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XX Assemblea Generale dell’ONU (1965)
dichiara "la legittimità della
lotta da parte dei popoli sotto
oppressione coloniale, per esercitare il
loro diritto all' autodeter-
Inoltre, l'Assemblea invita "tutti
gli Stati a fornire assistenza morale e
materiale ai movimenti di liberazione
nazionale nei territori coloniali".
- Risoluzione 1514
Generale dichiara che: la soggezione dei
popoli a dominio straniero, conquista e
asservimento costituisce una negazione
dei diritti umani fondamentali, è
contraria alla Carta delle Nazioni Unite
ed è un impedimento alla promozione
della pace e della cooperazione mondiali.
Tutti i popoli hanno diritto
minazione; in virtù di
tale diritto essi devono liberamente
determinare il loro status politico e
liberamente perseguire il loro sviluppo
economico, sociale e culturale".
di Ginevra, Protocollo Addizionale I
armata può essere usata, come ultima
risorsa, come mezzo per esercitare il
diritto all' autodeter-
base allo Statuto del Tribunale penale
internazionale, sono definiti “crimini
(1) attacchi lanciati intenzionalmente
contro popolazione civili in quanto tali
o contro civili che non prendano
direttamente parte alle ostilità;
(4) attacchi lanciati intenzionalmente
nella consapevolezza che gli stessi
avranno come conseguenza la perdita di
vite umane tra la popolazione civile, e
lesioni a civili o danni a proprietà
civili ovvero danni diffusi duraturi e
gravi all’ambiente naturale che siano
manifestamente eccessivi rispetto all’insieme
dei concreti e diretti i vantaggi
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Saudis overtaking Qatar in sponsoring Syrian rebels
May 14, 2013- Last week, a 12-member delegation from the Syrian opposition visited Saudi Arabia, for an unprecedented two-day official meeting.Saudi authorities had consistently declined to meet the opposition, despite repeated requests. This was partly because the kingdom has opposed Muslim Brotherhood dominance in the Syrian National Council and then the National Coalition, owing to the Brotherhood's alliance with Qatar and Turkey and opposition to inclusivity.But last week, surprisingly, the Saudi foreign minister, Saud Al Faisal, met Syrian Brotherhood deputy leader Mahmoud Farouq Tayfour, in one-to-one talks.The Brotherhood had previously been confident in its alliance with Qatar and Turkey, and saw no need to offer concessions to engage other countries, including Saudi Arabia. So this meeting, which came after an "eager appeal" from the Brotherhood, suggests a shift in regional dynamics.Two separate sources close to the opposition say Mr Tayfour assured the Saudi minister that "Syria's Brotherhood will definitely not be like Egypt's Brotherhood"....
continua / continued  [ 16-may-2013 05:39 ECT ]
Marwan Barghouthi: “Right Of Return, A Sacred Right”
May 14, 2013 - In a statement released from his prison cell, detained Palestinian political leader, Marwan Barghouthi, stated that May 15, marks the 65th anniversary of the Nakba, when Israel was established in the historic land of Palestine, over the ruins of hundreds of displaced and destroyed villages and towns, and added that on this day, the Palestinians reaffirm their legitimate inalienable Right of Return to their homeland. The Fateh leader said that the Palestinian people will never abandon their legitimate rights, and insist on the implementation of all related international resolutions, including United Nations General Assembly Resolution #194 regarding the Right of Return of the Palestinian refugees to their homeland...
continua / continued  [ 16-may-2013 05:31 ECT ]
Shaker Aamer, Abandoned in Guantánamo
May 14, 2013- Although the prison-wide hunger strike at Guantánamo is still raging, and President Obama spoke eloquently last week about the need for the prison to be closed, it remains painfully true that, for the 86 prisoners (out of 166 in total), who were cleared for release by an inter-agency task force that President Obama established in 2009, there is still no easy route out.The case of Shaker Aamer, the last British resident in the prison, ought to be the easiest to resolve. One of the 86, his return has regularly been requested since August 2007 by the British government, and the legislative obstacles raised by Congress to prevent the release of prisoners to countries they regard as dangerous doesn’t apply in Shaker’s case — the UK, after all, where his wife and children live, and are all British citizens, is America’s staunchest ally in the "war on terror," and more than capable of keeping Shaker under surveillance if that were to be requested....
