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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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Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (05- 11 December 2013)
The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR)
December 12, 2013- Summary: Israeli violations of international law and international humanitarian law in the oPt continued during the reporting period (05 – 11 December 2013). Shooting: During the reporting period, Israeli forces killed a Palestinian child in al-Jalazoun refugee camp, north of Ramallah, and wounded 5 Palestinian civilians, including a child, in the West Bank. In the Gaza Strip, Israeli forces continued opening fire at border areas, but no casualties were reported. In the West Bank, in excessive use of lethal force, on 07 December 2013, Israeli forces killed a Palestinian child in al-Jalazoun refugee camp, north of Ramallah. Israeli soldiers fired at a number of Palestinian children who gathered and threw stones at them near "Beit Eil" settlement. On 06 December 2013, Israeli forces wounded a 17-year-old civilian by a bullet that entered his right shoulder and exited the right side when Israeli forces moved into Bab al-Zawiya area, in the centre of Hebron....
continua / continued  [ 13-dec-2013 02:40 ECT ]
The Real Cycle of Violence
By Roger Sheety
December 12, 2013- On December 7, 2013, two seemingly dissimilar events occurred, an ocean apart. The first was that a Palestinian teenager, Wajih Wajdi al-Ramahi, was murdered by the Israeli "defense" forces at al-Jalazun refugee camp near Ramallah, occupied Palestine. As reported by Ma’an News Agency, "Wajih Wajdi al-Ramahi, 14, was shot with live bullets in the back by an Israeli sniper in front of his school." Speaking to the dead child’s family, something so-called "objective" western journalists rarely do in such cases, Ma’an also reported that, "The teenager father’s said Israeli soldiers target youths and kill them, in order to amuse themselves. He added that his son was shot by an Israeli soldier from a watchtower in Bet El with one bullet while he was walking near a school in the camp. He was hit directly in the back, and there were no clashes in the area, he added." There was hardly any mention of the murder of al-Ramahi in the world press....
continua / continued  [ 13-dec-2013 02:03 ECT ]
Report: VA lobotomized 2,000 disturbed veterans
December 12, 2013 - The U.S. government lobotomized roughly 2,000 mentally ill veterans — and likely hundreds more — during and after World War II, according to a cache of forgotten memos, letters and government reports unearthed by The Wall Street Journal. "They got the notion they were going to come to give me a lobotomy," Roman Tritz, a World War II bomber pilot, told the newspaper in a report published Wednesday. "To hell with them." Tritz said the orderlies at the veterans hospital pinned him to the floor, and he initially fought them off. A few weeks later, just before his 30th birthday, he was lobotomized....
continua / continued  [ 13-dec-2013 01:50 ECT ]
Israeli government kills plan to uproot Bedouin
December 12, 2013- The "Day of Rage" protests held last month by Bedouin Arabs and their allies to protest the Prawer Plan were met with defiant rhetoric from Israeli officials. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to move forward with the Israeli government’s initiative to demolish Bedouin villages, uproot their inhabitants and build Jewish towns on top of them. But two weeks after the protests, the plan has been scrapped. In a big reversal, Netanyahu’s office announced today that the plan has been killed after Benny Begin, the co-author of the plan, recommended that course of action... The big question mark hanging over the news that the plan is scrapped, though, is what comes next. The drive to solve the "Bedouin problem," in the rhetoric of Israeli officials, won’t be stopped because the Prawer Plan has been scrapped. Likud’s Levin has suggested that a new plan should be implemented....
continua / continued  [ 13-dec-2013 01:22 ECT ]
Yemen: The CIA Has No Idea Who The 13 People They Just Killed With a Drone Are
By Brian Klonoski, RYOT News
December 12, 2013 - Missiles fired by a US drone struck a convoy of vehicles on their merry way to a wedding in Yemen on Thursday, killing AT LEAST 13 people, and leaving charred bodies an vehicles littering a road. Thing is, nobody really knows whether these were good guys or bad guys. Either way, they’re dead. One military official told the Associated Press that the drone mistook the wedding party for an al-Qaida convoy, killing local tribesmen instead of terrorists. In other words, a bunch of innocent civilians just got toasted by the good, ole U S of A. But another official said al-Qaida militants were suspected to have been traveling with the wedding convoy, apparently suggesting that the mere suspicion that terrorists are traveling with a bunch of villagers is reason enough to press "FIRE."...
