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:: ONU - XX Assemblea Generale (1965):
La 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-
minazione e all'indipendenza".
Inoltre, l'Assemblea invita "tutti gli Stati a fornire assistenza morale e materiale ai movimenti di liberazione nazionale nei territori coloniali".

:: ONU - Risoluzione 1514
"L'Assemblea 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 all' autodeter-
minazione; in virtù di tale diritto essi devono liberamente determinare il loro status politico e liberamente perseguire il loro sviluppo economico, sociale e culturale".

:: Convenzione di Ginevra, Protocollo Addizionale I (1977):
La lotta armata può essere usata, come ultima risorsa, come mezzo per esercitare il diritto all' autodeter-

:: Tribunale penale internazionale
In base allo Statuto del Tribunale penale internazionale, sono definiti “crimini di guerra”:
(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 militari previsti.

:: Iraq anthem
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B’Tselem video: Israeli soldiers blindfold and detain 11 year old disabled child
Annie Robbins

October 20, 2014 - atch as settlers from the Jewish settlement of Kiryat Arba, near Hebron, clap, shout and cheer as an Israeli soldier binds the hands of a child behind his back and fastens a blindfold over his eyes as another soldier stands on guard before they lift the frightened boy into the back of their military jeep enclosing him in darkness as the settlers’ cheering continues. The boy is eleven and developmentally disabled. The scene, captured on video by a B’Tselem volunteer, is another all too familiar scene of life under occupation...

  continua / continued avanti - next    [110320] [ 18-dec-2014 03:10 ECT ]

My Father Was Killed by a Computer, Says 7-Year-Old Afghan Child
Dr. Hakim

October 20, 2014 - Imal, a 7-year-old Afghan student in the 2nd grade, came to visit us in Kabul.As Imal grew up, he kept asking his mother where his father was. His mother finally told Imal that his father had been killed by a drone when he was still a baby.If you could see Imal in this video you would want to hug Imal immediately. If Imal were a white American kid, this tragedy would not have befallen his father. Which American would allow any U.S. citizen to be killed by a foreign drone? ...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110319] [ 18-dec-2014 02:56 ECT ]

The Dark Alliance of Media and Empire: The ‘Dissident’ Smear of Gary Webb
Chris Floyd

October 20, 2014 - I assume that most of the rapidly dwindling number of people who read this blog have already read Tarzie’s takedown of The Intercept’s curiously CIA-slanted smear of Gary Webb, who revealed the Agency’s instrumental involvement in the 1980s crack epidemic that devastated America’s inner cities in order to fund the illegal Contra war in Nicaragua... Anyway, in his original piece, Tarzie committed the increasingly rare sin of genuine journalism by investigating and debunking, point by point, The Intercept’s ugly spin on Webb’s work — work which was later confirmed by the CIA itself. Now Tarzie is back with a follow-up on the continuing disparagement of Webb’s work by the Establishment media (covering its own spotty posterior for its original collaboration with CIA smears) in a new piece, with links to several other important stories on the case. Both pieces are well worth reading, if you haven’t already...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110318] [ 18-dec-2014 02:42 ECT ]

Family of Mohammed Abu Khdeir continues to wait for justice as Israeli court again postpones trial for his killers
Allison Deger

October 20, 2014 -Four months after the grisly slaying of Mohammed Abu Khdeir, his killers faced Jerusalem district court judges today to enter their pleas. Instead of responding to the charges, Yosef Haim Ben-David, the 29-year old settler from the Adam settlement and ringleader of the abduction, and two 16-year-old Israeli accomplices were all granted continuances. The trial was set to begin over the summer, however it was pushed back after defendants switched representation. Today, lawyers for the three accused each presented their own arguments to stymie the court again..
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110317] [ 18-dec-2014 02:39 ECT ]

Israeli Settlers jeapordise the fate of UNESCO heritage site
Ismail Patel

October 20, 2014 - For three weeks, Palestinian Muslims have been denied access to one of the holiest sites in Islam. Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem has become the site of frequent assaults by occupation forces and efforts to breach the complex by Zionist extremists.Clashes between unarmed protesters and Israeli forces armed with stun grenades, tear gas and rubber coated steel bullets have left dozens of Palestinians wounded, and has resulted in fires that threaten the stability of the 1300 year-old complex. Intent on destroying the mosque and rebuilding the lost Temple of Solomon, more than a thousand Zionist settlers have entered the area in the past week under the protection of the occupation army, and have been given carte blanche to intimidate and harass Palestinians worshipping at the site...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110316] [ 18-dec-2014 02:28 ECT ]

Israeli army shoots and kills 13-year-old Palestinian child
By Emily Mulder

October 20, 2014 - Israeli military forces shot 13-year-old Bahaa Samir Badir in the chest from close range Thursday night. According to eyewitness, Ahmad (name changed for security reasons) the confrontation began after the Israeli army raided Beit Laqiya, a village on the outskirts of Ramallah. A group of boys tried block the road in an attempt to prevent the army jeeps from exiting the village.In response to stones and Molotov cocktails thrown by the group, Israeli soldiers reportedly used sound bombs and tear gas, followed by live fire. As Badir and a group of friends walked home from an after school game of football, they cut onto the main road where the clashes were occurring...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110315] [ 18-dec-2014 02:13 ECT ]

The Obama-Khamenei alliance
By Michael Ledeen

October 20, 2014 - ...President Obama and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei have arranged a working relationship throughout the Middle East that effectively puts American policy at the service of Iran. Long the goal of Obama, who sent a private emissary to Tehran as early as the 2008 election campaign to tell the Khamenei regime he wanted to be their friend, there is now a de facto alliance between the two countries. Notwithstanding the often nasty rhetoric from the two capitals, the United States is very careful not to challenge Iranian interests in hot spots like Syria, Iraq and Yemen... The Obama administration officially denies it is working closely with Tehran. As Michael Doran has pointed out, the White House and State Department have jumped through very high linguistic hoops to obscure the closeness of U.S.-Iranian coordination..
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110314] [ 18-dec-2014 02:09 ECT ]

“The Alawite Tide Has Exploded” – A “Secular” Song For a “Secular” Regime?
Ben Allinson-Davies

October 20, 2014 - When bearing in mind the allegedly "secular" nature of Bashar al-Assad’s regime… It might also be worth bearing in mind that Assad’s regime has utilised Alawi and Shiite sectarianism for decades (Assad’s own family hails from the Alawite sect, in an attempt to shore up the regime’s power base, and give it a reliable supply of cannon fodder from the minorities, fearful of repression should the regime fall. This it has done with considerable success; frightening Alawites everywhere into believing that evil Sunni terrorists will somehow slaughter them wholesale if it falls. In many Alawite villages, practically every young man has joined regime militias, which, although they ostensibly have a secular, inclusive mentality, are actually vicious Alawite militia which genuinely believe that they are fighting an existential battle, such as the "National Defense Force" or the "Syrian Resistance"...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110313] [ 18-dec-2014 02:03 ECT ]

Palestinian man successfully harvests olives for the first time in 14 years
International Solidarity Movement

October 20, 2014 - Today in al-Khalil (Hebron) Hashem Azzeh, a Palestinian man living in the Tel Rumeida neighborhood was able to successfully harvest his olives, on a certain part of his land, for the first time in 14 years. Hashem and his family live in H2 (the area of Hebron under full Israeli military civil and security control), right next to the illegal settlement in the heart of Tel Rumeida.Since the year 2000, Hashem has applied for a permit from the Israeli authorities to harvest his own olive trees but has been either denied, or received "permission", and had his olives stolen by Zionist settlers. This year, Hashem received a permit to harvest six trees today, and along with his brother and activists from ISM and Christian Peacemakers Team – Palestine (CPT), he began to work on his land. Two colonial settlers soon arrived an attempted to convince the Israeli police and army present that Hashem´s land belonged to them and that he should not be picking olives on "their land"...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110312] [ 18-dec-2014 01:57 ECT ]

