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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-
minazione.

:: 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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Suha Arraf on her "stateless" Palestinian film
Patrick O. Strickland

October 9, 2014 - "They want to view me as a 'good Israeli Arab director’ or a 'nice Israeli Arab,’" says filmmaker Suha Arraf, who recently came under attack by the Israeli government and its supporters for labeling her latest work a Palestinian production. "The moment you say Palestinian, though, you become the enemy," she told The Electronic Intifada. The 45-year-old filmmaker from the town of Maaliya in the Galilee region of present-day Israel has screenwriting credit for the critically acclaimed feature-length films Lemon Tree (2008) and The Syrian Bride (2004), and directed the documentary Women of Hamas (2008)...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110152] [ 23-nov-2014 06:33 ECT ]

Coalition air strikes against Isis aid Bashar al-Assad, Syrian rebels claim
Ian Black and Mona Mahmood

October 9, 2014 - ..."Syrian warplanes used to shell us two or three times a week but now they target us every day thanks to the coalition forces," Faris Samir, from Harm in the northern Idlib region, complained on Thursday. "We are losing martyrs and many get injured but no one pays any attention. Now the Syrian army is taking areas bombed by the coalition forces after the Islamic factions withdraw. I have to say that the coalition military campaign is in the interest of the Syrian regime and against the Syrian people."...No coalition strikes have been made to help or relieve rebel forces where they were facing either Isis or government troops. Emile Hokayem of the International Institute of Strategic Studies said Assad has been able "to give his troops a break while surveying the landscape and looking for opportunities."..
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110151] [ 23-nov-2014 04:39 ECT ]

Gazans spirits lifted at arrival of unity government ministers
Mohammed Omer

October 9, 2014 - - Ministers of the new Palestinian unity government arrived in Gaza on Thursday to hold the first cabinet meeting following the 51-day war with Israel. "This is an historic visit which is the embodiment of Palestinian national unity and a real step toward ending the division," Minister of Justice, Salem al-Saqqa told Middle East Eye. "This is the first time for ministers to meet face-to-face in the house of President Mahmoud Abbas, and that has special significance as he is the president of the Palestinian people, and the head of legitimacy." While Abbas resides in the West Bank, he has an old villa in Gaza that had - until recently - laid empty, but has now been turned into a makeshift meeting space for the unity ministers...

  continua / continued avanti - next    [110150] [ 23-nov-2014 04:22 ECT ]

BBC map ignores occupation of Jerusalem
Amena Saleem
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October 9, 2014 - The BBC has published a map on its website, which indicates that Jerusalem is not occupied by Israel. This graphic (see above) was used to illustrate at least two stories on the BBC website in recent months. It can be viewed online two thirds of the way down a story titled "Israel: Hamas 'will pay price’ after teenagers found dead." The map shows the city of Jerusalem as being wholly inside Israel. In reality, Jerusalem is under Israeli military occupation.
The false map was also used at the bottom of a story from 23 September titled "Israel kills Palestinians suspected of teenagers’ murders." ...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110149] [ 23-nov-2014 04:04 ECT ]

Notice that ISIS Isn’t Beheading Swiss Citizens
by Jacob G. Hornberger

October 9, 2014 - ...Ever since 9/11, this has been the major issue facing the American people with respect to U.S. foreign policy: Did terrorism come to the United States because of the ferocity of radical Muslims who hate America for its freedom and values? Or did terrorism come to the United States out of retaliation for what the U.S. government was doing to people in the Middle East, many of whom were Muslims, including such things as the U.S. government’s partnership with Middle East dictatorships, the sanctions against Iraq that were killing tens of thousands of Iraqi children on an annual basis, U.S. Ambassador to the UN Madeleine Albright’s statement that the deaths of half-a-million Iraqi children from the sanctions were "worth it," the stationing of U.S. troops near Islamic holy lands, the deadly no-fly zones over Iraq, and the unconditional military and financial support to the Israeli government....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110148] [ 23-nov-2014 03:55 ECT ]

Did Israel Commit Genocide in Gaza?
Richard Falk

October 9, 2014 - In a special session of the Russell Tribunal held in Brussels on September 24th, Israel’s military operation Protective Edge was critically scrutinized from the perspective of international law, including the core allegation of genocide. The process featured a series of testimonies by legal and weapons experts, health workers, journalists and others most of whom had experienced the 50 days of military assault. A jury composed of prominent individuals from around the world, known for their moral engagement with issues of the day that concerned their societies, and also the wellbeing of humanity, assessed the evidence with the help of an expert legal team of volunteers that helped with the preparation of the findings and analysis for consideration by the jury, which deliberated and debated all relevant issues of fact and law, above all the question of how to respond to the charge of genocide...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110147] [ 22-nov-2014 18:18 ECT ]

The Sun’s ‘Unite against Isis’ campaign is a proxy for anti-Muslim bigotry
Nesrine Malik
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October 9, 2014 - Imagine your average British Muslim family sitting around the breakfast table with the papers this morning. On the front page of the Sun, an image of a woman in a hijab fashioned out of the Union Jack and the headline "United Against IS" hollers out at them. In the right-hand corner, a subheadline urges them to "stand up to extremists". Yes, you there, Muslim – bleary eyed, sipping your coffee, who thought the activities of a militant group thousands of miles away had nothing to do with you – are you standing up to extremism right now? Is your Islam "British"? If not, then you are Part of the Problem....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110146] [ 22-nov-2014 07:31 ECT ]

Is Abbas one vote from Security Council majority?
Ben Caspit

October 9, 2014 - In the 21 years that have passed since the beginning of the Oslo process, never has there been a situation similar to the current one between the Israelis and Palestinians: That is to say, total deadlock. There is no political or diplomatic horizon. No negotiations are underway or attempts to facilitate them. The two parties are barely in contact.To date, there has been only one clear exception, to wit, the second intifada, which began in 2000. In response, the Israeli government eventually launched Operation Defensive Shield in 2002....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110145] [ 22-nov-2014 07:23 ECT ]

Increasing Reports Of Sectarian Attacks By Militias In Iraq
MUSINGS ON IRAQ

October 9, 2014 - When fighting broke out in Anbar at the very end of December 2013 Iraq’s militias began mobilizing in response. This involved bringing back fighters from Syria and launching new recruiting drives within Iraq. Since then they have become an integral part of many units of the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) as well as operating their own fighting forces. With this increased presence have come reports that they are carrying out sectarian attacks upon Sunni civilians. This comes as no surprise as the militias used similar tactics during the 2005-2008 civil war such as kidnapping and executing people, and destroying and confiscating homes to force Sunnis out of neighborhoods. As the fighting drags on and approaches Baghdad these stories are likely to increase and grow bloodier with time...

  continua / continued avanti - next    [110144] [ 22-nov-2014 07:20 ECT ]

Fallujah Fallout: Who Pays the Price?
By Abigail Hall

October 9, 2014 - November of this year will mark the ten-year anniversary of the Second Battle of Fallujah. Fallujah, a city west of Baghdad with a population of over 300,000, is known to have observed some of the most intense fighting during the war in Iraq. After nearly a decade, the situation in Fallujah is still dire. Militants recaptured the region in early 2014 and the city has once again observed heavy conflict as the Iraqi military and militants fight for control of the city. As the U.S. reenters Iraq, this region continues to experience the fallout from the previous U.S. occupation. Those most impacted are not members of Fallujah’s supposed "terrorist hotbed," but those who had not even been born during the time of siege...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110143] [ 22-nov-2014 07:13 ECT ]

The Iraqi Army Never Was
By Kelley Vlahos
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October 9, 2014 - ...If ISIS, at the most, has 50,000 stateless fighters spread between Iraq and Syria, how has it routed such a superior force? The popular narrative, particularly on the pro-war right, is that President Obama squandered everything Petraeus had built by leaving Iraq too soon. In an interview in June, retired Gen. Jack Keane, co-architect of the surge, suggested that the Iraqi Army was "well-led and it was competent" while American forces were present, but broke down "systematically" after U.S. withdrawal under the leadership of Prime Minister Maliki. And indeed, after the U.S. withdrew, Maliki did fail to populate his security forces with Sunnis, instead alienating all the Sunni fighters once on the U.S. dime by keeping them unemployed. At best, those Sunnis are now standing down in the face of the ISIS invasion. At worst, they are joining them...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110142] [ 22-nov-2014 07:07 ECT ]

