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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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Why is Israel opposed to Palestine joining international treaties?
Samira Shackle

April 17, 2014 - Last week, the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon announced that he had accepted the application of Palestinians to join 13 international UN conventions. Significantly, these include the Geneva Conventions, which govern the rules of war and military occupation. Ban informed all 193 UN member states that the application, by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, was made "in due and proper order" and that it would be processed within a month. Riyad Mansour, the Palestinian ambassador to the UN, said that Palestine was ready with more applications to join UN agencies, conventions, and treaties, depending on Israel's actions....

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Why does the mass media ignore mass murder in Syria?
Clay Claiborne

April 17, 2014-I recall when the mantra of the media was "if it bleeds, it leads." That certainly isn't the case with regards to Syria. If more than a hundred people and a dozen children met with a violent end almost anywhere else in the world, it would make the morning news cycle. It happens every day in Syria without so much as a notice. It can't be for lack of visuals. We all know TV news is a sucker for graphic video. A good video will even make a story where otherwise there wouldn't be one. The Syrian conflict has produced some of the most graphic and tense, or in the case of Syrian refugee children, compelling and heart-rending, videos the world has ever seen, available for free from YouTube, and with today's HD consumer grade cameras, not bad quality. Yet very little of this video ever makes it into the evening news. The true picture of this conflict and the human suffering it is causing is being hidden from us. When the media was trying to rally people to fight Saddam Hussein, they made a big deal out of a false story that had Iraq troops throwing babies out of incubators in Kuwait, now we have Assad's planes bombing play grounds, schools, breadlines and hospitals, and mums the word. Why are they covering up Assad's crimes when they should be reporting them?....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [106411] [ 20-apr-2014 14:35 ECT ]

What will Gaza’s Ark face from the Israeli navy as it challenges the blockade?
Charlie Andreasson

April 17, 2014 - The heavy bang is heard clearly, and I have to resist the impulse to climb over the breakwater to try to get a view of the attack in the haze. And a new round of bangs is heard. It can’t be far off the port of Gaza. Instead, I look up at the sky, squinting, and there it is, the drone that been circling around all morning. And I return to my work to completing Gaza 's Ark. Shall I write about this, I wonder to myself? That thought pops up every time I hear machine-gun fire, or even heavier bombardments, from the sea. We expect some influential people to sail with us to break Israel’s naval blockade, and I do not want to scare them off...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [106410] [ 20-apr-2014 14:27 ECT ]

Guantanamo's sinister re-branding of force-feeding
By Harkirit Boparai

April 17, 2014 -The PR team at Guantanamo Bay have been engaging in a campaign of smoke and mirrors of late to try and cover up the abuse that still remains at Guantanamo Bay. Meanwhile, detainees such as our client Emad Hassan are still suffering the same abuse, at the hands of the same authorities, that they have been for the past 12 years.Rather than use a widely-recognised term that describes the peaceful protest being made by the detainees, the authorities at Guantanamo have decided to come up with (what they hope is) a sterile and innocuous-sounding term: "long term non-religious fast". This change in terminology was revealed through a Freedom of Information request for a document entitled: "Medical management of detainees with weight loss"...
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PHOTOS: Palestinian prisoners, supporters struggle for freedom
By Activestills

April 17, 2014 - To mark International Palestinian Prisoners’ Day, which has been commemorated annually by Palestinians worldwide since 1974, Activestills brings you a look into the lives of Palestinian prisoners and their supporters struggling to obtain freedom.According to Addameer, a Palestinian prisoner support organization, there are currently 5,224 Palestinian men and women held in Israeli prisons. These include 183 administrative detainees; 210 children; 21 female prisoners; and 11 members of the Palestinian Legislative Council. Since the occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip began in 1967, more than 700,000 Palestinians have been imprisoned by Israel. To this day, dozens of Palestinians are taken away from their homes, workplaces, schools, and from different checkpoints on a weekly basis. Some are detained for days, some for weeks, and some imprisoned for unlimited periods of time...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [106408] [ 20-apr-2014 14:09 ECT ]

Palestinian youth say the talks with Israel are futile
Allison Deger

April 17, 2014 - Last summer when negotiations resumed between Israeli and Palestinian leaders, hundreds of Palestinian youth took to the streets of Ramallah to protest the Palestinian Authority decrying the talks. In fact August 2013 saw a string of protests from the city center to the Muqataa, the seat of the Palestinian government. And each protest ended the same: the youth were beaten and arrested, undercover agents moved through the crowds, and some dissidents were even taken into police custody from hospital beds.Today, the April 29th deadline to produce a U.S. engineered framework looms and talks teeter toward collapse. Israeli and Palestinian officials have skirted their limited commitments. Israel is refusing, or delaying, releasing the last round of Palestinian prisoners while the Palestinian Authority (PA) signed 15 letters of accession to United Nations treaties....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [106407] [ 20-apr-2014 14:05 ECT ]

PLO: 800,000 Palestinians detained since 1967 occupation
Ma'an News

April 17, 2014 -- Israeli military forces have detained over 800,000 Palestinians since the 1967 occupation of the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and East Jerusalem, the PLO said Thursday."For Palestinians, having loved ones in prison is not the exception: it is something which has affected every Palestinian family," PLO negotiator Saeb Erekat said in a statement marking Prisoners Day."In the context of prolonged occupation, Israel -- a foreign military power -- has unlawfully imposed itself on the land of another people and has oppressed millions, in many varying ways. The plight of the prisoners reflects the plight of the Palestinian people as a whole."...

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Nablus farmer detained after being attacked by settlers
Ma'an News

April 17, 2014 -- Israeli forces detained a Palestinian farmer in Nablus on Wednesday on suspicion of attempting to stab a settler after a group assaulted him and cut down his olive trees. Palestinian security officials told Ma'an that settlers from Maale Levona assaulted Khalid Samih Daraghmah and his son while they were tending their trees south of Nablus near al-Lubban ash-Sharqiyah. Jalal Daraghmah, 19, was brutally beaten during the attack.The farmers filed a complaint at the Palestinian liaison department, who referred it to the Israeli office.After reporting the assault, Israeli forces arrested Samih Daraghmah after claiming he had tried to stab one of the settlers....
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Syria News - April 16, 2014 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Local Coordinating Committees of Syria

April 16, 2014- By the end of Wednesday the Coordination Committees were able to document 96 martyrs in Syria including 4 women, 2 children and 3 martyrs under torture: 40 martyrs were reported in Deir Ezzor; 12 in Damascus and its Suburbs; 13 in Idlib; 11 in Aleppo; 5 in Daraa; 4 in Homs and 2 martyrs in Hama...

  continua / continued avanti - next    [106404] [ 20-apr-2014 03:58 ECT ]

Israeli forces clash with worshipers in Aqsa compound, dozens hurt
Ma'an News

April 16, 2014 - - Dozens of worshipers were hurt Wednesday morning in fierce clashes with Israeli forces who stormed the al-Aqsa Mosque compound via the Moroccan and Chain gates. Witnesses told Ma'an that Israeli soldiers and police officers broke into the compound and deployed in the southern quarter firing stun grenades and rubber-coated bullets at worshipers.Director of al-Aqsa Mosque Sheikh Azam al-Kahtib told Ma’an that "about 1,000 Israeli officers stormed the compound." He highlighted that Israeli officers used live ammunition...
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Israel worried about Syrian rebels' advancement to the Syrian-Israeli borders
Middle East Monitor

