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U.N. Enablers of ‘Aggressive War’

Special Report: U.N. investigative reports, like a new one condemning Syria for alleged sarin use, are received as impartial and credible, but are often just more war propaganda from compromised bureaucrats, reports Robert Parry.

By Robert Parry         Consortiumnews.com

Many people still want to believe that the United Nations engages in impartial investigations and thus is more trustworthy than, say, self-interested governments, whether Russia or the United States... But trust in U.N. agencies is no longer well placed; whatever independence they may have once had has been broken, a reality relevant to recent “investigations” of Syrian chemical weapons use.https://consortiumnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/v94nKWM9.png

There is also the larger issue of the United Nations’ peculiar silence about one of its primary and original responsibilities, shouldered after the horrors of World War II – to stop wars of aggression, which today include “regime change” wars organized, funded and armed by the United States and other Western powers, such as the Iraq invasion in 2003, the overthrow of the Libyan government in 2011, and a series of proxy wars including the ongoing Syrian conflict.

After World War II, the Nuremberg Tribunals declared that a “war of aggression … is not only an international crime; it is the supreme international crime differing only from other war crimes in that it contains within itself the accumulated evil of the whole.”

That recognition became a guiding principle of the United Nations Charter, which specifically prohibits aggression or even threats of aggression against sovereign states.

The Charter declares in Article One that it is a chief U.N. purpose “to take effective collective measures … for the suppression of acts of aggression or other breaches of the peace.” Article Two, which defines the appropriate behavior of U.N. members, adds that “All Members shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state…”

However, instead of enforcing this fundamental rule, the United Nations has, in effect, caved in to the political and financial pressure brought to bear by the United States and its allies. A similar disregard for international law also pervades the U.S. mainstream media and much of the European and Israeli press as well.

There is an assumption that the United States and its allies have the right to intervene militarily anywhere in the world at anytime solely at their own discretion. Though U.S. diplomats and mainstream journalists still voice outrage when adversaries deviate from international law – such as denunciations of Russia over Ukraine’s civil war – there is silence or support when a U.S. president or, say, an Israeli prime minister orders military strikes inside another country. Then, we hear only justifications for these attacks.

Shielding Israel

For instance, on Friday, The New York Times published an article about Israel conducting a bombing raid inside Syria that reportedly killed two Syrians. The article is notable because it contains not a single reference to international law and Israel’s clear-cut violation of it. Instead, the article amounts to a lengthy rationalization for Israel’s aggression, framing the attacks as Israeli self-defense or, as the Times put it, “an escalation of Israel’s efforts to prevent its enemies from gaining access to sophisticated weapons.”

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the United Nations in 2012, drawing his own “red line” on how far he will let Iran go in refining nuclear fuel.

The article also contains no reference to the fact that Israel maintains a sophisticated nuclear arsenal and is known to possess chemical and biological weapons as well. Implicit in the Times article is that the U.S. and Israel live under one set of rules while countries on the U.S.-Israeli enemies list must abide by another. Not to state the obvious but this is a clear violation of the journalistic principle of objectivity.

But the Times is far from alone in applying endless double standards. Hypocrisy now permeates international agencies, including the United Nations, which instead of pressing for accountability in cases of U.S. or Israeli aggression has become an aider and abettor, issuing one-sided reports that justify further aggression while doing little or nothing to stop U.S.-backed acts of aggression.

For instance, there was no serious demand that U.S. and British leaders who organized the 2003 invasion of Iraq, which resulted in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Iraqis, should face any accountability for committing the “supreme international crime” of an aggressive war. As far as the U.N. is concerned, war-crimes tribunals are for the little guys.

This breakdown in the integrity of the U.N. and related agencies has developed over the past few decades as one U.S. administration after another has exploited U.S. clout as the world’s “unipolar power” to ensure that international bureaucrats conform to U.S. interests. Any U.N. official who deviates from this unwritten rule can expect to have his or her reputation besmirched and career truncated.

So, while harshly critical of alleged abuses by the Syrian military, U.N. officials are notoriously silent when it comes to condemning the U.S., Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Turkey, Israel and other countries that have been “covertly” backing anti-government “rebels” who have engaged in grave crimes against humanity in Syria.

The U.S. and its allies have even mounted overt military operations inside Syrian territory, including airstrikes against the Syrian military and its allies, without permission of the internationally recognized government in Damascus. Yet, the U.N. does nothing to curtail or condemn these clear violations of its own Charter.

Breaking the Independence

The reason is that, for much of this century, the U.S. government has worked to bring key agencies, such as the U.N. Commission on Human Rights (UNCHR), the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), under U...S. control and domination.

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At the start of the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, President George W. Bush ordered the U.S. military to conduct a devastating aerial assault on Baghdad, known as “shock and awe.”

This drive to neutralize the U.N.’s independence gained powerful momentum after the 9/11 attacks and President George W. Bush’s launching of his “global war on terror.” But this effort continued under President Obama and now under President Trump.

In 2002, after opening the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and effectively waiving the Geneva Convention’s protections for prisoners of war, Bush bristled at criticism from the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary C. Robinson.

Soon, Robinson was targeted for removal. Her fierce independence, which also included criticism of Israel, was unacceptable. The Bush administration lobbied hard against her reappointment, leading to her retirement in 2002.

Also, in 2002, the Bush administration engineered the firing of OPCW’s Director General Jose Mauricio Bustani who was viewed as an obstacle to the U.S. plans for invading Iraq.

Bustani, who had been reelected unanimously to the post less than a year earlier, described his removal in a 2013 interview with Marlise Simons of The New York Times, citing how Bush’s emissary, Under-Secretary of State John Bolton, marched into Bustani’s office and announced that he (Bustani) would be fired.

“The story behind [Bustani’s] ouster has been the subject of interpretation and speculation for years, and Mr. Bustani, a Brazilian diplomat, has kept a low profile since then,” wrote Simons. “But with the agency [OPCW] thrust into the spotlight with news of the Nobel [Peace] Prize [in October 2013], Mr. Bustani agreed to discuss what he said was the real reason: the Bush administration’s fear that chemical weapons inspections in Iraq would conflict with Washington’s rationale for invading it. Several officials involved in the events, some speaking publicly about them for the first time, confirmed his account.”

The official U.S. explanation for getting rid of Bustani was incompetence, but Bustani and the other diplomats close to the case reported that Bustani’s real offense was drawing Iraq into acceptance of the OPCW’s conventions for eliminating chemical weapons, just as the Bush administration was planning to pin its propaganda campaign for invading Iraq on the country’s alleged secret stockpile of WMD.

Bustani’s ouster gave President Bush a clearer path to the invasion by letting him frighten Americans with the prospect of Iraq sharing its chemical weapons and possibly a nuclear bomb with Al Qaeda terrorists.

Dismissing Iraq’s insistence that it had destroyed its chemical weapons and didn’t have a nuclear weapons project, Bush launched the invasion in March 2003, only for the world to discover later that the Iraqi government was telling the truth.

Compliant Replacements

In comparison to the independent-minded Bustani, the biography of the current OPCW director general, Ahmet Uzumcu, a career Turkish diplomat, suggests that the OPCW could be expected to slant its case against the Syrian government in the current Syrian conflict.

Not only has Turkey, a NATO ally of the United States, been a key player in supporting the proxy war to overthrow Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, but Uzumcu also served as Turkey’s ambassador to Israel, which has long sought regime change in Syria and has publicly come out in favor of the anti-government rebels...

Another one-time thorn in the side of the U.S. “unipolar power” was the IAEA when it was under the control of Director General Mohamed ElBaradei, an Egyptian. The IAEA challenged the Bush administration’s claims about Iraq having a nuclear program, when one really didn’t exist.

However, being right is no protection when U.S... officials want to bring an agency into line with U.S. policy and propaganda. So, early in the Obama administration – as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was pushing for a hardline on Iran over its nascent nuclear program – the U.S. government engineered the insertion of a pliable Japanese diplomat, Yukiya Amano, into the IAEA’s top job.

Before his appointment, Amano had portrayed himself as an independent-minded fellow who was resisting U.S.-Israeli propaganda about the Iranian nuclear program. Yet behind the scenes, he was meeting with U.S. and Israeli officials to coordinate on how to serve their interests (even though Israel is an actual rogue nuclear state, not a hypothetical or fictional one).

Amano’s professed doubts about an Iranian nuclear-bomb project, which even the U.S. intelligence community agreed no longer existed, was just a theatrical device to intensify the later impact if he were to declare that Iran indeed was building a secret nuke, thus justifying the desire of Israeli leaders and American neoconservatives to “bomb-bomb-bomb” Iran.

But this U.S. ploy was spoiled by Pvt. Bradley (now Chelsea) Manning’s leaking of hundreds of thousands of pages of U.S. diplomatic cables. Among them were reports on Amano’s hidden collaboration with U.S. and Israeli officials; his agreement with U.S. emissaries on who to fire and who to retain among IAEA officials; and even Amano’s request for additional U.S. financial contributions.

The U.S. embassy cables revealing the truth about Amano were published by the U.K. Guardian in 2011 (although ignored by The New York Times, The Washington Post and other mainstream U.S. news outlets). Despite the silence of the major U...S. news media, Internet outlets, such as Consortiumnews.com, highlighted the Amano cables, meaning that enough Americans knew the facts not to be fooled again. [For details, see Consortiumnews.com’s “Did Manning Help Avert War with Iran?”]

A Collective Collapse

So, over the years, there has been a collective collapse of the independence at U.N.-related agencies. An international bureaucrat who gets on the wrong side of the United States or Israel can expect to be fired and humiliated, while those who play ball can be assured of a comfortable life as a “respected” diplomat.

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A heart-rending propaganda image designed to justify a major U.S. military operation inside Syria against the Syrian military.

But this reality is little known to most Americans so they are still inclined to be influenced when a “U.N. investigation” reaches some conclusion condemning some country that already is on the receiving end of negative U.S. propaganda.

The New York Times, CNN and other major U.S. news outlets are sure to trumpet these “findings” with great seriousness and respect and to treat any remaining doubters as outside the mainstream. Of course, there’s an entirely different response on the rare occasion when some brave or foolhardy human rights bureaucrat criticizes Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians. Then, the U.N. finding is just a sign of anti-Israeli bias and should be discounted.

In the far more frequent cases when a U.N. report is in line with U.S. propaganda, American journalists almost never turn a critical eye toward the quality of the evidence or the leaps of logic. We saw that happen this week with a thinly sourced and highly dubious U.N. report blaming the Syrian government for an alleged sarin incident on April 4. A major contradiction in the evidence – testimony given to OPCW investigators undercutting the conclusion that a Syrian warplane could have dropped a sarin bomb – was brushed aside by the U.N. human rights investigators and was ignored by the Times and other major U.S. news outlets.

But what is perhaps most troubling is that these biased U.N. reports are now used to justify continued wars of aggression by stronger countries against weaker ones. So, instead of acting as a bulwark to protect the powerless from the powerful as the U.N. Charter intended, the U.N. bureaucracy has turned the original noble purpose of the institution on its head by becoming an enabler of the “supreme international crime,” wars of aggression.

Investigative reporter Robert Parry broke many of the Iran-Contra stories for The Associated Press and Newsweek in the 1980s. You can buy his latest book, America’s Stolen Narrative as an e-book (from Amazon and barnesandnoble.com)

 

 “Building the World Parliament 2017”

International Conference featuring the Earth Constitution

 and Building the World Parliament under its authority


November 8, 9, and 10, 2017

Call for papers and Participants

Jindal Global University

In Haryana, near Delhi, India

Room and Board supplied for all Participants

Participants are responsible for their own transportation costs

Co-Sponsors: World Constitution and Parliament Assoc. (WCPA)

               and Jindal Global University

 

All participants register with Dr. Glen T. Martin at gmartin@radford.edu

Participants are welcome who do not wish to present a paper.

Proposal for papers due by September 30.

Final draft of papers due by October 30.

All presenters have 30 minutes. It is recommended that you leave 10 minutes for questions.

                     Visit our websites:  www.worldparliament-gov.org                                          www.earthfederation.info     www.earth-constitution.org

                                                         

Conference Goals: (1) Why is there an absolute need for the world to unite spiritually, conceptually, and politically?  (2) What is the role of the Earth Constitution in uniting the world in these ways?  (3) How does the structure and functioning of the Earth Constitution establish peace and justice on Earth? (4) Why is the Parliament necessary for world peace and justice?  (4) What specific plans can we make to actualize the Parliament and Constitution? (6) How will the World Parliament promote the spiritual as well as political transformation of the Earth? (7) How will the World Parliament affect global education? (8) What measures can we take to get rid of the lethal arsenal of weapons of mass destruction and also taking steps to redirect the huge expenditure incurred for deploying Military / Police Personnel on a massive scale, towards human development?

August 27, 2017

[Article first published 8-10-17 from www.dw.com/en/donald-trump-has-complete-unchecked authority-to-use-nuclear-weapons]

Donald Trump has complete, unchecked authority to use nuclear weapons

The military chain of command provides the president with complete authority to order the use of nuclear arms, Princeton researcher and Global Zero founder Bruce Blair tells DW. He also talks about potential objections.
http://www.dw.com/en/donald-trump-has-complete-unchecked-authority-to-use-nuclear-weapons/a-40048432#
DW: Does the US military chain of command give President Donald Trump the unilateral authority to order the use of nuclear weapons?
Bruce Blair: The protocol that has been set up for this purpose is streamlined and designed for speed and efficiency, not for deliberation. And this protocol gives the president carte blanche - complete unchecked authority to order the use of nuclear weapons.
http://www.dw.com/en/donald-trump-has-complete-unchecked-authority-to-use-nuclear-weapons/a-40048432#
Bruce Blair is a nuclear security scholar at Princeton University and a co-founder of Global Zero
Now some people argue that that authority can violate the constitution if the president orders the first use of nuclear weapons, others say the constitution provides this authority through Article 2, which designates the president as commander of chief of the armed forces. So you get into a little bit of debate about what is constitutional or not. But the system, the protocol, is designed to allow for one person with a single verbal order to launch nuclear weapons.
 
Can you describe the nature of this protocol and how the use of nuclear weapons would be carried out in practice?
The way that would work is that the president would consult as he desires with his top advisors. He is not obliged to consult with anyone, including the Secretary of Defense or the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff or the national security adviser.
He likely would and the teleconference protocol has been designed to patch in his top advisors into a secure conference call if they are not in the room with him, including the commander of the strategic forces in Omaha, Nebraska. In this case he would have a discussion with his advisors if he chose to do so.
http://www.dw.com/en/donald-trump-has-complete-unchecked-authority-to-use-nuclear-weapons/a-40048432#
The US is the only country to use a nuclear weapon against another country, dropping two atomic bombs on Japan in World War II
The main talker in this conference call is the commander, the four-star general in charge of our nuclear forces in Omaha, Nebraska. He is the person who talks to the president about what options are available and what the consequences would be and he would ask the president about what kind of conditions the president would like to impose on the use of nuclear weapons, for example whether or not he would like to withhold strikes against urban populations. So that conversation is the main one in this protocol and other advisors may be invited to weigh in or may not.
And then the president makes a decision and then conveys that decision to another critical party that is patched into this emergency teleconference, and that is the emergency action center, the so-called war room at the Pentagon. So the president makes a decision, chooses among the options to him and instructs the war room, which is patched into this call to carry out that order.
At which point the war room requires the president to verify his identity using a special code, known colloquially as "the biscuit," also known as "the gold code." And if the president gives the right codes to the Pentagon, the Pentagon transmits an emergency message or a launch order to the forces designated by the president's choice.
That launch order, which is roughly the length of a tweet, would be formatted and would include special codes to unlock missiles and to provide instructions to the executing commanders in the field as to the time the war plan should be carried out. And then the crews would receive that message within five minutes of the president's decision and begin to carry it out.
http://www.dw.com/en/donald-trump-has-complete-unchecked-authority-to-use-nuclear-weapons/a-40048432#
Trump has issued heavy-handed threats to the regime in Pyongyang
 
How long would it take for the president's order to be carried out?
In the case of land-based rockets in the middle west of the United States, of which there are 400, each with one warhead, those crews can carry out the order in one minute from the time they have received it. The missiles could be leaving their silos en masse in one minute from the time they have received the order. Crews on submarines would take about 10 minutes longer to carry out the order because they have extra steps that they need to carry out.
 
