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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-

:: 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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Britain 'discussed' US request to build Guantanamo-style prison on Diego Garcia after September 11 attacks, officials say
By Peter Foster

August 13, 2014 - Tony Blair's government discussed a US request for permission to use the British territory of Diego Garcia to house a Guantanamo Bay-style prison camp for up to 500 terrorist detainees, the Telegraph has learnt.Britain quickly rejected the Bush administration's idea on the grounds that the plan was impractical, but documents suggest the CIA may have still used the island to fly terror suspects to secret "black site" prisons around the world.The fresh details of US desire to use Diego Garcia in its counter-terror operations emerge as Britain faces renewed questioning over its own support for highly controversial CIA programmes in the years after September 11...

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US Judge orders independent doctors to evaluate gravely ill Guantanamo hunger striker

August 13, 2014 - A US District Court judge today ordered that independent doctors be allowed into Guantanamo Bay to evaluate a long-time hunger striker whose health has deteriorated so much that there are now concerns for his life.In today’s hearing for Syrian Abu Wa'el Dhiab - cleared for release from the prison since 2009 and on continued hunger strike over his ongoing detention without charge or trial - Judge Gladys Kessler ordered that two independent doctors be allowed into the prison to evaluate him. Those doctors will also testify, along with a force-feeding expert, at a hearing scheduled for October 6, about the medical effects of the force-feedings on Mr Dhiab...
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Water disaster hits every single person in Gaza
Ali Abunimah

August 13, 2014 -Right now, none of the 1.8 million Palestinians living in the occupied and besieged Gaza Strip has access to a safe and secure supply of water.
The water situation was already severe before Israel’s bombardment began on 7 July. But now water experts are calling it a disaster. Ninety percent of wells, wastewater treatment plants and desalination plants cannot operate due to power cuts and lack of fuel....Trying to maintain the flow of water to people has been incredibly dangerous. Seven water technicians were killed while on duty at the height of the Israeli attack when almost half of Gaza’s territory was declared a no-go zone....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109149] [ 31-aug-2014 05:54 ECT ]

Why Palestinian citizens of Israel are no longer safe
By Ron Gerlitz

August 13, 2014 - ....Since the onset of the war in Gaza, the scale of the assaults on Palestinian citizens of Israel has increased dramatically, as have their intensity. Today we find ourselves in a new and appalling chapter of relations between Arab and Jewish citizens of Israel. The lengthy article in last Friday’s Haaretz weekend magazine (Hebrew) was a comprehensive and systematic account of the campaign of physical and verbal violence directed at Palestinian citizens, the campaign by the right wing to have Arab workers fired and the profound fear that prevails among them....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109148] [ 31-aug-2014 05:49 ECT ]

Nouri Al-Maliki's military overthrow of the constitution
Tareq Al-Hashimi

August 13, 2014 - ....Let us consider the Nouri Al-Maliki era to be extinct, never to return through any person or in any form. Let us learn a lesson from this mistake by refusing to switch to another Al-Maliki or any politician from his coalition and party because there is a possibility that Al-Maliki will try to communicate with his replacement so that he or she can also be remembered for their corruption and sectarian policies. We, the Iraqi people, did not revolt in all provinces only to repeat the experiences of Jaafari-Maliki in 2006. We revolted for a cause and we should continue to revolt until we see changes unfold on the ground. The road may be long but we needed to dispose of Al-Maliki in any case and this has been done....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109147] [ 31-aug-2014 05:44 ECT ]

Syria News - August 12, 2014
Local Coordination Committees of Syria

August 12, 2014- By the end of Tuesday, the coordination committees were able to document 40 martyrs including 3 women, 2 children and 2 martyrs under torture: 13 martyres were reported in Damascus and its Suburbs; 10 in Aleppo; 9 in Homs; 4 in Idlib; 3 in Deir Ezzoe; 3 in Daraa and 2 Hama....
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Iran and its Militias Back New Iraq Prime Minister
By: ISW Iraq Team, Jessica D. Lewis, and Kimberly Kagan

August 12, 2014 - The Iranian-backed Iraqi Shi’a militia, Asa’ib Ahl al-Haq (AAH) decided to abandon support for Maliki. AAH released an official statement to express its support for the decision made by the National Alliance to appoint Haider al-Abadi for the Premiership over Nouri al-Maliki. There are also reports that Hadi al-Amiri, the head of the Badr organization, will give a statement in support of Abadi today. A CoR member from the Badr bloc, Razaq Mhibis also stated his support for Abadi. Statements by these two organizations strongly indicate the Iranian attitude toward Maliki and Iraq’s government formation. AAH and the Badr organization are not likely to make such statements without top cover from Qassem Suleimani and the Iranian regime against Maliki....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109145] [ 31-aug-2014 05:26 ECT ]

Amnesty International Report Details Crimes by US/NATO Forces in Afghanistan
By: Kevin Gosztola

August 12, 2014 - Thousands of Afghan civilians have been killed by United States and NATO military forces since 2001, but, according to Amnesty International, there have been only six cases in which the US military has "criminally prosecuted" officers for "unlawfully killing civilians."The human rights organization put out a report [PDF] containing ten cases of apparent war crimes, where proper investigations and justice for the victims have been absent. These cases involve instances of night raids by US Special Operations forces, air strikes, drone strikes and torture that have occurred within the past five years of the Afghanistan War....
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Guantánamo prisoner to publish 'harrowing' memoirs
Alison Flood

August 12, 2014 - Mohamedou Ould Slahi, a Mauritanian who has been detained in Guantánamo since 2002 despite never having been charged with a crime by the US, is to publish an account of his experiences next year, detailing the multiple forms of torture to which he has been subjected and "shatter[ing]" the secrecy that surrounds the Cuban prison. Slahi's book, which has just been acquired at auction, is the first diary to be released by a still-imprisoned Guantánamo detainee, said publisher Canongate. Written in 2005, in his segregation cell, it started out as letters from the author to his lawyers, who fought for seven years to have the manuscript declassified. Parts still remain redacted...
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Momentum grows for ICC action on Gaza
Daoud Kuttab

August 12, 2014 - As the sounds of gunfire in the Gaza Strip begin to cease, international human rights organizations, legal experts and political activists are speaking up about the need for the International Criminal Court (ICC) to investigate whether war crimes were committed during the Gaza conflict this summer. The ICC, created by means of the 1998 Rome Statute with the aim of prosecuting individuals for war crimes and amended a few times, became legal in 2002. Legal experts and the ICC’s own bylaws say that it is a court of last resort. This means that the ICC will only intervene when a country is found to be unwilling or unable to carry out its own investigation....

  continua / continued avanti - next    [109142] [ 31-aug-2014 05:15 ECT ]

The Rear-Guard Defense of Torture
By Ray McGovern

August 12, 2014 - John Rizzo, the CIA’s former Acting Counsel General, is feeling the heat for his role in blessing what President Barack Obama has now admitted was "torture" during the Bush/Cheney administration. Rizzo went on friendly Fox News to charge that the (still withheld) Senate Intelligence Committee investigation report on torture reflects a "Star Chamber proceeding" and accused some lawmakers of "craven backtracking," claiming that they had been briefed on the interrogation program years ago. Rizzo also revealed that he and other former CIA officials implicated in the torture scandal have found an ally of sorts in current CIA Director John Brennan, who was a senior aide to CIA Director George Tenet when the torture practices were implemented and who is now leading the rear-guard defense against the Senate report...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109141] [ 31-aug-2014 05:12 ECT ]

Gaza's Doctors Struggle to Provide Basic Care Amid Strikes on Ambulances, Health Workers, Hospitals
By Nora Barrows-Friedman

