Putin holds annual Q&A marathon… LIVE from Moscow 12-23-16

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putin_q_a_moscow_161223_snip_b_240This may be of interest to many. I’d never listened to any of these prior to the last couple years, but thanks to Lada Ray, I started paying more attention to what this man says. I’m sure this will be available in full after it has finished. As of 11:28 PM HST, they have been going for about 30 minutes.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin is holding his annual news conference in Moscow. Similar Q&A sessions in the past have lasted several hours. The record was set in 2008, when Vladimir Putin spent four hours and 40 minutes speaking to journalists.

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How the IMF Contributed to Destabilizing the Greek Economy — UZA – people’s courts, forums, & tribunals

Originally posted on Counter Information: The IMF’s IEO Evaluation of the Greek Program: Going beyond a Mea Culpa? By Daniel Munevar Global Research, November 20, 2016 EReNSEP 26 September 2016 The Independent Evaluation Office (IEO) of the IMF recently published its report on the response of the organization to the European crisis. The analysis focuses on the…

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Zowel het Monsanto Tribunaal als de People’s Assembly waren indrukwekkend.

van: communication@monsanto-tribunal.org <communication@monsanto-tribunal.org> via newsletter.monsantotribunal.org 
aan: dutch@nieuwsbriefamsterdam.nl
datum: 21 oktober 2016 19:29
onderwerp: Nieuwsbrief Monsanto Tribunaal – Succesvol Monsanto Tribunaal en People’s Assembly


Beste Monsanto Tribunaal ondersteuner,

Afgelopen weekend kon de hele wereld meeluisteren naar getuigenissen, pleidooien, en de verklaringen van de rechters. In Den Haag waren 750 aanwezigen met 30 nationaliteiten van 5 continenten. Tienduizenden volgden de livestream en de social media, en het Tribunaal kreeg veel media aandacht. Zowel slachtoffers als experts bedankten ons omdat we hen een stem en een platform gaven in dit proces.

 

De president van het Tribunaal, Rechter Tulkens, bevestigde het belang van dit Tribunaal in een interview met de Franse krant Le Monde. “De vraag naar schoon water en eten is van alle tijden. Dit zijn geen nieuwe items uit de koker van opgewonden activisten. Deze problemen zullen door de klimaatopwarming alleen nog maar belangrijker worden. Het is onze taak om juridische manieren te vinden om deze problemen aan te pakken Het Monsanto Tribunaal is een stap en een instrument in dit proces.”

 

Het Tribunaal kreeg veel media aandacht. Van Franse en Duitse journaals tot kranten en radio programma in verschillende landen. Bekijk de items op onze social media (later op onze website).

 

Monsanto was uitgenodigd voor het Tribunaal  maar besloot niet op te dagen voor hun verdediging. We trokken wel hun aandacht. In een verklaring in 5 talen stelde het bedrijf dat we op de ‘verkeerde problemen’ focussen, in plaats van op het voeden van de wereld. Monsanto begrijpt kennelijk niet dat het op een veilige en duurzame manier voeden van de wereldbevolking juist het doel van het hele Tribunaal was. Dit was precies het onderwerp van de discussies tussen landbouwers, activisten en hun netwerken op de People’s Assembly. Veel eminente sprekers benadrukten dat Monsanto en andere chemiegiganten de wereld helemaal niet voeden. Ze zijn betrokken bij de productie van veevoeder,  autobrandstof en suiker voor de voedselindustrie, allemaal ten koste van de gezondheid van mens en omgeving. Deze productie is gericht op winst, niet op het op gezonde wijze voeden van mensen. Het zijn juist de kleine en middelgrote landbouwers die de wereld voeden.

 

Het Tribunaal en de People’s Assembly toonden de zware wissel die de industriële landbouw trekt op mens en natuur. We stellen ons teweer tegen Monsanto en vergelijkbare bedrijven, om ze te laten stoppen met vergiftigen van de wereld en het overheersen van onze voedselvoorziening. Onder andere door de werkelijke kosten van het huidige systeem in kaart te brengen en af te zetten tegen de hele goede alternatieven die voorhanden zijn.

