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:: ONU - XX Assemblea Generale (1965):
XX Assemblea Generale dell’ONU (1965)
dichiara "la legittimità della
lotta da parte dei popoli sotto
oppressione coloniale, per esercitare il
loro diritto all' autodeter-
Inoltre, l'Assemblea invita "tutti
gli Stati a fornire assistenza morale e
materiale ai movimenti di liberazione
nazionale nei territori coloniali".
- Risoluzione 1514
Generale dichiara che: la soggezione dei
popoli a dominio straniero, conquista e
asservimento costituisce una negazione
dei diritti umani fondamentali, è
contraria alla Carta delle Nazioni Unite
ed è un impedimento alla promozione
della pace e della cooperazione mondiali.
Tutti i popoli hanno diritto
minazione; in virtù di
tale diritto essi devono liberamente
determinare il loro status politico e
liberamente perseguire il loro sviluppo
economico, sociale e culturale".
di Ginevra, Protocollo Addizionale I
armata può essere usata, come ultima
risorsa, come mezzo per esercitare il
diritto all' autodeter-
base allo Statuto del Tribunale penale
internazionale, sono definiti “crimini
(1) attacchi lanciati intenzionalmente
contro popolazione civili in quanto tali
o contro civili che non prendano
direttamente parte alle ostilità;
(4) attacchi lanciati intenzionalmente
nella consapevolezza che gli stessi
avranno come conseguenza la perdita di
vite umane tra la popolazione civile, e
lesioni a civili o danni a proprietà
civili ovvero danni diffusi duraturi e
gravi all’ambiente naturale che siano
manifestamente eccessivi rispetto all’insieme
dei concreti e diretti i vantaggi
:: Iraq anthem
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Shaker Aamer’s Statements Regarding His Torture and Abuse in Afghanistan and at Guantánamo
Two weeks ago, lawyers for Shaker Aamer, the last British resident in Guantánamo, submitted a motion to the District Court in Washington D.C. asking a judge to order his release because of his profound mental and physical health problems. These were confirmed in a report by an independent psychiatrist, Dr. Emily A. Keram, who had been allowed to visit Shaker for five days in December, following a request by his lawyers last October. I wrote about the motion in an article last week, entitled, "Gravely Ill, Shaker Aamer Asks US Judge to Order His Release from Guantánamo," and I’m following up on that article by reproducing the passages in Dr. Keram’s report in which Shaker talked about the torture and abuse to which he was subjected in US custody, primarily in the prisons in Bagram and Kandahar in Afghanistan, following his capture in Afghanistan in late 2001. Also included are passages dealing with his 12 years of torture and abuse in Guantánamo ...
continua / continued  [ 25-apr-2014 04:34 ECT ]
A Message from Gaza: ‘Palestinian Refugees Will Never Give Up Their Right To Return’
by Rania Khalek
April 21, 2014 -"Palestinian refugees will never give up their right to return," said Yousef Aljamal, a 24-year-old Palestinian writer from the Gaza Strip. On this week’s episode of Unauthorized Disclosure I spoke with Yousef while he was in Washington, DC, as part of the book tour for Gaza Writes Back, a collection of stories written by young Palestinians from Gaza in the aftermath of Operation Cast Lead, the Israeli military assault that killed killed 1,400 people including over 300 children in December 2008 and January 2009. The only way to end the conflict, says Yousef, is to "Give equal rights to all and allow Palestinian refugees to go back to their homes."...
continua / continued  [ 24-apr-2014 19:38 ECT ]
Report: Palestinian Prisoners Denied the Right to Education
April 21, 2014- The right of children and youth to education, including those who are imprisoned, is enshrined in inter- national human rights law, specifically Article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Article 94 of the 1949 Fourth Geneva Convention. However, since the beginning of Israel's occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip in 1967, prisoners and detainees' right to education has been severely constricted, if not prohibited altogether. That includes children and youth, of whom the Israeli military arrests 700 annually. Although its regulations not only recognise the right of prisoners to pursue their education but also require it to provide the necessary books and the opportunity to study or take exams, this basic human right has been undermined at every opportunity. The goal, concludes Addameer (a prisoner and human rights support association), is to "un-educate" Palestinians -- especially those aged 16-18 who "constitute the pillar of community development."....
