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Trump torture remarks 'lay down gauntlet' for other states: U.N. expert E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 03 March 2017 14:38

U.S. President Donald Trump looks up as he boards Marine One to depart the White House in Washington, U.S. March 2, 2017.  REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

U.S. President Donald Trump looks up as he boards Marine One to depart the White House in Washington, U.S. March 2, 2017.  REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

 

By Stephanie Nebehay

| GENEVAA U.N. human rights expert voiced alarm on Friday that U.S. President Donald Trump might allow torture in interrogations, warning that it "lays down the gauntlet" for other countries to follow suit.
Trump said in late January he felt "absolutely" that the practice of waterboarding - a form of simulated drowning - worked as an intelligence-gathering tool. He also said he would defer on the issue to Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, who disagrees with him about its usefulness.

Last Updated on Monday, 06 March 2017 15:00
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CHARTER OF OBLIGATIONS YEARS OF INTERNATIONAL RHETORIC THAT MUST BE TRANSLATED INTO ACTION E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 01 March 2017 16:54

CHARTER OF OBLIGATIONS  YEARS OF INTERNATIONAL RHETORIC THAT MUST BE TRANSLATED INTO ACTION

 

By Joan Russow PhD

Co-ordinator of the Global Compliance Research Project with rhe assistance of Eugenia Ampourvu

 

This Charter was officially distributed to all state delegations on the opening of the  1995  UN Conference on Women; Equality, Equity and Peace

 

 

 

CHAPTER 1:

GLOBAL COMPLIANCE RESEARCH PROJECT

          The Global Compliance project has clustered these obligations through content analyses of international instruments, displayed these obligations through graphic representations, and compiled these obligations into a Charter of Obligations. With a deeper understanding and knowledge of these obligations, members of “civil society” can become more effective in contributing to the needed changes to address the urgency of the global situation. The purpose of this Charter is to remind governments of obligations that they have already Incurred and to inform civil society of these obligations so they will demand that governments comply with them, not ask for less than has already been agreed to and continually move governments beyond ex
isting obligations,

            The Global Compliance Research Project will also continue to

collaborate with other groups interested in promoting the awareness of international obligations, and will continue to set up a network of individuals and organizations interested in using the Global Compliance documents and publications from the Global Compliance  project to educate individuals and groups about international obligations. This network will then continue the process of examining developments in the implementation of international obligations and in promoting compliance with these obligations

            The Global Compliance Research Project is preparing a questionnaire related to the Charter of Obligations for the purpose of determining if significant areas have been missed in the analysis of the documents. In response to the results of the questionnaire and input of the initial analysis, the Global Compliance Project will re-examine the international documents. A subsequent educational booklet on a method of teaching global issues through principle-based education drawing upon the Charter of Obligations is also being  prepared   

in San Francisco  on the 50th anniversary the following resolution was adopted at the plenary of Civil Society:

  On the 50th Anniversary of the UN, we call upon states

•          to establish conditions under which justice and respect for the obligations arising from treaties and international law can be strenthened;

 •         to fulfill fifty years of obligations undertaken through Conventions, Treaties, Declarations and Resolutions made in the UN system;

•          to sign and ratify what they have not yet signed and ratified, and to enact the necessary legislation to ensure the discharging of  these obligations;

•          to fulfill additional obligations undertaken through globally adopted UN Conference action plans, and programs of action.

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 March 2017 14:15
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He's a liar - Justin Trudeau / Politics Insights E-mail
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Sunday, 26 February 2017 21:29

'He's a liar': Why the Left Coast may be writing off Justin TrudeauiPolitics Insights
British Columbians fell hard for ‘sunny ways’. Trudeau’s approach to development is changing their minds.
Michael Harris Michael HarrisThursday, February 23rd, 2017

The man sitting at the head of the table has a face that should be on money.

It is calm, etched with wrinkle lines of infinite patience, utterly immune to honeyed words. Grand Chief Stewart Phillip has heard more vows than the parsons in Reno’s drive-thru wedding chapels — most of them destined to be broken by the politicians who made them. Yet behind the softness, the weary eyes suggest something else. These are undefeated eyes.

Last Updated on Monday, 06 March 2017 14:16
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Of Arabs and Muslims and the Big Ban E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 23 February 2017 10:24

By Baher Kama

This article slightly updates a previous one that IPS had published regarding the recurrent confusion about who are Arabs and who, Muslims.

Arab countries in the Middle East and North of Africa. Dark Green: Arab majority population. Light Green: Arab minority countries | Credit: Public Domain.

Arab countries in the Middle East and North of Africa. Dark Green: Arab majority population. Light Green: Arab minority countries | Credit: Public Domain.

ROME, Feb 20 2017 (IPS) - Now that President Donald Trump’s decision to ban citizens of seven Muslim majority countries from entering the United States continues to drift into legal labyrinths about its legality–or not, it may be useful to clarify some myths that often lead to an even greater confusion regarding the over-written, under-reported issue of who are Arabs and who Muslims.

