bets and masks fall during Gaza's latest saga
Dr Abdullah Al-Ashaal

August 28, 2014 -Israel has the right to be proud of it being a demonic destructive state excelling in the annihilation of the human race. Its record in the region is proof that Israel deserves the top prize for a number of things, including its creativity and artistry in destroying all religious and historical sites, murdering innocents, depriving people of their basic needs, denying the dead coffins and cemeteries, and depriving the wounded from saving their lives. Israel should be proud that it was prepared militarily, politically and economically to corner its victim and promised its allies a swift victory and a final termination of the headache they have been trying to eradicate for some time. The Arab and Islamic countries remained silent on the killing and destruction, while the Arab League, the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC), and billions of Arabs and Muslims turned a blind eye to the people of Gaza and its resistance...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109425] [ 20-sep-2014 05:11 ECT ]

Calls to prosecute foreigners who volunteered in Israeli army during war
Middle East Monitor

August 28, 2014 - Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad Al-Maliki announced on Wednesday that his ministry had sent a letter to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and to the leaders of other countries, requesting them to bear their responsibility for implementing international law regarding foreigners who volunteered in the Israeli army during the latest assault on Gaza. Citing the Palestinian foreign ministry statement, Al-Araby Al-Jadeed news website reported that in cooperation with human rights organisations, the ministry has found that foreigners volunteered in the Israeli army during the latest aggression and carried out war crimes...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109424] [ 20-sep-2014 05:06 ECT ]

Syria News - August 27, 2014
Local Coordination Committees of Syria
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August 27, 2014- By the end of Wednesday, LCC has documented 34 martyrs including 2 children and 2 martyrs under torture. 9 martyrs were reported in Idlib, 8 in Damascus and its suburbs, 8 in Daraa, 4 in Aleppo, 3 in Hama, 1 in Homs and 1 in Deir Ezzor...

  continua / continued avanti - next    [109423] [ 20-sep-2014 04:19 ECT ]

Woman Killed and 95 Persons Injured by Gunfire That Followed Declaration of Truce
The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR)

August 27, 2014 -The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) condemns the unjustified intensive shooting by gunmen throughout the Gaza Strip when the true entered into force, which killed a woman and injured 95 persons, including 33 children and 15 women. PCHR calls upon the Palestinian government to take action against the perpetrators, and to take necessary steps to stop such incidents and protect people. According to investigation conducted by PCHR, on Tuesday evening, 26 August 2014, following the declaration of an Egyptian-brokered truce in the Gaza Strip, dozens of gunmen opened fire in all areas in the Gaza Strip. As a result of these incidents, a woman was killed and 95 persons, including 33 children and 15 women, were injured...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109422] [ 20-sep-2014 04:13 ECT ]

Ali Hamza Al-Bahlul, David Hicks and the Legal Collapse of the Military Commissions at Guantánamo
Andy Worthington

August 27, 2014 - Last week, lawyers for former Guantánamo prisoner David Hicks, an Australian who, in March 2007, was the first Guantánamo prisoner to accept a guilty plea in a military commission trial in order to get out of the prison, appealed his conviction — for the second time in the last ten months. Hicks had accepted a plea of providing material support for terrorism in exchange for being returned to Australia and being freed after just nine months. However, in October 2012 the court of appeals in Washington D.C. (the D.C. Circuit Court) threw out the conviction of another prisoner who had been convicted of providing material support for terrorism in a military commission trial, paving the way for Hicks to challenge his conviction....

  continua / continued avanti - next    [109421] [ 20-sep-2014 04:05 ECT ]

Israel's "Operation Status Quo": A Preliminary Assessment
by Mouin Rabbani
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August 27, 2014 - Israel’s massive onslaught on the Gaza Strip in July-August 2014 has been a military and political fiasco. A regional superpower, it failed to impose its will on an isolated enemy operating in a besieged territory without advanced weaponry. Its sub-standard military performance was matched by a failure to reverse Palestinian reconciliation or deepen Palestinian fragmentation, and its overall strategic position has grown weaker. Led by a government too extreme to seize the initiative with proposals that will enjoy sufficient international support, Israel will continue to provoke challenges to a status quo it seeks to maintain amid a growing inability to confront them...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109420] [ 20-sep-2014 04:02 ECT ]