Israel’s occupation is more complex than a genocide
Jonathan Cook

October 9, 2014 - ...But unlike South African apartheid, whose fixed legal and institutional systems of separation gradually became torpid and unwieldy, Israel’s remains dynamic and responsive. Few observers know, for example, that almost all residential land in Israel is off-limits to Palestinian citizens, enforced through vetting committees recently given sanction by the Israeli courts. And what to make of a plan just disclosed by the Israeli media indicating that Mr Netanyahu and his allies have been secretly plotting to force many Palestinians into Sinai, with the US arm-twisting the Egyptians into agreement? If true, the bombing campaigns of the past six years may be better understood as softening-up operations before a mass expulsion from Gaza. Such a policy would certainly satisfy Lemkin’s definition of genocide. One day doubtless, a historian will coin a word to describe Israel’s unique strategy of incrementally destroying the Palestinian people. Sadly, by then it may be too late to help the Palestinians...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110141] [ 22-nov-2014 06:57 ECT ]

Where is the antiwar movement?
Alex Kane

October 9, 2014 - When President Obama said he intended to strike Syria last year after the Assad regime launched a chemical weapons attack, anti-war sentiment surged in the U.S. Phone calls and e-mails poured into Congressional offices with one message: don’t bomb Syria. The president eventually backed off from his plan after agreeing to a Russian proposal that saw President Bashar al-Assad get rid of his chemical weapons. One year later, the administration declared war on the Islamic State, the Sunni extremist group that has taken over territory in Syria and Iraq. Warplanes have repeatedly hit targets in Iraq and Syria... But this U.S. war is commencing with no serious opposition to slow the president down.

  continua / continued avanti - next    [110140] [ 22-nov-2014 06:39 ECT ]

"Crush the Seed of Ishmael": A "Final Solution" to the "Muslim Problem"
William N. Grigg
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October 9, 2014 - We have reached a point in our nation's descent into psychotic tribalist fear where people of stature and apparent sobriety unabashedly use the expression "final solution" when discussing the existence of Muslims. For ISIS "and those similarly motivated," insists retired Marine Lt. Col. James G. Zumwalt in an essay published by Family Security Matters, "a rational world should recognize but one `final solution' exists – their extinction."... Zumwalt is a prominent mouthpiece for the Military-Industrial Complex, and it's not surprising that his views are echoed by other members of the Pentagon-aligned Commentariat. For example, Retired Army Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer claims that Syrians under siege by ISIS have pleaded, "Please bomb us! We'd rather be bombed and dead, than raped by ISIS."...


  continua / continued avanti - next    [110139] [ 22-nov-2014 06:34 ECT ]

Is this Palestine’s Last Chance?
by Stuart Littlewood

October 9, 2014 -Ever since I began taking an interest in the Palestinians’ struggle – nearly ten years ago – those brave people have been cursed with rubbish leadership that has taken them steadily backwards instead of forwards… leadership that studiously ignores Palestine’s friends outside, fails its people inside and allows its territory and resources to dwindle. Western Christendom is afflicted with similar misfortune. Corrupted leaders don’t lift a finger to stop the Holy Land, which is central to the beliefs of most of their people, from being smashed, grabbed and bloodied...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110138] [ 22-nov-2014 05:54 ECT ]

Challenging Force-Feeding
Violence at Guantanamo Has Its Day in Court

by RAY McGOVERN

October 9, 2014 - In the first trial weighing the legality of force-feeding methods at the Guantanamo Bay prison, U.S. government lawyers have tried to disparage doctors and refute medical assessments regarding the best practices and ethics for treating inmates who have engaged in hunger strikes to protest their indefinite confinements, often after being cleared for release. The case before Judge Gladys Kessler in Washington D.C.’s District Court involves Abu Wa’el Dhiab, 43, a Syrian who ran a successful business in Afghanistan before the U.S. invaded 13 years ago. He fled, together with his wife and four children, to Pakistan where police seized him and turned him over to the U.S. – probably for a large bounty, as was the usual practice...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110137] [ 22-nov-2014 05:37 ECT ]

Syria News - October 8, 2014
Local Coordination Committees of Syria
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October 8, 2014 - By the end of Wednesday, the LCC were able to document 66 martyrs including 7 women, 6 children and 1 martyr under torture: 23 martyrs were reported in Aleppo; 12 in Damascus and its suburbs; 10 in Idlib; 10 in Homs; 9 Daraa and 2 in Hama.
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110136] [ 22-nov-2014 05:32 ECT ]

The Iranian Sphere of Influence Expands Into Yemen
Amal Mudallali

October 8, 2014 - ... Above all else, the latest developments in Sanaa represent a huge victory for Iran. But the Houthis' decision to tie their fate to Tehran's regional machinations risks tearing Yemen apart and throwing the country into chaos. For years, many Yemenis have believed that Iran provides money and training to the Houthis, who comprise 30 percent of Yemen's 25 million citizens. Officials in Sanaa, from President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi to party leaders, have accused Iran of meddling in their affairs. Meanwhile, Iranian officials are all too happy to encourage such suspicions: In a recent statement, Ali Riza Zakani, Tehran's representative in the Iranian Parliament, bragged that Sanaa would be the fourth Arab capital to fall into Iran's hands...

  continua / continued avanti - next    [110135] [ 22-nov-2014 02:09 ECT ]

Why is The Advocate afraid to talk about Palestine?
Keegan O'Brien
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October 8, 2014 - This summer, The Advocate refused to talk about Palestine. Here’s what happened: in mid-July an editor from the venerable LGBTQ magazine responded to my story pitch and asked me to write an op-ed on pinkwashing and Israel’s 51-day attack on Gaza, which it dubbed "Operation Protective Edge." After submitting an article, I received a revised draft which included heavy political editing. I was told the article would be published if I agreed to these changes. The edits included the removal of the words "apartheid," "occupation" and "colonialism," and the addition of a sentence condemning Hamas...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110134] [ 22-nov-2014 00:25 ECT ]

Guantánamo use of olive oil in force feedings 'astonishing', doctor tells court
Spencer Ackerman i

October 8, 2014 - The methods used by the US military to feed inmates in Guantánamo Bay against their will presents a long-term risk to their health, a federal court heard on Tuesday. Steven Miles, a doctor and professor of medical ethics at the University of Minnesota, told a courtroom that lubricating the feeding tubes at Guantánamo, used on hunger-striking detainees, can cause a form of chronic inflammatory pneumonia, and questioned whether the force feeding was medically necessary. The condition, resulting from olive oil reaching the lungs due to misplaced insertions, would be hard to detect by physicians for released or transferred detainees, as it might look on x-rays like tuberculosis or lung cancer, Miles testified, calling the olive oil lubrication "astonishing to me"...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110133] [ 22-nov-2014 00:13 ECT ]

Bill Maher Isn’t a ‘Politically Incorrect’ Liberal, He’s Just a Bigot
By Murtaza Hussain
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October 8, 2014 - Like many others, of late I’ve been sharing in the surreal experience of watching Bill Maher transform from a mildly interesting, "edgy," talk show host into a crude, overbearing demagogue. It hasn’t been pleasant viewing, but Maher really does appear to be in rare form these days. Between him sharing his fears about the terrifying number of babies today being named Muhammad, to complaining about Muslims in America who "bring that desert stuff into our world" — the first question that comes to mind is: this guy is a liberal?...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110132] [ 22-nov-2014 00:06 ECT ]

Zionist Organization of America head calls for arrest of Block the Boat protesters
Charlotte Silver

