Interestingly enough the United Nations have condemned the embargo against Cuba 27 times. MF: But that goes back to… I mean Milton Friedman talked about helicopter money and you know dropping money from Hawk helicopters as an economic stimulus because people who don’t have money… when they get it they spend it right into the economy, because they have needs that they haven’t met. KZ: Water is a problem throughout the country right now. And it’s quite clear after the investigations at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and its study, that the so-called OAS analytical report on the October election in Bolivia were deeply flawed, and that essentially Who Morales had won the polls substantially. The BAP call was quickly followed up with a communication from groups and individuals from around the world to the UN Human Rights Council making a similar call but with the focus being primarily on the issue of police killings and impunity. So he really gives us an interesting perspective on the lawlessness of the United States and how it acts with impunity. You’ve made some comments recently about the last election and what should be done to correct the situation. For the purpose of this Statute, “crime against humanity” means any of the following acts when committed as part of a … Therefore, we the people can construct an international commission of inquiry that examines the ongoing crimes against humanity occurring at every level of government in the U.S. with the full assistance of the corporate sector. The Depression had a 24.9 peak as far as unemployment goes and so if you’re talking about 30%, you’re already above depression levels. That shows a real sickness in our healthcare system. So, I mean these were enormous achievements, but achievements that did not bring a profit to Washington, did not bring a profit to the American investor, or to the transnational corporations. I mean for someone who was editor of the Harvard Law review, someone who was a lawyer and graduate of Harvard, it is absolutely baffling, flabbergasting that he would sign such a bill. We need to move even beyond that to developing more distributed solar energy. He practiced corporate law with the New York law firm Simpson Thacher and Bartlett and is a retired member of the New York and Florida Bar. Now beyond that come in the pandemic, come in the additional threat of Covid-19. MF: Another area that people are really pushing on is prison reform because of course prisoners are at a very high risk for Covid-19. You’re listening to Clearing the FOG, speaking truth to expose the Forces Of Greed, with Margaret flowers and Kevin Zeese. KZ: That’s right. Article 7 Crimes against humanity 1. And that’s not what we’re having. We could fund business make sure they’re successful, because we did during the economic collapse, right? While trillions of dollars were transferred to the corporate sector though the CARES Act meant to support the economy through the crisis, the state continues to ignore the existential crisis faced by millions of workers. And United States’ unilateral coercive measures, which are illegal, and our interviewee, Mr. Alfred Zayas will explain that more, are really hampering Iran’s ability to deal with the covid-19 epidemic. And so probably the very open about that. United has now shut down most of their international flights. It’s like what Nixon told Kissinger about Chile. Like a universal basic income where people would get a monthly check so that nobody would be in poverty anymore. If you want a list of crimes committed by America dating farther back, read “A People’s History of The United States” by Howard Zinn If you enjoyed this post, you’ll also like these: Military Mind Control 9 reasons not to join the The only way I can be protected is, as we’ve talked about and interviewed people on this show, One Democratic State, where there’s a constitution that gives every person of adult age the right to vote equally, protects the rights of all religions and non-religion so people are protected. Either of those would be more effective, more efficient and protect our health better than what we have right now. KZ: The VA is underfunded for two reasons. Stop this madness of the lethal autonomous killing units, weapon systems etc. He was forced to resign in a US-assisted coup that has brought a violent and fascist government into power. and that is exactly what these ideologues intend to do. This article was posted on Friday, June 26th, 2020 at 5:27am and is filed under Black Lives Matter, Capitalism, COVID-19, Crimes against Humanity, Donald Trump, Health/Medical, Human Rights, Police brutality, United Nations, . You see unfair decisions often that look racially unfair which makes it hard to say they’re not racist. They aren’t the real cause. KZ: And in 2012 and 2008. There’s a lot that could come out of this crisis in the Short term and then in long term. And not because the government is oppressing them, but because and I’m sure if you were to have an election—certainly you’ve had an election in the 1960s and 70s. So here it is. crimes against humanity would have to be