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FIPA should be declared null and void for violating international peremptory norms E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 12 September 2014 10:04


By  Joan Russow PhD - Global Compliance Research Project

Posted November 1, 2012  http://pejnews.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=8611:fipa-should-be-declared-null-and-void-for-violating-international-norms&catid=74:ijustice-news&Itemid=216

revised Tuesday, January 22, 2013


The Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (FIPPA), an investment agreement between Canada and China was tabled by the Harper government at the end of September, and purported to become law IN 2013. FIPPA will increasingly lead to violations of international peremptory norms. Anti- trade activists must use international law related to human rights including civil and political rights, social, cultural and economic rights, labour rights, rights of indigenous peoples, rights of migrant workers, children's rights, and right to a safe environment. .etc. to counteract these trade agreements.

Last Updated on Friday, 12 September 2014 10:46
Demand Forest Stewardship Council Stop Greenwashing Old-Growth Forest Logging E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 11 September 2014 17:38

** Photo of an FSC certified clearcut logging of old-growth Canadian boreal forests for toilet paper

TAKE ACTION to protect old-growth forests and Earth's climate and biosphere:FOREST ACTION ALERT

By Forests.orga project ofEcoInterne


The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) claims to certify the sustainability of forest management. Yet FSC greenwashes industrial scale old-growth forest logging - across an area two times the size of Texas for throw away consumer items such as toilet paper and lawn furniture - as being environmentally sensitive. A new motion has been presented by FSC member Greenpeace at FSC’s General Assembly which would increase protections for primary and other old-growth forests, something which EcoInternet has demanded for a decade. Please make it clear that best science indicates old-growth forest logging is never ecologically sustainable, and FSC must stop claiming it is, starting by supporting Motion 65 to begin to end FSC greenwash of old-growth forest logging.

Last Updated on Friday, 12 September 2014 16:37
Playing God The Rebirth of Family Capitalism or How the Koch Brothers, Sheldon Adelson, Sam Walton, Bill Gates, and Other Billionaires Are Undermining America E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 11 September 2014 17:29

By Steve Fraser  www.Tomdispatch175893

George Baer was a railroad and coal mining magnate at the turn of the twentieth century.  Amid a violent and protracted strike that shut down much of the country’s anthracite coal industry, Baer defied President Teddy Roosevelt’s appeal to arbitrate the issues at stake, saying, “The rights and interests of the laboring man will be protected and cared for... not by the labor agitators, but by the Christian men of property to whom God has given control of the property rights of the country.”  To the Anthracite Coal Commission investigating the uproar, Baer insisted, “These men don’t suffer. Why hell, half of them don’t even speak English.”

We might call that adopting the imperial position.  Titans of industry and finance back then often assumed that they had the right to supersede the law and tutor the rest of America on how best to order its affairs.  They liked to play God.  It’s a habit that’s returned with a vengeance in our own time.

NATO Summit 2014 in Wales: NATO must be Disbanded E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 04 September 2014 06:05


By Joan Russow, Global Compliance Research Project


Protestors marching through Newport, Wales

Protestors marching through Newport, Wales Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire


  1. NATO, must be Disbanded for Contributing to the Scourge of War in violation of the fundamental objective of the Charter of the United Nations  and for violating, through  its war games, “the prohibition of the provocation of war” affirmed in  the international covenant on Civil and Political Rights,


Last Updated on Thursday, 04 September 2014 06:46
Keep Environmental Education in BC Classrooms! E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Saturday, 30 August 2014 05:59

By Wildsight 



Environmental education for our children is under threat. Our government is planning changes to the BC Education curriculum, which could weaken or even remove ecology and environmental education from BC classrooms. They’re calling it a “re-engineering” of our education system: limiting environmental education to kindergarten through grade 3 and shifting the focus through grade 9 to chemistry, physics, human biology, and geology.  To sign peition go to http://www.wildsight.ca/act/education%20

Fatou Bensouda: the truth about the ICC and Gaza E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Saturday, 30 August 2014 00:26

Under the laws of the Hague court, my office can only investigate alleged war crimes in Palestine if it grants us jurisdiction in its territory. It has not done so

Fatou Bensouda

Fatou Bensouda theguardian.com,

Friday 29 August 2014

 Gaza city after an Israeli sir strike

It is my firm belief that recourse to justice should never be compromised by political expediency. Photograph: Mohammed Othman/AFP/Getty Images

Has the international criminal court avoided opening an investigation into alleged war crimes in Gaza due to political pressure, as suggested in anarticle published in the Guardian earlier this week? The answer is an unequivocal “no”. As prosecutor of the ICC, I reject any suggestion of this in the strongest terms.

