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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.

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Gaza needs more than condemnation
Haidar Eid

July 18, 2014- The Palestinians of Gaza, naively, went to the polling station in January 2006, mistakenly believing the Bush doctrine of bringing democracy to the Middle East — in spite of him being responsible for the brutal massacre of hundreds of thousands of innocent people in Iraq and Afghanistan. People voted, but not for the preferred choice of the Israelis, or their American backers and the Arab dictators. The Palestinian choice was against the peace process industry, against the fiction that is the ever-slippery two-state solution, against the corruption of the Oslo-era nouveau riche...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108551] [ 26-jul-2014 04:53 ECT ]

Medical sources: Israel using unfamiliar toxic gas against Palestinians in Gaza
Middle East Monitor

July 18, 2014 -Dozens of Palestinians, including children, suffered from suffocation on Thursday due to inhaling what is being described as a "strange toxic gas" launched by the Israeli army during its ground incursion in the north and south of the Gaza Strip, Anadolu news agency reported. Anadolu quoted Dr. Ashraf Al-Qidra, a spokesperson for the Health Ministry in Gaza, as saying that: "Dozens of Palestinians, including children, arrived at hospitals suffering from suffocation after inhaling a white poisonous gas fired by the Israeli army in the northern Gaza Strip and in the Shawkah neighbourhood near Rafah, to the south."...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108550] [ 26-jul-2014 04:31 ECT ]

Syria News - July 17, 2014 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Local Coordinating Committees of Syria
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July 17, 2014- By the end of Thursday, the coordination committees were able to document 61 martyrs, including 2 women, 1 child and 2 martyrs under torture: 17 martyrs were reported in Aleppo; 15 in Idlib; 14 in Damascus and its suburbs; 6 in Daraa; 6 in Hama and 3 in Homs....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108549] [ 26-jul-2014 03:46 ECT ]

What Corporate Media and Corporate Latino Politicians Won't Tell You About Central American Child Refugees
Bruce A. Dixon

July 17, 2014 - ...Latino voters and the Latino political class supported the career of Barack Obama almost as solidly as blacks. They were promised much more than African Americans, but in the end got much less. Latinis were promised that the unjust immigration system would be fixed and a road to citizenship created for the millions of undocumented living among us. What Latino voters and the Latino political class got in return for their support of Obama was two million deportations, hundreds of thousands of families brutally separated and scattered by law, not entirely unlike black families in this country once were...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108548] [ 26-jul-2014 03:18 ECT ]

Since the Beginning of the Israeli Offensive on Gaza: 221 Palestinians Killed, of Whom 179 Are Civilians, Including 45 Children and 32 Women, and 1,458 Others Wounded, Mostly Civilians, Including 432 Children and 298 Women;
The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR)

July 17, 2014-Israeli occupation forces have continued their brutal and immoral offensive on the Gaza Strip for the 8th consecutive day, and have continued the policy of collective punishment in disregard for the international law and humanitarian law, which ensure protection for civilians in times of war, and in violation of the principles of necessity, proportionality and distinction. Israeli forces have continued their aerial, ground and sea attacks throughout the Gaza Strip, causing more civilian casualties and damaging civilian facilities, including houses and mosques. In disregard for the lives of children, Israeli forces killed 4 Palestinian children while they were playing at the beach in Gaza City. ...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108547] [ 26-jul-2014 03:15 ECT ]

Testimony from Gaza: “You leave your home to die a thousand times, or refuse to leave and die once.”
Mahmoud Jouda

July 17, 2014 - Mahmoud Jouda, a Palestinian living in the Gaza Strip describes the experience of receiving an evacuation order from Israeli forces: "I'll tell you what is harder than dying in Gaza by an Israeli missile deluxe. What is harder is that you get a phone call from the Israeli army telling you to evacuate your home because it will be bombed in ten minutes. Imagine; ten minutes; and your whole short history on the surface of Earth will be erased. Gifts you received, photos of your siblings and your children (dead or alive), things that you love, your favorite chair, your books, that last poetry collection your read, a letter from your expatriate sister, reminders of the ones you loved, the smell of your bed, the jasmine tree that hangs off your western window, your daughter’s hair clip, your old clothes, your prayer rug, your wife’s gold, your savings; imagine; all this passes in front of your eyes in ten minutes, all that pain passes while you are struck by surprise."
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108546] [ 26-jul-2014 03:06 ECT ]
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Gazans in West Bank fear for their loved ones
Ahmad Melhem

July 17, 2014 - With each raid that Israeli planes launch on the Gaza Strip, Sameh, 38, grabs his mobile phone and calls his family there to make sure they’re fine.Sameh, who preferred to give his first name only, hailed from the Gaza Strip, which he left 20 years ago. He works in Ramallah. "I'm constantly and persistently following what is happening. I sit at the breakfast table, with my phone by my side. I contact my parents and friends as soon as I hear about a raid in any region close to my family. I even take my phone with me into the shower," he told Al-Monitor...

  continua / continued avanti - next    [108545] [ 26-jul-2014 02:22 ECT ]

Gaza on Brink of Acute Water Crisis: Red Cross
Andrea Germanos

July 16, 2014- The International Committee of the Red Cross has warned that the population of Gaza is on the brink of an "acute water crisis." "Hundreds of thousands of people in Gaza are now without water," Jacques de Maio, head of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) delegation in Israel and the occupied territories, said in statement released Tuesday. "Within days, the entire population of the Strip may be desperately short of water," he stated.
The roughly 140 square mile territory is home to at least 1.5 million people. The blockaded territory's already fragile water infrastructure has been damaged by the current military operation, and the unsafe situation has made it impossible for technicians to carry out needed repairs, the organization adds...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108544] [ 26-jul-2014 01:56 ECT ]

No escape for civilians in Gaza
Asmaa al-Ghoul
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July 17, 2014 - ...Israeli author Gideon Levy criticized in Haaretz newspaper what he calls the war against innocent civilians: "It is the war of the elephant against a fly. The retired generals who are still effectively working are adopting a savage approach. Those include Maj. Gen. Oren Shachor, who said without blinking, 'If we kill their families, this will scare them.'" This is no longer just about war crimes, but rather about the recurrence of crimes that no one seems willing to stop. The killing of children, the destruction of residential homes while inhabitants are inside, all these crimes classify as severe violations of the 1949 Geneva Conventions....



  continua / continued avanti - next    [108543] [ 26-jul-2014 01:26 ECT ]

Fugitive Iraqi leader warns against third term for Al Maliki
Piotr Zalewski

July 17, 2014 -Without a change in government, Iraq’s Sunni population could grow to sympathise with militants from the Islamic State, the country’s fugitive vice president says. Tariq Al Hashemi fled Iraq in 2012 after being accused of running a Sunni death squad, a charge he denies. He found refuge in Turkey and was later sentenced to death in absentia by an Iraqi court. Speaking to The National by phone, Mr Al Hashemi insisted that the crisis gripping Iraq would only grow worse if prime minister Nouri Al Maliki returned for a third term as premier. "Voting for Maliki is a vote for splitting Iraq," he said, commenting on the efforts to form a new government in Baghdad. "This gentleman has been the main cause of the instability."....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108542] [ 26-jul-2014 01:15 ECT ]

Meshaal speaks out on possible cease-fire
Adnan Abu Amer

July 17, 2014 - ....The leader of Hamas’ political bureau, Khaled Meshaal, has reiterated in an exclusive interview with Al-Monitor that his movement will not agree to a cease-fire that does not result in the lifting of the siege on Gaza. "Any initiative that doesn’t stop the aggression and end the siege on Gaza would not be acceptable to our people. That’s why the Egyptian initiative was rejected," Meshaal told Al-Monitor in a phone interview from Doha. Since 2007, in addition to the multiple wars between 2008-2009 and 2012, Israel has maintained a land, air and sea siege on the Gaza Strip that is crippling its economy and has largely destroyed the territory’s infrastructure.,,,

  continua / continued avanti - next    [108541] [ 26-jul-2014 00:48 ECT ]

