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British companies risk ‘reputational damage’ in Colombia mining boom

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”GET OUT OF MY LAND”
[ed notes:reputational damage?their mining corps are outright criminal!!! p.s. i do not endorse site oneworldgroup,its merely where i found the info(original report link at bottom)…while digging thru anti mining news…
Plans for a massive expansion of Colombia’s mining industry could cost the country dear in terms of human rights violations, environmental damage and lost tax revenues, a new report warns.British companies, already major investors in the country’s oil and mineral wealth, are warned they face major challenges if they want to be seen to be investing responsibly, and respecting human rights.Giving It Away: The Consequences of an Unsustainable Mining Policy in Colombia says safeguards are urgently needed as the country moves to triple the size of its mining industry in the next decade.Colombia supplies 55 per cent of the world’s emeralds, as well as being a significant source of gold, silver and platinum, and a leading coal producer.
The report, by CAFOD partners ABColombia, says: ‘Colombia risks giving its natural resources away at immense social, environmental and human rights cost.’Of particular concern is the way expansion could be used to legitimise the forced displacement of many thousands of people during decades of civil conflict. Much of the land they inhabited has now been parcelled up into mining concessions.‘The drive to have Colombia known regionally as a ‘mining country’ is being undertaken before land restitution policies have been implemented, increasing the difficulty of returning stolen lands to those who have been forcibly displaced,’ says the report.
Present expansion policies, which include the creation of Strategic Mining Areas to be auctioned off to foreign investors, could also put at risk the rights of indigenous and Afro-Colombian peoples, as well as threaten ecologically sensitive areas, and compromise land reserved for agricultural use.CAFOD’s Colombia expert Barbara Davies said: “The Colombian government is promoting mining as one of the main engines of economic growth in the country but so far the communities affected by the mining have seen little economic benefits. Many indigenous and Afro Colombian communities have spoken to CAFOD about the lack of consultation by mining companies and the government’s disregard of the protection of areas of environmental importance.
It is also worryingly that mining concessions have been awarded in areas of conflict where illegal armed groups continue to operate and threaten local community leaders.”Proposals to cut corporation tax for mining companies from 33 per cent to 25 per cent are also condemned, the report pointing out that even with the higher tax rate, mining companies made more from tax exemptions than they paid in tax and royalties in 2007 and 2009.
The report says the risk to companies of reputational damage by benefitting from human rights abuses is ‘high’. Case studies it carries ‘demonstrate that despite well-elaborated Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) policies, UK-based mining corporations do not always operate in a socially responsible way.’ABColombia’s Programme and Advocacy Manager Louise Winstanley explained: “Despite the context of human rights abuses and the risk of corporations inadvertently infringing human rights, some British corporations investing in Colombia already appear to be benefiting from weak governmental institutions to make even higher profits.“
Given the potential for human rights violations, environmental degradation and the destruction of ecological capital that mining corporations can cause, it is essential that corporations are held to account for their behaviour overseas.”If the UK is to uphold the spirit of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, the report adds, it needs to introduce new legislation providing access to the UK judicial system for communities in developing countries to protect them from corporate abuses by UK companies.
[ed notes:also see… Giving it away: the consequences of unsustainable mining in – Scribd  FTA: the Colombian road map does not respect EP conditions i should add that brittish mining corporations are notorious for fueling human rigths abuses,especially in colombia… 
In past, BP signed a reported $5 million contract with PONAL, the Colombian National Police, to create and dispatch a unit of police to protect company rigs. In 1996 alone, the Colombian ombudsman received 169 reports of police involvement in murder, disappearances, and threats. Wearing Colombian police uniforms, a BP team of DSL soldiers has been secretly training the national police at the rig sites. The course includes counterguerrilla tactics, such as lethal weapons handling, sniper fire, and close quarter combat.

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Minister Farrakhan Exposes The Secrets of Freemasonry (2 of 2)

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Did you know that at least 9 of the 56 signatures on the Declaration of Independence were Freemasons? The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan reveals the true meaning behind the symbols of Freemasonry and exposes the #1 secret that the world rulers didn’t want you to know.

