Sunday, April 12, 2015

Poroshenko Should Neutralize Anyone Who Wants Civil War in Ukraine - Lavrov

News | 12.04.2015 | 16:03
Sputnik - Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko must confirm his peaceful aspirations by neutralizing forces that want to plunge Ukraine into civil war, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in an interview with Rossiya Segodnya news agency's General Director Dmitry Kiselev.
"I believe that if Petr Alekseyevich [Petro Oleksiyovych Poroshenko] truly is a President of Peace, the way he refers to himself, and if he was truly sincere while participating in the talks on the Minsk agreement, then he needs to stand up for his rightfulness and thus neutralize those who want to plunge Ukraine into a civil war once again, " Lavrov said.
According to the Russian Foreign Minister, Poroshenko is currently trying to "outdo the radicals on their own territory," as showcased by the recent appointment of the ultra-nationalist Right Sector leader, Dmytro Yarosh, as an adviser to Ukraine's General Staff chief Viktor Muzhenko.
"And this is the man who said, as early as on March 1, 2014, that a Russian will never speak Ukrainian, will never respect the Greek-Catholic faith and will never praise [late Ukrainian nationalist leader] Stepan Bandera," Lavrov said. He pointed out that Yarosh's statements were addressed to the people of Crimea and the Russian-speaking population of Ukraine way before the outburst of eastern Ukrainian region's strive to break away from Kiev.
Members of the Right Sector movement took an active part in clashes with police and takeovers of administrative buildings in Ukraine in January 2014, prior to the February 22 government coup.
On November 2014, Russian Supreme Court declared the Right Sector an extremist group and banned its activities on the Russian territory.
Crimea seceded from Ukraine last March following the referendum on which 96 percent of its population, mostly Russian speakers, backed reunification with Russia. Kiev still considers Crimea a part of Ukraine.

After 100 Years of Work For Peace WILPF Pulls Out Of UN-Disarmament Conference

The oldest ancient women's peace organisation has been turned over just in time for their  forthcoming Jubilee Congress in The Hague on April 22nd to 27th .  Lack of political analyses and wisdom make them  congratulate themselves for an  incomprehensible step that will lead to the abandonment of disarmament  and peace work altogether and narrow down the WILPF to defend middle class women's interests. This is  yet another move back in  history, in times  round about  1915, when the international women's movement split over the issue of war and peace. The majority of  the middle class suffrage movement sided with their male counterparts who were responsible for the WAR. Right or wrong it is my country, this was their slogan. A minority of academic women under the leadership of Jane Addams decided to challenge the notion of male militarism and to speak out against the war.  After the first World War had come to an end these women met again Zurich. They closed their rank and file and founded  and international organisation in order  to  study the root causes of war and conflict, They pledged  to work for another international world order and help overcome an unjust economic system that  was understood to prepare the womb for further wars. The newly born WILPF supported the League of Nations  the predecessor of the United Nations, which was founded after another round of atrocious wars, later named World War II.

Today  we are in the midst of what will be called  World WAR III by future generations. 
 The younger WILPF generation seems to have forgotten the lessons of their foremothers.
But some of the mothers are still around and  they raise their voice against such unwise policies. They speak out in defense of the UN-Charter and in defense of the UN spirit. They point  out to those  powers who bear the responsibility for blocking any peace and disarmament work within and without the UN-system. Instead of walking out and by doing so giving way  do  so promote the imperialist   business, they continue their educational job.  They advocate for nations  under attack and speak out for solidarity with the victims of aggression, knowing that without  such  solidarity  those nations  will be at loss. They are those who defend up to this very day an alternative world order that will help to establish peace eventually.

