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:: ONU - XX Assemblea Generale (1965):
XX Assemblea Generale dell’ONU (1965)
dichiara "la legittimità della
lotta da parte dei popoli sotto
oppressione coloniale, per esercitare il
loro diritto all' autodeter-
Inoltre, l'Assemblea invita "tutti
gli Stati a fornire assistenza morale e
materiale ai movimenti di liberazione
nazionale nei territori coloniali".
- Risoluzione 1514
Generale dichiara che: la soggezione dei
popoli a dominio straniero, conquista e
asservimento costituisce una negazione
dei diritti umani fondamentali, è
contraria alla Carta delle Nazioni Unite
ed è un impedimento alla promozione
della pace e della cooperazione mondiali.
Tutti i popoli hanno diritto
minazione; in virtù di
tale diritto essi devono liberamente
determinare il loro status politico e
liberamente perseguire il loro sviluppo
economico, sociale e culturale".
di Ginevra, Protocollo Addizionale I
armata può essere usata, come ultima
risorsa, come mezzo per esercitare il
diritto all' autodeter-
base allo Statuto del Tribunale penale
internazionale, sono definiti “crimini
(1) attacchi lanciati intenzionalmente
contro popolazione civili in quanto tali
o contro civili che non prendano
direttamente parte alle ostilità;
(4) attacchi lanciati intenzionalmente
nella consapevolezza che gli stessi
avranno come conseguenza la perdita di
vite umane tra la popolazione civile, e
lesioni a civili o danni a proprietà
civili ovvero danni diffusi duraturi e
gravi all’ambiente naturale che siano
manifestamente eccessivi rispetto all’insieme
dei concreti e diretti i vantaggi
:: Iraq anthem
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Hamas debates direct talks with Israel
Adnan Abu Amer
September 16, 2014 - Hamas has weathered a great political storm in the past few days, following a Sept. 11 announcement by the deputy head of Hamas’ political bureau, Mousa Abu Marzouk, that the movement might undertake direct negotiations with Israel, since such negotiations have become a popular demand in Gaza but remain forbidden by law. In the same interview, Abu Marzouk said, "Just as Hamas has negotiated with Israel using weapons, so is it possible to negotiate with words. If the situation in Gaza remains as it is now, Hamas could find itself forced to negotiate with Israel, and many of the things currently forbidden to the movement will be on the table."...
continua / continued  [ 20-oct-2014 03:30 ECT ]
How a 24hr truce to pick up bodies became a non-aggression pact between ISIS & Syrian rebels
September 16, 2014 - ...By most reliable accounts, one group, Sons of Golan, associated with the Free Syrian Army, that had been waging a heroic and hard fought campaign to rid an area near Damascus of ISIS agreed to a 24 hour truce so that both sides could remove their dead from the battlefield and bury them, after which the battle between the two forces resumed. This led to widespread reports in the western anti-war movement that the Free Syrian Army generally had concluded, in words design to invoke memories of the opportunistic agreement made between Hitler and Stalin, a "non-aggression pact" with the extreme jihadist group ISIS in Syria. Based on a single unverified source, this story is being spread like wildfire by groups that hitherto have shown little concern for the 200,000 Syrians that have died in the last three years as a result of dictator Bashar al-Assad's vicious attempts to cling to power ...
continua / continued  [ 20-oct-2014 03:02 ECT ]
ISIS and the 'clash of the civilisations'
September 16, 2014 - If we listen carefully to what the Islamic State (ISIS) and its supporters are saying, we see a vision of the world in a state of ongoing war between the West and Islam. The essence of this war is religion, not colonial policies, as if colonialism has never targeted any other non-Muslim nations and Christians as well. We find a distorted promotion of the saying "clash of the civilisations", although it ultimately serves military intervention in the region. The beheadings, especially of Western hostages, are proof of the false "civilisations war", as the images of ugly beheadings are free publicity for America's goals, which have mainly adopted Islamophobia to terrorise the Westerners and push them to support the wars covered by the slogan "humanitarian-civilisational intervention", an intervention that is neither civil nor humane...