Could there be opposition among the senior advisors that's so strong that they would try to intervene not only to oppose, but to disobey orders and to instruct the chain of command in the Pentagon war room not to carry out the order?
There you are entering into a psychological arena, and I can't really speculate more than anyone else how that might play out.
And the fact that the military is already planning conventional and nuclear operations against North Korea, that there is already a nuclear plan for North Korea, the fact that that is an ongoing process of fine tuning, is an indication that that is already accepted that nuclear weapons might be used against North Korea. And the mere planning for that by the military indicates the accommodation and acceptance of a presidential decision to order that plan be carried out.
http://www.dw.com/en/donald-trump-has-complete-unchecked-authority-to-use-nuclear-weapons/a-40048432#
US intelligence authorities claim North Korea can mount a nuclear missile on a rocket
Once an option is chosen by the president in this protocol of decision making that I described to you, someone like the commander of the strategic command might be saying, "Mr President I think this is ill-advised, we have conventional non-nuclear options to deal with this threat and furthermore the nuclear option you prefer is probably a violation of the law of war under the circumstances."
He may well receive that kind of advice in the emergency conference, but he can ignore it and proceed and I believe that - based on my conversations with people in the military that would be involved in situations like that - they would give their best advice and then they would carry out the order that the president gives, even if it were viewed as ill-advised, misguided and a violation of the law of war. I believe the system is very strongly predisposed to accept and carry out the president's wishes.
 
Bruce Blair is a nuclear security scholar at Princeton University and a co-founder of Global Zero, an international initiative dedicated to the elimination of all nuclear weapons. He also served as a member of the US State Department's International Security Advisory Board from 2007 to June 2017.
 
The interview was conducted by Michael Knigge.
     June 1, 2017

Swami Agnivesh, WCPA Distinguish Advisor, recently met with the Dalai Lama and presented him a copy of the Earth Constitution. 

Breaking news: Swami Agnivesh, WCPA Distinguish Advisor, recently met with the Dalai Lama and presented him a copy of the Earth Constitution. It appears that the Dalai Lama may be able to participate in the second WCPA Conference on “Building the World Parliament” to be held in the Delhi area in December of this year.
 
Dr. Glen T. Martin
 
President, World Constitution and Parliament Association (WCPA) www.earth-constitution.org.  www.worldparliament-gov.org
President, Institute on World Problems (IOWP) www.worldproblems.net
Professor of Philosophy and Emeritus Chair, Peace Studies, Radford Universitywww.radford.edu/gmartin
Laureate, GUSI Peace Prize International
 
May 17, 2017 
"Mother India" Campaign for Earth Constitution Global Communication Center

The World Constitution & Parliament Association in collaboration with Dharma Pratishthan has launched a fundraising campaign to staff and equip a Global Communication Center in New Delhi, India with office space provided by Swami Agnivesh along with a large coordinating group of similar minded leaders from India.    

The Big Picture goal?  Uniting the world under the Earth Constitution.

The plan is to focus on gaining attention for the Constitution for the Federation of Earth, also known as the "Earth Constitution," a strategy developed at the Pune "Building the New World Conference" last year.  The campaign seeks an initial $100,000 start-up target with a goal of launching operations in September, 2017.   Both individuals, businesses, and corporations will be approached for contributions. 

The Earth Constitution is a visionary yet practical  geopolitical document designed to form the foundation to manifest Global Conscience, global family, and world union.  India is a country whose spiritual values lend strong support for uniting the world. 

The world public is largely unaware that there exists an answer to the world's main problems:  war, the threat of nuclear annihilation,  international lawlessness, poverty, environmental dangers, and violations of human rights.   That is why this Global Center is so important -- the public, once informed of the new way, will gain a new sense of direction.

Dr. Martin writes:  "Businesses in India, especially with its wonderful tradition of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam, will be interested in starting this WCPA Global Communication Center to make "Mother India" the center of a worldwide effort to unite the human family."

We are all world citizens by birthright.  People and businesses the world over have a stake in fixing the mess the world is in, the danger facing ourselves and the people we love.  This inspiration is not limited to India.  We all must help. 

See the flyer below for information for volunteering and for your donations. 

- Dr. Roger Kotila (WCPA Vice President, USA and Senior Fellow, Institute On World Problems)





April 18, 2017

Democratic World Federalists and THE SAN FRANCISCO PROMISE 

SAN FRANCISCO, April 18, 2017 - Democratic World Federalists need your help.  The goal is to persuade the United Nations General Assembly to take a critical look at the aging and fundamentally flawed UN Charter in order to "upgrade the global operating system" to "UN 2.0" as one young world federalist describes it.

 

A Charter review was promised at the original signing in San Francisco at the request of nations who were unhappy with the veto power granted the UN Security Council.  They knew the system was undemocratic and rigged against the less powerful nations.  But the review was never carried out.

 

This is the origin of THE SAN FRANCISCO PROMISE, the campaign recently launched by DWF to persuade the UN General Assembly to conduct the review process that was promised, and legally required in the original Charter itself. 

 

Badly designed UN Charter a key part of war system

For world federalists a Charter review potentially opens the door to establish a world federal constitution designed to correct the fatal faults in the present Charter which prevent the UN from doing its job.

 

The truth is that the UN Charter itself is so badly designed that it is in reality the main part of a geopolitical war system. A global peace system will require replacing the UN Charter with a genuine world federal union constitution such as the Earth Constitution.

 

In reality, from the very beginning the Charter has been unable to maintain world peace. While signing the Charter the US simultaneously made a mockery of the UN as it dropped the horrendous atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.       

 

A "new UN" under the Earth Constitution, for example, would establish a UN able to successfully address critical world problems such as militarism, perpetual war, and the threat of nuclear catastrophe. 

 

A change to a global peace system would free up billions and billions of dollars that can be redirected away from death and destruction, and instead can be applied constructively for infrastructure needs, to clean up slums, and to meet the needs of local communities worldwide.  Universal health care, free education, and adequate disability and retirement guarantees become possible.      

 

A World Parliament with real law and order

The vision for a new UN includes adding an UN Parliamentary Assembly and/or forming a democratically elected World Parliament -- the world community has a democratic right to a real voice in global affairs -- by birthright, we are all world citizens.  

 

The Earth Constitution calls for a World Parliament, and includes a well-designed and fair world judiciary system with enforceable world law.  The present UN lacks a capacity for independent legal enforcement -- a main reason why the UN has been unable to prevent illegal wars and other world crimes committed by the leaders of bully nations.  

 

Without a new UN, leaders of powerful nations who are responsible for world crimes remain above the law.    

 

Public needs awareness about world federalism to end militarism

The public is largely unaware that forming a world federal union government is a real solution to world problems rather than relying on militarism.  World federalists know that militarism to achieve world peace is literally a dead end.  

 

Top thinkers such as Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawkin agree with world federalists that the only viable answer to global crises is to form a democratic world federation – a world government with enforceable world law.    

 

The public is also unaware that the United Nations cannot enforce international law.  It lacks a proper world judiciary system. Leaders of the most powerful nations commit world crimes with impunity.

 

Since the 9/11 attacks the failure of the US to follow a legal path of justice “has so far destroyed half a dozen countries and killed about 2 million people” reports Nicolas Davies in “Through the ‘War on Terror’ Looking Glass” (Consortiumnews.com, April 17, 2017).  No one has gone to jail.

 

Bully nations refuse to give up nuclear weapons 


The Charter is undemocratically rigged in favor of only five nations -- the Permanent 5 (P-5) veto nations which comprise the UN Security Council (U.S., Russia, China, France, & the United Kingdom).

 

The P-5 are the only nations at the UN with a vote that really counts.  Ironically, while the Security Council is supposedly there to insure peace, in shameful fact these five favored nations are the world’s largest weapons’ dealers, and wars and threats of war are routine.  

 

The war system is so deeply embedded that the P-5 nations are now defying the will of the majority of nations at the UN who are seeking to legally prohibit and ban nuclear weapons.

 

The UN General Assembly’s Conference to ban nukes is scheduled from June 15 – July 7, 2017, but the United States and other nuclear nations are boycotting the proceedings!

 

It is indeed time for new answers to global crises and world crimes.

 

Become a proud member of DWF

Recognizing that DWF must grow larger and stronger to match the size and importance of its mission to fulfill THE SAN FRANCISCO PROMISE, DWF has added a membership option to increase popular participation to support the needed review of the UN Charter.      

 

Become a proud member of Democratic World Federalists. Help fulfill THE SAN FRANCISCO PROMISE.  Go to www.dwfed.org  or email dwfed@dwfed.org   Phone 415-227-4880


-- Roger Kotila, Ph.D. *

(*President of DWF, and Editor, Earth Federation News & Views)


Nuclear Weapons Under Fire at the UN
Roger Kotila, Ph.D.
President, Democratic World Federalists, San Francisco

from DWF NEWS, March 7, 2017
 
The world community should keep a close eye on the United Nations General Assembly as it prepares for a Conference starting in late March, 2017 to negotiate a "legally binding instrument" to prohibit nuclear weapons. 
 
According to an NGO report by Reaching Critical Will, over 100 nations attended the initial meetings to organize the upcoming UN Conference to ban nuclear weapons.
 
The report titled "States discuss rules for nuclear ban negotiations" (2/16/17) makes for interesting and informative reading -- it is our lead article (at www.reachingcriticalwill.org).  It will help us discover which countries truly seek a peaceful and safe world, and which nations prefer to continue to endanger our world by possessing nuclear weaponry.  
 
The Conference will be an opportunity for world federalists to link up with delegates from nations who support peace over risking nuclear annihilation. A legal ban on nuclear weapons could bring up the problem of war.  If war is not outlawed it will be highly tempting for nations to want to keep their weapons of mass destruction.  
 
Are nations "brave" to want to legally ban nuclear weapons?
Curiously, Ireland welcomed the "broad and brave participation" of the countries attending the organizing sessions for the ban.  But why did Ireland use the word "brave"?  Will there be retaliation against those nations who support a legal ban on nukes?
 
India quite sensibly worries about "the absence of international verification measures."  Psychologist know that openness builds trust, and secrecy breeds paranoia. Yes, of course, there must be inspections -- anywhere at any time.  This requirement is unlikely to happen without transforming the UN into a democratic world federal union -- a step which will require a new Charter.
 
Delegates from many countries expressed their approval and strong support for the involvement and help given by civil society and NGO's.  Mexico, Brazil, Malaysia, Austria, Liechtenstein, New Zealand, Nigeria, South Africa and many others voiced their support for continued participation by civil society.  Popular support for the ban from NGO's and civil society could give these countries extra strength to prevail. 
 
UN Charter lacks legal enforcement tools
The UN must somehow be persuaded to give a hard look at its fatally flawed Charter.  It allows almost unlimited sovereignty even to aggressive, militarized nations who routinely violate international law, and whose leaders suffer no consequences for their crimes -- they are above the law
 
For world federalists, an attempt by UN member states to ban nuclear weapons is an important gesture and a sign of progress.  However, the history of treaties is discouraging.  Treaties are too readily broken when a nation decides the treaty is not adequately in their self-interest.
 
UN Charter review the next step
Treaties and international agreements are not a solid basis for stability because the UN Charter is undemocratic and lacks enforceable world law.  That's why Democratic World Federalists (www.dwfed.org) is lobbying for a review of the UN Charter to open the door for a resource like the Constitution for the Federation of Earth (www.earth-constitution.org) which would give the UN a democratically elected World Parliament, and enforceable world law. 
 
All aspects of nuclear weaponry would become against the law, and those leaders of nations responsible for the development, manufacturing, or possession of nuclear weaponry could be held legally accountable, and like ordinary citizens, if found guilty, would be subject to imprisonment. 

- R. Kotila, Ph.D.


March 3, 2017
BAD AMERICAN VALUES?  FREEDOM TO LIE, CHEAT, STEAL, & KILL

Dr. Roger Kotila            

Is America a “bad guy” masquerading as a “good guy”?  


President Trump himself has a reputation for lying.  Yet he was elected President of the United States. One joke going around asks “What two words tell you that President Trump is lying?”  When he says “Believe me!”


Mainstream media repeatedly portrays America as the world’s leader for freedom and democracy.  But sadly, this view of America appears to be factually false.  Aside from having undemocratic allies like Saudi Arabia, a country notorious for human rights violations, Douglas Valentine’s “The CIA As Organized Crime” (2017) is Exhibit A.  It portrays a different picture of who America is, a perspective that even President Donald Trump appears to agree with when he remarked, “You think our country’s so innocent?”  


The exceptionalism myth fools Americans into trusting that their country is doing good, when in reality, America has routinely violated civilized standards of conduct, and could even be described as a rogue power.  The US for example, refuses to belong to the International Criminal Court, thus protecting its officials, military personnel and covert operatives from judicial prosecution when they commit crimes. 


But does the right wing’s delusional fantasy of American “exceptionalism” give the US the right to violate international law and customs, to target nations for regime change (Syria, Libya, Iran, Russia), to invade countries (Afghanistan, Iraq), or to kill anyone whom the US designates as a “terrorist” (drone strikes, covert operations)?  

While torture is considered a crime under international law and customs, the current President of the US proudly declares he supports torture.  He will not go to jail for this.  After all, he is running the country. 

WHAT MORAL VALUES?

When President Trump implies in an interview that America’s moral standards were no better than those of Russia, Establishment media howled with shocked disbelief.   

Trump “waved off a description of Mr. Putin as ‘a killer’ by suggesting that the US was similarly immoral.” “We got a lot of killers,” Trump said, “You think our country’s so innocent?” (The Wall Street Journal reporting on a Bill O’Reilly Fox TV interview with President Trump, 2-6-17.)


But Trump makes a valid point. Mr. Valentine’s painstaking research on the Central Intelligence Agency  documents a litany of criminal actions conducted around the world:  Assassinations, torture, overthrowing governments (regime change), supporting terrorists, and terrorism (false flag operations such as 9/11), drug smuggling and money laundering. 


CIA methods include lying (Psy Op’s/propaganda -- infiltration of media, fake news), cheating (bribing or blackmailing politicians), stealing (other country’s resources), and killing (assassinations, supporting terrorists, military invasions).    


A SHOCKING CONCLUSION

Mr. Valentine’s investigative research leads to a shocking conclusion about the CIA and America:
“If we were allowed to understand the CIA, we’d realize it’s a criminal organization that is corrupting governments and societies around the world.  It’s murdering civilians who haven’t done anything wrong.  The (US) military does the same thing in a more violent way (p. 39).” 

It is not just the CIA involved in what one might term as world crimes.  Pentagon generals allow the potential use of weapons of mass mutilation such as cluster bombs, depleted uranium munitions (e.g., in Fallujah), landmines, and of course, weapons of mass destruction (nuclear weaponry). 


America’s bad guy role is carried into the United Nations, where the US shows a lack of respect for less powerful nations, and the UN itself. The US opposes a UN General Assembly proposal to ban nuclear weapons.  As a result, other countries possessing nuclear weaponry (like Russia) also refuse to accept the proposed ban. 


BLACKMAIL AT THE UN

From its birth the vast majority of nations at the UN have been frustrated by a rigged geopolitical system favoring the US, Russia, China, Great Britain, and France – the Permanent 5 veto powers on the Security Council.
Less powerful nations in the UN are second class citizens.  When they stray from the desires of the Permanent 5 veto powers, there can be reprisals.  The UN itself can be subject to threats.

