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:: ONU - XX Assemblea Generale (1965):
La 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-
minazione e all'indipendenza".
Inoltre, l'Assemblea invita "tutti gli Stati a fornire assistenza morale e materiale ai movimenti di liberazione nazionale nei territori coloniali".

:: ONU - Risoluzione 1514
"L'Assemblea 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 all' autodeter-
minazione; in virtù di tale diritto essi devono liberamente determinare il loro status politico e liberamente perseguire il loro sviluppo economico, sociale e culturale".

:: Convenzione di Ginevra, Protocollo Addizionale I (1977):
La lotta armata può essere usata, come ultima risorsa, come mezzo per esercitare il diritto all' autodeter-
minazione.

:: Tribunale penale internazionale
In base allo Statuto del Tribunale penale internazionale, sono definiti “crimini di guerra”:
(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 militari previsti.

:: Iraq anthem
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Revealed: Europe’s "discreet" cooperation with Israel’s nuclear industry
David Cronin

September 5, 2014- The European Union has been cooperating furtively with Israel’s nuclear industry for at least six years. An internal document that I recently obtained states that an accord on "joint and cooperative initiatives relevant for the peaceful use of nuclear energy" was signed between the EU and Israel in 2008. "This is a discreet agreement that has not been given publicity," the paper adds. The document (published below) was drawn up ahead of an October 2013 visit to Israel by Antonio Tajani, then Italy’s member of the European Commission...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109572] [ 01-oct-2014 15:36 ECT ]

Palestinian Bedouin homes demolished by Israel
Patrick Strickland

September 5, 2014 - During the early hours of the morning, Israeli bulldozers razed three buildings in Um Beten and additional structures on the outskirts of Hura, villages located in the northern part of the Naqab region, the Arabs48 website reported later that day. The southern Naqab region is home to approximately 160,000 Palestinian Bedouins, according to the Association for Civil Rights in Israel’s estimates. As part of the estimated 1.7 million Palestinian citizens of Israel, they face more than fifty discriminatory laws that limit their access to state resources and stifle political expression, the Haifa-based Adalah Legal Center reports...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109571] [ 01-oct-2014 15:13 ECT ]

A call from Gaza: Make Israel Accountable for its Crimes in Gaza
Various undersigned
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September 5, 2014 - From the ruins of our towns and cities in Gaza, we send our heartfelt appreciation to all those who stood with us and mobilized during the latest Israeli massacre. In the occupied West Bank, Israel has embarked on one of its largest illegal land grabs in decades by confiscating another 1000 acres of Palestinian land to expand its illegal colonies. Now, our battle to hold Israel accountable for its fresh war crimes and crimes against humanity has begun. The outcome of this battle to end Israeli impunity will determine whether Israel’s latest assault will be yet another stage in Israel’s "incremental genocide" of Palestinians or the turning point that will bring an end to Israel’s status as an entity above the law—the world’s dangerous pariah. The outcome of this battle depends on you...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109570] [ 01-oct-2014 15:08 ECT ]

The fragile structure of the Palestinian national movement
Dr Basheer M. Nafi

September 5, 2014- Throughout the weeks of war and negotiations, various Palestinian leaders from Hamas, Islamic Jihad, the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) and Fatah, all sought to stress the unity of the Palestinian position: their position against the Israeli aggression, the management of the war, and the position on negotiations. However, on 30 August, Mahmoud Abbas, the Fatah leader and president of the PNA, made a statement holding Hamas responsible for the destruction of the Gaza Strip, pointing out that the Islamic movement could have avoided such destruction if it had agreed to the Egyptian initiative early on. No one is surprised by Abbas's remarks, despite the fact that they were made after the signing of the agreement for the end of the war that was reached by the unified Palestinian delegation. Rather, it was how quickly that Abbas moved to dispel the delusion of a "united Palestinian position" which was surprising...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109569] [ 01-oct-2014 14:41 ECT ]

Gaza hospitals have run out of 27 per cent of essential medicines
Middle East Monitor

September 5, 2014 -The Ministry of Health in Gaza has warned that more than 27 per cent of essential medicines and 48 per cent of all medicines have now run out, Anadolu news agency reported.Palestinian Deputy Health Minister Youssef Abul Rish said the hospitals in the Gaza Strip are suffering from a severe shortage of essential medicines and medical supplies. Speaking at a press conference held in Gaza on Thursday, Anadolu quoted Abul Rish as saying that the ministry has now completely run out of 27 per cent of its stock of essential medicines and 48 per cent of its basic medicines...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109568] [ 01-oct-2014 06:01 ECT ]

Syria News - September 4, 2014
Local Coordination Committees of Syria
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September 4, 2014- By the end of Thursday , LCC was able to document 65 martyrs including 6 women, 13 children and 5 martyrs under torture : 16 martyrs were reported in Homs; 13 in Daraa; 12 in Deir Ezzor; 11 in Hama; 6 in Idlib; 4 in Damascus and its Suburbs; 2 in Raqqa; and 1 in Aleppo...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109567] [ 01-oct-2014 05:20 ECT ]

Mysterious Phony Cell Towers: Who is Spying on You Now?
By: Peter Van Buren

September 4, 2014A security researcher identified multiple "fake" cell phone towers around the United States, many near military bases, designed to intercept calls and texts without your knowledge, and to potentially inject spyware into your phone by defeating built-in encryption. The researcher has located a number of towers; what he can’t figure out is who built them and who controls them.
The basics of the technology are pretty clear: your cell phone is always trying to electronically latch-on to three cell towers. Three means the network can triangulate your phone’s location, and pass you off from one set of towers to the next tower in line as you move around...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109566] [ 01-oct-2014 04:57 ECT ]

Up to 2,100 Photos of US Soldiers Abusing Prisoners May Soon Be Released
By Jason Leopold
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September 4, 2014 - Would the release of 10-year-old detainee abuse photographs, such as one depicting US soldiers pointing a broom handle at a hooded detainee's rectum, incite terrorist organizations and threaten national security? That's a question government attorneys will have to answer next week when they explain to a federal court judge why as many as 2,100 unclassified photos of US soldiers abusing Iraqi and Afghan captives should continue to be concealed from the public. The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) case, which resurfaced last week, is part of the American Civil Liberties Union's (ACLU) long-running lawsuit against the US government to obtain documents about the treatment of detainees in custody of the CIA and military....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109565] [ 01-oct-2014 04:38 ECT ]

Mass Grave, Mass Kidnapping; 164 Killed in Iraq
by Margaret Griffis

September 4, 2014 - At least 164 people were killed or found dead today. A newly discovered mass grave in northern Iraq yielded two dozen bodies. Another 89 were wounded.Also, the Kurds seem willing to try to give a unified Iraq once last chance before they opt for full independence.Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Sako blamed U.S. policies for the chaos in Iraq. According to Sako, half the Christians in Iraq have been forced to flee since the U.S. invasion failed to deliver the promises of safety and democracy. Fifty residents were kidnapped in Tal Ali, perhaps in retaliation for burning an ISIS/DAASH flag, along with other possessions the militants left behind, after militants fled the town yesterday. The village is part of Hawija...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109564] [ 01-oct-2014 04:12 ECT ]

After Gaza, Hamas and Fatah back to bickering
Daoud Kuttab

September 4, 2014 - It seems as simple as pushing a button. Palestinian-Israeli politics have shifted from the Gaza Strip to the West Bank, as if the 51-day war against Gaza never happened. One week after the announcement of the permanent cease-fire by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Israel is back to confiscating Palestinian lands for settlements, Jewish religious zealots are infiltrating Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem and Palestinian internal bickering is back to its prewar level.How did the situation change so fast? What happened to all the rhetoric about the need to double down and find a political solution to the Palestinian conflict?..


  continua / continued avanti - next    [109563] [ 01-oct-2014 04:06 ECT ]

Syrian regime , West explore cooperation to fight Islamic State
Antoun Issa
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September 4, 2014 - The Syrian government is seeking to present itself as the West’s only option to confront the Islamic State (IS) in Syria. After the terror group’s gains in Iraq and eastern Syria — edging out both its jihadist rival Jabhat al-Nusra from Deir ez-Zor and the last regime bastion in Raqqa — IS is making its move in Aleppo’s countryside, pushing closer to the country’s second largest city as it strikes rebel-held territory.But despite the shocking loss of the Tabaqa military air base in Raqqa and IS' execution of dozens of captured Syrian soldiers, the Syrian regime is still prioritizing its fight with Jabhat al-Nusra and rebel factions....


