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

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

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

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

:: Iraq anthem
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On the 12th Day of the Israeli Offensive: Israeli Forces Continue Ground Operation in the Gaza Strip Covered by Unprecedented Shelling; Israeli Forces Use Flechette Shells; Approximately 50,000 Palestinians Forcibly Displaced in Border Areas
The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR)

July 19, 2014 - Israeli occupation forces have continued their brutal and immoral offensive on the Gaza Strip for the 12th consecutive day, and have continued the policy of collective punishment in disregard for the international law and humanitarian law, which ensure protection for civilians in times of war, and in violation of the principles of necessity, proportionality and distinction. Israeli forces have continued their aerial, ground and sea attacks throughout the Gaza Strip, causing more civilian casualties and damaging civilian facilities, including houses and mosques....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108589] [ 30-jul-2014 01:08 ECT ]

2022 FIFA World Cup slave labour deaths
Matteo Fagotto

July 19, 2014 - Him Kumari Yongan’s eyes fill suddenly with tears. "He never complained," the 25-year-old says. "At times he just said that the work was very hard." She tries to keep her composure, gently caressing her three-year-old son as she talks about the father he will never see again. "I don’t know what to do now. I am alone." A few weeks ago, a formal phone call from the company her husband was working for in Qatar announced his death. According to his co-workers, Narabaj Tamang went to bed after dinner and fell asleep, only to be found dead the next morning. While the medical report ascribes his death to an "acute respiratory failure", Yongan will never know what really happened to her husband. Here in Nepal, hundreds of families have lost relatives in Qatar – men and women who have taken jobs thousands of kilometres from home in order to get the small emirate ready to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108588] [ 29-jul-2014 23:25 ECT ]

My Grandmother In Gaza: Bury Me Under the Mulberry Tree, Not In the Cemetery
By Ghada Ageel

July 19, 2014 - I speak to friends and family in Gaza every day. The stories they tell tear at my soul. I ask myself if President Barack Obama, at the pinnacle of power, hears the same harrowing accounts in his morning briefs from the NSA, CIA and other agencies. Reason says no. No report can tell of the terror Palestinians are enduring – particularly now with the ground war apparently getting underway – and the heartbreak they have lived for more than 66 years. These agencies assess raw numbers and immediate risk, but are not capable of grasping the horrors in Gaza caused by American weaponry and aid to Israel. Do president Obama’s morning briefs mention my friend Abeer, who told me her three children — ages four to seven — are now using diapers from the fear caused by hourly Israeli bombardment?...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108587] [ 29-jul-2014 23:15 ECT ]

Why No Vetoed Resolutions on Civilian Killings in Gaza?
By Thalif Deen

July 19, 2014 - ....Stephen Zunes, professor of politics and coordinator of Middle Eastern Studies at the University of San Francisco, told IPS just as the Russians and Chinese have blocked Security Council action regarding Syria's attacks on civilians in crowded urban areas, the United States has successfully blocked Security Council action regarding Israeli attacks on civilians in crowded urban areas. Though both involve serious violations of international humanitarian law, precedent would dictate that U.N. action on Israel's assault on Gaza would be even more appropriate because it is an international conflict rather than a civil war, said Zunes, who has written extensively on the politics of the Security Council....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108586] [ 29-jul-2014 23:10 ECT ]

Mowing the Lawn in Gaza
By John Feffer

July 19, 2014 - The Palestinians of Gaza are guilty of that new post-Cold War misdemeanor: voting while Muslim. The punishment for this crime has been eight years of economic hardship, international isolation, and periodic Israeli bombardments. Like the Algerians in 1990 and the Egyptians in 2012, Gazans went to the polls in 2006 and voted for the wrong party. Rather than supporting the secular choice, they cast their ballots for Hamas. Not all Palestinians are Muslim (6 percent or so are Christian). But by opting for the Islamic Resistance Movement—Hamas, for short—Gazans had effectively nullified their own ballots...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108585] [ 29-jul-2014 23:02 ECT ]

Israel Has Been Bitten by a Bat
By Lawrence Weschler

July 19, 2014 - The news out of Israel and Palestine: relentless, remorseless, repetitively compulsive, rabid.And I am put in mind of a passage from Norman Mailer, in 1972, in which he attempted to plumb the psychopathology behind America’s relentless bombing of Cambodia and Laos and Vietnam during the Nixon years: ... bombing [which] had become an activity as rational as the act of a man who walks across his own home town to defecate each night on the lawn of a stranger—it is the same stranger each night—such a man would not last long even if he had the most powerful body in town. "Stop," he would scream as they dragged him away. "I need to shit on that lawn. It’s the only way to keep my body in shape, you fools. I’ve been bitten by a bat!"...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108584] [ 29-jul-2014 22:22 ECT ]

Iran turned Hezbollah into a killing machine as bad as takfiris:Tufaili
Ya Libnan

July 19, 2014 - Hezbollah’s former Secretary-General Sheikh Sobhi Tufaili, an outspoken critic of the current leadership of the Iranian backed militant group blasted the Shiite party’s military role in Syria, blaming it for deepening Shiite-Sunni tension in Lebanon and across the Middle East..."We regret to say that Hezbollah has been tuned into a sectarian party and a killing machine, as bad as takfiri groups, at the hands of the Iranians," Tufaili said.He charged that Hezbollah’s battle was directed against Muslims for the sake of defending "the regimes of corruption and tyranny," in reference to Syria and Iran."Hezbollah’s involvement in the fighting in Syria against Syrian children and people is a main factor in igniting sectarian hostilities and animosity that only serve the Zionist enemy and its allies," Tufaili stressed...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108583] [ 29-jul-2014 22:13 ECT ]

International activists risk lives to protect Gaza’s ambulances under fire
Allison Deger

July 19, 2014 -- A team of international activists in Gaza acted as "human shields" this afternoon to secure medications for injured and disabled Palestinians by accompanying Red Crescent ambulances into a firing zone in Gaza City. The activists are all foreign nationals, hailing from the United Kingdom, United States and Sweden. To reach el-Wafa Rehabilitation Hospital the internationals crossed heavy Israeli military shelling from the air and border area. The medical facility was destroyed beyond use by Israeli missiles Thursday evening. The Israeli military had said weapons were being launched from nearby the hospital and said Hamas had used the facility as a "human shield."...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108582] [ 28-jul-2014 00:36 ECT ]

The heart of the problem with Israel: The mass expulsion of the Palestinian people
Donna Nevel

July 19, 2014 - As Israeli government violence against the Palestinians in Gaza intensifies (the latest news being an aggressive ground invasion), I saw a discussion on-line about whether Israel has become more brutal or the brutality has simply become more visible to the public. I remembered listening to Benjamin Netanyahu when he was at MIT in the 1970’s. He called himself Bibi Nitai and said he was in self-exile until the Labor Party, which he despised, was out of power. He spoke contemptuously about Arabs, and predicted he would be the leader of Israel someday and would protect the Jewish state in the way it deserved. The immediate response many of us had was: "Heaven help us all if he ever gets into power in Israel."...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108581] [ 28-jul-2014 00:04 ECT ]

Malnutrition Hits Syrians Hard as UN Authorises Cross-Border Access
By Shelly Kittleson

July 19, 2014 - Gaunt, haggard Syrian children begging and selling gum have become a fixture in streets of the Lebanese capital; having fled the ongoing conflict, they continue to be stalked by its effects. Most who make it across the Syria-Lebanon border live in informal settlements in extremely poor hygienic conditions, which for many means diarrhoeal diseases, malnutrition, and – for the most vulnerable – sometimes death. By the end of January, almost 40,000 Syrian children had been born as refugees, while the total number of minors who had fled abroad quadrupled to over 1.2 million between March 2013 and March 2014....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108580] [ 27-jul-2014 23:38 ECT ]

A Moment to Be Seized?
by Stuart Littlewood

July 19, 2014-There was never a better moment for the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) movement to mass-mobilise for a mega-campaign to not only impact more heavily on the lawless Israeli state but also unmask those in business and public life who shamelessly support the criminal programme that was embedded in its DNA while on the Zionists’ drawing board.This could include politicians, businesspeople, entertainers, sports stars, churchmen and the many organisations and fan clubs that nourish the thuggish vanity and horrendous cruelty of the Zionist regime. Zero tolerance is needed. Those who fund or support the inhuman behaviour we have witnessed, not just this week but ever since 1947 (and some would say, long before then), are not fit to be admitted into decent society let alone allowed to run our country and major institutions...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108579] [ 27-jul-2014 22:58 ECT ]

