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Of Arabs and Muslims and the Big Ban PDF Print E-mail
Justice News
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.

The Leaker PDF Print E-mail
Posted by Dragonslayer   
Wednesday, 15 February 2017 21:28

Now that Trump is so concerned about who to arrest for leaking, we all get to submit our best guess.  There maybe should be a lottery.  Any way my guess would be "The Russians".   Maybe Trump should ask his good buddy Putin to cough up the leakers.

Global compliance Research Project; Charter of Obligations PDF Print E-mail
Justice News
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.










            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.

Pablo Solon on the "Green Economy" Fraud Why the Green Economy is a wrong path to restore the equilibrium with nature: What Are the Alternatives? PDF Print E-mail
Earth News
Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 02 February 2017 17:31

from the Pej.org archives 2012 (test was inadvertently deleeted

Pablo Solon- Former chief negotiator  for the Bolivian government

April  2012 circulated at the `` la Tierra no se viende`Conference in Venezuela


Twenty years after the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1992, the environmental crisis continues to worsen. The unsustainable development model that gained dominance in the world resulted to grave loss of biodiversity, melting of polar ice caps and mountain glaciers, alarming increase in deforestation and desertification and the looming danger of an at least 4ºC increase in temperature, which will threaten life as we know it. Science is saying that we are approaching a point of no return that will change the way our planet has behaved over 650,000 years”


The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio + 20) that will take place in Rio de Janeiro this coming June is expected by many to be a milestone opportunity to address the issue of the restoration of the equilibrium of the Earth’s system. But instead of moving the world towards a just and sustainable path, the document that is being negotiated for adoption in June is promoting new market mechanisms for the commodification and financialization of nature, life and ecosystem services under the mirage of a “Green Economy”

The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) developed the concept of “Green Economy” on the argument that the recurring energy, climate, environmental, food and financial crises are results of “gross misallocation of capital.” The UNEP analysis does not acknowledge the problems inherent in treating nature as capital, which has led to the hyper-exploitation of the Earth’s resources and further expanded the already severe inequalities between and within nations, and among societies and peoples.

Bioneers Conference 2011- No prescription without Proscription PDF Print E-mail
PEJ Events
Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 02 February 2017 17:05

from the  Pej.org archives  (file inadvertently deleted)

Joan Russow PhD Peace Earth and Justice News  













From October 13-17, the 2011 Bioneers Conference entitled, from Breakdown to Breakthrough, took place, in San Raphael just outside San Francisco; the conference ran concurrently with the Occupy San Francisco and Occupy San Raphael -movements which were demanding fundamental structural and institutional change.










The Bioneers Conferences is described, by the founders, as a “community of leadership” and as “an array of visionary change makers”. In preparing for the conference, I did a content analysis of the biographies of the presenters. The backgrounds, scope and experiences are clearly interdisciplinary. (i ) professions professors, researchers, solicitors editors, legal organizations, anthropologists, biologists,  medical doctors, entrepreneurs, film makers, media, founders and funders of NGOs,  (ii) scope: and experience;  local, regional, state, national  and (iii) areas of expertise;  education,   sustainability, health, food, organic agriculture, climate change, biomimicry, environmental restoration, resilience,  culture,  social justice, human rights,  indigenous rights, labour rights, feminism, cooperatives, social enterprises, eco-literacy, ecology alternative medicines, non-GMO choices.

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