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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.

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Syrian refugees in Gaza suffer second war
Mohammed Othman

August 26, 2014 - Young engineer Abdullah al-Baltaji had only one choice: leave Syria and find shelter in the Gaza Strip after rockets hit his home and private office in the Mezze neighborhood in the Syrian capital, Damascus. He settled with his family in the Shajaiya neighborhood in the eastern Gaza Strip less than a year ago, accompanied by his wife, twin daughters and son. They lived in an apartment built by the Gaza government.Baltaji fled Syria to protect his family from the bloody war that has been raging there for more than three years. However, this was just a prelude to a more dangerous phase that awaited him in the Gaza Strip....

  continua / continued avanti - next    [109392] [ 17-sep-2014 00:14 ECT ]

Israel’s decades-long effort to turn the word ‘terrorism’ into an ideological weapon
Rémi Brulin

August 26, 2014 - The Israeli discourse on "terrorism" has a long history, one in which Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s current Prime Minister, played a central role. Thirty years ago, at a major conference on "international terrorism" in Washington, D.C., Netanyahu insisted that "without a clear understanding of terrorism, the problem cannot be tackled" and proposed a clear, simple definition: "Terrorism is the deliberate, systematic murder, maiming and menacing of the innocent to inspire fear in order to gain political ends." The discourse draws its normative, rhetorical power from a simple, central claim: what separates "us" from "the terrorists" is a fundamentally different, irreconcilable conception of the value of innocent, civilian life....

  continua / continued avanti - next    [109390] [ 16-sep-2014 23:46 ECT ]

WATCH: Ultra-Zionists protest Muslim-Jewish wedding saying miscegenation is ‘gravest threat to the Jewish people’ f
David Sheen

August 26, 2014 - ....While the Israeli army continues to pummel the Gaza Strip and its residents for a second month, the upsurge in anti-Palestinian sentiment in Israeli society shows no signs of abating. As even mainstream Israeli politicians threaten the Palestinians of Gaza with ethnic cleansing and genocide, Israel’s far-right figures take to the street to rile up racist supporters and to chase Palestinians out of public spaces and enforce racial-religious separation.On August 17, 2014, the Israeli anti-miscegenation group Lehava protested a party in central Israel city of Rishon Letzion celebrating the union of a son of Muslim Palestinian citizens of Israel and the daughter of Jewish citizens of Israel. A bus brought activists from Jerusalem to the venue, so that they could harass wedding guests as they arrive, chant "Death to Arabs!" and hear speeches from followers of the late Rabbi Meir Kahane extolling the virtues of racial-religious purity. Since the state only permits weddings within faith-based communities, mixed Jewish-Gentile married couples are exceedingly rare in Israel....

  continua / continued avanti - next    [109389] [ 16-sep-2014 19:59 ECT ]

His last cry of pain "echoes in my ears"
Maram Humaid

August 26, 2014 - Khaled Hamad and Hala Shehada had been married just a few months and were expecting their first baby. Khaled had promised to buy Hala a maternity dress once her belly began to swell. Her pregnancy is now visible but her mother bought the dress instead as Khaled has been murdered by the State of Israel. A 25-year-old photographer and journalist, Khaled lived in Jabaliya refugee camp in northern Gaza. On 20 July, he traveled by ambulance to the Shujaiya district of Gaza City. He was making a documentary for Continue Agency, a local media production company, about the work of paramedics during Israel’s offensive against Gaza....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109388] [ 16-sep-2014 19:42 ECT ]

Iraq: Sunni coalition says militia-backed security forces kidnapped 50 people

August 26, 2014 -Iraq's Uniters for Reform coalition, or Muttahidoon, a Sunni coalition led by Usama Al-Nujayfi, said on Monday that armed militias backed by security forces are active in the "Baghdad belt" where they have kidnapped 50 people in the Shakriya area near Yusufiya.Member of Parliament Ahmed Al-Massari said, during a press conference at parliament along with a number of MPs, that the kidnapped belong to the Kartan and Al-Ezza tribes.He revealed that they were kidnapped at a security checkpoint under the responsibility of Division 17, in cooperation with armed militias that he did not name. The Iraqi MP pointed out that, as of yet, he does not know the fate of those kidnapped...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109387] [ 16-sep-2014 04:01 ECT ]

Al-Moallem: Syria at the heart of the international coalition against the Islamic State
Middle East Monitor

August 26, 2014 -Syria has announced its readiness to cooperate with the international effort to fight the Islamic State, after the US announced that it is considering expanding its operations against the militant group into Syrian territories. Al-Alam Online news website reported that Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Al-Moallem, whose government has been ignored by Western powers, spoke about his country as a vital partner against the Islamic State, which has seized control of parts of Syria and Iraq.In a press conference broadcast by Syrian state television, Al-Moallem said that both geographically and in terms of operations management, Syria is at the heart of the international coalition to fight the Islamic State and called on concerned countries to coordinate with his government if they are serious in the fight against terrorism...

  continua / continued avanti - next    [109386] [ 16-sep-2014 03:35 ECT ]

Syria News - August 25, 2014
Local Coordination Committees of Syria

August 25, 2014 - Idlib: 1 Martyr from Kafrlata village was reported after being targeted by regime forces' snipers...Deir Ezzor: Child Ahmad Orabi Mahmoud Jomaa was martyred due to a mortar shell that landed in Abo Abed neighborhood. Hama: Lattamna: A martyr and many wounded were reported due to explosive barrels shelling on the city... Deir Ezzor: A child was martyred and many wounded were reported due to mortar shelling in Abo Abed neighborhood... Damascus Suburbs: Zabadany: Huda Abdallah and Lina Mohammad Yousof were martyred due to explosive barrels shelling on the city...

  continua / continued avanti - next    [109385] [ 16-sep-2014 01:29 ECT ]

OIC, GCC condemn Iraq sunni mosque massacre

August 25, 2014 - The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) have condemned the heinous crime perpetrated by armed militiamen who stormed Mos’ab ibn Omayr Mosque in Diyala Province, Iraq on Friday. The attack caused the death of 73 innocent worshippers; scores of others were severely injured. The secretary general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, Iyad Ameen Madani, offered his condolences to the bereaved families of the victims and prayed for the swift recovery of the wounded. Madani denounced this and similar criminal acts that feed on sectarian strife..
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109384] [ 16-sep-2014 00:53 ECT ]

On the 50th Day of Israeli Offensive on Gaza:14 Palestinians, 10 of Whom Are Civilians, Including 2 Women and 6 Children, Killed and 120 Others, Including 38 Children and 31 Women, Wounded; 27 Houses, Charity, 2 Mosques, Workshop and Poultry Farm Destroyed
The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR)

August 25, 2014 - Israeli occupation forces have continued their brutal and immoral offensive on the Gaza Strip for the 50th consecutive day in violation of the international law. They have employed their full-fledged arsenal to attack the Gaza Strip from the air, sea and land, killing and wounding thousands of Palestinians, mostly civilians, including children and women. Many Palestinians have been killed by Israeli airstrikes that attacked their homes without prior warnings. Israeli forces have attacked homes and civilian facilities and property. In the past 24 hours, Israeli forces have escalated their airstrikes targeting more houses in densely populated areas in disregard for the lives of Palestinian civilians. Last night, they attacked civil and service organizations clearly targeting the infrastructure of the civil society. Israeli forces have continued their threats to launch a new ground operation....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109383] [ 16-sep-2014 00:35 ECT ]

Three Questions for Hamas
Richard Falk

August 25, 2014 - There is no doubt that Hamas has exhibited extraordinary resilience under the most difficult of conditions that have bedeviled its period of political leadership in the Gaza Strip that started in 2007. It also seems clear as persuasively argued by Sandy Tolan in a valuable Common Dreams article [Tolan, "Blown Chances in Gaza: Israel & U.S. Miss Many Chances to Avoid War, Aug. 13, 2014] that Hamas pursued multiple initiatives starting in 2006 designed to achieve calm and quiet in its relations with Israel, and that these initiatives, including back channel reassurance about peaceful intentions, were rebuffed without even being acknowledged by either Israel or the United States. It also seems the case that Israel acted to provoke the three most sustained military onslaughts directed at Gaza since 2008, and in each has relied on disproportionate force, inflicted numerous civilian casualties, and acted in a manner defiant of international humanitarian law. ...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109382] [ 16-sep-2014 00:11 ECT ]

