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 Rick Sterling, Counterpunch. Translated into Swedish:
[In Swedish]. Translated by Åke W Bergh. Published at Jinge.se (Editor Prof. Anders Romelsjö).
[In Swedish]. By Dr Leif Elinder, in Västerbotten Kuriren.
By Freedom from Torture, A Medical Foundation for the Care of the Victims of Torture.
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
Further on Subject: “Doomsday Clock”
[Sampled by Dr Leif Elinder, SWEDHR]
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 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
From Professor Michel Chossudovsky:
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
Top Russian, American and Polish Leaders Warn that Continued Fighting In Ukraine Could Lead to Nuclear War
Amnesty International report
STOP THE WAR Coalition
Human Rights Watch, February 11, 2015
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
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.
Human Rights Watch, May 27, 2014