Archive | November 6, 2014

Surprise – ICC Drops Case against Israel*

Surprise – ICC Drops Case against Israel*

The Mavi Marmara. (Photo: Free Gaza Movement/flickr/cc)

The Mavi Marmara. (Photo: Free Gaza Movement/flickr/cc)

The International Criminal Court is being accused of “defying justice” following Thursday’s announcement that prosecutors will not further investigate or press charges against Israel for its 2010 deadly assault on a Gaza-bound flotilla bearing humanitarian aid from Turkey.

The ruling came despite the court’s acknowledgement that Israel likely committed war crimes.

ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda stated Thursday that

“there is a reasonable basis to believe” that Israel committed “war crimes” in its attack on the Mavi Marmara vessel, echoing the findings of a 61-page report by ICC prosecutors. But Bensouda went on to state that the potential case or cases arising from such an investigation “would not be of ‘sufficient gravity’ to justify further action by the ICC.”

“In the final analysis, I have, therefore, concluded that the legal requirements under the Rome Statute to open an investigation have not been met and I am announcing that the preliminary examination has been closed,” Besouda decided.

The Center for Constitutional Rights blasted the court’s decision:

“It is outrageous that the ICC is refusing to prosecute Israeli officials despite acknowledging that there’s a reasonable basis to believe that war crimes were committed. For the court to say the case ‘would not be of sufficient gravity’ to justify further action when the Israeli Defense Force attacked international vessels in international waters, killed nine people and seriously injured many more, defies any reasonable understanding of justice and international law.”

“Calling it a war crime is encouraging, but there is a factor of disappointment that they will not take this investigation further,” Ehab Lotayef of the Freedom Flotilla Coalition told Common Dreams.

“Israel commits war crimes against unarmed civilians in many incidents, whether inside occupied territories in Gaza or the West Bank, whether against internationals or locals.”

Turkish lawyer Ramazan Ariturk, who is representing Comoros in the case, pledged that he will continue to pursue the case.

“This is a moral struggle that we’re pursuing by ourselves. It’s a legal struggle, a struggle in the name of humanity. This struggle isn’t over,” he told reporters in Istanbul.

“We will object to a higher court at the International Criminal Court and we believe without a doubt that we will prevail.”

The ICC’s ruling is the result of a preliminary investigation launched by Bensouda last year after the African state of Comoros, an ICC member, filed a complaint to the court. Israel and Turkey are not members of the court, and Turkey is separately pursuing legal action against Israeli military officers behind the attack.

Israeli naval commandos stormed the Mavi Marmara on the May 31, 2010, immediately killing nine people and wounding over 50, with one person later dying from the wounds sustained. Eighteen-year-old U.S. citizen Furkan Doğan was filming the raid when he was shot several times, including in the face at point-blank range, resulting in his death.

In the aftermath of the attack, Israel faced international criticism and protest, including demands from the Turkish government for a formal apology, which Israel has repeatedly refused.

The Mavi Marmara was one of six ships in 2010, organized by an international coalition of campaigners for Palestinian rights, blocked and raided by Israel while attempting to break the siege of Gaza. For the past six years, solidarity ships have sought to sail to Gaza from around the world, but since 2008, none have reached their destination. Following Isreal’s latest seven-week attack on Gaza, civil society groups from around the world announced in August they will sail another “freedom flotilla” to break the siege, but did not publicly disclose a location or date.

Source*

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A U.S. County Votes in Self-Governance*

A U.S. County Votes in Self-Governance*

By Jamie Lee

“The sacred rights of mankind, are not to be rummaged for among old parchments or musty records. They are written, as with a sunbeam, in the whole volume of human nature, by the hand of divinity itself, and can never be erased or obscured by mortal power.” ~ Alexander Hamilton

We the people...Mendocino County, in the pristine northern lands of California, where the magnificent ancient coastal Redwood trees meet the inland California Oaks, has voted itself into the constitution writing (righting) business.

Yesterday, by a significant margin, they became the first county in California, and only the second county in the country to pass into law a very powerful local ordinance that declares local self-governing rights in their communities over state and federal jurisdiction. Over 67% of the votes cast were in favour of the measure.

The ordinance provides for

  • waters free from toxic trespass
  • pre-emptively bans all fracking activities countywide with heavy fines and penalties for violation of the ordinance
  • establishes a Community Bill of Rights to, for, and by the residents of Mendocino County while checking corporate powers as well
  • Gives the Rights of Nature to exist and flourish without toxic trespass whereas previously Nature had no standing in the court of law

Here is some of the powerful language in the proposed ordinance which you can read (source):

Right to community self-government

All residents of Mendocino County possess the right to a form of governance where they live which recognizes that all power is inherent in the people and all free governments are founded on the people’s consent.

