General Thomas Waldhauser sounded a little uneasy.
“I would just say, they are on the ground. They are trying to influence the action,” commented the chief of U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) at a Pentagon press briefing in March, when asked about Russian military personnel operating in North Africa. “We watch what they do with great concern.
And Russians aren’t the only foreigners on Waldhauser’s mind. He’s also wary of a Chinese “military base” being built not far from Camp Lemonnier, a large U.S. facility in the tiny, sun-blasted nation of Djibouti. “They’ve never had an overseas base, and we’ve never had a base of... a peer competitor as close as this one happens to be,” he said. “There are some very significant... operational security concerns.”
Tadodaho Sid Hill (shown on screens), Chief of the Onondaga Nation. Credit: UN Photo/Evan Schneider
UNITED NATIONS, Apr 25 2017 (IPS) - Despite progress, many gaps remain in international indigenous rights protection, said representatives during an annual UN meeting.
More than 1000 indigenous representatives from around the world have gathered at the UN for the 16th session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII). This year’s meeting focuses on the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) which was adopted 10 years ago by the General Assembly.
nJoan Russow Global Compliance Research Project April 6, 2017
Yet again US disrespects the rule international law. Under the Charter of the United Nations is an important Chapter; Chapter VI- the peaceful resolution of disputes. Unfortunately, the US usually bypasses Chapter VI and goes to Chapter VII which does, if supported by the UNSC, legitimize an invasion, and when the US does not receive the support of the UNSC, the US acts, independently. In this case, Trump did not even attempt to receive support of the UNSC, and did not wait for an investigation into the claim,about the source of the chemical weapons, made by Russia’sForeign Minister Sergei Lavrov Sergei Lavrov opposed the invasions of Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya, all of which were condemned by Trump during the election.
Fifty years ago Tuesday, Martin Luther King, Jr. warned that "a nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death." (Photo: Loco Steve/flickr/cc)
Social movement leaders from groups across the progressive spectrum launched a campaign on Tuesday denouncing President Donald Trump's proposed $54 billion increase in the U.S. military budget, which is coming at the expense of the environment, education, human and civil rights protections, and public health.
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
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.
Commission on the Status of Women (CSW61) moving away from militarize security to Common Security
Joan Russow PhD Global Compliance Research Project
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)
U.S. President Donald Trump looks up as he boards Marine One to depart the White House in Washington, U.S. March 2, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
By Stephanie Nebehay
| GENEVAA U.N. human rights expert voiced alarm on Friday that U.S. President Donald Trump might allow torture in interrogations, warning that it "lays down the gauntlet" for other countries to follow suit. Trump said in late January he felt "absolutely" that the practice of waterboarding - a form of simulated drowning - worked as an intelligence-gathering tool. He also said he would defer on the issue to Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, who disagrees with him about its usefulness.
CHARTER OF OBLIGATIONS YEARS OF INTERNATIONAL RHETORIC THAT MUST BE TRANSLATED INTO ACTION
By Joan Russow PhD
Co-ordinator of the Global Compliance Research Project with rhe assistance of Eugenia Ampourvu
This Charter was officially distributed to all state delegations on the opening of the 1995 UN Conference on Women; Equality, Equity and Peace
GLOBAL COMPLIANCE RESEARCH PROJECT
The Global Compliance project has clustered these obligations through content analyses of international instruments, displayed these obligations through graphic representations, and compiled these obligations into a Charter of Obligations. With a deeper understanding and knowledge of these obligations, members of “civil society” can become more effective in contributing to the needed changes to address the urgency of the global situation. The purpose of this Charter is to remind governments of obligations that they have already Incurred and to inform civil society of these obligations so they will demand that governments comply with them, not ask for less than has already been agreed to and continually move governments beyond ex
The Global Compliance Research Project will also continue to
collaborate with other groups interested in promoting the awareness of international obligations, and will continue to set up a network of individuals and organizations interested in using the Global Compliance documents and publications from the Global Compliance project to educate individuals and groups about international obligations. This network will then continue the process of examining developments in the implementation of international obligations and in promoting compliance with these obligations
The Global Compliance Research Project is preparing a questionnaire related to the Charter of Obligations for the purpose of determining if significant areas have been missed in the analysis of the documents. In response to the results of the questionnaire and input of the initial analysis, the Global Compliance Project will re-examine the international documents. A subsequent educational booklet on a method of teaching global issues through principle-based education drawing upon the Charter of Obligations is also being prepared
in San Francisco on the 50th anniversary the following resolution was adopted at the plenary of Civil Society:
On the 50th Anniversary of the UN, we call upon states
• to establish conditions under which justice and respect for the obligations arising from treaties and international law can be strenthened;
• to fulfill fifty years of obligations undertaken through Conventions, Treaties, Declarations and Resolutions made in the UN system;
• to sign and ratify what they have not yet signed and ratified, and to enact the necessary legislation to ensure the discharging of these obligations;
• to fulfill additional obligations undertaken through globally adopted UN Conference action plans, and programs of action.