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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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After ‘Protective Edge’: What Future for Palestine and Israel
September 21, 2014 - The 50-day Israeli military operation that killed over 2100 Palestinians, wounded another 11,000, and undoubtedly traumatized the entire Gazan population of 1.7 million also took the lives of 70 Israelis, of which 65 were soldiers. This last violent encounter has ended without a clear victory for either side. Despite this, Israel and Hamas are each insisting that 'victory’ was achieved. Israel points to the material results, tunnels and rocket sites destroyed, targeted assassinations completed, and the overall weakening of Hamas capacity to launch an attack. Hamas, for its part, claims political gains, becoming far stronger politically and psychologically in both Gaza and the West Bank than before the fighting began, refusing to give in on the basic Israeli demand of the 'demilitarization’ of Gaza, as well as further tarnishing Israel’s international reputation...
continua / continued  [ 25-oct-2014 03:38 ECT ]
Hypocrisy in the Middle East|
Palestine, the US and “Democracy”
by BOB FANTINA
September 20, 2014 - Now that the dust has settled on the mutilated bodies of Palestinian men, women and children, the world seems able to ignore the desperate plight of those that survived. Apartheid Israel has accomplished its periodic 'mowing of the grass’, the leveling of Gaza’s infrastructure, the destruction of schools, hospitals and mosques, and the killing of over 2,000 innocent, unarmed and defenseless Palestinians. Business for Israel now continues as usual, with IDF (Israeli Defense Forces) terrorists focusing their murders on innocent Palestinians in the West Bank. There, with complete impunity, they bulldoze homes, shoot unarmed teenagers, arrest and detain children, establish arbitrary checkpoints and steal land, all in violation of international law, law the international community doesn’t seem particularly interested in enforcing...
continua / continued  [ 23-oct-2014 07:05 ECT ]
Support grows for Gaza's boycott of Israeli goods
September 19, 2014 — In a busy fruit shop in Gaza City, it's difficult differentiating between the fruits from Israel and those from Gaza. We had to first ask, "From which city do these mangoes come?" To which the owner replied, "The mangoes are from Acre." We asked again, "And the dates?" "From Israel, our occupied lands," he answered. "The peaches?" we asked. The shop owner said, "All of this is from Israel — mangoes, dates, bananas, parsley, peaches, squash, tomatoes and oranges, but they are from our lands there. Our customers like these types of fruits, even if they have a substitute from Gaza."The difference is obvious. Mangoes from Gaza are big and green and from Israel small and golden....
continua / continued  [ 23-oct-2014 06:41 ECT ]
Bigotry behind the cassock
September 19, 2014 - ....What’s more, if there aren’t moderate Sunnis, as one of the Christian Patriarchs reportedly told Obama, then how are Middle Eastern Christians going to continue living in the region? If the proposition is an alliance with the Iran-Assad camp, under an American umbrella, then that entails a permanent state of war with the Sunnis, whose slaughter and forced subjugation are to be considered licit. Despite the pretenses of the conference and the clergymen who promoted this message, and those who defended it, not all Middle Eastern Christians see it this way. Prominent Christian political figures and intellectuals in Lebanon criticized the IDC, and have rejected the call to align with Assad. They note that Christianity has survived for millennia and does not need to, and in no way should, cast its lot with murderous thugs, and deny Sunnis their rights to live free, in order to carry on...
continua / continued  [ 23-oct-2014 06:37 ECT ]
On accusations of FSA truces with ISIS or subservience to the US
September 19, 2014 - Several days ago, several conspiracist media outlets "reported" that a number of units of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) near Damascus had signed a non-aggression pact with the local Islamic State of Iraq and Sham (ISIS). As is well-known, the FSA has been the main force fighting ISIS in Syria for over a year. The "news" spread like wildfire around conspiracist, "anti-imperialist", right-wing Islamophobic and similar networks, "evidence" yet again that can never trust an Arab moderate, because no such thing exists etc, and if "we" let them get arms they’ll give them to jihadists etc...But here I want to make some more general points about the issue. The FSA are not America’s puppets, to simply dance to the tune of the master. The USA did not arm the FSA in their heroic 3-year fight against a fascist tyranny, and the USA did not arm them in their year-long fight against fascist ISIS...
continua / continued  [ 23-oct-2014 06:21 ECT ]
More than 3,000 Gazan children wounded in war
September 19, 2014 — He moves around the hospital, the smile never leaving his face. His boyish attitude is translated by his spontaneous hand gestures. When he gets tired, he rests on his bed, near his older brother who was also wounded during the same airstrike. He finally returns to his wheelchair. Ibrahim Khattab, 9, has lost his left leg. During Israel’s 51-day war on the Gaza Strip, which ended on Aug. 28, Ibrahim and his brother Wassim, who lived in Deir al-Balah in the center of Gaza, left their house and were wounded by an Israeli airstrike, causing the loss of Ibrahim’s left leg and critical injuries to Wassim’s legs...
