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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
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Omar Khadr Being Denied Medical Treatment, Doctor Says
December 3, 2013 -Omar Khadr's treatment in a Canadian prison may be more harsh than at Guantanamo Bay, says a former U.S. military psychiatrist who interviewed Khadr for his defence team and has since become an independent advocate for him. Dr. Stephen Xenakis, interviewed for White Coat, Black Art by host Dr. Brian Goldman, says that Khadr, 27, needs orthopedic surgery for previous injuries, and he's not getting it. "I'm very dismayed … The physicians are obligated, as we're always obligated, to provide the best care that we can, and this man needs that treatment."..
continua / continued  [ 05-dec-2013 02:09 ECT ]
White House prepared to allow limited Iran nuclear enrichment
by CNN Senior White House Correspondent Jim Acosta
December 3, 2013 - The Obama administration is prepared to allow Iran to engage in a "limited enrichment program" if Tehran holds up its end of an international agreement to curtail its nuclear capabilities under stringent global oversight, the White House confirmed Tuesday. "We are prepared to negotiate a strictly limited enrichment program," Obama administration national security spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan said in a statement... The White House statement was in large part a reaction to questions raised about an international agreement brokered last month with Iran over its nuclear program. "We have accepted Iranian uranium enrichment," retired Gen. Michael Hayden, a former CIA director, told Fox News Sunday when asked about the deal reached between Iran and the United States, Britain, China, Russia, France and Germany....
continua / continued  [ 04-dec-2013 20:42 ECT ]
Pandora and the Drones
By Conn Hallinan
December 3, 2013- In November 2001, when the CIA assassinated al-Qaeda commander Mohammed Atef with a killer drone in Kandahar, Afghanistan, the U.S. held a virtual monopoly on the technology of lethal robots. Today, more than 70 countries in the world deploy drones, 16 of them the deadly variety, and many of those drones target rural people living on the margins of the modern world.Armed drones have been hailed as a technological breakthrough in the fight against terrorists who, in the words of President Obama, "take refuge in remote tribal regions…hide in caves and walled compounds…train in empty deserts and rugged mountains." But much of the butcher’s bill for the drones has fallen on people who live in those deserts and mountains, many of whom are simply in the wrong place at the wrong time or get swept into a definition of "terrorist" so broad it that embraces virtually all adult males...
continua / continued  [ 04-dec-2013 20:21 ECT ]
A Press as Deadly as the State
December 3, 2013 - I am now prepared to state without reservation that the ongoing NSA/surveillance story ranks among the more momentous and nauseating charades perpetrated on a frighteningly gullible public. Any remaining doubt I had on this question -- and, in truth, no substantial doubt remained in my own mind -- has been obliterated by this story concerning the remarks of Alan Rusbridger, the Guardian's editor, to the home affairs committee of Parliament.
All of it is shocking, but this is the worst: Rusbridger said the leak amounted to about 58,000 files, and the newspaper had published "about 1 percent" of the total. "I would not expect us to be publishing a huge amount more," he said. Some years ago, I remarked that professional (and even semi-professional) apologists for the Democratic Party, such as Digby, offer a credo which amounts to the following, once you strip away the endless, and endlessly dishonest, rationalizations: "We're 2% less shitty than Pure Evil! It's all we've got!"...
