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:: ONU - XX Assemblea Generale (1965):
XX Assemblea Generale dell’ONU (1965)
dichiara "la legittimità della
lotta da parte dei popoli sotto
oppressione coloniale, per esercitare il
loro diritto all' autodeter-
Inoltre, l'Assemblea invita "tutti
gli Stati a fornire assistenza morale e
materiale ai movimenti di liberazione
nazionale nei territori coloniali".
- Risoluzione 1514
Generale dichiara che: la soggezione dei
popoli a dominio straniero, conquista e
asservimento costituisce una negazione
dei diritti umani fondamentali, è
contraria alla Carta delle Nazioni Unite
ed è un impedimento alla promozione
della pace e della cooperazione mondiali.
Tutti i popoli hanno diritto
minazione; in virtù di
tale diritto essi devono liberamente
determinare il loro status politico e
liberamente perseguire il loro sviluppo
economico, sociale e culturale".
di Ginevra, Protocollo Addizionale I
armata può essere usata, come ultima
risorsa, come mezzo per esercitare il
diritto all' autodeter-
base allo Statuto del Tribunale penale
internazionale, sono definiti “crimini
(1) attacchi lanciati intenzionalmente
contro popolazione civili in quanto tali
o contro civili che non prendano
direttamente parte alle ostilità;
(4) attacchi lanciati intenzionalmente
nella consapevolezza che gli stessi
avranno come conseguenza la perdita di
vite umane tra la popolazione civile, e
lesioni a civili o danni a proprietà
civili ovvero danni diffusi duraturi e
gravi all’ambiente naturale che siano
manifestamente eccessivi rispetto all’insieme
dei concreti e diretti i vantaggi
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Syria : Without Water, Revolution
By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN
May 18, 2013 - ... I came here to write my column and work on a film for the Showtime series, "Years of Living Dangerously," about the "Jafaf," or drought, one of the key drivers of the Syrian war. In an age of climate change, we’re likely to see many more such conflicts. "The drought did not cause Syria’s civil war," said the Syrian economist Samir Aita, but, he added, the failure of the government to respond to the drought played a huge role in fueling the uprising. What happened, Aita explained, was that after Assad took over in 2000 he opened up the regulated agricultural sector in Syria for big farmers, many of them government cronies, to buy up land and drill as much water as they wanted, eventually severely diminishing the water table. This began driving small farmers off the land into towns, where they had to scrounge for work. Because of the population explosion that started here in the 1980s and 1990s thanks to better health care, those leaving the countryside came with huge families and settled in towns around cities like Aleppo. Some of those small towns swelled from 2,000 people to 400,000 in a decade or so. The government failed to provide proper schools, jobs or services for this youth bulge, which hit its teens and 20s right when the revolution erupted ...
continua / continued  [ 20-may-2013 17:26 ECT ]
UPDATE: Cousins of Palestinian teenager murdered at checkpoint arrested
International Solidarity Movement
May 18, 2913 - Two brothers of the arrested Deiyaa’ Nassar, cousins of the murdered Amer Nassar, were arrested last week Monday, May 13 past 2 am at night. Deiyaa’ Nassar, 19, and Fadi Abu-’Asr continue to be held in Mejiddo Israeli prison as their trials continue to be rescheduled on each previous trial date. Deiyaa’s brothers, Bahaa, 20, and Baraa, 21, were arrested randomly; Bahaa is studying at university and Baraa is an artist in calligraphy who makes wooden plaques and ornaments with calligraphic Arabic text or Palestinian images. Deiyaa, Bahaa, and Baraa are of a household of seven boys. A local Red Crescent representative met with the family and said that the boys’ mother is only comforted that the brothers are said to be together in Mejiddo prison...
