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Afghan War Crimes: You Will Face Justice

by Oui Fri Jun 12th, 2020 at 02:39:10 PM EST

Is Trump's personal friend PM Mark Rutte staying quiet??

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ICC Greenlights Afghanistan Investigation | HRW - March 2020 |

Trump targets ICC with sanctions after court opens war crimes investigation | The Guardian |

The Trump administration has launched an economic and legal offensive on the international criminal court (ICC) ...

Additionally, the administration declared on Thursday that it was launching a counter-investigation into the ICC, for alleged corruption.

The secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, national security adviser, Robert O'Brien, defence secretary, Mark Esper and attorney general, William Barr, gave a presentation on the decision at the state department, but then left without taking any questions.

"The Department of Justice has received substantial credible information that raises serious concerns about a long history of financial corruption and malfeasance at the highest levels of the office of the prosecutor," Barr said.

He referred to the ICC as "little more than a political tool employed by unaccountable international elites".

An attack on the ICC also represents an attack against the interests of victims of atrocity crimes, for many of whom the Court represents the last hope for justice.

Judges at the ICC gave the green light in March to an investigation into war crimes in Afghanistan, and began an investigation into crimes by Israeli and Palestinian forces in December. In his remarks, Pompeo made clear the US sanctions were also aimed at defending Israel.

"Given Israel's robust civilian and military legal system and strong track record of investigating and prosecuting wrongdoing by military personnel, it's clear the ICC is only putting Israel in his crosshairs for nakedly political purposes," Pompeo said.

Israeli Generals and Prime Ministers May Face ICC War Crimes Charges | Tikun Olam |

Bensouda included allegations of Israeli violations of international law in the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem.  That includes the building of settlements, theft of Palestinian lands, evictions and ethnic cleansing in East Jerusalem, the Great March of Return murders, and the Israeli plan to annex the Jordan Valley.

Trump OKs sanctioning ICC staff, Netanyahu applauds move | Ynet News |

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thanked President Donald Trump for the move.

"I would like to thank the president for his leadership in sanctioning the corrupt and biased international court obsessed with a witch hunt against Israel and the United States," Netanyahu said.

Netanyahu accused the court of fabricating "outlandish charges" against his country and praised the U.S. for standing up for what he called truth and justice.

While Israel welcomed the move, there were expressions of concern and condemnation from the United Nations, the European Union, and human rights groups.

Israel coordinated US sanctions against ICC with Trump administration - report | JPost |

by Oui on Fri Jun 12th, 2020 at 03:56:55 PM EST
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The war imposed by HRC as a destructive R2P policy of regime change in the Middle East under the Obama/Biden administration.

Has Khalifa Haftar's campaign in Libya failed? | Al Jazeera |

Last Obama Stronghold About to Fall

Reagan's CIA Man In Libya Now Employed by Obama by Oui @BooMan on March 18, 2014

by Oui on Sat Jun 13th, 2020 at 05:06:54 PM EST
Berlin conference: Another failure in the Libya crisis | Middle East Eye - Feb. 3, 2020 |

As in Syria, the destiny of Libya would be decided by foreign powers.

Secondly, there can be no condoning of war crimes, extrajudicial killings or enforced disappearances on either side. By appeasing a would-be dictator without imposing on Haftar clear red lines, Berlin may be dealing itself a losing hand.

While leaders at the conference sanctioned Haftar's role as inescapable in any future arrangement, they disregarded the fact that his ambitions - and those of his sponsors - go in the opposite direction of a democratic, stable and independent Libya.

Haftar's siege of Tripoli's population should have been clearly condemned. But Berlin fell short of putting Haftar in his place, and in doing so, fatally damaged any prospects for a fresh path for Libya.

by Oui on Sat Jun 13th, 2020 at 05:28:49 PM EST
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Calling the Kettle Black

Kosovo president Hashim Thaci indicted for war crimes | DW |

Kosovo president Hashim Thaci and nine other former militants were indicted for war crimes by the Office of the Special Prosecutor in the Hague on Wednesday.

They are "responsible for nearly 100 murders," according to the prosecutors at the EU-backed Kosovo Specialist Chamber. The victims included Kosovar Albanians, Serb and Roma people, with political opponents also targeted, according to the officials.

The group also faces charges of torture, persecution, and enforced disappearance.

Former Kosovo Prime Minister refuses to answer questions in The Hague | EuroNews - July 2019 |

by Oui on Wed Jun 24th, 2020 at 05:18:13 PM EST
TRUMP CLAIMS "I WAS TOLD INTEL NOT CREDIBLE" -Russian-Bounty: Troops Already Killed

Still not a shred if evidence ... bull consisting of circular rhetoric and rebuttals. Everyone prefers the enemy status of Vladimir Putin ... Democrats with Biden included have become Cold War warriors ... whackos first class.

Hiding deadly truths, not the negotiated truce, in plain sight. How to express value of an Afghan life in US $$$$ dollars??? Hypocrites!

American gross failure in Afghanistan since fall 2001 ... prefer to blame Putin and the Russians.

See my recent diary ...

The Salisbury Plot - Epilogue

by Oui on Mon Jun 29th, 2020 at 04:00:41 PM EST
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UN expert says US killing of Soleimani 'unlawful' | TRT World |

Qasem Soleimani: Iran seeks Trump's arrest over killing of general | BBC News |

by Oui on Thu Jul 9th, 2020 at 08:25:11 AM EST
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