April 16, 2014- Syrian rebels have seized shoulder-fired surface-to-air missiles from regime forces in spite of Israel and the Syrian regime's best efforts to prevent such strategic developments from happening, an Israeli commentator said. Yossi Melman, the Israeli commentator on security and intelligence affairs for the Israeli news website Walla, revealed that Syrian rebels seized a warehouse containing Russian and Iranian shoulder-fired surface-to-air missiles.Melman affirmed that both Al-Assad's army and the Israeli army tried their best to prevent this warehouse from falling in to rebel hands. The senior Israeli journalist said Israel has detailed information about Syrian weapons and it is afraid that these weapons could fell in the "wrong hands"...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [106402] [ 20-apr-2014 03:50 ECT ]

The real fraud about Afghanistan's election
Helen Redmond

April 16, 2014 --- THE U.S. media celebrated Afghanistan's April 5 elections as a success story. The country's Independent Election Commission reported that more than 7 million voters participated in the presidential and provincial council voting, a higher turnout than the 2009 election. But there's more to Afghanistan's election than met the eyes of the Western press.The ballots were still being counted as this article was being written, but it appeared that Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, two of the three frontrunners according to pre-election polls, were in the lead, and an acrimonious runoff election between them is likely.In reality, there was very little opportunity for Afghans to express a real choice in the election ...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [106401] [ 20-apr-2014 03:43 ECT ]

Mariam Barghouti released on bail
By Beth Staton

April 16, 2014- Mariam Barghouti, a 20-year-old student was released from military prison this evening, nearly one week after she was arrested by Israeli forces near the village of Nabi Saleh. Barghouti was detained along with three foreign journalists and a young Palestinian citizen of Israel, Abir Kopty, as they left the village on Friday 11 April after reporting on a protest held earlier in the day. Barghouti, who holds American citizen and is a resident of the West Bank, was the only one to be arrested. She was charged with throwing stones and entering a closed military zone....
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Here’s What Drone Attacks in America Would Look Like
By Pete Brook

April 16, 2014 - If U.S. citizens knew how it felt to be targeted by deadly flying robots, it might shape domestic attitudes toward the Obama administration’s drone program. Artist Tomas Van Houtryve is using video and photography to foster that discussion by putting average Americans under drone-like surveillance. "The drone has become the preferred tool of the 'War on Terror,’" says Van Houtryve. "We live in the most media-connected age ever, and yet the American public has no visual narrative of the drone war. This is a secret war, making it easier to push to the back of our minds or only think about in abstract terms."To make the abstract real with his series Blue Sky Days, Van Houtryve mounted his DSLR on a quadcopter he bought online. He flew it over weddings, funerals, groups in prayer, and people exercising in public places—circumstances in which people have been killed by U.S. drone strikes abroad....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [106399] [ 20-apr-2014 02:43 ECT ]

Israeli Settler Priests Prepare to Build Holy Temple, Resume Animal Sacrifices
by Richard Silverstein

April 16, 2014 - An Israeli friend has found an amazing YouTube video (apologies that it is in Hebrew without English captions) of the quasi-religious ceremony at which settler paraded scores of white tunic-clad (also called "kittels") men of various shapes and sizes as the coming generation of kohanim (priests), who would assume duties when (not "if") the State destroys the Dome of the Rock and replaces it with a rebuilt Holy Temple. All this is under the auspices of the Temple Institute. In a related incident, Israeli police arrested radical settler activists attempting to bring goats to the Temple Mount for the ritual Passover sacrifice. No sooner were they released than one of them was rearrested bringing yet another goat into the Old City for sacrificial purposes...
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Iraq: The Road to Chaos
Ned Parker

April 16, 2014 -... In April 2013, after the shooting of an Iraqi soldier near a protest camp in Hawija, a town in the north close to Iraq’s traditional border with Iraqi Kurdistan, elite security units attached to the prime minister’s military office opened fire on the camp, killing fifty-one people, including old men and children. A Western diplomat described the event to me as "carnage" and "a vendetta out of all proportions."...In interviews, US officials portrayed the fight in Anbar as a battle between Baghdad and al-Qaeda, and sent hellfire missiles for Maliki to use, regardless of the consequences and of the lack of a clearly defined objective. As my Reuters colleagues and I have documented, in recent weeks Iraqi Special Forces soldiers have bragged of executing suspected militants in Anbar....
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Iraq snapshot -April 16, 2014
The Common Ills

April 16, 2014. Chaos and violence continue, Nouri's assault on Anbar continues and we take a look at these War Crimes which have taken place since the start of the year, Iraq comes in at the top of a list (for getting away with murder), and much more... In Iraq today, Nouri continued his streak of War Crimes as he continued his targeting civilians with collective punishment. NINA notes the shelling of residential neighborhoods in Falluja left 16 civilians dead and nineteen injured ....In January, Human Rights Watch issued "Iraq: Protect Anbar Residents From Abuses." And that's it for the world's attention. It's a shame other bodies and government officials can't call out these War Crimes. The White House not only can't call Nouri out, they can't stop arming him, it's like an addiction with them...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [106396] [ 20-apr-2014 02:08 ECT ]

FBI infiltrates Guantanamo detainee’s defense team
By Gabriel Black

April 16, 2014- On Monday, the military trial of five 9/11 suspects was put on hold as allegations surfaced that the FBI had enlisted a member of the defense team as a secret informant. This brazen violation of basic democratic norms is a further exposure of an extra-judicial process that has been illegal from the start. Defense attorneys filed a motion late Sunday night calling for a halt to the proceedings, a review of the FBI’s involvement and the appointing of new independent attorneys for the defendants. James Harrington, a civilian attorney for Ramzi bin al-Shibh, one of the five accused, told the judge, "We have an impossible situation in terms of representing our client… on any issue." Harrington added, "To say this is a chilling experience for all of us is a gross understatement."...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [106395] [ 20-apr-2014 01:45 ECT ]

Resurrection and Israeli Restrictions: Easter in Jerusalem

April 16, 2014 - Occupied East Jerusalem is the center of Palestinian celebrations, whether Easter or Ramadan. Freedom of religion and freedom of movement are basic human rights enshrined in international law. However, since 1967, successive Israeli governments have developed a number of policies aimed at directly and indirectly force the people from their land. For billions of Christians worldwide, the holy week of Easter is an opportunity to celebrate, pray and remember Jerusalem. Easter is supposed to be a time of hope and joy. But for hundreds of thousands of Palestinian Christians, the first Christian community, the reality today is one of oppression and discrimination. Of these Christians, who are the centuries-old inhabitants of this land, only a tiny minority are able to celebrate in Jerusalem...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [106394] [ 20-apr-2014 01:41 ECT ]

The Zionist Propaganda Surrounding Sderot
UK's Ed Miliband the latest Western politician "taken in"

by Stuart Littlewood

April 16, 2014 - Ed Miliband, UK Labour Party leader and younger brother of former British Foreign Secretary David Miliband David Miliband, has just been on a visit to Israel and occupied Palestine. Ed, who is Jewish, is a wannabe prime minister. And he may succeed in taking the top job next year if Agent Cameron continues annoying the voting public. A BBC report tells us that Miliband and his wife Justine "were shown where the rockets are fired which rain down on this Israeli town of Sderot. "They visited a playgroup which looks like many you would see in the UK, until you realise the kids are playing inside instead of outside as they would not be safe under the deep blue sky and are only so under a roof of reinforced concrete." ...

