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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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NOBEL PEACE PRIZE link to video CELEBRATION PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Monday, 11 December 2017 17:37

 

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Setsuko Thurlow accepted her Nobel Peace Prize last week in Stockholm, Sweden. Watch the powerful video here.

 

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THE LESSONS OF CHERNOBYL: NOT LEARNED BUT IGNORED PDF Print E-mail
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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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Pope Francis, in change from predecessors, condemns nuclear arsenals for deterrence PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 12 November 2017 06:59
 
 
 
By Philip Pullella, Reuters, Nov 10 2017
 
 
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis appeared to harden the Catholic Church’s teaching against nuclear weapons on Friday, saying countries should not stockpile them even for the purpose of deterrence.
 

His remarks, at the start of a disarmament conference that brought 11 Nobel Peace Prize winners to the Vatican, appeared to go further than previous popes. They have said that while nuclear weapons should never be used, holding arsenals solely to deter other countries from using them could be morally acceptable as a step toward achieving a nuclear-free world. 

Addressing the group in the 16th century frescoed Clementine Hall of the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace, Francis spoke of “the catastrophic humanitarian and environmental effects of any employment of nuclear devices”.

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