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:: ONU - XX Assemblea Generale (1965):
XX Assemblea Generale dell’ONU (1965)
dichiara "la legittimità della
lotta da parte dei popoli sotto
oppressione coloniale, per esercitare il
loro diritto all' autodeter-
Inoltre, l'Assemblea invita "tutti
gli Stati a fornire assistenza morale e
materiale ai movimenti di liberazione
nazionale nei territori coloniali".
- Risoluzione 1514
Generale dichiara che: la soggezione dei
popoli a dominio straniero, conquista e
asservimento costituisce una negazione
dei diritti umani fondamentali, è
contraria alla Carta delle Nazioni Unite
ed è un impedimento alla promozione
della pace e della cooperazione mondiali.
Tutti i popoli hanno diritto
minazione; in virtù di
tale diritto essi devono liberamente
determinare il loro status politico e
liberamente perseguire il loro sviluppo
economico, sociale e culturale".
di Ginevra, Protocollo Addizionale I
armata può essere usata, come ultima
risorsa, come mezzo per esercitare il
diritto all' autodeter-
base allo Statuto del Tribunale penale
internazionale, sono definiti “crimini
(1) attacchi lanciati intenzionalmente
contro popolazione civili in quanto tali
o contro civili che non prendano
direttamente parte alle ostilità;
(4) attacchi lanciati intenzionalmente
nella consapevolezza che gli stessi
avranno come conseguenza la perdita di
vite umane tra la popolazione civile, e
lesioni a civili o danni a proprietà
civili ovvero danni diffusi duraturi e
gravi all’ambiente naturale che siano
manifestamente eccessivi rispetto all’insieme
dei concreti e diretti i vantaggi
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How US Leaders Aid and Abet Israeli War Crimes
by MARJORIE COHN
August 8, 2014 - According to the Congressional Research Service, in 2007, the Bush Administration agreed to provide Israel with $30 billion [PDF] in military assistance from 2009 to 2018, provided in annual increments of $3.1 billion. During his March 2013 visit to Israel, Obama pledged that the US would continue to provide Israel with multi-year commitments of military aid subject to the approval of Congress. Since 2012, the US has sent $276 million worth of weapons and munitions to Israel, not including exports of military transport equipment and high technologies. From January to May 2014, the US transferred to Israel almost $27 million for rocket launchers, $9.3 million worth of parts of guided missiles and nearly $762,000 for bombs, grenades and munitions of war. On July 20, 2014, Israel requested additional ammunition, including 140mm tank rounds and 40mm illumination grenades, and the Defense Department approved the sale three days later....
continua / continued  [ 27-aug-2014 15:53 ECT ]
Reviving Our Heroes: Challenging Palestinian dehumanization
August 8, 2014 - ...Israel’s indiscriminate bombings and mass killings of whole families reflects its cruel and genocidal tactics. This offensive, however, is not an isolated incident. The barbaric nature of the State is reflective of the broader Zionist settler-colonial project, through its siege on Gaza, confiscation of land, demolition of homes, restriction of movement, and arbitrary imprisonment of Palestinians. Israel has simultaneously constructed itself as part of the ambiguous "West," alongside the United States and Europe, where colonialism, racism, and imprisonment are inherent to the establishment of the State. Israel defends its policies by painting itself as the "only democracy in the Middle East," placing itself as exceptional. Western media assists in constructing Israel as a sovereign (read: civilized) state and Palestinians as stateless (read: uncivilized), which allows Israel to justify its actions as "self-defense" while denouncing Palestinian acts of resistance as "terrorism....
continua / continued  [ 27-aug-2014 02:48 ECT ]
During Humanitarian Truce, Bodies of Victims Recovered from Invaded Areas amidst Unprecedented Destruction
The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR)
August 7 , 2014 - At 08:00 on Tuesday, 05 August 2014, the 30th day of the Israeli offensive of the Gaza Strip, a 72-hour humanitarian truce entered into force between the Palestinian and Israeli sides. Since then, all areas of the Gaza Strip have been calm, and a number of forcibly displaced Palestinian civilians have been able to return to their home, which were not completely destroyed, amidst concerns that Israeli shelling may be resumed. Over the past two days, the civil defense and medical crews have continued to recover bodies of victims from the areas that were invaded by Israeli forces, and a number of Palestinian have died of previous wounds. Based field tours carried out by PCHR’s staff in all areas that were invaded by Israeli forces, PCHR is shocked by the scenes of destruction caused by Israeli forces in the areas which had not been accessible. Hundreds of Palestinian families have become homeless....
