Petition To Charge Barack Obama for War Crimes At the Hague

WE THE PEOPLE white house

we petition the obama administration to:

We demand conviction of the USA president Barack Obama and trial in the International Criminal Court in Hague.

We demand conviction of a war criminal Barack Obama and trial in the International Criminal Court in Hague. He is guilty of crimes not only against the USA citizens, but against the whole world.

One of the most dreadful prisons in history – Guantanamo – continues to function. Libya was destroyed as a result of Obama’s aggression. In Syria, Obama’s agents train, fund and organize terrorist groups, deceitfully naming them “moderate opposition”, who, among other things, bear a relation to Al-Qaeda, implicated in crimes against the American people. Secret services collect the Americans’ personal data information on a 24 hour basis under the canopy battling terrorism, using electronic surveillance tools on political undesirables, effectively stomping on the Americans’ right for privacy.

 

Total signatures on this petition—4,586
Signatures needed by March 09, 2016 to reach goal of 100,000—95,414

Pakistan’s New Military Burden, Fighting Enemies of China

Progress on CPEC construction satisfactory: China

Pak to form special force for CPEC technicians’ security: report

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The government is putting together a force of around 10,000 personnel for security of technicians and engineers working on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects, a Chinese news agency has reported.

According to the report, Pakistan will form a special security force for the $46 billion foreign investment projects. Around 14,000 Chinese technicians and engineers are working on some 210 projects under CPEC in Pakistan. Contingents of special security force will be deployed for their protection.

Reportedly, key military departments will train the special force to combat different situations.

Chinese premier Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had signed an agreement of $46 billion investment dubbed as China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) on 20 April 2015.

The massive foreign investment irked India and Nawaz’s counterpart Narendra Modi held a meeting with Xi on sidelines of summit in Russian Ufa. He expressed his reservations over the humongous investment in neighbouring Pakistan.

The corridor will link Gwadar Port to China’s autonomous region of Xinjiang through a vast network of highways. The project has four different routes under construction.

In Normal Times, This Might Mean Something

Trump, Sanders blow away rivals in New Hampshire

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Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders  © Jim Bourg, Rick Wilking

Billionaire Donald Trump and Senator Bernie Sanders easily swept to victory in the New Hampshire primaries, buoyed by voters clamoring for change in American politics and politicians not backed by Wall Street contributors.

Trump and Sanders entered New Hampshire as the favorites in their respective party races, the Republican and Democratic primaries. Trump appealed to conservative voters looking for a political outsider, while Sanders led with a strong following among young voters keen for a change in government as usual.

Ohio Anti-Hunger Activist Pisses On Statehouse, Then Blows Brains Out

Black Lives Matter activist commits suicide outside Ohio Statehouse

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A prominent Black Lives Matter activist has taken his own life in front of Ohio’s Statehouse. MarShawn McCarrel was the founder of Pursuing Our Dreams, a mentorship program, as well as the creator of a homeless outreach program called Feed the Streets.

McCarrel’s family believes his mental health may have been compromised by the emotionally draining work he had undertaken, the New York Daily News reports.

My demons won today. I’m sorry,” the 23-year-old activist posted on his Facebook page before committing suicide.

According to the Columbus Dispatch, no one saw McCarrel shoot himself. “We don’t have any evidence to know the reason why he did it,” Lieutenant Craig Cvetan of the State Highway Patrol said.

However, the choice of location may have been political. According to Vibe, his last tweet read, “Let the record show that I pi**ed on the state house before I left.”

McCarrel was a community organizer who had been named one of Radio One’s Hometown Champions, the New York Daily News reports. “MarShawn has come so far in life and has inspired so many people to help others,” read a nomination page for the Hometown Champions Award. He and his mother traveled to California for the awards ceremony on Friday. He had also attended the NAACP’s Image Awards.

The impact of McCarrel’s death has been felt inside and outside of the Black Lives Matter movement. Actress Kerry Washington, Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown, and activist Shaun King all took to Twitter to react to the loss.

Having spent three months homeless, MarShawn is remembered for his empathy. He told 614 Columbus in 2014 that his work with Feed the Streets was important because “All everyone needs is love. That’s a pulse. We’re feeding everyone, we’re sending the message — today I got you; tomorrow, I could be right there.

His untimely death also draws attention to another problem. According a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study published in 2013, suicide was the third leading cause of death for black males aged 15-24. In addition, the National Alliance on Mental Illness says African-Americans are 20 percent more likely to experience serious mental health problems than the general population.

Erdogan Reportedly Threatened To Flood EU With Migrants, If His Demands For Cash Not Met

Erdogan threatened to ‘open doors to Greece and Bulgaria’ and flood EU with migrants – report

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened to “put refugees on buses” and flood Europe with migrants if EU leaders did not offer him enough cash to help curb the influx of asylum seekers, a leaked record of a high-level meeting claims.

