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:: ONU - XX Assemblea Generale (1965):
XX Assemblea Generale dell’ONU (1965)
dichiara "la legittimità della
lotta da parte dei popoli sotto
oppressione coloniale, per esercitare il
loro diritto all' autodeter-
Inoltre, l'Assemblea invita "tutti
gli Stati a fornire assistenza morale e
materiale ai movimenti di liberazione
nazionale nei territori coloniali".
- Risoluzione 1514
Generale dichiara che: la soggezione dei
popoli a dominio straniero, conquista e
asservimento costituisce una negazione
dei diritti umani fondamentali, è
contraria alla Carta delle Nazioni Unite
ed è un impedimento alla promozione
della pace e della cooperazione mondiali.
Tutti i popoli hanno diritto
minazione; in virtù di
tale diritto essi devono liberamente
determinare il loro status politico e
liberamente perseguire il loro sviluppo
economico, sociale e culturale".
di Ginevra, Protocollo Addizionale I
armata può essere usata, come ultima
risorsa, come mezzo per esercitare il
diritto all' autodeter-
base allo Statuto del Tribunale penale
internazionale, sono definiti “crimini
(1) attacchi lanciati intenzionalmente
contro popolazione civili in quanto tali
o contro civili che non prendano
direttamente parte alle ostilità;
(4) attacchi lanciati intenzionalmente
nella consapevolezza che gli stessi
avranno come conseguenza la perdita di
vite umane tra la popolazione civile, e
lesioni a civili o danni a proprietà
civili ovvero danni diffusi duraturi e
gravi all’ambiente naturale che siano
manifestamente eccessivi rispetto all’insieme
dei concreti e diretti i vantaggi
:: Iraq anthem
(click to listen)
“AMANDLA! NGAWETHU!” |
My Misdemeanors for Mandela
by MICHAEL DICKINSON
December 10, 2013 - ...And yet, as we watch the elite of the political world arrive to pay homage to the man at his funeral, as well as recognizing his importance as a symbol of resistance during his long imprisonment we should also question his legacy as post-apartheid South Africa’s first President. ...In the words of Patrick C., one of the non-stop picketers of South Africa House from the late eighties: "I already had my doubts about Mandela, sadly confirmed when he became President in 1994 and helped to turn South Africa into one of the most ideologically neoliberal countries in the world, so impoverishing and dispossessing the South African working class even more than under apartheid. … He was a political prisoner on Robben Island for over 25 years, surviving concentration camp-like conditions, he was a great symbolic, charismatic leader of a dispossessed people. All this only makes the ANC’s betrayal after 1994 and Mandela’s turning a blind eye even more shameful."Rest in Peace, Nelson Mandela, but let us not over-rate and over praise him as though he were some sort of Messiah. It wasn’t he who abolished apartheid. The system was overthrown by its rulers because it was no longer sustainable to run it...
continua / continued  [ 12-dec-2013 02:35 ECT ]
Whose Seymour Hersh?
December 10, 2013 ...Seymour M. Hersh, on the other hand, wants to see Assad prevail in the current struggle. He told Amy Goodman as much on Democracy Now this morning while discussing his new piece in the London Review of Books, Whose sarin?: ..." And so, the only solution, it seemed to me, for—it seems for the government at the time, the people I know—and I’ve talked to people about this for years; it’s been more than a year of talk—is, the only solution for stability was Bashar. You have to just like it or don’t like it. Israel, which—don’t forget, Damascus is, what, 40 miles, 45 miles from the Golan Heights and 130 miles south of—north of—northeast of Tel Aviv, easily within range of any missiles. The Israelis are not going to tolerate a jihadist government inside Syria, or even any area that the jihadists will claim as an area of sharia law. They’ll hit it. The only potential for stability was to keep Bashar there"...
