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Hong Kong’s Occupy protests five years on: after all the prosecutions, was the movement in vain?

Over the weekend, before a court ruled on their fate, Benny Tai Yiu-ting, Dr Chan Kin-man and the Reverend Chu Yiu-ming returned to where it all began. They went to seek solace not just in their faith but also supporters as they appeared at Kowloon Union Church on Saturday afternoon in an emotional gathering of prayers, tears and aching acceptance that the journey was coming to an end for now – the road over, the cause shelved…

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Political newbie uplifts Thailand’s pro-democracy movement

A billionaire who led his new party to unexpected wins in last month’s general elections is rapidly becoming the symbol of the Thai pro-democracy movement, despite the ruling junta’s efforts to curb the charismatic young firebrand. Thanathorn Juangroongruankit, the 40-year-old leader of the progressive Future Forward Party, is facing mounting legal troubles…

Democratic Hopes in ASEAN Hinge on Thailand, Analysts Say

Thai voters head to the polls Sunday for the first time in nearly five years, and analysts say the results could have an impact on democracy throughout Southeast Asia. Thailand’s military junta took power in May 2014, when then-army chief Prayut Chan-ocha led a coup that toppled the government. Observers see the coming elections as a struggle between democracy and military rule…

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Art of the Deal Revisited While Waiting for the Next Summit

René Wadlow President | Association of World Citizens Click to Learn More The Art of the Deal, part biography, part business advice, received wide readership and drew attention to Donald Trump beyond the New York milieu in which he worked (1).  The book was largely...
WFM-IGP Announces New Executive Director

WFM-IGP Announces New Executive Director

New York – Dr. Tawanda Hondora, an international lawyer with extensive experience in the philanthropic, human rights and private legal practice sectors will serve as the next Executive Director of World Federalist Movement – Institute for Global Policy (WFM-IGP)...

Mayors and Parliamentarians Call on the U.S. and Russia to Preserve the INF Treaty

Mayors, parliamentarians, policy experts and civil society representatives from forty countries – mostly Europe and North America – yesterday sent an open letter, the Basel Appeal for Disarmament and Sustainable Security, to Presidents Putin and Trump and to the leaders of the Russian and US legislatures, calling on them to preserve the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty…

US Nuclear Missiles Deployed in Italy, … Against Russia

In March 2020, the first unit of production will begin fabricating a series of 500 bombs. As from that time, in other words in about a year and a half, the United States will begin the anti-Russian deployment in Italy, Germany, Belgium, Holland and probably certain other European countries, of the first nuclear bomb in their arsenal with a precision guidance system. The B61-12 is designed with penetrating capacity, built to explode underground in order to destroy bunkers housing command centres…

The U.S. and the World Need a UN That Works

U.S. President Donald Trump will command the world’s attention at the United Nations General Assembly this week. After last year’s affirmations of U.S. sovereignty and denunciations of Kim Jong Un as a “Rocket Man on a suicide mission,” who knows what bolts Trump will hurl this time? His chairing of a Security Council meeting on nonproliferation and a U.S. event on the “world drug problem” promise other opportunities for drama…

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Soldier for Democracy: John Sutter the World Federalist

John Sutter was a man driven to improve the world and make it better for the people within it, no matter the personal and physical toll. He was a son, brother, husband, father, soldier, and peace activist. Click on the article and learn more about his story and how he came to lead the Democratic World Federalists organization…

Dr. John Orval Sutter: 1926 – 2019

John Gordon Sutter Son of John O. Sutter | San Francisco, CA Dr. John Orval Sutter January 13, 1926 – March 16, 2019 John was born and raised in University City (a suburb of St. Louis), Missouri, by Orval C. Sutter and Anne Bernat Sutter. In 1944 he began studies at...

Book List: How the US Creates ‘Sh*thole’ Countries

In two years, the world has become accustomed to being shocked by the words and actions of United States President Donald Trump. In January of this year, he again showed his lack of diplomacy, tack and common decency, when he referred to many poorer countries as “sh*ithole countries”, asking, “Why do we want all these people from sh*thole countries coming here…?”

