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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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In Praise of Mess, Chaos and Panic
June 11, 2013 - An immense and unexpected sadness now suffuses the last part of my life. I did not anticipate, when we are ruled by a Death State which grows more brazenly callous in its murderous practices by the day, that those who challenge authority and seek to push back against the ascendance of brutality and oppression would willingly adopt critical aspects of the monsters' manner of destroying us. Whatever radicals and revolutionaries may be found among us, they are, with extraordinarily rare exceptions, always intent on minding their p's and q's, and never, ever soiling their cuffs with even a smidgen of dirt or dust. Even when we speak of peaceful revolution founded in civil disobedience, if you think that an unfailingly polite, neat, and manicured revolution is a contradiction in terms, you're correct. A well-mannered revolution is one doomed to fail. In the current circumstances, polite, rules-abiding challenges to authority have been rendered irrelevant and utterly without meaning ...
continua / continued  [ 14-jun-2013 15:45 ECT ]
Syria News - June 10, 2013 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Local Coordination Committees of Syria + Videos
June 10, 2013 - By the end of Monday, the coordination committees were able to document 90 martyrs in Syria, among them 13 women, 8 martyrs under torture, and 4 children: 25 martyrs were reported in Damascus and its suburbs; 18 in Aleppo; 14 in Homs; 12 in Deir Ezzor; 10 in Raqqa; 3 in Idlib; 3 in Hama; 2 in Daraa; 1 in Lattakia; 1 in Quneitra; and 1 in Hasakeh. Moreover, the committees have documented 401 points of shelling: Air strikes by warplanes were recorded in 36 points, explosive barrels have shelled Raqqa city and the perimeter of Division 17 in Raqqa, surface-to-surface missiles have shelled Zamalka in Damascus Suburbs, while artillery shelling was recorded in 131 points, rocket shelling in 123 points, and mortar shelling in 108 points in different areas across Syria...
continua / continued  [ 14-jun-2013 14:21 ECT ]
German Foreign Ministry: arming the Syrian opposition threatens Israel
Middle East Monitor
June 10,2013 -The German Foreign Minister, Guido Westerwelle, has warned France and Britain of the consequences of arming the Syrian opposition, and stressed that there were terrorists in Syria that target Israel.In an interview with German newspaper 'Welt am Sonntag' published on Sunday, Westerwelle said, "Unfortunately, there are terrorists in Syria who do not only target Damascus, but also Israel." He added, "Therefore, my instincts call for protecting our Israeli friends and partners. This matter is not limited to weapons, but also to modern air defence systems. If such weapons were to fall into the wrong hands, it may result in a serious threat to Israel and all civil aviation."..
continua / continued  [ 13-jun-2013 23:17 ECT ]
Obama, Clapper and most of Congress are full of s**t:|
Where’s the Bullshit Repellent When We Need It?
by: Dave Lindorff
June 10, 2013 - Many years ago, back in 1975 when Gerald Ford was the nation’s default president, I spent a summer living in the home of two Minneapolis friends, both important anti-war academics, who had two young children. One of their kids, Jacob, who was about seven at the time and smart as a whip, had been given the gift of a can of compressed air which carried a label claiming it contained a miracle product called "Bullshit Repellent." Whenever someone in the house -- family member, me, or some other guest -- would say something ridiculous, stupid or false, someone would inevitably yell out, "Jacob, get the Bullshit Repellent!" Jacob would come running in enthusiastically with the can and would spray it proudly at whoever was uttering the BS...
continua / continued  [ 13-jun-2013 23:05 ECT ]
Torture, Conflicts-of-Interest and Government Experts|
Judicial Ignorance and Bias in the Case of Ahmed Abu Ali
by JEFFREY KAYE
June 10, 2013 -Even as a desperate hunger strike by detainees at Guantanamo prison camp continues, with dozens in medical peril, preferring death to the lawless existence of indefinite detention and ongoing planned (or some might say, capricious) abuse, human rights and civil liberties activists often point to the Article III courts as an alternative in the prosecution of "war on terror" crimes. But an examination of actual cases prosecuted in the criminal courts shows that use of accepted rules and appeal procedures merely produce their own version of unfairness and arbitrary injustice. Ahmed Abu Ali is a young man in his early 30s, who at this point in his life should be coming into his career prime, consolidating his family, and making his mark upon the world. Instead, he is held in the extremely onerous conditions of government-imposed Special Administrative Measures (SAMs) at the Administrative Maximum Facility (ADX) in Florence, Colorado, held "in 23-hour lockdown, in a 7×12 cell", out of all practical reach to anyone, essentially buried alive..
