Johan Galtung* – EDITORIAL , TRANSCEND Media Service
The Oregon community college was “the 45th school shooting this year in America; the 142nd school shooting since the Newton massacre in 2012”, Matthew Albracht–Peace Alliance–who adds: 25% of women experience domestic violence, 6 million children witness it every year, 28% of children are bullied during the year and they are 2 to 9 times more likely to commit suicide. What can be done? 10 points:
Robert Fisk – The Independent
Saudi Arabia’s grotesque destruction of Muslim history is directly linked to Isis’s own purgation of the past
Explosives pulverise historic sites in the Middle East, bulldozers erase ancient tombs and shrines, historic forts are torn down and Ottoman facades destroyed. The home of the favourite wife of the most revered man in an entire religion is even turned into a block of toilets. How can the world prevent this wicked desecration and extinction of a heritage that belongs to all mankind? I am, of course, referring to those iconoclastic Wahhabi-Salafist Muslim head-choppers … the Saudis!
By ERIC LIPTON and CLIFFORD KRAUSS – THE NEW YORK TIMES
After watching the price of oil and the size of their profits plunge, a dozen top executives from some of the nation’s largest oil exploration companies flew to Washington late last winter on an urgent mission: push Congress and the White House to allow unlimited exports of American crude oil.
By J C Suresh | IDN-InDepthNews Analysis
TORONTO (IDN) – A high-ranking UN official has warned against ‘toxic public debates’ in the face of 60 million forcibly displaced people living in a troubled global landscape of increased conflict and called for a global compact on refugee and asylum matters.
Analysis, By N Chandra Mohan*
NEW DELHI, Oct 2015 (IPS) – India’s stance on sustainable development goals is evolving as there are differing voices on what should be done. Over the next 15 years, the global development agenda will be preoccupied with the ambitious challenge of achieving 17 SDGs and 169 targets. The SDGs follow the Millennium Development Goals which were conceptualized as a set of eight goals on diverse development dimensions including poverty alleviation, gender equality, health and environmental sustainability. The buzz in the development community is that as the relative success of MDGs is a result of China’s super-rapid growth, the relative success of the SDGs will be because of India.
By Ramesh Jaura | IDN-InDepthNews Analysis
BERLIN (IDN) – Major nuclear disarmament groups are deeply concerned over speculations whether a Russian Tupolev Tu-160 supersonic bomber, intercepted late September in British airspace, was planning to attack the country and unleash World War 3. They have urged Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Barack Obama to agree to “an immediate reduction in nuclear risks”.
Submitted by Tyler Durden – Zero Hedge
Submitted by Brandon Smith via Alt-Market.com
The Syrian crisis and the confluence of clashing interests there was entirely predictable. In fact, I wrote an article on my former website in 2010 outlining the potential for Syria as a high value catalyst for global conflict titled “Will Globalists Trigger Yet Another World War?”
By Robert Berke* – Naked Capitalism
Few meetings ever started with dimmer prospects for success than the recent meeting between Presidents Obama and Putin.
The real call for the meeting stemmed from the EU refugee crisis. With a human catastrophe brewing in Europe and the Middle East, EU leaders are urgently demanding that the U.S. and Russia set aside their differences and begin to work together in an effort to resolve the Syrian conflict, the major cause of the massive movement of people seeking sanctuary.
By Thalif Deen
UNITED NATIONS, Oct 2015 (IPS) – When the Security Council recently hosted a meeting of world leaders to discuss the growing threats from violent extremism, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned that any success in battling intolerance will be predicated on a “unified response.”
Michele Kelemen – National Public Radio (NPR)
The international aid group Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières) is calling for an international investigation into what it calls a war crime in Afghanistan — Saturday’s U.S. airstrikes that killed 22 people, including medical staff and patients at the organization’s hospital in Kunduz.
By Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka* | IDN-InDepthNews Viewpoint
NEW YORK (IDN) – Over the past two years, Boko Haram has grown in influence and spread across the West African region with specific impacts on the rights of women and girls. The 500th day anniversary of the kidnapping of the Chibok girls in Nigeria recently passed. Despite a global movement calling for their return, most remain missing, with more women and girls abducted by Boko Haram each week. Millions have been displaced as a result of Boko Haram violence.
By J Nastranis | IDN-InDepthNews Analysis
NEW YORK (IDN) – As part of the U.S. “rebalance to the Pacific”, the growing convergence of their respective countries’ interests in the Indo-Pacific region, and with an eye on China’s increasing assertiveness in the South China Sea, Washington has initiated a trilateral dialogue involving both India and Japan.
By Steven Mufson – The Washington Post
The Roha Dyechem solar plant, still under construction in August, at Bhadla, in the western Indian state of Rajasthan. (Money Sharma/AFP/Getty Images)
When it comes to slowing climate change, it takes more than a village.
By Maggie Black*
After a process lasting two years, in which thousands of civil society organisations added their two cents’ worth, the UN General Assembly has endorsed a list of 17 Goals to bring about a global order of Sustainable Development. Rarely can such a mountain of effort have brought forth such a mouse.
By the Editors – The Nation
It won’t be easy, but there are concrete measures we can take right now to relieve the agony.
The refugee crisis now confronting Europe, with hundreds of thousands of desperate migrants pouring across multiple borders, has opened up deep fissures in the European Union. The crisis threatens to tear the EU apart, but it’s truly global in nature, with roots in decades of conflict, from Afghanistan to Somalia to Eritrea; in the multiple upheavals stemming from the Arab revolutions, from Libya to Yemen; and in the regional instability and extremism brought about by the US invasion, occupation, and destruction of Iraq. But the greatest source of refugees flooding into Europe now is Syria, and that demands a rethinking not only of EU and US refugee policy, but also their approach to Syria’s civil war.
BAJINDER PAL SINGH*
Right to industrialise versus protection of the environment is a dilemma for both countries
Climate change represents a unique dilemma for India and China as both countries try and reconcile their “natural and legitimate right” to continue their industrialisation and modernisation with the need to adapt to the effects of climate change.
Refocusing resistance for climate justice. COPing in, COPing out and beyond Paris
What happened to the climate justice strategy discussion after WSF in
Tunis? Well those in the middle of it of course knew but for the rest
of us it seemed as the same old story would repeat itself, a huge
demonstration gathering everyone 14 days ahead of the end so the
massive presence would not disturb the actual conference and create an
image of that the movement wish the world leaders to take action
regardless if this action leads not even close to a solution.
By Fabíola Ortiz – IDN-InDepthNews Analysis
UNITED NATIONS (IDN) – “We will be working very aggressively to achieve the goal of making the world nuclear free by 2045,” when the United Nations will mark its 100th birthday, declared Erlan Idrissov, Foreign Minister of the Central Asian Republic of Kazakhstan.
By Roberto Savio*
Rome, Oct.2015 – The last world survey on the strength of democracy went totally ignored, except for the New York Times, which did publish a special report. And yet the World Values Survey, a respected research association with the United Nations, conducted the survey and the data of the 2015 survey are extremely worrying.
By Tharanga Yakupitiyage
UNITED NATIONS, Sep 30 2015 (IPS) – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon emphasized the importance of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) rights during a High-Level Core Group event on Sep. 29, noting his experiences in working with governments to eliminate LGBTI-discriminatory policies.