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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)
Three Images the World Needed
April 20, 2014 -Employees of the U.S. government refer to people they murder as "bugsplat." They pretend that the men, women, and children they are killing with drones are just bugs, because they just look like little fuzzy creatures on a computer screen. Thank goodness for the artists who have put a giant portrait of a child in a field for the drone murderers to see and think about. Maybe the rest of us could think about it, and do more than think about it, too. In Davidson, North Carolina, among many other places in the world, wealthy people ignore the suffering of the poor right nearby them as well as thousands of miles away. A fraction of what the U.S. government spends killing people with drones could end starvation in the world, and many certainly seem not to care...
continua / continued  [ 23-apr-2014 18:24 ECT ]
Boston and Baghdad
by Ralph Nader
April 20, 2014 - ...Meanwhile six thousand miles away in Iraq, there are terror bombings of innocent civilians almost every day...And this bloodshed is happening almost every day over much of their torn apart country. Iraqis know this will continue to happen in the coming days and weeks with no foreseeable end. There is no annual commemoration to mark their losses. Their memories of loved ones are blurred by constant fear of what was and what comes, day after day due to violence, hunger, poverty, disease-bearing contaminated water, the collapse of critical public services from electricity to health care to safety. This has resulted in the flight of more desperate people out of Iraq.Flash back to March 2003, when the fabrications, secret cover-ups and propaganda of the Bush/Cheney regime led to the illegal, unconstitutional invasion of Iraq. ....
continua / continued  [ 23-apr-2014 18:09 ECT ]
On the Struggle of Syrian Refugees in Lebanon
by Moe Ali Nayel
April 20, 2014 - Spring has just landed in Lebanon. Its warmth and colors soothing the dried winter skin of the vast majority of Syrian refugees who resisted icy temperatures and freezing to death underneath thin canvas tents. Lebanon is now home to approximately one million Syrians, displaced from their war-ravaged cities and towns in Syria. Amid unfettered exploitations, Syrian families, forced to seek refuge in Lebanon, have fought a hostile season in a hostile environment that they mistook as neighborly. During the reign of Alexa, a polar storm that hit Lebanon at the start of December 2013, while walking between a maze of tents in Arsal, Amira grabbed my arm and said, "Sir, I need to have a word with you. You have to see my daughter. Please follow me to our tent." ...
continua / continued  [ 23-apr-2014 17:29 ECT ]
Too Big to Jail?|
Why Kidnapping, Torture, Assassination, and Perjury Are No Longer Crimes in Washington
By Tom Engelhardt
April 20, 2014 - ...With Cartwright as a possible exception, the members of the national security state, unlike the rest of us, exist in what might be called "post-legal" America. They know that, no matter how heinous the crime, they will not be brought to justice for it. The list of potentially serious criminal acts for which no one has had to take responsibility in a court of law is long, and never tabulated in one place. Consider this, then, an initial run-down on seven of the most obvious crimes and misdemeanors of this era for which no one has been held accountable. *Kidnapping: After 9/11, the CIA got into kidnapping in a big way. At least 136 "terror suspects" and possibly many more (including completely innocent people) were kidnapped off the streets of global cities, as well as from the backlands of the planet, often with the help of local police or intelligence agencies. Fifty-four other countries were enlisted in the enterprise...
continua / continued  [ 23-apr-2014 17:03 ECT ]
Promoting a "Right to Heal" from Ft. Hood to Abu Ghraib
By Phyllis Bennis
April 20, 2014 - ...U.S. troops were redeployed out of Iraq two-and-a-half years ago. But the United States’ nearly decade-long occupation—which followed not only the 2003 invasion, but also the Pentagon’s 1991 war and 12 years of crippling U.S.-led sanctions—destroyed Iraq’s infrastructure, despoiled the country’s environment, and shredded its social fabric. The consequences of the U.S. war remain embedded in the shattered cities, polluted rivers, carcinogenic military burn pits, and in the bodies of hundreds of thousands or millions of Iraqis, as well as of tens of thousands of U.S. troops. Meanwhile, in an all-too-rare front-page feature documenting the Afghanistan War’s ongoing impact on Afghans, the Washington Post recently dissected the consequences for the "rising number of children … dying from U.S. explosives littering Afghan land." ...