October 8, 2014 - Activists preventing the unloading of Israeli cargo ships at the Oakland Port in protest of violations of Palestinian rights have drawn the ire of Israel advocacy groups. Last week, Morton Klein, president of the Zionist Organization of America, wrote a letter to the chief of the Oakland Police Department, Sean Whent, chastizing his department for failing to "intervene and ensure that the Zim ship could unload its cargo." "Anti-Semitic protesters have been blocking vessels owned by Zim Integrated Shipping Ltd., an Israel-based shipping company, from docking at the Port of Oakland, and preventing dockworkers from unloading the cargo," Klein complains in his letter. "This problem occurred for several days in August and it occurred again last week."...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110131] [ 22-nov-2014 00:02 ECT ]

A professor's freedom to tweet: The Steven Salaita affair
By Shachar Pinsker

October 8, 2014 - The Salaita case is not an isolated one. Rather, it is the latest in a series of recent attempts to silence dissent in the academic world and in the public arena. This has been going on in the U.S., in Israel and around the world. Recent examples include an attempt by a right-wing organization with the dubious name AMCHA (In Hebrew AMCHA means "your nation," which the U.S organization has translated as "the masses" in the "grassroots" sense of the term, but in colloquial Israeli Hebrew the term is used to refer to "the mob," or common, uneducated people), which published a blacklist of Middle Eastern scholars who called for the boycott of Israel. This attempt to silence is, once again, done in the name of combating anti-Semitism and "protecting" Jewish students on campus...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110130] [ 21-nov-2014 23:08 ECT ]

Experts Deliver Damning Testimony at Guantánamo Force-Feeding Trial
Andy Worthington
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October 8, 2014 - This week, a historic and unprecedented trial has been taking place in Washington D.C., as lawyers for Abu Wa’el Dhiab, a Syrian prisoner at Guantánamo, have been challenging the government’s claimed legality for force-feeding prisoners. Mr. Dhiab has been a frequent hunger striker for the last seven years, and weighs just 152 pounds, despite being six feet five inches tall. Last February, he took part in a hunger strike that involved up to two-thirds of the remaining prisoners, who were in despair at ever being released or given justice, and he has continued his hunger strike, even though throughout this period he has been subjected to painful force-feeding. He is one of 75 of the remaining 149 prisoners who were approved for release by a government task force in 2009 — and four others have had their release approved this year through another review process, the Periodic Review Boards. He is also in a wheelchair as a result of his physical decline during his 12 years in US custody...

  continua / continued avanti - next    [110129] [ 21-nov-2014 22:51 ECT ]

In Case of Palestinian American, Prosecutors Criminalize Political Activity and Create ‘Prejudicial Atmosphere’
By: Kevin Gosztola

October 8, 2014 - A lawyer representing Palestinian American Rasmea Odeh, who is accused of immigration fraud, says the United States government’s request for an "anonymous jury" in the case and the partial sequestration of jurors is all a part of prosecutors’ efforts to create a prejudicial and fearful atmosphere. Odeh is a 67-years-old and the associate director of the Arab American Action Network (AAAN) in Chicago. Forty-five years ago, she was arrested and subjected to torture by Israeli security forces. She maintained she was innocent when she was brought before a military tribunal and accused of being involved in terrorism. Israel convicted her and she was sentenced to prison....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110128] [ 21-nov-2014 17:51 ECT ]

Swedish decision to recognize Palestine no surprise
Daoud Kuttab

October 8, 2014 - For Swedes and Palestinians who have followed Swedish foreign policy toward Palestine, the announcement in Stockholm of the government's intention to recognize the State of Palestine came as no surprise.In his inaugural speech Oct. 3, Prime Minister Stefan Löfven explained his administration’s decision, stating, "The conflict between Israel and Palestine can only be resolved through a two-state solution, negotiated in accordance with the principles of international law. It must guarantee the legitimate demands of both the Palestinians and the Israelis for national self-determination and security. A two-state solution requires mutual recognition and a will to coexist peacefully. Therefore, Sweden will recognize the State of Palestine."...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110127] [ 21-nov-2014 17:44 ECT ]

Why Does Iran Always Benefit from the ‘War on Terror?’
The intent of this plan is to throw the region into chaos.

by Fowzia Rasheed
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October 8, 2014 - Since the dramatic events of last September, the Americans have begun a dangerous new attempt to redraw the region’s borders — geographically and demographically, on the basis of ethnicity and sectarianism — carried out under the banners of "democracy" and the "war on terror." The intent of this plan is to throw the region into chaos. America has led Arabs and the world into a number of traps. Falling into those traps will result in the Arab world’s step-by-step destruction — even though over the last few years, we have seen Gulf leaders transformed into America’s lapdogs — as well as revealing the true face of America and its hidden alliance with Iran...If this is indeed a "war on terror," what about the state terrorism perpetrated by Israel? What about the terrorism perpetrated by Iranian agents throughout the Gulf and other Arab countries? Or Hezbollah’s terror against civilians? Or Assad’s terror against civilians? Or Maliki’s before his fall? Or that of his successor? Or Houthi terrorism in Yemen? What about the American terrorist strategy of the new century, which is to sow chaos in the Arab world, fracturing and displacing its peoples? One can see this strategy being implemented in Libya, Iraq, Yemen, Sudan, Somalia, Egypt, the Gulf, and who knows where else....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110126] [ 21-nov-2014 17:39 ECT ]

This is not an article on IS: the origins of violence in Iraq and Syria
Ibrahim Halawi

October 8, 2014 - ...Despite those "numbers" that reveal a level of brutality, lethality, and destruction that is far more significant than all that IS has committed, Assad is regaining legitimacy in the West, George Bush is taking the Ice Bucket Challenge, and Tony Blair is doing business across the world and preaching about invading Iraq again. Those men, and the corporate-military network that they managed, are unaccountable. It is this truth that is an existential threat to all of us. It is this truth that is violent and brutal.
IS violence is blatant, it is there. It is basic and primordial. But, there are forms of violence that are subtle, discursive, and systematically overshadowed. There are forms of violence which are no less institutionalised than the violence of IS. There is a form of violence that is industrial and perceived as efficient while leaving behind a massive amount of damage; like that of an American drone turning a wedding in Yemen into a funeral...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110125] [ 21-nov-2014 17:10 ECT ]

U.S. Focus on ISIS Frees Syria to Battle Rebels
By ANNE BARNARD and ERIC SCHMITT

October 8, 2014 - A United States official said there were indications that since the American campaign started, Syrian fighter jets and helicopters had increased strikes somewhat in the core territories of non-Islamic State insurgents, such as Idlib, Aleppo and the Damascus suburbs. "It would be silly for them not to take advantage of the U.S. doing airstrikes," said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss confidential intelligence reports. "They’ve focused in the west and left off the east, where we are operating. Essentially, we’ve allowed them to perform an economy of force. They don’t have to be focused all over the country, just on those who threaten their population centers."...

  continua / continued avanti - next    [110124] [ 21-nov-2014 17:06 ECT ]

Syria News - October 7, 2014
Local Coordination Committees of Syria
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October 7, 2014 - By the end of Tuesday, LCC were able to document 33 martyrs including 4 women, 1 child and 2 martyrs under torture: 12 martyrs were reported in Daraa; 10 in Damascus and its suburbs; 3 in Hama; 3 in Homs; 3 in Idlib; 1 in Aleppo and 1 in Qunaitra...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110123] [ 21-nov-2014 17:02 ECT ]

The Consequences of American Hypocrisy
Sweden, Palestine and the United States

by ROBERT FANTINA

October 7, 2014 -Sweden’s new Prime Minister, Stefan Lofven, has announced that that nation will be the first of the European Union to grant official recognition to Palestine. To date, 134 of the 193 member states of the United Nations recognize Palestine. This is a reasonable step that will, hopefully, set the example for other European nations to do the same. The United States, Israel’s best friend in all the world, and that bottomless pit of financial assistance for Israel, is, not surprisingly, seriously displeased. A spokeswoman for President Barack Obama said this: "We believe international recognition of a Palestinian state is premature. We certainly support Palestinian statehood, but it can only come through a negotiated outcome, a resolution of final status issues and mutual recognitions by both parties."
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110122] [ 21-nov-2014 02:39 ECT ]

