Archive | August 9, 2016

360,000 Foreign Nationals from Tens of States Fighting Alongside Terrorists in Syria*

360,000 Foreign Nationals from Tens of States Fighting Alongside Terrorists in Syria*

By Ian Greenhalgh

For those aware of the true nature of IS this report comes as no surprise. It reveals that the IS forces are a bunch of foreign mercenaries imported into Syria by the agents of Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Qatar and their western allies, especially the US and Great Britain. The revelation that 60% of these foreign mercenaries are American or European is however, quite shocking; we knew that men from these countries had joined IS but the number is far higher than we suspected. One area the report does not touch on is that of the Turkish army and how a large portion of the ‘IS’ forces fighting in the north of Syria around Aleppo and Idlib are actually Turkish troops in fancy dress pretending to be headchopping black-clad terrorist scum.


endless-staircase by Peter BrookerA sum of 360,000 foreign nationals have fought against the Syrian government in Syria since the beginning of the outbreak of the crisis in the Arab country in March 2011, a German research centre’s report revealed.

Over 95,000 of the terrorists have been killed so far while 90,000 other are actively fighting against the Damascus government, German-based Vril Research Centre reported.

It noted that 360,000 foreign terrorists fighting against the Syrian government are from 93 different races, saying that 215,000 of them are American and European terrorists.

“The Saudis have the highest number of casualties in Syria so that 5,990 out of 24,500 Saudi terrorists have been killed since March 2011,” the report said.

In a relevant development in May, new documents by a human rights watch disclosed that a Syrian-Saudi man has been the mastermind behind the infiltration of over 6,000 terrorists from the European countries into Syria.

“Tarrad Mohammad al-Jarba, originally a Syrian who later obtained Saudi nationality, has been an ISIL commander in charge of recruitment of fresh forces from the European countries and transferring them to the battlefields in Syria,” documents by the watch said.

“Tarrad was in Saudi jails for at least four years. He further escaped the jail and went to Syria to join the ISIL,” the documents went on to say.

Al-Watan paper, meantime, has claimed that al-Jarba is not the real family name of Tarrad.

Tarrad is the relative of Hareth al-Zari, the ex-secretary general of the Iraqi Muslim Ullema, who was killed in Jordan last year.

Daily Telegraph also had previously found out that the 36-year-old al-Jarba’s real name, who used in many cases the family name of al-Haraki, was Abu Mohammad al-Shamali.

The Telegraph added that al-Shamali was responsible of transferring over 6,000 terrorists, one third of the total number of non-Syrian terrorists, into Syria in two years of 2013 until 2015.

The Telegraph went on to say that the family names of al-Jarba and al-Haraki can be seen on the top of recruitment forms of fresh forces heading to Syria battlefields.

Syrian Information Minister Omran al-Zoubi informed earlier this month that thousands of terrorists crossed the border into his country in early May or the last day of April.

“Around 6,000 terrorists have crossed the border and entered Syrian territories in recent days,” al-Zoubi said.

Late in April, Syrian Prime Minister Wael Nader al-Halqi also warned that more than 5,000 fresh militants crossed the border into the North-western provinces of Aleppo and Idlib from Turkey, stressing that the ceasefire agreement was being violated by certain parties.

“In the end we see that Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and Qatar, as well as Western countries such as Great Britain and France have no real desire to move the process of the political settlement in Syria forward,” al-Halqi said.

The Syrian prime minister stressed that it’s “just the opposite, they are aiding in the escalation of terrorist activity and arming terrorists. Over the last week, more than 5,000 troops crossed the border with Turkey into the provinces of Aleppo and Idlib”


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France, U.K., and Germany produce the most ISIS Terrorists from Europe*

The West Remains Silent as NATO Member Supports Terrorists in Syria*

U.S. Delivers 3,000 Tons of Weapons, Ammo to Terrorists in Syria*

U.S., Saudi, Turkey, Discuss Delivering Weapons to Terrorists against Assad*

U.S.-Backed Terrorists Shell Aleppo Hospital, but Blame Russia and Syria*

80 Percent of ISIL Terrorists in Fallujah Come from Abroad*

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Putin, Erdogan Hold Press Conference Following the Meeting in St. Petersburg*

Putin, Erdogan Hold Press Conference Following the Meeting in St. Petersburg*

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan held a joint press conference following a meeting in St. Petersburg.