continua / continued  [ 12-dec-2013 02:18 ECT ]
Kite-flying film shows Gaza’s kids grow old too soon
December 10, 2013 -In July 2010, approximately 7,500 children gathered on a beach at Seifa in northern Gaza to fly kites. They were aiming to beat their own record for simultaneous kite-flying, set the previous year at more than 3,000. The loose narrative of the new documentary Flying Paper is the preparations of a few of those children for the record-breaking attempt. Abeer, a 16-year-old aspiring journalist from Jabaliya refugee camp, follows the story, while brother and sister Musa and Widad (egged on by their grandfather) compete to build bigger, better and more beautiful kites. "Kites are like genes, passed down and nothing changes," says grandfather Musa, reflecting the generations of experience poured into the incredibly accomplished way in which all the children seem to be able to throw a functioning kite together in minutes...
continua / continued  [ 12-dec-2013 02:08 ECT ]
International Human Rights Day…. Palestinian People’s Suffering Continues
The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR)
December 10, 2013 -On 10 December, the world celebrates the Human Rights Day, which was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in 1950 to review the international achievements in the field of universal respect, promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental liberties that are the core principles of International Bill of Human Rights, which States have repeatedly emphasized their legal and moral commitment, in cooperation with the United Nations (UN), to promote and respect for all human beings. This anniversary coincides with the 20th anniversary of signing the Oslo Accords, under which human rights were sacrificed under the pretext of achieving peace and security that have not been achieved yet. As a result, the Palestinian people have been paying the price of those policies as their fundamental liberties and rights are abused, especially the ongoing denial of their right to self determination and all their civil and political rights as well as their economic, social and cultural rights...
continua / continued  [ 11-dec-2013 23:14 ECT ]
Sy Hersh's Chemical Misfire |
What the legendary reporter gets wrong about Syria's sarin attacks.
December 10, 2013 - ... Hersh is apparently unaware that there's a growing body of evidence that answers these questions. Much of that evidence comes from the Syrian military itself -- and it very strongly suggests that it was Assad's cronies, not the rebels, who carried out the Aug. 21 attack. Since the attack, myself and others have been studying the vast amount of open-source information posted online on sites like YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter, which has provided many more pieces of evidence about what happened in the Damascus suburbs that day. ..While Hersh rightly expresses concern about the way in which the U.S. government's narrative of the Aug. 21 was built, significant information can be gathered from open sources about this conflict -- information that he appears to be lacking. In the future, open-source information may become even more important for understanding hard-to-access conflict zones, and learning how to use it effectively should become a key skill for any investigative journalist....f
continua / continued  [ 11-dec-2013 23:03 ECT ]
Iraqi government rejects plans for women’s shelters
December 10, 2013 - "Living in a jungle ruled by men." This is how Dahaa al-Rawi, the chair of the Women's Committee in the local Baghdad government, described the status of women in Iraq. Women are marginalized and their abilities unrecognized — domestically, socially and politically. Women are subjected to violence of all forms and murder on an ongoing basis."We do not have any statistics about the status of women, or the daily violence that they are subjected to," Rawi said, adding, "In Baghdad's local government council, they view us as merely a secondary committee that does not play an important role." Speaking to Al-Monitor, Rawi said that the same also applies to Iraq's state institutions and ministries concerned with statistics or women's issues. None of them have accurate data showing the extent of violence against women in Iraq...
continua / continued  [ 11-dec-2013 22:56 ECT ]
Assad’s Favorite Nun To Meet Republican Conservatives
December 10, 2013- Mother Agnes Mariam of the Cross, the Lebanese nun who is one of the most prominent critics of the Syrian opposition, has arrived in Washington to persuade Christian conservatives that their interests are aligned with Syria’s dictator. "Some senators and some politicians are interested because they are motivated concerning the fate of minorities, especially Christians," said Mother Agnes, who had a scheduled meeting with Sen. Ted Cruz canceled for the funeral of Nelson Mandela, but who will meet House conservatives....On Monday she arrived in Washington, D.C., where she is staying at the Madonna House just a block or two away from Capitol Hill. She is in Washington to meet with "decision-makers," she said, including Rep. Frank Wolf and Rep. Louie Gohmert....
