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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
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The Dangerous Illusion of an Alawite Regime
Elizabeth Shakman Hurd
June 15, 2013 - .... Assad’s is not an Alawite regime. It is an embattled and desperate dictatorship. The Syrian war is an existential battle between this dictatorship and a fractured yet determined opposition. It is not a war between the Alawites (and, more broadly, Shi'a Muslims) and their Sunni enemies. It is, rather, a war over who will govern Syria, how, and under whose auspices. Russian economic interests, Iranian foreign policy, Turkish security, Iraqi politics and a host of other factors are at play in the conflict. This cannot be reduced to religion. Powerful forces are arrayed against this reading of the conflict. Iran is deeply invested in the notion of an embattled Alawite regime battling a radicalized Sunni opposition because this legitimizes Iranian intervention on behalf of its ally, the Syrian regime, and allows Iran to secure its own interest in maintaining access to Hezbollah...
continua / continued  [ 20-jun-2013 00:41 ECT ]
Tamarrod: Egyptians Organizing for June 30th
June 15, 2013 - June 30th marks Mohamed Morsi's first anniversary as President of Egypt. It is also the date set for nationwide demonstrations protesting Morsi's increasingly authoritarian leadership and the role his Muslim Brotherhood is playing in post-Tahrir Egypt.The organizing effort for June 30th is called "Tamarrod" (rebel). They have, at last report, collected over 15 million signatures on petitions endorsing their protest movement and are convening nationwide organizing meetings in preparation for the big day. Expectations are running high that Tamarrod may replicate the government-changing events of January/February 2011.It remains to be seen whether this movement succeeds or fizzles, but what its early successes reflect is the fact that the Morsi government is in deep trouble. A recently completed poll of 5,029 Egyptians adults, conducted by Zogby Research Services (ZRS) found that Morsi, his government, and party have, in fact, suffered a dramatic loss of support and legitimacy...
continua / continued  [ 19-jun-2013 19:50 ECT ]
From Guantánamo, Shaker Aamer Speaks, As His Lawyers Urge Cameron to Ask Obama for His Return at the G8
June 15, 2013 - Despite being cleared for release under President Bush in 2007, and again under President Obama in January 2010, when a sober and responsible inter-agency task force of government officials and representatives of the intelligence agencies included him in its recommendations to release 156 of the 240 prisoners held at the time, he is still imprisoned, and still in solitary confinement, and is on a hunger strike, along with the majority of the 166 men still held. Even according to the US authorities, whose figures have failed to match those given by the prisoners themselves, 104 prisoners are taking part in the hunger strike, and 43 of those men are being force-fed. The prisoners state that the true total of those taking part in the hunger strike is around 130...
continua / continued  [ 19-jun-2013 19:08 ECT ]
Syria News - June 14 2013 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Local Coordination Committees of Syria + Videos
June 14 , 2013 - By the end of Friday, the coordination committees were able to document 58 martyrs, among them 5 children, 2 women, and 2 martyrs under torture: 24 martyrs were reported in Damascus and its suburbs; 13 in Aleppo; 7 in Raqqa; 5 in Homs; 3 in Daraa; 2 in Banyas; 1 in Hama; 1 in Idlib; and 1 in Quneitra. Moreover, the committees have documented 425 points of shelling in Syria: Air strikes by warplanes were recorded in 36 points, 4 surface-to-surface missiles have landed in Yelda, Damascus Suburbs, cluster bombs have shelled Saraqeb in Idlib, while rocket shelling was recorded in 142 points, artillery shelling in 138 points, and mortar shelling in 104 points across Syria...
continua / continued  [ 19-jun-2013 18:54 ECT ]
Travel Restrictions Take Toll On Palestinian Relationships
June 14, 2013 - Seven years ago, Abu Sido, then 22, met the girl of his dreams online. While he lived in Gaza, his girlfriend was a Ramallah [West Bank] resident. He already knew that gaining access to the West Bank was hard, yet he didn't think it was impossible. "I thought it was a hardship like many others that relationships may face, but it was beyond my abilities to overcome it," Abu Sido explained, while lighting his cigarette. Abu Sido could see and talk to his girl during the six years they spent together, but only via Internet and telephone. He had tried all conventional and unusual ways to obtain an Israeli permit to the West Bank, but all his attempts were shattered on the rock of Israeli rejection...
