Archive for ‘War Lords’

08/12/2016

The Coming War on China

Human Wrongs Watch

By John Pilger – New Internationalist Magazine*

A major US military build-up – including nuclear weapons – is under way in Asia and the Pacific with the purpose of confronting China. John Pilger raises the alarm on an under-reported and dangerous provocation.

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4 Dec 2016 – When I first went to Hiroshima in 1967, the shadow on the steps was still there. It was an almost perfect impression of a human being at ease: legs splayed, back bent, one hand by her side as she sat waiting for a bank to open.

At a quarter past eight on the morning of 6 August, 1945, she and her silhouette were burned into the granite. I stared at the shadow for an hour or more, unforgettably. When I returned many years later, it was gone: taken away, “disappeared”, a political embarrassment.

08/12/2016

US Provoking China into Nuclear War? RT to Air New Pilger Documentary

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© thecomingwarmovie.com | RT

According to the BAFTA-winning journalist and filmmaker, mainstream media reports of Beijing’s ambitious expansion and reclaiming of land in the South China Sea is in fact a response to US military activity around its borders.

US President Barack Obama’s pivot to Asia in 2011 has resulted in the construction of 400 American bases, including in Guam, elsewhere in the South China Sea, South Korea and Japan – thereby encircling China.

08/12/2016

The End of a Cycle ?

ROME, Dec 6 2016 (IPS) – Is the demise of Matteo Renzi really a local affair? There is no doubt that a referendum on a constitutional change can be a matter of confidence in him, having personalized the issue to a point that it became basically a vote on the Italian young Prime Minister.

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Roberto Savio

But if you look at the sociology of the vote, you find that the No vote was again coming from the poorest parts of Italy.

A case study is Milan. Voters living in the centre voted Yes, and those in the periphery voted No.

Is this not similar to what has happened in Brexit and in the US elections?

Renzi fell into the same trap like Cameron, calling for a referendum on a very complex issue and putting at stake his own credibility and prestige, to be swept away by an unexpected tide of resentment. Lamented Renzi: “I had no idea I was so hated”.

This is important. It shows how politicians, even those as brilliant as Renzi, do not realize that there is a tsunami of resentment that has been out there for some years, has been ignored by the establishment, by the media and by politics.

07/12/2016

Life on Earth Is Dying

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Robert J. Burrowes*

DAYLESFORD, Australia,  6 December, 2016 — On the day that you read this article, 200 species of life on Earth (plants, birds, animals, fish, amphibians, insects, reptiles) will cease to exist. Tomorrow, another 200 species will vanish forever.

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Robert J. Burrowes

The human onslaught to destroy life on Earth is unprecedented in Earth’s history.

Planet Earth is now experiencing its sixth mass extinction event and Homo sapiens sapiens is the cause.

Moreover, this mass extinction event is accelerating and is so comprehensive in its impact that the piecemeal measures being taken by the United Nations, international agencies and governments constitute a tokenism that is breathtaking in the extreme.

And it is no longer the case that mainly ‘invisible’ species are vanishing: those insects, amphibians and small animals about which you had never even heard, assuming they have been identified and given a name by humans.

07/12/2016

Rethinking Trade Policy and Protectionism in the Trump Era

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PENANG, Malaysia, Dec 5 2016 (IPS) – What kind of trade policy will the United States have under President Donald Trump? This is a hot issue, as Trump has made unorthodox pronouncements on trade issues during and after the election campaign. If he acts on even some of the positions he took, it will create a sea change in trade policy in the US and possibly the world.
Credit: Amantha Perera/IPS

Credit: Amantha Perera/IPS

 

Trump has recently emphasised that he will take the US out of the Trans Pacific Partnership  Agreement (TPPA) on his first day of office, and renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

06/12/2016

Global Humanitarian Appeal for 2017 Requires Record $22.2 Billion in Funding

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The world is facing a humanitarian crisis that will require a record $22.2 billion in funding for 2017 to support nearly 93 million of the most vulnerable and marginalized people, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) on 5 December 2016 said as it launched a relief aid appeal.

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Thousands of internally displaced people gather at Emmanuel Church Compound in Yei, South Sudan. Photo: UNHCR/Rocco Nuri

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The scale of humanitarian crises today is greater than at any time since the United Nations was founded,” said UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O’Brien, launching the Global Humanitarian Overview 2017 in Geneva, Switzerland, according to a press release from OCHA.

06/12/2016

Vladimir Putin Signs New Russian Information Security Doctrine

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Russian President Vladimir Putin © Alexey Druzhinin

06/12/2016

Security Council Fails to Adopt Resolution Calling for Ceasefire in Aleppo

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The United Nations Security Council on 5 December 2016 failed to adopt a resolution calling for a seven-day ceasefire in Aleppo that would allow humanitarian aid to reach people trapped in the war-ravaged Syrian city.

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Security Council votes on resolution calling for a seven-day ceasefire in Aleppo, Syria. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

The draft resolution proposed by Egypt, New Zealand and Spain was rejected because it received negative votes by permanent members Russia and China. Any negative vote, known as veto, from the Council’s five permanent members means a failed resolution.*

The text received 11 in favour, to three against (China, Russian Federation and Venezuela), with Angola abstaining.

05/12/2016

Countries in Mexico Promise to Protect Forests, Fisheries, Agriculture…

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4 December 2016 – More than 190 countries at a major United Nations conference in Mexico have pledged to step up efforts to integrate biodiversity into the policies of their forests, fisheries, tourism and agriculture sectors.

Tehuacán-Cuicatlán has one of Mexico’s highest rates of biodiversity and endemic species. Photo: Tehuacán-Cuicatlán Reserva de la Biósfera

On 3 December, countries adopted the Cancun Declaration, named after the Mexican city where the 13th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), known as ‘COP13,’ is being held.

04/12/2016

A Humanising Perspective of Immigration Is Possible … and Urgent

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By Juana Pérez Montero*

Ceuta, Spain (Pressenza)*  Pressenza editor and reporter presented the following communication with the title “Immigration in the media from a perspective of peace and nonviolence” during the VII International Congress on Immigration, Interculturality and Coexistence in the autonomous city of Ceuta.
A humanising perspective of immigration is possible… and urgent

Juana Pérez Montero during her presentation | Photo: Antonio Sempere, Pressenza

Before we start, we would like to make clear that we will not be speaking as “objective” journalists, as we do not believe that such a thing exists. We know that this idea of objectivity that they teach us at journalism school does not exist – and not just because we might have to work with our employer’s best interests in mind, but because we ourselves are subjects.

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