 To call  the UN "a citadel of nations" is   unwise and helps support those, who do not accept the notion of sovereignity  as enshrined in the UN constitution  that forms the bases for this internationally irreplacable organization. The UN-Charta treats all nations as equal, be they 

small or large and so  supports  the non-interference into their national affairs. (Irene Eckert)

See article:

Speaking Truth to Power at the United Nations
BRobin Lloyd
“...this may be the last time our voice is heard here......”
— excerpt 
from Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom
(WILPF) Statement to the UN‘s Conference on Disarmament on International
Women’s Day 2015, prepared and delivered by Reaching Critical Will, a program of WILPF
he UN has become a citadel of nations, ruled over by five nuclear potentates with veto power in the Security Council. Periodically the fortress is besieged by civil society organizations knocking on the door for entry, raising their banners for peace and justice. This is most observable at the meeting of the Commission on the Status of Women during the first two weeks of March. Women flood the Church Center across the street from the UN, overflowing into the Armenian Convention Center down Second Avenue, sharing issues, strategies and concerns. Members of each women’s NGO share a limited number of passes to the UN building itself. This year, in a different UN-body, on International Women’s Day, something
unprecedented happened. It was a David and Goliath moment. It’s been a long time
coming – and, though largely symbolic, it made me proud
that my organization, the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, took a stand in an environment that has become painfully oppressive.

More precisely we resigned from monitoring and engaging with the Conference on Disarmament.
We, who are proud of being the first NGO to be affiliated with the UN through the Economic and Social Council back when the UN was getting started in 1946; we who see – or saw – the UN as a feminist organization dedicated to saving ‘succeeding generations from the scourge of war;’ we who recognized it as one of the few places where small nations could have a voice; in short, we who have tried to engage with this body that has been hijacked by corporate and nuclear powers, we said enough is enough.

Didn’t read about it in the NY Times? OK here’s the story, with a bit of back- ground. The Conference on Disarmament roadblocks, termed indignities, are not experienced at other disarmament forums—not, RCW said, “at the First Committee, not at meetings of the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons, not at meetings of the Non- Proliferation Treaty.”
For the last few years, WILPF has been permitted to deliver a statement to the
Conference on Disarma- ment (CD) to mark International Women’s Day. This is the only time of year that any voice from civil society is allowed inside the CD chamber.
Gandenberger went on to say, “This may be the last time our voice is heard here...This is a body that has firmly established that it operates in a vacuum. That it is disconnected from the outside world. That it has lost perspec- tive of the bigger picture
of human suffering and global injustice.
Maintaining the structures that rein- force deadlock has become more important than fulfilling the objective for which it was created: negotiating disarmament treaties.”
We can no longer invest effort into such a body. Instead we will continue our work elsewhere. There is much work to be done....”
Indeed. WILPF is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. It was founded in 1915 at a conference at The Hague dedicated to stopping WW1, by women is the forum that has been used by its member states, currently numbering 65, to negotiate the Biological Weapons Convention and the Chemical Weapons Convention. Since 1996, it has not negotiated any treaties or even agreed on which treaty to next negotiate, and it has put roadblocks in the way of any substantive conversation with civil society.
Reaching Critical Will (RCW) is a WILPF program that monitors the UN on disarmament issues. Mia Gandenberger, staff person for RCW, delivered a statement this year that said these research 􏰀 policy 􏰀 action

who were global activists even before they had the vote. Before any super- national organizations such as the League of Nations or the UN existed, they used grassroots diplomacy to reach the men in charge: travelling from belligerent to neutral governments and knocking on the doors of power. We are still knocking on doors. Despite a UN resolution that mandates women’s role at the table when peace settlements are negotiated, Syrian women (the latest example) were denied a seat at the failed talks in 2013.
Women are frustrated. We are impa- tient at watching wars metastasize around the planet, watching the elements of our sacred earth mined and melted into bullets and missiles.
We will be bringing our energy together at our 100th anniversary confer- ence Women Stop War from April 27-29.
We women from the USA, the largest exporter of bullets and missiles in the world, will be meeting together with women from the front lines of violence, women living in communities that have been decimated by war and rape and dislocation. We will be inspired by our
democracy triumph over this corruption. What can we do to fight this? How can our voices counteract those of multi- billion dollar corporations?
By stamping the message to get money out of politics people are speak- ing with their dollars. The average dollar exchanges hands 875 times. If 1,000 people stamped one dollar a day, the message would reach three million people. Stamping money is totally legal and ironically is rigging the corporate system to get out a message out of fairness and equality.
Politicians are jumping through hoops to please big donors, as citizens it is our duty to insist democracy and strive to create a more just and equal world. Now is the time to demand change to get money out of politics and restate that people are people and corporations do not deserve the same rights as people. 
April/May/June 2015