August 12, 2014 - Along with the devastation of homes and livelihoods, Gaza is facing "an imminent health disaster," the United Nations says, because "critical supplies of medicines and disposables are almost depleted and damage and destruction of power supplies has left hospitals dependent on unreliable back-up generators."In addition to the lack of clean water and sanitation - as Gaza's sole power plant was bombed, debilitating sewage treatment systems and health infrastructure - the UN adds that Gaza is posed for "serious risks of outbreak of water-borne and communicable disease."The Gaza Ministry of Health reports that there have been 35 separate incidents of attacks on various medical institutions and health facilities...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109140] [ 31-aug-2014 05:09 ECT ]

False images used to ‘prove’ slavery, genital mutilation under ISIS
Wassim Nasr and Djamel Belayachi

August 12, 2014 - The savagery of ISIS jihadists rampaging through Syria and Iraq is well known. But dozens of photos circulating on social media networks and the media claiming to show the barbaric acts of the Islamist group are, in fact, fake.While ISIS has claimed responsibility for multiple acts of horrific violence, many of the shocking images published online and attributed to the jihadist group have actually been taken out of context and falsely labelled.The jihadists that fight under the banner of ISIS are spreading terror in Syria and Iraq. In areas they control, they have massacred prisoners and stoned women to death. Recently, the jihadist organisation has forced thousands of Yazidis and Christians to flee after taking control of Mosul and Sinjar in the north of Iraq. ISIS has claimed responsibility for multiple acts of terrifying barbarism. Online and in the media, it’s possible to find dozens of horrifying images attributed to the jihadist group. Yet many of these are not what has been claimed...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109139] [ 31-aug-2014 05:02 ECT ]

Nowhere to Flee for Palestinians From Syria
Adam Coogle

August 12, 2014 - Nidal, a 36-year-old Palestinian, has been stranded in a Syrian village near the Jordanian border with four of his siblings since February. Jordan deported them, confiscating their identity documents, leaving them no option but to stay in a conflict zone. They rely on the charity of local residents to survive."I need my ID back so I can at least go further into Syria," he told Human Rights Watch by telephone in May. "I'm completely lost."
Nidal is one of many affected by Jordan's non-admission policy for Palestinian refugees fleeing Syria. Jordan turns away Palestinians at the country's borders and detains and deports Palestinians who manage to get in. We have documented 16 of these forcible deportations, and research by other groups indicates the number is well over 100, among them women and children...
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U.S. Avoided Threat to Act on Israel’s Civilian Targeting
Gareth Porter

August 12, 2014 - United Nations officials and human rights organisations have characterised Israeli attacks on civilian targets during the IDF war on Gaza as violations of the laws of war.During the war, Israeli bombardment leveled whole urban neighbourhoods, leaving more than 10,000 houses destroyed and 30,000 damaged and killing 1,300 civilians, according to U.N. data. Israeli forces also struck six schools providing shelter to refugees under U.N. protection, killing at least 47 refugees and wounding more than 340.But the Barack Obama administration’s public posture during the war signaled to Israel that it would not be held accountable for such violation..
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Obama Admits He Banned Only “Some” Of CIA’s Torture Techniques
By Jeffrey Kaye

August 12, 2014 - Forgive the tongue-in-cheek, but it is almost as if the only person who reads and responds to my work on torture is President Obama.There was a cascade of coverage of the President’s August 1 remarks concerning John Brennan and his defense of his embattled CIA chief, as Obama was also widely derided for his seeming defense of those who tortured "some folks" after 9/11. (Obama did not mention that theorder to torture came from the Oval Office.)"Well, at least he called the crimes out as 'torture," some observers noted. Others, including some in the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI), called for John Brennan’s resignation as CIA director after he admitted the CIA had spied on Congressional investigators who were writing a thousands-of-pages-long report on the CIA Rendition, Detention, and Interrogation program....
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Still Tolerating Torture
By William Blum

August 12, 2014 - Since the "war on terror," the before , there was the argument pretense that Two of the things that governments tend to cover-up or lie about the most are assassinations and torture, both of which are widely looked upon as exceedingly immoral and unlawful, even uncivilized. Since the end of the Second World War the United States has attempted to assassinate more than 50 foreign leaders and has led the world in torture; not only the torture performed directly by Americans upon foreigners, but providing torture equipment, torture manuals, lists of people to be tortured, and in-person guidance and encouragement by American instructors, particularly in Latin America....

  continua / continued avanti - next    [109135] [ 31-aug-2014 04:47 ECT ]

The courage to refuse
Rory Fanning

August 12, 2014 - THE NUMBERS are small, but there are Israeli military resisters actively fighting the occupation of Palestine within the borders of Israel. These draft-age teenagers face enormous pressure from their government, family and peers to perpetuate state racism and the siege of the Occupied Territories. Despite the pressure, these brave Israelis adhere to their conscience and stand for justice in a society that increasingly rejects it.In addition to supporting the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement, resisting the Israeli occupation of Palestine from outside Israel involves standing in solidarity with those Israelis who find the courage to say, "I refuse." ...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109134] [ 31-aug-2014 04:42 ECT ]

Anti-Semitism watchdog CST "abusing" mandate to defend Israel
Ben White

August 12, 2014 - The Community Security Trust (CST), a UK charity which records and combats anti-Semitic incidents, is "abusing its mandate" in order to give "political support for Israel," according to former director of the Institute for Jewish Policy Research and author Antony Lerman.The CST has been frequently cited in the British media this summer as the authoritative source for monitoring anti-Semitism, while its communications director Mark Gardner has been a prolific contributor to news reports and op-ed pages.Speaking in London on 5 August, Gardner claimed that "the most serious impact for the Jewish community" going forward would be a growth in boycotts of Israel....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109133] [ 31-aug-2014 04:39 ECT ]

Pro-Israel Judge Reverses Decision, Recuses Himself from Case Involving Palestinian American
By: Kevin Gosztola

August 12, 2014 - A federal judge in Detroit has reversed his decision issued nearly two weeks ago and recused himself from a case involving a Palestinian American woman, who allegedly committed immigration fraud. She is accused of neglecting to disclose on naturalization forms that she had been imprisoned by Israelis in Palestine for decades for terrorism-related offenses.Rasmea Odeh is an organizer in Chicago. She has been a naturalized citizen in the US since 1995. But, on October 22, 2013, the Department of Homeland Security suddenly had her arrested. She now faces up to ten years in prison if convicted and immediate deportation after her release...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109132] [ 31-aug-2014 04:37 ECT ]

Never again means for anyone
Various undersigned

August 12, 2014 - AS JEWISH survivors and descendants of survivors of the Nazi genocide, we unequivocally condemn the massacre of Palestinians in Gaza and the ongoing occupation and colonization of historic Palestine. We further condemn the United States for providing Israel with the funding to carry out the attack, and Western states more generally for using their diplomatic muscle to protect Israel from condemnation. Genocide begins with the silence of the world . We are alarmed by the extreme, racist dehumanization of Palestinians in Israeli society, which has reached a fever pitch. In Israel, politicians and pundits in The Times of Israel and The Jerusalem Post have called openly for genocide of Palestinians, and right-wing Israelis are adopting Neo-Nazi insignia....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109131] [ 31-aug-2014 04:34 ECT ]

Watch: Young Israeli Jew at Western Wall calls for ‘another war and another war and another war and another war’
Dan Cohen

August 12, 2014 - In the summer of 1998, I became a Bar Mitzvah at the Western Wall in occupied east Jerusalem. Sixteen years later, during Israel’s latest assault on the Gaza Strip, I attended an event billed as a prayer vigil for the well-being of Israeli soldiers in Gaza.The Western Wall is a favorite for tourists and setting for countless photo-ops for politicians seeking the political blessing of Israel’s right-wing leadership. Part of a highly secured plaza, the Wall sits where the old city’s Moroccan Quarter once existed before Israeli forces demolished it shortly after its capture in 1967.At the prayer vigil, I expected a somber mood. However, I found a tense atmosphere in which every Israeli I spoke to spouted some amount of racist and hyper-violent rhetoric....
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Univ. of Illinois faces growing boycott over firing of Palestinian American professor
Ali Abunimah

