The Moment Of Truth By Fidel Castro

17 December, 2009 — countercurrents

The President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela addressed the Summit on the 16th, at 8:40 a.m. Cuban time. He made a brilliant speech that was much applauded. His phrases were remarkable.

He challenged a document proposed to the Summit by the Danish minister chairing the conference. He said:

‘…this text has come out of the blue; we shall not accept any text that has not been produced by the working groups, I mean, the legitimate texts that have been the subject of negotiations for the past two years.’

‘There is a group of nations that feel above us in the South, in the Third World…’

‘…it’s not a surprise, there is no democracy, we are facing a dictatorship.’

‘…I was reading some slogans painted in the streets by the youths… one read: ‘don’t change the climate, change the system,’ and another: ‘if the climate had been a bank it would have been bailed out.’’

‘Obama […] received the Nobel Peace Prize the same day he sent 30 thousand troops to kill innocent people in Afghanistan.’

‘I support the view of the representatives of Brazil, Bolivia and China, I only wanted to express my support […] but I was not given the floor…’

‘The rich are destroying the planet, could it be they are planning to move to another when this one is destroyed?’

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Voices of developing world urge action

18 December, 2009 – Real News Network

CCTV: Many African leaders stressing that the voice the of the majority needs to be heard.

Many of the African leaders had their say this week at the Copenhagen climate talks, now with less than 24 hours to go.

They say, at this point, there’s no room for anything but action. They’re stressing that the voice the of the majority needs to be heard.

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The Indian Ocean nation of Seychelles says it understands the growth desires of industrialized countries. The island chain also comprehends the need for emerging economies to accelerate their development. But there is one group in Copenhagen that is extremely vulnerable to the world’s changing climate.

James Alix Michel, Seychelles President, said, “I am standing before you as the president, and a leader, of a small island state. For us, this agreement is about our right to exist. The commitment we expect to adopt on Friday should be better than what it is today.”

Kenya’s President is emphasizing the need for the UN Framework Convention to live up to its noble principle of protecting the climate system for the benefit of the present and future generations.

He, along with other African leaders, called on industrialized nations to assist developing countries.

The Chilcot ‘Inquiry’: A Theatre of the Absurd By William Bowles

16 December 2009 — Strategic Culture Foundation

Why does the extermination of an entire culturecause not a ripple in our public discourse? The answer is obvious: we don’t have any kind of discourse with those who wield power. The Chilcott ‘Inquiry’ demonstrates this down to a tee. It’s brazen in its disregard for the reality of the crimes the British state has committed in Iraqand continues to commit in Afghanistan. And brazen in the way it scoots a lot of very guilty-looking ‘witnesses’ through the process as painlessly as possible. How has this come to pass?

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Copenhagen: Chavez Salutes Climate Protestors By Kiraz Janicke

17 December, 2009 — Venezuelanalysis

‘I have been reading some of the slogans painted in the streets … One said, ‘Don’t Change the Climate, Change the System!’ – And I bring that on board for us. Let’s not change the climate. Let’s change the system!’

During his speech to the 15th United Nations Climate Change Summit in Copenhagen, Denmark, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez slammed the ‘lack of political will’ of the most powerful nations to take serious action to avert climate change, and called for systemic change to save the planet.

Chavez, who received a standing ovation for his speech, said the process in Copenhagen is ‘not democratic; it is not inclusive.’ In particular, he criticised an attempt by rich countries to overturn the Kyoto Protocol. Doing so would eliminate differentiation between the obligations of rich and poor countries, treating countries from the Global North and South as equally responsible for climate change.

‘There is a group of countries that believe they are superior to those of us from the South, to those of us from the Third Word … this does not surprise us … we are again faced with powerful evidence of global imperial dictatorship,’ Chavez said.

The Venezuelan president also applauded the initiative of the protesters outside the summit who were calling for serious measures to stop catastrophic climate change.

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Adib S. Kawar – Democratizing Colonialism!!! (part of the First Word War)

17 December, 2009 — Palestine Think Tank

Part of Tlaxcala and Palestine Think Tank’s “First Word War”

free-pal.jpgColonizers try to justify their invasion and colonization of other peoples’ lands by means of various claims, unlike the earlier western colonizers of the 18th and 19th and early 20th centuries, modern colonizers try to justify their invasion of these lands by claiming that they are aiming at democratizing and liberating the targeted countries, peoples and lands.

European invaders of the Americas, Australia, New Zealand etc., right away declared that their aim was to find new lands to colonize and exploit for their civilized white man without beating around the bush with unfounded justifications such as to modernize or to liberate the indigenous populations and democratize them. On the contrary, the invaders declared without shame that they were exterminating the indigenous populations in order to have empty lands for the European civilized white man to colonize.

