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DWF News May 2018A NEW FLOTILLA STEAMS TOWARDS GAZA
Volunteer boat guides explained the history and mission of the Gaza Flotilla movement, which has organized a number of journeys to demonstrate solidarity with the people of Gaza and break the illegal economic siege. An independent U.N. panel and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) say the blockade violates the Geneva Conventions and is illegal…
THE BEST KEPT SECRET ON SAVING THE WORLD
(1917 – 2018)
It is a shame. Israel is a miserable and criminal disgrace but a worse shame is the United Nations, the collectivity of 193 countries who hide behind the mantle of the UN. Those who have dared to protest in the defense of human rights and in defense of Palestinians’ self-determination are few and far between, risking the sword of the emperor and his poodles. Most have bent to, and are still bending to. the king bull, Washington, and to its master, Israel…
“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.”Desmond Tutu
“Giving voice to the vulnerable and disenfranchised,” is part of our mission statement. That’s why this edition of DWF NEWS highlights Gaza. Palestinian protests for freedom and justice have brought a torrent of Israeli bullets against defenseless civilians. The annihilation of Gaza and its people is symptomatic of a larger truth: The UN lacks adequate authority to intervene.
The UN Charter is at fault. That’s why we introduce the Constitution for the Federation of Earth to our readers. The geopolitical UN system is rigged by the Permanent 5 Veto nations on the Security Council. The P-5 leaders and their allies are above the law. The International Criminal Court can’t do the job. The UN Charter must be transformed, or replaced. THE SAN FRANCISCO PROMISE is DWF’s call to review the UN Charter.
– R Kotila, Ph.D.
The UN was created to protect the sovereignty of its member states and organize a multilateral, conceivably military response to violations of any member state’s sovereignty, but Palestine has never been allowed to become a sovereign member state, and the US uses its military dominance to trample all over the UN Charter anyway. Who’s going to provoke the 800-pound gorilla in the
Taking Black Lives Matter to the United Nations
The Responsibility to Protect (R2P) has been used by the US to justify brutal invasions of countries like Iraq and Libya. But perhaps the UN could use R2P in a positive way, to help recognize the need to protect colored people being killed and imprisoned by US government authorities…
The book describes the history, relevance and practical steps to implement a democratic world parliament as centerpiece of a peaceful, just and sustainable world community. For more than ten years, Jo Leinen and Andreas Bummel have been at the forefront of the international campaign for a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly that is endorsed by politicians, former UN officials, distinguished scholars, cultural innovators, representatives of civil society organizations, and many committed citizens from all walks of life in 150 countries…
Did you know that the classic reggae song written by Bob Marley, “War”, was based on a speech by given by the former Emperor of Ethiopia Halie Selassie to United Nations Assembly on 1963? The speech and the song focuses on the affects of developed nations using military force to overpower the disenfranchised and vulnerable. We thought it would be great to share this connection between history, politics, and culture. We also thought it reflected on the movements of today where many music artists are standing up by speaking out…
Women’s participation in Mexico’s 25-year-old Zapatista National Liberation Army, or EZLN movement, has represented an incredible organizational achievement since its original uprising in 1994. On International Women’s Day, the female militants of the EZLN did not fail to meet expectations when welcoming 7,000 people to the “First International Political, Artistic, Sports, and Cultural Encounter for Women who Struggle…”
The equivalent, in international law, to a domestic-law crime involving murder, rape, and theft, is an international invasion that’s purely for aggressive purposes and not at all authentically a defensive act against an authentic foreign threat that was coming from the invaded foreign country. Consequently, for the US Government now to have removed the UN from any authority over international invasions, is, in domestic-law equivalency, like removing a national government from authority regarding murders, rapes, and thefts…
Hey world, here’s a suggestion.
Seek a more peaceful way to limit, limit warring!
Push, perhaps for a century or two, to eliminate all wars.
King and Gandhi showed us a lot better, more peaceful way
use forceful, idealistic conflict resolution — unarmed!
Use variations of their ideas and ideals to unite man-un-kind,..
Last week, the UN’s first Independent Expert on the promotion of democratic and equitable international order, Alfred de Zayas, presented his seventh and final report to the Human Rights Council at an event on the margins of the Council’s 37th session in Geneva…
Saudi Arabia’s 32-year-old Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, heir to the Saudi throne after eliminating his rivals, is on a two-week whirlwind visit to the United States starting March 19. He plans to cement his ties to the Trump administration, shore up support for his war in Yemen while whipping up more opposition to Iran, and make lucrative business deals. From political meetings with Donald Trump and Congress to cultural events at DC’s Kennedy Center, a talk at MIT, gatherings with tech leaders in Silicon Valley and oil executives in Houston, the prince will be selling dolled-up…