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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)

Real News From Journalist Tommy Hansen.

By Jerry Alatalo

Book5Alphabet Most of the time journalist Tommy Hansen delivers his talks in German, so it became the easy choice to share after coming across his recent English-language presentation at Open Mind Conference 2016 in Denmark. The title of his talk is, “War or Peace in Europe: Now is the Final Call for Journalism”.

With apologies for the length of the presentation at 1 hour 42 minutes, may we suggest if time is presently not available or short to save/record the link for future viewing. One can describe his excellent talk as a memorable, high level, in-depth, extraordinary university quality lecture – touching on and combining the subjects of economics, history, world politics, and more.

The historical aspect starts in 1944-5 and the Bretton Woods monetary conference making the U.S. dollar the world’s reserve currency following World War II. As his presentation unfolds, Mr. Hanson focuses on what he sees as the major situational developments from 1944-5 up until the present in 2016-7. He shares the pertinent details of global financial events such as U.S. President Richard Nixon’s removal of the Gold Standard, plus Henry Kissinger’s deal with Saudi Arabia to sell their oil for only U.S. dollars (the petrodollar), in exchange for military bases to defend/protect the royal family and building up Saudi intelligence forces.

Mr. Hansen’s description of former President and CIA Director George H.W. Bush’s close relations with the Saudi royal family – essentially privatizing U.S. covert operations –  helps explain how his son George W. Bush and Dick Cheney were able to join the Saudis in pulling off the 9/11 false flag operation, and the fictional “war on terror”.

Saudi Arabia is:

  • ruled by the royal family
  • a severe violator of human rights
  • owner of one of the world’s largest oil reserves
  • controller of the world’s largest oil company

He shares a quote from Sarah Chayes and Alex De Waal and their February 18, 2016 article in The Atlantic: “The Saudi ruling elite is operating something like a sophisticated criminal enterprise”. 

Mr. Hansen then goes on to describe the Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI) which operated with 1,500 employees in the years 1972-1991, and became infamous for massive levels of money-laundering, bribery, support for terrorism, arms trafficking, kidnapping, and murder in the interests of its Saudi, U.S. and other criminal owners. BCCI became a central financial tool used by the criminals behind implementing what has become known as the Iran-Contra scandal.

Tommy Hanson’s detailed presentation makes understanding how events through recent history have shaped the world humanity experiences in 2017 easier – for those already familiar with the real history, and for persons whose knowledge of these (mostly) unreported facts is either non-existent, limited, or only beginning to become sought more intensely and accumulated. In any case, what Mr. Hansen shares is definitely NOT fake news – but the truth/facts of history and today upon which major, important decisions of war and peace will (many on Earth pray) have as their basis.

People sometimes refer to books and writers which have a profound, greater-than-average effect on one’s outlook and perceptions after reading as “keepers”. With regard to talks and visual presentations focused on sharing vital and rarely disseminated knowledge, this one by Tommy Hanson clearly meets the “keeper” standard.

(Thank you to Free21.org at YouTube)

McCarthyism 2.0 in 2017: Who Would Believe It?

By Jerry Alatalo

Much has been made of supposed US reliance on the Persian Gulf area for petroleum. But while tremendous profits are made by US-based petroleum corporations that continue to dominate the petroleum industry in this region, the United States is not in fact especially reliant on petroleum imports from the Gulf.Alphabet The entire psychological operation – including an inept attempt by the Washington Post to discredit over 200 independent news outfits, the majority whose goal is telling/publishing the truth –  is a record-sized disinformation campaign to distract Americans and people around the Earth away from extreme criminal behaviors revealed on WikiLeaks.org. Russian politicians and media, in particular Vladimir Putin and state-owned broadcaster group RT, have become the unfortunate targets or focus of the psychological operation.

The most damaging and severe crime(s) revealed by WikiLeaks are those of state sponsorship of terrorism, as viewed in DNC/Clinton emails dated 2014 where Saudi Arabia and Qatar are identified as financial and logistical supporters of ISIS or Daesh. The magnitude of such a scandal – with Clinton and the Obama administration aware of the covert terrorist support, essentially aiding and abetting terrorism (war crimes) through inaction and silence – is potentially multiple times larger than the Iran-Contra scandal of the late 1980’s in America.

The WikiLeaks published emails of Clinton campaign manager John Podesta has raised concerns around the planet about possible crimes involving children (pedophilia), due to highly unusual terms (pizza, hot dogs, pasta, etc.) used in emails that correspond to law enforcement recognized language or code words developed to hide acts of child sex crimes.

Seeing that corporate media has become flooded or drenched with reporting of so-called Russian hacking and media influence on the 2016 election and that there is no/zero reporting on state sponsorship of ISIS/Daesh or criminal sexual conduct with children, one can see the psychological operation has, until now, been extremely successful.

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While she doesn’t reference terrorism or child sex crimes, co-host of RT’s “Watching the Hawks” Tabetha Wallace presented an honorable monologue recently in response to dubious accusations of Russian interference in the 2016 election – the just described psychological operation.

For those familiar with reporter Edward R. Murrow and his battles with the infamous Wisconsin Senator Joseph McCarthy during the “Red Scare” 1950’s in America, Ms. Wallace’s strong, accurate oratory is worthy of being seen as equally effective now (McCarthyism 2.0) as Mr. Murrow’s media talks were back then.

