Archive for April 7th, 2015


Mao and Gandhi: Two Asians

Human Wrongs Watch

By Johan Galtung*

6 Apr 2015 – TRANSCEND Media Service – Let us start by summarizing. We are looking at six major leaders of forces and movements shaping centuries–Churchill- Hitler-Stalin-Mao-Gandhi-Mandela–comparing, two at a time.


**Images: A line to enter Mao Zedong Mausoleum | Author: Marcin Białek | Wikimedia Commons

We are looking for similarities and dissimilarities. Some of them are out in the open, in their spoken ideologies. But most of them–maybe the most interesting–are hidden to the untrained eye.

There are the similarities when they are from the same civilization and the dissimilarities when different– however much they profess to be on the same or very different lines. The six were themselves hardly aware of this factor.

As Churchill, Hitler and Stalin share the Christian-secular civilization; we would expect anti-Semitism, racism, and little hesitation when killing–by war, starvation (the Lord also did it), by revolution, millions–even with enthusiasm.

Deeper down there are deductive reasonings from axioms about race and class and a final state: the British Empire, the Aryan Reich, for one thousand years, and socialism on the way to the final stage, communism forever; run from London, Berlin, Moscow. So we got the triangular Second World War with Moscow entering two alliances of convenience.

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In Kenya’s War on Corruption: Some You Win, Some You Lose

Human Wrongs Watch

By Tony Robinson*

Kisumu, Kenya, 6 April 2015 (Pressenza) — On the 26th of March this year, President Kenyatta shocked those watching and listening as he gave his “State of the Nation” address in parliament.

In Kenya’s war on corruption: some you win, some you lose

Elephants at Amboseli national park against Mount Kilimanjaro (Image by user Amoghavarsha on wikimedia commons) | Source: Pressenza

Instead of a regular condemnation of corruption in government as normally happens by Kenyan politicians, Kenyatta went much further by lodging with Parliament a report (not yet made public) containing a list of 175 names of people suspected of being involved in corruption by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC); a body set up in accordance with the new constitution of 2010.

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Disarmament of Nuclear and 'Conventional' Weapons Urgent amid Mounting Global Violence

Human Wrongs Watch

New York – The United Nations disarmament chief on 6 April 2015 urged Member States to work actively and seek common ground on disarmament issues related to nuclear weapons and conventional arms amid a period of increasing global tensions and violence.

UN Photo/Martine Perret

Addressing the opening of the 2015 substantive session of the Organization’s Disarmament Commission (UNDC) in New York, UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs Angela Kane warned gathered delegates that efforts to reduce the global circulation of weaponry had stalled and that the prospects of nuclear disarmament were particularly “dim.”

“I have never seen a wider divide between nuclear haves and nuclear have-nots,” declared Kane.

She added that the “schism” continued to act as a “significant” obstacle to non-proliferation and underscored the need “to bridge the fissure” between Member States while noting that the world’s brewing conflicts had fed the increasing proliferation of conventional weapons.

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