NAIROBI, March 15, 2011 (CISA) –Comboni Missionaries working in Kenya are appealing to Kenyan authorities to investigate and to bring to book criminals intent on intimidating and extorting their social institution called Koinonia Community in Nairobi. Continue reading
1. Arms kill and its trade is not “ordinary business
|WEAPONS PURCHASED BY LIBYA|
|SUPPLIERS||Millions of Euros|
|Data taken from the 2009 EU Report on Arms Exports|
In most Arab countries where the revolts have taken place security forces attacked unarmed demonstrators killing and injuring many. In Libya the government is using warplanes and tanks to bomb civilians. TV has shown security forces and civilians using Belgian guns. Where do these arms used to attack, kill and injure peaceful demonstrators come from?
Many countries that call themselves “defenders” of democracy have not only supported those dictators’ regimes but have also done business with them and sold them great quantities of weapons. The separation between ethics and values on the one hand and economic and political interests on the other is one of the main “inconsistencies” of these countries. When these come into conflict, business and political interests usually override ethical standards. This is particularly scandalous and dangerous in the case of arms sales.
Business and employment may be important for the countries where the arms are produced, but ethics are also significant for many of its citizens.
Governments are responsible for the selling of arms. To legally export arms and defence-related articles and services from country A to country B, the exporting company needs an export license from the exporting country A’s government. The governmental body responsible for issuing exporting arms licenses decides if country B complies with a series of security measures. What the security forces can do with these weapons should be considered. In some cases “conditions” are attached to the contracts, but the reality is that, once the arms are in a country, the seller has no means to control its use or destination. Continue reading
The Western world has watched with wonder the revolt in the Arab countries, the fearless youth and population asking for freedom, basic rights and democracy. The revolts have also caused confusion about the future in the countries where the regimes have fallen, to say nothing of the consequences for the whole world. But what has come out clearly is the inconsistency in the policies of most “outsider” governments. While defending democracy in words, they have dealt with corrupt and dictatorial regimes and, what is worse, they have sold them quantities of sophisticated weapons that are being used to attack the peaceful populations, causing death and suffering. Now, those governments and defence industries say they are worried about the impact on those arms. Continue reading
On 10th February, about 100 religious took part in the meeting about AEFJN and economic justice in Africa that was held at the St Dominic Fraternity in Dakar. They had come for the World Social Forum 2011 from Senegal, Zambia, Uganda, the DRC, Mali, Guinea Bissau, Guinea Conakry, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Gabon, Sudan and Ethiopia and also from the United States and Brazil. Continue reading
For decades, the US was able to dominate Latin America with trade deals. Now China offers a new model of development.
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos sent shockwaves through Washington when he told the Financial Times that his nation is holding negotiations with China to build a multibillion dollar “dry canal” that would compete with the Panama Canal. After all, Santos said, China is “the new motor of the world economy”. Continue reading
By Miriam Gathigah
NAIROBI, Mar 8, 2011 (IPS) – “It is yet another significant day in the life of women across the world in the struggle for gender equality and equity. It is for this reason that women look forward to marking yet another International Women Day,” says Janet Kanene, a gender studies university student. Continue reading
Japanese Bishops will hold an emergency meeting in Sendai on Wednesday, 16 March. Bishop Martin Tetsuo Hiraga of Sendai said the catastrophic events of the last few few days have had “a strong emotional impact on society.” “The citizens are “exhausted and disorientated” and for this reason, “hope is is exactly the gift Christians can make to the country at this time of suffering.” Continue reading