Obese Intelligence
The NSA Search Engine

by BINOY KAMPMARK

August 27, 2014-The Intercept was already getting the intelligence community excited with its revelations that the National Security Agency had decided to mimic inspector Google. Through creating a search engine in the manner of those pro-transparency pioneers, the intelligence community was turning the tables on the very idea of searchable information. Why keep it the operating preserve of the public? The search engine has, as it stands, over 850 billion records about phone calls, emails, cellphone locations, and internet chats. The revelations have a few implications, the most obvious one confirming the seamless transition between intelligence work on the one hand, and the policing function on the other.

  continua / continued avanti - next    [109419] [ 20-sep-2014 03:17 ECT ]

British resident Shaker Aamer 'beaten' in latest Guantánamo crackdown
Reprieve
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August 27, 2014 - British resident Shaker Aamer has reportedly been beaten at Guantánamo Bay, in evidence of a new crackdown on prisoners protesting their detention without charge . In new letters received by legal charity Reprieve, detainees reveal what one calls a new "standard procedure" of abuses at the prison. Emad Hassan, a Yemeni detained without charge since 2002, wrote that "an FCE [Forcible Cell Extraction] team has been brought in to beat the detainees […] On Sunday, Shaker ISN 239 was beaten when the medical people wanted to draw blood." Mr Hassan adds that guards had beaten another detainee for nearly 2 hours....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109418] [ 20-sep-2014 02:59 ECT ]

Iraq snapshot - August 27 , 2014.
The Common Ills

August 27, 2014 - ...A security source in Anbar said on Tuesday that, an unknown military plane bombed a school, which includes a number of displaced people from the city of Falluja, west of Anbar.The source told the National Iraqi News Agency / NINA/ that the school is located amid Kubaisa in Hit district, west of Anbar were bombed by unidentified aircraft, without knowing the size of the losses caused by the bombing. Kitabat reports an American aircraft crashed to the west of Baghdad International Airport -- as they describe the craft, it was a remote control drone. Kitabat also reports 27 corpses were discovered dumped to the north of Baghdad....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109417] [ 20-sep-2014 02:05 ECT ]

Israel: the winner that didn't lose
Meron Rapoport

August 27, 2014 - The number 50 has a special meaning in Jewish tradition. In Biblical times, the 50th year in the calendar, is a year in which all debts are written off and all the slaves are freed. The word Jubilee derives from Yovel, the Hebrew word for this year of celebration and freedom. The ceasefire between Israel and Hamas broke exactly 50 days after the fighting began. But contrary to the popular celebrations in Gaza, no one in Israel chanted in the streets. Even Netanyahu himself refrained from appearing in public, nor did he bother asking for his ministers' consent. From the Israeli side, the war on Gaza ended not with a bang but a whimper...


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‘Never again’?: The US and the Palestinian/Israeli issue
By Ron Forthofer
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August 27, 2014 - Many Americans may think this foreign policy issue doesn’t concern them. If they think about this issue at all, many say that it’s not our business and we should just let them fight it out. However the US has been deeply involved in this conflict since before Israel declared its existence.
For example, in 1947 before the Partition Plan for Palestine was approved by the UN General Assembly, Loy Henderson, director of the State Department’s Office of Near Eastern and African Affairs, warned: "The UNSCOP [U.N. Special Committee on Palestine] Majority Plan is not only unworkable; if adopted, it would guarantee that the Palestine problem would be permanent and still more complicated in the future." Henderson added: "The proposals contained in the UNSCOP plan … are in definite contravention to various principles laid down in the [U.N.] Charter as well as to principles on which American concepts of Government are based...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109415] [ 19-sep-2014 00:39 ECT ]

Israel’s information iron dome
Yarden Katz

August 27, 2014 - It is widely assumed that a free press should report accurate and relevant information to the population, and act as 'watchdog’ of power in the name of public interest. The reporting of secret government surveillance programs leaked by Edward Snowden rekindled a debate in the U.S. concerning the role of the free press, and the boundaries of freedom that journalists ought to respect. Some commentators and government officials were occupied with the possibility of the press taking its watchdog role too far, revealing information that harms national security. (A scenario that so far remains hypothetical.) Would journalists, then, be accomplices to a crime? The converse scenario, by contrast, is rarely raised: Should the press be considered an accomplice to a government crime for withholding information that, if revealed, would change public opinion of criminal government policies – perhaps leading to policy reform? ...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109414] [ 18-sep-2014 23:40 ECT ]

