breaches of international law

anonymous asked:

Hey Aisha!! I hope this doesn't sound insensitive or anything however I've been learning about the Arab-Israeli conflict in class and since I've stumbled across your blog I've been extremely interested in your content!! Is it okay if I ask for your opinion on the Arab-Israeli Peace Process(e.g. Camp David Accords, Madrid Peace Conference, Oslo Accords and the Israeli-Jordanian Peace Agreement)? How effective do you think these events were in establishing peace?

thank you so much <3

to put it very simply, these peace treaties by no means aim to establish peace, and the past decades have proven so. what these peace agreements do achieve, however, can be summed as follows;

cementing an apartheid system: reviewing the first twenty years alone of oslo, we see a massive growth of illegal settlements (from 160,000 at the time of signing to more than 650,000 in 2013), an apartheid system was cemented not only through checkpoints and permit systems, but also through dividing the west bank into areas a, b and c, the latter being over 61% of the west bank which israel had isolated under its full control to allow for more settlement expansion and eventually to annex the land to israel. moreover, we have also witnessed imposing a brutal siege on the gaza strip, as well as the continuation of resource theft and land confiscation and separation of communities through the building of the apartheid wall and continuation of putting palestinians under israeli military rule.

provide israel with a cover: while israel continues its systematic apartheid policies, it still enjoys full impunity and that is because these peace agreements have always worked as a shield for israel to hide behind and avoid accountability and continue its breaches of international law under the premise of “we’re working on it and we have peace negotiations to prove it”.

“only free men can negotiate”: clearly, the aim behind these “peace agreements” is anything but the establishment of peace. but even if we entertained the idea that it was, it would be naive for us to completely ignore the power dynamics between the parties involved as it is a clear case of oppressor vs the oppressed. negotiations only make sense when both sides are equal, otherwise they’re futile. it is inconceivable to negotiate colonial occupation and debate illegal activities like land theft or basic rights like the right to free movement.

force palestinian concession: if anything, these treaties and negotiations aim at reconciliation which in turn means undermining palestinian resistance and sacrifices. in fact these agreements do criminalise palestinian resistance and paint it as a form violence which the palestinian side (or egyptian or jordanian side) has to pledge to reject in order for the negotiations to commence. needless to say, this harms and obstructs any efforts towards justice.

normalising relations with israel: another thing they achieve is normalising and rationalising the occupation. they allow israel to continue its repression against palestinians without it being threatened or challenged. by normalising relations between these states and israel, they validate israeli colonialism and accept its occupation and crimes which in turn protects israel from any genuine decolonisation or accountability. there can be no resolution through establishing free-trade or “easing” some restrictions or border control agreements.

palestinian statehood: in relation to the point above, we need to always remember that neither one of these agreements promise palestinian statehood and they have no intention of recognising fundamental palestinian rights. in fact, then israeli prime minister yitzhak rabin declared upon the signing of the oslo accords that “we do not accept the Palestinian goal of an independent Palestinian state between Israel and Jordan. We believe there is a separate Palestinian entity short of a state.” and then again more recently, when the palestinian authority was pushing for recognition at the UN for example, israeli and US officials have deemed the PA’s attempts as harmful to the peace process. this shows how peace agreements only work to advance israeli narrative and all else, including palestinians’ self-determination, is off the table.

marginalising palestinians: let’s also not forget how these agreements are done at the expense of palestinians. while their rights are being gambled by higher-ups, the majority of palestinians (refugees, diaspora and those living inside isarel) are unrepresented and further isolated as more land is annexed and their rights annulled. as edward said put it, “It is perfectly in keeping with the colonial spirit of the peace process that Israel and the United States are at bottom delighted to give us symbols of sovereignty, such as a flag, while witholding real sovereignty, the right of return for all refugees, economic self-sufficiency, and relative independence. I have always felt that the meaning of Palestine is something more substantial than that.”

of course this is by no means inclusive of all the negative impacts of the “peace process” circus and there is much depth to it (such as the collapse of the palestinian market due to the US neo-liberal conceptions of the process) and i would also suggest reading edward said’s the end of the peace process. 

anonymous asked:

why do you say people are overreacting about this drama with the video footage when dnp's privacy was breached, which goes against their human rights and is therefore against international law? i'm aware that this has happened before but it doesn't mean it's any less worthy of concern, people who stalk them the way they did today deserve to receive backlash and the phandom needs to be aware of what's happening with all of this so the necessary backlash can be handed out

uh people may have overreacted about what exactly happened when dan asked someone to delete a video of him because the truth was embellished, not because of the airport drama in general. it’s not any less worthy of concern, it’s a breach of dan and phil’s privacy when people actively seek them out at airports with the intentions of following them around. but what the people who continue to do those things truly deserve is education on the difference between showing respect towards dan and phil when meeting them in public and disregarding their boundaries

Tina, Queenie, and Newt all have good reasons to become Grindelwald followers

That’s what makes Grindelwald so seductive. His platform is actually one that makes sense to the main players on a personal level. 

