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Friday, August 26, 2016

Complex global societal tragedy of wealth and want—symptom trafficked-refugee death on a road



Complex tragedies of wealth and want presage latest tragedy but latest not cause of crisis
Editing and Commentary by Carolyn LaDelle Bennett

The current Deutsche Welle documentary of human trafficking and refugee death (“Asphyxiated on the Highway: The End of a 
Deutsche Welle Documentary
“Asphyxiated on the Highway:
The End of a Desperate Journey”
Desperate Journey”) is horrific. But the blame and indeed the solutions neither begin nor end solely with trafficking, traffickers and deaths of refugees. Arrests, trials and imprisonment, though required by law (except for the well-heeled), fail to solve underlying structural problems. War and unrest and want create refugees and asylum seekers, and also create those who exploit and profit from forced migration and the misery of displaced peoples across the world. The DW documentary reports that on a highway in Austria on August 27, 2015, police found “71 corpses [suffocated refugees] in a small truck, some already in a state of advanced decomposition.” The refugees were finally identified as having come from the countries where Western wars are being waged and have been for years—“Afghanistan, Syria, Iran and Iraq.” Investigative journalists researched the network of human traffickers, interviewed lawyers and investigators for a film that reconstructs the flight of the refugees.

 
T
his tragedy of human trafficking and death, happening again and again beyond and occasionally in the news, such as this compelling Deutsche Welle documentary, rests with leaders of world powers, West and East, nuclear powers' leaders’ wars and their domestic and international priorities and policies; it rests with plunderers, robbers, the super rich, and countries’ leadership, officials whose corruption lets stand the oppressive status quo.

Almost half of the world’s wealth is now owned by just one percent of the world’s population. $110 trillion—65 times the total wealth of the bottom half of the world’s population—constitutes the wealth of the one percent richest people in the world. The richest 85 people in the world hold all of what equals to the wealth-holding of all people in the bottom half of the world’s population. Seven out of ten people live in countries where economic inequality increased in 30 years preceding a 2013 Credit Suisse Research Global Wealth Report. Since 2009, the United States’ wealthiest one percent captured 95 percent of post-financial crisis growth while the bottom 90 percent became poorer. 

W
e can feign outrage or actually be outraged by the current state of affairs but real or pretended outrage doesn’t amount to a hill of beans when common sense tells us that poverty need not “always be with us”—that was peddled propaganda and otherwise expedient, flawed reasoning. Anyone with common sense knows that when ordinate power, their interminable wars, dominance and plunder, their criminal impunity create and sustain poverty—when this critical causation is pervasive and persistent—the consequence is inevitable, interminable poverty. And from conditions of interminable want, poverty, conflict, destabilization, victimization—looking up from scrubbing the floors and toilets of inordinate wealth—rise desperate acts (piracy, smuggling in people, animals, and in inanimate objects of all kinds) to get out from under the arm of oppression, to gain some measure of self-respect and not opulence but the basics of a decent livelihood and living.  
 
In the United States and across the world, Oxfam warns, “When wealth captures government policy making, the rules bend to favor the rich, often to the detriment of everyone else.  The consequences include the erosion of democratic governance, the pulling apart of social cohesion, and the vanishing of equal opportunities for all. 

 “Unless bold political solutions are instituted to curb the influence of wealth on politics, governments will work for the interests of the rich, while economic and political inequalities continue to rise.”



Sources and notes

DW documentary “Asphyxiated on the Highway - The End of a Desperate Journey” August 25, 2016, broadcast dates August 26-27; September 8-9, 2016 and archived.  http://www.dw.com/en/documentaries-asphyxiated-on-the-highway-2016-08-25/e-19457567-9798

OXFAM Briefing Paper 178 Working for the Few: Political capture and economic inequality, a paper written by Ricardo Fuentes-Nieva and Nick Galasso, production assistance by Natalia Alonso, Ana Arendar, Teresa Cavero, Anna Coryndon, Kimberly Pfeifer and Max Lawson; part of a series of papers written to inform public debate on development and humanitarian policy issues. Oxfam International January 2014 copyrighted publication “but the text may be used free of charge for the purposes of advocacy, campaigning, education, and research, provided that the source is acknowledged in full.” policyandpractice@oxfam.org.uk information correct at the time publication goes to press; published by Oxfam GB for Oxfam International under ISBN 978-1-78077-540-1 in January 2014. Oxfam GB, Oxfam House, John Smith Drive, Cowley, Oxford, OX4 2JY, UK, www.oxfam.org

