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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
(click to listen)
Who Decides for the Palestinians?
by Kim Petersen
July 5, 2014 - ...Who should decide whether the BDS tactic is correct? The victims or Chomsky? Everyone is entitled to an opinion, but does not elementary morality state that victims should decide upon the proper tactics and what level of suffering they are willing to endure to attain some form of justice? Chomsky says aiming to end the occupation and colonization of all Arab lands occupied in June 1967 and dismantling the Wall "makes good sense." However, the respecting, protecting, and promoting the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties as stipulated in UN Resolution 194 has, according to Chomsky, "virtually no meaningful support" except within the BDS movement. Chomsky is again relying on "international consensus" and "international law." Morality apparently plays little meaningful role, except that Chomsky decries the war crimes and claims concern for the victims. His answer to the victims is, apparently, to accept getting a rump of their original state back. Never mind the refugees and restitution....
continua / continued  [ 11-jul-2014 20:15 ECT ]
Israel and the Palestinian Territories Lonely Planet: Systematic Erasure and Casual Racism
by Alex Shams
July 5, 2014 - Haifa is a picturesque city of hills, gardens, and trendy cafes perched along the slopes of Mount Carmel in northern Israel. If the Lonely Planet guidebook is to be believed, Haifa is notable because Arabs and Jews live in "visible harmony," and residents consider themselves a "model of tolerance" for the region (158). In Israel/Palestine, it seems, all it takes for harmony to prevail is for Arabs and Jews to sip lattes together—or at least close to each other, while speaking in Hebrew of course. After reading this description, the first image one encounters when entering Haifa, then, is a bit of a shock. At the entrance to the city, an impressive collection of ruined, empty, but still quite beautiful houses tower over the main highway..
continua / continued  [ 11-jul-2014 18:20 ECT ]
Iraq Inherits Israeli Practices via US Occupation
by Haifa Zangana
June 5, 2014 - ...The Israeli racist policy is based on emptying the cities of Palestinians, and re-drawing the map of Palestine accordingly. It uses all means to expel population including recurring raids, searches and mass arrests. The Israeli regime keeps inventing ways to cover its actions with legality, frequently changing laws to get rid of the Palestinian people. 'Administrative Arrest’ means the detainee doesn’t know the charge, or the detention period, which might extend to years. This is the very same policy currently practiced by the Iraqi regime, through recurrent raids on houses and arbitrary arrests without warrants or charges. It mostly ends up using Terrorism Law Article 4 based on secret informant’s testimony. And the outcome in Iraq is execution. There are more than 40 charges punishable by execution. That’s what being arrested often means in the "New Democratic Iraq". There are attested 30.000 prisoners in Iraq, including 4500 women who were sexually and physically abused, in many cases raped, according to the reports of Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and Geneva International Centre for Justice...
continua / continued  [ 11-jul-2014 02:16 ECT ]
Israeli cabinet makes move to strengthen hold on Jerusalem
By Haley Paladino
The Israeli Cabinet approved an $87 million (NIS 300 million) plan for enhanced Israeli security, economic development, infrastructure and education in East Jerusalem. The plan's stated purpose is to thwart "any possibility that the city would be divided as part of a future accord," and echoes Israeli Economy Minister Naftali Bennet's plan to annex East Jerusalem and Area C, essentially undercutting any possibility of a two-state solution, according to Ha'aretz.
The plan comes after a report on East Jerusalem, commissioned by the Prime Minister's Office, Shin Bet, the Israeli Construction and Housing Ministry, Jerusalem Police Department, and several other agencies, found violence in East Jerusalem to be the result of the Israeli government's inability to "govern areas under its sovereignty effectively" and calls for "uncompromising enforcement and punishment against those who seek to undermine Israeli control in these areas."...
continua / continued  [ 10-jul-2014 02:31 ECT ]
Who are the Real Barbarians?|
Another Liberation of Iraq!
by HAIFA ZANGANA
July 4, 2014 - It goes without saying that very little space has been available in the media, whether Arabic or international, for Iraqi voices that challenge the dominant rhetoric about the situation in Iraq.Under the dark shadow of US "War on Terror", the crimes and massacres of 11 years of Iraq invasion, occupation, the killing of hundreds of thousands of Iraqis and the daily oppression carried out by a sectarian kleptomaniac regime, have been covered up, not just by a garb of democracy but also by the media’s silence coined the "Iraq fatigue", only to be looked at, in the last few weeks, to be reduced yet to a fight against terrorist organisation called Islamic State of Iraq and Syria ( ISIS), supported by ( take your pick) either one or all the following countries, no matter how bizarre the notion is: Saudi Arabia, Qatar , and Israel not forgetting Turkey . Once again, as in 2003 feverish drumming up for war, desperate Iraqis who are trying to defend themselves against a ruthless regime that uses the pretext of combating terrorism as a ploy to silence critical voices have been sidelined, not to be heard and not to be seen....
continua / continued  [ 10-jul-2014 02:06 ECT ]
Shades Of Syria: Fears Maliki Will Follow The Assad Model In Iraq|
“This started under the banner of fighting terrorists but changed to attacking the city.”