continua / continued  [ 19-oct-2014 05:19 ECT ]
Shameful: US Judge Increases Prison Sentence of Tortured US Enemy Combatant Jose Padilla
September 16, 2014 Of the tens of thousands of victims of the Bush administration’s novel approach to detention in the "war on terror" — which involved shredding the Geneva Conventions, the use of torture and indefinite detention without charge or trial, and, in some cases, extraordinary rendition – few of the victims were American citizens, but three particular individuals need to be remembered, because they were not only tortured and held without charge or trial for years, but their torture and lawless detention took place on US soil. The three men are Jose Padilla, Yaser Hamdi and Ali al-Marri (the latter a legal US resident rather than a citizen), and Padilla — a former Chicago gang member who converted to Islam, and was held as an "enemy combatant" on US soil from May 2002, when he was seized after returning him from Pakistan, until November 2005 — was back in the news last week when a judge extended to 21 years the sentence of 17 years and four months he received in January 2008, when he was convicted of conspiracy to murder, kidnap and maim people abroad, and providing material support for terrorism....
continua / continued  [ 19-oct-2014 04:45 ECT ]
Killing Joke: The Presidential Leadership Scholars Program
September 16, 2014 - "And I was like, I killed 500,000 Iraqi children with my sanctions! And George here, yuk yuk, he was like — " "And I was like, 500,000? Hellfire boy, I can do better than that! We bagged us more than a million of them 'Rackies, har har har!" "Yeah — haw haw haw — you bigged it up, Texas style! And now Obama’s gonna get him some of his own!" "Well, there’s plenty to go around, hee hee hoo! Them folks breed like jackrabbits! Hey, Bill, you were a bit of a jackrabbit yourself in your day, weren’t you, ha ha ha? "Now don’t start with that stuff, George, hee-haw, har-har! Hillary might be in the audience, yuckity yuk yuk!" "Reckon how many 'Rackies she’ll rack up when she’s Prez, Bill? — Did you see what I did there? 'Rackies, rack up? Ho ho ho!"...
continua / continued  [ 19-oct-2014 03:54 ECT ]
The media's failure in Palestine
September 16, 2014 -It is the whistle-blower's dilemma: follow the official internal complaints' procedure and risk the truth being buried, or take it straight to the press, and risk improvised prosecution by a bitter government resentful that you did right and exposed its dirty tricks. The forty-three Israeli whistle-blowers of Yehida Shmoneh-Matayim, Israel's equivalent of GCHQ or the NSA, opted for the latter. These bold citizens have been rewarded by the Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Ya'alon denouncing them as criminals; an Israeli Defence Force (IDF) spokesperson claiming that their allegations have been fabricated; and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announcing, "I know that these accusations are baseless, and will not harm the important work done by others for the security of Israel." The lady doth protest too much, methinks, not least because, in the same breath, Netanyahu declared the IDF to be "the most ethical army in the world"...
continua / continued  [ 17-oct-2014 04:27 ECT ]
Gaza ceasefire proving once again to be part of the ‘occupation game’
September 15, 2015 - A sober reality has dawned on the people of Gaza in the days following the 50-day conflict with Israel, which killed 2,147, injured and maimed another 10,870 and destroyed or severely damaged tens of thousands of homes, hospitals, mosques and other infrastructure. Initially, there was euphoria because the war had ended, but only after forcing Israel to the negotiating table. They say, and history supports them, that the only time the world pays serious attention to Gaza, and thus insists that Israel makes some concessions, is when they fight back and enough people are killed to shame the collective conscience...
continua / continued  [ 17-oct-2014 03:22 ECT ]
Life after a massacre: The story of Ahmed and Mahmoud
September 15, 2014 - "That day is carved in my memory; I relive the scene every day. Me lying on the street unable to move, smeared with blood, conquered with shock and fear, surrounded by wires and dead and dying bodies, I could only hear screams and the thunderous sound of bombs." Ahmed said with a choked voice while sitting in a wheelchair in AlQuds hospital in Gaza. Ahmed abu Shanab, 17 years old, and Mahmoud Naser, 18, recalled the day they were injured. After few days of the Shijaia massacre, the Israeli warplanes and the artillery tanks shelled Al-Shijaia market with several missiles during a ceasefire. The bombing left 17 deaths and 200 injuries. Ahmed and Mahmoud, who after the strike became close friends, were among the injured and are now at Al-Quds hospital receiving treatment...
