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The World Trade Organization must be dismantled; Tinkering with it is not enough PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 03 December 2017 16:11

 

by Joan Russow and disributed before and at the  World Trade Conference in Seattle 


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We are now living in the wake of negligence from years of
institutional collusion among governments, corporations and the
military. Currently there is a concurrence of disasters: the violation
of human rights, including civil and political rights, the denial of
social justice, the degradation of the environment, and the escalation
of war and conflict. The WTO has been instrumental in fostering this
collusion to the detriment of the global community. In the year 1999,
the culmination of the decade devoted to international law, rather
than continue with this collusion which has jeopardized civil society
and the global ecosystem, the WTO should be dismantled and emphasis
should be placed on member states living up to their international
public trust commitments and obligations and adhering to the rule of
law.

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THE LESSONS OF CHERNOBYL: NOT LEARNED BUT IGNORED PDF Print E-mail
Peace News
Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 03 December 2017 15:42

 April 26 1996 will be the 10th Anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster. Tens of 1000s have died as a result of the  disaster. over 6,000 of Chernobyl’s cleanup veterans: the  liguidators’ have reportedly died,  Thousands of children and adults in Ukraine and Belarus experienced symptoms of acute radiation sickness. Over 4.5 million hectares of productive agricultural land was contaminated. Over 130,000 residents were permanently evacuated in a 30 Km  radius around Chernobyl, while more than 1.2. million still live on lands contaminated by ‘low-level’ radiation. In addition, centuries of future unanticipated consequences from the Chernobyl disaster could lie ahead.

                Many thought that the Chernobyl accident would sound the death knell for the civil nuclear industry, and would lead to a global endorsement of the precautionary principle of science and ethics which embraces the notion that we do not have to wait until there is scientific certainty that human and environmental disasters would occur for the global community to act to prevent the potential disasters—such as those that could occur with  the further development and use of civil nuclear reactors. Dr. David Marples of the University of Alberta, a specialist in the social impacts of the disaster in Chernobyl  noted  on April 18, at a public symposium  at the University of Victoria, that  “the Chernobyl disaster should have forced us to look at alternatives to civil nuclear reactors.”  Dr. Fred Knelman—who initiated a Nobel Laureate Declaration in which there was the call to phase out nuclear energy, concurred,“surely the Chernobyl lesson should have been to phase out nuclear power and develop alternative energy sources”.

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WTO: PROTESTS NEITHER “SENSELESS IN SEATTLE” NOR MISGUIDED IN QATAR, PDF Print E-mail
Justice News
Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 03 December 2017 13:08

By Joan Russow and David White 

1999 was the culmination of the decade devoted to the furtherance of international law. In reporting about the WTO in Seattle, Thomas Friedman, foreign affairs columnist for the New York Times. appeared to ignore the significance of the international law negotiated at the United Nations in New York. 

In his piece “those flat-earth advocates rally senseless in Seattle” (reprinted  in the SeattlePost-inteligencer   he ignored or disregarded years of  international law negotiated at the UN in New York.

 

There appears to be two significantly different existing international regimes.  The first, the WTO, NAFTA, GATT, APEC, and FTAA are negotiated primarily apart from the UN. These agreements generally promote vested economic interests.  The second, the body of international law negotiated over the 56 years of the United Nations, generally promote the “public trust”.  The “public trust” agreements encompass obligations incurred and commitments  made to prevent war and conflict and to eliminate weapons of mass destruction; to reduce the military budget and transfer the savings into social programs; to ensure social justice, to eradicate poverty, and to guarantee human rights, labour rights, right to food and housing and civil and political rights; to preserve the environment,  to reduce the ecological footprint, to respect the inherent worth of nature beyond human purpose ...

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NECESSITY TO MOVE FROM THE CULT OF WAR TO A CULTURE OF PEACE PDF Print E-mail
Justice News
Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 03 December 2017 11:52

 

Joan Russow Ph.D,

Canadian Voice of Women  pRESENTATION ON A PANEL  For the Briefing to NGOs, Security Council and Heads of UN Agencies Tuesday, June 8 2000

 

Since its inception, the United Nations has been the international hope for "preventing the scourge of war". Yet rather than prevent the scourge of war the member states have continually increased military budgets and the production of arms.

 

Rather than act on the commitment from the 1972 United Nations Stockholm Conference on the Environment and Humans, to prevent the production of weapons of mass destruction, the Security Council has maintained the veto of the countries that have been most responsible for producing weapons of mass destruction.

 

For over fifty years through international agreements, the member states of the United Nations have drafted the blueprint for attaining the Culture of Peace. Member states of the UN, in addition, to incurring obligations through conventions, treaties, and covenants to prevent the scourge of war, have created expectations through General Assembly resolutions and have made commitments through UN conference action plans to address the issue of the necessity of reducing military budgets.

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CITIZENS' PUBLIC TRUST TREATY RELEASED FOR WORLDWIDE SIGNATURES LAUNCHED JANUARY 1, 1999 PDF Print E-mail
Justice News
Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 03 December 2017 11:40

On January 1st, 1999, the Citizens' Public Trust Treaty is circulating worldwide for signing by individuals, community groups and non governmental organizations. It is released initially in English, French and Spanish, with translations into the other official languages of the United Nations to follow. Eventually, it is intended that the proposed Treaty with signatures will be submitted to state goverments and to the United Nations.

 

The Citizens' Public Trust Treaty calls upon member states of the United Nations to carry out and extend the international obligations, commitments and expectations they have made to fulfill the global public trust. This Treaty will provide an effective means of counteracting the process of corporate globalization that threatens to undermine over 50 years of international agreements related to the following obligations, commitments, and expectations:

 

1. to Promote and fully guarantee respect for human rights, including labour rights, the right to adequate food, shelter and health care, and social justice;

2. to Enable socially equitable and environmentally sound development; 3. to Achieve a state of peace, justice and security; 4. to Create a global structure that respects the rule of law; and 5. to Ensure the preservation and protection of the environment, respect the inherent worth of nature beyond human purpose, reduce the ecological footprint and move away from the current model of over-consumptive development;

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