Daily Archives: July 6, 2016

UK | Chilcot report: Tony Blair’s Iraq War case not justified

Tony Blair overstated the threat posed by Saddam Hussein, sent ill-prepared troops into battle and had “wholly inadequate” plans for the aftermath, the UK’s Iraq War inquiry has said.

Chairman Sir John Chilcot said the 2003 invasion was not the “last resort” action presented to MPs and the public.

USA | US activist claims Obama to ask Ukrainian president about Odessa massacre

Two years before shocking massacre was happened in Odessa. 48 people were killed in clashes between fascists and pro-federalists, most of the victims were federalism supporters burnt alive in the House of Trade unions. Since that time their relatives have formed a Council of mothers and insist for objective investigation into this crime. Five official investigations gave no result. Even United Nation’s higher commissioner for human rights pointed out that Ukrainian authorities are not interested to punish the organizers of this crime. Fascists have been in favour and their opponents have been oppressed these two years without any change. That is why the Council of mothers claims now for United Nation’s independent investigation (sign their petition here http://odessa2may.wesign.it/en )
Contrary to Kiev’s government many people all over the world support Odessans and the Council of mothers in their efforts to bring justice. The US journalist Phil Wilayto, Coordinator of Odessa Solidarity Campaign, has written a special letter to president Obama and claims him to ask Ukrainian president Poroshenko: “…Ask him to publicly pledge his government’s full cooperation with any new investigation. Ask him to release his government’s files on the massacre. Ask him to release the innocent surviving victims of the attack on the House of Trade Unions who are still being held in prison, many under deplorable conditions. And ask him to order the federal Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) to stop harassing members of the Council of Mothers in an attempt to terrorize them into silence”.
Mr. Wilayto supposes president Obama can talk to Poroshenko during the NATO Summit to be held July 8 and 9 in Warsaw, Poland, where meeting of two presidents was announced.
Here is the full statement by Phil Wilayto:

Antarctic Ozone Hole Shows 1st Signs of Healing

More than 30 years after scientists first spotted a hole in the atmosphere’s protective ozone layer over the South Pole, they are seeing the “first fingerprints of healing,” researchers reported today (June 30).

Measurements of the ozone hole taken in September revealed the breach has shrunk by more than 1.5 million square miles (4 million square kilometers) — about half the area of the contiguous United States — since 2000.

Ukraine | Statement concerning the persecution of Odessa historian Elena Radzihovskaya

On June 28, the holiday that marks the signing of the Ukrainian Constitution, a peaceful demonstration was held in Odessa to protest violations of this basic law of the country. Authorities were informed on event in accordance with a law on rallies.

During this event, there was a conflict between the head of the Odessa Right Sector, Sergei Sternenko, and a member of the Council of Mothers of May 2, Elena Alexandrovna Radzikhovskaya. Later, the Rector of Odessa University received a statement from Sternenko alleging Radzikhovskaya had engaged in anti-Ukrainian activities.

Greece | Up to 35,000 migrants to be relocated over two years

Of the 49,000 migrants and refugees currently stranded in camps around the Greek mainland, up to 35,000 are expected to resettle in other European states over the next two years, Kathimerini understands.

A so-called pre-registration process, which is implemented by the Asylum Service in cooperation with UNHCR and the European Support Office on Asylum (EASO), should be completed by late July. The program allows individuals who entered the country between January 1, 2015 and March 19, 2016 to get a foot on the national asylum procedure ladder. It also gives them access to the EU’s relocation scheme. Individuals who skip the procedure will be deemed illegal and be subject to deportation by the authorities.