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:: ONU - XX Assemblea Generale (1965):
La XX Assemblea Generale dell’ONU (1965) dichiara "la legittimitŕ 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, č contraria alla Carta delle Nazioni Unite ed č 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 puň essere usata, come ultima risorsa, come mezzo per esercitare il diritto all' autodeter-

:: 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 ostilitŕ;
(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 proprietŕ 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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Pentagon Propaganda
The War Over the Truth About Vietnam


October 13, 2014 -In August 1980, Ronald Reagan spoke as a candidate for president before the Veterans of Foreign Wars. During his speech he attacked what had come to be called "Vietnam Syndrome," which was understood to mean a hesitancy on the part of the people of the U.S. to again become involved in the hideous debacle of wars, such as Vietnam. He continued distorting the reality of the brutality and immorality of the war against the people of Vietnam when he said: "It is time we recognized that ours was, in truth, a noble cause." Of course, Reagan, as vicious a warmonger as has ever lived, was simply using hyperbole to whip the electorate and general public into a frenzy so that he would be able to wage additional immoral wars in Central America and the Caribbean, and especially against the people of Nicaragua and their freely elected government. While an Orwellian dystopian at heart, Reagan was not very different from many of the presidents who would follow him and initiate indiscriminate and grossly lethal forays into other parts of the world, most notably the Middle East and Southwest Asia, either through proxies or through the direct use of U.S. military force...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110205] [ 27-nov-2014 00:43 ECT ]

Hamas, IS share neither goal nor methods
Adnan Abu Amer

October 13, 2014 - The magnitude of Hamas’ media mobilization in response to Israeli accusations of being the same as the Islamic State (IS) was remarkable. Hamas spokespeople and prominent leaders denied the accusations, which have not fooled Western circles. The political differences between Hamas and IS are primarily ideological and doctrinal, which have prompted many Salafist jihadist members to abandon Hamas as they disagreed with its approach. Many of these Salafist jihadists later joined radical groups, among them IS. A scholar in Gaza with ties to Hamas spoke to Al-Monitor on condition of anonymity about the doctrinal divergences between Hamas and IS ....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110204] [ 27-nov-2014 00:39 ECT ]

Lost Iraqi Billions Found?
By: Peter Van Buren

October 13, 2014 - It can be hard to keep track of your money. You charge stuff and misplace the receipts, you forget to record a check written and before you know it, $12-14 billion is unaccounted for in Iraq. Even then, after one authoritative source thinks he’s found some of it, no one bothers to go get it. ew information from the former Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction (SIGAR) Stuart Bowen, reported by perhaps the bravest journalist alive today, James Risen, shows that of the multi-billions of U.S. dollars cash literally shipped on pallets to Iraq in 2003, over one billion was traced into Lebanon (the other billions remain unaccounted for.)...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110203] [ 27-nov-2014 00:35 ECT ]

Cycle of Death, Destruction and Rebuilding Continues in Gaza
By Thalif Deen

October 13, 2014 - When the international pledging conference to rebuild a devastated Gaza ended in Cairo over the weekend – the third such conference in less than six years – the lingering question among donors was: is this the last of it or are there more assaults to come? U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon implicitly warned of the futility of the continuing exercise when he said: "We cannot continue to build and destroy – and build and destroy – like this. This should be the last reconstruction conference". But will it?...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110202] [ 27-nov-2014 00:29 ECT ]

Did Israel develop the doctrine behind Iraq invasion?
Rod Such

October 13, 2014 - "Facing clear evidence of peril, we cannot wait for the final proof — the smoking gun — that could come in the form of a mushroom cloud," US President George W. Bush said in 2002 as he set the stage for an invasion of Iraq. The premise he invoked was that if a country believes it faces an imminent threat, a preemptive attack against that threat is tantamount to an act of self-defense. An earlier use of this "anticipatory self-defense" doctrine occurred when Israel tried to justify its 1967 War against Egypt, Syria and Jordan. Many people still believe Israel’s claim to self-defense was justified when actually it was just as fraudulent as the Bush administration’s "evidence" that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110201] [ 27-nov-2014 00:19 ECT ]

Medea Benjamin has a lot of nerve.
The Common Ills

Ocotber 13, 2014 - Medea Benjamin has a lot of nerve. She's written a column castigating the mass media for re-selling the Iraq War.We're supposed to applaud her for that and pretend like her past record doesn't matter.
And she probably thinks this is the height of bravery: < For her, it probably is. But whores don't impress me.
And she's whored non-stop worse than the media she's slamming. She's covered for Barack. She's diverted attention from him...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110200] [ 27-nov-2014 00:16 ECT ]

Settlers beat woman picking olives with her children near Salfit
Ma'an News

October 13, 2014 -- A large group of Israeli settlers on Saturday morning violently beat a young Palestinian woman while she was picking olives from trees in an orchard in the village of Yasuf in the Salfit district in the central West Bank, a Palestinian official said.The assault is the third such attack on Palestinian olive pickers in three days, creating concern about unchecked settler violence as the olive harvest kicks off across the West Bank.Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian Authority official who monitors settlement-related activities in the northern West Bank, told Ma'an that 25-year-old Alaa Fathi Atiyani and her children were picking olives in a field in the al-Masamic area outside of Yasuf village at the time of the alleged assault...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110199] [ 26-nov-2014 23:18 ECT ]

Palestinian Christians denounce priest for claiming Israel grants them freedom
Patrick O. Strickland

October 13, 2014 - Yara Salameh was shocked when she watched Jibril Nadaf, a priest from Nazareth, repeat a call on fellow Palestinian Christians to serve in the Israeli military. Nadaf claimed Israel was the only country in the Middle East where Christians are "not persecuted" during a speech to the United Nations Human Rights Council on 23 September. "I couldn’t believe it," said Salameh, a 25-year-old pharmacist from the village of Turan, home to both Christians and Muslims, located in the Galilee region of present-day Israel....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110198] [ 26-nov-2014 05:54 ECT ]

Western trade to Israel is on the rise, is BDS really working?
Alastair Sloan

October 13, 2014 - There is good news and bad news of late for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement. On the one hand, companies such as Veolia, willing partners in the occupation, are losing out on mega-contracts. Despite plans to withdraw from Israel, the French company just lost a $750 million contract to provide waste management services to Kuwait City. Pleasing for BDS was the explicit reference to Veolia's association with Israel and a head nod to their campaigning efforts. It comes on top of nearly $24 billion in lost contracts, seemingly over support for Israel. Likewise G4S are suffering setbacks. Earlier this year, Bill Gates announced a massive divestment, while a report over the summer (by the Financial Times) suggested they would soon end their activities in Israel. Campaigners are rightly cautious – the company have gone back on their word in the past...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110197] [ 26-nov-2014 05:45 ECT ]

Will Hamas and Israel agree to direct negotiations?
Hamza Ismail Abu Shane

October 13, 2014- There have been many conversations in the Palestinian arena regarding the concept of direct negotiations between Hamas and the Israeli occupation. This issue was raised after the latest attack on Gaza and such conversations have been reinforced by statements made by Dr Moussa Abu Marzouk, deputy head of the Hamas political bureau. Hamas' ruling out of the possibility of engaging in direct negotiations with Israel has not limited the debate on the issue of negotiations. There are many visions regarding this, as some consider it to be political maturity for Hamas, although it was cheated by timing, while others have strongly attacked Hamas as they consider negotiations to be President Abbas' issue and the option of Fatah. Some consider these negotiations to be a political balloon timed to move the Palestinian-Palestinian relations...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110196] [ 26-nov-2014 05:40 ECT ]

Syria News - October 12, 2014
Local Coordination Committees of Syria

October 12, 2014- By the end of Sunday , LCC were able to document 37 martyrs including 9 women and 8 children: 11 martyrs were reported in Idlib, 10 in Damascus and its Suburbs, 8 in Hama, 4 in Aleppo, 2 in Homs and 2 in Daraa....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110194] [ 26-nov-2014 05:34 ECT ]

