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  • Israel to be investigated for possible 'war crimes' over Gaza raids

    07/23/2014 2:47:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The London Express ^ | July 23, 2014 | Cyril Dixon
    Navi Pillay said Tel Aviv's two-week onslaught on Gaza - which has cost more than 650 Palestinians lives - would be thoroughly investigated. Ms Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said the attacks have destroyed houses and hospitals and killed civilians. "These are just a few examples where there seems to be a strong possibility that international humanitarian law has been violated, in a manner that could amount to war crimes. "Every one of these incidents must be properly and independently investigated." According to Gaza officials, 475 houses have been destroyed and 2,644 damaged, while 46 schools, 56 mosques...
  • U.N. launches probe into alleged Israeli crimes in Gaza

    07/23/2014 2:35:58 PM PDT · by illiac · 13 replies
    MSN News ^ | 7/23/14 | By Stephanie Nebehay and Tom Miles of Reuters
    GENEVA, July 23 (Reuters) - The United Nations on Wednesday launched an international inquiry into human rights violations and crimes that may have been committed by Israel during its military offensive in the Gaza Strip. The U.N. Human Rights Council condemned the Israeli assault which it said had involved "disproportionate and indiscriminate attacks", including aerial bombing of civilian areas, collective punishment, and the killing of more than 650 Palestinians. At the end of an emergency session, the 47-member forum adopted a resolution presented by Palestinians by a vote of 29 states in favor, 1 against (the United States) with 17...
  • Treasury Announces New Sanctions Against Iran

    05/28/2013 5:16:02 PM PDT · by Cindy · 11 replies
    SNIPPET - quote: www.treasury.gov/press-center/press-releases/Pages/jl1955.aspx Treasury Announces New Sanctions Against Iran Actions Target Iran’s Nuclear and Missile Proliferation Activities 5/23/2013     WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury is taking action today against 20 individuals and entities for their involvement in Iran’s nuclear and missile proliferation networks and Iran’s continued attempts to circumvent sanctions. These networks are responsible for moving supplies and providing essential services to Iran’s clandestine nuclear and weapons programs. These actions are designed to increase pressure on the Iranian regime by tightening sanctions against Iran’s energy sector and exposing key proliferation related networks that span the...
  • Austin-Based Hizballah-Linked Nightclub Owners Convicted

    10/24/2012 2:49:36 PM PDT · by Cindy · 17 replies
    SNIPPET: "Actually, two have been convicted by a jury for using their nightclubs to launder the proceeds of drug and weapons deals, one was acquitted of money laundering but has pled guilty to a drug trafficking charge, and one of those convicted of money laundering has now been charged with tax evasion. And that's not to mention the failure to pay state liquor taxes and fees, the unsolved murder of a one-time business partner, and various immigration-related issues. Money was transferred in to a relative and known Hizballah operative in Lebanon, and there are strong ties to the Lebanese expat...
  • Intervening in Mali: West African Nations Plan Offensive against Islamists and Tuareg Rebels

    As Tuareg rebels battle radical Islamists with heavy weapons for control of the northern Mali city of Gao, Mali and the other 15 nations of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) are planning a military offensive designed to drive both groups out of northern Mali in an effort to re-impose order in the region and prevent the six-month old conflict from destabilizing the entire region. So far, however, operational planning has not been detailed enough to gain the approval of the UN Security Council for authorization of a Chapter Seven military intervention, leaving ECOWAS and the African Union...
  • Cote d'Ivoire - Livelihoods Lost to Bulldozers

    08/29/2011 5:03:51 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 8 replies
    IRIN via All Africa ^ | 26 August 2011
    Abidjan — The Côte d'Ivoire government is demolishing shops and makeshift stalls in a bid to clean up the main city, Abidjan, but the operation is causing concern about how those affected will cope as the country is still reeling from post-election turmoil, observers say. Many of those affected had been chased off public property in the past and "Operation Clean Nation" - enforcing a decree dating from 2008 - has not come as a shock; still, hundreds of families have now lost their livelihoods. "When you look at the condition of those [being forced away], it's very clear that...
  • U.N. rights chief concerned about new Ivory Coast army