continua / continued  [ 17-oct-2014 02:55 ECT ]
No peace without equality for Palestinians
By Meryem İlayda Atlas
September 15, 2014 - Palestine, a 27,000-square-kilometer piece of land by the Mediterranean Sea, is one of the oldest sites of civilization in the world. The Palestinian territory also bears great importance for the Islamic world: al-Aqsa Mosque, the original qibla of Muslims, the second temple build for God and the third most significant site for Islam, lies in Palestine, to which the Quran refers as the holy land. While Jews deem Palestine divine, Christians think of this part of the world as the cradle of their faith since Jesus was born there, and other major sites such as Bethlehem and Nablus remain in Palestinian territory...
continua / continued  [ 17-oct-2014 02:23 ECT ]
Syria News - September 14, 2014
Local Coordination Committees of Syria
September 14, 2014 - By the end of Sunday, LCC were able to document 102 martyrs including 13 women, 10 children and 1 martyrs under torture: 51 martyrs were reported in Hasaka, 21 in Damascus and its Suburbs, 9 in Aleppo, 6 in Idlib, 6 in Deir Ezzor, 5 in Daraa, 3 in Hama, and 1 in Homs...Hasakeh: Tal Hmeis: YGP commit a horrible massacre that led to the martyrdom of tens of people including women and children during storming Tal Khalil and Jajieh villages located north of the town, 33 martyrs were reported in Jajieh village: Aboud Mohmmad Al-Assaad and his 2 children, akob Abdelasaad and his wife and 2 children, Batoul Jamil Al-Assaad, Ali Al-Ehemer and his family due to an RPG rocket that targeted their house, 80 year-old Husain Al-Alawi and his wife, Ahmad Al-Ashimeh and his 4 children, Ahmad Al-Mensi, Abdelhakim Al-Hloubsi, Falah Al-Hloubis, Husain Al-Sbeih's family. 9 martyrs were reported in Tal Khalil: Abdelhakim Al-Abede, Mohmmad Al-Abed, Wasef Hlal Al-Jassim, Mahmoud Al-Jassim, Ali Sulaiman Al-Akob and Ahmad Sfouk Al-Thaher.
continua / continued  [ 15-oct-2014 06:46 ECT ]
Gaza: Where ‘humanitarians’ fall silent
September 14, 2014 -I strongly oppose Western-led wars launched in the name of humanitarianism. They exacerbate the pain of the populations they are supposedly trying to help without resolving underlying socio-political conflicts; indeed, they often make make those worse, as in Libya.The absurd inconsistency in the ideology of humanitarianism has been exposed in Syria, where, within a single year, Western powers have gone from being on the brink of bombing Syria in the name of protecting Syrians from the Bashar al-Assad government to bombing one of Assad’s main enemies, Islamic State militants.In regard to Gaza, what follows is therefore not an argument for a Western military intervention against Israel to protect Palestinians. That would be a bad idea because it wouldn’t address the core issues on which the conflict is based and it would in any case be an entirely quixotic exercise. However, a comparison of the way that Gaza has been discussed by advocates of the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) since Israel launched Operation Protective Edge in July with the rhetoric of R2P proponents during the last case in which R2P was applied, the 2011 Libyan war, yields information useful for understanding both how the discourse of humanitarianism operates the attitudes of Western intellectual elites toward Palestinians....
continua / continued  [ 15-oct-2014 06:15 ECT ]
The Despair of Guantánamo’s Most Prominent Hunger Striker
September 13, 2014 -Guantánamo’s most prominent hunger striker is Abu Wa’el Dhiab, a 43-year old Syrian prisoner, married with four children and long cleared for release, who is in a wheelchair as a result of his treatment in US custody, and has been on a hunger strike since last spring. Others have been on a hunger strike for longer — one man has been refusing food since 2005, and others have been starving themselves since 2007 — but Mr. Dhiab is particularly well-known because, in May, 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), when a team of armored guards drags him out of his cell to take him to be force-fed...
continua / continued  [ 15-oct-2014 05:52 ECT ]
Where is accountability for Gaza's children?
