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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
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The real delegitimisation: Apartheid Israel targets Palestinian citizens' political activism
April 13, 2014 - Last week, Palestinian activist Muhammad Kanaaneh was due to address Tel Aviv University students at an event marking Land Day, a commemoration of the bloody state repression of anti-land expropriation protests in 1976. However, following pressure by right-wing Zionist activists, university authorities stepped in to ban Kanaaneh from delivering his speech on campus. The opposition to Kanaaneh's lecture, including from Members of the Knesset, was on the basis that he was a so-called "convicted terrorist", apparently jailed for "involvement with" or "passing on information to" Hezbolllah. But few bothered to examine the claims being made about Kanaaneh, or look beyond the shouts of 'terrorist'. To do so would be to reveal another side to this affair, beyond the repression of Palestinian political activism at Israeli academic institutions...
continua / continued  [ 16-apr-2014 02:50 ECT ]
Mỹ Lai and Sy Hersh, a Reappraisal
April 12, 2014 -I made a documentary about the Vietnam War five years ago, Vietnam: American Holocaust. Since I wanted it to be the ultimate Vietnam War documentary, I got the guy who narrated and starred in Apocalypse Now to do the voice-over. I made it because too many educated Americans will tell you 58,000 people died in the Vietnam War, when the real number is closer to three million, give or take 50,000. The tag line I have used to promote the film has been "The Vietnam War was a Mỹ Lai every week."....I have long been of the opinion that the US imperialists, even in their limited wisdom, understood they could never obliterate the people's memory of the many atrocities of the Vietnam War, so they allowed one to become famous, they allowed one to be publicized and prosecuted, in the hopes that the public memory of the generalized and pervasive massacres that was the Vietnam War, would be resolved down to the memory of this one atrocity, and in this they have been largely successful. I believe this is the proper context to view Seymour Hersh's Pulitzer Prizing winning reporting on the Mỹ Lai Massacre....
continua / continued  [ 15-apr-2014 02:46 ECT ]
Innocent truck driver tells of ordeal at Afghanistan's Bagram jail
April 12, 2014 - Pakistani truck driver Umran Khan spent nine years in Afghanistan's Bagram prison, where he says he suffered beatings, sleep deprivation and a sustained campaign of mental disintegration despite committing no crime. Accused with a friend of transporting bombs in 2005, he has maintained his innocence - and an official record shows his captors suspected the same.Now the 32-year-old, one of six Pakistanis released last November, has spoken out against his treatment at Bagram in a case that rights groups say underlines the need for more scrutiny of the prison. Opened in 2002, it has often been compared to Guantanamo Bay. The Afghan authorities took over the jail, renamed Parwan, last year. But the US remains in charge of foreigners, including about 34 Pakistanis...
continua / continued  [ 15-apr-2014 02:13 ECT ]
More than 3,000 runners compete in second Palestine Marathon
By Jan Walraven
April 12, 2014 - Under the banner of "Right to Movement," about 3,000 runners competed in the second Palestine Marathon on Friday 11 April, starting and finishing at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. Representing 39 countries, competitors had the option of choosing between 10 km, 21 km or the full marathon, 42.195 km. Although a success in terms of attendance, the event was overshadowed by Israel’s refusal to grant Palestinian Olympian, Nader Al-Masri, permission to travel to Bethlehem from Gaza. The Palestine Marathon is organized to raise awareness about the restricted freedom of movement in Gaza and the West Bank. The Israeli refusal directly demonstrated the challenges Palestinians regularly face....
continua / continued  [ 15-apr-2014 01:32 ECT ]
Young Palestinian dad died from Israeli torture, forensic expert says
April 11, 2014 - An internationally renowned expert on torture says that evidence confirms that a young Palestinian died of injuries he sustained in Israeli custody due to torture.Arafat Jaradat, a 33-year-old father of two, died on 23 February 2013 in Israel’s Megiddo Prison where he was being interrogated by the Shin Bet secret police.As Haaretz reported, Jaradat was arrested on the night of 18 February 2013 on suspicion that he had thrown stones and a Molotov cocktail at Israeli occupation forces: "It was a bit after midnight and everyone in the house – he himself, his wife Dalal, his four-year-old daughter Yaara and two-year-old son Mohammed – was sleeping, as was his brother Mohammed, who lives in the same building. The soldiers, ten or 12 of them, burst into the home and behaved with rare courtesy. They asked for identity cards and when Arafat gave them his, they told him to say goodbye to his family and come with them for detention. His small children, Yaara and Mohammed, clung to his legs but the soldiers promised them their father would be home soon."...