continua / continued  [ 16-may-2013 05:14 ECT ]
Syria News - May 13, 2013 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Local Coordination Committees of Syria + Videos
May 13, 2013 - By the end of Monday, local coordination coomitttes documented 81 martyrs including 3 women, 4 children and 2 martyrs under torture: 35 martyrs were reported in Damascus and its suburbs; 14 in Hama; 10 in Aleppo;10 in Homs; 6 in Idlib; 4 in Daraa; and 2 in Deir Ezzor. The committees have documented 415 points of shelling in different Syrian cites and areas among them 47 points were under warplane shelling, and explosive barrels were recorded used in Erbeen, Mleiha, Mseifra, and the perimeter of Menegh Military Airport, also Saraqeb was targeted with cluster bombs and Erbeen with thermobaric bombs, whereas artillery shelling was reported in 143 points, mortar shelling in 115 points, and rocket shelling in 103 points........
continua / continued  [ 16-may-2013 04:41 ECT ]
Israeli airport sorts passengers with ‘Jewish stickers’ and ‘Arab stickers’
by Philip Weiss
May 13, 2013- This shocking story-- of yet another "huge humiliation" of a non-Jew at Ben Gurion airport-- was posted by Mira Awad, an Israeli Palestinian singer, on her Facebook page, in Hebrew, today. Ami Kaufman at +972 provided a translation of the entry, and notes that Awad is a celebrity in Israel. Awad in translation: So, I was checked at the airport, they asked the questions, put the stickers on, and I proceeded to the X-Ray machine. Suddenly, the young security man comes to me: "Mira? Mira Awad?" Me: "Yes?" Security man: "Can I see your passport? There’s a mistake with the sticker." I almost told him: "No, you’re not mistaken, I see you put the right one on — the sticker for Arabs", but I didn’t say that (security people have their humor extracted during their preparatory course). I gave him my passport, he opens it, takes off the sticker in the passport and on the suitcase and puts on a new one, different, the same color but smaller. Now the dilemma. On the one hand it’s obvious the young man has just made my life easier by putting on the sticker for Jews. On the other hand, it’s one of the things that it’s hard to say thanks for...
continua / continued  [ 15-may-2013 23:01 ECT ]
Biden and Bush: Two (Imperialist) Peas in a (Colonialist) Pod
May 13, 2013 - ...Biden beseeches the aether, in earnest, "Why this terrorist phenomenon at the beginning of the 21 century." Apparently "this terrorist phenomenon," this whole "terrorism" thing, is new in human history, going back only a decade. Native American genocide; scorched earth campaigns in the Philippine-American war; the annexation of half of Mexico; the bombing of Nagasaki, Hiroshima, and Dresden; the My Lai Massacre; the use of Agent Orange on Vietnamese civilians; the use of white phosphorous of Iraqi civilians (before 2003); the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia—none of this was "terrorism." The myopia is astounding. But the innocence in his voice, his incessant interrogative cries, the childlike sincerity, bring us to tears. Why do they hate us, Mommy? Why can’t they just be nice?...
continua / continued  [ 15-may-2013 22:50 ECT ]
Egypt's 6 April joins signature drive against President Morsi
May 13, 2013- Egypt's 6 April Youth Group has joined the recently launched 'Rebel Movement' campaign, which aims to collect citizens' signatures for a petition calling for a vote of no-confidence in the administration of President Mohamed Morsi. Khaled El-Masry, 6 April spokesman, stated on Sunday that the new signature drive represented a "peaceful, forward-thinking and democratic means by which to oppose the current regime and reveal the extent of its [declining] popularity among the Egyptian public." According to organisers, the campaign is currently active in 19 out of Egypt's 27 governorates and in nine foreign countries... At a Sunday afternoon press conference, a Rebel Movement spokesman stated that a total of 2 million signatures had already been collected. In Cairo alone, he said, 800,000 signatures had been collected, while another 10,000 had been gathered in the Suez governorate...
