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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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Where are the “anti-imperialists” now that Obama is bombing ISIS?
Michael Karadjis

August 14, 2014 -For days now, the US military has been launching air strikes against the reactionary Sunni-fascist group Islamic State of Iraq and Sham (ISIS, or just IS now) in Iraq. Yet, strangely, not only have I not seen any evidence of anti-war demonstrations, or organising for them, I have also not seen the entire faux-"left" cybersphere full of fulminating attacks on US imperialist intervention, with everyone repeating and slightly re-wording the same half-baked, evidence-free article, like we saw last August during the alleged build-up to an entirely imaginary US attack on the reactionary, secular-fascist regime of Bashar Assad in Syria. The geopolitics is of course interesting....Anyway, let’s try to figure out some differences for anti-war western leftists. Perhaps we should only oppose US interventions when they are just a figment of our imaginations, as opposed to ones that are actually happening in our face....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109182] [ 31-aug-2014 08:11 ECT ]

Al-Maliki and Al-Abadi… The constant and the variable in Iraq
Dr Azmi Bishara

August 14, 2014 - ...The Arab countries are still absent in forming a considerable factor in the internal political life in Iraq to counter the Iranian-American shared interests and the Iraqi political trend that unites Shia and Sunni Arabs as Iraqi citizens is still missing. Therefore, the socio-political structure of Iraq is still the same, based on Iranian influence, compatibility with America, and Kurdish independence as a reality in the form belonging to Iraq as a formality and the attempt to contain the rest of the Sunni Arabs in light of the dominance of the sectarian structure based on foreign influence. Iraq remains at risk of similar dangers and crises in the future. As for the transition from sectarian dominance to sectarian consensus, I don't believe Iran is ready to accept this nor do I believe the US is capable of imposing this, even after sectarian cleansing and the danger of division. This sectarianism focused on foreign intervention is what is preventing the emergence of strong national forces that can push the Iraqi political structure towards national and democratic sovereignty based on citizenship, and it seems to me that in Iraq they go hand in hand...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109181] [ 31-aug-2014 08:06 ECT ]

Syria: Witnesses Corroborate Mass Deaths in Custody Claims
Human Rights Watch
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August 14, 2014 - Horrific accounts by former detainees in Syria corroborate allegations of mass deaths in custody by a military defector. Four former detainees released from the Sednaya military prison in 2014 described deaths in custody and harsh prison conditions that closely match the allegations of the defector, who photographed thousands of dead bodies in military hospitals in Damascus. In January, a team of senior international lawyers and forensic experts published a report concluding that Syrian authorities had committed systematic torture and killing of detainees. According to the report, a military defector, code-named Caesar, had taken 55,000 photographs of an estimated 11,000 bodies in military hospitals and other locations in Damascus. The bodies showed signs of starvation, brutal beatings, strangulation, and other forms of torture and killing....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109179] [ 31-aug-2014 08:00 ECT ]

Accounts of Israeli war crimes in Khuza’a, Gaza pile up
Alex Kane

August 14, 2014 - Earlier this month, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly asked the U.S. for help in combatting charges of war crimes committed over the last month in Gaza. He will definitely need it.In recent days, well-documented accounts of war crimes have poured out of the Gaza Strip from journalists and human rights advocates. Some of these stories will likely be followed up on by the United Nations team that has been tasked with investigating war crimes in the Gaza Strip. Many of these accounts have focused on Khuza’a, a village near Khan Younis that was the site of intensive Israeli bombardment in late July...

  continua / continued avanti - next    [109178] [ 31-aug-2014 07:56 ECT ]

Liberal Zionism has lost its refuge– a plausible two-state solution Israel/Palestine
Philip Weiss

August 14, 2014 - As we all know, liberal Zionism is in crisis. J Street is locked down for Israel– and losing former staff and supporters. Michael Walzer of Americans for Peace Now acknowledges that Israel has damaged global support by killing so many civilians, but he’s largely supportive of the war, chiefly blaming Hamas for the civilian deaths. Eric Alterman deeply disagrees with leftwing calls for Israel to be prosecuted for war crimes; and his "Third Narrative" initiative had barely a word to say about the war except that Hamas uses human shields and BDS is the real enemy....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109177] [ 31-aug-2014 07:53 ECT ]

Cuomo and Zuckerman take a suckers’ tour of tunnels (a few miles from massacres they can’t make time for)
James North and Phil Weiss
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August 14, 2014 - Imagine: sharp New York politicians are bragging about their role in the tunnel scam that Israel is putting forward to try and distract the world from a massacre. A New York delegation to Israel toured the tunnels today, in "solidarity" with Israelis. The picture above was taken at a tunnel opening near the Gaza border, they say.That’s Governor Andrew Cuomo above, in the white shirt; he tweeted the photo. On the left in the blazer is Mort Zuckerman, publisher of the Daily News. Sheldon Silver, Jeffrey Klein, and Dean Skelos, millstones of the NY legislature, flank the gov.Oh and wearing a suit, that’s Shimon Peres, the retired Israeli president, suckering the US worthies in the sand...

  continua / continued avanti - next    [109180] [ 31-aug-2014 08:00 ECT ]

Expelled, ghettoized and killed by Israel: The story of my cousin in Gaza Israel/Palestine
Ghada Ageel

August 14, 2014 - My distant cousin, Sobhi Abu Shammala, was killed in July by Israeli forces while irrigating his small palm trees in the Mawasi area of Khan Younis. A refugee, his story covers the sweep of Palestinian history from the Nakba, or catastrophe of our dispossession in 1948, to the most recent Israeli pretext for exercising overwhelming military force against Palestinians. He is not alone. More than 1800 Palestinians, most of them civilians, have been killed by the latest Israeli war crimes, an assertion I believe investigations will soon bear out. Expelled from Beit Daras in 1948 at age 11, Sobhi’s family took refuge in Khan Younis in the Gaza Strip....

  continua / continued avanti - next    [109175] [ 31-aug-2014 07:46 ECT ]

Gaza dispatch: When tanks shell refugee camps
By Samer Badawi

August 14, 2014 - In Jabaliya sustained Israeli shelling has obliterated entire families, leaving them homeless and with few options to rebuild.Scenes of destruction abound along Gaza’s eastern border. From its northern tip to the southern town of Rafah, entire blocks along this 25-mile-long strip have been flattened, displacing hundreds of thousands of Palestinians, overwhelming the makeshift shelters of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, and threatening to delay the beginning of the school year here.But for all the trauma felt by the newly displaced, residents of Gaza’s refugee camps have suffered an especially cruel fate since Israel began its ground and air invasion five weeks ago. Nowhere is that more pronounced than in Jabaliya, where sustained Israeli shelling has obliterated entire families, leaving them homeless and with few options to rebuild...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109174] [ 31-aug-2014 07:44 ECT ]

The Salaita case and Cary Nelson’s use of “academic freedom” to silence dissent
Vicente M. Diaz
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August 14, 2014 - Cary Nelson, retired University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) English professor and past president of the American Association of University Professors, has been busy.From the moment that the story broke of Chancellor Phyllis Wise’s underhanded nixing of Steven Salaita’s de facto hiring in my department, Nelson has rushed forward as the administration’s biggest cheerleader and defender against condemnations, protests and what amounts to a growing boycott of UIUC from scholars and academic associations.In the interest of disclosure, I co-chaired the search committee that recommended Salaita’s hiring...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109173] [ 31-aug-2014 07:40 ECT ]

Britain decides to keep on arming Israel
Charlotte Silver

August 14, 2014 - Britain remains determined to keep on arming Israel, judging by a decision taken by one of the most senior figures in the UK government this week.Vince Cable, the business secretary, has reviewed 130 licenses granted for exporting British weapons to Israel. On Tuesday, he announced that just twelve of these licenses would be suspended "in the event of a resumption of significant hostilities."This means that if the current "truce" between Israel and Hamas holds, then Britain will deliver all the military equipment that Israel has ordered. Israel will be able to prepare for its next offensive against Gaza, with the aid of British weaponry...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109172] [ 31-aug-2014 07:37 ECT ]