continua / continued  [ 15-apr-2014 00:55 ECT ]
"Off With His Head": Court Upholds Obama's Power to Kill
The Real News Network
April 11, 2014 -....Well, you know, I think about drone killings a lot. And I think I have a new name for Obama. You know, you remember all those Shakespeare plays you read, and then you remember Alice of Wonderland and the Queen of Hearts always saying, "Off with your head" or Queen Margaret in, I think, Henry VIII, off with your head. The name for Obama should be, Off With Your Head, and then Person Gets Droned to Death. That's apparently what it takes now or all it takes now is to get an American citizen killed when he is overseas or she is overseas. And the case that brings that to mind is one that my office, the Center for Constitutional Rights, brought together with the ACLU...
continua / continued  [ 15-apr-2014 00:25 ECT ]
What It Portends|
The Crisis of Liberal Zionism
by ANDREW LEVINE
April 11, 2014 -....As Zionists, liberal Zionists too would like Israel to incorporate all of Palestine. But since that is morally and politically impossible, and since, as liberals, they want liberal principles affirmed too, they moderate their Zionist ambitions. There is nothing else they can do.They are loath, however, to concede territory, and therefore inclined to accept at least some of the settlements established since 1967 – if need be, in exchange for land within Israel’s pre-1967 borders that still have substantial Arab populations and that Zionists care about less.The details were worked out a long time ago – in negotiations that began even before the handshake on the White House lawn marked the beginning of the Oslo period. Those negotiations continued throughout the nineties, culminating in meetings held in Camp David and in Saba in Egypt in the final days of the Clinton administration.....
continua / continued  [ 15-apr-2014 00:12 ECT ]
Shocking Silence on the Rohingya|
An Open Letter to Aung San Suu Kyi
by SUFYAN BIN UZAYR
April 11, 2014 -...Since my assumption is that you have totally forgotten about the Rohingya populace of your own country (again, you’re very busy, I know that), allow me to remind you a little bit about them. They happen to be Burmese citizens. They are one of the most persecuted communities in the world; the United Nations describes them as "friendless", and they would have gladly contributed to Myanmar’s GDP, if only they weren’t being massacred. On a sidenote, they also happen to have a religion that’s different from the majority of Burmese folks, and this is why they are being killed. Basically, Myanmar wants to eliminate the Rohingya people from its territory, and Bangladesh does not consider itself accountable for foreign refugees.Still unsure? Well, here is something that will refresh your memory. One can blame a lot many people for the destruction and genocide of the Rohingya people, but that’s an altogether different story. My question is, why are you silent?...
continua / continued  [ 14-apr-2014 16:54 ECT ]
Syria News - April 10 , 2014 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Local Coordinating Committees of Syria
April 10 , 2014 - By the end of Wednesday the Coordination Committees were able to document 131 martyrs in Syria including 4 women, 6 children and 7 martyrs under torture: 60 martyrs were reported in Deir Ezzor; 25 in Aleppo; 21 in Damascus and its suburbs; 9 in Hama; 6 in Homs; 5 martyrs in Daraa; 3 in Idlib; and 2 martyr in Qunaitra...Deir Ezzor: Boukmal: Ahmad Eid Al-Ashaab, Adnan Al-Shami, Mohammad Daham Al-Debes, Fares Al-Jarrah, Essa Said Al-Kassar, Soraqa Al-Aran, Bader Ramadan Hmoud Al-Hajjei, Zaid Barakat Al-Matar, Yamen Al-Jalal Al-Rameel, Ghanem Al-Baher, Essam Al-Samran, Ali Hmoud Al-Asman, Mohammad Al-Atiyeh, Yousef Sobhi Al-Nawaf, Mohammad Jasem Al-Nukhailan, Hamad Al-Mohammad, Hassan Al-Jasem, Ghadeer Al-Baghooz, and Abdulkareem Al-Kurdi were martyred in clashes with ISIS in the city...
