School Shootings in the USA: 10 Points

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:

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The West rightly condemns Isis’ vandalism of ancient sites – but not Saudi Arabia’s

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!

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Oil Industry Gaining in Push for Repeal of U.S. Ban on Petroleum Exports


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.

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India’s Challenge on the SDGs

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.

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Nuke Disarmament Groups Ask Obama and Putin to ‘Reduce Nuclear Risks’

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”.

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Syrian Crisis: What Will Happen Next?

Submitted by Tyler Durden – Zero Hedge

Submitted by Brandon Smith via
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?”

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Could The Syrian Conflict Irrevocably Change Global Geopolitics?

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.

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Was Kunduz Attack A War Crime? Legal Analysts Say It’s Difficult To Prove

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.

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Gender Sensitive Approach Essential to Respond to Boko Haram

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.

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U.S.-India-Japan Seek Asia-Pacific Rebalance

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.

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How to End the Civil War in Syria

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.

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India and China must not take Paris Climate Conference lightly


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.

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The voice of civil society on 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.

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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.

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