Rio Tinto wins end to human rights abuse lawsuit in U.S.Fri Jun 28, 2013 2:47pm EDT* Bougainville residents sued over activity linked to mine* 9th Circuit rules after top U.S. court narrows law’s reachBy Jonathan StempelJune 28 (Reuters) – Benefiting from a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision, Rio Tinto Plc has won the dismissal of a nearly 13-year-old U.S. lawsuit accusing the Anglo-Australian mining company of complicity in human rights abuses on the South Pacific island of Bougainville.Friday’s ruling by a majority of an 11-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ends litigation begun in 2000.Roughly 10,000 current and former Bougainville residents had sought to hold Rio Tinto responsible for human rights violations and thousands of deaths linked to polluting a copper and gold mine it once ran.The ruling follows the Supreme Court’s April 17 decision in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum Co, where the justices limited the sweep of a 1789 U.S. law that lawyers had used for roughly three decades to fight human rights abuses worldwide.Five justices said the Alien Tort Statute was meant to cover international law violations occurring in the United States, and that violations elsewhere must “touch and concern” U.S. territory “with sufficient force” to displace that presumption.The Bougainville residents alleged that after workers in 1988 began to sabotage the Rio Tinto mine, the company goaded Papua New Guinea’s government to exact retribution and conspired to impose a blockade, leading to thousands of civilian deaths.On April 22, the Supreme Court threw out an earlier 9th Circuit ruling that let the lawsuit proceed, and asked it to revisit the matter in light of Kiobel.Steve Berman, a lawyer for the Bougainville plaintiffs, did not immediately respond to requests for comment.He had asked the 9th Circuit to send the case back to the Los Angeles district court so that his clients could try to proceed with other claims, “sans invocation of the ATS.”Kiobel was also cited this week by a Virginia federal judge who dismissed a lawsuit accusing defense contractor CACI International Inc of conspiring to torture detainees a decade ago at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.The judge in that case said that because the alleged abuse occurred outside the United States, he lacked jurisdiction to consider claims by four former detainees. They plan to appeal.The case is Sarei et al v. Rio Tinto Plc et al, 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, No. 02-56256.
Iron foundry worker and Mayor of South Shields, Great Grandpa Linney
above: walking by the corner of Ocean Road and Mile End Road, Mayor’s sunday 1932
…among many other things, timekeeper for The Basin Football Club, Vic. Australia (circa 1970-1980), formerly trolley bus driver, iron-foundry work, ships stoker (on The Welshman – Malta Convoy, and others), service 1940-1943, sunk three times, a.w.o.l. in Tunisia, Libya, Egypt 1944, returned to service 1944-45, demobbed 1945, emigrated to Australia, painter (of houses), and singer of songs.
Destroying the planet is the gothic of today and no bat in a cloak can swoop down from up high, like some inverted interbred vampire out of Capital, to redeem us. The bad debts pile up; floods, strange weather, drought, fire, starvation and death, compounded, if not outright caused, by a mercenary human aggression with less morality than wasps.
Large dams, mining, war, pollution, an obscenity that abides in the love of wealth and power. Suited monstrosities of corporation, Government, banking and science. In politics, Machiavelli would need rescue remedy today – appalled and embarrassed he would be.
I sit outside in the dull acid rain typing.
(yes SF, I know Russ is not the bat’s dad x)
‘If an academic includes empirical details in her essays, joins demonstrations, participates in international conferences with political-sounding titles, and engages in solidarity tourism, we think of her as an activist’ (Spivak 2008:89)
That such an activist can be simply ignored by the World Bank etc., (when not directly employed by the same) and is manifestly some distance from the subaltern (who speaks or not) is of a type with her close relative:
‘The liberal Euro-US academic, unceasingly complicitous with the text of exploitation, possibly endorsing child slavery every time s/he drinks a cup of tea, paying taxes to destroy survival ecobiomes of the world’s poor and bomb innocent African villages by mistake, sometimes mouthing a “Marxism” liber-humanized out of existence, and talking no doubt against military aggression, profoundly irresponsible to the academics one obligation of not writing on something carelessly read … to them belongs the happy euphoria of being in the right’ (Spivak 2008:71)
Me and you both.
