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The Pentagonization of America PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 02 March 2021 13:24
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Mandy Smithberger and William Hartung, The Pentagonization of America
POSTED ON JANUARY 28, 2021
It’s ever more obvious that the forever wars the U.S. military has been fighting for almost two decades are coming home, especially in the wake of the creation of a Baghdad-style “Green Zone” in Washington, D.C., for the recent inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.  We now know as well that, on January 6th, during the storming of the Capitol by a mob of white nationalists and QAnoners, the military arrived in Washington earlier than most of us imagined.  NPR reports that, among those in that vast crowd who broke into the Capitol, ran riot, and have so far been charged with crimes, nearly one in five was a military veteran or a member of the armed forces. And keep in mind that National Guard officials removed 12 of the troops they sent to Washington to protect the inauguration, at least some for fear of similar inclinations. Of course, none of this should be surprising since, among the crew of Wolverine Watchmen arrested last October for planning the kidnapping and possible assassination of Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, at least two were Marine veterans.
 
Today, TomDispatch regulars and Pentagon experts Mandy Smithberger and William Hartung note a particular irony of this century: the less effective the U.S. military has been abroad, the more it’s fought those pointless forever wars to hell and back, the more it’s come to be prized, respected, and treasured here at home.  In the process, as those two authors suggest today, American democracy, too, has been transformed into a kind of Green Zone. There should be a distinct irony in that, if anyone were paying real attention. Joe Biden typically ended his Inaugural Address, “May God bless America and may God protect our troops.” The question Smithberger and Hartung ask is, if God is protecting the troops, who’s protecting us?  Not, it seems, the powers-that-be in Washington when it comes to the militarization of our political system. Tom
 
 
2/19/2021 UN Blueprint that Could Urgently Solve Earth’s Triple Climate Emergencies PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 19 February 2021 12:42

