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DHS Suspends Trump’s Travel Ban, Reverses Visa Cancelation; Vows to Fight*

DHS Suspends Trump’s Travel Ban, Reverses Visa Cancelation; Vows to Fight*

By Tyler Durden

In what is an almost complete reversal of Trump’s immigration executive order, which temporarily banned the entry of refugees and citizens from seven mostly Muslim nations into the US, moments ago the Department of Homeland Security announced that “in accordance with the judge’s ruling, DHS has suspended any and all actions implementing the affected sections of the Executive Order entitled, “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States.” 

“This includes actions to suspend passenger system rules that flag travellers for operational action subject to the Executive Order. DHS personnel will resume inspection of travelers in accordance with standard policy procedure.”

However, keeping the defiant tone, the DHS also said that “at the earliest possible time, the Department of Justice intends to file an emergency stay of this order and defend the President’s Executive Order, which is lawful and appropriate. The Order is intended to protect the homeland and the American people, and the President has no higher jury and responsibility than to do so.”

That may be true, although at this point an “epic court battle”, including a Supreme Court showdown now appears inevitable.

Furthermore, as Reuters adds, the State Department issued a statement in which it said that the DOJ informed it of the Washington state court ruling barring the U.S. government from enforcing certain provisions of Executive Order 13769, and thus “we have reversed the provisional revocation of visas under Executive Order 13769.  Those individuals with visas that were not physically cancelled may now travel if the visa is otherwise valid.”

In other words, any travellers from the seven countries who have active visas, can once again enter the U.S. The department adds that it is “working closely with the Department of Homeland Security and our legal teams” and will provide “further updates as soon as information is available.”

This means that entry for citizens from the seven formerly banned nations are once again permitted, and thus they can resume boarding U.S.-bound flights, major airlines said on Saturday, after a Seattle judge blocked the executive order. As Reuters adds, the ruling gave hope to some Middle East travelers but left them unclear how long the new travel window might last. Trump denounced the judge on Twitter and said the decision would be quashed.

In the wake of Friday’s ruling, Qatar Airways was the first to say it would allow passengers from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen to resume flying to U.S. cities if they had valid documents.

Fellow Gulf carriers Etihad and Emirates said they would do the same, as did Air France, Spain’s Iberia and Germany’s Lufthansa. Officials in Lebanon and Jordan said they had received no new instructions on the issue.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection told airlines they could board travelers affected within hours of Friday’s ruling, but budget airline Norwegian, which operates transatlantic flights including from London and Oslo, said many uncertainties remained about the legal position.

“It’s still very unclear,” spokeswoman Charlotte Holmbergh Jacobsson said.

“We advise passengers to contact the U.S. embassy … We have to follow the U.S. rules.”

In Cairo, aviation sources said Egypt Air and other airlines had told their sales offices of Friday’s ruling and would allow people previously affected by the ban to book flights.

As a result, following the Friday ruling, travellers from affected countries are delighted, and rushing to get to the U.S: “Ibrahim Ghaith, a Syrian barber who fled Damascus in 2013, told Reuters in Jordan:

“Today we heard that the measures may have been abolished but we are not sure if this is just talk. If they go back on the decision, people will be overjoyed.” Iraqi refugee Nizar al-Qassab told Reuters in Lebanon:

“If it really has been frozen, I thank God, because my wife and children should have been in America by now.” The 52-year-old said his family had been due to travel to the United States for resettlement on Jan. 31. The trip was cancelled two days before that, and he was now waiting for a phone call from U.N. officials overseeing their case. “It’s in God’s hands,” he said.”

Two Sudanese travellers told Reuters they were trying to travel as soon as possible, fearing the ban might be reinstated.

“I’m in a race against time,” said a 31-year-old female academic who declined to be named for fear of any consequences.

“Today I face a real problem in Khartoum because the international airlines are refusing to sell me a ticket to travel for fear of contradicting the President’s decision. Now I am going from one airline company to another to convince them about the court’s decision,” she said.

A 34-year-old Sudanese engineer, who also did not want to be named, said:

“After the court’s decision I am now trying to leave as fast as possible before the situation changes once more.”

The State Department said on Friday that almost 60,000 visas were suspended following Trump’s order. It was not clear whether that suspension was automatically revoked or what reception travelers with such visas might get at U.S. airports, although according to today’s State Department clarification it appears that virtually all travellers who previously had an active visa will once again be allowed into the U.S.