AC/DC http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FX05dWBoeUs – accessed April 7 2008
Marilyn Manson http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bOWmTyrz1RA – accessed April 9 2006
Doco http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=related&v=1ljXnV4Ibpk – accessed April 7 2008
Comic stuff: http://gocomics.typepad.com/the_sandbox/2008/03/5-years-1-year.html – accessed March 27 2008
Lin Chen (Freie Universitat Berlin)
The year 2012 is Germany’s Chinese culture year. The organizers put forward the claim that original traditional Chinese culture would be presented. With regards to this the Jiangsu Kunqu Ensemble was invited to perform three “authentic” “Zhe-zi Xi1/ One Act Kunqu” as part of the opening ceremony in February. Luzia Braun, the “Stellvertretende Leiterin des ZDF-Kulturmagzins Aspekte” was invited as the moderator. The performance lasted two nights in Konzerthaus Berlin.
Generally speaking it was a nice experience, the live accompaniment impressed the audience favorably, yet the performance was a little different from my former Kunqu experience in China. They saved the expense to transport the essential stage requisites, namely one desk and two chairs to Berlin. Without them, two female performers seemed clumsy in showing some beautiful stylized gestures from the Peony Pavilion.
After the performance an intense interview process was held. Towards the end, the moderator Luzia Braun proposed her master-stroke to Ke Jun, director of the Jiangsu Kunqu ensemble, “Herr Ke, would you tell us the most obvious difference between Kunqu and Peking Opera?” “Well”, Ke Jun answered determinately, “Peking Opera is entertainment, but Kunqu is culture.”
Lin Chen is a doctoral candidate in Interweaving Performance Cultures at FU Berlin, and an Erasmus visiting student in the Centre for Cultural Studies PhD program at Goldsmiths.
Details also here
theme – trinket – introduction
repetition of theme – short version, long version, large and small
relation to whole
development – fate – of theme as it changes
repetitions – in different registers
rhythm, tempo, volume, intensity
reversal, dynamic, relation of components, inversion of same
further development of the whole, structure as anagram of specificity
differential overall structures and framing
being able to locate each element in the overall context
asymmetry, exceptions, incommensurables
A new satellite service from the people who brought you ‘Captive Camera (Gitmo)’, ‘America’s Funniest NSA Surveillance Videos’, the YouTube viral sensation ‘LiveScream direct from the heart of Bhagram’ prison, and ‘The Hanging Channel™’ (the one with the ‘real’ – accept no substitutes – Saddam Hussein billion dollar drop – hosted by Devilish McCall).
Must see screen moments on this new service include (live links to be provided later):
– George Bush snr golfing
– George W reading stories to children when the TT were hit
– Obama watching the snuff film from Abbottabad with Hilary
– Hilary saying ‘wow’ to her blackberry when Gaddafi was killed
and other gems. Do not miss this. Parental misguidance recommended.
(essay on the Hanging channel see here)
All welcome. A day of revolutionary dawdling, pints, and ending up awash somewhere on Tottenham Court Rd… The annual Marx trot this year will be on July 7. Lal Salaam!
We will again be leaving from Archway tube 2:30 pm, then to Highgate Cemetery Marx’s Grave about 3pm – heading across the Heath to the Lord Southhampton pub which was the old man’s local on Grafton Terrace – then onwards to Engels’ house, then to the pub where the Manifesto was adopted by the Communist League, – now a crappy cocktail bar – and more… All welcome (kids could surely come for the first couple of hours – but warning, its a longish walk across the heath between Highgate and the Grafton Terrace HouseBYO libations for the first part.