August 12, 2014 - The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) is facing a growing boycott by educators outraged at its abrupt firing of Steven Salaita, apparently because of his criticisms of Israel.While none of the educators are themselves using the word "boycott," it can be said that this is what their action amounts to. Some say they will not visit the campus for lectures and conferences while others go as far as saying that they will not take part in the university’s tenure review process or accept positions as visiting faculty....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109129] [ 31-aug-2014 04:27 ECT ]

Israel accused of using illegal weapons in Gaza war
Rasha Abou Jalal

August 12, 2014 - Doctors and human rights activists believe that they have conclusive evidence that Israel used internationally banned weapons against civilians during its military aggression on the Gaza Strip, as it did during the previous two wars against Gaza in 2008-2009 and 2012. Since the start of the Israeli military operation, more than 1,939 Palestinians have been killed and 9,800 others injured. Hundreds of the victims arrived at hospitals as charred corpses or in pieces, or with lost limbs and wounds that were difficult to treat, Ministry of Health spokesman Ashraf al-Qadra told Al-Monitor ....

  continua / continued avanti - next    [109128] [ 31-aug-2014 04:22 ECT ]

Israeli soldiers shot my teenage son
Iyad Burnat

August 12, 2014 - In the past ten years of Friday demonstrations against the Israeli occupation in our West Bank village of Bilin, I have helped carry countless men and women to the ambulances, injured by Israeli rubber-coated steel bullets, tear gas canisters and live ammunition.But until 31 July, I never knew what this experience would feel like when the person I was carrying was one of my own children. During a demonstration that day, I heard a gunshot, and then the scream of my sixteen-year-old son Majd. A silence fell over me as I ran to him with many thoughts in my head. Where was he shot? Would he be okay? Why did the Israeli soldiers target him?...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109127] [ 31-aug-2014 04:12 ECT ]

No safe place for the children of the occupation
Jessica Purkiss

August 12, 2014 - The Gaza offensive, dubbed "Operation Protective Edge," has been described by International children's rights group Save the Children as a "war against children"- the United Nations said a total of 456 children have been killed since its start. Gaza's streets are slowly filling as a lull in hostilities, part of an agreed 72 hour ceasefire, takes hold. People attempting to return to some resemblance of normality during this brief break are stepping out to grab provisions. For the children of the conflict that are emerging from UN refuge shelters, life as they know it is shattered...
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Syria News - August 11, 2014
Local Coordination Committees of Syria

August 11, 2014 - By the end of Monday, the coordination committees were able to document 51 martyrs including 3 women، 7 children and 5 martyrs under torture: 17 martyrs were reported in Aleppo; 17 in Idlib; 5 in Damascus and its suburbs; 5 in Daraa; 4 in Homs; 2 in Hama and 1 in Deir Ezzor....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109125] [ 31-aug-2014 03:59 ECT ]

PCHR Strongly Condemns Killing of Anwar al-Za’anin, Staff Member of Al Mezan Center for Human Rights and Calls for Investigation
The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR)

August 11, 2014 - The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) strongly condemns the killing of Anwar al-Za’anin, a staff member of Al Mezan Center for Human Rights, by an Israeli drone in the northern Gaza Strip town of Beit Hanoun. PCHR calls for investigating this crime and hundreds of other crimes committed by Israeli occupation forces during the ongoing Israeli offensive that have targeted Palestinian civilians and their property. According to investigations conducted by Al Mezan Center for Human Rights, at approximately 13:20 on Sunday, 10 August 2014, Anwar Ahmed al-Za’anin, 43, was standing near a number of maintenance workers of Beit Hanoun Municipality, whom he called to repair the water network near his house in al-Qaraman Street, which was damaged by an Israeli attack....
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Ongoing Israeli Offensive on Gaza:6 Palestinians, Including 4 Civilians, Killed, and 85 Others, Including 17 Children and 11 Women, Wounded; 14 Houses and One Mosque Destroyed
The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR)

August 11, 2014 - Israeli occupation forces have continued their offensive on the Gaza Strip for the 34th consecutive day. Over the past 24 hours, Israeli forces have continued to commit crimes in the Gaza Strip, including airstrikes that targeted houses, civilian facilities, agricultural plots and open areas, and artillery and artillery and sea shelling. As a result of these attacks, 6 Palestinians, including 4 civilians, were killed, and 85 others, including 17 children and 11 women, were wounded. Two civilians, including an infant, also died of previous wounds. At midnight, a 72-hour humanitarian truce entered into force, so thousands of forcibly displaced Palestinian civilians are expected to return to their homes in the areas that had been invaded by Israeli forces....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109122] [ 31-aug-2014 03:54 ECT ]

The world stood silent while we were slaughtered
Ayah Bashir

August 11, 2014 -Before Israel’s launching of the current offensive against Gaza, a member of the Israeli Knesset, Ayelet Shaked, of the Jewish Home Party, called for a genocide and collective punishment of the Palestinians in Gaza. "They should go, as should the physical homes in which they raised the snakes otherwise more little snakes will be raised there," she said. Unfortunately this does not represent the stance of only some minority of racist far-right Israeli politicians like Ayelet Shaked, Miri Regev, Mordechai Kedar, Moshe Feiglin...etc. Rather it epitomizes the policy of the majority of Israelis (hard hawks or soft doves) that we, a population that is mostly children, are all mere snakes....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109121] [ 31-aug-2014 03:52 ECT ]

The Dishonorable Tradition
“We Tortured Some Folks”


August 11, 2014 -Our former law professor, Noble Peace Laureate, President recently spoke about the torture committed by CIA and other government operatives after 9/11: " … we did some things that were wrong [and] we tortured some folks. We did some things that were contrary to our values." CIA and military personnel tortured people because they were afraid and under "enormous pressure" to prevent further attacks on the country. It was this fear that caused them to abuse, torture, rape, sodomize, and kill prisoners of war. President can’t use the lame excuse that fear drove some people to violate the law and torture "folks." The Geneva Convention Against Torture, to which the Untied States is a signatory, is absolutely clear on this matter....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109120] [ 31-aug-2014 03:38 ECT ]

Obama Wants to Put Torture Behind Us, But It Still Haunts Guantanamo Every Single Day
By Jessica Schulberg

August 11, 2014 - It’s taken over a decade, but the U.S. government is starting to acknowledge the moral and strategic failure of the CIA’s detention and interrogation program. In a press conference earlier this month, President Barack Obama conceded that "we tortured some folks"—a deliberate departure from the government’s well-worn euphemism, "enhanced interrogation." "We crossed a line," he said. "And we have to, as a country, take responsibility for that."Meanwhile, the five men accused of planning the 9/11 attacks are set to appear in a private, closed-circuit courtroom at Guantánamo Bay this week to hash out pre-trial motions. All of the defendants were tortured under the CIA’s enhanced interrogation program. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the ringleader, was waterboarded 183 times in one month in 2003...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109119] [ 31-aug-2014 03:36 ECT ]

: Left in the dark: Failures of accountability for civilian casualties caused by international military operations in Afghanistan
Amnesty International

August 11, 2014 - Thousands of Afghan civilians have been killed since 2001 by international forces, and thousands more have been injured. This report examines the record of accountability for civilian deaths caused by international military operations in the five-year period from 2009 to 2013. In particular, it focuses on the performance of the US government in investigating possible war crimes and in prosecuting those suspected of criminal responsibility for such crimes. Its overall finding is that the record is poor....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109118] [ 31-aug-2014 03:34 ECT ]