Gaza reconstruction: Why the world has it all wrong
Richard Silverstein

October 12, 2014 - International donors gathered in Cairo this weekend to deliberate on a request by the Palestinian Authority for $4 bn in aid to reconstruct Gaza, with the funds going to help the enclave rebuild after Israel destroyed it during this summer’s Operation Protective Edge. Israel killed more than 2,100 Palestinians, including 500 children during its invasion. Its bombs destroyed 18,000 homes and left 100,000 homeless in the strip. The bitter, supreme irony is that the ancestors of most of Gaza’s current population fled Israel during the 1948 Nakba. They were expelled from homes in the Negev and other regions that became Israel. In 2014, the descendants of the first expulsion were turned into refugees once again by Israel. Yet, so far, Israel has faced no punishment or accountability for what it did - though there is a United Nations Human Rights Council panel convened to investigate...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110193] [ 26-nov-2014 03:32 ECT ]

Judaisation Means Housing Crisis for Palestinians in East Jerusalem
By Mel Frykberg

October 12, 2014 - A deliberate Israeli policy to Judaise East Jerusalem has forced thousands of Palestinians out of their homes and created a chronic housing shortage in the occupied part of the city. Simultaneously, Israeli settlers have been encouraged by the Jerusalem Municipality to settle in the growing number of settlements mushrooming in East Jerusalem neighbourhoods, all illegal under international law.The municipality has employed a number of strategies to ensure a Jewish majority so that the city remains under Israeli control indefinitely while preventing Palestinians from establishing East Jerusalem as the capital of a future state."Since 1967 the Israeli government has pursued a declared policy of maintaining a 72 percent majority of Jews over Palestinians in the city," according to Jeff Halper of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD)...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110192] [ 26-nov-2014 03:18 ECT ]

The Ringworm Scandal: When Israeli Doctors Killed Tens of Thousands of Arab Children
Richard Silverstein

October 12, 2014 - ...The 2004 documentary, The Ringworm Children, presents the historical context of this immigration and is dedicated to the greatest national medical scandal in the state’s history. During this early period, Israel looked with deep suspicion on the Arab olim. They were viewed not only as culturally inferior, but as reservoirs of disease. To be fair, these same views had been prominent in the U.S. during the heights of immigration to this country. But unlike here, Israel allowed one senior health official, Dr. Chaim Sheba, to conduct a massive program of unnecessary medical treatments, at enormous expense, which actually killed many of the victims. At that time, many children developed ringworm, a non-lethal condition of fungal origin which affected the scalp. Unlike in other countries, 100,000 Jewish (and Palestinian) Arab children were irradiated in order to treat the condition....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110191] [ 26-nov-2014 03:14 ECT ]

Potomac Fever: Washington's Insane Clown Posse Rides Again
Chris Floyd

October 12, 2014 - The Peacey Prizey Prez has spoken, and the word he brings is — war! Not just war back in our old stomping grounds of Iraq, where the Imperial Winepress has been squeezing out the grapes of wrath for nigh on quarter of a century now. Nay, he bringeth us vast new fields to plow, in the ancient land of Assyria, therefore to make us fruitful with engorged blood. Yes, it’s Iraq War III, or perhaps Sykes-Picot Revisited, or maybe even the Eighth (or Ninth or Forty-Fifth) Crusade of the Christian West Against the Infidel Saracens. Call it what you will, we are once more firmly embarked on a fruitless (and, we are fervently assured, bootless) quest for loot and dominance in Mesopotamia and environs. As always, these raw and bestial impulses are being gussied up in noble tropes; over the centuries, the rhetorical shadings change, but the propaganda message is always the same: the forces of good are fighting to save civilization from evil, world-devouring savages....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110190] [ 26-nov-2014 02:37 ECT ]

St. Louis police give Israeli-style excuses for arresting peaceful protesters
Rania Khalek

October 12, 2013 - In the early morning hours of Sunday, 12 October, seventeen people were arrested during a sit-in outside a St. Louis, Missouri gas station to protest the recent police killing of yet another Black teen.One of those arrested was Zena Ozeir, a 23-year-old Lebanese-American activist from Detroit who is part of the Palestine contingent protesting police violence in St. Louis this weekend. Vonderrit Myers, 18, was gunned down by a white off-duty St. Louis city police officer last week. This latest slaying ignited more protests in a city still reeling from the August execution-style killing of Michael Brown, a Black teenager, at the hands of Darren Wilson, a white police officer, in the St. Louis County municipality of Ferguson...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110189] [ 26-nov-2014 02:25 ECT ]

An historic vote on Palestine in the UK Parliament
David Hearst

October 12, 2014 - Israel is losing the battle for public opinion in Britain. Few are in a better position to chart the draining of support than the Israeli ambassador to Britain. Daniel Taub was born and educated in the United Kingdom and has only to compare the benign views about Israel in his youth with the cold, unvarnished judgment of today. Gone is the rose-tinted vision of Israel as an island of democracy in a sea of irrational and violent Arabs. Gone is the belief that Israel wants to negotiate, if only it could find a partner to talk to. Gone, too, is the notion that there is symmetry in this conflict, that this is a battle between equals...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110187] [ 26-nov-2014 00:35 ECT ]

Let the revulsion build
The Common Ills

October 12, 2014 - A news outlet has been bombed in Anbar, 8 civilians (all members of one family) were killed in Saladin Province . . . These are the official bombings done by the government or done for the government of Iraq by foreign governments like the United States. Meanwhile Shi'ite militias get to be part of the 'security forces.' They 'secure' Al-Khalis today by terrorizing the people and demanding protection money. In Baquba today, they add kidnapping to their list.Barack Obama's 'plan' has been a failure in achieving its stated goals but its been even greater failure by providing cover for those who threaten and kill Iraqis -- especially Sunnis.No, you don't need Nouri as prime minister to terrorize the Sunnis, not after he's brought Shi'ite militias into the security forces and the US and all the other governments so eager to bomb are willing to look the other way....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110186] [ 25-nov-2014 06:50 ECT ]

Donors, or enablers? Cairo's 'Gaza Reconstruction Conference'
Julie Webb-Pullman

October 12, 2014 - CAIRO'S Gaza Reconstruction Conference, you ask incredulously? And well you might – after all, Egypt is currently preventing the entry of materials to complete Qatari-funded projects in Gaza addressing the destruction of previous Israeli offensives. Building of roads, housing estates and hospitals have all ground to a halt despite being underway well before the latest Israeli war crimes in Gaza - crimes which have only further increased the need. We are seriously expected to accept Egypt as an honest broker? That the current regime has a shred of compassion for the already homeless, sick and injured Gazans still reeling from the 2008-9 and 2012 offensives who it refuses to admit assistance for, let alone those battered by the latest assaults? For the thousands of maimed and injured STILL refused exit through Rafah for necessary medical treatment elsewhere?...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110185] [ 25-nov-2014 06:47 ECT ]

Syria News - October 11, 2014,
Local Coordination Committees of Syria

October 11, 2014 - By the end of Saturday, LCC were able to document 19 martyrs including 3 women and 2 children: 7 martyrs were reported in Idlib; 4 in Aleppo; 3 in Damascus and its Suburbs, 2 in Homs, 2 in Daraa and 1 Hama...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110184] [ 25-nov-2014 06:42 ECT ]

Military Resistance 12J2: Boots in the Air[
Thomas F. Barton

October 11, 2014 - Jeffrey White, a former senior Defense Intelligence Agency analyst who closely follows developments in Iraq, said the use of helicopter gunships by the United States means that U.S. troops effectively are now directly involved in ground battles. "It’s definitely boots in the air. This is combat, assuming U.S. Army guys were flying the helicopters," said White, a defense fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, a center-right policy institute. "Using helicopter gunships in combat operations means those forces are in combat."...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110183] [ 25-nov-2014 05:48 ECT ]