continua / continued  [ 20-may-2013 15:31 ECT ]
Libyans in North Africa scared to return home
May 18, 2013 - Until government and revolutionary forces attacked the Libyan town of Bani Walid, about 170km southeast of the capital Tripoli in October last year, Abdullah Warfella had been determined never to leave. But after two weeks of imprisonment and torture, the 68-year-old former contractor fled. "They accused me of supporting [former ruler Muammar] Gaddafi during the revolution, which is not true at all," Warfella told IRIN in Cairo. "These people have turned life into hell for people, not just in Bani Walid, but everywhere in Libya." Warfella is one of tens of thousands of Libyans who have fled to Egypt. Many are accused, often falsely they say, of having fought in pro-Gaddafi forces in 2011, or having publicly expressed support for him.Far from home, many struggle to find employment and affordable accommodation, and lack almost any formal support. But they fear revenge attacks should they return home...
continua / continued  [ 20-may-2013 14:51 ECT ]
My Body in Shatat, My Heart in Gaza, My Soul in Beit Daras
By Ghada Ageel
May 18, 2013- On the 65th anniversary of the Nakba (what we Palestinians call the catastrophe of dispossession), Palestinians who were born in historic Palestine and are currently growing old in refugee camps – remain determined to return to the homes and lands from which we were expelled in 1948. My grandmother, Khadija, is one of them. A mother of ten, a grandmother of 68, and a great grandmother of 49, Khadija now lives under tragic circumstances in Khan Younis refugee camp, in Gaza. She previously owned lands and a home in Beit Daras, a village that was part of historic Palestine. (She still have deeds in hand). Once full of hope and honor, my grandmother is very much like the other seven million Palestinian refugees and their descendants scattered all over the world, including in Occupied Palestine. In her late 80s, she feels abandoned...
continua / continued  [ 20-may-2013 05:47 ECT ]
Pentagon Spec Ops Chief Sees ’10 to 20′ More Years of War Against al-Qaida
By Spencer Ackerman
May 18, 2013 - The war in Afghanistan may be winding down. But the Pentagon’s chief of irregular warfare still sees a war against al-Qaida that will last decades, all over the world — a prospect that prompted astonishment and constitutional debate in the Senate.Asked at a Senate hearing today how long the war on terrorism will last, Michael Sheehan, the assistant secretary of defense for special operations and low-intensity conflict, answered, "At least 10 to 20 years."It was just two months ago that the top U.S. intelligence official testified that al-Qaida had been battered by the U.S. into a state of disarray. A year ago, the current CIA director, John Brennan, said that "For the first time since this fight began, we can look ahead and envision a world in which the al Qaeda core is simply no longer relevant." Just this week, the commander of the Joint Special Operations Command, Army Lt. Gen. Joseph Votel, told a Florida conference that he was looking at missions beyond the counterterrorism manhunt...
continua / continued  [ 20-may-2013 03:35 ECT ]
Israeli Soldiers Break Into The Negev Detention Camp, Attack Detainees
May 18, 2013 - The Palestinian Detainees Study Center has reported that undercover forces of the Israeli military broke, on Thursday, into section 24 of the Negev detention camp, attacked the detainees and searched their beds and property. Riyadh Al-Ashqar, head of the center, issued a press release on Friday stating that the attack took place on Thursday at night, approximately at 10, when dozens of soldiers forced the detainees out of their tents, forced them into the external toilets, and searched their tents for more than one hour...
continua / continued  [ 20-may-2013 03:19 ECT ]
Syria News - May 17, 2013 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Local Coordination Committees of Syria + Videos
May 17, 2013 - By the end of Friday, the Local coordination committees documentated 113 martyrs between 7 women, 4 children and 1 martyr under torture: 39 martyrs were reported in Damascus and its suburbs; 17 martyrs in Idlib; 15 martyrs in Homs, inlcuding 3 unidentified martyred in Damascus suburbs; 14 in Deir Ezzor; 8 in Hama; 8 in Daraa; 8 in Aleppo; 2 in Raqqa; and 2 in Hassakeh. The committees have documented 323 points of shelling as 32 warplane air strikes were recorded, fiercest of which was in Yabroud, Damascus Suburbs, shelling with explosive barrels was recorded in 3 points: Yabroud in Damascus Suburbs, and Helfaya and Fletah in Hama, also the use of thermobaric and cluster bombs were documented in Helfaya. Shelling with mortars was recorded in 103 points, and artillery shelling in 95 points, whole rocket shelling was recorded in 88 points in different Syrian cities and towns.
continua / continued  [ 20-may-2013 15:14 ECT ]
Libya : Tawerghans say mass grave bodies mis-identified, demand neutral investigation
By Ahmed Elumami.