The Battle for Palestine
William R. Polk

August 11, 2014 - ....The Zionists, from the beginning, were determined to turn Palestine into a Jewish nation-state (Herzl’s Judenstaat), but, being sensitive to British politics, their leaders denied "the allegation that Jews [aimed] to constitute a separate political nationality." The word the Zionists proposed for what they intended to create in Palestine, coined by Max Nordau as a subterfuge "to deceive by its mildness," was heimstätte (something less than a state, roughly a "homeland) to be employed "until there was no reason to dissimulate our real aim." Predictably, the deception fooled no one. As Lord Kitchener had remarked when the Balfour Declaration was being debated in the English Cabinet, he was sure that the half million Palestinians would "not be content [with an Old Testament role as a suppressed minority to be] hewers of wood and drawers of water." He was right, but few people cared. Certainly not then....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109117] [ 31-aug-2014 03:20 ECT ]

When torture goes unpunished
Nicole Colson

August 11, 2014 - "WE TORTURED some folks."Talk about an understatement.
In advance of the upcoming release of a Senate Intelligence Committee report on "enhanced interrogation techniques," Barack Obama admitted that the U.S. engaged in the torture of "war on terror" detainees following the September 11 attacks--something that former Bush administration officials in particular and Republicans in general still hotly deny.Despite the folksy language, the fact that a sitting U.S. president openly uses the word "torture"--which carries potential legal implications--to describe actions that took place under the administration of his predecessor is unprecedented. But Obama immediately followed up his statement by dismissing the idea that anyone should be held accountable for torturing detainees....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109116] [ 31-aug-2014 03:17 ECT ]

We Need to Recognize What Barbaric Is
Abby Zimet

August 11, 2014 - As Gazans begin to return to their shattered lives and neighborhoods, the U.N. has announced a panel to investigate war crimes there, at least those beyond the obvious: 1,814 Palestinians killed, 86% of them civilians including over 400 children, and 485,000 displaced. Still, more stories emerge. Amnesty International has released testimony from health workers showing the Israeli army repeatedly attacked ambulances, hospitals, medics, doctors and others seeking to help the wounded and collect the dead. In light of that and so much else, in a searing speech at an Austin protest, Dr. Rania Masri cites President Obama calling the capture of an invading Israeli soldier by the Palestinian Resistance a "barbaric action" and schools him in what is and is not "barbaric."...
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1,200 Spanish University professors and researchers demand to break academic relationships with Israel
Red de Solidaridad contra la Ocupación de Palestina (RESCOP)

August 11, 2014 - More than 1,000 professionals have signed a manifesto, released by the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) academic campaign for Palestine, demanding to end all institutional relations with the Israeli academic world, until it stops supporting occupation and apartheid in Palestine.The campaign, which started two years ago, asks for support from professionals from the academic and scientific field, and also from associations linked to this field, such as student’s and worker’s unions, research centres, professional associations, etc. From the 1,400 people who have signed the manifesto, 150 are professors, 850 are teachers and 200 are researchers. More than 52 associations linked to the academic field have also signed; among them there are research groups and University departments...
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Tehran Switches from Iraq’s Maliki to Kurdistan’s Barzani
By Scott Lucas

August 11, 2014 - ...Iran’s courtship of Barzani — although Tehran is well short of supporting Kurdish independence — has been accelerated by US military intervention on behalf of the Kurds.Speaker of Parliament Ali Larijani tipped off Tehran’s concern on Sunday in a speech to lawmakers. Larijani — who had said in June that the Islamic State was backed by Washington — tried to dismiss the American bombing of Islamic State positions since Friday, saying it was an attempt to divert attention from Israel-Gaza War....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109113] [ 31-aug-2014 03:03 ECT ]

In Midst of War, Israel Clamps Down on Internal Dissent
Sarah Lazare

August 11, 2014 - ...."Reporters and news outlets, even those who dare be critical in other times, all quickly line up with the governmental line saying that it is to be expected to have political disagreements, but criticizing the military is not legitimate," writes Sahar Verdi, Israeli activist and staffer for the American Friends Service Committee who served three prison sentences for draft refusal. Journalists deemed critical of the war have faced job termination and censure. Prominent Israeli journalist Gideon Levy, who has criticized the "dehumanization and demonization of the Palestinians," hired a personal bodyguard after being attacked while broadcasting live from Ashkelon. Israeli Knesset member Yariv Levin, chair of the Likud-Beytenu coalition, recently called for Levy to stand trial for treason—a charge that, during war, carries a death sentence...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109112] [ 31-aug-2014 02:59 ECT ]

The anti-Zionism of fools
Richard Seymour

August 11, 2014 - A NEW holocaust. Kristallnacht. That, they say, is what the large mobilizations against Israeli actions in the Gaza Strip betoken. With the best will in the world, when Israel's mandarins and apologists invoke the Holocaust's legacy in this way, it is difficult not to respond with a world-weary sigh. Who dares to bomb a packed refugee center, incinerating, shredding and crushing the humanity crammed within, and then betray the Holocaust's memory for cheap propaganda? Who else but Israeli politicians, for that matter, would actually threaten genocide on another people, and then say that it is their critics who are bristling with genocidal intent?...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109111] [ 31-aug-2014 02:53 ECT ]

Iraq snapshot - August 11, 2014.
The Common Ills

August 11, 2014 - Nouri al-Maliki 's ordered the targeting of Iraq's LGBTQ community, he's had protesters targeted, he's targeted journalists for torture, his Cabinet pushed the notion that 'women' should have the 'right' to marry at 9-years-old and younger, he's bombed the civilians in Falluja for 8 months now . . . His rap sheet is lengthy.But the Jane Arrafs of the press ensured that, for example, the world wouldn't know about the rape of Iraqi women and girls in Nouri's prisons -- established prisons and secret ones.If the world had paid attention to this and so much more, detractors might be able to say, "Well, the public forced Barack to break with Nouri." But that's not what happened...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109110] [ 31-aug-2014 02:50 ECT ]

Is the firing of Steven Salaita the beginning of a new Blacklist?
Tithi Bhattacharya and Bill V. Mullen

August 11, 2014 - Steven Salaita, an Arab-American Professor of American Indian Studies, was just fired from his job for tweeting criticisms of the Israeli massacre in Gaza.The University of Illinois, which fired Salaita, will try to tell you his job was 'rescinded.’But he was fired.Here’s why the University and mainstream media don’t want to say he was fired.Because firing a tenured professor purely for his political opinions, especially one with multiple academic publications to his record, means the University has violated the following:1) His First amendment rights.2) His academic freedom. 3) His rights as an employee at a public university, as well his rights to due process....