Iraq snapshot - August 25, 2014.
The Common Ills

August 25, 2014- Friday, United for Peace and Justice finally issued a statement on Iraq . . . and Gaza . . . and Ferguson... If you thought other organizations would suddenly find their voices, you were wrong.Let's survey the ruins of the peace movement of the '00s.CODEPINK? They called for aid not bombs -- on August 8th, they made that call. They've done nothing since. It's hard to be a faux activist, you understand.It's even harder for cowards and the spineless to call out US President Barack Obama.Which is why the so-called Iraq veterans of Iraq Veterans Against the War didn't call out Barack. The little tykes last whined and pissed their diapers back on June 19th when they ran an open letter to non-US President John Kerry. It was about Iraq. It was their last statement about Iraq. June 19th.I know John. I've still got the spine to call him out but our big brave babies of IVAW can't call out Barack. Poor little useless babies. Maybe they can change their name to Iraq Veterans Against the War Except When A Democrat's In The White House?Military Families Speak Out?Against what? Against what do they speak out? They've completely ignored Barack sending waves of troops into Iraq in the last weeks as well as the US bombings. So exactly what do they speak out against? A.N.S.W.E.R. spoke out. Back on June 23rd. Two months ago.Guess Iraq fixed itself without any need for effort on the part of A.N.S.W.E.R. which left the organization free to pursue other things -- like Hobby Lobby...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109381] [ 15-sep-2014 22:58 ECT ]

VIDEO: 15 tear gas grenades and 5 stun grenades fired at schoolchildren
International Solidarity Movement

August 25, 2014 - Today in al-Khalil (Hebron), Israeli forces fired 15 tear gas grenades and canisters, as well as five stun grenades at children as they waited to go to school.Each morning and afternoon the children of al-Khalil, some as young as four-years-old, are forced to cross through a checkpoint manned by Israeli border police. This morning, the second day of school after summer break, four young teenagers threw stones at the checkpoint and Israeli forces present threw two stun grenades. An ISM volunteer who was present at the checkpoint stated, "I was standing with my fellow ISM’er next to two young boys who were both under six-years-old. We were all very close to the stun grenades...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109380] [ 15-sep-2014 22:51 ECT ]

Guantánamo Torture Victim Mohamedou Ould Slahi’s Harrowing Memoir to be Published in January 2015
Andy Worthington

August 25, 2014 - In January 2015, Mohamedou Ould Slahi, a prisoner at Guantánamo, will become the first prisoner still held to have his memoir published. Guantánamo Diary, which he wrote by hand as a 466-page manuscript, beginning in 2005, will be published in the US by Little, Brown and Company and in the UK by Canongate, and the date of publication is January 20, 2015. His lawyers tenaciously fought for seven years to have his diary declassified, and were ultimately successful, although parts of it remain classified. The publishers describe it as "not merely a vivid record of a miscarriage of justice, but a deeply personal memoir — terrifying, darkly humorous, and surprisingly gracious", and "a document of immense historical importance"....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109379] [ 15-sep-2014 22:39 ECT ]

Barack Obama, Murderer
Cory Massimino

August 25, 2014 - In early August, US president Barack Obama authorized airstrikes targeted at artillery used by the Islamic State extremist group against Kurdish forces defending Irbil, Iraq’s Kurdish regional capital. The Pentagon explained this decision by claiming the artillery was "near US personnel." Fast forward nearly two weeks and kidnapped American journalist, James Foley, is gruesomely beheaded by an ISIS militant on video that has made its way through the Internet for everyone to see....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109378] [ 15-sep-2014 22:29 ECT ]

Israel promises to continue the slaughter
Eric Ruder

August 25, 2014 - ISRAEL IS once again raining terror from the skies over Gaza. Its war machine is leveling entire apartment blocks, even as it persists in its claim that its "precision" strikes are "proportionate."nThe resumption of Israel's war on the people of Gaza follows the collapse of negotiations in Egypt between Israeli and Hamas officials, which were supposed to reach a lasting truce following Operation Protective Edge, as Israel has dubbed its third military offensive against Gaza in the last six years...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109377] [ 15-sep-2014 22:18 ECT ]

Egypt deports Palestinian Syrians back to conflict zones
Tom Rollins

August 25, 2014 — Two Palestinian refugees from Syria, Youssef Farid Youssef and Hamza Issa, currently spend their days and nights at Cairo International Airport in a national security limbo furnished by fast-food chains and onlooking security guards.The Egyptian government is keeping them here with a choice, of sorts — deportation to the Gaza Strip or Syria — one week after another 13 Palestinian-Syrian refugees traveling with Youssef and Issa were forcibly deported to Damascus on Aug. 14, according to Amnesty International. Among the 13 was Youssef's father, who he says is now staying in a refugee camp in Damascus....

  continua / continued avanti - next    [109376] [ 15-sep-2014 21:56 ECT ]

Nouri's Iraq: Iraqi military just bombed and killed . . . Iraqi soldiers . . . in military headquarters
The Common Ills

August 25, 2014 - When Iraq's 'well trained' military officials call in strikes on 'terrorists,' there's always a strong chance -- a very strong chance -- that they're killing civilians. It's not like 100% of the time it happens, though.
Sometimes, for example, they instead end up killing other Iraqi military. Yet again, that's happened today. National Iraqi News Agency reports 2 Iraqi soldiers are dead, six more injured, as a result of a bombing "mistake" that hit, get this, the "military headquarters." Yeah. Not just soldiers on the road mistakenly bombed, but "headquarters belonging to the regiment fourth brigade." Well, they're only as good as their leader...

  continua / continued avanti - next    [109375] [ 15-sep-2014 04:20 ECT ]

The difference between children
By Gideon Levy

August 25, 2014 - After the first child, nobody batted an eye; after the 50th not even a slight tremor was felt in a plane’s wing; after the 100th, they stopped counting; after the 200th, they blamed Hamas. After the 300th child they blamed the parents. After the 400th child, they invented excuses; after (the first) 478 children nobody cares. Then came our first child and Israel went into shock. And indeed, the heart weeps at the picture of 4-year-old Daniel Tragerman, killed Friday evening in his home in Sha’ar Hanegev. A beautiful child, who once had his picture taken in an Argentinean soccer team shirt, blue and white, number 10. And whose heart would not be broken at the sight of this photo, and who would not weep at how he was criminally killed. "Hey Leo Messi, look at that boy," a Facebook post read, "you were his hero."...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109374] [ 15-sep-2014 04:04 ECT ]

More bombing of Iraqi Civilians by American Occupation is not the Solution to Iraq’s Problems
by Dr. Souad Al-Azzawi

August 25, 2014 - Dear Friends, As you know, there have been a huge disinformation campaigns related to what’s been going on in Iraq and what ISIS has been committing in Mosul. The continuous American Bombing of villages and populated areas will not solve the problem simply because there have been too many victims among civilians associated with this bombing and - in addition - the destruction of more infrastructure and residents properties. The American forces are not a non-bias party within the context of this conflict or situation. In reality they have created this planed chaos and mess through the occupation of Iraq since 2003. The American’s have their own agenda of destroying Iraq and divide it into three or four weak Federations, begging them to keep their military basis for ever to control all oil fields and other resources....Each family opposes Maliki's Iranian policy is being accused of terrorism. In Mosul they call them ISIS. That would include areas and families of other Tribal Revolutionaries, and other resistance factions. ..
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109373] [ 15-sep-2014 03:54 ECT ]

All the Masks Have been Removed
By Tamar Fleishman

August 25, 2014 -During each and every one of the Fridays on the Ramadan month, the authorities of the Israeli occupation implement rules for the sake of appearances:The appearance of alleviations.The appearance of humanitarianism.
The appearance of consideration. The appearance of freedom of ritual.
This year the appearances have been removed. All the masks have been removed. During the four Fridays of the Ramadan month in Qalandiya checkpoint the occupation had been disclosed, and all its shame was made visible in the public sphere. The public sphere was in the hands of the armed thugs alone...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109372] [ 15-sep-2014 03:39 ECT ]

Playwright Wallace Shawn translates ADL ad justifying Israeli child murder into plain English
Ali Abunimah