continua / continued  [ 18-jun-2013 18:06 ECT ]
Israeli army detains a 10-year-old during the weekly demonstration in Kafr Qaddum
International Women’s Peace Service
June 14, 2013 - On Friday 14 June, the Israeli army arrested a 10-year-old child during the weekly protest in Kafr Qaddum. Israeli soldiers fired tear gas canisters and sound bombs at the villagers; many local residents suffered from tear gas inhalation.At approximately 12:00, when residents and international solidarity activists started gathering for the demonstration before the Friday prayers, nearly 30 foot soldiers stormed the village from the main road leading toward the illegal Israeli settlement Qedumim. As they entered the village, they fired tear gas canisters directly at the group before the demonstration even began. Local youth resisted the incursion, chasing the soldiers back from the bystanders toward a hill overlooking the village.Over the next two and a half hours, soldiers shot tear gas and threw sound bombs at demonstrators in the olive groves next to the main road of the village. At approximately 12:30, soldiers detained a 10-year-old boy. While in their custody, soldiers tied his hands, grabbed him by the neck, beat him and threatened to "drop [him] from this rock."..
continua / continued  [ 18-jun-2013 16:27 ECT ]
Iraq: Protests, killings and rumors
The Common Ills
June 14, 2013 - Friday in Iraq means protests. Has since December 21st. Above is the turnout in Baquba and the spokesperson for those with special needs states, "Disability will not keep us from rejecting injustice, tyranny and government repression." Iraqi Spring MC also notes that the people turned out in Baghdad and in Ramadi. National Iraq News Agency reports, "Thousands of citizens flocked since early hours of the day from from different parts and cities of Anbar Province to sit-ins of Falluja and Ramadi, to participate in Friday unified prayer." NINA also notes police were deployed and set up checkpoints in Falluja and Ramadi, imposing "tight security measures in the sit-ins squares." Iraqi Spring MC reports that Nouri's forces surrounded the platform at the Baquba sit-in in an attempt to frighten the protesters. NINA notes that in Samarra, Imam Diab Hamid called on the security forces to stop using security forces against the people and the Imam told the demonstrators that "several weeks ago you voted to replace UN representative in Iraq, Martin Kobler, and now the oppressor has been relieved of his post" (UN Secretary-General announced this week Kobler will be moving onto the Congo). The Imam congratulated the protesters on their peaceful accomplishments. In Diyala the call was to preserve the unity and security. In Balad Ruz, there was the call to continue the peaceful sit-ins...
continua / continued  [ 18-jun-2013 16:24 ECT ]
Syria News - June 13 , 2013 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Local Coordination Committees of Syria + Videos
June 13 , 2013 - By the end of Thursday, the coordination committees were able to document 91 martyrs, among them 8 women, 5 children and 4 martyrs under torture: 23 martyrs were reported in Damascus and its suburbs; 17 in Aleppo; 15 in Homs; 8 in Idlib; 7 in Deir Ezzor; 4 in Daraa; and 4 in Hama. Moreover, the coordination committees have documented 428 points of shelling: Air strikes by warplanes were recorded in 31 points, explosive barrels were recorded in 4 points in the perimeter of Menegh Military Airport and Raqqa, surface-to-surface missiles have targeted the perimeter of Menegh Military Airport, cluster bombs have shelled Palmyra in Homs, while artillery shelling was recorded in 137 points, rocket shelling in 131 points, and mortar shelling was recorded in 123 points across Syria...
continua / continued  [ 18-jun-2013 14:57 ECT ]
Building America’s secret surveillance state
By James Bamford
June 13, 2013 -"God we trust," goes an old National Security Agency joke. "All others we monitor. Given the revelations last week about the NSA’s domestic spying activities, the saying seems more prophecy than humor. First, the Guardian reported details on a domestic telephone dragnet in which Verizon was forced to give the NSA details about all domestic, and even local, telephone calls. Then the Guardian and the Washington Post revealed another massive NSA surveillance program, called Prism, that required the country’s major Internet companies to secretly pass along data including email, photos, videos, chat services, file transfers, stored data, log-ins and video conferencing...