continua / continued  [ 23-oct-2014 06:14 ECT ]
Photo Exhibit Restores Dignity To Victims of U.S. Torture
By Natasha Vargas-Cooper
September 19, 2014 - The U.S. military used a camera as a torture device at Abu Grahib. To add further humiliation to detainees who were already put in cages, urinated on, stripped naked then stacked in macabre human pyramids, their photos were taken during these degrading acts. "I wanted to use the camera to restore these peoples’ humanity through beautiful portraiture," says photographer Chris Bartlett, whose exhibition, "Iraqi Detainees: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Ordeals," opens tonight in New York. When confronted with images of torture, Bartlett says, even the greatest liberal or humanist among us has the tendency to flinch and look away. "It’s such a disturbing and disgusting issue that people want to turn off from it." Bartlett, who often works in high fashion photography, shooting subjects like candy colored Tory Burch handbags, said he wanted to take "very kind, respectful, beautiful, portraits to draw people into the subject and learn more about their stories."...
continua / continued  [ 23-oct-2014 06:01 ECT ]
Civil Administration plans to expel thousands of Bedouins from homes, concentrate them in inadequate settlement
September 19, 2014 - The Civil Administration has filed for objections plans for establishing a new settlement in the Jordan Valley, where thousands of Bedouins will be forced to relocate. The Civil Administration is advancing several such plans.The current plan was drawn up without consulting the residents themselves, ignoring their needs. It is part of the Civil Administration’s repeated attempts to concentrate the Bedouins living in the West Bank’s Area C in "permanent sites", with a view to annexing most of this area to Israel and leaving it free for Israeli use, including settlement expansion.The new settlement, to be named Ramat Nu’eimeh, will be built in Area C near Jericho, in the Jordan Valley, and is slated to house about 12,500 people from Bedouin communities in the Jordan Valley and the Ma'ale Adumim area....
continua / continued  [ 23-oct-2014 05:43 ECT ]
Palestine’s other land war
September 18, 2014 - Halfway down a small hill by Ramallah’s bustling city centre, sandwiched between shops and three-story apartments, is an open plot of land. Thick grass grows over crumbling terraces, and small heaps of garbage nestle against the walls of the adjacent buildings. Real estate broker, Hamza Alaa Akel said that the empty plot, like much of Ramallah, is owned by Palestinian-Americans living in the United States, and it doesn’t surprise him that they haven’t built there. The disused half-acre is worth $15 million, he said; "why build on it? Just sell it."Wealthy investors - mainly commercial firms and rich expatriate Palestinians - are buying up land in Ramallah and throughout the urban centres of the West Bank, driving a massive real estate bubble that threatens to price the poor out of Palestine’s cities and into its rural zones and East Jerusalem, where building permits are almost impossible to obtain, and home demolitions are commonplace...
continua / continued  [ 23-oct-2014 02:48 ECT ]
US providing Assad regime with anti- Islamic State intelligence
September 18, 2014 - It is interesting that many on the left seem to take seriously the public denials by US leaders that they are liaising with Assad in their war on ISIS (merely they just happen to be bombing the same enemy at the same time). The simple fact is, US strategists have a brain. For them
it's not just a 'see, told you' kind of game ('see, told you the US won't work with King Assad, because we love our anti-imperialist King' etc). The US knows, rightly, that while Assad and Iran are allies in its war on ISIS, a Sunni sectarian extremist organisation cannot be defeated only, or primarily, by the most extreme anti-Sunni sectarian and murderous forces in the region. That is why the US had to wait for the Shiite sectarian Iraqi regime to dump Maliki before moving in to support the semi-new government - not that it is much different, but just without Maliki's murderously sectarian baggage, which everyone knows drove the previously anti-ISIS Sunni into the hands of ISIS, with a seeming fresh start, the US could pretend it was a less sectarian regime
(though it is not, in fact, but that's what they've got)....
continua / continued  [ 23-oct-2014 02:23 ECT ]
Contradicting its own ruling, Israel’s Supreme Court legalizes segregated communities
By Amjad Iraqi
September 18, 2014 - March 8, 2000 marked a unique moment in Israeli history. In a major decision, the Supreme Court of Israel ruled that the town of Katzir, which was established on state land by the Jewish Agency, could not deny the right of the Arab Ka’adan family to live in the town simply on the basis that they were not Jewish. This was the first time that Palestinian citizens of Israel successfully challenged the legality of "Jewish-only" communities in the state, generating cautious optimism that it could set an important precedent for Palestinian rights in land and housing. Fifteen years later, on September 17, 2014, these hopes came to an abrupt end. In a 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court dismissed various petitions filed by human rights groups against the Admissions Committees Law, enacted by the Knesset in 2011..
