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A Transformational Moment in Nuclear & International Affairs? E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Monday, 03 April 2017 18:09


/John Burroughs is Executive Director of the New York-based Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy & Director of UN Office of the International Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms.


Credit: UN Photo

Credit: UN Photo

NEW YORK, Apr 3 2017 (IPS) - Is a paradigm shift now underway on nuclear weapons at the United Nations? That was the question posed as about 130 nations gathered this past week to begin negotiations on a treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons, leading to their total elimination. The treaty would prohibit development, possession and use of nuclear weapons, but would not contain detailed provisions relating to verified dismantlement of nuclear arsenals and governance of a world free of nuclear arms.

This is the first multilateral negotiation on nuclear weapons since the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) was adopted in 1996. It is also the first ever such negotiation relating to the global elimination of nuclear arms, despite the fact that the first UN General Assembly resolution, in 1946, called for the elimination of weapons of mass destruction.

The hope of the nations leading the negotiations, including Costa Rica, whose ambassador, Elayne Whyte, is president of the negotiating conference, is that the second session, to be held from June 15 to July 7, will succeed in adopting a treaty. The idea is to strike while the iron is hot.

Last Updated on Monday, 03 April 2017 18:13
As 120 countries push for a ban, nuclear survivors take the floor E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 31 March 2017 23:36

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The UN nuclear weapons ban
28 MARCH 2017


Ray Acheson


Over the past two days, about 120 governments have participated in nuclear ban talks at the United Nations, determined to move ahead even though nuclear-armed states like the United States are refusing to participate and pressuring allies to do the same. The high-level segment of the meeting, which invited government ministers and UN permanent representatives to speak, was scheduled to end on Monday but ran until lunchtime on Tuesday due to overwhelming interest. States continued to cite the “historic nature” of the negotiations, with the delegate from Liechtenstein observing that “the broad and high-level representation today shows strong political support for this process.”

A diverse set of delegations continued to set out their vision of the fu

Secret Companies Allow Corrupt Cash to Flood Key Real Estate Markets E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 30 March 2017 09:55



"Caution Bribe Coming Through." March in Washington, DC, April 13, 2013, by Represent.Us. Credit: DjembayzCreative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

ROME/BERLIN, Mar 30 2017 (IPS) - The governments of Australia, Canada, the UK and the US need to close glaring legal loopholes to prevent the corrupt elite from laundering the proceeds of grand corruption in their local real estate markets, a major anti-corruption watchdog urges.

The Berlin-based Transparency International (TI), a global anti-corruption movement working in over 100 countries, on March 29 issued a new report, Doors Wide Open: Corruption and Real Estate in Key Markets, in which it identifies the 10 main problems related to real estate and money laundering in those four countries and makes recommendations on how to address them.

The report focuses on four countries that are known hot-spots for the corrupt to invest and launder money.

Last Updated on Thursday, 30 March 2017 10:02
With Epic GOP Failure, Dems Urged to Go Bold with Medicare-for-All E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Saturday, 25 March 2017 09:08

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/03/24/epic-gop-failure-dems-urged-go-bold-medicare-allAmericans rallied against the GOP to defend their right to healthcare, Democrats are being urged to seize on the moment

by Lauren McCauley, staff writer Common Dreams

 Friday 24 2019 77 Comments

Physicians for National Health Program president Dr. Carol Paris said Friday's failure by the GOP to pass their Physicians for National Health Program president Dr. Carol Paris said Friday's failure by the GOP to pass their "slash and burn" healthcare bill "presents a unique opportunity to move beyond" a profit-based system.

With the Republican attempt to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) going down in flames Friday as Americans rallied to defend their right to healthcare, Democrats are being urged, both by experts and constituents, to seize on the moment and counter with a plan that will truly provide coverage for all.

Last Updated on Saturday, 25 March 2017 10:23
1 in 4 Children Worldwide Facing Extremely Scarce Water by 2040 E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 23 March 2017 13:38


Shown here in this 2016 photo from Siyephi Village, Bullilima District in Matebeland South Province, Zimbabwe, a 17-year-old girl is seen at the drying up dam where she and her family fetch water. Credit: UNICEF/Mukwazhi

ROME, Mar 23 2017 (IPS) - Warning that as many as 600 million children – one in four worldwide – will be living in areas with extremely scare water by 2040, the United Nations children’s agency has called on governments to take immediate measures to curb the impact on the lives of children.

In its report, Thirsting for a Future: Water and children in a changing climate, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) explores the threats to children’s lives and wellbeing caused by depleted sources of safe water and the ways climate change will intensify these risks in coming years.

“This crisis will only grow unless we take collective action now,” said UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake announcing the report, which was launched on World Water Day on March 22.

“But around the world, millions of children lack access to safe water – endangering their lives, undermining their health, and jeopardizing their futures.”

