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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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A Wedding Was Bombed–Don't Worry, It Was by the US, Not in the US
by Peter Hart
December 18, 2013 - Last Friday, it was reported that what seemed to be a US drone strike hit a wedding convoy in Yemen, killing over a dozen people. It got attention from outlets like the New York Times (FAIR Blog, 12/13/13), which reported that "most of the dead appeared to be people suspected of being militants linked to Al-Qaeda, according to tribal leaders in the area, but there were also reports that several civilians had been killed." Other accounts (CNN, 12/13/13) suggested that most–and perhaps all–of the dead were civilians.
Writing at the Atlantic (12/16/13), Conor Friedersdorf posed the question: Can you imagine the wall-to-wall press coverage, the outrage and the empathy for the victims that would follow if an American wedding were attacked in this fashion? ...
continua / continued  [ 19-dec-2013 03:43 ECT ]
Murder in Yemen
December 18, 2013 -Here’s the bottom line on the American drone strike that slaughtered as many as seventeen people in a wedding party in Yemen last week: the CIA, which carried out the attack, had no comment. The State Department didn’t say anything. And the White House, ignoring outcries in Yemen, says merely, "We obviously cooperate closely with the government of Yemen on counterterrorism, have in the past and will continue in the future to do that." Way back in May 2013, President Obama delivered a major speech on counterterrorism policy and drones, in which he said that the use of drones "raises profound questions—about who is targeted, and why; about civilian casualties, and the risk of creating new enemies; about the legality of such strikes under U.S. and international law; about accountability and morality."...
continua / continued  [ 19-dec-2013 03:39 ECT ]
Would we be surprised by an understanding between Iran and Israel in the New Year?
December 18, 2013 - ...In Iran, Kayhan Barzegar, editor of Tabnak newspaper, published an article on 9 December in which he wrote that the Geneva agreement opened the door for more cooperation with Western countries to solve regional and international issues. This helps move the political and security system from the balance of power to the strategic balance of interests and regional cooperation. He mentioned that these interests include maintaining the political system status quo, combating terrorism and extremism, and working together to achieve a Middle East that is free of weapons of mass destruction. You may have noticed that the previous analyses, and many others, made no mention of a role for the Arab world in the discussion of the new map of the area or the balance of power...I have said in a previous comment on the Geneva agreement that, logically, Iran cannot strike a deal with the United States while it continues to support the Palestinian resistance. I have wondered aloud what price Tehran would have to pay in order ensure the success of its agreement with Washington, especially given that is on probation for the next six months. I did not have the information needed to answer the question at the time, but I thought that proposing such a matter made sense in the current situation....
continua / continued  [ 19-dec-2013 03:12 ECT ]
Guantanamo Prisoner Shaker Aamer Addresses Why Certain Books Are Banned at the Facility
By: Kevin Gosztola
December 18, 2013 - It has been almost twelve years since British citizen Shaker Aamer was brought to Guantanamo Bay and imprisoned. He has been held without charge or trial, cleared for release twice, suffered torture during his confinement and been subjected to isolation for leading prisoners in challenging conditions at the detention camps. He has been a prominent participant in hunger strikes at Guantanamo as well. Last week, Aamer’s attorney and Reprieve director, Clive Stafford Smith, released a list of books (although incomplete) of books that have been banned by officers running the prison. When Smith visits Aamer every three months, he brings him books. "When I am allowed to read," Aamer wrote, "for a short while it lifts the heavily gloom that hangs over me." And, "Clive amuses himself (and me) by testing what the censors will let through."...
continua / continued  [ 19-dec-2013 03:07 ECT ]
Mandela is Gone, but Apartheid is Alive and Well in Australia
by John Pilger
December 18, 2013 -In the late 1960s, I was given an usual assignment by the London Daily Mirror’s editor in chief, Hugh Cudlipp. I was to return to my homeland, Australia, and "discover what lies behind the sunny face". The Mirror had been an indefatigable campaigner against apartheid in South Africa, where I had reported from behind the "sunny face". As an Australian, I had been welcomed into this bastion of white supremacy. "We admire you Aussies," people would say. "You know how to deal with your blacks."I was offended, of course, but I also knew that only the Indian Ocean separated the racial attitudes of the two colonial nations. What I was not aware of was how the similarity caused such suffering among the original people of my own country. Growing up, my school books had made clear, to quote one historian: "We are civilised, and they are not"....