Research Institute: Thought leadership from Credit Suisse Research and the world’s foremost experts October 2013 Global Wealth Global Wealth Report: 
“…Global household wealth equates to USD 51,600 per adult, a new all-time high for average net worth [but] this average global value masks considerable variation across countries and regions. The richest nations, with wealth per adult over USD 100,000, are found in North America, Western Europe, and among the rich Asia-Pacific and Middle Eastern countries.… Wealth varies greatly across individuals” but this reports estimates that “the lower half of the global population possesses barely 1 percent of global wealth… The richest 10 percent of adults own 86 percent of all wealth….The top 1 percent account for 46 percent of the total wealth.”
Wealthy nations [though within these nations there is dire want]: USA, Japan, China, India, France, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Russia, Singapore, Taiwan, Indonesia, Australia, South Africa, Chile, Brazil, and Canada
https://publications.credit-suisse.com/tasks/render/file/?fileID=BCDB1364-A105-0560-1332EC9100FF5C83



Blog Author

A lifelong American writer and writer/activist (former academic and staffer with the U.S. government in Washington), Dr. Carolyn LaDelle Bennett is credentialed in education and print journalism and public affairs (PhD, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan; MA, The American University, Washington, DC). Her work concerns itself with news and current affairs, historical contexts, and ideas particularly related to acts and consequences of U.S. foreign relations, geopolitics, human rights, war and peace, and violence and nonviolence. Dr. Bennett is an internationalist and nonpartisan progressive personally concerned with society and the common good. An educator at heart, her career began with the U.S. Peace Corps, teaching in Sierra Leone, West Africa. Since then, she has authored several books and numerous current-affairs articles; her latest book: UNCONSCIONABLE: How The World Sees Us: World News, Alternative Views, Commentary on U.S. Foreign Relations; most thoughts, articles, edited work are posted at Bennett’s Study: http://todaysinsightnews.blogspot.com/ and on her Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/carolynladelle.bennett. http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/08UNCONSCIONABLE/prweb12131656.htm http://bookstore.xlibris.com/Products/SKU-000757788/UNCONSCIONABLE.aspx Her books are also available at independent bookstores in New York State: Lift Bridge in Brockport; Sundance in Geneseo; Dog Ears Bookstore and Literary Arts Center in Buffalo; Burlingham Books in Perry; The Bookworm in East Aurora

Complex global societal tragedy of wealth and want—symptom trafficked-refugee death on a road



Complex tragedies of wealth and want presage latest tragedy but latest not cause of crisis
Editing and Commentary by Carolyn LaDelle Bennett

The current Deutsche Welle documentary of human trafficking and refugee death (“Asphyxiated on the Highway: The End of a 
Deutsche Welle Documentary
“Asphyxiated on the Highway:
The End of a Desperate Journey”
Desperate Journey”) is horrific. But the blame and indeed the solutions neither begin nor end solely with trafficking, traffickers and deaths of refugees. Arrests, trials and imprisonment, though required by law (except for the well-heeled), fail to solve underlying structural problems. War and unrest and want create refugees and asylum seekers, and also create those who exploit and profit from forced migration and the misery of displaced peoples across the world. The DW documentary reports that on a highway in Austria on August 27, 2015, police found “71 corpses [suffocated refugees] in a small truck, some already in a state of advanced decomposition.” The refugees were finally identified as having come from the countries where Western wars are being waged and have been for years—“Afghanistan, Syria, Iran and Iraq.” Investigative journalists researched the network of human traffickers, interviewed lawyers and investigators for a film that reconstructs the flight of the refugees.

 
T
his tragedy of human trafficking and death, happening again and again beyond and occasionally in the news, such as this compelling Deutsche Welle documentary, rests with leaders of world powers, West and East, nuclear powers' leaders’ wars and their domestic and international priorities and policies; it rests with plunderers, robbers, the super rich, and countries’ leadership, officials whose corruption lets stand the oppressive status quo.

