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Common Security: Through Implementing Precedents Underlying the SDGs PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 20 March 2018 18:55

OBLIGATIONS AND COMMITMENTS UNDERLYING THE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS

In the following, the SDGs are placed in the context of years of international obligation derived from a selection of Conventions, treaties, and Covenants  and of commitments from UNGA  Conference Action Plans, Declarations and and Resolutions.

Last Updated on Sunday, 15 April 2018 19:54
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Trump Administration Tries to Torpedo Venezuelan Elections as It Intensifies “Regime Change” Efforts PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Saturday, 03 March 2018 23:07

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In recent weeks, the Trump administration has stepped up its efforts at “regime change” in Venezuela. In the past, Trump himself has even mentioned military action as a possible option, but the most recent moves appear more likely to be implemented, and some are already operational. According to sources with knowledge of the matter, the leading opposition contender for Venezuela’s upcoming presidential election, Henri Falcón, was told by US officials that the Trump administration would consider financial sanctions against him if he entered the presidential race. (The US State Department did not return requests for comment.) The US has backed the main opposition coalition decision to boycott the election.

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1999 May 17 Re: request 1999 request for provisional measures by the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia in the International for provisional measures by the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia in the International Court of Justice Monday May 10, 1999 to Wednesday PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Saturday, 17 February 2018 20:53

1999 request for provisional measures by the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia in the International Court of Justice Monday May 10, 1999 to Wednesday May 13, 1999

By Joan Russow PhD

Global  Compliance Research Project

 

ay 13, 1999• 

From the archives 

 

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I attended the oral presentation in the ICJ in the cases concerning Legality of Use of Force brought by the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia against 10 NATO states.

 

• I was impressed with the meticulous effort of the court to remove any perception of bias. The president of the Court was from the US and was required to step down specifically when the US case was being heard. He decided to step down for the whole hearings. [I note with dismay the lack of this principle within the International Criminal Tribunal on the Former Yugoslavia]

OBSERVATIONS:

- the merit of the questions of law surrounding the “Legality of the Use of Force” and in particular the violation of existing international law by the NATO intervention in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia is sufficiently evident as to require respect for the jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice

- the oral presentation of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia included presentations by two highly respected specialists in International law including Ian Brownlie Chichele Professor of Public International Law who had previously argued successfully the case of Nicaragua vs the United States,  in1989 and Professor Eric Suy, the former Under-secretary-General and legal Counsel of the United Nations.

 

The Federal Republic of Yugoslavia asked the court for provisional measures to stop NATO bombing of its territory, on the grounds that NATO was engaging in the "illegal use of force". Yugoslavia argued that the NATO countries had violated their international obligations to do the following: not to resort to force against another state; not to intervene in the internal affairs of another state; to protect civilians and civil objects in time of war; to protect the environment; and to follow the ban on the use of prohibited weapons, such as those containing depleted uranium.

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No water, no birds': Wood Buffalo National Park among most threatened, warn international scientists PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 09 February 2018 09:25

 

It's not looking good for Canada avoiding an endangered listing for Wood Buffalo'

 

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature says low water levels are threatening Wood Buffalo National Park’s ecosystem.
The International Union for the Conservation of Nature says low water levels are threatening Wood Buffalo National Park’s ecosystem. (Courtesy of Mikisew Cree First Nation) 

One of the world's largest groups of conservation scientists says Canada's biggest national park is among the most threatened World Heritage Sites in North America.

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature says Wood Buffalo National Park, which straddles the Alberta-Northwest Territories boundary, is significantly threatened by hydroelectric and oilsands development.

"This is quite embarrassing," said Melody Lepine of the Mikisew Cree First Nation.

Many First Nations members live alongside the park.

"It's not looking good for Canada avoiding an endangered listing for Wood Buffalo," says Lepine.

Last Updated on Friday, 09 February 2018 09:33
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Nuclear Reactors, Bankrupting Their Owners, Closing Early PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 07 February 2018 08:24

Nuclear Reactors, Bankrupting Their Owners, Closing Early

 

https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/02/06/nuclear-reactors-bankrupting-their-owners-closing-early/

 

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Photo by Nuclear Regulatory Commission | CC BY 2.0

On January 22, FirstEnergy Corporation announced that its faulty and nearly-self-destructed Davis-Besse power reactor east of Toledo, Ohio, will be closed well before its license expires. But the shutdown is not because the reactor represents reckless endangerment of public health and safety. FirseEnergy was fine with that. No, the old rattle trap can’t cover its costs any more, not with the electricity market dominated by cheaper natural gas, and renewable wind and solar.

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