Archive for November 4th, 2015

04/11/2015

Cultures of War, Cultures of Peace

Human Wrongs Watch

By Johan Galtung*

5 November 2015, TRANSCEND Media Service – We have war and peace, theory and practice. And deeper down cultures of war and peace, notions of what the world is or could be. The latter is not necessarily peace, could also mean removing obstacles to war.

Johan Galtung

Johan Galtung

Timothy Snyder, “Hitler’s World” (NY Review of Books, 24 Sep 2015) and Greg Grandin, “The Kissinger Effect: The relentless militarism of the national-security state and its perverse justification begin with Henry Kissinger” (The Nation, 28 Sep 2015) are both on that line.

Hitler’s World derives from Darwinist struggle for niches, with survival of the fittest. His niche is not the whole world but what is needed to feed the German people, and here Ukraine plays a major role.

The food chain is key to the image, with humans on top, eating animals and plants, but not eaten by them.

So also for the human species, divided in races with the Aryan race on top, “fittest” as evidenced by domination all over; never slaves. On top of them are the Germans; their state not an end but the military arm obliged to be strongest.

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04/11/2015

Exposed by Wikileaks: The US Empire According to Itself

Human Wrongs Watch

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By Robert J. Burrowes*

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4 November 2015

For many people, it is easier, safer and more comfortable to live in a world of delusion, particularly when this delusion requires no effort to seek out and understand truths that might prove unpalatable. If the delusion is one that is reinforced by the persistent promulgation of elite propaganda, then the idea of questioning the delusion might not even arise.

**The logo of WikiLeaks, an hourglass with one globe leaking to the second | Author: Wikileaks , Nowikileaks | Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license. | Wikimedia commons

**The logo of WikiLeaks | Author: Wikileaks, Nowikileaks | Wikimedia commons

Since the publication of vast troves of official documents by Wikileaks, however, knowledge of deeper geopolitical realities has exited the select world of progressive academia, exemplified by scholars such as Noam Chomsky, with its enthusiastic but relatively limited audience in activist circles, to become more readily and widely available.

In the book The Wikileaks Files: The World According to US Empire‘ which has just been published, we are taken on a journey to understand just how the world works if we read the ‘top secret’ correspondence of those who regard themselves as our masters.

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04/11/2015

Urgent Action Needed to Address Child Statelessness Before Problems Become ‘Set in Stone’

Human Wrongs Watch

Stateless children across the world share the same feelings of discrimination, frustration and despair, according to a new United Nations report published on 3 November 2015, that warns that urgent action is needed before statelessness “sets in stone” problems haunting their childhood.

Born stateless, this baby acquired nationality in 2008 in Bangladesh. Photo: UNHCR/G.M.B. Akash

“In the short time that children get to be children, statelessness can set in stone grave problems that will haunt them throughout their childhoods and sentence them to a life of discrimination, frustration and despair,” the UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres said in a press release, adding that no child should be stateless.

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