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:: ONU - XX Assemblea Generale (1965):
XX Assemblea Generale dell’ONU (1965)
dichiara "la legittimità della
lotta da parte dei popoli sotto
oppressione coloniale, per esercitare il
loro diritto all' autodeter-
Inoltre, l'Assemblea invita "tutti
gli Stati a fornire assistenza morale e
materiale ai movimenti di liberazione
nazionale nei territori coloniali".
- Risoluzione 1514
Generale dichiara che: la soggezione dei
popoli a dominio straniero, conquista e
asservimento costituisce una negazione
dei diritti umani fondamentali, è
contraria alla Carta delle Nazioni Unite
ed è un impedimento alla promozione
della pace e della cooperazione mondiali.
Tutti i popoli hanno diritto
minazione; in virtù di
tale diritto essi devono liberamente
determinare il loro status politico e
liberamente perseguire il loro sviluppo
economico, sociale e culturale".
di Ginevra, Protocollo Addizionale I
armata può essere usata, come ultima
risorsa, come mezzo per esercitare il
diritto all' autodeter-
base allo Statuto del Tribunale penale
internazionale, sono definiti “crimini
(1) attacchi lanciati intenzionalmente
contro popolazione civili in quanto tali
o contro civili che non prendano
direttamente parte alle ostilità;
(4) attacchi lanciati intenzionalmente
nella consapevolezza che gli stessi
avranno come conseguenza la perdita di
vite umane tra la popolazione civile, e
lesioni a civili o danni a proprietà
civili ovvero danni diffusi duraturi e
gravi all’ambiente naturale che siano
manifestamente eccessivi rispetto all’insieme
dei concreti e diretti i vantaggi
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Druze youth likely headed to prison for conscientious objection
By Haggai Matar
December 5, 2013 - "I was raised first and foremost as a human being, and as such I feel that I cannot possibly aim an assault weapon at any other human being, be it Arab, Jewish or whomever, and so it has always been clear to me that I will not be able to join the army," says Omar Sa’ad, a young Druze viola player from the village of Maghar. Sa’ad is now expected to be sentenced in a disciplinary proceeding to a period of up to one month in military prison for refusing conscription after reporting to an Israeli induction base Wednesday morning. While Muslim and Christian Arabs with Israeli citizenship are exempt from military service, Druze men are required to serve for three years.(Druze women, however, are exempt, as are religious Jewish women.)....
continua / continued  [ 06-dec-2013 02:39 ECT ]
European Court of Human Rights Hears Evidence About CIA Torture Prison in Poland
December 5, 2013 -On Monday and Tuesday, an important step took place in the quest for those who ordered and undertook torture in the Bush administration’s "war on terror" to be held accountable for their actions, when the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg held a hearing to examine the role of the Polish authorities in the extraordinary rendition, secret detention and torture of two men currently held in the US prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba — Abu Zubaydah and Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri.Both men are amongst the 14 "high-value detainees" who arrived at Guantánamo in September 2006 after years of incommunicado detention and torture in a variety of CIA "black sites," one of which was in Poland, and as Interights, the International Centre for the Legal Protection of Human Rights, explained in a news release, "This historic court hearing [is] the first time a European country has been taken to court for allowing the CIA to run a torture site on its territory and comes after years of silence from the Polish government about the CIA’s prison there."...
continua / continued  [ 06-dec-2013 02:34 ECT ]
Britain is up to its neck in US dirty wars and death squads
December 4, 2013 -You might have thought the war on terror was finally being wound down, 12 years after the US launched it with such disastrous results. President Obama certainly gave that impression earlier this year when he declared that "this war, like all wars, must end". In fact, the Nobel peace prize winner was merely redefining it. There would be no more "boundless global war on terror", he promised. By which he meant land wars and occupations are out for now, even if the US is still negotiating for troops to remain in Afghanistan after the end of next year. But the war on terror is mutating, growing and spreading. Drone attacks, which have escalated under Obama from Pakistan to north Africa, are central to this new phase. And as Dirty Wars – the powerful new film by the American journalist Jeremy Scahill – makes clear, so are killings on the ground by covert US special forces, proxy warlords and mercenaries in multiple countries...
continua / continued  [ 05-dec-2013 23:28 ECT ]
Arafat widow convinced death not natural
December 4, 2013 -- The widow of late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat said on Wednesday she was still convinced he was poisoned, after French experts ruled out the theory that he had been assassinated. "I'm still completely convinced that the martyr Arafat did not die a natural death, and I will keep trying to get to the truth," Suha Arafat told AFP. "I'm shocked by (the results of) the French medical report, which I only received four pages of to look at," she said...