Among the powerful assertions she makes are that, “No one has ever told us what we can and cannot talk about on ‘Watching the Hawks’, or in any other capacity as a host or producer here at RT”, and that, “It (RT) is no different from the ‘BBC Worldwide’, ‘France 24’, ‘PressTV’, and the United States’ own ‘Voice of America’ “.

Tabetha Wallace concludes her timely and admirable monologue with words worth remembering.

“So, maybe we can turn our swords of words into plowshares for true democracy – for everyone, no matter what country they hail from. Because … it’s the American thing to do”.

(Thank you to Watching the Hawks RT at YouTube)

2017 World Resolution: End War Forever.

By Jerry Alatalo

“I am tired. My heart is sick and sad. From where the sun now stands, I will fight no more forever.”

– CHIEF JOSEPH

child-prayingAlphabet The gripping, searing and profoundly moving personal testimony of Stacy Bannerman during the recent People’s Tribunal on the Iraq War points out in a most powerful manner why war must become banished from this Earth forever. Perhaps people around the world can make ending war their collective, focused, top 2017 New Year’s resolution.

Ms. Bannerman is the author of “Homefront 911”. She was one of many men and women who testified during The People’s Tribunal on the Iraq War.

(Thank you to TheRealNews at YouTube)

Words written by Ken Carey in his 1991 book “The Third Millennium” offer more texture and depth to the idea of making the banishment of war humanity’s #1 resolution moving into 2017. The following excerpt comes from Chapter 8 – “This Season’s Children” – in that extraordinary spiritual writing.

Clothed in words, what the grandparents, the ancestors say – it would be something like this. Do what we have always dreamed of doing but did not quite achieve. You do not know young ones what we had to work against, and how much easier we have made it for you. We feel as though we have almost done it; go one step beyond. Do what we have almost done – create a world where our descendants will not have to struggle and fight as we have struggled, as we have fought. A cooperative world, a peace filled world, created first in your hearts and homes. In our time this was our challenge; in your time it is yours. You see how well we met this task, this challenge.

We have done better than some, perhaps, and not as well as others. But it is no matter now. You are this season’s people. We speak to you children of the 21st century. Do not throw away your caution; do not open yourselves to those who would exploit you or deprive you of your rights, but please live with less fear than we did. The rights you enjoy today are here to stay. Armed struggle is not essential to the procurement of your daily bread; this much we have given you. There are still those who would take advantage of you, but they are fewer and less powerful than they were in our time.

The communication tools you have today make it far more difficult for those who would abuse power. Perhaps the most important lesson our lives have taught us is this:  you are always better off communicating with friends, with enemies, it makes no difference. Be open, honest… state your views as clearly as possible. Do not be afraid of giving away secrets. It is best to have no secrets; they are the source of much mistrust. Share with others who you are, your goals, your ambitions. We have found that on those occasions when we have communicated with our adversaries miracles have occurred across national borders, across racial lines, across economic and social barriers.

Breakthroughs of understanding have occurred. We came to respect those with whom we spoke, and they came to respect us. These are the friendships that have served us well in our lives. Agreement is less important than respect, for with respect agreement may one day occur but without it agreement is impossible. Honesty and openness will earn you respect. The times we fought when we did not need to fight we lost both the fight and potential friends. Count everyone a potential friend, then do what you can to make that friendship real.

Communication is a power much greater than confrontation – do not lose sight of that.

We have seen, as all the elders of our race have seen, that there is no scarcity of resources. The only scarcities have been of love and of imagination. As long as the sun shines and rivers flow, as long as the winds blow and ocean waves lap on these shores, there is no shortage of energy nor is there any thing over which to fight. Unless perhaps your basic needs are denied by another’s greed, then we would say yes defend your rights, but speak first. First use all your wit and ingenuity to avoid the conflict. Then if you must, defend what you must, but know you may well lose as much as you will gain. Use force only in defense and only as a last resort. There is no cause but defense that justifies violence.

No nation whose people are motivated for any reason other than defense can win a war in the present climate of the world. Perhaps this was not always true, but the wise ones among us have noticed this, and whatever its cause it is reality for the times in which you live. Can you understand? This is the real news. Consider what it means. No nation desires to lose a war, and if only a defensive war can be won we will not launch a war. Can nations battle in mutual defense?

If your youth pumps passion through your blood and you desire an arena in which to test your spirit fire turn to the athletic field, to the Olympic Games, to amateur and professional sports, to baseball, basketball, football, soccer, rugby, curling, skiing, sailing, bicycling, dancing, cross-country racing… The options before you are endless.

Choose the field that best suits your nature; compete to your heart’s content. Enjoy the pursuit of excellence, compete in marketplaces and music halls, in fields and amphitheaters, but if you seek to enjoy your lives do not compete on the battlefield. Leave behind the old world’s greatest bane. Do not kill, do not destroy, do not main, murder and ruin. In the end you but do these things to yourselves – there are no others.

Let your competition be light-hearted and friendly. Celebrate the diversity of excellence. We have lived that you might know a brighter world. Do not throw away the promise we have given you; if you turn to violence in any of its forms you betray those of us who have gone before you and those of us who follow.

There are no winners in violent confrontation – only losers and more losers. Do not let the pursuit of excellence in your chosen field blind you to the excellence of another. See the same spirit in them pursuing the same excellence to which you aspire. Appreciate them in the same way you appreciate the skilled opponent who helps you hone and develop your skills. Appreciate them as you would a partner, a coach, a trainer who helps you transcend what you thought were your limitations.

These attitudes, simple though they are, lie at the heart of the world we want you to know.