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:: ONU - XX Assemblea Generale (1965):
XX Assemblea Generale dell’ONU (1965)
dichiara "la legittimità della
lotta da parte dei popoli sotto
oppressione coloniale, per esercitare il
loro diritto all' autodeter-
Inoltre, l'Assemblea invita "tutti
gli Stati a fornire assistenza morale e
materiale ai movimenti di liberazione
nazionale nei territori coloniali".
- Risoluzione 1514
Generale dichiara che: la soggezione dei
popoli a dominio straniero, conquista e
asservimento costituisce una negazione
dei diritti umani fondamentali, è
contraria alla Carta delle Nazioni Unite
ed è un impedimento alla promozione
della pace e della cooperazione mondiali.
Tutti i popoli hanno diritto
minazione; in virtù di
tale diritto essi devono liberamente
determinare il loro status politico e
liberamente perseguire il loro sviluppo
economico, sociale e culturale".
di Ginevra, Protocollo Addizionale I
armata può essere usata, come ultima
risorsa, come mezzo per esercitare il
diritto all' autodeter-
base allo Statuto del Tribunale penale
internazionale, sono definiti “crimini
(1) attacchi lanciati intenzionalmente
contro popolazione civili in quanto tali
o contro civili che non prendano
direttamente parte alle ostilità;
(4) attacchi lanciati intenzionalmente
nella consapevolezza che gli stessi
avranno come conseguenza la perdita di
vite umane tra la popolazione civile, e
lesioni a civili o danni a proprietà
civili ovvero danni diffusi duraturi e
gravi all’ambiente naturale che siano
manifestamente eccessivi rispetto all’insieme
dei concreti e diretti i vantaggi
:: Iraq anthem
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“You are completely destroyed”: Testimony on Torture from Shaker Aamer’s Medical Report at Guantanamo
By: Jeff Kaye
April 14, 2014 -- On April 7, 2014, Shaker Aamer, the last British resident still held at Guantanamo, and his attorneys filed a habeas petition (PDF) asking for his release due to chronic health problems that can not be treated at Guantanamo. The worst of these problems apparently stems from PTSD from the torture Shaker has endured since he was captured by the Northern Alliance, then turned over to the Americans on Christmas Eve, 2001. The details of his torture at Bagram, Kandahar and Guantanamo are described in lengthy quotations from a February 2, 2014 medical psychiatric report by Dr. Emily Keram, a forensic psychiatrist who has evaluated a number of Guantanamo detainees at the request of the U.S. courts, the Military Commissions, and various habeas attorneys. The report is appended to the habeas filing...
continua / continued  [ 17-apr-2014 18:30 ECT ]
South Africa Today: Apartheid by Another Name
April 14, 2014 - On my wall in London is my favourite photograph from South Africa. Always thrilling to behold, it is Paul Weinberg’s image of a lone woman standing between two armoured vehicles, the infamous "hippos", as they rolled into Soweto. Her arms are raised, fists clenched, her thin body both beckoning and defiant of the enemy. It was May Day 1985; the last great uprising against apartheid had begun. Twelve years later, with my thirty-year banning from South Africa lifted, there was a pinch-me moment as I flew into Jan Smuts and handed my passport to a black immigration officer. "Welcome to our country," she said.
I quickly discovered that much of the spirit of resistance embodied in the courageous woman in Soweto had survived, together with a vibrant ubuntu that drew together African humanity, generosity and political ingenuity — for example, in the dignified resolve of those I watched form a human wall around the house of a widow threatened with disconnection of her electricity, and in people’s rejection of demeaning "RDP houses" they called "kennels"; and in the pulsating mass demonstrations of social movements that are among the most sophisticated and dynamic in the world...
continua / continued  [ 17-apr-2014 18:16 ECT ]
Death From Above: How American Drone Strikes Are Devastating Yemen
By Vivian Salama
April 14, 2014 - The people of Yemen can hear destruction before it arrives. In cities, towns and villages across this country, which hangs off the southern end of the Arabian Peninsula, the air buzzes with the sound of American drones flying overhead. The sound is a constant and terrible reminder: a robot plane, acting on secret intelligence, may calculate that the man across from you at the coffee shop, or the acquaintance with whom you've shared a passing word on the street, is an Al Qaeda operative. This intelligence may be accurate or it may not, but it doesn't matter. If you are in the wrong place at the wrong time, the chaotic buzzing above sharpens into the death-herald of an incoming missile...
