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MY MOTHER HAS BEEN HOMELESS FOR 45 YEARS. WHY ISN’T HOUSING A RIGHT?

My mother has been either homeless or near homeless off and on for the past 45 years. I do not know all the details of how this began — only that while she was growing up, her father, my grandfather, used to get drunk every day after work and physically take out his frustrations on my mother and her four siblings. When my mother was 12, she could no longer endure the daily regimen of abuse…

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How the U.S. Is Strangling Haiti as It Attempts Regime Change in Venezuela

Last year, in October, Haitians followed two Twitter hashtags that went viral—#PetrocaribeChallenge and #KotKobPetwoKaribea. If you are not Haitian and do not follow Haitian politics carefully, you can be forgiven for not noticing this development. The complaint on Twitter—and soon on the streets—was simple: what has happened to the billions of U.S. dollars that was in the Venezuelan-financed Petrocaribe program…

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

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…

Mikhail Gorbachev: A Nuclear Arms Race Will Produce No Winners

Mikhail GorbachevFormer President | Soviet Union (Russia)Despite everything, it is still in our power to avoid nuclear confrontation. The fate of the INF treaty has politicians and ordinary people worried on every continent. I am also concerned, and not only because I...
US Nuclear Missiles Deployed in Italy, … Against Russia

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…

WORLD CITIZENS OR WORLD SUBJECTS?

Many of us concerned with the future viability of the Earth and its population and environment like to think of ourselves as World Citizens. But are we really “World Citizens” or “World Subjects”? Should one differentiate between aspirations and reality, especially when it comes to citizenship…?

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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…

WHEN THE WORLD OUTLAWED WAR’ BY DAVID SWANSON NOT A BOOK REVIEW

We now know what will not work. Signing a treaty outlawing war doesn’t work. Creating a mass movement that opposes war doesn’t work. Expecting public opinion alone to prevent wars doesn’t work. Threatening nations with sanctions or economic blockades to punish them for fighting doesn’t work. Bombing or invading them to make them quit bombing or invading others only works temporarily – and sometimes not even that, as the recent missile fuselage against Syria aptly demonstrates…

THE BEST KEPT SECRET ON SAVING THE WORLD

Some of you who are still with me are probably thinking, “but, don’t we already have a United Nations?” Of course we do…and it has been a big improvement over the former world organization, the League of Nations. The U.N. has probably prevented many international conflicts and has done yeoman duty in terms of refugees and humanitarian relief…

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PREVENTING AND COUNTERING RACIAL PROFILING OF PEOPLE OF AFRICAN DESCENT

Racial profiling refers to the process by which law enforcement relies on generalizations based on race, color, descent or national or ethnic origin, rather than objective evidence or individual behavior, to subject people to stops, detailed searches, identity checks, and investigations, or for deciding that an individual was engaged in criminal activity…

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…

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…

DWF Journey to the United Nations

On August 21st, leaders of over 300 Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) and national representatives from over 100 countries arrived in New York City, New York at the United Nations Headquarters to discuss the future of the global political order. The focus of the conference was to update the UN’s 2030 goals, Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs)…

Where are the Medical Supplies?

The Freedom Flotilla Coalition demands the immediate release of the 116 boxes of medical supplies for the health services of Gaza that were carried on the Al Awda and Freedom boats of the 2018 Freedom Flotilla to Gaza, recently seized by Israeli forces. As Swedish Foreign Affairs Minister Margot Wallström has stated, the ship’s cargo must be released, according to international law…

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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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ALBA’s 16th Summit: Towards A Democratic International Order

ALBA’s 16th summit ended Friday in Havana. Its final declaration called for a new world order based on democracy, equality, and sovereignty. The members-states of the Bolivarian Alliance of the Peoples of Our America-Peoples’ Trade Treaty (ALBA-TCP) gathered in Cuba to celebrate 14 years of working to defend regional peace and consolidate Latin American and Caribbean integration…

MY MOTHER HAS BEEN HOMELESS FOR 45 YEARS. WHY ISN’T HOUSING A RIGHT?

