Posts Tagged ‘nations’

Israel and Human Rights – Parting Ways

Monday, March 26th, 2012

You know how when you catch a liar in a lie, they overreact and get all angry and hostile? That’s pretty much what the State of Israel has just done.

The United Nations human rights council decided to establish an international investigation into abuses committed in the West Bank settlements. And in response, Israel has severed all ties with that branch of the UN.

Oh, what… afraid that your horrendous, ongoing atrocities will be exposed? Too bad. The world is waking up, no matter how hard you try and hide. (more…)

Iceland Recognizes State of Palestine

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

When the global economy crashed in 2008 and their country went Bankrupt, the people of Iceland remained defiant, refusing to pay for the mistakes of a financial monopoly. They boldly rejected the European Union and IMF, with 93% of the population voting against repayment of the debt created by unregulated bankers.

Not content with just sticking it to the banks, Icelanders drafted a whole new constitution, one that would free the country from the exaggerated power of international finance and virtual money.

Now the Icelandic people have once again set the bar for the rest of the world to follow, becoming the first Western European nation to formally recognize the Palestinian State.

The mostly symbolic gesture by Icelandic parliament recognizes Palestine based on the 1967 borders and “urges Israelis and Palestinians to seek a peace agreement on the basis of international law and UN resolutions.”

At a time when nations like Canada are officially turning their backs on the Palestinian people, it’s nice to see we still have members of the international community who support justice and human rights for all and not just those who can afford it.

Shameful Conditions in First World Canada

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

(‘So a baby seal walks into a bar…‘)

Over a month ago in northern Ontario, Chief Shawn-A-in-chut Atleo from Attawapiskat First Nation declared a State of Emergency. Living conditions had consistently declined for two decades, placing the 2000-member community on the brink of a “humanitarian disaster.”

The response from the Government of Canada has been slow, leaving the ball to be picked up by a group that should be out helping the rest of the world – the Red Cross. Yet Ottawa’s sluggish response stems less from their lack of belief about the dire conditions, and more from the pressing fear of what might happen should other First Nations expose their own appalling conditions

What an embarrassment it would be for Canada! On top of being seal-clubbing, cancer-spreading, earth-rapists, we’ll also bear the international humiliation of a neglected indigenous population. Dreadful.

On a related note, in the third world, out of the countless millions living on the brink of starvation, tens of thousands of humans die every single day. So, not to trivialize the plight of Canada’s poorest people, but labeling what we see in Canada as ‘Third World Conditions’ does a disservice to the world’s truly poorest, who must endure the absolute worst that modern life has to offer.

And now that I’ve gone off on a tangent, I may as well end up on a soapbox.

Canada has been spending over $8 Billion a year for programs and policies for aboriginal peoples, which is clearly proving inadequate. Not that more money is the only solution. Surely the whole branch of government could use a shake-up and maybe trim off the life-sucking bloated bureaucracy.

But compare that spending to the nearly $20 Billion Canada invested to bomb liberate the poor, hapless people of Afghanistan, or the $26 Million in Canadian taxpayer funds used for the humanitarian mission to execute Gaddafi, and one wonders where Canada’s priorities should lie.

Don’t get me wrong. I am all for making the world a better place, and the more diverse our strategy the better. But if the goal is to help humans live better lives, we might find our efforts better placed in areas where armies aren’t a necessary part of the plan.

Plus, until we Canadians get our shit together back home, we really have no business intervening militarily in the affairs of other nations.

Harper Plans to Veto Palestine’s Statehood Bid

Sunday, September 18th, 2011

Next week, the UN is set to vote on the establishment of a recognized Palestinian state in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and east Jerusalem. While the vote would be mostly symbolic, Palestinians hope the elevated stature would give them more clout in future negotiations with Israel.

Israel opposes the move, worried that their illegally occupied Palestinian territories would now be officially illegal in the eyes of the International community. Should this happen, sanctions would likely be issued by a world that opposes Israel’s incessant human rights violations.

Ever the staunch supporter of Israel, the United States made clear their intentions to veto the upcoming vote. No surprise there.

But now Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced his opposition to Palestine’s bid for UN recognition, saying “We view this unilateral action on behalf of the Palestinian Authority to be not helpful, and we will be opposing it at the United Nations.”

But why? What specifically does the Conservative government hope to gain by emulating the United States? Another economic recession? A war machine running out of control? A corporately controlled electoral system? Mounting animosity from the rest of the world?

The American Empire is in decline and Israel is finding itself all alone in the world. It is a mistake to hitch our wagon to these dying horses. Come next election, Canadians will hopefully show Stephen Harper and his Conservatives the error of their ways.

End of Israel’s Atrocities?

Monday, September 5th, 2011

Later this month, it is expected that the United Nations will vote in Palestine as a new member nation, based on the 1967 borders. When this happens, Israel’s current occupation of Palestinian land will be officially illegal in the eyes of the international community.

In preparation, Israel’s military – the IDF – has been handing out tear gas and stun grenades to civilians, anticipating the coming demonstrations from the newly freed Palestinians. But what they should really be preparing for are the economic sanctions coming from the rest of the world in response to Israel’s decades long record of human rights violations.

For example, a recently leaked cable exposes the IDF’s willingness to use ‘harsh measures’ upon peaceful Palestinian protestors. Another story reveals how the State of Israel consistently tortures confessions from Palestinian children, as if that’s going to earn them any love from the world.