US Senator Lindsey Graham, angry that nations voted their conscience regarding the illegal settlements by Israel on Palestinian lands, vows to “pull US funding” unless the UN Security Council repeals Resolution 2334 (cnn.com, 12-25-16). 


Similarly, former US ambassador to the UN, John Bolton insists that “there must be consequences” against the 14 countries that supported Resolution 2334.  Neocon Bolton, who shows little concern regarding the needs of the world community, proclaims that the US should defund its “assessed contributions” to the UN, presumably as a warning to the UN to submit to the demands of Israel (Wall Street Journal, 12/27/16).  


Finally, the Trump Administration is considering withdrawing from the UN Human Rights Council for being “biased” against Israel (politico.com, 2/25/17), yet the US has accepted Saudi Arabia’s presence on the Council.   


UN STANDS BY HELPLESSLY

The UN is powerless to prevent international crimes directed by leaders of powerful, bully nations.   International law is routinely violated by favored nations who excuse themselves from the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court, a court that can try individuals but with no independent enforcement capability. 

The ICC has mostly been applied to a few corrupt dictators of African nations, but never to the leaders and corrupt officials from the most powerful nations.                                                                                                                                                                                      


The UN stands by helplessly even when nations are taken over by corrupt dictators who steal the peoples’ money. These kleptocracies, as documented by Sarah Chayes (“Thieves of State,” 2015), go unpunished, protected by the UN Charter’s principle of national sovereignty (Chapter 1, Article 2).


In the UN geopolitical system of sovereignty for each nation, nations police themselves.  As a result, deeply corrupted nations rarely prosecute their own world criminals since the leaders of those countries are often the very ones who are responsible for the criminal behavior in the first place. 


An unlucky citizen who lives in a deeply corrupted country has no recourse for justice especially when the corruption starts at the top and runs through to the police and the courts. 


The UN is generally not allowed to interfere with the domestic affairs of a nation, thus is unable to prevent the theft of the people’s money and unable to stop human rights violations.  This is why Saudi Arabia is allowed to oppress women, abuse immigrant workers, and maintain a “royal” kleptocracy.  It supports terrorist groups like Al Qaeda linked to Wahhabi extremists, uses beheadings, and continues its barbaric invasion of neighboring Yemen.   


SAVING AMERICA THROUGH A “NEW UN” AND THE EARTH CONSTITUTION

The World Constitution & Parliament Association has the solution to the gaps in the Charter which have allowed unrestricted lawlessness among the nations.  WCPA’s Constitution for the Federation of Earth (aka “Earth Constitution”) corrects these problems, and efforts are underway to reach the UN General Assembly.

Americans lost their country when the US Supreme Court gave the nation away to the billionaires by allowing unlimited amounts of Big Money to enter the election process.  Essentially, the Court cancelled democracy and turned America into an oligarchy.


While peace, environmental, and human rights activists work fervently to try to save America from an out of control oligarchy and a Deep State shadow government, world citizen activists are looking at the Big Picture -- the need for a popular global movement to help end the nightmare of world crimes within and between the nations. 


Recent academic research confirms that a Charter Review is legally required and was promised, but has never been conducted.  In response, Democratic World Federalists based in San Francisco has launched a campaign for UN Charter Review.  DWF is calling it “The San Francisco Promise.” 


A Charter review by the UN General Assembly could open the door for a comparison of the current Charter to the Earth Constitution – the latter an invaluable resource for the UN to understand the type of world judiciary system that will be needed to end global lawlessness.


The Earth Constitution also calls for a democratically elected World Parliament, giving “we, the people” once and for all, a real voice in global affairs.


Dr. Roger Kotila
Earth Federation News & Views

 

January 13, 2017

Same UN, Defunded UN, or New UN?


SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 12, 2017 -- Democratic World Federalists are launching a campaign for a review of the United Nations Charter.  A recent speech by outgoing United Nations Secretary- General Ban Ki-moon criticizing UN voting is welcome news since it supports DWF's contention that there is a need for Charter review. Global democracy and enforceable world law at the UN are seriously lacking. 


At a talk at New York University, outgoing UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called out the UN for its unfair and undemocratic voting system.  According to Inter Press Service reporter Thalif Deen ("Outgoing UN Chief Yearns for Majority Rule in World Body," IPS, 12-22-16), Ban Ki-moon criticized both the unfair veto power of the Permanent-5, and the use of "consensus" voting. 


A speech full of platitudes

It remains to be seen if the new Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, will take up Ban Ki-moon's challenge, or if the UN will remain the same.  We refer to the UN acceptance speech by Mr. Guterres ("Taking oath of office, Antonio Guterres pledges to work for peace, development, and a reformed United Nations," UN News Centre, 12-12-16). Frankly it does not raise our hopes.  He makes no mention of the need to change the undemocratic system of voting at the UN, or the need for a new Charter.  His speech to the UN General Assembly is mostly full of platitudes: 


"In the end it comes down to values...values enshrined in the UN Charter: peace, justice, respect, human rights, tolerance, and solidarity," "Our duty to the peoples we serve is to work together to move from fear of each other, to trust in each other."  


Blackmail? Threats to defund the UN

Mr. Guterres may also face potential “blackmail” from some members of the U.S. Congress.  Senators Cruz and Graham, angry that nations voted their conscience on Resolution 2334 which supports Palestinian rights over Israel's illegal land thefts, threaten to defund the UN if 2334 is not repealed – a threat that could be interpreted as a form of  blackmail on behalf of Israel.


The UN deserves better.  It deserves a fair and authentic democracy that represents and serves all the peoples and nations, not just the Permanent 5 and other wealthy or militarily powerful nations.    


Leadership and a “new UN

Secretary-General Guterres could show real leadership by supporting DWF's campaign for a review of the UN Charter.  Such a review could open the door to a public discussion of the type of world charter/constitution actually needed to make the world community safe and prosperous.  


The Constitution for the Federation of Earth (“Earth Constitution”) has been proposed as a model for a new charter/constitution with its democratic structure and a well- designed world judiciary system with enforceable world law.  Yes, a "new UN" is possible.  Become a member of DWF and help us build a “new UN.”  


By Roger Kotila, Ph.D.*

Written for January, 2017 DWF News

(*Dr. Kotila is editor of DWF News and Earth Federation News & Views.)                                                                                                                                                                               

BUILDING THE WORLD PARLIAMENT-- PUNE DECLARATION

January 1, 2017

We citizens of planet Earth, many coming from great distances, have met together these three days at the World Peace Center of MIT Pune from December 29th to 31st, 2016.

 

We have met in a spirit of love, compassion, sisterhood, and brotherhood to envision and actualize a peaceful, just, and sustainable future for our world under the Constitution for the Federation of Earth.

 

We have also met together with feelings of consternation, shock, and outrage at the horrific condition of fragmentation, conflict, and war into which the militarized nation-states of the world have forced humanity. We see clearly that the 1.7 trillion US dollars wasted by the nation-states of the world every year on militarized madness could be used to provide basic necessities to the 50% of humanity who now live in the hell of poverty.

 

 We have also met together in dismay and despair to see the precious ecological wholeness of our planet ripped to shreds by uncontrolled globalized capitalism, greed, and thoughtlessness, often promoted by these same militarized nation-states. We have seen clearly the ways in which global private banking and transnational corporations are raping our planet in the interests of private greed and power, stealing the future of the world’s two billion children and its countless suffering living beings.

 

Our meeting has been organized and sponsored by the World Constitution and Parliament Association (WCPA), sponsored by Sri Ramanuja Mission Trust, and generously hosted by the World Peace Center of Maaer’s MIT Pune and Chancellor Dr. Vishwanath Karad. It has been participated in by many highly qualified and thoughtful people whose lives have been devoted to serving humanity and a better future for the world in a wide variety of ways.

 

Our papers and discussions have encompassed a wide variety of topics within the framework of how humankind can move to build the World Parliament that will bring dialogue and discussion to the world with the authority to democratically legislate laws enforceable over all individuals, replacing the current militarized collective punishment of entire nations or groups.

 

The World Parliament under the Constitution for the Federation of Earth will bring our planet forward to coherence, harmony, and order, replacing uncontrolled militarism and greed with a public authority representing all the people and living beings of the Earth, not merely the 1% who now control nearly 50% of the world’s wealth. Establishment of a World Parliament appears as humanity’s most urgent and compelling need at this precarious point in history in which a lack of intelligent and effective action could well lead humanity to omnicide and/or planetary environmental destruction.

 

We have reviewed the provisions in the Earth Constitution that set up a World Parliament of three houses representing all people and nations as well as the House of Counsellors representing our planet as a whole.  We have understood that the Earth Constitution embodies all fundamental human values, rights and responsibilities within the encompassing framework of the principle of unity in diversity.  We have reviewed the criteria for ratification of the Constitution by the people and nations of Earth and the responsibility laid upon us all to begin provisional world government here and now while at the same time intensifying the campaign for final ratification of the Constitution by people everywhere.

 

We have prioritized the actions that must be taken.

 

1.      First and foremost, we must get the Earth Constitution before the people of Earth, both the leaders and the grassroots, through all forms of communication, including journalism, educational institutions, and every other possible way: so that the people of Earth know that there is a way out of the current insane chaos in which we now find ourselves.

 

2.      Secondly, we must raise the funding and resources to make this happen on a planetary scale.

 

3.      Third, we must set up country based committees to actualize all of these goals.

 

4.      Fourth, this funding and resources can be used to establish offices in locations around the world dedicated to disseminating the Earth Constitution in many more languages as well as the information and understanding necessary to comprehend its significance for the future of the Earth.

 

5.      Fifth, we must train youth and older people alike as leaders, as “agents of transformation,” to provide the articulate and compassionate leadership necessary to get the Earth Constitution before the people of our planet and to make the process of democratic ratification of the Constitution an effective reality.

 

6.      Sixth, under Article 19 of the Constitution we must continue to develop Provisional World Government, already begun through the Provisional World Parliament and the Collegium of World Judges.

 

From among the members of our conference we have received the following commitments:

 

1.      Dr. Vishwanath Karad has generously granted WCPA 3-4 acres of land near Pune for the project of building a World Parliament Center and educating the people of Earth concerning its significance.

 

2.      We have created a committee to establish a national WCPA non-profit organization in India .  This historic conference has decided in principle that India should take the leadership and establish the Indian Center of this organization as World Headquarters for WCPA.

The following have agreed to be founding members of this committee:

Swami Agnivesh                                        Mr. Narasimha Murthy

Dr. Vishwanath Karad                               Dr. Vijaya Murthy

Guruji Arun Kumar                                    Mr. Amit Paul

Mr. E.P. Menon                                         Mr. Deepak Vyas

 

3.      Swami Agnivesh has pledged to take leadership on item #5 on the above prioritized actions: to

train agents of transformation on behalf of the Earth Constitution.

 

4.      Dr. Ved Pratap Vaidic has consented to become a Distinguish Advisor of WCPA and help us make contact with the world leaders that he knows personally.

 

5.      Mr. Birendra Soni has offered to set up a World Parliament Communications Center in Delhi that will establish a virtual World Parliament and create voting systems for Earth Federation elections.

 

6.   Mr. Augustine Veliath has committed to creating a people's movement, a people's communication  center, and a cyber museum of WCPA activities.  He has offered to create simplified versions of key documents for popular consumption.

 

7.   Dr. Hemlata Telesra has established a new educational organization to promote the Earth Constitution and develop curricula corresponding to various educational levels.

 

8.  Sri Varadan Chandar stated that the Sri Ramanuja Mission Trust is committed to extend to WCPA and its Indian Center all support and cooperation and to act as a key facilitator for the success of all future ventures.

 

9.   Dr. Ushoshi Guha committed to render support to solve issues related to IRP security.

 

10. Mrs. Ashok Bala offered to work with the developing education committee as WCPA peace education coordinator for Asia.

 

11.  Dr. Subhash Chandra offered to work with WCPA promoting the Constitution throughout India.

 

12.  Dr. Klaus Schlichtmann has pledged to work with others to:

            a.  explore the possibilities for certain Indian High Courts to take up the additional task of     functioning as District World Courts.

            b.  explore the possibilities for developing a City of Peace in the Tangiers area as a World District    to become a seat for the World Government.

 

            This conference has been a preparatory conference for a larger more international conference at the end of December 2017. Both conferences will be, and are, concerned with action.  We must dialogue together not only for mutual understanding of the crises facing planet Earth but about how to initiate and sustain concrete action for dissemination and ratification of the Earth Constitution worldwide, putting this option before the people of Earth through electronic media, print media, public presentations, and in every way possible.

 

            This conference, and WCPA, affirm the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as well as the universal human rights identified in Articles 12 and 13 of the Earth Constitution, which supplement the UN Declaration with the rights to peace and to environmental sustainability.  We support the integration of the many worthwhile UN agencies into the emerging Earth Federation while recognizing that the UN Charter must be replaced by the Constitution for the Federation of Earth.

 

            We realize that this present historical moment is precarious in the extreme and that our precious planet could go either way—into perdition and destruction or into an ascent to peace, justice and sustainability under the Earth Constitution.  We hereby pledge our minds, our efforts, and our resources in our common and concerted effort to transform our planet and its institutions into an intelligent, coherent, and compassionate world system under the Constitution for the Federation of Earth.


Passed by unanimous acclamation this day of 31 December 2016 at 17:00.

November 19, 2016

WCPA UPDATE FOR UPCOMING "BUILDING THE WORLD PARLIAMENT" CONFERENCE DECEMBER 29, 30, and 31 in INDIA

Dear friends and colleagues,

 I have started a web page for the upcoming conference “Building the World Parliament,” which will be at MIT-Pune December 29, 30, and 31.

The link is at http://www.radford.edu/~gmartin/Building.World%20Parliament.Conf.htm

The page itself contains a link to my brief essay, “What is a World Parliament?” that will, perhaps, help people understand the significance of our work.

You are all, of course, invited as honored guests to the Conference,

In peace and hope,

Glen

Dr. Glen T. Martin

President, World Constitution and Parliament Association (WCPA) www.worldparliament-gov.org

World Constitution and Parliament Association  
 “Building the World Parliament” Conference

 

 

MIT Pune, India,

December 29, 30, and 31st

What is the World Parliament?: An Overview
http://www.radford.edu/~gmartin/World%20Parliament.%20Conceptual.Overview.pdf
This Conference call is online at: http://www.radford.edu/~gmartin/Building.World%20Parliament.Conf.htm  
 
November 3, 2016

Call for Papers       
  • This conference is a preparatory conference for a larger, international conference on the same time that we expect to hold in India at the end of December 2017.
  • This conference focuses on the Earth Constitution and on the World Parliament as defined by the Earth Constitution. As such most presentations will be given by WCPA officers and activists.  We expect all sessions to be plenary and participatory.
  • There is limited space for additional papers, which should be 20 to 30 minutes, leaving at least 15 minutes for discussion and leaving 15 minutes before the next session. If you wish to submit a paper: (1) it should be on one of the topics or plans below, (2) it should show understanding of the Earth Constitution and the work of WCPA.
  • Please send a draft of the paper or a detailed proposal to Dr. Eugenia Almand, WCPA Secretary General, at govt_rules@yahoo.com.  Deadline for proposals is November 13, 2016. Notification will be very soon after proposal submission.
Topics:
  1. Understand the absolute need for the world to unite spiritually, conceptually, and politically.
  2. Understand the role of the Earth Constitution in uniting the world in these ways.
  3. Understand basic structure and functioning of the Earth Constitution.
  4. Understand why the world parliament requires the framework of the Constitution.
  5. Understand the structure, functioning, and make-up of the World Parliament.
Plans:
  1. Presentation on the work of WCPA in several cities within India: modeling transformative action.
  2. How can the government of India take world leadership in the movement for world peace under the Earth Constitution?
  3. How can we merge the work of the Provisional World Parliament into the emerging actual World Parliament?
3.1 Presentation of the history and past legislation of the PWP.
3.2 Presenting the plan for merging with the UN: found in the Book Our Common Future.
  1. How can we initiate the World Parliament using digital technology?
  2. How can we move forward with actual design and construction of a permanent home for the Parliament?
  3. What concrete next steps can we take in all these areas?  Specific plans for these next steps.
 
