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September 8, 2017 Consortiumnews.com
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 

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.

...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.

[Read full report]: https://consortiumnews.com/2017/09/08/u-n-enablers-of-aggressive-war/



                EARTH FEDERATION MOVEMENT

                 NEW WORLD ORDER GIVES WAY TO DEMOCRATIC WORLD ORDER

OPINION &

COMMENTARY

 

BOOK RESOURCES:


MARTIN, GLEN  Constitution for the Federation of Earth With Historical Introduction, Commentary, and Conclusion (2010)


MARTIN, GLEN Triumph of Civilization:  Democracy, Nonviolence, and the Piloting of Spaceship Earth (2010)


ALMAND, EUGENIA & MARTIN, GLEN  Emerging World Law  Key Documents...Global Constituent Assemblies & the Provisional World Parliament (2009)


Smith, J.W.  Economic Democracy (2009)


MARTIN, GLEN  World Revolution Through World Law  (2006)

(the "blue book")


TETALMAN, JERRY &

BELITSOS, Byron  One World Democracy (2005)

 

 

Earth Federation News & Views
April 18, 2021
 
                                    Is Biden Enabling Ukraine For War With Russia?
                                                                              Rich Scheck

Apparently unnoticed by the Mainstream Media and the broader public is how the harsh rhetoric and provocative actions of President Biden are enabling Ukraine's boldness via Russia including the threat by President Zelensky to build nuclear weapons.  https://antibellum679354512.wordpress.com/2021/04/15/ukrainian-envoy-nato-or-nuclear-weapons/
 
But Zelensky doesn't need his own nuclear weapons, he can spark a war with Russia which would tempt Biden to bring in NATO which has nukes.  
 
The main motive of the West's dangerous and desperate escalation of the current crisis seems to be the near completion of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline linking Germany and Russia:  https://news.antiwar.com/2021/04/16/ukrainian-president-proposed-nord-stream-2-pipeline-is-war-occupied-territories-are-worse-than-chernobyl/
 
As Mark Gaffney points out, this confrontation has "Biden "leading" the world to the brink of nuclear war over Ukraine!"
 
Control of the Black Sea is another key issue involved in this crisis and involves the roles of Georgia and Turkey:
 
The US spent $5 billion to overthrow the pro-Russian government in Ukraine in 2014 and has been working to expand NATO ever closer to Russia's border in gestures that are very threatening to a Nation that has been invaded by Napoleon and Hitler from the East.  https://news.antiwar.com/2021/04/17/nato-nations-train-arm-ukrainian-military-for-war-with-russia/
 
Ukraine is obviously part of Russia's sphere of influence.  We have our Monroe Doctrine warning other nations away from our region.   It is simply self-serving propaganda to decry "Russian aggression" against a country that has deep roots in Kiev and Crimea that go back hundreds of years.
 
It is hard to put into words the seriousness of such brinkmanship on the part of the West that coupled with similar actions against China demonstrates a level of lust to obtain Pax Americana exceeding any previous Administration.
 
Biden and his Democratic cohorts seem to be living out the wet dream of the Neocons who surfaced during the term of George W. Bush when they saw the 9/11 attack as an opportunity to achieve their quest for a unipolar moment. 
 
Putin has shown clearly he will not be intimidated by all the huffing and puffing even if his enemies are not bluffing.  But all it will take is one overly zealous general or even private to trigger a chain reaction of the kind that launched WWI for push to come to shove for a global conflagration.
 
With bipartisan support in the Senate to block the US from withdrawing from NATO as President Trump suggested, the true nature of American Imperialism is on full display for all to see how devoted both parties are to implementing their vision for global domination.
 
Biden appears to be all in for war against Russia with Ukraine as his proxy.  Calling Russia an "unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States” is beyond inflammatory and has provoked a strong response from Moscow to the tune of half a million soldiers.
 
One would think that after two world wars that began in Europe, people would have learned the weakness of our current international system and the failure of leaders from that part of the globe to shape a viable planetary peace.
 
Hopefully sanity will prevail and the lessons of history will impact the thinking of these individuals to stop the rush towards war!  We need more voices other than Tulsi Gabbard's reminding us to "stop the saber rattling and begin de-escalation!"  https://www.rt.com/russia/521285-conflict-nuclear-holocaust-gabbard/     
 
Our collective silence in the face of such reckless behavior may well doom us to a fate no decent person wants for themselves or their posterity.  We can and must do better! 
 
Rich Scheck is a graduate of Harvard Law School and was at one time a part of Nader's Raiders.  An independent journalist, he provides a Big Picture view of emerging geopolitics.

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March 12, 2021

Rising to the Level of Global Citizen

by Bob Hanson  (Rossmoor News)


This senior doesn’t remember many of his professors at Washington State University 70 years ago...much less what the profs had to say. However, my sociology instructor named Milton Maxwell is an exception. His description of the process of human maturity blew me away.


He explained that when a child is born, its world of concern is himself and his mother. As the child grows, he or she relates to and empathizes with his or her family. Then the circle grows to encompass one’s school, neighborhood and town. As we mature, we gradually relate to our state and country. For many, that is as far as the process goes. The ultimate maturity is achieved by those who develop a compassion and concern for all of one’s fellow human beings who share planet Earth.


Professor Maxwell didn’t use the term “global citizen,” but I think that is what he had in mind. Donald Trump is a good example of someone who has never reached that final level. His mantra is America First...implying that everyone else is second. Trump believes that foreign relations is a zero-sum game...if we profit, someone else has to lose. Global citizens believe in cooperation and working for “Win-Win” solutions.


Global citizens promote solving problems non-violently. They try to thoughtfully understand others points of view. They affirm that all persons have worth and dignity because all persons participate in the miracle that is human life.

World citizens understand that reason and dialog must be complimented by compassion and kindness.


World citizens are committed to transforming the process of living on the Earth to sustainable, ecologically friendly forms of economics, production, consumption and patterns of living. They are committed to leaving a livable planet to future generations.

A world citizen affirms the principle of solving problems non-violently. As Mahatma Gandhi stated, there are dozens of ways to solve conflicts creatively and intelligently, respecting everyone involved.


World citizens understand that the world is a wonderful manifestation of unity in diversity that must be respected and encouraged. We are all different from each other in race, culture, religion and beliefs, but we must learn to live together and share our beautiful planet. Yes, professor Maxwell...thanks for starting me out on the path to world citizenship.


Dr. Hanson is a Board member of Democratic World Federalists, and the author of THE SAN FRANCISCO PROMISE calling for UN Charter Review under Article 109(3).  

January 6, 2021

THE BEST KEPT SECRET ON SAVING THE WORLD

by Bob Hanson       DWF NEWS

I’m betting you have never heard of the World Constitution and Parliament Association. This international movement has been working diligently since 1958 to come up with a better way to run the world. There have been many international meetings held in various countries to develop what is known as the CONSTITUTION FOR THE FEDERATION OF THE EARTH. It was written by the combined efforts and input of hundreds of folks who consider themselves world citizens.

The paper has been modified and improved many times since the first world assembly which was held in Interlaken, Switzerland. The document is based upon six principles: 1) The common Humanity and Dignity of all human beings; 2) Economic democracy and equal opportunity for all persons; 3) Sustainability and ecological health for the planet; 4) Unity in Diversity of all Nations, Communities, Religions, and persons living together in harmony on Earth; 5) Ending War and Reducing violence in Human Affairs; and 6) The rule of democratically Legislated, Enforceable Law for the Earth.

Some of you who are still with me are probably thinking, “but, don’t we already have a United Nations?” Of course we do…and it has been a big improvement over the former world organization, the League of Nations. The U.N. has probably prevented many international conflicts and has done yeoman duty in terms of refugees and humanitarian relief. However, it has failed in the task it was created for in San Francisco in 1945….ending war. The U.N. has failed to live up to its potential for several reasons, most of which are related to the U.S. and other world powers unwillingness to give up a bit of their sovereignty for the common good. The Security Council veto has prevented that organization from acting on many occasions. The International Court of Justice is voluntary, with no means of enforcing its judgments and the General Assembly is undemocratic (India and Monaco each have equal votes), and generally powerless.

The right wing in this country and abroad is paranoid about the U.N., ineffective as it is. To them, world government conjures up thoughts of black helicopters and Hitlerism. They feel that the war system is the natural order of life and we have to be able to fight for our freedom….a dog eat dog world. To the victors go the spoils. If this thinking prevails, it is only a matter of time until a nuclear confrontation lays the earth uninhabitable and humankind’s little experiment will be over.

If the Earth Constitution or something similar were to be adapted, it would be an extension of our present democracy. Functions that affect us locally will still be handled by local governments; state affairs will still be conducted by our state representatives and matters dealing with national issues will still be under the jurisdiction of federal governments. The jurisdiction of the democratic world government will be limited to relations between nations and issues such as global warming which do not recognize national boundaries. Pollution created in China may end up here, or vice-versa.

Article 109-3 of the U.N. charter calls for a charter review after 10 years. This, of course, has never happened because the permanent five (U.S., Russia, France, UK and China) don’t want to give up the veto. Organizations I am involved with are working to mobilize the peace-loving nations of the world to demand charter review. If we are able to make that happen, maybe the U.N. charter will be replaced by the Earth Constitution or something similar and war will become a relic of the past.

Albert Einstein said “There is no salvation for civilization or even the human race, other than the creation of a world government.” Now is the time, before it is too late.

To find out more about the Earth Constitution, go to www.earth-constitution.org.

The present essay is from Dr. Robert F. Hanson's new book "WORKING TO SAVE THE WORLD:  Essays on Current Affairs" (Big Hat Press, 2020).  Dr. Hanson is a Board member both of Democratic World Federalists (DWF, San Francisco) and the Center for United Nations Constitutional Research (CUNCR, Brussels).

December 11, 2020

EDITORIAL San Francisco -- America & Terrorism, Soul-searching Time?  Has the time for soul-searching arrived for the American people?  Are we even capable of soul-searching?  If you are judged by the friends you keep, then America is in bad shape.

It may be tempting to ignore the following searing indictment of the American government authored by Caitlin Johnstone.  Are we really "terrorists"?  Have we lost our moral way?  Has America's ambitions for power and empire caused us to become the "bad guy" while lying to ourselves that we are the "good guy"?

Military and political cooperation with the primitive Saudi Arabia dictatorship which brutalizes Yemen is one example, while the disgraceful support by the US Congress of apartheid and occupation of the Palestinians by Israeli Zionists is another.  

The United Nations cannot control the wrongdoing of powerful nations like the US who hold veto power at the UN. This  defect in the UN Charter gives these privileged nations a free pass when they commit crimes or are complicit in crimes against humanity and war crimes. 

The permanent veto privilege at the UN unfairly keeps the US, Russia, China, France, and the UK (P-5) above the law.  Charter Review under Article 109(3) using the EARTH CONSTITUTION as its model and guide can help the UN General Assembly establish a "new UN" capable of requiring all nations to be law-abiding.  -- R. Kotila, PhD    DWF NEWS  12/10/20 


http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/55997.htm


We Are The Terrorists

By Caitlin Johnstone

December 07, 2020       Information Clearing House

The Trump administration is reportedly close to moving the Houthi rebels in Yemen onto its official list of designated terrorist organizations with the goal of choking them off from money and resources. The head of the UN’s World Food Program along with many other experts caution that this designation will prolong the horrific war which has claimed over a quarter million lives and create an impenetrable barrier of red tape stopping humanitarian aid from getting to the Yemeni people.

The United Nations conservatively estimates that some 233,000 Yemenis have been killed in the war between the Houthis and the US-backed Saudi-led coalition, mostly from what it calls “indirect causes”. Those indirect causes would be disease and starvation resulting from what UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres calls “the worst famine the world has seen for decades”.

When people hear the word “famine” they usually think of mass hunger caused by droughts or other naturally occurring phenomena, but in reality the starvation deaths we are seeing in Yemen (a huge percentage of which are children under the age of five) are caused by something that is no more natural than the starvation deaths you’d see in a medieval siege. They are the result of the Saudi coalition’s use of blockades and its deliberate targeting of farms, fishing boats, marketplaces, food storage sites, and cholera treatment centers with airstrikes aimed at making the Houthi-controlled parts of Yemen so weak and miserable that they break.

In other words, the US and its allies have been helping Saudi Arabia deliberately kill children and other civilians on mass scale in order to achieve a political goal. Which would of course be a perfect example of any standard definition of terrorism.

https://twitter.com/AhmadAlgohbary/status/1334243698586992641

We are the terrorists. Saudi Arabia, the US, the UK, Australia, Canada, France and every other nation which has facilitated the horrific mass atrocity in Yemen–this tight globe-spanning power alliance is a terrorist organization the likes of which the world has never seen before. The unfathomably savage and bloodthirsty US empire designating the Houthis as a terrorist organization is the least funny joke that has ever been told.

We are the terrorists. I say “we” instead of our governments because if we are honest with ourselves, we as a civilian population are complicit in this slaughter. The horrors in Yemen are without question the worst thing that is happening in the world right now, yet they comprise barely a blip in our social consciousness. The overwhelming majority of us have seen the pictures and videos of starving Yemeni children, thought something along the lines of “Oh a famine, that’s so sad” and gone back to thinking about sports or whatever other insipid nonsense occupies most of our attention.

We are the terrorists. Yes it is true that we have been propagandized into our complicity with this terrorism and if the news media were doing its purported job Yemen would be front and center in our attention, but we are still complicit. We are still participating in it, still living in a society that is woven of the fabric of slaughter and brutality without rising up and using the power of our numbers to force a change. Just because you are unaware that you sleep on a bed of butchered children doesn’t mean you’re not lying in it.

We are the terrorists. But we don’t need to be.

We can begin waking up together. Waking up our friends and neighbors, spreading consciousness of what’s going on, raising awareness of the horrors our governments are perpetrating in Yemen and in other nations in the name of imperialist domination, helping each other see through the veils of propaganda to how much life and how many resources are being spent on inflicting unspeakable acts of terror upon our world instead of benefiting humanity.

The US government could force an end to the horrors in Yemen almost immediately if it really wanted to.

If maintaining unipolar hegemony were suddenly advanced by giving the Houthis victory in Yemen instead of fighting to ensure Washington-aligned rule, the Saudis would withdraw and the war would be over within days. We could make this happen if we could spread enough awareness of the reality of what’s happening in Yemen.

Break the silence on Yemen. Pressure Biden to fulfil his campaign pledge to end the war which was initiated under the Obama-Biden administration. Oppose US imperialism. Weaken public trust in the mass media which refuse to give us a clear picture of what’s going on in the world. Help people realize that their perception of reality is being continually warped and distorted by the powerful.

We end our role in the terrorism of the empire by awakening the citizens of that empire to its acts of terror.

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October 15, 2020   DWF NEWS
"Why the United Nations Can't Eliminate Nukes"
International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons | 26 September



Sculpture depicting St. George slaying the dragon. The dragon is created from fragments of Soviet SS-20 and United States Pershing nuclear 
missiles.
Photo:UN Photo/Milton Grant

UN International Day for Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons (Excerpts from UN Press Release):
"Achieving global nuclear disarmament is one of the oldest goals of the United Nations. It was the subject of the General Assembly’s first 
resolution in 1946, which established the Atomic Energy Commission (dissolved in 1952), with a mandate to make specific proposals for the 
control of nuclear energy and the elimination of atomic weapons and all other major weapons adaptable to mass destruction...  In 1978, the 
first Special Session of the General Assembly Devoted to Disarmament further recognized that nuclear disarmament should be the priority 
objective in the field of disarmament. Every United Nations Secretary-General has actively promoted this goal..."

"Yet, today around 13,400 nuclear weapons remain. Countries possessing such weapons have well-funded, long-term plans to modernize their 
nuclear arsenals. More than half of the world’s population still live in countries that either have such weapons or are members of nuclear 
alliances... not one nuclear weapon has been physically destroyed pursuant to a treaty..."

[Copy and paste the following for the full text describing the UN's Day (Sept. 26) for the Total Elimination of Nukes]
https://www.un.org/en/observances/nuclear-weapons-elimination-day
 
After reading the full text of the UN's September 26th Day for Total Nuclear Disarmament, I wrote the following response which I titled:
 
"Why the UN Can't Eliminate Nuclear Weapons"
by R. Kotila, PhD

Is the UN's attempt to eliminate nukes A LESSON IN FUTILITY?  It may be, unless we can identify nations that will work with us for the 
needed Charter Review with the Earth Constitution  as a potential guide and model for a "new UN."  (This strategy is known as THE SAN 
FRANCISCO PROMISE.)

The UN and peace activists know that nukes are a horrible DANGER.  But they are trying to solve the problem by remaining within the current 
UN geopolitical paradigm.  This means relying on persuasion for cooperation between the nations, getting an international legal ban on nukes 
(which can't be enforced), and signing treaties ("multilateralism") agreeing to disarm and eliminate nukes.
 
What's wrong with this picture?  Treaty agreements (to ban nukes) are like building on quicksand -- they can't be trusted.  The UN must 
face reality and become a world government.  Hence, this well-meaning, helpful strategy during the UN 75th should be seen as an interim step
 -- but not penetrating deeply enough to get the job done.
 
Here is where Democratic World Federalists (DWF), the Center for UN Constitutional Research (CUNCR), and WCPA-India/Earth 
Constitution Institute (WCPA-India, ECI) must lead the way.  We must convince some of the nations at the UN (those that fear nukes) to join 
THE SF PROMISE which requires a review of the obsolete UN Charter to open the door to a new Charter.  The EARTH CONSTITUTION 
(earth-constitution.org) can be the guide and model for forming a "new UN".
 
Frankly, the UN General Assembly should take over decision-making from the UN Security Council (P-5 veto powers) which has shown that it
 can't do the job.  The UNGA could be the House of Nations (see Earth Constitution  ) in the initial stage of forming a World Parliament.   
 
The UN Security Council P-5 in my opinion is blocking nuclear disarmament and world peace.  This is a bitter truth backed up by its history 
of failures.  I don't think the UNSC can be considered legitimate as it is not representative of the world community,... and the P-5 are the 
leading weapons dealers in the world.
 
Violations of international law and UN conventions are routine by the P-5.  They reject law and order for themselves.  They mock the 
International Criminal Court. They are above the Law as they hide behind the "sovereignty" granted them in the defective UN Charter.
 
I believe there is an opportunity to get concerned nations on board with us to make the changes that are needed.  It is time for world 
federalists to quit kicking the can down the road.
 
Roger Kotila, PhD
Psychologist
(personal opinion)
September 17, 2020  Earth Federation News & Views
United Nations World System Is Wrong - Weak & Small Nations Suffer
 
San Francisco - EDITOR'S NOTEProfessor Martin's analysis of the current geopolitical system is invaluable to understand why the UN cannot do its primary job.  Wars continue unabated.  A nuclear arms race is underway.  What is wrong?  The following excerpts illustrate the reality at the UN that makes it difficult to impossible for the UN to do what is really needed.  For example, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals can't be met.  Democratic World Federalists offers a strategy for the UN General Assembly to launch UN Charter Review using the EARTH CONSTITUTION as a model new world charter/constitution to establish a "new UN."  -- Roger Kotila, PhD 
 

*EXCERPTS from Dr. Glen T. Martin's Tour de force:

The UN Sustainable Development Goals as World-System Ideology

Glen T. Martin

This essay is dedicated to the loving memory of Swami Agnivesh

 (Please note: the views expressed in this essay are my own

and do not necessarily reflect those of the organizations in which I serve.)


Everyone Pretends to See the Emperor’s New Clothes


Since its founding in San Francisco in 1945 and its establishment in New York City as a main UN Center, the United States has dominated what goes on at the UN. The UN pretends to pursue the ideals of peace, justice, and environmental sustainability but only within the conceptual limits provided by its main financial contributor. As long as the organization is supported by the voluntary contributions of its members, then the actual framework for thought and most decision-making will, of course, be one dollar one vote, and the US always has the lion-share of the votes.


5  Not that the UN is otherwise structured democratically. It is not. The Security Council, largely under the domination of the US, controls everything that goes on. In Rogue State: A Guide to the World’s Only Superpower, William Blum constructs his entire Chapter 20 on lists of votes on dozens of issues in the UN General Assembly over a period of years. On any issue that would increase the peace and justice in the world, the vote has been the vast majority of nations versus the US and often Israel (the latter, when not abstaining, always votes the same as the US).


6  For example, the proposal to expand the UN’s approaches to “emphasize the development of nations and individuals as a human right” (120 nations for, the US against). On a “declaration of non-use of nuclear weapons against non-nuclear states” (110 nations for, the US and Albania against). On holding “negotiations on disarmament and cessation of the nuclear arms race” (111 nations for, the US and Israel against).  On affirming a “world charter for the protection of ecology” (111 nations for, the US against). The list goes on and on. The votes mean little, since the General Assembly has no power and any resolution on such matters that comes to the Security Council is vetoed by the US.


7  Former US Attorney General Ramsey Clark details the US manipulation of members of the Security Council to get the go-ahead to militarily attack Iraq after Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait in January 1991. In order to secure a “Yes” vote from the then members of the Security Council, the US provided Ethiopia and Zaire with new aid packages. It awarded China 114 million dollars in deferred aid from the World Bank, it got Saudi Arabia to provide $4 billion to the then disintegrating Soviet Union. It subjected Malaysia to “enormous pressure.” And it subjected Cuba and Yemen to severe punishment for their ‘no’ votes.


8  Yemen’s ambassador was told this would be “the most expensive ‘no’ vote you ever cast” and immediately a $70 million US aid package to Yemen was cancelled (1994, 153-55). Of course, the invasion went ahead in spite of these ‘no’ votes. The US maintains a global empire and the UN functions as an integral part of that empire. The richest nation not only uses the leverage of its monetary contribution to the UN to control that organization. It also buys, bullies, and blackmails its way to domination within the UN.


9  For the majority of the world’s small and weak nations, it is bad enough to have a US Embassy watching every political and economic decision of their government and promoting neo-colonial domination in their midst. But that tragedy compounds if they are unlucky enough to be hosting a US military base. Chalmers Johnson, in Sorrows of Empire: Militarism, Secrecy, and the End of the Republic details the 725 known military bases that exist outside the US, spread out in countries around the world. The very existence of these bases gives the US another place from which to monitor local movements that might be advocating change or social justice and from which to launch assassinations, coups, or threats against local governments who fail to toe the US ideological line claiming that a “free market” means these countries must open their resources to penetration by US foreign capital.

[*We will continue to publish other excerpts from this unusually important analysis that highlights critical problems about the current UN World System.  To read full essay: www.oneworldrenaissance/glens-blog]

August 29, 2020  Will U.S. Foreign Policy Continue to Support Violent Aggression?
[SAN FRANCISCO -- FAIR'S analysis (see article below) of the Biden/Harris approach to U.S. foreign policy suggests that the U.S. government under the Democrats will remain guilty of using direct (military force) and indirect (economic sanctions) violence as a main foreign policy tool to make nations submit.
 
FAIR warns us to look out for key words like a "muscular" or "robust" foreign policy.  By contrast, Earth Constitution activists seek a "new UN" where the foreign policy of all nations is nonviolent, cooperative, and caring.  Instead of "enemies" or "adversaries," we become a global family.  To accomplish this goal, and to once and for all put an end to the War Business, the nations must Federate. 
The Earth Constitution shows the way. We must transform or replace the obsolete UN Charter.  The Bully nations will not give up their lust for wars and profits, or their underlying paranoia of each other, until the UN General Assembly steps into the action using the Earth Constitution as its leader to create a urgently needed "new UN". -- Roger Kotila, PhD - Editor, Earth Federation News & Views   www.earthfederation.info  ]
 
 
https://fair.org/home/muscular-foreign-policy-media-codeword-for-violence-abroad/
FAIR

‘Muscular’ Foreign Policy: Media Codeword for Violence Abroad

 

WaPo: Kamala Harris’s foreign policy unites the ticket, if not the party

The Washington Post's Josh Rogin (8/13/20writes that "Biden and Harris, if they are elected, will have a chance to prove that Democratic muscular liberalism is still the right approach."


Writing in the Washington Post , pro-war columnist Josh Rogin appeared relieved that Joe Biden picked Kamala Harris as his running mate for November—as opposed to a progressive like Elizabeth Warren or Bernie Sanders, who would have called for cutting military budgets, fewer US interventions and the withdrawal of troops stationed abroad. Biden and Harris, he explained, will together pursue a “robust” foreign policy agenda.


Harris is described approvingly by one source as “pragmatic” (another media codeword—FAIR.org8/21/19), and together, Rogin notes, she and Biden can prove that “muscular liberalism is still the right approach.” What that actually means in practice, he is a little vague on, though he does suggest that will entail “aggressively” “confronting” nuclear powers Russia and China. 