committed in connection with other crimes in the tribunal’s jurisdiction, i.e., war crimes or crimes against peace. And why are they happy? But in any event, it is breathtaking how the OAS has been corrupted, how the OAS is just a mere tool of US Foreign policy. The U.S. argument that this issue did not raise to level of a special inquiry, especially when compared to government crack downs and police violence in places like Brazil and even France, was embraced by a number of European states and others who subsequently rejected the idea of a special commission. They’re running these emergency coordination centers around the country. So we should be pushing our politicians to stop funding the Israeli State until this ends, until the apartheid and violence against Palestinians ends. He is fluent in six languages and has published a book of Rilke translations with commentary (“Larenopfer”, Red Hen Press 2008) and is completing the translation of Hermann Hesse’s “Das Lied des Lebens”. This is Bank of America saying it. Kevin Zeese (KZ): I’ve admired him for a long time. It’s not just a homicide. I don’t think that there’s much awareness in the United States of the number of Palestinians that are killed as well as injured. It’s only the VA that’s prepared to respond to this kind of a crisis and that’s because it is the socialized system. There are many flaws in our economy. But they charge outrageous prices for medicines often on no basis other than making profit. Venezuela is a risky client so you drop them, but the consequence of dropping Venezuela is that people are going to die. You have these very very violent demonstrations against Maduro in 2013, 2014, 15 16, 17, etc. “He has endangered our national security. And they saved him. Thank you. Actually Trump actually sometimes does tell you in so many words, I mean me he doesn’t try to hide it, doesn’t try to sugarcoat it like Obama would sugar-coated it, or Bill Clinton would sugar cod it. KZ: That’s right. And so the sanctions against South Africa were successful. So buildings around the country, people on houses on schools are creating solar renewable energy as well as moving to a system of water making. “The demand raised for something called justice obscured the gravity of the human rights violations and crimes against humanity that were occurring.”. I mean, not saying unilateral course of measures against Iran or against Syria or against Venezuela… just generally, saying that unilateral measures are incompatible with the UN charter, incompatible with a charter of the OAS, incompatible with customary international law, with principles of freedom of trade and freedom of the seas etcetera, etc. I mean these sanctions have had this economic impact. They don’t stop. It needs to have an equity share of that industry and get a return from that investment that then can be used in the future for social programs that we need. But we could be employing so many people right now to work on the coronavirus crisis, people to be on the phones on hotlines to answer questions and get people to resources that they need. When the number of deaths reaches forty thousand, a hundred thousand etc. And so turning people’s water back on, stopping any more shut offs is an essential step now, but really need a whole different water policy. Every government has committed to protect their populations from crimes against humanity. No, we will not allow ourselves to be put on the dock, so they pulled out of that one. They want it privatized. I’ve been working on prison reform and ending the drug war since the early 1980s and it has been a crisis for families, for Individuals, for the last 40 years. AZ: Well, let me go back to 1970, and I’ve seen the original documents because there were declassified. The difference is one is going to be neoliberal with giving lip service to human rights, and the other guys going to be neoliberal but doesn’t bother to give lip service to human rights. They already have Telehealth in place so they can continue to be in touch with their patients without requiring them to come into the Medical Centers. That was at the time of Bill Clinton, that Bill Clinton had is representative sign the statute of Rome. Genocide, Crimes against Humanity, and War Crimes - United States ..... by a sepa rate court, chamber, or panel or within the regular criminal justice system itself, it is ...Comprehensive training programs should be adequately resourced and established prior … He is in the Court's custody. So we did it for during the coronavirus. But that didn’t happen in Cuba. Staunch critic of President Trump, Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr., D-N.J., has called for Trump and members of his administration to be investigated and prosecuted once he leaves office. And so what we often hear about is there is Israel complaining about the Palestinians threatening or injuring them, but it’s generally always started by the Israelis and there’s disproportionately a huge factor that impacts the Palestinians. The result that was not unexpected was that the Council issued a strong statement and called for an investigation