“We’ve just completed the main part of the negotiations with president Erdogan,” Putin said. “We’ve had constructive discussion on the bilateral relations.”

“First of all, despite political situation at home, president Erdogan found time to visit St. Petersburg,” the president said.

Talks in St.Petersburg are very important for future of the Russia-Turkey relations, the president added.

“We also will discuss the possibility of lifting economic measures imposed on each other,” Putin said.

Russia will gradually lift the restrictions it had imposed against Turkish companies, Russian President Vladimir Putin said during the press conference.

“After the press conference, we shall have an opportunity to speak to the heads of large companies from both Russia and Turkey. I mean the gradual lifting of the special economic measures, restrictions introduced earlier against Turkish companies,” Putin told a press conference after the meeting.

We’ve discussed the reviving of our economical collaboration, Putin added.

Russia and Turkey have all the needed resources to restore ties and bring them to a pre-crisis level, Russian President Vladimir Putin said after the first in nearly a year talks with his Turkish counterpart following the bilateral diplomatic crisis Tuesday.

“I believe that we have all the necessary prerequisites and opportunities for restoring our relations between our two countries to the full extent and Russia is ready and willing to do that,” Putin said in closing remarks of his statement alongside Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Russia wants to fully restore ties with Turkey, to which end it is drafting a 2016-19 mid-term program of cooperation in areas including the economy and science, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday.

“As for restoring our relations to their full extent: do we want that? Yes we do, and we will be doing just that. After certain restrictions had been imposed in our relations, certain transformations have taken place since, and we will need to keep them in mind as we restore our trade and economic cooperation,” Putin told reporters.

In this regard, he said the sides decided to draft a mid-term program economic, technical and scientific cooperation for the next three years.

“We hope to be able to come up with it within a week,”

Putin stressed after the first talks with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in wake of a rapprochement marking the end of seven months of tensions.

“We’ve also exchanged opinions on the situation in Europe. We will properly discuss crisis in Syria later,” president Putin said.

“I’d like to thank president Erdogan for opportunity to restore relations between our countries,” Putin said.

“Dear friends, ladies and gentlemen, I’d like to express my deep respect to president Putin. Today we had very comprehensive negotiations,” president Erdogan said.

“Relations between Russia and Turkey can now be restored on the level we had before crisis.”

“Restrictions imposed on Turkish companies will be lifted and we’ll be able work in Russia again,” the president added.

Turkey wants to bring ties with Russia to pre-crisis levels with cooperation in the defense industry sector and energy projects including the Turkish Stream gas pipeline and the Akkuyu nuclear plant, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said at the press conference.

“Our countries are committed and determined to getting our relationship to a pre-crisis level or even to a better position, we have the political will to do that. As a result of the negotiation we had today, political, cultural and economic relations between Russia and Turkey can finally be restored to the appropriate level we used to enjoy before the crisis,” Erdogan said.

Speaking after Russian President Vladimir Putin in St. Petersburg, Erdogan outlined a list of areas of cooperation where Ankara is eager to engage in cooperation.

“I would like to emphasize that we are willing to provide strategic investment status to the Akkuyu project, and we have just reached an understanding on this issue with President Putin. We also intend to promote cooperation in the area of defence industry and defence production,” he stressed.

The Turkish head of state additionally pledged to implement the Turkish Stream natural gas pipeline project, vowing to ensure a route for Russian gas exports heading toward Europe.

“The relations between Russia and Turkey are about more than just trade and economic cooperation. We hope that their restoration will help bring peace and stability in the region,” Erdogan reiterated.