A Nation on the Brink: How US Policies Sealed Iraq's Fate
Dahr Jamail
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July 17, 2014 --An Iraqi friend I've known since 2003, living in a predominantly Sunni neighborhood in Baghdad, emailed me recently. He had made it through the sectarian bloodletting of 2006 to 2007 in which many of his Sunni compatriots were killed or driven from the capital, and this is the picture he painted of what life is now like for him, his wife and their small children: All the dangers faced by Iraqis from the occupation - arrests, torture, car bombs, and sectarian violence - those killings have become like a toy in comparison to what we are facing these days. Fighting has spread in all directions from the north, east, and west of Baghdad... As a result of this fighting, we can't sleep because of our fear of the uncertainty of the situation, and because of the random arrests of innocent Sunni people. Each day I awake and find myself in a very hard and bad situation and now am trying to think of any way I can to leave here and save my family. Most of my neighbors left back when it was easier to leave. Now, we have both the US and Iran helping the Iraqi government, and this will only make the fighting that is going on across Iraq much worse...Every day, the Iraqi army is raiding homes and arresting many innocent people. So many dead bodies are to be found at the Baghdad morgue in the days following the mass arrests in Sunni areas...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108540] [ 26-jul-2014 00:37 ECT ]

Questions for UK Government over claims “heavy weather” destroyed renditions evidence
Reprieve

July 17, 2014 - Claims made by the Government that possible evidence of UK involvement in renditions held in Diego Garcia was damaged by "extremely heavy weather" last month have been questioned by legal charity Reprieve, in the light of independent weather records suggesting there was no heavy rain during the period. Foreign Office ministers Mark Simmonds and Tobias Ellwood both told MPs this week that "extremely heavy weather in June 2014" had damaged flight records held in Diego Garcia, a British territory which the Government has admitted was used by CIA aircraft carrying detainees as part of its programme of 'extraordinary rendition.’..
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108539] [ 26-jul-2014 00:03 ECT ]

Iraq snapshot - July 17, 2014
The Common Ills

July 17, 2014 - ...Nouri al-Maliki is a thug. The 'liberal' media -- Scott Horton's Antiwar Radio, Amy Goodman's Democracy Now! and so many others -- have whored for Nouri and they continue to whore for him. Yesterday on Democracy Now!, Amy Goodman continued her war against Iraqi Sunnis by booking noted Sunni hater Patrick Cockburn as well as the always ridiculous Hannah Allem (McClatchy Newspapers) who somehow, someway, just happens, repeatedly, to slant things so that Sunnis come off so badly. Now that Patrick's documented hatred of Sunnis has moved from Arabic social media into the mainstream media, we can ignore him and just zoom in on Hannah.... Hannah lies in July of 2014 that Shi'ite militias are reforming. Really? In the summer of 2014?...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108538] [ 25-jul-2014 23:55 ECT ]

Isolated weapons find in vacant UNRWA school cannot justify Israel’s Gaza slaughter
Ali Abunimah

July 17, 2014 -An incident, "the first of its kind," occurred today: UNRWA, the UN agency for Palestine refugees, found weapons in one the hundreds of schools it runs in the Gaza Strip. The school was vacant and the weapons were quickly removed. It is important to highlight this incident because of how Israel and its apologists are alreading misusing and misrepresenting it to justify Israel’s massive and illegal bombardment of civilians and civilian infrastructure in the Gaza Strip... Israel has a long history of attacking and misusing UNRWA schools and making false claims about their misuse by Palestinian fighters...

  continua / continued avanti - next    [108537] [ 25-jul-2014 23:43 ECT ]

Afghanistan's 'Forgotten Guantánamo' Rocked by Hunger Strikes
Sarah Lazare
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July 17, 2014 - Hunger strikes against segregated housing, unsanitary water, lack of access to the International Committee of the Red Cross, and more have swept the U.S. military's Bagram prison in Afghanistan, journalist Spencer Ackerman revealed Wednesday in the Guardian. News of the protests offers a rare glimpse into a prison that operates behind a wall of military secrecy, with even the identities of the 38 non-Afghan men held by the U.S. concealed from the public. The strikes were confirmed by Abdul Sattar, who hails from Pakistan and was formerly held at the prison for approximately 2.5 years before being released in May. Sattar told the Guardian that he participated in five or six hunger strikes, which decreased his body weight by 55 pounds...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108536] [ 25-jul-2014 23:16 ECT ]

A Navy Medical Officer’s Profound Act of Resistance to Force-Feeding Guantanamo Prisoners
By: Kevin Gosztola

July 17, 2014 - A Navy medical officer recently refused to force-feed a prisoner at Guantanamo Bay. It is the first reported act of resistance to the regime of force-feeding since prisoners went on hunger strike eighteen months ago. According to Carol Rosenberg of the Miami Herald, Navy Captain Tom Gresback confirmed "a recent instance of a medical provider not willing to carry out the enteral feeding of a detainee." He indicated the matter was now "in the hands of the individual’s leadership." The officer refused to force-feed Abu Wael Dhiab. Cori Crider of Reprieve was called and informed by Dhiab that the Navy medical officer had refused to force-feed prisoner just before the Fourth of July. The officer "disappeared from detention center duty."...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108535] [ 25-jul-2014 22:42 ECT ]

Full Recognition of Palestinian Humanity
What’s Needed for Real Peace in Gaza

by BRITAIN EAKIN

July 17, 2014 - ... But despite its incessant claims to the contrary, Israel does have another choice. It can deal with the root causes of the conflict by accepting the Palestinian unity government, negotiating fairly with the Palestinians, ending the crippling and inhumane siege of Gaza and taking meaningful steps to end its nearly 50-year-long military occupation of Palestinian land. But this is simply not the option it has chosen to exercise. Until and unless there is recognition of and respect for Palestinian humanity and their inherent rights as an occupied people deserving of self-determination, the bloodshed and violence will continue. Without any accountability mechanism to persuade Israel to take this approach in negotiations, the way forward remains murky. In the meantime, analysts and journalists can do their part by treating Palestinians as actual human beings, deserving of safety and security, whose lives have value. The more we hear about Palestinians from Palestinians themselves,the better....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108534] [ 25-jul-2014 22:33 ECT ]

Is the Goal of Israel the Total Dispossession of the Palestinians?
The U.S., Israel and Oil Geopolitics

by ROB URIE

July 17, 2014 -The standard line coming from political scientists, reporters and politicians is of Western governments acting in national 'interests’ to protect 'their’ citizens from military threats posed by other nations / peoples. This is certainly the frame U.S. President Barack Obama used in his recent editorial in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz to explain his, and U.S., support for the attack by Israel on the captive, immiserated civilian population of Gaza. Left out of Mr. Obama’s condolences to parents of the slain children alleged to be in part the motivation for the latest Israeli atrocities in Gaza is his own record of callously murdering between dozens and hundreds of women, children and innocent men throughout the Middle East and Africa in illegal drone 'strikes’ in recent years. Also left unsaid is the miraculous overlap of the nations and peoples subjected to U.S. wars of 'liberation / self-defense’ and proven oil reserves.
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108533] [ 25-jul-2014 22:27 ECT ]

The human rights community’s consensus: Israel is committing war crimes in Gaza
Alex Kane
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July 17, 2014 - When the Israeli military wages assaults on Gaza, their spokesmen, former officials and sympathetic journalists blanket the airwaves to justify their military policies as targeted and precise. But during this attack on Gaza–and previous assaults–a consensus among human rights groups has emerged: Israel is committing war crimes in strikes that are wiping out civilians. Since the start of Israel’s "Operation Protective Edge," Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and United Nations officials–the heavyweights when it comes to interpreting international law–have all issued reports and statements slamming Israel for violations of international law. Those organizations have also said Hamas and other Palestinian militant groups firing rockets are committing war crimes since their volleys are indiscriminately aimed at Israeli civilians...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108532] [ 25-jul-2014 21:10 ECT ]

Witness to an International War Crime
Israeli State Terrorism in Gaza

by AJAMU BARAKA

July 17, 2014 - "Protective Edge," the cartoonish name given to the latest Israeli military offensive against the occupied people of Palestine, is representative of the inverted reality whereby the 1.7 million captive and largely defenseless Palestinians in Gaza are the vicious aggressors against the peace-loving settlers of Israel. Similar to the inverted reality in the U.S., where the myth of the innocent settler was created to justify the systematic slaughter of Indigenous peoples, the genocidal policies of Israel are camouflaged by the transformation of its position from an armed colonial invader to one of victim. This repositioning is aided and abetted in the U.S. by a corporate media whose world view and angle of reporting is framed by the innocent settler narrative. This narrative simultaneously liquidates and normalizes the colonial relationship between the colonizer and the colonized so that the occupied territories are not occupied but transformed into "disputed" territories and all forms of resistance on the part of Palestinians becomes terroristic...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108531] [ 25-jul-2014 15:31 ECT ]