continua / continued  [ 15-may-2013 22:29 ECT ]
Brother and sister arrested without charge in Kufr Qalil
International Solidarity Movement
May 13, 2013 - At 1:30 am on May 12, Israeli soldiers arrested a brother and sister from Kufr Qalil without charge and ransacked their home, terrorizing their family and leaving them with no information about the siblings’ imprisonment. Israeli soldiers arrived at the residence of Abu Mahyoub Mansour in Kufr Qalil in south Nablus as at least five army jeeps surrounded the family home and eighteen soldiers entered looking for his daughter Tahrir, 29 and son Saddam, 27. All thirteen occupants in the house, including two small children, were woken and made to walk downstairs into one room, among them the youngest daughter, 19, who is severely disabled with cerebral palsy. She cannot walk and had to be woken up and carried down, crying in fear...
continua / continued  [ 15-may-2013 21:33 ECT ]
WATCH: Racist college humor in the Israeli heartland
By Larry Derfner
May 13, 2013 - Student Union members at a large college outside Tel Aviv make a grotesquely racist film, and they don’t understand what they did wrong. I wish I could say that the young Israelis who made this film and the "thousands" who immediately gave "positive reactions" to it were marginal in this society – that they were "hilltop youth" in the West Bank, or slum-dwellers growing up amid severe poverty, ignorance, violence and crime. But they’re not. They’re college students in their early twenties from the heart of the country, from the College of Management Academic Studies in Rishon Lezion, outside Tel Aviv. And the ones who made this little film aren’t marginal on their 12,000-student campus, either – they’re in the Student Union, they’re involved, they’re the leaders of tomorrow, as people like to say of such young adults...
continua / continued  [ 15-may-2013 18:47 ECT ]
Nakba at 65: A Palestinian Reality in 138 Languages
By Jamil Toubbeh
May 13, 2013 - ...The 'beginning’ narrative of the Nakba shows some continuity in Zionist evolution of racism. Theodor Herzl, and years later, his echo, Golda Meier, denied the existence of Palestinians in a show-me-to-believe game. When a leader denies existence of people, the denied become a target for state violence; and denial is a form of racism. One renowned Russian-born Zionists, Ze’ev Jabotimsky described Zionism as "[a] colonizing adventure and therefore it stands or falls by the question of armed force". Decades later Menachem Begin, Yitzhak Rabin, Ariel Sharon and Benjamin Netanyahu applied the principle with deadly force. The first PM of Israel encouraged his troops to rid the country (Palestine) of "Arabs" by any means possible, including terror and assassination—and there was a lot of indiscriminate terror and assassinations. This has been the narrative of the Palestinian Nakba through the evolutionary period of the Zionist Project...
continua / continued  [ 15-may-2013 18:33 ECT ]
Al Maliki: The highest paid head of state in the world
May 13, 2013 -A study conducted by a European university revealed that Prime Minister, Nuri al-Maliki earns the highest annual salary of all the presidents and kings of the world, while his Egyptian counterpart Mohamed Morsi earns the lowest salary.According to the study, conducted at the International University of Brussels in Belgium for salaries and property of kings and heads of the world, " statistics showed that the total salaries of Iraqi Prime Minister , Nuri al-Maliki is up to 3 million $ per year," stressing that "it is the highest in the world among the kings , presidents and prime ministers ". "The annual salary of Norway king is the highest among the kings, as he receives one million and 200 thousand Euros per year, while the new king of the Netherlands receives 829 thousand Euros, and the Duke of Luxembourg receives 645 thousand Euros"...
