Poland Faces Charges for Complicity in CIA Torture

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Trial is first time Europe faces scrutiny for complicity in CIA ‘Extraordinary Rendition’ program

- Lauren McCauley

The Szczytno-Szymany airport in Szymany, Poland where investigators say seven CIA planes, five of them carrying prisoners, arrived between 2002 and 2003 before bringing the uncharged suspects to a remote “black site” prison. (Photo: Artur Reszko)In an attempt to “break the conspiracy of silence,” European governments were called before a human rights court Tuesday to face charges for their complicity in the process of “extraordinary rendition” and the torture of uncharged individuals undergone at CIA black sites.

Appearing before the European Court of Human Rights, lawyers representing two Guantanamo detainees—48-year-old Saudi national Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri and 42-year-old Abu Zubaydah, a Palestinian—accused Poland of human rights abuses for permitting the detention and torture by the CIA of the two men at a prison in a remote region of Poland.

The Associated Press reports:

Both men say they were brought to Poland in December 2002, where they were detained and subjected to harsh questioning in a Polish military installation in Stare Kiejkuty, a village set in a lush area of woods and lakes in the country’s remote northeast.

There they were subject to mock executions, waterboarding and other tortures, including being told their families would be arrested and sexually abused, said Amrit Singh, a lawyer representing al-Nashiri.

Al-Nashiri is being held for allegedly orchestrating the al-Qaida attack on the USS Cole in 2000 in the Yemeni port of Aden; Zubaydah has never been charged with a crime.

At the time of their captivity at the site, both Polish former President Aleksander Kwasniewski and former Prime Minister Leszek Miller denied the prison’s existence. Former CIA officials told the AP that a prison in Poland operated from December 2002 until the fall of 2003. Human rights groups estimate that a total of eight terror suspects were held in Poland.

“This case is an opportunity to break the conspiracy of silence” said Singh, in regards to the participation of European governments in the CIA’s rendition program. “These acts occurred on Polish territory with the acquiescence and connivance of the Polish authorities,” she added.

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Top 10 Ways the US is the Most Corrupt Country in the World

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While it is true that you don’t typically have to bribe your postman to deliver the mail in the US, in many key ways America’s political and financial practices make it in absolute terms far more corrupt than the usual global South suspects. After all, the US economy is worth over $16 trillion a year, so in our corruption a lot more money changes hands.

1. Instead of having short, publicly-funded political campaigns with limited and/or free advertising (as a number of Western European countries do), the US has long political campaigns in which candidates are dunned big bucks for advertising. They are therefore forced to spend much of their time fundraising, which is to say, seeking bribes. All American politicians are basically on the take, though many are honorable people. They are forced into it by the system. House Majority leader John Boehner has actually just handed out cash on the floor of the House from the tobacco industry to other representatives.

When French President Nicolas Sarkozy was defeated in 2012, soon thereafter French police actually went into his private residence searching for an alleged $50,000 in illicit campaign contributions from the L’Oreale heiress. I thought to myself, seriously? $50,000 in a presidential campaign? Our presidential campaigns cost a billion dollars each! $50,000 is a rounding error, not a basis for police action. Why, George W. Bush took millions from arms manufacturers and then ginned up a war for them, and the police haven’t been anywhere near his house.

American politicians don’t represent “the people.” With a few honorable exceptions, they represent the the 1%. American democracy is being corrupted out of existence.

2. That politicians can be bribed to reduce regulation of industries like banking (what is called “regulatory capture”) means that they will be so bribed. Billions were spent and 3,000 lobbyists employed by bankers to remove cumbersome rules in the zeroes. Thus, political corruption enabled financial corruption (in some cases legalizing it!) Without regulations and government auditing, the finance sector went wild and engaged in corrupt practices that caused the 2008 crash. Too bad the poor Afghans can’t just legislate their corruption out of existence by regularizing it, the way Wall street did.

3. That the chief villains of the 2008 meltdown (from which 90% of Americans have not recovered) have not been prosecuted is itself a form of corruption.

4. The US military budget is bloated and enormous, bigger than the military budgets of the next twelve major states. What isn’t usually realized is that perhaps half of it is spent on outsourced services, not on the military. It is corporate welfare on a cosmic scale. I’ve seen with my own eyes how officers in the military get out and then form companies to sell things to their former colleagues still on the inside.

