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18.06.2014

New Campaign for a Treaty to Ban Nuclear Weapons Gains Momentum

New Campaign for a Treaty to Ban Nuclear Weapons Gains Momentum

The 1970 Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT),  extended indefinitely in 1995 when it was due to expire, provided that five nuclear weapons states which also happened to hold the veto power on the Security Council (P-5)– the US, Russia, UK, France, and China– would  “pursue negotiations in good faith”[i] for nuclear disarmament.  In… »

17.06.2014

Virtual Media blackout about the G77 (in fact 133)+China summit

Virtual Media blackout about the G77 (in fact 133)+China summit

The Group of 77 at the United Nations is a loose coalition of developing nations, designed to promote its members’ collective economic interests and create an enhanced joint negotiating capacity in the United Nations. There were 77 founding members of the organization,… »

17.06.2014

Japan 1941 – countdown to infamy

Japan 1941 – countdown to infamy

Japan 1941 – countdown to infamy By Eri Hotta Published by: Alfred A. Knoff, 2013 Review by Tony Henderson What amazed me on reading this book was the lack of co-ordination among all those involved in making the final call for Japan to go to war. Not… »

17.06.2014

People Have Never Consumed So Much Fish As They Do Today

People Have Never Consumed So Much Fish As They Do Today

People have never consumed so much fish or depended so greatly on the sector for their well-being as they do today, UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) 9 Jun 2014 reported*. Did you know?  Fish is one of the most-traded food commodities worldwide, worth almost US$130 billion in… »

16.06.2014

The Day Politic Change: Past Against Future

The Day Politic Change: Past Against Future

A very interesting and profound change is happening in Colombia. A country previously known for its violence, killing, and drug trafficking is now following a new path. Just 20 years ago, someone was killed every eight minutes, and millions migrated to the US or Europe. The general slogan was “There… »

15.06.2014

Peace Movements’ Common Vision: The Abolition of Militarism

Peace Movements’ Common Vision: The Abolition of Militarism

By Mairead Maguire*, Nobel Peace Laureate, TRANSCEND   Keynote address at Sarajevo Peace Event We are all aware that this is the 100th anniversary of the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand in Sarajevo which led to the start of the First World War in l9l4. »

14.06.2014

In the hands of God

In the hands of God

The invocation for peace by the Pope in the Vatican gardens that was celebrated in the presence of the Presidents of Israel and Palestine recently has created a big splash in the media. This noise in the press has been so great that nobody has really taken care to speak… »

14.06.2014

Children on the Run: The Deepening Immigration Crisis

Children on the Run: The Deepening Immigration Crisis

Have you seen the pictures? All the kids, sleeping on floors in row upon row, detained by the Department of Homeland Security. There are more children coming in every day, and the federal government doesn’t know where to keep them. “When I first saw the pictures,… »

13.06.2014

Renaming of Aeroporto La Torre, Comiso

Renaming of Aeroporto La Torre, Comiso

They have all of them reached the airport by now in a swarm of bodyguards. Pietro Grasso, Chairman of the Italian Senate,  a nice stocky typically sicilian man. Orlando, the Minister of Justice, Filippo Spataro, the Mayor of Comiso, bravely wearing the three coloured stripe of the italian flag.  Together… »

11.06.2014

With “friends” like these who needs enemies

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… »

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