Arab fear of the "extended arm of Iran"
By Ali Sadrzadeh

October 20, 2014 - "The Islamic revolution already controls three capital cities. Very soon they will be followed by Yemen's capital; then Saudi Arabia will be next!" Does this sound like the victory announcement of a proud field officer on the brink of the successful conclusion of a military campaign? Or does it sound like the gleeful exclamation of someone who will soon be in possession of all the pieces of his puzzle? On 18 September last, the Iranian parliamentarian Alireza Zakani gathered students from the paramilitary organisation known as the Basij around him in the city of Mashhad in north-eastern Iran to explain to them the Iranian offensive in the region...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110311] [ 17-dec-2014 19:26 ECT ]

US Government Moves to Dismiss Lawsuit Against ‘Suspicious Activity’ Program Which Keeps Files on Innocent People
By: Kevin Gosztola

October 20, 2014 - The United States government has moved to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on behalf of five US citizens who say they were victims of a domestic surveillance program, which involves the collection of "suspicious activity reports" on individuals. According to the ACLU’s filed complaint [PDF], a National Suspicious Activity Reporting Initiative (NSI) "encourages state and local law enforcement agencies as well as private actors to collect and report information that has a potential nexus to terrorism in the form of so-called 'suspicious activity reports [SARs].’"...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110310] [ 17-dec-2014 18:55 ECT ]

Israel excluded from war games in Italy following protests
Stephanie Westbrook

October 20, 2014 - The Israeli air force has been removed from the list of armed forces now taking part in multinational military training exercises on the Italian island of Sardinia following a campaign by anti-war activists.During Israel’s deadly 51-day bombing campaign on Gaza in July and August, anti-militarization and Palestine solidarity groups mobilized against the military drills in general, and Israel’s participation in particular.Palestinians in Gaza, standing in the rubble of destroyed homes, posted photographs appealing directly to Italy not to "train the pilots who bombs us."...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110309] [ 16-dec-2014 20:04 ECT ]

ISIS is latest US ‘bogeyman’ to justify regional ‘War on Terror’ strategy: FSA officer

October 20, 2014 - Free Syrian Army officer Colonel Ismail Ammar said in an interview published on Monday that the US-led international coalition’s current actions in Kobani aim to involve in Turkey in a strategy aimed not at weakening or overthrowing the Assad regime but at making it the primary beneficiary of coalition airstrikes. In the interview with a Kuwaiti newspaper, Col. Al-Ammar (pictured) said that the ISIS is the international community’s current scapegoat of choice, adding that the group is the creation of the Assad regime, which continues to coordinate closely with US and other nations’ intelligence agencies, with Washington needing a 'bogeyman’ like the ISIS in the Middle East in order to implement its 'War on Terror’ strategies for the region....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110308] [ 16-dec-2014 03:51 ECT ]

Israeli Attacks on Fishermen in the Gaza Sea
The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR)

October 20, 2014 - Israeli Naval forces continued to carry out attacks on Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza Strip during the reporting period[1] (1 – 30 September 2014), including 18 shooting incidents that resulted in the injury of a fishermen while fishing; 4 chasing incidents that led to the arrest of 11 fishermen; and confiscation of 4 fishing boats and 22 pieces of fishing nets belonging to Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza Strip. The Israeli naval forces did not comply with the ceasefire agreement concluded between Israel and Palestinian armed groups under Egyptian auspices on 26 August 2014. This agreement includes allowing Palestinian fishermen to sail within 6 nautical miles in the Gaza Sea. According to PCHR's investigations, all attacks took place within the distance of 6 nautical miles, which proves that Israeli forces' policies aim to tighten restrictions on the Gaza Strip's fishermen and their livelihoods...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110307] [ 16-dec-2014 03:38 ECT ]

For near identical crimes, an Israeli and a Palestinian’s fate couldn’t be more different
By John Brown* (translated by Sol Salbe)

October 20, 2014 - Three months ago, on July 25, Raed al Jabari, a 35-year-old a father of five, was driving on Route 60 through the West Bank. He apparently fell asleep at the wheel (having earlier taken painkillers). Near the Gush Etzion Junction he hit a woman standing on the road. The woman was slightly injured. Immediately afterwards, he veered sharply back onto the road and turned himself in to Israeli authorities. There he explained what is outlined above. Al Jabari was arrested and taken to the Ofer military prison. He was brought to the military court within the complex, where in light of these facts, the military judge released him on NIS 8,000 bail ($2140), having decided that he was not dangerous and his action wasn’t a deliberate terrorist act...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110306] [ 16-dec-2014 03:26 ECT ]

Gaza and the Bipartisan War on Human Rights
by Stephen Zunes

October 20, 2014 - Israel’s seven weeks of attacks this summer on heavily populated civilian neighborhoods in Gaza has led to unprecedented concern among Americans who, while still broadly supportive of Israel, found the attacks to be disproportionate and unnecessary. Close to 1,500 Palestinian civilians in Gaza were killed in the Israeli attacks – more of 500 of whom were children – and 18,000 homes were destroyed, leaving over 100,000 people homeless. Despite this devastating civilian toll, leading Democrats in Washington have joined Republicans in claiming that Israel’s actions were legitimate acts of self-defense against military targets, dismissing reports by reputable Israeli and international human rights groups saying otherwise...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110305] [ 16-dec-2014 03:04 ECT ]

IS, coalition, regime: 'They're all criminals'
Syria Direct

October 20, 2014 - Since beginning airstrikes across Syria in August, the US-led international coalition has focused heavily on the Islamic State-controlled Iraqi border town of Al-Bokamel, which sits between Syria's Deir e-Zor and Iraq's Anbar provinces. There, coalition airstrikes targeted, among other locations, oil fields and refineries, paralyzing economic activity in a town whose residents rely on fuel supplies for personal business, Abu Zeid Abdullah, a member of the Syrian LCC Union, the umbrella group for the country's local coordination committes, told Syria Direct's Mohammed al-Haj Ali earlier this month.Now, Abdullah says the coalition is targeting grain silos and mills. For Syrians living in these towns, the airstrikes are part of a larger plan to destroy Syria....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110304] [ 16-dec-2014 02:46 ECT ]

Syria News - October 19, 2014
Local Coordination Committees of Syria

October 19, 2014 - By the end of Saturday, LCC were able to document 49 martyrs including 6 martyrs under torture, 2 children, and one woman: 17 martyrs reported in Aleppo; 10 in Hama; 9 in Daraa; 9 in Damascus and its Suburbs; 6 in Idlib; 3 in Deir Ezzor and 3 in Homs....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110303] [ 15-dec-2014 05:08 ECT ]

Identities of minors who admitted to killing Mohammed Abu Khdeir to be revealed Monday
Allison Deger

October 19, 2014 - On Monday three Israelis who admitted to the killing of Mohammed Abu Khdeir, the 16-year old Palestinian who was burned to death over the summer after being abducted from behind his East Jerusalem home in a revenge killing for the unrelated kidnapping and slaying of three Israeli youths a month prior, will give their pleas in district court.Yosef Haim Ben-David, a 29-year old settler is expected to plea insanity and is the assumed ringleader. The other defendants identities have been sealed by a gag order as they are minors. However, an Israeli judge will allow media and the public to attend tomorrow’s hearing, in effect lifting the ban on concealing their identities...

  continua / continued avanti - next    [110302] [ 13-dec-2014 02:49 ECT ]

Los Angeles activists block unloading of Israeli cargo ship for two days
Charlotte Silver

October 19, 2014 - The Block the Boat coalition of Los Angeles claimed another victory this weekend after an Israeli cargo ship, the Zim Savannah, delayed docking at the port of Long Beach for at least 34 hours. Cookie Partansky, an organizer with the LA Block the Boat coalition, told The Electronic Intifada that approximately 150 activists gathered at the Los Angeles port at 6am on Saturday, 18 October. The morning’s action followed weeks of communication with the longshoremen’s union and educating workers about Israel’s brutal occupation of Palestine, as well as the group’s reasons for targeting Zim, an Israeli shipping line...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110301] [ 13-dec-2014 02:38 ECT ]

