ICC lawyer detained in Libya ‘for spying’
An Australian lawyer detained after meeting Saif al-Islam was being investigated for spying, as an ICC team arrived in Tripoli on Sunday to try to secure her release.
An International Criminal Court team of four people on Thursday visited Saif al-Islam, son of slain dictator Muammar Gaddafi, in the town of Zintan, 110 miles from the capital, where he is in detention.
The ICC said in a statement on Saturday that the four had been detained after the meeting.
But Ahmed Jehani, Libya’s envoy to the international tribunal said that only two members of the team, Australian Melinda Taylor, and her Lebanese interpreter, Helen Assaf, were in detention, while two men, a Russian and a Spanish national, stayed behind out of their own accord.
“Melinda was arrested because she was surprised exchanging papers with the accused Saif al-Islam,” he said, adding that her Lebanese interpreter was being held as an “accomplice.”
“She (Melinda Taylor) had a pen camera and a letter from one of the men most wanted by the Libyan judiciary,” Mohammed Ismail, the former right hand man to Saif who is now on the run, he added.
Libya puts back election date by 18 days
Electoral commission says preparations for Libya’s first multi-party vote in more than 50 years have run over schedule
Sunday 10 June 2012 13.27 EDT
Libya‘s first election in more than half a century will take place 18 days later than planned because of logistical challenges, the electoral commission has said .
The election will now take place on 7 July. Nuri al-Abbar, head of the electoral commission, said crucial preparations for the election – including voter registration and vetting candidates to make sure they had no links to Muammar Gaddafi – had run over schedule, making it impossible to hold the vote on the original date of 19 June.
“We never planned on postponing the election, we worked hard for the election to be on time,” Abbar said. “I don’t want to blame anybody for the postponement, I just want to make sure the elections are transparent.”
The election will be a milestone for Libya as it seeks to build democratic institutions after last year’s revolt. It has no functioning bureaucracy, poor security and only a distant memory of holding nationwide elections.
During his 42-year rule Gaddafi banned direct elections, saying they were bourgeois and anti-democratic. The last time Libya held a multi-party national election was in 1952, under the reign of King Idris.
Helicopter crash: Kenya govt minister among 6 dead
By TOM ODULA, Associated Press – 2 hours ago
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenya’s internal security minister was killed with five other people when the police helicopter they were travelling in crashed in a forest near Kenya’s capital, officials said Sunday. An anti-corruption crusader said the incident calls into question the government’s procurement of airplanes and helicopters for its security forces.
Internal Security Minister George Saitoti and his deputy, Orwa Ojode, were among the six killed in the crash, Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka said. Two pilots and two bodyguards were also killed in the crash, officials said.
Kenya’s government declared three days of mourning for the deaths of the ministers.
The death of Saitoti is a “great tragedy that has befallen our country at this time as we are making elaborate preparations to hold peaceful elections,” Prime Minister Raila Odinga said at the scene of the crash, a forest in the city’s outskirts.
It was not immediately clear what caused the accident. Kenyan police cordoned off the scene of the crash and said they were investigating. Rescue officials collected the charred and scattered remains of those killed.
“As we speak now, nobody knows the cause of the accident,” Odinga said. “Nobody knows, and that’s why the experts are going to carry out investigations.” He said that Saitoti and Ojode were on their way to a political event in western Kenya.
Saitoti, an American-trained economist and mathematician, was one of the most visible figures in Kenyan politics. For over a decade he was a deputy to former President Daniel arap Moi.
As security minister he was the government’s spokesman on security matters including Kenya’s decision to send troops to Somalia last year. Analysts say he played a key role in that decision. Saitoti appeared often on national television to reassure the public in the aftermath of deadly attacks blamed on the Somali militant group al-Shabab.
Saitoti announced last year that he would seek the Kenyan presidency in 2013.
Official: Egypt’s Mubarak in Critical Condition
Jun. 10, 2012 – Hosni Mubarak is slipping in and out of consciousness eight days after the ousted Egyptian leader was sent to prison to begin serving a life sentence, a security official said on Sunday. (The Washington Post)
Somali “Terrorists” Offer Bounty on Obama: 10 Camels for Obama, 20 Chickens for Clinton
June 9, 2012
The al Qaeda affiliate in Somalia has mocked the new $33 million bounty on its top leaders heads by offering its own bounty for President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton – 10 camels for Obama and 20 chickens for Clinton.
“Anyone who helps the Mujahideen find the whereabouts of Obama and Hillary Clinton will be rewarded with 10 camels for the information leading to Obama and 10 hens and 10 cocks for Hillary,” said senior Shabaab commander Fuad Mohamed Khalaf in a statement reported on numerous websites.
Earlier this week, the U.S. offered a total of $33 million through the State Department’s Rewards for Justice program for information leading to the capture of seven different Shabaab leaders, including Khalaf.
UN BioTrade Turning Africa into Financial Resource for Global Governance
Susanne Posel, Contributor
The UN’s Earth Summit Rio+20 will begin this week. On their agenda will be population growth, urbanization, Agenda 21, and consumption. These factors, claim the UN, are causing irreversible damage to the environment and are targets for a new “green” agreement to save the planet.