Studies continually show strong pro-Israel bias in western media
Mohamad Elmasry

July 19, 2014 - CNN journalist Jake Tapper opened a recent interview with Human Rights Attorney Diana Buttu with the following two-part question: "Why is Hamas launching rockets into Israeli population centers and are any other Palestinians trying to stop them from doing so?" Tapper’s question - which lays onus on Hamas and other Palestinians and ignores the enveloping context of Israel’s siege on Gaza - is both telling and predictable. Mainstream western media outlets are, by and large, infused with a pro-Israeli ideological bias that colors nearly all mainstream Western reporting on Israel-Palestine...

  continua / continued avanti - next    [108578] [ 27-jul-2014 22:38 ECT ]

Gaza City resident Amal Sarsour: ‘There is no place to go, death is around us all the time’
Alex Kane

July 19, 2014 - There is no where for Amal Sarsour to go–not when Israeli bombs, missiles, and artillery fire are blanketing Gaza. The 38-year-old Gaza City resident is cooped up in her home with her brothers and their families, who left their homes after the Israeli air force targeted their neighborhood. She doesn’t step outside. "It’s not safe at all," Sarsour, an academic and lecturer at Al Quds and Al Azhar universities in Gaza, tells me. "We can’t get out of our house…We are targeted by bombing, missiles around us." In a follow-up e-mail, she wrote: "There is no place to go, we feel that death [is] around us all the time."...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108577] [ 27-jul-2014 22:32 ECT ]

Expel Palestinians, populate Gaza with Jews, says Knesset deputy speaker
Ali Abunimah

July 19, 2014 - Israel must attack Gaza even more mercilessly, expel the population and resettle the territory with Jews, the deputy speaker of Israel’s parliament, the Knesset, has said. Moshe Feiglin, a member of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s ruling Likud Party, makes the call in an article for the Israeli news website Arutz Sheva. Feiglin demands that Israel launch attacks "throughout Gaza with the IDF’s [Israeli army’s] maximum force (and not a tiny fraction of it) with all the conventional means at its disposal."...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108576] [ 27-jul-2014 22:23 ECT ]

Suffocating indoors under the rain of Israel’s bombs
Ayah Bashir

July 19, 2014 - Three weeks before this attack, I had the long-awaited chance to spend a week in the occupied West Bank and the 1948 territories (present-day Israel). I wanted to write about this marvelous experience of life and laughter, but now I am writing about death and sorrow. Two days before the attack, I was supposed to travel to Geneva to participate in a summer school training program for which I have been preparing for seven months and which concludes today. I booked two flights both from Egypt and Jordan, but missed both. The Israelis never approved my permit to travel through Erez checkpoint in the north of Gaza, even though I applied three times, and Rafah crossing, the southern land border with Egypt, has been consistently sealed off. I am not attending the course, though I still receive emails related to it. Instead, I am living this war...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108575] [ 27-jul-2014 22:13 ECT ]

Israeli military destroyed el-Wafa hospital even though it knew there were no weapons inside
Allison Deger

July 19, 2014 - The Israeli army targeted and destroyed the Gaza strip’s only rehabilitation hospital even though Israeli authorities said they did not believe weapons were inside of the facility. El-Wafa Rehabilitation Hospital, which treats long-term injuries and physical disabilities, was heavily shelled Thursday evening causing an emergency evacuation of all staff and patients. El-Wafa Rehabilitation Hospital treats long-term injuries and physical disabilities. All of the patients have some degree of paralysis, require around the clock care and many are on oxygen support and feeding tubes. "We’ve seen a lot of launches of rockets that came from exactly near the hospital, 100 meters near," said a spokesperson for the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF), continuing, "Obviously the target was not the hospital."...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108574] [ 27-jul-2014 22:02 ECT ]

Why won’t the US investigate Israeli violence against US citizens?
Josh Ruebner

Earlier this month, fifteen-year-old Tariq Abukhdeir, a US citizen from Tampa, Florida, was savagely beaten by undercover Israeli police in the Shuafat neighborhood of occupied East Jerusalem. The attack was caught on video, showing Israeli police repeatedly kicking and punching Abukhdeir in the face and head as he lay handcuffed on the ground. According to the Palestinian human rights organization Addameer, Abukhdeir was arrested without charge and denied urgently needed medical attention and access to his family for five hours. He was released on bail after three days in Israeli jail and placed under house arrest before returning to Florida on 16 July.
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108573] [ 27-jul-2014 19:55 ECT ]

Devastated family remembers cheerful boy cut down by Israeli fire on Gaza beach
Rami Almeghari

July 19, 2014 - The day before he was killed, "Ismail came home carrying fresh fish and began joking with his brothers and sisters. He seemed unusually cheerful and happy," his mother Sahar Baker told The Electronic Intifada at her home in Gaza’s Beach Camp just twenty-four hours after her son’s brutal slaying
"I asked him, my son, why did you go to the beach while the situation is dangerous? He answered, we were playing as we wanted to play, why should we be afraid?" Sahar said.Ismail Muhammad Baker, nine years old, was killed along with his cousins Ahed Atif Baker and Zakaria Ahed Baker, both ten years old, and eleven-year-old Muhammad Ramiz Baker when Israeli fire targeted them on a beach near Gaza City’s seaport on 16 July....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108572] [ 27-jul-2014 06:06 ECT ]

Syria News - July 18 , 2014 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Local Coordinating Committees of Syria

July 18 , 2014- By the end of Friday, the coordination committees were able to document 66 martyrs, including 6 women, 10 child and 3 martyrs under torture: 24 martyrs were reported in Aleppo; 17 in Idlib; 11 in Hama; 7 in Daraa; 6 in Damascus and its suburbs; and 1 in Deir Ezzor....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108571] [ 27-jul-2014 05:25 ECT ]

On the 11th Day of the Israeli Offensive: Israeli Forces Launch Ground Operation in the Gaza Strip Covered by Unprecedented Shelling; Dozens of Palestinian Civilians Killed or Wounded
The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR)

July 18, 2014 -Israeli occupation forces have continued their brutal and immoral offensive on the Gaza Strip for the 8th consecutive day, and have continued the policy of collective punishment in disregard for the international law and humanitarian law, which ensure protection for civilians in times of war, and in violation of the principles of necessity, proportionality and distinction. Israeli forces have continued their aerial, ground and sea attacks throughout the Gaza Strip, causing more civilian casualties and damaging civilian facilities, including houses and mosques. Last night, the Israeli government declared launching a ground operation in the Gaza Strip. In effect, Israeli forces moved hundreds of meters into Palestinian areas located along the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel, amidst unprecedented shelling....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108570] [ 27-jul-2014 05:13 ECT ]

Edward Snowden: 'If I end up in chains in Guantánamo I can live with that' - video interview
Alan Rusbridger and Ewen MacAskill

July 18, 2014 -....The intelligence community knows that I’m not working for any foreign government at all. They anonymously stated to the Washington Post that I’m not an agent of any foreign power, they don’t have a warrant out on that basis. And that’s because if I were providing information that I know, that’s in my head, to some foreign government, the US intelligence community would be able to detect that. They would see changes in the type of information that’s going through it. They would see sources go dark that were previously productive. They would see new sources of disinformation appearing in these channels and that hasn’t happened....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108569] [ 27-jul-2014 04:50 ECT ]

A father opens a plastic bag: 'This is my son,' he says, killed by an Israeli shell
Peter Beaumont

July 18, 2014 -The house of the Antez family in Sha'af looks undamaged from the outside. But the men milling around it have the dazed faces of grief that tell a different story.Inside, the hole punched by the tank shell that hit the house, after clearing the retaining wall, is visible about 3m (10ft) off the ground.It seems a small thing – a hole the size of a toaster. But the shell travelled through four walls, scattering pieces of shrapnel that have been gathered and placed to one side. There were 60 people from three families sheltering inside, some under the stairs, some in a corridor leading to a half-finished room...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108568] [ 27-jul-2014 04:42 ECT ]

Israeli police ransack Tariq Abu Khdeir family home and arrest relatives in apparent revenge raid
Max Blumenthal