Almost half of the world’s wealth is now owned by just one percent of the world’s population. $110 trillion—65 times the total wealth of the bottom half of the world’s population—constitutes the wealth of the one percent richest people in the world. The richest 85 people in the world hold all of what equals to the wealth-holding of all people in the bottom half of the world’s population. Seven out of ten people live in countries where economic inequality increased in 30 years preceding a 2013 Credit Suisse Research Global Wealth Report. Since 2009, the United States’ wealthiest one percent captured 95 percent of post-financial crisis growth while the bottom 90 percent became poorer. 

W
e can feign outrage or actually be outraged by the current state of affairs but real or pretended outrage doesn’t amount to a hill of beans when common sense tells us that poverty need not “always be with us”—that was peddled propaganda and otherwise expedient, flawed reasoning. Anyone with common sense knows that when ordinate power, their interminable wars, dominance and plunder, their criminal impunity create and sustain poverty—when this critical causation is pervasive and persistent—the consequence is inevitable, interminable poverty. And from conditions of interminable want, poverty, conflict, destabilization, victimization—looking up from scrubbing the floors and toilets of inordinate wealth—rise desperate acts (piracy, smuggling in people, animals, and in inanimate objects of all kinds) to get out from under the arm of oppression, to gain some measure of self-respect and not opulence but the basics of a decent livelihood and living.  
 
In the United States and across the world, Oxfam warns, “When wealth captures government policy making, the rules bend to favor the rich, often to the detriment of everyone else.  The consequences include the erosion of democratic governance, the pulling apart of social cohesion, and the vanishing of equal opportunities for all. 

 “Unless bold political solutions are instituted to curb the influence of wealth on politics, governments will work for the interests of the rich, while economic and political inequalities continue to rise.”



Sources and notes

DW documentary “Asphyxiated on the Highway - The End of a Desperate Journey” August 25, 2016, broadcast dates August 26-27; September 8-9, 2016 and archived.  http://www.dw.com/en/documentaries-asphyxiated-on-the-highway-2016-08-25/e-19457567-9798

OXFAM Briefing Paper 178 Working for the Few: Political capture and economic inequality, a paper written by Ricardo Fuentes-Nieva and Nick Galasso, production assistance by Natalia Alonso, Ana Arendar, Teresa Cavero, Anna Coryndon, Kimberly Pfeifer and Max Lawson; part of a series of papers written to inform public debate on development and humanitarian policy issues. Oxfam International January 2014 copyrighted publication “but the text may be used free of charge for the purposes of advocacy, campaigning, education, and research, provided that the source is acknowledged in full.” policyandpractice@oxfam.org.uk information correct at the time publication goes to press; published by Oxfam GB for Oxfam International under ISBN 978-1-78077-540-1 in January 2014. Oxfam GB, Oxfam House, John Smith Drive, Cowley, Oxford, OX4 2JY, UK, www.oxfam.org

Research Institute: Thought leadership from Credit Suisse Research and the world’s foremost experts October 2013 Global Wealth Global Wealth Report: 
“…Global household wealth equates to USD 51,600 per adult, a new all-time high for average net worth [but] this average global value masks considerable variation across countries and regions. The richest nations, with wealth per adult over USD 100,000, are found in North America, Western Europe, and among the rich Asia-Pacific and Middle Eastern countries.… Wealth varies greatly across individuals” but this reports estimates that “the lower half of the global population possesses barely 1 percent of global wealth… The richest 10 percent of adults own 86 percent of all wealth….The top 1 percent account for 46 percent of the total wealth.”
Wealthy nations [though within these nations there is dire want]: USA, Japan, China, India, France, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Russia, Singapore, Taiwan, Indonesia, Australia, South Africa, Chile, Brazil, and Canada
https://publications.credit-suisse.com/tasks/render/file/?fileID=BCDB1364-A105-0560-1332EC9100FF5C83



