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The War for Nothing

Human Wrongs Watch By Uri Avnery 30 August 2014 AFTER 50 DAYS, the war is over. Hallelujah. On the Israeli side: 71 dead, among them 66 soldiers, 1 child. On the Palestinian side: 2,143 dead, 577 of them children, 263 women, 102 elderly. 11,230 injured. 10,800 buildings destroyed. 8,000 partially destroyed. About 40,000 damaged homes. Among the damaged buildings: 277 schools, 10 hospitals, 70 mosques, 2 chu ...

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“War Makes Everyone Crazy”: Hiroshima Survivor Reflects on 69th Anniversary of U.S. Atomic Bombing

Sixty-nine years ago at 8:15 a.m., the United States dropped an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. Destruction from the bomb was massive: Shock waves, radiation and heat rays took the lives of some 140,000 people — nearly half of the town’s population. Three days later, the United States dropped a second atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Nagasaki, killing another 74,000. At Hiroshima’s Peace M ...

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Israel: Preparing the next war before the weapons have cooled down

By Meir Margalit The headline of an article in the Jerusalem Post on August 3rd, days before the agreed ceasefire, signed by Eric Mandel, has left me stunned, shocked. Its title reads: "Lessons to learn before the next war." The war continued, the tanks were still raging, people on both sides were still dying and killing each other, but the author of this note, a certainly precocious and clairvoyant man, is ...

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With “friends” like these who needs enemies

Most "friendly fire" incidents do not get reported. Sometimes they come to light, a few here and there but the full extent of the damage caused during war by inaccurate identification or calculation, or care, is generally underplayed, as it shows one more ugly truth about war. Furthermore, most acknowledged incidents refer to soldiers in battle, and neglect the civilian casualties, victims of such inaccurac ...

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Japan in danger to lose its constitutional article for the rejection of war

After the horrors of World War II Japan installed article 9 in its constitution which generally renounces war as a means of conflict resolution and this way forbade the building up of an army. In fact Japan possesses so called “self-defense forces” but this article helped to keep Japan out of wars in the last decades. Now political forces try to change this paragraph in order to give Japan the possibility t ...

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Noam Chomsky Lecture: Security and State Policy

Prof. Noam Chomsky delivered the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation’s 13th Annual Frank K. Kelly Lecture on Humanity’s Future on February 28, 2014 in Santa Barbara, California. A leading principle of international relations theory is that the highest priority of states is to ensure security.  As George Kennan formulates the standard view, government is created “to assure order and justice internally and to provid ...

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“No hunger” initiative in Damascus

On the first day of Ramadan, many young people in Damascus started a volunteer initiative to feed the poor people in the city, victims of the internal war. In one day 750 meals were cooked and distributed. A restaurant owner gave his kitchen and utilities for the volunteers to cook in. He changed the name of the restaurant, using the name the volunteers choose for their initiative: NO HUNGER. Many merchants ...

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Paying tax can be a war crime: Chris Coverdale interviewed by Tony Farrell gives a Masterclass on International War Law

“Most taxpayers know that evading tax is a crime, but how many of us know that paying tax can also be a crime?” Tony Farrell interviews Chris Coverdale who explains different Genocide and International War Law agreements, his tax withholding campaign, the terrible effects of Depleted Uranium in Iraq, and some historical examples of huge changes brought about by tax rebellion such as Magna Carta, the America ...

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Korean peninsula crisis has ‘gone too far’, warns UN chief

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today stressed the current crisis on the Korean peninsula “has already gone too far,” following an announcement by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) to restart its Yongbyon nuclear reactor. “I am deeply troubled. As Secretary-General, it is my duty to prevent war and to pursue peace. It is also my responsibility to state that the current crisis has already gone t ...

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Back to the Future With Eyes Wide Shut

By R. S. Kalha* Just before he was overthrown, former Libyan ruler Gaddafi warned the West that his ouster would result in chaos and holy war overtaking North Africa. His forebodings, now so accurate, were at that point in time dismissed by western governments as the ranting of a megalomaniac. It is now admitted that "Gaddafi’s overthrow broke all kinds of local ethnic, tribal and commercial bargains and po ...

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