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Stop Making a Killing on War! Cancel CANSEC 2009, Canada's Top Arms Bazaar PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 20 December 2008 03:37

Stop Making a Killing on War! Cancel CANSEC 2009, Canada's Top Arms Bazaar

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- Richard Sanders - Coalition to Oppose the Arms Trade  (COAT) - The City of Ottawa has now agreed to host the international CANSEC weapons show at the municipality's prime publically-funded facility, Lansdowne Park, between May 27 and 28, 2009.

Among the more than 200 military firms flogging their wares inside the Ottawa Congress Centre at CANSEC 2008, were some of the world's biggest and most profitable war industries: BAE Systems, Boeing, Honeywell, L-3, Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman.

These six firms are prime contractors for many of the deadliest weapons systems ever made, including dozens of different bombers, fighter jets, bombs and missiles. Remarkably, these six corporate giants sold about US$100 billion worth of military equipment to the Pentagon in 2007, and their combined revenue from global military sales was $130 billion in 2006. (See details in table, "Top Six Global War Industries at CANSEC 2008.")

http://coat.ncf.ca/ARMX/MakingKilling.htm

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US Army Deserter, Family Win Stay of Deportation PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 22 September 2008 09:29

US Army Deserter, Family Win Stay of Deportation

CBC News -
U.S. army deserter Jeremy Hinzman and his family were granted a last-minute stay of deportation Monday by a Federal Court judge while the court decides whether to hear their appeal.

www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2008/09/22/hinzman-stay.html?ref=rss 

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Stop the Deportation of War Resister Robin Long PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 15 July 2008 15:16
Stop the Deportation of War Resister Robin Long

Victoria Peace Coalition -
Robin Long denied appeal - U.S. Iraq war resister Robin Long received word at 4:00 July 14th, in Vancouver that his appeal to have his deportation order stayed was denied. Your call is needed immediately. Please take 5 minutes to exercise your democratic right to be heard.

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A Disturbing Glimpse into the Canadian Military Mind PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 14 July 2008 04:47

A Disturbing Glimpse into the Canadian Military Mind

PEJ News - Joan Russow ­ Global Compliance Research Project - I previously posted the letter that I sent to the Hon. Peter MacKay, Minister of Defence. This letter expressed my concern about belligerent recruitment posters in bus shelters. I have subsequently become aware of disturbing responses on Army.ca.

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COMMENTS ON ARMY.CA ABOUT MY POSTING OF COMPLAINT ABOUT CF RECRUITING POSTERS:


RHFC_piper Personally, I see two options here... and these is just my opinions;

1) Just ignore her and maybe she'll just dry up and blow away... Since she seems to be an attention wh0re, this may be the best option.

or

2) Round up her and all those like her (including Taliban Jack), toss them in a sea can and drop it in the middle of Afghanistan... preferably Helmand or the rougher areas of Kandahar... then they'll have a keener understanding of who the "belligerent" ones are over there.
Oh.. yeah... give them a radio too... with a direct line to the CF over there. And when they call for help, and they will, just tell them they won and the Canadian Army doesn't exist anymore, so they have to fend for themselves.

Normally I'd get angry about the sheer stupidity of this person, but I see no point. I figure she's dumb enough to remover herself from the gene pool sooner rather than later... which just means more food for me.

LARRY STRONG ADDED ³Another prime example of why we should have post birth abortions²

ANOTHER RESPONDED: Heh... a 120th Trimester abortion.

As much as it seems wrong, as I've said before; more food for me. Consider it thinning the herd... Like a cull on stupid/ignorant people.

ZELL DIETRICH RESPONDED To Larry Strong¹s suggestion:
Another prime example of why we should have post birth abortions

I find it hard to argue with the sentiment that the gene pool needs more chlorine.

QUAGMIRE ADDED: Perhaps a load that should have been swallowed.

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Offensive Canadian Military Posters in Public Places: correspondence with the Minister PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 08 July 2008 05:21
Offensive Canadian Military Posters in Public Places: correspondence with the Minister. PEJ News- Joan Russow - Global Compliance Research Project - Recently, citizens have become concerned about large National Defence military recruitment posters lining public transit shelters in Victoria, British Columbia. Apparently, National Defence is posting these propaganda messages in public spaces throughout Canada. These posters are in violation of the Canadian Standards Act. Enclosed is correspondence with the Hon. Peter MacKay, Canadian Minister of National Defence.
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Canada Day 2008: 91+ Reasons to Not Celebrate - A Complement to Dominion Institute PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 30 June 2008 02:24
Canada Day: 91+ Reasons to Not Celebrate - A Complement to Dominion Institute
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Father's Day message from the Children of War Mongers: "Daddy I want to be part of the 'effective high-tech weapon system' ." PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 14 June 2008 02:19
Father's Day message from the Children of War Mongers: "Daddy I want to be part of the 'effective high-tech weapon system"

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- Joan Russow - Last week, the Honourable Gary Lunn, sent out a spurious "information
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Victoria Day Colonialism. Time to Reflect on What Constitutes Colonialism. PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 19 May 2008 06:45

 

2008 May 19

Victoria Day Colonialism. Time to Reflect on What Constitutes Colonialism

PEJ News- Joan Russow- Global Compliance Research Project - Victory Day is celebrated in Canada, every May; in 2008, it is being celebrated on May 19. What is Canada celebrating: the loss of British colonial control and the entrenchment of US colonial control? Is Canada still a colony?

In Victoria, these questions are being asked by SAW (Students Against the War) when they protest at the Victoria Day Parade.