Top Middle East scholars call for academic boycott of Israel
Sarah Irving

August 14, 2014 - More than one hundred senior scholars of the Middle East have signed an open letter calling for the boycott of Israeli academic institutions.
The letter’s organizers referred to the list of signatories — which includes many of the world’s best-known scholars of the history, literature, anthropology and politics of the Middle East — as an "unprecedented expression of solidarity with the Palestinian people."While directly responding to the most recent Israeli attacks on Gaza, which have left thousands of civilians dead, injured and homeless, the letter also cites as reasons for their boycott call: "the occupation and dispossession in East Jerusalem, the Naqab (Negev), and the West Bank; the construction of walls and fences around the Palestinian population, the curtailment of Palestinian freedom of movement and education, and the house demolitions."...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109171] [ 31-aug-2014 07:34 ECT ]

Gaza’s displaced struggle to regain some normality
Rami Almeghari
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August 14, 2014 - Riham al-Kheisy and Yahya Hijazi are a young engaged couple from the eastern Gaza City neighborhood of Shujaiya, which has been devastated in heavy Israeli bombardments.Al-Kheisy’s one-story family home was completely destroyed, while Hijazi’s suffered less serious damage. Both are now sheltering at the al-Bahrain school run by UNRWA, the UN agency for Palestine refugees, in the western Gaza City neighborhood of Tal al-Hawa. Like a few hundred thousand others in Gaza, they remain displaced...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109170] [ 31-aug-2014 07:28 ECT ]

Condemning demands for US help in Iraq
Munir Shafiq

August 14, 2014 -...The US military intervention, even if just in the form of air strikes, should be treated as aggression against Iraq and an infringement of its sovereignty even if it came in response to a request from Al-Maliki or from Massoud Barzani. It should be treated in exactly the same way as the US aggression against Yemen is treated, as an infringement of its sovereignty through the use of war planes to strike Al-Qaeda.The pretext of fighting terrorism is unacceptable. No other pretext whatsoever is acceptable to justify asking for US military intervention against a domestic enemy or foe, no matter how dangerous this enemy or foe happens to be. Such threat should be confronted locally, primarily, or with the aid of a brother. As for the US, it should be treated as a red line....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109169] [ 31-aug-2014 07:22 ECT ]

The International Criminal Court: A weapon of defence not intimidation
Dr Issam Shawer

August 14, 2014-If the Goldstone Report, the UN fact finding mission relating to the 2009 Israeli offensive on Gaza called "Operation Cast Lead", continued with its investigations, the massacres and war crimes that occurred in Gaza in 2012 and 2014 could have been prevented. More importantly, the lacks of investigations have also prolonged the trial of many Zionist war criminals that were responsible for committing many war crimes in Gaza. The leadership of the Palestine Liberation Organisation agreed to sign the Rome Treaty in order to send Zionist war criminals to the international Criminal Court and yet, until this point the PLO's leadership has failed to sign the treaty or take any other step to hold Israel's war criminals accountable for their terrorist policies...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109168] [ 31-aug-2014 07:19 ECT ]

Syria News - August 13, 2014
Local Coordination Committees of Syria
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August 13, 2014 - By the end of Wednesday, the coordination committees were able to document 71 martyrs including 14 martyrs under torture, 6 children, and 2 women: 23 martyres were reported in Aleppo; 11 in Damascus and its Suburbs; 11 in Idlib; 11 in Hasaka; 7 in Homs; 6 in Daraa and 2 Hama....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109167] [ 31-aug-2014 07:14 ECT ]

5 Persons, Including 2 Journalists One of Whom Is Italian, Killed by Explosion of Missile Left by Israeli Forces in North Gaza
The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR)

August 13, 2014 -This morning, 5 persons, including 2 journalists, one of whom is Italian, were killed, and 7 others, including a journalist, were wounded by the explosion of a missile left from Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip, while members of the Palestinian Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit (EOD) were attempting to deactivate it. According to investigations conducted by the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR), at approximately 11:30 on Wednesday, 13 August 2014, members of the EOD of the Palestinian Interior Ministry headed to the yard of the building of North Gaza Governorate, which was destroyed by the Israeli forces during the offensive on the Gaza Strip in November 2012 ("Operation Pillar of Defense"), in the northeast of Beit Lahia....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109166] [ 31-aug-2014 07:09 ECT ]

Kufr Birim: The right of return to Palestine
Waad Ghantous

August 13, 2014 - The latest attempt to intimidate the Palestinian community inside present-day Israel took place on August 11, when officers from the Israeli Land Administration (ILA) showed up in Kufr Birim, a destroyed Palestinian village where I and more than a dozen other activists have been camping in shifts since August 2013. The ILA threatened to cut the water and electricity to the kitchen we built, as well as confiscate our camping supplies, such as blankets, mattresses and tents. They also demanded that we evacuate the area and warned that they will return soon with police forces...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109165] [ 31-aug-2014 07:06 ECT ]

Psychological damage of Gazan children will have long-term consequences
By Lynda Franken
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August 13, 2014 - Hassan al-Zeyada, 50, works as a psychologist at the Gaza Community Mental Health Program’s center in Gaza City. He treats several residents who suffer from psychological trauma due to Israeli military operations in the coastal enclave. When his own home was shelled on 20 July, killing six of his family members, he found himself with difficult job of having to treat himself. Tackling the psychological problems in Gaza stemming from the aftermath of Israel’s Operation Protective Edge, during which nearly 2,000 people in Gaza were killed, will be a huge challenge. UN statistics presented today show that approximately 335,000 people are displaced and live in shelters, schools or with family....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109164] [ 31-aug-2014 07:04 ECT ]

Not in my name
Suzanne Weiss

August 13, 2014 - I AM proud to join more than 250 Jewish Holocaust survivors and descendants of survivors in condemning "the massacre of Palestinians in Gaza" and "the ongoing genocide of the Palestinian people."Our statement of solidarity calls for "an immediate end to the siege against and the blockade of Gaza" and a "full economic, cultural and academic boycott of Israel." We believe that "never again," the often-repeated lesson of Hitler's Holocaust, "must mean never again for anyone!"--especially the Palestinians....

  continua / continued avanti - next    [109163] [ 31-aug-2014 06:59 ECT ]

Blowback - Foreign Fighters and the Threat They Pose
CAGE

August 13, 2014 - CAGE releases report on purported threat of British fighters returning from Syria. Blowback - foreign fighters and the threat they pose written by CAGE's Research Director Asim Qureshi, (you can see Asim on Newsnight and Channel 4 speaking about British Fighters in Syria), argues that the threat of blowback by fighters returning from Syria is exaggerated and that counter-terrorism measures used to deal with the purported threat are alienating Muslims. The release of the report comes just weeks after Sir Richard Dearlove, former MI6 chief, claimed that the government had exaggerated the threat posed by returnees from the war in Syria in a speech at the Royal United Services Institute....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109162] [ 31-aug-2014 06:56 ECT ]

Going Wild in the Gaza War
Tom Engelhardt
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August 13, 2014 - The carnage in the Gaza Strip has been horrendous: more than 1,900 dead, mainly civilians; its sole power plant destroyed (and so electricity and water denied and a sewage disaster looming); 30,000 to 40,000 homes and buildings damaged or destroyed; hundreds of thousands of residents put to flight with nowhere to go; and numerous U.N. schools or facilities housing some of those refugees hit by Israeli firepower. And then there was the evident targeting by the Israelis of the Gazan economy itself: 175 major factories taken out, according to the New York Times, in a place that already had an estimated unemployment rate of 47%....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109161] [ 31-aug-2014 06:53 ECT ]