ROLE MODEL

We all need a role model, hero, or mentor. I have had several very important ones in my life. One of them died recently, a woman named Mary Harris. Mary passed-on just 49 days short of her 101st birthday. I served with Mary on the board of the Democratic World Federalists. She attended meetings regularly up until the last few weeks of her long life. Living at her beach home in Pacifica, she climbed up 160 stairs every time she went anywhere and relied on public transportation and friends for rides…

Book Preview: Global Democracy and Human Self-Transcendence

In our time of apparent hopelessness and despair, this volume reveals the grounds for a powerful hope that we can establish one world civilization of peace, justice, freedom, and sustainability. It makes a truly unique contribution, not found elsewhere in today’s literature, revealing the astonishing dignity and potential of being human. It is essential reading for all those concerned for the future of humanity and our precious planet Earth…

Foreign Affairs

WFM-IGP Press Release: Atrocious US ICC policy must be challenged

States Parties to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) must pressure the US government to stop impeding investigations by the ICC into war crimes committed in Afghanistan, said the World Federalist Movement – Institute for Global Policy (WFM-IGP). US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced on March 15 that the US will revoke or deny visas to ICC personnel investigating allegations of torture and…

US Nuclear Missiles Deployed in Italy, … Against Russia

In March 2020, the first unit of production will begin fabricating a series of 500 bombs. As from that time, in other words in about a year and a half, the United States will begin the anti-Russian deployment in Italy, Germany, Belgium, Holland and probably certain other European countries, of the first nuclear bomb in their arsenal with a precision guidance system. The B61-12 is designed with penetrating capacity, built to explode underground in order to destroy bunkers housing command centres…

The U.S. and the World Need a UN That Works

U.S. President Donald Trump will command the world’s attention at the United Nations General Assembly this week. After last year’s affirmations of U.S. sovereignty and denunciations of Kim Jong Un as a “Rocket Man on a suicide mission,” who knows what bolts Trump will hurl this time? His chairing of a Security Council meeting on nonproliferation and a U.S. event on the “world drug problem” promise other opportunities for drama…

Trump Blows Up the UN, Metaphorically Speaking

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres took pre-emptive strikes against President Donald Trump in his speech at the opening session of the 72nd General Assembly, on Sept. 19, 2017. Rumors were rampant that Trump would deliver a strongly nationalistic speech, reportedly written by Stephen Miller, author of Trump’s more bombastic and nationalist screeds, including the inauguration speech on Jan. 20…

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Facebook’s Secret Censorship Manual Exposed as Platform Takes Down Video About Israel Terrorizing Palestinians

After the New York Times on Thursday published an exposé of Facebook’s global censorship rulebook, journalist Rania Khalek called out the social media giant for taking down a video in which she explains how, “on top of being occupied, colonized territory, Palestine is Israel’s personal laboratory for testing, refining, and showcasing methods and weapons of domination and control..”

Alexa, Send Nukes

There could be no more consequential decision than launching atomic weapons and possibly triggering a nuclear holocaust. President John F. Kennedy faced just such a moment during the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962 and, after envisioning the catastrophic outcome of a US-Soviet nuclear exchange, he came to the conclusion that the atomic powers should impose tough barriers…

China: A New Philosophy of Economics

The west consistently seeks to undermine the interests of their partners, be it for trade or political agreements; be it partners from the west, their smaller and weaker brothers; or from the east; or from the south, there is always an element of exploitation, of “one-upmanship”, of outdoing a partner, of domination. Equality and fairness are unknown by the west…

‘Warp speed’ technology must be ‘force for good’ UN chief tells web leaders

He pointed out more than “90 per cent of the data that exists today in the world was created in the two last years,” noting that what while it used to cost $1 million to store a megabyte of data, the current price tag is less than two cents.
Technologies like blockchain – digital records linked together using encryption – or gene testing are now common technologies, he continued. “Artificial intelligence is everywhere, helping to buy and sell shares, helping police surveillance and even helping people to choose their soul mates,” he said. He asserted that technology is yielding enormous benefits…

A World Without Trade Deficits

John Maynard Keynes needs no introduction as the most important economist of the 20th century. His theories have shaped modern economics like few others. However, his vision for the international trade system, or bancor for short, has been mostly forgotten. As with anything even remotely Keynesian, the idea of bancor had a mini-resurgence in the wake of the 2009 crisis. George Monbiot wrote an article regarding bancor in the Guardian and the governor of the Bank of China, Zhou Xiaochuan, praised the idea in a speech. But this buzz has since died down. Bancor is a radical rethinking of international trade…

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Regions

Trump Blows Up the UN, Metaphorically Speaking

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres took pre-emptive strikes against President Donald Trump in his speech at the opening session of the 72nd General Assembly, on Sept. 19, 2017. Rumors were rampant that Trump would deliver a strongly nationalistic speech, reportedly written by Stephen Miller, author of Trump’s more bombastic and nationalist screeds, including the inauguration speech on Jan. 20…

Hong Kong’s Occupy protests five years on: after all the prosecutions, was the movement in vain?

