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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)
Edward Snowden, Tattletale
March 8, 2014 - With regard to the following, I urge you to keep in mind several critical facts. Given all the publicly available evidence, when reporting on the Snowden documents is completed, the general public will have seen only 1% to 2% of all the documents involved. I've analyzed in detail how deeply problematic this is. That's putting it mildly, and with excessive politeness. In fact, this highly selective publishing of leaks is insulting, disgusting, and profoundly offensive. That earlier essay also discusses the hugely significant fact that Snowden himself, Greenwald, the Guardian and every other so-called "investigative journalist" taking part in this story have willingly and enthusiastically adopted the State's rationales for disclosure and, more importantly, non-disclosure...
continua / continued  [ 10-mar-2014 21:24 ECT ]
US Hypocrisy on Crimean secession move: Washington Supported Break-up of Sudan, Yugoslavia, Iraq
By Juan Cole
March 8, 2014 - ...The US supported the secession of Kosovo from Serbia in the late 1990s (both had been part of the Yugoslav federation in the Cold War, but it fell apart in the 1990s; Serbia’s claims on parts of Bosnia and on all of Kosovo as the main Yugoslav successor state were rejected by the US, which helped Bosnia and Kosovo secede.) Slovakia seceded from Czechoslovakia in 1993, although that was a more amicable split than the Kosovo secession or the Crimean one, if it happens. Still, Slovaks voted to secede, and no one stood in their way.The US was positively delirious about the break-up of Sudan and the creation of South Sudan 2011. (Forces in the US congress see the break-up and weakening of Arab Muslim states as a good thing). The wisdom of that secession is questionable, since South Sudan has promptly become a failed state and is now having a civil war. The violence down there was always blamed on Khartoum, but apparently there are social formations and economic conditions in the south that just aren’t conducive to order.While the US was ruling Iraq, Joe Biden and other US politicians tried to break it up into a Kurdish, Sunni and Shiite state...
continua / continued  [ 10-mar-2014 21:11 ECT ]
Figures show: Peace talks and settlement construction go hand in hand
March 8, 2014- Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics revealed earlier this week that 2013 was a record year in settlement construction, while 2014 has seen the beginning of construction of 2,534 housing projects - a rise of 123 percent from 2013 … The only other years in which the number of building projects surpassed 2,000 structures were 2003, 2005 and 2008. The interesting thing is that aside from 2003, these were all years in which there was so-called "progress" made between Israel and the Palestinian Authority vis-a-vis peace negotiations. For example, 2005 was the year of the disengagement, while 2008 saw direct negotiations between Mahmoud Abbas and Ehud Olmert (the Annapolis summit, which began the process, took place in November 2007). And while there is no earlier data on construction in the occupied territories, it is worth noting that during the Oslo process (from the signing of the first agreement in 1993 to the Taba summit in 2001) the number of settlers almost doubled – from 116,300 to 208,300, not including the Jewish neighborhoods in annexed East Jerusalem...
continua / continued  [ 10-mar-2014 16:54 ECT ]
Jews against Zionism
by Stephen Lendman
March 7, 2014 - ...In a public April 30, 2008 petition, Harold Pinter was among 105 prominent Jews who said "we… will not be celebrating" Israel’s May 2008 60th anniversary. They noted the 1948 slaughter and dispossession of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians, the destruction of their villages, their erasure from history, the 1967 occupation, the continued persecution for decades, the defiling of international law, and utter contempt for human rights and peaceful coexistence. They stated: "We cannot celebrate the birthday of a state founded on terrorism, massacres and the dispossession of another people from their land. We cannot celebrate the birthday of a state that even now engages in ethnic cleansing, that violates international law, that is inflicting a monstrous collective punishment on the civilian population of Gaza and that continues to deny to Palestinians their human rights and national aspirations."...
continua / continued  [ 10-mar-2014 03:12 ECT ]
Delusions of liberal Zionism
March 7, 2014 - A racist ideology gives birth to a racist state. Founded on territory belonging to another people, it strips them of their possessions and drives them away. It buries the ruins of their villages and cemeteries beneath thick forests of pine trees, complete with paths and picnic tables. Those forests are dedicated to distant politicians who either do not know or do not care that their names are being used to cover up, literally, mass destruction, pillage and theft. Having embarked on a life of crime, the state then continues to live outside the law for every second of its existence for more than six decades. To remain what it is, to further its ideological and territorial imperatives, it must live outside the law. Most states commit crimes, but this state is defined by criminality. All change is cosmetic, relative and designed to conceal the true agenda...
