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Inequality between rich and poor highlighted by UN panel

Inequality between rich and poor highlighted by UN panel
6 February 2012
Ming Hwee Chong, pictured center, representative of the Baha'i
International Community to the United Nations, addresses
a panel discussion held at the UN as part of this year's session
of the Commission for Social Development. Pictured far left
is Jomo Kwame Sundaram, UN Assistant Secretary General
 for Economic Development.
By Baha'i World News Service
Baha'i International Community
UNITED NATIONS — While the economic crisis has led many to focus on inequalities at the national level, the extremes between rich and poor internationally have also grown to become a threat to global stability.

That was among the themes raised by a panel here, held as part of this year's session of the UN Commission for Social Development, which runs until Friday.

Focusing on the Commission's theme of poverty eradication, the discussion – organized by the Baha'i International Community and co-sponsored by ATD Fourth World – brought together top-level UN diplomats, officials from UN agencies, and representatives of non-governmental organizations.

In his remarks, Ambassador Jorge Valero – Permanent Representative for Venezuela to the UN and Chair of the Commission for Social Development – blamed growing inequality on the excesses of global capitalism.

"Inequality and poverty, climate change and the destruction of ecosystems are outstanding issues on the international agenda," said Ambassador Valero.

Among the top-level UN diplomats brought together for a discussion on Wednesday 1 February was Ambassador Jorge Valero, pictured left, Permanent Representative… »

"These calamities can only be effectively addressed by attacking the structural causes that generate them: a consumerist, selfish and predatory global system that is based on the commodification of man and nature."

Jomo Kwame Sundaram, UN Assistant Secretary General for Economic Development, said that while the issue of inequality is often examined from the national viewpoint, two-thirds of global inequality stems from differences between countries.

International differences are "very, very stark," he said, noting that such inequalities have increased over the last three decades.

"The big promise of financial globalization was that if you ease restrictions, there will be a free flow of capital, and it will flow from rich to poor. This didn't happen. Capital flowed uphill, from the poor to the rich," said Dr. Sundaram.

Other participants in the panel – held on Wednesday 1 February – included: Isabel Ortiz, Associate Director of Policy and Practice at UNICEF; Christine Bockstal, Chief of the Technical Cooperation and Country Operations Group for the Social Security Department of the International Labour Organization; and Sara Burke, a Senior Policy Analyst at Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung.

Dr. Ortiz reported that the top 20 percent of the world's population has more than 80 percent of the world's income – but the poorest 20 percent have less than one percent of the global income.

"National redistribution is not enough to address inequality," she said. "There is a strong link between high income inequality and social unrest and economic instability."

In his remarks, Ming Hwee Chong of the Baha'i International Community (BIC) drew attention to recent remarks made by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon about income inequality at all levels increasing over the last 25 years, posing a serious barrier worldwide to poverty eradication and social integration.

Mr. Chong said it is time to ask some critical questions regarding the relationship between poverty eradication and the economic extremes that now exist in the world.

Read the statement here:

Introducing a BIC statement prepared for the Commission, Mr. Chong noted that relationships of dominance – one nation over another, one race over another, or one class or gender over another – contribute to inequitable access to resources and knowledge.

The statement also expresses concern that a "materialistic worldview, which underpins much of modern economic thinking, reduces concepts of value, human purpose and human interactions to the self-interested pursuit of material wealth."

Mr. Chong said that – while much attention has been paid to the political, policy and transactional dimensions of the current crisis – the aim of the discussion was to collaborate on "creating a space to dig deeper in order to bring to the surface some of the underlying assumptions that shape our economic and social reality."

VIDEO: Occupy the United Nations 2012

Click arrows below to watch videos, Part I and II

Part 1 - Occupy the United Nations INDIGENOUS DAY OF RESISTANCE January 27, 2012
San Francisco - The Native American Community, with support from the Occupy Movement is taking action to demand President Obama to make law the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), to STOP the Home Foreclosures and to enforce a 30% Fair-Share Tax on millionaires. United Native Americans Inc. invited members of the press and community to join in the Indigenous Unity March to the United Nations Plaza where we presened an Indigenous Rights March and Forum on Friday, January 27, 2012. 

Recorded live on my iPad on 1/27/12 at 11:04 AM PST


Native American Forum on Nuclear Issues Feb 27-29, 2012

Margene Bullcreek
Halting corporate and US environmental attacks on Indian lands
By Brenda Norrell

Censored News
Updated schedule (below)
LAS VEGAS, Nevada -- Speakers at the Native American Forum on Nuclear Issues, Feb. 27--29, include Margene Bullcreek, Goshute, who helped halt a toxic dump on Goshute land in Utah and Ian Zabarte, Western Shoshone, who is fighting the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump, while struggling to protect Western Shoshone lands from ongoing nuclear testing and desecration.
"Nevadans and Utahans living downwind and downstream from nuclear weapons testing, uranium mining, and radioactive waste dumping have suffered immensely during the Nuclear Age," states the Nuclear Information and Resource Service.