Last Updated on Saturday, 30 August 2014 00:55
200 young Palestinians to study medicine and engineering in Venezuela E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 29 August 2014 13:21

By the Alliance for Global Justice



A total of 200 young Palestinians have been invited to study medicine and engineering in a number of universities across Venezuela. A group of 60 students will arrive in Venezuela in September to join the 40 Palestinian students already studying comprehensive community medicine at the Salvador Allende Latin American School of Medicine (ELAM) in Caracas.

Last Updated on Friday, 05 September 2014 09:54
"Christy's Classroom" to open on Legislature lawn on Tuesday if dispute with teachers not settled E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 29 August 2014 08:10

Friday, August 29, 2014

VICTORIA—The Legislature Lawn is slated to be transformed into an outdoor "peoples' classroom" by students, parents, teachers and community members on Tuesday Sept 2nd if the BC government does not reach a settlement with the teachers first.
"Christy's Classroom" will open with the ringing of a school bell at 9AM on Tuesday, the day classes are scheduled to start in BC's public school system.
Last Updated on Saturday, 30 August 2014 00:56
10,000 kilometre Totem Pole Journey Unites Opposition to Fossil Fuel Threats in the Salish Sea E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 28 August 2014 08:48


Thursday, August 28, 2014 (All day)

News Release - August 28, 2014

Totem pole visits Victoria on Saturday, August 30th
VICTORIA – Master carver Jewell Praying Wolf James and other members of the Lummi Nation will begin the Canadian portion of a newly-carved totem pole’s journey from South Dakota to its new home near the tar sands.
James and his group are raising awareness of fossil fuel threats to the Salish Sea by transporting the totem through communities impacted by tar sands and coal extraction and export in South Dakota, Montana, Washington, British Columbia, and Alberta. Their final destination is the Beaver Lake Cree First Nation in northern Alberta, where the totem pole will be raised to serve as a permanent symbol of united cross-border opposition to destructive fossil fuel projects.
Pete McMartin: Keep our roads safe — ban cars E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Monday, 25 August 2014 21:12

Cyclist criticism is unfair: The consequences of rule-breaking by drivers are way more serious

By Pete McMartin, Vancouver Sun August 18, 2014 -  REF: Source

Pete McMartin: Keep our roads safe  ban cars

Photograph by: Gerry Kahrmann , PROVINCE

Pete McMartin writes that if critics of cyclists were to apply the same level of indignation to car drivers — that is, themselves — the degree of calumny would be the difference between being stung by a mosquito and being shot through with an elephant gun.

Odd, the public reaction to cyclists at times.

A cyclist collides with a pedestrian on a sidewalk — where clearly the cyclist had no reason being — and the knives come out on the letters-to-the-editor page, bristling with the correspondence of readers who want bicyclists licensed, insured, ticketed, tested, held to the same burdensome standards as motorists, and given a stern talking-to by law-abiding people such as themselves.

Last Updated on Friday, 05 September 2014 10:06
Seeking Accountability for Gaza E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 24 August 2014 12:10


Independent Investigative Journalism Since 1995 - August 23, 2014

Israel and the Obama administration insist that Israel’s recent slaughter of Palestinians in Gaza was justified by indiscriminate rocket fire from the blockaded area, but some international law advocates think the disproportionate response justifies prosecution of Israeli and U.S. officials for war crimes, says Marjorie Cohn.


By Marjorie Cohn http://consortiumnews.com/2014/08/23/seeking-accountability-for-gaza/


The National Lawyers Guild (NLG), Center for Constitutional Rights, International Association of Democratic Lawyers, Arab Lawyers Union, and American Association of Jurists (Asociacion Americana de Juristas) sent a letter on Friday to Fatou Bensouda, Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), urging her to initiate an investigation of war crimes, genocide, and crimes against humanity committed by Israeli leaders and aided and abetted by U.S. officials in Gaza. Under the Rome Statute, the ICC has the power to hold individuals criminally accountable for the most serious of crimes.

“In light of the extreme gravity of the situation in the occupied Gaza Strip, in particular the large number of civilian casualties and large scale destruction of civilian property, including schools, mosques and hospitals, and the ongoing incitement to genocide perpetrated by Israeli political figures and leaders, the [NLG] and endorsing organizations strongly urge the Office of the Prosecutor to use its power under Article 15 of the Rome Statute to initiate a preliminary investigation” of crimes within the ICC’s jurisdiction.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 August 2014 08:55
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