“The next day after attempted coup in Turkey President Putin called me, it showed the importance of relations between our countries,” Erdogan said.

“I’d like to say to my friend Putin thank you, I’d like to express my respect and love to the press,” Erdogan said.

“During today negotiations we didn’t discuss situation in Syria,” Recep Tayyip Erdogan said answering the question from journalists.

Vladimir Putin has confirmed, that the Syrian crisis will be discussed later.

“We believe that the Syrian crisis can be resolved only through diplomatic decision,” he noted.

“We have experienced many challenges in our relations recently, but we should restore our relations on pre-crisis level for citizens’ sake,” President Putin said in conclusion.

Earlier in the day, Putin met with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who arrived in St. Petersburg for first talks to reset bilateral relations after the November 2015 downing of a Russian aircraft by Turkey.

Source *

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Fed and State Raid on Union IBEW and Hillary Campaign Office*

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Israel Stole Babies from Yemen*

Israel Stole Babies from Yemen*

Yemeni Jewish immigrants arrive in Israel in 1950.

As many as 5,000 Mizrahim Jewish babies, mostly Yemenis, were reported missing in Israel between 1948 and 1954. Families say they were given away.

An Israeli official recently acknowledged that “hundreds” of mostly Yemeni babies were kidnapped from their parents in the early years of the state of Israel, reopening allegations that as many as 5,000 Mizrahim Jewish newborns were given to childless Ashkenazi Holocaust survivors.

Minister Tzachi Hanegbi’s comments, reported by Haaretz, refute the conclusions of three official commissions tasked with investigating the issue. Those panels concluded separately that most of the babies reported missing in the years following the creation of Israel in 1948 died of disease and were buried. The infants’ families have largely rejected that assertion, arguing that their disappeared children were kidnapped and put up for adoption or sold without their knowledge.

But although Hanegbi’s comments represent the first time an Israeli official acknowledged the mass kidnappings—and may be a catalyst for reopening the investigation—his remarks have not offered much clarity about the missing babies.

“They took the children, and gave them away. I don’t know where,” Hanegbi said in an interview with the Israeli television program “Meet the Press.” When pressed about the possible involvement of state officials and the government’s knowledge of the practice, he claimed “We may never know.”

The minister has been tasked with re-examining confidential archives of more than a million pages of materials compiled by the three expert commissions that previously investigated the disappearances. But it remains unclear if the state was complicit in the campaign, or if medical personnel were actively involved in kidnappings, and Hanegbi has so far not been forthcoming about the questions.

But many critics are more direct about the crux of the issue. Shoshana Madmoni-Gerber, author of the book “Israeli Media and the Framing of Internal Conflict: The Yemenite Babies Affair,” told Al Jazeera that whether the Israeli government actively organized kidnapping or simply turned a blind eye to an egregious problem, the “forcible transfer” of babies from one ethnic group to another amounted to “genocide” under the United Nations’ guidelines, which deem “complicity in genocide” a punishable act under the 1951 convention.

Meanwhile, Israeli journalist Yael Tzadok, who has covered the issue for two decades, told Al Jazeera that the Yemeni babies crisis is “Israel’s darkest secret,” which could threaten “causing an earthquake” if the truth of the fact that “Jews kidnapped other Jews” in the wake of the Holocaust came fully to light.

Israel’s so-called Kedmi inquiry that looked into the case between 1995 and 2001 found that between 1,500 and 5,000 children went missing between 1948 and 1954. The disappeared infants included about one in every eight Yemeni babies born in Israel amid the influx of some 50,000 Yemeni Jews in the state’s first six years as part of Operation on Wings of Eagles immigration program, nicknamed Operation Magic Carpet. But according to Haaretz, the investigative commission showed “an absence of all suspicion” and failed to answer the key question of who was responsible for the mass disappearances of babies of Mizrahim parents—Israeli Jews originating from Arab countries—especially Yemenis.

