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Statement by Francis Boyle, Professor of International Law at the Univ of Illinois School of Law, on the illegality of Trump’s threats against North Korea PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 08 December 2017 12:59

 

 

Statement by Francis Boyle, Professor of International Law at the Univ of Illinois School of Law, on the illegality of Trump’s threats against North Korea

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To be read at Refuse Fascism protests on November 11

1. The US government threats of “preventive warfare” against DPRK are illegal and criminal. The Nuremberg Tribunal in their Judgment of 1946, which the US helped organize, condemned “preventive war” when the lawyers for the Nazis made the argument on their behalf. This is an illegal and criminal threat in violation of international law. According to the World Court in its Advisory Opinion (1996) on the Threat or  Use of Nuclear Weapons, the legality vel non of a threat stands or falls on the same legal grounds as if the threat were carried out.

2. The repeated US government threats to “destroy” or “annihilate” DPRK are an international crime under the 1948 Genocide Convention to which the United States is a party. These genocidal threats are also illegal and criminal under the rationale of the  1996 World Court Advisory Opinion mentioned above.

3. The United States has an absolute obligation under UN Charter article 2(3) and article 33 to open “negotiation” with DPRK in good faith in order to produce a peace resolution of this dispute. Instead, the US government has repeatedly rejected these obligations under the UN Charter.

4. The proposal by Russia and China for a “dual-freeze” is an excellent basis to produce good faith and direct negotiations between USA and DPRK as required by the UN Charter.

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Stand against the US immoral move to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the Zionist state of Israel PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 08 December 2017 12:53
 
Join us at:
2pm Saturday, Dec. 9 at the Cenotaph in front of the Legislature 
(corner of Belleville & Government)
 
Once again the United States has violated the mandate of the UN, the multiple resolutions issued for more than six decades, the right of the heroic Palestinian people and International Law, by designating the city of Jerusalem as the capital of the Zionist state of Israel and move the headquarters of the US embassy to that city.
 
This unilateral, arbitrary and colonial declaration will raise the tensions in the Middle East to an unprecedented degree and in fact represents a brutal provocation.
 
Our Victoria Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid & the Victoria Friends of Cuba with so many other organizations and people around the world strongly rejects the decision adopted by the Trump administration that violates the right of the Palestinian people to their sacred land with East Jerusalem as its capital.
 
For almost three decades negotiations have been carried out to reach a solution that satisfies the existence of two States. In that time the demands have remained the same; the Palestinian people's right to return to their land, the creation of an independent, free and sovereign Palestinian State, the freedom of the thousands of political prisoners in prisons in Israel, and that East Jerusalem is the capital of the Palestinian people. 
 
The United States stands up with impunity as the master of the world, offending the historic culture and religion of the Arab and Muslim peoples while putting the region on the verge of serious destabilization and pushes back the negotiation process.
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US Nuclear Waste Dump Threatened rising Sea Levels Putting Entire Pacific at Risk PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 03 December 2017 18:58

November 29th, 2017 by 

https://cleantechnica.com/2017/11/29/us-nuclear-waste-dump-threatened-rising-sea-levels-putting-entire-pacific-risk/


Some things are so serious, all you can do is laugh. ABC News in Australia is reporting rising sea levels are threatening a nuclear waste dump left behind by the United States on Runit Island — part of the Enewetak Atoll. The dump is now leaking radioactive material into the Pacific Ocean, threatening every man, woman, and child living on its edge. That is quite a few folks, if you stop to think about it.

Enewetak Atoll and rising ocean levels

Americans like to brag about the economic miracle the country brought to the world through the globalization of capitalism, but it is fair to say the foundation of American power began on August 6, 1945 when it dropped an atomic bomb blast that vaporized Hiroshima — killing more than 40,000 human beings instantly. Many more would perish in the days, weeks, and months to come.

