International issues

04.08.2009

Secretary of State Clinton Begins Seven-Nation African Trip

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has begun a seven-nation, eleven-day trip to Africa. Her trip begins in Kenya, where she is expected to meet with Somalia’s President Sharif Sheikh Ahmed. Somalia at present is at war, since January 2009 when the southern half of the country fell into the hands of radical Islamist rebels. »

04.08.2009

UN nuclear watchdog’s board agrees to €25 million budget hike for 2010

The United Nations nuclear watchdog’s board has approved an almost €25 million increase in the agency’s 2010 budget. The Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will receive over €318 million in its regular budget next year, with the biggest funding boost going to work in nuclear security and safety, technical cooperation, nuclear power and nuclear applications. »

04.08.2009

Hiroshima Flame to travel the world for nuclear abolition

A torch to be lit from the Hiroshima Flame on August 5 will be carried on a march around the world to promote the abolition of nuclear weapons – ending up at the United Nations in May 2010 for a major inter-governmental conference on nuclear non-proliferation. It will remain alight until all nuclear weapons are eliminated. »

03.08.2009

The South is coming, with or -hopefully without- a vengeance.

The abrahamic Occident expanded three times: islam 622-1492 from Iberia to the Philippines; christianity from 1492 on all five continents; and judaism from 1948 in the Middle East. They left and leave behind enormous clashes of civilizations in their wake, many extinguished. South America is building on an incredible rich history and wisdom like Bolivia's Morales is now doing. »

02.08.2009

Brazilian journalist will begin covering Peace and Nonviolence events in Hiroshima on August 5

Before travelling to attend ceremonies in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, I dwelled on what would be the priorities for pacifists today. To find answers, I asked myself what would be the most brutal violence against human beings? The image of the detonation of a nuclear bomb over a population living in any city around the world. »

31.07.2009

United Nations Secretary-General takes position on the role the media plays for the Peace Process for Israeli and Palestine

In his address to the UN-sponsored International Media Seminar on Peace in Middle East, held July 27 to July 28, with coverage by Pressenza, the UN Secretary Ban Ki-moon encouraged “creativity and engagement of the media and of the international community” in promoting conflict resolution between Palestine and Israel. »

31.07.2009

U.S. Envoy Calls for Lifting Sudan Sanctions

The Obama administration’s special envoy to Sudan is calling for a major shift in U.S. policy towards the Sudanese government. In May 2007, the Bush administration imposed economic and other sanctions against Sudan, because of the humanitarian crisis in Darfur. In the Darfur conflict, due to violence and disease, UN estimates 400.000 people killed and 2 millions displaced. »

29.07.2009

British Forces Exiting Iraq

Confirming the May’s announcements, British forces will end the 3,700 troops withdrawal from Iraq by the end of July, this Friday, ending their more than six years as an occupying force. Iraqi lawmakers blocked a vote on an agreement that would have allowed 100 British troops to remain in Iraq beyond the Friday deadline. »

29.07.2009

Panama Joins the One Hundred Countries Marching for Peace

With the slogan “United for global consciousness in defense of peace”, the Community for Human Development, World Without Wars, the Humanist Center of Studies, and the support of the Defense of the People, held an official presentation Tuesday, July 21 of the World March for Peace and Nonviolence with more than 100 countries participating, now including Panama. »

28.07.2009

Nuke Deals Raise Fears of Escalated Indo-Pakistan Arms Race

The Obama administration took major steps this week toward helping several major US defense contractors sell sophisticated US arms and nuclear technology to India. Increased US-India nuclear cooperation is stoking fears the US is escalating India’s arms race with Pakistan. Both states are declared nuclear states endangering the regional situation. »

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