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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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Life Sentence for Sulaiman Abu Ghaith Discredits Guantánamo’s Military Commissions
September 27, 2014 -On Tuesday, in a courtroom in New York City, a long-running chapter in the "war on terror" came to an end, when Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, 48, a Kuwaiti-born cleric who appeared in media broadcasts as a spokesman for Al-Qaeda the day after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, received a life sentence based on the three counts for which he was convicted after his trial in March: conspiracy to kill Americans, providing material support to terrorists and conspiring to provide material support to terrorists. The life sentence came as no surprise, as it is permissible for the main conspiracy charge, although Abu Ghaith’s lead defense lawyer, Stanley L. Cohen, had, as the New York Times described it, "sought a sentence of 15 years, saying in a court submission that his client was facing 'the harshest of penalties for talk — and only talk.’"...
continua / continued  [ 30-oct-2014 05:04 ECT ]
Syria News - September 26, 2014
Local Coordination Committees of Syria
September 26, 2014 - By the end of Friday, LCC has documented the fall of 50 martyrs including 4 women, 2 martyrs under torture and 1 child. There were 15 martyrs reported in Damascus and its suburbs, 10 in Hama, 9 in Aleppo, 8 in Homs, 6 in Idlib and 2 in Daraa. The International Alliance conducted 29 air strikes at the Syrian cities and towns and used 3 Tomahawk missiles. In Raqqa, the air combats of the International-Arabian alliance conducted 7 air strikes at the Vanguards Camp, the 17th Battalion, the Maqas checkpoint and the Municipality building. There were also 10 air strikes at The Tabaqa Airport (southern of the city) and Kreen area (western of the city). In Hasaka, the alliance's air combats targeted the Khamael village with 3 air strikes in addition to 2 others at the Melabiyeh regiment and 1 air strike at the Hawl area. In Deir Ezzor, the alliance's air combats targeted Mayadeen city with 4 air strikes and the Zgheer AlJazera village with 2 air strikes. The city of Raqqa was also targeted with 3 Tomahawk missiles...
continua / continued  [ 30-oct-2014 06:03 ECT ]
Striking the Islamic State: A smaller misadventure in Iraq
September 26, 2014 - ...Ironically, Bayan Jabr, previous commander of "the Badr Brigades," one of Iraq's most notorious death squads that killed and abused Sunni Iraqis arbitrarily, is still in the new government. Currently the minister of transport; he was previously minister of finance under al-Maliki and in the Iraqi transitional government, 2005-06, as minister of interior; a year that witnessed thousands of sectarian murders carried out by groups under Bayan's control as noted by John Pace, who was the United Nations human rights chief in Iraq.One could dwell much more on the root causes of the internal conflict within Iraq, which involves marginalisation and wide scale grave human rights violations against Sunnis. Such oppression contributed to Iraq joining the Arab Spring, and having popular demands of reform, which have been overwhelmingly ignored in the media’s coverage of Iraq, as the IS takes the spotlight. The demands of hundreds of thousands of protestors were not honoured, but instead, they were met with bullets, prompting a full-blown Sunni rebellion as a last resort. Till this very moment, Sunnis are fighting the Iraqi central government. Fighting the IS does not in any way address the root causes of the conflict in Iraq...
continua / continued  [ 30-oct-2014 03:40 ECT ]
September 26, 2014 - ...Residents told me that Shia militias, still operating under the control of former Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, are laying siege to the town, especially the Asa’ib Ahl al-Haqq militia. Sunni residents of other towns to the north accused that group and other militias of carrying out summary executions there after the militas took control in the wake of US air strikes against the Islamic State.The militias, along with federal police and the Iraqi army’s infamous seventeenth division, have kidnapped and killed dozens of residents in Latifiyya, the residents told me – but their stories are falling on deaf ears in Washington. A taxi driver said he saw a car stop next to two men. The men inside the car ordered the two to sit on the street. "Two men got out of the car, shot them both in the head, got back in their car and made a U-turn," the taxi driver told me. "Everyone assumes this is Asa’ib [Ahl al-Haqq], and all of this was just 50 meters from the federal police checkpoint."...
continua / continued  [ 30-oct-2014 03:00 ECT ]
Emergency Humanitarian Appeals and Gaza’s On-going Destruction: The Case of Failed Accountability and Sustainability
by Lamya Hussain
September 26, 2014 - The destruction in Gaza as a result of the most recent Israeli assault has been massive. According to the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the bombing of water networks has reduced potable water by fifty percent. The destruction of housing and productive resources has been equally severe. Approximately 23,000 people were being housed in UNRWA shelters and an additional seven hundred displaced families have sought refuge with distant relatives. At least thirty-six fishing boats were destroyed, leaving 3,600 fishermen incapacitated from their key means of livelihood. The assault’s destruction of agricultural land has affected an estimated two thousand farmers who require urgent food assistance as well as other interventions to rectify damage to livestock and crops. Similarly, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has reported that the damages have forced farmers and herders to abandon their lands and have crippled fishing activities in Gaza. More specifically, direct damage to around 17,000 hectares of croplands, including agricultural infrastructure (i.e., greenhouses, irrigation systems, livestock shelters, and fishing boats) have contributed to a devastating crisis in food security and sustainability...