The CIA, predictably, isn’t saying anything.
continua / continued  [ 13-dec-2013 01:09 ECT ]
Hunger Strike Resumes at Guantánamo, as Shaker Aamer Loses 30 Pounds in Weight
December 12, 2013 -In alarming news from Guantánamo, Shaker Aamer, the last British resident in the prison, has stated that the prisoners have renewed the hunger strike that, earlier this year, involved at least two-thirds of the remaining prisoners, and reawakened the world’s media to the ongoing injustice of Guantánamo. The hunger strike provided evidence of the men’s despair, after eleven years’ imprisonment without charge or trial, in an experimental prison where they are still in a legal limbo, held neither as criminal suspects nor as prisoners of war. Their despair was heightened by the fact that 82 of them were cleared for release in January 2010 — nearly four years ago — by a high-level Presidential task force, and yet they are still held, and 80 others are, for the most part, detained without charge or trial, and with no sign of when, if ever, they might either be tried or released....
continua / continued  [ 13-dec-2013 01:04 ECT ]
Israeli Settler Stabs Young Palestinian Man In Jerusalem
by IMEMC & Agencies
December 11, 2013 - Eyewitnesses state that a young Palestinian man was moderately hurt after being stabbed by an Israeli settler in Jaffa Road, in West Jerusalem, the Milad News Agency has reported. The sources stated that Mohammad Marwan, 20 years of age, was heading back home from work when an Israeli settler stopped him to ask for a cigarette and, when the settler made sure that the young man was an Arab, he stabbed him. The young Palestinian man, from Ras Al-’Amoud in East Jerusalem, was stabbed in the arm as he tried to fend off the attack, upon noticing the knife. His family said that, after Mohammad was stabbed, around nine more settlers who were apparently hiding in the area gathered around him, one of them striking the injured Palestinian on the head with a baton...
continua / continued  [ 12-dec-2013 19:41 ECT ]
Where is Palestine’s Mandela?
December 11, 2013 - The answer to my headline question is that he, Marwan Barghouti, is in an Israeli jail where he has been since his arrest in Ramallah by an IDF unit in 2002, after which, in 2004, he was sentenced to five life terms in prison. Some months before his arrest one of Israel’s security agencies tried and failed to assassinate him. A missile was fired at his bodyguard’s car and killed the bodyguard. (If the attempt on Barghouti’s life had succeeded, his killers would not have been brought to justice because as well as bulldozing Palestinian homes and stealing Palestinian land and water, Israel kills, murders, with impunity)...
continua / continued  [ 12-dec-2013 18:20 ECT ]
‘All the Way to Holland’: The Routine at Qalandiya Checkpoint
By Tamar Fleishman
December 11, 2013 - "These are just routine inspections" said a soldier who was securing another soldier while she was training a dog, using vehicles owned by Palestinians. To them this is a routine. Just routine. But to those who had the misfortune of getting picked, and were forced to leave their vehicle, stand aside and watch a dog being led to their car, how it sniffs the tires, circles the exterior, jumps on the car, enters the trunk and the inside of the car, gets the seats dirty with his feet, crawls under the seats, drools everywhere and not stopping until it finds the scented ball that the trainer left for it, for these people this isn’t routine. For them this is a humiliation, an invasion to their personal space and an act of desecration according to their religion...
continua / continued  [ 12-dec-2013 17:24 ECT ]
TIME’s Repellent Presentation of Snowden’s Whistleblowing as ‘Most Spectacular Heist’ in ‘History of Spycraft’
By: Kevin Gosztola
December 11, 2013 - In 2002, TIME Magazine’s "Persons of the Year" were "The Whistleblowers." Three women were described as "heroes at the scene, anointed by circumstance" and "people who did right just by doing their jobs rightly–which means ferociously, with eyes open and with the bravery the rest of us always hope we have and may never know if we do." Sherron Watkins, who was the Enron vice president, Coleen Rowley, who was an FBI staff attorney, and Cynthia Cooper, who was employed by WorldCom, according to the magazine’s cover story, risked "their jobs, their health, their privacy, their sanity–they risked all of them to bring us badly needed word of trouble inside crucial institutions."...
continua / continued  [ 12-dec-2013 17:19 ECT ]
Syria News - December 10, 2013 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Local Coordination Committees of Syria + Videos
December 10, 2013- By the end of Tuesday the Coordination Committees were able to document 105 martyrs including 26 children, 16 women and 1 martyr under torture: 47 martyrs were reported in Damascus and its Suburbs, 29 in Aleppo, 16 in Daraa, 5 in Idlib, 3 in Hama, 2 in Homs, 2 in Raqqa and 1 martyr in Deir Ezzor.... The Local Coordination Committees in Syria (LCC) calls on human rights defenders around the world to join is in the demand for the immediate release of activists Razan Zeitouneh, Wael Hamada, Nazem Hamadi, and Samira Al-Khalil. These human rights defenders were kidnapped from the Violations Documentation Center in Douma, Damascus, on December 10, and their whereabouts are unknown...
