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ACTION ALERT: Harper Must Oppose the Military Commissions Act Dear activists, October 19, 2006 On Tuesday U.S. President George Bush signed into law the Military Commissions Act. The Council of Canadians is calling on Prime Minister Stephen Harper to oppose this legislation. As noted in yesterday's The Globe and Mail editorial, "The Military Commissions Act gives Mr. Bush what the U.S. Supreme Court rightly denied him: the authority to treat, interrogate and try foreign terrorism suspects as he sees fit, without allowing them recourse to the safeguards enshrined in the U.S. Constitution for citizens and non-citizens alike...Under this new law, U.S. agents will be able to detain suspects indefinitely without charge and continue to use some methods that run counter to international rules. They include maintaining secret prisons outside U.S. jurisdiction." The American Civil Liberties Union calls the new law, "one of the worst civil liberties measures ever enacted in American history." Their fuller statement can be found at http://www.aclu.org/safefree/detention/27091prs20061017.html Joanne Mariner of Human Rights Watch told CBC Radio, "Clearly there is no justification for such a two-track system. So I think foreign governments should put a lot of pressure on the U.S. to change that and if they were thinking of giving information that might lead to one of their citizens being deemed as an enemy combatant they should certainly think twice about it." Canadians should be very concerned about this U.S. legislation. Given our commitment to human rights we cannot abide by the abandonment of rights which have been, as noted by the Globe, "enshrined in common law for centuries as a safeguard of freedom from arbitrary state actions." The Toronto Star reported today on a new poll that shows, "Canada ranks third worldwide in rejecting torture, behind Italy, Australia and France, which are tied. Of Canadians surveyed, 74 per cent said it was unacceptable; 22 per cent believe "some degree" could be used by governments to save innocent lives." Canadians have an additional reason -- and responsibility -- to oppose President Bush's Military Commissions Act. As reported by CBC Radio's Evan Dyer, the British government sought and obtained an exemption for British citizens from this legislation. In fact, British Foreign Secretary Margaret Becket has called the Act "unacceptable." However, despite the recent findings of the Arar Inquiry, Prime Minister Stephen Harper has neither sought an exemption for Canadians from this U.S. law nor has he voiced publicly any concern with it. (You can hear Evan Dyer's CBC report on this issue at http://www.cbc.ca/ottawamorning/ by clicking on "Impact of new US military law.") Furthermore, on the day President Bush signed this Act into law, Prime Minister Harper hosted U.S. Director of National Intelligence John Negroponte at a secret meeting in his Parliament Hill office. When reporters discovered this, a note from the prime minister's office stated the meeting was, "...part of a regular exchange regarding security issues between Canada and the U.S...This is an indication of how closely we work together." In fact, greater cooperation between U.S. and Canadian security and intelligence services is a key recommendation and objective of the deep integration driven Security and Prosperity Partnership. Canadians are well aware of the horror that can result when the rule of law is ignored. The example of Maher Arar's detention and rendition by U.S. agents and his torture by Syrian security forces tells us that the Military Commissions Act is wrong and must be stopped. Rather than increased cooperation with President Bush's lawlessness, Prime Minister Harper must act now to oppose it. The prime minister must: Instruct Canadian government officials to discontinue all ongoing Security and Prosperity Partnership discussions on increased security and intelligence collaboration with the United States; Impose strict new rules and protocols on any dealings with the Americans on intelligence matters; Implement immediately all 23 recommendations from Justice Dennis O'Connor's Arar Inquiry report. In particular, the prime minister must respect Recommendation 14 from Justice O'Connor which states, "The RCMP and CSIS should review their policies governing the circumstances in which they supply information to foreign governments with questionable human rights records. Information should never be provided to a foreign country where there is a credible risk that it will cause or contribute to the use of torture. Policies should include specific directions aimed at eliminating any possible Canadian complicity in torture, avoiding the risk of other human rights abuses and ensuring accountability." Contact Prime Minister Stephen Harper today and tell him that his government must oppose the Military Commissions Act. He can be reached by e-mail at pm@pm.gc.ca or write or fax the Prime Minister's office at: Office of the Prime Minister 80 Wellington Street Ottawa K1A 0A2 Fax: 613-941-6900 For further reading on this subject, please see Alex Neve's excellent editorial from today's Toronto Star.

