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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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Saudi Arabia Will Go It Alone
By MOHAMMED BIN NAWAF BIN ABDULAZIZ AL SAUD
December 17, 2013— Saudi Arabia has been friends with our Western partners for decades; for some, like the United Kingdom where I serve as ambassador, for almost a century. These are strategic alliances that benefit us both. Recently, these relationships have been tested — principally because of differences over Iran and Syria.We believe that many of the West’s policies on both Iran and Syria risk the stability and security of the Middle East. This is a dangerous gamble, about which we cannot remain silent, and will not stand idly by.The crisis in Syria continues unabated. There have been over 100,000 civilian deaths. Most shockingly of all, the Oxford Research Group reports that of the 11,000 victims under 17 and under, more than 70 percent were killed by air strikes and artillery shells deliberately targeting civilian areas...
continua / continued  [ 18-dec-2013 03:16 ECT ]
Beit Sahour: Boycott is Historically Palestinian
December 17, 2013- As the Boycott, Sanctions and Divestment (BDS) movement continues to grow, and thus Israel’s international isolation, one must remember that the boycott is an authentically collective Palestinian strategy that is rooted in history. The BDS debate is at such an advanced stage that it has indeed surpassed all expectations. A few years ago, many of us were attempting to push the boundaries of the debate, but were faced by so much resistance, even from groups and movements that were viewed as progressive. The situation has now changed in such an evident way amid constant news of western governments, companies and academic institutions either joining the boycott or deliberating the possibility of doing so. However, one ought to be reminded that the boycott is not an alien strategy invited by outside actors, as it is itself rooted in nearly a century long fight for Palestinian rights and collective self-definition, starting years before the state of Israel was established...
continua / continued  [ 18-dec-2013 03:11 ECT ]
Systemic Integration of (Military) Power |
Obama’s National Security State
by NORMAN POLLACK
December 17, 2013-The militarization of intelligence is not a new development. That had always been its primary if not also integral function from the start. E.g., the CIA did not and does not, to my knowledge, focus its resources on, or preoccupy itself with, compiling baseball stats or tables of comparative annual rainfall, but rather, has proven its adeptness at assassination, the broader range of regime-change activities, and now, with JSOC forces and private contractors, it fulfills, under Obama’s aegis, an enlarged operational role beyond strict intelligence of planning and executing drone killings (even possessing its own fleet of drones)...
continua / continued  [ 18-dec-2013 02:58 ECT ]
The Stories of the Two Guantánamo Prisoners Released to Saudi Arabia
December 17, 2013 -On Monday December 16, the Pentagon announced that two Guantánamo prisoners — Saad al-Qahtani and Hamoud al-Wady — had been released to Saudi Arabia over the weekend. In the Miami Herald, veteran Guantánamo reporter Carol Rosenberg noted that, "according to government sources, the Saudi repatriations, carried out in a secret operation Saturday night, were voluntary."The Obama administration is to be commended for releasing these two men, as it shows a commitment to the promise to resume releasing prisoners from Guantánamo that President Obama made in May, after a two and a half year period in which just five prisoners were released, even though over half of the 160-plus prisoners held throughout this period were cleared for release in January 2010 by a high-level, inter-agency task force that President Obama established shortly after taking office in 2009. These releases bring the prison’s total population to 160 prisoners, of whom 80 have been cleared for release...
continua / continued  [ 18-dec-2013 00:36 ECT ]
Syria News - December 16, 2013 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Local Coordination Committees of Syria + Videos
December 16, 2013- By the end of Monday the Coordination Committees were able to document 134 martyrs including 19 children, 11 women and 1 martyr under torture: 56 martyrs were reported in Aleppo, 34 in Damascus and its Suburbs, 14 in Homs, 13 in Daraa, 8 in Idlib, 4 in Deir Ezzor, 3 in Hama and 2 martyrs in Quneitra....Damascus Suburbs: Nabek: Mahmoud Abd Al-Baset, Ahmad Suleiman, child Rahaf Abd Al-Baset and child Nabeel Abd Al-Baset, all from Talbiseh in Homs, were martyred. in field exceution and burning their bodies by regime forces in the city....
continua / continued  [ 17-dec-2013 19:33 ECT ]
America’s Child Soldiers|
JROTC and the Militarizing of America
By Ann Jones
December 16, 2013 - Congress surely meant to do the right thing when, in the fall of 2008, it passed the Child Soldiers Prevention Act (CSPA). The law was designed to protect kids worldwide from being forced to fight the wars of Big Men. From then on, any country that coerced children into becoming soldiers was supposed to lose all U.S. military aid. It turned out, however, that Congress -- in its rare moment of concern for the next generation -- had it all wrong. In its greater wisdom, the White House found countries like Chad and Yemen so vital to the national interest of the United States that it preferred to overlook what happened to the children in their midst. As required by CSPA, this year the State Department once again listed 10 countries that use child soldiers: Burma (Myanmar), the Central African Republic, Chad, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. Seven of them were scheduled to receive millions of dollars in U.S. military aid as well as what’s called "U.S. Foreign Military Financing." ...
