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Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 05 August 2014 19:34


Hiroshima Day 2014
By Noam Chomsky http://www.tomdispatch.com/blog/175877/

If some extraterrestrial species were compiling a history of Homo sapiens, they might well break their calendar into two eras: BNW (before nuclear weapons) and NWE (the nuclear weapons era).  The latter era, of course, opened on August 6, 1945, the first day of the countdown to what may be the inglorious end of this strange species, which attained the intelligence to discover the effective means to destroy itself, but -- so the evidence suggests -- not the moral and intellectual capacity to control its worst instincts.

 

Day one of the NWE was marked by the “success” of Little Boy, a simple atomic bomb.  On day four, Nagasaki experienced the technological triumph of Fat Man, a more sophisticated design.  Five days later came what the official Air Force history calls the “grand finale,” a 1,000-plane raid -- no mean logistical achievement -- attacking Japan’s cities and killing many thousands of people, with leaflets falling among the bombs reading “Japan has surrendered.” Truman announced that surrender before the last B-29 returned to its base.

Those were the auspicious opening days of the NWE.  As we now enter its 70th year, we should be contemplating with wonder that we have survived.  We can only guess how many years remain.

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EXTENDING RESOLUTION 1325 TO APPLY TO THE PREVENTION OF WAR AND VIOLENT CONFLICT IN MAINTAINING TRUE SECURITY PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 20 July 2014 16:19

ABOLISHING WAR: PROSPECTS WITHIN THE UNITED NATIONS CHARTER AND AN EXTENDED UNITED NATIONS SECURITY COUNCIL RES. 1325 (2000) ON WOMEN, PEACE AND SECURITY

Submission: Canadian Voice of Women for Peace 761 Queen Street West, Suite 203, Toronto, ON, Canada M6J IG1

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We identify with passion the need for deliberate and effectual action to end the scourge of war which manifestly still inflicts hideous, ongoing suffering. As women who bear and nurture children, we are outraged by the pain it inflicts, especially on children, who are
innocent victims of its violence. Desmond Tutu reminded us at the Hague Appeal for Peace Conference in 1999 that we have the capability, if we are determined, to put an end to war. Within the Charter and Security Council Resolution 1325 the legal foundations exit to move beyond words to sustainable peace.

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ABOLISHING NUCLEAR WEAPONS AND PHASING OUT NUCLEAR ENERGY PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 20 July 2014 15:56

By CANADIAN VOICE OF WOMEN FOR PEACE
203-761 Queen Street West
Toronto, ON M6J 1G1 Canada
Tel (416) 603-7915
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ABOLISHING NUCLEAR WEAPONS AND PHASING OUT NUCLEAR ENERGY
Statement by Canadian Voice of Women for Peace for distribution in New York at the meetings

of the CSD 17 and the NPT Prep Com,  4-15 May 2009.

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URGENT CALL TO SECURITY COUNCIL AND MEMBER STATES OF THE UNITED NATIONS TO REQUEST EMERGENCY UNGA SESSION INVOKING THE UNITING FOR PEACE RESOLUTION PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 20 June 2014 07:48
 By Joan Russow  PhD
Global Compliance Research Project
 March 15 2003
 
I fear two possibilities; either the US will succeed in intimidating
additional members of the UN Security Council to support the US/UK resolution, 
and although France, China and Russia will probably VETO the resolution, the 
US will claim "a moral majority". Or the US will claim that under 
UN Security Council Resolution 1441 "serious consequences" as claimed by 
Powell is a code word for military invasion and thus that 1441 authorized military action.
 [as you know under the Convention of the Law of Treaties, language in international law 
must be interpreted in its ordinary meaning, and the ordinary meaning
 of "serious consequences" is not a military invasion.
 
Along with many others, I am proposing a procedure that would demonstrate to the 
United States that the global community as represented in the UN General Assembly 
does not support the invasion of Iraq. 
 
I urge you to request an emergency General Assembly session evoking the
 1950 "Uniting for Peace" resolution under the following provision:
 that if the UN Security Council fails to exercise its role under the
 Charter of the United Nations--to prevent the scourge of 
war-the UN General Assembly cannot absolve itself from fulfilling that role. 
 
And “. If not in session at the time, the General Assembly may meet in emergency
 special session within twenty-four hours of the request therefore.
 Such emergency special session shall be called if requested by
 the Security Council on the vote of any seven members, or
 by a majority of the Members of the United Nations” ;(Uniting for Peace,1950)
 
There is no doubt that the UNGA would support, with the required 2/3 majority,
 the continuation of the work of the inspectors, and would oppose a military
 invasion of Iraq. A strong vote from the UNGA would demonstrate clearly
 that the United States does not have the support of the UN and the
 international community. 
 
I just returned from the United Nations where I heard that the US, 
aided and abetted by Canada, and Australia was intercepting 
conversations of its colleagues on the Security Council. 
This practice along with the cajoling, intimidating and bribing of various 
members of the Security Council by the United States verges on an indictable offence.
 
