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:: ONU - XX Assemblea Generale (1965):
La XX Assemblea Generale dell’ONU (1965) dichiara "la legittimità della lotta da parte dei popoli sotto oppressione coloniale, per esercitare il loro diritto all' autodeter-
minazione e all'indipendenza".
Inoltre, l'Assemblea invita "tutti gli Stati a fornire assistenza morale e materiale ai movimenti di liberazione nazionale nei territori coloniali".

:: ONU - Risoluzione 1514
"L'Assemblea Generale dichiara che: la soggezione dei popoli a dominio straniero, conquista e asservimento costituisce una negazione dei diritti umani fondamentali, è contraria alla Carta delle Nazioni Unite ed è un impedimento alla promozione della pace e della cooperazione mondiali.
Tutti i popoli hanno diritto all' autodeter-
minazione; in virtù di tale diritto essi devono liberamente determinare il loro status politico e liberamente perseguire il loro sviluppo economico, sociale e culturale".

:: Convenzione di Ginevra, Protocollo Addizionale I (1977):
La lotta armata può essere usata, come ultima risorsa, come mezzo per esercitare il diritto all' autodeter-

:: Tribunale penale internazionale
In base allo Statuto del Tribunale penale internazionale, sono definiti “crimini di guerra”:
(1) attacchi lanciati intenzionalmente contro popolazione civili in quanto tali o contro civili che non prendano direttamente parte alle ostilità;
(4) attacchi lanciati intenzionalmente nella consapevolezza che gli stessi avranno come conseguenza la perdita di vite umane tra la popolazione civile, e lesioni a civili o danni a proprietà civili ovvero danni diffusi duraturi e gravi all’ambiente naturale che siano manifestamente eccessivi rispetto all’insieme dei concreti e diretti i vantaggi militari previsti.

:: Iraq anthem
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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 ]

Challenging Drone Warfare in a U.S. Court
by Kathy Kelly

October 7 , 2014 - On October 7, 2014, Kathy Kelly and Georgia Walker appeared before Judge Matt Whitworth in Jefferson City, MO, federal court on a charge of criminal trespass to a military facility. The charge was based on their participation, at Whiteman Air Force Base, in a June 1st 2014 rally protesting drone warfare. Kelly and Walker attempted to deliver a loaf of bread and a letter to the Base Commander, encouraging the commander to stop cooperating with any further usage of unmanned aerial vehicles, (drones) for surveillance and attacks...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110116] [ 20-nov-2014 23:52 ECT ]

Knesset shell game: Aid meant for Israeli towns affected by Gaza war sent to illegal settlements instead
Orli Santo

October 7, 2014 - The residents of Israel’s southern periphery, bordering the Gaza Strip, are among the Israelis who suffered the most from Operation "Protective Edge." Thousands were forced to leave their homes for weeks, while those who remained were confined to bomb shelters. Properties were damaged, tourism was annihilated, work days were lost, and many small businesses went bankrupt. By the end of the Operation, it was clear that residents of the embattled south — one of Israel’s poorest regions to begin with — were in dire need of the state’s aid. Yet money designated for the rehabilitation of the south is apparently being diverted to bolster West Bank settlements — again....

  continua / continued avanti - next    [110115] [ 20-nov-2014 23:46 ECT ]

Guantanamo force-feeding trial continues today

October 7, 2014 - The first-ever trial to assess the legality of force-feeding methods at Guantanamo Bay will continue today in federal court in Washington, DC.
Lawyers Cori Crider and Alka Pradhan, from international human rights NGO Reprieve, are representing Syrian Abu Wa’el Dhiab who has been cleared for release since 2009 and is a long-time hunger striker protesting his indefinite detention. Mr Dhiab has been waging a high-profile challenge to his abusive force-feeding at Guantanamo since June 2013....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110114] [ 20-nov-2014 23:41 ECT ]

Government can't demand more surveillance powers without giving answers on drone strikes

October 7, 2014 - In an interview with today's Guardian focusing on surveillance powers, the head of the UK's National Crime Agency (NCA) said that "the public [needs to] consent to losing some freedoms in return for greater safety and security." Commenting, Reprieve legal director Kat Craig said: "It seems wrong-headed to be demanding yet more powers for the most secretive parts of our state when we have yet to see proper oversight and accountability put in place. State surveillance is not just about snooping on your emails or Facebook profile. Because of our close intelligence-sharing relationship with the US, providing data has in the past led to killing-by-drone of people who are considered 'threats' but have never stood trial...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110112] [ 20-nov-2014 06:27 ECT ]

Is Joe Biden Turkey "roast" is a feast for Assad?
Clay Claiborne

October 7, 2014 - ...By making the Syrian government the victim in his analysis, Biden was saying that the regime of Bashar al Assad was not the biggest problem "we" - he was speaking as an executive representative of the United States - face, in Syria. That may well be the position of the Obama Administration, but it is certainly not the reality that millions of Syrians and all the countries bordering Syria have had to deal with as Assad's brutal crack down on pro-democracy protesters turned into a civil war in which that regime has used the most vicious tactics and committed war crime after war crime as it has attempted to crush any opposition to its forty plus years of dictatorship. The "inconvenient truth" revealed in Biden's remarks is that such dictatorships and such tactics have never been a problem for the US government and they don't really oppose them now in Syria either...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110111] [ 20-nov-2014 06:21 ECT ]

Saving Iran… again
Olivier Guitta

October 7, 2014 - ...Also, one has to understand that even though the initial reason for the US airstrikes was to save the Yazidis, the ongoing strikes are now viewed by many as only serving Shiites. For some Sunnis – extremist or not – there is a sense of injustice that when it came to saving Sunnis in Syria, nobody came, but when it was for the Shiites, the West intervened. This is a very strong sentiment that has many convinced that the West has lost its neutrality and chosen the Shiite/Iran camp over the Sunnis in the centuries-long conflict between the two sects. The recent photo-ops at the UN between Western leaders, including Prime Minister Cameron and President Hollande, with Iran’s President Rouhani have only added fuel to the fire.
Iran will have the last laugh. For the third time in the past 13 years, the West has unintentionally come to save Tehran – first against the Taliban in 2001, then against Saddam Hussein in 2003 and now against ISIS....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110110] [ 20-nov-2014 06:18 ECT ]

The Houthis have opened Pandora’s Box
Diana Moukalled

October 7, 2014 - ...
Sana’a is certainly not the first Arab capital or city to be violated in this manner. But what made the matter even worse was that while these citizens’ homes were being broken into and looted, with the accompanying pictures brandished proudly all over the Internet, numerous "opposition" media outlets throughout the region ran headlines such as "A revolution in Yemen" following the Houthis’ seizure of the capital. The pictures on the Internet, meanwhile, showed us the true, uncivilized face of this "revolution." They showed us how Yemenis cowered in their homes, fearful and shocked to see the destruction of their country before their very eyes. They swapped laments on Facebook and Twitter about how far, and how quickly, the situation had deteriorated, interspersed with personal stories about what they had endured the last few days—all while the "opposition" media hailed the snowballing chaos which accompanied the "revolution" in Sana’a....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110109] [ 20-nov-2014 06:07 ECT ]

