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Of Arabs and Muslims and the Big Ban PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 23 February 2017 10:24

 

This article slightly updates a previous one that IPS had published regarding the recurrent confusion about who are Arabs and who, Muslims.

Arab countries in the Middle East and North of Africa. Dark Green: Arab majority population. Light Green: Arab minority countries | Credit: Public Domain.

Arab countries in the Middle East and North of Africa. Dark Green: Arab majority population. Light Green: Arab minority countries | Credit: Public Domain.

ROME, Feb 20 2017 (IPS) - Now that President Donald Trump’s decision to ban citizens of seven Muslim majority countries from entering the United States continues to drift into legal labyrinths about its legality–or not, it may be useful to clarify some myths that often lead to an even greater confusion regarding the over-written, under-reported issue of who are Arabs and who Muslims.

To start with, it is a common belief – too often heralded by the mainstream media – that the Middle East is formed entirely of Arab countries, and that it is about the so-wrongly called Muslim, Arab World.

This is simply not accurate.

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Global compliance Research Project; Charter of Obligations PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Saturday, 11 February 2017 19:25

 By Joan Russow PhD and Eugenia Amporvu (French translation).

 

 

 

This charter was officially distributed, French and English, to all state delegations at the UN Conference on Women; equality, equity and peace.

 

 

                          

 

 PART 1

THE GLOBAL COMPLIANCE PROJECT

 

A. GLOBAL COMPLIANCE RESEARCH PROJECT: BACKGROUND    

           

            Throughout the past 50 years the member states of United Nations have undertaken obligations to address the denial of equity and social justice, the degradation of the environment, the violation of human rights, and the escalation of war and conflict; yet states within the United Nations have failed either to sign these international instruments, to ratify these instruments, or even when signed and ratified to enact the necessary legislation to enforce these instruments. In addition, they have failed to act on globally adopted Platform of Actions and Action Plans, and to respect United Nations General Assembly resolutions.

             If these fifty years of obligations had been honored and acted upon, socially equitable and environmentally sound development could have been enabled, preservation and protection of the environment could have been ensured, respect for human rights could have been guaranteed, and threats to peace could have been prevented and removed, disarmament achieved.

            The fulfillment of the purpose of the United Nations would require the discharging of the 50 years of obligations related to ensuring socially equitable and environmentally sound development;  to preserving and protecting the environment; to guaranteeing respect for human rights, and to promoting peace. The 50th anniversary of the United Nations provides a unique opportunity to reaffirm the support for and commitment to the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations, and to undertake to discharge previous obligations undertaken through Charters, Covenants, Conventions, Declarations, Resolutions, and Treaties.

            The premise of the Global Compliance Research project is that there needs to be an informed “civil society” that is founded on principles which enable socially equitable and environmentally sound development, which ensure the preservation and protection of the environment, which guarantee respect for human rights, and which remove and prevent the threats to peace. This informed civil society must be aware of which obligations have already been undertaken by states so that they can work towards the establishing of conditions under which justice and respect for the obligations arising from treaties and international law can be maintained; towards requiring the fulfillment of fifty years of obligations undertaken through Conventions, Treaties, Declarations and Resolutions made in the UN system; towards demanding  the signing and ratifying of what states have not yet signed and ratified, and the enacting of the necessary legislation to ensure the discharging of these obligations; and towards calling for the fulfilling of additional obligations undertaken through globally adopted UN Conference Action Plans, and Programs of Action.

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What Happens When All We Have Left Is The Pentagon? PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 02 February 2017 11:21

Trump’s Vision of a Militarized America 
By  William D. Hartung

At over $600 billion a year and counting, the Pentagon already receives significantly more than its fair share of federal funds.  If President Donald Trump has his way, though, that will prove a sum for pikers and misers.  He and his team are now promising that spending on defense and homeland security will increase dramatically in the years to come, even as domestic programs are slashed and entire civilian agencies shuttered.

Last Updated on Thursday, 02 February 2017 23:31
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Trump’s Muslim Ban a Test for Unity and Solidarity PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 02 February 2017 10:55

Trump’s Muslim Ban a Test for Unity and Solidarity

Outgoing African Union Chair described the Muslim ban as a test for unity and solidarity. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas.

Outgoing African Union Chair described the Muslim ban as a test for unity and solidarity. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas.

NEW YORK / UNITED NATIONS, Feb 1 2017 (IPS) - Outgoing African Union Chair Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma has described the United States ban on refugees and immigrants from seven countries as “one of the greatest challenges and tests to our unity and solidarity.”

 

Speaking to African leaders on Monday Zuma asked why “the very country to whom our people were taken as slaves during the Trans-Atlantic slave trade, have now decided to ban refugees from some of our countries.”

On Friday 27 January United States President Donald Trump signed an executive order temporarily ceasing entry to the United States for nationals of seven predominantly Muslim countries: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. The order also suspended the entire U.S. refugee program for 120 days and indefinitely blocked all refugees from Syria from entering the United States.