July 3, 2014 — Past the blast walls of the Green Zone in central Baghdad, in the lobby of a mostly empty hotel, Liqaa Wardi, an MP from the city of Fallujah, swiped through photos of corpses on her iPad. She got them from the director of Fallujah’s main hospital, she said, and they showed the mangled victims of government shelling and air strikes."This is one family," she said. "This is a baby. And this is a boy, I think. These are two children. And these are of the city — and how they destroy it."Fallujah fell to Sunni militants in January, shaking Iraq even before extremists overran its second city of Mosul last month. The Iraqi military has been pounding Fallujah since — hitting insurgents, but also wreaking havoc on residents. "The victims are usually civilians," Wardi said...
continua / continued  [ 09-jul-2014 22:43 ECT ]
Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (26 June – 02 July 2014)
The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR)
July 3, 2014 - Summary: Israeli violations of international law and international humanitarian law in the oPt continued during the reporting period (26 June – 02 July 2014). Shooting: During the reporting period, Israeli forces killed 4 Palestinians, and wounded 31 others; 19 of them were in the West Bank while 12 others were in the Gaza Strip. The wounded persons included 5 children and 4 women, including the Palestine TV reporter, in occupied Jerusalem. An old woman died of a heart attack when the Israeli forces raided her house and obstructed transferring her to the hospital for medical treatment. In one of the most heinous crimes committed by Israeli settlers against Palestinian civilians in the oPt, a group of Israeli settlers kidnapped Mohammed Hussein Abu Khudair, 16, from the vicinity of his family’s house in Shu’fat neighbourhood in the north of occupied Jerusalem, subjected him to brutal torture, and then killed him. In the Gaza Strip, Israeli warplanes conducted 24 air strikes, and the Israeli ground forces conducted 5 shooting incidents along the border fence. Moreover, Israeli naval forces carried out 2 shooting and chasing incidents. In the West Bank, on 01 July 2014, an Israeli undercover unit killed a Palestinian civilian in Jenin refugee camp in the north of the West Bank when the area was completely quiet....
continua / continued  [ 09-jul-2014 18:26 ECT ]
In Heinous Crime by Israeli Settlers, Palestinian Child Kidnapped, Tortured and Killed and His Body Mutilated in Occupied Jerusalem
The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR)
July 3, 2014 - The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) condemns in the strongest possible terms the crime of kidnapping, torturing, killing and burning a Palestinian child, Mohammed Abu Khudair, from Shu’fat neighborhood in occupied East Jerusalem, by Israeli settlers. PCHR believes that the Israeli authorities’ connivance with crimes committed by Israeli settlers, supporting and protecting them, and failing to enforce the law against them serve to encourage them to commit more systematic crimes against Palestinian civilians. While PCHR views positively the statement by Robert Serry, the Envoy of the UN Secretary General to the Quartet, strongly condemning the crime of killing the child, it calls upon the international community to immediately act to provide protection to Palestinian civilians in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt)....
continua / continued  [ 09-jul-2014 17:45 ECT ]
Israeli Police Falsely Report Murdered Palestinian Boy Was Gay, Flooding Social Media with Disinformation
July 3, 2014 - Yesterday night, I noticed several Israeli Facebook users infecting my feed with false claims that Mohamed Abu Khdeir, the 16 year-old who was murdered by suspected Jewish terrorists, was killed in an honor crime because he was gay. With the help of an Israeli friend, I traced the rumor to, of all places, the Israeli police (Hebrew). They leaked (Hebrew) this false information to the media, which dutifully reported it as if it was true (it wasn’t). The police claim (made anonymously of course) that it had "information" Abu Khdeir was gay was false. But this calumny spread like the wind, and a credulous Israeli public eager to believe the worst of Palestinians and refusing to take any responsibility for their own brethren spilling the blood of a Palestinian, took to social media like a raging plague and spread this bile everywhere....
continua / continued  [ 09-jul-2014 17:30 ECT ]
Violence in the West Bank began long before the kidnappings
July 3, 2014 - Ever since three Israeli teenagers disappeared from a settlement in the West Bank on June 12, there has been intense anxiety about the repercussions of the event. The search for Naftali Frankel, 17, Gilad Shaar, 16, and Eyal Yifrach, 19 – known as Operation Brother's Keeper – saw more than 2,100 Palestinian-owned buildings in the West Bank searched, and 566 Palestinians arrested, including some who could have had no possible connection to the case. Five people were killed during the search, including a 15-year-old boy shot dead by Israeli soldiers. When the teenagers were found dead, buried in a shallow grave, on 30 June, the situation ramped up...
continua / continued  [ 09-jul-2014 16:47 ECT ]
Iraq: Defend the Sunni Rebellion against the Maliki Regime and US Imperialism!
