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:: ONU - XX Assemblea Generale (1965):
XX Assemblea Generale dell’ONU (1965)
dichiara "la legittimità della
lotta da parte dei popoli sotto
oppressione coloniale, per esercitare il
loro diritto all' autodeter-
Inoltre, l'Assemblea invita "tutti
gli Stati a fornire assistenza morale e
materiale ai movimenti di liberazione
nazionale nei territori coloniali".
- Risoluzione 1514
Generale dichiara che: la soggezione dei
popoli a dominio straniero, conquista e
asservimento costituisce una negazione
dei diritti umani fondamentali, è
contraria alla Carta delle Nazioni Unite
ed è un impedimento alla promozione
della pace e della cooperazione mondiali.
Tutti i popoli hanno diritto
minazione; in virtù di
tale diritto essi devono liberamente
determinare il loro status politico e
liberamente perseguire il loro sviluppo
economico, sociale e culturale".
di Ginevra, Protocollo Addizionale I
armata può essere usata, come ultima
risorsa, come mezzo per esercitare il
diritto all' autodeter-
base allo Statuto del Tribunale penale
internazionale, sono definiti “crimini
(1) attacchi lanciati intenzionalmente
contro popolazione civili in quanto tali
o contro civili che non prendano
direttamente parte alle ostilità;
(4) attacchi lanciati intenzionalmente
nella consapevolezza che gli stessi
avranno come conseguenza la perdita di
vite umane tra la popolazione civile, e
lesioni a civili o danni a proprietà
civili ovvero danni diffusi duraturi e
gravi all’ambiente naturale che siano
manifestamente eccessivi rispetto all’insieme
dei concreti e diretti i vantaggi
:: Iraq anthem
(click to listen)
The silences on Iraq
The Common Ills
December 6, 2013 - Iraqi Spring MC notes protests took place in Ramadi, Tikrit (above), Rawa, Samarra, Jalawla, Baquba, and Falluja. Today's protests are part of a series of continuous protests which have been ongoing since December 21st. They are soon to hit the one year mark.At what point does the world press intend to provide serious coverage? Why are they so silent? Are they scared? I doubt it but if they are scared, try being an Iraqi journalist, with no protection from western bosses. Saturday, Aswat al-Iraq reported: Press Freedoms Observatory reported that the Iraqi police are "pressing" journalists to "sign written pledges not to practice their field work", as well as detaining them for hours in Najaf and Missan cities... These are Nouri's forces and this is what they're doing to journalists -- on Nouri's orders...
continua / continued  [ 07-dec-2013 02:56 ECT ]
Is Obama finally coming out of the closet about Assad?
December 6, 2013 - ....One of the cadaverous facts about the current Syrian government, is that in spite of the best efforts at propping up by Russia, Iran, and now Hezbullah and Iraq, not to mention the duplicity of the United States and the infighting among the opposition, is that "regime change" is taking place in Syria right now anyway. This "regime change" is not the long fought for victory of the revolution. It is not being brought on by the death or resignation of Assad. It is the, now rapid, decay of the government in place. The Assad regime is indeed changing. It is now a mere shadow of its former self. Propped up by foreign money and foreign military might, it is quickly degenerating from a national government into a sectarian gang. Those that have been worried about who will run Syria if Assad falls, are now beginning to wonder who will run Syria if Assad stays. Iran to the rescue, even Obama is coming around to that point of view. There have been some side discussions on Syria at various international conferences and a plan is being hatched. As usual, the principals will be the last ones told. Word on the street is that it is really Iran that is giving the Assad regime whatever backbone it still has and that even the US government is coming 'round to the view that they are going to need Iran to run things in Syria for a while....