continua / continued  [ 24-apr-2014 19:22 ECT ]
“Crimes against Peace”: Historic Class Action Law Suit against George W. Bush
By Inder Comar
April 21, 2014 - On March 13, 2013, my client, an Iraqi single mother and refugee now living in Jordan, filed a class action lawsuit against George W. Bush, Richard Cheney, Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice, Donald Rumsfeld and Paul Wolfowitz in a federal court in California. She alleges that these six defendants planned and waged the Iraq War in violation of international law by waging a "war of aggression," as defined by the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg, more than sixty years ago. At the Nuremberg Trials, American chief prosecutor and associate justice of the US Supreme Court Robert H. Jackson focused his prosecution on the planning and execution of the various wars committed by the Third Reich. Jackson aimed to show that German leaders committed "crimes against peace," and specifically, that they "planned, prepared, initiated wars of aggression, which were also wars in violation of international treaties, agreements, or assurances."...
continua / continued  [ 24-apr-2014 18:00 ECT ]
Supper Time: Singing the Praises of Power
April 21, 2014 - ....There you have it, from the very bowels of the respectable Establishment: the United States is now, by any measure, an oligarchy. That is the system of power that controls the country. And, as we know, systems of power must always be praised. Our oligarchs must be praised: "Look, oh look, at their benevolence, look at their concern for us! Look how they let a black person speak in public! Look how they want to buy politicians for us! Look how they want to fund dissident journalism in the system that has made them wealthy and powerful! Are their goals not noble? Should we not encourage our overlords to be merciful toward us? Should we not work with them -- and for them -- to reform the system that they control and manipulate for their own benefit? Praise them, tweet them, for the system is good. Oligarchy is good." This is what we are seeing now from Glenn Greenwald, with these tweets aimed at exalting the good works of oligarchs. He's not saying, "Well, it's a dirty world, it's a dirty system, but I'm making this compromise -- working for an oligarch -- because I believe it's the least worst option I have in the world I've been given ...." . But he's not saying anything like that -- not even remotely. He's saying that the system itself is good...
continua / continued  [ 24-apr-2014 00:32 ECT ]
Military Resistance 12D14 - Navy SEALs Find Jesus
Thomas F Barton
April 20, 2014 - The World Protests report – which was compiled by Isabel Ortiz, Sara Burke, Mohamed Berrada and Hernán Cortés, and is perhaps the most comprehensive study of its kind produced to date – details 843 significant protests that occurred in 84 countries between 2006 and July of 2013. The study mentions Occupy Wall Street and the Spanish Indignados, looking at the
objective causes of these revolts and the particulars that defined them: lawsuits, who were the organizers, the formats of the protests, the opponents, the results. At first glance, the reader may not recognize the radical novelty of this report, which revealed that the main cause of the 2006-2013 riots was "economy or anti-austerity measures" (488 protests), and that marches or demonstrations were still the most common protest format (437)....
continua / continued  [ 23-apr-2014 22:26 ECT ]
TRNN Original Report: Manning Determined to Fight Back After Army Upholds 35- Year Sentence
The Real News Network
April 20, 2014 - JESSICA DESVARIEUX: The case of Chelsea Manning is back in the spotlight. Last week, a U.S. Army general rejected Manning's request for clemency, thereby upholding her 35-year prison sentence.As you might remember, last year a military judge found Chelsea Manning, then known as Bradley Manning, guilty of 20 offenses. Despite being acquitted of the most serious charge of aiding the enemy, which carried with it a life sentence, Manning's 35-year sentence is the longest imposed on any American for leaking information to the media. One of Manning's new attorneys, Vincent Ward, says that Chelsea is ready for the long uphill battle to appeal the court's sentence. VINCENT WARD: She's one of those rare people that found that it was her moral and ethical responsibility to inform the public about information that she thought was wrong and bad acts by the government...
continua / continued  [ 23-apr-2014 18:30 ECT ]
Three Images the World Needed
April 20, 2014 -Employees of the U.S. government refer to people they murder as "bugsplat." They pretend that the men, women, and children they are killing with drones are just bugs, because they just look like little fuzzy creatures on a computer screen. Thank goodness for the artists who have put a giant portrait of a child in a field for the drone murderers to see and think about. Maybe the rest of us could think about it, and do more than think about it, too. In Davidson, North Carolina, among many other places in the world, wealthy people ignore the suffering of the poor right nearby them as well as thousands of miles away. A fraction of what the U.S. government spends killing people with drones could end starvation in the world, and many certainly seem not to care...