Seven years later, Israel decides Gaza blockade is ineffective
By Haggai Matar

October 11, 2014 - "Israel now admits that the almost-airtight blockade of Gaza has done more harm than good." I am always amazed at the ease with which these sentences are written by this or that analyst. Written so nonchalantly to the point that it feels like the writer might as well just shrug and say, "Well that didn’t work, let’s try something else." As if that same defense establishment and those same analysts weren’t the ones who actively promoted the policy of siege for the past seven years. As if they aren’t responsible for embittering the lives of 1.8 million people. As if they didn’t kill thousands in Gaza and dozens in Israel, sowing unbelievable destruction over the course of several wars and operations, all in the name of their holy policy. As if they didn’t allow the Israeli public to become accustomed to the claim that there is no blockade, and if there is then it is Egypt, not us, who is responsible, and if it is us then it is justifiable and we owe the Palestinians absolutely nothing and why the hell do they keep shooting at us anyway...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110182] [ 25-nov-2014 05:44 ECT ]

Guantánamo PR Can't Obscure the Reality of Force-Feeding
Clive Stafford Smith

October 11, 2014 - This week, as a landmark case against abusive force-feeding at Guantánamo Bay got under way, a US Freedom of Information demand by the indomitable journalist Jason Leopold quietly forced the prison's military authorities to reveal their "Proposed Public Affairs Guidance" - public talking points - for discussing the force-feeding of detainees who are on a long-term hunger strike. Before proceeding any further, it is worth noting that most of the hunger strikers have long been cleared for release (more than fifty percent of the remaining detainees, many of them clients of my organisation, Reprieve). Last week I saw Shaker Aamer, for example, the last remaining British resident, and he has been cleared for seven years, more than half of the time he has spent without charges or a trial...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110181] [ 25-nov-2014 05:22 ECT ]

Palestinian family attacked by settlers while harvesting olives
International Solidarity Movement

October 11, 2014 - Tuesday afternoon, the 7th of October, olive farmer Mahmoud Rga Mahoud Aid, his wife, and thei three children were attacked by a a group of settlers from the illegal settlement of Giv’at Ya’akov. The attack took place on the family´s land near the village of Burin, south west of Nablus. The the family had only three days permission from the District Coordination Office (DCO) to access their land and pick their olives, starting from the 6th of October. To harvest all the olives on the land would normally take about a month....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110180] [ 25-nov-2014 05:03 ECT ]

Questioning Sweden’s ‘Bold’ Diplomatic Initiative
Richard Falk

October 11, 2014 -It was a welcome move, but only in some respects. The new center-left Swedish Prime Minister, Stefan Lofven, in his inaugural speech to Parliament indicated on October 3rd the intention of the Swedish government to recognize Palestinian statehood. He explained that such a move mentioned in the platform of his party is in accord with promoting a two-state solution, and more significantly, that is to be "negotiated in accordance with international law." The call for adherence to international law in future diplomacy is actually more of a step forward than is the announced intention of future recognition, which has so far received all the media attention and incurred the wrath of Tel Aviv. To bring international law into future negotiations would amount to a radical modication of the 'peace process’ that came into being with the Oslo Declaration of Principles in 1993. The Israel/United States view was to allow any agreements between the parties to arise from a bargaining process, which is a shorthand for acknowledging the primacy of power, taking account of 'facts on the ground’ (that is, the unlawful settlements) and diplomatic leverage (allowing the United States to fake the role of 'honest broker’ while at the same time making sure that Israel’s interests are protected)....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110179] [ 25-nov-2014 04:48 ECT ]

Forget Biden’s words, the problem is Obama’s thoughts
Eyad Abu Shakra

October 11, 2014 - ...ndeed, the Syrian crisis and the subsequent emergence of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in both Iraq and Syria have proved that cooperation with Tehran’s rulers is now an essential part of Obama’s vision regarding the region’s political and strategic map regardless of what Iran has been doing across the Mashriq.Today, with the exception of empty statements from US officials about Iran’s nuclear program or Bashar Al-Assad’s regime losing legitimacy, we can clearly see changes taking place on the ground. This includes Iranian officials’ boasting that four Arab capitals—Baghdad, Damascus, Beirut and Sana’a—are now controlled by and subservient to Tehran. Following Obama’s historic remarks in his interview with Jeffrey Goldberg in early March in which he praised Iran’s "strategic" thinking and blamed Washington’s regional allies who were "taken by surprise" by the "Arab Spring," his Vice-President Joe Biden has now gone beyond pointing the finger of blame...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110178] [ 25-nov-2014 04:19 ECT ]

Gaza reconstruction: The new Israeli strategy
Dimi Reider

October 11, 2014 - ...There is a bittersweet pleasure in seeing the army give up on the siege, and the government u-turn on its rejection of a Palestinian unity government, both essentially adopting the positions of the Israeli civil society and political Left (even if eight years and yet another horrible war too late). Yet the postwar reality sketched out by Ben Yishai still makes for an overwhelmingly depressing read. True, the influx of construction material and other goods into the Strip will doubtless be a great relief to the artificially starved Gazan economy. But the tight, almost dystopian new controls envisioned in the plan underline Israel’s approach to the Strip as being first and foremost a gigantic prison - only it is being upgraded from a third-world prison camp to an American cutting-edge SuperMax facility. Much of the more tantalizing promises should be taken with a heap of salt: complete freedom of movement except where security concerns are raised is pretty much what Gazans enjoy today; it just so happens that all of them, together and apart, are seen as security concerns...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110177] [ 25-nov-2014 04:07 ECT ]

From Syria to Gaza: The search for a better life
Linah Alsaafin

October 11, 2014 - ...The Palestinian refugee population in Syria had numbered around 600,000. Now, almost half have escaped the fighting in search of security and stability, but face heavy restrictions by various Arab governments, such as Lebanon, which has announced it will not grant entry to Palestinian Syrians.According to Atef Alamawi, the Director of the Monitoring Committee for Refugees from Syria to Gaza, more than 350 Palestinian Syrian families have fled to Gaza. They are made up of Syrian and Palestinian refugees in Syria, including those who are originally from Gaza but have spent the last few decades in Syria....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110176] [ 25-nov-2014 03:26 ECT ]

Authoritarianism in Palestine
Dr Phil Leech

October 11, 2014 - This week Al-Shabaka, a Palestinian think tank, released a report on the troubling issue of the Palestinian security sector. The report, authored by Alaa Tartir and Sabrien Amrov, argues that the Palestinian security sector has grown significantly in terms of its power and prominence since the schism between Hamas and Fatah in 2007. It suggests that this is problematic both because the security sector's growth has come at the expense of other areas of government spending – such as education and agriculture – that would represent more important efforts to challenge Israel's occupation, and because the increase in the security agencies' power and autonomy, relative to the general population and civilian leadership, can also be seen as anti-democratic...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110175] [ 25-nov-2014 03:15 ECT ]

Forget its Charter, Hamas has given de facto recognition to the State of Israel
Jessica Purkiss

October 11, 2014 - The Palestinian unity government held its first meeting in the Gaza Strip on Thursday after "great efforts" were made to obtain the necessary permits from Israel for ministers from the West Bank to cross into the coastal territory. Ever since moves were made to bring about Palestinian reconciliation, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has attempted to thwart them. The kidnap and murder of the three Israeli teens earlier this year was recruited to undermine the unity government, and the recent offensive in the Gaza Strip was launched just over a month after it was sworn in; both aimed to crush Hamas, and with it Palestinian reconciliation...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110174] [ 25-nov-2014 02:35 ECT ]

Syria News - October 10, 2014
Local Coordination Committees of Syria

October 10, 2014 - By the end of Friday , LCC has documented 86 martyrs including 15 children, 7 women and 2 martyrs under torture. 32 martyrs were reported in Daraa, 15 in Qunaitra, 14 in Aleppo, 13 in Damascus and its suburbs, 6 in Idlib, 3 in Homs, and 3 in Hama....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110173] [ 25-nov-2014 02:12 ECT ]

White House denies plan to close Guantánamo Bay with executive action

October 10, 2014 - Obama administration spokesperson vehemently contradicts report that president seeks to override law and Congress. The White House on Thursday denied a report that President Barack Obama is putting together options for executive action to close the controversial US military prison at Guantánamo Bay in defiance of congressional wishes. The Wall Street Journal, citing administration officials, reported that the White House was "drafting options" to close the facility by overriding a ban put in place by Congress that prohibits prisoners from being brought to the United States...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110172] [ 24-nov-2014 18:12 ECT ]