But even in the nuclear sacrifice zones of the desert Southwest, it is Native Americans -- from Navajo uranium miners to tribal communities targeted with atomic waste dumps -- who have borne the brunt of both the front and back ends of the nuclear fuel cycle.

The Skull Valley Band of Goshute Indians in Utah was targeted for a nuclear waste dump. Private Fuel Storage (PFS), representing eight powerful nuclear utilities, planned to temporarily store 40,000 tons of commercial high-level radioactive waste (nearly the total amount that presently exists in the U.S.) next to the two-dozen tribal members.

"Cedar and Sage are sacred here," says Bullcreek, who successfully led the action to halt the dump. "I cut willow branches over there to cradle my babies like my mother did, and my grandmother did, and her mother and her mother. Their bones are on this land. If you think this is desolate then you don’t know the land. You don’t know how to be still and listen. There is peace here. I felt I had to be outspoken or lose everything that has been passed down from generations." Read more at:

The poisoning of ancestral lands of the Shoshone, Paiute and Goshute in Nevada and Utah is beyond genocide and constitutes ecocide, the death of all life forms, and punctuates the pivotal point in state-sanctioned environmental violence toward American Indians.

''The Western Shoshone are the most bombed nation in the world,'' Zabarte said. Pointing out that the nuclear test site is on Western Shoshone ancestral land, Zabarte said nuclear testing and radiation has taken its toll on his people, but their land rights remain in tact, secured by the Treaty of Ruby Valley of 1863.

''The United States has violated the very essence of this treaty by testing its nuclear weapons on our lands and people.''

Nuclear testing above ground and underground has been centered in the heart of Shoshone and Paiute lands in Nevada. Goshute in Utah and Nevada straddle the Dugway chemical warfare testing site. Nowhere in America has the damage to the environment and potential for human disease surpassed this U.S. warfare corridor.
Nevada Test Site on Western Shoshone land
Bullcreek serves as president and Zabarte serves as vice-president of the Native Community Action Council, a Nevada non-profit corporation composed of Western Shoshone and Southern Paiute peoples.

The Council seeks to stop, mitigate and protect Native American tribal communities from the health consequences known to be plausible from exposure to radiation from the testing of weapons of mass destruction by the US and the UK at the Nevada National Security Site, formerly the Nevada Test Site.

In the early 1990's the Native Community Action Council began investigating the impacts to the land and people of the Great Basin as the Nuclear Risk Management for Native Communities Project with help from Childhood Cancer Research Institute and the Clark University Community Based Hazards Management.

The Nuclear Risk management for Native Communities Project was on of the first federally funded collaborative research projects to receive support from the Centers for Disease Control, the Agency for Toxic Substance Disease Registry and the Nation Institure for Environmental Health Sciences. That research later became the basis for at some contentions made against the Yucca Mountain license application submitted by the US Department of Energy at the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission Atomic Safety Licensing Board. The Native Community Action Council was a "party with standing" until those proceedings were closed at the end of September 2011.
Schedule Feb 27-29, 2012
Monday, February 27, 2012
9:00 am Native Community Action Council Board of Directors Meeting

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

8:00 am Meet and Greet-Coffee served

8:20 am Opening Prayer

8:30 am Greeting Margene Bullcreek, NCAC President

8:40 am Introductions/Agenda Overview Ian Zabarte, Vice President

9:50 am Congresswoman Shelley Berkeley (invited)

9:10 am Irene Navis, Clark County Emergency Management/Nuclear Waste Division

9:40 am Allison Cook, National Cancer Institute Extramural Program Specialist

10:00 am BREAK

10:15 am Dr. Marty Mifflin, Technical Selection of a Nuclear Waste Repository

11:00 am Susan Lynch, Nevada Agency for Nuclear Projects-Technical Issues

11:30 am Professor Bret Birdsong, UNLV Law School-Yucca Litigation

12:00 LUNCH

1:00 pm Mannetta Braunstein 21
st Century Perception of Risk: Pre-Columbian Case Study
1:30 pm NCAC Board Members Present: Study Guide Curriculum Presentation

2:40 pm Susan Gordon, Alliance for Nuclear Accountability-ER/WM

3:00 pm Steve Frishman/Judy Triechel, Nevada Nuclear Waste Task Force

3:20 pm Linda Cohn, US Department of Energy/National Nuclear Security Administration

4:00 pm Mary Palevsky, UNLV-Nevada Test Site Oral History Project

4:20 pm Closing

Wednesday February 29
, 2012
Department of Energy/Nevada National Security Site Tour