Use of Mendocino County government by the sovereign people to make law and policy shall not be deemed by any authority to eliminate or reduce that self-governing authority. Rights as self-executing, fundamental and unalienable.

All rights delineated and secured by this ordinance are inherent, fundamental and unalienable; and shall be self-executing and enforceable against both private and public actors.”

The people of Mendocino County have made history once again after being the first county in the nation to ban Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) in 2004. Now these Mendonesians of premier wine making, medical marijuana growing and self-declared independence are continuing to assert and reclaim their inherent rights to decide for themselves what the laws will be in their communities and their county.

What may seem radical to many is only following in declarations and rights acknowledged to, by, and for them by the California State and U.S. Constitution’s as well as the Declaration of Independence:

Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776:

That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government.

Article 1 of the California State Constitution of 1849:

Sec. 1. All men are by nature free and independent, and have certain inalienable rights, among which are those of enjoying and defending life and liberty, acquiring, possessing, and protecting property: and pursuing and obtaining safety and happiness.

Sec. 2. All political power is inherent in the people. Government is instituted for the protection, security, and benefit of the people; and they have the right to alter or reform the same, whenever the public good may require it.

Across the nation a truly grass-roots movement of taken back power by, and for the people at the local levels has begun in earnest.

In California, in this election alone, two other counties, Santa Barbara and San Benito, put anti-fracking measures in front of the voters while Big Oil spent over $7 million to defeat them. Santa Barbara was defeated last night but San Bernardino County’s measure passed into law.

Ohio, New Mexico, Colorado, Maine, New Hampshire and Pennsylvania have in recent years passed into law local ordinances banning everything from toxic pig sludge dumping to Community Bill of Rights legislation as well as legal standing for the Rights of Nature to exist. In 2010, the City of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania made history by becoming the first city to pass a local ordinance banning hydraulic fracking.

So far, state courts have upheld these rights in Colorado and Ohio. However, a bigger challenge comes in coming months as a federal judge will make ruling on Mora County, New Mexico’s recent local ordinance passed that bans fracking in their county. It will be high stakes for all as over 30% of the states revenues comes from the oil and gas industry.

Yet clearly the people of Mora County are choosing to protect their health and well being over profit, jobs and revenues for their county.

Last week NASA released photos taken from space showing mass methane gas releases from the four corners region of the Southwestern United States, stunning all as to the widespread drastic effects that intense and increasing fracking activities are having on our environment.

Up north in Oregon, Lane and Benton Counties are bringing to vote local ordinances to preempt Oregon state laws for the right to determine local food sovereignty. Last year, Oregon had preempted local counties from banning GMO’s in their communities. Communities are now empowering themselves and fighting back.

Who is the Author of Authority?

The real basis of the question of the ability of local communities to write laws becomes just who is the final author of Authority?

Put another way, who has the power to make law, the people in the communities, counties and cities where they live or unreachable legislatures and Presidents residing hundreds and thousands of miles away?

Who are backed by huge corporate funding sources, that few can look, touch or feel, yet are called by many to be our “representatives” for what is best where we live, work and breathe.

It is estimated in the United States alone there are some 26 million plus laws, rules, regulations, permits, codes, violations, infractions, et. al., where ignorance of the these laws are not excusable in court and our government schooling never teaches to anyone.

And to enact state and federal laws, the powers that be must really on fear, force, coercion, ignorance and threat of being caged to get their laws obeyed. In other words, they demand obedience and compliance, or else coercion and force may be used no matter how amoral, immoral or destructive the laws may be.

Is it Legal?

Many in Mendocino County are asking about the legality of writing their own laws pre-empting the power of state and federal law over their county. One answer is provided by the founder of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF), Thomas Linzey :

The law is not currently on your side. Over the past century, both corporations and state government have restricted the authority of municipal corporations so that the people of the municipality have very few rights at all. Your right to govern your own county has been cancelled out by the “rights” of corporations, and the authority of the State to pre-empt your lawmaking.

Measure S is about changing that. It is about changing the law by challenging the law. Openly, frontally, and directly. The current system of law does not allow you to say “no” to fracking within the County. You therefore have a choice – you can either accept that current status of the law, or you can work to change it. Measure S is about asserting your right – as residents of the County – to change how the municipal system operates.