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FARRAKHAN – FREEMASONRY SECRETS EXPOSED part 1 of 2

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FARRAKHAN – FREEMASONRY SECRETS EXPOSED part 1 of 2

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Masonry, by a 90th degree Mason!

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 Posted by: Sammi Ibrahem Sr

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KAVKAZ CENTER(FRIENDS OF ZBIG ) ENDORSES TERRORISM AGAINST IRAN

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 Jihad starts in Iran (VIDEO)

Jihad has started in Iran. It was declared by the Iranian Mujahideen in their English-language blog. An Islamic Jamaat, or Party, Harakat Ansar Iran announced the beginning of the armed resistance to Shiite regime of ayatollah in response to the persecution of Sunni Muslims. The appeal of Iranian Mujahideen Emir Abu Yasir Muskootani (see photo) to Muslims in Balochistan (a historical region encompassing present-day Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan – on the map marked with pink) says:”Oh brothers, wake up from your sleep and neglect and join the caravan of the Muwahhideen and Mujahideen and defend your dignity and your religion.
And I advise you, my brothers, not to be tricked by this regime and their deception. This regime is not our and your friend, in fact this regime is your biggest enemy. Oh people I swear to you by Allah, wake up from this negligence and sleep and defend your beliefs, principles and dignity”.It is to be noted that in the years 2009-2010, in Iran, an Islamic organization Jundullah was active, which has conducted several successful operations against the Shia, but later its Emir was captured and executed.And now, after almost 2 years, Mujahideen have renewed Jihad in this country. The first operation was carried out on October 19 in the den of Rawafides in the city of Chabhar (see map), the Mujahideen were able to eliminate at least 20 Rawafides.
The operation was carried out in retaliation for the prosecution of the Sunni Muslim by the regime of the ayatollah in the last decades.The statement by Harakat Ansar Iran on the case said that the Mujahideen came across a secret meeting of high ranking Iranian Revolutionary guard officers in the base of the Basij of Chabhar.After considerable planning and preparation, the Mujahideen planted an explosive rigged van outside the base of the Basij where the meeting was being held. They detonated the explosives once the meeting ended and the officers of the Shiite Revolutionary Guards started to come out of the building.
This explosion killed at least 20 enemy soldiers and officers.After the success of this explosion the Mujahideen started to withdraw to their own base but encountered troops of the Iranian regime on their way back.A brave Mujahid amongst them, called Hamza Saravani went forth with a pre-planned fidaee (martyrdom) operation. In this operation he went towards a large mass of the regime’s troops carrying weapons and an explosive vest and engaged them in a fire-fight before detonating his vest killing several of the regime’s soldiers while distracting their attention from his brother Mujahideen who made their way back safely to their base.
ANTI-IRAN ZIONIST PROPAGANDA

[ed notes;promoting Jundallah whos got ties to mossad and cia lol  Mossad agents posed as CIA to recruit Jundallah terrorists  Israel Framed CIA in Backing Jundallah Terrorists — News from …

Despite the fact that organs such as Kavkaz Center operate in the service of terrorists who advocate the destruction of Russia, their activity alone is not altogether significant if seen in a vacuum. Rather, it is the association of these types of individuals and organizations with the US State Department and US intelligence that makes them particularly insidious. One such entity that bears scrutiny is the American Committee for Peace in the Caucasus (ACPC),
previously known as the American Committee for Peace in Chechnya. As reported by Right Web at the Institute for Policy Studies, “The ACPC was founded in 1999 by Freedom House, a neoconservative organization that has worked closely with the U.S. government, receiving funds from the National Endowment for Democracy and other U.S. democratization initiatives.” This intimate relationship between the ACPC and the US State Department indicates not merely a confluence of interests, but rather a direct relationship wherein the former is an organ of the latter.
The paternalistic role of the US intelligence establishment in the ACPC is made all the more evident when one examines some of the more well known members of the ACPC including former National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski, former Pentagon advisor Richard Perle and other top neocons such as William Kristol, Elliott Abrams, Kenneth Adelman, and Robert Kagan.
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KAVKAZ CENTER PUSHES ZIONIST NEOCON NARRATIVES AND CITES FROM ”WND AND JAMESTOWN FOUNDATION” LMAOO   http://kavkazcenter.com/eng/content/2012/11/05/16941.shtml
Georgian officials have reason to be concerned, since it was a similar exercise in July 2008 – Kavkaz-2008 – that was used by the Russians to stage troops and launch an invasion a month later in August 2008.

