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I hope that this will lead to an end to the bloodshed. I have reservations about this, for I wonder whether the radical revolutionaries, pumped up and armed by Western backers will so easily give up their campaign to institute an Islamic State in place of the secular Assad regime.I hope that this will lead to an end to the bloodshed. I have reservations about this,... more
Another day, another war.
Following the conviction of Charles Taylor and the now on-hold trial of Ratko Mladic, volunteers raise awkward questions about the role of the International Criminal Court (ICC) and tribunal proceedings. London Legal Salon coordinator, Luke Samuel, responds with far-reaching insights and tells us it is an irredeemable behemoth set up to massage the moral standing of Western powers. He explains why the ICC is, in essence: anti-democratic, is undermining the sovereignty of nations and cannot stop ‘war crimes’ or facilitate reconciliation. Interwoven with evocative news footage and compelling arguments, we are left in no doubt that we’d be better off without the ICC altogether.Following the conviction of Charles Taylor and the now on-hold trial of Ratko Mladic,... more
From Siberia to the Amazon, you can now get your sushi fix in some of the most remote regions of the world. What was once one nation's cuisine has, in a matter of 20 years, gone global. But the worlds' insatiable appetite for sushi comes at cost.
In this Vanguard hour, Adam, a ravenous sushi consumer since childhood, goes on the journey of the Bluefin tuna from the deep waters of the ocean to a sushi bar in downtown Los Angeles. He then travels to Japan, where the populace is nervously bracing for what could be a world without Bluefin tuna. Adam visits the famous Tsukiji fish market, where the world's best fish is bought and sold to the world -- and asks the question: will our taste buds spell chaos for the world's oceans? A recent study by the UN warns that the world's oceans may be completely depleted of fish in 40 years. Already, ninety percent of the large fish in the world's oceans have disappeared. And one of the most endangered fish today is the Bluefin tuna--also know as the king of sushi.From Siberia to the Amazon, you can now get your sushi fix in some of the most remote... more
In this new programme, a group of volunteers reflect on the conflict in Syria. Focussing on the arguments for and against Western intervention, blogger and commentator on the Middle East Karl Sharro answers critical questions with great insight. As the demand that ‘something must be done’ intensifies, Karl provides us with the understanding and principles needed to keep a cool head and examine what’s really going on.In this new programme, a group of volunteers reflect on the conflict in Syria.... more
A film by Bryan Law and Dan Dicks "United We Fall" is a documentary about the North American Union that is being developed right now between Canada, the United States, and Mexico. For years this topic has been debated in the news and in political circles as being a possible future for North America. In recent years, the mood has shifted and a rift is developing between those who want a Deeply Integrated North American Community, and those who wish to retain their national sovereignty. This film takes a look at both sides by interviewing both insiders and activists who have been at the heart of this heated debate. The film also looks to the broader agenda of building a world government and its implications.
Robert Pastor (Council on Foreign Relations)
Allan Gotlieb (Trilateral Commission, Bilderberg)
Herbert Grubel (Creator of the "Amero")
John Manley (President of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives)
Luke Rudkowski (We Are Change)
Dan Dicks (Press For Truth)
Vijay Sarma (Political Activist, Independent Journalist)
Dr. Andrew Moulden (Canadian Action Party)
Richard Syrett (Talk Radio Host)
United We Fall
Directed by Bryan Law
Produced by Dan Dicks & Bryan LawA film by Bryan Law and Dan Dicks "United We Fall" is a documentary about... more
The agenda for a one world government is advancing at an exponential rate as it continues to unfold under the radar. Sovereign nation's like the US now seek "international permission," instead of "congressional approval" to provide a legal basis for combat. When the military takes it's orders from international governing authorities instead of congress or the president then it is safe to say that the New World Order has arrived.