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Spanish Court Refuses to Close Guantánamo Torture Investigation
Center for Constitutional Rights

April 16, 2014 - Spain’s Audiencia Nacional is continuing its investigation into the alleged torture of men formerly detained at Guantánamo prison by U.S. officials, despite recent legislative restrictions stating that Spanish courts can only investigate human rights violations committed abroad if the suspects are present in Spain. In an order issued yesterday, Judge Pablo Ruz ruled that Spain’s obligations under international law to investigate any credible allegation of torture took precedence over the new restrictions, and renewed his request for information from the Obama Administration regarding any U.S.-based investigations into torture allegations...
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Israeli-Palestinian peace talks are collapsing — for good reason
Richard Falk

April 16, 2014 - The revival of direct negotiations last August between the government of Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization was mainly an initiative of the U.S. government, energized by Secretary of State John Kerry, who has put relentless pressure on both sides to keep talking despite the seeming futility of such a process. Kerry proclaimed these negotiations an all-or-nothing moment, the last chance for the Israelis and Palestinians to resolve the conflict by creating a Palestinian state alongside Israel. The agreement for the current round of negotiations is set to expire on April 29, and Kerry is increasingly desperate for the parties to agree on an extension. But if the talks continue, as may well happen, that should not be misunderstood as a sign that there’s any realistic chance of such a diplomatic process succeeding...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [106391] [ 19-apr-2014 21:00 ECT ]

Time for an Accounting
Obama, Monopoly Capitalism, and Global Hegemony


April 16, 2014 -We’ve seen enough to know that the US is on track to push structural-ideological tyranny to a new level, not so much the reproduction of 20th century fascism (although that historical experience has created an indelible mark on the mindset of present-day geopolitical strategists in defining what might be possible in violating international law without thoroughly antagonizing the world community) as, instead, using a cloak of liberal humanitarianism to assert military power in pursuit of traditional imperialism. The same goals, different label...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [106390] [ 19-apr-2014 16:45 ECT ]

Why Israeli Officials are Chuckling: The ‘Stable’ West Bank Dilemma
By Ramzy Baroud

April 16, 2014 -Israel’s deputy foreign minister, Ze’ev Elkin, is a member of Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party and his predominantly rightwing cabinet. In a recent interview with The Economist, Elkin used the familiar tone of being conceited and oblivious to such notions as international or human rights, and reaffirmed his rejection of a Palestinian state.Instead, Elkin wants Israel to annex a chunk of the West Bank. There is nothing new here, as such language is now official Israeli discourse. But one statement stood out, one that many Palestinians would find bewildering and exasperating.These days, said Elkin with a chuckle, the West Bank is "the most stable part of the Middle East".The bewilderment would stem from the fact that the West Bank is an occupied Palestinian territory...
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What Other Torturous Measures Will They Inflict on the Tortured?
Tamar Fleishman

April 16, 2014 -The thousands of people who arrive at Qalandiya checkpoint and its surroundings each day didn’t hold their breaths when they heard Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s announcement that "unilateral actions by the Palestinians will be responded by unilateral actions".What other unilateral actions could the Israeli government take against the Palestinians in a reality in which millions of human beings, from the moment of their birth and until their death, are victims of commands, regulations and laws that enable theft and torture?...

  continua / continued avanti - next    [106388] [ 19-apr-2014 14:27 ECT ]

Haaretz joins Rush Limbaugh and company in trying to link Max Blumenthal to KC shooter suspect
Alex Kane and Phan Nguyen

April 16, 2014 - Before journalist and author Max Blumenthal turned his eye towards Israel/Palestine, he was a dogged investigator of the seedy world of neo-Nazism and white supremacism in the U.S. But now, liberal Israeli newspaper Haaretz has joined right-leaning Israel advocates in trying to turn the tables on him by linking the journalist to Frazier Glenn Miller (also known as Frazier Glenn Cross), the suspect in Sunday’s deadly shooting at two Jewish centers in Kansas City. Various personalities are waging a concerted smear campaign against Blumenthal, whose book Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel kicked up a storm of controversy over its indictment of Israel’s human rights abuses. The canary in the coal mine for them was that Miller, who posted on the far-right forum Vanguard News Network as "Rounder," once posted about an interview Blumenthal did on Russia Today...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [106387] [ 19-apr-2014 14:16 ECT ]

Mobile wall to protect settlers during Passover
Al Ray

April 16, 2014 - - Israeli occupation forces stopped Wednesday a military truck carrying a metal protection wall in the Bab Al Zawya district of Hebron, southern West Bank, to protect the settlers celebrating Jewish "Passover" holiday.
Local sources told the Safa news agency that this is the first time the occupation forces use this kind of trucks to protect the colonial settlers in West Bank. Dozens of colonial settlers raided under heavy protection of Israeli army forces an old Palestinian building in the Be’r al-Saba’ street called "the tomb of Atnaúal bin Gunar" by the settlers...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [106386] [ 19-apr-2014 12:55 ECT ]

NSA Spying Is Here to Stay
by Jim Hightower

April 16, 2014 - On Monday, April 14, the the Washington Post and the Guardian US newspapers received the Pulitzer for Journalism Public Service for their reports on NSA spying. In light of their hard work, let's recap events of the last year. Embarrassed and irritated by Edward Snowden's leaks, Obama charged last year at a press conference that Snowden was presenting a false picture of NSA by releasing parts of its work piecemeal: "Rather than have a trunk come out here and a leg come out there," he said, "let's just put the whole elephant out there so people know exactly what they're looking at. ... America is not interested in spying on ordinary people," he assured us. The government, he went on, is not "listening in on people's phone calls or inappropriately reading people's emails."...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [106384] [ 19-apr-2014 02:36 ECT ]

Nabi Saleh breaks the military siege
Nora Tamimi

April 16, 2014 - For three days, a small village in the West Bank, Nabi Saleh, was subjected to a military siege imposed by the Israeli Occupation Forces as a form of collective punishment. On Saturday 12th of April, the IOF imposed the blockade after declaring it to be a "closed military area". All the main entrances to Nabi Saleh were closed and anyone who attempted to enter or leave the village was attacked, regardless of the threat they represented. Just before the siege, Sarak, the Israeli military unit in position and known for its ruthlessness, announced its intention to "impose law and order by suppressing any form of terrorism". This was a senseless statement considering the fact that since 2009 Nabi Saleh has witnessed non-violent action against the Israeli occupation in all its facets....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [106383] [ 19-apr-2014 01:56 ECT ]

WATCH: Exploiting African asylum seeker labor
By Social TV

April 16, 2014 - Three African asylum seekers were hired by a family in the Israeli city of Bat Yam; the municipality demanded that they stop working. When the asylum seekers demanded payment from the family for time worked, they were refused. Israel Social TV joined them with a camera when they demanded their pay....
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Why we’re taking a different approach to divestment
Hanna Alshaikh

April 16, 2014 - Students at DePaul University in Chicago launched a campaign last month to divest from Israeli human rights violations. This will be among the first divestment campaigns in the United States to use the referendum strategy. The University of South Florida attempted divestment via referendum in 2013, but the administration refused to certify the results. Building off the momentum from similar and recent campaigns at the University of Michigan, Loyola University Chicago and across the University of California system, DePaul Divest is spearheaded by DePaul’s chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP)...
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Where is it written that Palestinians have to be killed? Good question.
Ibrahim Hewitt

April 15, 2014 - The speaker was a Palestinian woman, a refugee from Yarmouk Refugee Camp in Syria; she is now a double refugee living, if that's the right word, in northern Jordan. Where, she asked, is it written that Palestinians have to be killed? It is a good question. Hard-core Zionists might cite Old Testament authority for the Jews to kill goyim, but most reasonable people will have to admit that the lady has a point. It isn't written anywhere. Nor is there a sensible argument against her logic that if Palestinian refugees are a problem then let them go back to their land and they would no longer be refugees so there would be no more problem...

  continua / continued avanti - next    [106380] [ 19-apr-2014 00:55 ECT ]

TMZ: Only US Television Program to Cover Latest Report of CIA Using Music to Torture Detainees
By: Kevin Gosztola

