Archive for August 3rd, 2015

03/08/2015

Why Nuclear Weapons?

Nuclear weapons have been around since 1945 and today, nine states possess over 15,000 warheads – many which are ready to be launched within minutes. The Cold War might be over, but all nine states are continuing to modernise and upgrade their arsenals and the threat of nuclear weapons is far from over. 

video courtesy of Norwegian People’s Aid and Atomkommisjonen

1. The effects are inhumane and unacceptable

Nuclear weapons are the most destructive, inhumane and indiscriminate weapons ever created.

A single nuclear bomb detonated over a large city could kill hundreds of thousands of people in just a few seconds. The effects would spread across regions and would affect unborn generations, and the humanitarian suffering would be immeasurable.

The attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki have shown the extent of the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons. More than 200,000 men, women and children have been the victims of those attacks.

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03/08/2015

Why Americans Believe That Bombing Hiroshima Was Necessary

Human Wrongs Watch

By Gary G. Kohls, MD*

 3 August 2015 – TRANSCEND Media Service – August 6, 2015, is the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, a civilian city that had minimal military value, despite the claims of President Truman when he announced the event to the American people.

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The whole truth of what the Nuremburg tribunal would later help define as an international war crime and a crime against humanity has been heavily censored and mythologized ever since war-weary Americans in 1945 accepted the propaganda that the bombings were necessary to shorten the war and prevent the loss of a million US soldiers during the allegedly planned November 1945 invasion.

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03/08/2015

The Need for a New Economic System – Part III: Climate Change and the Urgent Need for Renewable Energy

Human Wrongs Watch

By John Scales Avery*

3 August 2015 – One of the greatest threats to the survival of the human species and the biosphere is catastrophic climate change. Scientists warn that if the transition to renewable energy does not happen within very few decades, there is a danger that we will reach a tipping point beyond which feedback loops, such as the albedo effect and the methane hydrate feedback loop, will take over and produce an out-of-control and fatal increase in global temperature.

**Fossil Fuel's last stand | Credit: Michael Loewa/Greenpeace

**Fossil Fuel’s last stand | Credit: Michael Loewa/Greenpeace

In 2012, the World Bank issued a report warning that without quick action to curb CO2 emissions, global warming is likely to reach 4 degrees C during the 21st century. This is dangerously close to the temperature which initiated the Permian-Triassic extinction event: 6 degrees C above normal.

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03/08/2015

The Kiss of Death for the Original European Dream

Human Wrongs Watch

 

San Salvador, Bahamas, 4 August 2015 – In recommendations to German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the end of July, the German Council of Economic Experts outlined how a weak member country could leave the Eurozone and called for strengthening the European monetary union.

**Map of Europe shaped as a virgin | Author: Heinrich Bünting (1545–1606) Link back to Creator infobox template wikidata:Q99420| Date: 1582 | Source/Photographer:http://www.raremaps.com/gallery/archivedetail/21632/Europa_Prima_Pars_Terrae_In_Forma_Virginis_1548_Rare_Variant_edition/Bunting.html | Wikimedia Commons

**Map of Europe shaped as a virgin | Author: Heinrich Bünting (1545–1606) Link back to Creator infobox template wikidata:Q99420| Date: 1582  | Wikimedia Commons

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble wants Greece out because he does not believe that it will ever be able to refund the loans it has received so far, and because he thinks it is question of principle to be strict.

In an interview with Der Spiegel a few days after the historical date of Jul. 13, at the end of negotiations on Greece, he said: “My grandmother used to say: benevolence comes before dissoluteness.”

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03/08/2015

The ‘People’s Agenda’, Yet Another Plan ‘to End Poverty in All Its Dimensions, Irreversibly, Everywhere’

Human Wrongs Watch

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon praised UN Member States for reaching agreement on the draft outcome document that will constitute the new sustainable development agenda, which will be formally adopted by world leaders in New York this September.

Fetching water at a borehole in the village of Bilinyang, near Juba, South Sudan. Photo: World Bank/Arne Hoel | Source: UN

“Transforming our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” encompasses a universal, transformative and integrated agenda that heralds an historic turning point for our world. This agreement results from a truly open, inclusive and transparent process,” the UN chief said in a statement issued on 2 August 2015.

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