Obama Could Reaffirm a Bush-Era Reading of a Treaty on Torture

October 19, 2014 - When the Bush administration revealed in 2005 that it was secretly interpreting a treaty ban on "cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment" as not applying to C.I.A. and military prisons overseas, Barack Obama, then a newly elected Democratic senator from Illinois, joined in a bipartisan protest....But the Obama administration has never officially declared its position on the treaty, and now, President Obama’s legal team is debating whether to back away from his earlier view. It is considering reaffirming the Bush administration’s position that the treaty imposes no legal obligation on the United States to bar cruelty outside its borders, according to officials who discussed the deliberations on the condition of anonymity....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110300] [ 13-dec-2014 02:02 ECT ]

Edward Snowden and the Golden Age of Spying
A TomDispatch Interview With Laura Poitras

Tom Engelhardt

October 19, 2014 - Here’s a Ripley’s Believe It or Not! stat from our new age of national security. How many Americans have security clearances? The answer: 5.1 million, a figure that reflects the explosive growth of the national security state in the post-9/11 era. Imagine the kind of system needed just to vet that many people for access to our secret world (to the tune of billions of dollars). We’re talking here about the total population of Norway and significantly more people than you can find in Costa Rica, Ireland, or New Zealand. And yet it’s only about 1.6% of the American population, while on ever more matters, the unvetted 98.4% of us are meant to be left in the dark....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110299] [ 12-dec-2014 02:47 ECT ]

Anti-semitism charge is increasingly being leveled against Israel’s mainstream critics
Philip Weiss

October 19, 2014 - Maybe you saw that a top minister in Israel’s government accused John Kerry, the US secretary of state, of anti-Semitism? John Kerry made the mistake of saying that if only Israel made peace with the Palestinians, that would cut down on extremism in the region. From Haaretz: Economy Minister Naftali Bennett attacked U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry over his comments Friday connecting the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and extremism in the Middle East. "It turns out that even when a British Muslim decapitates a British Christian, there will always be someone to blame the Jew," he said.....

  continua / continued avanti - next    [110298] [ 12-dec-2014 02:19 ECT ]

Foreign Secretary ignores concerns over Guantanamo Brit abuse


October 19, 2014 - Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has dismissed concerns over the abuse of British cleared detainee Shaker Aamer, in a letter to his lawyer at human rights charity Reprieve. In August 2014 Clive Stafford Smith wrote to the Foreign Secretary after a fellow detainee had described what he called a new 'standard procedure’ of abuses at the prison. Yemeni Emad Hassan, cleared for release and detained without charge since 2002, wrote that "an FCE [Forcible Cell Extraction, where a team of guards in riot gear manhandle a detainee] team has been brought in to beat the detainees […] On Sunday, Shaker ISN 239 was beaten when the medical people wanted to draw blood."...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110297] [ 12-dec-2014 02:14 ECT ]

The Reign of ‘Terror’
By Tomis Kapitan

October 19, 2014 - ... Even when a definition is agreed upon, the rhetoric of "terror" is applied both selectively and inconsistently. In the mainstream American media, the "terrorist" label is usually reserved for those opposed to the policies of the U.S. and its allies. By contrast, some acts of violence that constitute terrorism under most definitions are not identified as such — for instance, the massacre of over 2000 Palestinian civilians in the Beirut refugee camps in 1982 or the killings of more than 3000 civilians in Nicaragua by "contra" rebels during the 1980s, or the genocide that took the lives of at least a half million Rwandans in 1994. At the opposite end of the spectrum, some actions that do not qualify as terrorism are labeled as such — that would include attacks by Hamas, Hezbollah or ISIS, for instance, against uniformed soldiers on duty. ...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110296] [ 12-dec-2014 02:02 ECT ]

Podcast: Guantanamo Prisoner’s Attorney on Importance of Public Seeing Videos of His Forced-Feedings
By: Kevin Gosztola

October 19, 2014 - Guantanamo prisoner Abu Wa’el Dhiab has been pursuing a lawsuit against President Barack Obama’s administration to force the government stop using force-feeding to punish him while he is on hunger strike and protesting against his continued indefinite detention, even though he has been cleared for release. There were legal proceedings in recent weeks, where a federal judge heard testimony about his treatment. The lawyers filed a "post-trial brief" on October 17, which argued that Dhiab has suffered an "unacceptable and unconstitutional degree of cruelty and incompetence" by authorities who have "sought to suppress" Dhiab’s "peaceful protest by causing him gratuitous pain."...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110295] [ 12-dec-2014 01:52 ECT ]

Appointment of Iraq’s new interior minister opens door to militia and Iranian influence
By Loveday Morris

October 19, 2014 - Iraq’s parliament voted Saturday to put an affiliate of an Iranian-backed paramilitary group in charge of a key security ministry, a move that could strike a serious blow to efforts to unite Sunnis and Shiites to wrest back their country from Islamist extremists. The new interior minister is Mohammed Ghabban, a little-known Shiite politician with the Badr Organization. But there is little doubt that Hadi al-Amiri, head of the party and its military wing, will wield the real power in the ministry. The Badr militia ran notorious Shiite death squads during Iraq’s sectarian war, after infiltrating the Interior Ministry. A leaked 2009 State Department cable said sources had indicated that Amiri may have personally ordered attacks on up to 2,000 Sunnis. Amiri has denied such allegations...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110294] [ 11-dec-2014 03:00 ECT ]

Most Jewish Israelis oppose Palestinian state, new poll shows
By Mairav Zonszein

October 19, 2014 - A large majority of Jewish Israeli citizens (74 percent) oppose the establishment of a Palestinian state along the pre-1967 borders, according to a new poll conducted by the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, a right-wing think tank. The organization also found that 76 percent oppose a Palestinian state if it means dividing Jerusalem. The poll surveyed 505 Jewish Israelis, dividing them along their personal political orientation. Three hundred and four identified themselves as right wing, 125 as centrists and 68 as left wing. It is interesting to note that of those who consider themselves "centrists," 63 percent oppose a Palestinian state along the pre-1967 border, compared with only 19 percent who identify as left...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110293] [ 11-dec-2014 01:47 ECT ]

Oslo is dead! Long live Oslo! The UK House of Commons Supports Diplomatic Recognition of Palestine
Richard Falk

October 19, 2014 -On October 13 the House of Commons by an overwhelming vote of 274-12 urged the British government to extend diplomatic recognition to Palestine. At first glance, it would seem a rather meaningless gesture. It is a non-binding resolution, and Prime Minister David Cameron has already declared that this expression of parliamentary opinion will have no effect whatever on existing government policy. So far Britain along with the states in Western Europe adhere to Israel’s stubborn insistence, echoed by Washington, that Palestinian statehood can only be established through a solution to the conflict negotiated by the parties. Even if the British vote was binding, why should it be seen as a dramatic move in Palestine’s favor? After all, Palestine has already been accorded recognition by 134 states since Yasir Arafat declared the existence of a Palestinian state within 1967 borders back in 1988...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110292] [ 11-dec-2014 00:54 ECT ]

Syria News - October 18, 2014
Local Coordination Committees of Syria

October 18, 2014 - By the end of Saturday, LCC were able to document 44 martyrs 2 women, a child and 5 martyrs under torture: 10 martyre reported in Aleppo; 10 in Hama; 7 in Idlib; 6 in Daraa; 5 in Deir Ezzor; 5 in Damascus and its Suburbs; and 1 in Homs....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110291] [ 11-dec-2014 00:47 ECT ]