continua / continued  [ 15-may-2013 18:08 ECT ]
Solitary Confinement is Torture and is Official US Policy: Supermax Film Premieres in London, April 16
May 13, 2013 - No one who has spent any time studying and writing about Guantánamo, as I have, could fail to realize that, although the terrible innovation of Guantánamo is indefinite detention without charge or trial, its orange jumpsuits, and the perceived normality of solitary confinement as standard operating procedure, arrived at the prison directly from America’s domestic prison system — where there are 2.2 million prisoners (and almost 7 million people under correctional supervision (including probation and parole), and up to 100,000 prisoners are subjected to solitary confinement at any one time. Most harrowingly, many thousands of these prisoners are subjected to solitary confinement not as occasional punishment, but as a policy, and have spent years, or even decades without any human contact...
continua / continued  [ 15-may-2013 17:44 ECT ]
Iraq snapshot - May 13, 2013
The Common Ills
Monday, May 13, 2013. Chaos and violence continue, Nouri wants Jalal replaced, a late breaking announcement is made regarding Jalal as the day ends in Iraq, a father whose son was killed in the Hawija massacre tells his story, State of Law wants Nouri to have a third term, the White House sicks the Justice Dept on the Associated Press, Barack gets pressed on the IRS targeting of conservatives, Pat Smith explains it wasn't Mother's Day yesterday without her son, and more...
continua / continued  [ 15-may-2013 17:40 ECT ]
Syria: Let the World Shut Up
By: Zaina Al-Arabi
May 12, 2013 - The unfathomable evil unveiling in Syria has taught us that we do not know what the worst could be, so I decided that the truth must outlive the madness. The truth is that as piles upon piles of lifeless, mutilated bodies lay in Banyas and Beida last week, the world was busy drawing and redrawing 'red lines’....The truth is as those Sunni Muslim communities were preyed upon by members of the ruling Alawite minority from neighbouring towns, the international community was concerned about the 'rights of minorities’ in post-Assad Syria. Of course, the many remarkable signs of cross-sectarian solidarity which survived much of the savagery for a long time did not matter...The truth is, as we bury our dead and promise to keep the path, so-called world leaders can scavenge as they may for yet more adjectives in their diplomatic thesaurus to attach to the Syrian regime, express their 'shock’, 'deep concern’ or even their firm belief that Assad’s days are 'numbered’. They just need to know this: their noise disturbs the souls of our martyrs. As we bid them farewell, we have one thing to ask: whoever has something to do act now or forever hold their peace...
continua / continued  [ 14-may-2013 15:57 ECT ]
Syria News - May 11, 2013 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Local Coordination Committees of Syria + Videos
May 11, 2013 - By the end of Saturday , LCC documented 75 martyrs , including 7 children and two women: 18 in Idlib, 14 in Homs, 13 in Damascus and it's suburbs , 12 in Daraa, 8 in Hama, 7 in Aleppo, 2 in Deir Ezzor, 1 in each of Lattakia and Quneitra. The committees have document 359 points of shelling in different Syrian cities and areas: Warplane shelling was recorded in 34 points, and surface-to-surface missiles were reported in shelling of Ezaz, and a SCUD missile was fired from Quteifeh toward the Syrian north, also shelling with mortars was recorded in 105 points, and shelling with artillery in 121 points, as well as rocket shelling in 97 points...
continua / continued  [ 13-may-2013 22:02 ECT ]
BBC airs Israeli "Independence Day" propaganda presented as documentary
May 11, 2013 - For anyone who still believed in the impartiality of the BBC’s coverage of Israel’s occupation, the last few weeks, since the appointment of pro-Israeli apologists to its top jobs, must have proved an eye-opening shock.On 17 April, the day after the BBC announced the appointment of the openly pro-Israel former editor of The Times, James Harding, as the organization’s director of news and current affairs, it screened a program called Israel: Facing the Future. This was shown on BBC Two on Israel’s so-called Independence Day, and was presented by John Ware, a journalist with a history of attacking Palestinian-supporting charities and Muslim organizations on the BBC’s Panorama program...