Exhumed bodies found in a mass grave discovered earlier this week are not civilians from Misrata but are people from Tawergha, the town’s local council in exile has said, demanding that a neutral committee be formed to investigate the grave. The head of the Tawergha refugee camp in Tripoli, Ali Arrous, told the Libya Herald that the displaced people of Tawergha do not trust the research team of the Ministry of Martyrs and Missing People.Tawerghan refugees, he said, are demanding that a neutral committee be formed to investigate the cemetery. This, he said, should consist of members of the Red Cross and the UN mission in Libya to fully investigate the mass grave."The cemetery is about 300 years old," Arrous said, "but the bodies in this grave were victims of a NATO airstrike. They were martyrs." He added that the Tawerghans have witnesses, including those who actually buried the bodies on 11 August 2011...
continua / continued  [ 20-may-2013 00:37 ECT ]
A Saudi, a pressure cooker and the FBI…
Ali Khan Mahmudabad
May 17, 2013 - What do you get when you put a Saudi student, the FBI and a 'bullet coloured’ pressure cooker together? Kabsah! Talal al-Rouqi, an Arab student in Michigan had cooked his favourite rice and meat dish, Kabsah (also know as Mandi) and was walking over to share it with his other Arab friend when a neighbor spotted him strolling in public with a 'bullet coloured’ pressure cooker. Naturally, worried about the swarthy looking young man’s intentions, especially given the Tsarnaev brother’s use of the pressure cooker as a bomb container, the conscious citizen decided to report the incident to the FBI. Armed agents surrounded the Al-Rouqi’s apartment, asked to enter the premises and then quizzed him on his sojourn of two days earlier...In another incident a Saudi man who was being held for irregularities to do with his passport was also quizzed and detained for bringing two pressure cookers from Saudi Arabia for his nephew...Obviously, the threat from an 'Ay-Rab’ pressure cooker is much greater than one sold in the U.S. of A...Now that carrying everyday items is a sign of being a potential suspect, especially if one has too much melanin (even though the Tsarnaev brothers looked more Caucasian than anything else), I have some advice for brown people and in particular Muslims in America...
continua / continued  [ 19-may-2013 05:23 ECT ]
How Qatar seized control of the Syrian revolution
By Roula Khalaf and Abigail Fielding-Smith
May 17, 2013 - ...In the shell-blasted areas of rebel-held Syria, few appear to be aware of the vast sums that Qatar has contributed – estimated by rebel and diplomatic sources to be about $1bn, but put by people close to the Qatar government at as much as $3bn. However, a perception is taking root among growing numbers of Syrians that Qatar is using its financial muscle to develop networks of loyalty among rebels and set the stage for influence in a post-Assad era. "Qatar has a lot of money and buys everything with money, and it can put its fingerprints on it," says a rebel officer from the northern province of Idlib interviewed by the FT. However, for Qatar, Syria is also the culmination of an opportunistic foreign policy which saw Doha become the unlikely backer of other Arab revolts in north Africa – and a friend of those who emerge as winners, in most cases Islamists. Qatar has supported the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and Tunisia’s Islamist al-Nahda party, which won the first elections after the popular revolts.... In Syria the Qataris worked through members of the exiled Muslim Brotherhood to identify rebel factions that should be supported. For example, she says, that is how they linked up with the Farouq brigades, one of the largest and more mainstream factions...