September 13, 2014 - Before Israel's invasion of Gaza last July, Farah Baker was an ordinary Palestinian teenager growing up in the besieged strip of land by the Mediterranean Sea. But a compelling Twitter feed catapulted her to international fame."I'm the modern Anne Frank Gaza-Palestine, 16 years old," is the description of Baker's Twitter account. The teen has garnered 209,000 followers, and has more than 8,200 tweets to her name. On August 23, she tweeted, "How is it like to live freely and peacefully without occupation? I never experienced that! Is it so beautiful?" More than 1,000 people re-tweeted her message. Each day she tweets multiple times, articulating her worries and dreams, especially during the war. Her home, situated near Gaza's al-Shifa Hospital, provides extraordinary insight - beyond her years - into life during war....
continua / continued  [ 15-oct-2014 04:20 ECT ]
The grinding reality of life under Israeli occupation
September 13, 2014 - "Now we are in a very, very bad situation." Ahmad Younis Abu Ayyash says, from a home surrounded by olive groves. In many ways, life seems idyllic for the 82-year-old, who lives with a cast of energetic grandchildren and a garden filled with pear, fig and apple trees in the village of Beit Ommar, in the southern West Bank. But overlooking his home is a military watchtower of dark concrete, and its surrounded on three sides by Israeli settlements. Beit Ommar’s campaign against land confiscation and strangulation has been responded to by Israeli violence and restrictions: every Friday a demonstration is held on the road outside Abu Ayyash’s house, and soldiers in the watchtower respond with tear gas and rubber bullets, often closing the road to the village entirely...
continua / continued  [ 15-oct-2014 03:56 ECT ]
42 NGOs urge world leaders to stop Israeli plans for ethnic cleansing in the West Bank
Middle East Monitor
September 12, 2014 - 42 Palestinian, Israeli, and international organizations have issued an urgent call to the international community to stop Israeli plans to "forcibly transfer" thousands of Palestinians in the West Bank from their communities into "a designated township". The joint statement is a response to Israeli government plans to "move Palestinian Bedouins out of their communities around Jericho, Ramallah, and Jerusalem", including in so-called "E1", an area that is a long-standing target for illegal settlement expansion. The NGOs note that Israeli authorities have, in recent months, "used coercive tactics to heighten the pressure on Palestinian Bedouin communities, issuing eviction orders and demolishing homes and livelihood structures", as well as "obstruct[ing] aid agencies from delivering assistance"...
continua / continued  [ 14-oct-2014 03:19 ECT ]
The Blood Brothers of Anbar
BY Lauren Bohn
September 12, 2014 - In the past year alone, 43-year-old Omar says he's watched hundreds die. Or as he describes it, "boom, gone, the end."Omar is an administrator of one of the busiest hospitals in Fallujah, in Iraq's restive Anbar province. First, his brother nearly lost a leg in a mortar attack. Then, his neighbor's home was destroyed in shelling. Soon after, his mother narrowly missed a bombing in their once-placid neighborhood. But it wasn't until he watched a 5-year-old girl in a bright pink shirt take her last gasp of air outside his office, her body torn apart from shelling, that he knew he had to leave his hometown. Life in Iraq, as he puts it, has become an endless flow of "dark, dark red." ..."The government should be the father of the people," he says. "And Iraq's government is a terrorist organization. See, my vocabulary is different. You have to ask yourself: Who are the real terrorists here? When will the world wake up?" ...
continua / continued  [ 13-oct-2014 19:01 ECT ]
U.S. Intelligence Official: No Evidence ISIL Is Planning Imminent Attack on America
The Real News Network
September 12, 2014-...So what you have is, say, in Iraq with the Islamic State, is you have this organization that requires war, it requires chaos to function. It's a parasitic organization. And it needs the United States to come in and be involved, because it eats the United States to be a villain, it needs the United States to fulfill that Crusader motif. It also needs the Sunni population--this is the most important thing--it needs the Sunni population to feel that they need the Islamic State's help, that the Islamic State is actually fulfilling a role for them. So if the United States jumps back into the Iraqi Civil War, takes the sides of the Shia or the Kurds, well, that pushes the Sunnis up against the wall, because you have this intersectarian, interreligious fighting going on in Iraq. If we go in and take one side, well, then the other side becomes desperate, and they turn to groups like the Islamic State...