from the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. We will put as many monkey wrenches in the wheels of Venezuela, Cuba and Bolivia, etc., so that they fail. Wait, What the Fuck? I mean the economic war has been going since 1999. Climate change, homelessness, poverty healthcare, debt. KZ: That’s the key. Well, essentially that is exactly what George W Bush was doing to Venezuela. And what is really disgusting… countries that ostensibly support the rule of law… countries that ostensibly support democracy… countries that give lip service to Human Rights and of course proper elections procedures, etc, etc… That they didn’t condemn the coup against Morales. “Donald Trump and members of his administration have committed innumerable crimes against the United States,” said Pascrell. “Police killings and impunity are part of a pattern of racist human rights abuses.”. These are actually possible to put in place and even Republicans will support them when the pressure hits hard. We’re not applying lost blindly. This decade could be a decade of economic populist revolt that will make Bernie Sanders look like a conservative. KZ: And that’s true. But you know, an illegality does not create new law. Chavez was a bit more careful, a bit slower, until they forced his hand, until you had the coup d’état against him in April 2002. I mean the the court had issued what affirmed interim measures of protection, and ordered the United States not to execute the German brothers. So everything that has been done by way of social legislation by Morales will be thrown out. Just unfathomable numbers, and the real issue with this is how long will it last. Since Chavez himself was a military person, he had the loyalty of the military with him. If this virus goes on for six months or a year, a year and a half until a vaccine is developed and we have a shutdown of our economy or shrinkage of our economic activity… that could lead to a multi-year depression and people are talking about that now. We can’t do the kind of things you described they were happening in China, because we don’t have the personnel. The U.S. responded aggressively to the challenge and pressured members of the Council to reject the idea of an international commission of inquiry which would have been historic for the United Nations. The elites, the 1%, want to retain their power. What do you have? The decision by the Human Rights Council should not eliminate the idea of an international commission of inquiry, or the framing of the situation in the U.S. as crimes against humanity and for human rights. So it’s starved. And so we finally began to face up to it. I mean his cabal did so, but by making that kind of a presidential order, or presidential decree, you open the door for imposition of sanctions. This is a real threat. I can tell you what’s brewing now, and it’s been brewing for a while because we talked about 2020s as being a decade of change, but it’s really igniting now. It’s money. We’re winning harm reduction as an alternative to incarceration. And of course United States did not lift the sanctions against Cuba. We bring to the attention of our readers the powerful message of the late Harold Pinter regarding US Imperial Crimes against Humanity, with an introduction by Gary Kohls. Only the super-rich, the great billionaires of the United States, the transnational corporations, military-industrial complex, etc. So that is as universal as you can get. MF: We will definitely share those Engel 2009), and has been co-author and co-editor of numerous other books, including “International Human Rights Monitoring Mechanisms” (together with Gudmundur Alfredsson and Bertrand Ramcharan). The Genocide Accountability Act … Hey, we could have done a guaranteed national income. Today, December 10, 2016 is Human Rights Day. MF: So what we’re working on right now is kind of a series of articles about the opportunities that come out of these crises that we face. So Chavez starts making changes gradually. They mobilized 40,000 health professionals to come into areas that were hardest hit and so I think one of the long-term things that I hope comes out of this, because I think the awareness is really growing, is that the United States finally needs to create a universal publicly financed healthcare system a national healthcare system, whether it’s a national improve Medicare for all, which would be like a national health insurance, or whether here’s a National Health Service like expanding the VA system to everyone. “The President of the United States that indicated he was prepared to use disproportionate force against protestors.”