In February 2014, upon completing a several-month investigation into “human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea [DPRK, or North Korea]” – an investigation initiated in the sixtieth anniversary year of the 1953 Korean War Armistice Agreement that halted combat but did not end the war – the three-member Commission of Inquiry (COI) established by the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) concluded that North Korea had committed crimes against humanity. Such “unspeakable atrocities,” in the framing account of Commission chair Michael Kirby, “reveal a totalitarian State [without] parallel in the contemporary world.” Analogies to the “dark abyss” of North Korea, the Australian jurist maintained, could be found only in the brutality of the Third Reich, South African apartheid, and the Khmer Rouge regime. Reproduced in news reports around the world, Kirby’s markedly ahistorical examples may have succeeded in inflaming global public opinion yet they failed to contextualize the issue of North Korean human rights in a way that might generate peaceful structural resolution. Indeed, insofar as the 372-page COI report singularly identified the North Korea government as the problem – both as “a remaining and shameful scourge that afflicts the world today,” in Kirby’s jingoistic phrase, and as the primary obstacle to peace in Korea – the Commission gave new life to the vision of regime change that has animated post-9/11 North Korean human rights campaigns. By recommending that North Korea and its high officials be brought up before the Hague-based International Criminal Court (ICC), it continued the hostilities of the unresolved Korean War “by means purporting to be judicial.” The urgent question of a long-deferred peace relative to the Korean peninsula, which the Commission incoherently addressed, bedeviled its conclusions, rendering its findings partial, its recommendations in some instances uneasily one-sided, and its premise of impartiality suspect. Moreover, that the COI proceedings and report aligned the United Nations with the United States, South Korea, Japan, and Great Britain while singling out North Korea and, to a far lesser degree, China, for blame performed an unsettling restaging of the Korean War on the agonistic terrain of human rights, suggesting an encrypted “victor’s justice” with regard to an unending war that up to now has had no clear winners. Continue reading →
Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza meets with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, February 22, 2019.
Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza held a press conference at the United Nations in New York City on February 22. He informed that Venezuela is holding discussions with all those seeking a peaceful resolution to the situation, including UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, with whom Venezuela held a third bilateral meeting earlier in the day. Continue reading →
After his mission, he continued to follow developments in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, including the refusal of the opposition to sign the negotiated agreement of 7 February 2018, the Declaration of the Summit of the Americas and that of the People’s Summit, both held in Lima in April 2018. Continue reading →
Timber Sycamore was a classified weapons supply and training program run by the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and supported by various Arab intelligence services, most notably that of Saudi Arabia. The program is the proverbial tip of the iceberg. It is further evidence that the United States and/or any of its collaborators and accessories including the Canadian government, with its proxy support, training and arms programs in Kurdistan, Jordan, Israel and Saudi Arabia, are guilty of crimes against humanity through aggression against the Syrian Arab Republic, a sovereign country. The use of proxy mercenary armies camouflaged by a fictitious “civil war,” according to the Obama Doctrine, masks the identities of their sponsors. It cannot hide them however, nor their aggression, from the light of day nor the reaches of international law. Continue reading →
Canada’s initiative at the United Nations to sanction aggression against Syria violates the UN Charter, which states that its very raison d’être is to uphold the sovereignty of nations. Canada is basing itself on the lie that what it calls diplomatic options are exhausted. The U.S. imperialists complain bitterly that Syria has not accepted voluntarily that the U.S. and NATO countries should dictate its destiny, and that institutions such as the UN cannot be used to undermine the sovereignty of its members. As part of creating pretexts for direct aggression against Syria, the U.S. and its NATO allies are taking measures that are falsely called diplomatic. These include sanctions on Syria and Russia, UN Security Council resolutions, the U.S. feigned commitment to ceasefires involving its sponsored fighters, as well as fraudulent accusations and provocations against the Syrian government. When the “diplomatic” measures do not succeed in accomplishing U.S. aims, the foremost aim of which is U.S. domination, then the imperialists assert that diplomacy has failed and aggression is justified. Continue reading →
Champions US cause to prolong war to achieve regime change
Vigorous and spirited rally on October 1 outside the U.S. embassy in Ottawa organized by the Syrian Arab Association of Canada in response to the U.S. war crime in Deir Ezzor killing scores of Syrian soldiers.
The Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist) calls on Canadians to condemn the Trudeau government’s attempt to use the United Nations against the sovereignty of Syria and to endorse more U.S.-led terrorism. At a time that the U.S. imperialists are expressing serious worries about the inability of their proxy forces in Syria to successfully fight the Syrian army, Canada is spearheading a new initiative at the United Nations aiming to prolong the war and step up the push for regime change. This initiative is being falsely described as contributing to peace and an end to the conflict while it is in fact in direct response to the failure of the U.S. imperialists to get authorization to commit aggression against Syria through the UN Security Council. Continue reading →
United Nations Security Council | Mike Segar / Reuters
By SHARMINE NARWANI*
rt.com – The war drums are getting louder in the aftermath of ISIS attacks in Paris, as Western countries gear up to launch further airstrikes in Syria. But obscured in the fine print of countless resolutions and media headlines is this: the West has no legal basis for military intervention. Their strikes are illegal. Continue reading →
Dr. Bashar al-Ja’afari, a veteran diplomat and Syrian Arab Republic Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations | Al-Akhbar English/Eva Bartlett
By EVA BARTLETT*
On January 8, in his sparsely-furnished New York City office, the Syrian Arab Republic Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Dr. Bashar al-Ja’afari, sat down with Al-Akhbar for an interview. Fluent in four languages (Arabic, French, English and Persian), diplomat for three plus decades, Dr al-Ja’afari had much more to say than the generous half hour allowed or what the monopoly media will report. The distinguished diplomat has held his position at the UN since 2006, and lives restricted to a 25-mile radius of New York City. Defiant as always, he discussed the challenges he faces at the UN, explained why the organization has lost its way, and censured Western states and media for their hostility toward the Syrian government.
ON September 5, the second and final day of the NATO Summit in Newport, Wales, US President Barack Obama reviewed the decisions the NATO countries took during the Summit. Obama referred to Article 5 of the NATO Charter, which specifically deals with “collective self-defence”. He stated, “First and foremost, we have reaffirmed the central mission of the Alliance. Article 5 enshrines our solemn duty to each other – ‘an armed attack against one … shall be considered an attack against them all.’ This is a binding, treaty obligation. It is non-negotiable. And here in Wales, we’ve left absolutely no doubt – we will defend every Ally.” Continue reading →
How the Zionists attempt to raise violence, anarchy and chaos to the level of authority and provide it with a legal justification called “lawfare.” JEFF HALPER
Operation Protective Edge was not merely a military assault on a primarily civilian population.
As in its previous “operations” (Cast Lead in 2008-9 and Pillar of Defense in 2012), it was also part of an ongoing assault on international humanitarian law (IHL) by a highly coordinated team of Israeli lawyers, military officers, PR people and politicians, led by (no less) a philosopher of ethics. It is an effort not only to get Israel off the hook for massive violations of human rights and international law, but to help other governments overcome similar constraints when they embark as well on “asymmetrical warfare,” “counterinsurgency” and “counter-terrorism” against peoples resisting domination. It is a campaign that Israel calls “lawfare” and had better be taken seriously by us all. Continue reading →
The following documents were produced as Resource Papers for the Halifax Political Forums held at Dalhousie University from January to May, 2003 on the theme “Peace & Nations in the 21st Century: Understanding the Causes of War”:
1. Some relevant selections of The Charter of The United Nations
2. Principles of the Nuremberg Tribunal, 1950 Protocol 1
Editor’s Note: Since 9-11, the pro-war Halifax media – with three exceptions (CKDU Radio, Novanewsnet and The Coast) – has distinguished itself by ignoring the views of a growing anti-war movement. This essay on the violation of international law and the geopolitics of the Anglo-American war against Afghanistan in which Canada is participating is based on a speech given by Professor Isaac Saney at the anti-war rally of 20 October 2001 in Halifax. Continue reading →