An Al Jazeera investigation featuring stories of two of Israel’s stolen children revealed that the Ashkenazi parents deceived their “adopted” children for years, obscuring the truth about their birth. When the adopted children tried to find information about their biological families as adults, their adoption records were sealed, making it more difficult to unravel their mysterious stories.

Some analysts have linked the disappeared Yemeni baby scandal to a process of so-called “de-Arabization” in Zionist development in favour of privileging Ashkenazi families.

The shocking history of Israel’s stolen children draws chilling parallels to the mass disappearance of infants in Argentina under the 1976-1983 military dictatorship.

While Argentina’s kidnapping had less to do with racism and ethnic division, the forced disappearance of some 30,000 victims and kidnapping of hundreds of babies was part of a concerted U.S.-backed Dirty War that sought to stamp out resistance to the military government in what has been called a “genocide” against political dissidents. A generation of hundreds of missing children grew up in wealthy military and regime-linked families without knowing their true identities.

The Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo—an iconic human rights organization that has fought for justice for dictatorship abuses since 1977 and has managed to reunite 120 stolen grandchildren with their biological families—has described the historic human rights crisis as the “abduction, concealment, and falsification of a baby’s identity under the framework of state terrorism.”

Argentina’s quest for justice for dictatorship-era crimes, including the mass abduction of children of political dissidents, has been long and arduous, and the dedicated activism of the Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo over the course of nearly 40 years has been a key pillar in raising national and international awareness about the historical abuses.

But unlike in Israel, where state officials have really just begun to vaguely acknowledge the reality of the dark past of stolen babies, Argentina’s official recognition of a state campaign of forced disappearances in the 1984 Truth Commission and the creation in 1992 of the National Commission for Right to Identity to focus on the search for missing children have also laid a critical foundation to even begin meaningful investigations.


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To be an Arab Jew in the West is to Say you don’t Exist*

The Innate Racism of Israel: Ashkenazi Jews Exterminating Arab Jews*

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Blood and Gold: Children Dying as Egypt’s Treasures are Looted*

Blood and Gold: Children Dying as Egypt’s Treasures are Looted*

By Owen Jarus

Two kids take a break at a heavily looted ancient cemetery at Abusir el-Malek, located south of Cairo. Credit: Photo courtesy of Egypt Heritage Taskforce


Since the 2011 Egyptian revolution, political instability and a tourism decline have led to widespread looting of archaeological sites — with deadly consequences.

Children forced to work in dangerous conditions to pillage historical sites have died. Antiquities guards were gunned down within an ancient tomb they were trying to protect. Mummies have been left out in the sun to rot after their tombs were robbed. And looting pits have pockmarked ancient sites in such vast numbers that words cannot adequately describe.

A Live Science investigation found that not only were these horrific events happening but that an enormous amount of potentially looted Egyptian artefacts had made their way into the United States. These artefacts include a vast number of gold coins. [See Photos of the Looting in Egypt]

Documents obtained from the U.S. Census Bureau by Live Science reveal that since 2011, more than $143 million worth of artefacts have been exported from Egypt to the United States. The artefacts were brought into the United States for personal or commercial use, rather than temporary display in a museum, the documents say. The documents also show that the vast majority of the artefacts were shipped to New York City, where many auction houses, antiquities dealers and art galleries are based. However, detecting a shipment of looted artefacts and proving that they were looted is very difficult, researchers and government officials told Live Science.

The influx of Egyptian artefacts’ into the United States shows no signs of abating. In the first five months of 2016, about $26 million worth of artefacts were exported from Egypt to the United States, the Census Bureau documents say.

Since 2011, more than 45 lbs. (20 kilograms) of antique gold coins have been exported to the United States from Egypt — that’s about twice the weight of Tutankhamun’s famous golden death mask. Between 1998 and 2010 only 4 pounds (less than 2 kilograms) of gold coins were exported from Egypt to the United States the documents say. [In Photos: The Life and Death of King Tut]

Deaths in Egypt

Photos provided by Egypt’s Heritage Task Force, which has been tracking looting in Egypt — show children working at Abusir el-Malek, a village south of Cairo that holds an ancient cemetery with thousands of burials. In the photos, the children can be seen carrying artefacts and rummaging around in pits and shafts. The photographs show how narrow and deep the holes get, creating dangerous working conditions that have led to the deaths of children researchers have found. The photos show that the landscape the children work in is scarred by these pits and is strewn with the bones of ancient mummies.