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Jan 23, 2007
COOPRADIO.ORG - Kuala Lumpur Conference to Expose War Crimes & Criminalize War - Monday Jan. 15 @ Noon - 1 PM PT WHEN: Monday Jan. 15, 2007 at Noon - 1 PM PT WHERE: COOP RADIO, CFRO 102.7 FM LISTEN LIVE: http://www.coopradio.org LISTEN NOW TO AUDIO ARCHIVES - MP3: http://exopolitics.blogs.com/exopolitics_radio/files/DU-DEPOPULATION.mp3 TOPIC: A conversation with Leuren Moret, Speaker at the 2007 Kuala Lumpur Conference to Expose War Crimes and Criminalize War, on Depleted Uranium, Depopulation, and War Crimes. CONFERENCE WEBSITE: http://www.perdana4peace.org/ Host: Alfred Lambremont Webre, JD, MEd ANNOUNCEMENT : INVITATION TO ATTEND PGPO CONFERENCE AND EXHIBITION EXPOSE WAR CRIMES: CRIMINALISE WAR 5th -7th FEBRUARY 2007 PUTRA WORLD TRADE CENTRE KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA The Perdana Global Peace Organisation is organizing a conference cum Exhibition entitled EXPOSE WAR CRIMES: CRIMINALISE WAR from 5th to 7th February 2007 from 8.30am. to 5.30pm. at the Putra World Trade Centre, Kuala Lumpur. The Conference will be held at Dewan Merdeka, PWTC while the Exhibition, which will be extended to February 11 2007, will be held at Dewan Tun Razak Hall 4. This Conference and Exhibition is the continuation of our efforts to publicise and garner as much support as possible to the Kuala Initiative to Criminalise War which was launched by Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamed in December 2005. The objectives of this Conference and Exhibition are: * To educate and enlighten participants and visitors that wars are wantonly destructive and essentially unnecessary. * To inculcate a general abhorrence for war and conflict such that war mongers should be held accountable for their crimes against humanity. * To challenge whatever general sense of apathy still exists today. * To instill the advocacy of ‘No War but Peace’ and ‘Make War History’. * To highlight the role of the War Crimes Tribunal in ensuring justice for the international community * To provide space for debate, discussion and sharing of thoughts on this crucial issue that threatens human extinction. The War Crimes exhibition would be the first of its kind to be held in a Muslim country and will highlight atrocities committed in Bosnia, Iraq, Palestine, Lebanon, Vietnam and not forgetting the nuclear devastation in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. An interactive exhibition, visitors would be exposed also to the horrors of the tortures inflicted on detainees held in the Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo prisons. We have also assembled an internationally renowned panel of speakers to address the delegates gathered here from all over the world. The following have confirmed their acceptance to speak at the Conference. Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamed Keynote Speaker Mr. Hans von Sponeck Former UN Asst. Secretary General Prof Michel Chossudovsky Internationally renowned Economics Professor Mr. Michael Carmichael Author and Founder of the Planetary Movement. Ms. Leuren Moret Internationally renowned expert on depleted uranium Mr. Greg Palast Internationally renowned journalist and author Mr. Gwynne Dyer Internationally renowned author and journalist Ms. Rana Al Alouby Internationally renowned journalist from Iraq Prof. Ms. Niloufer Bhagwat President, Indian Lawyers Association and InternationalTribunal judge Dr. Christopher Busby Scientific Secretary of European Committee on Radiation Risk Prof. Shoji Sawada Physicist, Hiroshima survivor and expert witness on radiation issues Mr. Alfred Lambremont Webre International lawyer with experience in War Crimes Tribunal Prof. Ms. Paola Manduca Professor of Genetics, University of Genoa, Italy Mr. Dirk Adriaensens Founder member of Brussels War Crimes Tribunal Ms. Hana Bayaty Member of Executive Committee of Brussels War Crimes Tribunal and renowned writer and journalist Dr. Walid Salah Doctor from Palestine and expert witness on Israeli War Crimes Mr. Mohammad Umar Chairman of Ramadan Foundation, UK Ms. Cynthia McKinny USA Congresswoman Mr. Ibrahim El Moussawi Editor in chief of Hezbollah weekly, Al Intiqad and Al Manar TV, Lebanon Mr. Ali Shalah Former detainee in US prison in Iraq Dr. Saeed H. Al Musawi Former Permanent Representative to UN Ms. Anjun Anwar Education Officer for the Lancashire Council of Mosques The final programme schedule will be posted on this website as soon as other speakers submit their confirmations. Please download the accompanying registration form and fax it on or before Jan 20 2007 to: Ms. Veron : 03-4042 9469 Registration is on a first come, first serve basis, so do register early. All enquiries could be directed to the following: Dr. Zulaiha : 019-384 3913 Email: zulaiha@perdana.org.my WEBSITE: http://www.perdana4peace.org/ “WAKE-UP WITH CO-OP” MON.