Only the Insignias Change
Guernica, 1937 / Gaza, 2014

by NORMAN POLLACK
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July 17, 2014 - April 26, 1937, late afternoon, German bombers higher in the air, Heinkel fighters just above treetops, bombed and strafed a small market town—the prelude to World War Two—crowded because it was market day, in effect, as Goering later said, a trial run to see what it takes to destroy a city—like eugenic experiments, this the perfection of the methodology and techniques of massive death and destruction. The population were mere guinea pigs, as all victims of war crimes, to the desensitized, dehumanized perpetrators of murder. Noel Monks, the British war correspondent, having survived the strafing of the Heinkel 52s on his way there, could see toward evening the flames of the city. "As we drew nearer," he writes, "on both sides of the road, men, women and children were sitting, dazed. I saw a priest in one group. I stopped the car and went up to him. 'What happened, Father?’ I asked. His face was blackened, his clothes in tatters. He couldn’t talk. He just pointed to the flames, still about four miles away, then whispered 'Aviones…bombas’…mucho, mucho.’"....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108530] [ 25-jul-2014 15:01 ECT ]

Nowhere is Safe
Life in Gaza Under Attack

by ROBERT FANTINA

July 17, 2014 -Apartheid Israel has been bombing the Gaza Strip for several days now. News of the horrific terror Israel is perpetrating on the Palestinians is becoming somewhat easier to find, thanks mainly to social media. This writer has a friend, Walid Mohammed, who lives in Gaza; he has communicated some of that horror via Facebook, although his time to do so is limited, since electricity is not always available, and he must often flee Israel’s bombs. Mr. Mohammed has been hit by shrapnel, but fortunately is still alive. He tells this writer that he is not safe; there is nowhere that is safe in Gaza at the present time...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108529] [ 25-jul-2014 14:45 ECT ]

International Scholars Declare Opposition to Israel’s Attack on Gaza
Richard Silverstein

July 17, 2014 - Over the past week, I joined together with Stanford Professors David Palumbo-Liu and Joel Beinin to draft the following statement opposing Israel’s war against the people of Gaza. We circulated the statement widely among academics, writers, analysts and some cultural and artistic figures. Among those who signed are Tariq Ramadan, Avi Shlaim, Gabriel Pieterberg, Juan Cole, Gareth Porter, Dina Khoury, Richard Falk and Guy Davidi. The ad was published today in Haaretz’s Hebrew and English editions. Below you’ll find the text and signers of the ad....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108528] [ 25-jul-2014 14:33 ECT ]

US State Department blames Hamas for Israel’s murder of Gaza children
Rania Khalek
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July 17, 2014 - The US State Department absolved Israel of responsibility for the murder of four Palestinian children in Gaza on Wednesday, placing the blame squarely on Hamas. The four children were killed and three others badly wounded by Israeli fire as they played on a beach in Gaza on Wednesday afternoon. Dozens of international journalists stationed at the nearby Al-Deira Hotel watched in horror as after an initial strike, Israeli fire chased after the terrified children as they ran for their lives screaming for help, firing at them a second time...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108527] [ 25-jul-2014 14:27 ECT ]

Gaza’s future on hold as families wait out Israel’s bombing
Rami Almeghari

July 17, 2014 - In a home in the alleyways of Maghazi refugee camp in the central the Gaza Strip lives Abdulbari al-Tallaa, a retired Palestinian Authority police officer. Al-Tallaa is known as Abu Yazeed, after his oldest child, 22-year-old Yazeed. He and his seven-member family, plus eight-year-old grandson Qassim, had broken another day of Ramadan fasting and were gathered for a meal during a blackout. Gaza households don’t have electricity for at least twelve hours per day after Israeli airstrikes damaged electricity networks. Abu Yazeed and his wife, Um Yazeed, along with their five daughters and only son, have been stuck inside their home for more than one week now...

  continua / continued avanti - next    [108526] [ 25-jul-2014 12:20 ECT ]

Call for Europe to end volunteer recruitment for Israeli army
Middle East Monitor

July 17, 2014-A UK-based human rights group has called upon the British and other European governments to put an end to the activities of Zionist organisations which recruit volunteers to work for the Israeli Defence Forces. The Arab Organisation for Human Rights in the UK (AOHR UK) pointed out that these activities have increased significantly during the latest Israeli attack on Gaza. According to AOHR UK, these organisations work within the EU zone in a very public manner and have never been investigated by government anti-terrorist units despite evidence that they recruit Europeans to serve in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Such recruits, it is claimed, have on occasion been required to engage in activities which endangered the lives of Palestinians, as has been the case in Gaza...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108525] [ 25-jul-2014 02:42 ECT ]

Syria News - July 16 , 2014 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Local Coordinating Committees of Syria
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July 16 , 2014- By the end of Wednesday, the coordination committees were able to document 68 martyrs including 8 women, 6 children and 4 martyrs under torture: 19 martyrs were reported in Idlib; 17 in Damascus and its suburbs.16 in Daraa; 7 in Hama; 7 in Aleppo; and 2 in Ounitra...

  continua / continued avanti - next    [108524] [ 25-jul-2014 01:21 ECT ]

The Circle of Chaos
Ali Ibrahim

July 16, 2014 -There is no greater evidence of chaos enveloping the Middle East than the Libyan foreign minister’s inability to attend a meeting of the country’s neighbors in Tunis. The meeting went ahead in his absence, and he was represented by the Libyan chargé d’affaires in Tunisia. It was like holding a party without its host. The minister was unable to attend due to the armed clashes around Tripoli airport, which coincided with other armed clashes in Benghazi. What is even worse is that for a while now the Foreign Ministry’s civil servants have been forced to run it from their own homes because armed militias have occupied the building, in protest against a number of issues including the dismissal of a Ministry official belonging to an Islamist group. Other reports said some Ministry documents were found strewn across the streets...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108523] [ 25-jul-2014 01:12 ECT ]

Center for Constitutional Rights Condemns Mass Killing, Collective Punishment of Palestinian Civilians in Gaza
Center for Constitutional Rights

July 16, 2014 - This aggression is possible only because of unqualified U.S. diplomatic, economic, and military support for the Israeli government’s occupation of Palestine and apartheid policies in the region. Last Friday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution in support of Israel’s "right to defend its citizens and ensure the survival of the State of Israel" yet made no mention of Israel’s bombardment of Gaza, the scores of Palestinian civilians killed nor Israel's mass destruction of Gaza’s infrastructure and housing; a similar Senate resolution is scheduled for committee mark up today, Wednesday, July 16....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108522] [ 25-jul-2014 00:51 ECT ]

Lessons from Gaza
Rachelle Friesen

July 16, 2014 - Images of death and destruction flood our media as Israel continues its onslaught on the people of Gaza. Every time I turn on my computer the number of dead and wounded has risen and still Netanyahu promises more bombs and more strikes. For an imprisoned community (1.7 million people living in 365km-squared bounded by a wall and the sea) there is no place to run. This is the third time in 6 years that the people of Gaza have had to endure such an attack. While working with an international aid organization in Jerusalem I was able to visit Gaza several times in the past few years. Through these visits I was able to see a very different Gaza than what is portrayed in Western media. The people I met told a story of pain, suffering, resilience and joy, and taught me important life-lessons...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108521] [ 25-jul-2014 00:32 ECT ]

Israeli onslaught shatters western belief that Arabs are source of violence
Leila Abu-Orf
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July 16, 2014 - Last week I saw that my white American uncle posted something on Facebook. It was an article from some obscure far right-wing news source and it was called "Support the Civilized Man: Defeat the Jihadists." Lo and behold, the article was a plea for continued support from the West to Israel. The title of this article so flagrantly states the mantra of the West when it comes to the treatment of Palestinians (and Arabs in general). I could discuss the political aspects of the events that happened this past week in Israel/Palestine. I could discuss the appalling treatment of Palestinians by Israeli citizens, subsidized by the Israeli government and military forces. But there’s one aspect of these recent events that I can’t whisk away: race...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108520] [ 25-jul-2014 00:24 ECT ]