Is Israel Guilty of Genocide in Its Assault on Gaza?
Richard Falk

October 6, 2014 - On September 24, a special session of the Russell Tribunal critically scrutinized Israel’s summer assault on Gaza, Operation Protective Edge, from the perspective of international law, including the core allegation of genocide. The process involved a series of testimonies by legal and weapons experts, health workers, journalists and others, some of whom directly experienced the fifty days of military assault. A jury composed of prominent individuals from around the world, known for their moral engagement with issues of the day, 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 the issues raised-above all, the question of how to respond to the charge of genocide...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110108] [ 20-nov-2014 06:02 ECT ]

Syria News - October 6, 2014
Local Coordination Committees of Syria

October 6, 2014 - By the end of Monday, LCC were able to document 69 martyrs including 8 children and 4 women and 1 martyr under torture: 23 martyrs were reported in Daraa, 16 in Damascus and its suburbs, 14 in Idlib, 10 in Aleppo, 2 in Hama, 2 in Deir Ezzor and 2 in Homs. In a related context, LCC documented 9 air strikes at Syria that were focused at Deir Ezzor province. There were 7 night-time air strikes by the International Coalition at Deir Ezzor: 2 at the Tawoos mountain in Shmetiyeh, 2 others at the Salt Mine in the Tabny town. In Khareta area, there was 1 air strike and another one at ISIS' Guiding Unit in Zgheer AlSham village. In the town of Sour, the coalition air combats targeted positions of ISIS whereas in Raqqa, the coalitions targeted Tabaqa city with 2 air strikes...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110107] [ 20-nov-2014 05:59 ECT ]

Two arrests, three detentions and over 100 tear gas grenades used against children in Hebron since the school year began
International Solidarity Movement

October 6, 2014 - "The child are having problems concentrating on their school work due to their emotional state and the stress due to the daily attacks by the occupation forces, which are continuously escalating." Stated Hebron teacher, Shukri Zaroo, to the International Solidarity Movement (ISM). Children in al-Khalil (Hebron) are forced to pass through a military checkpoint each morning and afternoon in order to reach and leave their schools. International activists try to monitor these military checkpoints, both to document the events and to stand with the children...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110106] [ 20-nov-2014 05:49 ECT ]

Israel refuses to renew travel documents for Jerusalemite in Canada
Charlotte Silver

October 6, 2014- In May of this year, Tamam Zubaidi received deeply disturbing word from the Israeli consulate in Toronto. Her travel documents would not be renewed and her permanent residency status in Jerusalem had expired.Tamam, a Palestinian from occupied East Jerusalem, had moved to Vancouver with her husband, Sobhi, and their five-year-old daughter, Kenza, in 2006. Sobhi was studying for a doctorate at Simon Fraser University. With the expiry of her permanent residency status, Tamam had lost her only tether to any state. This meant she would lose her travel documents and could not renew the visa on which she had been living in Canada for the last eight years...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110105] [ 20-nov-2014 05:45 ECT ]

Iraq snapshot - October 6, 2014
The Common Ills

October 6, 2014 ...Barack's plan is getting attention today -- for so many reasons. Reasons like the bombing in Hit which has resulted in 42 people being injured and 24 killed.What you can see above with your own eyes and what medical sources in Hit report isn't good enough for the US military command. Nabih Bulos and Patrick J. McDonnell (Los Angeles Times) quote CENTCOM spokesperson Major Curtis J. Kellogg insisting, "We have seen the media reports alleging civilian casualties in Hit, Iraq. However, based on our current assessment, we believe them to be false and have seen no evidence to corroborate these claims. I can assure you that prior to any mission, every precaution is taken to ensure we do not harm civilians or civilian facilities. However, we take all such reports seriously and look into them further." By all means, look further at the photo and maybe take some time to speak with the local hospital....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110104] [ 20-nov-2014 05:37 ECT ]

Watch: testimonies of atrocities in Gaza from the Russell Tribunal
Rania Khalek

October 6, 2014 - The Russell Tribunal on Palestine convened an emergency session in Brussels last month to examine whether Israel committed war crimes in the besieged Gaza Strip during "Operation Protective Edge," the summertime military assault that killed more than 2,100 Palestinians, including more than 500 children, and left Gaza in ruins. After hearing testimony from journalists, eyewitnesses, legal scholars and physicians present during the onslaught, the twelve-member jury, made up of world-renowned intellectuals and international law experts, found Israel guilty of "war crimes, crimes against humanity, crimes of murder, extermination and persecution and also incitement to genocide."...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110103] [ 20-nov-2014 05:29 ECT ]

Writing to overcome trauma in Gaza
Nora Barrows-Friedman

October 6, 2014 - In early August, Israeli warplanes bombed the prestigious Islamic University of Gaza (IUG), the academic home to 20,000 Palestinian students, repeating similar attacks in December 2008. As The Electronic Intifada’s Rami Almegari — who lectures at IUG — wrote on 4 August, the American Studies Association condemned Israel’s attacks on IUG and "has correctly observed that the bombing of Palestinian universities is not only an abuse of academic freedom, it is an attempt to prevent us from enjoying the basic necessities that we need to get by."The start of the academic year in Gaza was heavily delayed because of the enormous destruction of infrastructure, homes, schools and universities, but classes have resumed in the last few weeks...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110102] [ 20-nov-2014 05:05 ECT ]

Syria News - October 5, 2014
Local Coordination Committees of Syria

By the end of Sunday, LCC were able to document 48 martyrs including 6 children, 3 women and 1 martyr under torture: 19 martyrs were reported in Idlib, 12 in Daraa, 11 in Damascus and its suburbs, 3 in Hama, 2 in Aleppo and 1 martyr in Homs...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110101] [ 19-nov-2014 19:15 ECT ]

Daily Updates from Anbar - Monday, October 6, 2014
Al-Iraq Al-Hurr

October 6, 2014 -The most prominent Anbar development today has been the bombardment of a number of districts in Hit township. The bombardment has killed 15 residents, including seven members of one family. Their funerals have taken place a short time ago. Gunmen activity has resulted in their seizure of large areas of western Anbar and large sections in the western and northwestern sectors of Hit Town. The seat of Hit's provincial council and a number of police stations have also been blown up.Intermittent fierce clashes have also been taking place between the gunmen and tribal forces supporting the military. The Anbar local government has issued an urgent call to the central government to provide support, especially from the air...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110100] [ 19-nov-2014 18:52 ECT ]

‘Secular’ Assad Alters Curriculum… To Erase Sunnism?
Ben Allinson-Davies

October 6, 2014 - As Assad’s slaughter of the Syrian people goes on unabated, with the world either passively watching (or actively collaborating with it), an interesting revelation has appeared from all4Syria.info, which I thought was well worth posting here. Since the regime has apparently concluded that it will never be able to hold onto power without drastic measures, due to how widely hated it is, at the behest of Iran, it has decided to take on measures which, for a regime which ostensibly espouses "resistance", smack rather strongly of Zionist methods of consolidating their own power in areas cleansed of Palestinians: namely by expelling the original population, and importing in those who will be openly loyal to their regime....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110099] [ 19-nov-2014 18:49 ECT ]