The United States, which claims to be the greatest democracy in the world, invaded Iraq and justified their action by aiming at liberating Iraqi Arabs from their dictatorial regime and then to democratize them. The invasion by the two Bush presidents – father and son, resulted in great damage of Iraq – both people and land. Iraq was a state that enjoyed a considerably high standard and quality of infrastructure. The invasion ended in threatening the unity of Iraq, human casualties totaling about one and half million deaths, millions of wounded with a high percentage of total physical disablement, and many newborn babies were badly deformed as a result of bombarding the cities and towns with illegal weapons, especially using ammunitions coated with depleted uranium. Thousands of scientists and university professors were targeted and assassinated and whoever of them escaped death had to flee  in order to save their lives, which resulted in the destruction of the Iraqi academic life and standards, about 4.7 million Iraqis had to flee their places of residence to safer places in Iraq and/or outside it, agriculture, industry and other types of sources of production and income were badly damaged in addition to destroying most every other aspect of their lives…

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Allies suspected of war crimes should not be above the law By Greg Barns

16 December, 2009 —

Israeli politician Tzipi Livni and her supporters are outraged that last weekend a British court issued a warrant to allow police to arrest her and question her about allegations that she committed war crimes during the Gaza offensive last Christmas. Ms Livni, Israel’s foreign minister at the time of the offensive, was planning a trip to the UK. The British government is under pressure to change the law to ensure that Israeli citizens are less likely to be subjected to the universal jurisdiction that the UK courts have to deal with allegations of war crimes. And it looks like it will do so, after foreign secretary David Miliband issued a grovelling apology yesterday to Israel for what has transpired.

The British government’s actions in seeking to elevate Israeli officials above the UK war crimes law is breathtaking given the UN commissioned Goldstone Report’s detailed findings about the breaches of the law by Israeli and Palestinian forces in that tragic conflict, which left more than 1300 Palestinians dead. No one, irrespective of who they are or what their nationality is, should be allowed to escape investigation for war crimes. That is why the UK has on its statute books war crimes laws that allow its courts universal jurisdiction.

Even though British behave unscrupulously and will manipulate the law to suit the Israeli government, Australia should not follow suit. In fact, the Rudd government should use the Livni case to make the point that we have similar war crimes laws in Australia and that any person, even if they hail from an ally such as Israel or the US, but who is suspected of committing war crimes should think carefully about visiting this country, because the government will not stand in the way of individuals and groups using the courts to ensure the Federal Police do their job and investigate allegations given to them should be properly investigated.

But don’t hold your breath.

The recent visit to Australia of the political leadership that orchestrated the Gaza offensive, former Prime Minister Elmud Olmert, is a case in point. Olmert, who visited Australia earlier this month, was feted by politicians from both sides. This, despite the fact that Richard Goldstone observed only six weeks earlier about Gaza offensive, that; “Repeatedly, the Israel defence forces failed to adequately distinguish between combatants and civilians, as the laws of war strictly require [and that] Pursuing justice in this case is essential because no state or armed group should be above the law.” Failure to do so “will have a deeply corrosive effect on international justice, and reveal an unacceptable hypocrisy. As a service to hundreds of civilians who needlessly died and for the equal application of international justice, the perpetrators of serious violations must be held to account.”

Despite entreaties from individuals and Palestinian groups in Australia to the Attorney-General Robert McClelland and AFP Commissioner Tony Negus about Olmert, the impression that would have been gained by Israelis, who have become more careful about travelling to countries where there is universal jurisdiction in relation to war crimes, is that Australian authorities, even when armed with the Goldstone Report, will not lift a finger to take action.

Being Anti-Israel and Anti-Zionist Is the “New Anti-Semitism” By Sharmine Narwani

16 December, 2009 — Huffington Post

A Jewish woman, deriding protesters at a UK rally on Sunday in support of charging former Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni with war crimes, declared loudly into a TV camera that being anti-Israel and anti-Zionist is the “new anti-Semitism.”

Such licentious language. Meant primarily, I might add, to inflame passions and mislead public opinion by invoking a word – anti-Semitism – that we have been well-conditioned to condemn above all other forms of racism or prejudice.

I am sorry the woman fears anti-Semitism, pogroms and hatred around every corner. It’s not my problem, frankly. Let her get therapy. Does that sound harsh? Sorry, again. But I for one get pretty irritated hearing false cries of anti-Semitism against anyone who criticizes Israel, its human rights crimes, its crazy settler movement, its unique brand of crypto-racism against non-Jews living within the state and its occupied territories.

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