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New US fighter jet on course to becoming ‘one of history’s biggest white elephants’ PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Monday, 11 May 2015 09:38

 

 
 
 

The UK considered buying 150 F-35s from the US, but not one plane is combat ready as costs soar

 
 
 

And while costs of the F-35 spiral and delays run into years, another commentator has warned that “our skies and seas are vulnerable”.

The aircraft, manufactured by Lockheed Martin, was designed to replace the Harrier jump-jet, which went out of service in 2011. The UK once envisaged ordering 150 F-35s, to be ready by 2012. Three years on, the F-35 is still far from ready to fly in combat and the cost of a single jet has risen from £33m to £87m. The UK has ordered only eight to dhttp://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/new-us-fighter-jet-on-course-to-becoming-one-of-historys-biggest-white-elephants-10238761.htmlate.

 

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Campaign Against Glyphosate Steps Up in Latin America PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 29 April 2015 06:40

 

Glyphosate spraying of illegal drug crops has caused environmental damage in Colombia’s rainforest. Credit: Public domain

BUENOS AIRES, Apr 28 2015 (IPS) - After the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared glyphosate a probable carcinogen, the campaign has intensified in Latin America to ban the herbicide, which is employed on a massive scale on transgenic crops.

In a Mar. 20 publication, the WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) reported that the world’s most widely used herbicide is probably carcinogenic to humans, a conclusion that was based on numerous studies.

Social organisations and scientific researchers in Latin America argue that thanks to the report by the WHO’s cancer research arm, governments no longer have an excuse not to intervene, after years of research on the damage caused by glyphosate to health and the environment at a regional and global level.

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Tomgram: Dilip Hiro, Afghanistan's China PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 31 March 2015 07:27
 by Dilip Hiro at 7:50am, March 31, 2015.
 

In June 2014, as he was preparing to send 300 U.S. military advisers back to Iraq, President Obama hailed the American counterterror campaign in Yemen -- Special Operations advisers (and CIA operatives) on the ground, drones in the air -- as a “model” for what he hoped to do against the Islamic State. In September, as Craig Whitlock of the Washington Post wrote, President Obama “cited his Yemen strategy as a template for confronting jihadist threats in other places, including Iraq and Syria.” He was still making reference to its “success” this January when discussing what had become Iraq War 3.0.

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Nuclear Threat Escalating Beyond Political Rhetoric PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Monday, 30 March 2015 08:38

By Thalif Deen

Every nuclear power is spending millions to upgrade their arsenals, experts say. Credit: National Nuclear Security Administration/CC-BY-ND-2.0

Every nuclear power is spending millions to upgrade their arsenals, experts say. Credit: National Nuclear Security Administration/CC-BY-ND-2.0

UNITED NATIONS, Mar 27 2015 (IPS) - As a new cold war between the United States and Russia picks up steam, the nuclear threat is in danger of escalating – perhaps far beyond political rhetoric.

Dr Randy Riddel, a former senior political affairs officer with the U.N. Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) told IPS he pities the general public.

 

“Nuclear strategy has become a cockpit of rogue regimes and regional foes jostling with the five original nuclear weapons powers (the U.S., Britain, France, China and Russia), whose own dealings are infected by suspicion and rivalry.” -- The Economist

“They’re being fed two competing narratives about nukes,” Dr Rydell said, in a realistic assessment of the current state of play.

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CSW 59 PREVENTING WAR AND CONFLICT: FROM USING INSTITUTIONAL MECHANISMS TO REDEFINING SECURITY PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 26 March 2015 10:15

By Joan Russow PhD

Global Compliance Research Project

 

2015 is the 20th anniversary of the UN Women’s Conference in Beijing; Equality, Development and Peace. From March 7 to March 19 2015 was the Commission on the Status of Women CSW 59. On March 6 there was the unfortunate decision by member states of the United Nations, to have completed a political Declaration before CSW 59 had begun on March 7 2015. Not only was the timing unconscionable but also there was no mention, in the Declaration, of ‘Peace” an integral part of the of the 1995 Women’s Conference in Beijing; Equality, and Peace.

At CSW 59 there were several side events addressingthe October 31st 2000, Security Council Resolution 1325; this resolution affirmed the important role of women in prevention and resolution of conflicts and war and in peace building. In most of these sessions, however. the emphasis was on peacebuilding rather than on prevention of conflict and war.

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PREVENTING WAR THROUGH CHAPTER VI: PACIFIC RESOLUTION OF DISPUTES

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