Historic Rwanda Genocide Trial in France

France: some twenty years after Paul Kagame’s U.S. supported invasion of Rwanda resulted in genocide, the UN’s International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) with 95 indictments (exclusively of Black Africans) since 1994, is being phased out. On February 4th France under its laws of universal jurisdiction charged Pascal Simbikangwa with complicity in genocide. Referred to…

Rival Factions in Bolivia’s CONAMAQ: Internal Conflict or Government Manipulation?

Over the past several months, Bolivians have witnessed the crisis of CONAMAQ, a confederation of Aymará and Quechua communities in the Bolivian highlands. Since 1997, CONAMAQ has championed the rights of highland indigenous peoples to direct representation, self-determination, and collective control of land and resources. Today, it has fractured into warring parallel organizations, one supporting…

Over US$24 billion invested in cluster bomb producers worldwide

The new report from IKV Pax Christi shows which financial institutions have invested in cluster munition producers since June 2010. The majority of these investments come from financial institutions in states that have not yet joined the Convention on Cluster Munitions. The report’s ‘Hall of Shame’ includes 22 financial institutions from 6 countries that are…

Top U.S. Diplomat For Europe: “Fuck The EU”

WASHINGTON — The United States’ top diplomat for European affairs appears to have been caught on tape saying “fuck the EU” in a leaked phone call with the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine. The Kyiv Post, an English-language newspaper in Ukraine, published the tape on Thursday. The recording’s veracity has not been independently verified. The phone…

Big Coal’s annus horribilis

2013 was a bad, bad year for Big Coal, writes Bob Burton. If the coal industry’s PR dream is for a stream of exuberant articles selling the story line that coal is clean, cheap and desirable, then 2013 delivered the opposite. 2014 will be even worse. If there is one issue which encapsulates Big Coal’s…

Is Facebook deleting history?

Disappearing Syria pages worry researchers “Two years ago, in a letter to potential investors Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, wrote: “By giving people the power to share, we are starting to see people make their voices heard on a different scale from what has historically been possible. These voices will increase in number and volume. They cannot…

A Change in the Legal Climate

By Kurt Eichenwald / January 30, 2014 For years, the tiresome back-and-forth has played on like a broken record. Scientists announce new data showing that the global climate is warming, creating potentially devastating changes in the world. Skeptics attack, proclaiming the researchers are lying as part of a conspiracy to gin up research funding. The…

Who is fighting whom in Ukraine – and why

The Maidan protests, which started over two months ago, have drawn a very clear line between the political parties. At future elections, voters will ask their candidates, ‘What did you do during Maidan?’ How might the politicians reply? The Ukrainian parliament or Verkhovna Rada has 450 deputies. Half of them are elected from party lists…

Street Sellers of Nairobi

Jimmy Kariuki sells hats on from his own bicycle in Mathare slums, Nairobi, Kenya Filippo Romano/LUZ/Redux   Peter Abok, 22, is a student and sells hot pots in the slums of Nairobi. He earns between 250 to 400 Kenyan shillings (KS) per day and half of the money goes to the Indian wholesaler Filippo Romano/LUZ/Redux…

Russia and USA measure their missiles

The U.S. government is investigating violations by Russia of the treaty on the elimination of medium and short range missiles from 1987. There are no formal conclusions yet, but the Americans have already warned their NATO partners. The countries are in a latent struggle to strengthen their own military positions. Recently Russia has been raising…

Iraq: 935 Lies, A Tyrant and Weapons of Mass Destruction

“The greatest crime since World War II has been U.S. foreign policy.” (Former US Attorney General, Ramsey Clark, b 1927.) On February 10th 2003, German Green MP Joschka Fischer, then Foreign Minister and Vice Chancellor, stunned an international security conference, in Munich’s opulent 19th century Bayerischer Hof hotel discussing the proposed invasion of Iraq, by…

Ukraine unrest: the energy connection

A continued wave of violence threatens Ukraine’s role as a critical transit route for moving Russian natural gas into Europe. It could also scare off foreign investors interested in developing Ukraine’s domestic supply of natural gas. By David J. Unger, Staff writer / January 24, 2014 Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovych pledged a reshuffling of his embattled government…

Neo-Nazi to come to power in Ukraine?

Vitaly Klitschko has little legitimate chance to participate in the 2015 presidential race in Ukraine, nevertheless it does exist if the EU starts to put pressure on the authorities, independent political analyst Sergei Mikheyev told Pravda.Ru. The expert believes that another opposition candidate from the neo-Nazi party “Svoboda” Oleg Tyagnibok is a more realistic candidate.…

‘After All the People We Killed, We Felt Dizzy’

        As two military-style helicopters touch down in a remote village in the jungles of Ecuador, masked men with guns hop out and scurry into a one-room schoolhouse. Inside they capture their target: a 6-year-old girl who doesn’t speak their language and can’t even guess why they are kidnapping her. They carry…

One of ‘Cuban Five’ to be let out of prison

  . Posters with portraits of five Cubans jailed in the United States are dispayed in front of the Cuba’s Consulate during a demonstration in Sao Pablo, Brazil, on April 7, 2010 (AFP Photo/Nelson Almeida) Miami (AFP) – One of the so-called “Cuban Five” — intelligence agents convicted in a 2001 US spy case that…

Angola says Greek oil tanker `faked` hijacking

  Δεν είναι η πρώτη περίεργη είδηση τελευταία με πρωταγωνιστές Έλληνες εφοπλιστές. Στις 5 Μαρτίου, το Πρακτορείο REUTERS είχε αποκαλύψει ότι Ελληνικές ναυτιλιακές εταιρείες, μεταφέρουν πετρέλαιο στην Συρία, παρά τις κυρώσεις που έχουν επιβληθεί από την ΕΕ. Επίσης ακριβώς την ίδια πρακτική, είχε ακολουθήσει και στον εμφύλιο της Λιβύης το 2011. Συγκεκριμένα σύμφωνα με το…

Are the Saudi’s Fueling a Sunni-Shia War?

Toby Jones, a Prof. at Rutgers University specializing in Middle East history, tells Paul Jay the Saudis are committed to victory in their rivalry with Iran and use money and sectarian ideology to achieve their geo-political interests –   January 15, 2014 PAUL JAY, SENIOR EDITOR, TRNN: Welcome back to The Real News Network. I’m…