Israeli apartheid's Democratic champions
Ashley Smith

August 13, 2014 - ...Thanks to the international boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign--called for by Palestinians and mobilized by solidarity activists around the world--more and more people understand the reality that Israel is an apartheid state, and the cause of Palestinian liberation is simple justice.But one political institution in the U.S. has stood completely unswayed by this evolving consciousness of the oppression of the Palestinians by Israel, with the support of its main international sponsor, the U.S. government.That institution is the Democratic Party--including its liberal wing. Like their counterparts in the two-party U.S. political system, the Republicans, the Democrats never hesitated during the massacres in Gaza to reaffirm their unwavering support for Israel's colonial project...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109160] [ 31-aug-2014 06:49 ECT ]

Gaza professor describes "most devastating destruction since 1948"
Nora Barrows-Friedman

August 13, 2014 - Palestinian resistance factions and civil society in Gaza demand that Israel abide by international law and lift the seven-year-long siege and blockade, enforced by Egypt, as part of the terms for a lasting ceasefire.Gaza-based professor, scholar and boycott activist Haidar Eid says that even if Israel and Egypt lift the siege and allow unrestricted reconstruction materials into Gaza via its seven crossing points, it could take up to ten years to restore Gaza to the state it was in even before the attacks began last month.Since Israel’s onslaught began on 7 July, the United Nations estimates that 16,800 homes belonging to "16,735 families, consisting of approximately 100,410 individuals, have no home to return to as they were totally destroyed or heavily damaged."...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109159] [ 31-aug-2014 06:45 ECT ]

US military “poor” at investigating civilian deaths in Afghanistan, reports Amnesty International
by Jack Serle
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August 13, 2014 - The US military’s record for investigating war crimes and prosecuting suspected perpetrators in Afghanistan "is poor", according to a new Amnesty International report.The US appears to have made little effort to document or record what happened in nine of the 10 incidents that Amnesty believes "raise concerns about the unlawful use of force" and were investigated for their report. Eye-witnesses to these nine attacks say they have never spoken to US military investigators. That is despite one incident, a 2010 special forces raid, involving "abundant and compelling evidence of war crimes".
Amnesty investigators are aware of only six cases in five years where members of the military have been "criminally prosecuted for unlawfully killing Afghan civilians"....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109158] [ 31-aug-2014 06:41 ECT ]

Snowden Was Disturbed by ‘Strangelovian Cyberwarfare Program’ Called ‘MonsterMind’ Developed by NSA
By: Kevin Gosztola

August 13, 2014 - National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden in an interview with journalist James Bamford for Wired Magazine has revealed for the first time that he was disturbed by a "Strangelovian cyberwarfare program in the works," which was codenamed "MonsterMind." According to the interview, the program "would automate the process of hunting for the beginnings of a foreign cyberattack. Software would constantly be on the lookout for traffic patterns indicating known or suspected attacks. When it detected an attack, MonsterMind would automatically block it from entering the country—a 'kill’ in cyber terminology."...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109157] [ 31-aug-2014 06:37 ECT ]

Questions about the Yazidis on that Iraq Mountain
By: Peter Van Buren

August 13, 2014 - No one wants to see anyone suffer, Yazidi or otherwise. What we do want is to know the truth about what is going on in Iraq even as Obama continues airstrikes, and prepares to send in 130 more American troops.U.S. officials said they believed that some type of ground force would be necessary to secure the passage of the stranded members of the Yazidi group. The military is drawing up plans for consideration by President Obama that could include American ground troops.So a couple of questions here.Long before U.S. airstrikes, the defenseless Yazidi people climbed up that mountain for refuge from ISIS, who supposedly wanted to slaughter them. Why didn’t ISIS just also climb up and then slaughter them? We know ISIS had mortars and actual artillery, because the U.S. later bombed those. Why didn’t ISIS use those weapons to slaughter the Yazidis from afar?...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109156] [ 31-aug-2014 06:34 ECT ]

Careful what you wish for in Iraq
Sami Moubayed
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August 13, 2014 -...Overnight, the all-powerful Malki began his long march into history. Sourly biting his lips, he still has not fully digested what happened to him. Tall and proud, Haidar al-Abadi is now bracing himself to become Iraq’s fourth premier since downfall of the Saddam regime back in 2003. He will be creating his country’s sixth government in 11 years. Few if any had heard of the salt and pepper haired, lightly bearded politician prior to this week. So insignificant was Haydar Abadi in Iraq’s who’s who that nobody even bothered to make a Wikipedia entry for him in Arabic. Perhaps, his appointment is a blessing-in-disguise for Iraq. Or perhaps - just perhaps - Abadi will soon emerge as an edited version of Nuri al-Malk; different by name and appearance, but certainly, neither by policy, and nor by substance...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109155] [ 31-aug-2014 06:29 ECT ]

Yazidis Weren’t Stranded, Pentagon Looks for Other Missions
Jason Ditz

August 13, 2014 - The 40,000 Yazidis stranded on the mountain. That was the pretext for US military intervention in Iraq, as set out by President Obama last Thursday. The air war was commenced, and officials were talking up sending ground forces for "rescue" operations as recently as this afternoon. But a funny thing happened when the US "advisers" got to Mount Sinjar. There weren’t 40,000 starving Yazidis stranded there. In fact, the indications are that there never were, and the Pentagon quickly dropped the "rescue" plan....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109154] [ 31-aug-2014 06:24 ECT ]

Living the Gaza war from the outside
Pam Bailey

August 13, 2014 - Tales of terror, trauma and heroism flow daily out of the Gaza Strip, but behind the headlines are countless others who have been forced to fear for their loved ones’ lives from afar. Separated from their parents, siblings, children and spouses after leaving the Strip - for study or work – they have watched news of the Israeli assault with horror. Some have lost homes, relatives or both. Sameeha Elwan, who left Gaza City to study for her PhD in Perth, Australia, wrote on 29 July, "The fear and horror aches in every bone in my body. When I sleep at night, my mouth whispers prayers to my loved ones in Gaza, while my eyes well with tears over the loss of more children. I dream of my family, of a need to hide them somewhere, of confusion about where is safest, of broken stairs that prevent me from reaching my sister…and then I wake up to read messages of horror from my friends on Facebook."....

  continua / continued avanti - next    [109153] [ 31-aug-2014 06:19 ECT ]

Head of Gaza bomb squad killed as 1,000 tons of Israeli munitions remain
Nora Barrows-Friedman
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August 13, 2014 - Six people were killed and six others seriously injured on Wednesday when an unexploded 500 kilogram Israeli missile blew up in Beit Lahiya, in northern Gaza, as weapons disposal experts were attempting to make it safe.
Bilal Muhammad al-Sultan, Rahed Taysir Ali al-Hom, Hazem Ahmad Abu Murad and Saeed Talal Salman were killed in the explosion.They were part of a small team of experts who defuse unexploded munitions and were working constantly around the Gaza Strip in the last month since Israel began its attacks on 7 July...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109152] [ 31-aug-2014 06:15 ECT ]

Britain 'discussed' US request to build Guantanamo-style prison on Diego Garcia after September 11 attacks, officials say
By Peter Foster

August 13, 2014 - Tony Blair's government discussed a US request for permission to use the British territory of Diego Garcia to house a Guantanamo Bay-style prison camp for up to 500 terrorist detainees, the Telegraph has learnt.Britain quickly rejected the Bush administration's idea on the grounds that the plan was impractical, but documents suggest the CIA may have still used the island to fly terror suspects to secret "black site" prisons around the world.The fresh details of US desire to use Diego Garcia in its counter-terror operations emerge as Britain faces renewed questioning over its own support for highly controversial CIA programmes in the years after September 11...

  continua / continued avanti - next    [109151] [ 31-aug-2014 06:12 ECT ]