Despite Every Reason to Stop Gorsuch, Are Dems Letting Him 'Off the Hook'? E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 21 March 2017 18:34





Robert Reich argues that Democrats should focus on the 'cloud of illegitimacy hanging over the Trump presidency' to rally party and popular resistance to Judge Neil Gorsuch




Speaking on the Senate floor on Tuesday, Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) declared it

Speaking on the Senate floor on Tuesday, Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) declared it "the height of irony that Republicans held this Supreme Court seat open for nearly a calendar year while President Obama was in office, but are now rushing to fill the seat for a president whose campaign is under investigation by the FBI." (Photo: Melina Mara/The Washington Post)

As the reasons for blocking Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch continue to mount, there is growing concern that Democrats are simply going to let President Donald Trump's nominee "off the hook," as Sen. Dianne Feinstein did during questioning Tuesday.

In one exchange during the second day of Gorsuch's Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, Feinstein, the top Democrat on the committee, asked the appellate judge if he agreed with the dissent or the majority opinion in the District of Columbia v. Heller decision. 

After it was clear Gorsuch would not give a clear answer on the case, which upheld an individual's right to possess firearms, Feinstein quickly relented: "Alright, I'll let you off the hook." Watch below:

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 March 2017 13:34
Operation Indigo E-mail
Posted by Sue Hiscocks   
Tuesday, 21 March 2017 12:48

This is info on chemtrail spraying volunteered by a pilot who is involved in a covert operation.  Details can be found in the New Agora  

The gist of the article is that coal fly-ash a substance difficult to get rid of is being distributed by a variety of aircraft at night in the atmosphere.

Many aircraft fly from small islands where airstrips have been built.

A Solar Geoengineering awareness tour through the US and Canada is planned from Apr 16 - May 19, by activist filmmaker Matt Landman.(Follow in New Agora Mar 2017 pg. 6 )  

He will be releasing a new documentary "Frankenskies" to explain the massive changes we have seen to our skies.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 March 2017 13:35
Commission on the Status of Women (CSW61) moving away from militarize security to Common Security E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 15 March 2017 09:28

Commission on the Status of Women (CSW61) moving away from militarize security to Common Security

Joan Russow PhD Global Compliance Research Project

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CSW 61 is taking  place between March 15 and March 24 2017 The Theme of CSW 61 is “ Empowering Indigenous Women”


CSW 61 must empower indigenous women to address the concern that was expressed on an Indigenous women's panel at COP22: Indigenous peoples are the most to suffer from but the least responsible, for militarism, climate change, loss of subsistence and exploitation of resources (Statement from panel at Conference of the Parties to the UN framework Convention on Climate Change (COP22 in marrakech morocco)­­­­


Throughout the years, through international agreements, member states of the UN have recognized that the military budget has been a waste and misuse of resources. Currently the Global Community is now spending 1.7 trillion per year on the military budget at a time when many basic needs and fundamental rights of indigenous peoples  have not been met. Not only has militarism a waste and misuse of resources, but also militarism is a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions.


We must reappropriate the word “security” and not allow it to be distorted by the military. (Dr. Ursula Franklin, internationally renowned scientist and pacifist  (1984 at the lead up conference to Nairobi,1965)

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 March 2017 23:05
PPWC Statement on Old-Growth Logging on Vancouver Island E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 14 March 2017 07:38


PPWC Statement on Old-Growth Logging on Vancouver Island

“The Public and Private Workers of Canada (PPWC) urges the Government of British Columbia to protect the remaining old-growth rainforest on Vancouver Island. Additionally, the PPWC urges forestry companies harvesting on Vancouver Island to transition to second-growth logging.

The temperate old-growth rainforest found on Vancouver Island is among the rarest ecosystems on the planet – covering less than 0.5 percent of the Earth’s surface. These forests have been lived in and utilized by First Nations for centuries and hold significant cultural values for these Nations. These ecosystems support a diversity of economic activities: forestry, tourism, and wild salmon fisheries to name a few.

Less than 25 per cent of original productive old growth forest on the Vancouver Island remains intact – local governments, environmental groups, some First Nations and unions like the PPWC are calling for the protection of the remaining stands of old-growth.

The PPWC prioritizes forest industry workers, and insists that the transition to second-grow

Corporate Tax Dodgers Exposed, Debunking Trump Myth That Rates Are Too High E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 09 March 2017 21:03


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Citing new analysis, Bernie Sanders and other lawmakers introduce Corporate Tax Dodging Prevention Act

by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer Common Dreams 



"Here's the simple truth," Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said Thursday. "You can't be an American company only when it benefits you." (Image: Institute for Taxation and Economic Policy)

Undercutting President Donald Trump's assertion that U.S. corporate taxes are too high—the justification for his and Republican leaders' pitches to lower the business tax rate—a new report finds that many profitable American companies pay far less than the 35 percent often cited by lobbyists and GOP officials.

Last Updated on Thursday, 09 March 2017 21:14
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