August 25, 2014 - Playwright and actor Wallace Shawn has responded to this Anti-Defamation League (ADL) ad blaming Palestinians for Israel’s mass slaughter of children in Gaza. Shawn’s brilliant "translation" of the ad into plain English is below. The ad, which appeared in The Hollywood Reporter, was signed by a number of show business executives. It quotes an infamous statement by Golda Meir, the American colonial settler in Palestine who became Israel’s prime minister, justifying Israel’s slaughter of Arab children during her time.Along with ADL National Director Abraham Foxman and National Chair Barry Curtiss-Lusher, The Hollywood Reporter identifies some of those who signed the ADL ad as MGM chairman Gary Barber, Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer, Relativity Media CEO Ryan Kavanaugh, Nu Image/Millennium Films co-chairman Avi Lerner, Sony Pictures Entertainment co-chair Amy Pascal and Saban Capital Group chairman and CEO Haim Saban...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109371] [ 15-sep-2014 03:29 ECT ]

In last interview, Auschwitz survivor urged Palestinians "not to give up their fight"
Adri Nieuwhof

August 25, 2014 - I mourn the loss of Hajo Meyer, a friend who fearlessly raised his voice to combat Zionism and to express his support for the struggle of the Palestinian people for freedom and equality. Hajo passed away in his sleep on 23 August, just days after his ninetieth birthday.Hajo was born in 1924 and had to flee alone from Nazi Germany at the age of 14 because the Nazis would not allow him to attend school anymore. His parents sent him to the Netherlands in January 1939. A year later, the Netherlands was occupied by Germany. In 1943, Hajo went into hiding but was captured by the Gestapo in March 1944 and deported to the Auschwitz death camp where the Nazis tattooed number "179679" on his arm....

  continua / continued avanti - next    [109370] [ 15-sep-2014 02:25 ECT ]

Is criticizing Israel worse than murder at the University of Illinois?
David Palumbo-Liu

August 25, 2014 - There is a very good case to be made that Cary Nelson’s inability to place discussion of Israel — particularly discussion of any strong and committed criticism of Israel — within the bounds of rational thought is merely symptomatic of the double standard the most extreme defenders of Israel employ on a regular basis. Though Nelson, a past president of the Association of American University Professors (AAUP), has been vocal in the campaign against Steven Salaita, it is also important to try to resist concentrating too much energy on someone who daily recedes into insignificance....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109369] [ 15-sep-2014 02:16 ECT ]

Israeli occupation exterminate 90 Palestinian families in Gaza
Middle East Monitor

August 25, 2014 -Palestinian medical sources in Gaza have confirmed that 90 Palestinian families were completely exterminated by Israeli forces in their ongoing war on the Gaza Strip.According to the Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza, the number of fatalities on the 49th day of the war was 20 with more than 60 wounded. On Sunday, the total deaths since the beginning of the war had climbed to 2,120, including 577 children, 260 women and 101 elderly. The number of wounded also became 10,854, including 3,307 children, 2,042 women and 401 elderly....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109368] [ 15-sep-2014 02:02 ECT ]

Syria News - August 24, 2014
Local Coordination Committees of Syria

August 24, 2014 - By the end of Sunday, the coordination committees were able to document 53 martyrs including 3 women, 2 children and 2 martyrs under torture : 12 martyrs were reported in Damascus and its Suburbs; 11 in Daraa; 10 in Raqqa; 8 in Aleppo; 5 in Idlib; 3 in Homs; 2 in Hama and 2 in Deir Ezzor...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109367] [ 14-sep-2014 20:38 ECT ]

Sunnis in Iraq under a different kind of siege
Associated Press

August 24, 2014 - For nearly a decade Abu Omar has been fleeing Iraq’s many conflicts, but they always seem to catch up to him. In his Sunni family’s ancestral home in Fallujah it was the heavy shelling – first by the Americans in 2004 and then again this past January, when the walls shook and the roof caved in over their heads. In the Baghdad neighbourhood where they have twice sought refuge, it is the persistent fear of a late-night knock on the door by shadowy sectarian militias...The patriarch of a 13-member family says he’s afraid to let his sons leave Azamiyah because their names give them away as Sunni. "They hear Omar and Othman and right away think they are with Daesh," he said, using the Arabic acronym for the Islamic State group. "The [Shiite] militias want to make trouble for anyone who is Sunni."..

  continua / continued avanti - next    [109366] [ 14-sep-2014 05:50 ECT ]

Gaza and the Palestinian Struggle for Statehood
by Henry Siegman

August 24, 2014 - The slaughter of Palestinian civilians and the Dresden-like reduction to rubble of large parts of Gaza by Israel’s military forces in the name of its own citizens’ security has exposed the hypocrisy at the heart of Israel’s dealings with the Palestinians. Israel’s claim to the right of self-defense in order to prevent its victims’ emergence from under its occupation is the ultimate definition of chutzpa. Without entering the debate over whether those rocket assaults were precipitated by Israel’s own violations of truces and cease-fire accords it negotiated with Hamas, as documented by various analysts (including Amira Hass, Peter Beinart, Nathan Thrall, Sara Roy and others), Israel’s claim to self-defense is based on a glaring falsehood...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109365] [ 14-sep-2014 05:44 ECT ]

Why Aren’t Pseudolefts Demonstrating for “Hands off Daesh” the Way They Did #Syria 1 Year Ago?

August 24, 2014 - One year ago, the streets of London and Washington, D.C. were filled with hysterical demonstrators screaming "HANDS OFF SYRIA!" in response to Bashar al-Assad’s gassacre of 1,400 Syrian civilians in the Damascus suburb of Ghouta. Today, the streets are empty as American airstrikes hit Daesh positions in Iraq which allowed Yazidi Kurds to escape certain genocide and Kurdish peshmerga forces to re-take a major dam near Mosul. What gives? Why the difference? Where is their principled anti-imperialist agitation? ....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109364] [ 14-sep-2014 05:35 ECT ]

On the 49th Daye of Israeli Offensive on Gaza:7 Palestinians, 4 of Whom Are Civilians, Including Woman and Her Child, Killed and 92 Others, Including 34 Children and 19 Women, Wounded; Civilian Dies of Previous Wound; 15 Houses, Shopping Center and Mosque
The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR)

August 24, 2014 - Israeli occupation forces have continued their brutal and immoral offensive on the Gaza Strip for the 47th consecutive day in violation of the international law. They have employed their full-fledged arsenal to attack the Gaza Strip from the air, sea and land, killing and wounding thousands of Palestinians, mostly civilians, including children and women. Many Palestinians have been killed by Israeli airstrikes that attacked their homes without prior warnings. Israeli forces have attacked homes and civilian facilities and property. On Saturday evening, 23 August 2014, Israeli warplanes bombarded and destroyed a 13-storey apartment building in Gaza City after ordering its residents to evacuated it...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109363] [ 14-sep-2014 05:32 ECT ]

Canadians Join IDF: Harper’s Government Silent
by Yves Engler

August 24 , 2014 - ...Two weeks ago Somali-Canadian Mohamed Hersi was sentenced to 10 years in prison for attempting to join al-Shabab. Arrested at Toronto’s Pearson airport before leaving, Hersi was not found guilty of committing or plotting a specific act of violence, but according to the presiding judge, was "poised to become a terror tourist".Yet our government does nothing to hundreds of other Canadians who join a foreign military force to daily terrorize millions of people and often use explosives to kill thousands, most of whom are civilians. It’s unknown exactly how many Canadians participated in Israel’s recent attacks on Gaza but an Israel Defense Force (IDF) spokesperson said there were 139 Canadians fighting in the Israeli military in 2013....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109362] [ 14-sep-2014 05:28 ECT ]

A Palestinian has been tortured to death in Syria every day of this month
Talal Alyan

August 24, 2014 - A Palestinian has been tortured to death in a Syrian regime prison every single day of this month so far. Yarmouk has been under a complete siege for over 400 days, a drought manufactured by the regime taunts it daily while what is left of its inhabitants remain trapped with no medical aid or basic necessities. Over 170 people have starved to death in Yarmouk, thousands of others were slaughtered by different means. 5000 homes have been demolished. 1,500 children are now orphans. Yarmouk, the capital of the diaspora, is gone. It has been erased. Overall, 2454 Palestinian deaths have been documented. And 240 Palestinians of those dead have died by torture....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109361] [ 14-sep-2014 05:23 ECT ]

Men of the Naqshbandi Way
by Ken Meyercord

August 24 , 2014- As if events in Iraq weren’t confusing enough, media coverage of what’s going on seems to leave out a critical part of the story. To hear the media tell it, a quick sweep of cities and towns from Mosul south was spearheaded by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant/al Shams (hence the dual acronyms ISIL and ISIS in reference to the same group). Now, al-Da’ish (yet another name for the group based on their name in Arabic) is portrayed as a threat to the central government in Baghdad and hence subject to American military action (i.e., bombing).But a seemingly important player is left out of reporting on the situation in Iraq; namely, the Army of the Men of the Naqshbandi Way. Naqshbandi is a branch of the Sufi order, a mystical Islamic sect....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109360] [ 14-sep-2014 05:08 ECT ]