BT indifferent to supporting US drone programme “as long as they pay our bills”
Reprieve

July 16, 2014 -Telecoms firm BT today dismissed questions over its provision of support to the US’ covert drone programme, stating that it "does not look at what its customers do" with its equipment, and adding that "we sell our services to governments as long as they pay our bills." The questions were raised at the company’s London AGM by legal charity Reprieve, which assists the civilian victims of drone strikes. They follow the revelation that BT has provided a high-tech communications link between Camp Lemonnier, a secretive US base in Djibouti from which drone strikes against Yemen have been launched, and RAF Croughton in Northamptonshire, a US military base which provides "communications and global strike operations." Such fibre-optic links are crucial in allowing the transmission of video feeds from drones around the world to the bases from which they are flown and the footage is analysed...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108519] [ 24-jul-2014 23:46 ECT ]

In Syria, the Enemy of America's Enemy Is Still a Lousy Friend
By Muhammad Idrees Ahmad

July 16, 2014 - History is being rewritten. Syrian president Bashar Assad is about to emerge as a moderate peacemaker, a warrior against terror, and a secularist bulwark holding Islamist hordes at bay. His violence will be seen as no more than the tough love of a benevolent patriarch, eager to restore order amid spiraling chaos. The beast moving toward Bethlehem, it turns out, is really a dove. These thoughts were not filched from the regime’s PR dispatches. Nor did they originate from the political fringes, where the far left and far right have long portrayed Assad as a man warring against the same governments they loathe and/or feel oppressed by. No, these are the recent opinions of respectable mainstream voices.
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CIA drones kill at least 13 in Pakistan: the bloodiest strike for more than a year
Jack Serle
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July 16, 2014 -US drones have killed at least 13 people in the bloodiest strike in Pakistan for over a year.The attack reportedly destroyed a house and car in the Datta Khel area early on Wednesday morning. The dead were unidentified though one source said up to 12 were Uzbeks.A senior intelligence source told the Washington Post: "The compound was being used by foreign militants, and some local terrorists were present in the vehicle that got targeted." This was the second strike in six days to hit near the village and surrounding area. The first, on July 10, killed six or seven people....
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Iraqi army retreats from Tikrit after assault stalls
By Raheem Salman and Maggie Fick

July 16, 2014 - Iraqi forces have withdrawn from the militant-held city of Tikrit after their new offensive met heavy resistance, in a blow to the government effort to push back Sunni insurgents controlling large parts of the country. The failure highlights the difficulties of Baghdad's struggle to recapture territory from the insurgents who seized Mosul, Tikrit and other cities last month in a rapid offensive which threatens to fragment Iraq on ethnic and sectarian lines. The setback came as Iraqi politicians named a moderate Sunni Islamist as speaker of parliament on Tuesday. That was a long-delayed first step towards a power-sharing government urgently needed to confront the militants...
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State Department Responds to Israel’s Bombing of Children Playing on Gaza Beach by Blaming Hamas
By: Kevin Gosztola

July 16, 2014 - Four Palestinian boys, who were from the same family, were targeted and bombed by Israeli military forces while they were playing football (or soccer) on the beach. The boys were killed nearby the Al Deira hotel, where international journalists have been staying. They appeared to be targeted yet to the United States State Department the children would not have died if Hamas had accepted the ceasefire proposed yesterday.Ayman Mohyeldin, a journalist for NBC News who has been reporting from Gaza, said he had been kicking around a ball with the boys minutes before the air strike that killed them. He, along with other journalists, including The Guardian’s Peter Beaumont, helped provide medical aid to children who were hit by the strike...
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After Palestinian Unity Deal, Did Israel Spark Violence to Prevent a New "Peace Offensive"?
Democracy Now!

July 16, 2014 - It is widely thought that the flare-up in Israel and the Occupied Territories began with the kidnapping of three Israeli teens in the West Bank just more than a month ago. But our guests — author Norman Finkelstein and Palestinian political analyst Mouin Rabbani — argue that such a narrative ignores the broader context of decades of occupation and recent events highlighting the expansionist goals of the Israeli government in the Palestinian land under its control. "Whenever the Palestinians seem like they are trying to reach a settlement of the conflict — which the [Fatah-Hamas] unity government was — at that point Israel does everything it can to provoke a violent reaction, in this case from Hamas, break up the unity government, and then Israel has its pretext," Finkelstein says....
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‘BBC shame on you’- Demonstrations take place against the BBC’s coverage of Gaza and Israel
By Lil Jackson
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July 16, 2014 - Approximately 5,000 protesters gathered outside the British Broadcasting Corporation’s (BBC) studios on Tuesday to protest the news outlets coverage of the ongoing conflict between Hamas and Israel. The demonstrators chanted 'BBC shame on you’. Protestors accuse the BBC of showing bias towards Israel in its broadcasting. The corporation has, however, also received complaints that it favors the Palestinians. Similar demonstrations took place in the UK cities of Newcastle, Manchester and Liverpool. In conjunction with Tuesday’s demonstrations an open letter was presented to the BBC’s Director General, Lord Hall, at the London protest. The letter, organized by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC), Stop the War Coalition and Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, had 45,000 signatories...
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Those Killed Have Names
By Rana Abdulla

July 16, 2014 - ...Those killed are never named, and we only hear the numbers, in statements connected to the militants the world blames for their deaths. But these people had flesh and blood, they looked like you and me. They had lives and dreams; they laughed and cried, grew and loved, and now leave mourning mothers with hearts full of pain. All the while the madness of Netanyahu continues, unfettered and with impunity. It never ceases as he expands proxy-annexes Palestine, blockades Gaza and imposes the Israeli Apartheid. So eight days ago to punish one of the Hamas’ activists, the Israeli’s in all their entitlement justify this cruel, brutal and collective punishment. They target civilian areas with their missiles proven by the devastation of more than 350 homes, and knowing this is a violation of international law and conventions, Israel continues its assault. In 2009, 1400 civilians were killed in Gaza by Israel, thousands maimed and injured, infrastructure and buildings decimated with no chance to correct because there is still the blockade. Knowing all this, there has been enough killing and vengeance to last a lifetime and yet it never ends. What has any of it achieved . . . except more hatred and division?...
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Guantanamo nurse refused to participate in "criminal" force-feedings
Reprieve

A military medical professional at Guantanamo Bay recently refused to force-feed detainees after witnessing the suffering it caused detainees, it has been revealed. The incident is thought to be the first case of 'conscientious objection' to force-feeding at Guantánamo since a mass hunger-strike began at the prison last year. Cleared Syrian Abu Wa’el Dhiab related the news on a phone call last week with his Reprieve lawyer, Cori Crider. Dhiab explained that a military nurse recently told him he would no longer participate in force-feedings, saying: "I have come to the decision that I refuse to participate in this criminal act." A Department of Defense spokesperson confirmed the basics of this account in an email to Miami Herald journalist Carol Rosenberg. The Spokesman wrote: "There was a recent instance of a medical provider not willing to carry out the enteral feeding of a detainee." The nurse in question has apparently been assigned elsewhere; Mr. Dhiab said that after the man made his decision known, he never saw him again....
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PHROC Open Letter to UN Secretary-General on Hostilities in the Gaza Strip
Various undersigned

July 16, 2014 - Dear Mr. Secretary-General, In the context of Israel’s ongoing military attack against the occupied Gaza Strip, you recently stated in your address to the distinguished members of the UN Security Council that "[o]nce again, civilians are paying the price for the continuation of conflict." The Palestinian Human Rights Organisations Council (PHROC), a coalition of twelve Palestinian human rights organisations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT), is gravely concerned about Israel’s ongoing indiscriminate and disproportionate attacks against Palestinian civilians and civilian objects in the Gaza Strip. It must be noted that the population of the Gaza Strip has been living under an Israeli imposed closure for the past seven years, constituting a form of collective punishment. As a result, 70 per cent of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip are dependent on humanitarian assistance and have been hindered to recover from damage and destruction caused during previous Israeli offensives, including 'Operation Cast Lead’ and 'Operation Pillar of Defense’...
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Gaza: this shameful injustice will only end if the cost of it rises
Seumas Milne
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July 16, 2014 - The idea that Israel is defending itself against unprovoked attacks from outside its borders is an absurdity. Despite Israel’s withdrawal of settlements and bases in 2005, Gaza remains occupied both in reality and international law, its border, coastal waters, resources, airspace and power supply controlled by Israel. So the Palestinians of Gaza are an occupied people, like those in the West Bank, who have the right to resist, by force if they choose – though not deliberately to target civilians. But Israel does not have a right of self-defence over territories it illegally occupies – it has an obligation to withdraw. That occupation, underpinned by the US and its allies, is now entering its 48th year. Most of the 1.8 million Palestinians enduring continuous bombardment in Gaza are themselves refugees or their descendants, who were driven out or fled from cities such as Jaffa 66 years ago when Israel was established...
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Do Dead Bodies In The Street’s Of Iraq’s Capital Point Towards A Renewed Civil War?
MUSINGS ON IRAQ

