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Law Not War: World Peace And The International Criminal Court.

By Jerry Alatalo

United Nations Charter (1945)

    We the people of the United Nations determined to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, which twice in our lifetime has brought untold sorrow to mankind, and

    to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, in the equal rights of men and women and of nations large and small,

    to establish conditions under which justice and respect of the obligations arising from treaties and other sources of international law can be maintained, and

    to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom,

    and for these ends

    to practice tolerance and live together in peace with one another as good neighbors, and

    to unite our strength to maintain international security, and to insure by the acceptance of principles and the institution of methods, that armed forces shall not be used, save in the common interest, and

    to employ international machinery for the promotion of the economic and social advancement of all peoples,

    have resolved to combine our efforts to accomplish these ends.  Preamble

Earth Flag 11Alphabet Benjamin Ferencz is the 96-year old sole surviving prosecutor of Nazi war crimes during the Nuremburg Trials, and a leading advocate for global jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court (ICC). He and many others have long called for every nation on Earth to join the ICC and end, finally, the potential for any human being regardless of power, wealth, prestige or nation to commit war crimes with impunity.

A United Nations (UN) reform initiative calling for mandatory signing and ratification of the Rome Statute by United Nations member states – joining the ICC and agreeing to its global jurisdiction – holds the promise of “embarrassing” those nations outside the ICC to join or lose respect around the world. Included in such a United Nations reform is expulsion from the UN of those states refusing to join the court, an action which would surely harm more than enhance opposing nations’ international reputation in the eyes of the world’s people.

The time has come for the international community to act powerfully for the realizable goal of ending the carrying out of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide with impunity by those outside the enforcement reach of the ICC. Universal ICC membership once UN reform becomes part of the charter promises an end to wars of aggression, throughout history until now the producer of humanity’s most severe violent disasters and accompanying high levels of death, injury and destruction.

Mr. Benjamin Ferencz has worked for decades to convince people of the urgent need for a worldwide institution of law and order to deter criminals intending to carry out the most heinous actions imaginable. His reasoning is simple to comprehend for any man or woman who possesses plain common sense. With his high level of knowledge, commitment and life experience over 96 years, Mr. Ferencz has gained the admiration and respect deserving of a wise elder speaking out for peace on Earth.

Mr. Benjamin Ferencz urgent, timely and wise message provides the best solution to humanity’s problem of war. Acting on his ideas will absolutely change the world for the better while improving the human condition – now, and for those born in future generations.

It’s time the world listened to him.

(Thank you to Humanity In War at YouTube)

Standing Rock Smoke Signals.

By Jerry Alatalo

Header8Alphabet Veterans for Peace has sent out the call to its membership across the United States to support the water protection efforts at Standing Rock, North Dakota. Thousands of men and women veterans from the United States Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines and Navy have already arrived or are on their way to the camp, where some 11-12,000 people of all races have gathered to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Arrival of the veterans has created in the minds of many images recalling the atrocities of Wounded Knee where hundreds of innocent Native Americans became victims of mass murder by U.S. government/military forces – leading to calls for restraint and caution to avoid any repeat of that or other historic tragedies. The most remarkable and disturbing aspect of the months-long events in Standing Rock has been the excessive use of violence against those opposing the pipeline’s construction, with opposition efforts carried out using Gandhian-style peaceful protest – prayers, unified purpose, wisdom, and non-violent civil disobedience.

The land on which the thousands protesting the pipeline have gathered was promised by treaties made with the U.S. government in the 1800’s to the Lakota Sioux/Standing Rock tribe. The specific language in those treaties said, “for as long as the sun shines…”. The U.S. Congress in 1954, depending on one’s interpretation, either took possession of the land beneath the camp by “eminent domain” or stole it, with the intended purpose of flooding it as part of a hydroelectric dam project. The dam project never materialized.

The standoff will have to become resolved in the courts, and the water protectors are working to avoid unnecessary violence if law enforcement personnel receive the orders on December 6 to clear the camp and its thousands of residents – now, including a large contingent of U.S. military veterans standing in solidarity for support of the environment, morality and legal justice.

While those who call for the pipeline’s construction have told the American people the project will benefit “all” as part of the nation’s drive toward “energy independence”, apparently the project, if completed, would result in 100% of the fossil fuels transported through those pipes being exported to foreign countries for profit. Millions of taxpayer dollars are being spent with law enforcement operations to clear the way for private investors to profit, jeopardizing the environment in the process – in particular the drinking water for millions of citizens whose sole source is the Missouri River and/or massive Oglala Aquifer.

