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Ukrainian-Jewish billionaire Igor Kolomoisky sues Russia: Zio-Watch, January 7, 2016


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From the Jewish Telegraphic Agency

Ukrainian-Jewish billionaire Igor Kolomoisky sues Russia

AMSTERDAM (JTA) — Ukrainian-Jewish billionaire Igor Kolomoisky sued Russia in an international court over his inability to operate an airport in Crimea.

The Permanent Court of Arbitration, a Hague-based intergovernmental organization with 117 member states, announced Wednesday that it would review the lawsuit, Reuters reported.

Kolomoisky, a Ukrainian nationalist who funded military actions in the Ukraine-Russia conflict, and Aeroport Belbek sued the Russian Federation for compensation over what they say is their exclusion from operating a commercial passenger terminal at Sevastopol International Airport.

Russia invaded and annexed Crimea last year. Kolomoisky is wanted for questioning in Russia in connection with accusations that he is responsible for war crimes – a charge he has denied. Kolomoisky has accused Russia of crimes against humanity.
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From Russia Today

Saudi warplanes attack Iranian embassy in Yemen – Iran

Published time: 7 Jan, 2016 11:00

Iranian embassy in Sanaa. © Mohammed HuwaisIranian embassy in Sanaa. © Mohammed Huwais / AFP

Iran has accused Saudi Arabia of using warplanes to attack the Iranian embassy in the Yemeni capital Sana’a. Some guards were reportedly wounded in the attack, according to state news channel IRIB.

The Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen says it will investigate the accusation, according to coalition spokesman Brigadier General Ahmed Asseri, as cited by Reuters.

Asseri acknowledged that coalition jets carried out heavy airstrikes in Sana’a on Wednesday night, targeting missile launchers used by the Houthi militia. He added that the group has used civilian facilities, including abandoned embassies.
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From The Independent

Cologne New Year gang assaults: Victim, 18, says up to 30 men groped and robbed her and her 11 friends

Victim says men repeatedly groped her and 11 friends before stealing their belongings. 
The German city of Cologne has been branded a “no-go zone” for women by the 18-year-old victim of sex attack carried out by up to 30 men.
The young woman, who was identified only by the name Michelle, told Germany’s N-TV news network that the attackers surrounded her and a group of 11 female friends during last week’s New Year’s Eve celebrations, repeatedly groped them and then stole their belongings.
Police have not yet made any arrests after 90 criminal complaints were filed, including one allegation of rape. It is believed that around 1,000 men, who split into gangs, were involved in the attacks at the city’s train station.

From The Independent

It is shamefully clear now that Osborne has let the banks off the hook

Since the general election, the Chancellor has met privately with the bankers five times
Wednesday 6 January 2016

The banks are no longer in the doghouse – or, at least, not so far as the government is concerned. Never mind that their manipulation of financial markets against the interests of their customers is still fresh in the mind and that the courts are handing down prison sentences for those found guilty. Forget all that stuff about high-street banks mis-selling financial products to their customers, you and me in other words, for which they have had to set aside a colossal £26bn to meet claims. It is, apparently, time to move on.

Of course, there has been no announcement as such. This is a case where you look at the facts and draw your conclusions. For me, the final proof came with this week’s announcement by one of the City’s two regulators, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), that it was abandoning its plan to inquire into the culture of banks. Compare this withdrawal with what this same regulator said less than a year ago about the importance of culture.

“Our Risk Outlook 2014/15 noted how important embedding cultural change would be to regaining the trust of consumers, as well as achieving our objectives. This remains true for the coming year and the foreseeable future… We continue to address conduct issues arising from failures in firm culture and are committed to ensuring this momentum is not lost.” Now this commitment has gone.

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From PressTV

Thu Jan 7, 2016 8:32AM
Top Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh says Palestinians will continue their Intifada (uprising) against Israel until all their objectives are achieved.

Haniyeh said the “sacrifices of the Palestinians and their heroic resistance in the face of Israel will eventually come to fruition,” Arabic-language Palestine al-Yawm news agency reported.