"The Swiss report was a detailed, 107-page, professional report talking in detail about the presence of polonium on Arafat's clothes," Suha said. "How the French haven't found anything is completely illogical," she added...
continua / continued  [ 05-dec-2013 13:41 ECT ]
Omar Khadr Being Denied Medical Treatment, Doctor Says
December 3, 2013 -Omar Khadr's treatment in a Canadian prison may be more harsh than at Guantanamo Bay, says a former U.S. military psychiatrist who interviewed Khadr for his defence team and has since become an independent advocate for him. Dr. Stephen Xenakis, interviewed for White Coat, Black Art by host Dr. Brian Goldman, says that Khadr, 27, needs orthopedic surgery for previous injuries, and he's not getting it. "I'm very dismayed … The physicians are obligated, as we're always obligated, to provide the best care that we can, and this man needs that treatment."..
continua / continued  [ 05-dec-2013 02:09 ECT ]
White House prepared to allow limited Iran nuclear enrichment
by CNN Senior White House Correspondent Jim Acosta
December 3, 2013 - The Obama administration is prepared to allow Iran to engage in a "limited enrichment program" if Tehran holds up its end of an international agreement to curtail its nuclear capabilities under stringent global oversight, the White House confirmed Tuesday. "We are prepared to negotiate a strictly limited enrichment program," Obama administration national security spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan said in a statement... The White House statement was in large part a reaction to questions raised about an international agreement brokered last month with Iran over its nuclear program. "We have accepted Iranian uranium enrichment," retired Gen. Michael Hayden, a former CIA director, told Fox News Sunday when asked about the deal reached between Iran and the United States, Britain, China, Russia, France and Germany....
continua / continued  [ 04-dec-2013 20:42 ECT ]
Pandora and the Drones
By Conn Hallinan
December 3, 2013- In November 2001, when the CIA assassinated al-Qaeda commander Mohammed Atef with a killer drone in Kandahar, Afghanistan, the U.S. held a virtual monopoly on the technology of lethal robots. Today, more than 70 countries in the world deploy drones, 16 of them the deadly variety, and many of those drones target rural people living on the margins of the modern world.Armed drones have been hailed as a technological breakthrough in the fight against terrorists who, in the words of President Obama, "take refuge in remote tribal regions…hide in caves and walled compounds…train in empty deserts and rugged mountains." But much of the butcher’s bill for the drones has fallen on people who live in those deserts and mountains, many of whom are simply in the wrong place at the wrong time or get swept into a definition of "terrorist" so broad it that embraces virtually all adult males...
continua / continued  [ 04-dec-2013 20:21 ECT ]
A Press as Deadly as the State
December 3, 2013 - I am now prepared to state without reservation that the ongoing NSA/surveillance story ranks among the more momentous and nauseating charades perpetrated on a frighteningly gullible public. Any remaining doubt I had on this question -- and, in truth, no substantial doubt remained in my own mind -- has been obliterated by this story concerning the remarks of Alan Rusbridger, the Guardian's editor, to the home affairs committee of Parliament.
All of it is shocking, but this is the worst: Rusbridger said the leak amounted to about 58,000 files, and the newspaper had published "about 1 percent" of the total. "I would not expect us to be publishing a huge amount more," he said. Some years ago, I remarked that professional (and even semi-professional) apologists for the Democratic Party, such as Digby, offer a credo which amounts to the following, once you strip away the endless, and endlessly dishonest, rationalizations: "We're 2% less shitty than Pure Evil! It's all we've got!"...
continua / continued  [ 04-dec-2013 19:54 ECT ]
Meet the Cleared Algerian Prisoners in Guantánamo Who Fear Being Repatriated
December 3, 2013 - ...Others commentators were as critical as Robert Kirsch of the decision to forcibly repatriate the two men. Andrea Prasow of Human Rights Watch said, "When you hear people say they would rather spend the rest of their lives in Guantánamo than go to a particular place, you have to take that seriously." She pointed out that Aziz Abdul Naji, who was forcibly repatriated in 2010, had been imprisoned upon his return... Andrea Prasow explained that the Obama administration’s focus on repatriating prisoners to Algeria "stemmed from a determination that the country met the security conditions for transfer Congress imposed" in recent years, but stressed that it was unacceptable that, "while the US moves to forcibly repatriate the Algerians, cleared detainees from other countries haven’t been released." That is certainly true, and it needs to be asked why some of these other men — including Shaker Aamer, the last British resident in the prison, for example — are not freed instead of the unwilling Algerians. Other prisoners long cleared for release — five Tunisians; the Mauritanian Ahmed Ould Abdel Aziz; Salem Gherebi, a Libyan; Saad Qahtani, a Saudi; and Ibrahim Idris, a severely mentally ill Sudanese prisoner — also need to be freed...