The Civil War and 150 Years of Forgotten US Military Atrocities
by JAMES BOVARD

October 7, 2014 - ... The failure to recognize how wars routinely spawn pervasive brutality and collateral deaths lowers Americans’ resistance to new conflicts that promise to make the world safe for democracy, or rid the world of evil, or achieve other lofty sounding goals. For instance, the Obama administration sold its bombing of Libya as a self-evident triumph of good over a vile despot; instead, chaos reigns in Tripoli. As the administration ramps up bombing in Syria and Iraq, both its rhetoric and its tactics echo prior U.S. misfires. The proclaimed intentions of U.S. bombing campaigns are far more important than their accuracy....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110121] [ 21-nov-2014 02:34 ECT ]

79 Yr. Old Drone Protester, Sentenced to Three Months in Prison
Syracuse Peace Council

October 7, 2014 - John "Jack" Gilroy, 79, of Endwell, NY and Upstate Drone Action, was sentenced to three months incarceration, three years probation, and $1000 fine by De Witt (NY) Town Judge Robert Jokl. "It's time for our justice system to identify the real criminals...not those who carry the message to stop the killing to the gates of Hancock Air Base," said Gilroy in his sentencing statement. Gilroy was convicted by a six-person jury on July 15th of trespass and obstructing government administration after a two day jury trial. The trial was based on Gilroy’s participation in a solemn funeral procession and die-in outside Hancock’s main gate. The event symbolized the terrorizing and killing of innocent people by MQ9 Reaper drone missiles and bombs piloted by Hancock’s 174th Attack Wing...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110120] [ 21-nov-2014 02:20 ECT ]

Israel police brutality remains unchecked 14 years after massacre of Palestinian citizens
Patrick O. Strickland
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October 7, 2014 - Jameela Asleh, better known as Um Aseel, witnessed the killing of her eldest son Aseel one October fourteen years ago when Israeli police opened fire on unarmed Palestinian demonstrators in Israel. "I witnessed his execution with my own eyes," the 62-year-old mother told The Electronic Intifada. Just seventeen years old at the time, her son was among the thirteen Palestinian citizens of Israel killed during demonstrations that spread throughout present-day Israel in early October 2000....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110119] [ 21-nov-2014 01:04 ECT ]

ISIS in Washington
America’s Soundtrack of Hysteria

By Tom Engelhardt

October 7, 2014 - It happened so fast that, at first, I didn’t even take it in.
Two Saturdays ago, a friend and I were heading into the Phillips Museum in Washington, D.C., to catch a show of neo-Impressionist art when we ran into someone he knew, heading out. I was introduced and the usual chitchat ensued. At some point, she asked me, "Do you live here?" "No," I replied, "I’m from New York." She smiled, responded that it, too, was a fine place to live, then hesitated just a beat before adding in a quiet, friendly voice: "Given ISIS, maybe neither city is such a great place to be right now." Goodbyes were promptly said and we entered the museum. All of this passed so quickly that I didn’t begin rolling her comment around in my head until we were looking at the sublime pointillist paintings of Georges Seurat and his associates. Only then did I think: ISIS, a danger in New York? ISIS, a danger in Washington? And I had the urge to bolt down the stairs, catch up to her, and say: whatever you do, don’t step off the curb. That’s where danger lies in American life. ISIS, not so much....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110118] [ 21-nov-2014 00:13 ECT ]

Nothing about us without us: The token Palestinian and authentic narrative
by RAMZY BAROUD

October 7, 2014 - In the post-Edward Said Palestinian intellectual landscape, however, it is unfathomable that Palestinians are largely excluded from shaping their own discourse, or are used as convenient fodder in someone else’s. This is not an exclusively Palestinian issue. Far from it. But rather the role through which the western intellectual spaces continue to operate in relation to other nations. In the case of Palestinians, however, the problem is compounded by the fact that the exclusion of a real Palestinian narrative is also cemented by those who are sympathetic to the Palestinian cause. However, their sympathies are conditioned, although at times inadvertently, on excluding the Palestinian from his own story....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110117] [ 21-nov-2014 00:01 ECT ]

Challenging Drone Warfare in a U.S. Court
by Kathy Kelly

October 7 , 2014 - On October 7, 2014, Kathy Kelly and Georgia Walker appeared before Judge Matt Whitworth in Jefferson City, MO, federal court on a charge of criminal trespass to a military facility. The charge was based on their participation, at Whiteman Air Force Base, in a June 1st 2014 rally protesting drone warfare. Kelly and Walker attempted to deliver a loaf of bread and a letter to the Base Commander, encouraging the commander to stop cooperating with any further usage of unmanned aerial vehicles, (drones) for surveillance and attacks...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110116] [ 20-nov-2014 23:52 ECT ]

Knesset shell game: Aid meant for Israeli towns affected by Gaza war sent to illegal settlements instead
Orli Santo
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October 7, 2014 - The residents of Israel’s southern periphery, bordering the Gaza Strip, are among the Israelis who suffered the most from Operation "Protective Edge." Thousands were forced to leave their homes for weeks, while those who remained were confined to bomb shelters. Properties were damaged, tourism was annihilated, work days were lost, and many small businesses went bankrupt. By the end of the Operation, it was clear that residents of the embattled south — one of Israel’s poorest regions to begin with — were in dire need of the state’s aid. Yet money designated for the rehabilitation of the south is apparently being diverted to bolster West Bank settlements — again....

  continua / continued avanti - next    [110115] [ 20-nov-2014 23:46 ECT ]

Guantanamo force-feeding trial continues today
Reprieve

October 7, 2014 - The first-ever trial to assess the legality of force-feeding methods at Guantanamo Bay will continue today in federal court in Washington, DC.
Lawyers Cori Crider and Alka Pradhan, from international human rights NGO Reprieve, are representing Syrian Abu Wa’el Dhiab who has been cleared for release since 2009 and is a long-time hunger striker protesting his indefinite detention. Mr Dhiab has been waging a high-profile challenge to his abusive force-feeding at Guantanamo since June 2013....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110114] [ 20-nov-2014 23:41 ECT ]

Government can't demand more surveillance powers without giving answers on drone strikes
Reprieve

October 7, 2014 - In an interview with today's Guardian focusing on surveillance powers, the head of the UK's National Crime Agency (NCA) said that "the public [needs to] consent to losing some freedoms in return for greater safety and security." Commenting, Reprieve legal director Kat Craig said: "It seems wrong-headed to be demanding yet more powers for the most secretive parts of our state when we have yet to see proper oversight and accountability put in place. State surveillance is not just about snooping on your emails or Facebook profile. Because of our close intelligence-sharing relationship with the US, providing data has in the past led to killing-by-drone of people who are considered 'threats' but have never stood trial...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110112] [ 20-nov-2014 06:27 ECT ]

Is Joe Biden Turkey "roast" is a feast for Assad?
Clay Claiborne

October 7, 2014 - ...By making the Syrian government the victim in his analysis, Biden was saying that the regime of Bashar al Assad was not the biggest problem "we" - he was speaking as an executive representative of the United States - face, in Syria. That may well be the position of the Obama Administration, but it is certainly not the reality that millions of Syrians and all the countries bordering Syria have had to deal with as Assad's brutal crack down on pro-democracy protesters turned into a civil war in which that regime has used the most vicious tactics and committed war crime after war crime as it has attempted to crush any opposition to its forty plus years of dictatorship. The "inconvenient truth" revealed in Biden's remarks is that such dictatorships and such tactics have never been a problem for the US government and they don't really oppose them now in Syria either...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110111] [ 20-nov-2014 06:21 ECT ]

Saving Iran… again
Olivier Guitta
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October 7, 2014 - ...Also, one has to understand that even though the initial reason for the US airstrikes was to save the Yazidis, the ongoing strikes are now viewed by many as only serving Shiites. For some Sunnis – extremist or not – there is a sense of injustice that when it came to saving Sunnis in Syria, nobody came, but when it was for the Shiites, the West intervened. This is a very strong sentiment that has many convinced that the West has lost its neutrality and chosen the Shiite/Iran camp over the Sunnis in the centuries-long conflict between the two sects. The recent photo-ops at the UN between Western leaders, including Prime Minister Cameron and President Hollande, with Iran’s President Rouhani have only added fuel to the fire.
Iran will have the last laugh. For the third time in the past 13 years, the West has unintentionally come to save Tehran – first against the Taliban in 2001, then against Saddam Hussein in 2003 and now against ISIS....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110110] [ 20-nov-2014 06:18 ECT ]