America is done, you have no freedom, you have no rights. It's over. You want it back? You better wake up to the New World Order. It's in your face; if you can't see it you're blind or ignorant.The agenda for a one world government is advancing at an exponential rate as it... more
NEW YORK, March 27 (IBON) — Civil society organizations (CSOs) and some government delegates, who are attending preparatory events this week for the United Nations’ upcoming Rio+20 conference in June, criticized attempts by a few powerful parties to weaken references to human rights obligations in the negotiating text.NEW YORK, March 27 (IBON) — Civil society organizations (CSOs) and some... more
This Thursday, March 22, is World Water Day as designated by the UN and celebrated annually since 1993. This year's theme is Water And Food Security. This video presents a primer on this important topic and crisis. Throughout the week up to March 22, I will be posting different sources of information, facts and an entry on March 22 in dedication of water/food. March 22 is a day to bring awareness of water in corrolation to our use of it and the crisis we face. Join Water Is Life this week in bringing awareness and celebrating what gives us life 365 days a year.This Thursday, March 22, is World Water Day as designated by the UN and celebrated... more
The UN's target for access to drinking water was reached ahead of time. Great news for girls and women, but Lisa Schechtman is still watching the off-target goal of improved sanitation. What's the point of water if we can't keep it clean?The UN's target for access to drinking water was reached ahead of time. Great... more
Framing women's rights in terms of human rights, as expressed by the phrase "women's rights are human rights," was an idea and a movement whose time had come. It came simultaneously from more than one source, but it began to bubble to the surface in the context of the global feminist movement of the 1980s. This was a formative time for feminists in our development as women's human rights activists.
In a pre-Internet era, the rapid movement of the petition by hand, letter, or--for a privileged few--sparkling new fax machine reflected the emergence of the women's movement as a global political force. However, the petition was not just to be signed. It was an organizing tool for feminists to provoke a discussion of why human rights were not already systematically seen as including women's rights, as well as to mobilize women around the world to make their voices heard.
Major, even revolutionary, advances have been made in awareness, recognition, and standard setting around women's rights as human rights. Yet the revolution is unfinished. UNWomen's 2011-2012 Report on Progress of the World's Women shows clearly that justice--an essential element in the realization of human rights--is still a distant dream for most women. When it comes to violence against women in particular, impunity is still rampant and justice is often denied.
The backlash and violence experienced by women's rights activists is especially worrisome. Women defenders often face gender-specific abuse in addition to the threats all defenders face, especially if they are seen as defying societal norms. This can take many forms: sexual violence and harassment, familial pressures and threats to their children, name calling and sexuality baiting, or other attacks on their reputation in the community or work place. Increasing numbers of women activists from Colombia to Nepal to South Africa and Mexico have been murdered or driven out of their communities for their defense of women's rights.
Despite the daunting challenges they face, women keep showing extraordinary, courage and creativity in demanding their rights and seeking to create a better world. New technologies have spread ideas of change rapidly, and young women have played key roles in the recent revolutions in the Middle East. These women--connected to each other and women in the rest of the world--are poised to be key actors and potential leaders in movements for change as well as governments in the near future.
http://womensenews.org/story/books/120309/womens-human-rights-slogan-global-agendaFraming women's rights in terms of human rights, as expressed by the phrase... more
The World Water Forum, held every three years is run by the World Water Council, a corporate think tank whose founding members include the World Bank, Suez and Veolia . With endorsements from several United Nations and government agencies, the World Water fancies itself a multi-stakeholder platform for policy negotiations, yet its 700 euro price tag makes it inaccessible to grassroots organizations and frontline communities facing the impacts of the global water crisis, particularly those from the Global South. And “high-level” policy roundtables are open only by invitation to general participants.The World Water Forum, held every three years is run by the World Water Council, a... more
US military in Iraq needed "hardcore" troops with warlike mentality -- journalist... (RT) — Under the Bush administration the U.S. military allegedly started to recruit neo-Nazis and gang members to fight in Afghanistan and Iraq, argues investigative journalist Matt Kennard.
RT: A question about the series of essays you wrote, "The regular army." When you were working on this, which one of these topics was the most shocking for you?
Matt Kennard: The neo-Nazis was obviously the most shocking, because these people hate everything to do with the Middle East and their goal is to kill what they call "hedgies." So that's the shocking result of the war of terror, as the mainstream narrative is that the West is taking democracy to Iraq and Afghanistan, and yet we are sending these neo-Nazi troops there. Gangbangers is another one, which is gang members from all over the west coast have been in the military since 2002.
http://youtu.be/-UMEg4cAbygUS military in Iraq needed "hardcore" troops with warlike mentality --... more
On Feb. 27, a diplomatic process will begin in Geneva that could result in a new treaty giving the United Nations unprecedented powers over the Internet. Dozens of countries, including Russia and China, are pushing hard to reach this goal by year’s end. As Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said last June, his goal and that of his allies is to establish "international control over the Internet" through the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), a treaty-based organization under U.N. auspices.
If successful, these new regulatory proposals would upend the Internet’s flourishing regime, which has been in place since 1988. That year, delegates from 114 countries gathered in Australia to agree to a treaty that set the stage for dramatic liberalization of international telecommunications. This insulated the Internet from economic and technical regulation and quickly became the greatest deregulatory success story of all time.