8:00 am Shuttle Leaves

Thanks to Ian Zabarte to sharing with Censored News!
Internet resources related to Ian Zabarte's work on nuclear issues:

Anonymous hacks attorneys for Marine in Iraq massacre

Anonymous hacks attorneys for Marine in Iraq massacre

"This may completely destroy the Law Firm."
Posted online by Anonymous Feb. 3, 2012
The manifesto:
Fellow Pirates, it's time for another #FuckFBIFriday demo and we got a few sweet morsels of lulz for you that will be sure to rock the courtrooms, field offices and precincts of those vile bootboys of the 1%.
Did you catch that leaked cybercrime investigation conference call? These losers are taking pleasure busting the people they think are responsible for the wave of attacks that have rocked the world over the past year. They laugh about busting young hackers while hyping us up as being more dangerous than terrorists in an attempt to justify wasting many more billions of dollars whilst also passing legislation designed to repress political movements and censor the internet. But somehow, despite having numerous informants and claiming to have advance foreknowledge of our activities, you still haven't manage to catch us or stop any of our attacks, and all the while we are in ur bases snooping on ur internal communications.
As part of our ongoing efforts to expose the corruption of the court systems and the brutality of US imperialism, we want to bring attention to USMC SSgt Frank Wuterich who along with his squad murdered dozens of unarmed civilians during the Iraqi Occupation. Can you believe this scumbag had his charges reduced to involuntary manslaughter and got away with only a pay cut? Meanwhile Bradley Manning who was brave enough to risk his life and freedom to expose the truth about government corruption is threatened with life imprisonment.
When justice cannot be found within the the confines of their crooked court systems, we must seek revenge on the streets and on the internet - and dealing out swift retaliation is something we are particularily good at. Worry not comrades, it's time to deliver some epic ownage.
We went ahead and fired off some shots of our own - at the servers and personal email accounts of Puckett & Faraj. We defaced their website and dumped nearly 3GB of private email messages belonging to Neal Puckett and Haytham Faraj.
The contents of these email messages include detailed records, transcripts, testimony, trial evidence, and legal defense donation records pertaining to not only Frank Wuterich but also many other marines they have represented.
And to add a few layers of icing to this delicious caek, we got the usual boatloads of embarrassing personal information. How do you think the world will react when they find out Neal Puckett and his marine buddies have been making crude jokes about the incident where marines have been caught on video pissing on dead bodies in Afghanistan? Or that he regularly corresponds with and receives funding from former marine Don Greenlaw who runs the racist blog We believe it is time to release all of their private information and court evidence to the world and conduct a People's trial of our own.
Is that it? Hell no, there is plenty more mayhem to deliver for this #FuckFBIFriday. Do you remember a few months ago when #antisec attaked the Boston Police and released hundred of passwords in retaliation for the brutality against Occupy Boston? They clearly ignored our warnings, because not only did they raid the camp again and kicked protesters off of public parks, but they also sent undercover TSA agents to assualt and attempt to steal from some organizers. So you get your kicks beating protesters? That's OK; we get kicks defacing and rm'n your websites - again., the "Boston Poice Department Virtual Community" also fell to the swift merciless veangeance of the hive. Do you really want to step to this??
If you didn't dig it then then you better dig it now. We are calling upon all allied battleships to rise up and make some mayhem. NDAA/PIPA/SOPA for real? The internet is ours for the taking, and we will destroy every corporation and government that attempts to stand in our way.
#ABCTV Domestic News anon hacks marine lawyers website
The lawyers for Frank Wuterich (recently tried Marine in Haditha killings)had their website hacked by an Anonymous affiliate today. Puckett & Faraj website now features a manifesto from Antisec and is playing Sound of Da Police music video. Claims they stole personal emails about Wuterich as well as boatloads of embarrassing personal information.
More links:
Law firm sought Congress, military officers and media to make the case go away:
E-mail: "Guys, I spoke privately yesterday with Congressman Duncan Hunter about Wuterich's situation. He is willing to help see about making this whole case go
away. He wants me to talk with one of his staffers and I am waiting to hear back from the guy (another Marine)."
(Another released e-mail)
Excerpts from discussions among former and current USMC officers associated with Puckett & Faraj law firm, which successfully defended Haditha massacre Marine and got him off with a pay cut. Excerpts extracted by a reddit user.
"If you HAVE to piss on them. Do what you have to do, spread the word around town (tell everybody what you did), become a 'folk hero', but don't share it with the WORLD in a photo or on the internet."
"Don't give the Muslim world and all of the 'tree huggers' ammunition so they can speak negatively of our military and our service members."
"It's like the Abu Ghraib Prison incident. Pose for photos with the prisoners, have some fun, and do what you need to do, BUT don't put it on the internet. No/no one would have ever heard of that 'session' if they kept it off of the internet." (end quote)
E-mail referring to Al Jazeera:

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