US Judge orders independent doctors to evaluate gravely ill Guantanamo hunger striker
Reprieve

August 13, 2014 - A US District Court judge today ordered that independent doctors be allowed into Guantanamo Bay to evaluate a long-time hunger striker whose health has deteriorated so much that there are now concerns for his life.In today’s hearing for Syrian Abu Wa'el Dhiab - cleared for release from the prison since 2009 and on continued hunger strike over his ongoing detention without charge or trial - Judge Gladys Kessler ordered that two independent doctors be allowed into the prison to evaluate him. Those doctors will also testify, along with a force-feeding expert, at a hearing scheduled for October 6, about the medical effects of the force-feedings on Mr Dhiab...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109150] [ 31-aug-2014 06:00 ECT ]

Water disaster hits every single person in Gaza
Ali Abunimah
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August 13, 2014 -Right now, none of the 1.8 million Palestinians living in the occupied and besieged Gaza Strip has access to a safe and secure supply of water.
The water situation was already severe before Israel’s bombardment began on 7 July. But now water experts are calling it a disaster. Ninety percent of wells, wastewater treatment plants and desalination plants cannot operate due to power cuts and lack of fuel....Trying to maintain the flow of water to people has been incredibly dangerous. Seven water technicians were killed while on duty at the height of the Israeli attack when almost half of Gaza’s territory was declared a no-go zone....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109149] [ 31-aug-2014 05:54 ECT ]

Why Palestinian citizens of Israel are no longer safe
By Ron Gerlitz

August 13, 2014 - ....Since the onset of the war in Gaza, the scale of the assaults on Palestinian citizens of Israel has increased dramatically, as have their intensity. Today we find ourselves in a new and appalling chapter of relations between Arab and Jewish citizens of Israel. The lengthy article in last Friday’s Haaretz weekend magazine (Hebrew) was a comprehensive and systematic account of the campaign of physical and verbal violence directed at Palestinian citizens, the campaign by the right wing to have Arab workers fired and the profound fear that prevails among them....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109148] [ 31-aug-2014 05:49 ECT ]

Nouri Al-Maliki's military overthrow of the constitution
Tareq Al-Hashimi

August 13, 2014 - ....Let us consider the Nouri Al-Maliki era to be extinct, never to return through any person or in any form. Let us learn a lesson from this mistake by refusing to switch to another Al-Maliki or any politician from his coalition and party because there is a possibility that Al-Maliki will try to communicate with his replacement so that he or she can also be remembered for their corruption and sectarian policies. We, the Iraqi people, did not revolt in all provinces only to repeat the experiences of Jaafari-Maliki in 2006. We revolted for a cause and we should continue to revolt until we see changes unfold on the ground. The road may be long but we needed to dispose of Al-Maliki in any case and this has been done....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109147] [ 31-aug-2014 05:44 ECT ]

Syria News - August 12, 2014
Local Coordination Committees of Syria
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August 12, 2014- By the end of Tuesday, the coordination committees were able to document 40 martyrs including 3 women, 2 children and 2 martyrs under torture: 13 martyres were reported in Damascus and its Suburbs; 10 in Aleppo; 9 in Homs; 4 in Idlib; 3 in Deir Ezzoe; 3 in Daraa and 2 Hama....
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Iran and its Militias Back New Iraq Prime Minister
By: ISW Iraq Team, Jessica D. Lewis, and Kimberly Kagan

August 12, 2014 - The Iranian-backed Iraqi Shi’a militia, Asa’ib Ahl al-Haq (AAH) decided to abandon support for Maliki. AAH released an official statement to express its support for the decision made by the National Alliance to appoint Haider al-Abadi for the Premiership over Nouri al-Maliki. There are also reports that Hadi al-Amiri, the head of the Badr organization, will give a statement in support of Abadi today. A CoR member from the Badr bloc, Razaq Mhibis also stated his support for Abadi. Statements by these two organizations strongly indicate the Iranian attitude toward Maliki and Iraq’s government formation. AAH and the Badr organization are not likely to make such statements without top cover from Qassem Suleimani and the Iranian regime against Maliki....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109145] [ 31-aug-2014 05:26 ECT ]

Amnesty International Report Details Crimes by US/NATO Forces in Afghanistan
By: Kevin Gosztola

August 12, 2014 - Thousands of Afghan civilians have been killed by United States and NATO military forces since 2001, but, according to Amnesty International, there have been only six cases in which the US military has "criminally prosecuted" officers for "unlawfully killing civilians."The human rights organization put out a report [PDF] containing ten cases of apparent war crimes, where proper investigations and justice for the victims have been absent. These cases involve instances of night raids by US Special Operations forces, air strikes, drone strikes and torture that have occurred within the past five years of the Afghanistan War....
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Guantánamo prisoner to publish 'harrowing' memoirs
Alison Flood
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August 12, 2014 - Mohamedou Ould Slahi, a Mauritanian who has been detained in Guantánamo since 2002 despite never having been charged with a crime by the US, is to publish an account of his experiences next year, detailing the multiple forms of torture to which he has been subjected and "shatter[ing]" the secrecy that surrounds the Cuban prison. Slahi's book, which has just been acquired at auction, is the first diary to be released by a still-imprisoned Guantánamo detainee, said publisher Canongate. Written in 2005, in his segregation cell, it started out as letters from the author to his lawyers, who fought for seven years to have the manuscript declassified. Parts still remain redacted...
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Momentum grows for ICC action on Gaza
Daoud Kuttab

August 12, 2014 - As the sounds of gunfire in the Gaza Strip begin to cease, international human rights organizations, legal experts and political activists are speaking up about the need for the International Criminal Court (ICC) to investigate whether war crimes were committed during the Gaza conflict this summer. The ICC, created by means of the 1998 Rome Statute with the aim of prosecuting individuals for war crimes and amended a few times, became legal in 2002. Legal experts and the ICC’s own bylaws say that it is a court of last resort. This means that the ICC will only intervene when a country is found to be unwilling or unable to carry out its own investigation....

  continua / continued avanti - next    [109142] [ 31-aug-2014 05:15 ECT ]

The Rear-Guard Defense of Torture
By Ray McGovern

August 12, 2014 - John Rizzo, the CIA’s former Acting Counsel General, is feeling the heat for his role in blessing what President Barack Obama has now admitted was "torture" during the Bush/Cheney administration. Rizzo went on friendly Fox News to charge that the (still withheld) Senate Intelligence Committee investigation report on torture reflects a "Star Chamber proceeding" and accused some lawmakers of "craven backtracking," claiming that they had been briefed on the interrogation program years ago. Rizzo also revealed that he and other former CIA officials implicated in the torture scandal have found an ally of sorts in current CIA Director John Brennan, who was a senior aide to CIA Director George Tenet when the torture practices were implemented and who is now leading the rear-guard defense against the Senate report...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109141] [ 31-aug-2014 05:12 ECT ]

Gaza's Doctors Struggle to Provide Basic Care Amid Strikes on Ambulances, Health Workers, Hospitals
By Nora Barrows-Friedman
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August 12, 2014 - Along with the devastation of homes and livelihoods, Gaza is facing "an imminent health disaster," the United Nations says, because "critical supplies of medicines and disposables are almost depleted and damage and destruction of power supplies has left hospitals dependent on unreliable back-up generators."In addition to the lack of clean water and sanitation - as Gaza's sole power plant was bombed, debilitating sewage treatment systems and health infrastructure - the UN adds that Gaza is posed for "serious risks of outbreak of water-borne and communicable disease."The Gaza Ministry of Health reports that there have been 35 separate incidents of attacks on various medical institutions and health facilities...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109140] [ 31-aug-2014 05:09 ECT ]

False images used to ‘prove’ slavery, genital mutilation under ISIS
Wassim Nasr and Djamel Belayachi