A close-up of a mummy’s head at the Bahariya Oasis. Credit: Photo courtesy of Egypt Heritage Taskforce


“Children have been used primarily to reach small burial shafts and tunnels. Unfortunately, many children have lost their lives in the process,” wrote Monica Hanna, an Egyptologist working with Egypt’s Heritage Task Force, in a paper she published in the book “Countering Illicit Traffic in Cultural Goods” (ICOM, 2015).

In fact, more than 25 children, employed by professional antiquities gangs, died last year in shafts in Abusir el-Malek, Hanna told Live Science.

Little of the money from the sale of artefacts goes to the children’s families, Hanna said. Instead, most of it ends up in the pockets of antiquities dealers and middlemen, who smuggle it out of Egypt and into other countries, such as the United States.

Many of them [the middlemen] are part of the international mafia that smuggles drugs and arms in the region,” Hanna said, according to her research and that of her colleagues.

Hanna said buyers of Egyptian antiquities should know that “the object you buy does not only have a child’s blood on it, but also [that] looting activities have completely destroyed the site similarly to what ISIS does to other archaeological sites in the region.” [Reclaimed History: 9 Repatriated Egyptian Antiquities]

Children working in the shafts are not the only ones being killed in the looting. Two guards — Mustafa Ali, 36, and Asrawy, 56 — were gunned down by a group of robbers on Feb. 20, 2016, while inside a 4,000-year-old tomb at the site of Dayr al-Barsha, according to a team of archaeologists working at the site. Both guards left behind families, including a wife pregnant with twins. (A GoFundMe page was set up by the archaeological team working at Dayr al-Barsha to help out the families of the two killed guards.)

They died in a hail of bullets.

“Over 20 bullet holes impacted in the relief decoration on the walls of the exterior room and two large blackened blood stains on the floor indicate the spots [in the tomb] where Asrawy and Mustafa were murdered,” the archaeological team wrote in a statement on the web page.

Tricky to catch

It can be very challenging to find looted artefacts that are being exported to the United States, sources tell Live Science.

“It is extremely difficult to prove that any single artifact that arrives in the U.S. has been looted,” said Erin Thompson, a professor of art crime at the City University of New York. “Middlemen are experts in making looted and smuggled antiquities look like they are part of the legitimate market by cleaning and restoring them and creating forged paperwork that makes it seem like Egypt gave permission for its export.”

“Suddenly, an artifact that was ripped out of the ground last month is indistinguishable from one that’s been in a private collection for decades, and which is entirely legal to export and sell,” Thompson added.

Furthermore, U.S. Customs doesn’t check all shipments; a spokesperson for U.S. Customs and Border Protection told Live Science that the agency conducts audits of antique shipments but declined to say how often this is done.

The spokesperson also said that it is the responsibility of the person importing the shipment to declare the shipment’s value. This means that the $143 million is simply the value of the imported Egyptian artifacts being declared by importers; the actual resale value could be higher.

Additionally, the documents obtained by Live Science show only shipments that made it to the U.S., the Census Bureau spokesperson said. Because the documents don’t include shipments that Customs agents stopped and impounded, the amount of Egyptian antiquities reaching the United States could be even higher.

Golden treasure

Many of these artefacts are simply declared by importers as being “antiques” that are over 100 years old, although some are labelled more specifically.

The antique gold coins are the largest category of identified artefacts recorded in the documents. The data show that before 2009, few gold coins were brought into the United States from Egypt. The number grew in 2009 and surged in the years following the 2011 Egyptian revolution.