continua / continued  [ 04-dec-2013 19:54 ECT ]
Meet the Cleared Algerian Prisoners in Guantánamo Who Fear Being Repatriated
December 3, 2013 - ...Others commentators were as critical as Robert Kirsch of the decision to forcibly repatriate the two men. Andrea Prasow of Human Rights Watch said, "When you hear people say they would rather spend the rest of their lives in Guantánamo than go to a particular place, you have to take that seriously." She pointed out that Aziz Abdul Naji, who was forcibly repatriated in 2010, had been imprisoned upon his return... Andrea Prasow explained that the Obama administration’s focus on repatriating prisoners to Algeria "stemmed from a determination that the country met the security conditions for transfer Congress imposed" in recent years, but stressed that it was unacceptable that, "while the US moves to forcibly repatriate the Algerians, cleared detainees from other countries haven’t been released." That is certainly true, and it needs to be asked why some of these other men — including Shaker Aamer, the last British resident in the prison, for example — are not freed instead of the unwilling Algerians. Other prisoners long cleared for release — five Tunisians; the Mauritanian Ahmed Ould Abdel Aziz; Salem Gherebi, a Libyan; Saad Qahtani, a Saudi; and Ibrahim Idris, a severely mentally ill Sudanese prisoner — also need to be freed...
continua / continued  [ 04-dec-2013 17:52 ECT ]
Sentencing those Egyptian girls was an injustice
December 2, 2013 -Last week, an Egyptian court sentenced 14 Egyptian girls, including juveniles, to 11 years in prison because they participated in a protest. This decision takes us back to eras we thought we had left behind.The fact that security forces that opened fire on protesters, killing hundreds, were not held accountable and that girls who carried balloons bearing the Rabaa sign in protest were sentenced to jail is one shocking step backwards.Also last week, activist and blogger Alaa Abdel Fattah, who was jailed during Hosni Mubarak’s reign, and who is known for his credibility and integrity, was arrested because he called for protests via the internet. What does arresting him signify? According to these detention standards, Egyptian prisons will not accommodate all those who call for protests as there are so many who do so via Twitter and Facebook...
continua / continued  [ 03-dec-2013 04:15 ECT ]
Palestinian prisoner’s health worsens after 210 days of refusing food
Patrick O. Strickland
December 2, 2013- Following in the footsteps of many Palestinian political prisoners who undertook lengthy hunger strikes, Alaa Hammad has been refusing meals for more than 210 days.Muntaha Qasem, Hammad’s wife, has not spoken with her husband directly since the early stages of his fast. "I’ve only been able to phone him once since he began his hunger strike," she told The Electronic Intifada by telephone from Amman, Jordan. "And even then it was less than five minutes."Hammad, a 35-year-old who began his hunger strike on 2 May, holds an Israeli-issued identity card for Palestinian residents of Jerusalem, as well as Jordanian citizenship. Having been denied all family visits from relatives in Jordan who do not have Jerusalem residency or a passport issued by the Palestinian Authority, he and four other Palestinian political prisoners with Jordanian nationality have demanded to either be released or transferred to prison in Jordan...
continua / continued  [ 03-dec-2013 04:00 ECT ]
Interview with Dr. Haidar Eid: ‘The Palestinian struggle is not about independence — it is about liberation’
David Letwin and Dr. Haidar Eid
December 2, 2013 - Zionist dispossession and oppression of Palestinians does not begin with 1967. It goes back to 1948, when more than 750,000 Palestinians were ethnically cleansed from villages and towns in Palestine, and were deported to neighboring countries: Jordan, Lebanon, Syria ,Gaza and the West Bank to make way for an apartheid "Jewish state." Then, in 1967, Israel occupied the Gaza Strip, the West Bank and Eastern Jerusalem, which represents the remaining twenty-two percent of historic Palestine.As a result of this systematic and ongoing ethnic cleansing, fully two-thirds of the Palestinian people are refugees entitled to their right of return to their original homeland, in accordance with United Nations resolution 194. This is the root of the Palestine issue.Solidarity supporters that only take the cause back to 1967 are ignoring the source of the problem, and reflecting the Zionist Left in Israel, which wants separation of Palestinians from Israeli Jews...