Over the weekend, before a court ruled on their fate, Benny Tai Yiu-ting, Dr Chan Kin-man and the Reverend Chu Yiu-ming returned to where it all began. They went to seek solace not just in their faith but also supporters as they appeared at Kowloon Union Church on Saturday afternoon in an emotional gathering of prayers, tears and aching acceptance that the journey was coming to an end for now – the road over, the cause shelved…

Political newbie uplifts Thailand’s pro-democracy movement

A billionaire who led his new party to unexpected wins in last month’s general elections is rapidly becoming the symbol of the Thai pro-democracy movement, despite the ruling junta’s efforts to curb the charismatic young firebrand. Thanathorn Juangroongruankit, the 40-year-old leader of the progressive Future Forward Party, is facing mounting legal troubles…

Democratic Hopes in ASEAN Hinge on Thailand, Analysts Say

Thai voters head to the polls Sunday for the first time in nearly five years, and analysts say the results could have an impact on democracy throughout Southeast Asia. Thailand’s military junta took power in May 2014, when then-army chief Prayut Chan-ocha led a coup that toppled the government. Observers see the coming elections as a struggle between democracy and military rule…

Indians, Pakistanis Join Hands in a Global Standout for Peace in South Asia Across US and in 20 Countries

Groups of Indians and Pakistanis together joined hands in a global standout for peace in South Asia across 20 countries on Sunday, March 3 in response to rising tensions and war-mongering between nuclear-armed India and Pakistan. “War is not a solution to anything. It sets us back many years, not just in India and Pakistan but in all the countries of our region…

Who’s Afraid of Women of Color in Congress?

Although Congress over time has become more diverse and more representative of the demographics of the nation, the 115th Congress was still mostly white, older, male and Christian. Then, last November, a record number of women and people of color—and especially women of color—ran for election and won office, largely in response to the white nationalist resurgence…

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WFM-IGP Press Release: Atrocious US ICC policy must be challenged

States Parties to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) must pressure the US government to stop impeding investigations by the ICC into war crimes committed in Afghanistan, said the World Federalist Movement – Institute for Global Policy (WFM-IGP). US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced on March 15 that the US will revoke or deny visas to ICC personnel investigating allegations of torture and…

“The Least of These”: Jesus and Earth Stewardship

Climate scientists are not crazy prophets of doom; they are a collective of urgent voice crying in the wilderness, warning of the inevitable catastrophes that already have been unleashed by melting glaciers, mega-cyclones and hurricanes and rising temperatures. As a recent article in the Guardian reports, “The world’s leading climate scientists have warned there is only a dozen years for global warming to…

Dual War and Repression: Domestic and Foreign Policy on Black People

Parallel tracks of US government policy against the Black working class in the US and on the African continent expose much more than incidental similarity but a concerted fatal conspiracy.

For the US, African people globally have no economic value short of being unwitting consumers whose labor-use has expired, and whose resistance to social injustice must be repressed at all costs. This conflict of interests reveals a natural contradiction between North American versus African or Black identities. African-American on many levels is an oxymoron.

This month marks the 10th anniversary of U.S. Africa Command – AFRICOM, created on October 1, 2008. AFRICOM is the re-colonization of Africa by the U.S. and constitutes the new scramble for Africa equivalent to when, in the 1800s, the colonial powers fought over which of them would dominate which parts of the resource-rich continent…

Who Is the Real Threat to World Peace: Nuclear Israel with Its 400 WMD or Non- Nuclear Iran?

U.S. intelligence officials confirmed to the Senate Intelligence Committee, on Tuesday, that Iran was not developing nuclear weapons in violation of the 2015 nuclear agreement, and furthermore had no strategic plans to do so. This report from the US intelligence community indicate that Israel’s Netanyahu and his American cohort, Donald Trump, have deliberately misinformed the world regarding Iranian nuclear capability…

Adults won’t take climate change seriously. So we, the youth, are forced to strike.

We, the youth of America, are fed up with decades of inaction on climate change. On Friday, March 15, young people like us across the United States will strike from school. We strike to bring attention to the millions of our generation who will most suffer the consequences of increased global temperatures, rising seas, and extreme weather. But this isn’t a message only to America…

Who’s Afraid of Women of Color in Congress?

Although Congress over time has become more diverse and more representative of the demographics of the nation, the 115th Congress was still mostly white, older, male and Christian. Then, last November, a record number of women and people of color—and especially women of color—ran for election and won office, largely in response to the white nationalist resurgence…

Can Two Fingers Tell the Truth?