The UN’s Environment Program (UNEP) released a report entitled the Global Environment Outlook (GEO-5). The GEO-5 took three years to complete. It is the UN’s “health-check” on earth and encourages world government leaders to enact more stringent environmental mandates within their countries to combat their effects on the planet.
Achim Steiner, UN under-secretary general and UNEP executive director, warns that time is running out as the world’s population comes closer to 9 billion people as expected by 2050. Steiner claims that as larger amounts of natural resources are expected to be consumed, the planet’s safety is at stake. “If current trends continue, if current patterns of production and consumption of natural resources prevail and cannot be reversed and ‘decoupled’, then governments will preside over unprecedented levels of damage and degradation.”
The UNEP would like governments to redirect their focus on the factors driving climate change:
- Population growth
- Fossil fuel-based energy consumption
The UNEP is centering their attention on Africa and Asia, where climate change is being felt most, according to the GEO-5 report.
The UN’s goals for sustainable development in Africa and Asia center on their population growth, water supplies and food security. The sub-Saharan and northern regions of Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean and parts of Asia are of particular interest to the UN, as stated by UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO).
At the Earth Summit, the UNEP will be promoted and expanded to “specialized agency” with a new title, UN Environment Organization (UNEO).
The UNEO will prop up the Sustainable Development division of the UN. The same agency that disseminates Agenda 21 policies to governments will be centralized into a global agency with powerful international backing.
As the unscientific assertions of a global environmental crisis, vanishing biodiversity and over-population become more “urgent” to the UN; the insertion of international governance is being covertly added into the mix as the answer to solve all problems worldwide.
With the assistance of the UN, corporations have begun descending on Africa to aid in the securitization of their natural resources.
Examples like an $11 million dollar project funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Coca-Cola Corporation are usurping 50,000 Kenyan and Ugandan smallholders to produce fruit for Minute Maid, a subsidiary for Coca-Cola.
‘Africa is now the last frontier in terms of arable land,’ said James Nyoro, the Rockefeller Foundation’s managing director for Africa. ‘With the population growing to 9 billion, the rest of the world will have to depend upon Africa to feed it.’
Researchers for the British Geological Survey (BGS) and the University of London have uncovered underground aquifers of water in Africa that are 100 times the amount found on the surface of the continent; and have written a paper in the Environmental Research Letters journal. The created a detailed map of the underground water.
This discovery is the largest attempt at water privatization by governments and international governances.
The UNEP is also creating a project with the Capacity Building for the Biotrade Project (CBBT). Their concerns are with the use, collection, production and commercialization of goods and services for use and trade that expressly derived from the native biodiversity – plants, species and organisms in our environment.
The UNEP seeks to control the trading of these products to make sure they are cultivated in line with their definition of social, environmental and sustainable.
As the desire for natural products in the cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries becomes more popular, the UN wants to gain control to secure profits and production standards.
Speaking at the UN Earth Summit, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah , the Minister of Environment and Tourism, hopes that “biodiversity could become an even greater asset for sustainable, pro-poor development in [Namibia].”
Nandi-Ndaitwah promotes policy reforms and financial investments from the public and private sectors targeted at Namibia’s key BioTrade products and services. Through the use of multinational corporate relationships, control over the use of agricultural land in rural areas and implementation of BioTrade policies, research and development, the land grabbing by the UN will soon become extremely lucrative.
The UNEP has also announced that they are investing in green projects under the African Carbon Asset Development(ACAD) Facility and expansion plans.
ACAD is looking for financial investors, along with their current holders Stand Bank, to “re-enlisted in the public-private partnership”.
Sylvie Lemmet, Director of UNEP’s Division of Technology, Industry and Economics, is excited about the expansion plans:
UNEP is pleased to announce the expansion of ACAD, and recognizes that much work still needs to be done to help African green entrepreneurs access carbon finance. We are thrilled to have helped not only bring good projects to fruition, but also to have supported the African financial sector evaluate the potential of innovative carbon projects. These latest developments suggest a strong vote of confidence in ACAD and signal Africa’s emergence as a fully-fledged carbon market player.
These plans for the ACAD originated by provisions of the German government’s International Climate Initiative by investing a facility that will seed the opportunities for more funding.
Following suit is the French government who is negotiating to contribute through the French Global Environment Facility administered by the Agence Française de Développement.
The UN has enacted a carbon credit scheme under the registration of large-scale wind power projects in Africa. Multinational corporations are financing this plan to mandate LED lights to Rwandan households.
ACAD will focus their global carbon sector and green economy schemes through Africa because of its natural resources. These projects are slated to attract commercial funding that will expand the ACAD’s reach.
ACAD is Africa’s first project development support facility dedicated to increasing carbon project deal-flow, while the UNEP Risoe Centre on Energy, Climate and Sustainable Development is leading UNEP activities related to carbon finance and the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM).
Susanne Posel is the Chief Editor of Occupy Corporatism. Our alternative news site is dedicated to reporting the news as it actually happens; not as it is spun by the corporately funded mainstream media. You can find us on our Facebook page.
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