The FBI encouraged and sometimes even paid Muslims to commit terrorist acts during numerous sting operations after the 9/11 attacks, a human rights group said in a report published Monday.
“Far from protecting Americans, including American Muslims, from the threat of terrorism, the policies documented in this report have diverted law enforcement from pursuing real threats,” said the report by Human Rights Watch.
Iraq persuaded a U.S. judge to order the seizure of $100 million of oil inside a tanker anchored off Galveston, Texas, that it claims was illegally pumped from wells in Kurdistan.
Kurdish officials “misappropriated” more than 1 million barrels of oil from northern Iraq and exported them through a Turkish pipeline, according to a complaint filed yesterday in Houston federal court. U.S. Magistrate Judge Nancy Johnson in Galveston authorized U.S. marshals to seize the cargo and have it moved ashore for safekeeping until the dispute is resolved.
The problem, the judge said at an emergency hearing today, is that the vessel is outside U.S. territorial waters. She said if the ship crosses that boundary, her order must be enforced. But until that happens, it’s out of her hands.
“Seems to me this is not a matter for U.S. courts to tell the government of Iraq who owns what,” Johnson said. “This just seems way outside our jurisdiction.”
The U.S. officially recognizes Kurdistan as part of Iraq, although the Kurdish people have jockeyed with the Baghdad-based national government for autonomy for more than a decade. Oil revenues from the northern oil fields could fuel Kurdistan’s fight for independence.
“Either they’ll bring the oil into port, where we’ll take possession of it, or they’ll sail off somewhere else,” Phillip Dye Jr., a Houston-based attorney for the Iraqi Oil Ministry, said in a telephone interview today. His clients don’t know who bought the cargo, and he said he had no reports that any oil has been removed from the tanker yet. In a separate court filing, AET Inc., a lightering services firm, identified Talmay Trading Inc. as the company that hired it to transfer the crude.
The Iraqi government warned Kurdish officials to stop the illegal exporting through Turkey, which began in December, according to the complaint. The crude shipment left Ceyhan, Turkey, on June 23, and has “changed destinations multiple times” while at sea, according to the filing. The ship is anchored about 60 miles southeast of Galveston, according to data compiled by Bloomberg, outside U.S. territorial waters.
If a U.S. refinery accepts shipment of the crude, it will send a signal to the rest of the world that it is acceptable to do business with the Kurdish government, said Carl Larry, president of Oil Outlooks & Opinions LLC.
“It opens the door to some kind of breakup in that region where you could have a separate Kurdistan and Iraq,” Larry said in a telephone interview. “It’s definitely going to create that separation, and more people are going to recognize that and respect it.”
Bernadette Meehan, a spokeswoman for the National Security Council, said in an e-mail that “U.S. policy on this issue has been clear and consistent. Iraq’s energy resources belong to all of the Iraqi people.”
The Iraqi Oil Ministry asked U.S. marshals to oversee lightering operations to remove crude from the tanker and store it onshore at Iraq’s expense. The proposed arrest warrant filed with the complaint didn’t ask to seize the United Kalavrvta, the Marshall Islands-flagged tanker, which is too large to enter the Houston Ship Channel and offload cargo directly.
The tanker was cleared by the U.S. Coast Guard to proceed with offloading, the agency said.
AET, a Kuala Lumpur-based company, and Dallas-based AET Offshore Services Inc. yesterday filed a request in Houston federal court for a declaratory judgment on its rights in the matter.
AET said it entered into a lightering contract — transferring cargo between ships — with Talmay Trading, a British Virgin Islands-based company. AET said it has yet to receive instructions for the transfer of the crude oil aboard the United Kalavrvta. While the ship was underway, AET said it had been contacted by lawyers for Iraq claiming the oil was its property. A spokesperson for Talmay couldn’t be immediately reached for comment.
“As the Republic of Iraq has put AET on notice of its claim to title and/or possession of the crude at issue, AET requests that this court determine the validity of that claim,” AET said in the filing.
At today’s hearing, AET lawyer Andy Durham told the judge the company is “between a rock and a hard place.”
“We are not permitted to take possession of the cargo which, according to the Republic of Iraq, is stolen property,” he said. Harold Watson, a lawyer for the Kurds who shipped the oil, declined to comment.
Oil producers are actively pursuing resources in coordination with the Kurdistan Regional Government, which estimates the northern territory holds 45 billion barrels of oil reserves. The Kurdish government expanded its control over the country’s resources in early June, when Kurdish Peshmerga armed forces took control of northern Iraq’s key oil hub, Kirkuk, after militants routed the Baghdad government’s army.