“Without the US military, Canada would still be a colony” (US negotiator at the UN). Is Canada still a victim of “warlike colonizers” ?

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National Defence Recruitment Posters Must be Banned from Public Transit Shelters.- PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 09 April 2008 13:29
National Defence Recruitment Posters Must be Banned from Public Transit Shelters

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- Joan Russow - Recently, citizens have become concerned about large National Defence military recruitment posters lining public transit shelters in Victoria, British Columbia. Apparently, National Defence is posting these propaganda messages in public spaces throughout Canada.

The Jimmy Pattison Group is responsible for the recruitment posters in public spaces such as transit shelters. A representative from the Pattison Group claims that they are abiding by standards created by the Advertising Standards Council of Canada.. If you wish to complain about these recruitment posters, you can file a complaint with National Standards Council at. http://www.adstandards.com/en/

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Role of UN General Assembly (UNGA) in the de-legitimizing of War PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 22 December 2007 01:07
 
 

2007 September 24

Strengthening the Role of the UN General Assembly

62nd session of the UN General Assembly opens September 18

PEJ News- Joan Russow (PhD),
Global Compliance Research Project - One of the key principles of the Charter of the United Nations is the sovereign equality of states. It is the UN General Assembly not the UN Security Council that embodies this principle. Over the years there has been a call for reforming the United Nations. Three fundamental reforms are necessary: the abolition of the UN Security Council, the mandatory requirement for states to appear before the International Court of Justice, and the establishment of an International Court of Compliance for citizens to take states for non-compliance with the rule of international law.

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Over the years, member states have incurred obligations under international conventions, treaties, and covenants, have made commitments through UN Conference Action Plans, and have created expectations through UN General Assembly Resolutions and Declaration. If an obligation is incurred or a commitment is made by the preponderance of states, indicating broad geographical support as well as support from a wide range of different legal systems, these obligations and commitments are deemed to reflect peremptory norms. These norms are related to following objectives which promote true security;

-     to promote and fully guarantee respect for human rights including

labour rights, civil and political rights, social and cultural rights-

right to food, right to housing, right to universally accessible, not

for profit health care system , right to education and social justice

* to enable socially equitable and environmentally sound employment,

and ensure the right to development [as per Convention];

* to achieve a state of peace, social justice and disarmament; through

reallocation of military expenses, and eradication of poverty

* to create a global structure that respects the rule of law ; and

* to ensure the preservation and protection of the environment,

respect the inherent worth of nature beyond human purpose, reduce the

ecological footprint and move away from the current model of

overconsumptive development.

The problem is not that obligations, commitments and expectations do not exist, the problems is that states refuse to sign and ratify conventions, treaties and covenants, or if they sign and ratify they fail to enact the necessary legislation to ensure compliance, and above all there is no effective remedy for ensuring implementation and enforcement.


In addition, the strongest expression of true security lies in the decisions by the General Assembly but the decisions of the UN General Assembly are considered to be aspirational not legally binding.

UN SECURITY COUNCIL MUST BE ABOLISHED AND THE UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY BE EMPOWERED TO ACT

The most pernicious aspect of the current UN Security Council is the veto. It has also not escaped the general public that the five permanent veto members of the UN Security Council are all nuclear arms states. Any proposal to remove the veto has been dismissed. Numerous suggestions to maintain the veto but extend the permanent members to represent a broader base had received support but fail to address the problem of the UN Security Council. The UN Security Council should be abolished not only because it violates a fundamental Charter principle of the sovereign equality of states but also because the notion that the UN Security Council is empowered to determine under Chapter VII whether the invasion of another state is justified, and that if the UN Security Council does decide that the invasion of another state is justified, under international law the invasion is deemed to be “legal”.

On the other hand the UN General Assembly, embodies the sovereign equality of states, and reflects in its declarations and resolutions support for “true security”

Currently, however, the resolutions and declarations of the UN General Assembly are considered to be “aspirational but not legally binding”. They are, however, an indication of international peremptory norms and should be given legal status.

INTERNATIONAL COURT OF JUSTICE MUST BE A MANDATORY

Although the international Court of Justice under article 92 of the Charter of the United Nations is “the principal judicial organ of the United Nations”, and although “all Members of the United Nations are facto parties to the Statute of the International Court of Justice”; states are not required to go to the International Court of Justice. Furthermore, if states do agree to appear before the International court of Justice, and even though under the Charter of the United Nations it is stated under Article 94 that each Member of the United Nations undertakes to comply with the decision of the International Court of Justice in any case to which it is a party; MEMBER STATES DO NOT COMPLY WITH THE DECISION OF THE INTERNATIONAL COURT OF JUSTICE.

Also the enforcement mechanism of decisions of the International Court of Justice is given to the UN Security Council which is essentially a political body not a legal enforcement mechanism. . How bizarre, the responsibility resides in UN Security Council- a body that has a veto by a state that does not respect the Court- to enforce in some way the decisions of the International Court of Justice.

States must be required to respect the jurisdiction and decisions of the International Court of Justice. In addition, a judicial enforcement body must be established to ensure compliance with the decisions of the Court.

INTERNATIONAL COURT OF COMPLIANCE MUST BE ESTABLISHED

The International Court of Justice has been set up to hear cases brought against other states, to carry out judicial reviews if requested by the UN General Assembly, or other bodies of the United Nations, it is not set up to hear complaints, about internal state non-compliance with international law, initiated by citizens.

An international Court of Compliance where citizens can take evidence of state non compliance; This court would go beyond the various human rights bodies that accept under specific circumstances such as optional protocols, complaints by individuals once the individuals have exhausted all domestic remedies.

 

 

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