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America’s War-Fighting Footprint in Africa PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 27 April 2017 07:17

America’s War-Fighting Footprint in Africa 
Secret U.S. Military Documents Reveal a Constellation of American Military Bases Across That Continent 
By Nick Turse 

http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/176272/tomgram%3A_nick_turse%2C_the_u.s._military_moves_deeper_into_africa/#more

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.”

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Long Way to Go for Indigenous Rights Protection PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 25 April 2017 10:38

 

Tadodaho Sid Hill (shown on screens), Chief of the Onondaga Nation. Credit: UN Photo/Evan Schneider

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.

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In bombing Syria, Trump perpetuates the US disregard for the rule of international law PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 07 April 2017 05:07

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.

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'No Walls, No War, No Warming': Progressives Call for Priorities Shift PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 05 April 2017 09:36

 

Under President Donald Trump's budget, "war wins out"—over pretty much everything

by
Deirdre Fulton, staff writer http://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/04/04/no-walls-no-war-no-warming-progressives-call-priorities-shift
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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.

The #No54BillionforWar effort is launching on the 50-year anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s speech "Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break the Silence," which 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."

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 April 2017 09:40
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As 120 countries push for a ban, nuclear survivors take the floor PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 31 March 2017 23:36

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The UN nuclear weapons ban
28 MARCH 2017

http://thebulletin.org/120-countries-push-ban-nuclear-survivors-take-floor

Ray Acheson

 

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

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Secret Companies Allow Corrupt Cash to Flood Key Real Estate Markets PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 30 March 2017 09:55

 

http://www.ipsnews.net/2017/03/secret-companies-allow-corrupt-cash-to-flood-key-real-estate-markets/alt

"Caution Bribe Coming Through." March in Washington, DC, April 13, 2013, by Represent.Us. Credit: DjembayzCreative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

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.

The Berlin-based Transparency International (TI), a global anti-corruption movement working in over 100 countries, on March 29 issued a new report, Doors Wide Open: Corruption and Real Estate in Key Markets, in which it identifies the 10 main problems related to real estate and money laundering in those four countries and makes recommendations on how to address them.

The report focuses on four countries that are known hot-spots for the corrupt to invest and launder money.

Last Updated on Thursday, 30 March 2017 10:02
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Commission on the Status of Women (CSW61) moving away from militarize security to Common Security PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 15 March 2017 09:28

Commission on the Status of Women (CSW61) moving away from militarize security to Common Security

Joan Russow PhD Global Compliance Research Project

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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)

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 March 2017 23:05
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The Russian Connection - Thanks to Rachael Maddow PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 08 March 2017 21:19

The more Trumpies try to distract the media the more they rush to where ever the they are trying to get them to stop focusing.

 

 
Trump torture remarks 'lay down gauntlet' for other states: U.N. expert PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 03 March 2017 14:38

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

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.

Last Updated on Monday, 06 March 2017 15:00
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CHARTER OF OBLIGATIONS YEARS OF INTERNATIONAL RHETORIC THAT MUST BE TRANSLATED INTO ACTION PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 01 March 2017 16:54

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

 

 

 

CHAPTER 1:

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
isting obligations,

            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.

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 March 2017 14:15
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