Maharashtra Institute of Technology, Pune, has offered local hospitality and complimentary guest rooms for up to 30 guests. Guests cover their own travel arrangements. 

 
  Detailed Program forthcoming.
 
Reserve your spot by email.  Contact Dr. Glen T. Martin, WCPA President: gmartin@radford.edu

 






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What is the World Parliament?: An Overview



Conference call by the:

World Constitution and Parliament Association  

Organizer for Sessions of the Provisional World Parliament      Cooperating with the Institute On World Problems

North America Offices:  313 Seventh Avenue, Radford, VA 24141 USA          fax: 1 (540) 639-4320   gmartin@radford.edu

1484 Lively Ridge Road, NE, Atlanta, GA 30329 USA  1(404) 639-7636   govt_rules@yahoo.com

www.worldparliament-gov.org    www.worldproblems.net     www.radford.edu/gmartin     www.earthfederation.info 

 

 

"Building the World Parliament"

 

Exciting News:

We have the go ahead to hold our conference on "Building the World Parliament" at Maharashtra Institute of Technology, in Pune, India, (MIT, Pune) on December 29, 30, and 31, 2016.   If things develop as expected, we will send out further registration details very soon.

 

         We are bringing people together to study the structure of the World Parliament as this is described in the Earth Constitution and to brainstorm about how momentum for this Parliament can be developed. 

         We also want to discuss how we can we get the UN and other groups on board for developing real global democracy and activating a real World Parliament for the Earth.

     In connection with this, we will be distributing to all full conference participants in Pune (free of charge) the book Our Common Future that includes both the Earth Constitution and the legislation passed by the 14th session of the Provisional World Parliament for merging the UN under the Earth Constitution.

         We want to envision whether an actual permanent home for the Parliament might be constructed from which we could promote the development of the actual Parliament representing all the people on Earth.

 

Room and board for participants will be covered by MIT, Pune.  The University provides exclusively high quality vegetarian food.  Participants must cover their transportation costs to the conference.

 

We need to present a list of likely participants to MIT University as soon as possible.  Please let me know if you intend to join us at this conference by sending us your name, address, and contact information.   Sent this to gmartin@radford.edu.  Further details about registration will arrive soon.

 

Yours in solidarity and hope,

 

Dr. Glen T. Martin

 

President



   
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October 4, 2016
NATO AT RUSSIA'S BORDER AROUSES GHOSTS OF A NAZI INVASION

There is increasing concern regarding the United States and Russia, fear that current conflicts in Syria and Ukraine, along with U.S./NATO's move onto the borders of Russia could escalate to a war and a possible nuclear confrontation.  This is not a fantasy.  

The U.S. appears to be looking for a fight. Investigative journalist Robert Parry in "The Existential Madness of Putin-Bashing" (Consortium News, 9-14-16) describes what is going on against Russia as a "breathtakingly dangerous strategy." 

Parry writes: "By targeting Putin and Russia, the neocons have upped the ante when it comes to their 'regime change' agenda. No longer satisfied with inflicting 'regime change' in countries deemed hostile to Israel – Iraq, Syria, Libya, Iran, etc. – the neocons have raised their sights on Russia."

According to Parry, Russia is being destabilized by "weakening its economy, isolating it from Europe, pushing NATO up to its borders, demonizing its leadership, and sponsoring anti-government political activists inside Russia to promote regime change."

In an urgent Special Report (Consortium News, 10-3-16) Parry asks "Do We Really Want Nuclear War with Russia?" He is convinced the Anerican people are being prepared for war.  "The U.S. propaganda war against Russia is spinning out of control, rolling ever faster downhill with a dangerous momentum that threatens to drive the world into a nuclear showdown."

A VOICE FROM RUSSIA
A leading Russian peace activist explains why Russia cannot trust the U.S. and NATO, but also offers a strategy for peaceful cooperation rather than war.  Dr. Leo Semashko, a State Councilor of St. Petersburg, Russia, shares Parry's alarm and has reached out to American peace activists. 

A sociologist and philosopher, Semashko is founder of Global Harmony Association and the Chief Editor of Global Peace Science.  GPS is the title of a new book by "peace experts."  It features articles on world peace by 174 authors from 34 countries, and for Semashko contains resources which need to be activated to avert war and bring peace. 

RUSSIA FEARS THAT NATO ON ITS BORDERS IS A SECRET OPERATION BARBAROSSA
Dr. Semashko tells us that NATO's expansion to Russia's borders is an ominous sign, bringing up memories for Russians of the Nazi invasion of World War II -- Operation Barbarossa.    
 
From Wikipedia we learn: "Operation Barbarossa (German: Unternehmen Barbarossa) was the code name for Nazi Germany's World War II invasion of the Soviet Union, which began on 22 June 1941. The operation was driven by Adolf Hitler's ideological desire to destroy the Soviet Union, as outlined in his 1925 manifesto Mein Kampf."

Semashko elaborates in an open letter (sic) to members of Global Peace Science (8/30/16):

"The whole world is alarmed today with the United States and Russia extreme level of nuclear confrontation, more dangerous than the Cuban Missile Crisis 1962. It is caused by three most menacing facts:

The first. Deployment of NATO nuclear weapons and the accompanying infrastructure on Russia's western border that reminds to the Russians the Hitler’s concentration of the Nazi troops within an aggressive plan Barbarossa in 1941. Now it is in 2016 - 75 years later.

The second. Intention of the US administration to spend an additional $ 1 trillion for modernization of nuclear weapons in the next decade. For what is it? It is not for peace, it is for nuclear war.

The third. Traditional, since Hiroshima/Nagasaki 1945, US policy, which allows the first use of nuclear weapons.

Sensing catastrophe, Semashko (8/30/16) exhorts  "...we, peacemakers, cannot be the indifferent and helpless sheep to be slaughtered on the altar of a nuclear war, which would be a disaster for humanity and the planet."

APPEAL FOR RUSSIA-USA COPERNICAN REVOLUTION
Working with colleagues from the Global Harmony Association, Dr. Semashko publishes an Appeal for a "Copernican revolution" in Russian-American relations.  But how?

Semashko proposes forming a joint Institute of Global Peace Science with offices in Russia and the United States.  Such a Russia-USA Global Peace Institute could open doors for peace science not found in our present military-fixated culture where funding goes almost exclusively to military science rather than peace science. 

Semashko also sees the need for a "Scientific rearrangement of the global power (including the UN) architecture and building a multipolar world order, ensuring global peace since the end of the 21st century." 


A GLOBAL PEACE CONSTITUTION
For rearranging the global power architecture Semashko looks to a world constitution designed as a democratic world federal union with enforceable world law:   "Scientific basis of the Earth Constitution as a Global Peace Constitution: the highest instrument of international law."

We must hope that Semashko's interest in the Earth Constitution is also seen positively by the leaders in Russia. In "NATO To Nuclear War, Yet Russia Not Our Enemy" (Reader Supported News,  7/14/16) I argued that Russia wants peaceful cooperation, not war. It seems pretty obvious that working together is the best strategy to keep the U.S. and Russia safe from ending up in an open war against each other. 

LABOUR PARTY LEADER CORBYN SAYS TALK TO RUSSIA
Journalist John Pilger reports that the leader of the British Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, would definitely talk to the Russians.  In an election debate Corbyn was asked: “How would you act on a violation by Vladimir Putin of a fellow NATO state?”

Corbyn replied: “You would want to avoid that happening in the first place. You would build up a good dialogue with Russia … We would try to introduce a de-militarisation of the borders between Russia, the Ukraine and the other countries on the border between Russia and Eastern Europe. What we cannot allow is a series of calamitous build-ups of troops on both sides which can only lead to great danger."  (Pilger, "Provoking Nuclear War by Media," Global Research, 8/23/16).

TRUMP'S SHOCKING IDEA:  LET'S MAKE A DEAL
Pilger explains the frenzied opposition to Trump's plan to talk to Putin:

"The CIA has demanded Trump is not elected.  Pentagon generals have demanded he is not elected. The pro-war New York Times — taking a breather from its relentless low-rent Putin smears —  demands that he is not elected. Something is up. These tribunes of “perpetual war” are terrified that the multi-billion-dollar business of war by which the United States maintains its dominance will be undermined if Trump does a deal with Putin, then with China’s Xi Jinping."

EMERGENCY GLOBAL PEACE SUMMIT
A new type of Summit is needed  in order to avoid the typical type of diplomatic (summit) meetings which have proved ineffective as evidenced by our world floundering in crisis.  Key world leaders must honestly face the need for both a geopolitical and spiritual revolution.  Such a Summit should plan on 30 continuous days together, and include examining the need for the obsolete UN Charter to be phased out and replaced with a Global Peace Constitution -- the Earth Constitution.

Would Putin (Russa), Obama (USA), Jinping (China), and/or Modi (India) agree to host such a emergency Global Peace Summit, co-directed by a special NGO/GPS team to help guide these key world leaders out of the danger zone of a WWIII and nuclear war?

by Roger Kotila, Ph.D.  Psychologist
     Editor, Earth Federation News & Views 
September 23, 2016

The Earth Federation
 
Introductory commentary to World Beyond War's section 52 [The Earth Federation] -- a white paper for"A Global Security System: An Alternative to War." 

The Earth Federation rests upon the Constitution for the Federation of Earth, also known as the "Earth Constitution."  Drafted by the World Constitution and Parliament Association, this constitution addresses the fact that the nation-states are stuck in a geopolitical war system which now endangers the entire world.   

A key issue is the United Nations Charter with fatal flaws that prevent the UN from ending war.  Besides being undemocratic, the Charter lacks enforceable world law. Leaders of Bully nations responsible for world crimes are never punished.  Because of sovereignty, they are above the law.  

Earth Federation activists seek to popularize the Earth Constitution while calling for UN Charter review.  Adoption of the Earth Constitution would set the stage for a world federal union and a "new UN," or Earth Federation equipped with a well-designed World Judiciary system which includes a World Ombudsmus office to help insure Good Government.  All weapons of mass destruction would be eliminated.  War is outlawed. 

-- Roger Kotila, Ph.D., editor, Earth Federation News & Views

Read World Beyond War's The Earth Federation HERE.

September 4, 2016

Russia -- USA:  Global Peace Cooperation & Global Peace Summit

 

Russian peace activist Dr. Leo Semashko sent out the following email to American peace activist Dr. Roger Kotila who has offered the opinion that Russia is not our enemy, does not want war, and seeks peaceful cooperation.     

 

Dr. Semashko is a Russian sociologist and philosopher who founded Global Harmony Association and Global Peace Science.  Dr. Kotila is an American psychologist who is editor of Earth Federation News & Views.

 

Dr. Semashko (September 2, 2016, St. Petersburg, Russia) writes:

In the face of 100% prepared NATO’s nuclear aggression/war on the western border of Russia, we invite you to support as its alternative our project "Russia – USA: Global Peace Cooperation, Dialog and Partnership instead Nuclear War Deadly for Humanity" that is summarized by the USA-Russia Summit Agenda at 10 points, below:

Russia – USA:
Global Peace Cooperation, Dialog and Partnership instead Nuclear War
Deadly for Humanity
.
Global Peace Summit of two states.
"Mankind must put an end to war, or war will put an end to mankind." John F. Kennedy
Agenda. (Draft)

1. Social cosmos of global peace. Its objective pillars: Spheres, Laws and Actors of World Harmony.
2. Global Peace Science (GPS): Researches of its objective pillars, scientific peace geopolitics and pacifization of international relations.
3. The right of humanity and every person to life, to peace and to freedom from war, especially from nuclear annihilation and from its threats from any state.
4. Joint Institute of GPS with offices in Russia and the United States to explore the objective pillars of global peace and substantiation of humanity right to life.
5. International Scientific Contest for the best variant of GPS under the UN and both states aegis.
6. Scientific technologies of pacifization and peace geopolitics in the social, economic, environmental, cultural and organizational spheres/fields.
7. Scientific basis for nuclear disarmament up to global "nuclear zero" during 10 years.
8. Scientific basis of the Earth Constitution as a Global Peace Constitution: the highest instrument of international law.
9. Global disarmament for 50 years based on GPS.
10. Scientific rearrangement the global power (including the UN) architecture and building a multipolar world order, ensuring global peace since the 21st century end.
     CONCLUSION. Similar Global Peace Summit Agenda sums up the Program of peace cooperation between Russia and the United States.
     CALL. We invite the critics to offer the alternative Program/Agenda of Russia and the US cooperation for scientific comparison and discussion. Read more:
http://peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=710

You could edit this Agenda, which will be presented to the Governments of two states, as well as the UN, UNESCO and other peace organizations. Could we hope for your support as a famous peacemaker?

The Agenda of peacemaking cooperation between the two nuclear superpowers, in whose hands are the life and death of humanity, including you, your children and your grandchildren, me, my children and grandchildren, and every person on Earth is a key nonviolent tool to overcome their nuclear standoff. Could you offer another alternative? If yes, please, let us know it. But if no and you silently ignore our alternative, how we should to understand your silence? ... HOW???

Please, let us know it. Thank you for your response.

Sincerely,

Dr. Leo Semashko

Global Peace Science, &
Honorary President, Global Harmony Association

 

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Dr. Kotila's response (September 3, 2016, San Francisco, USA):

I want our collaboration to continue as I believe that you and your associates understand deeply the current dangers faced by the world community, and recognize clearly that militarism is a dead end. 

(1) Yes, I would like to continue to participate in "Russia -- USA" Global Peace Cooperation

 

(2)  I was very encouraged and inspired by the enthusiasm for a GLOBAL PEACE SUMMIT.

 

Ultimately we will need the leaders of nations to embrace peace.  But how?  I like the idea of a series of "Appeals" from Global Peace Science and Global Harmony Association. These are SPHERONS in action.

 

It would be inspiring if Vladimir Putin and/or Sergey Lavrov would agree to host a Global Peace Summit.  It would give the world community positive hope that something can be done.

 

[Such a Summit should be designed by GPS experts in collaboration with the governments that choose to participate. The initial Summit gathering should probably be for 10 days to two weeks in length to allow for person to person relationships to develop between leaders of nations and with peace activists.] 

 

(3)  Does GPS and GHA have a method to turn leaders of nations, and their military generals, into SPHERONS?

 

(4)  I'm not interested in forming another "Institute" ("Russian-American Institute of GPS") as I already belong to 3 different think tanks.  I am interested in trying to attract some leading American peace activists to join our cause -- like World Beyond War.  Similarly, I'm not interested in an "International Scientific Contest" as I feel that school is over.   If someone has a smart strategy, let us know right away.  It's time for action.

 

I would also like us to find some peace activists from the European Union to help us. There may be members of the European Parliament sympathetic to our cause, who want peaceful cooperation with Russia, and who fear US/NATO (& Israel) intentions after the violations of international law regarding Iraq, Libya, Syria, Iran, Gaza, and the coup in Ukraine.    

 

If nuclear war breaks out in eastern Europe or the Ukraine, European nations will become radiation victims. They will regret ever knowing NATO, but it will be too late.  Meanwhile, the US, which controls NATO, will watch in relative safety from 4000 miles away.

 

(5)  It would be good if someone from the United Nations got involved with us.  Members of the UN General Assembly currently with the Open Ended Working Group on Nuclear Disarmament might like what we are doing, and might support a Global Peace Summit.  So far both the US and Russia are resisting nuclear disarmament.

 

There are nations in the UN Working Group who are frustrated and desperate for answers for real disarmament.  But they are mistakenly trying to solve the problem by working within the framework of the UN Charter --which unfortunately can best be characterized as a geopolitical war system. [Count the wars since 1945 to the present.]    