“Muscular,” along with similar words like “robust,” are commonly used in political reporting, especially with regards to foreign policy. They are inherently positive descriptions, conveying strength and confidence, their opposites being “weak,” “feeble” or “decrepit.” It is obvious which have the better connotations. This is a real problem, because all too regularly the words are used as euphemisms to sugarcoat inflicting violence around the world.


Often the consequences of such a policy are not stated, as when CBS News (6/17/16) reported that John Kerry recommended “a more muscular US role in Syria,” or when a guest on the Rachel Maddow Show (6/18/14) described former Vice President Dick Cheney as wishing for a more “muscular policy” for the US in Iraq. Thus, when CBS’s Face the Nation (3/23/18) aired a segment entitled, “Trump Surrounding Himself With ‘More Muscular’ Foreign Policy Team,” a naif or a foreigner might be forgiven for thinking Jesse Ventura or Arnold Schwarzenegger was advising the president. And when the BBC (12/18/17) reported on the US’s “muscular engagement” with the world, they were not describing a new workout plan.  

CBS: Trump surrounding himself with "more muscular" foreign policy team

CBS (3/23/18described Trump's hiring hyper-interventionist John Bolton as signaling a "more muscular" foreign policy team.


Sometimes, however, journalists made explicit what such a foreign policy would consist of. The New York Times (5/14/15), for instance, described Republican presidential hopeful Marco Rubio as offering “a robust and muscular foreign policy,” including the end of normalization with Cuba, a hike in military spending and reauthorizing the PATRIOT Act.


The Times is a repeat offender in whitewashing the Florida senator’s often disturbing policies; in 2019 it described his advocacy for further sanctions and military intervention in Venezuela as “muscular policy tools” (New York Times1/29/19). By this time, the sanctions had already killed an estimated 40,000 people and would go on to kill over 100,000. What about blocking the import of medicines is “muscular”? “Sociopathic” might be a better adjective. Support for regime change in Venezuela is bipartisan, however, with Bloomberg’s Eli Lake (8/3/20) recently noting that support for a “democratic transition” there would be more “steadfast” under a Biden administration. 


The result of “muscular” and “robust” policies can also be seen all over the Middle East. In 2017, Trump reversed his earlier promise to pull US troops out of Afghanistan, instead announcing his own surge, having just dropped the largest non-nuclear bomb in human history on the country. The Washington Post (8/21/17) described his decision as “muscular but vague.” On Syria, the New York Times (4/21/17) pondered whether a more or less muscular approach would bring better results. And when Trump ordered B-52 bombers to Iran’s doorstep, CBS anchor Margaret Brennan (5/12/19) asked a guest what he thought of the president’s “muscular response” to Iranian provocation. 


Or you can also read about Saudi Arabia’s muscular foreign policy in Yemen (LA Times4/20/158/11/19BBC4/21/15), thought to have killed hundreds of thousands of people. Likewise, on one of the many recent occasions when Israel bombed Gaza, the Washington Post (3/26/19) noted that some Israeli politicians were calling for an even more “muscular response”—combining the “muscular” media trope with the convention that the US and its allies never initiate violence themselves, but only ever “respond” to enemy provocation (FAIR.org6/6/198/21/20).


So reflexive is this media whitewashing of state violence that it is even applied to official enemies. For instance, in an article explaining the rise of Russian president Vladimir Putin, CNN (8/8/19) wrote: “What explained Putin's surge in popularity over those crucial early months? One factor was clear: Putin's muscular response to domestic terrorism.” That “muscular response,” CNN explicitly stated, included when “Russian forces leveled the [Chechen] rebel capital of Grozny,” which is thought to have killed around 9,000 people


The word is also sometimes used in reference to domestic programs as well, but generally only when involving oppressing the powerless. In 2012, Fox News (1/10/12) reported that immigration activists were unhappy with President Barack Obama’s “muscular deportation policy” (which saw more people deported than ever before). Likewise, in the wake of masked federal agents abducting people off Portland’s streets, the New Yorker (7/24/20) worried about the “ever more muscular immigration-enforcement presence in US life.”

Fox Business: Trump canceled China talks, says Biden is weak on foreign policy

"Weak" is used in corporate media as a synonym for "diplomatic" (Fox Business8/18/20).


While advocating wholesale violence is “robust” or “muscular” in media speak, opposing it is inherently “weak” and worthy of condemnation. A case in point is Bernie Sanders, whose “weak foreign policy,” according to Business Insider (3/15/20), was a serious black mark against him. Examples of his weakness, it noted, include “an obvious commitment to rejoin the Iran deal” and ending Saudi attacks on Yemen. 


More scandalous, apparently, were his “controversial comments” on Venezuela, Bolivia and Cuba, comments that amounted to not endorsing US regime change efforts against sovereign nations. This, for Business Insider columnist and former US diplomat Brett Bruen, made him a unserious presidential candidate. 


And while Rogin and the WaPo might have described Biden as robust on foreign policy, Trump did not see it that way; the president this month telling Fox Business (8/18/20) his opponent was “weak” on the issue. The reason? Biden would pursue a diplomatic solution with Iran, like Obama did.


There is nothing inherently strong about destroying or terrorizing other nations, and nothing weak about opposing it. But our hawkish corporate media continue to present it as such, therefore subtly manufacturing consent for continued conflicts around the world. The next time you hear someone on corporate media praising a “muscular,” or “robust” foreign policy, be on the alert: They might be trying to sell you another war.  

 

 

June 1, 2020

Excerpt: 5/31/20 (TIME magazine)

EMERGENCY SPECIAL SESSION OF THE UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY

M. Gorbachev writes: 

"The overriding goal must be human security: providing food, water and a clean environment and

caring for people’s health. To achieve it, we need to develop strategies, make preparations, plan and

create reserves. But all efforts will fail if governments continue to waste money by fueling the arms race."

"I’ll never tire of repeating: we need to demilitarize world affairs, international politics and political

thinking."

"To address this at the highest international level, I am calling on world leaders to convene an emergency special session of the U.N. General Assembly, to be held as soon as the situation is stabilized. It should be about nothing less than revising the entire global agenda. Specifically, I call upon them to cut military spending by 10% to 15%. This is the least they should do now, as a first step toward a new consciousness, a new civilization."

Gorbachev, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, is a past President of the former Soviet Union.

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March 6, 2020  Earth Federation News & Views

GET THE POINT

by Fritz Pointer

Nuremberg and Media

             Who knew?  I certainly didn’t know that journalists were among those prosecuted for War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity during the Nuremberg Trials post WWII.  It intrigued me even further to read that my namesake, Fritzsche (nickname, Fritz) that is, Hans Fritzsche was one of those defendants.  The Nuremberg prosecution argued: “By virtue of its functions, the German Press Division (think ABC, NBC, FOX, CNN, NPR, MSNBC, CBS, NY Times, Washington Post) became an important and unique instrument of the Nazi (think Project For the New American Century - PNAC) conspirators, not only in dominating the minds and psychology of Germans, but also as an instrument of foreign policy and psychological warfare against other nations.”

              The indictment of, Fritz, not me, the German media chief, for war crimes, is certainly different from America today, when “Whistleblowers” those exposing war crimes are indicted and prosecuted.  The indictment against Julian Assange is having a chilling effect on American journalism as it has been practiced for generations.  It is aimed straight at the heart of the First Amendment. 

The charges focus on receiving and publishing classified material from a government source.  That is something journalists do all the time.  This is what the First Amendment is designed to protect: the ability of publishers to provide the public with the truth.  Of course, an Administration that considers the press an ‘enemy of the people’ would launch this attack.  In attacking the media, it is attacking the people. 

The truth is that a revengeful U.S. government was exposed with clear evidence of committing war crimes, meddling  in other nations’ internal affairs and spying on adversaries, allies and citizens alike and in response imprisoning and charging the journalist who exposed these crimes. This speaks with tremendous force to the role of the US media owners in today’s world affairs.

American Propaganda Brings Memories of Nazi Germany

              Today, billionaire controlled media propaganda is clearly a factor in preparing and conducting acts of aggression: by “Manufacturing Consent” by “Perception Management,” and by using Media Folks (journalists) who are CIA Assets (Operation Mockingbird), the American people are encouraged to accept obediently the criminal behavior of America’s endless regime change wars.  We would all do well to read Dr. Brian Covert author of “Played by the Mighty Wurlitzer: The Press, the CIA, and the Subversion of Truth,” which is the sixth chapter within Censored 2017. 

The television networks and leading newspapers are the prime sources of information for tens of millions of people in the U.S.  However, these so-called “public” media are in the hands of giant firms, controlled by fabulously wealthy individuals who will stop at nothing to defend their profits and property.  The bodies, the corpses of thousands, or, if necessary, millions of Iraqis, Syrians, Yemenis, Sudanese, Iranians, Palestinians and others are a small price to pay, as far as the media billionaires are concerned, for achieving American military and economic domination of the globe.

              Today, the basic method of American propagandistic activity, as in Nazi Germany, is in the false presentation of facts (e.g. Mexican immigrants are rapists, drug dealers and criminals), the dissemination of provocative lies (e.g. America is a white man’s country) and the systematic deception of public opinion (Americans want endless wars for national security) are as necessary to the US for the realization of its plans for military and economic global domination, as are the production of military equipment and the drafting of military plans.

  Without deliberately spreading lies and rumors, attacking freedom of the press and of speech and arresting journalists it would not be possible for American endless war to pursue its stated goal of “full-spectrum global domination” and to put in practice the war crimes and crimes against humanity of which it is guilty.  In this U.S. propaganda system, it is the daily press and television that are the most important weapons and are all as guilty of war crimes as Hans Fritzsche and the propaganda work he did for the Nazis.

The Constitution for the Federation of Earth available and recommended as a viable and useful document for United Nations Charter Review states:  Article 12 “Bill of  Rights for the Citizens of Earth”  12.3: “Freedom of thought and conscience, speech, press, writing, communication, expression, publication, broadcasting, telecasting, and cinema, except as an overt part of or incitement to violence, armed riot or insurrection.”  And, 13.3 states: “Full access to information and to the accumulated knowledge of the human race.” 

Today, the role of the American press in habituating the American people to the suffering of other peoples and, even, urging war crimes, like extrajudicial murder and assassinations of a country’s leader; it is possible that many Americans would never have participated in or tolerated the atrocities being committed throughout the Middle East, had they not been conditioned, inured, goaded, manipulated by constant media propaganda and lies.  The media’s very success in manipulating public opinion is one of the strongest proofs of its culpability in the commission of war crimes.

Fritz Pointer is a retired professor of English and African American Studies.  He is the Vice President of Democratic World Federalists (www.dwfed.org). He has published numerous scholarly and creative works and articles such as “African Oral Epic Poetry: Praising the Deeds of a Mythic Hero” (2013).  The older brother of the internationally known singing group, The Pointer Sisters, he has co-authored a just released book “Fairytale: the Pointer Sisters’ Family History.”  Prof. Pointer’s main interests include combating racism, advancing human rights, ending war, eliminating nuclear weapons, and nonviolent solutions to global problems.  fhpointer@comcast.net

February 24, 2020
Subject: Free Journalist Julian Assange -- Imprisoned for Exposing US War Crimes

Editor's note:  The United Nations should intervene in the case of journalist Julian Assange, imprisoned for exposing US war crimes.  But the UN is helpless, prevented from intervening in a country's internal matters.  The problem is that the UN Charter grants "sovereignty" even if a country's government is corrupt or rogue, and is violating basic rights (such as freedom of the Press).  Ending the criminal abuse of national sovereignty will require replacing the flawed UN Charter.  Democratic World Federalists is seeking a formal Charter Review by the UN General Assembly which could open the door to replace the obsolete Charter with the EARTH CONSTITUTION.  - R. Kotila, PhD Earth Federation News & Views
Free Journalist Julian Assange -- Imprisoned for Exposing US War Crimes
February 4, 2020
Earth Federation News & Views -- Editor's note:  Here's a senior citizen's view from an upscale retirement community in California.  Dr. Hanson writes:   "...in general we have it pretty good."  ...or do we?
 
THE BEST OF TIMES…THE WORST OF TIMES
by Bob Hanson
 
As we enter a new decade, it’s hard to know whether we should be grateful for the good life we enjoy or fearful of the days ahead.
 
Most of us here in the U.S. go to bed with full stomachs each night,  enjoy a standard of living that was unheard of for the masses in previous generations and have sufficient savings to tide us through the remainder of our days.  Our life expectancy is far greater than  any other humans have ever  enjoyed and we live in relatively peaceful times.  We have never experienced war and bloodshed first hand.
 
We have the means to travel to distant lands, instant communications with friends and relatives anywhere in the world, great entertainment in our living rooms and little fear of violence.   Our cars are more dependable than ever; Our food has more variety and availability; we live in large, comfortable dwellings…and  in general have it pretty good.
 
HOWEVER  Many of us wonder if the good times are here to stay?  We don’t spend much time thinking about the possibility of a nuclear holocaust, like we did back in the 1960s, but maybe we should.  There are still thousands of nuclear warheads aimed our way.  It would be pretty easy to stumble into World War III by accident or miscalculation.  Lawrence Livermore Labs would certainly be a prime target and you know where that would leave us.  Our president is currently  playing “chicken” with the leaders of Iran.  This could easily escalate and draw in Russia.  Why do we continue to allow our president to have a finger on the nuclear button?
 
And then there is climate change.  It isn’t going to ravish the planet in hours the way a nuclear exchange would, but the long term effects could be nearly as damaging to life here on earth.  Because the changes are and will be relatively slow, we may not fully realize the gravity of the situation.  Our children and grand children are ahead of us on this realization, because they understand the science better and have more to lose.  I’m not a religious person, but I pray that we wake up to the danger before it is too late.  Let’s not be like the frog in the pot of slowly warming water…waiting too long to take action.  What can we do?
 
Lots! Insulate our houses; require solar panels on all new housing; buy electric cars; push our legislators to put a large tax on carbon;  develop new ideas for renewable energy (such as tidal power, deep thermal power, wave energy, etc.)
 
Finally, as the ultimate answer to both the climate problem and the nuclear weapons problem, we need to strengthen and democratize the United Nations so that it can effectively address these problems with enforceable  world law.  Our leaders promised the world in 1945 that the U.N. charter would be reviewed in 10 years.  This has not happened.    A volunteer organization based in San Francisco, the Democratic World Federalists, is calling for the UN General Assembly to review the outdated charter.  It will take a “new U.N.” to give us a chance to avoid endless wars and prevent a climate catastrophe.
 
[Dr. Bob Hanson writes opinion pieces for the Rossmoor News in California, USA, including such provocative columns as "Who Would Jesus Bomb?" and "Do We Live In A Democracy?"  He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Center for United Nations Constitutional Research based in Brussels and Democratic World Federalists in San Francisco.]
December 11, 2019
GET THE POINT
by Fritz Pointer        Earth Federation News & Views
 

The United States Congress and World Federation

 

World federation, world government and law are not “new” or “fringe” ideas but quite mainstream

 “Of all our studies, History” says Malcolm X “is best qualified to reward our research.”  So, when we look at the continuous, systemic narrative of past ideas and concepts related to World Federalism, World Government and World Law their relevance and appeal to today is clearly evident. 

As early as 1949, the U.S. House of Representatives debated its Concurrent Resolution 64; in 1950 the U.S. Senate debated its Concurrent Resolution 56 calling for the United States to pursue a foreign policy dedicated to strengthening the United Nations with the eventual goal of building it into a world federation.  The full text of the House Concurrent Resolution 64:

 

Resolved by the House of Representatives, the Senate concurring, that it is the sense of the Congress that it should be a fundamental objective of the foreign policy of the United States to support and strengthen the United Nations and to seek its development into a world federation, open to all nations, with defined and limited powers adequate to preserve peace and prevent aggression through the enactment, interpretation, and enforcement of world law.

 

Why are the America people, certainly the majority, not aware of this?  Why is the idea of world federation, world government, or world law not mentioned in high school Government and Civics classes?  It should be well known.  The House resolution had 111 co-sponsors.  The Senate’s had 21, with broad support from both Republicans and Democrats.  The co-sponsors included John F. Kennedy, who was then serving as a Democratic Representative from Massachusetts’ 11th district and Gerald Ford, Republican, who was representing Michigan’s 5th congressional district.  In other words, world federation, world government and law are not “new” or “fringe” ideas but quite mainstream.

In fact, the paragon mainstream journalist, Walter Cronkite, makes the following observation: “It seems to many of us that if we are to avoid the eventual catastrophic world conflict, we must strengthen the United Nations as a first step towards a world government patterned after our own government.” 

We Democratic World Federalists believe that world peace can be realized only by the creation of a world government.  We call for the US Congress to support DWF’s demand for the UN General Assembly to open a review of the fatally flawed UN Charter combined with an evaluation of the Earth Constitution as a model world federal constitution better suited for a “new UN” given the tools it needs to end war and eliminate the danger of a global nuclear nightmare.

 

Fritz Pointer is a retired professor of English and African American Studies.  He is the Vice President of Democratic World Federalists. He has published numerous scholarly and creative works and articles such as "African Oral Epic Poetry: Praising the Deeds of a Mythic Hero" (2013).  The older brother of the internationally known singing group, The Pointer Sisters, he has co-authored a soon to be released book "Fairytale: the Pointer Sisters' Family History."  Prof. Pointer's main interests include combating racism, advancing human rights, ending war, eliminating nuclear weapons, and nonviolent solutions to global problems.

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October 6, 2019  Russia is not our Enemy (See 9 minute YouTube  video listed below)
Dear CCI Followers,

We concluded CCI’s 17-day trip to 21 Russian cities in September. We examined Russia’s current peoples and attitudes, particularly those Russians living outside of Moscow and St.Petersburg. We operated as Citizen Diplomats in each of these Russian cities we visited, since official diplomacy between the U.S. and Russia is now non-existent.

In the beginning, some of our travelers’ attitudes ranged from skeptical of Russia and Putin. Others traveled to judge for themselves what is going on with Russia and Putin. Lastly, there were travelers who considered themselves fairly positive about Russia (but with no validation to speak of).


Delegates were both Democrats and Republicans. There were more males than females in the delegation. The age range was 18 to 83 years (myself). For the most part we remained fairly neutral and supportive of each other. By the trip’s end, we all had a more educated view on where Russia is today … as our CCI videos will testify.

Please view our YouTube: 

Russia is not our Enemy

Following this, we will send you videos from some of our expert speakers in Moscow, as well as
 a couple of shorter YouTubes. 

We URGE you to resend these videos to as many of your business partners, friends, colleagues, university faculty/students, family members, etc. as possible!  The YouTubes are short and easy to digest. Our American populace is still so uninformed regarding international relations. We need to do everything we can to educate as many people as possible. 

Join us at CCI in striving toward a future that works for the good of all nations!

September 14, 2019.  Upholding the San Francisco Promise for UN Charter Review opens the door for the UN General Assembly to examine the Earth Constitution. - Editor


THE EPIRUS DECLARATION

The Epirus Declaration is the culmination of the passion and work of the Youth Climate Ambassadors who attended CUNCR’s* Climate Democracy and Justice Training and Summit in July of 2019. After training and speeches in Brussels and Corfu, the summit ended in the village of Vitsa, in the Epirus Mountains of Greece.


CLIMATE DEMOCRACY DECLARATION


On the 24th of July 2019 we planetary citizens, representing all the continents, have gathered to demand representation in global decision-making on challenges, such as the climate crisis, which affect us all. To achieve this we demand: the creation of a United Nations parliament representing everyone; an executive to complement this legislature; and, to ensure justice, the creation of a world court with the competency to
prosecute environmental crimes, holding states, corporations, other non-state actors and individuals accountable with universal jurisdiction.

In a world of effective global governance, resources currently dedicated to national security must be redirected to global security, and in particular living sustainably on our planet. It should be a human right to enjoy a healthy environment, and it is our duty to protect the rights of the environment for the future generations.

As the legitimate forum to achieve these democratic ideals, we urgently demand that the San Francisco Promise be upheld to convene the United Nations Charter review and renewal process.


Let “we the peoples” govern the world!


                                                     *CUNCR: Center for UN Constitutional Research (Brussels)
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August 24, 2019


Earth Federation News & Views - THE LAST STRAW - an environmental tale  


Earth Constitution  Article 1.5:  "To protect the environment and the ecological fabric of life from all sources of damage...."   Article 4.23:  "...administer and supervise the development and conservation of the oceans and the sea beds of Earth..."  Article 13.9:  "Protection of the natural environment which is the common heritage of humanity against pollution, ecological disruption or damage which could imperil life or lower the quality of life."  [The Earth Constitution is the first "green" constitution ever drafted, designed to do what the UN Charter has been unable to do, -- protect the environment from politicians like Donald Trump.]



THE LAST STRAW

by Rees & Jolley

“Liberal paper straws don’t work. STAND WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP and buy your pack of recyclable straws today”-- shop.donaldjtrump.com

 

In the past several weeks, the Trump reelection committee has sold approximately $800,000 worth of plastic straws (“$15 for a package of 10”). Never mind that plastic straws --  like all plastics  -- add to the enormous contamination of the environment and that they are particularly harmful to birds and sea creatures. The majority of the 200 to 300 million straws used each day by Americans  “end up in our oceans, polluting the water and killing marine life,” some of which, like sea turtles, suffer slow agonizing deaths from ingesting them.

 

In a typical unsympathetic response, Trump said, “You know, it's interesting about plastic straws: so, you have a little straw, but what about the plates, the wrappers, and everything else that are much bigger and they're made of the same material? Everybody focuses on the straws. There's a lot of other things to focus on.

Yes, like the all-out war he has been waging on the environment almost from the first day of his administration.

 

Taking away environmental protections

That includes canceling, reversing or rolling back nearly all of the environmental protections enacted during the Obama and earlier administrations, including cutting carbon emissions,  regulating pollution from sewage plants, protecting rivers and oceans from pollution, limiting methane and coal production emissions, banning the use of hydro-fluorocarbons (ultra-potent greenhouse gases), establishing stricter automobile efficiency standards, and ending or restricting drilling in the Arctic and on federally-protected national monuments. Trump seems personally threatened by every step Obama took to protect the environment. In doing so, has taken on the mantle of Dr. No, or more accurately, Dr. Death.  Yes, there are a lot of other things to focus on besides straws, but Trump focuses on none of them.

 

Plastic straws may be a small part of plastic contamination, but they are difficult to recycle, and therefore make their way into rivers and oceans more easily. Rather than dissolve or biodegrade, they break down into what is known as “microplastics,” which makes them much easier for animals to ingest. StrawlessOcean.org estimates that by midcentury “99% of all sea bird species will have ingested plastic, causing a dramatic increase in mortality.” 

 

Indifference to suffering

Trump’s indifference to the suffering of animals – seemingly exceeded only by his indifference to the suffering of human beings -- lacks any empathy whatsoever. Whether it’s damage to the planet or the national debt, his response likely comes out the same: “I don’t care. I won’t be here.”


The Trump reelection committee promotes its straws as “BPA free” and “reusable and recyclable,” but new evidence suggests that “BPA-replacement chemicals may be just as harmful" as regular plastic, and who believes that people who don’t seem to give a damn about environmental protections are actually going to care enough to reuse and  recycle?


Consider the irony of the Make America Great Again Committee raising money to re-elect Trump by selling plastic straws so that if he is re-elected he can wreak more havoc not only on America but on the entire planet. Perhaps using paper straws is a liberal idea, but it is linked to the more liberal idea of saving this small, fragile planet, and with it humankind.


National Geographic warns, “For Animals, plastic is turning the ocean Into a minefield.” Lest we forget, we too are animals and our history shows that what we sow in terms of nature and the environment, we will reap." Ultimately, our indifference to something as small and seemingly insignificant as plastic straws, could be the last straw.


Bob Rees teaches religion at Graduate Theological Union; Clifton Jolley is president of Advent Communications.

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Nukes and Misdirected "Manhood" In Washington, D.C.

 

OPEN LETTER TO THE NEW MEMBERS OF THE U.S. CONGRESS

 

 POSITION PAPER  

May 1, 2019

Kathleen Barry, Ph.D. and Roger Kotila, Ph.D.   

How can it be that Washington, D.C. expands its security policies in exactly the wrong direction, one that literally endangers America, our families, and the world?  Do we really want to trust our safety and that of our children to "modernized" nuclear missiles and to more plutonium pits, the triggers for nuclear bombs?

"In examining how one U.S. president after another took the military into unnecessary wars, historian Alexander DeConde in his study of Presidential Machismo found that presidential power over the military allowed leaders to test and prove their virility.”

VIRILITY?

In "Unmaking War, Remaking Men" Dr. Kathleen Barry describes how many men suffer from "core masculinity," meaning, these men psychologically experience the possession of nuclear weapons and a large military force as increasing their (unconscious) sense of manhood!

