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Roger Kotila. The world community deserves a "new UN" to solve global crises


What's Missing in the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize?

October 21, 2017

 

San Francisco -- While the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize awarded to ICAN for banning nuclear weapons is a step forward, it is not a big enough step.What's missing is a legal ban o­n war itself.

 

The International Coalition for the Abolishment of Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) should now set its sights o­n banning war and demanding the establishment of a new World Judiciary system given real enforcement powers.

 

The United Nations lacks this essential feature.Currently under the present UN Charter the leaders and military generals of the nuclear armed nations, even when they commit world crimes, do so with impunity.And they refuse to give up their nukes.

 

No sheriff in town

Leaders of these powerful nations, particularly the UN Security Council's Permanent 5 (who hold the veto) are above the law.No o­ne goes to jail no matter how egregious the world crime.

 

There is no sheriff in town at the global level.

 

There is also a psychological obstacle. Each nation insists upon the right to keep secret its military arsenal. Such absolute sovereignty breeds paranoia which can o­nly be eliminated by establishing open inspections everywhere. Such openness will require establishinga world federal union.

 

In a federal union, there are open inspections everywhere without exception.That is why we in California never worry that Texas is secretly preparing to attack us.We are both part of the Union.We can form a similar safe relationship between Russia and the USA and the other nations by joining in a world federal union.

 

Treaty-based agreements can't be trusted

The new ban o­n nukes is a treaty-based agreement. Treaties are notoriously unreliable. They cannot be trusted. The history of treaties is the history of broken treaties.

 

To fix this problem the UN needs a legitimate federal constitution. A constitution-based agreement is the o­nly way to insure that no nation will cheat to gain advantage over the others.

 

That is partly why America's founders abandoned the Articles of Confederation and switched to the U.S. Constitution thus federating and unifying the 13 colonies -- a governmental design that stopped the wars and conflicts that were erupting between the colonies.

 

We must constitutionalize the UN Charter

Forming a world federal union is the smart move.It is essential.The World Constitution & Parliament Association's Constitution for the Federation of Earth, also known as the "Earth Constitution," provides the needed governing structures which are missing in the obsolete UN Charter.

 

Democratic World Federalists based in San Francisco is calling for UN Charter review.They call it THE SAN FRANCISCO PROMISE.The Center for UN Constitutional Research (CUNCR) based in Brussels is ready to examine the Charter and the implications of amending or replacing it.

 

It is time to reach out to the UN General Assembly, the NGO's working so hard to eliminate nuclear weapons, peace groups wanting to go beyond war, and the general public to inspire support for a "new UN."

 

The Constitution for the Federation of Earth is ready to go.

 

-- R. Kotila, Ph.D.

 Personal page: http://peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=680


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EDITORIAL:

ROGER KOTILA, PRESIDENT OF DWF

THE WORLD COMMUNITY DESERVES A "NEW UN" TO SOLVE GLOBAL CRISES SUCH AS...

Modern human slavery.Apartheid.Excessive income and wealth inequality.Kleptocracies.Pseudo-democracies.Covert operations.Nuclear endangerment.War after war after war.Mass murder.Genocide. Climate change. Ecocide.

November 30, 2017

 

The world community has a right to know why there is still slavery in the modern world?Why can't the United Nations put an end to it?Slavery has everything to do with being poor, hence people being forced to take desperate measures to survive.Income and wealth inequality are major factors in this violation of human rights. Why can't the UN fix this problem?All immigrants, "legal" or "illegal", are by birthright world citizens with certain basic, universal rights -- food, clothing, shelter, health care, education, a livable income, safety from violence, dignity, and opportunity for a happy and prosperous life in a healthy and safe environment.

-- Roger Kotila, President of DWF

 

STARVED, 'MUTILATED' AND BLACKMAILED MIGRANTS AUCTIONED OFF AS SLAVES BY SMUGGLERS IN LIBYA

 

Slave markets are springing up across Libya trading impoverished African migrants who have arrived o­n the Mediterranean coast dreaming of a new life in Europe. A new investigation has revealed people are being sold as modern-day slaves for as little as £300 ($400).

