country:equatorial guinea

  • Britain increases arms exports to world’s most repressive regimes by nearly a third since Brexit vote

    Britain has dramatically increased the value of weaponry and defence equipment it sells to the world’s most repressive regimes since vows by senior ministers to expand arms exports after the Brexit vote. Figures seen by i show that the Government cleared export licences worth £2.9bn in the 12 months after June 2016 to 35 countries considered “not free” by Freedom House, a respected international think-tank. The figure represents a 28 per cent increase on the 12 months before the Brexit vote. Human rights Among the countries to which ministers have given the green light for military equipment sales are Equatorial Guinea, considered to be one of the most corrupt and repressive countries in the world. Licences worth £1m were also granted for Azerbaijan, accused by human rights campaigners of conducting a vicious campaign against freedom of expression, while Uzbekistan, which is rated by Freedom House as one of the least free countries in the world, was granted a licence to import military vehicle components worth nearly £200,000. The Government has singled out arms sales as a priority area for Britain’s post-Brexit trade push. Prior to his resignation last year, former Defence Secretary Michael Fallon vowed at the world’s largest arms fair in London that Britain would “spread its wings across the world” with increased weaponry and equipment sales. The Government insists that the UK has “robust” measures in place to allow “ethical defence exports” which are worth £5.9bn a year to the British economy.

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  • SBM Offshore to Pay $238 Million in #Bribery Case Spanning Five Countries – gCaptain

    Netherlands-based offshore company SBM Offshore and its U.S. subsidiary SBM Offshore USA have reached an agreement to pay a criminal penalty of $238 million to resolve criminal charges in the U.S. in connection with schemes involving the bribery of foreign officials in Brazil, Angola, Equatorial Guinea, Kazakhstan and Iraq, the Justice Dept. announced Wednesday.

    SBM Offshore USA pleaded guilty on Wednesday to violation Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) in connection with the resolution.
    Pursuant to its agreement with the Department, SBM agreed to pay a total criminal penalty of $238 million to the United States, including a $500,000 criminal fine and $13.2 million in criminal forfeiture that SBM agreed to pay on behalf of SBM USA.

    According to the companies’ admissions and court documents, beginning by at least 1996 and continuing until at least 2012, SBM conspired to violate the FCPA by paying more than $180 million in commissions to intermediaries, knowing that a portion of those commissions would be used to bribe foreign officials in Brazil, Angola, Equatorial Guinea, Kazakhstan and Iraq.

    SBM made these payments in order to influence those officials, for the purpose of securing improper advantages and obtaining or retaining business with state-owned oil companies in the five named countries. SBM acknowledged that it gained at least $2.8 billion from projects it obtained from these state-owned oil companies,” the Justice Dept. said in a statement.

    Morale (ou pas…)
    • à l’avenir, il faut prévoir une provision supplémentaire de 10% (238 M$ de surcoût pour un bénéfice de 2800 M$)
    • à verser au budget fédéral états-unien qui, bien sûr, est au dessus de tout soupçon de #corruption et fait régner la loi et l’ordre dans le monde des affaires (il se contente de faire du chantage aux opérateurs, cf. banques, assurances, sport, etc.)
    • voire moins, si on ne se cache pas trop afin d’éviter l’accusation de conspiracy.

    Sur ce dernier point, c’est un peu délicat, il ne faudrait quand même pas qu’on finisse par croire que corrompre un gouvernement fait partie du mode opératoire standard dans tous ces secteurs.

  • ’Israel Would Be Embarrassed if It Were Known It’s Selling Arms to These Countries’
    Itay Mack, a Jerusalem-based human rights lawyer and activist, seeks greater transparency and public oversight of Israel’s military exports.