Remember Dr. Helen Caldicott’s book "Missile Envy"?  Does "We are #1!" and "Make America Great Again'" sound familiar? President Trump has vastly increased the already bloated military budget.  We are now in a dangerous nuclear arms race.

We turn to the new members of Congress bringing a progressive agenda and the opportunity to convince doubters that progressive goals (e.g., the Green New Deal) are feasible and practical. But in presenting these issues to Congress, progressives face a history of narrow-minded resistance and racist intransigence primarily from older white men, many of whom disregard the peoples of color who their bombs land on and even reject the scientific warnings about climate change.

TAKE NOTE: "Core masculinity” renders it difficult for mostly older white males to envisage a more enlightened means of safety and security. Their sense of manhood is too unconsciously intertwined with myths of white superiority, sexism and a need to be “strong.”   

The "masculinity of war" with its emphasis on violent power results in exaggerated Pentagon budgets that diminish resources for universal health care, child care and free education. These rights are given a lower priority and derided as "entitlements,” as if the military and nuclear weapons are the only “valid” expenditures. 

The Pentagon's war-making budget contains increases for nuclear missiles, more plutonium pits, and the failing F-35. Congress supports the National Nuclear Security Administration's (NNSA) program underway to "modernize" its 1,650 strategic nuclear warheads. Euphemistically labeled a nuclear “Life Extension Program” at a cost of $1.7 trillion over the next 30 years, it is more aptly seen as a LIFE EXTINCTION PROGRAM.  

Does anyone really believe that the U.S. military doctrine of nuclear deterrence will be successful for the next 30 years? Can this dangerously misguided macho assumption be rejected before it is too late?

Traditional masculinity reinforced by blindly accepted patriotism reduces empathy in our leaders in Congress. They become ever more unfeeling as they routinely accept ever larger budgets for war-making… and try not to think about the harm they are doing killing in faraway lands and at home depriving millions of Americans in need of health care, child care, affordable educations, food and shelter.  

REMEMBER: Behind every issue be it health care, child care, education or climate change lurks the question of a sudden nuclear nightmare, and of course, war itself. Men’s ability to annihilate their own families seen worldwide in domestic violence, makes it psychologically feasible for them to take down not only their own kin, but the whole global family.

The most serious danger for national security occurs when a psychopath becomes a national leader as in the case of Donald Trump where the nation's foreign policy is based upon militarism, racism, and jingoism. Unfortunately for us, President Trump, a malignant narcissist, also fits the psychopathic profile. Such a person cannot be trusted due to lack of conscience, lack of empathy for others, and lust for power over others by any means necessary.

 

Psychopaths are prone to lie, cheat, steal, and kill. There is an attraction to sadism (eg, torture) and "winning" by any means necessary. This personality type is predatory by nature, but often able to appear "normal" in social situations, and indeed can come off as intelligent and charming to his admirers and followers.

 

Psychopathic leaders will reject proposals that might actually create a peaceful and healthy world. They will look down upon the United Nations, reject world federal union such as a "new UN" under the Earth Constitution, and refuse to disarm the weapons of mass destruction -- creating paranoia and the very nuclear arms race now underway with Russia and China.

 

It is time for the new members of Congress to make a crisis intervention before it is too late by withdrawing and replacing the Pentagon's LIFE EXTINCTION PROGRAM. We urgently need a new, safer vision for security.  The theory of nuclear deterrence is too risky, and militarism as US foreign policy is literally a dead end. It is an ideal time to look for wiser approaches

The Green New Deal should be developed but in the context of a progressive foreign policy that aims for a new governing structure for the United Nations – world union now must be taken seriously. We must look at the UN in a new, respectful way. The UN needs a modern Charter, one which gives the UN the tools it needs to be truly effective.   

Kathleen Barry, Ph.D. sociologist, is the author of “Unmaking War, Remaking Men” (2011) and other books including "Female Sexual Slavery" (1983) and "Prostitution of Sexuality: The Global Exploitation of Women" (1995). Her work launched a global movement against sex trafficking which treats men buying prostitution as violence against women.

 

Roger Kotila, Ph.D. psychologist (ret.), has a special interest in the Antisocial Personality Disorder with twenty years of clinical experience with the California Dept. of Corrections doing psychiatric diagnosis and treatment with criminals.  Dr. Kotila is an advocate for a "new UN" under the Earth Constitution, and the President of the Democratic World Federalists based in San Francisco.


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March 12, 2019
EARTH FEDERALIST WINDOW to "The Least of These": Jesus and Earth Stewardship [scroll down to article]
There is an important moral and spiritual dimension to the issue of climate change as brought out in "The Least of These": Jesus and Earth Stewardship by Dr. Bob Rees and Clifton Jolley.  Quoting scripture, they contend that Jesus Christ himself would direct us to take responsible action to the crisis of climate change.  Importantly, they also bring to our attention the destructive impact on the less fortunate among us, as well as to future generations if we do not take urgent corrective action. 
The Constitution for the Federation of Earth (aka Earth Constitution) drafted by the World Constitution & Parliament Association is the first "green constitution" ever drafted.  Its Preamble states:  "Aware that man's abuse of science and technology has brought Humanity to the brink of disaster through the production of horrendous weaponry of mass destruction and to the brink of ecological and social catastrophe;"...  
The Earth Constitution includes the Earth Stewardship that Rees and Jolley believe Jesus would demand.  Article 1.5 directs Earth Federation government (i.e. a "new UN")...  "To protect the environment and ecological fabric of life from all sources of damage, and to control technological innovations whose effects transcend national boundaries, for the purpose of keeping Earth a safe, healthy and happy home for humanity."  -- R. Kotila, Ph.D.
“The Least of These”: Jesus and Earth Stewardship

Robert Rees and Clifton Jolley     March 12, 2019

“The age of climate panic is here.” —David Wallace-Wells

 

Climate scientists are not crazy prophets of doom; they are a collective of urgent voice crying in the wilderness, warning of the inevitable catastrophes that already have been unleashed by melting glaciers, mega-cyclones and hurricanes and rising temperatures. As a recent article in the Guardian reports, “The world’s leading climate scientists have warned there is only a dozen years for global warming to be kept to a maximum of 1.5C, beyond which even half a degree will significantly worsen the risks of drought, floods, extreme heat and poverty for hundreds of millions of people.” David Wallace-Wells, author of the soon-to-be-released bookThe Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming,” warns that complacency is our gravest risk, that we will not act when clearly it is time to panic…which time is now!


A couple millennia ago, Jesus Christ sounded a similar (although, in its way, more expansive) call to action.  In the twenty-fifth chapter of the Gospel According to St. Matthew, Jesus gives the ultimate challenge to his followers: they are to consider those whom they see as most in need--the naked, hungry, thirsty, homeless, and imprisoned; “the least, the lost and the lonely”--as if they were Jesus himself. He is saying that we should consider those who increasingly will suffer disease, destruction, and death if we fail to act to save the earth for future generations--as if they were Jesus himself--from the fire, floods and other devastations scientists predict as inevitable results of our folly. Jesus’ imperative should compel us to do all we can—so that our children’s and grandchildren’s generations can inherit a livable planet.

Compare the urgency expressed by The Guardian, Wallace-Wells, and Jesus to our present federal government, which is not simply indifferent to the fate of future generations, but hostile to any conversation involving climate change.  Responding to his own government’s National Climate Assessment of impending climate catastrophes, President Trump said he “doesn’t believe” it. His attitude toward climate change mirrors that toward the growing national debt. When warned that our present $21 trillion national debt could balloon even higher, Trump responded, “Yeah, but I won’t be here.”


What a rebuke of Jesus’ teaching. As Francisco Goldman says, “The great metaphor at the heart of the Gospel According to Saint Matthew is that those who suffer and those who show love for those who suffer are joined through suffering and grace to Jesus Christ.”


One assumes such empathic love includes not just those who now suffer but those who increasingly will suffer as a result of our indifference to the fate of the planet we are blessed to inhabit and which we seem intent on degrading and destroying. We tend to forget that the earth does not belong to us, but rather is a gift from a loving God. As the 24th Psalm says, “The earth is the Lord's, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.”

Our imaginations should allow us to project two possible scenarios as far as the fate of the earth—and therefore our own fate--is concerned. One is to continue on our present disastrous course, and the other is to act with great urgency to reverse the degradation we have set in motion—if it isn’t already too late. According to the Washington Post, “We may have irreversibly destabilized the great ice sheet[s] of West [and East] Antarctica” which together would cause a rise in sea levels of more than twenty feet.”[i] What we may have already unleashed portends a slow motion flood of biblical proportions.

No responsible Christian contends that Christ will come to rescue us from the consequences of our folly. In fact, it seems clear that Christ intends for us to read Matthew 25 not just in terms of the past and present, but also the future. In this sense, he asks us to imagine those who will suffer from famine, pestilence and disease because of our inaction.

Some scientists fear that humans are in danger of becoming the sixth extinction in the history of the world.

Earth is the moral imperative of our own and future generations.

Robert. A Rees, Ph.D. teaches religion at Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, Calif.

Cliffton Jolley is President of Advent Communications

February 1, 2019  [Who is the Real Threat to World Peace?]

Friends,

The following article ("Who is the Real Threat to World Peace.......?" by Hans Stehling (pen name) caught my attention.

While the US prepares for nuclear war with its nuclear LIFE EXTINCTION PROGRAM (that is, "nuclear modernization" which the Pentagon calls its Life Extension Program), Israel poses a parallel threat to the entire Middle East with it (undeclared)  nuclear weapons. 

Israel's possession of nuclear weapons may explain why this Zionist government feels safe to bomb Syria and Iran without fear of military retaliation to Israel itself?
 
If Iran must be nuke free, why not Israel?   Why the silence about this danger in mainstream media?

-- R. Kotila, PhD  (Earth Federation News & Views)
 

Who Is the Real Threat to World Peace: Nuclear Israel with Its 400 WMD or Non- Nuclear Iran?

https://www.globalresearch.ca/who-is-the-real-threat-to-world-peace-nuclear-israel-with-its-400-wmd-or-non-nuclear-iran/5667054
Global Research, January 31, 2019
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U.S. intelligence officials confirmed to the Senate Intelligence Committee, on Tuesday, that Iran was not developing nuclear weapons in violation of the 2015 nuclear agreement, and furthermore had no strategic plans to do so.

This report from the US intelligence community indicate that Israel’s Netanyahu and his American cohort, Donald Trump, have deliberately misinformed the world regarding Iranian nuclear capability. The state of Israel, which is estimated to have in excess of more than 400 undeclared nuclear warheads must be compared to Iran which is not a nuclear weapon state. Who, therefore, is the threat to world peace?

Under the influence of the Israeli Prime Minister and ignoring the emphatic advice from the UN Security Council and the European Union, US President Trump last year pulled out of an international nuclear deal with Iran,  put in place under his Democratic predecessor Barack Obama. Trump then re-imposed sanctions on Tehran causing massive economic and political destabilisation throughout the Middle East in addition to dismay from the European and other signatories to the nuclear deal.

It is crystal clear where the truth lies, and it is certainly not in Tel Aviv nor in the Trump White House.   Now is surely the time for Europe to strengthen cooperation with the geographically important state of Iran, both economically and politically, whilst cutting ties and trade with Israel.  It is vital that the West recognises who are its future friends and strategic partners.

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January 13, 2019 Donald Trump, Chuck Schumer, and the Logic of Mobsters

Editorial: The U.S. has for years lied to its citizens about "American values."  Portrayed as a loving, caring country for freedom and democracy, it turns out that the U.S. has too often secretly behaved like a cold-blooded mobster, while pretending to Americans that we are the "good guy."  Too many politicians and jingoistic right wingers give America and Christianity a bad name.  Unlike Jesus who taught we are all God's children, these narrow-minded, selfish bigots don't give a damn about Latin Americans,  our global family, or the world community. --  Dr. R. Kotila, Earth Federation News & Views.   [See excerpts below from the REAL NEWS network which illustrate how politicians and Presidents from both political parties bring shame to America.]  

  https://therealnews.com/stories/what-donald-trump-chuck-schumer-and-tony-soprano-have-in-common

What Donald Trump, Chuck Schumer, and Tony Soprano Have in Common

January 9, 2019   the REAL NEWS network

Excerpts: (Paul Jay interview with Gerald Horne)

On Tuesday night, Donald Trump delivered an address to the nation, preempting time on the major television networks and all of the cable news channels. There was a lot of speculation during the day that he was going to announce a national emergency, and use that as a cover for funding his wall without Congressional support. Well, he didn’t call for a national emergency. In fact, he more or less said the same things he’s been saying, well, since his election campaign. The message barely changed tonight, which I think may have been somewhat disappointing for some of his followers that were expecting something rather dramatic. But I think he did say one thing that is revealing into the soul of Donald Trump. But Into the soul of the whole class Donald Trump represents. Here’s a clip from the speech.

DONALD TRUMP: Some have suggested a barrier is immoral. Then why do wealthy politicians build walls, fences, and gates around their homes? They don’t build walls because they hate the people on the outside, but because they love the people on the inside.

PAUL JAY: That’s the speech, I think, one could have heard from another New Yorker, a few years ago. I’m loyal to my family; I believe and love my family. Everyone else is expendable. And of course, the New Yorker I’m talking about is Tony Soprano. That is the logic of the mafia: That you’re loyal to your own, and you don’t care much–you may not hate the others outside the wall. After all, it’s only business; it’s not personal, to quote Tony Soprano. But this is the logic of mobsters.

Well, another politician spoke after Donald Trump: Chuck Schumer. Here’s a clip from Schumer’s speech.

CHUCK SCHUMER: The symbol of America should be the Statue of Liberty, not a 30 foot wall.

PAUL JAY: Well, let’s remember Chuck Schumer together with President Obama deported something like two million people. In fact, President Obama’s nickname was ‘deporter in chief.’ But let’s talk about the roots of why there is so much migration, particularly, these days, from Central America–‘these days’ meaning the last few decades. Because it’s been a bipartisan affair, this mobster mentality that we’re loyal to ourselves and don’t care about others. Interesting enough in a nation that pretends to be one with American values, which are often called Christian values, which would one think has something to do with the values of Jesus, but certainly is not care about yourself and don’t give a damn about anybody else.

But it’s been a rather bipartisan effort, both Democrats and Republicans, to pillage and plunder Central America and prop up oligarchies, tiny handfuls of families in Central American countries that use the most vicious, dictatorial methods to suppress resistance. Supported, as I say, by both Republican and Democratic regimes, or governments.

GERALD HORNE: Well, I think it’s fair to say that there has been a bipartisan crusade over the past half century to make sure there has not been a redistribution of the wealth in Central America, which obviously has created a large class of poor people who see no alternative but to head north.

PAUL JAY: The solution to the refugee crisis, the migration crisis from Central America, it seems to me is rather obvious. It’s even been talked about during the Obama administration, it has been talked about in Congress, but they don’t do anything about it, which is actual–they don’t use the word ‘reparations.’ But reparations to Central America for the destructive and criminal violation of international law. The way the United States interfered in the internal affairs of Central American countries propped up these dictatorships in the favor of U.S. corporations. If they’re serious about wanting to stop this refugee migration crisis, then there should be reparations paid to these countries. They should stop propping up these right wing governments. In fact, what they’ve done is the opposite, of course. Wherever there’s been a progressive breakthrough in Latin America the United States does everything it can to undermine and bring down governments that are actually somewhat more–that are social democrat by European terms, or even American terms. And a lot of the governments that the Americans and the CIA have brought down wouldn’t have been that far from the policies of Bernie Sanders. But that’s considered beyond the pale for American policy in Latin America.

GERALD HORNE: Well, your words actually reflect the recent remarks of the newly installed president of Mexico. I’m speaking of Lopez Obrador, AMLO, who suggested quite recently that if there are those in Washington who were sincerely interested in halting or stopping or curbing the migration flow northward, that they would be involved in more serious and productive investment in Central America. Particularly in the northern triangle that I just made reference to, where the borders of Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala meet. And what’s interesting, to go a step further, is that AMLO said that if he could not receive a fair hearing for this reasonable proposal in Washington, that he would go abroad to seek investment opportunities for the Northern Triangle, speaking of China, for example. Speaking of other countries.

And I think that that’s the kind of approach that we need. That is to say, we need to talk just as talk in Washington nowadays about so-called Green New Deal. We need an old-fashioned New Deal for Central America. That is to say, government-directed investment to create employment opportunities at reasonable wages. That’s what’s needed right now for Central America.

PAUL JAY: All right. Thanks very much for joining us, Gerald.

GERALD HORNE: Thank you for inviting me.

PAUL JAY: And thank you for joining us on The Real News Network.

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December 21, 2018
Can't We Remember Our Better Angels?
 
Clifton Jolley and Robert Rees
 
 
“Walls work.”  - Donald Trump
 
“I was a stranger and you took me in." - Jesus
 
Having celebrated Thanksgiving and continuing to be thankful for Christmas and Chanukah, it’s easy to be distracted by Cyber Monday gift getting and the lights on Union Square. It’s simpler to forget that 5,000 refugees (and counting) camp at our southern border. We may even choose to cheer ourselves that the daily 50 to 100 refugees being processed seems a reasonable number, given the risks to public safety posed by so many women and children. Besides, how is it possible to manage 5,000 people suffering in make-shift shelters?
 
The answer is in our mixed history of either welcoming or standing guard against the immigrants who have built our cities and railroads, our bridges and buildings, who have dug our root vegetables and picked our apples and plums.
 
The answer is Ellis Island that for three quarters of a century—from the late 19th century through 1954—was the main port of entry for immigrants to America. Challenged by similar dangers—Communists from Russia and Eastern Europe, anarchists from the factories of Western Europe, polygamists from the Near East—the government created an ingenious set of questions to filter the terrorists from the refugees. They asked, “Are you a Communist?” “Are you an anarchist?” “How many wives do you have?”
 
Fewer than 2% were turned away. Most immigrants were processed and admitted in less than two hours, an average of more than 2,500 and as many as 5,000 were processed. A day. A “caravan” (if you insist) of poor, weary, and huddled masses—much like the 5,000 currently huddling in Tijuana—seeking, as had refugees before them, the “golden door” of freedom the Statue of Liberty once claimed to light.
 
But that was before Donald Trump became president, promoting his dark, nationalist obsession that walls are better than doors.
 
It’s tempting to blame our ignorant l’enfant terrible president. But Trump is merely the most recent evolution of nativist bigots who have captured and enlarged on popular fears of “the other.” The Chinese Exclusion Act, the Alien Contract Labor Law, the institution of literacy tests: all were designed to put out the light, to close the door…this time outside San Diego, prohibiting Hispanics fleeing anarchy and tyranny and poverty and worse. The dark underbelly of American immigration policy is that we were most willing to receive immigrants who were white Western Europeans. (No Hispanics. Few Muslims. Perhaps too many Jews...but according to Trump, we need accountants and money lenders.)
 
Although Ellis Island processed its last immigrant in 1954, its demise began in 1921 with the nationalist Quota Laws, underscored in 1924 by passage of the National Origins Act, which was an early version of Trump’s effort to forbid Hispanics and Muslims, establishing a percentage system to preserve the majority the "old immigrants” from Northern and Western Europe.
 
In other words, people who look like Donald Trump. Except that an increasing number of Americans do not, and the recent mid-terms suggest the pendulum of power is swinging away from Trumpian tribalism.
 
But pendulums tend to swing slow, and the immigrants camped in Tijuana can’t wait on the evolution of our cultural appreciation and the growing power of those who once were minorities.
 
And besides: It’s Christmas. The light of Chanukah burns brightly, however limited the oil. Can’t we remember our better angels, when it was possible to process thousands rather than dozens of those seeking refuge in a land of such plenty as we have been blessed?
 
 
Clifton Jolley is President of Advent Communications
 
Robert Rees teaches religion at Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley

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Earth Federation News & Views
Media & Academic Censorship Betrays the World Public Interest
December 11, 2018  
WORLD PUBLIC INTEREST JOURNALISM requires serious journalists to expose those who would try to shut down media and academic freedom.  I have chosen 4 articles that illustrate how the world public is being deprived of important information necessary for democracy to function properly.  
 
I think of journalist Julian Assange whose "crime" is that he exposed the truth about criminal behaviors by American VIP's.  I think of the panic from Israeli Zionists whenever the facts about Israeli crimes against the Palestinians are revealed to the public.  And I think of the ongoing propaganda machine operated by elements of the U.S. government which is euphemistically called "perception management."  - R. Kotila, PhD Editor  -Earth Federation News & Views    
 

12/7/18 THE PERSECUTION OF JULIAN ASSANGE: WIKILEAKS EDITOR SAYS MEDIA IS GIVING THE U.S. COVER TO EXTRADITE HIM | OPINION        by 

https://www.newsweek.com/julian-assange-wikileaks-editor-us-extradite-opinion-1249871
 
"What do these stories have in common? They all give the U.K. and Ecuador political cover to arrest Assange and for the U.S. to extradite him. Any journalists worth their salt should be investigating who is involved in these plots."   ...See the article at the site listed above.
 
 
"One way that the Israeli right wing gets away with these atrocities is to use techniques of blackballing, smearing, and propaganda to marginalize any voices they don’t like. Jewish American mainstream organizations like the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco secretly have created web sites and techniques for getting people fired or blocking their career advancement if they aren’t on board with Israeli colonization of the Palestinian West Bank. Canary Mission is even now targeting our undergraduate students, hoping to blight their lives for taking a stand for justice. I do not believe it is too much to say that Canary Mission is evil. " ...See the article shown below.

The Bottomless Dishonesty of CNN on Palestine and Marc Lamont Hill Firing

By Juan Cole, Informed Comment

03 December 18

 
EXCERPTS: 

NN has fired contributor Marc Lamont Hill for a speech he gave on Palestinian rights at the UN. The speech can be found here.

You can protest this outrageous firing at this petition site.

And here is a link to his book, Nobody: Casualties of America’s War on the Vulnerable, from Ferguson to Flint and Beyond, which everyone should buy and read.

CNN would have been under special pressure to fire Hill because he is a prominent African-American intellectual with a following in his own community, and the Israeli Ministry of Strategic Affairs (the propaganda arm of the Likud government) is worried about the boycott and sanctions movement spreading among American minorities who might sympathize with the oppressed Palestinians.

In his speech, Hill carefully explained all the ways in which Israeli Apartheid practices (my word, not his) devastate the basic human rights of the 5 million Palestinians living under Occupation. Not only are the 20 percent of Israeli citizens who are of Palestinian heritage second class citizens (and, increasingly, third class citizens), but those kept under the jackboot of the Israeli military in the Palestinian West Bank and in Gaza are kept stateless and without even the right to have rights.

These crimes, epochal and unparalleled in our own time, are being committed by Binyamin Netanyahu and his henchmen in plain sight, violating every principle of agreed-upon international law in the post-1945 period. (I say unparalleled because I know of no other government on earth in the 21st century deliberately keeping millions of persons stateless and depriving them of citizenship. Some countries give minorities a citizenship many of the latter do not want, but they still do have a passport and property rights). Israel occupied the Palestinian West Bank and the Gaza Strip in 1967 and refuses to relinquish them or grant citizenship to the inhabitants, ensuring they remain in the twilight zone of statelessness. They are by far the largest stateless population in the world, (Undocumented migrants are not stateless since they have citizenship in their home country). The Nazis made Jews stateless as a prelude to the Holocaust.

One way that the Israeli right wing gets away with these atrocities is to use techniques of blackballing, smearing, and propaganda to marginalize any voices they don’t like. Jewish American mainstream organizations like the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco secretly have created web sites and techniques for getting people fired or blocking their career advancement if they aren’t on board with Israeli colonization of the Palestinian West Bank. Canary Mission is even now targeting our undergraduate students, hoping to blight their lives for taking a stand for justice. I do not believe it is too much to say that Canary Mission is evil.  (To read full article click on site listed below.)

https://readersupportednews.org/opinion2/277-75/53705-the-bottomless-dishonesty-of-cnn-on-palestine-and-marc-lamont-hill-firing

University of Sydney Professor Tim Anderson Suspended for “Criticism of War Propaganda against Syria, Iraq and Palestine”

 (To read article click on the following site:) https://www.globalresearch.ca/university-of-sydney-professor-tim-anderson-suspended-for-criticism-of-war-propaganda-against-syria-iraq-and-palestine/5662229

Mainstream Media Assaults on Freedom of Speech. “The Truth” is No Longer “Important”

Global Research, December 07, 2018

Excerpts: "Friel and Falk focused on the New York Times due to the newspaper’s importance. The authors point out that in 70 Times editorials on Iraq – from September 11, 2001 to March 20, 2003 – the words “international law” and “UN Charter” were never mentioned. The “truth” did not seem terribly “important” as the Times stood idly by in the destruction of Iraq.