The ethics of using nuclear weapons on the civilian population of Japan has been the subject of vigorous debate ever since. With the perspective that history provides, many now question the wisdom of Harry Truman’s decision to use nuclear weapons, but there is no question that once the awesome power of “The Bomb” became apparent, every other nation on earth wanted one.

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Trump Goes 'Full Delusion Mode' With Unhinged Performance at Arizona Rally PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 23 August 2017 17:17

 

"This Trump speech is like something out of a psychopathology textbook."

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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/08/23/trump-goes-full-delusion-mode-unhinged-performance-arizona-rally#

Rolling Stone's Matt Taibbi has witnessed many of Donald Trump's rallies and speeches, but the president's performance Tuesday night in Phoenix, Arizona—delivered as hundreds of protestors crowded the streets demanding "Mr. Hate" to leave their state—was the "craziest" yet.

"This Trump speech is like something out of a psychopathology textbook." 
—Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone

"Trump," Taibbi wrote, was in "full delusion-mode" throughout the evening, fuming to the delight of his supporters in the crowd about the media's focus on his defense of white supremacist violence, railing against states moving to take down Confederate statues, and accusing news outlets of "turning off live feedsbecause they're afraid of his words."

The president also floated the possibility of a government shutdown if Congress refuses to authorize funds for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, and claimed that former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio—who last month was found guilty of criminal contempt for ignoring a court order demanding that his department stop racially profiling Latinos—was "just doing his job."

"This Trump speech is like something out of a psychopathology textbook," Taibbi concluded.

Others shared Taibbi's assessment, denouncing on social media and in aghast statements the "unhinged," "hostile," and "incoherent" nature of Trump's campaign-style rally.

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Nationwide 'March for Truth' Events Take Aim at Trump's Destructive Fact-Free Rule PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Saturday, 03 June 2017 09:38

 

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From peddling climate lies to his refusal to come clean on his financial holdings, nationwide protests target U.S. president

 

 https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/06/03/nationwide-march-truth-events-take-aim-trumps-destructive-fact-free-

 
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Marchers demanding "truth" in New York City on Saturday morning. Backed by dozens of local groups and national organizations—including MoveOn, Women’s March, Indivisible, Public Citizen, Free Speech for People, and Town Hall Project—the marches were scheduled in at least 140 cities and towns across all fifty states. (Photo: @MarchforTruth17/Twitpic)

Just days after President Donald Trump withdrew the United States from the Paris climate agreement and with the testimony of fired FBI director James Comey scheduled for next week, U.S. citizens gathered for protests in cities nationwide on Saturday to denounce the president's penchant for lying, obscuring facts, and promoting alternative realities.

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The Great Race PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Dragonslayer   
Saturday, 13 May 2017 12:13

There is a great race going on in American Politics..    Can President Trump remove all the checks and balances to the point where the President controls everything and the US becomes a Putin like oligarchy?  Can he do this before those checks and balances impeach him?   That is the Great Race.  That is the real game plan.  All the rest is a distraction and a probe by Trump to find out who will back him and who he needs to get rid of to become King.

 

Last Updated on Saturday, 13 May 2017 12:27
 
It’s About Bringing Your Congress Back Home, Citizens! byRalph Nader PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 03 May 2017 19:57
 
 
 
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https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/05/03/its-about-bringing-your-congress-back-home-citizens

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In this Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, file photo, people react as U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz speaks during a town hall meeting at Brighton High School in Cottonwood Heights, Utah. Some attendees of the contentious town hall hosted by Chaffetz last week, have sent the congressman fake invoices after he claimed some people there were paid protesters. (Photo: AP/Rick Bowmer, File)

 

 large marches, in Washington, DC and around the country, calling attention to importance of science and focusing on the calamitous impacts of climate change  had impressive turnouts. But the protests would have been more productive if they concentrated more – in their slogans and signs – on 535 politicians to whom we have given immense power to influence policies relating to those issues, for ill or for good.

I’m speaking of Congress.

"For a national, comprehensive change movement, it is the Congress which must be effectively and forcefully instructed to act in the public interest."