The determination of the relevance of the United Nations depends 
not on whether the US successfully undermines the principles of the 
members of the Security Council but on the ability of the UN to 
stand firm against US unilateralism and to strive to prevent
the scourge of war. 
 
Joan Russow (PhD)
Global Compliance Research Project
1 250 598-0071
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Whither the Afghan Project from 2014? PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 19 June 2014 20:05
 
 
 
 
 
NEZ À NEZ | November 11, 2013  
 
http://globalbrief.ca/blog/2013/11/11/whither-the-afghan-project-from-next-year/
 
  
 
 

Whither the Afghan project from next year?Resolution: Afghanistan will be a source of global instability after 2014

 

John Duncan (in favour): History suggests that Afghanistan will be an indubitable source of serious instability after 2014. During much of the 19th century, Afghanistan was the centre of struggle between the forces of imperial Britain and Russia for control of Central Asia. During most of the second half of the 20th century, the two superpowers – the USSR and the US – vied for the allegiance of Afghanistan, eventually resulting in the fateful Soviet invasion of 1979, which initiated the last major hot conflict of the Cold War.

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US fired depleted uranium at civilian areas in 2003 Iraq war, report finds PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 19 June 2014 11:01

by Rob Edwards

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jun/19/us-depleted-uranium-weapons-civilian-areas-iraq

 

US jets and tanks fired nearly 10,000 depleted uranium rounds in Iraq during the war in 2003. 

US forces fired depleted uranium (DU) weapons at civilian areas and troops in Iraq in breach of official advice meant to prevent unnecessary suffering in conflicts, a report has found.
Last Updated on Thursday, 19 June 2014 11:06
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USS NIMITZ WARSHIP SHOULD BE PROHIBITED IN CANADIAN WATERS AND HARBOURS. PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 13 June 2014 09:26

By Joan Russow 

Global Compliance Research Project

 

 

Photograph  US Navy                         

 

The Nimitz is scheduled to arrive in Victoria on June 13, 2014.  The USS Nimitz participated in Operation Iraqi Freedom, a war that Canada did not participate in. While Harper in Opposition supported the invasion, the then Liberal government did not embroil Canada in the so-called Coalition of the Willing. This visit is a not only a flaunting of militarism, but also a reckless intruding into the Greater Victoria area.

 

The government of Canada is potentially criminally negligent for allowing the USS Nimitz in Canadian waters and in Urban harbour

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How US Policy on Iran Came to Be Based on Fabricated Documents PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 11 June 2014 07:14

  The key “evidence” of an Iranian nuclear weapons program comes via the MEK, a cult-like terrorist group—and was likely produced by Israel.

Mohammad Javad Zarif

Mohammad Javad Zarif (left) addressing the E3/EU+3 Iran Talks, Palais des Nations, Tuesday October, 15, 2013 (photo by Violaine Martin. Courtesy: UN Geneva/CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

The nuclear talks between the P5 plus 1 (the permanent five UN Security Council members plus Germany) and Iran entered the drafting phase in Vienna on May 13. The objective is to reach a final deal in the dispute over Iran’s nuclear program by July 20, although the talks could be extended by mutual agreement for another six months. But the Obama administration is demanding a deep reduction in Iran’s uranium enrichment capabilities, which makes a successful conclusion of the negotiations highly unlikely.

This deal-killing demand is not based on an objective assessment of Iran’s nuclear program. It has been justified by the highly politicized concept of “breakout,” which refers to the time it would take Iran, in theory, to enrich enough uranium to weapons-grade level for a single nuclear weapon. But the administration’s embrace of the breakout concept is based on a false narrative about an alleged past covert Iranian nuclear weapons program, which the Obama administration inherited without the slightest questioning from the George W. Bush administration.

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The U.S. Military’s New Normal in Africa A Secret African Mission and an African Mission that’s No Secret PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 15 May 2014 08:07

By Nick Turse

 

What is Operation New Normal? 

It’s a question without an answer, a riddle the U.S. military refuses to solve. It’s a secret operation in Africa that no one knows anything about. Except that someone does. His name is Lieutenant Colonel Robert E. Lee Magee. He lives and breathes Operation New Normal. But he doesn’t want to breath paint fumes or talk to me, so you can’t know anything about it. 

Confused? Stay with me.

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Eyewitness to Nuke Explosion Challenges World Powers PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 14 May 2014 16:23
Between 1946 and 1958, the United States conducted 67 nuclear weapons tests in the Marshall Islands, triggering health and environmental problems which still plague the nation. Credit: Christopher Michel/cc by 2.0

Between 1946 and 1958, the United States conducted 67 nuclear weapons tests in the Marshall Islands, triggering health and environmental problems which still plague the nation. Credit: Christopher Michel/cc by 2.0

UNITED NATIONS, May 12 2014 (IPS) - When the Foreign Minister of Marshall Islands Tony de Brum addressed a nuclear review Preparatory Committee (PrepCom) meeting at the United Nations last month, he asked whether anyone in the room had witnessed a nuclear explosion.

The question was met, not surprisingly, with resounding silence.

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