Such was the barrage of propaganda directed at the American public that 69% believed Saddam Hussein was “personally involved” in the September 11 attacks. That is a significant achievement in manipulation. The poll results must have been news to the Iraqi dictator himself, a forgotten one-time American ally.

Why Hussein would take it upon himself to orchestrate a surprise attack on the United States, of all nations, is anyone’s guess. Perhaps if he had a death wish but as later events proved he was not the suicidal type.

The Times was not alone in its position of selling the Iraq war to the American people, as television networks from Fox News to CBS and CNN were overwhelmingly pro-war. Fox News, owned by Rupert Murdoch – who strongly backed the illegal conflict – placed a permanent US flag in the corner of the screen. Fox employees were compelled to describe the invasion as “Operation Iraqi Freedom”, with hundreds of thousands of Iraqis later being killed.

The pattern continues into other illegitimate interventions as the liberal Guardian newspaper championed the demolition of Libya in 2011, with editorials imploring, “The quicker Muammar Gaddafi falls, the better.” The Guardian encouraged NATO “to tip the military balance further against Gaddafi”, while later that year summarising that “it has turned out, so far, reasonably well” – by that point thousands had been killed."  (To read full article click on site listed below.)

https://www.globalresearch.ca/mainstream-media-assaults-on-freedom-of-speech-the-truth-is-no-longer-important/5662140

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October 9, 2018
Re: A Movement of Movements, Let the Earth Constitution Be Our Leader
Roger Kotila (a response to Janet's email shown below)

I agree with Janet and Chuck on the need to bring us together towards a MoM (Movement of Movements). Unfortunately the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) need to be adjusted to include a demand for a "new UN," one given the tools it needs to succeed. SDG is an inadequate basis to create a powerful MoM.  


The needed changes to establish an MoM are not included in the SDG plan.  SDG will not end wars -- one of the key global problems. Militarism and nuclear weapons could destroy the world as we know it. There would be little worthwhile left to "sustain."  To add to this problem,  the military is a leading polluter of the environment. Lastly,  war takes away the resources which could end povery worldwide.  MoM must have a means to end militarism.  

MoM using the Earth Constitution as our leader
The World Constitution & Parliament Association addresses these fatal flaws at the international level, including of course, the U.S. for a MoM, conducting a series of Provisional World Parliaments under the Earth Constitution -- the first green constitution ever drafted and a model governing structure for a "new UN" or, if you prefer, for an Earth Federation.

I've pointed out repeatedly that the "Constitution for the Federation of Earth" (aka Earth Constitution) provides an ideal "leader" for a worldwide combined movement with peace, anti-war, environmental, and human rights groups, as well as for the majority of nations suffering under the foot of the P-5 Veto nations at the UN who just happen to be the world's largest weapons' dealers and warmongers... along with their favorite allies and proxies (eg, Israel;  ISIS;  Saudi Arabia; Columbia, Ukraine, etc.).

Chuck, like myself, are world federalists/world citizens.  Short of forming a democratic world federal union government -- a "new UN", we will fail to end these damned wars, eliminate threats of a nuclear nightmare, fail to provide adequate protection for human rights, and lack a better response to climate change.

And not to worry,  for in the proposed "new UN," there will be no "world president" or "world dictator."  No Trump to bully everybody else.  The proposed constitutional replacement for the obsolete UN Charter uses a Parliamentary model, not a Presidential paradigm, hence avoiding the danger of authoritarian rule.  A World Parliament gives "we, the people" a real voice in global affairs, something lacking in the current undemocratic UN geopolitical system.


The world community wants a global peace system, not the current geopolitical war system.  

Watch for the Democratic World Federalists campaign demanding UN Charter Review -- we are calling it THE SAN FRANCISCO PROMISE.  The defective Charter is why the leaders of Bully nations who commit world crimes are (literally) above the law.  The P-5 veto protects the leaders of these nations and their allies from criminal prosecution.  It's a free pass to break international law routinely and not worry about the ICC.   

Roger Kotila                         earthfederation.info                                   
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 Janet wrote (10/9/18):  (See Roger Kotila's response above to Janet's call for a MoM.)
Re Chuck's "FIRST:  Bring together the leaders of various movements (peace, environment, social/economic justice/human rights) to brainstorm a national strategy for activating a unified coalition (movement of movements - MoM) for funding and achieving the 17 SDGs ASAP!"
 
Forging a unified peace-antiwar-justice-environment coalition is what I tried to advocate as a focal purpose of our Peace Congress. The initial tepid response trailed off. If we couldn't have done something like this, we could've started what Chuck advocates.  But it seems nobody's really interested enough to get it off the ground.
  
Thanks, Michael, for your post about climate change.
   Janet                                                                                                                                    STOP
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September 1, 2018

ROLE MODEL 

Dr. Bob Hanson

 

We all need a role model, hero, or mentor. I have had several very important ones in my life.  One of them died recently, a woman named Mary Harris. Mary passed-on just 49 days short of her 101st birthday.  I served with Mary on the board of the Democratic World Federalists.  She attended meetings regularly up until the last few weeks of her long life.  Living at her beach home in Pacifica, she climbed up 160 stairs every time she went anywhere and relied on public transportation and friends for rides.   

 

No-mores 

Mary was contemptuous of war, and called it simply another form of mass murder.  At 97, she wrote:  “Some say Some-mores are a delicious campfire treat.  I present here a truly delectable idea: No-Mores. No-more bombs; No-more war; No-more torture; No-more invading countries for their resources; No-more making enemies; No-more killing for land; No-more crude oil pipelines; No-more fracking;  No-more “solving problems”  by hating, killing or revenge; No-more excuses for global violence; No-more massacres; No-more mass incarcerations; No-more starvation; No-more homelessness; No-more prejudice; No-more racism, sexism, or ageism; No-more ghettos; No-more extrajudicial killings; No-more “all options are on the table.”

 

American exceptionalism, but not in a good way

Like many of us, Mary considered herself a global citizen.  She would have bristled at the idea that the United States is an “exceptional” nation…the view held by many right-wingers that implies that America doesn’t need to comply with any global rules. 

 

Unfortunately, our country is in many ways an exceptional nation – but not in a good way.  Compared with other industrialized countries we enjoy the greatest income inequality, the highest poverty rate, the worst child well-being, the lowest social mobility, the highest infant mortality, the most people without health care, the highest obesity rate, the highest carbon emissions, the highest anti-depressant use, the worst gender inequality, the highest incarceration rate, the worst murder rate and highest military spending.

 

F-35 Joint Strike Fighter a $1.5 trillion dud

Expanding on this last point: Today over half of the nation’s discretionary spending is going to the Pentagon.    We are spending more on arms than we did at the height of the Cold War, when adjusted for inflation.   We spend as much on the military as the next 12-15 countries combined.  This while the administration and Congress maintain there isn’t money to solve the homeless crisis, end poverty, or repair the nation’s crumbling infrastructure.

 

One example of wasteful spending is the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program.  Over the course of its life, the program is projected to cost $1.5 trillion.  This program is not only unnecessary, but the planes have failed test after test; it is now questionable whether they will ever be “combat-ready.”

 

Stay afraid, America, stay very afraid

The military-industrial-congressional-big media complex manages to keep military spending at astronomical levels by freezing the American public in a state of fear.  For decades it was fear of Communism.  When this wound down, it became a fear of terrorists.  Now we see a fear of Islam and/or Russia.  President Eisenhower put it very well in his farewell speech to the American people: “Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.  This world in arms is not spending our money without high cost. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children.”

 

Mary’s spirit lives on…

Mary is gone, but not forgotten.  Each day I ask myself what I can do to contribute to her dream…a world without war.  I know that what I can contribute is miniscule in the big picture, but if enough of us do something to bring lasting peace on Earth maybe it will happen.  Please support World Beyond War, Code Pink, the American Friends, Democratic World Federalists, Peace Action and other groups devoted to the cause.   -- by Dr. Bob Hanson         doctoroutdoors@comcast.net

[First published 8/29/18 in Dr. Hanson's "Progressive View" column in the Rossmoor News, California.]


Human Beings Face Extinction:   We need to act now

[Abridged Version for Earth Federation News & Views]
Glen T. Martin
August 2018


[Editor's note:  This is an abridged version of Professor Glen T. Martin's "Human Beings Face Extinction: We need to act now."  Subtitles have been introduced by the editor to highlight certain key points.]
The global climate is unraveling at rates far beyond the predictions of scientists. The studies are so common by this date, and the scientific evidence so pervasive going back at least half a century, that there is no need to cite sources about this fact.  The oceans are dying, the fisheries are becoming exhausted. The forests are dying. They are devastated through human overuse, logging, wildfires, acid rain, and rapidly changing climate conditions.

Agricultural lands are drying up and losing productivity, the land, water, and air are polluted. Artificial human-made chemical compounds are found in the tissues of every living creature on Earth, with unknown synergistic effects. The oceans are rising, displacing millions of coastal dwellers and submerging prime agricultural lands.

The habitats for animals and life in general are disappearing, and many species go extinct daily. The polar caps are melting, irrevocably altering the planet’s climate. Rainfall is irregular, with periodic droughts alternating with devastating floods. ....

At the same time, the global human population unsustainability continues to increase. ... ...Noam Chomsky declares: “Survival of Organized Human Life Is at Risk Due to Climate Change and Nuclear Weapons.”

UN Charter's untouchable sacred cow prevents global citizenship
Meanwhile, the nations of the world focus on “sovereignty,” militarism, national independence, trade wars, and unsustainable capitalist development. “Sovereign independence” is written into the UN charter in multiple ways and continues to function as an untouchable sacred cow, preventing the development of global citizenship everywhere on Earth. Each nation inculcates loyalty into its citizens and criminalizes any non-government sponsored relationships with foreign officials, which they label “disloyalty” and “treason.” Trillions of dollars are poured down the toilet of militarism that are needed to protect and restore the planetary environment. 
 
Few people seem to care
Nuclear weapons are refined and made “combat ready,” and countries like North Korea correctly understand that without the nuclear deterrent, they would suffer the same destruction as Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, and Libya. For the imperial system led by the U.S. and its NATO allies continues to work for a global hegemony to counter the growing influence of Russia and China, politically and economically, without concern for human rights, dignity, or the welfare and livelihood of many millions who appear of less worthiness to live because they are “not us.” Books such as Nuclear Madness by Helen Caldicott or The Doomsday Machine by Daniel Ellsberg regularly appear detailing the many times that the near use of these weapons has brought humanity close to extinction, but few seem to care. Our fragmentation, hate, fear, and need for “enemies” is so much greater than our desire for a future for our children or the planet.
 
Shock alert: It's a war system, stupid!
Our planetary system is inherently a war system requiring enemies and producing vast profits for the industries that supply and encourage this system.  As climate and military disasters around the world increase so do the profits of the system of “disaster capitalism” described by Naomi Klein in her 2007 book The Shock Doctrine the Rise of Disaster Capitalism. Meanwhile the big banks and masters of the global monetary systems continue to dominate unsustainable global economics, running the world as a debt system from which they derive not only vast profits but vast political power, as Ellen Brown showed in detail in her 2007 book The Web of Debt.
 
Is the ruling class "insane" or simply criminal?
A Google search reveals a number of articles by different authors who have declared that the ruling class is “insane.”  Indeed, if bringing the entire planet to ruin in the service of ones personal greed for wealth and power is insane, then this label is appropriate, although I prefer the term “criminal,” since the majority of the ruling class of the world are simply criminals who control the mass media, the politicians, and the UN in the service of their criminal enterprises that are bringing humankind to extinction.
 
In the US, the majority of both Democrats and Republicans in the Washington, DC, government are criminals in this sense, serving both themselves and the ruling class. Many so-called liberals in the US are working to remove Trump as President, and to “take back our country.”  But the truth is they never had “their country.” The ruling class has always had it, and human extinction advanced perhaps just as rapidly under Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, or Barack Obama. The mass media, the war system, and the “sovereign nation” propaganda keep the people of the US asleep no matter who is president. Whomever fills that office can do little because the system itself defeats rationality, recognition of our common planetary humanity, and the changes necessary for survival.
 
Refusing to become world citizens is a death sentence
Trump is a symptom and not a cause.  People refuse to actualize what Karl Marx called our species-being.  They refuse to become world citizens in any real sense of this word.  They cling to their sovereign borders and delude themselves that somehow extinction can be avoided if the peoples of some 193 different, militarized sovereign nations all care about the environment, recycle, and “dispose” of the trash properly.  Rather than living in what I call a “boundary-less world,” they insist on their puerile boundaries and identities, even as this exacerbates the rush to total climate collapse and human extinction. To cling to a tiny, exclusive identity that divides one from others who are “not me” becomes more important than the survival of the human race.
 
Mass media a main source for immature ideologies
It has often been pointed out that the mass media keep ordinary people distracted, immature, and unable to think clearly.  The mass media are designed for this purpose.  For more sophisticated ordinary people, there are sources like the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post, which frame the immature ideologies in a more erudite manner to satisfy the egoism of the “educated” middle classes.  But the entire world system is immature and structurally inculcates immaturity into the peoples of Earth. 

Misguided loyalties to outdated systems
The system of sovereign nation-states is nearly four centuries old, often said to have begun formally at the Peace of Westphalia in 1648, developed at a time when people were riding horses and fighting with swords.  The system of capitalism is just as old, developed at a time when the Earth seemed to have inexhaustible resources, was able to receive unlimited wastes from human industries, and the population of the world was a fraction of what it is today. These systems structurally condition people into loyalty to their puerile national identities and into a capitalism that has no concern for the environment or human dignity, but only for egoistically pursued private profit. “Freedom” becomes promoting egoistic self-interest regardless of the social or environmental consequences.
 
The world seen from space, or from an airplane, has no borders. ...
 
Bigotry and hate start here
People everywhere need to think: “I am an American,” not a Russian or Chinese.  “I am of a certain skin color, not like those of red, yellow, brown or black complexions.” “I am a Republican, not a Democrat.” “I am a Christian, not a Hindu or a Moslem.”  And it is the same everywhere else, national loyalty requires these identifications, as does so-called religious belief.  In India, people go crazy over their Hindu identity, or their Moslem identity, or their caste status.
 
"Borderless" means we are One humanity
A borderless world does not mean that we abolish all practical administrative distinctions such as electoral districts or jurisdictions for local, regional, or national governments. A borderless world means that people have realized their species-being and become one in their common humanity and dignity. This is the world as seen by the great teachers of human kind such as Jesus Christ, Jiddu Krishnamurti, the 14th Dalai Lama, Mahatma Gandhi, or Martin Luther King, Jr. Despite their great differences, all these leaders lived from their fundamental humanity.
 
...Today, these identities are tearing the world apart because they mirror the structural (political and economic) fragmentation of the world into sovereign nation-states and the capitalist egoistic drive for power and profit.
 
We can "jump-start" a world peace and justice system
We do not need to wait for humanity in general to grow up and embrace the holism of planet Earth, our planetary biosphere, and the human race.   ...We can ratify the “Earth Constitution” and place the common good of the planet, its citizens, and its living creatures at the heart of a global public authority that can reign in and control the egoism and nihilism of both the politicians and the capitalists.
 
... The Constitution for the Federation of Earth (www.earth-constitution.org) is already completed and ready for ratification. It places what is common and universal (the common good of the Earth and its citizens) above the nations and the corporations as the single most legitimate source of governmental authority. 
 
World Parliament
The Earth Federation will establish a democratic World Parliament with authority over both global corporations and so-called “sovereign” nation-states. For the first time in history, our common human dignity will be the basis of the global public authority, not fear, enemies, war, greed, and exploitation. There is no other way to end environmental and human destruction by the corporations as well as war and terrorism by the nation-states.
 
Earth Constitution and the universal good
The Earth Constitution establishes global democracy predicated on what is common and universal and empowers an Earth Federation Government to conform both economics and politics to the universal common good.  Article One defines that universal common good as ending war, protecting universal human rights, addressing poverty and inequality, and protecting and restoring the planetary environment. Law enforcement is assured through civilian police who must themselves obey the law. There is no military. Here we have the only true source of legitimate government authority: the common good of the Earth and its citizens: a global peace system, justice system, and sustainability system.
 
... If we actualize our species-being, then we are open to love, concern, and identification with all, including the Earth’s many other living species.  We no longer need to cling to an identity that excludes the others (whomever they happen to be).  Some 200 years ago, the philosopher Lessing wrote to the Christians and Jews of Europe: “if only I had found one among you for whom it was enough to be called a human being!” My newest book,
Global Democracy and Human Self-Transcendence, develops these ideas in some detail.
 
The Constitution for the Federation of Earth structurally establishes a planetary democratic government ... All persons become World Citizens first, responsible for their planetary home and future generations. Their primary identity becomes our common humanity. We need to ratify this Constitution if we want to avoid the rapidly approaching fate of planetary extinction of the human race. 
 
It is time for humanity to grow up and face responsibility for ourselves and our precious planet. It is time we ended the global war system and converted to a peace, justice, and sustainability system. It is time we united our planetary home in a global democracy under the Earth Constitution.
 
-- Professor Glen T. Martin 

May 12, 2018

Progressive View        Rossmoor News    Walnut Creek, California

Bob Hanson

[First published May 9, 2018]                                                                                                                        


THE BEST KEPT SECRET ON SAVING THE WORLD

I’m betting you have never heard of the World Constitution and Parliament Association.  This international movement has been working  diligently  since 1958 to come up with a better way to run the world.  There have been many international meetings held in various countries to develop what is known as the  CONSTITUTION  FOR THE FEDERATION OF THE EARTH.  It was written by the combined   efforts   and input of hundreds of folks who consider themselves world citizens.

 

The paper has been modified and improved many times since the first world assembly which was held in Interlaken, Switzerland.  The document is based upon six principles: 1) The common Humanity and Dignity of all human beings; 2)   Economic   democracy and equal opportunity for all persons; 3)  Sustainability and ecological health for the planet; 4)  Unity in Diversity of all Nations, Communities, Religions, and persons living together in harmony on Earth; 5)  Ending War and Reducing violence in Human Affairs; and 6) The rule of democratically Legislated, Enforceable Law for the Earth.

 

Some of you who are still with me are probably thinking, “but,   don’t we already have a United Nations?”  Of course we do…and it has been a big improvement over the former world organization, the League of Nations.  The U.N. has probably prevented many international conflicts and has done yeoman duty in terms of refugees and humanitarian relief.  However, it has failed in the task it was created for in San Francisco in 1945….ending war.  The U.N. has failed to live up to its potential for several reasons, most of which are related to the U.S. and other world powers unwillingness to give up a bit of their sovereignty for the common good.  The Security Council veto has prevented that organization from acting on many occasions.  The International Court of Justice is voluntary, with no means of enforcing its judgments and the General Assembly is undemocratic (India and Monaco each have equal votes),   and is  generally powerless.

 

The right wing in this country and abroad is paranoid about the U.N., ineffective as it is.  To them, world government conjures up thoughts of black helicopters and Hitlerism.  They feel that the war system is the natural order of life and we have to be able to fight for our freedom in a dog eat dog world.   To the victors go the spoils.   If this thinking prevails, it is only a matter of time until a nuclear confrontation lays the earth uninhabitable and humankind’s    little experiment will be over.

 

If the Earth Constitution or something similar were to be adapted, it would be an extension of our present democracy.  Functions that affect us locally will still be handled by local governments; state affairs will still be conducted   by our state representatives and matters dealing with national issues will still be under the jurisdiction of federal governments.  The jurisdiction of the democratic world government will be limited to relations between nations and issues such as global warming which do not   recognize   national boundaries.  Pollution created in China may end up here,  or vice-versa.

 

Article 109-3 of the U.N. charter calls for   a  charter  review after 10 years.  This, of course, has never happened because the permanent five (U.S., Russia, France, UK and China)   don’t   want to give up the veto.  Organizations I am involved with are working to mobilize the peace-loving nations of the world to  demand   charter review.  If we are able to make that happen, maybe the U.N. charter will be  replaced  by  the Earth Constitution or something similar  and war will become a relic of the past.

 

Albert Einstein said “There is no salvation for civilization or even the human race, other than the creation of a world government.”  Now is the time, before it is too late.

 

To find out more about the Earth Constitution, go to www.earth-constitution.org.

May 9, 2018 [Editor's note:  "Manna" may or may not become a viable form of currency and should be considered to be speculative at this stage of its introduction to the public.  -RK]

MANNA
The official initial currency of WCPA under World Legislative Act  #22:
Toward a Guaranteed Income for the People of Earth under the Earth Constitution

 
 
 

Some answers by Eric Stetson, Founder and Chief Executive Officer
People's Currency Foundation and Mannabase Inc.

1.  What is the main currency of 'Manna'?  Will people from other countries will convert their own currency in USD.? 
The People's Currency Foundation (non-profit which distributes Manna) aspires to have Manna listed on various currency exchanges where it may be converted into numerous major currencies in the world. Currently, it is on one exchange where it can be converted into two currencies: USD and Bitcoin (BTC). As our project and number of users continues to grow, we hope that other exchanges will add Manna and enable people to exchange it for EUR, JPY, GBP, BRL, INR, and others.

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This will be especially helpful for two groups of people: adults in severe poverty, for whom small amounts of money would be of significant benefit, and children whose parents cannot afford to provide them with any capital to help them get an education or other things to help them start their adult life, for whom the Manna children's savings account would be very helpful when they turn 18.

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If Manna becomes a widely accepted currency in the world, its equitable distribution system will gradually reduce the inequalities of wealth over time. We cannot take wealth away from those who already have it, but we can provide more wealth to those who do not, which comes from growing our money supply. In other words, the inflation of Manna currency is distributed evenly to everyone, so as the money supply grows, there is less of a gap between rich and poor.

Our nonprofit will be backing the value of Manna with donations received, and profits from our social media platform, as well as profits from other investments we may hold in the future as our organization becomes better capitalized. The currency is also backed by people's faith and trust in it, and choice to buy and use it. If its value is sufficiently backed, it can be an effective vehicle for redistribution of wealth among individuals and nations of the world.
 
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OPINION
Earth Federation News & Views     www.earthfederation.info 

March 23, 2018
CAN THE ZIONIST LOBBY NOW  MANAGE PRESIDENT TRUMP?  [Professor Mazin Qumsiyeh gives a Palestinian perspective, almost never seen in the controlled Western mainstream media.  He believes that Zionist extremists now have the White House, and will soon have the US in open warfare against Iran and Syria to satisfy plans for Zionist Empire ("Greater Israel").  With the appointment of right wing extremist hawk John Bolton as National Security Adviser, even MSNBC and CNN are worried about the danger of open warfare -- a repeat of the US world crime against Iraq which Bolton helped launch. -- Dr. R. Kotila, editor Earth Federation News & Views] 

From: mazin@qumsiyeh.org

My visit to Spain and Portugal is going well. I met so many nice people. From those in the science and education fields to those taking care of homeless people in the streets of Madrid, I am inspired always by the human spirit of giving and sharing. As they say in Spanish Pasaremos (like we shall overcome or it will pass). Yes, we wish politicians everywhere are on the same wavelength as the good people trying to make a living, help each other, and “first do no harm”. That contrast is made the more visible to us as we stay tuned to world affairs “thinking globally and acting locally”.

Let us first talk about thinking globally then move on to reflections on acting locally. Thinking globally one could get frustrated to see what is going on. Teenager Ahed Tamimi and her mother both given 8 months in Israeli jail for their simple acts of defiance to the genocidal Israeli apartheid policies (and have to pay thousands in “fines” and the hanging suspended sentence means they are liable to be imprisoned anytime for the simplest of acts of resistance).

Meanwhile many Israeli occupiers are claimed as “heroes” or (rarely) serve few months (but only when Israel needs to show it has “courts”) after brutally murdering Palestinians. Some who committed massacres have become Israeli leaders (Begin, Shamir, Sharon etc) or currently serve as Israeli leaders (Netanyahu and others). 100,000 Palestinians were killed since Palestine was colonized by force and renamed “Israel” and some 700,000 were kidnapped and held as political prisoners. Hundreds of villages were destroyed and today 7.5 million Palestinians are refugees or displaced people.

U
nder the thumb of the Zionist lobby#, the US Congress will pass a law to further punish Palestinian families and children* while continuing to reward Apartheid “Israel” with billions of our tax money. Trump fired Rex Tillerson on the orders of the Lobby then appointed neocon Pompeo as Secretary of State and Bolton as National Security Adviser. Both are Zionist “managed”. Trump then went on to appoint Gina Haskell who supports tortures and secret CIA torture prisons to head the CIA! By May 12,
Trump will dump the global deal with Iran and work to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem in violation of International law.