5. The US has a vast gulag of 2.2 million prisoners in jail and penitentiary. There is an increasing tendency for prisons to be privatized, and this tendency is corrupting the system.It is wrong for people to profit from putting and keeping human beings behind bars. This troubling trend is made all the more troubling by the move to give extra-long sentences for minor crimes, to deny parole and to imprison people for life for e,g, three small thefts.

6. The rich are well placed to bribe our politicians to reduce taxes on the rich. This and other government policies has produced a situation where 400 American billionaires are worth $2 trillion, as much as the bottom 150 million Americans. That kind of wealth inequality hasn’t been seen in the US since the age of the robber barons in the nineteenth century. Both eras are marked by extreme corruption.

7. The National Security Agency’s domestic spying is a form of corruption in itself, and lends itself to corruption. With some 4 million government employees and private contractors engaged in this surveillance, it is highly unlikely that various forms of insider trading and other corrupt practices are not being committed. If you knew who Warren Buffett and George Soros were calling every day, that alone could make you a killing. The American political class wouldn’t be defending this indefensible invasion of citizens’ privacy so vigorously if someone somewhere weren’t making money on it.

8. As for insider trading, it turns out Congress undid much of the law it hastily passedforbidding members, rather belatedly, to engage in insider trading (buying and selling stock based on their privileged knowledge of future government policy). That this practice only became an issue recently is another sign of how corrupt the system is.

9. Asset forfeiture in the ‘drug war’ is corrupting police departments and the judiciary.

10. Money and corruption have seeped so far into our media system that people can with a straight face assert that scientists aren’t sure human carbon emissions are causing global warming. Fox Cable News is among the more corrupt institutions in American society, purveying outright lies for the benefit of the billionaire class. The US is so corrupt that it is resisting the obvious urgency to slash carbon production. Even our relatively progressive president talks about exploiting all sources of energy, as though hydrocarbons were just as valuable as green energy and as though hydrocarbons weren’t poisoning the earth.

Even Qatar, its economy based on natural gas, freely admits the challenge of human-induced climate change. American politicians like Jim Inhofe are openly ridiculed when they travel to Europe for their know-nothingism on climate.

So don’t tell the Philippines or the other victims of American corruption how corrupt they are for taking a few petty bribes. Americans are not seen as corrupt because we only deal in the big denominations. Steal $2 trillion and you aren’t corrupt, you’re respectable.

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Obama, Give Me Five

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by LINDA EVANS, DIANA BLOCK and AMANDA BLOOM

On November 12th, the three of us traveled twelve hours by bus from Havana to reach Holguín, site of the 9th International Colloquium for the Freedom of the Five. Holguín is located at the eastern end of Cuba, 85 miles west of Guantanamo.  Our bus, nicknamed the Granma, was part of a fleet bringing delegates from around the world to the Colloquium, which was organized by ICAP (The Cuban Friendship Institute). Held from November 12-16, 2013, the goal of the Colloquium was to strengthen the unified international strategy to win the release of the men from U.S. prisons where they have been held for fifteen years.

The Cuban 5, Rene Gonzalez, Gerardo Hernández, Ramón Labañino, Antonio Guerrero, and Fernando González were arrested in Miami in 1998. The mission of the Five was to infiltrate and monitor the activities of anti-Cuban exile groups operating in Miami. Always fully supported by the U.S. government, these groups had been responsible for numerous bombings and other violent terrorist activities inside Cuba for decades, resulting in the death of nearly 3,500 Cubans and the injury of many more. (see www.thecuban5.org  for more information).  The aim of these anti-Cuban groups was to destroy the Cuban revolution and the radically different society that it was struggling to create. During the course of our visit we heard testimony from many Cubans who had family killed or injured in these attacks. The Cuban 5 were convicted of conspiracy to commit espionage against the U.S. after a sham trial which ignored all of the evidence in their defense. The trial took place in Miami despite repeated efforts to change the venue because seating an impartial jury was impossible in the highly prejudicial political atmosphere.

