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US-LED OPERATION AND NATO'S FLAWED MISSION AND CANADA'S COMPLICITY PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 30 January 2018 10:33
SUBMISSION TO THE PANEL ON AFGHANISTAN

US-LED OPERATION AND NATO'S FLAWED MISSION AND CANADA'S

COMPLICITY

 

Joan Russow (PhD)

Global Compliance Research Project

Victoria, B.C. Canada

1 250 294-1339.

 

 

NATO apologises for deaths in Afghan airstrike

The commander of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan has apologized for civilian deaths in a coalition airstrike earlier this week.


(1) INVASION OF AFGHANISTAN WAS AN ACT OF REVENGE IN VIOLATION OF INTERNATIONAL LAW
Through Canada 's increased integration with US policy and through Canada's continued support for ill-conceived/illegal US operations such as those in Afghanistan, Canada has lost whatever credible international reputation it may have had. Canada has abandoned its long-standing multilateral approach in its support of US unilateralism.

The serious irreversible human, environmental, health, psychological, economic and social   consequences of war support the contention that under no conditions or circumstances is war legal or just, and that war must be de-legitimized as an option or even a last resort.
 
The seeds for de-legitimizing war have been planted through the Charter of the United Nations and through over 60 years of UN instruments. For years, member states have incurred obligations under the charter, treaties, conventions, and covenants, made commitments under conference action plans, and created expectations through UN General Assembly Resolutions and Declarations that would, if implemented and enforced, give substance to the de-legitimization of war. From these instruments peremptory norms, which further the rule of international  law, can be extracted (Russow, Submission to the Senate of Canada, October 17, 2005).
 
Under the Preamble of the Charter of the United Nations the fundamental purposes of the Charter are delineated:

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Vancouver Women’s Forum on Peace and Security on the Korean Peninsula PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 23 January 2018 15:17

Vancouver Women’s Forum on Peace and Security on the Korean Peninsula

For immediate release, January 16, 2018

Christine Ahn, Women Cross DMZ, Vancouver Women’s Forum Lead , + 1 310 482 9333

Media contact: Nancy McHarg, 604 760 4366

The Vancouver Summit on Korea missed a critical opportunity for peace. Instead of supporting the reduction of tensions in the Korean peninsula that began with the inter-Korean dialogue and the Olympics truce, the Foreign Ministers chose to further isolate and threaten North Korea.

We urged Foreign Ministers to prepare the table for dialogue with North Korea.  Instead, they chose to obstruct the path for peace being laid by North and South Korea.

The US-led “maximum pressure” approach has utterly failed to halt North Korea’s nuclear and missile program. Seventy years of sanctions and isolation of North Korea have only furthered the DPRK’s resolve to develop its nuclear arsenal.

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US, Led by an Erratic Trump, Seeks to Undermine UN PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 18 January 2018 12:52
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US president Donald Trump addressing the UN General Assembly in September 2017. Credit: UN Photo/Cia Pak

UNITED NATIONS, Jan 18 2018 (IPS) - The continued erratic and outrageous comments by President Donald Trump – and his attempts to undermine the United Nations – are threatening to cause irreparable damage to the world body.

The signs are ominous: the US withdrawal from the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO); the threats against member states voting for anti-Israeli resolutions; slashing funds to a 69-year-old UN agency for Palestinian refugees; withdrawal from the 2016 Paris climate change agreement; threats to “totally destroy” a UN member state, North Korea; a US-inspired $285 million reduction in the UN’s regular budget for 2018-2019, and the insidious attempts to wreck the 2015 Iranian nuclear agreement.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 February 2018 22:11
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VANCOUVER WOMEN’S FORUM ON PEACE AND SECURITY ON THE KOREAN PENINSULA PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 09 January 2018 18:36
 
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VANCOUVER WOMEN’S FORUM ON PEACE AND SECURITY ON THE KOREAN PENINSULA

On January 16, 2018, as Foreign Ministers from twenty nations gather in Vancouver to discuss security and stability on the Korean Peninsula, an international delegation of sixteen women representing feminist peace movements from Asia, Europe and North America will convene in Vancouver to ensure that civil-society perspectives are included in the official talks.