 

The nations at the UN have yet to realize that they must start to think "outside the box."  This means an honest evaluation of why the UN Charter, which although it has done much good, has failed the world community when it matters the most -- and now we fear World War III.    

 

(6)  It is no secret that I believe that the Earth Constitution is what will be needed to end war and to eliminate all weapons of mass destruction.  It's designed to replace the UN Charter. The UN Charter failed to create world union.  It failed to become a world federal union government. This failure has been disastrous for the world community.

 

The Earth Constitution is both a political and spiritual document.  A religious friend described it as "divinely inspired."  Its moral standards are very high indeed, with high ideals:  Health care a right, not a privilege.  Basic needs for living a decent life for everyone considered a basic right, not a privilege.  War becomes a world crime.

 

The world federalists saw the Charter's flaws even back in 1945, and predicted failure.  They were right -- the UN Charter actually prevents the UN from doing its primary job, ending the scourge of war.

 

(7)  But the replacement of the UN Charter to create a "new UN" must be done wisely.  For example, Russia would be unwise to immediately give up the special veto power it has in the UN Security Council.  Also, the good and able agencies of the UN must be maintained and expanded. 

 

(9)  If Putin were willing to endorse the Earth Constitution it would be a signal that Russia is all about peace, cooperation, prosperity, human rights, and enforceable world law and order.  

 

[Putin would not have to help activate the Earth Constitution until the US agrees to do the same.  But if Russia, India, and China endorsed the ideals of the Earth Constitution while the US/NATO/Israel refused, it would expose who really wants peace, and who stands for death and destruction.]  

 

(10)  The US and Israel will most likely initially reject the Earth Constitution since they want global domination (exceptionalism), not equal world community, peace, and justice.  This obstacle can be eventually overcome with leadership from American and Russian peace activists.  Russia's leadership must play a leading role in guiding the world out of darkness.  [Besides Putin, I am highly impressed with Russia’s Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov – an impressive statesman.]

 

Perhaps your people can reach Putin or Lavrov and persuade them to host a Global Peace Summit working with peace activists from Russia and the USA.  This would be very good publicity for world disarmament and peace.  

 

Some leading American peace activists would likely attend such a Summit and perhaps some members of the US Congress, but it is unlikely that Obama, Trump, or Hillary Clinton would agree to attend. However, Trump once said he is willing to meet with Putin to "make a deal."  Although Western mainstream media has criticized this idea, I would argue that talking to each other is a very positive step.

 

(11)  A Global Peace Summit would be a very big deal.  As you, Leo, have pointed out repeatedly, the focus in government funding has always been on the military and war, not on peace.  Global Peace Science might be able to attract funding from your government or private parties wanting world peace.  

 

(12)  Goals like "Nuclear Zero;" nukes off hair trigger alert; planetary security;  no first use of nukes;  global disarmament;  all of these sound very good to me.  Let's also outlaw war itself!

 

Best regards,

 

Roger Kotila, PhD

Vice President, World Constitution & Parliament Association

Vice President, Democratic World Federalists (San Francisco)

Senior Fellow, Institute On World Problems

Editor, Earth Federation News & Views  at  www.earthfederation.info

DWF with NGO reps in Crimea

CCI representatives meeting with local government and NGO representatives in Simferopol, Crimea.

by Roger Kotila, Ph.D.

DWF Vice President

National governments and the United Nations stumble along, generally unable to make the world a safer and better place to live.  The Middle East, for example, has become a cauldron of war and chaos causing a refugee crisis in Europe, and bringing with it ever more terrorism. 

US/NATO appears to be provoking Russia at its European border raising concerns that a military conflict might erupt, perhaps even nuclear war.  Crimea and Ukraine are also geopolitical hotspots.  The Western press appears to be adding fuel to the fire by demonizing Russia and its President, Vladimir Putin. 

Private citizens have taken notice with a sense of alarm.  One group of American citizens, Center for Citizen Initiatives (CCI) takes action to reduce tensions with Russia by directly meeting with ordinary citizens in Russia.  Democratic World Federalists (DWF) goes to Brussels, capitol of the European Union, to discuss with European federalists a plan to instigate UN Charter review in order to fix the UN so it can do its job. 

The San Francisco Promise now underway

With a vision for a peaceful, just and sustainable world, DWF based in San Francisco has launched a campaign to demand a review of the UN Charter and make good the promise that was made to the nations that signed the Charter in 1945, but was never honored.   

The UN, although it does many good things, is unable to do one of its primary jobs–ending war and eliminating nuclear weapons.  One reason for its failure is the Charter itself, written over 70 years ago but with fatal flaws, such as being profoundly undemocratic and lacking enforceable world law.    

A contingent of world federalists from Canada and the US went to Brussels with a mission to develop support for a review of the UN Charter–dubbed “The San Francisco Promise.”  

A number of meetings were arranged to discuss UN Charter Review with European federalists who work closely with the EU and the European Parliament.  

Opening the door to a safe and secure world

Because the UN is not a democratic world federation and lacks a proper constitution, the UN could not prevent the regime change invasions that caused the wars in the first place.  Europe and the US are now victims of their own making– vulnerable to the blowback from the military invasions in the Middle East which have resulted in the refugee crisis in Europe, and increased acts of terrorism in the West. 

UN Charter review could be a key means to open the door to a safe and secure world for all.  For example, because it lacks a proper governing structure, the UN has been unable to prevent the wars for regime change launched by US/NATO which have devastated Iraq, Syria, and Libya, and made Ukraine and Crimea targets of contention.   

DWF with Loan Bucuras in Brussels

Our contingent meets with Mr. Ioan Bucuras, Secretary General of Young European Federalists. Left to right: Roger Kotila, Vivian Davidson, Bob Hanson, Ioan Bucuras, Shahr-Yar Sharei.

Citizen diplomats to Crimea and Russia

Nation to nation friendship exchanges between private citizen diplomats can be an important vehicle both to reduce tensions, and for fact-finding. CCI leads the way in this type of peace activism. 

Twenty American citizen diplomats under the auspices of the Center for Citizen Initiatives traveled to Russia to meet with ordinary Russians in 5 different cities.  The purpose?  A friendship exchange to reduce tensions, and for fact-finding because Western mainstream media appears to paint a false picture of Russia, Crimea, and Russian leaders.  

Rather than take establishment press at its word that Russia is bad and the “aggressor” in places like Crimea, CCI went to Crimea, a center of contention between the United States and Russia. Time and time again western media claims that Russia “took over” Crimea against its will–a Russian “land grab.”  

Is Western media falsely making Russia an enemy?

But CCI President Sharon Tennison felt that the media’s negative portrait of Russia was wrong.  Tennison is uniquely qualified when it comes to Russia, having made “hundreds of trips” to Russia over the last 33 years.  

She is alarmed that Western media falsely labels Russia and President Vladimir Putin as “enemies” of America.   Demonization leads to military build-ups, and could result in nuclear war.

As Tennison suspected, CCI’s findings in Crimea differed markedly from the negative picture presented by media.  The majority of Crimeans themselves do not see Russia as the villain;  they prefer Russia and want to stay out of the grasp of Ukraine.    

For the world community nuclear war is not acceptable, and citizens are not waiting for the politicians to make the changes that will be required if the world is to be safe.

CCI’s website includes two insightful articles by retired U.S. Army Colonel Ann Wright who warns us about slanted media reporting, and who also describes how Russians compare themselves to Americans.    

A new level of citizen diplomacy aims for a “new UN”

Democratic World Federalists are taking private citizen diplomacy to an entirely new level with a campaign whose goal it is to create a popular and political demand for fundamental changes to the UN itself. 

While CCI’s citizen diplomacy works on a nation to nation level, DWF looks to impact all 193 nations by working towards global system change — a “new UN” which can benefit all nations and peoples.  

History of “The San Francisco Promise”

It is well known by world federalists that the failed UN Charter has been holding back the UN from doing its primary job — ending war.

It is not well known that a number of nations objected to the undemocratic design of the Charter at the original time of its signing in 1945 in San Francisco, or that it was promised that a review would be held in ten years, a review that has never happened. 

The door to the possibility of a “new UN” has opened by the findings of a former DWF Board member Shahr-Yar Sharei whose doctoral research in international law uncovered the fact that a Charter review is legally required by the UN.

Making good on “The San Francisco Promise”

Through The San Francisco Promise, concerned citizens from the Bay Area and nationwide are invited to become members of DWF. 

The citizen demand for Charter review may spark an uprising in the UN General Assembly which has long played second fiddle at the UN — treated as second class citizens without a meaningful vote in global affairs. 

Citizen diplomats are calling for a World Parliament.  Earth Federation activists are lobbying for the outdated and fatally flawed UN Charter to be replaced by the Earth Constitution (aka, Constitution for the Federation of Earth).

It is time for the UN General Assembly to step up, the undemocratic UN Security Council to step down, and for a “new UN” to emerge, one that is capable of meeting the needs for which the UN was originally established.

by Roger Kotila  -- Editor, Earth Federation News & Views

      

July 14, 2016
NATO To Nuclear War, Yet Russia Not Our Enemy Say Citizen Diplomats
by Roger Kotila, Ph.D.

Militaristic expansion to Russia’s borders by US/North Atlantic Treaty Organization is a dangerous brew of geopolitical maneuvering which increases the likelihood that by accident, by reckless provocation, or by secret design through CIA false flag operations--war could unexpectedly break out. 

 

A string of lies and sophisticated propaganda has been strung regarding Ukraine, Crimea, and Syria to make Russia appear to be the “bad guy.”  These areas of contention are all potential flash points for further conflict and war.

 

The present dangers are aggravated by the recent Warsaw NATO Summit which announced plans to situate US/NATO troops in Poland and three Baltic states (Estonia, Lithuania, & Latvia) bordering Russia.  There are additional plans to deploy a ballistic missile system (Wall Street Journal, 7-9-16). 

 

UN CANNOT PREVENT NUCLEAR WAR    

The United Nations, shackled by its obsolete Charter, stands by helplessly unable to intervene as US/NATO moves full speed ahead with a campaign of disinformation demonizing Russian President Vladimir Putin and Russia itself as an aggressive “enemy.”

 

The quandary for the world community is that the UN cannot do what is necessary to keep the peace or to prevent nuclear war.  Moreover, when it comes to war mongering, the UN lacks the tools needed to prosecute those who use propaganda to manipulate public opinion to justify military build-ups.       

 

WHY AMERICA CANNOT BE TRUSTED

Russia sees NATO’s military moves at its borders as potentially hostile acts and grows ever more suspicious of US motives, alert to the fact that Russia may be targeted for regime change.  The US has already used covert and/or overt operations for regime change in Iraq, Ukraine, Syria, Libya and elsewhere.    

 

In response the Russians are increasing their own troop levels and putting into place their own advanced nuclear weaponry.

 

Former US diplomat J. Michael Springmann, author of "Visas for Al Qaeda -- CIA Handouts that Rocked the World" (2014) concluded that the U.S. State Department works with the CIA to "destabilize governments that the U.S. opposed."  This was clearly the case in the Ukraine. 

 

Springmann, now a lawyer in Washington, D.C., estimates that "the average percentage of intelligence officers (CIA, NSA) to real diplomats at a given Foreign Service post is about one in three." (Springmann, 2014, pp. 4 & 9).

 

In the Foreign Service sewer described by Springmann, one could see how Russia is falsely made out as a villain, when in reality it becomes a victim—a target for falsehoods and "regime change.” 

 

DOES MAINSTREAM MEDIA FALSELY MAKE RUSSIA THE BAD GUY?

Is Russia really an enemy, or is it a victim of a propaganda campaign? Is Russian President Vladimir Putin being falsely demonized by the establishment press? 

 

There is ample evidence that supports condemnation of both the government and the establishment press.  The public is gradually learning about the lies that led to the Viet Nam war, the ongoing 9/11 cover-up, and the disinformation used to justify the brutal and illegal invasion of Iraq.

 

In “NATO Reaffirms Its Bogus Russia Narrative” (Consortiumnews.com, 7-11-16) veteran investigative journalist Robert Parry shows clearly how deception is being brazenly used by US/NATO in order to falsely make it appear that Russia is an aggressive enemy. Parry writes:

 

[“It’s unnerving to realize that the NATO alliance – bristling with an unprecedented array of weapons including a vast nuclear arsenal – has lost its collective mind. Perhaps it’s more reassuring to think that NATO simply feels compelled to publicly embrace its deceptive ‘strategic communications’ so gullible Western citizens will be kept believing its lies are truth.”

 

“But here were the leaders of major Western “democracies” lining up to endorse a Warsaw Summit Communiqué condemning “Russia’s aggressive actions” while knowing that these claims were unsupported by their own intelligence agencies.” – Robert Parry 7/11/16]

 

Facing the possibility of an unthinkable nuclear war, it is of no small consequence that the public is being deceived, and that the NATO governments cannot be trusted to do the right thing.

 

PRIVATE CITIZEN DIPLOMATS

With the UN unable to defuse the NATO vs. Russia confrontation, citizen diplomats have sprung into action having just returned from Russia.

 

Meet Sharon Tennison, president of the Center for Citizen Initiatives (CCI) whose open letter on CCI’s website (www.ccisf.org, July 2016) tells a very different story about Russian intentions than what we are told by Western media.    

 

Ms. Tennison is a uniquely qualified expert on Russia.  She has visited Russia in "hundreds of trips...in the past 33 years."  CCI was started in 1983 during the Gorbachev and Reagan era with the bold idea that ordinary Americans “could insert themselves into the nuclear arms race and bring about a constructive relationship with the Soviet Union.” 

 

Nowadays Tennison is sharply critical of the American press.  “Our mainstream media doesn't give us the accurate information we need," she reports, disturbed by how Western news sources paint the Russians as the aggressor and therefore an “enemy” – contrary to her direct personal knowledge of Russia and its people.

 

CCI’s Track Two diplomacy proved to be hugely successful. “But unfortunately,” writes Tennison, “over the last two years relations between the two nuclear Superpowers have deteriorated badly.”

 

“As 2016 opens we find ourselves again facing the possibility of an unthinkable nuclear conflict. Once again it’s time for citizen diplomats from both countries to step in and help guide us back from the precipice at which we’ve arrived (Tennison, open letter, July 2016, www.ccisf.org).”

 

RUSSIA NOT AN ENEMY, NOT THE BAD GUY

Retired U.S. Army Colonel Ann Wright is part of the 20 person delegation that went to Russia. Wright, who once served in the State Department, questions US/NATO's militarism and its characterization of Russia as an “enemy.”  She comes away convinced that the Russians want peaceful relations, not war, and provides a persuasive analysis in "Russians Ask Why Do You Demonize Us When We Are So Much Like You?" (OpEdNew, 7-4-16; also in www.ccisf.org).

 

Take Crimea, for example. The Wall Street Journal’s editorial (7-11-16) is misleading. It describes Russia’s annexation of Crimea as part of a Russian “land grab,” ignoring the fact that Crimeans freely voted to be part of the Russian federation rather than stay with Ukraine.  

 

This fact is confirmed by CCI citizen diplomats who met in person with numerous Crimeans.  The great majority of people they talked to indicated that they did not want to be part of Ukraine and preferred to stay with Russia.

 

Ukraine is another case where the public is misled. As the result of an intercepted phone conversation we now know that Ukraine’s democratically elected President Viktor Yanukovych was overthrown in a violent coup engineered through the covert efforts of the likes of the State Department's Victoria Nuland. Mr. Yanukovych was the victim of an American plot for regime change.

 

CITIZEN DIPLOMACY TAKEN TO A NEW LEVEL

Citizen diplomats have reached out to ordinary citizens in others nations for mutual understanding and friendship.  They have even influenced superpower leaders to reduce the chances of a nuclear war. 

 

But citizen diplomats have yet to open the doors that will cause the UN General Assembly to rise up, the UN Security Council to step down, and the UN Charter to be replaced. 