Like many of the other 272 delegates from 51 countries, we three brought our own particular experiences  of struggle against U.S. imperialism  to the Colloquium.  Linda is a former political prisoner who served 16 years in Federal prison before she received a commutation of her sentence by President Clinton in 2001, and we had all participated in the campaign for her release.  The three of us had also been deeply involved with the successful clemency campaign for eleven Puerto Rican political prisoners whose sentences were commuted by Clinton in 1999. This history helped us recognize that now is a critical moment in winning freedom for the Five, with the focus of political pressure directly on President Obama.  Obama has the constitutional power to release the Five and a moral and judicial obligation to do so since they are innocent.  We hoped that our experiences with previous campaigns could be of use.

We were also very excited because we knew that René González, one of the Five, was finally allowed to return to Cuba in May 2013 and would be participating in the Colloquium in Holguín for the first time. René completed his 15-year sentence in October 2011, but was detained in Miami as a condition of his parole until April 2013, when he was permitted to return to Cuba for his father’s funeral. He was allowed to stay in Cuba permanently only when he renounced his U.S. citizenship.

René and Olga Salanueva, his wife, received a tremendous, loving welcome from the people of Holguín and the delegates to the Colloquium.  René‘s strong, visible presence confirmed the truth of the refrain  – Si Se Puede!  (Yes, it can be done!) — which was repeated again and again throughout the Colloquium.

René’s uncompromising description of the crimes of the United States against the Cuban people made it clear that his years in prison had only sharpened his understanding of the destructive nature of the U.S. system.  “The arrest of the Five was a shameless act, an act of revenge which reflected the power of imperialism to make people suffer without caring about the consequences. “  He described how the Five were deliberately isolated from their families and surrounded by the disinformation presented by the U.S. media and its criminal legal system for the first couple of years.  However, the Five never lost confidence that their families, the Cuban people, and eventually the world would learn the truth and support their efforts to defend Cuba against terrorism and aggression. Since his sentence was the shortest, René was released first. “I had always dreamed that all of us would be released together,” he explained.  Since that dream was not realized, part of him still remained in prison with his comrades.  Working for their freedom was now central to his life, and Olga confirmed that he was up at all hours of the night, working on some aspect of the campaign.  As Ramón wrote in his message to the Colloquium, “We were ‘born’ Five and we will eternally be Five!”

The organizers of the Colloquium understood that successful campaigns are not developed primarily in conference halls.  Many sessions of the Colloquium were held in Holguín’s universities engaging with students and teachers; in the CDR (Committees in Defense of the Revolution) neighborhood associations;  and in nearby municipalities where delegates had a chance to get to know members of the community, talking, eating, singing and dancing together.  A highpoint for the three of us was our visit to the municipality of Rafael Freyre, named for a man who died in1953 after being imprisoned and tortured with his comrades defending the Bayamo barracks at the same time as the historic attack on the Moncada barracks. At a townhall meeting, we listened to students offer poems, statements and songs about the Five.  One girl told how her class planted trees on the fifth day of each month.  A member of the Women’s Federation described a blanket that women of the community had collectively sewn together with embroidered messages for the Five. It was overwhelming to see how, in truth, they are among the millions of Cubans who know all the details about the 5 and lovingly talk about concern for the 5 and their families.

At the Freyre townhall, one Cuban American delegate explained how her family had emigrated from Cuba to Key West Florida 55 years before.  Over time she came to experience the many injustices of life in the U.S. and had become an active member of the José Marti Association in Miami, which has become a potent force in challenging the agenda of Miami’s right-wing Cuban organizations.  Linda was then introduced to the gathering as a symbol of the slogan Si Se Puede! Because Clinton had been successfully pressured to release Linda as well as eleven Puerto Rican political prisoners, there was hope that Obama could be compelled to do the same for the Five.

In an emotional speech, Linda made it clear that the Cuban revolution had helped  inspire her anti-imperialist politics from early in her life.  In the years since her release she had continued to work for the freedom of political prisoners in the U.S. and also for the human rights of incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people.  Conditions in the U.S. made it very challenging to sustain the work for political prisoners, many of whom have remained in prison for decades.  Being in Cuba now for the first time, she recognized how crucial the organized, massive support of the Cuban people was in building the strength of the campaign for the Five’s freedom. One of the women leaders who had represented the community at the 8th Congress of CDRs gave Linda a commemorative button from that Congress. She had worn that button every day, and entrusted Linda to take it to Washington DC, to represent the people of the Rafael Freyre municipality and their demand for freedom for the Five.

