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Venerdý, 08 Aprile 2005 - 01:13
Queste sono le cose che mi fanno odiare il capitalismo ...
Il Museo internazionale di Bagdad denuncia il commercio illegale su internet di oggetti preziosi trafugati da scavi archeologici
Il patrimonio artistico dell'Iraq
in vendita all'asta su eBay
Un portavoce del sito: "E' possibile che ci? avvenga ma non possiamo controllare ogni singolo articolo" di CRISTINA NADOTTI
ROMA - La rapina delle ricchezze artistiche irachene avviene anche via internet. E si parla di oggetti che testimoniano la nascita della civilt? mediorientale: sigilli di oltre 3000 anni fa, il periodo accadico, sculture babilonesi del 1700 avanti Cristo, tavolette con incisioni cuneiformi del 1900 avanti Cristo. Tutto venduto a prezzi, pi? o meno stracciati, su eBay, il sito leader di compravendita online, dove ogni giorno i predatori del museo di Bagdad e dei siti archeologici iracheni (ma non solo di questi) offrono i loro bottini.
La denuncia ? partita dal sito del Museo internazionale di Bagdad, creato dal progetto omonimo per aiutare il recupero e la salvaguardia del patrimonio culturale del paese. Vi si legge che sono innumerevoli i reperti rubati dal museo della capitale durante i giorni della caduta del regime di Saddam Hussein, e ancora oggi i siti archeologici di tutto il paese vengono sistematicamente spogliati. Parte del bottino di queste ruberie, secondo i collaboratori del "Progetto museo", ? poi venduta all'asta su eBay.
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Mercoledý, 30 Marzo 2005 - 09:54
Prove dei mezzi di propaganda
per interrompere albasrah.net!
Tramite la Rete di Al-Basrah.
28 marzo 2005
Ancora una volta i mezzi di propaganda hanno cominciato a partorire stupide accuse contro Al-Basrah, il loro scopo ? di allineare e soffocare la voce della gente irachena e far tacere una delle poche fonti di informazione sui massacri senza precedenti che sono l'Irak occupato, in nome di una legge internationale.
La rete americana di MSNBC ha accusato Al-Basrah di propagandare il terrorismo di al-Zarqawi e di predicare l'anti-Semitismo e l'avversione verso l'ovest. L'obiettivo dietro questa calunnia ? di smantellare il Web site di albasrah.net.
Da parte nostra rifiutiamo questo reclamo errato per un motivo semplice: la rete di Al-Basrah non ? presa dentro al racconto delle fate voluto dagli invasori americani e britannici sul fantasma che denominano az-Zarqawi e il suo librarsi sopra ogni luogo dell'Irak e che ? lui solo che resiste agli invasori. Promuovono tale assurdit? per giustificare gli attacchi che lanciano dappertutto in Irak, commettendo nuovi massacri dopo il massacro di Al-Fallujah a Samarra e di nuovo ad ar-Ramadi, sostenendo che questo al-Zarqawi del fantasma si ? mosso da qui verso l? o altrimenti verso qualche altro luogo. Molta gente potrebbe essere imbrogliata da queste assurdit?, ma, ringraziando Dio, la gente irachena non ? sciocca.
Il Web site di albasrah.net non ha pubblicato alcun rapporto circa al-Zarqawi perch?, come tutti gli Iracheni, non crediamo che questa figura mitologica esista sul terreno puro dell'Irak. In Irak il terrorismo ? Anglo-Americano, il nativo movimento di resistenza iracheno, che si offre in sacrificio di combattimento per la liberazione del paese ? determinato a continuare il combattimento fino alla liberazione dell'ultimo pollice di terreno iracheno dalle orde dei barbari di oggi.
Sostenere che noi odiamo l'ovest ? una discussione pietosa e zoppa. Gli Iracheni stimano altamente i loro amici nell'ovest, che ha rifiutato il terrorismo americano e che hanno preso alle vie della protesta a milioni per ostacolare l'aggressione degli Stati Uniti. Molti nell'ovest continuano a contribuire e con i loro rapporti a fornire la dura prova delle atrocit? che sono state commesse dagli invasori, mentre continuano a calpestare i diritti dell'uomo e della gente irachena.