Measure S is about challenging what the law “is” and adopting a new system of law which enables you to control what happens in the County.

(CELDF), along with Global Exchange of San Francisco, have been instrumental in providing assistance and guidance across the country to help we the people take back our rights and reclaim our power to decide for ourselves what laws we wish in our communities. For over 14 years they have been active in helping communities pass local ordinances across the nation. Currently there are over 8 states and some 800 communities who have recently passed local ordinances yet it has not been easy.

In 2008 and again in 2010, Spokane, Washington tried to pass local ordinances banning corporate power in their city and protection of their waterways but failed by a few percentage votes while being heavily outspent by outside corporate interests. They plan to try again in the next election cycle.

In 2008, the City of Mt. Shasta organized and began the process of empowering themselves when they learned that the corporate/state power company for Northern California, Pacific Gas and Electric, was actively spraying the skies above them with toxic chemicals through Geo-engineering.

PG &E cloud seeding, where the energy giant launches a cannon of silver iodide into passing storm clouds, forces the unnatural release of rain in one location to increase hydroelectric power for increased company profits from their dams.

Additionally, Mt. Shasta City citizens attempted to ban water withdrawal from the local aquifers by corporate water bottlers, who were taking water at will from local tributaries. The community wanted to stop these unwanted practices which posed serious environmental damage to their very pristine ecosystem at the base of Mt. Shasta.

Measure A had nearly the entire community support and was likely to pass until forces unseen got involved and due to “clerical error” removed Measure A from the ballot just two weeks before elections.

What is highly suspicious about the “clerical error” was the same city voter registrar who helped the citizens of Mt. Shasta write the legalese language to the measure was also the same person who declared the measure invalid. You can read more about this act of subversion here.

Who Will Enforce These New Laws?

We will take America back, Sheriff by Sheriff, County by County, State by State. -Sheriff Richard Mack

We are the watch keepers of Mendocino County – Sheriff Tom Allman, Mendocino County

The next question that invariably comes up about the new local law is who will enforce it? Over the past few years a national organization called the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association (CSPOA) was formed to protect the people and their constitutional rights in the communities they serve over state and federal jurisdictions.

Among other things, CSPOA makes claim that they are being adherent to the U.S. Constitution and that first, last, and foremost, it is the local sheriffs and community police officers who have final law and protection of its people authority.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ozaAqmLTFY

Just this year, in 2014, CSPOA wrote their own constitution which in part states:

The people of these united States are, and have a right to be, free and independent, and these rights are derived from the “Laws of Nature and Nature’s God.” As such, they must be free from infringements on the right to keep and bear arms, unreasonable searches and seizures, capricious detainments and infringements on every other natural right whether enumerated or not (source).

As of November 4th, 2014, over 650 police officers, sheriffs and public officials have put their signature to the CSPOA constitution. Sheriff Allman, of Mendocino County is a member of CSPOA.

Home Invasion?

Mendocino County is known for growing medical marijuana and is legal by state and local laws. Most growers pay per plant taxes to county and state for the right to grow weed that helps and heals. This summer, local growers were stunned to see several private, for-hire para military Blackwater type operations swoop down on ropes from helicopters, in full military regalia with guns drawn and no ID badges.

They were apparently employees of Lear Asset Management Services and harvested (read stole) people’s crops to presumably sell for profit. Sheriff Allman was at a loss to as to who was doing it and why. To date no arrests have been made and no further disclosure as to who was behind the taking of people’s crops. As Time magazine reported about this action:

They are hired by large land owners to do the work of clearing trespass gardens from private property, and perform forest reclamation, sometimes funded by government grant. Deep in the woods, they cut down illegal pot plants and scrub the environmental footprint produced by the backwoods drug trade. They carry AR-15 rifles, lest they meet armed watchmen bent on defending their plots. (source)

It is probably not by sheer coincidence that this is happening when states are legalizing medical marijuana across the country and companies like GW Pharmaceuticals are selling marijuana based drugs like “Sativex”, which is derived from the Sativia strain of the plant that is shown to help with cancer treatments.

Probably, and not so coincidentally, the World Health Organization came out this year and stated that cancer was predicted to increase by 70% over just the next couple of decades alone in developed countries and an estimated 100% increase in so called under-developed nations as corporate pharmaceutical companies salivate with future huge profit potentials. (source)

Another main component of the ordinance passed is the establishment of a Community Bill of Rights for Mendocino County.