Congress cannot be ignored or neglected simply because we know it to be a corporate Congress, or a gridlocked Congress, or a Congress that is so collectively delinquent, or perk and PAC addicted, or  beholden to commercial interests, or self-serving through gerrymandered electoral districts where they, through their party’s controlled state government, pick the voters to elect them.

Sure, there are probably 100 good legislators on Capitol Hill. But many of these progressive elected officials fail to effectively network with citizen groups, or organize left-right coalitions back home into an unstoppable political force. Issues that invite such left/right consensus are numerous, including  raising the federal minimum wage, protecting civil liberties, tackling government waste and corruption, advancing solar energy, reforming the corporate tax system, full Medicare for All (with free choice of doctor and hospital) and a crackdown on corporate crime and abuses against consumers, workers and communities. Polls show big majorities behind these and other much needed redirections and reforms.

All these improvements in the lives of all Americans have to go through Congress. Sure, some efforts can be partially achieved by self-help and state/local governments. But for a national, comprehensive change movement, it is the Congress which must be effectively and forcefully instructed to act in the public interest.

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The Empire Expands Not the American One, But Trump’s PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 02 May 2017 06:31

By nomi  Prins

President Trump, his children and their spouses, aren’t just using the Oval Office to augment their political legacy or secure future riches. Okay, they certainly are doing that, but that’s not the most useful way to think about what’s happening at the moment. Everything will make more sense if you reimagine the White House as simply the newest branch of the Trump family business empire, its latest outpost.

It turns out that the voters who cast their ballots for Donald Trump, the patriarch, got a package deal for his whole clan.  That would include, of course, first daughter Ivanka who, along with her husband, Jared Kushner, is now a key political adviser to the president of the United States.  Both now have offices in the White House close to him.  They have multiple security clearances, access to high-level leaders whenever they visit the Oval Office or Mar-a-Lago, and the perfect formula for the sort of brand-enhancement that now seems to come with such eminence. President Trump may have an exceedingly “flexible” attitude toward policymaking generally, but in one area count on him to be stalwart and immobile: his urge to run the White House like a business, a family business.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 May 2017 16:31
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Making Sense of the Deportation Debate How Bill Clinton and Barack Obama Laid the Groundwork for Trump’s Immigration Policies PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 25 April 2017 06:47

By Aviva Chomsky

Ever since he rode a Trump Tower escalator into the presidential race in June 2015 and swore to build his “great wall” and stop Mexican “rapists” from entering the country, undocumented immigrants have been the focus of Donald Trump’s ire. Now that he’s in the Oval Office, the news has been grim. A drumbeat of frightening headlines and panicked social media posts have highlighted his incendiary language, his plans and executive orders when it comes to immigrants, and the early acts of the Border Patrol and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents when it comes to round-ups and deportations. The temperature has soared on the deportation debate, so if you think we’re in a completely unprecedented moment when it comes to immigration and immigrants, you’re in good company.

Last Updated on Thursday, 04 May 2017 17:16
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With Epic GOP Failure, Dems Urged to Go Bold with Medicare-for-All PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Saturday, 25 March 2017 09:08

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/03/24/epic-gop-failure-dems-urged-go-bold-medicare-allAmericans rallied against the GOP to defend their right to healthcare, Democrats are being urged to seize on the moment

by Lauren McCauley, staff writer Common Dreams

 
 
 
 
 
 
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Physicians for National Health Program president Dr. Carol Paris said Friday's failure by the GOP to pass their Physicians for National Health Program president Dr. Carol Paris said Friday's failure by the GOP to pass their "slash and burn" healthcare bill "presents a unique opportunity to move beyond" a profit-based system.

With the Republican attempt to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) going down in flames Friday as Americans rallied to defend their right to healthcare, Democrats are being urged, both by experts and constituents, to seize on the moment and counter with a plan that will truly provide coverage for all.

Last Updated on Saturday, 25 March 2017 10:23
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