  continua / continued avanti - next    [109562] [ 01-oct-2014 03:52 ECT ]

After ‘Operation Protective Edge': Self-healing in Gaza
Sarah Algherbawi

September 4, 2014 - This is the third war I have witnessed in the last five years of my life. I wish I had never had to experience this, but it just happened, and all I can do now is to deal with the pain…once again.My first experience with war was in my last year of high school, the year that is critical to anyone’s future. It wasn’t easy to go back to school and study again, it wasn’t easy to throw all the pains and bad memories behind my back and continue life normally. It took so long…but I did it, and I passed that year with satisfactory results.The second war, I was a university student; I faced the same dilemma of not being able to get back to university and study. It needs an awakened brain to do so, and mine was not! It was full of dark thoughts and the constant question, 'how could I survive again?’...

  continua / continued avanti - next    [109561] [ 01-oct-2014 03:42 ECT ]

‘Provocative political symbol’ — UEFA fines clubs when fans fly Palestinian flags
Annie Robbins

September 4, 2014 - A body of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) has slapped harsh fines on three of its member clubs, Celtic FC , St Johnstone (Saints) and Dundalk FC because some fans flew Palestinian flags during their games. Last month the Irish club Dundalk FC was socked with an €18,000 fine ($23,639) because fans flew Palestine’s flag at their home stadium in July. And Scotland Now reported this week that both Celtic FC and St Johnstone 'Saints’ have been fined. The Saints have confirmed they were fined £18k ($29,616) ...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109560] [ 01-oct-2014 03:31 ECT ]

The CIA’s Mop-Up Man: L.A. Times Reporter Cleared Stories With Agency Before Publication
By Ken Silverstein
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September 4, 2014 - A prominent national security reporter for the Los Angeles Times routinely submitted drafts and detailed summaries of his stories to CIA press handlers prior to publication, according to documents obtained by The Intercept. Email exchanges between CIA public affairs officers and Ken Dilanian, now an Associated Press intelligence reporter who previously covered the CIA for the Times, show that Dilanian enjoyed a closely collaborative relationship with the agency, explicitly promising positive news coverage and sometimes sending the press office entire story drafts for review prior to publication. In at least one instance, the CIA’s reaction appears to have led to significant changes in the story that was eventually published in the Times...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109559] [ 01-oct-2014 03:21 ECT ]

Israeli human rights organizations B’Tselem and Yesh Din: Israel is unwilling to investigate harm caused to Palestinians
B'Tselem

September 4, 2014 - B’Tselem has decided to break with its previous practice concerning military operations in Gaza and reject a request made by the Military Advocate for Operational Matters Lt. Col. Ronen Hirsch to provide the military with information regarding "irregular" incidents that occurred during Operation Protective Edge. B’Tselem has changed its approach due to the poor track record of MAG Corps investigations so far. B’Tselem Executive Director Hagai El-Ad said: "B’Tselem believes it is crucial to investigate the directives and orders given to the forces by top political officials and military commanders. This is especially true of suspicions regarding unlawful policies concerning attacks, which received prior approval from the MAG Corps. Common sense has it that a body cannot investigate itself. Yet, again, the military will be investigating its own conduct in Operation Protective Edge; again, these investigations will not be supervised by anyone outside the military....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109558] [ 01-oct-2014 03:11 ECT ]

UK records undermine Government’s claims over damaged CIA rendition documents
Reprieve

September 4, 2014 - Claims by ministers that documents relating to the UK role in CIA 'rendition’ flights were accidentally damaged have been cast into doubt by new Foreign Office (FCO) records obtained by legal charity Reprieve. Last month, FCO Minister Mark Simmonds told MPs that records of flights passing through Diego Garcia had suffered "water damage" as a result of "extremely heavy weather in June 2014." However, weather records for Diego Garcia obtained from the FCO under Freedom of Information have cast doubt on this explanation: official logs for the island show that the total rainfall for June 2014 was just 3.25 inches (83mm). This is a low figure, considering the average annual rainfall is 102 inches (2591mm) – or 8.5 inches (216mm) per month...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109557] [ 01-oct-2014 02:52 ECT ]

Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (28 Aug. – 03 Sep. 2014)
The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR)
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September 4, 2014 - Summary: Israeli violations of international law and international humanitarian law in the oPt continued during the reporting period (28 August – 03 September 2014). Shooting: In the Gaza Strip, although 9 days have passed following the Egyptian-brokered truce agreement between the Palestinian resistance groups and Israel, the catastrophic consequences of the 51-day Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip have been present. During the reporting period, a number of wounded persons died of wounds they sustained during the offensive. During the reporting period, a Palestinian baby died because of tear gas inhalation in occupied Jerusalem, as Israeli forces fired tear gas canisters to disperse the Palestinian protesters in al-Tour Mountain, east of the city. Moreover, 2 civilians, including a woman and a child, died of wounds they sustained during the latest Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip, while hundreds of wounded Palestinians have been receiving medical treatment in hospitals in the West Bank and Gaza Strip and other hospitals abroad for the seriousness of their wounds. In the meanwhile, Israeli forces violated the truce several times by opening fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within the allowed fishing area and arresting a number of fishermen....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109556] [ 01-oct-2014 01:20 ECT ]

Mossad-Affiliated Israeli NGO: Khaled Meshal to the Hague
Richard Silverstein

September 4, 2014 - File this under the Ultimate Chutzpah Department: the Israeli lawfare NGO, Shurat HaDin, which was founded under the auspices of the Mossad, has requested that the International Criminal Court bring Hamas’ Khaled Meshal to justice because he allegedly ordered the execution of Palestinian collaborators. There are so many ironies and absurdities here that it’s almost impossible to plumb them all. First, consider that Shurat HaDin’s founder admitted to a U.S. diplomat that her group was founded with extensive help from the Mossad....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109555] [ 01-oct-2014 01:14 ECT ]

The Jewish State’s Inhumanity to Palestinians
by William Hanna

September 4, 2014 -According to a senior Israeli expert, Professor Hila Knobler at Kaplan Medical Center in Rehovot — stress, glucose and blood pressure levels rose significantly amongst Israelis during the 50-day Operation Protective Edge. This obviously concerned and very humane professor, however, failed to diagnose the ills that might have befallen the Palestinian people in Gaza during that same period of Israeli genocidal barbarity. The professor also appears to have overlooked the possibility that the rise of blood sugar and pressure levels amongst Israelis might have been due to their over-excitement as was witnessed on video recordings of ecstatic Right-wing Israelis — during a Tel Aviv demonstration — wildly celebrating with fascist chants of "there’s no school in Gaza, there are no more kids left," and "Gaza is a cemetery...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109554] [ 01-oct-2014 01:09 ECT ]

Abduction then murder, this is what government-backed militias do across Iraq
Association of Muslim Scholars in Iraq - AMSI
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September 4, 2014 -In the name of alleged democracy sponsored by the U.S.; abduction then torture and eventually murder on sectarian basis, this is what the government-backed militias are wreaking havoc openly in Baghdad and other parts of the country with blessing by the Iran-friendly clerics who issued a fatwa earlier to authorize formation of a militia of the so-called the "Sectarian Build-up" and other Shiite death squads that work under the religious cover, which are consist of guided terrorist groups, who were trained, armed and overrun by the Iranian Regime in Tehran. A recent evidence about what is happening in Iraq when those militias have kidnapped and tortured then killed a Sunni scholar south of Baghdad, in another sign of the ugly role assumed by those bloody militias with the participation of the current government....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109553] [ 30-sep-2014 06:56 ECT ]

Despite ceasefire, the number of displaced in Gaza is rising again
Ali Abunimah

September 4, 2014- The number of displaced Palestinians in Gaza is rising again despite the fact that the 26 August ceasefire agreement between Israel and the Palestinian resistance is holding. Meanwhile, the scale of the destruction to Gaza’s infrastructure and economy caused by 51 days of Israeli bombing is becoming starker. The death toll stands at 2,168 people, of whom 521 are children, according to Al Mezan Center for Human Rights which carefully verifies deaths.And despite the ceasefire, Palestinians continue to die. Mariam Abu Amra, 23, was the latest to succumb in a Jerusalem hospital today from wounds she sustained during the Israeli attack in Deir al-Balah in Gaza, Ma’an News Agency reported....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109552] [ 30-sep-2014 06:17 ECT ]