 

The flaws in the UN Charter which prevent the UN from doing its primary job—preventing wars and eliminating nuclear weapons, must be addressed.  The member-states of the United Nations have not done this, and as a result the UN is sidelined when it really matters, such as the crisis between NATO and Russia. 

 

Neither the UN General Assembly nor the UN Security Council has so far dealt with the urgent need for a “new UN.”  Peace activists are addressing this obstacle by demanding Charter review and showing that a review is legally required.

 

Earth Federation activists are lauding the Constitution for the Federation of Earth (i.e., the Earth Constitution) as the ideal replacement for the Charter. 

 

Yes, it is time for a “new UN,” one that can do away with the current geopolitical war system and replace it with a global peace system.  The Earth Constitution is ready to go.

               

Roger Kotila, Ph.D.

Earth Federation News & Views

July 14, 2016                          

June 6, 2016

World Federalists Seek Leadership from European Union for a New UN

By Roger Kotila, Ph.D.

 

BRUSSELS, Belgium, June 6, 2016 – The cobblestone streets have the feel of old Europe here at the home of the European Union, a collection of 28 nations that is considerably larger than the United States in both population and overall economic activity.

 

I am here in the EU’s capital city with fellow world federalists from the US and Canada. Under the umbrella of Democratic World Federalists based in San Francisco, we are talking to European Federalists about the necessity of creating a “new UN” by means of a review process found in the United Nations Charter – what we are calling "The San Francisco Promise." 

 

The “Promise,” given at the original signing of the Charter in San Francisco, requires a review after ten years.  The five permanent members of the Security Council (P-5) promised that such a review would be conducted, yet it has not happened.  As a result the veto power given to the five nations (US, Russia, China, France, Great Britain) remains in force -- keeping the UN shamefully undemocratic.

 

PROMISE TO END WAR FAILED

The UN is not a world federation.  This is why it has not lived up to its original task to end war.  Old Europe, after suffering two devastating world wars which were the product of a now thoroughly discredited sovereign nation state system, changed to a partial federal union governing system which became the European Union – this is the new Europe.

 

The EU’s importance to world federalists is that there are many federalists in the European Parliament. As federalists, they understand why the UN has not been able to end “the scourge of war.” There have been over 250 wars since the signing of the UN Charter.  

 

The UN’s governing structure is too much like old Europe which suffered war after war.

 

Although the EU is currently in mild crisis mode, the 12 golden stars one sees on EU flags show up seemingly everywhere.  “Brexit” refers to a British referendum vote coming up soon to decide if the UK will remain, or leave, the EU.  The potential loss of an EU member state has worried some European federalists, although it is unclear if Britain is more trouble than it is worth to the EU.  

 

A far bigger problem is the multitude of refugees fleeing to Europe as a result of the wars in the Middle East – a crisis primarily caused by Europe’s chief ally, the US (and NATO) which started the violent conflicts in the first place with its own version of terrorism – the Pentagon’s “shock and awe” military invasion of Iraq, and other US/NATO covert or overt military operations in Afghanistan, Syria, Libya, and Ukraine. 

 

It is my contention that the EU’s crisis with refugees was brought about in large part because of the fatal flaws in the UN Charter which prevents it from doing its primary job – preventing wars before they happen.

 

A NEW UN IS A BETTER CHOICE THAN NATO

Ironically, Europe has put its hope for “security” with the US through its involvement with NATO – a military alliance which could lead to the very war that the EU is trying to avoid.  NATO’s headquarters is here in Brussels.  NATO has increasingly put itself at the borders of Russia making Moscow understandably suspicious of US/NATO’s intentions and causing a military arms build-up.

 

If NATO is a dangerous choice for the peaceful security of the EU, what is the alternative?  World federalists such as Einstein concluded that only a world federal government – world union with enforceable world law, is what is required.  There is no shortcut.

 

The logical conclusion is that we need a new UN Charter if the goal is to end wars and to bring safety and security to the world as a whole, and to Europe in particular.

 

OLD UN, NEW UN

A world federalist colleague, Shahr-Yar Sharei, studied law at the University of Kent. Based upon his doctoral research into international law (or lack thereof) and the UN Charter, he has concluded that the UN is legally required to conduct a Charter review.  As a consequence of his findings, he is in the process of setting up a new think tank – the Center for United Nations Constitutional Research (CUNCR), to be located here in Brussels.   

 

The vision of a new UN is long overdue.  The present geopolitical system must be changed, or it will drag the world community (and the EU) down with it.

 

LOOKING TO THE EUROPEAN UNION TO LEAD THE WAY

Will the EU, with a Parliament full of federalists, be willing to take the lead and use its resources and experience in federalism to help design a modern world constitution/charter so that military threats such as with NATO become a thing of the past?    

 

World federalists know what the governing structure should look like.  They know what is needed.  The World Constitution and Parliament Association for example, anticipated that this day would come, and has waiting in the wings a model world federal constitution – the Constitution for the Federation of Earth, also known as the "Earth Constitution."     

 

So will the EU join the campaign to fulfill “The San Francisco Promise?”  Will they see the desperate need for a new United Nations and decide to act?


by R. Kotila, Ph.D.
Editor, Earth Federation News & Views

May 23, 2016

A New UN to Prevent the Sacrifice of Europe to the Nuclear Gods

 By Roger Kotila, Ph.D.

 

Would the US/NATO military establishment risk sacrificing Europe to the nuclear gods if a conventional armed conflict broke out with Russia and local North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) commanders believed that tactical nuclear weapons would be required to win?   

 

Europe faces the possibility of such a regional conflict.  Tensions have risen.  Russia is getting suspicious of US/NATO’s intentions, feeling encircled as NATO expands militarily into Eastern Europe and the Ukraine.

 

It seems unthinkable, but if a tactical nuclear war erupts, the European nations would be the ones sacrificed, not America, -- the United States lies thousands of ocean miles away. 

 

The world community watches in frustration as the United Nations, supposedly in existence to prevent wars, is unable to do its job.  Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Ukraine, Libya, Yemen, and Palestine are all subject to violent military aggression with the vast majority of victims being civilians and families.  Could Europe be added to the list, a victim of its own involvement with NATO?

 

The EU already struggles with the multitudes of refugees fleeing the fighting in the Middle East, wars that the US/NATO or allies started in the first place, and which the UN was unable to prevent. 

 

The UN is stymied by its fatally flawed Charter.  Despite the fact that the original purpose of the UN is to end “the scourge of war,” it has failed time and time again.  While the UN has done much good, the world has seen over 250 wars since the Charter was signed.

 

THE NUCLEAR GODS STILL CONTROL AMERICA

Despite reassurances by President Obama, nuclear disarmament is nowhere in sight.  For US military contractors, present and future funding for nuclear weapons systems is “full speed ahead.”

 

“Despite committing the US to ‘seek the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons,’ Obama’s record on nuclear disarmament is dismal, having supported spending $1 trillion over the next 3 decades to modernize the US nuclear arsenal.” (Cabasso, United for Peace & Justice, 5/22/16)

 

A recent survey of the American public (Wall Street Journal, 5/21/16) asks “Would We Drop the Bomb Again?”  “Yes,” according to the professors who did the study:  “When provoked, we don’t seem to consider the use of nuclear weapons a taboo, and our commitment to the immunity of civilians from deliberate attack in wartime, even with vast casualties, is shallow.”

 

The US Congress refuses to admit the obvious fact that militarism and nuclear weaponry are a dead end. Moreover, they treat the UN as if it was of secondary importance, even though without a UN (or a new world organization) with the power to outlaw nukes and war, we will never be safe.  

 

REACHING OUT TO THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT

Frustrated by the American government’s obstructionism and its worship of all things military, a small contingent of NGO world federalists from the US and Canada is traveling to Brussels in early June, 2016 to meet with select members of the European Parliament.


Led by the NGO nonpartisan Democratic World Federalists based in San Francisco, an international campaign is being launched to demand a review of the UN Charter.  It’s called “The San Francisco Promise” and describes the fact that at the original signing of the Charter a review was promised, even written into the Charter itself, but never carried out.    

 

Currently the UN General Assembly (UNGA) is being foiled by the nuclear powers who are saying “no” to nuclear disarmament.  But UNGA’s “Open Ended Working Group (OEWG) on nuclear disarmament” is not taking “no” for an answer, and appears determined to find a way to ban nuclear weapons.

 

In Europe OEWG has information revealing that NATO has nukes in Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, and Turkey.  According to documentation by the Federation of American Scientists (FAS), these countries host from 160 – 200 nuclear weapons (OEWG Report, Vol. 2, No. 9, 4 May 2016).

 

OEWG’s efforts are vitally important but they remain stuck within the parameters of the outdated UN Charter. The UN General Assembly must find a way to break free of the Charter’s restrictions that prevent the UN from ending the nuclear nightmare.  

 

SHUTTING DOWN THE NUCLEAR GODS FOR GOOD

World federalists like Einstein and many other top thinkers have concluded that the only way to end the danger of nuclear annihilation is to form a democratic world federal union government with enforceable world law.  These critical features are missing in the present UN Charter. 

 

That is why the Earth Constitution drafted by the World Constitution and Parliament Association takes on such importance.  It is ready to go, designed to shut down the nuclear gods once and for all.  The nations and the world community must make the decision they want world peace more than they want a world in perpetual war.   

 

There is an urgent need to reverse the downward course of militarism that is destroying the Middle East and endangering the European Union.  The European Parliament could play a crucial role by supporting Charter Review.  The Parliament could also challenge NATO’s ever expanding military posture, a policy that is stirring up fears in both Russia and China and causing an arms build-up.

 

UN Charter Review opens the door to compare the present Charter to the Earth Constitution.  The Earth Constitution brings an inspired yet practical democratic governing structure that includes a democratically elected World Parliament, a well-designed judiciary system, and the opportunity for world union. 

 

Will the upcoming meetings in Brussels between world federalists and members of the European Parliament mark a turning point which ends the death spiral caused by misplaced faith in the nuclear gods?

 

Roger Kotila, Ph.D.

Editor, Earth Federation News & Views

April 21, 2016
Global Peace Science from Russia and India
 
The primary founders of  "Global Peace Science" are from Russia and India.  They have also reached out to peace activists from the USA. 
 
The following email from Dr. Leo Semashko, honorary president of Global Harmony Association,  illustrates an emphasis on cooperation and harmony, but also a recognition of the need for geopolitical system change --  specifically daring to utter the words "world government"  associated with  Albert Einstein.
 
They have included my references to the Earth Constitution. 
 
I was pleasantly surprised to see Noam Chomsky among those listed (scroll down to the pictures), along with a diverse variety of peace activists  including a couple of Nobel prize winners.
 
-- R. Kotila, PhD, editor, Earth Federation News & Views
 
-----Original Message----- April, 2016
From: Leo Semashko leo.semashko@gmail.com

Dear friends-peacemakers,

I am happy to announce that we with our technical director Ivan Ivanov (I express my heartfelt gratitude to him for his excellent technical design) have finished another big step of updating the Home page of our site "Peace from Harmony" (
http://peacefromharmony.org) as a primer for "Global Peace Science
(GPS: 
http://peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=585). 

On this page we have published the first 11 personal responses or excerpts from the GPS reviews with photos of their authors and links to their personal pages on our website. These authors represent all world continents except Australia, from where we also wait response. This means that “World really endorses Global Peace Science”, including Nobel Peace Laureates, - it is up to its recognition by governments. As Eisenhower said, "peoples want peace, and the Government - war." We must help them to begin to recognize peace science. 

We list below the authors of the published responses with their main features. 
-
Abdul Kalam, President of India (2002-2007), the first political leader, who admitted GPS,
Susana Roberts, GPS Hero, Argentina,
-
Ernesto Kahan, former Vice-President of IPPNW, awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, Israel,
Mairead Maguire, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Ireland,
John Avery, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Denmark (see the list of his excellent peace works)
Ayo Ayoola-Amalie, Peacemaker of Africa, Nigeria and Ghana,
Uraz Baimuratov, Academician - economist, Kazakhstan,
Delasnieve Daspet, Lawyer and peacemaker, Brazil,
Charles Mercieca, President of the Int. Association of Educators for Global Peace, USA,
Yulia Budnikova, Researcher of the Roerich creativity, Russia,
Roger Kotila, Earth Constitution, USA

We invite others peacemakers to send your 3-4 line about Global Peace Science to publish them with your photo on our site "Peace from Harmony", which reached through GPS 10-12 thousand visits daily. Thank you. 

With love, best wishes for peace from harmony through GPS, 

Dr. Leo Semashko, 
GHA Honorary President

Harmonious civilization

Albert Einstein, Nobel Prize in Physics:

1. Peace cannot be achieved through violence, it can o­nly be attained through understanding [SCIENCE]. [BUT]

2. The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them. [THEREFORE]

3. We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if mankind is to survive. [NEW THINKING IS GLOBAL PEACE SCIENCE, GPS. IT PROVIDES]

4. Mankind's desire for peace [WHICH] can be realized o­nly by the creation of a world government.

 

Global Harmony Association:

1. World government maybe o­nly Global Peace Government of global SPHERONS instead global corporations.

2. Global Peace Government can arise and work o­nly o­n the GPS basis as SPHERONS’ nonviolent ideology and scientific worldview.

3. Hence, if mankind is to survive, it must require from the national governments to recognize, to develop and to put in practice the SPHERONS’ GPS as a substantially new manner of social thinking to create world government, to constitute global peace and "shift the arms race into a peace race" (Martin Luther King Jr.)

 

Vladimir Putin, President of Russia:

1. The right choice… is the choice in favour of peace. [FOR WHICH]

2. We need is an essentially different approach [ENSURING] harmonization ... harmony.[THIS ESSENTIALLY DIFFERENT APPROACH IS GPS]

3. Russia’s strength lies in...the harmony of cultures, languages and…all faiths

4. “Washington is the Enemy of all Humanity” and “Putin saves the world from nuclear war by not being provocative.” Paul C. Roberts

What will say other national leaders?

 

John Scales Avery. Nobel Peace Prize:

We need system change, not climate change! We need a new economic system, a new society, a new social contract, a new way of life. Here are the great tasks that history has given to our generation: We must achieve a steady-state economic system. We must restore democracy. We must decrease economic inequality. We must break the power of corporate greed. We must leave fossil fuels in the ground. We must stabilize and ultimately reduce the global population. We must eliminate the institution of war. And finally, we must develop a more mature ethical system to match our new technology.

 

 

World Intellectuals Endorse the Importance of Global Peace Science

Sixty years ago, Bertrand Russell and Albert Einstein issued a grim warning to the people of the world. They wrote that we face a choice that is “stark and dreadful and inescapable: Shall we put an end to the human race; or shall mankind renounce war?” Looking over the record of these years, it is a miracle that we have survived, and the threats are very real today. A Global Peace Science devoted to “renouncing war” can make a critical contribution to removing at last this sword of Damocles poised over our heads.

Noam Chomsky, Prof. (r), Dept. of Linguistics and Philosophy, MIT, Cambridge, USA, World Harmony Creator

 

The United States and the United Kingdom committed genocide against the Iraqi people when, between 1990 and 2012, they killed 3.3 million people – including 750,000 children – through sanctions and wars…. I believe NATO should be abolished and that steps be taken towards disarmament through non-violent action and civil resistance. The means of resistance are very important. Our message that armed groups, militarism and war do not solve our problems but aggravate them challenges us to use new ways and that is why we need to teach the science of peace at every level of society.

Mairead Maguire, Nobel Peace Laureate, Ireland

 

The West is now preparing a Crusade II against Islam; as individuals and as a state; better a Crusade against the Western addiction to war, state terrorism and militarism. For this we need more truly global peace science and research than ever, developing theory and concepts like harmony, testing them in concrete practice to solve underlying conflicts.

