The theatrical pose of the US and Israel on the Palestinian initiatives to apply for membership of the United Nations Organization first and then of UNESCO - the UN agency for education, science and culture - is unprecedented and grew to absurd proportions.
With the ice-cap melting, a competition between the northern countries has started over the Arctic zone. At stake is its potential mineral wealth that is nearing its point of exploitation thanks to the warming up of the earth. Diplomatic rivalry is underpinned by military developments.
NATO plans for a phased deployment of a European anti-missile defense system are moving forward, with Turkey and Romania having signed deals to host crucial elements of the system.
The US and Turkey signed a memorandum on Wednesday on the deployment of an American radar station in the east of the country as part of the NATO-backed missile defense system (AMD).
Libya too got confronted with the popular strive for more political rights and freedoms. Although the Libyan people's standard of living is among the top in Africa, and although life expectancy is somewhat equal to Belgium, the Qadhafi regime in these four decades showed to be very authoritarian, sometimes with some clownish aspects.
In recent years Israel has been confronted with a new phenomenon : a very active international solidarity movement defending the rights of the Palestinians. The international BDS movement – boycott, divestment, sanctions - feels inspired by the campaigns against then apartheid South Africa.
press communique June 30, 2011
In a very selective reading of the recent trans-Atlantic history former High Representative of the EU Javier Solana affirmed that “defence of values as democracy, human rights, freedom and the rule of law” have marked NATO's policy. According the official European Security Strategy(2003) Europe has to be “prepared to take its part of responsibility for a better and safer world”.
The war against Afghanistan started as a reprisal for the terrorist attack on the Twin Towers of New York in 2001. The main aim of this American revenge against Al Qaeda and their Afghan protectors, the Taliban, was to 'get' Osama Bin Laden. Almost ten years later Washington succeeded.
Press communiqué of Vrede vzw,
March 10, 2011
With the violent developments around Libya's rebellion a familiar image is emerging. Western leaders and media join in a chorus of great moral indignation and calls are heard to protect the Libyan population from greater calamity. The déjà-vu level goes still up when we see where it all comes from.
The uprise against the dictatorial regime in Libya caused special commotion in Belgium. Was the Qadhafi government using Belgian arms and ammunition against demonstrators? Indeed, the regional government of Wallony issued in 2009 an export licence for a weapons deal with Libya for some 11.5 million euro.
Democracy and waging war do not go together well. As the number of military operations abroad is increasing, democratic and public control is diminishing, dangerously diminishing. This is occurring in stages. International organisations like NATO are only equipped with a fake parliament that by far doesn't meet the standards of a normal democratic control structure.
Norway is strategically located. We are allies with the superpower USA and members of NATO, and we border to the former Soviet Union, today Russia. Therefore, Norway has always been an important bayonet against the socialist world.
The US phased adaptive approach for missile defense in Europe:
The Russell Tribunal on Palestine this morning announced its verdict after weekend deliberations. The jury said it had been presented with "compelling evidence of corporate complicity in Israeli violations of international law".
APPEAL against NATO towards its summit in Portugal 2010
The World Peace Council and the Portuguese Council for Peace and
Cooperation (CPPC) salute the peace loving people of the world and the peace
movements which stand up and continue denouncing imperialist wars, illegal
Humanity is at a dangerous crossroads. War preparations to attack Iran are in "an advanced state of readiness". Hi tech weapons systems including nuclear warheads are fully deployed.
There is no World Social Forum in 2010. Instead, about 40 events are taking place all over the world in order to broaden the alterglobalist movement, to reflect on the crisis – whether it is called economic and social or ‘civilisational’ – and in order to prepare for the WSF in February 2011 in Dakar, Senegal.