Blog Author

A lifelong American writer and writer/activist (former academic and staffer with the U.S. government in Washington), Dr. Carolyn LaDelle Bennett is credentialed in education and print journalism and public affairs (PhD, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan; MA, The American University, Washington, DC). Her work concerns itself with news and current affairs, historical contexts, and ideas particularly related to acts and consequences of U.S. foreign relations, geopolitics, human rights, war and peace, and violence and nonviolence. Dr. Bennett is an internationalist and nonpartisan progressive personally concerned with society and the common good. An educator at heart, her career began with the U.S. Peace Corps, teaching in Sierra Leone, West Africa. Since then, she has authored several books and numerous current-affairs articles; her latest book: UNCONSCIONABLE: How The World Sees Us: World News, Alternative Views, Commentary on U.S. Foreign Relations; most thoughts, articles, edited work are posted at Bennett’s Study: http://todaysinsightnews.blogspot.com/ and on her Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/carolynladelle.bennett. http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/08UNCONSCIONABLE/prweb12131656.htm http://bookstore.xlibris.com/Products/SKU-000757788/UNCONSCIONABLE.aspx Her books are also available at independent bookstores in New York State: Lift Bridge in Brockport; Sundance in Geneseo; Dog Ears Bookstore and Literary Arts Center in Buffalo; Burlingham Books in Perry; The Bookworm in East Aurora

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Wrong Women Placed High: dark side of US foreign policy


Faces of Fake Feminism
Madeleine Albright
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Gloria Steinem
Down and Dirty anti-Diplomatists, Violent Aggressors in dresses "derail reasonable discussion, prevent diplomacy from finding solutions to avoid war." 
Carolyn LaDelle Bennett excerpts from Diana Johnstone’s Queen of Chaos: The Misadventures of Hillary


“T
Nuland
Rice
he presence of women in high levels in the [US Department of State] could be seen merely as the result of women’s well-deserved success in significant careers. But the roles played by these women express hostile aspects of US policy more eloquently than men could even manage in the same positions.
Power


“Each in her own way uses her personality to sharpen the aggressive edge of US foreign policy and to make reaching any diplomatic understanding with others more difficult. There was a time when feminists claimed that women in powerful positions would make a tremendous contribution toward world peace. America’s tough women are squandering expectations, dating back to Aristophanes’ ‘Lysistrata’, that women could be mobilized against war. [In Greek playwright (b. circa 450 BC, d. circa 388 BC) Aristophanes’ 411 BCE comedy ‘Lysistrata’, women of Sparta, prompted by ‘Lysistrata’, declare a ban on sexual contact until their partners end” the decades-long “Peloponnesian War”, and persist “until their … partners arrange for peace…” (Britannica note inserted)]
HRC and Nuland



“T

he snarls of Madeleine Albright, the gloating lectures of Hillary [Rodham] Clinton, the insults of Susan Rice, the tough talk of Victoria Nuland, the eloquent  temper tantrums of Samantha Power and even the arrogant ignorance  of State Department press spokeswomen tell a different story.
White House Spokeswoman
Jen Psaki
2015


“T
hese harpies all work for Democratic administrations claiming great devotion to the cause of human rights, but they have made it clear that this devotion, far from stemming from kindness and gentleness, functions primarily as a motive for punishing alleged offenders. The [Barack] Obama administration intensified the use of women to whip the rest of the world into line in a US-produced and directed production of ‘The Taming By the Shrew’ on the world stage.

“Washington’s foreign policy women specialize in haranguing foreign leaders or diplomats as if they are badly behaved children. Their bullying behavior displays an assurance that, because they are women [emphasis added], they can get away with rudeness that most men in their position would feel obliged to avoid.



“A
Susan Rice
s US Ambassador to the United Nations, before she became President Obama’s National Security Adviser, Susan Rice showed no concern for the niceties of diplomatic usage. She advocated rejoining the UN Human Rights Council largely as a way to fight against [in Rice’s dirty language] ‘the anti-Israel crap’ coming from defenders of the Palestinians.  

Hillary Rodham Clinton
“Protégée as well as successor to Madeleine Albright, Rice often sounds the same tone. Just as Madeleine sponsored creation of the breakaway failed State of Kosovo, Susan is credited with a large role in creating another breakaway failed State, South Sudan. Susan Rice acknowledges that she is seen as ‘brusque, aggressive and abrasive’, but doesn’t care. ‘Of course people don’t say that to my face,’ Susan Rice joked at a UN Correspondents Association ball, ‘because they know I’d kick their butts.’

“While acting as ‘unfeminine’ as possible, Ms. Rice was implicitly taking advantage of a feminine privilege—women’s certainty that the men they insult are still too civilized to ‘kick their butts’ in return.