continua / continued  [ 19-may-2013 05:05 ECT ]
Senior BBC official insists that all of Jerusalem is an “Israeli” city
May 17, 2013 - The BBC has provided evidence this week that it prefers to use the territorial claims of the Israeli government to the whole of Jerusalem as a framework for its reporting, rather than acknowledging international law.International law considers only West Jerusalem, conquered in 1948 — amid the expulsion by Zionist militias of tens of thousands of Palestinians — to be under de facto Israeli control, while East Jerusalem, conquered in 1967 is occupied territory. This is reflected in the UK government’s position, which, since 1950, has recognized Israeli de facto authority in West Jerusalem, but not sovereignty, and considers East Jerusalem to be under military occupation...
continua / continued  [ 19-may-2013 04:44 ECT ]
The Biggest Obama Scandals Are Proven and Ignored
May 17, 2013- ...Has this president broken the law, lied under oath, or authorized war crimes? Yes, President Obama has broken the law on multiple occasions. Despite clearly stating, in a 2008 questionnaire, that the commander-in-chief is not lawfully empowered to ignore treaties duly ratified by the Senate, Obama has willfully failed to enforce the torture treaty, signed by Ronald Reagan and duly ratified by the Senate, that compels him to investigate and prosecute torture. As Sullivan put it earlier this year, "what Obama and Holder have done (or rather not done) is illegal." Obama also violated the War Powers Resolution, a law he has specifically proclaimed to be Constitutionally valid, when committing U.S. troops to Libya without Congressional approval. Or as Sullivan put it in 2011, "I'm with Conor. The war in Libya becomes illegal from now on. And the imperial presidency grows even more powerful." ....
continua / continued  [ 19-may-2013 03:44 ECT ]
Palestinian refugees are not at your service
Moe Ali Nayel
May 17, 2013 - Are you enjoying filming our misery? Film: it’s fine, you are like the others. You show up in the camp, film, leave, and we are still here."I used to reply: but we want to tell the world about your story. Always, with the same sarcasm, is the reply: "how much are you getting paid to tell the world our story?"Throughout my time working as a fixer with international journalists I never understood why people on the sidewalks of the camps’ busy streets always regarded our "humanitarian" mission with skepticism. But earlier this year I came to understand this skepticism of Palestinian refugees in camps in Lebanon.It was a gloomy day and clouds condensed above Sabra, a shanty town adjacent to Beirut’s Sports City stadium, overlooking the Palestinian refugee camp Shatila.We walked through a maze of narrow alleys in Sabra, led by Abdullah, a young Palestinian from Syria, doing relief work for his fellow Palestinian refugees who fled violence in Syria and were now seeking safety all over Lebanon...
continua / continued  [ 19-may-2013 03:01 ECT ]
Laborers hurt after Israel police dog attack near Hebron
May 17, 2013-- Three Palestinian laborers were wounded on Friday in Beit Ula northwest of Hebron after Israeli forces fired rubber-coated steel bullets and unleashed police dogs at them, a local official said. Issa al-Amla, coordinator for the popular struggle committee, said that Omar Al-Amla, 31, and Abdulkadir Al-Amla, 28, suffered multiple dog bites in the neck and hands. The third laborer, Jihad Saleem, was shot in the leg with a rubber-coated steel bullet...
continua / continued  [ 19-may-2013 02:00 ECT ]
Syria News - May 16, 2013 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Local Coordination Committees of Syria + Videos
May 16, 2013 - By the end of Thursday, the coordination committees have documented 110 martyrs, including 3 women, 7 children, and 1 martyr under torture: 60 martyrs were reported in Damascus and suburbs; 17 in Aleppo; 10 in Homs; 8 in Hama; 5 in Idlib; 5 in Daraa; 4 in Deir Ezzor; and 1 in Raqqa. The committees have documented 379 points of shelling as air strikes by warplanes were recorded in 37 points fiercest of which was in Helfaya in Hama, shelling with phosphoric bombs was recorded in Helfaya, Hama and Mleiha in Damascus Suburbs, shelling with thermobaric and cluster bombs was also recorded in Helfaya, Hama, while artillery shelling was recorded in 127 points, and mortar shelling in 108 points, also rocket shelling was recorded in 103 points in different Syrian cities and areas...