continua / continued  [ 23-apr-2014 16:53 ECT ]
The Rhetoric of Violence
April 20, 2014 - At least nine people were killed and at least 35 others were wounded in shootings across Chicago on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. On Thursday police announced that a man had been arrested on charges of firing on a number of motorists recently, wounding three of them, on Kansas City-area highways. On April 13 three people, including a child, were murdered at two Jewish-affiliated facilities in Overland Park, Kan., leading to the arrest of a white supremacist. On April 12, armed militias in Nevada got the federal government to retreat, allowing rancher Cliven Bundy to continue to graze his cattle on public land. All this happened over a span of only nine days in the life of a country where more than 250 people are shot every day. In America, violence and the threat of lethal force are the ways we communicate. Violence—the preferred form of control by the state—is an expression of our hatred, self-loathing and lust for vengeance. And this bloodletting will increasingly mark a nation in terminal decline. Violence, as H. Rap Brown said, is "as American as cherry pie."...
continua / continued  [ 23-apr-2014 16:48 ECT ]
Iraq Nation Destroyed, Oil Riches Confiscated. Surviving Iraqi Population Impoverished
By Asad Ismi
April 19, 2014 - ....Before the invasion, Iraq’s oil had been nationalized for 40 years, and with it Iraq had created a welfare state for its people, providing them with free education, medical care, subsidies, and a relatively high standard of living. All these crucial gains have now been wiped out. Saddam Hussein, the ruler of Iraq hanged by the U.S., was a brutal dictator, but he ensured that Iraq’s oil benefited its people. Maliki is a dictator, too, brought to power by the U.S, invasion, but he doesn’t provide any economic benefits to the Iraqi people and instead is involved in looting the country’s oil wealth along with multinational corporations.As Yanar Mohammed puts it, "Under Saddam, there was a state that was taking care of the education of the people, of the health of the people, and there was a socialist economy in which the people had some ability to enjoy a prosperous life — and at this point all of that is being lost. We are learning what free enterprise is. All we see is poverty, and the government has enacted laws which prevent the organizing of workers and of unions so as to claim their rights."...
continua / continued  [ 22-apr-2014 22:21 ECT ]
Palestinian Christians 'bitter and left out' of Easter celebrations
by Dalia Hatuqa
April 19, 2014 — Seeking comfort in prayer, hundreds of Palestinians gathered at the Greek Catholic Church in Ramallah's Old City to solemnly commemorate Good Friday, during a long weekend that marks when Jesus is believed to have been crucified, buried and resurrected more than 2,000 years ago. During what's known as the "funeral" procession, Palestinian Christians re-enacted the burial of Jesus, along with a lengthy ritual of prayer, Gospel recitations and hymn singing. Later, the Catholic congregation joined Greek Orthodox worshippers from a nearby church. Together, and with a choir and marching band of a local scout troop, they completed a circuit around the Orthodox church holding a shrine symbolizing Jesus' casket... For many Christians, Easter is hailed as a time for renewal and revival, said Jamal Khader of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, but revival can be difficult when the number of Palestinian Christians is dwindling every year due to restrictive measures....
continua / continued  [ 22-apr-2014 21:30 ECT ]
Libyan kangaroo court trials begin against Gaddafi’s sons
By Jean Shaoul
April 19, 2014 -The Libyan state this week began a mass trial, the focus of which are two of deposed leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi’s sons, his heir apparent Saif al-Islam, and Saadi, who was recently extradited from Niger, where he had sought refuge from the US-led war in 2011.Also facing trial are 36 top officials, including Gaddafi’s intelligence chief and right-hand man Abdullah al-Senussi, deported from Mauretania in 2012, former prime ministers al-Baghdadi al-Mahmudi and Bouzid Dorda, and a former foreign minister Abdul Ati al-Obeidi. They all face charges relating to their alleged role in suppressing the pro-Islamist movement in Benghazi that was utilised by NATO to topple Gaddafi...