continua / continued  [ 19-dec-2013 02:57 ECT ]
The Real "Red Wedding"|
US Drone Strike Targets Yemeni Wedding
by ALYSSA ROHRICHT
December 18, 2013- "Before any strike is taken," President Obama assured us in his speech this May on U.S. Drone and Counter-terrorism policy, "there must be near-certainty that no civilians will be killed or injured." Nice words, but as Jon Snow remarks in George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire, "Men are men, vows are words, and words are wind." Sorry, I can’t help it if a GOT quote most aptly fit there. I wonder how "near-certainty" the President was on Friday, December 13th, when a U.S. drone strike targeted a wedding convoy in Yemen’s al-Baitha province, killing 14 and injuring 22. Imagine gathering for a quaint wedding in Northern Virginia on a picturesque farm, all of your loved ones gathered in celebration, only to have your wedding party slaughtered by a drone from Pakistan. We react with hysteria when a lone gunman starts shooting in a public place. Imagine our vitriolic response to repeated attacks on weddings by foreign enemies. This isn’t the first wedding that we’ve bombed, nor is it likely the last...
continua / continued  [ 19-dec-2013 02:18 ECT ]
Omar Khadr Condemns His Guantánamo Plea Deal, As Canada Concedes He Is Not A “Maximum-Security Threat”
December 18, 2013 -Good news from Canada, finally, as former Guantánamo prisoner Omar Khadr has been "reclassified as a medium-security risk," and will be moved from Edmonton, where he is currently held as a maximum-security prisoner, to Bowden Correctional Institution, north of Calgary. The move will probably take place in the next few weeks, as the Edmonton Journal described it on Friday. Khadr, who was just 15 years old when he was seized after a firefight in Afghanistan in July 2002, has persistently been treated with disdain by the Canadian government, which, for ten years, failed to stand up for his rights as a Canadian citizen and a juvenile prisoner.When Khadr finally agreed to a plea deal at Guantánamo, just to be sent home, the Canadian government dragged its heels regarding its own part of the bargain...
continua / continued  [ 19-dec-2013 02:08 ECT ]
Syria News - December 17, 2013 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Local Coordination Committees of Syria + Videos
December 17, 2013 - By the end of Tuesday the Coordination Committees were able to document 128 martyrs including 23 children, 13 women and 2 martyrs under torture: 73 martyrs were reported in Aleppo, 22 in Damascus and its Suburbs, 14 in Daraa, 7 in Homs, 7 in Deir Ezzor, 3 in Hama, 1 in Idlib, and 1 martyr in Raqqa. Moreover, the committees have documented 537 points of shelling in Syria : Air strikes by warplanes were recorded in 59 points, explosive barrels were dropped in Masyaf Salma in Lattakia, Inkhel in Daraa, Dahrat Awda, Qaterjy neighborhood, Radwaniyeh, Shaar neighborhood and Bab in Aleppo, Vacuum bombs have targeted Tal Blat and Sukkary neighborhood's outskirts in Aleppo, Closter bombs have targeted Aqeirbat in Hama and Tal Blat in Aleppo, artillery shelling was recorded in 164 points, followed by rocket shelling in 145 points, and mortar shelling was recorded in 137 points across Syria.....
continua / continued  [ 19-dec-2013 00:28 ECT ]
Federal judge holds NSA telephone surveillance unconstitutional
By John Burton
December 17, 2013 - A federal judge in Washington, DC on Monday declared that the National Security Agency’s collection of telephone "metadata" from virtually every call made to, from or within the United States violates the Fourth Amendment, the constitutional provision protecting the "right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures." Judge Richard J. Leon granted the plaintiffs’ request for a preliminary injunction, ordering the government to stop collecting data on their telephone calls and to destroy their call records. But he stayed his ruling pending an appeal by the Obama administration, which argued in court in defense of the program. This effectively allows the government to continue spying on the calls of the plaintiffs while the case winds its way through the federal appeals courts and, very likely, makes its way to the US Supreme Court, a process that could take years...