Judge orders release of Guantánamo force-feeding footage

October 6, 2014 -US federal judge Gladys Kessler has today ordered that videotapes of Reprieve client Abu Wa'el Dhiab being force-fed in Guantánamo Bay are to be made public. Around eleven hours of previously secret video is to be redacted for "all identifiers of individuals" other than Mr. Dhiab, and then released to the public. The footage is known to show Mr. Dhiab being hauled from his cell by Guantánamo's 'Forcible Cell Extraction' team - a group of military police in riot gear - and being force-fed. The decision comes after 16 major US media organizations, including the New York Times, Washington Post, AP, and others, intervened in the litigation seeking to unseal the video tapes. Mr. Dhiab supported the media's intervention and has specifically stated he wishes as many Americans as possible to see the reality of force-feeding at Guantánamo Bay...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110098] [ 19-nov-2014 18:40 ECT ]

Rise of the Reapers: A brief history of drones
By Chris Cole

October 6, 2014 - Although some trace the ancestry of today’s drones back to the V-1 rockets ('doodle bugs’) of the Second World War, or even to the use of hot air balloons laden with explosives in the middle of the 19th Century, the real origins of today’s drones lie in the development of the first recoverable and reusable radio-controlled aircraft in the 1930s. The Royal Navy, looking for aircraft to shoot at for gunnery practice, developed out of the De Havilland Tiger Moth a remote-controlled aircraft dubbed 'the Queen Bee’. Over 400 of these were built and used for target practice by the Royal Navy in the 1930’s and 1940’s.[1] Similarly (and possibly from this aircraft although that is disputed) the US developed a radio-controlled drone for gunnery practice in the late-30s...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110097] [ 18-nov-2014 04:29 ECT ]

Prominent Israeli settler rabbi calls for "cleansing" of Palestinians
Patrick O. Strickland

October 6, 2014 - A well-known Israeli settler rabbi recently called for Israel to "cleanse" the territories it occupies of all Palestinians, according to the news website The Times of Israel.During a visit to Israeli settlers on 30 September in the occupied West Bank, Rabbi Dov Lior said that Israel "must strive to cleanse the entire country" of Palestinians, ostensibly referring to present-day Israel, the occupied West Bank and the besieged Gaza Strip. Lior, who is the chief rabbi for Israeli settlers in the West Bank city of Hebron and in the Kiryat Arba settlement, was speaking at an event at Givat Oz Vgaon, an "outpost" colony recently established in the Etzion bloc of settlements in the central West Bank...

  continua / continued avanti - next    [110096] [ 18-nov-2014 04:23 ECT ]

First-ever trial to assess Guantanamo force-feeding begins today

October 6, 2014 - An unprecedented trial to assess the legality of force-feeding methods used at Guantanamo Bay will begin today, Monday Oct 6, at 10am (EST) in courtroom 26A of the District Court, Washington DC. The trial, in the case of Dhiab v. Obama, will be open to the public after the US Government’s request to have it held in secret was denied by District Court Judge Gladys Kessler. Today’s hearing comes in the wake of Judge Kessler’s ruling on Friday that the US must release several hours of video footage showing cleared Syrian detainee Abu Wa’el Dhiab, who is represented by international human rights NGO Reprieve, being force-fed and manhandled to the force-feeding chair.

  continua / continued avanti - next    [110095] [ 18-nov-2014 04:21 ECT ]

Setter Colonialism is Inherently Eliminationist
Why Israel’s Gaza War can be Classified as Genocidal


October 6, 2014 - In his cogent commentary in the October 3-5 weekend edition of CounterPunch "The Tale of Two UN Speeches," Uri Avnery, critiquing the UN speech of Palestinian state president Abbas, wrote: "This led Abbas to use very strong language – so strong as to defeat its main purpose of promoting peace. He used the word "genocide" – not once, but three times…During the Gaza war, more than 2000 Palestinians were killed, mostly civilians, many of them children, almost all by bombardment from land, air and sea. That was brutal, even atrocious, but it was not genocide. Genocide is a matter of hundreds of thousands, millions, Auschwitz, the Armenians, Rwanda, Cambodia."...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110094] [ 18-nov-2014 04:15 ECT ]

Syria News - October 4 2014,
Local Coordination Committees of Syria

October 4 2014 - By the end of Saturday, LCC were able to document 47 martyrs including 2 women, 3 children and 1 martyr under torture: 17 martyrs were reported in Daraa; 15 in Damascus and its suburbs; 5 in Aleppo; 5 in Idlib; 3 in Homs and 2 in Qunaitra...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110093] [ 18-nov-2014 04:12 ECT ]

Spying by Zionist group “stifles” academic debate, say Jewish Studies scholars
Sarah Irving

October 4, 2014 - Several dozen Jewish Studies professors from universities and colleges in the United States and Canada have condemned the Amcha Initiative’s program of "investigation" of students and academics. Amcha, a right-wing Zionist organization which claims to "investigate, educate about and combat anti-Semitism" at higher education institutions in North America, has previously been exposed by The Electronic Intifada as having spied on students....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110092] [ 18-nov-2014 04:00 ECT ]

Investing in Israeli settlements continues "cycle of violence" — Desmond Tutu
Adri Nieuwhof

October 4, 2014 - First the good news: the Palestinian-led campaign for boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel has made considerable progress. Earlier this year, the Dutch pension fund PGGM announced that it had excluded five Israeli banks from its investment portfolio because they were financing Jewish-only settlements in the occupied West Bank. Soon afterwards, it was reported that the Copenhagen-based Danske Bank had taken similar action against Hapoalim, a leading Israeli bank. Other victories have received less publicity...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110090] [ 18-nov-2014 03:56 ECT ]

Shiite rebels are Yemen's new masters

October 4, 2014 — The capital of Yemen, the Arab world's poorest and perhaps most chronically unstable nation, has new masters. Anti-American Shiite rebels man checkpoints and roam the streets in pickups mounted with anti-aircraft guns. The fighters control almost all state buildings, from the airport and the central bank to the Defense Ministry.Only a few police officers and soldiers are left on the streets. Rebel fighters have plastered the city with fliers proclaiming their slogan — "Death to America, death to Israel, a curse on the Jews and victory to Islam" — a variation of a popular Iranian slogan often chanted by Shiite militants in Iraq and supporters of Lebanon's Hezbollah...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110089] [ 18-nov-2014 03:45 ECT ]

In Ground-Breaking Ruling, US Judge Gladys Kessler Orders Guantánamo Force-Feeding Videos to be Made Public
Andy Worthington