July 18, 2014- Just hours after 15-year-old Tariq Abu Khdeir left for Ben Gurion International Airport to return home to Tampa, Florida, Israeli police raided and ransacked the home of his family in the Shufat neighborhood of occupied East Jerusalem. The police arrested Abu Khdeir’s uncle and cousins without charges. The Israeli motive appears to have been revenge for the family’s role in publicizing CCTV footage of Abu Khdeir’s brutal beating at the hands of Israeli police, and their public campaign to secure his return to the US...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108567] [ 27-jul-2014 04:21 ECT ]

When Reporting Becomes a Weapon of Mass Deception
By Dr. Mosheer Amer – Gaza

July 18, 2014 - ...What is problematic about these reports is the utter lack of background information that puts Israeli and Palestinian actions in context. Reading the BBC and CNN reports, one can only see that the context of Israel’s crippling siege on Gaza, where 80% of its 1.8 million population are Palestinian refugees who were displaced from their homes in historic Palestine in 1948 and since then have been facing the harsh reality of Israel’s military occupation, siege and humiliation in the world’s largest open-air prison. Disguising the reality of occupation as war between two equals is a stark case of problematic news framing. A BBC headline on 11 July which read, "Gaza-Israel conflict: What can Israel and Hamas gain?", and the lead paragraphs, falsely frame the situation as nothing more than a conflict between two equals trying to maximise their political benefits...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108566] [ 27-jul-2014 03:56 ECT ]

The Resistance Will Not Surrender: We Will Be Victorious or Die
By Dr. Ahmed Yousef – Gaza

July 18, 2014 - The blatant aggression against the Gaza Strip we are witnessing affects anyone who has a heart, as Israel’s destruction and barbarism are unprecedented and worse than any I have seen in my life. The horror of today’s attacks is incomparable with any of the raids and wars against the Gaza Strip over the past 50 years. The bombing raids being carried out by Israeli warplanes on the Gaza Strip, as well as the missiles being launched on the homes and farms of innocent civilians, are the latest by the "death industry" of the rogue state. With the war crimes it has committed, as well as its international law and human rights law violations, Israel has gone beyond any international condemnations, reactions and denouncements issued against its non-stop aggression. The latest of such condemnations by the UN were stated in the Goldstone Report after Operation Cast Lead in 2008/2009...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108565] [ 27-jul-2014 03:48 ECT ]

The terrible price the children of Gaza are paying
By Charlotte Armstrong

July 18, 2014 - ...This is not the first time that Israeli forces have struck civilians on the Gazan coastline. On July 11, an Israeli attack on the Fun Time Beach café near the city of Khan Yunis killed nine civilians, including two 15-year-old children, and wounded three, including a 13-year-old boy. An Israeli military spokesman said the attack was "targeting a terrorist" but presented no evidence that any of those at the café, who had gathered to watch a World Cup match, were participating in military operations, or that the killing of one alleged "terrorist" in a crowded café would justify the expected civilian casualties...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108564] [ 27-jul-2014 02:51 ECT ]

When Strength is Weakness
Israel’s Heart of Darkness


July 18, 2014 - ....A noticeable change has occurred in Israel since its bombardment of Gaza in 2008/9, what I have termed the Christmas bombing of imprisoned civilians caught in a steel net surrounding their sliver of land, a change that offers perspective on the altering mindset that guides this benumbed state. Then Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni on Saturday the 27th "…instructed the Foreign ministry to take emergency measures to adapt Israel’s international public relations to the ongoing escalation in the Gaza strip" (Haaretz, 12/28/08). Her intent as she ordered the military to continue its devastation of the Gazan people resulting in over 1400 dead, many children, was "to explain the rationale for the expanded IDF operations in the Gaza strip." An all out call to PR personnel to mobilize was issued, including those with language proficiency in Arabic, Italian, Spanish and German, the better to muffle the voices of those finding fault with the invasion. She noted at the time that Israel expects foreign media and diplomatic figures to support Israel....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108563] [ 27-jul-2014 02:16 ECT ]

As war rages in Gaza and Pakistan, drone companies gather at Farnborough to market their wares
By Chris Cole

July 18, 2014 - Against a backdrop of horrific Israeli air strikes in Gaza as well as a US drone strike in Pakistan, the Farnborough International Air show took place this week in the UK. Although billed as an air show, the event is in reality a week-long marketing event for the world’s military (and some civil) aviation companies to show off their wares with an open-to-the-public air show tacked on at the end. Drones are increasingly important at Farnborough with a reported 78 companies displaying unmanned drones this year. In terms of British drones the key event was the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the UK and France on the £120m ($205m) agreement to study the development of the Future Combat Air System. This funding was first announced earlier this year at the Anglo-French Summit at Brize Norton...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108562] [ 27-jul-2014 01:11 ECT ]

Is Israel’s Operation Protective Edge Really About Natural Gas?

July 18, 2014 -While many articles have debunked the myth that Israel is acting out of "self-defense," very few have attempted to establish why Israel is continuing its assault on Palestine through Operation Protective Edge, aside from the supposition that Zionists have a fanatic penchant for drawing Palestinian blood. Behind the operation, behind the mass Israeli and U.S. propaganda attempting to justify the massacre, and behind the death of every child in Gaza is a conflict rarely discussed, an imperialist conflict and a contradiction that rests on Israel’s ambitions to appropriate and profit from Gaza’s natural gas resources.To provide some background, the natural gas issue arose in the year 2000 when British Gas (BG) discovered what they claimed to be $4 billion worth of natural gas reserves off the coast of Gaza. The Palestinian Investment Fund (PIF) and British Gas (BG) both invested in the project, with BG holding 60% of the rights. Since then, more gas has been found in the region....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108561] [ 26-jul-2014 23:25 ECT ]

Iraq snapshot - July 18, 2014
The Common Ills

July 18, 2014 -Over and over, Nouri al-Maliki's actions have been filtered by the press to remove his most extreme statements and actions so that US readers and audio and video news consumers will never grasp how out of control Nouri is, how criminal he is. Unlike Nouri al-Maliki's temple whores, we've never played that game here...The western press needs to be held accountable. That includes those who hate Sunnis and think it's alright to act on their own prejudices. Amy Goodman does a two part segment on Iraq this week and never calls out Nouri al-Maliki? Never even notes the attack on the Kurds, Zebari or anything. But she does have time to let Patrick Cockburn foam at the mouth with his Saudi Arabia conspiracy talk. Patrick's Sunni hatred is widely known and documented in the Arab world. Amy Goodman wants to talk what's wrong in Iraq but, cheap whore that she is, that talk never gets to Nouri. Two segments on how awful Sunnis -- in Iraq and in neighboring countries -- are but no accountability for Nouri? The problem is not just that Nouri is a despot and tyrant in the grand tradition of Augusto Pinochet, it's that the western press has refused to be honest about who and what he is....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108560] [ 26-jul-2014 22:50 ECT ]

All Governance in Libya Remains Contested
By Anton Woronczuk, The Real News Network

July 18, 2014 - ....So what has happened since the overthrow of Gaddafi is that different parts of Libya have been fragmented under the control of different militias who are being paid by the government as a kind of security force but are not answerable to any civilian democratic authority. The Zintan militia had controlled the area around Tripoli's main airport and in fact controlled the airport. They have been attacked really ferociously over the last five, six days by a militia--not the militia, because there are a number--a militia from Misrata, which is led by a mercurial man named Mr. Salah Badi....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108559] [ 26-jul-2014 22:20 ECT ]

Images of Gaza war shift perception of Israel
Daoud Kuttab

July 18, 2014 - War is often remembered by images. Who can forget the photograph of the Vietnamese girl running naked down a road after being exposed to US napalm bombs? Or the American sailor kissing an anonymous nurse in Times Square following the announcement of the end of World War II? For the current war on Gaza, two images that have gone viral and the stories behind them are reflective of the real price of war in terms of human suffering, unbridled hate and revenge...

  continua / continued avanti - next    [108558] [ 26-jul-2014 22:03 ECT ]

War crimes in Gaza must cease!
Ministry of Health Gaza

July 18 2014 -Air strikes. Naval bombardment. Land invasion. New generation DIME weapons. Poison Gas. Children killed in their beds, at the dinner table, playing on the beach. Doctors’ homes wantonly destroyed. Hospital after hospital attacked – European Hospital, Wafa Hospital, Beit Hanoun. Will Shifa Hospital be next? The brutal Israeli escalation worsens by the hour. We already have 274 Palestinians dead, 76 percent of whom were killed in their homes. Of our 2,196 injured, 78 percent were wounded at home. The toll continues to rise rapidly. Eighteen families have lost between two and 17 members, almost 2,000 families have been made homeless. 22,900 people are in UNRWA emergency shelters. 50 percent of sewage pumping and treatment stations are no longer operational, posing a potential public health disaster...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108557] [ 26-jul-2014 21:55 ECT ]

Glenn Greenwald: Why Did NBC Pull Veteran Reporter After He Witnessed Israeli Killing of Gaza Kids?
Democracy Now!