continua / continued  [ 18-dec-2013 16:40 ECT ]
An Iranian-Israeli rapprochement seems likely
Arabic News Digest
December 17, 2013 -An Iranian-Israeli rapprochement could be a likely scenario next year as an option to remake the Middle East, argued Egyptian writer Fahmi Huwaidi in the Doha-based Al Sharq.Certainly, hostility towards Israel and its major ally, the US, has been a pillar of Iran’s policy since the 1979 Islamic revolution. Since then, Iran has been supporting anti-Israeli movements in Palestine and Lebanon. Yet there have been some political changes that have fuelled new speculations on Iran’s anti-Israel doctrine. Those changes have already resulted in a kind of reconciliation with the US, billed as the Great Satan in the traditional literature of the Iranian revolution. And so opening the door to a thaw in relations with Israel, which is billed as the Lesser Satan, becomes a possible scenario, the writer contended...Because Arabs are not seen as capable of maintaining order, the US has turned to the politically stable and regionally powerful Iran for that purpose. Thus the US will ensure Israel and Iran come together to keep order and fight extremism in the region, with voices in the US claiming that most extremists are Sunni, and that Shia fighters must be used to battle them...
continua / continued  [ 18-dec-2013 16:16 ECT ]
Saudi Arabia Will Go It Alone
By MOHAMMED BIN NAWAF BIN ABDULAZIZ AL SAUD
December 17, 2013— Saudi Arabia has been friends with our Western partners for decades; for some, like the United Kingdom where I serve as ambassador, for almost a century. These are strategic alliances that benefit us both. Recently, these relationships have been tested — principally because of differences over Iran and Syria.We believe that many of the West’s policies on both Iran and Syria risk the stability and security of the Middle East. This is a dangerous gamble, about which we cannot remain silent, and will not stand idly by.The crisis in Syria continues unabated. There have been over 100,000 civilian deaths. Most shockingly of all, the Oxford Research Group reports that of the 11,000 victims under 17 and under, more than 70 percent were killed by air strikes and artillery shells deliberately targeting civilian areas...
continua / continued  [ 18-dec-2013 03:16 ECT ]
Beit Sahour: Boycott is Historically Palestinian
December 17, 2013- As the Boycott, Sanctions and Divestment (BDS) movement continues to grow, and thus Israel’s international isolation, one must remember that the boycott is an authentically collective Palestinian strategy that is rooted in history. The BDS debate is at such an advanced stage that it has indeed surpassed all expectations. A few years ago, many of us were attempting to push the boundaries of the debate, but were faced by so much resistance, even from groups and movements that were viewed as progressive. The situation has now changed in such an evident way amid constant news of western governments, companies and academic institutions either joining the boycott or deliberating the possibility of doing so. However, one ought to be reminded that the boycott is not an alien strategy invited by outside actors, as it is itself rooted in nearly a century long fight for Palestinian rights and collective self-definition, starting years before the state of Israel was established...
continua / continued  [ 18-dec-2013 03:11 ECT ]
Systemic Integration of (Military) Power |
Obama’s National Security State
by NORMAN POLLACK
December 17, 2013-The militarization of intelligence is not a new development. That had always been its primary if not also integral function from the start. E.g., the CIA did not and does not, to my knowledge, focus its resources on, or preoccupy itself with, compiling baseball stats or tables of comparative annual rainfall, but rather, has proven its adeptness at assassination, the broader range of regime-change activities, and now, with JSOC forces and private contractors, it fulfills, under Obama’s aegis, an enlarged operational role beyond strict intelligence of planning and executing drone killings (even possessing its own fleet of drones)...
continua / continued  [ 18-dec-2013 02:58 ECT ]
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