Warmongering Hebrew University tries to muzzle Palestinian students
Yara Sa'di

October 10, 2014 - Back in 1969, the civil rights activist Angela Davis complained of how third-level education was being hijacked. Research grants were being awarded by the US government to "force the scholar to develop more efficient means, for example, of furthering the war in Vietnam."Speaking at the University of California, Los Angeles, Davis said: "The university has become political in a very overt sense. It has become political as far as politics are defined by the controlling political apparatus in this country."...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110171] [ 24-nov-2014 18:09 ECT ]

Report suggests Assad’s forces committed mass rape near Aleppo
Al Arabiya News

October 10, 2014 - Forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime took hostage 500 residents – mostly women and children – from a northern Aleppo village last week amid reports of mass rape, the opposition National Coalition has said. In a press statement, the coalition condemned the capture of women and children residing in the village of Sefat, calling it a "dirty and cowardly action," and demanded an "immediate release of all detainees."The capturing of women and children came amid news from the village of rape crimes being carried out by "Assad’s forces and the sectarian militia fighting by its side," the coalition said, quoting local activists.Reports of torture and mass rape are not uncommon in the Syrian civil war...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110170] [ 24-nov-2014 17:35 ECT ]

Israeli Perception and Reality
By Jamal Kanj

October 10, 2014 -In my last column, I discussed Benjamin Netanyahu’s proclivity to deceive, cheat and lie. During my research, however, I came across an article by Israeli journalist Amira Hass, who had a different take on the issue.In her 2011 article in the Israeli daily Haartz, Hass argued that 'Netanyahu is less of a liar than past Israeli PMs.’ť She explained that unlike other Israeli prime ministers, Netanyahu 'doesn’t bother to cover the gap between words and bulldozers.’Political Zionism must have envisioned their apparent nemesis, Adolf Hitler’s quote 'If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.’ It all started with their slogan: 'A land without people, for a people without land.’..
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110169] [ 24-nov-2014 17:33 ECT ]

G.I. Resistance to the Vietnam War

October 10, 2014 - Until 1968 the desertion rate for U.S. troops in Vietnam was lower than in previous wars. But by 1969 the desertion rate had increased fourfold. This wasn’t limited to Southeast Asia; desertion rates among G.I.’s were on the increase world-wide. For soldiers in the combat zone, insubordination became an important part of avoiding horrible injury or death. As early as mid-1969, an entire company of the 196th Light Infantry Brigade sat down on the battlefield. Later that year, a rifle company from the famed 1st Air Cavalry Division flatly refused — on CBS TV — to advance down a dangerous trail. In the following 12 months the 1st Air Cav notched up 35 combat refusals...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110168] [ 24-nov-2014 15:11 ECT ]

The International Coalition is Fighting the Most Dangerous Enemy of Iranian Expansion in the Region
Raghida Dergham

October 10, 2014 - ...What the Americans do not understand are the details of the Iranian role in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, or Yemen. These are complex details for ordinary Americans, details in which they have no interest. As for decision-makers, this is another matter. Still, it would be naďve to assume that US policy is based on ignorance, naivety, or foolishness. This begs the most important question: Why has all the attention and all the priorities been focused on fighting ISIS, mobilizing a regional and international alliance for the purpose, with the disclaimer that this war is going to last for years? ...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110167] [ 24-nov-2014 14:26 ECT ]

Yet Another Example of How Government Uses ‘Legal Process’ to Coerce Reporters to Reveal Sources
By: Kevin Gosztola

October 10, 2014 - In 2011, a reporter for Fox News named Mike Levine was issued a grand jury subpoena as part of a Justice Department leak investigation. The subpoena demanded Levine reveal the names of "law enforcement" sources, who confirmed details for a story he wrote on Somali-Americans being indicted on terrorism charges in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Levine fought the subpoena and lost in July. Despite the fact that the government had defeated , the government withdrew the subpoena in April 2012. That Levine had been subpoenaed had been publicly known since May of this year, however, court records in the case remained secret until yesterday. And they provide a clear example of how the government is willing to use the legal process against journalists to essentially intimidate and pressure them into revealing their confidential sources...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110166] [ 24-nov-2014 14:00 ECT ]

Elie Wiesel and Amos Yadlin congratulate East Jerusalem settlers
By Noam Sheizaf

October 10, 2014 - One of the most dramatic settlement efforts in decades took place a couple of weeks ago, when 25 apartments in the Palestinian neighborhood Silwan, in East Jerusalem, were occupied by Jewish settlers. Silwan is the prize trophy for the settler movement, since it sits right on the edge of the Old City, inside the Holy Basin. The new Israeli push into the Palestinian part of the city was condemned by the international community and stood at the heart of the media coverage during Netanyahu’s visit to the U.S. The settlement effort, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said, was carried out "by individuals who are associated with an organization whose agenda, by definition, stokes tensions between Israelis and Palestinians."...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110165] [ 24-nov-2014 04:33 ECT ]

Harvard Students: US is a Bigger Threat Than ISIS
Dennis Loo

October 10, 2014 - The British paper, Daily Mail Online, reported on October 9, 2014: Harvard students believe that American [sic] is a bigger threat to world peace than ISIS, according to a recent survey of attendees at the prestigious Cambridge university. Campus Reform, a self-styled 'campus watchdog' for conservative students, carried out the interviews in the quad at the Ivy League school on Saturday and asked: 'Who is the bigger threat to world peace, ISIS or the U.S.?’ The students featured in the video were overwhelming in their belief that America and its interventionist foreign policy is a greater threat than the group of Muslim fanatics that have gained global notoriety in recent months through a series of video of Western hostages being beheaded.-...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110164] [ 24-nov-2014 03:27 ECT ]

17 Civilians killed and wounded by Iraqi army's bombing in Fallujah

October 10, 2014 The medical sources at Fallujah General Hospital announced on Friday the martyrdom of 4 civilians, including two women and injuring 13 others, including two women & 4 kids during renewed shelling on the city of Fallujah. The source told the National Iraqi News Agency / Nina / that the mortar shelling, artillery and military helicopters focused on the neighborhoods of Al-Jughaifi, al-Shurta and al-Golan, north of Fallujah, and Nazzal, and al-Shuhadaa southern it, in addition to al-Askari area east of the city, adding that Fallujah is exposed almost daily to bombardment...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110161] [ 24-nov-2014 03:23 ECT ]

Forgotten Atrocities, Vietnam Edition
James Bovard

October 10, 2014 - ...David Hackworth, a retired colonel and the most decorated officer in the Army, commented in 2003: "Vietnam was an atrocity from the get-go…. There were hundreds of My Lais. You got your card punched by the numbers of bodies you counted." American soldiers faced more legal perils for reporting than for committing atrocities. Rank-and-file whistleblowers would be threatened with criminal charges if they tried to inform higher-ups about a massacre or other abuses....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110160] [ 24-nov-2014 03:10 ECT ]

Palestinian Christian village cancels Oktoberfest
Daoud Kuttab

October 10, 2014 - Sometimes the product becomes better known than the town or country of origin. This happened to the Palestinian Christian village of Taybeh, whose brew was described by Time Magazine as "the beer that made Taybeh famous." The name of the beer and the town, which means "good" in Arabic, was given to this Palestinian village by the 12th century Muslim leader Salah ad-Din al-Ayyoubi. The folk tale states that Salah ad-Din found the local Christians hospitable and generous and called them "taybeen," the plural of what the town ultimately became known as...

  continua / continued avanti - next    [110159] [ 24-nov-2014 03:05 ECT ]