How UN’s Ban Ki-moon and Oxfam undermine Palestinian right to resist
Ali Abunimah

August 27, 2014 - Earlier this month, as Israeli massacres claimed dozens of lives every day and night in Gaza, 129 Palestinian and international organizations sent an open letter condemning UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s role as a partner in Israel’s crimes. They criticized his "biased statements," his "failure to act, and the inappropriate justification of Israel’s violations of international humanitarian law, which amount to war crimes."They called on him to "stand for law and justice or resign."Sadly, the message did not get through. Yesterday, following the ceasefire deal between the Palestinian resistance and Israel, Ban issued a new statement welcoming the ceasefire....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109413] [ 18-sep-2014 02:32 ECT ]

Israel’s extermination of whole families in Gaza reflects genocidal impulse
Rania Khalek
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August 27, 2014 - Eighty-nine families that existed seven weeks ago in Gaza have been exterminated by Israel. On Sunday 24 August an Israeli missile tore through the home of Issam Jouda in Gaza’s Tal al-Zatar neighborhood east of Jabaliya without warning, killing Issam’s wife Rawiya and their four children—Taghrid, Tasnim, Usama and 
Muhammad. According to the Palestinian health ministry , the Joudas were the eighty-ninth family wiped out in Gaza since the Israeli army started bombarding the besieged coastal enclave on 7 July. A ceasefire that took effect on Tuesday evening may stop the flow of blood, but it will not heal the raw wounds of the families of more than 2,100 people killed, nor of the more than eleven thousand injured and 100,000 whose homes were destroyed...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109412] [ 18-sep-2014 02:14 ECT ]

"A clumsy army beating Palestinians into submission": TIME correspondent’s Nablus diary from 1990
The Electronic Intifada

August 27, 2014 - An excerpt from the unpublished memoirs of the former TIME journalist Murray J. Gart describing the occupied West Bank city of Nablus at the height of the first intifada, or uprising, could have been written today.
Closure under the pretext of "security," tear gas and lethal fire against unarmed protesters was what Gart observed in the city in 1990. Gart’s granddaughter, Brooke DeNisco, says of her grandfather that "the Middle East was his passion and he spent years living and traveling there." When he retired from TIME, the publication with which he spent most of his career, Gart "began working on a book about the Middle East peace process, but died in 2004 before its completion. I inherited some of the notes and drafts for the book, including a narrative of five weeks he spent living in the West Bank," DeNisco explains...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109411] [ 18-sep-2014 02:02 ECT ]

“These are war crimes,” says father of Gaza family wiped out by Israeli airstrike
Joe Catron

August 27, 2014 - An elder cousin daubed the blood that dripped from a wound near Thaer Jouda’s left eye Tuesday afternoon as the nine-year-old lay in a bed in Gaza City’s al-Shifa hospital."He’s very good in English," the cousin said. But Thaer, his face and body lacerated by shrapnel from an Israeli airstrike on Sunday and his right leg amputated at the knee, had little interest in talking.The bombing, which injured Thaer and his eleven-year-old sister Rahaf, also killed his mother Rawiya (43 years old), his sisters Tasnim (14) and Raghida (13) and his brothers Muhammad (8) and Usama (6)...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109410] [ 17-sep-2014 15:13 ECT ]

Syria News - August 26, 2014
Local Coordination Committees of Syria
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August 26, 2014 - By the end of Tuesday, the coordination committees were able to document 48 martyrs including 4 women, 2 children, and 3 martyrs under torture: 12 martyes were reported in Deir Ezzor; 12 in Damascus and its Suburbs; 10 in Aleppo; 5 in Homs; 4 in Daraa; 3 in Hama and 2 in Idlib....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109409] [ 17-sep-2014 14:38 ECT ]

6 Systematic Attacks on Multi-Storey Buildings and Palestinian Civilians Terrified and Forcibly Displaced from Centers of Cities
The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR)