continua / continued  [ 13-jun-2013 20:15 ECT ]
Bradley Manning’s Trial, NSA Leaks & the Ever-Increasing Secrecy of the National Security State
By: Kevin Gosztola
June 9, 2013 - On Friday, I participated in one of the better chats or discussions that I have done with others on Bradley Manning, government secrecy, the broken system of classification and the pursuit of whistleblowers or truth-tellers by the Obama administration. The chat also discussed the disclosures a whistleblower in government is now making on the National Security Agency’s secret surveillance programs.The show is called "The OpenGlobal Show." It is a new program, and this was the second episode. Joshua Foust, a freelance writer and former Defense Intelligence Agency analyst, and Katherine Maher, a fellow with the Truman Security Project, both participated in the discussion. It was hosted by Taylor Owen, a host of OpenCanada.org. The segment began with me providing a summary and update on Bradley Manning’s trial. Foust and Maher both provided updates on the top secret court order for Verizon call data and the PRISM surveillance program...
continua / continued  [ 12-jun-2013 18:51 ECT ]
The Season of Death at Guantánamo
June 9, 2013 - Seven years ago, late in the evening on June 9, 2006, three prisoners — Ali al-Salami, a Yemeni, and Mani al-Utaybi and Yasser al-Zahrani, both Saudis — died at Guantánamo, in what was described by the authorities as a triple suicide, although that explanation seemed to be extremely dubious at the time, and has not become more convincing with the passage of time. At the time, the prison’s commander, Rear Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr., attracted widespread criticism by declaring that the deaths were an act of war. Speaking of the prisoners, he said, "They are smart, they are creative, they are committed. They have no regard for life, neither ours nor their own. I believe this was not an act of desperation, but an act of asymmetrical warfare waged against us."...
continua / continued  [ 12-jun-2013 17:53 ECT ]
Guilty Until Proven Innocent|
How to Pre-Convict and Pre-Punish an American Muslim
By Victoria Brittain
June 9, 2013 - A four-month hunger strike, mass force-feedings, and widespread media coverage have at last brought Guantanamo, the notorious offshore prison set up by the Bush administration early in 2002, back into American consciousness. Prominent voices are finally calling on President Obama to close it down and send home scores of prisoners who, years ago, were cleared of wrongdoing. Still unnoticed and out of the news, however, is a comparable situation in the U.S. itself, involving a pattern of controversial terrorism trials that result in devastating prison sentences involving the harshest forms of solitary confinement. This growing body of prisoners is made up of Muslim men, including some formerly well-known and respected American citizens...
continua / continued  [ 12-jun-2013 17:30 ECT ]
Just a Marker for All the 60-Second Arendts
June 9, 2013 - As regular readers probably suspect, I am following developments in the NSA/Prism story with great interest. I have many thoughts about it, and I'll probably start actually publishing some of them in the latter part of the coming week. And even though I fully understand this will have precisely no effect whatsoever, I offer one general caution. It is the same caution I discussed in some detail with regard to the WikiLeaks story from almost three years ago. In the seventh part (!) of my WikiLeaks series, I spoke about the enormous perils "of our culture's insistence on speed as a primary virtue." With the growing popularity and influence of Twitter in the intervening three years, this problem has been significantly exacerbated. In that same article, I wrote: "[E]verything is 'news,' and it is here today (or even only for a few hours), and gone tomorrow. Everything passes, and nothing is remembered; usually, nothing is understood."...