continua / continued  [ 12-dec-2013 16:28 ECT ]
“AMANDLA! NGAWETHU!” |
My Misdemeanors for Mandela
by MICHAEL DICKINSON
December 10, 2013 - ...And yet, as we watch the elite of the political world arrive to pay homage to the man at his funeral, as well as recognizing his importance as a symbol of resistance during his long imprisonment we should also question his legacy as post-apartheid South Africa’s first President. ...In the words of Patrick C., one of the non-stop picketers of South Africa House from the late eighties: "I already had my doubts about Mandela, sadly confirmed when he became President in 1994 and helped to turn South Africa into one of the most ideologically neoliberal countries in the world, so impoverishing and dispossessing the South African working class even more than under apartheid. … He was a political prisoner on Robben Island for over 25 years, surviving concentration camp-like conditions, he was a great symbolic, charismatic leader of a dispossessed people. All this only makes the ANC’s betrayal after 1994 and Mandela’s turning a blind eye even more shameful."Rest in Peace, Nelson Mandela, but let us not over-rate and over praise him as though he were some sort of Messiah. It wasn’t he who abolished apartheid. The system was overthrown by its rulers because it was no longer sustainable to run it...
continua / continued  [ 12-dec-2013 02:35 ECT ]
Whose Seymour Hersh?
December 10, 2013 ...Seymour M. Hersh, on the other hand, wants to see Assad prevail in the current struggle. He told Amy Goodman as much on Democracy Now this morning while discussing his new piece in the London Review of Books, Whose sarin?: ..." And so, the only solution, it seemed to me, for—it seems for the government at the time, the people I know—and I’ve talked to people about this for years; it’s been more than a year of talk—is, the only solution for stability was Bashar. You have to just like it or don’t like it. Israel, which—don’t forget, Damascus is, what, 40 miles, 45 miles from the Golan Heights and 130 miles south of—north of—northeast of Tel Aviv, easily within range of any missiles. The Israelis are not going to tolerate a jihadist government inside Syria, or even any area that the jihadists will claim as an area of sharia law. They’ll hit it. The only potential for stability was to keep Bashar there"...
continua / continued  [ 12-dec-2013 02:18 ECT ]
Kite-flying film shows Gaza’s kids grow old too soon
December 10, 2013 -In July 2010, approximately 7,500 children gathered on a beach at Seifa in northern Gaza to fly kites. They were aiming to beat their own record for simultaneous kite-flying, set the previous year at more than 3,000. The loose narrative of the new documentary Flying Paper is the preparations of a few of those children for the record-breaking attempt. Abeer, a 16-year-old aspiring journalist from Jabaliya refugee camp, follows the story, while brother and sister Musa and Widad (egged on by their grandfather) compete to build bigger, better and more beautiful kites. "Kites are like genes, passed down and nothing changes," says grandfather Musa, reflecting the generations of experience poured into the incredibly accomplished way in which all the children seem to be able to throw a functioning kite together in minutes...
continua / continued  [ 12-dec-2013 02:08 ECT ]
International Human Rights Day…. Palestinian People’s Suffering Continues
The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR)
December 10, 2013 -On 10 December, the world celebrates the Human Rights Day, which was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in 1950 to review the international achievements in the field of universal respect, promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental liberties that are the core principles of International Bill of Human Rights, which States have repeatedly emphasized their legal and moral commitment, in cooperation with the United Nations (UN), to promote and respect for all human beings. This anniversary coincides with the 20th anniversary of signing the Oslo Accords, under which human rights were sacrificed under the pretext of achieving peace and security that have not been achieved yet. As a result, the Palestinian people have been paying the price of those policies as their fundamental liberties and rights are abused, especially the ongoing denial of their right to self determination and all their civil and political rights as well as their economic, social and cultural rights...
continua / continued  [ 11-dec-2013 23:14 ECT ]
Sy Hersh's Chemical Misfire |
What the legendary reporter gets wrong about Syria's sarin attacks.
December 10, 2013 - ... Hersh is apparently unaware that there's a growing body of evidence that answers these questions. Much of that evidence comes from the Syrian military itself -- and it very strongly suggests that it was Assad's cronies, not the rebels, who carried out the Aug. 21 attack. Since the attack, myself and others have been studying the vast amount of open-source information posted online on sites like YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter, which has provided many more pieces of evidence about what happened in the Damascus suburbs that day. ..While Hersh rightly expresses concern about the way in which the U.S. government's narrative of the Aug. 21 was built, significant information can be gathered from open sources about this conflict -- information that he appears to be lacking. In the future, open-source information may become even more important for understanding hard-to-access conflict zones, and learning how to use it effectively should become a key skill for any investigative journalist....f
continua / continued  [ 11-dec-2013 23:03 ECT ]
Iraqi government rejects plans for women’s shelters
December 10, 2013 - "Living in a jungle ruled by men." This is how Dahaa al-Rawi, the chair of the Women's Committee in the local Baghdad government, described the status of women in Iraq. Women are marginalized and their abilities unrecognized — domestically, socially and politically. Women are subjected to violence of all forms and murder on an ongoing basis."We do not have any statistics about the status of women, or the daily violence that they are subjected to," Rawi said, adding, "In Baghdad's local government council, they view us as merely a secondary committee that does not play an important role." Speaking to Al-Monitor, Rawi said that the same also applies to Iraq's state institutions and ministries concerned with statistics or women's issues. None of them have accurate data showing the extent of violence against women in Iraq...
