Archive | May 21, 2015

Palestinians to Prosecute Israel at ICC on June 25*

Palestinians to Prosecute Israel at ICC on June 25*

A senior diplomat announced on Wednesday that Palestinians are to submit two lawsuits against Israel to the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague on June 25.

Nabil Abu Zneid, the Palestinian ambassador in the Netherlands, told “Voice of Palestine” radio that the two suits are related to the Israeli settlement in the West Bank and the Israeli war waged on the Gaza Strip last summers, Xinhua reported.

“Palestinian Foreign Minister Reyad el-Malki is to head a high-ranking Palestinian delegation that comprises rights groups, and will submit the two suits against Israel to the international court on June 25,”said Abu Zneid.

On April 1, the non-member observer state of Palestine became a member in the ICC and the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.

“One month after submitting the two suits against Israel, a top ICC delegation will visit the Palestinian territories to probe the two suits,” Abu Zneid said, adding that “but we still don’t know how Israel will deal with their visit”.

The visit of a top ICC delegation in the Palestinian territories will be the first ever of such high-ranking delegation to the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem.

“The ICC delegation will meet both Israeli and Palestinian sides,” said Abu Zneid, adding that “all of us are waiting how Israel will be reacting to the visit of the ICC delegation to the Palestinian territories”.


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France’s Debt to Haiti Remains Despite Hollande’s and Martelly’s Attempt to Rewrite History*

France’s Debt to Haiti Remains Despite Hollande’s and Martelly’s Attempt to Rewrite History*

By Isabelle L. Papillon

Haitian students dressed as slaves and carried pictures denouncing French President François Hollande.

It was to cries of “Long Live Dessalines, Down with Hollande!” that Haitian protesters welcomed French President François Hollande during his visit to Haiti on May 12, the last stop of several he made in the Caribbean over the past week.

Haitian President Michel Martelly and his de facto Prime Minister Evans Paul greeted President Hollande with a red carpet at the Port-au-Prince airport. The French delegation was made up of some 300 people: members of the government and Parliament, representatives of five French overseas territories, university officials, cultural figures, businessmen, and 60 journalists.

Hollande’s visit to Haiti of less than 24 hours was his first and reflected the domination which France still exerts over its former colony. The visit comes five years after former French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s visit to Haiti shortly after the Jan. 12, 2010, earthquake.

Thousands of Haitian demonstrators seized the occasion to once again demand reparations for slavery and colonialism as well as restitution of the debt of 90 million French francs which Haiti paid France from 1825 to 1947. In 2001, France officially recognized that slavery was a crime against humanity. Calling on France to concretely remedy this crime, in 2003, then President Jean-Bertrand Aristide’s government asked France to repay Haiti’s “independence debt,” with interest, which Haiti assessed at about $21.6 billion. France scoffed at the request, the first by any former colony, and joined with Washington to foment the Feb. 29, 2004, coup against Aristide.

In 2006, former French President Jacques Chirac formally decreed May 10 the date to memorialize the evils of the slave trade.

On May 10, 2015, President Hollande invited President Martelly and over 50 heads of state and government, as well as the representatives of international institutions, to the inauguration of the world’s largest centre commemorating slavery: the ACTE Memorial in Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe.

In his May 10 speech, Hollande saluted Martelly’s presence representing the first nation to break slavery’s chains by defeating French troops.

“This memorial will tell the world that the fight for human dignity is not over,” Hollande said.

Then Hollande shocked the crowd when he denounced the treaty to repay 150 million gold francs which French King Charles X extorted from Haiti in 1825 as “the independence ransom.” (The “ransom” was reduced to 90 million gold francs in 1893.) Hollande then declared:

“When I get to Haiti, I will in my turn pay the debt we have” to Haiti.

An open letter to the Haitian people

The surprise declaration drew great applause from the audience, which included many Caribbean leaders who have recently been petitioning former colonial powers for reparations, following Haiti’s lead. Unfortunately, Hollande’s remarks were disingenuous, as Louis-Georges Tin, president of the Representative Council of Black Associations (CRAN), explained in an open letter to the Haitian people.

“The people who gave birth to Dutty Boukman, Cécile Fatiman, Toussaint Louverture, and Jean-Jacques Dessalines must now rise again,” Tin wrote. “Haitians, François Hollande, the French president, will be in your land on May 12. He will want to speak: let him keep silent. It is for you to speak. As soon as he begins his speech, let a chant begin silently, let it spread from one to the next, like spark that gradually engulfs a savanna in flames.

“And let all say, and all roar ‘Restitution, Reparations!’ Until the President has accepted your just request, continue unabated, ‘Restitution, Reparations!’

“On May 10, at the inauguration of the new memorial to slavery in Guadeloupe, François Hollande gave an historic speech concerning reparations. He vowed to return to Haiti the “ransom” imposed by France. …

“But hours later, a press release from the French president’s entourage to the national and international press claimed that there was a misunderstanding, that the remarks of President Hollande referred only to a ‘moral debt’ and not a financial one, as some had understood.

