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21/9/2014 International Day of Peace; CHALLENGING MILITARIZED SECURITY: DELEGITIMIZATION OF WAR E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Saturday, 20 September 2014 11:33

 

 Circulated at the 2014  58 CSW (Commission on the Status of Women  to indicate  endorsement.

 

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The enclosed petition was submitted, by Canadian Voice of Women for Peace, to the Chair Chair of the Bureau for the 58th session (2014 )

During the Commission on the Status of Women the petition received  four hundred, half collected here at the meeting and half online (www.vowpeace.org).

 

The signatories are from thirty-six countries, and sixty-seven organizations. The NGOs countries represented are: Hungary, Iceland, USA, Canada Uganda, Hong Kong, Sierra Leone, UK, Sudan, Tunisia, India, Mexico, Tanzania, Kenya, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Ghana, Taiwan, Egypt, Sri Lanka, Bulgaria, Malaysia, Germany, Nepal, Nigeria, Burma, Pakistan, Australia, Greece, Switzerland, Sweden, Norway ,Guatemala, Japan. France, Finland.

Last Updated on Saturday, 20 September 2014 12:32
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People's Agreement on Climate. Change from Cochabamba must no longer be ignored E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Saturday, 20 September 2014 05:01

World People's Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth

Building the People's World Movement for Mother Earth

People’s Agreement of Cochabamba

April 24, 2010 in AnnouncementNews

World People’s Conference on Climate Change

and the Rights of Mother Earth

April 22nd, Cochabamba, Bolivia

PEOPLE’S AGREEMENT

Today, our Mother Earth is wounded and the future of humanity is in danger.

If global warming increases up to 2 degrees Celsius, a situation that the “Copenhagen Accord” could lead to, there is a 50% probability that the damages caused to our Mother Earth will be completely irreversible. Between 20% and 30% of species would be in danger of disappearing. Large extensions of forest would be affected, droughts and floods would affect different regions of the planet, deserts would expand, and the melting of the polar ice caps and the glaciers in the Andes and Himalayas would worsen. Many island states would disappear, and Africa would suffer an increase in temperature of more than 3 degrees Celsius. Likewise, the production of food would diminish in the world, causing catastrophic impact on the survival of inhabitants from vast regions in the planet, and the number of people in the world suffering from hunger would increase dramatically, a figure that already exceeds 1.02 billion people. The corporations and governments of the so-called “developed” countries, in complicity with a segment of the scientific community, have led us to discuss climate change as a problem limited to the rise in temperature without questioning the cause, which is the capitalist system.

We confront the terminal crisis of a civilizing model that is patriarchal and based on the submission and destruction of human beings and nature that accelerated since the industrial revolution.

Last Updated on Saturday, 20 September 2014 11:05
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UN Climate Summit September 23 the contribution of militarism to Climate change E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 19 September 2014 17:29

Climate Change Advice; Curb Your Militarism and Abandon Spurious Solutions; Seven years of inaction since the September 7, 2007 DPI-NGO Summit

By Joan Russow Global Compliance Research Project

 

NO OIL FOR WAR /NO WAR FOR OIL

 

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has not taken into consideration the contribution of militarism in all its aspect to greenhouse gas emissions. Even though the Chair, Rajendra K. Pachauri, was a co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, the Panel has not yet agreed to consider the impact of militarism on climate change. The military budgets of members has substantially increased to about 1 trillion per year (not including the 800 Billion of US additional funds allocated since 2001 for US-led invasions in Afghanistan and Iraq). (See enclosed charts). For years, every member state in the United Nations has made commitments to reallocate military budgets.


If citizens are willing to do their part in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, member states of the the Global community  must substantially reduce their military budgets and be prepared to release relevant military budget information to the Panel so that the Panel can estimate the full impact of militarism not only on all aspect of society, but also on greenhouse gas emissions.

Last Updated on Saturday, 20 September 2014 12:36
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Study cites chill from tax agency audits of charities political activities E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 16 September 2014 19:25

The Canadian Press Posted: Jul 10, 2014

A study has found evidence of

A study has found evidence of "advocacy chill" among charities who've been subject to some of the dozens of political-activity audits being conducted by the Canada Revenue Agency. (Sean Kilpatrick/Canadian Press)            

The Harper government's "ramp-up of anti-activist rhetoric," as it's been called, has drawn criticism in media and academic circles since 2012, but the targets themselves — environmental charities and others — have been muted and self-censored.

That's largely because they've been subject to new, high-stakes tax audits into their political activities that could strip them of their coveted charitable status.

Last Updated on Saturday, 20 September 2014 10:54
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Was Conference of Defence Association’s Charitable Status ever investigated? E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 16 September 2014 08:39

by Joan Russow

Global Compliance Research Project 

 

 In 2008, I filed a complaint to Revenue Canada about the Conference of Defence Association. After several  years of audits of environmental groups, media groups and the left wing think tanks, I am wondering if my 2008 complaint against the charitable status of the Conderence of defence Association was ever investigated. 