The Houthis have opened Pandora’s Box
Diana Moukalled

October 7, 2014 - ...
Sana’a is certainly not the first Arab capital or city to be violated in this manner. But what made the matter even worse was that while these citizens’ homes were being broken into and looted, with the accompanying pictures brandished proudly all over the Internet, numerous "opposition" media outlets throughout the region ran headlines such as "A revolution in Yemen" following the Houthis’ seizure of the capital. The pictures on the Internet, meanwhile, showed us the true, uncivilized face of this "revolution." They showed us how Yemenis cowered in their homes, fearful and shocked to see the destruction of their country before their very eyes. They swapped laments on Facebook and Twitter about how far, and how quickly, the situation had deteriorated, interspersed with personal stories about what they had endured the last few days—all while the "opposition" media hailed the snowballing chaos which accompanied the "revolution" in Sana’a....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110109] [ 20-nov-2014 06:07 ECT ]

Is Israel Guilty of Genocide in Its Assault on Gaza?
Richard Falk

October 6, 2014 - On September 24, a special session of the Russell Tribunal critically scrutinized Israel’s summer assault on Gaza, Operation Protective Edge, from the perspective of international law, including the core allegation of genocide. The process involved a series of testimonies by legal and weapons experts, health workers, journalists and others, some of whom directly experienced the fifty days of military assault. A jury composed of prominent individuals from around the world, known for their moral engagement with issues of the day, assessed the evidence with the help of an expert legal team of volunteers that helped with the preparation of the findings and analysis for consideration by the jury, which deliberated and debated all the issues raised-above all, the question of how to respond to the charge of genocide...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110108] [ 20-nov-2014 06:02 ECT ]

Syria News - October 6, 2014
Local Coordination Committees of Syria
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October 6, 2014 - By the end of Monday, LCC were able to document 69 martyrs including 8 children and 4 women and 1 martyr under torture: 23 martyrs were reported in Daraa, 16 in Damascus and its suburbs, 14 in Idlib, 10 in Aleppo, 2 in Hama, 2 in Deir Ezzor and 2 in Homs. In a related context, LCC documented 9 air strikes at Syria that were focused at Deir Ezzor province. There were 7 night-time air strikes by the International Coalition at Deir Ezzor: 2 at the Tawoos mountain in Shmetiyeh, 2 others at the Salt Mine in the Tabny town. In Khareta area, there was 1 air strike and another one at ISIS' Guiding Unit in Zgheer AlSham village. In the town of Sour, the coalition air combats targeted positions of ISIS whereas in Raqqa, the coalitions targeted Tabaqa city with 2 air strikes...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110107] [ 20-nov-2014 05:59 ECT ]

Two arrests, three detentions and over 100 tear gas grenades used against children in Hebron since the school year began
International Solidarity Movement

October 6, 2014 - "The child are having problems concentrating on their school work due to their emotional state and the stress due to the daily attacks by the occupation forces, which are continuously escalating." Stated Hebron teacher, Shukri Zaroo, to the International Solidarity Movement (ISM). Children in al-Khalil (Hebron) are forced to pass through a military checkpoint each morning and afternoon in order to reach and leave their schools. International activists try to monitor these military checkpoints, both to document the events and to stand with the children...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110106] [ 20-nov-2014 05:49 ECT ]

Israel refuses to renew travel documents for Jerusalemite in Canada
Charlotte Silver

October 6, 2014- In May of this year, Tamam Zubaidi received deeply disturbing word from the Israeli consulate in Toronto. Her travel documents would not be renewed and her permanent residency status in Jerusalem had expired.Tamam, a Palestinian from occupied East Jerusalem, had moved to Vancouver with her husband, Sobhi, and their five-year-old daughter, Kenza, in 2006. Sobhi was studying for a doctorate at Simon Fraser University. With the expiry of her permanent residency status, Tamam had lost her only tether to any state. This meant she would lose her travel documents and could not renew the visa on which she had been living in Canada for the last eight years...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110105] [ 20-nov-2014 05:45 ECT ]

Iraq snapshot - October 6, 2014
The Common Ills
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October 6, 2014 ...Barack's plan is getting attention today -- for so many reasons. Reasons like the bombing in Hit which has resulted in 42 people being injured and 24 killed.What you can see above with your own eyes and what medical sources in Hit report isn't good enough for the US military command. Nabih Bulos and Patrick J. McDonnell (Los Angeles Times) quote CENTCOM spokesperson Major Curtis J. Kellogg insisting, "We have seen the media reports alleging civilian casualties in Hit, Iraq. However, based on our current assessment, we believe them to be false and have seen no evidence to corroborate these claims. I can assure you that prior to any mission, every precaution is taken to ensure we do not harm civilians or civilian facilities. However, we take all such reports seriously and look into them further." By all means, look further at the photo and maybe take some time to speak with the local hospital....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110104] [ 20-nov-2014 05:37 ECT ]

Watch: testimonies of atrocities in Gaza from the Russell Tribunal
Rania Khalek

October 6, 2014 - The Russell Tribunal on Palestine convened an emergency session in Brussels last month to examine whether Israel committed war crimes in the besieged Gaza Strip during "Operation Protective Edge," the summertime military assault that killed more than 2,100 Palestinians, including more than 500 children, and left Gaza in ruins. After hearing testimony from journalists, eyewitnesses, legal scholars and physicians present during the onslaught, the twelve-member jury, made up of world-renowned intellectuals and international law experts, found Israel guilty of "war crimes, crimes against humanity, crimes of murder, extermination and persecution and also incitement to genocide."...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110103] [ 20-nov-2014 05:29 ECT ]

Writing to overcome trauma in Gaza
Nora Barrows-Friedman

October 6, 2014 - In early August, Israeli warplanes bombed the prestigious Islamic University of Gaza (IUG), the academic home to 20,000 Palestinian students, repeating similar attacks in December 2008. As The Electronic Intifada’s Rami Almegari — who lectures at IUG — wrote on 4 August, the American Studies Association condemned Israel’s attacks on IUG and "has correctly observed that the bombing of Palestinian universities is not only an abuse of academic freedom, it is an attempt to prevent us from enjoying the basic necessities that we need to get by."The start of the academic year in Gaza was heavily delayed because of the enormous destruction of infrastructure, homes, schools and universities, but classes have resumed in the last few weeks...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110102] [ 20-nov-2014 05:05 ECT ]

Syria News - October 5, 2014
Local Coordination Committees of Syria
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By the end of Sunday, LCC were able to document 48 martyrs including 6 children, 3 women and 1 martyr under torture: 19 martyrs were reported in Idlib, 12 in Daraa, 11 in Damascus and its suburbs, 3 in Hama, 2 in Aleppo and 1 martyr in Homs...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110101] [ 19-nov-2014 19:15 ECT ]

Daily Updates from Anbar - Monday, October 6, 2014
Al-Iraq Al-Hurr

October 6, 2014 -The most prominent Anbar development today has been the bombardment of a number of districts in Hit township. The bombardment has killed 15 residents, including seven members of one family. Their funerals have taken place a short time ago. Gunmen activity has resulted in their seizure of large areas of western Anbar and large sections in the western and northwestern sectors of Hit Town. The seat of Hit's provincial council and a number of police stations have also been blown up.Intermittent fierce clashes have also been taking place between the gunmen and tribal forces supporting the military. The Anbar local government has issued an urgent call to the central government to provide support, especially from the air...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110100] [ 19-nov-2014 18:52 ECT ]