Free Palestine? First We Must Free Ourselves from the Enemy Within
by Stuart Littlewood

August 24, 2014-Was anyone surprised to hear that the International Criminal Court is under pressure not to investigate Israel’s war crimes in Gaza?The British government wouldn’t even vote for the UN Human Rights Council’s proposal to launch an inquiry and, along with France, abstained. The US, as expected, voted against. Even Ireland, Germany and Italy abstained in an extraordinary show of collective political cowardice. The enemy within had revealed itself. As The Guardian reported, "at stake is the future of the ICC itself, an experiment in international justice that occupies a fragile position with no superpower backing. Russia, China and India have refused to sign up to it. The US and Israel signed the accord in 2000 but later withdrew...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109359] [ 14-sep-2014 04:59 ECT ]

Israeli forces use Palestinian child as human shield in Gaza
Defence for Children International Palestine

August 24, 2014 - Israeli soldiers repeatedly used Ahmad Abu Raida, 17, as a human shield for five days while he was held hostage during Israel’s ground invasion of the Gaza Strip. Ahmad, from Khuza'a, near the southern Gaza town of Khan Younis, was just 16 years old when he was taken from his family on July 23. He was forced at gunpoint to search for tunnels for five days, during which time he was interrogated, verbally and physically abused, and deprived of food and sleep. Ahmad told DCI-Palestine in a sworn testimony that Israeli soldiers attempted both to extract information from him regarding Hamas members, and recruit him as an informant, before releasing him on July 27. "The Israeli military has consistently accused Hamas of using civilians - particularly children - as human shields, but this incident represents a clear case of their soldiers forcing a child to directly assist in military operations," said Rifat Kassis, executive director of DCI-Palestine. "Israeli officials make generalized accusations while Israeli soldiers engage in conduct that amounts to war crimes." ..
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109358] [ 14-sep-2014 04:55 ECT ]

Holocaust Survivors On Gaza: Genocide Begins With the Silence of the World
Abby Zimet

August 24, 2014 - History turns: Even as Israel's onslaught in Gaza continues - in the latest insanity, obliterating an apartment building housing 44 families to punish one alleged combatant - over 300 Holocaust survivors and descendants have written a stunning condemnation of Jewish attempts to "justify the unjustifiable" and blasted "the massacre of Palestinians in Gaza." Outraged by Elie Wiesel’s recent "abuse of our history" in an ad wherein he supported the assault on Gaza and compared Hamas to the Nazis, the survivors insist "nothing can justify" the murder of over 2,000 Palestinians, many of them children...

  continua / continued avanti - next    [109357] [ 14-sep-2014 04:25 ECT ]

Nouri's not gone yet -- as Falluja civilians can attest
The Common Ills

August 24, 2014 -... National Iraqi News Agency reports that Saturday Nouri's bombing of Falluja's residential neighborhoods left 4 civilians dead and thirteen more injured. Day after day since the start of the year, Nouri has bombed Falluja's residential neighborhoods knowing full well that civilians remained in their homes. This is part of the reasons Sunnis in Iraq and outside of Iraq feel so persecuted. Nouri is committing War Crimes. The whole world knows it and who the hell speaks out?Sunni lives don't matter?If that's not the message, start speaking up.In silence, the message sent is: No one cares and you don't matter.Nouri started bombing residential neighborhoods in January of this year. Day after day these bombings have continued. Some days the dead and wounded amount to a small number, sometimes it's a larger number. But it continues and it is against the law. His bombings of hospitals in Falluja have received more media attention than his daily bombing -- for eight months now -- of blocks of houses in Falluja....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109356] [ 14-sep-2014 03:55 ECT ]

Syria News - August 23, 2014
Local Coordination Committees of Syria

August 23, 2014- By the end of Saturday, the coordination committees were able to document 53 martyrs including 2 woman, 7 children and 5 martyrs under torture : 17 martyrs were reported in Deir Ezzor; 8 in Damascus and its Suburbs; 8 in Raqqa; 8 Homs; 6 in Daraa; 5 in Aleppo; and 1 in Idlib....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109355] [ 14-sep-2014 01:37 ECT ]

On the 48th Daye of Israeli Offensive on Gaza: 9 Palestinian Civilians, 5 of Whom Are Members of One Family, Including 2 Children and 2 Women, Killed and 99 Others, Including 30 Children and 19 Women, Wounded; 5 Houses Destroyed
The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR)

August 23, 2014 - Israeli occupation forces have continued their brutal and immoral offensive on the Gaza Strip for the 47th consecutive day in violation of the international law. They have employed their full-fledged arsenal to attack the Gaza Strip from the air, sea and land, killing and wounding thousands of Palestinians, mostly civilians, including children and women. Many Palestinians have been killed by Israeli airstrikes that attacked their homes without prior warnings. Israeli forces have attacked homes and civilian facilities and property. On Friday evening, 22 August 2014, Israeli forces continued attacks on Palestinian civilians and property...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109354] [ 14-sep-2014 01:08 ECT ]

The grand failure of Israeli hasbara
Jamil Khader

August 23, 2014 - The genocidal war that the apartheid Israeli state has waged on the Gaza Strip has generated an unprecedented wave of international public condemnation and international solidarity with the Palestinians. Graphic images of unimaginable destruction and heaps of dismembered and shattered bodies of innocent children flooded social media. Circulating in the context of the recent history of a series of Israeli military incursions into Gaza (first in 2008 and again in 2012), these images prompted hundreds of thousands of people to take to the streets around the world to demand an end to the Israeli occupation and ethnic cleansing in Gaza...

  continua / continued avanti - next    [109353] [ 14-sep-2014 00:47 ECT ]

Iraq: What are the Sunnis asking for?
The Common Ills

August 23, 2014 - Iraqis, especially Sunni Iraqis, need to learn two word of English, "F**k you." ... I feel the need to share and teach this cultural vulgarity -- which will get the point across to American officials very quickly -- because I just read Ben Hubbard's "Response to Attack Reflects Iraq's Sectarian Divide" (New York Times): The negotiations to form a new government were already fraught before the attack, as Sunni politicians pushed demands that they considered necessary but had little chance of being accepted. They included a halt to government shelling and airstrikes on Sunni areas where ISIS is present; the withdrawal of Shiite militias from predominantly Sunni cities; the release of Sunni detainees who have not been convicted of crimes; the dismissal of criminal charges against a number of Sunni politicians, which they call politically motivated; and the cancellation of the law banning former members of Saddam Hussein’s regime from holding government posts.
Foreign diplomats in Baghdad were concerned that those demands would prevent a deal, and urged Sunni leaders to be more flexible.

  continua / continued avanti - next    [109352] [ 13-sep-2014 19:55 ECT ]

Mourning Gaza
Hamid Dabashi

August 23,2014 - In Peter Paul Rubens' "Massacre of the Innocents" (1636-1638), we see a European artist's rendition of the Biblical story of infanticide by Herod the Great, the Roman-appointed King of Palestine as recorded in the Gospel of Matthew. Rubens was not the first artist, or the last, to depict this key narrative in the history of Christianity. In each artistic rendition the European Christianity mourns an inaugural moment in the traumatic birth of its tragic beginning. That mourning - and its successive showing and telling - is ennobling, sacerdotal, configurative with the history of a world religion...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109351] [ 13-sep-2014 19:45 ECT ]

Iran 'sent soldiers to fight in Iraq'
Al Jazeera

August 23, 2014-Hundreds of Iranian soldiers have taken part in a joint operation inside Iraq with Kurdish forces to retake a town held by the Islamic State group, security sources have told Al Jazeera.It is believed to be the first time that Iranian troops have been directly involved in the fighting against the Sunni rebel group group on this scale. Hundreds of soldiers crossed the border on Friday in a joint operation with Kurdish Peshmerga forces to take back Jalawla in Diyala province, an official Kurdish source who asked not to be identified told Al Jazeera...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109349] [ 13-sep-2014 12:34 ECT ]