July 16, 2014 - ...The first thing that stands out is that the number of bodies found has not followed a straight trajectory, but rather has gone up and down and then up again. In January 2014 31 bodies were found in the province. Then 35 were discovered in February, 28 in March and April each. Then they began to climb with 39 in May and 42 in June. The aggregate statistics show that there could be a correlation between the recent militia mobilization in Baghdad and the number of unidentified bodies found as they have reached a new high in the last two month just as the Shiite gunmen began re-organizing in Iraq. Insurgents were also ramping up their activities for their summer offensive, which could also be a factor. ..
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Underlying Motives
The Gaza Massacre

by CHANDRA MUZAFFAR

July 16, 2014 -Massacre has become a habit. Every two or three years, Israel launches a massive military assault upon largely unarmed Palestinians in Gaza. It did this in December 2008 to January 2009. It did it again in November 2012. On each occasion hundreds of Palestinians are murdered and thousands more maimed. Every time, Israel claims the moral high ground for its brutal, barbaric action. It blames Hamas, an important component of the Palestinian liberation movement, for the present cycle of violence. It alleges, without an iota of proof, that Hamas was responsible for the kidnapping and killing of three Israeli teens on 12 June 2014. Hamas has denied any involvement. The death of the teens — a despicable act — provided the justification for a large-scale operation against Hamas and other so-called militants. Israeli authorities arrested a number of activists including those who were released earlier...
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Witness to a shelling: first-hand account of deadly strike on Gaza port
Peter Beaumont in Gaza
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July 16, 2014 - The first projectile hit the sea wall of Gaza City's little harbour just after four o'clock. As the smoke from the explosion thinned, four figures could be seen running, ragged silhouettes, legs pumping furiously along the wall. Even from a distance of 200 metres, it was obvious that three of them were children. Jumping off the harbour wall, they turned on to the beach, attempting to cross the short distance to the safety of the Al-Deira hotel, base for many of the journalists covering the Gaza conflict. They waved and shouted at the watching journalists as they passed a little collection of brightly coloured beach tents, used by bathers in peacetime...

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For the First Time, A Nurse at Guantánamo Refuses to Take Part in Force-Feedings, Calls Them a “Criminal Act”
Andy Worthington

July 16, 2014 - Reprieve, the legal action charity whose lawyers represent a number of prisoners still held at Guantánamo Bay revealed yesterday that a nurse with the US military at the prison "recently refused to force-feed" prisoners "after witnessing the suffering" it caused them.Abu Wa’el Dhiab, a Syrian prisoner long cleared for release from Guantánamo, who is in a wheelchair as a result of his physical deterioration after 12 years in US custody without charge or trial, told his lawyer Cori Crider during a phone call last week (on July 10) that the male nurse "recently told him he would no longer participate in force-feedings." Dhiab reported that the nurse said, "I have come to the decision that I refuse to participate in this criminal act."....
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The Hollywood-style barbarism behind the 'strategic' killing of Palestinians
Nabila Ramdani

July 16, 2014 - Beyond the images of dead and maimed children coming out of Gaza, the most repugnant pictures have been of Israelis cheering on the slaughter from a bordering hill. There was a cinema-type atmosphere close to the town of Sderot all last week as, near enough to see the missile flashes and hear the blasts, the excited audience clapped each lethal strike. Successive days and nights of live carnage were accompanied by drinks and popcorn. Danish newspaper Kristeligt Dagblad described the macabre gatherings as 'most closely resembling the front row of a reality war theatre'. Such scenes - which are usual on the so-called 'Hill of Shame' during times of conflict - were replicated across Israel. In Tel Aviv and Jerusalem young people chanted 'Death to Arabs' in between celebrating each murderous attack on their hated neighbours....
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Syria News - July 15 , 2014 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Local Coordinating Committees of Syria
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July 15, 2014 - By the end of Tuesday, the coordination committees were able to document 60 martyrs including 4 women, 11 children and 5 martyrs under torture: 18 martyrs were reported in Daraa; 13 in Damascus and its suburbs; 12 in Aleppo; 9 in Hasakeh; 5 in Raqqa; 2 in Idlib; and 1 in Hama...
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Lost Voices of Dissent
Israel’s War Echo Chamber

by NEVE GORDON

July 15, 2014 -For several days now, some of my neighbours have suggested that the time has come to "destroy them"- meaning either Hamas or Palestinians – "once and for all". The rockets being fired from Gaza clearly do have the effect of raising the level of hysteria within Israel.However, not only have the dozens of Grads been fermenting the spirit of war – government ministers, members of Knesset and leading media commentators have also been consistently pouring oil onto the fire. Indeed, it seems the only vocal criticism against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is that he is too soft on the Palestinians. There is no public debate about the necessity of another war, but only about how punitive Israel should be....
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No exit from Gaza: A new war crime?
Richard Falk

July 15, 2014 - ....Leaving aside the debate on causes and justifications, the civilian population of Gaza, estimated to be about 1.7 million with women and children comprising 75% of the total, are trapped in an overcrowded war zone with no apparent exit from terrifying danger. Even if families are lucky enough to avoid direct physical injury, the experience of screaming jet fighters attacking through the night, targeting and surveillance drones overhead day and night, sustained naval artillery barrages, not to mention the threatened ground invasion combine to create a continuous horror show. It has been repeatedly confirmed by mental health specialists that these realities act as a trauma inducing phenomenon on a massive scale with prospects of lasting psychological damage, especially to children...

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Barbarism Unleashed: Israel’s Attack on Civilized Norms
By Ron Forthofer

July 15, 2014 - The following material is excerpted from a column I wrote about Israel’s attack on Gaza in June 2006. This column could have also been written about Israel’s horrific attacks on Gaza in 2008/2009 and in 2012. As long as Israel can continue to commit war crimes with impunity, Israel has no reason to modify its behavior. Excerpts from column about Israeli’s 2006 attack on Gaza:
The civilian casualty toll and the destruction of civilian infrastructure in Gaza is appalling. When will we ever learn that violence only begets more violence? And, sadly, in modern warfare, innocent civilians are usually the primary victims...
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Grandmother Sentenced to One Year in Prison After Protest at US Drone Base
Democracy Now!

July 15, 2014 - In New York, a peace activist and grandmother has been sentenced to a year in prison for her role in peaceful protests at a base where U.S. drones are piloted remotely. Mary Anne Grady Flores had been issued an order of protection aimed at keeping her away from Hancock Field Air National Guard Base after she participated in an act of civil disobedience there in 2012. Last year, Grady Flores says she attended another peace action, but did not participate, instead photographing it from the roadway, beyond what she believed was the base’s boundary. She was later told the base’s property extended into the road. On Thursday, Judge David Gideon of the DeWitt Town Court sentenced her to the maximum sentence of a year in prison for violating the protection order and fined her $1,000. In a courtroom packed with about 150 supporters, Grady Flores spoke about what she called the four perversions of justice in her case...
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Settlers attempted to kidnap and shoot two young Palestinian children
International Solidarity Movement

July 15, 2014 - Yesterday in the village of Deir Istiya, two young boys, Hasim Abu Zeed (13) and Hathem Yaser Abu Zeed (9) were attacked by Israeli settlers. Every day Hasim and Hathem’s family have to cross a road, which separates their homes from the village. This puts them in a dangerous position, exposing them to settler harassment and violence. Yesterday evening when they were passing a road to visit a store in the village, a car drove by and dragged the two boys inside. Hasim screamed, causing people to wake in the village, this appeared to unnerve the settlers and the two boys managed to escape into the olive fields, close to their house....
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Gaza families flee Israeli bombing of their homes
Asmaa al-Ghoul
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July 15, 2014 - ...Palestinian Ministry of Health spokesman Ashraf al-Qadra told Al-Monitor that 17 members of the Batsh family were killed by Israeli aircraft when they were bombed in their home, adding that one family member, Zakaria al-Batsh, was wounded and in intensive care.On July 13, Al-Monitor visited the area of the Batsh home, which was turned into a pile of rubble. The search was continuing for five people missing since the evening before....