Since the Net’s inception, engineers, academics, user groups and others have convened in bottom-up nongovernmental organizations to keep it operating and thriving through what is known as a "multi-stakeholder" governance model. This consensus-driven private-sector approach has been the key to the Net’s phenomenal success.
In 1995, shortly after it was privatized, only 16 million people used the Internet world-wide. By 2011, more than two billion were online—and that number is growing by as much as half a million every day. This explosive growth is the direct result of governments generally keeping their hands off the Internet sphere.
Net access, especially through mobile devices, is improving the human condition more quickly—and more fundamentally—than any other technology in history. Nowhere is this more true than in the developing world, where unfettered Internet technologies are expanding economies and raising living standards.
Farmers who live far from markets are now able to find buyers for their crops through their Internet-connected mobile devices without assuming the risks and expenses of traveling with their goods. Worried parents are able to go online to locate medicine for their sick children. And proponents of political freedom are better able to share information and organize support to break down the walls of tyranny.
The Internet has also been a net job creator. A recent McKinsey study found that for every job disrupted by Internet connectivity, 2.6 new jobs are created. It is no coincidence that these wonderful developments blossomed as the Internet migrated further away from government control.
Today, however, Russia, China and their allies within the 193 member states of the ITU want to renegotiate the 1988 treaty to expand its reach into previously unregulated areas. Reading even a partial list of proposals that could be codified into international law next December at a conference in Dubai is chilling:
• Subject cyber security and data privacy to international control;
• Allow foreign phone companies to charge fees for "international" Internet traffic, perhaps even on a "per-click" basis for certain Web destinations, with the goal of generating revenue for state-owned phone companies and government treasuries;
• Impose unprecedented economic regulations such as mandates for rates, terms and conditions for currently unregulated traffic-swapping agreements known as "peering."
• Establish for the first time ITU dominion over important functions of multi-stakeholder Internet governance entities such as the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, the nonprofit entity that coordinates the .com and .org Web addresses of the world;
• Subsume under intergovernmental control many functions of the Internet Engineering Task Force, the Internet Society and other multi-stakeholder groups that establish the engineering and technical standards that allow the Internet to work;
• Regulate international mobile roaming rates and practices.
Many countries in the developing world, including India and Brazil, are particularly intrigued by these ideas. Even though Internet-based technologies are improving billions of lives everywhere, some governments feel excluded and want more control.
And let’s face it, strong-arm regimes are threatened by popular outcries for political freedom that are empowered by unfettered Internet connectivity. They have formed impressive coalitions, and their efforts have progressed significantly....
http://www.redicecreations.com/article.php?id=18658On Feb. 27, a diplomatic process will begin in Geneva that could result in a new... more
The UN's failure to agree to a resolution on Syria is "disastrous" for the country's people, Ban Ki-moon has said today as President Assad's government launched its most intense bombardment of the city of Homs.
Speaking at the UN headquarters in New York, Ban said he had briefed the security council about a plan proposed by the head of the Arab League, Nabil al-Araby, for a possible joint UN-Arab League observer mission to Syria.
The statement issued by Ban's spokesman Martin Nesirky, is the latest and one of the strongest UN condemnations of Syrian government tactics, said Ban was "appalled" by the mounting death toll.
"Such violence is totally unacceptable before humanity," it said.
"No government can commit such acts against its people without its legitimacy being eroded."
The statement said Ban "strongly condemns" the onslaught. The failure of the U.N. Security Council on Saturday to pass a resolution on Syria because of vetoes by Russia and China, "gives no license to the Syrian authorities to step up attacks on the Syrian population," it added.
"All violence must end immediately," the statement said.
"The Secretary-General reminds the government of Syria that it is accountable under international human rights law for all acts of violence perpetrated by its security forces against the civilian population."
Ban called for "an inclusive Syrian-led political process, in accordance with international law, that respects the will and legitimate aspirations of the Syrian people to a democratic and pluralistic political system."
The UN's failure to agree to a resolution on Syria is "disastrous" for... more
In a world where national sovereignty is rapidly becoming a thing of the past, announcements that the United Nations will be taking the lead on any variety of topics is no longer shocking. Indeed, there is a real push across the world to view the United Nations as the ultimate authority on virtually every issue, from human rights to nutritional content in food.
Through decades of propagandizing, the United Nations has developed an undeserved reputation for humanitarianism and democracy. As a result, the vast majority see the United Nations as a benevolent organization which they can call on to defend human rights in their home countries. Unfortunately, national sovereignty rarely enters into the equation anymore, as the average citizen tends to look straight to the United Nations to address their concerns, bypassing their own governments.