Beyond Occupation
Israel and the G-Word


October 10, 2014 - Israeli officials were caught in a revealing lie late last month as the country celebrated the Jewish New Year. Shortly after declaring the most popular boy’s name in Israel to be "Yosef", the interior ministry was forced to concede that the top slot was actually filled by "Mohammed". That small deceit coincided with Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas’ speech at the United Nations. He outraged Israelis by referring to Israel’s slaughter of more than 2,100 Palestinians – most of them civilians – in Gaza over the summer as "genocide". Both incidents served as a reminder of the tremendous power of a single word. Most Israelis are barely able to contemplate the possibility that their Jewish state could be producing more Mohammeds than Moshes. At the same time, and paradoxically, Israel can point to the sheer number of "Mohammeds" to demonstrate that at worst it is eradicating the visibility of a Muslim name, certainly not its bearers...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110158] [ 24-nov-2014 02:29 ECT ]

Iraq’s Greatest Calamity
Geneva International Centre for Justice - GICJ

October 10, 2014 - For a long time, the international community has remained silent towards human rights violations in Iraq, as no forms of protest were made despite there being some of the most extreme and blatant violations of such laws. When the American occupiers dismantled the Iraqi judiciary system and military forces in 2003, the entire country fell into a disastrous societal vacuum that enabled the chaotic, anarchical situation we are witnessing today. Not an ounce of protests were made against these gross and outlandish violations, including the indiscriminate bombings, shelling and killings of innocent civilians; all of which that have resulted in about two million deaths ever since the invasion and occupation happened. This landscape, particularly during the years of American occupation, paved an environment that is ripe for extreme forms of human rights violations to be committed with impunity; an unfortunate legacy that remains with Iraq’s successive "democratic" governments.
The world has also turned a blind eye towards the plight of the Iraqi people when they begun to exercise their legitimate right as stipulated under the UN Charter in resisting the invasion and foreign occupation of their homeland...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110157] [ 24-nov-2014 02:03 ECT ]

Israeli forces arrest disabled Palestinian man
International Solidarity Movement

October 10, 2014 - Yesterday at approximately 10 PM in the Qeitun region of Al-Khalil (Hebron), a group of 6 Israeli soldiers accused 14-year-old Amjad Taha of throwing fire crackers at them outside of his home. Amjad’s cousin, Muhammad Taha (17 years-old), was standing close by with his 2-year-old cousin when the Israeli soldiers began to aggressively grab Amjad. A few of the soldiers then grabbed Muhammad, who was still holding his baby cousin. The soldiers began to take Amjad, Muhammad, and their baby cousin away from the front of their house..
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110156] [ 24-nov-2014 01:36 ECT ]

A Murder Mystery at Guantanamo Bay
By Ray McGovern

October 10, 2014 - There’s more of a mystery to how three Guantanamo detainees died on June 10, 2006, than I realized when I described their deaths as suicides in a recent article about force-feeding methods at the notorious U.S. prison. Some very experienced investigators who have examined the evidence suspect the three were victims of homicides amid the torture regime employed by President George W. Bush’s underlings. Scott Horton, whose upcoming book Lords of Secrecy contains new insights into the Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld/Tenet go-ahead on torture and other abuses, has supplied me with additional detail highly suggestive of foul play by CIA interrogators
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110155] [ 24-nov-2014 00:53 ECT ]

New prisoner exchange deal between Israel and Hamas in sight
Ola Attallah

October 10, 2014 -According to Palestinian observers, it seems as though a new prisoner exchange deal between Hamas and Israel is on the horizon after, what many suspect, have been indirect negotiation sessions between the two parties.Political analysts have not ruled out the possibility that we may witness sessions of negotiations between the two sides in an effort to reach a new prisoner deal within the coming days. During the latest Israeli attacks on Gaza, members of the Al-Qassam Brigades announced that it had captured Israeli soldier Aron Shaol during Israel's ground invasion of Gaza City on 20th July. Two days later, the Israeli army admitted the loss of Shaol although they believed that he was killed during an on-going battle with Hamas fighters...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110154] [ 23-nov-2014 19:29 ECT ]

Syria News - October 9, 2014
Local Coordination Committees of Syria

October 9, 2014 - By the end of Thursday, LCC has documented 61 martyrs inidinf 9 women, 7 children and 2 martyrs under torture. 25 martyrs were reported in Damascus and its suburbs, 11 in Aleppo, 7 in Daraa, 7 in Idlib, 5 in Hama, 4 in Homs and 2 in Qunitra...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110153] [ 23-nov-2014 19:12 ECT ]

Suha Arraf on her "stateless" Palestinian film
Patrick O. Strickland

October 9, 2014 - "They want to view me as a 'good Israeli Arab director’ or a 'nice Israeli Arab,’" says filmmaker Suha Arraf, who recently came under attack by the Israeli government and its supporters for labeling her latest work a Palestinian production. "The moment you say Palestinian, though, you become the enemy," she told The Electronic Intifada. The 45-year-old filmmaker from the town of Maaliya in the Galilee region of present-day Israel has screenwriting credit for the critically acclaimed feature-length films Lemon Tree (2008) and The Syrian Bride (2004), and directed the documentary Women of Hamas (2008)...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110152] [ 23-nov-2014 06:33 ECT ]

Coalition air strikes against Isis aid Bashar al-Assad, Syrian rebels claim
Ian Black and Mona Mahmood

October 9, 2014 - ..."Syrian warplanes used to shell us two or three times a week but now they target us every day thanks to the coalition forces," Faris Samir, from Harm in the northern Idlib region, complained on Thursday. "We are losing martyrs and many get injured but no one pays any attention. Now the Syrian army is taking areas bombed by the coalition forces after the Islamic factions withdraw. I have to say that the coalition military campaign is in the interest of the Syrian regime and against the Syrian people."...No coalition strikes have been made to help or relieve rebel forces where they were facing either Isis or government troops. Emile Hokayem of the International Institute of Strategic Studies said Assad has been able "to give his troops a break while surveying the landscape and looking for opportunities."..
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110151] [ 23-nov-2014 04:39 ECT ]

Gazans spirits lifted at arrival of unity government ministers
Mohammed Omer

October 9, 2014 - - Ministers of the new Palestinian unity government arrived in Gaza on Thursday to hold the first cabinet meeting following the 51-day war with Israel. "This is an historic visit which is the embodiment of Palestinian national unity and a real step toward ending the division," Minister of Justice, Salem al-Saqqa told Middle East Eye. "This is the first time for ministers to meet face-to-face in the house of President Mahmoud Abbas, and that has special significance as he is the president of the Palestinian people, and the head of legitimacy." While Abbas resides in the West Bank, he has an old villa in Gaza that had - until recently - laid empty, but has now been turned into a makeshift meeting space for the unity ministers...

  continua / continued avanti - next    [110150] [ 23-nov-2014 04:22 ECT ]

BBC map ignores occupation of Jerusalem
Amena Saleem

October 9, 2014 - The BBC has published a map on its website, which indicates that Jerusalem is not occupied by Israel. This graphic (see above) was used to illustrate at least two stories on the BBC website in recent months. It can be viewed online two thirds of the way down a story titled "Israel: Hamas 'will pay price’ after teenagers found dead." The map shows the city of Jerusalem as being wholly inside Israel. In reality, Jerusalem is under Israeli military occupation.
The false map was also used at the bottom of a story from 23 September titled "Israel kills Palestinians suspected of teenagers’ murders." ...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110149] [ 23-nov-2014 04:04 ECT ]

Notice that ISIS Isn’t Beheading Swiss Citizens
by Jacob G. Hornberger

October 9, 2014 - ...Ever since 9/11, this has been the major issue facing the American people with respect to U.S. foreign policy: Did terrorism come to the United States because of the ferocity of radical Muslims who hate America for its freedom and values? Or did terrorism come to the United States out of retaliation for what the U.S. government was doing to people in the Middle East, many of whom were Muslims, including such things as the U.S. government’s partnership with Middle East dictatorships, the sanctions against Iraq that were killing tens of thousands of Iraqi children on an annual basis, U.S. Ambassador to the UN Madeleine Albright’s statement that the deaths of half-a-million Iraqi children from the sanctions were "worth it," the stationing of U.S. troops near Islamic holy lands, the deadly no-fly zones over Iraq, and the unconditional military and financial support to the Israeli government....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110148] [ 23-nov-2014 03:55 ECT ]

