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Tunis: suicide bomber explodes near U.S. embassy
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International-UN-NGOs
ICC allows Afghanistan war crimes inquiry to proceed
[Dhaka Tribune] International war crimes judges ruled on Thursday that a probe into wartime abuses in Afghanistan must go ahead, including looking into possible atrocities committed by US forces, as they overturned a previous court ruling.

Pre-trial judges at the International Criminal Court last year rejected a demand by its chief prosecutor to open a full-blown probe into crimes committed in the war-torn nation - an investigation also bitterly opposed by Washington.

Prosecutors at The Hague appealed the move, saying that the judges made an error when they slapped down Fatou Bensouda's request by saying although it met all the right criteria and a reasonable basis, it was "not in the interest of justice."

The appeals judges agreed with the prosecution.

The US has never joined the ICC and does not recognise its authority over American citizens, saying it poses a threat to national illusory sovereignty.
"The prosecutor is authorised to commence an investigation into alleged crimes committed on the territory of Afghanistan since May 1, 2003," ICC judge Piotr Hofmanski said.

"It is for the prosecutor to determine whether there is a reasonable basis to initiate an investigation."

Pre-trial judges are only called upon to see if there is a reasonable basis for an investigation and not to "review the prosecutor's analysis," he said.

In fact, the appeals judges said, prosecutors could even look into possible atrocities outside of Afghanistan if they were clearly linked to its armed conflict.

ICC prosecutors previously said their investigation would include alleged war crimes by US Central Intelligence Agency operatives at detention facilities, referred to as "black sites" in ICC member countries like Lithuania, Poland and Romania.

At least 24 suspects were subjected to torture at these secret prisons between 2003-2004, the prosecutors said.

In 2006, the ICC's prosecutors opened a preliminary probe into possible war crimes and crimes against humanity in the central Asian nation since 2003.

In 2017 Bensouda asked judges to allow a full-blown inquiry, not only into Taliban
...mindless ferocity in a turban...
and Afghan government personnel but also international forces, US troops and CIA members.

But pre-trial judges then said it "would not serve the interests of justice" and that the court should focus on cases with a better chance of success.

Human rights groups on Thursday hailed the decision to uphold the prosecutions' appeal.

Bensouda's move had unleashed a backlash from the US government, which in April last year revoked the Gambia
... The Gambia is actually surrounded by The Senegal on all sides but its west coast. It has a population of about 1.7 million. The difference between the two is that in colonial days Senegal was ruled by La Belle France and The Gambia (so-called because there's only one of it, unlike Guinea, of which there are the Republic of Guinea, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, New Guinea, the English coin in circulation between 1663 and 1813, and Guyana, which sounds like it should be another one) was ruled by Britain...
n-born chief prosecutor's visa as part of broader restrictions on ICC staff probing American or allied personnel.

Former national security advisor John Bolton warned in 2018 that the US would arrest ICC judges if the court pursued an Afghan probe.

The US has never joined the ICC and does not recognise its authority over American citizens, saying it poses a threat to national illusory sovereignty.

Washington argues that it has its own procedures in place to deal with US troops who engage in misconduct.

Afghanistan also opposes the inquiry, saying the country itself had "responsibility to bring justice for our nation and for our people."

Posted by: Fred || 03/06/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6506 views] Top|| File under:


Iraq
Iraq's #Hezbollah accuses high-ranking officials of working with US to assassinate Qassem #Soleimani
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Posted by: || 03/06/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6510 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran Proxies

#1  Rather slow on the uptake it would seem.
Posted by: Cesare || 03/06/2020 7:47 Comments || Top||


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Netanyahu's right wing bloc only 58 seat (Likud 36 seats) and Benny Gantz's center-left bloc with 62 seat (Blue and White 33 seats)
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Posted by: Fred || 03/06/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6524 views] Top|| File under:

#1  That's not exact.
The anti-Bibi block has 55 mandates with Arabs*.
Liberman has 7. And Liberman promised his voters not to sit with Arabs (there is something personal between him and Bibi, which nobody else understands).