    Ayelett Shani Aug 07, 2015
    read more: Haaretz Daily Newspaper Israel News

    Analysis Who does Israel sell arms to? The Defense Ministry won’t tell
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    Israel is known to be a powerhouse in military exports, but what does “military exports” actually mean?
    It’s a very broad term, encompassing arms and security equipment, as well as know-how, such as that involving combat doctrines or the training of militias and regular forces.
    As I understand it, we’re among the top 10 in the world in this regard.
    All countries engage in military exports. The problem is that Israel is involved in places that the United States and Europe decided to avoid exporting weapons to. We know Israel is selling arms to Azerbaijan, South Sudan and Rwanda. Israel is training units guarding presidential regimes in African states. According to reports, this is happening in Cameroon, Togo and Equatorial Guinea – nondemocratic states, some of them dictatorships, that kill, plunder and oppress their citizens.
    What is clear is that military exports are perhaps identified with Israel, but it’s not just government companies that are involved.

    Itay Mack.Gali Eytan
    There are a few huge government corporations that are active in this field, such as Rafael [Advanced Defense Systems]. The others are completely private companies, created to make money. There are more than 1,000 firms and more than 300 individuals licensed to deal with sales. All the companies are under the umbrella of the Defense Ministry, which must authorize their activity.
    I understand that there are several types of permits.
    There’s a budget “pie” that’s made up of states and others that want to buy arms. The Defense Ministry decides who gets the permits and how to divide the pie. Naturally, that’s done in accordance with its interests and those of its cronies. There’s concern about partiality here, as some of those involved [in requesting permits] are [former] senior Israel Defense Forces officers, former Defense Ministry employees and ex-politicians, or politicians who are taking a break from politics. In the end, the pie is divided among the old-boy network.
    So we can assume that supervision and enforcement are not strict.
    Out of a staff of some 30 employees at the Defense Export Controls Agency, there are only people in charge of examining the 400,000 annual permits. They are also responsible for ensuring that the recipients of the permits do not violate the terms. They are also supposed to oversee real-time developments on the ground, such as violent conflicts that might require the annulment or suspension of permits.
    So, does anyone know if there are violations?
    The state comptroller found that most of the enforcement of the terms is the result of companies informing on one another. There are about 160 violations [reported by the Defense Ministry] each year, of which only a few are investigated. There is administrative enforcement with negligible fines imposed. Criminal sanctions are not imposed and permits are not revoked – according to the information the ministry delivered to the Knesset. Effectively, DECA is customer service for exporters.
    For the same exclusive club.
    Right. Who has the courage to stand up to any of these former generals? And even if someone were to do this, the general would simply call someone higher up in the Defense Ministry and arrange things. Besides which, you can make money from arms exports without a permit, by being a go-between, as [former Prime Minister Ehud] Olmert claimed was done by [former Prime Minister] Ehud Barak. That’s where the really big money is.

  • Why was one of Africa’s greatest athletes forced to strip naked?

    Genoveva Añonma, Captain of #Equatorial_Guinea’s National Women’s Team is a powerhouse on the pitch. Currently playing for FFC Turbine Potsdam in the Bundesliga (for whom she has scored 51.....

    #FOOTBALL_IS_A_COUNTRY #CAF #football #gender_testing #Genoveva_Anonma #Sepp_Blatter

  • Obiang the Younger and wasting #Equatorial_Guinea’s money

    We’re beginning to think the higher-ups at the Spanish FA didn’t really prepare themselves for it was getting itself to when they decided to schedule–at short notice–a meaningless friendly football match for La Roja against a group of Brazilian professionals (sorry Equatorial Guinea’s national team) in Malabo. When the announcement was first made last week, […]

    #Andres_Iniesta #Diego_Costa #Iker_Casillas #Spain #Teodorin_Obiang #Teodoro_Nguema_Obiang #Xavi

  • Football and Dictatorships

    World and European champions #Spain will play #Equatorial_Guinea in a friendly in Malabo on November 16th. We can only speculate as why Spain is playing this match. There’s of course history: Spain once colonized Equatorial Guinea; it was its only African colony. And there’s diplomatic and economic considerations. Equatorial Guinea is the third largest […]

    #Football_is_a_Country #SPORT #2014_World_Cup #Teodoro_Nguema_Obiang

  • African Union: Up yours, ICC!

    The African Union summit in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, at the end of last week sent out a message ringing loud and clear in the ears of the kangaroo court at The Hague: the member states of the AU will not comply with the arrest warrant for Muammar al-Qathafi and they consider the court an impediment towards peace and reconciliation.