Did Israel Commit Genocide in Gaza?
Richard Falk

October 9, 2014 - In a special session of the Russell Tribunal held in Brussels on September 24th, Israel’s military operation Protective Edge was critically scrutinized from the perspective of international law, including the core allegation of genocide. The process featured a series of testimonies by legal and weapons experts, health workers, journalists and others most of whom had experienced the 50 days of military assault. A jury composed of prominent individuals from around the world, known for their moral engagement with issues of the day that concerned their societies, and also the wellbeing of humanity, assessed the evidence with the help of an expert legal team of volunteers that helped with the preparation of the findings and analysis for consideration by the jury, which deliberated and debated all relevant issues of fact and law, above all the question of how to respond to the charge of genocide...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110147] [ 22-nov-2014 18:18 ECT ]

The Sun’s ‘Unite against Isis’ campaign is a proxy for anti-Muslim bigotry
Nesrine Malik

October 9, 2014 - Imagine your average British Muslim family sitting around the breakfast table with the papers this morning. On the front page of the Sun, an image of a woman in a hijab fashioned out of the Union Jack and the headline "United Against IS" hollers out at them. In the right-hand corner, a subheadline urges them to "stand up to extremists". Yes, you there, Muslim – bleary eyed, sipping your coffee, who thought the activities of a militant group thousands of miles away had nothing to do with you – are you standing up to extremism right now? Is your Islam "British"? If not, then you are Part of the Problem....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110146] [ 22-nov-2014 07:31 ECT ]

Is Abbas one vote from Security Council majority?
Ben Caspit

October 9, 2014 - In the 21 years that have passed since the beginning of the Oslo process, never has there been a situation similar to the current one between the Israelis and Palestinians: That is to say, total deadlock. There is no political or diplomatic horizon. No negotiations are underway or attempts to facilitate them. The two parties are barely in contact.To date, there has been only one clear exception, to wit, the second intifada, which began in 2000. In response, the Israeli government eventually launched Operation Defensive Shield in 2002....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110145] [ 22-nov-2014 07:23 ECT ]

Increasing Reports Of Sectarian Attacks By Militias In Iraq

October 9, 2014 - When fighting broke out in Anbar at the very end of December 2013 Iraq’s militias began mobilizing in response. This involved bringing back fighters from Syria and launching new recruiting drives within Iraq. Since then they have become an integral part of many units of the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) as well as operating their own fighting forces. With this increased presence have come reports that they are carrying out sectarian attacks upon Sunni civilians. This comes as no surprise as the militias used similar tactics during the 2005-2008 civil war such as kidnapping and executing people, and destroying and confiscating homes to force Sunnis out of neighborhoods. As the fighting drags on and approaches Baghdad these stories are likely to increase and grow bloodier with time...

  continua / continued avanti - next    [110144] [ 22-nov-2014 07:20 ECT ]

Fallujah Fallout: Who Pays the Price?
By Abigail Hall

October 9, 2014 - November of this year will mark the ten-year anniversary of the Second Battle of Fallujah. Fallujah, a city west of Baghdad with a population of over 300,000, is known to have observed some of the most intense fighting during the war in Iraq. After nearly a decade, the situation in Fallujah is still dire. Militants recaptured the region in early 2014 and the city has once again observed heavy conflict as the Iraqi military and militants fight for control of the city. As the U.S. reenters Iraq, this region continues to experience the fallout from the previous U.S. occupation. Those most impacted are not members of Fallujah’s supposed "terrorist hotbed," but those who had not even been born during the time of siege...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110143] [ 22-nov-2014 07:13 ECT ]

The Iraqi Army Never Was
By Kelley Vlahos

October 9, 2014 - ...If ISIS, at the most, has 50,000 stateless fighters spread between Iraq and Syria, how has it routed such a superior force? The popular narrative, particularly on the pro-war right, is that President Obama squandered everything Petraeus had built by leaving Iraq too soon. In an interview in June, retired Gen. Jack Keane, co-architect of the surge, suggested that the Iraqi Army was "well-led and it was competent" while American forces were present, but broke down "systematically" after U.S. withdrawal under the leadership of Prime Minister Maliki. And indeed, after the U.S. withdrew, Maliki did fail to populate his security forces with Sunnis, instead alienating all the Sunni fighters once on the U.S. dime by keeping them unemployed. At best, those Sunnis are now standing down in the face of the ISIS invasion. At worst, they are joining them...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110142] [ 22-nov-2014 07:07 ECT ]

Israel’s occupation is more complex than a genocide
Jonathan Cook

October 9, 2014 - ...But unlike South African apartheid, whose fixed legal and institutional systems of separation gradually became torpid and unwieldy, Israel’s remains dynamic and responsive. Few observers know, for example, that almost all residential land in Israel is off-limits to Palestinian citizens, enforced through vetting committees recently given sanction by the Israeli courts. And what to make of a plan just disclosed by the Israeli media indicating that Mr Netanyahu and his allies have been secretly plotting to force many Palestinians into Sinai, with the US arm-twisting the Egyptians into agreement? If true, the bombing campaigns of the past six years may be better understood as softening-up operations before a mass expulsion from Gaza. Such a policy would certainly satisfy Lemkin’s definition of genocide. One day doubtless, a historian will coin a word to describe Israel’s unique strategy of incrementally destroying the Palestinian people. Sadly, by then it may be too late to help the Palestinians...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110141] [ 22-nov-2014 06:57 ECT ]

Where is the antiwar movement?
Alex Kane

October 9, 2014 - When President Obama said he intended to strike Syria last year after the Assad regime launched a chemical weapons attack, anti-war sentiment surged in the U.S. Phone calls and e-mails poured into Congressional offices with one message: don’t bomb Syria. The president eventually backed off from his plan after agreeing to a Russian proposal that saw President Bashar al-Assad get rid of his chemical weapons. One year later, the administration declared war on the Islamic State, the Sunni extremist group that has taken over territory in Syria and Iraq. Warplanes have repeatedly hit targets in Iraq and Syria... But this U.S. war is commencing with no serious opposition to slow the president down.

  continua / continued avanti - next    [110140] [ 22-nov-2014 06:39 ECT ]

"Crush the Seed of Ishmael": A "Final Solution" to the "Muslim Problem"
William N. Grigg

October 9, 2014 - We have reached a point in our nation's descent into psychotic tribalist fear where people of stature and apparent sobriety unabashedly use the expression "final solution" when discussing the existence of Muslims. For ISIS "and those similarly motivated," insists retired Marine Lt. Col. James G. Zumwalt in an essay published by Family Security Matters, "a rational world should recognize but one `final solution' exists – their extinction."... Zumwalt is a prominent mouthpiece for the Military-Industrial Complex, and it's not surprising that his views are echoed by other members of the Pentagon-aligned Commentariat. For example, Retired Army Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer claims that Syrians under siege by ISIS have pleaded, "Please bomb us! We'd rather be bombed and dead, than raped by ISIS."...

  continua / continued avanti - next    [110139] [ 22-nov-2014 06:34 ECT ]

Is this Palestine’s Last Chance?
by Stuart Littlewood

October 9, 2014 -Ever since I began taking an interest in the Palestinians’ struggle – nearly ten years ago – those brave people have been cursed with rubbish leadership that has taken them steadily backwards instead of forwards… leadership that studiously ignores Palestine’s friends outside, fails its people inside and allows its territory and resources to dwindle. Western Christendom is afflicted with similar misfortune. Corrupted leaders don’t lift a finger to stop the Holy Land, which is central to the beliefs of most of their people, from being smashed, grabbed and bloodied...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110138] [ 22-nov-2014 05:54 ECT ]