April 15, 2014 -Another example of the government using rock music to torture detainees was reported last week. But it appears the only television or broadcast news program to cover and report on this further was TMZ. Journalist Jason Leopold wrote a story for Al Jazeera that was published on April 9 on the contents of the Senate intelligence committee’s report on CIA torture. He reported, "One former interrogator briefed about Abu Zubaydah’s interrogations from May to July 2002 told Al Jazeera that the music used to batter the detainee’s senses was by the Red Hot Chili Peppers."...
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Syria News - April 15, 2014 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Local Coordinating Committees of Syria

April 15, 2014 - By the end of Tuesday the Coordination Committees were able to document 90 martyrs in Syria including 3 women, 6 children and 5 martyrs under torture: 24 martyrs were reported in Aleppo; 22 in Idlib; 20 in Deir Ezzor; 15 in Damascus and its Suburbs; 6 in Daraa; and 3 martyrs in Homs....
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Taliban : We do not recognize any president
Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan

April 15, 2014 - ...All these elections were held under the direct supervision of American occupiers. In fact this process was launched to oppose the Islamic system. The support of a few countries of the world for these elections is co-related with their own policies and has nothing to do with the demands and aspirations of the Afghan masses. You know that none of the world countries dares to confront America and nor can they afford to. Presently almost the entire world is under the vast American influence. They control the governments but not the masses. The governments, on the basis of their political policies, support, just for the sake of very limited benefits, all those steps which are either taken or only backed by America. The American occupation of Afghanistan was called a legitimate one by most countries of the world. They either adopted silence or openly supported them...
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Stats: 2202 Palestinians died in Syria since the conflict began

April 15, 2014 - Action Group for Palestinians in Syria recorded Monday 2202 victims died since the Syrian conflict began.Three Palestinians were killed Monday due the ongoing shelling on the besieged Palestinian refugee camps. The group clarified that the three are: Mohammed Theiab,27, Ali Ya’qoub from Sbina camp who was tortured to death in the Syrian prisons, and Shamseya Shtaiwy,57, who was died due the lack of medicines and medical care in the besieged Yarmouk refugee camp. Refugees in Der’aa camp suffer from the severe lack of medical stuff and food supplies. Drinking water crisis is still ongoing due the power cut for long time...

  continua / continued avanti - next    [106376] [ 18-apr-2014 23:26 ECT ]

Endgame Apartheid: The US-Sponsored "Peace Process"

April 15, 2014- For more than two decades, the United States has maintained a monopoly on mediating Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations. During this time, the situation of most Palestinians living in the occupied territories has deteriorated steadily while Israel’s domination over their lives has become ever more entrenched. More than 20 years after the US-sponsored "peace process" began, the creation of an independent Palestinian state – the ostensible endgame of negotiations – is more distant than ever, and Israel’s nearly 47-year-old discriminatory occupation regime becomes more permanent by the day. The following fact sheet provides an overview of the US role in the "peace process" and the consequences it has had for the Palestinians...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [106375] [ 18-apr-2014 23:19 ECT ]

Torture and the Destruction of the Human Being Shaker Aamer by the United States
By: Peter Van Buren

April 15, 2014 - Somedays we have a little fun in this space, commenting on world events with a joke, some satire, a little snark. Today will not be one of those days.The Bush and Obama administrations have gone to extraordinary lengths to hide America’s archipelago of secret prisons and systems of torture. They at first denied any of that even existed, then used an ever-so-compliant media to call it all necessary for our security and very survival, then shaping dumb-cow public opinion with ersatz terms like enhanced interrogation to keep the word torture out of the discourse, then having the CIA destroy videos of the brutality, then imprisoning officials, such as John Kiriakou, who sought to expose it all, then refusing to hold hearings or conduct investigations, then employing black ops to try and derail even a cursory Senate report and, of this date, allowing the torturers at the CIA themselves the final word on what if anything will appear in the public version of a Senate report on torture that may or may not see the light of day anytime soon...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [106374] [ 18-apr-2014 22:25 ECT ]

Chelsea Manning to Take a More Active Role in Her Case During Appeal
By: Kevin Gosztola

April 15, 2014 - During her trial, the only time the public heard from Chelsea Manning was when she made statements in court. But according to Emma Cape, a lead organizer for the Chelsea Manning Support Network, Manning will be taking a "somewhat more active role" in the case during appeal. Cape, along with Manning’s new lawyers and whistleblowers who support Manning, spoke at an event at Georgetown Law Center on April 13. She reported that Manning has provided feedback on the work of the Support Network and communicated how she would like some of the organization’s messaging to be. She has also expressed interest in publicly sharing her thoughts on freedom of information, government transparency and restrictions on press access...
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Senior Iranian commander: Assad would have been toppled without Iran's support
Middle East Monitor

April 15, 2014 -Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad would have lost the battle if Iran did not support him, the Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Aerospace Forces Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh said.The Iranian news agency Fars reported Hajizadeh saying that Al-Assad had achieved victory over the opposition with support from different powers from outside the country. "He remained in power just because Iran wanted that," he said. Fars said that Hajizadeh delivered his remarks in a celebration held on Friday. "Eighty-six countries around the world wanted to change the Syrian regime and said that Al-Assad had to quit," he said, "all of them failed because Iran wanted something different."...

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Remembering Vik
International Solidarity Movement

April 15, 2014---Vittorio Arrigoni was a human rights activist (Italy, February 1975) and member of ISM, who was murdered on the 15th of April 2011, aged 36, whilst supporting the struggle for a free Palestine. I want to remember Vittorio Arrigoni with his words, and for once the words are not just wasted air, but are synonymous with practice, of a real life spent standing in solidarity with Palestinians. Palestinians will always remember him, and so will I, like a friend that I never had the pleasure of knowing....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [106371] [ 18-apr-2014 21:16 ECT ]

The US’s Invasion of Africa That Nobody Knows About
John Glaser

April 15, 2014 - The U.S. is assembling the rudiments of imperial infrastructure throughout Africa, and hardly anybody knows about it. Hardly anybody knows about it because the government and military refuse to divulge much of U.S. foreign policy towards Africa. You see, U.S. foreign policy is really none of our business. The Obama administration has been slowly – and very quietly – peppering the U.S. military throughout the continent and putting hundreds of millions of dollars into the pockets of government contractors to build the necessary infrastructure for a permanent U.S. military presence...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [106370] [ 18-apr-2014 20:23 ECT ]

Nouri al-Maliki's many failures
The Common Ills

April 15, 2014 - Thug and prime minister of Iraq continues his assault on Anbar by killing civilians in Falluja. National Iraqi News Agency reports his shelling of Falluja's residential neighborhood have left 7 civilians dead today and seventeen injured. These are War Crimes.In other violence, National Iraqi News Agency reports the Ministry of the Interior announced they killed 12 suspects "on the outskirts of the city of Fallujah," an al-Radhwaniya roadside bombing claimed 2 lives and left six more people injured, 1 person was shot dead in Alkhotway, 1 person was shot dead in Hartha, 1 person was shot dead and another left injured in an Abu Ghraib attack, an eastern Mosul battle left 2 rebels dead, a Mosul roadside bombing left 2 police members dead and a third injured, 2 Ramadi suicide bombers took their own lives and the life of 1 police member (with four more injured), 1 male corpse was found dumped on a street in Kirkuk (Alsumaria notes he was blindfolded and his hands were bound), and 3 corpses were found dumped "in an orchard are in Arab Jaour, south of Baghdad" (shot "in the head and chest"). ...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [106369] [ 18-apr-2014 20:13 ECT ]

‘Hacktivist‘ collective unleashes third annual attack against Israel
By Claire Matsunami