Nature’s Laws and Earth’s Ways

Maybe the most critical and exciting piece of the local ordinance that passed in Mendocino County yesterday was the recognizing the Rights of Nature to exist and flourish. To this day Nature has no legal standing in our courts of law throughout the nation.

In 2008, the nation of Ecuador made history when it became the first nation in the world to legally recognize the Rights of Nature as well as language to provide for the long term protection and security of her natural resources over all other interests.

Few are aware that our Founding Fathers specifically chose Nature to guide them in their new governance as stated in the very first paragraph, of their very first document, declaring independence from the tyranny of Great Britain:

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them,

This has been followed by the international expansion of a Rights of Nature legal standing with the creation of a Rights of Nature Tribunal involving many of the world’s most revered environmental activists. They will act as trustees for Nature’s Rights. Over 850,000 people from 122 countries have now signed petitions advocating for Rights of Nature. (source)

In this critical time, where Nature herself is under grave attack from Man’s century of transgressions against her, caring people across the planet are actively and passionately beginning to realign themselves with ancient and native peoples by giving the highest respect to the life giving forces of Father Sun and Mother Earth.

By taking back our power at the local level we are setting in course actions to arrest the gross degradation of our planet from those in near and far away places who are hell bent to destroy without conscience and who seek only profit and power over all.

As We the People once again reclaim our rights to be the legal primary stewards of our soil, air and waters we are reconnecting with the immutable Laws of Nature and Source of all that is.

By coming together (to gather) to be the change we all wish to see, we bring hope and show future generations that they too have the power to change what must be changed or our children will have no future to exist and flourish in health, abundance and beauty.

If not us, who? If not now, when?

Source*

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The Frequency of Everything*

The Greatest Story of Our Generation

Spain to Use the Military Where U.K. Used Emotional Blackmail to Stop Secession*

Spain to Use the Military Where U.K. Used Emotional Blackmail to Stop Secession*

“Everything is all set for Nov. 9,” says a senior Catalan regional government official as the region prepares to defy both the central government and the country’s highest court and proceed with a much-disputed weekend vote on whether to secede from Spain. And while the Spanish government has not specified what legal consequences Catalan leaders, poll workers or voters might face Sunday, when they go to vote, The LA Times reports that Madrid has reportedly readied thousands of Civil Guard police officers to travel to Catalonia this weekend if needed.

As The LA Times reports,

Spain’s north-eastern region of Catalonia vowed Tuesday to defy both the central government and the country’s highest court and proceed with a much-disputed weekend vote on whether to secede from Spain.

Hours earlier, Spain’s Constitutional Court ordered Catalonia to freeze its plans for an independence vote, scheduled for Sunday. It was the second time the court issued an order siding with Madrid, which considers any Catalan independence vote illegal.

But Catalan leaders said they would not back down.’

“Everything is all set for Nov. 9,” Francesc Homs, a spokesman for the Catalan regional government, said at a news conference.

“We are maintaining our participatory process. We couldn’t say this any clearer — and we’re doing so regardless of the consequences.”

Homs said the Catalan government would use the Constitutional Court to sue the central government “for threatening the right … to freedom of speech.”

The Spanish government has not specified what legal consequences Catalan leaders, poll workers or voters might face Sunday, when they go to vote. But Madrid has reportedly readied thousands of Civil Guard police officers to travel to Catalonia this weekend if needed.

Remember a few days ago several military helicopters flew some Catalan regions : namely a group of six of these distinctive military helicopters were seen in the Vallès Oriental Vallès Occidental and in different parts of the metropolitan area of Barcelona, ??to Llobregat and Alt Camp.

So French youth are revolting, Bulagria’s poor are self-immolating, Spain now has a neo-Nazi party… and now the military are required to control the population… sounds like ‘recovery’ to us.

As Mike Krieger concluded previously:

On a more serious note, Americans need to understand that Spain is merely a few years ahead of us. The question isn’t whether the status quo will be overthrown, the question is what will replace it. Something better, or something worse? Our key mission must be to ensure we get a better system after this one blows up, not something even worse.

Watch Spain closely in the months ahead. It will be another canary in the coal mine for the entire Western world.

We leave it to this Twitter user to sum it up:

Núria

@zerohedge we, catalan people, only want to vote to see what we want to be! Asking people should never be banned! Spain is not a democracy

 

Source*

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U.N. Deducts $30mn from Gaza Aid, Qatar Grants $40mn*

U.N. Deducts $30mn from Gaza Aid, Qatar Grants $40mn*

UN’s decides to deduct $30 million in administrative costs from the aid donated for the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip, Palestinian newspaper Al-Resalah reported yesterday.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said a number of media outlets reported that the UN had deducted approximately $800,000 as a first payment for about 24,000 UN employees.