August 12, 2014 - The savagery of ISIS jihadists rampaging through Syria and Iraq is well known. But dozens of photos circulating on social media networks and the media claiming to show the barbaric acts of the Islamist group are, in fact, fake.While ISIS has claimed responsibility for multiple acts of horrific violence, many of the shocking images published online and attributed to the jihadist group have actually been taken out of context and falsely labelled.The jihadists that fight under the banner of ISIS are spreading terror in Syria and Iraq. In areas they control, they have massacred prisoners and stoned women to death. Recently, the jihadist organisation has forced thousands of Yazidis and Christians to flee after taking control of Mosul and Sinjar in the north of Iraq. ISIS has claimed responsibility for multiple acts of terrifying barbarism. Online and in the media, it’s possible to find dozens of horrifying images attributed to the jihadist group. Yet many of these are not what has been claimed...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109139] [ 31-aug-2014 05:02 ECT ]

Nowhere to Flee for Palestinians From Syria
Adam Coogle

August 12, 2014 - Nidal, a 36-year-old Palestinian, has been stranded in a Syrian village near the Jordanian border with four of his siblings since February. Jordan deported them, confiscating their identity documents, leaving them no option but to stay in a conflict zone. They rely on the charity of local residents to survive."I need my ID back so I can at least go further into Syria," he told Human Rights Watch by telephone in May. "I'm completely lost."
Nidal is one of many affected by Jordan's non-admission policy for Palestinian refugees fleeing Syria. Jordan turns away Palestinians at the country's borders and detains and deports Palestinians who manage to get in. We have documented 16 of these forcible deportations, and research by other groups indicates the number is well over 100, among them women and children...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109138] [ 31-aug-2014 04:59 ECT ]

U.S. Avoided Threat to Act on Israel’s Civilian Targeting
Gareth Porter

August 12, 2014 - United Nations officials and human rights organisations have characterised Israeli attacks on civilian targets during the IDF war on Gaza as violations of the laws of war.During the war, Israeli bombardment leveled whole urban neighbourhoods, leaving more than 10,000 houses destroyed and 30,000 damaged and killing 1,300 civilians, according to U.N. data. Israeli forces also struck six schools providing shelter to refugees under U.N. protection, killing at least 47 refugees and wounding more than 340.But the Barack Obama administration’s public posture during the war signaled to Israel that it would not be held accountable for such violation..
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109137] [ 31-aug-2014 04:56 ECT ]

Obama Admits He Banned Only “Some” Of CIA’s Torture Techniques
By Jeffrey Kaye

August 12, 2014 - Forgive the tongue-in-cheek, but it is almost as if the only person who reads and responds to my work on torture is President Obama.There was a cascade of coverage of the President’s August 1 remarks concerning John Brennan and his defense of his embattled CIA chief, as Obama was also widely derided for his seeming defense of those who tortured "some folks" after 9/11. (Obama did not mention that theorder to torture came from the Oval Office.)"Well, at least he called the crimes out as 'torture," some observers noted. Others, including some in the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI), called for John Brennan’s resignation as CIA director after he admitted the CIA had spied on Congressional investigators who were writing a thousands-of-pages-long report on the CIA Rendition, Detention, and Interrogation program....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109136] [ 31-aug-2014 04:53 ECT ]

Still Tolerating Torture
By William Blum

August 12, 2014 - Since the "war on terror," the before , there was the argument pretense that Two of the things that governments tend to cover-up or lie about the most are assassinations and torture, both of which are widely looked upon as exceedingly immoral and unlawful, even uncivilized. Since the end of the Second World War the United States has attempted to assassinate more than 50 foreign leaders and has led the world in torture; not only the torture performed directly by Americans upon foreigners, but providing torture equipment, torture manuals, lists of people to be tortured, and in-person guidance and encouragement by American instructors, particularly in Latin America....

  continua / continued avanti - next    [109135] [ 31-aug-2014 04:47 ECT ]

The courage to refuse
Rory Fanning
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August 12, 2014 - THE NUMBERS are small, but there are Israeli military resisters actively fighting the occupation of Palestine within the borders of Israel. These draft-age teenagers face enormous pressure from their government, family and peers to perpetuate state racism and the siege of the Occupied Territories. Despite the pressure, these brave Israelis adhere to their conscience and stand for justice in a society that increasingly rejects it.In addition to supporting the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement, resisting the Israeli occupation of Palestine from outside Israel involves standing in solidarity with those Israelis who find the courage to say, "I refuse." ...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109134] [ 31-aug-2014 04:42 ECT ]

Anti-Semitism watchdog CST "abusing" mandate to defend Israel
Ben White

August 12, 2014 - The Community Security Trust (CST), a UK charity which records and combats anti-Semitic incidents, is "abusing its mandate" in order to give "political support for Israel," according to former director of the Institute for Jewish Policy Research and author Antony Lerman.The CST has been frequently cited in the British media this summer as the authoritative source for monitoring anti-Semitism, while its communications director Mark Gardner has been a prolific contributor to news reports and op-ed pages.Speaking in London on 5 August, Gardner claimed that "the most serious impact for the Jewish community" going forward would be a growth in boycotts of Israel....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109133] [ 31-aug-2014 04:39 ECT ]

Pro-Israel Judge Reverses Decision, Recuses Himself from Case Involving Palestinian American
By: Kevin Gosztola

August 12, 2014 - A federal judge in Detroit has reversed his decision issued nearly two weeks ago and recused himself from a case involving a Palestinian American woman, who allegedly committed immigration fraud. She is accused of neglecting to disclose on naturalization forms that she had been imprisoned by Israelis in Palestine for decades for terrorism-related offenses.Rasmea Odeh is an organizer in Chicago. She has been a naturalized citizen in the US since 1995. But, on October 22, 2013, the Department of Homeland Security suddenly had her arrested. She now faces up to ten years in prison if convicted and immediate deportation after her release...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109132] [ 31-aug-2014 04:37 ECT ]

Never again means for anyone
Various undersigned
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August 12, 2014 - AS JEWISH survivors and descendants of survivors of the Nazi genocide, we unequivocally condemn the massacre of Palestinians in Gaza and the ongoing occupation and colonization of historic Palestine. We further condemn the United States for providing Israel with the funding to carry out the attack, and Western states more generally for using their diplomatic muscle to protect Israel from condemnation. Genocide begins with the silence of the world . We are alarmed by the extreme, racist dehumanization of Palestinians in Israeli society, which has reached a fever pitch. In Israel, politicians and pundits in The Times of Israel and The Jerusalem Post have called openly for genocide of Palestinians, and right-wing Israelis are adopting Neo-Nazi insignia....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109131] [ 31-aug-2014 04:34 ECT ]

Watch: Young Israeli Jew at Western Wall calls for ‘another war and another war and another war and another war’
Dan Cohen

August 12, 2014 - In the summer of 1998, I became a Bar Mitzvah at the Western Wall in occupied east Jerusalem. Sixteen years later, during Israel’s latest assault on the Gaza Strip, I attended an event billed as a prayer vigil for the well-being of Israeli soldiers in Gaza.The Western Wall is a favorite for tourists and setting for countless photo-ops for politicians seeking the political blessing of Israel’s right-wing leadership. Part of a highly secured plaza, the Wall sits where the old city’s Moroccan Quarter once existed before Israeli forces demolished it shortly after its capture in 1967.At the prayer vigil, I expected a somber mood. However, I found a tense atmosphere in which every Israeli I spoke to spouted some amount of racist and hyper-violent rhetoric....
- See more at:
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Univ. of Illinois faces growing boycott over firing of Palestinian American professor
Ali Abunimah

August 12, 2014 - The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) is facing a growing boycott by educators outraged at its abrupt firing of Steven Salaita, apparently because of his criticisms of Israel.While none of the educators are themselves using the word "boycott," it can be said that this is what their action amounts to. Some say they will not visit the campus for lectures and conferences while others go as far as saying that they will not take part in the university’s tenure review process or accept positions as visiting faculty....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109129] [ 31-aug-2014 04:27 ECT ]

Israel accused of using illegal weapons in Gaza war
Rasha Abou Jalal
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August 12, 2014 - Doctors and human rights activists believe that they have conclusive evidence that Israel used internationally banned weapons against civilians during its military aggression on the Gaza Strip, as it did during the previous two wars against Gaza in 2008-2009 and 2012. Since the start of the Israeli military operation, more than 1,939 Palestinians have been killed and 9,800 others injured. Hundreds of the victims arrived at hospitals as charred corpses or in pieces, or with lost limbs and wounds that were difficult to treat, Ministry of Health spokesman Ashraf al-Qadra told Al-Monitor ....