continua / continued  [ 11-dec-2013 22:27 ECT ]
Muslim American Subjected to Rendition, Detention & Abuse Continues Effort to Hold FBI Agents Accountable
By: Kevin Gosztola
December 10, 2013 - Amir Meshal, a United States citizen born and raised in New Jersey, is a Muslim, who decided to visit Mogadishu, Somalia, in 2006, in order to "broaden his understanding of Islam after the country’s volatile political situation had largely stabilized." Yet, according to the American Civil Liberties Union, which is representing him in a lawsuit, during Meshal’s trip in Somalia he was detained without due process and "harshly interrogated" by FBI agents. The ACLU alleges that the FBI violated his Fourth and Fifth Amendment rights, engaged in illegal interrogation, illegal proxy detention, illegal rendition and torture. The organization will be in a court in Washington, DC, tomorrow to argue against a government motion to have the lawsuit dismissed...
continua / continued  [ 11-dec-2013 21:49 ECT ]
Shooting the Messenger
By Chris Hedges
December 9, 2013 - There is a deeply misguided attempt to sacrifice Julian Assange, WikiLeaks, Chelsea Manning and Jeremy Hammond on the altar of the security and surveillance state to justify the leaks made by Edward Snowden. It is argued that Snowden, in exposing the National Security Agency’s global spying operation, judiciously and carefully leaked his information through the media, whereas WikiLeaks, Assange, Manning and Hammond provided troves of raw material to the public with no editing and little redaction and assessment. Thus, Snowden is somehow legitimate while WikiLeaks, Assange, Manning and Hammond are not...
continua / continued  [ 11-dec-2013 21:21 ECT ]
Israel is trying to use Iran to distract from the Palestinian issue
December 9, 2013 - ... First, it is very clear that Israel does not want peace with the Palestinians, and does not want to ever recognize the real state of Palestine. On the contrary, Israel’s prime minister and his key ministers are focused on the security of Jewish state. In other words, it means there is no room for Palestinians in their home. Once upon a time, Qassan Kanafani, who was assassinated by Israel, wrote a book for Palestinian children. He borrowed the idea from the Gospel. "And Jesus said unto him, 'The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head’." (Matthew 8:20) As a matter of fact, Israel is doing its best to establish the issue of Palestine as a thing of the past and forgotten issue...
continua / continued  [ 11-dec-2013 21:03 ECT ]
Syria News - December 9, 2013 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Local Coordination Committees of Syria + Videos
December 9, 2013 - By the end of Monday, the coordination committees were able to document 83 martyrs including 10 children, 4 women and 6 martyrs under torture: 28 martyrs were reported in Damascus and its suburbs; 26 in Aleppo; 10 in Homs; 6 in Daraa; 4 in Idlib; 4 in Quneitra; 3 in Hama and 2 in Deir Ezzor. Moreover, the committees have documented 462 points of shelling in Syria : Air strikes by warplanes were recorded in 51 points the fiercest was in Dumair in Damascus Suburbs, explosive barrels were dropped in Qadi Askar neighborhood, Myassar neighborhood, Tal Astabel, Tal Na'am, Shekh Najjar neighborhood and Jazmaty neighborhood in Aleppo, Najiyeh in Idlib and Kafr-Zeita in Hama, Vacuum bombs have targeted Harazma and Nashabiyeh in Damascus Suburbs and Ansary neighborhood in Aleppo. Artillery shelling was recorded in 140 points, followed by rocket shelling in 133 points, and mortar shelling was recorded in 126 points across Syria...
continua / continued  [ 11-dec-2013 20:42 ECT ]
Israel apologists attempted to discredit Mandela with false Israel apartheid quote
December 8, 2013 - Did Nelson Mandela label Israel an 'apartheid’ regime? Israel’s apologists claimed he did in 1990, apparently misquoting Mandela for their own political objectives. Shortly after his release from 27 years in prison, Mandela described Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat as "our friend and comrade . . . like us, fighting against a unique form of colonialism." These comments, made on February 27, 1990 as Arafat joined Mandela at a pan-African summit, provoked a storm of push-back among Israel’s apologists. The next day, Mandela told a reporter: "If the truth alienates the Jewish community in South Africa, too bad." Questioned about Mandela’s remarks, Arafat said: "We are in the same trench, struggling against the same enemies, against apartheid, racism, colonialism and neo-colonialism."...