October 4, 2014 - Congratulations to Judge Gladys Kessler of the District Court in Washington D.C., who, yesterday, followed up on a powerful order prohibiting the government from holding a secret hearing in the case of Guantánamo hunger striker Abu Wa’el Dhiab, which I wrote about here, with an even more powerful order calling on the government to prepare for public release eleven hours of videotapes showing Mr. Dhiab being dragged from his cell and force-fed. This ruling is the latest in a string of powerful rulings by Judge Kessler, who, in May, briefly ordered the government to stop force-feeding Mr. Dhiab....

  continua / continued avanti - next    [110088] [ 18-nov-2014 03:39 ECT ]

Israel prevents Palestinians from visiting church in destroyed village
Patrick Strickland

October 4, 2014 - Israeli occupation authorities yet again attempted to intimidate Palestinian activists in the Galilee village of Kufr Birim by posting signs on two buildings in the destroyed village on Friday, 3 October.The Israel Lands Administration posted signs on the walls of the village’s historical church and the communal kitchen declaring that entrance to each of the buildings is forbidden. Edward Jerias is a founding member of Al-Awda ("The Return"), a group established in 1982 to campaign for the right of return for Palestinians ethnically cleansed from Kufr Birim by Israel. Inspired by the 2012 return of several youth activists to Iqrit, another destroyed Palestinian village, Al-Awda organized a return to the village in August 2013...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110087] [ 18-nov-2014 01:46 ECT ]

What the Unit 8200 letter reveals about the occupation
Noam Sheizaf

October 3, 2014 - A month after the ceasefire in Gaza, a group of reservists from the Israeli Army elite intelligence Unit 8200 published a public letter in which they stated their refusal to carry out any more missions against the Palestinian population in the occupied territories. In interviews with the Israeli media, the authors of the letter revealed some of the tactics used by army intelligence against the Palestinian civilian population, among them the use of sexual extortion and the use of medical needs in order to recruit informers. "We tried to crash the Palestinian society into pieces," one of the reservists said, speaking of his service to the independent news site Local Call...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110086] [ 14-nov-2014 05:26 ECT ]

When the truth's held captive: Omar Othman’s release and Britain’s shame
Victoria Brittain

October 3, 2014 - In the last few days, English language media responses to the Jordanian court’s release of Omar Othman, or Abu Qatada, have largely blurred the historic importance of the judicial ruling, either by a focus on the convenience to Jordan of his public condemnation of ISIS, or with the angle that he will, in any event, be unable ever to return to the UK. Mr. Othman, a widely respected scholar and cleric, was not released to help a Jordanian government in difficulties over its Syrian war policy and with the various strands of Islamist opposition in the country. Nor is any possible return to the UK of the slightest relevance to the Othman family. The primary point is that Mr. Othman was found innocent in court of all charges - he is not a terrorist, as the UK government repeatedly accused over many years...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110085] [ 14-nov-2014 05:18 ECT ]

Syria News - October 3, 2014
Local Coordination Committees of Syria

October 3, 2014 - By the end of Friday, LCC were able to document 63 martyrs including 4 children: 28 martyrs were reported in Damascus and its suburbs, 13 in Daraa, 11 in Aleppo, 9 in Idlib and 2 in Homs....

  continua / continued avanti - next    [110084] [ 14-nov-2014 05:15 ECT ]

Why did Glenn Greenward moderated this comment off The Intercept?
Clay Claiborne

After I read The Khorasan Group: Anatomy of a Fake Terror Threat to Justify Bombing Syria. by Glenn Greenwald and Murtaza Hussain in The Intercept Sunday, October 3, 2014 - I tried to post this comment: It seems to me that Greenwald and Co. are still to a large extent participating in the cover up. While this article makes for a fine catalog of all the statements made by gov’t and media about Khorasan, Greenwald never says who was being bombed it their name. It is al Nusra that the US is calling Khorasan and al Nusra has been in alliance with the FSA and IF and fighting both Assad and ISIS. I don’t think this oversight accidental because if Greenwald is forced to admit that the US has entered the Syrian civil war on the side of Assad he will have to admit that he has been wrong about Syria all along. Khorasan was a fiction created to cover up the real target of US air strikes and Greenwald & Co. continues this cover-up.
They moderate comments at The Intercept and this one was never published...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110083] [ 14-nov-2014 05:12 ECT ]

How Not To Understand ISIS
by Alireza Doostdar

October 3, 2014 - ...The problem with these statements is that they seem to assume that ISIS is a causa sui phenomenon that has suddenly materialized out of the thin ether of an evil doctrine. But ISIS emerged from the fires of war, occupation, killing, torture, and disenfranchisement. It did not need to sell its doctrine to win recruits. It needed above all to prove itself effective against its foes. In Iraq, the cities that are now controlled by ISIS were some of those most resistant to American control during the occupation and most recalcitrant in the face of the newly established state. The destruction that these cities endured seems only to have hardened their residents’ defiance. Fallujah, the first Iraqi city to fall to ISIS, is famous for its devastation during U.S. counterinsurgency operations in 2004. It still struggles with a legacy of rising cancer rates, genetic mutations, birth defects, and disabilities blamed on depleted uranium in American munitions ...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110082] [ 14-nov-2014 05:09 ECT ]

Why Does the Free Syrian Army Hate Us?
Jamie Dettmer

October 3, 2014 - .... As some Turks nearby pretend to be uninterested in the conversation, Mummad says in a low voice, "We are losing ground now, both to ISIS and Assad." He has lost 25 family members and relatives in the war. Like most rebels he is keen to demonstrate the sacrifice made in the war against Assad by showing grisly cellphone photographs of dead relatives—pictures of babies and toddlers and women and men and their ghastly wounds. "You have to understand," he says. "We stopped trusting Obama when last year he failed to enforce his 'red line’ against Assad for using chemical weapons. There was a deal [with Assad] under the table." Now the rebels suspect another underhand deal is being made, that keeping Iraq together is Obama’s priority, and that if that means sacrificing the Syrian rebels, even embracing Assad, Washington eventually will be willing to do that...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110081] [ 14-nov-2014 05:04 ECT ]

Judge refuses to dismiss “baseless” charges against Palestinian-American
Ali Abunimah

October 3, 2014 - Rasmea Odeh had her first hearing in open court on Thursday in front of the new judge who will preside over her trial on immigration fraud charges scheduled for next month. As the Palestinian-American community leader and her lawyers sat at the defense table, supporters, many of whom had made the five-hour drive from Chicago, packed the Detroit federal courtroom.Odeh had hoped that Judge Gershwin Drain would rule favorably on a defense motion to dismiss the charges against her, but the judge declined to do so, ensuring that the trial will go forward...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110080] [ 14-nov-2014 04:53 ECT ]

Marcelo's Mission
A Long Walk for Palestinian Freedom


October 3, 2014 - Palestinian BDS (Boycott Divestment and Sanctions) is a non-violent movement to secure Palestine’s right to independence. Fittingly, in the spirit of Gandhian satyagraha, on the International Day of Non-Violence (2 October), Israeli academic and refusenik, Dr Marcelo Svirsky reached his goal – the Australian Parliament – to hand over petitions signed by Australians asking the government to endorse BDS. Marcelo’s BDS mission to walk over 300 kms from Sydney to Canberra, the seat of Australian government, was not for the faint-hearted. Paced over 10 days, Marcelo set off from the iconic Sydney Opera House, and headed southward along the coast then crossed inland toward the west...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110079] [ 14-nov-2014 04:43 ECT ]