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Domenica, 13 Marzo 2005 - 19:38
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Venerdý, 18 Febbraio 2005 - 17:19
LE MONDE, Francia
L'Iraq aderisce alla Corte penale internazionale
La commissione elettorale irachena ha ufficializzato ieri la composizione del nuovo parlamento di Baghdad, a maggioranza sciita. Subito dopo il primo ministro iracheno ad interim Iyad Allawi con un decreto legge ha deciso di far aderire il paese allo statuto di Roma che, nel 1998, istitu? la Corte penale internazionale (Cpi). La Cpi ? il primo tribunale permanente incaricato di perseguire crimini di guerra, crimini contro l'umanit? e genocidi in tutto il mondo.
Iyad Allaoui fait adh?rer l'Irak au statut de Rome,
instituant la CPI
LEMONDE.FR | 18.02.05 | 10h14
Alors que la commission ?lectorale a officialis?, jeudi 17 f?vrier, l'avantage de l'alliance chiite dans le nouveau Parlement irakien, le premier ministre du gouvernement sortant, Iyad Allaoui, adh?re au statut de Rome instituant la CPI. L'Irak pourrait donc, en son nom, soumettre des faits ? la Cour p?nale internationale. Les autorit?s irakiennes pr?parent le proc?s pour crimes contre l'humanit? de l'ancien pr?sident Saddam Hussein.
L'Irak a d?cid? d'adh?rer au statut de Rome portant cr?ation de la Cour p?nale internationale (CPI), selon un d?cret-loi du gouvernement sortant du premier ministre, Iyad Allaoui, publi? jeudi 17 f?vrier.
"La R?publique d'Irak a adh?r? au statut de Rome cr?ant la Cour p?nale internationale sign? le 17 juillet 1998", indique le texte du d?cret-loi, soulignant que les dispositions de ce statut "repr?sentent des valeurs communes ? l'ensemble de l'humanit?".
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Mercoledý, 09 Febbraio 2005 - 23:31
Gli Stati Uniti distruggono reperti archeologici a Babilonia
(Islamonline.net - Aljazira.it)
Un rapporto del British Museum ha affermato che le forze d?occupazione americane, utilizzando la citt? monumentale di Babilonia come loro base militare, hanno arrecato ?ingenti danni? a uno dei pi? famosi tesori archeologici nel mondo, utilizzando la citt? monumentale di Babilonia come loro base militare...
(Dahr Jamail, ZNet)
...Tim Shcadla Hall, assitente in pubblica archeologia all'Istituto di Archeologia dello University College a Londra, ha dichiarato: "Quello a cui stiamo assistendo ? un conflitto internazionale nel quale gli Stati Uniti non hanno rispettato i termini della convenzione dell'Aia... per la protezione dei pi? importanti siti archeologici-- l'ennesima convenzione che sembrano felici di ignorare." Cos? Babilonia viene distrutta. E con essa popolo iracheno...
Archeological sites in Iraq fall victim to chaos of war
Jack Chang, CONTRA COSTA TIMES
The U.S.-led invasion of Iraq has triggered an unprecedented wave of looting at archeological sites in the country, resulting in the destruction of relics holding secrets to the roots of human civilization, an authority on the subject said. Lebanese archaeologist and journalist Joanne Farchakh Bajjaly detailed her findings Monday on a stop at UC Berkeley. She is touring the United States with stories and photos of the destructi! on to raise awareness of what she said is an ongoing crisis that threatens our understanding of Sumerian, Assyrian and Babylonian societies that thrived thousands of years ago. Having toured archaeological sites throughout Iraq just after the 2003 invasion and again in April, Bajjaly said looters have irreparably destroyed ancient cities, temples, carvings, pottery and other relics. U.S. and other coalition troops have also damaged sites by using some of them as military bases, she said. (...) Deposed dictator Saddam Hussein placed great value on protecting the nation's archaeological sites...
US occupation damages ancient sites at Babylon.
Imperialism and cultural vandalism in Iraq
(Harvey Thompson, WSWS)
...The irreparable damage done to the ancient sites of Babylon is a criminal act whose historical precedent is to be found in the Nazis? looting of art treasures and destruction of famous monuments throughout Europe during World War II. The decision to base a military depot in one of the most important archaeological sites in the world can only have been issued from a deeply reactionary and reckless power that is utterly hostile to the cultural achievements of mankind...
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Mercoledý, 09 Febbraio 2005 - 10:06
"IL MANIFESTO" VIDEO STREAMING
ARABIC AND ITALIAN TEXT
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Martedý, 08 Febbraio 2005 - 17:01
Article receive from our friend Ahmed Al-Habbabi
A purported Iraqi group claiming to hold an Italian journalist prisoner in Iraq has said it would release her soon because she was not a spy, a statement on a website says.