Statement of the Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT),
July 3, 2014 - ...lism. As a result, the US has begun a new military intervention in Iraq. In light of these developments, the central task of socialists is to defend the uprising against the attempts of the Maliki regime, as well as of Washington and Teheran, to crush it. At the same time, reactionary forces like the arch-reactionary Salafist group Islamic State in Iraq and Levante (ISIL – often also abridged as ISIS) must be driven back, since they represent a major obstacle to the building of a non-sectarian resistance of workers and peasants in the Middle East against imperialism and reactionary dictatorships... The recent developments in Iraq have been a major blow to the myth of the petty-bourgeois pro-Assad left. For more than three years now, these forces have been claiming that the reactionary dictatorship in Syria represents an "anti-imperialist camp" while the Syrian rebels were supposed to be pro-imperialist US agents. As it is well known, the Iraqi Maliki regime, as well as Teheran, has been from the beginning of the Syrian Revolution in spring 2011 the closest supporters of Assad – aside from the Putin government of imperialist Russia....
continua / continued  [ 09-jul-2014 01:51 ECT ]
An accessible look at Darwish’s life and work, at long last
June 2, 2014 - It is hard to talk about modern Palestinian culture without mentioning Mahmoud Darwish. The late Palestinian "poet laureate," one of the greatest poets writing in Arabic in the twentieth century, Darwish’s brilliance looms large, six years after his death.It is surprising, then, that until now there has been no accessible account of his life and work. Volumes of academic analysis exist, but with Mahmoud Darwish: The Poet’s Art and his Nation, Libyan poet and critic Khaled Mattawa offers lay readers the first overview of the man, his writing and their place in the cultural landscape.This isn’t a biography. Although one would be fascinating, Darwish always insisted that his poetry should represent his life story..
continua / continued  [ 08-jul-2014 22:01 ECT ]
The US, Iran, Russia-Syria and the geopolitical shift: Anything for the region’s oppressed?
July 2, 2014 - But ultimately even for Israel, as for the US, restabilisation is necessary. And this can only occur with the core of the current Syrian regime in one way or another maintaining power. And the irony of the current situation is that, while on a regional level Israel’s saber-rattling has long been directed against distant Iran and the pretence that it has nuclear weapons which threaten Israel , on the more local level Israeli and Iranian interests partly coincide in Syria, much more so than either do with Saudi/Gulf interests. I know that this is disputed (and certain individual Israeli leaders have said different), but at a fundamental level it is true – they both prefer the Assad regime, or some modification of it, over a victory EITHER of secular, democratic revolution OR Saudi-aligned Sunni Islamists OR Sunni jihadists a la Al-Qaida, OR any combination of these, especially if any of those alternatives were to come anywhere near the Israeli-stolen Syrian Golan Heights – which the Assad regime has protected without a shot being fired in 40 years, a policy Israel does not trust any of the alternatives to continue with...For these reasons, and others, the fantasies of Israeli-Saudi alliances being pushed by the conspiracist wing of the left and the tabloid wing of imperialist journalism are impossible....
continua / continued  [ 08-jul-2014 21:28 ECT ]
For Ramadan, Please Write to the Prisoners in Guantánamo, Forgotten Again -
July 2, 2014 - Every six months, I ask people to write to the prisoners in Guantánamo, to let them — and the US authorities — know that they have not been forgotten.The letter-writing campaign was started four years ago by two Facebook friends, Shahrina J. Ahmed and Mahfuja Bint Ammu, and it has been repeated every six months (see here, here, here, here, here and here). This latest campaign also coincides with the holy month of Ramadan, which began on June 29.Guantánamo remains a legal, moral and ethical abomination, a place where the men still held — 149 in total — are, for the most part, indefinitely imprisoned without charge or trial, even though over half of them — 75 men — were cleared for release in January 2010 by the high-level, inter-agency Guantánamo Review Task Force established by President Obama when he took office in 2009, and three others were cleared for release in recent months by a new review process, the Periodic Review Boards...
continua / continued  [ 08-jul-2014 21:22 ECT ]
The Aftermath: Home demolitions and dead Palestinian teen follow Netanyahu call for revenge
July 2, 2014 - "There are not many Arabs driving with yellow plates," said Mier Sh’aribi, 18, detailing his methods for flagging Israeli cars at the Gush Etzion intersection where three youths were abducted 19 days prior. Sh’aribi, an Israeli settler who lives in East Jerusalem, was hitching a ride to the funeral for the teens whose remains were found Monday evening in a field not 15 minutes from where he stood. In the two days since, the West Bank couldn’t be more chaotic: Israel has struck 34 targets in Gaza and reinstated the practice of punitive home demolitions, which had been abandoned after the second Intifada. But none of this mattered to Sh’aribi who said the kidnapping was not going to change his way of life. He will continue to attend religious school in Hebron. "Things happen, things happen here, things happen in houses, things happen everywhere," he said....
continua / continued  [ 08-jul-2014 18:49 ECT ]
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