continua / continued  [ 12-jun-2013 17:11 ECT ]
Syria News - June 8 2013 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Local Coordination Committees of Syria + Videos
June 8 2013 - By the end of Saturday, the coordination committees were able to focument 86 martyrs, among them 5 women, 3 children, and 4 martyrs under torture: 27 martyrs were reported in Damascus and its suburbs; 19 in Aleppo;17 martys in Daraa; 12 in Homs; 3 in Quneitra; 3 in Raqqa; 2 in Hama; and 1 in Idlib. Moreover, the committees have documented 496 points of shelling in Syria: Air strikes by warplanes were recorded in 37 points, explosive barrels have landed in Tabqa and Mshaher neighborhood in Raqqa and Dahsh in Hama, also 5 SCUD missiles were recorded from Brigade 155 in Quteifeh one of them in Houra and another in Mansoura in Raqqa, surface-to-surface missiles have landed in Maaret Artiq in Aleppo and Shehil in Deir Ezzor, thermobaric bombs have shelled Telfita in Damascus Suburbs and the perimeter of Menegh Military Airport, while artillery shelling was recorded in 167 points, rocket shelling in 148 points, and mortar shelling in 132 points in different areas across Syria...
continua / continued  [ 12-jun-2013 16:26 ECT ]
Unconstitutional US Data-Mining
by Stephen Lendman
June 8, 2013 - On June 5, London's Guardian reported part of it. "NSA collecting phone records of millions of Verizon customers daily," it headlined. On June 6, a follow-up article headlined "NSA taps in to systems of Google, Facebook, Apple and others, secret files reveal." The Washington Post followed with its own report. It said the NSA and FBI "are tapping directly into the central servers of nine US Internet companies, extracting audio, video, photographs, e-mails, documents and connection logs that enable analysts to trace a person’s movements and contacts over time."..
continua / continued  [ 11-jun-2013 21:39 ECT ]
Anger at US drone war continues in Yemen|
Psychological impact mounts in Khashamir where drones killed a family last year and residents still feel "terrorised".
June 8, 2013 - In his counterterrorism speech on May 27, US President Barack Obama stopped short of an apology when he acknowledged civilian casualties by American drones, saying: "Those deaths will haunt us as long as we live."For Faisal Ahmed bin Ali Jaber, 54, and his rural village of Khashamir in Yemen’s eastern Hadhramaut province, one deadly accident continues to exact a heavy toll.Last year the community was hit by a lethal drone strike, killing family members. Today the villagers still suffer their loss, and from mental trauma sustained by a continual buzzing of drones overhead.The circumstances behind the strike are tragic. Faisal said his brother-in-law, a respected, 49-year old cleric called Salem Ahmed bin Ali Jaber, delivered a forceful sermon denouncing al-Qaeda’s extremism at the local mosque...
continua / continued  [ 11-jun-2013 20:54 ECT ]
How Many Iraqis Died in the Iraq War?
By Rebecca Hellmich
June 8, 2013 - How many Iraqis died in the Iraq War? That's the kind of question that should be asked, especially if you happen to live in the countries that launched the war that killed so many. The results from a new poll commissioned by the British media watchdog group MediaLens exposed a startling disconnect between the realities of the Iraq War and public perceptions of it: Namely, what the Iraqi death toll was. When Britons were asked "how many Iraqis, both combatants and civilians, do you think have died as a consequence of the war that began in Iraq in 2003?," 44 percent of respondents estimated that 5,000 or fewer deaths had occurred...These answers are, of course, way off the mark. Estimates of the death toll range from about 174,000 (Iraq Body Count, 3/19/13) to over a million (Opinion Business Research, cited in Congressional Research Service, 10/7/10)...
continua / continued  [ 11-jun-2013 19:15 ECT ]
“Dirty Wars”: An Immensely Powerful Anti-War Film, Uncovering Obama’s Global “War on Terror”
June 8, 2013 - On May 13, I was privileged to be invited to a London preview of "Dirty Wars," the new documentary film, directed by Richard Rowley and focusing on the journalist Jeremy Scahill’s investigations into America’s global "war on terrorism" — not historically, but right here, right now under President Obama. In particular, the film, which opens in the US this weekend, and is accurately described by the New York Times as "pessimistic, grimly outraged and utterly riveting," follows Scahill, who wrote it with David Riker, and is also the narrator, as he uncovers the existence of the shadowy organization JSOC, the Joint Special Operations Command, established by 1980, which is at the heart of the "dirty wars" being waged in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia and elsewhere...
continua / continued  [ 11-jun-2013 13:39 ECT ]
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