“We can open the doors to Greece and Bulgaria anytime and we can put the refugees on buses,” Erdogan was quoted as telling European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and European Council President Donald Tusk after being told that the EU was offering Turkey €3 billion over two years.

The minutes of the meeting that apparently took place in November in Antalya have been published by the Greek financial news website euro2day.gr

After Tusk mentioned the difficult situation in the European Union, Erdogan, who reportedly demanded €6 billion over two years, said: “So how will you deal with refugees if you don’t get a deal? Kill the refugees?”

During a heated debate, the Turkish president warned that up to 15,000 migrants could wash up dead on Greek shores. Last January alone, at least 244 refugees and migrants drowned trying to reach Europe via the Mediterranean Sea, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

Turkey is a primary destination for asylum seekers and migrants who want to cross to Europe. In 2015, over 850,000 people reached Greece’s shores from Turkey, while the total number of migrants who entered the EU – also via Italy and Spain – exceeded 1 million.

The Turkish president, who often reportedly interrupted Juncker and Tusk, also slammed the publication of a negative report by the European Commission of Turkey’s suitability for joining the EU. The report, which criticized Erdogan’s AK Party over media freedom and judicial independence, was originally due to have been published in mid-October last year, but was held back until after the November 1 general election in Turkey.

According to the euro2day.gr, Erdogan called the report “an insult,” adding that “most Turks don’t want to become members of the EU because of reports like that.”

“You never come to me to hear the truth,” he reportedly added.

Juncker was quoted as saying that the report was delayed on Erdogan’s request. “Why else would we be willing to get criticized for it [delaying the report]?” he said, according to the transcript.

The European Commission President added fuel to the fire, saying the Turkish president had been treated “like a prince” at a Brussels summit.

“Like a prince?” Erdogan reportedly said, “Of course, I’m not representing a third world country.”

“But don’t smear it [EU hospitality] in my face,” the Turkish president added, accusing the European Commission President of being “disrespectful.”

“I represent 80 million people,” Erdogan reportedly said.

The European Council and the European Commission declined to confirm or deny the authenticity of the transcript, Reuters reported.

“If the relevant dialogues between the EU officials and the Turkish President are true, it seems that there are aspects of the deal between Ankara and the EU which were concealed on purpose,” Miltos Kyrkos, a member of the European Parliament from the Greek centrist party To Potami told Reuters.

“We want immediately an answer on whether these revelations are true and where the Commission’s legitimacy to negotiate, using Turkey’s accession course as a trump card, is coming from,” he added.

On November 29, Turkey did sign an agreement with the EU at a summit in Brussels in which the country agreed to help stem the flow of migrants to Europe in return for €3 billion of support and the reestablishing of talks on Ankara’s EU accession. However, according to an EU report seen by Reuters in December, Turkey (which hosts over 3 million refugees, with about 2.5 million of them from Syria) failed to significantly reduce departures of migrants for Greek islands in the two weeks since it signed an agreement to do so.

US Supreme Court Blocks Obama’s Anti-Coal Dictatorship

A Major Blow to Obama’s Climate-Change Plan

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The U.S. Supreme Court halts a major EPA regulation Tuesday as lower courts deliberate its future.
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The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday night blocked the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan for the duration of legal challenges against it, placing President Obama’s foremost effort to combat climate change in serious jeopardy.

The Court’s order in West Virginia v. EPA, which is currently being heard in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, comes weeks after 29 states asked the justices to issue a stay. The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected their request for a stay in January.

The Court also granted stays in four other cases challenging the Clean Power Plan. All four justices from the Supreme Court’s liberal wing—Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan—dissented from each of the stays without comment.

The Clean Power Plan is the centerpiece of the Obama administration’s regulatory fight to limit carbon emissions causing anthropogenic climate change. Obama announced the plan last summer. By November, 29 states joined a lawsuit against the federal government to prevent the rules from taking effect.

If adopted, the plan would push state utilities to retire old coal-burning electricity plants and, in many cases, launch their own carbon markets, similar to those run in Europe and China.

The plan’s existence let the U.S. push for an ambitious Paris Agreement, the first international climate accord, which was signed in December. Its provisions also would ensure U.S. compliance with the bilateral emissions-limiting agreement signed with China last year.

Advocates hoped the plan would stay in force through this legal fight—in part so that, regardless of which party wins the presidential election, utilities would be forced to divest from fossil fuels and especially coal. Both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders back the regulation, while no major Republican candidate for president supports it.

The Court’s order all but guarantees that the legal fight over the plan will outlast the Obama administration itself. The D.C. Circuit will hear oral arguments on the case in June; a decision could follow in the late summer or early fall. If the Supreme Court agrees to hear the case after that, a final ruling likely wouldn’t come until after the 2016 presidential election in November.

