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Thirteen environmental groups from Philippines requesting to the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) to investigate “Carbon Majors”, for human rights violations resulting from impacts of climate change

By INQUIRER.net

Eight problems with Amnesty’s report on Aleppo, Syria

By Rick Sterling, Counterpunch. Translated into Swedish:

Åtta problem med Amnestys rapport om Syrien

[In Swedish]. Translated by Åke W Bergh. Published at Jinge.se (Editor Prof. Anders Romelsjö).

Amnesty i skriande behov av en radikalisering

[In Swedish]. By Dr Leif Elinder, in Västerbotten Kuriren.

400 people dead in the Mediterranean is an unacceptable death toll

By Freedom from Torture, A Medical Foundation for the Care of the Victims of Torture.

Body count on the “War on Terror”, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan
Three organizations, the Nobel Prize-winning International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, Physicians for Social Responsibility, and Physicians for Global Survival have released a report stating, “This investigation comes to the conclusion that the war has, directly or indirectly, killed around 1 million people in Iraq, 220,000 in Afghanistan and 80,000 in Pakistan, … a total of around 1.3 million. Not included in this figure are further war zones such as Yemen. The figure is approximately 10 times greater than that of which the public, experts and decision makers are aware of and propagated by the media and major NGOs. And this is only a conservative estimate,” they write. “The total number of deaths in the three countries named above could also be in excess of 2 million, whereas a figure below 1 million is extremely unlikely.”
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How Obama’s Aggression in Ukraine Risks Nuclear War
Dr William Polk recalls the 19th century experiment in which a biologist found that if he placed a frog in boiling water, the frog immediately leapt out, but that if he placed the frog in tepid water and then gradually heated it, the frog stayed put until he was scalded to death. Dr. Polk warns us not to be like that frog, as events unfold in the Ukraine confrontation. The events are profoundly frightening. “But they are so gradual that we do not see a specific moment in which we must jump or perish.”

See also on this subject SWEDHR’s article:

Severe tensions between Nato, Russia and Ukraine could lead to a greater war – Warmongers should think twice
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Further on Subject: “Doomsday Clock”

[Sampled by Dr Leif Elinder, SWEDHR]

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/an-arms-race-wont-help-ukraine/2015/02/10/d3f30ee4-b086-11e4-827f-93f454140e2b_story.html

Summary: “Nearly 70 years ago, Manhattan Project scientists, having seen the power of nuclear destruction, created what they called the “Doomsday Clock.” It was designed to warn the world of how imminent the threat of global catastrophe was becoming — the closer the clock moved to midnight, the closer we were to doomsday. Last month, Nobel laureates changed its time to 11:57 p.m., denoting the closest we’ve been to doomsday in more than 30 years- based omprovocative march toward a new Cold War.”

Jeremy Shapiro of the Brookings Institution writes, “If U.S.weapons fail to induce a Russian retreat  “the result will not be peace. According to Jack F. Matlock, the former ambassador to the Soviet Union  the situation “has begun to resemble a renewal of the Cold War . Mikhail Gorbachev – “I can no longer say that this ‘cold war’ will not lead to a ‘hot war,’” he said. “I fear [the U.S.] could risk it.” Sending  more weapons to Ukraine defies common sense. The sooner the U.S. accepts that a diplomatic resolution is the only option, the sooner we can take a step back from the cliff. The clock is ticking.”

From Professor Jan Öberg, Peace researcher [fredsforskare], chairs Think-tank Transnationella stiftelsen för freds- och framtidsforskning (TFF): From preventing to making peace in Ukraine

From Professor Karel van Wolferen. Dutch  journalist & professor. He received the highest Dutch award for journalism, and over the years his articles have appeared in The New York Times The Washington Post, etc.  http://www.unz.com/article/the-ukraine-corrupted-journalism-and-the-atlanticist-faith/http://www.unz.com/article/nato-and-the-two-central-conflicts-of-the-ukraine-crisis/.