continua / continued  [ 19-may-2013 01:21 ECT ]
Patriotic Yardsticks for Unpatriotic Giant Corporations
by Ralph Nader
May 16, 2013 - Why are big, global U.S. corporations so unpatriotic? After all, they were created in the U.S.A., rose to immense profit because of the toil of American workers, are bailed out by American taxpayers whenever they’re in trouble, and are safeguarded abroad by the U.S. military. Yet these corporate Goliaths work their tax lawyers overtime to escape U.S. taxes. Many pay less than you do in federal income taxes. Imagine corporations, like General Electric, have not paid federal income taxes on U.S. profits for years. Mega corporations have abandoned U.S. workers by entrenching "pull-down" trade agreements that make it easier than ever to ship jobs and whole industries to fascist and communist regimes abroad which keep their workers near serfdom. Remember, the U.S. has run large trade deficits for the past 30 years as a result of anti-American trade deals pushed by these global companies. These Goliaths are pressing for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade agreement that will further pull down our economy...
continua / continued  [ 18-may-2013 15:43 ECT ]
Why Obama Can & Should Close Guantanamo NOW
by Debra Sweet
May 16, 2013 - While promoting the message to Close Guantanamo that we are raising funds to publish in The New York Times, we have been hearing, especially in the Twitterverse, that people think, because Obama promised to close Guantanamo, and says that Congress is not allowing him to do that, the main problem is with Congress...Obama repeated, in remarks at a press conference last month, that it is Congress who refuses to let him release prisoners who have been cleared for release. 86 prisoners were cleared, some back to 2006, by the Bush administration, and then again by a task force of Obama’s own creation in 2009, after what he’s called a very "thorough review."
There are 3 main reasons the ball is in Obama’s court on Guantanamo: 1. Obama put in place the ban on transferring the 56 Yemeni prisoners, out of the 86 who have been cleared for release...
continua / continued  [ 18-may-2013 04:55 ECT ]
Secrecy, Drones, Prisons and Kill Lists
by ALYSSA ROHRICHT
May 16, 2013- ... From the very start of Obama’s presidency, he and his administration have managed to take the Bush-era attack on civil liberties and not just continue them, but in many cases, significantly expand them (Lena Groeger and Cora Currier of ProPublica have created a fantastic interactive list here). The AP phone records story, while certainly significant, is not the first time the Obama administration has acted above the law. Glenn Greenwald wrote for a piece in The Guardian."And then there are the two War on Terror presidents. George Bush seized on the 9/11 attack to usher in radical new surveillance and detention powers in the PATRIOT ACT, spied for years on the communications of US citizens without the warrants required by law, and claimed the power to indefinitely imprison even US citizens without charges in military brigs. His successor, Barack Obama, went further by claiming the power not merely to detain citizens without judicial review but to assassinate them….
continua / continued  [ 18-may-2013 02:54 ECT ]
Children bear the brunt of Israeli incursions into Kfur Qaddoum
Defence for Children International-Palestine Section
May 15, 2013 - Ten children, among them 6-year-old Ali, required medical attention after a tear gas canister landed in the room where they had taken shelter during clashes between Kfur Qaddoum villagers and Israeli soldiers. Night-time incursions, home invasions and arrests by the Israeli military occur frequently in the Palestinian village of Kfur Qaddoum near the West Bank city of Nablus. One young villager, Hanan, 17, visibly shakes while recalling the story of the three nights during which Israeli soldiers raided her home. Woken up at 3 am by the sound of loud banging on the front door, Hanan was 12 the first time that soldiers entered her house to arrest a member of her family, her brother. The soldiers, she said, were kicking the door with their feet and rifles and entered the house with three dogs. "They were barking and they scared us."...