Illinois chancellor says she should have “consulted with more people” before firing Palestinian scholar
Ali Abunimah

September 4, 2014 - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) Chancellor Phyllis Wise has said she regrets she did not consult with more people before taking her decision to fire Palestinian American scholar Steven Salaita. "I, in hindsight, wish I had been a little bit more deliberate and had consulted with more people before I made that decision," she said.Wise made the comments in an appearance before the student senate on Wednesday, indicating that she and other administrators are feeling the pressure of the outpouring of protests, boycotts and faculty votes of no confidence over the decision (video above and transcript below)....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109551] [ 30-sep-2014 06:02 ECT ]

On Israel’s Insanity Defense and the World’s Shared Delusion
Samah Jabr
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September 4, 2014 - Once the surveillance cameras of Palestinian shopkeepers in East Jerusalem's Shuafat neighborhood revealed the images of the Israeli abductors of Muhammed Abu Khdeir, the fabricated Israeli propaganda that the 16-year-old Palestinian boy had been gay and the victim of an honor killing perpetrated by his own people became completely unsustainable. Soon after, hoping to contain the resulting clashes that erupted in Shuafat and extended to many nearby neighborhoods, Israeli police announced that they had captured six suspects involved in the crime. Just days later, however, it was announced that three of them already had been freed. The others were described as two minors and a mentally unstable adult with a dominating personality who is on psychiatric medication, according to Yediot Ahronot...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109550] [ 30-sep-2014 05:39 ECT ]

'Victory' in Gaza is illusory
Ibrahim Hewitt

September 4, 2014 -How much longer is the farce of the Palestinian Authority going to continue? I ask because it has been obvious over the past few months that the PA, under President Mahmoud Abbas, is there more for Israel's benefit than that of the people it is meant to serve, the Palestinians. In such circumstances, any claim of "victory" by the resistance groups in Gaza is illusory. So-called "security cooperation" with the Israeli occupation forces makes the PA's own 70,000-strong security agencies collaborators in the eyes of many Palestinians. Has anyone ever seen any PA security forces coming to the aid of Palestinian protesters against Israel's Apartheid Wall at the weekly demonstrations across the occupied West Bank? ...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109549] [ 30-sep-2014 05:33 ECT ]

Jerusalem Archbishop: Israeli aggression on Al-Aqsa targets Muslims and Christians
Middle East Monitor

September 4, 2014 -Archbishop of the Greek Orthodox Church in Jerusalem Atallah Hanna said on Tuesday that the Israeli aggression on Al-Aqsa Mosque is an aggression on both Muslims and Christians, Jordanian newspaper Addustour reported. In a recorded speech broadcast during a celebration in Jordan entitled "Resistance is the way to liberate land and return" organised to celebrate Gaza's "victory", Atallah said: "It was planned that I be with you here, but the Israeli occupation prevented me." He added: "Targeting the Gaza Strip means targeting Jerusalem and all the Palestinian lands." He hailed the Palestinian unity and called for more harmony among Palestinians in order to be able to face the occupation's policies which are aimed at Judaising Jerusalem and erasing the Palestinian identity...

  continua / continued avanti - next    [109548] [ 30-sep-2014 05:29 ECT ]

Syria News - September 3, 2014
Local Coordination Committees of Syria
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September 3, 2014- By the end of Wednesday, LCC was able to document 65 martyrs including 6 women, 15 children and 4 martyrs under torture : 16 martyrs were reported in Deir Ezzor; 12 in Idlib; 11 in Damascus and its Suburbs; 11 in Daraa; 6 in Swaida; 4 in Aleppo; 3 in Hama; and 2 in Homs...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109547] [ 30-sep-2014 05:04 ECT ]

Israeli Prison Service Denies Palestinian Security Prisoners TV Access to National Geographic
Richard Silverstein

September 3, 2014 - Some actions of the Israeli security state are profoundly disturbing and some are just plain stupid. This is in the latter category. The Prison Service has forbidden (Hebrew) Palestinian security prisoners from accessing the National Geographic cable channel. What’s so dangerous about lions, tigers, bears and other animal critters featured on the nature/travel channel? Apparently, National Geographic also features the show, Breakout, which recounts the most dramatic prison breaks in history and describes how the prisoners escaped and how law enforcement recaptured them. Israel apparently believes their charges will get big ideas and act on them. Maybe they’ll ride out of prison on the back of an African hippo…..
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109546] [ 30-sep-2014 05:01 ECT ]

First US drone strike in seven months hits Somalia
Joseph Cox and Jack Serle
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September 3, 2014 - A US drone strike hit Somalia, the first in seven months, in an attack aimed at killing al Shabaab leader, Ahmed Abdi Godane .The attack killed "six al Shabaab officers" but it is not clear if Godane was among them, said Abdullahi Abukar, executive director of the Somali Human Rights Association (SOHRA). Sohra monitors human rights abuses and records casualties from the ongoing conflict in Lower Shabelle, where the strike hit. It destroyed an encampment and at least one vehicle in an area heavily under al Shabaab control. A Pentagon spokesman confirmed it was a US military operation, telling reporters: "actionable intelligence led us to that site where we believe [Godane] was" and "we certainly believe that we hit what we were aiming at". However he would not confirm who, if anyone, had been killed...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109545] [ 30-sep-2014 04:21 ECT ]

Gazans reject Israel's calls to disarm
Rasha Abou Jalal

September 3, 2014 - Palestinians believe it's necessary that the Palestinian resistance remains armed as long as the Israeli occupation persists in the Palestinian territories. They are convinced that the resistance's disarmament will lead to further losses of their rights.Cease-fire talks between the resistance in the Gaza Strip and Israel, under the auspices of Egypt, collapsed multiple times before both parties reached an agreement on Aug. 26. A Palestinian source familiar with these talks told Al-Monitor that they had repeatedly failed because of "Israel's insistence on disarming Gaza."...



  continua / continued avanti - next    [109544] [ 30-sep-2014 04:16 ECT ]

Welcome to Gaza, a land left in ruins
By John Lyons

September 3, 2014 -STANDING on a pile of rubble in front of their bombed home, two children in Gaza argue about whether they support Hamas or Fatah.Asra Azzaza, 11, and her cousin Hamada Azzaza, 13, support rival Palestinian factions. Asra declares she supports Hamas, which now controls Gaza, "because they give my family food coupons".But Hamada disagrees. "I support Fatah because when they were in charge I could go to school, we could travel to sea and we could go to Jerusalem," he says.Due to the number of classrooms damaged, the school year — due to start this week — has been postponed indefinitely.Since Hamas came to power in 2007 Israel has imposed a blockade on Gaza under which fishermen are restricted to areas close to shore and any travel outside Gaza is virtually impossible...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109543] [ 30-sep-2014 04:14 ECT ]

Haunted by war, Gaza residents try to rebuild
Asmaa al-Ghoul
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September 3, 2014 - The war in Gaza is over, but the approximately 10,000 residents of Khuza’a do not yet believe it. The sound of reconnaissance aircraft flying nearby continues to make them think of death. Mohammed al-Najjar, 23, standing near the rubble that used to be his home, said, "The war will be resumed, we know it. Can’t you hear the sound of drones? It is not enough for them that they left us with destroyed homes and painful memories. They want to maintain the threat."Mohammed is not the only one who feels insecure. These days, insecurity is a shared feeling for all the residents of this town who preferred to return to their destroyed homes rather than stay in refugee school shelters....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109542] [ 30-sep-2014 03:56 ECT ]

How Washington helped create Israel's secret nuclear arsenal
Philip Giraldi

September 3, 2014 - Recently declassified documents reveal that consideration of how and when the White House can or should pressure Israel over policies damaging to the United States has been a contentious issue for quite some time. The 107 pages of formerly top secret memos, dating from 1968-9, relate to deliberations over what to do about the Israeli nuclear weapons programme. Prior to that time, the US position had been clear, supporting the principle that nuclear weapons should not be introduced into the Middle East....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109541] [ 30-sep-2014 03:51 ECT ]

Unity government at crossroads as Fatah and Hamas bicker
Adnan Abu Amer

September 3, 2014 - As soon as the latest war with Israel ended on Aug. 26, a new confrontation, although an unarmed one, erupted between Fatah and Hamas in the Gaza Strip. A state of tension has started to prevail in the Palestinian arena between Hamas and Fatah over the Palestinian response during the Israeli aggression in Gaza. On Aug. 29, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas shocked local circles by blaming Hamas for the prolonged Israeli war on Gaza, since they had insisted on discussing the demands before the cease-fire and said that the Palestinian people were not willing to undergo a massacre every two years....

