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PETITION AGAINST MILITARY INTERVENTION IN SYRIA PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 29 August 2013 13:17

 

COGNIZANT THAT resorting to military intervention, the US and its allies will be in violation of the fundamental purpose of the United Nations – to prevent the scourge of war

 

CONCERNED ABOUT the years of using various ill-conceived guises for justifying Military intervention: "human security" (Iraq 1991), "Humanitarian intervention"(Kosovo, 1999), "self  defence" (Afghanistan, 2001)"Responsibility to Protect" (Haiti, 2004, Libya, 2011) or "will to intervene" (Mali, 2013)

 

AWARE THAT in May 2013 U.N. human rights investigators have gathered testimony from casualties of Syria's civil war and medical staff indicating that rebel forces have used the nerve agent sarin, one of the lead investigators;

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/05/05/us-syria-crisis-un-idUSBRE94409Z20130505

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Report From May 5 ; U.N. has testimony that Syrian rebels used sarin gas: investigator PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 29 August 2013 05:03

by Reuter

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/05/05/us-syria-crisis-un-idUSBRE94409Z20130505

May 05, 2013|

 

GENEVA (Reuters) - U.N. human rights investigators have gathered testimony from casualties of Syria's civil war and medical staff indicating that rebel forces have used the nerve agent sarin, one of the lead investigators said on Sunday.

The United Nations independent commission of inquiry on Syria has not yet seen evidence of government forces having used chemical weapons, which are banned under international law, said commission member Carla Del Ponte.

Last Updated on Thursday, 29 August 2013 05:13
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An attack on Syria will only spread the war and killing PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 28 August 2013 17:39

 

Instead of removing the chemical weapon threat, another western assault on the Arab world risks escalation and backlash

By Seumas Milne

The Guardian, http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/aug/27/attack-syria-chemical-weapon-escalate-backlash#start-of-commentsTuesday 27 August 2013 22.00 BST

 

 

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A victim of an air strike by regime forces on Aleppo is carried away, on August 26 2013. 'Chemical weapons are far from being the greatest threat to Syria’s people. That is the war itself and the death and destruction that has engulfed the country.' Photograph: Abo Al-Nur Sadk/AFP/Getty Images

 

A victim of an air strike by regime forces on Aleppo is carried away, on August 26 2013. 'Chemical weapons are far from being the greatest threat to Syria’s people. That is the war itself and the death and destruction that has engulfed the country.' Photograph: Abo Al-Nur Sadk/AFP/Getty Images

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CIA documents show U.S. helped Iraq fight Iran despite chemical weapons use PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 27 August 2013 18:43

 

By Agence France-Presse
http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/08/26/cia-documents-show-u-s-helped-iraq-fight-iran-despite-chemical-weapons-use/
Monday, August 26, 2013 15:10 EDT
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The United States provided Iraq with intelligence on preparations for an Iranian offensive during the Iran-Iraq war even though it knew Baghdad would respond with chemical weapons, Foreign Policy magazine reported Monday.

Citing declassified CIA documents and interviews with former officials, the magazine reviewed the US record as Washington weighs military action against Syria for its alleged use of chemical weapons near Damascus last week.

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Hiroshima's Peace Declaration, August 6, 2013 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 06 August 2013 06:00

 

By the mayor of Hiroshima

 
August 06, 2013
 
 

We greet the morning of the 68th return of “that day.” At 8:15 a.m., August 6, 1945, a single atomic bomb erased an entire family. “The baby boy was safely born. Just as the family was celebrating, the atomic bomb exploded. Showing no mercy, it took all that joy and hope along with the new life.”

A little boy managed somehow to survive, but the atomic bomb took his entire family. This A-bomb orphan lived through hardship, isolation, and illness, but was never able to have a family of his own. Today, he is a lonely old hibakusha. “I have never once been glad I survived,” he says, looking back. After all these years of terrible suffering, the deep hurt remains.

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Global Parliamentary Appeal for a Nuclear Weapons Ban PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 06 August 2013 05:53
 

Would your MP ban nuclear weapons?

August 1, 2013

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7 Responses to “Would your MP ban nuclear weapons?”