continua / continued  [ 22-apr-2014 19:09 ECT ]
‘Heading towards a police state’|
Conversation with a Police Chief
April 19, 2014 - ... In communities and cities across the country, the number of police has soared, rising, according to the federal Bureau of Justice Statistics, from 603,000 in 1992 to 794,000 in 2010. This even as crime has been falling fairly steadily for over 30 years, even in cities that have had to cut back on their police staffing for budget reasons.But it’s not just a matter of numbers. Police are also much more aggressive in their behavior towards the public. Where "no-knock" forced entries into people’s homes were a rarity 30 years ago, such so-called "breaches" are increasingly the norm in many jurisdictions -- they reached over 80,000 last year by one calculation -- as police departments adopt an approach that elevates "officer safety" over concerns about the safety of the public, including innocent bystanders. (Consider two recent incidents in New York where bystanders were shot by police who were firing at suspects -- in one case an unarmed mentally ill man standing in traffic in midtown Manhattan...
continua / continued  [ 22-apr-2014 17:49 ECT ]
“A message of peace” from the village of Qaryut met with violence from the Israeli army
International Solidarity Movement
April 19, 2014 - The people of Qaryut began weekly demonstrations three weeks ago, due to the Israeli military’s decision to close the main road near to the village.Yesterday, the 18th April, approximately 300 from the village, of which 100 were children, decided to come to the hill to pray rather than to march. Israeli soldiers arrived immediately, with one soldier yelling: "Go back home!" A resident of Qaryut responded; "Insh’allah [If God wills it], this is our home."The prayer began despite the provocative military presence on the hill, during the prayers Israeli soldiers surrounded the gathering, one solider removed a Palestinian flag from its place in the ground.As prayers finished, one of the villagers declared to the army that it was their intention to leave the area, repeating over and over that they brought "a message of peace"...
continua / continued  [ 22-apr-2014 15:53 ECT ]
Iraqi fighter: Hizbullah lied about protecting Syria shrines
By Mohammed al-Qaisi in Baghdad
April 18, 2014- Ali Nagy has been receiving a steady stream of visitors at his home in eastern Baghdad since he returned from Syria last week, many of whom had believed him dead.Nagy, 33, said he has not tired of telling his family and friends of the 20 days he spent in Syria in hopes his guests will learn from his experience."I used to work as a vendor selling mobile telephone recharge cards in my neighbourhood, Ur, in eastern Baghdad, for two years," he told Mawtani. "My income was good. It enabled me to pay the rent and meet the needs of my wife and two children, Karrar and Nagy, but some of my not-so-good friends introduced me to a member of the Hizbullah militia, who started visiting me at work several times a week." "This man started to speak with me about Syria, efforts by armed groups to destroy the sacred shrines, and about individuals I did not know, who had gone there and come back with a good amount of money which enabled them to buy houses of their own," Nagy said...
continua / continued  [ 22-apr-2014 03:41 ECT ]
Vaccines alone cannot beat polio in Iraq*
By Louise Redvers , IRIN news
April 18, 2014 - A countrywide vaccination campaign is under way in Iraq following the country’s first confirmed case of polio in 14 years, but public health experts warn it will take more than immunization to beat the virus. Inadequate sanitation, contaminated water sources and poor public health systems are also major factors in the spread of polio, which - although easily preventable - is high contagious and incurable. "Putting all your faith in vaccination alone is putting all your eggs in one basket," said paediatrician Annie Sparrow, assistant professor of global health and deputy director of the Human Rights Program at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. "When people are still living in abysmal conditions that are unsanitary, unhygienic and with contaminated water, there will still be exposure," she told IRIN.