CNN Story Pure Propaganda for Police State
By Rory Fanning

August 23, 2014 - CNN recently aired a hopelessly biased and myopic segment on the Erin Burnett Show - a report that can only be described as propaganda for the US police state. The video, currently on CNN's website, is titled "How a 1997 bank robbery led to police militarization." Kyung Lahr begins her report sounding like a voice actor introducing the trailer for a Hollywood blockbuster with these words, "Shooting at everyone, dressed for war, outside of a Bank of America in North Hollywood in 1997, this is what retired police officer John Caprarelli faced armed only with his 9 mm handgun."...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109348] [ 13-sep-2014 01:53 ECT ]

IDF Intelligence Officer Attends Brandeis, Markets “Brand Israel” as Pro-Israel Media Darling
Richard Silverstein

August 23, 2014 - It’s nothing new that Israel sends good-will ambassadors and hasbara operatives to tout Brand Israel to an American audience. But the case of Ohad Elhelo takes this phenomenon to an entirely new level. He’s an IDF intelligence officer who served with the Egoz special forces anti-guerilla combat unit. Two years ago, he came to Boston to study at Brandeis University. He’s now a sophomore. His LinkedIn account says he’s majoring in Economics and plans to develop a "packaging solution" for which he has a patent pending...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109347] [ 13-sep-2014 01:45 ECT ]

Legal Organizations Urge ICC to Investigate War Crimes by Israeli, US Leaders in Gaza
Marjorie Cohn

August 23, 2014 - The National Lawyers Guild (NLG), Center for Constitutional Rights, International Association of Democratic Lawyers, Arab Lawyers Union, and American Association of Jurists (Asociacion Americana de Juristas)sent a letter (pdf) on Friday, August 22 to Fatou Bensouda, Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), urging her to initiate an investigation of war crimes, genocide, and crimes against humanity committed by Israeli leaders and aided and abetted by U.S. officials in Gaza. Under the Rome Statute, the ICC has the power to hold individuals criminally accountable for the most serious of crimes...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109346] [ 13-sep-2014 01:40 ECT ]

Iraq snapshot - August 23, 2014.
The Common Ills

August 23, 2014 - ....'Savage' and 'barbaric' are not diplomatic terms. I personally recoil when someone uses the terms to describe people (or to describe animals -- but I have no problem with "savage" and "barbaric" being used to describe the weather or, for that matter, the films of Michael Bay). But these are the terms the administration has trafficked in and the world -- and specifically Sunnis around the world -- are not necessarily going to put on their decoder rings to decipher why DoD is calling Sunnis who attack 'savages,' 'ruthless' and 'barbaric' while when Sunnis are attacked by presumably Shi'ite assailants, the attacks are lamented with a sigh as 'senseless.'.. It's now going to be that much harder for the US to be seen as an honest broker in Iraq -- and at a time when they really need to be seen as that. Sunnis have not just announced a walkaway period from government talks (hopefully a brief one) but they've also now seen that the US government is gravely concerned when Shi'ites are attacked but less interested when the victims are Sunnis....

  continua / continued avanti - next    [109345] [ 13-sep-2014 01:32 ECT ]

PCHR Calls for Stopping Extra-Judicial Executions in Gaza
The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR)

August 23, 2014 -The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) is following up with concern reports of extra-judicial executions carried out in the Gaza Strip during the Israeli offensive, which has been ongoing for 47 days. These executions have targeted persons suspected of collaboration with Israeli occupation forces. The latest of such executions took place at approximately 09:00 (local time) on Friday, 22 August 2014, when at least 9 persons were executed by firing squad in al-Katiba yard in the west of Gaza City. Identities of those persons are still unknown to PCHR, as the executions were carried out under strict security measures. PCHR calls upon the Palestinian National Authority and resistance groups to intervene to stop such extra-judicial executions whatever their reasons or motives are...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109344] [ 13-sep-2014 01:16 ECT ]

How the IDF turned a Palestinian house into a military post
By Alexandr Nabokov

August 23, 2014 - Shattered televisions, clothes and food scattered everywhere, clogged toilets, walls covered in drawings, stolen jewelry. These are the scenes that awaited Palestinians in Gaza upon returning to their homes that were used as IDF military posts. The devastation is total. Furniture is overturned, clothes are torn out of the closets and scattered around. Though I try to avoid it, I trample on them as I walk over broken glass, food scraps and cartridge cases. The walls are scribbled with Hebrew writing; large maps of the surrounding houses, along with guard schedules. I am inside a house that seems to be the one from which Salem Shamaly was shot dead in Shejaiye, the young man who died a few meters in front of me when he tried to evacuate his relatives during what was supposed to be a humanitarian ceasefire...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109343] [ 13-sep-2014 01:12 ECT ]

Six Years Ago We Sailed into Gaza
By Free Gaza Movement

August 23, 2014 - In August 2008, our two ramshackle boats, Free Gaza and Liberty, were hiding out somewhere in the Mediterranean, battling mechanical problems and bad weather as they slowly and furtively made their way to Cyprus. Thirty of us impatiently waited for the boats (and the 14 passengers and crew already on the boats) to come and get us. Finally, on August 21, 2008, they arrived. The next morning, the sun was shining when Free Gaza and Liberty finally pulled out to sea, and 44 passengers, journalists and crew had this overwhelming feeling of joy. We were finally sailing to Gaza...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109350] [ 13-sep-2014 01:40 ECT ]

“Gaza’s 9/11”: Israel destroys high-rise building in Gaza - video
Ali Abunimah

August 23, 2014 - In what many Palestinians are calling "Gaza’s 9/11," Israeli warplanes today destroyed the 12-story "Zafir 4" residential tower in Gaza City’s Tal al-Hawa neighborhood. This video captures the moment. It appears that the building was struck by two missiles. The tower was part of the Zafir complex and contained 44 apartments housing about 240 people. Residents had reportedly received warnings to leave the building, but medical officials said 17 people were injured, four of them children. Al Mezan Center for Human Rights states that the building was attacked by Israel "without giving any specific explanation that can be verified."..
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109341] [ 13-sep-2014 00:50 ECT ]

Starve or surrender: Cut off all food and water to Gaza, says Israeli general
Ali Abunimah

August 23, 2014 - Israeli Major-General Giora Eiland has urged that all food and water be cut off to Gaza’s nearly 1.8 million Palestinian residents – a major war crime and precisely the "starve or surrender" policy which the United States has condemned when used in Syria. Eiland, the Israeli government’s former national security advisor, argues that Gaza should be considered an enemy "state." "Since Gaza is in fact a state in a military confrontation with us, the proper way to put pressure on them is to bring to a full stop the supplies from Israel to Gaza, not only of electricity and fuel, but also of food and water," he wrote in a Hebrew-language op-ed on Mako, a website affiliated with Israel’s Channel 2 television...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109340] [ 13-sep-2014 00:48 ECT ]

Who is behind ISIS?
Yvonne Ridley

August 23, 2014 - ...There are few certainties in the chaos that is now the Middle East. However, what I can say with authority is that the world would never have heard of ISIS had widow-makers George W Bush and Tony Blair not launched their illegal war in Iraq in 2003. The world would also never have seen ISIS develop into the full blown monster that it is if the West had, at the very least, introduced a no-fly zone in Syria after the chemical weapons were unleashed on civilians by Bashar Al-Assad's forces exactly a year ago this week. The question to ask is this: Who really benefits from the unfolding ISIS spectacle? The big winners are sitting within the Assad regime. It is that regime which was, by the way, suspected of capturing US journalist James Foley who went missing in north-west Syria on 12 November 2012. How on earth did he slip out of the Syrian government's hands into those of the murderous head-chopping maniacs of ISIS?...

  continua / continued avanti - next    [109339] [ 13-sep-2014 00:41 ECT ]

Justifying terror with counter terrorism
Jessica Purkiss

August 23, 2014 - Under the banner of "terrorism" and "counter terrorism" democratic countries have justified interventions, invasions, the waging of wars in distant places- and the loss of civilian lives. There is no international consensus on a set definition of "terrorism" despite the terms relentless use in political discourse- following 9/11 this intensified, with counter terrorism spurring wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Airstrikes have resumed in Gaza after talks to end Israel's latest military offensive- dubbed "Operation Protective Edge," failed. The operations aim is to destroy the "terror tunnels" and put an end to the "terror projectiles" fired from Gaza into Israel. Counter terrorism has justified the current offensive, as it has the previous ones, the blockade on the Strip, and the decade's long occupation of Palestinian Territories...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109338] [ 13-sep-2014 00:34 ECT ]