From the women leaders who facilitated the townhall in Rafael Freyre, to the mothers, wives, daughters and nieces of the Five, we were repeatedly impressed by the forceful, central role of Cuban women in sustaining the fight to bring the Five home.   Mirta Rodriguez, Antonio’s mother, had just returned from an arduous trip visiting her son at Marianna prison in Florida. She described how strong Antonio’s spirit was and how he told her that he knew they were doing everything they could to win their freedom. “ He could be patient,” she said, but after fifteen years she could not.  Her outrage at their continued incarceration and her call to increase the effectiveness of the campaign was reiterated passionately by all the other family members who spoke.

The final declaration of the 9th Colloquium summarized the key demands and the actions the delegates would take to heighten our efforts.   The proclamation called upon delegates from all countries to actively support the third annual Five Days for the Five in Washington, D.C., which will be held from June 4 – 11, 2014.  Initiated by the International Committee for the Freedom of the Five, this series of events will include a rally in front of the White House on Saturday, June 7th, an educational and cultural program on Saturday evening, and intensive Congressional lobbying on Monday-Wednesday, June 9-11.  As occurred last year, elected parliamentarians and activists from all over the world will converge in Washington, D.C. to pressure Obama to do the right thing and free the Five, while building public awareness and solidarity with them. We encourage community organizations to endorse the event and urge you to join us. (see www.thecuban5.org  for more information).

In his final speech before thousands of residents of Holguín gathered at the city’s monument to Che Guevara, René expressed his confidence in the growth of solidarity across the globe.  He described how the isolation that the U.S. government first tried to impose on the Five became ineffectual.  “One step at a time, letter by letter, international solidarity became our strongest tool.  Letters, first drops then rivers, became our safeguard.”  He noted that Gerardo had called for a “jury of millions” to counter the corrupt verdict of the Miami jury that had convicted them. “Now this hope has been exceeded by the millions in Cuba and those around the world who have joined together to demand freedom.”

We know from long hard experience that there are no easy or sure victories when it comes to fighting for justice from the United States.   Along with many other political prisoners, Mumia Abu-Jamal, Leonard Peltier, Oscar Lopez, Lynne Stewart, Hugo “Yogi” Pinell, and the Guantanamo detainees remain captive in U.S. prisons despite lengthy efforts to free them.  But our trip to the 9th Colloquium has reinvigorated our belief in the capacity of a unified people to keep struggling for what is just, despite all obstacles.  Freedom for the Cuban 5 will strengthen the fight to free them all.

Venceremos!

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Hayden: ‘We have accepted Iranian nuclear enrichment

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Retired Gen. Michael Hayden says last month’s nuclear deal with Iran marks a reversal from previous agreements with the United Nations.

“We have accepted Iranian nuclear enrichment,” the former CIA and NSA director said on ”Fox News Sunday”, noting the agreement conflicts with U.N. resolutions. “What we have to do is push that threshold back as far as possible, and that will define whether this is a good idea or a bad idea. We’ve hit the pause button, now we have to avoid hitting the delete button.”

(Sunday Shows in 90 seconds: Iran, NSA, Obamacare)

“It’s not like we have a whole lot of good choices with regard to Iran and their nuclear program,” Hayden said.

Despite those reservations, Hayden said he’s willing to see how the deal plays out in the long run.

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Olmert: PM has ‘declared war on the US government’

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Netanyahu’s attacks on Obama’s Iran policy are ‘misguided and dangerous,’ former prime minister charges, says there are better ways to exert influence

Times of Israel

“We’ve declared war on the American government. You can’t deny this,” Olmert said at panel discussion at the Institute for National Security Studies in Tel Aviv.

Under his leadership until five years ago, said Olmert, “It didn’t occur to us to go into battle against our best ally and to whip up Congress” against the US administration in the way that Netanyahu has done. “Any potential benefit” of such an open and unprecedented confrontation, he added, was far outweighed by the dangers.

Olmert also accused Netanyahu of “wasting” 10 billion shekels — some $2.8 billion — preparing “something we didn’t need to prepare.” This was an apparent reference to a potential Israeli strike on Iran.

Netanyahu has publicly savaged the Geneva interim accord with Iran as a “historic mistake.” Officials in Jerusalem have repeatedly castigated President Barack Obama for overseeing a failed negotiating process with Iran under which, they claim, Iran’s nuclear weapons drive is not being thwarted while the sanctions pressure against Iran is collapsing.