continua / continued  [ 17-apr-2014 02:45 ECT ]
After Hersh lays smoke screen, Assad lobes gas bombs
April 13, 2014 - ...His piece became like a call to action for Assad supporters everywhere to renew the claims that Assad didn't do it, repeat all the Fall conspiracy theories, and try to build unity among the conflicting versions. For example, Mint Press came out in support of Hersh, in spite of the fact that they had been supporting a version of how the rebels gassed themselves that involved untrained rebels in a tunnel bungling a big tank of sarin given to them by Saudi Prince Bandar. Hersh's current version has the Turks ramroding al Nursa, and using missiles, no Bandar, no tank, no tunnel. But nevermind about that, these Assad supporters are flexible, the main point is that Assad didn't do it and the rebels did. That is why all those that had formerly promoted a version that had the CIA and/or Qatar masterminding the chemical attacks were as quick as Mint Press to jump on the Hersh campaign bus....
continua / continued  [ 16-apr-2014 20:09 ECT ]
UK government tries to stop soldier revealing the jaw-dropping truth of the Afghanistan war
April 13, 2014 - Attempts by democratic governments to ban books rarely work out well. If the book is banned on grounds of public morality (Lady Chatterley’s Lover, Tropic of Cancer), then the writer nearly always wins in the end and the government that tried to suppress their work is likely to end up looking puritanical, cloven-footed and often pig-ignorant.If, like Peter Wright’s Spycatcher, the book is banned on 'political’ or national security grounds then it is immediately going to attract a great deal more media interest than it might otherwise have done, so that if one publisher drops it another is likely to pick it up. When the Thatcher government tried to ban Spycatcher under the Official Secrets it ended up looking ridiculous and impotent when the book was published abroad – even in Scotland – for three years before the ban was lifted, so that anyone who wanted to know what was in it could find out. Rather than silencing books, such efforts tend to generate more curiosity about them. And attempts at censorship and prohibition are almost guaranteed to attract attention when a government tries to ban a book that it has commissioned itself, as was the case last week, when the Ministry of Defense attempted to block the publication of An Intimate War – An Oral History of the Helmand Conflict 1978-2013, on the grounds that it breached the Official Secrets Act...
continua / continued  [ 16-apr-2014 19:39 ECT ]
Surprise, surprise! |
Government Exonerates FBI’s Lax Investigation of Suspected Boston Bomber
April 13, 2014 - One thing that the FBI does really well is exonerate itself. As I wrote earlier, the bureau’s agents have shot 151 people over the course of the last two decades, killing more than half of them, yet in its own internal reviews, the FBI has exonerated those agents all 151 times -- a perfect record of blamelessness that even some of the country’s most gun-happy police departments (even in Albuquerque, NM) can’t claim. Now another internal review, not by the FBI but by the Office of Intelligence Committee, an obscure unit which supposedly internally "oversees" the work of 17 intelligence agencies including the FBI, has smiled on the FBI’s seemingly lackadaisical investigation of Boston Marathon bomber suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, saying that its Boston office agents did an okay job in checking him out after Russian intelligence warned the US back in 2011 that he had linked up with Islamic militants while on a visit to his family in Dagestan...
continua / continued  [ 16-apr-2014 19:04 ECT ]
An ordinary day in an extraordinary city: the filming of 24 Hours Jerusalem
April 13, 2014 - In the era of the modern documentary, rare is the film-maker who prays that nothing out of the ordinary happens on the day of shooting. Yet that was exactly the concern on Volker Heise's mind a year ago today, when he began filming his real-time study of Jerusalem, an ambitious multi-camera, multiple-perspective study that aims to look beyond the city's headlines and present the everyday stories of the people that live there.The project began eight years ago, with a trial run in Berlin. Says Heise, an avuncular, self-deprecating 52-year-old north German who apologises for his English not being "proper": "I always thought about the idea of, how can I narrate a city? In literature you have Ulysses by James Joyce, or Berlin Alexanderplatz by Alfred Döblin, or Manhattan Transfer by John Dos Passos. But how could I do this visually? Then one day I read an article in an English newspaper about English historians, and they asked all the people in England to write them letters, telling them what they were going to do on one specific day. They asked them to send only the ordinary days of their everyday lives...