Coins have been minted in Egypt for more than 2,000 years. Some of the earliest Egyptian coins were minted by the Ptolemies, a dynasty of rulers descended from Ptolemy Soter, one of Alexander the Great’s generals. Alexander conquered Egypt in 332 B.C., and the Ptolemies ruled the country until 30 B.C., when Cleopatra VII, the last Ptolemaic ruler, died by suicide after the Battle of Actium. After Cleopatra’s death, Egypt was incorporated into the Roman Empire.

One explanation for the abrupt increase in imported gold coins comes from satellite research conducted by a team led by Sarah Parcak, an anthropology professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

After examining satellite images of Egypt from the past two decades, her team found that the looters prefer portable objects from sites dating to periods after minted coins were invented.

“Overall, 55% of the affected sites were of Late Period (Dynasties 26-30) to Roman-period date,” Parcak’s team wrote in a paper published in February in the journal Antiquity.

Some of the gold coins coming into the United States could also be forgeries, Hanna told Live Science. “A lot of local jewellers fake gold coins and sell them as antiquities,” she said.


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Declassified Docs Detail U.S. Role in Dirty War Horrors of Argentina *

Declassified Docs Detail U.S. Role in Dirty War Horrors of Argentina *

Human rights activists and families of the disappeared under the 1976-1983 dictatorship in Argentina remember Dirty War victims

As Hillary Clinton attempts to seal Henry Kissinger’s endorsement, documents reveal how he undermined Jimmy Carter’s human rights agenda in Argentina.

In a much-awaited step toward uncovering the historical truth of the U.S.-backed Dirty War in Argentina in the 1970’s and 80’s, the United States has delivered over 1,000 pages of classified documents to the South American country. But critics argue that there are major gaps in the files, including the exclusion of CIA documents, that keep in the dark important details of the extent of human rights violations and the U.S. role in such abuses.

The Argentine government delivered the newly-declassified documents to journalists and human rights organizations on Monday after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry presented the files to President Mauricio Macri during a state visit last week.

The 1,078 pages from 14 U.S. government agencies and departments are the first in a series of public releases over the next 18 months of declassified documents related to Argentina’s last military dictatorship, including Argentine Country Files, White House staff files, correspondence cables, and other archives, according to a statement from the U.S. Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

The files include grisly descriptions of torture, rape, assassinations, and forced disappearances carried out by the military regime under General Jorge Rafael Videla, installed after the 1976 coup against left-wing President Isabel Peron.

The documents also detail Henry Kissinger’s applause of the Argentine dictatorship and its counterinsurgency strategy, including during a visit to General Videla during the 1978 World Cup. National Security staffer Robert Pastor wrote in 1978 that Kissinger’s “praise for the Argentine government in its campaign against terrorism was the music the Argentine government was longing to hear.”

Argentina’s so-called anti-terrorism policy was in reality a brutal crackdown on political dissidents, human rights defenders, academics, church leaders, students, and other opponents of the right-wing regime. It was also part of the regional U.S.-backed Operation Condor, a state terror operation that carried out assassinations and disappearances in support of Souty America’s right-wing dictatorships. In Argentina, up to 30,000 people were forcibly disappeared during the Dirty War.

The documents also detail how then-U.S. President Jimmy Carter raised concern over the human rights situation in Argentina, including in a letter to General Videla rather gently urging him to make progress with respect to human rights. At the time, Kissinger reportedly demonstrates a “desire to speak out against the Carter Administration’s human rights policy to Latin America,” according to a memo by National Security’s Pastor.

The further confirmation of Kissinger’s atrocious legacy in Latin America comes as U.S. presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton courts an endorsement from Kissinger, widely condemned as a war criminal by human rights groups.

However, despite the revealing details, the batch of documents is also lacking in key archives, the Argentine publication El Destape pointed out. The package does not include files from the CIA or the Defense Intelligence Agency, which specializes in military intelligence.

What’s more, although the documents were expected to cover the period of 1977 to 1982, the latest documents are dated 1981, which means that cables related to the 1982 Malvinas War between Argentina and Britain and the U.S. role in the conflict are not included.