“Haitians, they are laughing at you. This reversal is an unbearable insult made to you, which is made to us. Because everyone heard the words of Mr. Hollande, who spoke before several African and Caribbean heads of state. Haitians, that money was stolen from you. Do not let France rob you again. It is for you to say it loud and clear. We are not far from victory. As soon as he begins his speech, let Haiti’s voices gradually rise up, along with the voices of the ancestors and all say, all roar: ‘Restitution, Reparations!’”

President Martelly certainly did not go this far. He did not in his speech remind Hollande that the “independence debt” is money stolen from Haiti and that France must repay it at all costs. Instead, he did a kind of arrogant begging. He condemned the debt as destructive, imposed on Haiti to compensate the former colonists, with a view to hobbling the new state born on Jan. 1, 1804. “How many countries could feel themselves free in such an adverse and unfavorable situation?” Martelly asked in a round-about way.

Then, instead of demanding restitution and reparations for Haiti, President Martelly began to throw flowers to Hollande, claiming, quite ironically, that French aid now “allows generations of young people in Haiti access to education, which is worth much more than whatever number you put on the debt,” a thinly veiled dig at Aristide’s 2003 demand.

Claiming that the “Haitian youth is now unprepared to face its future,” Martelly servilely pleaded with Hollande for “a Marshall plan for education in Haiti.”

Hollande so greatly appreciated Martelly’s approach that he simply replied:

”We cannot change history, but we can change the future by enabling young Haitians to have access to knowledge, know-how, and success; this is our duty.”

As usual with Martelly, nothing is put as a political demand but rather as a chance to “make money.”

“Haiti wants the creation of a bi-national commission to encourage French and European entrepreneurs to come explore the many existing business opportunities in the country in areas where their expertise and comparative advantage are tested: water, electricity, sanitation, infrastructure, agro-industry, etcetera,” Martelly said.

Meanwhile, thousands of demonstrators, particularly popular organization militants, protested on the Champ de Mars, demanding restitution and reparations. University students dressed as yoked-together slaves and carried anti-Hollande posters. The demonstrators also denounced that Hollande paid tribute to Toussaint Louverture, the precursor of independence who died in a French prison in April 1803, while General Jean-Jacques Dessalines, the father of the nation, was ignored. On some of the many placards, one could read: “Long live restitution, long live reparations, down with occupation,” a reference to the continuing United Nations force—MINUSTAH—deployed in Haiti since 2004.

Around 10:30 a.m., former senator and current presidential candidate Moise Jean-Charles laid a wreath at Dessalines’ statue, but the police intervened with heavy gunfire and a water cannon to disperse the crowd before the French president’s arrival.

In short, the Haitian people continue to make their demand for restitution and reparations to President Hollande, just as they did to Sarkozy in 2010.

Among the refrains in the songs the demonstrators chanted: “We will never betray ourselves, our blood is from Dessalines.”


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PayPal Changes Terms of Service to Take Your Online Content*

PayPal Changes Terms of Service to Take Your Online Content*

By Evander Smart

PayPal has joined forces with Bitcoin as a sort of keep-your-friends-close-and-your-enemies closer tactic. Bitcoin is designed to overtake and make obsolete services like Paypal and Western Union. It is faster, less expensive, and doesn’t require their third-party services to accomplish the same objectives. It is a better PayPal, and they know it.

Now that the Internet has borne this superior option, it would be wise for PayPal to foster a stronger connection with its customer base to keep them happy and in the fold, no? PayPal doesn’t see it that way. In fact, they may be looking to drive more people towards the freedom and convenience of Bitcoin with their upcoming changes this summer.

PayPal’s Terms of Service to change July 1st, 2015

If you haven’t seen this, you should, and you should share this with your friends, family, anyone who used PayPal in connection with a website providing online content. On July 1st, 2015, Paypal will update it’s TOS agreement to take away any and all intellectual rights to any content you provide online. If you use Paypal to accept PayPal, they will attempt to take ownership of any online content you add to your business or website. Here is a key excerpt that basically starts the new PayPal TOS:

Amendment to the PayPal User Agreement.

Intellectual Property
We are adding a new paragraph to section 1.3., which outlines the license and rights that you give to us and the PayPal Group (see paragraph 12 below for the definition of “PayPal Group”) to use content that you post for publication using the Services. A similar paragraph features in the Privacy Policy, which is removed by the addition of this paragraph to the User Agreement. The new paragraph at section 1.3 reads as follows:

“When providing us with content or posting content (in each case for publication, whether on- or off-line) using the Services, you grant the PayPal Group a non-exclusive, worldwide, perpetual, irrevocable, royalty-free, sub-licensable (through multiple tiers) right to exercise any and all copyright, publicity, trademarks, database rights and intellectual property rights you have in the content, in any media known now or in the future. Further, to the fullest extent permitted under applicable law, you waive your moral rights and promise not to assert such rights against the PayPal Group, its sublicensees or assignees. You represent and warrant that none of the following infringe any intellectual property right: your provision of content to us, your posting of content using the Services, and the PayPal Group’s use of such content (including of works derived from it) in connection with the Services.”

