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:: ONU - XX Assemblea Generale (1965):
XX Assemblea Generale dell’ONU (1965)
dichiara "la legittimità della
lotta da parte dei popoli sotto
oppressione coloniale, per esercitare il
loro diritto all' autodeter-
Inoltre, l'Assemblea invita "tutti
gli Stati a fornire assistenza morale e
materiale ai movimenti di liberazione
nazionale nei territori coloniali".
- Risoluzione 1514
Generale dichiara che: la soggezione dei
popoli a dominio straniero, conquista e
asservimento costituisce una negazione
dei diritti umani fondamentali, è
contraria alla Carta delle Nazioni Unite
ed è un impedimento alla promozione
della pace e della cooperazione mondiali.
Tutti i popoli hanno diritto
minazione; in virtù di
tale diritto essi devono liberamente
determinare il loro status politico e
liberamente perseguire il loro sviluppo
economico, sociale e culturale".
di Ginevra, Protocollo Addizionale I
armata può essere usata, come ultima
risorsa, come mezzo per esercitare il
diritto all' autodeter-
base allo Statuto del Tribunale penale
internazionale, sono definiti “crimini
(1) attacchi lanciati intenzionalmente
contro popolazione civili in quanto tali
o contro civili che non prendano
direttamente parte alle ostilità;
(4) attacchi lanciati intenzionalmente
nella consapevolezza che gli stessi
avranno come conseguenza la perdita di
vite umane tra la popolazione civile, e
lesioni a civili o danni a proprietà
civili ovvero danni diffusi duraturi e
gravi all’ambiente naturale che siano
manifestamente eccessivi rispetto all’insieme
dei concreti e diretti i vantaggi
:: Iraq anthem
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Two Sudanese Prisoners Released from Guantánamo, 79 Cleared Prisoners Remain
December 21, 2013 - As the 12th anniversary of the opening of the "war on terror" prison at Guantánamo Bay approaches (on January 11, 2014), the run of good news regarding the situation at the prison continues, with the news that two prisoners — Ibrahim Idris, 52, and Noor Uthman Muhammed, 51, have been released to Sudan, and the Senate has voted to ease restrictions imposed by Congress over the last three years. The release of the two men brings the number of prisoners released this year to eight, and the total number of prisoners still held to 158....
continua / continued  [ 22-dec-2013 00:01 ECT ]
Iraq snapshot - December 20, 2013
The Common Ills
December 20, 2013. Chaos and violence continue, today was one year of continuous protests in Iraq, we examine the meaning, we look at what fueled them, we look at 2011's protests and the difference between then and now, today is also one year that Iraq's been without a president, and much more. Today, protests took place in Iraq. To appreciate what took place today with regards to the protests, we have to drop back to the wave of protests which took place in 2011...Iraq's 2011 protests actually began before the 'Arab Spring.' What were they protesting in Iraq? Corruption, the 'disappeared' (Iraqis rounded up and then lost in the maze of what some optimistically call "justice" in Iraq), the lack of jobs and a government that looked pretty much like the one before the 2010 elections -- despite Iraqis turning out to vote and putting Iraqiya in first place...
continua / continued  [ 21-dec-2013 22:14 ECT ]
“Bride and Boom!”|
We’re Number One... In Obliterating Wedding Parties
by Tom Engelhardt
December 20, 2013- The headline -- "Bride and Boom!" -- was spectacular, if you think killing people in distant lands is a blast and a half. Of course, you have to imagine that smirk line in giant black letters with a monstrous exclamation point covering most of the bottom third of the front page of the Murdoch-owned New York Post. The reference was to a caravan of vehicles on its way to or from a wedding in Yemen that was eviscerated, evidently by a U.S. drone via one of those "surgical" strikes of which Washington is so proud. As one report put it, "Scorched vehicles and body parts were left scattered on the road."...And were a wedding party to be obliterated on a highway anywhere in America on the way to, say, a rehearsal dinner, whatever the cause, it would be a 24/7 tragedy. Our lives would be filled with news of it. Count on that. But a bunch of Arabs in a country few in the U.S. had ever heard of before we started sending in the drones? No such luck, so if you’re a Murdoch tabloid, it’s open season, no consequences guaranteed....
