Oslo, October 9 (MNN) – U.S. President Barack Obama incessant mentioning of the word “peace” has been rewarded with this year’s Novel Peace Prize. “No, it’s not a mistake by a person hitting the wrong key at his laptop on a Friday night,” said an anonymous source. “The Committee simply decided it was time to reward the possible future, as it looks so much better than the actual past“.
In other news: bloggers all around the world are rejoicing. Now they know, all it takes to bag over a million dollars, is to talk about nice things.
BORLAUG, UN EROE CANCELLATO DAGLI ECOLOGISTI
di Maurizio Morabito
24-9-2009 – La morte di Norman Borlaug, il padre della “Rivoluzione Verde”, che ha strappato alla morte per fame 245 milioni di persone, e il cui lavoro permette oggi di sfamare metà dell’umanità, impone una riflessione sulla cultura in cui siamo immersi. Se nel 1970 gli fu assegnato il Premio Nobel per la Pace, oggi prevale il giudizio critico della élite ecologista, secondo cui quella rivoluzione ha dato il via a un’agricoltura “non eco-sostenibile”. Come accusare l’inventore della ruota per aver dato il via a una società basata sui trasporti sempre più veloci e inquinanti. (fare click qui per il resto dell’articolo)
What exactly has been achieved in Dublin about Cluster Bombs?
- Over 100 countries agreed to ban ”the use, production, stockpiling and transfer of all existing and future cluster bombs“
- There is no exception, and no transition period. The ban covers all kinds of “submunitions“
- Stockpiles must be destroyed within 8 years
- A new standard has been defined for humanitarian assistance for victims, families and communities
- A “Treaty” will be signed in Oslo in December 2008 (Nobel Peace Prize, anybody…)
- It will then take 30 countries to officially adopt the Treaty, for this to actually enter into force
- Afterwards it will be a matter of monitoring the situation
- Last but not least, the muribund UN talks on conventional weapons may be brought back to life
Countries such as the USA, Russia and China do not appear likely to join the ban on cluster bombs. Some say “submunitions” are essential to modern war and without them many of their soldiers may get killed.
The best reply to that, I have read it somewhere on the web: “Cluster bombs save soldiers’ lives? So would anthrax…“