If Obama Picked A Fight In the Baltics, “NATO forces would be overrun in under three days”

If Russia Started a War in the Baltics, NATO Would Lose — Quickly

If Russian tanks and troops rolled into the Baltics tomorrow, outgunned and outnumbered NATO forces would be overrun in under three days. That’s the sobering conclusion of war games carried out by a think tank [RAND] with American military officers and civilian officials.”

War games in Middle East could prepare UK for ‘potential’ Russian war with NATO – report

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The British Army is to deploy 1,600 troops in Jordan to take part in war games which could be preparation for a potential ‘confrontation’ between Russia and NATO member countries in Eastern Europe, the Daily Telegraph has reported, citing sources.

Army sources told the paper that the exercise, which will simulate an Iraq invasion for the first time in over a decade, is not a prelude to sending ground troops to fight Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS, ISIL), rather Exercise Shamal Storm could be seen as a practice routine to fight off any potential Russian invasion of Ukraine or Eastern Europe.

“This isn’t a counter-Isil exercise. If anything, this is much more about us being prepared to join the US in Ukraine than it is in Syria,” a source said as cited by the Daily Telegraph, adding, “This is not the sort of kind of force you expect to roll into Aleppo to take on a bunch of jihadists.”

However, the British Ministry of Defence has dismissed claims made by the media that the upcoming drills are connected with preparations to go to war with Russia.

It is not an exercise about war with Russia,” a Defence Ministry spokesman told RIA Novosti on Monday.

The drills are an annual event testing the army’s capability “to deploy and support an armored force of up to 30,000 troops anywhere in the world,” he said. London is not “preparing to go to war with Russia,” he concluded.

In January, around 80 military vehicles were sent from the UK, bound for the Jordanian port of Aqaba. More than 300 will be used in total. The exercise will be held in the southwestern desert area of the country, while troops from three UK divisions will be taking part.

The operation will look to simulate “theater entry tactics,” while also setting up a field hospital and dealing with chemical and biological weapons. It will be the biggest operation since 2001, when the British Army held a large-scale drill in 2001 called Saif Sereea in Oman.

A spokesman for the British Army told the Daily Telegraph: “The exercise will test key evolving concepts such as the air deployment of a very high readiness field hospital and the latest explosives ordnance disposal and search capabilities, all of which will enable us to be more agile in deterring threats to the UK and its interests.”

The Russian government has on numerous occasions accused the West of scaremongering. In July, President Vladimir Putin told the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera that a potential Russian attack on NATO would be “insane,” adding that the alliance’s defense budget is 10 times that of Moscow’s.

“I think that only an insane person and only in a dream can imagine that Russia would suddenly attack NATO. I think some countries are simply taking advantage of people’s fears with regard to Russia. They just want to play the role of front-line countries that should receive some supplementary military, economic, financial or some other aid,” Putin said.

Putin stated that hypothetically the US may be looking to maintain a hypothetical external threat in order to maintain its leadership of the NATO community.

On February 2, the Pentagon announced it wanted to quadruple its budget for Europe from $789 million to $3.4 billion in 2017, in order to deter “Russian aggression.”

The budget boost is expected to allow more US forces to be stationed in Europe and for them to take part in more training and exercise routines with local troops in Central and Eastern Europe.

“While we do not desire conflict of any kind with any of these nations – and let me be clear, though they pose some similar defense challenges they are very different nations and situations – we also cannot blind ourselves to the actions they appear to choose to pursue,” US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter said.

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Former President of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev.(Reuters / Jose Luis Gonzalez)

NATO has significantly increased its military presence along Russia’s borders, including in the Baltic States and Eastern Europe, since Russia’s reunification with Crimea in 2014 and the outbreak of conflict in eastern Ukraine. The alliance accuses Moscow of providing support to Ukrainian rebels, who rejected the armed coup in Kiev.

In late August and September 2015, NATO conducted the biggest airborne drills in Europe since the end of the Cold War. About 5,000 soldiers from 11 NATO member states participated in the “simultaneous multinational airborne operations.”

Russia’s national security chief Nikolay Patrushev accused Washington of trying to weaken Russia and did not exclude the US of wanting to break up the country.

“The US leadership has set an objective – to dominate the world. Therefore they don’t need a strong Russia. On the contrary, they want to weaken our country as much as possible,” the head of Russia’s Security Council said in January.

He also added that NATO’s expansion towards Russia’s borders poses a threat to Moscow’s national security.

“To understand NATO’s objectives, one needs to realize that NATO’s leadership strictly sticks to the US agenda. Washington skillfully uses the anti-Russian stance of its eastern members to neutralize ‘excessively independent’ members of the alliance (France, Germany and Italy).”