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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

Last Updated on Saturday, 14 June 2014 19:07
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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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Zombie NATO PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 13 May 2014 05:21


by Harvey B. Feigenbaum  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

In the mid 1990s over lunch with a friend in the State Department, he remarked: “We should have dismantled NATO when we had the chance.” That’s not what happened, and we are currently reaping the consequences of the path not taken.

When the Berlin Wall collapsed in 1989 and the atavistic coup in the Soviet Union failed in 1991, NATO lost its mission. The military alliance had been formed to fight the Communist Menace (defence against fascism was never on the agenda). Without Communism, the alliance had no raison d’etre. Implicitly, of course, the mission was not simply about defence but about maintaining American hegemony, yet this was never said out loud, except by leftist critics in Europe—and eventually by Vladimir Putin.

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U.N. Probe Chief Doubtful on Syria Sarin Exposure Claims PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 07 May 2014 09:36

U.N. Probe Chief Doubtful on Syria Sarin Exposure Claims

Ǻke Sellström (right), head of the UN technical mission to investigate the possible use of chemical weapons in Syria, briefs journalists on the work of the mission on Dec. 13, 2013. At his side is investigation team leader Maurizio Barbeschi from the World Health Organisation (WHO). Credit: UN Photo/Amanda Voisard

Ǻke Sellström (right), head of the UN technical mission to investigate the possible use of chemical weapons in Syria, briefs journalists on the work of the mission on Dec. 13, 2013. At his side is investigation team leader Maurizio Barbeschi from the World Health Organisation (WHO). Credit: UN Photo/Amanda Voisard

WASHINGTON, May 6 2014 (IPS) - The head of the U.N. team that investigated the Aug. 21, 2013 Sarin attack in the Damascus suburbs, Ake Sellstrom, is doubtful about the number of victims of the attack reported immediately after the event.

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Going Beyond the Arms Trade Treaty to Secure Peace in Africa PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 04 May 2014 18:47

By Farangis Abdurazokzoda

WASHINGTON, Apr 25 2014 (IPS) - Even as countries around the world have started to sign on to and ratify a landmark international treaty that would for the first time regulate the international trade in conventional weapons, experts here are warning that the treaty in itself will not be able to maintain peace and security in Africa.

The Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) was almost unanimously passed by the U.N. General Assembly in April 2013 following a decade of often contentious negotiations. It covers small arms to battle tanks, combat aircrafts to warships.

“Without import control regimes along with export controls, it will be hard to reap the benefits of the treaty." -- Thomas Countryman
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U.S.-Dependent Pacific Island Defies Nuke Powers PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 04 May 2014 18:39

 

A Patriot interceptor missile is launched from Omelek Island Oct. 25, 2012 during a U.S. Missile Defense Agency integrated flight test. Credit: U.S. Navy

A Patriot interceptor missile is launched from Omelek Island Oct. 25, 2012 during a U.S. Missile Defense Agency integrated flight test. Credit: U.S. Navy

UNITED NATIONS, Apr 25 2014 (IPS) - The tiny Pacific nation state of Marshall Islands – which depends heavily on the United States for its economic survival, uses the U.S. dollar as its currency and predictably votes with Washington on all controversial political issues at the United Nations – is challenging the world’s nuclear powers before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague.

The lawsuit, filed Thursday, is being described as a potential battle between a puny David and a mighty Goliath: a country with a population of a little over 68,000 people defying the world’s nine nuclear powers with over 3.5 billion people.

"The United States should defend the case and widen the opportunity for the Court to resolve the wide divide of opinion regarding the state of compliance with the disarmament obligations." -- John Burroughs
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Why Are We Entering the Cold War Again? PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 04 May 2014 18:28

By Roberto Savio

In this column, Roberto Savio, founder and president emeritus of the Inter Press Service (IPS) news agency and publisher of Other News, suggests that media criticism of Russia’s actions in Crimea and Ukraine harks back to the Cold War.

ROME, Apr 29 2014 (Columnist Service) - For weeks now, the mainstream media have been unanimously engaged in denouncing Vladimir Putin’s action in Crimea first and Ukraine now. The latest cover of The Economist depicts a bear swallowing Ukraine, with the title “Insatiable”.

Media unanimity is always troubling, because it means that some knee-jerk reflex is involved. Could it be possible that we are just following the inertia of 40 years of Cold War?

This inertia has not really gone away. Just say or write “communist President Raul Castro,” and nobody will blink. But use the same logic and call President Barack Obama a capitalist, and see how it is received.

Roberto Savio. Credit: IPS

Here in Italy, Silvio Berlusconi was able for 20 years to rally his voters against the threat of “communists”, as he called members of the left-wing Democratic Party, now in power with a devout Catholic at its head, Matteo Renzi.

 

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Reaping history’s bitter harvest in Ukraine PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Saturday, 03 May 2014 08:50
By Chris Westdal | Apr 30, 2014 | iPolitics
http://www.ipolitics.ca/2014/04/30/reaping-historys-bitter-harvest-in-ukraine/

In his Globe and Mail piece last week (see below), historian Michael Bliss eloquently evoked George F. Kennan's 1997 lament that "the expansion of NATO right up to the Russian borders is the greatest mistake of the post-Cold War period". Bliss's questions - about Russia, Ukraine, NATO's boundaries, European responsibility and Canadian bellicosity - need answers before we invest more in what may be "another of the West's dubious crusades."

Ten years ago in Moscow, when I was Canada's ambassador to Russia, I got a call from Yegor Gaidar, who had been Boris Yeltsin's crucial reform prime minister. Gaidar wanted to see me personally "as soon as possible about an urgent matter."
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