 

Nnimmo Bassey zei tijdens de opening:  Als een ambassadeur van het Tribunaal ben ik een soort ambassadeur van moeder natuur. Als zij kon spreken, dan zat Monsanto allang opgesloten. Voedsel is een feestelijk gebeuren, het is een cultureel gegeven, het is leven. Deze strijd gaat niet om 1 multinational, maar om een strijd om leven en dood, een strijd om vrijheid. Een strijd om de kolonisatie van het voedingssysteem door grote bedrijven, waar moeder natuur wordt uitgebuit voor winstbejag.”

 

Volg ons op Facebook, waar al veel foto’s en video’s werden gepost. Je kan deze ook bekijken als je geen Facebook hebt. In de komende weken zullen we regelmatig korte interview van getuigen, experts en sprekers online blijven zetten. We zullen deze ook op onze website plaatsen, net als de pleidooien van het Tribunaal en de geschreven getuigenissen in verschillende taken. Dat kost even, dus heb geduld, we houden jullie op de hoogte!

 

De rechters bekijken momenteel de bewijsstukken om de 6 vragen van het Tribunaal te beantwoorden. Zij zullen een goed onderbouwd juridisch advies opstellen. Hopelijk gebeurt dit nog in december, maar ten laatste tegen de lente van volgend jaar. We kunnen hen logistieke ondersteuning bieden, maar zij bepalen wanneer ze klaar zijn.
Zoals Rechter Tulkens zei: “We zullen ons oordeel problemen te leveren voor 10 december, de Internationale Dag van de Rechter van de Mens. Het zal gericht zijn aan Monsanto en de Verenigde Naties. Aan de hand van dit oordeel kunnen andere jurisdicties en rechters betrokken worden. Wij, als rechters van het Monsanto Tribunaal, hebben veel gezien, gehoord, genoteerd en overwogen. De kans bestaat dat het Internationale Recht spoedig nieuwe onderwerpen zal gaan beschouwen, waaronder ecocide.”
We danken jullie en alle vrijwilligers voor jullie geweldige steun. Dit Tribunaal was niet mogelijk geweest zonder jullie. Blijf op de hoogte, volg ons op social media, toon jullie steun en deel onze berichten waar en wanneer je maar kunt. Vraag je vrienden de steunbetuiging te tekenen. Samen kunnen we een einde maken aan dit tijdperk van vergiftiging en uitbuiting en werken aan een systeem dat samenwerkt met de natuur in plaats van er oorlog tegen te voeren.
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WRAP Adds UN Comment to US President comments on US ICC veto

Gepubliceerd op 21 jul. 2015

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1. SOUNDBITE: (English) George W Bush, US President
“The International Criminal Court is troubling to the United States, it’s troubling to the administration and obviously troubling to the United states Senate as well. President Clinton signed this treaty, but when he signed it he said it should not be submitted to the Senate and therefore never has been. And I don’t intend to submit it either because as the United States works to bring peace around the world our diplomats or our soldiers could be drawn into this court. That’s very troubling, it’s very troubling to me and we’ll try to work out the impasse at the United Nations, but one thing we’re not going to do is sign on to the International Criminal Court. (Q Are current laws sufficient to prosecute CEO’s in corporate cases?) I will make a statement at the appropriate time. (Q How should Americans celebrate the 4th July?) They should celebrate heartily because we have freedom and we love freedom. And they should also know that the government is doing everything it can to make the homelands secure. People ought to be joyous in their celebration and celebrate the fact that we’re fortunate enough to be Americans. I’m going to do that in West Virginia.”
2. Bush leaving