He made the remarks during a telephone conversation with the family of slain Palestinian teenager Ahmed Younis Koazibh on Wednesday.

Haniyeh further praised the young Palestinian men killed at the hands of the Israeli military forces, saying they can “thwart Israeli schemes and disrupt all its calculations.”

Seventeen-year-old Koazibh, a resident of the town of Sa’ir, northeast of the West Bank city of al-Khalil (Hebron), was shot and killed by Israeli military forces at the Gush Etzion Junction after allegedly stabbing an Israeli soldier last month.

Tensions have been running high in the West Bank after Israel’s imposition in August of restrictions on the entry of Palestinian worshipers into the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in East al-Quds (Jerusalem). Al-Aqsa Mosque is the third holiest site in Islam.
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From Russia Today

US-made cluster bombs used by Saudi-led coalition in Yemen attacks – HRW

Published time: 7 Jan, 2016 16:33

People gather at the site of a Saudi-led air strike in Yemen's capital Sanaa January 6, 2016. © Khaled AbdullahPeople gather at the site of a Saudi-led air strike in Yemen’s capital Sanaa January 6, 2016. © Khaled Abdullah / Reuters Cluster munitions sold to Saudi Arabia by the US were used in attacks on residential neighborhoods in Yemen’s capital of Sanaa, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said, calling for an international inquiry into the alleged war crime.

Saudi-led coalition forces seriously violated the laws of war by airdropping the “indiscriminate weapon” on populated areas in the Yemeni capital on January 6, HRW said in a report published on Thursday.

The coalition’s repeated use of cluster bombs in the middle of a crowded city suggests an intent to harm civilians, which is a war crime,” HRW arms director Steve Goose said, adding that these attacks are “outrageous.”

While no civilian casualties of the attacks on Wednesday have been reported as yet, cluster munitions have damaged residential buildings and cars, HRW said citing eyewitnesses. “Many homes and a local kindergarten with newly pockmarked walls and broken windows” could be seen in the attacked residential areas, the human rights organization said.
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From Russia Today

US considers returning strategic arms to South Korea

Published time: 7 Jan, 2016 14:35

© Issei KatoWashington and Seoul are in talks over possible re-deployment of strategic nuclear arsenals and missile defense systems to the Korean peninsula, withdrawn from the region in the ‘90s. Beijing sees the move as a direct threat to China’s security.

North Korea’s alleged hydrogen bomb test on Wednesday has pushed the militaries of South Korea and the US towards discussions about returning American “strategic assets,” such as nuclear-capable B-52 bombers, F-22 stealth fighter jets and nuclear-powered submarines to American military bases in South Korea, the Yonhap news agency reports.

“It is time for us to peacefully arm ourselves with nukes from the perspective of self-defense to fight against North Korea’s terror and destruction,” Yonhap cites Won Yoo-cheol, senior lawmaker with South Korea’s ruling Saenuri Party, as saying publicly.

The Pentagon’s readiness to provide Seoul with “every means for extended deterrence,” was declared in a joint statement by Defense Minister Han Min-koo and US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter. There are concerns that Washington might use Pyongyang’s latest provocative nuclear test on January 6 as a pretext for extending its military presence on the Korean peninsula.
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From Russia Today

‘We weren’t prepared for this’: Cologne police chief speaks out after NYE mass sexual assaults

Published time: 6 Jan, 2016 19:35

Cologne police were not ready to deal with the mass sexual assaults committed during New Year’s celebrations, the city’s police chief told RT, adding that they have never experienced such incidents before.

Eventually we had a situation where a large group of men were going after women. We did intervene and help. But I’ll admit that we were totally bewildered by it all. We have never encountered incidents like this before and we weren’t prepared for it,” Cologne Chief of Police, Wolfgang Albers, told RT.

Security has been boosted in the German city which was rocked by mass sexual violence on New Year’s Eve.