“S
Samantha Power
usan Rice was succeeded as Ambassador to the United Nations in Obama’s second term by Samantha Power, whose style is totally different, although their policy positions are usually same.

“During the 2008 presidential election campaign, Power was obliged to resign from the Obama support team for publicly calling Hillary Clinton a ‘monster’…. However, all was apparently forgiven. As a member of Obama’s National Security Council, Samantha Power joined Hillary and Susan Rice in urging Obama to bomb Libya….Looks also count…


“S
amantha Power’s long mane of red hair makes her a dramatic figure in the UN Security Council when she leaves her seat to go over and upbraid the startled Russian delegation. However, it did not take long before her histrionics had reduced her to a laughing stock in their eyes.


“Whether just plain rude, like Susan Rice, or melodramatic, like Samantha Power, self-righteous tirades serve only to derail reasonable discussion and prevent diplomacy from finding solutions to avoid war.”




Sources
Queen of Chaos: The Misadventures of Hillary Clinton by Diana Johnstone, published by CounterPunch Books, an imprint of the Institute for the Advancement of Journalistic Clarity, Petrolia, California [excerpt from] pp. 65-66, 68
Additional Paragraph breaks, italic emphases, bracketed material added

Queen of Chaos: The Misadventures of Hillary Clinton
Diana Johnstone (Author)
$17.95  Publisher: CounterPunch Format: Book Binding: paperback Pages: 175 Released:  November 5, 2015 ● ISBN-13: 9780989763769
URL source retrieved: https://www.akpress.org/queen-of-chaos.html
AK Press 370 Ryan Ave. #100 Chico, CA  95973 USA - info@akpress.org



Blog Author

A lifelong American writer and writer/activist (former academic and staffer with the U.S. government in Washington), Dr. Carolyn LaDelle Bennett is credentialed in education and print journalism and public affairs (PhD, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan; MA, The American University, Washington, DC). Her work concerns itself with news and current affairs, historical contexts, and ideas particularly related to acts and consequences of U.S. foreign relations, geopolitics, human rights, war and peace, and violence and nonviolence. Dr. Bennett is an internationalist and nonpartisan progressive personally concerned with society and the common good. An educator at heart, her career began with the U.S. Peace Corps, teaching in Sierra Leone, West Africa. Since then, she has authored several books and numerous current-affairs articles; her latest book: UNCONSCIONABLE: How The World Sees Us: World News, Alternative Views, Commentary on U.S. Foreign Relations; most thoughts, articles, edited work are posted at Bennett’s Study: http://todaysinsightnews.blogspot.com/ and on her Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/carolynladelle.bennett. http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/08UNCONSCIONABLE/prweb12131656.htm http://bookstore.xlibris.com/Products/SKU-000757788/UNCONSCIONABLE.aspx Her books are also available at independent bookstores in New York State: Lift Bridge in Brockport; Sundance in Geneseo; Dog Ears Bookstore and Literary Arts Center in Buffalo; Burlingham Books in Perry; The Bookworm in East Aurora

Faces of Fake Feminism
Madeleine Albright
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Gloria Steinem
Down and Dirty anti-Diplomatists, Violent Aggressors in dresses "derail reasonable discussion, prevent diplomacy from finding solutions to avoid war."
Carolyn LaDelle Bennett excerpts from Diana Johnstone’s Queen of Chaos: The Misadventures of Hillary


“T
Nuland
Rice
he presence of women in high levels in the [US Department of State] could be seen merely as the result of women’s well-deserved success in significant careers. But the roles played by these women express hostile aspects of US policy more eloquently than men could even manage in the same positions.
Power


“Each in her own way uses her personality to sharpen the aggressive edge of US foreign policy and to make reaching any diplomatic understanding with others more difficult. There was a time when feminists claimed that women in powerful positions would make a tremendous contribution toward world peace. America’s tough women are squandering expectations, dating back to Aristophanes’ ‘Lysistrata’, that women could be mobilized against war. [In Greek playwright (b. circa 450 BC, d. circa 388 BC) Aristophanes’ 411 BCE comedy ‘Lysistrata’, women of Sparta, prompted by ‘Lysistrata’, declare a ban on sexual contact until their partners end” the decades-long “Peloponnesian War”, and persist “until their … partners arrange for peace…” (Britannica note inserted)]
HRC and Nuland