continua / continued  [ 11-dec-2013 22:56 ECT ]
Assad’s Favorite Nun To Meet Republican Conservatives
December 10, 2013- Mother Agnes Mariam of the Cross, the Lebanese nun who is one of the most prominent critics of the Syrian opposition, has arrived in Washington to persuade Christian conservatives that their interests are aligned with Syria’s dictator. "Some senators and some politicians are interested because they are motivated concerning the fate of minorities, especially Christians," said Mother Agnes, who had a scheduled meeting with Sen. Ted Cruz canceled for the funeral of Nelson Mandela, but who will meet House conservatives....On Monday she arrived in Washington, D.C., where she is staying at the Madonna House just a block or two away from Capitol Hill. She is in Washington to meet with "decision-makers," she said, including Rep. Frank Wolf and Rep. Louie Gohmert....
continua / continued  [ 11-dec-2013 22:27 ECT ]
Muslim American Subjected to Rendition, Detention & Abuse Continues Effort to Hold FBI Agents Accountable
By: Kevin Gosztola
December 10, 2013 - Amir Meshal, a United States citizen born and raised in New Jersey, is a Muslim, who decided to visit Mogadishu, Somalia, in 2006, in order to "broaden his understanding of Islam after the country’s volatile political situation had largely stabilized." Yet, according to the American Civil Liberties Union, which is representing him in a lawsuit, during Meshal’s trip in Somalia he was detained without due process and "harshly interrogated" by FBI agents. The ACLU alleges that the FBI violated his Fourth and Fifth Amendment rights, engaged in illegal interrogation, illegal proxy detention, illegal rendition and torture. The organization will be in a court in Washington, DC, tomorrow to argue against a government motion to have the lawsuit dismissed...
continua / continued  [ 11-dec-2013 21:49 ECT ]
Shooting the Messenger
By Chris Hedges
December 9, 2013 - There is a deeply misguided attempt to sacrifice Julian Assange, WikiLeaks, Chelsea Manning and Jeremy Hammond on the altar of the security and surveillance state to justify the leaks made by Edward Snowden. It is argued that Snowden, in exposing the National Security Agency’s global spying operation, judiciously and carefully leaked his information through the media, whereas WikiLeaks, Assange, Manning and Hammond provided troves of raw material to the public with no editing and little redaction and assessment. Thus, Snowden is somehow legitimate while WikiLeaks, Assange, Manning and Hammond are not...
continua / continued  [ 11-dec-2013 21:21 ECT ]
Israel is trying to use Iran to distract from the Palestinian issue
December 9, 2013 - ... First, it is very clear that Israel does not want peace with the Palestinians, and does not want to ever recognize the real state of Palestine. On the contrary, Israel’s prime minister and his key ministers are focused on the security of Jewish state. In other words, it means there is no room for Palestinians in their home. Once upon a time, Qassan Kanafani, who was assassinated by Israel, wrote a book for Palestinian children. He borrowed the idea from the Gospel. "And Jesus said unto him, 'The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head’." (Matthew 8:20) As a matter of fact, Israel is doing its best to establish the issue of Palestine as a thing of the past and forgotten issue...
continua / continued  [ 11-dec-2013 21:03 ECT ]
Syria News - December 9, 2013 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Local Coordination Committees of Syria + Videos
December 9, 2013 - By the end of Monday, the coordination committees were able to document 83 martyrs including 10 children, 4 women and 6 martyrs under torture: 28 martyrs were reported in Damascus and its suburbs; 26 in Aleppo; 10 in Homs; 6 in Daraa; 4 in Idlib; 4 in Quneitra; 3 in Hama and 2 in Deir Ezzor. Moreover, the committees have documented 462 points of shelling in Syria : Air strikes by warplanes were recorded in 51 points the fiercest was in Dumair in Damascus Suburbs, explosive barrels were dropped in Qadi Askar neighborhood, Myassar neighborhood, Tal Astabel, Tal Na'am, Shekh Najjar neighborhood and Jazmaty neighborhood in Aleppo, Najiyeh in Idlib and Kafr-Zeita in Hama, Vacuum bombs have targeted Harazma and Nashabiyeh in Damascus Suburbs and Ansary neighborhood in Aleppo. Artillery shelling was recorded in 140 points, followed by rocket shelling in 133 points, and mortar shelling was recorded in 126 points across Syria...
continua / continued  [ 11-dec-2013 20:42 ECT ]
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