April 15, 2014 - On Monday 7 April the 'hacktivist’ organization Anonymous unleashed a day long cyber-attack on a broad series of Israeli websites as part of the third year of OpIsrael. The attack specifically targeted a list of Israeli governmental websites, made public on the eve of the event. This year’s OpIsrael attack succeeded in temporarily shutting down several websites and defacing others with pro-Palestinian slogans, among them were the official website of the Israeli President, the Israeli Police and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, according to the OpIsrael Facebook page and Times Magazine. An update on the website OpIsraelBirthday, set up by Anonymous affiliated hacker AnonGhost, stated that over 400 websites were successfully breached. All websites allegedly targeted by the group are now back up and running....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [106368] [ 18-apr-2014 20:03 ECT ]

Al Haq: Israeli soldiers acted with reckless disregard for the value of human life
By Jan Walraven

April 15, 2015 - One month after the death of Palestinian judge Raed Zeiter at the Allenby border crossing on 10 March, Palestinian human rights organization Al Haq published the results of its investigation into his killing by Israeli soldiers. On the basis of several eyewitness accounts, the report concludes that "the Israeli soldiers demonstrated a clear intent to inflict serious bodily harm and an extreme reckless disregard for the value of human life." Recounting the way events unfolded, Al Haq’s report sketches a clear picture of the circumstances in which Zeiter, a Palestinian judge from Nablus but working in Jordan, was killed. On 10 March Zeiter was smoking outside the bus that was to bring him from Jordan into the West Bank, looking on as his fellow passenger re-boarded the bus after clearing the first of several Israeli inspection points...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [106367] [ 18-apr-2014 20:00 ECT ]

High Court petition holds Israeli impunity to account
By Beth Staton

April 15, 2014 -Samir Awad was sixteen years old when he was killed. It was mid January last year, and after completing a science exam he had walked to the separation wall that cuts through the land of his home town of Budrus. According to the friends he was with, Israeli soldiers fired a stun grenade at the boys and shot Samir in the leg. Then, as the teenager tried to run away, they fired a bullet to his head, at close range, and killed him. 14 months have now passed since Samir died. As of yet, no-one has been held to account for his death. The teenager's family is demanding justice. This month, Samir's father Ahmad Awad and Israeli human rights organisation B’Tselem submitted a petition to Israel’s High Court demanding that the Military Advocate General (MAG) charge the soldiers who killed Samir, or close the file on his case...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [106366] [ 18-apr-2014 19:56 ECT ]

The Pentagon, Libya, and Tomorrow's Blowback Today
By Nick Turse

April 15, 2014 - Is the U.S. secretly training Libyan militiamen in the Canary Islands? And if not, are they planning to? That’s what I asked a spokesman for U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM). "I am surprised by your mentioning the Canary Islands," he responded by email. "I have not heard this before, and wonder where you heard this."As it happens, mention of this shadowy mission on the Spanish archipelago off the northwest coast of Africa was revealed in an official briefing prepared for AFRICOM chief General David Rodriguez in the fall of 2013. In the months since, the plan may have been permanently shelved in favor of a training mission carried out entirely in Bulgaria. The document nonetheless highlights the U.S. military’s penchant for simple solutions to complex problems -- with a well-documented potential for blowback in Africa and beyond. It also raises serious questions about the recurring methods employed by the U.S. to stop the violence its actions helped spark in the first place...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [106365] [ 18-apr-2014 19:48 ECT ]

Gaza Corrodes Israel's Soul
by César Chelala

April 15, 2014 - As Israel continues its unlawful siege of the Gaza Strip, the health situation for the Palestinians continues to be critical. In a comprehensive report, B’Tselem, the Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories, described the health situation in Gaza on January 1st, 2014. According to B’Tselem, the siege that Israel has imposed on Gaza since Hamas took control of Gaza’s security apparatus in June 2007 has greatly damaged Gaza’s health system, which already had considerable shortcomings. Now, many services and life-saving treatments are not available to Palestinians inside Gaza, and treatment of cancer and heart patients is postponed, as medical supplies and equipment are delayed. Even some basic necessities, such as clean drinking water and removal of solid waste is not widely available...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [106364] [ 18-apr-2014 19:35 ECT ]

Resisting the “cannibalization” of Palestine’s heritage
Sarah Irving

April 15, 2014 - The port city of Akka (also known as Acre) is one of the places where the conflict over ownership of Palestinian history and culture is most stark.The recent campaign to prevent the historic Khan al-Umdan from being turned into a luxury hotel by Israeli developers highlighted the struggle by an economically and politically marginalized Palestinian community to resist gentrification and an insidious ethnic cleansing.Director Patrick Stewart does an admirable job in It’s Better to Jump of conveying both the staggeringly long history of this beautiful port and the challenges which beset its people on a daily basis...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [106363] [ 18-apr-2014 18:57 ECT ]

Maliki's use of SWAT forces questioned
Omar al-Jaffal

April 15, 2014 - ,,, The US Army formed the Iraqi SWAT forces to carry out the tasks that the army and police could not, and had directly supervised their training. The SWAT forces are accused of carrying out many inhumane acts such as the Huwaija massacre on April 23, 2013, in the west of Iraq during the break-up of protests in Anbar, and the killing of Mohammad Abbas, the coach of Karbala sports club, on June 23, 2013.Mazhar al-Janabi, a member of parliament and member of the parliamentary Security and Defense Committee, admitted in an interview with Al-Monitor that these forces have become stronger over the past few years.Janabi also admitted that the members of the committee "are not fully informed about the work of the SWAT forces.""None of the security institutions, including SWAT [forces], respect citizens. Iraqis have not received anything from these forces in the past years but destruction and chaos," he added...
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Gravely Ill, Shaker Aamer Asks US Judge to Order His Release from Guantánamo
Andy Worthington

April 15, 2014 - Last Monday, lawyers for Shaker Aamer, 45, the last British resident in the US prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, asked a federal judge to order his release because he is chronically ill. A detailed analysis of Mr. Aamer’s mental and physical ailments was prepared by an independent psychiatrist, Dr. Emily A. Keram, following a request in October, by Mr. Aamer’s lawyers, for him to receive an independent medical evaluation.The very fact that the authorities allowed an independent expert to visit Guantánamo to assess Mr. Aamer confirms that he is severely ill, as prisoners are not generally allowed to be seen by external health experts unless they are facing trials. Mr. Aamer, in contrast, is one of 75 of the remaining 154 prisoners who were cleared for release from Guantánamo over four years ago by a high-level, inter-agency task force established by President Obama shortly after he took office in 2009.,,,
  continua / continued avanti - next    [106361] [ 18-apr-2014 18:21 ECT ]

US Air Strike Kills Three Civilians in Eastern Afghanistan
by Jason Ditz

April 15, 2014- An overnight US air strike against the Khost Province in eastern Afghanistan has killed three civilians, a woman and her two children. It also injured the father of the children. NATO said it was aware of the reports of the incident and is looking into it. There were no previous statements surrounding the air strike, which is unusual for Afghanistan attacks.Afghan President Hamid Karzai was quick to condemn the incident, saying it was a violation of existing agreements between the US and Afghanistan, and called on Khost’s governor to investigate the circumstances of the attack...
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PHOTOS: Palestinians mourn woman who died after inhaling tear gas
Text and photos by: Ryan Rodrick Beiler/Activestills.org

April 15, 2014 - The death of a 45-year-old woman in Aida Refugee Camp exposes the ongoing abuse of crowd control weapons that all too often become lethal in the hands of Israeli forces. Family and neighbors buried Noha Katamish the day after she died from the effects of tear gas fired into her home by Israeli forces in Aida Refugee Camp Monday. The 45-year-old mother of one daughter suffered from asthma, which likely compounded the choking effects of the gas grenade that was fired through her living room window as soldiers invaded the camp. Ma’an News quoted an Israeli military spokesperson as saying that, "The death was not linked to the use of riot dispersal means by the army, including tear gas." It is unclear how the military could make such a definitive statement before any investigation was possible...
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Lapid's Passover prayer: Lord, get the Palestinians away
By Dimi Reider

