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Dozens dead in Yemen as bus carrying children hit by airstrike PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 11 August 2018 12:20



Red Cross says strike hit bus at market in Dahyan, in rebel-held north of country

By Saeed Kamali Dehghan @SaeedKD
Thu 9 Aug 2018 18.46 BST First published on Thu 9 Aug 2018 11.38 BST
A doctor treats an injured child.
 A doctor treats an injured child.
Injured Yemeni children receive medical treatment - see video
Saudi Arabia is facing an international outcry after at least 29 children were among dozens of civilians killed by a US-backed Saudi-led coalition airstrike that hit a bus in Yemen’s Houthi rebel-held north.
Poet and accomplished foreign minister elected to be President of the UN General Assembly PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 06 June 2018 04:26
By Alan Ware

The United Nations yesterday (June 5, 2018) elected Ecuador Foreign Minister Maria Fernanda Espinosa to be the incoming President of the UN General Assembly. She will become the 73rd person, and the fourth woman ever, to hold the UNGA presidency.

Sra Espinosa is a former Defence Minister, Ambassador to the UN in Geneva and an accomplished poet, having published five volumes of poetry and receiving the Ecuadorian National Poetry Prize in 1990.

Sra Espinosa has also been a long-time advocate for peace, human rights, nuclear disarmament and environmental protection. She serves as a Council Member of the influential World Future Council, and has partnered in a number of events and initiatives with key international peace and disarmament organisations including Abolition 2000Basel Peace OfficeParliamentarians for Nuclear Nonproliferation and Disarmament  and UNFOLD ZERO.

During her term as Ecuador Ambassador to the UN in Geneva, for example, she co-hosted a number of nuclear disarmament events with these NGOs at the UN, including some of the annual commemoration events for the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons.

Why Trump’s cancellation of the North Korea summit may undermine the US-South Korea alliance PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 25 May 2018 06:31
By Karl Friedhoff Karl Friedhoff is a fellow in public opinion and Asia policy at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.
24 MAY 2018
Exploiting divides between the United States and South Korea on North Korea policy is standard operating procedure for Pyongyang. The cancellation of the Trump-Kim summit helps to further that goal. But the most serious fault lines for the US-Korea alliance lie within the alliance itself. Donald Trump’s treatment of South Korea is a throwback to a time when South Korea was poorer, weaker, and less influential. If it continues, it will lead South Koreans from across the political spectrum to question not just US bases in South Korea but the necessity of the alliance.
The South Korean public is generally distrusting of the North Korean regime. Kim Jong Un is the least favored leader in the region, averaging 0.77 on a 0-10 scale from August 2016 through November 2017. The next closest leader was Japan’s Shinzo Abe with an average score of 1.8 over that same period. In 2014, fewer than 10 percent thought North Korea would ever abandon its nuclear programs.
These views also color policy preferences of the South Korean public. In a 2015 survey, nearly 70 percent opposed resuming economic aid to North Korea and a plurality at that time preferred South Korea to maintain a hardline stance in its policy toward the North.
Last Updated on Friday, 25 May 2018 06:50
from the archives COP17 Durban; Time to address Militarism’s Massive Contribution to the Climate Crisis PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 31 March 2018 09:24


FRom the archives 2011

COP17 Durban; Time to address Militarism’s Massive Contribution to the Climate Crisis

-Joan Russow GlobalCompliance Research Project 
At COP15 in Copenhagen and at COP 16 in Copenhagen, there were calls to address the contribution of militarism to climate change:both as a drain on resources which could be spent on addressing serious consequences of climate change but also as a serious cause of climate change 






A 2011 version of the Emperor's new Clothes



Throughout the years, through international agreements, member states of the United Nations have recognized that the military budget has been a waste and misuse of resources. Currently the Global Community is now spending 1.7 trillion per year on the military budget at a time when many basic and fundamental rights have not been fulfilled.

In 1976 at Habitat 1, member states of the United Nations affirmed the following in relation to the military budget:

"The waste and misuse of resources in war and armaments should be prevented. All countries should make a firm commitment to promote general and complete disarmament under strict and effective international control, in particular in the field of nuclear disarmament. Part of the resources thus released should be utilized so as to achieve a better quality of life for humanity and particularly the peoples of developing countries" (II, 12 Habitat 1).

In 1981, in the General Assembly resolution entitled Resolution on the reduction of the military budget, the member states

(i) reaffirmed "the urgent need to reduce the military budget, and agreed to freeze and reduce the military budget";

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Tuesday, 30 January 2018 10:33




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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.

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:

Vancouver Women’s Forum on Peace and Security on the Korean Peninsula PDF Print E-mail
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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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Monday, 11 December 2017 17:37



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


Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 December 2017 07:06
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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”.

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”.

The Nobel Peace Prize for 2017 PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 06 October 2017 07:33

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The Nobel Peace Prize for 2017

The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided to award the Nobel Peace Prize for 2017 to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN). The organization is receiving the award for its work to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and for its ground-breaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition of such weapons.

We live in a world where the risk of nuclear weapons being used is greater than it has been for a long time. Some states are modernizing their nuclear arsenals, and there is a real danger that more countries will try to procure nuclear weapons, as exemplified by North Korea. Nuclear weapons pose a constant threat to humanity and all life on earth. Through binding international agreements, the international community has previously adopted prohibitions against land mines, cluster munitions and biological and chemical weapons. Nuclear weapons are even more destructive, but have not yet been made the object of a similar international legal prohibition.

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