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Israeli soldiers shot my teenage son
Iyad Burnat

August 12, 2014 - In the past ten years of Friday demonstrations against the Israeli occupation in our West Bank village of Bilin, I have helped carry countless men and women to the ambulances, injured by Israeli rubber-coated steel bullets, tear gas canisters and live ammunition.But until 31 July, I never knew what this experience would feel like when the person I was carrying was one of my own children. During a demonstration that day, I heard a gunshot, and then the scream of my sixteen-year-old son Majd. A silence fell over me as I ran to him with many thoughts in my head. Where was he shot? Would he be okay? Why did the Israeli soldiers target him?...
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No safe place for the children of the occupation
Jessica Purkiss

August 12, 2014 - The Gaza offensive, dubbed "Operation Protective Edge," has been described by International children's rights group Save the Children as a "war against children"- the United Nations said a total of 456 children have been killed since its start. Gaza's streets are slowly filling as a lull in hostilities, part of an agreed 72 hour ceasefire, takes hold. People attempting to return to some resemblance of normality during this brief break are stepping out to grab provisions. For the children of the conflict that are emerging from UN refuge shelters, life as they know it is shattered...
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Syria News - August 11, 2014
Local Coordination Committees of Syria
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August 11, 2014 - By the end of Monday, the coordination committees were able to document 51 martyrs including 3 women، 7 children and 5 martyrs under torture: 17 martyrs were reported in Aleppo; 17 in Idlib; 5 in Damascus and its suburbs; 5 in Daraa; 4 in Homs; 2 in Hama and 1 in Deir Ezzor....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109125] [ 31-aug-2014 03:59 ECT ]

PCHR Strongly Condemns Killing of Anwar al-Za’anin, Staff Member of Al Mezan Center for Human Rights and Calls for Investigation
The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR)

August 11, 2014 - The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) strongly condemns the killing of Anwar al-Za’anin, a staff member of Al Mezan Center for Human Rights, by an Israeli drone in the northern Gaza Strip town of Beit Hanoun. PCHR calls for investigating this crime and hundreds of other crimes committed by Israeli occupation forces during the ongoing Israeli offensive that have targeted Palestinian civilians and their property. According to investigations conducted by Al Mezan Center for Human Rights, at approximately 13:20 on Sunday, 10 August 2014, Anwar Ahmed al-Za’anin, 43, was standing near a number of maintenance workers of Beit Hanoun Municipality, whom he called to repair the water network near his house in al-Qaraman Street, which was damaged by an Israeli attack....
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Ongoing Israeli Offensive on Gaza:6 Palestinians, Including 4 Civilians, Killed, and 85 Others, Including 17 Children and 11 Women, Wounded; 14 Houses and One Mosque Destroyed
The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR)

August 11, 2014 - Israeli occupation forces have continued their offensive on the Gaza Strip for the 34th consecutive day. Over the past 24 hours, Israeli forces have continued to commit crimes in the Gaza Strip, including airstrikes that targeted houses, civilian facilities, agricultural plots and open areas, and artillery and artillery and sea shelling. As a result of these attacks, 6 Palestinians, including 4 civilians, were killed, and 85 others, including 17 children and 11 women, were wounded. Two civilians, including an infant, also died of previous wounds. At midnight, a 72-hour humanitarian truce entered into force, so thousands of forcibly displaced Palestinian civilians are expected to return to their homes in the areas that had been invaded by Israeli forces....
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The world stood silent while we were slaughtered
Ayah Bashir
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August 11, 2014 -Before Israel’s launching of the current offensive against Gaza, a member of the Israeli Knesset, Ayelet Shaked, of the Jewish Home Party, called for a genocide and collective punishment of the Palestinians in Gaza. "They should go, as should the physical homes in which they raised the snakes otherwise more little snakes will be raised there," she said. Unfortunately this does not represent the stance of only some minority of racist far-right Israeli politicians like Ayelet Shaked, Miri Regev, Mordechai Kedar, Moshe Feiglin...etc. Rather it epitomizes the policy of the majority of Israelis (hard hawks or soft doves) that we, a population that is mostly children, are all mere snakes....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109121] [ 31-aug-2014 03:52 ECT ]

The Dishonorable Tradition
“We Tortured Some Folks”

by JOHN MARCIANO

August 11, 2014 -Our former law professor, Noble Peace Laureate, President recently spoke about the torture committed by CIA and other government operatives after 9/11: " … we did some things that were wrong [and] we tortured some folks. We did some things that were contrary to our values." CIA and military personnel tortured people because they were afraid and under "enormous pressure" to prevent further attacks on the country. It was this fear that caused them to abuse, torture, rape, sodomize, and kill prisoners of war. President can’t use the lame excuse that fear drove some people to violate the law and torture "folks." The Geneva Convention Against Torture, to which the Untied States is a signatory, is absolutely clear on this matter....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109120] [ 31-aug-2014 03:38 ECT ]

Obama Wants to Put Torture Behind Us, But It Still Haunts Guantanamo Every Single Day
By Jessica Schulberg

August 11, 2014 - It’s taken over a decade, but the U.S. government is starting to acknowledge the moral and strategic failure of the CIA’s detention and interrogation program. In a press conference earlier this month, President Barack Obama conceded that "we tortured some folks"—a deliberate departure from the government’s well-worn euphemism, "enhanced interrogation." "We crossed a line," he said. "And we have to, as a country, take responsibility for that."Meanwhile, the five men accused of planning the 9/11 attacks are set to appear in a private, closed-circuit courtroom at Guantánamo Bay this week to hash out pre-trial motions. All of the defendants were tortured under the CIA’s enhanced interrogation program. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the ringleader, was waterboarded 183 times in one month in 2003...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109119] [ 31-aug-2014 03:36 ECT ]

: Left in the dark: Failures of accountability for civilian casualties caused by international military operations in Afghanistan
Amnesty International
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August 11, 2014 - Thousands of Afghan civilians have been killed since 2001 by international forces, and thousands more have been injured. This report examines the record of accountability for civilian deaths caused by international military operations in the five-year period from 2009 to 2013. In particular, it focuses on the performance of the US government in investigating possible war crimes and in prosecuting those suspected of criminal responsibility for such crimes. Its overall finding is that the record is poor....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109118] [ 31-aug-2014 03:34 ECT ]

The Battle for Palestine
William R. Polk

August 11, 2014 - ....The Zionists, from the beginning, were determined to turn Palestine into a Jewish nation-state (Herzl’s Judenstaat), but, being sensitive to British politics, their leaders denied "the allegation that Jews [aimed] to constitute a separate political nationality." The word the Zionists proposed for what they intended to create in Palestine, coined by Max Nordau as a subterfuge "to deceive by its mildness," was heimstätte (something less than a state, roughly a "homeland) to be employed "until there was no reason to dissimulate our real aim." Predictably, the deception fooled no one. As Lord Kitchener had remarked when the Balfour Declaration was being debated in the English Cabinet, he was sure that the half million Palestinians would "not be content [with an Old Testament role as a suppressed minority to be] hewers of wood and drawers of water." He was right, but few people cared. Certainly not then....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109117] [ 31-aug-2014 03:20 ECT ]