continua / continued  [ 03-dec-2013 02:22 ECT ]
Syria News - December 1, 2013 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Local Coordination Committees of Syria + Videos
December 1, 2013 -By the end of Sunday the Coordination Committees were able to document 111 martrs including eight women, fifteen children, four martyrs under torture: 45 martyrs were reported in Aleppo; 42 in Damascus and its Suburbs; 9 in Idlib; 7 in Daraa; 4 in Homs; 2 in Deir Ezzor and 2 in Hama.Moreover, the committees have documented 510 shelling points across Syria. Warplanes shelling was recorded in 37 points, explosive barrels were dropped Deir Hafir, Bab, Atarib, Abzemou and Rashdeen in Aleppo. Kafr-Zeita and Taibit Immam in Hama, Khan Shekhoun in Idlib. Surface-to-surface missiles landed in Mouadamiyeh in Damascus Suburbs. Vacuum missiles targeted Nabak with 10 missiles in Damascus Suburbs. Artillery shelling was reported in 167 points, rocket shelling in 155 points and mortar shelling in 132 points across Syria...
continua / continued  [ 03-dec-2013 01:22 ECT ]
Britons protest over Israel plan to remove 70,000 Palestinian Bedouins
Harriet Sherwood in Jerusalem
December 1, 2013 -More than 50 public figures in Britain, including high-profile artists, musicians and writers, have put their names to a letter opposing an Israeli plan to forcibly remove up to 70,000 Palestinian Bedouins from their historic desert land – an act condemned by critics as ethnic cleansing. The letter, published in the Guardian, is part of a day of protest on Saturday in Israel, Palestine and two dozen other countries over an Israeli parliamentary bill that is expected to get final approval by the end of this year. The eviction and destruction of about 35 "unrecognised" villages in the Negev desert will, the letter says, "mean the forced displacement of Palestinians from their homes and land, and systematic discrimination and separation"...
continua / continued  [ 02-dec-2013 23:34 ECT ]
Israeli police drag, arrest and allegedly beat Bedouin child at anti-Prawer protest (Video)
By Mairav Zonszein
December 1, 2013- Adalah attorney witnesses the child being beaten inside police car, says the 14-year-old minor is accused of holding – and not throwing – a stone. . Protests against the Prawer Plan, especially the central protest in the southern town of Hura, made it to top headlines on all Israel media sites last night, showing mostly the violent end of what began as peaceful protests. What wasn’t reported was the violent arrest of a minor, a 14-year-old Bedouin child, who can be seen in the photo below being dragged with a gun pointed at him, and in the video below (released by Ehna TV) being dragged on the street by his shirt and shoved into a police car. All this despite efforts by the protesters there, including MK Ahmad Tibi, to stop the arrest on the grounds that he is just a child..
continua / continued  [ 02-dec-2013 18:52 ECT ]
Forgotten Syrian Voices|
Carol Malouf talks to Hadi al-Abdallah about the silenced voices of the opposition
December 1, 2013- Hadi al-Abdallah is a young Syrian activist who has been fortunate enough to escape death, and more than once. With more than 200,000 Twitter followers and over 300,000 on Facebook, he has become the voice of resistance in Homs and its suburbs over the last two years, including during the infamous Battle of Qusayr which heralded the official involvement of Hezbollah in Syria. In sum, Hadi al-Abdallah is the Arab media sensation of the Syrian revolution...Amid daily aerial bombardments and artillery shelling, the Syrian resistance continues to fight not just the regime, but also religious extremists they are often mistaken for. "We are left alone to fight the world. We are fighting the corrupt war lords, the regime, Hezbollah, Iranians, Iraqi Shiite militias, the Russians, and extremists." "We will stay and fight till the end," Abdallah says....
continua / continued  [ 02-dec-2013 18:40 ECT ]
Abandoned in Guantánamo: Mohammed Taha Mattan, an Innocent Palestinian
December 1, 2013 - As we approach the 12th anniversary of the opening of the Bush administration’s "war on terror" prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba (on January 11, 2014), it remains profoundly unacceptable that, of the remaining 164 prisoners, 84 were cleared for release nearly four years ago, in January 2010, by a high-level, inter-agency task force appointed by President Obama shortly after he took office in 2009. These men are still held because of legislative obstacles raised by Congress in the National Defense Authorization Act, which are designed to prevent prisoners from being released, and because President Obama has been unwilling to spend political capital challenging Congress or bypassing lawmakers using a waiver in the NDAA...