continua / continued  [ 16-dec-2013 17:25 ECT ]
US drone strikes in Yemen a clear violation of law
December 15, 2013- It happened in Afghanistan in 2002, in Iraq in 2004, again in Afghanistan in 2008, then in Yemen last week. The United States just cannot stop bombing wedding parties. On July 1, 2002, 30 people were killed when a wedding party was bombed in the central Afghan province of Uruzgan. The Pentagon said one of its bombs was "errant".On May 19, 2004, the American military conducted a shooting and bombing campaign on a wedding in Mukaradeeb, an Iraqi village close to the Syrian border. The Americans believed it was a safe house for foreign fighters. On July 6, 2008, 47 people were killed when a bridal convoy made up mostly of women and children was making its way to the groom’s house in Nangarhar province, in Afghanistan. The bride survived the first two bombs but was not lucky enough to escape the third. And last Thursday, 13 civilians were killed when a suspected US drone mistook a Yemeni wedding convoy for an Al Qaida one...
continua / continued  [ 16-dec-2013 04:32 ECT ]
Right To Resist Oppression
By Paul Balles
December 15, 2013 - In August 2004 Richard Hugus, critic of progressive injustice, wrote an article called "Lies of the Israeli peace movement". What Hugus wrote almost 10 years ago has as much forgotten or neglected relevance today. In an announcement for a meeting, the public was invited to hear from "bereaved Israeli and Palestinian families supporting peace, reconciliation and tolerance". Referring to a meeting between Jews and Palestinians, Hugus points to progressives like Noam Chomsky. These progressives have spoken of "what is 'realistic', as if it's realistic to remove an entire people from their country by massacre and attrition, to jail inside 24-foot high walls any who remain, to shoot children in the street, to destroy farmland and water supplies, to drive people to starvation, to wage war on rock-throwers with F-16s, tanks and attack helicopters..."
continua / continued  [ 16-dec-2013 03:54 ECT ]
Gaza fighters in Syria pose dilemma for pro-Assad Left
December 15, 2013 - While the Syrian Revolution was still young, the Palestinian organization Hamas, unlike its sister organization, Hezbullah, broke with the Assad Regime and sided with the revolution. This has cost them dearly. They were forced to move their headquarters out of Damascus and they lost most of their subsidy from Iran. Now we hear reports of former Hamas fighters from Gaza, going to Syria to fight the Assad Regime. They are "former Hamas" fighters because the organization is officially trying to distance itself from the conflict, but as the article below tells us "in keeping with the popular mood" these "former Hamas" fighters are still celebrated by Hamas as martyrs when they are killed in Syria. This would seem to pose something of an existential dilemma for those on the Left that have long supported Hamas' struggle against Israel, in spite of its Islamist character, but oppose Islamist fighters, presumably even those from Gaza, when they are arrayed against Assad....
continua / continued  [ 16-dec-2013 03:49 ECT ]
Who’s Getting Rich off the Prison-Industrial Complex?
By Ray Downs
December 15, 2013 - You likely already know how overcrowded and abusive the US prison system is, and you probably are also aware that the US has more people in prison than even China or Russia. In this age of privatization, of course, it’s also not surprising that many of the detention centers are not actually operated by the government, but by for-profit companies. So clearly, some people are making lots and lots of money off the booming business of keeping human beings in cages. But who are these people? Using NASDAQ data, I looked through the long list of investors in Corrections Corporation of America and GEO Group, the two biggest corporations that operate detention centers in the US, to find out who was cashing in the most on prisons. When we say "prison-industrial complex," this is who we’re talking about...
continua / continued  [ 16-dec-2013 03:29 ECT ]
Statement of Solidarity with Palestinian-Syrians and Denunciation of a Zionist Apologist
Students Against Israeli Apartheid (University of Toronto, St George campus)
December 15, 2013 - While Palestinians and Syrians need and continue to liberate themselves from the Israeli colonization of Palestine and the Syrian Golan, the Assad regime continues to launch military attacks and sieges including but not limited to the siege on the Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk. While the Assad regime continually practices criminal violence against the bodies of Palestinian-Syrians and all the People of Syria, against our mothers, brothers, sisters, infants, fathers, families and communities, and as the People remain steadfast against such tyranny, certain organizers decide to invite Agnes-Mariam. While the Assadist collective punishment is not even limited to mass starvation, torture, sieges, knives, bombs and missiles, displacing millions and millions of Syrian refugees, perpetuating the Nakba for Palestinian-Syrians in particular, certain organizers decide to invite a Zionist apologist to deny the crimes of the regime, hence contributing to the crimes of the regime...Mariam Agnes spoke on March 21st 2013 at an event organized by the France-Israel committee, where she repeated sectarian islamophobic racism and Zionist apologetics appealing to the Zionist-organized event... Her islamophobia is also explicitly zionist because she claims that Israel "must be the recourse for the protection of faith and of believers" and that "Israel must remain a light for people of faith of the world, an example that for her she accepts to follow without reservation"...
continua / continued  [ 16-dec-2013 00:22 ECT ]
Dumping Grounds ?