When torture goes unpunished
Nicole Colson

August 11, 2014 - "WE TORTURED some folks."Talk about an understatement.
In advance of the upcoming release of a Senate Intelligence Committee report on "enhanced interrogation techniques," Barack Obama admitted that the U.S. engaged in the torture of "war on terror" detainees following the September 11 attacks--something that former Bush administration officials in particular and Republicans in general still hotly deny.Despite the folksy language, the fact that a sitting U.S. president openly uses the word "torture"--which carries potential legal implications--to describe actions that took place under the administration of his predecessor is unprecedented. But Obama immediately followed up his statement by dismissing the idea that anyone should be held accountable for torturing detainees....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109116] [ 31-aug-2014 03:17 ECT ]

We Need to Recognize What Barbaric Is
Abby Zimet
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August 11, 2014 - As Gazans begin to return to their shattered lives and neighborhoods, the U.N. has announced a panel to investigate war crimes there, at least those beyond the obvious: 1,814 Palestinians killed, 86% of them civilians including over 400 children, and 485,000 displaced. Still, more stories emerge. Amnesty International has released testimony from health workers showing the Israeli army repeatedly attacked ambulances, hospitals, medics, doctors and others seeking to help the wounded and collect the dead. In light of that and so much else, in a searing speech at an Austin protest, Dr. Rania Masri cites President Obama calling the capture of an invading Israeli soldier by the Palestinian Resistance a "barbaric action" and schools him in what is and is not "barbaric."...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109115] [ 31-aug-2014 03:14 ECT ]

1,200 Spanish University professors and researchers demand to break academic relationships with Israel
Red de Solidaridad contra la Ocupación de Palestina (RESCOP)

August 11, 2014 - More than 1,000 professionals have signed a manifesto, released by the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) academic campaign for Palestine, demanding to end all institutional relations with the Israeli academic world, until it stops supporting occupation and apartheid in Palestine.The campaign, which started two years ago, asks for support from professionals from the academic and scientific field, and also from associations linked to this field, such as student’s and worker’s unions, research centres, professional associations, etc. From the 1,400 people who have signed the manifesto, 150 are professors, 850 are teachers and 200 are researchers. More than 52 associations linked to the academic field have also signed; among them there are research groups and University departments...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109114] [ 31-aug-2014 03:08 ECT ]

Tehran Switches from Iraq’s Maliki to Kurdistan’s Barzani
By Scott Lucas

August 11, 2014 - ...Iran’s courtship of Barzani — although Tehran is well short of supporting Kurdish independence — has been accelerated by US military intervention on behalf of the Kurds.Speaker of Parliament Ali Larijani tipped off Tehran’s concern on Sunday in a speech to lawmakers. Larijani — who had said in June that the Islamic State was backed by Washington — tried to dismiss the American bombing of Islamic State positions since Friday, saying it was an attempt to divert attention from Israel-Gaza War....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109113] [ 31-aug-2014 03:03 ECT ]

In Midst of War, Israel Clamps Down on Internal Dissent
Sarah Lazare
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August 11, 2014 - ...."Reporters and news outlets, even those who dare be critical in other times, all quickly line up with the governmental line saying that it is to be expected to have political disagreements, but criticizing the military is not legitimate," writes Sahar Verdi, Israeli activist and staffer for the American Friends Service Committee who served three prison sentences for draft refusal. Journalists deemed critical of the war have faced job termination and censure. Prominent Israeli journalist Gideon Levy, who has criticized the "dehumanization and demonization of the Palestinians," hired a personal bodyguard after being attacked while broadcasting live from Ashkelon. Israeli Knesset member Yariv Levin, chair of the Likud-Beytenu coalition, recently called for Levy to stand trial for treason—a charge that, during war, carries a death sentence...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109112] [ 31-aug-2014 02:59 ECT ]

The anti-Zionism of fools
Richard Seymour

August 11, 2014 - A NEW holocaust. Kristallnacht. That, they say, is what the large mobilizations against Israeli actions in the Gaza Strip betoken. With the best will in the world, when Israel's mandarins and apologists invoke the Holocaust's legacy in this way, it is difficult not to respond with a world-weary sigh. Who dares to bomb a packed refugee center, incinerating, shredding and crushing the humanity crammed within, and then betray the Holocaust's memory for cheap propaganda? Who else but Israeli politicians, for that matter, would actually threaten genocide on another people, and then say that it is their critics who are bristling with genocidal intent?...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109111] [ 31-aug-2014 02:53 ECT ]

Iraq snapshot - August 11, 2014.
The Common Ills

August 11, 2014 - Nouri al-Maliki 's ordered the targeting of Iraq's LGBTQ community, he's had protesters targeted, he's targeted journalists for torture, his Cabinet pushed the notion that 'women' should have the 'right' to marry at 9-years-old and younger, he's bombed the civilians in Falluja for 8 months now . . . His rap sheet is lengthy.But the Jane Arrafs of the press ensured that, for example, the world wouldn't know about the rape of Iraqi women and girls in Nouri's prisons -- established prisons and secret ones.If the world had paid attention to this and so much more, detractors might be able to say, "Well, the public forced Barack to break with Nouri." But that's not what happened...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109110] [ 31-aug-2014 02:50 ECT ]

Is the firing of Steven Salaita the beginning of a new Blacklist?
Tithi Bhattacharya and Bill V. Mullen
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August 11, 2014 - Steven Salaita, an Arab-American Professor of American Indian Studies, was just fired from his job for tweeting criticisms of the Israeli massacre in Gaza.The University of Illinois, which fired Salaita, will try to tell you his job was 'rescinded.’But he was fired.Here’s why the University and mainstream media don’t want to say he was fired.Because firing a tenured professor purely for his political opinions, especially one with multiple academic publications to his record, means the University has violated the following:1) His First amendment rights.2) His academic freedom. 3) His rights as an employee at a public university, as well his rights to due process....

  continua / continued avanti - next    [109109] [ 31-aug-2014 02:46 ECT ]

Israeli army uses Gaza children as human shields
Rania Khalek i

August 11, 2014 - Since the assault on Gaza began, Israeli leaders and their supporters have repeatedly accused Hamas of using Palestinian civilians as human shields in an attempt to absolve Israel of responsibility for deliberately killing more than 1,600 Palestinian civilians in the besieged Gaza Strip. Despite there being no evidence to prove this libelous claim, it has been unquestioningly echoed in major media outlets and invoked by US officials to blame Palestinians for their own slaughter. It has even been used to justify genocide against Palestinians in a newspaper ad created by anti-Palestinian extremists Shmuley Boteach and Elie Wiesel...

  continua / continued avanti - next    [109108] [ 31-aug-2014 02:43 ECT ]

Video: "Obama and Netanyahu are war criminals," says Dr. Cornel West in Washington
Nader Ihmoud

August 11, 2014 - Thousands of protesters from cities all over the world gathered on 9 and 10 August to protest Israel’s continued attacks on Palestinians and call for an end to the siege on Gaza.The Bethlehem-based International Middle East Media Center reports that "Hundreds of thousands of people participated in marches and rallies Saturday in hundreds of cities around the world, including Washington DC, Cape Town South Africa, Birmingham and Dublin, with an estimated 150,000 people protesting in London alone."Other protests were held in New York, Olympia (Washington), Chicago and in multiple cities across Europe...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109107] [ 31-aug-2014 02:39 ECT ]

Serving Israel’s aim of lowering civilian deaths, ‘New York Times’ Gaza tally says 15- to 17-year-old’s aren’t children
Patrick Connors