Also Read: Paypal Exec Aims to take Biometrics to a Whole New Level: Goodbye Passwords

If you haven’t been following these developments, multi-national businesses are working with governments to take control of internet usage, regulations, and even local government utilities through international treaties like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The TPP is being secretly being constructed, without public or legislative consult, and is a massive outline of future controls by businesses on many aspects of your life. You aren’t supposed to know what lies ahead with the TPP. Search online for more information on the TPP, and check WikiLeaks for more details on what little has been exposed to this attack on freedom. This is clearly a step along these growing lines of corporate fascism.

It looks like PayPal has joined the dark side, but freedom rings within the Bitcoin community, and this just underscores why Bitcoin is here and why it is the future of online technology and business. It’s all about control. Their control. See the link above about their plans for biometric control over your account. Paypal looks ready to confiscate your online content, and your business if you let them. Bitcoin brings power to the people. The choice is yours. Consider yourselves warned.

Is PayPal on a righteous path or are they on the wrong side of history? Do you like owning your content, or can PayPal take it, just because you use their payment service? Share above and comment below.


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Israel Ordered to Pay Iran $1.1 Billion*

Israel Ordered to Pay Iran $1.1 Billion*

EAPC was founded in 1968 as a partnership between the Israeli government and the Iranian national oil company. It was established through foreign front companies that, to this day, hold its shares. Its primary aim was to build and operate a land bridge for transporting Iranian oil from Eilat to the Mediterranean Sea, for export to European customers. Local businessmen and close associates of leading politicians sit on the board of the Eilat-Ashkelon Pipeline Company (EAPC), all personal appointments of various finance ministers, controlling the firm under cover of a confidentiality order that keeps information about its activities under wraps.

All the oil imported to Israel that is processed by the oil refineries in Haifa and Ashdod passes through the EAPC system, en route to the gas tanks and stove tops in Israel and the occupied territories. Haaretz

An Israeli oil company has been ordered by a Swiss court to pay $1.1 billion to Iran in compensation in a long-standing legal battle related to a joint venture before the Islamic Revolution, the IRNA news agency says.

Citing an “informed source” at Iran’s Presidential Centre for Legal Affairs, IRNA said the ruling relates to the Israeli company’s sale of Iranian oil and withholding the money.

Iran has been conducting three arbitration suits against Israel at French and Swiss courts in a legal tussle estimated worth several billion dollars.

The case relates to a joint venture established in 1968 under the defunct shah of Iran to ship the country’s oil to the Israeli port of Eilat in the Mediterranean for export to Europe.

Laying the final part of the Eilat-Ashkelon Pipeline, 1969. Photo by Daniel Rosenblum / Starfot

Iran cancelled the contract after the Islamic Revolution of 1979 because the country doesn’t recognize Israel.

Tel Aviv, instead, expropriated Iran’s assets and launched its own litigation offensive against the Islamic Republic, which has been dismissed at international courts.

According to IRNA, the latest ruling pertains to a case related to the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC)’s delivery of 14.75 million cubic meters of crude oil worth $450 million to Israel’s Trans-Asiatic Oil Ltd. or TAO.

In 1989, the Swiss court initially ordered TAO to pay $500 million to Fimarco Anstalt, a company registered before the revolution in Lichtenstein by NIOC.

The court put off proceedings for interest claims then, issuing a final ruling only this month, which ordered TAO to pay $1.1 billion in addition to $7 million in legal fees, IRNA quoted the source as saying.

The source said Iran has also launched a case against TAO in Panama’s courts for implementation of the ruling and original claims against the Israeli firm.

Haaretz’ 1981 report on Iran’s intentions to sue Israel for $1 billion


Switzerland’s Federal Supreme Court has reportedly allowed Iranian clients to file an arbitration claim for $7 billion against Israel.

The original claim is related to Iran’s shares in the Eilat-Ashkelon Pipeline Co. (EAPC), as well as two oil ports and storage facilities, and a fleet of tankers which have been expropriated by Israel.

The Tel Aviv regime has issued a secrecy order under which any information about the company’s operations and news of arbitration is subject to military censorship.

The EAPC, part of TAO, is one of the most secretive companies in Israel, operating under a special legal force since 1968.

The company enjoys immunity from public control and regime supervision including its comptroller as well as the Knesset and the media.

The Eilat-Ashkelon Pipeline Co. was built in the aftermath of the Sinai operation of 1956 against Arab armies.

During the months that Israel controlled Sinai, Israel stole pumps and pipes from an Italian and Belgian firms operating oil fields in the peninsula and built the pipeline from Eilat.


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‘Jesuit Wars Pt. II’

‘Jesuit Wars Pt. II’

Did you know that the concept of the origin of the Big Bang Theory originated from the French Jesuit Georges Lemaitre in the 1920s…. or that waterboarding originated from the Papal Inquisition…

From Alexandra Bruce

Though Vatican leaders have conceded torture to be an abomination, as recently as 2006 one Catholic father called the Spanish Inquisition “legally justified.”

Documentarian Adrian McQueen claims that a Catholic order called the Jesuits are plotting against secular justice worldwide, particularly the notion of presumption of innocence. Is Jesuit doctrine, under the command of the black pope, trying to turn the whole world into a Guantanamo Bay gulag?

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