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3. Wide of United Nations headquarters, New York
4. Various of press conference
5. SOUNDBITE: (English) Sir Jeremy Greenstock, British Ambassador to United Nations & President of Security Council (for July):
“I think the council is remaining perfectly calm on this issue, it recognises there are differences, there are concerns. There are concerns which, if I may speak from the UK point of view, are legitimate to address on the part of the United States – but the majority of the council members believe there are arrangements under the ICC statute which do indeed deal with those concerns. But there needs to be way forward, because the UN has to operate. The United States has said consistently that it does not wish to do any damage to UN peacekeeping operations and therefore there are going on now – in the corridors here and in and between capitals – discussions to see what the options may be for easing the problem before midnight tomorrow.”
6. Wide exterior UN headquarters

STORYLINE:

U-S President George W Bush says his administration will work with America’s allies to end a stalemate over the International Criminal Court (ICC) which is jeopardising the peacekeeping mission in Bosnia. But he insists the U-S won’t ratify the I-C-C treaty.

The United States faces criticism from across the globe for threatening to end United Nations peacekeeping missions in Bosnia and elsewhere unless U-S peacekeepers are exempt from prosecution by the International Criminal Court.

More than 100 countries celebrated the inauguration of the I-C-C on Monday as a milestone for global justice and vowed not to let U-S opposition sabotage the tribunal’s mission to deter and prosecute war criminals.

The U-S government claims the court would put American soldiers and civilians at risk of prosecution under laws that are outside America’s control, and that the court has the potential to violate U-S sovereignty.

Bush, speaking to reporters in Milwaukee on Tuesday, also addressed concerns about possible terrorist attacks over the July 4 holiday.

The U-S president said people should continue with plans to celebrate American independence day and that the government was working to protect national security.

Reacting to the impasse Sir Jeremy Greenstock, British Ambassador to United Nations said a way should be found to resolve to issue so the U-N can work adequetely.

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The Hague Invasion Act

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Effective August 2, 2002
Public law 107-206
Statutes at Large 116 Stat. 820
Legislative history

American Service-Members’ Protection Act

The American Service-Members’ Protection Act (ASPA, Title 2 of Pub.L. 107–206, H.R. 4775, 116 Stat. 820, enacted August 2, 2002) is a United States federal law that aims “to protect United States military personnel and other elected and appointed officials of the United States government against criminal prosecution by an international criminal court to which the United States is not party.” Introduced by U.S. Senator Jesse Helms (R-NC) and U.S. Representative Tom DeLay (R-TX)[1] it was an amendment to the 2002 Supplemental Appropriations Act for Further Recovery From and Response to Terrorist Attacks on the United States (H.R. 4775).[2] The bill was signed into law by U.S. President George W. Bush on August 2, 2002.

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ASPA authorizes the U.S. president to use “all means necessary and appropriate to bring about the release of any U.S. or allied personnel being detained or imprisoned by, on behalf of, or at the request of the International Criminal Court.” This authorization has led the act to be nicknamed The Hague Invasion Act,[3][4] because the freeing of U.S. citizens by force might be possible only through an invasion of The Hague, Netherlands, the seat of several international criminal courts and of the Dutch government. [5]

The act prohibits federal, state and local governments and agencies (including courts and law enforcement agencies) from assisting the court. For example, it prohibits the extradition of any person from the U.S. to the Court; it prohibits the transfer of classified national security information and law enforcement information to the court; and it prohibits agents of the court from conducting investigations in the U.S.[citation needed]

The act also prohibits U.S. military aid to countries that are party to the court. However, exceptions are allowed for aid to NATO members, major non-NATO allies, Taiwan, and countries that have entered into “Article 98 agreements“, agreeing not to hand over U.S. nationals to the court. The president may waive this prohibition if he determines that to do so is “important to the national interest of the U.S.”[citation needed]

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Journalists & Shailene Woodley Illegally Arrested At Oil Pipe Action

Published on 16 Oct 2016

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The hearings of the Monsanto Tribunal have been very impressive, and so was the People’s Assembly.