Our spring is in Gaza
Ziad Muna

August 23, 2014 - The Arabs' spring is Palestine and Palestine's spring is Gaza and Gaza's spring is embodied by all the victims, martyrs and the resistance heroes. Yes, I say this despite the magnitude of the massacre that has been perpetuated by the enemy against our people in the Gaza Strip and despite the enormous amounts of destruction and death that can be seen from every corner of Arab and Palestinian land. Indeed, we are all aware of the countless sacrifices made by our people voluntarily and sometimes unwillingly. We do not know whether shelters have been built for them or not, for this has been a topic that has been brought up numerous times but has never been discussed thoroughly. This topic must be addressed in the future and we must ask our politicians why they had many shortcomings in this arena and hold them accountable when necessary..
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109337] [ 13-sep-2014 00:07 ECT ]

Syria News - August 22 , 2014
Local Coordination Committees of Syria

August 22, 2014 - Damascus Suburbs: Arbeen: Faez Nadaf, Mouhamad Yousef were martyred due to shelling with toxic gases on the city... Hama: Nasab Abdelkarim Dnawer, 25، and her embryo, Abdelkarim Dnawer, 43 from Halfaya, Inath Abdelkarim Dnawer, 10، and Salam Abdelkarim Dnawer, one and a half years old, were martyred due to explosive barrels shelling on Hasraya village...Deir Ezzor: 4 Martyrs and many wounded were reported due to warplanes shelling in Tenk Oil Field..Daraa: Dael: Reem Ahmad Qanbar, Alaa Ahmad Qanbar, Farah Muhammad Qanbar, Ahmad Taeseer Swedani from Nawa were martyred due to shelling with explosive barrels on the city...

  continua / continued avanti - next    [109336] [ 12-sep-2014 23:57 ECT ]

Israel Forces Continue Their Offensive on Gaza for 47th Consecutive Day; 20 Palestinians, 16 of Whom Are Civilians, Including 6 Children, Killed and 49 Others, Including 11 Children and 7 Women Wounded; Victims Include 5 Civilians, Including Child
The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR)

August 22, 2014 - Israeli occupation forces have continued their brutal and immoral offensive on the Gaza Strip for the 47th consecutive day in violation of the international law. They have employed their full-fledged arsenal to attack the Gaza Strip from the air, sea and land, killing and wounding thousands of Palestinians, mostly civilians, including children and women. Many Palestinians have been killed by Israeli airstrikes that attacked their homes without prior warnings. Israeli forces have attacked homes and civilian facilities and property. On Thursday evening, 21 August 2014, Israeli forces continued attacks on Palestinian civilians and property. They attacked more houses and civilian gatherings. As a result of these attacks, 20 Palestinians, 16 of whom are civilians, including 6 children, were killed....

  continua / continued avanti - next    [109335] [ 12-sep-2014 23:46 ECT ]

A visit to the East Jerusalem hospital treating children injured by Israeli strikes on Gaza
Allison Deger

August 22, 2014 - Rich henna cups Alaa Abu Zeid’s eleven-year old bicep and glitter dots her forehead. She is the star of the second floor of St. Joseph Hospital in East Jerusalem where children who have been transferred from Gaza are receiving surgery after sustaining injuries from Israeli air strikes. Her recovery room is where the ten other children who were medically evacuated are allotted henna and glitter tattoos to splash onto the scant bits of their mottled skin that is free of burns. Alaa was injured in Rafah when an F-16 dropped explosives on her house killing her seven months pregnant mother, brother and eight other members of her family...

  continua / continued avanti - next    [109334] [ 12-sep-2014 23:41 ECT ]

Selective Internationalism: An Activist Disorder
Democratic Revolution, Syrian Style

August 22, 2014 - Some 80,000 people rallied in London over the weekend to support the Palestinians of the Gaza Strip whom Israeli forces are slaughtering daily by the dozens. This commendable display of internationalism, defined as unconditional solidarity with the oppressed and the exploited without regard to borders, colors, or creeds, was repeated all over the U.S. and Europe as thousands turned out at similar marches, even defying a government ban in Paris. Bringing this street sentiment into the halls of power, Chile’s parliament voted to suspend trade talks with Israel. This vigorous internationalist grassroots response to Israel’s murderous campaign is exactly what revolutionary Syrians called for from activists abroad since 2011 in response to the Syrian regime’s adoption of Israeli tactics like collective punishment and bombing, shelling, and demolishing entire civilian neighborhoods — but to no avail...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109333] [ 12-sep-2014 23:36 ECT ]

Imran Khan Slams Role of US as Political Tensions Boil in Pakistan
Common Dreams staff

August 22, 2014 - Political tensions remained high in the Pakistani capital of Islamabad on Friday as opposition leaders traded threats with the ruling parties amid ongoing street protests in the heart of the city. Opposition leader Imran Khan on Thursday said he would no longer compromise with the Pakistani government and vowed to continue protests and a sit-in against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif until he resigns. On Friday, despite those remarks and following the resignation of 34 members of his political party from parliament, talks were said to be on the verge of re-starting...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109332] [ 12-sep-2014 23:29 ECT ]

John Yoo and The Senate Torture Report
Ralph E. Stone

August 22, 2014- Professor John Yoo stepped away from his lectern at the UC Berkeley School of Law to send an e-mail to the San Francisco Chronicle criticizing the forthcoming Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) torture report saying that if "torture was used and it didn't work, she [Senator Dianne Feinstein] is flat wrong." Yoo claimed the report failed to maintain "bipartisanship" that "will undermine its conclusions." I suspect that this is a preemptive attack by Yoo as the release of the Senate torture report will probably place Yoo on the hotseat again. The SSCI Torture report has been approved for public release..
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109331] [ 12-sep-2014 23:08 ECT ]

Pavlov in Israel
Belen Fernandez

August 22, 2014 - Imagine your news intake was restricted to Israeli media outlets and Zionist-friendly international ones. You’d most likely develop the notion that a life intermittently punctuated by air raid sirens is by far the worst fate to befall anyone on the planet.The fact that the siren alerts never correspond to much in terms of human casualties or property damage is inconsequential. According to Israeli-dictated reality, living with annoying background noises is far more difficult than, say, living under indiscriminate bombardment. As was the case with previous Israeli assaults on the Gaza Strip, the essentially unilateral slaughter currently taking place has been accompanied by a steady stream of articles and other media output detailing the unique suffering of the inhabitants of Israel...

  continua / continued avanti - next    [109330] [ 12-sep-2014 22:39 ECT ]

Univ. of Illinois admits pre-emptive firing of Israel critic Steven Salaita
Ali Abunimah

August 22, 2014 - Finally breaking its silence, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign today claimed that the firing of Steven Salaita was "was not influenced in any way by his positions on the conflict in the Middle East nor his criticism of Israel."Rather, it was, in effect, a pre-empetive firing based on the assumption that his tweets would make him a bad teacher.This transparent use of "civility" as a cover to fire a professor with outspoken views on Israel is almost identical to the pretext that was given by DePaul University in 2007 to deny tenure to Norman Finkelstein...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109329] [ 12-sep-2014 22:07 ECT ]

Shiite militiamen kill 70 at Iraq Sunni mosque

August 22, 2013 - Shiite militiamen gunned down 70 people in an apparent revenge attack at an Iraqi Sunni mosque.... Friday Ibrahim Aziz Ali, whose 25-year-old nephew was among those killed, told AFP he and other residents heard gunfire and rushed to the mosque, where they were fired on by snipers. Five vehicles with images of revered Shiite Imam Hussein were parked at the mosque, Ali said, adding that residents clashed with the militiamen who withdrew when the Iraqi army arrived. "We found a massacre" at the mosque, he said...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109328] [ 12-sep-2014 21:46 ECT ]

The Islamic State: Back to the future 

Mustafa Salama

August 22, 2014 - ...

Under occupation, Iraq's political and other social structures were redrawn along ethnic and sectarian lines, and "democratic" elections brought Shia parties to power with little Sunni representation. Shia "death squads" were formed and committed atrocities against Sunni civilians, including attempted ethnic cleansing of Baghdad, where hundreds of mutilated dead bodies were frequently found. Many of these death squads originated from, or were backed by Iran. Ironically members of those militias were also members of the Iraqi police or military forces. Death squads, along with the state security forces, also managed many secret prisons where thousands of Sunnis were imprisoned, tortured, raped and killed. This was documented by the United Nations and other human rights organizations.