“T

he snarls of Madeleine Albright, the gloating lectures of Hillary [Rodham] Clinton, the insults of Susan Rice, the tough talk of Victoria Nuland, the eloquent  temper tantrums of Samantha Power and even the arrogant ignorance  of State Department press spokeswomen tell a different story.
White House Spokeswoman
Jen Psaki
2015


“T
hese harpies all work for Democratic administrations claiming great devotion to the cause of human rights, but they have made it clear that this devotion, far from stemming from kindness and gentleness, functions primarily as a motive for punishing alleged offenders. The [Barack] Obama administration intensified the use of women to whip the rest of the world into line in a US-produced and directed production of ‘The Taming By the Shrew’ on the world stage.

“Washington’s foreign policy women specialize in haranguing foreign leaders or diplomats as if they are badly behaved children. Their bullying behavior displays an assurance that, because they are women [emphasis added], they can get away with rudeness that most men in their position would feel obliged to avoid.



“A
Susan Rice
s US Ambassador to the United Nations, before she became President Obama’s National Security Adviser, Susan Rice showed no concern for the niceties of diplomatic usage. She advocated rejoining the UN Human Rights Council largely as a way to fight against [in Rice’s dirty language] ‘the anti-Israel crap’ coming from defenders of the Palestinians.  

Hillary Rodham Clinton
“Protégée as well as successor to Madeleine Albright, Rice often sounds the same tone. Just as Madeleine sponsored creation of the breakaway failed State of Kosovo, Susan is credited with a large role in creating another breakaway failed State, South Sudan. Susan Rice acknowledges that she is seen as ‘brusque, aggressive and abrasive’, but doesn’t care. ‘Of course people don’t say that to my face,’ Susan Rice joked at a UN Correspondents Association ball, ‘because they know I’d kick their butts.’

“While acting as ‘unfeminine’ as possible, Ms. Rice was implicitly taking advantage of a feminine privilege—women’s certainty that the men they insult are still too civilized to ‘kick their butts’ in return.



“S
Samantha Power
usan Rice was succeeded as Ambassador to the United Nations in Obama’s second term by Samantha Power, whose style is totally different, although their policy positions are usually same.

“During the 2008 presidential election campaign, Power was obliged to resign from the Obama support team for publicly calling Hillary Clinton a ‘monster’…. However, all was apparently forgiven. As a member of Obama’s National Security Council, Samantha Power joined Hillary and Susan Rice in urging Obama to bomb Libya….Looks also count…


“S
amantha Power’s long mane of red hair makes her a dramatic figure in the UN Security Council when she leaves her seat to go over and upbraid the startled Russian delegation. However, it did not take long before her histrionics had reduced her to a laughing stock in their eyes.


“Whether just plain rude, like Susan Rice, or melodramatic, like Samantha Power, self-righteous tirades serve only to derail reasonable discussion and prevent diplomacy from finding solutions to avoid war.”




Sources
Queen of Chaos: The Misadventures of Hillary Clinton by Diana Johnstone, published by CounterPunch Books, an imprint of the Institute for the Advancement of Journalistic Clarity, Petrolia, California [excerpt from] pp. 65-66, 68
Additional Paragraph breaks, italic emphases, bracketed material added

Queen of Chaos: The Misadventures of Hillary Clinton
Diana Johnstone (Author)
$17.95  Publisher: CounterPunch Format: Book Binding: paperback Pages: 175 Released:  November 5, 2015 ● ISBN-13: 9780989763769
URL source retrieved: https://www.akpress.org/queen-of-chaos.html
AK Press 370 Ryan Ave. #100 Chico, CA  95973 USA - info@akpress.org