According to the source, the total sum deducted from the expected financial aid for Gaza is $30 million.

The Egyptian officials expressed his surprise over the deduction of this money and the high rate of administrative costs.

He said that this is not in keeping with humanitarian work.

Qatar’s Foreign Ministry announced on Wednesday a $40 million grant to support the education sector in the Gaza Strip to be administered through the “Fakhura” programme of the Qatari initiative “Education Above All”, helping to re-build and equip schools and universities effected by the recent Israeli war on the Gaza Strip, as well as offering international scholarships for students wishing to pursue advanced studies in the disciplines prioritised by the sector, Anadolu news agency reported.

A press statement issued by the Qatar Fund for Development, which is affiliated with the Qatari foreign ministry, noted that this donation would also be used to support training programmes for professionals in both the education and the health sectors, and would double the number of Palestinians in Gaza already benefiting from scholarships offered by the Fakhura programme for graduate students.

The Director General of the Qatar Fund for Development, Dr Ahmed bin Mohammed Al-Marikhy, explained that this contribution would support the efforts made to repair the damage caused to the eight universities in the Gaza Strip during Israel’s latest military assault on the besieged enclave, pointing out that the greatest damages were to the Islamic University and the University College of Applied Sciences, according to the statement that was also sent to Anadolu.

On 7 July 2014, Israel launched an offensive on the Gaza Strip that lasted for 51 days and left more than 2,157 Palestinians dead – the vast majority of them civilians – and more than 11,000 injured, according to Palestinian medical sources. It also resulted in the complete destruction of 9,000 homes and the partial destruction of another 8,000 others, according to statistics of the Palestinian Ministry of Public Works and Housing.

According to the Palestinian Ministry of Education in Gaza, the war waged by Israel on the Gaza Strip left 244 schools damaged in the sector, including 70 schools that are affiliated with the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), and 174 public schools, where Israeli rockets resulted in the complete destruction of 26 of them.

Al-Marikhy added that in addition to the reconstruction efforts, the Fakhura programme would also be supporting initiatives designed to provide psychological and social assistance to the inhabitants of the Gaza Strip.

The statement pointed out that the signing of the agreement to increase support for the Fakhura programme came after talks with the Qatar Development Fund, in which representatives of the programme gave an explanation about its work and achievements in the Gaza Strip. During the meeting, the programme’s representatives presented their estimates for the requirements to rebuild the educational facilities and clinics that had been destroyed or damaged during the recent Israeli war.

The chief executive officer of Education Above All, Marcio Barbosa, said that the donation from the Foreign Ministry and the Qatari government represents a major step towards achieving the objective of the Fakhura programme’s current goal in terms of the reconstruction and rehabilitation of the educational facilities in the Gaza Strip.

The Fakhura programme was launched after the Israeli war on the Gaza Strip in 2008/2009 as an initiative that is led by students who advocate for the protection of their education and who demand an end to the Israeli siege imposed on the Gaza Strip.

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Ukraine: How Handy the label ‘terrorist’ When You want to Get Rid of Those Who Say “No”*

Ukraine: How Handy the label ‘terrorist’ When You want to Get Rid of Those Who Say “No”*

Ukraine’s prime minister said Wednesday that financial aid from the central government to the pro-Russian separatist eastern regions will be stopped until “terrorists clear out of there.”

However, Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk told a cabinet meeting that Ukraine would maintain gas and electricity supplies so as to spare “ordinary people” during the winter.

The decision to axe the Donetsk and Lugansk regions from Ukraine’s cash-strapped budget came amid growing doubts over the future of a two-month old peace accord that was meant to stop fighting and lead to political settlement.

Yatsenyuk said the separatist leaders, who have declared independence and defied the government by holding their own elections on Sunday, should be left to fend for themselves.

“We don’t want to finance imposters and conmen,” he said.

“As soon as the terrorists clear out of there and we get back the territory, then we will pay every person the welfare payments they have the right to.”

“To pay today is to directly finance terrorism,” he said.

“The terrorists should get out of this territory and Russia should stop supporting them.”

However, gas and power supplies will continue, he said.

“Our citizens are on this territory and the government will not allow these people to freeze, because this would lead to humanitarian catastrophe.”

Source*

Meaning you don’t want tangible evidence of genocide/eugenics to be found…

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