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4000 Zio-NATO Puppets FSA Attack Damascus

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The upsurge of violence in Syria since the last week seems more and more to be an attempt to surround the Syrian capital from different axes. Three days later, it proved to be a failure.However, by bombed-car attacks, explosives and shelling on certain neighborhoods of the capital and its province, it mercilessly claimed the lives of dozens of women and children.Zio-NATO puppet’s Militiamen on the “List of Disgrace”
For the second time in less than a week, the United Nations Organization had raised its voice against the Syrian militias, threatening to embody them on the “List of Disgrace”, which punishes those who use children in the conflicts or expose them to dangers.
Leila Zarrouki
“The information we have received mention that the opposition is using children, and committing violence that affects them either by using those children in launching attacks or by attacking the regions were those children are found,” announced to Reuters Ms. Leila Zarrouki, the first Algerian women to occupy from two months the post of the Special Envoy of the UN Secretary General. She is in charge of releasing reports about the conditions of children in the countries where conflicts are ongoing, and presenting the UN General Assembly as well as the Security Council. Ms. Zarrouki added that the regular army
a child with militiamen
was condemned in a primary report released in 2011, but was not embodied on the “List of Disgrace”.Children and the Revolt In fact, the presence of children in the Syrian ‘revolt’ is certain. We find them by force in the demonstrations, or more correctly, they represent the majority of the participants. Some media outlets indicated that the organizers of such demonstrations pay them about 500 S.L. (7 or 8 dollars) to participate or raise streamers. 
Moreover, we can see those children carrying weapons among the militiamen. Nowadays, they form the largest number of victims, noting that militiamen don’t hesitate setting car bombs in front of the schools, when they tend to target the neighborhoods of minorities, like what happened in Arous Al-Jabal on Monday, in Mazzé 89 last Tuesday, and in the Al-Zohour Neighborhood last Wednesday.Al-Zohour Neighborhood Bloody, on Fire.Definitely, during the Tuesday-Wednesday night, a three-bomb booby-trapped car set in the Province of Damascus, precisely in Al-Zohour Neighborhood, killed 15 civilians, injured dozens. Not to mention, among the victims were women and children.
victims of the blast
According to the Lebanese daily Al-Akhbar, this region is located between the eastern Al-Ghouta Road, and the Presidential Palace in Al-Mazzé, and occupied by the militiamen who are successively attacking it since it was surrounded by the regular army in the last June. As for the neighborhoods that used to embrace the FSA, they witnessed a radical change recently.Similar to all regions and neighborhoods that became recently a target for the FSA, Qudsaya is inhabited by Syrian minorities, among who are the Charkas Christians, in addition to the Druze in Al-Golan. Al-Zohour Neighborhood, the victim of the Tuesday night attack, is inhabited by the Alawis.
[ed notes:click link for whole article..

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Azerbaijani Zio-NATO Mercenaries Fighting in Syria

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Azerbaijani citizen Hasin Khazli was killed in Syria during neutralization of an armed group of terrorists, RFE/RL reported on October 19, citing Syrian news agency SANA. Ghazli was reported to have infiltrated Syria through Turkish-Syrian border as a part of a group of militants.The fact that Azerbaijan offers support to Syrian rebels was no secret even before Khazli’s death. In October Iranian “arannews.ir” website reported that Baku extended assistance of euro 500 thous. to Syrian terrorists.Azerbaijan together with Turkey has been actively involved in the Syrian conflict right from the start in backing the opposition.
Azeri mercenaries were even said to undergo special training in Turkey’s province of Hatay before getting to Syria, with the largest number of Azeris reported in Turkish Apaydyn camp, according to Voskanapat.info.In late August, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad accused the Turkish government of masterminding Syrian unrest, stating that “Turkey claims direct responsibility for the bloodshed in the country.”On November 9, Iranian “arannews.ir” reported, citing Syrian state television that Azerbaijani citizen bearing “Islamov” second name was killed in neutralization of terrorist groups by Syrian government forces.
Zio-NATO terrorist group was reported to consist of mainly citizens from Saudi Arabia and Azerbaijan.The Azeri terrorist killed in Syria was later identified as Islamov Zahur Aleskerovich, born in 1975, Voskanapat.info reported.Photographs of other three Azerbaijani terrorists killed in Syria were later discovered.

