Peace & Security

Israel as a rogue state

March 2010

Israel's practice of illegal assasinations, such as the killing of Mahmoud al-Mabhough in Dubai, is in line with its ruthless policy of consolidating its occupation, expanding illegal settlements, and tightening its economic hold over Palestinians — in defiance of Security Council resolutions and global opinion.

The Pentagon: Gargantua’s mouth

Nelson P. Valdés
February 2010

With no real military dangers threathening the US, the Pentagon has to invent them to justify its multi-billion dollar budget. And the bill is presented to the taxpayers.

Ending the US War in Afghanistan

February 2010

The recent civilian casualties demonstrate, for any who doubted it,  that this is a war against a vast population of Afghanistan, and the only way to stop killing civilians is to stop the killing. That means to stop all offensive actions and withdraw the troops.

Engaging Pakistan

February 2010

India must open a broad-horizon dialogue with Pakistan on all issues including Afghanistan to achieve real progress in bilateral relations.

Imperative to resume India-Pakistan dialogue

February 2010

Due to its lack of a coherent policy towards Afghanistan and Pakistan, India is repeatedly losing opportunities to help stabilise this critical part of its neighbourhood.

Afghanistan: this war won't work

January 2010

Obama's announced troops escalation will not bring security to Afghans, it won't turn Afghanistan into a democracy, and it won't make the US safer.

Countering illicit and unregulated money flows

January 2010

Since its beginnings in 1989, the international anti-money laundering regime has not worked as well as intended. After two decades of failed efforts, experts still ponder how to implement one that does work. A bolder initiative is required at the United Nations level, moving from recommendations to obligations, and fully engaging developing nations.

Honduras: The preventive coup (Final Part)

Nelson Valdes
January 2010

Zelaya's biggest sin was proposing, through a non-binding
referendum, a Constitutional convention to consider structural change.

Haiti, Again?

January 2010

The marginalisation of the UN and the militarisation of the US aid effort in Haiti reflect how humanitarian needs take a back seat to the Pentagon's priorities.

Magical Realism -- A coup in Honduras, so 20th Century! (Part 1)

Nelson Valdes
January 2010

By recognising the coup in Honduras, Obama follows the old US Latin American policy of siding with corporate interests against the will of the people.

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