continua / continued  [ 17-may-2013 22:03 ECT ]
“If you wanted to live, you left”
The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR)
May 15, 2013 - Today is Nakba Day, the day on which Palestinians mourn the loss of their homeland in 1948. 65 years ago, in May of 1948, Ghatheyya Mifleh al-Khawalda was a carefree 15-year-old girl who lived with her mother and sister in the village of al-Qastina in Mandatory Palestine, when they were forced, along with the rest of their village, to flee in the face of imminent threat from Jewish militias. For some time, the people of al-Qastina had received word of terrible attacks against other villages nearby, in which many had died. Fearing a similar fate, they left their home, and would never return to live there again. They became victims of what is referred to as the Nakba, meaning 'catastrophe’, the mass forced displacement of Palestinians from their homes in order to make way for citizens of the Jewish State of Israel which would be established soon afterwards...
continua / continued  [ 17-may-2013 21:54 ECT ]
Radicalized = Weaponized = Kill at Will
May 15, 2013 - Like all advanced police states, the U.S. national security regime has begun speaking its own, degenerate language. It is a mode of speech that simultaneously defines the "enemy" and justifies his or her destruction. The soulless, bureaucratic roots of National Security Speech belie the ruthless intent, which is to make the utter destruction of the targeted group or individual appear to be the natural order of things. "Self-radicalization" is one of the terms coined by national security speakers. To people like President Obama, a guy who adds targets to his Kill List every Tuesday, "self-radicalization" represents a grave threat to the American state. "One of the dangers that we now face," said Obama, in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing, "are self-radicalized individuals who are already in the United States," because it is difficult to prevent them from carrying out "plots."...
continua / continued  [ 17-may-2013 19:41 ECT ]
Does This Not Outrage You?
The Revolting Syrian-يلا إرحل يا بشار
May 15, 2013 - Much has been said over the past two days in the world press about a sick video showing an FSA commander tearing the heart out of a dead Hezbullah fighter (sent to murder Syrians) in Qusayr, Homs and then eating it.
The video is vile. The act is vicious. The cannibalism is inexcusable. However, the 'outrage’ over this video has been proclaimed by Human Rights Watch to be "the most disgusting atrocity filmed in the Syrian Civil War". Human Rights Watch is also quoted in dozens of the world’s most widely read newspapers, television programs and news media networks stating the same. The media in general has taken the same attitude, saying that this single video, is the worst thing to have befallen the Syrian Revolution (they incorrectly call it a civil war). Honestly? This video is the worst you people have seen come out of Syria? If that’s the case, then allow me to educate you for a moment.Countless keyboard pontificators, armchair generals, faux-leftists and of course, Assad’s supporters have pounced on this video, waved it like a flag in the wind, and declared that every Syrian who is not on Assad’s side of the massacre (again, not civil war) is a 'dirty cannibal terrorist’. And yes, they apply that label to babies, children, women, the elderly and the 90,000+ martyrs that Assad’s forces have killed since March 2011...
continua / continued  [ 17-may-2013 19:09 ECT ]
Right of Return still key – Nakba Day demonstrations violently suppressed by Israeli forces
International Solidarity Movement
May 15, 2013 - The 15th May marks the 65th anniversary of the expulsion of 750,000 Palestinians from their homes and the destruction – and massacre in some cases – of more than 500 Palestinian villages by Zionist forces in 1948. 65 years on, the same Zionist project of expelling the indigenous population of Palestine continues. House demolitions, land confiscation, settlement expansion, military occupation, restriction of movement and systematic bombing of the Gaza Strip are aimed at ethnically cleansing Palestine for the sake of the Zionist dream: Greater Israel. Palestinians from different villages and cities across the West Bank, Jerusalem, the Gaza Strip and refugee camps in neighbouring Arab countries have commemorated the 65th anniversary of the Nakba, claiming once again their right of return to their land, their homes and their history...
