Saturday, January 24, 2015

'Doomsday Clock' Ticks

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Binu Mathew

 'Doomsday Clock' Ticks Forward: Climate Change, Nuclear Weapons Push Humanity Closer Towards Global Catastrophe
By Andrea Germanos

Runaway climate change and the ongoing threat of nuclear weapons have pushed the world closer towards irreversible catastrophe, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists announced Thursday, as the group pushed the symbolic Doomsday Clock forward to three minutes before midnight

A Future In Prison
By Kathy Kelly

The Bureau of Prisons contacted me today, assigning me a prison number and a new address: for the next 90 days, beginning tomorrow, I'll live at FMC Lexington, in the satellite prison camp for women, adjacent to Lexington's federal medical center for men. Very early tomorrow morning, Buddy Bell, Cassandra Dixon, and Paco and Silver, two house guests whom we first met in protests on South Korea's Jeju Island, will travel with me to Kentucky and deliver me to the satellite women's prison outside the Federal Medical Center for men

CNN Serves US Gov Policy, Casts Deceased Saudi Tyrant In Positive Light
By Robert Barsocchini

" Reporting " on the death of Saudi dictator Abdullah in an article titled "Saudi Arabia's 'reformer' king Abdullah dies", CNN notes that his dictatorship is a "key US ally", and thus proceeds to paint an entirely sympathetic picture of his brutal regime, perhaps the world's most repressive. CNN expresses admiration for the dictatorship and hatred for the Saudi people, attempting to defend US policy of repressing those people by propping up the dictatorship since the 1930s, when Saudi oil was discovered

Federal Prison Sentence Begins For Anti-Drone Activist, Kathy Kelly
An interview with peace activist Kathy Kelly By Medea Benjamin

On January 23, Kathy Kelly, co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence, a campaign to end U.S. military and economic warfare, will begin a three-month jail sentence in federal prison for a protest against drones (also known as "unmanned aerial vehicles") at Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri. Medea Benjamin had a chance to interview her before she had to turn herself in

Drones And The New Ethics Of War
By Prof. Neve Gordon

This Christmas small drones were among the most popular gift under the tree in the U.S. with manufacturers stating that they sold 200,000 new unmanned aerial vehicles during the holiday season. While the rapid infiltration of drones into the gaming domain clearly reflects that drones are becoming a common weapon among armed forces, their appearance in Walmart, Toys "R" Us and Amazon serves, in turn, to normalize their deployment in the military

Defend The Indian Constitution! Defend Diversity, Dialogue, Democracy!
By Forum for the Defence of the Indian Constitution

On 26 January 2015 as we mark the 65th anniversary of the adoption of the Indian Constitution and the declaration of the country as a Republic the time has come to ask, 'How much longer will this entity called modern India last?'

British Have Invaded 193 Countries: Make 26 January
( Australia Day, Invasion Day) British Invasion Day
By Dr Gideon Polya

In the last 2 millennia the British have invaded 193 out of 203 present-day countries (195 UN-recognized nations and 8 non-UN-recognized self-governing countries) as compared to the French 80, the US 70 and Apartheid Israel 12. However the British invasion of Australia on 26 January 1788 ultimately destroyed as many as 600 unique Indigenous Australian tribes and a comparable number of languages and dialects

Ukraine Stiffs China For Billions It Owes
By Eric Zuesse

China paid Ukraine $3B two years Ago for grain still not delivered, now demands refund. Another $3.6B that's owed to China, will probably also default

Lessons That Hollande Failed To Learn From W. Bush's Plunders
By Ramzy Baroud

Francois Hollande is not a popular president. No matter how hard the 'socialist' leader tries to impress, there never seems to be a no solid constituency that backs him. He attempted to mask his initial lack of experience in foreign affairs with a war in Mali, after his country enthusiastically took on Libya. While he succeeded at launching wars, he failed at managing their consequences as the latest attacks in Paris have demonstrated

French President Promised Justice But Terrorists Seek
Real Justice For Muslim Millions Slaughtered
By Jay Janson

Meaningful justice, would be Europeans recognizing their legal responsibility to compensate the survivors of Muslim and non-Muslim millions slaughtered, maimed, impoverished, enslaved and exploited on three continents over the centuries of Europe's rise via the plunder of three continents, including Muslim and other cultures and civilizations older, more advanced and wealthier than those of Europeans at that time. Patience!

Sri Lanka: Window Of Opportunity To Rebuild Damaged Legal Structure
By Asian Human Rights Commission

The 100-day reform programme of the new government is an opportune moment for rebuilding the legal structure of Sri Lanka, a precondition for achieving the "good governance" that has been promised

Saving Modi's Image, The BJP Way
By Prof. Vivek Kumar

Narendra Modi has decided not to address rallies and campaign in Delhi with full vigor. BJP has also decided not to make these Delhi elections a fight between him and others. BJP is afraid that if BJP looses then Modi's image will take a beating

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