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20.09.2012

Ban Ki-Moon: The world is over-armed and peace is under-funded

Ban Ki-Moon: The world is over-armed and peace is under-funded

Last month, competing interests prevented agreement on a much-needed treaty that would have reduced the appalling human cost of the poorly regulated international arms trade.  Meanwhile, nuclear disarmament efforts remain stalled, despite strong and growing global popular sentiment in support of this cause. The failure of these negotiations and this… »

19.09.2012

Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis: Deal Ending Strike a Victory for Education

Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis: Deal Ending Strike a Victory for Education

Chicago public school teachers are returning to the classroom today nine days after launching their first strike in a quarter century. On Tuesday, 800 delegates of the Chicago Teachers Union voted overwhelmingly to suspend the strike to put an agreement with the city before the entire membership. The deal calls… »

17.09.2012

India – 363 hartals in 7 years in Kerala!

India – 363 hartals in 7 years in Kerala!

Hartals – strikes – have clearly become a way of life in Kerala which has seen as many as 363 of them, called by different political parties, since 2005.  There have been 18 hartals so far this year alone. While hartals are called for various reasons, political, economic and social,… »

14.09.2012

Mayor Rahm-Ney’s Attack on the Chicago Teachers Union

Mayor Rahm-Ney’s Attack on the Chicago Teachers Union

Unions are under attack in the United States—not only from people like Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, but now, with the teachers strike in Chicago, from the very core of President Barack Obama’s inner circle, his former chief of staff and current mayor of that city, Rahm Emanuel. Twenty-five thousand… »

14.09.2012

Scottish nuclear weapons

Scottish nuclear weapons

Scottish independence has been pending for many years , or centuries if you take to that perspective, and now it’s closer than ever.  It’s only a referendum away.  There’s two issues tied to the discussion on Scottish independence that trigger my professional interest.  First, is the Trident nuclear missiles –… »

12.09.2012

Hong Kong election fever subsides

Hong Kong election fever subsides

There was a lot of excitement last Sunday 9 September as Hong Kong went to the polls to vote into power the 70-member Legislative Council, a body stacked with “functional constituencies” that give pro-Beijing parties a guaranteed majority. However, 35 seats are elected in geographical constituencies ranging from 5 to… »

12.09.2012

Gambian President Jammeh announced suspension of executions

Gambian President Jammeh announced suspension of executions

BANJUL, Gambia. Gambian President Yahya Jammeh announced 15 September he was suspending executions of the – remaining – 38 inmates on death row. “The general public at home and abroad is hereby informed that President Yahya Jammeh has decided to put a moratorium on executions as a result of numerous appeals… »

09.09.2012

In continuing purge, 27 employees fired from state TV

In continuing purge, 27 employees fired from state TV

Twenty-seven journalists, technicians and other employees of state-owned TV Pública were denied entry to the TV station’s Asunción headquarters yesterday on the grounds that they “cannot continue” to work for the station. Some had heard talk on 31 August of a new wave of dismissals, but none was notified in… »

04.09.2012

World without Wars joins calls for a referendum on French nuclear weapons

World without Wars joins calls for a referendum on French nuclear weapons

World without Wars today joined other organisations in support of a French initiative to call for a referendum on nuclear weapons. Organised by ACDN (Action of Citizens for Nuclear Disarmament), a letter to President Hollande will be presented which calls for a referendum.   01 Sep 2012 The text of… »

04.09.2012

No Military Base on Paradise Jeju Island

No Military Base on Paradise Jeju Island

Robert Redford writes… From September 6-15, some 10,000 environmentalists will converge on Jeju Island to attend the World Conservation Congress (WCC) organized by the oldest environmental organization, the International Union of the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The IUCN’s slogan is that it promotes “a just world that values and conserves… »

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