continua / continued  [ 17-may-2013 18:31 ECT ]
Watch: “From Al-Araqib to Susiya” - Palestinians highlight Israel’s ongoing efforts to expel them
May 15, 2013 - Today, 15 May, Nakba Day, Palestinians everywhere mark the 65th anniversary of their continuing expulsion and exile from their homeland.A new short film, released to mark this date, features Palestinians talking about their experiences of ongoing forced removal from their lands and homes by Israel.The film "documents a journey between the two villages and two communities, whose very existence on their land is under threat today" according to Adalah, the Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel, which produced it."It also demonstrates how, in the face of a single Israeli policy to forcibly displace Palestinians on both sides of the Green Line, the people are drawing on deep reserves of courage and steadfastness to remain on their land."...
continua / continued  [ 17-may-2013 18:10 ECT ]
65th Commemoration: Ongoing Nakba and Secondary Forcible Displacement
BADIL - Resource Center for Palestinian Residencyand Refugee Rights
May 15, 2013- Of the 11.4 million Palestinians worldwide, 66% are forcible displaced, (refugees and internally displaced people) and over half live in the Shatat (forced exile). Instead of an event relegated to history, the Nakba continues into its 65th year – the central source for the annual increase of these displacement statistics.In the past year, for example, Israeli colonization, occupation and apartheid have targeted the indigenous presence of Palestinians particularly in Jerusalem, Area C of the West Bank, the Gaza Strip Buffer Zone and the Naqab. On 6 May 2013, Israel approved the Prawer Plan, which threatens to forcibly displace up to 70,000 Palestinian Bedouin in the Naqab. On the same day, Israel issued 11 home demolition orders in Deir Nidham village near Ramallah, which, if carried out, will make 40 Palestinians homeless. On large and small scales, the displacement of the ongoing Nakba repeats the original crime and tragedy producing Palestinian refugees and Internally Displaced Persons annually...
continua / continued  [ 17-may-2013 17:41 ECT ]
How the US Turned Three Pacifists into Violent Terrorists
by Fran Quigley
May 15, 2013- In just ten months, the United States managed to transform an 82 year-old Catholic nun and two pacifists from non-violent anti-nuclear peace protestors accused of misdemeanor trespassing into federal felons convicted of violent crimes of terrorism. Now in jail awaiting sentencing for their acts at an Oak Ridge, TN nuclear weapons production facility, their story should chill every person concerned about dissent in the US. Here is how it happened. In the early morning hours of Saturday June 28, 2012, long-time peace activists Sr. Megan Rice, 82, Greg Boertje-Obed, 57, and Michael Walli, 63, cut through the chain link fence surrounding the Oak Ridge Y-12 nuclear weapons production facility and trespassed onto the property. Y-12, called the Fort Knox of the nuclear weapons industry, stores hundreds of metric tons of highly enriched uranium and works on every single one of the thousands of nuclear weapons maintained by the U.S...
continua / continued  [ 17-may-2013 17:27 ECT ]
On Political Preconditions
May 15, 2013- To the extent that diplomacy solves international problems it depends on the satisfaction of the political preconditions that must be met for negotiations betweensovereign states to reach sustainable and benevolent results. To clarify the point, in situations where there is a clear winner and loser, political preconditions are irrelevant, as the winner can dictate the terms, either imposing them as was done after World War II in response to the unconditional surrender of Germany and Japan, or offering proposals on a 'take it or leave it’ basis. This is what Israel has attempted to do over the course of the twenty years that the Oslo Framework, the Roadmap, and the Quartet, have provided the ground rules for diplomacy with respect to Israel/Palestine negotiations. Israel has performed as if the winner, and expected Palestine to act as if the loser, but so far this scenario has not produced the desired outcome, a 'peace’ essentially framed in accordance with Israel’s priorities (retaining settlements by critical land swaps, annexing the whole of Jerusalem, maintaining access to West Bank aquifers, ignoring refugees, de-linking Gaza)...
continua / continued  [ 17-may-2013 05:15 ECT ]
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