Recent weeks have witnessed a further intensification of the nuclear arms race in South Asia, with arch-rivals India and Pakistan both carrying out tests of nuclear-capable missiles and making bellicose war threats.
India and Pakistan came perilously close to all-out war last fall, after India boasted it had terminated its policy of “strategic restraint” and would continue to mount military strikes inside Pakistan until Islamabad stops all logistical support for the anti-Indian insurgency in Kashmir.
A former Canadian ambassador for nuclear disarmament is accusing the Trudeau government of “irresponsible leadership” as Canada skips out on “historic” talks at the United Nations this week.
Douglas Roche, also a former parliamentarian, said in an interview Tuesday that if Canada wants a seat on the UN Security Council, it shouldn’t be so “fearful” of the United States. He also said the issue should be debated in the House of Commons, a sentiment echoed by an NDP MP who is in New York for the proceedings.
Two and a half decades after the end of the Cold War, nine countries together continue to possess around 15,000 nuclear weapons. Nuclear weapons pose a significant threat to global security as they risk becoming available to more state and non-state entities. A single nuclear warhead could kill millions of people, with the effects lasting decades.
With the election of U.S. President Donald Trump, who has pledged to increase the American nuclear arsenal, and troubling recent actions by North Korea, it is more urgent than ever that the international community work together to ban nuclear weapons.
U.S. President Donald Trump came into office promising to «drain the swamp» of corruption, and to restore the American people’s control over their government, but what he has been doing since he started his Presidency on January 20th is exactly the opposite: handing control of the U.S. government over to international corporations, and, really, over to the billionaires who control their corporations and who use them to rob the publics everywhere (in ways some of which will here be described).
Consider his meeting, on February 13th, with Canada’s Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau:
Trump had come into office opposing the George Herbert Walker Bush created, and Bill Clinton passed-into-law, NAFTA treaty, with Canada and Mexico, because it reduced employment and wages in the United States, but he said nothing at all about its severe reduction of American sovereignty.
Image: Prime Minister Trudeau and President Trump hold a joint press conference at the White House | Credit: pm.gc.ca
A former Edmonton MP and senator turned nuclear disarmament activist has been chosen to receive the 2017 Calgary Peace Prize.
The annual award, which recognizes those who strive for peace, social justice and environmental protection, will be handed out at a ceremony Wednesday at the Jack Singer Concert Hall.
Montreal-born Douglas Roche served as an Edmonton MLA from 1972 to 1984 before being named Canada's ambassador of disarmament, going on to chair the United Nations disarmament committee in 1988. Named to the Order of Canada, the now 87 year old also chaired an international network called the Middle Powers Initiative, which worked to advance nuclear disarmament.
"The two paramount problems in the world today — nuclear weapons and global warming — must be resolved for the safety of the planet," Roche said in a release.
Following Roche's acceptance speech of the award, handed out by Mount Royal University's Faculty of Arts Peace Studies Initiative, there will be a round table discussion on global peace initiatives.
For more information, visit mru.ca/peaceinitiative
It may be a small peace agency but Project Ploughshares in Waterloo has done some big things in the past 40 years.
It has toiled away on research and global policy work on topics such as nuclear disarmament, the arms trade and national security spending.
From putting together Canada's only database of military production and exports to working on policies with the United Nations, Project Ploughshares has accomplished all of this out of its little office at Conrad Grebel University College in Waterloo.
On Monday (March 27), the United States, together with Britain and France, walked out of a session of the United Nations General Assembly set to discuss a global ban on nuclear weapons.
After leaving the session, the United States and its imperialist allies lined up in front of reporters to give a statement protesting the UN proposal, beginning with an incoherent diatribe by Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the UN and right-wing ideologue who formerly served as governor of South Carolina.
UN Photo / Mark Garten: Outside the United Nations Headquarters, flags fly in the north end of the building, on a sunny fall day.
Here’s a little fact of our age: Rear Admiral Peter Clark is the 16th commander of America’s notorious prison complex at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, opened in January 2002, and it seems he won’t be the last. As the New York Times recently reported, the Trump administration is already readying a draft executive order that would direct the Pentagon to use that prison to “detain suspected members of ‘Al Qaeda, the Taliban, and associated forces, including individuals and networks associated with the Islamic State.’” One such terror suspect, Abu Khaybar, held in Yemen by “another country” and long associated with al-Qaeda, is supposedly being eyed as the possible first new Guantánamo detainee since the end of the Bush era.
A Long History of Manipulation, Bribery and Covert Ops
By Dr. Binoy Kampmark
We should not forget the encouragement: hack those emails, extolled Donald J. Trump during the presidential campaign in 2016. It was the first public evocation of its sort, an invitation to a foreign power, in this case Russia, to indulge in cyber activity that has now been described by various US members of congress as “an act of war”.
The excitement has turned, less on the issue of what the material revealed – suitably damaging, impairing and even disabling of, for instance, the Clinton campaign – but the fact of hacking itself. US sovereignty, goes the cry, was breached.
Bill Gates, with $75 billion owns at least twice as much wealth as the poorest 1/10th of humanity – 750 million fellow human beings suffering hunger throughout the year and watching millions of their children die of starvation. If Bill gave the UN the $30 billion it needs to end hunger everywhere for one year, he would drop to fourth richest person in the world. Trump could have the 540 US billionaires raise that $30 billion.
Upon former US Attorney Ramsey Clark’s urging, this archival research peoples historian sat down to write about a despicably inhumane, stomach-turning beyond-words ghastly crime, namely, the programed, planned and for the most part made acceptable starvation of millions of children. While trying to write down something meaningful for the sake of those dying kids, damning self-indictments kept flashing into mind.