continua / continued  [ 13-may-2013 05:16 ECT ]
Prominent youth pro-democracy activist Ahmed Maher detained in Egypt
May 11, 2013 - Egypt's prosecutor general ordered the detention of a prominent youth leader for four days on Friday pending an investigation into accusations he incited anti-government violence. The detention, the latest case of a pro-democracy activist being held over similar charges, sparked a wave of anger among activists and the April 6 youth movement, which was at the forefront of the country's 2011 uprising, called for nationwide protests, including one in front of President Mohammed Morsi's house ...Maher's April 6 group was one of Morsi's top allies during his presidential campaign last year against a rival who was a Mubarak-era official the group feared would restore the former regime.But since Morsi became president last June, April 6, like the rest of the liberal opposition, has been increasingly frustrated with the new government's practices and with what they see as the president serving his Islamist group's agenda in trying to monopolize power in the country. Days before his arrest, Maher had expressed regret for his group's alliance with Morsi and the Brotherhood...
continua / continued  [ 13-may-2013 05:12 ECT ]
If the Government Does It, It's "Legal"
Tom Engelhardt & Peter Van Buren
May 11, 2013 - Indefinite detention of the innocent and guilty alike, without any hope of charges, trial, or release: this is now the American way. Most Americans, however, may not care to take that in, not even when the indefinitely detained go on a hunger strike. That act has certainly gotten Washington’s and the media’s collective attention. After all, could there be anything more extreme than striking against your own body to make a point? Suicide by strike? It’s the ultimate statement of protest and despair. Certainly, the strikers have succeeded in pushing Guantanamo out of the netherworld of non-news and onto front pages, into presidential news conferences, and to the top of the TV newscasts. That, in a word, is extraordinary...
continua / continued  [ 13-may-2013 04:38 ECT ]
Assad’s backers on the left are ignoring reality
May 11, 2013 - "Nowhere in rebel-controlled Syria is there a secular fighting force to speak of," claimed a recent New York Times article. For those on the left convinced that the US is hell-bent on backing the Syrian rebellion against the regime of Bashar Assad, or who claim the US is backing these "Islamist" forces, or even that the whole Syrian rebellion is a "US war on Syria", this statement was greeted as a sign that "even the US" is coming to understand how bad the rebels "that it supports" are. A more obvious explanation is that the NYT, which tends to closely reflect US ruling class thinking, is making this ridiculous, sweeping and clearly false statement precisely to justify the US policy, consistent over the last two years, of not supporting the Syrian uprising. But isn’t the US is sending arms to the Syrian rebellion? Simply making that statement does not prove that it's true...
continua / continued  [ 13-may-2013 04:28 ECT ]
When Libyans Die From NATO Airstrikes, It's Not Benghazi
May 11, 2013 - ...The reason people care, apparently, is because people died, and U.S. officials may not have told the truth about the circumstances of those deaths.If that's what makes this a scandal, then there's another Libya story that should be getting attention. It's not, and never really has, because the dead are Libyan civilians, killed by U.S./NATO airstrikes. The incident happened in Majer on August 8, 2011–about a month before Benghazi. Some Libyan officials claimed 85 were killed in the strikes; other counts were lower, closer to 30. The immediate response from NATO were that the target "was a military facility," and that, as a CNN reporter (8/11/11) put it, "NATO says it has no evidence of civilian casualties at this point." The incident was of little interest to the media at the time...
continua / continued  [ 13-may-2013 04:24 ECT ]
“Shame, Shame, Shame!” SF Pride Parade Revokes Choice of Bradley Manning as Grand Marshal
May 11, 2013 - The San Francisco Pride Parade is the largest and most famous LGBT Pride event in the world. Every year hundreds of thousands crowd into downtown San Francisco to cheer as the rainbow colors fly over a mile of floats, marching bands, dancers, celebrities, and contingents and then a huge festival. People come from around the world to be at San Francisco Pride. Today’s festivities are more mainstream and more commercialized than in its edgy earlier days, but Pride still symbolizes freedom, dignity and liberation for LGBT people. So when the Pride organization named Bradley Manning as the 2013 Parade Grand Marshal, it was big news...But just days after the choice of Manning was announced, the Pride committee revoked the decision, issuing a baldly pro-military and anti-Bradley Manning statement that said in part: "[E]ven the hint of support for actions which placed in harm’s way the lives of our men and women in uniform—and countless others, military and civilian alike—will not be tolerated by the leadership of San Francisco Pride. It is, and would be, an insult to every one, gay and straight, who has ever served in the military of this country…."
