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The God of War E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 14 July 2016 22:41
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Mural of a statue of Mars, god of war, in Pompeii.  (Photo: Kleuske/CC BY 2.5)

There’s Mars, the god of war, perched in a parking garage in Dallas, annihilating the enemy with utter impunity. Mars, you sicko! Just listen to President Obama:

“By definition, if you shoot people who pose no threat to you — strangers — you have a troubled mind. What triggers that, what feeds it, what sets it off, I’ll leave that to psychologists and people who study these kinds of incidents.”

Last Updated on Friday, 15 July 2016 01:07
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PADDLE FOR THE INLET IS A HUGE SUCCESS! E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Monday, 11 July 2016 18:17

BY Saanich Inlet Network News..

 

 

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This past Saturday approximately 200 paddlers took to the water in the Saanich Inlet to let Steelhead LNG know there is strong opposition to their Malahat LNG proposal and that the community wants to keep the inlet LNG Free!

Thank you to all the paddlers that answered our call! It was an amazing afternoon! It is very likely there will be another "Paddle" planned for the near future!

Paddlers had an incredible welcome from W̱SÁNEĆ First Nations leaders and then headed out on the water to build the local community and enjoy the Saanich Inlet.

View and share our Facebook Live videos on the Saanich Inlet Network Facebook Group.
Last Updated on Monday, 11 July 2016 18:42
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Habitat III: time to implement habitat I call to reallocate the military budget E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Monday, 11 July 2016 08:19
By joan russow PhD
Global compliance Research Project
 
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On the 40th anniversary of habitat I time to implement the recommendation:
 
"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).
 
and subsequent similar recognition or commitment:
Last Updated on Monday, 11 July 2016 08:46
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NATO SUMMIT 2016: PREVENTING WAR AND ARMED CONFLICT BY MOVING FROM MILITARIZED SECURITY TO COMMON SECURITY E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 08 July 2016 08:19

 

by Joan Russow PhD

 

Peace Earth and Justice Project

Global Compliance Research Project

 

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ACTIONS THAT COULD BE PROMOTED BY INTERNATIONALLY

 

1. Changing the UN system

2. Reallocating military expenses

3. Opposing militarism by member states of the United Nations

4. Abolishing nuclear weapons

5. Disbanding NATO

                        6. Redefining what constitutes global  common security

Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 July 2016 07:22
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Blissful Bush Celebrates Birthday with No War Crime Reckoning E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 07 July 2016 14:19

While the Chilcot Inquiry has spurred renewed calls for former Prime Minister Tony Blair's impeachment, the American leader continues to evade accountability

Common Dreams http://www.commondreams.org/news/2016/07/06/blissful-bush-celebrates-birthday-no-war-crime-reckoning

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A photograph posted on George W. Bush's Instagram account on Wednesday with the caption:

A photograph posted on George W. Bush's Instagram account on Wednesday with the caption: "Chris Self, gentleman-soldier, showing respect for his elders in black tie. #43turns70." (Photo: georgewbush/Instagram)

Almost as if it were planned, former U.S. President George W. Bush rang in his 70thbirthday on Wednesday with a remarkable gift: a reminder of his seemingly eternal impunity for war crimes committed in Iraq and beyond.

The long-awaited publication of the Chilcot Inquiry—the UK government's investigation into the lead-up to and execution of the Iraq War—amounted to a searing indictment of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, accusing him of deceiving the public and British Parliament about the threat posed by Saddam Hussein's alleged weapons of mass destruction and following the United States blindly into an "illegal" war.

Last Updated on Monday, 18 July 2016 10:15
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North and South Face Off Over “Right to the City” E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 07 July 2016 13:39

By Emilio Godoyol

Panama City, one of the fastest growing metropolises in Latin America. The Third United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) will be held in Quito in October and will adopt the New Urban Agenda. Credit: Emilo Godoy/IPS

Panama City, one of the fastest growing metropolises in Latin America. The Third United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) will be held in Quito in October and will adopt the New Urban Agenda. Credit: Emilo Godoy/IPS

MEXICO CITY, Jun 30 2016 (IPS) - The declaration that will be presented for approval at the Third United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) in October has again sparked conflict between the opposing positions taken by the industrial North and the developing South.

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Bernie Sanders: Democrats Need to Wake Up E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 03 July 2016 11:46
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http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/29/opinion/campaign-stops/bernie-sanders-democrats-need-to-wake-up.html?_r=0

Surprise, surprise. Workers in Britain, many of whom have seen a decline in their standard of living while the very rich in their country have become much richer, have turned their backs on the European Union and a globalized economy that is failing them and their children.

Last Updated on Sunday, 03 July 2016 19:46
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Politics for the planet: why nature and wildlife need their own seats at the UN E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 03 July 2016 10:14

by Associate Professor of International & Political Studies, UNSW Australia Stefanie Fishel

Assistant Professor, University of Alabama

Whether we consider wild weather, unprecedented Arctic melting and global temperatures, or the Great Barrier Reef, the global environment is generating alarming news. Predictions of multi-metre sea level rises, the collapse of marine biodiversity and food chains, and global warming far beyond 2? are equally concerning. Is our system of global environmental law and governance adequate to this crisis?

Our short answer is “no”, but what should be done? We believe new international institutions and laws are needed, with one fundamental purpose: to give a voice to ecosystems and non-human forms of life.

Last Updated on Sunday, 03 July 2016 20:59
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Sanders wins concessions in Dem draft platform E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Saturday, 02 July 2016 06:37

by By Ben Kamisar

 
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Bernie Sanders won a handful of concessions in the Democratic National Committee’s platform, with the party lining up behind his vision on the minimum wage, financial regulation and other issues.
 
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draft version of the platform was released Friday, amid an ongoing battle to get Sanders to end his presidential campaign and endorse presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton
 
The platform explicitly calls for a $15 minimum wage, a position long espoused by Sanders. 
 
"Democrats believe that the current minimum wage is a starvation wage and must be increased to a living wage," the text reads. 
Last Updated on Saturday, 02 July 2016 06:45
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Vermont's new GMO law could spur change across U.S. GENETICALLY ENGINEERED FOODS MUST BE CLEARLY LABELLED ON FOOD PACKAGES IN STATE STARTING JULY 1 E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Saturday, 02 July 2016 06:26

Vermont's new GMO law could spur change across U.S.

Genetically engineered foods must be clearly labelled on food packages in state starting July 1

By Alison Northcott, CBC News Posted: Jul 01, 2016 11:00 AM ET Last Updated: Jul 02, 2016 6:46 AM ET

Erica Wiggins shops for groceries with her children in Georgia, Vt. A new GMO-labelling law goes into effect July 1 in the state.

Erica Wiggins shops for groceries with her children in Georgia, Vt. A new GMO-labelling law goes into effect July 1 in the state. (Jessica Rubinger/CBC)

A new GMO labelling law in Vermont is sending ripples through the North American food industry. Starting July 1, processed foods sold in the state that contain genetically engineered ingredients must say so on the label

Similar laws exist in countries across Europe, but for now, genetically modified organisms don't have to be labelled in the rest of the U.S., or in Canada.

Last Updated on Saturday, 02 July 2016 20:50
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Suspend Saudi Arabia from Human Rights Council, Human Rights Groups Say E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 01 July 2016 10:58

By Tharanga Yakupitiyage

 
Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch brief the press. UN Photo/Loey Felipe

Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch brief the press. UN Photo/Loey Felipe

UNITED NATIONS, Jun 30 2016 (IPS) - Saudi Arabia’s membership in the Human Rights Council (HRC) should be suspended by members of the UN General Assembly, Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Amnesty International (AI) said on Wednesday.

 

The two human rights groups have joined forces to make the exceptional call for action, noting that it is based on Saudi Arabia’s “gross and systematic violations of human rights” in Yemen and domestically.

“We believe that…Saudi Arabia does not deserve to sit anymore on the Human Rights Council,” HRW’s Deputy Director for Global Advocacy Philippe Bolopion said to press here Wednesday.

HRW and AI allege that they have documented 69 unlawful airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen, which have killed at least 913 civilians including 200 children.

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