Johan Galtung, Dr., HC, Mult, Prof. of Peace Studies; Founder, Transcend:www.transcend.org, World Harmony Creator

 

The plague of global militarism and terrorism is hellish grave and horrendous chaos from war. Humanity should slip out of it by the strides of Global Peace Science from harmony to a new Renaissance. This Science fearlessly calls for international as well as personal disarmament to survive and get rid of the nightmare of dreadful abysmal crisis when its irrepressible powers push us toward turmoil. Peace Science is light at the end of lethal tunnel of armed violence.

Ayo Ayoola-Amale, Teacher, Muse of Poetic Harmony, GHA–Africa President, Ghana

 

Three interconnected Great Revolutions of humanity are: Globalization, Informatization and Peacescienzation: Global Peace Science (GPS) as revolutionary shift to Indian Vedic tradition: World is o­ne Family o­n way of building bridges of global Peace. GPS inspires transition from dying culture of militant materialism (anger, greed & violence) fomenting nuclear wars to culture of Peace from Harmony and Love. Military science divides the humanity andPeacescience unites it in peace and harmony of "One World - o­ne Family." Therefore GPS is Victory of Peace over War, vaccine and immunity from the plague of global militarism and terrorism and alternative to nuclear war saving the Earth planet & Humanity.

Dr., Prof. Subhash Chandra, GHA Secretary General, India

 

Humanity lives at a moment when in many countries politics has become an extension of war. The violence, especially in Europe and the United States has become normalized. The relentless mobilization of fear and insecurity by governments mark a failure of collective conscience, flirtations with irrationality, and the triumph of extremism. State terrorism is o­n the rise and the plague of authoritarianism has cast an ominous shadow over the liberal democracies. A Global Peace Science devoted to creating the formative cultures, institutions, and movements elevating peace over war, justice over injustice, and democracy over militarism is crucial for “renouncing war.”

Henry A. Giroux, McMaster University Chair Professor of Scholarship in the Public Interest, Faculty of Humanities, Hamilton, Canada

 

It is gratifying and symbolic that Global Peace Science includes in life under the Peace Banner proposed 80 years ago by Nicholas Roerich, expressing continuity of the peace source in culture, an integral part of which is science. Global Harmony Association has already demonstrated its previous publications (among them the main thing is The ABC of Harmony) that it aspires to unite people o­n the basis of scientific worldview with full respect to different religions and cultural diversity. Global Peace Science is the Earth people new step to make conscious choice of peace today in the exacerbating struggle between light and darkness.

Yulia Budnikova, researcher of the Roerich creativity, President, GHA-Russia

 

Condemning war and militarism is an important first step toward saving the world from a nuclear catastrophe. We must also recognize that hegemonic provocations by US/NATO could lead to a world war. The United Nations, due to its fatally flawed Charter, is unable to prevent the perpetual wars that constantly threaten humanity's very existence. Hope lies in replacing the UN Charter with the visionary Earth Constitution together with fundamental Global Peace Science geopolitics -- gifts to the world awaiting discovery for a peaceful Era.

Roger Kotila, Ph.D., Editor, Earth Federation News & Views, USA

 

Save the world from a global war may turn of the current human evolution to conscious harmony, creating global peace through science, spirituality and morality. Knowledge of the laws of deep structure of social harmony, including the paradigm of "D + 3D", performs by Global Peace Science, acquirement of which becomes urgent task of all states in the 21st century in transition from destructive geopolitics of war to saving geopolitics of peace. "Harmony will save peace through science!"

Uraz Baimuratov, Academician, Director, Institute of Economics, Academy of Sciences, Kazakhstan

 

Human beings are rushing headlong to the precipice of extinction. Why is this? Because we are engaged in an orgy of violence against life: our fellow humans, our fellow species, the Earth itself. To survive, we must do many things ranging from nonviolently resisting those insane western elites that threaten us with nuclear obliteration to learning to nurture our children so that they lead lives of fearless, compassionate power in the struggle for peace, justice and sustainability. Global peace science has a vital role to play in this endeavor.

Robert J. Burrowes, author of 'Why Violence?', Australia

 

The soul of humanity requires immediately the “Global Peace Science” which is capable to stop the atrocities of the Western world dominators, lay the foundation of Peace, Harmony, Democracy, Freedom, Justice, Love and Dignity of mankind and clear the terrible darkness of human soul. Because, deeply within the humanity consciousness remains ignorant and helpless in regard to peace, immersed in history in continuous wars. Unfortunately, for thousands of years, no religion, no art, no law and policy were not able to go out it of the militarist slavery, due to lack of paideia (education of beautiful and good) and Peacescience. o­nly paideia plus the powerful tool of Peacescience are able to do it that determines its historical role.

Dr. Panagiotis (Takis) Dimos Ioannides, Athens, Greece

 

Invincible soft force of global peace consists in absolute power of social harmony of the world's population, in its four SPHERONS, harmonious classes. Their harmonious power, scientifically organized in Spheral Democracy (SPHERONS’ democracy) at all levels from local to global is able to put an end to militarism and endless wars of the irremovable ruling elite under the pall of its militarist "democracy". In 2015, Global Peace Science became first property of humanity staying earlier in the full power of military science, militarism and continuous wars of elite. The historical significance and intellectual power of peace science consists in discovery of an alternative, soft power of peace from SPHERONS’ harmony, winning military force agony, plague of militarism/terrorism and violence orgy.

Dr. Leo Semashko, Initiator and Editor in Chief, Global Peace Science, GHA President, Russia

 

March 20, 2016

Bad America's F-35 Tests Sanders, Clinton, and Trump

 

Roger Kotila, Ph.D.

 

America’s presidential candidates fall in line when it comes to anything military, reflecting a dark future for our children.  Bad America lacks a vision of a future world that is nonmilitary and at peace.  The Earth Federation insists that a nonmilitary world is possible.

 

Whenever I think of free college tuition and medical care for all, I think of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the B-2, and Michael Moore's new movie "Where to Invade Next.”   

 

Moore's movie would applaud canceling the problem-plagued Lockheed Martin F-35 and instead using those billions of saved dollars to help pay for free tuition and universal health care -- goals of presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. 

 

The F-35 boondoggle is described by William Hartung (Center for International Policy) as "the most expensive weapons systems program ever undertaken by the Pentagon.”  The F-35 represents a part of Bad America.

 

Although Sanders is by far the most anti-war candidate, he has not opposed the F-35's that will be based in his home state of Vermont because of the jobs (Daily Caller, 2/25/16).

 

GETTING TO KNOW BAD AMERICA

Congress reflects Bad America.  It lavishly supports the military, and does not see a positive vision for the future. To them a future nonmilitary world is unthinkable -- no world peace in sight for them in our lifetime, or our children’s lifetime. 

 

As a symbol of Bad America the F-35 is only part of the story. In addition to the F-35 the Air Force wants to replace the B-1 and batlike B-2 stealth bomber with 80 to 100 new Long Range Strike Bombers (LRS-B).  Cost?  An estimated $550 million each. 

 

It is bad enough that billions upon billions of dollars are being wasted for future death and destruction.  But worse yet, the Pentagon generals, defense contractors and politicians simply assume, without question, that a world at peace is not going to happen. Not ever. These are the dinosaurs.  

 

Their delusions of grandeur (American “exceptionalism”) crave military superiority over the rest of the world.  Security, they fantasize, will require military dominance by air, land, sea, and space – Full Spectrum Dominance as it is called by military planners.  

 

NONMILITARY WORLD POSSIBLE SAYS EARTH FEDERATION  

By contrast to the doomsday strategy favored by the national security establishment, the Earth Federation offers a brighter picture.  With the successful drafting of the Constitution for the Federation of Earth (aka “Earth Constitution”) by the World Constitution and Parliament Association, a unified nonmilitary world federal union can finally be envisaged writes Professor Glen Martin (“One World Renaissance,” 2015).   

 

Bad America’s strategy of building ever more sophisticated weapons of war is exactly the wrong approach.  The plans for the F-35 and LRS-B send the wrong signal to other nations and causes distrust about American motives. 

 

Similarly, the US/NATO expansion to the Ukraine and eastern Europe has caused Russia to increase its military posturing – they don’t trust us.   China, too, is wary of U.S. intentions.  

 

Covert operations are another obstacle to peace. Psychologically, secrecy breeds paranoia.  Secret operations along with universal spying make others suspicious – and helps fuel an arms race.

 

By contrast, openness builds trust. Trust allows for the development of a world union which, with the availability of the Constitution for the Federation of Earth (“Earth Constitution”), could become a powerful and viable option to achieve a peaceful world.

 

Despite its name, the United Nations is anything but united. Bully nations lord over the weaker countries.  The The UN cannot stop the geopolitical war mongering because of its inadequate and obsolete UN Charter which prevents the UN from doing its job. 

 

The Earth Constitution offers the UN an opportunity to become a “new UN” – capable of achieving disarmament and ending war.

 

BAD AMERICA REFUSES TO PAY HEED

Far into the future, 25 to 50 years from now, defense contractors are already making plans for fancier, more complex weapon systems.   

 

Lockheed Martin is planning ahead for a “sixth generation” F-35 after the year 2030. Northrop Grumman is looking beyond 2030 making designs for what Defense News (1/15/16) calls a "Next-Gen" fighter -- that's a sixth generation fighter to replace F-22's.

 

Why such confidence that America will want, far into the distant future, weapons for war? It’s because the American people are easy to manipulate.  All that is needed is an "enemy" real, imagined, or fake -- and repeated warnings that the country is in danger.

 

David Talbot describes the ugly story of deceased CIA Chief Allen Dulles who in the ‘50s and ‘60s is responsible for establishing a lawless, secret parallel government that assassinates, overthrows governments, tortures, conducts false flag operations, and more (“The Devil’s Chessboard,” 2015).

 

This secret culture of lawlessness continues today, not unlike that found in Nazi Germany.  Americans are supplied with an ongoing stream of so-called "enemies" created by the military/economic/covert operations complex which has a long history of creating conflicts and wars under false pretense (“The Hidden Structure of Violence,” Pilisuk & Roundtree, 2015). 

   

BAD AMERICA INSURES ENEMIES UNTIL HELL FREEZES OVER

Currently Americans are psychologically programmed to respond in alarmed panic toward Muslims, Russia, China, Iran, North Korea, or anyone labeled a terrorist. 

 

We are told, for example, that we must fear North Korea and Iran.  Yet fear of these nations is absurd.  Why would North Korea or Iran risk launching a missile at the U.S. or Israel knowing that devastating retaliation would be swift and certain?

 

Fake "enemies" are produced by clever propaganda, and by means of an occasional false flag operation where covert operatives murder people but blame it on the innocent who become the patsies.  There is a growing body of evidence that indicates that 9/11 was a false flag operation with the real perpetrators still on the loose.      

 

We are not told how the CIA actually created what became ISIS terrorists. We are not told that Russia actually prefers peaceful cooperation -- if only US/NATO would live up to its original promise to stay off Russia's borders.    

 

America, it seems, will continue to have enemies until hell freezes over. 

 

BAD AMERICA FOREVER?

Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is a cheerleader for a "strong" defense. She won’t dump the F-35 since she owes its manufacturer a favor.  David Archibald (Daily Caller, 2/25/16) reports that the Clinton Foundation "takes millions from Lockheed Martin,” and adds that Hillary's campaign chairman "owns the firm that lobbied for the F-35's approval."  

 

The news about the F-35 is virtually all bad.  Its 8 million lines of software code invite malfunctioning and vulnerability to cyberattacks (Reuters, 1/27/16). If the pilot looks to the side and his helmet smacks the canopy, it interferes with seeing the helmet’s  "Heads-up-Display" needed to fly and to fight (Air Force Times, 10/26/15).

 

A leaked test pilot report reveals that the F-35 can't defeat an older (& much cheaper) F-16 in combat, yet plans are for 1,763 F-35's, costing an eye-popping $115 million each.  Add an additional $400,000 per customized high tech helmet needed for each pilot, and we have a fighter plane that can't fly right.

 

From the Air Force Times (10/29/15) we learn that "Donald Trump wants to tell the F-35 that it's fired."  But Trump is no peacenik. He told CNN (8/19/15) "I want to build up our military so that nobody's gonna play games with us!”

 

WHAT ABOUT A GOOD AMERICA?

Americans must recognize that a national security policy relying on militarism is a dead end. It has caused a nightmare of chaos in the Middle East, and has sucked the life out of the spirit of Good America.

 

Good America must strive for world union, a goal unreachable if we continue to claim “exceptionalism” – a license to be above the law.

 

World union is the path to a nonmilitary, peaceful world. The Constitution for the Federation of Earth offers such a promise, if only Good America will embrace it and support it through a call for UN Charter Review. A “new UN” under the Earth Constitution has the potential to make world union, and world peace, possible.

 

-Dr. Roger Kotila

  Earth Federation News & Views

  www.earthfederation.info

January 25, 2016
Merging the United Nations with the Earth Federation
Excerpts from World Legislative Act #64 passed by the 14th Provisional World Parliament held in Kolkata, India in December, 2015:

 

Merging the United Nations with the Earth Federation

Short title:  United Nations Merger

 

Adopts guidelines for determining

viability of United Nations Agencies, as well as for

determining process for transfer, reconstitution

and integration of United Nations agencies, and

other international agencies, such as International

Criminal Court, into democratic structures of Earth

Federation government.

 

Whereas, Article 2 of the Earth Constitution recognizes

all the people who live on Earth as sovereign and the

source of all legitimate law-making (Article 2);

 

Whereas the Earth Constitution replaces the United

Nations Charter through a time-bound process while

viable agencies of the UN are to integrate into the

Earth Federation;

 

Whereas, the concept of universal law itself is now

understood to be the source of all particular positive

laws, and the Earth Constitution is recognized as the

paradigm or prototype for all legitimate lawmaking;

 

Whereas, under the UN Charter…

0.09. The UN General Assembly is awarded only

consultative status, and has little or no decision-making

power: Article 10: “the General Assembly

may discuss…”; Article 11: “the General Assembly

may consider…”; “the General Assembly may call

the attention of the Security Council to…” Article

13: “the General Assembly shall initiate studies and

make recommendations…”; Article 14: “the General

Assembly may recommend…”; The one authority

allocated to the General Assembly is approval of the

budget (Article 17).

 

0.10. As these references to the UN Charter indicate,

the world organization that is supposed to maintain

the peace of the world and reduce poverty and human

rights violations is largely run by the 5 most militarized

nations of the world and the five leading aggressor

nations of the world:

 

0.24.9. As global peace thinker Johan Galtung expresses

this, the U.S. policy has been: “Crippling the United

Nations: controlling the Security Council through

veto; controlling the UNGA against uniting for peace

resolutions; controlling by spying on delegations and

arm-twisting; controlling the budget through 25%

clause, non-payment, and GAO, the General Accounting

Office, an arm of the US Congress; controlling the UN

civil servants through short term contracts; showing

who is in charge through material breach, illegality; and

getting away with it all, because of all of the above” (The

Fall of the US Empire, 2009:, p. 38).

 

0.25. It is important to be clear that the totalitarian

communist systems of the world, most prominently

the former USSR, were not genuine alternatives to

these global capitalist system but engaged in what some

scholars called “state capitalism,” that is, they competed

within the globalized system of self-interest and nation-state

competition for wealth, power, and ascendency.

 

The Earth Constitution creates a genuinely “third

way,” a genuinely new alternative, which recognizes

that economics, like democracy itself, can only flourish

in the service of humanity when it is governed by the

common good of the Earth and its citizens under a

world democratic polity and universal, civilian system

of governing.

 

6.7. All staff from the UN Secretariat so desiring

may seek comparable employment within the Earth

Federation civil service.


Editor's note:  The introduction of the Earth Constitution into the

United Nations Organization represents a new, visionary approach

which gives the world community ("we, the people") a real say in

decision-making to solve critical world problems. It would also

give decision-making authority to the 189 nations now locked out

because of their second class status within the UN structure

where the Permanent-5 veto powers rule.

 

Call it "Earth Federation government" if you like, or a "new UN."


