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13.05.2013

Dispatch #1 from the International Peace Delegation to Syria: “When can we go back?”

Dispatch #1 from the International Peace Delegation to Syria: “When can we go back?”

“When can we go back?” This plaintive question of refugees since time immemorial was asked again of Nobel Peace Laureate Mairead Maguire at the United Nations High Commission on Refugees intake center in Zahleh, Lebanon, overlooking the vast Beqaa valley, now dotted with refugee camps wherever we look. … »

13.05.2013

Muhammad Yunus – Savar tragedy, garments industry and Bangladesh

Muhammad Yunus –  Savar tragedy, garments industry and Bangladesh

THE Savar tragedy is a symbol of our failure as a nation. The crack in Rana Plaza that caused the collapse of the building has only shown us that if we don’t face up to the cracks in our state systems, we as a nation will get lost… »

07.05.2013

The War of the Health Models. What would it mean to humanise medicine?

The War of the Health Models. What would it mean to humanise medicine?

A video circulating on the internet seems to suggest that a miracle cure has been found for Malaria. (and AIDS, cancer, Hepatitis, warts, etc, etc, etc). Cheap, easy to administer and non toxic. It appears to have the Red Cross backing, al least locally in Africa, but there is a… »

07.05.2013

The Chameleon’s Attack

The Chameleon’s Attack

Oleg Yasinsky presents his views on the current state of Venezuela and how facts and myths are contorted by the right wing and mass media. In recent days, the residents of Venezuela’s wealthiest neighborhoods received pamphlets containing the following message: “We, the active youth of Venezuela, consider it our duty… »

07.05.2013

NPT conference: A strategy for nuclear disarmament

NPT conference: A strategy for nuclear disarmament

On Friday last week, the NPT PrepCom finished in Geneva to reconvene in New York in 2014.  Ray Acheson of Reaching Critical Will gives a final review of the outcomes. The scene of the final day of the second NPT PrepCom provided a snapshot of the NPT process itself. Marked… »

03.05.2013

Bangladesh – stop pointing in wrong directions

Bangladesh – stop pointing in wrong directions

Responding to articles in the media on Bangladesh and the terrible building collapse and worker deaths, our organisation wants to point out that trade action against Bangladesh will only add to the problems in the country. When the quota system was abandoned years ago because of reports of child labour… »

29.04.2013

NPT and risks to human survival: the inside story

NPT and risks to human survival: the inside story

Doctrines, deployments, and the political value attached to “nuclear deterrence” are being challenged at the NPT conference.  As 78 nations co-sponsor a growing “humanitarian initiative”, the five NPT nuclear-armed states and some of their “nuclear umbrella” allies like Japan, Australia and Germany are in denial. Rebecca Johnson reports As 96… »

29.04.2013

NPT conference: About inconvenient facts

NPT conference: About inconvenient facts

As the NPT prepcom enters its second week of work, Pressenza republishes today’s editorial from the daily news bulletin of Reaching Critical Will, prepared by Ray Acheson. “Treaty violations are not to be tolerated as inconvenient facts,” declared the US delegation on Friday. “We should recognize them for what they… »

28.04.2013

Europe bidding adieu to justice and solidarity

Europe bidding adieu to justice and solidarity

By Roberto Savio* | IDN-InDepth NewsViewpoint ROME (IDN | Other News) – For a long time it was a given that while Europe was based on defending a more just society, with social values and solidarity, the United States was based on the glory of individualism and competition, and anything… »

24.04.2013

NPT conference: Rejecting the strategy of denial

NPT conference: Rejecting the strategy of denial

On Monday 22nd April, the NPT prepcom started in Geneva and will last for two weeks.  The Prepcom is part of the five-yearly cycle of meetings to review the nuclear non-proliferation treaty.  Every day Reaching Critical Will produce a newsletter full of analysis, commentary and information for delegates and NGO… »

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