Military Resistance 12J3 ISIS Strikes Inside Baghdad
Thomas F. Barton

October 18, 2014 - An Iraqi MP and prominent militia leader was one of at least 21 people killed Tuesday in a bombing immediately claimed by the Islamic State jihadist group.Ahmed al-Khafaji, a commander in the Shiite Badr militia, was among those killed in the attack in the Kadhimiyah area, a fellow lawmaker and a medical official said. The attack, which wounded at least another 51 people, was the third in the Shiite district of Kadhimiyah in four days. In a statement posted online, the Islamic State jihadist group said that a bomber it identified as Abu Aisha al -Samarraie had carried out the attack and that Khafaji was the target...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110290] [ 10-dec-2014 22:19 ECT ]

Epidemic of Birth Defects in Iraq
Carol Dudek

October 18, 2014 - On Tuesday, Oct. 14, Columbia University's School of Public Health hosted a presentation by two prominent researchers who have been documenting the shocking increase of birth defects and cancers in newborns in Iraq after bombardments by the US and its coalition. Dr Mozhgan Savabieasfahani of the University of Michigan's School of Public Health is an environmental toxicologist. She has written two dozen articles and a book, Pollution and Reproductive Damage. Dr Muhsin Al-Sabbak is the Chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Basra Maternity Hospital.Dr Al-Sabbak opened the discussion with slides of newborns who had devastating birth defects: the infants bore hydrocephalus, severe cleft palate, webbed neck, no toes or fingers, no rear skull and the brain outside the head, bright red skin that looked burnt, no kidneys...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110289] [ 10-dec-2014 21:59 ECT ]

US-Led Airstrikes Against IS Kills 10 Civilians in Syria: Syrian Observatory
RIA Novosti

October 18, 2014 - The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights announced Saturday that at least 10 Syrian civilians, among them children, were killed by airstrikes in the US-led coalition against Islamic State (IS). According to the observatory, the airstrikes targeting oil fields near the Kabiba village killed three people, one under the age of 18 in the far north east Hasakah province, while seven were killed by strikes targeting a gas station in a city in the eastern part of Syria, Der-Ezzor....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110288] [ 10-dec-2014 21:32 ECT ]

Palestinians lack strong strategy to face Israeli settlements
Ahmad Melhem

October 18, 2014 - On Sept. 16, Haaretz published the Israeli plan to deport Palestinian Bedouins from the E1 area of occupied Jerusalem, and move them to a town that would be named Nuwema Hill, north of Jericho.Around 12,500 Palestinians are going to be affected by this project, which has stirred the ire of the Palestinians due to the grave repercussions they would have to endure, especially in Jerusalem and its surroundings.This project comes within a series of Israeli plans for the E1 area, which aims to take over 12,000 acres of land located between Jerusalem and the Dead Sea....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110287] [ 10-dec-2014 19:01 ECT ]

Palestinian boy fatally shot by Israeli forces
Defence for Children International Palestine

October 18, 2014 - Israeli forces fatally shot a 12-year-old boy in the chest on Thursday evening in Beit Liqya. Baha Eldeen Samir Bader, 12, was killed by a bullet to his chest after Israeli soldiers raided Beit Liqya, southwest of Ramallah, on the evening of Thursday, October 16. Israeli soldiers bombarded the village with tear gas and ammunition."Israeli forces continue to fire live ammunition at Palestinian children, killing them with impunity," said Ayed Abu Eqtaish, Accountability Program Director at DCI-Palestine. "Israeli soldiers consistently violate their own live-fire regulations and know that they will not be held accountable for their actions no matter what the result."According to eyewitness testimonies collected by DCI-Palestine, three Israeli military jeeps entered Beit Liqya at around 5:00 pm on Thursday afternoon. The raid resulted in a confrontation between Israeli soldiers and local youths...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110286] [ 10-dec-2014 18:34 ECT ]

The Problem with CNN Hosts Talking About Islam Promoting Violence & Claiming “We’re Just Asking Questions”
By: Kevin Gosztola

October 18, 2014 - For well over a month now, CNN has pushed a conversation about whether there is something inherently violent about Islam or whether the religion promotes violence. Conversation has been presented by anchors, particularly Don Lemon, as just hosts asking questions for the sake of some innocent and potentially educational discussion. The problem is CNN is not simply asking questions and no one is learning anything. And the network is framing segments around questions that are driven by uninformed and bigoted attitudes toward Muslims. On September 29, writer and scholar on religions, Reza Aslan, appeared as a guest to talk about what CNN referred to as "a complicated question that many people are asking. Are Muslim countries more violent than others?"...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110285] [ 10-dec-2014 18:23 ECT ]

Israel Planning Mass Expulsion of Bedouins from West Bank
By Mel Frykberg

October 18, 2014 - - Thirty-year-old Naifa Youssef and 50 other members of her Bedouin community live a precarious life, eking out a hand-to-mouth existence alongside the main road which links Jerusalem with the Dead Sea and the ancient city of Jericho.Home for this community, east of Jerusalem, comprises a collection of shanty structures and hovels as well as tents erected on the rugged and rocky hills which line the road.These makeshift homes are not connected to the electricity grid or to water and waste infrastructure. In winter the bitter cold rain and howling winds creep into the structures while mud and sewerage build up in pools around the tents.Water has to be purchased and brought in by hand from the nearest village of Anata, a 15-minute and 5-km taxi journey away costing about two dollars per person...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110283] [ 10-dec-2014 01:47 ECT ]

How the Israeli media covers massacres: Lessons from 1953
By John Brown

October 18, 2014 - At 9:30 p.m. on the night of October 14, 1953, soldiers from Israel’s Paratroopers Unit as well as Commando Unit 101 fired mortars at the West Bank villages (then under Jordanian control) of Qibya and Ni’lin. Following the barrage, over 130 soldiers swarmed Qibya, laying down land mines on the outskirts of the village in order to prevent Jordanian troops from accessing it. Israeli forces then destroyed 45 homes and killed 69 people, most of them in cold blood by throwing grenades, including those who attempted to flee for their lives. Many were killed under the rubble of their own homes. Approximately two thirds of those killed were women and children. The soldiers received the following order from then-commander Ariel Sharon: "The intention: Attack and conquer the village of Qibya, with maximum damage to humans and property." The massacre took place in the wake of the murder of three Israelis in the Israeli town Yehud...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110282] [ 10-dec-2014 00:01 ECT ]

Sunni tribesmen and Houthi fighters clash in Yemen, eight dead

October 18, 2014- At least eight people were killed in heavy fighting between Sunni Muslim tribesmen and Shi'ite Houthi rebels in central Yemen on Friday, as the battle crept closer to an al Qaeda stronghold, increasing fears of outright sectarian warfare.The Houthi rebels established themselves as Yemen's new powerbrokers last month, capturing Sanaa on Sept. 21 to little resistance from residents or from the weak administration of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.Their ascendance has angered al Qaeda, which views Shi'ites as heretics and Houthis as pawns of Iran. Last week, the Yemen-based al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) claimed a suicide bombing on a Houthi gathering that killed at least 47 people...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110281] [ 08-dec-2014 19:10 ECT ]

Anti-gay Christian group threatens to sue hotel for hosting scholars who endorse Israel boycott
Charlotte Silver

Octoober 18, 2014 - The American Center for Law and Justice, a Christian, right-wing legal organization, has written to a Los Angeles hotel warning it against hosting the American Studies Association’s annual meeting next month. The letter, addressed to the general manager of the Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites, argues that by passing a resolution in support of the boycott of Israeli academic institutions, the American Studies Association (ASA) will practice "unlawful discrimination" over who is permitted to attend the meeting, scheduled to take place 4-9 November...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110280] [ 08-dec-2014 19:02 ECT ]

Syria News - October 17, 2014
Local Coordination Committees of Syria

October 17, 2014 - By the end of Friday, LCC has documented the fall of 66 martyrs including 8 children, 6 women and 4 martyrs under torture. 29 martyrs were reported in Damascus and its suburbs, 9 in Idlib, 9 in Aleppo, 7 in Daraa, 5 in Deir Ezzor, 3 in Hasaka, 2 in Hama and 2 others in Homs...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110279] [ 07-dec-2014 04:28 ECT ]