Finance Minister Yair Lapid, the great secular crusader, has finally found God. And he has but one thing to ask of Him. Finance Minister Yair Lapid, the moderate mainstay of Netanyahu’s right-wing government, published today a long, rambling post drenched in self-pity (typical enough, on the most reassuring of Jewish holidays). The post is titled "A (private) Prayer for Passover," and it contains the following paragraph: "There used to be a 16th century philosopher called Zeno, who asked: "Can God create a rock He himself cannot lift?" At the time they thought the question had no answer. That it was a paradox. Now we know that the answer is yes. There is a rock like that, and it’s called the Palestinians. And it’s true You can’t lift it, Father who art in Heaven, but could You roll it aside a little bit? Because this rock is a stone placed upon our hearts.....
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PA: Israel ruins ancient cemetery, steals contents near Nablus
Ma'an News

April 15, 2014 – The Palestinian ministry of tourism and antiquities has accused Israel of ruining an archeological cemetery between Nablus and Tulkarem in the northern West Bank near the village of Deir Sharaf.Director of the ministry’s department of antiquities protection Salih Tawafsha told Ma’an that the Israeli antiquities authority escorted with Israeli forces "stole all the contents of the cemetery" after they carried out "illegal" excavations while the Israelis refurbished the main road.Such procedures, says Tawafsha, mark a violation of heritage-related international conventions. ..
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Israeli forces shoot, injure Palestinian youth in northern Gaza
Ma'an News

April 15, 2014 -- Israeli forces shot and injured a Palestinian youth in the northern Gaza Strip on Tuesday, witnesses told Ma'an. Soldiers positioned at Erez crossing opened fire at a group of Palestinian men collecting stones from nearby fields, hitting 19-year-old Wasim Abu Audah in the leg, locals said.
An Israeli army spokeswoman confirmed the shooting, saying there were 30 Palestinians gathered in the area. "It's a prohibited area; they're not supposed to be there," the spokeswoman said. She said Israeli forces first used "riot dispersal means" in an attempt to clear the gathering...
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Medics: Palestinian woman dies after inhaling tear gas

April 15, 2014 -- A Palestinian woman died in hospital after inhaling tear gas used by the Israeli army to disperse protesters near the West Bank city of Bethlehem, a medical official said Tuesday. Late on Monday the army "fired tear gas near the home of the woman, who was suffering from health problems," the medical official told AFP. The woman, in her 40s, "died after arriving at hospital," the official said. The incident took place in Aida refugee camp northwest of Bethlehem. "The death was not linked to the use of riot dispersal means by the army, including tear gas," an army spokeswoman said, confirming the clashes but giving no further details....
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Israeli State Terrorism
by Stephen Lendman

April 14, 2014 - It has many forms. Palestinians are longstanding victims. They're isolated on their own. World leaders able to make a difference at best pay them lip service. They do nothing to alleviate their suffering. They don't stop Israeli lawlessness. They turn a blind eye to its worst crimes. They let Israel get away with murder and much more.Sham peace talks continue. They mock legitimate ones. Israel threatens world peace and security. War on Palestine continues. It's ongoing. It's unabated. It rages daily. Collaborationist PA negotiators turn a blind eye. Israeli crimes are ignored. On Sunday, its security forces stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound. It's Islam's third holiest site. ..

  continua / continued avanti - next    [106354] [ 18-apr-2014 17:20 ECT ]

Military Resistance 12D10 Be Advised X 2
Thomas F Barton

April 14, 2014 - Media organizations have produced concrete evidence linking military service members to everything dangerous that could kill your children. "This was an alarming statistic," said Julia Waters, a reporter with Huffington Post who’s covered the military beat since last Tuesday. "These veterans could snap at any moment and try to eat people’s faces." A Duffel Blog analysis of recent reporting on veterans in the wake of the Fort Hood shooting found a number of shocking revelations coming to light, including reports that everyone who deploys to Iraq for four mont hs and sees no combat obviously needs to be committed to a mental health facility, and a new study that found veterans are eight times more likely to leave a tip less than 20% for their waitress. ..
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Syria News - April 14, 2014 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Local Coordinating Committees of Syria

April 14, 2014 - By the end of Monday the Coordination Committees were able to document 84 martyrs in Syria including 12 women, 9 children and 3 martyrs under torture: 26 martyrs were reported in Damascus and its Suburbs; 25 in Aleppo; 12 in Homs; 10 in Daraa; 4 in Deir Ezzor; 2 in Hama; 1 in Idlib and 1 martyr in Lattakia....

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Confessions of a torturer
Eric T. Fair

April 14, 2014 -Seven years ago, I wrote an op-ed in The Washington Post about my role conducting abusive interrogations in places like Abu Ghraib and Fallujah: "An Iraq interrogator’s nightmare" (Feb. 9, 2007). I ended the piece by suggesting that the story of Abu Ghraib and abusive interrogations wasn’t over. In many ways, I thought, we had yet to open the book. The book never opened. Instead, our country spent the next seven years denying, ignoring or defending our use of interrogation practices that manipulated and abused the emotional, mental and physical well-being of thousands of foreign detainees...
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Video: Writers witness Israel’s apartheid system in Hebron
Ali Abunimah

April 14, 2014 - This week, Israel permitted Jewish settlers to take over the building of the Rajabi family in Hebron after a long legal dispute which Israeli courts decided in the settlers’ favor.The Rajabi building is seen as a strategic point which will allow the settlers to consolidate their control of a swath of territory linking the large settlement of Kiryat Arba on the outskirts of Hebron with settler enclaves in the heart of the city. Settlers in Hebron are notoriously some of the most violent and racist against Palestinians. To help understand the context for what is happening in Hebron, the Palestine Festival of Literature (PalFest) has released this short video...
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US helping Nouri Al-Maliki carry out War Crimes
The Common Ills

April 14, 2014 - ...In the crime scene Tony Blair left behind, thug and prime minister Nouri al-Maliki continues to terrorize the people of Falluja. In his latest bombing of Falluja residential neighborhoods, NINA reports, 2 women have been killed and two children badly wounded. These are War Crimes and not only has the US government provided the weapons for Nouri to kill civilians, they're also training and advising on how. World Tribune reports, "Officials said U.S. advisers were training and mentoring Iraqi SOF units in the war in Anbar. The officials said the advisers were training the Iraqis in urban warfare, counter-insurgency techniques, bomb detection and coordinated helicopter assaults."
Al Mada notes Iraqiya leader Ayad Allawi says the ongoing assault on Anbar has been prolonger in order to decrease voter turnout in the province.
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Iraq army trapping Anbar residents in flood-hit area: MP
By Adnan Jassem

April 14, 2014 – A Sunni lawmaker said that the Iraqi army is refusing to let residents of a Sunni neighborhood in the troubled Anbar province to flee rising levels of water as militants continue to control a key dam in the western province. "A lot of families in the district of Abu Gharib are in danger of drowning and the military are refusing to allow them to leave," said Talal al-Zawbaei, who, along with Deputy Prime Minister Saleh al-Multaq, survived an attempt on his life a day earlier in the Abu Gharib district, 20km west of Baghdad....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [106348] [ 18-apr-2014 16:28 ECT ]

Senators Urge Partial Declassification of CIA Torture Report, Keep Vast Majority Secret
John Glaser

April 14, 2014 - ....What details of the brutal torture program are too dark for us to know? What ancillary activities included in the rest of the report are too shocking and felonious for public release?To what extent is this whole "declassification" process an open admission that criminal activities within the intelligence community are allowed to be kept secret in order to shield said community from legal accountability or public ire? The CIA’s main excuse for opposing declassification has been to claim the report contains factual errors and misleading judgments. But Feinstein, in her Senate testimony, said that an internal CIA review came to the same conclusion and made the same judgements about the torture program.,,
  continua / continued avanti - next    [106347] [ 18-apr-2014 16:20 ECT ]

