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11.03.2016

Day Five at the ICJ: Everybody’s doing it

Day Five at the ICJ: Everybody’s doing it

The Marshall Islands wrapped up the first week of hearings in its nuclear disarmament cases with oral arguments against the United Kingdom. The RMI arguments outlined why the International Court of Justice (ICJ) should declare jurisdiction in this case, and rebutted arguments presented by the UK on Wednesday to… »

08.03.2016

Day Two at the ICJ: Where Is Pakistan?

Day Two at the ICJ: Where Is Pakistan?

Observers arrived at the International Court of Justice this morning expecting to hear the first in a series of four days of oral arguments in the Marshall Islands vs. Pakistan nuclear disarmament case. Instead, Judge Ronny Abraham, President of the International Court of Justice, announced that Pakistan had decided not… »

07.03.2016

Day One at the ICJ: Marshall Islands shines against India

Day One at the ICJ: Marshall Islands shines against India

It was an historic day at the International Court of Justice (ICJ), as oral arguments in the first-ever contentious cases on nuclear disarmament began at the ICJ. The Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) argued strongly in favor of the ICJ holding jurisdiction in the case that the RMI has… »

02.03.2016

Marshall Islands’ nuclear weapons case to be heard in The Hague

Marshall Islands’ nuclear weapons case to be heard in The Hague

Like the Nazgul, in Tolkein’s Lord of the Rings, the nine nuclear-armed states wield a power to destroy us all.  Will Frodo Baggins (in the form of the Republic of the Marshall Islands) a mild-mannered hobbit that never had cause to fight with anyone before be able to bring nuclear… »

02.03.2016

Tony deBrum’s speech on the 62nd anniversary of the Bravo-H bomb, Yaizu City

Tony deBrum’s speech on the 62nd anniversary of the Bravo-H bomb, Yaizu City

  From Joseph Gerson (abolition-caucus email group) Yesterday he was in Japan, where he marched with 2,000 Japanese peace activists and Hibakusha to the tomb of Kuboyama Aikichi, the first of the crew members of the Fifth Lucky Dragon’s to die from the H-bomb’s fallout, which also devastated the people… »

26.02.2016

An Open Letter to the people of West Papua

An Open Letter to the people of West Papua

This Open Letter to the People of West Papua is by both James Burrowes & Robert J. Burrowes, father and son:  Hollandia party – West Papuan and Australian coastwatchers in WWII   Coastwatcher Sgt-Mjr. Simogun BEM LSM in WWII From James: I have been very impressed with the information gleaned… »

23.02.2016

Hoovering up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Hoovering up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

A gyre in oceanography is any large system of rotating ocean current, particularly those involved with large wind movements. Gyres are caused by the Coriolis effect; planetary spin or vorticity along with horizontal and vertical friction causing drag, that determines the circulation patterns from the torque of the wind caused… »

30.01.2016

Dispossessed in the Name of ‘Security’

Dispossessed in the Name of ‘Security’

A new book, edited by Nick Buxton and Ben Hayes, both involved with The Transnational Institute, brings together a thoughtful collection of scholars, journalists and activists to explain the pre-eminence of the military and corporations in shaping the global response to the climate catastrophe as an ‘opportunity’. See The Secure… »

15.01.2016

Free West Papua – we testify

Free West Papua  – we testify

This testimony was written in collaboration with Mama Tineke and Daniel Rayer, two West Papuan activists who survived the Biak Massacre, and David Denborough from the Dulwich Centre. It contains the voices of many of the people of West Papua Jason* has collaborated with and is in part based on… »

14.01.2016

The Struggle for Merdeka in West Papua

The Struggle for Merdeka in West Papua

It has been argued that nonviolent struggles to liberate occupied countries – such as West Papua, Tibet, Palestine, Kanaky and Western Sahara – have failed far more often than they have succeeded but that secessionist struggles (that have sought to separate territory from an existing state in order to establish… »

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