To start with, it is a common belief – too often heralded by the mainstream media – that the Middle East is formed entirely of Arab countries, and that it is about the so-wrongly called Muslim, Arab World.

This is simply not accurate.

Last Updated on Monday, 06 March 2017 13:57
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Trump Marks the End of a Cycle E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 23 February 2017 09:46

By Roberto Savio 

Roberto Savio is co-founder of Inter Press Service (IPS) news agency and its President Emeritus. He is also publisher of OtherNews.

ROME, Feb 21 2017 (IPS) - Let us stop debating what newly-elected US President Trump is doing or might do and look at him in terms of historical importance. Put simply, Trump marks the end of an American cycle!

 

Roberto Savio

Roberto Savio

Like it or not, for the last two centuries the entire planet has been living in an Anglophone-dominated world. First there was Pax Britannica (from the beginning of the 19th century when Britain started building its colonial empire until the end of the Second World War, followed by the United States and Pax Americana with the building of the so-called West).

 

The United States emerged from the Second World War as the main winner and founder of what became the major international institutions – from the United Nations to the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) – with Europe reduced to the role of follower. In fact, under the Marshall Plan, the United States became the force behind the post-war reconstruction of Europe.

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 February 2017 09:57
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The Leaker E-mail
Posted by Dragonslayer   
Wednesday, 15 February 2017 21:28

Now that Trump is so concerned about who to arrest for leaking, we all get to submit our best guess.  There maybe should be a lottery.  Any way my guess would be "The Russians".   Maybe Trump should ask his good buddy Putin to cough up the leakers.

 
The Goldman Sachs Effect How a Bank Conquered Washington E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 02 February 2017 11:53

By Nomi Prins

Irony isn’t a concept with which President Donald J. Trump is familiar. In his Inaugural Address, having nominated the wealthiest cabinet in American history, he proclaimed, "For too long, a small group in our nation's capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have borne the cost. Washington flourished -- but the people did not share in its wealth."  Under Trump, an even smaller group will flourish -- in particular, a cadre of former Goldman Sachs executives. To put the matter bluntly, two of them (along with the Federal Reserve) are likely to control our economy and financial system in the years to come.

Infusing Washington with Goldman alums isn’t exactly an original idea. Three of the last four presidents, including The Donald, have handed the wheel of the U.S. economy to ex-Goldmanites. But in true Trumpian style, after attacking Hillary Clinton for her Goldman ties, he wasn’t satisfied to do just that.  He had to do it bigger and better.  Unlike Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, just a sole Goldman figure lording it over economic policy wasn’t enough for him. Only two would do.

Last Updated on Thursday, 02 February 2017 23:43
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What Happens When All We Have Left Is The Pentagon? E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 02 February 2017 11:21

Trump’s Vision of a Militarized America 
By  William D. Hartung

At over $600 billion a year and counting, the Pentagon already receives significantly more than its fair share of federal funds.  If President Donald Trump has his way, though, that will prove a sum for pikers and misers.  He and his team are now promising that spending on defense and homeland security will increase dramatically in the years to come, even as domestic programs are slashed and entire civilian agencies shuttered.

Last Updated on Thursday, 02 February 2017 23:31
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Trump’s Muslim Ban a Test for Unity and Solidarity E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 02 February 2017 10:55

Trump’s Muslim Ban a Test for Unity and Solidarity

Outgoing African Union Chair described the Muslim ban as a test for unity and solidarity. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas.

Outgoing African Union Chair described the Muslim ban as a test for unity and solidarity. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas.

NEW YORK / UNITED NATIONS, Feb 1 2017 (IPS) - Outgoing African Union Chair Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma has described the United States ban on refugees and immigrants from seven countries as “one of the greatest challenges and tests to our unity and solidarity.”

 

Speaking to African leaders on Monday Zuma asked why “the very country to whom our people were taken as slaves during the Trans-Atlantic slave trade, have now decided to ban refugees from some of our countries.”

On Friday 27 January United States President Donald Trump signed an executive order temporarily ceasing entry to the United States for nationals of seven predominantly Muslim countries: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. The order also suspended the entire U.S. refugee program for 120 days and indefinitely blocked all refugees from Syria from entering the United States.

Last Updated on Thursday, 02 February 2017 23:58
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Enough Trump E-mail
Posted by Dragonslayer   
Tuesday, 31 January 2017 17:28

It is time to call for the arrest of Donald Trump and the members of his team for instigating events causing the death of six people in a mosque in Quebec.


It is time to arrest any member of the Trump team and charge them with promoting racism against Muslims resulting in the death of six people.  Should any of them be stupid enough to show their faces in Canada we should arrest them the instant they set foot on Canadian soil.  

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 January 2017 17:52
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What Now Canada E-mail
Posted by Dragonslayer   
Tuesday, 31 January 2017 01:52

Now that we have a real live monster running the US who is intent on becoming a King who is answerable to no one and is being advised by the new grand wizard of our time.

 

It may be time for Canada to take a new direction.  

Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 January 2017 02:45
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