continua / continued  [ 13-may-2013 04:00 ECT ]
INSIDE IRAQ TODAY
by Husayn Al-Kurdi
May 11, 2013 -Iraq expert and author Jeff Archer recalls an Iraq which existed once in one of his columns. He laments that "Once upon a time" Iraqi women could dress as they wished, while comprising 55% of the workforce and gaining the same free and even subsidized education which Iraqi guys got. He recalled a time when teens were free to be teenagers, listening to rock and roll, rap, punk, heavy metal and other musical strains of youth culture. He remembered a time when homosexuals were left alone and Iraqi citizens could safely walk their streets without fear of robbery, rape, kidnapping and murder. Archer was describing the days in which the much-vilified Ba’ath Party and Saddam Hussein were presiding over Iraq, days which most Iraqis of all backgrounds, those who have survived, pine for. What has happened to Iraq in the ten years since the U.S.-led invasion and occupation has turned most of the country into a shambles...
continua / continued  [ 13-may-2013 03:16 ECT ]
Syrian Opposition Attempts Consolidation
By: Mohammad Ballout Translated from As-Safir (Lebanon).
May 11, 2013 - The alliance between Saudi Arabia and Syrian democratic and secular factions heralded a broad attack aimed at the Muslim Brotherhood within the opposition Syrian National Coalition. An alliance has been established through various meetings held during past weeks, to be strengthened by the Syrian democratic consultative meeting scheduled for the end of this week in Cairo. The alliance also cast its shadow over another attack initiated by the Free Syrian Army’s chief of staff, Major General Salim Idris, two days ago, when he demanded that the Brotherhood equally share control of the Coalition, and that the head of the Interim government, Ghassan Hitto, be dismissed, within a one week period.... Female, minoritarian, leftist and Kurdish names were thus elected to form a bloc that would restore balance to the coalition and oppose the Brotherhood and Mustafa al-Sabbagh’s Qatar affiliated blocs....A Syrian dissident attributed the secular movement’s weakness inside the opposition and its reliance on the support of Saudi Arabia in its dispute with Qatar on the reluctance of the Americans in particular to open communication channels with secular figures, and their ambassador Robert Ford’s conviction that the balance of power on the ground necessitated that they deal with the Muslim Brotherhood movement ...
continua / continued  [ 13-may-2013 02:31 ECT ]
Military Resistance 11E6 Death No Benefits
Thomas F Barton
May 10, 2013 - ..Zionism is a reactionary political tendency, combining the most vicious expansionist nationalism with force of arms. Neo-Nazis would like the world to think that all Jews are evil, scheming predators, pointing to the Zionist seizure of Palestine as proof.That is a despicable lie. Zionists would like the world to think that Jews who openly condemn and repudiateZionism and Israel are "self-hating" Jews and that non-Jews who do so are "anti-
Semites." That is another despicable lie. There have always been, and are to this day, Jewish political tendencies that have fought Zionism implacably, and still fight Zionism for what it is: a reactionary, odious,bloodthirsty politics that says a bunch of foreigners can walk into Palestine, slaughter the people living there, reduce the survivors to objects of scorn and abuse, and stuff them in ever-smaller open-air concentration camps, where they may be killed more conveniently.Zionism, like fascism, or any other form of expansionist militarized invasive nationalism, has nothing whatever progressive or redeeming about it...
continua / continued  [ 12-may-2013 20:17 ECT ]
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