In many countries around the world – still more than 20 as of late 2018 – the state of a woman’s vagina is given more importance than her words. Virginity testing is, indeed, still common practice in these countries and affects two main categories of women: the survivor of rape wishing to get justice…

Activism

The Enemy Is At The Gate: The Big Hoax

And, because “the enemy is always at the gate” Americans, and sovereign nations and governments around the globe, can exclaim, effusively, they don’t have the money for, so can do nothing about: universal health care, homelessness, crumbling infrastructure and public school systems, tax-supported college and university education, poverty that accompanies income and gender inequality…

Democratic Hopes in ASEAN Hinge on Thailand, Analysts Say

Thai voters head to the polls Sunday for the first time in nearly five years, and analysts say the results could have an impact on democracy throughout Southeast Asia. Thailand’s military junta took power in May 2014, when then-army chief Prayut Chan-ocha led a coup that toppled the government. Observers see the coming elections as a struggle between democracy and military rule…

Indians, Pakistanis Join Hands in a Global Standout for Peace in South Asia Across US and in 20 Countries

Groups of Indians and Pakistanis together joined hands in a global standout for peace in South Asia across 20 countries on Sunday, March 3 in response to rising tensions and war-mongering between nuclear-armed India and Pakistan. “War is not a solution to anything. It sets us back many years, not just in India and Pakistan but in all the countries of our region…

“The Least of These”: Jesus and Earth Stewardship

Climate scientists are not crazy prophets of doom; they are a collective of urgent voice crying in the wilderness, warning of the inevitable catastrophes that already have been unleashed by melting glaciers, mega-cyclones and hurricanes and rising temperatures. As a recent article in the Guardian reports, “The world’s leading climate scientists have warned there is only a dozen years for global warming to…

Adults won’t take climate change seriously. So we, the youth, are forced to strike.

We, the youth of America, are fed up with decades of inaction on climate change. On Friday, March 15, young people like us across the United States will strike from school. We strike to bring attention to the millions of our generation who will most suffer the consequences of increased global temperatures, rising seas, and extreme weather. But this isn’t a message only to America…

Who’s Afraid of Women of Color in Congress?

Although Congress over time has become more diverse and more representative of the demographics of the nation, the 115th Congress was still mostly white, older, male and Christian. Then, last November, a record number of women and people of color—and especially women of color—ran for election and won office, largely in response to the white nationalist resurgence…

Can Two Fingers Tell the Truth?

In many countries around the world – still more than 20 as of late 2018 – the state of a woman’s vagina is given more importance than her words. Virginity testing is, indeed, still common practice in these countries and affects two main categories of women: the survivor of rape wishing to get justice…

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“The Least of These”: Jesus and Earth Stewardship

Climate scientists are not crazy prophets of doom; they are a collective of urgent voice crying in the wilderness, warning of the inevitable catastrophes that already have been unleashed by melting glaciers, mega-cyclones and hurricanes and rising temperatures. As a recent article in the Guardian reports, “The world’s leading climate scientists have warned there is only a dozen years for global warming to…

That Cooler Heads May Prevail

When the drums of war start beating, can cooler heads prevail and negotiations in good faith start? Vijay Mehta has written a useful overview of efforts to create a Department of Peace within governments so that there would be an institutionalized official voice proposing other avenues than war…

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World Federalism

Boiled Down And Down, Neumann’s Basic Argument For World Government

Poem by, our DWFed Board Member, Bob Neumann on arguing for a world federation….

WFM-IGP Press Release: Atrocious US ICC policy must be challenged

States Parties to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) must pressure the US government to stop impeding investigations by the ICC into war crimes committed in Afghanistan, said the World Federalist Movement – Institute for Global Policy (WFM-IGP). US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced on March 15 that the US will revoke or deny visas to ICC personnel investigating allegations of torture and…

That Cooler Heads May Prevail

When the drums of war start beating, can cooler heads prevail and negotiations in good faith start? Vijay Mehta has written a useful overview of efforts to create a Department of Peace within governments so that there would be an institutionalized official voice proposing other avenues than war…

Can Two Fingers Tell the Truth?

In many countries around the world – still more than 20 as of late 2018 – the state of a woman’s vagina is given more importance than her words. Virginity testing is, indeed, still common practice in these countries and affects two main categories of women: the survivor of rape wishing to get justice…

WFM-IGP Announces New Executive Director

New York – Dr. Tawanda Hondora, an international lawyer with extensive experience in the philanthropic, human rights and private legal practice sectors will serve as the next Executive Director of World Federalist Movement – Institute for Global Policy (WFM-IGP)...

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