Why must Gaza wait in the dark?
Sam Bahour

October 3, 2014 - When I asked my colleague in Gaza about her biggest dream, her answer made an impression on me: "I dream of what life would be like with 24-hour electricity." This was the answer of a single, mid-career, western educated, professional woman who lives in the more affluent part of Gaza City. Her response suggests the depth of despair among Palestinians throughout Gaza. Day-to-day life in Gaza between Israeli attacks is unworthy news for Western mainstream media. As a result, few people are aware that electricity in Gaza is a luxury, with blackouts lasting 16-18 hours—every day...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110078] [ 14-nov-2014 04:39 ECT ]

Who's Profiting from Israel's Offensive in Gaza?
The Real News Network

October 3, 2014 - ...We've seen in the last couple of years a pattern. Every two years or so, the Israeli military attacks Gaza, attacks the Gaza Strip, and causes a lot of destruction. But right after each one of those attacks, there is a trade show in which Israeli weapon companies show their wares, show their technologies, and boast that these are the very technologies that have been used just now against Palestinians in Gaza. We saw that after the attack of 2008-2009, known as Cast Lead, where the main theme was those robots that go into houses to look around corners. Then we saw that again in the attack of 2012, which was called Pillar of Cloud, in which the main theme was the Iron Dome system that can intercept the Palestinian rockets. And now, in the current attack, we have again the Iron Dome system that is supposed to intercept rockets....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110076] [ 14-nov-2014 04:22 ECT ]

Judge rejects Government attempt to hold Guantánamo force-feeding trial in secret

October 3, 2014 - A federal judge has refused to hold the first-ever trial of prisoner abuse at Guantánamo Bay behind closed doors, issuing a sharply-worded order rejecting the Obama Administration's request for secrecy. Judge Gladys Kessler found the Administration's request "deeply troubling," noted that it "appears to have deliberately made on short notice", and admonished the Justice Department that "one of the strongest pillars of our system of justice in the United States is the presumption that all judicial proceedings are open to the public whom the judiciary serves."...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110075] [ 14-nov-2014 03:36 ECT ]

Palestinian-US Relations Head for Stormy Times
By Nicola Nasser

October 3, 2014 - ...If President Abbas, who for decades placed his faith in U.S. good will, has finally reached the conclusion that it is futile to continue to depend on the U.S. and that now is the time to stand up to Washington and turn to the international community to sponsor his negotiating strategy. His decision will receive the unanimous support of the Palestinian people. However, if he backs down, he will undergo the most important test of his political career, as he will come face-to-face with the people’s judgment of the credibility of his strategic choices, which have never obtained a national or popular consensus....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110074] [ 14-nov-2014 03:31 ECT ]

US-Israel Pressure Palestine Not to Join the ICC
The Real News Network

October 3, 2014 - ...A few days ago, Palestine Authority Chairman Abbas said that all factions of the Palestinians had approved joining the ICC, but as he has done before, Abbas made it conditional. He said he was going to use it, going to go to the court, but it was conditional. In other words, he was using it as leverage. He said he would go to the international court unless peace negotiations on Palestine began again and that they began from the point of view the baseline being the pre-1967 borders, that is, from the Israel and Palestine that existed before the 1967 war and the conquest by Israel of both Gaza and the West Bank. So he said yes, Palestinian Authority, Palestine will join the court, but we won't if you at least begin negotiations from that point of view. We'll see....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110073] [ 14-nov-2014 03:25 ECT ]

Editorials News Music ISIS Iraq Syria Turkey Kurds Israel Palestinians NSA climate change Glenn Greenwald’s Khorasan conspiracy theory misses the point
By Paul Woodward

October 3, 2014 - ...The ploy of inventing the Khorasan Group didn’t succeed in deceiving Syrians who knew that the men being killed in airstrikes in north-west Syria all belonged to Jabhat al-Nusra. Thus, by the end of last week instead of there being popular rallies welcoming a campaign to destroy the much-despised ISIS, ordinary Syrians were taking to the streets to protest against the U.S. airstrikes. They already had reason to question American motives, given that Assad can be blamed for far more carnage and destruction than ISIS has wrought, and now it seems their worst fears have been confirmed — whether by design or sheer incompetence, the U.S. despite its oft-stated desire to hasten Assad’s departure seems to be doing more to ensure that he remains in power...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110072] [ 14-nov-2014 03:09 ECT ]

Airstrikes' puzzle: Is it war on ISIS resources or destruction for Syria's oil infrastructure?
Reporting by Eyad Al Jaafari; Writing by Dani Murad

October 3, 2014 - The recent U.S.-led strikes against the Islamic State "IS" and Jabhat al-Nusra in Syria, have raised suspicion among many people, as the international coalition bombs important oil installations and refineries, and recently targeted a key gas production facility in Syria’s eastern province of Deir al-Zour. The raids allegedly aim to cripple IS’s primary sources of cash and funding, which are oil and Gas. * So did America’s strikes target the oil refineries and the country’s largest gas plant "Kuniko" in order to curb IS’s sources of funding, or to demolish what is left of Syria’s infrastructure, especially in the oil and gas sectors, and pave the way for American reconstruction companies to reap the results in the near future ?...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110071] [ 14-nov-2014 02:52 ECT ]

Judge Stunningly Rebukes Government & Orders Unsealing of Videos of Guantanamo Prisoner Being Force-Fed
By: Kevin Gosztola

October 3, 2014 - A federal judge has ordered the government to unseal twenty-eight previously classified videos of a Guantanamo Bay prisoner being force-fed and forcibly extracted from his cell for forced-feedings. Abu Wa’el Dhiab, a Syrian prisoner, has been imprisoned at Guantanamo since 2002. He was cleared for release in 2009 by President Barack Obama’s own review task force. He remains in indefinite detention and has protested his confinement by engaging in a hunger strike. The government has worked to break this protest by subjecting him to regular forced-feeding...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110070] [ 14-nov-2014 02:48 ECT ]

The Response to ISIS

October 3, 2014 - Perhaps rigor mortis is better, not merely rigidity in principle and/or practice, but rigidity of the whole entity setting in after death (in this case, rather, DECLINE as a vital civilization). ISIS, the specific subclass of terrorism on the current agenda (even seeming to displace Russia and China) as threatening America, Democracy, and the Free World, has been raised to the status of the universal anti-Christ, malevolence incarnate, and fueling America’s comeback to unilateral world dominance, a position from which it had been falling through the changing structure of international power. ISIS is like a life raft America reaches for in the multipolar world circumventing its customary position of unilateral political-economic-military dominance. In that light, it serves the function that communism did (and perhaps emotively still does) a half-century ago: the Hated Object to rationalize, legitimate, prosecute a course of global intervention, eradication of which is essential to national identity and survival...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110069] [ 14-nov-2014 02:44 ECT ]

