Archive for September 19th, 2018

19/09/2018

Demonization of Russia in a New Cold War Era

Human Wrongs Watch

By Mairead Maguire, Nobel Peace Laureate | The Peace People – TRANSCEND Media Service*

Inventing a foe to sell military ambitions: still the most dangerous of games.

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In examining the future, we must look to the past.

As we watch the media today, we are spoon fed more and more propaganda and fear of the unknown, that we should be afraid of the unknown and have full faith that our government is keeping us safe from the unknown.

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19/09/2018

Kofi Annan, the Last UN Secretary-General Who Paid for His Independence

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ROME, 13 September  2018 (Other News)This testimony to Kofi Annan, former UN Secretary-General, comes a month after his death. Much has already been written, and it is now superfluous to recall his efforts for peace and international cooperation. It is better to place his figure in a crucial context: how the great powers progressively reduced the figure of the UN Secretary-General and charged a high price from those who tried to keep the system’s independence.

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Roberto Savio

First of all, it must be remembered that the United Nations was born – to a considerable extent – due to the strong propulsive drive of the United States.

The United States, the great winners of the Second World War [with 416,800 soldiers and 1,700 civilians dead, compared with over 20 million Soviet Union soldiers and civilians], wanted to avoid the recurrence of a new world conflict.

It therefore sought the construction of a multilateral system, able to maintain – through peace in a ruined world – its economic and military hegemony intact.

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19/09/2018

Tribalism

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By John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service*

Can we abolish war?

In the long run, because of the terrible weapons that already have been produced through the misuse of science, and because of the even more terrible weapons that are likely to be invented in the future, the only way in which we can ensure the survival of human civilization is to abolish the institution of war.

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John Scales Avery

But is this possible? Or are the emotions that make war possible so much a part of human nature that we cannot stop humans from fighting any more than we can stop cats and dogs from fighting?

Can biological science throw any light on the problem of why our supposedly rational species seems intent on choosing war, pain and death instead of peace, happiness and life? Do tribal emotions make us easy victims for the neofascist politicians who serve the military-industrial complex?

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19/09/2018

Bring the United Nations Closer to the People, Urges Assembly President 

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The new session of the United Nations General Assembly opened on 18 September 2018 with its President pledging to use her year in office to bring the world body closer to the people and strengthen their sense of ownership and support for the UN.

UN Photo/Loey Felipe | María Fernanda Espinosa, the President of the 73rd session of the General Assembly, speaks at the session’s first plenary meeting.

In her first keynote address to what is the 73rd session of the 193-member General Assembly, President María Fernanda Espinosa, said that the need for stronger global leadership in the service of multilateralism, to ensure more peaceful, equitable and sustainable societies, would underpin her work.

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19/09/2018

Make the Guns Fall Silent. ‘Immediately and Everywhere” – South Sudan Envoy

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Warring parties in South Sudan must demonstrate their willingness to a peaceful end to their conflict by “making their guns fall silent. Immediately and everywhere,” said Nicholas Haysom, outgoing UN Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan, on 18 September 2018.

UNMISS\Nektarios Markogiannis | Ethiopian peacekeepers deployed to the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) escort a group of women outside a UN-run site and create a safe perimeter within which they can search for firewood without being at risk of attack, 28 March 2017.

Haysom’s comments were delivered during a briefing to the Security Council on South Sudan, led by Jean-Pierre Lacroix, the head of UN Peacekeeping Operations.

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