My mother has been either homeless or near homeless off and on for the past 45 years. I do not know all the details of how this began — only that while she was growing up, her father, my grandfather, used to get drunk every day after work and physically take out his frustrations on my mother and her four siblings. When my mother was 12, she could no longer endure the daily regimen of abuse…

How the U.S. Is Strangling Haiti as It Attempts Regime Change in Venezuela

Last year, in October, Haitians followed two Twitter hashtags that went viral—#PetrocaribeChallenge and #KotKobPetwoKaribea. If you are not Haitian and do not follow Haitian politics carefully, you can be forgiven for not noticing this development. The complaint on Twitter—and soon on the streets—was simple: what has happened to the billions of U.S. dollars that was in the Venezuelan-financed Petrocaribe program…

Bring the Troops Home, But Also Stop the Bombing

As our nation debates the merits of President Donald Trump’s call for withdrawing U.S. troops from Syria and Afghanistan, absent from the debate is the more pernicious aspect of U.S. military involvement overseas: its air wars. Trump’s announcement and General James Mattis’ resignation should unleash a national discussion about U.S. involvement in overseas conflicts…

Can’t We Remember Our Better Angels?

Having celebrated Thanksgiving and continuing to be thankful for Christmas and Chanukah, it’s easy to be distracted by Cyber Monday gift getting and the lights on Union Square. It’s simpler to forget that 5,000 refugees (and counting) camp at our southern border. We may even choose to cheer ourselves that the daily 50 to 100 refugees being processed seems a reasonable number…

ALBA’s 16th Summit: Towards A Democratic International Order

ALBA’s 16th summit ended Friday in Havana. Its final declaration called for a new world order based on democracy, equality, and sovereignty. The members-states of the Bolivarian Alliance of the Peoples of Our America-Peoples’ Trade Treaty (ALBA-TCP) gathered in Cuba to celebrate 14 years of working to defend regional peace and consolidate Latin American and Caribbean integration…

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Venezuela: Possible International Election Monitors

Armed violence either from within the country or from Colombia or Brazil is a real possibility somewhat on the pattern of the Contras of Nicaragua. The recognition by the U.S.A. and some Latin American States of Juan Guaido, President of the Senate and self-proclaimed “Interim President, is unprecedented. Venezuela issues are made more complex by the international context of tensions between the U.S.A. and the Russian Federation…

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…

A Time of Urgency: Halt all Forms of U.S. Intervention in Venezuela

We, people from the United States, join the people and government of Venezuela, and people and their governments across Latin America, Canada, and the Caribbean in calling on the U.S. government to cease interference into the independent, sovereign, and self-determined affairs of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela…

WORLD CITIZENS OR WORLD SUBJECTS?

Many of us concerned with the future viability of the Earth and its population and environment like to think of ourselves as World Citizens. But are we really “World Citizens” or “World Subjects”? Should one differentiate between aspirations and reality, especially when it comes to citizenship…?

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..”

US Rage for Endless Wars Threatens World Peace in 2019

At his annual marathon Q & A news conference last week, Vladimir Putin warned about possible nuclear war, a growing threat because of Washington’s reckless geopolitical agenda, including withdrawal from the Iran (JCPOA) nuclear deal and INF Treaty, as well as its reluctance to negotiate extending New Start (April 2010) on reducing…

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Women in India stand up to reactionary forces, call for ‘equality, gender sensitivity, and social awakening’

In what’s being called a “movement for equality, gender sensitivity, and social awakening,” a 400-mile Women’s Wall consisting of millions of women and girls created a human chain stretching through the streets from Kasaragod to Thiruvananthapuram, India on New Year’s Day. The Kerala government-sponsored event included commoners…

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…

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…

Responding to the Unique Challenge of Nuclear Weapons

The destructive capacity of nuclear weapons is beyond imagination, poisoning the Earth forever. These horrific devices place before us every day the decision whether we will be the last human generation. The power to unleash this destruction is in the hands of a small number of people. No one should be holding such power over the very creation, which we regard as a sacred gift for all today and for future generations…