continua / continued  [ 21-dec-2013 16:32 ECT ]
Walking in an Anthropocene Wonderlandz|
'But I'll know my song well before I start singing'
by Phil Rockstroh
December 20, 2013 -According to a recent, exhaustive study commissioned by the US Department of Energy and headed by a scientific team from the U.S. navy, by the summer of 2015, the Arctic Ocean could be bereft of ice, a phenomenon that will engender devastating consequences for the earth’s environment and every living creature on the planet. Yet, recently, Chuck Hagel, US Defense Secretary, said (in defiance of common sense and even a modicum of sanity) that the US military will escalate its presence in the Arctic, due to the fact that "[the] potential for tapping what may be as much as a quarter of the planet’s undiscovered oil and gas." Secretary of Defense? More like Commissar of Mass Suicide...
continua / continued  [ 21-dec-2013 16:12 ECT ]
Hedge fund billionaire funds group with eyes on Islamic holy site in Jerusalem
December 20, 2013 - Henry Swieca is a money man. The New York-based billionaire made his fortune by co-founding Highbridge Capital Corp., a hedge fund that boasted clients like the American International Group....According to tax records reviewed by AlterNet, Swieca, an Orthodox Jew, has given hundreds of thousands of dollars to the American Israel Education Foundation, the non-profit offshoot of the powerful lobbying group called the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. He’s also handed over cash to groups like the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces; the right-wing, anti-Muslim David Horowitz Freedom Center; and the Hebron Fund, a Brooklyn-based organization that funnels American money into illegal Israeli settlements in Hebron, a big city in the West Bank that has the most intense regime of settler violence and enforced segregation in the occupied Palestinian territories. But perhaps most alarmingly is Swieca’s funding of the Temple Institute, an organization that promotes the building of the Third Temple on the third most holy site for Muslims...
continua / continued  [ 21-dec-2013 16:04 ECT ]
The End of Erdogan?|
Why a power struggle over Turkey's deep state could bring down the government.
BY John Hannah
December 20, 2013 - There's a very big story developing in Turkey that all foreign policy mavens should be watching closely. Exactly how big remains to be seen, but the stakes are huge. At issue: Will the decade-long domination of Turkish politics by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Islamist-leaning Justice and Development Party (AKP) continue? Or is the Erdogan era about to come crashing down, fatally weakened by scandal, infighting, and authoritarian overreach? Early Tuesday morning, police in Istanbul and Ankara carried out a wave of stunning arrests that included powerful businessmen, the sons of three cabinet ministers, and the head of an important state-owned financial institution, Halkbank....Erdogan, characteristically, responded by going on the offensive and hurling accusations at his opponents. He attacked the action as a "dirty operation," the goal of which was to smear his administration ...
continua / continued  [ 21-dec-2013 14:17 ECT ]
Ending War and Terror|
Saying No To War Crimes
by TOM MCNAMARA
December 20, 2013 - ...Since America was attacked on September 11, 2001, she has been engaged in a Global War on Terror (GWOT), a war that is, conveniently, undeclared and has no end date. A major component in this "war" is the use of attack drones. And while President Obama assures us that drones are not being used "willy nilly," facts on the ground might lead one to another conclusion.On December 12, 2013, it was reported that 15 people were mistakenly killed in a drone attack in Yemen. The victims were on their way to a wedding when their party was spotted and attacked in the belief that they were an al-Qaeda convoy. This is not the first mistake, nor the most serious. Back on October 30, 2006, at least 82 people were killed, many of them young children, when a madrassa (i.e. school) was attacked by a drone on the border region between Pakistan and Afghanistan....
continua / continued  [ 21-dec-2013 06:52 ECT ]
Obama Pursues "Occupation-Lite" in Afghanistan
By Sonali Kolhatkar, Truthout
December 20, 2013 - Back in June 2011, with an eye toward his re-election campaign, President Obama announced a drawdown of US forces in Afghanistan, saying "our troops will continue coming home at a steady pace as Afghan security forces move into the lead. Our mission will change from combat to support." While he never actually used the word "withdrawal" in his speech, he made it clear that, "By 2014, this process of transition will be complete, and the Afghan people will be responsible for their own security." At that time, the only hint of what Obama meant by making Afghans "responsible for their own security," could be found in his statement of US objectives: "to refocus on al-Qaeda, to reverse the Taliban’s momentum and train Afghan security forces to defend their own country."...
continua / continued  [ 21-dec-2013 06:04 ECT ]
Detainee ejected from courtroom at Guantanamo trial
By Fred Mazelis
December 20, 2013 -One of the five Guantanamo detainees facing a possible death sentence was repeatedly ejected from the courtroom during the military commission hearing at the US base when he shouted that he had been tortured by the authorities. Ramzi bin al-Shibh, a 41-year-old Yemeni prisoner, has been held for years by the US military, and was transferred to Guantanamo, along with other "high value" detainees, in 2006. When asked by Col. James L. Pohl, the presiding judge, whether he understood his rights at the proceeding, bin al-Shibh said, "I totally refuse to answer this question as long as the judge is taking positions against me and my allegations." According to the report in the New York Times, he shouted words to the effect that, "I am not a war criminal; you are a war criminal," as he was removed from the courtroom...