Last year’s trot = https://hutnyk.wordpress.com/2012/07/03/marx-trot-2012-july-7-2/
(and links to previous) here: https://hutnyk.wordpress.com/2011/05/21/marx-trot-29-5-2011/
Pics of the houses: http://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/photo/london/index.htm
The Great Windmill Street venue is where Liebknecht says the Manifesto was adopted by the League of the Just/German Workers Educational Association/Communist League – but some say it was at the White Hart in Dury Lane. In any case Marx lectures on Capital at Great Windmill Street, but see here:http://www.alphabetthreat.co.uk/pasttense/pdf/communistclub.pdf
For Leninists – a diversion on the trot might take in Charing Cross station, and areas near Kings Cross and Pentonville:http://sarahjyoung.com/site/2011/01/16/russians-in-london-lenin/
Dancing the first international! http://history-is-made-at-night.blogspot.co.uk/2009_10_01_archive.html
A pub crawl with Karl http://www.mytimemachine.co.uk/pubcrawl.htm
The much missed J.G.Ballard wrote back years ago after we asked him to speak at a CCS workshop on Cultural Fictions:
Thank you for the invitation, but I’m afraid that age and the pressures of work mean that I have to decline.
But I wish you all the best – I’m not sure whether you see me as inside or outside s-f, and either way a victim of its overreaching success. In fact I think you’re rather stretching definitions if you include recent novels like Super-Cannes and Millennium People as s-f. But calling something s-f is a traditional way of defusing the threat, and academia, especially the Eng Lit departments, has a lot to feel threatened by – its beloved mainstream is now a parched riverbed – no great novel has been written in English since – Catch 22? – more than 40 years ago. I wonder why?
(transcription SF, thanks)
Written by IRR European News Team
Attacks in Germany linked to the NSU trial demonstrate that the far Right does not need a stimulus for violence.
Following the brutal murder of Drummer Lee Rigby in Woolwich and attacks on several mosques, the government-funded Tell MAMA project warned of the dangers of cumulative extremism, tit-for-tat violence between Islamists and counter-jihadists and a ‘spiral of violence’ seemingly without end. Government counter-extremism programmes in other European countries, which tend likewise to locate all violence within a cumulative extremism framework, have been hotly contested by anti-fascists who point out that violence is central to the far Right’s modus operandi and needs no stimulus. Since the trial of the sole surviving member of the NSU and four suspected accomplices started at the Munich Higher Regional Court on 6 May (the trial is expected to last for two years) journalists from a number of newspapers, and organisations like the Media Team of the Munich Alliance Against Nazi Terror and Racism have been documenting acts of far-right intimidation and violence associated with the trial. And the Coordination Council of Muslims in Germany (KRM) have called for better protection of mosques during the NSU trial period as, according to KRM spokesman Aiman Mazyek ‘Democracies are supposed to ensure security for places of worship’.
For instance, as the trial began, between 10 and 20 May, four mosques were vandalised, in Bullay, in the Rhineland-Palatinate state, as well as its capital, Mainz; in the town of Lengerich in Steinfurt and Düren in North Rhine-Westphalia. In the Duren attack, the perpetrators scrawled on the mosque the words ‘The NSU is alive and you will be the next victims’. Many acts of political intimidation have taken place in Bavaria where the NSU trial is taking place in its capital Munich. The Bavarian Refugee Council has had its building repeatedly vandalised and the Kurt-Eisner-Verein and the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung offices have also been attacked. Residents at the housing project Ligsalz8 (which has also been repeatedly vandalised) were pelted with eggs on 8 May and, on 13 May the door of the Munich office of the legal team representing family members of a victim of the NSU was ‘extensively’ daubed with excrement and urine. The Süddeutsche Zeitungcomments that this ‘is unlikely’ to be a ‘coincidence’. The Spiegel also took the same line when it reported on 16 May that the home of anti-racist activists was pelted with paint bombs. ‘They want us to feel unsafe’, one of the activists told the paper. ‘We won’t allow ourselves to be intimidated.’
From SpiegelOnLine – by Dirk Kurbjuweit:
In German politics, this pathos [found in Heidegger, Schiller] ceased to be possible after Hitler, in contrast to the United States or France. Germans can still relish in the music of Wagner, as long as they take the position that the music is innocent or that they don’t care about the political context of art. Then it becomes an innocent pathos. This is one of the aspects of Germans’ enjoyment of Wagner.