continua / continued  [ 10-dec-2013 14:44 ECT ]
The struggle to remain in south Hebron hills
By Samuela Galea
December 8, 2013- A shepherd, an activist, and a father of seven, Mr. Hafez Hreini also serves as the coordinator for the Popular Struggle Coordination Committee (PSCC) in the south Hebron hills. Last week, he welcomed the Palestine Monitor to his home in Al-Tuwani to talk about his family's history intertwined with that of the PSCC's work in the region, and about the long, ongoing experience of their village since the start of the inhabitants' collective resistance against Israel’s occupation. "I have had to adjust, adapt - we all have had to do so. This is not just my issue, we are fighting together in a constructive way, for a better future," he said, "and we are trying to transmit all this to our children, for them to keep resisting in a productive, non-violent way."...
continua / continued  [ 10-dec-2013 02:21 ECT ]
In Excessive Use of Force, Israeli Forces Kill Palestinian Child in al-Jalazoun Refugee Camp, North of Ramallah
The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR)
December 8, 2013 - According to investigations conducted by the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR), at approximately 16:30 on Saturday, 07 December 2013, dozens of Palestinian children gathered at the southern entrance of al-Jalazoun refugee camp, north of Ramallah, near the UNRWA school, nearly 300 meters from the fence of "Beit Eil" settlement. They set fire to rubber tires and threw stones at Israeli soldiers. Israeli soldiers who got out of the settlement and those stationed on an observation tower at the fence opened fire at the children. As a result, Wajeeh Wajdi Mustafa al-Ramahi, 15, was seriously wounded by a live bullet to the left side of his back. The child was evacuated in a private car to Palestine Medical Compound in Ramallah, where he underwent a surgery, but he succumbed to his wound. Medical sources declared his death at approximately 17:10...
continua / continued  [ 10-dec-2013 00:46 ECT ]
Credibility of the Ruling Elite is Being Shredded |
Chris Hedges on Reality Asserts Itsel
The Real News
December 8, 2013 - ....And so what you have in a pre-revolutionary society, which I think we're in, is a kind of invisible revolution, whereby the state, the ideology of the state, in this case capitalism, the fiction of American democracy, larger and larger numbers of people--and I think we are also seeing this across the political spectrum--wake up and understand the hollowness of the language that's used to describe their own economic, political, and social reality.What's important is that in this process you need to present an alternative vision, an alternative language, so that people can orient themselves toward something. Otherwise, any kind of eruption is nihilistic. Without that kind of vision, ultimately it doesn't represent any kind of a threat to the ruling elite, because it doesn't drive towards something...
continua / continued  [ 09-dec-2013 22:12 ECT ]
21st century colonialism: Israeli policies in the Negev and Galilee
December 8, 2013- In December 2000, the first Herzliya Conference took place, a now annual event and regular fixture in the diaries of politicians, military officials and defense industry figures from Israel and around the world. The report produced after that first gathering included a section on Israel's "geodemographic aspect", and noted the following:"The encouragement of Jewish settlement in demographically problematic regions, especially in the Galilee, the Jezreel Valley, and the Negev, among others, is necessary in order to prevent a contiguous Arab majority that would bisect Israel."This need to 'Judaize' the Galilee and the Negev in light of the perceived demographic 'threat' posed by Palestinian citizens of Israel is a consistent feature of Israeli policies since 1948...
continua / continued  [ 09-dec-2013 18:36 ECT ]
Report: 40,000 Bedouin will be evicted from homes under Prawer Plan
By Noam Sheizaf
December 8, 2013 - Up until now, very few details have been released about how many people and how much land will be affected by the Prawer Plan. Knesset Internal Affairs Committee chairperson MK Miri Regev revealed details of a secret document prepared in the Prime Minister’s Office about the implementation of the Prawer Plan for the resettlement of the Negev Bedouins, Yedioth Ahronoth reported this weekend. According to a map obtained by MK Regev, the state will take over 250,000 dunams (61,700 acres) currently populated by Bedouins, while the Bedouins will receive 170,000 dunams (42,000 acres). Around 40,000 people will have to leave their homes...