According to CNN which exposed the racket, slave sales are conducted o­n the outskirts of the nation's capital, Tripoli, where auctions take place for various types of manual labourers. In o­ne case, a video was made available, which shows the sale of "big strong boys for farm work"...[Read More]

NOTE: The Democratic World Federalists are committed to expressing a wide range of views o­n the vision of creating a peaceful, just, and sustainable world through a democratic World Federation. The views expressed in this article represents that commitment and not necessarily our official position.

 

THREE RICHEST AMERICANS NOW OWN MORE WEALTH THAN BOTTOM HALF OF US COMBINED

 

Editor's note: Excessive income inequality in America and the world will be hard to overcome as long as tax avoidance and money laundering continue in offshore accounts and in countries allowing special favors for corporations who register in these countries. The United Nations cannot control this movement of Big Money by corporations and criminal organizations which avoids taxes and protects illegal financial transactions. The UN Charter is part of the problem allowing criminal sovereignty. It's an important reason to look to a "new UN" under a new world charter/constitution like the Earth Constitution which can address this problem.

- R. Kotila, DWF President

 

In the United States, the 400 richest individuals now own more wealth than the bottom 64 percent of the population and the three richest own more wealth than the bottom 50 percent, while pervasive poverty means o­ne in five households have zero or negative net worth.

Those are just several of the striking findings of Billionaire Bonanza 2017, a new report (pdf) published Wednesday by the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) that explores in detail the speed with which the US is becoming "a hereditary aristocracy of wealth and power."

"Over recent decades, an incredibly disproportionate share of America's income and wealth gains has flowed to the top of our economic spectrum. At the tip of that top sit the nation's richest 400 individuals, a group that Forbes magazine has been tracking annually since 1982," write IPS's Chuck Collins and Josh Hoxie, the report's authors. "Americans at the other end of our economic spectrum, meanwhile, watch their wages stagnate and savings dwindle."...[Read More]

NOTE: The Democratic World Federalists are committed to expressing a wide range of views o­n the vision of creating a peaceful, just, and sustainable world through a democratic World Federation. The views expressed in this article represents that commitment and not necessarily our official position.

 

OUR DENIAL OF THE THREAT OF NUCLEAR ARMAGEDDON

 

For a while, it may have seemed that the threat of nuclear war had diminished. But Donald Trump's vow to increase and "upgrade" the United States nuclear arsenal, tensions between the US and North Korea, and the unsecured stockpiles of aging weapons around the globe make it clear we still need to be concerned about this apocalyptic danger. Order the timely new anthology Sleepwalking to Armageddon: The Threat of Nuclear Annihilation by donating to Truthout now!...[Read More]

NOTE: The Democratic World Federalists are committed to expressing a wide range of views o­n the vision of creating a peaceful, just, and sustainable world through a democratic World Federation. The views expressed in this article represents that commitment and not necessarily our official position.

 

NUCLEAR WEAPON STATES FACE GROWING ANGER AT THE UNITED NATIONS

 

It's hard to say what adjective best describes the tenour of First Committee this year, but it might be rancour. The rights of reply were more voluminous, loud, and increasingly likely to descend into the absurd than ever before. The rhetoric against disarmament-the objective of this Committee and o­ne of the primary principles of the United Nations-was more acute than ever, especially in the nuclear field. The animosity between certain states felt like it had reached a tipping point. Yet the bitter vitriol thrown about by some was tempered by the understanding of the majority that progress has been made in disarmament, precisely by forging ahead without the most quarrelsome states... [Read More] []

NOTE: The Democratic World Federalists are committed to expressing a wide range of views o­n the vision of creating a peaceful, just, and sustainable world through a democratic World Federation. The views expressed in this article represents that commitment and not necessarily our official position.

 

SELLING HOPE IN DARK TIMES

 

Every age faces social and political challenges in the human quest for a more just and peaceful world. We now face issues that are global, urgent and have not been successfully addressed by the United Nations. Civilization is facing two existential crises: the first is the use of nuclear weapons, the fast path to destruction; the second slower path is an environmental collapse, brought o­n by climate change, overpopulation and destruction of natural habitat.

With North Korea having successfully detonated nuclear weapons and working actively o­n testing ballistic missiles that can reach the US mainland, the crisis seems to be headed for a military confrontation, that could easily go nuclear o­n both sides...[Read More]

 

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Dr. R. Kotila, DWF President

Personal page: http://peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=680

 

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