US Is an Oligarchy Not a Democracy, says Scientific Study
by Eric Zuesse

April 14, 2014 - A study, to appear in the Fall 2014 issue of the academic journal Perspectives on Politics, finds that the U.S. is no democracy, but instead an oligarchy, meaning profoundly corrupt, so that the answer to the study’s opening question, "Who governs? Who really rules?" in this country, is:
"Despite the seemingly strong empirical support in previous studies for theories of majoritarian democracy, our analyses suggest that majorities of the American public actually have little influence over the policies our government adopts. Americans do enjoy many features central to democratic governance, such as regular elections, freedom of speech and association, and a widespread (if still contested) franchise. But, ..." and then they go on to say, it's not true, and that, "America's claims to being a democratic society are seriously threatened" by the findings in this, the first-ever comprehensive scientific study of the subject, which shows that there is instead "the nearly total failure of 'median voter' and other Majoritarian Electoral Democracy theories [of America]. When the preferences of economic elites and the stands of organized interest groups are controlled for, the preferences of the average American appear to have only a minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy."....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [106346] [ 18-apr-2014 16:15 ECT ]

International U.K. govt pressed over allegations CIA used Diego Garcia as black site

April 14, 2014 - The British government faced renewed questions Thursday over whether the CIA has used the island of Diego Garcia, a leased U.K. territory in the Indian Ocean, to detain high-value suspects. Prompted by an Al Jazeera report that published information from a classified U.S. Senate report, London-based human rights group Reprieve called on U.K. Foreign Secretary William Hague to release more information on the issue. On Wednesday, it was reported that a Senate Intelligence Committee paper confirms that U.S. intelligence agents detained suspects on Diego Garcia, an island about 1,100 miles off the southern tip of India. The article cited two unnamed U.S. officials with knowledge of the classified document, which is set for declassification after an Intelligence Committee vote last week...
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Guantanamo Detainee Defense Attorneys Accuse FBI of Turning 9/11 Defense Team Member into Confidential Informant
By: Kevin Gosztola

April 14, 2014 -- Defense attorneys for Khalid Sheikh Mohammad, Walid Muhammad Salih Bin Attash, Ramzi Binalshibh, Ali Abdul Aziz Ali, and Mustafa Ahmed Adam al Hawsawi suspect the FBI may have turned a defense security officer assigned to the team representing Ramzi bin al Shibh into a "confidential informant." An emergency motion filed under seal alleged, "as part of its litigation strategy," the government has "created what appears to be a confidential informant relationship with a member of Mr. bin al Shibh’s defense team, and interrogated him about the activities of all defense teams."...
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“You are completely destroyed”: Testimony on Torture from Shaker Aamer’s Medical Report at Guantanamo
By: Jeff Kaye

April 14, 2014 -- On April 7, 2014, Shaker Aamer, the last British resident still held at Guantanamo, and his attorneys filed a habeas petition (PDF) asking for his release due to chronic health problems that can not be treated at Guantanamo. The worst of these problems apparently stems from PTSD from the torture Shaker has endured since he was captured by the Northern Alliance, then turned over to the Americans on Christmas Eve, 2001. The details of his torture at Bagram, Kandahar and Guantanamo are described in lengthy quotations from a February 2, 2014 medical psychiatric report by Dr. Emily Keram, a forensic psychiatrist who has evaluated a number of Guantanamo detainees at the request of the U.S. courts, the Military Commissions, and various habeas attorneys. The report is appended to the habeas filing...
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South Africa Today: Apartheid by Another Name
John Pilger

April 14, 2014 - On my wall in London is my favourite photograph from South Africa. Always thrilling to behold, it is Paul Weinberg’s image of a lone woman standing between two armoured vehicles, the infamous "hippos", as they rolled into Soweto. Her arms are raised, fists clenched, her thin body both beckoning and defiant of the enemy. It was May Day 1985; the last great uprising against apartheid had begun. Twelve years later, with my thirty-year banning from South Africa lifted, there was a pinch-me moment as I flew into Jan Smuts and handed my passport to a black immigration officer. "Welcome to our country," she said.
I quickly discovered that much of the spirit of resistance embodied in the courageous woman in Soweto had survived, together with a vibrant ubuntu that drew together African humanity, generosity and political ingenuity — for example, in the dignified resolve of those I watched form a human wall around the house of a widow threatened with disconnection of her electricity, and in people’s rejection of demeaning "RDP houses" they called "kennels"; and in the pulsating mass demonstrations of social movements that are among the most sophisticated and dynamic in the world...
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Armed settlers occupy village land in Hebron
International Solidarity Movement

April 14, 2014 -On Tuesday 11th March 2014 villagers from Arab ar Rashyaida, 15 kilometers (10 miles) west of Hebron, noticed that a large tent and industrial digger had moved onto a hill top on a villagers land. ISM Hebron was called and accompanied local people and Palestinian activists to confront the settlers. On arriving at the village, the demonstrators parked on the opposite hill and made their way through the valley to the settlers’ encampment. The settlers were armed with automatic hand guns, assault rifles, and dogs to protect the illegal camp. Resistors confronted the settlers in a non-violent way while settlers took photographs on the phones of all the protestors...
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Torture is Mainstream Now


April 14, 2014 - As Rebecca Gordon notes in her new book, Mainstreaming Torture, polls find greater support in the United States for torture now than when Bush was president. And it’s not hard to see why that would be the case.Fifteen years ago, it was possible to pretend the U.S. government opposed torture. Then it became widely known that the government tortured. And it was believed (with whatever accuracy) that officials had tried to keep the torturing secret. Next it became clear that nobody would be punished, that in fact top officials responsible for torture would be permitted to openly defend what they had done as good and noble. The idea was spread around that the torture was stopping, but the cynical could imagine it must be continuing in secret, the partisan could suppose the halt was only temporary, the trusting could assume torture would be brought back as needed, and the attentive could be and have been aware that the government has gone right on torturing to this day with no end in sight...
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Military Resistance 12D9 - The Pathway Of Tyrants
Thomas F Barton

April 14, 2014 - Israeli settlers on Wednesday assaulted Palestinian school children in the southern West Bank, a school official said. A school principal told Ma'an that a group of extremist Israeli settlers hurled stones at school girls in the village of al-Tuwani, leaving them bruised.Israeli soldiers stood by and watched without taking action as the settlers threw rocks, the principal said. The girls who sustained injuries were identified as Kifah Omar Abu Jundiyya and Dalal Awad Zein, both seventh graders...
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‘Secret’ London conference seeks to link BDS to… terrorism
Philip Weiss

April 14, 2014 - The Jewish Chronicle in England has a report on a "secret" conference last week in London that wasn’t all that secret, aimed at the greatest threat to Israel these days, the movement to delegitimize the idea of an ethnocracy. Israel’s intelligence minister Yuval Steinitz was there, joining "dozens of leading politicians, campaigners and grass-roots activists… for a secret conference on tackling delegitimisation of Israel."I’m not sure how you have a "gala" dinner at a "secret" conference, but Ron Lauder, the American billionaire/philanthropist who heads the World Jewish Congress, spoke and described the "lawfare" methods for taking on this existential challenge...
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It’s time to reveal the Israeli role in the US surveillance machine
Nancy Murray

April 14, 2014 -If the Israeli government has indeed ordered its spies "to dig up intelligence" showing links between the supporters of BDS and "terrorists and enemy states" as reported in the February 11, 2014 London Times, it may find that it already has as much information as it needs in its data banks. As described in the UK Guardian by Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras and Ewen MacAskill, a 2008 document obtained by whistleblower Edward Snowden states that "one of the NSA’s biggest threats is actually from friendly intelligence services, like Israel. There are parameters on what NSA shares with them, but the exchange is so robust, we sometimes share more than we intended."...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [106337] [ 17-apr-2014 16:47 ECT ]

