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Iraq at the Brink: A Decade after the Invasion PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 13 February 2013 15:14

 

By Ramzy Baroud

 

Soon after the joint US-British bombing campaign ‘Operation Desert Fox’ devastated parts of Iraq in Dec 1998 , I was complaining to a friend in the lobby of the Palestine Hotel in Baghdad.

 

I was disappointed with the fact that our busy schedule in Iraq – mostly visiting hospitals packed with injured or Depleted Uranium Victims - left me no time to purchase a few Arabic books for my little daughter back in the states. As I got ready to embark on the long bus journey back to Jordan, an Iraqi man with a thick moustache and a carefully designed beard approached me. “This is for your daughter,” he said with a smile as he handed me a plastic bag. The bag included over a dozen books with colorful images of traditional Iraqi children stories. I had never met that man before, nor did we ever meet again. He was a guest at the hotel and somehow he learned of my dilemma. As I profusely, but hurriedly thanked him before taking my seat on the bus, he insisted that no such words were needed. “We are brothers and your daughter is like my own,” he said.

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Advocates Lay Groundwork for New Arms Trade Talks PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 13 February 2013 08:12

By Carey L. Biron

The Control Arms coalition demonstrated in front of the United Nations on Jul. 25, 2012, reminding delegates negotiating the ATT of the price paid every day by armed violence. Credit: Coralie Tripier/IPS

The Control Arms coalition demonstrated in front of the United Nations on Jul. 25, 2012, reminding delegates negotiating the ATT of the price paid every day by armed violence. Credit: Coralie Tripier/IPS

 

 

WASHINGTON, Feb 12 2013 (IPS) - With a new round of negotiations for an international treaty regulating the international trade of small-scale weapons slated for next month, advocates here have stepped up a campaign to clarify what exactly the treaty is trying to accomplish – and to eliminate some opposition to the treaty from within the U.S. Congress that, they say, is based on misinformation.

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UN launches inquiry into drone killings PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joan Russow   
Monday, 04 February 2013 14:45

by BBC Newsworld

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-21176279 

 

 

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The Paranoia of the Superrich and Superpowerful Washington’s Dilemma on a “Lost” Planet PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 03 February 2013 17:53

 

By Noam Chomsky https://www.tomdispatch.com/blog/175645/[This piece is adapted from “Uprisings,” a chapter in Power Systems: Conversations on Global Democratic Uprisings and the New Challenges to U.S. Empire, Noam Chomsky’s new interview book with David Barsamian (with thanks to the publisher, Metropolitan Books). The questions are Barsamian’s, the answers Chomsky’s.]

 

Does the United States still have the same level of control over the energy resources of the Middle East as it once had?

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Laurent Louis - A couragous Belgian politician speaking out against the invasion of Mali PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joan Russow   
Monday, 28 January 2013 18:42

by Larrent Louis

 

Axis of Logic, Finding Clarity in the 21st Century Mediaplex

Jan 27, 2013

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WkzXTgslFNE&feature=player_embedded

 

Translation in English

 

 
Editor’s Note (Axis of Logic): Laurent Louis, Minister of the Belgian Parliament delivers the truth about the French “total re-conquest” of Mali and the reasons that underlie this latest neo-colonial war in Africa.
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Today in 24 Jan 1946, the first resolution of the #UNGA included the goal of eliminating atomic weapons and all other WMD PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joan Russow   
Friday, 25 January 2013 18:19

bY Zia Mian and M. V. Ramana 1999  ACRONYM iNSTITUTE

http://www.acronym.org.uk/36judo.htm

Introduction

 

Progress on nuclear arms control has become a case of one step forward, two steps back. Despite the end of the Cold War and collapse of the Soviet Union, the conclusion of a Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, after more than forty years of effort, and despite the judgement by the International Court of Justice, the Canberra Commission report, and the public calls by numerous retired military and political leaders to abolish nuclear weapons, the goal of a nuclear weapon free world seems more distant now than it did a decade ago when, at the Reykjavik Summit in 1986, Presidents Gorbachev and Reagan discussed the elimination of nuclear weapons.

Last Updated on Friday, 25 January 2013 19:06
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Leader’s fatwa on nuclear weapons binding for Iran: Foreign Ministry PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 17 January 2013 21:31

By Press TV

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/01/15/283656/iran-urges-more-pakistan-antiterror-bids/Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast

Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast 

 
Iran's Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast says the fatwa (religious decree) issued by Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei on the prohibition of nuclear weapons is binding for Iran.
Last Updated on Thursday, 17 January 2013 21:39
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Iran (Once Again): 'We Don't Want Nuclear Weapons' PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 17 January 2013 08:31

By Andrea Germanos, staff writer Wednesday, January 16, 2013 by Common Dreams

https://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/01/16-5

Iranian Ministry spokesman tells press edict from Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei prevents country from having nuclear weapons

On Tuesday Iran continued to counter the western-driven narrative that it is pursuing nuclear weapons, stating that a religious decree that forbids nuclear weapons was "binding."

alt Iran on Tuesday said the fatwa issued by Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei forbidding nuclear weapons was "binding." Referring to a 2005 religious decree (fatwa) from Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei forbidding the production, stockpiling, and use of nuclear weapons, Iranian Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast told press on Tuesday, "There is nothing higher than the exalted supreme leader’s fatwa to define the framework for our activities in the nuclear field."

Last Updated on Thursday, 17 January 2013 08:41
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Mali and the Scramble for Africa: A New Wave of Barbarism PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 15 January 2013 21:01

 

By Ben Schreiner Global Research, January 14, 2013
http://www.globalresearch.ca/mali-and-the-scramble-for-africa/5318867
 
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The French military intervention into Mali on Friday — France’s second in as many years into a former African colony — was reportedly “seconded” by the United States. This ought to come as no great surprise, given the Pentagon’s deepening penetration into Africa.

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EU PREPARE FOR INTERVENTION IN MALI PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 15 January 2013 15:21

 

By T.J. Petrowski, Winnipeg http://www.peoplesvoice.ca/Pv01ja13.html#LUSEUJanuary 1-31, 2013 Volume 21 – Number 1 pEOPLE'S vOICE

A consequence of the western imperialist powers' intervention in Libya in 2011, under the guise of the Responsibility to Protect doctrine (R2P), which cost the lives of thousands of civilians, was the destabilization of the west African state of Mali.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 January 2013 16:09
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