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The fatal Palestinian trinity
Haneen Zoabi

July 15, 2014 - There are no concrete military outcomes for what is happening in Gaza. Israel has not eliminated Hamas nor has it obliterated any other resistance forces or liberation movements that seek to break the hold of the occupation. Israel has achieved nothing through its use of excessive military force; through its killing; through its destruction of Gaza. Yet, at the same time, Hamas alone has not been able to prevent Israel from deepening the roots of the occupation, nor has it been able to prevent it from continuing its violence and killings...Indeed, what Hamas has killed is Israel's conviction that it is able to impose a state of occupation without a physical occupier via this trinity. It has facilitated the stability of Israel's grip on occupied Palestinian territory for the past ten years...

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ISIS kills 23 Iranian Soldiers in Iraq
BasNews, Iraq

July 15, 2014- So far the Islamic State in Iraq and Sham (ISIS) has killed 24 Iranian Quds Soldiers during fighting in Iraq in the last month. According to Iraqi local media, since the start of ISIS attacks in Iraq and Iranian involvement in the clashes, 23 Iranian soldiers have been killed by ISIS with most of them killed in Samarra, a city north of the Iraqi capital of Baghdad.According to Iraqi media, most of the Iranian soldiers have been killed in cities and towns near the Iraqi Capital, as they are protecting Baghdad and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki from any ISIS attacks....
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Israeli calls for Palestinian blood ring at fever pitc
David Sheen
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July 15, 2014 - Concerned humanists may have hoped that when a group of Jewish Israelis confessed to kidnapping and killing Muhammad Abu Khudair, a Palestinian teenager in Jerusalem — forcing him to drink gasoline and torching him to death from inside his body — that top Israeli legislators and rabbis would have been horrified at what their revenge rhetoric had triggered, and seriously scaled back their calls for war.These hopes would have been in vain. In the days since the lynchers were arrested, the anti-Arab rhetoric has continued to ring at a fever pitch. Even as the Israeli army pummels the Gaza Strip with explosives — more than 1,500 tons have been dropped on Gaza by the time of this writing, killing 193 people and wounding approximately 1,200, the vast majority of them civilians — Israeli political, religious and cultural leaders continue to incite sectarian divisions for political profit...
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Netanyahu says there will never be a real Palestinian state
Philip Weiss

July 15, 2014 - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave a press conference in Hebrew in which he stated that he would never accept Palestinian sovereignty in the West Bank because Israel’s security needs are too great in an era of Islamic radicalism. His remarks have been summarized by David Horovitz in the Times of Israel, with limited quotations. "I think the Israeli people understand now what I always say: There cannot be a situation, under any agreement, in which we relinquish security control of the territory west of the River Jordan," Netanyahu said, leading Horovitz to say: "That sentence, quite simply, spells the end to the notion of Netanyahu consenting to the establishment of a Palestinian state." Just Bantustans, what we’ve observed again and again in recent years. ...
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Open letter to Members of the European Parliament
International Anti-Occupation Network and the BRussells Tribunal

July 15, 2015 ...The failure to protect the ordinary citizens of Iraq, the deliberate harm inflicted on certain communities as well as the gross human rights violations being committed by the Iraqi government’s forces on a daily basis with total impunity have been met with silence. According to Human Rights Watch 255 Sunni prisoners were murdered mainly by militia supporting prison guards in the last four weeks. All detainees must be protected immediately! The reality of the situation is bleak: Prime Minister Maliki has built an authoritarian state where ruthless paramilitary groups such as Assaib Ahel Al Haq have more military weight than the regular army. These sectarian militias are given a free hand to terrorise communities, to commit kidnapping, to torture and to carry out extra judicial killings with impunity. The militias have been carrying out sectarian cleansing in Baghdad against the Sunnis, as reported by the media and NGOs....
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Iraqi Shi’a parties prepare to nominate Chalabi for PM
Hamza Mustafa
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July 15, 2014 - Iraqi lawmakers elected a new speaker of parliament on Tuesday, as Shi’a political parties prepared to nominate candidates to replace Nuri Al-Maliki as prime minister. Iraqi state TV showed footage of MPs congratulating Sunni MP Salim Al-Jabouri, after he was elected speaker of the body with 194 out of 328 votes. At time of writing, it was unclear if lawmakers had also agreed on a new prime minister and president. Incumbent Prime Minister Nuri Al-Maliki continues to seek a third term in office following inconclusive elections earlier this year, despite widespread opposition from across Iraq’s political spectrum...

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"Israel Targets Civilians, the Casualties Speak Volumes": International Protection Urged for Besieged Gaza
Democracy Now!

July 15, 2014 - ....The real issue here is whether Israel is going to be held accountable. And so far there hasn’t been any international actors who have stepped forward to say anything to Israel or to do anything against Israel. There haven’t been sanctions lobbied against Israel. There haven’t been any statements. And at the end of the day, it’s going to be simply a question of whether Israel gets tired of continuing to bomb a civilian population. We’ve seen this in the past, when it’s carried out bombing campaigns against Lebanon and also the previous bombing campaigns against Gaza...
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Palestinians in Israel demand war crimes probe for Gaza

July 15, 2014 - Palestinian civil society organizations in Israel are urging international efforts to investigate alleged war crimes committed during Israel’s bombardment of the Gaza Strip . There are nearly 1.7 million Palestinians with Israeli citizenship, who although they can vote and be elected, face systematic legal and social discrimination and racist incitement. A dozen organizations serving Palestinians in Israel, including legal advocacy groups Adalah and Mossawa Center and the Arab Association for Human Rights, made the call in a statement strongly condemning Israel’s assault...
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Witness to an International Crime: Israeli State Terrorism in Gaza
Ajamu Baraka
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July 15, 2014 - "Protective Edge," the cartoonish name given to the latest Israeli military offensive against the occupied people of Palestine, is representative of the inverted reality whereby the 1.7 million captive and largely defenseless Palestinians in Gaza are the vicious aggressors against the peace-loving settlers of Israel. Similar to the inverted reality in the U.S., where the myth of the innocent settler was created to justify the systematic slaughter of Indigenous peoples, the genocidal policies of Israel are camouflaged by the transformation of its position from an armed colonial invader to one of victim.This repositioning is aided and abetted in the U.S. by a corporate media whose worldview and angle of reporting is framed by the innocent settler narrative...
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Has Israel appointed a war criminal to probe civilian deaths in Gaza?
Charlotte Silver

July 15, 2014 - Joshua Hantman, a senior adviser to Ron Dermer, Israel’s ambassador to the United States, was invited to speak on the TV program Democracy Now! last Friday, where he asserted: "For Israel, any civilian death is not only a tragedy, but it’s a failure, as well. And we review every single operation and every single strike to see how we can improve."Earlier this week, it was reported that Noam Tibon, an Israeli major-general, will conduct an investigation into the extensive civilian fatalities suffered in the Gaza Strip from massive Israeli bombardment. Since the latest assault on Gaza began eight days ago, the number of those people killed in Gaza has reached more than 190 and continues to grow rapidly, with over 1,200 injured. Eighty percent of those who have lost their lives are non-combatants, including at least 34 children...
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Colonial Experiments in Gaza
by Samera Esmeir