continua / continued  [ 21-dec-2013 04:41 ECT ]
Military Resistance 11L2 War Banks and Lobotomies
Thomas F Barton
December 19, 2013 - AFGHANISTAN THEATER: US foreign fighters suffered 12 combat casualties during the weeks ending Dec 11 as the total rose to 40,277. The total includes 21,323 dead and wounded from what the Pentagon classifies as "hostile" causes and 18,954 dead or medically evacuated (as of Dec. 3, 2012) from what it calls "non-hostile" causes. US media divert attention from the actual cost in American life and limb by reporting regularly only the total killed (6,777: 4,489 in Iraq, 2,288 in Afghanistan) but rarely mentioning those wounded in action (51,763: 32,237 in Iraq; 9,526 in Afghanistan). They ignore the 59,908 (44,607 in Iraq, 18,463 in AfPak (as of Dec 3, 2012) military casualties injured and ill seriously enough to be medevac’d out of theater, even though the 6,777 total dead include 1,452 (961 in Iraq, 491 in Afghanistan) who died from those same "non hostile" causes, of whom almost 25% (332) were suicides (as of Jan 9, 2013) and at least 18 in Iraq from faulty KBR electrical work...
continua / continued  [ 21-dec-2013 04:36 ECT ]
Iraq’s sectarian militias assume larger role
December 19, 2013- ilitiamen in Iraq do not only carry weapons, they also wield religious, moral and economic power over their social environment. They play the role of neighborhood governors in times of peace and murderers in times of war.Mohammed, a member of a well-known Shiite militia in Iraq, insisted on being called "Sheikh Mohammed," by which the residents of his area in Baya, south of Baghdad, know him. Speaking to Al-Monitor, he said he does not normally carry weapons without receiving orders from within his circles. What happened in the Baya neighborhood was a response to the bombing of a cafe, in which one of the neighborhood’s residents was involved...
continua / continued  [ 21-dec-2013 04:22 ECT ]
Syria News - December 19, 2013 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Local Coordination Committees of Syria + Videos
December 19, 2013 -By the end of Thursday the Coordination Committees were able to document 134 martyrs including 23 children and 17 women: 47 martyrs were reported in Damascus and its Suburbs, 40 in Aleppo, 18 in Homs, 6 in Daraa, 6 in Ildib, 3 in Deir Ezzor, 2 in Raqqa and 2 martyrs in Hama.....Death barrels target Aleppo again: Since the early morning, Aleppo and its suburbs have been fiercely raided by regime forces, which used all kinds of weapons starting with explosive barrels and shelling with warplanes and not ending with using heavy artillery and tanks, a raid that caused the death of tens of martyrs and the wound of a huge number of people so far, besides the huge fires and the severe damages in the civilians properties...
continua / continued  [ 21-dec-2013 03:43 ECT ]
If You Believe the Government, ‘You’re Stupid’
December 18, 2013 - Everyone who watched John Miller’s "60 Minutes" segment on the NSA should follow it up with this story involving Morley Safer — who, at 82 years old, is still a correspondent at "60 Minutes": In August, 1965 Safer appeared in what became one of most famous TV segments of the Vietnam War, showing U.S. troops setting fire to all the huts in a Vietnamese village with Zippo lighters and flamethrowers.A year later in 1966, Safer wrote an article about what he’d seen firsthand during a visit to Vietnam by Arthur Sylvester, then Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs (i.e., the head of Pentagon PR). Sylvester met with reporters for U.S. news outlets at the U.S. Embassy in Saigon:There was general opening banter, which Sylvester quickly brushed aside. He seemed anxious to take a stand — to say something that would jar us. He said: "I can’t understand how you fellows can write what you do while American boys are dying out here," he began. Then he went on to the effect that American correspondents had a patriotic duty to disseminate only information that made the United States look good...