Published on 17 Oct 2016

The Monsanto Tribunal is an international civil society initiative to hold Monsanto accountable for human rights violations, for crimes against humanity, and for alleged crimes against the environment. Between 14 and 16 October 2016, eminent judges heard testimonies from victims, and deliver an advisory opinion following procedures of the International Court of Justice.
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During the last two days the world was watching witnesses’ testimonies, lawyers’ pleas, and the first impressions of the judges. We had 750 participants in The Hague representing 30 nationalities from all over the world, thousands were following us online on the livestream and social media, and the Tribunal received a lot of press attention. Both victims and experts thanked us for giving them a voice on this important international platform; and a very well documented voice in this new process to hold corporations accountable for their acts.

 

The chairwoman of the Tribunal, Judge Tulkens, expressed the importance of the Tribunal in an interview with the French newspaper, Le Monde: “The questions of the access to water and to healthy food are old. Those are not new issues coming out of the mind of angry activists. Those issues, just like the right to a healthy environment are likely to become more important with climate change. It is our duty to set legal tools to face those issues. The Monsanto Tribunal is a step and a tool within this dynamic.”
The Tribunal received quite a lot of media coverage. From French and German TV news programs to many newspapers and radio programs in various countries. See the links on our social media platforms (and later on the website).

 

Monsanto was invited to the Tribunal, but decided not to appear for their defense. We did get their attention though. They issued a statement in 5 languages saying that we are ‘pushing’ the wrong issues, since the real discussion is about feeding the world. Monsanto fails to see feeding the world in a safe way was exactly the topic of the Tribunal of the discussion farmers, consumer movements, and their associated networks had in the parallel People’s Assembly. Many eminent speakers stressed that Monsanto and agribusiness giants like them do not feed the world. Rather, they are involved in producing commodities, feed for animals, fuel for cars, and sugar for the food industry at a very high cost for human health and environment. This is production that feeds profit, not people. It’s the small- and medium-scale farmers that are actually feeding the world.
This Tribunal and People’s Assembly are about showing the tremendous costs of industrial farming for humans, for health, and for nature. They are also about standing up to Monsanto and their likes, and stopping them from poisoning our world and controlling our food supply, One way to do this is by showing the true cost of the current global food system, and the very real alternatives that exist.
Nnimmo Bassey at the opening said: “Being an ambassador to this Tribunal is like being an ambassador to mother Earth. If mother Earth could speak, Monsanto ought to be in jail long before now. Food is a celebration, it is culture, it is life. This is a struggle not against one multinational corporation, it is a struggle for life, it is a struggle for liberty. A struggle to stop big companies from colonizing our food systems, colonizing our agriculture, holding mother Earth as a slave for their profits.”
Please follow us on Facebook where many pictures and videos have already been posted. You can also see them if you have no Facebook yourself. In the coming weeks we will continue to release short interviews of the witnesses, experts and lawyers, as well as the speakers in the People’s Assembly. We will also add all of this to our website, including all the hearings of the Tribunal and the written testimonies in different languages. Please be patient, we will keep you informed!
The judges are now thoroughly reviewing the evidence from legal briefs and witness testimonies to answer the six questions posed in the Tribunal’s terms of reference. They will then present a legal advisory opinion, hopefully soon but if necessary next spring: we will supply logistic support, but the timing is up to them.
As Judge Tulkens said, “We will try to deliver the legal opinion before December 10th, the International Day of human Rights. It will be addressed to Monsanto and to the United Nations. From this legal opinion, other jurisdictions can be involved and more judges will step in. We, as the judges [at the Monsanto Tribunal] have seen, heard, noted and deliberated. Chances are that the international law will take into consideration new issues such as the ones related to ecocide.
We would like to thank you and all the volunteers for your amazing support. This would not have been possible without you. Stay tuned, follow us on social media, show your support and share messages wherever and whenever you can. Ask friends to sign their support. Together we will put an end to the era of poisoning and exploiting the world and move onward to a system where we work with nature instead of waging a war against it.

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