July 15, 2014 -....Although Gaza is walled off and isolated, it is not detached from the rest of Palestine. The particular forms of confinement, destruction, and experimentation in Gaza are constitutive of Israeli colonial rule. This rule maintains and reproduces itself through the fragmentation of Palestine and the Palestinian people into different population groups—those in exile, in Gaza, in the West Bank, in the Galilee and the Triangle, and so on. The proliferation of Palestinian populations has resulted in diffuse "solutions" to diverse populations—solutions that do not consider the possibility that the very production of discrete populations and separate solutions is the main achievement of Israeli colonial rule. Gazans, like camp refugees elsewhere, have become objects of humanitarian aid. Palestinian citizens of Israel demand equality and the transformation of the state into a democracy with equal rights for all citizens. Palestinian residents of the West Bank are in some sense the recipients of development funds from international donors and business communities, while Jerusalemites seek to strengthen their legal status as residents to avoid their deportation or forced relocation. The siege on Gaza and the experimental wars this makes possible are only the most visible and violent means through which Israel consolidates its colonial rule. ...
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The unfolding lie of Operation Protective Edge
By Idan Landau (Translated from Hebrew by Ofer Neiman)

July 15, 2014-...The kidnapping and murder of three Israeli youths in Gush Etzion in June 2014 was a boon to the prime minister. This is a harsh statement, but it can be corroborated by what Netanyahu said just two days after the incident, before there was any lead for the resolution of the case: "The incident demonstrates what we have been saying throughout long months: the alliance with Hamas brings about very bad consequences, which run contrary to the advancement of peace between us and the Palestinians." This statement was unfounded. Among the Palestinian public, it was obvious to all that the kidnapping was in fact a test of the alliance and an act that subverted it. As one can recall, even Abu Mazen’s unequivocal condemnation, delivered to the entire Muslim world, a condemnation that furthermore crumbled the shaky unity with Hamas, was not good enough for the Israeli government. Once more, Netanyahu’s office made clear in its response that there was only one thing on its mind – rockets or no rockets, kidnapping or murder, condemnation or whatever: "Cancel the agreement with Hamas." And then, at the beginning of this month, the flow of goods into Gaza was reduced...
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Israel firing experimental weapons at Gaza’s civilians, say doctors
Rania Khalek
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July 15, 2014 - Doctors treating patients in Gaza have accused Israel of using experimental weapons on Palestinian civilians.Addressing reporters at a press conference on Sunday, Youssef Abul Resh, undersecretary of the health ministry in Gaza, said, "Medical teams have registered injuries consistent with those caused by DIME [dense inert metal explosives] and other banned weapons." He added, "Israel has mercilessly targeted Palestinian civilians, leaving many of them with life-threatening injuries and future handicaps." ...DIME munitions were developed by the US Air Force in 2006 and have since been tested repeatedly on the people of Gaza, who have long served as involuntary lab rats for Israel’s weapons industry. DIME bombs contain tungsten, a cancer-causing metal that helps to produce incredibly destructive blasts which slice through flesh and bone, often decapitating the lower limbs of people within the blast radius....
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Israeli officials call for cutting energy and food supplies to Gaza
Middle East Monitor

July 15, 2014 -Israeli officials yesterday renewed their calls for cutting food and electricity supplies to the Gaza Strip as a punitive measure against Hamas and the area's residents.Israel's Deputy Defence Minister Danny Danon stressed that it is important to pressure Hamas and the people of Gaza through cutting off electricity and bombing Gaza's power plant and destroying it completely. In a radio interview yesterday Danon called on Netanyahu to cut off the electricity supplies that Israel provides to the power plant, and to prevent the flow of fuel, food and basic goods into Gaza...

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Bloodbath in Gaza: Abnormal becomes normal
Iqbal Jassat

July 15, 2015 - As world powers watch the slaughter of Gaza's besieged population in deathly silence, ordinary people are shocked at the levels of barbarity displayed by Israel. Gruesome and grotesque to the extreme. Visuals in mainstream media of entire families including little babies being blown to pieces, cannot but move viewers. Their sense of outrage will most certainly have been fueled by being aware that tons of explosives raining down on homes, hospitals, schools and mosques can be halted if world leaders have the guts to pull the rug below Netanyahu's feet....
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Syria News - July 14 , 2014 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Local Coordinating Committees of Syria
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July 14, 2014 - By the end of Monday, the coordination committees were able to document 39 martyrs including 4 women, 5 children and 2 martyrs under torture: 14 martyrs were reported in Aleppo; 9 Damascus and its suburbs; 7 in Idlib; 6 in Daraa; 5 in Aleppo; 1 in Lattakia; 1 in Qunaitra and 1 in Raqqa...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108479] [ 23-jul-2014 01:12 ECT ]

Ongoing Israeli Offensive on Gaza: 162 Palestinians Killed, of Whom 137 Are Civilians, Including 34 Children and 28 Women, and 1,058 Others Wounded, Mostly Civilians, Including 332 Children and 212 Women;
The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR)

July 14, 2014 - Israeli occupation forces have continued their brutal and immoral offensive on the Gaza Strip for the 7th consecutive day, and have continued the policy of collective punishment in disregard for the international law and humanitarian law, which ensure protection for civilians in times of war, and in violation of the principles of necessity, proportionality and distinction. Israeli forces have continued their aerial, ground and sea attacks throughout the Gaza Strip, causing more civilian casualties and damaging civilian facilities, including houses and mosques. Israeli forces attacked workers of municipalities who provide vital services to the civilian population. As result of these attacks, 3 workers have been killed and a 4th one has been wounded. Thousands of Palestinian civilians have been forced to leave their houses in the northern Gaza Strip following warnings by the Israeli forces to leave their houses as they would initiate military operations in these areas...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108478] [ 22-jul-2014 23:52 ECT ]

Russia, Saudi Arabia to Sign Civilian Nuclear Cooperation Deal
RIA Novosti

July 14, 2014 - Russia and Saudi Arabia plan to sign an intergovernmental agreement in the civilian nuclear cooperation, the head of Russia’s Rosatom nuclear energy corporation said on Sunday."Everything is ready, at the level of delegations everything has been initialed and agreed. We expect to sign [the document] in the fall," Rosatom chief Sergei Kiriyenko said. In June, reports said Russia and Saudi Arabia had agreed on the draft document and discussed prospects for advancing bilateral cooperation in civilian energy and related sectors...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108477] [ 22-jul-2014 23:26 ECT ]

Iraqi Baath spokesman denies alliance with Islamic State
Omar al-Jaffal
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July 14, 2014 - Khodair al-Morshedi, the official spokesman for the Iraqi Baath Party and the secretary-general of the Islamic National Front of Iraq, comprising various armed factions, described the Islamic State (IS), formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, or ISIS, as "an extreme, terrorist movement."Morshedi, who said his factions entered Ninevah after it was occupied by the armed organizations on June 10, denies having formed any alliance with IS. However, one member of the Baath Party told Al-Monitor that the Baath Party has coordinated with 14 armed factions to enter Ninevah and control it.....

  continua / continued avanti - next    [108476] [ 22-jul-2014 22:57 ECT ]

Andy Worthington: An Archive of Guantánamo Articles and Other Writing – Part 15, July to December 2013
Andy Worthington

July 14, 2014 - Over eight years ago, in March 2006, I began researching and writing about the Bush administration’s "war on terror" prison at Guantánamo and the 779 men (and boys) held there since the prison opened in January 2002. ... My mission, as it has been since my research first revealed the scale of the injustice at Guantánamo, continues to revolve around four main aims — to humanize the prisoners by telling their stories; to expose the many lies told about them to supposedly justify their detention; to push for the prison’s closure and the absolute repudiation of indefinite detention without charge or trial as US policy; and to call for those who initiated, implemented and supported indefinite detention and torture to be held accountable for their actions.

  continua / continued avanti - next    [108475] [ 22-jul-2014 22:46 ECT ]

The Tribal Component of Iraq’s Sunni Rebellion
By Nicholas A. Heras

July 14, 2014 - Following the Iraqi armed opposition’s seizure of Mosul on June 10, and the subsequent capture of large areas of Ninewah, Salah al-Din and Ta’mim governorates, several Iraqi organizations have proclaimed their role in the fighting. Emerging as one of the most powerful opposition groups in the rebel offensive is the General Military Council for Iraqi Revolutionaries (GMCIR) and its affiliated tribal militias, organized as the Military Council of Iraqi Tribal Revolutionaries. GMCIR members state that the organization has existed since the summer of 2013, but announced its existence in January 2014, in order to respond militarily against Iraqi security forces for firing on Sunni demonstrators in Anbar governorate....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108474] [ 22-jul-2014 22:26 ECT ]