continua / continued  [ 26-aug-2014 02:17 ECT ]
The Collapse of America's Great African Experiment
By Nick Turse
August 7, 2014 - As John Kerry, then-chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, put it in 2012, the United States "helped midwife the birth" of South Sudan. The choice of words may have been cringe-worthy, but hardly divorced from reality. For more than 20 years, a bipartisan coalition in Washington and beyond championed rebel forces here. As the new nation broke away from Sudan, after decades of bloody civil war, the U.S. poured in billions of dollars in aid, including hundreds of millions of dollars of military and security assistance, and sent military instructors to train the country’s armed forces and advisers to mentor government officials. It would be Washington’s major nation-building effort in Africa, a new country destined to join Iraq and Afghanistan as a regional bulwark of democracy and a shining example of American know-how...
continua / continued  [ 26-aug-2014 00:45 ECT ]
Unchecked Murder and Mayhem|
Israel and the Erosion of International Humanitarian Law
by LAWRENCE DAVIDSON
August 7, 2014 - It is not an exaggeration to say that Israel’s acclaimed "Defense Forces" have become expert in violating human rights: murder and ethnic cleansing, illegal confiscation of occupied land, destruction of civilian housing, destruction of civilian infrastructure (water, electricity, sanitation, etc.), attacking of medical facilities, torture both of adults and children, the use of banned weaponry, the mistreatment of prisoners and more. And they have done it all quite openly. Official complaints about Israeli behavior come before the UN several times a year but to no avail. Each time Israel is called to task in the UN Security Council for violating international law, the U.S. vetoes the resolution and therefore Israel suffers no consequences. Obviously this only emboldens Israeli leaders to continue acting in a criminal manner. However, the impact goes beyond Israel and its victims, because each time the U.S. casts its veto, international law designed to protect human rights suffers degradation...
continua / continued  [ 25-aug-2014 23:18 ECT ]
The CIA is getting away with keeping every important secret about torture
August 7, 2014 - At this point, is there anything the Central Intelligence Agency thinks it can’t get away with?To recap: the CIA systematically tortured people, then lied about it. Destroyed evidence of it, then lied about that. Spied on the US Senate staffers investigating the agency for torture, then lied about that. Now, after somehow being put in charge of deciding what parts of the Senate’s final report on that torture should be redacted, the CIA has predictively censored the key evidence of the litany of all of those transgressions.The agency’s black marker has reportedly censored – at different points in the report – already-public, embarrassing and criminally culpable information. By doing so, the CIA has rendered it, as one Senator noted, "incomprehensible". So while the Senators and Langley fight it out behind closed doors, Senator Dianne Feinstein, the intelligence committee chair, put the report’s public release on hold. Again...
continua / continued  [ 25-aug-2014 22:55 ECT ]
‘Era of Oslo is over’
August 7, 2014 - "The Palestinians know that Israel wants to thwart this unity government by launching its war on Gaza," said the DFLP’s Abu Laila, "which is what we resisted by agreeing on unified demands."The current Palestinian representatives in Cairo, said Abu Laila, "are a PLO delegation. We are not here because of the PA."This is a new language that might be indicative of a turning point in Palestinian politics, post-Gaza. It remains to be seen how the ouctome of this war will impact the Palestinians, but there's a growing realisation that whatever happens, things can't go back to where they were before July 8 when Israel began its offensive."The era of Oslo and negotiations are over," proclaimed prominent Palestinian politician Mustafa Al-Barghouti from Ramallah recently. There are new realities, he said, and it is through "struggles" that a change in the balance of power is achieved, "not through solutions with Israel"....
continua / continued  [ 25-aug-2014 19:09 ECT ]
Open letter to Mr. Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon: stand for law and Justice or resign!
August 6, 2014 - We, the under signed Palestinian human rights and community-based organizations are extremely disappointed by your performance, notably by your biased statements, your failure to act, and the inappropriate justification of Israel’s violations of IHL, which amount to war crimes. Until today, you have taken no explicit and tangible measures to address the recent Israeli attacks in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) since 13 June. Moreover, your statements have been either misleading, because they endorse and further Israeli false versions of facts, or contrary to the provisions established by international law and to the interests of its defenders, or because your words justify Israel’s violations and crimes....