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Slouching Towards Sirte: NATO’s War on Libya and Africa

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Maximilian Forte’s new book Slouching Towards Sirte: NATO’s War on Libya and Africa, released Nov 20, is a searing indictment of NATO’s 2011 military intervention in Libya, and of the North American and European left that supported it. He argues that NATO powers, with the help of the Western left who “played a supporting role by making substantial room for the dominant US narrative and its military policies,” marshalled support for their intervention by creating a fiction that Gaddafi was about to carry out a massacre against a popular, pro-democracy uprising, and that the world could not stand idly by and watch a genocide unfold. Forte takes this view apart, showing that a massacre was never in the cards, much less genocide. Gaddafi didn’t threaten to hunt down civilians, only those who had taken up armed insurrection, and he offered rebels amnesty if they laid down their arms. What’s more, Gaddafi didn’t have the military firepower to lay siege to Benghazi (site of the initial uprising) and hunt down civilians from house to house.
Nor did his forces carry out massacres in the towns they recaptured, something that cannot be said for the rebels. Citing mainstream media reports that CIA and British SAS operatives were already on the ground “either before or at the very same time as Cameron and Sarkozy began to call for military intervention in Libya”, Forte raises “the possibility that Western powers were at least waiting for the first opportunity to intervene in Libya to commit regime change under the cover of a local uprising.” And he adds, they were doing so “without any hesitation to ponder what if any real threats to civilians might have been.”
Gaddafi, a fierce opponent of fundamentalist Wahhabi or Salafi Islam, “faced several armed uprisings and coup attempts before, and in the West there was no public clamor for his head when he crushed them.” The same, too, can be said of the numerous uprisings and assassination attempts carried out by the Syrian Muslim Brothers against the Assads, all of which were crushed without raising much of an outcry in the West, until now. Rejecting a single-factor explanation that NATO intervened to secure access to Libyan oil, Forte presents a multi-factorial account, which invokes elements of the hunt for profits, economic competition with China and Russia, and establishing US hegemony in Africa. Among the gains of the intervention, Forte writes, were:
  1. increased access for US corporations to massive Libyan expenditures on infrastructure development (and now reconstruction), from which US corporations had frequently been locked out when Gaddafi was in power;
  2. warding off any increased acquisition of Libyan oil contracts by Chinese and Russian firms;
  3. ensuring that a friendly regime was in place that was not influenced by ideas of “resource nationalism;”
  4. increasing the presence of AFRICOM in African affairs, in an attempt to substitute for the African Union and to entirely displace the Libyan-led Community of Sahel-Saharan States;
  5. expanding the US hold on key geostrategic locations and resources;
  6. promoting US claims to be serious about freedom, democracy, and human rights, and of being on the side of the people of Africa, as a benign benefactor;
  7. politically stabilizing the North African region in a way that locked out opponents of the US; and
  8. drafting other nations to undertake the work of defending and advancing US political and economic interests, under the guise of humanitarianism and protecting civilians.

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FTA: the Colombian road map does not respect EP conditions