continua / continued  [ 10-mar-2014 02:40 ECT ]
Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (27 February- 05 March 2014)
The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR)
March 7, 2014 -Summary: Israeli violations of international law and international humanitarian law in the oPt continued during the reporting period (27 February – 05 March 2014). Shooting: During the reporting period, Israeli forces killed a Palestinian woman suffering from mental disorder in the Gaza Strip and 3 members of armed groups, 2 of whom in the Gaza Strip and one in the West Bank. Moreover, Israeli forces wounded 19 Palestinian civilians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, including 7 children. Three of whom were wounded in the Gaza Strip and the 16 others were wounded in the West Bank. Israeli forces carried out 2 airstrikes, 3 shooting incidents along the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel and one shooting incident against Palestinian fishing boats. In the Gaza Strip, on 28 February 2014, Israeli forces killed a Palestinian woman suffering from a mental disorder when they opened fire at her, as she approached the border fence, east of Abassan village, east of Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip. The woman bled to death was found the following day....
continua / continued  [ 10-mar-2014 00:04 ECT ]
Iraq`s Economy under Occupation: Numerous War Crimes and Human Rights Violations
By Aziz Alkazaz
March 6, 2014 - The Anglo-American war against Iraq overthrew its political and institutional regime and led to the occupation. Nearly all the state and its basic institutions as well as the civil instellations belonging to the Iraqi community were destroyed. The infrastructure facilities which have been destroyed included power transmission lines, communication systems, potable water and sewage treating plants, medical and education centers, irrigation plants, high ways, bridges, factories, government buildings, ware houses, university labs and scientific research centers, the basic services in industry and agriculture, in short: all things necessary for the efficient performance of the government and the society as a whole...
continua / continued  [ 08-mar-2014 16:37 ECT ]
Iraq: US$103 million appeal to help Anbar IDPs
March 6, 2014 -... The number of deaths caused by the fighting in Anbar remains unknown. This week a UNAMI statement said that during the month of February 703 people were killed and 1,381 injured across Iraq due to violence and "terror" acts, but those figures did not include Anbar. It cited a report - which it stressed it had not been able to verify - from the Health Committee of the Provincial Council of Anbar, which said that in February 298 civilians had been killed there, and a further 1,198 injured. Zaina* and her husband Mazen* have been staying in a motel in the city of Sulaymaniyah since fleeing Anbar’s capital Ramadi in the middle of January. They are two of an estimated 30,000 recently displaced people now in Kurdistan."I could see bombs falling like rain on the streets, on children," said a tearful Zaina, 52, who left her 18-year-old son with her sister in a village in Anbar. "Everything was being destroyed. Fuel and food were becoming very expensive, everything was being shut down. I have a hairdressing salon. It was damaged, so was our house, so we just left and came here."...
continua / continued  [ 08-mar-2014 02:33 ECT ]
Interview: Remi Kanazi on BDS and 'hurt feelings'
By Alex Shams
March 6, 2014 - "This Divestment Bill Hurts My Feelings" is a video collaboration with Palestinian director, animator, and co-founder of Palestinian hip-hop group DAM, Suhel Nafar. The video, based on a poem I wrote, attempts to deconstruct and debunk the spurious arguments against divestment on college campuses. Integrating animation, typography, and motion graphics, we attempted to present a visually stimulating experience, while concretely laying out the case for divestment. Zionist students on campus inspired the title. In an effort to derail divestment resolutions, students would often profess that divestment "hurt their feelings." My hope is that the video educates, pushes people to act, sways people on the fence, and ultimately serves as a resource for those promoting divestment on campus...
continua / continued  [ 08-mar-2014 00:42 ECT ]
Life after Guantánamo: Stories from Afghanistan
March 6, 2014 - ...As Dawood Azami notes in his article, 220 of the 779 prisoners held at Guantánamo throughout its long and inglorious 12-year history were Afghans — and 19 are still held. Many, as I first discovered for my book The Guantánamo Files in 2006 and 2007, and have written about since in my articles, were unwilling Taliban conscripts, or even, in as many as a few dozen cases, people who were working for the Americans in Afghanistan, but were seized and sent to Guantánamo because rivals told lies about them, and no one in the US military or the intelligence services was providing the kind of overview required to work out who was telling the truth....
continua / continued  [ 07-mar-2014 20:34 ECT ]
A Few Surprises in the New Guantánamo Prisoner List -
March 5, 2014 - On February 20, my friend and colleague, the investigative journalist Jason Leopold, published a prisoner list from Guantánamo, which he had just obtained from the Pentagon, and which had not previously been made public. The list, "71 Guantánamo Detalnees Determined Eligible to Receive a Periodic Review Board as of April 19, 2013," identifies, by name, 71 of the 166 prisoners who were held at the time, and, as Jason explained in an accompanying article: The unclassified two-page list was obtained by Al Jazeera in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request filed last July, immediately after a Defense Department official began notifying attorneys for some prisoners that parole hearings would begin in an effort to empty out Guantánamo and help President Barack Obama make good on his five-year-old promise to shutter the detention facility...
