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21.09.2009

The problem of hunger isn’t really the lack of food, but the inequality between the rich and poor

After having participated in the Right to Food forum in Mexico, Olivier De Schutter, argued that “taxing food doesn't seem to be a solution for combating the economic crisis”. He also said that “35 percent of the world's children who die each year –equivalent to about 6.5 million – die as a result of malnutrition or related causes.” »

09.09.2009

UN Security Council Heads of State urged to “promote tangible steps” to a nuclear-weapon-free-world

With the upcoming special session of the UN Security Council on September 24 approaching, Abolition 2000 calls on world leaders, “to focus attention and promote tangible steps that would reduce the nuclear weapons danger, and move decisively toward a nuclear-weapon-free-world, based on the UN Secretary General’s five - point plan.” »

02.09.2009

Should drones be part of BNAS reuse?

Northrop Grumman personnel ready a visiting unmanned Global Hawk aircraft for takeoff at Brunswick Naval Air Station. A pilot from Patrol navigates the craft remotely from Patuxent River (Md.) Naval Air Station. The Global Hawk’s approximately stay represented the first time one of the military’s vaunted drones had ever landed from a New England location. »

01.09.2009

Noam Chomsky and Latin America: Excerpts of an Interview

Noam Chomsky speaks about the future and predicts difficult situations for China and India. On the other hand he analyzes the appearance of progressiveness in Latin America as very important. For the first time in 500 years, LA is moving towards a degree of independence and a kind of integration and also is beginning to face some of its massive internal problems. »

28.08.2009

Cindy Sheehan Protests Obama’s War Polices

Antiwar activist Cindy Sheehan arrived in Martha’s Vineyard to lead a protest near the home where President Obama is vacationing. Sheehan made international headlines four years ago when she led large protests outside President Bush’s home in Crawford, Texas. On Thursday, Sheehan criticized Obama for expanding the war in Afghanistan. »

26.08.2009

Booklets to help the younger visualizing the world military expenditure

If the world military expenditure were distributed between all the people living at this moment on the planet, each one would receive US$146,40. Theses numbers will probably attract youngers' attention but they are not less shocking for adults. Figures as such can be found at the educational booklets created by Margaux Verdier and Henry de Boisseguin, for Montreal students. »

25.08.2009

Camp Casey Under Sail for Sheehans’s Shipboard Peace Summit

Peace proponent Cindy Sheehan calls all peace leaders to come sail with her aboard 'SS Camp Casey' anchored in Martha's Vineyard for a shipboard peace summit from August 27 to 29. Cindy, who is sometimes referred to by the media as “the peace mom” lost her son Casey in the Iraq War when he was killed in action on April 4, 2004. »

20.08.2009

US Poll: 51% View Afghan War “Not Worth Fighting”

Today is election day in Afghanistan. A new poll shows growing American opposition to the war in Afghanistan. The Washington Post-ABC News survey found 51 percent of Americans view the war in Afghanistan as not worth fighting. Just one-quarter of respondents say they support President Obama’s escalation of the Afghan war with at least 17,000 additional troops. »

19.08.2009

Today is first World Humanitarian Day

In the sixth anniversary of the bombing of the UN headquarters in Baghdad, which killed 22 UN staff, including special envoy Sérgio Vieira de Mello, The United Nations is holding its first World Humanitarian Day in an attempt to increase support for relief workers as well as call attention to the growing dangers they face. In 2008, 122 international aid workers were killed. »

19.08.2009

Peace Bed Draws Hundreds to Central Park

In celebration of the 40th anniversary of Yoko Ono and John Lennon's Bed-In, the organizing committee of the World March for Peace and Nonviolence held a "Bed-In for Peace and Nonviolence" in Central Park drawing hundreds of people to give peace another chance. People of all ages sat on the bed and expressed their feelings about peace and violence. »

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