Friday, March 28, 2014

A European "Gender-Equality-BÖLL-WILPF" Coming Together or More?

EUrope - A Gender Equality Project? 

Postscriptum  on  Women's  Berlin March-Meeting from  20th to 23rd 2014

Wilpf* is an offspring of the Suffragette's movement. It was  born in The Hague in 1915  out of a gathering of more than one thousand women, dedicated to challenge the ongoing slaughtering of World War I. In Zürich, in 1919 the organizational groundwork was laid down in the framework of aims and principles, that was to form Wilpf's  first constitution in 1924. Under the guidance of women such  as  US-social reformer Jane Addams, Dutch physician Aletta Jacobs and German lawyer Anita Augspurg the organization influenced the League of Nations and collected millions of signatures for total and universal disarmament. The rise of fascism in Europe and the new darkening  clouds with prospects for another global war caused controversial debates among the women's association. 

 Wilpf might have  have been more outspoken and stronger in their solidarity efforts then, but they were middle class ladies of the academic rank and file, mostly. And some of them were very courageous. Some lost their jobs, some their citizenships, some  their homes and some even their lives for their outspokenness.  Emily Green Balch, a national economist at prestigious Bryn Mawr College college lost her professorship post for her social leaning.
Other organizations compromised, too, in those days. We must as always evaluate the historical conditions, to do the actors justice. But we must not repeat the same mistakes over and over again as we live under new threats for another possible global war theater.

Wilpf lost many members during World II and even sections. But after the war   the organization  was among the first international bodies to be granted official NGO status with ECOSOC, an important UN agency.

In postwar USA, WILPF offered shelter to women who would have become victims of Mc Carthy's witch hunt during the fiercest cold war period. They had no other political home that WILPF in those days. WILPF did not participate in cold warfare, then.

But in 1954, under cold war pressure, WILPF international changed its constitution and made it weaker, in order to avoid  being labeled as pro communist. The red hunt could of course not be avoided by such concessions.

In the 80ies of the last century WILPF, carried by a global movement for disarmament and peace, made international headlines  through its STAR-Campaign, demanding to STopp All ARmament now. The STAR-logo was  translated in many languages. Having brought together over 10 000 women from all over the world  in Brussels on International Women's Day 1983, in   practically no time, was a big achievement in times without electronic communication gadgets.

In 2014, just before the 15th anniversary of the first post WWII aggression in Europe against former Jugoslawia that was started by  NATO on March 24th in 1999, Wilpfers from all over Europe gathered again.

Many women had come to help prepare the anniversary event scheduled for the Hague in 2015. Long term ex-president and ex international secretary Edith Ballantyne (91)  from Geneva was present. STAR-campaign coordinator of 1983, I. Eckert from Berlin accompanied her to the prestigious Heinrich Böll palace, opposite the "German  Theater" in Berlin Mitte, that had been founded in the twenties by stage director Max Reinhard. 

The residence of the Green Part'y Heinrich Böll** Foundation in Schumannstraße is right next to the Ukrainean embassy. 

The violent Ukrainean coup d'etat of end February was welcomed and even explicitly supported  by the  Böll-Foundation, supporting vigils for the "victims of the Russian aggression" outside the embassy building and inside their seat. The evening  before the joint WILPF/GREEN gathering Joschka Fischer *** and George Sorros  were invited as speakers.

Comprehensible under such conditions that WILPF-Europe  could not condemn what had happened in the Ukraine.

But, the "debates" also showed  a lack of expertise on  international law. This expertise  had contributed enormously to  the women's club's prestige for many years in the past.

Still astonishing that the relevance of the UN-Charta as  the major guideline to peace was put aside, while celebrating as the biggest achievement of the moment,  was WILPF having helped to introduce the  "the gender aspect into the  'ATT'-arms control agreement.