‘Secular’ Assad Alters Curriculum… To Erase Sunnism?
Ben Allinson-Davies
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October 6, 2014 - As Assad’s slaughter of the Syrian people goes on unabated, with the world either passively watching (or actively collaborating with it), an interesting revelation has appeared from all4Syria.info, which I thought was well worth posting here. Since the regime has apparently concluded that it will never be able to hold onto power without drastic measures, due to how widely hated it is, at the behest of Iran, it has decided to take on measures which, for a regime which ostensibly espouses "resistance", smack rather strongly of Zionist methods of consolidating their own power in areas cleansed of Palestinians: namely by expelling the original population, and importing in those who will be openly loyal to their regime....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110099] [ 19-nov-2014 18:49 ECT ]

Judge orders release of Guantánamo force-feeding footage
Reprieve

October 6, 2014 -US federal judge Gladys Kessler has today ordered that videotapes of Reprieve client Abu Wa'el Dhiab being force-fed in Guantánamo Bay are to be made public. Around eleven hours of previously secret video is to be redacted for "all identifiers of individuals" other than Mr. Dhiab, and then released to the public. The footage is known to show Mr. Dhiab being hauled from his cell by Guantánamo's 'Forcible Cell Extraction' team - a group of military police in riot gear - and being force-fed. The decision comes after 16 major US media organizations, including the New York Times, Washington Post, AP, and others, intervened in the litigation seeking to unseal the video tapes. Mr. Dhiab supported the media's intervention and has specifically stated he wishes as many Americans as possible to see the reality of force-feeding at Guantánamo Bay...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110098] [ 19-nov-2014 18:40 ECT ]

Rise of the Reapers: A brief history of drones
By Chris Cole

October 6, 2014 - Although some trace the ancestry of today’s drones back to the V-1 rockets ('doodle bugs’) of the Second World War, or even to the use of hot air balloons laden with explosives in the middle of the 19th Century, the real origins of today’s drones lie in the development of the first recoverable and reusable radio-controlled aircraft in the 1930s. The Royal Navy, looking for aircraft to shoot at for gunnery practice, developed out of the De Havilland Tiger Moth a remote-controlled aircraft dubbed 'the Queen Bee’. Over 400 of these were built and used for target practice by the Royal Navy in the 1930’s and 1940’s.[1] Similarly (and possibly from this aircraft although that is disputed) the US developed a radio-controlled drone for gunnery practice in the late-30s...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110097] [ 18-nov-2014 04:29 ECT ]

Prominent Israeli settler rabbi calls for "cleansing" of Palestinians
Patrick O. Strickland
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October 6, 2014 - A well-known Israeli settler rabbi recently called for Israel to "cleanse" the territories it occupies of all Palestinians, according to the news website The Times of Israel.During a visit to Israeli settlers on 30 September in the occupied West Bank, Rabbi Dov Lior said that Israel "must strive to cleanse the entire country" of Palestinians, ostensibly referring to present-day Israel, the occupied West Bank and the besieged Gaza Strip. Lior, who is the chief rabbi for Israeli settlers in the West Bank city of Hebron and in the Kiryat Arba settlement, was speaking at an event at Givat Oz Vgaon, an "outpost" colony recently established in the Etzion bloc of settlements in the central West Bank...

  continua / continued avanti - next    [110096] [ 18-nov-2014 04:23 ECT ]

First-ever trial to assess Guantanamo force-feeding begins today
Reprieve

October 6, 2014 - An unprecedented trial to assess the legality of force-feeding methods used at Guantanamo Bay will begin today, Monday Oct 6, at 10am (EST) in courtroom 26A of the District Court, Washington DC. The trial, in the case of Dhiab v. Obama, will be open to the public after the US Government’s request to have it held in secret was denied by District Court Judge Gladys Kessler. Today’s hearing comes in the wake of Judge Kessler’s ruling on Friday that the US must release several hours of video footage showing cleared Syrian detainee Abu Wa’el Dhiab, who is represented by international human rights NGO Reprieve, being force-fed and manhandled to the force-feeding chair.

  continua / continued avanti - next    [110095] [ 18-nov-2014 04:21 ECT ]

Setter Colonialism is Inherently Eliminationist
Why Israel’s Gaza War can be Classified as Genocidal

by ROXANNE DUNBAR-ORTIZ

October 6, 2014 - In his cogent commentary in the October 3-5 weekend edition of CounterPunch "The Tale of Two UN Speeches," Uri Avnery, critiquing the UN speech of Palestinian state president Abbas, wrote: "This led Abbas to use very strong language – so strong as to defeat its main purpose of promoting peace. He used the word "genocide" – not once, but three times…During the Gaza war, more than 2000 Palestinians were killed, mostly civilians, many of them children, almost all by bombardment from land, air and sea. That was brutal, even atrocious, but it was not genocide. Genocide is a matter of hundreds of thousands, millions, Auschwitz, the Armenians, Rwanda, Cambodia."...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110094] [ 18-nov-2014 04:15 ECT ]

Syria News - October 4 2014,
Local Coordination Committees of Syria
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October 4 2014 - By the end of Saturday, LCC were able to document 47 martyrs including 2 women, 3 children and 1 martyr under torture: 17 martyrs were reported in Daraa; 15 in Damascus and its suburbs; 5 in Aleppo; 5 in Idlib; 3 in Homs and 2 in Qunaitra...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110093] [ 18-nov-2014 04:12 ECT ]

Spying by Zionist group “stifles” academic debate, say Jewish Studies scholars
Sarah Irving

October 4, 2014 - Several dozen Jewish Studies professors from universities and colleges in the United States and Canada have condemned the Amcha Initiative’s program of "investigation" of students and academics. Amcha, a right-wing Zionist organization which claims to "investigate, educate about and combat anti-Semitism" at higher education institutions in North America, has previously been exposed by The Electronic Intifada as having spied on students....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110092] [ 18-nov-2014 04:00 ECT ]

Investing in Israeli settlements continues "cycle of violence" — Desmond Tutu
Adri Nieuwhof
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October 4, 2014 - First the good news: the Palestinian-led campaign for boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel has made considerable progress. Earlier this year, the Dutch pension fund PGGM announced that it had excluded five Israeli banks from its investment portfolio because they were financing Jewish-only settlements in the occupied West Bank. Soon afterwards, it was reported that the Copenhagen-based Danske Bank had taken similar action against Hapoalim, a leading Israeli bank. Other victories have received less publicity...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110090] [ 18-nov-2014 03:56 ECT ]

Shiite rebels are Yemen's new masters
By HAMZA HENDAWI

October 4, 2014 — The capital of Yemen, the Arab world's poorest and perhaps most chronically unstable nation, has new masters. Anti-American Shiite rebels man checkpoints and roam the streets in pickups mounted with anti-aircraft guns. The fighters control almost all state buildings, from the airport and the central bank to the Defense Ministry.Only a few police officers and soldiers are left on the streets. Rebel fighters have plastered the city with fliers proclaiming their slogan — "Death to America, death to Israel, a curse on the Jews and victory to Islam" — a variation of a popular Iranian slogan often chanted by Shiite militants in Iraq and supporters of Lebanon's Hezbollah...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110089] [ 18-nov-2014 03:45 ECT ]

In Ground-Breaking Ruling, US Judge Gladys Kessler Orders Guantánamo Force-Feeding Videos to be Made Public
Andy Worthington

October 4, 2014 - Congratulations to Judge Gladys Kessler of the District Court in Washington D.C., who, yesterday, followed up on a powerful order prohibiting the government from holding a secret hearing in the case of Guantánamo hunger striker Abu Wa’el Dhiab, which I wrote about here, with an even more powerful order calling on the government to prepare for public release eleven hours of videotapes showing Mr. Dhiab being dragged from his cell and force-fed. This ruling is the latest in a string of powerful rulings by Judge Kessler, who, in May, briefly ordered the government to stop force-feeding Mr. Dhiab....

  continua / continued avanti - next    [110088] [ 18-nov-2014 03:39 ECT ]

Israel prevents Palestinians from visiting church in destroyed village
Patrick Strickland
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October 4, 2014 - Israeli occupation authorities yet again attempted to intimidate Palestinian activists in the Galilee village of Kufr Birim by posting signs on two buildings in the destroyed village on Friday, 3 October.The Israel Lands Administration posted signs on the walls of the village’s historical church and the communal kitchen declaring that entrance to each of the buildings is forbidden. Edward Jerias is a founding member of Al-Awda ("The Return"), a group established in 1982 to campaign for the right of return for Palestinians ethnically cleansed from Kufr Birim by Israel. Inspired by the 2012 return of several youth activists to Iqrit, another destroyed Palestinian village, Al-Awda organized a return to the village in August 2013...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110087] [ 18-nov-2014 01:46 ECT ]