continua / continued  [ 23-apr-2014 18:24 ECT ]
Boston and Baghdad
by Ralph Nader
April 20, 2014 - ...Meanwhile six thousand miles away in Iraq, there are terror bombings of innocent civilians almost every day...And this bloodshed is happening almost every day over much of their torn apart country. Iraqis know this will continue to happen in the coming days and weeks with no foreseeable end. There is no annual commemoration to mark their losses. Their memories of loved ones are blurred by constant fear of what was and what comes, day after day due to violence, hunger, poverty, disease-bearing contaminated water, the collapse of critical public services from electricity to health care to safety. This has resulted in the flight of more desperate people out of Iraq.Flash back to March 2003, when the fabrications, secret cover-ups and propaganda of the Bush/Cheney regime led to the illegal, unconstitutional invasion of Iraq. ....
continua / continued  [ 23-apr-2014 18:09 ECT ]
On the Struggle of Syrian Refugees in Lebanon
by Moe Ali Nayel
April 20, 2014 - Spring has just landed in Lebanon. Its warmth and colors soothing the dried winter skin of the vast majority of Syrian refugees who resisted icy temperatures and freezing to death underneath thin canvas tents. Lebanon is now home to approximately one million Syrians, displaced from their war-ravaged cities and towns in Syria. Amid unfettered exploitations, Syrian families, forced to seek refuge in Lebanon, have fought a hostile season in a hostile environment that they mistook as neighborly. During the reign of Alexa, a polar storm that hit Lebanon at the start of December 2013, while walking between a maze of tents in Arsal, Amira grabbed my arm and said, "Sir, I need to have a word with you. You have to see my daughter. Please follow me to our tent." ...
continua / continued  [ 23-apr-2014 17:29 ECT ]
Too Big to Jail?|
Why Kidnapping, Torture, Assassination, and Perjury Are No Longer Crimes in Washington
By Tom Engelhardt
April 20, 2014 - ...With Cartwright as a possible exception, the members of the national security state, unlike the rest of us, exist in what might be called "post-legal" America. They know that, no matter how heinous the crime, they will not be brought to justice for it. The list of potentially serious criminal acts for which no one has had to take responsibility in a court of law is long, and never tabulated in one place. Consider this, then, an initial run-down on seven of the most obvious crimes and misdemeanors of this era for which no one has been held accountable. *Kidnapping: After 9/11, the CIA got into kidnapping in a big way. At least 136 "terror suspects" and possibly many more (including completely innocent people) were kidnapped off the streets of global cities, as well as from the backlands of the planet, often with the help of local police or intelligence agencies. Fifty-four other countries were enlisted in the enterprise...
continua / continued  [ 23-apr-2014 17:03 ECT ]
Promoting a "Right to Heal" from Ft. Hood to Abu Ghraib
By Phyllis Bennis
April 20, 2014 - ...U.S. troops were redeployed out of Iraq two-and-a-half years ago. But the United States’ nearly decade-long occupation—which followed not only the 2003 invasion, but also the Pentagon’s 1991 war and 12 years of crippling U.S.-led sanctions—destroyed Iraq’s infrastructure, despoiled the country’s environment, and shredded its social fabric. The consequences of the U.S. war remain embedded in the shattered cities, polluted rivers, carcinogenic military burn pits, and in the bodies of hundreds of thousands or millions of Iraqis, as well as of tens of thousands of U.S. troops. Meanwhile, in an all-too-rare front-page feature documenting the Afghanistan War’s ongoing impact on Afghans, the Washington Post recently dissected the consequences for the "rising number of children … dying from U.S. explosives littering Afghan land." ...
continua / continued  [ 23-apr-2014 16:53 ECT ]
The Rhetoric of Violence
April 20, 2014 - At least nine people were killed and at least 35 others were wounded in shootings across Chicago on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. On Thursday police announced that a man had been arrested on charges of firing on a number of motorists recently, wounding three of them, on Kansas City-area highways. On April 13 three people, including a child, were murdered at two Jewish-affiliated facilities in Overland Park, Kan., leading to the arrest of a white supremacist. On April 12, armed militias in Nevada got the federal government to retreat, allowing rancher Cliven Bundy to continue to graze his cattle on public land. All this happened over a span of only nine days in the life of a country where more than 250 people are shot every day. In America, violence and the threat of lethal force are the ways we communicate. Violence—the preferred form of control by the state—is an expression of our hatred, self-loathing and lust for vengeance. And this bloodletting will increasingly mark a nation in terminal decline. Violence, as H. Rap Brown said, is "as American as cherry pie."...
