Security Council Resolution on War in Yemen not Conducive to Peace

I.P.O. Information Service, Moscow / Vienna, April 17, 2015

President of International Progress Organization addresses expert meeting at Peoples' Friendship University of Russia

In a televised speech earlier today, Professor Hans Köchler, President of the International Progress Organization (I.P.O.), told a seminar on the theory of international conflicts in Moscow that Security Council resolution 2216, adopted on 14 April 2015, has further exacerbated the conflict in Yemen. Instead of imposing an inclusive arms embargo on all warring parties, the Council chose to ban the sale and transfer of arms to only one party to the conflict, namely the Houthi insurgents. As in any situation of domestic strife, such partisan support will make peaceful settlement between the adversaries much more difficult. Calling upon neighboring states to inspect all cargo to Yemen (operative para. 15 of the resolution), the Council has, though unintendedly, provided a further excuse to those who are responsible for a de facto humanitarian embargo that has caused even more death and suffering among the civilian population.

Democracy and Solidarity, not Austerity and the Troika! For a Radical Change in Europe

A Speech by Hans-Jürgen Urban, Executive board member of the German trade union IG Metall, for a rally of the DGB (Deutscher Gewerkschaftsbund, Confederation of German Trade Unions) as part of the Blockupy protests, March 18, 2015

It is quite obvious that Greece is being made an example of. Those who dare escape from the prison of austerity will be hunted down.

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The New Multilateral Financial Architecture

By Akshay Mathur, Gateway House, April 1, 2015

The announcement that major European powers will join the AIIB as founding members means the bank is now clearly accepted as a tangible game changer in the multilateral financial architecture. The formidable intentions of AIIB and the new transnational corridors project are both a challenge and an opportunity for India.

New World Political Geography, Ongoing Mutations

By Come Carpentier de Gourdon, Convener of the Editorial Board of the World Affairs Journal, Pressenza, April 12, 2015

Tocqueville wrote that “history is a picture gallery where there are many copies and few originals” (1). The enormous demographic, technological, economic and cultural changes of the last few decades should have proved him wrong but, instead we can notice many parallels and similarities with past processes and situations in the current transformations and developments of the present.

Obama’s Fateful Indecision

By Robert Parry, Consortiumnews, April 6, 2015

The foreign policy quandary facing President Barack Obama is that America’s traditional allies in the Middle East – Israel and Saudi Arabia – along with Official Washington’s powerful neocons have effectively sided with Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State out of a belief that Iran represents a greater threat to Israeli and Saudi interests.

But what that means for U.S. interests is potentially catastrophic. If the Islamic State continues its penetration toward Damascus in league with Al-Qaeda’s Nusra Front and topples the Syrian government, the resulting slaughter of Christians, Shiites and other religious minorities – as well as the risk of a major new terrorist base in the heart of the Middle East – could force the United States into a hopeless new war that could drain the U.S. Treasury and drive the nation into a chaotic and dangerous decline.

Approcher les societes, rapprocher les cultures

Du Rapprochement des cultures à une Culture du rapprochement

Par Charly Gabriel Mbock, Professeur des Universités, Directeur, Centre de Recherches Interdisciplinaires en Stratégies socioculturelles

Reunion d’experts sur la decennie internationale du rapprochement des cultures (2013-2022), Siege de l’UNESCO – Paris, 24-25 mars 2015

Après une brève analyse des concepts et du défi épistémologique qu’ils impliquent, il apparaît que l’UNESCO, en conscience des nations, interpelle l’expertise pour des propositions d’actions concrètes.

Face à la polarisation du monde et à la conflictualité qu’elle génère, nous convoquons l’Afrique culturelle profonde dont les structures sociales polysegmentaires et polynucléaires savent organiser les structures mentales pour la convivialité socioculturelle. Au-delà des hommes, ce qui se passe entre les hommes. Cet espace de vie interstitielle s’avère la niche de la nouvelle identité humaine en ce qu’il actualise l’enjeu de l’altérité.

Mais comment rapprocher les cultures des peuples sans concilier le culturel et l’économique dans un contexte de financiarisation qui fait du monde un vaste marché? En associant dialogue culturel, justice sociale et partage des ressources, l’UNESCO émet l’hypothèse que tout déficit de dialogue (culturel, social et économique) pour la satisfaction des besoins vitaux constitue la gâchette des duels sociaux. Les inéquités socioéconomiques victimiseraient ainsi la culture par les intolérances sociales qu’elles déclenchent.


Spring Lament

By Christopher Black, April 9, 2015

Spring has arrived in the north but the flowers poking their heads above the warming ground do not bring smiles to those who see them. The song of birds, so pleasant to the ear tired of the winter winds does not warm the heart. The rising sun that brightens each day more than the last brings no promise of a happy summer. Instead the world sinks into an abyss so dark that it seems no light can ever escape it, dragged down a black hole of despair by greed and ambition, barbarity and cruelty, criminality and ignorance.

We need reason and kindness applied to the problems that face us but instead violence and brutality are the norms of modern conduct. How low mankind has sunk since the Enlightenment promised to bring us the benefits of our intelligence and curiosity about life, nature, science, law, and government. Voltaire is dead. Marx slandered. Shelley, Zola, Hugo, Steinbeck, who carries their torch now?

The hopes that mankind expressed then have been smashed by the economic system that produces the misery of the many for the riches of the few.  The golden tree of democracy that sprang from the seed of the sacrifice of the people who struggled to plant it has been hacked and cut down to its roots, and struggles to rise again.