WILPF's international webside has the information, missing in Berlin:
2013 featured important milestones for a better regulation of arms trade. The Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) was adopted in April 2013, following seven years of discussion and negotiations. The ATT is the first ever legally binding regime that recognizes the link between gender-based violence and the international arms trade and WILPF was instrumental in making that element be in the text."
Emma Burgisser, a young lawyer, employed delegate from the Geneva office argued:
The ATT is more relevant than the UN-Charta, it is what gives it teeth.
Has Wilpf forgotten what it was founded for, one of its basic aims to achieve total and universal disarmament ? A  treaty for  arms control being celebrated as the greatest achievement of the day and an enormous contribution to world  peace? While our leaders are breaching international  law in its essence with every passing day.
The framework for anniversary preparations put forward for hours  by the same Ms  Emma Burgisser, who did want no questions before she had finished her lengthy  and sophisticated powerpoint presentation focused on fundraising. No theme seems to exist  at this point and no content, neither  have speakers  been forwarded and discussed.
If preparing for WILPF'S  100th anniversary in the Hague will make any sense in terms of peace building, conflict prevention, disarmament or women's issues, then sections will have to work on it speedily. Otherwise Hague 1915 will be another lost occasion for peace. The  most  likely very high registration fees of the event will enable participation for only some very privileged women or rich organization  This might serve purposes incompatible with WILPF's noble heritage.
Lets begin  discussing the  real issues now.

Remarks by Irene Eckert, STAR-coordiantor of 1983, member of WILPF since 1981, invited as lecturer by US - WILPF and other sections, ex president of Berlin branch.  
* WILPF means Women's International  League For Peace and Freedom and you can join.

** Heinrich Böll, nobel laureate for literature, peace activist of the eighties of last century.
***   Joschka  Fischer  German  foreign minister in 1999 for  the  Green Party, instrumentalising Auschwitz  (Human Rights) for participating in first post war engagement of Germany: 78 days bombing of Jugoslawia began MArch 24th 1999; the GREENS since then pro war party = " humanitarian interventions with military aims.

"Keine Regierungsbeteiligung, während Bundeswehr an Kriegen beteiligt." meint Sahra Wagenknecht, MDB/Die Linke

Der "Junge Welt" Journalist Rüdiger Göbel nimmt Sahra Wagenknecht in die ZAnge udn konfrontiert sie mit den richtigen Fragen, z.B.
Göbel "... Vor 15 Jahren haben SPD und Grüne das erste Mal seit dem Zweiten Weltkrieg deutsche Soldaten in Kampfeinsätze geschickt. Bundeskanzler Gerhard Schröder ist – im Gegensatz zu den Grünen – mittlerweile geständig, vor kurzem hat er eingeräumt, der Krieg gegen Jugoslawien sei »völkerrechtswidrig« gewesen. Bei den 78tägigen Bombardements sind mehrere Tausend Menschen umgebracht worden, kein einziger Politiker oder Militär aus den NATO-Staaten hat sich dafür vor Gericht verantworten müssen. Wäre es nicht vornehmste Aufgabe für »DIE Opposition«, sich dafür stark zu machen, daß die Aggressoren endlich angeklagt werden?
Wagenknecht: Natürlich wäre es wünschenswert, Kriegsschuld und Verantwortung auch juristisch aufzuarbeiten. Aber auch das verlangt andere gesellschaftliche Kräfteverhältnisse. Das Problem beginnt damit, daß die USA sich gar nicht der internationalen Strafgerichtsbarkeit unterwerfen. Eines jedenfalls ist klar: Es wird keine Regierungsbeteiligung mit der Linken geben, solange die Bundeswehr an Kriegen beteiligt ist.

»Kaum Übereinstimmungen«

Timoschenko-Tirade gegen Putin macht Furore.

Turkey: "Government Takes Warmongering Resolutions Towards Syria and Should Therefore Resign" Says Turkish Peace Association

"Turkey will be emancipated from the warmonger gang"  Zeynep  Beşpınar TPA 27.03.2014

Tape recording released today proofs clearly that Turkey has fallen into the hands of a criminal network. Foreign Minister, Undersecretary of MIT (National Intelligence Organization of Turkey) and senior bureaucrats from both military and civil wings of the State, are acting as a gang,  ready to commit every kind of crime in neighbouring Syria.

Since the beginning of the first clashes  in Syria, the 'Peace Association of Turkey' has named the events  as provocations stage managed by imperialism.  We have said that the Government of AKP played a leading role in this  scenario. We have expressed solidarity with the Syrian People and  we  underlined  the legality of the Damascus Government . We pointed out that the road, chosen by AKP, created a danger of Al Qaeda in Turkey. As peace association, we pointed out that the Turkish authorities should be tried as war criminals. We have documented these crimes issuing an international comprehensive report.