"Since it has become absolutely clear that the Italian prisoner is not involved in espionage for the infidels in Iraq, and in response to the call from the [Association of Muslim Scholars (AMS)], we in the Jihad Organisation will release the Italian prisoner in the coming days," the statement on Monday said.
It mentioned by name Giuliana Sgrena, a journalist with left-leaning newspaper Il Manifesto, who was seized as she conducted interviews near Baghdad University on Friday.
The influential AMS had earlier called for her release.
It was not possible to verify the internet statement.
The claim was not accompanied by a picture or video of the captive or any identification papers.
The group, which also uses the name Islamic Jihad Organisation, on Friday set a 72-hour deadline for Italy to remove its troops to secure Sgrena's release.
On Sunday, it said it would kill her after 48 hours if its demands were not met.
Aljazeera urges release
From Qatar, Aljazeera issued a statement on Monday calling on armed groups in Iraq to free Italian and French journalists Giuliana Sgrena and Florence Aubenas.
The channel also expressed its support for the two reporters, saying that taking journalists hostage while they were performing their professional duties was a clear violation of human rights.
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's government has been an ally of the US in the Iraq war. But Il Manifesto was strongly opposed to the US-led invasion in 2003 and is an opponent of Berlusconi and US President George Bush.
The statement promising Sgrena's release repeated threats against Italy over its troop presence in Iraq.
Aljazeera + Agencies
Tuesday 08 February 2005, 6:14 Makka Time, 3:14 GMT
Italians hopeful of journalist's release
Italy works for hostage's release
Italian journalist kidnapped in Iraq
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Lunedý, 07 Febbraio 2005 - 13:20
U.S. uses Iraqi election to justify invasion
Friday, February 4, 2005
What now for democracy in the Middle East following the elections in Iraq? To listen to President Bush in his State of the Union address Wednesday, you would think that the elections were a triumph of American arms that would now shine as a beacon throughout the region. Today Iraq. Tomorrow the world, or at least the Arab part of it.
Some exaggeration is understandable from a president whose support for the war among his own electorate is sliding fast. And no one should gainsay either the real enthusiasm for the vote among Iraqis or the courage of those in Baghdad and the Sunni areas who did turn out to vote.
But what bedevils all discussion of Iraq and its role in the Middle East is the dogged determination of Western politicians and commentators to see it only in their own terms. A successful vote has to be acclaimed as a justification for invasion, just as continued violence has to be seen as the proof against it.
It's as if Iraqis must be happy to prove the case of one side -- or be dying to prove the other. "Are you for or against democracy in Iraq?" was the particularly fatuous question posed by the columnist in one newspaper.
If the elections last Sunday achieved anything outside the country, it should have been to stop this patronizing egocentricity that sees the Middle East only though the prism of its own obsessions. It won't, of course, because politicians in the West have too much invested in their original policy toward the invasion to see it in any other terms.
Yet they must, at least if they want Iraq to develop successfully from this point on. Sunday's vote was not a full and fair election. How could it be, considering the violence, the lack of observers, the absence of live campaigning and the way in which it was skewed to those with access to the media or the mosque?
What it did express -- inspiringly so in parts -- was a profound desire for self-determination among ordinary Iraqis. Whether it was in reaction to the occupation, Saddam Hussein, British imperialism in the past or American self-interest in the present doesn't really matter. Iraqis now want to determine their own future.
What we cannot know at this stage is whether they will pursue it through Iraqi nationalism or ethnic separatism; whether they want the continuation of the occupying forces; whether they can balance the competing pulls of different interests or end up in division. The Iraqis themselves don't know. These are things that have to be worked out in the power play of politics, democratically or otherwise.
The job of the outside world is to be as supportive as possible while interfering least. But it is here that the pronouncements coming out of Washington, D.C., and in some quarters here, worry most. The United States, and with it Britain, did not invade Iraq to give the Iraqis self-determination. They invaded for a whole host of reasons to do with U.S. interests: from oil to security to Israel and Washington's view on the need to reshape the Middle East. Democracy was seen the means to reform the region, not as an end in itself. Elections this year were not even part of the original plan. They were forced on the occupying powers by the pressure of the Shiah.