continua / continued  [ 07-mar-2014 02:07 ECT ]
Saving al-Aqsa mosque
March 5, 2014 -It was on February 25, 1994, that US-born Jewish extremist Baruch Goldstein stormed into the Ibrahimi Mosque in the Palestinian city of al-Khalil (Hebron) and opened fire. The aim was to kill as many people as he could. At that moment, nearly 800 Muslim worshipers were kneeling down during the dawn prayer in Ramadan, the holiest month of the Muslim Calendar. He killed up to 30 people and wounded over 120. Exactly 20 years later, the Israeli army stormed al-Aqsa Mosque, the third holiest Muslim site, and opened fire. The timing was no accident.Al-Khalil, like the rest of the West Bank is facing the dual challenge of armed Jewish settlers and Israeli occupation soldiers; the latter enforcing the military occupation, while providing further protection to the settlers...
continua / continued  [ 07-mar-2014 00:57 ECT ]
In Birzeit, ‘Trigger Happy’ Israel Vindicates Amnesty’s Report
By Nicola Nasser
March 5, 2014 -In the Palestinian West Bank town of Birzeit early last February 27, the Israeli (IDF) Occupation Forces (IOF) acted determinedly, under the media spotlights, to feed Amnesty International with a show case study to vindicate the report it released only hours earlier, entitled "Trigger-happy: Israel’s use of excessive force in the West Bank," and to refute the Israeli official diplomatic denial of the contents thereof. Under the command of Col. Yossi Pinto, a Nahal infantry force of the Binyamin Territorial Brigade, joined by the Border Police’s elite Counterterrorism Unit, Yamam, according to Israeli The Jerusalem Post on the same day and "200 Israeli soldiers, dozens of jeeps, two (military) bulldozers and many Shin Bet [internal security] officers" according to Amira Hass of Haaretz on this March 3, including some 28 – more than thirty army patrol armored vehicles according to the count of Arab natives of Birzeit who spoke to this writer, were amassed in this Birzeit University town, raising a hell of explosives and gunfire and disrupting its peaceful countryside early spring morning...
continua / continued  [ 07-mar-2014 00:41 ECT ]
So that Al-Aqsa does not end up like Al-Ibrahimi
March 5, 2014 -On November 29, 1947, the UN General Assembly issued Resolution 181 which stipulated the division of Palestine and the establishment of two states, an "Arab" and a "Jewish" state and placed Jerusalem under international protection, meaning that it must be kept as is and none of its population or geographic features can be changed. According to the division map, Jerusalem extended from Bethlehem in the south, to Kofr Akab, near Ramallah in the north, and from Abu Dis in the east to Ein Karem in the west.However, Israel's leaders forcefully imposed, contrary to the stipulations of the UN resolution, the borders of its state on 78 per cent of Mandatory Palestine, including what became the so-called "West Jerusalem". When he was criticised for going beyond the borders set by the division map, Ben-Gurion said, "Israel's borders end where its last soldier stands"...
continua / continued  [ 06-mar-2014 21:46 ECT ]
BDS the elephant in the room at this year's AIPAC conference
March 5, 2014- When John Kerry, the US secretary of state, attempted to restart the stalled Israel-Palestine peace process, he set a deadline of April 2014 for an agreement. That deadline is fast approaching, and an agreement remains out of reach. The pressure is on. In an interview with Bloomberg this week, the president, Barack Obama, issued a warning to Israel's policymakers that now is the time to get serious: "If Palestinians come to believe that the possibility of a contiguous sovereign Palestinian state is no longer within reach, then our ability to manage the international fallout is going to be limited." Obama, who called for "tough decisions" to salvage peace talks, was speaking ahead of a visit to the US by the Israeli premier, Benjamin Netanyahu...
continua / continued  [ 06-mar-2014 21:32 ECT ]
UAE, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain recall their ambassadors from Qatar
March 5, 2014 - The UAE, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain said on Wednesday they were withdrawing their ambassadors from Qatar because Doha had not implemented an agreement among Gulf Arab countries not to interfere in each others' internal affairs. Qatar said it will not withdraw its envoys from UAE, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain despite differences in matters which it said were "external to the GCC".
The move by the three countries, conveyed in a joint statement, is unprecedented in the three-decade history of the Gulf Cooperation Council, an alliance of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, UAE and Oman. Qatar has been a maverick in the region, backing Islamist groups in Egypt, Syria and elsewhere in the Middle East that are viewed with suspicion or outright hostility by some fellow GCC members....
continua / continued  [ 06-mar-2014 20:41 ECT ]
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