Gitmo force-feeding manual reveals gruesome practices
by Clare Algar

October 17, 2014 - Last week the U.S. government submitted to the District Court in Washington, D.C., the most recent standard operating procedures (SOPs) for force-feeding in the Guantánamo Bay detention facility. What remains of the documents, after redactions, is a shameful exercise in doublespeak that attempts to disguise what is really happening in the prison. The SOPs were submitted in a case brought by Abu Wa’el Dhiab, an inmate represented by Reprieve, the international human rights organization that I head. Dhiab is a 43-year-old Syrian and father of four who has been held without trial or charge in Guantánamo for 12 years...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110278] [ 05-dec-2014 22:52 ECT ]

Blowing the Whistle on CIA Torture from Beyond the Grave
By Cora Currier

October 17, 2014 - In the fall of 2006, Nathaniel Raymond, a researcher with the advocacy group Physicians for Human Rights, got a call from a man professing to be a CIA contractor. Scott Gerwehr was a behavioral science researcher who specialized in "deception detection," or figuring out when someone was lying. Gerwehr told Raymond "practically in the first five minutes" that he had been at the U.S. prison at Guantanamo in the summer of 2006, but had left after his suggestion to install video-recording equipment in detainee interrogation rooms was rejected. "He said, 'I wouldn’t operate at a facility that didn’t tape. It protects the interrogators and it protects the detainees,’" Raymond recalls....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110277] [ 05-dec-2014 22:45 ECT ]

Phantoms of the past: Britain’s vote on Palestine is a nonstarter
Ramzy Baroud

October 17, 2014 - It would be intellectually dishonest to reflect on the British House of Commons’ vote of Monday, 13 October, on a Palestinian state without digging deeper into history. Regardless of the meaning of the non-binding motion, the parliamentary action cannot be brushed off as just another would-be country to recognise Palestine, as was the Swedish government decision on 3 October. Unlike Sweden, and most of the 130 plus countries to effectively recognise Palestine, Britain is a party in the Middle East’s most protracted conflict. In fact, if it were not for Britain, there would be no conflict, or even Israel, of which to speak. It is within this context that the British vote matters, and greatly so.....

  continua / continued avanti - next    [110276] [ 05-dec-2014 03:52 ECT ]

Judge rejects US call for anonymous jury in trial of Palestinian-American
Ali Abunimah

October 17, 2014 - A federal judge has rejected a government request for an anonymous jury in the upcoming trial of Palestinian-American Rasmea Odeh.This was one of two setbacks for the prosecution. But Judge Gerswhin A. Drain granted a government request for "partial sequestration" of the jury – meaning they will be brought to court from an off-site location to ensure they do not see demonstrations by Odeh’s supporters outside the courthouse. Drain’s ruling came in response to a bizarre government motion filed earlier this month that the public protests outside the Detroit federal courthouse during pretrial hearings in the case were part of a potentially "criminal" attempt at "jury tampering."...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110275] [ 05-dec-2014 02:23 ECT ]

We Still Have Little Idea Who We’ve Been Killing with Drones in Pakistan
Scott Shackford

October 17, 2014 - The London-based Bureau of Investigative Journalism has been working to identify those who have been killed in Pakistan by American drone strikes and any groups with whom they were affiliated. The latest news from their project, titled "Naming the Dead," is that only four percent of the 2,379 people killed in 400 drone strikes in the country since 2004 can be identified as al Qaeda. That's just 84 people. Another 295 were identified as other "militants," and even that designation might be a little iffy...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110274] [ 04-dec-2014 18:53 ECT ]

Olive trees burned as anti-Palestinian incitement grips Galilee
Patrick O. Strickland

October 17, 2014 - Osama Tannous has long campaigned for the municipal independence of Tarshiha, his hometown in the Galilee region of present-day Israel. For decades, Tarshiha has been administratively connected to the neighboring Jewish-Israeli community of Maalot and the two share a municipality. On all government records, paperwork and tax documents, the two have, since 1963, been classified as the town of Maalot Tarshiha. Yet the communities are geographically separated and local Palestinians have been campaigning for independent representation and municipal sovereignty for decades...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110272] [ 04-dec-2014 04:19 ECT ]

Ethnic Cleansing by All Means: The real Israeli ‘peace’ policy
Ilan Pappé and Samer Jaber

October 17, 2014-The pine trees in Palestine appeared with the establishment of the state of Israel. The pine is generally a European species which before the 20th century was not seen in the Middle East. It was brought to Palestine by the Zionist settlers for two main reasons. First, it gave the new Jewish settlers the feeling that the place they had migrated to was somehow part of Europe. And if Palestine were to be 'Europeanized’ in such a manner it would also be 'civilized’ — the inferior local population would be replaced by a superior one. Thus Zionism was not just a redemption of an ancient land, it was also the revitalization of what in their eyes was an Arabian desert both ecologically and culturally....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110271] [ 04-dec-2014 04:11 ECT ]

Iran’s Dangerous Game in Yemen
Amir Taheri

October 17, 2014 - ...
Today, Yemen is on the edge of humanitarian tragedy. It is effectively divided into at least four segments: the north where Houthis form the biggest armed group; Aden and part of the south, where the secessionists of the Al-Hirak movement have most of the guns; the Hadhramaut, where jihadists linked to Al-Qaeda are on the rampage; and finally, a few isolated pockets where tribal chiefs still exercise some authority. The nation is dependent on foreign aid for 90 percent of its food and almost all of its medical needs. Almost all of foreign aid has now been diverted to emergency operations and, yet, the prospect of mass famine looms larger. What is needed are urgent efforts to create breathing room to prevent the tragedy of total systemic collapse. The United Nations should take the lead by calling on all concerned to at least stop pouring more oil on the fire....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110270] [ 04-dec-2014 04:09 ECT ]

After summer of horror, Gaza families face winter in cramped shacks
Rami Almeghari

October 17, 2014 - Ned’a al-Najjar — also known as Um Ayman — cannot access the clothes she has bought for the baby she is expecting. They are buried under the rubble of her house, which Israel bombed during the summer.As her pregnancy becomes more advanced, she spends much of her time trying to keep her temporary home — a cramped metal shack — as clean as possible.Um Ayman and her husband have three children, including twin girls. The latter are blind. Their shack has two small rooms...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110269] [ 04-dec-2014 03:24 ECT ]

As Kerry scrambles to prevent Palestinian action at UN, Israeli govt makes clear it will never accept Palestinian state
Allison Deger

October 17, 2014 - Palestinians leaders will likely table a United Nations Security Council resolution calling for an Israeli deadline to set borders based on the pre-June 1967 line until after fall mid-term elections in the United States. Haartez’s Barak Ravid reports this week that while Palestinians have stalled, Secretary of State John Kerry is trying to prevent the initiative all together. As a last-ditch effort to stop the Palestinian plan, Kerry has sought to reprise his direct talks that collapsed earlier this year. Israeli officials abandoned that effort after the announcement of a Palestinian unity government and there are no signs they are interested in restarting talks...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110268] [ 04-dec-2014 02:44 ECT ]

Neoliberal Economics Comes to Iran

October 17, 2014 - ...President Rouhani and his economic advisors’ perceptions that the solution to Iran’s economic problems lies in an unrestrained integration into world capitalism and a wholesale privatization of the Iranian economy is overly optimistic. Abundant and irrefutable evidence shows that, during the past several decades, neoliberalism’s dismantlement of socialist, social-democratic and other welfare state economies across the world has invariably led to drastic declines in employment, wages and living standards of the overwhelming majority of the people, thereby further aggravating poverty and inequality on a global level. In many "developing" countries that are integrated into globalized neoliberal capitalism, the living conditions of the majority of their citizens have, in fact, deteriorated....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110267] [ 04-dec-2014 02:23 ECT ]