*The only Israeli PM till now who ruled with Arab support was Yitzhak Rabin.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/06/2020 3:56 Comments || Top||

#2  And Leiberman hates Netanyahu more than he hates Arabs ?
Posted by: Dron66046 || 03/06/2020 6:17 Comments || Top||

#3  ^It seems that way - he's burning his political career.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/06/2020 6:34 Comments || Top||

#4  Make it stop.
Posted by: Matt || 03/06/2020 7:47 Comments || Top||

#5  Parliamentary form of government sucks.
Posted by: Mercutio || 03/06/2020 8:54 Comments || Top||


Fire broke out in oil refineries in #Haifa
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I seem to recall that’s the kind of thing oil refineries do periodically...
Posted by: Fred || 03/06/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6478 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I see no mention in Israeli press.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/06/2020 4:37 Comments || Top||


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
US Syria Envoy Calls for European Support to Turkey
This is all very strange.
[AnNahsr] A senior US official on Thursday called on Europe
...the land mass occupying the space between the English Channel and the Urals, also known as Moslem Lebensraum...
to support The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire...
's military operation in Syria, where it has lost more than 50 soldiers trying to hold back a Russian-backed offensive on the last rebel stronghold.

"One of the principles that the president (Donald Trump
...The tack in the backside of the Democratic Party...
) and the US Congress share is that there should be a collective effort, not just of Turkey and the US but of our NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. It's headquartered in Belgium. That sez it all....
allies, essentially the Europeans," said the US special representative for Syria, James Jeffrey, at a conference in Istanbul.

"We are pressing the Europeans to contribute a great deal," he added.

The Syrian government, backed by Russian air power, has steadily retaken swathes of Idlib since launching its offensive in December, forcing close to a million people from their homes in the biggest displacement of the nine-year conflict.

Turkey fears another major influx of refugees, adding to the 3.6 million Syrians it already hosts.

It announced a full operation against Syrian forces following an air strike that killed 34 of its soldiers on February 27.

Turkey has requested greater military support from its NATO partners, and has sought to pressure Europe by removing restrictions on migrants colonists trying to leave its territory for the EU.

NATO has offered its solidarity to Turkey, but has yet to take concrete action.

"There's a Spanish Patriot (missile defence) unit right now deployed in Turkey at the Incirlik airbase, that's an example of things that NATO is actually doing and we want to see more actions like that," said Jeffrey.

He acknowledged the situation had been complicated by Turkey's decision to buy a Russian missile defence system, the S-400, which was strongly opposed by NATO.

"We are looking for ways to work around it but for the moment that is an issue," Jeffrey said of the S-400.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/06/2020 01:16 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6554 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

#1  Did he consult with his ultimate superior, or it's another dept of State "we know best"?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/06/2020 4:21 Comments || Top||

#2  Would it matter if we didn't have American personnel in Turkey. Need to have a Jesus-come-to-meeting session with the senior officer corps and its fixation with the global strategies of the 1950s.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 03/06/2020 6:41 Comments || Top||

#3  Ref #2: Need to have a Jesus-come-to-meeting session with the senior officer corps and its fixation with the global strategies of the 1950s.\

Start with the Congress, then move over to Foggy Bottom, then out to McLean. Only then with the military leadership trundle along with any sense of urgency.

Posted by: Besoeker || 03/06/2020 7:28 Comments || Top||

#4  Fuck Turkey
Posted by: Chris || 03/06/2020 14:27 Comments || Top||

#5  Nice try
Posted by: European Conservative || 03/06/2020 15:23 Comments || Top||


#7  Probably part of Biden's deal to get Clyburn's support. Along with having Stacy "A1C" Abrams as a running mate.
Posted by: gorb || 03/06/2020 16:32 Comments || Top||

#8  Very strange... or a brilliant bit of reverse psychology? To wit: In broad terms the EU hates the US and will reflexively oppose whatever it suggests.