continua / continued  [ 18-jun-2013 12:07 ECT ]
Bibi Refuses to Sign Two-State Communique with Polish Leaders
JUne 13, 2013 -It’s been a lousy week for the two-state solution. First, tourism minister, Uzi Landau, sniggered at the two-state solution and said the very idea was ridiculous and would never happen under this government. Then, a few days later, Danny Danon, the deputy defense minister and a far more senior official, said virtually the same thing. At that point, Bibi put a lid on his ministers and told them to shut up. The ultra-nationalist MKs are launching a pro-settler causus in the Knesset. Bibi refused to allow any minister to attend for fear of what they might say to further embarrass him.But today, Haaretz brings news that Bibi shot himself in the foot on his current visit to Poland...
continua / continued  [ 18-jun-2013 01:45 ECT ]
Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (05 - 12 June 2013)
The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR)
June 13, 2013 - Summary: Israeli violations of international law and international humanitarian law in the oPt continued during the reporting period 05 – 12 June 2013. Shooting: During the reporting period, Israeli forces wounded 7 Palestinian civilians, including a child. 6 civilians were wounded in the West Bank while the 7th was wounded in the Gaza Strip. 5 of these civilians were wounded during an Israeli incursion in al-Far'ah refugee camp, south of Tubas. In the West Bank, Israeli forces continued the systematic use of excessive force against peaceful protests organised by Palestinian, Israeli and international activists against the construction of the annexation wall and settlement activities in the West Bank. As a result, Amr Hesham Bernat (25) was wounded during a peaceful protest in Bil'in village, west of Ramallah, on 07 June 2013. Moreover, dozens suffered tear gas inhalation and others sustained bruises...
continua / continued  [ 17-jun-2013 22:44 ECT ]
Dannon: “The Palestinian Future is In Jordan”
June 13, 2013 - Israeli TV, Channel 1, aired an interview with Israeli deputy Defense Minister, Member of Knesset (MK) Danny Danon, who said that there will never be a Palestinian State, and that the Palestinians are "settlers", should be part of Jordan.During the interview, Danon said that "the Public should not be misled", as Israel would never allow the establishment of a Palestinian state, whether the United States sends envoys or not, whether it presents initiatives or not. When asked if Israel would "annex" the West Bank, Dannon said that Israel will not do so, but will continue its settlements activities "on vacant lands in the West Bank", and will act onto turning the Palestinian areas into "settlements"..
continua / continued  [ 17-jun-2013 22:38 ECT ]
Guantánamo Stories: 19 of the 43 Men Being Force-Fed in the Prison-Wide Hunger Strike
June 13, 2013 - As the prison-wide hunger strike at Guantánamo reaches its 128th day, we are still awaiting action from President Obama, who promised three weeks ago to resume the release of cleared prisoners (who make up 86 out of the remaining 166 prisoners), and to appoint new envoys in the State Department and the Pentagon to deal with the resettlement of prisoners. In the meantime, conditions in Guantánamo are harsher than they have been at any time since President Obama took office, nearly four and a half years ago. Two months ago, the authorities staged a violent dawn raid on Camp 6, where the majority of the prisoners are held, and where they had been allowed to spend much of their time communally, and locked everyone up in solitary confinement...
continua / continued  [ 17-jun-2013 22:30 ECT ]
Syria News - June 12 2013 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Local Coordination Committees of Syria + Videos
June 12, 2013 - By the end of Wednesday, the coordination committees were able to document 70 martyrs, among them 2 women, 2 children and a martyr under torture: 20 martyrs were reported in Damascus and its suburbs; 14 in Aleppo; 12 in Homs; 8 in Daraa; 6 in Hama; 4 in Idlib; 4 in Deir Ezzor; 1 in Quneitra; and 1 in Raqqa.