Zionist managed mainstream media are whipping up the masses with propaganda just like they did with the war on Iraq and Syria. The Mossad which targeted Americans and others to start wars is already preparing the next false flag operation and timing it so that the US will enter yet another war in our region on behalf of Israel. It maybe the last war for the US empire (if not the world): tax payers were loaded with $3 trillion for the war on Iraq and thousands of American soldiers paid with their lives (as well nas >1 million Iraqis) and this war will be 10 times more devastating (Iran is far stronger than Iraq was and is supported at least partially by China, Russia, Syria, and Iraq).

L
ike Martin Luther King had said the USA remains the “biggest purveyor of violence in the world”. The only difference is that since the 1960s, the violence has been increasingly focused on the Arab and Muslim countries because of the success of the lobby shifting US foreign policy from imperialism for the sake of the US Empire to imperialism for the sake of the Zionist Empire in a globalized world where national interests are subsidiary to globalized money interests.

Times are ominous. I think it is safe to say not only should we resist these violent trends vigorously for the sake of the future of humanity, but we should also prepare for any unfolding scenarios of devastation. We can do and are doing this in thousands of ways: by growing food locally, rethinking our ways of life and where we get our news, by developing critical thinking, by dumping chauvinistic nationalism (the racist notion of “our nation first”), by love and caring for ALL fellow human beings etc.

Here example from the USA: https://uscpr.org/awards/ This is ACTING LOCALLY. As I said in the beginning I continue to be inspired by acts of kindness I see around me and via news from around the world. I gather hope from the beautiful students I met at two universities in Madrid to a Syrian refugee working in a Kitchen and helping distribute food to homeless Europeans. I see it in the Spanish students eager to learn Arabic and wanting to volunteer with us at Bethlehem University. I see it the eyes of children lighting up with curiosity and love of nature. We can and shall overcome.

A
n article I wrote in 2008 published by PASSIA about Palestinian options. It is still valid: “Cowardice asks the question - is it safe? Expediency asks the question - is it politic? Vanity asks the question - is it popular? But conscience asks the question - is it right? And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular; but one must take it because it is right.”   http://www.passia.org/home/2008/Palestinian%20Options%20as%20the%20Nakba%20turns%2060.pdf

Action: ell Adidas it is No Fair Play on Stolen Land https://bdsmovement.net/adidas #Al Jazeera has been threatened by members of Congress because of the investigation they conducted about the lobbying of AIPAC for Israel. Robert Fisk wonders if we will ever see the results of this investigation.
https://popularresistance.org/will-we-ever-see-al-jazeeras-investigation-into-the-israel-lobby/ *
https://israelpalestinenews.org/legitimacy-family-compensation-palestinians-killed-injured-imprisoned/

Stay Human Mazin Qumsiyeh A bedouin in cyberspace, a villager at home Professor, Founder, and (volunteer) Director Palestine Museum of Natural History Palestine Institute of Biodiversity and Sustainability Bethlehem University Occupied Palestine http://qumsiyeh.org

From Mazin Qumsiyeh's Blog (March, 2018):
Zionist Lobby Dictates US Foreign Policy to Support Israeli World Crimes
The last fig leaf has fallen also off of the lie of a “peace process” supposedly led by the US government which in turn has a foreign policy dictated by the Zionist lobby. It is the last fig leaf that protected the Arab leaders from Riyad to Ramalllah who helped Israel get away with ethnic cleansing, crimes against humanity, and war crimes. It is the last fig leaf that protected the hypocritical Western Leaders from Sydney to Berlin to London to Washington who speak of International law and did everything in their power to physically support and fund an apartheid state that violates just about every provision of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as well as the Fourth Geneva Convention and countless UN resolutions (both UN security council and general assembly resolutions). It even violates the provisions of Israel’s own admission to the UN and should have long been expelled from the UN.

Earth Federation News & Views      


Dateline:  San Francisco,  March 14, 2018.  Would US troops die for Israel?
[Editor's note:  Unfortunately the United Nations cannot prevent Israel or the U.S. from expanding the illegal war against Syria.  The UN, due to its defective Charter, lacks the tools it needs to intervene effectively.  The UN should turn to the Earth Constitution.  It would have the missing governing structure needed to prevent the carnage and suffering that the Middle East endures.  We can only hope that Israel does not also decide to attack Iran -- and use a "shock and awe"  traumatic first strike strategy with tactical nuclear weapons, confident that Trump's American military will back them up. - R. Kotila, Ph.D.    earthfederation.info]

US Commander: ‘US Troops Prepared to Die for Israel’ in War Against Syria, Hezbollah

Operation Juniper Cobra is not a routine exercise; it is a portent of a potentially devastating war against Syria, Hezbollah and Gaza for which Israel is actively preparing — a war likely to erupt within the coming months.

In-depth Report: SYRIA

Featured image: Soldiers from the U.S. Army and the Israel Defense Force (IDF carry a litter with a mock patient during a mass casualty training as part of the combined missile defense exercise known as Juniper Cobra 18, Feb. 28, 2018. (U.S. Navy photo)

Last Sunday, the largest joint military exercise between the United States and Israel began with little fanfare. The war game, dubbed “Operation Juniper Cobra,” has been a regular occurrence for years, though it has consistently grown in size and scope. Now, however, this year’s 12-day exercise brings a portent of conflict unlike those of its predecessors.


Previous reports on the operation suggested that, like prior incarnations of the same exercise, the focus would be on improving Israeli defenses.

“Juniper Cobra 2018 is another step in improving the readiness of the IDF [Israeli Defense Forces] and the IAF [Israeli Air Force] in particular to enhance their operational capabilities in facing the threat posed by high-trajectory missiles,” Brig. Gen. Zvika Haimovitch, the IDF’s Aerial Defense Division head, told the Jerusalem Post.

However, this year’s “Juniper Cobra” is unique for several reasons. The Post reported on Thursday that the drill, set to end on March 15, was not only the largest joint U.S.-Israeli air defense exercise to ever happen but it was also simulating a battle “on three fronts.” In other words, Israel and the U.S. are jointly simulating a war with Lebanon, Syria, and Palestine – namely, the Gaza strip – simultaneously.

What makes this last part so concerning are Israel’s recent statements and other preparations for war with all three nations, making “Juniper Cobra” anything but a “routine” drill. It is instead yet another preparation for a massive regional conflict, suggesting that such a conflict could be only a matter of months away.

As MintPress recently reported, Israeli officials recently told a bipartisan pair of U.S. Senators that it needed “ammunition, ammunition, ammunition” for a war against Hezbollah in Lebanon — a war that will expressly target Lebanese civilians and civilian infrastructure, such as hospitals, schools, and apartment buildings.

The alleged motive for the invasion is the presence of Iranian rocket factories. However, this allegation is based solely on the claims of an anonymous deputy serving in the Iranian Revolutionary Guard and was first reported on by a Kuwaiti newspaper known to publish stories planted by the Israeli government.

In addition, Israel has been laying the groundwork for an invasion of Syria since last year and is largely responsible for the current conflict in Syria that has raged on for seven years. Israel’s current push to invade Syria is also based on flimsy evidence suggesting that Iran is establishing bases in Syria to target Israel.

Israel has also been preparing for a conflict on the embattled Gaza strip, which – owing to the effects of Israel’s illegal blockade and the devastation wrought by past wars – is set to be entirely uninhabitable by 2020. Reports have quoted officials of the Palestinian resistance group Hamas, which governs the Gaza strip, as saying that they place the chances of a new war with Israel in 2018 “at 95 percent” and that war games, like Operation Juniper Cobra, were likely to be used to plan or even initiate such a conflict. This concern was echoed by IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot, who stated that another Israeli invasion of Gaza, home to 1.8 million people, was “likely” to occur this year. Eizenkot ironically framed the imminent invasion as a way to “prevent a humanitarian collapse” in Gaza.


U.S. lights match, prepares troops

US Israeli troops deploy a Patriot missile defense battery during the 2018 Juniper Cobra air defense exercise in March 2018. (Israel Defense Forces)

US and Israeli troops deploy a Patriot missile defense battery during the 2018 Juniper Cobra air defense exercise in March 2018. (Source: Israel Defense Forces)

Such a war is likely to be ignited by the unrest destined to follow the U.S.’ imminent move of its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The move, set to take place in May, led Hamas to call for a third intifada, or uprising, in response to the U.S.’ unilateral decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in defiance of the international consensus.


Beyond the fact that Israel is preparing to go to war with several countries simultaneously is the fact that U.S. ground troops are now “prepared to die for the Jewish state,” according to U.S. Third Air Force Commander Lt. Gen. Richard Clark.


“We are ready to commit to the defense of Israel and anytime we get involved in a kinetic fight there is always the risk that there will be casualties. But we accept that, as in every conflict we train for and enter, there is always that possibility,” Clark told the Post.


However, more troubling than the fact that U.S. troops stand ready to die at Israel’s behest was Clark’s assertion that Haimovitch would “probably” have the last word as to whether U.S. forces would join the IDF during war time. In other words, the IDF will decide whether or not U.S. troops become embroiled in the regional war for which Israel is preparing, not the United States. Indeed, Haimovitch buoyed Clark’s words, stating that:


“I am sure once the order comes we will find here U.S. troops on the ground to be part of our deployment and team to defend the state of Israel.”

Operation Juniper Cobra is not a routine exercise; it is a portent of a potentially devastating war for which Israel is actively preparing, a war likely to erupt within the coming months. In addition to overtly targeting civilians, these preparations for war — as Juniper Cobra shows — directly involve the United States military and give the war-bent Israeli government the power to decide whether or not American troops will be involved and to what extent. This is a devastating giveaway of national sovereignty by U.S. President Donald Trump.

While the potential involvement of the U.S. forces in such a war is being framed as limited in scope, there is no indication that such a war will be so in practice. Indeed, the U.S. is currently occupying 25 percent of Syria and the Trump administration has economically attacked Palestinians living in Gaza by withdrawing crucial aid, as well as Hezbollah by enforcing new sanctions against the group. Furthermore, Israel’s nuclear arsenal and the fact that Iran — and even Russia — could become involved in such a conflict means that it could quickly spiral out of control.

*Whitney Webb is a staff writer for MintPress News who has written for several news organizations in both English and Spanish; her stories have been featured on ZeroHedge, the Anti-Media, and 21st Century Wire among others. She currently lives in Southern Chile.

OPINION - Earth Federation News & Views
March 7, 2018
SCHECK'S WORLD

Are Netanyahu and Trump Going To Start A War Against Iran?
 
Trump reversed his campaign pledge to put America First by reducing our imperial profile.  But instead of
cutting back on our interventions for regime change, he has continued the failed pro-Israel, Neocon policies of
his predecessors.
 
A quick perusal of  the headlines shows that even as I write this, Trump and Bibi have reinforced their
public bromance with the President apparently endorsing everything the Israeli Lobby wants regarding
Jerusalem, Syria, settlements and Iran.  Other than Jared Kushner losing his top security clearance, there
is little evidence that Trump is doing much to constrain the Israeli Lobby's hold on the Capital.
 
With Bibi in town to attend the annual AIPAC pow wow, we once again see the Israeli Prime Minister making
outlandish claims about Iran's threat to the world while predicting Trump will scrap the 5 + 1 nuke deal.
 
Most likely to happen is what Lawrence Wilkerson and I have both written:  That the two beleaguered leaders will start a war with Iran to divert attention away from their scandals.
 
It is going to take much more to awaken our distracted and insouciant American public to shed the mantle of
domination we currently see manifesting itself today.  Maybe if Bibi is frog-marched off to jail and/or Trump is
impeached or dispatched from the White House we will see a change. 
 
Until then, it looks to this observer that the Trump/Kusner/Bibi Alliance underwritten by Sheldon Adelson and
manned by countless loyal Neocons will perpetuate the imperial ways of 21st Century America.
 
by Rich Scheck      harvboy29@gmail.com

November 16, 2017
A Courageous Israeli Speaks Out
by Rick Sterling

On October 6, 2017 there was a presentation in Lafayette California featuring the Israeli-American Miko Peled.  The event was sponsored by Mt Diablo Peace & Justice Center (MDPJC) with co-sponsorship by Jewish Voice for Peace and others.

What Miko Peled says is seldom heard by Americans.

Miko was born in Jerusalem and comes from a famous Israeli family. His grandfather was one of the signers of the Israeli founding documents. His father was a soldier in the war which led to the creation of Israel and later a senior Army general during the 1967 war. Adding to the power of his voice, one of Miko’s nieces was killed in a suicide bombing attack. Miko Peled is author of the acclaimed book The General’s Son: Journey of an Israeli in Palestine.

In contrast with what one might expect, Miko Peled is a voice of sharp criticism of Israel and Israeli policies. He does not mince his words. Israel is a “settler colonial state” and Israel does NOT have a “right to exist” as an apartheid state with preferential treatment based on ethnicity.

Miko does not speak in the abstract; he gives specific examples to demonstrate what he says. Palestinians in the West Bank have no consistent running water while settlers enjoy unlimited drinking water plus swimming pools and water for green lawns. The situation in Gaza is even worse. The two million residents of the tiny Gaza strip endure horrific conditions. Babies with medical conditions die while just a few miles away, Israeli babies with the same conditions will live.

Peled does not limit his criticism to the “Occupied Territories”. He says all of the state should be called Palestine with equal rights and opportunities for all. Peled pokes fun at the claims that Jews anywhere have a “right to return” because of a supposed 2000 year old claim and entitlement. These claims are based on the Old Testament not scientific history. In contrast with the myth, most Israeli citizens have zero DNA connection to the region. Peled humorously points to the irony of zionists who claim a 2000 year old “right” to the land as they deny and denigrate the rights and claims of Palestinians who were expelled in 1948 and after. As Peled explains, most Israelis are quick to tell Palestinians to “get over it” despite the fact that Palestinian claims are well documented and the expulsion was only 70 years ago not 2000. Unknown to most Americans, about half a million Palestinians languish in Lebanon, waiting for the time when they return to their villages in Palestine from which they were expelled in 1948 and after. The actual history of those events has been clearly documented by the Israeli historian Ilan Pappe.

Peled thinks that the situation is better now that the pretense of a “two state solution” is openly dismissed by US President Trump and Israeli PM Netanyahu. There are two paths: the current situation of supremacist democracy for Jews only with continuing occupation and oppression for the Palestinians or democracy for all. While acknowledging the unpopularity of equality for most Israelis today, Miko Peled recalls how quickly the change happened in South Africa. He says if they could overcome apartheid in South Africa, why is this not possible in Israel/Palestine?

In the 1980’s and early 90’s, the international Boycott Apartheid campaign helped to end open racism in South Africa. Around the world there is a similar peaceful and non-violent campaign pressing for the end of open racism in Israel.  It’s called “BDS” for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions. The goal is to pressure Israel to abandon its apartheid policies just as South Africa did. Making clear his own stand, Miko Peled wore a large BDS button on his lapel. For those who mistakenly believe that Israel is a progressive force internationally, the reality is that Israel was one of apartheid South Africa’s closest allies.

For taking the stance he does, and especially because of his family roots, Miko Peled has been vilified and threatened. It takes great courage to follow his beliefs as he has. His family is apparently with him. In his book he describes how his mother refused to take furniture or property of Palestinians who had been expelled from Jerusalem in 1967, as many other prominent Jewish families were doing. He describes his father’s evolution from military general to an advocate for peace and respect for Palestinians. And he describes the reaction of his sister and how she blamed Netanyahu and racist policies for the death of her daughter. Miko Peled demonstrates courage and integrity.  Through his writing and speeches he exposes racist policies in Israel and the US. He seeks a better future even if it sometimes appears hopeless and provokes slander and personal threats against himself.

Miko Peled’s book is published by Just World Books. A video of his Lafayette presentation, including the introduction by St Mary’s College Professor Hisham Ahmed, is posted at the Mt Diablo Peace & Justice Center website.
[This article first published October 10, 2017 in DissidentVoice.org.]

Rick Sterling is an investigative journalist. He lives in the SF Bay Area and can be contacted at rsterling1@gmail.com. 
October 17, 2017 

Editor's message to President Trump and to world federalists: It is tempting for world federalists to overlook President Trump's recent authoritarian speech to the United Nations. Yet for a leader of a powerful nation like the U.S. to openly threaten war goes against everything world federalists stand for. We don't need jingoism, Mr. President. World federalists want a "new United Nations" for a reason: To provide an effective global governing structure where conflicts can be resolved peacefully by means of going to Court, or going to a democratically elected World Parliament. 

And excuse me, Mr. President. It should be "World first," not "America first." 

-- R. Kotila, Ph.D.

United Nations – and the Monster in the Room

By Peter Koenig Global Research, September 23, 2017 Region: USA Theme: United Nations

There are no words, other than Monster, not even human monster, that can describe Trump’s appearance before the UN General Assembly last Tuesday, 19 September.

It’s of no use to go through details of the insults he yelled at the word – many others have explained and analyzed that already – and done it well – remains to say that what Trump demonstrated with threats of total devastation of North Korea, war against Iran, total asphyxiation of Venezuela, regime change in Syria – and more – is sheer criminal, war criminal behavior.

Pledging for respect of nations’ sovereignty, yet threatening the world at large – except for Israel -with total annihilation if it doesn’t follow Washington’s orders, is pure hypocrisy; it has never been expressed as desperately before the entire UN body of nations as did Trump last Monday. While some of his predecessors have not talked kindly to this league of nations, expressing threats, lies and humiliations, the extent of Trump’s atrocious behavior has no precedent in the history of the UN.

The ongoing US indiscriminate killing around the globe – tens of millions of people in the last 70 years alone – plus these ferocious, insane threats, and economic strangulations through illegal sanctions, are ripe for a new Nuremburg type tribunal

It is a typical and dangerous conduct for a dying beast. Lashing out at its surroundings, at the world, as it were – for intimidation, disgrace and foremost to pull as many as possible with the dying monster into its self-made grave.

But the burning question that we have to ask ourselves, is this: Why did almost nobody, safe for Iran and North Korea and perhaps one or the other country representative walk out? 

Why did of the more than 180 nations who wish and desire the final demise of this murderous empire, not dare to exit the room of the Monster, the General Assembly, and let Trump speak and yell atrocities to empty walls and to himself?

The New York Times reports that “world leaders were stoic and quiet, barely reacting to his remarks about their countries.”

Why? Out of fear? What fear? – Could and would this military dictatorship, run by “Mad Dog” et al, a top brass military junta, destroy the world as we know it? – I don’t think so.

Is it for the money, because the US is currently footing almost a quarter of the UN budget and is threatening to withdraw her funding, if the UN is not “restructured”, meaning, to become a total puppet of Washington and its deep state? – I don’t think so. Indeed, by 22 September 2017, the US of A had not paid her dues.

Every halfway sane nation knows that the UN already today is barely more than a stooge to Washington, so are most of the UN specialized agencies and international courts that were once created with good intentions, I hope to believe.

So, then why?

Wouldn’t walking out have been a clear act of world solidarity, of a world that stands for peace and not for eternal war, not for a weapons and military based economy, but one that thrives on peace, on people’s development and wellbeing? 

A new UN body, à la League of Nations after WWI that stands for peace, could be forged without the rogue nations, such as the United States and Monsters such as Trump. And this at a cost much lower than the current official UN budget of US$ 5.4 Billion. A lot of deadwood overhead could be cut.

Or, is it that almost the entire world, its leaders, have become psychopaths, succumbing to the Stockholm syndrome? – They seek the protection of their very murderer. How sick has our western civilization become? The result of neoliberalism – a ‘modern’ form of fascism that makes people blindly obeying their butcher, confronting their own demise?

It’s high time that we wake up. Better late than never. And the Never is when we have been swallowed by the deadly abyss. Before that very moment, we still have a chance to resist.

Open your eyes and ears and walk away from and boycott Monsters like Trump, and the handlers that have chosen their multi-billionaire bully to frighten the world into submission.

Wake up! And walk out a way – forging a peace solidarity!

Peter Koenig is an economist and geopolitical analyst. He is also a former World Bank staff and worked extensively around the world in the fields of environment and water resources. He lectures at universities in the US, Europe and South America. He writes regularly for Global Research, ICH, RT, Sputnik, PressTV, The 4th Media (China), TeleSUR, The Vineyard of The Saker Blog, and other internet sites. He is the author of Implosion – An Economic Thriller about War, Environmental Destruction and Corporate Greed – fiction based on facts and on 30 years of World Bank experience around the globe. He is also a co-author of The World Order and Revolution! – Essays from the Resistance.

The original source of this article is Global Research Copyright © Peter Koenig, Global Research, 2017
Beyond Trump and Nukes: Unmaking War, Remaking Men
  
September 20, 2017   Reader Supported News

San Francisco -- When President Trump promises that the threats by North Korea's Kim Jong Un "will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen,” many of us believe that Trump is willing to order a nuclear attack.

A president who takes pride in making violent threats and appears willing to risk a nuclear war raises an important question as to the president’s psychiatric status, and further brings up the question of what is wrong with the world’s geopolitical system that allows this type of nightmarish endangerment?

While some pundits fret over a president who appears mentally unstable and willing to start a nuclear war, there are others who are thrilled that the president is being “strong.”

New York Times reporter Richard Fausset captures conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh’s excitement over finally having a “real man” as president. “We don’t have a pajama boy who wears mom jeans who can barely throw a baseball, a first pitch, at a Nationals game, as president," Rush gushes sarcastically. "We have somebody out there who's no-nonsense, who's not going to take this!"

Trump as a macho warrior standing up against North Korea and making America great again?  What’s wrong with this picture?

What if Trump’s "machismo" is a psychological trait which vastly increases the likelihood that he will impulsively order a nuclear strike to prove to a defiant opponent that he (the U.S.) is “the boss”?  Sociologist Kathleen Barry in “Unmaking War, Remaking Men” concludes that men, due to socialization, are susceptible to the "masculinity of war” which leads to psychopathic behaviors like some see in the Trump presidency.

Trump’s many threats to use military violence puts the psychology of boastful “machismo” on full display, a trait that, in combination with other psychiatric symptoms, could lead to new wars like his recent threats to use military force against Venezuela.

Psychiatric symptoms galore

A group of mental health experts in April told a conference at Yale University’s School of Medicine that they believe President Trump is paranoid and delusional, and suffers a “dangerous mental illness.”  Some pundits describe the president as narcissistic and lacking empathy, while others find him to be hostile, bigoted, emotionally unstable, a pathological liar, and “deranged.”

Could it get worse?  Yes.

Trump displays behaviors found in psychopaths, the most dangerous type of antisocial personality disorder known to psychiatry. A psychopathic personality disorder refers to an extreme lack of conscience.  Reporter Mehdi Hasan for The Intercept (8/9/17) quotes Trump’s strategy for defeating ISIS:  “Bomb the shit out of ‘em” and “take out their families.”

“Remorseless killing” is a hallmark of the ultimate psychopath.  While sociopaths may lie, cheat, steal, or even kill, extreme psychopaths are capable of the same and more, of remorseless mass murder.  What if the President becomes obsessed with the idea of using his nuclear arsenal to show the world he isn’t just empty talk (isn’t weak).

Lack of Global Conscience

Psychopaths may easily fool people as to their true nature since they can seem to be normal – just like everybody else, but sometimes a little over the top. President Trump reveals a stunning lack of Global Conscience.

Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Environmental Accords illustrates his contempt for the world community, much as does his apparent willingness to commit genocide if he orders a nuclear first strike against North Korea. The radioactive victims would include American soldiers and millions living in Seoul only 30 miles from North Korea, not to mention the nearby people of Japan and on the eastern coasts of China and Russia.

A threat of genocide would suggest that emergency measures may be necessary to prevent the Trump and Kim confrontation from erupting into war. Can the world community rely on the military generals to refuse if Trump orders a surprise first strike nuclear attack?

Should Congress intervene and take the nuclear missile launch codes away from the President, or apply the 25th Amendment to remove an unfit President as suggested by John Cassidy in the New Yorker (8/14/17)?

Manhood gone awry

A key lesson to remember is that "leaders in the White House and around the world" become potentially "remorseless killers" because "Every society makes men's readiness to fight in combat a matter of their manhood."

Historian Alexander DeConde examines how “one U.S. president after another took the military into unnecessary wars,” and concludes in his study of Presidential Machismo that presidential power over the military allows leaders to prove their virility.  Few presidents, he concludes, have been able to resist the temptation to use the military machine at their disposal to exalt themselves in the role of warrior.

War will not be unmade without remaking masculinity.  “Core masculinity” is not biological, but is taught by society.  A boy learns to be tough, aggressive, and unfeeling. As a man the state is preparing him for potential combat, part of society’s expectation and requirements of manhood.

World peace will require abandoning traditional core masculinity with its violent standards of manhood.