None of that thinking has gone away, not if you read Bush's lips or listen to his new secretary of state, Condoleezza Rice. Iraq is seen -- just as the two-state solution in Palestine -- not as the objective but the route to other things. Democracy in Iraq will set off a chain reaction through Iraq, Syria and even the United States' allies in the Gulf that will remove Washington's (and Israel's) enemies, pump out the oil and wipe out support for international terrorism.
Maybe. It's a perfectly logical scenario viewed from afar. It's also true that the Middle East is ripe for change at the moment. All over the region regimes are at odds with their people. Any stone dropped in the pond will create large ripples. But it's also true that it's a view that takes almost no account of conditions as actually seen on the ground -- that the majority of Iranians may actually want their government to have nuclear weapons, whether they want a change in regime or not; that most Egyptians would be as happy to end all relations with Israel as continue them; that the Syrian population is behind its government in its refusal to compromise on water rights and the Golan Heights; and that Saudi Arabians want to see the United States out of its oil as well as its bases.
Most Arab populations see themselves humiliated in their relations with the West. Self-determination for them means self-assertion. And Iraq, for them, is not some great experiment in democracy or any other abstract constitutional precept. It is about whether a Middle Eastern state will be allowed to develop without interference from the outside, treating with its neighbors according to its own interests and not the strategic plans of others, handling its oil development and its revenues as it sees fit and producing the constitution and administrations that reflect its majority view.
Adrian Hamilton writes for The Independent in Britain.
? 1998-2005 Seattle Post-Intelligencer
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Lunedý, 07 Febbraio 2005 - 12:34
Means to Legitimize the Real War Crimes
?Kill a man, you are a murderer. Kill millions, you are a conqueror.? (Adolf Hitler)
If one were to substitute the word ?conqueror? with ?democrat? and the word ?murderer? with ?terrorist? that would render Adolf Hitler?s statements relevant to the current political situation (i.e. Kill a man, you are a terrorist. Kill millions, you are a democrat). The 100,000 or more Iraqis murdered have been written off as ?collateral damages? and this price, paid in blood was for the ?privilege? of having the US forces dictating ?democracy? also known as ?liberation?. The bloodbath is not described as murder or genocide or terrorism (state terrorism) but the non evocative term of ?collateral damages?. Such technical terms helps to lighten the guilt making it more palatable for the masses to accept it as a by-product of the US foreign policy.
The recent media focus on the trial of Charles Garner for his role in the Abu-Ghraib ?abuse? has also contributed towards that process of lightening the guilt as the focus on the trial means everything else concerning Iraq is marginalized. But more importantly the trial implies that the only illegal actions committed by the US forces was inside those horror chambers but everything else that has happened outside was and is somehow legal! In fact, Abu-Ghraib and the likes are a direct consequence of the initial and the central crime of attacking Iraq.
The media manipulations with the words employed to describe the entire episode of Abu-Ghraib are obvious. It has been described as ?abuse? but not torture or terrorism; reports describe ?soldiers had sex with prisoners? implying consensual sex as opposed to the reality of rape; there was the reference to the abuse of the dead bodies instead of admitting that the freedom loving US soldiers committed necrophilia! So many other things that have not been revealed and we will never know the full story as many of the victims are dead and not all the patriotic soldiers will speak out.
But who makes the decision in selecting the appropriate words in the media? Is it the objective and fair-minded reporters of Fox, CNN and BBC or the spin-doctors? What about the opinion of the victims those that are still alive? Has anybody asked the victims? Do they have a voice in this matter? Do they feel compensated by the flimsy punishment given out by the US show trials? What happened to the so-called empowering the Iraqi citizens with a voice in ?free? Iraq?
Whatever the US may think, the rest of the world sees this as another attempt by the US to erase its tarnished image, often exemplified by its trigger-happy and brutal soldiers caught many a times on camera committing all sorts of atrocities not just the ones from Abu-Ghraib. So, imagine what has not been caught on camera.
Similarly, this is exactly what the US soldiers are doing in Ache delivering food and medicine as they pose for pictures in Hollywood style. The very thought of exploiting poverty for self-propaganda brings about revulsion. Then it makes you want to vomit as the US claims of bringing ?democracy?, in reality this is an after thought and used as an excuse by the strongest nation on earth attacking one of the weakest, then pillage its resources.