    06/18/2011 7:34:56 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wed Jun 15, 2011 1:28pm EDT | Fredrik Dahl
    (Reuters) - The top U.N. human rights official expressed concern on Wednesday over acts of violence allegedly carried out by members of Ivory Coast's new army, including reports of summary executions, rape and torture. The former rebel Forces Republicaines Cote d'Ivoire (FRCI) is now the backbone of the west African state's armed forces after the ousting of ex-president Laurent Gbagbo two months ago. "Lack of discipline and violence on the part of the newly established army, the FRCI, which is composed of several different groups with no clear command structure, are ... of serious concern," U.N. High Commissioner for Human...
  • France rescues Japanese ambassador in Ivory Coast

    04/07/2011 7:33:48 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 9 replies
    ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast – French forces wearing night vision goggles rappelled from a helicopter to rescue the Japanese ambassador and seven others, France's foreign minister said Thursday, as Ivory Coast's strongman leader remained in an underground bunker amid the fighting.
  • Revolutions, walk-outs and fatwas

    01/17/2011 8:41:13 AM PST · by SJackson · 7 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 01/16/2011 | BARRY RUBIN
    Recent events in Tunisia, Lebanon and Egypt spell a dangerous new trend in the region. There have been major developments in Tunisia, Lebanon and Egypt, each of which is of tremendous importance. In Tunisia, a popular uprising fueled by unemployment, economic suffering and long-term discontent has overthrown the dictator, but not necessarily the dictatorship. In 55 years of independence, the country has been governed by two dictators, the current one being Zine al-Abedin Ben Ali, who has been president for 23 years and was a key power in the regime even before that. Is this going to spread? Does it...
  • Islamic Takeover of Ivory Coast Imminent

    01/05/2011 10:03:25 AM PST · by combat_boots · 14 replies · 4+ views
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | 4 Jan 2011 | Pam Geller et al
    We are witnessing an Islamic takeover of the Ivory Coast. And the French (and the UN, US, and Europe) are helping them. Sick. The reportage on the Ivory Coast election is biased and Islamophliac. Centurion has a good report here: The Ivory Coast joins the ummah. What this article and others like it don’t tell you is that we are witnessing one of those watershed moments in history: Ivory Coast is about to toggle from a (mostly) Christian country to a Muslim country. The winner of the election is a Muslim — the head of the Muslim rebel forces in...
  • The White House's missing documents

    02/18/2009 3:39:06 AM PST · by Scanian · 3 replies · 556+ views
    Politico ^ | February 17, 2009 | Josh Gerstein
    In his first weeks in office, President Barack Obama shut down his predecessor’s system for reviewing regulations, realigned and expanded two key White House policymaking bodies and extended economic sanctions against parties to the conflict in the African nation of Cote D’Ivoire. Despite the intense scrutiny a president gets just after the inauguration, Obama managed to take all these actions with nary a mention from the White House press corps. The moves escaped notice because they were never announced by the White House Press Office and were never placed on the White House web site.
  • The White House's missing documents (Unannounced Executive Orders)

    02/17/2009 10:16:29 PM PST · by Sammy67 · 48 replies · 3,300+ views
    YahooNews ^ | 2/17/09 | Gerstein
    In his first weeks in office, President Barack Obama shut down his predecessor’s system for reviewing regulations, realigned and expanded two key White House policymaking bodies and extended economic sanctions against parties to the conflict in the African nation of Cote D’Ivoire. Despite the intense scrutiny a president gets just after the inauguration, Obama managed to take all these actions with nary a mention from the White House press corps. The moves escaped notice because they were never announced by the White House Press Office and were never placed on the White House web site. They came to light only...
  • Open Letter to Kofi Annan (from an Ivorian-American)

    11/15/2004 4:38:03 AM PST · by thierrya · 10 replies · 619+ views
    Abidjan.net ^ | 11/14/04 | Augustin Douoguih
    Lettre ouverte à Kofi Annan H.E. Kofi Annan Secretary General of the United Nations United Nations Plaza, New York, N.Y. 10017 Fax: 212 963-1921 Dear Secretary General, I am writing to you as an American of Ivorian origin to express my deep concern, and indeed the deep concern of many in the Ivorian community in the US, over the violent attacks of France on Côte d’Ivoire and its civilian population, and the seeming acquiescence of the world body you run in the French action. France claims that it destroyed the Ivorian Airforce, Government buildings and other structures, and fired on...
  • France Dispatches More Troops to Ivory Coast [ROFLMAO!]