Siding with the Russians is also a practical stance since controls a lot of euro energy.
Posted by: SteveS || 03/06/2020 21:15 Comments || Top||

#9  From bio:

James Franklin Jeffrey (born February 8, 1946) currently serves as the United States Special Representative for Syria Engagement and the Special Envoy for the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIL.[1][2] He is a senior American diplomat and expert in political, security, and energy issues in the Middle East, Turkey, Germany, and the Balkans.

He has held senior assignments in Washington, D.C., and abroad, including as United States Ambassador to Iraq (2010–2012); United States Ambassador to Turkey (2008–2010); Deputy National Security Advisor (2007–2008); and United States Ambassador to Albania (2002–2004). In 2010 Jeffrey was appointed to the highest rank in the U.S. Foreign Service, Career Ambassador. From 1969 to 1976, Jeffrey was a U.S. Army infantry officer, with service in Germany and Vietnam.

Jeffrey is a visiting fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, a member of the CIA External Advisory Board, a member of the American Council on Germany, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He serves on the advisory board for DC-based non-profit America Abroad Media.[3] He is a frequent commentator on broader foreign policy, national security, and economic trends.
Posted by: charger || 03/06/2020 21:21 Comments || Top||

#10  /\ Shi* disturber. Next ques please.
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/06/2020 21:31 Comments || Top||

#11  Dear President Trump,
Can this fool. ASAP.
Thank You
Posted by: Whiskey Mike || 03/06/2020 21:42 Comments || Top||


How Corona Virus got to Iran, Iraq and Syria.
[Twitter]
Posted by: 3dc || 03/06/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6506 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  New Chinese 'Silk Road' will fix all of this. You'll see.
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/06/2020 4:01 Comments || Top||

#2  The Lord moves in mysterious ways.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/06/2020 4:22 Comments || Top||

#3  Palestinians declare state of emergency over coronavirus
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/06/2020 4:34 Comments || Top||

#4  I keep checking for bad news ...
Posted by: Beau || 03/06/2020 5:36 Comments || Top||

#5  Try Israeli elections.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/06/2020 5:54 Comments || Top||

#6  It's alleged that it was a ship that was escaping a Mongol siege of a port in the Crimea which stopped in Italy that was carrying 'the' plague.

#2 Amen
Posted by: Procopius2k || 03/06/2020 6:48 Comments || Top||

#7  Why the surge in Italy?
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/06/2020 11:14 Comments || Top||

#8  Italy was a Pakistani who would not quit working chinese food delivery. Seriously.
Coronavirus Patient Zero in Italy Was Pakistani Migrant Who Refused to Self-Isolate
Continued to work at restaurant and deliver Chinese food.

Posted by: 3dc || 03/06/2020 11:26 Comments || Top||

#9  And LA will end up being this Korean Airline Stewardess
Link
Posted by: 3dc || 03/06/2020 11:28 Comments || Top||

#10  Skid mark,
My understanding is that a number of Italian manufacturers, such as leather belt and goods makers know the value of a “made in Italy” tag with regards to setting price points. They have encouraged a good number of Chinese workers to come and work in Italy at much lower wages than locals... and quicker too. The jobs are still better than your typical Chinese sweat shop.
Posted by: Capsu78 || 03/06/2020 12:48 Comments || Top||


Iran coronavirus roundup: Dead bodies are ‘piling up’ in #Qom due to the #coronavirus
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Posted by: Fred || 03/06/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6501 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran


#2  Huge increase in confirmed (official) infections in Iran yesterday, about 1700. The disease may be spreading so fast there that, even if the govt wanted to be accurate they couldn't be.

this compares with about 800 new cases in SKOR, 800 new cases in Italy and about 130 new cases in Hubai Province in China