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The CIA’s New Deputy Director Ran a Black Site for Torture*

The CIA’s New Deputy Director Ran a Black Site for Torture*

By Glenn Greenwald

In May, 2013, the Washington Post’s Greg Miller reported that the head of the CIA’s clandestine service was being shifted out of that position as a result of “a management shake-up” by then-Director John Brennan. As Miller documented, this official – whom the paper did not name because she was a covert agent at the time – was centrally involved in the worst abuses of the CIA’s Bush-era torture regime.

As Miller put it, she was “directly involved in its controversial interrogation program” and had an “extensive role” in torturing detainees. Even more troubling, she “had run a secret prison in Thailand” – part of the CIA’s network of “black sites” – “where two detainees were subjected to waterboarding and other harsh techniques.” The Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on torture also detailed the central role she played in the particularly gruesome torture of detainee Abu Zubaydah.

Beyond all that, she played a vital role in the destruction of interrogation videotapes that showed the torture of detainees both at the black site she ran and other secret agency locations. The concealment of those interrogation tapes, which violated both multiple court orders as well the demands of the 9/11 Commission and the advice of White House lawyers, was condemned as “obstruction” by Commission Chairs Lee Hamilton and Thomas Keane. A special prosecutor and Grand Jury investigated those actions but ultimately chose not to prosecute.

That CIA official’s name whose torture activities the Post described is Gina Haspel. Today, as BuzzFeed’s Jason Leopold noted, CIA Director Mike Pompeo announced that Haspel was selected by Trump to be Deputy Director of the CIA.

This should not come as much of a surprise given that Pompeo himself has said he is open to resurrecting Bush-era torture techniques (indeed, Obama’s CIA Director, John Brennan, was forced to withdraw from the running in late 2008 because of his support for some of those tactics only to be confirmed in 2013). That’s part of why it was so controversial that 14 Democrats – including their Senate Leader Chuck Schumer, Dianne Feinstein, Sheldon Whitehouse and Tim Kaine – voted to confirm Pompeo.

That Haspel was the actual subject of the 2013 Post story was an open secret. As Leopold said after I named her on Twitter as the subject of that story: “all of us who covered CIA knew. She was undercover and agency asked us not to print her name.” Gina Haspel is now slated to become the second-most powerful official at the CIA despite – or because of – the central, aggressive, sustained role she played in many of the most grotesque and shameful abuses of the War on Terror.

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Eurocrats Making Record Number of Laws in Secret*

Eurocrats Making Record Number of Laws in Secret*

By Nick Gutteridge

EUROCRATS are now making record numbers of E.U. laws in secret as the bloc continues to battle a major popularity crisis amongst voters across the continent, explosive analysis shows today.

Brussels is shutting up shop and deliberating on an ever greater number of intrusive regulations away from the harsh light of public scrutiny, minimising opportunities for criticism and opposition.

Dynamite figures uncovered by an EUobserver investigation show that secret lawmaking is now at its joint highest level ever in the history of the bloc, raising serious questions over the health of European democracy.

Campaigners and politicians today described the development as “astonishing” and said they were “alarmed” by the number of sweeping regulations being cooked up behind closed doors.

But the E.U. Parliament denied that decision making had become any less transparent, with a spokesman saying:

“There is nothing secretive about E.U. law making.”

The issue revolves around the numbers of Brussels bills, originating from the unelected E.U. Commission, which are being rushed through without lengthy debates in the E.U. Parliament.

All E.U. laws are drawn up by Jean-Claude Juncker‘s army of technocrats and are sent out to the parliament, made up of 750 elected MEPs, and the E.U. Council, comprised of ministers and heads of government.

No laws made it past the first reading process in 2016

No laws made it past the first reading process in 2016

No laws made it past the first reading process in 2016

Typically bills used to go through two separate reading processes in the parliament, which allowed them to be publicly debated and challenged and gave the Council the opportunity to adopt its own stance.

But the figures show that not a single law passed in 2016 went to a second reading, compared to more than half which made that legislative stage back in 2004.

The change is significant because typically bills passed at the first reading by the parliament are automatically ratified by the Council without a debate, meaning elected national politicians do not get a say on them.

It has also vastly increased the use of the controversial trilogue system of decision making, in which representatives from the three institutions cook up compromises on key laws behind closed doors.

Statistics show that 144 trilogue meetings took place last year whilst a whopping 230 were held in 2015.

Former Tory MEP Malcolm Harbour told EUobserver:

“There have been quite a number of members of the European Parliament, including myself, who are rather alarmed by this trend.”

And Jorgo Riss, from Greenpeace, told the website: “We have the short-cutting of the democratic process, almost going to an extreme now.

“If you are not pursuing public interest, if you are pursuing more private interest, then the system works I guess much better for you.”