  continua / continued avanti - next    [109540] [ 30-sep-2014 03:48 ECT ]

Settler group demands segregated bus lines out of fear for security
Philip Weiss
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September 3, 2104 - Tomorrow there will be a demonstration by Jewish settlers demanding segregation of bus lines in the occupied West Bank. The settlers express racist fears of Palestinians. Their flyer portrays integrated buses as a suicide bomb waiting to happen. The Facebook page is here, in Hebrew, posted by the "community organisation for the 'Shomron/Samaria Settlers.'" They publicize the video below, which purports to show a Jewish woman (she’s the only one in Technicolor, the Palestinians are in black and white) getting off a bus filled with "Arabs."...

  continua / continued avanti - next    [109539] [ 30-sep-2014 03:30 ECT ]

Cop Finally Convicted in Killing
By: Peter Van Buren

September 3, 2014 - This is not satire, and a cop did get convicted for a killing. Only it is not what you think, and it shows the reality of how we value life, and the law, now in America.A Boulder, Colorado police officer convicted of killing a beloved, semi-tame bull elk in an upscale residential neighborhood was sentenced for the death. The officer, Sam Carter, 37, was on duty when he killed the elk, known as Big Boy, while it grazed under a tree. He did not report firing his weapon to the police department, and then said the animal had been injured before he arrived on the scene and needed to be put down. Prosecutors said text messages between Carter and another police officer showed that the shooting was planned. The elk was a fixture in the neighborhood, and its killing inspired marches, vigils, a tribute song and plans for a memorial...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109537] [ 30-sep-2014 03:16 ECT ]

Taliban statement
Statement of Islamic Emirate on the recent NATO summit in Britain

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan

September 3, 2014 -The upcoming NATO summit is planned for the fourth of September 2014, to be held in Wales, United Kingdom. It is expected that leaders from nearly 60 countries and up to 200 high officials will attend this summit.It is expected that in addition to the crisis in Ukraine and other European matters the summit leaders will also be discussing the future of Afghanistan. The Islamic Emirate therefore considers it opportune to bring to the summit participants’ attention the following matters: 1.The only successful solution to ending the crisis in Afghanistan is the end of foreign military occupation. This is a glaring reality that is clear to all. It is also demanded by the oppressed nation of Afghanistan. Moreover this right to call for a withdrawal of foreign occupation is a natural and legitimate right of the Afghan people. All people are born free and have the right to live their lives free from the yoke of another...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109536] [ 30-sep-2014 03:03 ECT ]

Non-Shiites in Baghdad Report Rise in Kidnappings, Killings by Militias
By Omar Ali
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September 3, 2014 - With Shiite militias revived to counter the Islamic State (IS/ISIS) militants in Iraq, Sunnis, Christians and Kurds report a growing trend in blackmail, and kidnappings for ransom. Although abductions have been a part of daily life in Baghdad for many years, victims or their relatives say they suspect the militias are now involved because non-Shiites are not only ordered to pay, they are ordered to leave."An anonymous person contacted me by phone at my job, demanding that I pay $30,000, evacuate my house and quit my job. Otherwise, I would die," said a Christian resident of Baghdad who works at a government job. Speaking on condition of anonymity, he said that his identity, whereabouts and job were well known to the caller. The victim was given only a few hours to inform his family and empty his home in the al-Ghadeer district. He later left for Jordan...

  continua / continued avanti - next    [109535] [ 30-sep-2014 02:59 ECT ]

Israel, Gaza and False Balance
Media construct a symmetry of violence where none exists

By Peter Hart

September 3, 2014 - Striving for a deceptive "balance," US media miscast the devastating violence of Israel’s attacks on Gaza and obscured the lopsided nature of the death toll. This started with the timeline preferred in much of the press. By most media accounts, the conflict started when three Israeli teenagers were kidnapped on June 12; their bodies were discovered on June 30. The Israeli government immediately declared Hamas responsible. Days after the discovery of the victims’ bodies, a Palestinian teenager was abducted and murdered by Israeli extremists, in what was called a "revenge" attack. Hamas rockets started falling in Israel, and "Operation Protective Edge" was Israel’s response...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109534] [ 30-sep-2014 02:54 ECT ]

Iran's Military Mastermind Was Reportedly Present During Iraq's Biggest Victory So Far Against ISIS
Armin Rosen

September 3, 2014 - The fight over Amerli in eastern Iraq has been one of the most important battles against ISIS, and a coalition of unlikely partners successfully defended the strategically located town. The response to ISIS's push against the town was likely formulated by Qassem Suleimani, the head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps' Qods Force and probably the Middle East's most effective operative. Suleimani leads the Guards' operations outside of Iran's borders, and has raked in a number of major strategic victories over the years. He was also reportedly on the ground in Amerli ....


  continua / continued avanti - next    [109533] [ 30-sep-2014 02:51 ECT ]

Another war in the name of humanitarianism: we don’t fight men, we fight monsters
Jeff Sparrow
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September 3, 2013 - Iraq in 2014 will be "nothing like" the 2003 intervention, says Tony Abbott. "They are two very different situations," he explained. "What’s happening now is a humanitarian involvement." Which, of course, was precisely what Blair argued – and look how that worked out. The necessity of the "not like last time" trope stems from the almost universally disastrous record of recent humanitarian missions. Libya (remember that?) offers a particularly vivid example, since, back in 2011, the mission there was widely described, in David Owen’s words, as "the prototype for a new kind of intervention." So, after all that humanitarianism, how’s Libya travelling? Just this week we learned that the Libyan authorities had lost control of most government buildings in Tripoli – they’re now operated by rival Islamist gangs. Since the intervention, Libya has had had five or six governments (depending on how you count them). The conflict is no longer a civil war but "is now being fought regionally, with parallels to other battles playing out in North Africa and the Middle East"...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109532] [ 30-sep-2014 02:35 ECT ]

Kerry calls Netanyahu to protest Israeli appropriation of West Bank land
By Barak Ravid

September 3, 2014 -U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry early on Wednesday spoke with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and sharply protested the decision to appropriate 4,000 dunams (1,000 acres) of land belonging to Palestinian villages in Gush Etzion and declare them state lands. Peace Now, which monitors settlements, said this was the largest seizure of West Bank land in 30 years. The United States expressed anger on Tuesday at the decision by the Israeli government to appropriate the land. Since the decision was announced on Sunday, U.S. Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro has conducted several conversations with senior Israeli officials to express the administration’s displeasure. A senior U.S. official said Washington is also angry that "Israel didn’t update us in advance and surprised us with this decision."...

  continua / continued avanti - next    [109530] [ 29-sep-2014 17:43 ECT ]

Palestinian American activist asks judge to drop charges based on “illegal” US investigation
Ali Abunimah

September 3, 2014 - The trial of Rasmea Yousef Odeh will begin on 4 November, the new federal judge on the case decided in Detroit yesterday. But Odeh, a Palestinian American community leader in Chicago, hopes that the judge will dismiss the charges against her when he rules on key defense motions in coming weeks. Yesterday’s appearance in Detroit was the first before US District Judge Gershwin A. Drain. Drain was assigned to the case after the original judge, Paul D. Borman, a lifelong activist and fundraiser for Zionist causes, recused himself in August citing his family’s ties to an Israeli business mentioned in the case....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109529] [ 29-sep-2014 17:27 ECT ]

Love in the time of Gaza: The story of Mohamed Al-Deif and his late wife Widad Asfoura
Hadeel Attallah

September 3, 2014 - This letter was written through the eyes of Widad Asfoura to her husband Mohamed Al-Deif, a Qassam Brigades commander. Widad and their infant son Ali were killed in an Israeli attack aimed at assassinating her husband during the latest war on Gaza. The words are in fact written by Hadeel Attallah as told by Widad's mother, Um Ibrahim, and her sister Eman Asfoura. "To my soul mate and the apple of my eye, to the "man of the nation" whose left ring-finger is home to my ring. To "Deif", I treasured every time we met, and with you I lived a life of joy after years of tears. It is the first time in history that a love story is told on the day one of its characters dies, and fortunately for me, I am the woman who has passed away in order for her man to live on and continue to lead his army and build his military arsenal. "...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109528] [ 29-sep-2014 17:22 ECT ]