1) Tina - Tina suffered a lot as result of the International Statute of Secrecy. She breached the law to defend a boy from physical abuse, even though she had the power to stop it, and she took a huge fall for it (demoted). The law demanded that she stand by silently and allow the boy to suffer. If Grindelwald had his way, Tina would have been able to freely use magic for a lot more good. As, historically (or in folklore), witches and wizards mingled a lot more openly in Muggle society, and often served as advisors/healers. Muggles stopped benefitting from having wizards in their midst. We see this with Tina, who’s not allowed to help a (presumed) Muggle. 

2) Queenie - The Statute of Secrecy has been taken to such an extreme in America that No-Maj/Wizard fraternization is forbidden. If Grindelwald had his way, Queenie would be able to freely pursue a romance with Jacob, who she’s fallen hard for. As it stands now, Jacob had to be Obliviated, and she’s breaking the law to rekindle that romance. 

3) Newt - Magical creatures were once feared and hunted by Muggles, and played into a lot of the anti-magic hysteria that led to witch burnings and persecutions. However, under the International Statute of Secrecy, wizards of the ‘20′s seem more keen on exterminating magical creatures themselves as they’re such a liability. During Newt’s time, we see that many species of magical creatures are on the brink of extinction, presumably having something to do with the Statute. If Grindelwald got his way, creatures would be able to live freely, and wouldn’t be the liability wizards currently consider them to be. On the other side of the coin, the Statute seems to have been the main reason why there are so few Obscurials anymore, so Newt certainly walks on the edge, as far as where his motives could fall. Perhaps Newt is where we can most starkly see the Statute as a lesser-of-two-evils compromise. 

Just some food for thought!


‘A gruesome, medieval scene’: Shocking images reveal Japanese fleet is slaughtering whales INSIDE an international sanctuary

  • Campaigners say they spotted vessels in Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary
  • Images of whale carcasses on bloodied ship deck captured from a helicopter
  • Another minke whale was being butchered on board, says Sea Shepherd
  • Commercial whale hunting outlawed in 1994
  • Japanese whaling vessels allowed 'for research purposes’

These graphic images depicting the carcass-strewn deck of a Japanese whaling boat were captured by campaigners after they allegedly caught the vessel inside an internationally-recognised sanctuary.

Militant anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd says it spotted the Nisshin Maru sailing through the protected Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary during the annual whaling season.

As the Sea Shepherd’s helicopter flew above the Japanese ship, campaigners shot footage of the blood-streaked deck and the carcasses of three dead minke whales lying on the ship as another creature was butchered.

Sea Shepherd said it had spotted the Japanese fleet yesterday and captured evidence that four whales had been slaughtered this morning, alleging the ships were found inside the sanctuary.

Campaigners said they had located all five Japanese vessels and were now in pursuit, forcing the harpooners to cut short their operation and retreat.

'There’s three carcasses on the ship, a fourth carcass has been cut up. There’s blood all over the place, meat being carted around on this factory ship deck, offal and innards being dumped in the ocean,’ said Sea Shepherd Australia chairman Bob Brown. 

'That’s just a gruesome, bloody, medieval scene which has no place in this modern world.’

When the Nisshin Maru was first spotted from the air, Dr Brown said it was in Antarctica’s Ross Dependency, within New Zealand’s territorial waters and the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary, which he described as a 'gross breach of international law’.

The commercial hunting of whales is prohibited in the sanctuary, which was designated by the International Whaling Commission (IWC) in 1994, but Japan catches the animals there under a 'scientific research’ loophole in the moratorium on whaling.

New Zealand Foreign Minister Murray McCully denied whaling was taking place within his country’s maritime jurisdiction, saying the site was considered international waters, as he condemned the 'pointless and offensive’ practice.

'The New Zealand government has repeatedly called on Japan to end its whaling programme. We reiterate this message today,’ he said.

Japan’s fisheries agency said its programme was being conducted 'in line with a research plan submitted to the IWC’.

'We are not aware of the existence of a whaling sanctuary so we don’t want to comment on their arguments,’ an agency spokesman said of Brown’s claims.

The Japanese foreign ministry said research whaling was 'not a violation or an abuse of a loophole in the international convention’.

'Quite the contrary, this is a legitimate right of the contracting party under Article VIII of the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling,’ it said.

Dr Brown described 'massive violence’ against the whales, using grenade-tipped harpoons to catch them, and said Sea Shepherd would do 'all it peaceably can to prevent this grotesque and cruel destruction’, also urging Australia and New Zealand to take action.

'There is nothing scientific about this, it is butchery,’ Mr Brown said.