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Israeli army uses Gaza children as human shields
Rania Khalek i

August 11, 2014 - Since the assault on Gaza began, Israeli leaders and their supporters have repeatedly accused Hamas of using Palestinian civilians as human shields in an attempt to absolve Israel of responsibility for deliberately killing more than 1,600 Palestinian civilians in the besieged Gaza Strip. Despite there being no evidence to prove this libelous claim, it has been unquestioningly echoed in major media outlets and invoked by US officials to blame Palestinians for their own slaughter. It has even been used to justify genocide against Palestinians in a newspaper ad created by anti-Palestinian extremists Shmuley Boteach and Elie Wiesel...

  continua / continued avanti - next    [109108] [ 31-aug-2014 02:43 ECT ]

Video: "Obama and Netanyahu are war criminals," says Dr. Cornel West in Washington
Nader Ihmoud

August 11, 2014 - Thousands of protesters from cities all over the world gathered on 9 and 10 August to protest Israel’s continued attacks on Palestinians and call for an end to the siege on Gaza.The Bethlehem-based International Middle East Media Center reports that "Hundreds of thousands of people participated in marches and rallies Saturday in hundreds of cities around the world, including Washington DC, Cape Town South Africa, Birmingham and Dublin, with an estimated 150,000 people protesting in London alone."Other protests were held in New York, Olympia (Washington), Chicago and in multiple cities across Europe...
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Serving Israel’s aim of lowering civilian deaths, ‘New York Times’ Gaza tally says 15- to 17-year-old’s aren’t children
Patrick Connors

August 11, 2014 - On August 5, The New York Times published a highly problematic article "Civilian or Not? New Fight in Tallying the Dead from Gaza Conflict", that presented information supporting dubious Israeli government claims that 900 Palestinians killed by Israel in Gaza, or around half of all Palestinian killed in Gaza in Israel’s current offensive, were "terrorists." This assertion flies in the face of consensus reporting over the last month indicating much higher Palestinian civilian casualty figures. ...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109106] [ 31-aug-2014 02:36 ECT ]

Israeli forces shoot, kill 12-year-old Palestinian boy near Hebron
Ma'an News

August 11, 2014 - A 12-year old Palestinian boy was shot dead by Israeli soldiers while playing in front of his home in al-Fawwar refugee camp south of Hebron in the southern West Bank early Sunday, medics told Ma'an.Palestinian medical sources at Hebron's al-Ahli Hospital told Ma'an that Khalil Muhammad Ahmad al-Anati arrived at the hospital after being shot in the back. They said that the gunshot entered through the victim's lower abdomen and exited through his groin...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109105] [ 31-aug-2014 02:33 ECT ]

Syrians living under Israeli occupation resist civil service recruitment drive
Patrick O. Strickland

August 11, 2014 - Tamara Halabi has spent her whole life living under Israeli rule in her hometown of Masade, one of the six Syrian villages still standing in the occupied Golan Heights. Local residents’ historic refusal to accept Israeli citizenship and normalize the Israeli occupation did not stop a Zionist organization from attempting to get Halabi and others to participate in civil service. Civil service is a state-run volunteering program aimed at individuals otherwise exempt from compulsory military service, participation in which conditions equal access to education and the job market. "We reject civil service because it is a way for Israel to pressure us to give up our Syrian Arab identity and culture," Halabi, 19, told The Electronic Intifada....
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Israeli crimes in international and humanitarian law
Fadel Abdel Ghani

August 11, 2014 - When an Israeli official or journalist gets asked why you're bombing and killing families in the Gaza Strip, the answer is usually readily available, which is: the main cause for that is the terrorist movement of Hamas which is using civilians as human shields. We have heard this justification numerous times, even during the bombing of UN offices and headquarters, and protected institutions such as hospitals, schools, mosques and churches, and this justification, due to the huge media machine of the Zionist entity, whether written or heard, has become almost a given to many in the West, amid the weak responses to that especially in English. And so is the case of the bombing of political leaders of the resistance, as Israeli journalists and officials repeat the saying that these are legitimate targets, until this also became a given for a large sector of Arabs and westerners...
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Syria News - August 10, 2014
Local Coordination Committees of Syria

August 10, 2014 - By the end of Saturday, the coordination committees were able to document 84 martyrs including 7 women, 5 children, and 3 martyrs under torture: 35 Martyrs were reported in Aleppo; 11 in Hama; 10 in Raqqa; 9 in Damascus and its suburbs; 9 in Daraa; 4 in Deir Ezzor; 3 in Idlib; and 3 in Homs....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109102] [ 31-aug-2014 02:08 ECT ]

Israeli Offensive on Gaza Continued: 5 Palestinian Civilians, Including Child and Woman, Killed, and 57 Others, Including 19 Children and 9 Women, Wounded; 13 Houses and One Mosque Destroyed
The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR)

August 10, 2014 - Israeli occupation forces have continued their offensive on the Gaza Strip for the 33rd consecutive day, excluding a number of humanitarian truces. Over the past 24 hours, Israeli forces have continued to commit crimes in the Gaza Strip, including airstrikes that targeted houses, civilian facilities, agricultural plots and open areas, and artillery and artillery and sea shelling. As a result of these attacks, 5 Palestinian civilians, including a child and a woman, were killed, and 57 others, including 19 children and 9 women, were wounded. An old woman also died from a previous wound, and the body of a child was recovered from destroyed homes. PCHR's field workers reported that thousands of Palestinian civilians came back to UNRWA shelters once the truce expired. They face very severe living conditions lacking basic services....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109101] [ 31-aug-2014 02:04 ECT ]

The Psychological Trauma of Catastrophe: Gaza’s Children
by Louisa Lamb

August 10, 2014 - Within the last ten years, Israel has provoked three offensive movements against the Palestinian territory in Gaza: Operation Cast Lead, which began at the end of 2008 and 2009, Operation Pillar of Defense, which last eight days in November 2012, and most recently, Operation Protective Edge, which started on July 7th, 2014. During this period of devastation, homes have been obliterated, nearly two thousands civilians have been killed, and humanitarian resources are extremely limited due to the Israeli blockade. Catastrophic damage has already been done, some irreparable and some of the most important consequences are often overlooked. According to Dr. Jesse Ghannam, a clinical psychologist working for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, reported that the rate of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder among children has doubled since the 2012 Operation Pillar of Defense attack. These children will most likely suffer from mood disorders, anxiety, depression, problems with attachment and develop antisocial personality traits. Children of Gaza who are nine years old have spent whole lives experiencing the terror of ruthless violence...

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Latin America Closes Ranks in Solidarity with the People of Gaza
By Humberto Márquez

August 10, 2014 - Latin America is the region whose governments have taken the firmest stance in support of Gaza in face of the battering from Israel, withdrawing a number of ambassadors from Tel Aviv and issuing harsh statements from several presidents against the attacks on the Palestinian people.But some experts say that paradoxically, this solidarity has kept this region from playing a decisive role in the international attempt to curtail or resolve the conflict."It would be good to take advantage of the geographical distance and the relations with the people of the Middle East to curb the confrontation," Elsa Cardozo, former director of the Central University of Venezuela’s School of International Studies, told IPS....
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Press Releases :: Urgent Appeals from the Cities of Eastern Gouta

August 10, 2014 - Due to the dramatically deteriorated living conditions resulting from the blockade imposed for over a year, Violations Documentation Center in Syria (VDC) has recently received many distress calls from the cities and towns of Eastern Gouta. These have particularly come from the medical points there, which have cited the insufficiency of food in the region, which led to thousands of malnutrition cases among the residents and in turn weakened their immunity. Many diseases have emerged as a result, chiefly typhoid, which is caused by contamination of food and drinking water. Other contagious diseases are hepatitis (A - B - C), tuberculosis, and zoster (or 'throat shingles’)....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109098] [ 31-aug-2014 01:44 ECT ]

Video : Unexploded munitions add to Gaza risks

August 10, 2014 - Apart from the threat of Israeli air strikes, people in Gaza are worried about another danger - unexploded missiles and shells.Men who make up the bomb squad risk their lives in trying to make the streets safe. Al Jazeera's Charles Stratford reports from Gaza....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109097] [ 31-aug-2014 01:41 ECT ]

FBI Targeted Mentally Disabled Muslim American Citizens
by Lizabeth Paulat

August 10, 2014 - A Human Rights Watch report, documenting abuses in US terrorism investigations, has illuminated some incredibly dubious practices carried out by law enforcement. The report looks at investigations that began shortly after 9/11 and have carried on until the present day. One disturbing practice, which seems to pop up over and over in the report, is the targeting of those with mental disabilities to 'create’ crimes. This occurs during 'sting’ operations, when agents pose as members of the Muslim American community, infiltrating mosques.In an average sting operation, an undercover agent finds a suspect who they think is, say, selling illegal arms. They approach them and gather information, waiting for a crime to unfold....