continua / continued  [ 30-oct-2014 02:23 ECT ]
Lying to Ourselves About the Air War
by RON JACOBS
September 26, 2014 - ...As the US air campaign against various forces (Islamic State, Al Qaeda, etc.) located in Syria and Iraq widens, the number of civilian casualties will increase. Pentagon spokespeople and their civilian counterparts will express regret while the generals intensify their war, thereby insuring even more civilian casualties. These facts are not stated to diminish the alleged threat the forces being attacked represent. However, they are being presented because growing numbers of civilian casualties will only validate the claims IS and others make that Washington does not care about civilians, especially Muslim ones. From my understanding of US history and the nature of the US’s use of air warfare, those claims come across not just as reasonable but factually verifiable. From World War Two to the second war on Iraq, the US military has used its airpower to kill, maim, and just plain terrorize the civilian populations of those peoples it considered the enemy....
continua / continued  [ 30-oct-2014 00:25 ECT ]
Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (18- 24 September 2014)
The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR)
September 26, 2014 - ....Summary: Israeli violations of international law and international humanitarian law in the oPt continued during the reporting period (18 – 24 September 2014). Shooting:
In the Gaza Strip, although almost a month has past following the truce agreement under Egyptian auspices between the Palestinian armed groups and Israel, the catastrophic consequences of the 51-day Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip have been present. Hundreds of wounded Palestinians have been receiving medical treatment in hospitals in the West Bank and Gaza Strip and other hospitals abroad for the seriousness of their wounds. In the meanwhile, Israeli forces have violated the truce several times by opening fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within the allowed fishing area and arresting a number of fishermen. During the reporting period, Israeli forces killed 2 Palestinian militants in Hebron, south of the West Bank, while a civilian was wounded at a military checkpoint, south of Nablus. Moreover, 3 children were wounded at the Orphans' school in the Old City of occupied East Jerusalem. In the Gaza Strip, 3 civilians were killed and 2 others were wounded, including a child due to mishandling an explosive device of the Israeli weapons' remnants in the east of al-Shuja'iya neighbourhood, east of Gaza City. Moreover, 4 steel and gravel collectors were wounded in the northern Gaza Strip in 2 separate incidents...
continua / continued  [ 29-oct-2014 22:52 ECT ]
“But Don't We Have to do SOMETHING About ISIS?”
September 26, 2014 - The most frequently asked question I'm hearing, including among people who have been active in opposing U.S. wars, is "but, don't we have to do something about ISIS?" Yes, "we" do. We — people living in this country — do have to send a loud message to the rest of the world that we are completely against the killing, theft of resources, subjugation of women and denial of peoples’ rights in the region by the forces responsible. The Islamic State (ISIS or ISIL) is both a response to U.S. occupation of the region, and also literally, in some cases, was created by torture in U.S. prisons in Iraq...Obama owns this ultimate war crime — invasion of a sovereign nation that poses no imminent threat to the aggressor. "We" did not ask for or approve this war. U.S. attacks always lead to civilian casualties and are fueling — not "degrading" — the spread of groups like ISIS...
continua / continued  [ 29-oct-2014 04:37 ECT ]
Syria News - September 25, 2014
Local Coordination Committees of Syria
September 25, 2014 - By the end of Thursday, LCC were able to document 33 martyrs including 4 women, 4 children and 4 martyrs under torture: 11 martyrs were martyred in Damascus and its suburbs; 9 in Daraa; 7 in Hasakeh; 3 in Aleppo; 2 in Idlib and 1 in Hama. LCC has documented 23 air strikes by the International-Arabian Coalition's air combats at several areas. In Bokamal, they conducted 1 air strike at the Hasyan oil field, 2 air strikes at the Milih oil field and 1 air strike at the city of BoKamal. There were 3 other air strikes at the oil incinerators in Bolail town, Deir Ezzor. They also targeted the Sham (Levant) plains in the eastern suburbs of the city with a Tomahawk rocket. In Aleppo, the air combats of the coalition targeted the Kurdish towns of Tal Ghazal, Ruby and Rufy with 9 air strikes. In Raqqa, air combats conducted an air strike at the Akershy area in addition to 3 other air strikes at the Shaddady area, Hasaka ...
continua / continued  [ 29-oct-2014 04:20 ECT ]
Has the Arab world entered an Iranian era?