Speaking of China, outside of Hubai Province the efforts to prevent the spread of the virus have been, assuming the reported numbers are correct, surprisingly successful, e.g., Hunan Province which borders Hubai has had only 1000 confirmed cases and only 4 deaths. In fact outside Hubai only about 100 deaths in total so far (again if official reports are correct).
Posted by: lord garth || 03/06/2020 10:54 Comments || Top||


Iran's Khamenei calls on India to ‘confront extremist Hindus’ and ‘stop the massacre of Muslims
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Posted by: || 03/06/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6496 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  What's sauce for the goose is good for the gander.
Posted by: Mercutio || 03/06/2020 8:52 Comments || Top||

#2  Consider them India's Bahai. Really, really violent Bahai.
Posted by: Black Charlie Flerong3458 || 03/06/2020 15:09 Comments || Top||

#3  Heh. Haven't seen the recent Guardian handwringing mentioned hereabouts. Redundant for most of you, info-wise, but worth a click for the elephant walk pic up top.
Posted by: Bugs Whineng4949 || 03/06/2020 16:45 Comments || Top||

#4  for the elephant walk pic up top.

Indians doing calisthenics en masse? I am truly, truly shocked.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/06/2020 22:10 Comments || Top||


Dutch FM calls for no-fly-zone over Idlib
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Posted by: || 03/06/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6501 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

#1 
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/06/2020 6:07 Comments || Top||

#2  The Dutch have F-16s. Crank em up, Hans...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 03/06/2020 10:26 Comments || Top||

#3  Along with the Belgian Airstrikes...
Posted by: Frank G || 03/06/2020 10:32 Comments || Top||

#4  ...And what sort of Rules of Engagement will they fly under?
"If Syrian you may shoot if they look hostile (assuming your legal officer can decide if self-defense is okay before you have to eject. Note: this assumes said legal officer let you take off with live ordnance.);
If Turkish you should ignore any aerial bombing of Kurdish civilians,
If Israeli you should call for the ICC and stay overhead with a camera, and
If Russian ... Run Away!" (/sarc)
Posted by: magpie || 03/06/2020 14:31 Comments || Top||

#5  Magpie, right now Hezbollah supplementing Syrian regulars in Idlib, and the Turks are killing them. We're all for it.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/06/2020 14:35 Comments || Top||

#6  /\ I meant what the typical EU-member pilot would be told to do if encountering... I can see that Idlib, from the Israeli viewpoint, is a place where enemies and potential enemies are destroying each other -- time to sit back with a bag of popcorn lest you distract them from mutual slaughter.
Posted by: magpie || 03/06/2020 16:47 Comments || Top||



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Fri 2020-03-06
  Tunis: suicide bomber explodes near U.S. embassy
Thu 2020-03-05
  Russia sends reinforcements through the Bosporus
Wed 2020-03-04
  4 L-39's and 18 Su-24's left in Syrian Airforce
Tue 2020-03-03
  Taliban Orders Resumed Attacks on Govt Forces
Mon 2020-03-02
  Turkey shoots down two Syrian fighter jets over Idlib
Sun 2020-03-01
  Iraq's PM-designate Allawi withdraws, prolonging deadlock
Sat 2020-02-29
  U.S. and Taliban sign troop withdrawal deal
Fri 2020-02-28
  Rouhani and his VP both reported to have coronavirus
Thu 2020-02-27
  Hezbollah operative killed in drone strike in southern Syria
Wed 2020-02-26
  Gulf Cartel Border City Turf War Kills at Least 20 Gunmen, Innocents in Week
Tue 2020-02-25
  Hosni Mubarak sleeps with the pharaohs
Mon 2020-02-24
  Car drives into German carnival parade, around 30 injured
Sun 2020-02-23
  Last year Hezbollah received ~$700 million in funding
Sat 2020-02-22
   Erdogan confirms the presence of pro-Turkish Syrian fighters in Libya
Fri 2020-02-21
  Missile intercept by #Saudi forces in #Yanbu

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