continua / continued  [ 24-aug-2014 06:29 ECT ]
Obama Coddles Assad to Please Iran, Endangering Millions
By Michel Touma
August 6, 2014 - Last January 21, we published a column in this space entitled Obama and the European Jihadists. We then raised the issue of President Barack Obama's troubling passivity in the face of the large-scale massacres perpetrated by the regime of Bashar al-Assad, and above all, American obstruction of any military aid to the Syrian opposition, even when Damascus enjoys massive and unlimited Russia and Iranian support. Such an attitude, we stressed, could have none other than the inevitable fallout of reinforcing radical trends and the jihadists... President Obama, it seems, is obsessed by a desire to enter into a strategic agreement with the Iranian Islamic republic. This is likely the obsession that in 2010 drove him to flout the outcome of the Iraqi legislative elections (a lesson in democracy!) and reached an agreement with the Iranian government to impose Teheran's henchman, Nouri al-Maliki, as Iraq's prime minister. This, even though he had come in second in the poll behind Sunni strongman Iyad Allawi. We know the events since then. For four years Mr. Maliki systematically marginalized Iraqi Sunni elements, applying a policy blindly-aligned with Iran. The Obama administration pretended to see nothing, until a few weeks ago, when it claimed to be "surprised" by the violence of the reaction, not so much from Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant [ISIL], but from the Sunni tribes and the Ulema (Muslim scholars and religious leaders)...
continua / continued  [ 24-aug-2014 06:22 ECT ]
Contaminated Water Leaves 500,000 Dry for Three Days|
Toledo Sips of Life in Iraq
by MIKE FERNER
August 6, 2014 - ...Since sanctions were already in effect before the Desert Storm blitz, Pentagon planners knew how stressed Iraq’s water and sewer systems had become. A detailed report by the Defense Intelligence Agency, issued just days after the blitz began on January 16, 1991, describes the vulnerabilities in Iraq’s ability to provide safe drinking water, concluding that "Full degradation of the water treatment system probably will take at least another six months."That brief war destroyed 31 water and sewer facilities in Iraq, 20 of them in Baghdad. This, together with a post-war tightening of sanctions, killed up to 500,000 children under the age of five, according to a 1999 UNICEF study – double all the dead at Hiroshima and Nagasaki.The sadism and hubris go unbelievably deeper, according to this statement attributed to a Pentagon planner in a November, 2002 Harper’s article by Joy Gordon: "What we were doing with the attacks on infrastructure was to accelerate the effect of the sanctions."...
continua / continued  [ 24-aug-2014 05:30 ECT ]
Under Israeli Siege, Gaza’s Children Must Work Lest Their Families Starve
By Mohammed Omer
August 6, 2014-Under the watchful eye of the shop manager, 13-year-old Abdullah removes the wheel from a car with speed and agility, his young muscles flexing as he twists the wrench on each bolt. When he’s done, he slides out from under the car."I have to work, earn money to help support my four brothers and parents," the boy explains.According to Palestinian labor laws, Abdullah shouldn’t be here. He should be at school, reading textbooks and learning math. But economic necessity has forced this young man, and tens of thousands of others, to forgo pencils for the tools of labor. Israel’s siege on the Gaza Strip began in 2007, after Hamas won parliamentary elections described by international election observers as "free and fair." Israel was swift to impose a harsh collective punishment on a population some 60 percent of which are under the age of 18...
continua / continued  [ 24-aug-2014 05:24 ECT ]
The forgotten victims of Gaza
August 6, 2014 - ...Mohammad is a 27 year old lawyer from the Shuja’ieh neighborhood of Gaza, a neighborhood that suffered a massacre on the dawn of July 20th that left over 70 Palestinians dead. He describes Gaza as a beautiful land of over 1.7 million inhabitants, according to UN figures. Over the years, people of Gaza have become one united family, enduring sanctions, continuous Israeli oppression, and war. To the people of Gaza, every death is a loss of their own and pain beyond words.Mohammad studied law in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on a scholarship, graduating at the top of his class. He hoped to find opportunities for work to build a life in Gaza after returning home, but found little hope for stability in the crippled economy...
continua / continued  [ 24-aug-2014 05:08 ECT ]
Who are the real terrorists in this war on Gaza?
August 5, 2014 - As Israel withdraws its troops from the Gaza Strip to "defensive positions" outside the Palestinian territory at the start of a 72-hour ceasefire, which was agreed on Tuesday, the region has a chance to assess the damage of 29 days of hostilities. So far, according to health officials in Gaza, the conflict has claimed more than 1,800 Palestinian lives. Israeli casualties include 64 soldiers as well as three civilians hit by rocket fire and a Thai worker.In better accordance with international humanitarian law or the law related to armed conflict, the majority of the casualties inflicted by Hamas are combatants, as opposed to the extreme violations of the laws of war by Israel, where the majority of the mass casualties inflicted by Israel are innocent civilians, mostly women and children....
continua / continued  [ 24-aug-2014 02:13 ECT ]
A Ruthless Occupation|
Gaza – Betrayed In Thought and Deed
by TOM COLCLOUGH
August 5, 2014 -Phillip Hammond, British Foreign Secretary, was heard earlier last week, by me, and many others, on Radio 4, slinking, sliding, languidly dodging questions on whether Israel’s attack on Gaza is proportionate. And I say, can he count? Or at least if not count, does he understand the concept of units, tens, hundreds, THOUSANDS? And does he then understand those concepts when applied, in their units to a Palestinian life, not extinguished, because that generates connotations of death being a peaceful smog, enveloping you in a quick and painless embrace. I want those impersonal units applied to each Palestinian life in massacre, deliberate and brutal. Call a spade a spade, and murder, murder.What’s important here, is that Phillip Hammond’s or any high level state official’s maneuvering around what many would consider a truism is nothing new, but what is even more important is that now, the maneuvering is even more obvious; in the world of 24/7 news coverage and social media, people from Gaza, Palestine as a whole and Israel are connected more than ever before...
continua / continued  [ 24-aug-2014 01:41 ECT ]
Assault on Gaza—Rafah, a Case Study|
Israeli’s Adeptness at Genocide
by NORMAN POLLACK
August 5, 2014 -The Jewish State uses religion as a subterfuge to hide political-military aggrandizement. Nothing quite like this psychotic exhibition of statecraft—and utter desecration of religion per se. To all critics, Israel and its propaganda organs abroad, notably, AIPAC, rush in to charge "self-hating" Jew to silence dissent among Jewish people, while non-Jews are merely and quickly labeled anti-Semites. How long can this racket continue? How long the BLASPHEMING of Judaism, yes, nothing short, because insulting G-d through acts of murder, cruelty, vengeance, and therefore the profanation of a religion devoted to His service and therefore treating what is sacred with contempt?...
continua / continued  [ 23-aug-2014 23:51 ECT ]
Democracy...Going, Going Gone|
Keeping Brennan as CIA Director = Triumph of Secret Government
by DAVE LINDORFF
August 5, 2014 -Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), head of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, says that John Brennan, the director of the CIA who has finally admitted that he lied when he angrily and repeatedly insisted that the agency did not spy on staff members of the Senate committee charged with oversight US intelligence agencies, "has a lot of work to do," before she can forgive him for lying to and spying on her committee. Not really. The truth is Feinstein and her committee have a lot of work to do. If Brennan does not resign, or get forced out of his job, immediately, his work is done. That is to say, he will have succeeded in fatally wounding what’s left of the democratic, Constitutional government that traces its roots back to 1776....
continua / continued  [ 23-aug-2014 23:27 ECT ]
Israel uses media incitement to justify mass slaughter of Palestinians in Gaza
Middle East Monitor
August 5, 2014 -Israel is using media to incite hatred and violence against all Palestinians in the Gaza Strip after its military assault on Hamas has failed to defeat the Islamic resistance movement.Over the last four weeks, the Israeli army has waged a brutal military campaign in Gaza, killing over 1,800 Palestinians, mostly civilians, but Israel's former national security advisor Major General Giora Eiland has placed the blame on the Palestinian people in Gaza, holding them responsible for the massacres committed by the Israeli army.
Eiland suggested that the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, who are being killed daily by the Israeli war machine, are the ones responsible for the massacres perpetrated by Israel, simply because they elected Hamas in 2006, nearly eight years ago....
continua / continued  [ 23-aug-2014 19:59 ECT ]
On the 28th Day of the Israeli Offensive: Israeli Forces Redeploy in Invaded Areas in the Gaza Strip; Complete Neighborhoods Destroyed; 11 Palestinian Civilians, Including 5 Children, Killed by Israeli Bombardment of UNRWA Shelter in Rafah
The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR)
August 4, 2014 - Israeli occupation forces have continued their brutal and immoral offensive on the Gaza Strip for the 28th 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. Israeli forces escalated their attacks throughout the Gaza Strip. Israeli forces continued to attack the Gaza Strip from the air, the ground and the sea. More Palestinian civilians were killed or wounded as Israeli warplanes bombarded houses while their residents were inside. In Rafah, an Israeli drone fired a missile that land a few meters away from an UNRWA shelter, which hosts at least 300 civilians. The attack killed 11 civilians, including 5 children. A PCHR field worker who visited Khuza'a village, east of Kahn Yunis, reported that he saw bomb whose length is 210 cm and its diameter is 70 cm, which was dropped by Israeli warplanes in the past days destroying 15 houses at once in Abu Rujaila quarter in the village....
continua / continued  [ 23-aug-2014 01:47 ECT ]
The media’s big torture lie: “Enhanced interrogation” and the politics of false equivalence
August 4, 2014 - "U.S. Senate ’Torture’ Report Summary to Be Declassified in a Few Days," a Reuters headline reported Tuesday, complete with scare quotes around the word "torture." In the article, journalist Mark Hosenball reported that "CIA’s use of harsh 'enhanced interrogation’ methods such as waterboarding, or simulated drowning, on a handful of prisoners, and other stress tactics on a larger set of captured militants, did not produce any significant counter-terrorism breakthroughs." The next paragraph helpfully noted that, "Human rights activists and CIA critics, including some U.S. politicians, have described the CIA’s techniques as torture." Near the end, Hosenball explained where "the militants subjected to enhanced interrogation" — with no scare quotes this time — were captured....
continua / continued  [ 22-aug-2014 23:48 ECT ]
Never ask me about peace again
August 4, 2014 - Tears flowed until my body ran dry of them when I received a telephone call on Aug. 3, informing me that my family had been targeted by two F-16 missiles in the city of Rafah. Such was the fate of our family in a war that still continues, with every family in the Gaza Strip receiving its share of sorrow and pain.My father’s brother, Ismail al-Ghoul, 60, was not a member of Hamas. His wife, Khadra, 62, was not a militant of Hamas. Their sons, Wael, 35, and Mohammed, 32, were not combatants for Hamas. Their daughters, Hanadi, 28, and Asmaa, 22, were not operatives for Hamas, nor were my cousin Wael’s children, Ismail, 11, Malak, 5, and baby Mustafa, only 24 days old, members of Islamic Jihad, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine or Fatah. Yet, they all died in the Israeli shelling that targeted their home at 6:20 a.m. on Sunday morning....
continua / continued  [ 22-aug-2014 23:21 ECT ]
The Fourth Branch: The Rise to Power of the National Security State
August 4, 2014 - ...Whatever happens with the report itself and despite the recent CIA apology, don’t expect the Senate to bring perjury charges against former CIA leaders for any lies to Congress. (It didn’t do so, after all, in the earlier case of Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.) And don’t expect prosecutions of significant figures from a Justice Department that, in the Obama years, refused to prosecute even those in the CIA responsible for the deaths of prisoners. The fact is that, for the Fourth Branch, this remains the age of impunity. Hidden in a veil of secrecy, bolstered by secret law and secret courts, surrounded by its chosen corporations and politicians, its power to define policy and act as it sees fit in the name of American safety is visibly on the rise. No matter what setbacks it experiences along the way, its urge to expand and control seems, at the moment, beyond staunching. In the context of the Senate’s torture report, the question at hand remains: Who rules Washington?...
continua / continued  [ 22-aug-2014 22:55 ECT ]
Witnessing the systematic destruction of Gaza
August 4, 2014 - ....MORALE REMAINS strong, even among those facing the toughest circumstances. Whenever I walk into al-Shifa hospital, I pass through an encampment of displaced people, mostly from Shejaiya to the east, erected on the grounds. I'm always struck by the visible strength and determination of its residents, as well as the paramedics, nurses, doctors, journalists and coffee vendors within the hospital itself.Nearly all in Gaza are tired of endless bombardment and hope for a cease-fire, of course. But there's a broad consensus that any cease-fire worthy of the name must include an end to Israel's siege, allowing Palestinians to travel, trade, fish, farm and conduct their political affairs without restrictions, by definition. In fact, while I'm not a pollster, I don't personally know of anyone here willing to settle for less....
continua / continued  [ 22-aug-2014 17:28 ECT ]
Pakistani man held at US facility denied legal counsel during decade-long hold
August 4, 2014 - For years, as he was caged in a barely acknowledged detention facility on the outskirts of Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan, Yunus Rahmatullah’s captors denied him access to a lawyer.Rahmatullah, a Pakistani man first detained by the UK in Iraq in 2004, has described his inability to even speak to counsel in a lawsuit he has filed in Britain, where, unbeknownst to him, his case had attracted the attention of UK judges. Although he claims he "endlessly and relentlessly requested access to a lawyer," the US military uniformly denied him. Until his release in May, Rahmatullah was among the most secret cohort of detainees the US still holds in the Obama era: the dozens of non-Afghans, mostly Pakistanis, within the Detention Facility at Parwan, about an hour’s drive from Kabul...
continua / continued  [ 22-aug-2014 16:48 ECT ]
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