Why a "new UN" is needed

We know that changing the macho culture alone will not be enough to stop war. We urgently need geopolitical change. At the global level there is no law and order, no global sheriff to insure the peace.  Leaders from powerful countries are above the law.

When the world is governed by unbounded psychopathy, it is a risk that America and the world community should not accept.  A mentally ill leader may distort reality, but a psychopath is willing to take down the whole world.

Psychopaths do not respond to reason, love, or conscience.

The United Nations is needed in the event that a country is held hostage by a psychopathic leader.  But the UN lacks the tools to intervene significantly, its hands tied by the flawed UN Charter.

The UN cannot remove Trump (or Kim) from office even if they represent an imminent danger. The UN cannot protect us from nuclear war. It is sidelined when it counts the most.

The UN’s deficiencies are being addressed by Democratic World Federalists in a strategy called THE SAN FRANCISCO PROMISE.  An initial step is a demand that the UN General Assembly review the UN Charter which opens the door for the possibility of a “new UN.”

The World Constitution and Parliament Association’s Constitution for the Federation of Earth (aka "Earth Constitution")  can serve as the “gold standard” for a new Charter, transforming the UN into a democratic world federal union with enforceable world law, and given the tools needed to eliminate nuclear weapons and end war itself.

Roger Kotila, Ph.D.

Beware Europe: American Empire Is Rapidly Imploding!

July 31, 2017
San Francisco

Dear friends in the European Parliament & fellow peace activists,
 
Please read carefully the following analysis by an American journalist familiar with the geopolitical undercurrents swirling against Russia and
impacting Europe. Will the EU be able to resist the economic sanctions imposed by the American Congress against Russia which could be
interpreted as an act of (economic) war? 
We are witnessing in the USA an intensive propaganda campaign to give the (false) impression that Russia is an "enemy." With an
unpredictable President Trump, Europe must be cautious. Trump is naive about false flag operations (such as Gladio III), if activated by the
Deep State, could trick Trump into impulsively going to war.
Best regards,
Roger Kotila, Ph.D.

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

The American Empire Is Rapidly Imploding!

Posted on July 30, 2017 by State of the Nation 

Yelm, WA
July 30, 2017

by Rich Scheck

A brief review of the latest foreign policy developments demonstrates how rapidly the US Empire is coming apart at the seams.

With an Administration in Washington that is run by extreme nationalists and former military men along with a belligerent foreign policy that threatens war and more war across the planet, the economically weak US government has little prospect of avoiding WWIII much less staving off civil unrest at home.

Fed by massive MSM (main stream media) propaganda such as recently appeared on PBS, the American public is being conditioned to see Russia as its enemy:http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/47547.htm

Sterling’s excellent analysis presumes the possibility that rational minds will prevail and war with Russia can be averted. That is extremely unlikely considering that the US empire is rapidly imploding under the Trump Administration which pays lip-service to fighting theDeep State but which is a more nationalistic
version of it. http://stateofthenation2012.com/?p=79226

The American public is brain-dead and addicted to sports, consumerism and worse. Trump has made the mess he inherited worse with his misguided leadership. His selection of Cabinet members was dominated by hawks and hacks who are unable to deliver on his campaign rhetoric because they see the need to rely on the failed doctrine of projecting military force instead of fostering economic growth through cooperation with Russia and China:
http://www.watchingromeburn.com/news/big-deal-trump-russia-china/

Instead we see an escalation of tensions in all the key trouble spots:
Russia: http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/47545.htm
China: http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/47544.htm
Iran: http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/47542.htm
North Korea: http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/47548.htm

The apparent retreat in Syria is suspect because of our continuing support of the Kurds and is subject to a quick reversal at the behest of Israel, Saudi Arabia, Turkey or any of the other players in that ongoing war.

The collapse of the unipolar world and Pax Americana is upon us. Efforts to perpetuate America’s imperial foreign policy under-girded by a criminal mentality that violates the spirit and intent of the Nuremberg Doctrine is being resisted across the planet.

Even the EU is threatening to abandon its (former?) ally in response to the latest sanctions outrage. We have returned to a delicate historical moment similar to August, 1914 and September, 1939 that preceded the start of the two previous world wars. With such poor leadership at the helm of the America’s Ship of State, the greater likelihood is that we will soon see a repeat of what has gone before.

The Rubiks solver calculates the rotations to sove the unsolvable cube.

June 27, 2017

The Dinosaur Party and Dangerous “Useless Eaters”

Roger Kotila, Ph.D.

 

President Trump and Republican Speaker of the House Paul Ryan have submitted a proposed 2018 budget

which adds $50 billion to the Pentagon’s already bloated war budget, while calling for catastrophic funding

cuts in health care which could impact those with medical problems, the disabled, the poor, and the

working poor. 

 

The budget opens the door for tax reductions which greatly benefit the rich.  E.J. Dionne, Jr. in the San

Francisco Chronicle (6/26/17) writes “About $33 billion of this would go to tax cuts conservatively

averaging $7 million every year to each of the 400 highest-income families in the country.”

 

While President Trump gives the Pentagon’s war machine extra billions and withdraws the U.S. from the

Paris Climate Accords, Speaker Ryan appears determined to reduce the population of those who, like in

Hitler’s Nazi Germany, are seen as “useless eaters.”  

 

Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accords by itself earns the Republican Party a new title – the

Dinosaur Party, as it risks large scale deaths from weather extremes.

 

But climate change denial isn’t the only dinosaur policy.  The budget continues to lavishly fund the

National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) Life Extinction Program (LEP), a plan whose aim is to

“modernize” our nuclear weapons systems but is likely to cause a nuclear arms race.    

 

Reducing access to health care services can be viewed as an indirect form of extinction policy, aimed at the

needy.  The goal appears disturbingly similar to when Hitler ordered the extermination of adults or children

unable to function independently because of disabilities or significant medical conditions.  

 

For the Nazis, such folks were deemed unproductive “useless eaters” – “life unworthy of life” (Wikipedia,

“Useless Eaters”).  In a Salon article by Chauncey DeVega (3/20/17) the subtitle reads: “Trump’s budget

proposes many ways to punish the poor.  It’s a new version of the Nazi urge to purge “parasites.”    

 

With Speaker Ryan involved, perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised since he admired greatly the ideas of the

author of “Atlas Shrugged,” Ayn Rand who advocated individual selfishness over the good of the

community, and especially held contempt for the weak and the poor. 

 

For Ryan, dreams for an Ayn Rand world of personal selfishness and greed may finally come true.  Useless

eaters, Paul Ryan might explain in the best Ayn Rand tradition, are “takers.”  They don't deserve the

government's help.  It only makes them more dependent.   

 

But Ryan and the Republicans have it wrong.  The disabled, the sick, the poor, are not to be cast off as

useless eaters, but seen and valued as members of someone’s family to be loved and cared for.    

 

Finding the real useless eaters

The real “useless eaters” are the financially overfed beneficiaries of the military/industrial complex like

Lockheed Martin Corp. the prime contractor for the F-35, a new fighter jet that can carry a B61-12 nuclear

bomb.  

 

The F-35 has been described as the most expensive military program in Pentagon history (Hartung, Center

for International Policy).  Trillions of dollars are happily given for this aircraft, the fighter plane that,

according to objective experts, can't fight or fly right.  It's a lemon.  Journalist Paul Barrett asks “Is the F-35

a Trillion Dollar Mistake?” (4/4/17, Bloomberg.com/news).

 

The total military-related part of the 2018 U.S. budget feeds absurd amounts of taxpayer cash to what

should be seen as the real “useless eaters” – such as the LEP nuclear attack program which includes the

F-35, B-21, B61-12, and the W80-4.  The money for these diabolical weapons should go for health care and

education, not death and destruction.

 

The Republican budget, as noted earlier, continues to fund the NNSA’s euphemistically labeled Life

Extension Program.  The LEP continues a 30 year plan started under President Obama to spend a trillion

dollars (!) to “modernize” our nuclear warheads, bombs, and delivery systems. 

 

In reality, the LEP is a Life Extinction Program.

 

The LEP features refined ways to end the world with tactical nuclear bombs (B61-12) to be deployed in

Europe, and nuclear warheads (W80-4) for cruise missiles – the latter a “modernized” nuclear warhead

considered by some experts to be a first strike weapon. 

 

The B-21 stealth bomber built by Northrop Grumman is another useless eater of taxpayer money which can

carry nukes to end the world.  The B-21 is so expensive that its estimated cost was kept secret by Congress. 

Lately, it is believed that the cost is upwards of $58 billion (The Defense Monitor, Sept., 2016).

 

Let’s hope and pray that a boastful President Trump doesn’t get an itchy trigger finger and becomes

overcome by a mood to remind the world that America is “exceptional” and “can’t be messed with!” and

impulsively orders a nuclear first strike.

 

Having a brash President with access to a lethally armed nuclear war machine in an aggressive nation like

the U.S., and who is also a climate change denier, is not a combination that bodes well for the homeland or

the world.    

 

Add it up, and it feels appropriate to refer to the present Republican Party as the “Dinosaur” Party.  It is a

Party whose budget will make sure that people who need help won't get it -- not food stamps, not Medicaid,

not wheels on meals.  Instead, the money will go to the unproductive rich and its ever more dangerous

military/industrial complex.   

 

Senator Dianne Feinstein has been quoted to say that “…Congress shouldn’t fund dangerous new weapons

designed to fight unwinnable nuclear wars.” (Citizen’s Watch, Spring 2017)

     

Seeking an end to the danger of a nuclear nightmare

Recognizing that nuclear militarism is a dead end, the peace loving nations at the United Nations are

currently seeking to ban nuclear weapons.  Yet the Dinosaur Party, as well as many corporate Democrats,

have yet to get the message.

 

The same shameful opposition can be said for the permanent 5 veto members of the UN Security Council –

France, Great Britain, Russia, China, and the U.S. -- all of whom are attempting to stop the UN from

passing a ban on nukes.

 

But the UN, no matter how well intentioned, lacks the tools needed to successfully end the dangers of life

extinction. The UN Charter itself lacks provisions to protect human rights, or enforce treaties or

international law.  As a result, aggressive nations may simply ignore the ban. 

 

The Earth Constitution could provide the needed answers for a “new UN.”  The EC offers a blueprint to

transform the World System into one capable of preventing the danger of life extinction, and is designed to

replace the inadequate UN Charter.    

 

The second “Building the World Parliament” conference under the Earth Constitution meets in

Delhi, India in December, 2017 and will be open to interested activists and the public.     

June 7, 2017
                         World Constitution and Parliament Association                              

www.earth-constitution.org
www.worldparliament-gov.org
www.worldproblems.net
www.radford.edu/gmartin
www.earthfederation.info
For more information contact: gmartin@wcpa-org.us    
(WCPA was founded in 1958 by Margaret and Philip Isely)
                                                                                                                                                      
The Coming Climate Collapse

The Paris Climate Accord is a treaty of sovereign nation-states. “Sovereign” in this context means that they recognize no enforceable law above
themselves. It means that the nations of the world insist that their citizens must obey their internal laws, but they themselves refuse to live
under the rule of enforceable law. This contradiction is destroying our planetary climate and may lead to our extinction.


The first U.N. sponsored environmental conference was as early as 1972. Twenty years later global alarm about the disintegrating environment
resulted in the famous 1992 Rio de Janeiro Conference that attracted scientists and leaders from around the world. Even at that time, there
was an overwhelming consensus among scientists worldwide concerning the life-threatening crisis of human-caused climate change. It was ten
years later, in 2002, that the U.N. sponsored another huge climate conference in Johannesburg, South Africa. Despite this scientific consensus,
there was general agreement that the Rio climate accord, called “Agenda 21,” was a complete failure.


The U.N. then set the “Millennium Development Goals,” stating that the unsustainable global economy must be transformed by 2015. The
consensus in 2015 was again one of failure. So the U.N. with much fanfare launched a new set of 15 year goals called the “Sustainable
Development Goals.” These goals give the year 2030 as the deadline for achieving serious reductions in carbon and other emissions. These
goals were also largely included in the Paris Climate Accords, signed by some 190 nations.


Does any thoughtful person seriously believe these goals will be achieved? “Sovereign” nations, recognizing no enforceable law above
themselves, can only cooperate by entering into voluntary, unenforceable treaties, like the Paris Accord. Yet every sovereign nation operates on
the basis of its own perceived economic and military self-interest.


If a thriving capitalist economy conflicts with attaining the sustainable development goals, no nation will pursue these. If nations fail to achieve
these goals by the year 2030, no serious consequences follow for these nations or their leaders. The Paris accords are voluntary and
unenforceable. Under the present system the climate will inevitably collapse, and within a few decades may no longer support human life.


In Brazil, greedy politicians who are also businessmen have been trying to push through their Parliament a bill allowing them to build some 40
dams on the Tapajos River and its tributaries and thereby flood some 1000 square miles of Amazon jungle. The Amazon jungle, as every
thoughtful person knows, is “the lungs of the Earth.” What right does Brazil have to destroy the lungs of the Earth? These lungs belong to the
planet and to
humankind. Yet under the sovereign nation system, Brazil, like every other major country, has the power to destroy us all.

Similarly, the U.S. recently withdrew from the Paris Climate Accord, thereby sealing the fate of the entire world’s effort to prevent climate
collapse. As with Brazil, the U.S. is a sovereign nation and participation in this
agreement is voluntary, just as compliance with the agreement is
voluntary. Under this system, there is little
hope for a decent human future.

The Constitution for the Federation of Earth (aka "Earth Constitution) is dedicated to creating a sustainable planetary system from
beginning to end. To solve the problem of climate collapse, an integrated and comprehensive approach is
necessary. For example, global
poverty must be eliminated along with global militarism if we are to achieve
sustainability. (The U.N. Sustainable Development Goals only
recognize poverty as a problem, not militarism.)
Today, half the world’s population cook their food with wood and charcoal, which is a major
cause of
deforestation and climate collapse.

Similarly, militarism is the global industry most environmentally destructive. It not only pours trillions of U.S. dollars down a toilet that should
be used for environmental protection and conversion, but the use of these
bombs, shells, and missiles is environmentally devastating, and the
very manufacture of these horrific
weapons produces millions of tons of poisonous toxic waste every year.

Every nation operates from its own perceived self-interest, which is not the interest of the planet or future generations. Only uniting the Earth
under the Earth Constitution can create an integrated and comprehensive
system that can save our planet. The withdrawal of the U.S. from
the Paris Accord only underlines this point.
Withdrawal or no withdrawal is not the issue.

The central issue is whether we can unite to solve our global problems. The Paris Accord is based on a political fragmentation of our planet that
makes effective action impossible. Uniting under the Earth Constitution will
protect the internal sovereignty of every nation while at the
same time establishing the rule of enforceable
law over all the nations. For all these reasons, ratification of the Earth Constitution is our
central hope. We
must act now to unite the nations and protect our common human future.

On behalf of the World Parliament and the Earth Constitution,

From the Executive Council of WCPA:

Dr. Glen T. Martin President
Swami Agnivesh, WCPA Distinguished Advisor
Dr. Roger Kotila, WCPA Vice-President
Guruji Arun Kumar, WCPA Distinguished Advisor

Fri, May 26, 2017 
Statement in Response to President Trump’s World Tour, May 2017

The Constitution for the Federation of Earth
World Parliament
 

Operating in 14 sessions of the Provisional World Parliament to date in locations around the world
 
Statement in Response to President Trump’s World Tour,   May 2017

 
 
On behalf of the World Parliament, with its many esteemed delegates and concerned citizens from around the world, we declare that a world tour by the President of the most powerful nation on Earth should promote real solutions to our terrible global problems of war, poverty, and environmental collapse.
 
Instead, we find President Trump speaking transparent lies and empty platitudes not only to Arab and Jewish dictators but to dozens of leaders from nations around the world. Behind these platitudes is the hypocrisy and terror of the present world system that continues war, human misery, and environmental devastation in countries everywhere such as Yemen, Palestine, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, and Syria.
 
President Trump transparently promotes the war-system in the world and the uncontrolled capitalist trade system of wealth and power. He has secured a 350 billion dollar weapons deal with Saudi Arabia and another 240 billion dollars in trade deals. The recent terrible suicide bombing in Manchester, England, is a direct consequence of the war-system promoted by the U.S., Great Britain, and their allies. The so-called “security” systems of nearly all nations that destroy freedom and only increase human misery are also a direct consequence of their war-system.
 
We need world leaders who promote the rule of democratically legislated law on Earth. We need leaders who promote peace, justice, human flourishing, and environmental integrity. Any world leader who truly leads will affirm the need to empower the World Parliament under the Earth Constitution as only effective means by which human beings from around our planet can solve our global problems. The World Parliament seeks endorsement for our declaration from all those showing true leadership. We demand leadership with integrity and vision from everyone who truly seeks peace among the nations and peoples of the Earth.
 
On behalf of the World Parliament:
 
Dr. Glen T. Martin, President of the Parliament and the World Constitution and Parliament Assoc. (WCPA)
Swami Agnivesh, Distinguished Advisor, WCPA
Rev. Laura George, J.D., International Advisory Board, WCPA
Dr. Roger Kotila, Vice-President, WCPA
Dr. Vijaya Murthy, International Advisory Board, WCPA
 
www.earth-constitution.org
25 May 2017
 
  


February 10, 2017
Jerusalem For All
Born in the Palestinian city of El-Bireh (presently under Israeli Military and Settlers Occupation). Immigrated to the US in
62. After graduating from high school in Gary, Indiana was drafte...Show More
 
Friends,
This article comes from Veterans Today. Jerusalem for all? A wonderful vision if only the United Nations had the tools to
make it happen. But Mr. Jadallah's hope for the UN Security Council to step in is wishful thinking. Israel has too much
influence over the US Congress, and will not permit it.
The Constitution for the Federation of Earth could provide the needed structure lacking in the present UN Charter.
It is time to ask the UN General Assembly to open its doors to the legally required Charter review, aiming for a new
world charter/constitution and a "new UN."
-- Dr. Roger Kotila, Editor, Earth Federation News & Views
 Jerusalem For All

By Sami Jamil Jadallah on January 27, 2017

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Haaretz, the well-regarded Israeli newspaper when it comes to Israel or the Arab-Israeli conflict, is much more

credible than the New York Times or the Washington Post; and Haaretz recently published an opinion by Gideon

Biger, in which he disputed the premise and the claims that Jerusalem is the Capital of the Jews, with “research

showing the city has existed for about 4,000 years. During the first 1,000 years it had no connection to the Jewish

People”.

Perhaps Mr. Trump, in finalizing his decision to move the US embassy from Tel-Aviv to Jerusalem, should really think of a

“Jerusalem for all” as the US policy for the future, with the US embassy in Jerusalem serving all the people and

residents of Jerusalem, including the more than 70,000 Palestinians forced out of Jerusalem by the Israelis. It would be

even greater if the US embassy in Jerusalem were to be the American embassy representing America in a united One

State — a state for all of its people, Israelis and Palestinians.

Israel, as an occupying power, is unfit and unqualified to rule and manage the city. With the Palestinian leaderships

having abandoned Jerusalem and its Arab citizens in Oslo, it too is unfit and unqualified to represent and protect the

interests of Palestinians in Jerusalem.

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A young Israeli boy and his Palestinian friend realize that their bond of friendship supersedes cultural or religious

animosity

Israel, contrary to its marketed slogan as “the only democracy in the Middle East”, is a racist xenophobic country, and

has never been a country for all of its citizens.

The PLO leadership is a self-serving, corrupt, inept organization that cannot be trusted to represent, let alone protect,

the life and rights of those whom it claims to represent.

For now, nothing short of providing international protection for the Palestinian population of Jerusalem and in the entire

Occupied Territories will do. The US is a party to the conflict, and cannot be trusted to be a fair and honest broker.

There is an urgent need to place the entire Occupied Territories under an interim international trusteeship, while both

sides the Israelis and Palestinians work out the details for the One State for All of its people.

The Palestinians under Israeli Occupation are “damned if they do and damned if they don’t.” While all nations and

people have an absolute and inalienable right to resist foreign occupation including armed resistance, Palestinians are

the only people and nation denied such rights. Any form of resistance is seen as “acts of terrorism”, and this label is

sanctioned by the PLO, Oslo and the United States.

All official Israeli armed acts, along with the acts of criminal trespassing settlers, are deemed “self-defense” no matter

what are the circumstances, including targeted assassinations, detentions without charges, house demolitions, acts of

arson, cold-blooded murders, uprooting, burning of hundreds of thousands of olive trees, confiscation of property and

denial of access to one’s land and farm.

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Knesset’s Ayelet Shaked: “Palestinian children are “‘little snakes'”

The Palestinians are denied any right to self-defense, let alone any right to resistance against the Israeli Occupation.

Keep in mind the Palestinian Authority and leadership role is a commercial and security partner with the Israeli

Occupation.

For nearly 50 years, since the Six Day War, Palestinians in Jerusalem have been suffering from daily discrimination and

ethnic cleansing by Israelis, supported for the most part by wealthy Jewish Americans using tax exempt organizations

to confiscate Palestinian properties under the pretense of being “Jewish” properties.

Israeli courts, for the most part, allow falsified and fraudulent deeds in support of such criminal activities, as we have

seen most often in the Jerusalem neighborhoods of Sheik Jarrah and Bab-el-Amoud.

Since the founding of Israel, and prior to the 1967 War, Jerusalem was divided by barbed wires, with East

Jerusalem under Jordanian control and West Jerusalem under Israeli control. There was some minor UN presence.

It was only after the Six Day War that Jerusalem was united under total Israeli control, and formally annexed to Israel

shortly after the end the war.

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Fence Building – This is the fence that Bibi built with American dollars

Israel moved quickly and swiftly to consolidate its control over East Jerusalem making dramatic changes in the city

demographics, by totally destroying entire Arab neighborhoods. This was the case with “Maghreb Quarter” near the

Dome of the Mosque.

Declaring the unified city as its eternal capital, Israel began to use a series of dubious laws as a legal means to

ethnically cleanse the city of its Arab residents.

First it denied Palestinians their right of residency under many pretenses, and then used “absentee laws” to officially

steal and confiscate their properties.

By now, and after 50 years of total control over Jerusalem, Israel proved over and over it is not a fair or honest trustee

of a city of both Jews and Arabs (Christians and Muslims); its policies are so discriminatory, it disqualifies Israel from

managing a unified city.

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Israeli police on al Aqsa

On the other hand, and notwithstanding empty statements by the late Yasser Arafat and his successor Mahmoud Abba,

Jerusalem and its Arab residents were never a priority. They never received the necessary material support to help

Arabs fight Israel’s onslaught on their very existence in the city.

The Palestinian leadership never translated its words to action to help Arab residents in their struggle to stay. Little,

if any, legal support was given to the Palestinians to help them fight expulsion, or fight the confiscation or demolition of

their properties.

The cost of one international trip by Mahmoud Abbas and his entourage perhaps could have covered all the court costs

and fines. The Palestinian PLO leadership, just like Israel, is not qualified to represent and guard the interests of Arabs

in the city.

“Jerusalem for All” would keep the city unified under international agreement, and preserve the unique

quality of the city, and its special status as a holy city for Jews, Christians and Muslims.

It will be worthwhile to explore such an international conference, supported by a UN Security Council resolution.

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October 15, 2016
! Why Not !
by Bob Neumann

King used the idea,
Gandhi's old idea.
Fight with non-violence.
Push for a clear, simple change,
hard,
very hard
without violence
and
with high purpose.
Discipline the peace warriors,
Train them in "Sit In" non-violence.
Singing and love are just
much more powerful than bullets,
just maybe -- some of the time.
The Civil Rights movement worked.
The color revolutions sorta worked.
Dozens of non-violent revolutions
like the Velvet Revolution
have worked well.
Solve problems civilly
forcefully,
with peace warriors -- trained,
with mass uprisings,
Instead of guns,
without guns.
Just a tad more civilized!
Voting with our precious time & tired feet,
sorta "direct," disciplined, democracy --
a head and heart vote
outside the ballot box.
Not as good or democratic as the ballot box,
but too often excruciatingly necessary.
Could this be the world's peaceful
path to world government ?
! WHY NOT !

by Bob Neumann

September 15, 2016

Two Reasons for War

Hank Stone

 

War famously being “hell,” why do we Americans do so much of it? 

 

There are two big reasons we have wars. 

 

Money, of course, is the obvious reason.  Our country spends about $1 trillion every year on wars and preparations for wars.

 

Everyone who gets that money is understandably concerned that peace may break out. 

 

The man on the street does not want war, but doesn’t like to think about it either.  So he delegates thoughts about war and peace to leaders who promise to keep us safe.  Those leaders generally can gather more personal power, and get a pass for possible misbehavior, if the people are agitated about crazy terrorists under their bed.

 

So everyone who receives a piece of that $1 trillion per year, understandably enough, likes war.