Challenging Force-Feeding
Violence at Guantanamo Has Its Day in Court


October 9, 2014 - In the first trial weighing the legality of force-feeding methods at the Guantanamo Bay prison, U.S. government lawyers have tried to disparage doctors and refute medical assessments regarding the best practices and ethics for treating inmates who have engaged in hunger strikes to protest their indefinite confinements, often after being cleared for release. The case before Judge Gladys Kessler in Washington D.C.’s District Court involves Abu Wa’el Dhiab, 43, a Syrian who ran a successful business in Afghanistan before the U.S. invaded 13 years ago. He fled, together with his wife and four children, to Pakistan where police seized him and turned him over to the U.S. – probably for a large bounty, as was the usual practice...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110137] [ 22-nov-2014 05:37 ECT ]

Syria News - October 8, 2014
Local Coordination Committees of Syria

October 8, 2014 - By the end of Wednesday, the LCC were able to document 66 martyrs including 7 women, 6 children and 1 martyr under torture: 23 martyrs were reported in Aleppo; 12 in Damascus and its suburbs; 10 in Idlib; 10 in Homs; 9 Daraa and 2 in Hama.
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110136] [ 22-nov-2014 05:32 ECT ]

The Iranian Sphere of Influence Expands Into Yemen
Amal Mudallali

October 8, 2014 - ... Above all else, the latest developments in Sanaa represent a huge victory for Iran. But the Houthis' decision to tie their fate to Tehran's regional machinations risks tearing Yemen apart and throwing the country into chaos. For years, many Yemenis have believed that Iran provides money and training to the Houthis, who comprise 30 percent of Yemen's 25 million citizens. Officials in Sanaa, from President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi to party leaders, have accused Iran of meddling in their affairs. Meanwhile, Iranian officials are all too happy to encourage such suspicions: In a recent statement, Ali Riza Zakani, Tehran's representative in the Iranian Parliament, bragged that Sanaa would be the fourth Arab capital to fall into Iran's hands...

  continua / continued avanti - next    [110135] [ 22-nov-2014 02:09 ECT ]

Why is The Advocate afraid to talk about Palestine?
Keegan O'Brien

October 8, 2014 - This summer, The Advocate refused to talk about Palestine. Here’s what happened: in mid-July an editor from the venerable LGBTQ magazine responded to my story pitch and asked me to write an op-ed on pinkwashing and Israel’s 51-day attack on Gaza, which it dubbed "Operation Protective Edge." After submitting an article, I received a revised draft which included heavy political editing. I was told the article would be published if I agreed to these changes. The edits included the removal of the words "apartheid," "occupation" and "colonialism," and the addition of a sentence condemning Hamas...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110134] [ 22-nov-2014 00:25 ECT ]

Guantánamo use of olive oil in force feedings 'astonishing', doctor tells court
Spencer Ackerman i

October 8, 2014 - The methods used by the US military to feed inmates in Guantánamo Bay against their will presents a long-term risk to their health, a federal court heard on Tuesday. Steven Miles, a doctor and professor of medical ethics at the University of Minnesota, told a courtroom that lubricating the feeding tubes at Guantánamo, used on hunger-striking detainees, can cause a form of chronic inflammatory pneumonia, and questioned whether the force feeding was medically necessary. The condition, resulting from olive oil reaching the lungs due to misplaced insertions, would be hard to detect by physicians for released or transferred detainees, as it might look on x-rays like tuberculosis or lung cancer, Miles testified, calling the olive oil lubrication "astonishing to me"...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110133] [ 22-nov-2014 00:13 ECT ]

Bill Maher Isn’t a ‘Politically Incorrect’ Liberal, He’s Just a Bigot
By Murtaza Hussain

October 8, 2014 - Like many others, of late I’ve been sharing in the surreal experience of watching Bill Maher transform from a mildly interesting, "edgy," talk show host into a crude, overbearing demagogue. It hasn’t been pleasant viewing, but Maher really does appear to be in rare form these days. Between him sharing his fears about the terrifying number of babies today being named Muhammad, to complaining about Muslims in America who "bring that desert stuff into our world" — the first question that comes to mind is: this guy is a liberal?...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110132] [ 22-nov-2014 00:06 ECT ]

Zionist Organization of America head calls for arrest of Block the Boat protesters
Charlotte Silver

October 8, 2014 - Activists preventing the unloading of Israeli cargo ships at the Oakland Port in protest of violations of Palestinian rights have drawn the ire of Israel advocacy groups. Last week, Morton Klein, president of the Zionist Organization of America, wrote a letter to the chief of the Oakland Police Department, Sean Whent, chastizing his department for failing to "intervene and ensure that the Zim ship could unload its cargo." "Anti-Semitic protesters have been blocking vessels owned by Zim Integrated Shipping Ltd., an Israel-based shipping company, from docking at the Port of Oakland, and preventing dockworkers from unloading the cargo," Klein complains in his letter. "This problem occurred for several days in August and it occurred again last week."...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110131] [ 22-nov-2014 00:02 ECT ]

A professor's freedom to tweet: The Steven Salaita affair
By Shachar Pinsker

October 8, 2014 - The Salaita case is not an isolated one. Rather, it is the latest in a series of recent attempts to silence dissent in the academic world and in the public arena. This has been going on in the U.S., in Israel and around the world. Recent examples include an attempt by a right-wing organization with the dubious name AMCHA (In Hebrew AMCHA means "your nation," which the U.S organization has translated as "the masses" in the "grassroots" sense of the term, but in colloquial Israeli Hebrew the term is used to refer to "the mob," or common, uneducated people), which published a blacklist of Middle Eastern scholars who called for the boycott of Israel. This attempt to silence is, once again, done in the name of combating anti-Semitism and "protecting" Jewish students on campus...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110130] [ 21-nov-2014 23:08 ECT ]

Experts Deliver Damning Testimony at Guantánamo Force-Feeding Trial
Andy Worthington

October 8, 2014 - This week, a historic and unprecedented trial has been taking place in Washington D.C., as lawyers for Abu Wa’el Dhiab, a Syrian prisoner at Guantánamo, have been challenging the government’s claimed legality for force-feeding prisoners. Mr. Dhiab has been a frequent hunger striker for the last seven years, and weighs just 152 pounds, despite being six feet five inches tall. Last February, he took part in a hunger strike that involved up to two-thirds of the remaining prisoners, who were in despair at ever being released or given justice, and he has continued his hunger strike, even though throughout this period he has been subjected to painful force-feeding. He is one of 75 of the remaining 149 prisoners who were approved for release by a government task force in 2009 — and four others have had their release approved this year through another review process, the Periodic Review Boards. He is also in a wheelchair as a result of his physical decline during his 12 years in US custody...

  continua / continued avanti - next    [110129] [ 21-nov-2014 22:51 ECT ]

In Case of Palestinian American, Prosecutors Criminalize Political Activity and Create ‘Prejudicial Atmosphere’
By: Kevin Gosztola

October 8, 2014 - A lawyer representing Palestinian American Rasmea Odeh, who is accused of immigration fraud, says the United States government’s request for an "anonymous jury" in the case and the partial sequestration of jurors is all a part of prosecutors’ efforts to create a prejudicial and fearful atmosphere. Odeh is a 67-years-old and the associate director of the Arab American Action Network (AAAN) in Chicago. Forty-five years ago, she was arrested and subjected to torture by Israeli security forces. She maintained she was innocent when she was brought before a military tribunal and accused of being involved in terrorism. Israel convicted her and she was sentenced to prison....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110128] [ 21-nov-2014 17:51 ECT ]

Swedish decision to recognize Palestine no surprise
Daoud Kuttab

October 8, 2014 - For Swedes and Palestinians who have followed Swedish foreign policy toward Palestine, the announcement in Stockholm of the government's intention to recognize the State of Palestine came as no surprise.In his inaugural speech Oct. 3, Prime Minister Stefan Löfven explained his administration’s decision, stating, "The conflict between Israel and Palestine can only be resolved through a two-state solution, negotiated in accordance with the principles of international law. It must guarantee the legitimate demands of both the Palestinians and the Israelis for national self-determination and security. A two-state solution requires mutual recognition and a will to coexist peacefully. Therefore, Sweden will recognize the State of Palestine."...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110127] [ 21-nov-2014 17:44 ECT ]

Why Does Iran Always Benefit from the ‘War on Terror?’
The intent of this plan is to throw the region into chaos.