August 11, 2014 - On August 5, The New York Times published a highly problematic article "Civilian or Not? New Fight in Tallying the Dead from Gaza Conflict", that presented information supporting dubious Israeli government claims that 900 Palestinians killed by Israel in Gaza, or around half of all Palestinian killed in Gaza in Israel’s current offensive, were "terrorists." This assertion flies in the face of consensus reporting over the last month indicating much higher Palestinian civilian casualty figures. ...
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Israeli forces shoot, kill 12-year-old Palestinian boy near Hebron
Ma'an News
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August 11, 2014 - A 12-year old Palestinian boy was shot dead by Israeli soldiers while playing in front of his home in al-Fawwar refugee camp south of Hebron in the southern West Bank early Sunday, medics told Ma'an.Palestinian medical sources at Hebron's al-Ahli Hospital told Ma'an that Khalil Muhammad Ahmad al-Anati arrived at the hospital after being shot in the back. They said that the gunshot entered through the victim's lower abdomen and exited through his groin...
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Syrians living under Israeli occupation resist civil service recruitment drive
Patrick O. Strickland

August 11, 2014 - Tamara Halabi has spent her whole life living under Israeli rule in her hometown of Masade, one of the six Syrian villages still standing in the occupied Golan Heights. Local residents’ historic refusal to accept Israeli citizenship and normalize the Israeli occupation did not stop a Zionist organization from attempting to get Halabi and others to participate in civil service. Civil service is a state-run volunteering program aimed at individuals otherwise exempt from compulsory military service, participation in which conditions equal access to education and the job market. "We reject civil service because it is a way for Israel to pressure us to give up our Syrian Arab identity and culture," Halabi, 19, told The Electronic Intifada....
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Israeli crimes in international and humanitarian law
Fadel Abdel Ghani

August 11, 2014 - When an Israeli official or journalist gets asked why you're bombing and killing families in the Gaza Strip, the answer is usually readily available, which is: the main cause for that is the terrorist movement of Hamas which is using civilians as human shields. We have heard this justification numerous times, even during the bombing of UN offices and headquarters, and protected institutions such as hospitals, schools, mosques and churches, and this justification, due to the huge media machine of the Zionist entity, whether written or heard, has become almost a given to many in the West, amid the weak responses to that especially in English. And so is the case of the bombing of political leaders of the resistance, as Israeli journalists and officials repeat the saying that these are legitimate targets, until this also became a given for a large sector of Arabs and westerners...
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Syria News - August 10, 2014
Local Coordination Committees of Syria
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August 10, 2014 - By the end of Saturday, the coordination committees were able to document 84 martyrs including 7 women, 5 children, and 3 martyrs under torture: 35 Martyrs were reported in Aleppo; 11 in Hama; 10 in Raqqa; 9 in Damascus and its suburbs; 9 in Daraa; 4 in Deir Ezzor; 3 in Idlib; and 3 in Homs....
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Israeli Offensive on Gaza Continued: 5 Palestinian Civilians, Including Child and Woman, Killed, and 57 Others, Including 19 Children and 9 Women, Wounded; 13 Houses and One Mosque Destroyed
The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR)

August 10, 2014 - Israeli occupation forces have continued their offensive on the Gaza Strip for the 33rd consecutive day, excluding a number of humanitarian truces. Over the past 24 hours, Israeli forces have continued to commit crimes in the Gaza Strip, including airstrikes that targeted houses, civilian facilities, agricultural plots and open areas, and artillery and artillery and sea shelling. As a result of these attacks, 5 Palestinian civilians, including a child and a woman, were killed, and 57 others, including 19 children and 9 women, were wounded. An old woman also died from a previous wound, and the body of a child was recovered from destroyed homes. PCHR's field workers reported that thousands of Palestinian civilians came back to UNRWA shelters once the truce expired. They face very severe living conditions lacking basic services....
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The Psychological Trauma of Catastrophe: Gaza’s Children
by Louisa Lamb
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August 10, 2014 - Within the last ten years, Israel has provoked three offensive movements against the Palestinian territory in Gaza: Operation Cast Lead, which began at the end of 2008 and 2009, Operation Pillar of Defense, which last eight days in November 2012, and most recently, Operation Protective Edge, which started on July 7th, 2014. During this period of devastation, homes have been obliterated, nearly two thousands civilians have been killed, and humanitarian resources are extremely limited due to the Israeli blockade. Catastrophic damage has already been done, some irreparable and some of the most important consequences are often overlooked. According to Dr. Jesse Ghannam, a clinical psychologist working for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, reported that the rate of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder among children has doubled since the 2012 Operation Pillar of Defense attack. These children will most likely suffer from mood disorders, anxiety, depression, problems with attachment and develop antisocial personality traits. Children of Gaza who are nine years old have spent whole lives experiencing the terror of ruthless violence...

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Latin America Closes Ranks in Solidarity with the People of Gaza
By Humberto Márquez

August 10, 2014 - Latin America is the region whose governments have taken the firmest stance in support of Gaza in face of the battering from Israel, withdrawing a number of ambassadors from Tel Aviv and issuing harsh statements from several presidents against the attacks on the Palestinian people.But some experts say that paradoxically, this solidarity has kept this region from playing a decisive role in the international attempt to curtail or resolve the conflict."It would be good to take advantage of the geographical distance and the relations with the people of the Middle East to curb the confrontation," Elsa Cardozo, former director of the Central University of Venezuela’s School of International Studies, told IPS....
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Press Releases :: Urgent Appeals from the Cities of Eastern Gouta

August 10, 2014 - Due to the dramatically deteriorated living conditions resulting from the blockade imposed for over a year, Violations Documentation Center in Syria (VDC) has recently received many distress calls from the cities and towns of Eastern Gouta. These have particularly come from the medical points there, which have cited the insufficiency of food in the region, which led to thousands of malnutrition cases among the residents and in turn weakened their immunity. Many diseases have emerged as a result, chiefly typhoid, which is caused by contamination of food and drinking water. Other contagious diseases are hepatitis (A - B - C), tuberculosis, and zoster (or 'throat shingles’)....
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Video : Unexploded munitions add to Gaza risks
AlJazeera
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August 10, 2014 - Apart from the threat of Israeli air strikes, people in Gaza are worried about another danger - unexploded missiles and shells.Men who make up the bomb squad risk their lives in trying to make the streets safe. Al Jazeera's Charles Stratford reports from Gaza....
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FBI Targeted Mentally Disabled Muslim American Citizens
by Lizabeth Paulat

August 10, 2014 - A Human Rights Watch report, documenting abuses in US terrorism investigations, has illuminated some incredibly dubious practices carried out by law enforcement. The report looks at investigations that began shortly after 9/11 and have carried on until the present day. One disturbing practice, which seems to pop up over and over in the report, is the targeting of those with mental disabilities to 'create’ crimes. This occurs during 'sting’ operations, when agents pose as members of the Muslim American community, infiltrating mosques.In an average sting operation, an undercover agent finds a suspect who they think is, say, selling illegal arms. They approach them and gather information, waiting for a crime to unfold....



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Use of Barrel Bombs in Syria and Iraq Devastate Civilians' Lives
César Chelala

August 10, 2014 - Barrel bombs are a type of improvised explosive device (IED) sometimes described as "flying IED" typically made from a barrel that has been filled with high explosives, shrapnel, oil and chemicals and then dropped from a plane or a helicopter. They are cheap to produce, so they are used extensively in ongoing conflicts such as Syria and Iraq. Because different explosives can fit into them, and due to their poor accuracy and indiscriminate use in civilian areas they provoke devastating effects and loss of lives.The earlier use of these bombs was in South Sudan in the 1990s, where they were expelled from transport planes. Since then, they are now being extensively used by the Syrian Air Force and by the Iraqi government forces, as happened during the Anbar clashes (2013-2014.)"What is happening now in Iraq definitely started in Syria. If I were al-Maliki, and seeing Assad next door using the same tactics without a slap on the wrist and gaining ground as a result, it stands to reason he would say, "Why the hell not?’" said Erin Evers of Human Rights Watch....

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