 Further information:  radford.edu/gmartin ; worldproblems.net ;

  worldparliament-gov.org     

December 18, 2015
Rising Above ISIS, Godless Corporate Capitalism, and the War System
by Roger Kotila, Ph.D.
 
The world community is trapped in a war system in which corporate capitalism and religious extremism have played significant roles.   Defects in the United Nations Charter have prevented the UN from being able to prevent the violent conflicts in the Middle East which have  brought terrorism in their wake, and gone global.
 
The inability of the UN to rein in corporate capitalism with its military/industrial complex or prevent violent religious extremism speaks poorly for the obsolete UN Charter and increases the urgency of replacing it with the visionary Earth Constitution.
 
In the panic over ISIS attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, it is forgotten that Islamic State (ISIS) terrorism has come about in part as a reaction to US  terrorism -- such as drone strikes, the US/NATO bombing of Libya, and the Pentagon's brutal  "shock and awe"  illegal invasion of Iraq.
 
HUMAN LIVES DON'T MATTER
Dick Cheney and  President George Bush, Jr. plotted with the oil industry to invade Iraq (and elsewhere in the Middle East).  Capturing lucrative oil resources meant more to them than human lives. 
 
From "The WikiLeaks Files" we are told that the "Iraq cables" provide  "...tens of thousands of examples of violence carried out in Iraq by US forces that led to over one million deaths during the invasion and ten-year occupation."  
 
Professor Michel Chossudovsky writes:  “Historically, warfare has been an instrument of economic conquest. U.S. foreign policy and the Pentagon’s war plans are intimately related to the process of economic globalization. The Pentagon is not only in liaison with the State Department, it also has informal ties to Wall Street, the Texas oil giants, not to mention the IMF and World Bank, which have played a key role in the process of destabilizing national economies.” (In “War and the Economic Crisis” in The Global Economic Crisis – The Great Depression of the XXI Century.)
 
HOLY CRUSADES AS CRIMINAL ACTS
Ancients worshipped a Sun God.   Christians, Jews, and Muslims worship Jesus, God or Allah.  The religion of corporate capitalism is to worship Money -- profit over human lives.  Profit substitutes for God -- this is godless corporate capitalism. 
 
Chossudovsky in "Towards A World War III Scenario" (2012) states that the main objective of America's war in the Middle East "...is to secure control and corporate ownership over the region's extensive oil wealth."  He concludes:  "America's holy crusade against the Muslim World is an outright criminal act directed against millions of people.  It is a war of economic conquest."  
 
Like oil companies, defense contractors practice godless corporate capitalism. They know that war for them is a highly profitable business model, even if it kills lots of innocent people.  
 
And pharmaceutical corporations, too, show their preference for profit over human lives by over-the-top price hikes for medicines, such as when Turing Pharmaceuticals' CEO Martin Shkreli bought rights to Daraprim (for HIV) and raised the price from $13.50 to $750 (AP, 12-2-15).
 
Similar to corporate capitalism with the Pentagon, the Islamic State also has its hands in the ongoing death and destruction haunting the Middle East.  Both  flaunt and ignore the universal moral principles prescribed by the "Prince of Peace" -- Jesus Christ.
 
The Islamic State,  fueled by the support of Wahhabism from the  Saudi Arabian  monarchy, uses its extremist religious ideology as the basis for a strict version of sharia law -- and a means  to justify and glamorize ISIS terrorist acts.   
 
Both ISIS and corporate capitalism use violence to achieve their "religious" goals:  ISIS seeks an Islamic caliphate.  Corporations provide the deadly weaponry that the Pentagon uses to invade oil rich nations on behalf of future corporate profits.  Both rely upon terrorist methods:  ISIS cuts off  heads;  the US military blows off heads. 
 
UNDERSTANDING  THE WAR SYSTEM
The carnage in the Middle East is the product of a geopolitical system which lacks the necessary governing structures to outlaw and eliminate war.  Powerful leaders of bully nations conduct both covert and overt war with no fear of prosecution for world crimes since there is no viable enforceable world law.
 
Why is the UN  helpless to prevent perpetual war?  A partial answer can be found in proposed world legislation to be submitted to the 2015 Provisional World Parliament to be held in India and organized by the World Constitution and Parliament Association.  Excerpts from this legislation titled "Integrating the UN into the Earth Federation"  help explain the UN's fatal flaws:  
 
 "... the world organization (UN) that is supposed to maintain the peace of the world and reduce poverty and human rights violations is largely run by the 5 most militarized nations of the world and the five leading aggressor nations of the world..." 
 
" These five nations, all of whom have engaged in repeated wars, bombings, and military actions since 1945 (a very few of which were sanctioned by the UN Security Council, but all in conformance with the UN  Charter), are placed, by the UN system, in charge of maintaining the “security and peace” of the world.  Where the UN Security Council cannot agree on some  imperial military action, each of these five nations simply takes military action unilaterally, which is in conformance with Article 26 of the UN Charter." 
 
And in conclusion:  "It should be clear... that the UN has served not to keep the peace in the world, which is violated regularly by the 5 permanent nations of the Security Council, among many others. It has served rather primarily as a legitimator and clean-up crew for state aggressions..."
 
RISING ABOVE THE WAR SYSTEM
As explained by world federalists such as the late Albert Einstein and now Professor Glen T. Martin, there is a way out of the world's seemingly intractable dilemmas -- but we must give up the global war system.  Replacing the UN Charter with the Earth Constitution will mean that when conflicts occur enforceable world law will replace war as the final arbiter.     
 
Professor Martin believes that the needed change in the global system can, and must, be done.  He is part of a group of international peace activists leading the way to actualize the Earth Federation Movement's Earth Constitution in order to bring about a desperately needed geopolitical peace system.  
 
Martin writes:  "The Earth Constitution... supersedes the destructive and anti-democratic natures of both capitalism and communism.  Whereas, the UN system is predicated on the system of sovereign nation-states... and the nation-state system itself has evolved inseparably integrated with the global capitalist system (a system in which a large portion of the Earth’s Population have very little hope of ever escaping extreme poverty)... the Earth Constitution has rightly mandated that the viable agencies of the UN system become integrated into the Earth Federation government..."
 
The Earth Constitution offers the world community a new alternative -- a means to rise above the perpetual global war system with its rigged economic system that favors the 1%.   It awaits discovery by the UN and the world community.
 
-- Roger Kotila, Ph.D.
     Editor, Earth Federation News & Views

August 3, 2015

UN Can’t Stop B61-12 Nukes: Pentagon’s Life Extinction Program in High Gear


By R. Kotila, Ph.D.


Watchdog activists who follow the Livermore nuclear weapons lab in California offer a disturbing report (Tri-Valley Cares Citizen’s Watch, Spring 2015) on the Pentagon’s overall Life Extinction Program, and on the B61-12 -- a new variation of the original B61 gravity nuclear bomb.   


Welcome to the US Department of Defense’s (DoD) “Nuclear Enterprise” program, carefully crafted with euphemisms like “Life Extension Program (LEP),” “Stockpile Stewardship,” and “Triad revitalization.” 


The “Life Extension Program” (LEP) is the clever euphemism given the overall program for new and old nuclear warheads and their delivery systems from land, air, or sea.  Indeed, the Nuclear Weapons Council (NWC) tells us they have a “25 year plan” for the nuclear weapons stockpile. 


Livermore Lab’s take alone for nuclear bomb related research for budget year 2016 is estimated to be almost $1 billion.  But of course money is being spread to many other “nuclear enterprise” participants, all part of this shameful LEP story.


Citizen’s Watch warns us that future plans for nuclear weapons projects, if not stopped, could cost a staggering “$ 1 Trillion over the next 30 years.”


Business as usual


The “modernization” of the B61 family of bombs (B61-4, B61-7, B61-12) is only part of the National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) program to stay in business now, and in the distant future. 


New “refinements” to other nukes and their delivery systems, all part of the deal, are good financial news for the scientists and engineers toiling diligently to find new and improved ways to destroy the world and for defense contractors and their stockholders.


The B61-12 adds a guided tail fin assembly which increases accuracy, but unfortunately increases the temptation of  NATO field commanders to actually use tactical nukes in the case of war.    


Citizen’s Watch reports a plan to locate about 180 of the B61-12’s in five NATO countries in Europe.  David Krieger (Nuclear Age Peace Foundation) notes that these nukes “will be turned over to the host countries in time of war.”  Aggressive expansion by US/NATO has Russia (and China) on guard resulting in these countries increasing their own nuclear readiness.  


That the LEP invites serious danger to the world is seen when two former commanders of nuclear weaponry, US General James Cartwright and Russian General Vladimir Dvorkin write a NY Times editorial (4-19-15) warning of nuclear catastrophe by accident or now, by cyberattack. 


Retired Marine General Cartwright, former head of the US Strategic Command, is quoted as saying that our nuclear policy “made no sense,” and that we must get our missile off “hair trigger alert”  (San Francisco Chronicle, 6-18-15).


Mass killing OK with Congress


Unfortunately, the US Congress, eager as usual to fund death and destruction, is told by NNSA that the nukes are aging and must be “reinvigorated”.  The NWC testified to the Senate Committee on Armed Services in a report released July 1, 2015 that: “The reinvigoration of the DoD nuclear enterprise remains the Defense Department’s highest priority, and we are committed to treating it as such.” 


There is no mention in the testimony of a first strike policy, yet according to Citizen's Watch the Air Force seeks a new LRSO (Long Range-Stand Off) weapon capable of carrying a thermonuclear warhead (the W80-4) that can evade radar, hence capable of a “sneak nuclear attack from 3,000 or more miles.” 


Pentagon wedded to nukes long into the future


It appears that the Pentagon cannot envision a world free of nukes. From NWC testimony: “We cannot say exactly what mix of capabilities the U.S. will require in the next 20, 30, or 40 years, but continued modernization of the Triad (for land, air, and sea) will provide policy makers with a flexible and resilient range of capabilities.”


To prove its determination to, sooner or later, blow the world up, the DoD also has plans for more plutonium, -- used to trigger the fission/fusion explosive process for a thermonuclear bomb. “In January 2014, the Secretary of Defense revalidated the DoD requirement for NNSA to produce 50-80 plutonium pits per year by 2030.”


Defense Department budget projections for nuclear warfare stretch over the next 30 years.  Nongovernmental organizations like Global Zero, Nuclear Zero, Union of Concerned Scientists, and International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War are being ignored.


John Mecklin, editor of the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, in Foreign Policy (March/April, 2015) notes that “16,000 nuclear weapons are still on the planet” and that “massive, long-term plans that nuclear nations have in place strongly suggest that they have no intention of giving up their nukes anytime soon.”


United Nations lacks tools to enforce nuclear disarmament


There has been perpetual UN futility when it comes to “ending the scourge of war” or eliminating weapons of mass destruction. 


The recent Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference was a disappointing failure.  The nuclear nations are not giving up their nukes. The UN remains sidelined, its hands tied by its fatally flawed Charter.    


The UN, under the thumb of major financing from the United States and handicapped by its own Charter, lacks the tools to legally stop the Pentagon or other military powers from the thrill of risking nuclear mass homicide.


A way out of nuclear terror


World federalists have known for almost seventy years that the UN’s design is wrong, and that a democratic world federal union government is the missing link that can free the world from nuclear terror.  


Largely unknown to the public is the fact that an international group of citizens has drafted a brilliant replacement for the UN Charter – the Earth Constitution.  It’s ready to go with a federal union governing structure that would lead to full nuclear disarmament by all nations.


Delay in public awareness of the Earth Constitution is due to the lack of coverage so far by  corporate-owned establishment media.  


Activist strategies are underway that could open up media coverage:  Eliminating the undemocratic UN Security Council; forming a UN Parliamentary Assembly; lobbying for UN Charter Review; an emerging Earth Federation Movement/Provisional World Parliament under the Earth Constitution. 


These steps by activists are necessary because it is painfully obvious that the military establishment and Congress, left to their own devices, have no plans for disarmament or world peace. They will continue to endanger our families and our world by their dangerous nuclear posturing and war mongering. 


We need a new UN with a democratic governing structure.


A “new UN” under the Earth Constitution creates a democratic world federal union with the governing structures needed to permanently free the world from nuclear weapons like the B61-12 and the W80-4.  It could put an end to nations plotting sneak attacks and first strikes. 


A world at peace and nuclear free may yet be possible.


by R. Kotila, Ph.D.

Editor, Earth Federation News & Views

July 10, 2015
PETITION to get Nukes off  Hair Trigger Alert


Will you sign my petition? Simply copy and paste to the MoveOn.org site below:  

http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/demand-that-pentagon?source=c.fwd&r_by=2917131

I have written and criticized the policy of Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD). I am a psychologist. I feel a sense of urgency. I understand the Pentagon is in psychological denial, reluctant to admit they are wrong. They claim they are protecting us yet hair trigger alert multiplies the danger to our families and our world. The generals are proud. But soon, before it is too late, they must change course.

That's why I created a PETITION to send a message to the Pentagon, US Dept. of Defense, and General Martin Dempsey , Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, which says:

"Six minutes to decide to end the world is irresponsible and reckless. Tell the Pentagon generals to take the nuclear weapons off "launch on warning." It is a bad, unnecessary, and dangerous policy. This is not a western movie where two gunmen square off, and the one with the hair trigger colt .45 wins. In the real world, if the nukes go off we all lose. "

To sign this urgent petition simply copy and paste to the MoveOn.org site below:  


http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/demand-that-pentagon?source=c.fwd&r_by=2917131

Thanks!
Dr. Roger Kotila
Editor, Earth Federation News & Views


[Below a response to this PETITION from Stanford University Professor Martin Hellman:]

Dear Roger,

Thanks for doing this. I signed and posted to Facebook. 

If we keep trying, hopefully something will work!

Martin
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Martin Hellman
Member, US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine 
Professor Emeritus of Electrical Engineering, Stanford University


April 28, 2015

From Earth Day to Building the New World

 

The recent Earth Day celebration was good for consciousness-raising.  But don't we need something more?   The Earth Constitution is that "something more," the foundation for the Earth Federation Movement.

 

Global problems require global solutions, yet the nations and multinational corporations have been unable or unwilling to respond responsibly to the threats surrounding us, with climate change being a top priority for many environmentalists.

 

We live in a fish bowl.  Air pollution knows no boundaries.  Yet the nations and multinational corporations resist addressing this obvious fact.

 

The public is unaware that the US military is the world’s biggest polluter yet Congress continues to shower the Pentagon with money. Wars and nuclear weapons continue to endanger us all, yet the nations make it worse, and the United Nations can do little to nothing.

 

The UN has done its best, but has been fatally handicapped by its own Charter.  As a result, the world community has not been able to deal effectively with climate crisis, wars, or the threat of nuclear annihilation.  The Charter is obsolete, and desperately needs to be replaced. 


It is time for a “new UN.”

 

Earth Constitution ready to go

The Earth Constitution is ready to go.  It's the first "green constitution" ever drafted, an important fact in view of the proven failures of the UN Charter to be able to cope with mounting environmental and other crises. 

 

We must find ways to connect the important work of activists who are developing local models of change with Earth Federation activists working on fixing the global system.  Positive changes in economic and environmental models at the local level will require protection and enhancement at the global level. 

 

Building the New World Conference at Radford University will bring together from May 28 – 31, 2015 a variety of activist leaders and concerned citizens who will be exploring local and global movement strategies for change and how to connect them in a synergistic way.  Register at www.BTNW.org.

 

It's an important event for those of us who no longer believe that the present geopolitical system can adequately cope with climate change, perpetual war, or the danger of catastrophic nuclear war.

 

There will be an impressive variety of spiritual seekers and teachers.  Some of us see the Earth Constitution as a moral and spiritual document with the Earth Federation Movement as its expression to once and for all establish a safe and secure planet.  

 

Co-creation theory will be applied to building intentional “full spectrum” communities such as Damanhur’s micro-community.  Grassroots economic organizing, economic democracy, micro-finance and employee owned cooperatives will be on the table.