continua / continued  [ 16-apr-2014 17:53 ECT ]
Podcast: CCR Attorney Pardiss Kebriaei on Judge Dismissing Lawsuit Against Extrajudicial Killings of US Citizens
By: Kevin Gosztola
April 13, 2014 - The families of three United States citizens, who were not indicted, charged or prosecuted for committing crimes but were killed in drone strikes by the US government, lost in court when a judge dismissed a lawsuit brought by the ACLU and Center for Constitutional Rights. "These deaths happened in 2011," according to lead CCR staff attorney Pardiss Kebriaei, who argued the case. "There’s a strike on September 30, 2011, that killed Anwar al-Awlaki and Samir Khan and then two weeks later, October 14, 2011, a second strike that killed Abdulrahman [al-Awlaki]."...
continua / continued  [ 16-apr-2014 17:26 ECT ]
The real delegitimisation: Apartheid Israel targets Palestinian citizens' political activism
April 13, 2014 - Last week, Palestinian activist Muhammad Kanaaneh was due to address Tel Aviv University students at an event marking Land Day, a commemoration of the bloody state repression of anti-land expropriation protests in 1976. However, following pressure by right-wing Zionist activists, university authorities stepped in to ban Kanaaneh from delivering his speech on campus. The opposition to Kanaaneh's lecture, including from Members of the Knesset, was on the basis that he was a so-called "convicted terrorist", apparently jailed for "involvement with" or "passing on information to" Hezbolllah. But few bothered to examine the claims being made about Kanaaneh, or look beyond the shouts of 'terrorist'. To do so would be to reveal another side to this affair, beyond the repression of Palestinian political activism at Israeli academic institutions...
continua / continued  [ 16-apr-2014 02:50 ECT ]
Mỹ Lai and Sy Hersh, a Reappraisal
April 12, 2014 -I made a documentary about the Vietnam War five years ago, Vietnam: American Holocaust. Since I wanted it to be the ultimate Vietnam War documentary, I got the guy who narrated and starred in Apocalypse Now to do the voice-over. I made it because too many educated Americans will tell you 58,000 people died in the Vietnam War, when the real number is closer to three million, give or take 50,000. The tag line I have used to promote the film has been "The Vietnam War was a Mỹ Lai every week."....I have long been of the opinion that the US imperialists, even in their limited wisdom, understood they could never obliterate the people's memory of the many atrocities of the Vietnam War, so they allowed one to become famous, they allowed one to be publicized and prosecuted, in the hopes that the public memory of the generalized and pervasive massacres that was the Vietnam War, would be resolved down to the memory of this one atrocity, and in this they have been largely successful. I believe this is the proper context to view Seymour Hersh's Pulitzer Prizing winning reporting on the Mỹ Lai Massacre....
continua / continued  [ 15-apr-2014 02:46 ECT ]
Innocent truck driver tells of ordeal at Afghanistan's Bagram jail
April 12, 2014 - Pakistani truck driver Umran Khan spent nine years in Afghanistan's Bagram prison, where he says he suffered beatings, sleep deprivation and a sustained campaign of mental disintegration despite committing no crime. Accused with a friend of transporting bombs in 2005, he has maintained his innocence - and an official record shows his captors suspected the same.Now the 32-year-old, one of six Pakistanis released last November, has spoken out against his treatment at Bagram in a case that rights groups say underlines the need for more scrutiny of the prison. Opened in 2002, it has often been compared to Guantanamo Bay. The Afghan authorities took over the jail, renamed Parwan, last year. But the US remains in charge of foreigners, including about 34 Pakistanis...