The objective of the women’s peace delegation is to urge the Foreign Ministers to prepare the table for a diplomatic peace process that moves away from war and increased militarization, and towards peace, reconciliation, and genuine security. Through the Vancouver Women’s Forum and other actions, the women delegates will remind government leaders of overwhelming global public opinion that favors a peaceful diplomatic resolution as the only option on the table for resolving the Korean crisis. The outcome of the official summit must support the recent breakthroughs in inter-Korean rapprochement, not derail it.  Read more here.

 

 

 
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Women's Forum on Peace and Security Events 

CANDLELIGHT VIGIL FOR PEACE – JAN 15 – Martin Luther King Day! –  6:30 pm – Art Gallery, 7 pm Convention Centre
https://www.facebook.com/events/198500577370254/permalink/198557274031251/

WITNESS FOR PEACE – JAN 16 – 8 am – East Side of West Convention Centre
https://www.facebook.com/events/167767017328226/permalink/167903273981267/

FORUM FOR PEACE - Wosk Centre for Dialogue, SFU – Jan 16 – 2 - 5 pm, – 3300 - 515 West Hastings Street
https://www.facebook.com/events/149751372412658/
 
Note:
These events are initiated by Women Cross DMZ and supported by VOW, Nobel Women’s Initiative, the United Church of Canada, and WILPF.  If you are in Vancouver, contact Lyn Adamson at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
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Please Sign This Official Petition on the Government's Official Website.


Please take a moment to sign the petition to express the desire for Canada to sign and ratify the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons – the nuclear ban treaty that was adopted by 122 nations in July 2017 and opened for signature and ratification on September 20
 
https://petitions.ourcommons.ca/en/Petition/Details?Petition=e-1402
 

 
 
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An Olympic Truce - Sign this Petition and More

 
1) Sign this petition calling for an Olympic truce:  https://act.rootsaction.org/p/dia/action4/common/public/?action_KEY=13181 .
 
2) Write to elected officials and media outlets to let them know about efforts to de-escalate the threat of war on the Korean peninsula. (Share copies of your letters with Bill Geimer at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .)
 
3) Plan a public vigil or other solidarity action, preferably when the Vancouver meeting is being held.
Send notice of your event to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  so your event can be posted on the VIPDN.org website.
  
Sources:
- Petition to sign: https://act.rootsaction.org/p/dia/action4/common/public/?action_KEY=13181 
- Bill Geimer’s article: http://warisacrime.org/2017/08/15/will-koreans-count-this-time/ 
- On Martin Luther King Day: http://www.thekingcenter.org/meaning-king-holiday
- CBC article on upcoming Vancouver meeting: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/rex-tillerson-ottawa-visit-1.4456579
- NYT article on perils of mixing machismo with missiles 
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/05/opinion/security-masculinity-nuclear-weapons.html
  - MLK speech linking militarism, social injustice, spiritual death: 
http://kingencyclopedia.stanford.edu/encyclopedia/documentsentry/doc_beyond_vietnam/ 


 
 
 
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Responsibility to Protect Doctrine has no legitimate international status. PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Saturday, 06 January 2018 11:51

Responsibility to Protect Doctrine has no legitimate international status.

Joan Russow- Global Compliance Research Project  2012

In August 2005, at the UN, a straw vote was taken about the position, of different negotiating groups, vis a vis R2P. Non Aligned Movement (NAM) representing 116 member states said “NO,R2P is a reincarnation of humanitarian intervention”. Most developing states had reservations about a doctrine  sanctioning intervention in a Sovereign state. Yet, in 2011, R2P was assumed to be a UN well-supported doctrine and used to justify the invasion of LIbya.

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