December 2012 marked the beginning of an uprising by Sunnis against Maliki's sectarian atrocities and marginalization, a revolt that followed the Arab Spring revolts against dictators in the region, events Iraqis had observed closely....

  continua / continued avanti - next    [109325] [ 12-sep-2014 19:03 ECT ]

America is running Israel’s PR narrative
Catherine Shakdam

August 22, 2014 - While hardly a week has gone by without activists, politicians or independent media outlets pointing an angry finger at corporate media America for their blatant and biased coverage of Israel’s war on Gaza, and all other Palestinian related issues for that matter, few people and organisations have actually taken the time to quantify and label such bias, as has Alison Weir, an American journalist turned activist.Although Alyson Weir has often been portrayed as a pro-Palestinian militant, a harsh critic of Israel, and, to some extent, an American traitor for relentlessly denouncing the Pentagon’s funding of Israel’s imperialistic ambitions in Palestine, she remains, to this day, one of the few impartial parties to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. "Neither a Jew nor a Muslim, neither a Palestinian nor an Israeli," as she often described herself, Ms. Weir’s quest has been one of truths and tangible facts...

  continua / continued avanti - next    [109326] [ 12-sep-2014 19:17 ECT ]

Unexploded Israeli ordnance creates more danger for Gazans
Hana Salah

August 22, 2014 - The most violent Israeli war on Gaza did not settle for the destruction and misery that civilians were left to bear. Israel also left unexploded ordnance (UXO) that can detonate with any unwise movement, thus continually killing people as if the war had not ceased. The explosion of a device in northern Gaza, while Palestinian experts were attempting to disable it on Aug. 13, led to the death of six individuals, including journalists, one of whom was an Italian reporter working for the Associated Press in the Gaza Strip....

  continua / continued avanti - next    [109327] [ 12-sep-2014 19:36 ECT ]

Libya’s chaos continues
Kamel Abdallah

August 22, 2014-Libya’s parliament has appealed for international intervention to end its country’s worsening violence. The decision triggered mass demonstrations in Tripoli, Benghazi and other major cities. Fighting between opposing militias has been raging in Benghazi since May, and in Tripoli since July. The parliament was meeting if the eastern town of Tobruk.Demonstrators claimed that the parliamentary assembly in Tobruk was illegitimate, and that its decisions were not binding. This included the resolution to request international military intervention. Protestors are opposed to any measure that would bring foreign troops onto Libyan soil...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109324] [ 12-sep-2014 18:50 ECT ]

How the New York Times Twists Gaza
by Peter Hart

August 22, 2014 - Though it has faded somewhat from the headlines, Israel's war on Gaza is still going on, with a round of airstrikes that killed dozens this week. And how was this reported in the New York Times? As Hamas breaking a cease-fire agreement. Jodi Rudoren's dispatch (8/21/14) begins with a rather astonishing lead: Hamas is the party that keeps extending this summer's bloody battle in the Gaza Strip, repeatedly breaking temporary truces and vowing to endlessly fire rockets into Israel until its demands are met.
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109323] [ 12-sep-2014 18:44 ECT ]

The constant presence of death in the lives of Palestinian children
Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian

August 22, 2014 - At a gathering at the Abu Khdeir house in Jerusalem after Muhammad Abu Khdeir was burned alive, a mother narrated a conversation she had with her daughter: Lama: "If I die, will they burn me like they burned Muhammad Abu Khdeir? What will happen to us? If I die like all the children in Gaza, how could I play or sing?"Her mother replied: "But, you must keep on singing, nothing in this house is like you playing and singing. You are my little girl."
Lama: "No Mama, I won’t sing, because my voice is afraid to be happy, I can’t even draw, because my hands do not want to draw the sun and the flowers. Mama, did they bomb the sun? Can they?"...

  continua / continued avanti - next    [109322] [ 12-sep-2014 18:31 ECT ]

Are We Not Savages Too?
The Beheading of James Foley


August 22, 2014 - Without question, the beheading of US journalist James Foley was an inexcusable and savage act of violence by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The killing of non-combatants should always be condemned. But there is a clear discrepancy in the response of both the Western media and the general public with regard to the killing of Western civilians compared to Islamic civilians. The number of Western civilians killed by Islamic militants pales in comparison to the number of non-combatants that have died at the hands of the US and its military allies in Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia and Yemen. And yet, the outrage at the killing of these innocent Muslims, many of who are women and children, is virtually non-existent in the West...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109321] [ 12-sep-2014 18:25 ECT ]

Watch: Huge pro-BDS Palestinian flag unfurled on Manhattan Bridgef
Alex Kane

August 22, 2014 - Hundreds of New Yorkers marched over the Brooklyn Bridge Wednesday in a rally for Gaza. Demonstrators called for boycotting Israel and chanted for a free Palestine. The video above was shot by the MTL Collective. It shows that as demonstrators streamed over the bridge, a huge Palestinian flag with the words "Boycott, Divest, Sanction" and "Gaza In Our Hearts" was flown off the side of the Manhattan Bridge, which can be seen from the Brooklyn Bridge. The unfurling of the flag attracted local media attention. Here’s a photo of the moment...

  continua / continued avanti - next    [109320] [ 12-sep-2014 17:20 ECT ]

Israel's other war: Silencing Palestinian citizens
By Shadan Jabareen

August 22, 2014 - I had just finished my second year at Tel Aviv University and wanted to remain in the city for the summer to work, so I applied for a job at a bookshop in Ben Gurion Airport in late June; they needed employees. The operations coordinator was impressed with my fluency in Arabic, Hebrew and English, so we scheduled an interview. After explaining the requirements of the job, she told me: "First, we have to do a security check. You’re an Arab Muslim, so your check will probably take longer than usual." This came as no surprise to me; after all, I have 21 years of experience living in Israel. A week later the Israeli offensive on Gaza erupted and I received an email from the coordinator telling me, "Sorry we have too many employees. We are not going to hire you for the moment; we will contact you in two weeks when there is a position available." I never heard from her again.

  continua / continued avanti - next    [109319] [ 12-sep-2014 13:45 ECT ]

Canada’s tax-deductible support for Israel’s crimes
Yves Engler

August 21, 2014 - When is a Canadian who leaves this country to join a foreign military force and participate in the killing of innocent civilians, including children, called a "terror tourist" and sent to jail? The answer is: only when that person joins a military force the Conservative government disagrees with. Numerous ministers in the current federal government have loudly denounced the radicalization of Canadian youth in foreign wars. Last year, the Conservatives passed a law that sets a maximum fifteen year prison sentence for "leaving or attempting to leave Canada" to commit terrorism. Jason Kenney, the minister for multiculturalism, recently said the government is trying "to monitor networks that recruit and radicalize youth."...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109318] [ 12-sep-2014 02:56 ECT ]

Slaughter in Gaza: the lessons of history
Dr Salman Abu Sitta

August 22, 2014 - The guns in Gaza attacks may fall silent for a while and resume firing later but this will not change the pattern which lasted 66 years. The bloodshed will not come to an end without knowing how and why it started and how to deal with it. In the last four weeks, the pictures of dismembered children and women were shown around the world by the new uncensored medium of social media. Numbers of casualties were flashed on TV screens as the daily barometer of death and destruction. Shy voices are rising slowly calling the carnage a massacre or even genocide. This social media explosion, curtailing the influence of regular media, has a tremendous effect on understating the Palestine-Israel conflict. People are now asking questions: who are these people, why this chronic conflict lasted so long...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109317] [ 12-sep-2014 02:37 ECT ]

Syria News - August 21, 2014
Local Coordination Committees of Syria

August 21, 2014 - By the end of Thursday, the coordination committees were able to document 37 martyrs including a woman, 5 children and 9 martyrs under torture : 13 martyrs were reported in Damascus and its Suburbs; 11 in Aleppo; 7 in Homs; 3 in Daraa; 2 in Hasakeh and 1 in Tartous....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109316] [ 12-sep-2014 00:44 ECT ]

Israel Forces Continue Their Offensive on Gaza Amidst Threats to Expand It; 30 Palestinians, 22 of Whom Are Civilians, Including 10 Children and 3 Women, Killed and 110 Others, Including 36 Children and 22 Women Wounded; Victims Include Father and Stepmot
The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR)

August 21, 2014 - Israeli occupation forces have continued their brutal and immoral offensive on the Gaza Strip for 45 days in violation of the international law. They have employed their full-fledged arsenal to attack the Gaza Strip from the air, sea and land, killing and wounding thousands of Palestinians, mostly civilians, including children and women. Many Palestinians have been killed by Israeli airstrikes that attacked their homes without prior warnings. Israeli forces have attacked homes, trees, sands and civilian facilities and property. On Wednesday evening, 20 August 2014, Israeli forces escalated attacks on Palestinian civilians and property. They attacked more houses and civilian gatherings, and extra-judicially executed a number of members of Palestinian armed groups...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109315] [ 12-sep-2014 00:20 ECT ]