continua / continued  [ 14-apr-2014 03:10 ECT ]
Military Resistance 12D7 - Hope
Thomas F Barton
April 10, 2014 - After flying helicopters in Vietnam for 30 months, Perry Parks couldn’t stop the panicked dreams."I was flying through wires all the time, and I never hit the wire," said Parks, 71, a retired military commander from Rockingham, N.C. "I’m a helicopter pilot, so wires scare the hell out of you." Parks, who has post-traumatic stress disorder, said he took sleeping pills for years after he retired. Then he found a more satisfying alternative: two or three bong hits at least three times a day."I don’t have the dreams anymore," he said. Faced with a skyrocketing suicide rate in their ranks, many of the nation’s veterans hope that marijuana will be their salve.Federal officials and veterans groups estimate that nearly 31 percent of Vietnam
veterans and 20 percent of returning service members from Iraq and Afghanistan are grappling with PTSD...
continua / continued  [ 14-apr-2014 02:43 ECT ]
Leading International Forensic Pathologist: Palestinian Detainee Arafat Jaradat Was Tortured, Which Led To His Death In Israeli Custody
Committee Against Torture in Israel and Al-Haq
April 10, 2014 - Arafat-Shalish-Shahin-JaradatIn advance of an Israeli Magistrate Court hearing in the matter of Mr. Jaradat, due to take place today, Dr. Sebnem Korur Fincanci, an internationally recognized expert in Forensic Pathology, is providing her expert opinion to the Court. According Dr. Fincanci's findings, Arafat Jaradat was severely beaten while in detention, resulting in Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome, which caused his death in Israeli custody on 23 February 2013. Background Following Mr. Jaradat's death: "At the [Israeli] National Center for Forensic Medicine, an autopsy was performed on the body of Arafat Jaradat by Prof. Yehuda Hiss, in the presence of Prof. Arnon Afek, Director of the Health Administration at the Ministry of Health, and Palestinian pathologist Dr. Saber Aloul." (From: Israel Ministry of Health statement)...
continua / continued  [ 14-apr-2014 02:38 ECT ]
5 killed as Shiite rebels press 'advance' on Yemen capital
The Daily Star
April 10, 2014 - Shiite rebels believed to be seeking to advance on Yemen's capital have attacked an army post in a neighbouring city, killing three soldiers and losing two of their own, tribal sources said Thursday. The Zaidi rebels, also known as Ansarullah or Huthis, carried out the attack in Amran, 50 kilometres (31 miles) north of Sanaa, late on Wednesday, tribal sources said.
Military sources have said their objective was to seize Amran and, from there, lay siege to the capital. ...
continua / continued  [ 14-apr-2014 02:27 ECT ]
In Libya, politicians in fear of powerful militias
MAGGIE MICHAEL Associated Press
April 10, 2014 — In a humiliating video, Libya's top politician — the head of parliament — is seen begging with a militia commander, trying to explain to him why he was caught with two women in his residence and insisting nothing scandalous was going on. "In God's name," Nouri Abu Sahmein tells the militiaman, Haitham al-Tajouri. "I'm hiding nothing from you, Haitham." Visibly afraid, Abu Sahmein tells him the women claimed to have "sensitive information" at a time he has received tips about a cell plotting to assassinate him. "I want to close this all up, but I want to understand. I am not a fool," the militia commander replies, speaking from off camera...
continua / continued  [ 13-apr-2014 20:48 ECT ]
Sergeant Blackman’s Heart of Darkness
April 10, 2014 - ....One of these episodes occurred when audio camera footage was released last month describing how four Marines in Helmand province executed a wounded Taliban insurgent in 2011, who had been shot by a helicopter in a firefight shortly beforehand.The images are not shown, and not all of the audio has been released, according to ITV News, because it was apparently too 'inflammatory’, but the fragments that were presented to the public are bad enough. In it, the four Marines can be heard jokily agreeing to kill their prisoner, chuckling about it as they deliberate whether to shoot him in the head or the chest, waiting till the helicopter is out of sight, and then contemptuously dispatching him with a quote from Shakespeare...
continua / continued  [ 13-apr-2014 17:16 ECT ]
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