The Macri administration hailed the release of the documents as the result of a “new foreign policy” that has steered the country to rekindle ties with the United States after former Presidents Nestor Kirchner and Cristina Fernandez championed anti-imperialist politics for 12 years. But the self-congratulatory government narrative ignores the fact that Argentine human rights organizations have demanded for years that the archives be released in a fight for historical truth that first bore fruit in 2002 with the release of over 4,500 U.S. documents. Furthermore, Macri has come under fire for undermining investigations into dictatorship-era crimes after his sweeping austerity campaign scrapped departments charged with gathering historical evidence in certain public institutions. The Argentine president has also been criticized over his indirect ties to the military regime, which proved to hugely benefit his family business, the Macri Society, also known as Socma.

U.S. President Obama described the move as a response to the U.S. “responsibility to confront the past with honesty and transparency.” Obama announced plans to release documents related to the Dirty War during a visit with Macri in Argentina in March, which coincided with the 40th anniversary of the 1976 military coup.

Obama’s visit was widely criticized by human rights activists over the insensitivity of the timing. Although he announced plans for the United States to “do its part” with respect to uncovering historical truth about the dictatorship period, he did not apologize for the United States’ involvement in human rights abuses and widespread forced disappearance.


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Israel Ordered to Pay Iran $1.2bn*

Israel Ordered to Pay Iran $1.2bn*

Swiss arbitrators have ruled in favor of Iran in a case that is more than 37 years old

The Swiss Supreme Court in Lausanne has ordered the Israel-controlled Trans-Asiatic Oil Company to pay a debt of $1.2 billion to Iran’s national Oil Company.

According to Global Arbitration Review, which published the Swiss court’s ruling, Iran’s oil company has been removed from the sanctions regime, so there is no legal obstacle to paying it any money.

On June 27, the court directed Trans-Asiatic to pay the Iranians 250,000 Swiss francs (about 1 million shekels, or $260,000) of the monies that have been deposited with the court, and another 200,000 francs in court costs

Trans-Asiatic appealed, and lost, saddling the company with a heavy fine.

The lost appeal is the latest skirmish between Israel and Iran over an oil transporting and marketing partnership the two countries formed before the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

The partnership had two parts: the Eilat-Ashkelon pipeline, which operated overland to stream Iranian oil from the Red Sea to the Mediterranean, and Trans-Asiatic Oil Ltd (TAO), which was registered in Panama, operated out of Tel Aviv, and ran a fleet of tanker ships and marketing channels to sell Iranian oil to Europe.

The partnership, signed in 1968, lasted only 11 years. In 1979, after the Islamic Revolution, Iran cut off all ties with Israel. Despite the diplomatic cold shoulder, Iran still faced off with Israel in three different legal procedures, in an attempt to glean money for the oil it forwarded to Israel on credit before the revolution, for the value of their half of the partnership.

The total disputed sum is in the ballpark of $7 billion. Since the Iranian oil company has been formally separated from Iran, global financial sanctions don’t apply to it.

In 2015, two of three arbitrators ordered TAO to pay Iran some $1.2 billion for 50 oil deliveries made before the revolution, along with $362 million in interest. The arbitrators rejected a countersuit by Israel, claiming the debt should be erased to repay Israel for all the oil which Iran failed to deliver after the revolution.

According to Israel, the original agreement called for Iran to supply oil until 2017.

An Iranian source last year leaked the results of the arbitration, but Israel, which treats the arbitration with Iran as classified, refused to comment on the matter, other than a vague statement that it would not pay Iran.

TAO attempted to appeal the latest Swiss verdict on technical grounds, but was denied the appeal, and ordered to pay the compensation and court costs to Iran.


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Iran to Sue U.S. Over $2 Billion Supreme Court Ruling*

Iran Files Complaint against Bankrupt U.S. Theft of Funds*

Entrapment: Iran Lifting Sanctions and Coming Betrayal*

British Government Killed 10 Million Iranians In 1919*