However, in a blog post the E.U. Parliament’s U.K. Information Office said that whilst more laws are being passed at the first reading stage “this does not mean that the process is a secret.”

It stated that all bills “require considerable debate in both the European Parliament and the Council”, and added that all sessions are streamed online with the accompanying documents being made available on the E.U. website.

The revelations come after a row erupted over changes to the E.U. decision making process which europhiles claimed will make it more transparent, but eurosceptics blasted as a further attempt to make lawmaking secret.

The reforms, proposed by Labour MEP Richard Corbett, could lead to an increase in the number of decisions being made by trilogue, and were blasted as “explosively dangerous” by eurosceptics.

But the British politician hit back and insisted they will make the E.U. “more transparent and efficient” and will increase the E.U. parliament’s oversight of the secretive process.

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Water Supply Cut off in Raqqa City due U.S.-led Coalition Airstrikes*

Water Supply Cut off in Raqqa City due U.S.-led Coalition Airstrikes*

By Manar / Ghossoun

Warplanes of the U.S.-led “international coalition” destroyed the old and new Raqqa bridges and the drinking water lines causing the stopping of pumping water for the entire city of Raqqa.

Local and media sources said that warplanes affiliated to the U.S.-led coalition on Friday morning launched a raid on the new and old Raqqa bridges in Raqqa city, destroying them totally.

The sources added that the airstrikes also targeted the main water line which supplies the city of Raqqa with drinking water which led to cutting off drinking water to the whole city.

In the northern countryside of the province, the sources said that the airstrikes also destroyed the bridges of al-Kalta and al-Abbara completely.

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Monsanto + Syngenta Lobby Tanzanian Government to Pass Law Jailing Farmers who Exchange their Traditional Seeds*

Monsanto + Syngenta Lobby Tanzanian Government to Pass Law Jailing Farmers who Exchange their Traditional Seeds*

By Amando Flavio

Before our very eyes, we’re witnessing the takeover of our food and water by corporations. Especially on food; there has been a significant surge in giant agricultural biotechnology corporations trying to eliminate our traditional crops, thus, putting small scale farmers out of work.

These corporations specialize in genetic engineering—the process of altering the genome of crops to increase yield or make them disease resistant. When these new crops are produced through genetic engineering, the corporations patent it, meaning they have full rights, including the intellectual rights over the crops in question.

Of course, genetic crops have negative consequences on the human body if consumed. There have been numerous studies linking cancer and other deadly diseases to the consumption of genetically modified food. But apart from the health concern, a major genetic crop threat to humanity is their replacement of our natural and traditional crops. This means once farmers keep planting genetic crops, the traditional ones fade out, and soon, farmers will rely heavily on the corporations to get the seedlings to plant. In the end, all our hands go directly into the mouths of the corporations. They decide to give us or not to give us our food.  This very danger is the main reason countries such as Russia and China have banned Monsanto-made crops in their respective nations.

But as concerned observers raise the red flag regarding the dangers of genetic food, the corporations – with the help of few governments in the West – are lobbying and forcing poorer countries to accept genetic crops.

Tanzania is a country in East Africa. As a developing country, much of the population engages in subsistence agricultural activities to feed their families and get little money. This makes the Tanzanian economy agric-based. The sector accounts for 24.5% of the total gross domestic product, providing 85% of exports, and employing over half of the workforce in the country.

But now, these small-scale farmers are in trouble. Monsanto and Syngenta, with the help of the so-called G8 countries, have lobbied lawmakers in Tanzania to pass a law that would put small scale farmers in jail for up to 12 years if caught exchanging their own traditional seedlings for planting.

Monsanto is an American multinational agrochemical and agricultural biotechnology corporation headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri. Syngenta is a global Swiss agribusiness that produces agrochemicals and seeds. Headquartered in the city of Basel, the company also conducts genomic research.

In Tanzania and many African nations, it is common for farmers to exchange seeds among themselves during planting seasons. This new law in Tanzania has outlawed the years-long practice that has established the foundations of Tanzanian agriculture. The law claims traditional seeds are not certified. Farmers would have to therefore rely on genetic engineered seeds from Monsanto or Syngenta.

According to activists against the law, in order to receive development assistance from the West, Tanzania was ordered by these Western governments to allow Western agribusiness corporations operating in the country the full freedom, as well as an enclosed protection, for patented seeds.

“Eighty percent of the seeds are being shared and sold in an informal system between neighbors, friends and family. The new law criminalizes the practice in Tanzania,” Michael Farrelly of TOAM, an organic farming movement in Tanzania, said.