“There is one country in the world that regularly votes in favor of the State of Israel at the United Nations over all those years, in cases in which we were 100 percent correct and in cases when we perhaps weren’t 100% correct,” Olmert added.

“They [the United States] were always with us. What do you want from them?”

Hinting at a strike against a nuclear reactor in Syria that Israel reportedly executed in 2007 — when Olmert was prime minister — he said that Jerusalem has the right to act if need be but warned that such actions need to be kept secret and not talked about.

“This is not because there is no problem with Iran. There is a problem with Iran. It is not because we don’t need to fight it with all strength. We need to fight it with all strength,” Olmert said.

“Nobody will teach us a lesson about this — we acted and didn’t talk. Others only talk and didn’t act.”

Olmert, who was prime minister from 2006 until 2009, said he was not enthusiastic about the terms of the interim nuclear agreement, which was signed last week in Geneva, but added that he believes there are hidden terms that must be studied in greater depth before Jerusalem can effectively lobby the Americans for a better permanent agreement, which is supposed to be signed six months after the interim deal takes effect.

“I hope this will not be perceived as an attack on the prime minister,” Olmert said. “But the state of Israel should cease to criticize the policy of the US and the policymakers of the United States,” he said. ”There are many other ways in which can influence [it] in order to achieve our goals.”

Olmert said Israel should refrain from leading the international effort against Tehran’s nuclear program, and should instead leave such a role to the US.

“Israel should be a partner in this fight but cannot and should not lead the international fight,” Olmert said. ”This was the Sharon government’s position and the position of my government as well.”

Olmert remarked that all of Israel’s security concerns — including those posed by Iran — could be solved by reaching a lasting peace agreement with the Palestinians.

“The key to any strategic situation in the Middle East and the Iranian problem is to reach a peace agreement with the Palestinians,” he said.

The former prime minister also railed against the Netanyahu government’s approval of thousands of settlement housing units, saying such a move would only set back negotiations with the Palestinians.

“A government which announces the construction of 5,000 new housing units is not conducting serious negotiations for peace,” Olmert said.

Netanyahu, in Rome on Sunday for a state visit to Italy and the Vatican, responded to Olmert’s statements saying, “In contrast to others, when I see that interests vital to the security of Israel’s citizens are in danger, I will not be silent.”

He added: “It is very easy to be silent. It is very easy to receive a pat on the shoulder from the international community, to bow one’s head, but I am committed to the security of my people,” he said, and in a subtle jab at Olmert added, “I am committed to the future of my state and in contrast to periods in the past, we have a loud and clear voice among the nations and we will sound it in time in order to warn of the danger.”

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Bachmann: Obama rewrote Constitution

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Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) on Tuesday accused President Barack Obama of “rewriting the constitution” for his political agenda, particularly in the case of his signature health care law.

“He has rewritten the Constitution for himself as a part of his effort to fundamentally transform the United States of America,” Bachmann said on Fox News on Tuesday.

Bachmann’s comments came ahead of a House Judiciary Committee hearing on the president’s use of executive power. Bachmann pointed to the administration’s use of regulatory authority in the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, saying that she believes the president is abusing his power to prevent political fallout from the law.

“What are these delays about, what do they have in common? They all put off the very negative effects of Obamacare until the next election. That’s what this is all about. This is all political management. But we believe the constitution has to be respected,” she said.

Fox News anchor Martha MacCallum pointed out that the president was himself once a constitutional law professor and wondered what his legal reasoning on executive authority might be.

“He doesn’t want to be bound by any law, and that’s the rub. The Constitution says no man is above the law, including the president of the United States,” Bachmann said. “I think the president would be very, sorely unimpressed with what he hears today.” POLITICO

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Naziyahu tried to interfere in U.S. elections

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Haaretz

Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert warned that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s aggressive quarrel with the Obama administration over the agreement with Iran signed in Geneva endangers Israel, and panned Netanyahu for “losing his head.”

Olmert accused the prime minister of “declaring war on the United States” and of attempting to incite the Congress against U.S. President Barack Obama.

Olmert spoke Sunday at a closed panel discussion on “the strategic implications of the interim agreement between the P5 + 1 and Iran,” held at the Institute for National Security Studies at Tel Aviv University.

