The International Criminal Court issues an arrest warrant for President Omar Al-Bashir

Posted on fidh on Wednesday 4 March 2009,  Sudan-Darfur / ICC

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The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) welcomes the issuance of an arrest warrant by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir. The organisation considers that the judges’ decision is significant because it confirms the hypothesis according to which the whole state apparatus has been involved in the commission of crimes in Darfur. FIDH calls upon all States to respect the ICC decision and act towards an immediate execution of the arrest warrant.

Today’s decision is a landmark for international justice. For the first time since its establishment in 2002, the ICC issues a warrant of arrest for a sitting Head of State. It is also a historic day for the victims of Darfur, who have been waiting for too long for justice to be made in relation to the horrendous crimes they have suffered. We urge States to take all the necessary steps for President Al-Bashir to appear before the Court in order to answer for the charges brought against him“, said Souhayr Belhassen, FIDH President.

According to the decision, there are “reasonable grounds to believe” that Al-Bashir is responsible for crimes against humanity and war crimes, including murder, extermination, forcible transfer of population, torture, rape, intentionally directing attacks against the civilian population and pillaging. The Pre-Trial Chamber concluded that the Prosecutor failed to provide reasonable ground proving the intent to destroy in whole or in part the ethnic groups, constituting the crime of genocide. The Prosecutor may present additional information at a later stage. Continue reading

Belgische wapenhandel voedt conflicten in Midden-Oosten en Azië by Vredesactie vzw

Persbericht 25 februari 2009

60 jaar NAVO is genoeg: een campagne van Vredesactie

60 jaar NAVO is genoeg: een campagne van Vredesactie

Opmerkelijke wapenleveringen aan Israël, Saoedi-Arabië, India, Pakistan en Turkije

De Israëlische bombardementen op Gaza deden heel wat stof opwaaien over de wapenexport en -doorvoer naar Israël. Ondanks de systematische mensenrechtenschendingen en de spanningen in de regio, blijkt onze overheid immers nog steeds vergunningen goed te keuren voor leveringen van militair materiaal. Ook andere controversiële landen in de regio kunnen rekenen op wapens van of via ons land. Zo neemt Saoedi-Arabië, naast Israël, Libanon, Koeweit en de Verenigde Arabische Emiraten, een prominente plaats in op de lijst van bestemmelingen van militair materiaal vanuit België. Ook India en Pakistan en het Turkse leger krijgen vlot toegang tot wapens van Belgische makelij.

Vredesactie vzw stelt dat dit in tegenspraak is met de principes die ingeschreven zijn in onze wapenwet. Die bepalen dat wapenleveringen niet mogen bijdragen tot schendingen van mensenrechten of tot het aanwakkeren van regionale conflicten. De vredesbeweging eist dat de overheid de leveringen naar explosieve regio’s en ondemocratische regimes stopzet. Continue reading

The Pakistan puzzle and the Afghan Trap

From the RealNews Network

Interview with Garry Porter

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US Intelligence warns for Financial Warfare

From intelNews, 20 feb. 2009, for fair use only

Author Joseph Fitsanakis
intelligenceIT TURNS OUT THAT ADMIRAL Dennis Blair wasn’t kidding when he said last week that “the primary near-term security concern of the United States is the global economic crisis and its geopolitical implications”. Barack Obama’s Director of National Intelligence warned during his annual threat assessment that “the longer it takes for the recovery to begin, the greater the likelihood of serious damage to US strategic interests”. The continuing credit vulnerability of the US economy is central to these fears, and it appears to be forcing the rapid rise of microeconomic concerns to the top of the US intelligence community’s threat list.

CHINA AND EASTERN EUROPE

A major aspect of these concerns centers on the hard-to-ignore fact that China currently holds close to $1 trillion-worth of US monetary debt. Trade experts suggest that, should China suddenly decide to offer these securities for sale, “the US dollar would tank”. The chances of this happening are slim -the Chinese economy would also suffer from such a move- but US intelligence agencies are taking no chances. On February 19, the office of the Director of National Intelligence issued a public warning to the Chinese government that it would consider any attempts to sell US Treasury bonds an act of “financial warfare”. It did so by authorizing James Rickards, a self-described “threat finance” expert who advises Admiral Blair, to speak to the US media about “[c]ountries [that] might […] be tempted to engage in financial warfare” against the United States. Interviewed by National Public Radio (NPR), Rickards warned that the global economic crisis could “damage the ties that hold countries together” -together with the United States, that is. NPR was also granted permission to interview David Gordon, former Director of the Office of Transnational Issues at the CIA, who said that Eastern Europe could potentially dethatch itself from Washington’s sphere of influence as a result of a prolonged economic crisis. The dramatic decline in the standards of living in most of these countries could lead them to more egalitarian economic arrangements, thus “challeng[ing] the[ir] westward orientation […] toward markets”, warned Gordon. Continue reading

Closure of Kyrgyz base deals a blow to US

Quoted from Hurriet DailyNews.com

Kyrgyzstan parliament approves U.S. military base closure

Kyrgyzstan‘s parliament voted Thursday to close a key U.S. air base in the country – a move that could hamper President Barack Obama’s efforts to increase the number of U.S. forces in Afghanistan.

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Neonazis perturbate Dresden Memorial – Neonazis verstoren oorlogsherdenking in Dresden

Quote Blog Extreem Rechts in Vlaanderen

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