Eyad Abu Shakra
September 25, 2014- During this period of successive, barely understood regional developments, I believe a question worth asking regarding the Middle East is whether the US, and the international community behind it, has a serious vision of how the current situation may develop. What we have seen over the past few days in Yemen, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon suggests that the Middle East as we know it has ceased to exist and that we are on the threshold of a completely different era. Away from firebrand speeches and threats and counter-threats, we must admit that a certain agenda has been imposed on the region and that a new balance of power is emerging with an international backing and the acquiescence, or acceptance, of the region.
continua / continued  [ 28-oct-2014 18:05 ECT ]
Syrian rebels overwhelmingly condemn US bombing as an attack on revolution
By Michael Karadjis
September 25, 2014 - n extraordinary developments, the United States, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Jordan have launched a joint air war, on Syrian territory, with the full support of the Syrian tyranny of Bashar al-Assad, on the Islamic State of Iraq and Sham (ISIS). There are plenty of good reasons to oppose any US war in any circumstances; and in this case, a war that is targeting only the Sunni-sectarian ISIS, yet sparing the viciously anti-Sunni Assad regime, indeed collaborating with the regime, which is responsible for a hundred times more massacre and destruction than ISIS, with which it has long collaborated in any case, is likely to boost support for ISIS among a large section of the poverty-stricken, dispossessed Sunni majority...
continua / continued  [ 28-oct-2014 17:32 ECT ]
Assad has good reason to be happy
September 25, 2014 - In his address to the United Nations General Assembly yesterday, President Obama painted a gruesome picture of what was now taking place in the Middle East... However, it remains a disconcerting fact of this speech, and indeed of the enormous blind-spot in Obama’s so-called strategy for the Middle East, that every atrocity he listed for ISIS has also been committed by either the regime of Bashar al-Assad or by the consortium of Shiite militias operating in Syria and Iraq, under the tutelage and patronage of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps. Not a sentence or paragraph was reserved for them, apart from a fleeting reference to the "brutality" of the regime. Terrorism is no longer state-sponsored, you see, and apart from the president’s noble claims about the humanistic principles of all faiths and there being no "clash of civilizations," it only ever comes from one sect of Islam....
continua / continued  [ 28-oct-2014 17:24 ECT ]
Shiite rebel seizure of Yemen capital a 'gift' for Tehran?
MEE and agencies
September 25, 2014 - The takeover by Shiite rebels of Yemen's capital this week is a potential boost for Iran, analysts said. It is still unclear what the links are between the Ansarullah, or Huthi, rebels and Shiite-ruled Iran, but Tehran will no doubt be pleased by a move that offers the prospect of expanding its influence on the Arabian Peninsula. The capital Sanaa lies in the Shiite-majority northern highlands, but the rest of Yemen is overwhelmingly Sunni and Al-Qaeda militants have a strong presence in the south and east.And a complicating factor could be former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, forced from power after 33 years of iron-fisted rule by a 2011 uprising but still a key powerbroker. Saleh, who is himself Shiite, is widely believed to have played a role in the rebels' takeover of Sanaa through his tribal and security force allies, and it is still unclear what he may expect in return...
continua / continued  [ 28-oct-2014 03:48 ECT ]
Iraq snapshot - September 24, 2014
The Common Ills
September 24, 2104 - ...Yes, two Saturdays ago, al-Abadi did give the order to stop the bombing of Falluja's residential neighborhoods. And how did that turn out? It didn't stop. It continues. For example, today NINA reports: A medical source at the hospital in Fallujah said on Wednesday that 17 civilians were martyred and wounded, including women and children by indiscriminately bombing on Fallujah. Th e source told the National Iraqi News Agency / Nina / that the indiscriminate shelling with explosive barrels and mortars targeted residential neighborhoods in the city of Fallujah, including Aljughaifi , Golan, al-Askari, al-Shuhadaa and al-Shurta, and resulted in the killing of 4 civilians and wounding 13 others, including two children and a woman were taken to the hospital. Those deaths are bad for numerous reasons starting with the bombings of civilian targets -- residential neighborhoods -- are War Crimes -- legally defined as such. Those deaths are bad because those people were killed for the 'crime' of living their lives. ...The bombings daily demonstrate that nothing has changed and that the Sunnis -- Falluja is a Sunni-dominated city -- will continue to be attacked....
continua / continued  [ 28-oct-2014 00:33 ECT ]
Syrian Airstrikes and the Khorasan Group
September 24, 2014 - Let us assume, for the sake of argument, that the US government's claims are true that its airstrikes on Syria killed eight leaders of the Khorasan Group, an al-Qaeda offshoot, thus foiling an "imminent attack" on the US homeland. Consider the facts and logic of this claim.Even if a) Khorasan was in fact planning an "imminent" attack and b) their key leaders were killed, exactly how did this decapitation stop that "imminent" attack (and especially, future ones)? First, if the US government knew that an attack was "imminent," why wasn’t the alert level raised in the US before this "imminent attack"? They have warned us in the past to watch for signs of a terrorist attack, based upon claims of "noise" or "chatter" over their NSA spy lines. Why not around this?...