What the Unit 8200 letter reveals about the occupation
Noam Sheizaf

October 3, 2014 - A month after the ceasefire in Gaza, a group of reservists from the Israeli Army elite intelligence Unit 8200 published a public letter in which they stated their refusal to carry out any more missions against the Palestinian population in the occupied territories. In interviews with the Israeli media, the authors of the letter revealed some of the tactics used by army intelligence against the Palestinian civilian population, among them the use of sexual extortion and the use of medical needs in order to recruit informers. "We tried to crash the Palestinian society into pieces," one of the reservists said, speaking of his service to the independent news site Local Call...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110086] [ 14-nov-2014 05:26 ECT ]

When the truth's held captive: Omar Othman’s release and Britain’s shame
Victoria Brittain

October 3, 2014 - In the last few days, English language media responses to the Jordanian court’s release of Omar Othman, or Abu Qatada, have largely blurred the historic importance of the judicial ruling, either by a focus on the convenience to Jordan of his public condemnation of ISIS, or with the angle that he will, in any event, be unable ever to return to the UK. Mr. Othman, a widely respected scholar and cleric, was not released to help a Jordanian government in difficulties over its Syrian war policy and with the various strands of Islamist opposition in the country. Nor is any possible return to the UK of the slightest relevance to the Othman family. The primary point is that Mr. Othman was found innocent in court of all charges - he is not a terrorist, as the UK government repeatedly accused over many years...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110085] [ 14-nov-2014 05:18 ECT ]

Syria News - October 3, 2014
Local Coordination Committees of Syria
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October 3, 2014 - By the end of Friday, LCC were able to document 63 martyrs including 4 children: 28 martyrs were reported in Damascus and its suburbs, 13 in Daraa, 11 in Aleppo, 9 in Idlib and 2 in Homs....

  continua / continued avanti - next    [110084] [ 14-nov-2014 05:15 ECT ]

Why did Glenn Greenward moderated this comment off The Intercept?
Clay Claiborne

After I read The Khorasan Group: Anatomy of a Fake Terror Threat to Justify Bombing Syria. by Glenn Greenwald and Murtaza Hussain in The Intercept Sunday, October 3, 2014 - I tried to post this comment: It seems to me that Greenwald and Co. are still to a large extent participating in the cover up. While this article makes for a fine catalog of all the statements made by gov’t and media about Khorasan, Greenwald never says who was being bombed it their name. It is al Nusra that the US is calling Khorasan and al Nusra has been in alliance with the FSA and IF and fighting both Assad and ISIS. I don’t think this oversight accidental because if Greenwald is forced to admit that the US has entered the Syrian civil war on the side of Assad he will have to admit that he has been wrong about Syria all along. Khorasan was a fiction created to cover up the real target of US air strikes and Greenwald & Co. continues this cover-up.
They moderate comments at The Intercept and this one was never published...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110083] [ 14-nov-2014 05:12 ECT ]

How Not To Understand ISIS
by Alireza Doostdar

October 3, 2014 - ...The problem with these statements is that they seem to assume that ISIS is a causa sui phenomenon that has suddenly materialized out of the thin ether of an evil doctrine. But ISIS emerged from the fires of war, occupation, killing, torture, and disenfranchisement. It did not need to sell its doctrine to win recruits. It needed above all to prove itself effective against its foes. In Iraq, the cities that are now controlled by ISIS were some of those most resistant to American control during the occupation and most recalcitrant in the face of the newly established state. The destruction that these cities endured seems only to have hardened their residents’ defiance. Fallujah, the first Iraqi city to fall to ISIS, is famous for its devastation during U.S. counterinsurgency operations in 2004. It still struggles with a legacy of rising cancer rates, genetic mutations, birth defects, and disabilities blamed on depleted uranium in American munitions ...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110082] [ 14-nov-2014 05:09 ECT ]

Why Does the Free Syrian Army Hate Us?
Jamie Dettmer
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October 3, 2014 - .... As some Turks nearby pretend to be uninterested in the conversation, Mummad says in a low voice, "We are losing ground now, both to ISIS and Assad." He has lost 25 family members and relatives in the war. Like most rebels he is keen to demonstrate the sacrifice made in the war against Assad by showing grisly cellphone photographs of dead relatives—pictures of babies and toddlers and women and men and their ghastly wounds. "You have to understand," he says. "We stopped trusting Obama when last year he failed to enforce his 'red line’ against Assad for using chemical weapons. There was a deal [with Assad] under the table." Now the rebels suspect another underhand deal is being made, that keeping Iraq together is Obama’s priority, and that if that means sacrificing the Syrian rebels, even embracing Assad, Washington eventually will be willing to do that...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110081] [ 14-nov-2014 05:04 ECT ]

Judge refuses to dismiss “baseless” charges against Palestinian-American
Ali Abunimah

October 3, 2014 - Rasmea Odeh had her first hearing in open court on Thursday in front of the new judge who will preside over her trial on immigration fraud charges scheduled for next month. As the Palestinian-American community leader and her lawyers sat at the defense table, supporters, many of whom had made the five-hour drive from Chicago, packed the Detroit federal courtroom.Odeh had hoped that Judge Gershwin Drain would rule favorably on a defense motion to dismiss the charges against her, but the judge declined to do so, ensuring that the trial will go forward...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110080] [ 14-nov-2014 04:53 ECT ]

Marcelo's Mission
A Long Walk for Palestinian Freedom

by Dr. VACY VLAZNA

October 3, 2014 - Palestinian BDS (Boycott Divestment and Sanctions) is a non-violent movement to secure Palestine’s right to independence. Fittingly, in the spirit of Gandhian satyagraha, on the International Day of Non-Violence (2 October), Israeli academic and refusenik, Dr Marcelo Svirsky reached his goal – the Australian Parliament – to hand over petitions signed by Australians asking the government to endorse BDS. Marcelo’s BDS mission to walk over 300 kms from Sydney to Canberra, the seat of Australian government, was not for the faint-hearted. Paced over 10 days, Marcelo set off from the iconic Sydney Opera House, and headed southward along the coast then crossed inland toward the west...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110079] [ 14-nov-2014 04:43 ECT ]

Why must Gaza wait in the dark?
Sam Bahour
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October 3, 2014 - When I asked my colleague in Gaza about her biggest dream, her answer made an impression on me: "I dream of what life would be like with 24-hour electricity." This was the answer of a single, mid-career, western educated, professional woman who lives in the more affluent part of Gaza City. Her response suggests the depth of despair among Palestinians throughout Gaza. Day-to-day life in Gaza between Israeli attacks is unworthy news for Western mainstream media. As a result, few people are aware that electricity in Gaza is a luxury, with blackouts lasting 16-18 hours—every day...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110078] [ 14-nov-2014 04:39 ECT ]

Who's Profiting from Israel's Offensive in Gaza?
The Real News Network

October 3, 2014 - ...We've seen in the last couple of years a pattern. Every two years or so, the Israeli military attacks Gaza, attacks the Gaza Strip, and causes a lot of destruction. But right after each one of those attacks, there is a trade show in which Israeli weapon companies show their wares, show their technologies, and boast that these are the very technologies that have been used just now against Palestinians in Gaza. We saw that after the attack of 2008-2009, known as Cast Lead, where the main theme was those robots that go into houses to look around corners. Then we saw that again in the attack of 2012, which was called Pillar of Cloud, in which the main theme was the Iron Dome system that can intercept the Palestinian rockets. And now, in the current attack, we have again the Iron Dome system that is supposed to intercept rockets....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110076] [ 14-nov-2014 04:22 ECT ]

Judge rejects Government attempt to hold Guantánamo force-feeding trial in secret
Reprieve

