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CSW58:CHALLENGING MILITARIZED SECURITY: DELEGITIMIZATION OF WAR PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Saturday, 29 March 2014 06:53

 

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The enclosed petition was submitted, by Canadian Voice of Women for Peace, to the Chair Chair of the Bureau for the 58th session (2014 )

During the Commission on the Status of Women the petition received  four hundred, half collected here at the meeting and half online (www.vowpeace.org).

 

The signatories are from thirty-six countries, and sixty-seven organizations. The countries represented are: Hungary, Iceland, USA, Canada Uganda, Hong Kong, Sierra Leone, UK, Sudan, Tunisia, India, Mexico, Tanzania, Kenya, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Ghana, Taiwan, Egypt, Sri Lanka, Bulgaria, Malaysia, Germany, Nepal, Nigeria, Burma, Pakistan, Australia, Greece, Switzerland, Sweden, Norway ,Guatemala, Japan. France, Finland.

Last Updated on Sunday, 20 April 2014 07:39
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U.S. Military Averaging More Than a Mission a Day in Africa PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 27 March 2014 07:24

Documents Reveal Blinding Pace of Ops in 2013, More of the Same for 2014 By Nick Tursehttp://www.tomdispatch.com/blog/175823/

The numbers tell the story: 10 exercises, 55 operations, 481 security cooperation activities.

For years, the U.S. military has publicly insisted that its efforts in Africa are small scale. Its public affairs personnel and commanders have repeatedly claimed no more than a “light footprint” on that continent, including a remarkably modest presence when it comes to military personnel.  They have, however, balked at specifying just what that light footprint actually consists of.  During an interview, for instance, a U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) spokesman once expressed worry that tabulating the command’s deployments would offer a “skewed image” of U.S. efforts there.

It turns out that the numbers do just the opposite.

Last Updated on Sunday, 30 March 2014 23:35
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Misremembering America’s Wars, 2003-2053 PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 07 March 2014 06:57


The Pentagon’s Latest “Mission Accomplished” Moment 
By Nick Turse

Misremembering America’s Wars, 2003-2053 

It’s 2053 -- 20 years since you needed a computer, tablet, or smart phone to go online.  At least, that’s true in the developed world: you know, China, India, Brazil, and even some parts of the United States.  Cybernetic eye implants allow you to see everything with a digital overlay.  And once facial recognition software was linked to high-speed records searches, you had the lowdown on every person standing around you.  Of course, in polite society you still introduce yourself as if you don’t instantly know another person’s net worth, arrest record, and Amazooglebook search history.  (Yes, the fading old-tech firms Amazon, Google, and Facebook merged in 2033.) You also get a tax break these days if you log into one of the government’s immersive propaganda portals.  (Nope, “propaganda” doesn’t have negative connotations anymore.)  So you choose the Iraq War 50th Anniversary Commemoration Experience and take a stroll through the virtual interactive timeline. 

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The United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC) Demands "US Hands off Ukraine and Venezuela" PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 07 March 2014 06:17

The United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC) Demands "US Hands off Ukraine and Venezuela"

 

The United States government is the main instigator of the present crises in both countries.

 

The hypocrisy of Secretary of State John Kerry’s statement on Face the Nation, “You just don't in the 21st century behave in 19th century fashion by invading another country on completely trumped up pretext," is beyond belief.  What about the US invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan, or regime change in Libya, or the threats to bomb Syria and attack Iran?

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The Ukraine crisis through the whimsy of international law Money and hard power count, and that's that PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 07 March 2014 03:49

By Neil Macdonald, CBC News

http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/the-ukraine-crisis-through-the-whimsy-of-international-law-1.2559980

Mar 05, 2014

 

Listening to U.S. President Barack Obama bang on this week about the importance of world opinion and obeying international law and respecting sovereignty and being on the right side of history, you had to wonder whether he didn't have a little voice in his head whispering: "Really? Seriously? I'm actually saying this stuff?"

 

This is the commander-in-chief of a military that operates a prison camp on Cuban soil, against the explicit wishes of the Cuban government, and which regularly fires drone missiles into other countries, often killing innocent bystanders.

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