-WED.- FRI. 7-9 AM PT “MONDAY BROWNBAGGER” MON. Noon – 1 PM PT LISTENER-SPONSORED CO-OP RADIO is broadcast across Canada on the Star Choice satellite system on channel 845. Co-op radio, CFRO fm is located in Vancouver, B.C., Canada. Its frequency in the Vancouver area is 102.7 MHz and we are also found on various cable frequencies in most major cities throughout British Columbia. RealAudio and Program information for radio station CFRO can be found on the internet at http://www.coopradio.org Listener phone-in: Call Coop Radio on-air with your questions and comments at (604) 684-7561. URl of this Article: http://peaceinspace.blogs.com/peaceinspaceorg/2007/01/coopradioorg_ku.html

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Jan 23, 2007
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REPUBLIC BROADCASTING NETWORK: Bush Space Policy & The Space Preservation Treaty-Signing WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 18, 2006 @ 10 PM CST (8 PM PST) LISTEN LIVE: http://www.rbnlive.com/listen.html GUEST: Alfred Lambremont Webre, JD, MEd www.peaceinspace.org Host: D'Anne Burley TOPIC: THE SPACE PRESERVATION TREATY-SIGNING THE PROBLEM: Bush Space Policy U.S. National Space Policy http://www.ostp.gov/html/US%20National%20Space%20Policy.pdf Space: America's New War Zone By Andrew Buncombe in Washington Published: 19 October 2006 The Independent (UK) “The Bush administration has staked an aggressive new claim to dominate space - rejecting any new treaties that seek to limit the United States' extraterrestrial activities and warning that it will oppose any nations that try to get in its way. “A new policy recently signed by President George Bush, asserts that his country has the right to conduct whatever research, development and "other activities" in space that it deems necessary for its own national interests. “The new policy further warns that the US will take those actions necessary to protect its space capabilities and deny, if necessary, adversaries the use of space capabilities hostile to those interests. The document adds: ‘Space activities have improved life in the United States and around the world, enhancing security, protecting lives and the environment, speeding information flow serving as an engine for economic growth and revolutionizing the way people view their world and the cosmos.’ "’Freedom of action in space is as important to the United States as air power and sea power.’ “In some respects the policy represents the space equivalent of the "Bush Doctrine" national security policy initially outlined by Mr. Bush in a speech at West Point military academy in June 2002. At that event - and later more formally codified – Mr. Bush said the new US policy would place more emphasis on military pre-emption and unilateral actions….” From, Space: America's New War Zone, op. cit. THE SOLUTION: Space Preservation Treaty-Signing The outcome of the Space Preservation Treaty-Signing is a functioning ban of space-based weapons and warfare in space, operating through an independent Outer Space Peacekeeping Agency that will be formed by the leaders and Nations who sign and ratify the Space Preservation Treaty. The Space Preservation Treaty-Signing urgently enrolls U.N. Member Nations to individually sign and ratify the Space Preservation Treaty, to ban ALL space-based weapons. The Treaty-Signing creates a growing enclave of U.N. Member Nations, national communities, and legal jurisdictions which have signed and ratified the Space Preservation Treaty, and ban ALL space-based weapons, thus outlawing warfare in space and from space under international law and United Nations Charter and rules. The Space Preservation Treaty-Signing results in a caucus of U.N. Member Nations which have individually or in small groups signed and ratified the Space Preservation Treaty in cumulative numbers which approximate the latest formal of the U.N. General Assembly vote of 166 – 1 (2 abstentions) in favor of preventing the weaponization of space. ICIS: http://www.peaceinspace.com WORLD PEACE FORUM 2006 DOCUMENTARY: WAR FROM SPACE Eric Herter 58 min 57 sec - 16-Nov-2006 space4peace.org WATCH ON GOOGLE VIDEO: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=6515526620862018423 URL of this article: http://peaceinspace.blogs.com/peaceinspaceorg/2006/11/republic_broadc.htm
