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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.

 

Last Updated on Sunday, 04 May 2014 22:31
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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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World catching up with US in $28.7 bln drone race PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 29 April 2014 20:46

An X-47B pilot-less drone (Reuters / Rich-Joseph Facun)

http://rt.com/news/155676-drone-race-world-billions/

Analysts predict that in less than a decade’s time, the United States will spend less than half the global total on drone research and development. Asia in particular is expected to surge ahead, with South Korea set to produce “suicide drones.”

Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 April 2014 18:05
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I'm confused, can anyone help me? PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Saturday, 19 April 2014 20:43

 

Neil Clark is a journalist, writer and broadcaster. His award winning blog can be found at www.neilclark66.blogspot.com. Follow him on Twitter

Published time: April 15, 2014 10:06
 
An anti-government protester waves a flag in front of the seized office of the SBU state security service in Luhansk, eastern Ukraine April 14, 2014. (Reuters / Shamil Zhumatov)

An anti-government protester waves a flag in front of the seized office of the SBU state security service in Luhansk, eastern Ukraine April 14, 2014. (Reuters / Shamil Zhumatov)

I'm confused. A few weeks ago we were told in the West that people occupying government buildings in Ukraine was a very good thing. These people, we were told by our political leaders and elite media commentators, were 'pro-democracy protestors'.

The US government warned the Ukrainian authorities against using force against these 'pro-democracy protestors' even if, according to the pictures we saw, some of them were neo-Nazis who were throwing Molotov cocktails and other things at the police and smashing up statues and setting fire to buildings.

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The Strangelove Effect - or How We Are Hoodwinked Into Fighting a New Cold War PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Saturday, 19 April 2014 11:04
 
 
Major T. J. "King" Kong (Slim Pickins) riding the bomb in Stanley Kubrick's 1964 film, Dr. Strangelove.
(Image: Wikimedia Commons)
see http://truth-out.org/opinion/item/23152-the-strangelove-effect-or-how-we-are-hoodwinked-into-fighting-a-new-cold-war
Major T. J. "King" Kong (Slim Pickins) riding the bomb in Stanley Kubrick's 1964 film, Dr. Strangelove.
(Image: Wikimedia Commons)

Maj

I watched Dr. Strangelove the other day. I have seen it perhaps a dozen times; it makes sense of senseless news. When Major T.J. "King" Kong goes "toe to toe with the Rooskies" and flies his rogue B52 nuclear bomber to a target in Russia, it's left to General "Buck" Turgidson to reassure the president. Strike first, says the general, and "you got no more than 10 to 20 million killed, tops."
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AFRICOM Goes to War on the Sly U.S. Officials Talk Candidly (Just Not to Reporters) about Bases, Winning Hearts and Minds, and the “War” in Africa PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 13 April 2014 14:20

By Nick Turse

http://www.tomdispatch.com/blog/175830/

What the military will say to a reporter and what is said behind closed doors are two very different things -- especially when it comes to the U.S. military in Africa.  For years, U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) has maintained a veil of secrecy about much of the command’s activities and mission locations, consistently downplaying the size, scale, and scope of its efforts.   At a recent Pentagon press conference, AFRICOM Commander General David Rodriguez adhered to the typical mantra, assuring the assembled reporters that the United States “has little forward presence” on that continent.  Just days earlier, however, the men building the Pentagon’s presence there were telling a very different story -- but they weren’t speaking with the media.  They were speaking to representatives of some of the biggest military engineering firms on the planet.  They were planning for the future and the talk was of war.  

 

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Canada: No F-35 Buys Before 2018 PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Monday, 07 April 2014 10:58

Apr. 6, 2014 - 01:33PM   |  

By DAVID PUGLIESE  

http://www.defensenews.com/article/20140406/DEFREG02/304060010/Canada-No-F-35-Buys-Before-2018?odyssey=nav%7Chead

F-35 Lightning II Arrival
 
A move by Canada to postpone any F-35 buys until 2018 means decisions will wait until after the next federal election. (US Air Force)

VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA — Canada has told the US government it won’t be in a position to purchase the F-35 fighter jet until 2018, a move that critics of the aircraft say intentionally delays the controversial procurement until after the next federal election.

The decision has a number of ramifications. It will allow the ruling Conservative Party government to claim during the 2015 election campaign that no decision has yet been made on the purchase of a new fighter jet.

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Noam Chomsky: 'Eliminate All Nuclear Weapons' PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 06 April 2014 15:27

 

By Jane Ayers, Reader Supported News, April 5, 2014
 
Professor Noam Chomsky, the world-renowned political theorist and Professor Emeritus of Linguistics at MIT, recently delivered the prestigious Nuclear Age Peace Foundation’s (NAPF) 13th Annual Frank K. Kelly Lecture on Humanity’s Future. His lecture, entitled “Security and State Policy” was delivered to a capacity audience at the Lobero Theatre in Santa Barbara, California on February 28th. After his lecture, Chomsky was also presented the foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award. 
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How can women stop war? PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 03 April 2014 14:29
Image: flickr/UNWomens

The emphasis on the role of women to prevent war and conflict may have arisen because of women's frustration at the failure of the Security Council  to sufficiently implement the October 31, 2000 Security Council Resolution 1325. This resolution reaffirmed the significant role for Women in the prevention of conflict.  

In the decade before 2000 states had used various guises to justify the Invasion of other states; For example, the guise of "human security" was used to justify the invasion of Iraq in 1991, then “humanitarian intervention” was used to justify the invasion of Kosovo. Since  2000, the invasions continue and only the guises have changed:  it was "self Defence" (Art. 51) to justify the invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, then  "Pre-emptive/preventive" attack to justify the invasion of Iraq in 2003, finally  it was "the responsibility to protect"  to justify the intervention in Haiti in 2004, and  the invasion of Libya in 2011. Even in 2013, after all the previous guises had been discredited, a new guise was proposed , the "will to intervene" which had just been waiting to be used to justify an intervention into Mali in 2013.

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