American partnership in the attack on the Palestinians
Nabil Al-Sahli
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September 3, 2014 - After the Palestinian people in Gaza had withstood 51 says against the Israeli killing machine and imposed the resistance conditions on the ceasefire, a number of questions were raised regarding the level of partnership and cooperation between Israel and America in the attack. To answer these questions, observers will notice that there were a number of positions expressed by the Obama administration regarding the massacres committed by the Israeli army in Gaza that confirm the extent of the partnership between the US and Israel in the aggression. From the first day of the attack on the besieged Gaza Strip up to the day of the ceasefire, the American media did not stop defending the Israeli position, which remains that the attack on Gaza was self-defence...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109527] [ 29-sep-2014 17:14 ECT ]

Israel freezes Palestinian tax revenues
Middle East Monitor

September 3, 2014 -The public treasury of the Palestinian Authority (PA) has been suffering a high level of indebtedness for several years and according to Ma'an news agency, the occupation authorities have now frozen Palestinian tax revenues. An unnamed senior Palestinian official told the news agency on Monday that the Israeli occupation has not transferred the tax revenues it had collected on behalf of the PA. This is particularly bad news at the present moment, because following the end of the latest Israeli assault on the Gaza Strip and in the wake of forming a Palestinian unity government the PA has now entered a new stage of increased responsibility...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109526] [ 29-sep-2014 17:04 ECT ]

Iran and Iraq to set-up a joint bank
Middle East Monitor

September 3, 2014 -The Iraqi trade attache in Iran Shaker Rawan Al-Daami has declared that the two countries have agreed to establish a joint bank to facilitate financial transactions between them.The Iranian Students News Agency (ISNA) quoted Al-Daami as saying that an Iraqi delegation visited Iran several months ago and signed a memorandum of understating with Iranian officials to facilitate monetary transactions between the two countries, and they decided to establish a joint bank. During his time at the Tehran exhibition for international trade, the Iraqi trade attache pointed to the damage inflicted on Iraqi infrastructure recently, highlighting the urgent need for taking steps in order to rebuild it. Iraq is in serious need of assistance to achieve its goal, he added...

  continua / continued avanti - next    [109525] [ 29-sep-2014 16:37 ECT ]

Workers Seen as Reflection of Israeli Society
Massacre at Rishon Kezion: Killer of Gaza

by JEFFREY BLANKFORT

September 3, 2104 - On the Morning of May 20, 1990, Israeli Ami Popper, who would quickly be described as a "madman" by Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir, murdered seven Gaza workers and wounded 11 others in the "slave market" of Rishon Lezion, an Israeli town on the outskirts of Tel Aviv. As word of the massacre spread, protests broke out in refugee camps and villages throughout Gaza and the West Bank. In the hours that followed, Israeli soldiers shot and killed six more Palestinians and wounded several hundred with a combination of live fire and rubber-coated steel bullets. In the succeeding, days the numbers of dead and wounded would increase dramatically...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109524] [ 29-sep-2014 05:13 ECT ]

Syria News - September 2, 2014
Local Coordination Committees of Syria
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September 2, 2014 - By the end of Tuesday, LCC was able to document 41 martyrs including 3 women, 3 children and 6 martyrs under torture : 13 martyrs were reported in Damascus and its Suburbs; 8 in Idlib; 7 in Homs; 5 in Hama; 4 in Aleppo; 2 in Daraa and 2 in Hasakeh....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109523] [ 29-sep-2014 04:33 ECT ]

Court: Releasing Images of Guantanamo Prisoner Would Incite Violence, Especially Since He Was Tortured
By: Kevin Gosztola

September 2, 2014 - A federal appeals court has ruled that the United States government can keep video and photos of high-profile Guantanamo Bay prisoner Mohammed al-Qahtani secret because it is well-known that he was tortured and abused and any future release of information depicting him could be used by terrorist groups to incite anti-American violence. The Center for Constitutional Rights filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit. At issue are at least 58 FBI videos "depicting Qahtani’s activities in his cell and his interactions" with Defense Department personnel. There are also two videos showing "forced cell extractions," where Qahtani was likely removed from his cell in an abusive or aggressive manner, two videos showing "document intelligence debriefings" and "six mugshots" of Qahtani...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109522] [ 29-sep-2014 04:18 ECT ]

Military Resistance 12I1 Nine More
Thomas F. Barton

September 2, 2014 - US foreign fighters suffered nine combat casualties during the week ending August 27 as the total rose to 40,765. The total includes 21,793 dead and wounded from what the Pentagon classifies as "hostile" causes and 18,972 dead or medically evacuated (as of Dec.3, 2012, when it stopped making the count public) from what it called "non -hostile" causes. US media divert attention from the actual cost in American life and limb by reporting regularly only the total killed (6,833: 4,491 in Iraq, 2,342 in Afghanistan) but rarely mentioning those wounded in action (52,201:32,242 in Iraq; 19,959 in Afghanistan).They ignore the 59,908 (44,607 in Iraq;18,463 in AfPak (as of Dec 3, 2012) military casualties injured and ill seriously enough to be medevac'd out of theater, even though the 6,831 total dead include 1,470 (962 in Iraq; 508 in Afghanistan) who died from those same "non hostile" causes of whom almost 25% (332) were suicides (as of Jan 9, 2013)...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109521] [ 29-sep-2014 03:59 ECT ]

The Nazis Had Their Law Professors Too, John Yoo
Debra Sweet

September 2, 2014 - Intense world events have again eclipsed news of the Guantanamo prisoners, meaning that their situation grows worse. No wave of releases has followed Obama's promise in May 2013 to once again close it. Andy Worthington reported Friday in Guantanamo Violence: Prisoners Report Shaker Aamer "Beaten," Another Man Assaulted "For Nearly Two Hours": Clive Stafford Smith, the founder and director of the legal action charity Reprieve, described how he has "just received a series of unclassified letters from various detainees who we represent in Guantánamo Bay," which "tell a disturbingly consistent story" — of "a new 'standard procedure’ where the FCE team [the armored guards responsible for violently removing prisoners from their cells through 'forcible cell extractions'] is being used to abuse the prisoners with particular severity because of the on-going non-violent hunger strike protest against their unconscionable treatment."...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109520] [ 29-sep-2014 03:51 ECT ]

‘Running:’ A haunting video on life in Gaza by Eslam Saqqa
Annie Robbins
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September 2, 2014 - friend sent me this haunting video "This part of my life is called: Running!", a compilation of clips from news media taken during this summer’s 51 days of slaughter and destruction in Gaza. While the video serves as a documentation, Palestinian filmmaker Eslam Saqqa’s artistic endeavor leaves the viewer on edge, fearful, remorseful and uncomfortable. A gripping, suspensefully-woven drama in 3:56 seconds. I contacted Saqqa 23, living in Ramallah, to asked him a few questions about his video....


  continua / continued avanti - next    [109519] [ 29-sep-2014 03:39 ECT ]

Does the Public Want More War?
By Peter Hart

September 2, 2014 - If you've been tuning in to TV news lately, there's been a lot of chatter about what sort of military action the United States should take against the Islamic State forces in Iraq and Syria. While the public isn't eager for any new wars, the front page of USA Today was trying to change that narrative.
The paper's August 29 edition boasted the front-page headline "More Want US to Flex Muscle." As if that militaristic tone wasn't obvious enough, right next to it is a graphic labeled "Is Obama Tough Enough?"...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109518] [ 29-sep-2014 02:55 ECT ]

Partisan Reporters Criticise Gaza Coverage
Jonathan Cook

September 2, 2014 - I have noted in several previous articles the unusual, possibly unique, problem relating to media coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The reporting corps is awash with "partisan reporters" – that is, Jews who have an ideological, social or familial connection and sympathy with one side, the Israeli side. I have no objection to reporters having views, even strong ones, about this conflict, or any other issue in the news. I do myself. In fact, I believe journalists cannot be "objective", as I have explained at length elsewhere. But in the case of Israel-Palestine, many reporters are being chosen precisely for their partisanship – and these reporters are being selected because they are partisan in one direction only. Just check how many Palestinian reporters (I don’t mean glorified fixers or undervalued stringers) report for the US media on the conflict...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109517] [ 29-sep-2014 02:50 ECT ]