    11/06/2004 6:35:52 PM PST · by conservativecorner · 93 replies · 1,701+ views
    (Reuters ^ | Nov. 6, 2004
    PARIS (Reuters) - France has ordered more troops to Ivory Coast to protect French citizens after nine French soldiers and a U.S. aid worker were killed in a government bombing raid and Ivory Coast troops fired on French forces. French President Jacques Chirac ordered the Ivory Coast planes involved in the Saturday airstrike destroyed and a defense source said French forces would also destroy five Ivorian military helicopters, leaving the country with only one helicopter. Mobs of machete-wielding pro-government supporters rampaged through Abidjan, furious at the French destruction of the planes. Plumes of smoke rose from the plush Cocody suburb....
  • Armed Men on Ivory Coast TV Demand French Peacekeepers Quit Country

    11/30/2003 2:57:02 PM PST · by Shermy · 2 replies · 148+ views
    Agence France Presse ^ | November 30, 2003
    ABIDJAN (AFP) - Armed men wearing army uniforms interrupted Ivory's Coast national TV to demand the resignation of the army chief and that French peacekeepers leave the troubled country within 48 hours. The men, who said they were soldiers speaking on behalf of the west African state's entire armed forces, insisted that "this is not a coup d'etat." They said they were responding to events in which scores of pro-government protestors and soldiers skirmished Saturday with French troops policing a demilitarized zone separating the south from the rebel-held north. The announcement on national TV -- and a similar attempt reportedly...
  • French atrocities

    04/28/2003 11:45:06 PM PDT · by Amazed1953 · 16 replies · 241+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | April 29, 2003 | Tom Marzullo
    Like many of you, I have been struggling to understand why the French have behaved as they do regarding the United States. As this is one subject fraught with opinion but very little fact, a bit of digging seemed to be in order. Some of the trail led to Africa, where France has continued its century-long, "sphere of influence" (read as "assumed ownership") of parts of that continent. France has regularly behaved in a such a well-documented, murderous manner that, were it the United States, it would prompt an unheard-of level of universal international condemnation.
  • Annan pushes for Ivory Coast mission blocked by US

    04/29/2003 5:04:26 PM PDT · by ellery · 26 replies · 187+ views
    Reuters ^ | April 29 | Irwin Arieff
    UNITED NATIONS, April 29 (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan urged the Security Council on Tuesday to quickly fund a peacekeeping mission in strife-torn Ivory Coast that has been stalled by U.S. objections to its price tag. A council resolution drafted by France nearly four weeks ago proposed setting up a U.N. operation with 255 military and civilian staff in the West African nation, which has divided along ethnic lines after months of civil war despite a peace deal reached in January. But the resolution was blocked after Washington objected to its projected one-year price-tag of $27 million and sent...
  • Saudi Arabia's ambassador to Ivory Coast found dead in his apartment building

    03/28/2003 2:32:39 PM PST · by Shermy · 20 replies · 267+ views
    AP ^ | March 28, 2003
    ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast - Saudi Arabia's ambassador to this west African nation was found dead in the staircase of his apartment building Friday, police officials and employees at the building said. The building's caretaker discovered the Saudi envoy, Al Mohammed Ahmed Ben Rasheed, lying in the staircase early Friday — unclothed and with a head wound — building employees said. Blood could be seen in the man's flat, they said. "We do not have any leads, but we are currently questioning important people close to him," a senior Ivory Coast police official said on condition of anonymity, without providing details...
  • 'Renewed fighting' in Ivory Coast