P20 – Towards the Creation of a Latin American and Caribbean Criminal Court Against Transnational Organized Crime

During the opening session, Camila López Badra, Executive Director of the NGO Democracia Global and Coordinator of the COPLA campaign, emphasized first the important role of her organization: it is responsible for promoting the project and committed to “develop a legal instrument to ensure the arrest and prosecution of key members of criminal groups”. She added that the COPLA would be “a complementary Court that cooperates with national jurisdictions…

Disarming the Patriarchy

Countless women and other survivors of sexual violence watched in fury as the misogynist, patriarchal rage of a powerful straight white man whose entitlement was questioned live on television the final week of September. The nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court and subsequent allegations of sexual assault from several women unleashed a renewed dialogue about assault, survivors, and privilege not just in the United States but also around the world. This fight, which has been elevated throughout the #MeToo era…

Human Beings Face Extinction: We need to act now

The global climate is unraveling at rates far beyond the predictions of scientists. The studies are so common by this date, and the scientific evidence so pervasive going back at least half a century, that there is no need to cite sources about this fact. The oceans are dying, the fisheries are becoming exhausted. The forests are dying. They are devastated through human overuse, logging, wildfires, acid rain, and rapidly changing climate conditions…

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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…

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…

US Rage for Endless Wars Threatens World Peace in 2019

At his annual marathon Q & A news conference last week, Vladimir Putin warned about possible nuclear war, a growing threat because of Washington’s reckless geopolitical agenda, including withdrawal from the Iran (JCPOA) nuclear deal and INF Treaty, as well as its reluctance to negotiate extending New Start (April 2010) on reducing…

Can’t We Remember Our Better Angels?

Having celebrated Thanksgiving and continuing to be thankful for Christmas and Chanukah, it’s easy to be distracted by Cyber Monday gift getting and the lights on Union Square. It’s simpler to forget that 5,000 refugees (and counting) camp at our southern border. We may even choose to cheer ourselves that the daily 50 to 100 refugees being processed seems a reasonable number…

SHAME ON US

One of my earliest memories is of my mother telling me “Bobbie, if you make a mess, you have to clean it up.” I’ll bet most of you got the same message from your parents. Too bad our national leaders don’t observe the same advice.What immediately comes-to-mind is our recent adventures in Iraq and Libya. Our attempts at regime change have left both nations messed up and in much worse shape than when we invaded…

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A World Parliament: Governance and Democracy in the 21st Century

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…

Venezuela: Possible International Election Monitors

Armed violence either from within the country or from Colombia or Brazil is a real possibility somewhat on the pattern of the Contras of Nicaragua. The recognition by the U.S.A. and some Latin American States of Juan Guaido, President of the Senate and self-proclaimed “Interim President, is unprecedented. Venezuela issues are made more complex by the international context of tensions between the U.S.A. and the Russian Federation…

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…

US Rage for Endless Wars Threatens World Peace in 2019

At his annual marathon Q & A news conference last week, Vladimir Putin warned about possible nuclear war, a growing threat because of Washington’s reckless geopolitical agenda, including withdrawal from the Iran (JCPOA) nuclear deal and INF Treaty, as well as its reluctance to negotiate extending New Start (April 2010) on reducing…

ALBA’s 16th Summit: Towards A Democratic International Order

ALBA’s 16th summit ended Friday in Havana. Its final declaration called for a new world order based on democracy, equality, and sovereignty. The members-states of the Bolivarian Alliance of the Peoples of Our America-Peoples’ Trade Treaty (ALBA-TCP) gathered in Cuba to celebrate 14 years of working to defend regional peace and consolidate Latin American and Caribbean integration…

United Nations Charter Reform, the Veto, and the Unfulfilled Promise of San Francisco

These flaws in the system were already anticipated by the signatories of the UN Charter at the 1945 San Francisco conference. Especially the extensive veto-powers that the P5 had decided to grant themselves provoked fierce opposition. However, the geopolitical balance of power at the time made it impossible for smaller countries to stand up against the driving force behind the Charter, the United States…

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