2/19/2021 UN Blueprint that Could Urgently Solve Earth’s Triple Climate Emergencies | Inter Press Service www.ipsnews.net/2021/02/un-blueprint-that-could-urgently-solve-earths-triple-climate-emergencies/ 1/2 A recent UN report lays out the gravity of Earth’s triple environmental emergencies of climate, biodiversity loss and pollution. Fishers on Kochi, Kerala operates the traditional lift-net method where catches have fallen drastically as a result of mechanised over-fishing. High fuel subsidies make it profitable for deep-sea fishing trawlers even when travelling large distances into sea. Safeguarding small fisher communities’ rights, expanding marine conservation area can allow biodiversity and fish growth to stabilise. Credit: Manipadma Jena/IPS Biodiversity, Climate Change, Development & Aid, Editors' Choice, Environment, Featured, Global, Green Economy, Headlines, IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse, Population, Poverty & SDGs, TerraViva United Nations CLIMATE CHANGE UN Blueprintthat Could Urgently Solve Earth’s Triple Climate Emergencies By Manipadma Jena BHUBANESWAR, India, Feb 19 2021 (IPS) - “Our war on nature has left the planet broken. This is senseless and suicidal. The consequences of our recklessness are already apparent in human suffering, towering economic losses and the accelerating erosion of life on Earth,” António Guterres Secretary-General of the United Nations said. “By transforming how we view nature, we can recognise its true value. By reflecting this value in policies, plans and economic systems, we can channel investments into activities that restore nature and are rewarded for it,” the UN Chief told the media while releasing a UN Environment Programme’s (UNEP) major new report. ‘Making Peace with Nature: A scientific blueprint to tackle the climate, biodiversity and pollution emergencies’ lays out the gravity of Earth’s triple environmental emergencies of climate, biodiversity loss and pollution but provides detailed solutions too by drawing on global assessments, including those from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, as well as UNEP’s Global Environment Outlook report, the UNEP International Resource Panel, and new findings on the emergence of zoonotic diseases such as COVID-19. Without nature’s help we will not thrive, not even survive “Without nature’s help we will not thrive, not even survive,” Guterres cautioned. The UN chief was, however, particularly hopeful climate and biodiversity commitment will see progress as he is set to welcome United States back to the Paris Agreement today, Feb. 19. The “net-zero club” is growing, Inger Andersen, Executive Director of UNEP said. “Before the COVID-19 pandemic, 2020 was emerging as a moment of truth for our commitment to steer Earth and for our commitment to steer Earth and its people toward sustainability. (But) loss of biodiversity and ecosystem integrity, together with climate change and pollution will undermine our efforts on 80 percent of assessed SDG targets particularly in poverty reduction, hunger, health, water, cities and climate,” Anderson said. “Women represent 80 percent of those displaced by climate disruption; polluted water kills a further 1.8 million, predominantly children; and 1.3 billion people remain poor and some 700 million hungry,” Guterres said. Christian Walzer, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Executive Director for Health Programs and one of the co-authors of the Making Peace with Nature report, told IPS via email: “Intact and functioning nature is the foundation on which we must build back better. Trying to separate economic recovery from healthy environments and climate change neglects the essential fact that the solutions to these crises are tightly interconnected and reinforce each other.” He underlined how ecosystem degradation heightens the risk of pathogens making the jump from animals to humans, and the importance of a ‘One Health’ approach that considers human, animal and planetary health together. Walzer is a veterinarian who leads on One Health issues across the world. Economic growth has brought uneven gains in prosperity to a fast-growing global population, leaving 1.3 billion people poor, while tripling the extraction of natural resources to damaging levels and creating a planetary emergency. Subsidies on fossil fuels, for instance, and prices that leave out environmental costs, are driving the wasteful production and consumption of energy and natural resources that are behind all three problems. Guterres pointed out how governments are still paying more to exploit nature than to protect it, spending 4 to 6 trillion dollars on subsidies that damage environment. He said over-fishing and deforestation is still encouraged by countries globally because it helped GDP growth, despite drastically undermining livelihoods of local fishers and forest dwellers. In the current growth trajectory despite a temporary decline in emissions due to the pandemic, the earth is heading for at least 3°C of global warming this century; more than 1 million of the estimated 8 million plant and animal species are at substantially increased risk of extinction; and diseases caused by pollution are currently killing some 9 million people prematurely every year. INTER PRESS SERVICE News Agency News and Views from the Global South 2/19/2021 UN Blueprint that Could Urgently Solve Earth’s Triple Climate Emergencies | Inter Press Service www.ipsnews.net/2021/02/un-blueprint-that-could-urgently-solve-earths-triple-climate-emergencies/ 2/2 A farmer in Kerala’s hinterlands applies chemical fertilisers to his rice paddies. Large areas under unsustainable agricultural methods world-over in a drive for higher food production has damaged the environment. Scientific climate friendly methods are available and are equally productive. Credit: Manipadma Jena/IPS The blueprint for solutions The authors of Making Peace with Nature report assess the links between multiple environmental and development challenges, and explain how advances in science and bold policymaking can open a pathway towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 and a carbon neutral world by 2050 while bending the curve on biodiversity loss and curbing pollution and waste. Taking that path means innovation and investment only in activities that protect both people and nature. Success will include restored ecosystems and healthier lives as well as a stable climate. Amid a wave of investment to re-energise economies hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, the blueprint communicates the opportunity and urgency for ambitious and immediate action. It also lays out the roles that everyone – from governments and businesses to communities and individuals – can and must play. “2021 is a make-it or break-it year, a mind-shift year,” said Guterres. 2021, with its upcoming climate and biodiversity convention meetings, is the year where governments must come up with synergistic and ambitious targets to safeguard the planet. To turn the tide of current unsustainability, the UNEP blueprint has several recommendations some of which include that governments include natural capital while measuring economic performance of both countries and businesses, and putting a price on carbon and shift trillions of dollars in subsidies from fossil fuels, non-sustainable agriculture and transportation towards low-carbon and nature-friendly solutions. It is high time, the report advises, to expand and improve protected area networks for ambitious international biodiversity targets. Further, non-government organisations can build networks of stakeholders to ensure their full participation in decisions about sustainable use of land and marine resources, the report recommends. Financial organisations need to stop lending for fossil fuels, and boost renewable energy expansion. Developing innovative finance for biodiversity conservation and sustainable agriculture is of utmost importance now. Businesses can adopt the principles of the circular economy to minimise resource use and waste and commit to maintaining transparent and deforestation-free supply chains. Scientific organisations can pioneer technologies and policies to reduce carbon emissions, increase resource efficiency and lift the resilience of cities, industries, communities and ecosystems Individuals can reconsider their relationship with nature, learn about sustainability and change their habits to reduce their use of resources, cut waste of food, water and energy, and adopt healthier diets. two-thirds of global CO2 emissions are linked to households. “People’s choices matter,” Guterres said. http://www.ipsnews.net/2021/02/un-blueprint-that-could-urgently-solve-earths-triple-climate-emergencies/ © Copyright IPS. All rights reserved.