U.S. Marine Corps-Korean War veteran and member of the Lakota Sioux tribe, 80-year old Buzz Nelson, has been closely associated with events at Standing Rock; his grandson is the chairman of the Standing Rock tribe, David Archambault. He recently sat down for an interview with fellow Marine Dan Shea, veteran of the Vietnam War, to share thoughts, concerns, and reasons for optimism surrounding the historic events in North Dakota.

For more thorough, in-depth information on the legal situation in North Dakota and effective ways to support the men and women of Standing Rock, please visit: www.LakotaLaw.org

(Thank you to Jim Lockhart at YouTube)

Fidel Castro (1926-2016): The 1994 Speech.

By Jerry Alatalo

castro-2Alphabet Legendary socialist leader and revolutionary Fidel Castro passed away in Cuba at the age of 90. Public opinion of Castro during his lifetime was highly-charged, passionate and ran the gamut from love, respect and adoration to hostility, enmity and loathing. Some praised his revolutionary actions as noble, egalitarian and just, giving credit for improving the Cuban people’s education, health and fundamental welfare. Others criticized his efforts, in particular economically, as leading to poor (re: money, material things) living conditions for the people of Cuba. Whether people held favorable or unfavorable views on Fidel Castro, there is no denying reality. In his 90 year lifetime he became one of the most well-known, influential human beings on Earth.

Castro’s Earthly journey paralleled in many ways that walked by South African leader and fellow revolutionary Nelson Mandela. Both engaged in political struggle against repressive, corrupt, violent governments; both became sentenced to prison as a result of those struggles (Castro for a considerably shorter duration), and both eventually became the leaders of their countries. Remarkably, both men also lived for nine decades despite the risks of assassination brought on through taking on the most powerful individuals and groups in the world.

One can envisage that on “the other side” Fidel Castro first saw and became greeted by, among others, Nelson Mandela. One can only imagine what the eternal souls of those men are communicating to each other telepathically after their meeting in the hereafter. In such an instance one can only imagine being a fortunate “fly on the wall” of heaven listening in on certainly a fantastic discussion.

With Fidel Castro’s passing, perhaps the chances of actions by the United States Congress to end the decades-long blockade of Cuba will increase, negotiations based on mutual respect can occur, and equitable beneficial terms agreed upon by both Cuban and American representatives results in normalized relations between the two geographically close, neighboring countries.

Much has been spoken and written about Castro, U.S.-Cuba relations, and the influence Castro projected in Latin America and around the world. With his passing, the talk and writings will intensify in all regions and nations – and likely be less passionate, more nostalgic, and of historical nature. In such an atmosphere, where an internationally recognized political leader with Castro’s larger-than-life stature passes away, discussions about his life and what it meant, the future of Cuba and its people, and the global ideological struggle between capitalism and socialism will become more philosophical, sober, pragmatic and academically inclined.

Time will tell if Fidel Castro’s passing will spark and ignite an intellectual and spiritual fire focused on designing improved economic models which create some form of positive balance between capitalism and socialism, new ideas on public and private division of responsibility for governments and societies, and which if successful ends the black-or-white, polarizing and dangerous historical pattern or trajectory on Earth.

As noted, much has already been spoken and written about the iconic Cuban leader Fidel Castro. Much more of the same will occur during this time surrounding his passing and far into the future. Most would agree – those who don’t share Fidel Castro’s political ideology/worldview, those who do, and everyone in between – the man without apology spoke his truth. Perhaps it’s best to listen to the man himself.

(Thank you to Joe Friendly at YouTube)

A Closer Look at 9/11 Legend Rudy Giuliani

Kevin Ryan provides a good number of well-researched reasons for undertaking a much “Closer Look at 9/11 Legend Rudy Giuliani”…

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rudyRudy Giuliani is considered a leading candidate for Secretary of State in the Trump Administration. Giuliani is actively campaigning for the position and could be named National Director of Intelligence if his appointment at State falls through. As the public waits to hear the verdict on these matters, a review of Giuliani’s history and qualifications is in order. In particular, his actions on and before 9/11 should be carefully reviewed.

As mayor of New York City on 9/11, Giuliani was in a unique position to benefit from the attacks. That’s because he gained national notoriety for his presumed valiant response that day, and he received the kind of publicity that every ambitious politician desires. Immediately after 9/11, Giuliani’s approval rating rocketed to 79% among New York City voters, a dramatic increase over the 36% rating he had received a year earlier. At a 9/11 memorial service, Oprah Winfrey called him…

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