For Adam Coutts, an honorary research fellow at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, the Iraq case says a lot "about the severity of poverty and state neglect of large numbers of the population as well as the decrepit condition of public health and healthcare services over the last 10 years in Iraq"....
continua / continued  [ 22-apr-2014 03:26 ECT ]
Shelling of Khan Eshieh and barrel bombing of Handarat refugee camp, Yarmouk siege continues
by Talal Alyan
April 18, 2014 -The Syrian regime continues to shell Khan Esheih refugee camp in Rural Damascus. It has also been relentlessly dropping barrel bombs on the Handarat refugee camp in Aleppo. Meanwhile, the huge list of Palestinians tortured to death by the regime continues to increase. Ali Yacoub, a young Palestinian, died after being tortured to death in a regime prison, he had been detained for over 8 months. There has been no entry of aid into Yarmouk for 8 consecutive days making the already dire situation in the camp even worse. Although the siege has been at least partially imposed since December 2012, UNRWA has intermittently been permitted to enter small, but lifesaving, amounts of aid. The current 8 day arbitrary moratorium of aid delivery began just 2 days after a previous 7 day suspension had ended. A 57 year old resident of Yarmouk, Shamseyyah Shtaiweh, passed away from the lack of medical supplies available in the camp...
continua / continued  [ 21-apr-2014 22:11 ECT ]
Vladimir Putin must be called to account on surveillance just like Obama
April 18, 2014 - On Thursday, I questioned Russia's involvement in mass surveillance on live television. I asked Russia's president, Vladimir Putin, a question that cannot credibly be answered in the negative by any leader who runs a modern, intrusive surveillance program: "Does [your country] intercept, analyse or store millions of individuals' communications?"I went on to challenge whether, even if such a mass surveillance program were effective and technically legal, it could ever be morally justified.The question was intended to mirror the now infamous exchange in US Senate intelligence committee hearings between senator Ron Wyden and the director of national intelligence, James Clapper, about whether the NSA collected records on millions of Americans, and to invite either an important concession or a clear evasion...
continua / continued  [ 21-apr-2014 21:54 ECT ]
Edward Snowden defends decision to question Vladimir Putin on surveillance
April 18, 2014 - Edward Snowden has defended his decision to appear on live Russian television, insisting his question to Vladimir Putin on mass surveillance was designed to hold the Russian president accountable and not, as critics have suggested, an act of compliant propaganda. Writing for the Guardian, the whistleblower behind the National Security Agency leaks suggests he carefully framed the question to Putin, which he asked via video link in an annual televised call-in with the president on Thursday. Putin, Snowden writes, "denied the first part of the question and dodged on the latter". In the phone-in, Snowden asked Putin: "Does Russia intercept, store or analyse, in any way, the communications of millions of individuals?"...
continua / continued  [ 21-apr-2014 19:04 ECT ]
Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (10 - 16 April 2014)
The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR)
April 18, 2014 - Summary: Israeli violations of international law and international humanitarian law in the oPt continued during the reporting period (10 – 16 April 2014). Shooting: During the reporting period, a woman in Ayda refugee camp, north of Bethlehem, died of tear gas inhalation used by Israeli forces. Another civilian was also wounded in the West Bank. Moreover, Israeli forced wounded 8 Palestinian civilians, including 2 children, and 7 paramedics suffered tear gas inhalation in the Gaza Strip. On 10 April 2014, 3 stone collectors were wounded when Israeli forces stationed along the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel, northwest of Beit Hanoun town in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire at them. One of them sustained a serious wound....
continua / continued  [ 21-apr-2014 17:51 ECT ]
Iraq votes 2014: special ballot for Iraqi army causes concern
April 18, 2014 - ..."Whenever there is an election of any kind, we get pressure from our superiors," says one army captain, who wanted to be known only as Mahmoud. "They force us to vote even if we don’t want to. Often we’ll hear rumours that the military knows who soldiers voted for and that they’ll punish anyone who doesn’t support the existing Defence Minister's party, or the Prime Minister’s party."...It is also possible that the situation they are facing in Anbar may be turning the Iraqi military against al-Maliki. When problems first started in Anbar, al-Maliki seemed to be very popular with the military, observers say. However over recent months this has changed. "Al-Maliki’s popularity is decreasing," says one senior member of the military in Basra province, who did not want to be named for fear of repercussions. "Because the army is having huge difficulties in Anbar."