Those skeptical towards our attitude as of  peace-loving people, can see by now  that our claims  have once again been proven by reality. Our calling is  justified.

The war gang of the AKP, leading our country constitutes a disgrace for Turkey. The embarrassment must  be put aside by  fair judgement and  through bringing the gang leaders to court. The criminals must be sentenced. Once this will  be achieved our people will reestablish  fraternal solidarity  among all neighboring countries.

The illegal and unconstitutional acts  of  the Turkish Government once again   came to surface through  tape recordings published of  today. The AKP government should  no w resign immediately !
Orders of the  present  government have no longer  legitimacy. In case the Government  should take warmongering resolutions in panic, any ranks of the Turkish Armed Forces must  disobey instructions and should not be a further part of a possible  crime of outright aggression.
 Media  acting  as  collaborators  of a policy of aggression should mind their performance.
Warmongering policies of Ankara have arrived in a  dead end.

Peace Association Turkey

Agir contres Les plans terroristes du régime d'Erdogan en Syrie!

De nouveaux enregistrements fuités cette nuit par les hommes de la Confrérie de Fethullah Gülen, nouveau frère ennemi d'Erdogan, établissent la responsabilité flagrante du régime d'Ankara dans la guerre et le terrorisme en Syrie.

Ces "AKP-Leaks" impliquent directement le ministre turc des affaires étrangères Ahmet Davutoglu, le directeur des services secrets de la MIT Hakan Fidan, le conseiller du ministère des affaires étrangères Feridun Sinirlioglu et le chef-ajdoint de l'état-major turc Yasar Güler.

L'une de ces conversations compromettantes porte sur l'enclave turque en territoire syrien appelée " Suleyman Shah" où se trouve le mausolée éponyme du grand-père du fondateur de l'empire ottoman Osman Ier.

Les quatre conspirateurs invoquent le menace que fait peser le réseau terroriste Daech (EIIL) sur l'enclave comme prétexte à un assaut contre la Syrie. Le chef adjoint de l'état-major Yasar Güler évoque l'option de l'armement de 1000 djihadistes pour mener une opération en territoire syrien. 

Dans un autre enregistrement, le même Yasar Güler martèle : "Nous avons besoin d'un casus belli".

Mais le directeur du renseignement Hakan Fidan s'inquiète du risque de représailles, avouant que le frontière turco-syrienne échappe à tout contrôle.

Cela ne l'empêche pas de proposer une opération sous fausse bannière en territoire syrien: "S'il le faut, je peux envoyer quatre hommes en Syrie. Ces hommes pourraient lancer 8 missiles en direction du territoire turc. J'aurai ainsi suscité un casus belli. Nous pourrions même attaquer le mausolée de Suleyman Shah."

Comme nous l'évoquions dans un précédent article, à la veille des municipales prévues ce dimanche 30 mars, Erdogan tente de redorer son blason avec le sang syrien.

L'assaut des djihadistes syriens contre le village arménien de Kassab dans le Nord de la Syrie à partir du territoire turc n'est donc pas tombée pas du ciel.

La destruction du MIG syrien en territoire syrien par l'aviation turque fait partie d'une stratégie globale orchestrée par Erdogan avec le soutien d'Al Nosra, la branche syrienne d'Al Qaïda, des Turkmènes syriens pro-AKP, des agents turcs comme Selami Aynur abattu lundi par l'armée syrienne et des médias à sa solde comme Habertürk.

Cette formidable campagne médiatique, politique et militaire du gouvernement AKP à la veille des élections municipales survient au moment où il se trouve confronté à un scandale de corruption et une fronde populaire sans précédent.

D'autres enregistrements vont arriver sous peu. Nous avons besoin de traducteurs turc/français, turc/anglais etc. 

Pour la paix en Turquie, en Syrie et dans le monde, il faut que la vérité explose à la figure des terroristes en col blanc de l'AKP et des terroristes en uniforme de l'OTAN.

Voici les enregistrements: