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Responsibility to Protect Doctrine has no legitimate international status. PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Saturday, 06 January 2018 11:51

Responsibility to Protect Doctrine has no legitimate international status.

Joan Russow- Global Compliance Research Project  2012

In August 2005, at the UN, a straw vote was taken about the position, of different negotiating groups, vis a vis R2P. Non Aligned Movement (NAM) representing 116 member states said “NO,R2P is a reincarnation of humanitarian intervention”. Most developing states had reservations about a doctrine  sanctioning intervention in a Sovereign state. Yet, in 2011, R2P was assumed to be a UN well-supported doctrine and used to justify the invasion of LIbya.

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Trump’s Lethal Decision on Jerusalem PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 12 December 2017 13:29

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President Trump has won praise from Christian Zionists and many staunch supporters of Israel for declaring Jerusalem Israel’s capital, but critics say it only makes peace a more distant goal, reports Dennis J Bernstein.

 

By Dennis J Bernstein Interview with Francis Boyle

Protests have broken out across the Middle East against President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital — and Western critics complain that the move adds one more brick in the wall against the prospects for peace.

Professor Francis Boyle, who teaches international law at the University of Illinois College of Law and served as a long-time legal adviser to the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), calls Trump’s announcement a “symbolic but still critical step in Israeli designs to control not just Jerusalem, but all of historic Palestine.” I spoke with Boyle on Dec. 6.

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Graffiti on Israel’s wall in Bethlehem, West Bank. April 16, 2011. (Flickr Montecruz Foto)

 

Graffiti on Israel’s wall in Bethlehem, West Bank. April 16, 2011. (Flickr Montecruz Foto)

Dennis Bernstein: What was your initial response to the announcement by President Trump that the United States will be moving its embassy to Jerusalem?

Francis Boyle: It is always a sad day when you know that people are going to die.  It is a defeat for the human spirit.  In the last intifada [September 2000-February 2005], about 3,000 Palestinians died and 1,000 Israelis.  I don’t know what will happen this time.  The Palestinians have called for “three days of rage.”  Trump could very well set off a third intifada here.

Dennis Bernstein: Trump says this doesn’t get in the way of the US being an honest broker, that the vision is for peace.  From the legal perspective, how do you see this?

Francis Boyle: First of all, the United States has never been an honest broker here.  I was legal advisor to the Palestinian delegation to the Middle East Peace Negotiations from 1991, when they began, to the signing of Oslo.  It was very clear that the United States was always serving as Israel’s lawyer.  You had Miller, Ross, and Kurtzer, all three American Jews, two of them orthodox.

The Palestinians had to go hat-in-hand to present their case to American Jews.  Nothing has changed: We now have Kushner, Greenblatt and Friedman, all three of whom are orthodox Jews.  The whole thing has been preposterous from the beginning.  We have always been in favor of Israel, using lies, threats and intimidation to force the Palestinians to accept whatever the Israelis are giving them.  That is international diplomacy for you, conducted by the United States, not only in the Middle East but all over the world.

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Trump’s Lethal Decision on Jerusalem PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 12 December 2017 13:23

By Dennis J Bernstein Interview with Francis Boyle

December 12, 2017

 

 

President Trump has won praise from Christian Zionists and many staunch supporters of Israel for declaring Jerusalem Israel’s capital, but critics say it only makes peace a more distant goal, reports Dennis J Bernstein.

 

Protests have broken out across the Middle East against President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital — and Western critics complain that the move adds one more brick in the wall against the prospects for peace.

Professor Francis Boyle, who teaches international law at the University of Illinois College of Law and served as a long-time legal adviser to the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), calls Trump’s announcement a “symbolic but still critical step in Israeli designs to control not just Jerusalem, but all of historic Palestine.” I spoke with Boyle on Dec. 6.

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Graffiti on Israel’s wall in Bethlehem, West Bank. April 16, 2011. (Flickr Montecruz Foto)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dennis Bernstein: What was your initial response to the announcement by President Trump that the United States will be moving its embassy to Jerusalem?

Francis Boyle: It is always a sad day when you know that people are going to die.  It is a defeat for the human spirit.  In the last intifada [September 2000-February 2005], about 3,000 Palestinians died and 1,000 Israelis.  I don’t know what will happen this time.  The Palestinians have called for “three days of rage.”  Trump could very well set off a third intifada here.

Dennis Bernstein: Trump says this doesn’t get in the way of the US being an honest broker, that the vision is for peace.  From the legal perspective, how do you see this?

Francis Boyle: First of all, the United States has never been an honest broker here.  I was legal advisor to the Palestinian delegation to the Middle East Peace Negotiations from 1991, when they began, to the signing of Oslo.  It was very clear that the United States was always serving as Israel’s lawyer.  You had Miller, Ross, and Kurtzer, all three American Jews, two of them orthodox.

The Palestinians had to go hat-in-hand to present their case to American Jews.  Nothing has changed: We now have Kushner, Greenblatt and Friedman, all three of whom are orthodox Jews.  The whole thing has been preposterous from the beginning.  We have always been in favor of Israel, using lies, threats and intimidation to force the Palestinians to accept whatever the Israelis are giving them.  That is international diplomacy for you, conducted by the United States, not only in the Middle East but all over the world.

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NOBEL PEACE ICAN PRESENTATION PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Monday, 11 December 2017 17:41

Award Ceremony Speech

Presentation Speech by Berit Reiss-Andersen, Chair of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, Oslo, 10 December 2017.

Your Majesties, Your Royal Highnesses, Distinguished Representatives of the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Your Excellencies, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen,

The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2017. On behalf of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, I take great pleasure in congratulating ICAN on this award.

ICAN 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. ICAN's efforts have given new momentum to the process of abolishing nuclear weapons.

This year's Peace Prize follows in a tradition of awards that have honoured efforts against the proliferation of nuclear weapons and for nuclear disarmament. Twelve Peace Prizes have been awarded, in whole or in part, for this type of peace work. The first went to Philip Noel-Baker in 1959, and the most recent was awarded to Barack Obama in 2009. And now, this year, to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN).

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NOBEL PEACE PRIZE link to video and ICAN TRANSCRIPT OF SPEECH PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Monday, 11 December 2017 17:21

 

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

 

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ican Award Ceremony Speech

 

Presentation Speech by Berit Reiss-Andersen, Chair of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, Oslo, 10 December 2017.

Your Majesties, Your Royal Highnesses, Distinguished Representatives of the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Your Excellencies, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen,

The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2017. On behalf of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, I take great pleasure in congratulating ICAN on this award.

ICAN 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. ICAN's efforts have given new momentum to the process of abolishing nuclear weapons.

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VOW Condemns Decision to Recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Monday, 11 December 2017 12:17

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VOWs in Toronto join demonstration Hands off Jerusalem. December 9, 2017

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Canadian Voice of Women for Peace strongly opposes the Trump administration’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, and begin the process of relocating its embassy to Jerusalem. VOW believes that the world’s governments should not recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital until Israel has reached a mutually agreed upon peace settlement with the Palestinians.

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Miseducation through industrial rhetoric: a tragic outcome of UNCED PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 07 December 2017 13:13

By Joan Russow

SEPTEMBER 28, 1992

 

 

 

 Many of these problems have arisen from a development model that is environmentally destructive  ( Agenda 21, 18.45 Fresh water)

 

 

A very serious outcome of UNCED is occurring in Education in Canada. through industry's fostering  an "environmentally destructive development model"  in the guise of environmental enlightenment.

 

In chapter 36 of Agenda 21, a very important distinction is made between promoting "education," promoting "public awareness," and  promoting 'training."  It appears to be clear in Agenda 21 that non-governmental organizations, community-based groups, women's groups and aboriginal groups are called upon to assist educators in reorienting education.  The role of industry is ascertained to be limited to specific areas of business, industrial and training programs.

 

" Educational authorities, with appropriate assistance of non-governmental organizations, including women's and indigenous peoples' organizations should promote all kinds of adult education programmes for continuing education in environment and development, basing activities around elementary/secondary schools and local problems.  The authorities and industry should encourage business, industrial and agricultural schools to include such topics in their curricula.  The corporate sector could include sustainable development in their education and training programmes.   Agenda 21, section36.5 l

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The World Trade Organization must be dismantled; Tinkering with it is not enough PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 03 December 2017 16:11

 

by Joan Russow and disributed before and at the  World Trade Conference in Seattle 


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We are now living in the wake of negligence from years of
institutional collusion among governments, corporations and the
military. Currently there is a concurrence of disasters: the violation
of human rights, including civil and political rights, the denial of
social justice, the degradation of the environment, and the escalation
of war and conflict. The WTO has been instrumental in fostering this
collusion to the detriment of the global community. In the year 1999,
the culmination of the decade devoted to international law, rather
than continue with this collusion which has jeopardized civil society
and the global ecosystem, the WTO should be dismantled and emphasis
should be placed on member states living up to their international
public trust commitments and obligations and adhering to the rule of
law.

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WTO: PROTESTS NEITHER “SENSELESS IN SEATTLE” NOR MISGUIDED IN QATAR, PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 03 December 2017 13:08

By Joan Russow and David White 

1999 was the culmination of the decade devoted to the furtherance of international law. In reporting about the WTO in Seattle, Thomas Friedman, foreign affairs columnist for the New York Times. appeared to ignore the significance of the international law negotiated at the United Nations in New York. 

In his piece “those flat-earth advocates rally senseless in Seattle” (reprinted  in the SeattlePost-inteligencer   he ignored or disregarded years of  international law negotiated at the UN in New York.

 

There appears to be two significantly different existing international regimes.  The first, the WTO, NAFTA, GATT, APEC, and FTAA are negotiated primarily apart from the UN. These agreements generally promote vested economic interests.  The second, the body of international law negotiated over the 56 years of the United Nations, generally promote the “public trust”.  The “public trust” agreements encompass obligations incurred and commitments  made to prevent war and conflict and to eliminate weapons of mass destruction; to reduce the military budget and transfer the savings into social programs; to ensure social justice, to eradicate poverty, and to guarantee human rights, labour rights, right to food and housing and civil and political rights; to preserve the environment,  to reduce the ecological footprint, to respect the inherent worth of nature beyond human purpose ...

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NECESSITY TO MOVE FROM THE CULT OF WAR TO A CULTURE OF PEACE PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 03 December 2017 11:52

 

Joan Russow Ph.D,

Canadian Voice of Women  pRESENTATION ON A PANEL  For the Briefing to NGOs, Security Council and Heads of UN Agencies Tuesday, June 8 2000

 

Since its inception, the United Nations has been the international hope for "preventing the scourge of war". Yet rather than prevent the scourge of war the member states have continually increased military budgets and the production of arms.

 

Rather than act on the commitment from the 1972 United Nations Stockholm Conference on the Environment and Humans, to prevent the production of weapons of mass destruction, the Security Council has maintained the veto of the countries that have been most responsible for producing weapons of mass destruction.

 

For over fifty years through international agreements, the member states of the United Nations have drafted the blueprint for attaining the Culture of Peace. Member states of the UN, in addition, to incurring obligations through conventions, treaties, and covenants to prevent the scourge of war, have created expectations through General Assembly resolutions and have made commitments through UN conference action plans to address the issue of the necessity of reducing military budgets.

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