July 18, 2014 - NBC is facing questions over its decision to pull veteran news correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin out of Gaza just after he personally witnessed the Israeli military’s killing of four Palestinian boys on a Gaza beach. Mohyeldin was kicking a soccer ball around with the boys just minutes before they died. He is a longtime reporter in the region. In his coverage, he reports on the Gaza conflict in the context of the Israeli occupation, sparking criticism from some supporters of the Israeli offensive. Back in 2008 and 2009, when he worked for Al Jazeera, Mohyeldin and his colleague Sherine Tadros were the only foreign journalists on the ground in Gaza as Israel killed 1,400 people in what it called "Operation Cast Lead." We speak to Glenn Greenwald of The Intercept, who has revealed that the decision to pull Mohyeldin from Gaza and remove him from reporting on the situation came from NBC executive David Verdi...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108556] [ 26-jul-2014 21:45 ECT ]

More Farcical Proceedings at the Military Commissions in Guantánamo
Andy Worthington

July 18, 2014 - Last week I published "The 9/11 Trial at Guantánamo: The Dark Farce Continues," the first of two articles providing updates about the military commissions at Guantánamo. The commissions were established under President George W. Bush in November 2001, were ruled illegal by the Supreme Court in June 2006, revived by Congress in the fall of 2006, suspended by President Obama in January 2009, and revived again by Congress in the fall of 2009, but they have always struggled to establish any credibility, and should not have been revived by the Obama administration.Last week’s article, as the title indicates, covered developments — or the lack of them — in pre-trial hearings for Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other men accused of involvement in the 9/11 attacks, who were held and tortured in CIA "black sites" for years before their arrival in Guantánamo in September 2006...

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A Terrifying Night in Gaza": Sharif Abdel Kouddous Reports on Israeli Ground Invasion
Democracy Now!

July 18, 2014 - ...House demolitions continue. I went to the eastern area of Shejaiya, which is just a couple of kilometers from the border with Israel, and a resident there had just had his house destroyed. He said he got a call on his cellphone by an Israeli military officer, who named him by name and said, "You have to leave your house now." He told him that he had five families living with him, that he had 15 children in the house, and that he had no weapons. The officer said he had five minutes to leave. He woke up his family, ushered them out of the house. Then they got hit with a drone strike, followed by an F-16 missile which completely demolished the house. So the Gazans are living also in this Orwellian atmosphere where they get calls and the Israeli officers know their names on their cellphones and tell them to leave...
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Iran's Quiet Massacre at Qeshm, on Qatar's Behalf
Daniel Brett

July 18, 2014 - While the news is dominated by conflict in Israel-Palestine and Iraq, tragedies elsewhere in the region are being overlooked. One tragedy is Iran's massacre of natives of the Arab-populated island of Qeshm. This week, Iranian forces killed civilians (reports vary from three to six deaths) including one child and wounded 10 more on the island of Qeshm, the largest island in the Arabian Gulf and home to around 115,000 mostly Arab inhabitants...But as with all events in the region, there is a deeper story than a brutal clamp-down on fuel theft. It is bound up with historic intrigue, Iranian ethnic chauvinism and the corrupting influence of Qatar's rulers. The rulers in Tehran are developing the Qeshm free trade zone in order to exploit vast energy reserves: four billion barrels of oil and 10 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. Within 10 years, the government hopes to turn Qeshm into an "energy hub". Having corrupted the FIFA World Cup, exploited Asian expatriate workers to death and perverted the Arab Spring to the Islamist cause, Qatar wants to grab Qeshm's resources...
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Bloody Friday: 12 children among dozens killed in Israel’s merciless slaughter
Ali Abunimah

July 18, 2014 - At least 61 people, at least 12 of them children, were killed on Friday alone, the second day of Israel’s ground invasion of parts of the Gaza Strip, and the twelfth and bloodiest day since Israel began bombarding the territory with airstrikes and land-based and naval artillery. Eight members of a single family, the youngest six months old, were killed when a missile struck their home...
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Gaza needs more than condemnation
Haidar Eid

July 18, 2014- The Palestinians of Gaza, naively, went to the polling station in January 2006, mistakenly believing the Bush doctrine of bringing democracy to the Middle East — in spite of him being responsible for the brutal massacre of hundreds of thousands of innocent people in Iraq and Afghanistan. People voted, but not for the preferred choice of the Israelis, or their American backers and the Arab dictators. The Palestinian choice was against the peace process industry, against the fiction that is the ever-slippery two-state solution, against the corruption of the Oslo-era nouveau riche...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108551] [ 26-jul-2014 04:53 ECT ]

Medical sources: Israel using unfamiliar toxic gas against Palestinians in Gaza
Middle East Monitor

July 18, 2014 -Dozens of Palestinians, including children, suffered from suffocation on Thursday due to inhaling what is being described as a "strange toxic gas" launched by the Israeli army during its ground incursion in the north and south of the Gaza Strip, Anadolu news agency reported. Anadolu quoted Dr. Ashraf Al-Qidra, a spokesperson for the Health Ministry in Gaza, as saying that: "Dozens of Palestinians, including children, arrived at hospitals suffering from suffocation after inhaling a white poisonous gas fired by the Israeli army in the northern Gaza Strip and in the Shawkah neighbourhood near Rafah, to the south."...
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Syria News - July 17, 2014 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Local Coordinating Committees of Syria

July 17, 2014- By the end of Thursday, the coordination committees were able to document 61 martyrs, including 2 women, 1 child and 2 martyrs under torture: 17 martyrs were reported in Aleppo; 15 in Idlib; 14 in Damascus and its suburbs; 6 in Daraa; 6 in Hama and 3 in Homs....
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What Corporate Media and Corporate Latino Politicians Won't Tell You About Central American Child Refugees
Bruce A. Dixon

July 17, 2014 - ...Latino voters and the Latino political class supported the career of Barack Obama almost as solidly as blacks. They were promised much more than African Americans, but in the end got much less. Latinis were promised that the unjust immigration system would be fixed and a road to citizenship created for the millions of undocumented living among us. What Latino voters and the Latino political class got in return for their support of Obama was two million deportations, hundreds of thousands of families brutally separated and scattered by law, not entirely unlike black families in this country once were...
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Since the Beginning of the Israeli Offensive on Gaza: 221 Palestinians Killed, of Whom 179 Are Civilians, Including 45 Children and 32 Women, and 1,458 Others Wounded, Mostly Civilians, Including 432 Children and 298 Women;
The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR)

July 17, 2014-Israeli occupation forces have continued their brutal and immoral offensive on the Gaza Strip for the 8th consecutive day, and have continued the policy of collective punishment in disregard for the international law and humanitarian law, which ensure protection for civilians in times of war, and in violation of the principles of necessity, proportionality and distinction. Israeli forces have continued their aerial, ground and sea attacks throughout the Gaza Strip, causing more civilian casualties and damaging civilian facilities, including houses and mosques. In disregard for the lives of children, Israeli forces killed 4 Palestinian children while they were playing at the beach in Gaza City. ...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108547] [ 26-jul-2014 03:15 ECT ]

Testimony from Gaza: “You leave your home to die a thousand times, or refuse to leave and die once.”
Mahmoud Jouda

July 17, 2014 - Mahmoud Jouda, a Palestinian living in the Gaza Strip describes the experience of receiving an evacuation order from Israeli forces: "I'll tell you what is harder than dying in Gaza by an Israeli missile deluxe. What is harder is that you get a phone call from the Israeli army telling you to evacuate your home because it will be bombed in ten minutes. Imagine; ten minutes; and your whole short history on the surface of Earth will be erased. Gifts you received, photos of your siblings and your children (dead or alive), things that you love, your favorite chair, your books, that last poetry collection your read, a letter from your expatriate sister, reminders of the ones you loved, the smell of your bed, the jasmine tree that hangs off your western window, your daughter’s hair clip, your old clothes, your prayer rug, your wife’s gold, your savings; imagine; all this passes in front of your eyes in ten minutes, all that pain passes while you are struck by surprise."
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Gazans in West Bank fear for their loved ones
Ahmad Melhem

July 17, 2014 - With each raid that Israeli planes launch on the Gaza Strip, Sameh, 38, grabs his mobile phone and calls his family there to make sure they’re fine.Sameh, who preferred to give his first name only, hailed from the Gaza Strip, which he left 20 years ago. He works in Ramallah. "I'm constantly and persistently following what is happening. I sit at the breakfast table, with my phone by my side. I contact my parents and friends as soon as I hear about a raid in any region close to my family. I even take my phone with me into the shower," he told Al-Monitor...