continua / continued  [ 23-apr-2014 16:48 ECT ]
Iraq Nation Destroyed, Oil Riches Confiscated. Surviving Iraqi Population Impoverished
By Asad Ismi
April 19, 2014 - ....Before the invasion, Iraq’s oil had been nationalized for 40 years, and with it Iraq had created a welfare state for its people, providing them with free education, medical care, subsidies, and a relatively high standard of living. All these crucial gains have now been wiped out. Saddam Hussein, the ruler of Iraq hanged by the U.S., was a brutal dictator, but he ensured that Iraq’s oil benefited its people. Maliki is a dictator, too, brought to power by the U.S, invasion, but he doesn’t provide any economic benefits to the Iraqi people and instead is involved in looting the country’s oil wealth along with multinational corporations.As Yanar Mohammed puts it, "Under Saddam, there was a state that was taking care of the education of the people, of the health of the people, and there was a socialist economy in which the people had some ability to enjoy a prosperous life — and at this point all of that is being lost. We are learning what free enterprise is. All we see is poverty, and the government has enacted laws which prevent the organizing of workers and of unions so as to claim their rights."...
continua / continued  [ 22-apr-2014 22:21 ECT ]
Palestinian Christians 'bitter and left out' of Easter celebrations
by Dalia Hatuqa
April 19, 2014 — Seeking comfort in prayer, hundreds of Palestinians gathered at the Greek Catholic Church in Ramallah's Old City to solemnly commemorate Good Friday, during a long weekend that marks when Jesus is believed to have been crucified, buried and resurrected more than 2,000 years ago. During what's known as the "funeral" procession, Palestinian Christians re-enacted the burial of Jesus, along with a lengthy ritual of prayer, Gospel recitations and hymn singing. Later, the Catholic congregation joined Greek Orthodox worshippers from a nearby church. Together, and with a choir and marching band of a local scout troop, they completed a circuit around the Orthodox church holding a shrine symbolizing Jesus' casket... For many Christians, Easter is hailed as a time for renewal and revival, said Jamal Khader of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, but revival can be difficult when the number of Palestinian Christians is dwindling every year due to restrictive measures....
continua / continued  [ 22-apr-2014 21:30 ECT ]
Libyan kangaroo court trials begin against Gaddafi’s sons
By Jean Shaoul
April 19, 2014 -The Libyan state this week began a mass trial, the focus of which are two of deposed leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi’s sons, his heir apparent Saif al-Islam, and Saadi, who was recently extradited from Niger, where he had sought refuge from the US-led war in 2011.Also facing trial are 36 top officials, including Gaddafi’s intelligence chief and right-hand man Abdullah al-Senussi, deported from Mauretania in 2012, former prime ministers al-Baghdadi al-Mahmudi and Bouzid Dorda, and a former foreign minister Abdul Ati al-Obeidi. They all face charges relating to their alleged role in suppressing the pro-Islamist movement in Benghazi that was utilised by NATO to topple Gaddafi...
continua / continued  [ 22-apr-2014 19:09 ECT ]
‘Heading towards a police state’|
Conversation with a Police Chief
April 19, 2014 - ... In communities and cities across the country, the number of police has soared, rising, according to the federal Bureau of Justice Statistics, from 603,000 in 1992 to 794,000 in 2010. This even as crime has been falling fairly steadily for over 30 years, even in cities that have had to cut back on their police staffing for budget reasons.But it’s not just a matter of numbers. Police are also much more aggressive in their behavior towards the public. Where "no-knock" forced entries into people’s homes were a rarity 30 years ago, such so-called "breaches" are increasingly the norm in many jurisdictions -- they reached over 80,000 last year by one calculation -- as police departments adopt an approach that elevates "officer safety" over concerns about the safety of the public, including innocent bystanders. (Consider two recent incidents in New York where bystanders were shot by police who were firing at suspects -- in one case an unarmed mentally ill man standing in traffic in midtown Manhattan...
continua / continued  [ 22-apr-2014 17:49 ECT ]
“A message of peace” from the village of Qaryut met with violence from the Israeli army
International Solidarity Movement
April 19, 2014 - The people of Qaryut began weekly demonstrations three weeks ago, due to the Israeli military’s decision to close the main road near to the village.Yesterday, the 18th April, approximately 300 from the village, of which 100 were children, decided to come to the hill to pray rather than to march. Israeli soldiers arrived immediately, with one soldier yelling: "Go back home!" A resident of Qaryut responded; "Insh’allah [If God wills it], this is our home."The prayer began despite the provocative military presence on the hill, during the prayers Israeli soldiers surrounded the gathering, one solider removed a Palestinian flag from its place in the ground.As prayers finished, one of the villagers declared to the army that it was their intention to leave the area, repeating over and over that they brought "a message of peace"...