 

Conference of Defence Association’s Charitable Status Challenged

PEJ News - Joan Russow - Global Compliance Research Project - On May 14, 2008 a complaint to Revenue Canada was made to challenge the Canadian Defence Association Institute's (CDAI) charitable status. (Russow)

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FIPA should be declared null and void for violating international peremptory norms E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 12 September 2014 10:04

 

By  Joan Russow PhD - Global Compliance Research Project

Posted November 1, 2012  http://pejnews.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=8611:fipa-should-be-declared-null-and-void-for-violating-international-norms&catid=74:ijustice-news&Itemid=216

revised Tuesday, January 22, 2013

 

The Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (FIPPA), an investment agreement between Canada and China was tabled by the Harper government at the end of September, and purported to become law IN 2013. FIPPA will increasingly lead to violations of international peremptory norms. Anti- trade activists must use international law related to human rights including civil and political rights, social, cultural and economic rights, labour rights, rights of indigenous peoples, rights of migrant workers, children's rights, and right to a safe environment. .etc. to counteract these trade agreements.

Last Updated on Friday, 12 September 2014 10:46
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Demand Forest Stewardship Council Stop Greenwashing Old-Growth Forest Logging E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 11 September 2014 17:38

** Photo of an FSC certified clearcut logging of old-growth Canadian boreal forests for toilet paper

TAKE ACTION to protect old-growth forests and Earth's climate and biosphere:FOREST ACTION ALERT

By Forests.orga project ofEcoInterne

http://forests.org/shared/alerts/sendsm.aspx?id=fsc_logging

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) claims to certify the sustainability of forest management. Yet FSC greenwashes industrial scale old-growth forest logging - across an area two times the size of Texas for throw away consumer items such as toilet paper and lawn furniture - as being environmentally sensitive. A new motion has been presented by FSC member Greenpeace at FSC’s General Assembly which would increase protections for primary and other old-growth forests, something which EcoInternet has demanded for a decade. Please make it clear that best science indicates old-growth forest logging is never ecologically sustainable, and FSC must stop claiming it is, starting by supporting Motion 65 to begin to end FSC greenwash of old-growth forest logging.

Last Updated on Friday, 12 September 2014 16:37
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Playing God The Rebirth of Family Capitalism or How the Koch Brothers, Sheldon Adelson, Sam Walton, Bill Gates, and Other Billionaires Are Undermining America E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 11 September 2014 17:29


By Steve Fraser  www.Tomdispatch175893

George Baer was a railroad and coal mining magnate at the turn of the twentieth century.  Amid a violent and protracted strike that shut down much of the country’s anthracite coal industry, Baer defied President Teddy Roosevelt’s appeal to arbitrate the issues at stake, saying, “The rights and interests of the laboring man will be protected and cared for... not by the labor agitators, but by the Christian men of property to whom God has given control of the property rights of the country.”  To the Anthracite Coal Commission investigating the uproar, Baer insisted, “These men don’t suffer. Why hell, half of them don’t even speak English.”

We might call that adopting the imperial position.  Titans of industry and finance back then often assumed that they had the right to supersede the law and tutor the rest of America on how best to order its affairs.  They liked to play God.  It’s a habit that’s returned with a vengeance in our own time.

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NATO Summit 2014 in Wales: NATO must be Disbanded E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 04 September 2014 06:05

 

By Joan Russow, Global Compliance Research Project

 

Protestors marching through Newport, Wales

Protestors marching through Newport, Wales Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

 

  1. NATO, must be Disbanded for Contributing to the Scourge of War in violation of the fundamental objective of the Charter of the United Nations  and for violating, through  its war games, “the prohibition of the provocation of war” affirmed in  the international covenant on Civil and Political Rights,

     

Last Updated on Thursday, 04 September 2014 06:46
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Keep Environmental Education in BC Classrooms! E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Saturday, 30 August 2014 05:59

By Wildsight 

http://www.wildsight.ca/act/education%20

 

Environmental education for our children is under threat. Our government is planning changes to the BC Education curriculum, which could weaken or even remove ecology and environmental education from BC classrooms. They’re calling it a “re-engineering” of our education system: limiting environmental education to kindergarten through grade 3 and shifting the focus through grade 9 to chemistry, physics, human biology, and geology.  To sign peition go to http://www.wildsight.ca/act/education%20

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Fatou Bensouda: the truth about the ICC and Gaza E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Saturday, 30 August 2014 00:26

Under the laws of the Hague court, my office can only investigate alleged war crimes in Palestine if it grants us jurisdiction in its territory. It has not done so

Fatou Bensouda

Fatou Bensouda theguardian.com,

Friday 29 August 2014

 Gaza city after an Israeli sir strike

It is my firm belief that recourse to justice should never be compromised by political expediency. Photograph: Mohammed Othman/AFP/Getty Images

Has the international criminal court avoided opening an investigation into alleged war crimes in Gaza due to political pressure, as suggested in anarticle published in the Guardian earlier this week? The answer is an unequivocal “no”. As prosecutor of the ICC, I reject any suggestion of this in the strongest terms.

Last Updated on Saturday, 30 August 2014 00:55
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