Wounded Gazans struggle to find treatment after war
By Tom Little
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September 2, 2014 - Still in shock weeks after an Israel shell blast shredded his arm and killed four members of his family, Ahmed Ayyad is one of many wounded Gazans now needing long-term care.But many of the organisations charged with rehabilitating Gazans like him are struggling to cope in the wake of an Israeli offensive in which the United Nations estimates that more than 10,000 Palestinians were wounded, with up to 1,000 likely to suffer permanent disability. Staring blankly ahead and speaking softly, 23-year-old Ayyad sits in the waiting room for Gaza's only prosthetics centre as he recalls the day that shrapnel raked his chest and his left arm, now amputated above the elbow.
"The shelling started at dawn prayer in areas far away but we heard the sound of it coming closer to us at six in the morning, and we were forced to leave our homes," he says...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109516] [ 29-sep-2014 02:35 ECT ]

Are American Troops Already Fighting on the Front Lines in Iraq?
Ford Sypher

September 2, 2014 — The role of American Special Operations Forces in Iraq has remained hidden even while the U.S. air war expands. As momentum against ISIS picks up, they may be emerging from the shadows. In a pitched battle on Monday, Kurdish Peshmerga, backed by American airpower and what appeared to be U.S. troops, struck at ISIS positions in the strategic crossroads of Zumar. Scenes from Monday’s battle provide a tentative but valuable glimpse into the evolving role of special operations troops and how that might be playing out on the ground in Iraq...

  continua / continued avanti - next    [109515] [ 28-sep-2014 20:37 ECT ]

Iraq Families Storm Parliament Looking for Answers, as 54 Are Killed
by Margaret Griffis

September 2, 2014 - At least 54 people were killed today, only half of them were militants. The deadliest attacks were in Tal Kief and Baghdad, where a string of dead bodies was found. Another 19 people were wounded. U.S. President Barack Obama deployed 350 more U.S. servicemembers to Baghdad. Although they will protect U.S. interests there, they are not considered combat troops. Australia's first load of ammunition, including grenades and mortars, for Kurdish forces arrived in Arbil today. The delivery was arranged through Baghdad....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109514] [ 28-sep-2014 19:00 ECT ]

Realpolitik: A Polished Name for Political Immorality
Mohammad S. Moussalli
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September 2, 2014 - ...In today’s world of realpolitik, waging of ruinous punitive wars, military incursions, annexation of neighboring territories and other belligerencies are excusable to most politicians and analysts as long as they are executed in the name of fighting foreign evil forces, or to extirpate fore-token WMD, or to ensure ethnic privileges for compatriots. While the fact is that none of these crushing aggressions and hostilities was meant to free a nation from totalitarianism, or to put an end to genocide or ethnic cleansing—like in WWII, or to promote democracy and human development thereof. Calling to mind that, most of those warfare activities were camouflaged with one democratic label or another political excuse. Yet the real motives were to maintain transnational ascendance, circumvent rising rivals, protect long-enjoyed economic advantages, and ensure the flow and control of overseas resources....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109513] [ 28-sep-2014 18:45 ECT ]

Iraq snapshot - Septemper 2, 2014
The Common Ills

September 2, 2014 - ... Chelsea J. Carter and Jomana Karadsheh (CNN) report, "The new troops will bring the number of American troops in Iraq to well over 1,000, with most serving either as diplomatic security or military advisers to Iraq's security forces." Jamie Dupree (WSB Radio, Cox Media Group) adds, "The extra 350 military personnel would bring the total of American servicemembers in Iraq to around 1,300, acting in roles as military advisers or for protection of U.S. diplomats inside Iraq." Spencer Ackerman (Guardian) offers, "Intentionally or not, Obama has effectively responded to Isis by signaling an intensification of the latest US war in Iraq. Obama has now launched 124 airstrikes against Isis since 8 August, while swearing not to introduce 'combat boots on the ground'." For all the claims by the government -- repeated so often by the press -- that US troops are not in combat in Iraq, do you believe it? If so, maybe you shouldn't. ...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109512] [ 28-sep-2014 17:23 ECT ]

The death of Amnesty International?
The Common Ills

September 2, 2014 - .... Today, Amnesty International is in the news. They issued a lengthy press release which opens:Fresh evidence uncovered by Amnesty International indicates that members of the armed group calling itself the Islamic State (IS) have launched a systematic campaign of ethnic cleansing in northern Iraq, carrying out war crimes, including mass summary killings and abductions, against ethnic and religious minorities...The press is running with it, of course. Fresh evidence! Uncovered by Amnesty! Which has no office in Iraq. Oops, that part's not in the release or in the press. And they have no one on the ground in Iraq. That's not there either -- not in the press nor in the press release. This release is big news.Why?I don't doubt that the Islamic State is committing acts of violence. Brutal ones, inhumane.
I don't doubt it. They're largely in response to the setting on fire of Sunnis -- Sunnis set on fire, burned alive, by the Iraqi military. Videos have been on the net for months of that. The Iraqi soldiers standing around laughing and joking as people are burned alive -- some of the Sunnis may be with the Islamic State, some may not be. And Amnesty never, ever issued an alert on that...They did issue a weak-ass statement (so weak that I told Amnesty friend we wouldn't run it) on a recent attack on Sunnis. Strangely, the press didn't run with that statement....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109511] [ 28-sep-2014 17:17 ECT ]

Samih al-Qasim: I Will Engrave Our Names on the Wind
by Zeina Azzam
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September 2, 2014 - While well-known as a poet, the late Samih al-Qasim was also a talented essayist, writing regularly in the Arabic-language press of Palestine/Israel. He was also a remarkable public speaker and letter writer. Over a period of two years—from May 1986 to May 1988—al-Qasim exchanged a series of extraordinary letters with Mahmoud Darwish. The letters are monuments to poetry and language and also friendship and love and, not surprisingly considering the authors, contain some of the most moving discussions of home and exile in the Arabic language. Published as a series of "packets," the collection of letters instantly became a classic of modern Arabic literature. The following letter comes early in the correspondence. In the letter that precedes this, Darwish has just asked al-Qasim to visit the ruins of his home village of al-Birweh in the Galilee, and to find the old carob tree that still remains there. "If you pass by the carob tree tomorrow," Darwish writes, "embrace it and engrave your name and mine on its trunk."
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109510] [ 28-sep-2014 17:10 ECT ]

Israel’s right wing Zionists, Palestine’s militant resistance are political winners after Gaza slaughter
Philip Weiss

The polling is in from both sides and it’s clear.

This Jerusalem Post report on Israeli polling says that Naftali Bennett the champion of annexing West Bank lands is the most popular Israeli politician on the right: [A] Panels Politics poll taken Monday for the Knesset Channel… asked who best represents the views of the Right, giving Netanyahu, Bennett and Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman as choices. Thirty-nine percent said Bennett, 28% said Netanyahu, and 20% Liberman…. The poll shows that rightwing and settler parties have a clear majority of the Knesset, of 68 seats: The poll found that if elections were held now, Likud would win 26 seats, Bayit Yehudi 19, Labor 18, Yesh Atid and Meretz 10, and Yisrael Beytenu eight…. The Panels’ poll predicted United Torah Judaism would win eight seats, Shas seven..

  continua / continued avanti - next    [109509] [ 28-sep-2014 15:31 ECT ]

What the Palestinians ‘Need to Understand’
By Jeremy Salt

September 2, 2014- Zeev Sternhell is an Israeli academic who describes himself as a 'super Zionist’ but still argues strongly for a two-state settlement with the Palestinians. In a recent interview with Gidi Weitz of Ha’aretz he argued that if one state ever arose between the Mediterranean and the Jordan river, 'there will either be a devastating civil war or an apartheid state. In both cases the Zionist state as I understand it and want it will not exist. There will be something else here. My only consolation is that I will not be around to see it.’Born in Poland in 1935, Sternhell came to Israel in 1951 as a boy of 16. He fought in the Golani Brigade during Israel’s attack on Egypt in 1956 and served as a reserve officer in three other wars, 1967, 1973 and Israel’s onslaught on Lebanon in 2006....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109508] [ 28-sep-2014 04:23 ECT ]

How to boycott Israel: updated guidelines for academics
Ali Abunimah

September 2, 2014- The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) recently updated its guidelines on how to apply the international academic and cultural boycott of Israel.This comes at a crucial moment – in the wake of Israel’s latest spasm of horrifying destruction and mass killing in Gaza, and after a period of unprecedented growth in support for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS). Calls for academic boycott will resonate more than ever particularly in light of Israel’s recent bomb attacks on university facilities in Gaza, its violent raids on universities in the West Bank and the financial and political support Israeli universities have themselves given to the carnage....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109507] [ 28-sep-2014 04:03 ECT ]