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Dear Members of the European Parliament,Last May, the European Parliament, first within the International Trade (INTA) Committee and then in Plenary, delayed the approval of the Free Trade Agreement with Colombia and Peru requesting that both countries first design a “transparent and binding road map on human, environmental and labour rights”.
The EP Resolution was an important success in the sense that it went beyond labour and environmental aspects to demand that Colombia include measures to combat impunity. Resolution P7_7A (2012) 0249 indeed requested that the Colombian authorities take “the necessary steps to end impunity and investigating, prosecuting and punishing in civil courts those most responsible, both intellectually and materially, for the crimes committed in Colombia” [1]
Since then, the Colombian government has produced a roadmap which includes some elements of the EP Resolution. However, the road map of the Colombian authorities remains silent on the fundamental issue of impunity for international crimes, evidencing that no efficient provision is in place or foreseen to combat it.This is all the more worrying that the Colombian government is currently pushing for a revision of the Constitution which would extend the jurisdiction of military Courts to serious human rights violations and breaches of international humanitarian. As eleven UN experts have highlighted, the proposed reform of Articles 116, 152 and 221 of the Constitution will place serious crimes such as extra-judicial executions, forced displacement, sexual violence against women and the recruitment of child soldiers, among others, under the jurisdiction of military Courts.
This reform clearly contradicts the European Parliament’s call for investigation through civilian courts, in a context where serious human rights violations continue in Colombia. Peace can not be built on impunity and at the expanse of the right to truth, justice and reparations for victims.The reality of facts (see bellow for more information concerning forced displacement, massacres, land mines, etc) calls for emergency action in this area:
 Between the first half of 2010 and the first half of 2011, massacres have increased by 29%, raising from 17 cases to 22. In 2011, 49 human rights defenders (HRDs) and 35 trade unionists have been murdered, and it is estimated that nearly 90,000 households were displaced. 
There is almost total impunity concerning crimes committed by the army, including extrajudicial killings. 1,713 of the 2,463 opened cases remain at investigation level, and convictions were pronounced in only 30 of these cases [2]. 
With regard to crimes committed by paramilitaries, 30,000 of the supposedly demobilised members of paramilitary groups have actually benefited from a de facto amnesty, like the 3,000 people who benefited from the Justice and Peace Law (Law 975 of 2005) [3].
Concerning crimes committed by the guerrillas, the legal framework for peace, which provides for the establishment of transitional justice instruments, establishes criteria for priorisation and selection of cases which will affect criminal proceedings against guerilla members and the military personnel responsible for serious violations human rights.FIDH considers that the road map proposed by the Colombian government does not correspond to the conditions decided by the European Parliament to allow the ratification of the FTA. FIDH believes that it is necessary for the road map to cover all the aspects highlighted in the Resolution, including impunity, to allow the EP to monitor adequately [4] the road map in a country like Colombia were serious human rights violations persist.
The EU strategic framework and action plan on human rights and democracy adopted in June 2012, foresees reinforced consideration of the human rights situation in third countries in connection with the conclusion of trade agreements. European Parliamentarians are key to ensure that the FTA with Colombia and Peru corresponds to the EU ambition to “place Human Rights at the centre of its relations”, by “mak[ing] use of the full range of instruments at its disposal”, “in all areas of its external action without exception” including “trade”.

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ZIONIST SOUTH SUDANESE OVT EXPELLED UN HUMAN RIGHTS OFFICIAL?

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South Sudan: Top UN Official Urges Govt to Reverse Expulsion of Human Rights Officer.The United Nations human rights chief today urged South Sudan to reverse the expulsion of a human rights officer in the country, noting that the action is in breach of international agreements and that the authorities have not yet provided any satisfactory evidence for it.”I urge the Government of South Sudan to reverse its expulsion order and find a solution to this unfortunate episode, which contradicts the Government’s publicly stated commitment to human rights,” the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, said in a news release.
The staff member, who works with the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), is currently at the UN Regional Service Centre in Entebbe, Uganda, pending a decision on her future status.”In the two weeks since she was expelled, the authorities have so far not provided the UN with any satisfactory evidence of serious misconduct by the staff member,” said Ms. Pillay. “
The Government therefore appears to be in breach of its legal obligations under the UN Charter and under the 2011 Status of Forces Agreement between the Government of South Sudan and the UN concerning UNMISS.”Ms. Pillay noted that the authorities, when they ordered the staff member to leave the country, accused her of misinforming the international community about human rights abuses. This was “utterly unsatisfactory and unacceptable,” she stated.”If the Government has issues with the contents of a report, or with the manner in which the information is collected, they should be raised with UNMISS and with my office,” said the High Commissioner
[ed notes;south sudan has over and over again used the un and its human rights reports to accuse north of human rights abuses,how ironic that now un human rights official gets expelled for exposing south sudan for similar crimes..priceless!!!

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