Check Out John Oliver on Drones
Lucy Steigerwald

October 3, 2014 - Last weekend, John Oliver, host of the HBO comedy news show Last Week Tonight offered a helpful reminder to the world at large that US drone strikes are still happening. On the day this episode broadcast, four suspected militant were killed by a drone strike in northwest Pakistan. Earlier in the week, as Oliver noted, the US hit Pakistan (10 dead) and Yemen (two killed, some children reportedly injured) and barely anyone reported on it. Were the individuals killed in the strikes Al-Qaeda, militants of some kind? Sure, maybe. Or maybe not. Hard to tell — not that the US government wants us to tell...

  continua / continued avanti - next    [110068] [ 14-nov-2014 02:12 ECT ]

Judge in Guantánamo Force-Feeding Case Rejects Government’s Call for Secret Hearing
Andy Worthington

October 3, 2014 - Sometimes, when it comes to Guantánamo, the shamelessness of the US government know no bounds. The most recent example is in the case of Abu Wa’el Dhiab, a Syrian prisoner, long cleared for release and confined to a wheelchair as a result of his treatment over the last 12 years. In despair at ever being released, Mr. Dhiab embarked on a hunger strike last year, as part of the prison-wide hunger strike that reminded many people of the existence of Guantánamo — and in May he won an unprecedented court victory, when, as I described it recently, a US judge — District Judge Gladys Kessler, in Washington D.C. — ordered the government to stop force-feeding him, and to preserve videotaped evidence of his force-feeding, and his "forcible cell extractions" (FCEs), whereby a team of armored guards drags him out of his cell to take him to be force-fed ...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110067] [ 13-nov-2014 04:49 ECT ]

Settlement organisation entices Jews into Jerusalem settlement for $136 per day
Middle East Monitor

October 3, 2014 -The Ir David Foundation, known as Elad, has published an announcement on social media networks in search of Jewish settlers to live in Palestinian homes that it has captured in the town of Silwan, occupied East Jerusalem, in return for a financial reward estimated at 500 shekels ($136) per day, Israel's Haaretz newspaper reported on Wednesday. Elad is known for its Judaisation projects of the city of Jerusalem. According to the association's advertisement, an amount of 500 shekels will be given to each settler who agrees to live in one of the homes that have been seized, with the settler only required to "keep his gun loaded and ready to fire at any time", according to the declaration...

  continua / continued avanti - next    [110065] [ 13-nov-2014 04:45 ECT ]

Syria News - October 2, 2014
Local Coordination Committees of Syria

October 2, 2014 - By the end of Thursday, LCC has documented the fall of 55 martyrs including 5 children, 3 women and 1 martyr under torture. 19 martyrs were reported in Damascus and its suburbs 15 in Aleppo, 8 in Hama, 5 in Homs, 4 in Daraa and 4 in Idlib....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110064] [ 13-nov-2014 04:41 ECT ]

Military Resistance 12J1 Soldiers Say No to Obamas New War
Thomas F. Barton

October 2, 2014 - As the tide of war rises again in the Middle East, the military’ s rank and file are mostly opposed to expanding the new mission in Iraq and Syria to include sending a large number of U.S. ground troops into combat, according to a Military Times survey of active-duty members. The reader survey asked more than 2,200 active-duty troops this question:"In your opinion, do you think the U.S. military should send a substantial number of combat troops to Iraq to support the Iraqi security forces? " Slightly more than 70 percent responded:

  continua / continued avanti - next    [110063] [ 13-nov-2014 04:38 ECT ]

Is another Intifada in the works?
Sharif Nashashibi

October 2, 2014 - For the past year, Palestinian, Israeli, US, and UN officials have been warning of the possibility of another Intifada. Perhaps a sign that this is unlikely is that the 14th anniversary of the last uprising - which has literally and figuratively changed the landscape ever since - went by largely unnoticed a few days ago. That is not to say the warnings are unfounded. There is a very real and growing sense of Palestinian exasperation with their continuously deteriorating situation. They endure daily colonisation, dispossession, apartheid, violence, blockade, and occupation - the longest in modern history...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110062] [ 13-nov-2014 04:31 ECT ]

Ethnic cleansing and oppression practices of Iranian regime against Ahwazi Arab villages

October 2, 2014 - ....In this report there was a detailed coverage about the condition of the Ahwazi people whose population stands eight million. These people were living peacefully on their land until Reza Pahlavi arrived and had a plan in mind. His plan was to change the demographics of the Ahwaz region, remove the Arab people from the land and bring Persian settlers to take over the land. The Ahwazi people lost most of their land and every day more land is being confiscated and given to the Persian settlers in the area. The Arabs do not have clean water, even though there are many rivers in Ahwaz like Karoon and Dez, they are being dried up and the water is moved to Persian areas. The Arabs are left drinking polluted water, which makes them very sick. The Iranian regime oppresses the Arabs by making it difficult to get employment, get an education, or live with dignity...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110061] [ 13-nov-2014 03:27 ECT ]

September 2014 Update: US covert actions in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia
Jack Serle and Abigail Fielding-Smith

October 2, 2014 - ...Two US drone strikes killed at least seven people in Pakistan, ending a 49-day pause between attacks. Between five and 11 people died on September 24. None of the dead were identified but at least two and as many as 10 of them were reported to be Uzbeks. This was the first strike since August 6, ending the third longest pause in attacks in Pakistan recorded by the Bureau since the start of 2007. CIA drones struck again, four days later. At least two people were killed in the strike in South Waziristan – the first in that area since September 22 2013. Again, none of the dead were identified....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110060] [ 13-nov-2014 03:19 ECT ]

Judge Rejects Obama Administration’s ‘Deeply Troubling’ Effort to Close Hearing on Forced-Feeding at Guantanamo
By: Kevin Gosztola

October 2, 2014 - A federal judge rejected efforts by President Barack Obama’s administration to close a hearing in a lawsuit brought by a Guantanamo Bay prisoner, who wants a court to determine whether the government’s practice of forced-feeding is lawful. Abu Wa’el Dhiab, who is Syrian, was cleared for release by Obama’s Guantanamo review task force in 2009, however, he remains imprisoned without charge or trial. He has been in detention since 2002. He went on hunger strike and began to be subjected to forced-feeding on April 9, 2013....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110059] [ 13-nov-2014 02:51 ECT ]

For Those Who Think These Airstrikes Are "Surgical"
Dennis Loo

October 2, 2014 - Two key elements in the current popularity in the US of Obama's "relentless" airstrikes upon Syrians and Iraqis is that they are not jeopardizing American lives - since it's only Syrians and Iraqis who are being killed - and that these "relentless" airstrikes are allegedly "surgical." These attacks are not surgical. They are evenmore indiscriminate than drone attacks. And drone attacks, as a 2012 authoritative study by Stanford and New York Universities concluded, are exceptionally indiscriminate. For every one militant killed, forty-nine innocents are killed....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110058] [ 13-nov-2014 02:32 ECT ]

U.S. Imperialists Out of Iraq, the Middle East and North Africa!
Communist Workers Group (CWG-USA) ·

October 2, 2014 - ...A number of sources who have proven reliable have already decided to call Obama’s campaign a "war against the Syrian revolution." This certainly explains the acquiescence of the Iranians and the China/Russia imperialist bloc in the U.S. attacks on the Sunni uprising. And this goes a long way to explain the strange bedfellows we see where the UK have conferences with Iran for the first time in many years, then joining the U.S. air campaign, and where Jordan and even Saudi Arabia put aside their belligerence of generations against Iran to join in the attack on the Syrian Revolution on the pretext of fighting terrorism. ...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110057] [ 13-nov-2014 02:27 ECT ]

Mullah Mohammad Omar’s Eid-ul-Odha Address for 2014
Mullah Mohammad Omar Mujahid

October 2, 2014 - ...You would have, by now, come around to know what sort of unqualified figures, being loyal to foreigners’ interests, have been imposed on you by the Americans. You have seen in the (past) 13 years, the astronomical dimension of the atrocities that the invaders and their domestic supporters have unleashed against the people. The long-drawn and contentious process of the elections conducted under the shadow of occupation has portrayed the broad scope of credibility loss that the invaders do face with the passage of each day. As we had predicted earlier, the public of the world and the country men noticed that the process of the publicity stint under the name of elections was only aimed at misleading people. The votes of the Afghans were no more than a fanfare...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110056] [ 13-nov-2014 02:16 ECT ]

How the US falsely accused a Palestinian teacher of aiding terror
Khadijah Qamar and Hamdan Azhar

October 2, 2014 - On 27 June, the US Department of Justice finally dropped all charges against Dr. Sami Al-Arian. The government’s motion to dismiss the six-year-old indictment minces few words: "In light of the passage of time without resolution, the United States has decided that the best available course of action is to move to dismiss the indictment so that action can be taken to remove the defendant from the United States." For Al-Arian, the Palestinian activist and former University of South Florida professor, the date marked a bittersweet end to a protracted legal battle lasting more than eleven years....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110055] [ 13-nov-2014 02:13 ECT ]

Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (25 September -01 October 2014)
The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR)

October 2, 2014 - Summary: Israeli violations of international law and international humanitarian law in the oPt continued during the reporting period (25 September – 01 October2014). Shooting: In the Gaza Strip, although about 5 weeks have passed since the beginning of the Egyptian-brokered truce agreement 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. During the reporting period, Israeli forces wounded 4 Palestinian civilians in the West Bank, including 2 children. Three of these civilians were fired at by Israeli forces directly, while a child was wounded due to the explosion of a suspicious object. In the Gaza Strip,2 workers, including a child, collecting steel pieces and rubbles were wounded in the northern Gaza Strip in 2 separate incidents...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110054] [ 13-nov-2014 01:47 ECT ]

lan Pappé on Israel’s ‘post-Zionist moment’ and the triumph of ‘neo-Zionism’
Stephen Shenfield

October 2, 2014 - The name of Ilan Pappé will be familiar to many readers of Mondoweiss as the Israeli "new historian" and author (among other works) of The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine who now lives in exile in Britain, where he is on the faculty of the University of Exeter. In this latest book he tells the story of the rise and fall of the intellectual and cultural movement in Israel that came to be known as "post-Zionism" – a story in which he himself played one of the most prominent roles. ...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110053] [ 13-nov-2014 00:42 ECT ]

Syria's army goes on the offensive as U.S. bombs Assad's foes
By Laila Bassam and Sylvia Westall

October 2, 2014 - As U.S. warplanes bomb his enemies in Syria's east, President Bashar al-Assad has set loose his own forces in the west, alarming Washington's few friends on the ground and potentially undermining the U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State. U.S. President Barack Obama says Washington's goal in Syria is to defeat Islamic State without helping Assad's government. The Arab allies that have joined the U.S.-led strikes are some of Assad's fiercest opponents. Nevertheless, after first tamping down the use of its own air power in the initial days of the strikes, Syria's military has intensified its own bombing against some of the rebel groups in the west of the country that Washington considers its allies...

  continua / continued avanti - next    [110052] [ 12-nov-2014 05:26 ECT ]

Washington plans to retain Assad: diplomatic sources
Zaman al-Wasl

October 2, 2014 -Western diplomatic sources have confirmed to Zaman al-Wasl that the US government has decided in coordination with regional and international partner states to maintain the Assad regime in long-term power. The insider added that the decision followed extensive consultation in Washington between senior administration officials and the National Security Council acting on information from the Central Intelligence Agency, which stated that Assad’s survival would be very useful in preventing the possibility of an Islamist government coming to power if the regime collapsed and that the regime would prove reliable in getting rid of the presence of Jabhat al Nusra on the Syrian-Israeli border. The diplomatic sources confirmed that Washington informed Tehran of its decision at a meeting between US Secretary of State William Burns, accompanied by Under Secretary for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman, and Abbas Araghchi, the Iranian Foreign Ministry’s Deputy for Legal and International Affairs, accompanied by Majid Takht-Ravanchi, the deputy foreign minister for European and American Affairs, ostensibly for discussion of Tehran’s nuclear program...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110050] [ 12-nov-2014 05:22 ECT ]

Chicago university latest to investigate students over Palestine activism
Nora Barrows-Friedman

October 2, 2014 - Palestinian students at Loyola University Chicago are under investigation by the university administration after they peacefully challenged other students promoting Taglit-Birthright Israel, the students said in a statement Wednesday. The Loyola University Chicago’s Students for Justice in Palestine chapter was put under temporary suspension on 19 September following the discussions at the Birthright Israel table inside the student center earlier in the month. The suspension was lifted a week later. The university has not made it clear on what particular grounds the suspension was imposed. Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) members say that they are "deeply concerned" by the ongoing investigation, which alleges "misconduct" after complaints were made by students at the Birthright Israel table...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110049] [ 12-nov-2014 04:52 ECT ]

Israeli youths jailed for refusing to serve in army
Maureen Clare Murphy

October 2, 2014 - The anti-militarization group New Profile announced this week that two Israeli youths who refuse to serve in the army are once again being sent back to military prison. Udi Segal, 18, has been handed down a fourth prison term and Uriel Ferera, 19, has been sent to jail for the eighth time; both were issued ten-day sentences on 29 September. Segal and Ferera are among fifty youths who signed an open letter to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu earlier this year stating their refusal to serve in Israel’s army because of its violations of Palestinians’ rights. Israeli youths are drafted into the military once they turn 18...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110048] [ 12-nov-2014 04:06 ECT ]

Zionist Left Support for Bloody Assaults on Gaza Signifies Its Erasure from Israel’s Political Map
By Tikva Honig-Parnass

