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CSW 59 CONFRONTING MILITARISM THROUGH REDIRECTING GLOBAL MILITARY EXPENSES AND THROUGH DIVESTMENT: AN ETHICAL IMPERATIVE PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 24 March 2015 08:02

 

 

 

MINDFUL THAT in the Charter of the United Nations, all states undertook

to prevent the scourge of war

 

MINDFUL THAT in 1976, at Habitat I in Vancouver, all member states

of the United Nations affirmed the following:

"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. Part of the resources thus released should be utilized so as to

achieve a better quality of life for humanity and particularly for the peoples

of developing countries" (ii, 12 Habitat 1).

Last Updated on Monday, 30 March 2015 10:32
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HABITAT II: RE-ALLOCATION OF THE MILITARY BUDGET PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 24 March 2015 06:55

By Joan Russow (PhD) Global Compliance Research Project

 Presentation on behalf of the Peace caucus. 

September 1996

Circulated at Habitat II in Istanbul 

 

"To address the urgency" none of the actions required nor all of them combined- is expensive in the context of...military expenditures. A few would require little or not additional financial resources in that they involve changes in lifestyles, social norms or government policies that can be largely brought about and sustained through greater citizen action and political leadership (Programme of action of the United Nations International Conference on Population and Development, 1994)

 

REDUCTION OF THE MILITARY BUDGET

Cities will be habitable when there is the international political will to make fundamental global change to provide for essential needs. Both humans and ecosystems have basic identifiable needs for survival and quality of life and function.

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Message to Biden: More of the Same Won’t Work in Central America PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 20 March 2015 06:21

Message to Biden:  More of the Same Won’t Work in Central America

By Alexander Main


This article was published by The Hill on March 19, 2015. If anyone would like to reprint it, please include a link to the original.


 

Vice President Joe Biden is a man on a mission. Over the last few weeks, the White House’s go-to guy on Latin America has made every effort to persuade Congress to approve a $1 billion aid request for Central America. In separate op-eds in The New York Times and The Hill, Biden has argued that this money could help jump start the region economically and pave the way for “the next great success story of the Western Hemisphere.”   But Biden’s billion-dollar plan has already encountered resistance in Congress, and from fellow Democrats no less. “We’ve spent billions of dollars there over two decades,” Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) recently noted. “And we’ve seen conditions get worse in Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador.”

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Draft International Covenant of Ecological Rights PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 06 February 2015 13:55

Draft proposed by Joan Russow Global Compliance Research Project

 

Cochabamba Bolivia, April 2010

 

Guerra del Agua, 1.0

 

image of Coxhabamba 2010 water walkalk Photo by The Democracy Center.
 

At a meeting on water in Cochabamba, I recommended that we draft an International Covenant on Ecological Rights, and propose that the draft be put on the floor of the UN General Assembly, and to be negotiated at Prep Coms leading up to Earth Summit +20, and open for signatures at the Summit. And propose it as a legally binding document.
 

“Ecological Rights” – include the Earth Rights, or the Rights of Mother Earth and if this Covenant is made legally binding, the Ecosystem would have standing in Courts.

and “Ecological Rights” include the rights of present and future generations to safe environment, and ecological heritage.

The following is an update to the December 17, 1994 Charter of Ecological and Equitable Rights- a draft Proposal for submission to the United Nations. Submitted by Joan Russow and David White from the Ecological Rights Association (ERA) founded in 1991.

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Canada not yet among 60 countries signing treaty on arms trade PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 24 December 2014 07:32

United States has said it will sign arms trade treaty soon

The Canadian Press - Posted: Jun 03, 2013 7:30 PM Last Updated: Jun 03, 2013 7:57 PM ET

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle presents the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty to Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and United Nations Legal Counsel at the United Nations headquarters in New York. Canada wants to consult before signing the deal, the foreign minister says. Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 December 2014 17:36

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Arms Trade Treaty Gains Momentum with 50th Ratification PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 02 October 2014 04:40

ByJoel Jaege

State parties to the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) are obligated under international law to assess their exports of conventional weapons to determine whether there is a danger that they will be used to fuel conflict. Credit: Karlos Zurutuza/IPS

State parties to the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) are obligated under international law to assess their exports of conventional weapons to determine whether there is a danger that they will be used to fuel conflict. Credit: Karlos Zurutuza/IPS

UNITED NATIONS, Sep 28 2014 (IPS) - With state support moving at an unprecedented pace, the Arms Trade Treaty will enter into force on Dec. 24, 2014, only 18 months after it was opened for signature.