 
INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE FOR THE SAKE OF PEACE AND DISARMAMENT PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 21 September 2020 07:01

 

By Joan Russow PhD

Global Compliance Research Project

(OUTLINE FROM A LARGER DOCUMENT)

(RE POSTED  2020-09-17) LEST WE FORGET  INCREASED MILITARISM AND DEFIANCE OF THE RULE OF INTERNATIONAL LAW)

 

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DISARMAMENT POSTER - NORTHERN fRIENDS' pEACE BOARD 1935

UPDATE IN 2020

In December 2016, Canada along with US allies  gave the reason for not adopting the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapon, that US nuclear weapons are necessary for the security of Canada  and that Canada would never agree that nuclear weapons would never be used

And in july2017 Canada refused to sign and ratify a Treaty on the prohibition of nuclear weapons which undertakes never under any circumstances to:

(a) Develop, test, produce, manufacture, otherwise acquire, possess or stockpile nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices;

 (b) Transfer to any recipient whatsoever nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices or control over such weapons or explosive devices directly or indirectly;

 (c) Receive the transfer of or control over nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices directly or indirectly;

 (d) Use or threaten to use nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices;

 (e) Assist, encourage or induce, in any way, anyone to engage in any activity prohibited to a State Party under this Treaty;

(g) Allow any stationing, installation or deployment of any nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices in its territory or at any place under its jurisdiction or control.

 

And  instead Canada  had  agreed, at a NATO Conference, to the following;

1) Nuclear weapons must be maintained indefinitely.

2) we will improve their use and accuracy (modernize them).

3  wecan use them first.

4) we can target non-nuclear weapons states.

5) We can threaten to use them.

6) We can keep them in Europe, as we are now doing.

7)  We can launch some on 15 minutes warning.

8) We say “they are essential for peace."

And We will never agree that they should never be used.

Last Updated on Monday, 21 September 2020 07:07
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VICTORIA BC OPPOSITION TO INVASION OF AFGHANISTAN "the Rule of International law not Revenge must Prevail" PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 19 May 2020 10:32

 

VICTORIA BC OPPOSITION TO INVASION OF AFGHANISTAN

"the Ruke of International law not Revenge must Prevail"

FROM THE ARCHIVES

N E W S    R E L E A S E

 

2001 For Immediate Release:  September 18, 2001

 

Islam is not the enemy. War is not the answer.

 

Victoria-- Last night, over 100 concerned citizens representing a wide

diversity of organizations (list below), ages, religions and races, met at

the University of Victoria to found the Victoria Peace Coalition. Those

attending formed six committees to voice Victorians' deep concern about the

US terrorist attacks, the drive towards war, and the increase of racism.

The following statement was agreed to unanimously by all attending the

founding meeting:

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2014 peace conference in the Hague PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 18 May 2020 15:21

Jump into Our Peacebuilders' Circle!

 
Love Gone Viral PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 20 March 2020 13:47

Stuck with things to do? These creative people took to dancing on the top of Mount Doug in Victoria BC. All across the mountain top were people who came to sit where they could see each other and be safe. The sun was out and it was a warm spring day 20200319_172620 COVID-19

See Video Here on Youtube

Last Updated on Friday, 20 March 2020 14:59
 
Coronaviruses Mountain Top Distancing Together PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 20 March 2020 11:38

When your stuck with things to do. These creative people took to the top of Mount Doug in Victoria BC.

 

All across the mountain top were people who came to sit where they could see each other and be safe. The sun was out and it was a warm spring day.  I counted over 20 scattered along the hill side  There were many morescattered along the trails.

 

People on mountain during Coronaviruses outbreak.