December 15, 2013 - ...Today, a female TV presenter was shot dead in Mosul, she was just reporting...Yesterday, the day before yesterday and the months before yesterday and the years before yesterday, Iraqi women have been the "recipient" of Violence, male violence.Whether this violence came in the form of a US missile, an AK47, a gun, a knife, a cane or an actual penis, it does not really matter, it is all Phallic violence.One Iraqi woman aptly described it as "living in a jungle ruled by men". Adding, if shelters were constructed, the government fears that a great number of women will leave their "families"...Iraq as exemplified by its women, has become the Dumping Ground, ever since its "liberation"...
continua / continued  [ 15-dec-2013 23:02 ECT ]
The 6,000-Page Report on CIA Torture Has Now Been Suppressed for 1 Year
December 14, 2013 -One year ago today, the Senate Intelligence Committee voted to adopt a 6,000-page report on the CIA rendition, detention, and interrogation program that led to torture. Its contents include details on each prisoner in CIA custody, the conditions of their confinement, whether they were tortured, the intelligence they provided, and the degree to which the CIA lied about its behavior to overseers. Senator Dianne Feinstein declared it one of the most significant oversight efforts in American history, noting that it contains "startling details" and raises "critical questions." But all these months later, the report is still being suppressed. The Obama Administration has no valid reason to suppress the report.
continua / continued  [ 15-dec-2013 03:40 ECT ]
Moonwalking in Syria
December 14, 2013 - In an interview with the BBC, Ambassador Robert Ford said that the views expressed by former CIA Director, Michael Hayden, do not represent those held by the Obama Administration. But then, judging from past precedents, it seems that even views expressed by Obama do not represent those held by the Administration. The Administration’s real views remain unexpressed because they are unexpressable, in the sense that they are absolutely odious, as they include establishing working relations with a genocidal maniac, and supporting a stronger role for Iran in the region. These policies will be impossible to defend if articulated, so the Administration chose to dissimulate. And to moonwalk....
continua / continued  [ 15-dec-2013 01:05 ECT ]
“Close Guantánamo,” Says Prison’s First Commander, Adds That It “Should Never Have Been Opened”
December 14, 2013 - In an important op-ed for the Detroit Free Press, Maj. Gen. Mike Lehnert of the Marines, the first commander of Guantánamo, has called for the closure of the prison. Maj. Gen. Lehnert built the open air cages of Camp X-Ray, the "war on terror" prison’s first incarnation, in just four days prior to the arrival of the first prisoners on January 11, 2002. As I explained in my book The Guantánamo Files, Lehnert initially bought into the hyperbole and propaganda about the prisoners, stating, soon after the prison opened, "These represent the worst elements of al-Qaeda and the Taliban. We asked for the worst guys first." However, he soon changed his mind. In early February 2002, he provided an important insight into how, contrary to what senior Bush administration officials were saying in public, the uncomfortable truth was they they had no idea who most of the prisoners were...
continua / continued  [ 14-dec-2013 23:46 ECT ]
Syria News - December 13, 2013 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Local Coordination Committees of Syria + Videos
December 13, 2013 - By the end of Friday the Coordination Committees were able to document 56 martyrs including 6 children, 9 women and 2 martyrs under torture: 22 martyrs were reported in Damascus and its Suburbs, 9 in Daraa, 8 in Aleppo, 7 in Homs, 5 in Idlib and 5 martyrs in Deir Ezzor... Damascus Suburbs: Nabek: 14 martyrs were reported in another massacre committed by regime forces in Ameen Street, and the martyrs ars: Subhy Bannot, Sawsan Zreiqy, Ietidal Bannot, Souzan Bannot, Khawla Bannot, Shayma Bannot, Hassan Mousa Hassan's wife, Mahmoud Hassan Mousa Hassan, 25, Ayat Hassan Mousa Hassan, 22, Manar Hassan Mousa Hassan, 13, Shahed Hassan Mousa Hassan, 6, Malak Anas Lattouf, 3, Jana Anas Lattouf, 5 months, Mohammad Al-Sammanm 28...
continua / continued  [ 14-dec-2013 23:24 ECT ]
Middle East Revolutions at a Crossroads |
For Solidarity and the Strategy of Permanent Revolution
League for the Revolutionary Party
December 13, 2013 - It has been almost three years since the countries of the Middle East and North Africa were first rocked by the wave of revolutionary uprisings that became known as the "Arab Spring." In this region rich with oil wealth, trade routes and strategic assets, dictators like Tunisia’s Ben Ali and Egypt’s Mubarak, whom the imperialist powers had long relied on to protect their interests, were quickly ousted; other tyrants also seemed on the verge of being overthrown. Millions of people believed that after generations of suffering under foreign domination buttressed by the police-state oppression of local rulers, a new future of freedom was within reach. Today, however, the revolutionary movements in the region are fighting for their survival, and the dream of freedom seems as far away as ever. From all-out war on the rebellious Syrian people by the Assad dictatorship to the military seizure of power in Egypt in July, counterrevolutionary forces are now ascendant. But they are not yet triumphant – the masses’ struggles continue. They deserve all our solidarity, and a critical discussion of how they can find a way forward to victory is also necessary...
continua / continued  [ 14-dec-2013 23:12 ECT ]
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