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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appoints Mary Robinson as special climate envoy Coastal Flood Potential - Will It Force Redefining of "Defense"?
"Robinson called for the formation of a major social movement to push for action on climate change in the run-up to Ban's summit and the Paris conference." "We could de-salinate the sea water and use it to make forests in the deserts and other regions that need water ... To do this, we must restructure our engineering and industrial priorities from war to peace. "
Latin American states use Security Council seats to show strong support for the International Criminal Court and international justice WikiLeaks: The Latin America Files
"A look at the different votes and initiatives put forward by Latin American Council members over the past few years bears witness to the region’s commitment to justice" "Information is power. . . What we citizens of the Western Hemisphere do with that power will become the ultimate legacy of the WikiLeaks experience. "
Breakthrough in solar panel manufacture promises cheap energy within a decade Peace Demonstrations around the World
"A technical advance based on an edible salt used in the manufacture of tofu could revolutionise the production of future solar panels" "There were peace demonstrations around the world on September 27, but because of the American mass media, Americans will know less about them than people in the rest of the world. As far as I could tell, the news was not carried on US television and in most newspapers."
Nuclear forces reduced while modernizations continue, says SIPRI The Gacaca: Rwanda's Bold Experiment in Reconciliation
"none of the nuclear weapon-possessing states are prepared to give up their nuclear arsenals for the foreseeable future." "We need to follow the course of the gacaca over the next few years to see if we can learn about justice from the African people and their traditions."
Las Fuerzas Nucleares se Reducen pero Continúa su Modernización, Afirma el SIPRI The Colonel Who Saved the Earth
" ninguno de los estados que tienen estas armas está dispuesto a renunciar a sus arsenales nucleares en un futuro previsible" "Had Petrov cracked and triggered a response, Soviet missiles would have rained down on U.S. cities"
Les Forces Nucléaires Diminuent, mais leur Modernisation se Poursuit, selon le SIPRI Participate in Democracy: Cuba, Venezuela, Bolivia, could Mexico be next?
"aucun des États dotés d'armes nucléaires n'est prêt à abandonner ses arsenaux dans un avenir prévisible" "Mexico now joins the ranks of other countries with similar controversial election results."
Brazil: Internet "bill of rights" to take effect in June Christ, Krishna and Mohamed: What do they have in common?
"The Marco Civil considers the Internet as an essential tool for freedom of expression and it must help the Brazilian to freely communicate and manifest under the Constitution " "A good place to start your own exploration of this important question is the website religious tolerance where the tenets of 47 North American religious groups are described."
Brasil: Marco Civil da Internet começa a valer em junho To desire freedom is an instinct
"O Marco Civil considera a internet uma ferramenta fundamental para a liberdade de expressão e diz que ela deve ajudar o brasileiro a se comunicar e se manifestar como bem entender, nos termos da Constituição" "one of my literary projects that are committed to building understanding, tolerance, and Peace initiative in Nigeria"
UNESCO conference urges UN to include free expression in post-2015 development goals The Nobel Peace Prize to Mohamed Yunus and the people of Bangladesh
"recognize the importance of universal access to information and communication technologies and for governments to make available “comprehensive, reliable, accurate and accessible information related to the development agenda” " "In his Nobel Prize speech, Yunus offered a new dream for today's youth, inviting them to become a new kind of entrepreneur that 'can change the character of capitalism radically.'"
Open Letter to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas: Join the International Criminal Court Reflection on the Life of Wangari Maathai
"Taking such steps could ensure access to international justice for victims of war crimes and crimes against humanity committed on Palestinian territories, and would send an important message that such crimes cannot be committed with impunity " "Her Nobel prize speech conveys her pride in African women’s resilience; her emphasis on justice, integrity and trust; the contribution of tree-planting to promoting a culture of peace; the need to preserve both local biodiversity and cultural diversity."
More Women Sit on the UN Security Council, but What Does It Mean? The Day of the Girl Has Come
"In a post-conflict situation, men are focused on why the conflict took place; women focus on getting life back to normal, " "a MUST SEE video that embodies what has happened to the young 14 year old girl “Malala” in Pakistan "
The Elders applaud Palestinian unity agreement A New Century of Colonial War?
"any lasting peace with Israel will have to be predicated on a peace agreement with a unified and democratic Palestinian government exercising its authority in both the West Bank and Gaza " "Writing in Trud, Alexandre Tsipko said "we have entered into a century of war for a new colonial order." And writing in Novaya Gazeta, Boris Kagarlitski describes the Homeland Security Act as the American KGB"
Gabriel García Márquez and the peace process in Colombia The ICC, the Other Option
"the signing of a peace agreement between the government and the FARC is the best tribute we can give the writer Gabriel García Márquez " "The court will ensure that no ruler, no State, no junta and no army anywhere can abuse human rights with impunity."
An Easter letter about Mordechai Vanunu Shukran, Mister President, Thank you!
"what Vanunu wanted to achieve, to warn the world of the danger of nuclear weapons, is as relevant now as it has been since 1945 " "What are the real threats to the Arab revolutions? Danger, or progress? In developing a democratic system can we convert and integrate those who are ' undemocratic''? "
Another Pulitzer for reporting classified info Worldwide Video Gaming for Clean Water
"much of what the government has classified in the name of safeguarding national security has been, in fact, improperly kept secret to avoid embarrassment, to shield activities that would not have been tolerated by the public, and/or to avoid uncomfortable public debate " "it engages you in critical environmental problems now faced by hundreds of millions worldwide."