IDF Officers Produce Islamophobic T-Shirt
Richard Silverstein

April 14, 2014 - Yediot Achronot reported that several IDF officers created a T-shirt for their soldiers with a chilling explicitly racist, Islamophobic message. It read: "Every Arab mother should know that the fate of her children is in our hands…Schem [Nablus] we’re on the way." The T-shirt features a graphic image of an armed soldier toppling the minaret of a mosque. It’s certainly designed to reassure the mothers of Nablus that the IDF believes in the purity of arms and is the most moral army in the world, as liberal Zionists and others like to claim. This T-shirt is not an anomaly. Veterans of Operation Cast Lead made a variety of equally offensive products which were proudly modeled and sold online....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [106336] [ 17-apr-2014 16:38 ECT ]

Death From Above: How American Drone Strikes Are Devastating Yemen
By Vivian Salama

April 14, 2014 - The people of Yemen can hear destruction before it arrives. In cities, towns and villages across this country, which hangs off the southern end of the Arabian Peninsula, the air buzzes with the sound of American drones flying overhead. The sound is a constant and terrible reminder: a robot plane, acting on secret intelligence, may calculate that the man across from you at the coffee shop, or the acquaintance with whom you've shared a passing word on the street, is an Al Qaeda operative. This intelligence may be accurate or it may not, but it doesn't matter. If you are in the wrong place at the wrong time, the chaotic buzzing above sharpens into the death-herald of an incoming missile...

  continua / continued avanti - next    [106335] [ 17-apr-2014 02:45 ECT ]

Israel working on the second phase of Greater Jerusalem project
Middle East Monitor

April 14, 2014 -Israel has started the second phase of the Greater Jerusalem project, which aims to expand the borders of occupied Jerusalem to encompass 10 per cent of the total area of the occupied West Bank, a Palestinian expert in Jewish settlements said. Director of the Map Department in the Arabic Association for Studies based in Jerusalem, Khalil Tafakji said that the decision of the Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Ya'alon, which was announced yesterday, to annex hundreds of dunams and add them to the land of three settlements in Gush Etzion is part of the project....

  continua / continued avanti - next    [106334] [ 17-apr-2014 02:41 ECT ]

Is the negotiations stage over?
Dr Fayez Rasheed

April 14, 2014 - Israel refuses to release the fourth group of Palestinian prisoners arrested prior to the Oslo agreement. Mahmoud Abbas signed 15 agreements to join international organisations, and the Palestinian side will begin to work on an international level to register its membership in these UN affiliated institutions. Both sides have shown anger towards US Secretary of State John Kerry, but he kept Martin Indyk in the area to meet with the two sides, the Palestinians and the Israelis, to look for compromises that can bring things back to normal and then resume negotiations. Indyk in return brings heads of the negotiations teams Tzipi Livni and Saeb Erekat together in a number of rounds of negotiations easing the impasse which the talks seem to be going through. Observers are confused...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [106333] [ 17-apr-2014 02:36 ECT ]

A new settlement is born in Hebron
By Michael Omer-Man

April 14, 2014- Three Israeli settler families moved into a contested home in the West Bank Palestinian city of Hebron, following a years-long legal battle and culminating on Sunday with the authorization of Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon. The new, fortress-like building signifies the first new settlement in Hebron since the 1980s. The building in question, which is strategically placed between the Old City of Hebron and the major Jewish settlement of Kiryat Arba, can house some 20 families. Palestinians claim that the property was purchased using forged documents, but Israel’s Supreme Court rejected that claim...

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Watch: Christian groups decry Israeli restrictions ahead of Easter
By Alex Shams

April 14, 2014 - Palestinian Christian groups in Jerusalem have launched a campaign condemning Israeli restrictions on freedom of worship in advance of Easter, as some fear a repeat of the police violence the holy city has witnessed in years past. Produced by the local Palestinian organization Ma'an for Development and Progress in the Christian Quarter with the support of a number of Christian Jerusalem youth groups, a new video calls for "freedom of worship for all" in Jerusalem. "Christians are the indigenous inhabitants of this land and all we want is to be able to worship freely and normally in our holy sites," Benayot Benayot, a member of the group that produced the video, said in a telephone interview...
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Israel allows settlers back into contested West Bank home

April 14, 2014 -- Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon on Sunday approved the return of Jewish settlers to a contested house in the flashpoint West Bank city of Hebron, his office said. The supreme court ruled last month that settlers were the lawful owners of the building in the heart of the occupied Palestinian city, ending a legal dispute lasting nearly seven years. "Following the court decision ... Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon today (Sunday) approved habitation of the house," his office said in a statement. It added that the area military instructor had been told to allow "a limited number of families to the house."..
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Syria News - April 13, 2014 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Local Coordinating Committees of Syria

April 13, 2014- By the end of Sunday the Coordination Committees were able to document 94 martyrs in Syria including 6 women, 10 children and 4 martyrs under torture: 37 martyrs were reported in Damascus and its Suburbs; 27 in Aleppo; 8 in Homs; 8 in Idlib; 7 in Deir Ezzor; 5 in Daraa; 1 in Hama and 1 martyr in Raqqa...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [106329] [ 17-apr-2014 01:26 ECT ]

Palestinian Children's Day 2014
by Stephen Lendman

April 13, 2014 -In 1925, the World Conference for the Well-Being of Children first proclaimed a day to honor children. In 1954, it was universally established... Palestinians commemorate Children's Day on April 5. Ahead of this year's commemoration, Defense for Children International (DCI) released data revealing Israeli brutality. Nearly 700 Palestinian children aged 12 to 17 are detained annually. They're held under horrific conditions.They isolated. They're threatened. They're terrorized. They're harshly interrogated. They're forced to confess to crimes they didn't commit. Or ones too minor to matter. In February, 230 children below age 18 languished in Israel's gulag. Israeli security forces murdered others in cold blood. Some are shot in the back. None posed threats...
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After Hersh lays smoke screen, Assad lobes gas bombs
Clay Claiborne

April 13, 2014 - ...His piece became like a call to action for Assad supporters everywhere to renew the claims that Assad didn't do it, repeat all the Fall conspiracy theories, and try to build unity among the conflicting versions. For example, Mint Press came out in support of Hersh, in spite of the fact that they had been supporting a version of how the rebels gassed themselves that involved untrained rebels in a tunnel bungling a big tank of sarin given to them by Saudi Prince Bandar. Hersh's current version has the Turks ramroding al Nursa, and using missiles, no Bandar, no tank, no tunnel. But nevermind about that, these Assad supporters are flexible, the main point is that Assad didn't do it and the rebels did. That is why all those that had formerly promoted a version that had the CIA and/or Qatar masterminding the chemical attacks were as quick as Mint Press to jump on the Hersh campaign bus....
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Father of young woman killed by soldiers petitions High Court to oblige MAG to handle case promptly

April 13, 2014- Munir al-Hanash, whose daughter Lubna was shot and killed by soldiers on 23 January 2013 near al-'Arrub refugee camp, filed a petition today to Israel’s High Court of Justice together with Israeli human rights organization B’Tselem, demanding that the court oblige Military Advocate General Maj. Gen. Danny Efroni to decide whether to indict the soldiers who killed his daughter or close the case. On 23 January 2013 Lubna al-Hanash, a 21-year-old resident of Bethlehem, was strolling with a female relative in a garden near Route 60 by al-'Arrub Refugee Camp, when she was struck in the head by soldiers’ live gunfire...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [106326] [ 16-apr-2014 20:04 ECT ]

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