As case in point, a recent report by AFP, entitled, “Experts urge U.N. to address mental health,” discusses how a recent article in PLoS Medicine, a reputable medical journal, has called for the United Nations General Assembly to develop a plan to tackle mental, neurological, and substance-abuse disorders (MNS).
The article was authored by Vikram Patel of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Judith Bass from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health in the United States, among other contributors. They write, “The time has come for recognition at the highest levels of global development, namely the U.N. General Assembly, of the urgent need for a global strategy to address the global burden of MNS disorders.”
They also state that investment is needed in three different, but key, areas – “expanding knowledge about mental health disorders, better access to evidence-based programs of care and treatment, and protection of human rights.”
Although the further understanding of mental health disorders and their treatment is a laudable goal, it is also one in which both the Psychiatric/Psychological complex and the United Nations have a horrible track record.
Indeed, even within individual national boundaries, the Psychiatric/Psychological complex has vastly more authority that it needs or deserves. When one multiplies that oppressive authority with the global jurisdiction of the United Nations, as well as the U.N’s tendency to introduce tyrannical guidelines in its own right, we can see a clear recipe for disaster.
In an excellent breakdown of the situation, the Daily Bell writes,
The ultimate element of this charade (and probably the reason for it) will be a People’s Charter for Mental Health that will provide the opportunity for the elites to create yet more command-and-control bureaucracies.
To begin with these bureaucracies may seem innocent and even innovative. But over time it will become apparent that the UN is setting up some sort of worldwide mental health apparatus to evaluate people’s emotional and intellectual stability.
Worst case – if it gets that far – the UN will try to provide itself not only with the authority to evaluate people’s mental competence but also the authority to send people to mental institutions and re-education camps if they are not sufficiently docile and open to the appropriate level of mind control.
Although this analysis may appear extreme to some, the fact is that it is not nearly as extreme as it may sound at first. Considering the level of control that the Psychiatric/Psychological complex currently wields over our lives, the transition of this undeserved authority from a national level to that of an international body is not at all far-fetched.
Indeed, an authoritarian standard-setting UN-based organization in the areas of mental health would no doubt be an issue for all to be concerned with. The UN has, on virtually every occasion, shown its aptitude toward oppressive legislation, lack of concern for human dignity and individual rights, as well as forcing its guidelines upon the rest of the world by stealth and economic sanctions.
For instance, the standard-setting organization for food, Codex Alimentarius, has consistently forced its guidelines on national governments by virtue of the WTO trade dispute settlement mechanisms. Codex Alimentarius guidelines involve reducing the level of nutrition available in vitamin and mineral supplements, allowing for the increased proliferation of genetically modified food, and unlimited irradiation of food products. (See my book Codex Alimentarius – The End of Health Freedom)
U.N.-related organizations like the IMF (International Monetary Fund) are also highly successful at implementing austerity programs on debt-ridden countries like Greece as a pre-condition for more loans, which are themselves nothing more than an increase of irrational debt by virtue of the sacrifice of living standards and tangible physical wealth.
Even the WTO (World Trade Organization), another U.N.-related agency is famous for dismantling any protectionist tariffs or subsidies imposed by nation states upon cheap products being dumped into their economies. It is also well-known for punishing any nation that even slightly steps away from the agenda of globalism.
A U.N.-controlled bureaucracy overseeing the treatment and diagnosis of mental health disorders, addiction, or anything else that would so greatly involve the individual, is without a doubt a recipe for disaster.
The Psychiatric/Psychological complex already wields entirely too much authority over the lives of supposedly free human beings. This authority, as it currently exists, must be taken away.
We cannot afford to give this industry any more control over our lives, much less give international authority to the detriment of national sovereignty.
http://www.activistpost.com/2012/01/united-nations-preparing-to-manage.htmlIn a world where national sovereignty is rapidly becoming a thing of the past,... more
The US has said Iran's enrichment of uranium at an underground site is "a further
escalation" of its ongoing violation of UN resolutions.
link:http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-16481144The US has said Iran's enrichment of uranium at an underground site is "a... more
The United Nations health agency has voiced deep concern that scientific research undertaken on a strain of highly pathogenic influenza could have negative consequences but also acknowledged that tightly-controlled studies needed to continue to limit the possibility of future risks to the global population.The United Nations health agency has voiced deep concern that scientific research... more
Fiscal austerity policies being implemented by countries are driving the global economy towards a recession, the United Nations trade and development body warned today, stressing that greater attention should be paid to high unemploymentFiscal austerity policies being implemented by countries are driving the global... more