Archive for February 25th, 2020

25/02/2020

The Doctrine of Just War: Just That, War! (Or More War than Just)

Human Wrongs Watch

By Johan Galtung – TRANSCEND Media Service*

There is no scarcity of literature in this field, much of it permutations around the basic core of “I am of course against war, but – -”. So let it be clear from the outset that the present author is against war, there being no “but”.

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Johan Galtung

War as an institution to resolve conflict is an abomination, like slavery and colonialism as institutions. Occasional war, slavery and colonialism are probably hard to eliminate.

But the key word is institution, legitimized by social norms and mores.

A doctrine of just war is designed to do exactly that, offer a legitimation, for instance by seeing the evil of war as something that can be outweighed by possible positive consequences. But all human activity carries in its wake something good and something bad, weighing one against the other we can justify anything, like justifying Hitler with the Autobahnen.

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25/02/2020

Biodiversity ‘Fundamental’ for Global Food Systems, at ‘Heart’ of Development – UN Food and Agriculture Chief

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24 February 2020 (UN News)* —  Because the production of everything we eat transforms the environment, the United Nations agriculture chief told a high-level UN meeting on biodiversity that careful discussions are needed to decide on the scale of acceptable transformations.

UNDP | Mayra Monge has dedicated much of her life to researching and planting native trees in the verdant biodiverse powerhouse of Costa Rica.
25/02/2020

COVID-19 Not Yet a Pandemic: World Health Organization’s Chief

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)* — While a sudden increase in new cases of COVID-19 is of concern, the spread of coronavirus is not yet a pandemic, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) said on 24 February 2020.

Man Yi | The movement of people in Shenzhen in China, is being strictly controlled during t the coronavirus outbreak.

“Does this virus have pandemic potential? Absolutely, it has. Are we there yet? From our assessment, not yet,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told journalists in Geneva.

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25/02/2020

UN Launches New Project to Address Link between Terrorism, Arms and Crime

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)* — Cheap and easily accessible small arms are increasingly becoming the “weapon of choice” for many terrorist groups, the UN counter-terrorism chief told an event on Friday [21 February 2020] aimed to raise awareness of the nexus between terrorism, organized crime and illicit small arms trafficking.

UN Office of Counter-Terrorism | Director of the UN Office of Counter-Terrorism, Under Secretary-General Vladimir Voronkov presents the project “Preventing and combatting the illicit trafficking of small-arms and light weapons and their illicit supply to terrorists” – addressing the terrorism-arms-crime nexus.
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