READ MORE: Locals voice fears, minister vows punishment after ‘Arab’ crowd blamed for sex assaults in Cologne
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From the Jewish Telegraphic Agency

2 far-right Czech politicians charged with supporting century-old blood libel

PRAGUE (JTA) — Two far-right Czech politicians have been charged with incitement to hatred and defamation over a note they wrote supporting a 19th-century blood libel.

The police launched criminal proceedings against Adam Bartos and Ladislav Zemanek on Dec. 20, and the charges were confirmed to JTA on Tuesday.

Bartos, chairman of National Democracy, and Zemanek, a party official, left the signed note last Easter at a memorial to Anezka Hruzova, a 19-year-old woman who was murdered in 1899. Bartos does not deny leaving the note.

In a case that became one of Europe’s most notorious blood libel trials, Leopold Hilsner was sentenced to death for killing Hruzova, which attorneys suggested was part of a Jewish ritual. Hilsner was pardoned after 18 years in prison but never acquitted.
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From the Jewish Telegraphic Agency

Greek airline apologizes for pushing Arabs off flight after protest by Jews

(JTA) — Greece’s Aegean Airlines apologized to Palestinian leaders for urging two Arab passengers to leave a plane because of a protest by Jewish-Israeli travelers.

In an open letter to Saeb Erekat, the PLO’s secretary general, dated Wednesday, Aegean CEO Dimitris Gerogiannis said he “[rejected] any possibility of discrimination,” which he said was in “complete opposition” to the principles of the airline.

Claiming the two Arabs posed a security threat on the Athens-Tel Aviv flight, several Jewish passengers refused to sit down, preventing the plane from taking off Sunday night. The men had valid visas to enter Israel.

The incident occurred two days after an Arab-Israeli man, who remains at large and is believed to be armed, allegedly killed three people and injured several others in two shooting attacks in Tel Aviv.
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From the Jewish Telegraphic Agency

Russia ordered to pay Jewish activist from Moscow

(JTA) — Russia must pay $35,000 to a Jewish activist from Moscow who was imprisoned for demonstrating against the government, the European Court of Human Rights ordered.

Tuesday’s ruling by the court in Strasbourg, France, relates to the 2012 arrest of Evgeny Frumkin, 53, an organizer of many rallies critical of the government of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Frumkin, a founder of Russia’s pro-democracy movement during the last days of communism, was arrested at a Moscow square during riots that erupted during a demonstration the day before Putin was inaugurated as president in May that year. He was sentenced to 15 days of administrative arrest for disobeying police orders.

But the European court, whose decisions are binding on 47 countries, including Russia, but rarely enforceable, found the arrest and imprisonment violated Frumkin’s right to personal integrity and the right to a fair trial, RIA Novosti reported, as well as the freedom of assembly.
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From the Jewish Telegraphic Agency

Spain compensates West Bank university for boycott exclusion

(JTA) — Spain paid a West Bank university $107,000 in compensation for damages caused by its exclusion from a scientific competition for political reasons.

The central government transferred the money earlier this month as per a recent decision by the Spanish Council of State, according to a statement published Wednesday by ACOM, a pro-Israel organization based in Madrid. ACOM called the decision a “legal victory against BDS,” in reference to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel.

The council, Spain’s highest consulting body, said Spain violated an article in the European nation’s constitution that forbids forms of discrimination based on nationality of place of origin.

It ruled following complaints of discrimination in the 2009 exclusion of Ariel University from an international competition among solar-energy innovators.
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From the Jewish Telegraphic Agency

NYC to spend $20M for security at private, parochial schools

NEW YORK (JTA) — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed into law a bill providing up to $20 million for security at non-public schools.

The measure that de Blasio signed Tuesday will help “keep our communities safer,” he said, according to several New York media outlets.

Approved overwhelmingly last month by the City Council, the law is expected to benefit New York’s many yeshivas and Jewish day schools, along with other private and parochial schools. It has drawn criticism from the New York Civil Liberties Union, whose leaders have said it violates the Constitution’s separation of church and state.

Councilman David Greenfield, a Brooklyn Democrat whose district includes heavily Jewish neighborhoods, introduced the bill last year.
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