continua / continued  [ 20-dec-2013 21:52 ECT ]
Jabhat al-Nusra Leader “We Will Achieve Victory Soon” (Video)
by Scott Lucas
December 19, 2013 - In his first-ever TV interview, the leader of the insurgent faction Jabhat al-Nusra, Abu Mohammed al-Joulani, has told Al Jazeera Arabic, "We will achieve victory soon."... Al-Joulani said Jabhat al-Nusra wants consultations with Muslim scholars who support the Syrian uprising to draft a plan for running the country according to Sharia. He said the faction would not accept the outcome of any US- and Russian-led "peace" conference scheduled for Switzerland in January, since it would be designed to sustain the current leadership in Damascus <<We will not recognise any results that come out of the Geneva 2 Conference, nor will the children or women of Syria do [so]. Those taking part in the conference do not represent the people who sacrificed and shed blood. Besides, who has authorised them to represent the people?…They have no presence on the ground. We cannot allow the Geneva 2 game to fool the nation, to push us back 50 or 100 years….If the Assad regime remained in power, which is in the interest of the superpowers and the Safavids [Iranians], then the next target will be the Arabian Peninsula, now known as Saudi Arabia.>>...
continua / continued  [ 20-dec-2013 20:06 ECT ]
Corporate media keeps US citizens in the dark|
Pakistan Outs Three US CIA Station Chiefs in Three Years
December 19, 2013 -For the third time in three years, a CIA station chief has been outed in Pakistan, a country where the CIA is running one of its largest covert operations. It’s a remarkable record of failure by the CIA, since each outing, which has required a replacement of the station chief position, causes a breakdown in the agency’s network of contacts in the country. The full names of all three station chiefs have been published widely in Pakistan and India and all over the world via the Internet—though Americans getting their news exclusively from domestic mainstream media wouldn’t know, as those organizations have consistently blacked out the names. The latest outing was the work of a major political organization, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party (PTI) and its founder, cricket star Imran Khan, who has been calling for an end to US drone strikes inside his country. Khan’s party came in second in Pakistan’s recent parliamentary election...
continua / continued  [ 20-dec-2013 18:43 ECT ]
Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (12- 18 December 2013)
The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR)
December 19, 2013 - Summary: Israeli violations of international law and international humanitarian law in the oPt continued during the reporting period (12 – 18 December 2013). Shooting: During the reporting period, Israeli forces killed a Palestinian civilian and wounded 6 others in Jenin refugee camp, west of Jenin in the northern West Bank. Moreover, medical sources pronounced a Palestinian civilian from al-Dheisha refugee camp, southwest of Bethlehem, dead due to wounds he had sustained during the al-Aqsa Intifada. In the Gaza Strip, Israeli forces wounded 3 Palestinian civilians, including a child, while Israeli naval forces continued opening fire at the Palestinian fishing boats. In the West Bank, on Wednesday evening, 18 December 2013, in an excessive use of lethal force, Israeli forces killed a Palestinian civilian and wounded 6 others in Jenin refugee camp in Jenin...
continua / continued  [ 20-dec-2013 18:10 ECT ]
Israel steps up its assassination policy in West Bank
December 19, 2013 - Bashir Habanin's house is full of the things he has made. As a professor of Décor at Khadoury Technical College in Tulkarem, West Bank, he was always making furniture to decorate the home he shared with his parents and siblings. On 7 November, after leaving his job at the college, he was late coming home to the family house in Merka village, Jenin. His father, Sami Habanin, was not worried or even surprised, for his son had many friends in Ramallah and often came home late after visiting them. However at around midnight, an Israeli military force appeared at the front door. For two hours they questioned the family and searched the home...
continua / continued  [ 20-dec-2013 03:22 ECT ]
US Scholars Endorse Boycotting Israel
by Stephen Lendman
December 18, 2013- The American Studies Association (ASA) is the nation's oldest and largest organization involved in the interdisciplinary study of US culture and history.In 1951, it was chartered. It has 5,000 members. It's affiliated with 2,200 libraries and other institutional subscribers. Members represent many academic disciplines. They include history, literature, religion, art, architecture, philosophy, music, science, ethnic studies, anthropology, sociology, political science, education, and gender studies among others...
continua / continued  [ 20-dec-2013 03:14 ECT ]
Nasrallah hints at change in approaches to US, Lebanon
December 18, 2013- ....From this context, one can understand the significance in the change in Nasrallah and Hezbollah's discourse. Nasrallah seems to be telling the Americans, "In principle, there is no hostility between us, and there is no absolute, sacred or existential war. Yes, there is a dispute as a result of our rejection of certain policies, but when these policies are amended, meeting with you becomes possible, acceptable, legitimate, and even 'permissible,' in the religious sense of the word." This last element cannot be ignored when trying to understand someone like Nasrallah, who is both a political and religious figure....
continua / continued  [ 19-dec-2013 03:51 ECT ]
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