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Nuclear disarmament humanitarian incantations

As the UN General Assembly debates continue, Reaching Critical Will produces a weekly publication, First Committee Monitor, which deals with the issues raised in the First Committee, responsible for disarmament issues. Pressenza is publishing this week’s editorial article by Ray…

Tony Blair is sorry, a little

While George W. Bush is apparently proud of everything he’s ever done, Tony Blair came dangerously close to facing reality this weekend when he admitted there were “elements of truth” in the view that the 2003 invasion of Iraq was…

Bernie Sanders: good old wine in a good old bottle

Post Office banking makes a lot of sense wherever in the world, surely in the US of A where Bernie Sanders has voice and somewhere between 20 to 40 percent of the population has to rely on cheque-cashing or payday-lending…

US approach to nuclear disarmament: blame the victim

At some point between the NPT Review Conference in May and the general debate of First Committee, the United States decided to rebrand its preferred “step-by-step approach” to nuclear disarmament as the “full-spectrum approach”. Like before, it contrasts this approach…

China, Ancient Greece, Agrarian Economies and Reason

It is not all in “capitalism” that is evil or negative – it is the sort of predator Capitalism with its deliberate waging of wars for profit – such as the war banks (case in point – the opium banks…

Film Review: Suffragette

The UK Suffragettes were activists in the British WSPU (Women’s Social and Political Union), led by Emmeline and Christabel Pankhurst, seeking the right to vote for women through some nonviolent methods of protest such as hunger strikes, and other tactics…

We’re not as selfish as we think we are. Here’s the proof

Stories of greed and ego bombard us. But a new study shows that humans are inherently good George Monbiot for The Guardian Do you find yourself thrashing against the tide of human indifference and selfishness? Are you oppressed by the…

The challenge of disarmament: still nonviolence or nonexistence

As the UN General Assembly debates issues of world peace, a space is given to civil society organisations to make presentations. This statement by Andrew Lichterman, of Western States Legal Foundation, was delivered by Jacqueline Cabasso, Executive Director, Western States…

Why peace activists should stop cheering for Russian bombs in Syria

There’s a view of Syria, common even among peace activists in the United States, that holds that because the United States has been making everything worse in Syria and the entire Middle East for years, Russian bombs will make things…

350 lashes in Saudi Arabia for 75 year old British man

Horror has been unleashed in the UK about the fate of a British man, Karl Andree, who has been sentenced to 350 lashes in Saudi Arabia for the crime of having home-made wine in his car boot. He has already…

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