August 26, 2014 - Israeli occupation forces have continued their brutal and immoral offensive on the Gaza Strip for the 51st consecutive day in violation of the international law. They have employed their full-fledged arsenal to attack the Gaza Strip from the air, sea and land, killing and wounding thousands of Palestinians, mostly civilians, including children and women. Many Palestinians have been killed by Israeli airstrikes that attacked their homes without prior warnings. Israeli forces have attacked homes and civilian facilities and property. Over the past few days, Israeli forces have systematically destroyed multi-storey apartment buildings where dozens of families live, and have destroyed complete residential quarters by direct airstrikes...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109408] [ 17-sep-2014 14:31 ECT ]

The CIA is No Stranger to Africa – But We Wish It Was
by Mark P. Fancher

August 26, 2014 - Revelations contained in an unreleased nearly 7,000 page Senate Intelligence Committee report about CIA torture of purported terrorism suspects should come as no surprise to those with even a passing acquaintance with the agency’s long history of international crimes. Among other things, the study reportedly details the CIA’s systematic use of slapping, humiliation, sleep-deprivation, freezing and waterboarding. While this may not be news to informed observers, some might be a bit shocked by the candid reactions to the report by the Obama administration. A leaked White House document says of the report: "This report tells a story of which no American is proud." President Obama himself said: "…we tortured some folks. We did things that were contrary to our values."....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109407] [ 17-sep-2014 14:29 ECT ]

Iraq snapshot - August 26, 2014.
The Common Ills
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August 26, 2014 - The prime minister of Iraq killed peaceful protesters. Including children. Including the child of a father who was present. The young teen was trying to get his father to safety. The challenged community in Iraq does not wait for others to do things, they join their brothers and sisters in the street in protests. And this father was in a wheel chair. It was chaos as Nouri's forces began firing at protesters and attacking them and the son was attempting to get his father to safety when they were stopped by Nouri's thugs.The thugs said one of them was dying and they shot the son when he tried to protect his father by stepping in front of him. They shot the father then too. But the son died. No one outside of Iraq really seemed to care about that man and the son he lost or about the children shot dead by Nouri's forces at that protest site. Barack didn't do a damn thing.The BRussells Tribunal cared and carried the account of Thamer Hussein Mousa who lost his son Mohammed Thamer. But Barack didn't care, AFP didn't care, AP either, go down the list...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109406] [ 17-sep-2014 14:24 ECT ]

Hamas is not ISIS and ISIS is not Hamas
Motasem A Dalloul

August 26, 2014 -Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has felt desperate recently with the massive popular criticism of his country's savage war against the people of the Gaza Strip, which so far has claimed the lives of more than 2,100 Palestinians and wounded more than 10,600 others. He also has been furious over the popular support that the Gaza Strip, and Hamas, has gained. As such, he wants to find any way to demonise the Palestinian resistance movements in Gaza, mainly Hamas. It is for this reason that he has sought to link Hamas with ISIS in the public mindset. It is a totally false connection...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109405] [ 17-sep-2014 14:20 ECT ]

Mass Murder as Political Marketing
by Dr. TP Wilkinson

August 26, 2014 - Douglas Valentine explained the purpose or at least the subject of his study of the Vietnam Phoenix Program as "terror and its role in political warfare". He is generous, like most Americans—even critical ones—when he writes "It will show how, as successive American governments sink deeper and deeper into the vortex of covert operations—ostensibly to combat terrorism and Communist insurgencies—the American people gradually lose touch with the democratic ideals that once defined their national self-concept. This book asks what happens when Phoenix comes home to roost?"1 Valentine is generous to his readers since he ascribes to them ideals which while attributed to the US regime and naively held by many, in fact bear little resemblance to the political reality in the USA. Valentine is not ironic. ...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109404] [ 17-sep-2014 14:16 ECT ]

