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70 years after the bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki: Canada’s gift to Japan PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 26 July 2015 20:21

By Theresa Wolfwood

British pilot Leonard Cheshire, on board the plane with that bomb dropped on Nagasaki, described the bombing as, “Obscene in its greedy clawing at the earth, swelling as if with its regurgitation of all the life that it had consumed.”(PHOTO: The mushroom cloud resulting from the nuclear explosion over Nagasaki rose 18 km into the air.)

 

200,000 people died immediately & within days of these bombings; 70 years later people continue to die from the radiation effects of these toxic bombs. Canada was complicit in this tragedy and continues to be complicit in nuclear weapons production.

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From 13 – 16 July 2015, Ethiopia will be hosting an important conference on funding for sustainable development goals. The waste and misuse of funds for militarism must be addressed. PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 08 July 2015 07:25

 By Joan Russow PhD - Global Compliance Research Project

 

 

Throughout the years, through international agreements, member states of the United Nations 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 have not been met or fulfilled. Not only has militarism been a waste and misuse of resources, but also militarism is a major drain on funds that could fund he SDGs

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 July 2015 11:17
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Seductive devices, doctrines, dogmas, strategies and fallacies used by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) at UNCED PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 07 June 2015 09:52

 Seductive devices, doctrines, dogmas, strategies and fallacies used by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) at UNCED

 

By Fred Knelman and Joan Russow 1992

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Dr. Fred Knelman is the Vice President of the Whistler Foundation for a Sustainable Environment, and Joan Russow,from the Ecological Rights Association, was the delegate for the Whistler Foundation at the New York Preparatory Committee for UNCED and at the Earth Summit at Rio. The Whistler Foundation and the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation had circulated a Declaration that was signed by 37 Nobel Laureates; this declaration called for the phasing out of Nuclear energy. They requested permission to read this declaration at one of the plenary session at Rio Centro; permission was denied.

 

 The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) was initially set up in the 1960's to regulate Nuclear energy; they have, however, become one of the strongest proponents of nuclear energy. A fundamental regulatory principle of the "separation of function” is that "the agency entrusted for regulating a technology cannot be the same agency that promotes the use of that technology"(Knelman, 1975). IAEA , through its UNCED document entitled "Nuclear Techniques and Sustainable Development." acted as a major proponent, not only of the current use, but of the increased use of nuclear energy.

Last Updated on Friday, 05 February 2016 11:15
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G 7 Summit 2015: need to redefine what constitutes true security PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 07 June 2015 03:28

 

By Joan Russow

Global Compliance Research Project

 

Flaggs der G7-Staaten The G7 summit will take place on 7 and 8 June 2015Source: Photothek.net

The need to redefine what constitutes “true security.”

True security is, not militarised security, collective security or “human security,all of which have been used as  pretexts  for war: for war: so-called “human security” (Iraq 1991, “Humanitarian intervention” (Kosovo, 1999), “Responsibility to Protect” (Haiti, 2004, Libya, 2011), “Article 51-self-defence” (Afghanistan (2003) and Syria (2015).

 

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Ottawa aims to keep lid on details of Saudi arms deal PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 28 May 2015 06:47

 

Prime Minister Stephen Harper tours the General Dynamics Land Systems - Canada plant, next to a LAV 6.0 (Light Armoured Vehicle) being built for Canada, at the facility in London, Ont., Friday, May 2, 2014. The company is also manufacturing vehicles being sold to Saudi Arabia as part of a controversial $15-billion deal. (Dave Chidley/The Canadian Press)

 

The Canadian government is refusing to make public the assessments it conducts to determine whether Ottawa’s $15-billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia is compatible with foreign policy or poses a risk to the civilian population in a country notorious for human-rights abuses.