October 2, 2014 - The aim of this article is to pinpoint the explicit and implicit support of the Zionist Left intellectuals usually identified with Labor or Meretz for the brutal attacks on Gaza since 2006. This support is a new stage in the Left intellectuals’ loyalty to the state and its oppressive policies against the Palestinian people. The viciousness of mass murder and horrid devastation of Gaza, chiefly in the recent Operation Protective Edge, have reached unprecedented levels. Their support by the "most enlightened" public figures in Israeli society amounts to total disregard for basic human rights and international lawsand erases any meaningful difference between them and the Right. The silence of the Zionist Left majority in response to the massacres in Gaza—including the discourse of evasion and emotional detachment by the very few who did react—indicates a complete absence of basic humanitarian values and concepts of justice....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110047] [ 12-nov-2014 03:21 ECT ]

Family of Israeli soldier: Army responsible for his suicide
Middle East Monitor

October 2, 2014 -The elite Givati Brigade within the Israeli army has been trying to understand the reasons why three of the soldiers who took part in the recent aggression on Gaza committed suicide. It said it has been trying to investigate the impact the operations and the battles in Gaza against the Palestinian resistance left on the Israeli soldiers and on the rest of the army personnel.Mako website, part of Israel's Channel 2, has quoted the family of one of the soldiers who committed suicide as saying that their son "was suffering as a result of the scenes of killing and destruction inside the Gaza Strip" and that "he could not part with the images of the corpses of children he used to see in the streets". It added that he suffered "tough feelings", especially during the days that preceded taking his own life...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110046] [ 11-nov-2014 05:31 ECT ]

Iraqi parliamentarian: Military operations in some areas of the country aim to weaken Sunnis
Middle East Monitor

October 2, 2014 -The leader of the Sunni Alliance of Iraqi Forces, MP Talal Khudair Al-Zobaie, condemned on Wednesday what he called "the killings and displacement" that are accompanying the military operations in areas in the north and west of Iraq, saying that the aim of these operations is to "weaken the Sunnis", Anadolu news agency reported.In a statement to Anadolu, Al-Zobaie said that, "The goal of the military operations in Mosul and Fallujah, as well as in a number of other Iraqi cities, is not eliminating terrorism, but weakening the Sunnis in Iraq and making them even more of a minority."He noted that, "Thousands of Iraqis who live in Sunni areas that are exposed to shelling and terrorism have decided to leave Iraq and seek asylum in European countries," adding that, "there is no hope for the stability of the security situation inside Iraq; a very dangerous indicator that will affect the rights of the Sunnis in the next phase."...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110045] [ 11-nov-2014 05:21 ECT ]

Syria News - October 1, 2014
Local Coordination Committees of Syria

October 1, 2014 - By the end of Wednesday, LCC were able to document 60 martyrs including 2 women, 20 children and 1 martyr under torture: 19 martyrs were reported in Homs; 11 in Damascus and its suburbs; 9 in Idlib; 9 in Daraa; 9 in Aleppo; 3 in Hama...

  continua / continued avanti - next    [110044] [ 11-nov-2014 05:18 ECT ]

CAGE vindicated by dropped charges against Outreach Director Moazzam Begg

October 1, 2014 - CAGE is delighted to announce that all seven charges against our Outreach Director Moazzam Begg have now been dropped by the Crown Prosecution Service due to lack of evidence. CAGE has insisted from the outset that this was a politically motivated trial targeting CAGE [2] and Moazzam for his work on exposing complicity between the Assad regime and illegal torture and rendition in Syria. This is the second time that a major Western country has held Moazzam Begg without trial and so serious questions must be asked about why this has been allowed to happen for a second time. CAGE calls for those responsible for his needless incarceration to be held to account...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110043] [ 11-nov-2014 05:12 ECT ]

Has the ISIS Crisis Pushed the CIA into Bed with Hezbollah?
By Jeff Stein

October 1, 2014 -..."Relations between [Hezbollah] and the U.S. are developing positively," a Lebanese newspaper quoted a pro-Western parliament member as saying.... The U.S. and Iran are inching toward a similar rapprochement, via negotiations to end Tehran’s nuclear weapons program and diplomatic isolation. Likewise, the U.S. and Hezbollah, with ISIS on a rampage, seem ready for some kind of live-and-let-live arrangement, if not partnership. The CIA, former operative Faddis maintains, is "looking for a way to cooperate with Hezbollah and [Syrian President] Assad." ...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110042] [ 11-nov-2014 05:05 ECT ]

Obama Can Read… When It Suits Him
Ben Allinson-Davies

October 1, 2014 - ...As part of his plan to reshape the region and woo the Iranian regime, Obama has made the Iranians his new allies and new guardians of US regional interests (despite the ostensibly hostile rhetoric between the two), and the two have closely cooperated, especially when it comes to the US bombing of Iraq and Syria. US warplanes aid the advance of Soleimani’s sectarian militants (often into Sunni territories where they commit atrocities en masse), flattening any Sunni opposition ahead of the advance, the US has notified Iran of its plans to bomb Syria (and promised not to touch their loyal puppet Assad, regardless of his genocide), and Khamenei himself allegedly approved the cooperation (although later denied this) and confirmed that the US had made an official offer to Tehran. Qasem Soleimani was personally leading the battle to lift the siege of Amerli – and his forces’ way was paved by US airstrikes. What followed were beheadings of ISIS suspects, murders, ethnic cleansing, and all manner of atrocities by Iranian proxy militias against the Sunni population. Soleimani celebrated by prancing around with a rifle in joy, the way having been paved for him by his new air force – the United States Air Force.....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110041] [ 11-nov-2014 04:58 ECT ]

The Definition of Orwellian: Launching Wars Against "Future Enemies"
Debra Sweet

October 1, 2014 - This seems like a good time to sort out what's true in the public discourse over Iraq and Syria, and what's not. The United States, apparently with at this point some significant level of public support, is embarking on an extremely dangerous and provocative war, possibly with the help of allies in NATO, and certainly with an alliance of countries targeted by protesters during the Arab Spring.It isn't possible to spend too much time understanding the dynamics, in order to better challenge the lies, and lead people to stand up for the interests of humanity. Which, as we've noted many times, do not equal the interests of any particular government in power in the United States. First, what has the U.S. done in the Middle East lately?...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110040] [ 11-nov-2014 04:47 ECT ]

Israel’s False Peace and the ‘Islamist Bogeyma’
By Iqbal Jassat

October 1, 2014 -What is it about proclamations of "peace" that allows injustice to continue unhindered?Its a question applicable to governments, security institutions, media columnists and pro-Israel lobbies who regularly espouse a passion for "peace in the Holy Land".While on the surface it appears to be a perfectly normal and laudable aspiration, in the experience of Palestine it is unfortunately riddled with inconsistencies making it alarmingly dishonest."Peace" as espoused by Israel’s leaders is no more than a fig leaf for it seeks to conceal the regime’s unremitting repression of Palestinian rights.Though "peace" is a concept embodying humane values associated with calm and serenity, for Palestinians it has had a devastating opposite effect. Their daily experience whether as refugees awaiting return home or as a collective of Occupied people, points to a life of subjugation which has for decades been exploited by successive governments in Israel...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110039] [ 11-nov-2014 04:41 ECT ]

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