'The one thing that’s missing here is gumption - a bit of spine in Canberra and in Wellington to put an end to it.’

Australia has taken Japan to the International Court of Justice seeking to have its research whaling programme declared illegal, with a ruling due this year.

Peter Hammarstedt, captain of the Sea Shepherd ship Bob Barker, said Japan had shown 'flagrant disregard for international law by continuing their illegal whale hunt while the world patiently awaits a decision from the International Court of Justice’.

Sea Shepherd left Australia for their 10th annual harassment campaign of the Japanese fleet last month, sending three ships to tail and run interference against the harpooners.

High-seas clashes between the two groups are common, resulting in the 2010 sinking of the Sea Shepherd vessel Ady Gil.

Australia will be monitoring confrontations between the pair from a government jet which is due to fly surveillance missions over the Southern Ocean between January and March.

However, Dr Brown said there had so far been no sign of the aircraft.

anonymous asked:

Tony Abbott is the best pm Australia has ever had. He is rebuilding the country after labour wrecked it, he isn't bowing down before "climate change experts", and his policies regarding illegal boat people are saving their lives, which is more than they deserve

Oh fuck Andrew Bolt found my blog guys.

Let me source some facts for you to shake up your ignorant worldview. I’m sure you’ve heard of these things called “facts” but never bothered to learn what they are so I’m going to give you a crash course in why you’re completely wrong in every single way - AKA: reality.

The budget crisis that cost Labor the election was a myth, a lie fabricated by Liberals for the sake of scaring the public into voting for them. Joe Hockey admitted it wasn’t real himself.

Wayne Swan was awarded “World’s Best Treasurer” during the global financial crisis for managing to maintain economic growth while other countries were going downhill.

After less than a year in government Joe Hockey managed to double the deficit. Remarkable considering they said they’d be in surplus by now and keep backtracking on that further and further into the future.

The debt left by Labor that Liberals inherited wasn’t very high at all despite their outlandish claims it was “the worst set of accounts.” Not that debt is an inherently bad thing for the government so it’s just a scare tactic for people who don’t understand economics.

Oh and you know the unemployment rate is the highest it’s been in over a decade and was last this high when Tony Abbott was employment minister under Howard.

So that’s point 1 of this heap of words you vomited through the internet debunked. Let’s move onto point #2 where you are skeptic about the scientific fact of climate change.

Tony Abbott says he won’t risk the economy for the sake of the environment. That’s where we’re going to start with my rebuttle: where Tony Abbott says that a few jobs (which he hopefully will try to create to counteract the literal tens of thousands he/his government got rid of) are more important than the health, safety, and wellbeing of everyone on the planet. He is more concerned about the economy than he is for the estimated millions of people who will die from climate change in the decades to come or the hundreds of thousands being affected by it right now. Seeing as your final point implies you don’t care about people overseas let me point out that climate change increases the risk of bushfires. Farmers are going to be put under increasing pressure due to the issues of climate change.

Want to know the kicker?

Renewable energy is way better for the economy than fossil fuels. It will create jobs - more so than fossil fuels, bring money from foreign investment instead of stifling it like we currently are, prevent health problems from pollution caused by fossil fuels that are causing an estimate 1.6 million deaths per year in China, and if the coal industry - a dying industry where coal mines are becoming increasingly unprofitable - is more important to you than real economic growth in an industry that can only expand from this point then you’re an idiot. You’re objectively stupid. Even if climate change wasn’t real which it is there’s still more economic benefit in renewable energy than there is in fossil fuels.

Tony Abbott scared the country into thinking the Carbon Tax would cost our electricity bills more yet tries to limit the renewable energy target despite renewable energy being cheaper than fossil fuels.

There’s no economic sense to destroying the environment for the sake of bigger electricity bills. So that’s full of shit too.

SEEKING ASYLUM IS NOT ILLEGAL. Referring to asylum seekers as illegal is a breach of journalistic ethics and complaints can be brought against publications that call them illegal. Turning back boats is a moral and legal failure. It breaches international laws we’ve agreed to adhere by. The Australian Navy itself has spoken out against the dangers of turning back the boats. Tony knows it’s dangerous but he still supports it which makes him seem more like a sociopath than a good willed person. Asylum Seekers are trying to escape persecution and death, turning them back doesn’t save lives it tells them that they need to die elsewhere.

Considering you think that think they apparently deserve to die and the only significant thing about them that is “different” about them is that they’re foreign then that is quite frankly in one word: racist. That’s the truest sense of the word.

You are the human embodiment of a sack of shit. You’re a racist ignorant piece of shit. I don’t need an external citation for that because it’s just blatantly true just like I don’t need a citation to state the fact that the sky is blue.

