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Fate of Earth Must Not be Decided by US & Fellow Nuclear States PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Monday, 24 April 2017 15:38

Joan Russow 

Dr Joan Russow is Co-ordinator, Global Compliance Research Project

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VICTORIA, BC, Canada, Apr 24 2017 (IPS)- When the United Nations continues its negotiations in June for an international treaty against nuclear weapons, there must be a treaty that should cover every single aspect of the devastating weapons — and leading eventually to their total elimination from the world’s military arsenals.

As envisaged, the treaty should not only prohibit stockpiling; use and threat of use, and planning for use of nuclear weapons but also the deployment; transfer, acquisition, and stationing; development and production of these weapons—along with testing; transit and transshipment; and financing, assistance, encouragement, and inducement and an obligation for the complete elimination of nuclear weapons and a framework to achieve it.(WILPF, Reaching Critical Will).

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DRAFT; FOR THE SAKE OF PEACE AND DISARMAMENT PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 14 April 2017 07:54

 

By Joan Russow PhD

Global Compliance Research Project

(OUTLINE FROM A LARGER DOCUMENT)

(RELEASED NOW BECAUSE OF TRUMP'S INCREASED MILITARISM AND DEFIANCE OF THE RULE OF INTERNATIONAL LAW)

 

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DISARMAMENT POSTER - NORTHERN fRIENDS' pEACE BOARD 1935

 

 

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PEACE PROMOTION

*COMMON SECURITY

1. 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 Conference on Women, 1985)

 2. “True security exists when all are secure, through “common security” (Olof Palme, 1982) whose objectives could be extended to include but not limited to the following:

(a) to achieve a state of peace, and disarmament; through    reallocation of military expenses and delegitimization of war;

(b) to promote and fully guarantee respect for human rights including  labour rights, civil and political rights, indigenous rights, social and cultural rights – right to food, to housing, to safe drinking water and sanitation , right to education and right to universally accessible not for profit health care system; right to water and sanitation

(c) to ensure the preservation, conservation and protection of the environment, the respect for the inherent worth of nature beyond human purpose, to reduce the ecological footprint and to move away from the current model of unsustainable and excessive overconsumption

(d) To enable socially equitable and environmentally sound employment, energy and transportation,

(e)  to fully implement the UN Declaration the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

 

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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 05:21

by Joan Russow Global Compliance Research Project April 6, 2017

 

 

Trump orders military strike against Syria

 

 

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’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov  Sergei Lavrov opposed the invasions of Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya, all of which were condemned by Trump during the election.

Under the Chemical Weapons Convention, there are provisions for bringing to justice any state or group that has used chemical weapons; none is military intervention; but going to the International Court of Justice is one of the provisions. 

 

SETTLEMENT OF DISPUTES 1. 2. When a dispute arises between two or more States Parties, or between one or more States Parties and the Organization, relating to the interpretation or application of this Convention, the parties concerned shall consult together with a view to the expeditious settlement of the dispute by negotiation or by other peaceful means of the parties' choice, including recourse to appropriate organs of this Convention and, by mutual consent, referral to the International Court of Justice in conformity with the Statute of the Court. 

 

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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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GROUPS PROTEST UN CLIMATE FUNDS FOR BIG DAMS PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 05 April 2017 11:06

 

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Nine environmental groups are challenging the use of money earmarked by the United Nations for “innovative and transformational” climate adaptation projects to build or refit large hydroelectric dams associated with severe damage to ecosystems and Indigenous communities, as well as elevated greenhouse gas emissions.
 
Signatories include Friends of the Earth, the Heinrich Böll Stiftung Foundation, and the Centre for International Environmental Law, The Guardian reports. The groups particularly object to plans to spend more than US$136 million from the UN’s Green Climate Fund on big dams in Nepal, Tajikistan, and the Solomon Islands.  
 
The GCF, The Guardian recalls, was set up “to mobilize US$100 billion a year by 2020 for poor countries looking for innovative and transformational projects. These were supposed to promote ‘paradigm shifts’ to clean and climate-resilient energy, in the context of the UN’s sustainable development goals.”
 
Against that standard, “to use the Fund to build mega-dams ignores the risk they pose to ecology as well as climate,” the groups argue.
 
“Large dams are not suited to adapt to climate risks because they alter seasonal patterns, by storing floods and increasing dry period flows,” said Andrea Rodriguez, a senior attorney for the Inter-American Association for Environmental Defence. “Large infrastructure does not guarantee development or climate solutions.”
 
Many international agencies categorize hydropower as a clean renewable energy source because it emits no CO2 from water running through turbines to generate electricity. “But critics say this fails to take into account up to a billion tonnes of greenhouse gases created by dams each year,” The Guardian notes, “as well as the damage often inflicted on carbon sinks, and hydropower’s vulnerability to shifts in climate.” The dams in both Tajikistan and Nepal, for example, depend on water from dwindling mountain glaciers.
 
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