  continua / continued avanti - next    [109096] [ 31-aug-2014 01:36 ECT ]

Use of Barrel Bombs in Syria and Iraq Devastate Civilians' Lives
César Chelala

August 10, 2014 - Barrel bombs are a type of improvised explosive device (IED) sometimes described as "flying IED" typically made from a barrel that has been filled with high explosives, shrapnel, oil and chemicals and then dropped from a plane or a helicopter. They are cheap to produce, so they are used extensively in ongoing conflicts such as Syria and Iraq. Because different explosives can fit into them, and due to their poor accuracy and indiscriminate use in civilian areas they provoke devastating effects and loss of lives.The earlier use of these bombs was in South Sudan in the 1990s, where they were expelled from transport planes. Since then, they are now being extensively used by the Syrian Air Force and by the Iraqi government forces, as happened during the Anbar clashes (2013-2014.)"What is happening now in Iraq definitely started in Syria. If I were al-Maliki, and seeing Assad next door using the same tactics without a slap on the wrist and gaining ground as a result, it stands to reason he would say, "Why the hell not?’" said Erin Evers of Human Rights Watch....

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Gaza: The bomb-rebuild cycle must stop
Rachel Shabi

August 10, 2014 - The terrible scale of destruction in Gaza isn't even the start of it. As a three-day truce last week made clear, Israel's 29-day military offensive has levelled the Palestinian strip: entire neighbourhoods reduced to rubble; thousands of homes destroyed, leaving at least 65,000 people homeless. Schools, hospitals, mosques, a university, a sewage plant, the strip's only power plant and dozens of factories were hit. Stark images depicting the damage have accompanied stunned words from humanitarian workers. Trond Husby, who heads the UN's development programme in Gaza, told the UK's Daily Telegraph newspaper: "I was in Somalia for two years, Sierra Leone for five, and also South Sudan and Uganda, and this beats them all for the level of destruction."...

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Where is Assad on Gaza?
Tariq Alhomayed

August 10, 2014 -Bashar Al-Assad’s silence on the Israeli aggression towards the Gaza Strip is striking. Most of the regional leaders who trade on the blood of others, and Assad is one of them, love to exploit the Palestinian cause. As soon as any conflict breaks out, we hear these figures come out to talk about "resistance" and "steadfastness" and so on, so why has Assad been silent this time? I do not think this is out of bitterness—as some people claim—over Hamas’s position towards the Syrian revolution. The tyrant of Damascus is well aware that Hamas did not actually stand against him; they merely disassociated themselves from his regime....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109093] [ 31-aug-2014 01:19 ECT ]

Fleeing Syria to Die in Gaza

August 10, 2014 -Abdullah Abu Shabab fled the war in Syria to shelter in Gaza, the home his Palestinian parents lost in the 1967 war. But in the end an Israeli bomb killed him."It was his destiny to die here," said his haggard father Hamed Abu Shabab.It was July 30, a day that sparked world outrage when nearly 120 Palestinians were killed. More than 20 of them died during a four-hour lull when a shell exploded in a packed market in Shejaiya.Abdullah was killed evacuating the wounded in Shejaiya, his father said.The 21-year-old student died helping others under the very bombs he escaped in Syria, torn apart by three and a half years of civil war that has killed more than 170,000...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109092] [ 31-aug-2014 01:17 ECT ]

European Court Finds CIA Interrogation Techniques "Amounted to Torture"
By Sharon Adams

August 10, 2014 - When President Obama says the United States "tortured some folks," perhaps he is referring to Abu Zubaydah. The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) recently issued a decision concluding that the techniques the CIA used to interrogate Zubaydah "amounted to torture" within the meaning of Article 3 of the Geneva Convention. The ECHR decision connects the torture perpetrated on Zubaydah with analysis provided in a legal memo dated August 1, 2002, from John Yoo and Jay Bybee to the Central Intelligence Agency's General Counsel John Rizzo (Interrogation Memo)...
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Further evidence on rendition complicity “should certainly come out,” says Ex-UK Foreign Secretary

August 10, 2014 - David Miliband, who as UK Foreign Secretary was forced to admit that the CIA had used British territory for 'rendition’ flights, has left open the possibility that further evidence of such involvement could emerge.
In an interview with today’s Observer, Mr Miliband said that "We were told absolutely [by the US that] there had only been two [rendition] flights that went through Diego Garcia," but added that, "if that's not the case, it should certainly come out." Mr Miliband was responding to questions over the UK’s support for secretive CIA flights which were used to transfer prisoners to countries where they could be subjected to torture, as part of its 'rendition’ programme – which is now the subject of a major report by a US Senate Committee...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109090] [ 31-aug-2014 01:03 ECT ]

Professor Salaita was fired for disagreeing too vehemently with Professor Nelsonf
Philip Weiss

August 10, 2014 - Steven Salaita, the scholar of indigenous peoples who lately relocated to Illinois from Virginia only to have the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana rescind his appointment to teach because of his tweets against Zionism, has gotten strong support from Robert Farley and now Scott Lemieux, at Lawyers, Guns and Money. Lemieux, a professor himself, is offended by this assertion by Cary Nelson, the Israel lobbyist and professor at U of Illinois who has supported his school’s president’s decision re Salaita...

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The West Bank insurrection
Allison Deger

August 10, 2014 - After months of unremitting tensions in the West Bank, another Palestinian youth was killed in a run of protests Friday near the settlement of Psagot outside of Ramallah. The funeral for Mohammed al-Qadary, 19, was held Saturday following noon prayers. Afterword mourners scrambled up a hillside cut with terraces for yet another round of clashes at the site where the teen was shot in the chest hours earlier. Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, the armed-wing of Fatah, wore balaclavas and fatigues and brandished semi-automatic weapons. One of the gunmen was dressed in a locally popular style of a navy snowsuit. They then fired a staggered salute...

  continua / continued avanti - next    [109087] [ 30-aug-2014 02:38 ECT ]

Video shows avid football fan cut down by Israeli fire in Hebron
Ali Abunimah

August 10, 2014 - Nadir Muhammad Saadi Idris, 42, died early Saturday morning of wounds he sustained Friday afternoon when Israeli occupation forces opened fire on Palestinian protestors in the West Bank city of Hebron. The video above, taken by Mamoun Wazwaz and published by the Al-Usul video agency, shows the moment Idris was hit and fell to the ground in the Bab al-Zawiya neighborhood. While youths around him are throwing stones towards Israeli occupation forces some distance away, Idris can be standing still the moment before a shot rings out and he falls to the ground...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109086] [ 30-aug-2014 02:08 ECT ]

Video: Palestinian elder fearlessly confronts Israeli soldiers
Ali Abunimah

August 10, 2014 - This video shows a Palestinian elder with a paper model of the kind of rocket the Palestinian resistance fires from Gaza as he fearlessly confronts Israeli occupation forces in the Bab al-Zawiya neighborhood of the occupied West Bank city of Hebron on Friday. He does not back off even when a soldier fires towards him at close range.Towards the end of the video, filmed by Yusri al-Jamal, the man whose name was not reported says: Gaza is steadfastness, Gaza is heroes, Gaza is revolution, Gaza is rage, Gaza is victory, Gaza is the lifeline of the Palestinian people. Our blood is not more precious than the blood of the children or the resistance of Gaza. We will redeem you Gaza. We are all with you Gaza. Do not rely on the Arabs; tell them to sleep comfortably. But we Palestinians do not fear rifles or cannons....
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Syria News - August 9, 2014
Local Coordination Committees of Syria