 

The other big reason America gets into wars is a constellation of traditions. 

 

Everyone who was around after World War 2 was regaled by heroic tales of brave soldiers, who kept America safe by fighting “the good war.”  We have experienced parades, marching bands, snappy uniforms, medals, and clean-cut, disciplined, fearless young men.

 

At the same time, the U.S. economy has been strong for our whole lives.  The Korean War was unsatisfying, and the Vietnam War was problematic, but the institution of war never wrecked our economy.  War keeps us safe.  Freedom isn’t free.

 

Periods of war, punctuated by periods of peace, seem normal to us.  Our children watch GI Joe cartoons, and celebrate the death of the evil “other.”

 

When so instructed, we citizens seamlessly switch from fear of Germans and Asians, to fear of possible terrorists – anyone who looks Middle Eastern.

 

There is an important difference between those who receive money and power from the war system, and we who simply find getting into wars traditional, and normal.

 

The difference is like wolves and sheep having dinner together.  The wolves make the arrangements, and collect the money.  The sheep appreciate the tradition, but recognize too late that they are on the menu.

 

In our money-oriented culture, it’s hard to fault the weapons makers and military brass for doing what they do.  But the time has come for the rest of us, who are made poorer and less safe by militarism, to reconsider our support for the tradition of war.

 

For militarily weak countries, war may sometimes be unavoidable.  The U.S., by contrast, has extraordinary military power.  We always have alternatives to war.

 

We Americans don’t need to be aggressors.  We don’t need to be thieves.  We don’t need to be murderers.  We don’t need to be fearful.  And we don’t need to be sheep.

 

by Hank Stone

hstone@rochester.rr.com

August 1, 2016

Is Anything Sacred Anymore?
 
Americans appear less than satisfied with their presidential candidates. Reactions for many Americans are a state of disbelief and a growing sense of despair and gloom. Rants from Trump, accusations of criminal conduct by Clinton, and lying by both candidates cause voters to ask themselves, "Is there anything sacred anymore?"  

Yes, reader, the sacred still exists, but to find it I recommend that you attend the Democratic World Federalist's Good Government Luncheon on August 6th, 2016 at the WildFox Restaurant in Novato, CA.  For more information go to www.dwfed.org.

Speaker Stephan Dinan's new book "Sacred America Sacred World" takes consciousness to where national patriotism begins to include world patriotism. Do not be deceived by the phrase "sacred America."  Dinan is not glorifying America.  He knows its dark side, its shadow. "Sacred" for Dinan has a different meaning. 

He describes a (spiritual) shift from a focus on "me" to "we."  His respect for the "sacred" is not just theoretical or academic; it is more than meditation seeking inner peace; there is a call to r-evolution that takes us to the United Nations and beyond.
                         WORLD CONSTITUTION & PARLIAMENT ASSOCIATION
                                             GLOBAL REPORT  -  June, 2016

 Activities on behalf of the Earth Constitution and a decent future for humanity have been rapidly expanding over the first half of 2016.  I am very pleased to submit this report and overview of some of these activities.  It is impossible to include mention of all the WCPA activities that are happening worldwide, and I apologize to any of our activists who may feel they have been left out of this report. The report focuses primarily on new developments within the 2016 year with the understanding that many worthy WCPA projects cannot be included in any single report.

     Our work is absolutely vital for the future of a humanity faced with evermore lethal global crises, from climate collapse to planetary pollution to a new nuclear arms race every bit as dangerous as that of the Cold War.  Only a global social contract under the Earth Constitution can bring us together to the point where we can effectively address these crises before it is too late. Planetary democracy, universal world citizenship, and democratically legislated law enforceable over all individuals form the key elements in this social contract. The Earth Constitution gives us a peace system, a freedom system, a justice system, and a sustainability system.  Without such democratically founded planetary systems, it is difficult to see that humanity has any viable future at all.  In the light of this background, I believe this report from the first six months of 2016 is grounds for genuine hope.

1. The 14th session of the Provisional World Parliament in Kolkata, India, December 2015 (photo below). It met under the umbrella of the larger World Thinkers and Writers Peace Meet, sponsored by ISSAR and directed by WCPA Vice-President Dr. Santi Nath Chattopadhyay.  At the head table in the second photo, to my right, is Puan Sri Datin Seri N. Saraswathy Devi, of Malaysia, a Vice-President of WCPA, who honored the Parliament with her internationally recognized legal prominence by joining us at the high table.  To my left is Dr. Eugenia Almand, Secretary of the Provisional World Parliament. These photos were taken by our WCPA Technical Assistant Mr. Josiah Eck, who accompanied me to the parliament and on my subsequent speaking tour.
The Parliament considered and passed a number of acts, among them two truly historic legislative acts, one for merging the UN under the Earth Constitution and the second for a “Global Sustainability Directorate” integrating the many UN agencies working for sustainability together under the Earth Constitution.(This act draws upon the Parliament’s earlier act creating the “Earth Emergency Rescue Administration (EERA),” updating it and integrating it into the many actually existing UN agencies directed to sustainability.)
2.  Deriving from this accomplishment, one major WCPA project of the past six months has been to bind these legislative acts into a book along with the Earth Constitution and send this volume to all heads of UN agencies and world leaders.  These acts are very forward-thinking and might just strike a resonate chord in some world social and environmental leaders concerning the practical and concrete steps that might be taken for uniting the world under the Earth Constitution and saving our planet from self-destruction. We have had to struggle to find funding to support this costly project but are determined to carry it forward despite all obstacles.  We have the wonderful cooperation of Dr. Sid Smith, Director of the Institute for Economic Democracy Press, and of Swami S.A.R.P.V. Chaturvedi and the Sri Ramanuja Mission Trust in India.  SRMT has volunteered to arrange the major portion of this publication in India, for which we are very grateful.  The book, about to go to press, is called Our Common Future: The UN as an Effective Peace and Sustainability System.  World Parliament Breakthrough Legislation under the Earth Constitution. Here is a photo of the front and back covers as designed by Sid Smith.
3.  I want to formally introduce to you all our WCPA Administrative Assistant to the President, Ms. Becky Galdo. Becky has done a wonderful job over the past year in helping get the word out worldwide about the Earth Constitution as the only practical and viable option available to humankind at the present moment.  She has approached this work with intelligence, independence, creativity and dedication, for which we are very grateful.  Becky just graduated from Radford University (photo) and is now in the graduate program for Social Work at University of South Florida in Tampa.  Despite the fact that WCPA struggles with a lack of resources to support our work, it appears to me that Becky has been the best possible investment that we could have made.
4. Becky has been developing websites, Facebook pages, and electronic mailing lists for us, as well as posting on diverse other sites.  These include a separate site for the Collegium of World Judges (www.collegiumworldjudges.com), a site for the World Constitution and Parliament Association (www. earthfederationwcpa.wordpress.com), a site for the World Parliament:(www.provisionalworldparliament.wordpress.com), and a Facebook page for the Earth Constitution:

https://www.facebook.com/EarthConstitution/
5.  Mr. Peter Graves-Goodman, WCPA Vice-President in Miami, Florida, is working on updating our main website (www.worldparliament-gov.org) so that people will be able to sign the Earth Constitution and join WCPA electronically. This feature will finally bring our electronic media into the 21st century where it belongs.
6.  My new book One World Renaissance: Holistic Planetary Transformation through a Global Social Contract has been published by IED Press as of 2016.  It involves a sustained philosophical elucidation of the concept of holism in relation to human values and the foundations for democratic world law.  I am hoping it will serve our work by laying the intellectual groundwork for the Earth Constitution.  Becky has created and maintained a website and blog for the book at:   https://oneworldrenaissance.com
7. We were honored to have as delegate to the Parliament, Sri E.P. Menon, a Vice-President of WCPA and long-time social activist and supporter of our work, whose home is in Bangalore, India. Following the Parliament, Menon organized for us an itinerary of speaking engagements in South India and Bangalore, from where I also sent copies of the Earth Constitution to Prime Minister Modi and President Mukherjee.  We were also honored to have Dr. Klaus Schlichtmann as a delegate.  Klaus, who lives in Japan, is internationally recognized as a scholar and historian of the peace movement and the World Federalist Movement worldwide.  He is Distinguished Advisor to WCPA along with Swami S.A.R.P.V. Chaturvedi.
8. Justice David Percy Quispe Salsavilca from Peru has contacted us about the Collegium of World Judges and also has submitted an article that we will be publishing.  We are looking forward to working with him in this project. As you know, the Constitution established a Collegium of World Judges from which all members of the eight benches of the World Supreme Court system will be drawn.  I believe this is also indicative of our growing presence in Latin America.  Traditionally WCPA had presence in a number of countries in Africa and Asia but less so in South America, in spite of our dynamic center in Costa Rica led by Lic. Celina Garcia.  Though her work and that of others this is beginning to change.
9. In Latin America, in the past year I have visited both Ecuador (from where I sent a letter to President Correa) and Venezuela on behalf of our work. In Venezuela, we had extensive contact with the World PROUT Movement through Dada Maheshvarananda who directs a Cooperative in Caracas and with others in the PROUT network within Venezuela, such as Professor Dorkis Shephard and Mr. Eugenio Mendoza.  The founder of PROUT, Indian Guru P.R. Sarkar, advocated world unity, world spirituality, and world government.  Hence, there was a very positive response to the Earth Constitution among PROUT supporters in Venezuela. 

     Venezuela is a socialist country that promotes cooperatives and socially conscious work for the common good of all: healthcare, education, food and housing.While there, I also met with government ministers: Mr. Tulio Virguez from the Ministry of Foreign Relations (right hand photo below with red hat), Riccardo from the Venezuelan Embassy in San Francisco (on my left), and Juan Pablo from the Ministry of Justice. They gave me a copy of the Venezuelan Constitution in English and saw the comparisons with the Earth Constitution, which I gave them in Spanish and English versions.We joined a big march in Caracas on behalf of the Bolivarian Revolutionary Government and its commitment to democratic solidarity with all persons. The photo to the left shows both this march in support of democratic socialism, and the center photo below shows our host, Eugenio Mendoza, his wife Cris, and their son Mario, along with two men to the right who gave us a tour of the military prison now a museum, that chronicles the oppression of freedom throughout Latin America. Both these gentlemen are former prisoners in this facility.
 
10. In December in Delhi, I had the good fortune of meeting Swami Agnivesh (photo below) who wanted to find out more about the Earth Constitution. Swami Agnivesh has long been a prominent member of leader in the Interreligious Dialogue movement and a leader in collaboration with the UN to end human trafficking and bonded labor. I used his new book called Applied Spirituality in my Philosophy of Religious Course at Radford University during the spring semester 2016. He understands the need for a human unity in diversity under the Earth Constitution. He writes:

“The seeds of globalization lie buried deep in spirituality, which is the only authentically universal vision that humankind has ever had. It is doubtful that any international organization would have come into being, but for the pattern that existed already in spirituality. Unlike the mechanisms of institutionalized religions, the call of true spirituality has always been to transcend the familiar boundaries drawn by individual and corporate ego, and to discover the unity underlying the diversity which marks our world” (p. 65).  This statement could very well apply to the Earth Constitution, which, as we all know, is predicated on unity in diversity that derives from an authentic spirituality that has no need to identify with any exclusive and limited religious institutions.  Swami Agnivesh will be meeting with Pope Francis this month and presenting him a copy of the Earth Constitution.
11.  In May and early June, Phyllis and I went to Thailand and Japan.  Dr. Phichai Tovivich, WCPA Vice-President, and Director of Universal Love and Brotherhood for Thailand, had organized the first international ULBA Thailand Conference (photo left below with Phyllis Turk, CNM, WCPA Treasurer).  There were participants there from a number of countries besides Thailand: Vietnam, Australia, Japan, Nepal, the US, etc. He arranged for accommodations for us in the Guest House of Chulalongkorn University, where the conference was also being held.  Dr. Phichai did a wonderful job putting together a truly impressive conference and special ceremonies (center photo below). I presented my paper called: “Holism, Universal Love, and Democratic World Law” (photo) through a corresponding Power Point presentation. There were many interesting speakers at this conference.  We distributed many copies of the Constitution and other WCPA literature to the group.
12. An extraordinary moment happened at the Thailand ULBA conference when Mr. Madan Bhadur Pradhan introduced himself to me (photo wearing white with Rev. Lama Monk J.B. Tamang).  Mr. Pradhan had been a Vice-President of WCPA during the 1980s and early 90s. He was also Assistant Minister of Agriculture and Education for the Nepal government, and had been appointed by the Provisional World Parliament as Environmental Minister for the Earth Federation.  He had participated in the World Parliaments in Delhi and Miami Beach, Florida in 1985 and 1987. Mr. Pradhan was anxious to resume his work on behalf of the Earth Constitution. He said he had come to Bangkok just to meet me there and introduce himself. WCPA has a number of contacts in Nepal but no Vice-President or major officer.  I was delighted to re-recognize his status in view of his long history of service to our cause.  With his international experience Mr. Pradhan can lead a resurgence of interest in the Earth Constitution both in Nepal and within the South Asian nations.
13.  On May 27th we flew to Japan. We had been graciously bid farewell by Dr. Phichai in Bangkok and then met at Osaka Airport in Japan by Mr. Katsuya Kimura who kindly lodged us in the Oomoto Guest House at Kameoka.  On Sunday, May 29th, Mr. Kimura drove us for two hours to Takasago, where the Oomoto Temple there had organized an elaborate and beautiful Poetry Festival. Forty selected poems about peace (from the many submitted by Oomoto members) had been put to music and sacred chant, resulting in a wonderful and inspiring sacred spectacle to those many people assembled under the awnings in the gentle rain. 

On May 30, an interview was arranged for me with the ULBA staff in which Mr. Hiromi Yano asked about our work on behalf of the Earth Constitution and served as translator. I also distributed copies of the Constitution and other literature in English to people in the ULBA division of Oomoto.We need translations of our literature into Japanese and other languages.The Earth Constitution is already in Japanese, but we need it distributed widely in Japan through cooperation with ULBA and Oomoto. We were very pleased to have the kind interest of Asada Tokihiko, Chief Director of the Oomoto Headquarters, Rev. Toshiomi Okuwaki, Director, Jinruiaizenkai Editorial Department, and Yasuhiko Inagaki, Vice-President of ULBA.
14.  While in Kameoka I had the pleasure to meet Mr. Chayne Ellis, originally from Australia, who has lived in Japan for 14 years. He directs a school there as well as doing regular work for Jinruiaizankai in Kameoka.  He is also a friend of Dr. Phichai Tovivich in Thailand.  Chayne is a person of great energy and intelligence who had already researched WCPA carefully before we met.  He already know our strengths and weaknesses and the difficulties we face in trying to make the Earth Constitution a household word throughout the planet. Chayne wants to work with us and I knew immediately that he would bring these good qualities to WCPA work in Japan.  I am proud to have him as the President of our WCPA Japan Chapter and member of our International Advisory Board.
By coincidence (or perhaps it was the synergistic global movement of convergence toward the Earth Constitution), I was also contacted by Mr. John Rachel after arriving home to Virginia. John lives in Japan and would like to work for the Earth Constitution.I put him in contact with Chayne Ellis.Japan is a place of great beauty, civility, and community.It is also a place where many understand the horror of nuclear weapons. I think the time is right for a renaissance for the Earth Constitution in Japan.
15.  From June 1 to 3, Phyllis and I were in Hiroshima, hosted by the World Federalists of Hiroshima, Professor Shaw Fujii, Professor Mineko Morishita, and Professor Tadaakira Jo (in that order on my right in the photo).  While at the Peace Center, we met with Secretary General Yasuyoshi Komizo and Director Yasco Suehiro in the offices of Mayors for Peace (left of Phyllis in the photo).  They told me that more than 7000 mayors of cities around the world were organized in this effort to end nuclear weapons, which is a truly wonderful movement in my view. They shared important and detailed literature on their work, its history and significance. I urged them to consider that the world needed to adopt a “world peace system” to replace its present war-system and that the Earth Constitution was the blueprint for that world peace system that would end not only nuclear weapons but all wars everywhere.  We gave out copies of the Earth Constitution and other literature to all of these leaders. We were especially hosted most wonderfully by Professor Mineko Morishita, who spent a day with us visiting the Peace Park and the beautiful island and World Heritage site of Miyajima.
16.  I was also recently contacted by Richard Maxheim from Germany, a long-time World Federalist who wishes to work on promoting the Earth Constitution in Germany.  I was very pleased at this development. More and more, Federalists around the world (sensing that their movement needs a clear and immediate framework that can save the Earth from immanent disaster) are turning to WCPA as a way of making a concrete contribution to a decent future for humanity.  We have the Earth Constitution in a paperbound German edition already, and I will be sending this to Mr. Maxheim along with other literature.  In the meantime, Dr. Eugenia Almand will be digitizing the German translation of the Constitution for Mr. Maxheim to put on the website he has already created for this purpose at: http://wcpa-deutschland.web-hostel.de/   There are many world federalists in Germany and in the European Union, which is important for our work because they already understand that the world needs a good constitution.  We will be approaching them not only from Germany but also from Belgium (see below) with the message that the Earth Constitution is our best and most practical option. I look forward to working with Mr. Maxheim and others in the German Republic.

17.  It is important to mention here that Mr. Amit Paul, president of the Delhi Chapter of WCPA, has been directing his dedication to a just and peaceful world under the Earth Constitution into passing law examinations in Delhi.  He has spent years helping ordinary, often victimized, people submit affidavits and requests in the court system of Delhi, but with passing further examinations he will be able not only to serve people more effectively but promote the Earth Constitution among the judiciary and legal community in the capital of India, which he has been doing for several years now. He writes: “I want to travel in different countries spreading this message among the masses in humble way to work tirelessly for ONENESS of HUMANKIND, and to work for WORLD CONSTITUTION for the FEDERATION Of EARTH, which I hope to start from this year.”  Amit Paul was instrumental in arranging many activities for me in Delhi during December of 2015 (just before the Parliament in Kolkata). He is truly a key person for promoting the Earth Constitution in India and beyond, and I very much appreciate his lifelong dedication to our work.

18. In the photo, Dr. Roger Kotila, Vice-President, WCPA (center), with Dr. Bob Hanson and Ms.Vivian Davidson, are in historic Brussels, Belgium, home to the European Parliament and many World Federalists. Roger writes: “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.”  Roger was in Brussels to make contact with European Parliamentarians and World Federalists, and to see that any Charter review process for the UN will include the proposal to replace the Charter with the Earth Constitution.
As this report on some recent WCPA activities for the first half of 2016 illustrates, all around the world WCPA leaders are working to bring the Earth Constitution to the attention of the Citizens of the Earth. There is a synergistic movement taking place in which people are recognizing the key role of the Constitution for the future of humanity. It must be studied, modeled, promoted and disseminated in every possible venue.  It is surely the best hope for our seriously endangered world.  It serves both as a concrete blueprint on how we could really create a world peace, freedom, justice, and sustainability system and an ideal from which to critically evaluate our failed efforts in the present.  If we all keep up the good work, the time is not far off when the Constitution for the Federation of Earth will become a household word all over our planet.  And that will be the moment when the people of Earth realize that we really do have a way out from our present disastrous system.  We really can choose to transform the Earth into a decent, sustainable community for all its citizens. But this will not happen until people everywhere are aware of the Earth Constitution.  We believe that it is our duty, as people who have signed the “Pledge of Allegiance to the Constitution for the Federation of Earth,” to make

-- REPORT SUBMITTED BY DR. GLEN MARTIN - June, 2016

February 29, 2016
Palestinian Professor Concludes That Diversity a Key to Survival

From the PREAMBLE to the EARTH CONSTITUTION
 
 
"Conscious that Humanity is One despite the existence of diverse
nations, races, creeds, ideologies and cultures and that the
principle of unity in diversity is the basis for a new age when
war shall be outlawed and peace prevail;..."  
 
Editor's note
[Below is a recently received email from Professor
Mazin Qumsiyeh who provides human rights news and
commentary from the rarely reported viewpoint of the
Palestinians themselves. His insights regarding the
value of "diversity" are shared by the Earth Federation
as reflected in the excerpt shown above from the
PREAMBLE to the EARTH CONSTITUTION.]
 
Professor Qumsiyeh writes:
 
Mea culpa: I shared as part of my last email an anecdote what Hillary
Clinton said in a letter to Saban. In that letter Clinton asserted her
opposition to BDS but did not say she supports killing Gaza children. The
latter part apparently was a news item of a satirical nature.  I am sorry
for this error. Clinton and Trump and Sanders remain strong Zionist
supports and have not challenged Israel’s ongoing genocide of native
Palestinians.

Now on ongoing matters, a cease fire was declared in Syria brokered by the
US and Russia which is a good thing. The twin rogue regimes of Israel and
Saudi Arabia are not happy. The former rattled its military wares and
killed a few more Palestinians. The Saudi regime cut off aid to the
Lebanese army while dumping more weapons on civilians in Yemen. Personally
I was reflecting on issues of Invasive Species. Here in Palestine we see
more and more invasive species: crows, mina birds, Zionist settlers and
European Pine and Australian "ornamental" trees they brought that are
taking over vast areas of the country and damaging native flora and fauna.
530 native villages diverse in customs and culture and religion were wiped
out to make space for the invasive species. Biodiversity shrunk in the face
of the onslaught.

Many human beings especially those who look at life from a narrow
perspective (sometimes called fundamentalists) view diversity as harmful
and want to create a more homogeneous society with their group/idea
dominating it. The Pharisees of 2000 years ago were a powerful sect mired
in ritualistic traditions which predated by some 300 years the evolution of
Rabbinical Judaism. Jesus challenged them for their orthodoxy of thought
that he considered disconnected from reality and needs of the people. In
the past 2000 years similar ideas opposing diversity were resurrected from
crusaders to Islamic fundamentalism, to white supremacy, to genocide of
Armenians by Ottoman turks, to Nazi atrocities of murdering millions, to US
genocides in Cambodia and Vietnam, to apartheid in South Africa, to Rwanda,
and most recently to Zionist genocide of native Palestinians.

Working and adapting to changing landscapes is based on diversity whether
in natural world (Darwinian evolution) or in human societies (cultural
evolution). This is a key to survival but the reverse is also true: most
isolationist ideologies that refused to accept concepts of diversity are
extinct or almost extinct. Zionism will thus also end. I am beginning to
wonder if the ultimate trajectory of Jewish colonization of Palestine is a
complicated ritual (sacrificing the native Palestinians) to arrive at a
culminated predictable mass suicide (ala Samson or Masada).  I say this
with some trepidation because all my life I have been working hard to
insist that there is a way out based on human rights and international law
that guarantees mutual survival and mutual respect for all people and ideas
in Palestine.  I still think it is possible (although that window is
closing very quickly thanks to Israeli actions) to return Palestine to a
multi-ethnic, multi-religious, multi-cultural society (albeit with now a
far more prominent Jewish and Hebrew presence).   Zionists insist on their
program that is analogous to the program of the crusaders to “Christianize”
Palestine and make it this fictional “Christendom.”  Zionists want to
transform the country to a Jewish state and their relentless program to do
that is now focused on Jerusalem and strengthening the Jewish only colonies
built around it on Palestinian lands.  When the Crusaders were defeated,
Christian presence here continued and actually flourished (my family is
descendants of Canaanites who converted to Christianity in the 3rd century
AD and lived through that tumultuous era as Arab Eastern Christians).

Intrinsically, people recognize that there is beauty and harmony in
diversity.  Every human being recognizes that spring is beautiful because
of the diversity of textures, flowers, animals, smells, faces, and foods.
From childhood we recognize that we do not like monotony and we like things
that mix colors or change routines.  That is also why jokes are funny as
they provide the unexpected punch line. I started to think that the same as
applies to considering the natural world of animals and plants beautiful
must also apply to diversity of people. Zionism and Nazism’s main failure
is that they wanted to create homogeneity.  Homogeneity is ugly by
definition even without considering the attempt to exclude what originally
made the place beautiful: the natives.

Stay human and help the natives

Mazin Qumsiyeh 
Professor and Director
Palestine Museum of Natural History
Palestine Institute of Biodiversity and Sustainability
Bethlehem University
Occupied Palestine
http://qumsiyeh.org
http://palestinenature.org

[Editor's note:  The above email
received 2/28/16.]
 

October 8, 2015

Pope and UN Sustainable Development Goals Inspire, but Fall Seriously Short

by Roger Kotila, Ph.D.


The talk to the United Nations by Pope Francis in late September along with the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 by the UN General Assembly provide inspiration for a deeply troubled world beset with crises.  Yet what is missing is too important to ignore.


The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in recent Guardian newspaper articles asks if the UN is “still functional” and “fair?” Can it be fixed? What are the chances for reform?