Salaita firing shows where Zionism meets neoliberalism at US universities
Tithi Bhattacharya and Bill V. Mullen
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September 2, 2014 - In the past ten months, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) administration has done two things of note: rejected the American Studies Association (ASA) vote to boycott Israeli universities and fired Arab-American boycott supporter Steven Salaita. Six months ago, we asked in an essay "Why is the American elite scared of BDS?" — the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement.In the case of UIUC, the answer is simple and clear: deep political and financial ties between the university’s leadership and Israel. But it’s not just about Israel...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109506] [ 28-sep-2014 03:15 ECT ]

Special Gaza War Poll- press release
Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research (PSR)

September 2, 2014 - These are the results of the latest poll conducted by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research (PSR) in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip between 26-30 August 2014. The period before the poll witnessed the eruption of the Gaza War which was preceded by the kidnapping and killing of three Israelis. More than 2000 Palestinians, mostly civilians, were killed during the war. About 70 Israelis, mostly from the military, were killed during the war. Our fieldwork started on the last day of the war and continued during the first four days of the ceasefire. This press release covers public perception of the war, who came out a winner, the ceasefire agreement, targeting of civilians, evaluation of the performance of various Palestinian actors during the war, and war impact on reconciliation. It also covers Palestinian elections, the internal balance of power, the June kidnapping and killing of the three Israelis, and others. Total size of the sample is 1270 adults interviewed face to face in 127 randomly selected locations. Margin of error is 3%...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109505] [ 28-sep-2014 02:44 ECT ]

85,000 persons forcibly disappeared in Syrian prisons
Middle East Monitor

September 2, 2014 - The Syrian Network for Human Rights, SNHR has issued a report marking the international day of the victims of enforced disappearances saying the Syrian regime's forces are holding at least 85,000 people since the outbreak of the Syrian revolution on March 15, 2011. The network said "the Syrian regime have been carrying out arrest campaigns since the beginning of the Syrian revolution. They targeted the leaders of the popular uprising at first before expanding to include anyone connected or related, even remotely to the Syrian revolution or any other political, intellectual, media or humanitarian activities aiming to benefit the Syrian revolution"...

  continua / continued avanti - next    [109504] [ 27-sep-2014 22:27 ECT ]

Syria News - September 1, 2014
Local Coordination Committees of Syria
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September 1, 2014 - By the end of Monday, LCC was able to document 64 martyrs including 4 women, 5 children and 1 martyr under torture: 18 martyrs were reported in Idlib; 15 in Damascus and its suburbs; 12 in Homs; 9 in Hama; 7 in Aleppo; 2 in Daraa and 1 in Qunaitra...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109503] [ 27-sep-2014 16:18 ECT ]

No hope for lasting Gaza ceasefire
Sharif Nashashibi

September 1, 2014 - Jubilation over the Gaza ceasefire is likely to be short-lived, judging by the deal's content, as well as actions and statements since it was agreed. An analysis of its terms reveals the repetition of flaws that doomed previous truces: vague wording, and the postponement of talks on the fundamental issues. Perhaps these flaws are what led Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to say following the deal that he "didn't agree to accept any of Hamas' demands". As such, it is puzzling that the Palestinian faction and its allies are celebrating the ceasefire agreement as a victory.There is no mention of Egypt or Israel ending their blockades, by far the most important Palestinian demand regarding Gaza. Both countries will reportedly open border crossings, but not all of them. That suggests only an easing of the blockades, the extent of which remains unclear. Given their past restrictions and their hostility towards Hamas, it may well be limited, with any easing - no matter how small - portrayed as a major concession...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109502] [ 27-sep-2014 14:26 ECT ]

Israel's land grab endangers Abbas' peace plan
Daoud Kuttab
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September 1, 2014 No sooner did the war on the Gaza Strip disappear from the headlines, all the old headlines appeared. More Israeli confiscation of West Bank land reminds the Palestinians of the root of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict: land.The largest land grab in 30 years announced Aug. 31 covers nearly 4,000 dunums (1.5 square miles) south of Bethlehem. Despite the fact that a brutal 51-day war on Gaza nominally resulted from the deaths of three Israeli settlers, Israel radio said that the land grab was revenge for the killings back in June...


  continua / continued avanti - next    [109501] [ 27-sep-2014 03:15 ECT ]

Iranians play role in breaking IS siege of Iraqi town
By Isabel Coles

September 1, 2014 - Kurdish peshmerga fighters and Shi'ite militiamen paraded through Amerli on Monday, a day after breaking the two-month siege of the northern town by Sunni Islamist militants. The scenes in Amerli and the surrounding area of Suleiman Beg offered a window into the teamwork among Kurdish fighters, the Iraqi army and Shi'ite militias and into Iran's role in directly assisting their campaign against Islamic State (IS) forces. An Iranian adviser to Iraqi police was spotted on the road near Amerli and Kurdish officers spoke of Iranians advising Iraqi fighters on targeting the Islamists...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109500] [ 27-sep-2014 03:10 ECT ]

September 01, 2014 At least 1635 violent deaths in Iraq for the month of August
The Common Ills

September 1, 2104 - A new month, a new round of tabulated death tolls. UNAMI goes with 1420 dead (minus Anbar). They issued the following statement today:
Baghdad, 1 September 2014 – According to casualty figures released today by UNAMI, a total of at least 1,420 Iraqis were killed and another 1,370 were injured in acts of terrorism and violence in August*.The number of civilians killed was 1,265 (including 77 civilian police), while the number of civilians injured was 1,198 (including 105 civilian police). A further 155 members of the Iraqi Security Forces were killed, and 172 were injured (not including casualties from Anbar operation).
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109499] [ 26-sep-2014 21:51 ECT ]

Same Song, New Singer
Elizabeth Warren and Israel

by BEN ROSENFELD

September 1, 2014- During her "Office Hours" town hall on August 22, 2014, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren responded to a constituent’s criticism of her support for Congress’ $225 million aid bill to Israel amid the hellfire it was raining down on Gaza, saying: "[W]hen Hamas puts its rocket launchers next to hospitals, next to schools, they’re using their civilian population to protect their military assets. And I believe Israel has a right, at that point, to defend itself." This is pure Washington sophistry. "Defending itself," in this case, included massively bombing Palestinian civilian infrastructure with the certain knowledge that thousands of innocents would suffer. Amid such ghastly certainty, Israeli officials’ insistence that they don’t target civilians (or blaming the victims for failing to heed warnings to flee) are the rationalizations of sociopathic killers, and Israel’s so-called moral intentions are simply rubble in its collateral damage...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109498] [ 26-sep-2014 21:46 ECT ]

Two Long-Term Yemeni Prisoners Repatriated from Bagram; Are Guantánamo Yemenis Next?
Andy Worthington
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September 1, 2014 - Last week there was some good news from Bagram, in Afghanistan, bringing one of the many long injustices of the "war on terror" to an end, when Amin al-Bakri and Fadi al-Maqaleh, two Yemenis held without charge or trial since 2002 and 2003 respectively, were repatriated. Al-Bakri, who is 44 or 45 years old and has three children, was a shrimp merchant and gemstone dealer, and was seized in Thailand on a business trip. Al-Maqaleh, who is 30 years old, was held at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq before being transferred to Bagram.


  continua / continued avanti - next    [109497] [ 26-sep-2014 21:40 ECT ]

Newly declassified documents reveal how U.S. agreed to Israel's nuclear program
By Amir Oren

September 1, 2014 - The Obama administration this week declassified papers, after 45 years of top-secret status, documenting contacts between Jerusalem and Washington over American agreement to the existence of an Israeli nuclear option. The Interagency Security Classification Appeals Panel (ISCAP), which is in charge of approving declassification, had for decades consistently refused to declassify these secrets of the Israeli nuclear program. The documents outline how the American administration worked ahead of the meeting between President Richard Nixon and Prime Minister Golda Meir at the White House in September 1969, as officials came to terms with a three-part Israeli refusal – to sign the Non-Proliferation Treaty; to agree to American inspection of the Dimona nuclear facility; and to condition delivery of fighter jets on Israel’s agreement to give up nuclear weaponry in exchange for strategic ground-to-ground Jericho missiles "capable of reaching the Arab capitals" although "not all the Arab capitals."...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109496] [ 26-sep-2014 21:12 ECT ]