continua / continued  [ 09-dec-2013 18:11 ECT ]
Did He Jump or Was He Pushed? |
The Mandela Years in Power
by PATRICK BOND
December 7, 2013 - The death of Nelson Mandela, at age 95 on 5 December 2013, brings genuine sadness. As his health deteriorated over the past six months, many asked the more durable question: how did he change South Africa? Given how unsatisfactory life is for so many in society, the follow-up question is, how much room was there for Mandela to maneuver? South Africa now lurches from crisis to crisis, and so many of us are tempted to remember the Mandela years – especially the first democratic government – as fundamentally different from the crony-capitalist, corruption-riddled, brutally-securitised, eco-destructive and anti-egalitarian regime we suffer now. But were the seeds of our present political weeds sown earlier? The critical decade was the 1990s, when Mandela was at the height of his power, having been released from jail in February 1990, taken the South African presidency in May 1994 and left office in June 1999...
continua / continued  [ 09-dec-2013 17:54 ECT ]
Interview with Roger Waters: ‘It’s a duty for artists to speak out’
December 7, 2013 - ... The situation in Israel/ Palestine, with the occupation, the ethnic cleansing and the systematic racist apartheid Israeli regime is unacceptable. So for an artist to go and play in a country that occupies other people’s land and oppresses them the way Israel does, is plain wrong. They should say no. I would not have played for the Vichy government in occupied France in the Second World War, I would not have played in Berlin either during this time. Many people did, back in the day. There were many people that pretended that the oppression of the Jews was not going on. From 1933 until 1946. So this is not a new scenario. Except that this time it’s the Palestinian People being murdered. It’s the duty of every thinking human being to ask: "What can I do?". Anybody who looks at the situation will see that if you choose not to take up arms to fight your oppressor, the non violent route, and the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (B.D.S) movement, which started in Palestine with 100% support from Palestinian civil society in 2004-2005, a movement that has now been joined by many people around the world, the global civil society, is a legitimate form of resistance to this brutal and oppressive regime. ..
continua / continued  [ 09-dec-2013 00:19 ECT ]
Mechanised mass murder: the terror of Obama's drone wars
December 7, 2013 - ...The vast majority of drone strike victims are faceless. None but those who mourn them know their names. But there are some faces, thanks to the courage of a few decent journalists, which the world has got the chance to see. One such face belonged to Tariq Aziz, a sixteen-year old student and avid football fan who became what you might call 'politicised’ after his cousin was killed by a drone. Those who knew him observed his desire to be a constructive force for his country, to make the killing stop. He began organising protests and working with the Bureau of Investigative Journalism to help document civilian casualties. In October 2011, he attended his first public conference in Islamabad. Less than a week later, he was killed by a drone strike, along with his twelve-year-old cousin. "Tariq’s killing was illegal," said Neil Williams, a British photographer who had befriended him. "It was murder."...
continua / continued  [ 08-dec-2013 23:28 ECT ]
Israeli soldiers detained 4 children ages six to nine, handcuffed 3 of them. Kafr Qadum, November 15, 2013
December 7, 2013 - On Friday, November 15, 2013, at 9:30 AM, about two and a half hours before the weekly demonstration in the village was set to begin, four children from Kafr Qadum: Malek (8) a third grade student, his brother Tareq (9) a fourth grade student; Hussam Abu Khaled (8), a third grade student and Ahmad Shteiwi (6) a first grader, got together. They were planning to go to the place where the weekly demonstration takes place, as they had heard that some tires had been set on fire and they wanted to see what was going on. In a testimony given to B’Tselem field researcher 'Abd al-Karim Sa'adi, Tareq Shteiwi, age nine, gave the following account...
continua / continued  [ 08-dec-2013 18:26 ECT ]
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