August 9, 2014 - By the end of Saturday, the coordination committees were able to document 42 martyrs including 4 women, 4 children and 3 martyrs under torture: 10 martyrs were reported in Damascus and its suburbs; 9 in Aleppo; 7 in Idlib; 5 in Hama; 5 in Daraa; 3 in Deir Ezzor; and 2 in Homs...
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More stories from Gaza
Sarah Algherbawi

August 9, 2014 - It is extremely difficult to find a starting point when trying to write about martyrs. The death toll till is now 1898 people, including 433 children, 243 women, and 85 elderly, while the number of injured people is 9837.
They have left thousands of stories, and incurable pain, behind. I’m Ibraheem Ismaeel Al-Ghoul. You can find me in the photo on the left. I had a twin brother. We lived together for nine months inside mom’s womb and only ten days out.I thought we’d also share our lives, play together, go to kindergarten, school, and university together, and have the same friends. I though we would be friends forever.My twin was killed before we could even grow a little and see life outside....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109083] [ 29-aug-2014 13:49 ECT ]

Following End of Humanitarian Truce, Israeli Offensive on Gaza Resumed: 10 Palestinians, 6 of Whom Are Civilians, Including 3 Children, Killed, and 88 Others, Including 24 Children and 14 Women Wounded
The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR)

August 9, 2014 - At approximately 08:00 on Friday, 08 August 2014, the Egyptian-brokered humanitarian truce between the Palestinian and Israeli sides declared on 05 August 2014 expired. Immediately following the 72-hour truce, Israeli occupation forces resumed their offensive on the Gaza Strip. They launched a series of airstrikes targeting houses, agricultural plots, open areas and mosques, as well as civilian gatherings. They also resumed the artillery and sea shelling. As a result of these attacks, 10 Palestinians, 6 of whom are civilians, including 3 children, were killed, and 88 others, including 2 children and a woman, were wounded. Israeli warplanes also destroyed 13 houses and 6 mosques. Additionally, 6 Palestinian civilians, including 2 children and a woman, died of previous wounds. PCHR's field workers reported that thousands of Palestinian civilians came back to UNRWA shelters once the truce expired. They face very severe living conditions lacking basic services..
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109082] [ 29-aug-2014 13:40 ECT ]

The Very Un-Christian Nagasaki Bomb
By Gary G. Kohls

August 9, 2014- Sixty-nine years ago, an all-Christian bomber crew dropped "Fat Man," a plutonium bomb, on Nagasaki, Japan, instantly annihilating tens of thousands of innocent civilians, a disproportionate number of them Japanese Christians, and wounding uncountable numbers of others. For targeting purposes, the bombing crew used St. Mary’s Urakami Cathedral, the largest Christian church in East Asia. At 11:02 a.m., on Aug. 9, 1945, when the bomb was dropped over the cathedral, Nagasaki was the most Christian city in Japan. At the time, the United States was arguably the most Christian nation in the world (that is, if you can label as Christian a nation whose churches overwhelmingly have failed to sincerely teach or adhere to the peaceful ethics of Jesus as taught in the Sermon on the Mount)....

  continua / continued avanti - next    [109081] [ 29-aug-2014 11:18 ECT ]

Collective Punishment in Gaza
By Rashid Khalidi

August 9, 2014 -Three days after the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu launched the current war in Gaza, he held a press conference in Tel Aviv during which he said, in Hebrew, according to the Times of Israel, "I think the Israeli people understand now what I always say: that there cannot be a situation, under any agreement, in which we relinquish security control of the territory west of the River Jordan."It’s worth listening carefully when Netanyahu speaks to the Israeli people. What is going on in Palestine today is not really about Hamas. It is not about rockets. It is not about "human shields" or terrorism or tunnels. It is about Israel’s permanent control over Palestinian land and Palestinian lives. That is what Netanyahu is really saying, and that is what he now admits he has "always" talked about. It is about an unswerving, decades-long Israeli policy of denying Palestine self-determination, freedom, and sovereignty...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109079] [ 29-aug-2014 04:18 ECT ]

Netanyahu Urges US Lawmakers to Defend Israel Against ICC "War Crimes" Prosecution
Jon Queally

August 9, 2014 - According to U.S. Congressman Steve Israel (D-NY), the Israeli government hopes that he and his colleagues in Washington, DC will do everything in their power to prevent the International Criminal Court from pushing forward with possible war crimes charges against his nation over its recent attack on the Gaza Strip which resulted in the killing over nearly 1,900 Palestinians, including a large proportion of civilians and hundreds of children.Speaking to the New York Post from Israel, where he was travelling at the invitation of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (or AIPAC), Rep. Israel described the meeting between U.S. lawmakers in the delegation, AIPAC officials, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109078] [ 29-aug-2014 03:46 ECT ]

Hundreds of Thousands March in 'Day of Rage' Against Israel
Lauren McCauley

August 9, 2014-As Israeli airstrikes continued to rain down on the the Gaza Strip on Saturday, hundreds of thousands of people worldwide are taking to the streets in an international Day of Rage to condemn the attacks and demand that their governments do their part and boycott Israel.In an open letter announcing the demonstration, a coalition of Palestinian groups organized by the Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Movement, write: "As we face the full might of Israel’s military arsenal, funded and supplied by the United States and European Union, we call on civil society and people of conscience throughout the world to pressure governments to sanction Israel and implement a comprehensive arms embargo immediately."...

  continua / continued avanti - next    [109077] [ 29-aug-2014 03:21 ECT ]

Gaza crisis: a closer look at Israeli strikes on UNRWA schools
Raya Jalabi, Tom McCarthy and Nadja Popovich

August 9, 2014 - As the conflict in Gaza deepened, tens of thousands – and then hundreds of thousands – of Palestinians were forced out of their homes and into shelters operated by the United Nations. Dozens of UN-operated schools were converted for the purpose. Eventually, almost 270,000 internally displaced people were crowded into 90 shelters in Gaza.In the last two weeks of the fighting before this week’s ceasefire, UN schools began to come under fire. Six schools in all were hit. Hundreds of Palestinians at the schools were wounded and at least 47 were killed. A disproportionate number of those hurt were children or women. Of the 485,000 internally displaced, many had sought shelter in the schools after being warned by the Israeli military to leave their homes...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109075] [ 29-aug-2014 03:00 ECT ]

The Israeli ISIS
Osman Mirghani

August 9, 2014- After two Americans and a French national were reported killed while fighting alongside the Israeli army in Gaza, the news passed as if this was a normal occurrence. This news did not cause any commotion in political and media circles in the West. Western and international media outlets reported the news without fanfare, and no side expressed its condemnation or called for an investigations into those who left their countries in order to participate in the Israeli army’s operations in Gaza. The situation in Gaza has been described by human rights activists and UN officials as a "massacre." with many calling for investigation as to whether the huge civilian death toll constitutes a war crime or not. However we did not see any politicians lining up to demand measures be imposed to stop "foreign" fighters from travelling to Israel...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109074] [ 29-aug-2014 02:41 ECT ]

448 children killed in Israeli attacks on Gaza, UN says
Charlotte Silver

August 9, 2014 - As Israel claimed it is targeting "terror sites," its first victim was a ten-year-old child in Gaza City. Ibrahim Dawawsa was killed while playing with some friends in the yard of a mosque close to his home, when a missile ended his life and injured his two young friends. During the nearly month-long military offensive on Gaza prior to the short ceasefire, Israel killed 448 children and injured 2,502, according to United Nations estimates. As of 8 August, the death toll in Gaza had reached 1,922...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109073] [ 29-aug-2014 02:16 ECT ]

Lessons of the conflict in Gaza
Israel claims that its offensive on Gaza is a war on terror; in fact, it is an act of state terrorism.