continua / continued  [ 13-oct-2014 07:15 ECT ]
Calling for the Closure of Guantánamo on the 13th Anniversary of the 9/11 Attacks
September 12, 2014 - It’s 13 years since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, but while it remains important to remember all those who died on that dreadful day, it is also important to acknowledge the terrible mistakes made by the Bush administration in response to the attacks. First came the invasion of Afghanistan, to overthrow the Taliban and defeat Al-Qaeda, in which, as Anand Gopal, the author of No Good Men Among the Living: America, the Taliban, and the War through Afghan Eyes, told me, the US vastly overstayed its welcome, snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. Then there was the illegal invasion of Iraq, and the blowback from that conflict that is evident in the rise of ISIS/ISIL in Iraq and Syria, as well as the hundreds of thousands of civilians killed in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq...
continua / continued  [ 13-oct-2014 06:53 ECT ]
Say Hello to America’s New Friends!
September 12, 2014 - ... In short, Obama wants to turn the Syrian opposition, and the Iraqi Sunnis, into groups of US-backed sahwat which would only fight ISIS, and force them to ignore Assad (who Obama is determined to retain on Iran’s behalf) and the oppressive Iraqi government, ignore the appalling crimes of Iran, and somehow unite the Syrian opposition alongside the Assad regime in some form of quisling government. Said government, he hopes, would preserve the genocidal "state institutions" of the Assad regime (ever protective of US interests) and bleed itself dry fighting ISIS on behalf of the US.This seems unlikely to occur, and the Free Syrian Army is flatly refusing to only fight ISIS and ignore Assad if the US provides it with arms. But Obama will fight to the last Syrian, and the last Iraqi, in his attempt to see his vision through....
continua / continued  [ 13-oct-2014 06:35 ECT ]
Obama’s Speech: a New Moral Low
by JAN OBERG
September 11, 2014 - ...The President has said repeatedly that a lasting solution is political, not military. The speech, however, is exclusively military – not a word of political, psychological or other insights: No, we kill people because we think it is wrong to kill people…The speech can be seen as a proof of how utterly misguided the U.S. response to 9/11 was – had it been more intelligence and less revenge-oriented, there would neither have been a devastating Iraq war nor an ISIS.It’s difficult to be Number One in a rank order. You ony teach downward. If you are Number Twenty, there are 19 others to learn from. It seems as if the United States, inside its exceptionalist box, is now unable to learn lessons.Obama’s 'strategy’ for The War On Terror will, in all likelihood, lead to more terrorism and hatred of the West – I mean what will frustrated Sunnis in Iraq think about Obama? Or the Syrian civil society that doesn’t carry arms?...
continua / continued  [ 13-oct-2014 03:38 ECT ]
Some terrorists are better than others
September 11, 2014 - ...Conspicuously, the word "Iran" did not escape Obama’s lips at all last night, but hardly needed to have done. The US Air Force recently struck its own tacit alliance with IRGC proxy Asaib Ahl al-Haq in Amerli – a conjuncture celebrated by a smiling Suleimani and by his dancing sidekick Abu Mahdi al Muhandis – amid formal US denials that the war against ISIS in Iraq was in any way being coordinated between Washington and Tehran, if only indirectly via Baghdad....The Supreme Leader has endorsed US-Iranian cooperation in confronting ISIS, as even Shiite politicians in Iraq claim that, courtesy of Iran, "[w]e are in the process of creating Shia al-Qaida radical groups equal in their radicalization to the Sunni Qaida." Some terrorists are better than other terrorists, it seems. But the president will need more than prime-time promises to dispel a gathering consensus among the world’s majority Muslim sect. My friend Hassan Hassan put it succinctly on Twitter: "Obama’s speech in a nutshell: Shiites are my wife, and Sunnis are my bitches." The unintended consequences of this widespread perception are yet to be fully appreciated, much less experienced...
continua / continued  [ 13-oct-2014 03:24 ECT ]
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