Today, the US is poised on an enterprise it knows best – warmongering – to shape and control the affairs of peoples and nation-states for its own ends. No other country on earth has military presence that stretches across more than 170 countries, more than 1,000 military bases and the biggest military budget in the world.
Again, US officials are sure of their facts, and President Obama, Nobel Peace Prize winner, is trumpeting them as the basis for a “limited” military strike on Syria. Just a few years ago, they were also certain of the existence of “weapons of mass destruction” in Iraq, which the US itself encouraged when Saddam Hussein was still in its good graces; accordingly, Bush spun a war of aggression around it.
Syria is already in deep turmoil, with various powers and interests circling like vultures to see which pawns can move their agenda. Singling out Syria lets slip the powerful Israeli lobby behind US’ military directions in the region to bring to heel Iraq, Iran and now Syria. A military strike on Syria by the US or any other foreign power, no matter how limited, can only deepen internal divisions, add to the bloodshed and further exacerbate human suffering. As America’s own record shows, no act of aggression can be limited, nor can the devastation left in its wake be contained.
JSAPMDD strongly condemns the violent dispersal by Sri Lanka's military of the peaceful demonstrators fighting for clean and safe water in the village of Weliveriya just outside Colombo last August 1.
By Roger Harrabin, Environment analyst, Doha, Qatar
Details have emerged of a deal to solve the "hot air" row undermining the EU in the UN climate change talks in Doha.
The term refers to unused, tradeable carbon emission permits given to Eastern European nations.
They are among a number of issues that threaten to stall progress at the talks, due to end on Friday evening.
Poland had been reluctant to give up its permits; the EU has now said the country can keep them, but has put strict limits on their sale.
By Stephen Leahy
DOHA, Qatar, Dec 7 2012 (IPS) – Food prices will soar and hundreds of millions will starve without urgent action to make major cuts in fossil fuel emissions. That is what is at stake here on the last day of the U.N. climate talks known as COP 18, scientists and activists say.
Lidy Nacpil of Jubilee South Asia Pacific. Nacpil is based in the Philippines, which is currently experiencing devastation as a result of Typhoon Bopha. Credit: Stephen Leahy/IPS
Carbon emissions are already disrupting the world's climate, making extreme weather events like droughts, floods and storms more damaging. Agriculture and food production are extremely vulnerable to the impacts climate change, several scientific studies show.
The Earth’s climate is destabilizing and the planet is in crisis.
· Scientists predict that about 625,000 people will die each year from now until 2020 by causes driven by climate change.
· Many mountain glaciers, which act as source of water for millions of people, have significantly retreated. Changes in rain-fall patterns, due to climate change, are causing even greater water-stress particularly in Western Africa and South Asia.
· There is 80% less Arctic-sea ice today than in 1950. The melting of ice causes sea-level rise, threatening 600 million people living less than 10 meters above sea-level and coastal cities such as Mumbai, Shanghai, Manila, Rio de Janeiro, New York, Istanbul and 7 more of the world’s 20 biggest cities.