continua / continued  [ 07-dec-2013 02:30 ECT ]
Shaker Aamer’s Latest Words from Guantánamo, and a Parliamentary Meeting on Human Rights Day
December 6, 2013 - If you’re in London, or anywhere near, and you care about the ongoing injustices of Guantánamo, then please come to a Parliamentary meeting for Shaker Aamer, the last British resident in Guantánamo Bay, on Tuesday December 10, which is Human Rights Day. Established by the UN in 1950, Human Rights Day marks the anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which was approved on December 10, 1948. Shaker, whose voice was recently recorded at Guantánamo by a CBS news crew, is one of 82 prisoners in Guantánamo who have long been cleared for release but are still held, and his continued imprisonment remains thoroughly unacceptable, because, although Congress has raised obstacles to the release of prisoners to countries they regard as dangerous, there is no conceivable way that the UK — America’s staunchest ally in the "war on terror" — could be regarded as an unsafe destination....
continua / continued  [ 07-dec-2013 01:10 ECT ]
Syria News - December 5, 2013 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Local Coordination Committees of Syria + Videos
December 5, 2013 - By the end of Thursday the Coordination Committees were able to document 51 martyrs including 3 women and 2 martyrs under torture: 23 martyrs were reported in Damascus and its Suburbs, 11 in Aleppo, 10 in Idlib, 6 in Homs and 1 martyr in Hama... Hama: Youssef Ahmed Daaboul, Wael Faisal Shekh Ahmed Al-Shraqby, Abd Al-Qader Ahmed Arab, Subhy Mohammad Bashbash, Mohammad Khaled Safar and Mahmoud Jamal Aslan, all from Sarmeen in Idlib, were martyred in clashes with regime forces in Jdaideh checkpoint...
continua / continued  [ 07-dec-2013 00:32 ECT ]
BBC ignores ethnic cleansing in two interviews with Bedouin activist
December 5, 2013 - Three days before last weekend’s international Day of Rage against Israel’s plans for the mass uprooting of Palestinian Bedouins, the BBC had in its studios a Bedouin activist from one of the communities facing destruction. Amal Elsana al-Hajooj was interviewed for ten minutes on Woman’s Hour, on BBC Radio 4, by presenter Jenni Murray, about her community activism and struggle for equality. The next day, Thursday 28 November, al-Hajooj was interviewed again, this time for close to 13 minutes on the BBC World Service’s Outlook program. But, despite the fact that global protests against the Prawer Plan — Israel’s planned ethnic cleansing of the Bedouin from the Naqab (Negev) desert — were due to take place a few days later, neither of the BBC programs thought it newsworthy to question al-Hajooj on the subject...
continua / continued  [ 06-dec-2013 17:25 ECT ]
Tribunal Issues Landmark Verdict against Israel for Genocide
December 5, 2013 - To a crowded courtroom on the late afternoon of November 25, presiding Judge Lamin Mohd Yunus announced the verdict by an international panel of seven jurists: "The Tribunal is satisfied, beyond reasonable doubt, that the first defendant, (General) Amos Yaron, is guilty of crimes against humanity and genocide, and the second defendant, the State of Israel, is guilty of genocide." The landmark ruling against Israel for its genocide against the Palestinian people, rendered by the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal, is significant for several reasons:- In contrast to other non-official courts of conscience on Palestinian rights, for example, the Russell Tribunal on Palestine (New York 2012), the prosecution in Kuala Lumpur took a step beyond war crimes and crimes against humanity to the higher and broader charge of genocide. - The decision was rendered during the ongoing commission of the alleged crime by the defendant, rather than after the fact as in earlier genocide cases....
continua / continued  [ 06-dec-2013 17:21 ECT ]
Israeli authorities urged to investigate abuse of Palestinian teenagers
Defence for Children International-Palestine Section
Ramallah, December 5, 2013 -— Defense for Children International Palestine submitted complaints to the Israeli Military Police Criminal Investigations Division this week over the ill treatment of Palestinian teenagers during arrest and transfer to Ariel police station in September. In separate incidents, Israeli soldiers severely and repeatedly beat Ali S, 14, from Azzun, Hendi S, 17, from Salfit, and Mohammad A, 15, from Tulkarem after arresting them. One soldier extinguished a cigarette butt on Ali’s lip while another burned Hendi’s arm with a cigarette, according to the sworn testimonies of the two teenagers. Hendi and Mohammad were denied access to food, water and toilet facilities for a long period. All three of them were accused of stone throwing...
continua / continued  [ 06-dec-2013 17:10 ECT ]
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 ]
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