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Gaza on Brink of Acute Water Crisis: Red Cross
Andrea Germanos

July 16, 2014- The International Committee of the Red Cross has warned that the population of Gaza is on the brink of an "acute water crisis." "Hundreds of thousands of people in Gaza are now without water," Jacques de Maio, head of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) delegation in Israel and the occupied territories, said in statement released Tuesday. "Within days, the entire population of the Strip may be desperately short of water," he stated.
The roughly 140 square mile territory is home to at least 1.5 million people. The blockaded territory's already fragile water infrastructure has been damaged by the current military operation, and the unsafe situation has made it impossible for technicians to carry out needed repairs, the organization adds...
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No escape for civilians in Gaza
Asmaa al-Ghoul

July 17, 2014 - ...Israeli author Gideon Levy criticized in Haaretz newspaper what he calls the war against innocent civilians: "It is the war of the elephant against a fly. The retired generals who are still effectively working are adopting a savage approach. Those include Maj. Gen. Oren Shachor, who said without blinking, 'If we kill their families, this will scare them.'" This is no longer just about war crimes, but rather about the recurrence of crimes that no one seems willing to stop. The killing of children, the destruction of residential homes while inhabitants are inside, all these crimes classify as severe violations of the 1949 Geneva Conventions....

  continua / continued avanti - next    [108543] [ 26-jul-2014 01:26 ECT ]

Fugitive Iraqi leader warns against third term for Al Maliki
Piotr Zalewski

July 17, 2014 -Without a change in government, Iraq’s Sunni population could grow to sympathise with militants from the Islamic State, the country’s fugitive vice president says. Tariq Al Hashemi fled Iraq in 2012 after being accused of running a Sunni death squad, a charge he denies. He found refuge in Turkey and was later sentenced to death in absentia by an Iraqi court. Speaking to The National by phone, Mr Al Hashemi insisted that the crisis gripping Iraq would only grow worse if prime minister Nouri Al Maliki returned for a third term as premier. "Voting for Maliki is a vote for splitting Iraq," he said, commenting on the efforts to form a new government in Baghdad. "This gentleman has been the main cause of the instability."....
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Meshaal speaks out on possible cease-fire
Adnan Abu Amer

July 17, 2014 - ....The leader of Hamas’ political bureau, Khaled Meshaal, has reiterated in an exclusive interview with Al-Monitor that his movement will not agree to a cease-fire that does not result in the lifting of the siege on Gaza. "Any initiative that doesn’t stop the aggression and end the siege on Gaza would not be acceptable to our people. That’s why the Egyptian initiative was rejected," Meshaal told Al-Monitor in a phone interview from Doha. Since 2007, in addition to the multiple wars between 2008-2009 and 2012, Israel has maintained a land, air and sea siege on the Gaza Strip that is crippling its economy and has largely destroyed the territory’s infrastructure.,,,

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A Nation on the Brink: How US Policies Sealed Iraq's Fate
Dahr Jamail

July 17, 2014 --An Iraqi friend I've known since 2003, living in a predominantly Sunni neighborhood in Baghdad, emailed me recently. He had made it through the sectarian bloodletting of 2006 to 2007 in which many of his Sunni compatriots were killed or driven from the capital, and this is the picture he painted of what life is now like for him, his wife and their small children: All the dangers faced by Iraqis from the occupation - arrests, torture, car bombs, and sectarian violence - those killings have become like a toy in comparison to what we are facing these days. Fighting has spread in all directions from the north, east, and west of Baghdad... As a result of this fighting, we can't sleep because of our fear of the uncertainty of the situation, and because of the random arrests of innocent Sunni people. Each day I awake and find myself in a very hard and bad situation and now am trying to think of any way I can to leave here and save my family. Most of my neighbors left back when it was easier to leave. Now, we have both the US and Iran helping the Iraqi government, and this will only make the fighting that is going on across Iraq much worse...Every day, the Iraqi army is raiding homes and arresting many innocent people. So many dead bodies are to be found at the Baghdad morgue in the days following the mass arrests in Sunni areas...
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Questions for UK Government over claims “heavy weather” destroyed renditions evidence

July 17, 2014 - Claims made by the Government that possible evidence of UK involvement in renditions held in Diego Garcia was damaged by "extremely heavy weather" last month have been questioned by legal charity Reprieve, in the light of independent weather records suggesting there was no heavy rain during the period. Foreign Office ministers Mark Simmonds and Tobias Ellwood both told MPs this week that "extremely heavy weather in June 2014" had damaged flight records held in Diego Garcia, a British territory which the Government has admitted was used by CIA aircraft carrying detainees as part of its programme of 'extraordinary rendition.’..
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Iraq snapshot - July 17, 2014
The Common Ills

July 17, 2014 - ...Nouri al-Maliki is a thug. The 'liberal' media -- Scott Horton's Antiwar Radio, Amy Goodman's Democracy Now! and so many others -- have whored for Nouri and they continue to whore for him. Yesterday on Democracy Now!, Amy Goodman continued her war against Iraqi Sunnis by booking noted Sunni hater Patrick Cockburn as well as the always ridiculous Hannah Allem (McClatchy Newspapers) who somehow, someway, just happens, repeatedly, to slant things so that Sunnis come off so badly. Now that Patrick's documented hatred of Sunnis has moved from Arabic social media into the mainstream media, we can ignore him and just zoom in on Hannah.... Hannah lies in July of 2014 that Shi'ite militias are reforming. Really? In the summer of 2014?...
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Isolated weapons find in vacant UNRWA school cannot justify Israel’s Gaza slaughter
Ali Abunimah

July 17, 2014 -An incident, "the first of its kind," occurred today: UNRWA, the UN agency for Palestine refugees, found weapons in one the hundreds of schools it runs in the Gaza Strip. The school was vacant and the weapons were quickly removed. It is important to highlight this incident because of how Israel and its apologists are alreading misusing and misrepresenting it to justify Israel’s massive and illegal bombardment of civilians and civilian infrastructure in the Gaza Strip... Israel has a long history of attacking and misusing UNRWA schools and making false claims about their misuse by Palestinian fighters...

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Afghanistan's 'Forgotten Guantánamo' Rocked by Hunger Strikes
Sarah Lazare

July 17, 2014 - Hunger strikes against segregated housing, unsanitary water, lack of access to the International Committee of the Red Cross, and more have swept the U.S. military's Bagram prison in Afghanistan, journalist Spencer Ackerman revealed Wednesday in the Guardian. News of the protests offers a rare glimpse into a prison that operates behind a wall of military secrecy, with even the identities of the 38 non-Afghan men held by the U.S. concealed from the public. The strikes were confirmed by Abdul Sattar, who hails from Pakistan and was formerly held at the prison for approximately 2.5 years before being released in May. Sattar told the Guardian that he participated in five or six hunger strikes, which decreased his body weight by 55 pounds...
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A Navy Medical Officer’s Profound Act of Resistance to Force-Feeding Guantanamo Prisoners
By: Kevin Gosztola

July 17, 2014 - A Navy medical officer recently refused to force-feed a prisoner at Guantanamo Bay. It is the first reported act of resistance to the regime of force-feeding since prisoners went on hunger strike eighteen months ago. According to Carol Rosenberg of the Miami Herald, Navy Captain Tom Gresback confirmed "a recent instance of a medical provider not willing to carry out the enteral feeding of a detainee." He indicated the matter was now "in the hands of the individual’s leadership." The officer refused to force-feed Abu Wael Dhiab. Cori Crider of Reprieve was called and informed by Dhiab that the Navy medical officer had refused to force-feed prisoner just before the Fourth of July. The officer "disappeared from detention center duty."...
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Full Recognition of Palestinian Humanity
What’s Needed for Real Peace in Gaza