As in Iraq, so in Syria
Obama’s priority in Syria is an accommodation with Iran

Tony Badran

August 21, 2014 - President Obama has made clear that the purpose of his limited intervention in Iraq is to shore up the central government in Baghdad such that all Iraqis will combat the Islamic State (IS). As the president explained last week, he believes "the only lasting solution is for Iraqis to come together and form an inclusive government… one that can unify the country’s fight against ISIL." What’s most striking about Obama’s rhetoric and objectives in Iraq is their seamless concurrence with Iran’s. Indeed, the framework within which we should understand current US policy in Iraq is the US president’s continued pursuit of a region-wide accommodation with Iran and his preference for partnering with Iranian-backed "state institutions" in various countries across the region. With this in mind, Obama’s approach in Iraq also carries implications for his Syria policy...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109314] [ 12-sep-2014 00:11 ECT ]

Sales of Israeli goods in West Bank down 50% due to boycott
Ahmad Melhem

August 21, 2014 In a convenience store in Ramallah, Muhammad Ali, 9, asked his mother to buy him some juice, but told her, "I do not want an Israeli one." When Al-Monitor asked him why, he replied, "Because they are killing the children in Gaza."This child may not be aware that there are thousands of Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip who are currently boycotting Israeli products in response to public and youth campaigns. There are posters calling for the boycott everywhere in the West Bank....

  continua / continued avanti - next    [109313] [ 11-sep-2014 23:36 ECT ]

Sunnis do not believe Abadi is solution to Iraq's crises
Omar al-Jaffal

August 21, 2014 - Sheikh Mohammed al-Bajari, a member of the local council in Fallujah — the city west of Baghdad in Anbar province that has been under heavy shelling and military operations for over 18 months now — said he does not believe "Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki stepping down and Haider al-Abadi designated to form the new government will solve the Sunnis’ problem with the federal government in Baghdad."Bajari described Maliki’s stepping down and Abadi’s designation as "a simple change of faces."...

  continua / continued avanti - next    [109312] [ 11-sep-2014 22:38 ECT ]

Iraq, a humanitarian intervention?
Joseph Daher

August 21, 2014 - ...The USA intervention is driven by political and imperialist interests and nothing else. These interests now demand to maintain the authoritarian and sectarian regime that the United States created in 2003 and that they have been supporting. The IS is the enemy of the United States because it threatens the sovereignty of a government that collaborates with the USA, and not because it is an ultra reactionary sectarian group that attacks minorities and Iraqis in general. Similarly, if the United States did not intervene in Syria, it is not because they think the Assad regime protects religious and ethnic minorities, but because they do not want to overthrow a regime that has served their political interests on many occasions in the past, including by suppressing the Palestinian and Lebanese progressive resistance in Lebanon and Syria, and that participated in the imperialist war against Iraq in 1991 with the coalition led by the United States, etc ..
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109311] [ 11-sep-2014 22:11 ECT ]

Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (14– 20 August 2014)
The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR)

August 21, 2014 - Summary: Israeli violations of international law and international humanitarian law in the oPt continued during the reporting period (14 – 20 August 2014).Shooting and Killing: In the context of the Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip, Israeli forces killed 22 Palestinians, 19 of whom are civilians, including 8 children and a woman, and wounded 89 others, including 31 children and 19 women. Six Palestinian civilians, including 2 women, died of previous wound, and the body of a Palestinian was recovered from the debris. Israeli warplanes launched dozens of airstrikes on the Gaza Strip, destroying 14 houses and damaging dozens of others. In the West Bank, Israeli forces wounded 14 Palestinian civilians, including 6 children, during peaceful demonstrations organized by Palestinian civilians in the West Bank in protest against the Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip and the construction of the annexation wall in the West Bank....

  continua / continued avanti - next    [109310] [ 11-sep-2014 21:36 ECT ]

On celebrity revolutionaries, depth of analysis, and rebels bearing arms
Michael Karadjis

August 21, 2014 -...I guess when you are a celebrity revolutionary like Tariq Ali you don’t actually have to know much, still less try to provide evidence, any sweeping statement will do because you think everyone will just listen to you because you’re Tariq Ali. Unfortunately, for thousands of activists who are very well aware of what has been going on in Syria, Ali’s shallowness is self-evident. The US did not "arm" the rebels as Ali baldly states, and even then "help" via Turkey can only mean one of two things, either (1) the non-lethal aid, ie, tents, radios, night-goggles, ready-meals and so much other useless rubbish, which presumably Ali thinks "helped" them confront Assad’s helicopter gunships, barrel bombs, ballistic missiles, incendiary bombs, chemical weapons etc, or (2) it means the CIA role in making sure an already existing (no thanks to the CIA) arms pipeline via Turkey greatly limited what weapons actually got from the storehouses in Turkey into Syria, in actively vetoing any groups they didn’t like getting anything, and in preventing Manpads (shoulder-fired anti-aircraft guns, the actually useful thing) getting in at all to anyone.
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109309] [ 11-sep-2014 02:35 ECT ]

Iraq: A Mirror for Afghanistan’s Future
Justin Pavoni

August 21, 2014 - If anyone wants to know what Afghanistan will look like whenever the United States finally gives up its meaningless occupation, take one look at Iraq. After 24 years of perpetual American war in Iraq – an invasion, a decade long no-fly zone, international sanctions, a second invasion, an occupation, the overthrow of a dictator and the installation of a puppet democracy – Iraq is anything but stable. Is this really any surprise?...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109308] [ 11-sep-2014 02:31 ECT ]

“Most of the Hunger Strikers Are Vomiting on the Torture Chairs”: Emad Hassan’s Latest Harrowing Letter from Guantánamo
Andy Worthington

August 21, 2014 - In the long-running struggle by prisoners at Guantánamo to get US judges to order the prison authorities to stop force-feeding them when they are on a hunger strike to protest about their indefinite imprisonment without charge or trial, the focus in the last few months has been on Abu Wa’el Dhiab, a Syrian prisoner, cleared for release in 2009 by the high-level, inter-agency Guantánamo Review Task Force that President Obama appointed shortly after taking office, but still held, like 78 other prisoners cleared for release. In May, in Washington D.C., District Judge Gladys Kessler delivered a powerful and unprecedented ruling in Mr. Dhiab’s case, ordering the government to stop force-feeding him, and also ordering the release, to his lawyers, of videotapes showing his force-feeding and "forcible cell extractions" (FCEs), where prisoners are violently extracted from their cells by a group of armored guards and taken for force-feeding after refusing to voluntarily drink the liquid nutritional supplements given to hunger strikers...

  continua / continued avanti - next    [109307] [ 11-sep-2014 02:13 ECT ]

No home to go back to
Ahmed Al-Sayed

August 21, 2014 - Weeks of brutal shelling of the Gaza Strip has driven almost one quarter of the population out of their homes. Nearly half a million inhabitants are now staying in UN-run shelters or with other families. Many have lost their houses and all of their belongings, creating a humanitarian crisis that may last for years to come.Palestinian officials say that up to 100,000 inhabitants now need new homes, their former residences having been destroyed in the recent hostilities. Palestinian Minister of Economy Mohammad Mostafa said the government will try to provide homes for the displaced families, and will also work in close cooperation with the UN refugees agency, UNRWA, to erect prefab houses for the population...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109306] [ 11-sep-2014 01:10 ECT ]

Palestinian Party unity is No Substitute for a Political System
By Sam Bahour

August 21, 2014 - Palestinian "unity"—reconciling tensions between Hamas and Fatah—is being revered as the foundation that can extract Gaza from the misery wrought upon it by yet another brutal Israeli military onslaught. The devastation from what Israel called "Operation Protective Edge" is overwhelming: over 2,000 Palestinians dead, over 10,000 wounded and paralyzed, and a third of the 1.8 million people in Gaza homeless. Added to this human tragedy is the rabid destruction of Gaza’s civilian infrastructure. Palestinian political "unity" requires an operating political system, which is something that Israel dismantled long ago with official Palestinian acquiescence. Anyone seriously wanting to see Palestinians survive this latest Israeli attack should support the reemergence of a fully operating Palestinian political system, rather than just the replacement of a pair of failed political monopolies with a reconciled but leaderless political duopoly...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109305] [ 11-sep-2014 00:45 ECT ]

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