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Palestinian children reared to fight and die for a free Palestine

Palestinian children reared to fight and die for a free Palestine

Is it child abuse when you raise a child from infancy to fight, to be prepared to die for their country? This is not an article to say who is right or wrong in the fight between the Israelis and the Palestinians, I am not looking to take sides, but to merely draw attention to […]

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Urban Planning as a (Powerful) Tool Against Climate Change

Since billions of people live in cities, with more coming every day, the infrastructure needed to support them needs building, rebuilding and rehabilitation, expansion and enhancement. There's power generation and transmission, the delivery of drinking water and the treatment of waste water, housing and parks, schools and hospitals, transportation, and commercial and industrial development. All […]

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Al Qaeda jeers Bush Veto

New Tape: Al Qaeda No. 2 Wants 200,000-300,000 U.S. Dead in Iraq Ayman al-Zawahiri Says Al Qaeda Wants to Spill More U.S. Blood Before America Withdraws By BRIAN ROSS May 5, 2007 ‚ In a new video posted today on the Internet, al Qaeda's number two man, Ayman al Zawahiri, mocks the bill passed by […]

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Happy Birthday, Karl!

Happy Birthday, Karl!

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ICTY refers Two Generals to Croatia for War Crimes Charges

ICTY refers Two Generals to Croatia for War Crimes Charges

The Hague tribunal for war crimes in Yugoslavia has turned two cases over to Croatian courts. Mirko Norac and Rahim Adema have been charged with commanding their forces to kill civilians and pillage villages during a UN brokered withdraw from southern Croatia in 1993. Norac, a former general in the Croatian army, is currently serving […]

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"Mitigation of Climate Change"

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), as I write, is finalizing its report, "Mitigation of Climate Change." (You can watch the webcast of the press conference from Bangkok when it goes online on Friday, and read the summary for policymakers and the speech from the IPCC's head.) There will be a ton of news […]

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The Theory of Righteousness; An Ethical Analysis of Atrocities and War

The Theory of Righteousness; An Ethical Analysis of Atrocities and War

The Nuremburg Defense was invoked to justify the Jewish Holocaust at the hands of Hitler's regime. In essence, this defense says that following orders from ones superiors absolves the accused of responsibility. The Nuremburg Tribunal deemed this inadequate defense, stating that the defense of superior orders does not trump morality. However, arguing on the behalf […]

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May Day…AKA Illegal Immigrant Rights Day!

May Day…AKA Illegal Immigrant Rights Day!

(c) Jen G. Bowen Spring is in the air, and so is the urge to get out and demonstratethis is not only the season of flowers and weekends in the park, it's the perfect time to make your voice heard for the cause you believe in. Yesterday, May 1, 2007, was "May Day', and while […]

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First Arrest Warrants Issued by the ICC Regarding Darfur

First Arrest Warrants Issued by the ICC Regarding Darfur

The International Criminal Court (ICC) issued its first ever arrest warrants against officials allegedly involved in crimes against humanity and war crimes in Darfur. The arrest warrants were issued for humanitarian affairs minister, Ahmen Haround, and Janjaweed militia leader, Ali Muhammad Ali Abd al-Rahman (a/k/a Ali Kushayb). As the former minister of the interior, the […]

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"All that is required for evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing." — Edmund Burke

"All that is required for evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing." — Edmund Burke

Don't let this coffin be filled with the body of yet another innocent child!

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Supreme Court Denies Appeals from Guantanamo Cases, Allows Texas Challenge to Presidential Authority

Supreme Court Denies Appeals from Guantanamo Cases, Allows Texas Challenge to Presidential Authority

The Supreme Court of the United States rejected the appeals of Salim Hamdan, Usamma bin Laden's driver and bodyguard, and Omar Khadr, a Canadian charged with killing an American soldier in Afghanistan.  The Hamdan case resulted in a landmark ruling that declared unconstitutional the former system to prosecute detainee's captured by the United States in […]

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Children and Climate Change

See my colleague Cassandra Clifford's recent two articles on Children and Climate Change.  These, along with the rest of her material, are hard hitting. Start here. 

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Some Notes on Renewable Energy

I talked about the depth and the intensity of the activity on renewable energy these days in my post from April 5. Here are some notes from recent news stories and elsewhere that highlight this theme. PepsiCo , "PepsiCo makes big renewable energy buy" reads the headline from BusinessWeek. "The company's three-year purchase is made […]

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The Children of Sudan

The Children of Sudan

On Sunday, April 29, 2007, in 35 cities around the world, including London, Rome, Melbourne and DC, demonstrations where held to bring awareness to the victims of the conflict that is raging in Sudan's, Darfur region. The Global Day for Darfur was organized by various human rights and humanitarian groups, such as Amnesty International. For […]

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German Courts Reject War Crimes Charges against Donald Rumsfeld

German Courts Reject War Crimes Charges against Donald Rumsfeld

German courts have rejected charges against former Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld.  The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), a New York based non-profit legal organization, has accused Rumsfeld, as well as Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez and former director of The Central Intelligence Agency George Tenet, of "torture and other war crimes committed in Iraq, Afghanistan, […]

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