Eight states – Argentina, the Bahamas, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Czech Republic, Saint Lucia, Portugal, Senegal and Uruguay – ratified the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) at a special event at the United Nations this past Thursday, Sep. 25, pushing the number of states parties up to 53.

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21/9/2014 International Day of Peace; CHALLENGING MILITARIZED SECURITY: DELEGITIMIZATION OF WAR PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Saturday, 20 September 2014 11:33

 

 Circulated at the 2014  58 CSW (Commission on the Status of Women to indicate  endorsement,

Please go to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

The enclosed petition was submitted, by Canadian Voice of Women for Peace, to the Chair of the Bureau for the 58th session (2014 )

During the Commission on the Status of Women the petition received  four hundred, collected here at the meeting and half online (www.vowpeace.org).

 

The signatories are from thirty-six countries, and sixty-seven organizations. The NGOs countries represented are: Hungary, Iceland, USA, Canada Uganda, Hong Kong, Sierra Leone, UK, Sudan, Tunisia, India, Mexico, Tanzania, Kenya, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Ghana, Taiwan, Egypt, Sri Lanka, Bulgaria, Malaysia, Germany, Nepal, Nigeria, Burma, Pakistan, Australia, Greece, Switzerland, Sweden, Norway ,Guatemala, Japan. France, Finland.

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NATO Summit 2014 in Wales: NATO must be Disbanded PDF Print E-mail
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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,

     

 

 


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​West has more influence than Kiev on oligarchs’ armies in Ukraine – Lavrov PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Monday, 18 August 2014 07:16

​West has more influence than Kiev on oligarchs’ armies in Ukraine – Lavrov

By RT

time: August 18, 2014 08:22
Edited time: August 18, 2014 11:50

 
Foreign ministers Pavlo Klimkin of Ukraine, Frank-Walter Steinmeier of Germany and Sergei Lavrov of Russia (L-R) go for a walk in a park ahead of their talks in Berlin, August 17, 2014. (Reuters / Thomas Peter)

Foreign ministers Pavlo Klimkin of Ukraine, Frank-Walter Steinmeier of Germany and Sergei Lavrov of Russia (L-R) go for a walk in a park ahead of their talks in Berlin, August 17, 2014. (Reuters / Thomas Peter)

 

Moscow believes the West has more influence on various paramilitary forces in Ukraine - sponsored by local oligarchs - than Kiev does, Russian FM said citing the latest bickering between Right Sector and the Interior Ministry.

“The authorities in Kiev are not in control of the numerous paramilitary forces, including Right Sector, which, we estimate, comprises a large portion of the National Guard. The demarche of Right Sector towards the Ukrainian Interior Minister speaks for itself,” Sergey Lavrov said, adding that existence of armed groups sponsored by Ukrainian oligarchs, such as the Azov and Dnepr battalions, poses a great security threat.

Last Updated on Monday, 18 August 2014 07:21
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How Many Minutes to Midnight? PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 05 August 2014 19:34


Hiroshima Day 2014
By Noam Chomsky http://www.tomdispatch.com/blog/175877/

If some extraterrestrial species were compiling a history of Homo sapiens, they might well break their calendar into two eras: BNW (before nuclear weapons) and NWE (the nuclear weapons era).  The latter era, of course, opened on August 6, 1945, the first day of the countdown to what may be the inglorious end of this strange species, which attained the intelligence to discover the effective means to destroy itself, but -- so the evidence suggests -- not the moral and intellectual capacity to control its worst instincts.

 

Day one of the NWE was marked by the “success” of Little Boy, a simple atomic bomb.  On day four, Nagasaki experienced the technological triumph of Fat Man, a more sophisticated design.  Five days later came what the official Air Force history calls the “grand finale,” a 1,000-plane raid -- no mean logistical achievement -- attacking Japan’s cities and killing many thousands of people, with leaflets falling among the bombs reading “Japan has surrendered.” Truman announced that surrender before the last B-29 returned to its base.

Those were the auspicious opening days of the NWE.  As we now enter its 70th year, we should be contemplating with wonder that we have survived.  We can only guess how many years remain.

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