Avi Shlaim

August 9, 2014 - The cycle of violence that has engulfed the Gaza Strip since Israel's unilateral disengagement in 2005 is repetitive, predictable, and profoundly depressing. In the last six years Israel has launched three major military offensives on this tiny, isolated, desperately poor, and densely-populated Palestinian enclave. Invariably, Israel presents itself as the victim, claiming to be exercising its right to self-defence, while denying the equivalent right to the Palestinians. Yet all these wars were instigated by Israel, all were directed against civilians, and all involved war crimes. They are a direct product of Israeli colonialism, of the most prolonged and brutal military occupation of modern times...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109072] [ 29-aug-2014 02:04 ECT ]

How the Israeli discourse on terrorism seeks to justify blatant war crimes Israel/Palestine
Rémi Brulin

August 9, 2014 - Appearing on CNN a few days into the current offensive in Gaza, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu described Hamas as "the worst terrorists, genocidal terrorists." He said they want to "pile up as many civilian dead as they can," and, he added, to "use telegenically dead Palestinians for their cause."By contrast, Israeli strikes are said to be aimed at the "terrorists," who are by definition legitimate targets. Any civilian casualties that may result from such uses of force are unintentional, and in fact should be blamed squarely on Hamas. Indeed, Netanyahu explained, not only do they target civilians but they also "hide behind civilians," thus committing "a double war crime."...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109071] [ 29-aug-2014 00:52 ECT ]

Video: Israeli sniper kills Palestinian protester in Hebron
Annie Robbins

August 9, 2014 - This video captures the moment an Israeli sniper shot a bullet into the heart of Nader Mohammad Edrees, 40, during a protest in the Bab az-Zaweya area of Hebron on Friday. Doctors performed heart surgery but were unable to resuscitate him. He was pronounced dead hours later.The video appears to show that Edrees posed no risk at all to occupying Israeli forces. Also note the brave older man near the end of the video waving a green cardboard rocket on his arm, in apparent support for Hamas’s actions in Gaza, right in front of soldiers’ guns. Edrees was buried today in Hebron...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109069] [ 28-aug-2014 16:12 ECT ]

An extreme rightwing regime behaving in the most criminal fashion and defying the world and unscrupulously using the Holocaust to justify what they’re doing’
Philip Weiss

August 9, 2014 - A lot of folks have seen this, according to Youtube. It’s the first truly great speech I’ve seen from a western politician decrying Israeli impunity. David Norris is an Irish senator. Note that he says that he had a home in Israel or Palestine; he had a longtime relationship with Ezra Nawi, the great Israeli activist. Some highlights: It changed from a leftwing socially directed country to an extreme rightwing regime that is behaving in the most criminal fashion and defying the world and unscrupulously using the Holocaust to justify what they’re doing and it’s time that rag was torn away from them. Israel is afraid of Palestinian unity. That’s what this is all about. It has nothing to do with [the three murdered teens]…

  continua / continued avanti - next    [109070] [ 29-aug-2014 00:43 ECT ]

Debunking Gaza war lies
By John Brown

August 9, 2014 - The lies generated by the IDF spokesperson and the media on the Gaza war are still being endlessly quoted for the purposes of propaganda.
1. "Hamas is forcing residents to stand on rooftops, leading to their deaths." The claim originated with the killing of six members of the Kware’a family and two others at 2:30 p.m. on July 8. According to the investigation, the family evacuated the house after receiving a phone call from the army, but returned after the "knock on the roof" missile was erroneously assumed to have been the missile intended to demolish the house.The Israeli Air Force maintains that it knew that the family had begun to return but could not divert the missile off course. In any case, this argument no longer holds any water since the IDF has attacked other families in a similar manner without any warning. There are abundant examples such as the killing of 26 members of the Abu Jame’ family and 18 members of the Al Batsh family, as well as the widespread bombardment of civilian populations in Rafah...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109068] [ 28-aug-2014 15:21 ECT ]

"Liberal" Guardian to print pro-genocide ad
Asa Winstanley

August 9, 2014 - Any newspaper that published an advertisement accusing Jews of "child sacrifice" would rightly be condemned as anti-Semitic.How is it, then, that Britain’s leading "liberal" newspaper is set to publish just such an ad about Palestinians on Monday?The Guardian’s media columnist yesterday justified publishing the ad, saying it does not mean "that it endorses the views and claims made within it."This holds no water. Newspapers can pick and choose the ads they run, and often turn down offensive submissions. As The Guardian notes, right-wing London newspaper The Times has, to its credit, rejected the ad...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109067] [ 28-aug-2014 12:45 ECT ]

Israel deliberately attacking medical workers in Gaza, Amnesty says
Charlotte Silver

August 9, 2014 - "We were on our way back to Nasser hospital, driving with the lights and sirens on as always. The ambulance was clearly marked as such. The doctor, nurse and I were all wearing medical uniforms. When we reached the Islamic University I heard an explosion right next to us and the front and back windows of the car fell out," Gaza ambulance driver Mohammad Abu Jumiza told Amnesty International about a terrifying 24 July chase between him and Israeli artillery as he was transferring injured people in Khan Younis to the hospital.
"As I was turning another missile hit next to us, and then a third one. When the fourth missile hit, I lost control and we crashed, so we ran out of the car and found shelter in a building. Then there were two more missiles fired and some people were injured."...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109066] [ 28-aug-2014 03:12 ECT ]

Democrat youth wing fires members who criticized Israel’s child killings
Rania Khalek

August 9, 2014 - The College Democrats of America (CDA), the youth wing of the Democratic National Committee, forced two of its members to resign from leadership positions following a right-wing smear campaign this week.They were branded anti-Semites after expressing anger at Israel’s assault on Gaza in a heated social media exchange. Christopher Woodside, a twenty-year-old student at Catholic University of America, says he was fired 6 August from his position as Communications Director with the DC Federation for College Democrats, CDA’s Washington DC branch...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109065] [ 28-aug-2014 03:06 ECT ]

Syria News - August 8, 2014
Local Coordination Committees of Syria

August 8, 2014 - By the end of Friday, LCC had documented the fall of 60 martyrs including 2 women, 3 children and 3 martyrs under torture. 22 martyrs were reported in Deir Ezzor, 14 in Damascus and its suburbs, 13 in Aleppo, 5 in Daraa, 4 in Hama, 1 in Idlib and 1 in Homs...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109064] [ 28-aug-2014 02:18 ECT ]

Israel broke all taboos in attacking civilians, says Gaza doctor
Nora Barrows-Friedman

August 8, 2014 -...Just like the attacks in 2012, they have noticed a new pattern of injuries where the patients are received in relatively good condition and then they deteriorate after one or two days. On examination, there are no shrapnels inside their body, but then one or two days later, they deteriorate as they receive massive shrapnels. Upon operation, you cannot find any missile fragments — there are speculations that this might be new types of weapons, for example the infamous DIME weapons, so far there is no evidence as far as they know. But we doctors take pieces of evidence from the patients when they died or had operations for later documentation if possible. There are international teams who are interested in investigating this matter...

  continua / continued avanti - next    [109062] [ 28-aug-2014 01:45 ECT ]

Surgeon Mads Gilbert Gives a Powerful Speech about Gaza after Returning Home to Norway

August 8, 2014 - In a powerful 25 minute speech on his return home to Tromsø, Norway from 15 days treating the wounded in Gaza, the Norwegian emergency surgeon Dr Mads Gilbert said: "The heart of the Earth beats in Gaza now. It bleeds, but it beats."He went on to say: "The Palestinian people’s resistance in Gaza today is admirable, it is fair and it is a struggle for all of us. We do not want a world where raw power can be abused, to kill those who struggle for justice."Below is the first few minutes of the speech transcribed from the video which is subtitled in English. In an appeal to Norwegian citizens, he asks them to imagine what their country would be like today if they had not struggled for its liberation from German occupation...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109063] [ 28-aug-2014 01:57 ECT ]

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