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Principios en contra de las armas en el espacio, los sistemas de defensa anti-misiles, armas anti-satélite y armas basadas en tecnologías espaciales diseñadas para atacar blancos en la Tierra. - Los sistemas de defensa anti-misiles son el primer paso de la carrera armamentista; y supondrían el comienzo de la proliferación de armas anti-misiles además de otros sistemas armamentistas. - Las tecnologías para los sistemas de defensa anti-misiles, basadas en el espacio, todavía se encuentran en un estado primitivo de su desarrollo y suponen un gasto tremendo para el futuro. Una inversión mas acertada sería incrementar los esfuerzos para detener o controlar los misiles, el desarrollo de armas de destrucción masiva y la proliferación. - El espacio está intrínsecamente orientado a la ofensiva. La realidad que supone disponer de armas operativas en el espacio ultraterrestre concreta el escenario preventivo y de ataque que no deseamos, incluso si está dirigido con la intención de defender activos y/o plataformas en tierra o en el espacio. Ello crea una situación inestable en términos geopolíticos y podría llevarnos a una carrera interminable de Gobiernos investigando y desarrollando sistemas armamentistas espaciales para contrarrestar dichas armas y sistemas armamentistas, basadas en tecnologías aerospaciales. - Los sistemas anti-misiles basados en tierra, son los más económicos y mas sencillos de desarrollar, donde sus blancos, satélites y cualquier otro tipo de sistemas de misiles basados en el espacio son mucho más costosos. De ésta manera, dichos sistemas basados en tecnologías espaciales y una carrera armamentista de sistemas anti-satélite dejarían a países que comparten y cooperan en el espacio, peor de lo que están en la actualidad. - Las armas basadas en tecnologías espaciales no pueden proteger a los satélites de ataques provenientes de plataformas basadas en tierra. - Incluso la enorme cantidad de desperdicios y basura espacial, suponen ya una grave amenaza para todos los satélites del mundo. Imaginemos el creciente peligro, añadiendo pruebas y sistemas de armas cinéticas en el espacio. - Existen también, diversos costes políticos internacionales, frente al despliegue de armas en el espacio. En dicho caso, los Gobiernos Europeos, cooperando activa y actualmente con los EE.UU. en el sector de la defensa, se encontrarían con una situación mucho mas compleja, teniendo en cuenta la presencia de dichos sistemas de armas. Desde la perspectiva Africana y de otras naciones en desarrollo, las verdaderas amenazas son las de la pobreza, el VIH y la proliferación de armas pequeñas así cómo el terrorismo internacional. Una carrera armamentista en el espacio supondría una nueva y verdadera amenaza, y no una medida en su contra. La mayoría de las naciones del mundo, están a favor de una prohibición permanente de las armas y sistemas de armas basadas en el espacio. - Otros planteamientos y/o alternativas a la utilización del espacio supondrían: (por ejemplo) el desarrollo, la meteorología, el reconocimiento medioambiental, la prevención de desastres, las comunicaciones, la educación, el entretenimiento, la vigilancia y control de armas y la ratificación de tratados; serían comprometidas por el despliegue de armas en el espacio. - El espacio es un lugar perfecto para la cooperación global, a través de un uso pacífico de la nueva frontera que tantos nuevos mercados, productos y servicios puede y debe ofrecernos. --- Continúe leyendo en NPAE Blog Obtenga más información en www.pazenelespacio.org Firme nuestra petición a las Naciones Unidas para una Conferencia Internacional para la Firma y Ratificación del TPE-Tratado para la Preservación en el Espacio! http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/832338563 Una Conferencia que albergará líderes de todo el mundo para firmar y ratificar el TPE, una ley internacional que no sólo terminará con el mandato de las armas y la guerra en el espacio sino que transformará la economía y la industria de la guerra, creará una Agencia Internacional para la Paz y un Nuevo Sistema de Seguridad Global. Al bloquear las aplicaciones y proyectos armamentistas y mediante una extensa cooperación internacional, podemos utilizar esas mismas infraestructuras y tecnologías para monitorizar el espacio, la atmósfera y la superficie para controlar las armas y su proliferación, verificar que los tratados se cumplen, organizar un sistema de seguridad para todos y gestionar una larga lista de nuevos productos y servicios, que podemos enfocar en aplicar soluciones existentes a las crisis humanitaria y medioambiental que nos envuelven; pudiendo crear literalmente millones de nuevos puestos de trabajo. Porque todavía estamos a tiempo, porque se puede alcanzar; y porque lo alcanzarémos! Paz y Amor para este nuevo año, que tantos cambios nos promete. Un Saludo Ian T. Cruz NPAE/ICIS Spain.
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