continua / continued  [ 23-oct-2014 01:45 ECT ]
BBC’s new "Head of Statistics" twists casualty figures to whitewash Gaza massacre
September 18, 2014 - An open letter to the BBC’s Director General, written by Palestine solidarity activists, is calling for the removal of BBC journalist Anthony Reuben from all reporting on Palestine following the publication of an online article in which he attempts to sanitize Israel’s killing in Gaza. Reuben is the BBC’s "Head of Statistics," a role created in February, he claims in his Linkedin profile, specifically for him. Writing as "Head of Statistics" in August, Reuben authored an article for the BBC website headlined "Caution needed with Gaza casualty figures." When he wrote the article, 1,948 Palestinians had been killed in Israel’s assault on Gaza, the majority of them men...
continua / continued  [ 22-oct-2014 02:01 ECT ]
The unspoken US-Iranian alliance against IS militants
September 17, 2014 - ...On August 31, following US airstrikes, the Iraqi Army and Shiite militias directly tied to Iran broke the siege on Amerli, a northern Iraqi city that had been under siege by IS militias. What’s more, video footage emerged purportedly showing Iran’s top military commander, Qassem Soleimani, on the frontlines of the battle against IS alongside Iraqis likely trained and instructed by the US. "Americans have sent advisors to Iraq to help the Iraqi army and the Iranians have done likewise, so we can assume that they exchange information or, at the very least, that they are speaking in an indirect manner. After all, they are technically in the same camp— they are fighting side-by-side against IS," explained Thierry Coville, a specialist in Iranian politics who works at French international relations research institute IRIS in an interview with FRANCE 24...
continua / continued  [ 21-oct-2014 05:25 ECT ]
Statement No. (1024) regarding the new international coalition against the so-called terrorism
Association of Muslim Scholars in Iraq - AMSI
September 17, 2014 - ... Based on the above, we record openly and frankly what is to come: First, the insistence of the international community to start from the results, ignoring address the root causes and its developments that it shows concern of them; will not settle the matter, The situation existing in Iraq and Syria created and contributed to the composition of several factors, including: the unspeakable injustice upon the two peoples, especially in Iraq after the American occupation, then Iranian influence, the first beneficiary of the occupation and collaborating with it over the past years, through the tools of political and security situation in the country, a policy that Iranians continued to adopt sectarian cleansing by killing, arresting, torturing and exclusion; and unless remedy this injustice done, the international community will not be able - If intentions true - to handle the results. Second: The targeting of the organization by bombing, its members are scattered among civilians; will lead to the raise of the death toll of civilians..
continua / continued  [ 21-oct-2014 04:54 ECT ]
Deir al Balah Rehabilitation Center cares for Gaza’s disabled in the wake of ‘Operation Protective Edge’
September 17, 2014 - In the central Gaza Strip area of Deir al Balah, Usama Abu Safer, 30, devotes his time to working with disabled people. Born paraplegic, Abu Safer’s own disability inspired him to dedicate his life to this work. "I was born disabled but that doesn’t mean I don’t feel like I’m missing something," he explained. "This is my basic motivation to live and to help other people who have a similar condition." Usama Abu Safer divides his time between the Deir al Balah Rehabilitation Center and Al Forsan local radio. Established in 1998, The Deir al Balah Rehabilitation Center employs all disabled people, and has a physical therapy department, a rehabilitation center for the deaf, a school for the blind, a center for disabled children and a neuropathy department...
continua / continued  [ 21-oct-2014 04:33 ECT ]
Hamas debates direct talks with Israel
Adnan Abu Amer
September 16, 2014 - Hamas has weathered a great political storm in the past few days, following a Sept. 11 announcement by the deputy head of Hamas’ political bureau, Mousa Abu Marzouk, that the movement might undertake direct negotiations with Israel, since such negotiations have become a popular demand in Gaza but remain forbidden by law. In the same interview, Abu Marzouk said, "Just as Hamas has negotiated with Israel using weapons, so is it possible to negotiate with words. If the situation in Gaza remains as it is now, Hamas could find itself forced to negotiate with Israel, and many of the things currently forbidden to the movement will be on the table."...
continua / continued  [ 20-oct-2014 03:30 ECT ]
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