'Despite reforms, IDF still mistreating Palestinian children'
By Gerard Horton

September 1, 2014 - In September 2011, a delegation of nine lawyers from the UK, including a former attorney general and Court of Appeal judge, visited Israel-Palestine to investigate the treatment of children in Israel’s military judicial system. The resulting report – Children in Military Custody – published in June 2012, found that Israel’s military detention of children violated at least six articles of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and two articles of the Fourth Geneva Convention. Eight months later, UNICEF came out with its own report – Children in Israeli Military Detention – which concluded that "the ill-treatment of children who come in contact with the military detention system appears to be widespread, systematic and institutionalized." In response to these findings, Israel’s Foreign Ministry announced that it would "study the conclusions and work to implement them through on-going cooperation with UNICEF." Two years on, Military Court Watch (MCW) has published a report that reviews progress made in implementing the UK report’s 40 recommendations and finds that just 5 percent have been substantially implemented...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109495] [ 26-sep-2014 20:53 ECT ]

Tens of thousands remain homeless in Gaza
Joe Catron
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September 1, 2014 -One week after a ceasefire halting an Israeli military offensive against the Gaza Strip, tens of thousands of Palestinians remain displaced, sheltered in United Nations schools and other facilities. On Sunday, 58,071 people still lived in 36 UN schools across the coastal enclave, according to Chris Gunness, spokesperson for UNRWA, the UN agency for Palestine refugees. With 15,670 housing units damaged, including 2,276 completely destroyed, and up to 500,000 Palestinians displaced over the 51-day onslaught, the number staying with extended families, in temporary rentals and at government and informal shelters is probably higher....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109494] [ 26-sep-2014 04:41 ECT ]

Palestinian lawmaker resists banishment, tells occupiers they must go
Adri Nieuwhof

September 1, 2014 - Palestinian Legislative Council member Khalida Jarrar is resisting an Israeli occupation order to banish her from her home in Ramallah in the occupied West Bank to the district of Jericho for six months. Jarrar has set up a protest camp at the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) — the Palestinian Authority legislature — in Ramallah where she will remain until the order is lifted. "It is the occupation who must leave our homeland," she has said. Jarrar refused to sign the military order "to put her under special monitoring" that was handed to her by an Israeli occupation officer at her home in the early hours of 20 August...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109493] [ 26-sep-2014 04:23 ECT ]

The era of 'fortress Israel' is over
Ali Jaradat

September 1, 2014 - Just as it is not possible for the Palestinian resistance or any armed popular resistance movement to achieve a decisive knockout victory in a short amount of time, it is also not possible for Israel, like any occupying army, to deter the Palestinian resistance and to prevent the development of its cultural and structural forms. It was upon this general rule that the war between Zionist forces and the Palestinian resistance in Gaza was based. Therefore, just as the Palestinian resistance has yet to achieve a victory against the occupation, at least in terms of forcing Israeli forces to withdraw from the occupied 1967 territories, Israel has also not been able to break the will of the Palestinian people and prevent them from developing despite the fact that Israel's army is undoubtedly the strongest in the region...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109492] [ 26-sep-2014 04:15 ECT ]

Iraqi prisons are scene of "horrific crimes against humanity" :NGO
Association of Muslim Scholars in Iraq - AMSI
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September 1, 2014 - According to a report published by a non-governmental human rights organization on Sunday; that the current Ministry of Justice has deprived the detainees of meeting their families through visits or contact with their lawyers, for more than eight months. The NGO human rights says in a report: Current government's actions against Iraqi prisoners are "appalling and widespread" and may contribute to "crimes against humanity". The report pointed out; that tens thousands of detainees in the prisons have been prevented from the ordinary visits for eight months, and even to meet with lawyers, noting that their families live in great concern about the fate of their sons; especially with repeat offenses liquidation of prisoners at the hands of sectarian militias and elements of government forces complicit with those militias...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109491] [ 26-sep-2014 03:19 ECT ]

Palestinian rights groups urge Abbas to sign Rome Statute
Middle East Monitor

August 1, 2014 - A number of Palestinian human rights groups have called on the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to immediately sign the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court in order to facilitate the prosecution of Israeli leaders over war crimes. The NGOs include the Aldameer Association for Human Rights, the Al-Haq Foundation, the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights, and the Mizan Centre for Human Rights. The organisations launched a joint campaign to document the war crimes perpetrated by Israeli forces during the 2014 aggression on Gaza. In a statement yesterday, the organisations said they recruited a team of 100 researchers to carry out surveys and collect data. The team has been trained on collaborative work to compile data on the victims and the circumstances of their deaths, as well as the destroyed properties...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109490] [ 26-sep-2014 01:18 ECT ]

Lieberman continues incitement campaign against Arab Israelis
Middle East Monitor

September 1, 2014 - Israel's Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has continued his incitement campaign against Arab Israelis on social media by describing a festival of solidarity with the Gaza Strip, which was organised in the Galilee on Friday, as "a demonstration to support terrorism" and calling the participants "traitors", Arabs48 news website reported. On his personal Facebook page, Lieberman went so far as to call for Israel to put both the festival organisers and participants in prison. Arabs48 quoted him Lieberman as saying: "Those who participated on Friday in the festival to support the Palestinian people in Gaza in the village of Kabul in the Galilee should celebrate for a long time in prison on charges of treason and supporting terrorism," ...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109489] [ 25-sep-2014 21:15 ECT ]

Syria News - August 31, 2014
Local Coordination Committees of Syria
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August 31, 2014 - By the end of Sunday, LCC has documented the fall of 108 martyrs including 26 children, 17 women and 2 martyrs under torture: 24 martyrs were reported in Idlib most of them in Saraqeb and Habeet massacres, 24 in Hama most of them were martyred due to shelling on a cave of the displaced people, 19 in Damascus and its suburbs, 13 in Aleppo most of them in Aben Saman, 8 in Deir Ezzor due to field execution by ISIS, 7 in Raqqa, 6 in Daraa, 4 in Homs and 3 in Hasaka...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109488] [ 25-sep-2014 19:49 ECT ]

G4S Guantanamo contract ‘breaches UK policy’
Reprieve

August 31, 2014 - The government is being asked to take action against British firm G4S, after it emerged the company has won a £71m contract to provide a range of 'base support’ services at Guantánamo Bay. Legal charity Reprieve, which assists Guantánamo prisoners such as British resident Shaker Aamer, has submitted a dossier of evidence to the UK’s responsible business watchdog, the National Contact Point for the OECD Guidelines (UK NCP). The submission argues that by providing 'essential’ services at the prison, G4S will be contravening British government policy that the prison must be closed, as well as the OECD’s guidelines for responsible business conduct...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109487] [ 25-sep-2014 03:44 ECT ]

Israel Announces 'Unprecedented' Land Seizure
by Andrea Germanos
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August 31, 2014 - Israel announced on Sunday it was seizing 988 acres of land in the West Bank, an amount described as 'unprecedented' by a peace organization.
The appropriation is reportedly in retaliation for the kidnapping of three Israeli teens in June. According to reporting by Haaretz, "The appropriated land belongs to five Palestinian villages in the Bethlehem area: Jaba, Surif, Wadi Fukin, Husan and Nahalin."....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109486] [ 25-sep-2014 03:41 ECT ]

An open letter to the Iraqi people and the heroes revolutionaries, and new prime minister and Sunni politicians and others
Association of Muslim Scholars in Iraq - AMSI

August 31, 2014 - Thanks to God, an idol of the current political process has been fallen, that created to service the major goals of the two countries U.S and Iran, where both countries have been forced to take this step under the pressure of the Iraq's popular revolution, after both of them were insisting on him, and this is just the beginning, many collapses will be continued, God willing... Although we believe that the game is still in the hands of the colonial powers, however, they have not yet abandoned its goals in Iraq; but any newcomer who wants to turn the page of injustice, and starts a new era in Iraq; So he can manage - if willing - to do the following: First: Relieve the oppressed, and stop the criminality of government against the uprising provinces, and others, by prevention the dropping of barrel bombs on civilians in Fallujah, Garma, Hawija and others, and stop the targeting of the cities with heavy artillery and fighter jets, which still ongoing until now...

  continua / continued avanti - next    [109485] [ 25-sep-2014 02:02 ECT ]

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