If the trial of Charles Garner was meant to show the world that the US is addressing injustice then surely the right thing would have been to do, is to hand over the soldiers to the Iraqis. And let the Iraqis decide the fate of those soldiers in accordance to their laws and values, since the crime was committed on their soil. Had the situation been reverse this is exactly what the US would have demanded.
These types of show trials are all a charade and used to score political points. Just like congressional grilling of Donald Rumsfeld was used by the US media and the Senators to brag about its democratic credential. The actual violation was trivial as compared to the subsequent charade of accounting or holding a trial. In reality, the trial of these few soldiers are simply to protect the real culprits at the top.
In the mean time as the election approaches in Iraq, some of the Iraqis have jumped on the US-led elections, allegedly the first step to transform Iraq into a democracy. In reality, the US candidates are sure to win and there are already signs of another Florida style election as ?Iraqis? from Israel, US and Europe will be voting. Who will be monitoring them? But, in any case, why democracy? Was it not democracy that has just destroyed the country in the first place and created Abu-Ghraib and the likes throughout Iraq?
It is amazing that people have not yet grasped the simple fact: that the West is propelled not by any principles but exclusively by satisfying its selfish materialistic interests. The interests are largely in the guise of company profit, expected from the ruling capitalist elites. As Lord Palmerstone, the former British Prime Minister once said no nation has permanent enemies or friends except its interests. Yet many continue to be fooled by the US claims of its benevolence. Company profits and charitable institutions are on the opposite poles of the same stick. Democracy, human rights, freedom are simply a mask to cover its real motive. By incarcerating people, torturing, executing, invading and pillaging the US is in fact showing its true face, which is to further its causes by any means necessary as the interest is the only thing that matters to its ruling class.
As for democracy, in the absence of a holy book of democracy recognized by everyone how else can we measure democracy other than examine the actions of the leading democracies. Since democracy states that it is rule of the majority and the recent re-election of Bush surely confirms that the US citizens democratically endorsed the actions of Camp-X-ray, Abu-Ghraib to the genocide in Iraq as being right therefore they are all part and parcel of this democracy!
Copyright ? 2005 by Yamin Zakaria
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Domenica, 06 Febbraio 2005 - 19:54
Articolo segnalato da Paola Manduca. Questo articolo non datato ? un buon indizio per avvalorare ci? che ? molto pi? che una ipotesi in merito al focolaio di tensioni interetniche del martoriato Iraq. Non abbiamo alcun dubbio che vi siano state delle irregolarit?: la stessa situazione nella quale si sono svolte le elezioni ? irregolari, perch? gli iracheni sono andati al seggio con la pistola puntata alla fronte dalle lunghe mani petrolifere degli americani. Basta la sola presenza di forze di occupazione illegali, come lo sono tutti gli americani in Iraq, per delegittimare qualsiasi contenitore di schede. Voi italiani credereste ad elezioni libere incontrando ai seggi il presidio dei soldati americani al posto dei soliti carabinieri? Qualunque cosa sia ...
PRESS RELEASE ON THE IRAQI NATIONAL ELECTIONS
Iraqi Turkmen Front ( ITF ) issued an official protest to the High Commission for the Elections in Iraq on 31st January 2005 complaining about widespread irregularities committed by the Kurds in the Turkmen region. The following is the English translation of ITF's letter of protest to the High Commission for the Elections in Iraq.
To the High Commission for the Elections in Iraq
C/O The Kerkuk Bureau of the High Commission for the Elections in Iraq.
Ref : Contestation of irregularities during the voting process.
According to the legal rights that were granted to the political parties and organizations in order to contest any irregularity during the election process of 30th January 2005 which began in the morning and ended by closing the voting centers at 5 p.m, and in accordance with our conviction and belief that these elections must be clean and fair in order to establish a true democracy in Iraq, we are sorry and deeply concerned to inform you that too many irregularities have been committed during these elections which no doubt will affect its results.
Despite your declarations to the the press and to the television news networks that the elections have been `almost' clean and fair, we have encountered numerous problems to vote, have observed multiple irregularities in voting centers and have been subjected to illegal behaviour and unfair treatments in polling centers in our region, in the provinces of Kerkuk, Mosul, Salahaddin and Erbil. These voting problems, voting irregularities, illegal behaviour from election officials, and unfair treatment of Turkmen voters in voting centers are intolerable and are contrary to the rules and regulations issued by your Commission, they are also against the basic laws of the country and must be denounced and the perpetrators must be condemned.
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