The Evil of U.S. Aggression against Iraq
by Jacob G. Hornberger
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August 26, 2014 - What better confirmation of the manifest failure of the philosophy of foreign interventionism than the renewed U.S. bombing of Iraq?...Interventionists are pointing out the evil nature of the Islamic State, the group that is threatening to oust the U.S.-installed regime in Bagdad from power. But simply because one group is evil doesn’t necessarily mean that the term cannot also be applied to what the U.S. government has done to Iraq, especially given it was the U.S. government’s war on Iraq, along with its other Middle East policies, that unleashed the furies that have given rise to the Islamic State.How can an unlawful and unconstitutional war of aggression, a type of war condemned as a war crime at Nuremberg not be considered evil?How can a war in which people are being killed and maimed based on a cost-benefit analysis not be considered evil? Indeed, think back to the brutal sanctions that the U.S. government enforced against Iraq for more than ten years....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109403] [ 17-sep-2014 14:10 ECT ]

Detainees Held at Bagram Air Base Without Charge for Ten Years Transferred to Yemen
International Justice Network

August 26, 2014 - The International Justice Network (IJN) is delighted to announce that two of its clients,Fadi al-Maqaleh and Amin al-Bakri, have been released from Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, were they had been imprisoned without charge for over a decade. On the evening of August 25, 2014, the U.S. government transferred the two Yemeni nationals to the custody and control of the Yemeni government. The transfer is the first time that a detainee has been transferred from U.S. military custody to Yemen since 2010. IJN filed the first case challenging the U.S. government’s imprisonment without charge of detainees at Bagram in 2006, on behalf of Yemeni citizen Fadi al-Maqaleh...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109402] [ 17-sep-2014 14:02 ECT ]

Will Abbas go to the ICC as a plaintiff or a defendant?
Dr Salman Abu-Sitta

August 26, 2014- There is no doubt that President Mahmoud Abbas will go to the International Criminal Court in The Hague on behalf of the State of Palestine sooner or later, preferably sooner. He will represent Palestine as it is outlined in the Rome Statute of 1998 and ratified by the relevant Palestinian representative body. However, if he does not seize the opportunity to defend Palestinian rights at The Hague he may well find himself accused of war crimes in the same court. The facts of the matter have long been simple, clear-cut and documented. Every member of every Palestinian faction is extremely frustrated by Abbas's reluctance to sign the Rome Statute on behalf of the Palestinian people...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109401] [ 17-sep-2014 13:57 ECT ]

Top 5 Ironies of U.S. Reaction to Egypt/UAE Bombing of Libya
By Juan Cole
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August 26, 2014 - The diplomatic angst issuing from Washington around the United Arab Emirates and Egypt bombing of weapons depots belonging to the Qatar-backed fundamentalist militia of Misrata holds many delicious ironies: 1. According to the BBC, "the US, France, Germany, Italy and the UK issued a joint statement denouncing "outside interference" in Libya." Seriously, guys? Except for Germany, these are the NATO countries that intervened in Libya in the first place, in large part at the insistence of an Arab League led by Egypt and the UAE! ...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109400] [ 17-sep-2014 13:31 ECT ]

Hagel ignores leading NGOs’ call for release of Gitmo force-feeding tapes
Reprieve

August 26, 2014 - Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, who oversees Guantanamo Bay prison, has ignored a letter from a group of NGOs including Human Rights Watch, the ACLU, Physicians for Human Rights and Reprieve, in which they ask him to release the videotapes of detainees being force-fed.The signatories write in the letter (the full text of which is below): "This administration has promised the American people transparency in the conduct of government affairs. If, as the government repeatedly claims, the force-feeding of hunger striking detainees at Guantanamo Bay is being done in a lawful and humane manner then subjecting these videotapes to public scrutiny would seem to be the best way to demonstrate this fact."...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109398] [ 17-sep-2014 13:26 ECT ]

Iraq: The cafeteria's serving left overs -- again
The Common Ills

August 26, 2014 - ...I'm sorry where has the Guardian been -- or the US press -- as Sunni prisoners were tortured and targeted? As Nouri rushed through executions?The prison attacks did not start this week.I'm glad Navi Pillay is leaving. What a lousy High Commissioner for Human Rights. It was not UNHCR that documented Nouri's murder of children, it was UNICEF.I'm talking about the April 23, 2013 massacre of a sit-in in Hawija which resulted from Nouri's federal forces storming in. Alsumaria noted Kirkuk's Department of Health (Hawija is in Kirkuk) announced 50 activists have died and 110 were injured in the assault. AFP reported the death toll eventually (as some wounded died) rose to 53 dead. UNICEF noted that the dead included 8 children (twelve more were injured). And Pillay -- like the White House -- couldn't be bothered.That's just one incident. The Islamic State did not spring to life out of the head of Zeus one day fully formed.Nouri al-Maliki bred it.He used hate to help it grow.That doesn't make the violence of IS any less disgusting. But it does note that when Sunnis were the victims of violence for the last four years, there was no international outcry and reporters regularly treated the topic as if it were normal and acceptable, traffic accidents and not ethnic cleansing. Yet now they want to ignore all that led up to today and practice selective outrage....