Last Updated on Thursday, 02 February 2017 23:58
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Enough Trump PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Dragonslayer   
Tuesday, 31 January 2017 17:28

It is time to call for the arrest of Donald Trump and the members of his team for instigating events causing the death of six people in a mosque in Quebec.


It is time to arrest any member of the Trump team and charge them with promoting racism against Muslims resulting in the death of six people.  Should any of them be stupid enough to show their faces in Canada we should arrest them the instant they set foot on Canadian soil.  

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 January 2017 17:52
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Fake News and the Great Wall PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Dragonslayer   
Thursday, 26 January 2017 00:33

Lets build a wall.  Just think of all the free advertising space.  We can advertise drugs on the wall on one side and autos on the other side.  Wonder which side to put the drug ads on?  

Maybe a booking.com ad beside a Trump Towers ad beside a drug ad.  How about making the wall wide enough to support a high speed train or super highway.  It could have on and off ramps in and out of the US and Mexico.

 Before we build the wall we should install lots of culverts under ground so we can drain that swamp that Trump is sitting on.  I hear that Trump has his people in negotiations with Egypt to buy the pyrimid stones to help build the wall.  

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 January 2017 01:22
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A Women’s March on the World PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 20 January 2017 10:13

A Women’s March on the World

Tharanga Yakupitiyage

Participants in the 2015 New York March for Gender Equality and Women's Rights. Credit: UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz.

Participants in the 2015 New York March for Gender Equality and Women's Rights. Credit: UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz.

NEW YORK, Jan 20 2017 (IPS) - Just one day after the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump, hundreds of thousands of women are expected to attend one of the largest demonstrations in history for gender equality.

Last Updated on Monday, 23 January 2017 00:34
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Pacific Islanders Call for U.S. Solidarity on Climate Change PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 19 January 2017 12:43

Higher tides and coastal erosion are encroaching on homes and community buildings in Siar village, Madang Province, Papua New Guinea. Credit: Catherine Wilson/IPS

Higher tides and coastal erosion are encroaching on homes and community buildings in Siar village, Madang Province, Papua New Guinea. Credit: Catherine Wilson/IPS

CANBERRA, Australia, Jan 19 2017 (IPS) - The new political power of business magnate Donald Trump, who will be inaugurated Jan. 20 as the 45th President of the United States, will have ramifications for every global region, including the Pacific Islands.

Pacific leaders who are witnessing rising seas, coastal erosion and severe natural disasters in the region are alert to the new president’s declared scepticism about climate change and the contributing factor of human activities. His proposed policy changes include cutting international climate funding and pushing ahead fossil fuel projects.

Last Updated on Monday, 23 January 2017 00:43
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Despite Pressure From Trump, UN Votes to Demand End to Israeli Settlements PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Saturday, 24 December 2016 08:18

Historic US abstention allows resolution to pass

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2016/12/23/despite-pressure-trump-un-votes-demand-end-israeli-settlements

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Deirdre Fulton, staff writer

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A construction site in the Israeli settlement of Givat Zeev, in the occupied West Bank December 22, 2016. (Photo: Reuters)

A construction site in the Israeli settlement of Givat Zeev, in the occupied West Bank December 22, 2016. (Photo: Reuters)

Despite unusual diplomatic maneuvering involving President-elect Donald Trump, Israel, and Egypt on Thursday, the United Nations Security Council passed a historic resolution on Friday demanding an end to Israeli settlements. The United States abstained, effectively allowing the measure to be approved.

Egypt withdrew the original resolution on Thursday afternoon, reportedly "under pressure" from Trump—who tweeted on the matter Thursday morning—and Israel. Had this move worked, it could have punted the measure to the incoming Trump administration, which is seen as more friendly to Israel than that of President Barack Obama—especially after Trump's nomination last week of conservative hardliner David Friedman to serve as U.S. ambassador to Israel.

But Reuters reported Friday that Security Council members New Zealand, Malaysia, Venezuela, and Senegal stepped in and the vote took place after all on Friday afternoon. 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 December 2016 23:52
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COP 15: the Reversal of democracy; Rule of the Oligarchy PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 23 December 2016 16:57

By  Joan Russow PhD

Global Compliance Research Project

 

January 28,2010

 

Fiona Harvey, in her January 26, 2010 article “Environment: UN hopes to pluck a deal from Copenhagen’s chaos”  has condoned the abuse of power.

At COP 15, on December 17 and 18, presentations were made, by the heads of states, to the Assembly. The majority of heads of states were calling for the global community to agree to a legally binding document, to maintain the rise in temperature to well below 1.5 degrees, and the parts per million to well below 350 ppm.

]n a presentation by the IPCC, a scientist stated that current research has demonstrated that at 2 degrees the poor, the disenfranchised and the vulnerable would not survive, and at 1.5 degrees there was a possibility, The world Meteorological Organization, also reported that there was recent evidence of increased warming, increased climate related incidents, and increased droughts all of which indicated that consequences of climate change were occurring far more rapidly than had been anticipated in the 2007 IPCC report that was based on data from 2004 and 2005.

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