July 17, 2014 - ... But despite its incessant claims to the contrary, Israel does have another choice. It can deal with the root causes of the conflict by accepting the Palestinian unity government, negotiating fairly with the Palestinians, ending the crippling and inhumane siege of Gaza and taking meaningful steps to end its nearly 50-year-long military occupation of Palestinian land. But this is simply not the option it has chosen to exercise. Until and unless there is recognition of and respect for Palestinian humanity and their inherent rights as an occupied people deserving of self-determination, the bloodshed and violence will continue. Without any accountability mechanism to persuade Israel to take this approach in negotiations, the way forward remains murky. In the meantime, analysts and journalists can do their part by treating Palestinians as actual human beings, deserving of safety and security, whose lives have value. The more we hear about Palestinians from Palestinians themselves,the better....
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Is the Goal of Israel the Total Dispossession of the Palestinians?
The U.S., Israel and Oil Geopolitics


July 17, 2014 -The standard line coming from political scientists, reporters and politicians is of Western governments acting in national 'interests’ to protect 'their’ citizens from military threats posed by other nations / peoples. This is certainly the frame U.S. President Barack Obama used in his recent editorial in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz to explain his, and U.S., support for the attack by Israel on the captive, immiserated civilian population of Gaza. Left out of Mr. Obama’s condolences to parents of the slain children alleged to be in part the motivation for the latest Israeli atrocities in Gaza is his own record of callously murdering between dozens and hundreds of women, children and innocent men throughout the Middle East and Africa in illegal drone 'strikes’ in recent years. Also left unsaid is the miraculous overlap of the nations and peoples subjected to U.S. wars of 'liberation / self-defense’ and proven oil reserves.
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The human rights community’s consensus: Israel is committing war crimes in Gaza
Alex Kane

July 17, 2014 - When the Israeli military wages assaults on Gaza, their spokesmen, former officials and sympathetic journalists blanket the airwaves to justify their military policies as targeted and precise. But during this attack on Gaza–and previous assaults–a consensus among human rights groups has emerged: Israel is committing war crimes in strikes that are wiping out civilians. Since the start of Israel’s "Operation Protective Edge," Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and United Nations officials–the heavyweights when it comes to interpreting international law–have all issued reports and statements slamming Israel for violations of international law. Those organizations have also said Hamas and other Palestinian militant groups firing rockets are committing war crimes since their volleys are indiscriminately aimed at Israeli civilians...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108532] [ 25-jul-2014 21:10 ECT ]

Witness to an International War Crime
Israeli State Terrorism in Gaza


July 17, 2014 - "Protective Edge," the cartoonish name given to the latest Israeli military offensive against the occupied people of Palestine, is representative of the inverted reality whereby the 1.7 million captive and largely defenseless Palestinians in Gaza are the vicious aggressors against the peace-loving settlers of Israel. Similar to the inverted reality in the U.S., where the myth of the innocent settler was created to justify the systematic slaughter of Indigenous peoples, the genocidal policies of Israel are camouflaged by the transformation of its position from an armed colonial invader to one of victim. This repositioning is aided and abetted in the U.S. by a corporate media whose world view and angle of reporting is framed by the innocent settler narrative. This narrative simultaneously liquidates and normalizes the colonial relationship between the colonizer and the colonized so that the occupied territories are not occupied but transformed into "disputed" territories and all forms of resistance on the part of Palestinians becomes terroristic...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108531] [ 25-jul-2014 15:31 ECT ]

Only the Insignias Change
Guernica, 1937 / Gaza, 2014


July 17, 2014 - April 26, 1937, late afternoon, German bombers higher in the air, Heinkel fighters just above treetops, bombed and strafed a small market town—the prelude to World War Two—crowded because it was market day, in effect, as Goering later said, a trial run to see what it takes to destroy a city—like eugenic experiments, this the perfection of the methodology and techniques of massive death and destruction. The population were mere guinea pigs, as all victims of war crimes, to the desensitized, dehumanized perpetrators of murder. Noel Monks, the British war correspondent, having survived the strafing of the Heinkel 52s on his way there, could see toward evening the flames of the city. "As we drew nearer," he writes, "on both sides of the road, men, women and children were sitting, dazed. I saw a priest in one group. I stopped the car and went up to him. 'What happened, Father?’ I asked. His face was blackened, his clothes in tatters. He couldn’t talk. He just pointed to the flames, still about four miles away, then whispered 'Aviones…bombas’…mucho, mucho.’"....
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Nowhere is Safe
Life in Gaza Under Attack


July 17, 2014 -Apartheid Israel has been bombing the Gaza Strip for several days now. News of the horrific terror Israel is perpetrating on the Palestinians is becoming somewhat easier to find, thanks mainly to social media. This writer has a friend, Walid Mohammed, who lives in Gaza; he has communicated some of that horror via Facebook, although his time to do so is limited, since electricity is not always available, and he must often flee Israel’s bombs. Mr. Mohammed has been hit by shrapnel, but fortunately is still alive. He tells this writer that he is not safe; there is nowhere that is safe in Gaza at the present time...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108529] [ 25-jul-2014 14:45 ECT ]

International Scholars Declare Opposition to Israel’s Attack on Gaza
Richard Silverstein

July 17, 2014 - Over the past week, I joined together with Stanford Professors David Palumbo-Liu and Joel Beinin to draft the following statement opposing Israel’s war against the people of Gaza. We circulated the statement widely among academics, writers, analysts and some cultural and artistic figures. Among those who signed are Tariq Ramadan, Avi Shlaim, Gabriel Pieterberg, Juan Cole, Gareth Porter, Dina Khoury, Richard Falk and Guy Davidi. The ad was published today in Haaretz’s Hebrew and English editions. Below you’ll find the text and signers of the ad....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108528] [ 25-jul-2014 14:33 ECT ]

US State Department blames Hamas for Israel’s murder of Gaza children
Rania Khalek

July 17, 2014 - The US State Department absolved Israel of responsibility for the murder of four Palestinian children in Gaza on Wednesday, placing the blame squarely on Hamas. The four children were killed and three others badly wounded by Israeli fire as they played on a beach in Gaza on Wednesday afternoon. Dozens of international journalists stationed at the nearby Al-Deira Hotel watched in horror as after an initial strike, Israeli fire chased after the terrified children as they ran for their lives screaming for help, firing at them a second time...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108527] [ 25-jul-2014 14:27 ECT ]

Gaza’s future on hold as families wait out Israel’s bombing
Rami Almeghari

July 17, 2014 - In a home in the alleyways of Maghazi refugee camp in the central the Gaza Strip lives Abdulbari al-Tallaa, a retired Palestinian Authority police officer. Al-Tallaa is known as Abu Yazeed, after his oldest child, 22-year-old Yazeed. He and his seven-member family, plus eight-year-old grandson Qassim, had broken another day of Ramadan fasting and were gathered for a meal during a blackout. Gaza households don’t have electricity for at least twelve hours per day after Israeli airstrikes damaged electricity networks. Abu Yazeed and his wife, Um Yazeed, along with their five daughters and only son, have been stuck inside their home for more than one week now...

  continua / continued avanti - next    [108526] [ 25-jul-2014 12:20 ECT ]

Call for Europe to end volunteer recruitment for Israeli army
Middle East Monitor

July 17, 2014-A UK-based human rights group has called upon the British and other European governments to put an end to the activities of Zionist organisations which recruit volunteers to work for the Israeli Defence Forces. The Arab Organisation for Human Rights in the UK (AOHR UK) pointed out that these activities have increased significantly during the latest Israeli attack on Gaza. According to AOHR UK, these organisations work within the EU zone in a very public manner and have never been investigated by government anti-terrorist units despite evidence that they recruit Europeans to serve in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Such recruits, it is claimed, have on occasion been required to engage in activities which endangered the lives of Palestinians, as has been the case in Gaza...
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Syria News - July 16 , 2014 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Local Coordinating Committees of Syria

July 16 , 2014- By the end of Wednesday, the coordination committees were able to document 68 martyrs including 8 women, 6 children and 4 martyrs under torture: 19 martyrs were reported in Idlib; 17 in Damascus and its suburbs.16 in Daraa; 7 in Hama; 7 in Aleppo; and 2 in Ounitra...

