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Trump ordered sanctions to stop the international investigation of US forces



Trump ordered sanctions to stop the international investigation of US forces

President Trump on Thursday issued an executive order authorizing sanctions against anyone who took part in the investigation of the American International Criminal Court or US allies – because aides said Russia might be behind the investigation into the War in Afghanistan.

International appeals court in March authorize the investigation about possible war crimes in Afghanistan, rejecting previous US warnings, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo last year threatening visa ban to participants.

The broad new order authorizes Pompeo to order crippling economic penalties against ICC workers and anyone who assists in investigations, in addition to travel restrictions.

“There is Russian influence here,” a senior government official told a small group of reporters on Thursday, adding that further information would likely be published in the “coming days.”

“We are worried that Russia might manipulate the ICC by encouraging these allegations against US personnel,” the official said.

Investigation of the War in Afghanistan is one of 13 currently being pursued by a court based in the Netherlands. It was requested by ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda, a Gambian citizen.

“ICC investigations without respect for Afghanistan are being pushed forward by integrity organizations that have doubts, and may be targets of corruption, defaming those influenced by Russia and others,” the senior US official said. “Furthermore, we have reason to believe there is corruption and wrongdoing at the highest level of the ICC prosecutor’s office, questioning the integrity of this investigation of American personnel.”

Although it was revealed to hinder the investigation of US forces in Afghanistan, the order could ultimately protect other US allies who participated in the Afghanistan War, or Israel.

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“The ICC has in recent months made steps towards investigating Israel’s opening, regarding the situation with the Palestinians,” the official said. “That could, if the ICC continues down that road, it could be another potential target for the appointment and sanction under this order.”

Spokesmen for the ICC and the Russian embassy in Washington did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

The US official said they hoped the potentially severe sentence, which was made in conjunction with the declaration of a national emergency, would succeed if the previous threat failed.

“There are around 1,000 employees of the International Criminal Court. The exact number who participated in this investigation remains to be seen. “Of course we hope that this sends a strong message to the ICC to stop this investigation,” said a senior administration official. “For countries that may be faced with requests from the ICC, we also in this order explain to them that there will be consequences for participating or providing assistance.”

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Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.



Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.

Method Media Bermuda will present the documentary FABRIC: Portuguese History in Bermuda on Thursday, December 29 at the Underwater Research Institute of Bermuda.

A spokesperson said: “Method Media is proud to bring Bermuda Fabric: Portugal History to Bermuda for its 5th and 6th showing at the Bermuda Underwater Observatory. In November and December 2019, Cloth: A Portuguese Story in Bermuda had four sold-out screenings. Now that Bermuda has reopened after the pandemic, it’s time to bring the film back for at least two screenings.

“There are tickets For $ 20 – sessions at 15:30 and 18:00. Both screenings will be followed by a short Q&A session.

Director and producer Milton Raboso says, “FABRIC is a definitive account of the Portuguese community in Bermuda and its 151 years of history, but it also places Bermuda, Acors and Portugal in the world history and the events that have fueled those 151 years.

“It took more than 10 years to implement FABRIC. The film was supported by the Minister of Culture, the Government of the Azores and private donors.

Bermuda Media Method [MMB] Created in 2011 by producer Milton Raposo. MMB has created content for a wide range of clients: Bermuda’s new hospital renovation, reinsurance, travel campaigns, international sports and more. MMB pays special attention to artistic, cultural and historical content.

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Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.



Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.

Maestro Filipe Cunha, Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Braga, has been invited to conduct the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, as announced today.

According to a statement sent by O MINHO, “he will be the first Portuguese conductor to conduct this orchestra in its entire history.”

In addition to this orchestra, the maestro will also work with the Lyceo Mozarteum de la Habana Symphony Orchestra.

The concerts will take place on 4 and 12 March 2023 at the National Theater of Cuba in Havana.

In the words of the maestro, quoted in the statement, “these will be very beautiful concerts with difficult but very complex pieces” and therefore he feels “very motivated”.

From the very beginning, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 will be performed by an Italian pianist (Luigi Borzillo), whom the maestro wants to bring to Portugal later this year. In the same concert, Mendelshon’s First Symphony will be performed.

Then, at the second concert, in the company of the Mexican clarinetist Angel Zedillo, he will perform the Louis Sfora Concerto No. 2. In this concert, the maestro also conducts Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony.

“This is an international recognition of my work. An invitation that I accept with humility and great responsibility. I was surprised to learn that I would be the first Portuguese member of the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra. This is a very great honor,” the maestro said in a statement.

“I take with me the name of the city of Braga and Portugal with all the responsibility that goes with it, and I hope to do a good job there, leaving a good image and putting on great concerts. These will be very special concerts because, in addition to performing pieces that I love, especially Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, I will be directing two wonderful soloists who are also my friends. It will be very beautiful,” concludes Filipe Cunha.

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