    02/04/2003 3:41:39 PM PST · by Sparta · 4 replies · 336+ views
    BBC ^ | 4 February, 2003
    A fragile truce is under threat Rebel fighters have launched attacks against government positions in western Ivory Coast, the Ivorian army has said. If confirmed, it would mark the first fighting since a ceasefire was signed between the government and rebels on 24 January. An army spokesman said rebel forces had fired on troops on Monday and were moving towards government-held territory. French soldiers monitoring the peace deal have not reported any breaking of the truce. 'Line crossed' Ivorian army spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Jules Yao Yao said government positions had been attacked 45 kilometres( (30 miles) west of Daloa, a...
  • State Department urges Americans to leave Ivory Coast

    09/26/2002 4:41:27 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 2 replies · 147+ views
    U.S. Department of State ^ | September 26, 2002
    Cote d’Ivoire - Travel Warning September 26, 2002 This Travel Warning replaces the Travel Warning for Cote d'Ivoire dated September 24, 2002, to reflect continued fighting between rebel elements and Ivoirian government forces and the Department's authorization of the departure of family members of Embassy staff and non-emergency Embassy personnel. The Department of State warns U.S. citizens to defer travel to Cote d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast) at this time, and recommends that Americans in the country depart. On September 26, 2002, the Department authorized the departure of family members of Embassy staff and non-emergency Embassy personnel. Fighting has occurred between...
  • Ivory Coast - French troops evacuate American students from rebel-controlled town

    09/25/2002 11:02:26 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 65 replies · 759+ views
    AFP via Babelfish translation ^ | September 25, 2002
    Foreign schoolboys of Bouaké evacuated, on the way towards Yamoussoukro Wednesday September 25, 2002 - 17h36 GMT COMMUNE OF BOUAKE (Côte.d'ivoire), 25 seven (AFP) - the children of the international school of Bouaké, blocked since nearly one week by engagements between soldiers mutineers and governmental, were evacuated by the French troops Wednesday afternoon in direction of Yamoussoukro, the capital of the Ivory Coast, noted a journalist of the AFP. "We are in safety now, we are free and happy of living", declared with the AFP a girl of the Colorado, which belonged to the convoy of schoolboys and their...
  • Ivory Coast - Rebels fire weapons at school of American students - No injuries reported

    09/25/2002 1:44:40 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 121+ views
    AFP via Babelfish translation ^ | September 25, 2002
    Shootings of rebels against a school: no the casualty Wednesday September 25, 2002 - 8h28 GMT YAMOUSSOUKRO, 25 seven (AFP) - soldiers of the Ivory Coast mutinés drew Tuesday on a boarding school in which 170 children, as a majority from abroad, are blocked in Bouaké, country centers, declared Wednesday a person in charge for the safety of the establishment. According to Mr. Michel Cousineau, no casualty is to be deplored after the shootings wiped by Acadamédie international Christian woman, whose pupils, for the majority of American nationality, were surprised Thursday by military rising in Côte.d'ivoire. The night of...
  • U.S. troops deploy to Ivory Coast

    09/24/2002 8:39:13 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 50 replies · 212+ views
    United Press International ^ | September 24, 2002 | Pamela Hess
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- A small contingent of U.S. troops have deployed to Cote d'Ivoire on the west coast of Africa to be ready for a possible non-combatant evacuation, the Pentagon announced Tuesday. "At the request of the American ambassador to Cote d'Ivoire, U.S. European Command is moving forces there to insure safety of American citizens in the wake of civil unrest," U.S. European Command said. "The United States is committed to insuring the safety of its citizens and U.S. forces in the European Command region remain ready for any and all contingencies." The West African nation has...
  • French troops moving into rebel territory in Ivory Coast

    09/22/2002 3:50:24 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 17 replies · 128+ views
    AFP via Babelfish translation | September 22, 2002
    Departure of the French reinforcements for Yamoussoukro Sunday September 22, 2002 - 22h08 GMT ABIDJAN, 22 seven (AFP) - the French military reinforcements arrived Sunday at dawn in Abidjan left Sunday evening for Yamoussoukro, to 350 km in the north of Abidjan, one learned from military source. More than one hundred of French soldiers, equipped with helicopters of transport, were able Sunday after 03h00 GMT (and local) to little ensure the protection of the French nationals, in particular those which have been in the towns of Bouaké (center) held for last Thursday by rebellious soldiers. Several tens of vehicles...