October 3, 2014 - A federal judge has refused to hold the first-ever trial of prisoner abuse at Guantánamo Bay behind closed doors, issuing a sharply-worded order rejecting the Obama Administration's request for secrecy. Judge Gladys Kessler found the Administration's request "deeply troubling," noted that it "appears to have deliberately made on short notice", and admonished the Justice Department that "one of the strongest pillars of our system of justice in the United States is the presumption that all judicial proceedings are open to the public whom the judiciary serves."...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110075] [ 14-nov-2014 03:36 ECT ]

Palestinian-US Relations Head for Stormy Times
By Nicola Nasser
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October 3, 2014 - ...If President Abbas, who for decades placed his faith in U.S. good will, has finally reached the conclusion that it is futile to continue to depend on the U.S. and that now is the time to stand up to Washington and turn to the international community to sponsor his negotiating strategy. His decision will receive the unanimous support of the Palestinian people. However, if he backs down, he will undergo the most important test of his political career, as he will come face-to-face with the people’s judgment of the credibility of his strategic choices, which have never obtained a national or popular consensus....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110074] [ 14-nov-2014 03:31 ECT ]

US-Israel Pressure Palestine Not to Join the ICC
The Real News Network

October 3, 2014 - ...A few days ago, Palestine Authority Chairman Abbas said that all factions of the Palestinians had approved joining the ICC, but as he has done before, Abbas made it conditional. He said he was going to use it, going to go to the court, but it was conditional. In other words, he was using it as leverage. He said he would go to the international court unless peace negotiations on Palestine began again and that they began from the point of view the baseline being the pre-1967 borders, that is, from the Israel and Palestine that existed before the 1967 war and the conquest by Israel of both Gaza and the West Bank. So he said yes, Palestinian Authority, Palestine will join the court, but we won't if you at least begin negotiations from that point of view. We'll see....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110073] [ 14-nov-2014 03:25 ECT ]

Editorials News Music ISIS Iraq Syria Turkey Kurds Israel Palestinians NSA climate change Glenn Greenwald’s Khorasan conspiracy theory misses the point
By Paul Woodward

October 3, 2014 - ...The ploy of inventing the Khorasan Group didn’t succeed in deceiving Syrians who knew that the men being killed in airstrikes in north-west Syria all belonged to Jabhat al-Nusra. Thus, by the end of last week instead of there being popular rallies welcoming a campaign to destroy the much-despised ISIS, ordinary Syrians were taking to the streets to protest against the U.S. airstrikes. They already had reason to question American motives, given that Assad can be blamed for far more carnage and destruction than ISIS has wrought, and now it seems their worst fears have been confirmed — whether by design or sheer incompetence, the U.S. despite its oft-stated desire to hasten Assad’s departure seems to be doing more to ensure that he remains in power...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110072] [ 14-nov-2014 03:09 ECT ]

Airstrikes' puzzle: Is it war on ISIS resources or destruction for Syria's oil infrastructure?
Reporting by Eyad Al Jaafari; Writing by Dani Murad
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October 3, 2014 - The recent U.S.-led strikes against the Islamic State "IS" and Jabhat al-Nusra in Syria, have raised suspicion among many people, as the international coalition bombs important oil installations and refineries, and recently targeted a key gas production facility in Syria’s eastern province of Deir al-Zour. The raids allegedly aim to cripple IS’s primary sources of cash and funding, which are oil and Gas. * So did America’s strikes target the oil refineries and the country’s largest gas plant "Kuniko" in order to curb IS’s sources of funding, or to demolish what is left of Syria’s infrastructure, especially in the oil and gas sectors, and pave the way for American reconstruction companies to reap the results in the near future ?...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110071] [ 14-nov-2014 02:52 ECT ]

Judge Stunningly Rebukes Government & Orders Unsealing of Videos of Guantanamo Prisoner Being Force-Fed
By: Kevin Gosztola

October 3, 2014 - A federal judge has ordered the government to unseal twenty-eight previously classified videos of a Guantanamo Bay prisoner being force-fed and forcibly extracted from his cell for forced-feedings. Abu Wa’el Dhiab, a Syrian prisoner, has been imprisoned at Guantanamo since 2002. He was cleared for release in 2009 by President Barack Obama’s own review task force. He remains in indefinite detention and has protested his confinement by engaging in a hunger strike. The government has worked to break this protest by subjecting him to regular forced-feeding...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110070] [ 14-nov-2014 02:48 ECT ]

The Response to ISIS
by NORMAN POLLACK

October 3, 2014 - Perhaps rigor mortis is better, not merely rigidity in principle and/or practice, but rigidity of the whole entity setting in after death (in this case, rather, DECLINE as a vital civilization). ISIS, the specific subclass of terrorism on the current agenda (even seeming to displace Russia and China) as threatening America, Democracy, and the Free World, has been raised to the status of the universal anti-Christ, malevolence incarnate, and fueling America’s comeback to unilateral world dominance, a position from which it had been falling through the changing structure of international power. ISIS is like a life raft America reaches for in the multipolar world circumventing its customary position of unilateral political-economic-military dominance. In that light, it serves the function that communism did (and perhaps emotively still does) a half-century ago: the Hated Object to rationalize, legitimate, prosecute a course of global intervention, eradication of which is essential to national identity and survival...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110069] [ 14-nov-2014 02:44 ECT ]

Check Out John Oliver on Drones
Lucy Steigerwald
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October 3, 2014 - Last weekend, John Oliver, host of the HBO comedy news show Last Week Tonight offered a helpful reminder to the world at large that US drone strikes are still happening. On the day this episode broadcast, four suspected militant were killed by a drone strike in northwest Pakistan. Earlier in the week, as Oliver noted, the US hit Pakistan (10 dead) and Yemen (two killed, some children reportedly injured) and barely anyone reported on it. Were the individuals killed in the strikes Al-Qaeda, militants of some kind? Sure, maybe. Or maybe not. Hard to tell — not that the US government wants us to tell...

  continua / continued avanti - next    [110068] [ 14-nov-2014 02:12 ECT ]

Judge in Guantánamo Force-Feeding Case Rejects Government’s Call for Secret Hearing
Andy Worthington

October 3, 2014 - Sometimes, when it comes to Guantánamo, the shamelessness of the US government know no bounds. The most recent example is in the case of Abu Wa’el Dhiab, a Syrian prisoner, long cleared for release and confined to a wheelchair as a result of his treatment over the last 12 years. In despair at ever being released, Mr. Dhiab embarked on a hunger strike last year, as part of the prison-wide hunger strike that reminded many people of the existence of Guantánamo — and in May he won an unprecedented court victory, when, as I described it recently, a US judge — District Judge Gladys Kessler, in Washington D.C. — ordered the government to stop force-feeding him, and to preserve videotaped evidence of his force-feeding, and his "forcible cell extractions" (FCEs), whereby a team of armored guards drags him out of his cell to take him to be force-fed ...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110067] [ 13-nov-2014 04:49 ECT ]

Settlement organisation entices Jews into Jerusalem settlement for $136 per day
Middle East Monitor

October 3, 2014 -The Ir David Foundation, known as Elad, has published an announcement on social media networks in search of Jewish settlers to live in Palestinian homes that it has captured in the town of Silwan, occupied East Jerusalem, in return for a financial reward estimated at 500 shekels ($136) per day, Israel's Haaretz newspaper reported on Wednesday. Elad is known for its Judaisation projects of the city of Jerusalem. According to the association's advertisement, an amount of 500 shekels will be given to each settler who agrees to live in one of the homes that have been seized, with the settler only required to "keep his gun loaded and ready to fire at any time", according to the declaration...

  continua / continued avanti - next    [110065] [ 13-nov-2014 04:45 ECT ]

Syria News - October 2, 2014
Local Coordination Committees of Syria
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October 2, 2014 - By the end of Thursday, LCC has documented the fall of 55 martyrs including 5 children, 3 women and 1 martyr under torture. 19 martyrs were reported in Damascus and its suburbs 15 in Aleppo, 8 in Hama, 5 in Homs, 4 in Daraa and 4 in Idlib....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [110064] [ 13-nov-2014 04:41 ECT ]

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