World federalists have warned from the UN’s birth that the Charter is wrong.  Some of the world’s best thinkers, like Einstein and Freud, concluded that only a world government can do the job. 


The Charter is the UN’s Achilles heel.

 

The Charter must be “constitutionalized,” much like when the 13 American colonies abandoned the Articles of Confederation and replaced them by adopting a federal union model of government -- the US Constitution.


Transforming the UN is no longer out of the question. A new world Charter/Constitution has been successfully drafted by the World Constitution and Parliament Association.    


WCPA’s Constitution for the Federation of Earth, also known as the Earth Constitution, corrects the fatal flaws in the UN Charter.  It is the type of governmental structure that world federalists insist is what will be required if we are to “end the scourge of war.”  


NO NEED FOR DINOSAUR THINKING

In view of the availability of a replacement for the Charter, the Pope’s exhortations and the UN’s pronouncements fall seriously short. The Pope, perhaps unaware of a better alternative, lauds the UN Charter. UN member states, like dinosaurs, have remained stuck for 70 years in the same inadequate governing system.  


Rather than talk directly about the fateful problems with the Charter and the need for a new one, the Pope emphasized spiritual strategies: “The appeal to the moral conscience of man has never been as necessary as it is today.” He urges an “examination of conscience” for those “charged with the conduct of international affairs.”  


Meanwhile, proxy wars in the Middle East instigated by bully nations are causing terror beyond description. The US is busy invading nations and overthrowing governments. Now Russia weighs in bombing the very terrorists and mercenaries trained and armed by the CIA and its allies.  The UN tries to mediate peaceful solutions but mostly is reduced to the role of Red Cross, aiding desperate refugees fleeing the carnage.  


CLINGING TO A DEFECTIVE CHARTER

When changes to the UN are considered, they are invariably only cosmetic – appealing for “cooperation” and “partnerships,” expanding the size of the Security Council, or asking to have more say in selecting the next UN Secretary General.


Peace activists urge the Security Council’s Permanent-5 (US, Russia, China, Great Britain, France) to refrain from using the veto under certain dire conditions such as genocide.      


UN member states, the UN Association, other NGO’s, and the media rarely address the urgent need to replace the defective, aging Charter. The thought of a new Charter for a “new UN” seems to be out of the question, despite the fact that a new world Charter/Constitution is completed and ready to go


The very idea of such a game changer is seen as either utopian, or unrealistic.  There is a widely held belief, not without reason, that the Security Council’s P-5 would use their absolute veto power to block any new Charter -- no matter how good it is. 


The introduction of the Earth Constitution, along with the concept of “constitutionalizing” the Charter, could potentially overcome the stifling threat of the veto.  The absolute veto power granted the P-5 cannot be considered legitimate and may be challenged when democracy is the order of the day, and the Review required under the Charter has never been conducted.


To the Pope’s credit, he recognizes the key missing elements in UN governance --   democracy and enforceable law.  He states that all nations should have “a genuine and equitable influence on, decision-making processes.”  He adds that there is a need for the “rule of law” and “creation of a juridical system,” governing necessities lacking in the Charter.   


SECOND CLASS CITIZENSHIP AND LEGAL LOOPHOLES

The UN is not democratic. The majority of nations and world citizenry have no say even though what happens globally affects everyone. Only the P-5 nations make final decisions. The remaining 188 nations have second class citizenship, only allowed to make “recommendations” for the P-5 to consider.


Loopholes in the Charter permit leaders of powerful nations and other VIP’s to be above the law. World crimes instigated by these leaders, by heads of multinational corporations, or by Big Money almost always go unpunished. The International Criminal Court and World Court (International Court of Justice) are small steps in the right direction, but are no match for these global shot-callers.


Despite glaring defects the Pope believes that the UN can yield “peaceful results” if only the Charter is “respected” and “applied with transparency and sincerity.” He is wrong.  


The Pope’s faith in gaining peace by respecting the Charter will fail just as “give peace a chance” and “all we need is love” failed.  Government has always been needed to maintain a civilized order, but we need the right kind of government.  


PLAN FOR A NEW UN

Recent doctoral research on the UN Charter and international law reveals that the UN is legally required to conduct a Charter Review but has failed to do so. Such a Review is part of a “constitutionalizing” process for the UN. The time is ripe for such an examination. 


The world feels like it is spinning out of control with the UN helpless to bring back order or stability. WCPA’s Earth Constitution is a carefully crafted document designed to defeat the geopolitical war system of which the UN and its Charter are an integral part. For the first time, there could be hope that a world of peace is possible.  


With the Earth Constitution a democratic world federation can be created with a democratically elected World Parliament and a rationally designed global judiciary system.  


Critical world problems -- wars, secret operations to overthrow governments, threats of nuclear destruction, climate change, deep pockets of poverty, and the violation of human and earth rights -- can be dealt with properly under the Earth Constitution.  


We must now hope that the UN General Assembly has the courage to begin a full Charter Review to analyze its fatal defects that will become increasingly obvious when compared to the Earth Constitution.


Roger Kotila, Ph.D.

Senior fellow, Institute On World Problem

Editor, Earth Federation News & Views

                                                                                                                                          

September 6, 2015

American Violence and the Commonwealth of God

by Professor Glen T. Martin

 

Much has been written recently about the pervasive violence, internal and external, of the living disaster that is the United States of America.   Articles have appeared about domestic violence, racist violence, prison violence, violence in the schools, police violence, violence against women, violence against immigrants, nation-building through genocidal violence, US imperial violence going back two centuries, the culture of violence, etc. Tom Engelhardt sums up much of this nicely in his June 2015 article “Armed Violence in the Homeland.”  In the article he reviews much of the violence that occurs nationwide on a daily basis and, under the subheading “Armed Dangers and Meal Tickets,” points out how little danger there is to our lives from ISIS or foreign terrorists compared to the daily police and civilian violence pervasive in America.  However, he points out that magnifying this so-called danger is the “meal-ticket” for the bloated national security state and the military-industrial complex.

 

In his other books and articles, however, Engelhardt also astutely documents the American drive to dominate the world through globally projected military violence, a huge militarism driven by the lust for empire, wealth, and the resources of our planet.  A recent complementary book by four scholars and peace leaders very much agrees. In The American Empire and the Commonwealth of God, David Ray Griffin, John B. Cobb, Jr., Richard A. Falk, and Catherine Keller collectively document America’s drive to dominate the Earth through militarism, deception, economic penetration, and guile.  The title of this article is influenced by their book, for I want to point out that the “commonwealth of God” that points beyond violence everywhere on Earth is not characterized adequately by any of these thinkers.  Engelhardt proposes no real solutions to the pervasive violence he documents and these four other thinkers, in my view, are merely lukewarm in their assessment of what is necessary if human life is to continue much longer on this planet.


Pentagon views of violence immature and childlike

There are likely many interconnected causes of violence on all these levels: economic, cultural, technological, systemic, etc., but all these causes keep most Americans in a state of immaturity not much beyond adolescence.  Violence is largely a symptom of immaturity: the people who work for the Pentagon are clearly childlike in their ignorant assumptions that violence can solve anything and everything.  The people in Homeland Security are similarly childlike in their belief that trashing democracy and freedom can somehow make us safer, and the people on Wall Street are like college students strutting their post-adolescent stuff: “mine is bigger than yours,” or “I’ve conquered or exploited more people than you have”—clearly this lust for power and extreme wealth is as childish as it is ignorant.  Garry Leach wrote a perceptive book called Capitalism: A Structural Genocide that underlines the point that there are also deep structural features to violence.  Immature people living in immature, undemocratic systems of greed, exploitation, and power will only produce more immature people in future generations. We need to overcome violence on all levels: personally, culturally, and structurally.

 

But there is a second form of structural violence ignored by many and barely touched on in The American Empire and the Commonwealth of God. This is the violence of the system of militarized sovereign nation-states, all claiming some absolute rights over this or that portion of the Earth and the right to militarize themselves against the violence of all the other sovereign nation-states.  Perhaps Mahatma Gandhi was right when he declared that the nation-state was “violence in a concentrated and organized form.”  Both the nation-state system and the system of global capitalism were born three to four centuries ago when human beings were as yet not capable of moving to a higher stage of maturity. 

 

Many psychologists and developmental thinkers are agreed on the basic stages of growth in moral maturity. I will summarize this in a generic way. (For more details see my recent books.) Human beings can progressively mature from the early magical and mythical stages of young children to the “ethnocentric” stage in which one identifies with one’s own nation, culture, and religion to stages of intellectual independence and “autonomy” and finally to stages of holism and “integration.”  The latter stages inevitably see the world as one and respect its unity in diversity. The fact of the matter is that science (for the past century) has discovered the holism of the universe, our planetary ecosystem, and human life with great clarity and vast amounts of evidence.  We are now in a position to do what they could not do when capitalism and sovereign nation-states were being developed—we can now see what holism means in our personal, social, economic, political, and cultural lives and adopt it for ourselves and our planet, overcoming the violence of immaturity and fragmentation and embracing our species and our planet with the unity in diversity that is now clearly understood as the fundamental reality of all things.

 

As Griffin, Cobb, Jr., Falk, and Keller point out, the holism of nonviolence, of unity in diversity, comes from a mature appropriation of the Jewish, Christian [and Islamic] traditions.  In this they are so refreshingly different from the legions of so-called Christian, Jewish [and Islamic] fundamentalists who cling to an idolatrous God of vengeance, violence, and destruction of their perceived enemies.  The Gospels of Jesus (as opposed to the lurid and revengeful Book of Revelation) clearly teach unity in diversity, nonviolence, universal love, and compassion.  However, these qualities must also be structurally translated into our fragmented and violent institutions of global capitalism and sovereign nation-states.

 

The clearest way to embrace the structural holism that will advance human maturity geometrically is to ratify the Constitution for the Federation of Earth.  This Constitution (written by hundreds of world citizens between 1968 and 1991 and widely available on the web) is predicated on the holism of unity in diversity for the entire Earth: politically, economically, and ecologically.  Only this kind of real conversion from the immaturity of fragmentation, hate, and fear, to the planetary maturity of universal democracy, mutual respect, and planetary cooperation can we turn our disastrous planet around in time to avoid universal death. 


Finding the real "commonwealth of God"

 

We are all one species, genetically almost identical with one another.  We all have the same needs, fears, hopes, and dreams.  We all want our children and future generations to avoid climate collapse or nuclear holocaust.  There is one way to go that is clearly superior to vain attempts to reform the UN, empty diplomacy, police body-cameras, or more spying and denials of freedom. We need to replace the UN Charter with the Earth Constitution. We need to really embrace the holism that is the foundation of the universe. This would be the real “commonwealth of God,” since all humans share the Earth in common, human nature in common, and hopes and dreams in common.  A true “commonwealth of God” would mean seeing the entire Earth as one economic and political community. Only the Earth Constitution makes this a structural reality and lays the groundwork for making it a cultural and spiritual reality as well.

 

Even though violence and fragmentation are worldwide and not simply “American,” in my many international travels I have found that there is much less violence among people elsewhere, who lack the amazing arrogance and egotism of the American psyche.  We can overcome this violence and fragmentation by identifying ourselves as truly “world citizens,” truly children of universal law under the Earth Constitution, and free of the identification with the fragmented and distorted laws of so-called sovereign nations.  Let’s do it. The move to planetary maturity comes from a decision at the deepest level of our lives, one that is possible for us all to make. Let’s truly embrace the holism of our situation and assume the dignity of real world citizens operating under the unity in diversity of the Constitution for the Federation of Earth.


by Dr. Glen T. Martin


                                                                                                                                             

August 20, 2015

BEWARE: Madeleine Albright’s Commission on Global Security, Justice, & Governance

An Open Letter from Roger Kotila, Ph.D.

[First published 8/6/15 in DWF News at www.dwfed.org.]  [To be published in slightly edited form in The 2015 Perpetual Peace Initiative Monthly Message for August, 2015 edited by Rev. Rudolph Gelsey at www.mendingourbrokenworld.com.]

 Good morning friends,

I just finished reading the report of the Commission on Global Security, Justice & Governance. The report is advertised as “Confronting the Crisis of Global Governance.” I am not impressed.

The Commission co-chairs are former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, and a former Foreign Minister of Nigeria and past UN Under-Secretary General for Political Affairs, Ibrahim Gambari.

Madeline Albright has been described by investigative journalist and author William Blum as “ethically challenged.”

Albright is best remembered by her critics for a “60 Minutes” television interview with Lesley Stahl in May 12, 1996. Stahl asked about US sanctions against Iraq: “We have heard that a half million children have died. I mean, that’s more children than died in Hiroshima. And you know, is the price worth it?”

Madeleine Albright: “I think this is a very hard choice, but the price—we think the price is worth it.”

Granted it is unfair to evaluate a report by attacking the integrity of one of its sponsors, but the Iraq nightmare caused by US sanctions (and invasion) leaves me questioning Albright’s value system and judgment.

Unless I read the report wrong, I’m guessing it is another (well-meaning?) ploy to postpone having authentic global democracy for all nations and for “we, the people” – an often used strategy to keep civil society (you and me) feeling like we are making “progress,” when in fact nothing of real significance is being offered.

The euphemisms in this report would make a snake oil salesman puff up with pride.   

The report, like the UN Charter, uses the right language (“justice”, “security”, and yes, of course, “PEACE”).  These are feel good words–but alas, missing is a plan for a strong enough geopolitical structure to be able to deliver (except in ways that don’t alter the good life for the 1%). 

There are no world federalist solutions here, except at the weak margins.  

Rather than recommend eliminating the permanent veto in the Security Council which would be a step toward democracy, the report only recommends that the P-5 nations consider “use of restraint in the use of the veto.” This is laughable, an insult to any thoughtful world federalist.

I’m having trouble finding the word “democracy” anywhere, only the empty phrase “global governance.”

From the Commission recommendations we can conclude that militarization will remain, but with some frosting on the cake so it tastes better. How will they end wars? By establishing a “UN Peacebuilding Council.” Leaders of powerful bully nations who commit world crimes will remain above the law, with no seriously effective enforcement system under consideration.

There is no adequate plan to end war and proxy wars; no plan that would eliminate nuclear weapons.  Resources will continue to be siphoned off to the military/industrial complex and to covert operations; hence, it will be hard to reduce poverty in the world despite the report’s call for “global economic cooperation.”

No proposed structure to give “we, the people” democratic control over multinational corporations and international Big Money.  The Wall Street Journal investor class (the 1%) and private equity firms will continue business as usual.  Your country could be up for sale next!

Climate change solutions will remain voluntary with no provision for enforceable universal legislative authority by the world community.   

No proposal to fundamentally change the UN Charter–the heart and soul of “modern” (medieval) geopolitics.  Bully nations and Big Money stay firmly in control, and global democracy is nowhere in sight.

There may be an opening for real change from all of this, but I’m not sure where a point of entry might be.  Perhaps through the proposed UN Parliamentary Network especially if that “network” demands Charter Review, and join forces with the Earth Federation Movement’s Provisional World Parliament under the Earth Constitution.

At least then we would know we are headed toward establishing a democratic world federal union government – what we all know is what is realistically needed.  

Your feedback?  (Am I being too harsh?)

By Roger Kotila, Ph.D.

Editor, Earth Federation News & Views

June 15, 2015

[Editor's note:  Dr. Martin points out that a list of citizen's responsibilities are listed separately from the Earth Constitution itself, and points out the difference between legal and ethical concepts.]  


The Concept of “Ethical Responsibilities” in Relation to the Earth Constitution

 

Glen T. Martin

 

T

here are those who say that the Earth Constitution is lacking a list of responsibilities. They claim that what the world needs is a constitution that makes very clear the responsibilities of the citizens of Earth.  They claim that the world needs a document, a constitution, that lists not only the rights of citizens but their responsibilities as well.  For this purpose, they proclaim, the Earth Constitution is not adequate.

 

This sort of flawed thinking both fails to understand the concept of democracy and, furthermore, confuses responsibilities in the ethical sense from responsibilities in the related (but not identical) legal sense.   A list of ethical responsibilities would have no place in a genuine Earth Constitution since a constitution is a legal document specifying the mechanisms by which decisions are made and who gets to make them (through elections, appointments, etc.).  Obviously anyone elected to any office within the Earth Federation Government has a responsibility to perform that office to the best of their ability, with honesty, integrity, and transparency. The Constitution makes this very clear.  Responsibility in this sense is intrinsic to the entire Constitution.  This means that the entire document is a document outlining the responsibilities of those who govern.

 

            Indeed, the very concept of democracy, from which the Earth Constitution springs, is a social and ethical conception that already includes both rights and duties.  As American philosopher John Dewey puts this: “Democracy signifies, on the one side, that every individual is to share in the duties and rights belonging to the control of social affairs, and, on the other side, that social arrangements are to eliminate those external arrangements of status, birth, wealth, sex, etc., which restrict the opportunity of each individual for full development of himself” (1963: 497).  Rights and duties are built into the very concept of democracy and do not need to be listed separately except for educational purposes that unpack for learners the depth of the meaning of the concept of democracy. It is the function of proper education to perform this task.

 

What of those citizens not under the responsibilities outlined for the governors?  A list of exhortations about what people who are not in governmental roles should be doing would destroy the excellent character of the Earth Constitution and turn it into another practically useless set of ideals like the Earth Charter or the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Both these documents give us only ideals and exhortations, not mechanisms for governing the Earth. 

 

How then to we get a list of responsibilities for citizens?  The obvious answer that these critics overlook is that citizen responsibilities can and should be legislated as duties under world law.  A constitution cannot have a list of these because it is up to the World Parliament to establish laws that articulate the responsibilities of citizens.  Are citizens responsible to vote?  To participate in politics?  To participate at the local, regional, and global levels?  To interact with the agencies of government?  To learn about the nature of world democracy and their role in the self-government of humanity?  A list of moral exhortations for these things should not be part of any constitution worth its salt, but the World Parliament can endeavor to answer these questions through creating good laws (in some countries, for example, voting is a legal requirement for citizens).

 

The philosophical basis for this distinction comes from philosopher of law Lon Fuller. In his well-known book The Morality of Law, Fuller distinguishes the “morality of duty” from the “morality of aspiration.”   The role of lawmakers is to articulate wisely, clearly, publicly, and responsibly, the morality of duty: that is, the basic minimum requirements that each citizen must follow in order to create the “reasoned harmony” that is the function of law among the citizens. 

 

These responsibilities of citizens and lawmakers do not exhaust the whole of morality, for Fuller, for there is also the “morality of aspiration” in which citizens identify the good or goods for their lives and pursue these goods.  Part of this morality of aspiration may be making exceptional contributions to the common good through practicing exceptional citizenship and making extraordinary contributions to society.  But lawmakers cannot legislate for this and it would be a mistake to attempt to do so.  This is the role of education and reasoned dialogue, not the job of a Constitution, nor of lawmakers.

 

The Earth Constitution provides a constitutional framework for the morality of duty on a planetary scale.  It presupposes both the duties of lawmakers and the responsibility of citizens to actively participate in their world democracy.  It provides for a law-making capacity in which the duties of citizens may be further detailed and elaborated.  The Constitution is entirely complete in this respect.

 

Hence, the Earth Constitution is not only properly formed as it is, it is the ultimate vehicle for activating responsibilities among the citizens of the Earth Federation.  There is no other way to legitimately do this.  If moral exhortation is what is wanted, then the world parliament can create an agency whose purpose it is to encourage the citizens of Earth to take responsibility for governing and participating in government. Some of this has in fact already been done by the Provisional World Parliament, including World Legislative Act number 26 (the Education Act) in which school children worldwide will be educated to take responsibility within the Earth Federation government.

 

Under this law passed for educational institutions worldwide insofar as they receive support from the Earth Federation government, students will study not only the Earth Constitution itself, but the nature of democracy, the responsibilities of world citizenship, and the fundamental world problems that the Constitution aims to address. Hence, the Earth Federation Government will emphasize responsibility at every appropriate occasion. Nevertheless, to repeat: moral exhortation has no place in the Constitution itself. 

 

Responsibilities can and should only be legislated by law if the document is to be a legally binding document.  And the mechanisms for legislating responsibilities are very clear in the Earth Constitution. Education of the citizens of the Earth for taking responsibility in the sense of the morality of aspiration will come from the educational function of the World Ombudsmus and other government agencies as well as from educational institutions worldwide under World Legislative Act number 26.

 

Indeed, the World Constitution and Parliament Association (WCPA) has not waited for the future implementation of the World Education Act. At its events worldwide, the WCPA passes out a card that details “Ten Principles of a Global Ethics.”  The list, that we continue to disseminate widely, and that can be found on my web site, illustrates the futility of trying to formulate a list of specific duties that might be somehow embodied in a legal document like the Earth Constitution.  These are the principles of a global ethics as promoted by the WCPA: 

 

1.     Dialogue. A World Citizen develops the capacity for dialogue directed toward mutual understanding. A World Citizen has the ability to listen carefully to others, to thoughtfully understand their point of view, and to respectfully dialogue in a process of increasing mutual understanding and learning.

 

2.     Nonviolence. A World Citizen affirms the principle of solving conflicts nonviolently.  As Mahatma Gandhi stated, there are dozens of ways to solve conflicts creatively and intelligently, respecting everyone involved.  World Citizens promote creative, nonviolent problem-solving.

 

3.     Human Rights. World Citizens affirm universal human rights and dignity. All people have dignity because all people participate in the miracle that is human life.  We human beings are self-aware beings capable of freedom, creativity, compassion, and justice. We have dignity that must not be violated. World Citizens stand by the rights enumerated by UN Universal Declaration and the Earth Constitution, Articles 12 and 13.

 

4.     Democratic Laws. World Citizens affirm the rule of just, democratic laws based on protection of civil liberties and human rights.  They support equality, freedom, and equal due process for everyone before the law.

 

5.     Compassion and Kindness. World Citizens understand that reason and dialogue must be complemented by compassion and kindness.  World Citizens are sensitive to the suffering of other people and animals. They act toward others out of kindness and compassion. In Buddhism this is called karuna. In Christianity, it is often called agape.

 

6.     Unity in Diversity. World Citizens understand that the world is a wonderful manifestation of unity in diversity that must be respected and encouraged. We are all one as human beings and as children of the divine, and we are all different from one another in races, cultures, beliefs, nations, and religions. World Citizens affirm this principle of unity in diversity for the entire Earth.

 

7.     Justice-making. World Citizens insist on promoting equal treatment and due process of justice for all persons before the law. If laws are unjust, World Citizens work to change them to protect everyone equally. Where people are being marginalized, hurt, or discriminated against, World Citizens side with the victims.

 

8.     Sustainability. World Citizens are committed to transforming the process of living on the Earth to sustainable, ecologically friendly forms of economics, production, consumption, and patterns of living.  World Citizens are committed to making the Earth a decent place for future generations through protecting and restoring our planetary environment.

 

9.     Global Education. World Citizens are committed to promoting global education with respect to all these ten principles. People everywhere should be developing global consciousness and a sense of global responsibility.

 

10.  The Earth Constitution. World Citizens understand that none of these 10 principles can be successful for the Earth without the rule of democratically legislated, enforceable law for everyone under the Constitution for the Federation of Earth:   http://www.radford.edu/~gmartin/CEF.pdf

 

The first thing that will strike the reader of these principles is that they are all open-ended because they are all aspects of the morality of aspiration and would be inappropriate for a morality of duty as required by law-makers and governments. You cannot require people by law to engage in dialogue directed toward mutual understanding, for example, you can only require them to negotiate, engage in diplomacy, or mediate. Dialogue directed toward mutual understanding, however, requires an ethical good will and discernment on the part of the participants that cannot be evaluated by the law. The law can only dictate external behaviors, including external manifestations of responsibility. It cannot dictate the ethical dimension of good will, discernment, love, or compassion that are essential to ethics and genuine responsibility.

Hence, the realm of moral responsibility requires a framework conductive to ethical growth and inner transformation toward a good will to do what is right.  That is why in the recent Building the New World Conference at Radford University, the WCPA initiated collaboration with the inter-spirituality movement and the ethical growth movement so widespread today among concerned citizens and leaders like Barbara Marx Hubbard, the Shift Network, and other visionary movements (see www.btnw.org) .  Government can help create this framework, indeed, with good educational policies both for children and for all citizens. But to try to place any such stipulations within a constitution would be inappropriate and irresponsible. 

This is true of all the principles listed here as components of a global ethics. Yet they are all valid principles that demand our attempt to participate in, and fulfill, these principles.  They demand our inner transformation toward ethical awakening and responsibility, which cannot be legislated nor demanded by government.  Both WCPA in the present and the Earth Federation Educational System in the future can and will promote these values, but the attempt to make them into law would be both totalitarian, futile, and self-defeating.

 

Those who claim that the Earth Constitution or the WCPA need to be more articulate about “responsibilities,” rat