Last Updated on Thursday, 28 May 2015 06:49
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The grossly negligent Northwest training Range complex ... PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 26 May 2015 14:02

 

Comment to Northwest Training Range Complex,

 

originally posted and submitted in 2008



Joan Russow, Ph.D.Global Compliance Research Project - From the
Environmental Impact
http://www.nwtrangecomplexeis.com/NaturalResources.aspx one might
begin to think that the purpose of their war games is to be
³environmental stewards² protecting flora and fauna. "As responsible
environmental stewards, the U.S. Navy is concerned about the potential
effects of its operations on the environment and is committed to
complying with all applicable Federal laws, regulations and policies."

In 1993, there was a US court case, which held individual military
decision-makers criminally responsible for irreversible consequences
of their actions, if they had ignored warnings about the potential
consequences.

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New US fighter jet on course to becoming ‘one of history’s biggest white elephants’ PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Monday, 11 May 2015 09:38

 

 
 
 

The UK considered buying 150 F-35s from the US, but not one plane is combat ready as costs soar

 
 
 

And while costs of the F-35 spiral and delays run into years, another commentator has warned that “our skies and seas are vulnerable”.

The aircraft, manufactured by Lockheed Martin, was designed to replace the Harrier jump-jet, which went out of service in 2011. The UK once envisaged ordering 150 F-35s, to be ready by 2012. Three years on, the F-35 is still far from ready to fly in combat and the cost of a single jet has risen from £33m to £87m. The UK has ordered only eight to dhttp://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/new-us-fighter-jet-on-course-to-becoming-one-of-historys-biggest-white-elephants-10238761.htmlate.

 

see more at http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/new-us-fighter-jet-on-course-to-becoming-one-of-historys-biggest-white-elephants-10238761.html

Last Updated on Monday, 11 May 2015 09:50
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Campaign Against Glyphosate Steps Up in Latin America PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 29 April 2015 06:40

 

Glyphosate spraying of illegal drug crops has caused environmental damage in Colombia’s rainforest. Credit: Public domain

BUENOS AIRES, Apr 28 2015 (IPS) - After the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared glyphosate a probable carcinogen, the campaign has intensified in Latin America to ban the herbicide, which is employed on a massive scale on transgenic crops.

In a Mar. 20 publication, the WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) reported that the world’s most widely used herbicide is probably carcinogenic to humans, a conclusion that was based on numerous studies.

Social organisations and scientific researchers in Latin America argue that thanks to the report by the WHO’s cancer research arm, governments no longer have an excuse not to intervene, after years of research on the damage caused by glyphosate to health and the environment at a regional and global level.

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Tomgram: Dilip Hiro, Afghanistan's China PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 31 March 2015 07:27
 by Dilip Hiro at 7:50am, March 31, 2015.
 

In June 2014, as he was preparing to send 300 U.S. military advisers back to Iraq, President Obama hailed the American counterterror campaign in Yemen -- Special Operations advisers (and CIA operatives) on the ground, drones in the air -- as a “model” for what he hoped to do against the Islamic State. In September, as Craig Whitlock of the Washington Post wrote, President Obama “cited his Yemen strategy as a template for confronting jihadist threats in other places, including Iraq and Syria.” He was still making reference to its “success” this January when discussing what had become Iraq War 3.0.

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Nuclear Threat Escalating Beyond Political Rhetoric PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Monday, 30 March 2015 08:38

By Thalif Deen

Every nuclear power is spending millions to upgrade their arsenals, experts say. Credit: National Nuclear Security Administration/CC-BY-ND-2.0

Every nuclear power is spending millions to upgrade their arsenals, experts say. Credit: National Nuclear Security Administration/CC-BY-ND-2.0

UNITED NATIONS, Mar 27 2015 (IPS) - As a new cold war between the United States and Russia picks up steam, the nuclear threat is in danger of escalating – perhaps far beyond political rhetoric.

Dr Randy Riddel, a former senior political affairs officer with the U.N. Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) told IPS he pities the general public.

 

“Nuclear strategy has become a cockpit of rogue regimes and regional foes jostling with the five original nuclear weapons powers (the U.S., Britain, France, China and Russia), whose own dealings are infected by suspicion and rivalry.” -- The Economist

“They’re being fed two competing narratives about nukes,” Dr Rydell said, in a realistic assessment of the current state of play.

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