by Fowzia Rasheed

October 8, 2014 - Since the dramatic events of last September, the Americans have begun a dangerous new attempt to redraw the region’s borders — geographically and demographically, on the basis of ethnicity and sectarianism — carried out under the banners of "democracy" and the "war on terror." The intent of this plan is to throw the region into chaos. America has led Arabs and the world into a number of traps. Falling into those traps will result in the Arab world’s step-by-step destruction — even though over the last few years, we have seen Gulf leaders transformed into America’s lapdogs — as well as revealing the true face of America and its hidden alliance with Iran...If this is indeed a "war on terror," what about the state terrorism perpetrated by Israel? What about the terrorism perpetrated by Iranian agents throughout the Gulf and other Arab countries? Or Hezbollah’s terror against civilians? Or Assad’s terror against civilians? Or Maliki’s before his fall? Or that of his successor? Or Houthi terrorism in Yemen? What about the American terrorist strategy of the new century, which is to sow chaos in the Arab world, fracturing and displacing its peoples? One can see this strategy being implemented in Libya, Iraq, Yemen, Sudan, Somalia, Egypt, the Gulf, and who knows where else....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110126] [ 21-nov-2014 17:39 ECT ]

This is not an article on IS: the origins of violence in Iraq and Syria
Ibrahim Halawi

October 8, 2014 - ...Despite those "numbers" that reveal a level of brutality, lethality, and destruction that is far more significant than all that IS has committed, Assad is regaining legitimacy in the West, George Bush is taking the Ice Bucket Challenge, and Tony Blair is doing business across the world and preaching about invading Iraq again. Those men, and the corporate-military network that they managed, are unaccountable. It is this truth that is an existential threat to all of us. It is this truth that is violent and brutal.
IS violence is blatant, it is there. It is basic and primordial. But, there are forms of violence that are subtle, discursive, and systematically overshadowed. There are forms of violence which are no less institutionalised than the violence of IS. There is a form of violence that is industrial and perceived as efficient while leaving behind a massive amount of damage; like that of an American drone turning a wedding in Yemen into a funeral...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110125] [ 21-nov-2014 17:10 ECT ]

U.S. Focus on ISIS Frees Syria to Battle Rebels

October 8, 2014 - A United States official said there were indications that since the American campaign started, Syrian fighter jets and helicopters had increased strikes somewhat in the core territories of non-Islamic State insurgents, such as Idlib, Aleppo and the Damascus suburbs. "It would be silly for them not to take advantage of the U.S. doing airstrikes," said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss confidential intelligence reports. "They’ve focused in the west and left off the east, where we are operating. Essentially, we’ve allowed them to perform an economy of force. They don’t have to be focused all over the country, just on those who threaten their population centers."...

  continua / continued avanti - next    [110124] [ 21-nov-2014 17:06 ECT ]

Syria News - October 7, 2014
Local Coordination Committees of Syria

October 7, 2014 - By the end of Tuesday, LCC were able to document 33 martyrs including 4 women, 1 child and 2 martyrs under torture: 12 martyrs were reported in Daraa; 10 in Damascus and its suburbs; 3 in Hama; 3 in Homs; 3 in Idlib; 1 in Aleppo and 1 in Qunaitra...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110123] [ 21-nov-2014 17:02 ECT ]

The Consequences of American Hypocrisy
Sweden, Palestine and the United States


October 7, 2014 -Sweden’s new Prime Minister, Stefan Lofven, has announced that that nation will be the first of the European Union to grant official recognition to Palestine. To date, 134 of the 193 member states of the United Nations recognize Palestine. This is a reasonable step that will, hopefully, set the example for other European nations to do the same. The United States, Israel’s best friend in all the world, and that bottomless pit of financial assistance for Israel, is, not surprisingly, seriously displeased. A spokeswoman for President Barack Obama said this: "We believe international recognition of a Palestinian state is premature. We certainly support Palestinian statehood, but it can only come through a negotiated outcome, a resolution of final status issues and mutual recognitions by both parties."
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110122] [ 21-nov-2014 02:39 ECT ]

The Civil War and 150 Years of Forgotten US Military Atrocities

October 7, 2014 - ... The failure to recognize how wars routinely spawn pervasive brutality and collateral deaths lowers Americans’ resistance to new conflicts that promise to make the world safe for democracy, or rid the world of evil, or achieve other lofty sounding goals. For instance, the Obama administration sold its bombing of Libya as a self-evident triumph of good over a vile despot; instead, chaos reigns in Tripoli. As the administration ramps up bombing in Syria and Iraq, both its rhetoric and its tactics echo prior U.S. misfires. The proclaimed intentions of U.S. bombing campaigns are far more important than their accuracy....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110121] [ 21-nov-2014 02:34 ECT ]

79 Yr. Old Drone Protester, Sentenced to Three Months in Prison
Syracuse Peace Council

October 7, 2014 - John "Jack" Gilroy, 79, of Endwell, NY and Upstate Drone Action, was sentenced to three months incarceration, three years probation, and $1000 fine by De Witt (NY) Town Judge Robert Jokl. "It's time for our justice system to identify the real criminals...not those who carry the message to stop the killing to the gates of Hancock Air Base," said Gilroy in his sentencing statement. Gilroy was convicted by a six-person jury on July 15th of trespass and obstructing government administration after a two day jury trial. The trial was based on Gilroy’s participation in a solemn funeral procession and die-in outside Hancock’s main gate. The event symbolized the terrorizing and killing of innocent people by MQ9 Reaper drone missiles and bombs piloted by Hancock’s 174th Attack Wing...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110120] [ 21-nov-2014 02:20 ECT ]

Israel police brutality remains unchecked 14 years after massacre of Palestinian citizens
Patrick O. Strickland

October 7, 2014 - Jameela Asleh, better known as Um Aseel, witnessed the killing of her eldest son Aseel one October fourteen years ago when Israeli police opened fire on unarmed Palestinian demonstrators in Israel. "I witnessed his execution with my own eyes," the 62-year-old mother told The Electronic Intifada. Just seventeen years old at the time, her son was among the thirteen Palestinian citizens of Israel killed during demonstrations that spread throughout present-day Israel in early October 2000....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110119] [ 21-nov-2014 01:04 ECT ]

ISIS in Washington
America’s Soundtrack of Hysteria

By Tom Engelhardt

October 7, 2014 - It happened so fast that, at first, I didn’t even take it in.
Two Saturdays ago, a friend and I were heading into the Phillips Museum in Washington, D.C., to catch a show of neo-Impressionist art when we ran into someone he knew, heading out. I was introduced and the usual chitchat ensued. At some point, she asked me, "Do you live here?" "No," I replied, "I’m from New York." She smiled, responded that it, too, was a fine place to live, then hesitated just a beat before adding in a quiet, friendly voice: "Given ISIS, maybe neither city is such a great place to be right now." Goodbyes were promptly said and we entered the museum. All of this passed so quickly that I didn’t begin rolling her comment around in my head until we were looking at the sublime pointillist paintings of Georges Seurat and his associates. Only then did I think: ISIS, a danger in New York? ISIS, a danger in Washington? And I had the urge to bolt down the stairs, catch up to her, and say: whatever you do, don’t step off the curb. That’s where danger lies in American life. ISIS, not so much....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110118] [ 21-nov-2014 00:13 ECT ]

Nothing about us without us: The token Palestinian and authentic narrative

October 7, 2014 - In the post-Edward Said Palestinian intellectual landscape, however, it is unfathomable that Palestinians are largely excluded from shaping their own discourse, or are used as convenient fodder in someone else’s. This is not an exclusively Palestinian issue. Far from it. But rather the role through which the western intellectual spaces continue to operate in relation to other nations. In the case of Palestinians, however, the problem is compounded by the fact that the exclusion of a real Palestinian narrative is also cemented by those who are sympathetic to the Palestinian cause. However, their sympathies are conditioned, although at times inadvertently, on excluding the Palestinian from his own story....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110117] [ 21-nov-2014 00:01 ECT ]

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