Olmert said both his government and that of his predecessor Ariel Sharon wished to avoid public confrontation with the American administration over Iran. “At no stage did we want to do battle with Israel’s number one ally and to incite the Congress against the president,” he said.

Olmert called Netanyahu’s acts and statements unprecedented. “The danger and the potential damage from it are incomparably larger” than the value of the public debate with the United States, he said.

When Netanyahu took office in 2009, he changed Israeli policy in favor of “declarations” and “threats,” Olmert said.

Olmert also said Netanyahu’s Iran policy put an undue financial strain on Israel, criticizing the NIS 10 Billion spent on preparations for a possible attack on Iran.

“This is money that was wasted,” Olmert said. “If the State of Israel ever decidedact on its threats this money will not change anything, but it has great significance as to the state’s budget.”

Olmert rejected the claim that Netanyahu’s threats led to the severe sanctions that brought about the compromise with Iran, and said that these started even before Netanyahu took office.

He warned Netanyahu, without directly naming him, against a conflict with Obama, “the man whose support for the State of Israel, his good will, is possibly the most important basis for the country’s strategic interest,” and added that “we need to guard against anything that could possibly make it seem that we desire to fight with our greatest ally.”

Later he said: “It is possible to stand on every platform and tell the president of the United States ‘you do what we think since if not, we will do all sorts of things.’ Is there one president who can accept these warnings that came from Jerusalem? Is this serious?”

Olmert also claimed that Netanyahu openly intervened against Obama in the U.S. presidential elections last year, a move he termed a “historic mistake.” He also attacked Netanyahu’s wooing of Russia, and asked rhetorically: “Will Putin give us $3 billion in military aid a year?”

Sanctions regime ‘disintigrating’

Netanyahu responded to Olmert on Sunday night saying he will not “remain silent” in the face of threats against Israel only to “get a pat on the back by the international community.”

“In contrast to the past, we have a clear voice among the nations, and we will raise it in order to warn of the danger in time,” Netanyahu said during his visit to Rome, Italy.

Netanyahu warned that the international sanctions regime on Iran is starting to fall apart “rapidly” in the wake of the deal with world powers in Geneva.

“If nothing is done swiftly, the sanctions regime might collapse, and years of efforts will be wasted without anything in return,” he said.

Geneva deal is a ‘moral defeat’

Responding to Olmert’s criticism of Netanyahu, Former minister MK Tzachi Hanegbi (Likud), who also took part in the panel, said Olmert’s speech “is more fitting for a party meeting than for a research institute. It was a political attack. We forgot that [Iranian President Hassan] Rohani exists, and Netanyahu is the enemy.” Hanegbi and Olmert were at odds as to whether Israel is aware of all the details of the Geneva deal. Olmert said that there are secret understandings between the sides that Israel isn’t aware of, while Hanegbi said that Israel is familiar with the full picture.

Hanegbi accused the West of surrendering and termed the Geneva deal a “moral defeat,” as it allows Iran to continue enriching uranium. “Iran did not give in on any single issue that has any value or long term significance,” Hanegbi added.

“According to the agreement it would take only several weeks in order to re-accumulate the necessary amount of uranium needed for non-military needs. These agreements do not alter Iran’s ability to rush forward and produce a nuclear bomb when it decides to do so. Iran wasn’t required to demolish even one of the sites it established secretly, and won the West’s recognition of its right to enrich uranium. Indeed, Iran halted its drive to achieve nuclear weapons for six months, but this has no significance, since it already covered most of the distance and is only a small step away from nuclear capability.”

Hanegbi said that “according to estimates in Israel, easing sanctions will benefit Iran’s economy twice as much than estimated by the U.S. administration. The only move that worked, the sanctions, have been significantly weakened by the Geneva deal.

“At present, we must carry out a double move: To see to it that existing sanctions are observed, and that the U.S. Congress will adopt a decision supporting further sanctions to be leveled if Iran violates the agreement or if it collapses. Israel must make its voice clearly heard. Ours is not a lone voice in the wilderness. Our position has wide support in Congress, among European powers and with our neighboring countries.”

The head of the hosting institute, Maj. Gen. (res.) Amos Yadlin said that “Several years ago, Iran became a state on the verge of nuclear ability. It developed abilities for a decade without anyone stopping it. It is only a decision and short time period away from [nuclear ability]. This is a sad, problematic fact, but the Geneva agreement shouldn’t carry the blame for that.”