Moreover, the coordination committees have documented 440 points of shelling: Air strikes by warplanes were recorded in 45 points, explosive barrels were recorded in 5 points Naemieh in Hama, Raqqa, Tal Refaat, and the perimeter of Menegh Military Airport, also thermobaric bombs have shelled Qaboun in Damascus, while artillery shelling was recorded in 142 points, rocket shelling in 128 points, and mortar shelling in 119 points across Syria...
continua / continued  [ 17-jun-2013 22:02 ECT ]
Approximately 1,350 Palestinian refugees killed in Syria
Middle East Monitor
June 12, 2013 -About 1,354 Palestinians, including 1,201 men and 153 women, have been killed by the Syrian regime since the outbreak of the Syrian revolution, Action Group for Palestinians in Syria said on Wednesday.The last two fatalities, according to the statement distributed to mass media, are Alaa Abul-Leel and Hanan Mahmoud, who were killed by an attack on al-Husseiniyyah Camp on Tuesday. The statement said the Syrian regime's army targeted the areas around the al-Majd Bakery, Shehadeh Hussein School and Abdul-Ra'ouf Pharmacy in al-Husseiniyyah Camp with numerous rockets that caused a large number of injuries...
continua / continued  [ 17-jun-2013 14:16 ECT ]
Forgotten in Iraq: More than four months on hunger strike
June 12, 2013 - The story of Shawki Omar Ahmad, detained without charge and tortured at the hands of American forces for seven years, is a symbol of Iraq’s judicial system in the wake of the US invasion and occupation. The Swiss human rights group Al Karama has now sent a second urgent appeal to the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, Juan Mendez, on Ahmad’s case. His wife demonstrates every week outside the US embassy in London in attempt to draw attention to her husband’s fate. Now that the US has withdrawn from Iraq and handed over to the Iraqi government all those detained without charge for up to eight years by the US, even the horror of Abu Ghraib is more or less forgotten.In December 2011, the US transferred the last of the prisoners to the Iraqi government - 16 000 men and women who had been detained without charge or trial and denied the right to challenge their US custody. They were to be either charged within the domestic Iraqi system of justice or released. In August 2012, the Iraqi government showed the character of its justice system. It announced, after the fact, the mass execution of 21 unnamed terrorist suspects in a single day, including three women...
continua / continued  [ 17-jun-2013 05:12 ECT ]
BBC questioned over why it pulled documentary on Jerusalem
June 12, 2013- The BBC is coming under increasing pressure from British Members of Parliament (MPs) and leading pro-Palestinian organizations over recent decisions that throw its impartiality in reporting on the Israeli occupation into serious doubt.During a meeting in Parliament in April, MPs put Tony Hall, the BBC’s director-general, and Chris Patten, its chairman, on the spot about appointments of pro-Israel advocates to top jobs within the organization. John Whittingdale, a member of the ruling Conservative Party, expressed his concerns about the appointment of James Purnell to the post of BBC director of strategy and digital. While a Labour Party minister, Purnell served for two years as chairman of the hugely influential Westminster lobby group, Labour Friends of Israel...
continua / continued  [ 17-jun-2013 04:49 ECT ]
Fed Up with All the Bullshit
June 12, 2013 - In the final section of the preceding post (the section subtitled "The Filtering of the NSA/Surveillance Stories"), I discussed the manner in which the journalists to whom Edward Snowden provided documents chose to continue to conceal much of the information he had given them. I emphasized that the explanations provided to the general public are notably threadbare, and filled with familiar, vacuous phrases. One of the links I included itself links to another article. It is worth noting the fuller version of some comments from Glenn Greenwald in the BuzzFeed piece: "We’re not engaged in a mindless, indiscriminate document dump, and our source didn’t want us to be," said Glenn Greenwald, the Guardian writer, in an email to BuzzFeed Saturday. "We’re engaged in the standard journalistic assessment of whether the public value to publication outweighs any harms."...My earlier post discussed only a few of the many problems with these formulations, including: Who makes up "the public," and what specifically are the factors involved in determining what is in "the public interest"? ..
continua / continued  [ 16-jun-2013 21:42 ECT ]
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