the result of three years of work and editing by women from the 36 country
sections we have around the world, which reads:
􏰀 Militarism as a way of thought, and the militarization of societies, such that perceived threats are likely to be met with weaponry rather than words;
􏰀 The capitalist economic system, involving the exploitation of the labor and resources of the many by the few, wantonly harming people and the environment, generating conglomerates of global reach and unaccountable power;
􏰀 The nation-state system as it is today, involving dominant states, imperialist projects, inter-state rivalry, contested borders, and inside those borders, all too often, failure of democracy, resulting in political repression and intolerance of diversity;
􏰀 Social systems of racist supremacy, cultural domination and religious hierarchy (this gives way to R2P/ failed nations concept of the imperialist aggressor, I.E.)
􏰀 Patriarchy, the subordination of women by men, in state, community and family, perpetuated by the social shaping of men and women into contrasted, unequal and limiting gender identities, favoring violent masculinities and compliant femininities. 
􏰀 We understand these as intersected and mutually reinforcing systems of power, all founded on violence and together productive of war.
I encourage you to read our Manifesto (which will be made public on April 29th) at
to find our creative 100 year plan. It ends with this challenge to the next generation:

Violence is not inevitable. It is a choice.
We will implement peace, which we believe to be a human right
The Burlington Branch of WILPF meets the 2nd Thursday of the month at the PJC at 5pm.
􏰁 Footnotes:(1) McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, (2014), a US Supreme Court landmark case which allows for
unlimited spending on candidates for federal office, political parties, and political action committees.
(2)Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, (2010), a US Supreme Court case that de-regulated of campaign spending by organizations. The PJC’s “Corporations are Not People” campaign supported dozens of Vermont towns to pass Town Meeting Day resolutions opposing Citizens United.

Yemen, Muslim Brotherhood and Geopolitics: The Middle Eastern Quagmire Created By Imperialism

Saudi Attempts to Use the Houthis against the Muslim Brotherhood Backfired in Yemen

Yemen is being bombed into accepting a Saudi-mediated pseudo-dialogue that really aims to reinstate Al-Hadi and restore Yemen as an authoritarian state that follows Saudi Arabia and the US. In this context, a mixture of Arabian intrigues, petro-politics, and geopolitics are all at play... The Israeli-Saudi alliance in Yemen is being relieved as the Kingdom and Israel have united with the US against the Houthis. Like the Cold War, mercenaries and foreign fighters will eventually enter the picture too. 


Imagery and Empire: Understanding the Western Fear of Arab and Muslim Terrorists

It has been claimed that if all terrorists are not Arabs or Muslims, that most terrorists are Arabs or Muslims. Is this true or another myth? An empirical look at data compiled in the US and Europe will help answer this question. In the US... the majority of terrorists are not non-Muslims according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). While Muslim terrorist comprised 6% of the attacks on US soil from 1980 to 2005, Jewish terrorists and Hispanic terrorists respectively comprised 7% and 42% of the terrorist attacks in the US during the same period. There, however, is no fear mongering about Jews or Hispanic people... 


The Geopolitics behind the War in Yemen (II)

...The instability in Yemen is being caused not by Iran or the Houthis, but by US and Saudi interference in Yemen — from Saudi Arabia’s 2009 invasion to US drone attacks — and the decades of support that Saudi Arabia has provided for authoritarian and unpopular rule in Yemen...  


The Geopolitics behind the War in Yemen (I)

...The truth has been turned on its head about the war in Yemen. The war and ousting of President Abd-Rabbuh Manṣour Al-Hadi in Yemen are not the results of «Houthi coup» in Yemen. It is the opposite. Al-Hadi was ousted, because with Saudi and US support he tried to backtrack on the power sharing agreements he had made and return Yemen to authoritarian rule. The ousting of President Al-Hadi by the Houthis and their political allies was an unexpected reaction to the takeover Al-Hadi was planning with Washington and the House of Saudi... 


Netanyahu’s Speech to the US Congress Really Helps the Obama against Iran

...The disagreements between the Obama Administration and Netanyahu do not signal a divide between Israel and the US. The strategic relationship between Israel and the United States is still intact. Nor does the gap between the Democratic Party and the Republican Party over Netanyahu’s March 3 speech reflect divisions between Israel and the US as much as it represents divisions among the US political establishment, specifically between the realists and the neo-conservatives...