continua / continued  [ 15-apr-2014 02:13 ECT ]
More than 3,000 runners compete in second Palestine Marathon
By Jan Walraven
April 12, 2014 - Under the banner of "Right to Movement," about 3,000 runners competed in the second Palestine Marathon on Friday 11 April, starting and finishing at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. Representing 39 countries, competitors had the option of choosing between 10 km, 21 km or the full marathon, 42.195 km. Although a success in terms of attendance, the event was overshadowed by Israel’s refusal to grant Palestinian Olympian, Nader Al-Masri, permission to travel to Bethlehem from Gaza. The Palestine Marathon is organized to raise awareness about the restricted freedom of movement in Gaza and the West Bank. The Israeli refusal directly demonstrated the challenges Palestinians regularly face....
continua / continued  [ 15-apr-2014 01:32 ECT ]
Young Palestinian dad died from Israeli torture, forensic expert says
April 11, 2014 - An internationally renowned expert on torture says that evidence confirms that a young Palestinian died of injuries he sustained in Israeli custody due to torture.Arafat Jaradat, a 33-year-old father of two, died on 23 February 2013 in Israel’s Megiddo Prison where he was being interrogated by the Shin Bet secret police.As Haaretz reported, Jaradat was arrested on the night of 18 February 2013 on suspicion that he had thrown stones and a Molotov cocktail at Israeli occupation forces: "It was a bit after midnight and everyone in the house – he himself, his wife Dalal, his four-year-old daughter Yaara and two-year-old son Mohammed – was sleeping, as was his brother Mohammed, who lives in the same building. The soldiers, ten or 12 of them, burst into the home and behaved with rare courtesy. They asked for identity cards and when Arafat gave them his, they told him to say goodbye to his family and come with them for detention. His small children, Yaara and Mohammed, clung to his legs but the soldiers promised them their father would be home soon."...
continua / continued  [ 15-apr-2014 00:55 ECT ]
"Off With His Head": Court Upholds Obama's Power to Kill
The Real News Network
April 11, 2014 -....Well, you know, I think about drone killings a lot. And I think I have a new name for Obama. You know, you remember all those Shakespeare plays you read, and then you remember Alice of Wonderland and the Queen of Hearts always saying, "Off with your head" or Queen Margaret in, I think, Henry VIII, off with your head. The name for Obama should be, Off With Your Head, and then Person Gets Droned to Death. That's apparently what it takes now or all it takes now is to get an American citizen killed when he is overseas or she is overseas. And the case that brings that to mind is one that my office, the Center for Constitutional Rights, brought together with the ACLU...
continua / continued  [ 15-apr-2014 00:25 ECT ]
What It Portends|
The Crisis of Liberal Zionism
by ANDREW LEVINE
April 11, 2014 -....As Zionists, liberal Zionists too would like Israel to incorporate all of Palestine. But since that is morally and politically impossible, and since, as liberals, they want liberal principles affirmed too, they moderate their Zionist ambitions. There is nothing else they can do.They are loath, however, to concede territory, and therefore inclined to accept at least some of the settlements established since 1967 – if need be, in exchange for land within Israel’s pre-1967 borders that still have substantial Arab populations and that Zionists care about less.The details were worked out a long time ago – in negotiations that began even before the handshake on the White House lawn marked the beginning of the Oslo period. Those negotiations continued throughout the nineties, culminating in meetings held in Camp David and in Saba in Egypt in the final days of the Clinton administration.....
continua / continued  [ 15-apr-2014 00:12 ECT ]
Shocking Silence on the Rohingya|
An Open Letter to Aung San Suu Kyi
by SUFYAN BIN UZAYR
April 11, 2014 -...Since my assumption is that you have totally forgotten about the Rohingya populace of your own country (again, you’re very busy, I know that), allow me to remind you a little bit about them. They happen to be Burmese citizens. They are one of the most persecuted communities in the world; the United Nations describes them as "friendless", and they would have gladly contributed to Myanmar’s GDP, if only they weren’t being massacred. On a sidenote, they also happen to have a religion that’s different from the majority of Burmese folks, and this is why they are being killed. Basically, Myanmar wants to eliminate the Rohingya people from its territory, and Bangladesh does not consider itself accountable for foreign refugees.Still unsure? Well, here is something that will refresh your memory. One can blame a lot many people for the destruction and genocide of the Rohingya people, but that’s an altogether different story. My question is, why are you silent?...
continua / continued  [ 14-apr-2014 16:54 ECT ]
Syria News - April 10 , 2014 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Local Coordinating Committees of Syria
April 10 , 2014 - By the end of Wednesday the Coordination Committees were able to document 131 martyrs in Syria including 4 women, 6 children and 7 martyrs under torture: 60 martyrs were reported in Deir Ezzor; 25 in Aleppo; 21 in Damascus and its suburbs; 9 in Hama; 6 in Homs; 5 martyrs in Daraa; 3 in Idlib; and 2 martyr in Qunaitra...Deir Ezzor: Boukmal: Ahmad Eid Al-Ashaab, Adnan Al-Shami, Mohammad Daham Al-Debes, Fares Al-Jarrah, Essa Said Al-Kassar, Soraqa Al-Aran, Bader Ramadan Hmoud Al-Hajjei, Zaid Barakat Al-Matar, Yamen Al-Jalal Al-Rameel, Ghanem Al-Baher, Essam Al-Samran, Ali Hmoud Al-Asman, Mohammad Al-Atiyeh, Yousef Sobhi Al-Nawaf, Mohammad Jasem Al-Nukhailan, Hamad Al-Mohammad, Hassan Al-Jasem, Ghadeer Al-Baghooz, and Abdulkareem Al-Kurdi were martyred in clashes with ISIS in the city...
continua / continued  [ 14-apr-2014 03:10 ECT ]
Military Resistance 12D7 - Hope
Thomas F Barton
April 10, 2014 - After flying helicopters in Vietnam for 30 months, Perry Parks couldn’t stop the panicked dreams."I was flying through wires all the time, and I never hit the wire," said Parks, 71, a retired military commander from Rockingham, N.C. "I’m a helicopter pilot, so wires scare the hell out of you." Parks, who has post-traumatic stress disorder, said he took sleeping pills for years after he retired. Then he found a more satisfying alternative: two or three bong hits at least three times a day."I don’t have the dreams anymore," he said. Faced with a skyrocketing suicide rate in their ranks, many of the nation’s veterans hope that marijuana will be their salve.Federal officials and veterans groups estimate that nearly 31 percent of Vietnam
veterans and 20 percent of returning service members from Iraq and Afghanistan are grappling with PTSD...
continua / continued  [ 14-apr-2014 02:43 ECT ]
Leading International Forensic Pathologist: Palestinian Detainee Arafat Jaradat Was Tortured, Which Led To His Death In Israeli Custody
Committee Against Torture in Israel and Al-Haq
April 10, 2014 - Arafat-Shalish-Shahin-JaradatIn advance of an Israeli Magistrate Court hearing in the matter of Mr. Jaradat, due to take place today, Dr. Sebnem Korur Fincanci, an internationally recognized expert in Forensic Pathology, is providing her expert opinion to the Court. According Dr. Fincanci's findings, Arafat Jaradat was severely beaten while in detention, resulting in Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome, which caused his death in Israeli custody on 23 February 2013. Background Following Mr. Jaradat's death: "At the [Israeli] National Center for Forensic Medicine, an autopsy was performed on the body of Arafat Jaradat by Prof. Yehuda Hiss, in the presence of Prof. Arnon Afek, Director of the Health Administration at the Ministry of Health, and Palestinian pathologist Dr. Saber Aloul." (From: Israel Ministry of Health statement)...
continua / continued  [ 14-apr-2014 02:38 ECT ]
5 killed as Shiite rebels press 'advance' on Yemen capital
The Daily Star
April 10, 2014 - Shiite rebels believed to be seeking to advance on Yemen's capital have attacked an army post in a neighbouring city, killing three soldiers and losing two of their own, tribal sources said Thursday. The Zaidi rebels, also known as Ansarullah or Huthis, carried out the attack in Amran, 50 kilometres (31 miles) north of Sanaa, late on Wednesday, tribal sources said.
Military sources have said their objective was to seize Amran and, from there, lay siege to the capital. ...
continua / continued  [ 14-apr-2014 02:27 ECT ]
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