The former Military Intelligence chief said that “Israel must have prepared itself for the possibility of a strike on Iran,” differing from Olmert’s opinion that huge funds were wasted on the project. Yadlin said that the investment could serve other security needs.

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US Official: Netanyahu ‘Desperate’ in Opposition to Iran Deal

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Warns Netanyahu’s Position Is Costing Him Support

by Jason Ditz,

Israel’s Channel 10 news has quoted an unnamed “senior White House official” as warning that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s shrill opposition to the P5+1 deal with Iran is coming off as weak and desperate,” and that the administration is viewing his position as of “no great concern.”

The official also acknowledged Netanyahu’s attempts to court the US Congress in an attempt to kill the deal, but insisted they were likewise not particularly concerned he could pull that off, warning Netanyahu is losing support and relevance by his constant complaining.

Netanyahu shrugged off the comments as well as others from Israeli opposition figures warning he is harming the nation’s international standing, saying he believes Israel’s security is at stake” by the deal and he won’t remain silent.

Netanyahu has insisted the deal was an “historic mistake” and that Israel doesn’t feel bound by it. This has sparked warnings from multiple P5+1 nations not to do anything to undermine the pact.

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Nicaragua Envisages Regional Companies to Build Canal

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The Nicaraguan Government envisages the presence of companies from the region, through partnerships, in the construction of the inter-oceanic canal of Nicaragua.
According to Paul Oquist, Minister-Secretary for National Policy of the Nicaraguan Presidency, this work is expected to revolutionize global maritime trade.Oquist urged Dominican companies to join the initiative, saying that once concluded, the canal will have two ports, two free-trade zones, an oil pipeline and a railway from coast to coast.
“The beginning of construction works is scheduled for late 2014 and they are expected to be completed by 2019″, said Oquist.”[[[Since in Nicaragua there are no large companies to perform mega-projects there will be thousands of subcontracts, which will represent an incentive for foreign companies to forge partnerships with ours", he said."We expect this project to boost economies and provide workers of the region with several jobs" said Oquist.]]]
 [ed notes:regional companies?he better double or triple his security detail,the jackals(CIA) will be unleashed by the north on him…

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Hearing on Human Rights in Colombia – November 27, 2013 Impacts of free trade agreements on human rights..

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Introduction The Trade Agreement between the EU, Colombia and Peru, signed in June 2012 and subsequently ratified in December of the same year by the European Parliament, provisionally entered into force on August 1, 2013, in a context of high social and political tension reflected in significant social demonstrations during 2013. The Trade Agreement has led to serious questions on the situation of human rights, the lack of specific and efficient labour, social and environmental standards, the continuing violence in Colombian regions, and the potential impacts of the Agreement on sectors of the Colombian economy.
Given this reality, the European Parliament called for the development of a road map on human rights, labour rights and environmental rights, which “should be aimed essentially at safeguarding human rights, enhancing and improving trade unionists’ rights and protecting the environment”1. The Parliament noted on several occasions that both the Trade Agreement and its accompanying roadmap could serve as tools for monitoring the human rights situation in Colombia. We therefore call upon the European Parliament to use the Roadmap and to take appropriate measures in light of the current situation. This document details the current situation, and outlines the concerns which still exist about the main focuses set out in the Roadmap (human rights and labour rights), as well as the potential impacts of the Trade Agreement
[[[[[[Summary – Conclusions The general human rights situation in Colombia remains of serious concern:- Murders continue to be committed against human rights defenders, land restitution leaders,small farming and indigenous leaders fighting for their land and opposing dams or miningprojects. Between January and September 2013, at least 52 defenders were killed.- The criminalization of social protest continues to affect freedom of expression and assembly.There are reports of stigmatisation by high officials, and violent repression, resulting in up to15 killings during the last national strike.- Several legislative initiatives could promote impunity and have been strongly questioned by UN mechanisms The number of displaced people is increasing every day, with over 250,000 new cases in 2012. Today in Colombia 5.7 million displaced people are registered. There is a 99.5 % rate of impunity for this crime]]]
[ed notes:click link for rest..in short..eu and us continue to be responsible for aiding and justifying the continual repression and crimes taking place in Colombia...

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