continua / continued  [ 27-oct-2014 06:13 ECT ]
Videos and Photographs Claim to Show Civilians Killed by US Led Air Strikes in Syria
By Eliot Higgins
September 24, 2014 - Following last night’s air strikes on targets inside Syria by US led forces, a number of claims were made about civilian victims of the air strikes. After 3 years of conflict Syrian opposition groups have already established social media networks that have allowed them to quickly share and disseminate images and reports from the conflict, and this has meant it’s been possible to find evidence to support the claims of US led air strikes killing and injuring civilians. The main allegations come from the small town of Kafar Deryan, in Idlib, and west of Aleppo, where videos and images posted to social media channels have shown rescue efforts after the attacks, victims, and the debris of the munition used. ....It seems, based on this information, that there’s strong evidence that US led air strikes led to the deaths of 11-14 civilians, if local reports are accurate, along with a further 8 being injured in last nights air strikes....
continua / continued  [ 27-oct-2014 05:33 ECT ]
Syrian Foreign Ministry: US officially informed us about its strikes against Islamic State
Middle East Monitor
September 24, 2014 - The Syrian government stated on Tuesday that it was made aware in advance of the air strikes against Islamic State sites on its soil, and that it had received a message from US Secretary of State John Kerry, delivered by the Iraqi Foreign Minister, stating that the US and its allies were intending to launch the strikes in Syria hours before the start of the attack, Al-Quds newspaper reported on Tuesday...The newspaper quoted a statement issued by the Syrian foreign ministry saying that its foreign minister, Walid Al-Moallem, had received a message from his American counterpart through the foreign minister of Iraq, adding that the Iraqi government, led by the majority Shi'ites, remains a close ally of Damascus...
continua / continued  [ 27-oct-2014 05:04 ECT ]
Senate Torture Report Vanishes|
David Copperfield is a CIA Contractor?
By Philip Giraldi
September 23, 2014 - ...Back here at home, the dispute over the Senate Intelligence Committee report on Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) torture, a hot button issue earlier this year, has also benefited, largely disappearing from sight. The meticulously researched Senate report, covering 6000 pages and including 35,000 footnotes, apparently concluded that torturing terrorist suspects was not only illegal under the United Nations Convention on Torture, to which Washington is a signatory, it was also ineffective, producing no intelligence that was otherwise unobtainable. Since a "forgive and forget" forward-looking White House has already indicated that no one will ever be punished for illegal actions undertaken in the wake of 9/11, why is the torture issue important beyond the prima facie case that a war crime that was authorized by the highest levels of the federal government? ..
continua / continued  [ 27-oct-2014 03:27 ECT ]
Fighting in Iraq Until Hell Freezes Over
Peter Van Buren
September 23, 2014 - ...Under a new president, elected in 2008 in part on his promise to end American military involvement in Iraq, Washington’s strategy morphed into the more media-palatable mantra of "no boots on the ground." Instead, backed by aggressive intel and the "surgical" application of drone strikes and other kinds of air power, U.S. covert ops were to link up with the "moderate" elements in Islamic governments or among the rebels opposing them – depending on whether Washington was opting to support a thug government or thug fighters.The results? Chaos in Libya, highlighted by the flow of advanced weaponry from the arsenals of the dead autocrat Muammar Gaddafi across the Middle East and significant parts of Africa, chaos in Yemen, chaos in Syria, chaos in Somalia, chaos in Kenya, chaos in South Sudan, and, of course, chaos in Iraq. And then came the Islamic State (IS) and the new "caliphate," the child born of a neglectful occupation and an autocratic Shia government out to put the Sunnis in their place once and for all. And suddenly we were heading back into Iraq...
continua / continued  [ 27-oct-2014 03:10 ECT ]
Israel carries out extrajudicial killing of two Palestinians suspected in Israeli youths kidnapping
September 23, 2014 - Overnight Tuesday Israeli special forces killed two Palestinian men who were suspected of kidnapping and slaying three Israeli youths abducted in June while hitchhiking in the Gush Etzion settlement bloc of the West Bank. Amer Abu Aisha, 32, and Marwan Qawasmeh, 29, had evaded Israeli forces for over 100 days hiding out in their home city of Hebron no more than five miles from the site of where the remains of Eyal Yifrah, 19, Gilad Shaar, 16, and Naftali Fraenkel, 16, were discovered over the summer....
continua / continued  [ 27-oct-2014 02:51 ECT ]
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