  continua / continued avanti - next    [108524] [ 25-jul-2014 01:21 ECT ]

The Circle of Chaos
Ali Ibrahim

July 16, 2014 -There is no greater evidence of chaos enveloping the Middle East than the Libyan foreign minister’s inability to attend a meeting of the country’s neighbors in Tunis. The meeting went ahead in his absence, and he was represented by the Libyan chargé d’affaires in Tunisia. It was like holding a party without its host. The minister was unable to attend due to the armed clashes around Tripoli airport, which coincided with other armed clashes in Benghazi. What is even worse is that for a while now the Foreign Ministry’s civil servants have been forced to run it from their own homes because armed militias have occupied the building, in protest against a number of issues including the dismissal of a Ministry official belonging to an Islamist group. Other reports said some Ministry documents were found strewn across the streets...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108523] [ 25-jul-2014 01:12 ECT ]

Center for Constitutional Rights Condemns Mass Killing, Collective Punishment of Palestinian Civilians in Gaza
Center for Constitutional Rights

July 16, 2014 - This aggression is possible only because of unqualified U.S. diplomatic, economic, and military support for the Israeli government’s occupation of Palestine and apartheid policies in the region. Last Friday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution in support of Israel’s "right to defend its citizens and ensure the survival of the State of Israel" yet made no mention of Israel’s bombardment of Gaza, the scores of Palestinian civilians killed nor Israel's mass destruction of Gaza’s infrastructure and housing; a similar Senate resolution is scheduled for committee mark up today, Wednesday, July 16....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108522] [ 25-jul-2014 00:51 ECT ]

Lessons from Gaza
Rachelle Friesen

July 16, 2014 - Images of death and destruction flood our media as Israel continues its onslaught on the people of Gaza. Every time I turn on my computer the number of dead and wounded has risen and still Netanyahu promises more bombs and more strikes. For an imprisoned community (1.7 million people living in 365km-squared bounded by a wall and the sea) there is no place to run. This is the third time in 6 years that the people of Gaza have had to endure such an attack. While working with an international aid organization in Jerusalem I was able to visit Gaza several times in the past few years. Through these visits I was able to see a very different Gaza than what is portrayed in Western media. The people I met told a story of pain, suffering, resilience and joy, and taught me important life-lessons...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108521] [ 25-jul-2014 00:32 ECT ]

Israeli onslaught shatters western belief that Arabs are source of violence
Leila Abu-Orf

July 16, 2014 - Last week I saw that my white American uncle posted something on Facebook. It was an article from some obscure far right-wing news source and it was called "Support the Civilized Man: Defeat the Jihadists." Lo and behold, the article was a plea for continued support from the West to Israel. The title of this article so flagrantly states the mantra of the West when it comes to the treatment of Palestinians (and Arabs in general). I could discuss the political aspects of the events that happened this past week in Israel/Palestine. I could discuss the appalling treatment of Palestinians by Israeli citizens, subsidized by the Israeli government and military forces. But there’s one aspect of these recent events that I can’t whisk away: race...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108520] [ 25-jul-2014 00:24 ECT ]

BT indifferent to supporting US drone programme “as long as they pay our bills”

July 16, 2014 -Telecoms firm BT today dismissed questions over its provision of support to the US’ covert drone programme, stating that it "does not look at what its customers do" with its equipment, and adding that "we sell our services to governments as long as they pay our bills." The questions were raised at the company’s London AGM by legal charity Reprieve, which assists the civilian victims of drone strikes. They follow the revelation that BT has provided a high-tech communications link between Camp Lemonnier, a secretive US base in Djibouti from which drone strikes against Yemen have been launched, and RAF Croughton in Northamptonshire, a US military base which provides "communications and global strike operations." Such fibre-optic links are crucial in allowing the transmission of video feeds from drones around the world to the bases from which they are flown and the footage is analysed...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108519] [ 24-jul-2014 23:46 ECT ]

In Syria, the Enemy of America's Enemy Is Still a Lousy Friend
By Muhammad Idrees Ahmad

July 16, 2014 - History is being rewritten. Syrian president Bashar Assad is about to emerge as a moderate peacemaker, a warrior against terror, and a secularist bulwark holding Islamist hordes at bay. His violence will be seen as no more than the tough love of a benevolent patriarch, eager to restore order amid spiraling chaos. The beast moving toward Bethlehem, it turns out, is really a dove. These thoughts were not filched from the regime’s PR dispatches. Nor did they originate from the political fringes, where the far left and far right have long portrayed Assad as a man warring against the same governments they loathe and/or feel oppressed by. No, these are the recent opinions of respectable mainstream voices.
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108518] [ 24-jul-2014 23:24 ECT ]

CIA drones kill at least 13 in Pakistan: the bloodiest strike for more than a year
Jack Serle

July 16, 2014 -US drones have killed at least 13 people in the bloodiest strike in Pakistan for over a year.The attack reportedly destroyed a house and car in the Datta Khel area early on Wednesday morning. The dead were unidentified though one source said up to 12 were Uzbeks.A senior intelligence source told the Washington Post: "The compound was being used by foreign militants, and some local terrorists were present in the vehicle that got targeted." This was the second strike in six days to hit near the village and surrounding area. The first, on July 10, killed six or seven people....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108517] [ 24-jul-2014 23:04 ECT ]

Iraqi army retreats from Tikrit after assault stalls
By Raheem Salman and Maggie Fick

July 16, 2014 - Iraqi forces have withdrawn from the militant-held city of Tikrit after their new offensive met heavy resistance, in a blow to the government effort to push back Sunni insurgents controlling large parts of the country. The failure highlights the difficulties of Baghdad's struggle to recapture territory from the insurgents who seized Mosul, Tikrit and other cities last month in a rapid offensive which threatens to fragment Iraq on ethnic and sectarian lines. The setback came as Iraqi politicians named a moderate Sunni Islamist as speaker of parliament on Tuesday. That was a long-delayed first step towards a power-sharing government urgently needed to confront the militants...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108516] [ 24-jul-2014 20:30 ECT ]

State Department Responds to Israel’s Bombing of Children Playing on Gaza Beach by Blaming Hamas
By: Kevin Gosztola

July 16, 2014 - Four Palestinian boys, who were from the same family, were targeted and bombed by Israeli military forces while they were playing football (or soccer) on the beach. The boys were killed nearby the Al Deira hotel, where international journalists have been staying. They appeared to be targeted yet to the United States State Department the children would not have died if Hamas had accepted the ceasefire proposed yesterday.Ayman Mohyeldin, a journalist for NBC News who has been reporting from Gaza, said he had been kicking around a ball with the boys minutes before the air strike that killed them. He, along with other journalists, including The Guardian’s Peter Beaumont, helped provide medical aid to children who were hit by the strike...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108515] [ 24-jul-2014 20:15 ECT ]

After Palestinian Unity Deal, Did Israel Spark Violence to Prevent a New "Peace Offensive"?
Democracy Now!

July 16, 2014 - It is widely thought that the flare-up in Israel and the Occupied Territories began with the kidnapping of three Israeli teens in the West Bank just more than a month ago. But our guests — author Norman Finkelstein and Palestinian political analyst Mouin Rabbani — argue that such a narrative ignores the broader context of decades of occupation and recent events highlighting the expansionist goals of the Israeli government in the Palestinian land under its control. "Whenever the Palestinians seem like they are trying to reach a settlement of the conflict — which the [Fatah-Hamas] unity government was — at that point Israel does everything it can to provoke a violent reaction, in this case from Hamas, break up the unity government, and then Israel has its pretext," Finkelstein says....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108514] [ 24-jul-2014 20:11 ECT ]

‘BBC shame on you’- Demonstrations take place against the BBC’s coverage of Gaza and Israel
By Lil Jackson

July 16, 2014 - Approximately 5,000 protesters gathered outside the British Broadcasting Corporation’s (BBC) studios on Tuesday to protest the news outlets coverage of the ongoing conflict between Hamas and Israel. The demonstrators chanted 'BBC shame on you’. Protestors accuse the BBC of showing bias towards Israel in its broadcasting. The corporation has, however, also received complaints that it favors the Palestinians. Similar demonstrations took place in the UK cities of Newcastle, Manchester and Liverpool. In conjunction with Tuesday’s demonstrations an open letter was presented to the BBC’s Director General, Lord Hall, at the London protest. The letter, organized by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC), Stop the War Coalition and Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, had 45,000 signatories...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108513] [ 24-jul-2014 20:06 ECT ]