continua / continued  [ 04-dec-2013 17:52 ECT ]
Sentencing those Egyptian girls was an injustice
December 2, 2013 -Last week, an Egyptian court sentenced 14 Egyptian girls, including juveniles, to 11 years in prison because they participated in a protest. This decision takes us back to eras we thought we had left behind.The fact that security forces that opened fire on protesters, killing hundreds, were not held accountable and that girls who carried balloons bearing the Rabaa sign in protest were sentenced to jail is one shocking step backwards.Also last week, activist and blogger Alaa Abdel Fattah, who was jailed during Hosni Mubarak’s reign, and who is known for his credibility and integrity, was arrested because he called for protests via the internet. What does arresting him signify? According to these detention standards, Egyptian prisons will not accommodate all those who call for protests as there are so many who do so via Twitter and Facebook...
continua / continued  [ 03-dec-2013 04:15 ECT ]
Palestinian prisoner’s health worsens after 210 days of refusing food
Patrick O. Strickland
December 2, 2013- Following in the footsteps of many Palestinian political prisoners who undertook lengthy hunger strikes, Alaa Hammad has been refusing meals for more than 210 days.Muntaha Qasem, Hammad’s wife, has not spoken with her husband directly since the early stages of his fast. "I’ve only been able to phone him once since he began his hunger strike," she told The Electronic Intifada by telephone from Amman, Jordan. "And even then it was less than five minutes."Hammad, a 35-year-old who began his hunger strike on 2 May, holds an Israeli-issued identity card for Palestinian residents of Jerusalem, as well as Jordanian citizenship. Having been denied all family visits from relatives in Jordan who do not have Jerusalem residency or a passport issued by the Palestinian Authority, he and four other Palestinian political prisoners with Jordanian nationality have demanded to either be released or transferred to prison in Jordan...
continua / continued  [ 03-dec-2013 04:00 ECT ]
Interview with Dr. Haidar Eid: ‘The Palestinian struggle is not about independence — it is about liberation’
David Letwin and Dr. Haidar Eid
December 2, 2013 - Zionist dispossession and oppression of Palestinians does not begin with 1967. It goes back to 1948, when more than 750,000 Palestinians were ethnically cleansed from villages and towns in Palestine, and were deported to neighboring countries: Jordan, Lebanon, Syria ,Gaza and the West Bank to make way for an apartheid "Jewish state." Then, in 1967, Israel occupied the Gaza Strip, the West Bank and Eastern Jerusalem, which represents the remaining twenty-two percent of historic Palestine.As a result of this systematic and ongoing ethnic cleansing, fully two-thirds of the Palestinian people are refugees entitled to their right of return to their original homeland, in accordance with United Nations resolution 194. This is the root of the Palestine issue.Solidarity supporters that only take the cause back to 1967 are ignoring the source of the problem, and reflecting the Zionist Left in Israel, which wants separation of Palestinians from Israeli Jews...
continua / continued  [ 03-dec-2013 02:22 ECT ]
Syria News - December 1, 2013 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Local Coordination Committees of Syria + Videos
December 1, 2013 -By the end of Sunday the Coordination Committees were able to document 111 martrs including eight women, fifteen children, four martyrs under torture: 45 martyrs were reported in Aleppo; 42 in Damascus and its Suburbs; 9 in Idlib; 7 in Daraa; 4 in Homs; 2 in Deir Ezzor and 2 in Hama.Moreover, the committees have documented 510 shelling points across Syria. Warplanes shelling was recorded in 37 points, explosive barrels were dropped Deir Hafir, Bab, Atarib, Abzemou and Rashdeen in Aleppo. Kafr-Zeita and Taibit Immam in Hama, Khan Shekhoun in Idlib. Surface-to-surface missiles landed in Mouadamiyeh in Damascus Suburbs. Vacuum missiles targeted Nabak with 10 missiles in Damascus Suburbs. Artillery shelling was reported in 167 points, rocket shelling in 155 points and mortar shelling in 132 points across Syria...
continua / continued  [ 03-dec-2013 01:22 ECT ]
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