From ProfessorJohn Mearsheimer (Prof of Political Science)He states simply, “Putin did not create the crisis.” and postulates that the US is being “foolish in the extreme” to keep supporting the Ukrainians’ conflict with Russia. He argues this makes the chance of a war more dangerous.http://www.commondreams.org/views/2015/02/06/us-ukraine-and-russia-what-went-wronghttp://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/141769/john-j-mearsheimer/why-the-ukraine-crisis-is-the-wests-faultFrom Professor Stephen Cohen, New York University.Professor Stephen Cohen is an American scholar of Russian studies at Princeton University and New York University.Key points of Cohen’s extraordinary speech:

  • The possibility of premeditated war is real;
  • This problem began in 1990’s when US adopted a “winner-takes-all” policy
  • There is not a single example of any major concession or reciprocal agreement that the US offered Russia in return for what it has received since the 90s.
  • This policy has been pursued by every president and every US Congress, from President Clinton to President Obama.
  • The US is entitled to a global sphere of influence, but Russia is not entitled to any sphere of influence at all, not even in Georgia or Ukraine.
  • For 20 years Russia was excluded from the European security system. NATO expansion was a pivot of this security system and it was directed against Russia.
  • Putin started as a pro-Western leader, he wanted partnership with the US, provided helping hand after 9/11 and saved many American lives in Afghanistan.
  • In return he got more NATO expansion and unilateral abolition of the existing missile treaty

http://russia-insider.com/en/2015/03/20/4761

From Professor Michel Chossudovsky:

http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-dangers-of-nuclear-war/5422597

From The Helen Caldicott Symposium: The Dynamics of Possible Nuclear Extinction:

Quoted texts (sampled by Dr Leif Elinder):

Russia and the U.S. possess 94% of the 16,400 nuclear weapons in the global nuclear arsenal. The U.S. maintains its first strike winnable nuclear war policy, and both countries have raised their nuclear arsenals to a higher state of alert because of the situation in the Ukraine.

The administration has plans to replace every nuclear warhead and their delivery systems via ship, submarine, missile and plane, at a cost of one trillion dollars over the next thirty years.

This symposium to be held by The Helen Caldicott Foundation will address the following issues:
What are the factors that could precipitate a nuclear war between Russia and the U.S., how many times have we come close to nuclear war and how long will our luck hold?

Theodore A Postol-
Professor of Science, and National Security Policy, 
The US nuclear modernization program, tensions with Russia, and the danger of a world nuclear catastrophe.

Seth Baum– Global Catastrophic Risk Institute, will address the catastrophic risk of nuclear war
Max Tegmark – Professor of physics will  address the risk of accidental nuclear war.
Bill Hartung– Center for International Policy, will discuss the pathological dynamics exercised by the US military industrial complex

Robert Parry – Investigative Journalist, Consortium News. Will discuss Ukraine and the Human Factor: How propaganda and passions can risk nuclear conflagration.

Steven Starr– A board member and senior scientist for Physicians for Social Responsibility. Nuclear War: An Unrecognized Mass Extinction Event Waiting to Happen.
Mike Lofgren – congressional staffer,mauthor of Anatomy of the Deep State, will describe the merger of corporations and the US government as a cause of the current nuclear threat.
Noam Chomsky, Institute Professor and Professor of Linguistics, MIT will present the pathology within the present political system that could lead to catastrophic results if not cured
Helen Caldicott – President of The Helen Caldicott Foundation – A prescription for survival

http://helencaldicottfoundation.org/symposium-the-dynamics-of-possible-nuclear-extinction-l-february-28-march-1-2015-at-the-new-york-academy-of-medicine/

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Top Russian, American and Polish Leaders Warn that Continued Fighting In Ukraine Could Lead to Nuclear War
http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2015/01/top-russian-american-polish-leaders-warn-continued-fighting-ukraine-lead-nuclear-war.html

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Sweden Torture and other ill-treatment

Amnesty International report

UK doctors shocked by Israeli barbarism in Gaza that kills and dismembers children

STOP THE WAR Coalition

Sudan: Mass Rape by Army in Darfur

Human Rights Watch, February 11, 2015

Syria’s Medical Community Under Assault

Physicians For Human Rights, Feb. 2015

On civil war in South Sudan: “120 doctors and 100 registered nurses for the 11 million people in the country, working in fewer than 40 hospitals and clinics in a country about the size of France”

The UN Refugee Agency, February 6, 2015

Widespread Use of Cluster Munitions – Human Rights Watch

Human Rights Watch, October 20, 2014

Swedish Section of Amnesty International voted to reject human-right actions on cases Assange, Snowden and tortured Palestinian children

Interview with Dr Leif Elinder, May 11, 2014 in The Professors’ Blog – Human Rights For All.

Iraq: Government Attacking Fallujah Hospital

Human Rights Watch, May 27, 2014