Sure, Israel still has the support of the US and its taxpayers, who, over the past 10 years, have subsidized every 5-person Israeli family the staggering sum of $200,000. And, of course, the US has been urging the UN to stall the upcoming vote, not that the UN intends on listening.

But the US is waning as the world’s superpower, and without their giant ally overseas to protect them, Israel is fast finding itself alone, surrounded by enemies while facing a huge upswell of dissension from within.

It won’t be long until the State of Israel has no choice but to capitulate to mounting pressure from the globe, forever ceasing their crimes against humanity. What a glorious day this will be for the world’s peace movement.

Humanity Eradicates Another Disease

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

Remember Smallpox? The vile pathogen responsible for seriously deforming those it did not kill? Yeah, that’s right… it’s the one which humankind cooperated to eradicate off the planet.

Well, there’s a new player in the field of viruses to be evicted from earth – Rinderpest! Rinderpest is an animal disease which infects hooved mammals, like cattle and pigs, and can wipe out entire herds.

But not anymore! BOOYA!!! Chalk up another victory for the hairless monkeys with the big brains!

Secret Cables: Israel Preps to Take On UN

Friday, June 10th, 2011

Israel has started mobilizing for the battle against the United Nation’s plans to recognize a Palestinian state in September, based on the 1967 borders.

Leaked classified diplomatic cables reveal Foreign Minister Rafael Barak directing diplomats to convey the message that acceptance of a Palestinian state would delegitimize Israel and foil any chance for future peace talks.

Overseas officials have been told to lobby politicians in their respective countries, mobilize Jewish groups to influence public opinion, and place stories in the international media critical of the Palestinian overtures.

Even as the world comes together in support of Palestine, the Zionists refuse to accept any wrong doing. Instead, they hold steady with their continued human rights violations and then try to blame the rest of us when we get upset.

Well, we won’t be swayed by the propaganda spewing from the Israeli PR machine. The untold injustice perpetrated by the State of Israel will no longer be tolerated in the new world we’re in the process of creating.

Experts Agree: The War on Drugs has Failed

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

(More than ever before in human history, we share a common destiny. We can master it only if we face it together. – Kofi Annan)

Fantastic news! A new 24-page report by a group of politicians and former world leaders has declared the War on Drugs to be an utter failure.

They argue that anti-drug policy causes “devastating consequences for individuals and societies around the world” since all it does it fuel organized crime while costing billions in taxpayer dollars and leading to thousands of deaths.

The authors of the report lambast current prohibition policies, writing “Political leaders and public figures should have the courage to articulate publicly what many of them acknowledge privately: that the evidence overwhelmingly demonstrates that repressive strategies will not solve the drug problem, and that the war on drugs has not, and cannot, be won.”

The report concludes that governments should end criminalization of drug use, experiment with legal models that would undermine organized crime syndicates and offer health and treatment services for drug-users.

Finally, some sensible drug discussions at the highest level. Drug prohibition has been a tremendous blight on our species for decades now, highlighting the inherent injustice in the world’s political system. It is high time that we came to our senses about drug policy reform.

Man, I’m stoked! Today marks another important step towards ending these draconian days of drug prohibition, bringing us one step closer to ending war on earth.

Fighting Against the World’s War on Drugs

Monday, April 4th, 2011

(That’s a pretty sweet logo, man, but have you ever looked at it… on weeeed?)

As a frequent reader of my blog, you must be an enlightened and educated mind who can tell when someone is blowing smoke. You’ll also know that, despite drug prohibition proving itself a complete failure, it remains institutionalized all the way up to the United Nations.

Hopefully this will soon change, thanks in part to awareness campaigns like the joint Global Initiative for Drug Policy Reform, which seeks to “promote health-oriented policies based upon scientific evidence and to reform the UN Drug Conventions.”

What a great initiative… go for the head of the war on drugs! Once the UN succumbs to rational thought, member nations won’t be mandated to enforce drug prohibition, and individual country’s can take sovereign actions once again.

It won’t be long until we finally condemn drug prohibition to a quirky part of human history, where future generations wonder ‘What the hell were they thinking?’.

Israel Inside Pressure Cooker, Threatens to Explode

Sunday, April 3rd, 2011

Imagine yourself surrounded on all sides by enemies while the whole world conspires for your demise. Now you know what it’s like to be a paranoid Zionist living inside the state of Israel.

Of course, from an outside perspective, it’s easy to understand why Israel was recently ranked as one the world’s least favorite nations, scoring lower than Iran or North Korea. With a long history of hypocrisy, aggression and human rights violations, Israel cannot hide its continued atrocities from the world, even with its extensive PR campaign.

For too long the Palestinian people have been egregiously mistreated by Israel, and now the world is stepping in to help. More and more countries are recognizing Palestine as an independent state. And now, come September, the Palestine people may be welcomed in as members of the UN.

Should the UN accept the battered nation into the union, Palestine will be defined by the 1967 borders. This means that Israel’s 40+ years of expansion into the West Bank and Gaza – every piece of land they’ve stolen and settled – will be all for not.

This is why Israel has threatened unilateral action. As one of the world’s top military powers, warnings from Israel cannot be taken lightly.

Still, as perpetrators of grave injustices in our world, Israel cannot be allowed to continue unabated.