Under cover of reconstruction, UN and PA become enforcers of Israel’s Gaza siege
Ali Abunimah

October 17, 2014 - Details given in a confidential briefing this week confirm that the UN has agreed to become the chief enforcer of Israel’s ongoing siege of Gaza. Under the guise of reconstruction, the UN will be monitoring and gathering private information about Palestinian households to be passed onto Israel, which will have a veto over which families get aid to rebuild their homes.This was presented as part of an effort to try to entrench and legitimize the Israeli-backed Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority of Mahmoud Abbas in Gaza. Under the arrangements, Israel will be given even more intrusive control over the lives of Palestinians in Gaza, who will be subjected to onerous ongoing monitoring as they try to rebuild their houses, communities and lives following Israel’s summer massacre...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110266] [ 04-dec-2014 01:27 ECT ]

California Leads the Way in the “Block the Boat” Movement

October 17, 2014 -A new phase is developing in the US Palestinian solidarity movement: Block the Boat. In organizing theory, activists often emphasize the importance of formulating what they call an "escalation plan." When pushing for social change, they explain, it is important that one’s methods of exerting pressure on power slowly grow in strength, not remain stagnant. Block the Boat is the next step in the escalation plan of US Palestinian solidarity activists. The idea of Block the Boat is quite simple: Hundreds of activists organize a protest in a local dock and prevent Israeli ships from unloading cargo...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110265] [ 04-dec-2014 01:19 ECT ]

Confronting 13 Years of Permanent War

October 17, 2014 -This month of October presents us with 13 years of permanent war for profit or, as the warmongers call it, the "war against terror". This "operation" is killing and maiming millions of people especially in the oil rich Middle East. Simultaneously these Juggernaut nations "of the willing" are choking Mother Earth to death—polluting the air we breathe, the water we drink, the soil that spawns our food, and eradicating millions of species. Most people are clearly aware that the main cause of climate change, which is destroying the planet, is human motivated. And many are acting against this. But most environmental organizations and activists ignore the wars that kill people while they pollute the planet...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110264] [ 04-dec-2014 01:16 ECT ]

Welsh council embargoes Israel over Gaza “savageness”
Asa Winstanley

October 17, 2014 - A local council in north Wales last week voted to condemn Israel’s summer war on the Gaza Strip by blocking all trade relations with Israel, local press reported.News North Wales quotes councillor Owain Williams, who put forward the motion, as condemning the "over-reaction and savageness used" by Israel in Gaza.Councillors on 9 October voted 42-3 in favor of the motion, with six abstentions.According to another local press source, Gwynedd council does not do any trade with Israel so the vote is largely symbolic...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110263] [ 04-dec-2014 01:01 ECT ]

Can Palestinian-American Rasmea Odeh get a fair trial?
Victoria Brittain

October 17, 2014 - Rasmea Odeh, a long-standing Palestinian/American community organiser in Chicago, goes on trial in Detroit on 4 November in a case dating back to her naturalisation application in 2004. Odeh is charged with immigration fraud. She faces a 10 year prison sentence, a fine of $250,000, or deportation after 20 years living in the US. Rasmea’s case looks likely to become another notorious one in which Israeli intelligence cooperation with US authorities sees prominent Palestinian/Americans removed from public life by long prison sentences or deportation. Some of the US names involved in bringing those iconic cases of injustice – against the Holy Land Foundation and Professor Sami Al Arian - have already emerged in preliminary hearings on this one....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110262] [ 04-dec-2014 00:52 ECT ]

ISIS Cited as Michigan Village’s Police Push for Secrecy
Jason Ditz

October 17, 2014 - The tiny village of Oakley, Michigan looks fairly unremarkable as you drive through it. Located along the M-52 highway, it consists of little more than a single traffic light, with a bar on one side and a gas station on the other. It’s a village of secrets, however, or so it would seem. Oakley has 290 residents. They also have over 100 police, for some reason. Those police are also, more or less entirely anonymous. Who those police are or what they are doing is a mystery, even to the village trustees, who say they don’t even have a proper list of their own of who all these people are, though they have been assured by the police chief that many of them have never even been to Oakley, and likely never will...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110261] [ 03-dec-2014 04:14 ECT ]

Syria News - October 16, 2014
Local Coordination Committees of Syria

October 16, 2014- By the end of Thursday, LCC were able to document 71 martyrs in Syria including 5 women, 7 children and 6 martyrs under torture: 39 martyrs were reported in Damascus and its suburbs ; 13 in Idlib; 7 in Homs; 6 in Hama and 6 in Aleppo...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110260] [ 03-dec-2014 04:05 ECT ]

Only 4% of drone victims in Pakistan named as al Qaeda members
Jack Serle

October 16, 2014 - As the number of US drone strikes in Pakistan hits 400, research by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism finds that fewer than 4% of the people killed have been identified by available records as named members of al Qaeda. This calls in to question US Secretary of State John Kerry’s claim last year that only "confirmed terrorist targets at the highest level" were fired at.
The Bureau’s Naming the Dead project has gathered the names and, where possible, the details of people killed by CIA drones in Pakistan since June 2004. On October 11 an attack brought the total number of drone strikes in Pakistan up to 400....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110259] [ 02-dec-2014 03:19 ECT ]

Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (02- 15 October 2014)
The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR)

October 16, 2014 - Summary: Israeli violations of international law and international humanitarian law in the oPt continued during the reporting period (02– 15 October2014). Shooting: During the reporting period, 2 Palestinian civilians died of wounds they sustained during the Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip and a worker collecting metal pieces and stones in the northern Gaza Strip was wounded. In the West Bank, 12 Palestinian civilians were wounded , including 6 and a woman who was wounded in East Jerusalem. In the Gaza Strip, on 10 October 2014, medical sources at Shifa Hospital pronounced Arafat Tafesh (30) dead due to wounds he sustained on 30 July 2014 during the Israeli offensive. On 11 October 2014, medical sources at the European Hospital in Khan Yunis pronounced Jamal Abu Lebdah (50) dead of wounds he sustained on 03 August 2014 during the Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110258] [ 02-dec-2014 03:14 ECT ]

In memory of Edward Said: the one-state solution
Ibrahim Halawi

October 16, 2014- With the symbolic recognition this week of the state of Palestine "alongside the state of Israel" in the UK, the decades-long debate was fuelled again. The advocates of a two-state solution in the international community and the stubborn backers of the Oslo Accords are shining their shoes and vesting their suits. In the meantime, a wise Palestinian-American theorist and intellectual is rolling in his grave. Edward Said said it long ago and it can’t be more accurate today: "The question, I believe, is not how to devise means for persisting in trying to separate them, but to see whether it is possible for them to live together as fairly and peacefully as possible."..
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110257] [ 02-dec-2014 03:04 ECT ]

alestinian boy, 13, killed by Israeli forces raiding West Bank village
Annie Robbins

October 16, 2014 - Israeli forces raided the West Bank village of Beit Laqiya on Thursday night and shot Bahaa Samir Badir, a 13-year-old Palestinian boy, 3 times in the chest. Badir died 2 hours later at the Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah. Ma’an reports the boy was shot at "close range" and suffered from "severe bleeding". Haaretz reported the unit’s commander "open fired" killing the boy.The Israeli military alleges one of their units entered Beit Laqiya "after stones were thrown in the area" according to Haaretz. Which begs the question, who were the targets of the stone throwing before the military unit raided the village? Who reported the alleged stone throwing?....

  continua / continued avanti - next    [110256] [ 02-dec-2014 02:59 ECT ]