. We don’t have the people. I mean legal are the sanctions that are imposed under chapter 7 of the United Nations Charter., after there has been a finding under article 39 of the charter that there is a threat to the peace or a breach of the peace, then the first step is not smack the country military, but try to impose some economic measures that will persuade the government that it’s in its own interest to play the game. He is also a signatory of the Declaración de Bilbao and Declaración de Santiago de Compostela on the Human Right to Peace. One IDF Soldier said when he shoots a knee, he saves the shell and has them on his bookshelf so he can keep a count of how many knees. There’s got to be some shrinkage in that. And what is the response from the state that is tasked with the responsibility to promote and protect the fundamental human rights of its population? So they just simply drop the client. I mean the VA struggles because the Republicans and Democrats have both not funded it adequately, but it’s still capable of doing that kind of activity. One, never-ending wars since 9/11 resulted in a lot more veterans needing health services and funding has not kept up, and secondly, really the two parties want to get rid of the VA. The Crimes Against Humanity Act is one of several laws proposed by Durbin to make international crimes prosecutable offenses in the United States. I had opportunity of being in Washington on several locations and being in the state department on several occasions. Etc. So it’s not indirect actually. Crimes Against Humanity Article 7 of the Rome Statute lists four elements necessary for the commission of crimes against humanity. He could afford being a sovereign country. And so workers this time around are saying we’re not going to tolerate that and you know, for instance the airline industry has been hit really hard. But really the the virus has shown how our system does not really work to protect Public Health. Alternatively, the United Nations Security Council can also refer a matter for investigation. That was unsustainable.We had very high corporate debt that could lead to a credit crisis and corporations were going bankrupt. Donations to "Popular Resistance" are tax deductible through our fiscal sponsor. And when I was at Harvard, I thought that we lawyers had a certain social responsibility that we should not just be positivists, but we should try to advance an ethical view of law and to apply law to do justice As I say the so-called rule of law has to evolve into a rule of justice. When that is not function, it became necessary to find a general Pinochet who would get rid of Salvador Allende, who would impose 17 years of dictatorship on the Chilean people. MF: Right. The right to health is a human right. That has been established with regard to say to the embargo against Cuba, and every year Cuba presents a report to the general assembly in which it actually doesn’t an accounting. And Obama in 2015 has Venezuela declared to be a threat to the United States. They blamed the sanctions. They’re able to be really agile. Crimes against humanity may usefully be thought of as a cognate of gross and systematic violations of human rights. MF: … when you’ve got snipers surrounding you. Make reparations for instance to the people of Syria. The crime against humanity of persecution, as defined in Article 7(1)(h) of the International Criminal Court (ICC) Statute, seems directl… AZ: Of course what you have here is also a breakdown of the rule of law in the United States, and I must say I am a graduate of the Harvard Law School. So, you know, there’s been this kind of sense, the Occupy Movement, the workers movement has really taken off in the last few years. Al Hassan is charged with war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Timbuktu, Mali, between 1 April 2012 and 28 January 2013. It’s quite clear that because the healthcare system in Iran in, in Syria, in Venezuela, in Cuba have been negatively impacted by the sanctions and by the financial blockade, and by the inability, even if you have the money, the inability to actually access the medicines, to purchase the medicines, because of course, the country that was gonna sell you the medicine doesn’t want to suffer a penalty from the Department of the Treasury of the United States. We can’t allow this wide discrepancy between CEO salary and worker salary. Unfortunately that didn’t happen. So you have here a situation of illegality but total impunity. People to be trained to be conducting screening for the virus or testing or following up on cases. Now, when shall we say, the opportunities for American investors and transnationals became narrower, then obviously the idea was to topple this man, and that was done through an economic war that started not in 2015 with the sanctions of Obama, not in 2017 with the sanctions of trump. There’s a big flux of people coming and going from the outside, and there are calls right now and some places are responding to release prisoners who are elderly, who have underlying health problems, who are in for nonviolent crimes or short sentences. The pharmaceutical industry. His scholarly articles in the Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law, Oxford Encyclopedia of Human Rights and Macmillan Encyclopedia of Genocide, encompass the prohibition of aggression, universal jurisdiction, the right to the homeland, mass population transfers, minority rights, refugee law, repatriation, legal aspects of the Spanish Civil War, indefinite detention, Guantanamo and the right to peace. 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