The primary case is Ministry of Oil of the Republic of Iraq v. 1,032,212 Barrels of Crude Oil Aboard the United Kalavrvta and the Ministry of Natural Resources of the Kurdistan Regional Governate of Iraq, 3:14-249, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas (Galveston).
photos of sakurajima, the most active volcano in japan, by (click pic) takehito miyatake (previously featured) and martin rietze. volcanic storms can rival the intensity of massive supercell thunderstorms, but the source of the charge responsible for this phenomenon remains hotly debated.
in the kind of storm clouds that generate conventional lightning, ice particles and soft hail collide, building up positive and negative charges, respectively. they separate into layers, and the charge builds up until the electric field is high enough to trigger lightning.
but the specific mechanism by which particles of differing charges are separated in the ash cloud is still unknown. lightning has been observed between the eruption plume and the volcano right at the start of an eruption, suggesting that there are processes that occur inside the volcano to lead to charge separation.
volcanic lightning could yield clues about the earth’s geological past, and could answer questions about the beginning of life on our planet. volcanic lightning could have been the essential spark that converted water, hydrogen, ammonia, and methane molecules present on a primeval earth into amino acids, the building blocks of life.
(see also: previous volcanology posts)
"There is something about poverty that smells like death. Dead dreams dropping off the heart like leaves in a dry season and rotting around the feet; impulses smothered too long in the fetid air of underground caves. The soul lives in a sickly air. People can be slave-ships in shoes."-
Zora Neale Hurston, Dust Tracks on a Road: An Autobiography (New York: HarperCollins, 1996), 87. (Originally published 1942)
That last sentence though
There’s this post about how if your feminism doesn’t include destroying racism it’s white supremacy.
This is why it’s white supremacy. Like yeah Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is a man, but he’s also a man of color. Gloating about how Lucy, a film where a white woman who’s shown to be shooting men of color for not speaking English in a country where English isn’t widely spoken… isn’t intersectional feminism. Instead it’s the essence of white feminism because it’s glorifying the white hero in a non white country, when we are less than a century away from white Europe having colonized the majority of what is now referred as “third world countries” make no mistake colonialism is not dead. So basically if you see Lucy in the theater unfollow me rn.
Boycott Lucy watch Hercules.
I watched Hercules today. It was a good film, with great supporting actors, quite a few funny moments, Ian McShane (YES) and a lot of action. The Rock proves to be a very good actor, and really sells the character of Hercules.
I’m not surprised the imagery being used around Lucy leading Hercules in the box office. It feeds on all the negative views of the “Far East” that Hollywood has been milking for years. Nothing has changed really. I will say this… we’ve already known that white women lead movies (action or otherwise) sell. We know that by looking at all the romantic dramas, adventure shows, and YA adaptations lead by young white women that make money. So yeah, we’ll get MORE white women lead dramas, action, romantic comedies, and sci-fi movies. But will that mean we’ll see Black, Asian, and Latinas getting to lead movies, too, since female lead action movies are selling and have been for the last 10 years? NOPE.
But “yay feminism”… or some shit.
so i was thinking, i’ll do a black philosophy/news blog.. I’ve haven’t really seen any.
I really like your blog, it keep me interested and wanting to know more about things
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Thanks, i’m glad you enjoy it.
I’ve been trying to do videos, sharing perspectives and thoughts on things but i haven’t had the positive energy. But recently, I’ve been getting inspired again, so maybe soon…
Modern Day Slavery: The exploitation of Qatar’s migrant workers
Published on Jul 29, 2014
Migrant workers in Qatar helping to construct offices for the 2022 World Cup reportedly haven’t been paid after a year of toiling in the desert heat in slum like conditions. Sharan Burrow from the International Trade Union Confederation thinks Qatar should be boycotted until fundamental labor laws are in place.
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Malcolm X: We don't advocate violence. Our people have been the constant victims of brutality on the part of America's racists, and the government has found itself either unwilling or unable to do anything about it. Out of necessity, we've reached the point now where our people must form self-defense units with which we can defend ourselves against the Southern racists like the Ku Klux Klan, the White Citizens' Council and others.
Interviewer: This really amount to guerrilla war, doesn't it?
Malcolm X: Well, whenever you are up against a enemy that's more heavily armed than you and with superior arms, the only way to defeat him is with guerrilla warfare. And if the oppressed people in Asia and Africa and elsewhere have to resort to guerrilla warfare to protect themselves or to gain their freedom, I think that it is only a matter of intelligence to expect 22 million Black people in America eventually to develop the same strategy and the same tactics.
Two days after the cold-blooded murder of Eric Garner, a couple of our members went out to Staten Island to show our support and solidarity with the community where Garner was senselessly murdered at the hands of the NYPD.
Being there and speaking to folks in that community we really got a sense that they are angry and tired(as we all are) of having to watch this same recurring episode of unarmed black males (Komani Gray, Amadou Diallo, Sean Bell, Ramarley Graham, and etcc.) who’s encounter with law enforcement leads to their death.
This episode typically ends with officers getting either a slap on the wrist or, if a trial happens, the officers are almost always acquitted. How much more bloodshed and how many more black bodies are gonna have to lie dead in the streets before we rise up to put an end to these modern day lynchings??
Read how the NYPD is lying about the whole thing.