Nouri al-Maliki's up to his old tricks while the press remains silent
The Common Ills

July 14, 2014- Violence continues in Iraq today. All Iraq News notes the Iraqi Air Force bombed northern Iraq and killed 10 suspects, from the safety of the sky the military bombed what they hope were suspects in northern Tikrit leaving 3 people dead, and 7 corpses were dumped in al-Hidaya Village. Sinan Salaheddin (AP) adds a Baghdad car bombing killed at least 4 people and left at least twelve injured. And AFP reports, "Militants on Monday assaulted the final area of the Iraqi town of Dhuluiyah still outside their control, after tribesmen rejected an offer to let them enter uncontested, an official said."...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108473] [ 22-jul-2014 22:16 ECT ]

Hamas: no cease-fire until siege of Gaza lifted
Adnan Abu Amer
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July 14, 2014 - On the evening of July 10, Abu Abida, the spokesman for Hamas' military arm, the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, asserted that a ground war offers an opportunity to free Israeli-held prisoners of war. The al-Qassam Brigades have prepared themselves for a long battle of many weeks. Abu Abida also said that Israel will not determine the timing of the conflict’s conclusion or its terms, emphasizing that the battle will involve many surprises....


  continua / continued avanti - next    [108472] [ 22-jul-2014 20:53 ECT ]

In response to Patrick Cockburn and Sir Richard Dearlove
Faisal J. Abbas

July 14, 2014 - In a recent article in The Independent, Patrick Cockburn made a number of wide and questionable assumptions relating to Saudi Arabia, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and the recent crisis in Iraq.However, to Mr. Cockburn’s credit, at least he didn’t pretend to be unbiased in his argument, as he made it clear from his first few words that he had reached his own conclusion that Riyadh is indeed involved with ISIS. Indeed, his article leaves no room for misinterpretation as he doesn’t begin it by asking "if" Saudi Arabia is complicit, but rather asking "how far is Saudi Arabia complicit?"...To start with, Mr. Cockburn seems to have based his whole article on the views of Sir Richard Dearlove, the former MI6 chief who retired ten years ago and he himself has admitted that he had "no inside knowledge obtained" ever since. Furthermore, at the heart of Mr. Cockburn’s article is a questionable quote which he was told was attributed more than 13 years ago to Prince Bandar bin Sultan, the former head of Saudi Intelligence...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108471] [ 22-jul-2014 20:08 ECT ]

Is Iraq's Maliki taking a page out of Assad's playbook?
Susannah George

July 14, 2014 — As the Iraqi government struggles to contain a Sunni militant advance on Baghdad and hold the country together, more and more Iraqis are blaming Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki for their country’s increasing resemblance to neighboring Syria. Maliki isn't just responsible for the Iraqi army's poor showing against the Islamic State, critics say: Like Syria’s Bashar al-Assad, he’s responsible for the violence itself, for having ordered a military crackdown on a public demonstration, triggering the recent wave of unrest. And now, he’s relying on a military strategy that guarantees high civilian casualties..."Maliki was using aircraft against normal civilian people. He bombarded the entire city," says a man from Fallujah who asked to be called Ali. He said the indiscriminate, sustained violence eventually forced him and his family to flee to the relative safety of Iraq's Kurdistan region. But he said after watching the news from Syria unfold over the last three years, he wasn't surprised by Maliki's response. "All dictators, they all do the same things," he said referring to Maliki and Syrian President Bashar al Assad...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108470] [ 22-jul-2014 16:55 ECT ]

Israel Is Captive to Its ‘Destructive Process’
By Chris Hedges
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July 14, 2014 - Raul Hilberg in his monumental work "The Destruction of the European Jews" chronicled a process of repression that at first was "relatively mild" but led, step by step, to the Holocaust. It started with legal discrimination and ended with mass murder. "The destructive process was a development that was begun with caution and ended without restraint," Hilberg wrote. The Palestinians over the past few decades have endured a similar "destructive process." They have gradually been stripped of basic civil liberties, robbed of assets including much of their land and often their homes, have suffered from mounting restrictions on their physical movements, been blocked from trading and business, especially the selling of produce, and found themselves increasingly impoverished and finally trapped behind walls and security fences erected around Gaza and the West Bank....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108469] [ 22-jul-2014 16:27 ECT ]

Gaza attacks: Lethal warnings
Eyal Weizman

July 14, 2014 - On the night of January 9, 2009, the Salha family were sleeping, and Gaza was under attack. They were woken by a loud bang at 3am: a missile, fired at the house, entered through the roof, and landed in one of the rooms. What the family did not know was that this was a warning. From that moment of impact, they had just three minutes before the house would be destroyed. After moments of terrified confusion they began to leave. A first group managed to escape but as the second group reached the bottom of the stairs, a bomb struck the building, killing six of them: Randa, 34; Fatma, 22; Diya, 13; Rana, 12; Baha, 7; and Rola, 1....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108467] [ 22-jul-2014 16:07 ECT ]

A mother in Gaza
Lina Al-Sharif

July 14, 2014- When Israel launched operation Pillars of Clouds back in 2012, I was 8 month pregnant with Yasmeen. Yet, I knew very little, about the enormous emotional complexities of loving, raising, and protecting a child. From the anxiety of giving birth to the sleep depravation, to the everyday tasks of keeping the wellbeing of a human being, motherhood is not easy and never gets easy. And that’s in normal situations where your and the safety of you child are something you can take for granted. But in Gaza, this is not the case. As one mentioned on Twitter, children in Gaza born in 2007 are witnessing the third assault in their lives. Many were killed in the first 2008-2009, many were killed in 2012, and many are being killed these days. So being a mother in Gaza means that your and your children’s worst fears is Israel and its brutality...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108466] [ 22-jul-2014 15:37 ECT ]

Out to Kill: Israel’s assault on Gaza is not to stop rocket fire
James Marc Leas
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July 14, 2014-....The data published on the Israeli Government and ITIC websites show time and again that attacks on Hamas members in the West Bank and Gaza produce an increase in rocket fire. Each time a wave of rocket fire followed fatal attacks inflicted on Hamas by Israeli government forces. And each time that rocket fire persisted until a new cease fire was in place. The facts do not just pose a public relations problem and a credibility problem for Israeli officials. They also pose a legal problem. The facts about rocket fire published on its own web site mean that the Israeli government cannot rely on self-defense to legally justify any part of its onslaughts. If not to stop rockets, what could the motive for these onslaughts be? One realistic possibility is that the purpose of the onslaughts is to do exactly what the massive attacks on Gaza did do and are doing to Gaza, its families, and their property...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108465] [ 22-jul-2014 14:31 ECT ]

‘We’re Like Toys for Them’: Young Gazans speak about Operation Protective Edge
Sheren Khalel and Matthew Vickery

July 14, 2014 - Ali al-Halabi just wanted to focus on learning French. He graduated high school this fall, and dreams of one day seeing the Eifel Tower for himself, but on his first day of French lessons the bombing started. Ali, 17, is from Al-Zahraa in the Gaza Strip, and for the past week he hasn’t been able to leave his home, let alone attend French lessons. Leaving the besieged area alive feels more and more unlikely as each bomb is dropped.For young people in Gaza, whom make up over 50 percent of the population, this latest military assault on the Gaza Strip is the third in their recent memories—but that does not make it any easier...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108464] [ 22-jul-2014 13:01 ECT ]

Europe condemns civilian casualties in Gaza while procuring Israeli ‘combat proven’ drones
Mary Dobbing

July 24, 2014 - We know from the Israeli assaults on Gaza in Winter 2008-09 and November 2012 that armed drones will be playing a major role. Israeli drones fire Raphael made Spike missiles and bombs sometimes fitted with tungsten sleeves – so-called dime bombs. Elbit Systems which makes the Hermes range of drones often markets its products as "combat proven" and its this valuable sales tag which has helped drive Israeli drones sales to at least 53 countries according to Drone Wars recent briefing Israel and the Drone Wars.While Raphael claims "pinpoint precision" for its Spike missiles and coupled with the fact that sensors and cameras on-board drones are expected to enable highly precise and accurate strikes, the high proportion of civilian casualties (80% as of today) is inexplicable – unless they are deliberately or recklessly being targeted – a clear contravention of IHL...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108463] [ 22-jul-2014 12:47 ECT ]

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