UK Reaper drones to be sent to Iraq
Chris Floyd

October 16, 2014 - UK Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has announced that two armed Reaper drones will be sent from Afghanistan to Iraq to take part in military operations against ISIS. The drones will no doubt soon be undertaking airstrikes alongside RAF Tornados and US aircraft. It is expected that further RAF Reapers will join this initial deployment once UK forces withdraw from Afghanistan. The MoD has refused to disclose where the drones will be based (except to indicate they will not be based in Iraq) – RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus and Al Minhad airbase in United Arab Emirates are possibilities....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110255] [ 02-dec-2014 02:51 ECT ]

Recognizing Palestine

October 16, 2014 - In his recent meeting with President Obama, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that he was "committed to the vision of peace for two states for two peoples." That sounds nice. But if he’d been pressed, Netanyahu might have admitted that the two states he had in mind were Israel and the United States, not Israel and Palestine.After all, Netanyahu has done everything possible to demonstrate that he’s not interested in negotiating a two-state solution with Palestinian representatives. The most recent example is the go-ahead given to new construction in the Givat Hamatos neighborhood of Jerusalem, across the Green Line, which will make it more difficult to share the city with a Palestinian state. Over the summer, the Netanyahu government annexed nearly 1,000 acres of West Bank territory...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110254] [ 02-dec-2014 02:18 ECT ]

Mustafa Barghouti: Ya’alon confirms impossibility of peace with settler government
Palestine Monitor

October 16, 2014 - Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon has revealed the true impossibility of any chance of successful negotiations with the Palestinians, head of the Palestinian National Initiative Dr. Mustafa Barghouti said on Wednesday. In an interview with Israeli media on Wednesday, Ya’alon said that he is focused on "managing the conflict," rather than resolving it. The Defense Minister said that Israel is bent on allowing Palestinian autonomy, but not necessarily full statehood...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110253] [ 02-dec-2014 01:56 ECT ]

The Other is Nothing but a Target in the Rifle Scope
By Tamar Fleishman – Qalandiya

October 16, 2014 - The supervision over the people arriving at the checkpoint, over the thousands of families living in Qalandiya refugee camp and over the tens of businesses on the main road between Ramallah and East Jerusalem is tightening, and the asymmetry between the soldiers who are armed with rifles and grenades and the boys and teenagers who throw at them stones and Molotov Bottles or roll over burning tires, is growing.After the murder of the two teenagers in Beitunia by a bored soldier and the abduction of the Muhammad Abu-Khdeir, the boy who was burnt alive, the winds in Palestine and East Jerusalem began to stir and the youngsters began holding protests more often, additional surveillance cameras were installed on the top of the tower overlooking the refugee camp and next to them were placed projectors which during all hours of the day light both the public and the privet sphere with an intrusive bright green light...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110252] [ 02-dec-2014 01:50 ECT ]

Government Frustrates Court’s Plan for Release of Videos of Guantanamo Prisoner Being Force-Fed
By: Kevin Gosztola

October 16, 2014 - The United States government is planning to appeal a decision by a federal judge, who ordered the release of at least twenty-eight videos of a Guantanamo Bay prisoner being forcibly extracted from his cell in shackles and force-fed. Attorneys for the Justice Department have requested an administrative stay so videos are not made public before an appeal is filed. Abu Wa’el Dhiab, a Syrian who has been imprisoned at Guantanamo since 2002 and was cleared for release in 2009 by President Barack Obama’s own review task force, engaged in a hunger strike with other prisoners in April 2013. He was protesting his indefinite detention and confinement conditions. The government attempted to break his protest through forced-feeding and Dhiab sought a preliminary injunction to halt the forced-feeding and forcible cell extractions (FCEs), which he believes is cruel and inhuman treatment...

  continua / continued avanti - next    [110251] [ 02-dec-2014 01:34 ECT ]

Iran’s aggressive information campaign
Tony Badran

October 16, 2014- ...With their information campaign, the Iranians are exposing publicly the extent to which the White House is pursuing them, even as they continue to talk trash to it. For the Iranians, this is designed to signal clearly to their regional rivals that they have the Americans in hand. Take for instance the ongoing series of photo shoots Qods Force commander Qassem Soleimani has been doing in Iraq. Soleimani models in different settings — under the cover of the US Air Force. There’s the jovial Hajj Qassem dancing, weapon in hand, with Iraqi forces. Then there’s Soleimani the General visiting his men on the front, shaking hands with Peshmerga from the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan or with fighters from the Shiite militias he runs. Hajj Qassem also sports different styles from one photo shoot to the next — though his Palestinian-style black and white keffiyeh is always wrapped around his neck; after all, he is the commander of the force named for Jerusalem. The latest is the cool special ops look, in black fatigues complete with his cap turned backwards....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110250] [ 01-dec-2014 05:44 ECT ]

George W. Bush was still completely wrong about Iraq’s WMDs
Matt Purple

October 16, 2014 - Yesterday the New York Times published a major scoop: American troops had uncovered chemical weapons during the Iraq war, and on at least six occasions were injured by chemical agents. The government then frantically tried to conceal the WMDs, keeping the information classified and, in some cases, denying soldiers care for chemical-related injuries. There are plenty of conclusions to draw from the Times story. That the Bush administration’s decision to invade Iraq is vindicated is not one of them...

  continua / continued avanti - next    [110249] [ 01-dec-2014 05:38 ECT ]

Israel’s High Court chooses occupation over international law
By Gerard Horton

October 16, 2014 - Sitting as the High Court of Justice, Israel’s Supreme Court has heard thousands of petitions submitted on behalf of Palestinians living under military occupation since 1967. This gives rise to an unusual situation whereby the highest civilian court in Israel permits individuals, who could be considered as enemy aliens, to submit petitions challenging the actions of Israel’s military in occupied territory. Some use this as evidence to argue that adequate domestic remedies are available to Palestinians, which in turn creates the impression that no international judicial scrutiny or intervention is warranted. The strength of this argument needs to be assessed with reference to a number of the Court’s decisions...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110248] [ 01-dec-2014 05:34 ECT ]

Excluding the right of return from the Palestinian discourse
Dr Abdel Sattar Qasem

October 16, 2014 - News about developments of the Palestinian issue continue to pour in through all media outlets, and statements and political speeches do not stop, but we hardly hear about the core and essence of the Palestinian issue which is the problem of Palestinian refugees. Most of the actions related to finding a solution for the Palestinian case revolve around the establishment of a Palestinian state, or the so-called two-state solution. Meanwhile the issue of the refugees remains excluded, or marginalised, from these steps, in light of very weak hints by Palestinian politicians...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110247] [ 01-dec-2014 05:28 ECT ]

Archaeology as a tool of the occupation
Jessica Purkiss

October 16, 2014 - It costs four dollars to visit the archaeological site of Susiya in the southernmost part of the West Bank. For your four dollars you can view an ancient Jewish city, supposedly once home to 3,000 people which peaked in the years 400 to 800 CE, the late Talmudic, mid-Byzantine, and early Arab eras. The Jewish inhabitants are estimated to have disappeared some 1,200 years ago, according to the Center for Educational Tourism in Israel. Father and son, Muhammad and Nasser Nawaj'ah, paid their four dollars, not to marvel at the century's old synagogue or the ancient water system but to reminisce- Mohammed was born in one of the cave dwellings as was his son....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110246] [ 01-dec-2014 05:26 ECT ]

Syria News - October 15, 2014
Local Coordination Committees of Syria

October 15, 2014 - By the end of Tuesday, LCC were able to document 63 martyrs in Syria including 6 women, 5 children and 2 martyrs under torture: 13 martyrs were reported in Idlib;11 in Homs; 11 in Damascus and its suburbs; 11 in Deir Ezzor; 9 in Hama; 5 in Dara and 3 in Aleppo...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110245] [ 01-dec-2014 05:23 ECT ]

UN Report Finds Mass Surveillance Violates International Treaties and Privacy Rights
By Glenn Greenwald