Apart from the law putting farmers in jail, it also gives commercial investors faster and better access to agricultural land, as well as a very strong protection of intellectual property rights. Leading investors in the agric sector in the country are Monsanto and Syngenta.

Tanzania applied the legislation concerning intellectual property rights on seeds as a condition for receiving development assistance through the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition (NAFSN). The NAFSN was launched in 2012 by the G8, with the goal to help 50 million people out of poverty and hunger in ten African partner countries through a public-private partnership. The initiative receives support from the European Union, the United States, the United Kingdom, the World Bank and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

“If you buy seeds from Syngenta or Monsanto under the new legislation, they will retain the intellectual property rights. If you save seeds from your first harvest, you can use them only on your own piece of land for non-commercial purposes. You’re not allowed to share them with your neighbours or with your sister-in-law in a different village, and you cannot sell them for sure. But that’s the entire foundation of the seed system in Africa,” Farrelly said.

So you see? Western countries and their so-called charity organizations are forcing people deeper into poverty in the poorer countries. What’s more, this isn’t limited to Tanzania. These corporations, with the backing of the G8, are doing all they can to have such laws in other developing countries so that they can continue to exploit the people.

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Rothschild’s Reuters Pays Damages to Finsbury Park Mosque after Falsely Linking it to Terrorism*

Rothschild’s Reuters Pays Damages to Finsbury Park Mosque after Falsely Linking it to Terrorism*

Reuters news agency has agreed to pay damages to Finsbury Park Mosque in London after it wrongly claimed it was linked to terrorism.

Reuters admitted publishing a profile based on outdated reports on its global database – which caused banks to refuse to accept the mosque as a customer.

Finsbury Park Mosque had its account with HSBC closed in June 2014 after the Reuters report was published. In a letter, HSBC said:

“The provision of banking services… now falls outside of our risk appetite.”

Following the allegations made by Reuters, numerous other banks refused to accept the mosque as a customer.

The mosque’s management company was unaware of the profile report until it was drawn to its attention by the BBC a year after its bank account was closed on 20 June 2015.

Sara Monsoori, representing the company which now runs the mosque, said the mosque was the subject of profile reports which placed it in the “terrorism” category.

“This was wrong,” Ms Monsoori told deputy High Court judge Richard Parkes QC.

“The profile referred to press reports and allegations from many years ago, long before the mosque was re-organised and the claimant company was established.”

Reuters admitted its report “made the false allegation that there were grounds to suspect that the claimant had continued connections to terrorism.” It said those allegations had now been withdrawn.

Finsbury Park Mosque said in a statement:

“It is unacceptable that any organisation is able to designate people as terrorists on the basis of poor research and for those people to be labelled without any recourse to truth or justice.”

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Call on Feds to Consult with Tribes, Follow the Rule of Law before Moving Forward on Oil Pipeline*

Call on Feds to Consult with Tribes, Follow the Rule of Law before Moving Forward on Oil Pipeline*

U.S. Senators Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Jon Tester (D-MT), former Chairs of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and current Vice Chairman Tom Udall (D-NM) sent a letter to the Trump Administration objecting to its memorandum seeking to expedite the permitting and construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). The memorandum, which was crafted without tribal consultation, undermines federal law and the federal government’s trust and treaty responsibilities to tribes.

In the letter, the senators call for the completion of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) process already underway, including notice and comment, and appropriate consultation with the impacted parties. The senators also urged “meaningful consultation” with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe before any further action on the Dakota Access Pipeline is taken.

“By ‘expediting’ this process and proceeding without appropriate consultation, the United States would be turning its back on its most solemn trust responsibility to the Tribe,” the senators wrote.

“We are deeply concerned and believe the United States must uphold its trust and treaty obligations to the Tribe and respect the self-determination and wishes of all tribal nations.”

The Army Corps of Engineers had begun to conduct the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to determine the pipeline’s effect on the Standing Rock Sioux and the surrounding environment.  President Trump’s memorandum would manipulate and circumvent established EIS procedure by shortening the process to achieve a predetermined outcome.

It has been reported today that the Army Corps of Engineers under the new Administration may greenlight approvals without completing the EIS process. In the letter, the Senators strongly objected to these reports that the Army Corps may be planning to grant approvals to expedite the project without completing the EIS currently underway.

The pipeline is projected to carry 500,000 barrels of oil underneath the Missouri River per day. The oil crosses the river at Lake Oahe, just a half mile from the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. Lake Oahe and the Missouri provide drinking water for the tribe and the surrounding regions, as well as providing habitat for fish, wildlife, and plants. Significantly, the lake is also a sacred site for the Standing Rock Sioux, playing an important role in sacred ceremonies.

Full text of the letter can be found here.

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