Look, if you’re going to dare even talk to me (or anyone for that matter) about politics you better fact check every single word that comes out of your mouth because if you haven’t got facts to back you up then your opinion doesn’t mean shit and your opinion on the Abbott government is so full of shit I could shovel it into plastic bags and sell it to farmers for $10 a bag as a full time job. People are entitled to their opinions as politics is a complicated thing but when the points you expressed aren’t a matter of opinion but just objectively wrong you gotta wonder how good your critical thinking skills are affecting your other opinions.

Educate yourself before you speak. You’ll waste less time that way.

goldcaught  asked:

MMMMMMMMMMM welllllll i HAVE been craving some kind of modern royalty shenanigans? princess rebekah and her american bff caroline forbes who isnt even a SOCIALITE gasp and prince klaus who looks at her like he's hungry and the press following them around on some european tour a little too closely

but on good days i am charming as fuck [modern royalty shenanigans au]

When Rebekah had invited her on this extravagant European holiday to celebrate their graduation, Caroline was under the distinct impression that they’d be lounging on private beaches and sipping on fruity drinks while liveried footmen served them pastries imported from the finest patisseries in Paris.

You know, the simple things you might expect when your best friend happened to be a member of one of the most preeminent royal families in the world.

Keep reading

anonymous asked:

whats your opinion on the refugee/immigration laws of aust atm

I think the current immigration laws here are absolutely atrocious. Seeking asylum is NOT illegal; it’s a human right. I’m pretty sure Australia is breaching international law (Refugee Convention, 1951) by criminalizing those who come to our shores in seek of basic shelter, food, water and safety? 

It’s raining and wet and muddy in Gaza this morning. Gratefully, there is a temporary lull in the rain here in the Al Meena neighborhood, but no lull in the rain in other parts of Gaza. I have learned quickly that when it rains in Gaza, streets flood and neighborhoods flood pretty quickly. Rivers of water rush down streets - there is mud everywhere.

It is going to be a very, very difficult day throughout Gaza - especially for those people who do not have adequate shelter or are living in makeshift shelters or are living in partially destroyed homes. I am thinking a lot about the border cities today - cities where most homes were destroyed or badly damaged - Khuza'a, Shujaya, Beit Hanoun, Beit Lahia, Kahn Younis, Rafah - and many others.

You may not be aware of this news - but you should know that Israel and Egypt have closed every border - nothing and no one except emergency aid is getting in and out of Gaza right now. And the type of aid coming in is being determined by the occupiers who not long ago bombed the hell out of this country.

The good rain just adds insult to injury. What little is left to displaced people in Gaza will be impacted. And they will continue to suffer.

They will suffer today and in the coming days as a direct result of United States support of both Israel and Egypt. It matters little to the United States that collective punishment is a grave breach of international law. The United States and Israel and Egypt are rewriting the rule books on human rights.

I am ashamed to say that my country will be directly responsible for the suffering that occurs whenever it rains in Gaza throughout the coming winter months. And it rains a lot.

No - Israel and Egypt and the United States did not bring the rain. Nature brought it. But they continue to prolong the processes that are needed to rebuild what they either directly destroyed or were complicit in destroying.

And now they are directly or indirectly suffocating the Palestinians in Gaza by closing every one of its borders.

As the rain falls on Gaza today - I know exactly why there is a crisis for Israel and the United States in the Middle East.

If they think that peace will come to this region with more bombs and more destruction and more collective punishment - they are sadly mistaken.

But what do I know… I am just an old man who is witnessing the results of the self destructive behaviors of his country and its closest allies - and witnessing the impact of those self destructive behaviors on my friends and neighbors.

—  Denny Cormier . Gaza

what scares me so much about the Israeli government right now is the way they’re using such asymmetrical and indiscriminate force against a much weaker enemy. That they’re continuing to do this when on the Israeli side, 25 are dead and the Palestinian- 550. And amongst that 550 are many women and children. They have been shelling civilian areas and fired at a HOSPITAL. (a severe breach of international laws of war, i believe- except the problem is the US shields Israel from being treated like any other country that dares to try such things). 

this is an incredibly sophisticated military that has years of experience, excellent battle prowess and expensive technology. The kind of thing that means they ought to be good at minimising collateral damage. That’s why it’s chilling- it seems they don’t care, that they want to terrorise and punish even innocent Palestinian civilians to get their lump of flesh. The IDF is good at what the do. They will not easily make mistakes like the seccessionist Ukrainian rebels did. That’s why the massive civilian toll is disturbing.

I had to study Nazi Germany for history, so I know exactly how the Holocaust led to the creation of a Jewish homeland. I get that Israel is in a region generally quite hostile to its presence. I understand the historical context that has led them to be extremely fearful of their national security. But to me, what the government is doing right now- I feel they don’t really care about the Palestinians and Israelis either. Israel has a right to proportionate self-defence and what’s happening now is not proportionate self-defence at all. And this bloodbath is only going to sharpen regional hostility to Israel and there will be no peace deal at all.