Archive for October 28th, 2016

28/10/2016

Climate Doomsday – Another Step Closer

Human Wrongs Watch

ROME, Oct 27 2016 (IPS) – Almost inadvertently, humankind is getting closer everyday to the point of no-return towards what could be called the ‘climate doomsday’.

Credit: UNEP

Credit: UNEP

Now, globally averaged concentration of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere has surged again to new records in 2016… and will not dip below pre-2015 levels for many generations.

The warning comes from the United Nations weather agency–the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and further confirms the alarm of climate experts and world specialised organisations.

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28/10/2016

Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, SIPRI, at 50. Now change name to SIMSI

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By Jan Oberg*

Lund, Sweden, October 26th, 2016 ((TFFTransnational Foundation for Peace and Future Research) – Is there a new cold war? And what steps can be taken by whom to reduce tension and make peace?.

Indeed highly relevant issues in an era of European history where the characteristics of a new Cold War are becoming ever more significant.

And a good intellectual way to celebrate an important research institute’s 50th Anniversary, namely SIPRI – Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.

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28/10/2016

Ten Articles on the New Cold War and a Reflection

While this new Cold War is certainly different from the first Cold war that ended in 1989, we are not in doubt that there is a new such tragic war and that the risk of military confrontation between Russia and NATO countries in Europe has increased.

We also happen to think it could have been avoided.

This Cold War has to do with, among many other things, NATO’s counterproductive expansion since 1994, the way Yugoslavia broke down and was broken up, with Ukraine and now Syria as well as – perhaps surprisingly to some – the rapidly diminishing political power and legitimacy of the West in the emerging world order.

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28/10/2016

Gorbachev Appeals for Sanity, Dialogue

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By John Scales Avery*

OSLO, Oct 28 2016 – President Mikhail Gorbachev, former leader of the Soviet Union and recipient of the 1990 Nobel Peace Prize, has appealed to world leaders to reduce the dangerous tensions, which today threaten to plunge human civilization and the biosphere into an all-destroying nuclear war.

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**President Barack Obama drops by VP Joe Biden’s meeting with former Soviet Union President Mikhail Gorbachev in the Vice President’s Office, West Wing | 20 March 2009 | The Official White House Photostream / Pete Souza | public domain | Flickr

In an October 10 interview with RIA Novosti, Gorbachev said: “I think the world has reached a dangerous point, I don’t want to give any concrete prescriptions, but I do want to say that this needs to stop. We need to renew dialogue. Stopping it was the biggest mistake.”

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