Mr. Chairman and members of the Commission, I am delighted to have been invited to make a statement at these public hearings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, particularly on the theme “Promoting Reconciliation and National Reintegration”. In dealing with this theme, I take the view that it will be useful if I put within its proper historical perspective the situation prevailing in Sierra Leone, which makes the promotion of reconciliation and national reintegration an active and necessary element of State Policy. INTRODUCTION 1. The peace achieved at the end of the eleven years of war in this country can be sustained only if there is reconciliation among the people and if national reintegration is actively and successfully pursued. Thus reconciliation and national reintegration are necessary ingredients in the peace building process which we need to embark upon in order to avoid the recurrence of war. Therefore to promote reconciliation and national reintegration … [Read more...] about President Tejan Kabbah’s testimony before the Sierra Leone Truth and Reconciliation Commission ( TRC )
Humanitarian military intervention the conditions for success and failure
This piece is part of a recurring series that aims to be a complete guide to the laws of war. You can read previous entries here. Civilians bear many of the negative effects of armed conflict, and women and children are disproportionately affected. Rape and sexual violence are perpetrated on a large scale in times of conflict. Areas affected by conflict see higher levels of poverty and malnutrition, and lack of access to children’s education, food, and water. Situations of violence create huge numbers of refugees and internally displaced persons, destroy critical infrastructure that benefit society, seriously harm the natural environment, and ruin entire economies. The effects of violence breed future violence. For all these reasons, the prohibition on the use of armed force is the single most important rule in all of international law. The Charter of the United Nations prohibits the threat or use of force by any state against the territorial integrity or political independence … [Read more...] about The Fight For Peace Has Never Been Easy
Introduction Hope—that was the campaign slogan of late Chief Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola in the 1993 general elections. It is no longer news that Nigerians despite their ethnicity, tribe and religion bought into this vision and overwhelmingly voted for late Chief MKO Abiola and his running mate Alhaji Baba Gana Kingibe. But unfortunately, this hope was killed by the annulment of the election by rtd General Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida. And 25 years after, Nigerians continue to hope against hope. The hope for a better Nigeria has failed. There is no glamour of hope. The condition of Nigeria is beyond hope. Safe to say Nigeria is in a hopeless situation. If you take a deep and critical look at events and happenings in Nigeria socially, economically and politically since independence in 1960, you would ask yourself the question: is there any hope for Nigeria? This is far from being pessimistic. It is just being realistic and except we want to still be in denial as we have always … [Read more...] about OPINION: IS THERE ANY HOPE FOR NIGERIA?
Amy Goodman and Democracy are doing damage control for US imperialism according to reports. Democracy Now’s “Alt Media” Platform for Humanitarian Imperialism in Syria https://www.mintpressnews.com/democracy-nows-alt-media-platform-for-humanitarian-imperialism/240800/ Mint Press News April 20th, 2018 The “war and peace report,” as progressive as it may often sound, has long ceased to be a purely listener-supported project, and this lack of economic independence has spilled into its politics. By Elliott Gabriel NEW YORK CITY — The dust had barely settled after last weekend’s U.S.-led bombing of Syria before a split in the political class developed. While some Beltway figures, media personalities and former officials hailed the bombings, others decried the “limited” nature of the airstrikes. At the grassroots level, a somewhat different debate gripped the left and the right — those who … [Read more...] about Democracy Now’s “Alt Media” Platform for Humanitarian Imperialism in Syria : Indybay
European Council on Foreign Relations Read original story here China’s participation in the United Nations system is often viewed through a succession of single lenses: its use of the veto over the last few years (less often than Russia, but more than Western permanent members of the UN Security Council); its financial contribution (now the second largest, but this is a simple consequence of China’s GDP); its contribution to peacekeeping operations (at 2,350 blue helmets at the time of writing, it is far less than is often surmised, but with a vast potential increase in participation); its fight against interference on human rights and for prioritising development and dialogue over sanctions and intervention (but China has avoided full-frontal opposition in many cases, now preferring backroom action via its influence on the UN budget). What the sources deftly mined for this edition of China Analysis reveal is that there is sophisticated thinking, and hints of policy debates … [Read more...] about The United Nations of China: A vision of the world order