continua / continued  [ 22-apr-2014 15:53 ECT ]
Iraqi fighter: Hizbullah lied about protecting Syria shrines
By Mohammed al-Qaisi in Baghdad
April 18, 2014- Ali Nagy has been receiving a steady stream of visitors at his home in eastern Baghdad since he returned from Syria last week, many of whom had believed him dead.Nagy, 33, said he has not tired of telling his family and friends of the 20 days he spent in Syria in hopes his guests will learn from his experience."I used to work as a vendor selling mobile telephone recharge cards in my neighbourhood, Ur, in eastern Baghdad, for two years," he told Mawtani. "My income was good. It enabled me to pay the rent and meet the needs of my wife and two children, Karrar and Nagy, but some of my not-so-good friends introduced me to a member of the Hizbullah militia, who started visiting me at work several times a week." "This man started to speak with me about Syria, efforts by armed groups to destroy the sacred shrines, and about individuals I did not know, who had gone there and come back with a good amount of money which enabled them to buy houses of their own," Nagy said...
continua / continued  [ 22-apr-2014 03:41 ECT ]
Vaccines alone cannot beat polio in Iraq*
By Louise Redvers , IRIN news
April 18, 2014 - A countrywide vaccination campaign is under way in Iraq following the country’s first confirmed case of polio in 14 years, but public health experts warn it will take more than immunization to beat the virus. Inadequate sanitation, contaminated water sources and poor public health systems are also major factors in the spread of polio, which - although easily preventable - is high contagious and incurable. "Putting all your faith in vaccination alone is putting all your eggs in one basket," said paediatrician Annie Sparrow, assistant professor of global health and deputy director of the Human Rights Program at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. "When people are still living in abysmal conditions that are unsanitary, unhygienic and with contaminated water, there will still be exposure," she told IRIN.
For Adam Coutts, an honorary research fellow at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, the Iraq case says a lot "about the severity of poverty and state neglect of large numbers of the population as well as the decrepit condition of public health and healthcare services over the last 10 years in Iraq"....
continua / continued  [ 22-apr-2014 03:26 ECT ]
Shelling of Khan Eshieh and barrel bombing of Handarat refugee camp, Yarmouk siege continues
by Talal Alyan
April 18, 2014 -The Syrian regime continues to shell Khan Esheih refugee camp in Rural Damascus. It has also been relentlessly dropping barrel bombs on the Handarat refugee camp in Aleppo. Meanwhile, the huge list of Palestinians tortured to death by the regime continues to increase. Ali Yacoub, a young Palestinian, died after being tortured to death in a regime prison, he had been detained for over 8 months. There has been no entry of aid into Yarmouk for 8 consecutive days making the already dire situation in the camp even worse. Although the siege has been at least partially imposed since December 2012, UNRWA has intermittently been permitted to enter small, but lifesaving, amounts of aid. The current 8 day arbitrary moratorium of aid delivery began just 2 days after a previous 7 day suspension had ended. A 57 year old resident of Yarmouk, Shamseyyah Shtaiweh, passed away from the lack of medical supplies available in the camp...
continua / continued  [ 21-apr-2014 22:11 ECT ]
Vladimir Putin must be called to account on surveillance just like Obama
April 18, 2014 - On Thursday, I questioned Russia's involvement in mass surveillance on live television. I asked Russia's president, Vladimir Putin, a question that cannot credibly be answered in the negative by any leader who runs a modern, intrusive surveillance program: "Does [your country] intercept, analyse or store millions of individuals' communications?"I went on to challenge whether, even if such a mass surveillance program were effective and technically legal, it could ever be morally justified.The question was intended to mirror the now infamous exchange in US Senate intelligence committee hearings between senator Ron Wyden and the director of national intelligence, James Clapper, about whether the NSA collected records on millions of Americans, and to invite either an important concession or a clear evasion...
continua / continued  [ 21-apr-2014 21:54 ECT ]
Edward Snowden defends decision to question Vladimir Putin on surveillance
April 18, 2014 - Edward Snowden has defended his decision to appear on live Russian television, insisting his question to Vladimir Putin on mass surveillance was designed to hold the Russian president accountable and not, as critics have suggested, an act of compliant propaganda. Writing for the Guardian, the whistleblower behind the National Security Agency leaks suggests he carefully framed the question to Putin, which he asked via video link in an annual televised call-in with the president on Thursday. Putin, Snowden writes, "denied the first part of the question and dodged on the latter". In the phone-in, Snowden asked Putin: "Does Russia intercept, store or analyse, in any way, the communications of millions of individuals?"...
continua / continued  [ 21-apr-2014 19:04 ECT ]
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