  continua / continued avanti - next    [109397] [ 17-sep-2014 12:26 ECT ]

The Anti-Imperialism of Fools
Mahmoud E
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August 26, 2014 - As we all witnessed yesterday Syria’s foreign minister Walid Muallem said that Syria will offer to help the US fight the Islamic State (IS) militant group. This of course has left the so called Anti-war camp and "Anti-Imperialist" left in the U.S/West and even Arab assadists that support Assad either confused or silent on the matter. It’s important to note these are the same leftists or as some call them 'tankies’ that support Russian imperialism and Iranian mini-imperialism in the Middle East and don’t even care whether Russia is a capitalist oligarchy or if Iran has communist political prisoners in its jails or killed because of their ideas this shows you how unprincipled they can be by becoming reactionary by supporting bourgeois nationalism and fascism....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109396] [ 17-sep-2014 12:22 ECT ]

Counter-revolutionary "Left"will again be with NATO
Clay Claiborne

August 26, 2014 - ....While its true that the Lincoln Brigade and groups like it came under relatively progressive leadership, whereas most of the young foreigners fighting in Syria have given themselves to very reactionary leadership, the motivations are quite similar, they want to intervene against Assad's murder of the children. It certainly isn't the fault of these young people that there is no "left" or progressive road to Damascus, no "Lincoln Brigade," those that occupy the high ramparts of the "Left" have seen to that. But for Muslim youth around the world the Islamists have put in place a highway that leads from the local mosque to the front-lines. Because they have mobilized for the Syrians while the "Left" has cheered on Assad, these reactionary jihadists have gained in strength while the "Left" has been complete discredited in their eyes. [The Left is with Assad.] Of course, these commentators on CNN, Fox News and the like can't afford to talk about these more noble motivations for going to Syria and fighting with whoever claims to be fighting Assad, because then they would have to talk about what is really happening in Syria and try to explain why the murder of two hundred thousand people in three years in a relatively small country merited so little coverage. They can't do that...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109395] [ 17-sep-2014 11:59 ECT ]

Shepherds detained for crossing a road
International Solidarity Movement

August 26, 2014 - While shepherding approximately 1 km south of Qawawis, a village south of al-Khalil (Hebron), on Sunday 24th near the illegal settlement and army base of Suseya, three shepherds were stopped by the Israeli army and detained for 20 minutes. The three shepherds were just on their way back from grazing their sheep in the fields outside of the village when the Israeli army arrived in a jeep, stopping the shepherds who were attempting to cross the street. After shortly talking to one of the shepherds, the soldiers drove the sheep down the hill without any explanation....


  continua / continued avanti - next    [109394] [ 17-sep-2014 11:47 ECT ]

Meet the New Gaza Ceasefire, Same as the Old Ceasefire
Richard Silverstein

August 27, 2014 - The paper says the ceasefire provides for partially lifting the siege to permit humanitarian aid and reconstruction material to enter. The Israeli and Egyptian crossings will be opened. These are almost the same provisions of the 2012 truce that ended Operation Pillar of Cloud. In actuality, the siege of 2012 wasn’t even partially lifted. The borders remained open for a time and then closed. We know how this song goes: Israel promises under duress. Then after the pressure eases it returns to the usual obduracy... There are Israeli reports that Netanyahu has finally and overtly renounced the two-state solution. Instead he will propose a bi-national state in which a small portion of the West Bank would be independent. The rest would become Israeli. But the way the far-right will finesse the demographic threat question is that they will only allow a small percentage of those absorbed into Israel to become full-fledged citizens (the number 50,000 has been bandied about)...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109393] [ 17-sep-2014 00:34 ECT ]