According to this soldier, the Iraqi government has allegedly played down the number of military casualties it’s had in the fight against insurgents in Anbar. Videos being posted on YouTube and other social media indicate many more are being captured and killed...
continua / continued  [ 21-apr-2014 17:36 ECT ]
CIA torture architect breaks silence to defend 'enhanced interrogation'
April 18, 2014 - The psychologist regarded as the architect of the CIA's "enhanced interrogation" program has broken a seven-year silence to defend the use of torture techniques against al-Qaida terror suspects in the wake of the 9/11 attacks. In an uncompromising and wide-ranging interview with the Guardian, his first public remarks since he was linked to the program in 2007, James Mitchell was dismissive of a Senate intelligence committee report on CIA torture in which he features, and which is currently at the heart of an intense row between legislators and the agency.The committee’s report found that the interrogation techniques devised by Mitchell, a retired air force psychologist, were far more brutal than disclosed at the time, and did not yield useful intelligence. These included waterboarding, stress positions, sleep deprivation for days at a time, confinement in a box and being slammed into walls...
continua / continued  [ 21-apr-2014 15:36 ECT ]
Why is Israel opposed to Palestine joining international treaties?
April 17, 2014 - Last week, the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon announced that he had accepted the application of Palestinians to join 13 international UN conventions. Significantly, these include the Geneva Conventions, which govern the rules of war and military occupation. Ban informed all 193 UN member states that the application, by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, was made "in due and proper order" and that it would be processed within a month. Riyad Mansour, the Palestinian ambassador to the UN, said that Palestine was ready with more applications to join UN agencies, conventions, and treaties, depending on Israel's actions....
continua / continued  [ 20-apr-2014 14:43 ECT ]
Why does the mass media ignore mass murder in Syria?
April 17, 2014-I recall when the mantra of the media was "if it bleeds, it leads." That certainly isn't the case with regards to Syria. If more than a hundred people and a dozen children met with a violent end almost anywhere else in the world, it would make the morning news cycle. It happens every day in Syria without so much as a notice. It can't be for lack of visuals. We all know TV news is a sucker for graphic video. A good video will even make a story where otherwise there wouldn't be one. The Syrian conflict has produced some of the most graphic and tense, or in the case of Syrian refugee children, compelling and heart-rending, videos the world has ever seen, available for free from YouTube, and with today's HD consumer grade cameras, not bad quality. Yet very little of this video ever makes it into the evening news. The true picture of this conflict and the human suffering it is causing is being hidden from us. When the media was trying to rally people to fight Saddam Hussein, they made a big deal out of a false story that had Iraq troops throwing babies out of incubators in Kuwait, now we have Assad's planes bombing play grounds, schools, breadlines and hospitals, and mums the word. Why are they covering up Assad's crimes when they should be reporting them?....
continua / continued  [ 20-apr-2014 14:35 ECT ]
What will Gaza’s Ark face from the Israeli navy as it challenges the blockade?
April 17, 2014 - The heavy bang is heard clearly, and I have to resist the impulse to climb over the breakwater to try to get a view of the attack in the haze. And a new round of bangs is heard. It can’t be far off the port of Gaza. Instead, I look up at the sky, squinting, and there it is, the drone that been circling around all morning. And I return to my work to completing Gaza 's Ark. Shall I write about this, I wonder to myself? That thought pops up every time I hear machine-gun fire, or even heavier bombardments, from the sea. We expect some influential people to sail with us to break Israel’s naval blockade, and I do not want to scare them off...
continua / continued  [ 20-apr-2014 14:27 ECT ]
PHOTOS: Palestinian prisoners, supporters struggle for freedom
April 17, 2014 - To mark International Palestinian Prisoners’ Day, which has been commemorated annually by Palestinians worldwide since 1974, Activestills brings you a look into the lives of Palestinian prisoners and their supporters struggling to obtain freedom.According to Addameer, a Palestinian prisoner support organization, there are currently 5,224 Palestinian men and women held in Israeli prisons. These include 183 administrative detainees; 210 children; 21 female prisoners; and 11 members of the Palestinian Legislative Council. Since the occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip began in 1967, more than 700,000 Palestinians have been imprisoned by Israel. To this day, dozens of Palestinians are taken away from their homes, workplaces, schools, and from different checkpoints on a weekly basis. Some are detained for days, some for weeks, and some imprisoned for unlimited periods of time...
continua / continued  [ 20-apr-2014 14:09 ECT ]
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