October 15, 2014 - The United Nations’ top official for counter-terrorism and human rights (known as the "Special Rapporteur") issued a formal report to the U.N. General Assembly today that condemns mass electronic surveillance as a clear violation of core privacy rights guaranteed by multiple treaties and conventions. "The hard truth is that the use of mass surveillance technology effectively does away with the right to privacy of communications on the Internet altogether," the report concluded....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110244] [ 01-dec-2014 00:11 ECT ]

Activists say Al Waer neighborhood in danger as Kobai
Reporting by Faris Al Rifai; Translation by Yusra Ahmed

October 15, 2014 The double standard of the international community in dealing with the Syrian crisis has reached the top in Ain al-Arab "Kobani" town's battle.
The empty town has media coverage and interest in only one month, more than what all Syrian cities got in 4 years. The whole world condemned the violent attacks of Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) on the town, while in the same time, Alwaer in Homs, has been under severe siege with daily bombing, mortar shelling and explosive barrels, has no minor space in media or news’s coverage....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110242] [ 30-nov-2014 04:50 ECT ]

Revisionist History 101: Bush Was Right About Iraq WMD!
By Murtaza Hussain

October 15, 2014 - Perhaps the most movingly pitiful exercise in American politics is the periodic attempt by Iraq War advocates to grasp at new developments that might somehow vindicate their disastrous, criminal support of that endeavor. The latest attempt came yesterday, when The New York Times published an explosive new story on American soldiers who were wounded while handling corroded munitions extracted from Saddam Hussein’s inactive chemical weapons program. The Iraq Study Group has long documented the existence of these decrepit and corroded weapons stocks in Iraq, something which has precisely nothing to do with the "Weapons of Mass Destruction" claims purveyed by war supporters...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110241] [ 30-nov-2014 04:35 ECT ]

Drone victims sue German government for facilitating strikes in Yemen

October 15, 2014 - A Yemeni man, whose nephew and brother-in-law were killed in a 2012 drone strike, has travelled to Germany to sue the government for facilitating drone strikes of the sort in which his relatives died. Faisal bin Ali Jaber, an engineer for the Yemeni environmental protection agency, lost his brother-in-law Salim, a local imam known for preaching against al-Qaeda, and his nephew Waleed, a policeman, in a drone strike in August 2012. Mr bin Ali Jaber has filed litigation asking the German government to stop the use of Ramstein Air Base in assisting the US’ covert drones programme. Mr bin Ali Jaber is also asking that the German government acknowledge that allowing the US to use Ramstein to facilitate drone strikes in Yemen – a country with which the US is not at war - is unlawful...

  continua / continued avanti - next    [110240] [ 30-nov-2014 03:38 ECT ]

Stories from Burin during the olive harvest
International Solidarity Movement

October 15, 2014 - On Monday, three Palestinians were picking olives in Burin. Their field was in a very exposed area, right between an illegal settlement, a military checkpoint, and a security detention centre. A group of ISM volunteers accompanied them as protective presence. These are some of their stories: Ali, 10-years-old: "The army keeps coming to our school and throws tear gas at us. One time a boy choked and was taken to hospital. Some children cry and scream." Abu Ali, 40 years old: "Settlers from the settlements around us (Arusat, Brahay and Itshar) attack us while we are picking olives. We need international volunteers to help us reach our land and see the troubles the Palestinian farmers face. We don’t want our children to go through what we went through."...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110239] [ 30-nov-2014 02:42 ECT ]

In Report to UN Committee Against Torture, US Government Touts Division That Doesn’t Really Prosecute Torturers
By: Kevin Gosztola

October 15, 2014 - The United States government submitted its "periodic report" to the United Nations Committee Against Torture. There are multiple glaring aspects of the government’s report on how it believes it is complying fully with the Convention Against Torture (CAT), however, one part of the report where the government claims to have done what it was supposed to do to investigate torture stands out. In particular, the government highlights a Justice Department division as a challenge to impunity for torture, which appears to have prosecuted zero public cases of torture against US officials. To those unfamiliar, countries which are signatories to the CAT are expected to submit reports every four years to the committee....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110238] [ 30-nov-2014 01:42 ECT ]

Iran's Special Forces Commander Qassam Suleimani Takes Center Stage In Fight Against ISIS
By Christopher Harress

October 15, 2014 - The commander of Iran’s secretive special forces unit known as the Quds Force has appeared on Iranian television standing alongside Kurdish peshmerga fighters, in what analysts are calling a message to the West that Iran is the answer in the fight against the Islamic State terrorist group. Major General Qassem Suleimani has stepped out of the shadows and appeared often in Iraq since the fall of the Iraqi town of Mosul to the so-called Islamic State, or ISIS, in June. His emergence into the spotlight, according to analysts, sends a message from Tehran to the West: If you want to beat the Sunni Muslim militant group, the Shiite state is the best place to turn...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110237] [ 30-nov-2014 01:01 ECT ]

How Israel relies on Islamophobia
Paul Racco

October 15, 2014 - In the latest edition of "Axis of Evil" politics Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu argued to the United Nations on September 29th that "Hamas is ISIS, ISIS is Hamas," and that they are following the path blazed by Iran 35 years ago. The Prime Minister in the process exposed the mutual relationship between Zionism and its crutch: Islamophobia.What could a national resistance party in Gaza, an international jihadist organization in the northern Levant, and the state of Iran have in common? The Prime Minister would have you believe they all adhere to the same doctrine of militant Islam that is forever at war with the rational, liberal, ever-philanthropic West. Yet, with an accusation as inaccurate as George W. arguing that Iran and Iraq had anything in common other than a border, Netanyahu could only hope that the West heard "Muslim, Muslim, Muslim," and jumped on its Crusading bandwagon...

  continua / continued avanti - next    [110236] [ 29-nov-2014 20:07 ECT ]

Suffering and survival after the war on Gaza
Eric Ruder

October 15, 2014- ...It's axiomatic that the U.S. and Europe will not hold Israel accountable. The only force now capable of doing so is the growing global boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement. This movement can and should seek out new campaigns, new targets and new audiences as it brings pressure on Israel to grant basic rights to Palestinians inside Israel, in the West Bank and Gaza and in refugee camps spread throughout the region. The Palestinian BDS National Committee and 20 associated Palestinian groups have thus issued a statement entitled "A Call from Gaza: Make Israel Accountable for its Crimes in Gaza--Intensify BDS!" People everywhere should heed the call...


  continua / continued avanti - next    [110235] [ 29-nov-2014 03:03 ECT ]

Family life forbidden for migrant workers in Israel
By Mya Guarnieri

October 15, 2014 - Maris Delusong, a 36-year-old caregiver from the Philippines, is alone at Tel Aviv’s Central Bus Station. She stops at a sale rack outside a clothing store. She looks at the baby clothes, pulls a pink onesie off the rack and runs her fingers over the soft fabric. Her face is sad as she puts the outfit back and moves along"It’s hard to be alone," Delusong says. She found herself drawn to the baby clothes, she says, because "I remember my children. She’s four, the youngest. The eldest is 12."Delusong is five months into a five year "deployment"—the term Filipino migrants use to describe working overseas. Delusong takes care of an elderly woman in Kfar Saba. In Israel, wages are much higher than they are in the Philippines and, here, Delusong can save for her family’s future...

  continua / continued avanti - next    [110234] [ 29-nov-2014 03:00 ECT ]

Is President Obama Planning an Executive Order for the Closure of Guantánamo?
Andy Worthington

October 15, 2014 - Last Thursday, out of the blue, Carol E. Lee and Jess Bravin of the Wall Street Journal reported that senior Obama administration officials had told them that the White House was drafting options that would allow President Obama to close the "war on terror" prison established by President Bush at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, through the use of an executive order. Such an order would bypass lawmakers in Congress, who have imposed a ban on bringing prisoners to the US mainland since 2010, in response to President Obama’s proposal to transfer prisoners from Guantánamo to a maximum-security prison in Thomson, Illinois...

  continua / continued avanti - next    [110233] [ 29-nov-2014 02:54 ECT ]

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