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    We Buy Houses Orlando Says:

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    NE Says:

    This petition is a waste of resources. Canada is already a part of the Non-proliferation of nuclear weapons due to our peaceful nuclear energy program, as is any country with nuclear capabilities. Canada does not and will not have nuclear weapons for this fact alone. Do more thorough research before you start petitions such as this.

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      Ceasefire.ca Says:

      We have done the research, thanks. And Canada needs to play a role in abolishing nuclear weapons globally. That’s why this campaign is so important.

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    Carol Pickup Says:

    Hello Canada Joe; You are quite wrong in assuming that our federal M.P.’s have no say. We have a federal election coming in 2015 and we need voices in Ottawa to bring this issue to the forefront. Harper and his cronies need to be exposed for the war mongers that they are!!

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      Canada Joe Says:

      No your wrong. Nuclear weapons aren’t going to be an issue in 2015 election, why would they? No political party in Canada is going to waste breath on this unless and until the “actual” nuclear powers chose to do anything.

      The Green Party, a one woman joke.

      The Liberals, PET didn’t have a problem with the Genies in Canada and openly lied about them for years. Now they won’t waste their time.

      The NDP, another joke of a party.

      The Tories, again better and more important issues to deal with.

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    Canada Joe Says:

    What silly question. Of course they would say “yes”, it cost them nothing as they have no actually say anyways.

    Ask something important, like would they shut down all gas station to stop global warming or something like that.

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Rise in violence 'linked to climate change' PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joan Russow   
Friday, 02 August 2013 17:10

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-23538771Soldier

 
The researchers believe that war and personal conflicts are links to shifts in climate

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Shifts in climate are strongly linked to increases in violence around the world, a study suggests.

US scientists found that even small changes in temperature or rainfall correlated with a rise in assaults, rapes and murders, as well as group conflicts and war.

The team says with the current projected levels of climate change, the world is likely to become a more violent place.

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U.S. Courts Uphold Conflict Minerals Disclosure PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 25 July 2013 06:53

WASHINGTON, Jul 24 2013 (IPS) - A U.S. federal judge has upheld a key regulatory provision aimed at ensuring that the profits from products mined in central Africa are not used to benefit armed groups, particularly in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Artisanal diamond miners at work in the alluvial diamond mines around the eastern town of Koidu, Sierra Leone. So-called ‘blood diamonds’ helped fund civil wars in Sierra Leone and Liberia, but now provide much-needed jobs as well as revenue for the government. Credit: Tommy Trenchard/IPS

 

Artisanal diamond miners at work in the alluvial diamond mines around the eastern town of Koidu, Sierra Leone. So-called ‘blood diamonds’ helped fund civil wars in Sierra Leone and Liberia, but now provide much-needed jobs as well as revenue for the government. Credit: Tommy Trenchard/IPS

 

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The US Government Is Metamorphosing Into the Borg PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 21 July 2013 17:11

By Subhankar Banerjee, July 22, 2013

 

Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius—and a lot of courage—to move in the opposite direction.

—E. F. Schumacher

 

When I moved to Seattle in 1996, I had thought I knew how to order a cup of coffee: “I’ll have a cup of coffee please.” Soon I realized that it was more complicated: “I’ll have a Venti soy dolce latte, topped with sprinkled cinnamon and caramel drawing on whip cream, with coffee on the side please.” Referring to the US government is increasingly becoming as challenging as ordering coffee in Seattle: “Petro–imperial, coal–fired, plutocratic, oligarchic, inverted totalitarian, fascist, propagandist Big Brother, with democracy on the side.” Things are beginning to simplify though. Soon you’ll be able to refer to the US government with one single word—the Borg.

Last Updated on Monday, 22 July 2013 09:09
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From Tahrir to Taksim: West Reserves Right to Interfere PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 27 June 2013 08:58

 

By Ramzy Baroud

 

The distance between Cairo’s Tahrir Square and Istanbul’s Taksim Square is impossibly long. There can be no roadmap sufficient enough to use the popular experience of the first in order to explicate the circumstances that lead to the other.

 

Many have tried to insist on the similarities between the two since it is fashionable these days to link news worthy events, however worlds apart, to other events. Following the popular revolt that gripped Egypt in early 2011, deemed with the ever inclusive title ‘the Arab Spring’, intellectual jugglers began envisaging ‘springs’ popping up all over the region and beyond. In recent weeks, when protesters took to the streets of several Turkish cities, comparisons ensued once again.

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