Syrian refugees in Gaza suffer second war
Mohammed Othman
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August 26, 2014 - Young engineer Abdullah al-Baltaji had only one choice: leave Syria and find shelter in the Gaza Strip after rockets hit his home and private office in the Mezze neighborhood in the Syrian capital, Damascus. He settled with his family in the Shajaiya neighborhood in the eastern Gaza Strip less than a year ago, accompanied by his wife, twin daughters and son. They lived in an apartment built by the Gaza government.Baltaji fled Syria to protect his family from the bloody war that has been raging there for more than three years. However, this was just a prelude to a more dangerous phase that awaited him in the Gaza Strip....

  continua / continued avanti - next    [109392] [ 17-sep-2014 00:14 ECT ]

Israel’s decades-long effort to turn the word ‘terrorism’ into an ideological weapon
Rémi Brulin

August 26, 2014 - The Israeli discourse on "terrorism" has a long history, one in which Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s current Prime Minister, played a central role. Thirty years ago, at a major conference on "international terrorism" in Washington, D.C., Netanyahu insisted that "without a clear understanding of terrorism, the problem cannot be tackled" and proposed a clear, simple definition: "Terrorism is the deliberate, systematic murder, maiming and menacing of the innocent to inspire fear in order to gain political ends." The discourse draws its normative, rhetorical power from a simple, central claim: what separates "us" from "the terrorists" is a fundamentally different, irreconcilable conception of the value of innocent, civilian life....

  continua / continued avanti - next    [109390] [ 16-sep-2014 23:46 ECT ]

WATCH: Ultra-Zionists protest Muslim-Jewish wedding saying miscegenation is ‘gravest threat to the Jewish people’ f
David Sheen

August 26, 2014 - ....While the Israeli army continues to pummel the Gaza Strip and its residents for a second month, the upsurge in anti-Palestinian sentiment in Israeli society shows no signs of abating. As even mainstream Israeli politicians threaten the Palestinians of Gaza with ethnic cleansing and genocide, Israel’s far-right figures take to the street to rile up racist supporters and to chase Palestinians out of public spaces and enforce racial-religious separation.On August 17, 2014, the Israeli anti-miscegenation group Lehava protested a party in central Israel city of Rishon Letzion celebrating the union of a son of Muslim Palestinian citizens of Israel and the daughter of Jewish citizens of Israel. A bus brought activists from Jerusalem to the venue, so that they could harass wedding guests as they arrive, chant "Death to Arabs!" and hear speeches from followers of the late Rabbi Meir Kahane extolling the virtues of racial-religious purity. Since the state only permits weddings within faith-based communities, mixed Jewish-Gentile married couples are exceedingly rare in Israel....

  continua / continued avanti - next    [109389] [ 16-sep-2014 19:59 ECT ]

His last cry of pain "echoes in my ears"
Maram Humaid
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August 26, 2014 - Khaled Hamad and Hala Shehada had been married just a few months and were expecting their first baby. Khaled had promised to buy Hala a maternity dress once her belly began to swell. Her pregnancy is now visible but her mother bought the dress instead as Khaled has been murdered by the State of Israel. A 25-year-old photographer and journalist, Khaled lived in Jabaliya refugee camp in northern Gaza. On 20 July, he traveled by ambulance to the Shujaiya district of Gaza City. He was making a documentary for Continue Agency, a local media production company, about the work of paramedics during Israel’s offensive against Gaza....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109388] [ 16-sep-2014 19:42 ECT ]

Iraq: Sunni coalition says militia-backed security forces kidnapped 50 people
midd

August 26, 2014 -Iraq's Uniters for Reform coalition, or Muttahidoon, a Sunni coalition led by Usama Al-Nujayfi, said on Monday that armed militias backed by security forces are active in the "Baghdad belt" where they have kidnapped 50 people in the Shakriya area near Yusufiya.Member of Parliament Ahmed Al-Massari said, during a press conference at parliament along with a number of MPs, that the kidnapped belong to the Kartan and Al-Ezza tribes.He revealed that they were kidnapped at a security checkpoint under the responsibility of Division 17, in cooperation with armed militias that he did not name. The Iraqi MP pointed out that, as of yet, he does not know the fate of those kidnapped...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109387] [ 16-sep-2014 04:01 ECT ]

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