continua / continued  [ 02-dec-2013 16:40 ECT ]
Will drones addict Barack Obama ever end the ‘global war on terror’? asks Jeremy Scahil (Video)l
November 30, 2013- On January 21, 2013, Barack Obama was inaugurated for his second term as president of the United States. Just as he had promised when he began his first campaign for president six years earlier, he pledged again to turn the page on history and take foreign policy in a different direction. "A decade of war is now ending," Obama declared. "We, the people, still believe that enduring security and lasting peace do not require perpetual war." Much of the media focus that day was on the new hairstyle of First Lady Michelle Obama, who appeared on the dais sporting freshly trimmed bangs, and on the celebrities in attendance, including hip-hop mogul Jay-Z and his wife, Beyoncé, who performed the national anthem. But the day Obama was sworn in, a drone strike hit Yemen. It was the third such attack in that country in as many days. Despite the rhetoric from the president on the Capitol steps, there was abundant evidence that he would continue to preside over a country that is in a state of perpetual war...
continua / continued  [ 02-dec-2013 03:09 ECT ]
Dubious wisdom: Assad's waiting game
November 30, 2013 -Syrian poet Rasha Omran once told me that Bashar al-Assad was "not a dictator, just a gangster boss". But he's not even that. What he is, a (dysfunctional) functionary. Syria is a dictatorship which lacks an efficient dictator.Hafez al-Assad - the father - was an entirely different matter. Born in a dirt-floor shack, he clawed his way to the top by brute cunning, deft flexibility, and strategic intelligence. The careful manipulation of sectarian tensions in order to divide and rule was one of his key strategies, yet he was also attentive to building alliances with rural Sunnis and the urban bourgeoisie - both constituencies now alienated by his son. Bashar's great innovation was supposedly economic reform. In practice this meant an unpleasant marriage of neoliberalism with crony capitalism. It succeeded in making his cousin Rami Makhlouf the richest man in the country. The poor, meanwhile, became much poorer, the social infrastructure crumbled, and unemployment continued to climb...
continua / continued  [ 02-dec-2013 01:48 ECT ]
EU discreetly repairs ties with the Syrian regime
November 30, 2013 – European ambassadors and intelligence officials are making discreet trips to Damascus in a bid to resume contacts with the Syrian regime after years of outspoken support for the opposition, diplomats say. "Since May, little by little, we have begun to return, at first cautiously for a day, then two, then three," explained one European ambassador to Syria who has been based in Beirut since December 2012."Now we are going once or twice a month," the ambassador added...But a slew of envoys from Europe, including Austria, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Denmark and the EU’s charge d’affaires, now regularly make trips back to Damascus. Some even attended a briefing last week with Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Muqdad...Even more discreetly, sources said, Western intelligence services have been making contact with their Syrian counterparts to test old ties...
continua / continued  [ 02-dec-2013 01:06 ECT ]
Iraq : Sunni sect will boycott elections, resort to self-determination, MP
November 30, 2013 - Iraqi MP Ahmed al-Alwani threatened that the Sunni sect will boycott the coming parliamentary elections and to resort to self-determination in coordination with the United Nations "if the attacks against them continued to prevent them updating their electoral information". In and press statement, copy received by Aswat al-Iraq, he pointed out that there is a plan by a militia, in coordination with political circles, to prevent the people in Sunni areas not to update their electoral information and, then, to prevent them from participation, as well as deporting them from their areas in Baghdad.He elaborated that this plan aims at changing the areas demographically to change electoral balance in the coming stage.Alwani disclosed that in Baya' area, 12 Sunnis were killed before police observations, while six from one tribe were killed near a check point..
continua / continued  [ 02-dec-2013 00:49 ECT ]
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