 

Last Updated on Friday, 20 March 2020 13:10
 
2020 The Fate of the Earth Must Not be Decided by the US and its Fellow Nuclear Weapons States and NATO allies. PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 24 January 2020 13:25

By Joan Russow

Global Compliance Research Project

 

The Doom's Day clock is now at 100 seconds To midnight

 

 

nuclear weapons blast explosion test operation plumbbob priscillaA 37-kiloton blast known as "Priscilla" explodes during an Operation Plumbbob nuclear test at the Nevada Test Site on June 24, 1957. The device was detonated from a balloon.

 

‎UPDATE OF http://www.ipsnews.net/2017/04/fate-of-earth-must-not-be-decided-by-us-fellow-nuclear-states/ 

In June 2017, I attended the UN negotiations on the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. Canada and its NATO allies and nuclear weapon states, including the US, France, Russia and China Great Britain Pakistan India, North Korea and israel were  absent

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 January 2020 11:40
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Petition to UNGA to set up an international Tribunal to try President Donald J Trump for Crimes Against the Peace PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Monday, 06 January 2020 13:18

By the Global  Compliance Research Project 

The UN General Assembly should invoke under Article 22 of the Charter of the United Nations to Establish an International Tribunal to try  Donald J. Trump for Crimes Against Peace  for authorizing the United States’ military assassination of Iran’s most powerful military commander General Qasem Soleimani.

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The Nuremberg trial established key principles to apply in the case of Crimes against Peace, and War crimes. Two key principles are the following: (Principle 3) The fact that a person who committed an act which constitutes a crime under international law acted as head of state or responsible government official does not relieve him from responsibility under international law. 

(Principle 1) Any person who commits an act which constitutes a crime under international law is responsible therefore and liable to punishment.

It is time to finally establish an international tribunal for the Prosecution of Persons Responsible for Serious Violations of International Humanitarian Law 

AND to try Donald J. Trump. This tribunal will incorporate the principles from the Nuremberg  and would be based previous  International Tribunals.

The Nuremberg trial established key principles to apply in the case of Crimes against Peace, and War crimes. Two key principles are the following: (Principle 3) The fact that a person who committed an act which constitutes a crime under international law acted as head of state or responsible government official does not relieve him from responsibility under international law. 

(Principle 1) Any person who commits an act which constitutes a crime under international law is responsible therefore and liable to punishment.

It is time to finally establish an international tribunal for the Prosecution of Persons Responsible for Serious Violations of International Humanitarian Law 

AND to try President Donald J Trump,


Having been established by the United Nations General Assembly, under Article 22 of the Charter of the United Nations, the International Tribunal for the Prosecution of Persons Responsible for Serious Violations of International Humanitarian Law Committed by PRESIDENT Donald J. Trump in the Territory of IRAQ  (hereinafter referred to as "the International Tribunal") shall function in accordance with the provisions of the present Statute.

Last Updated on Monday, 06 January 2020 17:34
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Petition to set up an international Tribunal to try President Donald J. Trump for Crimes Against the Peace PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Monday, 06 January 2020 13:12

 

Petition to set up an international Tribunal to try President Donald J. Trump  for Crimes Against the  Peace


The UN General Assembly should invoke under Article 22 of the Charter of the United Nations to Establish an International Tribunal to try  Donald J. Trump for Crimes Against Peace  for authorizing the United States’ military assassination of Iran’s most powerful military commander General Qasem Soleimani.


The Nuremberg trial established key principles to apply in the case of Crimes against Peace, and War crimes. Two key principles are the following: (Principle 3) The fact that a person who committed an act which constitutes a crime under international law acted as head of state or responsible government official does not relieve him from responsibility under international law. 

(Principle 1) Any person who commits an act which constitutes a crime under international law is responsible therefore and liable to punishment.

It is time to finally establish an international tribunal for the Prosecution of Persons Responsible for Serious Violations of International Humanitarian Law 

AND to try Donald J. Trump. This tribunal will incorporate the principles from the Nuremberg  and would be based previous  International Tribunals.

The Nuremberg trial established key principles to apply in the case of Crimes against Peace, and War crimes. Two key principles are the following: (Principle 3) The fact that a person who committed an act which constitutes a crime under international law acted as head of state or responsible government official does not relieve him from responsibility under international law. 

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