Those Killed Have Names
By Rana Abdulla

July 16, 2014 - ...Those killed are never named, and we only hear the numbers, in statements connected to the militants the world blames for their deaths. But these people had flesh and blood, they looked like you and me. They had lives and dreams; they laughed and cried, grew and loved, and now leave mourning mothers with hearts full of pain. All the while the madness of Netanyahu continues, unfettered and with impunity. It never ceases as he expands proxy-annexes Palestine, blockades Gaza and imposes the Israeli Apartheid. So eight days ago to punish one of the Hamas’ activists, the Israeli’s in all their entitlement justify this cruel, brutal and collective punishment. They target civilian areas with their missiles proven by the devastation of more than 350 homes, and knowing this is a violation of international law and conventions, Israel continues its assault. In 2009, 1400 civilians were killed in Gaza by Israel, thousands maimed and injured, infrastructure and buildings decimated with no chance to correct because there is still the blockade. Knowing all this, there has been enough killing and vengeance to last a lifetime and yet it never ends. What has any of it achieved . . . except more hatred and division?...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108512] [ 24-jul-2014 19:58 ECT ]

Guantanamo nurse refused to participate in "criminal" force-feedings

A military medical professional at Guantanamo Bay recently refused to force-feed detainees after witnessing the suffering it caused detainees, it has been revealed. The incident is thought to be the first case of 'conscientious objection' to force-feeding at Guantánamo since a mass hunger-strike began at the prison last year. Cleared Syrian Abu Wa’el Dhiab related the news on a phone call last week with his Reprieve lawyer, Cori Crider. Dhiab explained that a military nurse recently told him he would no longer participate in force-feedings, saying: "I have come to the decision that I refuse to participate in this criminal act." A Department of Defense spokesperson confirmed the basics of this account in an email to Miami Herald journalist Carol Rosenberg. The Spokesman wrote: "There was a recent instance of a medical provider not willing to carry out the enteral feeding of a detainee." The nurse in question has apparently been assigned elsewhere; Mr. Dhiab said that after the man made his decision known, he never saw him again....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108511] [ 24-jul-2014 19:48 ECT ]

PHROC Open Letter to UN Secretary-General on Hostilities in the Gaza Strip
Various undersigned

July 16, 2014 - Dear Mr. Secretary-General, In the context of Israel’s ongoing military attack against the occupied Gaza Strip, you recently stated in your address to the distinguished members of the UN Security Council that "[o]nce again, civilians are paying the price for the continuation of conflict." The Palestinian Human Rights Organisations Council (PHROC), a coalition of twelve Palestinian human rights organisations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT), is gravely concerned about Israel’s ongoing indiscriminate and disproportionate attacks against Palestinian civilians and civilian objects in the Gaza Strip. It must be noted that the population of the Gaza Strip has been living under an Israeli imposed closure for the past seven years, constituting a form of collective punishment. As a result, 70 per cent of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip are dependent on humanitarian assistance and have been hindered to recover from damage and destruction caused during previous Israeli offensives, including 'Operation Cast Lead’ and 'Operation Pillar of Defense’...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108510] [ 24-jul-2014 19:13 ECT ]

Gaza: this shameful injustice will only end if the cost of it rises
Seumas Milne

July 16, 2014 - The idea that Israel is defending itself against unprovoked attacks from outside its borders is an absurdity. Despite Israel’s withdrawal of settlements and bases in 2005, Gaza remains occupied both in reality and international law, its border, coastal waters, resources, airspace and power supply controlled by Israel. So the Palestinians of Gaza are an occupied people, like those in the West Bank, who have the right to resist, by force if they choose – though not deliberately to target civilians. But Israel does not have a right of self-defence over territories it illegally occupies – it has an obligation to withdraw. That occupation, underpinned by the US and its allies, is now entering its 48th year. Most of the 1.8 million Palestinians enduring continuous bombardment in Gaza are themselves refugees or their descendants, who were driven out or fled from cities such as Jaffa 66 years ago when Israel was established...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108508] [ 24-jul-2014 18:26 ECT ]

Do Dead Bodies In The Street’s Of Iraq’s Capital Point Towards A Renewed Civil War?

July 16, 2014 - ...The first thing that stands out is that the number of bodies found has not followed a straight trajectory, but rather has gone up and down and then up again. In January 2014 31 bodies were found in the province. Then 35 were discovered in February, 28 in March and April each. Then they began to climb with 39 in May and 42 in June. The aggregate statistics show that there could be a correlation between the recent militia mobilization in Baghdad and the number of unidentified bodies found as they have reached a new high in the last two month just as the Shiite gunmen began re-organizing in Iraq. Insurgents were also ramping up their activities for their summer offensive, which could also be a factor. ..
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108507] [ 24-jul-2014 17:55 ECT ]

Underlying Motives
The Gaza Massacre


July 16, 2014 -Massacre has become a habit. Every two or three years, Israel launches a massive military assault upon largely unarmed Palestinians in Gaza. It did this in December 2008 to January 2009. It did it again in November 2012. On each occasion hundreds of Palestinians are murdered and thousands more maimed. Every time, Israel claims the moral high ground for its brutal, barbaric action. It blames Hamas, an important component of the Palestinian liberation movement, for the present cycle of violence. It alleges, without an iota of proof, that Hamas was responsible for the kidnapping and killing of three Israeli teens on 12 June 2014. Hamas has denied any involvement. The death of the teens — a despicable act — provided the justification for a large-scale operation against Hamas and other so-called militants. Israeli authorities arrested a number of activists including those who were released earlier...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108506] [ 24-jul-2014 17:49 ECT ]

Witness to a shelling: first-hand account of deadly strike on Gaza port
Peter Beaumont in Gaza

July 16, 2014 - The first projectile hit the sea wall of Gaza City's little harbour just after four o'clock. As the smoke from the explosion thinned, four figures could be seen running, ragged silhouettes, legs pumping furiously along the wall. Even from a distance of 200 metres, it was obvious that three of them were children. Jumping off the harbour wall, they turned on to the beach, attempting to cross the short distance to the safety of the Al-Deira hotel, base for many of the journalists covering the Gaza conflict. They waved and shouted at the watching journalists as they passed a little collection of brightly coloured beach tents, used by bathers in peacetime...

  continua / continued avanti - next    [108505] [ 24-jul-2014 16:05 ECT ]

For the First Time, A Nurse at Guantánamo Refuses to Take Part in Force-Feedings, Calls Them a “Criminal Act”
Andy Worthington

July 16, 2014 - Reprieve, the legal action charity whose lawyers represent a number of prisoners still held at Guantánamo Bay revealed yesterday that a nurse with the US military at the prison "recently refused to force-feed" prisoners "after witnessing the suffering" it caused them.Abu Wa’el Dhiab, a Syrian prisoner long cleared for release from Guantánamo, who is in a wheelchair as a result of his physical deterioration after 12 years in US custody without charge or trial, told his lawyer Cori Crider during a phone call last week (on July 10) that the male nurse "recently told him he would no longer participate in force-feedings." Dhiab reported that the nurse said, "I have come to the decision that I refuse to participate in this criminal act."....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108504] [ 24-jul-2014 15:39 ECT ]

The Hollywood-style barbarism behind the 'strategic' killing of Palestinians
Nabila Ramdani

July 16, 2014 - Beyond the images of dead and maimed children coming out of Gaza, the most repugnant pictures have been of Israelis cheering on the slaughter from a bordering hill. There was a cinema-type atmosphere close to the town of Sderot all last week as, near enough to see the missile flashes and hear the blasts, the excited audience clapped each lethal strike. Successive days and nights of live carnage were accompanied by drinks and popcorn. Danish newspaper Kristeligt Dagblad described the macabre gatherings as 'most closely resembling the front row of a reality war theatre'. Such scenes - which are usual on the so-called 'Hill of Shame' during times of conflict - were replicated across Israel. In Tel Aviv and Jerusalem young people chanted 'Death to Arabs' in between celebrating each murderous attack on their hated neighbours....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108503] [ 24-jul-2014 14:52 ECT ]

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