Blog Author

A lifelong American writer and writer/activist (former academic and staffer with the U.S. government in Washington), Dr. Carolyn LaDelle Bennett is credentialed in education and print journalism and public affairs (PhD, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan; MA, The American University, Washington, DC). Her work concerns itself with news and current affairs, historical contexts, and ideas particularly related to acts and consequences of U.S. foreign relations, geopolitics, human rights, war and peace, and violence and nonviolence. Dr. Bennett is an internationalist and nonpartisan progressive personally concerned with society and the common good. An educator at heart, her career began with the U.S. Peace Corps, teaching in Sierra Leone, West Africa. Since then, she has authored several books and numerous current-affairs articles; her latest book: UNCONSCIONABLE: How The World Sees Us: World News, Alternative Views, Commentary on U.S. Foreign Relations; most thoughts, articles, edited work are posted at Bennett’s Study: http://todaysinsightnews.blogspot.com/ and on her Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/carolynladelle.bennett. http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/08UNCONSCIONABLE/prweb12131656.htm http://bookstore.xlibris.com/Products/SKU-000757788/UNCONSCIONABLE.aspx Her books are also available at independent bookstores in New York State: Lift Bridge in Brockport; Sundance in Geneseo; Dog Ears Bookstore and Literary Arts Center in Buffalo; Burlingham Books in Perry; The Bookworm in East Aurora

Monday, November 2, 2015

UN, ICRC Leadership name crimes; Call for humanity, diplomacy, nonviolence, law

Matters of Urgency: Leaders spoke to the press after speaking together “about [their] grave concerns over the brazen and brutal erosion of respect for international humanitarian law.”

U
nited Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s press encounter with the President of the International Committee of the Red Cross Peter Maurer (Transcript)
Off-the-Cuff on 31 October 2015, Geneva, Switzerland [Excerpt by Carolyn Bennett]
Signed
June 26, 1945


CRIMES against Civilians

“… [D]eliberate targeting of civilians and civilian areas is a clear breach of international law.…. There is no military solution to the crisis – not in Syria or anywhere else.…

“Every day, civilians – ordinary women, men and children – are being deliberately or recklessly injured and killed, tortured and abducted. 

“Every hour, people in dire circumstances are being denied the medical care, food, water and shelter they need to survive.

Healthcare facilities have special protected status under international humanitarian law.

Yet the hospital attacked earlier this week in Saada, Yemen, was the 39th health centre to be hit since March. More children in Yemen may die from a lack of medicines and healthcare than from bullets and bombs. 


“The bombing of the Médecins Sans Frontières [Doctor without Borders] hospital earlier this month in Kunduz, Afghanistan, was yet another tragedy – a so-called surgical strike that instead destroyed a surgical ward.

“These violations have become so routine there is a risk people will think that the deliberate bombing of civilians, the targeting of humanitarian and healthcare workers, and attacks on schools, hospitals and places of worship are an inevitable result of conflict.”


CRIMES against healers, helpers, civilians, the sick and wounded
 

“We are deeply concerned about the disrespect of International Humanitarian Law; and in particular, the response from countries involved.…I have been urging them (the United States and other countries) to have thorough, independent, credible investigation.

“Whether this could be referred to independent, international inquiry—that is the prerogative of the Member States of the United Nations. I would support any such investigation—thorough and independent and credible investigation, so that there will be no such repetition of harming doctors and nurses and medical workers; and mostly patients and civilian populations.”

 
APPEALS

Not for Charity but HUMANITY, nonviolence

“We call on all those with influence to pressure all parties in conflict to treat civilians with humanity and to abide by the law. 

“This means political and diplomatic measures, and referrals to national and special investigative tribunals or courts.

“We urge an end to the use of heavy explosive weapons in densely populated urban areas, which overwhelmingly kill civilians.
 
Signed
June 26, 1945
… Protecting civilians in wartime is a cornerstone of the international system and the United Nations. 

“Indifference will only make our world less secure. The continued failure to act is a disgrace and a stain on the conscience of the world.…


“We call for respect for humanitarian access, so that people can reach the aid they need, and so that humanitarians can deliver that aid.”


 Not above but Under LAW

Today, the United Nations and the International Committee of the Red Cross are calling for an end to impunity, an end to the callous disregard for human life, and a re-commitment to international humanitarian law.…

 “International humanitarian law is being flouted on a global scale. The international community is failing to hold perpetrators to account.

Abiding by the law “… means political and diplomatic measures, and referrals to national and special investigative tribunals or courts.”

  
Source

Office of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Off-the-Cuff on October 31, 2015, Geneva, Switzerland: Transcript of the Secretary-General’s press encounter with the President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (includes Q&A), http://www.un.org/sg/offthecuff/index.asp?cuff=1

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